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MSNBC
Aug 3, 2010 4:00pm EDT
. the return of "w", george bush, and the controversy of a mosque at ground zero. but first he's back. george w. bush announcing he's give his first one-on-one tv interview since leaving as president. matt lauer will do the honor plugging the outline of his new book "decision point." excerpts will likely be released in the weeks immediately leading up to the election. virtually guaranteeing that the bush legacy will be available as a prop for the minds of voters as they head to polling stations across the country. how do republicans feel about this? let's say we ask a couple. alex conon and nbc contributor and political reporter dave weigle. a pleasure to see both of you. dave, is this a platter for the democrats? what could be better than to run against george bush for a third election? they did it in '06. '08 looked pretty nice. maybe they can go three for three. >> they've been trying to run against george w. bush in the election. people rightly or wrongly laugh it off. a problem here is cultural memory about this stuff gets shorter and shorter all the time. when bush was running i
MSNBC
Apr 10, 2012 4:00pm EDT
. >>> breaking news in the trayvon martin case. lawyers for george zimmerman are about to speak. >> reporter: hi, dylan. we're waiting to see what they're going to speak about. they just said they're going to give us a press release which in the old style means they'll hand us a piece of paper, but they may stactually say something on camera. both representing zimmerman, they're not defense attorneys, because as far as we know, george zimmerman is not arrested and is not defending anything except for how he's defending his reputation. we're waiting to hear what it is they're going to announce. of course, yesterday the special prosecutor in this case announced that she was not going to use a grand jury to present her case, which means that, especially since she took time out of her day to talk with some of the protestors on the phone that she may have concluded much of what she is working towards in terms of gathering evidence and maybe even reaching a decision, she's had it along with agents for 19 days. of course, the shooting of 17-year-old trayvon martin happened here in sanf
MSNBC
Jul 29, 2011 4:00pm EDT
. president clinton then handed that bank and trade left soaring revenue to george w. bush. think of it like george w. bush suddenly found himself with a high-paying job. somebody who gave him all this money. goes out, buys three houses, seven cars, and two helicopters, simply because he's got a high-paying jobs. instead of homes, cars and really cool choppers, bush took that trade bank boom, that credit boom in our economy in 2000 and financed two war, medicare part d to the get re-elected in '04 and tax cuts for the rich, without paying for any of them. the good thing for george bush was he still had the clinton funny money machine coming in to fund the projects. this is a look at george bush's spending. so clinton creates the revenue. george bush spends it. everything's more or less okay, but then the crash of 2008 hits. watch your head. the clinton enabled funny money time bomb explodes. a massive home drops. that was created under the spending under george bush. revenue collapses. it's as if the nation lost its million dollar job but is still paying the bills for three house, seven cars
MSNBC
Nov 4, 2010 4:00pm EDT
hidden headlines and new book by george bush. did he admit to a war crime. >>> plus, dealing with disappointment. tony schwartz is here to deal with those facing the post election blues after this. funny how nature just knows how to make things that are good for you. new v8 v-fusion + tea. one combined serving of vegetables and fruit with the goodness of green tea and powerful antioxidants. refreshingly good. when a tornado tore through holly, colorado, air life denver took to the air... their night-vision goggles keeping them safe on a perilous flight... and powering those precision goggles--- is the only battery air life trusts: duracell. broad daylight or the darkest night... it just has to work. duracell. trusted everywhere. >>> feels bad. >> we -- are disappointed. >> we're sad about some of the losses. >> well, democrats across the country feeling bad for themselves after a crushing defeat in the midterm elections. they'll feel worse after the american people, but instead are given a game of political ping-pong. the democrats political setback causing much soul searching amo
MSNBC
Mar 30, 2012 4:00pm EDT
different people. beware a history of trayvons fueled by a maddenning flow of information, fueled by george zimmerman and george zimmerman's brother rob whose interview allowed him to tell any fictional story he wanted. >> the last thing he remembered doing was moving his head from the concrete to the grass so if he was banged one more time he wouldn't be wearing diapers the rest of his life and being spoon-fed by his brother and there would have been george dead. >> does that in that image look like a man beaten just within inches of his life just 30 minutes prior? add to that the fact that zimmerman's attorney says george and rob haven't spoken in years. so why would he even be on tv talking about george? does that sound like responsible journalism or does that sound like allowing dangerous information to cloud the collective mind at a tense moment in american history? there is a cynical fringe in america right now dying to see zimmerman proved right, and that is eating up this misinformation and being ignorant of the deep historical pain being brought to the surface by this moment. there
MSNBC
Sep 15, 2010 4:00pm EDT
bill clinton was president, 22 million new jobs in private sector created. when george bush was president, 1 million jobs created. i don't think the voters want to go back to those bush economic policies and the candidates that are running are mostly preaching, the republicans we should go back to deregulation of wall street, more trade agreements and outsource jobs and more tax cuts for the rich. that doesn't work. so that is the contrast we have to make. >> i agree with that. >> but i think write disagree is that the democrats are that much better. in other words, i think what -- in my opinion, what we are seeing as a disappointment that having switched away from the obvious failures of the republicans for eight years and the belief that barack obama as a president was going to engage the six major industries that control our government to protect old business in this country from anything else, the banks, the ag industry, the energy industry, the defense industry, the people who provide money to the vast majority of our politicians, and they haven't seen that from democrats a
MSNBC
May 17, 2011 4:00pm EDT
now is a man leading the o protest today in ohio george gale executive of the national people's action which works for economic and racial justice. george, what was the goal of today's protest? >> it was really to take a message it jamie diamond and j.p. morgan chase and say enough is enough. you guys crashed the economy. years later you have done nothing to fix what you have broken so it is time to fix the principle of the hundreds of thousands of mortgages cut out predatory lending and start investing in small business in america. >> the great resistance is to do any debt write downs. the banks would suffer tremendously in any negotiation like that. do you have any thought that you or any attorney general will ever get tlem to let their cold dead hands off of that principle which is really for any of people the difference between survival and failure? >> i think we have given them more than enough gifts and it is time they return the favor to american people. we put the pressure on jamie diamond with j.p. morgan as well as bank of america. >> what would you like to see him do?
MSNBC
Mar 23, 2012 1:00pm PDT
policy change in a generation? we start with mike sachs, and jeffrey rosen, george washington law professor. welcome, gentlemen. mar mike, let me start with you. there are four separate legal issues the state is taking up. >> i'll start with the main event. the first biggest case that's coming before is on tuesday, actually. the cases start on monday, but on tuesday there will be two hours dedicated to the constitutionality of the original mandate. the next day there will abe case about an hour and a half over whether if a mandate falls, other provisions have to fall or the whole entire aca has to fall. now, going back to monday, the court will be arguing the preliminary question of whether they even have to reach the question or a technicality based on a statute from the reconstruction era will get on the way and prevent the court from even having to answer the question. finally the sixth hour will be wednesday afternoon and that's a question over whether the medicare expansion in the aca unlawfully coerces the state by tying now that people have the lay of the land, and thank yo
MSNBC
Aug 17, 2010 4:00pm EDT
we'll get into george bush's comments later. are we in a war with fundamentalist thinking, wherever it may appear, or fundamentalist violent thinking. if you're going around killing people because you think it's a good thing to do, we don't want that in this country, right? >> of course. we have been told we are fighting a war on terror. >> but we all know, that didn't make sense ten years ago. >> regardless. if you are fighting a war in general and you haves a separations of winning this war. one of the fundamental things you need to do is identify who you are fighting against. >> whoever i decide is a terrorist, of course. i can be a terrorist. anybody. >> we have not had success in separating islams and muslims from terrorists. >> that's the disaster in this. by why is that? >> and this is why we are failing. >> is the reason we're failing because it's politically convenient to mix the two up? >> for some people, yes. absolutely. divide and conquer. but it's not good for the national security of this country. >> i agree. >> it is not good for the mental health of this country it'
MSNBC
May 11, 2012 4:00pm EDT
george clooney and a host of other hollywood celebrities to raise a record $15 million last night at one dinner. republicans were quick to pounce on the president's a-list soiree. they said, while he's noshing with notablenotables, courting celebrities, and soliciting stars, the middle class is being squeezed. let's bring in our mega panel known only by their first names. mega panel celebrities. let me start with you, krystal. the idea that republicans are picking on obama for hanging out with celebrities, obviously this is something both parties have to do because they can raise the money they need to raise and not need the public financing to do it, right? >> i don't know what the big deal is, romney has celebrity endorsers, too. jeff foxworthy. they tried this attack back in 2008. the president obviously was able to overcome it. it's kind of pathetic to me that this is the best they can do right now. >> the idea that they're putting out these illiterative press releases, it reminds you of nepotism. the thing that interested me the most was the two ralph winners. the obama campaign
MSNBC
Mar 8, 2011 4:00pm EST
helped organize some of those protests, george gayle, executive director of the national people's action and dana milbank with "the washington post," who himself is having problems with his mortgage and wrote a column about it recently. dana, fill us in. >> well, i don't want to complain too much for my own sake because i wasn't in danger of foreclosure, but i had a whole battery of problems -- the escrow account got all messed up. they didn't make the payment to the homeowners insurance. they paid twice on the taxes. they gave me checks i wasn't owed and fees and interest rates i wasn't supposed to get. the point, though, is i talk to a lot of consumer advocates and said, look, this is happening hundreds of thousands of times, if not millions of times, and in many cases, it is driving people into foreclosure who would not otherwise be there. that, in turn, is driving down the economy further and making the housing market and the broader economy a struggle all the much further. the problem now seems to be not so much in the origination of these loans, but in the servicing of these
MSNBC
Aug 16, 2010 4:00pm EDT
doing their part to make things better. just think, kanye george bush doesn't care about black people west could be forced to keep such comments to himself until he stops using that word in his songs. news flash to kanye, jamie, sheri, whoopi and other entertainers. if you're that funny, losing one word should not kill your act. it's not like air or water, we can live without it. and thanks to her for reminding us why we should. >> what of the argument that while the desire to eliminate the "n" words from language, from conversation is entirely understandable, entirely rational. the argument is logical. the reality is you're never going to be able to do that because you can't control the people. or the ultimate reality is to desensitize the emotion in the word so it's less controversial when it happens. is there a path that is not p prohibition but that is in some ways desensitizing. >> that's been the argument for years. clearly it's not working. if it were working we wouldn't have moments where people get outraged about it. the other thing i would say is you can only co-op something
MSNBC
Jun 28, 2010 4:00pm EDT
, i want you to imagine george w. bush had a hit list of americans targeted for assassination. this president because. and there are indications that the list of americans targeted for assassination is growing. the cia's list included three people, apparently, just a few months ago. in a recent interview with the washington times, president obama and his top terrorism adviser said there are dozens of u.s. citizens around the world very concerning to the administration. brennan also making two distinctions about who would "face the brubt of the u.s. military response." group one, a u.s. citizen found on the battle in afghanistan or iraq attacking u.s. forces. that makes sense. group two. a u.s. citizens in yemen or pakistan attacking u.s. forces. it's unclear, however, if the dozens brennan mentioned are on that list, but as glenn greenwald puts it, his statements suggest the president's battlefield powers extend everywhere, even to places where there's no combat whatsoever. joining us now, salon.com's glen greenwald. glen, are we, how do you interpret this? is this as bad as it appe
MSNBC
May 13, 2011 4:00pm EDT
afternoon as the white house is, in fact, confirming today that mideast envoy george mitchell is out. certainly a sign that two years of efforts to broker a peace deal between israel and the palestinians has produced basically no results. elsewhere in the region, libyan state tv airing a new audio message from moammar gadhafi, attempt to refute reports he is no longer in tripoli and may have been wounded in one of the nato attacks. meantime, it gets better. oh, yes. defense secretary robert gates offered this rather blunt assessment of the american operation in libya during a town hall with american soldiers. >> if you'd have asked me four months if we would be in libya today i would ask you what you were smoking. i can't predict for you the next place where you may be falled upon. >> let's turn to our mega panel. democratic strategist, form eee congressional candidate. ari. and msnbc contributor, you won't mix them up. are there other tories out there, tori? >> yes. >> have you met him? >> yes. much younger than me. about 30 years. >> did you like him? >> he is very cute. >> cute? >
MSNBC
May 24, 2011 4:00pm EDT
i thought he took a page out of george w. bush's play back from 2000. the wholeç compassionate conservatism. i think they learned they wanted to have some set of messaging and policy ideas to show the broad middle that they weren't just about protecting the rich or coddling the privileged or the big society in quotes has been cameron's approach to that. is it real? is it rhetorical? is it too soon to tell? >> one of the things that david cameron had to do when he fought that election is define himself from very, very different from margeaux vet thatcher. margaret shacher under 1979, you probably remember, was asked about society. she said, what is society. it was implied that what mattered mest was individualism and the aspiration of the individual. no kind of civic cohesive sense of community. that's why cameron spent all his time in fighting that last election last year in trying to emphasize, no, the conservatives are into community, civic government, civic involvement. that's where this big society comes from. the problem is in britain we don't really have, to the extent th
MSNBC
Jul 7, 2010 4:00pm EDT
basically george w. bush, i'm sorry, and reagan, i should say, we had the highest marginal tax rate between 70% and 90% and that's when america was greatest and george w. bush came in and cut taxes for the wealthiest americans and our economy exploded, so how does that make any sense? >> our economy did go up immediately for a time and the reality -- >> i mean exploded in as got destroyed. >> i know that's probably what you meant, but you look at when ronald reagan reduced marginal tax rates, we had the greatest peace time expansion in the history of this country. you can't get away from that. the reality is every time we have reduced marginal tax rates, the deficits have been reduced, and revenues to government have increased. it's about productivity. that's the things that liberals don't understand is that if nobody is working, nothing sells going to work either. >> all right. i don't believe we agree on the facts. >> i think you're right. >> maybe somebody will look them up and tell us which one is right about productivity and deficit spending. congressman fran mman franks, t much for jo
MSNBC
Oct 31, 2010 4:00pm EDT
, the idea was inspired, forget inspired, communicated direct to me by george munos and ed crego. it's one of the ideas in their book "renewing the american dream." they are the authors of that book and they join us from florida. we'll start with them. george, ed, where did you guys come up with this? >> well, it just sort of a common sense idea. the constitution, if somebody tries to keep you from voting, that's unconstitutional. but if the system keeps you from voting which is what you just descri described, dylan, that's permitted. it seems like this was a common sense solution. >> go ahead, ed. >> i'll add to that, dylan. right now, if you look at the way the e leg tror rat breaks out, 37% of citizens declare themselves as independents or nonpartisans. 34% call themselves democrats, 29% republicans. but the independents and nonpartisans are disenfranchised from the primary system. the primaries are closed. they can't vote. so, if you don't give them a chance to vote for none of the above or vote against candidates, they have a motley choice by the time we get to the general e
MSNBC
Apr 21, 2011 4:00pm EDT
. >> susan, george bush in 2002 said we want everybody in america to own an own home. an ownership society is a compassionate society. what's going on? >> well, i mean, barack obama's comments today are just mind boggling. it is like telling the american public because food prices are going up, go on a diet and eat less. it doesn't work that way. the fact is he offered up a fairly good plan on reforming freddie and frannie and not a lot of difference between the democrats and republicans on this issue and he should be bringing real reform to an issue like this. >> jimmy? >> bill clinton, george bush both sat for 16 years and said to the american people that their number one thing should be to own a home. finally there's a president and that's happens to be barack obama that is actually telling us the truth which is not everyone should own their own home. and at -- i'm sorry. i don't think everybody should. you know, barney frank has been arguing for years to have an affordable housing fund that the government sets up for people that can't afford to buy their own homes. there's noth
MSNBC
Nov 29, 2011 1:00pm PST
do that with george bush. i'm not a great leader, but i'm not george w. bush. at least it's not george w. bush. at least it's not president barack obama. that, by definition, is a race to the bottom. >> yeah, but that's politics, unfortunately. and that's the way it works. that's the environment you're in. >> but that's gerrymandered bought politics. that's gerrymandered districts sold at auction. >> i hate to break the news to the american people and to governor christie, the president of the united states spent his entire summer trying to negotiate a budget deal. he didn't succeed, but they did that. >> he failed. >> no, the congress and the government failed. they failed the american people. i'm not sure how governor christie runs his state, but for him to sit around and give this president advice, because i don't seem to recall -- >> he runs it with a -- >> i don't care what he runs with it. you don't bully it. there's a separation of powers. the congress was set up with the super committee to do its job and they failed. it's not the president's job to -- >> karen, very quic
MSNBC
Oct 24, 2011 4:00pm EDT
george benson on friday night. 68 years old, new york city, and he was fabulous. >> and what about your own recordings, how's that going these days? >> i'm not doing anything at the moment. i'll let you know. >> would you let me play with you? i do alternative percussion. >> let's move on. i can hear someone's laughing with you. i think we need to move on. >> fine. i'm just saying. i'll play with you. but in the meantime, we should do a tv show, which begins now. >>> well, good afternoon to you. the big story today is the new middle east. i am dylan ratigan. happy monday to you. we start the week with a mideast that is quite simply vastly different today than it was even just a week ago. we talk about the rate of change and everything we deal, i can't think of a place that is bearing that out more apparently than this region. first, today's developing story, frantic searches continue in turkey after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake. more than 270 dead, hundreds hurt. turkey, of course, a major power player in the region, and there is some concern the setback will have ramifications on the reg
MSNBC
Nov 17, 2010 4:00pm EST
because of the economic policies created under bill clinton, expanded under george bush and perpetuated by barack obama. maybe we will -- we will get jobs now as a result of the same people in different chairs? is that a possibility, dave? >> well, no, this is a good job for nancy pell lows? i some ways because she doesn't actually have to do anything except marshal democratic votes against what republicans are doing and there will be things republicans try do which don't seem like they are going to create jobs and republicans are talking right now about one of their immediate priorities being defunding npr. if republicans start making those -- no really. if republicans start making soi the culture war instead of concentrating on jobs, you have the potential for pell lows toy is make the argument they are distractedsome that very likely? i don't know.remember, pelosi was not brought down by a scandal. the biggest scandal i can think of with her is her criticizing the cia or using a large plane to go become to california. this isn't a situation like newt gingrich or denny hastert or bob
MSNBC
Sep 6, 2011 1:00pm PDT
. i want to remindy, ronald reagan, george w. bush, bill clinton, george wush all promised to actually ball, the budget. one did it. bill clinton raising taxes, corporate tagses and broadens the base. under barack obama in the past 2 1/2 years, can you speak specifically about the threat of raising corporate tax. are taxes higher or lower right now under barack obama than they were under george bush? just wondering. >> no. because there have been several efforts to raise both corporate and personal income taxes, and to reverse the bush tax cuts, and in both cases, those were -- those were set aside, because it was politically unpopular, because, if you want an economy that's in the process of a gradual recovery, and i have to remind -- i always have to remind people, jobs creation is a lagging indicator of an economic rov recovery. not a leading indicator. first the economy gets going and then the jons happen. that's exactly what's going on in the automobile industry right now. so ethi so i think we have to do everything we can to get job enterprise, government doesn't create wealth. g
MSNBC
Apr 18, 2012 4:00pm EDT
about you. president obama playing the role of the marginally popular incumbent, george w. bush and mitt romney playing the role of the very difficult to like in any circumstance challenger, john kerry. let us find out what the mega panel thinks of that comparison. fb the poll that's most interesting, jonathan, is the fact that unlikebility which is where george w. bush like to score, barack obama crushes. >> right. >> mitt romney. on policy issues, it is almost as if people are -- they are very easily persuaded depending on the day of the esh u. >> right. problems facing the country are very big. we know about them, especially viewers of this show know about them in infinite detill. if you ask people if they like the direction of the country or think the economy is going well or think the president is doing a good job, with the economy or foreign policy, let's leave out foreign policy, on the economy and jobs, he scores low. because people can't feel and they don't see this economic recovery that we're talking about. on the other hand, they personally like the president. if people
MSNBC
Aug 11, 2011 4:00pm EDT
someone who is bush's budget director. george w. bush, our last president, someone who's worked on these issues continuously, open to the gang of six deaf ted reduction talks that happened over the last few months. he's someone who might be wi willing to make a deal pnd and someone in charge of writing the nation's tax laws is somebody who earlier today said, everything is on the table. his staff pushed that back saying obviously tax increase, not on the table, but perhaps with him there, someone in the path open to tax reforms broadening the tax base to have some sort of revenue increase, albeit not raising taxes, revenue increase, perhaps that could come out of this super congress. so there are partisans with this group of 12, no doubt about it. pat toomey, republican senator from pennsylvania. a lot of tea party support. patty murray, getting democratic senators reeleectsed. folks to the left and right. overall, from the choices that could have been made on this super committee, the majority of these folks all are known in washington to be willing to make deals. they have gone t
MSNBC
Mar 24, 2010 4:00pm EDT
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MSNBC
Dec 15, 2011 4:00pm EST
type, by identity than george w. bush and barack obama. so there's a sort of false choice. people feel like, oh, we've made this huge choice. we've gotten rid of george bush and now we have this totally amazing deferent president that's barack obama, only to witness both presidents, first george bush and then barack obama, supervised the assemblage of the largest, most extracted banking system in the history of the world, to perpetuate these wars. to perpetuate health insurance mow nnopol monopolies. to perpetuate all these things. which means basically, it would seem, you have these two very different people giving you the same results, it must mean something else is going on, which is why we end up back at the auction of all these men. >> well, to quote reagan, it's the economy, stupid. we still haven't seen an influx of jobs coming to our country, and it's definitely affecting young people. in this recent study, 70 to 75% of millennials feel that the economy is the number one issue. so even though we might have only 2% supporting ows, i feel that with the economy being the top
MSNBC
Jan 30, 2012 4:00pm EST
his father. they donated it to charity. his father, former governor george romney, passed away when his son was 50. but when his son was younger, the elder romney helped he with the purchase of their home. he provided him with an education at one of the finishing schools of both political parties. harvard. these may sound like small purr ks. romney may not have gotten a blank check from his dad, but it's arguable he inherited something more valuable. a name that opened up doors and spared him the trouble of searching for the the door in the first place. that's the romney problem. our country has elected rich men before. president bush and president kennedy. but it's worth noting that president bush avoided the disconnect label. kennedy and his family came across wealthy who were interested in helping those who weren't at their level of privilege. john kerry couldn't get with those of us who don't go pair saili sailing. mitt romney comes across the same way. with polls showing class and quality resinating with voters, if the phrase i didn't inherit continues, his own presidential dre
MSNBC
Aug 30, 2010 4:00pm EDT
150,000 people there, these are the same people who voted for george bush, these are -- there's nothing new here with these people. they don't represent new voters. i was at the mall for five hours that day. the average age of people were in the mid-50s. they voted republicans all their lives. for the most part, they're fundamentalists. many of them were pushing the edge of theocracy. >> you anyway he has to watch? he has to figure out what the republicans are good at energizing their base and the democrats aren't. >> i can tell you why. >> the republican base is energized and the democratic base that won the election for obama two years ago are sitting on their hands and not excited about this party. >> sam, she has a great point. you have to give her credit. and you have to give glenn beck credit. he showed up a lot of people. if a progressive talk show host tried to get that many people to show up in washington, it would never happen. >> the people who showed up are a great flock. i mean that in a figurative sense. these people are coming to hear a message that there's not enough rel
MSNBC
Jun 11, 2010 4:34pm EDT
who have been invited since then. samuel loring morrison. and the apec under george w. bush. the only cases and conviction was for morrison. president obama, who came in promptsing transparency in government, and an end to the excessive secrecy has totally violated that pledge. and it so happens that he's not only brought two indictments, more than any other president for leaking before any other president had done. but with now, with bradley manning, under arrest, if he's under prosecution, that will be three. a new, a new record for president obama. that's really not the kind of change i voted for when i voted for him. >> phillip, what is your understand of where mr. osange is right now and how highly desired he is as a target, of either state department or pentagon investigators? >> we in the press corps would like to know where he is, we have no idea. he was supposed to speak at a panel in las vegas, but he apparently canceled on them at the last minute. he was supposed to appear in new york last week at a separate conference you made reference to. he chose not to attend and was a
MSNBC
May 3, 2012 1:00pm PDT
george bush, former president ford, former president carter, and alan greenspan and everyone was saying, we have to bring china in through the world trading system, we have to end the annual review of chinese human rights, otherwise the united states will be isolated. if we do this, we will have balance trade with china, we will have democracy in china, we will have respect for human rights. we'll all be better off. if you haven't figured it out, that was the biggest joke perpetuated on the american people. you haven't been paying attention. we have a $295 billion trade deficit. that's a record with china last year. we have 2.8 million lost american jobs. you have china using this wealth to opress its people with the help of equipment provided by a manufacturing company, some of which are based in the united states, you have a cultural genocide being perpetuated on the tibetan people, and you don't have any progress on this. i want to go back to all these leaders, including bill clinton, and say, what were you thinking? we have to do this differently. dylan, i just to want wrap u
MSNBC
Aug 4, 2010 4:00pm EDT
, declare mission accomplished like our friend george bush did so many years ago in iraq and we know that went really well, that in this instance that declaring mission accomplished and taking the resources home with 50 million gallons of oil in the water by their estimates, and we know they are untrustworthy, do you get the sense that you'll have any rights to retain resources, or is 50 million gallons of order, five times the size of the exxon "valdez" really nothing to worry about and we should move on to something else? >> we'll fight to keep those rights i can assure you. with every last ounce we have we'll fight to keep those resources. they cannot tell us, and that's been our argument all along with the president on down, is that the local governments have not been involved enough in these decisions, and we will continue to fight for that because we know that where the oil is going to go, we note areas best, and we need to keep people working to keep it out. >> we did some reporting with folks along the gulf. i want to share with you some of their comments and see whether you
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Nov 8, 2010 4:00pm EST
george w. bush. the former president trying to reboot his image with a new book and media blitz. is it good enough to account for a massive war that actually never should have been conducted or the annihilation of the american economy, the introduction of torture, the list is long. but then again, tv is very powerful. how does 43 look now two years after leaving office and our country in shambles? also, is it a time for a second american revolution? we'll talk to the award winning satirist and cartoonist about whether the change in government will come through passive res t resistan resistance, bond market or threat of violence or violence itself. show starts right now. let's begin with what's missing over extending the bush tax cuts. 2% of american, those making over a quarter million a year. democrats and republicans agree to exten the cuts for the other 98% of americans, but that's about all they agree on. >> i am not for raising taxes in a recession when it comes to creating jobs. >> the truth is that the way this thing works out, it's the folks who are millionaires and billiona
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Mar 22, 2012 1:00pm PDT
he was shot by a self-appointed neighborhood watchman last month. the shooter, george zimmerman, claims it was self-defense. we bring in karen, susan and jimmy, the mega panel, joining us. welcome. jimmy, i'll start with you, remotely, today. what do you make of obviously this galvanized a national controversy. will the police chief stepping aside do anything constructive to advance the ball i guess now in the hands of the city manager? >> no, i don't think it will. he's 25 days late. i think that you have someone -- look, we all look to our law enforcement, to our community leaders to guide us through these things. this case has been bumbled. it has been mishandled. you have a dead child. you have a police chief for 25 days has sat virtually silent on the national stage, and now we have so many different law enforcement agencies looking into this issue. i don't know whether this was a hate crime or not. but what i can tell you is that for 25 days, george zimmerman is walking around the united states of america, with a gun. he can vote. he can do everything that trayvon martin c
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Oct 13, 2010 4:00pm EDT
reserve? is that the same administration, same people? >> here's what i know. what i know is george bush jr. was president of the united states for eight years there are, annually, 13 appropriations bills that pass the united states congress. they don't usually pass alone, have to be passed as one bill. the bottom line, 13 bills that fund the entire federal government. and eight years that president bush was in the white house, he didn't veto a single, not one, 13 times eight is, i think if i have done the math in my head correctly, 108 -- be 104 appropriations bills. he didn't veto a single one of those bills. every single one of those bills in the six years of the eight years that george bush was president, the republicans controlled congress. and every one of those bills increased federal spending, increased, not decreased. where were the ads then? where was the ad -- why wasn't with the ad of a dude in a suit digging a big hole in the middle of some field somewhere not being run six years ago? that's why i'm so outrages and why i think the american people are outraged. why wasn'
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Aug 8, 2011 4:00pm EDT
. we wanted to have a beer with george bush. george w. bush. >> not all of us, but go ahead. >> because he was like them. that's the way you pick a leader who's like the majority of the population, by definition average insane. everybody has -- a lot of people have ambition and come from families well to do. easier to rise to the top in times of peace and prosperity, the mentally healthy, interpersonally successful rise to the top and become president. the majority of our president were mentally healthy but not very good. >> where does narcissism fit in? an incredibly dysfunction ego to say, i should run the free world? >> narcissism i don't view as a mental illness. it's a metaphor. >> okay. >> i don't use it. that's not wait i'm looking at it. >> as a doctor you don't think that's a real diagnose? >> i don't. psychoanalysts do. that's not the approach i'm taking. >> and the essential of your point, however, is that true leadership in crisis, whether it was through the civil war, whether it's the references to churchill in world war ii, or whether it is now a time of crisis
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Apr 18, 2011 4:00pm EDT
, the first report that george washington asked from his treasury secretary alexander hamilton was how do we prevent the brits from coming over and wombing us? and alexander hamilton came back with a report called the report on manufacturers which favored protectionism and said we have to protect our national defense industries. so it was never -- now, i'm not saying -- >> but jefferson argued with him. going on for a long time. no doubt -- >> there always was an argument. our founding fathers weren't precisely libertarians. >> i think we should work on improving what they were presenting to us. i think they presented a pretty good taste and, as you say, they immediately defaulted and started messing it up. the modern day libertarian wants to pursue the free society that was introduced to us back in those times. no, we don't argue they knew about it. they got into foreign intervention rather quickly and doesn't mean they were wrong in advising us and giving us the authority to do what we do. >> congressman, feel free to call us any time if anything occurs to you. we have this head
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Nov 14, 2011 4:00pm EST
legislators, because china would be in motion. and whether it was george bush's treasury secretary or whether it's president obama's treasury secretary every time it comes up, never happens. >> i think to a larger extent, i don't think they'd want it to happen, the legislators. then they wouldn't be able to sort of talk about it. they'd actually have to do something about it. >> and they wouldn't be able to take the campaign contributions. >> it didn't hurt donald trump, at all. i think donald trump brought this into the mix as sort of a powerful weapon in terms of rhetoric. so that's what we're seeing now. >> the thing with this rhetoric, it's easy to check, because every year the treasury gets the chance to classify china as a currency manipulator, and every year the treasury department says, oh, no, it's fine. >> the chinese own, what, 16% of american debt? so, yeah, there's that on the other side. >> but people use that as a bogeyman. china has screwed themselves so colossally by lending america trillions of dollars by which america can then purchase a bunch of chinese crap. as much as am
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Jan 12, 2011 4:00pm EST
issues. the classic example i think i've referenced this with you in the past is george bush and medicare part d 2004, they wanted a trillion dollar unfunded allocation. it's a republican majority. a lot of those republicans would argue that they are fiscal conservatives and wouldn't want to sign off on such a bill. and so they've got a string of no votes lined up. and so leadership in the republican party with an did ters through the halls from office to office and says, hey, congressman whoever, i understand you're thinking about voting no on this, that's unfortunate because we believe this is a critical piece of legislation. i know it's going to cost you another trillion, but if you don't vote yet or at least the implied threat that if you don't vote yes, that earmark money that is pennies on the dollar in the scheme of our budget, but central to your political base back in oklahoma, santa fe, wherever you're from, is critical. and that basically the earmark, while perhaps not that meaningful by itself, because of the way that it can be used to bribe a politician to switch his
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Nov 3, 2010 4:00pm EDT
discontent in '06, nicolle wallace was george w. bush's former communications director. what do you view as the key to a course correction? >> i think obama did the right thing today. and i was watching this network after that and was surprised that people weren't more encouraged by the humility that he displayed. i mean, this guy is never gonna weep with us, but i think that by talking about how bad it felt by saying he was sad for the public service, i think the election is over, the results are in, republican also a great night. but i thought he showed more humanity than i have seen him show since he has been president. >> if you were to identify a problem to solve in this country, i think everybody agrees it goes somewhere directly to or awfully near jobs. >> right. >> how does this president and with this thumping or this loss -- >> shellacking he call tmtd. >> such as it is utilize the humility now available to him? there is the liberation in dropping your ego sometimes in that it allows to you consider and do things that your ego may have previously prevented you from enterta
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Oct 18, 2011 4:00pm EDT
good to the banks as george bush was and as bill clinton was. and we've watched all of these things -- the fact of the matter is it's not left/right. and i would be interested in your thoughts, tom, if whatever this energy is will be able to make that leap? >> i think the country is pregnant with revolution, and i don't mean that in the violent way. martin luther king was a revolutionary. >> a different way to think. >> a fundamental transformation of society. and president obama in 2008 ran on the phrase, fundamentally transforming america, fundament fundamentally transforming america. and a lot of change happened. he did a lot of reasonable things, a lot of good things, but fundamental things vice president happened. the things like your constitutional amendment. >> or the $600 billion that was auctioned off under obama. or the $600 bill spent to auction off the drug deals or health insurance monopolies under barack obama. just a small thing. >> and not just under him. under both parties in congress, and it's because this law couldn't be passed right now, because the supreme court
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Dec 1, 2010 4:00pm EST
hunted down like al qaeda. that's interesting. one last one here. george w. bush was doing an interview with mark zuckerberg. "leaks are very damaging and people who leak ought to be prosecuted." that's very curious. because george w. bush had a perfect opportunity to bring the full brunt of the law on a leaker. that leaker's name was scooter libby. the chief of staff for the vice president at the time. and he chose not to. in fact this is what he did about libby after libby leaked the identity of valerie as secret operative for the cia. bush said "i respect the jury's verdict, but i have concluded that the prison sentence given to mr. libby is excessive, therefore i'm commuting the portion that required him to spend 30 months in prison." it turns out manning and assange should be executed, but scooter libby should be let out without any jail time whatsoever. even though the former president and all these conservative pretend to care about leaks. and when libby leaked, he endangered the life of the cia operative and all of her contacts. right now there is no evidence of anybody being en
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Oct 20, 2011 4:00pm EDT
george w. bush and dick cheney, under the sort of real saber-rattling of the republican party and all the tough-guy stuff, and then it's the guy from harvard's that's picking off all the bad guys. that's got to feel pretty good for them. >> well, quiet diplomacy always gets it across the goal line way faster than exposing your muscles and your pecks and acting like a badass, which usually doesn't work. we all remember when the president went on the carrier and said "mission accomplished." really? i think obama accomplished most of the mission. but i would suggest to most of the 30 million people in america who don't have work or are underemployed, they really don't give a damn about moammar "i can't say his name" gadhafi. they would like to know what's happening domestically. this president, who i love. i love this guy. i voted for him, i'll probably vote for him again, he gets an a plus plus plus plus on foreign affairs, and at this point in time, aisle having a hard time giving him a c plus on domestic affairs. not that it's all his fault. i would suggest that his pupils in the clas
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Mar 7, 2011 4:00pm EST
liberals most excited hadded to do with this sort of -- >> yes. you can imagine if george w. bush had bradley manning quantico naked standing at attention what the left would look like now? where is the left today? >> there are partisan blinders here and people don't want to ascribe 1307responsibility to t president. there needs to be a trial. but in the meantime, the idea that this -- >> we do know must have facts to know that military protocol is not being followed insofar as an expedited trial to the point. and they've gone well beyond both of those thresholds and the left is absolutely nowhere. and i'll can back to my last point. if george w. bush had bradley manning neighboringed in a cell, the left wing of this country would be rioting. >> and one more link point to add on to what you're saying. we coul@ç not legally parade a poli police f prisoner of war from another country around like this and this is how we're treating a u.s. military member. >> how do you explain the lack of an uproar from the left or the media? >> i think you hit it on the head. and i would say the ot
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Nov 10, 2010 4:00pm EST
? >> no. george bush is like a driver who is heading toward a cliff for eight years and because he sort of jumped out just as the thing was going over said everything was fine while i was behind the wheel. i mean, he set us up for a disaster in terms of the -- not just the deficits that he ran up by fighting two wars enacting a big new medicare plan and big tax cuts and not paying for any of that putting the full cost of that on our kids but allowing the bubbles to use that ended up bursting in ways this put us in fiasco that we have now. i think he will rank one of the worst economic stewards in history. > how do we know the current custodians on day of the drafting release use a value system that subjects the world is on loan to you from your children not inherited to you from your parents? >> well, i think american people are beginning to understand -- look, i want to just sort of reinforce matt's point because this was so unconscionable for this president to come out and lay this on the american people this morning. to me, the idea of his being a good steward for the economy li
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Jan 28, 2010 4:00pm EST
public policy at george mason university, the author of the book "the shadow elite." what is the premise of the book before we get into the conversation? >> "shadow elite" is about a new system of power and influence and a new group of unelected and often not even -- and often unappointed players who wield tremendous influence and power in policy and government. and yet, they play these roles that are not fully revealed. and we, as a public, have a very difficult time knowing what they're about. >> doesn't that go exactly to the conversation i was just having with the mayor of san francisco about broken trust? >> absolutely. >> i can talk education, health care, whatever you want to talk about, i cannot see how you can get an american voter to believe you've got the best policy in the world when the view on the process is what it is. >> that's right. because so many of the today's power brokers, the top power brokers are playing these not fully disclosed and multiple roles across business and think tanks and as government consultants and in the media. and we can't really know wha
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May 25, 2011 4:00pm EDT
., when i worked at george mason, he said he picked d.c., because he could write, do public policy work, civic work. now he has a fabulous band, he is pursuing musical career. somebody at 21 or 22 doesn't exactly know where they want to go in life, many people it is good to pick a big city with lots of options. >> jonathan? >> richard that leads into the question i was going to ask, you said in your initial answer to matt that you know, for folks in the tech industry or media going to one of those big metro areas would be the thing to do, but what if you're a classics major or anthropology major or someone who is not in those areas that you talked about, what do you advise them to do? >> get a law degree. no just kidding. >> yeah. unless you're gonna go start at the bottom of the editorial ladder, which we all know is such a tough place and probably do an internship for a publishing house, mom and dad pay the freight while you are in new york, i think the college towns, they came up time and time again, not just the obvious suspects, the boulder, colorado, very highly rated, madison, wi
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Aug 18, 2011 1:00pm PDT
specialist george lopez studied at notre dame's crawford institute for international peace studies and an expert on sanctions. what can we learn about failure and success with sanctions in the past when it comes to transferring power at the top as opposed to making those who are being oppressed more miserable than they already were, professor? >> well, as long as we had general trade sanctions like in iraq and yugoslavia, it's been more difficult for people on the ground. remember, cases like south africa and this one as well in syria, where the folks on the ground have said, please, bring on the sanctions. it's very important to have your external support. it's also the case that up until now with the petroleum sanctions today, these have been targeted sanctions on financial assets that the strength of the u.s. position, it seems to me today, is that these have reached much deeper into the government and the elite, and your question, when have they didn't successful? a dom natural dictator has never falling from sanctions. it's weren't of the policy tools. the exception in the second lev
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Jan 3, 2012 4:00pm EST
do engage or if i paycheck george bush or if i pick barack obama, and we thought there was a huge difference, they couldn't be more different between these two guys, yet president obama is just as willing and able to perpetuate the banking system that's sucking money out of this country as george bush was. how do you overcome the sense that the game is rigged? >> you could make a great point that -- and a great conclusion, that the only thing we can do is tear down the tinker toys and start over again in some way. >> but we also know that that's not realistic. so somehow, we have to go back to the very basic, which is what i'm trying to do with my book. i created this book as a weapon that people could use to give to mare mothers and brothers and sisters, this takes 15 minutes to read the entire thing, cheap little book, read it before you go to bed, promise me you'll read it, because the truth stands on its own. it's not owned by my political party, it defines itself. and will define a group or an individual when we determine what that truth is and where we want it to be set into
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Mar 23, 2011 4:00pm EDT
, clearly process was not followed. this criticism was levied at george bush, bill clinton, levied during the vietnam war. at what point do we have to deal with the issue of not-war, which has been persistent, to steal a phrase from jon stewart, and how is this any not-war any different from any other notwar. >> in 1941 we had trouping, nixon, johnson, bush, clinton -- i'm leaving some out. >> we've got it. we're on the same page. >> obama didn't even go to congress or open a public debate. >> you're saying this is a further progression down a slippery slope? >> it is. i'm not saying he's a groundbreaker, but a step ahead of george w. bush in taking the united states entry into war away from the democratic process, away from a public debate and away from congress. >> how is this playing on hyde street? on the main street? uk? >> absolutely appallingly, what are our politicians doing? fundamentally a plan is only ever as good as the exit strategy. our armed forces minister came out yesterday and said we have no exit strategy. people are going, excuse me, we're going through austerit
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Dec 21, 2011 4:00pm EST
to be superior by track record at this point to harry truman, george washington and teddy roosevelt. this the man, the fourth best president ever, living or dead. we begin our coverage with luke russert on capitol hill and what the "wall street journal" is calling the gop election suicide tour. you have a remarkably weak president presiding over huge unemployment, huge poverty, massive extraction in the banking system that more and more people understand, even if the white house doesn't want to deal with it. do folks in d.c. agree with the "wall street journal's" characterization that the republicans are in effect giving this presidential election away? >> reporter: there's no doubt, dylan, that this morning's op-ed from the "wall street journal" definitely was a punch to the face of the house gop. the "wall street journal" is very influential within republican circles nationwide but also very much so here in washington and kind of the sophisticated republican crowd that often ends up in leadership and dictates the policy. a few interesting things that have happened so far with rega
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