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leave it be from there. >> exactly. >> john nichols and angela rye, thanks for your time tonight. i'm michael eric dyson. "politics nation" with the reverend al sharpton, starts right now. tonight on "politics nation," the trump rules on immigration. gop candidates are flipping and flopping all over his extreme plan to deport millions of people. also a new push from the president on pollution and climate change. dramatic testimony from the accuser in the prep school rape case. and a powerful statement on gun violence from stevie wonder. welcome to "politics nation." how to talk about something,
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anything besides donald trump. today these candidates wanted to focus on health care and national security, but all the attention is on trump's push to end citizenship for babies born in the united states to undocumented parents. some say he's wrong. >> i'm open to doing things that prevent people who deliberately come to the u.s. for purposes of taking advantage of the 14th amendment, but i'm not in favor of repealing it. >> i don't support amending the constitution to kick out kids who were born here. >> to suggest that people born in this country are not united states citizens and they don't have this in the constitution, i just reject out of hand. >> but bobby jindal agrees with trump. he tweeted, quote, we need to birth rite citizenship for illegal immigrants. another candidate couldn't decide what he thinks. scott walker first said he
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agreed with trump but hours later he wasn't sure. >> until we secure the border and start enforcing the law, americans aren't going to trust politicians. we had a three rolling gag there. >> what does he think? this issue won't go away. donald trump is leading yet in another poll and forcing the gop to confront his issues including if america should deport babies who the constitution says are u.s. citizens. let's talk about it with tara dowdell and mori lathy. donald trump seems to be really guiding the conversation,
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dominating what's going on. no matter what else they try to get around, donald trump is the not 600-pound thing in the room because i don't want people tweeting that i called him a gorilla. but he's the object they're trying to get around, tara. >> and he's the immovable object they're trying to get around because he's remained immovable in the polls which is a big problem for the gop. yes, to your point, he is dominating the conversation because one advantage, huge advantage in the word of trump, huge advantage that he has over the other contenders is that he understands how to dominate the news cycle. not only is it just his celebrity status, but he actually understands how the media works and how to manipulate the cycle. >> mo, he has become the dominant force in the republican primary, in the process right now, taking all the oxygen out. and now making some very extreme
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proposals. now, he's solid in the polls as being way ahead. but now you talk about deporting babies of immigrants that are undocumented that really talks about repealing the 14th attempt which takes congressional votes, state, things that are really complex and hard to do. is he digging himself in a position where he's going to not look just extreme but like he doesn't even understand government? do you know what you have to do to overturn the 14th amendment? >> look, he's doing exactly what he needs to be doing right now and a 17 or 18 person republican primary field, right? when you got an electorate or field that's this large and the electorate is as slice and dice as this is, he doesn't need to.
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he sucks all the oxygen out of the room for anyone that's going after this particular sliver of the electorate. 75% of republican primaries oppose him. he's the front-runner and 75% oppose him. i don't know if he'll ever get over that hump, if he'll win the nomination. i don't think he will. most republicans i know don't think he will. and i certainly don't think he gets elected president of the united states. but what he's doing more than anything else is keeping a lot of other serious voices in the republican field, keeping their voices silent because they're not able to break through for the reasons we just talked about. >> but despite the fact there are some serious voices that you're not hearing, the fact of the matter is, tara, the field is all over the place even on this issue. you know, at least six candidates at some point have said they support ending birthrite citizenship. we heard some that oppose it. john kasich has been on both
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sides. and who knows what scott walker's thinking from one minute to the next. they're all over the place. do you think they're happy when trump forced them to talk about this issue when they've been bobbing and weaving on this issue all along? >> they would absolutely prefer not to discuss this issue particularly in the way that trump is framing the conversation. be very clear, he's framing the conversation. he's set the rules of debate. and they're arguing within the rules set forth by trump. that is not a place any candidate wants to be ever. you don't ever want to let someone else dictate how you debate something. but here's the other issue for the republicans. their base -- and we talk about this often, but their base, particularly the most active parts of the base, there's a very strong xenophobic anti-immigration strain in their base so that's another problem, trump or no trump. remember eric cantor -- people forget this. eric cantor, the powerful leader in the congress was defeated on this issue, on the immigration issue. now granted, there were other
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factors at play, but that was a driving reason why he lost his house seat despite how powerful he was and despite all the money he had. this issue is a difficult issue for the republicans when they navigate the primary. >> well, you know, mo, governor kasich of ohio used to be or said he wanted to end birth rite citizenship. but now he doesn't know. nbc's kelly o'donnell asked him why. take a listen to this. >> what did you learn about birth rite citizenship to change your mind? >> i'm at a point now where i'm extremely concerned about efforts to divide us in this country and i'm more interested in the things that can unite us and we have bigger fish to fry. >> mo, your reaction? he just wants to unite us. he doesn't want to divide us any more as he thinks the thi s ths through. >> there are a couple of republicans in this field who
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may have learned a lesson from 2012, when you had some of the more extreme members of the republican field make outrageous statements, everyone, including romney rushed to embrace that position. this year is field is a little more divided. some of them are rushing. bobby jindal is the happiest guy in the world right now because you just mentioned his name on television. if not for this issue no one would be mentioning his name. others are wary about how they'll embrace this kind of rhetoric or address this because they know the republican party cannot afford one day longer to be seen as divisive against latinos and women. so donald trump is putting those candidates in a very tough spot. now, kasich's problem is he's got a record and previous statements that he's got to reconcile. but you know, at least maybe some of these candidates deserve a little credit that they're not rushing to embrace this -- you know, these most bombastic statements the way the entire field did last time.
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>> let me ask you, tara, before we get out of this segment, something that was very interesting to me. the new poll finds that trump is the most trusted candidate by republican voters on a number of issues. 45% trust him the most on the economy. 44% trust him to handle illegal immigration. 32% trust him to deal the best with isis. i mean, does that mean we'll see more candidates copying trump since he's got these high numbers in various areas of trust from republican voters? >> these numbers are not lost on the republican party candidates. obviously, they're poring over this polling every single day. but again, their problem is that they're trying to imitate trump but a big reason why trump's numbers are the way they are is because he's not a politician. the fact that trump is rising in the polls and people say, oh, it's so early, but there are
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some things that you can glean this early. one thing that you can glean is the fact that trump is so popular says more about the candidates who are running than it does about him. the fact that people are gravitating to someone like him with no experience and who is saying outlandish things that show a lack of understanding ofl government shows more about the state that the party is in. >> trump has been very specific, probably too specific for moderate republicans on immigration, but he hasn't been that specific on what he'd do about health care. watch this. >> my very first day as president of the united states, i will send legislation to the congress to once and for all repeal obamacare entirely. >> we have to repeal and replace the health care law. >> the first part is just repealing obamacare entirely. >> we have to repeal it and replace it with something that gives every american the opportunity to acquire the health insurance they want.
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>> now, here we have walker and rubio pounding on health care. trump has said we've got to repeal and never gave us specifics. we're hearing from them really no specific program other than we must get rid of it but not answering what are we going to do with 15 million, 16 million people. >> mark my word, this issue will not come up in the general election. this is an entirely republican primary play. this is something that republican primary voters want and nobody else wants. the american people have been incredibly clear in poll after poll after poll, enough. 50-some votes to repeal the affordable care act is too many for most americans. so this is all about primary politics. they're all trying to show that they hate obamacare more than anyone else, to republican primary voters. and the day after the primary's over and the general election start, no one will talk about
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it. just like they didn't talk about it in the general election of 2014. >> tara dowdell and mo elleithee, thank you both for your time tonight. >> thank you. >> coming up, justice files. a senior and prestigious prep school accused of raping a freshman as part of a shocking contest to rack up sexual conquests. >> did you see owen in the courtroom today? >> yes, i did. i'm sorry. also, the obama administration's new rules to fight pollution and help the poor. i'll speak with gina mccarthy the woman in charge at the epa. and why is the clintonwarnit there should be, quote, no bed wetting? when i started at the shelter, i noticed benny right away. i just had to adopt him. he's older so he needs my help all day.
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president's battle against climate change, and it could have a wide ranging impact from the environment to economic inequality. people living in poor urban areas are at higher risk for serious health problems in part because they're more likely to be exposed to harmful air and water. the president talked about it earlier this month. >> we've got critics of this plan who are actually claiming that this will harm minority and low-income communities even though climate change hurts those americans the most. who are the most vulnerable. today an african-american child is more than twice as likely to be hospitalized from asthma. a latino child is 40% more likely to die from asthma. so if you care about low-income minority communities, start protecting the air that they breathe and stop trying to rob them of their health care. >> today's proposals build on
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the epa's recent rule on carbon emissions. already some on the right are pushing back. 17 states led mainly by republicans are petitioning to block the carbon emissions rule. more legal challenges from conservatives are expected. but today it's clear the president and the epa aren't backing down. joining me now is epa administrator gina mccarthy. thank you, first of all, for being here today. >> reverend al, thanks for inviting me. it's great to be here. >> before we get to all of that, i want to ask you about the toxic oil spill, the toxic spill into that colorado river last week. the epa's inspector general has started an investigation. the cleanup continues. are you satisfied with the response and the cleanup efforts so far? >> well, it could always be quicker, but i'm satisfied where
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we are now. we have the use of that water back again. we've not lost any fish or wildlife. so we're working with those communities and we're making sure we take responsibility and we do the right thing, al. >> now, let me go back to our -- the top of what i was talking about this segment. you heard the president talk about the impact that climate change has on poor communities. how do the new methane rules fit into this? >> well, the methane rule is part of an overall climate action plan that the president unveiled and part of the epa's action along with our clean power plan to reduce carbon emissions. and it's incredibly important particularly for low income areas and minority areas that we actually tackle this issue. it is a moral obligation and it's a social responsibility for us. the president said it. the pope agrees. and we're taking action that's going to protect public health in those communities that are
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most vulnerable. reverend, many people think climate change is about polar bears. it's about the public health and the future of our kids, and the kids that are most vulnerable are kids in low income and minority communities that simply cannot stand any more assault on their public health than they already are facing today. and the actions we're taking are going to be direct public health benefits to those communities as well as an overall effort to develop an international global response to the challenge on climate change. >> now "dateline nbc" did a report on how air quality disproportionately affects low-income communities. watch this. >> i'm standing along an invisible but important geographical dividing line in manhattan. right there is the upper east side. one of the most affluent neighborhoods in new york city. right over here is east harlem, one of the poorest. the two communities couldn't be any closer together, yet that
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well-to-do part of town has a much, much lower asthma rate. >> among children going to elementary school it's about 7% on the upper east side and about 19% in east harlem. >> does more attention need to be paid on the connection between pollution and inequality? >> absolutely. i mean, we've been making that connection, but certainly we have to continue to push. and in particular related to climate. what climate change does is it increases temperature, which is going to raise ozone levels. it's going to increase allergy seasons. the very asthma that that gentleman was talking about is going to get worse in those communities if we don't take action. and the great part about our clean power plant and the work that the president is spearheading is it's not going to just drive down carbon pollution but it's going to drive down air pollution in general that is already impacting those kids.
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and as a result of the clean power plan alone, in 2030, we are going to avoid 90,000 asthma attacks for our kids and 300,000 lost work and school days. we are talking about direct health benefits to the very communities that are most at risk. >> you know, the new rule to reduce methane emissions has broad support, a recent poll by the american lung association shows 66% of voters support new methane emission standards including 53% of republicans. >> yes. >> why do you think there's so much pushback from the right then given these numbers? >> well, if you take a look at it, people support it because it's the right thing to do. it protects their family's safety and health, but it also saves money. all of these rules are going to reduce cost to consumers. and it's going to keep us safe and healthy.
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if you look at the methane reductions we're talking about, it's basically reducing ozone, which is impacting kids' health as well as addressing climate. if you look at the clean power plant, it's doing the same thing. in 2030, we're not only going to get those great health reductions in benefits, but we're going to reduce the cost to consumers in their electricity bill, $85 annually. there's no loser in this equation. the big loss is if we fail to act. >> epa administrator gina mccarthy. thank you so much for your time tonight. >> great to be here, reverend. thank you. coming up, a rape trial that rocked an elite prep school, and accusations that students competed to rack up sexual conquests. also, hillary clinton stands her ground in a tussle with a reporter from fox news. it's more than the cloud. it's security -
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>> i have such great admiration and empathy for hillary clinton. i have great admiration for her because i know what it takes in some small measure to do what she has done. >> well, that certainly is surprising coming from fiorina, but maybe she just misspoke. >> she is obviously incredibly intelligent, focused, tough, determined, empathetic of all the tens of millions of people that she was trying to represent in her quest to become the first woman president of the united states. >> ooh, let's just keep watching. there's got to be a but coming up soon. >> as a woman, i take great pride in the fact that hillary clinton ran for president. >> has 2015 carly fiorina even
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at&t reminds you it can wait. time now for justice files. we start with developing news in a rape trial putting one of the nation's elite prep schools in the spotlight. owen labrie has pleaded not guilty to raping a 15-year-old girl while he was a senior last year at st. paul's school in new hampshire. in an interview with a detective, labrie talked about a contest involving senior boys having sex with younger students, but he says the interaction with the girl had nothing to do with the contest. today she testified that it did. and she explained why, after initially turning down an
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invitation to meet, he took him up on his offer. >> eventually, i was thinking, okay, here's a person who has paid special attention to me. how nice. it sounds like he's pretty genuine. >> a school statement regarding the purported contest says in part, current allegations about our culture are not emblematic of our school or values. msnbc's jamie novograd is live outside the courthouse jamie, this accuser seems to have made a big impact in her testimony today. >> well, reverend, so far the case is really turning on two things. the first thing is the credibility of this accuser who was 15 at the time that this alleged rape occurred. and the second thing is the school culture itself. as you said, this is one of the
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country's most elite schools. it's a laboratory for our national leadership, any number of government leaders and business leaders have been produced by this school. and the boy is accused of raping this young woman as a part of a campus practice of sexual conquest. the former student says that he did not have sex with her, as you noted. and he says that he had a moment of, quote, divine inspiration, and i'm quoting from an interview that he did with police in that he said interrupted whatever he was doing and stopped him from having sex. in the meantime, this is how the accuser described her relationship with the defendant prior to the event, reverend. >> did you receive the senior salute from owen labrie? >> yes, i did. >> were you familiar with him before you received that senior salute? >> only in passing.
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it was only hellos, no real conversation really we've ever had. >> did you consider that you were friends? >> maybe by association, sure. >> her testimony ended right about there. it's expected to resume tomorrow. labrie, as you've noted, has pled not guilty and we expect to hear tomorrow from other people who will testify as to the culture on this campus, reverend. >> jamie novogrod, thank you very much for your time tonight. >> thank you. >> i want to turn now to judge faith jenkins and municipal judge eric guster. thank you both for being here. >> sure, thanks, rev. >> faith, how important is the testimony of the accuser in this trial? >> it's crucial in this case. really, this case will rise and fall on the testimony of two people, and that is the accuser and the defendant. and the prosecutor -- >> if he testifies. >> if he testifies. i think he will. >> he's not required to. >> he's not required to, but i
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think he will testify in this case. and the prosecutors know what they're up against. this is a young man who was appointed a dorm leader. he has a stellar academic record. he was a senior at a prep school and had plans to attend harvard university. the prosecutors looked at the juror in her opening statement and told jurors, take a look at him. this is not what most people thing a typical rape accuser looks like. look at the defendant. they know that's what they're up against. this accuser's credibility is really on the line here. now her testimony is also crucial because there's not a lot of physical evidence to support that a sexual assault occurred. so her testimony, her oral testimony about what happened has to be believed in order for their to be a conviction in this case. >> eric, how will the allegations about the culture of this exclusive school play into this case? >> the prosecution's trying to throw in the culture part to boost their testimony the side of the accused. what they're trying to show is there's this culture of raping
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girls, of this senior rite to rape women. >> sexual conquest. >> sexual conquest. >> which the accused has already admitted goes on. he's just saying is it didn't happen in this case. >> yes, he's admitted that it's gone on. and that's where the prosecution has to be very careful about, not to overstate that part of it in reference to what happened because when you have an accuser like this, just like judge faith just said, when you have an accuser and they don't have any physical evidence, it's going to be very difficult to get a conviction in this particular case because there's no physical evidence. you have a stellar defendant, and that makes it much more difficult for the prosecution. >> faith, you seem like you want to disagree. >> no, because there's one key piece of evidence. the prosecutor fought to get this in, but the defense fought to keep it out. and that is a list that the defendant had. and on that list were a number of girls. and this alleged victim, her name was in all caps on his list. why is that important? because they want to argue this
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wasn't just some fly by night thing that happened. this was planned and premeditated. >> so it was a list of girls? >> a list of girls. they fought to keep that out. >> they said that the list was not just for sex, though, it was for holding hands or kissing, not necessarily sexual conquest. >> now that it comes in, they have to make an argument about what that list means. >> wait a minute. so he had to make a list of who he's going to hold hands with and kiss, but doesn't that also lead to this contest thing and her name being on the list would then suggest whether or not the rest were sexual or not, that there was a contest she was included in in his mind? >> yes, that's what the defendant is saying. there was a contest but sex with her was not part of the contest. it ko be holding hands, walking around a lake. >> so she's in the contest but the sex thing was outside. >> yes. >> let's go to another developing story in north carolina. the trial of a police officer accused of shooting an unarmed
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man. closing arguments wrapped up today, and jury deliberations are now under way. charlotte police officer randall carrick has pleaded not guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the death of jonathan ferrell. prosecutors say he shot ferrell ten times. ferrell was looking for help after a car accident two years ago. carrick says he thought ferrell was going to take his gun. you can see the moments right before the shooting in this police dash cam video.
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today attorneys on both sides left the jury with their final thoughts. >> he had a litany of options, nondeadly options at his disposal and he didn't use them. you know why? because he panicked. he abandoned all of his training. >> your verdict speaks to conscience. you can find this young man not guilty. let him go home to his family. >> eric, we heard about three hours of deliberations. what do you think the jurors -- is in their minds as they go home tonight? >> the last thing the judge told them was to consider what any reasonable officer would do. and that's going to be what's in their minds. and with this tape coming in, i
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don't know if there's another one as well. i believe there's one more that we have not seen. they're going to put themselves into the body of that officer and what would a reasonable officer do in that situation? and did that officer feel reasonably afraid for his life where he had to shoot? of course, there are different ways of escalating a stop such as there's a baton, there's a taser, and that's what you would use before you get to your handgun. so they're going to think about that and see whether they can reach that. it's going to be a tough one for the prosecution. >> this dash cam has been controversi controversial. how do you think the jury will view it? >> with the one question they have to answer here with this voluntary manslaughter charge, because think about it, the other elements have been met. we know that carrick intended to pull the trigger and that ferrell died as a result of that. the only question remaining is was this excessive force. that's one thing the state did, they narrowed this issue down to one question -- was this
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excessive force? and how do you answer that question, what would a reasonable officer do in these circumstances. you look at that video and ferrell's actions and say, did this necessitate 12 gunshots. no other officer shot. >> does that mean even if they feel that the first three or four might have been reacting right and the rest was too much, they can still convict? >> that's what i was about to say, rev. here you have an unarmed person. he's been shot ten times, there were 12 gunshots. that's almost prima facie evidence that someone has overreacted in the killing of this individual. the defense is focusing on the fact that jonathan ferrell ran towards this police officer and that he pulled the trigger. one other thing, the state has said not that this officer is a bad officer but he made a bad decision in that moment because in that moment it was not in life or death choice. and he chose death by shooting him ten times. >> that's why the prosecution will put in that tape to show
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jonathan running towards the officers because we've had several situations of officers' guns being taken and them being beaten up. >> let me leave it there. faith jenkins, eric guster. hillary clinton goes toe to toe with a reporter at fox news over the e-mail controversy. stevie wonder's emotional statement on gun violence at a concert here in new york city. is nothing to worry about? well at safelite we know sooner or later, every chip will crack. these friends were on a trip when their windshield got chipped. so they scheduled at safelite.com... they didn't have to change their plans, or worry about a thing. and i fixed it right away... ...with a strong repair they can trust. plus, with most insurance a safelite repair is no cost to you. really?! being there whenever you need us... that's another safelite advantage. safelite repair, safelite replace.
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♪ >> it doesn't matter. it doesn't matter. it doesn't matter. what difference at this point does it make? >> donald trump hitting hard at hillary clinton today. as clinton's campaign is in damage control mode over allegations that she sent classified e-mails from her private server. this morning clinton's camp sent out a message to her supporters, no bed wetting. telling them now is not the time to lose faith in the democratic front-runner. today secretary clinton says again that she did nothing wrong. in a back and forth with a reporter from fox news, it got interesting. >> i take responsibility.
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look, and i just told jeff in retrospect, this didn't turn out to be convenient at all and i regret that this has become such a cause celebre, but that does not change the facts. and no matter what anybody tries to say, the facts are stubborn. what i did was legally permitted. i know there's a certain level of, you know, sort of anxiety or interest in this, but the facts are the facts. first of all, that is not in any way agreed upon. state department disagrees. i did not send classified material and i did not receive any material that was marked or designated classified, which is the way you know whether something is. >> joining me now is marcy stech from emily's list. thank you for being here, marcy.
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>> great to be here. >> you were at clinton's campaign event today. do her supporters have reason to be worried? >> well, look, i couldn't find a more clear contrast between the conversation that reporters want to have with hillary clinton and the conversation that voters want to have with hillary clinton. today in this gymnasium right behind me, there were hundreds of supporters packed in there. the energy was palpable. they wanted to talk about real issues that were affecting their daily lives. they wanted to talk about things like criminal justice reform. they wanted to talk about education. they wanted to talk about access to equal pay for women. that was the real conversation that was happening with hillary clinton and voters in this substantive forum. the only people, as she said, who want to talk about her e-mail are reporters and also the republican field who have nothing else to run on themselves. >> but we hear that the
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candidate and the campaign put out to their supporters no bed wetting. does that mean that they're a little concerned that there is something to be concerned about? >> well, look, it's august of 2015. the campaign is just kicking off. hillary clinton's traveling around to iowa, new hampshire, nevada, to talk to voters about the issues and the challenges they're facing. they're running a very substantive campaign that's focused on everyday americans. i think as people watch this play out, it is clear that there is a target on her back by republicans. at every turn they want to try to chase after shiny objects and think that maybe there's a new way to take her down. she leads all republicans nationally when it comes to the polls right now. >> let me stop you right there because while mrs. clinton was reassuring her supporters that republicans were going after her, watch this and listen to this. >> you have classified
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information going over a server that is against the law and certainly against the policies of the administration that she serve. that's a problem. and the fact that she's not been forthright in explaining this situation is also a problem. >> i think it shows, quite frankly, incompetence on her part to not know that this was important information she needed to protect and to be clear to her staff not to be sending that information in an open, private server. >> does she have to do more to put this issue aside? >> well, look, i listened to that reel you just played and all i heard were republicans who have nothing else to offer. right now we have an entire republican field who continues to try to chase after each other taking one more extreme position after the other, and they have nothing to offer, which is why they're going to continue to try to attack hillary clinton in any way they can, whether it's on e-mails or any other thing that could possibly try to distract
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from the fact that they don't have anything to offer voters. meanwhile, hillary clinton is having that substantive conversation on the campaign trail. i faced it today, i saw it today. there was energy, enthusiasm. there's no question that she's in a strong position to take on this republican field. >> marcy stech, thank you so much for your time tonight. >> great to be here. >> coming up next, stevie wonder performing for a cause. the music legend takes a stand against gun violence. but first, 95 years since women gained the right to vote. we have a lot to celebrate, but there's still a long way to go. my name is anne. i'm one of the real live attorneys you can talk to through legalzoom. don't let unanswered legal questions hold you up, because we're here, we're here, and we've got your back. legalzoom. legal help is here. but your stellar notebook gives hanyou the gumptionlc. to reach for the sky.
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it's a historic day in the fight for equal opportunity. for the first time two female soldiers have completed the u.s. army's elite ranger school. they'll graduate friday after finishing one of the toughest courses in the military. the women who have not been named endured 61 days of grueling training often without sleep. it's big news, and it comes as the nation marks an important milestone. on this day in 1920, the 19th amendment was ratified giving women the right to vote. it was a monumental achievement of the women's suffrage movement. and yet, 95 years later, there's
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still a long way to go. today a report from the labor department showed that in 2012 nearly one in four new mothers returned to work within two weeks of giving birth. the u.s. remains the only major country that doesn't offer paid time off for new mothers. we have to do better as we celebrate victories in the fight for equality, we must not lose sight of the road ahead.
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chris singleton is 28 year 24 y, a college sophomore who plays on the college baseball team. he was on the "today" show talking about finding the strength to move forward and about losing himself in the sport that he loves. that's when he got a surprise greeting from the new york yankees. >> look who is here with us, alex rodriguez, brent gardner and dallas montanez here to meet chris. you recognize these fellas? he's like, of course. >> the surprises didn't stop there. maybe he took batting practice at yankee stadium hitting a home run. and he threw out the first pitch with his brother and sister. singleton says he knows his mother is smiling down on him. gun violence is a nationwide problem and it takes all of us to move forward. we're seeing that spirit from
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music legend stevie wonder. the musician held a free concert yesterday in new york city ahead of his fall tour. it was fun and it had lighter moments but there was also a messa message. >> any person that has a gun, it has to be registered and definitely has to be known when they're shooting that gun. you know, i have a thing in my mind called claim the bullet. you have a gun and you shoot it and you claim it. give your name, fact that you did. you know, you have to do certain things to own a car, so why not something that can determine a person's life or death? >> gun violence is a serious problem. already this year there have been almost 32,000 reported gun violence incidents and more than 8,000 deaths. we must do something about gun violence. we must do something about hate.
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when i see this young man singleton and the families of gun violence whether because of hate or other reasons, we can't always stop people from behaving certain ways, but we can certainly do something about them not having the means to do something that is hateful and wrong. thanks for watching. i'm al sharpton. "hardball" starts right now. trump on river city. let's play "hardball." good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. so ladies and gentlemen, is donald trump the music man? is he just some traveling troubadour that comes to town? is he a real live professor hill promising to bring us

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