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attention to this thing that did no get that much attention. that congressional republicans might very well try to have the attorney general arrested. arrested? really? these are supposedly the dog days, other than being hot though, these are not the dog days, we're in top gear. in politics that means that really the campaigns ought to be hitting on all cylinders. think about the big picture for theç presidential campaign. there are very few unknowns left, we know what the issues are going to be and the other shoe has dropped in terms of what health care will mean for the campaign of the yes, there is the vice presidential pick for mr. romney but other than that the candidates know what they need to do. they've been doing it a while, they should have worked out the kinks, can you tell where i'm going with this? kinks remain. there seems to be one part of the kinky part of the romney campaign that they cannot fix. they keep doing it over and over
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again wrong. they keep blowing it. i think they should stop doing this. ♪ >> ladies and gentlemen, thank you for joining the obama's failed foreign policy conference call. your host for today will now begin. >> it's amanda from the campaign, thanks for getting on the call -- >> romney campaign does these conference calls all the time. the candle in the wind music was one of their conference calls in april. they called that one specifically to rebut an allegation from vice president biden that mitt romney's foreign policy was going to be just like the george w. bush policy and you can tell it because the romney advisers former bush advisers, they did the conference call to rebut the allegation that all of the foreign policy advisers are bush guys.
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and two of the three speakers they booked for that call toç make the case that they are not full of george bush foreign policy advisers four of them are former bush foreign policy advisers. they are bad at doing this conference call political strategy thing. a week later they held another one to go after president obama on high unemployment in the united states. hey obama, how come there are no jobs in the united states? that particular conference call they routed through a conference call center in the philippines. the all time great on of these was in april, the romney campaign held a conference call specifically on women and the economy. this is when they are pushing back on the whole war on women thing. and the push back was obama has horrible policies on women and the economy. they pick a specific target. the first policy president obama signed into law was on women and the economy, the lilly ledbetter fair pay act.
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the romney campaign calls a conference call to attack president obama on those policies. when they get asked about that policy on the conference call, they called to discuss that policy, here was their response. >> our next question will come from sam stein with huffington post. >> does governor romney support the ledbetter act? >> we'll get back to you on that. >> the pregnant pause heard round the world. the day after that, trying to do damage control, the romney campaign held anotherç conferee call, specifically to make clear that mitt romney totally supports fair pay for women. do not be misled by democratic spin or some unfortunate gaffe. of course mitt romney supports fair pay for women. the people he lined up, two members of congress who voted against the fair pay act for
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women. they don't have to use this tactic. why do they keep using it when it's like their achilles' heel, their curse? do you remember in may when they lined up a congressman to stump for romney. apparently not realizing that particular florida congressman had been under information gi fbi, irs, public corruption unit, miami-dade state attorney's office and florida department of law eforcement and at the last minute before the call, all of a sudden that troubled florida congressman was unavailable to join that call due to what they said were scheduling reasons or something. you would think they do stop doing this particular thing but they are still doing them. a couple of weeks ago when president obama noungsed the change in the immigration policy, the romney campaign would not say whether mr. romney agreed with the policy or not. we know you hate everything president obama does, but do you
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hate this particur thing the president has done? what is your policy on the subject? the whole point of the romney campaign at this point is to never get specific on policy. so they desperately wanted toç avoid being subject to any reporters questions on that. at that time when immigration policy was all anybody wanted to talk to and they did not have a policy they wanted to talk about. a couple of days after president obama made his immigration announcement, the romney folks called a conference call and tried to insist that nobody would be allowed to ask them questions about immigration policy. romney aides repeatedly urged reporters to restrict their questions to economic topics. after reporters did not oblige, the romney campaign cut off the call. yeah, who could have seen that coming? i don't know why they don't recognize this as a problem they might have. they cannot do this. i for example, cannot say the word procurement.
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i also have trouble with the word sixth. i can say a lot of other words but i cannot say those two words without slowing down and trying really hard. i've learned to talk about even the concepts of things being between the fifth thing and seventh thing and a particular policy about buying things without ever making myself say the words procurement or sixth. if you know you're bad at something, stopoing it. stop doing these conference calls. they are not stop doing these conference calls. the republicans did another one today on the health reform ruling. want to guess how it went? >> there's only one candidate, governor romney who's committed that he will reappeal theç o bomny -- >> this is a pro mitt romney conference call where bobby jindal of louisiana reminded everybody on a phone line paid for by the republicans that obama care and romney care can
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be combined in the tim pawlenty epithet, obamney care. >> he designed obama care after romney care -- >> he coined this thing, obamaney care, say it is exactly what he introduced for national health reform policy. that happens to be true. mr. pawlenty declined to repeat that slur to mr. romney's face at a debate, thus leaving him open to the wuss allegation he tried to counteract with talk about hockey fights. the o bamney care epithet, used by tim pawlenty still in the presidential race, that was a powerful slur against mr. romney in the republican primaries.
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when candidates could count on pt base super hating health reform. >> he is the worst republican in the country to put up against barack obama. >> politically speaking, on health reform, which is what mr. santorum says he was talking about there, rickç santorum is right. the massachusetts plan is exactly the same as what president obama did at the national level on any substantive elements. in nominating mr. romney in the first place, but now it is a particular mess for the republicans because after the supreme court ruling yesterday the romney side, republican side is saying they are now going to double down on making this year's presidential race all about how awful health reform is. the health reform that's exactly the same as what mitt romney did. the whole basic plan that almost everybody gets health insurance.
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it's the same thing. romney care is already in effect in massachusetts, nearly 100% of kids are insured. 98% of the population is insured. that's what national health reform would do to too if it gets i am plimted. the whole mandate you have to get health insurance or pay a tax or fee, that's exactly the same in massachusetts as it would be at the federal level. here's mitt romney's op-ed, saying you have to pay a tax if you choose not to buy health insurance in massachusetts. it's exactly the same thing that just got upheld by the supreme court yesterday for the whole country. everything they want to say is evil and tie ran cal about obama care is the exact same as romney care or good idea if you want to look at it that way. having mitt romney run for president against health reform is nuts. that's what they say they are going to doç now. that would be like having barack
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obama running for president for being against killing osama bin laden or end the war in iraq. they'll make the whole election against health reform with mitt romney as their standard bearer is bizarre. who am i? just a liberal on tv. you could take it from the guy who was twas the architect for the romney care and president obama hired. he got asked how the plan in massachusetts he worked on ended up being such a boog gi man. here's his response? this is to my mind the most blat ently obvious case of politics trumping policy i've ever seen in night life. this is an idea four or five years ago republicans are touting. a guy spoke at the bill signing in massachusetts about how good the bill was, romney's attempt
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to distinguish between obama's bill and his own is disingenuous. the problem is there is no way to say that because they are the same fing big. he can't have his cake and eat it too, it's the same bill. he can try to draw distinctions and stuff but he's just lying. how do you base your whole campaign for president on being against something that you did? it would be like john mccain running for president saying he was against his ownç immigrati plan. oh, wait -- in any case, the perfect disstillation is in the problem the surrogates are having, bobby jindal talking about obamney care. and you have marco rub rubio. this is perfection. >> he supported it at a state
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level, if he didn't like it in massachusetts, you can move to another state. >> you could move. see, that's why you should vote for mitt romney. what he did in massachusetts when he turn the massachusetts into a socialist hell escape, you could escape that. you could leave and drive to another state whereas obama, there's no getting away unless you go to another country. that's the best case mitt romney's vice presidential nomination can make for the difference for what they are running against and who they are. yes, my uy did this horrible thing to his state but the residents of the state could flee the state if they wanted to. that's not illegal. vote for the guy who did that to his state. you can get away. joining us now is melissa harris perry. thank you for being here. >> that's -- first of all, that's my governor. so i just completely love that
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bobby jindal did that. >> obamney care, it is perhaps the most bizarre thing of the pastç three days. >> we have seen republicans running against mitt romney saying he's the worst guy to pick because we want to make health reform a central and horrible thing against which we waptd to run and romney has exactly the same baggage. that was the case they were making forever against him. is it reof renewed importance with the supreme court ruling and in particular with republicans trying to attack on policy grounds this idea it's a horrible tax? >> so here's what i think is happening because i don't think that the entire party is this confused about what a debate between president obama and governor romney will be on a health care issue. the reason we're scheduling this vote, it is dog days of summer, nothing else is going on. fourth of july will be over. freedom, fireworks. then they'll say, okay, we've done our repeal vote. there's nothing we can do now
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that we've done our repeal vote, we'll have to wait for governor romney to become the president of the united states. i thirvnk they are going to bac pedal off. all of these republican governors will stand in the school house door and basically claim null fiction, we're not going to try to set up our exchanges as the law demands that we do. they are just going to let it ride. i don't think it is going to be the center piece flts romney campaign. it cannot be. >> in terms of the romney campaign strategy right now know, they introduced a new hash tag, full repeal. trying to be as militant as possible and mr. romney gave0a rooftop health conference after the ruling being more militant on the issue than before. are they doing that now just to get it out of the way? do don't you feel the base will have to be received up by this in the fall. >> every day they are not talking about the economy, they are losing this election. this ended up being a very good
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week for president obama despite the fact his attorney general was held in contempt of congress. that happens because he gets this big win. every time they talk about it, they remind the world that john roberts sided with barack obama. basically it's like suggesting that there's some kind of unholy alliance in which literally the universe aligns for president obama. and in that sense, no, i think ultimately they are going to pivot away from this as quickly as they can. they have to show the massive resistance, they are going to say this is a tax, taxes are bad. let me talk to you about the economy. >> right, let's move on from this. other than barack obama, the person probably most responsible for having made this happen in congress is nancy pelosi, your interview tomorrow on your show is your big nancy pelosi interview not only am i excited about but getting anticipate tri e-mails from my father about it. democrats down the ticket or
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down the line are viewing the political victory they just won? >> this was a huge moment, really exciting my 10-year-old got to meet the first woman speaker of the house. everybody is still in their high fiving mode, but the real question is that this wasç ultimately not the best political move. president obama in taking on health care first right after the stimulus, made a very risky decision. nancy pelosi said to me that she knew, all of them knew it was going to go to the supreme court. it was not a political move. this was a generation move, the kind of thing that a president, that a leader in congress says we have to change the world for american citizens. my favorite self-deportion was immediately after the roberts decision came down, there were conservatives on twitter saying they were going to leave and go to canada. >> to get free from the
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socialist health care -- oh, wait. >> oops. >> it brings us into modern sew sitd with our contemporaries and says we too are going to begin to do the work of providing health care for all of our citizens. >> melissa harris perry, much anticipated pelosi interview tomorrow at 10:00, right? >> yes. >> one busy state was trying to roll back a right of its citizens until it no longer insisted. that fight is unfolding this weekend. you have probably not heard about it anywhere else but we have the details next. fighting pepperoni heartburn and pepperoni breath? fight both fast with new tums freshers! concentrated relief that goes to work in seconds and freshens breath. new tums freshers. ♪ tum...tum...tum...tum... tums! ♪ [ male announcer ] fast relief, fresh breath, all in a pocket sized pack. there's been this commitment to low prices.
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to declare that every fertilized egg in america is a person. personhood bills ban abortion in all circumstances and ban the most common forms of birth control in the country as well. harry reid looked at rand paul's personhood amendment to the flood bill and kind of flipped his lid. said that's not going to happen. no freaking way. actually what he said in his soft spoken way is this. >> i think this is outlandish. >> >> when he said it was outlandish, what he meant was no freaking way. in an unproductive flurry, they passed the flood bill and didn'ç include the personhood thing with it. harry reid won on that. but even as republicans' laser like focus on jobs, jobs, jobs, by which i mean abortion, has gone nowhere at the federal level. in the states they are on the verge of accomplishing a goal they dreamed up since roe versus
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wade. barring last-minute intervention from a federal court, republicans in mississippi are within hours of banning abortion in that state. by making their state the only state in the country that has no abortion clinic, not one. in april, new republican governor phil bryant signed a trap law, specifically targeted, specifically onerous regulations for the abortion clinics that other clinics in mississippi do not have to follow. republicans have proposed the trap laws in arizona, florida, indiana, north carolina, minnesota, tennessee, west virginia. in most cases, they argue the regulations are good for women, and if the new red tape shuts down the abortion providers, oops. mississippi is different, though. in mississippi, officials have been flat out admitting what they have been trying to do. they said they were doing this, passing this law specifically to try to shut down the last abortion clinic in the state. they want to end abortion in mississippi full stop. you cannot get one there. rights be damned.
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governor phil bryant said so when he signed the bill into law. >> i think it's historic. it's a day you see the first step in a movement, i believe, to do what we campaigned of, to say we're going to try to end abortion in mississippi.ç we're going to try to continue to work to end abortion in mississippi. this is an historic day to begin that process. >> that was the republican governor of the state. here's the republican lieutenant governor just in case it's not clear enough. >> it's been seven years since we got good pro life legislation passed out of the mississippi legislature. that's a bill that gives us a great opportunity to do -- to accomplish what our goal needs to be. our goal needs to be to end all abortions in mississippi. i believe in admitting privileges bill gives us the best chance to do that. >> after republicans passed this law, they went home to their constituents and bragged about what they have done, for instance this state legislator.
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bubba carpenter. >> we had literally stopped abortion in the state of mississippi. [ applause ] the only clinic in the entire state -- three blocks from the capitol sits the only abortion clinic in the state of mississippi. a bill was drafted, it says if you would perform an abortion in the state of mississippi, you must be a certified ob/gyn and have admitting privileges to a hospital. you know how hard it is to get admitting privileges to a hospital? the other sides said the poor women are just going to do them at home, we've heard that over and over. but you have to have more values. you have to start somewhere. >> you have to have moral values.ç what we have done might cause women in our state to kill themselves by trying to operate on themselves, but you have to have moral values. the state's new law to eliminate
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all abortion services in mississippi takes effect on sunday. tonight, the owner of the state's only clinic said her doctors tried to get admitting privileges to hospitals just as soon as the governor signed the bill. they have applied to five hospitals within 30 miles of the lone clinic in the state. they have not been given those privileges anywhere. and everybody knew they wouldn't. this week the last clinic in mississippi turned to a federal court for help. they asked the court to block the new law. in the country when constitutional rights are threatened by the action of the state government, we count on the federal government to step in and stop the state from doing that. we have seen that with school integration and voting rights. here with this constitutionally protected right, the answer depends on a court in jackson, mississippi. the clinic's owner tells us, if the court decides anything, she will open her business on monday, if only to answer the phone. she said she doubts her doctors will be willing to take the risk of breaking the law and going to prison in order to keep
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providing what is supposed to be the constitutionally protected right to an abortion in this country. and if that happens, the state will have ended something that the nation says no state has a right to end. watch this this weekend, the law is set to go into effect july 1st if the court does not act. on tell it wears on them. narrator: he's fought to pull us out of economic crisis for three years. and he still is. president obama's plan keeps taxes down for the middle class, invests in education and asks the wealthy to pay their fair share. mitt romney and his billionaire allies can spend milions to distort the president's words. but they're not interested in rebuilding the middle class. he is. i'm barack obama and i approved this me an accident doesn't have to slow you down. with better car replacement, if your car is totaled, we give you the money for a car one model year newer.
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let's do what's best for our students-by investing in our teachers. let's solve this. so i wrote a book that came out a couple months ago. it's called "drift." it's had pretty good reviews. number one on the new york best sellers list for more than a month. it was amazing and weird and it's been great. it's getting reviewed in the weapon weapon this weekend, which i'm nvous about. the idea of writing a book, even when people disagree with the case that you make, the whole reason i wrote it is so people would pay attention to the case i'm making. at least arguebout it. the basic idea of the book i wrote is we go to war now in a way that isn't the way the constitution says we're supposed to and isn't how we've done it in the past. it has drifted into the way we
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have war in a way we have insulated from the politics and from civilian life. it doesn't affect us at home. it's slick and painless for us who are not fighting the wars, and in some cases, we do not know we're at war. in the sense we're not told by our own government we're doing it. take for example a nice friday night news dump from a couple weeks ago, friday june 15th, the president sends a ç letter to congress explaining where our troops are in the world and under what legal authority th are there. so this latest one said we're out of iraq entirely. we're still fighting in afghanistan, actively engaging al qaeda and taliban fighters in afghanistan. we're still engaging guantanamo, awkward for so many reasons, still have the troops in central africa going after joseph koni, military monitors in kosovo, and in egypt left over from 1981.
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although it's different than in 1981. you know what it does not mention anywhere, is this place, where we're definitely at war but we don't call it that. for nine years the u.s. has been killing people using remote piloted aircraft in the nuclear arms, fairly unstable nation of pakistan. president bush started the policy, but president obama has tripled down on it. now, we know we're doing it. the obama administration did finally admit to the fact we're doing this in year nine of the policy, just last month. they admitted to it in a speech by the president's counterterrorism adviser. here is the thing about the policy. nobody ever gets to see it's happening. not just in the normal way we as civilians don't get to see the war fighting troops do in other countries. in pakistan, it's something more than that. there aren't embedded reporters riding along somehow with theç
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drone pilots. the tribal areas where this is happening are explicitly off limited to westerners including western reporters. i know from experience how difficult it is to get a visa to cover pakistan at all as a western reporter but to go on a report on drove strikes in the place where the answer is no. that's why this exclusive report we have tonight which has never been seen anywhere before is so critically important and so fascinating. this is san exclusive very, very hard to get footage from something almost no outsider has ever seen. watch this. >> this is what many pakistanis call evidence of an american war with their country. rare images from the remote tribal region showing destruction after a u.s. drone strike. the attack occurred at 3:00 a.m. on march 30th in this market area. one missile pierced the ceiling, more demolished five nearby shops. five alleged militants were killed. their identities were not
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confirmed. strikes are not uncommon, but the area hardest hit by the drones is also the most difficult for outsiders to visit or report from. >> the damage is way more th it is even perceived by the people who are doing it. >> this pakistani lawyer said he's discovered while the u.s. drone campaign may yield a few high val view hits, far more civilians are being killed. there's enormous controversy surrounding the casualty tally. according to washington and londonç based research groups, tracking reports of drone strikes here, as many as 3,000 people have been killed as a result, most of whom are labeled militants, only a few dozen of which have been identified as militant leaders. >> the problem is no one cares if nobody is killed. by nobody, i mean a person who is a nobody, a person who is probably living in the area, has no money, no education, no representation. >> so he launched his own
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campaign, a legal one to represent local families who suffer ed casualties in the strikes. he's now filed lawsuits in pakistani courts suing former u.s. intelligence officials for carrying out the program and to the government of pakistan for failing to stop them. it's incredibly difficult to get any kind of evidence from the remote parts of the countries where the drone strikes typically occur, but these, what are believed to be fragments of hell fire missiles were smuggled into islamabad from those tribal areas. he says they were collected from drone strike sites and he's using the serial numbers to confirm their make and manufacturer. but to gain access into the far flung reaches of pakistan, he partners with a journalist and father of six born and raised in north waziristan. after growing frustrated with the lack of ground reporting from the region, he committed himself to documenting the devastation. he's gathered photos and testimonies from dozens of strike sites and has personally witnessed ten drone attacks in
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and around his own town. >> al qaed taliban, and america, they're fighting each other. the taliban said you're killing our soldiers we'll kill yours.ç i try not to get involved in these issues. if there's even one child killed in the drone strike, it's a tragedy. >> and across pakistan, anger is growing. at this anti-drone rally, hundreds of men gather to listen to the leader of this conservative religious group as he railed against what he called u.s. imperialism and their drone strikes inside pakistan. he worries the u.s. campaign to kill terrorists will actually end up creating more. >> translator: when people are out there picking up body parts after a drone strike, it would be easy to convince those people to fight against america. >> they have filed 13 lawsuits so far representing 71 familie of civilians killed and say they'll continue to fight their
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battle in the courtroom. nbc news, islamabad. >> joining us tonight for the interview is nbc's bureau chief. thank you for being here. congratulations on this. >> thank you for having me. >> it's remarkable to see the fragments of the missiles and the guy looking at the serial numbers and trying to track them down. is this the first we knew anything like this was happening? >> no, of course not. we have known for a while that this was a huge part of this administration's counterterrorism program. certainly in pakistan more so than any other country although it has expanded to other countries in recent years. if you look at the numbers, you see there's been a sharp uptick in the use of these drone strikes in pakistan over the last decade or so, and we know that the obama administration in particular relies heavily on ç these kinds of strikes inside pakistan. >> is this the first time we knew that pakistanis were trying to trace the physical evidence of those strikes back to the source of the weaponry for the purposes of getting
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accountability? >> this is certainly one of the only efforts that's being made of its kind. this lawyer, he himself can't go to the regions that he's trying to represent people on where they're from. he has to rely, as we saw in the report, on the local journalist who's from the area. i mean, this area, you mentioned before, it's basically a no-go zone for any outsiders. independent investigators, human rights watch workers, foreign media, you simply cannot travel freely in the area. so these efforts that he's making, legal efforts, are unique and are the first of their kind. >> how risky is it for that locally born journalist who you spoke with and is providing the material, how risky is it for him to not just be collecting the footage but ferrying it to outsiders so it ends up on american national tv tonight? >> the footage we used was not taken from the journalist we profiled. we work with a number of journalists across the country at nbc news. can't stress it enough.
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journalists in pakistan, local journalists, risk their life every day to get to the truth and get the truth out to the rest of the world. nowhere so is that true in north waziristan and the borders of afghanistan. so in order to get this one piece of video out, we actually took a couple weeks to move the video from place to place until it was safely in the hands of ç someone we knew could transport it back to us. >> in terms of the obama administration making a decision to at least publicly admit we are doing it in pakistan. we've known for years but it's been the shell game or the administration doesn't own up to it. john brennan gave a speech that yes, we're doing it. does it convey any hope of further openness in terms of being able to cover it or getting further information about it? >> i don't know that mr. brennan's recent admission means they're going to be any more trans parent about the program.
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when we approached the cia about the story, they did decline comment. we know they think this is a program that is working. we know the top commanders, al qaeda they are trying to go after, they've been able to knock them off. but they're playing a bit of a game with this. privately, anonymously, officials will tout the successes of the program leaked through reports and to sources they trust in the media. but publicly, they will still not own up to the details of much of the program. >> and finding the other side of the balance, the success versus the risk, finding the risk part of it, finding the downside of it is almost impossible. you have given us something that is as close to making it possible as i have seen. congratulations. incredible work. >> thank you for having me. >> pakistan bureau chief for nbc. just incredible. >> all right, coming up, some really good news from a totally unexpected place. >> and we have come up with the perfect way to night cap this week of the ginormous health ç reform ruling, the huge one for the obama administration
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in most adult professions a 27-year-old person is a young person. when i was 27 i was a fresh faced assembly line worker at the acme horseless buggy corporation, it was roosevelt's first term. i'm old. if pro basketball if you're 27,
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you're not young. you're at least middle aged. the nba had its annual player draft in the city of newark, new jersey, not as over the top and over produced as the football draft but on its way there. they do it in a big arena with a big crowd and players and their families for the bally hooed first part of the draft. the most coveted players in the draft in order were 19, 18, 19 and 20 years old. these guys are very, very young. eventually last night in the cond round came the 33rd pick in the draft. after most of the hype had died down andç droud had thinned oua lit by and electricity in the arena had just about gone away. watch this. with the 33rd pick in the 2012 nba draft, the cleveland cavaliers selected bernard james, 230 pounds and 27 years old. the oldest college player drafted by an nba team in more
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than 20 years. and the room which had been subdued for a while at that point realized who had just been picked and they went nuts. >> this might be the best moment of the draft, bernard james, getting a standing ovation in the prudential center. listen to this in the crowd. >> usa! >> why was a 27-year-old player getting drafted and why was everybody chanting usa? one reason, when he was 17 years old bernard james enlisted in the united states air force, in six years of service served three tours of duty in iraq and afghanistan and obtained the rank of staff sergeant. he was an intramural basketball player and he caught the eye of the head coach of florida state. after he got out of the service, bernard james wound up with a scholarship for florida state
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for whom he was also a tell ashs player. bernard james, after three tours of duty signing up after 9/11, became the oldest college player drafted by an nba team in decades. the clevelandç team traded his rights to the dallas mavericks for whom it became harder not to cheer as long as they have bernard james and it's not even the end of the show. that wasn't the best new thing in the world. there's more to come. [ male announcer ] fighting pepperoni heartburn and pepperoni breath?
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other side effects include indigestion, stomach pain, upset, or burning. pradaxa is progress. having afib not caused by a heart valve problem increases your risk of stroke. ask your doctor if you can reduce your risk with pradaxa. a lot of things in the booze world are related to health care, at least related to
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medicine. here's a prescription form for medicinal liquor from the prohibition era. booze is banned unless your doctor says you need it as medicine. same thing as viters, head to the pharmacist to settle your stomach or something, it's medicine. on the occasion of the historic supreme court ruling upholding health reform this week, something that as a country we have been trying to do for a century, on that occasion we can pick from a litany of drinks between makes you feel better and makes you feel tipsy. the stumbly line between cures with a ails you or ail you in morning. an idea having to do with monkey's testicles and you and a doctor. i once made jimmy fallon drink one of çthose.
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the painkiller, a pena co-lad da on steroids. we made that one in the office on the video machine a while ago, about a year ago. tonight our cocktail moment of this being the week of the supreme court's ruling, it's in honor of this guy, the guy with his arm in a sling from the ads in massachusetts that mark theed romney care to the residents of that state and the obama administration finally need to get to to the country now that federal health reform is safe from the courts. in honor of this guy from those ads with his arm in a sling, i represent the gin sling. get it, sling? it's kind of cheap. we were going to make a prescription julep, but we've already done that.
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we're using gin from wisconsin, you do an ounce and a half of gin. you do sweet vermouth, very fancy vermouth which takes like vanilla. 3/4 ounce of that. now we need to do a 1/2 ounce of lemon juice which has to come from an actual lemon, which is a fruit that grows on a tree. did we get a new lemon squeezer? this is nice. what happened to the old one with the big crank? budget times. half ounce of lemon juiceç and simple syrup, you can make it at home, and three dashes of the best thing in the world, otherwise known as bitters. all you do is shake that with
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ice. like you mean it. you really have to shake it. pour that over ice and a lovely glass like this. make sure you spill it on the desk so the morning saturday anchors have stickiness to look forward to. add a little soda like this. come up with some sort of fancy garnish, a wedge of lemon, it's a gin sling, you have to market health reform if you want to benefit from it politically now. that does it for us tonight. have a great weekend. weekends with alex witt starts now. powerless, a summer storm leaves hundreds of thousands in the dark in and around the nation's capital but bad weather is not done for d.c. or the nation. the political wins of health care, does the gop stand to lose
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if it goes ahead with a plan to overturn the law? chuck todd joins us on that. the man behind the supreme court decision, would john roberts have done the exact same thing if he was an associate and not chief justice? made in the usa, two big companiesç bringing business t america. will it mean more jobs? good morning, everyone. welcome to weekends with alex witt, i'm richard liu. millions of people are without power after the destructive storm struck states from inds to maryland. hurricane force winds knocking down hundreds of trees in dv and virginia. fallen limbs there killed two people and the entire state of west virginia is under a state of emergency. weather related power outages are reported in seven states. residents and officials will assess the damage today. officials are uncertain when power will be restored there. all of this during a time of dangerous heat. forecasters expecting more storms and record high


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