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a year for the five years i was out of the government. aboutee speech cost me $400,000. government, in my view, i aink the aclu and may have little bit different opinion. i think the government does have a right to regulate the conduct and speech of government employees if there is a significant government interest that justifies it. in the military for 25 it was an black and white. it was in the rose. the government has the right to regulate speech and conduct if there is that compelling interest and if they make it clear to their employees. the library of congress had a regulation that employees were encouraged to speak and write. got fired fori doing it. if there is a compelling reason
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that there should be a limitation on a government employee cost recognized -- exercise of their rights, there needs to be guidance and that needs to be clearly indicated on what the employee can do. let me say a couple of thank you's. i can name all the people that participated but particularly the aclu. i do not know if he knew what he would be eyeing into, six and a half years of fighting the government over my job. lee rowland was the last attorney from the aclu representing me over the last couple of years. part of the deal when we were negotiating the settlement, i have a sub rosette agreement with lee because after talking to an attorney from the aclu every week for the last 6.5 years, i could not go cold turkey.
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job.id a remarkable in the beginning it was aden abdo and there the aclupitzer,-with in washington for a long time and stood me faithfully for six and a half years. the law firm of goodwin and proctor. they offered their services pro bono to assist as we moved toward court. two people at goodwin procter did a ton of work and fought hard for me. there are a number of former colleagues that stood up for me. career crs all
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employees that at various points testified or did declarations on my behalf. disappointed in congress, particularly in the last couple of days there has been a lot of debate in congress, they are concerned about protecting the second amendment rights of people suspected of terrorism. the right to buy a gun. i'll had one member of congress that had a concern about me and my first amendment right to speak and that was senator lindsey graham. i am not one of his constituents. my congressman said this is a legal matter and i cannot involve. senator graham did. he wrote a letter to the library of congress included as a declaration when we went to court and i will be eternally grateful for senator graham. we do not agree about guantanamo. saying whatlaration i had to say about it and my
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perspective having been the chief prosecutor was an important voice to be heard. one member of congress who stood up for me and fought was senator lindsey graham. and finally this is relevant to this group is the media. it was interesting. the two articles, one was in the wall street journal and "the washington post." --er -- the two accusations organizations did editorials on my behalf. when you are taking on the government those kind of things mean a lot. foot view of000 the last six and half years of my life. i am pleased it is behind me and we can move forward and i hope government agencies look at this and think twice before they ignore the constitution. time whenly in this we have an important election coming up and there is this notion of the credentialing the
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media and stifling people that have contrary opinions. that is not what we are about. there are a lot of people in government who i think have valuable opinions that the public ought to have the benefit of hearing so hopefully they thattake some comfort sometimes it is worth fighting the fight. [applause] x you will need to be back appeared in a second. thank you for sharing your story and your perspective on this. we spoke a little bit about the cost, the financial costs, the job search, i am sure the emotional and psychological toll . we have many op-ed writers with us in the room so on their behalf i have to ask you would you speak out again? rexam about that quite a bit. i would. i think i would. even knowing the consequences. i wrote the op-ed six and a half
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years ago. it still is important topic now as it was then. i wish i could say what i bringing thiswo issue to closure. it had not. hopefully it has contributed to the conversation but this is still an important, guantanamo, the military commissions in these issues early on, it was john mccain early on back in 2001, 2002 said this is more about us than it is about them. it continues to be. i so were congress is trying to make it more difficult to close debated a but i have lot of people about guantanamo. it is expensive. we are wasting money. millions of dollars a year to detain individuals, there are 80 couplee are's bending a million dollars on each of those
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detainees who do not need to be a -- there. proxmire- if senator was alive i wish he would present the golden fleece award. there are 2000 troops stationed at guantanamo temporarily devoted to detainee operations. 2000 of our troops tied up to guard 80 people, 30 of which do not need to be there. ourselves-- we hold up as being the right shining city on a hill. it is not just our enemies that throat guantanamo interface, it is our allies as well the express skepticism about us. sensed -- since gotten past the day that there is any day to redeem guantanamo. it will be worth seeing it again in the circumstances printed >> you mentioned earlier the terms
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of the pentagon required you to use. you could not say tortured mind cannot say suicide. if the government and the military called things as they really are, we are a firm believer in the power of language here as communicators and journalists of the press club as clearly your lawsuit has shown you are as well. if we use language that was it for the things that happening do you think the opinion would have turned or turned earlier or would it not have made a difference? >> and you would have made a difference. it is easy to look back in hindsight and see different places where we could have done something differently. one of things where the obama and administration made a huge mistake is not using the bully pulpit to educate the public. the public has written guantanamo off. if you stopped 10 people nine out of 10 still believe that the worst narrative.
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we have to have this facility for people and we capture the enemy on the battlefield. all of that is true but it does not apply. if you look at the notion we have to have this facility in this court process for people capture on our gis the battlefield you could count on your fingers the number of captured on -- are anything that looked like a battlefield. think of one can who was apprehended after a firefight with the u.s. armed forces, that when it fit but if you look at the high-value detainees, all 14, not a single one was captured by the u.s. g.i. on a battlefield. -- khalid quality sheikh mohammed, this whole fault narrative that has been presented think was a huge disservice and the administration, when president obama signed the order in january of 2009 he said that is
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it and did not make the backlash. the other side who said our goal is to make him a one term president. way forthe best president obama to" timeout is to say he loves it. he will keep it open forever because the other side will say we are closing it. i think that is what happened and i do not think he anticipated the push back. remember john mccain said he would close guantanamo. george bush said he wanted to close it. when barack obama said he wanted to close it the other side said you're not. you have to look at the times, the economy was in a death spiral. health care reform was his top priority. i do not think they were willing to expend the clinical to make it happen so the public, you had people telling these horror stories that were not true that the public pot and it were not getting the other side of the
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story. if the public knew the truth about guantanamo they would insist that it be closed by dark today. but they do not. except you. i would like to open up the floor to questions. please state your name and your outlet. >> we are among the op-ed writers. we have written some on the subject and i wonder if -- what you would save the lessons of guantanamo, you say you quit over torture, general geoffrey miller who is director of the thenioning at guantanamo sent to abu ghraib and people -ized theitmo questioning on of the great. we hear him on television saying he will not quite answer if we are sending to foreign countries
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for torture. but hed on our values swings around and you can track for those statements that do not answer that question. have we learned the lessons from guantanamo and is the torture still going on in other countries? is it still going on today? and otherountries contractors? >> i retired from the military in 2008. i do not have the axis that i did act in the day. i have not seen any conclusive evidence that we are continuing those practices that icily would not be shocked if we are. i think the answer is no. we have not learned the lessons we should. that is something the media can that would be extraordinarily valuable to the country is to not let this die. to keep telling the story and letting the public hear the truth. you still get, i go out and
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speak quite often. people still make the argument about torture that it worked in it saved lives. what would you do, if the guy was at times square going to suffer bomb? number one that has never been the case. there has never been a guy going to blow up times square and you have to know in the next two hours where the bomb is, that has never been the scenario. the best argument that shows that torture does not work is the direct war. colin powellwhen -- ito the u.s. and became clear that was not true, they went to the source and say why did you like question market he said you guys were torturing me, i wanted you to quit so i told you what you wanted to hear. that is what happens with torture. it is great to make it will talk, it is not great for making them tell the truth. we will take actions like starting a war with another
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country, we ought to know the truth and not just have someone that talks. i do not think anyone on the other side can point to anything concrete that torture has done for us but you can look at the iraq war and see what torture did to us. we really lose our credibility in the eyes of the world. we led the effort to pass the convention against torture like we let the effort to create the international criminal court and other things where we are good about preaching, we are good about practicing. as long as until we officially condemn torture, until we hold people accountable for torture, then we are talking the talk and not walking the walk. fixed i am retired after 34 years.
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-- with the congressional research service. what is wrong with guantanamo is the denial of due process. men who have been there to 15 years. the site of the denial of due process seems to me less important with moving these men to the u.s. increase their axis to do process? grexit is a good question. you recall in the early days of the obama administration the plan was to move the detainees appraising -- a prison setting emptier. closing guantanamo and moving detainees somewhere else has made a new guantanamo somewhere else. it is the legal principle, not the location that is important. you have to go back, why did we move from guantanamo? these were
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people who were picked up in the afghanistan area and we love them halfway around the world. while we had detention facilities there and we detained people by the tens of thousands, why didn't we take people have right -- halfway around the world question mark people thought guantanamo was a law-free zone we could do anything to anybody and nothing could do anything about it. that is why guantanamo is picked. that is a sad comment about our country that we are the shining city on a hill that we are looking for a law free spot around the planet where we can exploit people. myn i was chief prosecutor attitude was looking at the process and the same in torture or indefinite detention, how would we feel if it was an american on the other end and pick any country we do not like i'm a iran, north korea, whoever. if they were doing the same thing to an american that we are doing to someone else would we say it was ok to mark if we
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would not then why is it ok when we do it? i think if we had americans who had been detained for 14, 15 years and never been charged or if we had americans that had years inined 14 or 15 the other government has said we do not need to detain this, the 30 that are there now for no reason other than their citizenship, most are from human. americans would pitch a fit. if it is not suitable what happens to one of us in should not be suitable for us to do it to someone else. >> one of the things in the industry that we are concerned with is when president obama came to office, he said he would have the most transparent administration in history. so far we have seen someone in the office it. at least in the journals of industry.
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from your experience, could you changes youle about - may have seen or what kind of ability you had to speak. when i contacted crs and questioned -- questions usually ended up in a black hole. if you ask for a congressional report your answers usually go office atecific congress. speak a little bit about what your relationship was with the press. grexit is important to remember that crs works were congress, not the president. itwas more of a function -- was more of a function, i had a limited window into the first year of the obama administration. they came in with optimistic ideals of the change they were going to make. active governing was
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a lot more difficult than i think many had anticipated. it seemed to me that at least in the early, in that first year there were a lot of idealists aat wanted to make this different administration in the past administration had in. time has shown that in many it improvement.ceable with crs, one of the problems they are so concerned about offending somebody over on capitol hill that they do not want anybody to say anything. there was this debate about aing the term -- there is term that congress is insisting they use versus another one. there was one when i was there, the division i ran, that was about the issue of allowing gays and lesbians to serve in the
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military. the regulation was the homosexual policy. were -- how do we write something when the title of the policy is this and we cannot use that term so there is so much anythingbout doing that might offend someone on capitol hill. the example that was cited often, there was the off us of technology assessment which is a crs,r organization to gao, and ota. the perception was that they came out with some positions that were contrary to what congress wanted so congress shut down the organization. there is a lot of that mindset in this year's. we have to tap dance around anything controversial or congress may shutdown. a lot of congress tends to go to the organizations if you are
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giving them the opinion that supports their preconceived notion, crs could play an important role in providing that independent, nonpartisan assessment. focused onys been congress, not the public. thinkxperience, i everyone gets that same reaction from crs when they ask for information. >> to questions. the first one might yesterday director brendan testified on the hill and said that individuals were held for the management of systemic failures of the detention and interrogation program create he said that publicly but refused to go into
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any detail in an open session about how they were held accountable. i would like to get your thoughts on that. the un'sthe issue with special rep. turner: on torture for taking the standard tour of the guantanamo bay facility and monitoring the military commission. your thoughts on the u.s. role in establishing these conventions on torture and human allowing --hen disallowing you and officials. >> it is disappointing. beenu said, no one has prosecuted for engaging or permitting or sanctioning torture. which is literally what the
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convention against torture requires. also another requirement is if someone is alleged to have been the victim of torture it requires there be an avenue for them to seek address. they would be compensated for their injury. the obama administration has fought every torture case that has been brought in federal court. you have yet to see any person that was an alleged victim of torture, they have not gotten a settlement, they have not gotten their day in court. one of the most egregious examples is the canadian citizen , if you ever saw the movie ," it is the hero of our story. they take them off the plane at laguardia or jfk and he answered in syria. a few years ago we were sending withe to us as we did
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rohrer. the syrians set him back to canada. the canadian government apologized and gave him monetary compensation for their role in helping us send him to syria to get tortured. we have yet to see we are sorry. when he tried to file suit in administration blocked him. until we are willing to give people the opportunity to pursue their cases in court and until we hold people criminally accountable for engaging in what we would consider a war crime if anyone had done that to us and we are good about assisting others in the prosecution of other leaders who engage -- there have been convictions and
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south america and africa for leaders for acts that happened a long time ago so i am hopeful at that there will be accountability for what we did is we cannot just ignore it and pretend it did not happen. >> we have time for one more. a little bit of housekeeping. series rings prominent speakers on newsworthy topics you around to the club this.a and events such as twitter using the hashtag #npclive. i have got one. as we have discussed, congress has been unwilling to accept the detainees on your soil so our allies have taken them. is that helped or hindered our relationship that our allied
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friends are cleaning up some of the mess that we created? people who have been involved in the effort to repatriate some of the detainees and one of the arguments you get , we have been to just about every country on the face of the earth. to try to get them to help us out in the first thing they say is how many have you taken and the answer is none. we have been bribed everyone problemundo, fix the that we have created when we have taken none. uighurs were the best example. we took them up and sent them to want, and realize they were no threat. china said they would be happy to take them. they wouldn't have made it to dark in china. we have this problem with the uighurs and we were going to other countries and saying the other -- these people are not a
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threat. all of a sudden, we cannot have these people coming to america. so we eventually got them sent to the places. several went to bermuda. there supposed to be that land of the free and the home of the brave. be asuld think we could brave as bermuda and we have not done that. it hurts we go to other countries and say we created this problem, you help solve it by we have been unwilling to do anything ourselves to undo the harm that we caused. >> that is all we have time for. thank you to everyone who joined online or onb, television. we look forward to seeing you again very soon. thank you very much. [applause] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
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[captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2014] --2016] >> coming up. british lawmakers pay tribute to who was killed last week. president obama speaks about investing in u.s. businesses. onlowed by a discussion terrorism and refugees. later, veterans affairs secretary robert mcdonald on v.a. modernization efforts.
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>> c-span's washington journal. live every day with news and policy issues that impact you. coming up tuesday morning. mark price with the economic policy institute joins us to discuss their new report looking at income inequality in all 50 states and how it has grown in recent decades. then, former republican congressman and presidential candidate ron paul will be on to talk about gun and privacy laws in the wake of the orlando shooting and offer his opinion on the state of the 2016 presidential campaign. david drucker, senior correspondent for the washington examiner will discuss the dismissal of donald trump campaign manager. along with his recent story on campaign fund-raising. he sure to watch -- be sure to andh "washington journal" join the discussion. >> tuesday, janet yellen
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delivers the bank's monetary policy report to congress. we will have her testimony before the senate taking committee live at 10 a.m. eastern here on c-span. >> at you realize that this is not only something i would love to do but this is something that could he different him what has and a wayn the past to rethinking and it really who this was, what his significance was, what his virtues were and what made him one of the most edge related figures and american history and what was flawed and what were the things that made him in many ways unpleasant and even hated. q&a,ncer: sunday night on the life and career of general douglas macarthur.
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>> i think that is one of the you haveout macarthur to say. he saw the future more clearly often the end he saw the present. whether it was america's role in china, theise in split between china and the soviet union which he foresaw, but also perhaps to save a american domestic politics. announcer: net is sunday night on c-span's q&a. minister davide cameron led the tribute to labor member of parliament joe cox who was recently murdered by one of the constituents in hurt district. -- murdered by one of the constituents in her district. >> order.
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heartbreakingand sadness but also in heartfelt solidarity. offerath in such circumstances -- awful circumstances is an outrage and tragedy. yet, this death in this manner of this person, color democratically did colleague jo cox, is particularly shocking and repugnant. all of us who came to know her during her all too short service in this house became swiftly aware of her outstanding qualities. eloquent,ring, principled, and wise.
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with all, she was filled and fueled by love for humanity. family and ar relentless campaigner for equality, human rights, and social justice. she was proud to be the member of parliament where she had her roots and she was determined to live life to the full. she succeeded superbly. jo was murdered in the course of her duty serving constituents in need. just as sheor them, fought for others at home and
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abroad who were very terms of poverty, discrimination, or in justice. strike notike this but at in individual, our freedom. here,s why we assemble and to redouble our dedication to democracy. i called the leader of the opposition, jeremy corbyn. >> thank you, mr. speaker. doing what all of us here do, representing and serving the people who elected her. own andlost one of our
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our society as a whole has lost one of our very best. she spent her life serving and campaigning for other people whether as a worker or oxford, or the anti-slavery charity, the freedom front of the political activist and a feminist. the horrific act that took her from us was an attack on democracy. on no-call country. shocked and saddened. the day since, the country has also learned something of the extraordinary humanity and compassion which drove her political activity and beliefs. believe in not just loving her neighbor, she believed in loving her neighbors neighbor. she saw a world of neighbors. she believed every life counted
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equally. in a very moving tribute, kate allen, the director, her campaign on refugees syria, and the rights of women and girls made her stand out as an mp who always put the lives of the most honorable at the heart of her work. her former colleague at the freedom fund, said she was a powerful champion. she spoke out in support of refugees the palestinian people and against islamophobia in this country. her integrity and talent was known by everyone in this house. which hemmunity proudly represented the past year. it was by community that brought her up as well as a wonderful
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family to whom we share her grief. and the whole country has been united in grief. rejecting the well of hatred that killed her. and what is increasingly appears enact of extreme political violence. we are filled with sorrow for her husband and junk children. they will never see her again. but they can be so proud of everything she was, all she achieved, and all she stood for, as we are. as are her parents. as is her sister and whole wider family. thisuld have been 42 wednesday. she had much more to give. and much more that she would have achieved. i want to thank the heroes who try to intervene.
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bernard kenny, a 77-year-old er saw the need and ran to her aid. he was stabbed and taken to the hospital. i'm sure the whole house will join me in wishing mr. kenny a speedy recovery. many shopkeepers and bystanders also try to help. administered first aid to both jo and bernard. the police officers who made the and healthrrest officers on the scene so quickly. in her maiden speech last her, she said this, our community have been deeply enhanced by immigration. diversity, what surprises me time and time again, as i travel around the constituency is that we are former united and have far more in common with each other than
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things that divide us. we need a time and gender politics. -- kinder and gentler politics. we call of the responsibility not to whip up hatred or subdivision. -- sew division. thank you, mr. speaker and peggy to the prime minister into rose me to for accompanying the vigil last friday in bristol. at the statue in the center of the lovely town. moved by thee unity and warmth of the crowd brought together in grief and solidarity. i have been very moved by the public outpourings since her death. the hundreds of letters and e-mails we have all received and
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s family andith jo' her our agreed. our of grief. h night, we held a vigil outside our townhouse -- townhall. one of hundreds of vigils attended by tens of thousands of people right across our land were so shocked by what has happened and what to express their shock and grief. i also into the other party have offered their sympathy and support at this very difficult time. united in grief at her loss. killing isaware, her an attack on on democracy. it is an attack on our whole society. as an honorable friend who wrote
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recently, her life was a demonstration against despair. in her tragic death, we can come together and change our politics, to tolerate a little more and condemn a little less. said, joving husband believed in a better world and she fought for it every day of her life with an energy and a zest for life that would exhaust most people. today, we remember her compassion and her passion to and in hertter world honor, mr. speaker, we recommit ourselves to that task. >> the prime minister. >> thank you, mr. speaker. we are here today to remember an extra ordinary colleague and
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friend. she was the voice of compassion and an era possible spirit and ballas energy lit up the lives of all those who knew her and save the lives of many she never met. today, we grieve her lost and we hold in our hearts and prayers her husband, parents and sister and her two children who are three and five years old. we express our anger at the sickening and despicable attack that killed her as she did her job serving her constituents. only during the leader of the opposition in his moving words in praising bernard kennedy and all those who try to save her. above all, we pay tribute to a loving, determined, passionate and progressive politician who could miser is the best of humanity and prove so often the power of politics to make our world a better place.
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in 2006 in jo darfur. she was doing what she was so brilliant that. working in one of the most dangerous parts of the world fighting for the lives of refugees. her decision to welcome me, leader of the opposition, was not welcomed by all her colleagues and friends. but it was typical of her determination to reach across party lines on issues that she felt were so much more important than party politics. she was a humanitarian to her core, a passionate and brilliant campaigner whose great and determination to fight for justice saw her time and time again driving issues new gender and making people listen and act . drawn attention to complex in sudan and the democratic republic of congo. helping to expose the despicable practices of rape and for. her work with sarah brown on cutting mortality and childbirth.
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the support for refugees fleeing syria. quite suddenly, there are people on our planet today who are only here in the live because of jo. mr. speaker, she was a committed democrat and passionate feminist. she spent years in courting and -- encouraging and supporting women to stand for office long before she did to herself. when she herself was elected as an mp over a year ago, she said to one of her colleagues that she did not want to be known for flying around the world tackling international issues, but she had a profound to do to stand up absoluteople and was as good as her word. este said in her maiden speech, she was proud to be made in yorkshire and to serve the area where she grew up. she belonged there and her constituency of multiethnic communities, she made people feel that they belonged, too. her politics were inspired by
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love and the outpouring and unity of the tributes we have seen in the past few days should be extraordinary reach and impact of her message. showedembering her, we today what she said to be true. it will be quoted many times a day. we are former united and far more in common with each other than things that divide us. this wednesday, as leader of the opposition says, it would have been her 42nd birthday. it will be a global celebration of her life and values, , she should events have been celebrating her birthday by hosting her traditional summer solstice already and it reminds us -- party and it reminds us behind the terminable professional was a loving and fun mother, daughter, sister and friend with a warm, welcoming smile and so often, laughter in her voice. jo brought people together and solve the best in people.
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she sought out the best in them. she was never adopted. -- daunted. when most people hear the place of the accessible pinnacle, they leave it alone. not her. she climbed it and then sailed down it and did so despite a bad case of morning sickness. it was her irrepressible spirit becky for such determination and focus in politics, too. a conservative colleague of mine said this weekend, if you lost your way for a moment and the cut and thrust of political would remind jo you why he went into politics in the first place. there have been so mean moving tributes the past few days that if i may, i would like to quote from somebody already mentioned, jo, weorable member, mourn your loss and know all you support was a breakable. we promise to stand up even
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though we are broken. we promise that we will never be cowered by hate. mr. speaker, may we and the generations of members that follow us, honor her memory by proving that the democracy and freedom's she stood for are indeed unbreakable by continuing to stand up for our constituents and by uniting, against the hate that killed her, today and forever more. >> rachel read. thank you, mr. speaker. i've come today to honor a friend and colleague. along with shock, anger, and group, i have so many fond memories of jo. we knew each other for around 10 years. i knew her husband for longer than that. we first met about 18 years ago. it was there him that i met joe.
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.iron mountain coming out to dinner at the house of my husband and i and often seen them. remember worrying that i had drunk too much wine early in the evening until i realized -- [laughter] i remember talking with her about her future shortly after i became an mp. she was thinking about standing for parliament and spent the day shadowing me in my constituency talking to constituents about the problems, campaign with party members. by the end of the day, a lot of people weren't sure who the mp was and who is doing the shadowing. jo had a way with people and relating with people from all walks of life and had a real way of doing that. her main hesitation about the parliamentary career was her young family. she word, as many of us do, about whether you could be a
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great mom at the same time. when it came up to represent her she found a special responsibility to step up and do what she could for the place where she was born, grew up and went to school. a place to call home. she wanted to make the world more fair, equal, more tolerant. we all have better instincts. she appealed to our better instinct. speech, that her maiden we have in common is greater than what divides us. than 24y morning, but hours after jo was killed. i sat in a coffee shop a few minutes away from where she had been murdered. a woman came over to me and said, she did not know jo but her death had made her want to be a bit more like her. other person, but her mother,
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but her daughter, better wife. after covering the world for some of the most war-ravaged places in the world, she died so new to her. but she died doing the job she loved in the place she loved representing the people she loved. her mom and dad said to me, that she would not have changed a thing. she lived the life you want to do it and get, and her moms words, she had so much more that she could have done. she was struck down much too soon. it now falls on all of us, the movement i would bet in the coffee shop, her friend, carry on her work. to combat hatred and injustice. to serve others with love. that is the best way that we can remember jo and all that she stood for. this, we willay go on to elect a new mp, but no one can replace the mother.
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>> andrea mitchell. mourn speaker, today we the terrible loss of our friends and callie -- colleague jo murdered as she went about her duties last thursday. the life had been taken of a truly exceptional woman whose goodness and passionate dedication to humanitarian values has inspired us all. i knew her as a friend. how one bearable it must be for those who mourn her as a doctor, sister, -- daughter, sister, wife and mother. i first met her 10 years ago in london when we marched against injustice in darfur. she helped develop a central human material role for oxford. opposition washe
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with her and other human turn workers and witnessed her crucial role in supporting women and children in procuring water for thousands of refugees. ,he gave me the green wristband i wear it still. to ensure that we remember the desperate people caught up in what president bush described as a genocide. amongst her many friends and colleagues, and the international humanitarian and development family, all around the world, which she was such a respected and experienced member. she will be mourned and remembered as a staunch friend of the most desperate and deprived of the world and as a campaigner against injustice. justshe entered this house 13 short months ago, she rapidly used her deep knowledge to
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champion the dispossessed. figure tipsr to her but recklessly dismissive from political maneuvering which he saw as a barrier to progress. cause with a crusty old tory, she and i became cochairs. she was brave. her energy and effectiveness were an inspiration. we invited ourselves to be with the russian ambassador in his residence. with clever charm and steely determination, this five foot bungle wrestled him down for his country's cruelty and cynicism in korea -- syria. i do not believe the russian ambassador would forget that visit. i think there are many things jim would want us to remember
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this afternoon. i have just mentioned to. i do not believe he would want this bile and unspeakable act to change the open and accessible relationship we enjoy with our constituents. all of us take the advice of our local police in protecting those who work and support us. frankly, the records show -- thankfully, the records show these attacks are infrequent. secondly, joe would want us in this house to redouble our efforts to resolve the greatest catastrophe of our age, the crisis in syria were the lives of more than 11 million people have been ruined by the international community has shown itself disorganized, ineffective, and sublime. mr. speaker, i mourn jo today as a friend and as a colleague, but
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most of all i mourn for her as a mother whose two gorgeous charten will now have to life without the love and support of their wonderful, lovely, mum. >> harriet harman. >> thank you, mr. speaker. the 2010know her after election. she would regularly wrist into my office with that extraordinary energy that she had and tell me all that they were doing to help labor women get elected to parliament, to give women a bigger post in the party and so many labor women here in this chamber today were elected in 2015 and so deeply are mourning her life that women under the leadership of her, help and support it.
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not long after she had her son, she gave to give me one of those regular briefings and the baby came too. the reverend because she literally do not stop kissing it through the meeting. when she had her daughter, she was still there for the women who were tried to become campaigners. and urging them to try again if they did not make it. her feminism, her solidarity with other women was a thread that ran through her and all her work in the community and humanitarian causes. she always said to me emphatically that her children for her priority above everything. there was no dividing lines between her maternal heart and her great political heart. her children will grow up to know what an amazing woman their mother was. she is such a great loss to our politics and any replaceable loss to family to whom we send a
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heartfelt sympathy. >> mr. speaker. an amazing woman. she was one of those. she was clearly a remarkable person. mr. speaker, these are not my comments, although i clearly concur with them, these were just some of the many comments i heard from constituents and from those i met over the weekend. mr. speaker, conscious of time and wanted to ensure her front of the opportunities to speak, i make sure this hard for contribution on behalf of my fellow yorkshire mps. i met her just a year ago. it was not long after the general election and we were both appearing on the region politics show. upon arriving, i was taken to the makeup room where she was already sitting in the chair. in this essay, i had to spend a lot longer in the chair than she did.
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[laughter] in, she looked at me and greets me with the wonderful smile that lit her face. in that instance, that split second, i knew this was someone i was going to like enormously, and i was not wrong. i recorded the program and it was clear we agreed with each other on a number of issues and i'm sure the lack of political argument came as a huge disappointment for the producer. a testament for who joe was. she got her point across effectively and comic without the need for talking over people because when she spoke, people listened. she was always passionate about the issues she cared about, never afraid to stand up to those she felt had no voice, that she was also a proud yorkshire woman in our county is
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proud of her. in bristol and vastly this weekend, it was clear that her constituents loved her and everyone i spoke .o had mr., -- met her as the attributes increased, he gets is the outpouring of love for her and on friday, some 2000 people from all places packed into the center with tributes after tributes spoke of the qualities of one of the most outstanding members this house has. when he described her as a rising star. personally, i think she was a star. top.-- star full s powerful and passionate. and the maiden speeches, we heard about how we are far more united and how far more we have in common than the things that
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divide us. in everything she did, she promoted those values. she united communities in time paying for things that highlighted the unified call to she cared to passionately about. in these last few days, i have been amazed at the kindness and love expressed on social media, , the bankonversations #.r -- thankyourmp do what sheving to successfully did for so much of her life. i'm not alone in saying i will miss her. i will miss her compassion, her ,etermination, her conviction and above all, i will miss her smile. weatherbee as they pass each other in the corridor or from across the chamber. lass. a proud yorkshire
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my only regret is that i only knew her for a year. >> stephen kinnick. >> thank you, mr. speaker. jo and i have been friends for over 20 years and we had a wonderful 12 months sharing offices. she sees my cupboard as a wardrobe that whatever forget her dashing around in her cycling gear grabbing her close and shouting something over her project but her latest or campaign. she often brought her lovely children into the office with her and if i was lucky, i would get a dinosaur drawing or chance to read a story. they were wonderful kids. the murder of her is a national catchy. we must also remember the unspeakable suffering this has caused. the family has lost a loving mother, wife, sister.
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cox never fought for what she believed. she example five the best values of our party and country. compassion, mutate, solidarity, internationalism and she put her convictions to work for everyone she touched. violence and injustice everywhere. on thursday, she was assassinated because of what she and what she stood for. out of the deep darkness of her death, must now come the shining light of her legacy. let us build politics out of ope, not hate. unity, not the vision. -- division. ofy post on the streets
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britain that demonized refugees. hungry, terrified children. she would have responded with outrage and with a robust rejection of the calculated narrative of cynicism, division and despair. she understood that rhetoric has consequences. when insecurity, fear and anger are used to light if used then an explosion is inevitable. tribute, hemoving urged the people tonight and fight against the hatred that killed jo. is the politics of division and fear. the incendiary slogans and rhetoric of twisting patriotism of love of country into an ugly clothing of others. loathing of others. we must now stand up for something better because of someone better. cox, we mustf jo
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not let this atrocity intimidate democracy. we must now work to build a more respectful and united country because this is our time to honor the legacy of the proud yorkshire lass dedicated her life to the common good and he was so truly taken away from us in the prime of life. jo cox, we love you and salute you and will never forget you. cox was a politician that spanned continents and political parties. amongst other causes, she campaigned alongside many of us on behalf of people with autism and upon her death, we have lost a positive advocate. in 1992, i set alongside the first woman mp. surgery for 13
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years. jo exchanged letters with which he was still at school. she had been shocked to the core by this tragedy. she asked me to say that the attack on jo was an attack on our democracy and very basis of our political system. she will more the loss of an outstanding friend and politic. the family will more her as irreplaceable. we will mourn a woman of talent and humanity. a rising star and bright light whose voice may now be extinguished, but whose spirit minimizes our democracy will not be forgotten. -- the pitta misers -- ep itomizes our democracy will not be forgotten. >> this will be the hardest speech i will ever give, however it was not difficult to write
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because there was so much i wanted to say. best. was the very she measured well have been small, and politics and life she packed a punch. withame into this place passion and energy. from the very start she had a clarity of what she wanted to achieve. when needed to change and she was not going to waste any time getting on with it. she knew that people were talking on her cannot afford to wait. should her experiences of working in some of the most dangerous places in the world made her desperately bondable in front of the basic you and her. it meant that when she spoke come people listened. they wait to what she had to say. she was offered to set and she had a vision of a world better than the one which was taken from her. support in the most collegiate of ways reflected in the tributes paid
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her. i remember telling her that every day you are not peak, a day you can make a difference. nobody embodied that sentiment more than jo. with friends and colleagues, speak candidly about the challenges, the pressures of being a diligent and effective member of parliament. , a difficult balance to strike. it was not. she was not -- she managed to reconcile being both a hero of our movement and been incredibly down-to-earth. you only have to hear her speak to know that her roots were firmly in her home. she was a daughter of yorkshire.
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i will remember her in many different ways. .he spoke of her predecessors alluding to the fact that he had been credited with bringing down the government. i would not be all surprised she had become increasingly notice -- nevis. vous. i also remember her t wonderedcling ki where she felt the energy. our member here the trial and revelations of protection eating food. i remember her warmth, spirit. those of us who had the pleasure of her company, as she hosted an
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event to mark our first year in office on tuesday of last week. we will be eternally grateful to those treasured memories and the chance to be together one last time. she was a comment, running rightly, lighting up the dark, all inspiring given off sparks of light and energy anywhere she would go. i cannot think of a better way to describe her. soul andhe heart and we are heartbroken. we loved her everyday and we will miss her every day. she inspired us all and i swear that we will do everything in our power to make thursday, a vote on whether britain will remain in the european union.
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we will have that on c-span and c-span.org. tuesday, a hearing on the deployment of a national public safety network for first responders. the senate commerce subcommittee meets and you can see it on c-span3. about the planning for july's democratic national convention. we will bring you that live at 2 p.m. eastern on c-span3. >> it with the political primary season over, c-span's road to the white house takes you to this seasons at republican convention. it starting july 18 with live coverage from cleveland. go into thee will convention a matter what happens
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and i think we will go in so strong -- announcer: that live coverage from philadelphia. go forward, let's let's win the nomination and in july let's return. mr. sen. sanders: and then we whereur -- our fight economic, racial, and social and economic justice to philadelphia. i announcer: every minute of the democratic and republican conventions on c-span, c-span radio, in c-span.org. aboutsident obama talked achievements at the business investment summit. this is 10 minutes. pres. obama: if you could choose any place and time to invest your businesses precious resources, i believe you would
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choose right here, right now. toyou would choose a place expand your portfolio, to place your bets, to open up a plant. greatrt building the next new business or service, you would select the usa. because nowhere in the world and never in history has ever been a better place to grow your business. here is why. never before has the united states recorded 75 straight months of private sector job growth. never before has our graduation -- high school graduation rate higher preparing students for college and careers in your industries. never before have we insured more than 90% of our citizens missing the slowest growth in
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the price of health care in 50 years. that is important -- [applause] president obama that is : important for a whole host of reasons including the fact that healthier workers are more productive workers and better consumers and more affordable health care makes it easier for your business is to add jobs and pay good wage. never before have we had such high standard free-trade agreements that level the playing field and when complete, when we have got it done, the trans-pacific partnership with the more to lower the cost of exporting, eliminating taxes and custom duties in raising intellectual property standards that will take data and ideas and jobs. you would choose right here, now, because no other economy is so crucial for the global economy. no other country can add more innovation to your business. or bring your innovative products to more markets. no country has as many top
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universities, the country invest more in research and develop than we do. in fact, americans are responsible for one quarter of the world's r&d investments. no country can match our competitiveness in cutting-edge manufacturing. no country is home to more entrepreneurs or more supercomputing. over the last four years, no country has done more to build a culture of making and tinkering and entrepreneurship and innovation and invention. no other country is home to more
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foreign direct investment in the united states of america. over the last four years, no other country has been named by ceo's across the world more for truly has the best place to invest with confidence. all of this is for a good reason. in large part because the decisions we have made to the financial crisis to build our country on a new foundation for the future. no country on it that are positioned for the long run in the united states. we've doubled our production of clean energy. even as we continue to produce traditional energy sources at an extraordinary pace, which lower herey cost are are the nar and many other places around the world. our mature law, capital markets, all of these things contribute to an extraordinary place to do business. saleshat is a pretty good pitch. i do not mind being america's pitch man. [applause] : and in sevena months or so, i will be on the
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job market. [laughter] and i am glad i am going to be here. i am going to get on linkedin and -- you know, see what comes up. [laughter] pres. obama: but the truth is, it is easy to make the case and it is one each of the economic development organizations here can make just as well because behind it are the most talented, the most innovative workers in the world. american workers. why several years ago we took the advice of the ceo costs on our counsel and started the team that wakes up every morning with one mission, to bring jobs to america from overseas.
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they connect foreign investors local american markets make it easier for you to build a factory or facility in the united states. making it easier for you to get american workers researching, developing, making, and marketing your products. in today's world, where business does not stop at orders and when trade is how we shape the economic advantage, when the term global economy is redundant because of global supply chains being tied into every element lives, theseur partnerships are the keys to success for all of us no matter where we live. no matter if you are a small start up or a major multinational. as the local economic development experts here knows, communities that opened the doors for an investment create more jobs than those who do not.
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usa, we created select since the summit three years ago, is a penny companies have invested more than $10 billion and 35 u.s. states and territories. [applause] pres. obama: and a lot of the met at this event. in the exhibition hall or through the select usa online matchmaking program. at leicester summit, an italian tissue company started a conversation with folks from central ohio and the next month, they are breaking ground in the town of circleville on a facility that will create hundreds of jobs in the part of america and west end. it will be the largest ever sector investment in circleville in decades and it started right here at select usa. [applause] president obama: at that same summit, agricultural tech company from india met economic development representatives from missouri and within a year, the company to established its headquarters in st. louis and,
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we want more success stories like these. of you to invest in america. we are ready to welcome more of the jobs you create just as you are ready for american customers to help you succeed globally. i believe investing in the united states is the best investment decision you can make. we also know investment is always about a future. so as proud as we are about the investment we have made in the last few years, we are running up the score. we are not resting on our laurels. we have opened up cutting edge hubs. public private partnerships specializing in game changing 3-d printing.ike the next generation of tech
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. announce i am proud to in los angeles, a new business that will provide smart sensors to make manufacturing more efficient. we have more hubs on the way. these institutes are new, but the innovators do incredible things -- doing incredible things are who we have always been as american truth of his and that is why on my desk i patents of american inventions and near my desk. i'm confident it will endure i leave office. i also know the longer i talk, the less time you have to make deals with the folks sitting around you. thatet me just remind you this is not just about jobs and trade. this is not just about cold,
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hard cash. it is also about building relationships across borders. your companies come together, you help bring companies and cultures together. you generate rater understanding among peoples from different hearts of the world. most important thing you produce a you should never underestimate its value. at a time when there is strong pushback and a lot of corners of the world against this process of globalization, at a time when, as i have argued, should the united states and overseas, when people are concerned that that the process of technology and innovation and globalization may be leaving some people behind, at a time when we have to be more mindful inattentive to the concerns
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of those who are not benefiting and seeing their wages and incomes go up as quickly as others and at a time when the advanced economies in particular have to guard against eight winner-take-all economy in which inequality glows -- grows. legitimate of those concerns that have to be addressed to give workers greater voice and make sure it living wages are paid and working conditions are strong, what is also true is that the ability for us to trade and do integrate ouro companies and people learning from each other and innovation spreading and connect the globe, promises prosperity and reductions in poverty and
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ultimately less likelihood of conflict, it, and is something that can help us all of our countries at the same time. it is something that we have to nurture and value. the world is smaller. smaller the in it used to be because of innovation, to knowledge it, globalization, global markets. and, that is something that can work for everyone if we do it right. and that has been part of the premise of select usa. when you select usa, when you succeed, you will help ensure that years from now, for the when the next generation asks itself about the best time to be
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in business, the best time to be a citizen of this world, they will be happy to answer, in their own day, right now. so, good luck. i'm rooting for you. make a deal and make that smart choice to invest in the united states of america. we are open for business. god bless you. [applause] president obama: thank you very much. god bless the united states of america. thank you. [applause] [applause] announcer: coming up on c-span, a discussion from the women's foreign policy group some and on terrorism and refugees. then, v.a. secretary robert mcdonald. a discussion on the
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referendum on the u.k. membership in the european union. c-span's washington journal, live every day with news and policy issues that impact you. coming up tuesday morning, mark price with the economic policy institute joins us to discuss looking ateport income inequality and all 50 states and how it has grown. then, ron paul will be on to talk about gun and privacy laws in the wake of the orlando shooting and offer his opinion on the state of the 2016 presidential campaign. of thedavid drucker washington examiner will discuss the dismissal of donald trump's campaign manager, along with his recent story on campaign fund-raising. be sure to watch c-span's washington journal beginning live at 7:00 a.m. tuesday morning.
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>> tuesday, federal reserve chair janet ellen delivers the report to congress. we will have her testimony live had to :00 a.m. eastern here on c-span. >> at you realize this is something i would not only love to do, it is something i think could be really different the kinds of books that have been written about macarthur in the past and a way to rethink and reevaluate who this person was, what his real significance was, when his virtues really were that made him the most adored and add you related figures in american history but also what were his flaws and the things that made him in many ways unpleasant and even hated by millions of people. i'm out a sunday night on c-span's q&a, a look at the life and career of general douglas
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macarthur. is one of thet things about macarthur you have to say. he saw the future more clearly often then he saw the rise and. whether it was america's role in the, the rise of china, split between china and the soviet union which he foresaw, but also perhaps, too, the state of american domestic teletext. andss sunday on c-span skew eight. fired campaigne, andger corey lewandowski perfection. joining us on the phone is bob cusack, editor-in-chief of the hill newspaper. been looking at the story from a number of angles. what happened today? the what happened today is trump campaign was going in the wrong direct shunt.
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a new poll has hillary clinton leading donald trump by seven points nationally. we all know donald trump looks at polls very closely. bid,ary to his primary which was very successful and lead wire-to-wire, he is behind. this is a message to the republican establishment that a change was needed. a shakeup was needed. internally there were indications that trump advisor the other manager had tension. you have to have one manager calling the shots. the big picture, it was interesting this was announced on monday morning. not when you try to bury news on friday afternoon. i think this was an it knowledge meant that the ship needs to be turned around, the convention needs to be a good one, and they needed to part ways with corey lewandowski. >> what role did of uncontrolled
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plan all of this? >> at donald trump is the one who leads his campaign but he does listen to his daughter i banca. apparently, she was urging this was and i think trump getting it from a number of quarters. between thension republican national committee and the trump campaign. those started to leak last week. so i think corey lewandowski, who describes himself as intense, certainly rubs people the wrong way. does not have a lot of experience in general campaigns and high-profile campaigns. obviously, his campaign did quite well in the primaries but the republican establishment felt like donald trump is not pivoting to the general election. he has wasted time of the last month or so. some bad headlines. to be fair, steve, that criticism trump has been getting
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has not been aimed at corey lewandowski, it has been aimed at trump. trump is the one who went after wasxican american judge who born in indiana, tweeted after the orlando massacre, -- thank you for the congratulations but i am not interested in that. it was not be right tone americans felt he needed to adopt in the wake of the tragedy. trumpy is, is donald going to be presidential? he promised in on a number of occasions? he has used a teleprompter a bit. maybe there were some indications that corey lewandowski was not able to get through to trump. to change. to go to a general election mode where you have to not only get your base, republican base, but independents. latino voters. a recent poll has trumps disapproval rating with latinos
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add 89%. those numbers are devastating for a general election candidate. clearly, less than a month before the convention, we have this major change. this is a key time for the trump campaign. it will be interesting to see how different will be campaign be from here? steve: nephew considered the three pillars, money, message, and a get out the vote mentioned,n that you where does that put the trump campaign and its relations with the rnc? bob: at least publicly, the relations have been fairly good. this is certainly behind donald trump. he was called the presumptive nominee a little while back. they are trying to push the trump campaign. a have to raise a lot of money. there are indications hillary clinton and her allies of $1
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billion entropy indicated he would not need that much because he would get a lot of free media time because he did not need it during the primary. he would only need 300 million. democrats should that as an acknowledgment of weakness that they were having trouble getting the money necessary to defeat hillary clinton. trump awith the rnc and lot of things have to happen between now and the convention. trump has got to figure out who his vp pick will be. who is going to speak. how scripted it is going to be. certainly, mitch mcconnell has been critical of trump publicly, which is highly unusual for mitch mcconnell. saying that trump needs to get on message. that is not something we have seen in the last month. it has been a rough month for trump. >> bob cusack is the editor-in-chief of the hill. thank you for being with us.
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>> thanks, steve. with a political primary season over, c-span's road to the white house takes you to the seasons republican conventions. watch the republican national convention with live coverage from cleveland. be going intowill the convention a matter what happens and i think we will be going in so strong. announcer: and watch the democratic national convention starting july 25 with coverage from philadelphia. ms. clinton: let's win the nomination and in july let's return false cap sen. sanders: and then we take our fight for social, economic, racial, and environmental justice to philadelphia, pennsylvania! announcer: every minute of the republican and democratic hardee's national conventions on c-span, c-span radio, and the span.org.
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next, a discussion on u.s. foreign-policy and efforts to combat terrorism. discussing president obama's domestic resettlement goals for resettlement. this is just over one hour. >> good afternoon, everyone. welcome back to those attending the luncheon and a welcome to those joining us via c-span. am patricia ellis, president of the women's foreign-policy group which promotes women's leadership and voices on pressing international issues of the day. thethose of you new to group, we encourage you to go to our website or follow us on to learn morep about our work and program.
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now the exciting part of the celebration of women leaders begins as we have an extremely timely program in store for you regional terrorism, conflicts, my racial challenges in the middle east and africa. with three outstanding women leaders. stateant secretaries of whose bureaus, these issues. and patterson, linda thomas greenfield and and richard -- ann richard. they will be introduced shortly. it is my great pleasure to introduce a good friend of the women foreign-policy group. security, national has been a regular speaker moderator for the vf tg. we appreciate that. thank you so much.
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[applause] she previously served as your teeth in latin america and london and covering the white house. covering foreign-policy in the intelligence community. as well as assistant managing editor of national news, national editor and foreign editor. of is also the recipient numerous journalist awards for her coverage of international affairs. welcomingn me in dian. d and -- >> thank you, pat. good afternoon. i'm so happy to be back here at such a great occasion and such a great turnout. titlee said, we have a that covers a whole lot of territory today. combating terrorism, regional
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conflicts and migration conflicts in the little used in africa. east and africa. i hope we can do justice but i don't think we can have a better panel. every time i walk past the sixth corridor in the state department, most of them are women. today, we have three of the most senior and experienced diplomats to take us through some of the most pressing national security issues of our time. i will briefly introduce them. and patterson to the left is a career diplomat who currently serves as assistant secretary of state. before that, i know many of you have not heard for years and many of these positions, she was ambassador for some of the world's most challenging assignments, egypt, pakistan, and servedl salvador
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with the united nations. in 2008, she was promoted to the rank of career ambassador. the highest rank in the four service. -- foreign service. the middle, flitted thomas grieco. crilly serves as assistant secretary for the bureau of african affairs. she was princely director of the four service, ambassador to bureau and in the population refugees and migration. in 2000, she received the warren christopher award for her work with refugees and has also received the presidential service award. richard has been assistant secretary for the bureau of population refugees and migration. i don't think there could be any more and -- anyone or qualify for the job. qualified for the job. as you know, she helps refugees
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and internally displaced people and other victims of conflict. before that, she had a number of government diplomatic jobs. i will ask each of you to start with a brief overview of the areas that are of the most concern to the administration. what you spend most of time on them it can have a discussion among ourselves. i will ask an initial round of questions and never will incorporate the questions you write on the card that are on the table. i hope you will all feel free to turn into a real discussion. as comments to what each other says. i will start with the islamic state and extremism because that is an issue to one degree or another that concerns all three of you. the foreign minister of saudi arabia and broke the fight against the islamic state said
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in a press covers on friday that the dissent document that leaked from the state department last week had his government's absolute support. that document called for a more assertive u.s. role in syria based on the standoff of air weapons that would driving more hard and focused u.s. diplomatic process leveraging the international serious support ofup to end the mass killing civilians and egregious mass killing of human rights reality that myself right now because i want to ask each of you to give introductory comments. [laughter] now you know what the first question is. a thank yout me do for that introduction. and pat ellis. i think she has worked tirelessly to promote this
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intercession -- organization. let's give her a hand. [applause] this is a very sophisticated audience. you know that there will not be easy answers in this part of the world. the problems we see are a lack of political intimacy. for conflict. particularly conflict between shia and sunni. they have been around a long time and they are now sitting on each other in a very toxic way. region,hroughout the political and legitimacy, order people can't get their voices heard. the lack of institutional structures which was mostly apparent after the fall of gaddafi. there is nothing there except hundreds of tribal militia groups. in the petroleum industry. grievances-standing
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which have led to four wars and 10 years. newly asserted saudi arabia which is led to a more international conflict. it is not just the lack of civilian institutions, throughout the region and despite decades of u.s. assistance, we see military that can fight with a couple edible exceptions. in syria, an unprecedented level of violence that has led to a refugee crisis. really aggravated by conflict between shiite and sunni. tunisia, i would like to recognize the ambassador with it strong tradition of labor unions and political parties. support seem to be the exception to the trend. we must support tunisia's fragile democratic group with assistant.
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second, most middle eastern countries have fundamentally cure the staggering demographics for the region. isould argue that it unemployment, there was a major driver of the arab spring. subsidies, like a transparent regulation, and inadequately trained workforce all discouraged investment. middle east to north africa, 62% of the population is under 25 and youth unemployment hovers around putting 5%. youth unemployment hovers around 25%. the situation is only more dire for girls with growing
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participation in school but lower employment rates. more women in school and then and perform better, but opportunities continue to be limited. we have seen tunisia into a lesser degree morocco and sever of the gulf countries -- several of the gulf countries. arabiawn prince of saudi was here last week promoting a new economic vision for his country to diversify away from oil which will be key for the region. knowing who has worked in the middle east for the past 15 such intensetten sectarian conflict between sunni and shiite between iran and saudi arabia and yemen and syria. finally, violent extremism, the outset of the middle east, eternally getting the most attention in our country. the bulk of the under 30 generation in this region's coming-of-age in society is
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dominated by political leadership that they cannot change an underperforming economies. the causes of the islamic extremism are many and varied, but without prospects, many of these young men and women are inspired by those who encourage alienation and violence. with religion used as a dark cover. it is not all bleak. there has been very considerable process against isis in both syria, iraq and now libya. it is just territory, money and recruits. there is no question that this deal -- brutal manifestation will be beaten on the battlefield for the 65 member coalition. administration has also tried to shore up its traditional allies by reassuring its friends in the gulf that the nuclear deal with iran does not mean a zero-sum game for relationships with the united states.
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in recent months, there has been progress in libya and yemen and international efforts that by secretary kerry have led to a very fragile cease-fire and improve the inadequate humanitarian effort. we're try to offer and reform our system programs to promote job training for both men and women. all this will take years and years. the next administration will have to focus on supporting economic and political transformation the region which ultimately will have to be led and there to buy the people of the region themselves. operated by the people of the region themselves. >> let me also start by thanking the women's foreign policy preferred bank yesterday. you are important advocates for the voice of women around the world. to be here to speak
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to you. today's topic is of central importance for africa and to africans in the coming decade. i know this, i have some of our african ambassadors who today wondering and i will continue to as well. she claims me as well occasionally. how we address africa will overcome will move forward in the future. our goal is to partner with africa to promote democracy, promote peace and promote prosperity. if we are successful, we choose -- issues of terrorism, conflict and migration will be less of a concern. there is a major security and political challenges, i firmly believe that we are making progress. we are making progress that will
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allow for the continent to prosper it for it to take its rightful place as leaders in the next decade. africa's challenges seem daunting if we depend on the media. and what we are reading. boko haram continues to have a devastating impact in nigeria. we read that in the press on a regular basis. also bob remains a threat in east africa. affiliates. complex in places like south sudan -- conflicts like places in south sudan. growth thatomic robs young africans were education and a better life. challenges with governance and democracy as well. some leaders have shown a propensity to stay in power a bit longer than the constitution allows for the don't have constitutional limits. human rights issues are
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worrisome and freedom and speech and transparent elections continue to be issues. we havenot enough, diseases such as ebola, you'll keep her and malaria and the effects of el niƱo. migration issues, which i know will be addressed by my colleague. added to that, population figures as high as 75% under the age of 35 with challenges and opportunities. how do we respond to all of these challenges and focus on the positive agenda? we know we must have a multifaceted response. we know it must be one that addresses the challenges it allows us to take the advantage of a multitude of opportunities. we know the response cannot just focus on peace and security, but
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must focus on other causes. you know that africans must be part of the solution. in fact, they have to own the solution. going back to our goals of partnered with africa to promote democracy, we are focused on supporting free and fair transparent elections. 17 in africa this year alone, supporting regular democratic transitions of power, free and fair transparent elections and peaceful elections and supporting civil societies and human rights. strengthening these elements of democracy will help lead to long-term stability and elections in nigeria in several places where historic. they show what the possibilities are on the continent of africa. democracy and stability are closely linked. on the peace and security front,
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we are working with partners both regionally and internationally to respond to the threat of terrorism and insecurity. the auworking to bolster peacekeeping capacity by providing the claimant and providing training for african troops who make up the largest numbers of peacekeepers around the globe. after, we trained more than 27,000 troops in support of u.n. and au missions. we turned about 250,000 since the program started. south the day, our special envoy has worked around the clock to get a peace deal agreed to and signed. how prosperity agenda is equally important. we must help african nations create opportunities for the next generation. we must ensure that africa's youth and country's invested in
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the u street if they are not invested in, they are prime targets for recruitment by violent extremist groups. all across africa, we are working with governments, urging economic reforms to to the global glove -- growth and working with the private sector to promote investment and you work. -- youth involvement. hosting a second africa business forum september to encourage the private sector. initiative such as power africa mobilizing billions of dollars in investment with government and businesses to add 50 million new electric connections in the next two years. this is key to africa's economic success. we are empowering women and youth throughout africa women's
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peace initiative. fullomote women's participation in peacekeeping and reconstruction. network ofport a entrepreneurs. the entrepreneurship centers that we have currently in kenya and zambia. the initiate that i think will be a game changer, the president of young african leaders initiative which is bringing 1000 young africans to the united states for academic and leadership training. this is the third iteration of it. we brought 500 and 2014 and 500 and 2015. they're already making a difference on the continent. it is these kind of efforts that boost economic growth and creates opportunity. this is what is required to create global peace throughout the continent of africa. this is what is needed to alleviate refugee crisis and
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math migration from the continent. there is much more i would like to discuss with you, but i think it is time for me to stop and i look forward to hearing this lecture. [applause] thank you. it is quite an honor for me to be here. i appreciate the women foreign policy group. i have known them for a long time and appreciate the chance to be at my colleagues. this is not happen very often. [laughter] but secretary kerry started, he would come into the room and say ann and i had to train myself not to jump because it was the other ann. [laughter] today is world refugee day, i'm sure you all know that. happy world refugee day. and thinkment to stop
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of the refugees and think of their plight and to salute those who are survivors who hang in there and restart their lives and make a difference in the places that they go. the seriousness today is that u.n.uman refugee -- refugee has announced there are 65 million people for refugees and displaced around the world. 3 million people who are seeking asylum in the countries to which they have fled, 20 million for refugees because they have crossed an international border and is looking for help, and more than, nearly 41 million displaced in their own country who have yet to cross an international border and are looking to the government for help. sometimes they get that, oftentimes you don't. -- they don't. this is a record setting number.
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a very serious moment. there are three things i want you to take away from my brief marks. one is that this is a global phenomenon. there has been a lot of attention to europe. we're talking today with colleagues who are focused on middle east and africa. we can also pull in colleagues who cover southeast asia, south asia, central america. what we see people on the move fleeing persecution or dangerous places. refugees are not the same as terrorists. are the victims of terrorists. [applause] i knew this with the right group to talk to today. this is a very important difference. they are generations
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try to figure how to survive. a very difficult situation. they're concerned about the searching -- future of their education for their children. thirdly, i want you to know that the u.s. is a leader in responding to these issues around the world. we are top human nature and donor and we are the top destination for human refugee agencies to resettle refugees. world, myk around the colleagues have already mentioned some of the places that people are fleeing. syria, yemen, nigeria, boko haram. these are the people that have been in the news recently. that is also situation have not been resolved. whomia, afghans, some of may not be able to go home again.
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laughter, you remember them were both abandoned and southeast a mix of migrants from bangladesh, people seeking economic opportunity, and refugees from burma. the u.s. has traditionally led the world in aid. usaid funds the world food program. this is something most americans can take pride in. withe, collectively then, all of this funding, we kind of form be back own of the international humanitarian we kind of form the backbone of the international humanitarian system. if the u.s. was not there, the
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entire u.n. apparatus and the ngo's that are out there, many would fall flat. this is something that is taken for granted, but it's a very important thing. and the credit goes, year in and year out, to congress. we have had bipartisan support for a really strong, international humanitarian support coming from the united states. one of my chief concerns right now is that we could lose that justtisan support that has built us into this leader in terms of humanitarian assistance around the world. we are number one in aid to syria. and we are finding that in terms of helping europe, we really have a bit of a dilemma. there it is a matter of money.
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there it is a matter of political will and europe coming together to be decisive and decide how to do what they should in terms of helping legitimate refugees and stopping the dangerous flow across the mediterranean and the a and that has taken so many lives. our boss, secretary kerry is constantly on the go. he is doing so in the pursuit of peace. there is the humanitarian side. discussionse those with middle east leaders. and so will the white house. when they are having conversations about u.s. foreign-policy, one aspect of that will be asking governments

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