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and that does it for us this day. this is andrea mitchell. craig melvin, you're up next. >> good day to you. i'm craig melvin here at msnbc headquarters in new york city. lots of stories we're following at this hour. what now? president donald trump stumped to the script and sounded more
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presidential in his first address to congress but after the words, now it's time for action. what can actually get done? we'll take a look at that this hour. also, borderline. president trump still insisting he'll build that wall but has raised a possibility for a pathway for legal status for millions of immigrants. and building bridges. roads, too, for that matter. president trump calling on congress to spend a trillion dollars on infrastructure. it was one of the rare moments that they leapt to their seats. president trump is at the white house rig now with the house and the senate. we just got this video in a few moments ago. republicans want to hear more policy detail from president trump after he gave a successful
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speech, one that extended the honeymoon for the month-old administration because of his talk of unity. >> the time for democrats and republicans to get together and unite for the good of our country and for the good of the american people. >> missing in that speech, however, the sort of details that republicans are desperate to hear about how he will bridge the divide on things like fixing obamacare, negotiating tax reform as well. also, missing entirely from that speech, russia. we have a wealth of reporters and lawmakers joining us. we start with nbc's hallie jackson. she's at the white house. also, susan, we'll get to you in a moment. hallie, the biggest reaction from the speech may be from the
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white house which decided to delay that revamped travel ban. is that safe to say? >> yes. a couple of messages are coming out of here. this is to allow the speech some time to breathe, to sort of dominate the narrative, if you will, today. publicly you, heard from sean spicer just a few minutes ago here at the white house that they're still working essentially on this new executive order, when it's ready to be rolled out, it will be rolled out. that said, the president said several weeks ago he was going to roll it out that week, then it got pushed to another week. as you look at this video here from the president meeting with republican lawmakers at lunch. we're looking ahead to see what this new revised immigration executive order will be, what this new temporary travel ban will actually include. the white house doesn't want it to get caught up in the same legal mess that the original one was caught up on.
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no news yet out of the lunch that is just beginning. after lawmakeris meet with the president, they will head back over the hill and talk about how to replace obamacare. >> what kind of follow-through are they expecting now in. >> i think a lot of republicans are hoping that donald trump will use the bully bull pit to bring the republican congress told on these big issues like tax reform and health care reform. right now, ty are stalled on trying to pass a repeal and replace bill. they are not there yet. there's some hope that donald trump will push reluctant members on board so they pass this measure and that's part of the follow through, that they hope that donald trump will
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carry through with. they think he's a unique president and can use social media, use the impromptu on camera comments and use his charisma and influence to bring everybody together here because they feel like the stakes are extremely high. they made these very big campaign promises yet getting to the finish line on a lot of them is going to be extremely difficult. it would be for any party. here they are trying to do a lot in a very short period of time. it's a big challenge for the gop and they are hoping that donald trump can help push it over the finish line. >> susan, roughly 60 minutes last night, one of the things we didn't hear was russia or any talk of north korea. also, not a great deal of red meat, if you will, for the social conservatives of the base. no talk of abortion or the transsexual bathroom controversy we've been talking about. what do social conservatives specifically make of the absence of that? >> well, it was an hour-long speech and he touched on -- you
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know what i heard from, they touched on a lot of things in a very short period of time. plus, with all of the applause lines in between. i didn't hear anyone complaining that he left out life issues or, you know, the transgender bathroom issue and i feel like they are relieved that they didn't touch on that. and i don't feel like there's any gray areas for him to get into on that at all. i thought my responses from republicans who i interviewed as they came out of the chamber was that they thought he touched on a lot of different things and the important issues, like health care, immigration reform, tax reform, jobs, economies, that's what they feel like the public wants to hear and republicans were okay with him getting to those issues. >> susan, thank you. hallie jackson, 1600 pennsylvania, thank you as well. let's go to capitol hill where we find nbc's kasie hunt. i know that you've been chasing lawmakers there all day doing
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what you do. what do republicans say they now expect president trump to do to follow up on the words we heard last night? >> well, he does have some herding of cats to do on capitol hill. there is already conservative opposition brewing to this repeal and replace plan that was a draft piece of legislation leaked last week and the people started going through and there was a realization among conservatives that this include as way to help americans pay for health care and it's too liberal, essentially. and so there's brewing, mounting concern, really, with republican leader who is want to push this plan forward as members of the so-called freedom caucus, a group of conservative members over here in the house. they gave john boehner plenty of headaches and it's been quieter lately but republican leaders hoping that president trump has the ability to corral them.
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i pushed ted cruz on this issue because it's possible this could hit a snag in the senate among conservatives there. listen to what he had to say. part of this plan would use tax credits as a boost to deductions. the president mentioned tax credits as a possibility? >> he did. but the principles he focused on are exactly the right principles. >> you're not ready to say yes to tax credits quite yet? >> in 2015, virtually every republican in both members of congress voted to repeal most of obamacare. i think we should start wh that 2015 repeal language. >> so important to point out that ted cruz would not say at this point that he does support using tax credits to help americans for health insurance and focused just on repeal. there are other members who are under a lot of pressure to repeal and replace and so we're
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seeing this split between conservative republicans and the others who do want to try to figure out this bill threaten the overall project of reforming health care at this stage. >> we also have confirmations going on for a pair of cabinets. who are they? >> congressman ryan zinke who has been confirmed and that sets the stage for next in stage and it's been somewhat controversial and it's given a lot of democrats pause. interestingly enough, senator elizabeth warren took heat from liberal base when she initially supported ben carson. she had to write a long explanation on facebook about why she had done that. so i would be interested to see how many democrats end up
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supporting carson so you can expect he will be the next one to get a vote in the senate. craig? >> kasie hunt, thank you. the stock market continues to soar, apparently in response to president trump's speech last night, to a certain extent. let's look at the big board here and let me get out of the way so you can see it here. up 320 points right now, that's been in use for a while now, the do breaking 21,000 for the first time ever following three months of growth since president trump was elected. my colleague, stephanie ruhle is here with me. she spent a great deal of time down on the street, wall street, to be specific. that makes it sound weird, doesn't it? >> there were some streets that i was on. >> let's talk about the surge. is it just the speech? >> it's not just the speech. remember, president obama gave us 4% unemployment.
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and hampered improving economy but the speech last night, remember, we knew the promises of tax cuts and policy changes and deregulation but what was so attractive to the markets last night was the tone of president trump's speech. the market doesn't like volatility. a guy like steve bannon and the american carnage t. draconian message that we've heard in previous speeches, the markets don't like that and don't like geopolitical risks and sort of the message that you got from president trump last night was we're here to do great things, here to make it happen. now, congress, you guys over there make it happen. since president trump won, the market has always thought, look at that cabinet. you've got wilbur ross and gary cohen. guys from wall street. wall street loves this idea. you've got to look at the broader picture. who voted for president trump? so many people in america who said i'm the forgotten worker. you watch the market soar.
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i challenge you to say where is that forgotten connection to the american worker? they don't own apple stock or ibm. they could be left out of this so that income inequality divide that we've been talking about for years that president trump says he's going to fix, there's not a direct line to get that fixed. >> there's a growing concern that perhaps you have a number of these companies that are overvalued, that have been overvalued for some time, we're at 21,000 now. how real is the concern that the bottom fallsut here pretty soon? is this the kind of growth that is sustainable? >> i mean, potentially. remember, if they cut taxes, that's going to impact their bottom line. if donald trump takes away regulation, that's going to impact their bottom line to the positive. but if it doesn't, if the market is in euphoria, investors can sell tomorrow. these are liquid markets. the market is not a direct reflection on the stability of the overall economy and how jobs are going to get created. that remains to be seen.
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>> stephanie, always good to have your insight. catch stephanie every morning here on msnbc at 9:00 eastern. let's turn to mel brooks now, republican congressman from alabama. he sits on the armed services as well as the foreign affairs committee. congressman, good to see you. thanks for your time this afternoon. >> my pleasure. >> let's start with the speech last night. how does president trump pay for more spending on defense, infrastructure, the wall? how does he do all of that while also promising to lower corporate and individual taxes? >> well, i don't have the answer to that at this point but i'm anxiously awaiting the kinds of details that we need in the house and senate to actually conduct an investigation that covers the kinds of things that you're talking about and on a myriad of different issues that allows us to be in a position where we can examine it and
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crunch the numbers. as most everybody in america should know right now, it's just a matter of when, two years, ten years, 20 years, we don't know when it's going to hit us but we know it will hit us if we continue on the financial path that we're on. as a consequence, we have to be more responsible than we have in the past and the questions that you ask are right on point in that regard. >> congressman, in addition to that question, can the president afford to do any of those things or some of those things while also promising not to touch entitlement programs? is that feasible? >> well, certainly. a number of things can be done that empower us to do the kinds of things that president trump talked about last night. by way of example, we've been suffering from an anemic economy for years now where economic growth has been consistently less than 3%. the average is 3.3%. a boost in economic activity gdp
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growth in turn decreases alliance for welfare programs that cost so much. if donald trump's economic plan is so much in increasing economic growth to traditional gdp averages, we'll be in a much better shape financially. the other thing is building the wall. if we build the wl and save taxpayers and tax losses that we're incurring of $99 billion a year because of illegal aliens, the cost of services at the city, county, state and federal level versus the revenues that come in, that could save us $99 billion a year. >> congressman, it should be noted that building this wall is going to happen and secondly that it's going to be keeping out all of the undocumented immigrants that you just mentioned. >> that's true. but for each one that we keep out, that's a saving in welfare
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costs or it's opening up a job for an american to have who will no longer be on welfare instead of an illegal alien having that job. it's a decrease in our health care costs and education costs. >> that predisposes that the immigrant was going to take a job from that american worker and that american worker wasn't going to lose the job to, let's say, technology or automation, which we know is a far greater culprit of american jobs than immigration. >> well, that is a factor but we do know this. each job that's taken by an illegal alien is a job opportunity lost on an american citizen and i'm like donald trump in that regard. i'm here to represent americans and america. i want those jobs to go to americans and i want illegal aliens out of our workforce that employers have to pay them more to get that work to be done and as american workers are paid, that empowers them to pay for their health care without this
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huge federal bureaucracy that is going to increase the risk of america suffering through a debilitating insolvency and bankruptcy. >> do you think we need entitlement reform? >> no question. if nothing else, because we don't have the money. ifou kill the goose that lays the golden egg, nobody gets anything. that'sha happens when you have a great nation like the united states. you not only destroy the wealth that's been created by more than 200 years of labor by our insan ancestors, entitlements, you've got 87 different wealth transfer programs that cost us $800 billion a year. those have to be examined. that's not including social security or medicare. those are earned entitlements. that has to be addressed in a different way so they don't lose
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the benefits that they are receiving and there are ways to do that. >> president trump laid out principles on health care specifically. he didn't address a lot of the issues that seem to have caused friction. for instance, whether to support new tax credits to buy coverage. that's a key one. leadership also reportedly talking about loosening requirements for what insurance plans have to cover. and then there's the question of how to address medicaid expansion, block grants per capita. where would you like to see president trump come down on those issues? >> well, with respect to medicaid, the governor of our state of alabama have contacted me and said, look, give us block grants and we will take care of the health care that is now provided by medicaid and we will do it more efficiently than the federal government is now doing it. >> what happens with -- >> well, that's up to the states to decide. let's bear in mind that all 50 states, each and every one of
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them is more solvent than the federal government is. if there's going to be an incurrence of higher costs, the states can handle that better than the federal government can. and then relying on one size fits all shoes feet which is what the federal government does, whether it's good or bad policy, it's the policy that we're stuck with. states can be the incubator area and once the best is determined, they can then emulate it and we're better off for it. >> congressman mel brooks of alabama, always appreciate your time. >> my pleasure. >> that brings us to today's microsoft pulse question. are you hopeful common ground can be found after president trump's address to congress?
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it's pulse.msnbc.com. we'll check the results later on in the broadcast. borderline. president trump reminding americans once again that the border wall is coming. so, how are folks living on the front lines reacting to the president's speech? our gadi schwartz just spent some time at the arizona/mexico border. >> reporter: it looks like this and we're going to talk to one rancher here in arizona who says this is his reality and he supports the wall. here what he had to say about trump's speech, coming up next. look closely. hidden in every swing, every chip, and every putt, is data that can make the difference between winning and losing. the microsoft cloud helps the pga tour turn countless points of data into insights that transform their business
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i believe that real and positive immigration reform is possible as long as we focus on the following goals. to improve jobs and wages for americans. to strengthen our nation's security. and to restore respect for our laws. >> president trump there last night talking about immigration and in pretty vague and broad terms, those comments coming just a few hours after the president suggested he's open to what would be a major shift in immigration policy. trump saying that he would consider providing a legal status to undocumented immigrants who have not committed serious crimes. i'm joined now by nbc's gadi
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schwartz who is along the mexico border in nogales, arizona. you sat down with a rancher and his wife. they have about 50,000 acres. they listened to that speech that we heard last night. what did they say about it? >> reporter: craig, first off, i apologize if there's a little bit of some buzzing. i want to tell you why a lot of the ranchers support this wall. this is about two miles outside of nogales and this is where the wall ends and the barbed wire begins. he's showed us where he's encountered drug cartels and
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people carrying loads of drugs through his land. a little bit about his background, he used to be a democratic and then he supported rubio. when donald trump talked about securing the border, for him it meant securing the property from constant threat. here's jim and his wife sue reacting to trump's speech last night. take a listen. >> he talked about the need for a wall. we've been talking about that for ten years. >> the issue with the wall is stopping the drug traffic, primarily, and enforcing law. and then having merit-based immigration program is a good idea. >> reporter: now, apart from the drug smugglers, jim and his wife sympathize with some of the undocumented immigrants that cross into their land. they have even saved some of their lives but they say before any path to legal status, they want to see a wall like this or at least a fence go up. craig, back to you. >> gadi schwartz there along the
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border in arizona. gadi, thank you for that. rebuilding america. president trump echoing a top campaign pledge calling on congress to spin a trillion dollars fixing this country's infrastructure. just how many roads and bridges and overpasses and subways, how many of those things can you fix without money and will democrats back the plan? and here's another look at the big board. the dow is up more than 300. historic territory for the market. we'll continue to keep an eye on that as well.
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i will be asking congress to approve legislation that produces a $1 trillion
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investment and infrastructure of the united states, financed through both private and public capital creating millions of new jobs. this effort will be guided by two core principles. buy american and hire american. >> president trump calling on national rebuilding, as he calls t. rebuilding the nation's decaying infrastructure was one of president trump's signature campaign promises. nbc's tom costello is looking at the problem and joins me live now from washington, d.c.. first of all, tom, how bad is it? >> nationwide, we've been given a grade of "d" plus. we're taing about bridges, roads, airpor, subway and train lines and dams and river locks. we're impacted by this oftentimes with delays.
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listen to this stat. one in nine bridges are considered structure considered structurally deficient. this bridge was designed 50 years ago for half that man and concrete is falling down, the steel gerters are rusting and the chief engineer showed me around. when you see that kind of rust, is that a warning sign? >> it is a warning sign for something that is going to come later. certainly nothing that we need to be immediately concerned about but if left unattended, it can get worse. >> reporter: so much of the nation's infrastructure was built or laid 40 to 60 years ago but, in many cases, the maintenance has been deferred for years. president obama and the democrats tried for years to get the republicans to agree to an infrastructure plan but they didn't want to spend the money. now president trump is talking about spending the money but it's not going to be cheap, craig. >> a trillion dollars is the
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price tag. can we afford that? >> reporter: he's talking about this mixture and private money, maybe getting the private sector to make investments. but not all projects are going to offer a return. internet in schools, for example, doesn't offer a return. while he'll likely have democrats supporting his plan, it could be a tough sell on capitol hill with republicans. >> tom costello there for us in washington, thank you. i'm joined by congressman emanuel cleaver, a democrat. this is the only area right now where there is bipartisan agreement. i sademocratsnd republicans leap to tir feet. what do you think of this $1 trillion proposal and how we would pay for it, congressman? >> obviously democrats are interested in a trillion dollar
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infrastructure deal. how do i know that? we've tried it many times over the last eight years under the leadership of barack obama. it was interesting last night to see the republicans jump up to cheer for someone that they've been against for the last eight years. i was supporting an infrastructure bill if it does not -- if it's not based on cuts made to programs that i think are essential to the well-being of the country. if we start cutting programs, you know, to the national health institute and so forth, then i'm going to be against it. but what some of the republicans are talking about is repatriation of offshore dollars and that it would be a one-time deal, we bring the money back and charge 10% tax on those dollars coming back into the country and we do a program like that, that's not the way to deal
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with the problems that you've been discussing already with bridges and that i have in my district in d-minus condition. we've got to have a real infrastructure or transportation program that should be funded over a six-year period and if we're going to do something significant like that, i'm all for it. but look, the -- nobody will buy a car based on the horn. you can't judge a car by the sound of the horn. you have to get in and get the details. so right now, we've got to have some details. i'm not going to blow the horn. >> one of the most moving moments last night for me was when president trump addressed the widow of navy s.e.a.l. ryan owens killed in yemen. she received a roughly two-minute standing ovation. the president also, once again, noted the success of that raid. this is what senator marco rubio
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said this morning about democrats' reaction to the ovation for his widow. >> not only us but a few were standing and clapping and clapped earlier but it was a stunning moment. we were standing up in that minute and a half ovation for the widow of that navy s.e.a.l. i turn back and see half of the room, most of them sitting down. i was just shocked by that. >> you were in the chamber of congress. what do you recall there? >> senator rub bow has a bad memory. he needs to loo at the video d also understand that everybody sitting w not protesting. i mean, there are people who stayed in their seats most of the evening. i have a good friend with two knee replacements who rarely stood and would not have been standing even if president barack obama was there. i think the democrats comported
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themselves quite well last evening. nobody shouted out, "you lie". >> well, i don't know if that should be the bar, congressman. >> absolutely. you're right. >> i get what you're saying. >> you have something else that came striking after the speech. the democratic response delivered by former kentucky governor steve beshear, he's in this diner, customers, they look like some of the customers that looked like they were in a hostage video. donald trump wins kentucky by 30 points. i don't think that governor beshear is the future of the democratic party. he's a retired governor. what was the thinking there? why have a guy like steve beshear give the response versus an up and comer in the party? >> your problem is, you're asking about thinking and that didn't happen. look, the governor did a fabulous job in terms of health care when he was in kentucky, did everything well. he left with a positive opinion
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about the people of his state but i would have loved to have had secretary castro as giving the response or somebody like senator richmond of new orleans. >> who made the call? who made that decision? >> i don't know. i would imagine that the leadership of the house and senate. we didn't have anything to do with it. i just left a meeting where we were discussing the fact that we think we're going to have a problem if we don't start presenting an image of the millennials and that there's a movement in the democratic party. it was not -- i'm one of the guys, i don't mind saying when we make mistakes and that was a mistake. >> congressman emanuel cleaver from missouri, thank you, sir. >> good to be with you. let's see what you're saying about today's pulse question. are you more hopeful common ground can be found after
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president trump's address to congress last night? 90% appear to be pessimistic. it's pulse.msnbc.com. what did the voters think about the president's speech? what are they saying? critiques from voters on both sides of the political divide on the other side of this break.
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with its focus on unifying the country largely being received with positive reviews from voters. there's a new cnn orc poll that shows nearly 7 out of 10 folks who watched that speech last night said it made them feel more optimistic about the direction of the country. i would note, that runs counter to our poll results so far. you can still vote. pulse.msnbc.com. harry smith is here who got to sit down with some democrats in new jersey and kevin tibbles who heard from republicans in ohio. i know the issue of wall street excess came up, pandering came up. what did they tell you? >> we sat with these sort of reliably progressive folks in mt. claire, new jersey. as we watched, people snickered even at some points during the speech. and the big takeaway from this,
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you remember the old cash register, if you punch the button and it says no sale -- >> yeah. >> take a listen to this. >> so many people on my street last their jobs and our town is still reeling from that and yet we're talking about deregulating banks, we're talking about removing laws that were designed to protect us from those kinds of excesses and we're stocking the -- president trump is stocking his cabinet with wall street insiders and billionaires and so i think there's a disskrdi discrepancy there. >> he did not reach out to me. i thought it was patronizing how he kept saying, this black person was mugged by an immigrant, trying to make a -- he was trying to be divisive. it was clear to me that he was pitting that african-american
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community against the latino community. it was just unbelievable. it was so odd and pandering. >> a man said afterwards, where was the talk to small business? you remember back in the day, small business is where all of the jobs are created in america. >> that's true. >> he runs the small business council in montclair and said he didn't hear a thing. >> i know you sat down with some republicans, kevin, and there were concerns of the affirmations of the small business community. >> reporter: well, craig, we listened to it at the opera house, the 100-year-old opera house here in pemberville, ohio. as harry was just talking about, the people here say this country can't survive without small business. they were looking to hear
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president trump speaking about cutting some of the red tape, speaking about freeing up the climate for small businesses here. one of the people that we spoke to is a bob who runs the local butcher shop here. what heard about small ay about business last night. >> i gave a little clap when he said about talking about regulations, he said for every new regulation that he'd want to rescind two. that would be great. we're all small business people here who we know any time we get a new regulation, that usually means we've got more labor to put in to meet that regulation. a small business that gets a regulation can't accommodate it like a large business can. you just don't have the resources. it's spread over a smaller -- so any regulation hurts small business. and, oh, man, that would be so great. we want to be successful and we will be successful.
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we will work extremely hard. i'm talking about the small business community all over. just don't get in our way. >> they want to hire people. that's the sentiment coming out of this town. they want to hire people. and they say that they've been prevented from doing so because they've been buried under regulations and red tape. they are very proud of this small town as people throughout the midwest are. many people still ask, why did these particular states go for mr. trump? last night in that opera house in pemberville, they wanted to hear what mr. trump was saying and they all appear to realize how divided washington seems to be. and one question from here is why can't people come over here to the coffee shop, have a cup of coffee and work it out just like they do in small town america? guys? >> amen. kevin tibbles and harry smith with a look at what folks were
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saying after that speech last night. i tell you, any time you can talk to harry smith and kevin tibbles on televisionha a good day for me. >> guysit sweaters on. >> let's do it again tomorrow. i'll wear my sweater next time. we have destructive storms pounding half the country right now. take a look at this. this is a twister. at least three people have been killed so far as deadly tornadoes sweep through the midwest today. more than 100 million people, more than a third of this country, in the third of a path for more severe weather. the latest for conditions from new orleans to new york. also, another look at the dow. it's still up. in fact, up a little more than it was last time we checked in and a new record high for the market. i was energetic. then the chronic, widespread pain drained my energy. my doctor said moving more helps ease fibromyalgia pain. he also prescribed lyrica.
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fibromyalgia is thought to be the result of overactive nerves. lyrica is believed to calm these nerves. for some, lyrica can significantly relieve fibromyalgia pain and improve function, so i feel better. lyrica may cause serious allergic reactions or suicidal thoughts or actions. tell your doctor right away if you have these, new or worsening depression, or unusual changes in mood or behavior. or swelling, trouble breathing, rash, hives, blisters, muscle pain with fever, tired feeling, or blurry vision. common side effects are dizziness, sleepiness, weight gain and swelling of hands, legs and feet. don't drink alcohol while taking lyrica. don't drive or use machinery until you know how lyrica affects you. those who have had a drug or alcohol problem may be more likely to misuse lyrica. with less pain, i can be more active. ask your doctor about lyrica.
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i did... n't. hey, come look what lisa made. wow. you grilled that chicken? i did... n't. yup! i did... n't. smartmade frozen meals. real ingredients, grilled and roasted. it's like you made it. and you did... n't. . right now there's a dangerous storm system headed toward the mid-atlantic and southern new england states. several storms have spawned tornadoes. tornadoes spawned overnight. those killed at least three people, destroyed more than 100 homes in the midwest. nbc's blake mccoy is on the ground for us right now. he's in the hard-hit town of ottawa, illinois. what are you seeing there? >> reporter: ottawa is next to us. this is the small town next to it called naplate, illinois. you can see the devastation it caused as it ripped through overnight. the siding ripped off this home.
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what used to be a garage stood back here and residents are salvaging whatever they can from the remnants of it. a telephone pole was knocked into this house during the storm. if we walk, i'll show you the rest of the street. i'm going to have my photographer steve watch his head as we go through here. it is house after house that has been just shredded by the force of this tornado that came through. we're still waiting on an official strength of the tornado from the national weather service, but look at all this damage. look at that. a resident here told me that car was parked on the street. it was lifted up. it's now in the front yard. a woman who lives in this house, she lives on the second floor in an apartment, said, as that tornado came through couldn't make it to the basement in time. instead she took her dog and jumped into the bathtub. take a listen. >> just praying to god not to die. you hear the sounds of the building popping and windows crashing and the debris flying count hall and you're trying to miss the debris and ep mdog safe.
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>> reporter: as you mentioned, at least three people have been killed by this tornado outbreak in the midwest. now spreading east, the severe weather. one person was killed in the nearby town of ottawa by a falling tree. another person was killed in illinois as well as someone in missouri. a lot of devastation here. craig, as you mentioned, that severe weather now east. it's not over yet. >> my goodness. our thoughts and prayers with folks in ottawa, illinois. that certainly looks -- the best way to describe it is the way you described it. devastating. dave price here with us. big storms moving in now. how bad are we talking about and where are they going? >> first, let's look back and then we'll look forward. right now, 25 reported outbreaks of tornadoes within the last 24 hours or so. now, keep in mind, those are reports. national weather service out right now beginning that investigation process to de determine if that number is accurate. it may change, go up or down in
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the little while. in the meantime, this storm system continues to race towards the east. as it does, keep in mind, we are seeing this system move at about 60 miles per hour right now. that's highway speed. that's how quickly the system is moving through. and at this point, we have tornado watches in effect just south of knoxville, over through the area north of atlanta and down to the southwest. keep in mind, as you head to the northeast, the concern is for severe thunderstorms. those beginning to kind of tick up right now, washington seeing some heavy rain roll through. this is where the area, the biggest severe threat right now lies, from birmingham to atlanta, charlotte, raleigh, up to washington. here in new york through sections of the northeast we may see rough weather later today. again, it's particularly down to the south and over to the west where e most severe weather is going to wind up rolling through. 78 million people at risk by the time we head through the evening hours tonight after about 7:00,
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most of that threat over. then a big drop in temperatures. some areas seeing 30 degrees cooler by friday. we'll see flurries. >> wow. wnbc's dave price with an update on the forecast. much more ahead on "msnbc live." be sure to keep up with me on social media. i'm on twitter, i'm on the gram, on facebook. will your business be ready when growth presents itself? american express open cards can help you take on a new job, or fill a big order or expand your office and take on whatever comes next. find out how american express cards and services can help prepare you for growth at open.com. that goes beyond assuming exbeingredients are safe...ood
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that will wrap up this hour of "msnbc live." my colleague katy tur picking thing s now. we follow the big questions following the president's kinder, gentler speech. that's focus at the white house between the president and gop leadership. about last night, supporters are cheering it, but critics say the message was hollow, full of misleading statements and old campaign promises. >> we want all americans to succeed, we must restore integrity and the rule of law at our borders. the time has come for a new program of national rebuilding. we will provide massive tax relief for the middle class. i am not going to let america and its great companies and workers be taken advantage of us any longer. sdmroot country looks

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