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has been involved. i hope that memories of all this year's happy events will brighten our lives for many years to come. i will continue to treasure and draw inspiration from the countless kindnesses shown to me in this country and throughout the commonwealth. thank you all. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> as we see the family again without prince philip at the balcony and these brilliant
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pictures, andrew and martin, let's talk about, again, the queen and her amazing and not just longevity, of course, which we celebrate today, but the kind of leader she has been. andrew? >> well, that's right. i mean, everything martin said earlier was absolutely right. especially with regard to duty. this is a woman who at her 21th birthday promised the then-british empire but also the commonwealth, that the rest of her life would be dedicated to them, would be a life of duty to them. and that's a big thing to say at the age of 21, and now 65 years later, we know that she meant every word she said because it has been a question of duty. also, of course, she personifies the continuity of the united kingdom. in her person is the blood that goes back a thousand years, and the way in which this, only the second diamond jubilee in the
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whole of those thousand years has come off really is a tribute to her as well as to what she represents. >> i think also, andrea, the other thing to andrew's point just now, at her golden jubilee ten years ago, the queen referred to her husband, prince philip as the strength and stay of her life, and she clearly must have keenly felt his absence today given that he's in hospital being looked at following this infection, but the day, as evidenced by the queen's conduct, she's not interrupted or disturbed. she's not tripped up by anything like even losing her husband for this important event today. especially the service of thanksgiving. the queen is just robust and steady, and she moves forward. and there's that sense in which, as andrew said, her devotion to duty trumps everything including
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herself. and i think she is, in many ways, a throwback to a different period. the self-indulgence of modern life is something that we're all used to. this woman does not embody that. she isn't somebody who is looking out for her own interests, her own ambitions, her own preferences, her own comfort. this is somebody whose dedication is to the lives of others and service. it was interesting hearing her speak just now and thanking the commonwealth for the many countless kindnesses that have been given to her, that is absolutely typical of her expressing her gratitude to the commonwealth on the day when many british subjects feel an enormous sense of gratitude to her. >> and our gratitude to you, martin bashir, of course, every day at 3:00, and our friend andrew in london. thank you both so much. and now to our daily fix and to wisconsin where the electorate
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is more polarized than any time in recent memory over today's recall effort of scott walker for his rollback of public sector bargaining union rights. his opponent mayor tom barrett. in recent days the race has tightened. barrett said he can still win tonight. >> we've noted over the last 96 hours around the state the energy has been building and building and building, which we think is a very good sign. we're glad to see that so many people care about the democracy and the future of the state and a governor who will work to represent the middle class of this state. >> walker says if he wins he plans to work across the aisle. >> if i have the honor of winning the election tonight, i'll certainly talk about way to bring the state together this evening, but the most important thing is not just talk about it but do it. and i think tomorrow will be the first of many steps. >> did you get much sleep last night? >> actually after the rally, i sleep like a baby most days. >> nbc's ron allen is live in
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waukesha. let's begin with ron in wisconsin. is it as close as the latest polling indicates? what is the feeling and the enthusiasm from each side on the ground there? >> well, there's a lot of intensity here, andrea, a lot of enthusiasm. very high voter turnout. we're in a very republican area, an area the governor won 74% of back in 2010. there are few people here now but there has been a line of people steadily through this polling place since it opened this morning. they say they're running 400% where they normally are, that's on the republican area. and organized labor are really trying to make a big push. a big rally up in madison, wisconsin, which will start soon which will hopefully for their side energize a late afternoon push to get people to the polls. they're saying that turnout
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could be 60% to 65% here. in a presidential year it approach that or 70%. that gives you an idea how important voters here are taking this. everybody has an opinion about this, a strong opinion. people who are for the governor and against the governor and there are people against the whole recall process. remember here for the past 14 months or so, there have been seven separate elections, every 60 days the voters of this state have gone to the polls will something. we have a presidential election to come in november and half the state senate is up for grabs again. so we really have the perpetual election here. people are tired, they're beaten down, but they're taking this all very, very seriously. >> ron allen, thanks very much for the latest from wisconsin. and let's talk about presidential politics and we've had a little bit of a twitter war already between president obama saying it's election day in wisconsin, he tweeted, and i'm standing by tom barrett. he'd make an outstanding governor. but of course, he didn't go
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there. he flew around and over wisconsin deliberately not campaigning there. so rins priebus, the former republican chair, bold tweet from the president who wouldn't actually campaign with him or step foot in wisconsin. i stand with walker, # i stand with walker. what does it really mean, though, for barack obama and for mitt romney and the national party and the union movement, depending on what happens there today? >> what's hard about it, andrea, is to know what it means because turnout is so important. ron said 60% to 75% of registered voters might vote. turnout in 2008 was around 2.9 million. if it gets north of 2.5 million, then i think we're okay to start drawing some conclusions because the recall electorate will look roughly what we think the electorate will look like in the fall. if it's below that, it's just too small. 2.1 million people voted in the 2010 midterm. you have to be careful with
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that. i will say, getting away from the nerdy number piece of it. symbolically if scott walker wins today, there will be, i think, a real energy and drive among republicans that they can finally win wisconsin at the presidential level. they have not won since president ronald reagan in 1994 and in the next six that they lost, they averaged just 41% of the vote. so it just tells you that it has not been a swing state at the presidential level. if walker win, i think republicans will be thinking of it as such. >> now, we also had for president obama the bill clinton trio of fund-raiser in new york last night and bill clinton very much on message in contrast to what happened last week. let's talk about that last night and what did he bring to the table for barack obama? >> sure. look, i think bill clinton's great genius, this has been true from the time he was governor of
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arkansas until today, is that he can frame issues and complex issues in relatively simple terms that people can understand and that get people on his side. i think he did it with the economy, he did it as it relates to the united states of the world stage and what mitt romney would do. look, bill clinton -- these events come at a good time for barack obama. he's had a disastrous is probably overstating. he's had a very bad last week culminating with the jobs report last friday. bill clinton is a wonderful surrogate when he's on message. i think he's probably the best obama surrogate or the best democratic party surrogate when he's on message. he was on message last night. i think that he helps draw attention away from some of the problems that are being written about as they relate to barack obama. my guess is you'll see him more rather than less as we get nearer to the election. >> you say calamitous. then used to compare a mitt
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romney administration with what's happening in the euro zone. let's watch. >> who would have thought after years and years and years, even decades, in which the republican right attacked old europe, that they would embrace the economic policies of the eurozone. austerity and unemployment now at all costs. i mean, after all, their unemployment rate's 11% and ours is 8. we can get right up there if we just adopt their policies. >> there he is, bill clinton, the political master. >> right. that's him. and that's exactly to my point earlier, that's exactly what i'm talking about. framing the economy and the world's stage, the eurozone in a very digestible way for the average person who is not following closely. it's his real genius as a politician, you saw it on display there. >> see you later, my friend. and democrats have scheduled a
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senate vote on legislation that would help ensure women get equal pay for equal work, but looks to many to being about politics than policy. they are expected to block the bill's advance on a procedural vote allowing democrats to claim republicans are voting against women's rights. harry reid called on mitt romney to take a stand on the bill. >> he should show some leadership. in my opinion, governor romney, and tell his fellow republicans that opposing fair pay for all americans is shameful. instead, no one knows where he stands. >> joining me is capitol hill correspondent luke russert. luke, at this point, it's clear that they're not going to win this vote, but they want to have the vote. they're trying to create a record. last night rachel maddow tried really heroically to pin mitt romney down and what the romney campaign kept tweeting back to her is we stand for equal pay, but they would not say whether they're committed on this vote. have you gotten any more clarity
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out of the republican leadership on the hill? >> the republican leadership has been quiet about this, andrea, and in fact harry reid spoke about it yesterday. mitch mcconnell decided not to respond to him on this issue. but he elected not to receive any gop support, the moderates that might try to push this across the finish line, scott brown, susan collins, olympia snowe, i spoke to an aid before i came to be program and they expect them to stay with the leadership on this one. the reason being there's been a big push by business-backed special interest groups and the u.s. chamber of commerce which said that this bill that would allow women to sue for punitive damages if they don't feel they're getting the same salary as men, as allow women to talk about salaries in the workplace and ask questions about what men make would really hamper small businesses. they expect to hold their caucus because of the strength of those groups. >> of course, the strength on
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the other side are the trial lawyers who would like to see this happen. >> indeed, right, andrea. >> but there's also -- >> but this is a great example of a vote that we'll hear about again in november. >> exactly. >> it fits in with what we've heard from democrats in the last few weeks, the war on women. this is another vote, they want to be able to say that republicans voted to not allow women to have equal pay. the talking point out of it. fascinating debate on the senate floor. >> thank you very much, luke russert with all the politics there. breaking news out of california, a major decision on prop 8. pete williams has been all over it. pete, basically this was the 9th circle and the decision as to whether the entire circuit would take up that case in overturning the prop 8 ban. >> right. and the decision is no, andrea, at least four judges would have taken the case out of the 11-member court. there may have been more, we don't know. those are the only four that noted their dissent. so that means a majority of the
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court did not want to hear this case. the court said it will put a hold on its ruling for at least 90 days to give the backers of prop 8 time to appeal to the supreme court. if they do file and ask the supreme court to take the case, then the stay will remain neskt until the court decides what to do. that clears the way for the backer of prop 8 to ask the supreme court to take this case. the question is will the supreme court take it? it doesn't have to. when it struck down prop 8 in february, said said this is an unusual situation in california because a court decision granted the right to marriage, then prop 8 took it away. you can't do that with a fundamental right, you can't give it, then takt away again. it made it applicable to california only. so some backers of gay marriage in california hope that the u.s. supreme court won't take this case and will simply allow
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marriage to continue knowing that the decision is confined to california. so the question is will the supreme court take it or not? we just don't know the answer. but andrea, if it does, it would probably hear the case probably next spring and it might be the same term in which the court agrees to hear a challenge to the defense of marriage act, the federal law that bars recognition of same-sex marriage in those states that permit it. >> so the bottom line is if the backers don't request the supreme court to hear it and if the supreme court doesn't hear it, there is a possibility that the ban on prop 8 being implemented will stand at least for a year and it could be even longer that the california ban on prop 8 being implemented -- >> i would say it a little differently. yeah, i think you can count on the backer of prop 8 appealing this to the supreme court. >> okay. >> so the ban will stay in effect until the supreme court decides it either will not take
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the case and it evaporates, marriages can go forward again or it uphoemds it or strikes it down. >> thanks for the clarity. the voter suppression issue, the battle for florida and the euro crisis and the economic slowdown here at home. ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] at nissan, our ideal is innovation. 5 all-new models over the next 15 months, including a completely reimagined altima. welcome to our most innovative year ever. nissan. innovation that excites. ♪ right? get. out. exactly! really?! [ mom ] what? shut the front door. right?
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republican governor rick scott says that florida's voter purge is aimed at clearing registration rolls of noncitizens. critics say it's an effort to disenfranchise poor and minority voters who tend to vote democratic. where a small number of votes can sway the election.
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as we've seen. debber wasserman schultz pointed this out yesterday. >> this has been been an insidious attempt to prevent groups of voters who were more likely to vote for barack obama and democratic candidates from actually getting to the polls and doing that. so the republicans know that they can't win this election on the merits. >> last week a federal judge sided with the opposition issuing a preliminary injunction blocking parts of the measure. joining me is mark caputo. can you take us through this because the miami herald has done a lot of work on this. what have you seen when you look at the number of people purged from the rolls. what percentage or what numbers of those people actually were noncitizens? >> well, let's start with early on, the state identified about 180,000 potential noncitizens. it then did a lot of homework and wilhittled that list down. and of those potential
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noncitizens about 1600 are here in the miami area. so we looked at the numbers and we found that 58% of those people, of the 2700 potential noncitizens, again 58% were hispanic. p they also tended overwhelmingly to be independent voters, no party affiliation. the least likely to be on the list were republicans and nonhispanic whites. when you look at the statistics you can see where people walk away with the idea that it's racially or ethnically motivated, but this is what happens when you go after noncitizens. florida's largest immigrant group happen to be hispanics and they're disproportionately registering as independents. but so far only 13 people have been purged who said, i'm a noncitizen, take me off the list. and of those two, two may have
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voted and they're looking into that. >> with little evidence of real fraud, how do the proponents of this justify it based on the argument they've got clean up the voting rolls? >> if you're a noncitizen, you are not supposed to be on the voter rolls. so all they're trying to do is get rid of the noncitizens. obviously is problem is that the state used an outdated database or not so up-to-date database to do this search in part because the federal government dnd then them access to one that was upda updated. so the nbs here in miami/dade, of the 1600, 13 have been shown to noncitizens. and so this is a problem for the government. >> but you don't know how many people are dissuaded from voting
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just by all of the rigmarole involved. so it really does become an issue of voter suppression. what is the next step legally because there was a preliminary injunction against part of a law but not all of the law. what is the next legal move? >> we actually have two separate voting controversies here. i know you find that tough to believe. >> how is that possible in florida? >> florida, florida, florida, as tim russert said. >> exactly. >> one of the problems is the law, the voter registration law, that was passed the spring before last. that's the one that on thursday a judge basically stayed. he stopped regarding cracking down on voter registration groups. then you have the separate issue of a potential noncitizen voter hunt or voter purge. also on thursday, the department of justice weighed in and told the state of florida, look, knock it off. you don't have enough time to do this. you're within a window of time, 90 days within a federal election, when you can't do this any more. we're waiting for the state to
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respond to doj that will either happen today or tomorrow and we might have an elections fight on our hands just related to that. we'll have to wait and see. >> as long as we don't have any butterfly ballots. but keep us honest on this and we'll look forward to your next report. >> florida outlawed the butterfly ballots and punch cards a while ago. >> i was just being facetious. thanks very much, mark caputo. >> thanks for having me. >> why some romney supporters could be worried. time for your business entrepreneur of the week. former british counterterrorism expert developed tough mudder. it's an obstacle course that inspires people and builds teamwork. tough mudder will earn more than $70 million. [ male announcer ] imagine facing the day
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that's good morning, veggie style. hmmm. for half the calories plus veggie nutrition. could've had a v8. in today's politico briefing why are some republicans worried that mitt romney is his own worst enemy. politico is quoting william kristol. joining me now is jim about the republican worries that mitt romney could blow his chances. >> how, how are you doing?
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good to see you. it's interesting because it's not just bill kristol. we talked to about 20, 25 different conservatives. and they all seem to make the same points when talking about romney. they seem very happy with the early performance of mitt romney, but then when you start talking about what if it's not just about the economy or what if he's not in these controlled environments, they all list the same concerns. they're wored that conservatives won't be very enthusiastic for him and he wouldn't connect with hispanic or minority voters across the board and all of them take the conversation at some point back to his faith and they say that evangelical christians have a bigger problem with his faith than is being detected in public polling. it does give them a sense of uneasiness when they think of the election kicking into high gear. >> jim, but aren't republicans at least feeling that they've come together much more quickly than they thought, that mitt romney's actually doing a pretty good job from their perspective
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of healing the wounds and trying to appeal to all sides, the question is that some republicans are saying to me, critics of romney say we don't know who he is because he's taken so many positions particularly on foreign policy? >> there's no doubt that almost every republican we talk to feel like the last three weeks have been good for mitt romney. they feel there's not been of the the cringe worthy moments at the end of the primary. the obama attacks on his tenure at bain capital have not been effective. this is not than critiquing barack obama. if you want to unify supporters and attract independents, it's when they starts talking about things that are bigger that they worry about his ability to connect with his own party and independents. that's the trick. he has to prove to the country he can do that. >> thank you so much for your reporting. up next, the euro crisis and
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we have breaking news now in from the pentagon where u.s. officials now confirm that al qaeda's second in command has been killed in awe drone strike in pakistan. this could be the most significant blow to al qaeda since osama min bin laden's death over a year ago. jim miklaszewski is the pentagon correspondent. they're sure that this is al libi, the number two and that they've got him? >> absolutely. u.s. officials do confirm that abu yahya al libi was killed in a cia drone strike in the waziristan province of pakistan a few days ago. it took several days to confirm the fact that abu yahya was killed. and in fact according to pakistani officials, there were
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as many as, count them, 7 to 15 other militants killed in what may have been a series of attempts to kill abu yahya. in fact, pakistani officials say that abu yahya was, in fact, targeted a few days earlier, some time last week, was injured in that strike, and then was ultimately killed in the strike a few days ago. and in fact, u.s. officials are characterizing abu yahya as pretty much irreplaceable in terms of his expertise and influence to al qaeda. >> jim miklaszewski, thank you very much on that latest update. >> you bet. with the u.s. economy showing alarming signs of weakness there's increased worry from another shock of what is happening in europe. now germany seems to be opening the door a crack to talk to the european union assuming more control over yur's's economic sector. former head of the merrill lynch
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wealth management division of bank of america and joins us from new york. what is your latest prognosis over the talk in europe and whether there will be some sort of european agreement over more centralized financial management of the sector and how that will affect us here? >> there's no doubt, andrea, that we're going through some very interesting volatile and potentially treacherous times. and i think the diagnosis has got to be for some pain. whether it's going to be pain on the part of greece staying within the euro and germany having to take some economic hits or fiscal hits for doing so or whether greece leaves the euro, then we see a contagion that will spread, italy, spain, which will be quite dangerous, we're really on a precipice here. it feels like every summer we come back to volatile markets, challenging times and we're on a precipice to see which way it goes, but hard to think there's
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a way the needle can be threaded such that there's not pain ahead. >> we've seen a real freezing up on american hiring. do you think that american companies, we're sitting on record breaking profits, are standing pat because they're concerned about europe and unknown quantities there? or are they concerned about the lack of agreement, the stalemate in washington, the possibility of a fiscal cliff when the bush tax cuts expire or both or all of it. >> or every bit of it. or is it the natural deleveraging that happens after you have a downturn that's caused by overleverage, we are sort of following the script for the slow growth t stop and go, the two steps forward, three steps back that occurs when one comes out of it certainly exacerbated by the fact we have the uncertainty in europe. i think what people are nervous about and should be nervous about, there's the part of europe that we understand and where the impacts could mean
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that people are prepared for it, but then the questions of where the impacts we don't know about. you may remember as a subprime crisis started some years ago, you remember hearing people say, the subprime mortgage business is only this small percent of the economy, but it spread. greece is this small, but it can spread. >> and, of course, italy is the big unknown factor. if it goes from greece to spain, that's one thing, but italy such a large economy, i think the fifth largest economy in the world, that would really be something that the european central bank would have difficulty bailing out. >> i think that's right. and again we then ask the question about what happens to the united states. and one of the things that i've been trying to shed a light on is this can impact not just what happens with currencies, but really people need to be taking a look at -- individuals need to take a look at, what are they invested in. can it impact them. if you're heavy one in european
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bank stock. the challenging one is do i have a money fund. almost all of your viewers, the answer is going to be yes. then they need to look into their money fund or ask their financial adviser, are there any european bank investments in that money fund? because as recently as a handful of months ago there were some money funds where 77 -- 72, excuse me, percent of investm t investments in one of the large money funds was actually in european banks. these risks can occur in places that people aren't thinking about or are prepared for. >> thank you very much. thanks for bringing your knowledge to the table. we hope we'll see you often. come back. >> thank you, andrea, appreciate you having me. >> one of secretary of state's hillary clinton's signature initiatives going back to her years as first lady is the power of women across the globe and in turn improving their own societies. key to this effort is a nonprofit she founded before she became america's top diplomat, "vital voices."
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now its president and ceo alyse nelson has offered accounts from the women in ireland that broke down religious barriers and the women struggling in the middle east and around the world. joining me a friend of our program a member of vital voices who ran for the presidency in cameroon still leads her country's people's party and alyse nelson, president of vital voices and author of the new book. the book contains so many wonderful stories. we here in washington who participate and watched vital voices over the years and i've been one of the people watching this for a long time now -- >> thank you for your support. >> it's striking how people really have joined the example. what are you trying to do in the book? what models are you trying to show? >> the book really shares a journey over 15 years and really the lessons that we've learned from steroextraordinary leaders
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socioeconomic backgrounds, but some commonalities, some threads in the way that women lead. i think what we've seen is that women lead differently and that difference is precisely what our world needs today. you look around the world and you see rising inequity, countries trying to pull themselves out of economic crisis. we need new leadership but we also need different thinking. women lead more inclusively, more collaborative and cause driven. >> sits right here we've got this example. and you are one of the people that vital voices awarded and modeled. how important to you in starting out in cameroon in politics was it to have this example, this support, this network of women? >> very, very important. i think that for me, i'm run of the people for whom vital voices, our encounter, came precisely at the right moment where i was stepping in to national leadership.
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and i think in a country like mine where political leadership especially can be a little bit dicey. 50 years old once have we changed leadership, so only two presidents. and where it means sometimes physical danger, it means a lot of pressure, this global network of women being part of a network where if something happened to me, i would get an e-mail from a woman in come ambassadambodia, argentina, i have this wonderful team of women in washington, d.c., saying what can we do, how can we help? how can we make sure that you're safe? it's just tremendous. aside from that whole sort of, you know, safety net, is all the learning that we do together that i think is really demonstrated in this book. 32 women are profiled in this
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book at about around five principles. it's amazing how we do lead according to these principles no matter where we are in the world. >> are there risks now, alyse, looking forward you've done so much for women in afghanistan and pakistan and other parts of world. we're seeing a political retrenchment against some of the rights that women have been winning in some of these countries? >> right, right. also if you look at the middle east, so many people were concerned that women were standing shoulder to shoulder with men in the square, but it looks like their rights may be rolling backyard. >> in egypt. >> in egypt, but there are other concern. and libya. but one of the fascinating things that women there say is there's a new normal. they know what equality feels like and tais like to stand
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shoulder to shoulder with men and the nobel peace prize winner from yemen, the godmother of the revolution, she says women's eyes have been opened. they're awake. and they're not going back to sleep. once you know what you're fighting for, it's much easier to get there. >> the book is "vital voices" as is the organization. it began in world war ii where she was still a princess. princess elizabeth volunteering as an auto mechanic and has survived 12 american presidents and as many prime ministers. president obama in a video tribute to her today. >> in war and in peace, in times of plenty and in time of hardship, the united states and the united kingdom have shared a special relationship. >> it's a special relationship indeed and one that the queen has helped shape for six decades. we divorced ourselves from the
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monarchy and that little tempest in a boston tea party more than two centuries ago, but we yanks still can't seem to get enough of this queen. >> we are here to celebrate the tried, tested and, yes, special relationship between our two countries. >> she won our hearts from her coronation and on through her troubles with her children. and in this case, it's a love affair that's lasted through 12 american presidents. over the years she's put up with a lot from her former subjects. the indignity of going to where the revolution started to celebrate the bisentencentennia our independence from the monarchy. >> we learned to respect the right of others to govern themselves in their own ways. >> while the queen seemed to enjoy riding with president reagan at windsor, her reciprocal trip to ride at his colorado ranch was a total washout. >> i knew before we came that we had exported many of our traditions to the united states, but i had not realized before
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that weather was one of them. >> and then there was the rose garden podium that all but reduced her majesty to a talking hat. >> thank you for your warm welcome to washington. >> and the orioles game where she suffered temperatures pushing 100 degrees while feigning interest in that most american of pastimes, baseball. at times the queen almost seemed like one of us. perhaps that's why george w. bush felt comfortable enough to be, well, himself in 2007. >> you helped our nation celebrate its bicentennial in 17 -- 1976. then there was in touchy feely moment when michelle obama first met the queen. >> i don't know, but i suspect it's not the kind of thing that would bother her in the slightest. >> so what about this special relationship that americans have with britain's monarch? >> it strikes me as ironic that you basically kicked us out in
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