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the man was taken to a local hospital where he was reportedly listed in critical condition. the white house was locked down. the vice president was at the white house at the time. he was locked down safely. president obama was not at the white house at the time this happened. the important part is that nobody else other than this gunman was injured. we don't know who the gunman is. we do not know what a motive might have been or any other descriptive circumstances under what happened, but we do know the lockdown at the white house around this incident was lifted around 4:00 p.m. eastern time today. if we learn anything more this evening, we'll let you know more as we learn more. the other major story we're keeping an eye on is, of course, egyptair flight 804. some wreckage believed to have come from that plane has been found. and there's some late breaking news tonight not necessarily about the cause of that crash
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but it may be a major clue as to what was going on, on board that aircraft immediately before it fell off the radar. it seems it fell into the sea and what it could mean coming up. we've also got chuck todd coming up, which is very nice to do. he's got "meet the press" on sunday, so he's very busy on friday nights, but he's here to give me a reality check on what seems to me like a weirdly important late new development in the presidential race. and i -- i -- i'm telling you it seems weirdly important. the reason i asked chuck todd to join us to get a gut check whether it's just weird or it is important. i can't tell. i know it's some degree of both. we're bringing in an expert in a few minutes. there's a lot to get to tonight. but we start with a whole bunch of new developments on the democratic side of the
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presidential race and this is all stuff that happened today into this evening. first of all we've got new fund-raising numbers from both the sanders campaign and clinton campaign and they're interesting. they're not what you think. this is what we've got. both the sanders and clinton campaigns have reported fund-raising numbers for april. this is last month's. they're pretty close but bernie sanders is still ahead. in april he filed papers indicating they raised basically $27 million. hillary clinton's campaign filed paperwork saying they raised $25 million. so they're both raising tons of money, sanders is ahead, but they're in the same ballpark there. look at this. they have to report how much cash they have on hand. you not only raise money, you have to spend it. those numbers are not similar at all. the clinton campaign started this month, they started may
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with $30.2 million on hand. whereas the bernie sanders campaign has less than $6 million on hand. $5.8 million. that's the cash on hand reporting number from bernie sanders as of tonight. so i mean snapshot of what's going on between them? they're both still raising a ton of money and raising money at a pretty equal clip, but she's sitting on a lot more money to spend than he is. she's got five times more money. i'm not talking super pac money. that's campaign money. that hasn't been true in the late portion of the race for -- that hasn't been true for a long time. seems like a big deal in terms of what's going on in this race. the clinton campaign working with the dnc to form their general election organization. organizations, to beef up state parties and hire field organizers in eight swing states. the clinton campaign has been making a big deal for months now
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how they're not just raising money for hillary clinton's campaign. they've also been raising money for dnc and state parties while this announcement today, this represents the first big dispersement of those funds. they say it's an initial investment of $2 million to start building up democratic state organizations for the general election in these eight states, colorado, florida, nevada, new hampshire, north carolina, ohio, pennsylvania, and wisconsin. eight states. building up the organizations in those states. hiring field organizers. making sure those state operations have what they need for the general election. and that will be music to the ears of democrats worried about the prospects for the democratic party now that the republicans have settled on their candidate donald trump and the democrats are still embroiled in this contested primary. it's going to be music to their ears to hear that it's starting.
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it's going to be music to the ears of the democrats specifically in those eight states especially because in six of those states they've got republican incumbent senators who are up for re-election this year and who the democrats would very much like to take their seats away. so millions of dollars in new funding, lots of new field organizers hired, beefing up state organizations. that's all getting under way. sanders campaign aggressively criticized hillary clinton's campaign for forming the fund-raising with dnc. sanders criticizing the clinton folks not having enough money they were raising through that joint operation. he said not enough of that money was making its way into the various state parties but at least $2 million of that money that clinton raised, it's now being spent in the swing states. and senator sanders is not in a position to do anything like that.
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both because he has not raised money for the democratic party in a joint effort the way hillary clinton has but also the fcc filings makes it like he now has his own money troubles to worry about separate and apart that he could ever help any state democratic parties or would-be democratic campaigns in these swing states. $6 million at the start of the campaign this month is tough, especially in california where he needs to do well and where advertising rates are just prohibitively expensive given the media markets in the big populations in that state and just how big that state is. so the democratic presidential primary continues, still being fought out. still today more starkly than ever before you can start to see the paths of the two democratic candidates diverge. these two candidates are going
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in two different directions and all of that news emerged today as a leadership held one of its quarterly meetings in philly. there is a democrat uk party in each individual state. and the heads of the democratic party from each of the 50 states all convene today in philadelphia to talk about whatever it is they talk about when they get together. i don't know. but we now know that today a lot of the focus of their discussion was this. this rowdy disorderly ultimately arguably scaring state convention. this event that led to so much hand wringing and worrying as democrats looked at that clash between sanders and clinton supporters. they have looked at that and they're worried that maybe the
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democratic primary is veering into mob scene territory. they have worried that as long as this primary is going on, this might be what it looked like when democrats try to hold meetings or conventions anywhere between now and at big national convention in philadelphia on july 25th. so tonight the chair of the chairs, the chairman of the new hampshire democratic party who also speaks for all of the state chairmen in the party, he is now calling on behalf of all democratic party chairman in the country for a bunch of changes to happen in this late date. he says between now in philadelphia every time they have one of these state wide meetings or conventions when they pick delegates, they now want a change. they want somebody at those conventions who's high ranking from the democratic national committee, somebody from the sanders campaign and from the clinton campaign. also 48 hours in advance they want these representatives to
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meet in advance of that state convention, and agree what the convention agenda is going to be of it they want that 48 hours in advance. they also want this which i don't know. this one strikes me as it might be a problem, quote, there must be a commitment from them to make sure the speakers' remarks or presentations go without interruption or interference in any manner including auditory or visual distractions from the floor. now, i know why people were upset about what happened in nevada with the screaming and the pushing and people needing medical attention and the alleged chair throwing and the cursing and all the rest of it. nobody wants to see that. but no interruption or interfering of any manner including auditory or visual distractions from the floor? i live for auditory and visual distractions from the floor. kim on. this is not sunday school.
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aren't those unquashable at some basic human level? if there's not going to be hooting and hollering i don't want to be in this politics. joining us now is raymond buckley. chair of the new hampshire democratic party. chairman buckley, thank you very much for being with us tonight. >> thanks for having me. >> can you assure me the rights to hoot and holler will be protected in democratic party processes even though you're worried how nasty things got in nevada? >> i think hooting and hollering is what we all live for at the conventions. but we want to make sure the delegates are respected and act in respectful manner. that it's not really a sporting event, it's a quasi legislative event. there is a lot of important business that goes on at these state conventions.
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significant number of the delegates at the conventions there for the first time. probably their first organized political event other than a rally or something close to that. so we think that it's important that everyone is properly registered, they are -- get into the hall before business is begun, and that everyone has the rules properly explained to them. and somebody is there that they know that they can trust. they don't have a relationship with a lot of the establishment in the political parties. and so they don't have that relationship that if somebody says something that they automatically believe it. if there is somebody there from officially representing their candidate's campaign that says we talked about this, this is the fair way, how we do it, we can move on and do this. after all, this election is about november. it is about making sure that we win the white house, we win the u.s. senate, can affect the u.s. supreme court and win the races up and down the ballot. so it's important that people are welcomed, there are thousands of new democrats that
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are coming to these events, we want them to come back, we want them to feel they were heard, that they were listened to and people really had a place in something they feel comfortable being at. >> there aren't a ton more democratic state conventions between now and philly. it's hard to find the schedules of these but as far as i can tell it's somewhere less than ten. but there are a few more of these. >> a little more. >> around -- but there aren't a majority of them left. some left between now and philly. does this -- these changes that you're calling for does that reflect assessment by you and the other democratic state party chairs that there is a real threat that nevada is going to happen again, that things are going to go that off the rails, or is this just preventive, even if nevada was a fluke, you want to make sure it's not going to happen again even though you don't expect it. >> nobody was happy with what happened in nevada, not either presidential campaign, certainly not the state party and certainly not those of us around
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the country looking on. we simply don't think that needs to happen. let's take some preventive measures by everyone working together. this absolutely depends on 100% participation by the sanders campaign, by the clinton campaign, the dnc and each and everyone one of the state parties. it's everyone working together, making sure that this is the best experience possible and that we're able to leave the state conventions and go to our national convention and go to the general election in a united form. we believe we can do that. we've got some great people, it is important that everyone feels welcome and respected. >> raymond buckley, president of the association of democratic chairs, which means you are chair of the chairs, which means you're a big chair, appreciate you being here tonight, sir. as long as hooting and hollering is allowed i think people will be on board what you're suggesting. good luck. thank you. >> thank you. >> a lot to get to. we have this latest details on the crash of the egyptair flight
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including some very, very granularly specific information about what was going on, onboard that plane before the crash. and some extrapolation what that might mean what this might be like. we've got that and a lot more. reward points, every time i drive. ...want my number? and cash back for driving safe. and the power to automatically find your car... i see you car! and i got the power to know who's coming and when if i break down. must be gerry. hey... in means getting more from your car insurance with the all-powerful drivewise app. it's good to be in, good hands.
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>> al. >> who are hillary clinton, bernie sanders, and martin o'malley. >> nicely done, senator franken. and thank you, jeopardy. amazing, right. weird. i want to be the answer to all of your questions forever. ♪ ♪ ♪ (vo) making the most out of every mile. that's why i got a subaru impreza.
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at 26 minutes after midnight two sensors on the cockpit's right rear window went off. at the same time a smoke sensor went off in the lavatory that's right behind the cockpit. one minute later there was an alert about smoke in the avionics compartment. then another window sensor went off. three minutes after that, 29 minutes past midnight, then problems were indicated with the pilots' flight controls and computers. and it was three or four minutes after that the plane started turning wildly and falling from the sky and dropping off the radar. we've got all that information. that still does not tell us what might have caused those things to go wrong or caused the crash. certainly it could have been a bomb, it could have been a fire in the cabin. there have been instances in the past where improperly stored cargo caused a combustion. that's what brought down a flight in the everglades in 1996.
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the smoke alerts, they may not even have been caused by smoke. "the new york times" reported today that sensor warnings like these could also be set off by conditions like condensation or sudden drop in air pressure. it doesn't have to be smoke. in any case those are clues. we now know something catastrophic happened onboard that plane. we still don't know what. if it was a terror attack, no one is taking responsibility for it. we may only find out the cause of this through the physical investigation of the remains of the plane. given where the first debris was discovered today, finding the rest of the plane and its recorders is going to be a challenge. authorities narrowed the search area to 40 square miles. this area is nearly two miles deep and unforgiving territory. egypt, greek, french, and american ships an planes are all scouring that patch of the mediterranean. more ships are expected to arrive in coming days.
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the national wresting hall of fame is in stillwater, oklahoma. it's been around for 40 years. earlier in the month for the first time the national hall of fame rescinded an award they had previously given out. the guy they took the award back from was denny hastert.
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denny hastert had been a wrestling coach before he became a speaker of the house. now it's happened again. northern illinois university rescinded a degree to denny hastert. he's due to report to prison june 22. he was convicted to paying hush money to a man who allegedly accused him. since then admitting to mistreating boys that he coached since then institutions like the national wrestling hall of fame in northern illinois university which once gave him an honorary degree they moved formally and publicly to wipe him off their slate. to defend their honor as institutions despite their previous association with him. you don't look at denny hastert and think northern illinois university, and think you know,
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the national wrestling hall of fame. you think u.s. house of representatives, he was the longest serving republican speaker in u.s. history. but so far as the u.s. house of representatives is concerned, they as an institution have done nothing to distance themselves from denny hastert other than taking down his picturement they took his portrait down in the hall. that's it. the u.s. house of representatives has the ability to sense sure its members. lars time a former house member was in the 19th century. it doesn't happen often but then neither does denny hastert. he's the highest ranking american elected official to have ever been sentenced to prison. he's the only high ranking american official to have been sentenced to prison admitting to being a sirrial child molester. this is not a run-of-the-mill former member of congress gone bad thing of it he was the
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so this is a quote to "the new york times." if you're looking to get reintroduced to the world, here's one way to do it. quote to "the new york times." quote, i can hear the glass crunching on kristallnacht in the ghettos of warsaw and vienna, when i hear that, honest. kristallnacht. really. that will get everyone's attention. bill weld is the former governor of massachusetts, named to be gary johnson's potential vice presidential running mate on the libertarian ticket this year.
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he left in 1977. he hasn't been around for a while in active partisan politics, but he was named to the perspective libertarian ticket yesterday and in his first interview after making the ticket he told "the new york times" when they asked him to explain his main issue with the donald trump candidacy, he said his main issue was trump's plan to round up and deport 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country in response to that plan, he gave this quote. i can hear the glass crunching in the ghettos of warsaw when i hear that, honest. wow. i'm not saying a lot of people haven't been thinking that sort of thing. making those analogies in their mind. coming out and saying it, it's kind of you know, right to the kisser. pow. now, on the other hand, nazi analogies make people queasy for
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a reason. calling somebody a nazi is usually a shortcut to losing an argument. there is nothing quite like a nazi. that's not actually a nazi. usually a bad analogy. still though, nice to remeet you, governor bill weld. that's kind of the wrapping of where i'm at, the wrapping of hello, nice to remeet you and also, nazi metaphor in the same bonbon, we're in that now. on an issue that has me genuinely confused. i'm not sure what to think. a question of whether or not the libertarian party might make a real run for it in 2016. i mean, if they are ever going to, 2016 feels like this might be the year. most people couldn't tell you who is on top of the libertarian ticket for 2016 now. but the fox news poll this week actually asked people if they would vote for gary johnson, libertarian for president, he polled 10% against donald trump and hillary clinton.
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nationwide. i mean, in general terms that puts gary johnson about 5 points away from qualifying to be in the national presidential debates this year. that's with nobody knowing he's running. you can see why some conservatives who don't like donald trump might be willing to consider a long shot that's maybe not that long in terms of johnson getting into the real contention in this race. also this year, not unrelated factor here, the republican party's nominee for president this year is a different kind of cat. just a different kind of republican from any one nomin e nominated by the republican party before. mr. trump's nomination created at least uncertainty what is going to happen, even among some republican stalwarts who do not want to vote for hillary clinton, are they really going to get a plan c, if they can't get on board with trump and they can't get on board with clinton,
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will they not just sit on their hands and look for somewhere else to cast their vote. could this be a third party year? could this be a libertarian party year? there have been some rumors right now just rumors, that really mega conservative donors like the koch brothers, very rich guys favorable to the libertarian causes in their past, rumors they might come back to the libertarian party. if libertarians could put together a reasonable ticket that might have some constructive role in national politics this year. so, there's all of these little reasons stacking up that make it seem like maybe this year this could be for real. maybe 2016 is the libertarian moment? for presidential politics? on the other hand, it's the libertarian party and even though they always make a case, that they ought to matter they never really matter. well, now we know who the libertarian party is likely to pick as their ticket this year,
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likely to be gary johnson, again, he was also their candidate in 2012 when he polled a big 1% of the vote. and we know as of yesterday that bill weld, former governor of massachusetts, would likely be gary johnson's running mate. that was the surprise announcement from the libertarians yesterday. so now when it comes to figuring out if this might be the year for the libertarians to matter, if they might be a real factor, nation wide in this year's presidential election now it's not just the sort of political science of it. now it's not just the political circumstances of it. now we know specifically that it's these two guys. and so now we get to consider them as people and candidates as well. that brings us to today's wild card and me figuring out what i think about the libertarian prospects of affecting the 2016 election this year. the wild card is what i call the strength from the sky factor. the strength from the sky factor. is it a good thing or a bad
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thing? >> why should americans be comfortable with gary johnson as commander in chief? >> gary is a force, i mean, he has climbed the highest mountain on all seven continents, i remember him as being a massive iron man triathlete so he is a physical throw himself against the wall teddy roosevelt guy. he is a real westerner, a real outdoor guy. i think being a real outdoor guy makes him calm. he draws strength from the sky almost. >> you believe he has the temperament to be president. >> oh, yeah. >> strength from the sky. almost. joining us is chuck todd who did that interview with bill weld who will likely be the vice presidential candidate for the libertarian party. chuck sfk nbc's political director and moderator of meet the press. thank you for being here. >> hello. strength from the sky. it was something else. >> for you to, i mean, that was sort after genius moment to get from strength from the sky to do
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you mean temperament for president? it was a generous leap there that you made for governor weld. >> well look. i think that's -- that's what's going to be the difficulty here. look, gary johnson four years ago was a candidate that didn't look like he was ready. remember he was running in the republican primary, didn't look like he was ready for prime time. in his defense i had him on the show a couple weeks ago, and he seemed to be a lot more practiced. he seemed to have thought this out a little more. there was less willy-nilly about it. so but i'm guessing he's probably not liking the way bill weld described him as a potential commander in chief. you do need to get past the plausibility factor. but let's talk about why we should be paying attention. why we should be paying attention is what you pointed out. you have two people, majority of the country have unfavorable views of both hillary clinton and donald trump. there is a vacuum here. there are two minor parties that have significant access.
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libertarian and the green party. the libertarian party with two former two-term governors, happen to be republican but both sort of running as feel fast their party left them, they are social moderates, fiscal conservatives and bill weld is wealthy. why does that matter. at a minimum there are state ballots that the libertarians have to fight to get on. maybe bill weld help pay for that fight to get on. then suddenly you're in all 50 state ballots, there is this vacuum. they could become de facto none of the above and there does seem to be and our new poll that's coming out this weekend, rachel, our pollsters said there was unusually high neither factor in here, meaning we asked a two-way race, clinton or trump, we didn't give the option of picking neither, yet the highest number that our pollsters had seen in a presidential head-to-head picked neither. there is a vacuum out there. >> chuck, how do pollsters
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decide broadly speaking, but how do they decide whether or not to put somebody like gary johnson and bill weld as a possibility out there when they do national polls? it's going to end up being potentially a really important factor in their candidacy if they are trying to get into the general election debate, need that 15% in national polls. >> i think the right standard, look, every news organization, i mean depends on -- we as a news organization tell our pollsters whether or not to include stuff like that. so for instance, we believe in asking it both ways, you ask a two way, then a three-way. sometimes offering the option first and respondent may not know. but you need know the two. i think the right way to do this and understand it is always see both numbers side by side so you have an idea what the possibility is. but i think in this case we should -- because of when you have two nominees with unusually
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high negatives, that's when you should put on the check to see well, if they have a third option will they go there because that is an impact. and rachel, let's play this out. the way third party candidates have worked and have an impact before, to me the first 5% takes equally from both parties. any time you see those numbers. it's the next 10, right, the next two five that start pulling from one side or the other. and you start doing that and you lower the minimum number in some states, i think the libertarian ticket could put some states in play for democrats that are normally out of reach, say a missouri, and then the libertarians could pull from the left and put maybe put a minnesota in play for republicans. type of thing, if you lower the winning number to 45, 46, 47%, then you start seeing certain red states that could go blue and blue states go red. they could upset the entire sort of structure of swing states
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which i think as a junky, and as an american citizen as a good thing, then you would have candidates having to campaign in more than just the 8 to 12 states they campaign in the fall. >> you have to have them campaigning in an interesting matrix of issues so the libertarians can't take the issues -- yeah. you made me feel i'm not crazy. >> we got to -- we shouldn't ignore it until they give us cause to ignore them. >> fair enough. chuck todd, thank you for staying late on a friday to do this. appreciate it. thanks. chuck is host of "meet the press", mandatory viewing sunday mornings here on nbc. i should tell you he has a guest this sunday who you might have heard of, her name is hillary clinton. on "meet the press" this weekend. lots more ahead. [ "dreams" by beck ] hmmmmm...
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the presidential election in the year 2000 happened on november 7th that year. november 7th, 2000. that, of course, was bush versus
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gore, ultimately decided by the supreme court. that was the american presidential election that took more than a month to get resolved even though some people think it never really was resolved. but bush versus gore was a drama in and of itself. it was also technically speaking a drama about who would succeed the outgoing president at that time who was bill clinton. so here's the question. while bush-v-gore was being decided, what was president clinton doing all that time? it sort of seems strange looking back on it now. but while that was happening, while the united states was in that unprecedented and precarious super crisis, the man who was the sitting president of the country at the time left the country. >> if it weren't for this presidential election melodrama the sitting president would be the story of the day given where he is. president clinton arrived for a
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three-day visit on the agenda, the tragic legacy of the vietnam war for both sides, the new ties linking once bitter enemies. nbc's andrea mitchell has more on the president's visit. >> a remarkable chapter in history, thousands of vietnamese on the streets of hanoi, the most to ever turn out for a foreign leader. trying to catch a glimpse of an american president, bill clinton. the first u.s. president to visit vietnam since richard nixon in 1969. back then a young bill clinton was a graduate student in england, protesting the war and nixon. now clinton says he's learned as president that decisions to use force are hard with unintended consequences. >> that was november 16, 2000. it was more than a week after the presidential election had taken place that year, it was nine days into what would ultimately be five weeks of uncertainty about who had won the presidential election, and who would be the next president
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and how our country would figure that out. how we would pick the next president. but in the midst of that bill clinton left the country and went to vietnam and him going to vietnam was a really big deal. first u.s. president to go to vietnam since nixon. big deal. not as big a deal, though, what president obama is about to do starting this weekend. president obama is leaving tomorrow, going to retrace bill clinton's footsteps, go to vietnam, in hanoi and in saigon, ho chi minh city, then to japan. japanese visit by president obama that will start with the big g-7 summit, then on friday it will end at hiroshima. no sitting american president has visited since the united states in 1945 made the decision to drop an atomic bomb on that city. to try to end world war ii. japan did surrender within less than a week of the nuclear
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bombings. but those bombs also killed over 100,000 civilians and they remain the only time nuclear weapons have ever been used in war by any country for any reason anywhere on earth. and since we did that no u.s. president has been to hiroshima but president obama is about to go there. he leaves the white house tomorrow, will arrive in hanoi on sunday night, which sounds weird but it's mostly because of the time difference. he will go to ho chi minh city, to japan for the g-7 summit on wednesday and thursday, then on friday, a week from today, president obama will be in hiroshima. the white house tells us there will be no apology for the u.s. dropping a nuclear bomb on that city. but beyond that what will he say while he's there? what can he say? watch this space. (man) hmm. what do you think?
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true. >> no. they are all true. the little cat is her royal highness ness, she has been with me everywhere i go. >> how did the date work out? >> it was fun at the time. >> i got you. i know how that ended. maggie, i cannot guarantee this game will be more fun than a date in a soviet tank park. it's nice to have you. thanks for playing. >> thank you. >> you're going to get three questions about the news. you probably know you need to get two right to win this little ball of yum. >> this is "the rachel maddow show" cocktail shaker. small but powerful. essential. >> and leaky. if you get extra credit we do have some extra good random office swag. explain. >> it is extra good. this comic book is about civil rights legend john lewis, it's part of a trilogy of books, super cool. this is one of the best gifts.
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>> we have previewed the graphic novel. they made this comic book that gives you excerpts of each of the volumes of the trilogy including the third volume not yet out. it's really good. you could win that. >> that's amazing. >> i know. i think so too. let's bring in the voice of steve beenen from maddow blog, determine whether you got the right answer. hello, steve. >> good evening to you both. >> yeh. >> hello. >> first question. ready? >> yes. >> wednesday's show, i interviewed a former bernie sanders staffer who is now helping run a new campaign effort, that new campaign effort wants to run 435 candidates for congress, all at once, all on the same platform, all using the same campaign in the midterms. in 2018. what is the name of that campaign, is it a, the 50 state solution, b, for the win 2018,
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c, brand new congress, or d, progressive insurance. >> i like 50 state solution but it was in fact c, brand new congress. >> steve, did maggie get that right? >> you did. the correct answer is brand new congress. one for one. >> well done. off to an excellent start. okay, next question is from tuesday's show. well, tuesday election coverage. we talked about it monday in advance. tuesday we got election results from kentucky, and from oregon. and oregon has a unique method of voting. what is different about voting in oregon? is it a, that oregon lets every citizen vote regardless of age, including children. b, oregon kabs casts only by m, every oregon ballot is write-in only. they don't print names on the ballots or d, every oregon ballot has a bird on it. >> it should have a bird on it for portland.
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but it's b, they vote only by mail. >> steve? >> i think the first one to laugh at some of these. let's check the tape. >> one of the things that is exciting about covering oregon primary night is that oregon is really weird, oregon and i mean that in the best possible way, but oregon is the first state in the country where everybody votes by mail. >> yes, the correct answer is b, and maggie is right once again. >> excellent. this is the big one, for all of the marbles and the good thing you could win tonight. last night's show, we talked about whether a third party candidacy could be a significant factor in the election in november. one crucial factor for that is ballot access. so here's the question. in addition to the democratic and republican candidates for president, which other party's candidate will almost assuredly be on the ballot in all if not most of the 50 states this
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november? what other party has really good ballot access besides the democrats and the republicans. a, the independent party, b, the american freedom party, c, the libertarian party, or d, the fight for your right to party. >> i really want it to be d, but sadly it's those really grumpy people in c, libertarians. >> they are trying to improve their image but steve, you have the answer? >> let's check. >> getting on the ballot in all 50 states now with an ipd candidacy it's just not possible. but the libertarian candidate this year almost assuredly will be on the ballot in all 50 states. they have got ballot access. >> yes, the correct answer is libertarian party and maggie is right once again. >> do the math. maggie win everything? >> crushed it. >> crushed it. maggie, you're amazing. and your cat is lucky to have you and we thank you for playing. nice to meet you. >> thank you very much. >> we'll send you your stuff.
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