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tv   Way Too Early With Willie Geist  MSNBC  April 12, 2012 5:30am-6:00am EDT

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good morning. i'm mike barnicle in for willie geist, this is "way too early," the show that starts off slow, picks up in the middle but will always disappoint you in the end. i'm glad you're up with us watching on msnbc or listening live on sirius-xm radio. shoot us an e-mail or tweet us, let us know why you're awake right now. or you are do what big papi does 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 this thursday, april 12th. there's a lot going on today including accusationses by one florida republican congressman that nearly 80 house democrats are card-carrying members of the communist party. plus -- >> the first time you were on my show, you were not the first lady. now you are. that's called the colbert bump.
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you're welcome. you're welcome. >> first lady michelle obama drops in on stephen colbert, but colbert gets the bump. first to the news live at 5:30 a.m. at 30 rock here in new york city. today george zimmerman is due in a florida courtroom to face charges of second degree murder in the trayvon martin case. the 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer was arrested yesterday, 45 days after shooting the unarmed teen in what he claims was self-defense. zimmerman's lawyer is planning to ask for bail and says his client will plead not guilty. it marks a dramatic new turn in the case which triggered widespread protests and brought issues of race, justice and police conduct to the national stage. martin's parents say the state's stand your ground law which provides wide latitude for people to use deadly force in the face of danger, does not apply to this case. the special prosecutor
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apparently agreed. >> let me emphasize that we do not prosecute by public pressure or by petition. we prosecute based on the facts of any given case, as well as the laws of the state of florida. we only know one category as prosecutors, that's a "v." it's not a b, not a w, not an h, it's v for victim. that's who we work tirelessly for. that's all we know is justice for our victims. if stand your ground becomes an issue, we fight it if we believe it's the right thing to do. so if it becomes an issue in this case, we will fight that affirmative defense. >> zimmerman was not charged the night of the shooting, claiming he used his weapon as a last resort. and only after the teen physically attacked him. the shooter's brother echoed that position in an interview last night. >> the reality is george, any other neighborhood watch person, goes out and becomes a neighborhood watch person
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because they will be in the following order, surprise attacked, punched so hard in the nose that their nose is broken, sat on their chest, using their last available breaths to call and scream for help. this is a series of not just physical but psychological injuries happening to someone, with a person 6'3" sitting on their chest, using his entire body weight to cover the mouth and broken nose of the person screaming out for their life. now you have a situation where you're out of breath and losing consciousness what puts you in fear of your life is when you carry a gun and someone threatens to disarm you as you are becoming unconscious, you don't know if that person is really going to kill you or not. >> to convict zimmerman of second degree murder, the state will have to prove he acted with depraved disregard for life that can mean life behind bars, a lesser manslaughter charge usually carries a 15-year sentence. the victim's mother says it is
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now in the hands of the justice system. >> we simply wanted an arrest. we wanted nothing more, nothing less. we just wanted an arrest. we got it. and i say thank you. thank you, lord. thank you, jesus. >> the justice department will likely wait until the state has prosecuted the case before deciding whether a civil rights violation is also at play. turning to politics, where both parties are trying to assess where they stand with women in the wake of the bruising republican primary process and the focus on issues like contraception. the "new york times" is reporting the romney campaign is launching a new strategy aimed at closing the gender gap against president obama. recent polling puts the president up nearly 20 points on romney among female voters. now the likely republican nominee is looking to turn the tables on the white house. >> the real war on women is being waged by the president's
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failed economic policies. we handed these out, don't know if you saw these, these are statistics that show how severe the war on women has been by virtue of the president's failed policies. the number of jobs -- the percentage of jobs lost by women in the president's three years, three and a half years, 92.3% of all the jobs lost during the obama years have been lost by women. 92.3%. the president says i didn't cause this recession. that's true. he just made it worse and made it last longer. because it lasted longer, more and more women lost jobs. >> still, the campaign seemed caught off guard when asked whether romney supported the lily leadbeater act, which the president signed in an effort to help women achieve equal pay. >> does governor romney support
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the lily ledbetter act? >> we'll get back to you on that. >> later in the day, the campaign said romney did, indeed, support equal pay but the push and pull over women's issues was only getting started. conservative blogs pounced on the comment made by dnc adviser hillary rosen about romney's wife, anne. >> what you have is mitt romney running around the country saying my wife tells me that what women really care about are economic issues. when i listen to my wife, that's what i'm hearing. guess what? his wife has actually never worked a day in her life. she's never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing in terms of how do we feed our kids? how do we send them to school and how do we -- why do we worry about their future. >> ann romney responded on twitter writing i made a choice
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to stay home and raise five boys. believe me, it was hard work. several romney aides posted links to rosen's comments. though ms. rosen does not work directly for the obama re-election company, the obama campaign manager jim messina tweeted i could not disagree with hillary rosen any more strongly, her xhonts were long and family should be off limits. she should apologize. david axlerod also wrote disappointed in hillary rosen's comments about ann romney. they were inappropriate and offensive. a congressman is facing backlash after comments he made in a town hall meeting in his homestate. >> what percentage of the american legislature do you think are card-carrying marxists
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? >> i believe it's about 78 to 81 members of the democratic congress party that are members of the communist party. >> but west is not backing down. his staff released a statement reading in part "the congressman was referring to the 76 members of the congressional progressive caucus. the communist party has publicly referred to the progressive caucus as its allies." outraged progressives responded with their own statement saying "allen west has denigrated the millions of americans who voted to elect congressional progressive caucus members, when people like representative west have no ideals or principles, they rely on personal attacks. we will not engage in base and
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child iish conversations that lower the high level of discourse americans rightly expect from their representatives. the u.s. department of justice is accusing apple and five of the nation's largest publishers of conspireing to drive up the price of e-books, costing consumers millions. now it's time to get up in your business with steve sedgwick who is live from london for us. >> fascinating story, this. what it seems is the big war between amazon and apple came to a head in early 2010. basically apple apparently colluded with these five publishers to keep these e-books higher so amazon could not discount them any longer. the price went up $2 to $3 per book on average. now three publishers have
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settled with the doj what seems likely is the massive e-book market which has grown from $78 million in 2008 to $1.7 billion cheaper prices. terrific news for consumers there who are partaking in e-books. another good news story coming out of the economic data, first quarter foreclosures on housing, the filing there's fell 16% year on year in the first quarter. some people are saying this doesn't mean that the massive backlog of housing has disappeared, but we are seeing less foreclosures across the board. the big fall was in nevada, 62% decrease in foreclosure activity there. but nevada is still the state with the highest foreclosure rate. back to you. >> steve, thank you very much. we'll take that news. we'll take anything on the housing market that seems good. still ahead on "way too
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early" -- break out the paper bags. the red sox prepare for their home opener today which is tomorrow, following a string of disappointing losses. low lights from their road show are next in sports. but first lady michelle obama makes a cameo appearance inside steven colbert's imagination. that story and a check on weather when "way too early" comes right back. >> massachusetts health care institutions in the broadest sense and their leaders and their people are probably the most respected in the entire world. all of you will be part of making certain that this initiative helps our citizens, helps our health care system and helps our commonwealth. ♪
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isn't that pretty? downtown, sacramento, california. no, it's washington, d.c., united states capitol. all the same. well, all the same. here is all the same crack nbc meteorologist bill karins. bill, is there any way you can get it to snow tomorrow afternoon in boston, massachusetts, so i won't have to go to the home opener of the red sox. >> that will be the most beautiful day tomorrow. >> thanks, a lot. >> beautiful weather finally returning to some portions of the ohio valley, eventually tomorrow that works its way to the east coast. for this morning, it's a cold morning out there. we have been colder in the great lakes and ohio valley in april than we were in all of march. this morning at 32 in pittsburgh. the freeze line down into kentucky. late today we will see severe storms, maybe some isolated tornadoes, mostly talking rural
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areas, farm towns of western kansas and the panhandle of oklahoma. oklahoma city to the west. i don't think dallas or oklahoma city has to worry about tornadoes. tomorrow you'll have a better shot at additional severe storms. after that cold start a nice afternoon. chicago looks good. minneapolis, detroit down through kentucky. atlanta, chilly by your stand d standards lately. chilly, 66 degrees. even the eastern cities will be okay today. we should break out to sunshine eventually this morning and the clouds will fill back in this afternoon. we could see a shower or two around hartford or boston. temperatures remaining on the cool side. by the time we get to friday, things are looking great. up in boston, sunny, 56. new york city, mid 60s. atlanta starts to warm up, too. the issue on the east coast is not really the temperatures, it's the drought conditions. we have been seeing the pictures of the fires up and down the east coast. it doesn't look like rain is heading this way. even in new england they're
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getting very, very dry. >> starting to get very, very something else, too. >> agitated. >> exactly right. sports right now, we will start with the red sox. i saw them yesterday, so excuse me while i do this the red sox are north of the border trying to avoid their fifth loss in six games. boston takes an early lead, but then a triple and sox trail by one in the sixth. adrian gonzalez, bang, hits one in the gap. jose bautista robs him. a great catch. last chance for the red sox here, okay? look at that. awful. they are now 1-5 on the year, matching the chicago cubs for the worst record in baseball. and they have their home opener tomorrow. it's going to be brutal. brutal. yankees last night, looking to sweep the orioles, top of the first. curtis granderson, first homer of the season two-run shot over
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the right field wall. in the second, baltimore comes back. tying the game at 2. orioles take the yankees to extra innings. nick swisher, boom, right field. game-winner. yankees 6, orioles 4. detroit, best pitcher in baseball was out there yesterday. justin verlander, the tigers hosting the rays. detroit already up by one when james shields balks home a run. tigers take the lead into the ninth. zobrist puts the rays up by two. that's enough for them. the rays hand the tigers their first loss of the season, 4-2. the highlight of the night came from an unlike rly source, pete borros lines one out to left field. he comes all the way around to
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score, inside-the-park home run. congratulations to the twins, though, they get their first win of the season. right there. minnesota. carl pavano, connecticut. to the nba, the knicks on the road trying to hold off the bucks for the final playoff spot in the east. fourth quarter, knicks trail by two, but not for long. j.r. smith buries the three. a minute left in the game. bucks try to answer with seven seconds left. monta ellis launches the three but can't get it to go. knicks hold on to win 111-107. clippers and thunder getting together in oklahoma city. blake griffin gets the pass, elevates over serge ibaka. clippers up by two. five seconds left. kevin durant launches from three, little long. clippers beat the thunder 100-98. coming up at the top of the hour on "morning joe," mitt romney weighs in on the
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so-called war on women, accusing the white house economic team of falling down on the job. we'll preview the general election tug of war with our "morning joe" crew. when we come back, we'll huddle around the water cooler to watch the steven colbert appeal to the first lady. we'll be right back. [ female announcer ] the best way to predict the future... is to create it. [ female announcer ] now create a new future for your skin. only aveeno positively radiant has total soy, for a whole new level of radiance. it's clinically proven to visibly reduce blotchiness, brown spots, and other past damage, while broad spectrum spf 30 helps prevent future damage. healthier, more radiant skin. it's in your future now. [ female announcer ] positively radiant. and for sun care that helps keep skin healthy and beautiful, try aveeno continuous protection sunscreen.
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you know, if you were paying attention, we told you at the top of the show that mitt romney has continued his effort to reach out to fremale voters. the latest poll numbers have romney lagging far behind president obama in women, particularly in swing states. if you want to sound smart tell your friends that the number of female voters has exceeded the number of male voters in every presidential election since 1964. in 2008, more than 70 million women voted versus about 60 million men. guys, get off the couch. enough with the real news, let's gather around the water cooler. first lady michelle obama and dr. jill biden are celebrating the one-year anniversary of their initiative joining forces, dedicating to securing private sector jobs for veterans and
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helping families find work. last night on "the colbert report" stephan co lshlbert participated in the training. >> brian, mrs. obama launched an initiative last year, support the troops. that's what i'm doing with you. if she could see how hard i'm supporting you right now. i can only imagine what she would say to me. >> thank you for your service to your country. all americans owe patriots like you a debt that can never be repaid. you are a true national treasure. >> thank you for noticing, ma'am. >> i'm not talking to you, stephan. i'm talking to brian. >> oh. it's for you. >> thank you, ma'am. >> anything you want to say to me? >> yeah. from this angle, your hair is getting kind of thin. >> what? really? is there anything else you want to say? >> i don't know, stephan, this
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is your imagination. >> then say i'm a national treasure, too. >> sorry, stephan. the connection is bad. i must be going through a tunnel. got to go. >> man. >> the first lady later join ee colbert for an interview in which she discussed her husband and the campaign. >> i feel fairly confident that the president is watching this broadcast right now. >> probably. he might be. >> we have a photo of the president watching right now. >> oh. >> okay. yeah. he seems to be enjoying it. he seems to be enjoying this interview very much. >> he's concerned. >> you are popular. you are. do you ever lord over the president the fact that you're more popular than he is? do you ever say, hey, watch t or i might not campaign for you?
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>> i might try that when i get home. >> have you endorsed him yet? are you prepared to do that? >> i'm prepared. i'm endorsing my husband barack obama. i think he will be a phenomenal president. he has done a phenomenal job. he's my man. >> still ahead on "way too early," why are you awake? your treasured tweets, texts and e-mails next. "morning joe" is just moments away. wake up! that's good morning, veggie style. hmmm. for half the calories plus veggie nutrition. could've had a v8.
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at the top of the show we stupidly asked you why are you awake? stage hand has your answers. danny, what's up? >> debbie writes it's an hono to write "way too early" with the only host who was alive when fenway park opened in 1912. >> what's wrong with you people? there is no end to your cruelty out there. i'm sickright. dan. thanks. morning joe. thankfully, starts


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