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to win ohio, he's got win florida, he's probably got to wing colorado and in my opinion, virginia. him speaking in these platitudes, i just don't know if he can do it. >> all right. robert trainen and careen jean-pierre. thank you. that's going to do it for this evening. "the rachel maddow show" starts now. >> super happy to have you with us here this friday night. this has been a busy friday and there are a couple of serious stories that are still unfolding tonight as we speak that we're going to be keeping an eye on that we're going to be talking about over the night as more information comes in. one of them is this shooting that happened this afternoon in downtown washington, d.c. very, very near to the white house. apparently what happens is a man with a gun approached secret service officers right outside the white house at one of the perimeter check points that's manned by armed secret service
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agents. the man reportedly had a gun, he was report lid told numerous times that he should drop the gun. he did not do so and a secret service officer shot him in the che chest. the man was taken to a local hospital where he was reportedly listed in critical condition. the white house was locked down. the vice president was at the white house at the time. he was locked down safely. president obama was not at the white house at the time this happened. the important part is that nobody else other than this gunman was injured. with don't know who the gunman is. we do not know what a motive might have been or any other descriptive circumstances under what happened, but we do know the lockdown at the white house around this incident was lifted around 4:00 p.m. eastern time today. if we learn anything more this evening, we'll let you know more as we learn more. the other major story we're keeping an eye on is, of course,
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egyptair flight 804. some wreckage believed to have come from that plane has been found. and there's some late breaking news tonight, necessarily about the cause of the plane crash but it may be major crew as to what was going on on board that aircraft immediately before it fell off the radar. n egyptian airspace. ultimately it seems it fell into the sea. we've got that data and potentially what it could mean in just a moment. we've also got chuck todd coming up, which is very nice to do. he's got "meet the press" on sunday, so he's very busy on friday nights, but he's here to give me a reality check on what seems to me like a weirdly important late new development in the presidential race. and i -- i -- i'm telling you it seems weirdly important. i want to get a gut check from chuck as to whether it's just
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weird or important. i can't tell. i know it's some degree of both. we're bringing in an expert in a few minutes. there's a lot to get to tonight. but we start with a whole bunch of new developments on the democratic side of the presidential race and this is all stuff that happened today into this evening. first of all we've got new fund-raising numbers from both the sanders campaign and clinton campaign and they're interesting. they're not what you think. this is what we've got. both the sanders and clinton campaigns have reported fund-raising numbers for april. this is last month's. they're pretty close but bernie sanders is still ahead. in april he filed papers indicating they raised basically $27 million. hillary clinton's campaign filed paperwork saying they raised $25 million. so they're both raising tons of money, sanders is ahead, but they're in the same ballpark there. look at this.
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they have to report how much cash they have on hand. you not only raise money, you have to spend it. those numbers are not similar at all. the clinton campaign started this month, they started may with $30.2 million on hand. whereas the bernie sanders campaign has less than $6 million on hand. $5.8 million. that's the cash on hand reporting number from bernie sanders as of tonight. so i mean snapshot of what's going on between them? they're both still raising a ton of money and raising money at a pretty equal clip, but she's sitting on a lot more money to spend than his eh is. she's got five times more money. i'm not talking super pac money. that's campaign money. that hasn't been true in the late portion of the race for -- that has .been true for a very long time, and that seems like a pretty big deal in terms of what's going on in this race. the carolina kohn campaign has also announced they started working with the dnc, democratic national committee, to form
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their general election organizations, to beef up state parties and hire field organizers in eight swing states. the clinton campaign has been making a big deal for months now how they're not just raising money for hillary clinton's campaign. they've also been raising money for dnc and state parties while this announcement today, this represents the first big dispersement of those funds. they say it's an initial investment of $2 million to start building up democratic state organizations for the general election in these eight states, colorado, florida, nevada, new hampshire, north carolina, ohio, pennsylvania, and wisconsin. eight states. building up the organizations in those states. hiring field organizers. making sure those state operations have what they need for the general election. and that will be music to the ears of democratics.
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now that they have settled on their candidate, donald trump and democrats are still in this contested broil on this side. it's going to be music to their ears to hear that it's starting. it's going to be music to the ears of the democrats specifically in those eight states especially because in six of those states they've got republican incumbent senators who are up for re-election this year and who the democrats would very much like to take their seats away. so millions of dollars in new funding, lots of new field organizers hired, beefing up state organizations. that's all getting under way. sanders campaign aggressively criticized hillary clinton's campaign for forming the fund-raising with dnc. sanders criticizing the clinton folks not having enough money they were raising through that joint operation. he said not enough of that money was making its way into the
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various state parties but at least $2 million of that money that clinton raised, it's now being spent in the swing states. and senator sanders is not in a position to do anything like that. both because he has not raised money for the democratic party in a joint effort the way hillary clinton has but also the fcc filings makes it like he now has his own money troubles to worry about separate and apart that he could ever help any state democratic parties or would-be democratic campaigns in these swing states. $6 million at the start of the campaign this month is tough, especially in california where he needs to do well and where advertising rates are just prohibitively expensive given the media markets in the big populations in that state and just how big that state is. so the democratic presidential
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primary continues, still being fought out. still today more starkly than ever before you can start too see the paths of the two democratic candidates diverge. these two candidates are going in two different directions and all of that news emerged today as a leadership held one of its quarterly meetings in philly. it's not just one big national party. there's a democratic party in each individual state and the heads of the democratic party from each of the 50 states all convened today in philadelphia to talk about whatever it is they talk about when they get together. i don't know. but we now know that today a lot of the focus of their discussion was this. this rowdy disorderly ultimately arguably disorderly convenient.
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it's led to so much pandering and worrying as they look at the clash between sanders supporters and clinton supporters. they have looked at that and they're worried that maybe the democratic primary is veering into mob seen territory. they have worried that as long as this primary is going on, this might be what it looked like when democrats try to hold meetings or conventions anywhere between now tharnld big national convention in philadelphia on july 25th. so tonight the chair of the chairs, the chairman of the new hampshire democratic party who also speaks for all of the state chairmen in the party, he is now calling on be f of all democratic party chairman in the country for much changes to happen at this late date in the process. he says between now in philadelphia every time they have one of these state wide meetings or conventions when they pick delegates, they now want a change. they want somebody at those conventions who's high ranking
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from the democratic national committee, somebody from the sanders scam pain and somebody high ranking from the clinton campaign. also 489 hours in advance they want these representatives from each campaign in the dnc to meet in advance of that state convention and agree what the convention agenda is going to be and how that thing is going to be run. they want that 48 hours in advance. they also want this which i don't know. this one strikes me as it might be a problem, quote, there must be a commitment from them to make sure the speerks' remarks or presentations go without interruption or interference in any manner including auditory or visual distractions from the floor. knew, i know why people were upset about what happened in nevada with the screaming and the pushing and people needing medical attention and the alleged chair throwing and cursing and all the rest of it. nobody wants to see that.
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but no interruption or interfering of any manner including auditory or visual dissfrakss from the floor? i live for auditory and visual distractions from the floor. this is not sunday school. aren't those unpreventable? aren't those un"able at some basic human sflevl if there's not going to be any hooting and hole ticks, don't want to be in this politics. joining us now is raymond buckley. chair of the new hampshire democratic party. chairman buckley, thank you very much for being with us tonight. thanks for being here. >> thanks for having me. >> can you assure me the rights to hoop and holler will be protected not just in the country but democratic parties even though you erie worried how nasty things got in nevada? >> i think hooting and hollering is what we all live for at the conventions, but we also want to make sure the delegates are
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respected and that they act in a respectful manner. it's not really a sporting event. it's actually quasi legislative event and since there's a lot of business that goes on at these state conventions, a significant number are there for the first time. this is probably their first organized convenient other than going to rally or something very close to that. so we think it's important that everyone is properly registered, they get into the hall before business has begun, and that every one has the rules properly explained to them and that somebody there is there that they know that they can trust. they don't have a relationship with a lot of the establishment within the political parties so they don't have that relationship that if somebody says something that they necessarily automatically believe it. but if there's somebody there officially representing their kaechblts, presidential campaign who says, we talk about it this. we can move on and do this because after all this election is about november.
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it's about making sure we win the white house, we win the u.s. senate, it can affect the u.s. supreme court and win the races up and down the ballot. so it's important that people are welcomed. there are thousands of new democrats who are coming to these convenience. we want them to come back. we want them to feel they were heard, listened to and that they were at a place they feel comfortable being at. >> there aren't a ton more state democratic conventions between now and the election in philly. there are a few more. >> a little more. >> okay. but there aren't a majority of them left. there's some left between now and philly. >> correct, mm-hmm. >> does this -- these changes that you were calling for today. does that reflect an assessment by you and the other democratic state party chairs that there's a real threat that nevada is going to happen again, that things are going go that awe the rails or is this thing just
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defended? evenly if nevada is a fluke, you want to make sure it doesn't happen again. >> nobody was happy. not the state presidential campaign t state party or those of us from around the country looking on. we simply don't think that that knees to happen. let's take some preventive measures by everyone working together. this absolutely depends on 100% participation by the sanders campaign b i the clinton campaign, dnc and each and every one of those state petrs. everyone working together to make sure this is the best one possible and then head to the general election in a united form. we believe we can do that. we've got some great people. it's important that everyone feels welcome and respected. >> raymond buckley, president of the association of democratic chairs, which means you're chair of the chairs, which means you're a big chair.
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as long as hooting and hollering is still allowed, i think people will be on board with what you're suggesting. good luck, sir. thank you. >> thank you. >> we've got a lot to get to tonight we have the latest details on the crash of the egyptair flight including so information, what was going on before the crash and some extrapolation that might mean, what other types of crashes that might be like. we've got that and a lot more ahead. stay with us. i take these out... put in dr. scholl's active series insoles.
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these are automated computer messages that were certainty during the final minutes. they're called acars data minutes. they tell us some interesting stuff about the last couple of minutes of that flight. at 26 minutes after midnight two sensors on the cockpit's right rear window went off. at the same time a smoke sensor went off in the lavatory that's right behind the cockpit. one mivt later there was an alert about smoke in the avionics compartment. then another window sensor went off. three minutes after that, 29 minutes past midnight, then problems were indicated with the pilots' flight controls and comput computers. and it was three or four minutes after that the plane started turning wildly and falling from the sky and dropping off the radar. we've got all that information. that still does not tell us what might have caused those things to go wrong or caused the crash.
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certainly it could have been a bomb, it could have been a fire in the cabin. there have been instances in the past where improperly stored cargo caused a combustion. that's what brought down a flight in the everglades in 1986. they may not eve have been caused by smoke. "the new york times" reported today that sensor warnings like these could also be set off by conditions like condensation or sudden drop in air pressure. it doesn't have to be smoke. in any case those are clues. we now know something catastrophic happened onboard that plane. we still don't know what. if it was a terror attack, no one is taking responsibility for it. given where the first debris was discovered today, finding the rest of the plane and its recorders is going to be a challenge.
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that will get everyone's attempt. bill weld is the governor of massachusetts. he was guaranteed to be vice president on the republican ticket this year. he left in 1977. he hasn't been around for a while in active partisan politics but he was named to the perspective libertarian ticket yesterday and in his first interview after making ticket, he told "the new york times" when they asked him to explain his main issue with the donald trump candidacy, he said his main issue was trump's plan to round up and deport 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country in response to that plan, he gave this quote, i can hear the glass crunching on kristallnachf in the ghettos of warsaw and vienna when i hear that, honest, wow. i'm not saying a lot of people haven't been thinking that sort
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of thing, making those analogies right in their midnight, comeling right out and saying it, it's kind of, you know, right to the kisser, pow. now, on the other hand, nazi analogies make people queasy for a reason. calling somebody a nazi is usually a nice shortcut to losing an argument because there's nothing quite like a nah nazi who's not actually a nazi. so, nice to remote you, bill weld and also nazi met for in the same bonbon. that's kind of where i'm at right now that has me genuinely confused and i'm not sure what to think it's question whether the libertarian party might make a run for it in 2016. if they're ever going torque it kind of feels like this year
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might be the year. most people couldn't tell you who's on the top of libertarian ticket for this year but the fox news asked few people would vote for gary johnson, libertarian. he putted 10% against donald trump and hillary clinton nationwide. in general terms that puts gary johnson about five points away from qualifying in the national presidential debate this year. that's without anybody knows he was running. you can see why some conservatives who don't like donald trump, they might be willing to consider johnson who's a long shot who may not be a long shot, also this year and not an unrelated factor, the republican nominated party for this year is a different kind of cat, different kind of republican from anyone who has ever been nomt nated by a republican party before. mr. trump's nominee has created at least uncertainty as to what's going to happen among some conservatives, even among
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some republican stalwarts who do not want to vote for donald trump but also do nottet want to vote for hillary clinton, are they really going to get a plan c if they can't get on board with trump and they can't get on board with clinton, will they not just sit on their hands and look for somewhere else to cast their vote? could this be a third-paerd year? could this be a libertarian-party year. rile now there are blue mores, mega conservative rumors like the koch brothers who have been linked to libertarians. there are rumors they could come back if libertarians could put together a conservative ticket that might have some constructive role in national politic this year. so there are all these little reasons stacking up that may make it seem like maybe this year they could be for real. maybe 2016 is the libertarian
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moment for pretal politics? on the other hand it's the libertarian party and even though they always make a case that they ought to matter, they never matter. they really never matter. well, now we know who the libertarian party is likely to pick as their ticket this year. it's likely to be gary johnson again. he was also their candidate in 2012 when he pulled the big 1% of the vote and we know as of yesterday that bill weld, former governor after massachusetts would likely be gary jon's running mate thachlt was the big surprise announcement from the libertarians yesterday. now when it comes to figuring out if this might be the year for the libertarians to matter, if they might actually be a real factor nationwide in this year's presidential election, now it's not just the political science of it. now it's not just the political circumstances of it. now we know specifically that it's these two guys and so now we get to consider them as people and candidates as well and that brings us to today's wild card and me figuring out what i think about the
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libertarian prospects of affecting the 2016 election this year. the wild card is what i call the strength from the sky factor. the strength from the sky factor. is it a good thing or is it a bad thing? >> why should americans beqom fortable with him as commander in chief? >> gary is a force. he's climbed the highest mountain on all seven continents. i remember him being the massive iron man triathlete. he's a physical throw himself against the wall kind of guy. real westerner, real outdoor guy. i think being a real outdoor guy makes him calm. he draws strength from the sky. >> you think he has the temper meant to be president? >> oh, yeah. oh, yeah. >> strength from the sky almost. joining us now is chuck todd who just did that interview with bill weld.
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chuck, of course s nbc's political moderator of "meet the press." mr. todd, thank you for being here. >> strength from the sky. >> thats we sfrengt the sky to do you mean president. it was a generous leap. >> that's what's going to be the difficulty. gary johnson was a candidate for years ago he doesn't look like he was ready. he was running for president. he didn't look ready for prime time. i haud hmm on the show and he siemed to be a lot more practiced. seemed to have thought this out a little more. there was less willy nilly about it. so -- but i'm guessing he's probably not liking the way bill weld described him as a potential commander in chief. you do need to get past the palaceability factor but let's talk about why we should be
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paying attention. why we should be paying attention is what we pointed out. two people, majority of the country have unfavorable views of both hillary clinton and donald trump. there's a factor here. there are to two minor partieses that have access. the libertarian party and the green party. now you have not one but two former two-term governors, both republican but both running, feeling as thoughs they party left them. they're social moderates, fiscal conservatives. and bill weld is conservatively wealthy. why does that matter? >> at a minimum there are state ballots that libertarians have to fight to get on. maybe bill weld pays to get on. then all of a sudden there are these ballots and there could be this. there dust seem to be in our new nbc/wall street journal poll coming out this weekend, the pollster said there was an unusually high neither factor in here, meaning we asked a two-way
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race, clinton or trump. we didn't give them the option of picking kneer but yet the highest number or pollsters had ever seen picked neither. so there's a volume out there. >> chuck, how do pollsters decide prodly speaking? i know they're different but how do they decide whether to put somebody like gary johnson and bill weld as a possibility out there when they do national polls? it's going to end up potentially being an important factor in their candidacy if they're trying to get into the general election de-bates. they need that threshold in the national polls. >> look. i think the right standard -- every news organization -- it depends on -- we as a news organization tell our pollsters whether to include that. for instance, we believe in asking it both ways. two-way and then three-way. sometimes offering the option first and a respon dent may not know and go, oh, yeah, i i'll
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pick the third option. the right way to do it and understand it is to always see both numbers side by side so you have the possibility in this case. but i think in this case because you have two nominees with unusually high negatives, that's when you should put on the -- check to see well if they have a third option, will they go there, because that doesn't impact. rachel, let's play this out. the way third party candidates have work and have had an impact before, to me the first 5% takes equally from both parties any time you see any of those numbers. ice the next ten, right? the next two five percent that starts pulling from one side or the other. when you start doing that and you lower the minimum number in some states i think the libertarian could put some in play for it. a little bit out of reach in missouri and then the libertarians could pull somewhat from the left and maybe sanners supporter. maybe they put a minnasotan in play for the republicans.
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if you lower the winning number to 45, 46, 47%, then you start seeing certain red states that could go blue and certain blue states that could go red so they could really sort of upset the entire structure of swing states which i think as a junkee and as an american citizen is a good thing because then you'd have to have candidates campaigning in more than just the eight to 12 states they'd campaign in in the fall. >> you'd have to do it so they couldn't take -- see, you have made me now not feel crazy for thinking that. >> i think we should not ignore that until they give us cause to ignore snus chuck todd, thanks for staying laid to do this. >> chuck todd is host of "meet the press" on sunday morning. i should tell you he has an exclusive guest this sunday you might have heard of. her name is hillary clinton.
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a sitting u.s. president is about to go where no sitting u.s. pretty has ever gone before. not the moon, not the one little desert hole that's the last place on earth where the endanger eed pupfish live. nope. the president is going at the end of our political reach, human reach. he's going to a very, very, very bold and controversial frontier. that's next.
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the presidential election in the year 2000 happened on november 7th that year. november 7th, 2000. that, of course, was bush versus gore, ultimately decided by the supreme court. that was the american presidential election that took more than a month to get resolved even though some people think it never really was resolved. but bush versus gore was a drama in and of itself. it was also technically speaking a drama about who would succeed the outgoing president at that time who was bill clinton. so here's the question. while bush-v-gore was being decided, what was president clinton doing all that time? it sort of seems strange looking back on it now. but while that was happening, while the united states was in that unprecedented and precarious super crisis, the man
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w.h.o. was still sitting as president of the time left the country. >> if it western weren't for this presidential mel oh drama the sitting president would be a big story today given where he is tonight. president clinton arrived in vietnam on the tragic legacy of the vietnam war for both sides, the new ties linking both bitter enemies. andrea mitchell has more on the president's visit tonight. >> reporter: a remarkable new chapter in history. thousands of vietnamese in throngs on the streets of hanoi. trying to catch the glimpse of an american president. bill clinton. the first president to visit vietnam since richard nixon in 1969. back then clinton was a graduate. now he's learned as president that decisions to use force are hard with unintended consequences.
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>> that was november 16th, 2000. it was more than a week after the presidential election had taken place that year. it was nine days from what would ultimately be five days of uncertainty and who would be the next president and how our country would figure that out, how we would pick the next president, but in the midst of that, bill clinton left the country and went to vietnam and him going to vietnam was a really big deal. first president to go vietnam since nixon. big deal. not as big a deal, though, as what president obama is about to do starting this weekend. president obama is leaving tomorrow. he's going to retrace bill clinton's footsteps a little. he'll going to be in hanoi, saigon, hochman city, and then he's going to japan, a japanese visit by president obama that will start with the big g-7 summit but then on friday it will end at her ee she ma.
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no sitting american president has ever visited hiroshima since the united states in 1945 made the decision to drop an atomic bomb on that city to try to end world war ii. japan did surrender within less than a week of the nuclear bombings of hiroshima and nagasaki threes days later, but those bombs killed over 100,000 citizens and they remain the only time nuclear weapons have been used in war by any country anywhere on earth. and since we did that, no u.s. president has been to hiroshima, but president obama is about to go there. he leaves the white house tomorrow. he'll arrive in hanoi on sunday night, which sounds a little weird, but mostly because of the time difference. he'll go to ho chi minh city on tuesday and fly to japan for that g-7 summit on wednesday and thursday, and it will be on friday, a week from today, when president obama will be in hiroshima. the white house tells us there
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>> maggie, are you lying about any of those things? they all seem too amazing to be try? >> it's all true. the little cat is her royal princess twiggy of twiggystan and she's been with me everywhere i go. >> how did the date go? >> well, it was fun at the time. >> i know exactly how that one ended. maggie, i cannot guarantee that this game will be more fun than a date at a soviet tank park in kabul. but really nice to have you here. thank you for playing. >> thank you. >> you'll get three questions all together, all about this week's news. you probably need to know you need to get two right to win this little ball of jum. >> of course, this is the rachel maddow show cocktail shaker, small, but powerful. >> and a little leaky. if you get extra credit, we do have some extra good random office swag tonight. please explain, kent. >> it is extra good. this comic book is about civil rights legend john lewis. it's part of a trilogy of books.
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it's super cool. i think this is one of the best gifts -- best prizes. >> we have previewed the graphic novel march. it's a trilogy and they made this comic book that gives you little excerpts of each one of the volumes of the trilogy, including the third one, third volume, which is not yet out. and it's really good. so you could win that tonight. >> oh, that's amazing. >> i know. i think so too. let's bring in the disembodied voice of steve benen from maddow blog. good evening, steve. >> gook to you both. >> yay. >> hello. >> first question, maggie. ready? >> yes. >> wednesday's show, i interviewed a former bernie sanders staffer who is now helping run a new campaign effort. and that new campaign wants to run 435 candidates for congress, all at once, all on the same platform, all using the same campaign, in the midterms, in 2018. what is the name of that new campaign? is it, a, the 50-state solution?
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b, for the win 2018? c, brand-new congress? or d, progressive insurance. >> i like 50 state solution, but it was, in fact, c, brand new congress. >> steve, did maggie get that right? >> yes, she did. the correct answer is brand new congress, and maggie is 1 for 1. >> brand new congress, well done. off to an excellent start. okay. next question is from tuesday's show. actually, that's actually tuesday election coverage, but we talked about it on monday's show in advance. because tuesday we got election results from kentucky and from oregon. and oregon has a unique method of voting. what is different about voting in oregon? is it, a, that oregon lets every citizen vote, regardless of age, including children. be, oregon casts votes only by mail. c, every oregon ballot is write-in, only. they don't print candidates' names on the ballots. or, d, every oregon ballot has a
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bird on it. >> well, it should have a bird on it, at least for portland, but it's b, they vote only by mail. >> steve? what's the right answer? >> i think she's the first one to ever laugh at some of these answers. let's check the tape. >> one of the things that's exciting about covering oregon primary night is that oregon is really weird. oregon -- and i mean that in the best possible way. but oregon is the first state in the country where everybody votes by mail. >> yes, the correct answer is "b," and maggie is right once again. >> excellent. all right, this is the big one. this is for all the marbles and the actually good thing you could win tonight. last night's show, we talked about whether a third party candidacy could be a significant factor in the presidential election in november this year. one crucial factor for that, as you know, is ballot access. so here's the question. in addition to the democratic and republican candidates for president, which other party's candidate will almost assuredly be on the ballot in all, if not
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most, of the 50 states this november? what other party has really good ballot access, besides the democrats and the republicans? is it, a, the independent party? b, the american freedom party? c, the libertarian party? or d, the fight for your right to party? >> i really want it to be "d," but, sadly, it's those really grumpy people in "c," the libertarians. >> they are trying to improve their image. steve, do you have the answer for us? >> let's check last night's show. >> getting on the ballot in all 50 states right now with an independent candidacy, it's just not possible. but the libertarian candidate this year almost assuredly will be on the ballot in all 50 states. they've got ballot access. >> yes, the correct answer is libertarian party and maggie is right once again. >> kent, do the math! did maggie win everything? >> crushed it! >> crushed it! maggie, you're amazing. and your cat is lucky to have you. and we thank you for playing.
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it was really nice to meet you. thank you for being here. >> thank you very much. >> yay! we'll send you your stuff. if you want to play to win more or less awesome stuff that we find in our offices, please send us an e-mail. that's our real e-mail address. it works. tell us who you are, where you're from, why you want to play the news dump. and don't go anywhere, because here comes chris matthews and "hardball". >> urban cowboy! let's play "hardball." good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. on guns and terror, donald trump spent the day chasing the cowboy soul of the republican party. he spoke at the nra's national forum this afternoon and picked up the national group's endorsement. he said hillary clinton wants to take people's guns away from them and abolish the second amendment. >> the


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