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MSNBC
Jul 14, 2013 5:00am PDT
. this is what membership does. >>> george zimmerman not guilty of the murder of trayvon martin. now what? the verdict came in late last night. george zimmerman not guilty of manslaughter, not guilty of second-degree murder and now he's a free man. protesters peacefully assem bemed overnight in cities across the country. hundreds marched. the issue of race, zimmerman's trial throughout the trial, is one that motivated the victim trayvon martin because he referred to george zimmerman as a cracker but did not moat their motivate their client. >> this is not about civil rights. it needs to be talked about but not in the context of the george zimmerman case. >> trayvon martin's family was not in the courthouse last night. >> trayvon martin will forever remain in the annals of history next to med ger evers and emmett till as symbols for the fight for equal justice for all. tracy and sybrina are thankful for all those prayers over the past 17 months since the death of their son. this is a very trying time for their family and we ask that you respected their privacy. in conclusion, for tray
MSNBC
Oct 13, 2013 5:00am PDT
have known for a while that george w. bush and dick cheney weren't exactly best buddies, we did know their relationship was a close one. a new book excerpted in today's "new york times" magazine shows it may have been a lot more complicated than any of us realized. the details of that in a discussion is ahead. and last week, we inducted lloyd benson into the debate hall of fame. this week, on another big anniversary, another presidential debate question i want to bring before the hall of fame committee, maybe the hall of shame committee for this one. either way, a moment that had a ripple effect we're still feeling and we'll talk about it. first, once again, it is a sunday morning in october. it is a holiday weekend in fact. happy early columbus day to all of you. also an nfl sunday. still eight hours before the marquis game of the day, the saints and the patriots before that kicks off. so we will pass some of the hours between now and then with politics. and some pastries too on the table over there. also not too early to talk about playbooks and you don't have to follow the nfl to
MSNBC
May 4, 2014 5:00am PDT
. >>> since leaving the white house, president george bush kept a low profile. he wasn't the most sought after republican spokesman. in a surreal moment during the 2012 campaign bush announced his endorsement to a reporter as the doors of the elevator he was in were closing. this time around the former president is weighing in more publically and earlier. i hope jeb runs he told cnn. i think he would be a great president. later that day the times reported that republican establishment donors who chris christie with was banking on to finance h his campaign are playing footsie with jeb. quote, i could easily wind up in the jeb column. lawrence bathgate told the times. still close to two years before voices make their voices heard in the next presidential race. the decisions that the key money men and women are making now will have a lot to say about which canada datas end up running and which ones have a chance of winning the nomination when they run. with big dollar donors jeb bushes has at least one thing going for him -- his name. a lot of the same people who bankrolled his brother's campaign
MSNBC
Jul 28, 2013 5:00am PDT
leading conservative media voices in the country responding to the george zimmerman verdict and president obama's comments about it with racially inflammatory vitriol. >> well, if i had a son, he'd look like trayvon. you know, now the president's saying trayvon could have been me 35 years ago. oh, this is a particularly helpful comment. is that the president admitting that, i guess, because, what, he was part of the choom gang and he smoked pot and he did a little blow? i'm not sure how to interpret that because we know trayvon had been smoking pot that night. i'm not sure what that means. >> this kind of racializing of obama's presidency by republicans and conservative media isn't new. the so-called birther movement is rooted in it. you might remember this comment by rush limbaugh in the early days of the obama presidency after an interview video of a student getting beat up on a school bus which police said was not racially motivated went viral. >> obama's america, white kids getting beat up on school buses now. i mean, you put your kids on a school bus, you expect safety. but
MSNBC
Jun 14, 2015 5:00am PDT
running against george w. bush in 2000? >> well, i was too young. i didn't have any money. and i hospital accomplished much. i mean, i did. i thought balancing the federal budget and reforming the pentagon were big items but it wasn't enough. so, i went to iowa i with tonight new hampshire and new hampshire, they said we like you. but could you just come back? this is not your time. >> talk about this with the panel here. this event now, we were talking about the decline in the last block of the iowa straw poll an event like this, sort of a new thing mitt romney createded in the last couple of years, republican candidates will come out, jeb bush wasn't there he was in europe a lot of the other ones come out there. mitt romney now looms as this -- as this sort of potential kingmaker figure but also bringing to this event a lot of the sort of top, elite dopers in the republican party. so this is a hugely important audience for them. we can put this up on the screen, spencer wick one of romney's top aides when he rap for president, he was asked who performed well this retreat, he sa
MSNBC
May 23, 2015 5:00am PDT
on the show senator george mitchell the former majority leader the man who helped negotiate peace in ireland will be here to talk about the negotiations to prevent a nuclear iran. >>> republican presidential contenders are starting their holiday weekends in oklahoma city. we'll head there to find out what was going on there. there was a big surprise vote in kentucky which makes us to wonder if hillary clinton could win that state in 2016. it's not as crazy a notion as you think. the reasons why and a whole lot more are on tap. >>> we begin with something that's going to keep happening a lot. >> i'm glad the e-mails are starting to come out. this is something i've asked to be done as you know for a long time. and those releases are beginning. i want people to be able to see all of them. >> 296 e-mails that hillary clinton sent or received as secretary of state released yesterday. more than 800 pages in total. the release coinciding with her trip to a brewery on the campaign trail in new hampshire. the e-mails were the first of many batches that are going to be made public on a revolvi
MSNBC
Feb 16, 2014 5:00am PST
george washington bridge lane closure scandal. the connection that has not been discovered or reported anywhere else before now. it involves a man who was apparently present when the access lanes were shut down and whose family has deep personal and political ties to governor chris christie that go back decad decades. we will explain all the details momentarily. but the best place to start this story is with what we already know. what's already in the public record about what transpired on the morning of september 9, 2013. as the monday when those lanes in ft. lee, new jersey, were crunched from three to one resulting in epic paralyzing traffic that gridlocked the town. up until this point we've known that it was david wildstein, one of the former port authority appointees, who ordered bridge officials to close the lanes and that wildstein personally showed up at the bridge 6:00 a.m. that monday morning to oversee the closures along with robert durando, the general manager of the bridge. this is how he described what wildstein did that morning. >> he came to the facility on mo
MSNBC
Feb 14, 2015 5:00am PST
in. listen, what do you mean too many bushes? i changed my mind. now word that it was george h.w. bush who is the most eager to see his son run. the sun he saw way back as a president more than george w. his name could haunt jeb's campaign and joeshlg w.'s name came up. jeb asked how he would have handled iraq and afghanistan differently replying with this. >> i won't talk about the past. i will talk about the future. if i'm many the process of considering the possibility of running it's not about relitigating thinking in the past. it's about trying to create principles and ideas that help us mover forward. >> this comes with the washington post reporting last night jeb bush is far outpacing the rest of the republican candidates when it comes to raising money. the post reporting bush's two fund raising committees are on course to rake in ten s of millions of dollars by spring and the overwhelming dominance in the race to line up financial backers has come at a speed that impressed long time money players who say wealthy backers rapidly migrated to bush since mitt romney decided a
MSNBC
Jul 21, 2013 5:00am PDT
believe in equal pay for equal opportunity. >> yep, that guy. that was george h.w. bush. he was many things during his political career but 1980 he was the last great hope of moderate and liberal republicans. their final chance to turn back the new right in the tide of reaganism. bush's family personified a dying strain of republicanism. his father had lost an election because of his support of planned parenthood. not only did the younger bush support the e.r.a. in 1980, he also called himself pro-choice. >> i don't want to change the supreme court decision to outlaw abortion. >> bush gave reagan a scare in his 1980 primaries. he scored an upset in iowa before the caucus was overrun with evangelical conservatives. it was reagan's year. more than ever, it was reagan's party. when the offer came in detroit for the number two slot, bush was happy to take it. and to start distancing himself from his socially liberal past. already he was thinking ahead to 1988 and the next open gop nomination. you could see where the wind was blowing. reagan ended up crushing jimmy carter. there was a qui
MSNBC
Jun 7, 2015 5:00am PDT
always will be. my word as a biden. >> let's welcome this morning's panel. >> and robert george the local one. we're sitting here watching this live yesterday. and we talked about it on the air. and yesterday as i think about it it still strikes me i'm looking back and i can't think of a parallel of a situation that could have happened in the past where a president would express that kind of bond with the president. these are shotgun, arranged marriages. they are dysfunctional sometimes. >> you can tell that they appreciate and respect each other. when a tragedy like this happens you look back at joe biden's life your heartbreaks for the man. no one should have to bury one child, much less two. this is who he wanted to deliver this and thank you. to call himself an honorary member of the biden clan this is just like family. especially for someone like president obama who didn't have much of a family structure growing up. biden has always put faply first. i think that president obama sees that in him and that's something that he missed clearly growing up in his childhood and the bide
MSNBC
Aug 2, 2015 5:00am PDT
. bill clinton had that. barack obama has that. even george w. bush has that. hillary clinton does not have the ability to inspire people. she gives a very flat, a very business-like discussion. and that's not to be critical of her. some people have it. some people don't. she ain't got it. >> dick, we say biden right now has not taken any formal steps to set up an organization. there's a lot of mystery about what he is thinking here. you have his long-time confidantes w who has now signen with the clinton campaign. >> in my discussions with him prior to beau getting sick and obviously passing, he was very focused on running. but, you know, he understood at the time that beau was sick and he had family issues to deal with. isn't it refreshing, isn't it a positive thing to have somebody considered a possible candidate thinking about his family first, thinking about his personal situation first? he's not so blind with ambition that he puts all that concern and love for his family to the side and makes a purely political decision based on the money and poll numbers? right now, he still --
MSNBC
Jan 18, 2015 5:00am PST
making news from the "new york times," the relationship between jeb and george w. bush. while loving and supporting of each other, the brothers do not talk that often, seven years apart in age they travel in different circles and have distinct political networks. the former president confided to associates privately i may be the last one to know. baker cites a source saying bush wants jeb to run. jeb was like i could use your money, but if you could just hide that would be helpful. that's my question about jeb's viability as a candidate. i think back to george w. bush and how the party embraced him from the beginning of the 2000 campaign. i'm not seeing that about jeb. are republicans thinking pragmatically and saying they may have no problem with jeb, but does the country want another bush? >> two things there. one is this is a different republican party and republican coalition than in 2000 and 2004. you see the difference in terms of how much the 2004 cycle was dominated by social conservatives. today the party is far more libertarian. in addition with jeb you see a realization fr
MSNBC
Jan 12, 2014 5:00am PST
would lie to him, completely unaware he'd been of what was going on down at the george washington bridge, when i listened to all of that i thought of what happened next in the story of bret schundler because, remember what i said, whatever you think of his politics, bret schundler is an honest man and a proud man, and he didn't like being called a liar. and, also, he had e-mails. so he wait add few days. he put them all together and then he went public with proof that he had been totally up front with the governor's office all along about what had gone wrong with the race for the top. what had gone wrong at that hearing. how he bungled it. why new jersey had lost that money and he provided his own seven-page personal statement recounting his phone conversations and personal interactions with christie and with christie's team. chris christie called bret schundler a liar even though there were documents out there, lots of documents out there, that proved schundler had not been lying to chris christie. bret schundler went public and proved that chris christie was full of it. the stak
MSNBC
Mar 8, 2015 5:00am PDT
, alabama. the president, his family over 100 members of congress. former president george w. bush all of them matching yesterday on the same streets and the same bridge that peaceful civil rights activists were beaten on in 1965. among those attacked and nearly killed that day, a future member of congress georgia's john lewis, back in selma yesterday with the president. >> if someone had told me that we would when we were crossing this bridge that i would be back here introducing the first african-american president, i would have said you're crazy, you're out of your mind. you don't know what you're talking about. president barack obama. >> selma shows us that america is not the project of any one person. because the single most powerful word in our democracy is the word "we." we the people. we shall overcome. yes, we can. that word is owned by no one. it belongs to everyone. >> also from the president, a blunt plea for americans to alcohol acknowledge how much farther there is to go toward racial equality. >> chon mistake is to suggest that ferguson is an isolated incident, that racism
MSNBC
Jan 11, 2014 5:00am PST
scheme to shut down the access lanes to the george washington bridge will end up sinking christie's presidential ambitio ambitions. we don't know that and we don't know a lot of other things because for every question that was answered this week, ten more new ones were seemingly raised. christie obviously is at the center of this story but right now it involves other key players, at least five other key players who words or actions or whose lack of words or actions in the coming days and weeks will determine if the scope of this story expands. and if the words that christie spoke during a marathon press conference on thursday will come back to destroy him. >> i had no knowledge or involvement in this issue, in its planning or its execution, and i am stunned by the abject stupidity that was shown here. >> now, if you've been watching this story play out on this network this week web then you know i'm a little bit more than a curious onlooker here. i got my start covering new jersey politics. i lived and breathed it for three years of my life and i've never completely separated myself
MSNBC
Sep 6, 2014 5:00am PDT
morenstein. we have an interview with george w. bush your show broadcast from the convention floor, let's take a look at that. >> people in houston say that your father goes to the wrong barbeque restaurant. now -- >> that's mud-slinging. that's mud-slinging. >> it's not mud-slinging. >> this campaign has dropped to an all-time low. >> he doesn't know where to eat barbeque, where how is he goingn the country. >> he's shown tremendous courage going to otto's. >> al, we had a real breakthrough here with george. people have been wondering what's the vision thing was, it's ripped, al. >> you're asking the tough question. >> it's ribs, al, it's ribs. >> and there's, did you know that, did you think george w. bush as a future president when you did the interview in 1980? >> not in the slightest. what i can tell you if you had asked george w. bush at that point, do you think he'll be a president in the future, he would have laughed even louder. >> there was a lot of cackling. let me ask you about al franken. you know him probably as well as anybody. the l.a. times story. talking about the transf
MSNBC
Aug 4, 2013 5:00am PDT
test in the george w. bush years that went the other way. that said, we're going to cut all kinds of taxes and it's going to unleash lots of economic growth. the opposite happened. not only did it not unleash economic improgrowth, it was a decade, but of course the deficit became a big problem again. i don't think it's fair to say there are a lot of moving parts. there's always a lot of moving parts. i think the policy lesson just hasn't been learned. >> and we were given a surplus. >> tax revenue in the bush years did go up but spending went up more. that was the big problem. in the clinton years spending as a percentage of the economy actually shrunk because -- >> you're introducing -- i agree with you -- relevant moving point. the argument here is if you implement a tax increase in terms of bill clinton or a tax cut in terms of george bush can you go to a place where this has tremendously horrible or tremendously wonderful effects. the clinton years -- >> overall the empirical evidence is overwhelming that increased taxes lead to lower economic growth but other factors mean in the
MSNBC
Aug 18, 2013 8:00am EDT
from democrat, republican strategist reverend joe watkins, former white house aide to george h.w. bush, and author of "let's get free: a hip-hop theory of justice." thank you for joining us today. you know, what struck me most listening to eric hold ther week, as i said, was you have -- this is a democratic administration, eric holder comes out and embraces themes not too long ago in american politics would not have just been suicidal, my first question is, paul, how significantly have ching things changed? >> a sea change. i saw "the butler," the heroic civil rights movement from lynching, jim crow, if we think about african-americans and criminal justice system of 1930s, '40s, '50s, those were the good old days. now disparity is worse. more blacks in the criminal justice system than slaves in 1950s. one out of three black men on his way to prison, so something has got to be done. that's why the attorney general was stepping up. >> i mean, eleanor, thinking back to -- we showed 1986 in there, you can go through bill clinton embracing three strikes and you're out in the 1990s, wh
MSNBC
May 25, 2013 5:00am PDT
nuisance. how can kerry protect us when he doesn't understand the threat? >> i'm george w. bush and i approve this message. >> against this backdrop the grief john kerry talked about there would be no global war on terror. against this backdrop of what barack obama said on thursday that's so remarkable. >> america is at a crossroads. we must define the nature and scope of this struggle or else it will define us. we have to be mindful of james madison's warning that notation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continued warfare. neither i nor any president can promise the total defeat of terror. we will never erase the evil that lives in the hearts of some human beings nor stamp out every danger to our open society. our systematic effort to destroy terror organizations must continue but this war like all wars must end. that's what history advises. it's what our democracy demands. >>> in his speech the president grappled with the counterterrorism actions he's taken since 2009. the innocent lives claimed by drone attacks and where those attacks took place, the hunger strikes that
MSNBC
Dec 6, 2014 5:00am PST
the george washington bridge lane closures making a lot of news yesterday morning, now that news is being eclipsed by an even bigger development. just a moment we'll be joined by the reporter who uncovered that new development, it broke late last night. first, bring you up to speed on the interim report that was making headlines yesterday. it was released by the legdsive committee in new jersey investigating the closures. the very beginning of all of this, it subpoenaed documents from new jersey governor chris christie's administration. that is how the famous time for traffic problems in ft. lee e-mail became public. that is what ended months of the christie administration saying the closures were the result of a traffic study. that e-mail also spurred a federal investigation by the united states attorney and it's led to intense media scrutiny of the christie administration this year. late on thursday night this week, the interim findings of that legislative committee were leaked. it's a report written under the direction of the committee's co-chairs, both of them are democrats and
MSNBC
Oct 6, 2013 8:00am EDT
president stayed up front with presidents carter and george h.w. bush and never summoned them to the front for negotiations. and they had to exit the plane by the back ramp. tony blankly, who was gingrich's press secretary, was sitting there, kind of waving and doing all this, trying to get newt to stop, and he wouldn't. and so the front page of the new york post had newt gingrich in diapers waving a bottle, saying, cry baby. when i looked back to that period, i think it is -- that really helped tilt the political playing field toward the white house. >> congressman rangel, gingrich himself was radioactive political figure at the time and eleanor has that anecdote in the tabloid cover here in new york, absent gingrich, when that shutdown began as a democrat in congress, did you feel like, you know, we're going to have the upper hand in this, we'll be okay, or how are you feeling in the shutdown? >> i guess we were optimistic that this was so negative, that people would be concerned that it would be causing more damage. we knew that when eleanor talked about gingrich, i actually tease
MSNBC
Oct 27, 2013 8:00am EDT
george, columnist with the new york post and former aid to then house speaker newt gingrich, norm ornsteen, co-author of the book "it's even worse than it looks." also a resident scholar at the american enterprise institute. norm, i'll start with you. i think i bored heavily from what you have written in the last couple of years about the state of washington right now, and specifically how things have changed in the republican party, in the obama era. i guess the question i just start with you is looking ahead, taking from now to the 2014 midterms, out of the shutdown, away from the default drama, is there any reason to expect anything in washington will change in the next year before the 2014 midterms? >> it gets harder and harder, steve, because the midterm approach and especially over the next six months. a lot of republicans in the house and is now we see a number of them in the senate fearing primary challenges, all pulling further to the right. whether that results in any impetus toward a compromise, it is hard to see it happening. the frustrating thing here is as we move to
MSNBC
Sep 28, 2013 8:00am EDT
little early, jonathan. >> oh, no. >> and signed his name as the official witness. joan. >> george h.w. bush. >> that is correct. same sex wedding in kennebunkport, maine a. poll this week found one in five republican voters in south carolina said they will definitely not vote for whom in 2014? jonathan. >> boy, lindsey graham. >> that is correct. >> that ties the score at 100 points. at a fundraiser for the democratic national committee tuesday night, president obama said who has quote the same hairdo i had in 1978? >> jonathan. >> toray. >> it is not. he'd be flattered to know you thought of him t. question is on the floor, 3, 2, 1. time t. correct answer is dante deblasio. i had to confess, my afro was never that good. it was a little imbalanced. his role as net king pin is coming to an end, but this actor has found work playing linden johnson in a new play. >> brian cranston. >> we have a three-way tie at 100 points. this is the final question of the 100-point round. 216 years after he left office, which commander-in-chief, for which commander-in-chief did a presidential library fi
MSNBC
Mar 22, 2015 5:00am PDT
them like you see them. the right has this problem, too. we'll try to make a hero out of george zimmerman or clive bundy, people who represent our cause ostensibly but not the people we want to represent us. tribalism is a problem where people go to their corners. i commend you for not doing that. >> i thank you all for your commendations. i have written about this so many times, so many cases. if i'm going to have any credibility the next time this happens, there will be a next time, i have to deal with the truth. when people call on the justice department, as they did, after michael brown was shot and killed to come in and investigate. eric holder's justice department to go in and investigate. when that report comes out, you've got -- you have to read it, find it credible. if you're not going to find the justice department credible eric holder's justice department credible, i don't know who you're going to believe. i choose to believe something or someone. any way. harry siegel thank you very much for coming in. harry siegel of the new york daily news. still ahead, is presiden
MSNBC
May 4, 2013 5:00am PDT
. but right now i'm joined by jamel, staff writer at american prospect, paul hodes, and george zornik, reporter. >>> a genuine grass roots backlash against politicians who side with the national rifle association. on tuesday at a first town hall since voting against a comprehensive measure, new hampshire republican senator kelly ayotte was questioned about why he voted against the voter legislation be heard. >> because they haven't filled out a card. i have a question but it's based upon something that was said. >> let me just say i do every town hall meeting this way and we have a process and we'll get to as many people as we can, so -- >> you don't want to regulate guns? >> three minutes after that she got a question from erica lafferty, daughter of the slain principal at sandy hook elementary school. >> you mentioned that day, owners of gun stores be expanded background checks. i'm just wondering why the burden of my mother being gunned down in elementary school isn't as important as that? why is that not something to be supported? >> erica, i'm certainly -- let me just say that i'
MSNBC
May 11, 2014 5:00am PDT
now. >> >> it had 28 particulars that king george had committed against the rights of englishmen. well, this particular report lists 76 examples of lawlessness and abuse of power. >> over at the "washington post," plumline blog, it's noted the gop was backed into shutting down the government in defending the affordable care act last fall and the same thing could play out with impeachment. we ask is impeachment where we're going? is that the only place they're tanging the investigation? if that's the road they are going to go down, how much political blowback could that create? by the way, what do they do? do they refuse to go along or do they grudgingly take those five committee seats? is it better to fight it from the inside to the outside. to talk about all this. i want to bring in msnbc and jerry. and congressman, aisle start with you. i have heard the case from both sides in the democratic part on this, hey, you want to know what they're up to, you want to have a voice, you don't want to be blind-sided, or the other case has been if you deny something bipartisanship, any sort
MSNBC
Dec 1, 2013 5:00am PST
. >> and in the days before he was dodging airborne shoes, george w. bush was dodging verbal attacks from protesters and taking the two-pronged heckler approach. >> i'm thrilled to be here at monticello. i've never been here before. to my fellow citizens, we believe in free speech in the united states of america. >> yes, that was a little awkward there although doesn't say anywhere in the constitution that a president has to listen to everything that every heckler decides to say at any given moment. barack obama, who has faced enormous crowds and tough critics since his first days on the national scene, though, has had a different approach to hecklers. after all, his entire presidency has been marked by opposition. he has even been taunted by members of congress. >> the reforms -- the reforms i'm proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally. >> lie. >> it's not true. >> that kind of heckling by his political opposition has extended to obama's nominees for administration posts in the federal courts very which have been derailed by record number of is senate filibusters. f
MSNBC
Nov 10, 2013 5:00am PST
democrats are and how he's built alliances with them. i'll start with one of them. george norcross, the democratic boss of south jersey. tell me about him and what christie -- what the relationship with him and christie is like. >> george norcross hails from camden county, an insurance executive, and he's built this modern suburban political machine that started in south jersey, was instrumental in helping launch jim florio's bid for governor, and since expanded throughout the state. he's probably the most powerful democrat in the state. more powerful than some say than any elected official. and christie and he had -- christie had started fostering alliances with him early on in the -- quietly, early on in the tenu tenure, and because george norcross commands such control over an influential block of legislatives in both houses, his close high school buddy is a senate president, he also -- the leadership of the assembly, he had control there, the senate majority leader was one of his people, so has immense control over the legislature, to christie realizing that quietly -- >> what
MSNBC
Apr 26, 2015 5:00am PDT
more the legacy of the george w. bush administration. >> i think there is a camp of republicans. if the republicans nominate jeb bush then hillary clinton clinton's big ex-negative is muted, her last name and connection with the past. it is easier for her to look like the future. she can emphasize her gender as the future part while sort of neutralizing the last name part. but i think the other part of this has to do with george w. bush. there truly is fatigue on the bush style of governance. jeb bush is a, i call it sort of a strain of republicans that are still legislative conservatives. they are conservative in idealogical but they believe in the legislative prosayscess and think all that does is fwroe government and they look at jeb bush on education and think you know what? he's a big government conservative and that's their fear that put them off on the wrong path. >> on the democratic side you mentioned hillary clinton there, the front runner said to be trying to sure up support. reportedly spending thursday afternoon answering questions from concerned fundraisers where he ho
MSNBC
Aug 10, 2014 5:00am PDT
milbank and the reverend joe watkins, republican strategist and former white house aide to george h.w. bush. i want to begin by asking both of you a question. i want you to answer honestly, are you leading the war on whites, dana? >> no. as a white person i am besieged, jonathan. it's getting very difficult to make my way about town. at first when i heard that mo brooks made these remarks, i wondered if they were perhaps some mel brooks remarks because it seems so comical to me that people would feel so besieged at this point. after all, what ron fornier and many others were pointing out is just a matter of simple statistics. we are reaching a point in this country where i think the census says 2043, where whites will no longer be the majority. it doesn't mean somebody else will be the majority. it means we're no longer a white majority country. we're very close to that now already. rather than seeing that as some sort of a threat to white people, why not see it as a celebration of what america is and what it was supposed to be? >> before i get your response to, are you leading the wa
MSNBC
Jul 5, 2014 5:00am PDT
" debut. and editorial writer robert george. let's start with the weather because it really has been the story the last couple days. there was talk a few weeks ago agree th that hurricane season wopts be th won't be that big, but i'm thinking this will be a long year. >> i'm against it. you said downed tree and mini cooper. isn't that cnn's rating strategy? >> oh, boy. >> but i do caution everyone. i think that the in-clip nation is to blame every bit of extreme weather on global warming and there definitely is a correlation, but if you to it every time, maybe you you lose some standing. even the best weather experts will tell you you you can't necessarily do that. >> and it's the same thing as we've got warm weather -- cold weather in the middle of winter. so much for the global warming thing. we shouldn't go one incident to one incident. >> overall trends. >> so that's the story with the weather. want to get that out of the way. fortunately no deaths from arthur. i know a lot of scary pre-storm hype, but looks like nothing terrible has happened. we want to get to the big politics t
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Aug 17, 2014 5:00am PDT
kerry when he lost to george w. bush, he still claimed 88% of the black vote. in fact, since 1964 democrats have won at least 80% of the black vote in every presidential election. republicans, of course, have been trying to change this or saying they want to try to change this for a long time. so long that it can be easy to forget that it wasn't always this way. republican party was actually founded in the 1850s by americans who wanted to abolish slavery. the iconic republican president who did just that was elected in 1860. fast forward 1 e 00 years, they began to attract the south earn dem skrats against civil rights movement of the 1960s. barry goldwater joined the segregationist block in their failed attempt to filibuster in 1964, he won the republican nominee that fall even as he suffered one of the worst defeats elsewhere in the country. the republican built the stronghold with a strategy, the so-called southern strategy that included appeals to racism. many people didn't think it was an accident that ronald reagan chose to launch his general election campaign in philadelphi
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May 18, 2014 5:00am PDT
same point in his presidency, george w. bush got through 35 fewer confirmations than obama to this point. progress is being made to clear that. we know what to thank for that, right? in november of last year, harry reid triggered the so-called nuclear option. he did away with filibusters on most nominations and made it impossible for members of the minority party to block the nominations. no more 60 votes. that's the idea, anyway. but the nuclear option didn't fix everything, either. there's still something called the blue slip. for a nominee to get a confirmation, both senators from that nominee state must sign off on it. they have to submit a blue slip consenting to the nominee getting a hearing. if they don't, the nomination dies. the blue slip is an old senate tradition but the rules of it have changed over the years. when republicans controlled the white house under george w. bush, they did away with it and democrats lost some of their power through bush's court picks. when democrats won back the senate in 2006, the new chairman of the committee, patrick leahy brought it back
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Jun 28, 2014 5:00am PDT
ourselves a fighting chance. george bush got 40% in '04. even though it wasn't about immigration, it was more about eric cantor not going home and people losing touch with him scared a lot of people. they said if cantor, outspending 16 to 1, lost with this issue we don't want to -- >> it's not completely clear that's what he lost over. >> why you actually lose and why the political establishment thinks you lose. it's always the second one even if it's invalid. >> how polarization is working in congress as well, the loud nose wi nos will overwhelm the yeses. if you are still against immigration reform when you see this catastrophe at the border, i'm not sure -- >> the catastrophe adds to the opposition to reform. >> it does. >> case is being made that obama did this deferred action program and sent the wrong message. now we're being flooded with more -- >> we have no system to take care of any of this. that's what i mean. then it's just like a human tragedy that's happening there. >> the question on whether or not republicans or folks that would be against something are sort of see the hu
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Aug 2, 2014 5:00am PDT
and say with that kind of support, that's the level in this country to give you an idea, george w. bush had that in the weeks after 9/11 and you can remember in this country george w. bush basically could have done anything with that kind of support, that's what netanyahu has right now. if there's any international calls for, hey, tone it down or getting to the negotiating table, there's no incentive for him to do that, is there? >> no, i think there's no incentive at all. it's kind of two things to this talk about. one is, you know, global condemnation on a kind of human level of the killing that we're seeing in gaza versus a real change on the diplomatic front. we've seen some tougher language out of obama. but i can't say that we've seen any real shift. the fact that the europeans are really upset about this is nothing new. i feel like we're seeing kind of it's the beginning of this idea that maybe israel is reacting disproportionately but i'm not sure that's translated yet. >> is there a shift? are you picking up at all within israel when you see numbers like that, do you thin
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Feb 15, 2015 5:00am PST
president george h.w. bush. dana carvey as george h.w. bush. a lot of trouble sometimes stringing sentences together. thoughts that would start and you wouldn't know where they would end up. here he was, this is the fake presidential debate in 1988. dana carvey versus michael dukakis. >> all i can say is we are on the track, we're getting the job done. we can do more but let's stay the course. a thousand points of light, well, unfortunately, i see my time is up. >> mr. vice president, you still have 1:20. >> what? well, no diane, i must have spoken for at least two minutes. thank you. >> governor dukakis, rebuttal. >> i can't believe i'm losing to this guy. >> but michael dukakis did lose to george bush sr. and then bush senior defeated in 1992 by bill clinton, and you talk about someone who "snl" could have a lot of fun with bill clinton certainly at the top of that list. we associate i think darrell hammond for most of the '90s as the bill clinton impersonator. my favorite for the first couple years was phil hartman again. he played reagan he played clinton. he was my favorite a
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Apr 12, 2015 5:00am PDT
george h.w. bush. mark, in washington here it is. so much talk really i don't know, back since 2012 about the hillary campaign in 2016. we have finally reached the day when she gets in this race. so it seems clear her campaign is taking pains to make it -- this will be a small-scale, humility taking nothing for granted. are you buying that that's actually going to be their approach? >> well, that's certainly the message they're trying to aget across. but, of course we're actually -- we're going to actually see if those words are actually put into place. and one of the things that you know hillary clinton is going to end up having in this contest is she has a clear shot to the democratic nomination. yes, there are going to be other potential democrats in the field, but poll after poll after poll shows that she's set up to really run the table. and you know you hear the semi-endorsement from president obama there that she would make for an excellent candidate. he's not saying that about any of the other democrats. but one of the worries she has, headed in for a general election she ki
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Nov 23, 2014 5:00am PST
, this is jeb bush right now. look at george w. bush, his brother, at the same point in advance of the election. george w. bush was 53% positive and 9% negative. that is one of the reasons republicans were so excited in 2000 to get behind george w. bush's campaign. why he was able to wrap up that nomination so easily. he can't make the arguments that george w. bush made and let's take you through the other republicans who are out there, see how they're stacking up, again. slightly positive view and you look at ted cruz, that's the opposite. one of the worst scores you'll see among republicans. rick perry, did not make a good impression with his 2012 campaign sitting there with a ten-point gap. marco rubio more on the positive side, you can see. mike huckabee ran in 2008 and may run again sort of in the middle and john kasich, this is somebody we talked about a little bit in the show this weekend and wants to be if he runs the establishment choice and he's yet to make a broader impression and we'll see what happens and scott walker, we just showed that slip from. here's another interest
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Sep 22, 2013 8:00am EDT
plot a course it defeat fdr after three executive losses. they failed. in 1963, george romney's moderates and barry goldwaters conservatives came to an uneasy truce there. in 1987, gop rage and hatred was the headline after the september mackinac meeting which brought about an early standoff between supporters of george h.w. bush and pat robertson. with this weekend's biennial conference, they're there again. scheduled speakers included governor scott walker of wisconsin, bobby jindal of louisiana, rand paul and john thune and karl rove and lance priebus, rick snyder took part in the conference and said he'll seek re-election next year. local tea party actists upset with his support for expanding medicaid in the state were hoping they could recruit a challenger before the conference, but were unable do that, though. for more on the battle over the future of the national republican party, i want to bring in former illinois republican state chairman pat brady, he joins the rest of the panel. and, pat, you know, we'll start with you, you have aspective th. we're talking about the r
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Jun 14, 2014 5:00am PDT
george w. bush back during the presidency and the whole issue of no weapons of mass destruction, and remember he did that slide show at the radio television correspondents dinner, had him looking under the table, looking under the -- >> no wmds here. >> and everybody laughed at it. and it's a self-deprecating kind of humor but i'm not sure where it really gets you in the big picture. i've been thinking about it all the way in this morning. i said, what does this say? and i don't have a really good analysis of what this will mean for his presidential ambitions. other than to say that this is chris christie. whether you like it or not, this is what you're getting. >> so, what -- you're around these guys, people around him, the governor himself, what is your sense of how they see the 2016 landscape right now? because we always talked about, well, is he too moderate, is he not conservative enough in the republican party but now we're just dealing with is there too much baggage, is there too much of an overhang here with all the investigations. what is your sense of how they look at 2016?
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Dec 8, 2013 5:00am PST
. president was shot, taken to george washington university hospital, and this is where some of the legend of ronald reagan comes from. the story goes his doctors and nurses frantically attended to his wounds, he turns to a secret service agent and said, i hope they're all republicans. turned out reagan would be okay that day. but it was a closer call, much closer call we learned in the years since then than just about anybody who realized at the time. fate was a lot less kind to his press secretary, james brady. first bullet struck him in the head and brady was permanently disabled. left in persistent pain. he officially remained the white house press secretary for the rest of reagan's presidency, but that was ceremonial. never performed that role again. he worked full time on his recovery for the rest of the administration and as james brady tended to his health in the 1980s, his wife sarah, daughter of an fbi agent, grew more and more interested and impassioned about a simple question what could our government do what could law enforcement do, what could all of us do through our politic
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Oct 20, 2013 8:00am EDT
, its origins and meaning, the meaning and background of george marshall preston or george marshall preston, that they will realize that when society is couldn't fronted with the truth, there will be change. and the change is coming. >> and, mike, i wonder too, i heard other names out there suggested for -- the city paper in washington calls them the pigskins now. >> i like that. >> the football, the hog, the hoget tradition, it seems to mess with the team, would they really lose much money? p >> peta will not like that one. usually the redskins of miami of ohio became the red hawks, st. johns became the red storm. sometime they keep the red, sometimes they don't. i think the -- another point that people are making is, well, once you change this, what's the next guy down the road? what about the fighting irish? what about the minnesota vikings? what about something else that might be analogous, therefore can i give offense in the first instance? there might be other things. i think it is a poor analogy. the fact that i would be uncomfortable turning to this gentleman saying, how abo
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Mar 8, 2014 5:00am PST
capitol hill reporter, jeff smith, a professor of politics, and robert george, editorial writer with with the "new york post." let's start on rand paul, rob. i've been struck not just watching this week at cpac but watching him in general talking to conservative audiences. the reception he gets is so much different than the reception his father got even though they are cut from the same libertarian cloth. what is rand paul doing? is it is a question of him doing something different or has the party changed? >> i'm glad to see chris matthews tingle up the leg is now on the right. rand paul is certainly i think more savvy than his father strategically in terms of how we wants to frame the liberty argument. he doesn't always get into the aus treeian economics. he to tuss on things like nsa, drones, things like that that have a cross etiological support in terms of uniting the left and the right libertarians. he also wants to make some real overturs. we talked about mandatory drug laws. at the same time even certain elements of the republican base have gotten tired of the iraq war. he's
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May 24, 2014 5:00am PDT
nixon knew he was facing george mcgovern and it was a landslide. why do they do? this i start looking this and ask the exact same question. apparently they are showing he had some kind of an affair maybe or cheating on the bedridden wife or something like that. >> i'm wrestling with -- >> the motive? >> yeah. you think about it what is the political benefit from a -- capturing video of cochran's bedridden wife. i guess it's what you said. if you think about it for more than 30 seconds, it, obviously, would create a backlash. it's a third-rate hair-brain notion that it strikes you as something of a gift ultimately for the cochran campaign and they view it like that too. they have been swarming on this story and pushing it relentlessly since it happened and now by the way, they are on the air -- with a commercial in mississippi. >> was he -- >> i think so he was in real trouble prosecute this and i think reflected by the fact they have been so aggressive and sort of pushing this out there and trying to blow this thing up, because the story speaks for itself. it's bad enough as is. not o
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May 16, 2015 5:00am PDT
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Sep 21, 2013 5:00am PDT
impeachment saga of his second term. he did lose a year of his presidency. george w. bush, did anything go right for him after katrina? now, less than a year after he beat back mitt romney, we are starting to here it. the chatter from washington that president obama is reaching a tipping point. in his own second term slump, the lame duck status is upon us. >> that noise got louder this week. here's a taste from politico. their head lines, what's wrong with barak barak. >> across the capital, it reads, anxious friends and enemies alike are asking what is wrong with obama? the evidence that something is wrong with obama, has something gone bad, of course, in his 62nd term? well, his approval rating has dropped from the high 40s now to the mid-40s in the last few weeks. there has been vocal dissent, democrats opposing the white house on syria. there is a whole syria drama, itself. stories about the white house haphazardly lunching from one posture to another. you add that together. have you something we in the media love, a narrative. the story of a pretty losing steam. but here's what i'm wo
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