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if you are living in an impoverished generational help.ion, then you need the government should not be turning its back on you. i'm in favor of empowerment. one of the programs that my husband put into place, the new market tax credit, was used to help build up poor, rural communities, to provide economic opportunities. it has been allowed to lapse by their public and congress. there are tools at our disposal. is, the point that you make an especially important one, we need to be talking about this, so that the caricatures and stereotypes that are too often flooding the media, are for once and all retired. for a sport. mr. martin: what would you do about those communities? what kennedy did, going to the delta, gave a different view. it brings into those areas and say, america, these are broke
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white people who are poor and this is what poverty looks like, not some black single mother in chicago or detroit. mr. martin: they went -- sen. clinton: they went to appellation as well. let me just point out that a lot of republican governors are not expanding medicaid, including right here in south carolina. that is leaving hundreds of thousands of poor people, black just to the mercy of the emergency room. there is no system for them to be able to get the health care that they need, and if you compare -- i was in louisiana not so long ago, and the prior democratic governor in arkansas expanded medicaid, got a special waiver from the federal government to do it in a way that he could get it through his legislature, but the fact is that hundreds of thousands of poor people got it. across the border in louisiana, their governor running for
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president would not do it. hundreds of thousands of people were left out. i do not know how you justify that, especially, since the federal government is paying 100% of the cost until, in a few years, they will pay 90% of the cost. because what people to be well. you talk about this recent study that i mention, where you have middle-aged white folks killing themselves, getting addicted to drugs and alcohol, not getting help for mental illness or substance abuse -- that is a health problem. people are often times, and rural areas especially, not as reachable through health systems. i think we have to look at this from the perspective of what we do to make our country healthier, and the people most in need of that are poor people. wherever they live and whoever they are. i feel passionately about this, as i said -- i first job out of
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law school was with the children's defense fund, started by the woman from south carolina. for the- my first job children's defense fund was coming to south carolina to do an investigation about juveniles and adult jails. some familiar? then weprogress, but kind of fall back. you cannot grow weary, doing the work that is necessary to help people have dignity and develop their own potential. that is what health is about. if you do not have that, you don't have anything. mr. martin: last question for me. black women, stand up. secretary clinton if you become president of the united states, and if you had to appoint some into the supreme court, which you a point a black woman to the supreme court? [applause] sen. clinton: do we have some candidates here? i will certainly consider people
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who have the energy and the intellect and the experience to be on the supreme court. and probably on the younger side, because i want them to be there for a long time. [applause] mr. martin: we have a whole list. it would be good to see a sister on the supreme court. i am just saying. all right, we have one question over here. could you stand up? go ahead. shout it out. [indiscernible] sen. clinton: yes i do. [indiscernible] [applause] mr. martin: just take a picture.
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[applause] >> something so simple and then bill clinton came to south carolina and i was in the who i was,d i said and he said, i want my bible. [applause] mr. martin: are you trying to meet chelsea next? >> my question was we were talking about youth empowerment. and i told you about time that i was working. we were talking about youth empowerment and i now see as a part of your platform, youth empowerment. i also heard you said today, grassroots, small children. what is your plan when elected president, that you have for
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identifying like other countries, the cream of the crop and channeling those children from children to be prepared when these job opportunities open up? sen. clinton: that is a really good question. if you have not seen one of those bibles, i recommend that you do. it is such an extraordinary part of south carolina history. i thank you. as you can tell, my husband was jealous. which is ok. starti think you have to with the families and the parents of little children. throughnt to do more communities, three churches, through other institutions to help every parent understand that he and she are the child's first teachers. worko do what we know can to get those children better prepared for school. i think talent is universal, but
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opportunity is not. there are a lot of really smart kid who don't get the chances that they deserve. that is why we need universal prekindergarten, because we need to start with kids who really deserve that extra help. so when they get to school, they are better prepared to learn. i do think what you are saying makes sense and it goes back to the point we were talking about earlier about schools. when i was first lady of arkansas, we did a very comprehensive overhaul of our school system. changing the curriculum, putting more demanding requirements in, but we also recognize that it was difficult in a rural state like arkansas, and a rural state like south carolina, to provide all of the opportunities for everybody, everywhere. so i helped to start the arkansas school format and science.
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it is a boarding school, a public boarding school, so that young kids interested in science and technology, engineering and mathematics, can apply to go there if they are in a small district that does not have the courses that they are looking for. i would like to see us do more of that across the country. there are some states that have done this, some of them do it for performing arts. i started with science and technology. but, there are other kinds of studies -- the cousin you have as many small towns and rural areas, it is not possible to provide everything in person, which is why we also need to do more through technology and online learning, but you a few -- but if you are in a poor school and you do not have the computers or the tablets and don't even have the school wired and don't get high-speed internet, it is pretty hard. your kids are going to fall behind. my highest priority is, let's
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raise everybody up, and let's provide some special opportunities for kids who want to go further in the areas of their expertise or what they want to learn. mr. martin: final comment. or was that it? sen. clinton: let me thank you for doing this. one andme think news everybody who is a part of this, and especially to the university for hosting us. [applause] sen. clinton: i gave the 2007,cement here act in and i'm so honored to be back. some of the state elected officials were here -- i want to be a good partner. i want to end by saying this. a president can do a lot and should. and i will work as hard as i know how to find common ground, even with people that i don't
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agree with politically, because if we can find common ground on something important, we should go forward together. but, it also want to be a partner to those making change in state legislatures in communities across a state like this. because, a president can also do things that are not in the formal job description. i can convene groups and want to know what is the best way to improve job training for advanced manufacturing. we will get people who are doing and know how to do it together and will come up with a plan to try to sell everybody about doing that. so, convening, catalyzing change, neck and people up like the arkansas bank corporation, which i hope to start. let's find out why it succeeded and why south shore did not, and how we could do more of what worked in communities like those here in south carolina. and i want to be a coordinator and connector so that we get
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people to really understand what we are capable of doing, no matter where we are. do not wait for somebody in washington. make the political demands, what you need from washington. try to hold your elected officials accountable. if we could get voter registration up and south carolina, your elected officials would look different than they look right now. in many parts of the state, and so, we have to work in a partnership, from the grassroots up, and from the top down, and we have to give more people the tools to make the best decisions for their own lives. that is when i grow doing, that is what i learned to do, and that is what i will do as your president. [applause] mr. martin: all right. that is it for us. do you know how to wobble? sen. clinton: i don't.
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mr. martin: you just lost the black vote right there. you'll pick up some votes. sen. clinton: i have to see it in order to do it. mr. martin: you need some music. sen. clinton: who can show me? come on, don't be shy. mr. martin: i told you we do it a little bit different. sen. clinton: don't leave me hanging here. mr. martin: should i put my ipod on? i have music. [laughter] mr. martin: you know i will put it on. secretary clinton, and is a pleasure. a round of applause, democratic presidential candidate, secretary hillary clinton. [applause]
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mr. martin: i told you that we need the music. i need everybody to stay in place, please. she will come out to shake hands. all of you stay in place. thank you very much. ♪ mr. martin: you do have music. ♪ i let you push me past the breaking point, i stood for nothing, so i fell for everything. you helped me down but i got up, you hear my voice user that sound, like thunder, i'm going to shake this ground. get ready, i see it all, i see it all. i have the eye of the tiger. the fire, dancing to the fire
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and you are going to hear me roar. ♪ let's give the black caucus a round of applause, please. [applause] ♪ >> every campaign event we cover is available on our website at house minority leader nancy
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pelosi is on a chip -- trip to china. over the weekend, congressman pelosi treated -- tweeted a picture from hong kong. >> all persons having business before the honorable, the supreme court of the united states. opposedkorematsu boldly the forced internment of japanese americans during world war ii. after being convicted for failing to report for relocation, mr. korematsu took his case all the way to the supreme court. >> this week on landmark cases, we will discuss the historic supreme court case of korematsu versus the united states. after the attack on pearl harbor, fdr issued an evacuation
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order sending 120,000 people of japanese origin who lived close to military installations to internment camps throughout the u.s. >> this is a re-creation of one andhe their x -- barracks they were divided into six different rooms. they did not have sheet rock, they did not have ceilings, they did not have masonite on the floor. it would have been freezing even in the daytime. the only heating they would have had what had been a stove. this would not have been able to keep the entire room and a comfortable kind of way. >> challenging the evacuation order, fred korematsu divide the order and was arrested and his case into the supreme court. find out how the court ruled in view of the war powers of congress with our guest peter irons, author of "justice that korematsu,karen
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executive director of the fred korematsu institute and daughter of the plaintiff. we'll explore the mood of america and the u.s. government policies during world war ii. will follow mr. korematsu's life. that is coming up on the next landmark cases, live tonight at 9:00 p.m. eastern on c-span, c-span3, and c-span radio. order your copy of the landmark cases companion book, available for $8.95. veterans day is this wednesday. and tomorrow on c-span, a conference on employment for veterans. the u.s. chamber of commerce and the george w. bush institute have teamed up to create an initiative that would help veterans and military spouses find jobs. laura bush and the labor secretary were among those who
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spoke at the conference. waller servicemen and women are deployed, their spouses are the one to take care of the families at home. they care for the children, they manage the finances. and they pray that there has been and wives will return home safely. rodriguez andt his wife marlene joined us at our ranch in 2013 and 2014 for the bush center annual warrior 100 i cried. she talked about the service in the airport and she said, we, i say we served 35 years. i lived every deployment with him. every trial and tribulation. the day i said yes to him, i did not realize the impact it was going to have on me. that is why it is so important to make sure that while our
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servicemen and women receive the support that they need, that we care for their families as well. as we have heard this morning, employment support is the perfect place to start. studies show that post-9/11 veterans -- the consequences of that employment or underemployment are not only financial. when one family member is suffering, the entire family suffers. full lineup of veterans day programming for you. join is starting tuesday night at 8:00 p.m. eastern, former will talk laura bush about hiring our heroes, a conference organized by the chamber of commerce and the georgia be bush institute. on veterans day, c-span's washington journal from 7-10 :00 a.m. eastern.
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conversationsrn, with freshman members of with as, beginning former marine. whoseformer army ranger unit help time down saddam hussein. at 11:00 a.m. eastern, live coverage of the ceremony at arlington national cemetery. at noon, more from freshman members of congress. a representative talks about his service and i rock as a former navy seal, followed by a representative talking about joining the marines and fighting in iraq. watch all of this veterans day coverage on tv or online at this morning at the white house, president obama met with the israeli prime minister in the oval office. after the meeting, they spoke
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with reporters. president obama: it is very good to welcome the prime minister to the oval office. there is no foreign leader who i've met with more frequently, and i think that is a testimony to the extorted very bonds between the united states and israel. before i get started, i just want to say a brief word about the jordanian attacks that we discovered earlier. the fact that someone dressed in military uniform carried out an attack at a training facility in which it appears that there may three u.s.wo or citizens killed. and a number of other individuals injured. obviously a full investigation is taking place. seriously, andry we will be working closely with
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the jordanian to determine exactly what happened. at this stage, i want to just let everyone know that this is something we are paying close attention to and the families have been notified, and we offer our deepest condolences. we will be going out to them. i also want to extend my condolences to the israeli people on passing of the former president. he was an important figure in extend politics and we heartfelt condolences to his family. this is going to be an opportunity for the prime minister and myself to engage in a wide-ranging discussion on the most arresting security issues that both our countries base. thes no secret that security environment in the middle east has deteriorated in
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many areas. repeatedly, the security of israel is one of my top foreign-policy priorities. that has expressed itself not only in words, that in deeds. we have closer military and intelligence cooperation than any two administrations in history. the military assistance that we provide we consider not only an important part of our obligation to the security of the state of israel, but also an important part of u.s. security and infrastructure in the region. that one of our closest allies can only protected health but can also work with us in determining terrorism -- deterring terrorism and other security threats. in what continues to be a
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chaotic situation in syria, this'll give us an opportunity to discuss what is happening there. we will have an opportunity to blunt thew we can isis ands, i still -- other organizations in the region that carry out terrorist attacks. a lot of our time will be spent on a memorandum of understanding that we can potentially negotiate. it will expire in a couple of years, but we want to get a head start on that to make sure that both the united states and israel can plan effectively for our defense needs going forward. we will also be chance to talk about how implementation of the iran nuclear agreement is going. it is no secret that the premise are and i have had a strong disagreement on this narrow issue. but we do not have a disagreement on making sure that
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iran does not get nuclear weapons, and we do not have a disagreement about the importance of stopping these destabilizing activities. we are looking to make sure that we find common ground there. we will also have an opportunity to discuss some of the concerns that both of us have around violence in the palestinian territories. i want to be very clear that we condemn in the strongest terms, palestinian violence against innocent israeli citizens. again, itrepeat once is my strong belief that israel has not just the right, but the obligation, to protect itself. i also will discuss with the prime minister his thoughts on temperatureower the
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between israel and palestine. how we can get back on a path toward peace, and how we can make sure that legitimate palestinian aspirations are met through the political process, even as to make sure that israel is able to secure it self. so, there is going to be a lot of work to do with too little time, which is why. your and is once again say, welcome. thank you. >> mr. president, first let me express the condolences of the people of israel for the loss of american lives. pm netanyahu: we are with you. we are with each other in more ways than one, and i want to thank you for this opportunity to strengthen our friendship which is strong, strengthen our alliance which is strong.
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i think it is rooted in shared values, buttressed by shared interest. it is driven forward by a sense of a shared destiny. today obviously tested with instability and insecurity in the middle east as you have described it. i think everybody can see it. the savagery of isis or the aggression and terror. by iran and the proxies. and the combination of turbulence has now displaced millions of people. they have butchered hundreds of thousands. we do not know what will transpire, and i think this is a tremendously important opportunity for us to work together to see how we can defend ourselves against this aggression. this terror. how we can roll it back. it is a daunting task.
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equally, i want to make it clear that we have not given up our hope for peace. we will never give up our hope for peace. i remain committed to the vision of peace, of two states for two people, and a deed militarize palestinian state that recognizes the jewish state. i do not think that anyone should doubt israel's determination to defend itself against terror and destruction. neither should anyone doubt israel's willingness to make peace with any of its neighbors, that generally want to achieve peace. i look forward to discussing with you practical ways in which we could devote attention to increased stability and move toward peace. finally, i want to thank you for your commitment to further bolstering security in the region.
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israel has shouldered a tremendous defense burden over the years, and we have done it with the generous assistance of the u.s. i want to express my appreciation to you, the appreciation of the people of israel to you, for your efforts in this regard during our years of common service and what you are engaging in right now. how to bolster security, how to maintain israel's qualitative military edge so that israel can defend itself against any threat. so for all of these reasons, i want to thank you again for your hospitality, but even more so for staying and strengthening the tremendous friendship and alliance between israel and the united states of america. thank you much. president obama: thank you very much anybody. about two hours after
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meeting, white house press secretary josh earnest greeted reporters, this is almost an hour and a half. >> two things at the top. then we'll get to your questions. thefirst thing you heard president on friday. attending the climate talks in paris to be with world address the serious issue. the president will be attending november 30th and
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tuesday december 1st. in paris the united states will be pushing for an agreement that three things. we're lookinghat reflect thet that an ambitious climate target. looking for an agreement that puts in place a framework to ratchet withemissions over time high standard accountability. third, we're looking for an agreement that mobilizing technical support and low carbon development, andcially for the poorest most vulnerable countries. we know that some of the poorest aretries are the ones who moe vulnerable to the tangible climate impacts that
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aroundeady being felt the globe. scientists and experts agree that we're feeling the effects of climate change. in the united states and around the globe. without action, these impacts clear threat to our economic and national security. that to help explain why the president is committed andcting on climate change what's at stake and beyond. the president earlier today released a video on his brand new facebook page. if you haven't taken a look at it, i encourage you to check it out. the second thing we had inctions over the weekend burma. i wanted to do a quick statement that. the united states congratulates and commendf burma all the people in the institutions to work together to hold a peaceful and historic election. we're seeing initial reports of results but we encourage the uniono wait for election commission official results and their final report
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domestic and the final reports from domestic and beforetional emissions making assessments. what is clear is that for the first time ever millions of people in burma voted in a meaningful, competitive election. structural and flaws, we believe it represents step in burma's democratic reform process. team wasembassy impressed with the enthusiastic of burma, high turnout and diversity of people at the polls. they were keen to have their voices heard. encouraged by public from president sang-sang and the commander in chief. it's important for all political leaders to work together to form
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a new government and for stakeholders to help to ensure and pursue national reconciliation. with that out the way, josh, we questions.our >> the early results seems to be a pretty overwhelming his party. in president invested a lot conversions from military rule. she can't become president, she said if her party wins in she will act the leader of the country anyway. the emphasis u.s. placed on that, the rigorous democratic process in miramar do you see it possible for her to have a role country's leader if she's not actually elected under the constitution? things about that. that she hasclear
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bringingerful voice in about some much needed reform political to the system inside of burma. ultimately, what set of responsibilities she'll have will be the responsibility of and burmesepeople government to determine. the second thing, we've that there were some flaws in the political there. i would include in that category, the law that targets her by hasesting that because she a spouse that was in another country, that she cannot serve president. this is an indication that additional reforms are needed additional work needs to be ofe to bring about the kind
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effective and democracy we like to see. rules isne of those that right now 25% of the parliamentary is guaranteed to the military. tore are some imperfections put it mildly. denying, rather dramatic change that we seen of burma. the united states has played an toortant role in trying nurture that change and give the burmese people more of a voice the governing of their country. can continue to count on the united states being supportingn strongly their efforts to realize the kind of government they like to country.their >> the president references this morning. there's been some various reports from that, possibly up
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has passedore that away. do you have any update? i know the president said two or fay it itctly what the willty -- fatalities were. >> there were two u.s. trainers and two other shooting today. understand in addition to the americans who were involved, there was a south african trainer and a jordanian trainer who was killed. were other jordanian lebanese individuals who were wounded. said, our heart felt condolences go out to the all of those who are affected. the brave individuals killed were training jordanian and lebanese and palestinian forces. a cowardly act reinforces the
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determination of the united thees and partners around world to stand up with those tontries that are trying build the kind of police force and law enforcement that's to preserving security and order inside their countries. strongly condemn this incident. we deeply appreciate the cooperation and support that from oureived jordanian partners president mentioned short two-state deal, he like to see lower tensions. palestinianlis and back on path. did he get a road map from netanyahu. did he ask the prime minster any he might be doing in that regard? >> as i walk out here the meeting between the president and prime minster was still ongoing. that's going to limit my ability
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particular detailed read out of their conversation. the expectation -- let me say it this way, this item is on the agenda. i think you heard both leaders the comments that prime minster netanyahu and president obama made to all of before their meeting began. is on the that this agenda obviously goes to priority that is a top of both leaders, which is the safety and security of the israel.f the president obama believes that the security interests of of israel are best served through reaching a to-state solution to try resolve that conflict. conflict has had continued to create the kind of instability that allows violence
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to take root. and obviouslya secretary kerry and secretary clinton before hand, invested a time and effort in trying to bring sides to the table.ting to facilitate an outcome along the two-statef solution. isimately, what is clear that the political leaders on both sides are going to of to make some difficult decisions including decisions in the short politicallyybe unpopular with their people. ber the long term it will critical to the success and advancement. standesident continues to ready to facilitate those kinds of conversations. obviously, he's got a long way to go. >> does the president agree with the antibuilding commissions
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suggestions recommendations that -- result of what they're government --n >> those reports today. obviously this anti-doping is an international organization. it's independent of any specific government body. independent of the united states government. decisions would have to be made by international authorities that govern these athletic competitions. reports.ote of those ultimately -- russia's involvement, to the agree their and field team will be next olympic,e it's something they would have to determine this election have any implications for sanctions or trades? >> at this point, i don't have
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any changes to announce with that regard. this is something that the treasury department closely monitors. i refer you to them for any changes that they maybe planning. i'm not aware of any. >> if the military accepts the election, would the united states reconsider ties with miramar? earlythis point it's too to suggest exactly what changes in u.s. policy would be brought about by the outcome of this and the way that it is proceeds by all sides. during the president visit to not just ahave seen willingness but a desire to between our two countries and deepen the relationship between the united states and burma. at this point, i don't have any possible policy changes to announce.
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>> with the meeting with the i recognize it's still ongoing, are you able to not benjaminr netanyahu's remarks to congress uplier this year, will come during their one on one? if prime minster netanyahu address will be discussed. ofnow that the issue preventing iran from obtaining nuclear weapon is an item on the agenda. the president alluded to and his remarks before the meeting. while there maybe disagreement between two countries about this diplomatic dream, there's no disagreement. when it comes to our commitment preventing iran for weapon.g a nuclear it's our ability to destabilize in iran andes engage this that region of the world. your remarks by
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talking about the conference. does the united states come with in hand? announced his commitment on using greenhouse gas emissions. what else does he bring this time as a bargaining chip to help push this in the direction he wants to go? >> at this point, you have seen make ated states substantial contribution and substantial commitment to handling business in our own country when it comes to reducing carbon pollution. we saw that firm commitment on the part of the united states, elicited similarly strong commitment from the chinese government in terms of capping carbon emissions and making investments in renewable technologiesher tot will allow their economy continue to grow.
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while making decisions that are clearly the best interest of the public health and citizens that public healthso to citizens across the planet. that obviously was an important step. we talked on friday that many of climate policy in the united states suggested that the unitedish for states to begin taking important steps to cut carbon pollution. the steps wouldn't have the intended impact if we couldn't go i think what's notable about that announcement is it directly takes on the chief criticism of our political opponents. it does demonstrate that by using our influence around the progress on making thee bold policy agenda of president, we can do something important for the planet. something important for the health and well being who are affected
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by poor air quality. we can do something good for our economy. the things that's notable about the commitment that china carbon cap their missions is that it was going to require investment in new to generate power in that country. one source of that power powertion is nuclear plants. bese power plants that will constructed at least in part, by u.s. companies. this is economic growth and jobs created here in the united states because of this global commitment to doing something climate change >> my question is, is that what brings, aent discussion of everything that he has done? thethere anything else in bag that he will bring as an to get other companies? out certainly wouldn't rule necessarily future commitments. the kinds of commitments that
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the united states has made are and have elicited significant commitment from other countries. they make clear that president obama is determined to show leadership on this issue and that based on the u.s. commitment to this issue, other confident in feel following through on their commitments knowing that they're going to have the desired effect. knowing we're going to be able confront the significant challenge of climate change in this country. april. >> this is getting a lot of momentum. particularly this weekend. at the university of missouri, race issue. and senator clare mccaskill chimed in. is the president saying anything about this? what does the white house say? >> i haven't spoken to the story.nt about this new i did read about it over the
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weekend myself. is my home state. i didn't attend the university of missouri. campus iously a visited many times. of missouri are justifiably proud of that learning.n of higher the people of missouri take pride in the institution that is the university of missouri. i think what is notable about events that we saw the way thatend is campus has really rallied of the ideasupport that every student that's admitted to the university of missouri, has a place on that campus and in that community. unity andtment to is one that justice i think the people of missouri certainly the mizzou
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community can be proud of. but, that's not -- you don't get student on of every campus feeling like they have a place by just hoping that it will happen. it requires work. effort.res painstaking we've seen a commitment from the community to pursue that goal. that's an important thing. think this also illustrates that something that the insident talked a lot about context of in this campaign. a up andple speaking speaking out can have a profound communities where we live and work. is a small group of students who stood up to make voices heard and concerns public. this had impact on people all including campus members of the football team who
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quite ay speak with loud voice. they were able to count on the coaches.f their reports that news highest ranking administrative official in campus spent yesterday bringing food to students who were camped out in protest and spending time talking to student leaders. that's the kind of dialogue and the mizzouity that community is going to need to this issue.s on >> with a small group of people, i understand that. a install group -- small noise.f people made this is real. does this require the justice to take a look at there?happening
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you have had football team force the president of the university to step down. time for theit's justice department to come age take a look? i hear you talk about conversation, this is a little bit deeper than conversation. you had a confederate flag and allowed to show support. expression. confederate flag driving around the university at this time where tensions is still hot. >> just to be clear about my first answer, when i was referring to a small group of was talking about the small group of students at the .niversity of missouri who decided to raise these concerns. to make sure that the minority students were getting the attention that they deserved. that did inspire a broader movement and broader statement a groupt started out as of -- some of the members of the grew into theand support of the entire team and
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the coaching staff. a testament to the unity of purpose that exist on that campus. that unity of purpose is not going to be enough. is going to be hard work to obtain this -- to achieve this goal of making sure that it's clear that every member of that community has a rightful place there. to be contributor to that community and to feel at home there. there's work that needs to be done. i think i take great satisfaction, particularly when talking about my home state, in seeing so many people come together determined to make progress on a very difficult question that is laced with some history. >> do you think at this point if hate crimeation of or hate crimes as well as civil occurredolation that on the campus?
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>> that's obviously law enforcement officials would have consider and the justice department would have to consider that. i wouldn't want to say anything perceivedwould be influencing any decisions that toy may or may not have make. >> in your familiarity of the university of missouri, are you surprised about the kind of acts detailed? the racist behavior on that campus? >> i think there are a couple of different ways to answer that question. any state institution is a product of the state and that state's history. it's a very painful history. in thet ancient history state of missouri. i think it is a testament to the of the people on campus at the university of missouri speaking out. that they are standing up to confront those issues. that's the other thing important, i think it's
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this int we don't lose the debate either. this debate going on -- this debate is not just occurring at the the university of missouri, there are discussions about some issues that are taking place in campuses all across the country. reading in the newspaper today, there's been some concerns about the environment at yale right now. it's obviously a very different situation. it's a private institution, university of missouri is public institution. the scale of source of their concern is different. fundamentalo the issue about these college campuses ensuring there's a home for everybody. we expect college campuses will places where people views are challenged. there is a vibrant debate on campus. that's something that we want to
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preserve. that's the best institutions of this countryng in have. we also need to make sure that that campus on feels like they have a home. >> is a teachable moment that the president might weigh in on? thiswouldn't speculate at point whether or not he'll make a public statement. if you talk to him, maybe you'll him about it. not though? >> i'm saying i don't know. >> that's a possibility. >> i suppose you can say that. this, this situation is happening at of missouri is an ferguson.f federal this nation is still dealing the blackand community issues and some other issues. there hearing a lot of tension from some of the
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communities. and any whitese fore is the moral setter the climate. going back to bill clinton, he talk about the heart issue. do you think it could be time for this president homework is -- president who is aboutn-american to talk this issu issue? >> he's done that many times. just a press conference. maybe have a dialogue. asking. >> is there any further indication on the russian plan? updated't have intelligence assessment. hard tonue to work collect as much information as we can to try to learn what happened with that tragic incident. based on the information that learned, we at this point
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possibilityut the of terrorist involvement. as we collect information, we do a couple of things with it. first is, we make sure that we're using that information to address appropriately the posture at airports around the world. been some steps taken by the department of homeland beef you up security. we're using that information to share it with investigators. obviously the egyptians and ther russians are leading this investigation. when we have information that we can share with them, we're doing that. agree with congressman bombshipp who said if this was truly planted by isis, isis fully eclipsed al qaeda as the greatest terror threat in world? point, it is this important to understand that the
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united states and certainly in months, has been keenly of the threats emulated from the sinai peninsula. they shouldtions take given the significant extremist threats there. this point, i think -- as it relates to that question, i think there's a need on the part of the administration to take the threats both from isis and al qaeda quite seriously. not just similar. but they are threats that are and it's our attention attention that received for quite some time. >> obviously, a president in the suggested that before qaeda a threat, now you have
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intelligence committee saying, we say see a situation fact, isis, was in threat. a with al qaeda,on portrayed isis -- [inaudible]. are we now at a point where isis threat? >> i think that given the significant resources that have committed to our countiers isil campaign and we've been the support of 65 countries to carry out a range elements toement -- destroy isil -- >> you made the case that it's a regional threat. fully eclipsed al
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qaeda as the greatest terror threat in the world. far more than a regional problem. >> we've been mindful of the risk that isis poses outside the region. their aspirations are focused on that region. we've noted that they have radicalize people all around the globe using social media including to carry out act of violence in places outside the region. thee been mindful of broader threat that isil poses. i think what the president on is making sure all the threats are appropriately mitigated. we're using the wide range of our military capability and intelligence capability. trying to protect the american people. >> you probably saw some of the controversy questions raised ben carson. i don't want to comment on any of that. he did say something about the
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president. [laughter] does noty that he remember this level of scrutiny president obama in 2008 but then candidate obama. suggested barack obama had nothing of this kind of scrutiny running for president. you agree with that? don't agree with that statement. [laughter] i think many you have covered the 2008 campaign and can drawaign i think, your own conclusions based on the work that you've done. thing, john, is for people to remember, this is sad of one thing that's race.the presidential this process is good for democracy.
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it's not easy to run for president. it shouldn't be. people when they make public going to have their claims scrutinized. about theirr claim own biography. the process.f it was difficult when those questions were raised about senator obama. it's particularly difficult when claims were -- questions were -- i guess in in8, i recall a situation which it was less the claims that president obama was being questioned. the claims about him disprove.cult to at least to the satisfaction of critics.est >> one of them was running for president. >> what's true now is a where you have dr. carson's own claims that he has long been making and written
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about that are being subjected to scrutiny. part of theportant process. it ensures that whoever emerges difficult process, something that's capable of leading the country. most importantly, it gives voters of the opportunity to carefully consider the views and their claims and depth before they go or show upng booth caucus location. senator obama travel to iowa and people in coffee shops. hidee like to lift their and kick their tires. it's good to know that tradition is alive and well. it's important to the success of our democracy. question, --e [inaudible]. >> it's not really -- i happen to think that they are. for themately, that's judge.n people to
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michelle. >> benjamin netanyahu expressed tuesday'sment to solution. which is a lot different from heard from him. to what extent the president believe that he is truly committed to that? what does the white house expect to see in terms that commitment coming from israel now? >> well, those kinds of comments encouraging. what's most important will not followcomments but the through. the more important judge of that through than the united israeliill be the people, the palestinian people and the leaders of the palestinian people. ultimately for this kind of solution to take route or for us to advance the process direction, both sides are going to need to take sop ones to build confidence in another.
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it means that we're going to need to see a reduction if not an end to the violence. are going to need to see an end to the excitement. we're going to need to see a bothngness on the part of sides to engage constructively oneto be fair about it, thing that we have said, continued israeli sediment construction is counterproductive to that process. the united states will continue to strongly support that process. certainly believe it's in the best interest of the leaders of sides for theboth process to move in that direction. continued states will to be helpful has they do. the united states will also stand shoulder to shoulder with our ally israel hen it comes --
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when it comes to their security. an important conversation taking place today. how the united states can take the historically strong connections between our military our intelligence communities and further deepen those connections. further intensify that coordination to provide for the and toy of israel augment the security architecture of the united states. >> do you believe what netanyahu said about one thing that two-state solution, we all know that the settlement activity no matter how many times the white house expresses displeasure with that? >> michelle, i think the way to of anyhe priorities government is to take a look at what they're doing and to the follow through. opportunityainly an
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for prime minster netanyahu to try to put forward some ideas to move this process in the direction of a two-state solution. i think we've been candid about fact that given the dynamic on both sides, it's unlikely two state solution will be reached in the next 14 months. unlikely talks in pursuit of that two state the nextwill begin in 14 months. do, wee anything we can want to be supportive. >> president obama will bring up activity?ment is there going to be a situation something thate mlu will be affected by that. if that doesn't stop, then it's going to affect the amount of resistance. we saw those things are
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complete. >> for whether or not it came up meeting, i can't speak to that. it's still ongoing. i think what i would expect, be a discussion about trying to resolve the israeli-palestinian conflict in steps that israel could take to the that process in direction of a two-state .olution as it relates to settlement building, i don't know if it context ofp in the their talks. it's certainly a position that been reluctant to state privately.icly or when it comes to the commitment to israel'sd states security, that commitment is unshakeable. for a variety of reasons. the first is that israel is the strengths ally in the united states and that region of the world.
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improving and strengthening israel security is good for the national security of the united states. top say nothing of the important ties between the u.s. and values people and the that we share that both countries and citizens of both hold dear. there are a variety of reasons why those bonds are so strong. bonds are unshakeable. we may have our disappointments how to pursue our shared .bjectivess we had differences of opinion prosst comes to the peace that has not been affected. >> we've heard from the israeli defense minister that it was brought down bomb plane.ssian british prime minster said it
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was likely to be a bomb. from members of congress saying this is likely terrorism. does the white house been so thectant to say that evidence that the u.s. has pointing strongly in that direction enoughn't have intelligence to share. with all due respect to have a little more latitude to make those pronouncement than i do or other individual who respect the u.s. government are prior able to. we're going to continue to learn can about what exactly occurred. if the nextr, you noted
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brings me to the point i brought you last friday. not a joint news conference today between the president and prime minster. through the history of every time the prime minster has been to the white house, appear to have been a press conference between the prime minster and benjamin netanyahu. wanted to ask but that. i wanted to know if you can explain that now? >> primarily, the goal was to spend most of their time talking other. little less time talking to the press. take personal't offense to that. shouldn't. this reflects the way that the together.ame their desire to cover was a wide range of agenda. men do feel a
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responsibility to make sure that the citizens of the united israel are aware of their conversations. that's why both men spoke to in inentatives of the press inthe oval office. i do remember when president obama traveled to israel for an important meeting, that prime minster netanyahu hosted be they did have a nuse conference there.
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the fact is, this is abimportann meeting. we have an interest in making sure they can be a robust private conversation. an interest making sure all of you and the american people understand exactly what on the agenda and what progress we were able to make. >> i did do a little bit more homework on that. they have taken competentes from -- questions from the past. in my research found that at the past, they had questions. but that also brings to another at the bottomwas of the meeting where questions about what could have been had keep don't have to badgering you about what happened in the meeting. >> first of all, i don't mind. [laughter]. >> i'm not offended.
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wanted to do was to try to give both the american people and the israeli people a sense of what was on the agenda for the meeting. they wanted to protect their ability to have private conversations. that with regard to a couple of the jeopardy -- agenda, they're a work in progress. that would include the effort to a memorandum on understanding. i'm confident they'll have future opportunities to talk of thehe importance relationship and important conversations that took place this morning and maybe still the oval office as we speak. >> keeping with the israel with the prime minster backing away, another he made at the election hearing. to said we're going
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revaluate our thinking about the relationship. stat in that revaluation? >> it was a reassessment of our position towards a two-state solution. our commitment to israel's our reliance is unshakeable. spirited agreement obtainingr iran nuclear weapons. there was a recess conducted about our policy for the two-state solution, whether or not that's something was viable publicforward, given the comments of prime minster year.ahu earlier this essentially, part of the outgrowth of that reassessment the observation that was by a white last week house official. two-state solution was not going
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happen while president obama was still in office. talkshe possibility of about a two-state solution was of they over the course next 14 or 15 months. is anr, if there opportunity for us to try to move the process in that talks,on, short of that's something that the united states remains committed to. primarily because that we believe ultimately resolving conflict, about resolving two-stateict about and also about the israeli people and palestinian people. still believe we in. it's a goal we believe the israelis and palestinians should pursue. reached in thee -- the remainder of the president's term in offerings. >> does the president has tostitutional authority
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close guantanamo and not stand in the will of congress? know there's a high profile over the weekend. the argumenthat that -- about the president's authority, it's something to craig is well positioned make. effortone of -- focus of now is congress. there are members of congress who shares the goal. openness to trying working with the administration -- achieve this goal. ongoingaware of my devise and a strategy using only the president's tocutive authority accomplish this goal. i wouldn't take a option off the
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table >> it there consideration -- there's no thinking about ongoing option? there's a conversation from in legal and constitutional authority. wide range of legal questions raised. i i wouldn't speculate on those now. are obviously, because of the unique nature of the cases we're in unchartered league waters here. president made clear from his first week in office that prison in guantanamo is a national security priority. is a conclusion that was presidentformer george h. w. bush.
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three most the recent chairman of the joint mullenof staff, admiral and general dempsey, all shared this view. the brightest and most influential foreign policy thinkers in area are convinced closing the prison at guantanamo bay is an important thing to do. good for the country and good for our security. want to you to give away the game. ing in --r >> somebody somewhere have done some kind of analysis on this. i'm not aware of what that or what the security was. all i'm suggesting is our top priorities work with congress to get this done. thenot going to take it off
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table. >> [inaudible]. >> this is something we've been time.g on for quite some there's some leg work that the hasrtment of defense in.ged our hope now is that congress won't just play politics with that plan. they'll devote level of thought consideration to this proposal. come about?this why did the president invite him now? >> i have to admit, i didn't get call who was inviting who.
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there's a desire by both sides and -- in person, they spoken on the phone a that in this is an opportunity for them to sit down and talk about all that we have in common. sharedred values and national security priorities are more numerous. >> there's been a lot said about betweent dynamic and them. to set a since of who maybe. don't have that in front of me. i don't remember the answer of that question. that's probably not the most effective way draw their interpersonal relationship. i think both of them would be tell you that they
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professionalt relationship that allow them to advance the interest of their two country. most importantly, advance our shared dresses. you expect the leaders of allied nation do. that's what president obama and president netanyahu have done.sfully >> did you have have a sense of it's going? did. there are a couple of different meeting.tions of the i did talk to one staff member the goodn the room for chunk of the meeting this morning. that this was an important opportunity for the andsides to get together discuss something that had been members ofmong other their expected national security
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team. rice had an opportunity it visit with her. there's been a lot of work done in preparation for this meeting. this is an opportunity for them on that preparatory work howan you give us any sense ,t the beginning of the season where do they go. >> he's talking about some of that both sides are .nterested in doing this is the work that will go ofo what will be the signing memorandum of understanding to continued military cooperation between our two
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countries. thetary assistance in united states will provide to ensure that i's have the defend herself. the discussion centered on the need to conduct a careful the broaderf security situation in the middle east to assess what sort of threats and risks israel faces. also to conduct an assessment of the capabilities and technology equipment that israel already has. assess how those current capabilities match up with the or a threat.sment then determine what sort of assistance the united states can provide to try to bridge that gap. i described that to you to make clear, i don't anticipate a commitmentll be on the memorandum of
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understanding today. a discussion about the work that can be done, at among the, national security teams to process.his --you mention the two-state yates, president of legal pass be how was that made public just before the prime minster came? was that communicatedded to him before he came? >> i don't get the impression the israelils and governors was particularly surprised by the comment. then the nature of situation there now and given the pretty stark divide between the israeli leaders and
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palestinian leaders right now. lot of work that need and to bridgetry those gaps and get them back into a place where they can sit the negotiating table and have a trusted conversation. i'm not sure that worked to get them back to the table would be months.d in the next 14 >> doesn't the prime minster assures that they're committed to peace ground? >> well, they don't. immediately. prime minster netanyahu has his own responsibility. ofwas elected by the person that country. protect that country and of thelarly mindful that country faces.
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the best way for people to assess how genuine the claims are, is his administration follow through on those confidences. that's what the obama was doing.ion i saint other governments will be doing the same thing. >> do you think the prime can return home and your assessment that two-state solution is there. quite clearnd some signals that they are to trying to advance a peace process and a process toward a two-state solution. i'll just point out, that's betainly not going to enough. need to see a need
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palestiniann the government too. demonstrating their commitment faith.tiating in good they don't inspire faith. let me say that again. there aren't the kind of things that materialize immediately. there aren't the kind of things that demonstrate inspire face immediately. these are the kind of things those are the kind of policy changes that can instituted. think there is pretty widespread agreement about what is in the best interest of people on both sides of this conflict. despite that
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sides haven'two been able to reach. a do you think he did on particular issue of the two-state solution. there going to be follow up post. theing by any level of administration or do you think that this is really something will fall by the wayside? confident there will be palestinians. secretary kerry, he frequently talks to prime minster netanyahu. for him toot unusual have conversations i am not suggesting that will take place at that level, but i
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do that to illustrate the kind of open line of communication that exists between the united states and palestinian authorities. there are some important things we can advance. an opportunity for us to lay out a path to eventually completing a memorandum of understanding. this is the security assistance that is in the best interest of the united states and critical to making sure israel has the capacity to defend itself when necessary. that is a critically important work. there will continue to be a conversation about the work that can be done to verify our ongoing compliance with the agreement. there is important work that needs to be done, but i do not think all of the biggest problems will be solved in the
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context of this meeting. >> [inaudible] pushingreid has been for a cadillac tax on obamacare. mr. earnest: jordan, we have been quite clear about that specific policy. is important is it is important for the affordable care act to be a fiscally responsible plan and this is part of of ensuring we can make progress on the fiscal scale. benefits ismportant that it reduces the deficit. a fiscally responsible approach to the challenges -- that is an important part of that. that it givesg is
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employers with high-cost plans an incentive to make those plans more efficient. some academic research to indicate that as those plans become more efficient, the money that had previously gone into those benefits actually go back into paychecks, go back into direct compensation to employees . as long as we are having a conversation about the fact that there is more work that can be done to raise wages in this country, this is an important thing we can do in a way that certainly still allows employees to enjoy the benefits of a high-quality health care plan, but also getting some greater compensation and raising a topcks continues to be
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policy priority. the other thing that is important, this law does not take effect until 2018. able to continue to evaluate exactly how it would go into effect and if in that time, their ideas put forward that will strengthen the law, we are open to a conversation about that. notit is important people overlook the benefits of this policy. offer --ocrats were to [inaudible] mr. earnest: i will not negotiate it from here. that would not address all the benefits i raised here about being important when it comes to the consequences or the impact of this policy proposal. having a positive impact on wages.
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this is a policy that goes into effect in 2018. we are always in a position to have conversations with people that have an authentic interest in strengthening the affordable care act. the president has never taken the position that there are not creative ways to further improve upon and strengthen the affordable care act. if you have ideas for doing that, we are open to that conversation. so much of what has come out of congress has been an effort to undermine, even repeal the law and we spent too much time talking about that. we have not talked about some of the things that could be done to strengthen the law. , in the last six or eight weeks, the president has signed a couple pieces of legislation that have slightly reformed the law in a way that strengthens it. we can follow up with you on the
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details. mike? isis-russia thing, does president obama plan to meet president putin at the g 20 meeting? [inaudible] mr. earnest: i am not aware of any planned meetings with mr. putin. we will have some are details about the schedule in the next couple of days. i certainly would not rule out the kinds of discussions we have seen in the past, either in the hallway together or some other place where they have an informal opportunity to talk. is, i do not know at this point of any planned formal
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bilateral meeting. >> [inaudible] mr. earnest: if something like that occurs, we will definitely let you know. >> volkswagen offered to give a rebate to all the people whose cars had been implicated in the cheating admissions scandal -- emissions scandal. some of the democratic members of congress said this was an insulting offer. mr. earnest: i would not weigh in on this. volkswagen is dealing with a significant challenge. evaluate theirto crisis communications effort from here. maybe at a different stage in my career, i will do that, but not in the current state. [laughter] substancee evaluating
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is what they are doing. would you argue with that? mr. earnest: i would not. >> [inaudible] there has been interest on capitol hill about where that initial report is. can you say whether you know the theress or whether president has seen the initial report? mr. earnest: i know this is something the department of defense has been working on. i know they have made progress on the report. where it stands i am not able to comment on. what the president has says is that he expects a thorough objective and full account of what exactly occurred and he expects the apartment -- the department of defense to be as transparent as possible about those findings. once a final report has been completed, the president will take a look at it closely.
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as much of it as possible will be released to the public because that is the expectation the president has about the importance of being transparent. clarify, has he not received anything yet? knowledge, heo my has not seen a draft report or anything like that. i cannot speak to what degree he or gotten verbal updates even -- updates in a written form, but not reflective of a final report. eager the president is for that full accounting, but wants to make sure they review -- the review that that is done is objective. >> one follow-up on guantanamo bay. if the president is successful
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for taking the current level of detainees and shifting them around and shutting the prison, does he mean shutting the prison as an we are losing all the prisoners or would he like to close the prison and dismantle it? mr. earnest: you mean like the physical structure? >> the prison continuing to exist, but without any population of detainees? mr. earnest: i am not sure the plans the department defense has. -- the department of defense has. surely the president would not that scenario. the goal of closing the prison we are living up to our values when it comes to
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dealing with these individuals. i do not know what eventual plans the department of defense may have for the facilities there. have the gaps between the president and prime minister been overestimated? does a meeting like today bridge such a gap? mr. earnest: as the president said, there is no world leader with whom he has at the opportunity to meet more often than prime minister netanyahu. that is a testament to the bond between our two countries and to the effectiveness of the working relationship between the two men. it does not mean they have agreed on every issue and it does not mean they are the best of friends. that they are able to work effectively together to advance the interest of the citizens of their countries and to advanced the shared interest of our
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lands. >> was their announcement of any aid package -- was there an announcement of any aid package? mr. earnest: some important work needs to be done to conduct an analysis of the broader threats in the region, to conduct a review of the capabilities israel currently possesses, and analysis of how the united states could assist in meeting those unmet needs. processanticipate that -- it is not something you can do quickly. the president wants to be thoughtful about being strategic about this. this will chart the course of our important military relationship over the next decade. >> was this an infiltration? mr. earnest: the situation in jordan? it is still under investigation. determining what the motive was
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of this individual, whether or not this person had some sort of affiliation that is a known. at this point, it is an ongoing investigation and we are pleased with the cooperation we have gotten from the jordanians thus far. >> this person was not among the trainees? mr. earnest: the role this person had is part of the investigation. >> on climate, you mentioned of having the major economies involved. i am curious about the burgeoning economy in india. is there a push to get the indian government make strategic steps to be part of a larger global push to cut down on pollution to the atmosphere? mr. earnest: we certainly would contribute toould this broader global effort.
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this is something that is economically challenging for india. as the indian government would be the first to tell you. we have seen india take important steps in the past. these are pollutants that have onh more significant impact bringing about climate change than the burning of oil and gas. willingness toa make important commitments that contribute to this broader effort, but we would certainly like to see a country with an economy is large as india step up and make an important contribution to this effort. >> will it be a part of the events in paris? mr. earnest: you can check with them.
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>> what happened in colombia today, what would you say to the people who feel is a small group can effectively usher out the leadership of a major university like that, rather than work with the leadership through the grievance process, what does that say? mr. earnest: you had a small group on campus mobilize other voices on campus that all spoke out together. i don't think -- this started with a small group of people. you quickly saw them build support all across campus, even among the nonblack student population. that is a testament to the shared values of that community and the commitment to fighting hate and intolerance and promoting an atmosphere were all the students admitted to the
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university can find a home there. that is a significant challenge that does not just stand before the university of missouri. i will anticipate while the university of missouri is the first one to have such a high profile debate, i am confident it is not the last. >> i am wondering about the process. rather than working with leadership, usher out the university president in the wake of terrible situations on campus, i'm hearing from lots of people in missouri that suggest to me that seems an extreme way to go about figuring out the best way forward for our community. think -- i would disagree because we saw leaders on the campus also speak up and raise concerns in this regard. we saw one of the most
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influential -- certainly, the highest-paid. he made his voice heard. bowen, the leading administrator, visit the students who were camping out in protest and he brought them food and spent some time talking to them yesterday. i think that is an indication you saw people trying to bridge divides. their willingness to come together to confront these issues and to confront the concerns that have been raised by some of the black students in missouri, i think it is an encouraging development. these are concerns that initially fell on deaf ears. because of the courage of those students to speak up, and their
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effectiveness in lifting others in support of their cause, and the commitment on the part of the entire community to come together to stand up for the concerns expressed by one part of the community, i certainly cannot speak to the legalities of the process, but as somebody who is not steeped in those details, i think it is a pretty good way for the process to work. -- iflects the kind of think it does reflect the way we want our young people in this country to advocate for themselves and for their society. is a really interesting thing that is happening. to delve back into crisis comedic haitians, this is not -- to delve back into crisis communications, there is a
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reason today for a lot of people to be quite proud of their institution today. i hope that they are. tois the plan for you [inaudible] mr. earnest: i would not put a time frame on it. this is something we have been working on for quite some time. work that has of gone into it. the department of defense personnel have visited locations in kansas, south carolina, and colorado. there has been some legwork on this project that has been visible. there has been work that is not visible yet. when we put a plan forward, we won't just make it public to members of congress. we will make it public for all of you. >> is there any concern that it is too late? mr. earnest: not concerned that
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it is too late. we are going to need some cooperation from congress in order to advance this priority. that would be true whether or not they had passed or not. influence the to policy for 2016? mr. earnest: if it has that effect, we will take it. it is not necessary at this point. >> [inaudible] is his goal to have it completely closed? mr. earnest: his goal is to have a closed on his watch, as he promised. that has been the goal since the
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president second day in office. -- president's second day in office. the president is determined to make as much progress as he can and his goal continues to be to close it before he leaves office. goale president said the was to have each leader give direction to their respective team. talk about what direction and what the next step will be in that process. mr. earnest: this is part of of the readout i received. both leaders demonstrated a commitment to their teams working together in pursuit of the process i laid out earlier. conducting an analysis of threats in the region,
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conducting an analysis of the capabilities that israel has to meet those threats, and conducting a review to determine what sort of assistance the united states could provide to bridge those gaps. >> [inaudible] i cannot speak to what list the israelis brought along. as it relates to our pastor on -- as it presidency relates to what our posture is on this, we should assess what technology could be used to bridge those gaps. reasons israel said it needs a larger commitment from the united
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states is because the world is much more dangerous because of the iran nuclear deal. confirmy, you will not the memorandum of understanding, but what an increase, a significant increase of the military aid given annually be a concession that the world is more dangerous because of the iran nuclear deal? mr. earnest: it would not. the president has made clear that our expectation that even after the completion of the agreement, it does not change, not likely to change iran's behavior. our expectation is that iran will continue to carry out the kinds of destabilizing activities that do pose a direct threat to israel and pose a threat to our interests in the region. we are mindful of that threat.
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the united states and israel work together to counter that threat. >> what does it say about the united states's ability to when israele region says it is more dangerous in the region? are we able [inaudible] mr. earnest: the middle east would be much more dangerous if iran had a nuclear weapon. we have taken verifiable steps to prevent that from happening. >> i am talking about syria. mr. earnest: syria is a dangerous place because iran has been heavily involved in trying to shore up the assad regime.
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it is a different country, but a similar dynamic. beheaded states and israel must confront it -- the united states and israel must confront it together. >> what is the potential increase for the annual military aid? mr. earnest: allow this analysis to move forward and at some point in the months ahead, they will have another discussion about this. thank you, everybody.
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tonight, the supreme court oral argument in foster versus chapman -- chatman. that, president obama and israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu at the white house. we will hear from the prime minister when he speaks at the american enterprise institute. next, the supreme court oral argument in foster versus chatman. timothy foster was convicted of killing a 79-year-old white woman i an all-white jury. the court will decide whether
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the jury selection process for the trial was unconstitutional because race was a factor in eliminating potential jurors. this is an hour. >> we will hear argument first this morning in foster versus chatman. court theplease the prosecutors in this case came to court on the morning of jury selection determined to strike all the black perspective jurors. >> maybe you could address the question we raised on friday with respect to which courts. to theiled this petition supreme court of georgia.
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it appears to us from looking at this over the weekend that r.j. reynolds tobacco company versus durham county, which the court decided in 1986, the court said unless there was positive assurance that the decision was not a ruling on the merits, the writ went to the supreme court. , the rulea court nonetheless is that a certificate of problem -- probable cause is to be granted if there is arguable merit to the case. >> does that affect the scope of our review? are we addressing the claim on its own merits? applied --rt has
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looked through to the last recent decision, the decision of the habeas corpus court. in georgia, an application is made for a certificate of probable cause to the georgia supreme court and that is often denied summarily, as it was in this case. >> i really do not understand that. you say we would be reversing the georgia supreme court. is there was held for itsble basis review. if we reverse that decision, we tell the georgia supreme court, you are wrong, there is an arguable basis for you accepting review. we ought to remand to that court requiring them to accept the
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review. >> how can we reverse them on an issue they never considered? it -- have the interview intermediate appellate court. writ to theue that north carolina somewhere in court? we want to give practitioners, end the confusion about this, it goes to the state supreme court. there is no difference in our situation here. >> in that case or in other cases -- if so, what other cases? we address the reasoning of the intermediate court? , 2010,ears versus upton the supreme court of georgia, but it came up in exactly the
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same posture. >> is there an argument the petition could go to the trial court? are statute says it goes to the highest it sounds like the george supreme court. we directed hand, their attention. i am not sure that it is an option to go to the georgia trial court. or is that incorrect? said inthis court has the rj reynolds case and then in grady versus north carolina in again, thereh once was an intermediate court decision denied by the north carolina supreme court. i can remember back to 19, there was thompson


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