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words. >> it's got to mean an awful lot to her kids and her family. >> and kids across the country. >> no doubt about it. thank you so much for starting your morning with us. we always appreciate your company. >> "inside politics" with john king starts right now. the obamacare repeal fight moves to the senate. >> i said, add some money to it. a plan with heart. >> democrats call it trumpcare, and mean. >> for once on the subject of health care, i find myself agreeing with the president. his health care bill is mean. >> lordy, i hope there's tapes. nope. the president admits he made it all up. >> and nancy pelosi stares down her critics. >> have your fun. i love the arena.
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>> the top stories sourced by the best reporters now. welcome to "inside politics." i'm john king. to our viewers in the united states and around the world, thanks for sharing your sunday. a lot to talk about. driving a constant anger in president trump and constant effort by aides to find some way to calm it down. >> there has been no obstruction. there has been no collusion. there has been leaking by comey, but no collusion, no obstruction and everybody agrees to that. >> plus misleading statements. another reminder that truth and transparency seem to rank low among this president's priorities. >> the paris agreement would have cost america millions of lost jobs and billions and billions of dollars. they say it's nonbinding.
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like hell it's not binding. >> senate republicans plan to vote this week on their plan to replace obamacare but are well short in the hunt for 50 votes. >> i cannot support a piece of legislation that takes insurance away from millions of americans and tens of thousands of vets. >> dean heller of nevada may be the most vulnerable senator up for election next year. he thinks it's too cold. >> you like your doctor, you can keep it. that was the biggest lie on health care. here is the second biggest lie. this bill passes, there isn't anything in this piece of legislation. >> count heller as a no, rand
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paul of kentucky as a no for different reasons, among the conservatives who called the plan too costly. >> we have more government subsidies in our bill than obamacare has. our bill may cost more in the first two years than obamacare costs. that's not repeal. >> it's a big policy problem within the republican family. now, thanks to a super pac ad run by allies of president trump, perhaps a big civil war, too. >> house is now standing with pelosi. unacceptable. if you're opposed to this bill, we are opposed to you. >> welcome to a very interesting week ahead. i'm going to start with you, monica. you spend so much time wandering the halls on capitol hill. this just doesn't work from a policy perspective. bunch of moderate members over here and a bunch of conservatives over here. mitch mcconnell can only afford
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to lose two votes. the math simply doesn't work. if you cater to the guys on the left, you won't get the guys on the right. if you cater to the guys on the right you lose the left. >> i talked to a top senator involved in this health care bill, who was very pessimistic about this. and because he, in his words, said mitch mcconnell will have to pull a rabbit out of a hat. it's very difficult right now because of the math. you're most certainly going to lose susan collins. dean heller made it sound like there's no way he could vote for this bill. if he does turn around and vote for it, presumably a huge problem for him in his re-election. rand paul has been downright against the structure of this bill from the beginning, against house health care bill, how to get rand paul on board the end of the day would be extremely difficult, unless you really change the bill or he changes his view on this. that's three right there. perhaps you can get ron johnson,
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ted cruz, mike lee but you still have to move to the right to do that. what does that do for people like lisa murkosky of alaska? the ultimate question for mitch mcconnell, does he want to put his members through this vote, which may not pass, or punt it and try to negotiate it for a deal perhaps later this month? >> i want to get to the policy for a moment. that's what matters to people at home, my health care bills, my access, do my kids get coverage. the super pac ad is run by a super pac, former campaign officials who formed a super pac to protect and defend the president's agenda. they could have attacked ted cruz, rand paul but decided to attack possibly the most vulnerable republican. what signal does that send in the family? >> it's interesting to see this.
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i covered politics very closely and these sorts of ads, there's always very intense primary contests there and the moderate republican always comes out of them winning. it may not work as well as they're hoping with heller. he is running in a state that's a blue state and he knows that going forward. and having survived these sorts of -- they find somebody that doesn't have as much recognition as he does. in general, for the party, if you don't fall in the party line, if you start to go more toward the center, we will go after you immediately. it's more forgivable to take the stance of full repeal. go further to the right. all this talk about let's come together in the aftermath of the scalise shooting and that, that doesn't apply. >> there is basically no -- trump has been pretty hands off, a pretty big difference from how
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they did it in the house. they basically put the ball here in mcconnell's court. i heard from senior white house officials frustrated by a fledgling white house to try to get involved in a process that they weren't familiar with, legislative process, inaccurate on both counts. dealing with the freedom caucus. put this in mcconnell's court. push here at the end from president trump and probably will. that won't help them. >> not involved in the details of the negotiations, yet involved in the political context. if you're a republican and you have to cast a potentially career changing and, for some, career-ending vote if three or four days, first the president is tweeting i cannot imagine that these very fine republican senators would allow the american people to suffer obamacare. but here he does an interview with fox and friends and is
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asked about a tasbook posting that former president obama put up. listen to the president's answer. >> they actually use my term "mean." that was my term. because i want to see, and i speak from the heart. that's what i want to see. i want to see a bill with heart. >> he actually used my term "mean." the president had a rose garden celebration saying the house passed a bill greatest thing since sliced bread and then called it mean. if you're a house member and passed that vote, those words are coming back to you in a political ad. if you're a senator and you see the president confirming -- the white house saying that's not what he meant. now the president is essentially confirming, i called it mean. what confidence do you have if you're a senator about to cast this vote that the president, who has swayed with the republican base has your back? >> they're playing hard ball. right now the focus is on the politics not the policy. and, in many ways this is the senate version of what the house
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did. the messaging was let's get a bill passed and we can work out what the real bill is later. asking senators to go on the board with something that ultimately won't be in the end what passes. that's part of the problem. i agree that the only way to do this is to bring the right in. >> but the stakes are very different now. if the senate passes the bill, you have to pass the same bill. we can't go through this again. then you're changing -- i want to put this up. the policy matters. this is not a full repeal of obamacare. it would repeal the individual mandate, employer mandate. that part gets pulled out. it would change moderate expansion. change tax credits must be covered in your health insurance policy. it takes away obamacare
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prohibitions on annual lifetime limits on coverage. people don't like that because states could opt out and restrict people and it changes health savings account rules. it keeps the pre-existing condition policy and you can keep why your parents' coverage until you're 26. if the senate passes this bill, the argument is that you go to the house and say we can't change this. we just got it through the senate. mark meadows was saying two amendments, could have this whole thing done by july 4th. i suspect that's optimistic. >> a tad optimistic. i think what was remarkable to hear president trump acknowledge that he called the health care bill mean. the problem for him is that he's not ideological about this. he does not have a really firm view about how he wants the health care system to look -- what he wants it to look like. there are members of congress who do. >> right.
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>> they feel very, very passionately about health care policy and have a very staunch, ideological view about the direction that this is going. people like rand paul, who believe that the subsidies and the tax credits in the bill will be more generous, will actually be more expensive than the subsidies in obamacare. these are fundamental policy questions. the white house -- the president himself does not want to engage in. the key question, of course, will be when the congressional budget office releases estimate as early as monday, tuesday. how does that affect the votes even more? it could be pretty bad. >> then you have a number saying how many millions of americans lose their health care coverage? do premiums go up? does the president turn on this piece of legislation when he sees that trump voters have their premiums go up. several chapters as we go. up next, one speech that doesn't mix truth or exaggerations, the president's troubling trouble with the truth. and say the darndest things.
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the country. in fact, the president wants credit for the misdirection. >> when he found out that i -- you know, that there may be tapes out there, whether it's governmental tapes or anything else, and who knows, i think his story may have changed. >> now if you translate that at home, that's the president of the united states, in his own words, saying it's okay for the president to mislead. that might help explain how this happens and happens repeatedly. "the new york times" reviewed the president's 70-minute rally speech and found statements that are not true, way out of context or exaggerated. >> we ended the war on clean, beautiful coal and are putting our miners back to work. last week, a brand new coal mine just opened in the state of pennsylvania first time in decades. decades. we reverse d -- and 33,000 minig
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jobs have been added since my inaugurati inauguration. >> tad out of context there. as was this. >> i was just told by your great governor and ex-governor that your insurance companies have all fled the state of iowa. pretty sad, isn't it? they're going from every state. >> some of these, you could say he's a little off, got bad information from the governor. united states to largest he - inauguration crowds ever, you can find six, eight, 10, 12, some plain factual errors, others are more hedging and politicians do stuff like this. why? why is this a constant theme of this president? he has a good team of people who can check facts and make the same points but make them factually. >> you have to go back even further. this president built an entire
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campaign on mission truths, was constantly fact checked by the media and the voters just didn't care. he was never penalized for it. so, until he's penalized for it, these troouhuthful hyperboles a going to continue. >> a lot of hype. you want to get the buzz going. the question was always, is he going to govern the same way that he ran his business or publicity empire. and the kind of predicate he seems to be laying down is to say, look, it's okay for me to mislead as long as i have a goal behind it that one day later will be revealed. so the question in the actual governance context is whether this undercuts his credibility, a, with voters, b, with world leaders, c, with business and does it affect the stock market? so far, it really hasn't. both on the mueller front as the russian investigation continues and as we lurch closer to the
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mid terms it's striking and a real departure. >> and they do have consequences, a lot of his statements to the worst for him. look at what happened about the tweets, james comey, memo to his friend, as an effort to get bob mueller named as special counsel which, of course, happened. one thing that we were talking to republicans about these statements is that -- lindsey graham, i talked to him thursday about this. maybe the president will finally understand that his words matter. >> we've been saying that for months. >> we've been saying that for months. the president does not seem to be nearly as concerned as a lot of people in his own party, things that he says are not true, especially his tweets that take the party significantly off message hurts their party at the end of the day, the president does not seem to share that view. >> "new york times" article, there's simply no precedent for an american president to spend so much time telling untruths. every president has shaded the
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truth or told occasional whoppers. no president in the republican party has behaved the way that trump is behaving. is he trying to create an atmosphere in which reality is irrelevant. does he just do it because that's just what he does? >> i don't think it's that calculated. you would be hard pressed to find people that. he contradicts himself half the time. >> sometimes in the same speech. >> sometimes in the same speech. often times in the same context of an investigation, bill or whatever. he can't stick to his own message and sometimes ratchets back and starts to go to plan a again when plan b doesn't work out in terms of what he said. it seems he's somebody who shoots from the hip on instinct a lot of time. that has worked well for him in a business context where he has people make things work the way he wants to change them.
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the way things that work when you're governing, when you have checks and balances and your team is under investigation, you can't just call the shots by changing his message but he's still reacting. >> and the truth question and transparency question. sara huckabee sanders says they're some of the -- my colleagues suggest that's not exactly the case. they have the right to do this, and sometimes we overreact. as long as they're accessible. should the camera be in the briefing, audio in the briefing? that's all debatable. we've had a slide back to just more audio briefings to the point where cnn decided to send a sketch artist to sean spicer's briefing this past week. you can see the art work. sean my actually want these. but, you know, i'm making fun of this. again, they have the right to conduct business the way they want to conduct business within limits in the sense that the people watching at home pay
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them. the people watching at home, it's their country. you should be able to get answers from the white house. where is the transparency debate right now? >> well, let's go back to kind of the beginning. we haven't seen the president's tax returns, visitor log policy has been changed. these are fundamental things. just because they're old news it doesn't mean that they're not news that's important to the context of all of this. record transparency, thoroughness transparency, completely an ability to walk into the lower press or upper press office if you need to see the press secretary or the deputy press secretary, it's completely possible to do it. that's great and i give them credit for that. the briefing -- if the briefing situation is a modulation, there's precedent for that. if the briefing situation is a slide to a more permanent policy where there is less of a willingness on a daily basis to go and answer the public's questions, that's problematic. >> especially problematic when you ask important questions.
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does the president believe russia meddled? i haven't talked to the president about that. i haven't talked to the president. his spokesmen are increasingly afraid to speak for the president because they're afraid he will contradict them on twitter and elsewhere. including word of a new early morning call to keep the president's anger and his tweets in check. (baby crying) ♪ fly ♪ me to the moon (elegant music) ♪ and let me play (bell rings) so that's the idea. what do you think? hate to play devil's advocate but... i kind of feel like it's a game changer. i wouldn't go that far. are you there?
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i have never been pressured. i have never felt pressure to intervene or interfere in any way. >> to the best of my recollection, i have never been
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directed to do anything i believe to be illegal, immoral, unethical or inappropriate. and to the best of my recollection, during that same period of service, i do not recall ever feeling pressured to do so. >> we now know a lot more about what director of national intelligence, dan coats and national security agency director admiral mike rogers refused to discuss. they've both been called into private interviews with robert mueller. they both say that the president made them uncomfortable to make public statements about the russia meddling investigation that would make the presidebene president. trump loyalists say misleading the country about white house tapes is no big deal.
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democrats disagree. >> it definitely bolsters and provides evidence for obstruction of justice. clearly, the president's purpose or motive here was to have an effect on comey's testimony and i think that the intent was to intimidate or threaten him but to go to the merits, jim comey's testimony never changed. >> obstruction is part of the political debate. what special counsel mueller concludes about the president's conduct is the judgment that matters most. ti "time" puts the special counsel on the cover with the caption "the lie detector." pretty partisan debate. we don't see the classified briefings. you see this partisan thing. what else did we learn this past week? among the nuggets is now that the president has an early
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morning call with the legal team. essentially the white house is trying to calm him down. he lashes out at his legal team, white house counsel and lashes out on twitter at the special counsel, democrats in these investigations even though they're all led by republicans. what else? >> that effort is reported by "the post." fascinating tidbit do you bu not sure it's working at this point. what was interesting to me in this 11th hour decision to go ahead and respond to the intelligence committee's request, to formalize what the president said on twitter, that there was no more tapes. the way the white house did it was to have their legislative affairs director put out a statement to essentially repeat what the president said on twitter and not put out a broader, more blanket statement who says there is no such thing as a secret taping system at the white house. that does not exist. it isn't true. we refer you to what the president has already said, signed the legislative affairs director. very interesting. >> answers to questions that end
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up raising more questions in many cases. among the kfrgs this past week, the president did two interviews with "fox & friends." one of them, he was asked, do you have confidence in the special counsel? listen. >> he's very, very good friends with comey, which is very bothersome. but he's also -- we're going to have to see. i mean, we're going to have to see in terms -- look, there has been no obstruction. there has been no collusion. there has been leaking by comey. there's been no collusion, no obstruction. robert mueller is an honorable man and hopefully he will come up with an honorable solution. >> interesting, sean spicer says, yes, of course, the president has the ability to fire mueller. while he is very, very good friends with comey. they've had professional relationships, worked together for some years. if you talk to former
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colleagues, they're not golf buddies, dinner buddies. they're professional. long professional respect. >> you can see the push and pull between instinctual trump and lawyered up trump. trump wants to cast a shadow over mueller. they're very, very good friends. even though we just know they're colleagues that worked together in the past and remembering he has to stay on message. there's no obstruction, no collusion and bob mueller is an honorable man. you would be very hard pressed to find more than a handful of trump devotees on the hill that would say anything bad about mueller. jon cornyn want to be able to defend the president but not throw dirt on mueller. they know if the end he finds obstruction, it's going to come back to congress and they have to decide what to do about it. >> the thing that mueller is looking at, too, is the pattern of activity by the president. not just his firing of james
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comey, which they say it perfectly within his legal rights to do that but also his conversations with james comey, according to comy's own testimony that he dropped the michael flynn investigation and loyalty pledge, of course. the white house denies that. we'll see if the president goes under oath and says that as well. what we learned as well that the intelligence chiefs, both mike rogers and dan coats, told senate investigators and bob mueller that the president asked them to publicly say that there was no conclusion, that he's not under investigation. they did not feel that he -- they ordered them to squash the investigation in any way. but it doesn't really matter what they felt. it matters what the president's intent was. that's the question that bob mueller will have to decide. >> tough one going forward. back to the earlier point about the president's trouble with trustworthiness. if you get into a he said, he said, that would be interesting.
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bob mueller says 100% he's going to do it. "the washington post" story, looking back at the obama administration, when they first came to understand the scope and depth and intent of the russian election hacking. in that story, we knew the broad outlines of this. they came to be aware of it in 2016. fascinating documented sourts about how they came to conclude putin getting involved. the president, if we could show you a little bit of the screen grab of the story in "the post," dominating conversation in washington the last few days, including one great line in t it was the hardest thing about my entire time in government to defend. i feel like we're sort of choked. former top obama administration official to the point of saying they didn't get out in front of this before the election. they didn't inform people about this before the election and take a 2 x 4 to russia before the election. it's a candid assessment that they kind of blew it.
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>> in a way, obama tried to sxr exercise restraint and was criticized for that in his presidency. they didn't want their decisions to be seen as political. they thought clinton would win the presidency as well. trump is going to win the presidency. it's not just this one event with the russians. as they later found out when they ordered the full intelligence probe, a piece of a very long pattern that was leading up to this point where they could have basically tied and glued all those pieces together and didn't see it. they wanted a bipartisan backing to do this and didn't get it when they went to the gang of eight in congress. err on the side of caution led them to not make decisions to pull triggers that might have now, in retrospect, been things that they should have done. >> how much of these decisions were made based on the assumption that clinton was going to win, even prevalent
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within the trump campaign at the time. and now we see the president's reaction to this, right? the day before the story comes out, all this stuff about russia and their meddling in the election is a hoax. now that the story as been reported it's why hasn't obama done something? >> go ahead. >> i was going to add there's one little bit to that story that i think is interesting to note. these implants that the obama administration put into the russian infrastructure systems to be able to be triggered in the future. >> cyber bomb. >> to scare russia off from doing anything else bad that trump has not taken action against that. again, this conflict between what trump is saying publicly with everything with russia is a hoax but if he knew about it, he's not signing any orders. >> what do coats and rogers know? >> the president has to make a choice. you can't read one story in a newspaper and say it's a big deal and go off and say it's a hoax the next day. so it goes.
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calls for nancy pelosi to step aside. is the problem for democrats the message or the messenger?
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they thought they were going to win. and they've been unbelievably nasty. really nasty. and they thought -- they spent close to $30 million on this kid, who forgot to live in the community that he was in. i mean, you know. look, i'll tell you about the democrats. i may make it a little hard to get their support but who care. >> that's the president celebrating the big republican win in this past week's georgia's congressional district. the 6th district, democrats had invested a lot of time and money this race. they hope for the record a win here. set back for the democrats. whether this is a giant indicator of the 2018 climate,
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that's more debatable. let's look here. plus side for democrats, they currently have an eight-point advantage when voters ask what do you want next year, democratic or republican congress? democrats have an eight-point edge, comparable to 2006 when democrats took back the house. much bigger edge than republicans had in 1994 and 2010, two huge years for republican. democrats can look at that, feel reasonably confident. but there are mixed signals. when you ask who is looking out for the middle class or who is better dealing with health care, democrats have a big edge. republicans minus 13 points and democrats, minus 17. who is best to shake up washington, d.c., republicans have a good edge on those issues going in. here is one thing republicans look at, at this nbc wall street journal poll.
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five tumultuous months of trump. 37% of americans in january said they wanted the president or republicans in congress taking the lead. 41% said they wanted democrats taking the lead. five months later, 35% for the democrats and 46% for republicans. slight rise for the democrats. republicans say okay, we slipped a bit. but that's not so bad. numbers aside, some house democrats took the georgia loss as a grounds for a coup. >> i don't think people in the beltway are realizing just how toxic the democratic party brand is in so many of the country. >> you think nancy pelosi is more toxic than donald trump? >> you know what? in some areas of the country, yes, she is. like these special election districts, it doesn't benefit our candidates to be tied to her. >> are the democrats
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overreacting, going after their leader, nance he pelosi, or do they have every reason? 0 for 4, but solid districts? >> they were solidly republican districts but republicans effectively used nancy pelosi as a boogie man in each of those districts, an enemy to run against. look, pelosi is defiant. she says she's not going anywhere. she's telling her critics in the democratic caucus to bring it on. but there's no question that this is probably the weakest position she has been in on top of her caucus because of these lingering questions about whether or not she's the right person to bring this party back to the majority and whether or not it's time for a new generation of leadership, given the fact that she is such a big target for the republicans. that being said, she's a powerhouse fund-raiser, has a lot of support among the left in her caucus. and democrats could still win back the house, despite all of that because of the president's poor numbers, the democrats do
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better in the generic ballot as well as roughly two dozen seats that republicans occupy in districts that hillary clinton won. and that's about the number they need to take back the house. >> as we continue the conversation, i want to bring nancy pelosi into it. if you love politics, if you love politics, this answer was great. >> as far as some of the enthusiasm in my caucus, i always listen to my members. i respect the ambition that exists in any caucus. it's a part of our life. when it comes to personal ambition, having fun on tv, have your fun. i love the arena. i thrive on competition. and i welcome the discussion. but i am honored by the support. every action has a reaction. i try to say that to them. every attack provokes a nest of reaction. >> look at that smile.
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she would shiv you, make no mistake. there is a divide in that party. clinton didn't work out. a lot of people think nancy pelosi is old news. fine. mid terms, much like they will be for president trump, will be an absolute pivotal test for nancy pelosi and the future of the democrat being party. it's hard to understand the strategy behind the breakaway democrats if they don't have enough support to put it over the top. >> if their strategy is to get nancy pelosi to sit down with them and others and do what hillary clinton never did, have a compelling economic message, that might help. you can't just be anti-trump, let's hope the russian investigation finds something terrible about trump. how about being for something for people worried about paying for college or kegetting or keeping a job. >> nancy pelosi will have to bring along the left side of her party that is more liberal than her and make concessions. she's tried to test certain things that have gotten her
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excoriated by the more liberal wing of her party. it's easy to target nancy pelosi. that was the people not just targeting her but anyone else who was going to join them. it's easy to target her. if you take her away, who comes in that has the tactical experience to kaep a caucus that, frankly, is a frayed caucus together? you had a big split during the presidential election, hillary clinton people, the bernie people. somebody has to hold that together. >> doing some of the same tensions internally that the republicans went through, do you want to be a national party, coastal party? it's a tough one. up next, sudden snag in bipartisan effort to slap sanctions on russia. racehorse who ever lived? of course he was strong... ...intelligent. ...explosive. but the true secret to his perfection...
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we ask our great reporters to share a little something from
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their notebooks. margaret? >> first of all, domestic politics a lot of foreign policy coming down the pike in the week ahead. the most interesting visit may come with south korea's new president. he and president trump actually have diverging views in many ways about what to do with north korea. he's talking about let's bring the north koreans in for the olympics, that sort of thing. the death of otto warmbier and the new south korean's president press for china to do more mayg give them some common ground. fun to watch. >> former senate democratic leader may have retired from congress but doesn't mean he's out of the scene. behind the scenes he played an instrumental role in getting the congresswoman to announce her senate candidacy against dean heller. of course, she's viewed as a top tiered candidate by republicans and democrats and her candidacy is viewed as one reason why dean
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heller may eventually be a no vote on this bill. it will be a tough race for him i should say. reid was instrumental in getting the health care bill passed in 2009 and before brian sandoval and dean heller had that press conference on friday, guess who met with brian sandoval before, harry reid. >> gone but not gone. >> two press rooms operating inside the white house. the one headed by sean spicer, target of president trump basically since day one of the administration and is overseeing a reorganization of that office that he may or may not be part of in the end. lesser known say separate team, deeper inside the white house, that is basically attached with protecting the family. the president, ivanka trump and jared kushner. we'll be watching whether or not these two teams will be merged as part of this reorganization. >> maybe we can get the family
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team to do audio only briefings for us. approximafits and starts of russian investigations on capitol hill, to an extent, is overwhelming. the place they can have the most effect is the sanctions bill sitting, stalled in the house. we'll see signs whether the house will move this forward or hold back. the reason it's important is because there's a provision in this bill that checks and ties the president's hands on what he can or can't do, vis-a-vis pulling back russian sanctions, to his personal bottom line, a whole bunch of other things. people in the house do want to move forward. the question is, will the president exert enough pressure over the leadership to make that stop in its tracks and what results will show you basically how congress and the administration are going to be facing off in all of these matters going forward. >> a big test and big question. i'll close with this. deep doubts about president trump offer democrats a bill organizing framework heading into the 2018 mid terms. halfway through 2017, voters
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identify little positive about the democratic brand. even its big edge on the question of which party looks out for the middle class isn't as big as it once was. here are some very telling words from the veteran democratic pollster, peter hark. quote, the numbers look good for the democratic party are negative results about the republican party and donald trump. he goes on to say, democrats should take note of this. quote, none of these numbers tells a single positive story of democratic achievement. yes, republicans have problems but democrats, ouch. "inside politics," that's it. up next "state of the union." have a great day. ...that had the power to whawaken something old......
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