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order overturning that ban goes into effect tomorrow. it's actually a whole new detailed policy on the rights of transgendered americans. that goes into effect in the military tomorrow. be watching for news of that. i'll see you tomorrow night. . today, if you haven't been counting is president biden's 100th day in office. even his opponents have to say he's accomplished a lot. 46 of the population is vaccinated. and our national level of malacry is at national lows. in trump's 100 days, he tweeted that snoop dogg had more.
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president biden marks 100 days in office with a trip to georgia. the question is, where is he headed next? plus new information into the federal investigation into president trump's former attorney rudy giuliani. what were agents looking for? >> and the fed plans to charge chauvin in federal crimes. the question is, do they have a contingency plan? welcome could "way too early." i am kasie hunt. on this friday, april 30, we'll start with the news.
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rudy giuliani's role of the trump administrations ousting of an ambassador has investigators looking at whether giuliani broke lobbying laws with the firing of former ambassador. at least one warrant sought evidence to the role of the ambassador. according to the sources, that includes some of the same people also helping giuliani seek damaging information about joe biden and his family. the times notes, quote, at issue is a key question. did giuliani go after yovanovitch solely on behalf of trup p, who was his client at
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the time or was he also working on behalf of the ukrainian officials. >> fbi warned giuliani in 2014 he was a target of a matter of circulating disinformation about biden. the warning was part of an extensive effort and conservative outlet that they faced a risk to use further russia's attempt. last summer, the fbi also gave what's known as a defensive briefing to the republican senator. johnson confirmed the bureau warned him he was a target of information but disagreed with reporting on the nature of the briefing. okay. >> and on fox news last night,
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giuliani attempted to discredit. the federal investigation surrounding him. >> what have they said to you about what they are looking into? >> they haven't said anything. they haven't said what they are looking into for two years. no, just come in and talk to us. tell us about your whole life. that's ridiculous. i have to go as a lawyer on the search warrant. the warrant is purportedly based on one single failure to file for representing a ukrainian national oro official. i never ever represented a foreign national, in fact, i have in my contracts a refusal to do it because from the time i got out of being mayor, i didn't want to lobby. never did it with bush, obama or trump. i can prove it.
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instead, they had to break down -- i wouldn't say break down but smash on my doors in a frightening way. lucky i don't get frightened very easily. i handled them very professionally and they handled me very professionally. okay. down to the white house, yesterday morning, nbc kreg melvin asked the president what he knew about the federal raid. >> were you aware of the raid? >> i give you my word, i was not. i made a pledge i would not be aware or try to stop any federal investigation. that's not the role of the president. the justice department is the people's lawyer, not the president's lawyer. >> giuliani isn't the first attorney for donald trump to be the subject of a federal raid.
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a search warrant for cohen's office three years ago. here is what he's saying now? >> do i think rudy will give up donald in a heartbeat? absolutely. >> do you think donald trump is scared? >> absolutely. he has enough trouble now here in new york for getting about georgia, d.c. he knows he has all sorts of legal issues. he didn't need more. i can assure you. rudy is going to be a treasure trove. >> and here was former president trump donald trump's reaction to the news of the giuliani raid. >> rudy giuliani is a break patriot. he does these things and just loves this country.
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they raid his apartment. it is so unfair, like a double standarded like i don't think anybody has seen before. >> okay. we are going to set that aside. joining us now, cofounder of punch bowl news. there's a lot here, the justice department clearly moving forward with this raid. the president told us he didn't know about it. but this is the kind of thing that would have had to have been authorized at the very highest levels of the justice department. have we heard anything from former president trump's defenders about this raid. what do you make that we've heard about ron johnson who had been reported saying things at the time that everyone thought, hm, that sounds like the russians? >> he was very defensive throughout the investigation and democrats raised this issue. he was chair of the homeland
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security committee and he was doing this investigation. and gary peters kept saying openly, you are being targeted by russian intelligence. we knew some of the players involved. whether johnson and giuliani and other trump allies we were talking to were connected to russian intelligence. we knew that at the time. people were talking about that. johnson defended the whole thing. he and chuck grassley released an 87-page report shortly before the election. if you read the democratic minority report which i read again today was clearly saying you guys were being duped here by russian intelligence. johnson knew that the concerns here, there was reporting at the time of giuliani there were
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warnings to the white house directly to president trump about the information giuliani was getting. the idea that this is some kind of new revelation. people knew the information was being floated to giuliani to try to hurt biden and russian intelligence was behind it. there was involvement of people suspected of being tied to russian intelligence. >> it is worth under scoring that now the biden justice department lead by merrick garland seems to be moving forward in a different way. had a discussion yesterday with capito. what is your take on some sort of bipartisan measure related to this? are you more hopeful? >> i'm not sure. look, i talked to capito
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yesterday. she was involved in a deal on a big water bill. a $35 million water bill. she was intimately involved in it. she told us, this was a good sign. voting 89-2 for this water bill. she was like look how we can work together. the concern here is that they are not supporting any kind of tax increase that the biden administration wants to pay for $2.5 trillion package she is talking hard infrastructure. roads and highways. then she is saying, look, roads are infrastructure. close to leadership p and very
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much respected. they don't think they'll eve get that far to be honest. >> hopefully we are at least creeping in the right direction. i appreciate you being here. have a great weekend. >> meanwhile, the justice department plans to indict chauvin and the other three ex officers on charges of civil rights vile lagss. federal officials planned to arrest chauvin at the minneapolis courthouse if his trial ended in an acquittal sources told the tribune. they will face charges on top of the state cases. all four could be headed to another criminal trial in federal court. federal prosecutors want to
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indict chauvin for the violent arrest of a 14-year-old boy in 2014 where he grabbed the boy by the throat and struck him in the head with a flashlight according to court documents. new videos released show the adult on brian sicknick of natural causes. the video show the officer and others being hit by a chemical spray and immediately falling back as rioters attack. another video show him washing his eyes out and recovering after he had been sprayed. the video taken by six body cameras and one bystanders cell phone and entered into evidence of two men accused of spraying him with the spray but not
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accused of causing his death. both are pleading not guilty. still ahead, we are following several developing stories abroad. a horrific situation in israel after dozens were killed and 100 injured in a stampede in a religious situation. and more from the russian option navalny. we'll check on the weather when we come back. n we come back why not both? visibly diminish wrinkled skin in... crepe corrector lotion... only from gold bond. ♪♪ if you have moderate to severe psoriasis... or psoriatic arthritis, little things, can become your big moment. that's why there's otezla. otezla is not an injection or a cream...
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with the first pick in the 2021 nfl draft, jacksonville jaguars select trevor lawrence. >> the inevitable has
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financially become reality. family, friends, dog, they are all happy. >> well no surprise there, jackson jaguars selecting clemson quarterback trevor lawrence as the number one pick. in three seasons with the tigers, he went 34-2 as a starter. winning one national championship and two acc titles. quarterbacks were the theme of the night. going two and third. matched 1971 and 1999 with the only drafts with quarterbacks taking the top three picks. >> apparently roll tide, for it was also a big night for alabama. a record tying six players selected in the first round
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including three in the top 10 alone. the draft continues tonight with rounds two and three in cleveland. the big story tonight was not in ohio but rather wisconsin where raining mvp quarterback aaron rogers has reportedly told members of green bay that he does not want to return for the next season. he has reportedly been unhappy with the team's decision to not draft a quarterback the next year. rogers who spent his entire career in green bay won his third league mvp this season. leading the packers to a 13-3 record for the second straight season. yicks. time now for the weather, bill, our good friend steve is going to be at the big board with the odds at churchill downs coming up. first saturday in may.
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we have to know what the track weather will be like. what's going on? >> saturday is the kentucky derby. it looks really nice today 68 and sunny. tomorrow for the big race on nbc here. post times at 7:00 eastern time. 73 degrees and mostly sunny. you want to talk about beautiful, ideal weather conditions for anyone watching at the race. talking about the severe weather threat today from the wind that brought in some of the rain yesterday. we have high wind alerts. we have a wind warning for philadelphia. boston, hartford, new york, 62
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million people impacted. highest wind gust will be this afternoon to this evening, 55-mile-an-hour winds are expected. storms along the gulf coast. this weekend, some fantastic weather from the midwest to the northeast, sunday should be gorgeous. look at that, 85 and sunny, low humidity in washington, d.c. good stuff out there this weekend. should be enjoyable. >> sounds like it will be a great day at churchill downs. still ahead, the white house says the u.s. troop withdrawal from afghanistan has begun. that's not all we are learning about that situation on the ground. we'll be back in a moment. we'll be back in a moment. r, they were immigrants from italy and somewhere along the way that man changed his name and transformed himself into a
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announcement yesterday and revealed an army ranger task force will be temporarily deployed to ensure a, quote, safe and responsible withdrawal. an adversary should know that if they decide to attack us, we'll reply with all the tools. removing all of those troops from afghanistan by the 20th anniversary of 9/11. a religious celebration in israel turned into tragedy with at least 44 people killed. 100,000 people believed to be in attendance in the first religious gathering since the
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pandemic situation was lifted. called the deadliest situation. navalny was seen on camera yesterday for the first time since ending a three-week hunger strike. noticeably thinner but energetic. also dealt a legal blow last week. a city court ordered to make a ruling. top strategists are, quote, officially dismantling the network. still ahead, the latest polling on president biden. and new york times correspondent joins us with her
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welcome back to "way too early." i'm kasie hunt. to mark his 100th day in office, president biden paid a visit to georgia yesterday. the state that helped him to win the election and delivered him control of the senate. >> if you ever wonder if
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elections make a difference, just remember what you did here in georgia when you elected ossoff and warnack. what did you do? what did you do with your vote here in georgia? you changed america. you began to change america and you are helping us to prove that democracy, democracy can still deliver for the people. >> biden also briefly mentioned the new controversial voting rights law in the state and said instead of celebrating record voter turnout in the state, it is being attacked. and he also celebrated the 50th anniversary of am track. new polling gives the biden
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approval rating high marks for fighting the coronavirus, climate change, and more. >> handling of the issues. 65 approve of biden's handling of the coronavirus. 29% disapprove. on the environment. 54% approve. racial inequality, 51% approve. on the economy, 52% approve, 39% disapprove. on gun violence, 44% approve, 44% disapprove. immigration, 48% disapprove. joining us now, national political correspondent of the "new york times." lisa, good morning, i think i've been able to introduce you with
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that title. you are one of only two women to have held it. i'm happy to congratulate you belatedly on that. thank you for being here. let's talk a little about your latest story. you write about how president biden is really transforping what it means to be a democrat. what do you mean by that? >> traditionally, democrats have been really reluctant to go too far left. there was a concern that would alienate him with congress. also with voters who they believe didn't want a particularly active government. he is going big and bold with
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his agenda and doing it at all with no republican support. that is a major tactical shift for democrats. the polling we just ran through is very supportive. we've been through a year where perhaps the government are more impactful more than ever before. that's just a good point. his policies are very popular. the $1.9 trillion bill. the numbers are about the same for the package. you are right. part of what we saw is this moment of crisis people started
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to realize perhaps they want a little more support. we saw trump spend a lot of money and explode the national debt. we also saw the ideas of bernie sanders and the idea of going bigger and bolder and become conventional wisdom by the time he ran again in 2019 for the primary. one way to think about it was president biden won the election. bernie sanders won his revolution in many ways. that is an interesting way to put it. on the flip side with the spending, will you have to figure out a way to pay for it. in our experience since the reagan era was that raising
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taxes was not something that ever worked out well for anyone in power but even that seems to have been shifted. whatever you ask people. right now, americans are saying they are totally okay with that. >> this is the big $$6 trillion bet. how much has america changed and how much are they willing to accept particularly when it comes to raising taxes. >> national political correspondent for the "new york times." thank you for being up with us. a totally different reason why an oklahoma woman was charged with embezzlement. two months after lady gaga's dog walker was shot, please in
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welcome back. the los angeles police department announced yesterday that five people were arrested in connection with the shooting of lady gaga's dog walker and suspects are charged with alleged murder. four are alleged gang members. her dog walker was seriously wounded. the two dogs were returned by a woman who police later arrested with the shooting. police said detectives don't believe the suspects were targeting the victim because of the dog's owner but knew of the great value of the breed of dogs. that was the motivation for the robbery. that is terrifying and awful and i hope that dog walker has
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recovered. now this, back when one had to physically go to a store to return a movie, if you didn't return it, late fees would be charged. one texas woman was hit with a little more. charged with felony embezzlement when she tried to change her name on her license after getting married in 2020 when the dmv told her she had an outstanding issue in oklahoma. she was charged in 1999 from never returning a copy of "sabrina the teenage width" but she said she had never rented it for her self. before she told me what the charge was regarding, she told me she was even embarrassed to say what it was for. luckily the da in oklahoma has
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dismissed the charges and her record ex punged. who knew? >> the sweet moment caught on camera between the president and the first lady, on their way to marine force one, the president stopped to pick a dandilion. find yourself a man that will pick a dandylion for you. politico sam stien joins in the conversation. look at this date in history. in 1975, the vietnam war ended as the south vietnam he's
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welcome back, the president has responded to headline grabbing comments on race. in rebuttal, the south carolina republican said america is not a racist country. coanchor on the toot show asked president biden about these comments. >> he said among other things, america isn't racist.
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is it? >> no, i don't think the american people are racist. but i think after 400 years, african-americans have been left in a position where they are so far behind the eight ball in terms of education, health, and opportunity. it is not just the criminal justice system. >> police reform advocates including family members of george floyd and an draw brown met with lawmakers to discuss police brutality. senator lindsay graham and scott who are leading. met with the families in what is described as an emotional meeting. >> so this is about them understanding that this is very real to all of us but it means more to these families than
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anybody else. because that legislation will literally have the blood stain of their loved ones. that was the tone of the meeting. >> joining us now, white house editor for politico, sam stien. president biden said, the american people are not racist but acknowledged that we've been grappling for hundreds of years with a terrible legacy. >> yes. that's sort of a defendant way to handle it. racism has been one of the issues that got biden into the
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race. charlottesville was something that got him to jump into the race. one of the things he conceded there with craig melvin. this has become a contention on the internet right now. it makes sense politically for him to do that. i think he's walking an interesting line here. he also needs to work with tim scott if he wants to get this police reform done, he needs to get it through the senate and make it clear he's not targeting any faction of the society. i think tim scott is trying to get reform around immunity and choke holds. i think he's being very careful in his wording there. it is not quite as firm as he was during his quasi-state of the union. it is not an actual state of the
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union. he's trying to please advocates and not ail enate lawmakers at the same time. >> let's talk about tim scott. he's developed a lot of respect within his own republican confidence and hasn't been afraid to step out on matters of race in particular. he is somebody who as a member of congress with a pin on his suit was stopped by capital police and asked what he was doing there and he's gone down to the senate floor and talked about the experiences that he has had, some of these experiences that reflect the experience of black americans in the country. he's the only one that republicans have that can actually speak to that in an incredible way because he's the only black republican in the senate. what is your sense of how far he's willing to go here and step
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out and say, hey, to his own party, this is what we need to do here? >> it is interesting, he played a sort of behind the scenes role in the trump a couple of trump nominees who had controversial writings, to say the least, in their bio. so he has not been reluctant to try to bring his party back. i don't know if that translates necessarily into a biden era. it means one thing to work behind the scenes when your own party is trying to grapple and find its own footing. it's another thing to become the face of a reform package of a negotiation with the opposition party. that's a whole another bag. there's a lot more political pressures that come with that. so far, though, on the police reform front, we've seen him come out with some specific compromises on the
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aforementioned issues. what happens when he sits down and negotiates with house democrats and inevitably the white house is where we'll figure out how much he's willing to compromise. being the person who makes the deal carries some responsibilities. it could tag you for whatever future political run you have or that you're considering. and so we'll get a good sense of how far tim scott is willing to go, how much courage he has politically as well to buck his own party. >> fair enough, sam stein, thank you very much, as always, for being up early. we really appreciate you. have a good weekend. earlier on in the show, we asked all of you, why are you awake? jacob is up way too early because my 5-year-old came to the bed in the middle of the night and incrementally took over. and anne writes, my 10-year-old is going back to school for the first time in 14 months. he is getting ready to early
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mornings again. rich e-mails to say, i'm a police officer in the tulsa, oklahoma, region and i'm getting in my pre-shift morning run. thank you so much for serving all of us, rich. we really appreciate it. another person that's exercising is naython balks who e-mails, i'm the mayor of holland, michigan and up on an early morning run in anticipation of our tulip time festival. believe it or not, my mother has taught me an entire song about the tulips in holland, michigan. look forward to that, everyone. coming up next, we'll take a look at the axios one big thing. and coming up on "morning joe," the latest on the investigation into the president's former attorney, rudy giuliani, including new information as to what investigators were looking for when they raided his home and office. and later in the show, a "morning joe" special marking president biden's first 100 days in office, from the early accomplishments to the ambitious agenda he's now trying to get passed. don't go anywhere. "morning joe" just moments away. . "morning joe" just moments away. .
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welcome back. joining us with a look at axios a.m. is cofounder and ceo of axios, jim vandehei. what's the axios one big thing today? >> great to see you, too. last night we reported that you had hillary clinton and condoleezza rice talking privately to members of congress and raising serious concerns about the biden plan to pull out of afghanistan. remember both rice and clinton were secretaries of state. i think the intrigue here honestly is that hillary has a different position than biden. she was an early and fervent supporter of what going into afghanistan, staying in afghanistan. and i think it speaks to this lingering concern among a lot of people who have been involved in this issue over the years that the minute you get out, bad things can happen, even if there's a cost at being there. and biden has basically come in and said, listen, everyone's been debating this for now years, since post 9/11, and we're getting out and we're staying out. >> so, jim, in your report, you
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say that one committee member said that rice, condoleezza rice, said that we're probably going to have to go back to afghanistan if we leave now. what did you make of that comment? >> i mean, that's the fear, right? that afghanistan has been a breeding ground, really a training center for terrorists. and if you take the u.s. presence out of there and you have a resurgent taliban and bad actors congregating there and creating sort of a team and a mechanism for terrorism that spreads around the country, that maybe the u.s. has to go back in. i don't think america has the appetite, right? so many people have died. most people don't pay attention to what we're doing there. it doesn't make sense to people. it's been an impossible region to do, to have military intervention, as far back as the mind can think. and so i don't know, if there would be the american will to go back in there. i think after iraq, after afghanistan, people had it. they think they want to really look at where is america's interest, where is it clear that
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we should be spending money, where should we be putting our soldiers, where should we be putting our time. and i think most people like afghanistan or iraq or getting involved in the middle east is no longer something that people want to do. >> and i think what you're hearing from clinton and rice is a reflection of that. because they know there's a political reality. if you leave, getting back in, if you immediate to, is much more politically difficult. let's turn to politics or law enforcement, i suppose, here, and talk about this raid on rudy giuliani's home and his electronic devices. i mean, this is -- seems to be a pretty significant shift. this is not something that, you know, just any prosecutor would have initiated. this would have had to go up to the highest levels of the department of justice. what can we expect from the attorney general on things like this going forward? >> there's a lot of concern, especially in the democratic party, that merrick garland, that the biden administration would not want to go after donald trump or donald trump's associates.
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that it would be too political. that they would rather focus on other things. well, clearly, they're at least going after rudy giuliani. it's not a good thing when people raid your office, your home, and look at your electronic devices. that's at the very top of the justice department. they feel like they've got something and they're going to go to rudy giuliani and the assumption is that that might bring them to donald trump and i think that's why it's obviously big news. and if they find what they find, justice would be served. but i think it shows that merrick garland is doing a lot, sort of quietly, to undo a lot of things that happened under donald trump. and he probably is going to be a little bit more activist than people thought, even though when he was going through the process, he was saying he was going to try to depoliticize and calm things down at the justice department. >> and of course, we should underscore, president biden told our craig melvin that he had no knowledge of this before it happened. jim vandehei, thanks very much. please do stand by for "morning joe." we will see you there, too. and on this friday, i'll just
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say, i hope you all enjoy your weekend. i'll be having a mint julep and be watching the kentucky derby, the run for the roses. hope you can get out and enjoy some time with your families as well. thank you so much for getting up way too early. >> this is exciting this morning. new york city mayor bill de blasio made a big announcement. take a look at this. >> our plan is to fully reopen new york city on july 1st. we are ready for stores to open, for businesses to open, offices, theaters, full strength. >> yeah! >> whoa! >> on july 1st, even your grandma is going to be like, i'm off to the club. most people were thrilled, while new yorkers who love working from home were like, freaking de blasio. >> mayor de blasio making that announcement on "morning joe." jimmy's back doing his monologue, there's an audience
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