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iscuss the find gz and the department's plans to address the issues. the killing of michael brown sparked protest nationwide. and also this afternoon d.o.j. announcing it did not find evidence to pursue federal civil rights charges in that case. to be clear, today's report on the entire ferguson police department is distinct from that brown inquiry. now joining us now, trymaine lee who has been reporting on this story and matthew miller a former aide to attorney general holder. thank you for joining us on what is a busy day for the justice department. matt matt, let me start with you, having worked for this attorney general, what is on his mind on these goals coming out any minute, to address the nation everyone watching, on the out comes of these two very different investigations. >> i think there are two goals. one is a lasting policy goal in the city of ferguson and that is he wants to see reform to the ferguson police department.
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so the kind of practices, discriminatory practices that were outlined in this report that has been issued today will be changed in the future. and the second thing i think he wants to do is assure the community of ferguson there will be real change. he wants to kind of prevent the unrest that we saw last summer and the way to do that is by demonstrating a firm solid investigation into this matter and there will be change that matters to people's lives going forward. >> tremain, you spend time on the ground in ferguson and you have been in touch with folks there today after the release of the report. what is the reaction there to the finding of a pattern of racial bias at the ferguson police department? >> i've spent the last hour and a half speaking to about a dozen residents, activists and elected officials and they are saying we've been saying this. on the one hand it seemed validated by the department of justice report and while they
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acknowledge there is a pattern of racial bias targeting african-american went while they are walking, they wonder how come there wasn't enough to find a violation in the encounter between darren wilson and michael brown while they might have melt on dubious racially motivated circumstances. people are glad what they have been saying has been validated, they are at a loss it wasn't enough for justice for michael brown. >> and they are looking at the entirety of the situation, that makes me feel very -- interested in what the d.o. >> is -- d.o.j. is doing, they are talking about institutional racism and we think it is excised by racial comments but here we have a system functioning in a desperate way and impact on people and our society has a lot of systems like this that are
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constantly functioning in a way that creates the massive inequities that we see. and abby this department is not behaving in a pragmatic way. we talk about black motorists being stopped twice as often as white, but yet white motorists are twice as likely to have contraband in their car in the ferguson police department stops. so this is a system creating equity and not creating valuable policing. >> and trymaine lee, we've talked about the michael brown case and when we talk about the d.o.j. investigation, this is more than just that case. this is about the problems that exist and have existed for so long now in the ferguson police department. speak to that. >> that is why people are hoping and waiting for the hammer to fall to make an example out of this police department and this community. as folks have mentioned, if you go to a block to the north you are in a different municipality of a culture of racism and a few
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blocks to the south, it is the same thing. where is the accountability and is the hammer falling. >> and we see attorney general holder coming to the podium. we'll listen to his remarks. >> i would like to take the next few moments to address the two investigates the justice department has been conducting in ferguson, missouri the last few months. the matter we are here to discuss is significant. not only because of the conclusions that the justice department is announcing today, but also because of the broader conversation and the initiatives those conversations have inspired across the country on both the local and the national level. now those initiatives have included extensive and vital efforts to examine the causes of misunderstanding and mistrust between law enforcement and the communities that they serve. to support and strengthen our public safety institutions as a whole and to rebuild confidence where ever it has eroded.
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now nearly seven months have passed since the shooting death of 18-year-old michael brown in ferguson, missouri. that tragic incident provoked widespread demonstrations and stirred really strong emotions from those in the ferguson area and around our nation. it also prompted a federal investigation by the united states department of justice with the criminal section of our civil rights division the united states attorney's office for the eastern district of missouri as well as the fbi. seeking to determine whether this shooting violated federal civil rights law. now, the promise that i made the promise that i made when i went to ferguson and at the time we launched our investigation was not that we would arrive at a particular outcome. but rather that we would pursue the facts wherever they led. our investigation has been both fair and rigorous from the start. it has proceeded independently of the local investigation that
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concluded in november. and it has been thorough. as part of a wide-ranging examination of the evidence federal investigators interviewed and re-interviewed eyewitnesses and other individuals claiming to have relevant information and independently canvasses more than 300 residents to interview additional witnesses. this morning the justice department announced the conclusion of our investigation and release the a comprehensive 87-page report documenting our findings and our conclusions that the facts do not support the filing of criminal charges against officer darren wilson in this case. michael brown's death, though a tragedy, did not involve prosecutable conduct on the part of officer wilson. now, this conclusion represents the sound, considered and independent judgment of the expert career prosecutors within the department of justice. i have been personally briefed
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on multiple occasions about these findings. i concur with the investigative team judgment and about our in -- our ability to meet required outcome. this is supported by the facts found. but i know these are not consistent with some people's expectations. to all of those who have closely followed this case and who have engaged in the important national dialogue that it has inspired, i urge you -- i urge you to read this report in full. now i recognize that the findings in our report may leave some to wonder how the department's findings can differ so sharply from some the initial widely-reported accounts of what transpired. and i want to emphasize that the strength and integrity of mesh's justice system -- america's justice system has rested on the ability to deliver impartial
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results in precisely these type of difficult circumstances, adhering strictly to the facts and the law regardless of assumptions. yet it remains not only valid but essential to question how a strong hold of version of events was able to take hold swiftly and to be accepted so readily. now a possible explanation for this discrepancy was uncovered during the course of our second federal investigation. conducted by the civil rights division to determine whether ferguson police officials have engaged in a widespread pattern or practice of violations of the united states constitution or federal law. now as detailed in what i will call our searing report -- and it is searing, also released by the justice department today, this investigation found a community that was deeply polarized. a community where a deep distrust and hostility often characterized interactions between police and area
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residents. a community where local authorities consistently approached law enforcement not as a means for protecting public safely, but lyly safety -- safety but as a way to generate revenue. where policing and practices were found to be disproportionately practices to stem in part from racial bias both implicit and ex policity and a community where all of the conditions and unlawful practices and constitutional violations have severely undermined the public trust, eroded police legitimacy and made local residents less safe and created an intentionally charged atmosphere where people feel under assault and under siege by those who are charged to serve and to protect them. now, of course violence is never justified, but seen in this context, amid a highly toxic
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environment, defined by mistrust and resentment stoked by years of bad feelings and spurred by illegal and misguided practices, it is not difficult to imagine how a single tragic incident set off the city of ferguson like a powder keg. in a sense, members of the community may not have been responding only to a single isolated confrontation, but also to a pervasive, core rosive and -- corrosive and deeply lack of trust attributed to constitutional violations by law enforcement officials, including first amendment abuses unreasonable searches and seizures and excessive and dangerous use of force. exacerbated by severely disproportionate abuse on african-americans and driven by overriding pressure of the city to use law enforcement not as a public service but for a tool for raising revenue. now according to our investigation, this emphasis on
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the revenue generation through policing has fostered unconstitutional practices or practices that contribute to constitutional violations at nearly every legal of ferguson's law enforcement system. ferguson police officers issued nearly 50% citations last year than in 2010. an increase that has not been driven or even accompanied by a rise in crime. as a result of this excessive reliance on ticketing, today the city generates a significant amount of revenue from the enforcement of code provisions along with taxes and other revenue streams in 2010 the city collected over $1.3 million in fines and fees collected by the court. for fiscal year 2015 ferguson's city budget anticipates the revenues to exceed $3 million. more than double the total from just five years prior. our review of the evidence and
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our conversations with police officers have shown that significant pressure is brought to bear on law enforcement personnel to deliver on these revenue increases. once the system is primed for maximizing revenue starting with fines and fine enforcement, the city relies on the police force to serve essentially as a collection agency for the municipal court rather than as a law enforcement entity focused primarily on tain taining and promoting public safety. and in a wide variety of tactics, includes disciplinary measures to ensure tickets by individual officers regardless of public safety needs. as a result it has become common-place in ferguson for officers to charge multiple violations for the same conduct. three or four charges for a single stop is considered fairly routine. some officers even compete to see who can issue the largest number of citations during a
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single stop. a total that in at least one instance rose as high as 14. and we have observed that even minor code violations can sometimes result in multiple arrests, jail time and payments that exceed the cost of the original ticket many times over. now, for example, in 2007 one woman received two parking tickets that together totaled $152. to date, she has paid $550 in fines and fees to the city of ferguson. she has been arrested twice for having unpaid tickets. and she has spent six days in jail. yet today she still inexplicably owed ferguson $541. and her story is only one of dozens of similar accounts that our investigation uncovered. now over time it is clear that this -- this culture of
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enforcement actions being disconnected from the public safety needs of the community, and often to the detriment of community residents has given rise to a disturbing and unconstitutional pattern or practice. and our investigation showed that ferguson police officers routinely violate the fourth amendment in stopping people without reasonable suspicion. arresting them without probable cause. and using unreasonable force against them. according to the police department's own records -- their own records, it is officers frequently infringing on first amendment rights. they interfere with the right to record police activities and make enforcement decisions based on the way individuals express themselves. now many of these constitutional violations have become routine. now for instance even though it is illegal for police officers to detain a person even briefly without a reasonable suspicion, it has become common practice for officers in ferguson to stop
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pedestrians and to request identification for no reason at all. and even in cases where police encounters start off as constitutionally defensible we found that they frequently and rapidly escalate and end up blatantly and unnecessarily crossing the line. during the summer of 2012 one ferguson police officer detained a 32-year-old african-american man who had just finished playing basketball at a park. the officer approached the man while he was sitting in his car and he was resting. the car's windows appeared to be more heavily tinted than the ferguson code allowed so the officer did have legitimate grounds to question him but with no apparent justification, the officer proceeded to accused the man of being a pedophile and prohibited the man from using his cell phone and ordered him to get out of his car for a pat-down search and had to reason to suspect the man was armed and when the man objected
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citing his constitutional rights, the police officer drew his service weapon pointed it at the man's head and rested -- and arrested him on eight different counts. now this arrest caused the man to lose his job. unfortunately, this event appears to have been anything but an isolated incident. our investigations show that members of ferguson's police forces cal ate rather than diffuse incidents with the residents they encounter and some actions are accompanied by first amendment violations including arresting people for talking back to officers and recording their public activists oren gaging in other conduct that is constitutionally protected. this behavior ot only exacerbates tensions in its own right, it has the effect of stifling community confidence that is absolutely vital for effective policing and this in turn deepens the widespread distrust provoked by the
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department's other unconstitutional exercises of police power. none of which is more harmful than the pattern of excessive force. now among the incidents of excessive force discovered by our comprehensive review some results from stops or arrests that had no legal basis to begin with. others were punitive or retaliatory in nature. the police department's routine use of tasers was found to bep not really -- to be not really unconstitutional but abusive and dangerous. records showed a disturbing history of using unnecessary force against people with mental illness. and our findings indicated that the overwhelming majority of force, almost 90%, is directed against african-americans. now this deeply alarming statistic points to one of the most -- purposeishous pects harm
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african-americans. in fact, our review of the evidence found no alternative evidence for the disproportionate action on african-americans other than implicit and ex policity racial bias. no other basis. between october of 2012 and october 2014 despite making up only 67% of the population african-americans accounted for a little over 85% of all traffic stops by the ferguson police department. african-americans were twice as like lip as white residents to be searched during a routine traffic stop even though they were 26% less likely to carry contraband. between october 2012 and july 2014, 35 black individuals -- 35 black individuals and zero white individuals received five or more citations at the same time. during the same period african-americans accounted for
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85% of the total charges brought by the ferguson police department. african-americans made up over 90% of those charged with a highly discretionary offense described as and i quote, manner of walking along roadway, unquote. manner of walking along roadway. and use of dogs by ferguson police appears to have been exclusively reserved for african-americans. in every case in which ferguson police records recorded the race of a person bit by a police dog, that person was african-american. the evidence of racial bias comes not only from statistics but also from remarks made by police, city and court officials. a thorough examination of the records, including a large volume of work e-mails shows a number of public servants expressing racist comments or gender discrimination
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demonstrating grotesque views and images of african-americans in which they were seen as the other -- called transient by public officials and characterized as lacking personal responsibility. now i want to emphasize that all of these examples statistics and conclusions are drawn directly from the exhaustive findings report that the department of justice has now released. clearly these findings and others included in the report demonstrate that although some community perception of michael brown's tragedy death might not have been accurate the widespread conditions that these perceptions were based upon and the climate that gave rise to them were all too real. some of those protesters were right. this is a reality that our investigators repeatedly encountered in their interviews of city and police officials and conversations with local residents and the review of thousands of pages of records and documents. this evidence pointed to an unfortunate and unsustainable
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situation that has not only damaged relationships between law enforcement and members of community but made professional policing vastly more difficult. and i think very significantly, unnecessarily placed officers at increased risk. and today, now that our investigation has reached its conclusion, it is time -- it is final for ferguson leaders to take immediate wholesale and constructive correctional action. let me be clear. the united states department of justice resevens all of its rights and abilities to enforce compliance and implement basic change. nothing is off the table. the report from the justice department presents two sets of immediate recommendations for the ferguson police department and the municipal court. these recommendations include the implementation of a robust system of true community policing increased tracking review and analysis of the ferguson stop search ticketing
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and arrest practices, increased civilab involvement in police -- civilian involvement in police decision-making and mechanisms to directly respond to allegations of officer misconduct. and they also involve changed to the municipal court system including modification to bond amounts and detention procedures and the end of use of arrest warrants to collect owed fines and fees and combined with basic due process and sustaining due process be part of a court hyphen forceable remedial process that includes involvement from community stake holders and independent oversight to remedy the conduct that we have identified to address the underlying culture that we have uncovered and to restore and rebuild the trust that has so badly been eroded. now as the brother of a retired police officer i know that the
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overwhelming majority of america's brave men and women in law enforcement, they do their jobs honestly with integrity and often at great personal risk. i have immense regard for the vital role they play in all of americas communities and sacrifices they and their families are too often called to macon behalf of-- to macon behalf of their country. it is for their safety we must seek to build trust and foster mutual understanding in ferguson and in all communities where suspicion has been allowed to fester. negative practices by individual law enforcement officers and individual departments present a significant danger not only to their communities but to commit and hard-working public safety officials around the country who perform incredibly challenging jobs with unwavering professionalism and uncommon valor. clearly we owe it to these brave men and women to ensure that all law enforcement officials have the tools, the training and the support they need to do their
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jobs with maximum safety and effectiveness. and over the last few months these goals have driven president obama and me to announce a series of administration proposals that will enable us to help heal mistrust wherever it is found, for a national initiative for building community trust and justice to a historic new task force on 21st century policing to provide strong federal support to law enforcement at every level. on a scale not seen since the johnson administration. these aims also have led me to travel throughout the country to atlanta, to cleveland, to memphis, to chicago, to philadelphia, to oakland. as well as to san francisco. to convene a series of round-table discussions dedicated to building trust and engagement between law enforcement, civil rights youth and community leaders from coast to coast. as these discussions have unfolded i have repeatedly seen that although the concerns we are focused on today may be particularly acute in ferguson
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they are not confined to any one city state or geographic region. they implicate questions about fairness and trust that are truly national in scope. and they point not to insurmountable divides to people of different perspectives but to the shared values an the common need for peace and public safety that binds us together binds police together as well as protesters. although the dialogue by itself will not be sufficient to address these issues because concrete action is what is needed now, concrete action. initiating a broad, frank and inclusive conversation is a necessary and productive first step. in all of the civil rights divisions activities in ferguson as in every pattern practice launched over the last six years, our aim is to help facilitate and inform this conversation and to make certain
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it leads to again concrete action and to ensure that law enforcement officers in every part of the united states live up to the same high standards of professionism. it is clear from our work throughout this country and particularly through the work of our civil rights division that the prospect of police accountability and criminal justice reform is an achievable goal. one that we can reach with law enforcement and community members at the table has full partners. last august when i visited ferguson to meet with concerned citizens and community leaders i made a clem commitment -- a solemn commitment that the united states department of justice would continue to stand with the people there long after the national headlines had faded. well this week with the conclusions of our investigations into these matters, i again commit to the people of ferguson that we will continue to stand with you and to work with you to ensure that the necessary reforms are implemented. and even as we issue our findings in today's reports, our
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work will go on. it will go on as we engage with the city of ferguson and surrounding municipalities and surrounding municipalities to reform their law enforcement practices and to establish a public safety effort that protects and serves all members of the community. it will go on as we broaden this work and extend the assistance of the justice department to other communities around the country. and it will go on as we join together with all americans to ensure that public safety is not a burden undertaken by the brave few, but a positive collaboration between everyone in this nation. the report that we have issued and the steps that we have taken are only the beginning of a necessarily resource-intensive and exclusive process to promote reconciliation, to reduce and eliminate bias and to bridge gaps and build understanding. and in the days ahead, the department of justice will stay true to my promise.
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vigilant in its execution and determined in the pursuit of justice in every kay-- case and in every circumstance and in every community across the united states of america. thank you. [ applause ] . >> you've been listening to attorney general eric holder speaking about the conclusion of two investigations into the ferguson police department. the attorney general speaking over about 20 minutes detailing remarks and it boiled down to this -- people were wrong, the attorney general said in their judgment of officer darren wilson in the shooting death of michael brown but write in the critical opinion of the police department. and joining us matt when the rubber hits the road, is when the attorney general said all options on the table and he didn't outline what comes next. as a former aide explain what he could do including potentially suing the ferguson police department? >> i think the report that
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issued today was a hammer blow for the police department and what you'll see d.o.j. do now is go meet with the police department and see these are our demands. we expect every one of these to be implemented and a federal monitor to be apointed to oversee them and -- appointed and to oversee them and report back to d.o.j. probably by a court and if you are not prepared to agree, we'll see you in court and we feel very strong in our case based on the evidence wee rolled -- we rolled out today. >> and trymaine lee, this is a very powerful report. and the attorney general didn't just confine it to ferguson and he said this is not confined to any state or geographic region and we've been talking about this action and relationships with police are fairly common and things happening from coast to coast that we've talked about throughout our lives and our grandfather's lives but when he
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talked about the overwhelming majority of force, almost 90% directed at african-americans, and in every case in which a dog bites a person it is always a black person and the stories of people losing their jobs ultimately because they were sitting in a car or get years of fines and jail time because of a traffic ticket these are incidents where police interactions are traumatic and disrupting people's lives rather than having police protect people. >> if there were a come to jesus moment for a local law enforcement agency i think this is it. not just searing, but the weight of it. we've been talking about the statistic and how overwhelming black people are targeted but to put the meat on the bones of a man accused of being a pedophile and had a gun put to his head and a woman arrested times for a traffic ticket she couldn't pay and for an attorney general
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headed out of the door and saying he will target civil right and in this speech he is wrapping it up and the folks saying who think they saw what they say might have been wrong but they were blinded by this overwhelming truth. >> and not might have been wrong, abby the report that we are looking at today said they were wrong and the evidence didn't support the view that wilson committed a crime there. >> and attorney general eric molder made that clear. strong speech from the attorney general. and matt what stood out to me was the investigation came out because of the conversation had across the country. the protests and the pleas from folks and emotional pleas for change. just a reminder of the powerful of the voice and the power the individuals have here and the question all of us have walking away from that is will this investigation lead to any change here? >> it will certainly lead to change in ferguson. and it is a reminder that d.o.j. under this administration has opened more of these pattern and practice investigations into
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police departments than any other viegs in -- than any other administration. and you saw last summer saying why is there such unrest. we don't know what happened in this shooting. why are people taking to the streets and the attorney general laid out clearly why it is people in communities and in ferguson and all over the country in some cases are so suspicious of the police. and it is an outcome that isn't just bad for the communities, it is bad for the police and it hurts policing as he laid out today and hopefully, can you tell one of the things he was trying to do in his statement was explain where that dissatisfaction comes from so hopefully people understand that going forward. >> explain and document. and matthew miller and trymaine lee thank you for joining us today. and coming up on what we continue as a very busy afternoon. supreme court hearing on a big obama care challenge that could be a body blow for the
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if the court takes that approach the entire system could crumble and rates could sky rocket. something justice kennedy today called an insurance death spiral. analysts say more than 9 million americans would lose subsidies making insurance financially unobtainable. >> and another big question today is whether the challenges to obama care are pushing a plan that would hurt state's rights to craft their own health care policy. and today skoet us blogging simply say kennedy expressed deep concern with the federalism expression of the states. and now to a former legislative affairs aid to president clinton, welcome on this big supreme court date. what did you think of the justice kennedy's concern if you believe the challenges to obama care you have to want to hurt states, something conservatives don't usually like? >> well ari, i think he
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question goes to the heart of it, the challenges, those attacking obama care and they have tried from the beginning to kill this piece of legislation, they tried to stop it before congress could pass it and brought a constitutional challenge and this is -- i hope -- last desperate act of people who people who just hate this piece of legislation and apparently don't like the president very much either. but at the bottom line there are two alternatives. one is that either congress deliberately decided to put a ticking time bomb in this piece of legislation in order toco arizona the states which is -- to coerce the states which is what the challengers say, that congress was forcing the states to set up their own exchanges or go into a federal exchange and then explosion happens and all of the citizens lose their health insurance. that seems crazy. and that is definitely along the lines of what justice kennedy was saying that that cannot be
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a constitutional proposition, that there is that much -- you know of a coercive element on the part of the federal government. >> and carolyn, to what you are saying here this whole argument centers around the six words and, "an exchange established by the state." and looking back at precedent, how did you balance the clear intent of the lawmakers who crafted there bill with the actual technical language that they find in the bill itself? >> well you know it is sort of funny. this is why i said it is a last desperate act. i was rummaging around through the constitution yesterday and picking out randomly four or five years here and if you go to the first amendment and it says congress shall make no law. and if i stop there, you would think the first amendment shut down the congress right. but if you have to look at the other words. and that is what you learn as a basic method of statutory
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interpretation in your first year of law school. it is elemental. you have to look at the text and the context. so it is not just a few words here and there to pick out of the statute and find the meaning is opposite to what every other piece -- everything else in the statute points to. >> yeah. and carolyn, justice ginsburg hit on that and asked a question to the critics and says hey, instead of playing word games, what would be the point of a federal exchange if the only place where the money would be available is through the state set-up exchanges. she says quote, what customers would buy on the federal exchange and what insurance companies would sell on it? and so how do critics answer that question question? >> well i don't think they have a good answer. they say the it.-- the text is clear. the text of these four or five words is clear. if you take it out of context and you ignore everything else in the statute. but i think what justice
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ginsburg is saying there are multiple other references in the statute that suggest very clearly there was an expectation, an understanding of congress that the federal government would be stepping into the shoes of the states, where the states did not set up their own exchanges and in those states the federal government would run them just the same as the state would have run them and there could be tax credits available to their citizens. other wise it doesn't make sense that the federal government would have to report to the irs what type of tax credits it would be providing. so that is already in the statute. the reading makes absolutely no sense. >> so if you are watching at home and you weren't paying that much attention but you are confused confused, that is okay. it is a confusing argument and one that may not prevail in the supreme court. carolyn hendrickson. thank you. and turning up the heat on the e-mail controversy or is it a non-troversy. >> she has to make sure she
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tsarnaev. prosecutors say he knew exactly what he was doing when he brought a bomb to boylston street. he said it was his brother who roped him into doing it. and one of the survivors testified about losing her leg and how she thought that would be the day she would die. and it could be winter's last gasp. that sounds good. long-term trends however show milder temperatures on the way. the bad news still have to get through this storm first. msnbc domenica davis is in the storm cycle right now. tell us what we need to know. >> we have 36 hours to get to and we'll say goodbye to this and looking at a quieter pattern on the way. 1500 miles is what we are looking at of watches and warnings of winter weather once again. and here is a look at radio. sleet moving into louisville and
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so the heaviest snow will start the trend from d.c. on down through the ohio valley. this is going to make for a miserable evening commute through the ohio valley. a closer look and we are still dealing with rain from d.c. up to philly and new york. that will change as temperatures cool off. and we'll see the changeover to snow come in after midnight. so tomorrow morning the commute on the northeast is going to be miserable. and the cold air behind the front is 24 in st. louis. 24 in nashville. it will drop 20 degrees between today and tomorrow. here is a look at the snow totals. the highest snow amounts are going to be south of new york. five inches in d.c. we could see six inches in philly. biggest storm of the year. back to you krystal. and new fallout over the allegations hillary clinton misused her e-mail while secretary of state. the sub-committee from benghazi plans to issue subpoenas for
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e-mails and any staff members as well. and the associated press reporting that the former secretary of state had her own computer server for her personal e-mail at her home in new york. before it was e-mail and last week it was questions about charitable donations from foreign regimes creating controversy for clinton. and last night celebrating a milestone for emily's list there is no question they remain a power house for hillary. >> when she wins it will make her one of the most eligible women in america. >> in 2016 we will elect that democratic woman president and you know who i'm talking about. >> don't you some day want to see a woman president of the united states of america?
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>> and the leading female politician celebrities and donors and activists who packed the emily's list 30th anniversary, the answer is yes. and many wanted to be hillary. >> are you ready for this? >> yes. yes, i am. i'm ready for hillary. >> i love it. >> this race is about what she can accomplish and what she believes in. >> i feel my limbs shaking but i am incredibly excited and i think it is such a powerful time and exciting time for women and she's somebody that i've looked at for years with such admiration. >> it looks like it is getting closer and closer and i just think it is exciting every little girl out there one day could see a women president and it makes a big difference. >> hillary, you heard us. just give the word and we'll be right at your side. we're emily's list and we're ready to fight. >> emily's list has led the way,
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recruiting and helping to fund raise for democratic women since 1985. and so what do they hope a potential 2016 hillary clinton >> middle-class economics is definitely the most important issue for women because women are so often the decision makers. 40% of households with children are headed by a woman today, so those economic decisions those are mostly drirgeven by women. >> people think women don't want to go back to work because they don't want to work. many times it is because they don't have a safe place for their children to be watched during the day, one that they can afford. those are in hillary clinton's wheel house. she knows them. she can speak to women in a way that will be much more powerful than anyone has spoken to before. >> clinton championed affordable child care blasted unfair work
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schedules, and advocated for workers rights. >> work schedules are too often far from predictable or flexible and sometimes simply unfair taking advantage of low-wage workers. the american middle class was built in part by the right for people to organize and bargain on behalf of themselves and their colleagues. >> as for the e-mail controversy, there was not a word about it in clinton's speech. most here talked about the added scrutiny on hillary and how tough it will be for this women, if and when, she steps up to the plate. >> i'm sure she'll respond in a way that is appropriate, but i truly expect her to receive tremendous attacks as she steps
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forward. as the first woman, she certainly will get extra attacks. the good news is she is tough and strong and prepared. there's no question she can handle herself. >> is that right elizabeth warren also participated in that emily's list event. her economic rhetoric has had a big impact on hillary clinton and other women at the event. tony robins is promising to add value to your wallet. he'll tell us how next. 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.
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it's a rewarding feeling. we are back in the guest
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spot with tony robbins, a life and business strategist and a "new york times" best-selling author. sir, it is such an honor to have you at the table with us. thank you so much for being here. >> thanks for having me on. >> we think of you as a life coach and inspirational leader. what inspired you to write this book? >> it was 2008. i had worked with people for decades. if you look at what creates the quality of life it's your body your emergency,nergy, your emotion, and your relationships. i taught it for years. i saw people losing their homes en masse. i grew up dirt poor. i have a privilege. i have coached one of the top ten financial traders in the history of the world for 21 years. i've been with him and he has made money every year for virtually 21 years. if i could take what i have
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learned from him and then interview 50 of the smartest people in the world and put that into a simple system that a baby boomer thinks they can't retire can see that really can or a millennial coming out of college with all this debt -- >> let's talk about the emotional aspects of money. you try to put money into context. people take it as a much bigger thing than it actually is. you call it the money game. a lot of people out there right now are struggling and hurting financially. dealing with money is emotionally difficult. how do you speak to them? >> you have to see what it really is. all money is a tool. you use it or you are used by it. what i want to do is empower people. i want to level the playing field. i took the best of wall street and brought it to main street in simple terms so they can act on it. number one not getting in the game. what i mean by that is most people think one day when i have
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a lot of money, then i'll invest. if you look at the people who win the lottery, if you look at them 10, 20 years later, they are broke most of the time. there was a gentleman who worked for ups. he never made more than 14,000 a year in his life. he he retired with $70 million. his best friend said you must stop being a consumer. you must become an owner. he took 20% and compounded $70 million while he was alive. if you get in this game and you don't know the rules, then you're in trouble. most people go to a broker. they don't understand the impact of both fees and illusion. 96% of mutual funds fail to match the market. only 4% succeed and you're not
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going to find the right four, but the coastst is the bigger piece. that difference is almost 40% of what you'll acquire in your lifetime. same return but you're paying someone else that money in your pocket that would have been your retirement. >> you tell people you have to ask what is the price of your dreams. what does that mean? >> well most people don't start because it seems too big. i tell people the first goal is not this i'm never going to work again. we need to work. here's what you want. financial security first. that should be your first goal. financial security i define as -- your investments pay for them the rest of your life.
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you never have to pay for your mortgage utilities and insurance, if you didn't have to pay for that how would you feel? i would feel great. >> all the money here is going to help feed people. you are so incredible. thank you so much for being here. >> appreciate it. >> that does it for "the cycle." the justice department clears office darer darren wilson of wrong doing, but not ferguson police. the justice department today sparked national protests -- he has cleared officer darren wilson of civil rights violations. ferguson's police department routinely violated the constitutional rights of black rez department


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