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>> that lip-reading, best new thing in the world again. have a stew pen douse weekend. >> good morning. i'm todd piro in work at msnbc world headquarters. 7:00 in the east, 4:00 in the west. donald trump making a new push to court the african-american vote. >> i will produce. i will produce for the inner-cities and i will produce for the african-americans. >> using trump's own words against him. and hillary clinton's decision to keep a private e-mail server coming into question again. new red flags being raised in florida after new cases of the zika virus are found. we begin with presidential politics. new this morning, the clinton campaign is out with a 90-second
ad which points out the times donald trump has made offensive comments two days after he said he regretted making various comments on the campaign trail.
>> i regret it. >> if you look at his wife, she had nothing to say. maybe she wasn't allowed to have anything to say. >> do you really regretting -- >> i don't regret anything. i like people that weren't captured, okay. >> do you regret that? >> i like not to regret anything. >> a federal judge ordering her to answer written questions from judicial watch after they filed a lawsuit over a private e-mail center. judicial watch is a right-wing organization that has been attacking the clintons since the 1990s. this is just another lawsuit intended to try to hurt hillary clinton's campaign, and so we are glad that the judge has accepted our offer to answer
these questions in writing rather than grant judicial watch's requests. donald trump making another pitch to african-american voters. here's what he told supporters at a rally in michigan last night. >> no group in america has been more by hillary clinton's policies than african-americans. no group. no group. if hillary clinton's goal was to inflict pain on the african-american community, she could not have done a better
job to disgrace. tonight i'm asking for the vote of every single african-american citizen in this country who wants to see a better future. >> earlier in the day, trump and his running mate mike pence went
to baton rouge. later today in iowa for the iowa state fair. trump will hold a rally in fredericksburg, virginia. jacob rascon will be covering the rally. how is trump's pitch being received by african-american voters? >> there is little doubt this is a very different candidate. scripted remarks. here's some more of what he said. take a listen. >> america must reject the bigotry of hillary clinton, who sees communities of color only as votes, not as human beings worthy of a better future. hillary clinton would rather provide a job to a refugee from overseas than to give that job to unemployed african-american youth in cities like detroit who have become refugees in their own country.
>> there's one thing for sure. as we go around trump rallies around the country in the past couple of weeks, even hard-core supporters say they have been waiting for a reboot like this. we will talk to many who say they have been with donald trump from the start and they always say they will support him, never support hillary clinton. even they were beginning to doubt that he would be able to overcome some of the stumbles he has had and some of the trouble he has gotten himself into. they have been wanting this reboot. a lot on the republican side have wanted a reboot. a softer tone from donald trump. it appears they're getting that at least in small measure this week. as he has his prompter speeches, these pitches. what remains to be seen is if this can stick. we have seen almost reboots before. it had been termed pivots before. it hasn't lasted. this one has lasted perhaps
longer than the others. he is now on his third campaign chief in the last two months. again, what remains to be seen, will this stick? back to you. joining me now is tim. are you hearing any concerns from strategists in the way trump is framing his pitch to african-americans by attacking hillary clinton, and how effective is it going to be considering her immense popularity among voters? >> to take the second point first, todd, i think it is very difficult for donald trump to get traction with this argument. obviously there is a long history the republican party has struggled with african-americans for decades now. donald trump particularly so. we have had state level polls showing him registering zero support with black voters. and i want to get back to your point, the language did seem to
on some people rather crass, sweeping. i'm expecting that i perhaps will hear back. >> jane, it might be too early to tell what kind of traction trump is is getting with african-american voters. you just heard literally 30 seconds of making these before white supporters. how much timing is a reflection of the campaign shakeup, and what kind of outreach should we expect up until the election? >> i think the campaign shakeup and the new pitches are a credit to the fact that he is losing in the polls. this is a candidate who needs to turn something around. no republican candidate has managed to do particularly well with african-american voters. there's a concerned sense that they do vote is for conservatives. they don't do it in presidential elections. a candidate who charged racially spread fiction about minorities in the past, i don't think he can turn it around by saying you
have to lose. he will have to come up with a much bigger pivot. >> what exactly can she help with if he ultimately does not want to change his ways? >> one reason kellyanne conway was perhaps brought in is trump listens to her more than paul manafort, who has just been ousted. she has a long history working with republican candidates. i think she would be expected to recommend oren courage donald trump in that more conventional track. as you say, he's a very imtetuous. that limits any campaign adviser
to really keep him on the straight and narrow. >> with that in mind, jane, you have the hardest question of the day. what's the calculation behind the steve bannon hire considering he has over white supremacists. is this the guy you counteract that with? >> no hiring steve bannon takes ow the perk that he might have gotten from hiring kellyanne conway. he is known for starting political fires. trump is going to be trump. he is going to keep starting the fires like he has done the last 18 months. >> jane and nile, thank you for joining us. to sports now and the summer olympic, usain bolt makes history, claiming his third gold in rio and ninth overall. he won the men's 4 x 100 relay final. he won the 100 and 200-meter
sprints, making him the only man to win all three in three straight olympics. third place usually gets you the bronze. the team was disqualified after a lead-off runner was ruled to have passed the baton before the start of the first exchange zone. u.s. track and field filed an appeal overnight. >> the u.s. women's team beat jamaica for the gold in the 4 x 100 relay. ron mott is in rio. he joins us now. describe that moment when the women's team claimed the title. >> hi, todd. incident was electric. it was made all the more exhilarating because it's the race that almost wasn't. the u.s. women dropped the baton, which is a big no-no, a heart stopper in track and field. they were allowed to re-run that race by themselves on the track because the judges ruled they had been interfered with.
so allyson felix and teammates qualified. they didn't quite break the record they had in london but successfully defended their gold medal. >> we just came out determined to get it done. >> were there bigger butterflies in the belly because of what happened? >> we just felt stronger is. you just come in. you can do is is keep fighting. that's what we did. >> also on the men's decide, they finished third officially at the end of this race to claim a bronze medal. we saw the two letters you don't want to see come up, dq. keep in mind that the u.s. men's have not medaled in this event since 2004 in athens. justin gatlin was part of the exchange ruled out of bounds. here's what he had to say. >> what happened? >> they said the exchange was passed too early before the first exchange.
when we reviewed the tape, it looked like i had full control i went into the zone. i'm proud of my guys. we went out here, practiced very hard. the ladies shoulder to shoulder with us. we came out on top. we thought we came out with a medal. but i'm proud of my team. >> usa track and field has officially filed an appeal on the disqualification. we expect to get a ruling this morning. >> ron, we are more than 11 minutes into this newscast and have not mentioned the name ryan lochte. what new information are you learning this morning? >> reporter: well, we obviously know he issued that on intra gram. jimmy feigen paid a fine, money that is is going to go to charity. he will be headed back to the united states. the other two teammates are already gone. now the question is what happens
to ryan lochte from a legal standpoint here in brazil. we don't know. live coverage of today's olympic events beginning at noon eastern. turning to the devastating floods in louisiana. the death toll right now stands at 13 people with more than 40,000 homes damaged. 4,000 residents still in shelters this morning. charles hadlock in baker, louisiana, one of the hardest hit areas. >> good morning, todd. the sun is just coming up over batten, just to the east of baton rouge, louisiana. this is what people have cleaned out of the houses here. that's not all of it. all the way down the street, both sides of the street. furniture, clothing, appliances, toys. pieces of people's lives scattered on the sidewalks here in baker, louisiana. new estimates out by the baton rouge area counsel saying 31% of
the homes in baton rouge parrish and surrounding parishes were affected by this flood. now, the official count right now stands at 42,000 homes destroyed or damaged by the flood. fema is going through -- and it will take several weeks to do this going through neighborhood by neighborhood taking an account of which homes damaged or destroyed. that will come up in official estimates. this part of louisiana, livingston parish, 86% of the homes are eligible for flood insurance. only 21% of the homes have flood insurance. that's one of the hardest hit areas. >> this is a massive national tragedy. what can you tell us about
president obama's visit to the area and donald trump yesterday? >> donald trump was here with mike pence. they made a low-key appearance. they talked to several people. the people here seemed appreciative of the support they were getting from donald trump and mike pence. the president is scheduled to be here tuesday for an official visit. it will be his first here since leaving vacation this week in martha's vineyard. >> still ahead, devastating wildfires burninger in southern california. >> the main thing is my family is safe. everything else can be replaced. coming up, what was next for the nearly 100 homeowners who have lost everything? have lost everything? by choosing flonase, you're choosing more complete allergy relief and all the enjoyment that comes along with it. when we breathe in allergens, our bodies react by overproducing 6 key inflammatory substances. most allergy pills
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some good news this morning in the fight against a massive wildfire in southern california. officials say 40% of it is now contained. and many evacuees are being allowed to return home. the fire so far has charred 96 homes. nbc scott cohen is in california, east of los angeles. scott, what is it looking like there this morning? >> well, as you can see behind me, one of those 96 homes, there's a lot of that. more than 200 structures destroyed by this fire, which started as a small brushfire tuesday morning and just moved out of control so fast, consuming 37,000 acres. as you said, it's now about 40% contained. they're starting to get ahead of it and letting people go home. they can start to look back on what they've been through.
>> we're not quitters. we're going to rebuild. that's exactly what we're going to do. >> it felt so hot your face was actually burning. it burned the canyon it was completely lit up. >> and with that they're starting to do some search and rescue, trying to assess the damage, trying to see if, in fact, everybody got out. so far no reports of injuries or fatalities. the hope is that it stays that way. >> that area a drought for such a long time. >> times square, new york city waking up on a saturday morning. right now check in with a look at today's weather headlines. what can we expect today. >> hey there, todd. good morning. good morning, everyone. a strong cold front across the middle of the country. that could get severe storms going in chicago, grand rapids, michigan. indianapolis, keeping a close
eye on you as well. damaging winds and heavy rain. we don't need it in texas or louisiana. still recovering from a flood disaster. more rain could cause some flooding here in texas. the rainfall adding up as is predicted. pockets of three to five inches in parts of texas. can't rule out perhaps isolated amounts, up to eight inches. red river valley could get soaked today and tomorrow. the other big story, the heat. here in the pacific northwest, record highs once again. we saw is it yesterday. we could high or break records today, todd. thaupbgs to you. zika concerns in south florida. >> last weekend some of my girlfriends game counsel. they didn't even mention it. i was the one telling them about
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welcome back. zika fears in south florida. several new cases turned up in miami beach. that prompted more spray something more travel advisories for pregnant women. tammy, how concerned are the people there? >> reporter: well, todd, i can tell you that i'm in the heart of south beach. in just a few hours, this area will be packed with tourists. anybody that comes to miami beach stops in south beach. it is now the heart of the zika zone. ultra hip south beach, an iconic tourist destination. now in the zika hot zone. >> i don't want to minimize this in any shape, form, or imagination. it is something we all need to take seriously. >> a new travel warning, one and a half mile square area. >> five individuals have already
been confirmed as cases of local transmissions of zika are connected to the miami beach area. >> tourists from new york, texas, and taiwan, along with two miami beach residents. spraying continues as the cdc advises pregnant women to stay away from parts of miami beach, a warning that could have a chilly effect on the state's $24 billion tourism industry. >> even a short-term impact on tourism, which is the golden goose. that's our main industry. >> just over two weeks ago, zika discovered six miles away in wynwood. since the news, empty storefronts, vacant streets, businesses hit hard. >> if the place is empty most of the time. we have to let go some of the workers. >> the fear that what happened in wynwood could happy in happy
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after floods damaged 40,000 homes and killed at least 13 people. you can see debris there strewn throughout the town of baker. president obama will visit the area on tuesday. >> new this morning,
hillary clinton has released an ad attacking donald trump and letting voters know who she thinks of his latest pivad. >> a total and complete shutdown of muslims. >> you don't choose the right words. >> she's a disgusting pig, right? >> and, i regret it. >>. >> casey hunt following the clinton campaign today. what is clinton's next move? >> hi, todd. well, the danger here for the clinton campaign is they have to make sure, in their view, that they don't let this narrative change what they've been trying to convince voters of the past
several months. that of course is they want people to believe that trump is erratic, that he is made all of these comments essentially the person we have seen from donald trump for the last year is the same guy that would be elected in november. the trump folks are trying to change that push. you saw it in web ads, from the campaign manager about paul manafo manafort. they are trying to say that he is close to vladimir putin. manafort did work for the ukraine for a pro-russian political party there. the clinton campaign wants to
make sure they are reinforcing that if trump is able to sustain over what we have seen the last 48 hours or so. another challenge on the clinton team plate, e-mails. the issue that just refuses to
go away. she will have to do a written deposition. she will not have to appear in person. she will have to answer questions in this judicial watch lawsuit that the state department is involved with concerning those e-mails and a top clinton aid, career foreign service worker will, in fact, have to be deposed before election day, todd. >> casey, one question. we are now 80 days away from the big day election day. won't see much of clinton over the next week or so. it sounds strange to me. why is that? >> it is all about money. she is headlining 20 fund-raisers. this weekend she's in martha's vineyard celebrating bill's 70th birthday. among the celebrities, jimmy
buffet. he may play. leo dicaprio, tobey maguire. >> i'm sure clinton's absence will be strange at least to donald trump. we will see how he responds. particularly a low energy match the next week and a half. joe watkins, republican strategist and former white house aid to george h.w. bush. >> good morning. >> good morning, todd. >> good morning, todd. >> connecticut's own paul manafort is out. >> he gave an interview saying he liked the way he was. he wanted to be authentic. that meant he wasn't being strong with the voters. we had a quasi faux a pathology
he issued. he had a couple successful speeches, very successful. went down to louisiana and actually showed empathy for the victims and the flooding down there. that was good. so there is definitely a changeup. if he can keep going, that would be good. >> one follow-up question. it seems to me about that going to louisiana and meeting with flood victims would be a departure from manafort because manafort is a traditionalist, no? >> i would like to know who set up the louisiana trip because it was fraught with risk. when you go to do something like that and you're a candidate and people lost their homes and businesses, people lost lives, family members. you have to be very casement his goal was to show he cared about the situation, that he had empathy for the victims. >> it has been a wild week.
he is still keeping the gapping to single digits. how is that happening? >> he has been fortunate in that regard. when you have this many challenges, this many problems all in a row, this number of bad weeks in a row, you wouldn't imagine they would be able to keep this close to the national polls. remember, the national polls are thing. the electoral college polling is something quite different. he has to work really hard to tighten the gap between him and hillary clinton in a lot of key battleground states. there is a double digit were gap between him and hillary clinton in colorado. closer in virginia. bring it closer in florida. bring it closer in pennsylvania, ohio, north carolina. these are all important states for him if he wants to get to 270. >> a question that kept on popping up in my mind all week long, this new attitude. trump admitting that he
regretted some of the more controversial things he said in the past. why? why roll out this week? >> if you're sagging in the national polls and u.s. state polls, you certainly don't want to continue to sag from self-inflicted wounds. he has had a number of them, certainly leading up to the democratic convention, going after gold star family. you need to stop it and go after a new direction now. some say it is all about letting trump be trump. we can't supposed because he made the apology there won't be any more gaffes going forward. from the standpoint of campaigns, it is to an advantage to apologize, move forward, and not look back. >> rick. >> we'll see. it's kind of interesting.
it is kind of confusing, counter intuitive. i don't know if it will last. he's 70 years old. never been disciplined on the campaign trail. maybe he's had a change of heart. only time will tell. >> something we have all
been waiting for. friday, he debuted his first general election. >> in hillary clinton's america, the system stayed rigged against americans. syrian refuse zoes need in. they get to stay skipping the line. our border open is more of the same but worse. donald trump's america is secure. terrorists kept out. borders secure. change that makes america safe again. >> rick, how effective is this ad? >> i think it's pretty effective. that brought topbld trump to where he is. he is as close as he is in the polls despite the lacking of
campaign organization and money up until now and getting off message. but it is what he ran on on. he ran on law and order and insecure borders. littlery wants to make it backwards. there is a 40% gap between who is qualified to be he president. people do really want change. that's why it is 40 where we are. most people don't think donald trump is -- isn't. and most people think hillary clinton is. >> this is part of trump's first ad buy. florida, pennsylvania, north carolina, ohio. pretty late in the game, though, it seems to me. how much difference can these make at this point? >> well, time will certainly tell. i think he should have been doing it quite sooner. i have said over and over again that's important is to raise the
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made at the same time that a group of american prisoners were released. the state department acknowledging this week that the payment was come on the release of the detainees. >> we felt that it would be imprudent not to consider that as some leverage in trying to make sure our americans got out. >> in basic english, you're saying you wouldn't give them the $400 million in cash until the prisoners were released, correct? >> that's correct. >> let's bring in military analyst, retired colonel jack jake. there was the return of cash to iran in a release there. is that position still credible in any case or form? >> no. it wasn't credible before. the money was iran's. and we were going to have to give it back eventually. but there's no doubt whatsoever that there was a quid pro quo.
as a matter of fact, admiral kirby himself, after denying that there was a relationship between the two things knitted in fact, there was a relationship. we have billions of dollars of iranian sets. we didn't give those back. so, no, not correct to neck. >> we were talking about how perception is reality. it begs the question, how will this be received in iran and affect future generations? >> a lot of things are doing by individual ones, future ones in order to estimate politic. but at the of the day the real impact is outside the united states. iran's perception is we can manipulate it. not only that, don't forget lots
of other countries including russia and others who are going to view this as an opportunity as a way to effect the decisions we make in the international arena. this whole thing was a mess from start to finish. it's interesting that admiral kirby had to walk back the original tkbl. this is not going to help us in the international level. >> you mentioned the rest of the word. how they are going to take us. you have seen it in movies. it does not negotiate with terrorists. how are we going to be received by the refused of the world. does it jeopardize the lives of americans overseas if they are ever captured. >> it is. it is obviously we do negotiate with people and we do pay
ransoms now to everybody. the real concern is this will give an opportunity to embolden those who may want to take advantage of our entire to get prisoners back to pay ransoms to do exactly the same. it's not going to be good for us. >> colonel jacobs, this is a careful situation. needs to be follow said. event of week for donald trump. trump called america's intelligence community into question and brought retired general michael phlegm. he doesn't trust those currently in charge. director of new policies of policy change and former head of the national security network. what topics do you think were discussed in this meeting and more importantly what was not discussed? >> so the things we know won't sreb discussed. what they call sources and
methods. in other words, how we're getting our information, who we're getting it from. basically, you can use to warm a specific operation or individual. no details of specific operations will be discussed. if there is plan to go after isis, donald trump doesn't know it you. anything in particular that a presidential candidate may have asked about. so you would imagine they would talk about isis. frankly, you would imagine that the intelligence community would want to say a few things about trump that maybe me think he doesn't understand. you might acknowledge they may see things about china, nuclear weapons, that they think he doesn't understand. >> paul man ford resigned.
his took place before that. big question, how they complicate such a briefs as they have. >> the president doesn't have to have a security clearance. but any staff he brings with him, they have to have a security clearance. that's why you saw flynn and christy and not everybody else. the other hurdle a candidate has to get over, is it approved usually personally by the sitting president. so you can be sure that this briefing will have been scrubbed of anything anyone thought was harmful if it went back to moscow or anywhere else, or frankly fist just went to the nearest microphone. i think et interest that the many comments he made this week, he did not have anything to say.
that is a gaffe that his staff determined would not be strategically important for him to make. >> is there actual real concern in the intelligence community that trump will not keep the briefings confidential? in other words, what is trump going to do with this information? >> so it was interesting. if you look at the things retired briefers were out there saying, one of them described the information that you get in a candidate briefing as "vanilla." basically one level more than what you or i would get, if a sitting official came on your show and talked to you. on the one hand, they're not specifically concerned about -- they're not so worried about any particular thing, they tell him. what's clear is that the intel community is very worried about the things trump says, the things he suggests he would do from let's have more countries
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for the atlantic. in his article he explores growing influence of the cities in the south on the election. van, i read your article. i have to admit i felt like my entire education in government should be thrown out the win development it really is a sea change here. what does this mean for hillary clinton and what does she have to do to sustain her popularity in key states that typically go red. >> we saw in 2008 and 2012 that the south is in play in a way it hasn't been in political science, political theory in the past 20 years for democrats. and for her, i think the most important thing is get the cities, mobilizing the populations of people of color in states like georgia and north carolina and florida as well. i think she really has a good chance of doing that because the trump campaign is not doing the ground game you need to capture rural white voters in the
states. >> trump not polling well in georgia. specifically tied with clinton. a poll had him behind by four points. what is happening there, could clinton really have a chance when all said and done of winning this very traditionally red state. >> i think she has a good chance in georgia. atlanta is growing. we have a lot more people of color who are coming back down into the georgia. i think it shows. that's clinton's coalition of voters. trump doesn't have tv ads across the states, not putting out a ground game in the rural regions in the state. i think it's showing in the polls. i don't think i can make that up in the next couple of weeks. >> earlier in the show mentioned trump's latest appeal to african-american voters. what's your take on that? is it a sense trump is trying to appeal in this act to other african-americans with this pitch? >> i think he's realizing that appealing to working class white voters without a college degree
sort of has a ceiling. without sort of winning the republican stronghold they need to even make swing states matter he has to appeal and get in the double dinlgits with black vote. this appeal when we're increasing the presence of sort of elements that have been -- have racially charged statements in the past couple of years to the campaign, i don't know if he's going to get over that double digit mark. >> last question quickly besides georgia, is there another state you think will rewrite the history books come november? >> i don't know. i think georgia going pretty strongly would be one of those things that rewrites the way we think about the electoral map. looking at georgia especially is what i'm looking at. >> vann, thanks so much for your insight. that wraps up this hour of "msnbc live." i my colleague richard lui picks
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a very good morning to you. i'm richard lui in new york at msnbc world headquarters. 8:00 in the east, 5:00 in the west. here is what's happening this hour. new cases and more fears. what's being done to stop the zika virus from spreading in south florida. courting the african-american voeft after a campaign staffing shake-up. can donald trump gain any any ground there? >> i will introduce -- i will produce for the inner cities and i will produce for the african-americans. >> why the e-mail server situation will not go away for secretary hillary clinton. >> all right. starting off this morning intense effort under way to spray for mosquitoes as the zika virus spreads in south florida. seven new cases have t