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in the piece took place in these locations. the idea is do you take this invitation because this guy has the key to your career. if you don't go, you're not going to build a relationship with him when he interviews assad. it's a catch 22. >> amazing piece of reporting. thanks for being with me tonight. >> thank you. >> that is "all in" for this evening. the 11th hour with brian williams starts now. tonight president trump takes a stand on roy moore by defending him. the president says he doesn't need a democrat in the u.s. senate. also democratic congressman john conyers admits he filed a wrongful termination suit against unwanted sexual advances. charlie rose out of work tonight after last night's "washington post" bombshell. breaking on the russia front, a new report reveals what mueller is hoping to learn about kushner. what did trump and putin talk about for over an hour today? "the 11th hour" begins now.
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good evening once again from our nbc news headquarters here in new york, day 306 of the trump administration puts the president at odds with the majority in his own party again. this time the wedge between them is republican alabama senate candidate roy moore. nine women have stepped forward to share their stores about moore's alleged conduct. including a woman who says moore sexually abused her when she was 14 years old when he was over 30 years of age. moore has repeatedly denied any sexual misconduct. republicans have called for moore to get out of the race. they've cut off his funding, they've threatened to vote to expel him from the senate if he wins, a move so rare we've not seen it pulled off successfully since the era of the civil war. the president was mostly silent about roy moore until, that is, today with a helicopter waiting on the south lawn the president broke his silence. >> mr. president is an accused child molester better than a democrat? >> he denies it.
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if you look at what is really going on, and you look at all the things that have happened over the last 48 hours, he totally denies it. he says it didn't happen. and, you know, you have to listen to him also. you're talking about -- he said 40 years ago this did not happen. so, you know, let me just tell you, roy moore denies it. that's all i can say. he denies it. and by the way, he totally denies -- well, he denies. i mean, roy moore denies it. and by the way, he gives a total denial. and i do have to say 40 years is a long time. he's run eight races, and this has never come up. so 40 years is a long time. the women are trump voters, most of them are trump voters. all you can do is you have to do what you have to do. he totally denies it. >> politico reports it this way tonight. president trump's near endorsement of roy moore followed days of behind the scenes talks in which he vented
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about moore's accusers and expressed skepticism about their accounts. today the president was also asked about two elected officials facing different accusation by women, democratic al franken and john conyers of michigan. franken apologized. called for his own ethics investigation. said he feels badly. the second woman felt disrespected. conyers acknowledged today he has reach a financial settlement with a former staffer who accused him of sexual misconduct. but he vehemently denies allegations. here's how trump answers questions about both of them today. >> i don't want to speak on the al franken. i just heard about conyers two minutes ago. as far as franken's concerned, he's going to have to speak for himself. i'd rather have him speak for himself. >> that's a different tone, the al frankenstein picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words.
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where do his hands go in pictures two, three, four, five and six while she sleeps. today the president was also asked to reflect on the moment we find ourselves in right now and what is message to women is. >> women are very special. i think it's a very special time because a lot of things are coming out and i think that's good for our society. and i think it's very, very good for women. and i'm very happy a lot of these things are coming out. and i'm very happy -- i'm very happy it's being exposed. >> the president there saying he's happy it's coming out, he's happy it's being exposed. we add the following caveat. he's chosen not to believe roy moore's accusers or his own accusers who surfaced during the presidential campaign. there are new poll numbers out on this front from quinpic university, whether the
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president respects women as much as he does money, 34% say he does. 59% say he does not. brings us to leadoff panel tonight. andrea mitchell, our chief foreign affairs correspondent, and jonathan swan, national political reporter for axios, and ashley parker, white house reporter for the "washington post" and msnbc political analyst. welcome to you all. andrea, during our opening segment at this very hour last night, the question we posed to our guests was how long can donald trump hold his silence on roy moore?
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we got an answer today. were you surprised he took the stand? >> i was surprised he took the stand he took. when christian willker asked him is it better to support a child molester than a democrat, that is the kind of question that no president should answer in the affirmative. and it just seems as if he's torn. he thinks this is a good moment for women. he thinks that women should be pleased, that women are special, that this is a very important moment, as he suggested. but he does not, as you point out, believe these accusers. he -- i can't imagine whether he watched ms. corfman and the interview with savannah guthrie. and he does not believe that woman? he doesn't believe any of these accusers? as he doesn't believe his only accusers. what politico is reporting is that he is identifying very much, apparently, with roy moore. because he's identified with the situation he faced after the "access hollywood" release in 2016. that is a very strange position. he's also, of course, taking a position against his own leaders in the senate. that would not be the first time, and siding with steve bannon. >> jonathan, this brings us back
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to trump compartmentalization, special time for women, some but not all. you're among those who have been hearing internally he's been casting doubt on the roy moore accusers specifically. >> he's been -- firstly, when this all broke with roy moore, he was -- trump was in asia. and staff who were back in d.c. were anxious because he was actually asleep when the story went down. they didn't know how he would react. they were gaming out different scenarios. he started being fairly circumspect, but this week he's been more open internally. he thinks this is political, the fact that gloria allred's involved means we shouldn't necessarily believe these stories. and he's just been casting more and more doubt over this and really identifying with roy moore as the politico story suggested. it's no surprise to anyone internally he said what he said today publicly. >> ashley, as i've always said
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he says very little by accident. i want to show you what he said about the challenger in alabama. we'll talk about it on the other side. >> i can tell you one thing for sure. we don't need a liberal person in there, a democrat, jones, i've looked at his record. it's terrible on crime, it's terrible on the border, it's terrible in the military. >> ashley, where do you think that came from, where was that road tested? >> i can tell you exactly where that came from. it was road tested first as we all say by kellyanne conway, did an interview on "fox & friends" yesterday morning where she basically said as much. she made less the case affirmatively for moore against doug jones calling him a liberal. saying we can't give this senate seat up. some people thought she stumbled into that interview. she's very savvy, especially on tv. before she did that she went to the president and said this is the most effective way to talk
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about this and message this. what do you think? he said i think that's a good idea. go out there and try it and see what the reaction is. from what i've heard he liked the reaction, thought it was positive. he echoed that privately to aides. while he wasn't necessarily expected to stop and talk to reporters on marine one, they never know what he's going to do on his way to marine one, they weren't surprised when he said what he said, kelly ann road tested it. he appreciated that strategy and had been talking about behind closed doors. >> backing moore in this race, let's talk about the timing this week. as of today less than 24 hours after the bombshell in ashley's paper, charlie rose is out of work. you've got conyers, thrush and franken all in trouble and the timing of the president's remarks today against that backdrop. >> and the fact that this national conversation has reached such a fever pitch, critical mass, if you will,
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charlie rose, a shock to many of us, to a lot of those of us who have been guests on his show, known him for years, to his colleagues. you saw the expressions on gayle king and norah o'donnell's face today as they eloquently reacted with such anger and sorrow at the same time and pain because of their relationship. their close relationship with him. we are at really important turning point. i thought so before. i thought so back with clarence thomas. i was wrong. i thought so after bob hackwood. it has reached this point.
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more women in the senate, more women in congress, more positions of leadership. women are feeling empowered. interestingly when they're in groups, single women, individual women, rather, do not feel as empowered as hopefully "the post" and "the times" in their reporting have gathered enough stories so that people feel, i think, the solidarity of being in a group. and i think that perhaps not in this election, i still don't think that roy moore is going to be rejected by the voters. that's my own sense just from the reporting we've done down there, but i think that something is happening that is real, that is viable and cannot be changed in the industries across america. >> jonathan, i'm going to agree with my colleague that i don't think there's any doubt that we're having a national moment to use norah o'donnell's word, a reckoning. was the president saying women are special, this is a special time for women, his version of
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saying i acknowledge we're having a moment? >> it was his way of getting through that moment. >> that's all you're going to give me. >> honestly, like, i don't think he's thought deeply about this as a cultural moment or a time for, you know, self-reflection or anything like that. he's -- from what i can tell from talking to people, sees this in very political terms and through the lens of his own experience last year. so i don't think that this was some sort of thoughtful moment for donald trump. but what i would say is, you know, we've been talking -- you
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know, we had this whole thing about, you know, december was going to be tax reform and the spending will. i think december's going to be dominated by a number of people losing or ending their careers. i think some of them will be on capitol hill. this is not ending. this wave is just gathering force. >> ashley parker, our viewers last saw you on a military helicopter on the president's asia trip with our friend jonathan lemere from the "associated press." i'm sure that brings back nothing but fond memories in a black hawk for you. but that is a long way of saying you were present when the president spoke on air force one about believing putin. well, today he spoke on the south lawn about believing roy moore. is there a through line here? >> yeah. i was struck by both of those and that the president seems incredibly willing to believe what he wants to hear. so he doesn't necessarily believe everything he hears. but when he wants to hear it,
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you hear him sort of argue very forcefully for, well, so and so said it, he doesn't say so it must be true. he just says look, they said this and they believe this and they really mean it. that can't be discounted. i think in certain ways the president is reflecting himself there. oftentimes when the president speaks he deeply means what he says in that moment, even if he said things to the contrary in the past and plans to say things to the contrary in the future. so i think in a way he sort of intuitively understand vigorous denials and is kind of compelled by them when he sees them in other people. may not vote for me but i will protect you. i will take care of you. and now he's basically changing the rules of the road and saying that the people who came here after that horrendous earthquake in 2010 will be returned, will be deported even though they had been given special temporary protection. there are some 59,000 to 60,000 people involved here. and they have no place to return to. haiti has since had the hurricane. haiti is the poorest nation in the hemisphere. you've spent time there, i spent a lot of time there in the '90s during the wars, the first u.n.
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occupation as well, the special forces, and now the u.n. bringing cholera to haiti. they haven't recovered from that. so it is extraordinary. they've already done this as well to people from nicaragua, and we expect this is just the beginning of what homeland security is going to do in removing these special protections for very endangered communities. >> these are also folks who are working hard every day and have forged lives as americans. >> absolutely. >> in this country. andrea mitchell, jonathan swan, ashley parker, thank you all for a terrific leadoff conversation on a tuesday night. coming up as we go toward our first break, does the president's lawyer really think the mueller investigation could be over in days? he responded today exclusively to this network. plus, what did the president and putin talk about for over an hour today? that and more when we continue on a tuesday night. ah, dinner.
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we had a great call with president putin. we're talking about peace in syria, very important. we're talking about north korea. we had a call that lasted almost an hour and a half. >> that nearly 90-minute telephone call today the longest conversation between donald trump and vladimir putin, the two presidents spoke informally during the president's asia trip. as we mentioned, the president
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told the reporters on-air force one putin seemed insulted by meddling in our alection. every time he sees me he says i didn't do that and i really believe when he tells me that he means it. he says i didn't do that. i think he's very insulted by it if you want to know the truth. he's very insulted by it, which is not a good thing for our country. the president's ongoing desire to give vladimir putin the benefit of the doubt in most things has heightened the tension on him in light of the investigation. for more, bring in our guests, joined by mike mcfall, u.s. ambassador during the obama administration and peter baker, former bureau chief for the "washington post." both gentlemen, we're happy to say, are nbc analysts. ambassador, you first, people want to know how a phone call
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could last 60 to 90 minutes. talk about the mechanics of this. you've been there for these. set the scene. i assume you have the principles, you have the president, probably a navy comms person, note taker, probably state department or nsc types in a perfect world and you've got simultaneous translation, which is time consuming in and of itself. do you also have people holding up realtime notes to prompt the president what to say next? >> well, brian, i've got to confess, i don't know how this president does these phone calls. i did work at the white house for three years with president obama. i did many of these phone calls with russian leaders when obama was president. the way it worked then was you did a package, you did a long series of talking points where you were trying to advance your foreign policy objectives. that was all spelled out. and then in the room usually it's just two or three people, no state department people, only white house people. i was always there, and i listened to both the russian and english because i spoke both languages. and sometimes as you go through with the simultaneous translations you pivot one way or the other to try to advance what we're trying to achieve.
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what i don't understand from the readout tonight is what we were trying to achieve in this call. we discussed these hard issues, i'm not sure exactly what american foreign policy interests were advanced. >> do you think it was just putin saying, look, i had a great day with assad, i wanted to let you know? >> without question, president putin wanted to talk to trump after he had just met with president assad, something that hasn't happened for years, by the way. right before he sat down with the leaders of turkey and iran tomorrow in sochi to try to negotiate. some settlement in syria. he reached out to other leaders, saudi arabia, turkey, to prep them from what he's going to do to do tomorrow. what president trump was getting out of it, i don't know. and i'll just note it's very striking to me, we're not at that table. we don't have a representative in sochi today with respect to the transition plan for syria. >> peter baker how does putin
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hear trump and how do other governments hear trump when he advanced that readout of his conversation about insulting putin over these repeated denials that he meddled in our election? >> well, certainly encourages president putin to continue them. he sees an interlockter, a partner, who's buying his story. therefore he's encouraged to keep it up. it was striking, and ambassador mcfall was getting at this, how much president putin is the driving force in what's going on today in the middle east. america has, to some extent, pulled back. that's not entirely just president trump. there was some of that arguably under president obama in the
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last part of his administration. president putin sent in russian forces in 2014 and using the military force and using the political change, especially in the last year under president trump he's filled the vacuum. he's filling that void. the idea of an iranian turkish russian kind of axis here, a alliance of sorts of convenience anyway to reshape syria without america at the table is a really big change, a really big shift in politics in the middle east. >> yeah, as they say, what could go wrong? mr. ambassador, this balance of power with putin in the lead, it's obviously putin's opinion, if you ask him to sum up the relationship with the american president. but do you think it's patently obvious to other nations? >> yes. i think that withdrawal of american leadership around the world is palpable everywhere. i was just in beijing a few days ago. we're pulling back and others are filling the void, president xi in asia, putin in the middle
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east. that's for sure. there's some open hesitation to say whether or not trump's strategy is succeeding or not. it's very clear what his strategy is regarding great power relations. he's going to say nice things about putin, going to say nice things about president xi in hopes that will bring them along to achieve our objectives. if it works, i'll be the first to applaud him. if they get together and help us stop the nuclear weapons program in north korea, i'll be the first to applaud. so far i don't see any evidence that this is achieving american national security objectives. >> peter baker, by all evidence we are under a rolling and constant electronic attack by the russians. you wouldn't know it in our public utterings, but we are, i think, by dent of what all the experts have been saying. do you think this president thinks it's always a good thing to have a 90-minute phone call
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with putin? and do you believe the subjects listed in the readout as all it was about? >> well, obviously you don't know for sure unless you're on the call. but we're told that the president's view of this call was, in some ways, to try to put president putin on the spot, to say to him in the privacy of this phone call, i want to have better relations with you, i think you want to have better relations with us. the american people don't want to have a bad relationship with russia if they can help it. but you have to do something here to show that you want that better relationship. that's the -- at least the version we're hearing from the white house tonight. president putin, though, of course isn't really showing a lot of concession in that sense. he's not -- he's not giving any kind of indication of something that would be, you know, showing a willingness to work with the americans in any meaningful way, whether it be in syria, whether it be in ukraine where obviously there's still a huge and unresolved conflict. and, in fact, you know, what was striking is they have basically won the argument about whether president assad stays in syria. you heard president trump talk about peace in syria. not about political transition. it used to be policy in the united states that assad had to go. the white house says that policy hasn't changed. but he during a stop today.
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>> i believe the women. i believe their stories have credibility and i believe them. process, a political transition. all of that language that might signal what we want in syria was absent from the readout and absent from the readout that the president did verbally.
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tonight president trump's lawyer in the russia investigation named after the baseball great ty cob, attorney at law, spoke with our own ari melber about media reports that the investigation should be wrapped up by the end of the year. my timeline gets reported the whole thing would be over. what i have said for the last
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commander in chief honest information. also tonight "the wall street journal" is reporting this. robert mueller's investigators are asking questions about jared kushner's interactions with foreign leaders during the presidential transition according to people familiar with the matter and that, quote, the investigators have asked witnesses questions about the involvement of mr. kushner in a controversy over a u.n. resolution passed december 23 that condemned israel's construction of settlements and disputed territories. these people said, well, a lot there. joining us now a former federal prosecutor, a candidate for attorney general in illinois. and eli stokols is back with us, white house reporter for "the wall street journal" and animist
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nbc political analyst. he's on capitol hill. renaudo, first of all remind our audience the exposure jared kushner has, and what mueller has been looking for from him lately. >> sure. mr. kushner submitted a form along with his background check. you might think, okay, he just filled out a form, but if you fill out a form for a background check, you are exposing yourself if you make a false statement on purpose to five years in prison, potentially. so that's the maximum penalty he's facing there and that's something that mr. mueller is looking at, at least that's what this recent story suggests he is looking at. in addition, it looks like mr. mueller is also looking at whether or not kushner lied to congress. and lying to congress is actually a federal crime as well, making a false statement to congress is something that has been charged in the past and could be charged here. so what mr. kushner told congress about a meeting with a russian, if it's inaccurate, and
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if mueller can prove that he purposely was trying to deceive congress, then he could make that charge. >> eli, having said all that, how much worry are you picking up is there surrounding jared kushner in the west wing? it's not impossible that president can be told if they have a staff member who has become radioactive that they need to limit their exposure to him, senior adviser or not, family member or not. >> that's right. and, you know, jared kushner, from folks that i talk to, it sounds like he's around a lot when things are going well and sometimes when things are not so well. when there's a dark cloud hanging over he's not around as often. this is obviously a dicey situation as far as the staff that works for jared kushner in the white house. i don't detect a ton of nerves from them, a lot of deferring to outside counsel for a lot of these stories. and jared kushner, his demeanor
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when you see him seems unchanged. but obviously he could be facing some legal problems here. and, you know, there are just a lot of questions that the special counsel is looking at pertaining to a lot of interactions potentially that he may have had with representatives of foreign governments that at first did not appear on that white house clearance form and also another key point here, especially in the obstruction of justice aspect of this investigation, is what was his role in the firing of james comey. we know from multiple sources he was supportive of it and part of the small group of advisers with the president at bedminster the weekend before that decision was announced as they were making that decision and trying to figure out exactly how they were going to explain it publicly. >> renaudo, his portfolio is so broad. we had a former u.s. attorney on our broadcast last night, the eastern district of virginia who said don't be fooled, mueller is
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just getting started. do you concur with that? >> i do. and, you know, i was surprised to hear the comments that mr. cob told to ari melber. the only thing i agree with that he said is he has an obligation to be truthful to his client. all lawyers have that obligation. it's hard for me to believe in good faith that he thinks this investigation is just coming to a close. just recently we saw reports that the justice department had received document requests from mr. mueller. we also know that there's still interviews upcoming of white house staff. typically when a federal prosecutor interviews people or sends out document requests those usually lead to more interviews and more document requests. whenever i conduct an investigation these things tended to grow on themselves, and they usually take not just months, but years.
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i would expect a lot to come. >> renaudo, thanksgiving, any reason that's a notable date on the calendar or just a holiday? >> i think it's just going to be a holiday. and i think that there will probably be a lot of worried people this thanksgiving. >> eli, to you, ty cobb certainly has a unique and different client. that requires different care and feeding. >> i think that's right. he does have an obligation to be direct and honest with his client. but he also knows that this is a client in donald trump who is very much put at ease with good news and compliments and flattery and someone who can sort of freak out very quickly with bad news or criticism. so it would make sense that what he would emphasize to this president is the good news, the best possible scenario, the fact
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that maybe this will be open -- wrapped up by the end of the year. just relax, cooperate, because every time the president lashes out, tweets something negative about mueller, and we really haven't seen that since he started listening to cobb over the last month or two, but every time he would say something harsh about mueller, every time he would emphatically declare his innocence or try really hard to sort of win that point in the news cycle, short-term political expediency, he was opening himself up to further legal jeopardy by potentially saying something that would turn out to be untrue, that could be perceived as misleading investigators, misleading the public and that's problematic for ty cobb. you can understand why he would try very carefully to be delicate with this president and to put him in the best possible mental state about the state of the investigation. >> thank you, gentlemen, both so much for coming on with us tonight talking about this. coming up for us, with the president once again going against his party, how does his party now deal with roy moore? we'll talk about that when we continue.
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on roy moore's disturbing actions, ivanka trump says there's a special place in hell for people who prey on children.
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and i have no reason to doubt the victim's accounts. jeff sessions says i have no reason to doubt these young women. and richard shelby says he will absolutely not vote for roy moore. conservative voices, putting children and women over party. doing what's right. >> democratic alabama senate candidate doug jones using republicans own words against his opponent roy moore in that new campaign ad, notably, of course, including the president's daughter. that means that president trump's implied endorsement of moore today goes against the words of his own daughter, among others. jones is ratcheting up his campaign. but he refrained from piling on during a stop today. >> i believe the women. i believe their stories have credibility and i believe them. i believe their stories. i'm not going to call names. i'm not going to label people. i believe their stories. >> as for moore, he hasn't had a campaign event since last thursday and an interview with the alabama news site he again denied allegations of sexual misconduct and had this to say about the president's support. quote, president trump has not called me withdraw from this race. with us tonight to talk about it, ms. keith, and mike murphy. mike, we'll begin with you. could you recognize your former republican party in a police lineup right about now? and what does -- what does the
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it, ms. keith, and mike murphy. mike, we'll begin with you. could you recognize your former republican party in a police lineup right about now? and what does -- what does the president's comments today do to the gop? >> well, it's yet another massive monkey wrench into the gears. what's going on in alabama, which is classic to campaigns particularly in the last 30 days, is a struggle between each side about what the race is about. the moore campaign wants it to be tribal. you know, outside agitators, liberal "washington post" coming
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down here, stirring things up. try to make it an old send them a message campaign, it has historical relevance in alabama. the jones campaign is making it a negative referendum on moore and the horrible things he's charged with having done. what the president did is put a big thumb on the scale to move it in moore's directions which is outside, i believe him, it's not about his character, it's about falling in line with the conservative movement. alabama is such a republican state. even though moore has been behind, if the president continues to engage he can probably close the race, which creates another huge problem, at least from the republican point of view, of roy moore showing up in the u.s. senate and winning the race and chaining himself to a podium somewhere. then you've got trump versus mcconnell. there's a lot of interest in the republican party about maybe excelling moore.
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but if the president has a reason has a come back for moore to win, that sets up quite a division. so this thing is the problem that keeps on compounding. >> tamera, on that very scenario. >> i don't think that is the scenario. there's at least a small amount of precedent for excelling a senator, though, it is fairly ancient and goes back to the civil war. the most recent precedent was the senate ethics committee did vote to excel senator bob packwood in 1995 after nearly three years of investigating sexual harassment claims and other claims against him. and then packwood ultimately resigned right before the senate would have taken a full vote. >> mike, is this all a bannon proxy war? you and i talked about this last time you were on.
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what happens with bannon's power real or perceived if he wins or if he loses? >> they have to see him, but they can excel him, and it'll be sure be a hell of a case to do it. in the bannon unit there is a bit of a proxy war going on. it's not typical, so i think the normal conservative republican establishment is not that worried about bannon's phantom aurally in other places. but here in an alabama primary with a guy like moore, it's kind of perfect storm for bannon, and they have power. >> tamara, were you surprised at the campaign ad? i heard it said de facto campaign ads come out every day in the form of campaign race ads
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for jones. >> that ad was a validator ad where he's looking for these votes from republicans to validate him as a candidate, to make it okay for republican suburban women to go to the polls and actually vote for a democrat. it's a way of sort of indirectly arguing against what kellyanne and president trump are saying, which is we can't possibly have a democrat win this seat. interestingly, and everything goes back to 2016, i guess, but
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this is something that hillary clinton did. she had sort of validator ads in the lead up to election day. obviously ultimately that didn't work. she ultimately didn't win many of those sort of republican suburban women she was hoping to win over with those ads. >> i was going to say i heard something about her losing that race. coming up on two weeks to election day, this is really going to start to get real here shortly. thank you so much for coming on with us tonight. coming up for us, another change planned by this administration to obama era policy. "the 11th hour" back after this. are you getting all the benefits available to you? new plans are now available that could increase your benefits and lower how much you pay out of pocket. to update your coverage- or enroll for the first time -- call healthmarkets. we'll help you make sure you have the right medicare plan. hi, i'm doctor martin gizzi. it's a new medicare year. that means more changes... and more confusion. here's what i tell my patients... start by asking ...what kind of care is best for your current situation?
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there's been a lot of news over the last 24 hours in the world of electronic communications. answering questions before he departed for thanksgiving vacation, for starters president trump weighed in on the pending and now troubled merger of at&t and time warner. >> well, i'm not going to get involved in litigation, but personally i've always felt that was a deal that's not good for the country. i think your pricing is going to go up. i don't think it's a good deal
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for the country, but i'm not going to get involved. it's litigation. >> here's what he's talking about. the justice department as you may know announced monday it's suing to block the merger saying the combination would quote, greatly harm american consumers by increasing cable bills and slowing down innovation. the lawsuit has drawn scrutiny because of president trump's repeated attacks on cnn which she straight up calls fake news. cnn of course is part of time warner. and the justice department hasn't acted in a corporate merger like this dating back to the carter administration. so this is rare.
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later an the news broke at&t's ceo insisted the company would not give up the cable network to appease regulators. >> there's been a lot of reporting and speculation whether this is all about cnn. and frankly, i don't know. but nobody should be surprised that the question keeps coming up. because we've witnessed such an abrupt change in the application of anti-trust law here. but the bottom line is we cannot and we will not be party to any
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agreement that would even give the perception of compromising the first amendment protections of the press. >> and reverting briefly to old school print journalism the editorial board of the chicago sun times today wrote, quote, the president is looking for pay back against cnn, we fear. something he has been threatening since before he was elected. now onto another issue. the trump administration announced today a plan to roll back obama era rules that ensure equal access to the internet. something known by the clunky and cumbersome title as net neutrality. they're also banned from stopping or slowing down the speed to accessing specific websites. without these rules providers would be allowed to make what are known as fast lanes and slow lanes, charging more for better quality.
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last thing before we go tonight has to do with this very night back in 1963. on the night of november 1 of '63 americans were preparing for thanksgiving as we are now and had no idea that the very next day would feel for a time like the world was coming unhinged. and it slowly sunk in that our country would never be the same after the assassination of president john f. kennedy in dallas, texas. our good friend has written expensively about that time. and every day in realtime he writes about it on his twitter feed. on this day in '63 kennedy flew into houston under the astrodome
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still under construction. they arrived where the first lady wowed the crowd by giving a speech in spanish. the president a prodigious doodler drew a sailboat on hotel stationary while he was there. kennedy spoke at the old houston colosseum that evening. from there it was onto fortt worth via air force one. the kennedys found themselves in the middle of a mob, of course something that would never be allowed today. and showing a post of texas artwork that was in their hotel room during their last night together. and even though we all know how it ended, it's useful to see how it was and what we were like right before everything changed. that is our broadcast for a tuesday night. thank you so much for being here with us. good night from nbc headquarters in new york.
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good morning, everybody. it is wednesday, november 22nd. i'm yasmin vossoughian. we start with breaking overnight. another incident involving the u.s. navy. the navy says a navy aircraft crashed into the philippines seas southeast of okinawa, japan, at around 12:45 a.m. eastern time. the aircraft was carrying 11 crew and passengers and was en route to the "uss ronald reagan" participating in exercises in that area. search and rescue operations are under way. officials say they don't know what caused the crash. defense minister says eight on board have been found. although it's uncle


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