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quite a story. that does it for us. rachel will be back tomorrow. donald trump has nominated ben carson to be his secretary of housing and urban development, or hud. incide incidentally, hud is the sound ben carson made when he heard the news. ben, donald trump's on the phone! hud? >> donald trump picks his one-time rival ben carson to be housing secretary but critics are voicing concern this morning over whether the former neurosurgeon is qualified. plus is joe biden hoping to return to the white house? the vice president leaves the door open to a possible presidential run in 2020. a mistrial has been declared in the case of a police officer seen on camera fatally shooting
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a black man in the back. but the family of walter scott says it's not over. ♪ good morning. it's tuesday, december 6th. i'm ali velshi alongside louis burgdorf and casey hunt. unearthed recording shedding new light on a history of investigations into the oakland warehouse where at least 36 people were killed. following one of the deadliest u.s. building fires in the last half century. at the time of the blaze, a probe of the facility was still pending as the city dealt with a complaint alleging an interior building structure, illegal interior building structure. the warehouse had been converted without permits into an artists' collective dubbed the ghost ship. the latest complaint was one of at least ten against the site
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since the current owners bought the property in 1997. that's according to city records obtained by nbc news. despite the series of complaints, the warehouse remained open and as the death toll climbs following friday night's fire, the alameda county district attorney announced yesterday that it is still too early to determine whether criminal charges will be filed. she said possible charges could range from involuntary manslaughter to murder. the city has also released the names of ten more of the victims of the warehouse fire. as we learn more about the lives lost, among those confirmed dead are 31-year-old jennifer tanaway, 25-year-old nick hall, all from california. the couple that run the warehouse derrick almana and wife allison discussed their decision to leave the facility before the dance party that took place on friday night. >> that night i was just exhausted.
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exhausted. i wanted to get my kids out of there and i said to everybody, everybody's got this, right? we lay our heads down every night in this place. there's no way we would have invited anybody in there without feeling like we were inviting them into our home. and it was our home. >> emotions over this warehouse fire boiled over during a vigil for the victims last night. people gathered for a candlelight ceremony. they began to shout down the city's mayor, libby schaaf, with boos and calls to resign. schaff base faced backlash after she addressed code violations in the wake of the blaze rather than discussing the city's shortage of affordable housing. president obama has offered his prayers to the victims' families and the city and has promised full cooperation from federal agencies. vice president biden isn't ready to shut the door on his political career just yet.
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he is talking to nbc's kelly o'donnell and other report others capitol hill yesterday. >> and sir, because you're going into these final days of your time in office, does that add to the emotion you feel? >> i haven't thought about it in that rational way. but i guess so. i mean -- my staff always kids me, every time i come up here, i feel invigorated. i love this place. i mean, this is -- this is where i spent my life. >> are you going to run again? >> yeah, i am, i'm going to run in 2020, so -- >> for what? >> for president. what the hell, man? >> just to be clear, were you kidding about running for president in 2020? >> i'm just -- i'm not committing not to run. i'm not committing to anything. i learned a long time ago, fate has a strange way of intervening. >> not committing not to run. the vice president made the comments after presiding over an emotional meeting of the senate
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last night where the provision of a critical medical bill was named in honor of his son beau, who lost his bag with brain cancer last year. it was republican senator mitch mcconnell who asked the provision be voted on without debate. >> i think it's fitting to dedicate this bill's critical cancer initiatives in honor of someone who'd be proud of the presiding officer today. and that's his son, beau. i ask consent the amendment be agreed to, the concurrent resolution as ahmeded be agreed to, the motion to reconsider be laid upon the table with no intervening action or debate. >> without objection. >> after the vote the vice president told reporters, "i didn't have any idea mitch was going to do this. he did it naming after my beau." the bill also allocates nearly $2 billion to the vice president's cancer moonshot initiative. was it an accident? or a strategy? that's the question that is still being asked four days after president-elect donald trump's call with taiwan.
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whatever the case may be, the call broke nearly four decades of diplomatic precedent in america's relationship with china. nbc news confirms former republican senate leader bob dole arranged the call with taiwanese president tsai ing-wen. "the wall street journal" reported it saying the controversial call went beyond pleasantries and included a discussion about china and the stability in the region. sourcing a person familiar with the conversation. on friday trump emphasized the point that the president of taiwan "called me." while vice president-elect pence said the call had no policy implications trump slammed the chinese government for manipulating their currency over taxing american products and for military buildup in the south china sea. meanwhile former secretary of state henry kissinger will meet with the president-elect at trump tower today. kissinger's the original architect of the u.s./china policy, just back from a visit with beijing where he met with president xi. yesterday he spoke about how the
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chinese viewed trump's call. >> at this moment, i've been very impressed by the calm reaction of the chinese leadership. which asserts a determination to see whether a calm dialogue can be developed. >> kissinger also said that the u.s. opening up to china has always been based on the premise of a one-china policy. former vice president and climate activist al gore met with donald trump and his daughter ivanka at trump tower yesterday. didn't want to go into detail but gore placed ivanka's commitment to the issue of cly the mat change. >> the bulk of the time was with president-elect donald trump. i found it an extremely interesting conversation. and to be continued.
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and i'm just going to leave it at that. >> it's no secret that ivanka trump is very committed to having a climate policy that makes sense for our country and for our world. and that was certainly evident in the conversation that i had with her before the conversation with the president-elect. and, you know, i appreciate the fact that she is very concerned about this. and i very much appreciate the opportunity i had to have a meaningful and productive conversation with the president-elect. >> now trump has previously called climate change a hoax, created by and for the chinese. but this an interview with the "new york times" last month, he said he has an open mind on the issue. there are new developments in the secretary of state.
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sources say former governor jon huntsman is not in serious contention to lead the state department and never was according to sources. they also say retired general david petraeus is no longer a serious candidate either. former new york city mayor rudy giuliani is fading as a candidate for the nomination as well. sources with knowledge of the president-elect trump's thinking say that the transition team search for a secretary of state is wide open with his former rival and 2012 republican nominee mitt romney back at the top of the list. trump will be meeting with exxonmobil ceo rex tillerson at traur. sources say the president-elect is intrigued with his vast knowledge of the world. once primary rivals, donald trump is nominating ben carson to be the secretary of housing and urban development. trump brutally mocked carson on the campaign trail, but the neurosurgeon turned into one of his top surrogates. and even after it emerges that carson was the top choice for the job at hud, it wasn't clear carson actually wanted to take the job. in november, armstrong williams,
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his business manager, told "the hill," "dr. carson feels he has no government experience, he's never run a federal agency, and the last thing he would want to do was take a position that would cripple the presidency." pretty strong words. williams yesterday doubled down and said even though it was carson's preference to stay in private industry, he had been called to serve. >> he has a lot of technical experience in areas in housing. he understands much more than you can imagine about finance and zoning and tax laws and banking policies, urban planning, and anti-discrimination laws. dr. carson's position was that he preferred that mr. trump could find someone that could fit the role of what he wanted, he would have preferred to stay in private industry. but that's not what mr. trump wanted. he wanted dr. carson in his cabinet and he's going to have to serve. >> as you might expect carson was something of a controversial choice.
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although house speaker paul ryan called him "a shining example of overcoming poverty" and head he will psaid he will put the focu on dignity rather than dependance. senator lindsey graham called him "guided by strong conservative principles." senator mcconnell said little about carson's qualifications and democrats were much more direct. nancy pelosi called him "a disconcerting and disturbingly unqualified choice." chuck schumer said, "someone who is as anti-government as him is a strange fit for housing secretary, to say the least." senator sherrod brown of ohio said, "cities coping with crumbling infrastructure and families struggling to afford overhead can't afford a hud secretary whose spokesman said he doesn't believe he's up for the job." after a month-long trial which included testimony from 55 witnesses the prosecution of michael slager has ended.
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>> members of the jury, i have received a note that says we as a jury regret to inform the court that despite the best efforts of all members, we are unable to come to unanimous decision in the case of the state versus michael slager. is that correct, mr. foreman? >> yes, sir. >> all right. the court therefore must declare a mistrial in this case. and i so declare that this case is mistried. >> slager was charged with murder in the death of walter scott following a routine traffic stop in north charleston in april of last year. now this cell phone video of the incident, which shows slager shooting scott as he ran away, shocked the nation. the jury, which consisted of 11 white men and women and one black man, sent a note to the judge prior to the decision on monday saying, "the majority of the jurors are still undecided.
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they asked for several clarifications and definitions. late in the trial the judge allowed the jury to consider manslaughter in addition to the murder count and slager had testified in his own defense saying he feared for his life after he says scott wrestled away his taser during a scrum and pointed it at him. solicitor scarlett wilson says she plans to try the officer again. >> he will get his just reward. and we have the federal trial and another trial to go. i don't care how it looks. it's not over. y'all hear me? it's not over! >> in my heart, i will find the peace to forgive michael slager for doing that, what he done to my brother. but at this present time, until my family can see justice, no. there's no forgiveness. >> missed opportunity to heal a lot of wounds in this country.
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missed opportunity to remind the good officers that put on that badge that they aren't michael slager. he may have delayed justice. but he did not escape it. we all saw what he did. we all saw what happened. >> slager will also appear in federal court next year on civil rights violation charges. a pennsylvania judge has ruled that damaging testimony bill cosby gave in an accuser's lawsuit can be used in his criminal sexual assault trial against him. the 79-year-old acknowledged in the 2006 deposition that he had given young women drugs or alcohol before sexual encounters. a former temple university employee andrea constand says she was drugged and molested and hers is the only criminal case against cosby. he has denied any wrongdoing and has called the sen countencount consensual. prosecutors are hoping to put up to 13 of cosby's accusers on the
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stand. the judge has not yet ruled whether the women can testify. cleveland cavaliers star lebron james, who campaigned hard for hillary clinton, has plans to protest donald trump this week. plus a deadly sinkhole swallows two cars in san antonio. what we're learning this morning about the tragedy in texas. those stories and a check on weather when we come back. generosity is its own form of power.
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i don't know what she's up to, but it's not good. can't the world be my noodles and butter? get your mind out of the gutter. mornings are for coffee and contemplation. that was a really profound observation. you got a mean case of the detox blues. don't start a war you know you're going to lose. finally you can now find all of netflix in the same place as all your other entertainment. on xfinity x1. welcome back. a sinkhole in san antonio, texas, swallowed two cars, killing one person and injuring another. a bren pipe created a 10 to 20-foot-deep pit that stretched the entire length of the road and filled up with water. sheriff's deputy dora linden ishihara was driving when her vehicle went into the hole. the president of the san antonio water system said that the pipe was near two different construction projects. one was complete, one was still
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under way. the exact cause of the pipe rupturing remains unknown. let's check weather with nbc meteorologist bill karins who i'm sure has good news for us, bill? >> no. it's that time of year. usually it's always either a snow storm's come organize the cold's coming, one or the other. we got the cold on the way. yesterday we had a little bit of snow in new england, also southern canada. it only takes -- i said an inch of snow is worse than 10 inches of snow. this is a hill in montreal. you can see just an icy glaze. a car hitting another car, the bus, the worker truck, then the cop car starts at the top of the hill, slides two to three minutes, then he hits. here comes mr. snowplow to save the day. he is salting as he's going down the mountain. there's nothing he can do about it. hello cop car. there he goes right there. yeah, hopefully no one got injured. probably should have checked
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that out before we laughed at it. as far as the forecast goes today, a lot of heavy rain down in the southeast. we didn't see any severe weather so that was great. there were no tornados reported down here overnight. chance of some isolated wind damage later today. a soaking rain in the carolinas. also a soaking rain, overall fires in the southern appalachians. slight risk of severe storms southern portions of the georgia. very isolated. i'm not too concerned about it. very low risk for tornado. as we track the rain today, you start dry in areas of richmond, washington, d.c., philly, even new york. but the rain will move in eventually. by noon today, steady rains reach washington, d.c. by about 5:00 p.m., it's knocking on the door in the big apple. definitely rainy in philadelphia. unfortunately for interior sections of pennsylvania and you state new york, looks like snow for you this evening, 1 to 3 inches. next, after we get done with this storm, coldest air of the season's on the way. i'll talk about that coming up. >> bill, i'm from toronto. we always talk about the fact that montreal people know snow and winter. that must have been slick for
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them. they can handle snow. really well. >> it must have been one of those scenes where the ice first, the snow on top of it. >> that's right. >> yeah. what a comedy of errors there. the five heisman trophy finalists have been revealed. plus it couldn't have been easier for the indianapolis colts last night. a jets fan, louis, go for a walk before this next story. my bladder leakage made me feel like i couldn't be the father that i wanted to be. now i use depend.
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welcome back. time for sports. and a tough monday night for me and jets fans across the country who watched gang green get annihilated by the colts on the national stage. i don't want to do this. independent plils colts quarterback andrew luck put on a show with receiver dwayne allen in the first half, the duo hooking up for three touchdowns before heading into the locker room with a 24-3 lead at the half. the colts came out with the same momentum in the third quarter. luck piercing through the new york defense before finding the end zone again with a three-yard pass to dante moncrief. luck finishes the game 22 of 28 with 278 yards and 4 touchdowns. and he only took one snap in the fourth quarter, ouch. indy moves into a tie with the texans atop the nfc south after the 41-10 blowout. meanwhile, jets backup qb bryce petty saw some action taking over under center in the second half where he threw for 135 yards and a touchdown.
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but also tossed a pair of interceptions. head coach todd bowles said after the game petty will be the jets' starter the remaining four games of the season but clarified that was the plan regardless of the outcome of last night's game. it's just hard to be a jets fan. to college football. the heisman trophy finalists were announce ahead of last night's game. a list of five finalists headlined by lamar jackson, oklahoma qb baker mayfield, michigan gibril peppers, clemson desean watson, another member of the sooners squad, wide receiver deedee westbrook. the ceremony set to take place saturday evening. the cavaliers are in new york city this week for their game against the knicks tomorrow night at the garden. but lebron james along with a few other teammates won't be joining the rest of the cavaliers staying at the trump hotel in lower manhattan. james is bust one player out of what the general manager david griffin told "the cleveland plain dealer" is upwards of half
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♪ welcome back. i'm ali velshi. wake up, shake that sleep out of your head, your eyes, i'm here with louis burgdorf and casey hutt. it is the bottom hour. let's start with this morning's top stories. prosecutors in south carolina plan to retry the murder case against michael slager after the jury deadlocked and the judge declared a mistrial. there were signs that the jury was having trouble reaching a unanimous decision when a dissenting juror sent a note friday saying they couldn't convict the defendant without a reasonable doubt. video from april 2015 shows slager shooting walter scott multiple times in the back.
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slager claims he was in total fear of his life and he shot in self-defense. the georgia father convicted of murdering his son by leaving him in a hot car has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. last month a jury found 35-year-old justin ross harris intentionally left his 22-month-old son cooper in his car for hours while he went to work. the prosecution argued harris left his son to die to free himself from parental responsibility. and a spokesman for the prime minister of japan says shinzo abe will not apologize for the attack on pearl harbor when he visits the hawaii naval base later this month. abe will become the first sitting japanese prime minister to visit pearl harbor coinciding with the 75th anniversary of the attacks that brought the u.s. into world war ii. now you'll remember president obama became the first sitting president to visit the hiroshima memorial earlier this yearmarking the 1945 nuclear bombing that resulted in japan's
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surrender. he also didn't apologize. unearthed records shedding new light on a history of investigations into the oakland warehouse where 36 people were killed following one of the deadliest building fires in the u.s. in the last half century. a criminal investigation is open and it's possible charges will be filed. but the alameda county district attorney says it's still too early to say what will happen. nbc's stephanie gosk has more on the conditions that played a role in this tragedy. >> reporter: as firefighters continue the grim search for remains, anger builds. how did this happen? who was responsible? documents obtained by nbc news show nine complaints against the property since 1999. including two as recently as last month. citing a ton of garbage piling up. an illegal interior building structure. officials say they were looking into it. >> we had an inspector attempt to enter the building. and at that time was not able to secure access to the building. >> reporter: the warehouse was
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not supposed to have residents but it had dozens. including nikki kelber. she says there were rules. no candles, no smoking, and concerns about fire. >> if your ideal situation is living in a warehouse versus living on the street, you're going to live in that warehouse. >> reporter: john is a retired san francisco fire captain. he says fire inspectors can get overwhelmed in a city like oakland where real estate prices have led to unofficial living space popping up all over. in a place like oakland that's a big job. >> it's a huge job. the single most important thing isn't the inspection itself, it's the follow-up. >> reporter: the owner has not been seen in public. records show she opens at least eight properties in the county. in a statement the family says, we are also trying to figure out what's going on like everybody else. we're sorry to hear about the tragedy. our condolences go out to family and friends. the couple who ran the property say they are being unfairly blamed. >> a lot of people have turned their backs on us.
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most expressly the landlord. >> such a tragic story. that was stephanie gosk reporting. president obama has offered his prayers to the victims' families, as well as the city, and has promised full cooperation from federal agencies. the north carolina man accused of firing an assault weapon in a washington, d.c. pe peas rhea says a fake conspiracy theory involving hillary clinton motivated him to walk into the restaurant with an assault rifle, according to court documents released when 28-year-old edgar madison welsh appeared before a judge yesterday charged with four counts including felony assault with a deadly weapon. welch was said to have told police that he read online that the comet ping-pong restaurant was the base of a child sex abuse ring run by clinton and her presidential campaign chair john podesta. he added he wanted to see for himself if the children were
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there. investigators say the theory has been proven to be a hoax. the judge has ordered welch be held until a preliminary hearing on thursday. donald trump returns to north carolina today. it's the second stop on his thank you tour of america. while general james mattis is expected to be introduced as his choice for secretary of defense and we're expecting more announcements this week. mattis' confirmation means that congress has to pass a waiver because civilian control of the military requires seven years out of uniform before he's able to take the job. house leaders are thinking about adding a measure to an upcoming spending bill to make sure mattis' confirmation doesn't hit speed bumps. meetings are continuing in trump tower to fill the thousands of administration jobs that are going to be open. yesterday what's known as the plum book was released online. it's a purple book with 9,000 job listings. you can read some of them at greatagain.gov. one of the people who could be looking to fill a cabinet position, democratic senator joe
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manchin of west virginia under consideration for energy secretary. he talked to trump saying he was "humbled and honored" to share his views with the president-elect. manchin has at times been seen as a flight risk from the democratic party. he as moderate democrat from that state. hill democrats are also concerned trump may try to appoint senator heidi heitkamp of north dakota to an administration post. her seat would be filled by a republican governor and could weaken the democrats' stronghold in the senate even further. new york city mayor de blasio is asking the federal government to help cover the cost of keeping president-elect donald trump safe as he prepares to enter the white house. the mayor announced he sent a letter to president obama seeking $35 million. the money would help cover security between november 8th and january 20th when donald trump officially takes office. since last month's election, there's been an nypd detail at
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trump tower where the president-elect has been working on his transition. it's still unclear how much it will cost new york city to protect the president-elect and his family after inauguration day. his wife melania and their son barron plan to stay in manhattan until the end of his school year at least. one of hillary clinton's top allies david brock is calling for an independent audit of the democrats' effort in the 2016 election cycle. while speaking at a conference of democratic lawmakers and liberal organizers yesterday, brock took the party to task over their performance this fall. at the same time, he also urged restraint. >> so how did we get here? what on earth happened? it's essential that we in the democratic party resist the impulse toward hyperbolic reactions and knee-jerk overcorrections. everyone needs to take a deep breath. we need to proceed cautiously and not rush to issue overly broad indictments of our party's candidates, messages or strategies. democrats aren't suffering from
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an identity crisis. but the truth is our party does face a crisis of competence at all levels. progressive politics in america is an organizational disaster. we can't have a coherent or effective roadmap forward unless and until we have a mutual understanding of what happened last cycle and an accepted conclusion of where we can do better and how. >> brock urged his party to move forward and organize saying they cannot afford to waste time. a republican member of the electoral college from texas says he will not be casting one of his state's 38 electoral votes for president-elect donald trump. because, he says, trump "shows daily that he's not qualified for the office." in an op ed for this morning's "new york times" christopher suprin writes "the election of the next president is not yet a done deal. electors of conscience can still do the right thing for the good of the country. i owe no debt to a party.
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i owe a debt to my children to leave them a nation they can trust." suprin is a paramedic who was one of the first responders who rushed to the pentagon on 9/11. he wris trump lacks the foreign policy experience to serve as commander in chief and does not encourage civil discourse but chooses to stoke fear and create outrage. the electoral college meets on december 19th. nearly a month after election day, north carolina governor pat mccrory has conceded defeat. as of now democratic challenger roy cooper leads by more than 10,000 votes according to the state election board. and yesterday mccrory had this to say. >> during this wonderful season, it's also time to celebrate our democratic brothers and respect what i see to be the all-time outcome of the closest north carolina governors race in modern history. despite continued questions that should be answered regarding the
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voting process, i personally believe that the majority of our citizens have spoken and we now should do everything we can to support the 75th governor of north carolina, roy cooper. >> it's the end of a lengthy saga that saw mccrory's campaign raise questions about the legitimacy of the election results. accusations his critics panned at little more than an attempt to cling to power. mccrory filed complaints in about half the state's 100 counties but no evidence of widespread voter fraud ever came to light. those complaints were ultimately rejected by mccrory's own republican appointees serving on local county election boards. more on donald trump's teal with carrier. last week the president-elect said the deal to save all those jobs came after a phone call with the ceo of carrier's parent company united technologies. well yesterday cnbc's jim cramer spoke exclusively with ceo greg hayes, and hayes says there was
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no quid pro quo, despite accusations of crony capitalism. >> about a week before thanksgiving, he simply said, look, greg, i need you to relook at the decision to close the indianapolis factory of carrier. he said, we're going to do a lot of things in this country that's going to make it a lot more conducive to manufacturing. we're going to take the tax rate down, we're going to reduce all this burdensome regulation. when all that happens you're going to be printing money. i need you to relook at your decision to close the factory in indiana. nor was there any deal, there was no quit proceed i don't for him to say, i'm not going to tax you if you don't do this. he simply said, take a hard look at it, work with governor pence. we keep the plant open, we keep 1,100 people employed in indianapolis. we still get to do the preponderance of the restructuring we were going to do anyways. so it's i would say no deal, but at the end of the day, a good deal for utc. >> ultimately united technologies is expected to get
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$7 million in tax credits from the state of indiana. carrier agreed to invest about $16 million in its indiana facilities and will keep more than 1,000 people employed in indianapolis. let's turn to the markets where the dow jones industrial average hit another record yesterday. the dow soared to a new record thanks in part to banks and technology. the index got a huge boost from energy companies as oil prices reached their highest levels since july of 2015. for more business headlines, let's bring in cnbc's nancy hungerford from london, good morning. i'm looking at the cover of the "new york post" here. and it says "the end of jobs." amazon's new supermarket has no cashiers. what do you know about this? >> well, you can bet that traditional retailers, the likes of walmart, target, and big grocers are looking at this development with cause for concern. because here is what sets amazon's concept store apart.
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they are using high-tech sensors and artificial intelligence to skip that checkout line altogether. because they're allowing you to use a phone that you can scan on a kiosk when you enter the store and then an app automatically detects what you are buying. and then it sends the bill directly to your amazon account. so you don't even have to wait in pesky lines. right now this is being tried out in that concept convenience store in seattle which is currently just open to employees, but reports in "the wall street journal" suggest there could be at least two other formats tested including a larger store and pickup points for your groceries and other items. and overall they say amazon could envision more than 2,000 grocery outlets so look out for developments there. elsewhere in tech, youtube, facebook, twitter, microsoft teaming up to weed out extremism on their sites with so-called hashes that in effect are digital fingerprints on videos and photos flagged as extremist and then removed.
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they want to share these hashes on a joint database that will help them identify such extremist content. >> nancy hungerford in london, good to see you. still ahead, donald trump's proposal to tax companies for moving overseas has bipartisan backlash in congress. green party nominee jill stein takes her recall effort to trump's turf holding a rally outside trump tower yesterday. we'll have the latest on her long shot bid. hey girlfriend, how's your cafe au lait? oh, it's actually... sfx: (short balloon squeal)
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jill stein has announced she no longer believes pennsylvania is a state. but rather a vestigal twin of ohio. >> welcome back. green party supporters are in fact still taking their calls for a recount to trump tower. yesterday presidential nominee jill stein held a small rally across the street from the president-elect's home and office yesterday on fifth avenue. she's spearheading recount efforts in michigan, pennsylvania, and wisconsin. she called on donald trump to stop trying to block her effort by filing lawsuits. early yesterday a federal judge ordered michigan election officials to start a recount there. her lawyers are also filing a federal lawsuit to try and kick start a recount in pennsylvania. let's get a check on weather with nbc meteorologist bill karins. it's talk of blizzards and a lot of snow, bill. >> yeah, our friend in the dakotas, it is all-out winter. it may not go above freezing for
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at least two straight weeks over in next stretch of the middle of december. blizzard warnings in bismarck, grand forks, the fargo area. a lot of blowing snow out there. they had already 4 to 8 inches. it's blowing and drifting. aberdeen, st. cloud, winter weather advisory. take a look at the radar, doesn't look like a lot. this is just areas of moderate to light snow around grand forks. the winds are howling here. they could plow it out of the way and it's going to blow right back. very cold, a light, powdery snow. and this as this storm sits and spins it's drawing all the cold down from alaska. our friends in alaska have been fridge jit the last couple of days. still only 14 in anchorage. that cold air express is coming down. only 12 today in billings. minneapolis at 26. minneapolis won't go above freezing a couple of days. cold air reaches chicago by wednesday afternoon. by thursday and friday, it will make it all the way to the east coast. so just be prepared. we expected it. it's about time. >> i got one more story before we go to break. british foreign secretary boris
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johnson was put on the spot in an interview on sky news, the anchor playing a game of pub quiz, a pop quiz. johnson nailed the first question. here's what happened when he was asked to name south korea's president, currently embroiled in a political scandal. >> who is the french foreign minister? >> the french for minister is mon ami, jean. >> south korean presidents and all her troubles? >> i'm going to quite respectfully invite you to the pub, dammit, so we can take these conversations further. i have a terrible feeling if i keep answering you, you will keep coming back with more. have a good morning. >> it was only the two. don't you want enlightenment? you might be meeting her. park geun-hye. the south korean president. and bye to the foreign secretary boris johnson there. >> maybe gary johnson should take that approach, just end the interview, walk away. >> we'll pick it up in the pub later on. still ahead, new reaction to
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the fallout over donald trump's phone call with the head of taiwan.mixing its muscle around taiwan a week before that controversial call. live to beijing for an update next. energy is a complex challenge. people want power. and power plants account for more than a third of energy-related carbon emissions. the challenge is to capture the emissions before they're released into the atmosphere. exxonmobil is a leader in carbon capture. our team is working to make this technology better, more affordable so it can reduce emissions around the world. that's what we're working on right now. ♪ energy lives here. testinhuh?sting! is this thing on? come on! your turn! where do pencils go on vacation? pennsylvania! (laughter) crunchy wheat frosted sweet! kellogg's frosted mini-wheats. feed your inner kid
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you got a mean case of the detox blues. don't start a war you know you're going to lose. finally you can now find all of netflix in the same place as all your other entertainment. on xfinity x1. welcome back. president-elect trump is getting some early opposition on capitol hill to his sunday morning twitter comments about trade. trump said u.s. businesses that send jobs offshore would face a
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35% tax on products coming back into the united states. trump's republican allies on capitol hill balked at that idea yesterday. house majority leader kevin mccarthy told reporters, "i think the point the president-elect was trying to make is he wants to create jobs in america. today the best way to make that change is through tax reform. i don't want to get into some kind of trade war." house ways and means chairman kevin brady said that while he respects trump for fulfilling campaign promises to withdraw from the transpacific partnership, "we can't abandon these markets to china and other competitors because american businesses and customers will lose out." not necessarily an unexpected turn of events from republicans and the policy doesn't seem to be getting traction, but don't expect president-elect trump to stop airing his thoughts on twitter any time soon. yesterday he posted, "if the press would cover me accurately and honorably i would have far less reason to tweet." "sadly, i don't know if that
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will ever happen. i can't imagine we all expect him to stop tweeting any time soon, ali. >> no kidding. the controversy surrounding trump's call with the leader of taiwan continues to simmer. joining us from beijing, nbc news correspondent janice mackay 48er. not only does there seem to be reaction from china, there might have been something before this that happened in between china and taiwan. >> reporter: ali, the phone call and the tweets that followed continue to irk chinese officials today amid reports taiwan's president tsai ing-wen may be trying to meet donald trump's transition team in new york. she's going to latin america in january. she will transit through the u.s. she may want to meet the transition team in order to deepen contact before the inauguration. now reacting to this chinese officials today issued a terse statement through reuters expressing hope that it does not want the u.s. to allow her transit, and also does not want
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to send any wrong signals to taiwan kneels independence forces. now the phone call broke with decades of u.s. protocol on taiwan. and it also put chinese officials in a very tough position. this is one of the most sensitive issues for them. they consider taiwan a province. so it's really cast a lot of doubt on whether there is going to be rockier times ahead for u.s./china relations. there were also reports today of a fly-over of chinese nuclear-capable bombers over taiwan. chinese officials saying it was part of a routine mission, and taiwanese defense officials confirming those aircraft did not enter their air space. >> january nice mackay fryer for us in beijing. a look at the stories happening in the day ahead when we come back.
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let's get a check on the stories you're going to be hearing about in the day ahead. house democrats are expected to host a forum this afternoon on a proposed reforms to the presidential selection process and to the electoral college. the president-elect continues his thank you tour.
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donald trump will hold a campaign-style rally in fayetteville, north carolina, a crucial swing state that trump won in the president, election. in washington, d.c., we're continuing to get into the holiday spirit with we are continuing to get into the holiday spirit. the spruce from idaho will be lit by paul ryan. >> not quite the rockefeller christmas tree. >> come on, guys. we do okay down here, too. >> that does it for us. "morning joe" starts right now. ♪ ♪ because you are going into the final days of your time in office does that add to the emotion you feel? >> i have not thought about it in that rational way, but i guess so.

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