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regardless of the -- >> the first question they have to answer is why now. ♪ good morning and welcome to "sunday today" on this mother's day. i'm willie geist. hi, mom. a week of relentless news coming out of washington. the president hoping to pick a new fbi driirector. and breaking overnight, north korea test fires another ballistic missile. we're live in beijing with
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sit-down with twitter co-founder jack dorsey. the media platform is used by 300 million people, including the president of the united states. >> i'm sure you hear from the same people i see on twitter who are maybe progressives or democrats who don't like donald trump and they say how can you give this man a platform to say all of the things he's been saying since he started to run for president. how do you respond to them? >> i believe it's really important to adhere to our leadership and it's really important to hold them accountable. >> our sunday sit-down with twitter co-founder jack dorsey. let's begin with the latest ballistic missile test by north korea, a country president trump has put front and center on his foreign policy radar. nbc's janis mackey frayer is live in beijing with the latest. janis, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, willie. the test, by all accounts,
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success. traveling 440 miles before dropping into the sea of japan near russia. it was launched from the northwestern city of kusong, a site of the launch in february. japan's government taking note of the altitude, saying it reached 1250 miles leaving experts to believe it may not be the intercontinental ballistic missile that the north has been threatening to test but is likely capable of still reaching u.s. military targets in the pacific, including guam. the timing of the test is a challenge to south korea's new president who was sworn in just last week. he said today it was deeply regrettable because he's open to talks with the north if the conditions are right. that's president president trump had echoed and just a couple of days ago had a top north korean enjoy to the united states said that the regime would be open to that, too. it seems counterintuitive but if you look at the track record for north korea and its
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knowing that talks are in the cards. but this is an embarrassment for china. this is the opening day of a huge summit being hosted by xi jinping. 29 heads of state are here, including russia's vladimir putin. some call this china's marshall plan and the centerpiece of global strategy. this is bound to test the patience of beijing during unprecedented frustration with north korea. willie? >> in china, a country that is supposed to be able to rein in north korea. janis mackey frayer, thank you. there is a fallout from the firing of fbi director james comey. kelly o'donnell is live for us at the white house on this sunday morning. kelly, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, willie. picking up on that first
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the white house was briefed on the trajectory of the north korean test saying in a further written statement from the press secretary, "north korea has been a flagrant menace for far too long. let this latest provocation serve as a call for stronger sanctions against north korea." the president has no public events on this mother's day but sources tell me he's working towards a very big decision, his choice for fbi director. the search is on for a new fbi director. >> how did it go? >> reporter: a string of contenders visited the department of justice on saturday arriving on foot and behind darkened windows. president trump says he will make a decision soon. possibly this week. >> very well known, highly respected, really talented people and that's what we want for the fbi. >> reporter: eight
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backgrounds completed round one of interviews while the former director fired by president trump, james comey, was briefly spotted at home on saturday. he has not spoken publicly. after the president's provocative tweet suggesting tapes may exist of his conversations with comey. president trump did not respond when i asked if tapes exist. >> mr. president, are you recording any of your meetings with the white house? are you recordings any of your meetings? >> reporter: in an interview on fox news saturday night, the president says he's surprised by the comey firing fallout. >> look, i thought that this would be a very popular thing that i did. all of the democrats couldn't stand him. but because i terminated him, they say, ah, we get political points to go against trump. >> reporter: frustrated by media coverage, he called press
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wonderful human being. >> he's doing a good job but he gets beat up. >> reporter: will he be there tomorrow? >> he's been there since the beginning. >> reporter: the president delivering the commencement address at liberty university. >> in my short time in washington, i've seen firsthand how the system is broken. >> reporter: and gave students advice with a familiar ring. >> being an outsider is fine. embrace the label. because it's the outsiders who change the world and the real and lasting difference. >> reporter: and the timeline for making a decision about the fbi director is affected in part because of the week ahead the president has. he will be making his first international trip leaving at the end of this week visiting saudi arabia, israel, italy and belgian. advisers say he needs space to prepare for that trip. willie? >> kelly
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chuck todd is moderator of "meet the press." good to see you. >> good morning. >> this was supposed to be the week of sally yates. her testimony was on monday. it seems like a lifetime ago. a day later, president trump fires his fbi director and what followed from there was the mixed explanations of what happened and why it happened. now he wants to nominate a new director. what ind could of a choice do you expect him to make? >> reporter: well, if you look at the list of folks, he could go down two different paddles. one is an official path, which i think in this environment is a little chanshaky. you have senator cornyn, and with charges of politicizing this investigation, i don't know of somebody who sort of made their career in public service with a political party i.d. is going to be able to get through. i think the
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is the most intriguing. she's a former clinton official, former bush official. been on television as a security analyst. we know the president likes to have people that can handle the media spotlight. i think of the folks on that list, she's the one that strikes me as the one that can get the broadest bipartisan support. >> do you think he's going to go for a loyalist, chuck? all of this reporting is that he asked james comey to pledge his loyalty, a charge the president denies. can he afford to do that at this point? >> look, on paper, no. it seems like, of course not. that doesn't mean that he might not do it. plenty of people told him firing comey last week, you may want to get rid of him, get your ducks in a row, take your time, have somebody lined up. he didn't listen to that either. i don't think he can. i think the safest thing to do is to find somebody that democrats would feel comfortable with but clearly, from the reports we're getting even about cabinet
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with lately, it's the ones that don't show more deference to him are the ones that are in trouble. >> chuck, i'm going to talk about what is going on inside the west wing right now. for two days after the firing of jim comey, you had everybody in the white house, including the vice president of the united states, by the way, saying that president trump made this decision based on the recommendation of deputy attorney general rod rosenstein, that he recommended to get rid of comey and then donald trump sits down with lester holt and says he made that decision before he even heard from rosenstein. how do you explain that from the white house, people going up in the briefing room and tell one story and then a president who completely contradicts it? >> it seems what happened here it was a decision in search of a rationale, a decision was made and then a rationale created. and i think the operative side of the white house who comes from more of a professional political operative background were just
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that rationale. and then, of course, an intervening event happened. it appears that rod rosenstein didn't like being used as the rationale and then the president said nope, it's on me. i think what you have here, willie, based on my own reporting and watching all of this, you have a president whose inner circle has gotten much smaller and that inner circle has communicated this decision to the traditional inner circle of a west wing who right now isn't quite sure what's in the president's head. that's a recipe for disaster right now, which is why they've got to fix this problem inside that west wing. >> it's something that even the vice president doesn't know what's going on inside the president's head and contradicts him. chuck, i've got to thank you. i've got prime swag right here. i have a "meet the press" mug you sent from washington. >> and i've
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swimming pool. it's giant. >> it's a two-gallon coffee mug. >> literally. i have a full cup. >> cheers. >> happy mother's day to mrs. geist. >> thank you. and to you as well. >> all right. i'll be sitting with my new mug watching "meet the press" and chuck schumer and rex tillerson and lindsey graham will be on the show. cyberattacks were worst than we thought and fears that bigger attacks could be coming. nbc's kelly cobiella is following the story from london. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. this is being called a worldwide attack on an unprecedented scale. this morning he's saying there are now 200,000 victims in at least 150 countries and warning ou
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turn on their computers. britain's national health service computers were the first to be hit on friday forcing emergency rooms to be shut down, stopping surgeries, doctors, hospital staff weren't able to access patient records or anything else on their computer networks. britain's prime minister theresa may says that's returning to normal. this virus has since spread to car manufacturers, russian banks and the country's interior ministry, transport systems in europe, universities in china and federal express in the united states. but listen to this. a 22-year-old cybersecurity blogger known as malware tech may have saved the day by accidently finding a kill switch for the virus and slowing it down. he said he was surprised by the virus' lack of sophistication. this ransomware affecting a computer
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an e-mail and quickly spreads throughout a nation's network encrypting files and demanding $300 in bitcoin to unlock them. it was based on a hole in microsoft's security and then leaked by hackers and this morning that blogger who helped slow down the attack is warning users to update their computers fast. he says it's only a matter of time, willie, before cyberthieves get around that kill switch. willie? >> this is just the kind of attack that they have been dreading for some time. kelly cobiella, thanks. some other stories, new french president emmanuel macron says he'll do everything that he can to fight terrorism and solve the migration crisis. he's the youngest president in france's history. more trouble for united airlines. information aut
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the cockpit may have been made public but it was not the result of a hack. according to a spokesperson, united united is working to solve the problem and have other procedures in place to keep their flight deck secure. at the kansas speedway last night, check this out, joey logano's car was sent into danica patrick's. his car went up into the air. patrick walked away unharmed. amarola was conscious and alert. a dylan is here with a check of the weather on her very first mother's day. >> thank you so much. cheers with the meet the press mugs. >> did cal make you breakfast? >> not yet, but he's working on it. >> he can't reach the counter yet. it's a
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through the northeast yesterday. now up across new england. it's characterized by heavy rain and strong northeast winds. and you can see the heaviest of the rain now moving up across down east maine. temperatures are going to be on the cool side today. especially up near boston. highs only in the 40s. 67 though in new york with some sunshine and then more scattered showers redevelop later on this afternoon. we are looking for a big warm-up by the time we get to the middle and end of the week. d.c. in the 90s wednesday and thursday. boston makes it into the mid-80s by thursday. even upper 80s in bangor, pittsburgh should make it into the upper 80s by the time we get to wednesday too. the cooler air is almost done, warm-up is on the way finally for the northeast. that's the weather across the country, now here's your window. beautiful mother's day morning, our temperatures though are still rather cool. just in the low 50s now. then later this afternoon, the winds are going to start picking up. by 9:00, near 60 degrees. by noon, low 70s. and just a few high clouds coming in during the afternoon, a lot of sune
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and 6:00 p.m. and then overnight tonight by dawn on monday we'll be back down to the low 50s. highs mid to upper 70s on monday and tuesday. then yeah, here comes that heat midweek. after that, cooler next weekend. staying dry into next weekend. >> thanks a lot. straight ahead, highs and lows of the week including the kid who would just not give up until he got an apology from vice president mike pence. you've got to see this one. and the bear who's extremely bummed out he wasn't invited to a party inside one family's home. family's home. plus, as a republican senator has his commencement address canceled this weekend because of his politics, we'll look at the trend of colleges shutting down speech. it's all coming up on "sunday today." as we head to break, our photo of the week, a mother and a baby elephant getting a bath at a wildlife preserve in indonesia. ♪ ouch! ♪
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all right. dylan and i are already to whip through the highs and lows of the week. the persistence of one young man pursues an apology from the vice president of the united states. vice president pence was speaking graciously to military families in washington this week and thanking them for their sacrifice when he threw a gentle backhand right into the grill of a boy standing behind him. after the remarks, the vice president greeted the children and the boy trailed him all the way looking for
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>> thank you all for coming. >> the boy finally cornered the vice president who quickly apologized for the accidental smack. no harm, no foul. that kid is persistent. >> that's right. he wants his apology. he knows his manners. >> it didn't look like that big of a hit. >> it wasn't. >> our first low is the feeling when you are the only one left out of the party. it stings especially when you're a black bear who loves brownies. let's head up to avon, connecticut. the smell wafted out into the woods and the bear made it clear he wanted in on the brownie bash. the bear pealed open the screen door and pushed his paw and nose against the glass to get just a little bit closer to that beautiful smell. when no invite was extend
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went around the house trying to get in. she called 911 but the bear bailed by the time the police arrived. >> he wanted to add it to his picnic basket. >> half adorable, half terrifying. >> they look cuter than they actually are. >> yes. >> our next high goes to a convenience store employee with lightning quick fingers c. he performed the normally monday task of taking beverage inventory. there's another mundane about the way this guy works the cooler. he's recording the inventory at that speed and it's mesmerizing. the clerk's speed was calculated at about 80 words a minute. he's been doing this for 30 years and all of that practice shows. if you want to sleep well
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minute. >> it lulls you to sleep. >> i don't believe he's typing anything in there. they are going to get extra orders of milk. >> exactly. and for all of you moms with little ones, center of gravity to one power lifting russian baby. he made himself an online superhero when he was recorded pulling himself up on his own crib and rearranging the furniture. keep in mind, he cannot walk. he can drag a giant crib across the room in a crinkly diaper. he sets the crib down right where he wants it. the boy immediately became the favorite to win gold at the 2020 olympics. >> that's incredible. >> i must break you. >> look at that kid. ever seen calvin do that? >> no. >> this is a bonus high. will ferrell giving the commencement speech where he
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whitney houston. ♪ and i will always love you ♪ class of 2017 [cheers and applause ] ♪ and i will always love you >> kind of hit that note at the end. will ferrell should do all commencement addresses. >> the look in his eyes, he really captured the moment. >> dylan, thanks. coming up next, a sunday sit-down with the co-founder of twitter. how he feels about president trump putting his company in the headlines almost every day. and head
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this is a news 4 today news break. good morning, the time right now, 8:26 on is sunday, may 14th, happy mother's day. here's what's happening. fairfax county fire investigators are working to learn what u
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happened just after midnight at the road fire station in springfield. we're told service should not be affected. and no one was hurt. the d.c. bike ride under way in the district this morning. started at about 8:00, it'll mean a lot of road closures for the 20 mile car-free route. head over to the nbc washington app to find out more about those closures. and of course we to want know about the weather. we'll check in with tom and his forecast after this. atrician ha me to listen carefully. i'm ralph northam, and when survivors of the virginia tech shooting asked me to support an assault weapons ban and close the gun show loophole, i took on the fight. i saw what those weapons can do as an army doctor during the gulf war. now, i'm listening carefully to donald trump, and i think he's a narcissistic maniac. whatever you call him, we're not letting him bring his hate into virginia. chevythree years in a row. car company really...
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well, we all want to know what the weather's going to be like for tom. hey tom. >> good morning, got a gorgeous blue sky now over the metro area. we had a few clouds around dawn, but now all beautiful looking off the north, live view from the tower camera. and the humidity not too bad. we did have quite a bit of fog around an hour or so ago. most is gone. if you want to get in on a bike ride today, walk, run, get out and get exercise with mom. we'll have it in the low 70s by noontime. lots of sunshine during the afternoon, warm and breezy, winds gusting around 30 miles an hour. but hovering in the upper 70s between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. storm team 4 ten day outlook, afternoon highs tomorrow reaching mid-70s and lots of sun. then upper 70s on tuesday. heating up midweek, wednesday and thursday into the upper 80s to near 90 degrees both afternoons, and we stay dry all the way until day nine, so dry all the way through next weekend. bit cooler next weekend a
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adam. >> thank you very much. we'll be back at 9:00 with more local headlines and breaking news. now back to the "today" show, happy mother's day everyone. okay, sir, but back to james comey, your staff has been insisting all week that you didn't fire him because of his russian investigation. >> no, i did. >> wait. what? >> i fired him because of russia. i thought he's investigating russia, i don't like that, i should fire him. >> then you're just admitting that? >> uh-huh. >> but that's obstruction of justice. >> sure. okay. >> wait. so did i get him? is this all over? oh. no, i didn't. nothing matters. absolutely nothing matters anymore. >> "saturday night live" spoofing a busy week of news. meliss
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president nearly two years ago and long before that as a celebrity businessman, donald trump has used twitter as a running social media monologue. just this week on twitter, president trump commented on the congressional testimony of a former attorney general. he fought back against claims that his campaign colluded with the russian government. he threatened the fbi director he just fired. he commiserated with rosie o'donnell and congratulating golfer john daly of winning the tournament. jack dorsey is one of the company's co-founders. in 2015, he returned for a second run at ceo with a spotlight on him. i got together with the st. louis native turned tech titan for a sunday sit-down. >> reporter: just 140 characters, giving us a glimpse of a hero, organizing a revolution. taking down a politician or helping to
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the little bluebird making our big blue planet smaller. >> i don't know of any other service like it. my mom, for instance, she gets her news there but she has this group of women every day, they just talk about the sunrise and they say good morning to each other and they actually recently last year met each other in person in st. louis. >> reporter: they hadn't met before? >> no. they found each other on twitter and bonded over sharing sunrise photos. >> reporter: did your mom say, i invented that? >> yes. she considers herself a grandmother of twitter. i'm not sure how that works. >> reporter: 300 billion tweets have been sent out since twitter was hatched in 2006. tweet number one came from @jack. just setting up my twitter. >> when you guys first had the idea of twitter, what was the idea behind it? >> i said, wouldn't it be cool if i could be anywhere and text what i'm doing and what's happening or what i
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just built it, sent out that tweet. my next tweet was the more important one which was inviting co-workers. >> reporter: twitter co-founder jack dorsey and a small group of early users soon realized the potential of the primitive platform to spread the word quickly. >> i remember i was in the office on a saturday. i was alone and it was pretty early. and my phone was next to my computer and it buzzed and then the earth shook and i saw it was a tweet that said earthquake. so the technology was much faster than the physical reaching me and then it was earthquake, earthquake, earthquake. people all over the place. >> reporter: 11 years later, there are more than 300 million active users on twitter. katy perry leads the way with nearly 100 million followers. justin bieber is next and former president obama is third. but it's the sitting president that's been making the headlines lately. >> i'm sure you hear from the same people i see on twitter who are maybe progressives or democrats who don't like dd
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give this man a platform to say all the things he's been saying since he started to run for president? how do you respond to them? >> i believe it's really important to hear directly from our leadership and i believe it's really important to hold them accountable. and i believe it's really important to have these conversations out in the open rather than have them behind closed doors. so if we were all to suddenly take these platforms away, where does it go? what happens? it goes in the dark and i just don't think that's good for anyone and i would rather us all be aware of how people are thinking about things, even if we disagree with it than not. >> reporter: how do you feel personally, though, about donald trump being so aligned right now with your brand? >> you know, i don't know if there's necessarily alignment with a brand. it's more, you know, he's found a tool that's useful for him and i think a lot of other people have found use and, you know, ha
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he's using it and what he thinks. >> reporter: a political conversation that social media has helped to turn into something of an echo chamber with each side of the debate seeking out like-minded people. >> what can social media do to change that culture of looking for reinforcement or is it too much to ask social media to do something like that? >> i don't think it's too much to ask. i think we have a role to play to make sure at least the potential exists that people can see both sides. i follow the left, i follow the center, i follow the right. and i had to do all of this work to find all of these particular accounts and we shouldn't make people do all of that work. >> reporter: twitter added 9 million users last quarter, a welcome bit of news for a high-profile company that has struggled to make a profit and struggled to control online harassment. so-called trolls pushing negativity and hate have turned some off to the platform, even
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forcing lesseelie jones to take break from twitter. >> at the end of last year, in december, we decided to get into a state where people were actually dropping what they were currently doing and focusing on fixing this problem. and that worked and in the past three months i think we have a much better handle of what's going on and how to fix it. >> reporter: if a kinder, safer twitter doesn't bring in new users, jack hopes to draw them in with a new future. video. he recently announced streaming partnerships with baseball and bloomberg news. when i'm walking down the treat, i hit twitter, look at my timeline, i see live programming from you and bloomberg. >> absolutely. you see the live programming and the conversation around it. you see not only what is breaking but what people think about it. >> reporter: as if running twitter weren't a big enough job, the 40-year-old dorsey also is ceo of the popular mobile payment company square. it's a
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some on wall street but it's certainly not unprecedented. in fact, one of dorsey's favorite follows on twitter is another big-named dual ceo. >> elon musk, every time he tweets, my phone buzzes. he's doing phenomenal stuff addressing climate change. >> reporter: and jack's professional hero is another ceo who ran two companies, the former head of apple and pixar, steve jobs. what was about it him that inspired you? >> the biggest thing is how deep of a thinker he was and how creative he was. when i was growing up, i was deeply into punk rock and i saw this amazing energy of people questioning everything around them. and that really resonates with me. >> reporter: do you feel like you're a rebel, too? >> in ways. sometime
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last question i have to ask you. >> yeah. >> reporter: favorite twitter account? >> my mom. @marshadorsey. >> reporter: the grandmother of twitter. >> yeah. >> to hear more from jack about the relationship with twitter, check out our web extras at and a sit-down with laura linney, a highly regarded actress in hollywood and on broadway. laura linney next week on "sunday today". and dylan is back with hey, willie, and we have been looking at that nor'easter moving through new england this morning. producing heavier rains and that's the way the week will start off. clear off throughout new england, tuesday, isolated severe storms begin to set up through the middle of the country, wet and cool out west with a dip in the jet stream. thursday, hot temperatures make their way into the northeast. we're looking at several 90s pi
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and by friday, still unsettled through the middle of the country and nice and warm up and down the east coast and warms up out west too. air is fresh and cool under a blue sky on this sunday morning. hour by hour for this mother's day. we'll be into the low 70s by noontime. 3:00 p.m., upper 70s between 3:00 and 6:00, winds this afternoon may be gusting at around 30 miles an hour and diminish by 9:00 p.m. back down to the mid-60s. after that tomorrow morning, low 50s, monday, tuesday, gorgeous. highs in the 70s, sunshine, and then yeah, gets hot midweek here. cooler toward the end of the week and next weekend. remaining dry through next weekend. >> and that's your latest forecast. >> dylan, thank you. see you in a minute. up next, campus controversy. another example this weekend of a college pulling back an invitation to a speaker because of his politics. is the trend fair protest or the closing of the college mind? that's next. ♪
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this week, college seniors across the country are graduating and being sent out into the world in many ceremonies by high-profile commencement speakers. the right of passage has turned contentious as a growing list of speakers are being jeered because of their political views. nbc's steve
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sunday spotlight on a trend that troubles many who says the college mind is closing. >> this campus is on strike. >> reporter: college protests. nothing new. the civil rights movement, vietnam, apartheid. but these days, it's not issues that are being raised up, it's speakers being shouted down. just this past week, students at cookman university jeering and turning their backs. betsy devos during a commencement address. >> while we will undoubtedly disagree at times, i hope we can do so respectfully. >> reporter: texas senator john cornyn disinvited on saturday. this is a rapid growing list. protests turned violent when charles murray was drowned out
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at rutgers university, former secretary of state condoleezza rice pulling out from a planned speech amid protests and conservative commentary a ann coulture pushed out. the incidents sending shock waves across conservative cable news. leading to the question, is free speech dying on college campuses? >> would it matter if i was the most hateful, abusive, dreadful person in the world because these colleges are public institutions and they have an obligation to provide a platform for people who want to speak. >> reporter: milo is about as controversial as they come. he's built a career on bashing political correctness by publicly degrading feminism, social justice and
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earlier this year, he was forced to cancel his speech at uc berkeley after riots broke out. >> if it is true that my mere presence on a college campus is enough to stop violence, the fault lies not with me but the universities. >> reporter: what about the students who don't want you there in the first place? >> stay home. >> reporter: the debate is swirling on campus. why not have controversial speakers on campus. >> the issue isn't that they are controversial. the issue is that they are hateful. >> reporter: on the other hand -- >> people should have the right to say anything they want regardless of what their opinion is. it shouldn't matter. >> reporter: a lot of people say uc berkeley is where the free speech movement took off, issues like the civil rights movement in the vietnam war. today, there's a debate about whether to let certain viewpoints be heard at all and experts say that's a problem. >> if they disagree with what that person is saying, they should protest, not literally stop the person from speaking. >> reporter: the question now, are students losing
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they shut down speakers they don't agree with? >> what can i learn fortunately a speaker like ann coulture who says disgusting things about women or queers or trans. what can i learn about that? >> you may not agree with any of my positions but i make you think. i make you think. >> reporter: free speech 101, a heated discussion for college students across the country, setting the tone for debate in the halls of higher learning. for "sunday today," steve patterson, berkeley, california. >> steve, thanks. next on "sunday today," the son who waited almost 30 years to meet his mom. we'll show you how he found her on this mother's day sunday morning. and later, a life well lived. the actor who escaped the nazis as a boy later finding fame
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on this mother's day, a reunion for a mom and her son after nearly three decades apart. it's the story of a young man driven to meet the mother he never knew. and using modern technology to make it happen. nbc's tammy leitner has our "sunday closer."
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>> reporter: this is a mother's day jason never expected because for most of his life, he had no idea who his birth mother was or where she lived. >> i grew up knowing that i was adopted. i decided a few years ago, i wanted to learn where i came from. >> reporter: jason enlisted the help of his two best friends and with the blessing of his adopt tif parents, the search begins. they had little to go on. >> we had a couple of names from newspaper articles. and so we had the name of the guy that found me. >> reporter: he was found in a banana box on the doorstep of a nursing home 27 years ago. >> we found a lot of people that remembered the story. >> reporter: every lead, a dead end. >> i just wasn't really having any luck. nothing seemed real solid. >> reporter: until he learned about at home dna kits and this genealogist. >> by the time he came to me, he had exhausted every other way he could possibly search for
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so dna was the key. >> sisi did in a few weeks what we were unsuccessful in trying to do in a few years. >> reporter: dna kits today are today relatively inexpensive and there are more than 6 million dna samples in these databases. >> thanks to advance in technology and the growing databases, it's become a reality. >> reporter: moore created these family trees. >> these trees came together. >> reporter: which led to his birth mother. >> in jason's case, it was very clear that danby was his birth mother. >> i'm adopted and this has led me to you. >> reporter: her response, immediate. >> jason, i've been hoping for this day for a very long time. >> reporter: what did you think when you got that e-mail from him? >> i knew exactly who he was because he looks just like his dad. >> reporter: she was just 16 when she got
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>> reporter: she told no one. >> i never felt more alone in my life, ever. >> reporter: the teen delivered the baby herself at home in the bathtub. >> i cleaned him up, i cut the umbilical cord and nursed him. a part of me wanted to hang onto him and -- sorry. >> reporter: still difficult to talk about three decades later. >> i knew i couldn't give him what he needed, so then i knew i had to give him up. >> reporter: over the years, she kept this box with reminders of the baby boy she gave away. and they are now creating new memories. this mother's day, the first one together. >> it's pretty special. to have essentially two moms, which is really cool. >> reporter: after years of wondering who she was, the key to finding each other was inside him all along. his dna.
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leitner, charleston, south carolina. >> and an especially happy mother's day today for jason and danby. actor curt lowens was 12 years old in 1938 and then named curt lowens stein after the kristallnacht attacks. the family fled to holland but were caught and sent to the concentration camp. after curt was released from the camp, he joined the dutch resistance where he helped to save nearly 150 jews, mostly children, by hiding them with families in the countryside. curt helped downed american pilots, hiding them from the nazis, too. he learned his first broadway songs from those g.i.s. he later received accommodation from eisenhower. lowenstein came to america with the dream of becoming an actor and shortened his
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all right. dylan and i close this morning with a look at what is next this week. we've got president trump taking his first foreign trip. that is on friday. tonight, we have derek jeter, the big derek jeter tonight at yankee stadium. the only thing that matters this week is "today" and it's mother's day for you, dylan dreyer. i have aou
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you. first of all, these are your favorite cookies. >> they are my favorites. >> what's the story behind it? >> my grandmother gave me these with a glass of sunny d. they are really good dunked in coffee. >> this is the secret to your success? >> it takes you four bites to finish it if you eat it properly. >> we also have flowers for you. >> i tell you, it's better than a birthday. >> i don't want to out-do cal. happy on your first mother's day. >> this one is a little dead. >> she finds the dead one. and that's why we love dylan. happy mother's day to all of you moms out there. see you next sunday. >> these are good. >> aren't they?
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news 4 today what sparked a dangerous situation inside a fire house. that sends dozens rushing into help. pedal to the pavement. thousands take off as the d.c. bike ride. we are there live with the emotional stories and the major traffic impact for everybody else. >> and if you don't have a gift for mom yet, what is wrong with you? >> you're fired. >> you are fired. storm team 4 might be able to help. tom is tracking a big warm-up that might make mom happy on this mother's day. and we do want to say, happy mother's day to all the moms throughout, working with here who is a mother and all of you at home. hope you're having a great day and will have a great
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>> and i'm angie goff. earlier talking with tom, we had a tale two of skies. >> oh really? let's check in now to see if anything has changed with that, hey. >> now it's a tale of one sky because we have cleared out beautifully after some morning clouds gave us a few sprinkles around dawn. that's long gone. and my gift on this mother's day is a blue sky and some balmy breezes by later this afternoon. there's the national cathedral on this sunday morning, back offing in that morning sunlight. and it's spreading all across the region as temperatures are now climbing into the 50s to near 60. quickly jumping, leesburg up to 61. reagan national, 56 degrees. low 70s by noontime, and then hovering in the upper 70s during the afternoon with lots of sunshine and the winds maybe gusting around 30d miles an hour from time to time. gets cool again back down to the mid-60s by 9:00. heat wave on the way for the week ahead. at least for a couple of days. hottest days or


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