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stewart owes him a glass of wine after stewart suggested perry was perhaps -- hammered during that odd speech in new hampshire last week. the question is, what do you think perry is, a chablis guy, maybe white zin? it's "way too early" for this. good morning, i'm willie geist and this is "way too early," the show that takes its morning wine straight from the box. brought to you as always today by franzia, i'm glad you're up with us, watching or listening on sirius xm radio. tweet me to let me know what you're doing up on this ungodly hour. you can text the word awake followed by your response to 622639. we'll read the best responses later in the show. the next 30 minutes will be your cram session for this thursday, november 3rd. a lot going on today, including occupy oakland protesters shutting down the country's
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fifth-largest port. amid a new confrontation with police there. plus, they're calling it in india, a real-life "slum dog millionaire." a million bucks goes to a poor shop clerk, a great story here. first the news live at 5:30 a.m. at 30 rock in new york city. herman cain's rough week continues with the "associated press" reporting that a third woman formerly employed by the national restaurant association says she was harassed by the republican presidential candidate. and considered, we should point out, considered filing a complaint. however, no formal complaint was ever filed. nbc news has not confirmed her allegation. the story comes after details emerge this week that two other women had complained of inappropriate behavior by cain while he was the head of the organization in the 1990s. the cain campaign is on the defensive, denying this new allegation altogether. instead, turning the blame to the campaign of texas governor rick perry. citing two different people with
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ties to perry, who could have leaked this information to politico. republican pollster chris wilson now working for a political action committee that supports perry, claims he personally witnessed herman cain demonstrating inappropriate conduct toward a female employee while working for the national restaurant association. he told an oklahoma radio station, several people knew about the incident. he said in part it was only a matter of time because so many people were aware of what took place, so many people were aware of her situation. the fact she left, everybody knew that the campaign -- this would eventually come up. according to herman cain himself, the perry connection comes from consultant kurt anderson, who culted cain during his 2003 senate run and who knew about the allegations. anderson denies any involvement, that cain's chief of staff mark block said he's convinced that the texas governor's campaign is to blame. >> the perry campaign needs to apologize to herman cain and his
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family, and america for this despicable actions. and quite frankly, politico, too. politico won't release any documentation or even admit that they spoke to these two women. why? because they have nothing and cited unnamed sources. >> governor perry insists his campaign had nothing to do with all this. saying quote i'm disappointed that there's finger-pointing going on. the perry campaign is doing just that. yesterday communications director shifted the blame to chief rival mitt romney. so if you follow this, cain campaign blames perry. perry campaign blaming the romney campaign. perry communications director saying there are much closer connections between the rest naunt association and cain and the romney camp than there are with us. after days of interviews, herman cain seems to be losing his patience with the media. yesterday cain had a tense exchange with reporters while speaking to a doctors group in virginia. >> let me say one thing, i'm
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here with these doctors and that's what i'm going to talk about. so don't even bother asking me all of these other questions that you all are curious about, okay? don't even bother. >> it's a good question, though. are you concerned about the fact this these women do want to -- >> what did i say? >> are you concerned about -- >> excuse me! excuse me! >> do you have any -- >> what part of no don't people understand? >> despite all of these allegations, supporters of mr. cain are rallying around him. because of these allegations they're rallying around him. the cain reports on tuesday alone it received $600,000 from supporters adding to the total now of $1 million in just 48 hours. more to come on this story. we turn to the economy. declaring quote, we are prepared to do more and we have the tools to do more. federal reserve chairman, ben bernanke, hinted that the central bank may again step in
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on the nation's economy. but he stopped short of saying what exactly that would take. the remarks followed a dismal economic outlook from the federal reserve, which forecast high unemployment for several years, around 8.6% at the end of next year, and hovering near 7% deep into 2014. it cut growth targets for 2012, to 2.5 to 2.9%. down from june estimates of over 3%. he added that concerning of europe are weighing on global markets and hurting confidence and there ro rts this morning that greece's prime minister has called for an emergency cabinet meeting today. as one lawmaker says, the leader is quote history. toor all of these developments, we bring in cnbc's ross westgate live in london. what's the latest? >> well, willie, first of all not much reaction to the staying on sidelines waiting to see how operation twist fared out which
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they enacted in the last meeting. if anything the statement a little more upbeat. a couple of months ago there were big fears that the u.s. were sliding into recession. the data has been better since then. so we've moved away. but i think it's key that if the economy started to deteriorate again next year, then there is still the option potentially for the fed to enact another buying program of mortgage-backed securities so that's not off the table. >> we want to talk about the g-20, too, that's where the action is, president obama has landed in the south of france, ross. we understand the emergency cabinet meeting in greece today, "the wall street journal" reporting this morning, that europe has given greece an ultimatum, france and germany saying the nation must decide whether to stay in the euro or leave. a lot of pressure being put on greece. which way does this fall? >> well, there's a lot of pressure on the greek prime minister from internally. his party as well, he's got this emergency cabinet meeting, remember he decided he was going
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to have a referendum on the eu bailout package, that was going to be a referendum on whether they wanted to be in the euro. we night not get that far, there's a no confidence vote planned for tomorrow evening. and they may have lost the majority. elections in greece. no one knows what result that might throw up. we might have the inability in greece to form a coherent government. and then at that point, we could be looking at a disorderly default. so maybe no referendum, but the alternative may not look any better. >> and the finance minister in greece saying the referendum is a bad idea. he will stand against his own prime minister in that. ross, thanks so much. live from london this morning. new reports that police have fired tear gas in a clash with occupy oakland supporters who started a bonfire on a downtown street. the development comes after police called it a largely peaceful march. protesters vowing to halt the flow of capital and shut down the nation's fifth-busiest port. as many as 7,000 people
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converged on the port of oakland as part of a general strike that closed banks and businesses throughout the city. oakland's interim police chief said no arrests were made during the nearly five-hour event. in a statement officials said operations at the port of the, a major port of entry for chinese exports to the u.s., will open when it's safe and secure to do so. the senate expected to vote an $60 billion infrastructure bill today that would provide more employment opportunity for millions of construction workers, part of the president's rebuild america jobs act. the president now trying to push through congress as individual bills. yesterday the president visited georgetown's key bridge where he blamed republicans for the lack of progress in creating jobs. >> in the house of representatives, what have you guys been debating? john, you've been debating a commemorative coin for baseball? you had legislation reaffirming
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that in god we trust is our motto? that's not putting people back to work. i trust in god, but god wants to see us help ourselves, by putting people back to work. >> yeah, that's going to be a nice commemorative coin for baseball. the president referring to a bill that passed in the house yesterday, that reaffirms the motto, in god we trust and encourage it is to be displayed in all schools and federal buildings. speaker of house john boehner responded to a remark made by the president on the economy. >> the president was asked yesterday by a cbs affiliate if american people were better off than they were before he took office and he answered in the affirmative. do you agree with that, senator? >> are you kidding me? why don't you go out and ask the 14 million americans out of work. whether they're better off today than they were four years ago. >> speaker boehner also accused the senate of stalling on passing legislation to create more jobs. said the president should stop
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campaigning and get back to washington. 100 house members signing a letter urging the supercommittee to keep all options on the table while putting together a proposal to reduce the national debt. leading the group is republican mike simpson who urged the committee to go big, so far, both the democrat and republican plans fall short of that $4 trillion mark. the democrats' plan comes the closest, with up to $3 trillion in budget cuts, $500 billion in medicare cuts and more than $1 trillion in new tax revenue. current republican plan calls for only $2.2 trillion total redus, with over $600 billion in cuts to medicare and medicaid and it calls for a tax reform that would they say broaden the tax base. the supercommittee must make its recommendation to congress by november 23rd. but can pass a resolution which will extend their deadline by a few weeks. in afghanistan, the obama
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administration says that it is exploring a faster handover to the afghan army ahead of next summer's troop draw-down. senior officials are looking at a possible shift from a military role to an advisory role that could happen as early as next year, just months before the november election. if a plan is enacted, u.s. combat troops would be out of afghanistan well ahead of the 2014 deadline. one official warns this is not an early end to the afghan war, simply an improved plan for training the local security. there are more than 100,000 u.s. forces serving in afghanistan. the present withdrawal plan, some 33,000 will return to the united states by the end of next summer. still ahead here on "way too early," forbes lists its ten most powerful people on the face of the earth. good news is that our president can still call himself the most powerful man in the world. what about our 27-year-old tech guy? yes, he's on the list with popes and heads of state. we'll show you where he landed, later. plus ermen cain declared a
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couple of nights ago, that china is pursuing nuclear weapons. that it has had since 1964. the late-night guys weigh in on that bit of foreign policy insight. it was for this former wrestler, the preliminary equivalent of a body slam. >> now it's 1998, and the american dream lives on in minnesota, as we sack the world!
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bill karins. bill, how is it looking out there? >> looking good. funny how it works out, we had the horrible snowstorm and now five days in a row of nice, quiet beautiful fall weather. it will continue for much of the east. that includes this morning, storm system that brought the six inches of snow yesterday in denver is now located in middle of the country, kind of a soggy morning from st. louis to chicago, all through illinois, that's heading shortly here for areas around indiana. now the cold front will go 32 new orleans later with showers, later for areas like atlanta. but high pressure protect us in the mid-atlantic and the northeast. here's a closer look at the rain coming around illinois. so the forecast for today, not as picturesque as it was yesterday in new england. we will see a mix of sun and clouds, temperatures 50s and 60s, much of the southeast is dry this morning with showers this afternoon. no big storms on the way for anywhere in the country. a nice little quiet period of weather. >> let's enjo i this couple of days, bill. thanks so much. we turn to sports, the epstein
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era has officially begun in chicago. yesterday the cubs firing manager mike quade after his one season as manager. theo epstein, the new gm there, and president of the baseball operations called for the team to start 2012 with a clean slate. quade and the cubs finished 71-91 this season, finishing fifth in the national league central. according to reports, epstein has ruled out former hall of fame second baseman, ryan sandberg. he's not the guy to succeed quade. college football this saturday, the game of the year, the game of the decade, number one, lsu at number two, alabama. the first time number one and number two-ranked teams from the s.e.c. have played during the regular season. the occasion caused a bit of gentlemanly trash talk on the senate floor when david vitter of louisiana took time to fire a shot at his colleague jeff sessions of alabama. >> i would just summarize our
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feelings in louisiana in a simple way -- y'all have a great team, maybe one of the best alabama teams ever. but it really doesn't matter who lsu's opponent is, because as we say in louisiana, the honey badger takes what he wants. and we're looking forward to doing that on saturday night. >> there we go. the line is five points right now. in a much-less anticipated event taking place on saturday, if you have $20 time to kill, you can catch a pay-per-view boxing match between jose canseco and lenny dykstra, the most depressing sporting event ever. both players have had interesting post-baseball career, canseco wrote a book exposing baseball's steroid problem. has tried his hand on reality tv and martial arts. lenny dykstra made some questionable investments in the market and lost millions of
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dollars. recently charged with drug possession and grand theft auto. finally a proud basketball tradition at a small college in arkansas, first home game of each season at john brown university, the fans wait until their team scores the first point, then, they litter the court with toilet paper. that's their own court. i love it. the 30-year-old tradition for the golden eagles, unfortunately it does result in a technical foul against the team. they do it anyway. the home team would go on to win the season opener, 101-58. coming up at the top of the hour on "morning joe," president obama has just landed in the south of france for the g-20 summit where europe is telling greece to take the bailout or hit the bricks, we'll discuss a crucial couple of days ahead for the world economy. and we'll huddle up around the water cooler to watch rick perry demand a free drink from jon stewart. [ male announcer ] wn you do with plain white rice?
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federal reserve is forecasting the unemployment in the united states will remain stubbornly and frustratingly high for the next several news, bad news for those who already count themselves among the long-term unemployed. tell your friends that 32% of the 14 million unemployed americas have been jobless for more than a year now, more than one in three.
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according to the pew charitable trust. 43% of those out of work for a year or more are age 55 and older, the highest rate for any age group. remember the 14 million figure only the beginning, it doesn't count the underemployed or those who have stopped looking for work. enough of the real news, let's huddle up around the water cooler to get reaction from the foreign policy community, for reaction to herman cain's statement that china is quote trying to develop nuclear capabilities. reaction from former deputy secretary of state, stephen colbert and nationaler national security adviser, jon stewart. >> we shouldn't let this cain scandal from the restaurant association distract us from other, more troubling issues. >> you view china as a potential military threat to the united states? >> yes, they're a military threat. they've indicated that they're trying to develop nuclear capabilities. >> yes. china has indicated it would like to develop nuclear capability. perhaps as soon as the 1960s.
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worse yet, i understand -- [ cheers and applause ] that the chinese at this very moment are on the verge of developing a cookie that can predict the future. how do you defeat an enemy whose pastries know what you're going to do next. that's the scandal. >> cain understands domestic issues because he had experience selling pizza. and he understands international issues, because pizza is italian. on monday's pbs "the news hour" cain showed he is ready to have his finger on the button. >> i do view china as a potential military threat. they've indicated that they're trying to develop nuclear capabilities. >> nation -- we cannot allow china to develop nukes. especially since they developed them in 1964. i am telling you, if you don't act fast, they might end up
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building a wall to keep foreigners out. what? no! >> they got a wall, too? amazing, remember on monday night's "daily show" jon stewart suggested rick perry might have been imbibing a bit prior to his speech in new hampshire on friday. >> that little plan i just shared with you doesn't force the granite state to expand your tax footprint. if you know what i mean. like 9% in expansion. >> best-case scenario? that dude's hammered. worst-case scenario -- that is perry sober and every time we've seen him previously he's been hammered. >> governor perry took that quite well. yesterday telling the "san francisco chronicle" he did not drink booze prior to taking the stage, but he wouldn't mind getting together with stewart for a bit of maybe merlot. he said quote, it's not that i wouldn't love to sit down with jon and have a glass of wine, if
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he'll buy. that from rick perry to jon stewart. forbes out yesterday with the list of the most powerful people in the world. david cameron, at number ten, look at number nine, mark zuckerberg, 27-year-old mark zuckerberg, the number nine most powerful human being on the face of the earth. according to forbes, ben bernanke, the pope. and the saudi king at six. bill gates, angela merkel. hu jintao at number three, that leaves us with one and two. you got a good idea who might be one. let's see, these two guys kind of lobbying for the top spot this year. both going shirtless a little bit, trying to show themselves off to the voters. and forbes, let's see how it shakes out, oh, vladimir putin number two, our guy, president obama, remains the most powerful man on the face of the earth. it was a shirtless shot that put him over the top. still ahead, why you're awake, your most powerful tweets and
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