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at the top of the show we asked why are you awake. producer rob gifford has answers. rob? >> the answers. >> okay, mike. father kay writes as a priest, i have to be up at all hours. you never know when charlie sheen might need my services as a kens for or. .s, i'd be available for mike's confession, too, if need. bless me father for i have erred about will doing the show. >> all right, rob, thanks very much. morning joe, the whole gang, starts right now. frankly, we're going to have
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to trim all muof these programs. you want to skut with a scalpel as opposed to a chain saw. will there will be some areas where we actually increase spending. >> a live look at times square the day after the. good morning, it's friday, january 28th. >> did i hear that right? >> i don't know. clarify. >> the president is talking about just taking a scalpel to a $14.5 trillion debt and that actually increasing money in some areas. did he say that? maybe it was lost in trance hags. >> it might be p. >> more likely the latter. you injuries weren't pjust were attention. >> i have to wait until he stumbles in will. >> the scalpel. >> hi, mike. >> actually, i'm spending a lot
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more money. >> that's all right. >> with us onset -- are you okay, big boy? >> oh, i thought you were marlon bran brando. >> good to see you. >> we have author and co-host of need to know -- >> don't think that's necessary. >> and national affairs he had it tore -- he had his i'm going to look slightly rugged boots on today. >> there's nothing rugged about that. >> i went through the snow and mud to get here. >> all the way across 86th street. >> yeah. it's a feat. >> i was going to say, how do you think john would look in leather? >> i wish i didn't know the answer to that. >> it was my big concern this morning. >> are you saying you know? >> i wish i didn't know? please. discuss. >> no, awful. let's do some work.
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>> can we do that? because i'm very disturbed by the president actually bragging about increasing spending while greece and portugal and spain and ireland go up in flames and mod moody's saying we could be next. >> the phrase trying to have both ways i think applies in this case. i don't think -- we've never been in american history except in war i'm to sell a poll it ticks of austerity. where you are able to create a sense of shared being a sacrifi people were willing to invest more in a public enterprise. so he's in a very uncomfortable, unfortunate position, i wouldn't want to be in it, where he has to try to bring will thing down in what is, despite -- it is in fact a crisis, but it doesn't feel enough like one. and i think he's trying to
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negotiate his way through this. >> and yet if you look it at the front page of the "new york times" yesterday talking about the states going up in flames in debt, if you see what's happening in spain, is spain going to collapse? what happened in portugal, what happened in ireland, what happened in greece, what's happening in america where you have moody's saying they're going to downgrade or aaa rating, which is going to mean that the money we borrowed $14.5 trillion, instead of being historically low rates will be at high rates. which means that that $14.5 trillion debt becomes a $20 trillion debt just like that and it cripples the united states. mike, this is basic math. this is basic banking. what does barack obama not get? >> i don't think about it a whole lot because it's a little too complex for me. >> why don't we just talk about what tracy morgan said.
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>> you know what, maybe members of congress, individual members of congress, and maybe even the president of the united states, should take one month off from listening to focus groups and reading polls and spend more time with an average american family to see how they balance their checkbook month to month and what they do is what this congress and past congresses have been unable to do. figure out what they can afford and what they can't afford. because average american families can't put bills off into the distance for too long. >> right. we all have to make those decisions. you had to choose am i going to buy a mink lined sink or aim going am i going to get the leather jacket. >> apt theand the choice was cl. i'm going to dissent from the table.>> and the choice was cle. i'm going to dissent from the table. we all applauded when he said
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this is a "sputnik" moment. >> well, i don't know if you applauded that. i think it was you and your co-authors. >> i've heard you talk about the need to build the green economy. >> but we don't intend more than until you tell us how we're going cut and take care of -- >> but that seems like the right thing to say which is not the problem that he says we need to spend more on certain things. the problem is that he's not coupling that with the a discussion of the kind of cuts in other things that would need to be done to finance that kind of investment. >> when the president talks about a scalpel, you cannot take the scalpel to the pentagon budget or to social security or medicare. so if he's only talking about scalpels -- because i have to take a chain saw to the pentagon budget. you have to take a chain saw to explosive growth and some of these entitlement programs. and if you don't lead with that, then don't brag about raising
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spending in other areas. >> i'm with you. i just think that the point is the second half of the formulation is missing. you can say it the other way around, but the pure investment is not the problem. the problem is that he's not proposing offsetting cuts that would make it sustainable. >> let's get to egypt. >> before that, i want to ask john meacham, charlie sheen rushed to hospital after porn star partying with five. >> what is wrong? >> what are they saying at the university of the south today about this? what are the people of swanee saying? >> mort usually doesn't go there. it was egypt -- >> let's go with egypt. >> willie drove him it to the hospital. willie was at the party. >> why so callused? charlie sheen was rushed to the hospital, are we concerned about
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his health? >> charlie was carrying around a briefcase full of coke allegedly. >> allegedly. >> we use canvas totes at pbs. >> which by the way, their totes 100% recyclable. and just to be clear, it is called a briefcase full of blow. >> we're going go to news with egypt. and we're talking about with charlie sheen infectious diseases, but what we're talking about here is a debt crisis that is in infectious because the banks are all interrelated. there is no doubt about it. what's happening in ireland and portugal and spain and greece, it's going to impact banks. it's going to impact what's happening in california, connecticut, et cetera. the same hinge happening in the foreign policy area. you cannot overstate the importance of this story, the
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crisis that began in due pietun all places. it's spread to yemen and the middle east is probably in its most volatile state since 1979. >> i think it's going to to get to the point where even the most apathetic news junky will have to listen to the story and understand the implications. >> okay. well, you do the story on charlie sheen. >> demonstrators are taking to the streets of egypt today for what they billed as a day of rage. internet and cell phone services were distributed across the country ahead of the protests -- they were disrupted. the government is also deploying a counter richl force on the 12r50e9 street. the associated press is reporting that police are using water con nons on the pro democracy leader and his supporters. yesterday violence escalated in cities across cairo as he
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returned to the country. >> sdwrojust to explain to peop the police force is turning water cannons on the u.n. inspector for nuclear weapons. this isn't a member of the muslim brotherhood, john meacham. this is a man respected worldwide which of course leads to the gravity of this crisis. >> you know, again, broad historical view, authoritarian rege regeems have never lasted forever. when we talk about reform in the middle east and muslim world, egypt has always been sort of what people -- we focused on iraq and iran and sort of the intellectual point has always been of course then there's
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egypt with the anti-se semetic run and it does not stand in the long run. >> and there is totalitarianism across the entire region other than israel and i guess iraq now. but so many of these totalitarian regimes who are allies who we're giving billions of dollars to, and it's a great irony, the great irony of the middle east is that our allies, whether egypt, sawudi arabia, whatever, their populous hates the united states, while our enemies, iran, syria, actually have populations who are favorably inclined to like the united states. >> we chose our allies in a lot
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of cases for the same reason we turn a blind eye to the totalitarianism because they're stable. we choose the comfort of their sablt over the actual aspirations and ideals. >> and putting it in the context of 1981, our ale lie killed two years after the ayatollah goes to iran, so, yes, we embraced mubarak quickly. >> here's what the president said. >> president mubarak has been very helpful, a range of tough issues in the middle east. but i've always said to him that making sure that they are moving forward on reform, political reform, economic reform, is absolutely critical to the long term well, of egypt. my main hope right now is that violence is not the answer in solving these problems in egypt. so the government has to be careful about not resorting to violence and the people on the streets have to be careful about not resorting to violence.
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>> this isn't a choice between the government and the people of egypt. egypt we know and president obama mubarak has for several decades been a close partner. we've advocated for the universal right of assembly, of free speech, of political reform. all of those are important. and we have at every turn encouraged president mubarak to find a way to engender that political discourse in a positive way. and we will continue to do that. >> meanwhile, the "new york times" reports that confidential cables obtained by wikileaks -- >> this could go on for days. i'm sorry, go ahead. >> paints a picture of how the u.s. engaged delicate -- according to the times, they raised concerns about jailed disso he dents and bloggers and
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monitored reports of torture by police. however, they also show how mubarak warmed toward president obama because his public approach was perceived as less confrontational than that of former president bush. >> obviously when bush was talking about spreading democracy across the globe, egypt, saudi arabia, other middle eastern country, ally, were not pleased. >> they got nervous. >> the muslim brotherhood actually gained a foothold. by the way, muslim brotherhood also not as radical in egypt as it is in other areas. >> and i think what's interesting is how the story is developing and also certain movements within it are developing by use of twitter and facebook and the internet. they're disrupting it because it was bubbling over and a lot of that is the younger generation. >> they had at&t in charge of the shut down. >> wait a second. you mean they let at and it t
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just ta at&t take over the service there will. >> twitter and the internet, there's a common thread if you think about it, the volatility in this region and in places like afghanistan where you have an extremely young population filled with disenfranchised people who figure there's no hope for them equally in terms of jobs or a future. and they have access through the internet and through tools like twitter to a world that they feel they'll never be a part of. i think that's one of the reasons you see so many people on the streets of so many capitals. >> it's disturbing what's happening there. but coming up -- >> the essential media, you can't overestimate the importance of that. you remember 1982, professor at university of alabama told me -- >> very nice professor. i know her. >> you do know her. people were talking about key employing crews, missiles, western europe.
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she said trust me, they're much more fearful of the xerox machine than they are the missile. she was right. the spreading of information was deadly to the soviet union. >> coming up, terrified of the and tea party. michele bachmann's rising star power and why her colleagues think twice before crossing her. also image rebound. the republican party gets a pop layer i boost from the american public that it hasn't seen in years. we'll show you the numbers. and no willie today, but we do have his week in review. find out which stories make the cut. but first, i don't know what this is going to do for you, but here's check on the weekend forecast. >> we're going to slowly build
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up my confidence. >> put this in perspective for us, bill. i'm serious here. i've been living in new york on and off for seven years. i've never seen snow like this. would you have to go back to the mid-90s to find a winter this white? >> '59, '96, was the record breaker. but hawass spread out in that is more condensed. i can almost promise that you southern new england, you've almost never seen this much snow out there when you go outside this morning. >> let me just say if you are a friend of charlie sheen, you've also never seen this much white. >> yes, he had a 36 hour snowstorm it sounds like. >> well, let me give you a quick update on your forecast. you will see some more snow today, but not accumulating snow. snow hours in pittsburgh produced about an inch this morning. that will head to d.c., philly and new york during the day.
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the revolution in tunisia even made it into tuesday's
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state of the union address sgloot understand of america stands with the people of tunisia and supports the democracyic aspirations of all people. >> oh, my god, mother of two, stop taking credit for everything. perhaps more important than the outcome of these revolutions is who gets the credit. >> may have been the bush administration and secretary of state condoleezza rice's famous speech in 2005 at the american university in cairo that launched this revolution. >> i would point you to the speech in cairo in 2009. >> this has been organized largely on facebook and twitter. >> so if two speeches and a social media site is all we needed to spread democracy, why did we invade iraq are why can't we just, i don't know, poke them. >> okay. 22 past the hour. let's take a look at the morning papers. "new york times," daily show
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host jon stewart said the board that will oversee the construction of a 9/11 to help get health coverage for first responders. >> and the "wall street journal," with investors already nervous about europe, yesterday standard and poors made a surprise move by downgrading, listen to this, this is takingering, downgrading japan's long term debt rating. the agency lambed japan's political leaders for having no coherent strategy to tackle their fiscal problem. about it can happen to japan, it can happen to us and the president better so that talking about scalpels and increasing spending. >> "usa today" with an ugly labor strike looming over the nfl, 16 teams have announced they will not raise prices for next season. two teams, the bucs and charger, plan to lower their prices. >> how about that? >> that's not bad. >> if i were the tampa bay
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buccaneer, i'd lower my prices, too. how much longer are the rays going it stay down there in sn they traded all the good players, thank god. but even when they were winning big, nobody showed up for the games. >> tampa bay is till going to have a pretty good team to the field. they have a terrible facility. florida marlins are the endangered species even with a new stadium. >> why can't florida support a baseball team? and i say that again. the rays had an incredible team and their fan base just didn't go -- other than mclaughlin, a friend of mine and the family, nobody else went. in the '70s, you hit a foul wall up the right field line, all the kids chased after. >> and the marlins won a world series. it's time now politico. let's go to john harris. john, i guess we'll start with michele bachmann and people
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feeling a sense of terror somewhat's going on. explain. >> terror? >> well, i was editing the question. >> i think most of us are mildly amused. >> horror? >> not horror. we're disgusted, but amused at the same time. >> bthis woman raises $14 million. the quote, i keep talking about the armed and dangerous quote, but she has so many quotes that are just irresponsible and reckless. what do her -- because when i was on the house floor, a whole lot of republicans didn't have a lot to say about her. why doesn't anybody speak out against her if they don't like her? >> because she is an independent power in the republican party and she has shown the ability o punish people even if shaes not taken that seriously in the house republican caucus. her ability to draw on support from the tea party movement is taken seriously and we saw very
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vivid examples of that this past week. >> who can she punish? let's say that marco rubio or rand paul said stop talking that way and let's just talk about balancing the budget. do cou could she hurt them? >> what she can do is bring her supporters to bear on them. and we've seen this time and again with sarah palin. if somebody says even mildly critical about sarah palin, conservative activists just dump on that person. something similar going on with michele bachmann. for example, we saw this week a lot of people were upset, the official response to president obama's state of the union was supposed to come from paul ryan. it did. but michele bachmann's speech to the tea party express got way more publicity. we were told that was a mistake, she was stepping on the message. the next day, he had to retract that. it was a statement that came
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through michele bachmann's office. some people aren't afraid of her. joe walsh, not the guy from the james gang and the eagles of the '70s. different joe walsh. but he said that speech was out of line. >> one of the best. >> he said that speech was out of line. because lot of people are of a paid to take on michele bachmann publicly because of her supporters. >> if it you're a republican congressman and you're scared of michele bachmann, you don't deserve to be in congress. go home. john harris, we love you as always. thank you so much. >> have a great weekend. >> can you imagine seriously somebody being afraid of michele bachmann? >> in that business, i can't. >> can you really imagine that? i mean, they're afraid of her ability to raise money against them. can i understand in that business, i can understand -- >> they don't understand that for every person they offend, they pick up five supporters. we are living testament to that. everybody is so if you call out
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sarah palin for saying stupid things -- really? it's nothing but good news. people understand recklessness. they understand reckless rhetoric and they're ready to call it out. republicans, you need get a backbone. >> yeah, i agree. time for your business on the go. let's bring in anywhein nicole . what are traders watching? >> they're a little beat up by microsoft and amazon, but a slew of earnings from chevron, ford and hub hundroneywell, also a cr look at fourth quarter gdp. and we're watching the key psychological levels. we hit the 12,000 mark on the dow yesterday, we hit the 1300 mark on the s&p, but then we retreated. strategists are telling me if we don't pull back, they're going
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to run around wall street. >> very unfortunate. nicole, i'm not really good with all this investment thing, but i'm thinking about doubling down on the nikkei. what do you think? >> the ftse-ftse is pretty good, too. how about that kospi? >> thank you, any coal, have a good weekend. >> can i not believe japan is having its credit rating downgraded. it's been a long time coming. new world. still ahead, the bbc's catty kay, a preview of "meet the press," and also mystery author revealed. t we have a good idea who is behind the anonymous political novel "o." pumpkin pie! gingerbread men! egg nog!
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welcome back to morning joe. time for us to go to our mailbag. something we've been doing since 1987. morning's no different. chris, who is the lucky viewer this morning who gets his e-mail read? >> it's rob from plymouth, michigan. >> oh, between. >> my girlfriend and i are
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teachers getting ready for work and we both want to tell john heilemann that we're digging his starsky and hutch look. i know you have education week and green week. i guess this is '70s cop show week. >> that's exactly what i was going for. i'm telling you. michael blazer is my guy. >> okay. quick look at the news so you don't have to look at that. nelson mandela was discharged from a south african hospital this morning after suffering an acute respiratory infections that responded well to treatment. the 92-year-old will now receive home based care. according to hospital officials, mandela is in high spirits and they stress that there is to need to panic. the former president had been admitted on wednesday and the relative silence surrounding his hospitalization had led to speculation about his condition. rahm is back. >> yeah, baby. >> rahm is back in the race for chicago mayor. yesterday the illinois supreme court restored him to the
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ballot. >> people really don't like him there. >> the justices unanimously rule that had emanuel's opponents did not prove he had given up his chicago home when he moved his family to washington. after learning of the decision, emanuel said this. >> i think what the supreme court said was basically in short that the voters will make the decision who should be mayor. nobody else will make it for them. i immediately called my wife. i also called my parents. and i took a call from the president of the united states. >> early voting starts on monday. >> it's a good decision. when you go to washington and you're this congress, you retain your residency at home. but you're sort of in these two places. i didn't like the idea that a guy was punished for leaving his home that he loved. everybody knows rahm loved clig. you talk to anybody in the white
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house, they would have told you he wanted to be home. he came to serve his country and then two judges in illinois tried to punish him for that. oh, no, you went to serve your country for two years. you can't come back and run the city that you love and the city you didn't want to leave. >> it's ridiculous. their feelings must run deep. we're going there on the 11th help are you comincoming? >> yes. you're going to bring the mayor with you. >> is rahm coming? >> yes. >> blago is coming? >> yes. >> is oprah coming? >> that, i don't know. >> washington can stop wondering about the anonymous author of "o." >> did anybody really wonder? i just did not care. >> no. >> seriously? >> i guess some people might wonder. >> did you care? >> no. >> did you care? >> not at all. >> the more telling thing about
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who didn't care, no one in the white house cared. no one in washington, like will manufactured publicity around this, no one cared. >> okay. well, should i just continue then or not? because yyou guys don't care. geez, sorry. >> all right. next story. mark salter. >> according to mark halperin, mark salter penned the novel. i just want to speak. about the administration that looks a lot like barack obama. salter has neither confirmed or denied that he's the author. >> if it's salt every, i care. >> you care? i'm so glad i finished the story. >> he's a good writer. boy, i'm glad the mystery has been resolved. >> i was on the edge of my seat wondering. >> i know, yeah.
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all right. sports world. the mostle valuable man in sports, tiger woods, he was back on the links yesterday. first tournament of the 2011 season. tiger had not a bad first day. shot three under par. he's five shots behind the leader, a korean rookie. tiger coming off his worst season as a pro. winless in last year's 12 pga starts and he fell to mum three in the world. cost him some money, too. not only on the golf course. believe it or not, speaking of money, the new york knicks are the most valuable team in pro basketball. that's according to a new report out in "forbes magazine." the knicks overtook the lakers for the top spot. they increased their worth by 12% in one year to $655 million. the lakers fell to number two at $643 million. the chicago bulls are at number three. >> the knicks are playing some
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exciting basketball. >> the heat increased their worth by 17%. the most of any team thanks to the addition of lebron james and chris bosh. the team that took the biggest hit in value, no surprise, want to take a guess? >> the cavss. >> poor cleveland. their value fell 26% after they lost lebron james. speaking of the knicks, they took on lebron james and the heat last night and lived up to their worth. they beats miami 93-8 # in front of a star-studded crowd. billy geist, donald trump. >> were you there? >> i was there.billy geist, don. >> were you there? >> i was there.of a star-studde. billy geist, donald trump. >> were you there? >> i was there. >> kanye west. i ran into charlie sheen in the
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bathroom. >> did you see tracy morgan there? >> yes. most important person in the crowd, magic johnson. >> so racy morgan gets in trouble for talking about sarcoidosis are a sarah palin. he said she was ideal for certain things and he thatted to come out and apologize. >> it's family show. >> it's hard to understand what you're talking about. >> just google it. >> i don't want to know. up next, the opinion pages. and later -- >> what would happen if we reported you to star? >> this is going to be so disturbing. look at this this. this is donny deutsche's new show. he's the love doctor. >> oh, no. he's led such an exemplary life
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he compared republican lie to the big lie. we along with others hit it pretty hard. until the leading commentators
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on this network used this kind of language, so let's you and i get together and -- >> that's not true. i watch it every day and you're wrong. >> we did the usual crap, a bunch of clips, using comparison on their political opponents. good time had bay all. >> until i realized i had hurt someone. >> here is the context to that letter and that statement. why did you use the nazi reference some doesn't really matter in this. >> although since you seem interested in getting in to it -- >> nancy reagan fell down. shortly after that, this appeared on the post. here's hoping the hag suffers for several week and then kroeks in the tub. my comparison to the vile nazi propaganda machine is dead on. >> the quote is from a commenter on blog post. this is from fox nation.com today from obama blows about that michelle, i saw your fat arse at your hubby's speech.
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have you looked at your caboose lately? try exercising. as truly horrible as these blog posts are, it doesn't make them nazis and it certainly doesn't make you or the moderators nazi sympathizers, brown shirts or people who root for the wrong team. >> wow. 46 past the hour. that's something. time now for our must read opinion pages. we'll start with ruth marcus in the "washington post." from president obama. lots of talk, little leadership. and it's about his state of the union address. the state of the union is leaderless. sounds harsh, but when it comes to digging america out from what president obama calls its mount continue of dealt, i'm becoming increasingly worried that this assessment is accurate. the president talks the talk about fiscal responsibility, but the evidence suggests that he's not willing to spend the
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political capital to translate that talk into action. >> john meacham, what does the president remind you of at the state of the union address the other night? >> a very engaged, very ambitious city manager. it was a state of the city address. and i think that politically you can argue it was a good thing to do despite what everyone is paid to say something is saying because i think he -- john and i talked about this the other night. i think has made it a little harder for republicans to plus ably attack blindly for independents because i think independents watch that, they may have sensed that he's not as you've been saying engaging on the great issue, but i think a lot of them realize that the political planets have to be aligned in a way that they aren't right now. >> he also talked about -- we've been hitting hard about not being responsible on the big issue, but on small business, on growing the economy, the
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president's overall message was the government can't grow the economy. americans can. and that will help him with independents. >> and i think we should have some fun with this and i'll defer to scarborough, but in many ways it was a burkian kind of enterprise. he's dealing with the world as he finds it. >> the last two years, he was dealing with the world as he wanted to be and it was disastrous. and you're exactly right. that speech could have been written by edmond burke the other night. he did find the middle. >> he's playing for the marlins. >> so ruth marcus said that the president was irresponsible. talked about mounds of debt and we saw in the opening clip he's bragging about spending more money. >> the other night i was struck by what you just said about him. it seemed to me that he is a
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president who is in search of where the country is at this time. and it's almost as if maybe we need a little inspiration. because people have lost the bounce in their step. we've certainly lost i think a little confidence as a country over the past ten years or so. and i think he was trying to address that. >> "washington post," the old obama in new clothing. the november election sent a clear message to washington. less government, less debt, less spending. president obama certainly heard it, but judging from his state of the union address, he doesn't believe a word of. the people say they want cuts. sure they do in the abstract. but any party that actually dares carry them out will be punished severely and on that, obama stakes his re-election. that you willy probably designs in some ways the conundrum he faces. >> the president, though, has a republican house. all tax bills start with the house. all spending starts with the house. the president knows that what he said in that speech doesn't
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matter. in the end, it's the fact that he and boehner will have to make a deal. >> but the key issue going forward is who goes first. and that's what that speech was to me was saying, you know, i'm with you guys. now post some stuff and we'll talk, but you at that time risk. >> i think republicans will take that risk. >> okay, up next, willie's week in review. we'll be right back. [ male announcer ] in the event of a collision, the smartest thing you could do is cut the fuel supply... ♪ ...unlock the doors, and turn on the hazard lights. or better yet, get a car that automatically does it for you. ♪ ♪
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willie is not here. we thought meacham could introduce this. >> if you look at the morning joe bylines which were actually drafted in '85, we had a rule that if willie could not do this, not able to fulfill his duties and responsibilities, that we'd have to get a pulitzer prize winner to do this. >> that's right. willie is kind of high maintenance that way. >> and since john cheever is dead, we'll go with john meacham. >> here from the edward begin about an of morning television, willie geist, the week in review.
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>> you're paying 99 cents. i don't expect to be ground sirloin. >> news this week of a class action lawsuit claiming that the fast food chain should not be legally allowed to call its meat meat. >> it's big, it's beef if i. >> the suit claims that the stuff does not contain enough actual meat to be defined as beef. taco bell, the restaurant whose legacy will be adding a fourth male to the american eating schedule, calls its claims pat tently false and its loyalists didn't seem to give a damn. >> it's good must have. it's tasty. with their hot dogs and stuff it works. >> and number two, grass hopper. the marijuana smugglers along the mexican border got medieval in their attempt to move weed into the united states. border patrol caught the smugglers on tape using an old fashioned catapult to heave pounds of pot across a border
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fence in arizona. the u.s. government has now alerted agents that if they come across any giant wooden horses along the border, they are not to be wheeled into the united states. and the number one story of the week. >> the future is ours to win. >> president obama's state of the union address doubled this year as the first annual bipartisan congressional prom. ♪ don't you forget about me >> while the speech's vision for the future inspired some -- >> this is our generation's "sputnik" moment. >> republican leaders were less moved. >> if you really want to talk about what the "sputnik" moment is, it's the fact that we're broke. >> one of them in fact could not even bear to look the country in the eye. >> we the people will never give up. >> another responded with the kind of fun word games usually reserved for teenagers texting
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each other. >> wtf, winning the future. there are a lot of wtf moments throughout that speech. >> and one republican who may challenge obama for the presidency simply released an unrelated trayler for the jerry bruckheimer action flick he's staring in. >> everybody around the world will be prosperous. if freedom were easy, everybody around the world would be free. but this is the united states of america. >> with all the gop criticism, surely harry reid would step into embrace the president. >> the president has enough power. she just back off. >> all right then. governor palin, your thoughts. >> that was another one of those wtf months. up next, katty kay talks with john meacham, john heilemann. ♪ [ upbeat instrumental ] [ rattling ]
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they tested taco bell's beef. allegedly it doesn't satisfy the government's minimum requirements to be labeled beef. >> the bell bunch isn't taking this sitting down. they released a statement by greg creed taco bell's president and chief concept officer. an important position because their meat may be a purely theoretical concept. >> the remaining material merely consists of seasonings and spice ingredients that are listed on their website. seasonings like isolated oat
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product, soybean based anti-dusting agent and silly con dioxide. you may know it by its stream street name, sand. it's like your mouth has gone to the beach. take a vacation from meat. >> i for one knew there was never meat in there. i don't know who thought there was. it's just a big roll of -- >> seriously, you know what, it's like don't spoil the magic for me. i don't want to know what's in will. >> i'm a big beaver if i'm going down the yellow brick road, i don't pull back the curtain. i don't want to see who the wizard of oz is. >> i kept you from eating a big mac the other day and i find myself -- i saved you. >> five guys is great. >> who two all beef pattys, special sauce, lettuce,
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pickleses -- >> i love mcdonald's. >> and it shows. okay. welcome back to morning joe. >> it is how we won the cold show. >> and if you eat enough big macs, you will get your own tv show. they promise that had back in the '70s and i'll be damned if it didn't happen. >> you're getsing fat right in front of me. >> this is really harsh this morning. >> i'm tired. i'm sorry, i'm tired. >> john heilemann, judging by your jacket, you know much about cows. what is your favorite hamburger? >> man. that's a good question. out in l.a. they have a great pla place. >> mike? >> five guys. >> okay. >> brooklyn diner, 57th street. >> in and out? >> in and out b-n-out burger, t.
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>> spotted pig in new york. >> very good stuff. >>hthanes down. >> spotted pig in new york. >> very good stuff. >>nthanes down. >> spotted pig in new york. >> very good stuff. >>thanes down. >> spotted pig in new york. >> very good stuff. >>andsanes down. >> spotted pig in new york. >> very good stuff. >> down. >> spotted pig in new york. >> very good stuff. >> this place on the back of the park on meridian, and the fries -- >> have you been there? >> fries are excellent. >> shakes are great. >> if it you're visiting new york, go to the park on meridian. it is right off of 6th. i think 54th, 55th, and go to the back. it's hard to find it. it is great. >> joining us now from washington, washington correspondent for bbc, thank god katty kay is here. >> just wondering if it is news that junk food is bad for you. did i miss something? >> to them apparently it is. p. >> we should be running more because they haven't got the message yet. >> i'm trying to my best. >> i just have to say remember
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lynn lease. >> exactly. >> mika, remember that this all began with you attacking the big mac, okay? if you want to attack the big mac -- or if you burn the american flag, we're going fight back. all right? >> let's roll forward. you can lumber in with your weapons. >> so let's roll through some of the news. >> thousands of anti-government protesters are clashing with egyptian police this morning who have reportedly fired rubber bullets and tear gas into the crowds. internet and cell phone services were disrupted across the country ahead of a day of rage. police also used water cannons on pro democracy leaders, some of whom beaten with batons as they tried to protect the former
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nuclear watch dog. now, in egypt, president obama said this yesterday on youtube. >> president mubarak has been very helpful on a range of tough issues in the middle east. but i've always said to him that making sure that they are moving forward on reform, political reform, economic reform, is absolutely critical to the long term well, of egypt. my main hope right now is that violence is not the answer in solving these problems in egypt. so the government has to be careful about not resort to go violence and the people on the streets have to be careful about not resorting to violence. >> this isn't a choice between the government and the people of egypt. egypt we know and president mubarak has for several decades been a close and important partner with our country. we consistently have advocated for the universal rights of assembly, of free speech, of
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political reform. all of those are important. and we have at every turn encouraged president mubarak to find a way to engender that political discourse in a positive way. and we will continue to do that. >> all right. there's also news obtained by wikileaks that shows that there were diplomats who were repea d repeatedly raising concerns with egyptian pishls about jailed dissidents and bloggers. also yemen yesterday became the latest arab state to plunge into political turmoil. >> katty kay, it started as an isolated event and then outer region in tunisia. it has spread across egypt. how unstable is the situation right now in the middle east? >> certainly looks very unsabtae
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unstable. i spent 18 years in the middle east and it stunned me it see the street protests because these are regimes have that have kept a very tight hand on security and have not allowed for dissent, which is why there are so many i will legitimate governments in the region and now you have these people take to go the streets and today will be so interesting to catch because it is friday. the muslim day of prayer. and it will be 13wing to see whether in egypt you get muslim groups joining with these groups, if you have the muslims coming in, too, that will complicate the situation. within of my questions about these rash of protests across the region is whether we're at an iran moment where we saw all those people taking to the streets of iran last summer an everybody said this is a game changer, it's never going to be the same and the security forces and governments once again clamped down very hard, threw a
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local load of people in jail and actually didn't change a huge amount in that country. so i won did ter whether we'll see a similar situation in these countries. the fat that it's going from one country to the next, now on to yemen, which is thousands of miles away, sut thpoints to the inconsistency in u.s. foreign policy. egapt wypt was the glaring probn particularly the bush administration's attempts to promote democracy in the region and yet at the same time prop up an undemocratic regime. and you've heard some of that in the very careful words that give obama has chosen, that president obama didn't enmention egypt during the state of the union address. they are in a difficult situation because they have supplied arms, they do give aid to the egyptian government, and at the same time this is clearly
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a government which people feel is i will legitimate. >> and john meacham, you had the linked documents that showed that mubarak actually was glad that george w. bush had left office and that obama was in because bush always talked about democratic freedoms across the middle east. but all that being said, he cannot do in egypt what the iranians did. now, we give egypt over $3 billion a year. and we simply won't allow it, will we? >> no. >> and i say that as we are their economic life line and we're in a position to tell mubarak you will not clamp down on your people the way iran did. >> right. it raises an interesting question, perennial tension for us between our real instincts and what we saw throughout the bush years after september 11th.
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we talk a very good game about democracy, but ultimately national interests tend to prevail and it puts us in an awkward rhetorical position because stability ultimately particularly in that region is the greatest value to us. and cold national interest terms. >> and mubarak has become an ally in the middle east peace process. >> sure. and so in terms of balance of power terms, having the saudi regime in, having egyptian government in, is in america's self defined interests. and so how you then square one's democratic rhetoric with one's cold interest is going to be the very complicated task. >> and katty kay, you can't obviously overestimate the importance of having an ally in egypt in the war on terror. and mubarak, for his failings and deficiencies, and heavy
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hand, has been an ally of ours in the war on terror. >> right. and president mubarak defends at home the americans when he has locked up dissidents as always been effectively better than the one you don't. you know what you get when you deal with me, i'm on your side. and if you -- if myra geem goes, then it will be the muslim brotherhood and islamic extremists that take over egypt, is that really what you want, mr. president. that's exact ffectively been eg line. i'm not sure how much clout america has in being able to say to mubarak don't lock up dissidents because he's, frankly, ignored that over the last few days. hundreds of dissidents have been locked up. we do know that the egyptian government has used torture against dissidents. and so far americans are saying don't do that, mubarak, has not -- >> i was going back to you
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comparing what's happening in egypt possibly with what happened with iran. that sort of clamp down will not be permitted the way it went down in iran. >> no, but there are people already being locked up on a big scale. >> there's no doubt about it,s also, we've had lawrence wright on this show before and if you read the looming tower, you find out that al qaeda was not born in sudan in the early 1990s or in i can't in enyemen or saudi . the leadership of al qaeda really came together in the prison cells of egypt in the early 1980s after the sadat murder. an and itity sadat protester, but he came out a hardened terrorist with only one goal. and that goal was to destroy the united states of america.he camt
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with only one goal. and that goal was to destroy the united states of america.came o with only one goal. and that goal was to destroy the united states of america. they have had a heavy hand for a very long time and the consequences have not always been in america's best interests. it has been a short sighted policy at best. >> and two sided policy, as well. i've been told repeatedly that several, maybe more than several, of the people -- rendition of people scooped off of streets in europe, the ultimate fear that they would have when they were scooped up by us was that it would be taken to egypt for interrogation. i'd like ka tty's insight on th theory so many younger people, so volatile in places like egypt, tunisia, yemen now, the impact of what we call the social media, the internet, and twittering and the exposure to a larger universe filled with employment and perhaps hope of employment for people who can't get jobs and seemingly have no future now. what's your insight on that? >> it seems to be huge in
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getting people out on the streets. we saw it first of all in lebanon. a couple of years ago they managed to get so many people out on the streets. we stau it in iran, as well. we saw it in tunisia. andegypt, which is why the government blocked twitter. i think the question i don't understand getting people on bee on to the streets is whether there is an opposition movement behind that social media, whether people are getting on to the streets, but they don't necessarily have the leadership to keep them out withere and to replace a la geem that they then get rid of. >> we were talking to my dad monday, and he was so worried about the world and the impact of this that he was sure -- >> he it actually said, well, it's begun in tunisia what i'm afraid of is that it's going spread to egypt next and then it's going to go across the
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middle east. and an hour and a half later, live pictures coming out of egypt. this happened. so answer the question, he knows apwe understand why this is so dangerous for america's self interests, explain to americans why they need to be concerned about what's going on in the 1r50 streets of egypt. >> the world is not a postage stamp. you talked earlier this is the region that spawned so much of the anti-american terrorism that we face, a continuing struggle, and john meacham was talking about stability and democratic aspirati aspirations. how those get resolved has a huge effect on us directly because if they don't get resolved in the right way, that kind of radicalism just gross and gets more persuasive and more of a threat to us when it gets on airplanes and in cargo
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that gets sent over. it's fwoer have a stable middle east because it saves our lives. >> and i have to say, few things surprise me that come over the news wires. i got to say, i'm really surprised that this is happening in mubarak's age. the scope of these proper tetes. up next, a preview of "meet the press" and a vsavannah guth take on the new -- he got me in big trouble and he's going to entrap you again. >> that word about winning the future. % . plus we'll dig into the government reports that blame the financial meltdown on
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agreed. speaking of agreed, here's bill karins with the forecast. >> be nice to go a day or two without getting snow. snow hours are back in the forecast today. not really a big snowstorm. just snow showers. won't do much melting of the snow. new england not even getting to freezing. so the snow on the ground will be there for a while. maybe e67b some additional coming next week. more on that later. but as far as today goes, what a gorgeous day for the southern half of the country. and it's actually going to be a really nice weekend, too, from denver to atlanta all the way down through miami. can looks like we'll have another small system coming through the great lakes on saturday into new you a coatint no big storms through the week. the next big storm will start in the plains on monday and come to the east coast by wednesday.
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. new video coming in this morning from egypt. of course where the unrest continues. you can see what's happening there. we are monitoring the developments as they come in. the situation seems to be getting a little bit out of control. >> and mika was just talking to a good friend of ours who has friends that -- relatives that live in egypt. he talked his younger -- someone in his 30s who says this is serious, this is real, the people on the streets aren't talking about wants a reduction in bread prices. they want regime change. and then he talked to his uncle who is actually in parliament who said we've seen this before and this will all work out and we'll figure out a way to bring
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from two different generations. >> this is a youth-led revolution.in to go get a sense from two different generations. >> this is a youth-led revolution.g to go get a sense from two different generations. >> this is a youth-led revolution.o get a sense from two different generations. >> this is a youth-led revolution. get a sense from two different generations. >> this is a youth-led revolution. and you don't have the muslim brother had out on the forefront of it. you have a respected u.n. official and someone who obviously is in the an nin the islam islamst. . >> yes, we've seen it before and we've crushed it. >> a little more difficult to do it this way. if he decides not run for re-election -- what's the pronunciation? if he reaches ougts t to him or somebody else, they can come with a consensus. i'm sure a lot of people in the
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streets don't want the muslim brother hood running egypt. >> you take out mubarak's son who is also in the power of position, the question is who plants the flag and says follow me is followed in egypt or anyplace. >> let's bring in david gregory right now and savannah guthrie. we'll have savannah gush over jay carney in a while, but david to you, proving once again that this white house has to constantly deal with incoming from all sides, the president thought he was going to be worried about the domestic issues and instead the middle east is blowing up. >> i recall covering the bush white house and president bush giving a speech around the time of iraq and the run up to iraq and it was essentially about the need for democracy in the milgd east and the need to challenge the status company of quote/unquote stability. egypt is a perfect example of
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that stability through tyranny. and yet he is an ally of united states and of israel that you want in those rooms. how many president presidents, vice presidents go to the mild east to s middle east to see mubarak because his voice counts. but what's the alternative? and alternative is do you have a more islamic flavor if you have more democracy in some of these countries. or do you simply have chaos. i mean, look what happened in iraq and we have u.s. troop twls. so these are very difficult questions and how an administration manages helthem. this administration has been publicly support difference, but pushing him privately. same is true in saudi arabia. there is a feeling tunisia wasn't on the radar screen for them to be engaging, but tough issues all around. >> want to get to you both about
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politics here at home. first of all, i understand, david, and we'll get to this, h sunday. but first, savannah, give us the 411 on jay carney, the choice on jay carney. >> and little reserve, a little dignity. >> joe, you are too much. i save all my sucking up for you, joe. >> thank you. >> so jay carney is a familiar face to a lot of people in washington and probably watching right now. he is a former journalis, a "time" magazine washington bureau chief for many years. he was a white house reporter in the kleclinton years. so he knows something about the other side. >> and as i like to say, he is a blanking great guy. >> oh, lord. >> now who is sucking up? >> jay is the guy that got me in trouble. >> no, what he's talking about is the day -- it was joe talking to jay and it just -- bleh. >> totally jay's fault.
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it was all jay's fault. >> how about a difference in approach in a we're going to see from jay carney compared to robert gibbs. >> and i'm just telling you, my earpiece is popping out a little bit so i'll put my pifinger to ear. i think there might be a somewhat different approach. it will be different in one key way and that no one will replace robert begin misterms of the relationship and access to the president and the fact that gibbs bore hose two roles. he was the press secretary and also a senior advise or and the carney thing is the most high profile that i thinceed changfi reorganization and i think the emphasis is notable and the people who here at the white house were pragmatic and could get hinthings done and there wa desire to get are rid of the blurry lines of authority or you
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had free floating advisers who would pop into meetings. i think they're trying to be a little more organized and a little more strategic. and you see some aides leaving to go back to the campaign yet others here to gear up with the new washington. >> david gregory, there wi's obviously a lot of personnel shifts in the white house. your thoughts on jay carney as well as the others because long list came out. >> i know jay a long time and reported alongside him for a long time and he's a terrific journalist and i think he'll be very effective. i think he has to reach out to the press more. i think there's an interest in doing that from the white house. in a way that manages their concerns, gets them more access and the like. i think the largest thing to be said about the reorganization is about trying to get the president to be a little bit more disciplined about what he's involved into try tap into the power of the presidency, to keep him away from some of the legislative battles, to free him up to tell the story of what his re-election campaign will be about, to tell a story about
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where america is going in the next couple of years. that's what they're focused on. i think part of the jay move, part of the bill daley move is to empower some other prominent people within the administration particularly the cabinet to drive the message, to drive the agenda for the president and use the president a bit more sparingly. >> and speaking of the agenda, you have an exclusive this sunday with mitch mcconnell along with tim kaine. >> yeah, i think a huge story here this week after the state of the union and this new congress is how is the republican party going to manage its internal difficulties. its internal contradictions. the tea party, the michele bachmanns, the sarah palin influence alongside mitch mcconnell who is effective at navigating an agenda, divided government and divided republican party, how does the president exploit that and what do republicans do. >> okay. savannah guthrie, thank you very
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much. and david, we'll see you sunday on "meet the press." we'll be watching. tell senator mcconnell i say hello. and to set the record straight -- >> so mitch mcconnell the other night, we're going out saying hi, it was like a family. >> finding out what leading democrats and republicans thought of the speech. >> so mitch wimcconnell came up and we thought he turned his back and acted in a weird way. so he called yesterday and he was fairly -- >> he was adorable. >> fairly polite and he said he did not notice you. and i must say i've never met a man that -- of his age -- that said that. >> let's not restrict to men. >> instead he goes -- >> i was very excited.
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>> but that being said, he was very nice. very gracious. >> he said i heard you were ragging on me on the air this morning and i just want for you know i did not recognize your presence. >> he almost said he was -- >> he said he'd come on the show, but we'll wait until he does "meet the press." >> i was so excited to meet him. >> we have been it tough on him. but we're tough on everybody. >> he said the speech was nice. okay. we hope you get more, david. >> i think he's nicer to david. david is probabilily not as ruds we are. >> david, thank you. "meet the press." if it's sunday, it's "meet the press." >> and how do progressives feel about obama's swing toward the center? also, charlie sheen's wild partying gets will imin to trouble again. and on the front page of the daily news.
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welcome back to morning joe. new developments in the race for the gop nomination in 2012. mike penn says he will not seek the republican nod for president. in a letter to supporter, the 51-year-old ruled out a white house bid fueling speculation he is instead planning a run for governor. in an interview, tim pawlenty says that if he decides to run for president, his two biggest opticals will be name recognition and raising money. and sarah palin will give the keynote address next month at the reagan ranch center honoring the 100 anniversary of the former president's birthday. the two day event is sponsored by the conservative young america's foundation.
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a new poll finds for the first time since 2005, republicans are viewed more favorably than unfavorably. 47% of those surveyed say they have a positive opinion of the gop compared to 43% who have a negative view. on the democratic side, 46% have a favorable opinion, 47% have an unfavorable view. charlie sheen -- are you kidding? seriously. >> just read it. >> was taken to the hospital in los angeles yesterday with severe stomach pains. tmz quotes sources who say he's being treated for a hernia. but reports also say sheen held a 36 hour party that featured a suitcase of cocaine and several women including a porn star prior to a reported 911 call made by sheen's neighbors. >> if i only had a nablg h. nick kell you could say that. >> real housewives of beverly hills stars dr. paul and his wife are -- >> why is this news?
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>> it wasn't. >> i mean this happens every week with shirley clean. this is par for the course. >> cut the music for a second. show chris.hirley clean. this is par for the course. >> cut the music for a second. show chris.charlie\hirley clean. this is par for the course. >> cut the music for a second. show chris.irley clean. this is par for the course. >> cut the music for a second. show chris.clean. this is par for the course. >> cut the music for a second. show chris. chlean. this is par for the course. >> cut the music for a second. show chris. look at that cute sweater. >> it's news. we're concerned about it. he's an american icon. >> take that down. >> charlie sheen, "two and a half men" star, is that what he is? >> it's a very huge show for cbs. there's no doubt there are consequences to this. that being said, i mean, we don't need it in the news. >> it's cautionary tale. eugene robinson, a cautionary tale.
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it is 42 past the hour. joining us now, editor and publisher of the nation magazine. we still have katty kay? yes, we do. >> let's start with egypt. what's at stake? >> i go back and i think of president obama in cairo.
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remember that important speech? he spoke to the middle east and talked about a new relationship. john meacham and i were talking about iran and during the green r revolution, i think it was important that president obama step back and said it was up to people in their countries to create their own terms for overtaking, overthrowing their government. president obama in going iraq, a region that had already been corrupted by so many interventions, but the hope is someone coming in with authenticity, can play a role in moving this will protest in a secular way and as nn violent as possible because the forces of pr repression is very real. u.s. is number three on the list of providing aid. we used to talk about it in
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terms of communist country, but you're seeing egypt and yemen and what the u.s. does may or may not be as critical, but i do think that tension between stability and freedom, forces of democracy, is not one that my good country has and a half indicated well in the past in too many cases. >> it's interesting, though, you talk about bush defacing the concept of democracy, actually leaked documents show that mubarak was relieved when barack obama became president because george w. bush and condoleezza rice came to that region, talked about democracy, talked about freedom, and mubarak said it caused internally a lot of democratic activists to have hope. >> well, you can talk the talk and walk the walk. i do think that president sadly has -- >> what's that mean? >> they can come and talk and it may signal messages to people in the region, but actually going into a country with u.s. military and overthrowing a
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dictator when in fact there mitch been the possibility of the iraqi people overthrowing, but i also -- i do think that president obama sadly and his administration, they have continued and been constrained by the war on terror paradigm, which in the end doesn't allow much possibility for a different policy towards the region. >> i want to ask you about the president's speech and the president that we've seen in the past few weeks versus the past few years. >> the small business guy. >> small business is a great thing. it's the hyper financialization of our economy. >> any concern that is he alienating his base? >> i'm wondering how the new merger here with the comcast is
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working, but -- >> i'm so confused. that is one of the most irrelevant things that could ever have been said. >> the corporatization of media. corporate media is in constant search of the obama it seeks. i find the term center irrelevant in many ways. >> hold on a second. we're going to be polite here because that's what we come. >> there's no need. >> no, we're going to be polite here. but the bottom line is don't blame comcast for the fact that your president doesn't know whether he's a left wing leader or a moderate. >> but i do blame the corporate media for trying to impose on the president terms that may not mean as much anymore. what is the center in this country? when a majority of people -- when a majority of americans support maintaining social security and medicaid, when a majority support a way to end the war in iraq, when a majority
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support jobs over deficit, and this doesn't translate into the establishment -- >> stop for a second. stop. did you just say something? because i would hope that the majority of americans wanted us to get out of afghanistan because i want us out of afghanistan. >> and you're part of the majority. but a silent -- >> but that's not the reality in the polls. the depressing polls that we put up day in and day out. >> you're the polls. why are we led by polls? we should be led by leaders. too many americans are cut out of this discussion. >> hold on a second. we have to have a little bit of logic here. you say the majority of americans want us out of afghanistan. i want us out of afghanistan. i bring up polls that show majority of americans disagree with you and me and you say screw the polls. are you getting signals from a planet plat too. >> i'm hoping in the new
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"sputnik" generation we're in i will be finding new signals, but -- >> give me hope. where do you get the information that they want us out? >> here's -- you don't -- you find it in not one snapshot poll, which i do think defines the day's coverage too much. but it has grown. the numbers have grown as they have seen what's going on in that country, they see the looting of our country's treasury and the blood and resources being committed on something they don't understand. i also say that -- on corporate power. and i don't think it's ir vel, i'm other, that we see a con gom ratization of the media. which is i didn't asked how the merger is going. but there is too much corporate power. that transcends right sh/left. >> what does that have to do with barack obama? >> president obama comes out and says end subsidies to oil companies.
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is that a right -- where is that centrist? but he's for investing. he's for competitiveness. i'd argue there wasn't much fairness in that competitiveness and he leaves out at lot what's going on in this country. he didn't talk about foreclosures or new normal unemployment, 22 million unemployed -- >> let me ask you about that really quickly. it was a positive speech, so that makes sense politically, but what about you're one of five americans out of work and we get the news this week from the cbo that unemployment's going to be horrific for another five years? and you're sitting there listening to a morning in america speech, that has to be jarring. >> it is, but on the other hand, what is the alternative? that is also the question in american politics. you then have his speech followed at least he's talking about invest and grow, not enough specifics. but you listen to representative paul ryan who wants swlalash an
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burn in the face of a recession nap is n . that is not the answer. >> let me ask you, chris will scream at me, what does steven think about the acts of terror in russia? have you two talked about that? >> we talk about it all the time. our first instinct is always ask if our friends are okay. our second is that putin and his policy toward dealing putin and his policy toward dealing with this region have failed and they need to find new policies, but the terror acts continue and i think it leads to real question in putin's leadership and the whole battle to have a more liberal policy in that country. he's a junior partier, of course, comes under threat, repression and forces of repression. >> we need to get you -- >> thank you. lisa myers next on "morning joe." [ male announcer ] in the event of a collision, the smartest thing you could do is cut the fuel supply...
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details on this report including the fact that wall street kept selling those toxic mortgage securities even after the housing market had begun to tank. otherwise, the report pretty much follows the story line you've come to know. that wall street behaved badly, the government missed of ton of warning signs and that the rest of us paid dearly. >> reporter: in more than 500 pages, the commission blames the meltdown on a complex stew of break down and regulatory negligence. >> this crisis could be avoided. let us be clear. this calamity was the result of human action, in action and misjudgment. >> reporter: wall street comes in for scathing criticism, accused of a scathing breakdown in ethics. it blames government officials for devastating failures of financial regulation. and says their responses to the crisis actually increased the
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panic. specifically criticized in one way or another, federal reserve chairman alan greenspan and ben bernanke and hank paulson and tim geithner. geithner in his previous role with the federal reserve. >> regulator after regulator, they either chose not to act or turned a blind eye. >> reporter: the panel also said it found several possible criminal violations in need of further investigation. >> those have been sent to the proper authorities to examine. >> many former regulates have been critical of the government's failure to hold anyone accountable. three years late eer, not a single major player has been charged. after the much smaller savings and loan crisis of the '80s, hundreds were prosecuted. like just about everything in washington, mika, this commission split along partisan
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frankly, we're just going to have to trim some of these programs and these are not going to be across the board. we want to cut with a scalpel as opposed to a change saw. there are going to be some areas where we actually increase spending. >> good morning. welcome to "morning joe." it is friday, january 28th. with us onset, pulitzer prize winner, john meacham. john hil mann and msnbc contributor, mike barnacle. >> very disturbed by the president, actually bragging about increasing spending while greece and portugal and spain and moody saying that we could be next. >> the phrase, trying to have it both ways, i think, applies in
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this case. i don't think we can we've we've never been able in american history except in wartime to sell politics of austerity. where you were able to create a sense of sacrifice and people were willing to invest more in a public enterprise. so, he's in a very uncomfortable, unfortunate position. i wouldn't want to be in it. where he has to try to bring this thing down in what is despite -- it is in fact a crisis, but doesn't feel enough like one and i think he's trying to negotiate his way through this. and yet, if you look, mika, at the front page of "the new york times" yesterday, talking about the states going up in flames. you see what's happening in spain. is spain going to collapse? what's happening in america
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where moody's is saying they're going to downgrade our aaa rating, which is going to mean the money we borrowed on $14.5 trillion, instead of being historically low rates, going to be at high rates, which means that the $14.5 million debt becomes a $20 million debt. mike, this is basic math. basic banking. what does barack obama not get? >> you know, i don't think about it a whole lot. because it's a little -- >> because it's a serious subject. why don't we just talk about what tracy morgan said? >> maybe members of congress, individual members of congress and maybe even the president of the united states should take one month off from listening to focus groups and reading polls and spend more time with an average american family to see how they balance their checkbook
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month to month and what they do is what this congress and past congressing have been unable to do. figure out what they can and can't afford. families can't put bills off for too long. >> john heilemann, you had to choose. >> the choice was clear. >> i'm going to decent from the table on the subject. we all applauded the president when he said this is the sputnik moment. we must invest more in education, infrastructure. that's what he's saying. >> who applauded that? >> i've heard you talk about the need to build a green economy. >> we do, but we don't spend more until you tell us how we're going to cut. >> that seems like the right thing to say.
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we do need to spend more on certain things. the problem is not that part of the equation. the problem is that he's not coupling at the moment with discussion of the cuts, entitlements, other things that would need to be done. >> you cannot take the president of the united states talks about a scalpel. you cannot take a scalpel to the pentagon budget or social security or medicare. >> i agree. >> so, if he's only talking about scalpels, because listen, you've got to take a chain saw to the pentagon budget. to explosive growth and some of these entitlement programs and if you don't lead with that, then please, don't brag about raising spending in other areas. >> i'm with you. >> it's the second half of the formulation that's missing. it's not the pure investment part that's the problem. the problem is that he's not proposing off setting cuts. >> let's get to egypt. >> before we get to egypt,
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charlie sheen rushed to the hospital after porn star party with five. >> what -- >> jon meacham, what are they saying about the university of the south about this story? what are the people of swanee sway i swaying? >> it was egypt, sex romp. egypt. >> we're going to go to break. >> willie drove me to -- >> callous. i mean, charlie sheen's rushed to the hospital. aren't we concerned about his health, his well being? >> you know the blues brothers, briefcase full of -- charlie was carrying a briefcase full of coke. allegedly. >> we use canvas totes. for our cocaine. >> which by the way, their cocaine canvas totes, 100%
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recyclable. >> are you done? >> just to be clear, it's called a briefcase full of blow. >> this is -- it's just like, we're talking about with charlie sheen, infection diseases, the debt crisis, that is. it's going to impact banks. it's going to impact what's happening in california, connecticut, et cetera. the same thing's happening in foreign policy. you cannot overstate the importance of this story. the crisis that began in tunisa in all places when a street vendor was treated badly. it has now spread to egypt, yemen and the middle east, i think, the probably at its most volatile state since 1979. >> i think it's get to the point
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where even the most apathetic news junky is going to have to listen to this story. we'll start there. demonstrators are taking to the streets of egypt today for what they've billed as a day of rage against president mubarak's nearly 30-year rule. internet and cell phone services were distributed ahead of the country. disrupted. the government is also deploying a counterterrorism force. the associated press is now reporting that police are using water cannons on a democracy leader and his supporters. yesterday, violence escalated in city's across cairo as he returned to the country. in his first on-camera reaction -- >> hold on. just to explain to people that don't understand what's happening here, mubarak's police force is turning water cannons on the u.n. inspector for
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nuclear weapons. this isn't a member of the muslim brotherhood, jon meacham. this is a man who is respected worldwide, which leads to the gravity of this crisis. >> you know, again, broad historical view, authoritarian regimes have never lasted forever. when we talk about reform across the middle east and the muslim world, egypt has always been sort of let, we've focused on iraq, iran, and sort of the intellectual point has been, of course, there's egypt with the antismetic state run media and other repressive tactics and totalitarianism does not stand in the long run.
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>> there is totalitarianism across iraq now, but so many of these regimes who are our allies, we're giving billions to. the great ironny of the middle east is that our allies, whether egypt, saudi arabia, whatever, their populous hates the united states while our enemies, iran, syria, actually have populations who are favorably inclined to like the united states. >> we've chosen our allies in a lot of cases for the same reasons we turned a bland eye to -- we choose the comfort or stability. >> 1981, our ally killed two
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years after the i tole la goes to iran. >> here's what the president said in a youtube interview. >> president mubarak has been very helpful in arrange of tough issues in the middle east, but i've always said to him that making sure that they are moving forward on a reform, political reform, economic reform, is absolutely critical to the long-term well being of egypt. my main hope right now is that violence is not the answer in solving these problems in egypt. so the government has to be careful about not resorting to violence and the people on the streets have to be careful about not resorting to violence. >> the isn't a choice between the government and people of egypt. we egypt, we know and president mubarak has for several decades, been a close, important partner with our country. we consistently have advocated for the universal rights of
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assembly, free speech, political reform. all of those are important and we have at every turn, encouraged president mubarak to find a way to engender that political discourse in a positive way and we will continue to do that. >> meanwhile, "the new york times" reports that confidential cables obtained by wikileaks -- >> i'm sorry. go ahead. >> paint a vivid picture of how the u.s.a. engaged in delicate dealings. according to "the times," they raised concerns about jailed disdense and bloggers and torture by police. however, they also show how mubarak warmed towards president obama because his public approach was perceived as less confrontational. >> when bush was talking about spreading democracy across the
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globe, egypt, saudi arabia, allies were not pleased. >> got a little nervous. >> the muslim brotherhood actually gained a foothold. by the way, muslim brotherhood not as radical in egypt. >> what's interesting is how the story is developing and certain movements within it are developing by use of twitter, facebook. they've shut it down because it was bubbling over. the younger generation. >> they have at&t in charge of the shutdown. >> wait a second. just take over the service there. we'll give you iphones, at&t service. twitter and the internet, there's a common thread if you think about it. the volatility in this region and in places like afghanistan. you have an extremely young population. filled with disenfranchised people who figure there's no hope for them economically in
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terms of jobs or a future. and they have access through the internet and tools like twitter to a world they feel they'll never be a part of. i think that's one of the reasons we see so many people on the streets. >> it's fascinating and disturbing what's happening there. >> the social media, you can't overestimate the importance of that. 1982, professor chopner at the university of alabama -- >> very nice professor. i know her. >> you do? >> i do. >> people talking about -- missiles, western europe, she said, trust me, the soviets are much more fearful of the xerox machine than a cruise missile. exactly right. the spreading of information was deadly to the soviet union. >> when we come back, what does jay carney bring to the table as the new white house press
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secretary? we'll ask eugene robinson. also, donny deutsch. he's going to be such a mess. he's got a new advice show on love. >> i was going to say going to charlie sheen's party. >> he's got some show on bravo about love and dating. he is going to be a mess. but first, here's bill karins with your weekend forecast. >> donny the love guru. first things first, let's add up the snow because a couple of cities on our snow list, the top seven in the country that shouldn't be on this list. hartford at number three with over 70 inches. even new york city makes the top seven. as far as what we're looking at today, more snow showers. not the accumulating snow. temperatures will be in the
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we're going to make some very, very tough decisions. i don't know why or how you could ask different agencies and different places to undertake an exercise that goes on capitol hill unwilling to take themselves. that's what -- the president's decision to include not just marks, but a specific pledge that if they show up in that legislation, he will veto it and send it back. >> no, no, no. i will not let you. >> welcome back to "morning joe." with us now from washington, d.c., msnbc political analyst, an all around good guy -- >> but get this, last night,
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gene was inducted into the association of black journalists hall of fame. >> first of all, i got two things to say. first of all, we're proud of you. second, i was robbed. >> i think i slipped in because they couldn't prove the allegations about gambling and steroids. next year. >> it's about time. it's been a long, long wait. talk about that, gene, and what it means to you. >> it is incredible. i was really moved last night. i remember when the national association of black journalists was founded. i had just started in the business in my first job. i wasn't one of the founders, but this new organization that was able to connect those of us who were kind of trying too find our way in this business, a lot of us were news organizations
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where there were maybe two or three or four african-americans and you know, it was thrilling, but it was kind of -- kind of brought us together in what i think is an important way, not just for black journalists, but for journalism in this country. it is a tremendous honor. a great evening. a lot of folks from nbc were down, tamron hall mc'd the ceremony and it was just great. >> not bad for a guy from rural south carolina. >> how about it, you know? >> orangeburg? >> orangeburg, south carolina. my mom says while they run you out of town, you can always come home. >> how proud her son is she this morning? >> well, i think she's kind of
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proud. i'm real proud of her, too. >> you're cute. so, let's talk about jay carney. i'm interested in eugene's take on the new white house press secretary. >> jay, if you want to compare him to robert gibbs, jay actually likes reporters. having been one for most of his life. however, i predict that will soon change. you can't be a true friend of the media and do that job well. there's some stuff he's going to know that he's not going to tell us and we're going to be mad that he doesn't tell us. i hope he is given more reasonable things to say or egypt, for example, when he said that kind of nonsense about we've had successful engagement with mubarak on human rights. things that clearly don't ring
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true. that's where the problem comes in for a press secretary. >> give gibbs, mike barnicle, didn't like reporters. >> i think roberts problem is a problem that several others have had in the past and it might be an obstacle for jay carney and this is this. once you've been in the news business, once you've been out there asking questions, writing stories about the news, it's almost impossible to appreciate that task if you've never done it. that's going to present a degree of difficult for jay. terrific fellow, but being on the other side of it, being asked how much do you give up, listen, in the conversation over dinner, he'd give up everything. that's the business we're in. there are no secrets. i'm going to keep your secret for one minute until i tell the next guy. >> it's a delicate balance
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though. >> it's tough. >> it is good, jon heilemann, for jay carney not to be as close to the president. when you have somebody as close as he was to the president, you're always having to keep things from the press. >> i'm not saying he lied or misled, but there are a lot of things you don't want to press to know. >> you don't have plausible deniability. people know how close robert was to the president and so he could not plausibly claim to not know certain things, where as jay will be -- being close to the president is helpful, but it's very important for the president to have a reset in terms of its relationship with the press and i think the president felt strongly that things had gotten too hostile and that jay will be a good em ol yent to try to get
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that fixed. >> i think the appointment puts his wife in a very unique and somewhat weird position. she's an abc news correspondent, claire shipman. usually, you'll get all the scoops and the two have to do their jobs separately. >> that never happens in washington because it's not an insular town. this is fascinating. >> yeah, this happens all the time. and actually, i think they will come part npartmentalize succes they both understand the different roles. i do predict however that it will be about 12 hours after he takes over, jay chaarney, he's nice guy, but doesn't really have the access to the president.
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the moral of that being there's no right way to be press secretary. and we're always going to complain. >> no doubt about it. jon meacham? >> one homage, you knew when you saw him being cranky, who else was cranky that day. he was an interesting channeler of the what the hell else do you people want from me attitude that every president -- >> he seriously was a living, breathing, walking mood ring. you could tell if gibbs was thin skinned, if gibbs was in a bad mood, you knew the president -- you knew that if gibbs was attacking talk radio hosts and cable news hosts, you knew who was yelling about them. pat buchanan always said that i never we want out there, said or did anything that the old man
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didn't want me to. talking about first nixon and then reagan. >> the other great question, what does a press secretary do in a world where the mainstream media, the questions you generally take from places that purport to be neutral, how do you divide your time between that and according to the people with an idea logical agenda. >> gene, i wonder, do you think this over the next two years, this white house, will avoid picking fights with people they shouldn't pick fights with? talk radio hosts, rabid idealogs, tweeters, cable news hosts at night. do you think we may have seen the last of that? >> i think potentially, jay would be a good influence on that in that he understands the
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media landscape from inside out. and i think he will -- he may be able to commute to the president and the rest of the administration why some of these fights are not a good idea. >> there is a model here. back in the clinton administration, when mike mccurry came in, and he had exactly the right place of being close enough to the president, but not too close. he knows him well. if he's not on the call sheet, he should talk to him today. >> mike, he had the perfect access because he could walk, storm into the oval office if he thought he was being lied to, but he wasn't. >> that's the key. mike mccurry did something, i'm sure jay has done it too. i'm going to do this, but i'm not going to lie for you. >> yeah, and you can't say that for some little guys that worked
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in the bush administration who were left hanging out to dry. >> "the washington post's" eugene robinson, congratulations. he is the best. >> coopers town next. >> business before the bell with erin burnett. >> i'm waiting for the -- waiting for the letter. erin is next and in a few minutes, seriously -- >> yes. >> it's cringing. i'm serious. it's cheese, cheese, cheese. donny deutsch. get this, the love doctor. standinging by in the green room. plus, willie's week in review. [ male announcer ] montgomery and abigail haggins
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let's get a check on business before the bell with erin burnett. erin is live at the new york stock exchange. erin, of course, so much going on today. you have done so much reporting in the middle east. that continues. japan downgraded. by standards and poor in their credit rating. that is a shock and we have some breaking news today in the united states as well. >> let's start there with your u.s. data. this is the first look. there's three series of estimates that come out for our economy. this is the first one of those.
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it's going to change. right now, it looks like our economy grew 3.2% in the fourth waurt. that's a little expectatio expectations, but still a solid number. when you look at that, it grew at the fastest pace since the beginning of 2006, which is really important. where we got a hit, it maybe came in a little short of expectations, a downturn in government spending. when that goes away and stimulus starts to go away, you're going to see that in these numbers. it's a solid number. futures are pointing a little higher on that. as for japan -- >> stop here for a second. we need to underline the fact, 3.2% growth. is not only adequate in this environment, it's pretty damn good. if the united states could average 3.2% growth over the next four years given the climate, that would be great.
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>> it would be. but the government stimulus is going to go away and that's going to hurt. >> let's go to japan. japan had a lot of the same problems we've had over the past 20 years and mismanaged them terribly. we see what the long-term impact has become. a nightmare scenario unfolding. >> we could get downgraded, too. it's not really going to change anything. more of a psychological jab to japan, wake up. japan is in better shape than we are in one way. yes, they have more debt, but it is owned by the japanese people. when they own it themselves, are very low. america's situation is different. about half of our debt is owned by people outside the united states. we could change that, but our situation's different. >> okay, and finally, story that you've reported on for so long now, unrest from tunisia to egypt to yemen.
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any effect in the overseas market or in the united states? >> yes, our angle on this is interesting. you look at egypt, it's down 20%. this is one of the most developed economies in the middle east. the second biggest economy in the middle east. one angle, we've been talking to a lot of the wealthy people and i heard you talk about your friend who had family there. what i've been hearing is that a lot of the children of the wealthy who run the big companies in egypt and really control this economy, want to go out on the street and be a part of this. this is not just even middle class. highly educated, english speaking kids want to be a part of it and they are much in favor of regime change, for it to be orderly, obviously. but the people are four some sort of regime change and specific ideas on power sharing. one quick thing to add, you've talked so much about the role of social media in this. i think there's another thing
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that's a big part of it and that's the final crisis. you came into this crisis with countries that had very high unemployment and it got a lot worse. their trade situation was decimated, so their unemployment went further through the roof as food prices were going higher. the financial kris in the united states and europe completely transformed this region. >> fascinating. >> and one more thing, i know we got to go, guys, on whether this spreads, if this spreads, the united states could take a huge hit because democracy in a place like saudi arabia, you've talked about who might come in power, what that means for oil prices, they're going to go stratospheric. >> thank you very, very much. have a great weekend. we go downhill from here. >> that was so good and this is going to be so bad. i didn't know they made pants that tight. as much as i can about a company before i invest in i that's why i like fidelity.
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my boyfriend's birthday is coming up and i'm pretty sure it's his fantasy to have a threesome. >> okay. it changes the math. by the way, most guys don't expect that, it would be a lucky strike extra. don't do it. it changes the math. >> did i just see that? >> he's got equations, mike barnac barnac barnacle. >> that was not masterpiece theatre. >> so -- i don't know. let me just say -- >> what's a threesome? >> first of all, welcome back. >> every other media outlet has been celebrating the carnation
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of new late night king and my family here, the people that i love, the people that i hug, are mocking and i don't want to call it jealousy. >> do you want to know what family's about? the truth. self-awareness. >> i kicked american idol's butt. this is a revolution. this is a broadcast revolution. >> you are the love doctor? >> i can't believe that opening clip. >> you took the most crazy part of the show. it's really about relationships. >> let's go back to the control room. chris -- >> he's got problems. >> chris is upset because i told her not to do it. >> chris? >> yes, sir? >> now, i love you. you know i love you, but this is the second time i've had to call you out today and explain to you that what makes this show
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special in the morning, that parents across america get ready, get their kids ready for school, they get ready for work and their kids learn about politics through their show. >> read the e-mail you got on charlie sheen. read it outloud. >> i just want you to understand, chris, that we're going up to the border when we show donny's tight pants. but when you show a clip like that, you have just -- you have crossed the aruba con rubicon. >> so, kids should not learn about threesomes from our show. >> up until donny's show last night, i had always thought you get a threesome at the i hop. >> first of all, why are you doing this? >> let's move away from that topic, seriously, and just explain why you're doing this. by the way, my 7-year-old girl is watching. go. >> the show is is really about
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relationships. the reality is the mistake that most women make is they're having a problem with their boyfrids, they go to girls, a guy, who loves women, who's got three daughters, made his share of mistakes. it's a great advice show. i'm not kidding. this is a great service. if you were having problems with your husband not that you would -- >> give me some advice. >> you would go to a -- talk to me, i would tell you the truth. >> so, let me ask you, donny, what mistake do women make the most in their relationships with men? >> the mistake they make most is they don't say what they need. they expect us to be mind readers. they're unhappy and don't say it or they go after the guy, for instance, so successful then complain he's a work aholic. >> what would you say about the contention, husband and wife
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relationships, upwards of 75% of the difficulties a husband and wife incur has to do with money? >> well, i actually think it has to do with children and money. the reality is when i -- what we had a question on the show about, a guy in terms of if a guy isn't in the mood. if guys aren't feeling good about themselves successfully, it affects everything. your manhood. i think women have to understand that. where as if you had a bad day and you just weren't feeling good about yourself, that's going to affect anything. it's not about money, it's not solve worth. >> it's interesting, when i have a bad day, it's where i go. when i have a good day, it's where i go. i will say this, we were watching a movie, we had -- tommy lee jones was on the worst guest of "morning joe" history, but that movie they did about
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guys being laid off, you talked about how a man's manhood is so affected by that. it's got to impact the relationship. >> i'm just so fascinated by how self-centered you all are because the same equation applies to women and work as well. >> i'm just talking as a man. in most cases, the man is a breadwinner. >> your wife and i probably have the same sentiment, if there's a bad day at work or if we lose our jobs, it affects us. >> why do you get some militant? >> this is an advice show for women and you immediately launch into yourselves. >> i don't understand why you hate when you should love. this is what the show's about. it's happening right now. >> good. i'm going to tell you all what i need. just be a little more self-aware. okay? seriously. >> we are the self-aware panel. this group of four is, so --
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>> tell me this, donny. i am serious here. i find this sometimes through my 47 years, that some women are attracted to men who are not good for them. bad men. >> yes. >> do you find that? >> yes, the interesting thing is, they're attracted to them and think they're going to change them, then they're surprised. that has to do with self-esteem. you're not going to change guys. >> sometimes, i think the table's can be turned and some men are often much more so atracked to women who are not good for them. >> okay. there are no bad women. ...and brains. now get a samsung focus™ for only $99.99. only from at&t. rethink possible.
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the suit claims the stuff they jam in there doesn't contain enough actual meat to be defined as beef. taco bell, the restaurant whose legacy will be adding a fourth meal, called the claim false and its loyalists didn't seem to give a damn. >> it's good enough. it's tasty. >> number two. glass hopper. some marijuana smugglers along the mexican border got midevil this week in their attempt to move weed into the united states. the smugglers were caught on tape using an old fashioned catapult. the u.s. government has now alerted agents if they come across any giant wooden horses along the border, they are not
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to be wheeled into the united states. and the number one story of the week, president's state of the union address doubled this year as the first annual bipartisan congress congressional prom. >> who are you sitting next to? >> i don't know. >> i called up tom after he did that and he graciously agreed, we're going to sit together. >> while the speech's vision for the future inspired some, republican leaders were less moved. >> if you really want to talk about what the sputnik moment is, it's the fact that we're broke. >> own of them in fact could not bear to look the country in the eye. >> we the people will never give up. >> another responding with the kind of fun word games usually reserved for teenagers texting each other.
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>> the wtf. winning the future. there are a lot of wtf moments through the that speech. >> and one republican who may challenge obama simply released an unrelated trailer for the action flick he's starring in this summer. >> if freedom were easy, everybody around the world would be free, but this is the united states of america. >> with all the gop criticism, surely democratic senate majority leader harry reid would step in to embrace the president. >> president has enough power. he should swrus back off. >> all right then, governor palin? >> that was another one of those wtf moments. >> john? up next, what if anything have we learned today. cked bag. you know when to hold 'em... and how to fold 'em.
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welcome back. what we learned today, mike, what did you learn? >> that the over under on donny deutsch getting arrest is about two weeks. >> i'm betting under. >> that loves to most hurts the most. >> what i learned is bill, we have presidents and prime ministers, he doesn't come down here until the love guru comes. >> i learned that when i have a problem with my

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