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the rachel maddow begins right now. >> good evening, i hope you have a spectacular week, my friend. >> i need it. lots of shows this week with the ohio and debate and everything else. i'll go to sleep if that's okay. >> i recommend sleep, beer and football. i'm a doctor. take that to the bank. >> that works. i love the potion. >> thanks, ed. thanks to you at home for staying with us for the next hour. happy friday. after president obama's state of the union address this year, do you remember there were two official republican responses to him? i mean, actually it was only on cnn, were there two different official republican response. you had president obama's state of the union address before a joint session of congress, then you had the official, official republican response from paul ryan, the congressman from wisconsin and had what cnn billed as another official republican response, a speech by michele bachmann. so it was the president's address then the republican response then only on cnn another official tea party
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republican response from congresswoman bachmann. it was not actually an official response. the republican party was not doing two official responses. that would be insane. there was no way in which this was an an official state of the union night speech except for the night cnn called it that. i'm amazed cnn did this. they never apologized for doing it or justified it but they did i it, and in the end they got exactly what they deserved for doing it which is this is what it looked like when they aired that fake official speech that night. >> good evening, my name is congresswoman michele bachmann from minnesota's sixth district. i want to thank the tea party express and tea party hd for inviting me to speak this evening. >> the only airing on cnn. cnn was the only broadcast network that put this on tv. and michele bachmann is not at all looking at their camera. so it seemed like that night like we didn't know why michele bachmann was looking at the
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wrong camera. maybe it was a michele bachmann crazy eyes thing. later turned out the reason she wasn't looking at the cnn camera, though cnn was building this as an official response to the state of the union, was because she was actually looking into camera from something called tea party hd. tea party hd. a fake tv network for the tea party. tea party hd today was the subject of a lawsuit in tennessee. a group of investors who collectively sunk nearly $300,000 into this scam claiming in their filing that, quote, the alleged purpose of tea party hd was to be the word's firld's fi news provider of the tea party. it was a scheme to defraud politically conservative minded citizens who support the tea party mission. one of the people who alleges he was defrauded in the tea party hdtv scam which proves it's not just nigerian princes you have to look out for, one of the guys was involved in the other great
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tea party scam. remember the for profit $549 a ticket self-proclaimed national tea party national convention thing in nashville a couple years ago? one of the guys scammed in the tea party tv thing sued over that, too, because he said he put up $50,000 for the sarah palin speaking fee at that event which is only half a which he got paid. he said he put up half palin's $100,000 speaking fee and didn't end up getting whatever it was that he was promised in exchange for that money. if you're now getting confused by all of the different ways conservative scam artists have been ripping off suckers through tea party branding, don't worry, i'm here to help. tea party hd was the wrong camera that michele bachmann was staring into, the one they allegedly defrauded its investors according to the lawsuit in tennessee today. tea party nation was the scam $550 a ticket for-profit convention that sarah palin got paid $100,000 to give a speech at. and it's tea party express that
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does the giant vinyl wrapped luxury bus tours. incidentally cnn also got in bed with those guys. cnn co-sponsored a debate with them earlier this year. here's the scam from the bus tour guys. tea party express was a bus tour launched by a republican political consultant named sal russo who raised lots and lots of money for tea party supporters under the tea party express banner, money thanks to some careful reporting from websites like talking points memo we found out went back into old sal russo's pockets, particularly into his consulting form, russo marsh and other for-profit firms affiliated with him. raising tea party donations and spending the tea party donations on themselves. that's tea party express. cnn sponsored a debate with those guys. what? cnn aired the tea party express michele bachmann staring into the wrong camera speech on state of the union night and called it something official then sponsored a debate with the tea party express vinyl wrapped bus
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tour give us all your money organization. cnn, the most trusted name in falling for tea party scams and getting your audience to fall for them, too. here's the thing, though. the big vinyl wrapped bus scam people, the tea party express people, that scam where you raise money from people who think they're donating to a cause but they're actually giving you money to spend on yourself, that scam is not just for the tea party bus tour people. that's also roughly speaking, that's the big newt gingrich scam. so that sam cam is the biggest s in republican presidential politics. as you heard by now, we're in the middle of the promised newt gingrich presidential surge. a new poll out today by cbs showing newt gingrich climbing all the way up to second place tied with mitt romney. actually don't know, right down there at the bottom, is really in second place. don't know is polling better than both mitt romney and newt gingrich. also someone else placing fourth in this poll ahead of all the other republican candidates. but the dynamic here at work is
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this. herman cain is now in this poll, at least, the sole national front runner, be still my heart, buzz his numbers are softening. herman cain's support among women, for example, has fallen from 28% last month to 15% this month. so herman cain losing support among women, duh. but interestingly, mitt romney losing support among men. why is that? actually i have no idea why that is. look at newt gingrich. newt gingrich is tied with mitt romney for second place in this poll. a new poll out today by marist and mcclatchyn, trailing romney by four points. newt gingrich's poll numbers started at nil but are pointing up. rick perry self-emulated and we're watching the art project known as herman cain self-emulate as well, it's not surprising that the beleaguered republican primary voters of this year will turn to yet
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another candidate begging them to please not be mitt romney. they've gone through this with donald trump now and michele bachmann, rick perry, herman cain and expect them to do this with everybody in the field except for rick santorum. nobody's going to vote for rick santorum, come on. the idea of a newt gingrich surge is almost as absurd as people googling rick santorum and saying, i like what i found here, i'm going to vote for this guy. if you know nothing else about newt gingrich, what is the other notable thing that's happened to newt gingrich since he's been running for president this year? what's the one other thing? back in june, remember, gingrich's staff resigns. gingrich presidential campaign implodes. gingrich to forge ahead after campaign staff quits. gingrich campaign staff resigns on mass. newt gingrich's senior staff staged a mass exodus off the good ship newt gingrich this summer. why? according to abc news, senior
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staffers demanded gingrich focused on pressing the flesh and fund-raising and stopped touring the country promoting film projects with his wife. he was focused on film premieres and book signings, one senior staffer e-mailed the team, quote, we didn't sign up to be hucksters for products for sale. this was a bombshell when it happened. everybody thought that would be the end of newt. there was also a question at the time of what exactly did the staffers expect from newt gingrich? with mr. gingrich you should have known what you were getting into, say, known on december 7th of last year, known as pearl harbor day, newt gingrich commemorating pearl harbor last year by tweeting, quote, the 69th anniversary of the japanese attack is a good time to remind people of our novels, "pearl harbor and days of infamy." pearl harbor, pearl schmharbor.
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gingrich productions' 12 days of christmas presents list. get all your shopping down. newt gingrich is a one man book and dvd empire and would like to buy every single one of them, thank you very much, buy them in multiples. if you like pearl harbor, we have pearl harbor. you like the pope, we have the pope. since newt gingrich left congress 13 years ago under a cloud of fund-raising ethics charges, gingrich has been very busy making himself very rich by taking conservative suckers' hard earned money. my favorite was the newt gingrich fake awards scam. one of newt's many enterprises, this one called american solutions, would blast facts, businesses, seemingly at random and tell them they were winners of newt gingrich's entrepreneur of the year award. all this business had to do to claim its award was send american solutions a check for
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$5,000. the whole newt inc empire is basically kind of a fund-raising scam. in 2010, that american solutions group raised $14.5 million. then they turned around and spent $13.8 million. of the $14.5 million they raised. what did they spend all of that money on? they hired vendors such as the gingrich group run by a gentleman named newt gingrich. newt gingrich is being paid to administer the newt gingrich fund-raising empire which spends a large amount of the money it raises on newt gingrich. newt gingrich is really good at raising money from people who think they are donating to a cause. when really the money raised just goes to newt. it is the same scam as the tea party express. it is a scam. it is a scam. if you get anything in the mail or in your e-mail or on the twitter from newt gingrich, check for your wallet. now since everybody gets a turn in the republican primary this
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year, everybody except rick sanatorium, newt gingrich gets to be tied with mitt romney this week. everybody gets a turn. as mr. gingrich luxuriates in the newt surge, he cannot stop himself even now, he cannot stop himself even now. he cannot make himself seem less scammy even now, even in his moment in the spotlight. >> i recently wrote a book called "a nation like no other" designed to deal with american history. recently made a movie called "a city upon a hill" that explains the origins of american exceptionalism. i wrote a book called "saving lives and saving money" and outlines what we could do. >> former house speaker newt gingrich is running for the republican nomination for president and also the author of the new book called the "battle of the crater." >> a brief commercial. calista couldn't be here because she's in a bookstore in dubuque signing her new book which is called "sweet land of liberty" which is for 4 to 8-year-olds.
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>> we had to scroll through, you know, hours of tape of newt gingrich talking for the last few years, we just checked the last couple of weeks. i mean, there's -- this is -- this is what he does. what's newt gingrich up to on the campaign trail right now? yesterday his big campaign event was a book signing in michigan. today even as he's opening up his big campaign headquarters in new hampshire, there's a big shout-out at the headquarters opening from newt today, big shout-out today to his novels about the civil war. you know, they're available on amazon. or at the gingrich productions website. it is a scam, it is a scam, it is a scam. we're all looking into the wrong camera here. joining us now is steve kronacki at salon.com. how do you think newt gingrich will perform in the primaries? >> it's the political equivalent of the producers i think. it's the thing that starts working in despite of how it was
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designed and conceived. this was definitely a money making venture from the beginning and still is a money making venture. however, the republican field so unbelievably weak this year. there is such a strong desire among the republican base not to sign on with mitt romney and yet they have no other choice. what are they doing this year? watching debates in larger numbers than ever. 5 million, 6 million, 7 million people watching these debates. newt gingrich has the perfect training to handle these debates. he gets to be a pundit. that's what he's been the last ten years. he stepped down as speaker and was in politics and he's a cable news person now. he's not treated like a serious candidate because people know the scheme is going on. he's never asked tough follow-up questions. if sounds very compelling. in the absence of alternatives, people start coming to him. i'll say, if it gets to the point where the numbers get to 20%, 25%, 30% in some of his opponents and the media starts saying this is getting a little serious, we're going to have a repeat of what we saw earlier
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this spring when there was a two-week period when people considered gingrich a serious candidate and got a serious interview on "meet the press" and contradicted himself wildly and argued against the paul ryan plan and called it socialism. two days later he went out to iowa and there was a horrible scene where the republican voters came up to him and said, you are a disgrace. i think that happens again if they start taking hip seriously. >> my favorite thing of all that is when he said, if you quote me, you are lying. >> he will go to every district in the country next fall and will say that and every republican would welcome him. >> this is turning out to be sort of an interesting political science exercise in that we get to see the same pattern happen with all sorts of different failing republican candidates. we had a donald trump moment, we had a michele bachmann moment. we had a rick perry moment. we had a newt gingrich moment which i had mostly forgotten about. we had our herman cain moment that seems to be ending, although who knows. do they follow the exact same pattern, wherein they get attention and appreciation but
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no scrutiny until they get enough attention that they get scrutiny and the scrutiny kills them? >> you can point to a moment where each one hit the peak and collapse. with trump it was when the birtherism exploded in his face and reached critical max. michele bachmann it was rick perry getting in the race and stealing her thunder and the hpv stuff. rush limbaugh turned on her for saying this vaccine is going to make your children retarded. herman cain, it's the sexual harassment. it's hard to gauge the impact of the attacks on the 9-9-9 plan because the sexual harassment stuff came quickly. there's a cable news universe, a fox news universe, a closed information loop on the republican side that's emerged in the last decade. it allows for characters to come into existence and flourish and don't have to do anything significant with their public lives, don't have to be in office, don't have to pass laws or have driving policy rules.
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they're characters. each character has got a shot. when each character gets treated briefly like a candidate, they frizzle, except mitt romney is sitting there. >> that's the big question. does this apply to mitt romney as well? mitt romney has been running for president permanently longer than people have known what herman cain's name is. longer than this reiteration of the newt gingrich direct mail scam. because he's a permanent candidate and people are used to him in that role, is his character the candidate so that makes him the last one standing? >> i think the model i have in mind for how this is going to shake out in the end is sort of what happened, how bob dole got the nomination in 1996. it was sort of similar in that, you know, he was the guy nobody really wanted to nominate. he was boring old bob dole and moderate and everything. there was really no alternative. what happened was it took pat buchanan winning the new hampshire primary in 1996 to scare the bejesuss out of the republican party and say, pat buchanan is never going to win anything again in the party so
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it's time to get onboard with bob dole. i think that's what we might be moving toward. there's a scenario where romney could win iowa. if it's gingrich, cain, perry, if somebody can beat romney, we get the reaction and the republicans get their act together and that's when it ends. >> i agree with you, except my only tweak on that would be once that happens then mitt romney announces that bestwlees is going to be his -- we scanned the globe for 11/11/11 weirdness. in the process, the weirdest thing we could find about the world's treatment of 11/11/11 was in detroit. that's next. tdd# 1-800-345-2550 let's talk about fees. tdd# 1-800-345-2550 there are atm fees. tdd# 1-800-345-2550 account service fees. tdd# 1-800-345-2550 and the most dreaded fees of all, hidden fees. tdd# 1-800-345-2550 at charles schwab, you won't pay fees on top of fees. tdd# 1-800-345-2550 no monthly account service fees. tdd# 1-800-345-2550 no hidden fees.
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both teams wore camouflage uniforms. very fancy. president obama was at the game on the carrier tonight. as we talked about on last night's show, veterans day is not the same thing as memorial day. memorial day is the time we set aside to remember people who gave their lives for our country. veterans day is a day to celebrate. veterans day is a day to celebrate everybody who served in the military. all our nation's veterans. if there's a theme for this year's veterans day, marked in washington, the theme this year is not just to celebrate and appreciate america's veterans, it is to hire them. the department of labor putting out this top ten list of reasons to hire veterans today. secretary of veterans affairs shinseki writing in the "wall street journal" about the skills veterans have to develop in order to succeed in the military make them good employees when they're back here at home. the wives of the president and vice president, the first lady and dr. jill biden this week announced a major agreement with private businesses to hire tens of thousands of american veterans. in congress, even congress,
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congress actually seemed to be on its way to passing a tax credit for hiring veterans when sometimes this congress feels like it couldn't pass the salt if you asked nicely. the overall idea of the initiatives is hiring american veterans is not a favor. this generation of veterans is a prized resource that american companies would be wise to tap. joining us now is the former assistant secretary for veterans affairs, iraq war veteran, first woman to fly combat missions in iraq. she lost both her legs in a helicopter crash in 2004. tammy duckworth, running for congress in the newly redrawn eighth district. thank you for being on the show. it's nice to see you again. >> good to see you, too, rachel. >> let me start with a little bit of politics and recent politics. were you surprised at the veterans jobs bill passed with nearly unanimous support in the senate yesterday? the senate has not been happy about passing much of anything. >> you know, i was really surprised, but on the other
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hand, i wasn't surprised. we've seen so much gridlock in washington, you know, this extremist politics has really caused nothing to happen. on the other hand, having been at veterans affairs for the last 2 1/2 years before i quit to go home to ron, i saw a lot of bills passed. we passed a g.i. bill and passed caregivers legislation. i think there's hope. we have to stand firm and found common ground to pass bills that will help this nation. >> from your experience as a veteran, and i now your husband served in the military as well and you're from a military family. from that personal experience, but also from your time in the v.a. and as a candidate, what do you think it's going to take to bring down the unemployment rate among veterans? we understand a lot of the reasons why veterans are doing more poorly than the general population in this job environment. it's in part because they have been serving in an environment that doesn't -- people don't always appreciate as having job relevance, being translating to domestic skills.
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what's it going to take to bring that down? >> well, i think there's two things, rachel. i think that on the one hand we have to do a better job of helping them seamlessly transition from the d.o.d. to their civilian status. that is they need faster, better access to their health care. they need faster, better access to their g.i. bill so they can go right into those training programs, the vocational rehabilitation programs. on the other hand, we have to educate our employers and show them that these veterans are going to be very very best employees. give you an example. you know, when i flew my helicopter, my soldiers guaranteed the quality of their work with their lives. my crew chief when he handed me the keys to the helicopter and said, i checked the oil and made sure every safety wire was twisted properly, he didn't hand me the keys and walk away. he climbed in the back of the
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helicopter and went out on a mission with me. he guaranteed the quality of his work with his life every single day. our employers need to learn that is what our veterans are capable of doing. >> you are running for office now. i know you ran as well back in 2006 in illinois. the districts have since been redrawn in illinois so it's not an exact rerun of the previous campaign. what are you finding it's like being a candidate now, in 2011, compared to when you were running back then? what do you think changed in terms of our politics? >> our politics in this nation has been hijacked by extremism. nothing is happening in washington. rachel, i've never run from a fight in my life, but i also know how to win battlbattles. we need in washington more people who can find common ground, build coalitions to pass the bills that build our nation. families across thus country need victories right now. that's why i'm running in my district. the congressman from my district
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is joe walsh. i want to replace him in washington because he's one of the folks who brought washington to a gridlock and held our nation's work hostage when we should be working for the people of this country. >> let me ask you about one broad political issue. one of the front-runners for the republican nomination is mitt romney. today at an event with veterans he floated the idea of privatizing at least partially privatizing the functions of the v.a. do you have any reaction to that? >> i think he is completely wrong. you know, he needs to stop worrying about how to balance a budget on the backs of veterans and needs to start thinking about maybe making corporations like general electric pay their taxes for a change and pay their fair share. stop trying to balance the budget on the backs of our veterans. people have shed blood for this country. our most vulnerable. this is exactly the extremist politics i'm talking about. who votes to cut funding for suicide prevention for veterans or funding for supplemental
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nutrition for women, infants and children or votes against providing medical care for our heroic first responders of 9/11 when they get cancer because they ran into the buildings to save others? that's the exact reactionary extremist politics that doesn't help this nation. that's why we need more folks in washington to find common ground and break through the gridlock. >> tammy duckworth, iraq war veteran, now congressional candidate running in illinois' eighth district. better known right now for joe walsh screaming at his constituents in bar videos on youtube. tam tammy, thank you for joining us tonight. nice to see you again. happy veterans day. >> thank you, rachel. we have a cocktail moment straight ahead. much deserved. plus the really unexpected thing the detroit lions are doing with their football stadium right now. it involves something that the people in that stadium want to happen to muslims while muslims are sleeping. it is just as creepy as it sounds. that's coming up.
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as the republican presidential candidates were debating in michigan this week, we were still getting in election results from tuesday night's elections in michigan. one state legislator was on the ballot for recall. a republican closely alied with republican governor rick snyder. the candidate was, excuse me, the state legislator was recalled by the voters in his direct. he lost his seat. one of the signature policies of governor snyder has been his emergency manager law, whereby his state government can declare any town or school district to
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be in an emergency situation and the state can install somebody to replace all locally elected officials. under rick snyder's law, his state government can abolish whole michigan towns, take them over and declare them no more. doesn't matter who you elected to run your town, who you elected for mayor. governor snyder reserves the right to take it over. he did that in benton harbor, in michigan. he decided to overrule all local election results and install someone with unilateral personal authority to run benton harbor. benton harbor residents nevertheless voted this week. on tuesday, they voted down all seven of the ballot measures this emergency overseer guy just unilaterally on his own decided to put on the ballot. according to the residents' votes, benton harbor elected a new mayor. those votes are all pretty much moot. they went out and went through the motions of voting. thanks to the emergency manager law, votes in that part of michigan don't have any effect anymore. local elections are overruled by the state. for your own good.
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to join. hertz gold plus rewards. journey on. in 1976 the city of raleigh, north carolina, merged its schools with those in the surrounding suburbs making one big school district. for decades now, the wake county public school system was known as the best example of school integration in the country. some of the school system's best schools were in its worst neighborhoods. wake county's good schools for part of the engines that made it one of the fastest growing metro regions in the country, part of why so many people wanted to move there. good schools. clearly that can't be allowed to stand. in 2006, the north carolina chapter of the koch brothers group americans for prosperity, with strong support from north carolina's own local zillionaire, art pope, tried hard to defeat a bond issue to get more resources to the schools. they did not succeed in that effort in 2006. by 2009, americans for prosperity and the art pope
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groups decided to go whole hog into the local school board's elections. they supported a slate of very conservative tea party inflected republicans and the wake county school board changed. a lot. and they made plans to change wake county schools. a lot. instead of keeping on with desegregation efforts, they came up with a new plan to assign kids to schools in their own neighborhoods. die verdiversity be darned. the superintendent at the time quit because he said he could not bring himself to implement the new tea party plan. here's where the plot thickens. the plan was not scheduled to be implemented until next school year, august 2012. in the unlikely event democrats could win every single one of the school board seats that were up this year, all five seats, all the democrats, they could conceivably stop the tea party republican resegregation plan
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before it went into effect. they'd need to do that against the conservative organizing that brought about the conservative reorganizing in the first place. that's unlikely. they'd have to win all the seats. it happened. last month, democrats won four of the five seats outright that night. the fifth seat democrats needed to retake the majority, that one went into a runoff. that runoff was this week and the democratic candidate won that fifth seat, too. the conservative takeover is over. in wake county schools. there is a democratic majority back in charge. but the plan they're supposed to be working from for the 2012 school year now is the plan the art pope funded conservative resegregation folks left behind when they were all booted out of office. joining us now, somebody who's been covering this story reporter for our nbc affiliate, wncn. jonathan, thanks so much for being here. good to have you. >> yeah, good evening, rachel. >> how central was the desegregation, resegregation
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issue to the campaign for these school board elections? >> well, you know, i don't think in all my years of reporting i've ever seen this much attention, this much money spent on a school board election. it's been consuming pretty much the airwaves here for months, pretty much a year now. >> how did the interest and the turnout for these school board elections, i guess, change people's feeling about the stakes here? was there resentment there was so much money, so much interest, even national interest in this? or were people sort of invigorated by this, by the fight? >> well, you know, it's just been fighting for the last couple of months and this is supposed to be nonpartisan. you've had republican and democrats contributing money to both the campaigns for the last couple months and turned into a circus a lot of voters are glad it's done right now. now that the stakes have changed and the balance of power has changed, we're likely going to see a lot of changes as we go forward in the next two years. >> i've been looking at comments, for example, from some of the newly elected people on the school board, and you do get this real sense of, i guess i think of it as ideological
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battle fatigue. one of the new democratic majority on the school board pledging to have the school board return to being seen as boring again. but there is this, which is great, i mean, which is -- we want to be technocratic. we don't want to be ideological lightning rosds. there is a neighborhood schools plan, a change for wake county schools that's still on the drawing board. do you get the sense they're still going to go ahead with the plan that was left in place by the majority that's been elected out? >> sounds like they're going to go forward with this. the republican led board tried to get this through earlier this year. the new democrats are going to try to essentially have their voices be heard and make changes and tweaks to things. everybody is is onboard because with all the growth something needs to move forward so the kids can go to the schools their parents want them to go to. >> do you expect there will be lots of community involvement, more protests, more interest
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groups like the kinds of big money interest groups we've seen weigh in on this as it's received so much attention? packed with people. have on. wncn. thank you for helping us understand this. i really appreciate your time. thanks. cocktail moment coming up. it's friday. and a really unexpected use for detroit's pro football stadium tonight. it's being used overnight, all night long. and frankly, detroit deserves better than what it is being used for. i'll tell you about that next. the pioneers. the aviators. building superhighways in an unknown sky. their safety systems built of brain and heart, transforming strange names from tall tales
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first, a correction. i said james worth when i was supposed to say james worthy. talking about the honorary captain of the basketball team on the aircraft carrier tonight. i'm very sorry. okay. second, in egypt today, they closed the great pyramid to tourists. the official explanation from the pyramid management is that the great pyramid needed maintenance, a day of fixing up after a few thousand years. the headline explanation, though, is egypt closed the great pyramid to keep groups from holding, quote, jewish or masonic rights there, to draw special power from today's palindromic date 11/11/11, the same backwards as it is
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forwards, so it must be haunted. one egyptian company asked for permission to have people gather round and, quote, hug the pyramid. there would be no hugging the great pyramid on 11/11/11, or no sitting, because the egyptian president ordered the great pyramid closed for the whole day. they were freaked about free masons and jewish people and hugging people and prej dishs theories nonsense. want to know what's happening at the detroit lie whereons stadium? >> 11/11/11. the lord clearly showed to up, said you have to pray all night long because it's when the muslims sleep and all over the world right now, muslims in the night are having dreams of jesus. >> very sneaky of those muslims to sleep at night. tonight, at the detroit lions football stadium, at ford field, our old pal lou engel is leading a 24 hour all night stadium
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revival to get mass conversions of american muslims. this is his ad for the thing. he calls it the call. started just over three hours ago in detroit. lou engel and the call say they are in detroit because detroit is ground zero for the spiritual war in our nation. poverty, racism and islam are powerfully rooted here. not to go all burt and ernie here, but one of these things is not like the other if you know what i mean. lou engel is a senior leader of the international house of prayer and got the idea of going to detroit because of a dream he had about a revival preacher william seymour more than a century ago in louisiana. one of the ways lou has been getting people to stay up all night with him in the detroit football stadium to mass convert american muslims in their sleep is with the ad you saw and this video of him and another white guy sitting in front of another giant lion painting talking about what they labeled here on the video as the one eyed black man. this is the lou engel dream that led to the 11/11/11 sleeping
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muslims all nighter at ford field going on right now. >> in the dream, there was a -- we went to an upper room in detroit, in detroit, in to the detroit. and in detroit, in that upper room, there was a old black man lying there, and he was a one-eyed old black man. seymour. >> one eyed. >> seymour, and he was blind in one eye, and in the dreernlgs his iris was being operated on. so that he would live. the iris, and the word iris actually means rainbow. i believe that god wants to bring the multi-colored together and i believe in detroit god is seeking to bring forth another sound of revival, the william seymour anointing out of the black church.
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if you can -- black, white, multicolored church. and we believe as a black revival that we are coming saying, god, could you release william seymour again out of detroit for another great outpouring of the holy spirit. >> so that's what is happening at the detroit football stadium all night, that guy. you know when the nation of uganda was considering making gay being a crime punishable by death and he decided to help out there, and he issued a statement saying he did not support that and then he showed up in uganda to encourage them to push for the right to kill gay bill. he is the same person calling the rally tonight in detroit. he says that detroit has demons, because detroit has muslims. lou engle is also kind of a mainstream guy. remember this summer when rick perry had the big stadium prayer
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rally who was not the one hugging the seerp and seemed like the guy who comes around on thanksgiving, and rick perry's stadium prayer rally is modeled after the one tonight after lou engle's the call rallies with the help of lou engle's folk, and lou engle who has since dreamed of a one-eyed black man to rid detroit of poverty and muslims. detroit, sorry. you deser sve so much better fo calling out whack job lou engle to help get your economy going, because your economy is our economy. and you do not deserve him showing up with the stadium to say, kill the muslims and the gays are vile dressed up to save yourselves. and you frankly probably deserve
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an apology for rick perry for hooking up with this for one single day for trying and failing to run for president. the other office devices? they don't get me. they're all like, "hey, brother, doesn't it bother you that no one notices you?" and i'm like, "doesn't it bother you you're not reliable?" and they say, "shut up!" and i'm like, "you shut up." in business, it's all about reliability. 'cause these guys aren't just hitting "print." they're hitting "dream." so that's what i do. i print dreams, baby. [whispering] big dreams. so i wasn't playing much of a role in my own life, but with advair, i'm breathing better so now i can take the lead on a science adventure. advair is clinically proven to help significantly improve lung function. unlike most copd medications, advair contains both
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consistently fast speeds ... and more ways to customize your technology. ♪ a significant subplot of election day this week was booed all over the week when americans voted on booze and access to booze. in georgia 127 cities and counties voted on whether you could buy booze on sundays. 110 out of 127 cities an counties said yes, you ought to be able to buy booze on sundays. in the great state of washington the vote was overwhelming to let grocery stores sell the hooch for the first time. in north carolina two towns voted for the first time for sales of liquor by the drink. now they have been fighting for a long time and warned each other in 1978 that liquor by the
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drink would turn north carolina into atlanta. oh, the humanity. >> i'm opposed to lin liquor by the drindrink, because i have l in atlanta and i don't want a bar on every street corner in every town, so i am voting no. >> yeah, maybe. but everybody who got to vote for booze on this election day voted yes. here's how. cheers. so time for an off e -- off year election cocktail. this is the apple cocktail rabbit. this is in the new cocktail book just out, and here is the justification for maging it. you see, washington state had the big statewide vote on booze this week, and washington state is the apple capital of the country and also named for george washington who was a distiller of rye, and the thing that george washington was believed to drink himself was apple jack. apple jack is like an apple whiskey actually. it is delicious and made by a
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company from new jersey called lairds. you want to buy the bonded kinds, that means it is 100% which means 50% alcohol and the bonded is better than the unbonded blended one. so two ounces of 100-proof bonded apple jack. very good. next 3/4 ounce of lemon juice, and you have to use an actual piece of fruit. i know it is very inefficient, but if you get lemon juice from the plastic thing in your refrigerator god will strike you down and make lou engle into your boyfriend. so, actually that is not true about lou engle, nobody deserves lou engle to be their boyfriend no matter what they do to the lemon. to 3/4 of an ounce of lemon juice. this is the thing that is unusual ingredient for a really good cocktail. a lot of bad cocktails have orange juice in them, and few do, but the jack rabbit is a
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good cocktail with orange juice in it. again, use a fresh orange or watch out, lou engle is coming to get you. so 3/4 ounce of fresh squeezed orange juice and lemon juice and bonded apple jack, and the seasonal ingredient maple syrup and in this case it is grade b maple syrup which is the darker kind. so, it is sort of hard to find, but it is worth finding and this is jim meehan's recipe, and he recommends grade b, so use grade b. so half an ounce of grade b maple syrup which is the only sweetener in this which is meaning it is delicious and not too sweet and full of all of these things, and add more ice than you think you need to, and like 2/3 full of the cocktail shaker. and put the lid on it. i almost picked it up and shook it without that.

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