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it's wednesday, february 17th, coming up on "early today." the republicans are feeling the pressure as the clock winds closer to the south carolina showdown. while the democrats are upping the ante in nevada and spending to increase their odds. president obama lays out a bold plan to nominate a successor to the supreme court. while taking direct aim at donald trump. a rare moment of pope francis losing his cool and the reason why as he greets the faithful. plus incredible images of a driver going straight into a wicked tornado. a revealing moment as a world-class athlete shares her darkest hour. and meet cj, he beat out more than 3,000 dogs to be named best in show. "early today" starts right now.
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good morning, closing in on the south carolina primary, the republicans shoring up support and pushing back against critics in the latest cnn/orc poll, the donald has a lead over ted cruz with former florida good morning jeb bush in a disappointing fourth place in an economic summit in california, president obama weighed in on the race with a direct shot at republican front-runner, donald trump. >> being president is a serious job. it's not hosting a talk show. or a reality show. it's not promotion. it's not marketing. it's hard. >> and this is how and what mr. trump reacted when told of the president's remarks. >> reality show is not promotion, it's not marketing, it's hard. that's from president obama.
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>> this man has done such a bad job, he has set us back so far and for him to say that actually is a great compliment. you're lucky i didn't run last time when romney ran because you would have been a one-term president. >> but he soon turned his attention to fellow republican ted cruz. >> ted cruz, who i think is totally unfit to be president, but these are minor details. i really believe that. >> meanwhile, in columbia, south carolina, cruz had his own take on the job. >> you know, people will be forgiven this election season. for thinking at times it seems like a bit of a circus. the time for games is over. we need a leader who is prepared to be commander-in-chief. when radical islamic terrorists wage jihad on the united states of america, the answer is not to tweet insults at them.
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>> and cruz picked up two big endorsements ahead of the primary, kansas congressman and medal of honor recipient dakota meyer, sure to be a big boost in a state where veterans make up 12% of the population. for the democrats, both candidates are fighting hard for the african-american vote and new numbers show why the tough to predict state of nevada remain as dead heat in a cnn poll out this morning, the data shows clinton ahead of sanders by 1%. within the margin of error. hoping to put some distance between sanders and herself. the polls, clinton met on tuesday with civil rights leaders at the headquarters of the national urban league. afterwards, reverend al sharpton said his endorsement is decided, but under wraps. prompting a slight southern twang from the democratic front-runner. >> i said only you know and you're not telling.
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>> my lips are sealed. >> later during a speech in harlem. claim hit sanders again with a charge of being a single-issue candidate. >> not enough for your economic plan to be break up the banks. you also need a serious plan to create jobs, especially in places where unemployment remains stubbornly high. >> but there are signs of trouble in clinton's push as a top african-american democrat in georgia announced he would switch his support from clinton to sanders. state senator vincent ford cited sanders' health care and minimum wage positions as a reason for that shift. sanders held rallies in south carolina where he was supported by erica garner, daughter of eric garner who died after being put in a chokehold by police in staten island in 2014. a recent cnn/orc poll has hillary clinton ahead of vermont senator bernie sanders in south carolina by 18 points, numbers clinton is hoping to keep
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secure. the late supreme court justice, antonin scalia's body will lie if repose in the great hall of the supreme court friday with the funeral held on saturday in washington. scalia's courtroom chair was draped in black yesterday in memorium. meanwhile, the battle over replacing him continues to unfold. during an iowa radio interview, senate judiciary chairman, chuck grassley, who is in charge of any confirmation hearing said in part quote i would wait until the nominee is made before i would make any decisions sh, but grassley tells nbc news he is not open to a confirmation hearing. yesterday president obama challenged senate republicans to rise above politics. >> this will be the opportunity for senators to do their job. your job doesn't stop until you're voted out. or until your term expires. i intend to do my job between now and january 20th of 2017. i expect them to do their job as well. >> nbc's tracie potts is live in
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washington. good morning. now we have president obama taking direct aim at the republicans. >> exactly. and as a former constitutional law instructor, he's arguing that this is not about democrats and republicans. it is about what the constitution says. and he's now making comments about that and whether or not the constitution addresses the nomination of supreme court justices in election years. here's what he said. >> there's no unwritten law that says that it can only be done on off years. that's not in the constitutional text. i'm amused when i hear people who claim to be strict interpreters of the constitution suddenly reading into it a whole series of provisions that are not there. >> now you heard chuck grassley as you noted earlier saying no hearings. he would control whether or not that hearing happens before the judiciary committee. the president, on the other hand, who we understand has a list of nominees to choose from,
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says that he will look for someone, he'll send someone here to capitol hill who sticks to the law, but may or may not agree with him politically. of course the big concern here, amon is that a justice appointed by president obama could turn out to be the liberal voice that tilts the entire balance of the court. >> tracie potts live in washington. breaking overnight, apple plans to fight a federal judge's order that it help fbi investigators hack into the iphone used by one of the san bernardino shooters. court papers reveal apple declined to provide voluntary assistance in helping to unlock their cell phones. they shot and killed 14 people in san bernardino, california back on december 2nd. in a message to customers apple says it has cooperated with the fbi investigation and writes in part now the u.s.
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government has asked us for something we don't have and something we consider too dangerous to create. they've asked us to build a back-door to the iphone. investigators are trying to find out who the shooters were communicating with and who may have helped plan and carry out the massacre. a rare moment of anger from pope francis during his visit to mexico tuesday. the pope lost his cool after a member of the crowd pulled on his arms, prompting him to lose his balance and fall on a man in a wheelchair. the pontiff admonished the man saying in spanish, don't be spanish. nbc's jay gray is across the border in el paso. what can we expect to hear today? >> good morning. i think we'll hear the same message the pope has delivered over the last five days in mexico. one of unity, one of taking care of immigrants. and creating a situation in mexico where there's no need to cross the border. look, we'll also see a unique mix of theology and technology
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here at the sun bowl in el paso. because of a two-way video feed. the pope will be able to see and hear the crowd that gathers here as they listen and watch his mass just a few miles away, across the border. but for many, this is as close as they'll get to the pontiff. pope francis ends his tour of mexico with a mass in ciudad juarez, a five-day journey of hope in a country where it's desperately needed. >> he's a life-changing pope. he's reforming the church and i think he's wonderful. [ speaking foreign language ] >> his message -- to hundreds of thousands who spilled into the streets, fields and arenas to listen has been focused on compassion for immigrants and a challenge to eliminate the economic conditions, crime and corruption forcing many across the border. but most agree, changing things here will take some time. >> i hear a lot, if the pope
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goes, things are going to change. i keep reminding them, the pope is not god and he's not going to change things immediately. but over time. >> francis is expected to echo his message of persistence, faith and family to more than a million this afternoon in juarez and tens of thousands who gather here in sun bowl stadium. connected by their faith and a two-way video feed. in a place where many can't go home for the pontiff's historic visit. >> i'll see mexico which i haven't seen in 20 years. it's very emotional. >> emotion is affecting so many in separate countries, but from a single faith. the faithful will gather well before the afternoon mass here for songs and prayer celebrating the pope's visit. >> jay gray, live in el paso, texas. incredible video out of florida, a dashboard camera was rolling as a man drove straight
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into the path of a tornado in pompano beach, tuesday. s you can see the force of the twister as limbs go flying through the air. our nbc meteorologist is here with the forecast. >> the storminess just beginning on this wednesday out west. you can see on the radar, one storm moving onshore. that means a big change, it's been so quiet lately. not today. we'll track a powerful system moving onshore throughout the day. bringing heavy rain along the coast and significant snow to the cascades and also the sierras. we're talking about one to two feet of snow, great news for california, especially. as we head to thursday, the rain and snow continues. snow pack really on the rise there. making up for some of the snow pack we lost last week. with all the warmer weather. we're expecting anywhere from three to five inches of rain along the california/oregon border. significant rains extending down to california, where they do need it desperately. and also look at the snow. up to two feet of snow possible all the way from the cascades
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right down the sierra. great news for skiers. as we take a look at the national picture, much quieter in the east, temperatures in the 40s in new york city. 30 in chicago. still hot in phoenix. that's a look at your national . so a big pattern change, quiet in the east now stormy out west. >> rafael, appreciate the update. one of the most bizarre slow-speed chases ever. plus ultimate fighter rhonda rousey reveals her darkest thoughts following her epic loss. medicare part d prescriptions, walgreens says, carpe med diem. seize the day to get more out of life and medicare part d.
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this morning on "today," 3,000 dogs from 12 different
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countries and all 50 states competing for top dog. "today" takes you behind the scenes at the westminster dog show. in sports, call it the season of college upsets, texas taking on number 10, west virginia in austin. the longhorns managed to take and keep the lead along with an 85-78 upset. and across the state, 25 25th-ranked baylor battled 13 iowa state in a game in a had 14 ties and 14 lead changes. baylor with the 100-91 upset at home. and any idea what this guy earned last year as nfl commissioner? a lot more than most of us. according to the nfl tax filings, roger goodell earned over $34 million in 2014. believe it or not, that's actually down from the $44.2 million that he earned back in 2012. and talk about smashing this sore ministry dunk team from liberty university has raised the bar on trampoline dunk
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now to some entertainment news, character actor george gaines, of "police academy" has died at age of 98. he's best known as a soap opera star with the crush on dorothy michaels in "tootsie." dorothy, i just want to say that i loved what you did in that scene. welcome aboard! >> the eagles of death metal had an emotional concert in paris last night. the first since the paris attacks there three months ago. the band received a standing ovation upon taking the stage and led a tribute to the victims. oscar statuettes are getting a new look. the company created digital scans of the original oscar and used a 3-d printer for the new mold. a new family member in the
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"full house" gang, none other than donald trump. >> you see, donald, that's just it. i mean if you really want to make america great again -- you have to bring people together. not push them apart. >> look, donald, we understand, you're used to winning all the time. >> and now that you might not, you're scared and confused. >> you're right. i mean -- whatever happened to predictability. the milkman. the paper boy. even tv. >> i got to admit, he does that pretty well, the donald trump, pretty spot-on. even zbl even as a baby or a little child. >> i'm ayman mohyeldin and this is "early today." looking for 24/7 digestive support?
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all right leading the news on nbc, florida teen arrested for performing exam as fake doctor. with own offices according to authorities. police in west palm beach say the 18-year-old man even had his own website that offered wholistic care to potential patients. he was arrested during an undercover sting and booked for practicing medicine without a license. also on nbc, nevada ranker cliven bundy must stay behind bars. often referred to as the father of the ranchers' resistance. prosecutors call bundy lawless and violence and the judge asserted if bundy was granted leave before trial, he most likely would not return. in montana police surrounded a home after receiving a 911 call
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from neighbor who is heard loud screaming about someone having a gun. when officers arrived, they didn't find a shoot-out. they found two adults and several kids watching the mid-season premiere of amc's zombie hit "walking dead." for the second time in 24 hours, a rock slide has closed a portion of a busy interstate in colorado, shortly after crews cleared the first rock slide on monday, a second slide happened closing lanes in both directions. when they say dogs are a man's best friend, it's true. the other way, too. in this video, that's gone viral, it shows a georgia vet sitting in a cage with gracie, an abandoned dog that was in terrible shape. dr. andy mackis was so worried that gracie wouldn't eat. he got in his own cage to at his own breakfast with her. the video has been viewed over six million times. monday's storm left hundreds of travelers stranded at airports across the east coast. but a high school orchestra made the best of it and for everyone
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else in the airport. provided some music relief to weary travelers twle game an impromptu performance at d.c.'s reagan national airport. the students also made nearly $300 in tips during a 45-minute period. that's not bad. >> collecting tips during that, smart. good thinking. >> i'm sure it must have been a pleasure for all the folks stranded there. >> in that situation? uh-huh. now a look ahead, the state of florida will hold a news conference later today to announce one of the winners of the january 13th powerball drawing, it was not me, folks. the winners will be receiving one-third of the $1.58 billion jackpot. happy birthday to actress and former mrs. charlie sheen, deniserichards, she turns 45. basketball hall of famer michael jordan is 53 years old. major league and "lethal weapon" actress rene russo turns 62 and veteran actor
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.. outraged by terrorism--- but
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unwilling to create a the strong wordsent. ose are outraged by terrorism but unwilling to create dangerous precedent, those are the strong words from apple ceo tim cook, who posted a public letter making his case to reject a court order. after a triple shooting, teenagers shot in their car only a couple miles from the uc berkeley campus and now two fighting for their lives. heavy winds kicking up across the bay area as we see our first wet weather in a couple of weeks. waiting for the storm. today in the bay starts right now. >> a very good wednesday morning to you. you made it halfway through that work week. >> we will see that wet


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