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bill itself that you can take out, remove from everything else that target basically ways to fund the exchanges to induce more competition and lower costs in them, which you could take that out, rip that out of the bill, you could probably get 70 votes for it when they come back from recess. angel padilla and david jolly, thanks for being with us. rachel maddow, her show starts in addition to flynn, bannon, all this later this hour.
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what was billed at energy week saw the president pour a lot of his energy and time and attention into a twitter war with the morning anchors on this network. for a second day he chose to post on twitter about "morning joe" after the program's hosts responded to his attacks. he wrote, quote, watched low-rated "morning joe" for the first time in long time. fake news. he called me to stop a national enquirer" article i said no, bad shoep. here is what led to it unfull-timered thoughts from the president a new refrlgs from joe scarborough that thement might have been able and willing to kill altabloid story if he a apology and more favorable coverage. >> we got a call that, hey, the national inquirer is going to run a negative story against you guys.
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and it was donald a friends -- the president is friends with the guy that running the national enquirer." and they said if you call the president up and you apologize for your coverage, then he will pick up the phone and basically spike the story. >> also this morning we heard mika brzezinski first response to being singled out and personally attacked by the president. >> i'm fine. my family brought me up really tough. this is absolutely nothing. but i think for me personally -- but i am very concerned as to what this once again reveals about the president of the united states. it's strange. the president's tweets, whether they're personally aimed at me or aimed at me in some way that doesn't bother me one bit. it does worry me about the country. >> at the same time joe and mika were sharing their side of the story senior adviser to the president kellyanne conway defended her boss on good morning america and called out
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members ever the media on their love of country. >> if you go back and look at what is said about this president, a lack of policy coverage, there are -- there are personal attacks about his physical altties his fitness more culled a goon a thug mentally ill talking about dementia. armchair psychologist. georges is it doesn't help to have the american people to have a president covered in this light. >> kellyanne as you knee. >> the toxicity is over the top. >> and here is the problem with all this going on while trying to conduct matters of state. twice today the president was asked whether he thought his initial attack went too far. once it came while he was standing next to the president of the south korea. >> thank you very much. >> mr. president do you redwret the tweet that you sent about mika brzezinski? >> and about the white house press briefing today at which
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cameras were not allowed, reporters asked when they might have another chance to ask the president all their questions. and let him answer directly. he has not held a solo press conference in 134 days. we are able to play you audio of the response. >> some have suggested that maybe it is time for the president to have another news conference and perhaps answer these question he is himself rather than subject spokes people such as you and sean to questions of about recent controversy. does he plan an actual news conference in the near future? >> i'm not sure if there is one in the schedule. but if there is i guarantee this room will be the first group to be notified. >> just a reminder this controversy over the president's social media behavior and temperament comes during the run up to what may be the most critical meeting he has as president thus far, his one-on-one talks with russian president vladimir putin .man
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who ordered hackers to meddle with the u.s. presidential election. that happens at next week's g 20 summit. let's bring in the starting panel tontden friday night white house reporter for the "washington post" ashley parker here bi line with phillip rucker tonight. why some inside the white house see trump's media feud as winning. more on that in a bit but we're happy to note ash sli also an msnbc contributor. boston globe columnist and the chair of journalism ethics in enenen dira is with we welcome james pendle to the broadcaster. well to you all. ashley i'll begin with you by embarrassing you and quoting you back to you but you and rucker know your way around a sentence. this is from your piece tonight. the -- this week had it all vicious tweets, nasty nicknames and entrenched foe in the main stream media and the reprice alby trump of one his favorite roles the victim but to many
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inside the white house as well as outside allies what looked like a public recommendations did he backle amounted to an abundance of winning a trump yan catch phrase playfully repeated by west wing officials even as they are discomforted by the brzezinski broad side. ashley what's going on in there? >> well, it's an interesting question, because what you saw in week a lot of people in the media us that was a p.r. did he backle not that great for the president. but it seemed that the white house enjoyed the feud. they liked going to war with cnn earlier in the week for the story that network ultimately had to retract. and then they liked going to war later this week with msnbc. in fact one of the complaints we heard one of the few complaints we heard about the president's tweet was that the feud with msnbc overshadowed the feud with cnn.
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so, again, privately they'll say look we wish the president hadn't attacked mika in the personal terms. you're not going to hear us defend it privately although sarah huckabee sanders did deferred it publicly. there is a sense the feud with the media is not bad for the brand and good to motivate the base and keep in mind we're talking about the fight with the media and not the cloud of russia and that's a good thing. >> like a new york city taxi cab the meter is running, in pursuit of the agenda deliverable for all the members of congress who flew home to districts and states to bring all the folks back home. >> you're absolutery right brine. the focus is supposed to be on health care. mitch mcconnell is out there trying to sell his health care bill. donald trump is not helping him when he is tweeting about mika brzezinski and keeping the attention on fights with the media and other things that distract from what is supposed to be the republican agenda. you know there was this nprpbs
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marris pole that came out showing the majorities of americans think the twitter habit of the president is distracting and detracts from the agenda. but if there is one thing we learned in the few months donald trump has been president is that he is not actually trying to unite the country. we're used to the normal. the normal is this country is that when someone wins the the presidency he tries to unite and bring together the people who lost and sort of bring everyone into a big tent. that's not what this president is about. this president is about playing to the base and not even bothering to try to use the media as the intermediary that we have always been, trying to use auss a the first audience to sell ideas. i think that's part of what's gone wrong with the white house press briefings why they're not bothering to do them on camera unless they want to go on camera to attack cnn story or go on camera to defend donald trump for his tweet about mika brzezinski. you know they're playing to one particular base and not actually trying to win everyone else
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over. and that is of course getting into the way a agenda that is supposed to include jobs, health care and other things that donald trump promised. >> james i'm going to play a clip for you. we'll discuss it on the other side. but sometimes in life it helps to have reverend al sharpten come along and look at an issue differently and describe it in his own unique way as he did this afternoon on nicole wallace's show on this network. >> the frightening thing is he is sitting there with the president of south korea there. we're under a real questionable threat with north korea. and he is tweeting lies about mika. we're dealing with a health care bill where we are told which the cbo 22 million people can lose their health care. and he is fighting with mika and joe. that's what's frightening. >> james, the man makes a lot of sense right there. and how long until what reverend al expressed becomes kind of a main stream belief or criticism?
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or does it. >> look we have a lot of people trying to interpret what is the true mental state of donald trump or what game is he playing? look, i don't know what's going on in his head. what i do know is what the actions that are happening and what he is tweeting about. and what he seems focused more about is this feud with these "morning joe" hosts more than he is on the situation in north korea. to make al sharpten's point or more than he is on the health care bill or more than he is on infrastructure, or tax reform. you pick the particular issues. kellyanne conway in the earlier clip talked about how the media is not discussing the issues nonetheless. more is the president. i think it's also struck as we are what two weeks ago with the shooting of the member of congress of steve scalise and we had the president giving a good statement talking about how every member -- knows who are in washington come together to have the good intentions and we need to to elevate the public
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discourse he just lowered it. >> ashley, two-part question ou for you. i know you can't with him more would you want to all the time process many but what is your sense of the truth to power ratio in the circle around in president, depending on how big or small that circle. and take on the added aspect of the "national enquirer"" which changed the conversation a little bit. >> sure. well i -- it's sort of depends for the truth to power ratio pch but i do think there is a myth around the white house that there is no one who will stand up to the president and say no. and that i can tell you is not true. there are people who will tell him i don't thinks in a good idea, just to take an example his tweets. his lawyers have told him not to tweet. reince priebus has told him not it to tweet. any number of aides, any number of friends, confidantes. have given him stark advice. the issue is less that there is no one to stand up to him although there isn't a befy of
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people but the issue is he doesn't take the advice, the truth to power in any actionable way if he disagree was it. as for the "national enquirer" that is sort of another interesting wrinkle. you know when you're having the fight over the president attacking women, based on their physical appearance -- which is something he did all throughout the campaign and it was a problem for him -- then to just add a tabloid and b, something that seems like not to be too extreme but potentially blackmail or trying to extort going sfr the hosting but it's a he said she said but it drpting the is your realness of the day. it should have been focused on health care energy, jobs. >> indira help square this for me. this is the guy who told us he was going to be so presidential. >> well he certainly did promise that. this is not what most people expected presidential -- or
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experienced presidential as in the past. joe scarborough and mika brzezinski in the column in the "washington post" in morning basically used the term they said -- he has an unhealthy obsession with our show. i think you can extend that to say he has an unhealthy obsession with the media. as much as donald trump says fake media, fake news, i hate the main stream press. they're telling a pack of lies there is no president in history who has paid more attention to the media who is l who has read more closely and watched cable news more obsessively than this president. i think we can pretty much say that's a fact. it's almost like kellyanne conway says we shouldn't do arm share psychology had analysis. but it is strange the objection session he has with the media. it's like wanting the constant add ewe las vegas. you want the your exto really like you and you're constantly saying come on come on and therefore you have to insult them because they're not always heaping praise you. and i i mean this is how it
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comes across that's not the job of the media. the job of the media is to hold up, you know -- you know tell truth to power. and tell the facts and it's not our job to stroke some president's ego no matter what party they come from. >> james i just did quick math, 241 birthday of the united states and an odd feeling this summer of all the summers you and i have lived. and that is a kind of anxiety in the air, a state of not being sure of what's to come and what just happened. >> that's right. i think one thing that is definitely defined this age of trump if you include the campaign or make it the presidency is that everything appears to be up for grabs. american democracy appears to be up for grabs. the tenants of the american democracy the institution that is make it up whether the be the branchs of government, whether it be the way we talk to each other obviously including the media into that. everything seems to be up for
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grabs. and that contributes to this moment of anxiety this country has had and for before this president we obviously saw a moment of -- a lot of economic anxiety that were rooted in very real things. but now we're discussing things that we assumed that you couldn't cross that line. and we're crossing lines every day. >> panel is going to stay with us. we're going to fit in the first break here. we come back speaking of real things, something so very real to many millions of americans and that's health care. the president's latest take on health care, repeal it now. worry about that replace part perhaps later. we'll talk about all of it when we come back on "the 11th hour" hey you've gotta see this. c'mon.
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if we don't get this resolved by the monday of the next week, july 10th, if there isn't a combined repeal and replace plan i'm writing a letter to the president this morning urging us to sfrat enemy every republican in the u.s. senate except for one has voted for repeal in the past let's do that first if we can't do it first let's do as much repeal as we go. >> more about that in a moment nafs nebraska republican ben sass calling for a special summer working session in the senate more on that in a moment as well. and furthering this notion that obamacare can be repealed first and then they can worry about replacement. you'll recall the president upon taking office said, quote, nobody knew health care could be so complicated. and seemed genuinely surprised. perhaps because starting as a
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candidate he assured us in process would be fast and easy. >> and interests going to be a period if you repeal it and before you replace it where millions of people. >> we're going to do it simultaneously it will be just fine that's what i do i do a good job. i know how to do this stuff. >> it will be repeal and replace. it will be essentially simultaneously. it will be various segments. you understand but we'll most likely be on the same day or the same week but probably the same day could be the same hour. >> all righty then back with us ashley parker of the firm rucker and parker. indira and james pendle. so ashley take on this idea. how did we come back to this repeal first, replace later? there is a lot of folks that say parliamentary rules in the senate would never allow a vote like that. say nothing of trying to explain
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in the american -- to the american people what you're doing. >> well, the irony is this was an idea after the repeal first and replace. it was the president who said the clip you just splayed played we're do going simultaneously americans will never be without health coverage. for him to turn around and sort of go back on that it gets this underlying truth which is that it is very hard as many complaints as there are about obamacare it is hard to take something away from people that they already have. and many of them when push comes to shove already like even if they don't like the president who gave it to them. you know part of what trump is doing it seems -- two things. first of all this comes down to what he always wants at the end of the day, is a deal. he held a rose garden signing ceremony for the which will that passed the house. as we found out later he didn't think it was great. he thought it was a little bit mean. and again, he wanted in teal. he wanted a deal last week.
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they had to pull the vote. and this is another way he is looking for sort of a win and getting something done even if it's not what he promised on the campaign and even if it's not what he actually wants. >> indira, our next audio and video daily double comes from the 4:00 p.m. show of nicole wallace. she had mitch mcconnell's former chief of staff on today, asked about the possibility of passage of something in the senate here is that exchange. >> i think ultimately he'll sign what the republicans in the senate are able to get 50 votes for. >> you don't think he cares what he is. what whatever he get the 50 votes for. >> whatever is they can get 50 votes is repeal and replace of obamacare. >> imagine, indir err 220 million now have the fear of god in them that coverage will be yanged out. we call them entitle mts because people are entitled to these
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benefits after they've been greatered in. nothing this large has been taken away from the american people before. and imagine the standard being whatever mcconnell can get 50 plus one for. >> well i have a couple of thoughts on that process. one is it's not going to be easy. it's a 52 to 48 republican to exacts in the senate and he has five senators on the republican side who have already said they are not going to sign on to the current republican health care bill as it is. that's why he had to postpone the vote on it. and had to postpone it until after the july 4th recess. so i don't think it's going to be easy fore him to get the 50 votes. a second thought is kentucky his home state and the home state of rand paul who thinks this bill needs to go farther in stripping coverage it's an interesting case because that's a state that a lot of people have benefitted from obamacare. as ashley said even if they don't like the president who gave them that care they have greatly increased their health
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care and this is true across appalachia. so you have a lot of republicans in states like west virginia, ohio, who are going home to the home districts who recognize that they're constituents do not want to have that health care taken away from them. and we all know the story about the guy who was complaining on social media saying i hate obamacare it's terrible. it's terrible. and his friends spoke up wait a second you have obamacare he said no i don't i have the a.c.a. i have the affordable care act. some people don't realize what thefr. they don't understand what they have is obamacare that they like and they don't want to get rid of it. i think that senators and congressman are going to be going home to home district and hearing some hard realities particularly also from people who don't want to lose medicaid coverage which is something we haven't discussed but greatly stripped out under the which will that is currently under discussion. >> say nothing of what can happen to rural hospitals but that's going to have to be a subject for forenight. james i have something for you to react to. ten senators sent a letter to the mcconnell advocating changing the recess.
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our current senate calendar shows are you ready for that only 33 potential working days remaining before the end of the fiscal year. in does not appear to give us enough time to adequately address the issues that demand immediate attention. >> go find a guy working on ball joints all day in a auto shop in framing ham ask him what he thinks of the working calendar and what they should make maybe do to make sure he still has health care for him and his family. >> boy, it reminds you -- they know what is going to happen when they go home in the august recess. it's 2009 all over again except when the democrats went home back for their townhall meetings to talk about the affordable care act they got slammed. so it's not a surprise that number of these senators do not want to go home and they won't they want the appearance they're trying to fix something. >> our thanks to the panel.
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ashley you particular will had a great week journalismwise. we can't thank you enough for being on late on a friday after another one of the weeks heading into what is for many people a holiday weekend. ashley, indira, james thanks to all three of you. coming up after a break, the president prepping for first onto one-on-one with putin of russia and the questions about whether putin's role in our presidential election just might come nup that discussion. that's when "the 11th hour" continues under lincoln's gaze.
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welcome back to the 11th hour." ahead of president trump's meeting with vladimir putin next week at the g 20 summit in germany. european officials reportedly have major concerns. this according to a piece of writing in the daily beast. ufrpen officials say they have intelligence showing russian thinks vladimir putin can extract major concessions pr president trump when the two meet for the first time. with us tonight to talk about it one we often turn to veteran foreign affairs journalist and editor at large for the atlantic steve clemetson. thanks for coming on the friday night before the holiday weekend. >> good to be with you brian. >> normal it up for us to start with. by that i mean, normal times, the normal kind of circle of behavior around a president. when would the briefing begin going into a meeting like this? these are called bi lats would a bi lateral like this be
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happening this early at the g 20? would it have happened earlier? what kind of prep would a president get. >> there is no reason why a bilateral meeting couldn't be taking place at the g 20 session. but it would be taking place with all sorts of calf yats. remember the g 8 is no longer the g because russia was kicked out the it's part of the g 7. it's part of the g 20. there are concerns about russia what they're trying to get from the united states and what are the strategic object he was the united states might have. an extraordinary number of deputies meeting principal meetings interagency process working through the decision making through the agency that is surround the president to help fwied him and give him options on what to do. none of that to my knowledge has really happened in-depth. to the point where h.r. mcmaster has admitted publicly that the president is pretty much going to call his own shots in this. he is winging it in this situation.
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and they have all but admitted that. we go back in history to a long -- it was the soviet union then not russia but in the very famous first meeting between j.f.k. and crust chev and he took the measure of our president then and saw someone inexperienced, uncertain of himself that had a lot to do to become track. it became complicated for the soviet union and united states. many people worry that donald trump is going to repeat that history and send a message of weakness and an incoeightness about what the administration wants. i'll tell you one thing the big worry the europeans have the biggest strategic objective russia has it to split the western alliance to put divides in and demonstrate while donald trump wants to achieve something with them at the same time he is saying to europe, no climate deal, no trade deals, and he is being very rough on allies at the same moment he is trying to achieve object he was with russia.
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>> it feels weird to say but part of the presumed psychological profile of our president that's been written publicly and talked about in the public sphere is susceptible to flattery, susceptible to attention. and perhaps for our viewers underscore just how cagey a guy vladimir putin is. >> well, there is a wonderful book about vladimir putin written by feena hill is that describes the many putins putin is the case officer. he is the guy running the country. putin has never really left the role accord to fiona hill who works the donald trump in the national security offers. hopefully he spent time with her that would be the best thing he could do to understand that putin will do anything he can to flatter donald trump and to you know lay railroad track for donald trump's vanity and to try to seduce him in that way. i think naes a real big problem.
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john kerry used to get criticized in the iran negotiations by europeans for appearing to eager for wanting a deal too much. and that the fear many people watching donald trump in this first big meeting with vladimir putin have. he looks too egg eager that's playing in the hands at least per septemberually right now. we could be wrong he could walk out and sucker punch vladimir putin, really give him a tough time what's been evolving in syria particularly the chemical weapons front. right now all indicators that probably won't happen. that has a lot of people concerned. this is not a mirn relationship. it's a hugely significant strategic relationship that's complicatesed and russia has been harassing the heck out of u.s. diplomats, u.s. planes, u.s. allies, trying to split the western alliance and donald trump doesn't seem to care much about that. >> superbly put. this is why we keep inviting you
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on steve thank you so much on this friday night. >> thanks brey zbloon for this preview what we're going to be witnessing next we can. coming up after our next break george will tries to make sense of another week that was when "the 11th hour" continues. ♪ work up a sweat during the day, not at night. tempur-pedic breeze is now cooler than ever. right now, save up to $500 on select tempur-breeze® mattress sets. find your exclusive breeze retailer at
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twitter fight. george i'd like to begin with this week's twitter dust-up as hasteful be and ugly as it was. of course it involved a member of our family and friend to many of us. was it a distraction in the end or is it germane because of what it says about character. >> it's both. the president likes to change the subject. and he uses twitter to do that. now i think that's preferable to him using, say, cruise missile attacks on a country or a nays little war on the korean peninsula. but it seems to be tactical. in that sense it seems to be not just a failure of impulse control but an impulse with a purpose. >> you mentioned the korean peninsula. that's one of two other subjects among many looming. the president's house guest, the leader of south korea and health care with all of washington moving out to their home states and districts, all the elected representatives, these two
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subjects loom large but again there is a laundry list of things behind them. >> there is. it's hard to know what the -- the members going home are going to hear from constituents. because the constituents are in the process of changing their minds process. you first of all the republicans seem to have done something that barack obama for all his trying and all his vaunted retiric alpowers unable to do. they seem to have made obamacare kind of popular at least more popular than the alternative at this point seems to be. i'm not convinced that the republican bill is dead. mr. mcconnell is a magician at getting votes together. we're largely in the realm of splittable differences. the one thing to watch i think is a measure puts in that bill by senator toomey of pennsylvania. it's the first real serious attempt to reform an out of control entitlement in that it would over an eight-year period begin to restrain the growth of
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the medicaid program. that will cause difficulties within the republican caucus. but it is of such importance. and by the way its importance is not that it's part of repealing obamacare. its importance that it's the first time republicans have really begun to make good on attempt to rein in entitle mts which if not reined in are going to swallow the budget. >> this has the attention of a good many american people for good reason. are you concerned about the president's lack of ideology or granularity or some would say involvement on this issue? or do you think that can be made up for. >> you're being polite. the problem is the president doesn't know what he is talking about. this is the man who said no one knew health care was so dplikted. everyone who spent ten minutes thinking about it knew it was so complicated. i think. it may be that the president's
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pristine absence of knowledge about health care may help at this point. because he doesn't have strong feelings. and he can't really get in the way of those, mr. portman say on one side on mr. toomey on another who have strong convictions bolstered by lots of information. in this sense the president being out of it is probably a good thing. >> how do you think health care turns out, and when do you think pen goes to paper at the white house? >> well, remember, let's just assume that mr. mcconnell can get 50 votes with pence breaking the tie. it goes back to the house. the house had a difficult time putting together a small and fragile coalition to get -- to send their bell to the senate which the senate rejected. that means we go to conference. and it's not at all clear to me that anything that can say the senators in the conference can hold together the coalition- dsh the fragile coalition in the
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house, particularly the men of mark meadows freedom caucus. this is a very long way from reaching the president's desk. by the way, the president has said in the past that ha single payer system works well in other countries. in the unlikely event this happened, if democrats and others got together and sent the president a single payer system he would sign it in at heart beat. >> we can hear the applause from aufrmts to washington. you can remember the day when mini scanned had to do with the the bombing begins in five minutes. george bush 41 was picked up us eyeing the word a double s and open mic. has twitter become the open mic except maybe for issues of intent. >> yes, except that as you say people caught on the open mic were saying things they didn't want people to hear. twitter is for people who want to be heard, say look at me look at me.
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there is one other open mic thing you should rather it's germane to the come meeting with mr. putin. mr. obama said to med invested. tell vladimir when i'm re-elected ill be more flexible. the question remains what are we're making of mr. trump going into a meeting with mr. putin. mr. putin is known to come prepared. general mckmafrt fortunate l master, the national security adviser abserious man serving mr. trump says mr. trump intends to go into the meeting with no agenda. putin certainly will have an agenda. if george kenan or dean appalachian isn't or henry kissinger were going in with that agenda it would be one thing to have for mr. trump to do that sounds exciting in the worst sense of the word. >> wishing you a good weekend and even better independence day george will thank you so much. >> add glad to be with you. >> why one republican official
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told some trump officials to go jump in the gulf of mexico. that when the 11th hour continues.
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including botulinum toxins, as these may increase the risk of serious side effects. for a limited time, you can qualify for two treatments at no cost. stand up to chronic migraine. talk to a headache specialist today. welcome back to the 11th hour rgs. we wanted to take a moment tonight to focus on some of the other stories in the news competing for our attention in week. and we could and try to do this every week. president trump's commission on voter fraud is getting pushback from about half the states in this country. who say that voter info like social security numbers is confidential. of course, some object to the formation of this commission in the first place. the whole idea for it came about after false claims that millions of illegal votes had cost donald trump the popular vote. mississippi's republican secretary of state said of the commission, quote, they can go jump in the gulf of mexico.
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we'll take that as a no. there was also a report this weak on the fwreing frustration being felt by the secretary of state who presides over a state department with a slough of vatcies both department heads ambassador post attentions then some. politico reports it came to a head at the white house reporting under the headline tillerson belows up at top white house aide. it goes on to say it was over quote white house attempts to push personal on him. and about that border wall, "the new york times" reports the department of homeland security will be begin building protest o types in the san diego area this summer. for all of this it we are joined tonight by a journalist tracking these stories and more niles stand itch from the capital. he is white house columnist at the the hill." first things first, nile, the voter fraud commission the issue here is not only its lineage, invention and purpose for being but how much they now want from
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all of these states, one of which now famously told them where to jump. >> that's exactly right, brian. and i think it's that point, the point about private information that has caused even republican secretaries of state to object to this. once you have lost the republican secretary of state in mississippi if you're a republican president or republican presidential panel, that's probably a bad sign. and i think it does go in fairness to the tradition on conservative -- traditional conservativism where there has been skepticism about government infringement on personal privacy. and that's really why there is bipartisan pushback on this proposal at the moment. >> on to the subject of tillerson, and all things foreign policy, a busier than average time is coming up for him with the g 20. but on the tillerson coverage you can pick your sides.
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be funded and built, what then is this prototype operation we're reading about? the prototype operation is something which the administration has gotten over $20 million to build these
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that's nowhere near the sum of money that's needed to build the actual wall. that could be anywhere from $15 billion to $17 billion. even republicans in congress are balking at that kind of expenditure. >> nile, we're going to try to stay with this at you and other journalists. there's so much to record keep on from the epa to the department of education, from the pentagon to aircraft and aircraft carriers and all of it. but thank you so much for joining us from capitol hill on a friday night. our favorite export from bellfast. appreciate it very much. as summer begins we turn our eyes skyward when "the 11th hour" continues.
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finally tonight as we mentioned with summer upon us, a preview of the summer sky. and as seems to be the case with a lot of our news of late, the russians are going to play a role. there are reports a russian satellite will be launched in a few weeks to become the fourth brightest object in the sky, ranking only behind the sun, the moon, and venous.
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it will do this by unfurling a huge mylar film designed to catch the sunlight, and thus will stand out in the night sky as it orbits 370 miles above us. watch this space for updates, which somehow brings us down-to-earth to carbon dale, illinois. during the eclipse in august which there are building the great american eclipse, the moon will block out the sun and day will briefly turn tonight. as "the new york times" put it, the temperatures will dip, birds will go quiet, and all the while a halo will emerge in the sky. the place with the longest predicted duration of darkness you see there is going to be carbon dale, illinois, where they're going to be plunged into the darkness for 2 minutes, 38 seconds. carbon dale is apparently reported to be overwhelmed by
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members of the eclipse community. they and we have time to prepare for this. the eclipse is august 21st. the next one is in 2024. and a star is going dark over canada. peter mansbridge has signed off for the nightly newscast the national. after 20 years behind the desk, 50 years in the business, he leaves as the longest serving current network these anchor in north america. he's also a wonderful man to boot. peter, happy trails. congratulations. you leave with the affection and respect of all of your colleagues. so many of us down here at your neighbor to the south. wherever you plan to spend the weekend and the nps holiday, travel safely. that is our broadcast for tonight and for this week. thank you for being with us.
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good night from nbc headquarters in new york. . trump's back for round two. let's play "hardball." ♪ >> good evening, i'm steve kornacki in for chris matthews. well, donald trump is not done. yesterday, he derailed washington's focus on health care by firing off crude tweets about the iq and looks of "morning joe" host mik mika bryzinski. trump also signaled a new direction on the


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