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ball gown into a t-shirt. last week, ahmadinejad went to hugo chavez's funeral. at one point this happened. he comforted hugo chavez's grieving mother, a nice human thing to do, unless you're supposed to follow the iranian orders that a man may not touch a woman he is related to for any reason. not touch ever. and they're serious. just last month, iran's ambassador to germany had to makeup a story about this incident when a woman high fived him. after the video surfaced, he said he was waving hello and she misinterpreted and touched him against his well. now they're on him for touching chavez's grieving mother. his supporters say it never happened. they argue that photo is fake. they say the real picture
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actually looked like this. he was holding hands, not with a middle aged lady but with an old bald guy who turns out is the guy that used to run the international atomic energy agency. so yeah, no. that said, if you find it convincing, we can always go to the tape. there's mahmoud ahamdinejad greeting his mother, here comes the touching, they touched, it happened. so this is embarrassing for mr. ahmadinejad and the clerics back home. maybe he was caught in the clasp of a grieving mother, could do nothing about it. but this horrible attempt by his supporters to cover up the evidence of what happened and replace that nice lady with that man, this failing so spectacularly is a good thing for the world because when people lie and makeup stuff for political reasons get caught and become an international laughing
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stock, photo shopping does not advance you politically and instead makes you look ridiculous. then honestly, a small blow has been landed for truth, justice and the undoctored verifiable record of actual events. so to be really atroesh usually bad, iranian photo shopped doctors, i proclaim you the next thing, i want you to leave the first lady's sleeves alone. time for "the last word with lawrence o'donnell." thanks for being with us. have a good one. the most recent losing vice presidential candidate who will never be president has discovered it is hard out there for a budget hustler. >> house budget chairman ryan will unveil a budget. >> putting out a budget. >> paul ryan's budget. >> at untethered to reality as the last two versions. >> this is a plan that balanced the budget in ten years. >> doesn't give an inch, it is uncompromising.
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>> fantasy, trickery, the same tired tune. >> the same budget he put out over and over again and the year before and the year before that. >> ryan and house republicans are marching forward. >> we are not going to refight the past. >> like the 2012 election didn't happen. >> the election didn't go our way, that means we surrender principles? >> the plan assumes repeal of the president's health care law. >> something we're not giving up on. >> same old stuff. >> we're not giving up on destroying the health care system for the american people. >> what? >> we are not giving up o n destroying the health care system for the american people. >> we don't like this law. >> somehow magically maintains savings of obama care. >> please explain that to me. >> it is impossible. >> that doesn't make sense. >> recall if you will campaign 2012. >> $760 billion. >> $716 billion. funneled out of medicare by president obama, we are going to stop it. >> they're not restoring those.
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>> treating this fake charade like a budget. >> unrealistic. >> uncompromising. >> la la land fantasy. >> like fiction for rand than it is a budget. tonight, president obama had the audacity to suggest that washington's holy grail, a balanced budget, is not actually the holiest thing you can pursue in government. >> paul ryan today put forward his budget. >> right. >> and says he is challenging you to come forward with a budget that reaches balance. are you going to do that? >> no. my goal is not to chase a balanced budget just for the sake of balance. my goal is how do we grow the economy, put people back to work, and if we do that, we're going to be bringing in more revenue, if we controlled spending and have a smart entitlement package, then potentially what you have is balance, but it is not balance
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on the backs of, you know, the poor, the elderly, students who need student loans, families who have disabled kids, that's not the right way to balance our budget. >> the glow is off paul ryan budgets, even for republicans, including former ryan worshipper rush limbaugh. >> now, there are people that don't like it, even on the republican side because it has tax increases in it, some say tax increases on the rich. leaves some of obama's tax increases in it. heritage foundation has done deep analysis of this. one of their problems with the ryan budget is, and they do have problems with it, is that hefty tax increases of obama's are maintained. they're kept in it. they're not done away with. >> paul ryan's budget leaves in the increase in top income tax rate that president obama achieved in january, the conservative blog red state noted the ryan budget leaves in
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1 trillion in tax revenue in president obama's health care reform bill, including taxes on tanning salons and high value health care plans, which provoked erick erickson to question whether house republicans should even vote for it. since paul ryan's budget keeps the obama care tax revenue stream, isn't voting for his budget a violation of the repeal pledge? and in an interview with cnbc, paul ryan could not continue to pretend his budget choices had any attachment to reality. >> in terms of your budget, if you don't get it this year, likelihood of getting repealed this year is very, very, very low, does it blow a hole in your ten year budget? >> sure it blows a hole in the budget. it calls for continued spending. what is a budget? it is our vision for how we should fix this country's fiscal problems. >> the president of the center
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on budget and policy priorities and this program's most trusted budget analyst issued a report tonight on the ryan budget saying in critical ways the budget is exceedingly vague and as a result its claim to reach balance in ten years is hard to take seriously. the budget's fiscal claims rest on massive magic asterisks. joining me, jared bernstein, senior fellow at the center on budget and priorities and robert reich, professor at the university of california berkley. joy reed, when he is in an interview with larry kudlow, who used to be the biggest paul ryan worshipper in the world, gets down to the question is what is really a budget, he is on the ropes here. >> absolutely. there was another part of that interview with his former bff,
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larry kudlow where he says we had to accept the tax increases passed in january because we're not going to be able to repeal those, but we're going to repeal obama care, even though everybody understands they're never going to repeal that. he is talking around the realities because he can't get numbers to add up unless he absorbs a lot of policy that broemd champions that he says he hates. in addition, i am waiting for paul ryan to explain why it is evenness to balance the budget in ten years? what is he going after? >> what did you just say, why is it necessary? what's the matter with you, why is it necessary to balance the budget, most important thing you can possibly do, isn't it? they have been saying that for years, nothing more important than balancing the budget. >> do businesses not run deficits? anyone that bought a house with a mortgage isn't running a balanced budget. the key to economic growth is not balancing the budget. no household would ever be able to finance a home or car or major purchase. this economy runs on debt, big,
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huge businesses don't run balanced budgets, they take on massive amounts of debt. they never explained that relationship to balancing the budget and the economy and haven't explained why you have to do it in ten years. >> there's an image of paul ryan of the serious man in republican circles and bob greenspan addressed this on the new budget and did it in a series of questions, on the question of how courageous is paul ryan. bob said is it courageous to propose tax cuts but not identify a single tax expenditure to rein in? robert reich, that seems to not be the courageous position. >> not only is it not courageous, but we have seen it before. this is a rerun of the romney, ryan budget. they had budget asterisks, loophole closures they didn't
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know, couldn't identify they were going to give to congress. the only difference is this is a more extreme budget. this is the romney ryan budget we saw last november, but it is on steroids. he wants to get rid of obama care. he wants to get rid of dodd-frank. he wants to get rid of more of the spending programs that the middle class and lower middle class and poor depend on. this is not a budget that is designed for coherence or logic or even arithmetic. this is designed primarily to move the goalposts further to the right in anticipation of some sort of negotiating strategy down the road. >> jerod bernstein, as we know, there are two kinds of spending in our budgets, what is direct spending like pay for a military salary or the spending we have in the tax code. we have a tremendous amount of spending in the tax code in the
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form of tax deductions and tax shelters, things like that. and that's the kind of spending that paul ryan doesn't seem to recognize as spending. >> that's right. there is over a trillion dollars of tax expenditures or spending through the tax code and programs by which for example we provide child care through direct spending for people that buy child care, then child care we buy through a child care tax credit. the function is exactly the same. one is administered through the tax code, so somehow that's protected by this ideology that you can never raise taxes. interestingly mitt romney as you mentioned without any specificity, paul ryan without any specificity, and many others on the republican side all consistently say we want to close loopholes. bob reich is right, it is not just that this is a rerun of
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policy that lost in the election, it is mathematically a heavier lift. i won't take you through the math, but romney had 7 points of revenue to makeup and ryan has about 15 points of revenue to makeup. it is twice as heavy lift with no more specificity than we have before. >> joy, there's another question bob asks in his report about the courage of paul ryan. is it courageous to target your deepest cuts on the poorest americans who vote in lower numbers and provide little in campaign contributions? >> exactly, while still trying to exempt current medicare recipients from cruelty of going to voucher, saying only future seniors have to try to buy a plan. what he does is absolutely cruel. there's nothing courageous about saying it is on medicaid, rather than paying doctors to reimburse for medicaid, we give it to the
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states. if you live in the state where the governor is conservative, they can change the eligibility rules and bounce you off medicaid and leave you with nothing. he wants to do a lot of the same things with programs for the poor, food stamps, he wants to take away the food program, if you're in a state with a governor that decides it is immoral to give you food stamps, they can change eligibility and bounce you out of food stamps. it is the cruelist budget he has come up with yet. and that's saying a lot. that's bad because it is saying the basis is cuts to the poor. >> are you kind of putting a stick in the president's ear, you had lunch with him. >> right. >> did you tell him at lunch you would call for repeal of obama care. >> he knows the budget we were coming up with. i gave him more or less the kind of budget we were going to come up with. let me put it this way, ask a person watching the show in
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business. do you start with your last offer first in a negotiation? no, of course not. >> robert reich, this is his first offer in the negotiation? >> well, not only is it first offer in the negotiation, i think it also attempts to establish a framework for what's the objective. paul ryan is now in position to say we have a plan. it may be incoherent, may not add up, but we have a plan for balancing the budget in ten years. democrats, what's your plan for balancing the budget? it is now incumbent on the president and democrats and the president started, needs to keep hammering this home, to say balancing the budget is not necessarily good. in fact, in an economy like today, it is bad to balance the budget. that's not an appropriate public goal. what we should be worrying about instead are jobs and wages, widening equality. what we need is growth. if we don't get that, all of
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this budget balancing nonsense is irrelevant. >> jared, there's some dispute, the ryan team seems to be back pedaling on the question of are the obama health care taxes really in their budget or not? they're definitely there when you look at the revenue assumptions that they have, they seem to be claiming that no, no, i think we would get rid of tanning salon tax also. >> i actually believe them on that. i believe that in repealing obama care, they're also not taking credit for the revenue from the obama care taxes, and let me get back to a point i made earlier. you see, they have to raise something like $7 trillion in revenue to offset their tax cuts. they can't do that. mathematically, it is impossible. if mitt romney couldn't make the math work, this math is twice as hard. so really interestingly this is a plan to increase the budget deficit because they'll never
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offset those tax cuts. >> thank you all for joining me tonight. >> thank you. coming up, connecticut came to washington today to plead the case for gun safety. i'll be joined by one of the sandy hook elementary school parents who bicycles from newtown, connecticut to washington, d.c. in the "rewrite," the rise and fall of jack johnson, the first african-american heavy weight boxing champion, 100 years after he was convicted of racially motivated charges by an all white jury, an unlikely coalition in congress is asking president obama to pardon jack johnson. and later, judging by their list of speakers, there's nothing at all serious about the conservative political action conference. we will explain why comedians like sarah palin and donald trump get more speaking time in washington than marco rubio and paul ryan. that's coming up. there's nothing better than salon color,
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since december 14th when 20 children and six women were massacred at sandy hook in newtown, connecticut, more than 2605 people have been killed with a gun in the united states. but that body count has not yet been enough to convince congress to act on gun safety. one man from newtown did his part today to push congress. he'll join me next. all stations come over to mission a for a final go.
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get it done for grace, jessie, vicki and jack, for bill, daniel, noah, air yell, jessica, madeline, dawn, mary, ann marie, rachel, care line, charlotte, olivia, josephine, katherine, chase, and james, allison and emily. let's try for a safer, more peaceful nation for all of our children. >> a team of 26 cyclists rode to washington from newtown, connecticut to deliver two letters urging them to pass sensible gun legislation in the aftermath of the sandy hook elementary massacre. team 26 as they call themselves were met by members of congress, including connecticut's delegation. >> wherever you stand on this issue, congress has an obligation to vote, and the citizens of this country have got to demand that congress take a vote. >> those republicans and democrats who are still undecided in their heart, they
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know what the right thing to do is. in their heart, they know if we don't take common sense steps to impose background checks and get military style assault weapons off the streets, they know they might have to go through the same numbing crisis that newtown is still going through today. >> this is the connecticut effect. this is why we will pass legislation this year. >> team 26 arrived in washington on the same day the senate judiciary committee approved a democratic bill mandating background checks on all gun purchases and sales, including private transactions. nbc news learned that senators negotiating that bill are privately expecting the national rifle association not to fight the measure, provided that legislation does not require private gun sellers to maintain records of the checks. but the nra later denied being part of any agreement. the senate judiciary committee also approved a measure by california senator barbara boxer to boost funding for school
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security. today, vice president biden said this. >> one of the leading opponents at an organizational meeting said not long ago he expected, quote, the connecticut effect to fade. that effect isn't going to fade in memories of families that lost their children or loved one, it is not going to fade my memory or the president's memory and not going to fade in memory of the people of connecticut and i would argue not in the memory of the people of the united states. the american people want things to change. >> joining me now, the leader of team 26 that rode nearly 400 miles to the capitol. monte frank. thanks for joining us. >> thanks for having me. >> your daughter sarah graduated from elementary school, in middle school now. one of her teachers was one of the teachers killed in the massacre, isn't that correct? >> yes.
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she had vicki soto as a third great teacher when her regular third great teacher went on maternity leave. it was vicki's first teaching job, brand new teacher, wonderful teacher. my daughter became very close with her. >> and what is it like today in newtown, connecticut in the aftermath of this tragedy. we have been hearing about the connecticut effect in washington, some people saying maybe we just have to wait for the connecticut effect to fade and this issue can go away. others saying the connecticut effect is driving this issue. what is the connecticut effect in newtown tonight? >> i think we've seen the connecticut effect. it is clearly growing. we had a tremendous rally in newtown when we left saturday morning, tremendous enthusiasm. we then -- essentially our ride is a rolling rally. in each of the towns that we have visited, we have received
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tremendous support. we received support from people in pickup trucks driving by, rolling down the windows to say thanks for what you're doing. as we rode into town today, we went over a highway, and there were trucks below blasting their horns in support. if the connecticut effect is fading away, then it's hard to imagine what that is because i think it is clearly growing and clearly as we talk to americans, it's pretty clear that america is with us. >> gabrielle giffords tweeted if your legs get tired, remember we're in this together, keep pedaling, best wishes to people on the newtown ride against gun violence. one of the parents of one of the children killed was one of your riders. >> yes. >> was it a harder ride for that parent than for anyone else on that trip? >> chris mcdonald was one of our
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honorary team 26 members. chris is a close friend. chris and i have talked a lot, talk to him every night. i think it was hard for him to turn around after 26 miles because i know he wanted to continue with us. what he said to me and told me to tell the guys is as you're riding, if you get tired, know that grace is on your wheel, and she was. she was on her wheel. we were thinking about her and her message of peace, hope, and love. and that's the message that grace was all about that we rode for, to deliver that to america, so that america knows what grace is all about as well as all of the other children we lost that day. >> monte frank, thanks for joining us and thanks for bringing the connecticut effect to washington again today. >> thank you. >> thanks.
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i think that the military needs to understand that this could be a tipping point i think for the american people to rise up, particularly the women, and say i don't think one general should be able to overturn a jury. >> in the spotlight tonight, the war on women inside our military. last week during an armed services committee hearing, senator claire mccaskill
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explained the details of the case she believes could be a tipping point in the way the military handles sexual assault cases. >> a colonel, james wilkerson, was convicted by a jury, a military jury, of sexual assault that occurred at aviano. he was sentenced to dismissal, forfeiture of pay and one year in jail. and with a stroke of a pin last week a general dismissed those charges against him, a general with no legal training, a general that had not sat in the courtroom, and this general did it against the advice of his legal counsel. now, my heart is beating fast right now, i am so upset about this. >> senator mccaskill wasn't the only one upset about that decision. barbara boxer and jeanne shaheen
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asked him to review recent decision by an air force lieutenant general to dismiss all charges against a field grade officer that had been convicted of sexual assault. they also asked hagel whether he has the authority to overturn dismissal of the case. three days later, secretary hagel responded that under uniform code of military justice, the convening authority's action is a final decision. he cannot overturn that decision, but hagel did promise to review the case and have an independent panel review the process that allows commanders to overrule and dismiss decisions by military courts. tomorrow, the wilkerson case will be one of the cases considered during a senate armed services committee hearing. the first senate hearing on sexual assault in the military in close to ten years. joining me for exclusive interview, two of the women testifying at the hearing tomorrow, rebecca and anu, from the service women action
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network. rebecca, can you give us a preview of what you will tell the committee tomorrow? >> yes, i'll be focusing on my personal story and how the system failed me in my experiences. so my testimony will be coming from a personal perspective and personal experiences and not as much from my professional experiences. >> i want to show a sample of exactly that kind of story from the oscar nominated documentary "invisible war" of women talking about what it is like to report these rapes. >> when you report something, you better be prepared for the repercussions. >> if a man gets accused of rape, it is a setup, the woman is lying. >> i could choose to report it, but if i wasn't, you know, if they found that what i was saying wasn't to be truthful, then i would be reduced in rank. >> you could lose your rate, you
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could lose rank, you could lose your school, if you file a false report. so do you want to file a report? >> anu, one of the things that strikes me about the wilkerson case, here is a general last week overruling one of these findings. this is after this film has come out. this film was seen by the secretary of defense, leon panetta and by chuck hagel. this film had a big impact in the military, but apparently that general seems to think it is the old time business as usual? >> that's right. well, what we see is there's systemic injustice within the criminal justice system. i saw it when i was a company commander in the marine corps dealing with some of these reports. when i reported it, when i tried to stick up for my marines being sexually assaulted or harassed, senior commanders swept these cases under the rug. i saw that time and time again. the stories you heard in the film were quite typical, but what we want to see and what i'll be testifying about
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tomorrow is really two major sweeping reforms that we feel will fix this problem. the first is that commanders really shouldn't have the authority to have convening authority, which is essentially what the three star general that overturned that sexual assault conviction had. really lawyers, prosecutors are supposed to be the ones endowed with that authority. in civilian, it is district attorneys that are trained lawyers, been to law school, they have expertise in the law, are the ones that make those kinds of decisions, which sex crimes will go to trying and so on. in the military, that doesn't exist, u.s. military i should say. there are common law allied countries in which commanders don't have that kind of discretion. >> rebekah, when people joined the military, especially now, they know there's risk and danger. we are a country that's been in live combat for over a decade now. but when you joined, did you have any sense that you were in this kind of danger within and
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among your own troops? >> no, i don't think anybody thinks that when they join the military. the military trains you from the beginning to focus on the unit, to take care of each other, to band together, and having something like that happen to you when you're in the military produces a whole another sense of betrayal and trauma and really just makes a deep impact on your psyche as a person and your mental status. and i don't think anybody is ever thinking about that when they walk into a job like the military and that's what i saw, i saw it as a job, something i enjoyed doing. i never thought that i would end up where i did. >> anu, do you suspect that the fact that we now have women on the armed services committee in the senate is making a difference in the way this issue is being heard? >> i do think that matters.
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the spearhead of reform on this committee are powerhouses when it comes to defending service members generally, and i would like to say with this particular issue it is not a women's issue, and i don't mean that in a women's issue way, over 10,000 assaulted were men. we need to put the facts out there and understand that rape and assault in the u.s. military, it is not a gender issue, it is a military issue, it is an issue of complete failure within the judicial system inside the military to properly handle these cases, and the final recommendation we are making is that service members as volunteers defending our nation should have the same constitutional rights as the americans whom they protect. today they do not. they cannot bring civil claims for sexual harassment, workplace discrimination like a civilian
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victim in a civilian workplace could do. >> we will be watching your testimony tomorrow. thank you very much for joining us tonight. >> thank you. tomorrow night, senator claire mccaskill will join me after the hearings for a last word exclusive. coming up in the "rewrite," the 100 year wait for a presidential pardon in the case of the legendary jack johnson. ♪ none of us think bad things are gonna happen to us. i'm here at my house on thanksgiving day, and i have a massive heart attack right in my driveway. an artery in your heart, it's called the widow maker. and mine was 95% blocked. they took me to the hospital, and the doctor put me on a bayer aspirin regimen. [ male announcer ] aspirin is not appropriate for everyone, so be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. i'm a blue-collar worker. to me, bayer aspirin is another tool. go talk to your doctor. you're not indestructible anymore. ♪ you're not indestructible anymore. it's not what you think. it's a phoenix with 4 wheels.
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there is nobody like jack johnson. first thing, when jack johnson was fighting, he could have been killed in any of his major fights. there were people out in the audience who probably were willing to murder you. he knew it, they knew it, and everybody in the world knew it. >> that was columnist stanley crouch talking about jack johnson in the emmy winning documentary "unforgivable blackness, the rise and fall of jack johnson." president obama was asked to "rewrite" the fall of jack johnson. john arthur johnson was born in
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galveston, texas in 1878, first son of henry and tina johnson, both former slaves. henry johnson was a school janitor and tina johnson a laundress. they made sure all their children went on to read and write. he went on to be the first black heavyweight boxings champion. was a better writer and public speaker than his five years of formal education would have led you to expect. he called what he did for a living, quote, the stern business of pugilism. boxing was segregated when jack johnson started. there was no hope he would fight for the real world heavyweight championship. he won the world colored heavyweight championship in 1903, five years later, on the day after christmas, in 1908. jack johnson finally won the world heavyweight championship, beating canadian tommy burns in
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sydney, australia. to get that fight, jack johnson stalked tommy burns around the world two years taunting him in the press. you heard the great "great white hope" that's when the phrase was invented. the racist world jack johnson lived in called out for a great white hope to take the title back from him, but no one could beat jack johnson in the ring, and so they cornered him in the courtroom. he was convicted in 1913 under the man act, taking women across state lines for immoral purposes. when the woman in question was asked at the trial if she was in love with jack johnson, she said i don't know what love is. jack johnson testified that he and the woman were friends and that no immoral purposes were involved in their trip to atlantic city that the
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prosecution declared criminal. jack johnson was quickly convicted by an all white jury. >> i think the man was about movement. not just movement in the ring which he was a master at, but moving in life. don't pin me down. don't lock me up. don't embrace me to death. don't use me as you. i don't see his life as a tragedy either. the scene was a tragedy, america was a tragedy that it couldn't cope with him. >> a scrappy former boxer from nevada where jack johnson once defended his title rose last week, in of all places in the united states senate to try to rewrite the wrong the government did to jack johnson. senator harry reid who hustled his way around nevada boxing rings before going to law school and getting into politics, joined with senator john mccain,
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massachusetts senator mo count, and peter king to introduce a resolution to pardon jack johnson. jack johnson was a legendary competitor that defined an era of american boxing and raised the war for all american athletics, said senator reid. his memory was unjustly tarnished, and it is time to recast his legacy. senator john mccain said we can never completely right the wrong perpetrated against jack johnson during his lifetime, but this pardon is a small, meaningful step toward acknowledging his mistreatment before the law and celebrating his legacy of athletic greatness and historical significance. senator cowan said jack johnson was one of the great african-american athletes, his skill and perseverance to get back up every time he was knocked down made him a champion in the eyes of the sports world
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and for those that like him pursued their dreams despite racial in tolerance. jack king said he is a trail blazer and legend whose boxing career was cut short due to unjust laws and racial persecution. i urge congress and the president to take the final step and grant his pardon. there isn't much doubt about how congress will handle this resolution, recommending a pardon. both houses have passed it unanimously before twice, first under president bush and under president obama and neither president, neither one of them, was moved to take action. but of course, the presidential power to pardon is absolute. no action by congress is actually necessary. president obama has never said why he didn't pardon jack johnson when congress unanimously asked him to do so. the senators and congressmen
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pushing this pardon are apparently hoping that a reelected president obama sees this differently than he did in his first term, and so tonight 100 years after jack johnson's conviction in court the final justice for the first african-american heavyweight champion is up to the first african-american president. >> i would say in his way on a far lower scale johnson is there with people like lincoln, thomas edison, duke ellington, louis armstrong. these homemade guys, guys whom you couldn't figure out that there's no recipe for, he's one of them. and he's the kind of a person who could only have taken -- who could have only come about in the united states because
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since election night 2012, many republicans from sean hannity to bobby jindal have been trying to figure out what the republican party has to do to attract republican voters. the cpac meeting in washington this week decided to leave the
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big stuff to sean hannity, they just want to have fun. according to a draft of the speaking schedule obtained by national review, the sillier you are, the more speaking time you get. the unemployed former half term governor of alaska is scheduled to speak for 16 minutes. fake billionaire and reality host and fake human being donald trump gets 14 minutes, which is one minute longer than the time granted to bobby jindal, rand paul, rick perry, scott walker, and they each have two more minutes than are scheduled for marco rubio and paul ryan. rick santorum clinging to the wreckage of his political career is now worth seven minutes at cpac. joining me now, jonathan, cpac isn't serious, they just want to have like a comedy festival they want to have there. >> they can't possibly be serious. sarah palin's description, you left off best selling author and
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reality television star and soon to be author of a christmas book. they can't be serious. did you put that ted cruise is getting the most? >> he is getting 33 minutes for the keynote address. >> he is give and huge platform. one week marco rubio is the savior, this week ted cruise is the savior of the republican party. today we talk about the ryan budget plan, something that's not serious at all, you have to wonder whether the republican party, particularly the conservative wing of the republican party is serious at all about being a major national party any more. >> ted cruise, by the way, will maybe or maybe not do some version of his joe mcmillan cart eli where he said this about


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