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>> for 99% of americans there's not a recovery. >> thank you for your time. always great to have you at the table. >> that's all in for this evening. the rachel maddow show starts right now. > thanks for staying with us for this hour. this was election night in november 2010. >> you had me scared. >> that was michael grimm, nancy pelosi ought to be scared right now. he was first elected to congress in 2010. he performed the almost impossible political task of personally overshadowing the
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entire state of the union address and every other response to it when he threatened to kill a reporter. right there in the u.s. capitol building while the camera on him was still running. >> congressman michael grimm does not want to talk about some of the allegations concerning his campaign finances, we wanted to get him on camera on that, but he refused to talk about that. back to you. >> i'll throw you off this [ bleep ] balcony, you're not man enough, i'll break you in half like a boy. i really don't get the like a boy part of it. congressman grimm put out a statement after that happened last night, essentially defending himself and defending the reasonableness of his
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decision to threaten to kill that reporter. the statement said, i was extremely annoyed, because i was doing new york 1 a favor by rushing to do their interview. the reporter took a cheap shot at the end of the interview. i took him to task and told him off, because i expect a certain level of professionalism and respect. and so i threatened to throw him off a balcony. yeah, that as the first statement. hours later, he apparently reconsidered his initial tact and called the new york 1 reporter who he threatened to kill and told him, he was sorry, no lard feelings, and you know what, consider the context here. today, while michael grimm changes his mind, a man named bernard carrick was also
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preparing to make his first public speaking engagement since being released from federal prison. the former head of the new york city police department, also the former head of new york city corrections department. president bush nominated him to be secretary of homeland security for the whole country. he was recommended by rudy giuliani for that job, vetted by alberto gonzalez. it only took about a week for that nomination of bernie carrick to fall apart. seven days after george w. bush nominated him in this ceremony at the white house, bernie carrick withdrew his name from consideration saying, he had unknowingly hired an undocumented nanny and housekeeper and so he couldn't take the job in part because he would be in charge of enforcing the nation's immigration laws. turns out it was more than that. in 2006 he was convicted of
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taking hundreds of thousands of dollars of home renovations for himself from an allegedly mobbed up contractor that had business before new york city. he admitted to lying about that, lying to the irs, and lying to the white house when they vetted him for that homeland security job. because this is new york, and because new york is as amazing as new jersey, when bernie carrick plead guilty and was about to be sent to prison, they had to move quickly to take his name off the jail he was about to report to. less than 48 hours after he plead guilty, they had to take his name off the lower manhattan detention complex, which rudy giuliani renamed the bernard carrick corrections system. your name can't be on the jail and on your inmate locater file.
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you will find the thomas boyland park, baseball field, school, ps-73. you will even find a nice block called thomas boyland street. he was beloved and he then died, his brother got the seat. and then william's son got the seat after him, william boyland jr. in february 2011 william boyland, jr. was arrested in manhattan on bribery charges. so he hires lawyers to help him fight the bribery charges. while he is out on bond for the first bribery case, fbi agents tape him soliciting new bribes to help pay for the lawyers in his other bribery case.
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you give me $250,000, and i'll get you your hospital see, i need the money to fight these bribery charges. it all happened in an atlantic city hotel suite. the case is going ahead, he's looking at 30 years in prison. the charge is bribery to pay for the defense of the other bribery charges of which he was acquitted. first bribery charges acquitted. you want to talk about bribery around here, how about this guy? state senator at one point he was the leader of the democrats in the state. he ran for mayor of new york city. he's a democrat, democratic state senator, he decided he wanted to run as a republican, less competition. and you know, frankly when you're operating at this level, who cares what party you are. he needed republican party bosses in new york city to sign off on him switching parties, to say they would be okay with him running for mayor as republican,
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even though he had been a democrat all this time. how do you get these local republican bosses to sign off? apparently in the bronx the republican party chairman there was going to need $25,000 in an envelope. he asked for 25 originally, they jawed it down and they got it down to a $15,000 bribe in an envelope. over in queens, it was the vice chairman of the republican party, he wanted $50,000 as his bribe, but he wanted it spread out so it wouldn't look so suspicious. he would take half up front and break down the other payments into less than $10,000. but it's got to be 50, that's the bribe for him. the state senator trying to get
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on the b the republican party chairman in the bronx who demanded those bribes, he gets arrested. the republican party chairman in the queens he gets arrested. he's allegedly the guy who set up all the meetings and aranged all the broibs, he's the one that said the bribes should be paid in an envelope rather than a bucket? he thought he might be able to become deputy mayor of new york city or maybe a police commissioner like bernie. but if you want to understand the cesspool we are talking about here. the former senate majority leader, malcolm smith, who got arrested for trying to bribe his way on to the ballot. he's one of three recent senate majority leaders from the new
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york state senate who have been arrested for corruption. republicans, democrats, doesn't matter, three. everyone remembers eliot spitzer resigning in his prostitution scandal. let's not forget, the state comptroller who just got out of prison last september for his role in the state pension fund scheme. all that is before you get to new york's congressional delegation, which is a thing of beauty, congressman lee, who no one could pick out of the photo lineup, until he forgot to crop his head out of the selfies he posted looking for a date. christopher lee is a congress, congressman anthony weiner, the pecks on the right is a democrat. but again, in new york this really is a bipartisan kumbaya situation.
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in 2010, mayors got michael grimm, they also lost eric massa. that was one of the weirder exits from congress ever. >> now they're saying i groped a male staffer. yeah, i did, not did i grope him? i tickled him until he couldn't breathe and four guys jumped on me. it was my 50th birthday, you can take anything out of context. >> his staffers didn't just see it as being out of context, and eric massa is gone. veto basella, he had the most surprising ending ever to a dwi. he was pulled over in 2008 and his blood alcohol level was double the legal limit. the cascade of revelations that started with his dwi arrest, ended with the revelation that posella had a whole second secret family that nobody knew about.
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these are all congressmen from the same state. john sweeny, quite drunk, dressed up like the congressman he is, attending a frat part at union college in scanectedy, new york. as a committed representative of the people throughout the area where he lives and works, the congressman enjoyed the discussion he shared with the students from union college. the congressman was impressed with the energy and enthusiasm the students displayed, particularly on a friday evening. congressman sweeney was a connected guy, jack abramoff guy. ultimately the frat party thing gave way to much more serious allegations of domestic violence, he eventually lost his
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seat, plead guilty to a felony dwi, after law enforcement sources in that arrest, he nearly hit the state police cruiser that was trying to pull him over, and he surprised the arresting officer in that case, who thought the congressman was alone in that car, but realized upon approaching the vehicle, the congressman had a 23-year-old woman in his lap. and yes, congressman john sweeny was a republican, but when it comes to new york and new jersey as well, it's hard to stress how bipartisan, let's say nonpartisan a disgusting cesspool of corruption and terrible behavior this really is. it was almost heartening in a way. last year after about half the state legislature in albany -- i'm only exaggerating slightly -- the new york times put out this handy rogue gallery pointing out all the people that had been arrested, censured, convicted or in one case died in prison.
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on one level it's kind of nice, men, women, black, white, young, old, new york and new jersey politics are an equal opportunity den of inequity. and in that context, congress congressman michael grimm of new york. >> congressman grimm does not want to talk about the allegations concerning his campaign finances. we wanted to get him on camera on that but he refused to talk about it. back to you. >> like a boy.
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what's that about? on one level, it's an amazing spectacle that this happened, the way some new york politicians are used to behaving leaked on to television in this case, because the congressman apparently didn't realize the camera was still rolling. but what that reporter from new york 1 was trying to ask about was the ongoing fbi investigation into how exactly michael grimm became a congressman in the first place. that was an upset win in 2010 on staten island. that was a republican year, but that was an upset win, part of the reason that michael grimm was able to win in the upset race, he raised a hugely unexpected amount of money. since then a federal grand jury was convened in july 2012 to look at illegal allegations by the congressman. earlier this month, the fbi arrested a former michael grimm fund-raiser on charges she illegally funneled thousands of dollars into his campaign. steered hundreds of thousands of dollars into his first campaign
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back in staten island for 2010 pled guilty to visa fraud. one of the things the federal investigation is looking into is whether or not congressman grimm or his campaign donors illegally got money from that campaign from people who are not american, foreigners who are not legally allowed to donate to a campaign like that. even understanding that context, consider also that this is not the first time michael grim has physically threatened anyone who questions him about the charges that he faces about his first campaign. in december, in an interview with the same news station whose report irthreatened last night, errol lewis pressed michael grimm hard about that ongoing fbi investigation into his campaign fund-raising, the arrests of people associated with him, today new york 1's political director said that something previously undescribed in the press happened after that heated interview, which now
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takes on a rather new light, "following an interview with ny 1's errol lewis, the congressman blew his top. this time it was offcamera, after the interview, congressman grimm became red faced and started yelling at errol lewis and me, acting as if he were in a bar instead of a tv studio, he alluded to settling the issue by taking it outside with our political anchor errol lewis. joining us now, errol lewis, political anchor for ny 1. he's had some experience with congressman grimm. >> you didn't actually take it outside with him? >> no, no, no, i didn't even consider it. i'm in that part of the world like most professional employees, where when you do things like that, you get fired. you don't throw people over balconies and stuff like that, most people would just get fired. i didn't consider it. i told my producer i wasn't
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interested in talking with him any more. 2013 was michael grimm free. i told him to keep him out of here, he was out of control, and it could only get me and people around me in trouble. we figured it would be best to keep him out of the studio. >> the reason i wanted to con tech contextualize michael grimm, there's so much bad behavior by politicians. is his personal behavior of a different strife? >> absolutely, most of the people you listed there are people i've interviewed at one time or another you talk to malcolm smith, joe bruno. people who end up going to prison, and they'll play along, they're professional politicians, they understand it's part of their obligation, that when the public wants to know what's going on, and what these charges are, you put on a big smile and say, it's false. or you put on a big smile and say, i can't talk about it, or you put on a big smile and say, talk to me lawyer. or you put on a big smile and say, i'm here to talk about the
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state of the union, i don't want to talk to you. >> when he said back to you in the studio, that was me. the surprising thing was, he said he didn't want to talk about it, so far so good. he walked off camera and then he comes back and threatens the guy. why didn't he just go have a drink or something, or go curse the reporter out or something? >> yeah, go kick the wall. >> something like that, and he didn't do that, i don't think he could have done it. there is an issue here about what personal resources he has to sort of fend off some of the most difficult parts of his job, he's got to answer these charges, you know? when the ethics committee in congress is talking about you, and the justice department is talking about you, and the new york times is talking about you, and everybody's talking about you. your constituents want to know what's going on it's really just a matter of him saying, like any other politician would say, the charges are false i'll get my
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day in court, i'll show you all. i mean, it does happen from time to time. there are a lot of people, you look at the charges and it swirls around for a while and sometimes it goes away. or it's not as bad as people once thought. >> michael grimm has a new set of problems. i described this as a spectacle. now that that happened, whether or not michael grimm apologized for it, as to whether or not that behavior was worthy of some sort of censure or some sort of response from congress. he did threaten to kill the guy in not as many words. i wonder if you feel like in that context, if the ethics charges, the previous problems that michael grim has had, are well understood. he said he's totally innocent. do you feel the way they get nutshelled now that people are focusing on him nationally is accurate?
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>> absolutely. he's got to answer these questions, you have as you said, a question about whether or not someone raised money from foreign nationals, that's a yes, no question. he used to be an fbi agent. he's well aware of the power and tools they have at their disposal. they're going to shake the trees, they're going to put people under oath, under pressure, they're going to find out whether or not that's true. in the course of doing it, things like the arrest of his former friends come up, and there are other kind of issues about whether there was money structuring or swapping of donations or whether or not people got reimbursed which some e-mails had suggested after giving him donations. so, you know, the tactic of saying i'm innocent and don't you dare ask me or i'll commit
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physical violence against you, that doesn't seem to be working. we'll see what congressman grimm comes up with, the current strategy not working very well. >> errol lewis for ny 1 news, caught in the middle of something just horrendous last night. my apologizes to your colleague who had to endure that. i know i didn't do it, but it made me feel sick for him. >> he's a tough guy, he needed a little sleep and shook it right off. >> good. we'll be right back, stay with us. if you have yet to mastr the quiet sneeze... [ sneezes ] [ male announcer ] you may be an allergy muddler. try zyrtec® for powerful allergy relief. and zyrtec® is different than claritin® because it starts working faster on the first day you take it. zyrtec®. love the air. [ sneezes ]
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last night at this very moment, president obama was right in the middle of delivering his fifth state of the union address. his speech ran longer than an hour. in part because he got a lot of applause breaks. 82 separate applause breaks. they always get a lot. during last night's speech there were two moments in the speech when the president was laying out his domestic policy agenda and security agenda. one was 1:44 minutes of sustained applause for an army soldier. before that, the other huge applause line which happened during the domestic policy part of the speech, it seemed to take everyone by surprise in the room. it was a reaction by the assembled lawmakers in the room
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that wasn't like all of the others, it was this moment right here. >> yet today women make up about half our workforce. but they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. that is wrong. and in 2014, it's an embarrassment. women deserve equal pay for equal work. [ applause ] >> now, it is time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a mad men episode. let's all come together, congress, the white house, gizs from wall street to main street to give every woman the opportunity she deserves, i believe when women succeed, america succeeds.
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[ applause ] >> roaring standing ovation, high fives, fist pumps from the audience. that applause line right there sort of had it all. it was not just women who responded in the capitol from that speech. president obama's emphasis on equal pay for women last night, stan greenberg did a dial testing survey during the speech. when the president hit that particular line, that was met by his focus group with near
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universal approval from democratic and republican women, sending the approval specifically of unmarried women off the charts of the dial meter. going into last night's speech, there was some speculation as to whether or not the president would address women's issues specifically, and whether he would talk about reproductive rights. the president did not address the issue of reproductive freedom directly. instead he got the huge applause line of equal play and workplace policies getting out of the mad men era. the specific issue of reproductive rights did get its moment in the sun yesterday. the thing that house republicans decided to do, right before coming to the state of the union address was pass yet another abortion ban. this one would make it all but impossible for private health
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insurance plans to cover abortion. it would impose tax penalties on small businesses if their health plans covered abortion. this bill is a perennial favorite in the republican controlled house, it's still right at the top of their priority list. the bill on this thing is hr-7. it's the first bill that the all male judiciary committee decided to move on this year. after clearing this committee with unanimous support from every republican, the bill then passed the full house yesterday on almost an entire party line vote. and now it will die in the senate. if by some miracle it does not die in the senate, it will be vetoed by president obama. why do it then? all the pundittry about the republican party's props with women voters tends to focus on gaffes or perceived sensitivity.
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what they wanted to be seen working on was another purely symbolic effort to roll back access to abortion. democrats tend to be incredulous that this is what republicans want to be known for, believe it, judge them by their own actions, the issue of abortions is what republicans want to be known for more than anything else.
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after last night's state of the union address, republican strategist steve schmidt mentioned that one of his favorite lines in the speech last night was the part where president obama really stuck it to vladimir putin. watch this. >> our leadership is defined not just by our defense of threats, but by the enormous opportunities to go good, and promote understanding around the globe. we do these things because they help promote our long term security. and we do them because we believe in the inherent dignity and equality of every human being regardless of race or religion, creed or sexual orientation. and next week the world will see one expression of that commitment when team usa marches the red, white and blue into the olympic stadium and brings home the gold. that's one sure fire way to get lots of applause, and i think
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steve schmidt was a little thumb in the eye to vladimir putin who has pushed all these anti-gay laws ahead of the winter olympics. that kind of push bach is the thing that can bring together all americans, right? other than the ones who like russia being so anti-gay. steve schmidt can like a moment like that, liberals like me can like a moment like that, but that's not the best new thing in the world, it's a visual, it's laugh out loud funny, it's amazing, and it's going to get even better next week at the olympics, and i think it too will really annoy vladimir putin. best new thing in the world is coming up at the end of the show tonight. it's really good.
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the snow started late yesterday morning in atlanta, georgia, there was not much of it, a couple inches, maybe three, but the result was an urban nightmare, truly terrible. like a zombie movie, gridlock that stretched for miles along the highways that bring commuters into and out of atlanta every day.
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it seems like every commuter in greater atlanta decided to rush home all at once, and then at the same time, officials called off school and started sending kids home. except that nobody in a car or truck or bus could go anywhere for hours, for five hours, ten hours and 12 and 20 hours and counting. people sat in their cars on icy roads all day and all night. cold, hungry, absolutely stuck. a true urban nightmare. the next state over, in birmingham, alabama, people experienced the same unwinding of normal life. frankly, the snow and ice largely won. steven nix took this photo yesterday near birmingham, alabama, this is on i-280, showing where drivers gave up on trying to drive and started walking down the highway to try to find some sort of shelter. some of what happened in this great snowpocalypse of 2014 was just an act of god. waking up in the south to snow
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is kind of like waking up in new hampshire to quick sand. >> it looks less like the act of god and more on the part of bad decisions. mayor reed defended his city's response to the storm, the city could have staggered the closing times for businesses and schools, so the city didn't end up with thousands of people spending tuesday afternoon in their cars and also tuesday night in their cars and also wednesday. thousands of kids spent the night in their schools last night. teachers posting on facebook they were feeding the kids supper and everyone was going to be okay. it's been a really scary event. at least 10 people killed in the southeast since the storm began tuesday. some people just now only making it home. a tech worker started a facebook page to link anybody who wanted
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to help with people who needed to help. 50,000 people joined this facebook page. they made a map with your offer to help. each one of those marking strangers willing to say, walk down the road a little bit and ring the bell, we're offering to help. the flip side of seeing your neighbor sleeping in the aisles of local stores is that the people who work in those stores made the decision to help them, even if it was just to offer them a place on the carpet and some sort of makeshift pillow. 2014, just amazing. now the worst of this disaster appears to be over or at least ending, the south is expecting warmer weather tomorrow and that should clear the rest of the ice and snow out. they do still have an enormous mess to clear. thousands of drivers who are going to need help retrieving their abandoned cars for one. that process starts in ernest tomorrow morning. and frankly, a lot of people have questions about whether the official response to the storm
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was good enough or whether officials waited too late to deal with the emergency. >> along with the mayor of atlanta georgia, governor dele has taken criticism for not closing schools and businesses before the storm hit. he's up for re-election this year. at the time the storm was rolling, in he was posting this photograph of himself on twitter, a photo of him and the atlanta mayor at a luncheon where they were honoring each other as the storm rolled in. that's the mayor, you see there, getting his georgian of the year portrait as the storm was rolling in that crippled his city and much of that state. governor dele said that for the next storm, he will order a shut down ahead of time. but he defended not doing so this time. >> we don't want to be accused of crying wolf. because if we had been wrong, you all would be here saying, you know how many millions of dollars you cost the economy or the city of atlanta and the state of georgia by shutting
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down businesses all over this city and this state? >> wouldn't that have been terrible facing those questions? governor dele also called the storm in the south unexpected, was his turn of phrase. that does not seem to be true. over at the weather channel, a sister network to msnbc, bryan norcross could have known from the forecast that real trouble was possible. mr. norcross says the governor was more afraid to be wrong in closing down the city than he was of people being stranded in their cars. until we can develop a system that keeps politics out of it, and let's science and good judgment drive the decision making bus, this kind of thing is going to keep happening. joining us now is bryan norcross, a weather channel meteorologist based in atlanta. thank you very much for being with us. >> thank you, rachel. good to be here. >> you write that some forecasters knew that real trouble was possible. but officials somehow didn't know that, even though the
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forecasts were there. what went wrong? where was the breakdown? >> i think you hit it right on the head there, the forecast for some days showed that trouble was possible. it never got to the point of saying, trouble was absolutely going to happen. and listening to the governor and the mayor today, i think that's what they were waiting for. but they were waiting for the wrong thing, because 20% chance of a catyclism like we had yesterday isn't very much. have you to think about disasters in a different kind of way, and really weigh what's your this remember hold of risk. now, somehow the governor and the mayor sent that threshold higher than those who have more experience than dealing with this kind of a weather forecast, risk situation that could lead to a disaster. >> do you think that is a systemic problem where the way
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the risk is both expressed and accepted and reacted to by policy makers should change in a way that maybe the south needs to think about this differently or other parts of the country that are maybe ought to be thinking about weather events that aren't typical for them? should this be a systematic change? >> that's a challenging thing in the united states. we have this division between federal, local and state people, and they all have their own policies. the mayor in new orleans shut down that city, because they had an ice storm warning. it turned out the ice was not really too terrible in the city of new orleans, it was kind of bad around the city. but not right in the city. in south carolina, they shut down things, but made a different decision in georgia, i think part of it is, that these people don't really do this very often. you know, things don't come along in georgia that often that require you to shut down the city like happens in new
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orleans. like is more likely to happen in the carolinas, because of hurricanes, or in the northeast, the idea of having a school day, and shutting down the city and keeping kids home, because it might be a bad snow day is not a foreign idea. that is a foreign idea here, the fact is, if they had thought about it ahead of time, had a good plan for it ahead of time, they should have been able to react to it, but it does not seem like they had that here in atlanta. >> if the political feedback loop works the way it's supposed to, having experienced this disaster will make them make better decisions next time, or at least think harder about it before they blow it off. >> thanks for helping us [ male announcer ] imagine this cute blob is metamucil.
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chart imitates life. this is a good one. president obama wasn't even finished with the state of the union too night when a talking point tore across republican media. dictates edicts. steve stockman of texas says he walked out of the state of the union last night explaining in one of his many daily press release, quote, i could not bear
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to watch as he continued to cross the clearly defined boundaries of the constitutional separation of powers. congressman said president obama has openly vowed to break his oath of office and begin enacting his own brand of law through executive decree. this is a wholesale violation of his oath of office and a disqualifying offense. issues executive orders is a disqualified offense. also these tweets from kansas congressman, my new friend tim huelskamp during the speech. the new imperial presidency, obama will do everything without legislation to advance his radical agenda. this one, too. imperium. wherever and whenever i can act without restraint, i will. #lawless. and then the looniest possible thing last night, congressman randy weber from texas who, we checked, is an actual congressman and who has not complained recently that his twitter account has been hacked. last night, congressman weber
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wrote this -- yes, it's real. on floor of house, waiting on kommandant-in-chef. chief? i don't know. the socialist dictator has been feeding u.s. a line. or is it a-lying? there it is in all of its linguistical glory. it wasn't just upset at the edges. consider also arizona senator john mccain. the republican nominee for president in '08. at various points in his life he has been known to have been a supporter oof various practical things, for example, immigration reform. but as mainstream as you get as a republican, john mccain is now doing it, too. he has signed on with congressional republicans who are taking president obama to
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court over his hugely excessive use of executive orders. john mccain says we vice president gotten many more options except telling the american people that we're seeing an abuse of the intent of the constitution. if you listen to republicans right now, the constitution never intended for this massive abuse of executive orders we're seeing from president obama. it's time to sue this president. it's time to call in the kommandant-in-chef. the abuse of executive orders is on precedented. are you ready? this is a chart of how frequently presidents have used executive orders over the last 115 years. some presidents were only there for four years or less. some were there for eight years. fdr was there forever. but this shows how many executive orders each issued. they're ranked from most executive orders to least executive orders. over there, you see fdr on the most. herbert hoover, wilson, right? over there on the far right, the
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president who has issued fewer executive orders than any president in the last 115 years? that is a president named barack obama. fewer than both bushes, fewer than reagan, fewer than clinton, fewer than eisenhower, fewer than anybody. barack obama. or if you prefer, the kommandant-in-chef. we have posted that on our website in case you want to print it out and send it to your local right wing radio talk show hosts because it will make them lose their minds further. s havie getting out of bed in the
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then red laced hiking boots. that's what the u.s. team is going to be wearing. here's the thing, though. heading into these laepgs, everybody thought the odds were 100 to 0 that once the games got under way the steal the show outfits would be the guys from norway, specifically the norwegian men's curling team. they usually wear blacks, at least black pants. you wear black pants as a means of creating no distractions on the ice. this was the american team. this was the swiss team cheering and excited, but wearing sober, traditional for curling black pants. not the norwegians, though. in 2010, the norwegian curling team showed up wearing these pants. red, white and blue argyle. they won a silver medal in their very, very loud pants. now for sochi, the norwegian curling team is doing it again. they unveiled their new even louder pants before anybody else unveiled their outfits.
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weeks before. it's a give you a seizure red, white and blue zigzag pattern. everybody is thinking this is going to be the most outstanding outfit of all the sports in all the nations in all the olympics. not true, it turns out. look who is beating the norwegians. mexico. look at this. the mexican ski team, the entire team is skiing in sochi in an amazing ski suit that's mariachi theme. the whole mexican ski team will wear this outfit. and the whole mexican ski team is one guy. he's only 1/8 mexican. he lives in austria. he's 55. he'll be racing the slalom and he'll be doing it in the single greatest mariachi themed ski suit in all of civilization. best new thing today by far. ball is in your court norway. we'll see you tomorrow.
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