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can only ask, you want to bet? i'm ray suarez, and that's the "inside story". >> this is aljazeera america, live from new york city, i'm tony harris. it was a mistake. iran releases the ten u.s. sailors, and a video of one of them apologizing. an unflux of migrants with the rival of thousands of cubans, losing ground, a talk show host, smiling on people since obama became president, and a $1.5 billion jackpot. what would you buy with all of that money?
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all ten of the u.s. navy sailors held by iran have been set free. they were detained yesterday when their vessels were seized by iranian guard. all ten were shown on iranian tv, and one sailor accepted an apology for the incident. they were picked up near the farsi island in the iranian gulf. aljazeera has the story from washington. >> at first glance, this video from the iranian military is ominous. ten u.s. soldiers being detained in the gulf, their river patrol boating searched. and the crew waiting to learn its fate. but the crisis was over on wednesday morning, the sailors handed over to the u.s. >> we can all imagine how a similar situation might have played out three or four years
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ago, and in fact, it's clear that today, this kind of issue was able to be peace flee resolved. >> reporter: kerry was alluding to the fact that he and the prime minister talked at least five times on tuesday to resolve the situation. the pentagon said that the crew had experienced mechanical problems with one of its boats and floated into iranian waters, but iranians accused the sailors of suspicious behavior and they had been arrest. but however, observers said that they had a vested interesting in it. the nuclear deal between iran and the international community. >> the next few days will be fully implemented by all parties involved, especially want united states, and for the time being, the iranian officials and the armed forces, especially the commanders, don't want to take any
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unnecessary risk. >> reporter: the deal will ease sanctions on iran if it eases it's nuclear weapons program. and it doesn't want to make a big deal. >> it was a mistake, it was our fault. and we apologized for our mistake. the iranian behavior was fantastic while we were here. we thank you for your hospitality and your assistance. >> reporter: the state department said that this was not an official apology, and they weren't sure if it was violation treaty. >> you're not supposed to show pictures of prisoners of war. >> reporter: the u.s. is not at war with iran, and so showing photos is not violating the geneva convention, and letting them go may be in both of their best interests. >> at the bottom of the hour, i will spoke to a former senior
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adviser on how it plays into diplomacy with iran. today, john kerry said that the gulf incident will not affect the deal with iran, and it's all but a done deal now. >> implementation day, which is the day that iran proves that it has sufficiently downsized it's nuclear program and gives sanctions relief is going to take place very soon, likely within the next coming days. and when that happens, we are convinced that it will make us and our partners around the world more safe and secure. >> the secretary said that the u.s. will continue to closely monitor iran, even after the nuclear agreement takes affect. the turks are saying that yesterday's suicide bomber someone for the deadly blast in istanbul entered the country in the historic district, which
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has tourists around the world. and germany has offered aid to turkey in the fight against isil. >> reporter: on the approach of anane chet egyptian obelisktic, a solemn group led by the prime minister, the interior minsters of both turkey and germany were also present. there's a surreal feeling here. the whole area has been cleaned up. and red flowers are the only visual sense of death. there are no signs of blast damage, apart from some wood gowned out of the seat. turkey's government blames isil for the attack. saying that it's the organization's third bombing in the country, and the first aimed at foreigners. the suicide bomber has been named as nabil baggley, born in saudi arabia. he's cited here on tv footage
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when he was said to have given his fingerprints a week ago after an illegal border crossing. it was only hours after the blast that the police say that they were able to identify him from his fingerprints. they say that he wasn't an isil suspect. one of the most historic maybes in the world, an attack on turkey's tourist industry with foreigners dead. it all sends a chilling message and a realization of the colossal task facing security and intelligence agencies. some tourists appeared defiant, though many are staying away. >> if we let this sort of attacks impact our daily lives, i think that we're giving into the terror. so we need to it stay confident and live our lives out. >> so yeah, there might be
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issues from my side. >> reporter: turkey's interior minister, with his visiting german counter participate alongside, announced the arrest of a suspected accomplice, and how many arrests had been made recently. >> 3,318 people have been detained or linked to the islamic state or other radical groups since the beginning of the syrian conflict. one person was arrested following the investigation of yesterday's attack. >> reporter: as the mourning begins for germans who lost their lives on a packaged tour in this historic setting, the leadership here is calling for more solidarity and cooperation with turkey in its fight against isil. andrew simmons, aljazeera, istanbul. >> and the security force that's killed two after an explosion, it occurred in the
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eastern city, and seven in the security forces were killed. the two had barricaded themselves in a government guest house before being killed. and earlier, a man blew himself up in the pakistan consulate. it all is the result of stalled peace talks with the taliban. 14 people why killed outside of a polio vaccination center. forces were on the way to guard the facility when a door-to-door drive was being prepared. two separate groups claimed responsibility. one with ties to isil and the other to the [ speaking italian ] president obama spoke to vladimir putin on the phone today in that regard the war with syria, and all of this comes after a series of deadly attacks in syria, >> reporter: the devastation as far as the eye can see.
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buildings are toppled, more than 100 people killed. and ambulances taking away the injured. for foreign. >> we have recovered a lot of bodies. there are many more hurt. >> reporter: the state tv said that the samada attack is part of a new government campaign to cut off the province held by rebels, and the government forces are trying to capture the baher mohamebabahabacrossing. >> it was a matter of seconds, everything turned upside down. rockets and smoke everywhere. >> reporter: syrian tv said that government troops have captured the rebel stronghold of sal ma. the town was one of the last rebel front lines in the government region. the human rights say that government forces have carried occupant 120 airstrikes? the last 48 hours to support
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the syrian army's offensive. since the russian air offensive began in september, there have been more than 5,000 airstrikes. the russian airstrikes are reported to have targetedle suburbs of aleppo city. schools were hit, killing at least 12 children and their teacher. >> when the plane hit the school, there were many martyrs, this suffered the most and the teacher was killed. >> in the countryside around damascus, forces have dropped barrel bombs, killing at least five people. at least a dozen barrel bombs were dropped on a dozen neighborhoods, and in eastern damascus, government shelled the neighborhood in dumas. video by a defense group is said to show volunteers pulling a wounded child from under the rubble. the united nations said that
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the number of syrians killed during the civil war has now surpassed a quarter million. talks to try to end the five-year war are scheduled for later this month in geneva. >> the world economic forum has revoked it's invitation to geneva in switzerland, calling for the toughest possible sanctions against its neighbor. the claims are high after testing a supposed hydrogen bomb. >> reporter: when they fired shots to deter a north korean drone, troops were across the border in seoul, and the united states and japan promising tough sanctions to chong yang for his tests last week. the fourth nuclear test required a tougher had international response from previous years, and she said
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that she expected china, which publicly opposed chong yang's program publicly at the u.n. >> i'm certain that china is very well aware that it's alcohol by necessary steps, we won't be able to stop nuclear tests, and we cannot guarantee the korean consistentilla. >> the president said that she was considering the need to deploy a u.s. anti-missile system on south korean soil, a move long opposed by china. >> when one country has it's own security, it must consider the security of other regions and stability. it's very sensitive. >> the nuclear test remains a triumph. state images showing kim jong il talking to his scientists. and for a fundamentally
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different response this time, that remains theey problem. being north korea has repeatedly said that it has pursued nuclear weapons as a national priority. >> just hours after delivering his finally state of the union address, president obama was out spreading his message. it would he was in the prominently republican state of nebraska, and the meeting took place in the home of a high school teacher, but he spoke to a prouded of university of nebraska, and outlined his state of the union address. >> we have to make some choices. do we respond to these changes with fear and do we turn on each other, or do we face the future with confidence? and who we are, and what we stand for? and all of the incredible things that we can get done together. >> well, he covered everything, from religious intolerance to the nuclear deal.
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but it was a quick stop. the president is already on the road to louisiana. aljazeera america will be ceasing it's operations by april 30th of this year. a ceo explained that the decision by aljazeera america's board is driven by the fact that the business model is simply not sustainable in the challenges in the u.s. media marketplace. aljazeera america has done a brilliant job with an unbridled commitment tow journalism... in the last two years, the channel and the website have been honored with an alfred award, peabody, three epiawards honoring ajam's website, among
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many others. the doha-based website said that it's planning to expand it's digital services in the united states. up next and on the program, coming to america, cuban immigrants stranded in el salvador are making their way to america. and i will talk to author, smiley, about his disappointment in the first black president.
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>> 180 cuban migrants have started their journey to settle into the united states. they have 20 days to make their way north to the united states. it's all part of a bigger plan by washington to combat illegal human smuggling across the border. >> i'm pleased to announce that we have plans to expand the u.s. refugee admissions program. in order to help vulnerable families and individuals from eel salvador, guatemala and honduras, and offer them a safe and legal alternative to the dangerous journey that many are tempted to begin that makes them easy prey for human smugglers who have no interest but their own profits. >> aljazeera's adam ray reports from southern mexico where the
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migrants were today. >> on the way from costa rica, the first of 8,000 cuban migrants were headed north again. they are part of a program that includes charters on a bus. the first stop, el salvador. the visa are processed in the same building where every month authorities reg thousands of el salvadorians imported from the u.s. flights could follow, even two a day. >> i am sad because i wish that all of us could have made it here today. we're all cubans, and we all want to move forward. i expect that they will be on route like us, but we all kind of leave at the same time. >> on the road again, an overnight bus trip to mexico. they each paid $550 for the flight, bus ticket and visa and
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travel insurance. around 5 a.m., they make it to the first land border, guatemala, they don't even have to get off the buses. the vip treatment includes escorts. >> coyotes and smugglers will be paying a lot more and walking. >> reporter: finally, daybreak. new sites seen. and a chance to take a short pit stop on the guatemalan highway. >> here we are, we survived everything, and we're achieving our dream. >> reporter: once they get to mexico, the chartered tour stops, and they will have to make it on their own to the u.s. border. >> they explained where we need to go, but we're not clear how to do it. >> they have to come up with a plan soon. they have arrived at the guatemalan/mexican border. it's the border, and potentially the most dangerous
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part of their journey begins as they cross through mexico, many on their own. >> another 7500 cubans are still waiting for their safe passage to the united states. miami is home to one of the world's largest cuban community. and they expect thousands of migrants to join them in the coming months. relax an ais there, and she joins us live from miami with more. roxanna. >> reporter: tony, over the years, florida has taken in hundreds of thousands of cuban migrants, but this time, it's different. they're not prepared for all of cubans who could arrive here soon, and they're asking for help. >> six beds over there. >> bunk beds? >> yes. >> reporter: valdez says that she's running out of time to turn this old house into a temporary shelter for up to 200 cuban migrants. >> how many days do you have to get ready? >> 20. >> reporter: with the
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thousands of migrants that will arrive in the miami area, after being stranded in costa rica since november. valdez, a cuban immigrant herself, is in touch with some of them every day. >> coming to miami. >> yes. >> she said groups like her non-profit agency are not prepared to support so many so fast. >> from nobody, the only way is from the community. >> is this a crisis? >> yes. >> reporter: south florida is already home to the largest number of cubans outside of cuba. thousands have fled here in the past year alone, many fearing that as relations improve between washington and havana, the window to get special immigration status in the u.s. will close. local resettlement agencies will struggle to handle and how's even more cuban migrants. >> the agencies are telling us,
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mayor, we cannot take any more people. we're runninoust funds, we're running out of places to house them. >> reporter: this area has accepted thousands in the past year, so what's a few thousand more? >> it's not human for us, as a city, to have people living in the streets for several weeks, just waiting for their papers. >> reporter: miami-dade official, curtis summerhoff, said that the region is prepared, especially since he suspects that the migrants won't come at the same time or to the same place. >> we have a lot of cities, and we have a lot of ability to absorb a population, in the case of the migrant population that we're talking about quite well here. >> when you hear somebody saying that this is a crisis, or that they're worried about this influx, are they exaggerating? >> i don't know, i don't know if it's exaggerating for the mayor or the circumstances in
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the city of miami. we had this expectation that the federal government is going to make sure that the money and services are here to support these folks. >> how confident are you that the federal government will step in? >> i'm not confident at all. they have not responded >> reporter: valdez agrees. though she's relying on people like these cuban immigrants from miami to step in with donation. >> i want to give back what i receive when do i got here. >> they leave her with the words, keep fighting. some of the cubans who come through florida get relocated to other states, but others stay here, especially if they have relatives in the area. tony? >> so relax a roxanna, what hase u.s. said about helping people in miami accommodate more refugees? >> well, tony, we reached out
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to the health and human services department. and it did not respond to our questions about how it's going to deal with the new influx of people from cuba. >> gotcha, and thank you. and straight ahead on the program, the u.s. and iran, how the released u.s. sailors play into the bigger diplomacy with the two countries. and iran, compensating victims of the 1983 marine barracks bombing in beirut.
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>> iran has freed a group of u.s. sailors who were detained near the farsi island in the gulf. the ten were taken yesterday by the iranian republican guard. they entered the waters, and the ten men in custody, secretary of state john kerry later expressed thanks to iran's government. >> i want to thank the iranian authorities for their cooperation and quick response. these heroic swayings, as everybody knows, the ability, if not properly guided to get out of control. and i'm appreciative of the quick and appropriate response of the iranian authorities. >> hawk is a former senior director for cabinet affairs at the white house and the former
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senior adviser in washington d.c. good to have you back on the program. and look, washington's iran talks, as you know, say that iran is playing games. gop frontrunner, donald trump, said that iran is toying with the united states, and what's your read on what happened here? particularly after the navy ships -- let's be clear here -- ended up disabled in iranian waters. why did iran detain these sailors, only to set them free less than 24 hours later? >> well, tony, it's good to see that this was the international crisis that wasn't. we were all sitting on the edge of our seats anticipating the state of the union, and the record diplomacy by the president, and suddenly, we have americans detained by
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iranian forces. let's look at who these people were. the iranian guard, which is separate from the current government that we negotiated the current deal with. so look at them as the hardliners of their country, similar to the hardliners we have in our country, and thank god the diplomacy has prevailed. secretary kerry has built a relationship with the foreign minister, and the prime minister, who is more progressive, but in 2017, we saw in iran, 20, almost 20 british sailors were arrested, and it took them almost a month to have them released. sotoff a bit of a question
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small pieces of progress. >> you made me think about this, and can you imagine for a moment how this situation might have played out, the bush administration, two different administrations, the bush administration and the a iran administration. >> two years from now when we have a different president in office, how do you view american diplomacy and military and what you're supposed to do with it? engaging with the rest of the world, are you going to have relationships where you talk to each other, and when there's a problem, you pick up the phone or are you going to make the sand glow? the world in which we're driven by retaliation is not a world that i necessarily want to see. >> gotcha, and that was just an
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aside. and here's the real question. doesn't this really come down to dollars and cents here? come on. does the fact that iran is what, days away from a financial windfall, have anything to do with the quick resolution of incident? >> reporter: actually, it's the days away from the release of sanctions and proving true that diplomacy works, and that this deal is a benefit to the west and the middle east and multiple people. there are hardliners in the country, and particularly a republican guard who are against any relationship with the u.s., or foreign governments, and they probably took this as an opportunity to stretch their muscle and act out. they have been acting out ever since the talks started. and luckily for us, we have been able to move forward and open up a dialogue and ensure that iran will not have a nuclear weapon. >> last one for me, what did you make of president obama's
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state of the union speech last night and his list of foreign policy accomplishments? >> it was certainly a speech designed to look ahead and to the future. great to hear him reaffirm that from beijing to moscow, people look to america for leadership. and that in times of crisis, our job is not to go into a country and rebuild it. we have learned those mistakes, as he said from vietnam and iraq, but more of a progressive and pragmatic approach to foreign policy, you may have noticed there's no official obama doctrine, but what people from the white house have often said that this president is driven by don't do stupid stuff. and frankly, foreign policy, driven by making the sands glow sounds like stupid stuff to me. >> that's a good doctrine, yeah, yeah. the obama doctrine, don't do
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stew stuff. and thank you, appreciate it. even as the iranian nuclear agreement works to implementation, there are thornier issues that need to be resolved. the superior court is considering whether iranian funds must be turned over to victims of the 198 1983 bombingf the marine corp barracks in beirut. and it has been three years, right? why is this case before the court now? >> well, tony, it's by happenstance that the arguments came today at this very sensitive time as we wait for the iranian nuclear deal to be implemented in the next day or the next few days. >> 1983, bay route, lebanon, 241 u.s. marines and soldiers on a peace-keeping mission killed when a truck bomb explodes their barracks. four stories reduced to rubble, crushing them inside. a group that the u.s. believes that iran has links to
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responsibility. in 2017, a more than $2 billion judgment. and now almost 33 years after the bombing, the u.s. supreme court is still trying to collect that money. lynn's brother, vincent smith, was among those who died. >> i want those who killed my brother and the other 240 men to be held accountable for that murder. so far they have not had any accountability and they keep doing it. i want accountability. >> the arts in this case come at a sensitive with iran and the united states, but the issue that they have to grapple with is whether congress violated the u.s. constitution. jeffrey lampkin, the lawyer for the central bank said that congress went too far saying that iranian money in frozen accounts in new york should go to pay off the judgment. the justices appeared split on
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whether congress interfered with the courts, but chief justice, john roberts seemed to agree. their job is to pass laws, and our job is to decide a case. ted olsen argued for the families. >> the money is in the united states, and it's here legally, and it should be available to satisfy these judgments. >> reporter: former marine, paul rivers, survived the 1983 barracks bombing. >> this has been an emotional rollercoaster ride for me, because my friends are gone, and they can never stand here and talk about this. >> a ruling is expected in june. and tony, you said it has been 33 years, and the families have no relief. and it's unclear if this supreme court ruling will give them any. >> up next, added benefits, a big medicaid expansion. coming to one of the poorest states in the nation, and smiling on race, the economies
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and president obama's legacy with african-americans.
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>> so a new democratic governor is taking control in the states, and one of the items on his agenda, federal funds to expand medicaid funds refused by his predecessor. aljazeera's jonathan martin,
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actually, this moves means healthcare for literally hundreds of thousands of people. correct? >> . >> exactly, yes. this will certainly expand the medicaid roles here, and tony, as you mentioned, louisiana, not only one of the poorest states in america, but one of the poorest states with the outcomes. and the new democratic leader said that not expanding medicaid is simply, in this case, not an option. a long time trumper in new orleans, ken is like most musicians in the city, he has no health insurance. he's among the 300,000 people louisiana falling into a coverage gap. they make too much to get medicaid, but too littler in obamacare. >> i need healthcare, but don't worry about it, i'll be all right. just pray to god that he'll
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keep me going. >> reporter: but terry has reason to be hopeful his situation may change. >> i don't look at this as some revolutionary thing. this is of civil the right thing to do. >> within hours after being sworn in on monday, lulu's new democratic governor, previously bobby jindal had refuse to accept money for expansion. people at or below the federal poverty level. $16,000 for a single person, and just over $30,000 for a family of four. >> and there are 30 states that have done this. 14 are presided over by republican governors. this is not a partisan thing. this is not right versus left, but right versus wrong. >> edwards wants to expand coverage on july 1st, but he
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needs more healthcare be workers. >> 3-5,000 people, enrolling they will of them might be am be, but. >> a healthcare administration program, he said louisiana's biggest challenge will be finding a way to pay for theention expansion. the state currently faces a $1 billion budget deficit. currently, medicaid accounts for a third of the budget. and while the federal government will cover initial costs, but starting in 2016, louisiana will have to pay part of it. >> i don't know if it means closing loopholes or generating new taxes >> reporter: governoreds wards plans to meet with the department of human services to ensure a smooth transition, and he hopes to sit down with president obama during a visit louisiana on thursday. medicaid expansion is said to be a key focus of the
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president's speech. terry is glad that the government is making it a priority and is happy to finally have insurance. >> i'm married and have a wife and two kids. >> reporter: and tony, as you heard, louisiana isertainly not the first state to expand medicaid roles. louisiana is getting more attention for doing so, because it's the first state in the deep south to do that. >> jonathan martin is louisiana for us, and appreciate it. members of the michigan national guard are in flint to help a door-to-door effort to provide residents with clean water. michigan's governor, rick snyder, led the effort to lead the effort. they had switched water to save money. and now five schools are closed. on another day, teacher
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sickouts down from 24 on wednesday, and 62 on monday. class size and salaries and condition of school buildings. the it's run by an emergency morning appointed by snyder. smiley is a broadcaster and author of the book, covenant with america, and ten years later. i want to start with the book, because i can remember i was working at a different broadcast house when you released the book. and ten years later, reflections, give me reflections. >> it pains me, and i love your people and you hate to see them suffer. but ten years after the original text, black people have lost ground, tony. >> lost ground. >> in every major economic category, we have lost ground. >> so wait a minute, we have to it pause for a moment.
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in every major economic category. break that down. >> there are ten issues that are laid out in the text as we come back to this new book, housing, health, education, the environment. democracy, criminal justice, all of these major issues, but on these major factors, on black wealth, on jobs, on economic mobility, and on down the list, we have lost ground in all of these areas, and obviously, the stuff that you've been covering, and i've been covering, black boys and black mening shot in the streets, like dogs, and cops getting away with this, obamacare passed but all of the provisions have not kicked in yet. black women still die, and proportionally, diseases and environment and ourer children are still fighting to get access to equal education. it's not to say that there have not been problemmettes of progress here and there, some
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good things have happened. but on balance, it was a wonderful thing for the black man to see barack obama in the white house. so the book is not about him, but it does overlap with his presidency. >> so we're talking about ten years later, and seven of those years, under the first african-american president of the united states. >> and historians are going to have a field day of trying to juxtapose how in the era of the first black president did black america just tank? and that's a conundrum that we'll have to figureout. >> did the president make any specific promises to african-americans during the campaign? i'm trying to remember. and i don't remember him promising that your life was going to improve under me. did he need to? >> i'm not so sure that it's
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about his promises versus our commands. demands. so the data -- >> it's not to say -- >> i'm one of those people. because black people turned out to be too def residential to this president. and let me explain that. >> i'm not talking to you because you know this, but black leaders were sidelined, and nobody wanted to critique him and power o he's getting death threats every day, people are jumping fences and breaking into the white house. and so much anonymou nonsense ws happening. >> there's a committed and determined opposition. >> and there still is. >> mitch mcconnell, the minority leader at the time said that on day one, our job is to defeat him.
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so people are saying, why didn't more get done? why didn't he try more? so he was too differential to republicans. >> this is a quote that has gotten a lot of play, and i know that you pick up on this, so let me read it to you. i understand the tightrope from the beginning. he, the president of all of people. but sometimes it felt like he was president of everyone except black people. what's your critique. expand on your critique of this president. >> black folk gave the president too much coverage. that is to say that you had black people saying, he ain't the president of just black america, he's the president of all of america. my question is, aren't black folk americans? aren't we included in that is thatro? and moreover, black people are
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his most loyal constituents. how is it that your most loyal constituency ends up being that group of americans who lost the most ground in your presidency? >> the black unemployment rate has been twice that of whites for a long time. and i think of the opportunity costs of that, of so many black people who are not participating with their ideas. >> and whatever those numbers are, you've been doing this long enough to know that the number ain't the number. so whatever number they give you, there are so many people not looking for work that the number is always higher than that. so in black america, still, you have unemployed people, underemployed people. too many part-time working people, the working poor, and the people who aren't even looking for work because the economy has been so bad. >> what's your bottom line?
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i kept asking this question because i'm just collecting the answers. what's your bottom line on why that continues to be the case? why black employment, and hispanic employment and black employment continues to lag, decade after decade after decade. >> the obvious answer is that racism is still the most intractable issue in this country, number one. >> for what you call the most multicultural. >> multicultural and multiethnic area, race is still the issue. but what compounds that, tony, education isn't the great equalizer that it used to be. and it's terribly important, the second issue of this covenant. because you could have the saming qualifications as a white male. but the white male still gets the job, and you could have as
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a black male the same qualifications as a black fem and she gets the job. because they get a two-for for hiring her. so for the black males for whom the unemployment numbers are the highest, you understand why. >> give me a critique of this presidential race, as you see it so far, and let's start on the republican side. i know that you made some comments about the republican frontrunner, donald trump, and there's a bit of a back and forth there. so what's your critique of donald trump and where he stands in the race. >> he's appealing to the dark side of america, the nightside of america, and he's saying to his audience, you're being attacked, and we're going to blame the pacifists for this, but there's danger lurking and i'm the guy who can save us and vote for me. can donald trump win? of course he can win. >> of course he can win.
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>> if you appeal to the dark side and enough people buy into that. it has happened around the world many many times because again people are voting out of fear. now, my issue is not just with trump. my issue really is with the media, who have been too complicit with covering him but not challenging him. covering him but not condemning him. >> you say objectively, realistically -- and you finish -- >> he is bullying the media, and he's spreading misinformation and disinformation. it's one thing to be uninformed. and another to be misinformed. but there's another to be disinformed. and he fits into the second and third category, and that's a dangerous thing. and the media loves this. it's a catfight on both sides of the aisle. who knew a month or two ago that the republican nominee may
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be decided before democratic nominee? the bet was that hillary is going to take this in a cakewalk, and trump may win, and he may wrap up the republican nomination before the democratic nomination because bernie and hillary are going at it. it's getting ratings and selling newspapers and people are making money, and we want this thing to go to because we have something to cover. >> the issues are so important to the country that the media needs to be on its job. >> but you know how we do this, we cover the horse race, we don't do issues. >> great to see you. >> congratulations. >> and up next on the program, a $1.5 billion jackpot. millions of americans are rushing to buy tickets, but where does all of that money go? the only way to get better is to challenge yourself,
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winnings. so the winning numbers, the drawing is just hours away. at one point in texas yesterday, over $3 million worth of tickets were sold in one hour, and now 60 cents of every ticket sold goes to the winners, but where does the rest of the money go? andy joins us from chicago with the rest of that answer.
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rosiland jordan reports from washington about. >> at first glance this video from the iranian military is ominous. ten u.s. navy sailors being detained in the gulf. the crew waiting to learn its fate. but on wednesday morning the crisis was over. the sailors handed over to the u.s. >> i think we could imagine how a similar situation could have played out three or four years ago. and in fact, it is