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all right. that's going to wrap-up this hour of msnbc live. i'm thomas roberts. thanks for your time. my colleague, kate snow, picks up coverage now. did you stay up late to watches the olympics? >> i stayed up a little light. i was watching the synchronized diving. that was unbelievable. >> and the announcers, oh, too much splash. i was like, o give a break. >> it was so precise, i'm really enjoying these olympics. thomas, great to see you. let's kick off this day, i'm kate snow here in new york. exactly 13 weeks to election day. and donald trump has a problem. republicans jumping ship. gop senator susan collins from maine made it official last night. she says she's not voting for her party's nominee. and on top of that, 50 former national security officials, all of them having served in republican administrations, cosigned a letter, saying the same thing. one of them is about to join me soon. and republican congressman,
scott ridgell from virginia, the first congressman to endorse the libertarian ticket, rather than support donald trump. >> i do so because the nominee for our party, the republican nominee, i am just convinced is so lacking in judgment and temperament and in character that i think he really represents a true risk to our country. and i cannot in good conscience support him. >> trump tweeted this morning, i am running against the washington insiders, just like i did in the republican primaries. these are the people that have made u.s. a mess. but he does have an uphill climb. just out this morning, our weekly nbc new survey monking online tracking poll showing donald trump down ten points to hillary clinton nationwide. and deep in the poll, the number that shows just how much trouble trump is having with traditional republican voters. we'll get to that, all of it, making for this prediction today from one of the most venable
political analysts in the business, stu rothenberg. quote, three months from now with the 2016 presidential election in the rear-view mirror, we will look back and agree that the presidential election was over on august 9th. that's today. to start us off today, nbc's halley jackson from fayettevi e fayetteville, north carolina. >> reporter: hey, kate. we have a lot to talk about. i know the olympics is sucking up a lot of the airwaves, but we have a real race here when it comes to the political side of it. and that is the race for donald trump to try to, before labor day, prove to some of these republican elite members in washington, republican elected officials, as well as republican rank and file members, that he can, in fact, put up enough of a fight to succeed over hillary clinton in these key battleground states where polls show he is simply behind. let's talk about the reaction from the campaign to this susan collins news. this susan collins -- i guess you could call it an anti
endorsement, as well as that letter from 50 national security officials, calling trump, if he wins, the most reckless president in american history. the trump campaign is doing two things here, one, casting shade on the people who are coming up with this criticism in the first place. trump, for example, saying this letter was politicly motivated, the people writing it are the ones no got us, in his words, the people who got us into this mess. the other part, trying to go back to what worked for trump in the primaries, casting him as the outsider and casting him as fighting against the people inside washington, who have been continuing the status quo. this is a little bit of a shift. remember, just last week, he was endorsing paul ryan under a lot of pressure to do that, to endorse john mccain and kelly ayotte, as well. now he's sticking with what has worked for him over the last year. the question is, can he grow his base? i know you're going to talk about some of our poll numbers later on in the show. but the idea that his core group of supporters, white men, white men without college education, has been eroding, frankly, going
over to hillary clinton. trump still leads her, let's be clear. but not by as much, which is a concern. so through all of this, we keep hearing about what you talked about the stu rothenberg piece. and other talk from analysts. trump 2.0. the big pivot, the big change. trump who is going to suddenly become a presidential candidate. when you talk to republicans, both inside and outside trump world, they will tell you this. it is not going to happen. and this morning we heard it from the candidate's mouth himself. listen to what he had to say on fox. >> well, i think that, you know, my temperament has gotten me here. i've always had a good temperament. and it's gotten me here. we beat a lot of people in the primaries and now we have one bern left, and we're actually doing pretty well there. we'll see how it all comes out. >> reporter: so trump will say, we're actually doing pretty well. but kate, when you look objectively at the numbers, at least right now, he is not the question for republicans. how does he grow that support, and how does he try to close the gap? he may bounce back. we have some time again through august when people are wrapped
up in vacation and the olympics and everything else. if he doesn't see a bounce by after labor day, before the next debate, i think you're going to see even more defections on the gop side. >> we've got, what, 91 i think is the count right now. hallie jackson in fayetteville, north carolina. thanks so much. we mentioned earlier that letter, signed by 50 former national security officials, refusing to vote for donald trump. and in no uncertain language, either, here's a portion of the letter. most fundamentally, mr. trump lacks the character, values and experience to be president. he weakens u.s. moral authority as the leader of the free world. he appears to lack basic knowledge about and belief in the u.s. constitution, u.s. laws and u.s. institutions, including religious tolerance, freedom of the press and an independent judiciary, they write. with me now, one of the 50 ambassador james jeffrey was u.s. ambassador to iraq and turkey, also former national -- deputy national security adviser under george w. bush.
mr. ambassador, thanks for being with us. appreciate your time. >> thank you for having me. >> let's talk about why you signed this letter in the first place. you were a republican, you worked on a republican administration, at least, after a career in security. tell me why you personally are not voting for donald trump. >> well, i -- worked for both democratic and republican presidents and i have seen them in action. and this is the first time i've ever taken a public position on any presidential candidate on either party. and it's because what -- i saw in his statements and in his actions is totally anathema to what i have experienced with presidents who make good decisions. i just can't imagine with that temperament how he would handle the sorts of life and death cries he's i've seen people go through. >> so a temperament question more than anything else. >> well, there's also judgment, there's also experience. he has no foreign policy experience. and characteristic for him, he shows no interest in learning
this. i'm not someone who has just done this in the white house and in the state department. i spent four years in iraq and vietnam on the front seeing what happens when mistakes are made with our young men and women. we can't have this happen again. this is a life and death situation. he knows nothing -- nothing about this. >> donald trump released a statement last night about your letter. i want to read a part of it. the names on this letter are the ones the american people should look to for answers on why the world is a mess. and we thank them for coming forward. so everyone in the country knows who deserves the blame for making the world such a dangerous place. they are nothing more than the failed washington elite looking to hold on to their power, and it's time they are held accountable for their actions. he then essentially blames the 50 people, including you, for entrance into the iraq war, for the attack on benghazi, and for the rise of isis. how do you respond? >> well, none of the people who signed that letter were in government when benghazi
happened or when isis became a problem. that was 2014/2015. i was out of government and i think i was the last of the people to work in the obama administration. so he's flat wrong on that. and that's typical. he's wrong on almost everything. on going into iraq, very, very few of the 50 who signed were in policy positions at that time. so i wouldn't take that on either. >> have you had a chance -- you worked under president george w. bush, as you say, you worked under democrats and republicans. have you had a chance to speak with the bushes or president bush at all? >> no. this was a very personal decision for me. i spoke to no one other than my family and close friends about this, because i had to make the decision myself. nobody from either campaign contacted me, just the person who put the letter together. >> did it pain you to write this letter, to be part of this letter, ambassador? >> i can speak only for myself, not for the others. but the nature of foreign policy, the nature of the work we do and that we love and believe in is a quiet business.
it's one where you're cautious, where you don't draw a lot of attention to yourself. so in that sense, this was a very unusual step. but i think this is a reunusual candidate. that's the point of the letter. >> is there anything donald trump could do to convince you that he does have the credentials and would be a good commander in chief? >> resign. >> resign as a candidate. >> yes. >> ambassador james jeffrey, thanks for your time today. appreciate it. >> thank you. we will get back to politics in a moment. but happening right now, new details on that deadly bombing in pakistan. lawyers throughout pakistan are on strike today after a suicide bombing killed dozens of their colleagues at a hospital in quetta. those the lawyers on strike after 72 people were killed in the blast early monday. most of them, the victims, were lawyers.
it happened right after the body of a prominent lawyer who had been killed in a shooting earlier in the day was taken to that hospital. nbc pakistan correspondent, wash khan, joins me now from islamabad. do officials believe this is connected to the bombing, and we also understand multiple claims of responsibility. >> reporter: good morning, kate. it's the second day of the bombing, a very, very terrible bombing. 72 dead. 103 injured. most of them lawyers. and there are clear reasons to believe by authorities that the assassination of a pretty high-profile lawyer earlier yesterday, which led to these mourners, mostly lawyers, collecting in the square was the plan behind the bombing itself. now, there are conflicting claims, security authorities tell me, that one claim is about isis, which has a limited footprint in pakistan, most authorities there have been sort
of ignoring them, saying there is no real isis presence here. but isis has claimed this attack. authorities are looking seriously into it. but more serious claim is coming from a taliban faction. they have built you have their profile to have soft targets in the past. the easter day bombing in lahore in northeastern pakistan. most people killed there, over 70 of them, most children and their parents. so, again, there is a clear connection that soft targets are now increasingly in the cross-hairs of the terrorists here. we have seen a decrease of over the last couple years with the military launching in major counterinsurgency campaign so a lot of hard targets, general headquarters, naval headquarters, air bases have not been hit in the last couple years, so those stats are decreasi decreasing. what's increasing are the softer targets like school kids and lawyers yesterday.
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day in wisconsin, and house speaker paul ryan is seeking re-election to a tenth term in congress. ryan faces off against businessman, paul nehlen. according to a projection by the state elections commission there, only about 16% of eligible voters will actually go to the polls today. joining me now, nbc capitol hill correspondent, kelly o'donnell,
and in los angeles times political writer, seema meta, both in wisconsin today. kelly, let me start with you at a polling place. before last week, honestly, i don't think people knew paul nehlen's name until donald trump got involved and reluctantly endorsed paul ryan. will trump's support help or hurt paul ryan, do you think? >> reporter: it certainly is the trump effect that brought us here to janesville. kate, we are at the home of the edison eagles, a place where four wards are voting today, talking with the election staff here, they say it's about a typical turnout for primaries, which isn't that great. but for paul nehlen, he has been able to tap into that outsider status that we have seen with donald trump. however, trump in trying to sort of hit the reset button on his campaign, has come to that point of supporting. however reluctantly, reading it off a sheet of paper. you saw that happen. the house speaker, the highest
ranking republican official. based on the polling here, it is widely expected that paul ryan will have an easy return to the november ballot. but this has brought up that whole issue of the angry voter, the outsider candidate. paul nehlen has only lived in wisconsin the past couple years, he's a businessman. that brought him here. and he is someone who has views much more similar to donald trump on immigration and on trade. than paul ryan. so what we are seeing is how is the republican party sort of fighting within itself over these critical issues that aren't easy to deal with and for paul ryan it has been such a difficult time, needing to be sort of a standard bearer until we have this candidate trump for the republican party. at issue with him over different things he has said and how he's conducted himself. but saying at two events yesterday, talking with reporters, campaigning here in his home district that donald trump won fair and square, it's a grass roots party where the voter is going to the primaries and through that convention
process we saw play out, shows trump and he is the nominee and therefore ryan supports it. >> seema, yesterday paul nehlen told me the wisconsin gop will do anything to snuff out my candidacy. those were his words. is there any question, as kelly says, the polls show and everybody thinks ryan is going to walk away with this. is there any chance that we're surprised in the way we were surprised by eric cantor's loss? >> reporter: well, never say never, especially in this election year. because it's been a crazy year. but based on everything we have seen with the polls, with paul ryan's favorability in wisconsin, it would be shocking if he didn't win tonight. and win by a lot. but i think there's a difference between what we saw with eric cantor two years ago and what we see with paul ryan. people in virginia felt that they weren't as closely tied to eric cantor as they once were. with paul ryan, he's back here every weekend, his family lives here, three young kids. people see him at festivals and fish fries and parades. talking to voters here, they really -- they have really warm
feelings towards him. feel he's a local kid who has made them proud. >> and kelly, you mentioned this state and this race is a little bit of a microcosm of what we're seeing on the national level. i want to play a little bit of sound of the key differences in the republican party, including open borders and trade. take a listen. >> just imagine how many more automobile jobs will be lost if the tpp is actually approved. it will be catastrophic. that's why i have announced we will with draw from the deal before that can ever, ever, ever happen. >> we do need trade agreements. i know a lot of people say just get rid of trade agreements, don't do trade agreements. and that's terrible. we are in a global economy, whether we like it or not. the question is, who is going to write the rules for the global economy. >> so kelly, how does that trade debate play out where you are in wisconsin? >> reporter: well, there is so
much concern about trade and what it's done to jobs over time. not just specifically to this one trade deal, which has been so hot in this election, where president obama supports it, but hillary clinton does not. where paul ryan supports it, but donald trump does not. and so what we have found is people are talking about their jobs. they want some sense that their employment is secure, will there be locally made, locally manufactured products that can be sold that can give people a sense of security. so it's really about personal economic security that comes into the conversation when you talk to voters. these trade agreements, which are complex and it's not so easy to just pull out of it, not -- you know, notwithstanding what donald trump says. but i think where you find the common ground between ryan and trump is this notion of trade deals need to be written by a party they believe is the republican party point of view and with those goals in mind. and that's kind of a way they can talk about this and not be at opposite ends of the spectrum. it's not so black and white to
say you're for it or against it when they can talk about trying to achieve things that would bring manufacturing back or increase the ability to sell american-made goods overseas. so it's definitely something that's being talked about. and i think seema was so right when she referenced the difference between eric cantor and paul ryan. when i covered that eric cantor defeat, it was very clear talking to voters on the ground there and being out at that time that there was a disconnect. that people didn't feel that cantor had been home enough, even though it was richmond, virginia, not far from washington, d.c. paul ryan is very much immersed in this community, even has he moved up in the ranks and been a long-time career politician. they are proud to have him as speaker of the house for many voters. i can also tell you, we have seen yard signs that say paul nehlen right around this school. kate? >> seema, wisconsin was cruz country. is there an audience there for trump's message? is there an audience for paul
nehlen's message, which is very, very aligned with trump? >> i mean, i was -- i covered an event with governor pence in wisconsin two weeks ago and he had a good crowd and people were very excited about him. the people that showed up, it was interesting, because largely socially conservative voters and they were supporting trump because they didn't like hillary clinton but sort of skeptical, a little bit concerned about him. and governor pence being on the ticket gave them confidence that he would make the right decisions for them. but you're right. senator cruz clearly crushed donald trump here and in talking to republican voters yesterday, two of the paul ryan events, there remains some deep concerns about donald trump's candidacy and they're not voting for hillary clinton but hadn't gotten there yet. they almost used language that paul ryan used, they weren't there yet in terms of donald trump. >> seema meta and kelly o'donnell, thank you for being with us. we'll see what happens later tonight. thanks. a new case of zika in florida, and not in that neighborhood of miami that's
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how much concern do you have that zika may be continuing to spread in florida, and the danger overall for all americans? >> well, if you look first at the united states as a whole, the continental united states, given the conditions throughout the entirety of the continental united states, it is very unlikely that we're not taking this light, nor are we being cavalier about it. it's unlikely you're going to have an explosive outbreak, the likes of which we saw in brazil and which we are currently experiencing in puerto rico. however, given the fact that we have so many travel-related cases, we have close to 400 in florida and we have a very robust mosquito season in the humid semi tropical areas, typically in the golf coast states, it would not be surprising we have additional cases, individual local transmitted cases, both in florida, as well as in some of the other states along the gulf
coast or even elsewhere. that won't be surprising. the critical issue is to keep those kinds of very limited local outbreaks from becoming disseminated and from becoming sustained. and that's exactly what has actually happened in florida. with the mosquito control activity going on in florida. we had that burst of cases, went to 16, now with the additional case of the 17th case, it stays relatively well-constrained. and the only way you keep it that way is by very vigorous mosquito control methods. >> people do hear palm beach county and know that's a different case than miami and i wonder do you suspect that's a case where somebody picked it up in the same miami neighborhood, or could it be that the skooeds are mosquitoes are traveling? >> no. well, mosquitoes don't travel very far. that's the thing people need to understand. mosquitoes travel a range of about, you know, 500 feet, 150 meters or so. or, you know, not very, very
far. so they're not going to go from dade county up to palm beach, for sure. it's the people who travel. and it's very likely that we can't prove for sure that this person traveled through the area where there was the local cluster of cases. that's the most likely scenario. we obviously have to keep our eye out on it, but that's the most likely scenario. >> you've said that the mosquitoes that carry zika are very resilient. and to ask you to play politics here at all, i know you don't do that. i want to play some sound from donald trump because it's about how florida is handling the outbreak down there and how they're working to control the mosquitoes. take a listen. >> first of all, you have a great governor who is doing a fantastic job, rick scott, on the zika. and it's a problem. it's a big problem. but i watch and see and i see what they're doing with the spraying and everything else. and i think he's doing a fantastic job. and he's letting everyone know exactly what the problem is, and how to get rid of it. he's going to have it under control, probably already does.
>> so do you agree with the statement there that they do have it fairly well under control, probably already do? >> well, there's a lot of activity going on between the health authorities and the officials in florida and the centers for disease control and prevention who are collaborating on this. and, in fact, they are doing a good job of containing the mosquitoes to the extent these mosquitoes can be contained. when i said they're very resilient, i mean even under the best circumstances, and florida is putting in a very extensive effort. so they're definitely doing that. and that cannot be criticized. the issue is, mosquitoes like the aidees egypty, they have the capability of breeding in the most amazing places, little bits of water in bottle caps, cans, tires. even when you aggressively try to control them, you're not always 100% successful. so the effort that they're putting in florida is a very
firm, aggressive, strong effort. the mosquitoes themselves are the ones that are very resilient. so i think they're doing as good a job as you can possibly do down there. and the results are showing that. it isn't widely disseminating throughout florida. it's still contained in that relatively restricted area that has now been well-described. >> dr. anthony fauci with the nih, thanks so much for being with us. appreciate it. >> good to be with you. still ahead, how a 10-year-old boy died on the world's highest water slide. we have new details from kansas city from the water park where it all happened. you doyou'll see whatet but in you're really made of. after five hours of spinning and one unfortunate ride on the gravitron, your grandkids spot a 6 foot banana that you need to win. in that moment, you'll be happy you partnered with a humana care manager and got your health back on track. because that banana isn't coming home with you until that bell sings.
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now from florida. kristen, clinton hit back at donald trump yesterday, attacking the plan and the architects of his economic plan. what are we expecting to hear today? >> reporter: well, we are expecting secretary clinton to hit him again, today specifically, for calling for the repeal of the estate tax. clinton campaign calling this donald trump's family and friends plan. they say it would give his family about $4 billion in tax breaks, and argue that more broadly this is a plan that would only help wealthy americans. and this really fits into secretary clinton's broader attack against donald trump when it comes to the economy, which is that his plans wouldn't actually help middle class americans. they point to a report by mark zandi, which shows his economic policies would actually cost about 3 million jobs. so i think we're going to hear a lot of that today, kate. but look, secretary clinton is also going to be visiting that health center, as you pointed out, in miami, that treats zika patients. she is going to call on congress to pass zika fundinging that
would go toward research, as well as treatment, finding a vaccine. she is going to hit republicans hard. they're already counter punching, saying, look, it's democrats holding up this legislation. that is true, to some extent. democrats saying that they're not going to get on board with the current legislation that is pending, because it would call for controversial cuts to planned parenthood. they're saying get the politics out of it and pass a straight funding bill, kate. >> kristen, chuck todd reported on "meet the press" funding about arizona and george, states that aren't -- haven't been democratic plays for a while. what more do we know about that today? >> reporter: we know that last night, according to a democratic official, there were calls placed to party officials in arizona and in georgia, saying that the clinton campaign was going to be beefing up its funding for organizers in those states, on the ground, to try to get out the vote. and to your point, kate, this
underscores that donald trump is putting traditionally red states in play, and if you look at the polls there, secretary clinton currently leading donald trump and georgia, 44 to 40%. also a very close morning in arizona. donald trump has the slight edge though, there, 44 to 42%. >> kristen, thanks so much. happening now, illinois d disgraced govnor asking his prison sentence being cut. rod blagojevich his resentencing hearing any time now in chicago. supposed to appear via video prison. blagojevich serving a 14-year term for trying to sell obama's old senate seat for campaign cash, among other charges. last year, an appellate court threw out 5 of his 18 corruption convictions and blagojevich is hoping the judge will now cut his term, his sentence, to five years. he's been in prison since 2012. more delays and
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10-year-old boy at a kansas city water park. caleb schwab died of neck injuries sunday while riding the world's largest water slide, found dead at the end of the ride in the pool. the family is devastated, and asking for prayers. >> caleb was an incredible young man. 10 years old. full of life. loved baseball, basketball, soccer. he was always doing something. he was affectionate love man, loved his dad, he was a hugger. so we encourage you to pray for his mom and dad during this incredible time. >> so tough. nbc's blake mccoy outside the park. he joins me now. and blake, what have we learned about the history of that ride behind you, and inspections? >> reporter: well, kate, the ride opened in 2014 and at that time during testing, there were clear problems with the ride. the way these rides are tested before people can actually get on them is they put sandbags where people would be, and they
send the ride down. so in this case, we're talking about a three-person raft. and the problem that they ran into, see after the big drop, there is that hump where it goes back up. and during testing, the rafts were actually flying off of that hump. and that is where we have learned from are witnesses that this little boy, caleb died, apparently hitting the netting after being ejected out of one of the rafts. in 2014, there were changes made. they added a netting over the top of the slide and also tore down about half the slide and rebuilt it in order to make it safe. the designer then told "usa today" at the time, it is dangerous, but a safe dangerous now. so they made adjustments to the ride after they had those initial problems, but once the the ride opened in 2014, that's when state inspectors came in, gave it a green light, no more state inspections required. much of the inspections of these parks are left up to the individual parks and localities to police them.
and that is a problem, according to the national safety council. take a listen. >> we are trusting that the host of a business, whether it's a fixed facility and a amusement park or water park or even if it's a traveling facility to provide rides that someone is looking out for our safety. i think the challenge is, we don't always know what level that is, and what the oversight is. it can vary from state to state or locality to locality. >> reporter: now people we have not heard from on camera in this incident yet are the boy's parents who were here at the park with him. you can understand they're -- very, very shaken up over this incident and mourning the loss of their son. we are told that they have hired attorneys, though, and are planning a lawsuit. kate? >> nbc's blake mccoy out in kansas city, kansas. unbelievable. blake, thank you so much. 91 days left to the race to the white house, and the gap is widening. hillary clinton has a double
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were caught drug cheating. this is what she said last night. >> even just going into your first olympic final or any olympic final for that matter, the pressure is going to be on, but especially standing up for what i believe is right. i felt that i needed to perform even better tonight than i had in the past. i'm just really proud to represent the usa and, you know, be successful for them and knowing that i'm, you know, competing clean and doing what i know is right. >> joining me now from rio, nbc's chris jansing. we have katie ledecky back in the pool and michael phelps and women's gymnastics. >> reporter: this is the competition to watch, they're already well ahead, they have done something no american people has done before. they are going to compete in and they're leading in the all-around, the team, the individuals. you have three people on this team and that was not them, by the way. they're very strong young women.
simone biles, aly raisman number one and two in the all-around and defending champion, gabby douglas. we have never seen anything like this before. simone biles in a class all her own. it will be shocking if they don't take home gold. now, can we go to the water? because we saw ryan murphy last night, the backstroke. this is the sixth straight olympics that americans have won this, and he won it in style, setting on olympic record. he was just off a world record and i also want to mention, david plummer taking home the bronze. and then there were those guys who go up on the board and they dive and this dough it in unison. johnson, incredible last night, taking home the silver. their last dive they did simultaneously, two-and-a-half somersaults with two-and-a-half twists. what's interesting about them, among other things, they never
look at the scoreboard through the course of the competition. they don't want to be affected by it. in the end, they came up with silver. one of every color, a gold, silver and bronze. ryan held, we have been talking about him, broke down on the stand after being one of four americans to win gold in the relay. he was a kid when he first -- 6, 7, 8 years old, his mom told me. he had a t-shirt with michael phelps on it. he still has it -- at nc state right now, but still has in his room at home, a poster, black and white of michael phelps. and there he is on the team with phelps, winning gold. here's what he told me. >> millions of people, i dare say, around the world cried when you cried. can you describe what was in your heart and what was your feeling that just made you break down? >> it was the -- it was really
the kind of the sight of the american flag and, you know, that symbol stands for so many things, and for -- and for so many people. that means it's really important to them, you know, obviously a lot of people have, like, honorably given their lives for what that flag stands for. >> reporter: he has done -- he has one more competition. he is coming back in 2020, and i'll tell you, nicest family you would ever want to meet, kate. >> so nice. i love that moment with the tears. it is an emotional time. i was obsessed, i told thomas, obsessed, chris with the sink economized diving last night. synchronized diving. so much fun. >> reporter: it is fun. >> we will be watching that, starting just a few minutes from now. that is the news for this hour. thanks to chris jansing, i'm kate snow. in three minutes, you can watch the rio olympic games right here
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