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the first pope to address a joint meeting of congress. speaker boehner today tweeting the vieh he will see while visiting the capitol. while here he will parade along the national mall and celebrate mass at the largest catholic church in the u.s. tonight he arrived in what is the vatican's embassy, located directly across the street from the vice president mansion. democracy. >> and in a city not known for spirituality, reflection, what has stuck me so much is reception. and there was a call from a cardinal and saying take care of our pope and he wasn't a catholic. >> peter, thank you very much. anne thompson was with the pope on the way to the u.s. and during the flight he took a question about the message he hopes to deliver during the historic visit. ann joins us live from
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joint pace andrews. what did he say? >> lester, i can tell you it is was an energized pope francis talking to reporters after three long hot days in cuba telling about a woman thinking he is the anti-pope because he doesn't wear the red shoes. the pope knows he has the world's attention on this trip and we expect him to use it to hit some favorite photographer sis themes. first of all climate change. he believes that developed countries like the united states owe a debt to developing countries for all of the carbon monoxide they have spewed into the air. immigration, he has asked everybody to adopt refugee family. might he do the same here in america. the plight of the poor. le have lunch with the homeless here in d.c. and the important of family is the topic when the pope travels to philadelphia over the weekend. the hope told me on the plane he is anxious to meet the american people.
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and he gets the first chance around the ellipse tomorrow. lester. >> anne thompson, thank you. and a story sparking widespread outrage. about a drug company that jacked up the price of a life saving medicine by a staggering 5,000% and the young ceo is taking major fire about it all. andrea mitchell has this report. >> reporter: he is the face behind the latest out cry over alleged drug price goublging. the former hedge fun manager who touring pharmaceutical bought a drug called dara prim overnight and boosting it from $13.50 a tablet to $750 a pill. >> this is the more appropriate price for dara prim. at this price it is still on the low end of what or fan drugs cost and we're not the first company to raise drug prices. >> reporter: he said it was for research money to develop a
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better drug, but dara prim used by those with infections, sometimes contracted by aids and cancer patients, has been around for 62 years. >> we don't need another drug in this space and there is no indication that this guy has any idea how to do drug research and development. so i don't think this is a well-justified argument at all. it is simply exploiting a niche drug. >> reporter: after a public out cry, cnbc meg tirrell asked if he would consider lowering the price. >> after all of this attention and doctors can't access the drug, are you going to change the price? >> no. >> he was blasted online and tweeted lyrics by a song by eminem. it seems like the media immediately points a finger at me so i .1 back at em, but not the index or pinky. but tonight under pressure he has backed down telling nbc news he will in the next few weeks lower the price to either break
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>> it is easier to see a large drug price increase and say gosh those people are gounling but when you find out the company is not making money, what does that mean. it is easy to villianize people and we're in an election cycle where this is a very tough topic for people and very sensitive. >> reporter: and indeed, with drug prices skyrocketing here in the u.s. and not the rest of the world, it is a campaign issue. with hillary clinton today holding a plan to hold drug companies accountable for lowering their prices. lester. >> thank you. and also under fire, the largest automaker in the world and under federal investigation after getting caught cheating by installing hidden software on vehicles to get around air safety standards. for 10 million drivers affected by this, pete williams has details. >> reporter: volkswagen tonight is in full throttle apology gear, admitting it installed software in the diesel
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them to cheat on air pollution emissions tests and claiming they were selling an environmentally friendly car. >> our company was dishonest with the epa and the california resources board and with all of you. and in my german words, we have totally screwed up. >> when the cars were being inspected with only the front wheels turning on the test bed, hidden software turned on the pollution controls. it went off when the cars were back on the road, increasing fuel economy and performance but allowing emissions of a greenhouse gas known to cause smog and gas up to 40 times higher than the standard. >> they said this was a environmentally friendly vehicle. they lied to consumers. >> it was in about 480,000 diesels,
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2009-20er jetta, beetle and golf and passats and audi a-3s. they have been ordered to stop selling the more than $7 billion to fix the cars in the u.s. and $10.5 million more of the diesel models elsewhere around the world. the ceo martin winter korn is sorry volkswagen violated the trust of the customers. >> now the company faced potentially billions in fines for violating filter laws and a criminal investigation from the justice department and a huge challenge in winning back trust in the brand. lester. >> pete, thank you. let's turn now to news that broke just as the country's attention was focused on pope francis' touching down in the u.s. hillary clinton wading into a hot button issue, announcing her opposition to the keystone pipeline. a decision that already has republicans pouncing. chuck todd has late details.
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>> under pressure from environmental groups and from democratic opponent bernie sanders. >> the secretary can agree and disagree. but i think you got to have a position. >> today hillary clinton finally made her position on the keystone pipeline clear. >> i oppose it. and i oppose it because i don't think -- i don't think it is in the best interest of what we need to do to combat climate change. >> clinton began the environmental review process on the final 1200 miles as secretary of state. she said she didn't want to second-guess barack obama on an issue she worked on. but last week she signaled she was finally ready to weigh in. >> i am putting the white house on notice. i'm going to tell you what i think soon, because i can't wait. >> reporter: critics who support the pipeline said it will create jobs and drive down oil prices. >> why doesn't she, hillary clinton want to build a pipeline? >> reporter: the state department estimates construction would support 42,000 temporary jobs and once operational it
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would support 35 permanent employees and 15 temporary contractors. now lester, ironically, four years ago as secretary of state it was widely assumed she was okay with approving the pipeline. now presidential politics and environmental pressure put her on the side that she is on. but the reason there is a delay from the whus in coming out for or against is that it is a diplomatic issue. canada wants this and they are a close ally and that's why there is a delay in the president announcing his own position. lester. in the republican race, donald trump is locked in a war of words with the latest sparring partner, a surging carly fiorina. while ben carson continues to defend remarks he made about islam on "meet the press" which some found inflammatory. hallie jackson has more. >> reporter: under fire for his controversial comments about muslims, ben carson is a casualty
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of the p.c. police. >> p.c. culture says whenever you are asked a question it has to be answered in a certain way. and if you don't answer it that way, then let's attack. >> reporter: carson today, tripling down on his remarks the islamic faith is unconstitutional as those like kaepernick respond. >> anyone of any faith is welcome here. >> reporter: campaigning in south carolina today -- she had a microphone moment that everyone heard. >> contrary to some caricature caricatures, i'm quite soft spoke. >> from donald trump who is attacking her online and on air. >> if you hear here you get a big fat beautiful headache. >> and now taking target at fox news and host bill o'reilly who laughed it off. >> this is just theater right now. he gets a lot of attention from the theater.
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turning his attention to carly fiorina and turning up the sign he is sweating her fast rise in the polls. her campaign thinks say. saying we get the point, mr. trump, you are worried. you should be. but her critics say she should be worried on the strength of her campaign organization and the history as the fired ceo of hewlett-packard. >> i'm concerned you will spend this campaign defending your past business record versus looking ahead. >> i'm not concerned at all. i'm happy to defend on my past business record. i will run on that record all day long. >> fiorina, trump and carson not just the top three in the race but the so-called outsiders who have never held elective office. the last time voters picked a president without a political position and hadn't been elected, more than 60 years ago. the candidate, dwight eisenhower. the power of d-day, so
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powerful, both parties wanted to get him to run. >> thank you. still ahead, medical mistakes that will happen to nearly every american, sometimes with fatal consequences. what every spacious should do to protect themselves. and terrifying moments in the water caught on camera. how a kayakter with the pain and swelling of my moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis... ordinary objects often seemed... intimidating. doing something simple... meant enduring a lot of pain. if ra is changing your view of everyday things orencia may help. orencia works differently by targeting a source of ra early in the inflammation process. for many, orencia provides long-term relief of ra symptoms. it's helped new ra patients and those not helped enough by other treatments. do not take orencia with another biologic medicine for ra due to an increased risk of serious infection. serious side effects can occur including fatal infections. cases of lymphoma and lung cancer
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we're back now with a staggering new
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report about a dangerous blind spot in our health care system. it concludes that every single one of us will get a wrong or late diagnosis at least once in our lives an that can lead to very grave consequences. nbc's ron mott tells us more. >> reporter: 12-year-old rory dreamed of becoming a pilot. but a seemingly simple cut on his arm in gym class killed the new york city preteen leading to a blood infection that was caught too late. >> our son died and our son died despite us raising our concerns that there was something wrong. we were told over and over again that this was a stomach virus. >> a new report about the national academy of sciences engineering and medicine concludes misdiagnose is conclude in one out of ten deaths an one in 20 americans misdiagnosed every year. it is a wake-up call researchers say,
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demanding more attention. >> we found diagnostics is much neglected in health care and we need to study it more to do anything about it. >> the solution, researchers recommend changing the pay structure for doctors to emphasize the time with patients and elevating the stature of nurses who spend the most time with patients and improving the process. >> ask for the tests and more than the test ask for help understanding the tests. >> peggy zucker man of los angeles said her kidney cancer was misdiagnosed as a stomach ulcer and now advises patients on how to talk to the doctor. >> number one, know yourself and your story. you need to know what brought you to the doctor, what were your symptoms, what you've done. did it make sense to you and did the doctor fully listen to you as you gave your diagnosis? >> a call to decrease medical misdiagnose is on uncovering what is really ailing us.
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pope francis isn't the only dignitary visiting the u.s. and causing road headaches. xi jinping arrived in seattle for a three day visit. his motorcade snarled traffic downtown where he was greeted by protesters, not over the trax, but upset over the human rights record. later in the week he will be welcome for a state dinner at the white house. it is a regular future at sports events, the kiss cam. like last week with the carters locking lips at an atlanta braves game. one place you won't see it is at cuse. it is getting rid of it after complaints
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forward and welcomed the holy father. this kindergarten presented him with a bouquet of white flowers. >> would you raise your hand if you have butterflies in your tummy as you were about to meet your pope. no butterflies? 8-year-old langston davis is an alter boy at his d.c. church. >> we were chosen to meet the pope. >> last week he dropped to the floor when he heard the news and celebrated with his own special dance. >> how did you spend the day preparing to meet the pope? >> dressed. i dressed and made sure i mixed my collar. i took a bath last night and this morning too. >> known to his friends as z, 11-year-old zachary alterman said being an alter boy helps him feel closer to god. >> it is just a special day in my life that i get to do this. >> jocelyn acino is blessed. at 12 years old she said her family and
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faith have taught her to help those in need. >> how would you describe what happened today to your friends when you go back to school? >> i will tell them everything and tell them that i was blessed to have this opportunity. >> reporter: four young children, granted the once in a lifetime honor, to set the stage for a historic visit. rehema ellis, nbc news, joint base, and rues. >> what a great story they have to tell. that will do it for us on this tuesday night. much more on the pope's visit tomorthw morning on today. matt lauer will be live in washington. i'm be back tomorrow. for now i'm lester
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for all of us at nbc er. >> brian williams' big return to the anchor chair. >> his plan to win back america's trust now on extra.
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his first day on msnbc after his seven month suspension. >> ted cruz booed. carly fiorina on colbert. >> and mario made it into kimmel's monologue. >> mario tweeted this photo from the red carpet. >> the big surprise amy shumer got from jennifer lawrence and hours after making history, viola davis one-on-one with tracy who she's calling -- >> a beautiful mess. >> a shocking new millionaire match maker scandal. first a contestant was charged with rape and now a second man charged with brutally beating a woman. plus ann hathaway star struck. >> and now from the
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entertainment capital of la. >> hello and welcome to "extra". coming up, mariah carrie e carey's public aexperience. >> and guess who's going shirtless. >> and brian williams is back on the air after his very public fall from grace. >> brian williams' tv return. >> good day. >> seven month after his suspension, three months after his "today show" apology. >> i own up to this. >> just days after his daughter's wedding made big headlines the anchor is back in the chair. williams make his msnbc debut as pope francis arrives in the u.s. >> i'm convinced the story of this visit is the story of all of the people. >> his new assignment after he lost the nightly news anchor slot for stretching the truth. >> i am fully aware of the second chance i have been given.
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>> that second chance, anchoring breaking news coverage for the network, reportedly already making personnel decisions behind the enes. just this week the 57-year-old walking his daughter down the aisle. tom hanks officiating the ceremony and a star studded crowd watching on. the gop takes over late night tv. the rising republican star with fallon blasting trump, comparing him to vladimir putin. >> the two of them have a lot in common. >> then attempting to soften her image. >> ted cruz's appearance a little more bumpy. >> i don't think we should trust -- guys, guys, he's my guest. please don't boo him.
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>> donald trump makes his first

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