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good morning, it's tuesday, july 12th. i'm chris jansing. this morning, not far from here, the president will do what he has done so often, try to console a nation in grief. a nation in search of answers where few come. he, the first lady, the vice president, and vice president's wife will all travel here. president george w. bush will speak, as well, at the interfaith service. paying tribute to five officers killed last week. worth mentioning, the two presidents have appeared together in recent years. walking together at the 50th anniversary of selma, alabama. they traveled together to the funeral of nelson mandela. and they commemorated the tenth anniversary of september 11th, among other occasion. by his staff's own admission the president is intensely frustrated at the lack of movement on curbing access to guns, branding it as republican obstructionism. the vice president spent yesterday talking to police about improving community
policing, and here's what the vice president told lester holt ahead of the trip. >> what's not happening what happened in the '90s was you don't have police officers out of the car, knowing who runs the local grocery store, showing up at the boys and girls club. there's much less interaction. so what happens is, that -- that -- that police officer sitting in the squad car in a tough neighborhood, they don't know she's a mother of three kids and coaches basketball and is a good person and conversely, the kid on the corner crossing the street with the hoodie, the police officers don't know this kid may be a poet instead of a gang banger. >> president obama will host a law enforcement summit next week. last night, hundreds turned out here in dallas to remember the officers slain thursday. dallas police are sifting through 1770 hours of body cam footage, and more videos from squad cars as they try to learn more about what happened that night. in an interview with the blade, micah johnson's mother said her son changed dramatically after his military service, saying he
was very disappointed. johnson returned from afghanistan in 2014 after he was accused of sexual harassment, according to his former lawyer. and johnson's father sobbed as he talked about his son, who killed five officers, and wounded nine more. >> i don't know what to say. to anybody to make anything better. i didn't see it coming. -- >> he was a good son. >> i loved my son with all my heart. i hate what he did. >> the strain of the investigation and the fallout have become apparent for the dallas police department. chief david brown, by now well-known for his candor, talked at length about his own condition, and that of the police in america.
>> to be quite honest i'm running on fumes. many of you have asked for interviews. i've tried to nicely ignore you. i hope you understand that my brain is fried. again, i go back to i'm a person of faith. i believe that i'm able to stand here and discuss this with you, is a testament to god's grace and his sweet, tender mercies. just to be quite honest with you. because what we're doing, what we're trying to accomplish here is above challenging. it is -- we're asking cops to do too much in this country. >> chief brown acknowledged he received death threats after thursday's attack via the department's facebook account. but he also touted his department's reputation, saying that excessive force complaints plummeted by more than 60% between 2009 and 2014. and touting murder rates at historic lows dating back to the
1930s. he put the onus squarely on the community to do more. >> become a part of the solution. serve. your communities. don't be a part of the problem. we're hiring. we're hiring. get off that protest line and put an application in. and we'll put you in your neighborhood, and we will help you resolve some of the problems you're protesting about. >> visiting hours for one of the slain officers start today. funerals are set for wednesday and thursday. meantime, one of the trauma surgeons who tried desperately to save officers wounded in dallas last week spoke about the shootings, but also about the state of race relations in america. in an emotional news conference, dr. brian williams said that while he understands the anger, frustration, and distrust of law enforcement felt by many in the black community, the police are not the problem.
>> i understand the anger, and the frustration, and distrust of law enforcement, but they are not the problem. the problem is the lack of open discussions about the impact of race relations in this country. and i think about it every day. that i was unable to say to those cops when they came here that night, it weighed on my mind constantly. this killing, it has to stop. >> in the meantime, three people are dead in michigan after a man opened fire at a courthouse there as he tried to escape custody. officials say 44-year-old larry darnell gordon was being brought in for a hearing yesterday at the facility when he grabbed a gun from an officer. they say he shot and killed two
bailiffs, and briefly tried to take hostages. gordon was quickly shot and killed by other officers. two other people were hurt. michigan governor rick snyder called for support for police officers following this latest incident of violence. >> this is a particularly tough time for law enforcement so i ask that everyone reach out and try to be as supportive of law enforcement across the state, and across the country, as possible. in a difficult case like this. >> this shooting brings the number of law enforcement officers fatally shot by suspects while in the line of duty to 27 this year. up from 16 a year ago. in virginia yesterday, donald trump delivered a policy speech promising to expand private options for veterans health care but issues of the inner city and policing also played into the speech, as trump presented himself as the law and order candidate. >> the police are needed the most where crime is the highest. politicians and activists who seek to remove police, or
policing, from a community are hurting the poorest, and most vulnerable americans. it's time for our hostility against our police, and against all members of law enforcement, to end. and end immediately. right now. we must maintain law and order at the highest level or we will cease to have a country. 100% we will cease to have a country. i am the law and order candidate. not only am i the law and order candidate, but i'm also the candidate of compassion. believe it. >> meantime, trump's campaign confirms he's still considering who his running mate will be. but that he's down to four candidates, and his choice is likely to be announced by the
end of the week. tonight, trump will be introduced at an event by governor mike pence on his home tuv. pence is simultaneously locked in a competitive re-election bid in indiana. and yesterday new jersey's governor chris christie appeared at a trump rally though he was not the one to introduce the presumptive nominee. >> in this coming election, there can be little question about where law and order stands, and where lawlessness stands. everyone who's involved in law enforcement should be rightfully concerned. if you have a president who puts the rule of law behind their own personal interests. i support donald trump and have for quite some time because i know that he will be the type of president who will put the rule of law first, and will put people in his administration who understand that the rules in this country and the laws of this country apply to everyone,
not just the least powerful but also the most powerful. they apply to everyone. >> and while retired lieutenant general michael flynn is being vetted, trump seems to be cooling to the idea of him as a running mate. trump told "the washington post" he believes in his own acumen on national security and military. and he told the paper i have such great respect for the general but believe it or not, that will be one of my strong suits. and one other hitch, over the last couple of days, flynn has seemed to reverse course on his position on abortion. >> abortion, i think it's a -- a -- i think for women -- and these are difficult issues, but i think women have to be able to choose what they -- you know, that's sort of a right of choice. but i think that that's -- that's a difficult legal decision that -- and i think that women are so important in that -- in that decision-making process. >> but now flynn says he's a, quote, pro-life democrat,
adding, this pro-choice issue is a legal issue that should be decided by the courts. i believe in law. if people want to change the law, they should vote so that we can appoint pro-life judges. i believe the law should be changed. and general flynn joins us live coming up on "morning joe." the democratic presidential race between hillary clinton and bernie sanders could officially wrap up today. sanders will be joining clinton at a campaign event in portsmouth, new hampshire, where he's poised to endorse the former secretary of state. senator tim kaine will campaign with clinton in virginia on thursday, and though considered a top contender for running mate he downplayed that idea yesterday. >> in my gut, eight years ago, i didn't think it was going to go that direction, and i got to say in my gut right now i kind of feel like i'm going to stay in the senate, and continue to battle on armed services, foreign relations and budget issues that make me a happy senator every day. so, speculation is fine. but i got a job to do. >> meantime, house speaker paul
ryan's request to bar hillary clinton from classified materials granted to major party nominees after the convention has been denied. in a letter to ryan yesterday, director of national intelligence james clapper replied, i do not intend to withhold briefings from any officially nominated eligible candidate. this as the republican chairman of the house oversight and judiciary committees formally asked the justice department to investigate whether clinton perjured herself during congressional testimony last fall. and a letter signed by more than 200 house republicans included more questions for fbi director james comey. including whether agents investigating clinton disagreed with his recommendation not to prosecute. meanwhile, a new "washington post"/abc news poll shows a majority of americans, 56%, disapprove of the recommendation to not charge clinton. last night nicolle wallace had an eye-opening conversation with former presidential candidate jeb bush. here's part of their discussion, where nicole pressures the
former governor to explain why he doesn't plan to vote at all. >> -- in 2008? >> i didn't. memorialized in an hbo -- >> why is that? >> well, why aren't you voting? >> huh? >> i didn't like my choices. exact same reason you're not voting this year. you know, sarah palin gave me serious pause and i thought if she were to -- >> john mccain. >> well -- >> come on, man. >> listen, how is it any different? >> it's very different. >> how? >> john mccain to donald trump. >> sarah palin was his running mate. how is it any different to say i couldn't vote for sarah palin that you can't vote for donald trump. >> because the vice presidency and the presidency is different. we had 17 candidates running this time, or 18, and i would have been -- i would have gladly supported -- >> ben carson? >> any of the candidates -- i don't know ben carson ever got to the point where he was tested. a lot of the governors i would have been very comfortable. >> son and brother of two commanders in chief, we live in extraordinary times -- >> i respect people going through the process and saying, this is a binary decision, i heard that term.
>> current number one, current number two. chicken or fish as obama says. >> i can't do it. >> what should i do? >> i need to -- you need to sort it out yourself. if you have a different way to approach this and it's a binary choice for you, fine. >> commander in chief to us, what is the choice, chicken or fish? >> neither for me. and you're not going to get me to change that. >> still ahead on "way too early," with just more than three weeks to go until the rio 2016 olympics we're learning more about who will and who will not participate in the summer games. plus, british prime minister david cameron is stepping down this week, but he's leaving the office singing a happy tune. those stories and a check on weather when "way too early" comes right back.
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ambush. president obama, vice president joe biden and former president george w. bush will all gather at today's interfaith service for the officers. hundreds came together yesterday to pay their respects during a vigil at city hall plaza. a picture of each fallen officer was put on display, as the crowd took part in a moment of silence. the chief of dallas area rapid transit police department, which last one of its officers that night, offered defiant words of encouragement for the city. >> someone thought that what they did was going to tear up dallas, and the state of texas, they were wrong. we took a gut punch. they punched us good. but we bowed our head, we have it back up, we're holding it high, our pride is still there. we're retaining our respect, and we're going to continue to go forward. >> turning overseas now, british prime minister david cameron is preparing for his final full day on the job as the bloc prepares
to welcome the second female prime minister in its history. cameron announced he will stand down as p.m. tomorrow paving the way for theresa may to take the position. may had been competing against andrea leadsom to replace cameron before leadsom announced she was dropping out. cameron, who announced he would step down following last month's brexit vote, is giving his full support to may. >> i'm also delighted that theresa may will be the next prime minister. she is strong. she is competent. she's more than able to provide the leadership that our country is going to need in the years ahead and she will have my full support. >> while mr. cameron isn't done with his job just yet, it seems he's got a more relaxed altitude about him. after speaking yesterday, cameron's lapel microphone picked him up singing a little tune to himself as he re-entered 10 downing street. >> thank you very much.
♪ right. >> like the weight of the world is lifted off his shoulders. time now for sports, and an historic night at the major league baseball home run derby. to san diego where marlins slugger giancarlo stanton launched 20 home runs to beat out defending champ todd frazier and claim the derby brown. stanton swatted a record 61 homers on the night shattering the previous mark of 41 by bobby abreu in 2005. wow. 24 days until the rio games, and one u.s. athlete has been lifted by america's reputation as the land of second chances. tyson gay, who cost the stars and stripes the silver medal for a positive doping test after the 2012 games, has gained a spot on the u.s. olympic track team as a relay runner. while gay will make his return to the olympic spotlight, the world's third ranked golfer will not be competing in rio.
jordan spieth fighting health concerns in a decision announced yesterday to pull out of next month's games, leaving the sport without its top four competitors after a 112-year absence from the olympics. the u.s. will still send the most players of to rio of any country bubby watson, rickie fowler, patrick reid and now matt kuchar who is replacing spieth. finally defending champ chris troop is clinging to the yellow jersey as the current leader at this year's four de france. he's hoping not to let anyone get in the way. froome was fined the equivalent of about $2,000 after taking a swing at one fan who got a little too close to tt action over the weekend. froome later defended the move in a tweet saying getting abuse for the hand off of a spectator, camera doesn't show his flag almost going in to my front wheel and across my handle bars. so there. let's get a check now on your weather with nbc meteorologist
keith sosna. do not go after the spectators. >> i would not recommend that. always one in every crowd. we have a violent line of storms now making its way down to the south and east and last night it caused a lot of problems. we have some tornado video to show you out of minnesota. this is just one of seven reported tornadoes, you can see it. whoo. there it goes. it's shredding up a barn. we used to call them when i used to live in southern minnesota barn blasters. those things are intense and powerful. quick-hitting tornadoes, and you can see some of the damage done. in fact, i think one of the sheriff officers said one of the worst tornadoes out there in ten years in that part of the country. so, this is all kind of congealed into a line of storms. luckily nothing like it was earlier last night. but we still do have some heavy rain out there, and some flash flood warnings. and with good reason. we've had almost ten inches of rain in a very short amount of time. so that water just cannot drain out. so we're going to see a lot of problems from that. you can see it's about a 200 mile stretch of flash flooding across this area. meanwhile much of the country is dealing with a return of the
heat. so a nice break yesterday from the heat in new york city. today, 84. get ready, though. the east coast is about to bake. we're going back to the 90s here by end of the week, chris. hope you're ready for the heat to come. >> steve, sosna never ready. still ahead on "way too early," supreme court justice ruth bader ginsburg here's a surprise doesn't hold back when she's asked about the 2016 election. what she had to say about the possibility of a trump presidency. we're back in a molt.
now let's get a check on the morning's other headlines. for that we head to the control room and louis burgdorf. welcome back. >> good morning, chris. thank you. supreme court justice ruth bader ginsburg just did something rare of any justice chris in recent interviews with the associated press and "the new york times," she spoke candidly about her views on a presidential candidate, seemingly holding little back when asked about donald trump. in an interview with the "times," ginsburg said, i can't imagine what this place would be, i can't imagine what the country would be, with donald trump as our president. for the country it could be four years, for the court it could be, i don't even want to contemplate that. it's not surprising that she's not holding back there, though. bad news if you're one of the many people that share netflix and hbo go passes with friends and family. the united states supreme court of appeals for the ninth circuit has ruled that sharing passwords violates the computer fraud and abuse act. the ruling was in response to a
case where a former employee of a recruiting firm stole information from the company using the logon credentials of another employee. but you could probably rest easy the odds of you going to prison for sharing your mom's netflix passwords are probably pretty slim. the ceos of both netflix and hbo say they have no problem with sharing the passwords. now, finally this morning, chris, five-time emmy award winning actor bryan cranston topped by the "today" show yesterday. cranston has portrayed several historical figures on-screen but says there's another role he'd like to take on one day. >> you played lyndon johnson, real-life historical figures. anybody you're thinking about or maybe would like to play? >> i'd like to play donald trump at some point. >> really? >> oh, he's huge. he's this shakespearean character, this serio-tragic comedic character. who wouldn't want to take a bite out of that. >> are you working on your huge? >> it's huge. this i can tell you. it is huge. >> wow.
>> you could catch bryan cranston on "morning joe" later this morning. he's on for his film "the infiltrator." that wasn't bad, chris. >> nothing bryan cranston can't do. louis thank you so much. that's going to do it for me and "way too early." but i'll be coming up back on "morning joe." we'll talk about the president's trip here today to dallas. plus potential trump running mate lieutenant general michael flynn joins us. and we'll play more of that really fascinating nicolle wallace interview with former presidential candidate jeb bush who by all rights thought he would be the presumptive nominee by now. that and much more coming up next on "morning joe." ♪ using 60,000 points from my chase ink card i bought all the framework... wire... and plants needed to give my shop... a face...
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