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happy monday. i'm joy reid. it's a business monday on "the reid report." president obama skiks off a week-long trip to asia. the white house warned, don't expect a thaw in relations any time soon. we're following reaction to president obama's announcement of loretta lynch to replace eric holder. plus, regulating the interweb. president obama weighs in on net neutrality and millions of americans are under winter advisories as an arctic blast makes its way across the u.s. we're following the latest on what could be significant travel delays. but, we start in asia where president obama is on that week-long trip to the region, hoping to bolster u.s. economic ties. the president struck an upbeat tone, with shared interest between the u.s. and asian nations. >> there should be no doubt the united states of america remains entirely committed when it comes
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to asia. america is a pacific power and we are leading to promote shared security and shared economic growth this century, just as we did in the last. >> nbc news white house correspondent kristin welker is traveling with the president and she has the latest from beijing. >> reporter: joy, this is president obama's sixth trip to asia. his second this year. one of his key foreign policy goals has been strengthening ties with the region, but many here feel as though he has been more focused on issues like fighting isis and ebola. this week will be a key test of his foreign policy. there was a grand spectacle to open the apec economic summit with leaders from the pacific rim wearing matching outfits. president obama's focus, the economy, trade and restarting his pivot to asia. today he announced a new deal with chi to extend visas between the two countries, making travel easier. the president says the deal will create 440,000 new jobs and
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generate $85 billion by 2021. still he has to walk a fine line with china's president xi jinping. the two leaders are meeting for the first time on chinese soil. on the one hand, mr. obama needs china for issues like pressuring iran to give up its nuclear program and fighting the spread of ebola. on the other hand, critics want the president to be tough with china for its dismal record on human rights and strong in his support of pro-democracy protesters. one more point, president vladimir putin of russia is also here. of course, relations frosty between the two leaders. white house officials say there are no plans for the two to meet at this point in time. one white house official says it's possible they could have an impromptu conversation on the sidelines. from here, president obama heads to myanmar, where he will meet with pro-democracy leader awning so aung song su chi. over to the middle east
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where questions remain as to whethersis leader al baghdadi was wounded in a u.s. air strike in iraq over the weekend. according to the associated press, the air strike took place on saturday as al baghdadi was meeting in qaim near the syrian border. meanwhile, president obama has just sent a letter to house speaker john boehner, formally asking for $5.6 billion to fight isis. let's head right to nbc news chief pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski. do we have any updated information if al baghdadi was there or are we still in a fog? >> reporter: we've been told they are still unable to confirm the claims al baghdadi was killed in air strikes over the weekend. the only one who has spoken directly about that has been iraqi members of the interior ministry there in baghdad, who said that it was iraqi warplanes
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that launched a strike that wounded baghdadi. again, u.s. officials are highly skeptical of the reports. and, in fact, some, quite frankly, don't even believe it. intelligence officials report so far there hasn't been the kind of characteristic chatter on the internet or over cell phones. any time that a large scale attack like this that would actually wound or take out a charismatic leader like al baghdadi, normally you would see that instantaneously on the militant website. there's been no such conversation like that and right now they continued to look into it. again, people here aren't convinced. >> well, i wonder if your sources in the pentagon are saying they're seeing more fight out of the iraqi army. this claim would seem to indicate at least they want the perception out there they're fighting harder than they were before. >> certainly, the perception. it's not clear that iraqis actually launched any air strikes, according to u.s.
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officials at al qaim over the weekend when this air strike is to have occurred. the u.s. did launch a couple of air strikes but against targets that were not conducive or connected to any kind of senior leadership. so, in the fog of war, particularly a war like this, we are fighting a very elusive emy. particularly elusive leadership. it's difficu to get your hands around any hard, firm facts in short order. eventually this will be worked out, but so far there's -- again, they're looking into it, but highly skeptical. >> all right. thank you very much, sir. over to nigeria where a suicide bomber dressed in a school uniform killed at least 43 people. most of them students in the northeastern part of that country. earlier today 79 -- earlier today. 79 others were wounded. about 2,000 students were gathered for a weekly assembly when the explosion ripped through the school. according to survivors, the bomber appeared to have hidden
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the explosives in a type of rucksack that's popular with students. so far, no one has claimed responsibility. but the terrorist group boko haram has waged similar attacks on nigerian skills with the now familiar kidnapping of hundreds of school girls. joining me on the phone is "new york times" senior correspondent alan cowell who covers the region. alan, any further information insofar as a claims of responsibility who set off those bombs at the school? >> there has been no claim of responsibility but i think it's clear, the suspicion of local people have fallen squarely on boko haram, which has carried out similar attacks in that part of nigeria. this will be part of a campaign that's gone on for five years now with some 7,000 fatalities. it is a very bloody captor in a very long story. >> alan, would it be a wrong perception to say it does seem like the fight with boko haram
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is very one-sided. you hear about attacks by boko haram or militant groups but you don't hear much about effective response from the nigerian government. would that be a wcharacterizati? >> that's certainly what a lot of local people say. they are incensed there's been a lack of response. the nigerian military has been accused of corruption and ineffectiveness in dealing with ko haram. and the government of president goodluck jonathan certainly has not been able to hold this group back. that seems to be the fact on e ground. >> alan, one other thing we have to ask abo this ongoing situation with these kidnapped nigerian girls. there was foa moment -- more kidnappings since. what is the status, if you know, of the investigation into where these young girls might be? >> i think that's a mystery. and i think the group of boko
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haram is now saying these girls have accepted islam, being married off, which may be a euphemism for many other things, of course. and i think their plight is a matter of is he serious concern. >> a horrible situation. alan cowell of "the new york times," thank you very much. >> thank you. back here at home, the northern plains are dealing with the first winter storm of the season. this is what it looks like in west western wisconsin as parts of the state are getting anywhere from 1 to 3 inches of snow. while in rapid city, south dakota, school districts have canceled classes today. and the winter weather has forced the city to cancel its veterans day parade, where we find reynolds wolf. just how bad is it? it doesn't look good. >> you know, it doesn't. i mean, in terms of aesthetics are concerned, it is pretty to seal. the deal that's not so pretty is that less than 48 hours ago you had temperatures in the 60s. yesterday we had 40s. skies were mostly sunny. now cloudy. we're talking temperatures
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around 15 degrees or so. the windchill it's below zero. people moving through with no major issue as snowflakes are moving through. thing is, we expect the snow to taper off a bit around 5:00 local time. but, joy, then we have another feature that's going to move in. the cold air we're feeling now, you're going to feel even more of it. as you americans -- people tuning in across america can see the snowflakes moving across your scene, it will be the polar air mass setting up camp as we make our way across several hours. temperatures lked in near zero with strong wind over the next several days, warming up to around 20 degrees as we get into saturday. normal highs this time of year, 50 degrees. so, big-time change. and it's not just going to be felt here. we're going to see it across much of, let's say, back into moana, a the way into minnesota, moving into the great lakes, for much of the ohio valley. cold times ahead, no question. send it back to you, joy. >> i hope that's a very warm jacket you have on because that sounds really horrible.
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welcome back. president obama jumped into a long-running fight with the big broad band provider today in a
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contest of wills that could determine the future of how we use the internet. in a prerecorded statement released during his visit to china, president obama announced his support for net neutrality protections, that is, a new regulatory authority that would prescribe in narrow turns how the companies like verizon and comcast, which owns msnbc, can charge for their services wireless and otherwise. >> to put these protections in place i'm asking the fcc to reclassify internet service under the telecommunications act. i'm asking them to recognize that for most americans, the internet has become an essential part of everyday communication and everyday life. >> the chairman of the fcc released a statement in response sounding basically noncommittal on the president's proposal. and while the fcc and perhaps the courts will be the final arbitrators -- blunt and to the point. verizon called the president's call a radical reversal of
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course that would in and of itself harm competition and invasion. comcast, seeking to merge with internet and cable provider time warner cable, used similar language saying the policy the white house is encouraging would jeopardize this engine for job creation and investment -- amy shatz, and comcast is a minority investor in her parent compy. the president said it was in plain english but let's make it plainer. he says the internet should be regulated like a utility. why wasn't it regulated like a utility from the get go? >> basically it was until about ten years ago when the fcc decided to deregulate internet lines saying they're not like phone lines, they're something else. and ever since then they've been
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having this problem with thes net neutrality rules because they keep trying to pass rules but they don't have legal authority to do it. basically what the president said today was cut out the crap and do this already. >> you wrote that one of the reasons broad band providers have fought this so hard to have their businesses regulated under title two, i'll read your article, they don't want regulators setting the rates they can charge to consumers and businesses. meaning netflix would get the same amount as in-house movie providers? >> yes. the rules the president was talking about today were made for phone networks and include all kinds of things. they were writt like 60 years ago. so, you can understand why broad band providers don't want to have this. they don't want rate regulation. they don't want to have share their lines with competitors. when they talk about, this is going to stunt investment,
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that's what they're talking about. what the president was talking b we shouldn't have rate regulation. you should take parts of title 2, not part of it. that's something internet activists have been suggesting. >> let's talk about in sort of plain terms, whathis theet reticily could mean. i think what a lot of people worry about is if you lose net neutrality, for instance, a provider could say, i don't prefer this internet site. i'll slow it down or i don't like this internet service, i'll make it really slow or make them pay a lot of money to make it fast. is that what we're talking about? >> yeah. basically consumers are really concerned. consumers who understand this are really concerned about internet providers like comcast or at&t making decisions about what your service looks like. netflix, is that a better service than youtube? is that at&t's decision to do that? they want to keep those guys out of the way so consumers can look at whatever they want to online and not have anybody get in the way of that. >> thank you very much, amy. i want to now bring in rashad robinson, executive director of
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colorofchange.org, one of the organizations greatly impacted by net neutrality. what is your concern if net neutrality is abandoned? >> essentially what the telecom countries have argued in court, it means they can slow down or speed up content. we're an organization that was founded in the aftermath of hurricane katrina with a single e-mail. we worked to fight david and goliath's fights, sometimes taking on corporations, sometimes the government. we have been on the ground with our staff and members in ferguson, missouri. for a place like ferguson that didn't come onto the national media map really until a million tweets were sent out around this, didn't become a national issue, it's showing the voices of everyday people are heard just as loudly as corporations. that corporations can slow down the voices of people to be heard
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and counted and visible is of great concern. so, ensuring the internet remains a marketplace for ideas and for the economy regardless of how much money you have in your pocket is really important to us. >> are you worried this will end up getting bogged down just like politics? we've had ted cruz tweetet neutrality is obamacare for the internet. and you've had speaker john boehner say net neutrality is a textbook example of the kind of washington regulations that destroy innovation and entrepreneurship, federal bureaucrats should not be in the business of regulating the internet, not now, not ever. does this get caught up in politics in part because groups that are considered more liberal or groups considered more grassroots may not be in the favor of the party now in power in congress are the ones seeming to benefit from net neutrality? do you worry about that? >> i've talked to tea party activists.
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being able to be counted and visible and being able to hold those in power accountable, sometimes in their own party, and having an open internet to do that. the fact of the matter is the ternet thooifd for years because we had these rules. we had a set of rules that allowed all information to travel at the same rate of speed. as we look at the future of both of the internet, looking at the next billion people that will come online, ensuring the internet is just as powerful and just as open for those next folks of people, for people who are getting on the internet through mobile, for people trying to run campaigns or starting a new business, ensuring their information travels at the same speed is really critical. for folks at home who get their cable bill every month or get their cell phone bill every month with all the breakdown of services, we don't have a system of comtition in this country. we can't just leave it up to the companies to do this because you don't have choices. we do need the type of
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protections and regulations that will ensure all of us have a voice and continue to have a voice on the internet. >> obviously, these regulations were written as amy shatz said, way before anyone conceived what the internet would be now. it's also younger consumers that are gravitating toward these things. we don't even know what the next thing is going to be. are you concerned without net neutrality there will be, a sense, a discrimination by age, that younger people and invasions that they use will be at the short end? >> well, yeah. we want to be able to support the next netflix, the net facebooks, the next twitters. we want those innovations to be able to come from all different places. we want maybe the next entrepreneur to come from ferguson, new york city, and maybe be able to start a company, grow a blog or news site for the internet. and the future of the internet to continue to be the powerful
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place where ideas are able to get out there and move. we need to ensure that it continues to remain open. that's what the president is standing up for today. i urge all people to go to colorofchange.org, other websites and read up on this. this will be one of those issues heard and counted in our democracy. >> and i suspect will also be the subject of lawsuits to come. rashad robinson, thank you very much for being here. >> thank you for having me. three things to know on monday. the u.s. postal service says they've been hacked and confidential information, including social security numbers of more than 800,000 employees may have been compromised. the agency says the data of customers who contacted its call center between january and mid-august are also possibly effected. the fbi and other federal agencies are investigating. starting today -- -- options on the new healthcare.gov
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welcome back. the democrat who chairs the senateudiciary committee, at least for the next two months, said today he expects loretta lynch to win confirmation as next attorney general of the united states. not that there won't be a fight, mi you, just that she'll win it? >> this nominee is extremely well qualified. there may be some who feel they have -- because it's a nominee by president obama but the vast majority of republicans and democrats will vote for her. >> if nfirmed, lynch will be the first black woman to head the department of justice.
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her record includes convictions against terrorists and mobsters but also one that looms large in the minds of civil rights communities. she secured a guilty plea in 1999 from the white new york city police officer involved in the brutal killing of the haitian. i want to start with you, bash remarks because the civil rights community just looking at eames that came out late friday when this was announced were very, very positive. in your view, is this a strong nomination? >> i think it's a very kon commendable nomination. she has an incredible breadth of experience across international law and including anti-corruption work, but she also has been a great civil rights advocate in the work she's done around the prosecution of, you know, police
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brutality. i think there's hope that she will continue the agenda of eric holder on criminal justice reform. that's necessary. it's not vital, critically needed in our country. >> professor, this is harvard university law graduate, she's got a very impressive cv when you look at her background. what strengths would she bring to the table and any potential weaknesses? >> she's both fair and tough. i've had a chance to deal with her when she was u.s. attorney in new york. and i think that it's hard to find, as barbara said, someone with her qualifications, her experience and her dedication to getting things right. i didn't agree with every decision she made. disagreed with a lot of them. but i think her ability to handle this job, and finally, as i said on this show before, we need to have a woman in the attorney general's office, this is a great person to follow janet reno. and i think she will do a terrific job if confirmed by both democrats and republicans.
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>> as patrick leahy, the current ad of the judiciary committee said in that clip we played, just because she's president obama's nominee, there's going to be at least something of a fight over her, we can anticipate. and from your point of view, knowing president obama as you do, do you believe that this is somebody that he picked in a sense to pick that fight or because she might be able to be easily confirmed? >> i don't think for any of those reasons. i think because she's the best qualified person. and i think he's undstanding that. and i haven't agreed with all of his appointments. i think he's made some good appointments. he's made some bad appointments. i think he's been mixed in that respect. but i think here loretta lynch is a person that has all the experience you need. she'll be a tough attorney general. it's time, way over time, that we have another woman in that position. and i hope this will start a trend that women will be treated
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equally with men talking about filling appointments in the administration. >> i think a lot of amens are going up around the world. i want to talk about the poli c politics of this. there's already been some statements -- thank you for being here. one that was fairly hilarious. you had bright bart news, a tea party conservative news outlet, went right in on loretta lynch, saying obama's attorney general nominee represented the clintons during whitewater, only to retract that because they were talking about a completely different loretta lynch. they were saying the loretta lynch during whitewater was a different attorney. that is the knee-jerk reflective move to immediately combat this nominee. is that what you expect in terms of reporting on this? >> you know, she's a very interesting nominee. of course because of the historic reason you talked
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about, confirmed the first african-american woman to head the justice department because she's so well respected in the law enforcement community. she's tough, she's fair, she's considered independent, but at the same time, i think she was the least controversial of the top contenders that the white house was looking at for this job. she had not served in the white house, in the obama administration, has two other contenders had. she's not part of obama's inner circle. in that sense, may be easier to confirm. saturday at the white house, president obama said there should be no delay. she should be confirmed without delay. but the question is whether the democrats in the senate will try to push her through in this lame duck session. senator leahy did say he believes the majority of democrats and republicans will vote for her but he has other legislation he wants to push through in this legislation. it's unclear whether he will take on her nomination or whether this will go to january
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and senator grassley, who will have the gavel, as they say, if he will be the one in charge of overseeing this nomination. the other possibility is senator leahy could start in the lame duck session and it could move over into january as with john ashcroft. >> that is just one of the issues that has already been causing contention as to whether or not the lame duck session is where this nomination will get started. bash remarks i want to get to the other big issue. immigration has already become a big issue before nomination process began. you had ted cruz and mike lee coming out saying they would like to have ms. lynch preemptively make a statement saying that she believes the president's executive amnesty plans, which we don't know the specifics are, whether or not she thinks they're constitutional and legal. within the civil rights community, do you expect the bigger fight to be over immigration or over things like voting rights?
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>> first of all, they're totally wrong about saying she should make a statement now. that's inappropriate. she's not the attorney general yet. that's attorney general eric holder's duty to speak on those matters. she's a nominee. until she's confirmed, she has no real authority to be the leader on that discussion. it is important we move as a nation on immigration reform. i welcome the idea the president would issue an executive order. his executive order should be issued sooner than later. one thing i worry about this nominee is there would be the tendency, given this congress and what we've seen in the prior years, to try to use this nomination to hold it up in order to bargain for other things or to punish the administration for their actions. so, i am very, very worried that congress should act soon if they are going to, you know, make any
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kind of consideration and that it should be not weighed with these other issues. she should be considered on her merits. her record. her qualifications. >> just very quickly, on the optics for the gop, first to you, professor, you said this would be a rare woman nominated for the position. also first african-american woman. roll call has weighed in saying it's not clear what republicans would do, but many republicans, about 23 of them up in 2016 in tough races in blue or purple states, may worry about the optics of really going to matt against a black woman nominee. what do you think the optics and the politics will be on that score? >> i think people don't look at loretta lynch and say, you know what, this is a qualified person without regard to what party she's in. she's going to be someone with a lot of experience, a lot of background, and a tough and fair prosecutor. i think that's going to be what's going to turn the tied here.
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i think people can say what they want to say but the reality is people are going to vote for her. she'll be overwhelmingly confirmed. i have no doubt about that, whether republican, democrat, loretta lynch will be confirmed for attorney general of the united states. it's about time we have some more women in that position as well. >> is your reporting that republicans on the hill are s e savoring a fight or are a little wary? >> senator grassley said he's going to give her a thorough vetting. you can expect republicans are going to look at all the cases she's been involved in. she's been involved in many cases in this country on fraud, public corruption, mafia takedowns. and they're going to look at her speeches. but as one of her former bosses said to me on saturday, this is a woman who's very calm, who doesn't get flustered and rattled. and she's really the soul of a grace under pressure. i think we'll see that in any hearing on capitol hill. >> we will be watching. thank you all for being here.
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you cannot run. you cannot hide any more. this race is starting tonight. >> that was louisiana senator mary landrieun election night, vowing to redouble her efforts to take down her opponent, republican congressman bill cassidy after they both failed to secure enough votes to secure the state's 50% requirement to win. landrieu eked out a narrow win with 42% to cassidy's 41% and a sudden death run-off is set for december 6th. but as the last deep south democrat left standing, landrieu will soon lose her senate chairmanship which on tuesday night was still part of her campaign strategy. >> we don't yet know. i promise you, i will continue to fight. we need seniority in the senate
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>> as this real clear politics points out, landrieu has taken another blow. now that her party has withdrawn $2 million in advertising placements. so with four weeks to go, the question is, what does mary landrieu need to do to hold onto her seat? bob mann is chair of mass communication department at louisiana state university. bob, thank you, first of all, for being here. i want want to start with something you wrote. bob cassidy's worst asset might be the disappointment of anger. you said if his campaign has anything to worry about is that republicans' anger dissipates because they already poked obama in the eye and democrats have already been vanquished in the senate. mary landrieu is voted on voters being sated by the overall victory and not necessarily focusing on her anymore? >> well, i think that's what the cassidy people are worried about. the republicans are concerned
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they don't get too confident to think the sense here in louisiana is that landrieu is in big trouble. winning is going to be very, very hard for her. 58% of the people voted against her, you could argue. and it could be republicans feel like they have it in the bag, that cassidy has already won. there's still an election. four weeks to go. landrieu isn't giving up. i think the cassidy people are concerned they may have overconfidence in their ranks. >> indeed. the polls right now show cassidy is at 48.8% in the latest poll. landrieu at 44%. that's the real clear politics poll average. that is a very tight race depending on the margin of error. and you do have for mary landrieu some assets. let's talk about the african-american vote. it was 30% of the total on election night. she won 94% of that to cassidy's 3%. on the white vote, landrieu only
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got 18%. is her biggest problem that white voters are essentially republicans in that state? >> she has a big problem with white voters. 18% this time. 15% among white men. she has a lot of work to do in the white community, among white voters she's going to win. and the problem is, i won't think she's going to be able to turn out the black votes like she needs to. this was an election sort of like 2002 levels when she won re-election the first time. she had a good turnout but not with 2008 levels. when obama was on the ballot in louisiana, i still think 25, 27, 28% of the white vote is not going to be enough for her to win re-election. >> you have written you think landrieu may have missed -- there was a poll out when she talked about being the ranking member versus chairman on the energy committee, that might have hurt her.
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when she needed to focus on were social security, medicare, can that help her rebound with white voters? >> yeah, i think this rebuke she got last tuesday is probably good for her because it forces her to talk about something else other than her clout. i wrought about back in may i thought that was not a good issue for her. this is an election people are sick of washington. and going around saying you've been there for 18 years and you have a lot of power and influence in washington seems to me to be the wrong message. it's not a message that resonates with voters, particularly white voters that she needs to win over on december 6th. >> bob mann, thank you very much. >> thank you. and after the break, we'll read between the line on the confirmation fight ahead for loretta lynch. ups is a global company, but most of our employees live in the same communities that we serve. people here know that our operations have an impact locally. we're using more natural gas vehicles than ever before.
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use the confirmation hearings for president obama's attorney general nominee, loretta lynch, for, let's call it, theater. after all, the newly embolden controlled senate elected by just over a third of eligible voters has far fewer people to answer to than, let's say, a president of the united states. and the base they do answer to doesn't want conciliation. they want a knockdown, drag out, take down obama fight. and the judiciary committee might just be the place to wage it. both as an exercise in political muscle flexing and as a dry run for any supreme court fights that might come up. the committee will likely be chaired by iowa republican chuck grassley, the favorite senator of the newest favorite republican star ever, joni ernst. it includes lindsey graham, who might be running for president. orrin hatch, the most senior senator, if you're old enough you'll remember from the clarence thomas confirmation hearings when he implied, oddly,
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that anita hill might have cribbed some of her sexual harassment accusations from the movie "the exorcist," also beau jefferson ii who became the second man in 50 years to have his nomination to the federal bench rejected by the judiciary committee. in part over his 1984 prosecution of the marion 3, a trio of civil rights workers who registered voters in alabama known as the black belt. even in 1980s few blacks were registered. they were acquitted but the case became -- the case did come up at his confirmation hearings, as did allegations that he'd referred to a black u.s. attorney as boy. called the naacp and aclu un-american and referred to the 1965 voting rights act as a
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piece of intrusive legislation. he did stand by his critique of the voting rights action and his desire for section 5, requiring preclearance in several southern states struck down, granted by the supreme court in 2013. the next attorney general will be front and center in the ongoing battle over voting rights. but the even bigger fight could be over immigration. which brings us to senator ted cruz for whom it's not lost that ms. ernst and her spotlight are coming to town. cruz and lee wasted no time that lynch talk about executive amnesty. they are vowing to fight executive action on immigration tooth and nail. never mind it's been done a lot by presidents over the last 35 years, not to mention ronald
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reagan's signature on an amnesty bill for 2.7 million people. the question is, will these republicans look at the optics of potentially waging that fight by going after loretta lynch and see a political opportunity or political peril? that wraps things up at "the reid report." visit us online. "the cycle" is up next. happy monday, cyclists. >> happy monday. >> such a lovely toss. thank you very much. we'll talk about the president in asia, jeb bush in republican dreams i'll ask is hillary clinton somehow like vegas elvis? >> vegas elvis, me and barbecue? >> we'll probably get into bar boo cue. >> i recommend that highly. coming up next on "the cycle." l you outlive your money?
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