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>> november 28, get out and vote, 20 days after the election is over, make your voice heard, or it will be an asterisk. it is time for the last word v. or it will be an asterisk. "first look" is up next. >> donald trump tweeted up a storm today. he really did. he lashed out at a number of republicans, the ones that have been distancing themselves from him. called the speaker of the house paul ryan a weak and effective leader, called john mccain foul mouth. said democrats are more loyal to each other than republicans are. he also tweeted this, said "it is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and i can now fight for america the way i want to." this is how he's been behaving with the shackles on? >> the shackles are off with the gop nearing an all-out civil
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war, donald trump is taking aim at republican leaders with less than a month until election day. plus, hillary clinton hits the trail with al gore, who's offering voters a reminder of the 2000 election and what's at stake this time around. and there are new evacuation orders in place as the flooding threat caused by hurricane matthew continues to grow in some areas it is a race against time to save residents trapped by rising waters. good morning, it is wednesday, october 12th, i'm betty nguyen alongside alex witt and louis burgdorf. less than four weeks to go until america elects the next president, and the friction within the republican party is at a new high. a survey from "usa today" completed last night finds an astonishing lack of support for donald trump among the party's highest ranking office holders.
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it shows that a 331 republican governors, senators, and members of congress, 87 are not endorsing trump's candidacy. that is more than one in four. and yesterday trump went on a multistate, multiplatform tirade against the party's leadership for abandoning him. it began yesterday morning with tweets aimed at the speaker of the house. "despite winning the second debate in a landslide, it is hard to do well when paul ryan and others give zero support." our very weak and ineffective leader paul ryan had a bad conference call where his members went wild at his disloyalty. disloyal republicans are far more difficult than crooked hillary. they come at you from all sides. they don't know how to win. i will teach them. trump continued to slam republican leaders yesterday afternoon in san antonio, texas. according to "the texas transcritribune" he said leaders forgot there was an election. why aren't they on the shows, why aren't they all over the
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place? trump brought up ryan's 2012 vice presidential candidacy saying this guy lost four years ago in, like, a landslide. last night trump spoke to fox news, where he commented more on ryan and explained his tweet. it is so nice that the shack 8s have been taken off me and i can now fight for america the way i want to. >> you say, okay, the shackles are off, and now i can really do what i want. i mean, what are you going to do that you haven't done? are you going to be more outspoken? >> i don't think i'm that outspoken, to be honest with you. >> come on! sure you are! >> i think i've been very nice. i think we should get support, and we don't get the support from guys like paul ryan. he had a conference call yesterday with congressmen, hundreds of them, and they practically rioted against him on the phone. one person stuck up for him. so i'm just tired of nonsupport and i don't really want his support. if he calls now -- this happens all the time, if you sneeze he
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calls up and announces, isn't that a terrible thing. so i don't want his support, i don't care about his support. >> if you're elected president, you're going to need mccain and you're going to need ryan. you're going to need these guys. >> they'll be there. they'll be there. i would think ryan wouldn't be there, maybe he'll be in a different position. >> donald trump had a lot to say about paul ryan yesterday. the house speaker did not have much to say about trump. his office released a one-sentence statement, "paul ryan is focusing the next month on defeating democrats and all republicans running for office should probably do the same." donald trump also singled out the 2008 republican nominee for abandoning him. "the very foul mouth senator john mccain begged for my support during his primary. i gave, he won, then dropped me over locker room remarks." this as allies say he wants trump to focus more on an apology than an explanation of his remarks. trump downplayed the seriousness of his 2005 comment about groping.
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>> women are the key of this. you're winning with men and i think you'll continue to win with men. you're behind with women. are you going to target -- >> i'm not sure i believe it. >> have you a plan to get those women back? >> well, first of all, locker room talk, and most people have heard it before, and i've had a lot of women come up to me and say, boy, i've heard that, i've heard a lot worse than that over my life. if that's why i'm going to lose an election, to get rid of isis and create strong borders and rebuild our military and do all the things we're going to do, including supreme court judges and saving the second amendment, because it's under siege with hillary clinton, or as i call her, crooked hillary, that's what she is. if that's what it takes to lose an election, that would be pretty sad. >> the rest of capitol hill is calculating how to deal with donald trump. deb fischer of nebraska renewed
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her support for the nominee, saying yesterday, "he decided he would not step aside. i respect his decision. i support the republican ticket and it's a trump-pence ticket." this as marco rubio, who avoided reporters' questions for days, reaffirmed his support, saying i do not want hillary clinton to be our next president. another republican senator in a tough re-election, pat toomey, maintained his independence. >> i remain unpersuaded. i don't know how this is going to turn out. as i said, i think hillary clinton is a hopelessly flawed candidate. i could never support hillary clinton. i've made that clear. paul ryan is in a very different situation than i am in. he endorsed donald trump, i never did endorse donald trump. he has a responsibility to his colleagues. >> also keeping his distance, senate majority leader mitch mcconnell refused to say trump's name at an event in kentucky on wednesday, though he rebuked trump's outspoken skepticism of trade agreements, "america needs
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to be a trading nation. if you add up all the free trade agreements to all the countries in the world, we have a trade surplus. we're selling more to them than they are selling to us." meanwhile at his rally last night, trump offered his take on trade imbalance. >> if i win, day one we're going to announce our plans to totally renegotiate nafta, which is a one-way street for businesses to leave our country. they get the businesses, they get the cash, and you know what we get? we get the drugs. that's what we get. we get nothing. we get unemployment and we get drugs. >> president obama hit the trail for hillary clinton in north carolina last night. it was classic obama in campaign mode, fired up and feeding off the crowd, but he was interrupted by protesters three times, including by a couple wearing shirts that read "bill clinton is a rapist." >> but our term is coming to an end. michelle and our lease was
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only for eight years, and we're already looking around making sure we haven't broken any china or messed anything up. beau and sonny haven't ruined any of the carpets, because we want to get our security deposit back. you've been through that, right? sometimes these landlords, they'll look, they'll be like -- oh, no. >> the crowd eventually shouted down the hecklers with boos and chants of "hillary," allowing the president to get back on script. >> i remember five years ago i asked every cabinet secretary to give me new ideas for ways to get our economy creating jobs faster, and hillary set a 12-page single-space memo,
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footnotes. i was like, lord, let me -- i had to do my homework. but that's who she is. that's what she spent her life doing, fighting for every child and every family. not just popping off, but working to actually do stuff. golly. >> hillary clinton hit the trail in florida yesterday alongside former vice president al gore. at a rally in miami, gore helped underscore clinton's message that she will fight climate change, unlike her opponent. speaking from experience, gore also reminded the audience how important their vote really is come november. >> your vote really, really, really counts. a lot. you can consider me as an exhibit "a" of that route. for those of you who are younger than 25, you might not remember
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the election of 2000 and what happened here in flida and across the country. for those of you older than 25, i heard you murmuring just now, but take it from me, it was a very close election. >> and following that rally, clinton met with members of the latin builders association, which recently endorsed her. in 2008 the group endorsed john mccain and in 2012 it endorsed rick santorum in the presidential primaries, before endorsing mitt romney in the general election. "new york times magazine" has a new cover story on clinton. "i'm the last thing standing between you and the apocalypse." the reporter at one point asked clinton if november 8th scared her. she relied, no, not really. when he clarified the prospect of her losing she said, "i'm not going to lose." the clinton campaign is working to mitigate the latest fallout from the release of
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alleged e-mails from john po podesta. speaking aboard the clinton's campaign plane, they are investigating a criminal hack of his e-mail and he doesn't feel great about it, but he's, quote, kind of zen about it at this stage. he also claimed it is reasonable to think donald trump's campaign and his ally roger stone knew about the wikileaks release. >> i think there is definitely circumstantial evidence that mr. stone must have been witty about what was likely to come, and mr. stone has been a long-time adviser to mr. trump and so i think there's at least a reasonable belief that mr. assange passed the information
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on to mr. stone. >> sway the election. the clinton campaign has not denied the authenticity of the e-mails, though it has blamed the e-mail leaks on russia. the latest data dump not independently authenticated by nbc news shows dnc chair and cnn commentator donna brazile tipped off the clinton campaign about a difficult question prior to a cnn town hall debate last march. the e-mail has the subject line saying "from time to time i get the questions in advance." for her part, brazile says she never had access to and would never share questions from cnn debates. cnn said they've never gen out questions beforehand. other messages seem to show hillary clinton herself slow to grasp fallout from her e-mail server. as the controversy escalated last summer, expressed concern clinton wasn't in the same place as some on her staff who viewed the decision to turn over her
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server and thumb drives as a chance to move past the issue. a separate exchange months before appeared to show clinton's spokesman telling colleagues he was in contact with the justice department officials about ongoing open records lawsuits regarding clinton's e-mails. donald trump was quick to seize on wikileaks' latest release last night. >> the press is hardly even talking about wikileaks. you know that. wikileaks is amazing. the stuff that's coming out. it shows she's a real liar. you have to say to the public and to your donors different things. the press doesn't even pick this stuff up. where have you seen it? >> got overshadowed by the "access hollywood" stuff. >> no, it didn't. it wasn't overshadowed. turning from politics now, officials in north carolina are warning some residents to evacuate as riding flood waters continue to ravage parts of that state. the number killed by hurricane matthew and in its aftermath has
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now risen to at least 36 across five states. president obama yesterday declared a new state of emergency for 31 counties in eastern north carolina, along with parts of south carolina, as well. north carolina's governor pat mccrory is telling residents flooding may get worse in the coming days. authorities are especially concerned about a dam, which is holding for now, but officials say a breach is possible. governor mccory says 2,000 people have been rescued since a texas man watching this drone footage on twitter, who lives in north carolina, turns out chris williams' home was in that footage, his brother alerted the drone operator, who informed rescue crews. williams says he's beyond thank you. >> it's amazing. left and he came back. relaunched my drone. it's just incredible it actually
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worked. like a series of improbable events. if you put it in a movie, this is a "b" movie, i don't want to watch it, and it worked. >> wow, yeah. still ahead, for weeks now he's been judged for his decision to sit out the national anthem, but starting this sunday colin kaepernick is going to be judged for something else, that being his play on the field. plus a week after hurricane matthew tore through the caribbean, many people in haiti are still without power and electricity and there is a new fear on the rise. those stories and a check on weather when we come right back. ♪
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just days after being hit by hurricane matthew, the people of haiti are struggling with a new emergency. the deadly water-borne disease cholera has started taking lives of hurricane survivors. if not treated fast and appropriately, the disease can kill within hours of contracting it. the disease is contracted most commonly by drinking water
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contaminated with the waste of other victims of the disease. the country is in short supply of clean drinking water and patients need to be kept hydrated. that disease was accidently introduced to the country in 2010 by united nations peacekeepers following their big earthquake. let's get a check of the weather now with bill karins. little less cold than yesterday. it was pretty chilly here. >> yeah, northeast had its first frost and freeze in some areas, but that's improved. warmer for you there. this is hurricane nicole. remember this was out there while we were paying attention to matthew. it's still halfway between bermuda and puerto rico, but you can see the well defined eye, really intensified yesterday, now up to a category 2 storm with winds around 100 miles per hour. now it's starting the north/northwest move. unfortunately to the north and northwest, eventually going to curve to the northeast and it will be very close to bermuda this time tomorrow. literally about 12 to 18 hours
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more preparations in bermuda. you don't like to see that, that center line going to the left of the island would put them in the right hand quadrant of the storm. hopefully they'll get a track shift and be spared the worse, but this will be a close . as far as the lower 48, nasty weather this morning is the thunderstorms just south of kansas city, exiting eastern kansas, heading into areas of western missouri. showers south of chicago, too. travel delays today at the airports, st. louis and chicago, isolated storms possible. how about the flooding, major flooding still in eastern north carolina. lumberton area, lumber river still dealing with problems. here's some of the pictures here. the problem is, one guy reported that the water is only moving about three to four miles per hour. so what you see here, just taking forever for the water to flow out. faster flowing water would exit to the ocean quicker, guys. you know, these pictures we're seeing here are going to last right through the weekend in some cases. these people won't be able to get back in their homes.
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water is very slow to recede. >> adding insult to injury there, thanks. still ahead, tim tebow makes his arizona fall league debut, but it's what he did off the field that's grabbing headlines. we're back in a moment. they don't make 'em in adult sizes? this is what the pros wear. look at the line.. uhhh... look at the other ne... mm...mhh... that's why he starts his day with those two scoops... in deliciously heart healthy kellogg's raisin bran. ready to eat my dust? too bad i already filled up on raisins. by taking steps towards a healthy heart, jay knows he'll be ready for the turns ahead. hey don't forget to put up your kickstand. ring (bell) sighs. kellogg's isin bn. and try kellogg's raisin bran crunch now with more crunchy clusters. my lan early morning mode.de. and a partly sunny mode. transitions® signature™ adapti lenses... are more responsive than ever. experience life well lit®. ...upgrade your lenses to transitions® signature™
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2-1 in the series against the cubs in game four now. san fran took a 3-1 lead in the fifth inning, while starting pitcher matt moore held chicago to two hits over eight, but with derek law on the mound in the ninth, the cubs stage a miraculous comeback, rallying fofour runs to go up by one. chapman gets the job done, closing out the series, eliminating the giants with a 6-5 win. the cubs are heading to the n.l. championship series for the second straight season. as they inch closer to ending their 108-year-old world series title drought. we'll see if theo epstein can get that done for them. to los angeles, the dodgers on the brink of eliminate in game four, both teams competing for a chance to meet the cubs on saturday. with the game tied in the bottom of the eighth inning and two runners on base for los angeles, chase utley delivers the go ahead run and rbi single out to right field. the dodgers hang on, forcing a decisive game five on thursday
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in the nation's capital. i know that alex is very happy about that. while the 49ers' colin kaepernick has stolen the spotlight this season kneeling on the sideline as a back-up quarterback, he'll get a chance to shine on the field this morning after dropping four straight games with blaine gabbert under center, the niners will start kaepernick as qb this weekend. and one more for you this weekend, new york mets prospect tim tebow has made his arizona fall league debut yesterday with the scottsdale scorpions. the former nfl quarterback went 0 for 3 in the game after a pair of groundouts and dribbler in front of home plate. in the outfield tebow badly misplayed a fly ball to right, however, he managed to do good off the field when one fan had a seizure in the stands after the game, tebow opted to remain with and comfort the ill man until the paramedics arrived. class act right there for sure. >> you should have seen me when you were playing the dodgers, poor jen's laughing at me, i was making all sorts of faces.
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>> you're happy. >> so far, come on, guys. still ahead, donald trump was criticized for hovering behind hillary clinton during the second presidential debate, but last night he explained his stance on that stage. plus, trump is upping the attacks on hillary clinton. his campaign is out with a new ad once again questioning his opponent's health. samsung is trying to put out the fire over its smartphone, but investors are demanding answers. we have those details when we come right back. ♪ usin,000 points from my chase ink card i boht all therawo... wire... and plants needed to give my shop... a face... no one will rget. see what the power of points can do for your business. learn more at chase.com/ink of bad breath germs% see what the power of points can do for your business. for a 100% fresh mouth.
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donald trump unshackled. the republican nominee declares war on the republican establishment in new attacks on house speaker paul ryan and
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senator john mccain. we'll have his new comments overnight. plus -- >> and no matter how daunting or how many times she gets knocked down, she doesn't point fingers and complain everything's rigged. she doesn't check her mike. she just worries about -- getting up and working harder. >> president obama back on the trail for hillary clinton, mocking donald trump while taking on republicans who refuse to drop their support. plus, new numbers this morning, insight into what voters thought of sunday's debate and the possible risk for candidates who continue to stand with trump. good morning, everyone, it's wednesday, october 12th.
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i'm alex witt along with betty nguyen and louis burgdorf. four weeks to go until america elects a new president and friction is at an all time high. a survey from "usa today" finds an astonishing lack of support for donald trump among the party's highest ranking office holders. it shows of 331 republican governors, senators, and members of congress, 87 are not endorsing trump's candidacy and that is more than one in four. and yesterday trump went on a multistate, multiplatform tirade against the party's leadership for abandoning him. it began yesterday morning with tweets aimed at the speaker of the house. "deste winning the second debate in a landslide, it's hard to do well when paul ryan and others give zero support. our weak and ineffective leader had a bad conference call. disloyal republicans are far more difficult than crooked hillary. they come at you from all side. they don't know how to win. i will teach them." last night trump spoke with fox news, where he commented more on
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ryan, "it is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and i can now fight for america the way i want to." >> you say, okay, the shackles are off and now i can really do what i want. i mean, what are you going to do that you haven't done? are you going to be more outspoken? >> i don't think i'm that outspoken, to be honest with you. >> come on! sure you are! >> i think i've been very nice. i think we should get support, and we don't get the support from guys like paul ryan. he had a conference call yesterday with congressmen, with hundreds of them, and they practically rioted against him on the phone. one person stuck up for him, so i'm just tired of nonsupport and i don't really want his support. if he calls now and wants to -- this happens all the time f. you sneeze he calls up and announces, isn't that a terrible thing. so look, i don't want his support, i don't care about his support. >> if you're elected president, you're going to need mccain and you're going to need ryan. you're going to need these guys.
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>> they'll be there. they'll be there. i would think ryan maybe wouldn't be there, maybe he'll be in a different position. >> donald trump's campaign is out with a new ad set to air in battleground states. it targets hillary clinton's physical fitness to handle the challenges of the office. let's take a look. >> hillary clinton failed every single time as secretary of state. now she wants to be president. hillary clinton doesn't have the fortitude, strength, or stamina to lead in our world. >> john boehner is also weighing in on the election. the ohio republican tells vice news he is still supporting the republican nominee and was pretty clear it's only because he is the nominee. >> he's barely republican. but, you know, his ideas when you can get to them, are more in the direction that i would want the country to go to than hillary clinton. i like hillary clinton. i've known her for a long time, worked with her.
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she's not a bad person, but just be more of the policies we've seen out of the obama administration. so, while donald wasn't my first choice, wasn't my second choice, wasn't my third choice, but he's the nominee and i'm going to vote for him. >> president obama hit the trail for hillary clinton in north carolina last night. he was interrupted, though, by protesters three times, including by a couple wearing shirts that read "bill clinton is a rapist." >> our term is coming to an end. michelle and i, our lease was only for eight years. and we're already looking around making sure we haven't broken any china or messed anything up. beau and sonny haven't ruined any of the carpets. because we want to get our security deposit back. you've been through that, right? sometimes -- sometimes these
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landlords, they'll look, they'll be like -- oh, no. >> as you see there, the crowd eventually shouted down the hecklers with boos and chants of hillary and the president went back on script going after trump over the comments from a leaked video. >> you watch these debates and everybody's all like, well, you know, the commentators, they are like, well, you know, she was really maybe explaining some stuff, you know, in great detail in contrast to the other candidate. that's because she actually knows what she's talking about. which is helpful when you're president of the united states to know what you're talking about. come on, people. come on. this isn't an audition for,
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like, some show. this ain't a show. the guy says stuff that nobody would find tolerable if they were applying for a job at 7-eleven. or -- i don't know what job, if you were kind of vetting somebody for a job and then you heard what somebody said on tape about women, set aside what they were saying about that stuff, that you would hire that person for that job. and the fact that now you've got people saying, well, we strongly disapprove, we really disagree, we find those comments disgusting, but we're still endorsing him. we still think he should be president.
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that doesn't make sense to me. >> with the status quo. >> for me personally, if hillary clinton gets in, i, myself, i'm ready for a revolution, because we can't have her in. but i'm just saying it. you know, i'm with trump. do i not say the truth, guys? come on. >> there's a revolution coming on november the 8th. >> earlier in the day pence talked about the growing fissure in the place he used to work, the u.s. congress. >> republican leaders here in iowa, all across america, are standing with the trump-pence team and we're honored by that. i do believe republican leaders should join millions of americans and support the republican presidential candidate. >> do you feel let down by that? >> certainly, we're disappointed.
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competitive primaries all year long and we're going to continue to. i'm going to support all of our republican nominees. >> trump appeared to be over clinton's shoulder. trump addressed it last night while in florida. >> wait, wait, wait, did you see what she said, i entered her space. here i am, i'm standing, right, you saw that. this is a liar. so i'm standing at my podium, i've got my chair, and crooked hillary walks across the stage
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right in front of me. i'm standing. i didn't move, right, right? so i'm standing and she walks across the stage. she's standing right in front of me. i didn't care. i didn't care. she entered my space. she entered my space, right? but did you see what she said? that i entered her space. i didn't move. and i was very careful, because years ago somebody did come in and talk to her, and the poor guy, lazio, he got just killed. i'm not getting near this woman. no, i'm not getting near this woman at all. no interest. no interest. >> let's get to new data on the presidential race. new poll numbers show hillary clinton maintains a nine-point lead over donald trump after sunday's presidential debate. the latest nbc news/wall street journal poll combines data from before and after the debate. in a four-way matchup clinton leads among likely voters 46% to
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trump's 37%. gary johnson has 8% and jill stein at 2%. clinton leads trump by ten points, 50% to 40%. a new nbc survey monkey poll shows likely voters thought clinton won the second debate by a ten-point margin of victory, 44% to 34%, much smaller than the 31-point margin clinton held over trump following the first presidential debate. new numbers also show down ballot republicans raising the ire of the party's base if they disavow trump. according to a poll, only 13% of republican voters feel donald trump should drop out of the race. on the other hand, gop candidates running for office who stand with trump run the risk of alienating swing voters. 32% of independents say they are less likely to vote for a candidate who continue to support trump. samsung investors are demanding answers in the wake of one of the biggest tech failures
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in history. the company says it will no longer make the device. cnbc's nancy hungerford joins us live from london. the company's stock continues to fall. samsung is in real crisis mode right now. >> that's right. and a dip in shares today brings the three-day slide in that stock up about 10%. fresh news coming from samsung today that it will cut about $2.3 billion off its third quarter profit guidance. that represents about a 33% hit. that's disappointing for investors who just days ago were cheering better than expected from the company, but no surprise here given the news we heard yesterday that, in fact, samsung will pull the galaxy note 7 altogether and the company says that the fresh guidance delivered today reflects the anticipated hit from the recall and from a discontinuation of the galaxy note 7 program. elsewhere, investors will be once again looking at the federal reserve today, because we are expecting the latest
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meeting minutes to be delivered later in the trading day. heightened tension because of speculation of a rift within the federal reserve membership whether or not an inclusion will be on whether or not the fed hikes rates. at least one rate like this year. look out for that one. back to you for now. >> looking out for that rate hike. live from london, thanks so much. still ahead, it's been five days since hurricane matthew hit the southeastern u.s. and crews in south carolina are still racing to get people to safety. plus, the craze on one of the creepy clowns forces mcdonald's to sideline one of the most recognizable mascots of all time. we'll have the latest. an opening night on broadway is ki of magic.
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reconnect with the life now that i work there, i value g the od even more. i feed it to yoshi because there are no artificial colors, preservatives anit's made th real chicken. i'm so proud to make dog chow natural in davenport, iowa. throughout the floods from hurricane matthew there have been heros big and small. yesterday south carolina governor nikki haley thanked
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one. jason hurdick, her american sign language interpreter, who's drawing praise for his work. >> i want to thank someone who's been extremely instrumental in communicating what we need done. jason has become a rock star and so i want to personally thank you for all that you've done, not only do you have a major fan base, but you have made north carolinians very proud and for that we're all grateful for your communication. >> okay, that guy is awesome right there. >> let's get a check on the weather now with meteorologist bill karins. bill, hurricane matthew has been gone for days, but yet we're still talking about flood waters. >> painful. the situation in north carolina, i mean, usually you hear about flood waters and the flood comes and it goes and the river moves
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quickly. there's not a lot of elevation changes and the water is just kind of sitting there, slowly creeping down to the ocean. that's why we're going to be talking. i could show you these pictures four to five days from now, some areas are still going to be this flooded. that means people are out of their homes that much longer. we don't have proper damage assessments yet because the water is still rising in a few spots. here's one of them. this is one of the biggest rivers in eastern north carolina. it crested last night. all time record crest, so we're at 29.3 feet. we're still going to be above major flood stage by sunday. the river only goes down about two and a half feet in five days. that's just ridiculous and painful. the next big weather event that's going to happen is moving into the west. we're getting active in the pacific. we have one storm here that's going to come onshore tomorrow bringing heavy rain, then we have a typhoon that's well out in the pacific, extra tropical storm, regular type storm, that's going to race towards the pacific northwest over the
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upcoming weekend and both storms are going to have damaging winds. this is what we're dealing with, rain tomorrow, some of it gets into california, which is great. even san francisco has a chance of getting some rain. kind of the beginning of the rainy season, unusual for october, but heavy rain, gusty winds, could be 80 mile per hour winds could do some damage. other issue, chicago to st. louis, showers and thunderstorms. louis, we'll watch the northwest, could have some damaging weather the next couple days. now to a story we can all agree inspires all of us, the recent sighting of so-called killer clowns that has been terrorizing children is having an impact on mcdonald's. they are sidelining one of the most recognizable brand ambassadors, announcing their mascot would be limiting his appearances. nbc news' kristen dahlgren has more. >> reporter: he is arguably one of the most recognized american icons, but ronald mcdonald is in hiding. the latest victim of the
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frightening clown frenzy. according to mcdonald's, their red-nosed mascot is laying low. the company being, quote, mindful of the current climate around clown sightings. sightings that have now gone global. scotland yard has gotten multiple reports of so-called killer clowns. in australia, police are patrolling schools. tensions growing by the day as social media explodes with clown photos and threats. a clown was spotted clinging to the back of a bus. and an 11-year-old in minnesota says he was chased by a clown carrying a butcher knife. three teens were picked up there. >> don't get caught up with this craze of this clown stuff. >> while most of the recent sightings are copy cat hoaxes, psychologists say they are now treating anxiety in children of all ages as a result. in dartmouth, massachusetts, police put out this psa. >> remember that if you want to act like a clown, we have no problem treating you like one.
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>> a reminder that police are taking every incident seriously. in a creepy clown craze getting out of control. >> really scary story there. >> not funny. seems every year it gets worse. >> i know what i'd do to the clown, i got that one. anyway, still ahead, we're going to tell you who helped capture a suspected terror suspect in germany. plus, new images from the devastation in syria as another child is pulled from the rubble alive. we are back in a moment.
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welcome back, everyone. the syrian government, along with russian forces, are resuming their bombing forces in aleppo following several days of calm. the syrian observatory for human rights says at least 16 people were killed during strikes in the eastern part of that city yesterday. the group says that number will likely rise as rescue crews search for people under the rubble. those crews were able to rescue one boy in the shocking images of his lifeless body being pulled from under the remnants of one building following those air strikes, but once free, the boy was taken away by rescue workers for medical attention. it's unclear if he survived his injuries. germany's chancellor angela merkel is facing calls for tougher security following the arrest of a man that was captured following a two-day search after being held in a home by other syrian refugees. they say the suspect tried to bribe his fellow countrymen with
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more than $1,000 to let him go. joining us from london with more on this, nbc news foreign correspondent. lucy, what are authorities saying about this refugee's alleged plot? >> well, betty, german authorities say the country avoided another paris or brussels-like attack in arresting the 22-year-old syrian national believed to have links to isis, but what an incredible story of his capture. three syrian refugees being hailed as heros for catching the want to be bomber and turning him in. here's how it played out, officials stormed the apartment saturday where they found explosives, the same stuff used by the brussels and paris attackers. instructions easily found online and that's what apparently tipped off german intelligence. police found about three pounds of it in his apartment, but he managed to slip away during that raid, kicking off an international man hunt. he then travelled to a nearby city where he linked up with other syrian refugees who
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offered him a place to stay, not realizing who he was, but they apparently became suspicious when he asked for a haircut. they then realized this was the same guy authorities had been searching for, tied him up, gagged him. he reportedly offered the refugees more than 1,000 euros for his freedom, but they called the cops anyway, leading to his arrest on monday. authorities believe he was plotting to bomb a train station, perhaps even an airport, so the good samaritan act probably did help save lives, but not likely to quell the growing opposition to merkel's refugee policy. betty? >> lucy, thank you. and up next, a look at the stories happening in the day ahead.
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pictures of my cats and kids. >> are you still undecided in this election? >> i'm more undecided than i was before, peter. the big issue is that donald trump represents my industry, the coal industry, probably in a more positive light than hillary clinton, but with a supreme court vacancy that donald trump could possibly fill, there's a great risk that we could lose some of the rights we fought so hard for, for marriage equality, for voting rights, trying to extend real equality to all americans. >> there you go. still in the red sweater, too. ken bone. >> maybe he should run for office. >> we'll see. presidential debate fame on msnbc yesterday. before we toss it over to "morning joe," let's look what's happening on the campaign trail today. >> donald trump hitting battleground florida today, hillary clinton campaigns in colorado, her running mate tim kaine campaigns in north carolina. >> and donald trump's running mate mike pence also stumps in north carolina. he also has two stops in virginia, and we should also mention that bill clinton is
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back on the trail today, holding two events in iowa. >> that's going to do it for us on this wednesday. i'm betty nguyen alongside alex witt and louis burgdorf. "morning joe" starts right now. >> donald trump tweeted up a storm today. he really did. he he lashed out at a number of republicans, the ones distancing themselves from him. he called paul ryan a weak and ineffective leader and called john mccain foul mouth and said democrats are more loyal than republicans are. he tweeted this. it's so nice that shackles have been taken off me and i can now fight for america the way i want to. this is how he's been behaving with the shackles on? [ applause ] >> good point. good morning. it's wednesday, october 12th. >> shackles are coming off. i'm excited. >> it's about time. >> put them back on. >> we're going to have a campaign worth watching.

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