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in january of last year, in january of 2011 there was an assassination attempt on a member of the united states congress. congresswoman gabby giffords was holding an vent when this mentally ill young man opened fire. this was the type of weapon he used. this reason it looks like it's a strange shape is because it has an extended magazine that is larger than the gun was designed for. the standard magazine would hold about 15 bullets. jared had two of those standard size ammunition clips in his pocket that day at the safeway in tucson. the clip he had in the gun held double the number of bullets as compared to the standard one. it holds 30 bullets. that's why he was able to kill and wound so many people before he was finally stopped.
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he fired the one bullet that was in the chamber and the 30 bullets in the extended magazine. it was not until he stopped that he had to reload that somebody was able to tackle him. in the aftermath of the shooting, the country, puzzled over the fact that a few years earlier that sort of extended magazine would have been illegal under the assault weapons ban signed in 1994, extended clips were banned. when george bush let it expire in 2004, they came legal again. if you have a handgun for self-defense, if you target shoo with it or a sportsman are you shooting more than 31 of anything at a time?
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no. you do not need 31 uninterrepresented handgun bullets for any legit use of a handgun. it did not seem impossible, that that particular detailed gun law which has expired recently might be brought back. it would havelessened the harm of that one american gun massacre. there's no compelling reason not to bring it back. weren't we shocked enough to make that one little change? no. to fix just the extended magazine man that elapsed in 2004 and helped cause so much carnage, that bill went nowhere. the bill has 111 sponsors. it never got a vote.
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in the senate it has ten co co-sponsors. since the tucson shooting here is what has happened. in arizona, the state legislature there passed a bill forcing colleges to allow guns on campus even if the campuses did not want them. another bill would have said that every public building in arizona must allow guns inside. if they don't, they must set up metal detectors and armed guards at the door. arizona governor jan brewer ve toed them. gun laws only go in one direction. in indiana law says schools, public libraries and some local hospital authorities are now prohibited from restricting firearm possession. in kansas, you can carry a concealed weapon in or on the grounds of any public or school property or grounds instructing
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kinds kingdser began ten through 12th graders. new law in utah allows you bring your gun within a thousands feet that house preschoolers and day care. you may now store your firearms in your cars in north carolina outside the state capitol. north carolina made it easier for minors to possess handguns. ohio's republican legislature felt a need to pass a law that allows con selled weapon permit holders to bring their guns into restaurants and into bars. what would go wrong? if you're convicted of a drug offense you no longer have to worry about losing ownership of your gun. you get to keep it.
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county authority ks no longer impose waiting periods on firearm sells. this is chosen since the tucson m massacre. people don't write gun laws. the gun lobby does. the national rifle association was still lobbying hard for minnesota to adopt a law like the florida stand your ground law that prevented the trayvon martin shooter from being arrested. the democratic governor vetoed it. after jeb bush signed the first stand your ground bill into law in florida with nra lobbyist beaming down over his shoulder as he signed it, nearly two dozen states have followed with their own laws. the nra wants this to be a
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federal regulation that would force this on states that don't want it. all the changes in law go in the same direction. all the laws go to more guns in more places. once one state stakes out radical ground, as soon as one state clears that ground like florida did in 2005, all the other states rush toward that newly cleared law. i thought after tucson we could have one tiny little tick toward regulates just the size of the magazines for ammunition in handguns. as a tiny correction for a nation that was shocked by the horror. i was wrong. gun law changes go in one direction. now even in the midst of the national uproar over the trayvon martin shooting and the fact that florida's gun law says that
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shootser can't be arrested, he says the florida senate will be not reviewing the law. usually on policy issues like this we say, what would it take. what you would it take to look at this issue differently. what would it take us to shock us out of pattern we're in. what would it take? in the case of gun laws, we have an answer. it doesn't matter. no matter what happens in the country in terms of gun violence or how we feel about it, there's no outcry loud enough. we do not get to make these decisions about our laws in this country. we do not get to make the decisions about laws concerns guns. they do. they're the gun lobby and they decide or at least that's how they want it to be and that's how they have had it so far. president obama was asked about the trayvon martin case at the white house by michael viqueira. this was his answer.
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>> obviously, this is tragedy. i can only imagine what these parents are going through. when i think about this boy, i think about my own kids. i think every parent in america should be able to understand why it's absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this. i think all of us have to do some soul searching to figure out how does something like this happen. that means we examine the laws and the context for what happened as well as the specifics of the incident. my main message is to the parents of trayvon martin. if i had a son, he'd look like
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trayvon. i think they are right to expect that all of us as americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves and we're going to get to the bottom of what happened. >> joining us is bob herbert. thank you for being here. >> great. good to see you. >> the president talking about treating this case as seriously as it deserves to be treated. is he talking about an assurance that the victim being a young black man in this instant will not excuse the need for a prosecution in this killing? >> i think what he's saying is that no matter what happens in florida, we know we can never be sure of what will happen, whether justice will be done, that his administration is prepared to step in and see that justice is done in this case. i think that's incredibly
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important. when the president talked about when he said that if he had a son, he would look like trayvon, that comes in the context of a statement in which he said he thought that every parent in america could understand the depth of this tremendous tragedy. this people on the other side who had are trying to make political hay out of this, need to stop. >> the comment that i saw today in terms of people criticizing the president is from newt gingrich speaking on the sean hannity radio show. what the president said is disgraceful. if it has been a white who had been shot, that would be okay because it didn't look like him trying to turn it into a racial issue is fundamentally wrong. >> i mean i just think that's crazy. i think the republicans have been so far beyond the pail for so long now. we shouldn't be surprised at any
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of their nonsense. so many folks on the conservative side want to go out of the their way to have this not be a race based killing. there's not a racial element there. i just think that's crazy. it's pretty obvious that it is. we have on the 9/11 tapes this fellow, zimmerman saying he has his hand in his waistbands and he's a black male. that's what sets off the suspicion, the fact that he's black. the other thing is, i think there's a danger that we're all over the map here and we can miss the essential points of what we should be paying to. one is what you were talking about at the top of the program, this insane gun violence that we have. the country is saturated with violence and saturated with guns which is handguns in particular. that's just crazy. that's one point.
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we had sense september 11 where we lost 3,000 people in this terrible tragedy, but since then there's been over 100,000 victims of homicide in this country. the majority of them were killed by guns. that's one point. the other thing that we have not paid enough attention to is the racial violence that continues in this country. there's a tremendous amount of it. if you look at the new york times and read the trayvon martin, there's a story about the teenagers entering a plea in mississippi where they had run over, they coming to jackson, mississippi looking for black people to attack that's what they did. there was this fellow, 47 or 48 years old and they spotted him in a motel parking lot and one of the kids just ran over him and deliberately killed him with a pickup truck. these are huge problems that we really need to focus on and try
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not to get sidetracked by all the nonsense. >> the question for me too whether or not, how we will engage on the racial issue of this and whether or not this can lead to a productive discussion about guns. so far it shows no signs of it. i think the story will continue to grip the country. >> i think it can. the protests are a very hopeful sign. i would hope there would be some follow through on this. >> bob, thanks for coming in. virginia governor cannot understand why he's increasingly known as the transvaginal ultrasound guy high pressure he cannot believe it. a journey into the mind of governor ultrasound is coming up. it's possible to reduce the look of wrinkles in just 10 minutes. now you've seen it. experience it for yourself. [ female announcer ] olay regenerist.
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we've got a special "the rachel maddow show" report on how one small group of regular people are taking on some really large powerful institutions.
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[ male announcer ] buy unlimited messaging and get free unlimited calling to any mobile phone on any network. at&t. don't leave your home because when those companies say they have your mortgage, unless you have a lawyer that can put his finger or her finger on that mortgage, you don't have that mortgage. you're going to find they can't fientds the paper up there on wall street. i say to the american people, you be squatters in your own homes. don't you leave. >> you live somewhere. maybe you live in a city or a town or in an unincorporakorpco
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rare. the ground you live on is owned by someone or corporation or maybe a government. one of the first things americans did as citizens was set up public registries so keep track of who owned what land. the answer to where that fence can go is in books like these. how it's mortgaged and paid for or not. this is important stuff. the public record is a clear thing or it should be when the system works right. i want you to meet lorie linear. this is her driving. this is in greensboro. she drove us to her neighborhood
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to one particular house where she was friendly with the owner. it's a normal house in a normal neighborhood. she works in real estate in this neighborhood and she says they are going through a new round of foreclosur foreclosures. there's been a couple of suicides in families that have lost their homes. the house is boarded up being abandoned takes a toll on a house. on the door there's a sign to tell you to call the bank if you have any questions. >> if this property is not vacant call your mortgage servicer immediately. . we have date. they were just here. this is new to me. please call wells fargo. >> the owner of that particular house ended up in the newspapers last month after he got into a 15 hour stand off with police. he was a regular guy and now you
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can direct inquiries about his house to wells fargo. they've got his house now. stories like that grew lorie to go to occupy greensboro. 400 people show second-degree up. a few of them telling about how they lost their homes. it can be not just upsetting but embarrassing. you can feel like you're the only one. that night last week a couple of occupiers screened a movie to try to explain the foreclosures and why this is a crisis. they are trying out new ways of acting out how the banks wrecked the economy. how the banks lured people into loans they couldn't afford and loans that didn't make sense. how they traded those loans like they were casino chips. they're looking for new things to do about it here and across
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the country. in greensboro they have started formal training for volunteers to examine the documents in new foreclosures and look for signs that the bank has not got the right to kick that particular family out on the street. >> you'll be trained to seek out evidence of fraud including robo signing. >> if the documents don't hold up then the bank might not be able to foreclose or the family might get into a better position to negotiate a payment plan. 35 regular american, just citizens say they are ready to dive into records to help some homeowner they maybe don't know. more north carolina counties are asking for classes like there to. going after the banks by going through their participate work turns out not to be that hard. people want to do it. it's popular. people want to learn how to do
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this. it makes a mix between a geek and the save your house super hero. these folks diving into bank records for science of mortgage fraud, it is looking more and more like they may be onto something. this is jeff in his office in north carolina. he's the elected county register of deeds which is one of the most humble little noticed jobs in government, right? he's got greensboro records going back to 1771. he will pull down the old books and show them to you. all this documentation of who owns what signed by twul humans using their real names and ink. the records showing who owns what going back as long as the government exists. it who owns what land and who owes who money for it. jeff, this county register says he cannot be sure anymore who owns what in greensboro or who
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has the right to kick anybody out. his office went back through a few years of record and they found for a few years, thousands of documents filed by big banks and mortgage companies, thousands of documents that looked to him like forgeries, like the companies that filed them did not care. >> i can't make up to mind as to whether or not they're walking over me or completely ignoring me. both are pretty humiliating. it's just kind of take your pick, which one is it? >> now you can sue? >> yes. we can sue. >> last week jeff's little county office took more than two dozen big banks and mortgage companies to court. it's jeff versus bank of america. jeff versus wells fargo. he says they wrecked 250 years of fair dealing in his county and it's his job to fix it.
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this lawsuit seeks to have defendants clean up the mess they created. that's from paragraph one. it's hard to put a legal case more plainly that. he wants an investigator to go through the documents and find a mistake and set things right. he wants the banks to clean up the mess they have made for his office. the mess they have made in his county by making a mockery of the legal paper work that you need to prove you own something in america. he says until the banks do that, the people of his county cannot buy and sell property with any real confidence about who owns it. the records have been that corrupted by the banks. the families kicked out of their homes, the bank documents that justified that, some of those documents may have been fraud. >> public recording offices are part of our democracy in rule of law and the laws that govern them need to be respected. if you don't respect that, why
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am i any better that wikipedia. if that's the case, wikipedia would be better than me. >> explain that. >> at least on wikipedia, you'll have multiple people trying to correct what's going on and get the story right. all we would be doing would be logging in information signed by people four to 15 different times with no verification. they have the legal force of wikipedia wikipedia. if you don't get public recording offices right, you don't get the judicial system right. if these documents are certified for my office and used in court proceedings, if they are fot right, it's a fraud on the court system, baby. >> jeff says he's already found about three dozen foreclosures in greensboro where he considers the documents that justified them to be seriously in question. three dozen greensboro families
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put out on the streets who maybe should not have been. what has happened in jeff's office, this situation with thousands of documents that appear to have stuff missing or forged signature s, this same situation exists in every county in the united states. if you look around, you will now see that lawsuits like there greensboro one is popping up in ohio and in connecticut and in oklahoma and in massachusetts with the promises of more to come. so far, so far the clerks that are suing have been losing these cases. if these lowly clerks start winning and it looks like they might, then this becomes a very big deal because there are thousands of these clerks. there are thousands of counties. there are thousands of people like jeff who have these responsibilities and take them seriously. with the occupiers and the clerks going through the records, the banks may start losing for what they did to those records.
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if the clerks start winning, we might start proving that the early warnings were right when she told americans to be squatters in their own homes because while the banks were getting rich trading and gambling on their houses, they didn't bother doing the work to prove who owned anything or made anything. it was a manifestio. that argument is no longer fringy. now it's a days work. getting the basic paper work of who owns what back in good order again like we have prioritized since the 1700s. the banks are scared of this. they have been trying to work out deals to avoid responsibility for what they did at the federal level and the state level. they are trying to get themselves off this hook. i would too, if i were them. the jeff's of the world are trying to get american families
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to make nuclear terrorism less likely. this is happening because of the speech that president obama delivered in 2009 in prague. he said one, that loose nuclear material and the threat that terrorism goes nuclear threatens the security of every carbon base life form on planet earth. he said it's a threat we can do something about. three, he said we are going to do something about it. >> today i am announcing a new international effort to secure all vulnerable nuclear material around the world within four years. >> the following year, washington, d.c. hosted the very first nuclear security summit. the participanting countries, more than 40 of them agreed to the president's four-year goal. kwun of those countries was the ukraine. the other was mexico. mexico agreed to work with the united states to get rid of all of its highly enriched uranium.
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as of monday, that promise was kept. it could use the kind of materi material. the national nuclear security administration packed up mexico's highly enriched uranium and took it back to the united states for lockdown. in the past few years the united states has helped clean out weapons usable uranium from six countries from romania, turkey, chile, libya and mexico. u.s. says five nations clear out five weapons grade uranium. it's six. not five. six is better than five. we'll be right back. ok, guys-- what's next ?
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has lost every contested southern state so far. he lost south carolina, he lost georgia. he lost mississippi. if you want to count florida as the south, the part of florida that feels like the south, he lost there too. it's very important to republican chances in the general election that they have no trouble at all wins the south. not only do republicans expect to win the south, they don't expect to have to waste too many resources competing there. mitt romney winning in the south could be a bit of an issue. virginia is the most interesting part of that calculation. virginia republicans screwed up their presidential nominating contest so that only two of the candidates qualified to be on the ballot. it was only mitt romney and ron paul on the ballot in virginia. technically, mitt romney won there but the only person he beat was ron paul.
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it was not a test of how he would do overall. this is not a pointless hypothetical. in the 2008 election, john mccain lost virginia to a guy named barack obama. mitt romney has lost everywhere else in the south. we have no idea how he would have done in an actually contested primary in virginia. virginia is a must win and might not win state for the republican party. virginia is really important. that's why pollsters are testing how barack obama versus mitt romney might go in virginia in 2012. the answer if you are a republican, look that the, not good. president obama beat mitt romney in virginia in a general election and matchup by eight points. there's yet another factor at play in virginia which is that virginia has a relatively -- i'll get back to his popularity in a moment. virginia has a republican governor who seems to want to be chosen as his president's vice president nominee high pressure he's endorsed mr. romney.
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he's been traveling around the country. he's not shy at all talking about how delighted and honored he would be if asked to be the vice presidential nominee. we know that mitt romney versus barack obama is not a good outcome. what if mitt romney picked virginia governor, wouldn't that put him over the top. wouldn't that lock up virginia for the republicans. you want to see the bob mcdonald effect. by himself mitt romney loses to barack obama by eight points. get ready for the bob mcdonald bump. ready. go. aww. bob mcdonald has a tiny bump. a minibump. a one-point bump. he loses by seven points.
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even bob mcdonald is down. his approval rating has dropped. the pollsters looking for an explaination for governor mcdonnell's approval rating drop turns to two bills. the forced ultrasound bill and the bill repealing the one handgun a month aents gun running law. virginia voters preferred the old gun law. the one a month limit on handguns over the repeal signed. they also found that the state is not happy with the law that gave bob mcdonnell the nickname governor ultrasound. for his part, bob mcdonnell is fur roious that everybody callsm governor ultrasound. >> if you were educating
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yourself on this bill, did you originally not realize it might mandate? >> it wasn't my procedure. this wasn't my bill. >> you're do busy advocating your agenda. we can't help what the media decides to focus on be p. >> he's been trying to distance himself from his own decision to sign into law this radical, unpopular bill. blame the media. blame the republicans. now he would like to blame democrats for what he did. >> governor, you've gone through this with the person hood debate. there's a feisty conversation going on there. the democrats are calling this war on women. is it more careful in their language? >> this war on women argument is very unfortunate. it's false. it's been a political theater from the democrats for a couple of o months. >> political theater for the
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democrats. he explaining to john king that this whole war on women thing is the political theater cooked up by the democrats. it has nothing to do with republicans in congress voting to defund planned parenthood or voting to roll back access to contraceptives or republican led stagt legislatures enacting a record number of anti-abortion measures or bob mcdonnell to sign a new 24 hour waiting period for these dumb women seeking abortions who don't understand what an abortion is. no one made him sign the forced ultrasound bill. virginia democrats are still trying to make him pay for it. a couple of weeks ago they sent governor mcdonnell asking him to set aside funding for the ultrasound that he was forcing him to get. they dismissed that request with a lot of anger. we're going to make them have it done for them and we're going to
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make them pay for it to. they responded with the request with a nasty statement calling it petty and accusing them after playing political games. the virginia budget does have to get through the senate. virginia democrats are not giving up on this point. the senate is set to vote on monday on a democratic budget amendment to not force virginia women to also have to pay for the medically unnecessary ultrasound that bob mcdonnell is having them to have done to them even if they don't want it. he wants to sadly to be done with this and he's so mad that people won't stop talking about it. he wanted to sign it into law and have nobody to notice it. it does not work that way governor ultrasound. your record has a way of following you around. the democratic party put out an ad last week highlighting his very, very long record of anti-abortion legislation
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calling his ultrasound bill more of the same pointing to the fact that be has a state legislature he sponsored or co-sponsored 35 bills to restrict abortion rights. we fact check the heck out of that, and it's true. 35 bills. you cannot be the 35 separate anti-abortion bills guy and say, stop saying that abortion is my priority. i don't want to talk about that. he would like to be seen this election season as the ash blonde mitt romney. he wants to be seen as a jobs kind of guy. a guy that might help mitt romney win the south. you don't get to say what you're agenda is. people figure out what you agenda is by watching what you do in office. watching what bob mcdonnell does in office is watching a culture warrior at work. governor mcdonnell appears ask the governor every month. it's nice to have you here.
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>> thanks for having me. >> when democrats first started pressing him to fund the ultrasound mandate, to set up a system by women will not be forced to pay for the privilege of this thing they may not want but the state is forcing them to have, his office is dismissive of the whole thing. now it's a real issue in the budget negotiations. how do you think this new front is affecting the governor? >> he would rather talk about jobs and the economy than talk about social issues. he's got to deal with this. the general assembly is much closer to passing their budget than they were a week ago. now they have to deal with this ultra sound funding issue. i asked the governor about this on my show last month whether he's upset about federally mandated mandates he was very comfortable wl this pointing out the government passes rules, laws, regulations that impose a fee or a cost to taxpayers.
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this was no different. the democrats tried once before to get this funding measure through. it wasn't successful. we'll see how it goes next week. >> in terms of the governor's responses to you pressing him, we played a bunch of tape of you talking about it because you seem to draw him out on this issue. he wants to down play the social issues but when he gets asked about it by people like you, he doesn't go very far in advocating for this stuff that he believes in. he did sponsor or co-sponsor 35 anti-abortion bills. he did sign this into law and said he would support it. why won't he defend it when pressed? >> he will point out that he cautioned the general assembly, which is just turned totally
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republican, republican dominated that they shouldn't get two arrogant. he warned them of that last year. when you ask him about these bills, the gun bill, the abortion bill, this bill, he'll point out these weren't his ideas and he's got an agenda of 100 bills for the economy and prefer to talk about that. when you press him, he doesn't back way from the fact he's always been a staunch supporter of the pro-life agenda. he's never waivered from that. he maintains he will be a defender of the pro-life position. when you ask him about the transvaginal or ultrasound requirements, that's when he will start to deflect and point to the fact he didn't propose those bill, others did. at the end of the day he does support them. >> the polling that's out suggests that his drop in the polls could be tied to the
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socially conservative bills that despite his best efforts he's very much tied to because he signed them into law and supported them throughout his career. they pulled on those specifically. they seem to have found a correlation. does that correlation seem reasonable to you? do you think that is affecting his approval ratings? >> if you look at the time frame alone, he's enjoied a 60-plus approval rating pretty steadily. he still is above 50%. he gets a good approval rate from democrats in the state of virginia. when you look at the slip in his numbers as well as the bigger slip in the general assembly's approval numbers, they go hand in hand with the time line of these more socially conservative bills that have passed about gay adoption, one gun a movanth and
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the ultrasound bill. >> thank you very much for joining us. it's been really helpful to talk do you. >> thank you. tonight, the answer to the question, does the newly appointed head of the world bank sometimes dress up like a robot and dance around? the answer is obvious. the pictures are amazing. that's coming up. copd makes it hard to breathe, 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.
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way but so far it always has. membership has its privileges. what has america done with that privilege? here is who president george w. bush chose to run the bank, paul wolfowitz and that was after iraq. thanks for getting us into the iraq war, now you get to run a hugely important program providing economic aid to those in developing companies. within two years he was forced out in an ethics scandal. today president obama got his first chance to nominate someone for the wrote bank he pick something everybody described as a surprise or unconventional choice, picked the president of dartmouth college. if you were googling dr. jim young kim for the first time today you probably quickly read into this. ♪ i came up and here to rock like fire ♪ ♪ make it hot are you rooting for my idols ♪ ♪ give it all you got
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♪ so come on let's go ♪ the house is hot tonight ♪ go, go big green, go, go >> the new president of the world bank dressing up like a robot and rapping not all that badly about the college's version of "american idol." he is pretty accomplished. i'm doing all this press for my book just coming out and as part of that press i did the questionnaire that runs on the back page of "vanity fair" magazine, one of the questions they ask everybody is which living person do you most admire? my answer was paul farmer. paul farmer is a doctor who founded organization called partners in health and founded partners in health with jim young kim. he has dedicated nearly his entire adult life to eradicating disease among the poorest people in the world, beginning in the 1980s in haiti when he was still a medical student.
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these guys have done the seemingly impossible providing high level health care to people everyone else in the world wrote off as a lost cause. this year partners in health is planning to open a teaching hospital in the central plateau of haiti. how did that happen? that is impossible but there it is, they are doing it. dr. kim and partners in health went on to peru, created the first large scale program to treat drug resistant tuberculos tuberculosis, he brought the program to 40 more countries around the world and went on to work for the w.h.o., ran another impossible program, one that would ultimately provide drug treatment for 3 million people with aids in developing nations and it worked. so if he is approved as president obama's choice this guy might get to be in charge of a giant international pool of money called the world bank meant to help lift people out of poverty. and knowing that is kind of a nice way to ease into the weekend. go, go big green indeed.


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