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listening live on sirius-xm radio. shoot me an e-mail or tweet me and let me know why you're awake right now, or do what doers and text the word awake to 622639. there's a lot going on today including joe biden taking aim at mitt romney's bank account and stephen colbert dances. we'll show you what got stephen so excited in a few minutes. first let's get to the news, live at 5:30 a.m. here at 30 rock in new york city. north korea is facing international criticism this morning for its controversial rocket launch that ended in an embarrassing failure. the u.n. security council is set to hold an emergency meeting
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today and the u.s. suspended plans to send food aid to the nation. the three-stage rocket which the north said was carrying a satellite broke apart a minute after liftoff. it is seen as a major technological set back for the isolated government which invited foreign journalists inside the country to cover the lead up to the launch, but in the end those reporters were not allowed to view the event live. american navy ships are now patrolling the yellow sea off the korean peninsula in an attempt to recover debris from the rocket. experts worry after yesterday's failure the north may press ahead with another underground test of a nuclear weapon to try to offset the embarrassment with a show of force. at home, the romney campaign
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is seizing on marks from a democratic strategist. hillary rosen is facing a backlash for saying mitt romney's wife, ann, has never worked a day in her life. rosen apologized to ann yesterday before trying to refocus the debate on economic policy. >> this is not about ann romney, this is about the waitress at a diner in someplace in nevada who has two kids, whose day care funding is being cut off because of the romney/ryan budget and she doesn't know what to do. this is not about whether ann romney nor i or other women of, you know, some means can afford to make a choice to stay home and raise kids. most women in america, let's face it, don't have that choice. they have to be working moms and home moms. >> ann romney hit back against rosen's original comments.
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>> she should have come to my house when those five boys were causing so much trouble. it wasn't so easy. my career choice was to be a mother. and i think all of us need to know that we need to respect choices that women make. i will tell you that mitt said to me more times than i can imagine, ann, your job is more important than mine. i know what it's like to struggle, maybe i have not struggled as financially as others, but i've had struggles in my life. i would love to have people understand that mitt and i have compassion for people that are struggling. and that's why we're running. >> prominent democrats continue to distance themselves from rosen. michelle obama released a tweet saying "every mother works hard, and every woman deserves to be respected." even president obama came to the defense of his rival's wife. >> first of all, there is no
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tougher job than being a mom. i've watched michelle who for most of her career had to juggle work and family. but there were times when she was on maternity leave, and i promise you, that is work. i think this was an ill-advised statement by somebody on television. it's not something i subscribe to. and moreover, my general rule is you don't talk about the spouses of elected officials. because they've got a really tough job. press secretary jay carney dismissed reports that the democratic strategist visited the white house 35 times. >> i think we can all agree, democrats and republicans, that raising children is an extremely difficult job. and that is true for all mothers as well as fathers. but we should also focus on
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where we disagree. it is not coincidental that the very first piece of legislation that this president signed when he entered office was the lily ledbetter free pay act it passed congress and the president signed it into law. why did it take president obama entering office, being sworn in to office to have the fair pay act become law? because republicans overwhelmingly opposed it. >> the latest fox news poll shows mitt romney and president obama in a statistical tie. the head to head match-up shows romney with 46% support compared to president obama's 44%. another hot-button issue on the campaign trail is tax policy. now vice president joe biden is getting into the mix. visiting the battleground state of new hampshire, biden criticized mitt romney for favoring tax breaks for the wealthy. it's part of a white house push to high late the president's so-called buffett rule which would require millionaires to
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pay a 30% tax rate. bide said the differences between the two candidates could not be clearer. >> the romney rule proposes to give another $250,000 year tax cut to the average millionaire, on top of maintaining the bush tax cuts. but seriously, that's what he calls for, the romney rule calls for. that's another trillion dollars in tax cuts over the next ten years going to the top 1% of american taxpayers. i don't blame her for crying. she's going to -- she is going to inherit it. she's going to pay for it. that's one smart baby. >> i was wondering if that was the same baby from yesterday. biden also went after romney's wealth suggesting he can't relate to average americans.
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>> governor romney calls the president out of touch. how many of y'all have a swiss bank account? and how many of you have somewhere between $20 million and $100 million in your ira? all right. i got to meet you. i got to meet you. out of touch? >> this was vice president biden's third trip to new hampshire this year president obama took the state in 2008, but it's expected to be a toss-up come november. the 911 calls made the night trayvon martin was killed are taking a central role in the second degree murder case against the shooter, george zimmerman. the 28-year-old gunman was in a florida courtroom yesterday for his first public appearance since killing the unarmed teen. he's expected to plead not guilty when he's arraigned at the end of next month, a bail hearing could be set as early as next week.
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according to the prosecution, zimmerman "profiled the victim, following him through a gated community, even after a police dispatcher told him not to." the affidavit notes that martin's mother said the screams for help heard were those of her son. zimmerman's attorneys spoke out yesterday. >> obviously it was a horrible intersection of two young men's lives and it ended in tragedy. we have to figure out how it happened, why it happened and who might be responsible for it. >> legal experts say the state faces a significant burdenen in proving zimmerman did not act in self-defense. florida's stand your ground law gives people a wide leeway to use deadly force in the face of danger, and the case could get thrown out before ever going to trial. to business news where wall street is coming off its second straight day of gains after a recent selloff. the dow closed just shy of the all-important benchmark of
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13,000. let's take an early look at what to expect from the markets today as we get all up in your business. cnbc's karen tso is live in london for us. karen? >> thank you very much. a couple of days of gains for the u.s. markets, but worth noting yesterday, volumes were on the light side in terms of the dow, the key contributors to those gains that 1.4% bounce, the likes of caterpillar, ibm and boeing. so stocks exposed to an economic recovery. in terms of the mood on the street, there's confidence that we could see stronger numbers out of china in terms of its q1 gdp print. expectations were growth of 8.3%, and it was disappointed when it was announced to be 8.1%. reaction across asia, mostly green across the screens. sure enough the growth numbers were disappointing but worth looking at what's happening down
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the track in terms of the march credit numbers. the country issuing $160 billion in new loans in the month of march suggesting that tight credit that had been crimping many businesses will loosen up and provide support for those businesses across the country. so perhaps growth in china might be somewhat supported. let me move on to a key story on the street this is google, the stock split announced by the company. it's geared to cement the control of the company's co-founders larry page and sergey brin. it means page has been back in the job for a year after he returned as ceo. it allows him to really focus on the long-term strategy for the company instead of facing shareholder disenchantment as profits climb along the way. so they're trying to move into the hardware space. jonathan, back to you. >> thanks. still ahead on "way too early," two of the nba's best
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teams square off in chicago as the miami heat come to town and this one goes to overtime. the return of star point guard derrick rose is just ahead in sports, plus newark mayor cory booker shows off his inner superhero by rescuing a woman from a burning house. that's when "way too early" comes right back. >> we are burning something. we are venting something out into space.
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look at a live view, sunrise from the top of the rock here at 30 rockefeller plaza in new york city. i wish -- is that rikers?
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let's check your weekend forecast now from nbc meteorologist bill karins. that was rikers island, right? >> good call. good job. >> yeah. >> you're getting there. >> i'm a total geek when it comes to maps. >> we knew barnicle wouldn't be here today. it's like a national holiday because it's the red sox opening day, and the yankees are opening up today, too which explains why willie geist is not here. let's take you through your forecast. the concern through the next 48 hours is tornadoes. this is april, this is tornado season. last april we had all those deadly twisters, hopefully we won't have a repeat of that this weekend, but it is possible. oklahoma city, late this afternoon, a slight risk of severe storms. they won't be widespread, but we could see a few strong. tomorrow, different story. we have what is expected to be a significant tornado outbreak, not only with a bunch of tornados but strong tornadoes. the areas of concern through
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tornado alley, oklahoma city, wichita, kansas city, manhattan, kansas, topeka, kansas area. these areas are familiar with it, they're used to it. usually when you get a high risk of storms and tornadoes like this, unfortunately we usually lose lives. today is the day we've been waiting for. you talk about perfect weather for opening days in boston and new york. gorgeous. chilly start, beautiful, warm afternoon. we have gotten rid of the showers. in the midwest as we go through the weekend that all the troublesome weather is. on the east coast we warm up significantly. jonathan, can't stress it enough. we don't like these tornado outbreaks, they will happen. we hope they miss the cities. >> absolutely. thanks, bill. to sports, buckle up, everybody. last night, 49-year-old jamie moyer of the rockies was trying to become the oldest pitcher
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ever to win an mlb game. he would have to beat 22-year-old madison bumgarner of the giants to do it. their 27-year age difference is the largest between opposing pitches since 1965. to the highlights, moyer trying to hang in there early in the game. induces the flyball and gets out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning. fourth inning, giants up one when melky cabrera sneaks the single through the infield. later cabrera still not respecting his elders, he doubles off the wall to bring another run home. giants go on to win 4-2. and the old guy will have to wait a few more days for that historic win. the nationals making their home debut yesterday against the reds. ryan ludwick hits it hard on the ground, and ryan zimmerman can't come up with it. that ties the game at 2. the nates have a chance to win it in the bottom of the ninth, but danny espinosa grounds it into the double play.
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so the bottom of the 10th, simon throws the wild pitch allowing zimmerman to score the game winner from third. nationals walk up with the 3-2 win, continuing their hot start to the season. down six runs to the angels, when joe mauer starts the comeback rally. minnesota within three. the twins justin morneau hits a two-run blast to complete the comeback. they go on to win 10-9. to the nba, derek rose made his return for the bulls against the heat. he hits the jumper here, but those were his only points of the game. bulls trailing by three with a few seconds left. c.j. watson hits the big three-pointer to send the game into overtime in overtime, dwayne wade gets his shot blocked. the bulls push it down the court and watson finds taj gibson for the emphatic dunk. bulls go on to win in overtime 96-86. coming up at the top of the
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hour on "morning joe," two major dividing lines begin to take shape with the general election -- taxes and women's issues. we will break down the back and forth battle with our "morning joe" crew in a few minutes. when we come back here, we'll huddle around the water cooler to read the tweets of mayor corey booker, moments after he rescues a woman from a burning building. that's one way to get a vote. "way too early" will be right back. [ female announcer ] it figures...on your busiest day you see the gray. try root touch-up by nice 'n easy. just brush our permanent color matching creme right where you need it. then rinse. in ten minutes zap those grays and get on with your day. nice 'n easy root touch-up. holding down the fort while you're out catching a movie. [ growls ] lucky for me, your friends showed up with this awesome bone. hey! you guys are great. and if you got your home insurance
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we told you at the top of the show north korea failed to successfully launch a long-range rocket this morning. it left the launchpad but broke apart aft apart after only two minutes. if you want to sound smart, you can say new york has attempted four rocket launches since 1998, all of which have failed to some degree. enough with the real news, let's gather around the water cooler to watch stephan colbert chance to hillary rosen's comments about ann romney's resume. >> folks, i don't know if you have heard, mitt romney has been hurt by the so-called republican
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war on women. mitt romney turned that attack against obama using the ancient art of jumitsu. >> the real war on women has been waged by the obama administration's failure on the economy. >> the latedy public didn't respond to mitt's reverse takedown of obama until there was a cable news miracle. when democratic campaign strategist hillary rosen criticized stay at home mother of five, ann romney. >> guess what, his wife has never really worked a day in her life. now, now, play the quote on a loop. play ton a looit on a loop. >> his wife has never actually worked a day on her life. >> now drop a beat on it. ♪ ♪ his wife has never worked a
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day in her life ♪ ♪ >> oh. that is catchy. now, sadly, ms. rosen has since apologized to ann romney, profusely. do we have that clip? no? then what do we have? ♪ >> oh. we have to give a "way too early" shout-out to new jersey super man, newark mayor cory booker who entered a burning home rescuing his neighborer from a house fire. booker was returning from a tv interview last night to find the neighbor's home in flames. the mayor reportedly rushed through the building to reach the woman on a second floor bedroom. at one point the mayor thought he would have to escape the heavy flames by jumping from the window. after carrying the woman to
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safety, he was treated at the hospital for smoke inhalation and second degree burns on his hands. the woman is in stable condition. assuring everyone of his condition, booker tweeted this last night. thanks to all who are concerned. just suffering smoke inhalation, we got the woman out of the house. we are both out of the hospital. i will be okay. another tweet early this morning, thanks, everyone, my injuries were relatively minor. thanks to detective alex rodriguez who helped get all of the people out of the house. and thanks to some clever japanese innovators, our japanese beers will be icy cold through the summer. toss out your beer koozies to make way for beer from a frozen dispenser. beer is chilled in the frozen contraption until 23 degrees, then dispensed as foam on top of beer. kind of like ice cream. the beer will be kept cold for
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up to 30 minutes. gross. cheers to that. still ahead on "way too early," why you are awake? your chilled tweets, texts and e-mails are next. hi, mom. i got it. [ male announcer ] bravo, alex. you're officially an actress. and waitress, dog walker, and flier-hander-outer. but mostly an actress. you just booked the coveted role of coffee patron #4. i even have a line. my line is, "latte, please." i don't know. is she french? you know? "latte, please." [ male announcer ] good thing at&t gives you unlimited calling to any mobile, so you can call everyone. i know i have to say latte, but i feel like my character would drink tea. ♪ [ male announcer ] get unlimited calling to any mobile phone on any network when you get unlimited messaging. rethink possible.
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the teacher that comes to mind for me is my high school math teacher, dr. gilmore. i mean he could teach. he was there for us, even if we needed him in college. you could call him, you had his phone number. he was just focused on making sure we were gonna be successful. he would never give up on any of us.
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that's good morning, veggie style. hmmm. for half the calories plus veggie nutrition. could've had a v8.
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the top story on this morning, u.s. officials call north korea's failed rocket launch a blow to propaganda efforts. the u.n. security council will hold an emergency meeting today while the u.s. suspends aid. at top of the show we asked you why you are awake. dan norwick has your answers. chris from boston writes i'm up "way too early" getting ready for my dentist appointment and the ensuing bloodbath that will follow. >> i'm sorry, but i do feel your pain. i do. "morning joe" starts right


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