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for a period of time, that's what we needed to do to protect the public and will continue to do. >> kristin dahlgren, we understand kaci was released a short time ago. >> reporter: a hospital spokes person told nbc she was released at 1 p.m. they didn't give any details. she was expected to leave in a private vehicle. wasn't expected to take any public transportation, any type of commercial flights. she was expected to be accompanied by state officials as well as officials from doctors without borders, the organization she was working with in west africa. she's being transported to maine at her request. this, of course, comes after a change from the state of new jersey. they say that they consulted with the cdc, that she didn't show any symptoms over the past 24 hours and also had a negative ebola test. that's when they decided to grant her request to let her leave the state and go to maine. now, when she gets to maine, that state has been notified
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she's coming. it will be up to that state and its laws what will happen to her then, joy. >> kristin dahlgren, thank you. to new york's bellevue hospital where a 5-year-old bronx boy just back from guinea has been hospitalized. he's being tested for ebola after running a temperature. meanwhile, dr. craig spencer continues to be treated for ebola after being hospitalized last week. nbc sarah doloff joins us outside bellevue hospital. what do we know about the 5-year-old's condition? >> reporter: what we know, joy, is he arrived in the u.s. on friday from one of those three ebola-stricken countries in africa. based on that information and the fact that he developed a fever while here at the hospital, health care workers decided to do that ebola test. that is expected back some time later today. meanwhile, we're told as many as three family members are quarantined inside the family's apartment in the bronx right now. health officials really taking an abundance of caution right now. as a preliminary caution right now, they are beginning to trace
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those contacts down that this little boy may have had. right now, we want to emphasize, that this is just a possible case. we're waiting for the test results back. but this little boy had come from one of those three ebola-stricken african countries and he did have, we're told, a low-grade fever. >> let's go over to dr. craig spencer. we understand over the weekend he received a blood transfusion or blood from nancy wrightbol. what are they saying about his condition? >> reporter: they say he tolerated the blood transfusion very, very well. during the weekend, his illness entered its next phase, one marked with stomach problems and things like that. so, he did get more serious. today, at last check, he was in serious but stable condition. this turn, this advancement into this new stage, it's concerning but not unexpected. the new york city health commissioner said it was likely that dr. spencer would get worse before he got better. and we've seen that with all of the ebola patients that have been treated here in the u.s.
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it's an illness of very much ups and downs, good days and bad. dr. spencer's fiancee was released from the hospital on sunday. she's returned to their apartment in harlem where she will wait out the rest of the quarantine period. she nor the other two contacts of dr. spencer have shown any signs of illness. >> thanks very much. as officials work to contain the spread of ebola here at home, u.s. ambassador to the u.n. samantha power is in west africa, where the number of ebola cases in the region has now surpassed the 10,000 mark. nbc's chris jansing is the only television journalist traveling with the ambassador. >> reporter: it was a dizzying first day in guinea for u.n. ambassador samantha power. >> together we can beat this epidemic. >> reporter: from press conferences to meeting with the
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imam. she's been greeted with open arms. the u.s. is leading the charge? her five-day, fact-finding trip, aimed at getting ammunition that will help bring other countries on board to fight ebola and not just with money. >> we will not deal with the epidemic unless we deal with it at its source and dealing with it at its source is going to require international health workers to come to offer leadership, to help mobilize society here. >> reporter: her biggest obstac obstacle, fear of ebola. ear dr. bah, who's been on the front lines treating patients from the beginning of the outbreak. aren't you afraid? >> yes, i was afraid. >> reporter: seven months in, he's worried that much needed international health care workers will stop coming because the number of cases keeps growing. >> if anybody's afraid, everybody is running away, who will help? >> reporter: guinea has already lost about 900 lives to ebola, so at every stop, health protocols for all of us, including the ambassador, who got her temperature checked three times in one day.
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a small inconvenience as she tackles an enormous problem. up next for the ambassador, she's going to be going to liberia and ghana before a big speech in brussels, trying to push the international community to do more to fight ebola. traveling with ambassador power, i'm chris jansing. switching gears, let's go to washington state where another victim has died following friday's school shooting outside seattle. nbc's joe friar is in marysville with the latest. >> reporter: joy, we were called to the hospital late last night where we learned that 14-year-old gia soriano, who was shot in the head friday, had died. she is now the third person to die from this shooting, along with the gunman and 14-year-old zoey galaso. the alleged gunman shot five people in the school cafeteria before turning the gun on himself friday. there's still no clearance to what the motive was. law enforcement sources told nbc news he may have been upset
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about a relationship but it's unclear if that had anything to do with the shooting. his 14-year-old cousin is in serious condition and his other 14-year-old cousin and 14-year-old classmate are still in critical condition. the shooting has put new focus on an issuetive that will require criminal background checks for all venues. it's on the ballot right now in washington state. today the parents of two children who were killed at sandy hook will be on the ground in the state to campaign for that initiative. that visit has been on the books for a few weeks now. it is not in response to what happened on friday. meanwhile, there will be no classes here at marysville-pilchuck high school for the entire week. joy? >> thank you. and coming up, a health and ethics debate on whether states should be able to force doctors and nurses to undergo quarantine when they return from west africa. would it make the public safer
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or just stop people from going to west africa to help? plus, what would a republican-controlled senate actually do? former rnc chairman michael steele will be here to answer that question and to respond to your theories about a republican senate. ugh... ...heartburn. did someone say burn? try alka seltzer reliefchews. they work just as fast and taste better than tums smoothies assorted fruit. mmm... amazing. yeah, i get that a lot. alka seltzer heartburn reliefchews. enjoy the relief. eir credit score, they don't have one. but they do. your score still needs someone to take care of it. it needs your help. for the low price of completely free forever,
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quarantine? that's the ethical question being debated by health care professionals, lawmakers and average americans across the country and the world today. thanks in part to nurse kaci hickox. she's being released from a new jersey hospital where she spent the past three days quarantined inside a cdc-approved isolation tent. she says since returning from west africa on friday, she's been mistreated at every turn. she told cnn yesterday her basic human rights have been violated.
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>> it's really inhumane. i just came back from one of the most difficult months of my life. and i am completely -- [ inaudible ] no one knows, no one can tell if we'll get ebola in the next 25 days or not. this is an extreme that is really unacceptable. and i fool like my basic human rights have been violated. >> dr. corey hebert is a professor at lsu health sciences and dr. kent is an infectious disease specialist and deputy physician in chief for quality and safety at sloane kettering cancer center. the "new york times" has reported, we've reported here, new york governor mario cuomo has somewhat reversed the
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position of new york state, saying people can spend their quarantine at home but they still have to do it. now i want you to listen to governor chris christie when he was campaigning in florida with governor rick scott on sunday. >> so, i understand ms. hickox is uncomfortable and i understand she doesn't want to be quarantined but my responsibility, the greater responsibility is the 8.9 million people of the state of new jersey. >> dr. hebert, i take from your twitter feed you essentially agree with that. >> yes, i'm in favor of a structured pathway which our health care workers with serve in africa and return safely and that pathway should have a 21-day quarantine. i like to do a lot of facts. rule 403, federal rules of evidence, sets forth a really good balancing act which is really instructive for this. i want to read it real quick. rule 403, the probative value of identifying very high-risk people to contract the disease
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and quarantining them is greater than vailaggravation than being subject to the quarantine. let's say dr. spencer is on the train. his temperature is 100.3. that is not a fever. but two hours later when he gets off the train, his temperature is 101.5. that is a fever. right before he exits, he vomits on two passengers. no doctor, no nurse, no health care provider can be 100% certain those patients won't get ebola. it's highly unlikely. is it worth it? 100% not. medicine is about chance and probability and what we tend to do is look at other people's livelihood and look at the chance of probability. good doctors sit back and put nemesis other people's position and that's why we must have the quarantine. >> as i note that i had a '90s flash back, it's governor andrew cuomo, not mario, his dad. you wrote in "the daily beast" these quarantines are an insane overreaction. you coined the term quantanimo
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and you said governor christie and governor cuomo were trying to hog the spotlight in order to get presidentially tough on an issue that needed no decisiveness. you said they're not listening to the science. you said it's pure politics. how do you respond to the points dr. hebert just made? >> the same way. i think there's clear scientific evidence about what to do and not to do. and reactedi inreacting to the what if is not what do you in clinical medicine up. look at the evidence. there's a lot of evidence, even in the last couple of months, even in the united states, ignoring four decades of evidence that's been reported from ebola outbreaks that have happened before. specifically, we know that mr. duncan's close family contacts did not get infected. we now know that nina pham, who was hospitalized 15 days ago, no contact around her got infected. we really do know again and again and again, and even nancy writebol's husband did not get
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infected. we know again and again and again that by total luck, and we're totally fortunate with this, you have to be sick to be contagious. it's not true of very many infections. this is the only lucky thing about ebola, is that you have to be sick to be contagious. and if you're not sick, you're not contagious. it's, again, very fortunate for public health that's the case. but that's the case time and again. it's not questionable at this point. so, i think to get into the what-ifs is not the scientific approach. >> dr. hebert, the fact is that we -- that the scientific community has known about ebola and had 40 years to really study if-t and some of the myths that have been out there, you've been on and talked about those myths that are not true. we know kaci hickox was asymptomatic, she's had a negative test for ebola. isn't is it draconian if we're asking people to go to west africa and help, when they come back, even if they're
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asymptomatic, they get tossed into a tent. isn't that taking it too far? >> i don't think anyone should be treated inhumanely. i think that's horrible. as a government, what we should do is stop doing this individual thing where we sent -- let one doctor go over there that practices internal medicine in iowa and he or she comes back and then it's business as usual at his clique. that's not the way it should be done because this is not a business as usual disease. we know that. the cost of doing business is the cost of doing business. when you go over there, which we need people to go over there. we know that. we have to stop the epidemic at its source but the reality is, why don't we get together a strike team like we have in the united states and do it just like the ambassador said today. why don't we do it so everyone can be on the same page and not just america. we send a strike team in. when they come back, they're treated like kings and queens when we decontaminate and quarantine for 21 days. it shouldn't be punitive. it should be done. that's the cost of business.
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>> there is essentially a strike team, but we're sending members of the united states military to west africa to try to help and they're doing things like building facilities and helping out. despite the fact that we were told earlier that they would not then be quarantined when they returned home, we are learning today, nbc is learning today that, in fact, they will be quran teend wh quarantined when they get home. so is science already losing this argument? >> science always loses the argument where passions run high. it's an unfortunate fact. i was unaware they were going to get quarantined. that's unfortunate. again, i understand for expeed yens and the appearance of public assurance that cautious measures are being taken. on the other hand, it completely subverts the entire attempts of the medical community to deal with this as a public health and not a political crisis, or a crisis of passion. it just -- it just screws up everything that we've tried to
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say, that we are saying it's okay out there and the governors are saying it's not okay out there. we have to throw people in the brig. it messes things up in the worst way. >> dr. hebert, you've done this work in going overseas and helping out countries that need u.s. medical expertise. i want to play you what dr dr. fauci of the nih had to say about this whole debate. let's take a listen to what he had to say. >> i don't want to be directly criticizing what was -- what the decision that was made, but we have to be careful that there are unintended consequences. the best way to stop this epidemic is to help the people in west africa. we do that by sending people over there, not only from the usa but from other places. we need to treat them, returning people with respect and make sure that we -- they're really heroes. so the idea we're being a little draconian. there are other ways to protect. >> dr. hebert, you stated that last point yourself. are we at a point where the public hysteria has outrun the
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number of people in the united states that have contracted ebola, that it's going to be difficult to create the strike team you're talking about or to get people to go over and really dot work that needs to be done as dr. fauci is talking about? >> i think health care workers would be building to go to west africa. the tipping point f we have one case, no big deal. what if we had 100 cases, would dr. fauci still be saying that? i'm not sure. the tipping point is to control this as it comes into our country. by no means, should this be punitive but it should be that we err on the side of caution when if comes to people coming back and wanting to do the business of taking care of people abroad. i think it's very admirable and i do it every year myself. and i don't think that will stop anyone, especially if you know that when you come back, there's something you have to do, which is be quarantined for 21 days. not in a tent. not in an airport. but in your home. >> it's an interesting debate and a lot of people -- i think there are good arguments on both
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sides of it. thank you both for representing. thank you very much. and now three things to know on this monday. police in canada say michael zehaf-bibeau, the lone shooter in last wednesday's attack was driven by ideological motives. he made a video of himself before the shooting. rpmc ing at it. oscar tavares was killed in a car crash in the dominican republic yesterday. the details of the accident are still under investigation. 22-year-old tavares was reportedly driving with his girlfriend who was also killed. tavares was -- made his major league debut with the cardinals back in may and was considered a top prospect. in south africa's national soccer goalkeeper and captain was shot and killed during a break-in at his girlfriend's home. the 27-year-old meyiwa
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drags a black doll. see how not funny that is? this grown man had the same idea. some are trying to stop this before halloween weekend tweeting, dear fellow white people, do not dress up. janay rice condemned the inappropriate dress-up saying, it's sad my suffering amuses others. exactly. domestic violence, not funny. regarding black face, you're tweeting pictures like this saying it's not even necessary to portray african-americans tastefully. emphasis on tasteful. i see we have a question. you. >> what about black face if you're dressing up as president obama? >> no. >> what if you love martin luther king, jr. -- >> no, no. >> al -- >> no. i don't care how much you love the jazz singer, never be al jolsen. that's our awesome booking producer illustrating the common questions you might have regarding when black face is okay. the answer is, never. on a totally different note,
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settling in, the emphasis for voter mobilization centers all over the country. in gainesville yesterday, martin luther ii and core rin brown turned out. democrats have more seattle up for grabs and a base that tends to turn out less in off-years. nbc's chuck todd is on the road in the meet the voters tour bus where he found a rare potential democratic firewall in north carolina. >> reporter: joy, when it comes to the north carolina senate race, it's a little different than maybe all of the other senate races where democrats are, quote/unquote, playing defense. here, they don't have to just play defense. they can play some offense. they have something to run against. it's the republicans are trying to run against the partisanship of washington and the u.s. senate and democrats, but kay hagan down here wants to run against the partisanship of the republican legislature. so when it comes to get out the vote, particularly among african-americans and women, it is using the -- whether it was
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moral mondays or using legislation that's been passed in the assembly, the republican nominee for senate being the speaker of the assembly, gives symbolism to that volte. democrats feel better about their ground game here because of the atmosphere, because of the moral mondays, because they have something to run against in the republican legislature, specifically with tillis versus, say, their get out of the vote operations in a lot of these other states. joy? >> michael steele is an msnbc political analyst and former rnc chairman. michael, i'm going to get back to the question of black voters in a minute. but when you think about the potential for republicans to take over the senate, talking points memo writes, if you want a glimpse of what 2015 will look like when it comes to federal legislation, the easiest place to look is the list of bills that already passed the house under republican control. they go through a few of them. they say a desire to pass a federal ban on abortions at 20 weeks, ending all funding for
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planned har planned parenthood. if your party were to take over the united states senate, wouldn't those bills, anti-abortion and even anti-contraception bills, be first on the agenda? >> i think likely they would be. i think when you have a situation, as we've seen already, whether it's on health care issues, whether it's on social issues like abortion and marriage and the like, that the house has been really the driver of a lot of the social agenda within the gop legislatively speaking. so, with the republican senate, the real test, i think, for a majority leader mcconnell is going to be how to navigate the waters so that those bilsls, which imnature out of the house, when the majority is looking for legislation that has to deal with the budget, has to deal with shutting down the government, potentially in light of, you know, decisions the white house and the legislative leadership is going to have to make regarding our fiscal affairs. it's going to be this really interesting dance. but i think probably one of the
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top bills you see out of the box will be one of those or repeal of obamacare and how the senate handles that is really going to matter. i think that's unfortunate, quite honestly, because i think the parties should be in a position to take advantage of the opportunity the american people are giving them to lay down instruments of government. how they're going to govern the country as opposed to deal with specific agenda items. >> you know, you said government shutdowns. have i to come back to that. chuck schumer, democrat chuck schumer of new york, was on "meet the press" this weekend and this is what he said americans need to pay attention to if the senate were to flip. take a listen. >> the supreme court continues to be the way it is and there's a vacancy and they buttress that. we'll be subject to these few people just dominating the elections for decades to come. the supreme court on voting rights makes a huge difference. the supreme court on women's issues makes a huge difference. supreme court.
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>> and so, you know, michael, one of the big worries that a lot of african-americans have is that you already have a supreme court majority that hasn't exactly been supportive of voting rights, as many people see it. would a republican senate then narrow the list of people that could potentially even get through should the president have an opportunity to nominate someone in a way that actually makes things worse for voters, for minority voters in particular? >> i don't know about, you know, whether or not the narrowing would make things worse or not. look, at this roberts court and, i don't think this is for most conservatives considered to be the bastion of conservative prudence -- >> this court? >> on voting rights have you a fair point but other issues, whether it's on marriage or obamacare, et cetera, the court has had a much more, how shall we say, expansive view of these things. >> what about hobby lobby? >> again, that's a narrowly --
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that's a piece pulled off. i'm talking more wholly speaking. have you a court working the sides and middles on some of these issues. i don't know in terms of who the president nominates, how that individual will fare. again, a lot of that poison has been already put in the well by harry reid and how he has managed that process within the senate. and i think what -- at least what i've heard from mitch mcconnell is that he wants to do something that's a little more traditional in how this senate is approaching these things, which could be good. >> let's talk about tradition. repealing -- attempting to repeal obamacare is a tradition at this point, among your party members in the house. they attempted to do it more than 50 times. we actually asked. we asked our viewers, you know, what are you -- what do you think would be the priority of a republican senate? and we got back these three top answers. repeal obamacare, which again is a tradition in the house. they've done it 50 times. attempt to impeach president obama, which is a tradition with
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two democratic and now the senate. >> not happening. >> and ending the minimum wage. would not those three things be pushed to the front of the agenda in a republican senate? >> one of those three things would be -- >> which? >> -- likely be the repeal of obamacare in some form or fashion. but the other two, highly unlikely with respect to impeaching the president. i can tell you, it's a wonderful talking point for the left and they get all excited about throwing that out there because it helps raise money and fires up the base but at the end of the day, there is no upside for the gop to do that heading into a presidential cycle which begins the wednesday after this election. so, i think that at the end of the day, that falls off the table. there will be rumblings and ramblings about it, but not much. >> on the left? i think i've heard that on the right as well. michael steele, thank you for your insights. appreciate it. and as we fast approach november 4th, we want to know, what's moving you to the ballot box? tell us by using #msnbcvote and you might see yourself on the tv.
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investigation about the brutal execution of isis hostages is still ringing in the ears of anyone who read it. out of 23 hostages taken, four of them, two american, two briti british, were brutally beheaded in videos that were sent out to the world. what we're learning now are chilling details about the physical and mental war they endured daily. as "the times" reports, hostages were routinely beaten and subject to waterboarding, starved and threaten with execution. "the times" reports out of the nearly two dozen captures in syria that began in 2012, most of the hostages have countries other than the u.s. and the uk were freed after a ransom was paid. but back in 2012 there was really no such thing as isis. now just a few short years later, the militant group is bringing in an estimated millions of dollars a day. the group's rapid rise to power is the subject of a new front line documentary airing on pbs tomorrow night. take a look. >> these guys are crazy. but there's method to their madness.
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>> and what is that method? >> control. i mean, this is one of the first terrorist groups saying, you know what, we're not going to hit and run. and we're never going to participate in politics as you know it. we actualliment to kill everyone who disagree with us, want to control the piece of land and whatever cost it s we're going to do it. >> here with me now is martin smith, producer and reporter of the front line documentary "the rise of isis" which airs on pbs tomorrow night at 10:00. the clip we just saw, is isis just crazy? >> no, they're not just crazy. they're extremely violent. they present to the world on the outside a very hard, ultraviolent sort of shell. inside, they're trying to provide services, bakeries, hospitals, services, schools, to the people that they control, the cities they've taken. on the outsides, they're determined to terrorize anybody who would come at them.
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and that would be the iraqi security forces, the security forces who basically fled and ran from mosul, from fallujah earlier this year. so, it's a method. but it's extremely -- it's extreme violence. i would have never expected this to attract so many people to come join them. and that's, for me, one of the big surprises of all of this. >> one of the things when you talk about the security forces fleeing, part of it is this advance propaganda that shows just extreme extravagant violence that is awaiting anyone who opposes them. talk about this social media aspect to it, the trailers, the tweets, the really trying to dominate with media. >> we've never seen this before. you know, when bin laden, zaharie put out videos over the years, they were crude, they were simple. there was nothing really to look at in them. these guys have gone out and gotten the best equipment they can. they have very talented editors.
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i've looked through hours of their films. they put out lots of propaganda and then get it out on twitter and youtube, and as soon as it's taken down, they find another way to get it out there and get it up there. this is attracting people, as we've seen, in the united states, three girls out of denver, the fellow out of florida and others. so, it's working for them. >> and they're funding a lot of this with hostage taking. >> they fund -- they were very smart. in 2012 you say they didn't exist. they existed but they were under other names. this is the group that used to al qaeda in iraq. they moved into syria, the remnants of what was left of them after the american troops left. there was not much to it. but then they went into syria, wide open space. they immediately used their know-how to seize oil wells, extortion, take over power plants and charge for utilities. these are not just jihadis running around in the desert. behind isis are very experienced
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military commanders that used to be in saddam hussein's army. baathists that defected from syria. they know how to use artillery, know how to do things. if you have 30,000 people under arms, you have to run a business, you have to feed them, supply them. it's -- again, this is a group with some staying power. >> i want to play one more clip from your piece. >> if you take iraq's sunni leadership, it's full of leadership, secular, educated, very moderate people. but they look around and they say, where do we go? and the only people that are going to protect us are these really hard guys. we may not like them, but we need them. because otherwise there's nothing. nobody's going to protect us. and the americans aren't here anymore. >> i mean, you talk about baathist who essentially we turned out of the army and sent them home. then you talk about a sunni
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population that's caught between a rock and a hard place. they don't trust the shiite-led government and terrified of these guys. >> this is a whole population that got marginalized, essentially after u.s. left in 2011, maliki gave way to his worst sectarian fears. when you see sunnis, he saw baathist, al qaedas, jihadis, so there were ash traesh arrests and the promises made to the sunni community at large is that they would be integrated into the government, integrated into the security forces. those promises were broken. he ceased paying the so-called sons of iraq that were so key to the u.s. victory. and so you had large demonstrations, tens of thousands of people, disaeffected sunnis who ran out of options and in several cases they were massacred by the police under maliki. this, of course, if you do this to people, what choice do they have? a lot of the young men -- there's an unemployment rate in
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sunni communities of some 40%. you shoot them at peaceful demonstrations. you get many of them joining isis. >> terrifying. a chilling documentary and starting to sound like a very much must watch. martin smith, front line producer and reporter. thank you so much for being here. >> it's a pleasure to be here. and the full front line documentary does air tomorrow night on pbs. thank you very much for being here, sir. still ahead, i'll talk with texas state senator wendy davis about her battle for the governorship in the lone star state. yoplait light is now better than ever. it still melts in your mouth. with 90 calories. and is now aspartame free. yoplait light. it is so good; it's better than ever.
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welcome back. since ann richards in 1990, no women and no democrat has won governor for texas. wendy davis faces an uphill battle to make history. however, the larger question for democrats nationally may be whether her campaign's high profile and deep pockets have
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done anything to make texas a more competitive state. joining me now in texas is state senator and democratic candidate for governor, wendy davis. thank you for being here, senator davis. >> juror welcome, joy. thank you. >> let's talk about this effort you've mounted. your campaign has raised something like $30 million and combined with battleground texas, according to a piece in "the washington post," you guys claim to have built an army of 30,000 volunteers, 8600 voter registrars have been deputy tiesed. in houston's harris county alone, the two groups say democrats have more staffers on the ground than the party counted in the entire year of 2010 and invested in state-of-the-art analystics. why do you suppose you're struggling so much despite that effort? >> you know, we had to build something from the ground up. an infrastructure that hadn't existed for a very, very long time for a statewide democrat because we really haven't had a statewide competitive race in
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the general election in texas for a very long time. but i'm thrilled with what we have built up. and i believe it's paying off. we saw it with the dramatic increase in voter registrants in our state. it's typical that in texas we always see a drop-off between gubernatorial and presidential election years. and for the first time in a very long time, we increased our registrants by 2.8%. we also feel very encouraged by what we see happening at the polls right now, both in mail-in ballots and in early vote. and i believe those efforts of our volunteers and combined with our analytics are paying off. >> talk about the importance of, let's start with the latino vote, the hispanic vote, because obviously in a state like texas, that population does undervote its population share. do you think it may put a little crimp in that effort to take, you know, a big star like a castro out of texas, send him to washington, rather than have him
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there helping your efforts? >> i'm thrilled that his brother, congressman castro has been incredibly helpful. he'll be joining me on the trail in south texas as we come into the closing days. we have had latino-elected officials around this state who have been surrogates for the campaign, who have made sure to encourage our hispanic voters to understand what's at stake. and what's at stake in this election is about future opportunity for their children. which they care very, very much about. education is the key issue. will we elect a governor, as i do, their schools ought to be funded or elect someone, like greg abbott, who has spent the last three years as attorney general, my opponent, fighting in court to make sure that we keep classrooms overcrowded, teachers laid off, schools closed around this state. latino voters as well as other voters are paying attention to
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this issue because the education of their children is their greatest priority. >> you mentioned greg abbott. i want to play a sound bite from him. this is on september 30th and he was talking about texas's decision not to expand medicaid. >> what i think is the best strategy for the state of texas would be for the state of texas to be able to get a block granted, where we would have that level of flexibility so we could address the unique health care challenges that the people of the state of texas face. >> texas is one of the states with the highest number of uninsured, senator davis. why do you suppose issues like medicaid haven't gotten more traction, particularly given how much you need to get out latino and african-american voters? >> we have the highest number of uninsured. but this issue extends beyond that. the block grant idea is ridiculous. that's what governor perry has been saying for years. they know it doesn't work. necessity know we're not going to be able to draw our money down through a block grant. texas stands to lose $100
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billion of our tax money in the next ten years. those checks we write to the irs will not get any smaller. instead, people like my opponent, greg abbott, believe it's a good idea for texans to send those tax care dollars to supplement health care of new york and california. i'm fighting to bring that money back to texas. and i believe not only people who are currently uninsured in our state and anxious to have health insurance, but people who understand that it makes no sense to send our tax dollars away, are also engaged in and keyed in on this issue. >> very quickly. do you think the voter i.d. law the supreme court just okayed is going to hurt your efforts? >> you know, we are, of course, working really hard to make sure that doesn't happen. but my opponent, as attorney general, has been fighting this -- this effort. he has worked very hard to keep voter suppression occurring in
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our state in a way that has intentionally discriminated against minorities. and we're working hard to push back against that by getting people to do mail-in ballots where they qualify by age and, of course, by helping to make sure that we get i.d.s to people who need them. >> all right. we are out of time. state senator wendy davis, thank you very much. >> thank you, joy. that wraps things up for "the reid report." i'll see you back tomorrow at 2 p.m. eastern. be shift to visit us online at thereidreport@msnbc.com. do i have my "cyclists "? >> we'll talk about quarantining returning health care workers, people coming back from liberia, sierra leone, guinea? we'll dig into that. >> sounds like a plan. "the cycle" is up next. choice. take 4 advil in a day or just 2 aleve for all day relief. honey, you did it! baby laughs!
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