tv The 11th Hour With Brian Williams MSNBC October 26, 2017 11:00pm-12:00am PDT
enough period of time before ever facing a reporter again, so by the time he does that this will all be forgotten. nothing about this should be forgotten. most especially, john kelly who claims to hold women sacred, forgotten. most especially john kelly, who claims to hold women sacred, refusing to apologize to the woman he lied about. that's tonight's last word. the 11th hour with brian williams starts now. tonight, is this the party of you break it, you buy it. president trump lurjz from i alone can fix it to dealing with chuck and nancy to touting republican unity amid something of a gop civil war. plus trump and russia, why is the administration delayed in forcing sanctions on russia. it blew past the deadline. now congress has stepped in. and documents just released tonight on the jfk assassination. we'll look at the secrets of the 60s that have been revealed just this evening as the 11th hour
gets under way. on a thursday night, good evening once again from our nbc news headquarters here in new york. day 280 of the trump administration gives the president new ownership of a group he's been at times reluctant to embrace, his own party. the opinion pages these days are filled with headlines and sentences like the following. the republican party is new the trump party. the party of lincoln is now the party of trump. it's trump's gop. so now what? well, since becoming the republican nominee for president, trump has gone from i alone can fix it, remember that convention speech, to ready to compromise with his friends, the democrats, chuck and nancy to now preaching the great unity that exists in the gop. after mentioning unity at least ten times by our count yesterday, he made the case again today on twitter. he wrote, quote, do not under estimate the unity within the republican party. that message comes after three
sitting u.s. senators who happen to be members of his party have called out his behavior, his ability to lead. comments that have forced the rest of the republican party to react to this increasingly obvious divide growing inside the gop. >> i don't think the american people want to see us up here yelling at each other. they want to see us fighting for them. the american people want results, and so that's what we're focused on. >> i'm not trying to sound like a prud here, but you know, when you're president of the united states your words matter, your words are policy. and the insults, i think, are very unhelpful. it doesn't build relationships. it only creates enemies. >> i for one believe that we ought to quit fighting each other everywhere we can and focus, he can to us on the substantive issues. >> we've made this about permits and less about policy. i think it if wreck stay on policy. look, i have had honest disagreements with the president and yet i'm still on very good
terms with the president. >> i think jeff flake and bob corker will do what they think is best for the country. >> there are 535 of them on the hill, each elected official has their own approach to handling the tension that is becoming more difficult to ignore. take the last senator we heard right there, lindsey graham, republican south carolina. his strategic seems to be string lar. as other republican senators bolt, lindsey graham cozy i didn't see up to trump. the report says this, mr. graham, republican of south carolina and a one time target of the president's bashes on twitter has transformed himself into the senate's trump whisperer, shrugging off the white house chaos, permanent insults and deep ideological differences in exchange for mr. trump's ear. ashley parker is with us, michael crowley and shannon
pettypiece. ashley, is it this stark right now as of toebt, you've got trump and you've got the mccain corker flake center of power. is there any middle or any movement in the middle? >> i think the most interesting space is the nonpublic space. so you have the senators you just mentioned who are out there publicly. you have the members of congress who actually do legitimately support the president. and then there is this sort of private milgtsds ground of members of congress and republicans in washington, d.c. who are sort of personally and honestly much closer to the outspoken senators, but they're not prepared to say it yet. so i don't know if you can actually call that a middle ground if they're not acting on it because they would certainly fall into this either supportive or silent camp. but there is a lot of consternation that we're seeing voiced from a couple key members who have nothing to lose either
because they're retiring or feel like they faced far worse than president trump in their life. and then you have these other people who aren't quite ready to come forward. >> and shannon, were you surprised this president who has quite an aversion to talking points and sticking to them, using the word unity over the past 24 hours. >> it seems like an ironic day to be talking about unity, but i do think there is a point he is trying to make or maybe it's not necessarily he's trying to make it, but i do think there is a level of unity out there when it comes to policy on a lot of issues. i mean, these guys are all still republicans, guys and gals, i should say, on the big ideological issues they all still agree. and there is disagreement on things like immigration. there was disagreement over health care. that bill could have been handled much differently. but when it comes to policy, there is unity. where we're seeing the fighting and disagreement often comes to how to handle the president, how
they react to his language, his rhetoric, his inflammatory tweets. that seems to be what a lot of the fighting is about examine they've really gotten away to substantive discussions about how we should best handle immigration or health care or taxes. >> michael, when it isn't the president talking in the public space, the guy eating up all the voids and filling all the space is steve bannon, who he is name has ever never appeared on a ballot and i know you've spent time reading and thinking and write being about him and talking to folks about him. we can say this. he loves a fight. he loves any fight. >> yeah. >> they don't have to be contemporary fights. he loves the fights of yor. >> he does. he's fascinated by conflict, revolution, war. he's a history buff. he's kind of a student of world history. some people would say that he's
sort of, you know, half student. he draws unusual lessons comes to unusual conclusions. but he's clearly fascinated. the french revolution fas natures him. the pal pa nicheian war is on obsession of him. athens versus sparta, he wrote an essay about the rivalry between breitbart and fox news of all things. so i think he has this sort of revolutionary, constant conflict warfare mentality that is playing out now in american politics. this is how he operates. and you can see where he has the kinship with donald trump, who on a, let's say, less historically oriented, less intellectual level thrives on constant implicate. it's always a battle. but i think for bannon it's on a
somewhat higher level where he really does think in revolutionary terms. thinks this is a revolutionary moment in american politics. and is kind of going for the kill to smash the governing state if he can. >> this broadcast has been on the air about 14 months give or take. first reference to the pal pa nicheian war right here thanks to our friend michael. ashley, add what you know about this conversation, this relationship especially right now between trump and bannon. how close are they still? >> so they're actually quite close. i mean, bannon left the white house and it was an open question will he have more influence inside or outside, but our reporting shows that they talk on the phone quite frequently. sometimes he'll go a week or so without talking. sometimes they'll talk several times a week. it's the president almost always calling bannon and that's a function if bannon calls the white house it has to get route through chief of staff kelly so the approximated is going around
that. and the president in addition to agreeing on steve bannon ideologically, he likes exactly what mike was just describing. he likes that bannon is a combatant and street fighter and miss chiefous and all the ways that the approximate is. i was talking to some people when bannon wasn't in the white house, one of the things the president liked most is they would come back after con teshs meetings. he liked the his points and the way he was tearing into them. >> and ashley, about lindsey graham, is he destined to always play the side kick in the movie? >> that's certainly obviously a role he's comfortable with, although i think john mccain and donald trump offer different sort of the side kick cammos for him.
in this case i think he's being a pragmatist. he understands what rand paul also understands which is sort of the president the personal relationship is everything. and if he wants to have some influence and he may yet get burned, but so some of these key issues he chairs about, that if he has a positive relationship with the president. if he dpz out and talk about how great the president is at golf i think there's a small sacrifice if eng get something down done on the policy front. >> this evolution the president has gone through has been stark and vafast. this is a guy who two weeks ago was admiring the democrats' unity and now here he is bragging on the republicans unity. this is the big question. is it organic or opportunistic. >> when i talk to people who -- his allies, people who knew him
well, they have characterized this to me as him still trying to figure out the lay of the land, who his friends are, who his allies are. do i need to bring a third party into this negotiation. how does washington work? who can i trust, count on where nine, ten months in at this pint you might have thought we would have figured this out right now, but clearly the president is still trying to test the waters, landscape. i think that's what's going on here and that seems to be what the people who know him and understand him think too. he's a president with no political experience in washington. he's still grappling with trying to figure out how he fits and how he can get things done this this down. >> we're going to be talking about this later in the hour, but when -- >> yeah, brian, i think with russia there are two things
happening. the one hand republicans to some degree with some exceptions allied around donald trump on the russia investigation and are saying democrats are basically conducting a witch-hunt. they're going too far. the liberal media is out to get him. it's mccarthyism run wild, russia phobia. but then you throw in the clinton factor, particularly in the last few days and boy, talk about something that really unifies republicans. now there's this -- in conservative media, prien, all you're seeing in the last few days are these stories about whether the real russia scandal has to do with hillary clinton and russians buying up stakes in uranium in america. then, of course, there was the revelation that a clinton campaign lawyer was paying for the dossier that was compiled by christopher steele. and we seen saw a leak that tony
podesta might be part of the mueller investigation because he had a hand in some apparently washington lobbying done by paul manafort on whaf of ukrainians. setting aside those details, what republicans here is russia and hillary clinton. we can rally around that and the argument thoer making now -- there are a lot of problems with that argument, but it goes to show that on almost any issue the partisan battle lines with neatly form on those sides as long as people can unite against a common area. they can really get aside a lot of differences as long as they're fired up against their enemy and i think we're seeing a great example of that here with the russia thank you and now the name of the injection of the name clinton. >> fox news tonight was indeed preoccupied with clinton and uranium. ash lee, if your view are these
both kind of shiny objects? >> you know, i think it's a real story that's worth delving into. but to mike's point, i think it's the obvious thing that is going to rally republicans, right wing media, so it's not particularly surprising that that would be sort of leading fox news. >> than on, i think the only tangible effect at this moment is it will -- they'll have to look at some ethical issues, who paid for the dossier, around the uranium. so i think it could potentially slow down the mueller investigation a little bit. if it doesn't expand broader than this right now it could certainly put a pothole in the road for them to try and equity through. >> three of our good friends. thank you all for starting us off on a thursday night. as we go toward our first break, thousands of ken by assassination documents just
sanctions against russia. congress passed them this past summer. president trump was supposed to implement them by october one. obviously that hasn't happened. part of the reason we're learning tonight may be because the state department has eliminated the office that coordinates sanctions. foreign policy is on the board, having broke this story. the report says instead, the role of coordinating u.s. sanctions across the state department and other government agencies falls to just one mid-level official. imagine that inbox. once they're inforced, but it is not the final determination. in the senate democrat been cardin of maryland, john mccain of arizona among those critical of mccain's reluctance to comply here. today they called it a step in the right direction. our investigation front, much of
the focus remains on the use of soernl media to influence the election. twitter is now panning adds by russian media outlets, rt and sputnik of the "the new york times" reports the decision marks one of the most aggressive moves by an american social media company against the out lts which u.s. intelligence officials both covert and overt to disrupt the 2016 presidential election. deputy attorney general rod rosenstein, however, and interestingly is down playing the impact of those fake ads. >> i think what people need to keep in mind is that there's a distinction between people trying to sway american laektsds and succeeding. when they decide who to vote for, i don't think they're influenced by ads posted by foreign fofts. they're more thoughtful about that in the way they make
decisions. >> a lot of people will find that a highly debatable conclusion. welcome to you both. ambassador, before we get to sanctions, just on what we just heard from rosenstein, as irsd, it's going to be highly debatable. people may see that as an unsophisticated take. we're talking about companies like rt and sputnik. those are the overt labeled companies. but it was the covert stuff that got in peoples' heads, it's argued that might have swayed some opinions. >> well, brian, there were multiple methods that the russians you'd to sway voters in 2016. the statement he made, it's a
social science question to look at cause although, to look at we're trying to sway voters but to just say offhand, voters are sophisticated. a couple of things. first of all, when you use adds on twitter, you don't know. you don't see that. >> that's right. >> that's the way twitter works. there's no way of knowing whether there's a paid tweet or not paid. secretaryel, there was a whole other sophisticated echo chamber using those platforms as well as others using buttons. and third, and i want to keep reminding people of this all the time. there was something called data that was stolen by the russians that wikileaks dumped at various times that i think had a profound impact on the election and that's why candidate trump, by the way, kept talking about it. if he didn't think it was important to his campaign, why did he keep talking about that data? and if you put that all
together, then we're talking about what the russians were actually doing in 2016. not just one tweet or one bot. >> and now ambassador allow me to steer this aircraft back to the summing of sanctions. >> you got me going there, brian. >> i know. it's my faulted. i asked for it. do these sanctions have teeth? a lot of people are now board by the use of the word sanctions. how do they normally work in normal times? >> well, i think it's -- you know, it's good news that they finally are moving forward. and by the way, it's just the first step in a long process to actually putting new sanctions in place. but it's better than not. and if they only have one person in the sanctions office, i understand why there's a tla. you know, in terms of measuring the impact of sanctions, that's also a tough question. i think most economists believe that it's some percentage. we did he brat that here at
stanford whether it's a half a percentage of gdp or another percentage. but i think there's two parts that people forget about. one is all the business, all the investment that's not happening. brian, do you know anybody that's looking for new investment opportunities in russia right now? >> i can't say that i do, no. >> because of the situation? i can tell you out here in the valley, you know, who wants to go to rush right now with all this uncertainty. so that's opportunities we're not measuring but are being lost. and then the other piece, just remember one simple thing. vladimir putin is trying to lift the sanctions. he wouldn't be trying to lift the sanctions if he didn't think they were having an impact. >> susan, same question. whalgd this be like during normal times. >> well, these are not normal times, although you could argue this is the new terminal. mr. trump and before obama beforehand, pughty has turned to a much more adepressive staff
when it comes to -- it's still shocking to us but staim it's not entirely surpriseel. ffs consistent with how president bu tin has been operating in other colors that he's speaking so -- the move by twitter and american social media companies to sort of very belatedly come to stherm. it's already been a full year paskel since the 2016 voting. we're still talking about these sapgs as our very first concrete response and retaliation for that. and they vain even been kblmtd yet. the misright now is just becoming to talk about who would be on the list and circulating as you showed us earlier, a preliminary list of companies that might be targeted.
this is an earedel slow and unconvincing response. twitter is oenl doing this after being forced into this situation by a real outcry as to the extent of russia's social media manipulation became clear. it's a very blade response and we're not even talking about, by the way, whether or not anything has been done to shore up the integrity of america's voting system and election system since this penetration and many people who eve been enwith. >> that is extraordinary to some people the fact that wektd have a pearl harbor like but electronic attack on our system that is just ongoing, that's going unremedied. ambassador, how truck on you are you on a daily basis? how far from normal our national russia on russia suddenly is? >> well, first of all, i agree with what susan said about the new normal in the kremlin. it's tragic.
i think it's opportunity lost, but putin has doubled down. and if before he was playing defense, thousand he's playing offensive including in the cyber world and we have dpon almost nothing to increase our resilience the next time around. and i fear that we're going to experience these things in the future. russia is not the only one with capable. why we're being so will slow. i can tell you why pause our president doesn't want to admit that this happened, but it's not fixing the problem. with respect to us, it is a bizarre situation that there is lots of cone sonsz in my world and with friends of mine in the administration that this threat is real, that it is not going away that it has multiple dimensions. but there's one person in the white house, the president of the united states that refuses to recognize it. that is really abnormal and that also, by the way, cuts against the grain of a lot of
traditional in merng. i worked at the national security council when i was at the white house. we didn't saul it the democratic security council or the republican security kwouns and i hope at some point we get back to that. these are national threats for democrats and republicans alike. i hope we started thinking no those terms. >> a great point. you keep up with russian media, i know. what are they saying about us this days? >> well, i was really struck by the response today. marring rita tweeted itself -- so, you know, it's a two-way street in this new media world
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tonight released nearly 3,000 documents related to the assassination of president kennedy in dallas, but that's not the full sum of what could have been revealed. a 1992 law required the release of hundreds more by midnight tonight, but president trump agreed to postpone their disclosure after some of the intelligence agencies pushed back. in a written statement mr. trut said, yoet, i have no choice today but to accept those redaks rather than allowing potentially irreversible harm to our nation's security. well, with us from our washington bureau, julia ansly, nbc news national security and justice reporter. but of our beleaguered team going over these documents as they all arrive page by page. and with that caveat that there
may be stories that lead the news in the hours, perhaps even days to come, and that we've just gotten to the first of them. take us through what you've read so far. >> so, brian, it's been about four hours since these were released and we've had a team of about ten reporters in our newsroom here, talking with experts, pouring over what we can find. what's important to realize that only 52 of these documents have never been seen before. we knew there was a cash a of about 3,100 super secret never before seen documents and here every we're only getting 50 two of those. it's a much more narrower scoop than what we expected. they've pen waiting forever 50 years for these answers. what we do find was really kind of a window into the history of the time and sort of a window into the way the cia, fbi and the brand-new johnson
administration was responding to the assassination of president ken by. parts of this have been known before but this really brought it home was that then fbi director james -- that this wasn't a conspiracy that there weren't other people and they realized that from the very beginning because they want to heal this nation and put them back on track. a lot of theme will find that and say wow, they were riding too large. it seems that they realized the more of this difficulties trust and kind of conspiracy thread throughout america at the height of the cold war that that was going to be really difficult for a grieving nation and for a new administration to pull that country together. >> julia, thank you for that run through. we also want to let people know there will be kind of curated versions of this on our website.
we have all our friends working late in our washington bureau have had the sense to at least order piecea. thank you very much for joining us tonight. >> thank you. >> coming up after a lot of hand wringing for some prominent republicans on capitol hill, are there more gop defectors from the camp of trump? more on that when we continue. i was wondering if an electric toothbrush really cleans better than a manual. and my hygienist says it does but they're not all the same. who knew? i had no idea. so she said, look for one that's shaped like a dental tool with a round brush head. go pro with oral-b. oral-b's rounded brush head surrounds each tooth to gently remove more plaque. and unlike sonicare, oral-b is the only electric toothbrush brand accepted by the american dental association for its effectiveness and safety. my mouth feels so clean. i'll only use an oral-b. oral-b. brush like a pro.
just two days ago republican senator jeff flake of arizona announce the he won't seek re-election citing president trump's behavior as a key influence on his decision. he wrote this a washington postop ed that same day, quote, nine months of this administration is enough for us to stop pretending that this is somehow normal, that we are on the verge of some sort of pivot on governing, to stability. but "boston globe" columnist indeara writes tonight, quote, after passionate denounce yagsz
in the last week by former president george w. bush and three gop senators of trump's assault on truth, decency and democracy, you might think there are cracks in his support. you would be wrong. with us now the author of that passage, who also happens to be dhar of journalism et riks and. so indeara, we would be wrong. >> absolutely. i mean, as i say in that column, very long suffering, pain staking fact checkers. when he said the gop is behind me, i got standing ovations. he kept repeating love fest. he wasn't wrong about that. the and reason i shouldn't expect and i don't think you should expect here the gop is to
dump trump. they see him as the vehicle for -- it doesn't matter how high and moralist bik. as the president pointed out they sort of had this truth serum now because they didn't have a path to success. the party has really gone over to be donald trump as party now. >> to wit this headline in the standard. uk probably clearly receipt it at home. mr. kristol, do you want to take on the census of the vunder. >> the love fest is not there. they're scared of him and they're not willing to take him on. the people that have taken donald trump on are the former candidates. and retiring senators.
what active republican politician is willing to stand up to him. the steve bannon threat of the primaries, they don't really think they're likely to lose primaries, but it's useful to condemn them on -- we saw at the weekly standard it's really pathetic. they've just forg gotten the principles that they fought for for all these decades. he's brad, he's hanging in there as.. he's not that pop rar belly, but they're intimidating by him and his supporters. i don't think it's that much of a calculation. i think the fundamental fact, they're scared. >> i agree. i don't want him to tweet on them. they're terrified that he's going to make a mockery of them as he has in his own cabinet, jeff sigsz.
i think you're right that it's not a genuine love fest, but i think it's truly that they see him as a vehicle -- it's not even a secret. mitch mcconnell revealed what is the sauce that is keeping the republicans together. we have wanted tax reform literally forever and we think the ws is going to get that. >> any republican president could presumably do a better job. but none theless, he's the only president they have. good judges, good policies. it's not just risky to take him on but what's the point. >> what about the fungsz of we keep hearing about. they're not border by nationalism? the capacity for nationalism. it's pretty amazing. you rationalize it a little bit,
then a little more. an awful lot of these people have moved from being hostile to trump to very relk tant to supporters of trump to what i would say is rationalizers and engalk at this point. >> he's not materially popular, donald trump of the examine when you took at the latest polls, political poll that just came out yesterday showed that jaerts of americans believe that he is reckless, that he's dishonest, that eats not kpasht. people have negative feelings about him and his unfaivlsz are up covering nearly 50 feet. people are telephone. three out of four republicans still support him. >> half the republicans were with nixon the day he -- >> that's true. >> there's a lot of party republicans. ringing from james buckly to howard speaker, many leaders.
they all broke with nixon and at that opponent when they broke. >> it's striking here is we can write things about john mccain. they're sticking with him. i think there's a lot kind of corruption, objectiestel that has made them unable to stay on top of the trump. >> yes. it was stuff on trump and also the republican party. >> he said we're participating in this. we're alk this and he followed up in the "washington post" is he tried to be the person who got up there and said have you no decency, sir. beauty no calvary coming behind him to fill is know on up. >> if i am i'm going to be depressed, they should be depressed. >> all right. the subject matter asoid, a
last week when you think about this, we witnessed something new to politics, white house chief of staff john kelly, retired marine corps four-star general tood in the briefing room and spoke about the son he lost in afghanistan. he talked about his own military service. and it became as watched on live television a kind of merging of service and civilians that we're really not used to seeing or hearing. with us tonight is our friend paul rykoff a veteran of the iraq war and the founder and ceo of a iv a, iraq and afghanistan veterans of america. full disclosure i am a supporter
and contributor and they are without with a new survey highlighting some of the challenges that face a growing number of post 9/11. the point i heard you making on television after general kelly's appearance in the briefing room, you're concerned rightly about the gap, the golf between the 1% who serve and the rest of us in civilian life who enjoy our freedom, thank you so much. whether it's you can't kneel because you're disrespecting your troops or the general using the military as a little bit of a wedge in that event. >> we've become the ultimate political shield or sword. it depends on the issue. that divide that exists been the military and un-- part of why we
did this survey is to understand what's going on behind it. going back to the kahn family. then we saw the national anthem. now we've got this gold star family debacle. a lot of people are speaking on or behalf and there's no monolithic group. they're extremely diverse, especially the younger generation. they're running nor office, writerers, contributors. i think we've all got to be aguard because a lot of folks are still overseas. thooer in harm's way. they can't speak for themselves, bt they shouldn't be manipulated. we don't own the american flag. we don't have a monopoly on patriotism. it belongs to everyone. i think we've all got to be vigilant about that. >> getting into your survey, the first group of numbers, if all americans had the voter registration number that your veterans have, if all americans showed up at the polls in the numbers your veterans do, if all americans considered running for office, look at that, 41%.
the bottom 41% have considered running for public office, i think we'd be better off. but that voter registration number is sky high. >> yeah. and we see this as a really untold story. you know, we believe that our generation of veterans can be america's next great generation. they run into the fray of the they take on challenges. they want to lead even in places like washington. i think over a hundred post 9/11 veterans are going to run for congress from both sides of the aisle. they're extremely engaged, giving back. this is a silver lining of over a decade and a half of wars. they want to contribute going forward. that's a tremendous opportunity for america. >> now the bad news. this next set of numbers, very tough to read that two-thirds of our returning vet's from these two wars know a veteran who has attempted suicide. >> yeah. i mean, there's a mass save suicide problem. it's taking the lives of our brothers and sisters every single day. the numbers, i think, have been well reported. estimates are maybe 20 veterans of all generations are lost
every day. and it's a public health challenge. it's a national security issue. it's a moral kberty. it's something we need the white house to focus on and all of americans to focus on. we take calls every single day from veterans who are going through rough transitions. this is a very, very urgent issue that our members talk about more than anything else and they want to see more action on. we can save lives. >> i want to have you back to talk about a new movie called thank you for your service, which folks should see but be ready as well. it's tough. because i think i wanted to get your voice on that conversation. >> yeah. thank you, sir. >> as always. what a pleasure. paul rykoff our guest. coming up, some genuine inspiration. we thought we could use some. pope francis who millions of people believe had a better than average connection than above today made the longest distance phone call of his lifetime. that and more when we come back.
as we see that the peace and certainty of our planet as it goes around at ten kilometers a second and there's no boarders, there's no conflict. it's just peaceful and you see the thinness of the atmosphere, and it makes you realize how fragile our existence here is. >> last thing before we go here tonight is my favorite story of the night. of all the people on earth,
there are only six people who live elsewhere. and this is where they are right now. thanks to nasa, we can show you where the international space station is as you see it's crossing the atlantic. it will be over the skies of west africa in just a few minutes here. it's been up there for nearly 19 years, or bitting the earth roughly every 90 minutes. a little over 200 miles high carrying an international crew of six. right now it sounds like the set up to a joke. three americans, two russians and one italian. crew members work in shifts. they stay busy with experiments. we know they watch tv from nasa. but until today they have never chatted with a pope. from a makeshift papal studio today. pope francis chatted with and entering view the crew. and as you heard it got profound in a hurry with questions about our place in the universement
the crew talked to the pope about that so-called overview effect, the fact that there are no borders or conflicts visible from space. just one world. and while they see lightning and hurricanes and wildfires and dust storms and northern lights, they see only peace on earth. and there's always a view of earth out their window. and by the way, this calls for a reminder. as space geeks already know, anyone can sign up for text alerts from nasa by entering your zip code here on earth, your phone, they'll let you know when the space station is making its next pass over your area. brightly making its way across the night sky, moving from horizon to horizon in just seconds. it is instantly visible to the naked eye. and on a cloudless night, it's a sight to behold. so that is our broadcast for tonight here on earth. thank you so much for being here with us. good night from all of us at nbc news headquarters here in new
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