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done, and is now approaching an historic delay is the nomination of loretta lynch to be the next attorney general of the united states. what is going on there and is she ever going to get a vote? >> the first part of may, i don't know if it was first or second, she will have been in limbo, in purgatory, for six months. this is a woman no one, no one can question her qualities, her educational background her experience. in fact we had republicans, mccain mcconnell lindsey graham, saying what a good woman she was. suddenly, they're not allowing her to have a vote. and they're basicng it on such shallow evidence. i mean we're here trying to have a woman confirmed as attorney general of the united states and they're off on some abortion issue of some place. it's ridiculous. and i want to say this to all of your viewers.
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we've put up with this far too long. and we're going to either have a vote on her very soon that's created by mitch mcconnell, or i'll create one. i can still do that. i know parliamentary procedure around here. and we're going to put up with this for a little while longer but not much. >> you have a way that you think you can force a vote even if mcconnell won't -- >> absolutely. i'm going to force a vote. if we don't get something done soon, i'm going to force a vote. >> what would be the trigger for that happening? more time passing? >> i had a conversation today with a number of republicans and told them that really get her done, or i will make sure that they have an opportunity to vote against her. >> but the senate just announced there will be no more votes this week. so republicans don't even plan to call loretta lynch for a floor vote until next week at the earliest. it's been 49 days since she was approved by a committee.
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that's more than twice as long as the last seven attorney generals combined. again, tonight's breaking news senator reid telling ging rachel maddow that he may force a vote on loretta lynch as attorney general. joining me now are congressmen hakim jeffries democrat from new york jonathan capehart of "the washington post," and nbc news capitol hill producer and reporter frank thaw. thank you all for being here. frank, how would senator reid try to force this vote? >> well senator reid is threatening to force a vote to put the senate into what is called an executive session, which would only require 51 votes to go into. so if you got those 51 votes, he could effectively start the process of procedural votes to actually get to a vote on loretta lynch. the issue for senator reid is
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that that would actually require five republicans to actually vote with him. and while there are five republicans that have said that they would vote for loretta lynch, they would vote for her nomination to be attorney general. it's unlikely that those five republicans would go against republican leadership and vote to go into executive session. >> so you are saying that those five would have to vote to go into republican -- against the republican leadership to go into executive session, which is different than their commitment to vote for her in an open vote in terms of the full senate. but you just spoke with senator mcconnell's office. what are they saying about this threat from senator reid? >> well they're just effectively saying that while senator -- yes, senator reid can force this vote to go into executive session, senator reid cannot actually force a vote on loretta lynch's nomination, unless he were to get the 51 votes to go into executive session. what they said is actually quote, that's senate 101, unquote.
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so -- >> is that true? >> it is true. i mean it is. senator reid would have to be able to get the votes to go into executive session before he can force this vote on loretta limpk. and republicans and democrats also point to the fact that they are getting very close on these negotiations to pass this trafficking bill. they've been working on this for weeks. and they think that they can get the negotiations finished that they can complete the trafficking bill early next week. senator mcconnell said that on the floor just a few minutes ago. and he also said that as he's been saying repeatedly that once they finish that trafficking bill they would go ahead and >> into the vote on loretta lynch's nomination. >> now, congressman jeffries today white house spokesman, josh ernst, he talked about the lynch delay. listen to what he said. >> there is no reason why she shouldn't be confirm today by the united states senate. the worst crime is their refusal to even allow her to come up for a vote. it's shameful and it should
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change today. being nice has gotten us a 160-day delay. >> he seems to be done with being nice about this. is senator reid's way the best way to go forward, congressman? >> well i think, absolutely given that this has been an historic delay. loretta lynch was an historic nomination. she's exquisitely qualified. she's been confirmed by the senate on two prior occasions, unanimously. she's a harvard-educated attorney, an incredibly accomplished law enforcement professional. she's the daughter of a school librarian and a baptist preacher. she's the classic embodiment of the american dream. and should be installed to head the justice department to close out the president's time in office and so given that there's absolutely no reason whatsoever that a reasonable person could disagree with the proposition that she is qualified to be our attorney general, and given that mitch mcconnell has offered reasons that are irrational the
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senate should have the ability to walk and chew gum at the same time. this is allegedly the world's most deliberative body and yet buf the sex trafficking debate they claim to be unable to bring loretta lynch to the floor. these excuses are illegitimate in the view of many people here in the capitol and across the country and that's why it's time for harry reid to act and i'm glad he's indicated he's willing to do so. >> jonathan they're saying there's a sex trafficking bill, but this really seems to many people including me that this is about fighting any way they can, president obama. in fact, your paper, "the washington post," has a new editorial with the headline "the senate's shabby treatment of loretta lynch." it says quote, there's no principled reason to link ms. lynch's nomination to the passage of the trafficking bill the republican majority has no one to blame but itself. they're right. what's the point of linking this
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confirmation to an unrelated bill jonathan? >> right, well it's what we've been seeing for the last six years. a war against the president. this is a proxy war against president obama and trying to take him down or limit his ability, once again. what's really funny here is the republicans on capitol hill really hated the current occupant -- really hate the current occupant of the attorney general's office, eric holder. and when he announced his resignation, you know he took away -- holder took away a lot of their anger. now, you've got loretta lynch, who all they have to do is confirm her and their number one enemy would be gone or i should say, number two, would be gob. and instead, eric holder the person who they would love to leave the attorney general's office, is still there. and yet, as congressman jeffries pointed out, loretta lynch is
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imminently qualified. and the key thing congressman jeffries pointed out is that she has been twice confirmed by the senate. >> that's right. >> unanimously. there is no reason for her to not be, to not be confirmed, except to embarrass the president. >> well, frank, you work capitol hill. what are you hearing? i mean what are you hearing from senators and their staffs? what is really going on behind the scenes here? >> well i think there's no doubt that once loretta lynch's nomination does make it to the senate floor, that she will pass. i mean our whip count has 51 -- the 51 votes that she needs with the five republicans who have publicly announced that they would support her nomination. i think that republicans also see this as a leverage point. i mean not only do they see this as opposing the mrngs, but for this anti-trafficking legislation specifically, they see this as a way to use
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leverage to get what they want with the anti-trafficking bill. they included that language that would prohibit any funds used in the bill from being used on abortions. they've tried to shift that around a little bit in the last -- in the past weeks. but they see this as okay you know democrats, you want this well we want this. and that's really kind of where we're at. this is more of a leverage point than it is just a real jab at the obama administration. >> but congressman, we're talking about the attorney general of the united states. with terrorism and some terrorists waiting for prosecution and/or trial, when you have all kinds of questions about voting and policing, we're talking about the attorney general here. this seems to be crazed to a lot of people that you're playing with something as sensitive and as important as the attorney general of the united states. what's the real issue here? >> well, that's exactly correct.
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and this is not the first time that we've seen republicans willing to play with the safety and security of the american people. they did it in the context of threatening to shut down the department of homeland security now they're holding up an eminently qualified individual to be the chief law enforcement officer for the nation. we need all hands on deck. they only need to be right once we need to be correct 100% of the time. that's why we need a fully functional department of justice with loretta lynch at the helm. now, when you ask the question what's the reason i mean it's a very good question. why have they chosen to obstruct the president's agenda, as it relates to loretta lynch, for instance but not ash carter? they claimed initially that the claim was that -- well we have a problem with lorloreta lynch's support -- and they had a problem with ash carter's
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support with the president's negotiations from iran to prevent them from getting a nuclear weapon. >> but they confirmed him. >> they confirmed him almost immediately. and so the republicans are going to have to come up with a good reason, which they haven't produced so far, and will not be able to. why is loretta lynch being treated differently, even from other nominees of the president of the united states? >> you know frank, do you see this being resolved quickly? or do we have to keep on dealing with this? >> well it sounds like senator mcconnell alluded today, and negotiators on both sides of the aisle seem to think that the differences on the anti-trafficking bill can be resolved in the coming days. senator mcconnell said, he hoped to have this bill finished early next week. if that's the case they'll have a vote on loretta lynch's nomination early next week. >> but we're hearing other senators saying well maybe we want to do the iran nuclear deal first. it's a lot of procrastination and day and the american people are the ones suffering.
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congressman hakim jeffries jonathan capehart, and thank hart thank you for your time tonight. and make sure you watch rachel maddow's full interview with senator harry reid tonight at 9:00 p.m. eastern, right here on msnbc. straight ahead, it landed on the capital lawn and sparked security scares. but what exactly is a gyrocopter. and we have a gyrocopter expert here to tell us. and hillary clinton is praising elizabeth warren in "time" magazine today, but the progressive left wants her to challenge clinton. and happy national high five day to everyone in "politics nation." we're look agent the best high fives and the biggest high five fails. please stay with us. place. ♪ ♪ ♪ their beard salve is made from ♪ ♪ ♪ sustainable tea tree oil and kale... you, my friend, recognize when a trend has reached critical mass. yes, when others focus on one thing you see what's coming next.
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now to developing news. the pilot who landed on the u.s. capitol lawn in court today. doug hughes is now facing charges of violating restricted air space and operating an unregistered aircraft with penalties of up to four years in prison. he was released. he'll be back in court next month. now, growing questions about why
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he wasn't stopped. hughes made his plans public in a local newspaper and was interviewed by the secret service. today, officials are asking some basic questions about what just happened. >> my first reaction was, what's a gyrocopter? i had to see an image of it. oh yes, that is a gyrocopter. >> it's a serious question. gyrocopters are small, lightweight aircrafts that can fly below radar detection. in this case doug hughes passed through three flight restricted zones, getting from gettysburg pennsylvania, to washington d.c. without any problems. he flew past the washington monument to the lawn of the capitol building. a simple left turn would have taken him to the white house. just months ago, a drone landed on the white house grounds.
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today, fears over a different potential airborne threat. joining me now is brent drake, vice president of the group, popular rotor craft association and a joo ro helicopter instructor. and jim cavanaugh, msnbc's law enforcement analyst, thank you both for being here. >> thank you, sir. >> brent, you are the expert. what exactly is a gyrocopter? >> basically it's just a small aircraft. the rotor wing on the top does not have any power on it. it's just free spinning. the propeller on the back is what pushes it forward. it will do about anything a helicopter will do except for hover. it has to have forward speed to maintain flight. >> now joogyrocopters can fly up to 10,000 feet with cruising speed of about 55 miles per hour, a range of about 70 to 80
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miles. it's thought that this particular gyrocopter weighed around 250 pounds with a cost of around $10,000. so can just about anyone who wants to badly enough figure out a way to get airborne in one of these? brent? >> yes, it's not hard to do. they're basically an aircraft that was made and designed for the middle class working man. >> jim, homeland security secretary jeh johnson talked about the difficulty of detecting a gyrocopter. listen. >> this individual apparently literally flew in under the radar, literally. we are a democracy. we don't have fences around our air space. so we've got to find the right balance between living in a free and open society and security and the protection of federal
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buildings. >> a balance, jim. how can security officials prevent this from happening again? >> well this guy, rev, announced his intentions to fly the gyrocopter and make a stunt of it in some government restricted place. and the secret service sbrufd him interviewed him. they deemed he wasn't a threat. i think that was correct on their part. but nobody was left with the ticket, as we say on law enforcement, the ticket on this guy, the case on this guy, to make sure what he was up to. he's a postal employee so it could have been the postal inspection service. a great law enforcement agency and they could have known when his days off were, known if he was loading it on to a trailer, but he could have been intercepted at gettysburg. that would have been the a-game for law enforcement to stop him at gettysburg. after that there needs to be a much better plan. but the danger of these things is the position they put the person in. it's not that they carry a heavy
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payload payload, but the position they put a person in makes that person very dangerous. >> brent, do you need a license to operate one of these? how long is the training to learn how to fly one of these and do you need a license at the end of a training process? >> well not for that particular machine. that machine there, the training time would vary upon how quick the individual learns. but in reality, machines that weighs 254 pounds or less you do not need a license to fly. >> but, jim, this seems not only dangerous to the flyer, they could be if they were intentional in this regard be doing something dangerous to any argument, any scene that they're trying to come down on. this is frightening to a lot of us. >> well, that's right, reverend. look, it wasn't going to take off the capitol building. it would have bounced off it like a bug. it's not a lot of weight, like clint said but a person on
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there, bent on destruction, on a suicide mission with a machine gun or a vest full of hand grenades or a rocket-propelled grenade could kill 10 20 people before it got shut down. so the penetration of restricted air space is important. the good thing is, nobody was hurt, it's kind of a quack stunt. and we're going to evaluate it i'm sure the service, the capital police the postal inspectors and the aviation districts are going to tighten this up for us. this shouldn't happen anymore. we can use this as a learning experience, because nobody got hurt. >> but learning experience jim. can this be stopped? can we stop this from happening again? >> well, i think you've got to start with the rings of security. you've got to know who's leaving these airports within a certain range of the capitol. because these things have limited range, and a lot of small, light aircraft do have
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limited range because of the fuel load. they can't go out a thousand miles. and you know you're paying particular attention to craft that's not filing a flight plan. so, having the airport operators in touch with you, better intelligence there, secondly you know, this could be shot there. and i bet a t-shirt gun could shoot this thing down when he's 30 feet over the trees. so, yes, it could be dropped out of the sky. but you have to be prepared to do it. and you have to be prepared to do it on short o notice. >> brent drake and jim cavanaugh, thank you both for your time. >> thank you. >> thanks. still ahead, hillary clinton is suddenly full of praise for elizabeth warren. i'll talk about it with the head of the group trying to convince warren to run for president. also this video of chris christie taking off his jacket has gone viral on the web. but today, he's also taking off the gloves against his gop rivals.
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have been championed by senator elizabeth warren who clinton just profiled for "time" magazine's 100 most influential people. clinton writes quote, elizabeth warren's journey from janitor's daughter to harvard professor to public watchdog to u.s. senator has been driven by an unflagging determination to level the playing field for hardwork k american families like the one she grew up with in oklahoma. and she never hesitated to hold powerful people's feet to the fire. powerful people? like hillary clinton? mrs. clinton wants to send a strong message to progressives that she'll stand up for their values. but is this enough for them to be convinced? joining me now is erica sagrents, campaign manager for the group, ready for warren, which is working to convince senator warren to run in 2016.
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thank you for being here. >> thanks for having me. >> errica, you've been pushing hard to get senator warren to jump into the race, but are you happy to see mrs. clinton and other democrats share her priorities, at least? >> i think what we've seen in the past few days is really encouraging and it shows how influential senator warren has become and just how much of an impact she's already having on the 2016 race. warren really speaks to this moment we're in where people are really frustrated with the way the system is rigged in fair of those at top and is not working as well for working people and the middle class. that's why we really want her to run. >> not everyone is convinced that clinton's more populist rhetoric is for real. politico ran a story today that headlines, hillary clinton's wall street backers say, we get it with one major democratic donor on washington saying quote, it's just politics.
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what's your reaction to this? >> i think it's encouraging to see this as a first step pip mean, we want to see all candidates, including hillary clinton, really embrace more of warren's language and her vision and values. but we need to see more and, you know, this is really what warren's been doing her whole life, and so that's why we want to get her to run and we're just seeing even more and more momentum in people who are calling for her to run. >> but you see on the other side a reluctance of some progressive leaders, like new york mayor de blasio and senator sanders, holding back from endorsing senator clinton. what does senator clinton have to do to convince a lot of progressives to go all with her, because senator warren keeps saying, i'm not running. >> well i think she needs to talk more about where she stands on the issues, which she plans to do and we want her to join warren in some of the things she's been standing strong on
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like expanding social security on student debt, on taking on wall street and the bankers really fearlessly there's a lot of different issues where we want to hear where she stands and that's where bill de blasio and others have said it's only a few days into the race so we want to really have that debate and hear what different candidates stand, including clintons and others. >> now you really focused on trying to get senator warren in the race but senator warren's been asked many times if she's going to run for president and her answers have been the same. i want to play this. >> i am not running for president. >> are you going to run for president? >> no. i'm not running and i'm not going to run. like i said, i'm not running for president. >> if you choose to run, and you are the candidate, i will find a way to give you a million bucks. does that change your thinking at all? >> i'm not running for president.
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>> i mean do you really still think you can convince her to run? >> we do. she has always been a reluctant politician. she did not set out to run for senate she was then convinced to run by supporters and she, you know, she's been really out there these past few days and weeks. she's not rushed to endorse anyone else so i think she's keeping an open mind and we believe that we can convince her to run if we can show her there's the support behind her. >> well let's play this out, and i've told her and i'll tell you, she can announce. there's no question senator warren is popular, but in recent polls, she's still way behind hillary clinton for the democratic nomination. how could she build nose numbers if she got in the race to become victorious as the nominee?
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>> ting interesting thing is she's actually polling at number two. senator warren is polling in second place in new hampshire, in iowa in other than early primary states. and so -- and she hasn't even said she's running. so she's actually the number two candidate in the polls right now. i think if she were to run, she would have that chance to introduce herself to voters that could find out more about her and her story, and we've seen in some polls that when they do find out about her and more about her life and her background, that they really like her and they really come to support her. so i think there's definitely an opportunity. >> all right erica. you said number two, it's a long way off, but could she be a good candidate for vice president, be someone's running mate? >> i think that's up to her, but we're really focused on getting her to jump in the race for president. we think that there's the support and that she's really reds resonating with a lot of
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people her message, her vision. we want to see her run for that. >> all right. well erica's one that's been in many insurgent groups and you've stuck to your message, you stayed on point. eric sagrans, thank you for your time tonight. >> great. thanks for having me. still ahead, chris christie comes out swinging with some tough words for jeb bush. is he trying to climb back to center stage? also lifestyles of the rich and shameless. house republicans vote to cut taxes for the kids of billionaires. compensation nation is ahead. ugh... ...heartburn. did someone say burn? try alka seltzer reliefchews. they work just as fast and taste better than tums smoothies assorted fruit. mmm... amazing. yeah, i get that a lot. alka seltzer heartburn reliefchews. enjoy the relief. shopping online... as easy as it gets. wouldn't it be great if hiring plumbers carpenters and even piano tuners... were just as simple? thanks to angie's list now it is. start shopping online...
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time now for conversation nation. joining me tonight, most of the docket on shift by msnbc, seema aier hiram college, political science professor, jason johnson, and "the boston globe's" seera center. thank you all for being here tonight. >> thanks rev. >> chris christie is clawing his way back into the 2016 spotlight, by going after jeb bush, in an exclusive interview with nbc's matt lauer, he questions jeb bush's 2016 momentum. >> jeb bush, who has not declared yet but is out there raising millions and millions of dollars. he's a moderate republican. when you look at a potential
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run, is he your biggest rival? >> well i don't know. you would have thought when he announced in december that he would be. but it seems to me that that train has slowed down pretty significantly from what aye seen out and around the country. >> jason, wow. i mean, that train has slowed down. is this going to be his strategy, attack jeb? >> that's a big man and a lot of shade. i'm serious, look chris christie, i don't think that's a good strategy. i don't think attacking jeb at this point makes him look any better. it makes jeb look like a front-runner and at this point you want jeb to sort of be out of the picture. but i think, unfortunately, that's what he's going to do. chris christie doesn't have that much to run on. so attacking people punching up that's what he believes right now. >> seema, you've never been accused of being aggressive and attacking at all. >> not at all, but i have had cases when chris christie was a prosecutor, was the u.s. attorney, so i know how balls
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out he can be. and frankly, it's just spin right? because jeb bush is his biggest threat and just his train slowing down is only because maybe other republicans have thrown their hat in the ring in the last few weeks, so we're focused on that. but jeb bush is just laying low for a bit. >> seera, this is a family show so i would appreciate you not using seema's language. >> you got it rev. >> what do you think? is this a sound strategy? >> i don't necessarily think that was probably the best thing for chris christie to say. he was in new hampshire for three -- he'll be in new hampshire for three days this week and he had a pretty overall good presence. he earned some good headlines this week but that one really struck out to me as something that wasn't the smartest thing to say, because it does make him look like he's taking pot shots at another candidate in the race. looks like he's grasping at straws. >> could he turn off voters shirra? >> it's possible he could turn off voters but it's still pretty early for that.
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i don't know if anyone's going to go to the new hampshire primary or the iowa caucuses and remember this specific comment in ten months. >> all right. let's go to this. today, the republican-controlled house voted to repeal the estate tax, giving a tax break to the children of the richest people in the country. this isn't a giveaway for the top 1% it's for the top 0.2%. came just a day after strikes the country of workers calling for a livable minimum wage. and with a new poll showing 69% of americans think the income gap is getting bigger. shira, a tax break for the rich when everyone's talking about inequality? what were they thinking? >> well they voted like this before in the house of representatives, it's not the first time they've attempted to repeal the estate tax. and you know they've won elections time after time. i think the difference is that income inequality is going to be
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a huge issue in 2016 in a way we have not seen before. the american voters just seething with this right now, the differences between the 1% and everyone else. >> jason, is it a disconnect or is it playing to the politics that brought them to the party? >> look if the republicans are thinking about the children all those paris hill tobton kids out there suffering from afterluenza, and they need this money to be delivered to them because day don't care and aren't going to be held accountable, so they can do this kind of ridiculous law, because people won't remember by the time elections come around and you have too many american who is still believe that one time they'll be part of the 1% and they want to give billions to their childrens. so the republicans won't face any consequences for such a ridiculous law or even an attempt at the law. >> seema, what about the fast food workers that marched all over the country yesterday. what about their children what about their families?
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>> rev, the republicans don't care about those children and those families the republicans care about their base. and rev, you and my co-panels would know better about this, but wasn't some guy adelson just put in like $100 million in the last election to defeat obama? so that's the people the republicans care about. the 0.2% the 1% not the fast food workers. >> but is that -- we heard a lot, jason, about this autopsy they were going to do in the party, to reach out and be kinder and gentler. and then their vote and their policies reflect the exact opposite of that. >> oh, yeah, they were supposed to reach out to black folk, and that hasn't helped -- >> maybe rich black folk. >> and supposed to reach out to the lbgt community, and that didn't really work in indiana. i don't think anybody's been paying attention to this autopsy so they'll be in serious trouble next year. they may be dead on arrival. all right, straight ahead, what does senator pat roberts have in
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common with girls across the country and their parents? and we're celebrating national high five day. "politics nation" style. packages you want to return you should just give them to us since we're going to be here anyway it's kind of a no brainer
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we're back with our panel. seema, jason, and shira. you wouldn't believe what interrupted a senate committee hearing today. take a listen. >> we're going to be very aggressive on that issue, as
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well as on the geographic preference issue. >> ah come on. ♪ let it go ♪ >> just let it go mr. -- >> but, wait was that elsa from disney's movie "frozen"? i mean who did that actually come there? here's another angle. >> we're going to be very aggressive on that issue, as well as on the geographic preference issue. ah come on! ♪ let it go ♪ >> just let it go. >> it was from senator pat roberts' phone. he said the "let it go" ring tone is for his grandkids. shira, who knew the senator was a "frozen" fan? >> who knew? but you know i think a lot of adults around the country have had to watch that movie repeatedly with children especially girls, under the age of 12 over the past couple of years. i'm guessing pat roberts is one of them.
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but i will say, he knows something about it. he almost let his re-election go and then came back and won it. >> oh, go shira! >> i didn't see that coming. jason, a lot of people had to watch it but put it on your ringtone? >> you know, i don't know it was better than like lil' wayne. is there something more than excessive -- >> jason, what's your ring tone? >> mine's generic. i have the basic ring tone that came with the phone. >> mine makes sense, it's "call me maybe." it's, hey, i just met you, this is crazy, it's call me maybe. at least it makes sense. >> true. >> all right. but let me try to wheel it back in seema. you know the point is he said that it rings that way when his grandkids call. so i guess that's a reasonable explanation. >> yes. >> for sure. >> makes sense. >> sure. >> finally, let me wish everyone
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a happy national high five day. for 13 years, we've celebrated on the third thursday of april, by giving high fives all day to friends, coworkers, and strangers. but politicians are no stranger to the high five. it's one of president obama's favorite moves. and it's how senator clinton always handled tough diplomacy. here's senator warren getting ready to go in on a high five on the campaign trail. john mccain even got a high five in with the arizona diamondbacks ask a mascot. >> oh! that's what i'm talking about. our first one. >> my apologies. just, i don't know just -- can i high five you? >> yeah. >> oh, my gosh there she goes again. can't you control your wife mr. president?
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>> mr. mills, my tenth grade high school history teacher, who said, i'd never amount to anything if i kept screwing around in class. mr. mills, i'm about to high five the president of the united states. is that okay? >> let's do it. >> eat it mills. >> jason, how do you feel about politicians high-fiving? >> i kind of hope it would get retired for the fist bump. >> good call! >> i am with you on that. >> but i see politicians again, they're trying to connect and look normal. i hope in 20 years, we're talking about the fist bump rather than the high five. >> 20 years, seema? >> it should be sooner than that, definitely five. but i think there's a respect level. it would be hard to high five the president. i can't imagine fist bumping you, rev, i think that would be kind of disrespectful. i would just give you a namaste
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or something like that. >> i'll take both. shira? >> i'm a fan of the emerging fist bump. it's way less pressure than the high five right. five fingers connecting on each side, and if you miss a fist bump, you can recover so much more quickly and fewer germs. >> all right. well seema, jason, and shira, how about doing a high five everybody? >> high five. >> i'll do the fist bump. thank you for joining the conversation. be sure to catch sees seema on "the docket" tuesdays on 11:00 a.m. on shift by msnbc. we'll be right back with just a few of the things that have happened in the 159 days that republicans have refused to vote on loretta lynch. excellent looking below the surface, researching a hunch... and making a decision you are type e*. time for a change of menu.
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soon. today marks the 159th day since lynch was nominated for attorney general. it's absurd the vote hasn't happened yet. want to know how absurd? just check out all the crazy things that have happened during those 159 days. >> yes, that's kim kardashian bearing her backside on the cover of "paper" magazine. >> three, two, one! >> yay! >> you go through that process of breaking the balls in. i don't want to be one rubbing them. to me those balls are perfect. >> what's it been like to see this turn into such a national media event? did you expect this to become the phenomenon that it has? >> in my heart, i know it is time for someone else to have that opportunity. no, no. >> this is what "snl" can do. we are the direct opposites of american politics but we're here tonight. >> a slow, but sometimes
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high-speed pursuit of two llamas on the loose. >> batten down the hatches. now time for the great debate all right? this one has everyone asking what color is this dress? >> zane malik has officially left one direction. >> duke beat wisconsin, 68-63. what turned out to be a great matchup in indianapolis monday night. >> they're going around to the back, so we're not going to -- you can see the media running behind me here to chase the scooby van. >> yes, a lot can happen in 159 days. but what hasn't happened a vote on loretta lynch. would all of the things the crisis, the pending decisions that this nation is facing that they need a focused justice department to tend to. they are stalling they are making excuses, they are fabricating reasons not to confirm someone they had no
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questions about, someone they've confirmed twice before as u.s. attorney in local districts. it is a shame and a sham and it needs to stop now. thanks for watching. i'm al sharpton. "hardball" starts right now. democrats at war. let's play "hardball." good evening. i'm chris matthews in san francisco. for seven years, the democratic party has held strong. neither the bad blood of that year's primary season or the day-to-day issues have cut through its unity, until now. until the battle that will rise up next week the battle of international trade, as it has in each political generation the matter of how this country


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