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deserves a vote in the senate? 19% of you said yes. 81% of you said no. that's "the ed show." i'm ed shultz. i wanto hear from you. tell me what you think on, or talk to me on talk to me on "hardball" starts right now with chris mathews. p chris mathews. we'll see you back here tomorrow night. up next, "first look." world stage. president obama rolls out the red carpet for chinese leader hu jintao. new developments in the recovery of wounded congresswoman gabrielle giffords. spin cycle. some fishermen get caught in dangerous waters off the coast of new zealand. good morning, everyone, i'm lynn berry. those stories and more are straight ahead. this is "first look" on msnbc.
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we begin this morning with an a list affair. president obama played host to chinese president hu jintao at a star-studded state dinner last night. throughout the day, talks between the two nations touched on everything from human rights to china's currency. and on a less controversial note, china's decision to extend its loan of two giant pandas to the washington national zoo for another five years. nbc's kristen dahlgren report. >> reporter: at the state dinner honoring chinese president hu jintao, the white house was full of fanfare. >> to our people, the citizens of the people's republic of china, and the united states of america. >> reporter: the chinese leader honored by president obama in a room flushed with star power. from former presidents to celebrities like barbra streisand and jackie chan. >> i just want to take some photos. >> reporter: the visit was also
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a delicate dance between two nations who don't always agree. earlier in the day, president obama pushed president hu on human rights. >> we have some core views as americans about the universality of certain rights. >> reporter: the chinese leader was candid. >> translator: a lot needs to be done in china in terms of human rights. >> reporter: on trade, both pushed for a level playing field as they met with the heads of some of the country's biggest businesses. president obama balancing his challenge for china to increase the value of its currency with the announcement of a $45 billion trade deal. >> as china's per capita income rises, that offers an opportunity for increased trade and commercial ties that benefit both countries. >> reporter: countries linked in a spectacle of a state visit. tied by the bonds they are trying to build. kristen dahlgren, nbc news, washington. house republicans have
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followed through on their long-promised effort to repeal the nation's new health care law. yesterday the gop-controlled house voted 245-189 in favor of repealing the measure. every republican along with three democrats voted to overturn the year-old overhaul. but with democrats in control in the senate, the vote was largely just a symbolic gesture. senate majority leader harry reid said the legislation will not see the light of day in his chamber, although republican senator mitch mcconnell insists there will be a vote. less than two weeks after surviving a bullet wound to the head, arizona congresswoman gabrielle giffords continues to amaze her doctors. with help she actually stood up for the first time yesterday. this morning, her family is preparing for the next step in the recovery which could see her leaving the hospital by the end of the week. nbc's jay gray has the story. >> reporter: this morning, congresswoman gabrielle giffords begins what could be her last day at university medical center
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in tucson. just one day after doctors say with a little help she stood in her hospital room, briefly, looking at the mountains. >> i see improvements every single day. >> reporter: if everything goes as planned, giffords will leave the hospital friday morning to begin hery had rehabilitation here at the texas institute of rehabilitation and research. a houston facility that specializes in traumatic brain injuries. >> every day she's going to have to put in hour after hour trying to regain any function she might have lost. >> reporter: the shift could come as early as friday and will allow giffords' husband, mark kelly, to return to his home near johnson space center as he considers resuming his role as the commander of what could be the final shuttle mission scheduled to launch in april. >> depending on how things progress over the next couple weeks, i'll make a decision. >> reporter: neighbors in kelly's suburban houston community say they're anxious for the couple to come home and already impressed by giffords' determination.
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>> i mean, this says a lot about her spirit. how she is as a person, and that she can make through just about anything. >> reporter: characteristic doctor and therapists say giffords will need during a long and difficult recovery. jay gray, nbc news, dallas. meanwhile, federal grand jury has indicted jared loughner for attempting to kill giffords and two of her aides. additional charges are expected. loughner will be arraigned in a phoenix courtroom on monday. last night on "the rachel maddow show," ranking washington democrat and physician jim mcder mont pointed out how the law could have helped jared loughner and helped others suffering from mental problems. >> one of the things that you have to remember is this young man in tucson was 22 years old. he could be covered by his parents' health insurance from this day forward. and many of these young people who were disturbed in one way or
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another are so dysfunctional that they do not have a job, they do not have health care benefits, and therefore cannot have access to health care for their mental health problems. that's one thing. the second thing is this bill takes away mental illness as a pre-existing condition. it says if you've been depressed in the past, you can get insurance again. there are many ways in which this makes mental health coverage much more available for the american public and will in the long run be better for all of us in the society. >> lean forward with rachel madd maddow's unique take on politics. that's weeknights at 9:00 eastern on msnbc, the place for politics. here's your first look at some of the other news in america today. in new jersey, surveillance shows the violent robbery and beating of an unsuspected video store clerk. the suspect attacked the man, ran behind the counter, and smashed the kai jackson register open. he got away with hundreds of dollars and left the victim with
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a broken nose. police are looking for the suspect. in rhode island, firefighters came to the rescue of a dog in distress after it fell through an icy pond. rescuers used a pole with a loop to secure the animal, then pulled the shivering pooch to safety. the dog was covered in blankets and taken to a vet to be examined. in georgia, one snowplow driver got a lesson in workplace safety. as he plowed the top deck of a parking lot, his truck fell through a snow-covered hole. the crane was called in to pull the truck from the pit. and in california, a high school student is making a lot of heads turn with his new wheels. a double-decker tandem bicycle. if you're afraid of heights, you can ride at the bottom. riding on top will put you eight feet in the air. the young inventor said he made the bike just for his own amusement. now for a look at the national weather, we turn to nbc news meteorologist bill karins with the weather channel forecast. good morning. >> i think we have a good
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arrangement here. you're afraid of heights, so you're going to go on the bottom level. >> yeah, i'm as close to the ground as possible in all scenarios. >> i go to the top, and if i fall, i fall on you. >> wait a second, that's not very nice. good morning. how are you? lovely to see you. >> yeah, i know. they will fall in the snow because that's what we're tracking this morning. no bike riding this morning. in st. louis, some kids may get the day off to go sledding. overnight, we've had heavy snow in st. louis, as much as six inches already on the ground. it's still lightly snowing at this time. that snow is spreading through southern illinois, indianapolis will soon have snow along with cincinnati, lexington, and louisville if you haven't already. it's a little mini snowstorm. this is a blockbuster event. it's even spreading snow into areas that don't typically see a lot. oklahoma city had a coating go through. from here on out, maybe snow flurries. tulsa and muskogee, more moderate snow. that's heading through the ozark in the northern half of arkansas. eventually tennessee will even get snow.
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winter storm warnings in effect in st. louis. also winter storm warnings along the ohio river all the way from evansville to cincinnati. winter weather advisories back up into southern new england. so if you're in new england today, today's not the day for snow. tomorrow morning at this time we'll have to deal withdrawal it. as far as the expected snowfall totals, the highest totals were in missouri. i said mini snowstorm. this area of gray is where it's going to snow. so we take it from the southern ohio valley right through pennsylvania. and then up through areas of new england and clipping the mid-atlantic. here are some of the snowfall totals. st. louis, you're just about done. maybe at most eight inches. very impressive. cincinnati, three to six today. indianapolis and pittsburgh, somewhere around two to four. memphis and nashville, the snow will be later on today into tonight, one to two inches. and little rock could get a coating of snow as we go throughout the day today. now let's talk about what's going to happen for the big cities in new england. as i mentioned, compared to all the snow events we've had, this one will be minor. it should be cold, a light and fluffy snow. hopefully it will blow off the roads.
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the timing is from midnight tonight into tomorrow morning at this time. so the timing's bad for the morning rush hour. four inches approximately in boston. notice most of this forecast is two to four inches. it looks like north of d.c. you have a chance of getting a couple inches. south of d.c., i don't think you're going to get much out of this at all. i think what could be a bigger story is behind this snowstorm is bitterly cold air. the windchill currently is minus 13 in minneapolis. it's minus 3 in kansas city. all of this cold air is going to go all the way to the east coast during this upcoming weekend. for today's forecast, let's break it down. it's cold and chilly, boston to new york to d.c. no snow today. we have snow in areas of st. louis heading through the ohio valley, chicago, just some flurries for you along with minneapolis. look how cold in minneapolis, only six degrees for the high temperature. out west, if you want to stay warm, lynn, phoenix, l.a., san francisco, holding on to the great weather while we suffer in the east. >> just so you know, here in the
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studio you got a lot of eye rolls. i just want you to know who your friends are. i think that would help you. >> when it comes time for spring and it's going to warm, everyone's going to go thumbs up, big smile? >> exactly. that's how it works. the career you chose. >> we'll see. >> thank you very much. banks buckle. housing slumps further. and the world's most expensive apartment. your first look at this morning's business headlines is straight ahead. >> reporter: coming up, the mavericks shoot their way out of a slump, the sixers and magic need overtime, and carmelo anthony says he's tired of the trade talks and the nets are tired of him. [ female announcer ] now, transform dry, damaged hair...
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welcome back to "first look," i'm lynn berry. here's some of the top stories making news this morning. a new nbc news/"wall street journal" poll finds that a majority of americans, 53%, now approve of the way president obama is doing his job. an eight-point jump from december. however, challenges still remain. a majority still believe the country is on the wrong track,
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and just 25% believe republicans in congress will bring the right kind of change to the country. new alabama governor robert bentley has apologized for comments he made just hours after being inaugurated monday. bentley said anyone who has not accepted jesus into their life was not his brother or sister. a new survey by "travel and leisure" may surprise you. named los angeles as the rudest city in the country. new york city, which has long battled the image, came in at number two. and in new zealand, a group of fishermen had the ride of their lives yesterday when they attempted to cross a notoriously dangerous river in rough water. the captain said they were eager to return home after a week-long fishing trip when they decided to risk the crossing. the local coast guard says men are lucky to have made it out unharmed. here's your first look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 11,825 after dipping 12 points yesterday.
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the s&p shed 13 points. the nasdaq lost 40. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo, the nikkei fell 119 points, while in hong kong the hang seng tumbled 415. the economic downturn left much of the financial sector fighting for its life. while goldman sachs managed to emerge with only superficial wounds. now appears the investment bank with the golden touch may not be bulletproof. goldman sachs' earnings fell 53% last quarter amid a slowdown in most of its money-making divisions. analysts fear clients are avoiding goldman's high margin investments and worry upcoming government regulations could permanently impair the way goldman does business. bank of america, wells fargo, and visa all fell more than 2%. meanwhile, ibm's impressive earning helped minimize the damage on the dow. before the bell today, we're going to find out what effect morgan stanley's quarterly report has on today's trades. and also keep an eye on google's earnings after the bell. ahead of its earnings report
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next week, american express warned its fourth-quarter profit will miss estimates. while at the same time announcing it will slash 550 jobs. housing starts fell to their lowest level in more than a year, sending home builders d.r. horton and lenard down 3%. american airlines' parent, amr, said it lost less money than last quarter. but shares still sank 7%. this morning's "wall street journal" reports the nation's number-three fast food chain is planning to sell arby's in order to beef up expansion of its wendy's chain. keep an eye on ebay. after the bell yesterday, the online auction site reported healthy holiday sales. finally, pricey homes may be a tough sell here, but across the pond, a new complex in london is already 60% sold. the ultralux units with priceless city views are going for as much as $150 million. we can all dream, can't we?
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welcome back to "first look," i'm lynn berry. in sports, has there ever been a longer rumored trade than the one involving carmelo anthon?
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it's over, never having gotten past the rumor stage. here's nbc's fred roggin. >> reporter: good morning, what a difference a day makes. new jersey nets scheduled to meet with carmelo anthony and hammer out a deal for the nuggets star. yesterday the owner stepped in and said that's it, enough's enough. >> there comes a time when the price is simply too expensive. i am instructing our team to walk away from the deal. and the meeting which was supposed to be held by our management with carmelo is hereby canceled. >> reporter: when a russian billionaire thinks a deal is too expensive, you got to wonder what carmelo and the nuggets were asking for. prokorov thought the media attention was affecting the team, he may have been right. the nets puts the trade talks behind them and won 103-95. nuggets want top dollar for anthony. they'll get it if he continues to play like he did against the
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thunder. scored 35. at the end he put it away. nuggets won 112-107. the mavericks have been reeling. no better way to break out against a slump than a win against the defending champs. they nailed 12 three pointers, jason kids had five. 109-100. the magic and sixers needed overtime. j.j. redick scored six of 12 in the extra period. a frantic finish. philly down one. had a couple of shots to pull off the upset but couldn't get the friendly bounce. they were close but not close enough. the magic won it 99-98 in ot. best finish of the night came from the warriors' monta ellis. tied game, final seconds. he stopped and popped and got it for the win. nailed the go ahead jumper with less than a second to play. warriors won 110-108. that's your first look at sports, i'm fred roggin. now for another quick look at the weather, here's nbc meteorologist bill karins. he has the weather channel forecast. >> good morning. let me update anyone that's just joining us this morning on
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what's going to transpire over the next 24 to 36 hours in the northeast. temperatures have come down, windchills brisk especially in new england. back to the winterlike weather conditions, at least temperaturewise. today there's some lingering clouds out there. and if anything, if you're going to get any sunshine, it will be early in the day. the blue is the snow. now by 3:00 a.m., in other words about 20 hours from right now, is when the snow will be moving into d.c., philly, and new york. that's going to be a midnight to about 3:00 a.m. snow. the heart of the morning rush hour, the snow is done for philly to d.c. the m the snow is still going from new york. the timing looks to be during the morning rush hour tomorrow. by noon is t's gone. this is a quick-moving system. that's why we're not going to have blockbuster snow totals. expecting two to four inches d.c. to boston. d.c.'s probably more like one to two or so. north of town by baltimore could
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get three. somewhere near boston could end up with as much as six. lynn, compared to the other huge storms we had, this one, the timing, is going to be more of a nuisance than anything else. >> we like to hear that. thank you very much. which tinseltown titan is convinced the world is coming to an end? plus, she's won of hollywood's hottest actresses. and she just won one of hollywood's most prized parts. entertainment is straight ahead. you never update me. so, now i just have to wing it. i meant turn left up ahead. recalculating. turn right now! [ horn honks, tires screech ] [ laughs ] [ crash! ] and your fifteen-minute insurance might not pay for all this. so get allstate. you could save money and be better protected from mayhem like me. recalculating. [ dennis ] dollar for dollar nobody protects you from mayhem like allstate.
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welcome back to "first look," i'm lynn berry. it's time for a first look at entertainment news. anne hathaway has nabbed the coveted female lead in the next
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"batman" film. although not mentioned in the description, the role is catwoman. she's said to have beat out kheiry knightly and jessica biel. seth rogue an says he recently met with steven spielberg and george lucas about a movie and came away convinced that lucas is preparing for the end of the world in 2012. he says while lucas talked about tectonic plates, spielberg kept rolling his eyes apolyjetically. owen wilson and his girlfriend have named their baby boy robert ford wilson. and finally, jennifer lopez tells "the daily mail" she avoided zingers by ricky gervais by threatening him barfstage. she warned him that she's from the bronx and that she and her husband were fighters and she'd beat him up if he said anything mean.
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same for brooklyn. bill says, i'm from park slope, you mess with me, i'm going to take you down. >> not the toughest borough. a tough borough, not the toughest neighborhood. did you watch any of "american idol"? >> i didn't. it got good reviews from what i've seen sort of reading in, right? >> yeah. it was not my review. >> really? >> i couldn't watch it. >> jenny from the bronx is going to come get you. i'm lynn berry, and this is "first look" on msnbc. stay tuned, "way too early with willie geist" starts right now. president obama throws an a-list bendser wi eer -- bender the likes of barbra streisand, herby hancock, and jackie chan, partying with president hu. the question is, was president obama really there to celebrate his numbers in the nbc/"wall street journal" poll? we'll have them for you. meanwhile, it would seem that democratic congressman steve cohen was out of the country the last couple of weeks when we decided to calm it down a little bit. the question is, has cohen taken back his comparison of republicans voting to


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