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no now. >> i'm michael smerconish in philadelphia. we welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. amazon decision to pull out big in the new york city, it's victory for liberal democrats. but could it be good news for president trump in the 2020 presidential race? and president trump girding for his declaration of a national emergency. should he be more concerned about republicans in the u.s. senate? plus, striking comments at mitch's governor during her state of the state address. here's a hint, it was more about her dress than address. there were lewd references to her bustline, clearly, that's appalling. if, if anything, does it more tend for the six female democratic presidential
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candidates? and representative yaex y x alexandria ocasio-cortez she is shocked about who is lining up outside congressional hearings. i'll talk to one person responsible for putting those folks there. walk dithers, the green new deal the co-founder of wahlbergs is here. first, good news for president trump, amazon fought headed to new york city. the business behemoth cancelled its decision to open its head quarters in long island, queens, not government incentives were enough to offset a frosty reception from political progressives, who were willing to lose 25,000 jobs. according to new york mayor's office the loss is greater than 25,000. last november they noted the project was estimated to create more than 107,000 total direct and indirect jobs and over $14
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billion in new tax revenue for the state and a net of $13.5 billion in city tax revenue. the project would have returned a 9-1 return on investment. amazon left no basis for its decision saying a number of state and local politician versus made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to no forward with the project. we and many others envisioned in long island city. they were talking about politicians like state majority leader andrea cousins and cousins appointed generis who had oversight on the plan and no doubt they were watching yakov aminov, aos jubilantly tweeted, anything is possible. today was the day a group of dedicated new yorkers and their neighbors defeated amazon's corporate greed and worker
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exploitation and the power of the richest man in the world. is it a win for new york national democrats at a time within they are formulating their battle plan to defeat donald trump next year? this debate lays bare a divide in the local party, local and national as evidenced by the fact that new york mayor bill deblasio was for the deem. governor andrew cuomo, himself, blamed state senate democrats for defeating the plan. just how far left will the party veer before 2020? i'm curious to see what this means to the democratic presidential contenders as i treated yesterday, it will be very interesting to see a response of democratic presidential candidates regarding amazon nyc. do they embrace the progressive opposition but run the risk of being less appealing to centrists who are more pro business. well, elizabeth warren was among the first on the field toway in. she tweeted amazon walked away
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millions in taxpayer bribes because some elected officials in new york aren't sucking up to them no. those sentiments will no doubt sound strong in primary season, will they move the need until a general election with high school educated working class men in states like pennsylvania, ohio, wisconsin, michigan the type that most stand to gain in employment at a company like amazon, this is just the type of fight donald trump wants. it's the reason he condemned socialism, in his state of the union address last week. he wants to portray the democratic party as fringe left. the only complication for trump here is that he has his own battle with jeff bezos. so seizing the political upside of amazon's change of heart forces him to take the side of his own nemesis and trump won't be the only one conflicted in how to respond. many americans no doubt are against some of amazon's corporate practices like opposing unionization and working with federal immigration officials, relished timely
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delivery of these packages by amazon, wouldn't you like to know how many more members of congress areles members of prime? democrat granholm and a cnn political commentator joins us, nice of you to be here. i want to discuss with you both the merits and the politics. will you first react as a former governor to what went wrong here? >> well, first of all, let's be very clear, every single governor, democrat or republican are in this fight for jobs. there were 200 cities that competed for amazon. i would have walked across hot coals to get amazon to locate in detroit, for example. and i would have put everything i had on the table. but here's the problem, that democrats, not democrats, city mayors and governors don't have a huge toolbo, to be able to attract. all you've really got are kind of tax incentives and maybe investment in work force development. so it's not like we have a whom
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lot to play with and that is the tool that you have is just to get some tax breaks. but as you noted in your lead-up to it. the return on that investment, they would have gotten over 25 years, $27 billion worth of return. meaning that the people who are hired there would have paying taxes and that money would have gone into state and city coiffeurs. so it's not easy. it is not, michael, i know that you set this up as a left on left violence, but it's really not. it is you no the cato institute, who has long been right wing and republicans have long said we don't want to pick winners and losers. you don't want to have subsidies that distort the market. >> that is the bat that has gone on forever. the question is really as a nation, do we want to move the chairs around on the deck of the titanic, meaning, having governors poaching jobs from one state or another or do we want
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to have a national economic strategy that allows our pie to grow rather than just to move pieces around on the tin? >> well, i am interested in the politics of it. i guess in the after math of the state of the union address where the president went out of his way to mock socialism. i think he is trying to set up this battle where it's donald trump in 2020 against some far fringed left democrat. you tell me, how will this play in the breen wolverine state among those working class white guys if he tries to say they're willing to throw away 107,000 jobs to be on one side of illegal imgriegs or -- immigrat or younionization. >> i give a concern to give the richest man in the world, jeff
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bezos, tax breaks, it's not about him, it's about the company. nonetheless, do they need more? is this a good way for businesses to be seeking and have a competition for who can give them the most money when there are places in the country that desperately need those jobs, it would have been a lot better good will for amazon to go to a place that really needs the jobs in terms of their own corporate brands. however,ly say that this is i think evocative this battle of a new tech lash, meaning right and left are going to be concerned about the growing inequality, that the fact that the top ten tech billionaires own more wealth than the bottom 40% of america. >> that is a concern, right? that's a real concern in this country and i think right and left. i will push back on this. i don't think trump will be successful in making this a socialist versus republican battle. >> let me show you a headline from the "l.a. times."
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just so i make the point i'm not the only one who is wondering how this plays itself out. here's the headline. "trump raises a new menace -- socialism -- and democrats can't agree how to respond." what is the democratic response to that? what should it be? >> well, first of all, it's ridiculous. nobody is saying that america can be socialist, capitalism made this country. it's not you know the question is should capitalism have some guardrails so we are not seeing excesses and people exploit the land and the water and land exploited. that's just bs is what i would say to that. but do you like your med compare? hello, that has some elements of socialism in it. meaning that we are all investing so that everyone can be cared for in this social safety net that we have in this country. so that kind of nonsense. we're not saying that because he's a republican, that the country is all of a sudden off to the you know off to the
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fascist category, although some might be saying that in some circles. but, nonetheless, those broad brush characterations are stupid so the question is for america what kind of nation do we want to be? do we want to make sure we have a safety net for people? do you like your safety net? it's not about socialism or communism or fascism. it is about who we are going to be as a nation. so i think those kind of broad characterizations are ridiculous. >> can i give you a quick final word and you can wrap up. i think even if you verbalize it as democratic socialism to many americans, they're still picturing hugo chavez. >> which is again part of i would say the con man brilliance of donald trump is that he's able to label things and the more he says that label, then the more people say, oh yeah, that may be true. it is bs and i think the democrats should stand up and say that is bull.
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we are america. we have our economy, our unique economy. which means we care for people and we celebrate capitalism and the both can be held in the same bucket. >> i like the line. left on left violence. thank you, governor, i appreciate you being here. >> okay. you bet. >> what are your thoughts? tweet me@smerconishi. i will read some responses in real time. katherine, what do you have in i don't want potus reelected but if democrats don't rain in aoc and the other far lefties, they will get trump a 2nd term. loy, that is what he is rallishing this characterization. i don't think he's yet tweeted about amazon in new york city. which is really strange. think about that given all the attention he's getting. i think he doesn't want to take bezo's side in this. politically there is an upside for it. do we have time for one more? what do with e we got?
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>> one can be a pro business and still oppose giving millions of taxpayer dollars to subs size massively profitable corporations. joel, i agree with you. up ahead president trump's national emergency to build his wall. what will be the response from republican conservative senators who might like the wall not the the way president is trying to get it done. could it set the table for democrats to use the same avenue for gun control or say global warming. plus, all birds the multi-million dollar business using capitalism to do good for the earth by putting one foot in front of the other, one of the founders will join me. ter, with amazing amenities like movie theaters, exercise rooms and swimming pools, public cafes, bars and bistros even pet care services. and there's never been an easier way to get great advice. a place for mom is a free service that pairs you with a local advisor to help you sort through your options and find a perfect place.
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enjoy 100% clean soup today. panera. food as it should be. . president trump wants to build his big beautiful wall. he wants to reallocate money from congress and repurpose it. it has democrats set up in arms. it has a lot of republicans upset about the president doing an end run on congress and one reason is a democratic president could do one on gun change or inequality in america. joining us is an emeritus
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professor at law school. thank you for being here. the president in his mind has already gained out what is to come. let me show you what he said yesterday. >> we will have a national emergency and we will then be sued. they will sue us in the 9th circuit. even though it shouldn't be there and we will possibly get a bad ruling. then we'll get another bad ruling. then we'll end up in the supreme court and hopefully we will get a fair shake. . >> i get he's worried about the 9th circuit. i wonder if he should be worried about his own party, if they try to upend what he's done. what are your thoughts? >> i think that is the political situation is precarious. certainly the house will pass a resolution in the coming days.
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i think the statute the president is utilizing gives the congress about 15 days to debate and then pass a resolution. it has to be the same resolution in the house and the senate. then, of course, it would be presented to the president like any other bill for his signature. that's an arenay here when congress first enacted this law it was possible for the resolutions to effectively stop the emergency proclamation. now because of a supreme court decision in the ''80s, that resolution has to go before the president like any other bill and of course the president would veto it, so in effect the senate and the house would need two-thirds plus one to override the president's veto. that's not too likely. >> but you see where some of the opposition comes from. i don't know how ultimately they would vote. but individuals like pat toomey or marco rubio, we showed a lot of discontent i guess because they're worried about precedent. is the precedent consideration
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and concern a legitimate one? the fear of a republican that, hey, i could be president kamela harris or elizabeth warren that does this in a couple of years? >> i think it is a legitimate concern and one of the biproducts of this episode might be to impose on congress the determination to revise the underlying wall and make it more difficult for any president in the future to use the mechanism. one of the biggest area in the law is there no no criteria to constitute what creates an emergency. many believe there is no emergency at the southern border the law doesn't require the president to spell out the tomorrows and condition os tr criteria that he's relying on for his conclusions, so congress can simply change the make judgment or declare a future expire say in 30 days or 60 days unless they take action to
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expand the terms of the emergency. >> i'm glad that you raised the question of what is an emergency. here by way of example is the front page of the "new york times," above the fold, they quote him saying i didn't need to do this. but i'd rather do it faster. doesn't that belie the argument that it's an emergency? >> i think it does. i think it belies the argument that it's an emergency. if i follow the white house' statements yesterday, he plans to use other funds in the beginning to get started. then if and when those funds run out and they will. then he would turn to this military construction wall. there is also a question i think a serious legal question about whether the military construction law that he would use to follow up on his emergency declaration is appropriately applied into these circumstances. it's supposed to be used for projects that require the use of the armed forces. military bases overseas, for
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example. it's hard to argue that the wall or fence or any other mechanism along the boarder is necessary for the use of the u.s. armed forces so a judge could actually stop construction of the wall without ever getting to the big questions that the president was speculating about on your tape from yesterday. >> a quick final question. in the end, does it come down to john roberts playing the antony kennedy role? >> you know, it depends. if a lower court judges define that this military construction law doesn't support his activities and he looks at the text of the law, which has never been construed before and says, no, you may not use this particular law, it would be very difficult for an appellate court including the supreme court to second guess the trial court who made a basis on what the law says. i think there is unlike the president is channelling the
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travel ban, where ultimately he succeeded in overturning the lower courts and getting the results he wanted. but this is a very different set of circumstance than the travel ban. >> professor sanction, thank you so much for your expertise. >> it's 22ed to be with you. thanks. >> more reaction from my smerconish twitter and facebook page, what do you haveer conish, i don't care if he's rambling as long as he tries, keeps his promises, he'll have my support in 2020. by the way, to it ends up in the supreme court and doesn't go his way. then it becomes an argument which says we need more conservative justices. i'll do that if i have opportunity. one more if i've got time. the golf course is safest place during this national emergency. >> gil, just like the quote
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yesterday, bad optics, i don't begrudge the man a vacation. it's president's day weekend. but to declare an emergency you know in the morning or late morning and get on a plane to mar-a-lago in the afternoon, i think it's an issue. i think it's an issue. up ahead the wicked words for the female governor of michigan, it's all about how she looks in the dress she wore to her state of the state address the reaction will shock you, would anybody ever say the same things about the male politician? >> no. and walking for the world, the environmentally profiting shoes profiting the earth and making a profit, too. our doctor about anything you feel. physically, and emotionally. body and mind. dad! hiding when i was supposed to be quitting. i thought, i should try something that works.
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gas emissions to net zero over ten years. >> that is in the form of a resolution and would not have the force of law, has not lessened a fiery debate as to cost and guaranteeing a job with a family sustaining wage to all people of the united states, who ill the politician dither, some in the private sector are achieving what the plan encourages, perhaps there is no startup than allbergs, they sold 1 million in the first two years and has grown into a $1.4 billion business. "time" imagination was comfortable call i.t. the most comfortable shoe. joey founded allbergs, renewables, carbon future tral. a lot of us don't know what it means, so school me. >> the challenges is a great place to start.
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so i guess may be best served by an example. i should have brought a shoe this bottom unit in one of our shoes is a foam. typically this foam, it's the largest component used in the entire sneaker industry. it's typically made from petroleum or natural gas through a capital process. >> that emits quite a bit of carbon in the atmosphere. the fashion industry emits about 700 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year. it's a big contributor to global warming. what we have done instead is used a renewable resource that sucks carbon out of the atmosphere. so instead of using petroleum, we actually use sugar cane. if i can take a quick second to break it down if you are driving in your car, you are emitting carbon dioxide out of your tail pipe. it gets trapped with a little
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the reason why we exist and why we think we are successful so far in our early years is exactly because of that tension. you know, we believe that you can create something that's a much better product and as you mentioned, we're making amazingly comfortable shoes. we're not making them to be sustainable. the fact that we've constrained ourselves to use really sustainable materials in the production of our products that doesn't take away from the fantastic comfort of the shoes. we think people tend to buy products because they're better products and they give them benefit in the daily lives. the manufacturing is on us to make sure we do it in the best possible way. i think it's a place that's been ignored for the last many decade and that's given rise to a great opportunity and i this city reason why things are you talking about the green new deal are kind of of in vogue and talked about significantly on twitter and what not on social media is because consumers are
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responding to the fact this is a real big challenge, we're facing down the barrel of a gun with climate change and young people are looking for business and government to step up and take a leadership position in this. >> isn't the lesson of allbergs, maybe we shouldn't be looking to government to get us out of this to entrepreneurs to you and tim that the private sector could go g be getting it done on its own. >> we're playing a small part. i think with the vacillations and different parties come income and out of power, i think some of the long-term stability in this more partisan environment is shifting out of the public sector and whether that's good or bad. >> right. >> i think business versus and the understand to really step up. i hope we can play a small role. if we're a bit of a beacon for other entrepreneurs or other business leaders to see how business can step up and play a vital role, i think that's
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fantastic. i think it's incumbent upon leaders today in business to do something to solve this problem. >> joey zing iller, thank you for being here. >> thank you, michael. still to come the over the top comments about michigan's female governor. is this a preview of what the president in 2020 could face? and all this at a time when women are staking out a big place in culture the women of congress got a big shoutout on "snl." >> once upon a time there were women and then they became fed up with and then they became congress women. they fight crime, they right wrongs, they wear white. they're not all white. we love that. they're the women of congress. you should be mad at forced camaraderie. and you should be mad at tech that makes things worse.
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neutrogena® it's the year of the woman in politics. while jennifer whit mer wanted
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to have her speech broadcast. she got comments on social media. >> that led them to post a story on its website. the headlines says social media focuses on whitmers dress not her address. here are comments they thought were appropriate to highlight. dress looking a little tight, she's the governor of our state, wear a business suit the woman said. i can't read the rest of these. one woman said nobody would be saying anything if it were governor snyder, right? definitely not. we live in a sex it's world. another answered, whitmer didn't waste time in pushing back. she said, quote, in an era when so many people are stepping up to lead, i am home e hoping people focus on our accomplishments than our appearance. this is one example of women face. a lot of women have thrown their
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hat into the ring. as journalists how tough can we be on them, should we talk about elizabeth warren likability. whether kamela harris is black must have, amy klobuchar is too tough on her standard? joining seems to me a research and communications director at the barbalee group which works to advance women in politics. let's do the easy part. that was absolutely appalling said about the michigan governor. >> reporter: absolutely. i'm so glad you played that that's one of the more recent examples of what women are facing. but what's changed over the past few years has been the conversation and even in the piece that you showed, women are standing up for themselves, they're also standing up for each other. the elected officials and member itself of the public in a way we haven't seen before. that's a big shift. >> is likability always cloaked
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sexism? i mean, aren't there some circumstances where it's appropriate that you can say about a woman as you would say about a man but in the man case, it's the beer test? in the female case, it might be likability? school me on that. >> reporter: exactly. i think we are all sick of the question, who would you like to have a beer with? likability is certainly something for any candidate. the thing is likability is crucial for women candidates, because we know from our 20 years of research that voters will vote for a man they do not like if they believe he is qualified. yet they won't vote for a woman they do not like if they think she is qualified. likability is something very difficult to pin down. it's almost like walking a tight rope. use humor, not too much humor, dress nice, not too nice, take credit. also share credit. in fact, a direct quote from our
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focus group adviceing women and how to present themselves who have to quote look impeccable. we deep see those same standards for when when they run. >> i hear what you are saying, but there is a scholar at dartmouth. i am sure you know debra gordon's works, we can put the screen shot up that found there is no evidence of sexist attitudes or biases that undermine candidates at the ballot box. do you disagree with that thesis? >> i do disagreement i think all you need to do is come into your focus groups and listen to what we have to say. we also acknowledge that gender is the only factor in how voters decide at the ballot box. we know party and ideology outweigh gender. but we spent the past 20 years in our focus groups hearing people say, i would vote for a woman, not that woman. now we already have and it's only february a number of lily
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qualified women running for president. it's going to be hard to hide your bias around that excuse. >> let me show you something offensive, it's me in the last presidential cycle after what i think was the second republican debate. rom it. >> a number of these candidates showed a sense of humor. she didn't necessarily show that. >> correct. >> she has got to. i agree with everything relative to command of the facts. she has a public speaking gift. she's got to smilely say, no she doesn't. >> so anderson says, you know, no sense of humor, i don't want to put words in his mouth. i say she's got a good command of the facts. she's got a speaking gift. i said she needed to smile in that debate. inappropriate? >> well, we hear that over and over again about women and we just simply don't hear any 81 s anyone saying mean e men need to style. that's an interesting double
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standard? for the record i said that john kasi kasich, whom i like can be a little cranky, my god if i said that about a him who, i'd be tarred and feathered. >> okay. i didn't ha ter john kasich peace, so i acknowledge that but i do think we tend to hear those comments a lot more when it comes to women candidates and we also know that when women are seeking executive officer, they face additional par years because it's one thing if voters are deciding that a woman is going to be a decision-maker or a member of legislature. if she is the ultimate decision maker, she has to work twice as hard to show voters she's qualified. we know when men release their resume, they get the benefit and women get the doubt. for men qualifications are assumed and women have to answer for those. we saw that with carley fiorina. >> a final thought if i may.
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i was getting ready for this segment, reading in on these issues and couldn't help but take note of the fact that there was discussion and a lot of print treatment about the president's weight. he had a physical this week. he may or may not weighing 243 pounds. critics were quick to say, aha, he's obese. i said to myself, oh my fwod, we would never inappropriately so. we'd never have that conversation about a female. >> well, that's an example of not having a template for a woman in a presidency to compare it. it's ditch cam for the doctor to release those results for the president of the united states. certainly, it's appropriate to talk about them and it's appropriate for candidates of all genders to be put under scrutiny. i think the differences that we all need to pay attention to, the way that we're talking about women and to make sure that we are being fair in the way that we are critiqueing them. >> amanda, well done, thank you.
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>> thank you. what do we have on social media? hit me with a tweet if i have time. smer silic smerconish, potus is constantly maligned for his orange skin, bad hair and large body even his small -- you know, isn't it similar? there are five, six fe maim candidates running for president. what happens if a female is elected as she pointed out the tradition is the physical the results of the physical are released. will that include a weight calculation for a female president? still ahead, lobbyists trying to get them into important hearings? that has one of the biggest names in congress's freshman class and very upset taking to twitter. building a better bank
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new members of congress can be surprised by a lot of d.c. traditions. recently, high profile representative alexandria ocasio-cortez spotted people waiting outside a hearing room and tweeted this. i turned to my staff and asked if it was a demonstration. no, they said. lobbyists pay the homeless and others to hold their place so they can get in first. that's right. get into an important hearing perhaps, this is the way you get it done. they're supposed to be equally accessible to everybody, but not everyone agrees it is a bad thing. mark gross is the owner of line and joins me now. mark, if i want to get into that hearing and i come to you, how much are you going to charge me and who are you going to hire to stand in line for me? >> our rates are $48 an hour.
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but we have a bunch of competitors that charge anything from $40 an hour to $60 an hour to have people stand in line. these are not homeless people, these are professional line standers who know how to brave the elements, stand out in the cold, and wait until congress opens so that they can then move inside, hold a spot in line, until whomever it is that bewe e waiting for, and it is not always lobbyists, although my first customer when the business was invented happened to be someone that lobbies on behalf of a myriad of industries and employs people on both sides of the aisle. we work for trade associations, for trade unions, we work for organizations both on the left and the right. but these are public hearings and anybody can get into them. all they need to do is stand in
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line. >> so this is the issue. i talked about it on my sirius xm program, some say it is fair, free market capitalism, others say it interferes with a notion of equal access. i don't think anybody would care if it were concert tickets, it is the fact it is a government hearing that has some folks unsettled. >> well, first of all let's say we're talking about potential hearings on impeachment, okay? when i was 16 years old my brother and i would skip school, we would come down to russell senate office building at 0 dark 30 and stand in line for three or four hours to go and see history made, whether it was ehrlich man, l patrick gray, we wanted to be there. that was history. anybody can do that and get in. you get equal access.
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long before line standing as a commercial practice was invented. the question is what hearings are we hired to stand in line for? and almost uniformly they're hearings the general public has absolutely no interest in, you know, what would be the purpose of -- let me give you a frame of reference. i remember sleeping in my mustang for yes tickets in the day. we would have been pissed if somebody showed up, took somebody else's place. you have to have skin in the game, be the one to tough it out. i'm surprised there's not more static at the time someone from line standing shows up to swap places. >> well, there isn't any static because it is a uniform practice for the hearings that we're going to and in washington, d.c.
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we started doing commercial line standing 26 years ago. it's become something people expect. there are task rabbit in new york city getting in front of the iphone store two, three days in advance. >> right. >> it is something for people to brag about. i got the first iphone x. >> can you get me yes tickets? if there's a reunion tour that interests me? >> no. that's an interesting question. you can't get them any more because promoters and owners of the tickets have gone in and destroyed the industry. you have to pay the premium to whoever is putting on the show, and it is probably yes themselves! >> all right. no, no, they're good guys. mark, thank you. appreciate it very much. still to come. your best and worst tweets and facebook comments. whitens my teeth? or one that's good for my teeth? now i don't have to choose. from crest 3d white. the whitening therapy collection. now with charcoal or coconut oil. it gently whitens. plus, it has a fortifying formula to protect your enamel.
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dumbest tweets of the day to read on air. that's a foolish comment. of course i'm not going to do that. thank you, eva. at least you know they're not all set up. ladies and gentlemen, catch up with us on cnn go and on demand. see you next week. good morning, everyone. it is saturday, february 16th. i am kaylee hartung in for christi paul. >> i am victor blackwell. you're in the cnn "newsroom." we have a lot to tell you about this morning. >> first up, democrats are rallying like it is 2020 already. presidential hopefuls are all over the map this weekend, they're selling their message from new hampshire to south carolina, georgia, iowa. >> the president's former campaign chairman paul manafort is likely to spend the rest of his life in prison. >> after announcing a national emergency he admitted he quote,
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