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tv   Way Too Early With Willie Geist  MSNBC  March 9, 2012 5:30am-6:00am EST

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there we go. the show that has 99 problems but a good director ain't one. oh. t.j., i love you to death buddy. i'm glad you're up with us this morning watching on msnbc or listening live on sirius xm radio. shoot me an e-mail at waytooearly@msnbc.com or tweet me @williegeist1 or do what disappointed northwestern fans do and text the word awake followed by your response to 622639. we'll read the best responses later in the show. the next 30 minutes will be your cram session for friday, march 9th. lots to tell you about including big anticipation for the monthly jobs number. we'll know soon -- t.j., what's going on if things are moving in the right direction. bring it out here. that's jonathan papelbon, he's a baseball player. he moved in the offseason from the red sox to the phillies, had a little something to say about boston fans. it's not going to help his reputation in beantown, later in sports. to the news, shall we?
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live at 5:30 a.m., here at 30 rock in new york city. the romney campaign winning states is important, but winning delegates they say is even more important. as the republican presidential race heads to the south the field's current frontrunner is trying to lower expectations there, suggesting he faces an uphill battle away from his home turf. romney says he does not necessarily have to win the popular vote in the south to come out on top. >> how important is it for you to pick up a southern state? >> well, i realize it's a bit of an away game but i also think we're going to pick up some support in the -- in the states that remain this month. i'm confident we're going to get delegates, that's what this is all about. >> tomorrow republicans in kansas head to the polls where 40 delegates are at stake. the u.s. virgin islands hold caucuses on saturday. rick santorum has done very well in the heartland. we'll keep an eye on kansas tomorrow. tuesday, more than 100 delegates up for grabs. alabama, mississippi and hawaii
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the three states on tuesday. according to a state university poll, rick santorum leads the republican poll in alabama with 23% support, but that's only 4 points above mitt romney. that's a statistical tie, in fact, when you bring in the margin of error. newt gingrich hanging around at 14%. in mississippi governor phil bryant putting his support behind mitt romney, the latest in a strong of endorsement from influential southern republicans including alabama's former governor and mississippi's lieutenant governor. governor bryant cited romney's chances in the general election as his reason for support. with the polls tight in the south the super pac supporting rick santorum making a big ad buy in both mississippi and alabama, the spot you see here goes after mitt romney saying he makes the same decisions as president obama. santorum also going after newt gingrich there for dividing the conservative votes. santorum insists he could win the nomination if there were only one alternative to mitt romney.
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>> if you go out and work for us on tuesday, if you go out and deliver a conservative victory for us on tuesday, this race will become a two-person race and when it becomes a two-person race for the republican nomination, the conservative will win that nomination. when a conservative wins the nomination we'll do feet barack obama in the general election. >> tables have turned. it wasn't long ago newt gingrich was calling for santorum to get out of the race. meanwhile santorum walked back a bit, his comments you'll remember from last month where he called president obama a snob for wanting all american ts to go to college. santorum says he was wrong, noting his wife usually reminds him when he's out of line. >> i'm a pretty passionate guy. i can get pretty wrapped up about, you know, how important this country is to not just providing a great future for our
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children but for the world, and sometimes i get a little, you know, say the wrong word and as you know, you know my bride very, very well, usually the phone rings very quickly if she isn't there in person to say, rick, you shouldn't have said that. the snob comment did not go over very well. she reminded me, you know, it's snobbish. you can say it was a snobbish thing to say but don't call him a snob. i said, you know, i made a mistake. >> mrs. santorum calling out rick santorum on the snob comment. interesting. today santorum heads to kansas, he'll make stops in topeka and wichita while he's there. congressional republicans are blaming president obama this morning for urging the senate democrats to defeat legislation that would have sped up construction of the keystone oil pipeline that comes down from canada. republicans came within four votes of passing an amendment yesterday to green light the $7 billion project. supporters say the measure would have passed if president obama had not personally lobbied members of his own party to oppose it.
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>> frankly, it's hard to even comprehend how completely out of touch he is on this issue. i mean, think about it, at the moment when -- at a moment when millions are out of work, gas prices are literally skyrocketing, and the middle east is in turmoil, we've got a president who's up making phone calls trying to block a pipeline here at home. it's really almost unbelievable. >> i think the white house owes the american people an explanation. by personally lobbying against the keystone pipeline that means the president of the united states is lobbying for sending north american energy to china and lobbying against american jobs. >> you'll remember the president rejected a permit to build the pipeline this year over concerns about the environmental impact. white house press secretary jay carney defended the president's opposition to the pipeline and his involvement in the defeat of that bill. >> despite claims that this
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would somehow -- this pipeline would solve the pain families are feeling at the pump today the company itself has said it would take years before a single drop of oil would flow through that pipeline. the president makes a lot of phone calls. this one happened to be the fact that he made some calls happened to make it into a press report and i'm confirming that he did but i'm not going to get into individual names or length of conversation. 11 democrats including max baucus, claire mccaskill and bob casey broke ranks with the party to support the republican proposal that did fail. the senate defeated an amendment that would have given the white house more leeway on the issue while banning exports of oil from the pipeline. a measure helping small businesses heading to the senate after cruising through the house with rare bipartisan support. aimed at helping start-up companies hire more workers and rage capital from larger pools of investors. the republican backed bill passed by 390 to 23.
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only opposition came from a handful of democrats who say the effort falls short of the comprehensive plan president obama has been pushing for. house minority leader nancy pelosi openly mocked republican reaction to the bill's passage yesterday. >> because it's so meager. trumpet. here comes the little king. this is -- this is -- yes, it's bipartisan. when we pledge the flag, that's a big thing. that's a big thing. we are -- we have a oneness about us in many ways here. but when it comes to this bill, compared to what the possibilities are, this transportation bill is long overdue. >> the senate is expected to introduce a similar piece of legislation early next week. turning overseas now, syrian rebels are rejecting calls by a top official at the u.n. arab league to seek a political solution to the year-long
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uprising there. opposition fighters say any push for reform rather than complete regime change, only emboldens president assad and his deadly crackdown against anti-government protesters. meanwhile, the country's former oil minister is calling on syrians to follow his lead in joining the revolution. the high-ranking civilian official made the plea in a video posted on-line. he called the syrian government a, quote, sinking ship and said he expects his home to be burned in retaliation for his defection from the regime. and just this morning, greece once again averts the risk of default, paving the way for a new international bailout. cnbc's steve sedgwick is live in london with detail on that. steve, good morning. >> yeah. what's happened in the last 24 hours is pretty technical. 177 billion euros worth of bonds have been said by creditors, yes, we will accept this bond swap deal. 86% have said we'll do it which means in total nearly 100% will
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do it once collection acting clauses are enacted. 130 billion euro bailout, the second bailout for greece can go ahead. the country has been in recession for five years and unemployment rate of over 21%. how do they grow their way out of this problem with austerity? talking about unemployment rate in the u.s., we're hoping it stay nears three-year lows of 8.3% when we get the february payroll figures later today. we're expecting around 210,000 jobs to have been created. that will be the third month in a row we've seen over 200,000 jobs created in the u.s. and it means that the unemployment rate has come down from 10% to 8.3%. there are concerns, though, that in the private sector we need to see job creation bigger than this, some in the region of 350 to 360,000 jobs per month for at least three years in order to get the unemployment rate down from the current 8.3% to 6%. we are expecting at least a decent figure today. back to you. >> we'll be looking for something in the neighborhood of
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210, that comes up just less than three hours from right now, steve. thanks so much. still ahead on "way too early," harvard got into the big dance the other night for the first time since 1946. that left the country rooting for another nerd school to get in for the first time in its long history. we'll see in northwestern could step up and punch its ticket. sports is ahead. plus -- >> in that song the officer said aren't you sharp as a tack or some you should try for a lawyer or something. i got you on that. >> jay-z's 99 problems make their way to the floor of the florida state legislature. setting off a debate. we'll show you who won this battle rhyme and get a check on weather when "way too early" comes right back. ♪ >> in los angeles, police tonight are investigating the gangland style murder of gangster rap music star biggy
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shows you how ridiculous it was. cold front has gone through, we don't expect the warm air like that to last this time of year and it's not. it's not going to get that cold either. chilly in texas, cloudy, raining, probably the worst weather by far this weekend will be found in texas. i know you need the rain to fill up the lakes from your record drought of last year but we don't want to wash out your spring weekend. that's going to happen today, 52 in dallas. sunny and chilly in the great lakes and new england today. that cold air will be in new england for your saturday. keep that in mind in the morning especially. it will be pretty cold. could get snow north of boston into areas of vermont and new hampshire as we go throughout the evening. saturday goes, really the only worst of it is the northwest with some rain and definitely in texas. we could deal with flooding conditions because that rain threat lasts right into sunday. you notice the east coast, you're going to see a chilly saturday with sunshine and then a beautiful sunday with temperatures above average. but that rain will spread northwards willie on sunday. i think chicago at rain doesn't
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arrive until late in the day. >> thanks so much. good job on the solar flare. >> yeah. >> made it right through. >> cutting through the hype. let's turn to sports now. college basketball, northwestern, the charter -- one of the charter members goes back to 1901, still northwestern believe it or not has never been to the ncaa tournament. how is that possible? more than 100 years. last night they had a chance to change all that. they had a pretty good season no at great season. they would have at least needed to win this game against minnesota in the first round of the big ten tourney. must win time for northwestern. less than a minute to go. minnesota andre hollands ties at 61. northwestern fails to score on its next possession. another ten seconds remajor. hollins takes a stepback jumper, northwestern gets the rebound, goes the other way. hit it, dave. oh. doesn't go at the buzzer. we go to overtime tied at 61. less than a minute to go, gophers up three.
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northwestern made only one basket over the final nine minutes of the game. the wild cats lose 75-68. they're now 18-13. that's a tough record to get into the ncaa tournament with. we'll see. it looks unlikely they're going to break that long streak. other college basketball, the big east tournament yesterday, two -- number two ranked syracuse and uconn and a good one at madison square garden. freshman andre drummond look at this putback. that's off a three-point attempt. slams it home. part of a seven-point run. they look good but went cold. syracuse comes back. sutherland cuts the lead to one. a few minutes later, steps back, hits another three. all ten of his points during the final minutes of this game in the second half. syracuse beats uconn, 58-55. syracuse will play the winner of cincinnati and georgetown. to the final seconds of regulation. georgetown needs two to tie. otto porter short jumper bounces around and in.
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georgetown again down two, sims had a big game, goes to the rim, gets the lay-up as time expired. to a second overtime. double o.t. cincinnati's cashmere hits the lay-up with 7.6 seconds left. can georgetown send it to a third overtime? sims tries the long jumper but it won't go. cincinnati holds on to win 72-70. they play syracuse in one semifinal tonight at the garden. to football, looks like we won't have to wait long to see where peyton manning ends up. espn reporting manning will likely make a decision on where he will play within the next week or so. ending the speculation that began before the colts released the four-time mvp. sources claim a tal of 12 teams have reached out to the quarterback but only the cardinals, seahawks, redskins, dolphins, jets, chiefs and yes tim tebow's broncos got in touch with manning's people about this. bad news for the seahawks, cardinals and redskins, manning rumored to prefer staying in the
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afc. only tim tebow's broncos made the playoffs last year and none of those teams had a winning record. baseball news, in this offseason free agent closer jonathan papelbon decided to leave the red sox and signed a $50 million with the philadelphia phillies. now with 3 1/2 weeks remaining until opening day he's speaking out about his former team and its fans. yesterday on a philadelphia radio station he compared philly fans to red sox nation. >> the difference, i would say, between boston and philadelphia is that, you know, i think that, you know, the boston fans are a little bit more hysterical when it comes to the game of baseball. the philly fans, you know, i think they tend to know the game a little bit better, being in the national league, and the way the game is played. you know, the boston fans, i've had a guy take off his
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prosthetic leg in boston and throw it in the bull pen. >> let me get this straight. you think boston fans are more hysterical than philadelphia fans? you must be new to town, my friend. the aa batteries will be coming in the bull pen. phillies and red sox meet for a three-game series in may, fortunately for him the games will be in philadelphia. coming up on "morning joe," mitt romney tries y s ties to b through in the south where he says he often plays like he's playing away games. "morning joe" in just a few minutes. when we come back we'll huddle around the water cooler to watch two members of the florida state legislature debate the correct lyrics to jay-z's "99 problems." how does this figure into legislation in florida? i don't know. we'll tell you in a minute, though. ♪ ok, guys-- what's next ? chocolate lemonade ?
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the republican race for president swings south on tuesday with both alabama and mississippi on the calendar that day. louisiana falls about a week and a half after that. mitt romney, rick santorum, newt gingrich all have spent time in the south this week with romney especially trying to break through there with voters. want to sound smart today tell your friends mississippi and alabama often vote together, they've chosen different republican primary winners only
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once since 1980. the only time the two states voted separately last time around, 2008. john mccain won mississippi but alabama went to former arkansas governor mike huckabee. enough with the real news. huddle around the water cooler to watch two florida politicians do battle rhyming on the floor of the state legislature while debating hb 701 an amendment to the florida evidence code. alan williams, speaker dean cannon of winter park. >> jay-z said it best. i'm going to quote for you. i know my rights, so you're going to need a warrant for that. even went further to say aren't you sharp as a tack, you're a lawyer or something? you know, so members when looking at this, support this. if you support jay-z, support this amendment. >> i must respectfully disagree with the correction in the song it was the officer who said, aren't you sharp as a tack. you should try for lawyer or something. i got you on that.
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it's an unspoken rule that if you're going to invoke jay-z you must get the lyrics correct. i'm not sure jay-z would support this amendment. >> wow. did you see that? speaker dean cannon shutting it down. unfortunately turns out both of them were a little off. here are the correct lyrics to "99 problems" for the record. ♪ do you mind if i look around the car a little bit ♪ ♪ well my glove compartment is locked so is the trunk in the back and you're going to need a warrant for that ♪ >> they were both a little wrong but we're giving that round to speaker dean cannon republican of winter park. did remind us of the illinois state senate leader who invoked last year woo tang klan in her legislature. >> the most precious thing in the world is the financial security and well-being of your family. nowadays we all know that cash rules everything around us.
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top story on msnbc.com, in the wake of last year's earthquake and tsunami scientists worldwide developing an intricate network of tracking devices hoping to predict when the next wave will hit. the one-year anniversary if you can believe it of that horrible day is on sunday. we asked you at the top of the show what you're doing up. our producer john tower with answers. what do you got? >> on chris on twitter, i'm up siphoning gas. don't tell anyone. >> i have nothing to say. that's awesome. i love it. what else do you got? >> i have linda on twitter writes i just got home from watching the most amazing northern lights show in years, no bill, karins, the solar flap was not hype. >> turning into the floor of the florida state legislature. nis is wonderful. bill karins under selling again. that's hype? you should

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