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that the thing he obviously loves most in the world is space and his earnestness about it is the coolest thing in the world. for the rest of us, here is hoping we all find something to geek out about. now time for "the last word with good tuesday morning. right now on "first look," actress and director angelina jolie's revelation about a double mastectomy. we have the details. scandal sweeps washington. the irs focus on conservative groups. and now, the justice department looking through reporters' phone records. new orleans police say this man is connected to the mother's day shooting. plus, a shackled o.j. simpson is back in court. and a phenomenon in space. good morning. a brave and shocking revelation from angelina jolie. in an opinion piece in "the new york times" this morning, the actress announces for the first time this earlier this year she
had a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. jolie writes this was a preventive measure, since she carries a gene increasing her risk of developing breast cancer to 87%. jolie writes, i chose not to keep my story private because there's many women who don't know they may be living under the shadow of cancer. it's my hope they can get gene-tested. and if they have a high risk, they, too, know they have strong options. she also writes, on a personal note, i don't feel any less of a woman. i feel empowered that makes a strong choice that in no way diminishes femininity. jolie's mom died of ovarian cancer at the age of 56. something jolie spoke about with ann curry on the "today" show that year. >> i lost my mom. but it happened. and i'm happy she's out of pain. >> jolie says her partner, actor brad pitt, was by her side
during the entire three-month process. the couple has six children together. the justice department is on defense this morning after news came out that it secretly obtained phone records of journalists working for the associated press. government officials seized two months of records from 20 separate lines used by the news agency. a senior justice official said it was a necessary part of an investigation into the leaking of information related to a yemeni-based terrorist plot. we regard this action by the department of justice as a serious interference with a.p.'s constitutional rights to gather and report the news. a u.s. attorney spokesman responded saying, quote, we take seriously our obligations to follow all applicable laws, federal regulations and department of justice policies when issuing subpoenas of phone records. the white house is distancing itself, saying it had no
knowledge of the actions. those investigations are handled independently by the justice department. now, to the other controversy in washington. the irs and its targeting of conservative nonprofit groups. monday, president obama echoed outrage from congressional republicans, calling the agency's actions an abuse of power. and now, house lawmakers have scheduled hears over the issue for later this week. tracie potts joins us live from washington with more. >> reporter: good morning. timing is critical here. this happened leading up to the 2012 election, which is why some of the groups insist it was politically-motivated. a draft report from the inspector general for tax administration says low-level irs employees in cincinnati singled out some 300 conservative groups, identifying themselves as patriots or tea party.
>> politically motivated. plain and simple. >> this is not republican. it's not democrat. it's wrong to do. >> reporter: the president agreed. >> i've got no patience with it. i will not tolerate it. and we'll make sure that we find out exactly what happened on this. >> i don't frankly trust the administration to do its own investigation. to have legitimacy, congress needs to conduct its own investigation. >> reporter: tea party leaders want an independent prosecutor. >> we want it to be something that's nonpartisan. we want to make sure that republicans are kept honest, too. >> reporter: the draft report shows the top lawyer at the irs was briefed on the investigation two years ago. the white house insists it first learned late last month. congress got a closed briefing monday. >> heads really should roll. this is very serious. >> reporter: the acting irs commissioner and the inspector general writing the report testified at a house hearing
friday. florida senator marco rubio says that acting irs commissioner should resign. he has introduced a bill saying any irs employee who willfully violates the rights of taxpayers should be fired. >> thanks so much. the search is on in new orleans for the gunman police say shot into a crowded mother's day parade, injuring 19 people. officials say they know more about 19-year-old aiken scott. police searched three homes on monday. but they came up short. these surveillance images, along with a $10,000 reward led to several community tips. but it's too early to know if scott acted alone. witnesses say they saw three people running from the scene. three victims remained in critical condition monday. but authorities say their injuries are not life-threatening. a philadelphia doctor convicted of murdering three babies during late-term abortions could face the death penalty. one female juror cried as the foreman red the verdict monday
that found the 72-year-old guilty of a slew of other charges, ranging from involuntary manslaughter to conspiracy. he was acquitted in the death of a fourth baby. he was accused of delivering live babies and then killing them. the jury deliberated for ten days after five weeks of testimony. and now, here's your "first look" at this morning's look at scrambled politics. some republicans say the benghazi scandal will cause president obama's downfall. but a new poll reveals how little americans know about the incident. a survey from public policy polling shows 41% of republicans consider it to be the biggest political scandal in american history. that's compared to 10% of democrats and 20% of independents. of those republicans, 39% don't know where benghazi is. 10% in egypt. 9% in iran. for the record, it's libya. president obama will be seeing
double in his cabinet meetings. john kerry's younger brother will become the acting commerce secretary. he serves as the department's general counsel. caroline kennedy will be in a new york courtroom today after being selected as a juror for a felony drug trial. while answering her jury questionnaire, she declined to answer if any of her family had been a victim of a crime. and said she knew a few people with a drug problem. vermont lawmakers have passed legislation permitting doctor-assisted suicide. it has strong support from a governor. and the first time a state legislature approved such a measure. nancy pelosi had tough words for the man who took her job, john boehner. listen to what she told msnbc's chris hayes. >> i will say this about john boehner. if he were a woman, they'd be calling him the weakest speaker in history. >> why do you say that? >> because they don't get anything done. rick scott could pick former
congressman and tea party favorite allen west to be the state's next lieutenant governor. scott says west would be a great choice. and samuel l. jackson is getting a promotion to the president of the united states. the hollywood reporter says the actor will play the commander in chief in the action adventure film, "big game." and that's your morning's dish of "scrambled politics." the wild weather keeps coming. a rare and forceful tornado swept through northeastern hungary yesterday, bringing along hail and damaging winds. firemen responded to more than 70 emergencies caused by that powerful storm. and now for the weather closer to home, we're joined by bill karins. good morning. >> i'm taking hate mail this morning. it's cold. it's cold in the northeast. heat on in the car. your seat warmers on in the car. it was 46 for your afternoon
high in buffalo. it was 47 degrees warmer in fargo than it was in buffalo. that's a crazy stat. warmer in areas like billings, montana, than in orlando. bingh binghamton, new york, 32. the windchill in the upper 20s. a couple spots in connecticut in the low to mid-30s. it is a cold morning for this time of year. all the way down to washington, d.c. this afternoon will be nice. you'll carry the jacket home later. and all of the warm air, it remains in the middle of the country. chicago, you're in the 50s now. you're going up to about 87. kansas city, near 93. minneapolis will be 95 today. while you're complaining in your cold. >> i wish i could trade places with them. >> they were shoveling snow two weeks ago. >> thanks so much, bill. police detain a saudi national trying to bring a pressure cooker into the u.s.
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some other stories making news this morning. o.j. simpson was in a las vegas courtroom monday, asking for a new trial in his 2008 armed robbery and kidnapping case. the 65-year-old is expected to testify that he got bad legal advice from his original lawyer. officials have detained a saudi national after he tried to bring a pressure cooker into detroit. the man is being held on allegations of using an invalid passport and lying to customs agents. pressure cookers have raised security alarms since being used to make two homemade bombs in last month's boston marathon.
minnesota's governor isaw t approve same-sex marriage. minnesota is the 12th state, and the 3rd this month to approve same-sex marriage. if you don't know what to pack for your next picnic, a new report suggests bugs. yes, for the menu. the u.n. says screechers like scorpions, cicadas and locusts are filled with protein and fiber. images of the most powerful solar flare. the flare peaked over the weekend and caused a radio blackout. and dr. joyce brothers was called the mother of mass media psychology, for her advice on radio and tv. she was 85 years old. and now for your first look at today's business headlines. we turn to jackie deangelis. >> good morning to you. sony is saying its entertainment business is not for sale. the comments come after a big hedge fund manager, dan lobe, proposed that sony spin off the
business in an ipo, saying it could boost the company's stock. coach may be trying to bag an acquisition. the luxury retailer approached tori burke last year. and for the price of a lamborghini or two, you could have coffee with apple ceo tim cook. bid in a charity auction for a sitdown with cook have topped $600,000. proceeds going to the rfk center for justice and human rights. sounds like a good cause. but a lot of money to me. >> hopefully they throw in a bagel or doughnut. in other business news, the transatlantic divide is growing over a building and safety accord for garment workers in bangladesh. a few retailers declined to endorse the measures. but two of europe's fashion chains are pushing for greater
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>> we have benghazi, the irs. politico says that scandal is scooping washington. one-third of house committees are investigating the obama administration. what are the risks and rewards for the gop. >> it is duck season. it is hunting season. we're right ahead of a coming midterm. the time is now to score the political points that you can. for the gop there are risks and rewards. the risks are that you fail to use this time to expand your base. and you fail to use this time to grow your party. to win people to your side. what you do do is you fire up the existing base. you raise money. you get feet on the street. and so, there really is a delicate balance for them to strike here. and time will tell if they're able. >> what effect do you think this will have on obama's legislative agenda? all of the things he wants to get accomplished. >> every moment you're focused on the scandal of the day, is the moment you're not focused on the important issues like gun
control, immigration. you never get around to job creation when you're focused on important issues dealing with benghazi. there's important issuing having to do with the irs and what seems like intrusion on journalists at the associated press. there are important issues there. but it seems to me that all of them taken together, will distract us from any real agenda over the coming months. >> how do you think this will impact the public's view of the obama administration. how is this shaping the narrative that night have an effect in 2014? >> it's going to effect the narrative that washington is broken. that they cannot go and do the people's work in a meaningful way. i think it doesn't necessarily change their view. but certainly doubles down on the view that washington just doesn't work. >> we're going to have to leave right there. goldie taylor, thanks for joining us this morning. let's get the latest in
sports from richard. >> a dramatic come-from-behind in the nhl playoffs. boston tying it up 4-4 in overtime. boston scores on the second chance. the bruins get the 5-4 win and are in the semifinals. a lopsided win for new york over the washington capitals. 5-0 there. the rangers face the bruins in boston on thursday. in the nba playoffs, memphis and oklahoma city, battle into overtime. the grizzlies out last the thunder there. memphis leads the series, 3-1. and a scary moment in baseball. washington nationals outfield, bryce harper, slamming into the right field wall at dodgers stadium. dazed, bleeding, harper leaves the field without help. but later gets 11 stitches. orb is at pimlico, is the favorite at the preakness. keep your eye on a ferrari. the car disintegrates on a
japanese racetrack. the field worker and the driver should be okay. a youth hockey game in russia turning into fistfight. the referees could not stop the melee. and paris police dealing with soccer fans. david beckham's team was celebrating the first french league title before the streets were filled with smoke. it's going to be a beauty. the minnesota vikings' new stadium will have the largest clear roof in the world. how about a retractable wall. this multipurpose stadium opens by 2015. i cannot wait to go see a game in that thing. >> i'm thinking in minnesota during football season, suspect it going to be covered with snow? >> you want to keep the doors closed. >> thanks, richard. straight ahead, we take you to the jersey shore. prince harry will be there. look what mommy is having. mommy's having a french fry.
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britain's prince harry continues his u.s. tour with a stop in new jersey today. this morning, the prince, alongside governor chris christie will visit beach areas devastated by hurricane sandy. jay, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. beautiful sunrise here. that light revealing continuing problem in the wake of superstorm sandy. the prince will spend time here visiting with victims as he tours the area, getting a close firsthand look at some of the problems there. back to seaside heights where he
will spend some time getting to know business owners who are reopening along the boardwalk. you take a look at that famed rollercoaster that's become a symbol for so many of the devastation left by this storm. really mangled and left there, partially submerged in the water. it's going to be removed by crews later today. they'll start that process. a part of the ride will be preserved. it will be used as a memorial, once the entire recovery effort has finished along the boardwalk. that's the latest live here at seaside, new jersey. i'm jay gray. >> do we know if he'll be meeting with politicians in new jersey or other stars, like the cast of "the jersey shore"? >> we know he's going to spend some time and taking part of the tour with governor christie. he will be getting time with him. also, will be visiting again with a lot of the residents here. a lot of the business owners. people who have been affected by the storm and struggling through recovery. that's something he made a point
of pawanting to do during his tr of the united states. he wants to get to know the people on the ground. >> thanks so much, jay gray. this is "first look" on msnbc. stay tuned. "way too early" starts right now. the only thing that's holding us back is a spirit in washington that isn't reflective of the spirit of the american people. the spirit in washington -- spirit in washington that is more concerned about the next election than the next generation. and that has to change. that's why you're here tonight because you know it has to change. >> president obama in his comfort zone last night. raising money in new york city, as his administration getting serious heat on several fronts
this morning. first, benghazi. then, the irs. and now, a scandal involving phone records and the associated press. how will the president deal with a wave of potential scandals? also, a revelation from one of the biggest stars on the planet. why angelina jolie underwent a double mastectomy. and how she broke the news to the world. and a hockey fight like you've never seen before. where this bench-clearing happened and how long it lasted. it's "way too early" for this tuesday, may 14th. that's unbelievable stuff on that hockey rink and where it happened will surprise you. this is "way too early." we have, honestly, a huge news day, especially the controversy swirling around the obama administration. first off, a quick challenge for you. i always was told this audience was one of the most sophisticated out there, right? this morning, you get a chance to prove it.