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meet that challenge. >> "bidder 70" is opening in more theaters around the country this friday. tim dechristopher, thank you, it's really a pleasure. >> thanks for having me. that's "all in" this evening, "the rachel maddow show" starts now. >> thank you for having me on your show, that was a great honor. thanks to you at home for joining me this hour. so, today happened, the president of the united states fired the head of the irs. also, the whole benghazi scandal, the months-long scandal went away today. the attorney general got grilled for four solid hours today, and today at grand central station in new york city, iran and america wrestled. and it was not a metaphor. there was actual physical wrestling in the train station. also, there was a mystery toddler today in washington. watch this. watch for the toddler. >> we'll do that, and given the relationship you and i have mr.
former chairman, we'll try to get back to you in a more timely fashion than we did on that first one. >> than a year, appreciated. >> gentleman from north carolina, mr. watt. >> mr. attorney general, i'm going to just ask you a couple questions -- >> hey, who's the toddler? north carolina congressman mel watt, who did have questions for the attorney general, but who most of all will be remembered as the guy who brought the adorable toddler who's apparently named niko into the middle of the washington maelstrom today. hi, niko, god bless him. that was my favorite moment of the day in an unbelievably packed news day. as noted, the president fired the head of the irs today in a surprise, blunt late afternoon announcement. >> good afternoon, everybody. i just finished speaking with secretary lew and senior officials at the treasury
department to discuss the investigation into irs personnel who improperly screened conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status, and i look forward to taking some questions at tomorrow's press conference, but today i want to make sure to get out to all of you some information about what we're doing about this and where we go from here. i've reviewed the treasury department watchdog's report and the misconduct that it uncovered is inexcusable. it's inexcusable and americans are right to be angry about it, and i am angry about it. i will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency, but especially in the irs, given the power that it has and the reach that it has in all of our lives. and as i said earlier, it should not matter what political stripe you're from, the fact of the matter is, is that the irs has to operate with absolute integrity.
the government generally has to conduct itself in a way that is true to the public trust. that's especially true for the irs. so, here's what we're going to do. first, we're going to hold the responsible parties accountable. yesterday, i directed secretary lew to follow up on the i.g. audit to see how this happened and who is responsible and to make sure that we understand all the facts. today, secretary lew took the first step by requesting and accepting the resignation of the acting commissioner of the irs, because given the controversy surrounding this audit, it's important to institute new leadership that can help restore confidence going forward. >> so, the president fired or rather accepted the resignation of the acting commissioner of the irs tonight. president went on to say that the recommendations of the inspector general to make sure nothing like this happen again at the irs, those recommendations will be implemented. he said this problem, in his words, is fixable.
and he said the administration will work with congress to do the fixing. president's statement tonight coming after that four-hour-plus hearing in which the attorney general, eric holder, got grilled on the irs issue and a lot more. the attorney general explaining beyond the action being taken within the executive branch, beyond the multiple investigations being conducted in the house and the senate now, in addition, the criminal investigation into whether any laws were broken at the irs when conservative groups were singled out for extra scrutiny in their irs investigations, that criminal investigation was announced today it will be a nationally one. it will not focus on the one office in cincinnati that's been singled out thus far, it's going to be a nationwide thing. and beyond all of those investigations, the inspector general, the executive branch, the congressional investigations, and the criminal investigation, beyond all of those, some of the real investigation of this matter continues also in the press. two important salient new
details on this irs scandal turned up today by bloomberg news in one instance and by "usa today." in terms of the "usa today" story, quote, a review of irs data that found that liberal groups, groups that at least sounded liberal, groups with names that included words like progress or progressive, those liberal groups applications reportedly sailed through the irs much more quickly than the conservative groups' applications did. that said, what the bloomberg report said today, even if conservative groups were being singled out for extra scrutiny, it's not like all liberal groups were getting a free pass. a number of liberal applicants got the same detailed questionnaires about political activity that the tea party groups did, and unlike any of the conservative groups, at least one of the liberal groups got its tax status denied. in his testimony today, though, the attorney general went out of
his way to point out and president obama in his statement today went out of his way to point out, there's nothing in this scandal that says the irs should not be asking tax-exempt groups about their activity. that is a legitimate part of how we protect our elections and how tax-exempt groups are supposed to be evaluated. point is, it can't be done in an ideologically slanted way where groups have an easier time of things just because they are conservative or liberal, and if everybody agrees on that and even republicans and democrats in congress agree on that and if the irs commissioner just got fired for that and the president is expressing how angry he is about that, then the two important questions about the scandal remain, does this have a larger political impact on the president or the congress, and as this works out politically, does this mean that the irs is hereby forever neutered from doing what is, after all, the important work of making sure political fundraising groups are not making a laughing stock of
the rules that are supposed to limit what they do. will we ever have an irs doing that important work again, given how badly they screwed up trying to do it over these past couple of years? joining us now, sam stein. sam, thanks very much for being with us tonight on this very, very busy day. >> thanks, rachel. i know i'm not niko the toddler. >> if you slicked your hair back, you could play it. >> you're going to have to pay more a little more money. >> or any. the acting commissioner of the irs got fired, asked to resign. he was not in charge of the irs when all of this happened. the guy who was in charge when all of this happened was the bush appointee who served until november 2012. why did the new guy's head have to roll? >> because someone's head had to roll, right? we're in a political climate where there was a premium accountability and very few people who the president could hold accountable. in addition to that, this man, steven miller, the acting commissioner of the irs, did go
in front of congress on several occasions to testify that this targeting, the filtering of conservative groups was not taking place, now we know because of the i.g. report that was happening. so, he had lost some credibility, but beyond that the administration had to have some accountability if they wanted to get through the week so we had secretary lew asking for the resignation and getting it, aka, he was fired. >> in terms of the political climate and premium accountability right now, the president's due to take questions tomorrow at his news conference where he'll be standing there with the prime minister of turkey, poor guy is going to have to stand through all of this american politics that's not going to make much sense in a turkish contest, but you never know. with everything going on in washington right now and the fact he's going to be standing next to the turkish guy, what do you think the president is likely to get the most heat about? what do you think he's likely to get the most heat about?
>> oh, god, great question. you know, i think the a.p. scandal in particular still resinates in part because members of the media who are asking the questions will be directly affected by this policy, so it matters to them. i think we can't ignore that fact, but it's a pertinent scandal, relatively new, and unlike with respect to the irs where we saw someone fired and benghazi scandal where we saw e-mails this afternoon, there's not much movement on that one. my guess is you'll see that, couple questions on that, in addition, there will be some followup questions on disclosure of benghazi e-mails that came out tonight. >> sam stein, white house correspondent for "the huffington post," i appreciate it. >> thanks, rachel. take care. and, and, and, in the midst of all this going on, did i mention the president released his own financial disclosure forms today? in the midst of the supposed scandal on benghazi falling apart, we will still get to that, and the firing of the head of the irs and, oh, hey, here
comes the prime minister of turkey and all these other things going on, there's also the ongoing actual big controversy that is not about the irs and is not about benghazi and this one is actually harder to call a scandal because the white house is not embarrassed about it, not apologizing for it, and is not denying it, which is what you expect when you call something a scandal, the bomb shell discovery that the justice department has been monitoring the phonelines of the d.c. bureau of the associated press, and the hartford bureau, the new york city bureau, and the lines in congress, plus the individual office phone lines, the personal phone lines, and the cell phone lines of six specific reporters and one a.p. editor. i mean, it's not like the justice department has never looked at reporters' phone records before, but never lightning this before, at least not that we found out about. supposedly to see who in the government leaked classified
information about an al qaeda bomb plot in yemen. the justice department says it followed all of its own internal guidelines, its own regulations that are supposed to control how they handle reporters when they are chasing down a leak like this, but the a.p., despite the justice department's explanations, they say they do not buy the justice department's assertions, they absolutely had to do it this way, couldn't have done it in a more narrow way, targeted way, less damaging to the associated press as a news organization. the a.p. says had they been notified in advance, which the justice department regulations say should happen in most cases, that would have given them a chance to take this matter to a court and they would have. they would have taken this to a judge had they known to try to block the justice department from doing this, keep the phone records private so the press can do its job, but they never found out about it in advance, so they didn't get a chance to try to head it off, they never got to take this case before a judge.
and the fact the justice department was able to do this on their own, take the reporters' phone records, made that decision on their own, without ever going to a judge, that fact is the product of one very simple thing in our law, have you ever heard of a shield law? in many states in the country there is a shield law that says reporters need to have room to do their jobs and reporters' jobs include talking to people secretly. if the government wants to spy on reporters for some sort of investigation, it has to have a really good reason and it has to prove that good reason to a judge. the government can't just do that on their own, because we have to protect the freedom of the press. even though that law exists in a lot of states, it does not exist federally and that's why the justice department was able to go after the a.p. whole sale in this giant dragnet. well he was running for president in 2008, president obama spoke to the associated press and told them, in effect, yes, reporters ought to have
this kind of protection they have in more than 40 states. if the government wants to spy on a reporter, the government ought to have to prove that to a judge. when he was asked this question about it in front of the a.p. in 2008, he was very blunt about it. >> senator obama, do you believe that a sitting administration or a federal judge should decide if a confidential source should be protected? >> i think that that is an issue that should be determined by the courts. the essence of our constitutional principles is that not only do we have these civil liberties enshrined in the bill of rights, but that we also have mechanisms in place to make sure that there are checks and balances between the branches. >> that is what he said when he was running for president. he was a cosponsor of legislation to provide this kind of protection to reporters
before he became president. when that law went up before the senate when he was still a candidate for president when he was still in the senate, it died in the face of a republican filibuster. republicans filibustered it before it could become law before he was president, but once barack obama became president, he sort of changed his mind on this issue. he decided that there should be a carve out on the issue of national security. when it came to national security, yeah, generally reporters should have protection from the government spying on them, but in cases of national security, maybe not. those protections that he said reporters should have before he became president, once he was president, he decided they shouldn't have on issues of national security and the only subsequent effort to bring forth any type of shield law has went nowhere, only to say he wanted that national security exemption, and now in response to this fervor, there's a reason there's a furrow over it, think
about it, if you were a confidential source for an a.p. reporter, would you ever call them again? now that you know your phone number is in the hands of the justice department if anybody from the a.p. called you from their office or maybe from their personal phone or cell phone and the justice department has your number now and knows you're the source, would you ever call them again? think about the harm done to the a.p. right here. in the resulting furrow over what the justice department has done and what damage they have caused here, the white house today has contacted its allies in congress and asked for the federal shield law to please be reintroduced. yes, right, that is a good start. keep going. [ indistinct conversations ]
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this weekend in egypt, an al qaeda-linked militant cell was arrested for allegedly planning to carry out a series of suicide attacks. the three men arrested were found to be in possession of 22 pounds of explosive materials. today we learned with a bit more certainty than we had over the weekend that the planned targets of their attack were two foreign embassies in cairo, the french embassy and the american embassy. there's a long terrible history and in many parts of the world, there's a terrible risk of violent attacks on u.s. diplomatic facilities abroad. the famous ones, like the beirut bombings, tanzania, kenya in
1998, just during the george w. bush administration, there was attacks in pakistan and saudi arabia, uzbekistan, syria, greece, about a dozen attacks in total abroad during the bush years. this sort of thing happens a lot. then, of course, it was not the embassy, it was a diplomatic outpost in benghazi, libya, that was attacked last september in which our ambassador and three other americans were killed. mcclatchey today published an account the general in charge of the african compound twice specifically for benghazi offered extra military security resources to ambassador stevens to protect that outpost in benghazi that got attacked and the offer came about a month before the attack there. twice the ambassador himself, the one who was killed in september, turned down those offers of extra facility from
the u.s. military. that's according to this report today from mcclatchey. we don't know why he turned down the offers of extra security, we don't know how much of a risk at that facility is clear only in hindsight, but we do know that that is actually the real issue of the whole benghazi scandal. could the attack have been prevented, why wasn't it prevented, why wasn't there better security there, why did those four americans die? that remains the big issue. that was the conclusion that was the main issue of the official government report into what happened in benghazi that was completed in december. all of its recommendations have been accepted by the government and are currently being implemented now. instead of that being the issue, though, republicans have decided to make benghazi a scandal of some sort of white house directed conspiracy. the white house was covering up the attack to use it for some domestic political purpose. some purpose that remains mostly unclear but definitely is about hillary clinton should not be president. for months now, including during
the presidential election and, as you know, they have not really gotten anywhere with these theories. they have been prevailing winds of fox for months now. what the republicans hope to be their big coming out party on this issue, their big crossover moment, grand entrance into mainstream news was their blockbuster congressional hearing on benghazi last week where they would expose the capital "t" truth on benghazi, and it got news coverage on that day, but ended up being a dud. didn't really produce any new information, other than one gentleman from the state department saying he thought he might have been demoted for improper reasons after the attack. that's not been proven, the state department denied it. so, there's that. also, republicans were outraged that main government investigator of the attacks refused to testify. that was undercut by the fact he said he would be delighted to testify. please, allow me to testify.
how dare you not testify. what are we fighting about? it was kind of a mess. that hearing didn't go anywhere. it made a splash that day, then it was over. that was their big deal, big coming out party for their benghazi scandal, but still in the wake of that hearing really no traction. until friday. finally hit for them on friday. and it finally hit for them on friday because of abc news. this headline. exclusive, benghazi talking points underwent 12 revisions, scrubbed of terror reference. abc news reporting that it was the state department that wanted references to terrorism taken out of the talking points and the white house weighed in on their side. the big smoking gun was a white house e-mail that abc said they reviewed. they gave the time and date stamps, september 14, 2012, at 9:24. here's how abc quoted that e-mail. quoted, we must make sure that the talking points reflect all
agency equities, including those of the state department and we don't want to undermine the fbi investigation. we'll go through the talking points at the deputy's committee meeting, closed quote. you would think this was quoting from the e-mail, smoking gun is smoking. we, the white house, will work through the talking points to address the state department's concerns about references to terror. according to abc news, the white house, in that e-mail that they quoted, clearly planned to massage the story about benghazi at the direction of the state department. the white house had been saying that the talking points came primarily from the intelligence community. abc news said, no, no, we've got the smoking gun. evidence it was not true, was not from the intelligence community, it was the white house that quoted this white house e-mail. and so that's what happened on friday. that was what finally caused the benghazi story to take off in the real news after months of living only on the con speartorial right. it turns out that abc news that finally blew this story open for
them and made it a mainstream story, that abc article turns out was totally wrong. abc blew it. turns out they weren't actually quoting white house e-mails at all. yesterday cnn was first to publish what looked like a very different account of what abc happened with the talking points, stamped at the same time, same date, same white house adviser quoted as the author but what they quoted looked to be different from what abc published. quote, we need to resolve this in a way that respects all of the relevant equities, particularly the investigation. no mention of the state department, like abc reported. no mention of the white house working through the talking points like abc reported. it's almost like abc news didn't actually review that e-mail at all. oh, wait, it turns out they didn't. yesterday, abc news posted this headline, more details on benghazi talking points emerge. among those emerging details is everything they previously said was wrong. abc news now reveals when they
supposedly quoted that white house e-mail, actually they were not quoting the white house e-mail even though they put it in quotes, what they were quoting was a source who viewed the original documents and shared detailed notes. so, they reported as if they were quoting the white house and they were not. they were not quoting the actual e-mail. they were quoting notes from an anonymous somebody. abc's response for being pushed into this revelation was to demand that the white house release the full e-mail exchanges. new details emerged about an e-mail we had never seen even though we reported we'd seen it. it's your fault. this afternoon the white house did, in fact, release the full e-mail exchanges, nearly 100 pages, including the white house e-mail that started this whole benghazi gate that abc news got wrong. joining us, michael isikoff, he has been going through these e-mails since they came out tonight. mike, thanks for being with us, i feel i have to pay you a
premium for so much of your time this week. >> all gratis. >> what did you learn from these e-mails that might further explain the scandal or at least the po lit siization of this scandal? >> i learned there is a scandal and i think the scandal is all these relatively high level national security officials spent hours on end exchanging e-mails in order to produce what turned out to be complete bureaucratic mush. why these talking points were even being written in the first place and why a committee was doing it seems inexplicable when you actually look through it. in fact, my favorite e-mail was from jacob sullivan, head of policy planning at the state department, who in the middle of this writes, i do not understand the nature of this exercise. i think that kind of reflects anybody reading this. look, there is no smoking gun, to say the least. in fact, there's almost an antismoking gun, which is the e-mail from the general counsel
of the cia, who at one point explicitly writes, i know there's a hurry to get this, but we need to hold it long enough to ascertain whether providing it, this is the original talking points which did have information about al qaeda, which did talk about libya being a wash in weapons and that this being likely an attack by militant extremists, but whether providing it conflicts with the expressed instructions from national security staff, doj, fbi, that in light of the criminal investigation, we are not to generate statements with assessments as to who did this. that sort of sets the ball in motion in terms of scrubbing out all relevant details about who was behind the attack from the talking points. then you put on top of that, that very revealing sort of bureaucratic knife fight between the state department and the cia in which state department officials are taking umbrage at
the idea that there were cia warnings about the threat of a terrorist attack. clearly, the cia was trying to push that out there because they wanted to protect themselves by showing, hey, we told you that this might happen. we even told you on september 10th that this might happen. victoria nuland, as has been quoted before, took a great exception to that and said that would just give members of congress material in which to attack us. another top state official weighs in, head of legislative affairs, the last bullet will read to members like we had been repeatedly warned, we being the state department, they didn't want that in there. it all gets taken out, we're left with the mush where susan rice says almost nothing and then david petraeus' e-mail, all the stuff about the cia barn warnings and then writing no mention of the cable to cairo either? frankly, i just as soon not use this, this is about the talking
points. but it's in s.s.'s call, that's national security's staff, regardless, thanks for the great work. i'm not quite sure what the great work was there. but bottom line is there's no indication of partisan political motive for scrubbing this because of the election. there is plenty of evidence of this bureaucratic tussle between the state department and the cia, and that's, at the end of the day, what we're left with. >> what i realized is all of my fantasies built up from all of my years watching spy movies and reading spy novels about how exciting it must be working as a top-level spy, i don't want that at all, sounds like bureaucratic nonsense. >> you don't want to be a part of this e-mail chain. >> michael isikoff, nbc news investigative correspondent, thank you very much. really appreciate your take on this. >> thank you, rachel. when the president came out saying there's no there, there,
you've been through all of these e-mails, why is this all of a sudden a political scandal, the reaction, obviously, this was a political scandal, didn't you read the quote from abc what happened in the white house? president was right and abc was wrong and abc should apologize. i don't say that lightly. we'll be right back. than i remember it to be? there are more people taking more medication, so we see people suffering from dry mouth more so. we may see more cavities, bad breath, oral irritation. a dry mouth sufferer doesn't have to suffer. i would recommend biotene. the enzymes in biotene products help supplement enzymes that are naturally in saliva. biotene helps moisten those areas that have become dry. those that are suffering can certainly benefit from biotene. are proven to be effective pain relievers tylenol works by blocking pain signals to your brain bayer back & body's dual action formula includes aspirin, which blocks pain at the site. try the power
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our game to go at this thing hard. and for those who are in uniform who have experienced sexual assault, i want them to hear directly from their commander in chief that i've got their backs. i will support them, and we're not going to tolerate this stuff. and there will be accountability. if people have engaged in this behavior, they should be prosecuted. bottom line is, i have no tolerance for this. i have communicated this to the secretary of defense. we're going to communicate this again to folks up and down the chain in areas of authority, and i expect consequences. so, i don't want just more speeches or, you know, awareness programs or training, but ultimately, folks look the other way. if we find out somebody's engaging in this stuff, they got
to be held accountable, prosecuted, stripped of their positions. court marshal, fired. dishonorably discharged, period. it's not acceptable. >> that was how president obama reacted last week when it became known that the man that the air force had put in charge of combatting sexual assault had, himself, been arrested on charges of sexual assault. that was last week. now it has happened again. this time it's the army, where a sergeant first class who was in charge of combatting and responding to sexual assault cases in ft. hood in texas is, himself, now under investigation for sexual assault and other charges. defense sources telling nbc news that the investigation is into allegations that the sergeant forced one female subordinate into prostitution and that he sexually assaulted two other female service members. this is an investigation, no
charges have yet been filed, that's why we don't have the identity yet of that sergeant first class. if you are having difficulties keeping straight exactly which sexual assault prevention guy has been charged with sexual assault, it would suggest that the sexual assault prevention plan is maybe something that is not working across the military. the secretary of defense chuck hagel said today he has discussed this issue with president obama, including the new investigation of the guy at ft. hood and has ordered a retraining and rescreening of all the people working in sexual assault prevention throughout the military. although you have to wonder, weren't these guys trained in some way for the sexual assault prevention positions that they did have when this stuff happened? when senator claire mccaskill was on our show a week or so ago talking about this subject, she said, this is not a problem the military can train its way out of. right. there was no magic military-specific answer here, sexual assault is a crime, but
apparently, in the military, it is a crime that not enough people are afraid of getting caught for. the military's own efforts here, so far, are a terrible failure. can they fix it? can congress make them fix it, since apparently military thus far at least has not been able to do it themselves? joining us now for the interview tonight is democratic senator barbara boxer of california. senator boxer is cosponsoring a bill in the senate that would change the way sexual assault cases are adjudicated in the military, she introduces that bill in the senate tomorrow. thank you for being with us tonight. >> i'm very happy to be with you on this very difficult topic. >> this bill you're cosponsoring with senator kirsten gillibrand of new york, i understand you're proposing that sexual assault cases be, essentially, taken out of the chain of command in the way they are adjudicated. what would that mean in practical terms? >> well, let me just make it very simple for folks, every year in the military there are about 25,000, 26,000 events, cases where people have been
assaulted, sexually assaulted. out of that, only 3,000 a year report this, and out of that, there are only 300 convictions. this is a nightmare. literally, you have thousands and thousands of felons walking around the military, perhaps they get out, they are walking around our streets, they've never paid a price for their crime. so what we want to do is make sure that a woman or a man, 50% of these are men, okay, can either go to a commander, someone in the chain of command and report it. we change the laws so that that commander must report it to the military police, to the prosecution, or they can go to the victims assistance we have set up under leon panetta, this victim assistance organization. they can go there. that advocate can report it. they all have to report it immediately, and that's really
horrific situation when you have at the front end of this people too scared to report it because they fear nothing will ever come of it. listen, you've got all these people walking around free, and i'm sure they are bragging about it, a lot of them. and so there's a culture there. we have to change the culture. >> president obama when he remarked on this last week and then senator mccaskill, your colleague, when she was on this show that same day, they both expressed frustration that the military's essentially seen this as a training problem, military has treated this as sort of an awareness sensitivity and training issue. president obama being very blunt. he doesn't think the military can train its way out of this problem. do you agree with that assessment? >> absolutely. they have been training and training and training. every time something happens, they train more. but i got to tell you, when you have the vast majority, thousands of these felons
walking around nothing ever happens to them and if you ever report this, you get harassed, you get harangued, may be the end of your career, you know, that wonderful documentary that was done, "the invisible war" shows, puts a face on this. and people explain what happens to them when they have the courage to come forward. look, we have to change this. enough with the talk. we need legislation. we're having a press conference tomorrow. i'm proud to say we have republicans and democrats behind this legislation. it is absolutely necessary, and, you know, anyone who doesn't agree with it, i just don't feel, this is my opinion, i don't think they've studied the issue enough. it's clear the path we have to take. >> secretary of defense chuck hagel is expressing resistance to the basic idea of this kind of reform. he's saying that he wants to keep the chain of command intact, including with issues like this, he thinks it has to be handled within the existing structures, even though he takes the problem very seriously. what's your counterargument to
him on that? >> it's pretty simple, right now it's in the chain of command and we have 20,000 felons a year walking around and harming people, hurting people, injuring them. do you know, rachel, we got a new report, the v.a. has stated that right now there are 50,000 men being treated by the v.a. who have experienced some kind of sexual assault in the military. this is an epidemic. this has to stop, and, you know, chuck hagel and i are friends. i supported him and he wrote me a beautiful letter saying we'd work together. we need to talk about this, because you go to your commander, the commander many times just says never mind, we don't think your case is worth anything. they are judge and jury, that's wrong. we need to change it. if you choose to go to the command structure in our bill, the commander must report it immediately. you can also go to that victims assistance program that was set
up and get one of those advocates to report it. and that's what's going to work here. this has to stop, and i intend to call chuck hagel, my friend, and tell him, you know, you need to be bolder on this one. >> senator boxer, if you do get that conversation with secretary hagel, we'd love to hear how it goes. let us know. thank you very much, senator barbara boxer of california, pleasure to have you here, thank you. >> thanks. all right, coming up, wrestling. the real kind and the metaphorical kind, but most importantly, the real kind, including the tape. stay with us. all business purchases.
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happening, he told reporters at the time quote, i wish i recall, i wish i recall how i got back out there, but i don't. he admitted he had drunk between six and eight beers that night. six to eight beers, naked on the front porch, photograph, no idea how he got there. turns out that's good enough for jersey city. he won the election and has been the naked mayor of new jersey's second largest city since. this year his re-election fight so tough, so excruciating it caused the naked mayor to remember whole new things he never remembered about his naked night on the porch in 2004. in the last few days before the election, the naked mayor told a columnist for the new jersey star-ledger newly remembered details, rather than not remembering how he got out there, says he was lured outside at 3:00 a.m. by three hispanic girls, young kids, he said. so i go out on the porch, they pulled the towel off me. i start laughing, they started
doing other stuff. i said i was old enough to be your grandfather. it was filthy. then i chased them away and sat down. then a political enemy snapped that photograph. a few days later the mayor explained why he was now coming out with a new story about being naked on the porch. explained to the jersey journal that he, quote, wasn't thinking well when he got the question about being naked on the porch in 2004. the question came out of the blue, he said, foolishly, i commented on it. in any case, that's the naked mayor story that led more people than you would expect all over america to care about the municipal elections that took place last night in the second largest city in new jersey, jersey city. because of the evolution of the naked on the porch photo and explanation, just one chapter in the epic tale of how jeremiah heely lost his re-election bid last night, conceded to fellow democrat who beat him by 15 points. kind of tempting to send the
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