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atmosphere for centuries once you put them there. so you better not let them get there in the first place. the administration has taken certain steps. they have increasesç the fuel economy of automobiles. even the bush administration took a step in that direction. they now have rules on power plants. there's a lot more they have to do. >> dr. michael oppenheimeoppenhd to have you here. this is "the ed show." i'm ed schultz. the "rachel maddow show" starts right now. it's the weekend. for one person on the screen, anyway. >> i was going to say, the weekend for you. >> that's right. >> i got one hour to the weekend, ed. i'll see you there. >> thanks, rachel. sbl a good one. >> you, too. thanks to you at home for starting your weekend in one hour at least as well. what a week this has been, right? this is supposed to be the dog days of summer. heading into the fourth of july, nobody paying attention to politics. washington beside the point. yeah, right. not this week. congress was even in session
today. they passed this big highway bill that nobody thought they would be able to pass. as part of that, they passed the student loans thing so everybody with student loans will not see their rates double as of next week. they brought that down to the wire but they finally did it. president obama was in colorado where the state is suffering through the worst wildfires in its history. wildfires that have killed two people already and that are threatening built-up population centers like colorado springs. the supreme court ruling yesterday, of course, on health reform has democrats and republicans, liberals and conservatives, frankly, still vibrating at a high pitch reacting to the enormity of the ruling and figuring out what the implications are going to be in policy. and in politics, in the midst of the political pandemonium after the epicç decision yesterday morning, republicans in the house of representatives voted to hold the attorney general in contempt of congress for the first time in american history. and nobody noticed. one republican congressman went on fox this morning and
proverbialy jumped up and down, trying to get more attention to this thing that didn't get much attention. he said congressional republicans might very well try to have the attorney general arrested. arrested. really? these are supposedly the dog days, other than being hot, though, these are not the dog days. we're in top gear, and in politics, that means really the campaigns ought to be hitting on all cylinders. think about the big picture for the presidential campaign. there are very few unknowns left. obviously, we know who the candidates are, what the main issues are going to be. the other shoe has dropped in terms of what health care is going to mean for the campaign. yes, there's the vice presidential pick for mr mr. romney. other than that, the candidates know what they need to be. by now, they ought to know what they're doing. they have been doing it for a while. they should have worked out the kinks. can you tell where i'm going with this? kinks remain. there seems to be one particularly kinky part of the mitt romney for president campaign they can't fix.
they keep doing it over and over and over again wrong. they keep blowing it. i thing they should stop doing this. >> ladies and gentlemen, thank you for joining the obama's failed foreign policy conference call. your host for today will now begin. >> hey, guys. it's amanda from the campaign. thanks for getting on the call. >> romney campaign does these conference calls allç the time. the candle in the wind muzach was one of the conference calls in april, the obama's fails foreign policy conference call. they called that specifically to rebutt an allegation from vice president biden that obama's foreign policy was going to be just like bush's policy, the romney campaign called this candle in the wind themed conference call to rebutt the allegation that all of their
foreign policy advisers were bush guys, and two of the three spike speakers they booked, two of the three guys are george w. bush foreign policy advisers. they're bad at this. they're bad add doing this conference call political strategy thing. a week later, the rnc held arth one to go after obama for high unemployment in the united ahow come there are no jobs in the joouunited states? they routed it through a conference call center in the philippines. the all time great huan of these was probably in april. they held a conference call specifically on women in the economy. this is when they were pushing back on the war on women. their push-back was obama has horrible policies on women and the economy. they picked out a specific target that gave them something specific to shoot at. the first policy obama signed into law was on women in the economy, the lilly ledbetter
fa fairpay act. the romney campaign calls a conference call tzç attack president obama on those policies. when they get asked about that policy on the conference call, they called to discuss that policy, here was their response. >> our next question will come from sam stein with huffington post. please go ahead. >> yeah, does governor romney support the lilly ledbetter act? >> sam, we'll get back to you on that. >> the pregnant pause heard around the world. the day after that, trying to do damage control, the romney campaign held another conference call. specifically to make clear that romney totally supports fair pay for women. do not be confused here. do not be misled by democratic spin or some unfortunate gaffe at a conference call. of course, he support fair pay for women. the people they lined up to make that case for him were two women
who voted against the fair pay act for women. they're bad at this. they don't have to use this tactic. why do they keep using it when it's like their achilles heel. do you remember in may when they lined up a florida congressman to stump for romney on a conference call specifically on florida issues not realizing that particular florida congressman had been under investigation by the fbi, the irs, the public corruption unit and the florida depart of law enforcement, and people in florida tended to know that about him. all of a sudden, that troubled congressman was unavailable to join that call due to what they sc something. you would think they would just stop doing this particular thing. but they're still doing them. a couple weeks ago when president obama announced his big change in immigration policy, the big problem for the romney campaign on that was they would not say whether mr. romney agreed with that policy or not. yes, yes, we know you hate
everything president obama does, but do you hate this particular thing the president has done? do you hate that policy? what is your policy on the subject? now, the whole point of the romney campaign at this point is to never get specific on policy. and so they desperately wanted to avoid being subject to any reporter's questions on that. at that time, when immigration policy was all anyone wanted to talk about and they didn't have a policy they wanted to talk about. a couple days after president obama made his immigration announcement, the romney folks called a conference call and footally tried to insist that nobody would be allowed to ask them questions about immigration policy. romney aides repeatedly urged reporters to restrict their questions to economic topics. after reporters did not oblige, the romney campaign cut off the call. yeah, who could have seen that coming? i don't know why they don't recognize this as a problem they have. i mean, they may be able to do a lot of other things, but they cannot do this. i, for example, cannot say the
word procurement. i also have trouble with the word sixth. i can say a lot of other words, but i can't say those two words without slowing down and trying really hard. and so i have learned to talk about even the concepts of things being between the fifth thing andç seventh thing and a particular policy about buying things without ever making myself say the words procurement or sixth. if you know you're bad at something, stop doing it, stop doing these conference calls. they're not stopping doing these conference calls. the republicans did another one of them today on the health care refoorm ruling. want to guess how it went? >> there's only one candidate who committed he will repeal the obombny -- obama care tax increase. >> this is a pro mitt romney conference call where bobby jindal of louisiana reminded everybody on a phone line paid for by the republicans that
obama care and romney care can be veerntly combined into the tim pawlenty trademarked epithet obamney care. >> president obama said he designed obomb opcare after romney care and made it obamney care. >> he had coined this thing saying that what mitt romney did in massachusetts is pretty much exactly what president obama had introduced for national health reform policy. that happened to be true. having coined obamney care on the campaign, he declined to repeat that slur to this face at a debate, thus leaving him open to the wusz allegation. but the obamney care epithet that was used by bobby jindal and by tim pawlentyç while he s still in the presidential race, that was a powerful slur against
mr. romney in the republican primaries when they could count on the base super hating the idea. >> pick any other republican in the country, he is the worst republican in the country to put up against barack obama. >> politically speaking, on health reform, which is what mr. santorum said he was talking about there, rick santorum is right. the massachusetts plan that mitt romney put in place is exactly the same as what president obama did at the national level on every substantive element, and that has been the big complication for republicans this year in nominating mr. romney in the first place. now it's a particular mess for the republicans because after the supreme court ruling yesterday, the romney side, the republican side, is saying they're now going to double down on making this year's presidential race all about how awful health reform is. the health reform that's exactly the same as what mitt romney did. the whole basic plan that everybody or at least almost everybody gets health insurance,
it's the same thing between the two plans. romney care is already in effect in massachusetts, nearly 100% of massachusetts kids are insured now. 98% of the overall population in the state is insured, and that's what national health reform would try to do too if it gets implemented. the mandate where you have to get health insurance and if you don't, you pay a fee or a tax or whatever you want to call t that's exactly the same in massachusetts as it would be at the federal level. here's mitt romney's aup ed from 2009 saying you have to pay a tax if you choose notç to buy health insurance in massachusetts. it's exactly the same thing that got upheld by the supreme court yesterday for inwhole country. everything they want to say is evil and tyrannical about obama care is the exact same brand of supposed evil tyranny in romney care or the exact same brand of good idea. having mitt romney run for president against health reform is nuts. that's what they say they're going to do now, but that would
be like having barack obama run for president for being against osama bin laden or against ending the war in iraq. you did it. you're going to run against it? the whole renewed freak-out on the right, saying they're going to make the whole election against health reform with mitt romney as their standard bearer is bizarre, but don't take it from me. who i am? just a liberal on tv. perhaps you take it from the architect of the midromney plan in mississippi who president obama hired to come to washington and write the same plan for the country. he got asked how the plan ended up being such a boogieman for the republicans now in running against obama. here's his response. priceless. quote, this is, to my mind, the most blatantly obvious case of politics trumping policy i have ever seen in my life because this is an idea four or five years ago republicans were touting. a guy from the heritage foundation spoke at the bill signing in massachusetts about
how good the bill was. he said romney's attempt to distinguish between obama's bill and his own is disingenuous. the direct quote from him is this, the problem isç there iso way to say that because they're the same if'ing bill except he didn't say f'ing. he can't have his cake and eat it, too. basically, you know, it's the same bill. he can try to draw distinctions and stuff, but he's just lying. how do you base your campaign on something you did. it would be like john mccain saying he was against his own immigration plan. oh, wait. the perfect distillation is in the problem that the surrogates for the romney campaign are having talking about this. you have bobby jindal talking about obamney today. you also have marco rubio. did you hear how he tried to explain the difference between obama care and romney care? this is perfection.
>> he supported it at a state level which mean physical you didn't like it in massachusetts, you could move to another state. >> you could move. that's why you should vote for mitt romney. that's what he did for massachusetts, you could escape that. you could escape the state border said. they're unarmed. you could leave and driecve to another state, whereas, obama, there's no getting away. that's the best case mitt romney's like laly vice presidential nominee can make against what they're running against and who they are. my guy did this horrible thing to his state, beutthe residents of the state could flee the state if they wanted to. that's not illegal. vote for the guy who did that to his state. you can get away. joining usç now is melissa hars perry, host of her own show on msnbc on weekends. thank you for being here. >> first of all, that's my governor. so, i just completely love that
bobby jindal did that. >> obamney care. >> is really is perhaps the most bizarre thing of the last three days. >> we have seen from the very beginning republicans running against mitt romney saying he's the worst guy to pick because we want to make health reform a central and horrible thing against which we want to run. and romney has exactly the same baggage. that was the case they were making forever against him. is it of renewed importance now with the supreme court ruling and in particular, with republicans trying to attack on grounds, the idea that it's a horrible tax? >> well, so here's what i think is happening. because i don't think that the entire party is this confused about what a debate between president obama and governor romney will be on a health care issue. i think the reason that they're scheduling this repeal vote on july 11th and that week is look, it is dog days of summer, nothing else is going on, fourth of july will be over, freedom,
fireworks, and they'll say we have done our repeal vote. there's nothing we can do now that we have done our reveal vote. we have to wait for governor romney to be the president of the united states. i think they'll backpedal off. they need to show their massive resistence. they're going to stand in the school house door, claim nullification, we're not going to try to set up our exchanges as the law demands we do, and they're eï i don't think this is going to be the center piece of the romney campaign. it can't be. >> in terms of the romney campaign strategy right now, though, do they try to make it a big deal now? they have introduced a new hash tag, full repeal. mr. romney gave a rooftop press conference after the health reform ruling trying to be more militant on the issue than he has before. are they doing that just to get it out of the way? don't you feel the base will have to be revved up about it in the fall. >> every day that they're not talking about the economy, they're losing this election.
this ended up being a very good week for president obama despite the fact his attorney general was, you know, held in contempt of congress. now, that happens because he gets his big win. every time they talk about it, they remind the world that john roberts sided with barack obama. i mean, basically, it's like suggesting there is some kind of unholy alliance in which literally the universe aligned for president obama. in that sense, no, i think that ultimately, they're going to pivot away from this as quickly as they can. they're going to show the massive resistance, but they're going to say this is a tax, tashes are bad. we're against taxes. let me talk to you about the economy. >> other than barack obama, the person most responsible for making this hamann in congress is nancy pelosi. your interview tomorrow on your show is your big nancy pelosi interview not only am i excited about, but i'm getting
anticipatory e-mails from my ç dad. do you have a view of how democrats are viewing the political victory? >> this was a huge moment. really exciting -- i took my 10-year-old daughter and she got an opportunity to meet the woman who became the first woman speaker of the house. everybody is still in their high fiving mode, but the real question is this was ultimately not the best political move. president obama in taking on health care first, right after the stimulus, made a very, very risky decision. nancy pelosi said to me that she knew, all of them knew it was going to go to the supreme court. this was not a good political move. this was a generational move. this was the kind of thing that a president, that a leader in congress says we have to change the world for american citizens. my favorite sort of self deportation was immediately after the roberts decision came down, there were conservatives on twitter saying they were going to leave and go to canada. >> to get free from the
socialist health care. >> to get free from the socialist health care. whoops. it's kind of a generational difference. it brings us into modern society with our ken temporaries and say we're going to begin to do the work of providing health care for our citizens. >> melissa harris-perry host of melissa harris-perry. the pelosi interview tomorrow morning at 10:00. very exciting. while almost nobody was looking, one great american state was busy trying to roll back a legally protected right of its citizens until the right no longer existed. the stort of thing the feds are supposed to step in and stop. that fight is unfolding this weekend. you have probably not heard about it anywhere else, but we have the details next. of warnis and sounds vying for your attention. so we invented a warning you can feel. introducing the all-new cadillac xts. available with a patented safety alert seat. when there's danger you might not see,
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no longer existed. congress fing finished up today before they big fourth of july break. i think rand paul may have gone home mad. the senate had a ton of business to do, extending the flood insurance program that covered more than 5 million properties in flood prone areas. he tried to tact anti-abortion legislation onto it. you remember the person hp pood thing that even mississippi voters thought was too radical? rand paul wanted to attach a version to even that thing that miss missaid no to, to flood insurance. he said if you want flood insurance, we're going to have to declare that every
fertilizedyi fertilizedying egg in america is a person. person personhood bills ban abortion in all cases and they ban all common forms of birth control, as well. they looked at rand paul's pers personhood amendment to the flood bill and flipped his lid, said that's not going to happen. no freaking way. what senator reidç said was th. >> i think this is outlandish. >> when he said it was outlanding, what he meant was no freaking way. in an unpredictive flurry, they passed the flood bill and didn't include the personhood thing with it. but even as republicans' laser like focus on jobs, jobs, jobs, by which i mean abortion, has gone no. . they're on the verge of accomplishing a goal.
barring last-minute intervention from a federal court, republicans in mississippi are within hours of banning abortion in that state. by making their state the only state in the country that has no abortion clinic, not one. in april, new republican governor phil bryant signed a trap law, specifically targeted, specifically owners regulations for the abortion clinics that other clinics in mississippi don't have to follow. republicans have proposed the trap laws in arizona, florida, indiana, north carolina, oklahoma, tennessee. in most cases, they argue the regulations are good for women, and if the new red tape shuts down the abortion providers, oops. mississippi is different, though. in mississippi, officials have been flat out admitting what they have been trying to do. they said they were doing this, passing this law specifically to try to shut down the last abortion clinic in the state. they want to end abortion in mississippi full stop.
you cannot get one there. rights be damned. governor phil bryant said so when he signed theç bill into law. >> i think it's historic. it's a day you see the first step in a movement, i believe, to do what we campaigned of, to say we're going to try to end abortion in miss miss. we're going to try to continue to work to end abortion in mississippi. this is an historic day to begin that process. >> that was the republican governor of the state. here's the republican lieutenant governor just in case it's not clear enough. >> it's been seven years since we got good pro life legislation passed out of the mississippi legislature. that's a bill that gives us a great opportunity to do -- to accomplish what our goal needs to be. our goal needs to be to end all abortions in mississippi. i believe in admitting privileges bill gives us the best chance to do that. >> after republicans passed this law, they went home to their
constituents and bragged about what they have done, for instance this state legislator. >> we had literally stopped abortion in the state of mississippi. the only clinic in the entire state -- three blocks from the capitol sits the only abortion clinic in the state of mississippi. a bill was drafted, iticides if you would perform an abortion in the state of mississippi, you must be a certified ob/gyn and have admitting privileges to a hospital. you know how hard it is to get those privileges? the other sides said the poor women are just going to do them at çhome, but you have to have moral values. you have to start somewhere. >> you have to have moral values. what we have done might cause women in our state to kill themselves by trying to operate on themselves, but you have to have moral values. the state's new law to eliminate all abortion services in
mississippi takes effect on sunday. tonight, the owner of the state's only clinic said her doctors tried to get admitting privileges to hospitals just as soon as the governor signed the bill. they have applied to five hospitals within 30 miles of the lone clinic in the state. they have not been given those privileges anywhere. and everybody knew they wouldn't. the last clinic in mississippi turned to a federal court for help. they asked the court to block the new law. in the countkunlcountry when constitutionally tlitenned right are threatened by the action of the state government, we count on the federal government to step in and stop the government from doing that. we have seen that with school integration and voting rights. here with this nationally protected right, the answer democrats on a court in jackson, mississip mississippi. the clinic's owner tells us, if the court decides anything, she will open her business on monday, if only to answer the phone. she said she doubts her doctors
will be willing to take the risk of breaking the law and going to prison in order to keep providing what is supposed to be the constitutionally protected right to an abortion in this country. and if that happens, the state will have ended something that the nation says no state has a right to end. watch this this weekend, the law is set to go into effectç july 1st if the court does not act. t. huh? [ male announcer ] should've used roundup. it kills weeds to the root, so they don't come back. roundup. no root. no weed. no problem.
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exciting, complicated week of newsy news in paul tblgs. and yes, it's friday night. does it mean things are slowing down? no, it does not. we have an exclusive coming up next that is absolutely stunning. we have tape that has never been seen anywhere about something that everybody knew was going on but nobody has ever seen it before. and the only reason we have the tape is because somebody risked his life to smuggle it out to us. that's next. exclusive. sit tight. forty-five states have joined together... ...to ensure consistent academic standards across america. these internationally recognized benchmarks... ...are unlocking a better way to prepare our children for college and their careers.
so i wrote a book that came out a couple months ago. it's called "drift." it's had pretty good revuz. number one on the new york best sellers time list for more than a month. it's great. getting refused in the washington post this weekend. but all in all, it's good. the idea of writing a book, even when people disagree with the case that you make, the whole reason i wrote it is so people kwd pay attention to the case i'm making. at least argue about it. the basic idea of the book i wrote is we go to war now in a way that isn't the way the constitution says we're supposed dábti qjár' the past.
it has drifted into the way we have war in a way we have insulated from the politics and from civilian life. it doesment affect us at home. it's slick and painless for us who are not fighting the wars, and in some waicases, we do not know we're at war. take for for example a nice friday night news dump from a couple weeks ago, friday june 15th,ç the president sends a letter to congress explaining where our troops are in the world and under what legal authority they're there. so this latest one said we're out of iraq entirely. we're still fighting in afghanistan, actively engaging fighters in afghanistan. we're still engaging guantanamo, still have the troops in central africa going after joseph koni, military monitors in kosovo, and
in egypt left over from 1981. although it's different than in 1981. what it doesn't mention anywhere is this place. where we are definitely at war. but we don't call it that. for nine years, the knroous has been killing people using remote piloted aircraft in the nuclear arms, fairly unstable nation of pakistan. president bush started the policy, but president obama has tripled down on it. now, we know we're doing it. the obama administration did finally admit to the fact we're doing this in year nine of the policy, just last month. they admitted to it in a speech by the president's counterterrorism adviser. here is the thing about the policy. nobody ever gets to see it's happening. not just in the normal way we as civilians don't get to see the war fighting troops do in other countries. in pakistan, it's something more than that. thereerant embedded reporters riding along with the drone pilots.
the tribal areas where this is happening are explicitly off limited to westernersç includi western reporters. i know from experience how difficult it is to get a visa there. but to report on the drone strikes in the place where the drone strikes are, the answer is no. that's why this exclusive report we have tonight which has never been seen anywhere before is so critically important and so fascinating. this is san exclusive very, very hard to get footage from something almost no outsider has ever seen. watch this. >> this is what many pakistanis call evidence of an american war with their country. rare images from the remote tribal region showing destruction after a u.s. drone strike. the attack occurred at 3:00 a.m. on march 30th in this market area. one missile pierced the ceiling, one demolished five nearby strikes. five alleged militants were
killed. strikes are not uncommon, but the area hardest hit by the drones is also the most difficult for outsiders to visit or report from. >> the damage is way more than it is even persived by the people doing it. >> this pakistani lawyer said he's discovered while the u.s. drone campaign may yield a few high val avieiew hits, far more civilians are being killed. there's enormouss controversy surrounding the casualty tally. according to london groups, traging reports of drone strikes here, as many as 3,000 people have been killed as a result, most of whom are labeled militants, only a few dozenç o which have been identified as militant leaders. >> the problem is no one cares if nobody is killed. by nobody, i mean a person who is a nobody, a person who is probably living in the area, has no money, no education, no representation. >> so he launched his own came
pain, a legal one, to represent local families who suffered casualties in the strikes. he's now filed lawsuits in pakistani courts suing former u.s. intelligence officials for carrying out the program and to the government of pakistan for failing to stop them. it's incredibly difficult to get any kind of evidence from the remote parts of the countries where the drone strikes typically occur, but these, what are believed to be fragments of hell fire missiles were smulinged in from the areas. they were collected from drone strike sites and he's using the serial numbers to confirm their make and manufacturer. but to gain access into the far flung reaches of pakistan, he partners with a journalist and father of six born and raised in north waziristan. after growing frustrated with the lack of ground reporting from the region, he committed himself to documenting the devastation. he's gathered photos and testimonies from dozens of strike sites and has personally
witnessed ten drone attacks in his own town. >> kueal qaeda, taliban, and america, they're fighting each other. the taliban said you're killing our soldiers we'll kill yours. i try not to get involve said in the issues. if there's even one child killed in the drone strike, it's a tragedy. >> and across pakistan, anger is growing.ç at this anti-drone rally, hundreds of men gather to listen to the leader of this conservative relidgish group as he railed against what he called u.s. imperialism and their drone strikes inside pakistan. there are worries the u.s. campaign to kill terrorists will actually end up creating more. >> translator: when people are out there picking up body parts after a dreen strike, it would be easy to convince those people to fight against america. >> they have filed 13 lawsuits so far representing 71 families
of suivalians killed and say they'll continue to fight their battle in the courtroom. nbc news, islamabad. >> joining us tonight for the interview is nbc's bureau chief. thank you for being here. congratulations on this. >> thank you for having me. >> it's remarkable to see the fragments of the missiles and the guy looking at the serial numbers and trying to track them down. is this the first we knew anything like this was happening? >> of course not. we have known for a while that this was a huge part of this administration's counterterrorism program. certainly in pakistan more so than any other country although it has extanded to other countries in recent years. you see there's been a sharp uptick in the use of these drone strikes in pakistan over the last decade or so, and we know that the obama administration in particular relies heavily on these kinds of strikes inside pakistan. >> is this the first time we knew that pakistanis were trying to trace the physical evidence of those strikes back to the
sourceúoo the weaponry for the purposes of getting accountability? >> this is certainly one of the only efforts that's being made of its kind. this lawyer, he himself can't go to the regions that he's trying to represent people on where they're from. he has to rely, as we saw in the report, on the local journalist from the area. i mean, this area, you mentioned before, it's basically a no-go zone for any outsiders. independent investigators, human rights watch workers, foreign media, you simply cannot travel freely in the area. so these eftsdz that he's making, legal efforts, are unique and are the first of their kind. >> how risky is it for that locally born journalist who you spoke with and is providing the material, how risky is it for him to not just be collecting the footage but ferrying it to outsiders so it ends up on american tv. >> the footage we used was not taken from the journalist we profiled. we work with a number of journalists across the country
at nb krrsh news. journalists in pakistan, local journalists risk their life every day to get to the truth and get the truth out to the rest of the world. nowhere so is that true in waziristan and the borders of afghanistan. so in order to get this one piece of video out, we actually took a couple weeks to move the video from place to place until it was safely in the hands of someone we knew it transmit it back to us. >> in terms of the obama administration making a decision to at least publicly admit we are doing it in pakistan. we have been doing this for years, but they haven't owned up to it. john brennan gave a speech that yes, we're doing it. does it convey any hope of further openness in terms of being able to cover it or getting further information about it? >> i knoent know that mr. brennan's recent admission means they're going to be any
more transparent about it. when we approached the cia about the story, they did decline comment. th we know they think this is a program that is working. the top commanders, they have been able to knock it off. but they're playing a bit of a game with this. privately, anonymously, officials will tout the successes of the program leaked through reports and to sources they trust in the media. but publicly, they will still not own up to the details of much of the program. >> and finding the other side of the balance, the success versus the rifrk, finding the risk part of it, finding the downpart of it is almost impossible. you have given us something that is as close to making it possible as i have seen. congratulations. incredible work. >> thank you for having me. >> pakistan bureau chief for nbc. just incredible. >> all right, coming um, some really good news from a totally unexpected place. >> and we have come up with the perfect way to night cap this week of the ginormous health reform ruling, the huge one for
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prohibition çera. booze is banned unless your doctor says you need it as medicine. same goes for bitters. head down for herbal to settle your stomach or something. it's medicine. so on the occasion of the historic supreme court ruling, upholding health reform this week, something as a country we've been trying to do for a century, we can pick from a litany of drinks named for the spiritual overlap between makes you feel better and makes you feel tipsy. the stumbly line between cures what ail you and will ail you in the morning. there's the monkey gland cocktail named after a dubious aphrodisiac idea with monkeys testicles and you and a doctor. i once made jimmy fallon drink one of those. there's a tiki drink called the painkiller. a good medical themed drink the painkiller. the corporation reviver number two which is vaguely health
related-ish. we made that one in the office on the video machine awhile ago, about a year ago. tonight our celebratory cocktail moment of this being the week of the big health care reform ruling was an easy one. it's in honor of this guy. the guy with an arm in the sling from the ads in massachusetts that marketed romney care to the residents of that state. which frankly democrats and liberals need to get to for the country now that federal health reform is safe at least from the courts. in recognition of the need to sell health reform and in honor of this guy in the sling, i present toç you the ginsling. get it? sling? i know. that's kind of cheesy. we were going to make a prescription julep, but we've done that. we're using gin from wisconsin which is good gin. you do an ounce and a half of gin.
you do sweet vermouth. 3/4 ounce of that. now we need to do 1/2 ounce of lemon juice. which has to come from a lemon which is a fruit that grows on a tree. did we get a new lemon squeezer? this is nice. budget times. all right. 1/2 ounce of lemon juice and 1/2 ounce of simple syrup. mix of sugar and water. you can make it at home. we're rolling in the dough and have a special pitcher of it. and three dashes of the best thing in the world otherwise known as bitters. one, two, three. all you do is shake that up with ice. like you mean it. you really have to shake it.