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we're going to start with the cuban missile crisis. cuban missile crisis was 1962. it took place over 13 very, very stressful days in october 1962. the united states at that point had long been flying high altitude surveillance flights over the nation of cuba, but on october 14th, 1962 a u2 surveillance flight picked up imagery in cuba of something that started that whole crisis, started that whole standoff. it's interesting. the cuban missile crisis is very precisely identified in all the history books as having started on october 16th. two days after that u2 spy plane captured those images in cuba. but the crisis didn't start on october 16th because something happened that day, because there was some overt act by cuba, there was some provocation there or some announcement by them, it didn't start because on october 16th there was some act by the
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soviet union or some announcement by the soviets that kicked off this crisis. the reason we can be so specific about when the cuban missile crisis started on october 16th is because that crisis began when the united states had a revelation. the united states realized and figured out with high confidence exactly what it was looking at in those photos that had been taken two days earlier. the way the united states was able to identify exactly what they were looking at in those photos, the way the kennedy administration was able to look at those photos and come to the conclusion that, in fact, this was a new secret deployment of nuclear weapons by the soviet union, they could get specific about what kinds of missiles and missile launchers and equipment they were looking at, the reason the cuban missile crisis started is because the u.s. was able to make that identification. the reason they were able to make that identification is because of this man. his name is oleg penkohski.
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he was a russian double agent. unbeknownst to the soviet union, she was secretly spying for britain and the united states and provided the technical descriptions and materials that allowed the kennedy administration in 1962 to confirm in fact the soviet union was secretly moving nuclear missiles to cuba. we can be more specific about the value of that information that he provided. at the cia's web site, they have a whole section devoted to penkovsky. he provided detailed plans and descriptions of the launch sites in cuba to which the soviet union had deployed the missiles starting that summer of 1962. his information gave the kennedy administration such specific technical insight into what they were looking at in surveillance
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photos, that president kennedy was able to conclude in october '62 he had exactly a three-day window, a 72-hour window for negotiating a diplomatic solution to this crisis with krushiev before -- for this reason penkovski is credited with averting the cold war. the u.s. is able to analyze the photos and have this important revelation of what they were looking at. they were able to come to that revelation on october 16th, that is the start of the crisis. but then less than a week after that while the crisis is in full
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flower, while it is at its most terrifying and not at all resolved and it seems like we might be having a nuclear war after this issue, on october 22nd, oleg was walking down the street in moscow and the kgb snatched him off the street, arrested him and figured out he was a double agent. we don't know how they got him, if they were able to reverse engineer what information the u.s. had about the site or maybe a american double agent knew about penkovsky being this important asset for the western allies and maybe some american or british double agent gave this guy's name to the kremlin, we don't know. in the middle of the crisis before any diplomatic resolution was in reach, oleg gets snatched
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off the street in moscow. he was the highest ranking soviet officer to have ever spied for the u.s. or great britain up until that time. the kbg snatched him off the street and charged him with high treason and espionage. he was convicted and in the spring of 1963 they killed him. they executed him inside the prison in moscow. they dumped his ashes in a mass grave. even today in 2018 the cia calls oleg penkovsky one of the most valuable assets in the history of the usa. from the other side of the equation, from the soviet perspecti perspective, he was seen as one of the most damaging traitors to ever hurt the soviet union. fast forward 40 years to 2004,
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december 2004 and the successor agency to the k.g.b. arrests another turnkout double agent colonel, another double agent secretly spying for the west while serving in russian military intelligence. 2004, they snatched him off the street, december of 2004 on suspicion of treason. they put him on trial secretly in a military court. nobody knew what had become of him for two solid years before finally in 2006 the russian government announced that in this secret military tribunal he had been convicted of treason. he confessed to selling the names, addresses and code names of several dozen russian agents to the british security service to mi-6. many of the russian agency betrayed were deep cover spies in britain and in europe. the newspaper in russia reported
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at the time his con vision was announced in 2006, quote, the fsb considered the damage he had done to russian spy operations was comparable to the damage caused by oleg penkovsky, who had tipped och tff the united ss to start the cuban missile crisis. this guy in 2004 was considered by the kgb and fsb to have done comparable damage to this guy from the cuban missile crisis. all right. now that is a very dramatic assertion. and it may be overstated. i mean, after all, when they got penkovsky in 1962, they arrested him, put him on trial for treason, they convicted him and shot him and killed him in prison. when they got this next guy in 2004, they also arrested him, charged him with treason and con vbd him but they didn't kill him. they sentenced him to 13 years.
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and then he didn't serve out that time. in 2010 he was pardoned and traded to the west, traded in a western spy swap. he and three other russian prisoner were swapped for ten russians operating an undercover spy ring in the united states. ultimately he went to live in britain the country for which he had done his spying and of course he was the man who ended up slumped on a park bench in the british town of salisbury last week. he was in some sort of fugue state. witnesses described him making strange hand motions while otherwise being nonresponsive while his 33-year-old daughter slumped next to him unconscious with her eyes rolled back in her head. sergei skripal and his daughter yulia. he was seen as a very, very consequential double agent, somebody whose spying for britain had done profound damage to russia's intelligence services. it doesn't take a great leap of
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imagination why someone might have wanted to attack him, who had the strongest motive to attack him? but since he was attacked in britain last week, we still have no explanation for why it happened exactly the way it did. where the attack happened in salisbury, it was quite near to the british military's science and technology lab. that's exactly the secret facility in britain that would be used to identify a suspected chemical or biological agent. according to british authorities, the agent that was used to atrack skripal and his daughter was a very specifically identifiable russian nerve agent. it's the opposite of a generic poison. this isn't like sarin, which is hard to make but scientists in a japanese doomsday cult figured out how to make it and used it to gas a subway platform. this isn't ricin. this was a russian military specific subvar eye talls of
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nerve agent that doesn't exist anywhere else in the world and has never been manufactured anywhere and by anyone other than the russian state. it was, therefore, a very unusual choice for how to kill someone, especially if you had any interest at all in getting away with it. this is like signing a bullet and putting your return address on it before shooting someone. why do that? it's very possible because of his history, because of the seriousness of his espionage past, it's very possible that they were going to get sergei skripal someday, somewhere, somehow. but the way they went after him in broad daylight in a p provincial british town and with a nerve agent that can hurt other people that is very traceable to the russian military, that's a very specific kind of attack. it almost makes it feel like it
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was some sort of international test. >> mr. skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a novichok, a military grade nerve agent developed by russia. based on its capability combined with their record of conducting state-sponsored assassinations including against former intelligence officers whom they regard as legitimate targets, the u.k. government concluded that it was highly likely that russia was responsible for this wre reckless and despicable act. they've treated the use of a military grade nerve agent with car -- sarcasm and contempt. this represents an unlawful use of force by the russian state against the united kingdom. >> british prime minister
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theresa may today announcing that this attack on sergei skripal and his daughter was an unlawful use of force by the russian state against the u.k. she went on to announce the expulsion of 23 russian diplomats in response, cancelled-hicancelled high-level meetings, britain is pulling back from participation at world soccer events this year and she is cutting back on international flights. her announcement was followed by an emergency meeting of the u.n. security council, which included actually quite strong remarks from america's ambassador to the u.n. nikki haley. >> the united states believes that russia is responsible for the attack on two people in the
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united kingdom using a military grade nerve agent. alone russia's crime is worthy of this council's action but this is not an isolated incident. theplained that we criticize them too much. if the russian government stopped using chemical weapons to assassinate its enemies and stopped helping its syrian ally to use chemical weapons to kill syrian children and if russia cooperated with the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons by turning over all information related to this nerve agent, we would stop talking about them. we take no pleasure in having to constantly criticize russia but we need russia to stop giving us so many reasons to do so. russia must cooperate and come clean about its own weapons program. >> nikki haley speaking today.
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strong remarks from her that seem to have precipitated a fairly strong statement from the white house as well released by sarah huckabee sanders tonight saying in part, quote, the united states shares the u.k.'s assessment that russia is responsible for the reckless nerve agent attack for a british citizen and his daughter. this latest action by russia fits into a pattern of behavior in which russia disregards the international rules based order, undermines the sovereignty and security of countries worldwide and attempts to subvert and discredit western democratic institutions and processes. oh really? strong statement. russia's undermining the sovereignty and security of countries worldwide and subvert western democratic institutions? from in white house this is a strong written statement from the press secretary.
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you'll notice the contrast between those strong remarks and what the president himself has said on this matter. >> reporter: mr. president, do you believe there should be a response from the united states? >> as soon as we get the facts straight and we're going to be speaking with the british today, we're speaking with theresa may today and as soon as we get the facts straight, if we agree with them, we will condemn russia or whoever it may be. >> maybe it's a 400 pound guy sitting in his bed. the president has made no further remarks on this matter since then. so this russian guy being attacked with a nerve agent developed by the russian military in broad daylight on the street in britain, this is a bizarre and serious and scary thing. there are international repercussions to it already and those will continue. the first strong statement from the u.s. condemning the attack was from secretary of state rex tillerson, who was then fired
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just a few hours afterwards. since then we have seen subsequent strong statements from ambassador nikki haley and a strong written statement from the press secretary. they appear to not getting fired. president trump on this matter, well see who it is, we'll see if we agree. and the elephant in the room of course is the ongoing investigation, the ongoing open questions about our president's own relationship with the russian government. and on that point i will just make one point here. last night we reported that democrats on the intelligence committee had unexpectedly released a 21-page document in response to the republicans shutting down the russia investigation in the house. the document the democrats released last night was not just a response to what the republicans had said they were doing, it was also their own status report on where they believe the investigation stood at the moment the republicans shut it down. now, we didn't know this report
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was coming out until we saw it last night and it was a surprise when it came out. as we described last night, that document contained some serious assertions about president trump and his relationship with russia, including this blunt statement on page 6 of their report. quote, the committee has learned that candidate trump's private business was actively negotiating a business deal in moscow with a sanctioned russian bank during the election period. if you think that's old news and you've heard that before, it's not. this is a new and specific and potent assertion from the intelligence committee democrats. well, tonight a source familiar with the democratic report tells us a little bit more about what that grave assertion is about. the source tells us that this is not based on public reporting that everybody has seen from news agencies. the source tills us that testimony to the committee raised serious questions about the effort during the campaign by the trump organize to secure
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foreign financing for a trump tower moscow, including from a sanctioned russian bank. according to our source, there are troubling inconsistencies between public assertions about this matter and what the committee discovered through documentary and testimonial evidence during the committee's investigation. so there appears to have been an attempted assassination by chemical warfare on british soil, british government is attributing that to the russian government, the u.k. government is addressing the matter, the u.s. government is sort of starting to address the matter but we're in this bizarre situation where our own president's silence and mealy-mouthed hemming and haughing on this subject is in the foreground while his own secret dealings with the russian government are starting to unfold and starting to be exposed by a congressional investigation that his republican allies are trying to
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shut down. this is, main, we'i mean, we've watching this at one level or another over the course of the past year and a half. but right with this crisis and attempted murder, attempted assassination in britain, police officer still hospitalized for having gone into the house of these people who apparently were targeted in this attack, two people still fighting for their lives, trying to fend off the effects of this military nerve agent. it's like having a spy movie that has another spy movie embedded inside of it. we've heard from people they've had a hard time getting ahold of this democratic status report that we first reported on. we have posted that at maddowblog.com if you want to look at it. the scotts turf builder program. it's the best way to get the yard you want
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now the japanese have bought a piece of the rock. new york's rockefeller center. one of the great symbols of american business, home to, among others, nbc and nbc news. the rockefeller group has sold a major interest in the complex to mitsubishi estate company. the price, $846 million. nbc's chief financial correspondent is mike jenson. >> reporter: it is one of america's most famous landmarks, the skating rink, the christmas tree, the skyscrapers that were built 50 years ago by the family of that symbol of american capitalism, john d. rockefeller. now his heirs are selling a huge chunk of rockefeller center to mitsubishi. it was big news on japanese tv, happy news. but not in the united states. >> what really bothers me is not that the japanese bought it but that the americans couldn't afford to keep it. >> seems like they're taking over the world.
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>> reporter: for the first time, foreign investors own more u.s. property than u.s. investors own overseas. and polls show that most americans believe japanese economic power is a greater threat to the united states than soviet military power. >> late 1980s. a palpable worry. sometimes approaching a panic. that the united states was being economically eclipsed by japan. it really did kind of freak out about it. news weeklies ran covers with sumo wrestlers with how johnson does it, containing the american competitor. american car companies released a whole bunch of explicitly, anti-japan car commercials. >> the cutlass is a family car built for our sized families, not theirs. >> ooh. one celebrity made it clear how upset he was about japan taking
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over america was a new york real estate owner donald trump. he had his first public flirtation with running for president. he kicked off his i-might-run-for-president campaign that year. complained that america was getting screwed out of billions of dollars by, among other places, japan. but, it was the japanese buying american real estate, buying new york real estate that really seemed to bother donald trump the most. this was the allentown, pennsylvania paper quoting donald trump's graduation speech. so many are making billions and stripping the u.s. of dignity. i respect the japanese, but we have to fight back. he related an experience with a japanese business tycoon who brought several hench men and an aggressive attitude into his
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new york office. the man, trump said, slammed his fist on his desk and demanded "we want real estate." now whether or not that ever happened, a few months after, a japanese firm did buy rockefeller center in new york city, trump told "playboy" magazine, the japanese double screwed the u.s., first they take all our consumer goods and put it back by buying manhattan. there's virtually nothing to stop them. bidding on a building in new new york, they want to own us. japanese economy ended up going through its own pretty severe crunch. by the mid '90s, the real estate
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binge they had been on, they offloaded their holdings. they eventually took a $2 billion loss and walked away. that kind of experience will scar you. there's a reason why there hasn't been a resurgence of government supported japanese firms showing off their big new york real estate plays. last year the japanese government did find a new york real estate investment that they really liked. and the reason they liked it looks like it might be trouble. and that story's next. (avo) if you're burdened by belly pain and constipation, and you've tried any number of laxatives, probiotics, and fiber, it could be wearing on you. tell your doctor what you've tried and how long you've been at it. linzess works differently from laxatives. linzess treats adults with ibs with constipation or chronic constipation. it can help relieve your belly pain and lets you have more frequent and complete bowel movements
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during the 2016 presidential campaign most of america's allies around the world were freaking out more or less about the potential presidency of donald trump, but one ally in particular was super-duper freaking out. japan's leader, shinzo abe. shinzo abe, the japanese government, all mainstream japanese politics were scared and gob smacked and weirded out. by the way, donald trump constantly scapegoated japan, blasting the trade deal, saying japan should develop its own nuclear weapons. and then once trump was actually elected, an unusual thing happened. shinzo abe managed to get himself to be one of the very first leaders who spoke to the president after his victory. there's supposed to be an order in which the president-elect is
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is supposed to speak with heads of state so it's predictable and nobody gets offended. the trump campaign just winged it and took calls from whoever. just whoever called through to the trump tower switchboard. and shinzo abe was calling through to the trump tower switchboard and got himself on the phone before anybody else and he was able to set up a meeting the very next week in trump tower. look at the time stamp on this article. the election on november 8 wasn't called until the wee hours of november 9th. before nightfall, shinzo abe has gotten trump to agree to this meeting with him in trump tower. so japan's prime minister, very nervous over the rhetoric, he became the very first world leader to meet with our president-elect. he rushed to new york to show his eagerness to turn things around with donald trump who
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spent well over a year bashing japan as part of his campaign schtick. when that meeting happened in trump tower, the first hard evidence we had of it, these photos, came from the prime's office. the trump transition wasn't allowing any u.s. press into the meeting to document it was happening, but the japanese photographer were allowed in, so we got to see their pictures. and it was from these photos that we learned that the president invited his children to the meeting. jared and ivanka were there, too. and that's weird, because a president-elect doesn't usually have his adult daughter and son-in-law sit in on meetings with world leaders. this was one of the first concrete signs, concrete warnings we had about the nepotism problems we were going to have in this administration. and in this particular case, it wasn't just that jared and ivanka were around. they were in on this meeting with a foreign leader. president-elect, foreign leader eager to make nice with this new
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administration, but the president-elect's daughter and son-in-law are in business. they each have their own web business interests, potentially or already with japan. jared kushner's interests are largely in new york real estate. at the time he was still running h his family business, kushner companies. now bloomberg news reports that not that long after that meeting something unusual and previously unreported took place. quote, two months after jared kushner joined the white house as a senior adviser, his family firm sold a stake in a brooklyn building to a unit of a company whose largest shareholder is the government of japan. the brooklyn transaction represented a premium of more than 60% on a price per square foot basis over what kushner and his partners paid a year earlier. this allowed the ownership group to take more stakes in nearby buildings. one connected by a pedestrian
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walkway remains vacant today. the japanese company primarily operates in japan and has only seven u.s. properties as of september 2016. its purchase of the kushner property was the only purchase made in new york city last year. everybody involved in the story denies any political component to the deal or involvement by jared kushner. but we actually sent a producer out to this building in brooklyn, co-owned by the kushner family and the japanese government. the building is definitely still empty, even though the japanese-controlled company bought it a year ago for a 60% premium. and even though this is in one of the hottest neighborhoods for development in new york city, it remains vacant. it's just a nice investment to have. a nice thing to dump millions and millions and millions of
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dollars into, when you're a country trying to build a relationship with a new administration and new president who brings his son-in-law and daughter to the first meeting with your country's prime minister. joining us is a reporter from bloomberg news who broke this story. thanks for being here. >> thanks for having me. >> did any of that look wrong? >> it all looked great. >> there are a number of things that are unusual here. the meeting between shinzo abe and donald trump attended by jared kushner and ivanka trump while they were not divested of any of their business interests. how soon after that meeting did the purchase happen where the japanese company in effect invested in kushner companies? >> the meeting took place november 2016. they ended up purchasing the building at the end of march 2017. between there, actually, abe came to the u.s. again. he came to washington with his deputy prime minister to start trade talks. then he actually got on air force one with the trump family and jared to go to mar-a-lago.
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it was that weekend that north korea fired a missile and trump conducted diplomacy in the middle of the mar-a-lago dining room. >> the open air situation room. the company that made this investment with the kushner companies, they are a firm that is partially owned by the japanese government. does the japanese government have a controlling interest in that firm? could the japanese government have been the decision-maker in terms of making this investment? >> so, on a technical basis, because they own a third of the company, they have a controlling stake in the sense that they could veto any big decisions this company makes. however we have been told that typically, the company is making its own business decisions and isn't looking to the government to make those decisions, especially not on a transaction to transaction basis. >> but with that one third take, the japanese government's significant stake in the company, we've obviously heard a
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lot of reporting, a lot of speculation, a lot of concern about whether or not jared kushner's role as a white house adviser might overlap in some ways or might have some conflicts with his family businesses seeking investment from state-owned firms or foreign governments. this seems to me like this might be the first one that we're not just worrying about. this is the first one that we're actually seeing. this is the first completed deal with government funds going to kushner companies. >> that's correct. so kushner companies previously approached enbon insurance. it's a chinese firm that has close ties to that country's government. also qatar, a member of qatar's royal family. and we know they made entreaties to do investments with them on a big indebted property they have in new york. 666 5th avenue. but this is the first one we've seen where the money changed hands and a stake was traded. >> and we went to the right building. it's is still standing empty, right?
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>> that's the one. it's fascinating, because all the ones around it have really big tenants. etsy. you have we work. the neighborhood is dumbo. it has a lot of art galleries, it's really hip. a lot of technical firms in new york are moving there. we've been told that they're making final changes to that building in anticipation of tenants moving in. that photo you showed seems -- it's empty, but it looks like there's a little bit of work to be done yet. >> so the japanese government paid a big premium to buy a building in a really hip neighborhood, left it sitting empty for a year now, and jared kushner's family got the money. weird. kaleb melby, congratulations on this scoop. >> thanks for having me. >> thanks for being here. more to come tonight, including the remarkable scenes from across the country today of school kids, mostly high school kids but middle school kids, even elementary school kids walking out of class today to protest america's school shootings. one of the student leaders from
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marjory stoneman douglas high school in parkland, florida will join us live.
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students in boise, idaho today, taking over four floors of the idaho state house. this video from a reporter from buzz feed captures them shouting "enough is enough." outside in idaho, students were just as deafening. this kind of thing happened for hours across the country. students by the hundreds, by the thousands, in some case the tens of thousands took part in a national walkout. it marks one months since the shooting at marjory stoneman douglas high school in florida that took 17 lives. the walkouts today started on the east coast, at the stroke of 10:00 a.m.
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students walked out of their classrooms, then in each successive time zone, it went on like that on the hour every hour like a giant wave washing from east coast to west coast. in boston where schools were closed because of snow, kids showed up to protest anyway. in california, they put marching bands to good use by spelling out "enough." elementary students put together hand-written press packets for local reporters and marched as elementary students. in cobb county, georgia, they had things on what to say. in littleton, colorado, newtown, connecticut, parkland, florida, towns with deep and personal experiences of gun violences in school, they walked today.
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a massive march in washington, d.c. on saturday, march 24th. after seeing the turnout today i'm starting to get the sense that saturday, march 24th in d.c. is going to be a big deal. it has been one month since 17 people were killed with a single gun by a single person. but in that time, we have been led by organized and unwavering students that are getting bigger and not smaller. ms. chadwick, i know it has been a long and difficult day with a lot of energy expended already. thanks for staying up to be with us tonight. >> thank you for having me. >> how do you think today went? what you were hoping for, what your own experience was like, if
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this is what you were expecting. >> i just wanted to start by saying thank you to all the high schools and all the students who participated in the walkout today. even though they knew they could have been punished or suspended. they still went out and walked for what they believed in. it's just heart warming. my heart is filled with love and grief for all the students who walked out and for those not able to. people are sending me pictures of their schools walking out on social media, sending me thank yous, telling me that they got suspended but they're glad they did because they did it for something that they believe in. it's humbling and amazing. >> the experience of direct action like kids took all over the country today is not just a performance for other people to watch, it's also often
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personally transformative for the people involved, a catalyzing thing, a thing that they remember their whole lives, that changes their commitment to work on this issue. do you feel like this movement that you're such an important part of will grow larger or change its direction or have new momentum because so many kids did this in so many places? >> we already expected the march on march 24th to be a big one. but i think after today it's going to be massive. we're expecting a lot more people to show up now. just by all the support we saw and all the support people are giving us, especially after today, people are realizing this isn't just a one-time thing. we're marching for our lives, basically, and it's, honestly, just amazing, and i think the turnout will be amazing at the march, especially. >> how are things at your high school? obviously, it's been a month since that happened in parkland
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at douglas high and it took a while to get back to classrooms, to get back to the school being open again after it happened. how is it now going back to school? >> well, the reality is that for around 3,300 kids, it will never be the same. a lot of us lost friends, teachers, role models, people that we looked up to, and it's heartbreaking, and it's heartbreaking that something like this had to happen for things to change, for people to realize. it's happened before and it's going to continue to happen unless we do something about it. and i think the main thing that all of us students and teachers are focussing on is change and what we can do to ignite it. >> sarah chadwick in parkland, florida. one of the leaders of this growing movement. it was an incredible display today, what you were able to organize on your own terms. thank you for being here. >> thank you so much. >> more to come. ♪ we the people... are defined by the things we share.
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at 5:19 a.m. eastern time today, nbc declared in the pennsylvania congressional special election in the 18th district outside pittsburgh last night. 5:19 a.m. they declared connor lamb was the apparent winner. whenever the desk makes an call like that, every note matters. they're calling him the apparent winner. that was followed by the "new
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york times," in ielts estimatio they, too, are saying that conor lamb's lead appears to be insurmountable given everything that's been counted. so newspapers and news organizations don't get to officially declare winners in american elections. there's been no concession from the republican in the race. there's the possibility there will be some sort of recount but it looks like conor lamb declaring victory wasn't a psychological tactic. it appears right now he has won that congressional seat. democrats are over the moon about that. not just because they wanted conor lamb to win that seat, but his victory would represent a 20-point swing in democrats' direction from how hillary clinton fared in that district.
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at the "daily kos" today there was a little bit of chest pounding over how big a win this was in democrats' direction. if democrats everywhere do as well as they did in pennsylvania, they're now howling at the moon about how many congressional districts would flip from red to blue if democrats did as well as connor lamb did last night. if every congressional election in november had a swing toward the democrats as big as what connor lamb did in pennsylvania, there are 119 republican held congressional seats that would instead go to a democrat in november. 119 flips? probably not. but democrats only need to pick up 23 seats if they're going to win the house. if they picked up 119 seats they could do north korean style plaque card waiving. in pennsylvania the republican in the race isn't conceding. this evening. rick saccone's spokesman said, quote, this fight is not over.
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for now it is democrat connor lamb who is the apparent winner in pennsylvania. here's the heads up. here's the next local election that gets a ton of attention, next week in wisconsin they elect a new state supreme court justice. eric holder started a two-day visit to wisconsin tomorrow. he said it's for events where he plans to engage with activists and voters, at least in part about the upcoming state supreme court race in wisconsin. national attention. if it's anything like what happened last night all night long in pennsylvania, we're going to all need a nap corner at work the next day. we'll be right back. >> tech: at safelite autoglass
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look at this little lion cub. now it's time for "the last word" with lawrence o'donnell. >> good evening, rachel. i learned so much about the japanese interest in kushner properties japanese interest in kushner properties tonight. the story you did tonight would be enough to bring down any other federal government official at any other point in time and we just don't even know what happens with this one. >> it's great reporting by bloomberg news, this is their scoop, they got it alone, but the timing is remarkable. they held the meeting with donald trump while jared kushner is there, while he has his interest in kushner companies, kushner companies needs investment they get it from the japanese government they pay a big premium for that building and leave the building vacant, because apparently it wasn't a big investment in terms of real estate and leave it far year now.

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