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hey, spare me! wrapping yourself in your interpretation of the good book or any other book, for that matter, can't cloak insensitivity. but fire him? nah. leave that to the rest of us. that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. all in with chris hayes starts right now. hey, now, america. it's time for the all in, all-star, 3/4 of a year in review show. >> good evening from new york. i'm chris hayes and welcome to the all in, all-star, 3/4 of a year in review show. so sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride. >> five, four, three, two -- >> 2013, what a year it was. a president's second term began. the king of all babies was born.
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and a show was launched. >> good evening from new york. good evening from new york. good evening from new york. >> hi, there. i'm chris hayes. >> since we began in april, we've brought you 170 shows, that's almost 8,000 minutes of television. >> we have a very fun show tonight. >> we've got a packed show tonight. an amazing, strange, weird, fascinating news day. >> reporter: as the show went on, i got a tie, a new pair of glasses, changed my hair, and i even became what we in tv call relatable. >> i come from a good stock of repressed irish catholics, who understand that the way to deal with problems and sources of conflict is to push it deep, deep down. >> over the past year, we've strived to give you different perspectives. >> the point being that two cents of every federal dollar was cut from our budget. >> how many economists do you have on staff? >> the only reason -- >> how many economists do you have on staff? >> you can talk to the russias -- >> identi've heard that talkingt
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a lot. >> well, it's a good talking point. >> how many economists do you have on staff? >> people like salon magazine -- >> how many economists do you have on staff? >> we let you know when people were being awesome. >> i'm thinking, best pope ever. >> and we never let you down when it came to breaking news. >> there's breaking news regarding toronto's embattled mayor, rob ford. hey, watch out for that camera, eh? >> that's the first time i got to see that. it's awesome. >> reporter: we imagined a world in which a republican congress actually got stuff done. >> good evening from new york. i'm chris hayes. tremendous news out of washington today. >> reporter: while we reported on the reality. >> we're going to dip in now live to the junior senator from texas, ted cruz, who last i heard was reading "green eggs and ham." >> i will eat them with a goat. and i will eat them in the rain. and in the dark and on a train. >> reporter: we talked with some of the biggest newsmakers in the country. >> people are hungry for leadership that's going to stand
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up and take positions on their behalf. >> from world-famous actors. >> the first time i heard you interview, i was like, whoa, whoa, whoa, hold the phone. where's this guy from? >> i am so inappropriately dressed for this occasion. >> at times, we even left our guests speechless. >> taking the rhetoric seriously is then meant as an indication that they are not serious about diplomacy, which is used as an argument that there's a military solution as opposed to a diplomatic one. right? >> no. >> we were there when the supreme court made history. >> this is a watershed moment in the centuries-long struggle for equality in this country. it is a sweet, sweet victory and it is important in this life to savor those. >> reporter: we reported on the country going over the hunger cliff. >> i pay taxes. and when it's time now, i
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believe that i should get some help. >> look what came and happened now. >> reporter: and we brought you the stories of people standing up across the country. >> this is their home. where else are they going to go? >> i can't do anything with $8. i have three kids and a husband. >> you cannot just ignore evil. >> we're human beings, we're citizens of the state of florida, who have a right to petition our government. >> this is not momentary hyperventilation. >> what do we want?! >> justice! >> when do we want it?! >> now! >> this is a movement. >> as far as launches go, the "all in" team had a pretty good 3/4 of a year. >> that is "all in" for this evening. i'm chris hayes. the rachel maddow show starts now. good evening, rachel. >> you did it! >> we did it! >> we did it, america. >> you launched! >> yes, we have, indeed launched. and tonight we're going to bring you back to some of the most entertaining and important stories we've covered this year,
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a little click three awesomeness sprinkled in between. we begin our trip down memory lane with what was certainly the political story of the year. the disastrous republican-led government shutdown. remember, it was the republican party led by senator ted cruz and his outside interest groups who convinced the united states house of representatives that it would be a good idea to hold the united states government hostage in exchange for a repeal of obamacare. but this time, the hostage taking didn't work. this time, it didn't work because after giving into the hostage takers in years past, president obama and the democrats stiffened their spines and held firm. >> good morning. crisis averted. president obama and congressional leaders agree on a plan to raise the nation's debt ceiling, but not everyone on capitol hill is happy. >> the president of the united states saying that the leaders of both chambers and both houses have agreed to a deal to avoid the first-ever default in the history of the united states. >> a modest victory for the forces of compromise and
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centrism. >> two years ago, faced with a similar debt ceiling hostage situation, the president cut a deal with republicans. >> you know, i've got 98% of what i wanted. i'm pretty happy. >> in exchange for raising the nation's debt limit, democrats agreed to sharp cuts in government spending. it was a huge victory for republican extortion. >> i want to thank the american people. it's been your voices that have compelled washington to act in the final days. >> let me just stop you right there. you're not pinning this turd on us. >> this week, "the new york times" reports that in the summer of 2011, after that historic compromise, the president pulled together his inner circle of senior advisers and told them, quote, i'm not going through this again. it's bad for democracy. it's bad for the presidency. for the better part of two years, the president has repeated in public what he told his staff in private. >> i've been very clear, we're not going to negotiate around the debt ceiling. we're not going to negotiate
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under the threat of further harm to our economy and middle class families. you don't negotiate by putting a gun to the other person's head. >> and today, what appears to be a resounding republican defeat seems like it was inevitable. but it wasn't. yes, today's victory for democrats was due, in part, to macgruber-like planning on the part of republicans. >> walk in, dressed as hoss, and then just see what happens. you ready? >> but wait, wait, wait. we're just going to wing it? >> there's a big difference between winging it and seeing what happens. now, let's see what happens. >> but today's victory was also a product of democrats holding the line. >> you shall not pass! >> every time republicans threw out a new piecemeal plan to fund the government -- >> not in my house. >> -- the democratic response was singular. >> you get nothing! you lose! good day, sir!
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>> when house republicans voted to fund the nah, democrats didn't bite. >> i believe that senator reid must take up this legislation today for the sake of those children and their health. >> the republican's stunt to reopen the national parks that republicans closed was rebuffed. >> for political purposes, president obama and harry reid wanted the government to shut down. >> the president and democrats never took the bait. >> let us reject this, because this is, you know, they took hostages by shutting down the government, and now they're releasing one hostage at a time. >> what right did they have to pick and choose what part of government is going to be funded? >> we don't get to select which programs we implement or not. >> and as democrats refuse to cave, republicans were banking on winning the media war. >> we're going to win, i think. i know we don't want to be here, but we're gouing to win this. >> in the end, the polling told a different story. the latest nbc news poll found
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that the republican party has the latest favorable numbers in the history of the poll. the republicans rushed to cast blame. >> this president is determined to destroy the republican party. >> today, the democrats defended the democratic principle, one party in one house of congress does not get to threaten destruction in order to dictate terms of policy they lost in a national election. one can only hope that the chastened republican party has learned their lesson as well. >> we fought the good fight. we did everything we could to get them to the table and to negotiate. they just kept saying no. no, no, no. >> john boehner had the unfortunate honor of being the nominal leader of house republicans when the united states government was brought to its knees. but behind the scenes, there was another force at work. a band of house tea party republicans, who effectively executed a hostile takeover of the congress, with their defund obamacare or else strategy. there are about 80 of them, and we profiled some of them in our series, these are the people who are running the country.
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tonight, we reintroduce you to one of our favorites. meet congressman and current candidate for u.s. senate, paul brown of georgia. congressman paul brown won a special election in 2007. he won re-election in 2008, 2010, and again last november. now, he wants to be georgia's next senator. his credentials, well, he's a doctor. he was a lobbyist for the safari club international, a group that advocates for hunters. and he brags about being the first member of congress to call the president a socialist. congressman brown, who sits on the house, science, space, and technology committee last year told a tea party audience in a room where the walls had ears his take on the history of the human race. >> god's word is true. i've come to understand that. all that stuff i was taught about evolution, elm big bang
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theory, all of that is lies straight from the pit of hell. i don't believe the earth is 9 but about 9,000 years old. with statements like that from a man who went to med school, there's no wonder that when brown was re-elected last fall, charles darwin received almost 4,000 write-in votes. and when it comes to obamacare, brown was on the house floor in 2010, drawing some interesting historical analogies. >> the obamacare passes, that free insurance card that's in people's pockets is going to be as worthless as a confederate dollar after the war between it states, the great war of yankee aggression. >> a couple of things here. of course, there's no such thing as a free insurance card. and as for that last part -- >> as worthless as a confederate dollar after the war between the states, the great war of yankee aggression. >> that's more commonly referred to as the civil war.
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calling it the great war of yankee aggression on the floor of the house is not that different from waving a confederate flag outside the white house. and giving his undying devotion to the lost cause, it is not surprising that when a letter circulated this summer, demanding that john boehner used the threat of a government shutdown to support a bill to defund obamacare, he signed ton dotted line. and that's how congressman paul brown, of georgia's tenth district, became one of the people who is running the country. on the night of his re-election, new jersey governor chris christie made a promise. >> i pledge to you tonight, that i will govern with the spirit of sandy. >> i'm going to tell you why that promise is much scarier than it sounds. is back. which means it's never been easier to get a new 2014 jetta. it gets an impressive 34 highway mpg and comes with no charge scheduled maintenance. and right now you can drive one home for practically just your signature. sign. then drive. get zero due at signing, zero down,
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let's get right back to the all in all-star 3/4 of a year in review show. >> as the governor of new jersey wraps up the year amid allegations from democrats that his administration might have created a traffic jam for four days as political retribution, the story of chris christie in 2013 is a story about 2016. it's a narrative he created from atop his landslide re-election, as he cast himself as the pragmatist candidate, invoking the spirit of recovery from hurricane sandy. but the recovery effort christie is banking his reputation on is
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less flattering that he'd have you believe. a day before christie's big win, we took a look at the recovery effort christie claims to be soso proud of. >> big win for chris christie in new jersey. boost for his presidential prospects. >> republicans are crowing about the big chris christie landslide in new jersey. >> governor christie, wow,. >> as he prepares to become the national front-runner. >> was that a campaign speech for running for president for 2016? >> that wasn't an acceptance speech, that was an announcement speech. >> so chris christie is running for president on the theme, i can do it! >> chris christie emerged from last night's election as a front-runner for the 2016 republican nomination. and he got there, thanks in no small part to hurricane sandy. but don't take our word for it. >> my pledge to you tonight is i will govern with the spirit of sandy. >> the spirit of sandy that christie evoked so many times
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last night is one thing. but the facts of sandy recovery are something else entirely. new jersey received billions of dollars in federal aid to rebuild, and $1.8 billion of that came from the u.s. department of housing and urban development to get people back in their hopeless. to get that money, christie promised that 60% of the funds would be reserved for low to moderate income households. right now, it appears chris christie is breaking that promise. of course, we don't know for sure. >> fair share housing center and advocacy group for affordable housing insists they're just as frustrated. the center sued the state for what they called the administration's failure to provide the most basic documents on why thousands of families have been denied assistance in rebuilding, post sandy. >> because the christie administration has released almost no information about how the federal money is being spent. what we do know came out of a lawsuit that alleged the christie administration was improperly withholding data on
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the funds. in response to that suit, christie's government released information on where just a fraction of it all within the. and of that money, only 36.9% went to the people christie promised he'd give it to. the whereabouts of the rest of the billions of dollars remains a total mystery. we do, however, know where an additional $25 million in sandy aid went. to a very well-produced ad campaign. in fact, a whopping $4.7 million federal paid for this one commercial. ♪ 'cause we're stronger than the storm ♪ >> turns out the firm hired to run the campaign had been chosen over an advertising firm that had bid 40% less, but did not propose using the governor's family in the spot. >> the jersey shore is open. >> and the word is spreading -- >> because we're stronger than the storm. >> you bet we are.
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>> right now there are thousands of people still out of their homes, one year after the storm hit. >> did you think when all this happened, that a year later you'd be in this condition? >> never. we honestly figured maybe six months and we'd have a home. >> mortgage defaults are up over the past year in the sandy-hit areas. 75% of new jersey residents affected by the storm say people like them have been largely forgotten in recovery efforts. for many people in new jersey, sandy was the worst thing that ever happened to them. >> chris christie, it could be the best. >> you see, a mission is different than the job. a mission is something that is sacred. it's a sacred trust that was thrust upon me and you. >> chris christie is not just benefiting politically from a national disaster, he's benefiting politically from a natural disaster made more disastrous by his own administration's failure to prepare. during his first term, christie defunded the state's office of
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climate change and energy, after sandy, when reporters filed public records request to new york and new jersey, they found that new york city's transit plans for severe storms is detailed in five binders, each 3 inches thick. new jersey's transit plan, 3 1/2 pages with everything blacked out. >> my pledge to you tonight is i will govern with the spirit of sandy. >> as the so-called knockout game and black-on-black crime dominated headlines this year, one story fell by the wayside. the scourge of white crime across the country. whites attacking other whites. we took a hard look at the issues plaguing the white community in a very important conversation. that is next. i'm nathan and i quit smoking with chantix.
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cable news this holiday season has been peppered with debate over santa's race, which sounds like a joke and probably should be a joke, but, alas, it is, in fact, news analysis on fox. and while the reaction and the fear on the right to a black santa was largely ruled by ridicule, sometimes the largest combination to a takedown of that is satire. that's what we did over the summer to address the very disturbing culture of violence in the white community. >> holy [ bleep ]! >> those shocking images are from huntington beach,
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california, where at the conclusion of the u.s. open surfing on sunday, a white mob began rioting. the angry crowd vandalized property, broke the windows of businesses, looted some stores, and brawled with each other on the streets of downtown huntington beach. police used rubber bullets on the unruly mob and arrested at least seven people, including a firefighter from anaheim. you probably heard much about the white riot in huntington beach, and that's because the story of white criminal culture is not a story the mainstream media will tell you. but once you scratch the surface, these stories are everywhere you look. take a look billionaire hedge fund manager steve cohn for instance. how many times this week have you heard about the federal charges he's been slammed with for alleged insider trading pmo company run almost entirely by white men. that financial giant quietly paid $410 million in a settlement after being accused of manipulating the power markets. the sad truth is that the white power structure in this country has no clue, no clue how to solve the problems within the
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white community. look, i don't want people to be suspicious of white men, but the huntington beach riot underlines a stark truth about white culture. the fact is, 84% of white murder victims are killed by other white people. we really do have to question whether white leadership, where they are on this issue. conversation is sorely lacking an appeal from the moderate white community. after, no one forces white people to throw hay makers after their surfing competitions. and when white youth are raised with so much privilege and so few boundaries, they often reject concepts of self-control and not being a jerk. some people may feel like i'm stereotyping. i don't care. i'm dealing with reality. the white community needs to ask itself, how are we going to deal with this problem? finally, there's one brave writer in the mainstream media raising that question. gawker columnist core jefferson handed out a healthy dose of truth. whites in america have been out from under their european
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ancestors' boot heels for centuries. california specifically outlawed preferences for nonwhites in state hiring and education nearly two decades ago. so being oppressed is no longer an excuse for behavior like this. how long must we wait for the white community to get its act together. joining me is author of the aforementioned column, "a dangerous and irresponsible cultural." you're not going to hear this in the mainstream media. what inspired you to finally rip off this taboo and talk about the problems with white culture? >> you know, i'm a person of color, chris, but first and foremost, i consider myself an american citizen and resident of southern california. and seeing what the mob did in huntington beach on sunday night, i just felt there was no way that i could sit on the sidelines anymore in good conscience and watch so many white youths debase themselves the way that they are. and so i think that sometimes people have to stick their necks out. i don't want to use the word martyr, but i guess i'm kind of a martyr on this front. >> you know, there are people
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that are going to tell you, it's just a few bad apples. if you look at the video, you can't say this whole group, you know, this has nothing to do with white people. it's just a few bad apples. what do you say to that? >> to that i say, if that's your actual belief, you're living with your head in the sand. i used to live in new york city and would occasionally go to hoboken, new jersey's st. patrick's day parade. there are so many young white men there, vomiting in the streets, urinating in the streets, getting in fistfights in the streets. it was a sight to be seen. >> i've seen it myself. there's college dorms you can go to. every other room, there's a bong. there are people talking about how much they enjoy drugs. a drug culture, that people -- and white elders don't say anything about it. they kind of -- they wink and they nod. >> you're looking at -- they're learning -- and the thing is that these young people are learning this kind of behavior in lacrosse camps, at college spring break. they're learning this kind of behavior at ivy league fraternities, where drug use and binge drinking are normalized
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behaviors. and these kinds of places are kind of the hives of moral debasement that are leading to, i think, what we're seeing, which is this white-on-white crime scourge. >> here's my question to you. what is it going to take to get the white power structure, prominent whites, hillary clinton, joe biden, to start speaking out on this kind of thing? to start talking about the st. paddy's day parade. to even just take the first step and condemn the huntington beach riots? >> you know, i wish that i knew. i wish that i knew. when i look towards the white leadership, when i look towards the justin biebers of the world, and the rush limbaugh's of the world and the sean hannities of the world, i often hear them talking about the problems within the black community, but i have yet to really see them take a serious, long look at the problems within the white community, and look at these kinds of violent offenses that are going on within white neighborhoods and on white college campuses all the time. and that's been difficult to watch. and so, to them, i would just
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say, physician, heal thyself first. and i'm glad that people like you are stepping up in the white community and really sort of looking at this, looking at this problem for what it is, which is a serious, serious issue. >> we appreciate that. cord jefferson, the west coast editor for gawker.com. thank you. >> thank you. >> if you watched that segment and thought, that's an absolutely ridiculous premise and an absolutely terrible way to talk about millions of people who share nothing, nothing was their general broad pigmentation, you are correct. and remember that the next time you hear those same arguments, but with a different word in place of the word "white." and that's the memo. >> almost a year's worth of the awesomest things on the internet. well, it was rough, but we narrowed it down to our favorites. we'll be right back with a very special "all in all-star 3/4 of a year" very special ultimate click three. [ male announcer ] here's a question for you:
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click three. the three awesomest things we found on the internet that day. our definition of awesome is broad enough to cover things like robots to jokers in russia with a giant deer statue in the back of their truck. sometimes we hail great scientific achievement, other times, great moments of, well, i don't know what. ♪ >> we're so proud to be able to bring you this ridiculousness, there's no way we could do a year in review show without naming our three favorite click 3s. we have done the click 3 segment a total of 143 times, which is 429 awesome things we have found on the internet, give or take. so choosing the three awesomest out of all that awesomeness is almost too awesome a task for
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one awesome to awesome. but it must be done, so i present you the three awesomest things on the internet for 3/4 of 2013. the first thing came to us on may 11st, who said, simply, dude, this. this was referring to the ryan gosling peop gosling miehms, surpassing all the knockoff miehms, this is ryan gosling won't eat his cereal. these are a series of six-second vine videos. the title explains it all. as "entertainment weekly" put it, just a spoonful of cereal slowly inching towards his beautiful but tortured face on a television screen. the idea came to him while watching "drive" and eating cereal. the results were amazing. so inspired were we, we created one of our very own. i just don't care for corn pops. the second awesomest thing we brought you on october 22nd, introducing mr. chris hayes, investigative reporter for fox 2
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news in st. louis. ray lives with his wife and two boys. these won seven emmy awards and by all accounts, he's an intrepid reporter. >> tabbottle demanded we leave the report. a sign says it all, no media or reporters, especially chris hayes. >> that's a badge of honor. but another thing about chris hayes, fox 2's chris hayes should not be confused with msnbc's chris hayes. but he is. night after night, he's bombarded on twitter by who think they're interacting with this show. he couldn't be nicer. i work in st. louis. even to the mean ones, like the people saying, "you're an idiot," he's exceptionally patient. thank you, but you're looking for chris hill hayes. and no apology never. a class act. and he's still there, still responding. i heart chris hayes. the third awesomest thing on the internet this year. after careful deliberation, it was a unanimous choice, we go
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back to august 22nd to a demonstration in activism to a guy in a field in new zealand. this is what sheepocracy looks like. >> what do you want?! [ sheep baaing ] when do you want it?! [ sheep baaing ] how do you want it?! [ sheep baaing ] who's your daddy? [ sheep baaing ] >> i'm really sorry about that. you can find all the links for all click threes on our website, as always, allinwithchris.com. we'll be right back. (vo) you are a business pro.
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hurry, this offer ends january 2nd. for details, visit vwdealer.com today 2013 will go down in history as the year the united states supreme court gutted the voting rights act. in a 5-4 decision, nine states, mostly in the south, will be free to change their election laws without first getting pre-clearance approval from the federal government. we spent a lot of time this year talking about the potential and likely ramifications of this decision. on november 8th, we saw it play out in dramatic fashion on election day in one city in texas. pasadena, texas. a suburb of houston, sometimes called stinkadina for the smell of its chemical plants and oil refineries. home to 150,000 people. and the setting of the iconic film, "urban cowboy." >> are you a real cowboy?
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>> well, it depends on what you think a real cowboy is. >> but like a lot of texas towns, pasadena has changed radically from the days when john travolta walked the streets in a 10-gallon hat. >> pasadena no longer a small town, but a not-so-small city. >> the change has come in the last ten years, thanks to explosive growth in the hispanic population, which has risen in a decade from 48% to 62%, making white people a minority in the new pasadena. luckily for them, they are still a majority of the vote population. while the hispanic population accounts for a majority of the pasadena residence, hispanics make up only 32% of the city's voters. but the people who are running pasadena see the writing on the wall. they know they're only a few voter recession drives and maybe a comprehensive immigration reform bill away from being relegated to minority status. so this summer, pasadena mayor,
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johnny isabel came up with a plan. now the city is run by the mayor and eight council members. each member is elected from one of eight districts, each representing a section of the city. and for the first time in the city's history, there are now two hispanics on the council. one is cody ray wheeler. >> we kind of came in there and we were looking to bring change, reform, to really engage in a community. and we've called the mayor out on a lot of things that we thought weren't very honest. >> reporter: in august, isbell started pushing a plan to shrink the number of districts from eight to six and replace those two with at-large seats to be voted on by everyone in pasadena. and by everyone, we mean the town's white voting majority. >> he decided to make a full power grab and he didn't care who would have to step over to get it. >> to the community, the goal of the plan was pretty clear. >> i think what he's trying to do, he's trying to stop us from being able to get the things
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that we need and be able to be the majority. he doesn't like it. >> dilute the power of the hispanic vote and hand two council seats to the majority white voting population, insuring the city-wide majority white voting population could band together and retain their power. >> what this effectively does is give the south part of town the majority of council. >> it turns out, this is precisely the sort of thing section 5 of the voting rights act was designed to block. in fact, supreme court justice ruth bader ginsburg cited this precise type of discrimination for a pre-section 5 world when the voting rights act came before the court earlier this year. >> the second generation barriers included racial gerrymandering, switching from district voting to at-large voting. >> did you hear that item at-large voting, it's the old test trick in the book. and it's so immediately recognizable that when a neighboring texas town of beaumont cooked up a very
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similar at-large plan, it was blocked by the justice department in december of 2012. but then the supreme court killed section 5 of voting rights act in their 5-4 decision in shelby v. holder. and the mayor of pasadena, johnny isbell, made his move. >> he blatantly said, now that the preclearance from the voting rights act and gone, we're going to redistrict the city. >> in the mayor's own words -- >> the justice department can no longer tell us what to do. >> so this summer, isbell, arguing that certain council members don't care about city-wide issues, moved to put his own at-large plan on the ballot. >> the mayor is quite aware of what this does, but like i said before, he just seems to not care. >> and on tuesday, the folks of pasadena went to vote on proposition 1 and the white voting majority won by a margin of 87 votes. now that section v is dead, there are thousands of potential pasadenas all across the south. >> this year saw the launch,
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now for the exciting conclusion of the all-in 3/4 year in review show. >> the heart of president obama's health care law, the signature law of his administration began its rocky rollout in 2013. and well, it kind of sucked for a while. the website didn't work at first. the obama administration was forced to varying degrees to label the employer mandate for providing coverage and the individual penalty for not buying it. overall, not awesome. but here's the thing. it is also not terrible.
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it's lowering the deficit over time. the government is not choosing your doctor. and yet, despite what you might have heard from right-wing media, insurance purchased on the obamacare health exchange does cover babies. if you take anything away from the story of obamacare in 2013, it should be that obama care is here, it's what we have, and we have to and can make it work. you might have done a double take if you saw "the new york times" front page news analysis today. the paper of record, headlining its lead story online, quote, health care rollout stumbles, draws parallels to bush's hurricane response. of course, obama's katrina is such a lame playedout right-wing miehm that it was an republican punch line back in 2010. you hear anytime anything goes badly in america since 2009. >> it's been called obama's katrina. >> is this going to be obama's katrina? >> president obama's katrina.
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>> it's crazy. it's like, no matter what happens during the obama administration, there's the perfect bush [ bleep ]-up for the occasion. >> could health care be obama's iraq? >> is this, as some are suggesting, barack obama's enron? >> unemployment rate from 9 to 11 could be obama's 9/11. >> are we now watching obama's mission accomplished speech? >> they've got their, you know, heck of a job brownie moment. >> this is obama's my pet goat momen moment. >> the crazy part is, it's conservatives and republicans that are in the biggest rush to make the comparisons. remember that terrible thing that bush did, that we fought for eight years to convince you wasn't bad, but actually good? well, now we use those very incidents as the low water mark for your guy. >> the katrina comparison,
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specifically, deserves a five-second rebuttal. you do it by showing this handy chart from media matters of debts in katrina compared to those of the affordable care act rollout. so, no, "new york times," not katrina. obamacare is very much its own thing. it is a long, brutal battle to make a little more real the promise of a decent society for all. if you're anything like me, you've watched the last several weeks unfold with a potent mix of rage, frustration, and exasperation. and i will confess, as i follow the coverage and immerse myself in the stories here every day, i find myself pissed off at just about everyone. i'm angry at a white house that failed to properly implement the most important law that anyone has passed in a generation, that handed their ideological and political enemies ammunition, which they are now gleefully firing off at anything that moves, including stalwart progressive allies and politicians who backed the
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politicians and vouched for those voters. the entire spectacle is particularly maddening, since many of us spent years noting the complexities of the entire romney care mandate and subsidies model. those of us who worried that without a public option, insurance companies would law to manipulate and panic consumers. those of us who worried about that but ultimately embraced and celebrated and rejoiced at the ata, as a massive step forward on the long march for justice. i'm also angry at a mainstream media that due to a combination of gullibility, privilege, and sloppiness has managed to elevate the stories of a very small sliver of the health insurance market into a national panic, while largely allowing the names and faces and fates of the millions of poor people who will be denied health care by republican governors, to remain anonymous and untold. but most of all, i'm quite simply appalled, as i watch a republican party in conservative movement, not even pretend to
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hide their glee over problems with the law they have done everything in their power to sabotage, destroy, and discredit. a law that at its base, attempts to make sure that tens of millions of our fellow citizens are delivered from the terror and anguish and hardship of a morally bankrupt status quo to a modicum of security and care. jonah goldberg, writing in the conservative "national review," just comes out and says, if you can't take some joy, some modicum of relief and mirth in the unprecedently spectacular clowning of the president, his administration, its enablers, and to no small degree, liberals and itself, you need to ask yourself, why you're covering politics in the first place. because frankly, this has been one of the most enjoyable political moments of my lifetime. i read that and i thought, what the hell is wrong with you? that's why you're in politics? that's why you follow it? to point and laugh at be-clowning.
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to work out some weird adolescent inferiority complex? don't get me wrong, it's bracing to see conservatives stop pretending to even care about the plight of the people they are pretending to care about for expedie expedient's sake just a short while ago. this is true. even conservatives i like, even phillip klein, even a conservative reporter i like and respect and follow, he tweeted this today. great news from alaska. parnell won't expand medicaid. this is how it's done, john kasich. great news! no health care for up to 40,000 poor alaskans. that is great news for conservatives. those of us committed to a humane future of mutual support and solidarity and compassion, that is what we are up against. and finally, i'm angry at democratic politicians who are starting to go wobbly. >> it's really disappointing to all of us, to the people that we serve, that it hasn't been rolled out better. >> there are provisions that need to be fixed. >> many americans donate feel well-served. >> i have been frustrated from day one.
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>> i will never forget the morning of january 20th, 2010. the fight for health reform was not over, the more liberal bill needed to be reconciled with the senate's more conservative version, but scott brown had just declared victory in the special election to replace the late ted kennedy, and that caused democrats their filibuster-proof majority in the senate. i was walking on capitol hill to my office, and there was this horrible, depressing blanket of quiet. it felt like the day of a funeral. i ran into a member of the progressive caucus from the house, and he was walking on the street. he looked like he'd been crying, stumbling around in a daze, and he shook his head and said, well, it's over. and walked away. what happened next, from what i've been table to report myself, is basically that nancy pelosi met with her caucus and told them to get it together! that they would pass the law as-is, no matter what it took, and for democrats tempted to abandon the mission, she and others reminded them, it was too late to distance themselves from the law. everyone had already voted for the thing. the same is true now.
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there is no separating yourself from this law. that goes for all of us on the left. if you think the aca can go down and leave you unscathed, you are sorely mistaken. we are all on the same boat. this law has had near-death experiences more times than i can count. i've covered a dozen of them, and it's not just bad luck or that the law is cursed or that the people pushing it aren't good at their jobs, it's because it's hard. health care is 20% of our economy. there are trillions of dollars on the line, and shareholders and companies and workers and doctors, and medical device manufacturers and hospitals and patients, people, health care something every single person uses. and every time, in every country a society has decided to reform the delivery of it, it has been done against the kicking and screaming and sabotage and backlash and a rage of entrenched interests and reactionaries. there is a reason almost a century's worth of presidents and congresses tried and failed
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to pass health care reform. there is a reason passing and maintaining the affordable care act has been so arduous. because it is the most ambitious piece of social legislation in this country in a generation. and so amidst the deserved criticisms and bad press and the undeserved hysteria and shameful gloating, one thing is clear. the only path left for those of us committed to the goal of health care for all is forward. no retreat, no surrender, no going back. the only way out is through. this won't be the last battle. others will come and there'll be more after that. and there's never, ever going to be some calm, final equilibrium where everything works and no one's trying to take health care away. there's only struggle today, tomorrow, forever. because nothing worth doing ever came. >> well, that does it for us tonight. all of us at "all in" feel exceptionally privileged to be
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able to share this hour with you, the viewers and fans, really. it means the most to us that you come and watch us every night and we try to do our best and we're going to do a lot more kick-butt stuff in 2014. we're all extremely excited. so good night, from all of us at the "all in all-star 3/4 of a year in review show." we'll see you in 2014. all right, so end of the year show, one way to do it is the most important things that happened this year or the chronology of what happened this year, obviously, that's excruciatingly boring. and the thing that we ought to do is the best things that happened this year. only the good things. >> yeah! good things, that's what we're about! >> we're never about good things. which is why we have a special segment on our show we reserve for good things. it's a very small segment, it's called "best new thing in the world." so i think that we can put together, i think we have

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