tv The Rachel Maddow Show MSNBC August 18, 2015 6:00pm-7:01pm PDT
various establishment figures. she can say these idiot politicians are losers, but she won't say it like that because she's not donald trump and yet she can not seem like a total crazy person. >> josh barro, lynn sweet, thank you for both. this that is "all in" for this evening. the rachel maddow show starts now. good evening, wonderful to see you, welcome back. >> thank you very much. i missed you and i also still wish i was on vacation. >> i miss you and i wish i was going back to vacation. >> this is the way of adult life. thanks, appreciate it. and thanks to you at home for joining with us this hour. it's nice to be back but you come back and there's a sort of feeling like, what happened when i was gone? did i miss anything? i mean, i took a few days off right after -- right after -- the first republican presidential debate and i now know that i was gone just long enough to get the results of that debate.
i sort of took a few days off but it was exactly the right days to take off because now i have just come back in time that we've had enough time to take the polls and get the data and crunch the numbers and declare as of today the definitive bottom-line result of the first republican presidential debate. and this is that this guy won. there have been two full national polls that have been taken since the debate, big national polls that reflect the impact of that debate on the republican race for the presidential nomination. new york real estate developer donald trump stays on top nationally in the first of those polls. that's the one from fox news. donald trump stays number one in the fox poll. jeb bush drops like stone in that poll. but one poll is one poll. now we have the second one. the second national poll since the debate. it just came out today this is from cnn. not only in the cnn poll does donald trump stay on top in
their poll as well, in the cnn poll donald trump not only stays number one, he spikes. support for him has gone way up. at one level this is getting to be a dog bite's man story. donald trump has been the clear republican front-runner in every national poll taken since the fourth of july now. but the beltway in the republican elites who are freaked out by donald trump being their party's front-runner, they've all been confident all along that donald trump wouldn't be able to hold his own at the debate. he wouldn't look presidential at the debate. he would not fit in in a bad way once he got up on that formal stage in a formal debate context with other real republican politicians. 24 million people watched this debate and now his lead is
stronger than before. if you compare the last cnn poll done before the debate with this new one that came out today. the same poll, you're comparing apples to ams, the same poll before the debate and after, you compare them, basically all of these candidates highlighted here, they all basically stayed the same in terms of their pre-debate polling and their post-debate polling. all of these candidates stay either exactly the same or their support only rises or falls by one point. before and after the debate. rick santorum, mike huckabee, chris christie, john kasich, lindsey graham, george pataki, marco rubio, rick perry, all of those guys are in a situation which their standing in the polls -- good or bad -- was unchanged by their perform nns that n the debate. all of those candidates static. these are the candidates who do worse since the debate. these are the guys who do worse comparing the cnn poll for the debate and the new poll out
today. jeb bush, scott walker and ted cruz all do worse. their standings in that poll fell after that debate. and then these are the three candidates who do very well. whose poll numbers at cnn went up after the debate. carly fiorina got a big jump, ben carson got a big jump and -- good for them -- but you know who got the biggest jump of all was the guy at the top, donald trump. not only is he still winning, he was the prohibitive front-runner before and still is the prohibitive front-runner. but donald trump also gets the largest increase in support. he was already on top and his numbers go up more than anyone else's. and let this be a stake in the heart of beltway common wisdom about republican voters and what republican voters think about and like in a candidate. because we keep getting all these premature obituaries for donald trump's status at the
republican front-runner. when he made his disgusting comment s mexican immigrants being rapist, the result is that people would turn on him, that was it. that was wrong. when he made his disgusting comments deriding john mccain's heroic vietnam war record the beltway common wiz come in particular, the republican elites said oh, the mccain comments, he's gone too far, republican voters won't like that. donald trump's moment is over. turns out that was wrong. the most recent was after the fox news debate when mr. trump made quite disgusting comments about one of the debate moderators. and in the beltway they cranked up the old victrola again to play that same old song about how donald trump this time had gone too far, republican voters would not like it, his moment was over. and once again the beltway common wisdom, the sort of
national elite media political view of what republican voters would think and what they would do turns out to be 108 degrees totally wrong. it's not even like donald trump is like not sinking as much as he thought or just maintaining, donald trump is still on the asce assent. beltway common wisdom has been wrong about donald trump's campaign so far and the wisdom will be wrong again the next time he says -- the next time he says something spectacularly offensive. i hereby predict that no matter what that is, no matter what spectacularly offensive or disgusting thing he says next, republican voters will not like it. republican voters said? this latest cnn poll that not only do they prefer donald trump as their party's presidential nominee by a huge margin, they also prefer him to all of the other republican presidential candidates when you ask
specifically about policy issues on every single specific policy issue that pollsters ask them about they like donald trump the best. on the economy, republican voters trust donald trump the most. on illegal immigration, republican voters trust donald trump the most. on isis, republican voters trust donald trump the most. keep in mind donald trump's plan to defeat isis is in his own words a secret. but that's okay, wraeb voters trust him and his secret plan more than they trust any other republican running for president on the issue of isis. and here is my favorite part of the new polling which is that republican voters tell cnn in this new poll out today that donald trump is their first choice for the republican nomination for president. but not all of them say that. if you ask those republican voters who don't want donald trump as their first choice, they want somebody else as their first choice, they want jeb bush
or marco rubio or mike huckabee or jim gilmore or someone, you ask all of the republican voters who don't want donald trump as their first choice, you ask all of those voters who they would want as their second choice? you know who they want as their second choice? they want donald trump. so he is the number one choice of republican voters, he's also the number two choice of republican voters. like what do you want for lunch today? ham sandwich? okay. whoever doesn't want a ham sandwich, what do you want? okay, ham sandwich. it's amazing. if you can't have your first choice, who do you want? donald trump. this led to the excellent succinct headline at wonkette.com today. "republicans want trump, and if not him, then maybe trump would do." [ laughter ] and because it's wonkette they explain in their own inimitable wonkette way. "as this point, people are simply barking trump, trump,
trump, trump" at anything a pollster asked. he was also named american's favorite flooifr of ice cream, americans' pick to win the world series and american's method of contraception. donald trump wince everything, which is amazing. i think it's because i've been away i'm coming that the with fresh eyes. people are wondering why other people aren't getting press? it's amazing donald trump is winning the republican presidential primary context and by so much. it's actually an amazing thing. this should not exit in nature but here we are. life is great. but it's early days yet and who's ahead in national polling shouldn't matter that much right now at all. on the democratic side, for example, it doesn't much matter what's going on in the national polls. schick ahead. it won't matter for a long time yet, if ever in terms of national polls. we don't national primaries. national polling at the primary
level it shouldn't matter, certainly not now and not for a long time. the democratic party isn't going to start its primary debates until october. but the republican party has already started its debates. fox news had the first one, cnn has one coming up next month. and the republican party set up its debate party in this very early and screwed up way that appears to be culling candidates out of the huge republican field this summer. culling them right now. culling them now when republican voters are gripped in a fevered frenzy of love for donald trump which precludes them from seeing much of anything else about any of the other candidates. it's a strange strategy, right? when a reality tv show star who makes fun of war heroes and using menstruation as a political epithet, when republican voters are in a mood that has them saying that's the guy they like right now, you might want to -- you might want to wait until that mood has
passed before you ask those same people who they don't like. right? if people on the republican side are picking donald trump as their front running candidate, maybe they are not in a great frame of mind to kick people in and out of the race. you know what i'm saying? but the republican party hasn't set things up that way so while republican voters are in love with donald trump, the cull of the other candidate has begun. rick perry appears to be the first candidate on the way out. 24 they've stopped paying their staff, all of their staff. it's hard to know what has killed the presidential prospects of rick perry, it could have been the death nekne when fox news didn't allow him into the prime time candidates' debate. to be fair, rick perry is also the only major candidate in either party who's been trying to run for president while also being under indictment. that's his mug shot. so maybe that's part of it as well. when the currently serving texas
attorney general was also indicted right before that first republican presidential debate that was an unwelcome reminder of rick perry's own legal troubles at home. it was referenced in basically every news article written about the texas a.g. getting indicted and getting his own mug shot taken. that couldn't have helped things for rick perry. and maybe governor perry has some plan to stick it out and run a -- you know, i guess it would be the first successful volunteer-based campaign for president while under indictment. maybe he'll be the guy who pulls that off. who knows? but it feels like rick perry may be toast. the polling results after that first hugely watched debate suggests the other person who may be toast is new jersey governor chris christie governor christie has been at the ragged edge of irrelevance throughout this cam ann year long. not only did he not get a bump out of his debate performance but he dropped even further than he was in the polls. his poll numbers are low enough
that if a candidate like carly fiorina continues to do well as she has been in recent poll, carly fiorina may bump chris christie out of the top ten so he will only be at the kids' table debate next month when that debate is hosted by cnn. like rick perry, though, to be fair, it's not totally clear that you can blame the first debate for chris christie's woes. he -- people thought he would be a good debater. he didn't make a splash at all. but negotiation that debate stuff he also has a lot of home state baggage you can't discount. the bridge gate scandal is still following chris christie like cans tied on to his bumper. the criminal trials in the bridge gate scandal are due to start this fall, that can never be too far from his mind on the campaign trail. and as he continues to serve as new jersey governor, yet another ghost of christmas past popped up and made spooky noises in the christie world today. governor christie attended a meeting today with new jersey's two democratic senators and the obama administration's transportation secretary to talk
about supporting a new train tunnel between new jersey and new york city. now sounds like just a typical policy matter that a governor might handle but this is a ghost of christmas past kind of issue for chris christie because when he became governor in 2010, years of planning and $600 million worth of work that had already been completed had to get thrown out the window when chris christie kiboshed another train tunnel he had previously supported. this was something he already supported. this bottleneck the northeast, the busiest transit corridor in the whole country, after he became governor, after he supported it, chris christie stopped that tunnel in its tracks and then took the money for that tunnel and put in the his own budget so he would haven't to answer for any tax rise when he ran for president. that sounds like a new jersey issue and it is a new jersey issue but it's very flesh the minds of everybody in new jersey, in chris christie's home state.
especially because transit over the course of this summer has basically collapsed between new jersey and new york city in large part because that infrastructure is terrible and nerve new jersey blames chris christie for it because he really did single-handedly individually stop something that would have made it better. so this is this stuff from home tends to follow these guys around. he runs a national campaign for the presidency but he's dealing with editorials like this one in the largest paper in his home state today. look at this. this is from the largest paper, the newark "star ledger." "governor chris christie is attend ago high level meeting to discuss the need for a new rail tunnel under the hudson river. let us give thanks. what woke him from his five-year slumber? maybe it was the agonized cries of stranded commuters during this hellish summer or the fresh warnings of economic carnage that the old tunnels give out before the new ones are built. or the shock therapy of the nation's highest transit official calling chris christie's neglect almost
criminal. maybe he heard a whisper from some deep corner of his soul telling him he must leave new hampshire once in a while to earn his salary in trenton. make no mistake, this is on chris christie. he killed the arc tunnel project in 2010, creating this vacuum and he grabbed the money and ran. if memory serves, chris christie has the skill set to find the common ground and get a deal done, he just hasn't exercised those muscles during his second term, which he has devoted to his hopeless quest for the presidency. t so at the bottom tiers of the republican presidential nominating process, guys like chris christie and rick perry look like they're on the verge of elimination. and maybe it's not just the process in this early culling that the republican party and the cable networks have forced on the republican field. maybe in the case of these two guys they just had such terrible home state baggage they were never going to be able to cram
it into the overhead compartment in time for takeoff. but as donald trump continues to completely dominate the republican race, there is not just trouble at the bottom of the heap, there's also trouble at the top of the heap. jeb bush the losing as much support in each new poll now as donald trump is gaining. scott walker's path to the presidency was supposed to be all about iowa. he led the polls in iowa strongly and clearly for about six months before the donald trump surge pushed mr. walker down to second place even in iowa but as the "new york times" notes, since that first republican debate there have been three polls taken in iowa. there those three polls taken in iowa since that first debate, not only the s scott walker still losing to donald trump in io iowa, he's also losing to ben carson in iowa. he's been pushed down to third place. so whether you are a bottom-tier candidate about to get eliminated like governor perry or governor christie.
whether you were thought to be a top tear candidate like jeb bush or scott walker, wherever new the pile, the donald trump phenomenon in the republican pa party is crushing everybody else's hopes and as hilarious and amazing as that may be to fwrach the outside, from the candidates on the inside of that dynamic, how do they get out of this cycle? how do any of them win? hold that thought.
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that's why campaigns matter. the question they ask in those polls is if the election were held tomorrow who would you vote for? if the election were held tomorrow i would be shocked because it's not going to be held tomorrow. >> governor chris christie boldly checking the calendar. talking about his standing in the polls where he is one of several substantial contenders on the republican side, he's essentially being squeezed out of contention and off the debate stage in part by the persistent dominance of donald trump as a republican presidential front-runner. and mr. trump is not only dominating the republican field, he's also dominating the whole political conversation, those comments from hillary clinton, that was her speaking with telemundo after a campaign event in las vegas saying she will absolutely draw a line with what she called terrible accusations and outrageous and offensive plans by donald trump to deport 11 or 12 million hardworking
people. joining us is robert doos from the "washington post." thanks for being here. >> my plesh injury? so the verdict seems to be in on the results of the first presidential debate. donald trump cementing his role as the fairly distant front-runner. as he shores up the top of the pile, who's at the bottom? is it fair to look at chris christie as one of the people scrapping for his life at this point? >> i think you have to look at christie. this is someone who is the establishment favorite and in 2011 was the establishment favorite a few years ago before bridge gate. so i checked in with ray washburn a couple hours ago, he's christie's national finance guy, keeping all the donors in line and he told me christie had fund-raisers over the week end in southampton and he put on a brave face, he said christie will continue to move forward and tell it like he does on the debate stage. but the thing is he's got to go beyond that because his personality at s at the center of his campaign and if he can't showcase it there, where is he going to showcase it? >> is money the answer? i'm not thinking about people in
the middle tier, i'm not thinking about people, like, i guess, marco rubio and scott walker right now, i'm thinking about characters like rick perry and chris christie. they both are well connected in terms of fund-raising and big dollar donors. is money enough to keep them in contention? >> not at all. the ted cruz strategy which is having v this national activist base out there with all these super pacs funding it. but if you're a bobby jindal or chris christie, you have to pick a state. it's not about money. i talked to jindal people today, they say it's all about iowa. same with rick perry, run a rick santorum type campaign in iowa. for christie, it's new hampshire. try to have this town hall revival but it's tough there, bush is strong, kasich is getting stronger. >> on the issue of iowa, part of the reason scott walker has been seen as potentially nationally viable even he has very low national name recognition, you compare the national media mentions to him whether or not people know who he is and it's a
chasm, part of the reason the national press is convinced he's viable is that people think he will win iowa. he's polling third place in iowa not just behind donald trump but also behind ben carson. is that a -- is iowa turning out to be harder to predict or at least harder to see from a national perspective than we thought it would be? >> very much so. every strategist six months ago was teld megait's going to be like it was in 2000 and 2012. huckabee, santorum an evangelical favorite will be in iowa and that put walker in the favorable position. but now the outsiders are favorite. carson, trump, their numbers are strong in iowa and that's a threat to walker's entire candidacy. >> as you talk with these republican fund rarzs and operatives and partisans of all stripes on the republican side, do you get the sense that there is an emerging consensus as to what they ought to do about their front-runner? about the best donald trump strategy? is it keep your head down and wait and hope he goes away or does anybody have a plan for how
they can capture what he's got? >> it's amazing, raching, i called ten campaigns today and there's allied super pacs, i asked them what they're doing about trump and they say "we're waiting to see if he implodes." a lot of these super pacs don't want to spend their money, they want to husband their resources and hope trump fades away. >> robert costa, national political reporter at the "washington post," appreciate your time tonight. nice to have you here. >> thank you. all right. still ahead tonight, the controversial decision that caused hillary clinton and president obama to part ways today very dramatically. i'm not sure people saw this coming but hillary clinton and barack obama are now totally at odds on an important issue. that happened today. we have that next, stay with us. it's more than the cloud.
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democratic presidential front-runner hillary clinton today made a big break with the obama administration and she did it on a topic that i'm not sure people were expecting her to break from president obama but she did it. and she did it dramatically and on tape. her stance on this is already drawing criticism from her republican rivals in the presidential race which weirdly alies them with president obama. it's a little bit awkward. we will have that tape in a moment. but first i have to do a correction. i got something sort of wrong on the show recently. it turns out the way i got it wrong is awesome and fascinating, way better than the story or mistake itself.
here's what it is. we've been talking for weeks on the show about shell oil's plans to start drilling the arctic for oil. we have reported on the protests that shell haas encountered this summer as they've tried to start drilling. we've reported part of the reason shell's drilling plans have come under such scrutiny is because nobody has ever really offshore drilled the arctic before. at least not in the way that shell is now planning to. but on that last point that nobody has ever offshore drilled in the arctic before, i was sort of wrong about that. and i love how i was wrong. check this out. this is a place called uguruk island. look in the lower left-hand corner there. those three os, not a tie owe. oooguruk island is located on the alaskan coast, a tiny, tiny little place loaded up with all sorts of oil drilling equipment. oooguruk island, with three os, it's an actual place on a map located in alaska's beaufort
sea. they do drill for oil there. so when i said shell wants to be the first company to drill offshore for oil in the arctic, technically that wasn't true because technically that drilling at oooguruk is kind of offshore drilling. that was a little bit wrong. here's the thing, though, that island doesn't exist in nature. it is not a naturally occurring island. the oil industry built that island. it's a man made island they constructed in about five feet of water specifically for the purposes of oil drilling in that five feet of water. nobody knows how to drill for oil offshore in the arctic so when they wanted to do it they built a new shore! they built new land, a new island and drilled from that. even though they were only in about five feet of water, they had to built an island to drill from because that's what it takes if you want to drill the arctic. you apparently need to build an island. in water you could stand up in. and then once you've done that you have to sort of hope that your man made island doesn't get eaten up by the elements because
these are the elements out there. this is that same island. that man made island essentially being devoured by sea ice one winter. so, yeah, you can build yourself new land but you can't get in the way of pitch thatter if nature wants to go somewhere. this is in five feet of water. drilling the arctic is foreboding and scary, not just because of the prospect of burning all these fossil fuels that are otherwise not going to get burned. it's scary because of the logistics to do it and how hard it is to do it safely. when shell was given the go ahead to try to start drilling in 2012, really offshore, not just on some fake island they built themselves in an arctic kiddy pool. when shell got the go ahead to drill in 2012, shell executives went on the record, said outloud that they thought the task of
drilling offshore was going to be "relatively easy." that was their quote. don't worry, it's going to be relatively easy. what it turned out to be was a complete disaster. shell had a rig that ran aground, they had a rig that caught fire and was ultimately the soubject of felony convictions. shell pulled o eed out all toge because they had such a disastrous time there. now they're back trying to drill the arctic once again. guess how they say it's going to go? i swear this is not the same article as 2012 but shell executives are saying drilling the arctic will be "relatively easy." no big deal, just like informs 2012 when it was actually a disaster and a failure and a crime and did i mention it was a failure? true to form, shell's adventures in the arctic this year have already gotten off to a rough start. one of their ice breakers had a three foot long hole ripped into its hull. the ship had to go back to
portland for repairs and almost didn't make it out of portland when it was surrounded by a sea of protesters in kayaks and dangling over a bridge there. but now that the ice breaker is back on site in alaska, the ogs has just given shell the final authorization it needs to start offshore drilling for oil up there. that decision came down yesterday. and today the obama administration was publicly rebuked for doing that by democratic presidential candidate hillary clinton hillary clinton has not broke within the obama administration on many things during this race but today she came out and said she would not have given shell the o.k. then she sent out this tweet "the arctic is a unique treasure, given what we know it's not worth the risk of drilling." then this is what she told reporters tonight. >> i think the very grave difficulties that shell encountered the last time they tried to do that should be a red
flag for anybody. i have been been to the arctic, i have been to barrow, our northern most outpost in the united states and i think we should not risk the potential catastrophes that could come about from accidents in looking for more oil in a pristine -- one of the few remaining pristine regions of the world. >> we should not risk the potential catastrophes that could come about from arctic drilling. hillary clinton, her speaking earlier tonight in las vegas. just a day after the obama administration gave shell the final permit they needed to start drilling offshore in the arctic. that's pretty much never been done before -- unless you count the oil companies having to build themselves an island to drill from because actually drilling off snore the arctic doesn't seem like it would be an easy thing to do even if shell keeps saying that it is. joining us now is tony
decopal. so shell has the go ahead to start drilling. the season -- literally the season -- is very short. do the people who oppose shell doing this have any sort of strategy? any sort of plan to stop this or sr. this done now? >> it's not done. remember when the russian oil tried to drill in the russian part of the arctic in 2013 just ahead of the sochi olympics greenpeace, which owns boats and has lots of money, got all the way out there and tried to scale the rig and the russian coast guard rounded them all up. greenpeace will not tell me for certain, they don't want to tip their hand that they'll do something like that but they have said "we have to run out the clock, we have to create another delay" like the one you previewed in the intro where they dangled from the bridge "to push this season back." it's only four weeks that shell has to go a mile into the seabed and start touching oil. >> once they get to the end of that four-week period, what happens? they stick a cork in it and come back next spring? >> i'll put a cap on it.
they want to get it started so they can work next spring. that's what they wanted to do in 2012 as well and it went horribly wrong. relatively easy. can we come up with the things that can be harder than the arctic? >> so this guy in 2012 says it will be relatively easy. then it's a complete disaster for them. that guy gets fired and disappeared. they replace him with a new guy who says, yeah, we think it will be relatively easy. >> and they have a containment system so in cases of blowout -- by the way, 57% chance they admit that if they continue -- 75% chance that there will be a blowout. so they tested their capping stack in 2012, it cam out looking like a crumpled can. they tested it again, refused to release the results. >> given complaints like that, was it a surprise that the obama administration said go ahead? they've been expressing concerns about climate change all along but they have -- it seems like they've been enthusiastic about this work going forward. >>?
the obama white house must have been disappointed to see the way the calendar was colliding here because obama earlier this month, big climate change speech, strongest action any administration has ever taken and then somebody must have whispered in his ear and said "by the way, that you have arctic thing, you have to approve it and it's one week before you go to alaska and make your pitch." so he looks -- i mean, hillary comes out and mostly looks bad for obama because the other two democratic contenders for the nomination have already said -- bernie sanders and martin o'malley said we don't need to drill in the arctic. so it's mostly bad news for obama. >> tony, thank you. president obama is due to go to alaska within a week to talk about climate change when he's just approved this drilling in the arctic plan for shell. that is either the most ill-timed and awkward thing or some sort of magical 3d chess and we won't understand it until he does it. stay with us.
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so when oil trains crash, when train cars full of oil turn into smoke clouds and fireballs and conflagrations so hot they have to be left to burn for days, when that happens again and again and again in our country, the first thing we do is figure out where the closest newsrooms are so we can start following their reports we need our local papers and sometimes they need us. we have one remarkable story of that variety coming up next, stay with us. the lincoln summer invitation is on. get exceptional offers on the luxury small utility mkc mkz sedan... ...the iconic navigator. and get a first look at the entirely new 2016 mid-size utility lincoln mkx. your choice of mkc, mkz gas or hybrid for $369 a month with zero due at signing.
>> central north dakota there's a place called new rockford, it's the self-proclaimed steam engine capital of north dakota. new rockford hosts the annual central north dakota steam thresher's reunion. it features a threshing bee -- a threshing bee. this is one from 2012. it's an old steam engine and tractors up and running very loud and stinky and confusing and awesome, it will make you want to be an engineer. the north dakota steam thresher's reunion is coming up next month. new rockford, north dakota, is about 30 miles down the railroad tracks from the town of heimdal, north dakota. we talked about heimdal, north dakota, in may because that town had to be evacuated when a train carrying crude oil derailed and several cars burst into flames. exploding oil trains are a fact of life in america these days, especially in the oil fields of north dakota. so last month some local
volunteer firefighters in are you rockford sot some special training on how to respond in case the next time an oil train blows up it blows up not in heimdal or one of these other north dakota heimdal or other ts that have had crashes, they have trained to respond to an oil fire in their town. we know about that training and we have great photos of that training, thanks to the local paper. the new rockford transcript is the local newspaper and served the town since 1883. it has been there 130 years. they cover the north dakota junior high rodeo state finals, the construction of the new swimming pool, list the sales during the city wide garage sale event and this weekend on saturday the new rockford transcript had to cover a big fire in downtown new rockford, north dakota. with high winds and temperatures
near 100 degrees it took hours to get it out and this is a particularly difficult fire for the staff of the transcript to cover because the fire was at the transcript's offices. invest in the newspaper's office. the staff salvaged one computer and a couple of hard drives. everything else used to create the newspaper was gone. that paper has been there more than 130 years. we can tell you within 48 hours of their building burning to the ground the staff was back at it working on the next edition of the paper and that's because the transcript had friends. local real estate company gave them temporary office space. the transcript's publisher says ten newspapers offered equipment and anything else they needed. they started to roll out pages of the new edition yesterday. monday, after the fire completely destroyed their offices on saturday. the transcript's general manager
sent us this video showing us the office and taking a short walk to the new space where the staff is working on the next issue. it is due out this upcoming monday. it will take more than a devastating fire to stop the new rockford transcript. that's a good thing for new rockford, a good thing for the rest of us. every town, every hamlet in this country is in some way part of our national story. one of the local journalistic resources we have near the north dakota oil patch covered the fire in their own building as their history turned to ash. inside that building they had a walk --in safe, in that safe were the archives back to the 1800s. the transcript's publisher told us he does not know if the archived survived because his first priority is getting the next edition out. he has not had time to search the wreckage. we will let you know what he finds when he look s.
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here's what you need to do on day one. it begins with a light workout before sunrise. within two minutes you need to do 39 pushups. within two minutes 59 situps and within 40 minutes a 49-mile run then chin ups after that. that is how day one begins well before dawn. 20% of people trying to pass that first test fail that first test. that's just before 8 a.m. if you do pass that first test, this is what immediately happens
to you right afterwards as your reward. you scale a 35-foot tower. you commando crawl along a rope suspended above water. when given the order you drop 35 feet in to the water and swim to shore. now your day is really getting started. this has been the warmup for the afternoon. which is combat water survival. that's when you are completely submerged underwater with all of your gear, including your army boots and your rifle. you need to calmly remove your 35 pounds of equipment while underwater and swim back to shore. if you panic or flail you fail. that's just the start of day one of army ranger school and it keeps going nonstop for at least 60 days after that and only gets more grueling and taxing. throughout this process you get three or four hours of sleep a night, two meals a day. by the time the course is over,
most of the candidate will have lost 20 pounds and they were all unbelievably fit to begin. mock patrols, marches that cover a distance. the equivalent of walking from boston to new york, often while wears packs weighing with up to 90 pounds. it includes repelling off mountains, sometimes at night wearing night-vision cog goggles if parachuting in to the swamps of florida and the good news, i guess you can call it good news f you fail a section they sometimes give you an option to do it again, pick up where you left off. ranger school happens year round. part of the challenge with the current class in ranger school it has been such a hot summer. that's a particular challenge in the mountain phase conducted in georgia. it has been worse this year because of the extreme heat. one of the other things that is different in this year's ranger class is the media attention. because the army for this ranger class that is finishing up up right now the media has been allowed in every few days to
observe this ranger class to show it is no different than any other one in the past. that no one is getting special treatment. when this current group of graduates graduates this coming friday they are expecting dozens of media outlets, not just from the united states but from all over the world to cover that graduation because something makes this class different. this class includes women. 19 women started on day one. two with of them have just completed it and will graduate. 381 men started this class, 97 of them will finish. this is the first time women have been allowed to compete in ranger school and the first time that any will graduate. the obama administration said in 2013 the pentagon should open all service branchs to women in combat roles by 2016. this ranger school test is the first test whether it will work for the rangers. these two who are about to graduate are first to prove it can. right now they will not be allowed to apply to join the
ranger rej meant. regimen. but maybe that will change. tonight, late-breaking news. the top admiral in the navy just said the navy special warfare command will allow women to become navy s.e.a.l.s if they pass navy s.e.a.l. training which is just as brutal as army ranger training. that does it for us tonight. see you tomorrow. now it is time for "the last word with lawrence o'donnell." >> you make army ranger school sound more difficult than say hosting a primetime cable news show. >> i'm just being modest. yeah. >> my uncle was the commander of the army rangers. so i have heard about this stuff before. he would be so proud of this gruting class. >> it is amazing. we don't r don't know who the two with women are yet. they will reveal them to the world before the graduation on frid