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salute as people applauded his arrival. he said at the time i didn't know i was worth that much. well, to this president each and every one of the veterans who have served on behalf of this country is worth a whole heck of a lot. that is the intention of today's events. he made an effort to have all americans say thank you to the veterans during his weekend radio address as well, thomas. >> peter, we know there is still so much to be, i guess, to be learned about what happened with typhoon haiyan and some of our service members are helping with the aftermath in that, aren't they? >> reporter: that's right. already u.s. marines are participating in the efforts there to help. the devastation as we've witnessed today is dramatic, it's terrible. as many as 10,000 people killed there and the white house obviously salutes that effort as well. >> we'll talk more about that later. here we have president obama arriving at arlington national cemetery. let's listen in.
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>> we've been watching the solemn ceremony taking place on
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arlington national cemetery on this veterans day to celebrate the service of our men and women in the armed services, remembering those that have fallen. the service will be one hour, taking place there at the memorial amphitheater. we'll go back for the president's live remarks in a few moments. but until that time we need to update you on the other big story we're following this hour. it is the devastation and the aftermath of haiyan. a growing crisis in the philippines as the reality and the wake of this powerful typhoon that devastated that region. a much weaker haiyan is continuing on its destructive path making landfall in vietnam but the eyes of the world remain on the philippines where the scale of the death and the destruction is almost impossible to believe. survivors of that storm are in desperate need of help and many still don't know what happened to their loved ones. >> i don't know what happened to my -- >> who is missing?
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>> i don't know. >> so the very latest at this hour, up to 10,000 people are believed to have been killed and survivors, as you can imagine, are frantically searching for food, water and shelter. the first delivery of u.s. aid has arrived on the ground in the philippines. u.s. marines have deployed to the area and are mobilizing as part of an international relief effort and they're working to distribute food, water and generators. nbc's ian williams is in manila with the very latest on those relief efforts. ian, good morning. >> reporter: thomas, the head of the philippine red cross this afternoon described the aftermath of the typhoon as absolute bedlam. rescue workers are still trying to reach some of the more remote areas, some of more worst affected of the areas down there in the central philippines. they remain cut off without communications, without power, roads blocked by falling debris. now, rescue workers have been able to reach some of the bigger towns. the biggest town to be hit on
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the east coast there. and what they found is a scene of devastation. all along the coast houses have been destroyed, people have been displaced and there are talk of thousands of dead. now, that figure has come from the local authorities in that city. others the military today are giving a figure closer to 1,000 but we really only know when some of these more remote areas are accessed. for now there's a desperate need for clean water, for shelter, for medical supplies. the u.s. today played its part with marines coming in with water purification kits, generators and other help aimed specifically at children, of course, who have particularly suffered in this disaster. but right now these are early days. there's an enormous amount still to be done and so much still to be discovered down amid that devastation in the central philippines, thomas. >> ian, thank you. thank you for that update. we're going to continue to bring you updates on that region.
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in the meantime, if you would like to help, here are several organizations that are now accepting donations for this relief effort. the american red cross, ameri cares, u.n. children's fund and save the children. we turn our attention back to politics where chris christie says the republican party can learn a little something from him. christie appeared on four of the five sunday talk shows this weekend days after re -- winning re-election in a landslide in his home state. now, while he would not answer questions about some issues connected to washington like big name tea partiers or iran, he said a big part of his re-election was what he called showing up. >> you go and you show up and you listen, and you start to make your argument about your policies. and i think the results of the election show that that's the kind of engagement that we need as republicans all across the country. you can't just show up six months before an election into groups that have not normally voted for you and expect that they are going to vote for you. >> joining me right now,
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republican strategist david winston, an adviser to senate house and republican leaders and chris kofinis, a senior adviser for john edwards presidential campaign in 2008. david, i want to start with you on chris christie. do you agree with his statement there, the republicans need that kind of engagement, show up, display what your argument for your policy is, but make sure to be able to listen and prove that you're listening? >> well, i mean when he gets that and the reason for his success is good governance. he's showed how to effectively lead a state that people, if you govern well and focus on trying to move things forward, people want to see that, and he won an overwhelming victory. he won a majority of hispanics, he won a majority of women and so he showed that people respond to that. i would say it's a little bit more than just showing up. you need good policy to go along with that showing up. >> now everybody wonders how
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will that message expand out of the borders of new jersey, can he go national. chris, we got reaction from tea partiers, a little bit from sarah palin who was on the "today" show this morning and then governor rick perry who weighed in yesterday. take a look. >> hey, new jersey, a blue state has a republican governor. right on. beats the alternative. you know, when you stand in the middle of the road, you're going to get hit on both sides of the road. we need to take a stand. >> he was a successful governor in new jersey. now, does that transend to the country? we'll see in later years and months to come. >> is that code for he's a moderate? >> no, it's code for the truth of the matter is, listen, we're all different states. is a conservative in new jersey a conservative in the rest of the country? >> that's a great question. so when david gregory asked christie whether he was a conservative or a moderate, he wouldn't really give a straight answer. do you think that's what he's worried about, that moderate is a dirty word? >> well, in the republican
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primary it sure is. here's chris christie's problem. he's going to face a republican party that by 2015 when the primaries are heating up is going to be as divided as it is today. and when you're looking at places like iowa and south carolina where you have both they vthe y -- evangelical and tea party wing, christie is going to have a difficult time appealing to them because of some of his positions that he's taken. listen, he is obviously more conservative than by most democratic standards, but by republican base standards in some of these key early states, he's a moderate. and a moderate is going to have a really tough time winning. this is going to be the constant turmoil that you're going to see in the republican party. you know, who is a true republican. i'm not sure christie fits that bill for a lot of republicans that are going to vote in those primaries. >> as we look at compare and contrasts, david, plolitico hasa
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piece up comparing christie to rudy giuliani. the article says that republicans have invoked it for years and not in a favorable way, saying christie is too provincial and like the former new york mayor will prove too liberal to win his party's presidential nomination. do you think that's the case? do you think that he could be seen as this moderate and the fact that republicans for a standard of wanting somebody more hard right would not be willing to acquiesce to knowing that he could potentially win because he's likeable? >> well, there are two aspects. first off i think there are some who want to cast him as a moderate because as they look at obviously the popularity that he has generated, they're trying to type cast him in a way that obviously would be unfavorable for a republican primary. you have to understand in terms of the republican primary process, the center of gravity in terms of the primary process is somewhat conservative. you have the very conservative on one side and moderate and somewhat conservative and the challenge to governor christie is going to be how does he
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translate what he's done in new jersey to such a way that attracts those individuals. clearly he has had a center right and conservative agenda to a large degree in terms of what he's been implementing but the challenge is translating that to that center of gravity of somewhat conservative voters and we'll see how he does. >> we've got an article out now from the national journal entitled, quote, packaging a president. christie's rollout models, clinton, bush and obama. ron says voters are looking for people who will agree with their disillusionment. the promises to end the polarization, defies the party extremists, et cetera, et cetera, all the stuff we've really heard before. he said that clinton, bush and obama all did this and christie is poised to do the same thing. is that your opinion on that? >> well, i think if christie, assuming he can get past the primary, which i think is an enormous if and i don't think he can at this pointing, but assuming he does, he is a formidable opponent in 2016
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because whether i think democrats want to admit it or not, he has crossover appeal. and when you see what he's been able to do in new jersey, yes, that may be an anomaly but nonetheless that is a dangerous formula. if he can translate that nationally, it's a big problem. part of his weakness and strength is his ability to go out and speak truth to power, be very direct and blunt. now, it rubs people wrong and can blow up in his face but it's also that something people wanting to hear. they want to hear the hard truths. they want a leader that's going to stand up. whether christie actually does that, i don't think he will because what will ending up happening is in the primary he'll be forced to go right, just like governor romney did. once that happens, he kind of crumbles in the face of i'm going to be that true-speaking candidate. >> because everybody got confused about what does romney really stand for. >> exactly. >> so we'll see where chris christie goes. but he's got a likability factor everybody can get behind but
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we'll see if republicans feel the same way. david winston, chris kofinis, thanks so much. for the first time since being suspended miami dolphins lineman richie incognito is breaking his silence. >> this isn't an issue about bullying, this is an issue of my and john's relationship where i may -- i've taken stuff too far. >> so richie incognito in full. what did he have to say about the allegations that he bullied his teammate, jonathan martin. and wait until you see some of the text messages that have just recently gone back and forth. also ahead, my sitdown interview in moscow with donald trump as he talks about his evolving views on lbgt rights to the current state of the republican brand. that and much more, we'll be right back. the american dream is of a better future, a confident retirement. those dreams, there's just no way we're going to let them die. ♪
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is wrong. in no way, shape or form is it ever acceptable for me to use that word, even if it's friend to friend, on a voice mail. >> incognito finally explained the final incident, the prank that led to jonathan martin actually leaving the team. >> we had 12, 13 offensive linemen sitting at the offensive line table. we have our special table in the lunchroom we eat at every day. there was one seat open at the end of the table. and i told the guys, listen, when j. mart sits down, we're all going to grab our trays, put them away and leave him there sitting by himself. john grabs his plate of food, chucks it on the floor, runs in the locker room, grabs his keys and he's gone. >> nbc sports' shaun king joins me now, a former quarterback for the tampa bay buccaneers. shaun, as you're seeing this video and listening to incognito and he admits that he messed up, how much of this is actually authentic and how much of this is self awareness or do you think that this is primarily pr
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and trying to get ahead of the curve, he's already lost a lot of traction. >> first off, let me apologize for my appearance. i'm straight from the airport fresh out of the car. and secondly to all of the men and women who have served or are serving in our armed forces, happy veterans day. i think it's a combination of all three of those things, thomas. i think there is some sincerity in that i don't think that he was malicious in anything that he did to jonathan martin but i think he now thinks some of it is excessive. this is also trying to maybe pave the way for him to get back on the miami dolphins or back in the national football league. >> yeah. >> so i think all three of those things apply. >> but when we think about this and when people get caught, shaun, doing this stuff. it's not like it happened overnight or this was their first time. let's talk about the locker room culture in all of the nfl, because now we're hearing words, you know, the "n" word is thrown
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around, homophobic slurs can be thrown around. here's what he had to say directly in the interview with fox. take a look. >> it's thrown around a lot. it's a word that i've heard john use a lot of the not saying it's right for when i did it in the voice mail but there's a lot of words thrown around the locker room that we don't use in everyday life. >> so is this normal rapport, shaun? is this just the teammates being teammates? or is this something worse? >> i was on four different teams, and they all had great leadership and that was not the case on any of the teams that i was on. you know, is that to say that there wasn't a subculture on this current dolphins team where that existed? you know, it may have, but it's not something that is prevalent around the national football league. i think that kind of language between teammates, you know, i think the level that the agitation, i'm going to call it, toward jonathan martin is specific to this miami dolphins
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team and to richie incognito. i don't think it's a greater issue around the national football league. >> so martin is reportedly expected to release a video statement soon. do you think that's going to clear the air? >> it's going to be very interesting, you know, what he says. and, thomas, i'm of the belief that he didn't just leave the miami dolphins because of richie incognito. i think it was a lot of extenuating factors as well. don't forget he's not a very good football player on the field. and to not succeed the word bust can bring a lot of criticism and ridicule. so i think it's everything put together that forced him to walk away from the game of football. >> nbc sports analyst shaun king, also former quarterback for the tampa bay buccaneers. shaun, great to see you. sweatshirt looks good, no matter what. >> thanks, thomas. this is also the question for you. richie incognito says he's a
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humana. so it's a really big week ahead for the affordable care act. the white house will release the long awaited october enrollment numbers for obama care. on wednesday another house hearing on the flawed rollout of healthcare.gov and friday the house votes on fred upton's bill that would allow americans to keep their existing health care plans. on the "today" show, sarah palin joined the chorus of republicans to criticize the president. >> it's not 5%, it's most americans will not be able to keep the health care policy and programs that they had desired. and the new programs that are being forced down our throat are unaffordable. people who are being told today if you -- and some of them are still being told, well, if you like that insurance policy and that coverage, you still will be able to keep it, it's just going to cost you a little bit more. that's the point.
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if it's going to cost you more, then it's not the same policy. >> arizona congressman and democrat raul joins me now. we have this article that points out the shift. weeks ago many republicans said obama care was too broken to fix but now the gop is drafting legislation that aims to do just that. so is this "keep your health plan" act a tacit admission by the gop that the law is here to stay? if so, do you think they have the conservative votes to pass it? >> yeah, it's a concession that the health care law and the reform is here to stay. i think it's an effort to continue to undermine it by chipping away at the mandate of the law. and do they have the votes in the house? probably. but, you know, the point remains that i find the criticism of we want to keep our own plan that also, you know, you have to echo that those are the plans with
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uncontrolled premiums, those are the plans that did not cover pre-existing conditions, that did not provide preventive care. and in some cases charge -- many cases charged women more than men for their health coverage. that's the plan that palin and others, that's the idea palin and others continue to promote that we need to keep those kinds of insurance policies and i think it's a mistake. >> we have the dnc chair, debbie wasserman schultz quoted in politico that we're not going to let new plans be sold like the upton bill would do to allow insurance companies to drop them. if that az signal that democrats are willing to make some negotiations? >> it's a signal that willing to make some pragmatic negotiations, but the fact remains that there's seven million people that will automatically have health care with the subsidies and the support. of the 12 million people that have their own coverage, 4 million are the ones that will
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see rises in their premiums. 8 million will either stay the same or have a subsidy. and overall of those 12 million, a lot better health coverage and more expansive. >> it certainly sets the standard for care and making sure that people are taken care of so they don't have to find out when they go to cash in on an insurance policy that certain things aren't covered. again, it's a standard foundation. but we have this new information, a new poll showing a majority disapproving of the way the president is doing his job. just 41% view the president right now favorably. that's down 14 points from last december. republicans say that this is the direct impact of the aca. sir, what kind of response have you seen or what are you hearing from constituents in your district about the availability of health care? >> well, in the district i represent, unfortunately one of the highest uninsured districts in the country, and the response has been favorable. the troubled start did not help
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the momentum for the health plan, but now that we seem to be gaining that momentum, i think time is actually on the side of the health care plan and the reform because people are going to begin to feel tangible benefits. uninsured people will be on the rolls that have coverage for the first time. young people, which is a preponderance of people that will qualify, are now also going to be part of that. i think you see a different momentum. as the middle class realizes that private insurance companies have had the chokehold on health care in this country as a profit-making machine, now all of a sudden there's some equality, some equity in the discussion, and this is why you see the reaction of the private insurance companies in terms of those 12 million private carriers, people that have private insurance that have chosen that route and why the scare tactics and the fact -- and the fact that this is now
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political fodder. but i think time is on the side of health care reform. i'm very optimistic, as is shown in my district, that people are going to embrace the idea that it is better for all america for the economy that more people are covered. >> congressman, thanks so much. i need to jump in because we're going back to the president who's giving remarks on arlington national cemetery. >> thank you very much on behalf of american veterans, including you veterans, to vice president biden, dr. jill biden, secretaries hagel and perez, admiral winifeld, major general buchanan, most of all to our outstanding veteran service organizations, our men and women in uniform and to the proud veterans and family members joining us in this sacred place, michelle and i are incredibly honored to be with you all here today again. to the gold star families and
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the brothers and sisters in arms who walk the paths of these hallowed grounds and the cemeteries around the world, we join you as you remember your loved ones who wore america's uniform. and here at arlington in section 60, we've ensured that you can continue to bring the small mementos of your love and affection to the final resting place of these american heroes. today we gather once more to honor patriots who have rendered the highest service any american can offer this nation. those who fought for our freedom and stood sentry for our security. on this hillside of solemn remembrance and in veterans halls and in proud parades across america, we join as one people to honor a debt we can never fully repay.
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the life of our nation across every generation, there are those who stand apart, they step up, they raise their hands, they take that oath, they put on the uniform and they put their lives on the line. they do this so that the rest of us might live in a country and a world that is safer, freer and more just. this is the gift they have given us. this is the debt that we owe them. they fought on a green in lexington so we could make independent the country they imagined. they fought on the fields of gettysburg so we can make whole a nation torn asunder. they fought on the beaches of europe and across pacific islands. and from their sacrifice, we emerged the strongest and most prosperous nation in the history of the world. and this year as we mark the
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60th anniversary of the end of the fighting in korea, we pay special tribute to all those who served in the korean war. from the jungles of vietnam to desert storm to the mountains of the balkans, they have answered america's call. and since america was attacked on that clear september morning, millions morning have assumed that mantle, defining one of the greatest generations of military service this country has ever produced. on tour after tour after tour in iraq and afghanistan, this generation, the 9/11 generation has met every mission we have asked of them. and today we can say that because of their heroic service, the core of al qaeda is on the path to defeat, our nation is more secure and our homeland is
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safer. there are men and women like the soldier and soon to be veteran i met a few months ago, jakari hogan. jakari deployed to iraq twice and she survived not one, but two -- excuse me, three separate ied explosions. and when she was well enough, she deployed again. this time to afghanistan, where she was often the only woman at our forward operating bases. she proudly wears the combat action badge. and today jakari is committed to helping other wounded warriors recover from the trials of war. he helping the troops, she says, is what i'm all about. my fellow americans, that's what we should be all about. our work is more urgent than ever, because this chapter of war is coming to an end. soon one of the first marines to
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arrive in afghanistan 12 years ago, brigadier general daniel yu will lead his camp pendleton marines as they become one of the last major groups of marines to deploy in this war. and over the coming months, more of our troops will come home. this winter our troop levels in afghanistan will be down to 34,000. and by this time next year, the transition to afghan-led security will be nearly complete. the longest war in american history will end. [ applause ] as is true after every conflict, there's a risk that the devoted service of our veterans could fade from the forefront of our minds. that we might turn to other things. but part of the reason we're
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here today is to pledge that we will never forget the profound sacrifices that are made in our name. today reminds us of our sacred obligations. for even though this time of war is coming to a close, our time of service to our newest veterans has only just begun. think about it. our troops wear the uniform for a time, yet they wear another proud title, the title of veteran, for decades. for the rest of their lives. as a nation, we make sure we have the best-led, best-trained, best-equipped military in the world. we have to devote just as much energy and passion to making sure we have the best cared for, best treated, best respected veterans in the world. [ applause ]
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so when we talk about fulfilling our promises to our veterans, we don't just mean for a few years, we mean now, tomorrow and forever. and not just for generations past, but for this generation of veterans and all who will follow. and that's why as commander in chief i'm going to keep making sure we're providing unprecedented support to our veterans. even as we make -- [ applause ] even as we make difficult fiscal choices as a nation, we're going to keep making vital investments in our veterans. we're going to keep improving veterans health care, including mental health care, so you can stay strong. we're making sure that veterans not covered by the va can secure quality affordable health insurance. we're going to keep reducing the claims backlog. we've slashed it by a third
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since march and we're going to keep at it so you can get the benefits that you have earned and that you need when you need them. [ applause ] we're going to keep helping our newest veterans and their families pursue their education, under the post-9/11 gi bill. we just welcomed our one millionth student veteran and are ready for all those who come next. we're going to keep demanding that the rights and dignity of every veteran are upheld, including by pushing for the disabilities treaty so that our disabled veterans enjoy the same opportunities to travel and work and study around the world as everybody else. [ applause ] and with the help of michelle and dr. jill biden and joining forces, we're going to keep fighting to give every veteran who's fought for america the
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chance to pursue the american dream. a fair shot at the jobs and opportunity you need to help us rebuild and grow here at home. because you're bringing home the skills and the work ethic and leadership necessary to start companies and serve your communities and take care of your fellow veterans. that's our promise to you and all who have served. to be there, to support you when you come home, every step of the way. and as a nation, we will strive to be worthy of the sacrifices that you've made. that's what we owe all our veterans. that's what we owe veterans like richard overton, who served in the army in world war ii. he was there at -- [ applause ]
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now, everybody, i want you to know a little something about mr. overton here. he was there at pearl harbor when the battleships were still smoldering. he was there at okinawa. he was there at iwo jima where he said i only got out of there by the grace of god. when the war ended, richard headed home to texas to a nation bitterly divided by race, and his service on the battlefield was not always matched by the respect that he deserved at home, but this veteran held his head high. he carried on and lived his life with honor and dignity. he built his wife a house with his own two hands.
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he went back to work in the furniture business. in time he served as a courier in the texas state capitol, where he worked for four governors and made more friends than most of us do in a lifetime. and today richard still lives in the house that he built all those years ago, rakes his own lawn and every sunday he hops in his 1971 ford truck and drives one of the nice ladies in his neighborhood to church. so -- [ applause ] this is the life of one american veteran living proud and strong in the land he helped keep free. and earlier this year, the great folks at honor flight austin brought richard to washington, d.c., for the first time, and he and his fellow veterans paid their respects at the world war ii memorial. and then they visited the memorial to martin luther king jr. as richard sat in a wheelchair
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beneath that great marble statue, he went. and the crowd that gathered around him went too, to see one of the oldest living veterans of world war ii bear witness to a day, to the progress of a nation he thought might never come. richard overton, this american veteran, is 107 years old. and we are honored that he's here with us today, so let's ask richard to stand again because he can stand. [ applause ]
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this is how we'll be judged not just by how well we care for our troops in battle but how we treat them when they come home and by the america we build together. by what we do with the security and peace that they have helped grant us. by the progress that allows citizens from richard overton to jakari hogan to play their part in the american story. today our message to all those who have ever worn the uniform of this nation is this. we will stand by your side, whether you're seven days out or, like richard, 70 years out. because here in america, we take care of our own. we honor the sacrifice that has been made in our name for this nation that we love and we commit ourself to standing by these veterans and their families for as long as we're blessed to walk this earth. god bless you all. god bless our veterans. god bless our men and women in uniform and god bless these united states of america.
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[ applause ] >> wow, what a thoughtful, thoughtful speech given by the president and how remarkable to see 107-year-old richard overton, the oldest living world war ii vet there getting that standing ovation on this bright and sunny standing ovation on this bright and sunny day in arlington. so many of our leaders in washington there giving him a standing ovation. he looks fantastic for being 107 years old. we thank all of our veterans for their service. we know their stories of what it was like to serve abroad. truly heroes. when those heroes come back home, there's an elite group of military vets hunting down child predators, using their skills across the country with the goal of rescuing those who are victims. this is the first class of the human exploitation rescue operation childress could you corps, also known as the hero corps. they were sworn in last month. it's a new program from the department of immigration and customs enforcement. the team is made up of veterans,
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many of whom were injured in the line of duty. >> we're getting back into a fight that is more righteous than any other fight we can be in wearing civilian clothes. >> that was shannon krieger, a member of the hero corps. he joins me more live to talk about that. shannon, great to have you on, especially today. lets start with the foundation for all of this. where did the idea come from for this to form and explain the mission statement. >> well, the hero corps was formed basically from three dynamic partnerships, the u.s. so com coalition, national association to protect children and protect and homeland security investigations and immigrations customs and enforcement. the mission statement is very simple. it is to take a special operations wounded veteran, train them in cyber forensics and put him in an hsi office and let him go out and hunt and
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track down child predators so we can help get these monsters off the street. >> cyber forensics. as we talk about this and the vans we're seeing in technology, just a brief history of your background, you're a former army airborne ranger. you were injured in a helicopter krosh during operation iraqui freedom. what made you go after these monsters through cyber forensics? >> i believe to a man, the h.e.r.o. corps, the wounded veterans in the h.e.r.o. corps, their army career, military career was cut short. as a wounded veteran, this mission statement is so important that i believe anybody who wants to try and help, try and get back into a fight, there's not a more righteous cause than the saving of children. >> members are going to offices arizona, connecticut, florida, louisiana, maryland, nevada, tennessee, texas, virginia, washington, and georgia.
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why those states? are they problem locations, shannon? >> i believe some are probably more problematic than others. but these are states where they have a sac or rac office from hsi and ice. i'm in new orleans and work for ray palmer, who is the special agent in charge. i work with a group of agents who are aggressive, smart, and are very proactive in chasing down this incredibly large problem we have in our country. >> we thank you for your current work. we thank you for your service to the country. shannon krieger from h.e.r.o. corps. >> thank you for having me. you're welcome. today after the trip to moscow last week, i had the chance while i was there to sit down one-on-one with donald trump, the one and only, i had a chance to talk about everything from the controversy around the competition to lgtb rights situation currently going on in
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russia and the current state of the republican party. take a look. >> what do you say to the people who are questioning why bring it to moscow, especially when the lgtb population is being discriminated against. >> it's very interesting. when we did it, we didn't know it was such a controversy. perhaps we should have known but we didn't. after we signed, it became quite controversial. andy cohn and a lot of people spoke against it and he's done a very good job doing what you're doing but they didn't come out exactly in favor. then we have -- as you also know we have a lot of gay people who worked at the miss universe pageant. we said, what do you think? they said we want to go and show our staff. >> what do you think of marriage equality and what your stance is and if you're evolving. >> i think i'm evolving. i'm a very poor person. i have been for traditional marriage. >> so when we're at that spectrum of evolving, where
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would you put yourself from one to ten. ten is fully evolved. you're president obama, fully evolved. >> i don't know if he's fully evolved. we'll see if he's fully evolved. i'm sort of in the middle. i'm for traditional marriage, marriage between a man and a woman. >> what do you think about the republican brand right now back at home? >> i think it was badly hurt. i think it was -- i think it's very disunited. if they were together, they could have gotten something and maybe something very good. you have two factions. it's very disunited and really troubled. i will say this, however, president obama has got to do something with his website and obama care because that is absolutely hurting him so badly. what's going on with the website that cost $635 million. they spent $635 on a website. >> all right. so you can watch more of that interview, the raw interview on
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the website thomas roberts.msnbc.com. speaking of the trip to russia, i kept a travel diary. behind the scenes videos, pictures, posts starting from the plane ride over to the competition itself to when we landed back home. thomas roberts.msnbc.com. that's going to wrap things up for me. i'm so glad to be back with you. i'll see you tomorrow 11:00 a.m. eastern. a big thanks to nation's brave veterans conclusion my dad master sergeant robby roberts. take a look at that young man there. he was an army airborne ranger like shannon krieger we just talked to. the army covered my birth. it was only $25 thanks to army insurance to have me. pretty good. "now" with alex wagner is next. not financially. so we switched to the bargain detergent but i found myself using three times more than they say to and the clothes still weren't as clean as with tide. so we're back to tide. they're cuter in clean clothes. that's my tide. what's yours?
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