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thank you very much. i'm ari melber. you can always find me on my show at 6:00 p.m. eastern. up next, there is a foreign ambassador who is literally giving advice about russia that the president would have received here today that he chose not to follow. also i want to tell you steve kornacki and that guest will join brian williams with a lot of news. kornacki on the 11:00 news tonight. brian williams starts right now. from the east coast, the president was told not to congratulate vladimir putin on his victory in a rigged election, but he did it, anyway. even to those around trump, it's another measure of how far we are from normal. plus, a d.c. attorney denies joining the legal team. the president says if it's time to get rid of mueller, it's time
for impeachment. and another allegation from a porn star as "the 11th hour" gets underway tonight. good evening. day 425 of the american president, and the breaking news has to do with a telephone conversation earlier today with russian president vladimir putin who was just elected to another six-year term, though no one believes the election was an actual contest. the "washington post" reports tonight president trump's national security advisers warned him not to congratulate putin but he did so despite the warning. >> i had a call with president putin and congratulated him on the victory, his electoral victory. i suspect that we'll probably be meeting in the not-too-distant future to discuss the arms race which is getting out of control,
but we will never allow anybody to have anything even close to what we have. >> the "washington post" says the president's briefing materials included a section that had, quote, all capital letters stating do not congratulate, according to officials familiar with the call. the piece goes on to say trump dho chose not to heed talking points with aides instructing him to condemn putin about the recent poisoning of a former russian spy in the united kingdom with a powerful nerve agent. it was not clear whether trump read the notes, administration officials said. the trump congrats to putin comes five days after the white house imposed sanctions on russia for its meddling in the 2016 election and other malicious cyber attacks. let's also not forget that the
russians are accused of murdering a man in the u.k. and attempting to kill another. the trump phone call prompted this sharply worded statement from senate armed services chairman john mccain of arizona. and we quote, an american president does not lead the free world by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections. and by doing so with vladimir putin, president trump insulted every russian citizen who was denied the right to vote in a free and fair election to determine their country's future, including the countless russian patriots who have risked so much to protest and resist putin's regime. here now is how the white house tried to handle repeated questions about the phone call in today's briefing. >> did the president not raise the issue of russian election meddling in that phone call? >> i don't believe it came up on this specific call. >> i'm curious, did the recent poisoning in the united kingdom come up in the call? >> i don't believe that was discussed in today's call.
>> i want to follow up on the accusations of fraud in the russian election. why doesn't the president believe that's something he should be discussing with the russian leader? >> i didn't say we couldn't discuss it with the russian leader, i said it didn't come up on today's call. >> does the president believe the russian election was firm and fair? >> in terms of the election, they were focused on our elections. we don't get to dictate how other countries operate. what we do know is that putin has been elected in their country, and that's not something that we can dictate to them how they operate. we can only focus on the freeness and the fairness of our election, something we 100% fully support and something we're going to continue doing everything we can to protect to make sure bad actors don't have the opportunity to impact them in any way. >> so many interesting points just in that last answer alone, which somehow brings us to our
lead-off panel tonight. michael mcfall, ambassador to russia during the obama administration, white house reporter to the "washington pos post", cliff engel, and the head of public affairs. ashley, i'd like to begin with you, but by doing so, let's listen to something your colleague, carol linnig said about what happened at the white house after the phone call. >> after the president's call with vladimir putin, there was quite a curfuffle in the white house about what just went down, sort of an oh, gee moment of, what are we going to say about this call? are we going to say the president congratulated putin? the russians sort of took that choice out of the white house by announcing that trump had
congratulated their leader. >> so, ashley, with that as the background story, like this one in the "washington post," show there are people at the core of the presidency, perhaps career people, perhaps military people who still care enough to make it known that in their view a wrong has happened, correct? >> that is correct, and this is not the first sort of phone call with foreign leaders that has leaked out. you'll remember the "washington post" broke last year, for instance, that the president had a very contentious call with the prime minister of australia, one of our strongest allies that basically ended with the president refusing to accept refugees from australia that were already agreed to and hung up on the prime minister. there are times that stuff happens that's very outside the norm, outside of what you would expect, and it does find its way into the media. again, without getting into sourcing, someone could reasonably think it is coming from perhaps a concerned whistle
blower. >> ambassador, you've been in on these calls, you've arranged them, you have briefed for them. talk to me about the process. are they usually done in the residence where the president took today's call, or are they done in the oval? are people present in the room? how many people are are lilisti -- listening in on the call and have you ever had problems getting a background briefing? >> i've prepared many of these calls, brian, you're right, both with president medvedev and president putin. you get a package with the security council and in that package there is a lot of talking points for the sole purpose of advancing american interests, right? these calls are very precious amounts of time for heads of state to interact, so that's what they're all about.
in terms of the modalities and the specifics, then there is a time before the call where you do call prep. very valuable time for me. that was my shot with the president to talk through the talking points and to get ready for what we're trying to get done in that call. and then in terms of who is in the room, again, just in the years that i work with president obama, one or two, sometimes three people are in the oval office with the president. i would be on the line sitting on the couch listening to the call because i spoke russian as well as english. and we would be there as he walked through the points to try to advance america's national interests. so two things here are missing. one, it doesn't sound like president trump was in the oval office, so it means h.r. mcmaster or his russia adviser, fiona hill is her name, probably wasn't in the room with him. and two, there was no evidence that he was trying to get any business done in this call. >> clint watts, the ambassador, described such a rigorous,
proper process. we don't know that rig or wasn't employed in various steps leading up to this. tell me, however, if you're an investigator looking into russian meddling and/or collusion, how do you view press accounts of what happened today? >> you have to ask why over the last two years he takes putin's side before when he was a candidate and now when it comes to bringing up u.s. national interest prepared remarks? i don't doubt at all that general mcmaster probably scoped this extremely well, prepped him for the call. he didn't follow any of it whatever discussions went on beforehand. he did not bring up the attack on british soil with a chemical weapon, a nerve agent. we've gone to war for chemical weapons. he did not bring up -- instead he congratulated putin for an election victory after we just had our election messed with. he owns him.
he is doing everything vladimir putin would want to be done, which is undermining u.s. stature around the world and bringing us back to our own country. he has pushed a red line in the united kingdom with his attack on their soil. not only did it target a former russian spy, it hit 20 other british citizens. so the question, if you're looking at this investigatively, is what evidence to the contrary is it that he's actually pursuing the interests and staying in it? how would an agent of russia act any differently? and it's pretty hard to distinguish between the two. >> back up just a second because we've never had anyone with your formidable resume say he owns the president. how do you think he owns donald trump? >> the president will not challenge him. president trump actually seeks out, and we've seen this in 2013, whether it was a miss universe pageant or now as the president, to come to terms with putin, to congratulate him, to laud him with attention.
he never challenges him personally. that the president did not come out last week, whenever we had this attack in britain with the nerve agent, and say, this is our longest standing ally, a member of nato, and we have a chemical weapons attack on the united kingdom soil. the u.k. fought with us in iraq based on the presumption that there were chemical weapons there. that he did not step forward and put a challenge to putin, it came from who? rex tillerson. rex tillerson the next day no longer the secretary of state. >> do you think it's flattery based, financial based, a combination thereof? >> i think it's a combination of those. i have no reason to believe it is a directed agent, but whether he realizes it or not, he is acting unwit itingly as an agen of the russian world right now. he has pulled us back across the world internationally. and every place he's pulled us back, russia has moved forward. >> rick stengel, you've been on
both sides. you have covered it as a journalist, you have been in government. do you take any solace with what i talked about with ashley, which means patriots on the inside are still patriots on the inside? >> i take a little solace in that they are trying to do the kind of preparation that mike talked about. i think that's fair enough. clint made a very strong statement, and i'll join the hallelujah correspohorus in ter this criticism, but i'll take it one step further. let's say for the sake of argument there is a strategic reason that trump is reluctant to criticize putin and criticize russia and it would benefit u.s. relations. but if you look at what's happened with russia around the world, they're taking advantage of us everywhere. they're taking advantage of us in syria. he made that statement in the room with mohammad ben salmon,
t the crown prince. i agree with him not criticizing russia, and if there was a benefit we were getting for it, i would say there is a strong reason for it. the russians are saying, who's your daddy? we are, and they are taking everything around the world. >> trying to be serious about things like sanctions and indictments, for that matter, while now reports are out that this happened, congratulations on your terrific election victory? >> well, i think you saw a little bit of that from sarah sanders at the podium today. but you're right, when you play that clip of carol, what was interesting was there was a scramble, sort of, in how do we message this kerfuffle, and then russia came out and said the president had congratulated president putin and trump said that himself. but in terms of the actual fact
of what the president had said, no one was particularly surprised. this has been his stance on russia, bafsically since before he was elected. the sanctions last week were more of an unusual blip that were sort of counter to all his past behavior. and it's also been his behavior not on russia generally but just sort of floating the advice of his aides and his advisers. let's keep in mind, he was handed note cards that said do not congratulate in capital letters, and the first thing he did was open up that phone call by congratulating. at this point his aides and advisers have become accustomed to a president who sort of does what he wants. he is increasingly feeling emboldened and confident. we saw that with the tariffs he did. we saw that with him unilaterally taking a meeting with kim jong-un in north korea. so this news is squarely in line with everything else president trump has done both with russia and sort of acting on his own
whims and impulses. >> so ambassador, if you concur with clint's assess ismement the president is owned by putin -- >> i'm a bit too diplomatic for that. >> -- what do you think this is based on? what do you think is at the heart of this? >> brian, i honestly don't know. i can hypothesize, we can talk about what it means. i think we all agree in the diagnostics, and i want to underscore one other thing back to rick's point. candidate trump promised us that we were going to be respected in the world, that putin was going to respect him, and we were going to be strong. when you have this kind of disconnect between the president and the rest of the administration, nobody is respecting that and nobody is seeing that as a sign of strength. so if he could point to tangible outcomes of how these statements of appeasement are advancing america's national interest, it
might be easier to take, but it's exactly the opposite. to your question that i'm dodging, it could be that he just has this very simplistic theory about if we could just get along with these dictators, it will be an accomplishment. of course, there might be alternative hypotheses about why exactly he's so reluctant to criticize this particular person. i don't honestly know the answer to that question yet. >> i'm just happy to have found a 20th way to ask you the same question, with the same result, i might add. hey, clint, i know you've spent so much of your life in the cyber end of things. i'm looking at this "washington post" headline tonight, "ban no one oversaw cambridge analytica's collection of facebook data, according to a former employee." in the body of the article, it says bannon tested and affected the anti-establishment message
that would later be in the trump campaign like drain the swamp and deep state. where are we headed here? >> we're going to have to dissect where the lines are from russian influence and what we saw from political campaign propaganda that was coming out. what's going to be really interesting is this mostly seemed to be starting with cambridge analytica and bannon and cruz. if remember, that was ted cruz that was mostly in. that was back in prit marries and later th -- the primaries and later it was on. this is where i think social media will come up on a lot of conflict. we look at this and say, oh, my gosh, can we believe all this information was taken? but if you go back through almost every political campaign, somebody was hiring these firms to do microtargeting to really get in because it's the most effective way to get your message moving forward. so the social media companies will have basically an
earthquake going on in the silicon valley, which is, how is this being harvested for the users? which is, we can help you move anything at the right time at the right place so it really sinks in, whether it's advertising or votes. so it's going to be really scary for the american people as this sort of peels back in terms of the ononion, but the question i what do we want to do? we haven't pushed any legislation for it, but on capitol hill they'll point to social media and say, how did you let this happen? the social media company will come back and say, well, you paid me to do it. it will be a weird twist. >> it might be like the banking and financial crisis. rick, a final question to you. about your beloved state department, do you think anything will be better in terms of rigor under mr. pompeo? >> i think one difference will be that he won't try to disassemble it.
he won't look at it and say, let's do this in a different way. the difference, though, he's politicized. he has a political point of view. he will try to direct the president inthe way tillerson is not. but he will be directing it probably away from the service directors there. our thanks to ambassador mike mcfall, ashley parker, clint watts and rick stengel. a special note for rick stengel. his book "mandela's way" has just been reissued to coincide with what would have been nelson mandela's 100th birthday. congratulations on that, rick. a day after one republican attorney joins the trump legal team, another big name dedeclin.
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said he would support impeachment proceedings if trump tries to end the counsel investigation. flake told the post, we are begging him, don't go down this road. don't create a constitutional crisis. don't force the congress to take the only remedy the congress can take. he continued, quote, if trump fires mueller without cause, how different is that with what nixon did with the saturday night massacre, flake asked. he left before impeachment came, but that was the remedy then, and that would be the remedy now. republican senator lindsey graham of south carolina voiced a similar sentiment early today. >> if the president fired robert mueller, do you think that would be an impeachable offense? >> probably so, if he did it without cause, yeah. to stop the investigation without cause, i think, would be a constitutional crisis. >> senator graham talking to hugh hewitt earlier today. the president has escalated his attacks on the special counsel. he even mentioned the mueller investigation by name over the weekend. that was a first. some are now saying congress
needs to act to insulate and wall off and protect mueller, something that republican congressional leaders have been reluctant to do. the president's attacks on this investigation come as he appears to be trying to shake up his legal team. the president currently has ty cobb, john dowd, jay sekulow and now joseph digeneva advising him. they have asked ted olson to join them, but olson has declined. i am joined by jim acosta, reporter of the "washington post," moderator on pbs, and jeremy peters are back, political reporter for the "new york times," both of them nbc analysts. ted olson is a fairly known attorney in this city. he was part of the dream team on
the o.j. simpson case. he is a man of reput in the legal community. why ted olson and why did ted olson say no? >> such a revealing moment for this president, brian. he is reaching for the hard-charging personalities, some of them he sees on television, to join his legal team. but he knows he also needs gravitose. he had his legal team reach out to mr. olson to say, could you be our heavy to go after this russian investigation, to catch flurtry of news that seems to happen by the hour? you have the president struggling with all these different challenges trying to reach outside people. but because of conflict, because of a lot of different reasons, i'm told olson decided to say, no, thanks. >> jeremy, i'm reminded by the president that you work for a failing organization. he said here on march 11th, the failing "new york times"
purposely wrote a false story stating that i am unhappy with my legal team on the russia case and am going to add another lawyer to help out. wrong. i am very happy with my lawyers, ty cobb, john dowd and jay sekulow. they are doing a great job, and, dot, dot, dot. there was a second frame to that tweet, but you get the gist. jeremy, it did strike a lot of us that digeneva was very much like cobb and dowd. what do you think is going on to herald these personal decisions? >> what you have is a president that is increasingly emboldened and trusting his own instincts rather than the people around him. there is no question this is occurring when you have the departures of a number of staff members who felt that they could keep the president's more reckless impulses in check. and the addition of more
advisers, both formal and informal, around the president who will enable some of his more reckless impulses. it's coinciding with people like corwin lewandowski and david bossi, some people from the campaign having more access to the president. and it's coming at a time when the president is feeling increasingly under siege. he was told by his lawyers, and this is part of the reason why he's so unhappy with them, that this would be all wrapped up by now. this mueller probe would be done. now, in hindsight, that was a pretty foolish promise for them to make to him, because they had no idea of knowing where this investigation would go and under what stones mueller might look. so right now the president is lashing out because he is sick of this still going on. so as long as he is getting more and more agitated, i think you're going to see more and more decisions like the decision to hire digeneva who is a
conspiracy theorist. this is a guy who has accused of fbi of fabricating information in order to frame president trump. you really can't make this up. >> it sounds like he'll be a perfect member of the team. hey, robert, i do note more and more people are comfortable tossing around the "i" word, impeachment. so farther mo they are mostly a of pundits who have announced they are not running again. tonight in a speech in washington, by way of taking a swing at maxine waters, accusing her of having a low i.q., the president used the word impeachment when quoting waters, saying he ought to be impeached and then he finished by saying there is no evidence. do you see any more republicans getting courage? >> what happened today on capitol hill was that senate republicans met for their lunch and most of them left that room
tight-li tight-lipped. some of them left for reelection but the senator is out there sitting down with him tonight talking with him for an interview. he said now is the time to talk about impeachment, to warn the president about impeachment if he moves on the mueller investigation without cause. and flake in some ways is a mirror to these anxious discussions inside of the senate gop. how are they going to handle if the president does move forward and ends this investigation regardless of the excuse he may use if that decision is ever made? and it's a delicate time for these senate republicans because they know the president is there tonight raising money at the national building museum. he owns the party. but they know that the party's future could also be on the line if this thing unravels. that's why flake is out there tonight along with senator graham saying, if you do that without cause, you could be impeached. >> and, jeremy, how about the house? how about republicans in the
house? it appears to be the opposite of whatever a profile in courage is. >> i don't know many republicans, brian, these days who feel like there isn't at least a 60 to 70% chance that they lose the house. that's just the reality. if they lose the house, the impeachment of donald trump is almost certain. not removal from office, of course, but impeachment as we saw happen with bill clinton. so i don't really see much coming together, really, on either side. i mean, the parties are at such odds, at such lagerheads right now, and the antipathy for the president is run sog fning so f the left. republicans are looking at november right now and they are terrified. >> gentlemen, the discussions we have from time to time reminds you of exactly the stakes we
talk about for an hour each night. robert costa, jeremy peters, thanks to both of you, as always. coming up, this other front. the results of stormy daniels' polygraph test on her alleged intimate relationship with the man who went on to become president. as we learned, a former playboy model is fighting to tell her story about an alleged affair with the man who went on to become president. the growing controversy for the trump white house when "the 11th hour" continues. manatees in novelty ts? surprising. what's "come at me bro?" it's something you say to a friend. what's not surprising? how much money matt saved by switching to geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more.
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president trump's legal troubles are mounting, and in this matter, at least, having nothing to do with the russia investigation, the "new york times" broke the news today that former playboy model and playmate of the year karen mcdougal is suing to break her silence of an alleged 2006 affair with trump. she sold her story for 160 grand. they apparently buried it. and a lawsuit filed by a former contestant of "the apprentice" said trump assaulted her in '07. she's using the comments on the campaign trail as a basis of her defamation claim. here's a reminder of some of the language he used. >> these people are horrible people. they're horrible, horrible liars.
i have no idea who these women are. i have no idea. all of these liars will be sued after the election is over. >> all of that comes as the attorney for stormy daniels is releasing results along with this photograph of a 2011 polygraph test that appear to show the porn star was telling the truth to the satisfaction of the examiner about a sexual encounter she says she had with trump. michael avanoti spoke with our own ari melber in just the last hour. >> this is another piece of evidence, and it's another document that's being presented to the american people. they can go on line, they can download it, they can read it for themselves. they don't have to take my word for it, your word for it or anyone else's word for it. there will be other pieces of evidence that comes out in this case. there will be a broadcast sunday where the american people will be able to hear my client and hear her answers and they'll be able to judge for themselves
whether she's telling the truth or not. don't take my word for it or someone else's word for it. >> a reminder, the white house has denied all of these allegations. with us tonight to talk about this, we were able to talk ashley parker into hanging around, the white house reporter for the "washington post," and barbara mcquaid is with us, our former district attorney for the eastern district of michigan. barbara, is this another example of crafty lawyering by ms. daniels' lawyer? all i know is what i see on the cop shows, and on the cop shows they say that polygraph evidence is not admissible. but what he's done is, and we all know about it. >> there is the court of law and the court of public opinion. normally polygraphs are not admissible in court because they are believed to be a questionable liability. however, they're used by investigators and used by the fbi all the time, so depending on the quality of the examiner, there can be some value to a
polygraph. nevertheless, in the court of public opinion, now it's out there, and i think some people see some credence in polygraph exams, so i think it's likely to influence public opinion. >> ashley, i know you've been covering this man for a long time, but it is bracing to go back and hear the language he just used to talk about these women as a group. and all of this, of course, adds to the din, the white house that didn't need to be fighting a battle on a second front other than russia, and this one doesn't get any more personal. >> that's exactly right. what's so striking about this is for those of us who covered him on the campaign, and frankly, the rest of america remembers as well, female accusers coming forward happen during the campaign. there was the "access hollywood" video, there was more than a dozen women accusing then-candidate trump of sexual misconduct and sexual harrassment, so it's been interesting to watch as this has finally started to break through
when he's in the white house. first you just had stormy daniels and it wasn't quite breaking through. it was coming, as you said, on weeks that the president was facing other crises and scandals on other fronts. it first started bubbling up during the rob porter crisis, when they were dealing with that. but this has been the one thing that won't go away. sarah sanders has been asked about it in the briefings, and it seems as though some other women watching what happened with stormy daniels have now been emboldened to come forward themselves. which is the open question, how many other women signed ndas or were paid money to stay silent or just didn't come forward so they weren't attacked by the president with that language, so they feel emboldened. this is something the white house will be forced to answer and address from the podium and maybe even the president himself might weigh in in a tweet at some point. >> barbara, what's the chance of these three cases we just talked about? is there one that appears to you
to be the breakout? and what's the chance to you that in one of these cases the president can be deposed? >> well, i think the case involving summer azervos, the "apprentice" case looks like it's on the brink of being filed. the judge said this das will cae allowed to proceed. we could see a deposition by donald trump by the plaintiff's counsel. it could show common sense of a sham if he engaged with other women. >> as i said, it's all rather bracing. two terrific guests, thank you for joining in our conversation. coming up, it is primary day, as we said, in the state of illinois where all eyes are on
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issue came on the national scene back in the '70s. 43% of democrats in congress said they were anti-abortion back then. you go forward to the 1990s, it fell to 34%. fast forward to today. it's already down at 1.6%. that means there are a grand total of three democrats in congress who call themselves anti-abortion and one of them is named dan lopinski in the third district of illinois. he was being challenged in the democratic primary by a woman named newman. she said she was inspired by the women's marches when trump was elected. there was a lot of energy behind her campaign and we can show you what happened tonight if we can get that screen up. i was doing pretty good with this last week, brian. there it is. almost 100% of the vote is in and lipinski, it looks like, will survive. dan lipinski is the son of a former democrat. it will survive in prthe primar
challenge era of trump. if you look over here, there was a near major surprise tonight on the republican side in the race for governor of illinois. bruce rauner a republican. he will win this but barely. 48% for jeanne ives. he said he was too ashamed of president trump, too ashamed to say president trump's name in public. she nearly won this primary. as it is, rauner will advance in the election. he is in big danger there. it looks like his opponent is going to be j.b. pritzner. big race to watch tonight, brian. >> i know when mr. lamb won in
the pennsylvania race, i was subjected on twitter to calling him only a democrat. i was responding to a campaign ad he did in 2015. you don't see that too often. and i think we're going to see, correct me if i'm wrong, non-liberal, non-progressive democrats on the conservative side of that party as we get into the midterms. i think it takes all types in that race. >> dan lipinski was already the incumbent but there was so much energy. national groups coming in, pro-choice groups, members of congress. dan lipinski's colleagues saying, no, we're with newman. however, they sided with lipinski. is there a lesson you could take to other districts nationally about democrats being maybe a
little pragmatic like what you're talking about in pennsylvania. >> the only way we would go into combat is with steve kornacki at the big board. steve, thank you very much. an update on the serial bombings in austin, texas as the feds are now rushing to take advantage of an apparent mistake the bomber made today. we'll have that story when we come back. yze and take action? how about some of the lowest options fees? are you raising your hand? good then it's time for power e*trade the platform, price and service that gives you the edge you need. alright one quick game of rock, paper, scissors. 1, 2, 3, go. e*trade. the original place to invest online. ♪ get outta my dreams ♪ get into my car ♪ get into my car ♪ ♪ get outta...
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first responders in austin, texas are on the scene of another incident. law enforcement officials say this latest incident was not as package bomb per se. police said tonight it is not related to the previous explosions that left two people dead and several others injured. nbc news is reporting an employee at a suburban goodwill store received minor injuries to his hand when he was looking
through a bag of donations after of what's being described as an incendiary device going off. a package exploded at a fedex facility injuring one worker there. officials at fedex scrambled and they were able to find a second suspicious package which they removed from the sorting facility without incident. the two parcels are connected to the previous four explosions this month. that's where they got a rare break. now they have an unexploded device to examine for clues since everyone agrees that we are looking for a southeasterer. jim cavanof who's an expert on today's event may have revealed. >> big break today.
they know a lot already. they know how he fuses it and fires it and how he charges it and what kind of mixtures and how he contains it. they know his design as and materials. >> earlier today, campus police at the university of texas sent out via social media a specific warning to college students, this speak on alert in the austin area right now, right now it is so important that you put your phones down while walking. watch where you step. take your ear buds out and listen to what is happening around you. remind your friends to do it, too. >> another break for us and coming up, marking a six month anniversary that has become with resilency for all the wrong
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there are still towns without power and water. it certainly does not help if the army core of engineers decided to scale back its resources devoted to puerto rico. it is clear that recovery efforts from this past means season of hurricanes have been faster in the lower 48 than they have been in puerto rico. a number of americans with money to spend who have the ability and means to vacation some where warm this time this year, have chosen to visit puerto rico and make no mistakes. puerto rico counts on that and will only get better at with time. it could be so much better with a little more help from the government here on the mainland. that's our broadcast on a tuesday ooerevening. thank you very much for being with us, good night from headquarters here in new york.
thanks you at home for joining us at this hour, happy to have you with us. got a lot to get to tonight, news tonight from austin, texas. law enforcement have been dealing with a serial of scary and deadly bombings. these bombings started march 2nd. a package exploded and killed a man on his porch and it happened again and again and all together before today. these multiple bombings in austin, texas, killed two people and wounded four. another person was hurt when a package exploded before dawn on a conveyer belt at a fedex facility at an hour south of town. tonight we have reports that there had been another incident in austin. the initial report from the associated press that happened at a goodwill store in austin. we were told that a man in his 30s was injured and he had been taken to the hospital with serious but non life-threatening injury. >>