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admitted, america wasn't in immediate danger but he defended the intervention in libya, insisting a massacre the could threaten america's goals and values. >> i refused to let that happen. >> reporter: the president declared the mission a success. but in his speech, he still didn't answer crucial questions about the end game. exit strategy or a victory plan. instead, he made clear what the military mission is not. >> broadening our military mission to include regime change would be a mistake. to be blunt, we went down that flood iraq. >> reporter: regime change is a key agenda item in london, where dozens of the international representatives are meeting today, including secretary of state hillary clinton. >> all of us have to continue the pressure on, and deepen the isolation of the gadhafi regime. >> reporter: this morning, clinton urged world leaders to unite and tell gadhafi, he must go. and back in washington, president obama's speech may have opened up a brand-new discussion on doctrine. >> this is the beginning, not
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the end of something, which is really important. and it cries out for a national review. >> and we're just getting news wire bulletins right now that three powerful explosions have hit triply. we don't know what has caused those blafts. we're keeping our eye on that situation. congressman karen bass, democrat of california, joins us. she's a member of the house foreign affairs committee and was in the room last night at the national defense university during the president's speech. it's going to see you today, congresswoman. >> thanks, thanks for having me on. >> there's a lot of complaints today about the president's speech being entirely unsatisfactory when it came to answering important questions. do you feel like he answered the tough questions that are on the table? >> well, i do feel that he answered the tough questions that are on the table. and the case that i heard the president make last night was really a passionate plea that came from the arab league and also came from the citizens of libya as well as the international community. and so i felt he answered the
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arguments and the questions that had been put before him over the last couple of weeks. >> the house minority leader, john boehner, says -- or the speaker of the house rather, says that the speech failed to provide americans much clarity to our involvement in libya. nine days into this military intervention, americans still have no answer to the fundamental question, what does success in libya look like? are you clear on that answer? >> well, i personally wonder whether or not the president could have provided any answer that would have satisfied speaker boehner. because i will say leading up to the u.s. intervention, the cry at that point was that the u.s. hadn't done anything. and so now that the president has acted, now there's questions there. i felt that, you know, he did explain why we went in. and he also explained what our limited role would be. and that nato has taken over the command of the no-fly zone as well as enforcing the arms
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embargo. >> but if -- okay, so if the president is saying that regime change is not the goal here, that it would be an ideal outcome, but that's not the goal. and yet you have hillary clinton overseas today with all these other world leaders saying, gadhafi has to go. >> i think there's two different things. i mean, frankly, what the president was saying was that our role was to essentially take the lead in the no-fly zone. and to take out gadhafi's ability to bomb the people of libya. having accomplished that, now nato takes over. and so i think what the president was describing was the limited role for our armed forces. as i understand it, secretary clinton is in london today meeting with the international community, understanding that this effort is going to continue on. >> yeah. listen, let me ask you about something else that's unfolding right now. >> sure. >> on capitol hill, and that is the budget battle, the clock once again is ticking toward a potential shutdown of government. and here's what harry reid had to say about this battle
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yesterday. >> republicans refuse to negotiate on a final number. that's because the biggest gap in this negotiation isn't between republican and the democrats. it's between republicans and republicans. >> is that the case? >> i certainly think that's the case. that's been the case in the house which is why we had house resolution number one that called for such drastic cuts to the budget that even republican economic analysis said would result in 700,000 jobs lost so i do that there is a conflict internal to the republican party. >> congresswoman bass, it's a pleasure to have you on today. a appreciate your perspective. >> thank you. >> thank you. white house officials now say nato probably won't take over the libya mission until next week instead of tomorrow, as president obama had announced in his speech last night. let me go now to william cohen, he's a former defense secretary joins me now. secretary, good to see you
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today. >> good to see you. >> let me ask you what we were talking about with congresswoman bass. did you feel that the president's speech last night answered important questions for instance, about how do we get out of libya. >> i don't think that he answered how we get out of libya. i think that he made a very powerful case for why he felt compelled to take a -- when he labeled a humanitarian action. but we have to be a little bit more candid here, to say it's a humanitarian to prevent the massacre of thousands of people, that's one thing and one noble goal. but now we're involved, not only on no-fly zone, but a no-drive zone. we're attacking armed personnel carriers, tanks. you mentioned three explosions that has just taken place tripoli. so we are clearly on the side of the rebels advancing. and the question that will come up is, what if they are forestalled? what if gadhafi's forces resist? do we then continue to take the side of the rebels who are pushing forward? they apparently do not want a
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cease-fire. they want to go forward and go all the way to tripoli. are we on their side going forward, i think that hasn't been worried. >> if we're not on the side of the rebels, who are the rebels? we haven't had a clear answer as to who makes up the group of people who are oposion the libyan government. there has been a lot of reports here about whether there are former insurgents who fought against americans included in that group. whether they include al qaeda terrorists who are opposing moammar gadhafi. are you clear on who this group of rebels is? >> i don't think that anybody's clear. had is one of those known/unknowns that former secretary of defense has expressed in his book most recently, secretary rumsfeld. we don't know. but whatvedh past performance in seeking to unleash his military against his own people. and i think that clearly is the end game. what the president outlined is he said he's going to try to achieve that. not through military means, but through economic sanctions, through diplomatic means.
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find to force gadhafi out, persuade those gadhafi support perns their life with him is limited in nature. they ought to get on the side of the rebels, and, therefore, to continue to squeeze gadhafi economically, diplomatically, and occasionally pound his -- his compound and other heavy insulations to let the message go forward that we're still on the side of the rebels and they're going to be the ultimate ones who prevail. >> and, secretary, you have the president saying, look, we had to go in. here is a brutal dictator who was getting ready to kill his own people, but we're seeing the same thing happening in syria. a major, major uprising last year in iran. where was the international community then? why was the security council resolution? where were the air strikes that provided a little breathing room for the people to take on their dictorial governments? >> well, what also became clear from the president's speech is he was saying, this is not a policy. this is not an obama doctrine or an obama policy. this is not a precedent because had he indicated this is his
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dock doctrine and then faced by bahrain, by way of example. syria, also now very much in the mix and we're not going to take a policy that says anytime you have an authoritarian government that uses excessive force against his people, the united states will lead the effort to establish no-fly zones. i don't thinknight. i don't think he has. but these are issues which are going to be raised, need to be resolved in the coming weeks and months. this is not going away by simply saying we were successful in the achieving of saving thousand of lives. that was on the good side of things but it's still a very murky future for all of us. >> secretary cohen, i appreciate your time tonight. thank you, sir. >> good to be you. walmart is being sued in the biggest ever sex discrimination case in the country now new information coming in from the supreme court. a group of women claims walmart paid them less, gave them fewer promotions than the male
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employees. for more than ten years. walmart is trying to stop this case from even going frpd nbc news justice correspondent pete williams is live now at supreme court. what's new there, pete? >> reporter: we've heard the oral argument and we've heard the questions from the justices. it's always a little risky to predict what the court's going to do based on their questions, but it would seem that walmart will succeed in what you just said, which is to prevent this class action dpras going forward. the justices seem bothered by a central, what they view as a central problem in this case, which is what is the cohesion? what's the clue that holds these potentially 1.5 million women together, what's their common claim? says their common claim is walmart's policy gave rise to a culture of gender stereotyping which led to individual managers, not giving as much pay or many promotions to women. but what the justices seem troubled by is exactly what policy of walmart was that. what the women claim is that walmart had an essence of sort
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of laissez-faire policy. but allowing individual store managers to make the decision. that's, they said, is the policy that they're challenging, but based on their questions, it seems likely that a majority of the justices will find that that's not enough. that there has to be something more, some actual finding that there in fact was a policy at walmart not to promote women as much, or not to give them as much pay. >> so, pete -- >> reporter: yeah, go ahead. >> if they say, no, this can't be a class action suit, then does the suit move forward just with the women who are filing it on an individual basis? >> reporter: well, it starts over. and then of course the question is, could you sharpen it more to succeed as a class action. and, yeah, you certainly could. and the other problem here, i think, is i think the court was a little confused about exactly what the women are suing for. are they suing for back pay? that is to say money?
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or are they suing for a court -- simply to say, walmart you have a bad policy, you have to change it, or both. so that's another problem that -- it certainly doesn't mean that walmart's off of the hook forever. because you could presumably put together a more narrowed tailored class action suit. but it would seem that this current class action is not going to survive. >> hey, pete, thank you. i appreciate that. >> reporter: you bet. >> so it's a common critique of our society that men still outearn men, generally. the latest white house report shows women earned 75 cents for every a dollar a man earns. but critics point out, men may choose higher-paying jobs. more dangerous jobs or work that requires long hours, dangerous risks, higher stress. and census bureau numbers show young single childless women outearn their male peers. so my big question today, how much of a pay gap still truly exists between men and women in the same jobs in america? i would like to read your
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an anti-abortion group is using president obama to make its case in chicago's south side. the billboard is first in a series of ads am aed at persuading african-americans. the ad reads every 21 minutes. our next possible leaders is aborted. the group behind the ad also outraged new york city with a similar billboard. the billboard owner in that case took it down because of the scandal. barry bonds amy old girlfriend'ses can kissing and telling, so to speak. hanging out his dirty laundry for after the world to see. she says bonds used steroids and she also testified yesterday that the drugs gave him acne. bonds is back in court today standing trial for lying to a federal grand jury in 2003 about using performance-enhancing
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drugs. and prosecutors to put other baseball stashs on the stand, including jason and jeremy giambi. a us airways planes man grounded. boeing 737 arrived at north carolina's charlotte airport from philadelphia last right in. an airline's spokeswoman said there were no apparent problems during the flight, but the pilot found the hole during a routine inspection. the fbi is now investigating. all right, what happens when a marriage worth millions falls apart? divorce can be very ugly, and when you throw big money into the picture, it can get down right brutal. cnbc's new documentary "divorce wars" premieres tonight. >> reporter: the allegation that ef a spouse is hiding money is not unusual in a divorce. it's an easy charge to make not so easy to prove. which is why the 1988 divorce of a 46-year-old housewife from
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hingham, massachusetts is one for the world brooks. >> it was a business deal and i just thought of it as, it's business. i have to find the money. >> reporter: margaret has been married for 18 years when she files for divorce. right away she is certain her husband is up to something. >> cnbc's melissa francis hosts the show and you just saw margaret in that clip. margaret, good to see you today. melissa, good to see you. >> let me zbin with you, margaret. how dufinally find money you had suspected had been hidden? she it took a lot of years with the fbi, the sdic, a lot of work digging, going through documents. >> how much money had he stowed away? >> i think we found $6 million. >> and out of that, and this did you have to take him to court to fight for a piece of it. >> yes, that was just part of the fraud. involved a lot more. >> melissa, you went through these cases. there are a lot of stories where
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people are courting money, hiding money. do not feel the inclination or, really even the moral obligation to share what they've earned. >> yeah, no, i mean it's so true and really my hat's off to margaret. she did an incredible investigation. in fact i think that the i.r.s. should hire her -- no wait the i.r.s. should not hire her. we definitely don't want that to happen burks she did an incredible job. i think what we found in case after case and why this is so fascinating, you have to wonder how do people go from being partners, from sharing breakfast, from taking care of your kids, and being side by side knowing each other's intimate secrets to an all-out war? and sort of what we were set out to discovery. is how does that switch go off? and it seems no matter how much or how little money is involved, it happens. and we all wonder, could it happen to us? and ask margaret again is, market, what do you think causes that change where someone you trusted is then hiding money from you? how does that happen?
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>> well, i think he was probably always hiding money. i think when the marriage gets crowded, as princess diane once said, it becomes easier to go after it. >> when you first married him, did you ever have an inclinationta you might want or need a prenuptial agreement? >> no. i'm not even sure i knew there were such a thing existed. >> and at what point did you suspect that the husband that you married, the partner that he at some point presumably was, was not only no longer a good life partner, but was going to try and keep money from you? >> well, probably three years before you file for divorce. >> and have you come to terms with that now? has there been closure for you in your divorce. >> yes, i think there was. >> yeah. melissa, you have another story about another couple. justine and alan musk. he had a ton of money because he
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found paypal. >> that's right and one of the things that's so sing about this story is a couple that in the college. both brought essentially nothing to the table. they were college sweet hearts and you know they got married very early on, and theyepreneur. they had been looking at a prenuptial agreement. they ended up making it a post-prenu post-prenuptial agreement. and i'm paraphrasing, she signed it but she didn't read it that carefully or didn't think about it that much, that she trusted him. and this becomes the crux of their story is the post-prenu post-prenuptial agreement and it ended up standing in court in the end and she got the house and the undisclosed sum, we don't know how much but really the thing that they battled over for years, you know was this agreement. >> i mean, i know. >> that you're happily married. would it persuade you, melissa, to influence people to say, hey, yes, you need a prenuptial agreement, what's your takeaway here? >> you know what the number one
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lesson from almost everyone that i talked to for this hour was that you need to have a prenupt. that you might as well -- >> even if you're an emergency millionaire. >> make an emergency plan before you leave each other. before you do things like steal the dog while the other person is at work. i don't know, contessa, you and i know know each other well, in the process of doing this, i might have mentioned to my husband, maybe we should draw -- he looked at me sideways, like are you planning something? no, never mierngsd forget it. didn't bring it up again. >> he might like you now but try to press that issue too much and see how much he likes you. market, thanks so much for coming in. >> 9:00 p.m. on cnbc, by the way. >> you stole my thunder, 9:00 p.m. eastern time, 6:00 p.m. if you live on the west coast. thank you, melissa. right now wisconsin, confusion about a union bill the governor signed into law. has it already taken effect? as this not? judge weighs in. plus, a snowboarder nearly dice getting trapped on a mountain. and his amazing rescue caught on
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hundreds of spectators at a florida airshow watched helplessly saturday as a plane crashed killing the pilot. the accident cute camera. reportedly a routine maneuver when the plane hit the ground and burst into flames. all happened near jacksonville. do you see that? no word on what caused the crash but faa is investigating. okay this amazing video was shot by a california man, buried alive in a snowboarding accident. this is from his homemade camera. james drummond office a typical ski run when he fell head-first
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welcome back to msnbc. i'm contessa brewer. michigan's reducing extending unemployment benefits by six weeks. down to 20. the government signed it's governor rather signed the bill last night saying it will help 35,000 people. the fda asked the company tied to contaminated medical wipes to stop production. the alcohol wipes have been blamed for several serious infections in the death of a 2-year-old boy. nasa's making a final effort to listen for the mars rover. it hasn't been heard from in more than a year. officials expected "spirit" to wake up from hibernation but it hasn't happened. more than 100 people were
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killed in an explosion in an arm's factee in yemen. it's not looking good for libya's rebels today after making significant gains in the last few days. it now appears they're being turned back by gadhafi's forces. nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engel is in benghazi. what's giving gadhafi's forces an upper hand here, richard? apparently we're having an issue having richard engel. okay, so let's move on. we'll try and get -- contact reestablish and get you an update here shortly. u.s. officials say there's no reason why the nuclear crisis in japan would affect relicensing of reactors in this country. but the situation in japan's getting worse. the government is on maximum alert, but has no new plant to contain the radiation leaking from the damaged reactors. now a positive note here. power has been restored.
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tens of thousands of people are still stuck in shelters. they get checked for radiation contamination and the discovery of plutonium in the soil now could mean these folks might never be able to go back home. nbc's charles hadlock is in seoul, south korea. charles, where do we stand right now in containing the radiation? >> reporter: well, contessa, they continue to struggle to bring the four overheated reactors under control at fukushima. engineers are learning that the more water they pump into the reactor units to cool them down, the more contaminated water comes out through broken pipes. in fact, today two workers were injured -- or not injured but splashed with radioactive water when one of the pipes burst. they say that even though they were wearing protective gear they're up to their underwear with radioactive water. they were able to rinse off and that they'll be okay. the balance act is that they want to keep water on the reactor units even if it means cooling of radioactive water
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outside the containment areas. they're bringing in sandbags and more containment vessels to try to scoop up the contaminated water. it's a balancing act, according to officials. the good news as you mentioned, the power has been restored to all four control rooms. that will allow for better monitoring of the reactors. and as we know, radiation has been leaking out of reactors number 1, 2, and 3. in fact, plutonium which is news reactor number 3, was found in the soil. in one of the containment vessel and around the camp site but officials say it's at such low levels it does not pose a health risk to humans. >> charles, thank you. visitors to the bronx zoo may be seeking higher ground for a while. zookeepers are searching for a deadly snake that escaped friday. the 20-inch egyptian cobra has venom strong enough to kill a human being, but zoo insists it's probably just hiding somewhere and these are not aggressive snakes. probably wouldn't bite unless they feel threatened. nbc's peter alexander is at the
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bronx zoo. i mean, here's what i don't understand. the zoo is very confident that somewhere in that reptile house is this snake, just hiding. but if it got out of a reptile change, couldn't it get out of a reptile house? >> reporter: yeah, well that's part of the problem with in story i think to some people. be very clear, this snake is about 20 inches long. it's just months old. this is an adolescent. if you're a parent you know how hard it is to keep track of your eslessens. right now. they believe it's still in there. the zoo director says it's likely in a warm, dark place, which is whypy feel all that much more comfortable standing outside in 35 degrees in new york right now a couple football fields separating us from the reptile house. but the question is, how do you get this guy? and the zoo director says frankly it's the snake's game right now, to use his language. you have to be patient. it's like putting a hook in the water faz you're fishing and you simply wait. they say you wait until it gets
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hungry or thirsty and finally it starts to move around that reptile house and hope that's what they will catch it. they warn it could be days or even weeks. >> now, i just mentioned, peter that this cobra is tweeting. and that the sad thing and it makes me feel somewhat of a loser, that the cobra in just a few days has more twitter followers than i do, but i think what is even more perhaps sadder and sorrier is that you're following this fake cobra, and the cobra just tweeted you, saying hey, peter, don't turn around, i'm right behind you. just kidding. lol! my grandmother thinks that lol means lots of laugh but okay laugh at loud. >> reporter: this has been a back and forth taunt session between me and the bronx zoo cobra. we're putouth a warning. if the guy wants to show up tonight the guy or gal, actually it's a she, this snake. i'm saying outside of the sealed tank midnight tonight a little slithering showdown. we'll see what he's really got. >> all right, peter alexander, this looks like the story is
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going to have more twists and turns than a snake slithering through the -- >> reporter: we'd say it has legs but unfortunately in this case it doesn't. i figure we'll be here for a while. >> peter, thanks, bud. what do you know, abercrombie is rethinking that whole padded bikini top for 7-year-old's thing. marketed for girls from 7 to 17, you know they weren't too happy here. abercrombie apparently listen to the complaints and posted on their facebook page. we've recategorized the ashley swimsuit as padded. we agree with those who say, it is best suited for girls age 12 and older. and really, do you want your 12-year-old daughter wearing a padded bikini top. so one media expert called the whole thing a stunt to get cheap pubplicity. and you can't get that top at least not on line. not what we could find. note, donald trump. make a big deal of releasing your birth certificate demanding
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some body scanners being used for airport security deliver a low dose of radiation but most expert agree the cancer risk to travelers is minimal, and two newly published articles agree that a lot of nonradiation scanners are the first best option. the risk that comes from the back scatter x-ray machines are very, very small even for frequent travelers. >> i'm andrea mitchell. coming up at 1:00, libyan rebels are retreating today after an onslaught by gadhafi forces. is this the start of a protracted military campaign? one of the administration's most forceful advocates ambassador susan rice joins us. and senator amy klobuchar.
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and former reagan press secretary james brady and his wife sarah are joining us. a day before that anniversary of the terrible shot that changed their lives forever. how are they and their campaign to control handguns? see you in 15 minutes on "andrea mitchell reports." >> well, donald trump is upping the ante in the berther sfaings he's showing his own birth certificate to anyone who want fossee it. and he's challenging president obama to produce his as well. >> you don't have a doctor or a nurse? he's the president of the united states and no doctor, no nurse. nobody's come forward saying, i delivered that beautiful baby. >> problem is, trump's birth certificate isn't the official one from the state of new york. it's one provided by jamaica hospital, where he says he was born. aides to former mississippi governor haley barbour are trying to setted a time for the potential with another 2012 potentialer. former arkansas governor, mike huckabee. it's not immediately clear if a
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meeting's been set up or what these two former governors might discuss. another former republican governor's make the rounds oh, week after setting a 2012 explore tory committee. tim pawlenty was on "morning joe" this morning and was asked, why no one knows his name. >> don't take these early polls too seriously. your name and i.d. will be close to 100% by the end anyhow. >> remember roy moore who made headlines after he was kicked out of office for refusing to remove a monument of the ten command wants from a state courthouse? well, he was the latest contender in the ever-expanding crowd for 2012. on monday, moore announced he's rmg a presidti elo to committee their controversial tactics including cutting worker's unemployment benefits and stripping unions of collective bargaining rights. nbc's john yang is in chicago. the one that we've been following, of course is
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wisconsin, where you have got scott walker trying to figure this out, and of course in ohio, has there even been a vote yet on a bill to collective bargaining. >> passed the senate 17-16 a few week ago and now in front of a house committee right now. the house committee is voting on some changes. they haven't voted yet. some changes to the bill. one would make it easier for union members or for state workers to opt out of having their union dues deducted from their paychecks. make it harder for the unions to collect their dues. that's something the unions don't like. there's another change that would make it clear that police officers and firefighters could negotiate over safety equipment. that's something that the public service workers, the police and fire workers have been pushing for. they're hoping to get that bill to the governor quickly. they think they can get it out of committee today. get it to the house, full house tomorrow. and then get the senate to sign off on the changes tomorrow as
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well. get it to the governor, governor john kasich for his signature. meanwhile in wisconsin, also going on now, there is a court hearing going on in dane county court about not the substance of the union -- the bill, the law restricting union collective bargaining rights, but whether or not they followed the right procedure when they passed it, whether or not they passed it following the open law -- open meeting laws in wisconsin. so that's going on now. and so all this up in the air in the midwest right now, contessa. >> all right, john, thanks. here's a look at what's happening today. the las vegas mob experience opens its doors at the tropicana in fewer than 15 minutes. i'll talk with family members from notorious mobsters benjamin bugsby segal and maya lansky. house republican leaders talk about the budget battles on capitol hill this afternoon. republicans and democrats at odds over spending cuts to pass a long-term bill that would keep the government running. and tonight, lebron james heads back to ohio to play his
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a hotel in the middle of the mojave desert. >> i don't understand this desert thing of yours. what are we bedouins? >> what are we talking about here? >> i'm talking about about a hotel. >> i'm talking about a place where gambling is allowed. >> destiny, las vegas. >> well, now you don't need the movie "bugsby" to relive the birth of sin city. today is the grand opening of the las vegas mob experience. newest attraction on the strip shows how organized crime members helped create a gambling and entertainment empire. and even though they were mobsters, they were family men, too. melissa st. rosen is the daughter of bugsby. and cynthia duncan is the daughter of maya lansky. ladies, nice to see you both today. >> nice to see you. >> all right, so cynthia, tell
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me a little bit about this experience. that's what going to be like for people who go into this mob experience in vegas? >> i was at the opening, soft opening yesterday and i was blown away. it is significantly historic. the public will be able to see all of the family's it's way that they lived, personal photographs, artifacts. it's something that really caught me by surprise. the structure of the museum is amazing. and i believe that it will be a real big plus for las vegas, finally. >> melissa, where are your memories of your dad and the plan for las vegas, the importance of las vegas in your family? >> well, as a child, i came out here with my father, spent
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summers out here when school was off. and while he was looking around for a hotel which he took the one in town to learn how to run a bigger hotel, the el cortez and i have watched vegas grow from a little town to what it is today. and i don't know if he would like what he sees today, this glorified disneyland, because he didn't envision it that way. but i'm glad to see its prospering and he's still remembered here as being one of the founders. >> let me share a little bit with you of this review from the director of the center for gambling research at the university of nevada las vegas. says, focusing the story on prohibitioning and gambling makes it seem like victims, only happy customers. i wonder what the restaurant
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owners and garment district entrepreneurs thought about while they were being shaken down for protection money. that's really glossed over. is this glam oglamourizing, do think, the mobster life, what do you think, cynthia? >> absolutely not. i think that the public will be very surprised when they go through the museum. it is not glamorizing any of that at all. it's a little more personal with the families involved and it's really the behind the scenes. it's a real look and a truthful look at their lives that actually the media really never covered before. >> well, cynthia duncan and millisent siegel rosen, thanks so much for sharing a little bit about the experience with us. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> so we were talking online earlier today about the gender pay gap in america and whether it's really a battle of the
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sexes or the consequence of the choice different genders make. kevin ellis posts, i work for walmart and this is a nonissue. in fact, there are more women in management in the stores in my area than men. andy thew writes. and michael posts another not just discrimination. corporations today are trying to give everybody the shaft. equal opportunity discrimination, he thinks. hey, listen, i always like it when you facebook, twitter, e-mail me. i also appreciate those of you who have reached out today twitter and said, i'll join you just to help you catch up to that bronx cobra on the loose. i'm contessa brewer. thanks for watching today. the obama administration will brief lawmakers in the situation in libya and we'll follow that closely. up next "andrea mitchell repo reports." up next, half a billion dollars already spent on the mission in libya and we're now
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