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>> right now on "andrea mitchell reports," traffic in and out of chicago, the nation's busiest airport halted by a fire at the faa facility that may have been intentionally set. the house of commons is about to vote on whether or not the uk will join the bombing raids against isis in iraq. >> this is not a threat on the far side of the road. this is not the stuff of fantasy. this is happening in front of us and we need to face it. >> iraq's prime minister warns of a terror alert in the
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subways. was it a false alarm? >> derek jeter ends his final game with a walk off single. derek jeter where fantasy becomes reality. did you have any doubt? >> and we never had any doubt. he bows out as only he could. >> i want to thank everyone here. i said it time and time again. everybody is saying thank you, derek. for what. i'm trying to do my job. thank you guys. >> good day. i'm andrea mitchell in washington. atf and fbi agents have arrived
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where a fire put commercial airliners at midway and o'hare airports at a ground stop. o'hare the biggest in the country. federal and state officials are looking into the possibility that the fire had been exceptionally set. we are expecting an update and this was the aurora police chief moments ago. >> there was no explosion. we are just being cautious and that's why you are seeing a lot of equipment coming in. the fire was set by contract employee. there is no terrorist act. >> nbc's tom costello is joining the latest developments and he joins me with kevin tibbles. first to you. the big picture. what do we know about the incident and the contractor and any injuries. >> this happened at about 5:42 a.m. today. at an air traffic control
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facility and if you have ever listened on the head sets and you are flying over on channel 9, you can hear them talking. this was chicago center. a major transit point for air traffic control handling high altitude flights. they got a call of fire in the building and arrived to find an individual who was injuried in some way and somebody else was suffering for smoke inhalation in the basement of the building. we believe multiple fires were set and our sources have been saying it was the contractor who set this fire or fires. why? we don't know, but immediately the evacuation order went out. 15 to 30 people removed. that meant that air traffic control was dramatically affected at two airports. chicago o'hare and also midway. as of this moment, we have a report of up to 800 flights affected at o'hare. delays and cancellations and 373 at midway.
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take a look at this map. this shows you the is it story. all of the flights diverting around chicago. flights to the north and the south because there has been limited air traffic control coverage around chicago. that is just now starting to pick up and i'm going to let kevin tibbles talk about the house of pain that is o'hare. keeping in mind that a plane that starts in l.a. or seattle or denver and goes to chicago, that's not the end of the day. it might go on to la guardia or charlotte. all of those flights are affected by this outage. they are beginning to pick up and both american and united hope to start ramping up as the day goes on. how long this will take, we don't know and how much damage was done to this critical tower,this critical facility known as a center or en route
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center. when that traffic was taken away from chicago center and minneapolis center picked up the ball. other air traffic control centers filled in. back to you. >> kevin tibbles, thanks to you for setting the scene here and the scene must be a mess at o'hare which on a good day is not so great. >> it's interesting because for the 50 time in a long time, the skies over chicago are absolutely silent. usually the city is buzzing with air traffic coming into the airports, but now all the pandemonium is on the ground. inside the terminals and outside the american terminal where more than 300 flights have been canceled. 800 in this airport and more than 1,000 in the city. inside people are lining up trying to get alternate routes to their destinations and spoken to many people going to weddings on the west coast.
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family gatherings and the usual business traffic. they will find out if they can get to where they are going without going through here. it's frustrating and people are trying to go with the flow and as the day moves on, things are going to get more chaotic. we have heard from the two major airlines, american and united, a real trickle of flights are being able to take off. american said ten. that's not a lot compared to what usually goes on. the flights are flying at lower altitudes until they can be picked up by air traffic control elsewhere in places like cleveland or in minneapolis. as for flights coming in, we heard from american airlines that flights from places like indianapolis which are close by, they are coming in because they are flying at lower than 10,000
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feet and they are handled by a different center. in a word or two words, real mess. andrea? >> kevin tibbles, tom costello, it is a mess. we saw the american airlines employee passing out water bottles to the people in the long lines. that's a good gesture, but what a tough day there. valerie is a senior adviser to president obama and joins me now. as a chicagoan, you have to feel for the fellow chicagoans and others at o'hare and midway who are going through this. the good news is according to the reports and you would know this better than anyone, this is an isolated event and not i terror effect. >> i am from chicago and i have the experience what it's like when one of the nation's busiest airports is disrupted. there is going to be a lot of inconvenience and it's very, very frustrating. as you said earlier, an investigation is under way between federal, state, and
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local authorities and we will be hearing more from them as they have results. >> many firestorms set up by a body of iraq and they told a group of iraqi reporters yesterday in new york and captured isis fighters who warned of a plotegance other transit spots in the united states. no one that we can find in the administration in agencies have confirmed anything of the like. i gather that he did not say anything about this when he was meeting the day before with president obama and other coalition leaders. i wonder if you have any new guidance for the very worried people in new york city. >> sure. you have the intelligence community that has not confirmed specific threats at all. the safety of the american people is the first priority.
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we saw them trying to encourage people to feel comfortable. i have nothing new to report. we do not have anything for the community. >> the president gave a speech which was so different than the speech a year ago. facts have changed on the ground. it was a call to arms. it was a message to muslim youth. there were a lot of messages wrapped up in the speech. it was different than the speech a year ago when he announced the end of the war and the end of fighting and a decade of fighting in afghanistan. >> circumstances have changed and i think it was a strong powerful speech. he was very clear. he also demonstrated this week what the u.s.'s leadership mean with galvanizing the world partners and cooperating with the efforts against isil and i think it was a very
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constructively and important week and the speech sent a strong signal about where the united states stands. >> i wanted to ask you about the parliament that has voting as we speak. the brits have at least taken this debate for the last six hours today. why isn't congress back and debating this issue? >> you would have to put that question to congress. the debate this morning was vigorous and i am not going to speak on behalf of congress. they will make their own. the president has been in conversations with the leadership and keeping them up to speed on the actions he has been taking. they will have to determine the schedule. >> a year ago when he decided although ordering the possibility of air strikes against assad for the use of chemical weapons, he decided there should be a congressional debate and a vote before he went forward. this time he is doing it without congressional action.
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>> that's right and as i said, he has been consulting with the leadership. not just from the hill, but from the american people. the fact that he has been age to force partnerships from the allies and particularly those from the country who is are stepping up and taking it seriously. it shows an enormous amount of support for what the president is doing right now. >> from around the world, i should haven to say. >> i wanted to ask you about eric holder. his resignation was anticipated, it's fair to say. this is one of the longest serving attorneys general, one of the longest serving members of the cabinet. only cabinet members have served as long. he is very close to the president and close to you. this was eric holder at the ceremony yesterday. >> i want to recognize my good friend, valerie jack whom i have
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been fortunate to work with what started as an improbable idealistic effort by a young senator from illinois who would achieve greatness. >> it was clearly an emotional time for him and his family. today he talked to the congressional black caucus and we will be talking about the mission continuing and the legacy and the focus on civil rights and voting rights. lgbt rights. he and barack obama have the same vision, that they are working in tandem. will whoever succeeds him have the same values and can you get someone confirmed given the mid-term elections and with what may exist. you may have the senate command. >> the answer is absolutely. they want to make sure whoever he selects as attorney general serves the values and what i would observe is that they
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believe everyone should do everything possible to bend the ark of the moral universe towards justice in the words of martin luther king. eric holder did that and bought on behalf of the people of america and the president said he is the people's lawyer, everything from counter terrorism to civil rights to voting rights and making sure that we bring our banks to the table and be held accountable. record settlements he was able to negotiate and the white collar crime. the enormous progress we have made to make sure that no matter where you come from and no matter how you were raised and who you loved, you should have that equal opportunity in this country if you work hard and play by the rules. those are the values he stands for and the president shares the values and they see that true north and whoever the president selects will have the same priorities and values. eric holder's legacy is one that i know we were proud of and we
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will miss him. when he made the comments, there were tears streaming down my face. i will miss him on a personal level, but also what he did for our country. we would hope whoever the president selects would receive swift confirmation. it's an extremely important job within the president's cabinet and we hope they confirm the president's choice in short order. >> speaking of choices, i know you will be advising on that. duvall patrick said he does not think he is interested this time around. is it a political choice? someone has been active in politics in the world of governing at the state or congressional level or is it someone who has been a u.s. attorney. there have been names thrown around or someone who has been the solicitor general? >> those are all good questions. we don't try to get out ahead of the president. he will look at a range of cabinets and a range of qualities and those are important and he thinks those
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will be important for the person who represents the people of america. i don't want to prejudge what qualifications that person might have, but he will pick the best person for the job that shares his priorities and his values and his desire that we really provide an equal opportunity and protect all americans and keep america and make sure everyone has that opportunity for equal justice with emphasis on justice and equality in the country. i think the president will find that person. i can't give you any more insight in terms of a time table, but it's terrific. eric holder agreed to serve until his successor is confirmed so that we won't have a vacancy at the important agency. >> parliament has voted yes and decided to join the coalition in terms of air strikes. active participation. military participation. how important is that of a boost
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for the president? >> it's terrific. very important obviously. great britain is an integral important ally to the united states and the debate was vigorous and we are encouraged they decided to join an increasingly growing coalition that further isolates a terrorist group. >> thank you so much, valerie jarrett. thanks for handling all of the different subjects. we will have more on the british parliament as it continues to wrap up from its critical vote supporting the coalition and air strikes against isis in iraq. we'll be right back. u know.... there's a more enjoyable way to get your fiber. try phillips fiber good gummies. they're delicious and an excellent source of fiber to help support regularity. mmmm. these are good! the tasty side of fiber. from phillips ♪ want to change the world? create things that help people. design safer cars. faster computers. smarter grids and smarter phones. think up new ways to produce energy.
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how long will this last and when will the mission start? >> let me answer that very directly. this is going to be a mission that will take not just months,
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but years. >> being extremist doesn't kill the inside that can feed their ideas. >> we have to think of inaction. how much stronger will they be before we decide we need to take action as well. >> look at what the house of commons agreed to. iraq, afghanistan, misgovernment and libya, none are success stories. >> woo we have to realize whether they like it or not, they have already declared war on us. >> live in london, the vote was overwhelming. it is only air strikes in iraq. correct me if we are wrong. it's not authorizing action against isis in syria. that's right. they voted more than 500 more makers and a small number, 43 voting no against that rez losing. they have agreed to military
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action over the skies of iraq. joining the coalition and it will be a install number involved in the action, but it's partly the psychologist about having the uk. the u.s.'s traditional partner and having the uk involved is important. it was a heated debate over six hours in which many issues were talked about. including whether there was a real danger of mission and how you intervene in a region that is so divided, how do you intervene militarily and manage to come out of that with a positive result for the region? in the end, british lawmakers voted partly because almost every political party, certainly every major party was in favor of the yes vote and said for
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their politicians that they should vote that way, and the fear of course and consistently was voiced during the debate has been about whether there was a danger that this would end in a quagmyre like others have. andrea? >> thanks so much, pierce simmons. chuck todd, director and moderator of "meet the press." very important signal. the uk and also belgium, denmark and france was already in. >> what a great scene. members of a legislative body debating something as serious -- >> war and peace. where have we seen this? >> the parliamentary systems demand that kind of debate. that is something i think every individual member of congress is embarrassed that that debate
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would take place. >> this is a man who said he wanted to get rid of the war authorization and have a new one. you want to know why there is mistrust in washington and a lack of faith with both parties? it's moments like this, a big moment and you refuse to deal with it because you are afraid of the political consequences. >> how is it playing out, this background about terror threats. we saw the overreaction, may i say, to what the prime minister of iraq said. >> i always said it's rational overreaction in new york. if you have a personal memory of 9-11 you hear something like that, new york city and washington, d.c., their first hits, first ideas were terrorists. i understand the overreaction, but we have to be careful in how the stuff gets disseminated.
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>> is it showing up yet in any of the conversations we saw? we had scott brown. >> tv ads, all republicans trying to hit democrats as weak on national security. scott brown trying to conplate the isis issue with immigration. we said we have an insecure border. imagine terrorists can come through the way they did. >> far fewer people had come through. >> the facts never get in the way of a good television ad. that's been it. you haven't seen most of the races that are competitive, you get the sense that neither party is afraid of giving too much on this. it doesn't want to look weak or too much like war hungry either. you have to feel the tentativeness between -- i'm thinking places like iowa, colorado and the closer senate races where the tentativeness in both campaigns, the democrat and the republican is obvious o
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this issue. >> as the value voters gathered today, ted cruz, this was the subject there. >> right now this week, the government of iran is sitting down with the u.s. government. to discuss what prime minister netanyahu rightly describes as an historic mistake, a bad deal that is setting the stage for iran to acquire nuclear weapon capabilities. we so desperately need a president who will stand up and say these discussions do not even begin until you release the pastor and send him home. >> maybe we need a president who know that is the iranians don't
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drink. it is a nonalcoholic president. >> he is playing to the audience and playing to a stereotype of new york city and how diplomacy worked 80 years ago. >> there meetings this week with the iranians in new york tonight. john kerry is flying back for that and we will see whether the breakthrough that some are hoping for happens. >> it doesn't feel like it. >> it feels like everybody is looking for a way out and not a way -- >> if anything, there is another punt that is going to happen. you figure the question is, does the united states allow that. maybe iran is trying to play a time game here. >> because it's friday and because we need good news and we all were watching and enjoying this so much, let's talk about good news out of new york city. last night, compliments of the captain, derek jeter.
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willie geist has the highlights. >> it's a routine derek jeter performed in new york nearly 1500 times before. slipping on the pin stripes, jogging out to his position at shortstop and playing baseball for the team he dreamed about playing for as a kid. this time was different. this time was the last. as the sold out star studded crowd at yankee stadium chanted his name, jeter soaked it in and got back to business. >> deep to left field and still back, still back and it's off the wall. >> lacing a double in the first at-bat. >> derek jeter with a double! that young man has a flair for the dramatic. >> driving in a run and crossing home plate himself. >> jeter was drafted by the yankees in 1992, a scrawny teenager from kalamazoo,
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michigan. >> here's the kid for his first major league hit. >> by 1995, he was k5u8ed to the big leagues and a year later he was a world champion and well on his way of being the toast of new york city. with the game tied in the bottom of the ninth inning and the winning run on second base, derek jeter came to the plate one last time. >> base hit to right field. >> number two comes through in the clutch again and the yankees win, 6-5. >> derek jeter, where fantasy becomes reality. >> then he said goodbye. >> i want to thank everyone here. i said it time and time again. everybody is chanting thank you, derek and i'm thinking to myself, for what? i'm just trying to do my job, so thank you guys. >> no scandal, no drugs, no personal problems.
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>> it's so hard to be a yankee hater and hate derek jeter. i couldn't. i felt the same way. class act. handled themselves the way certainly despite what charles barclay said. i have no problem with derek jeter being a role model. he deserves points. i know there is debate about the idea, but his statistics and how -- the guy, it was when it mattered. >> he's a clutch hitter. >> he just is. that should count. our friends need to come up with they do it when it matters. when the spotlight is brightest. >> just like you. >> you are being too kind. that was something. only derek jeter goes out like. that he will dh this weekend so that the last time he plays will be in yankee stadium. >> very classy. we don't want to end our
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conversation about jeter's last night without showing this. the captain's nephew tipping his number two cap to his uncle at the end of the game. is that respect. it was a picture perfect moment to be sure. remember that shot. we'll be right back. this is "andrea mitchell reports" only on msnbc. your customers, our financing. your aspirations, our analytics. your goals, our technology. introducing synchrony financial, bringing new meaning to the word partnership. banking. loyalty. analytics. synchrony financial. enagage with us. say "hi" rudy. [ barks ] [ chuckles ] i'd do anything to keep this guy happy and healthy.
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the u.s. continues to hit the group in syria and iraq with air strikes, led by the u.s. and participation by a coalition of forces saying it will join. will the air strategy work without boots on the ground? i am joined by navy admiral -- he served as nato supreme ally commander in afghanistan and commanded an aircraft group from 2002 to 2004. welcome. you are also the author of the new book the accidental admiral. thank you very much. i know you are now the dean of
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the fletcher school and you have graduate students and under grads who are studying what is happening right now. what do you tell them about the chance of success given the limit that is the president placed on this engagement? >> thanks for having me. i would tell our students and i do frequently, put your faith in building coalitions. this is not only in warfare, but everything we do starting with the ebola virus. building a coalition and it was so heartening to see them continue to participate. they were built around pillar nations like the united states and great britain. in afghanistan, the germans and the turks, we need to build that and we have a reasonable chance of success. >> you know that nato was involved with boots on the ground. we had the dutch and the brits
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and all these others in afghanistan. now what we are told is there won't be american boots on the ground. they will be regional. by that they mean the syrian free army and iraq army. this is before any can be fighting forces. >> this is going to end up being a three-front war. it will be iraqi security from the north and overtime and the longest in the tent will be creating a syrian resistance so it can go up against this new strategy and i believe they should put nato and u.s. troops on the ground, at least special forces will act as a stiffener with these forces. it will be harder if we do not
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do that. >> it's clear that the general austin recommended that. they want to keep the option open. the white house seems to be shooting it down for political reasons. is there a disconnect between the military advice and what the president is deciding? >> the job of the military is to create options and our civilian leadership can make the hard decisions. i am certain the military will continue to present all options and then it's up to our decision makers, the president and let's hope the congress gets involved in this dialogue overtime. >> the uae and she was leading the first unit on monday night. what is the significance of that? >> it's two-fold.
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it shows the women get into a cockpit and get the job done. we have known that for a long time. it's part of whose e thos is selling them into slavery. that's a symbol on the strikes. i was happy to see that. >> the dean of the fletcher school, thank you very much. the book is the accidental admiral. we hope to see you again soon. >> thanks, andrea. >> up next, joy reed got a one on one with the outgoing attorney general eric holder. you are watching msnbc. can ease arthritis symptoms but if you have arthritis, this can be difficult. prescription celebrex can help relieve arthritis pain, so your body can stay in motion.
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he and i share a world view. we are partners. my departure will not have any impact on his administration's impact on the civil rights issues. >> eric holder speaking to joy reed at the congressional black caucus, a panel on voting rights. you are moderating. thank you very much. >> thank you. >> it's great that you bring us this interview with eric holder. his emphasis is that the mission continues. >> i think what he was trying to emphasize is the seamlessness between himself and the president of the united states. a lot of angst and anxiety talking to members of congress here in town from the black talk us is making sure that the work he was doing goes on. that's on three tracks. on voting rights of course where you have active cases in texas and active action going on in swing states like wisconsin and ohio. on the track of ferguson which i
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ask him about which a lot of people are nervous about. how aggressive is the new ag going to be on the ferguson issue. of course there is the third track that a lot of liberals are concerned about the issues of civil liberties. the tracks he is active on and they will want to know that everything will continue. >> thank you very much and of course the full interview at 2:00 p.m. eastern. stay with us. up next, a preview of the big entertainment event of the weekend. the global citizen festival here on msnbc. ith a warning. today her doctor has her on a bayer aspirin regimen to help reduce the risk of another one. if you've had a heart attack be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. you drop 40 grand on a new set of wheels, then... wham! a minivan t-bones you. guess what: your insurance company will only give you 37-thousand to replace it. "depreciation" they claim.
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it's a big weekend in new york city, some of the biggest names in hollywood and music gathering to sign a light on poverty. for the third annual global citizen festival, you can see the band stand created. they are the festival's media
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partners and part of the global project and an international effort to end extreme poverty by 2030. part includes the empowerment of women and girls. they are working on campaigns to do just that. kathy calvin is president and katherine carroll, cathy and katherine from caterpillar inc. leads the philanthropy of caterpillar. that is sponsoring the final two hours. great to see you both again. the un foundation does so many good things. talk to me about the interaction between this project and the un foundation. >> we are so excited to see that there is a gathering of citizens from all over the world here in new york. they will be hearing from the secretary general of the un and head of the world bank and lots of citizens and entertainers who are committed to the same goal
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of eradicating poverty. we know it's possible because we have been working on it for 15 years across the world to make sure girls are given the opportunity to be in school and delay marriage and have the opportunity to thrive in their own communities. to ensure that people make that path from poverty to prosperity. we know we can get there in 2030. >> caterpillar is quite a history in philanthropy. we like to have what we call catalytic philanthropy and you have engagement with your partners. we have been working for the past year with the girl up campaign to empower u.s. girls to be leaders and spread that leadership throughout the world. i'm excited to be working with the best in class organization.
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they are on clean stoves and so women can work with better health conditions in their cooking and preparation of food. they have an inability to go to school and work in businesses and contribute back to the communities. >> let's watch. >> did you know one of the deadliest threats that face families is right inside their own home. would you believe that the simple act of cooking is responsible shown globally each year. close to 3 billion people rely on solid fuels such as wood to cook their food every day. when burned in open fires, these types of fuels emit a toxic smoke that fills homes and communities the world over. >> i have been in places like
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this when the women leave camps or safer enclosures to get the wood they want to cook on. they can be attacked by militias or others. there is a lot of safety involved in having clean stoves. >> this is the most basic theory of our lives that women and children in these homes are faced with so many different challenges and when the black soot can give them pneumonia and the hazardous health condition when is they don't have the time to go to school or create a livelihood because they spent time over the inefficient fires, we know there is an opportunity to make a difference. we committed ourselves to reaching 100 million new homes using cleaner and more efficient
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stoves. we oh, that to the women of the world. half of the population is leading lives that are not healthy. this is a major commitment and we know we can hold a conference where we ask them to come and we are seeing great conference in india and elsewhere to make sure the women and children are not held back because of something as basic and wonderful as cooking. >> what do you hope to get out of this grand concert? >> we are very excited about our partnership with msnbc and the noble citizen festival. we just announced yesterday the
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global project and clean water and making sure girls have that ability and access so they can go to school and be more productive. we are excited about bringing all of these people together. tomorrow it will be powered up and to get the message out there and get people engaged. make sure there is activism that people are talking about these problems and looking for solutions. that's why caterpillar is so involved. are and we know that caterpillar is an organization committed to women and girls. it is heavy machinery and energy and that's a great way to make a contribution. thank you. >> we would love to have two great women like you leading the way. thank you soeth so much. great to see you again. for more information on this effort to end extreme poverty by 2030, go on our website.
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it will be a big thing tomorrow. the third annual global citizen festival featuring jay z, carrie underwood and the roots. tune in starting at 3:00 eastern here on msnbc. that does it for this edition. have a great weekend. remember follow the show online on face box and on twitter@mitchell reports. celebrating the new year, happy new year. ronan is next. try phillips fiber good gummies. they're delicious and an excellent source of fiber to help support regularity. mmmm. these are good! the tasty side of fiber. from phillips
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