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i'm tamron hall. the mad dash for campaign cash. at this hour president obama is wrapping up his two-day fundraising push in california while mitt romney raising cash in missouri. it comes with news that mitt romney and the rnc outraised the president and democrats. the romney campaign reports bringing in nearly $77 million last month. compared with team obama's $60 million. politico reports, this is the first month when we've had a direct hard dollar comparison between obama and romney on fundraising. and the results cast an even darker shadow on an already disappointing week for democrats. this morning, dnc chair woman spoke with thomas roberts and insisted democrats are doing just fine. >> it's not really surprising that the republicans were able to pull down a lot of low hanging fruit. they just formed the romney campaign and the rnc just form their joint fundraising committee. we're very comfortable and confident that we're thrilled
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the fundraising that came in this month for us are on track to have the resources that we need. >> let's bring in nbc news political reporter mark murray. let's get behind the story. why is the rnc doing, at least in the last month? >> it is very good news for them. the reason mitt romney is doing well, he just became the republican nominee which allows him to combine a fundraising committee with the republican national committee. and even some state republican parties so when mitt romney has a big fund-raiser, he can collect up to $75,000 from people. and it gets distributed to these different committees. some go to the campaign. some go to the rnc. some go toward the romney victory fund. president obama has the same type of apparatus. it has been set up for more than a year. one of the reasons, you heard debbie wasserman schultz say that this is the first time that big romney donors, big republican donors can start
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cutting the really big five figure checks to the campaign and to those committees. >> jim messina apparently made a video pep talk saying we need to stay focused, work hard and ignore the ups and downs. that was in response to some of the less than good news coming out. especially, of course, the most important being that jobs number. regarding the outraising of cash here, the president was or is in california. he is in nevada now. where a lot of people has come from that state alone. >> he's been doing a lot of the fundraising with the lgbt communicate. with one of those fund-raisers last night. tamron, i think one of the bigger dynamics, you have your very big democratic donors, the people who are writing these $30,000, $50,000 checks. you have your very big republican donors. people writing the $75,000 checks. the question with the obama
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campaign is hoping for that its grassroots is able to provide a lot of money. where people donating $50, $100 a month. that that becomes dynamic. and actuallier is passes a lot of what you see as the low fruit from both political parties. >> there was an article just yesterday regarding big donors. those that helped make the obama campaign so successful the first time around. some of them may be missing in action. they may certainly jump into the pot but right now the question was, where are the big bundlers? >> that's why the grassroots operation is so big for them and why they've had so many fund-raisers where they say, hey, could you chip in $3. chip in $10. if they can get people to do that three or four or five time where those people are giving $100, $150 through the campaign, you add that up to the e-mail list they had to some $10 million or more people. that is a lot of money.
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the thing to note is that we're just talking about the rnc, dnc campaign money. we're not even talking about the outside groups where republicans probably have a very, very big advantage. >> and you're talking about of course the super pac money and debbie wasserman schultz regarded them as truly disturbing. in her words you have a handful of billionaires who are gearing up to buy the white house and that's what we're up against. a direct quote from debbie wasserman schultz regarding the super pac money coming in. >> right now republicans have the very big super pac advantage. there are some democratic super pacs out there but republicans are hoping these outside groups are able to almost bury the obama campaign with the romney rnc money that's out there. the other thing to look at all this money, we're talking about maybe billions of dollars that are being spent on tv ads. so all that money could get canceled out at the end of the day. >> thank you. let me bring in executive
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director of the national committee. thank you for joining me again. the press secretary said we knew this day would come. that was his reaction to the may fundraising numbers. >> we absolutely expect these kinds of numbers from the romney camp. in a comparable period in 2004, john kerry outraised george bush by a ratio of 2-1. once he had consolidated report. it is a natural bump. we also know that he has the outside super pacs that are going to continue to spend at an astronomical clip to try to misrepresent our record. we're going to contrast that with the nearly 2.2 million americans who have written checks to president obama. they will vote on doors to get the word out about all this president has accomplished and all he will do to bring change. >> i don't want to draw a hard
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line. i have to make the comparison between what you just said regarding getting out the grassroots campaign with what the democrats in wisconsin were saying before the loss there, that it was grassroots. the day after scott walker won, it was 10-1, 7-1. depending on the source. so help me understand the difference. the language really sounds very similar even though we're focused on one state versus the national campaign for the president. >> well, there's a rather stark difference. obviously what took place in wisconsin was article election. i'm sure you've seen the polling that says over 70% of wisconsin residents thought that the recall process was not the legitimate way to reprosecute the campaign from 2010. this is an entirely different circumstance. we have an incumbent president who has spent years working up to change in this country. growing jobs in this country and a campaign at the grassroots that has both a deep infrastructure in every single one of the states and we know
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that has to be down to our benefit come november 6th. >> we know the campaign is focused on drawing in, as you mentioned, new donors. getting, as one person said, they're not looking at getting the support of so-called special interests. to get those new donors in, we need them to be enthusiastic. about the campaign. we need them to get out and support this president. there's a report from the associated press. the headline is cruel june for obama. could get worse. they talk about the loss in wisconsin. last week's unemployment, the supreme court decision that could come down in june on health care. the decision on the immigration law in arizona and also, the battle to fill congresswoman gifford's house seat as well. >> i am in washington, d.c. and i know it is the nature of this town to always be in panic and to elevate every single headline as if it is the entire narrative. june does not an entire campaign make. i can well remember working
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president's campaign in 2008 and folks were on this show and others talking about how we couldn't win the primary contest, we would lose in the general campaign once sarah palin went again us in the campaign. we expect that because of the infrastructure that we've built, the animated organizers and activists that we have across this country, and the fact that this president has a real strong record to run on, and continues to call on republican leaders in congress to work with him, to continue our forward expansion on jobs to make sure that we hire teachers, firefighters and construction workers this year instead of running on the clock as republicans are wont to do. >> thank you very much. i have some news. united nations secretary general bangy moon said they came under fire as they tried to reach.
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unconfirmed reports say pro government militias killed nearly 80 people about half of those people were women and children. this come less than two weeks after 108 people were killed in the town. secretary clinton placed all the blame on syrian president assad. >> the regime sponsored violence that we witnessed again in hama yesterday is unconscionable. assad has doubled down on his brutality and duplicity and syria, will not, cannot be peaceful, stable or certainly democratic until assad goes. >> senator john mccain who has been calling for the u.s. to arm the syrian rebels once again called for action on the senate floor just in the past hour. >> how many more have to die? how many more have to die? how many more young women have to be raped? how many young, more young syrians are going to be tortured and killed?
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how many more? how many more? before we will act. >> nbc's reporter is watching the developments in syria from cairo, egypt. he joins us now. as i mentioned, the developing news that some of these u.n. monitors have come under fire as they try to reach the scene to get more details on this second massacre that has taken place. and the number of children again losing their lives. >> reporter: that's correct. the calls inside and outside syria began late last night with many of them urging the u.n. to go to the scene, investigate, document what is happening so that they and others are not accused of fabric it aing this story. when the u.n. set out today, they came under fire. it really underscores a more important point. the u.n. observers on the ground, even with their presence, the 300 of them, they are not able to stop the violence. keep in might be they were not
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meant to stop the violence. their presence was spords tone force a peace plan. today as you were mentioning, the man who brokered that peace plan, kofi annan, addressed the assembly and essentially conceded that his plan was not being implemented. by their accounts the peace plan has all but failed in syria. >> the news that he is following for us out of syria. thank you. and coming up, will it be a cool summer for the obama campaign? nbc's first read team says the obama camp has been on the defensive. we have some developing news for you. leon panetta is on his way back to the u.s. after a surprise visit to afghanistan where he had a warning for pakistan. >> we are reaching the limits of our patience here. and for that reason, it is
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back to politics and what some are calling early signals it may be a tough summer for the obama campaign. from last week's jobs report to the supreme court ruling that could dismantle the health care law. the president admits, he is facing head winds. could they get stronger? the associated press puts it this way. facing an election year, summer fraught with political peril, the democrats are struggling to revive supporters' spirits and downer act to solidify public opinion that the country is on the wrong track and in need of new leadership. joining me now, the assistant
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managing editor for time. thank you so much for joining us. let me start with you, chris, we haven't seen you in a while. i was stuck with rihanna covering the john edwards news. i always want to hear her when she's hearing but chris, let me get you in on this. are we going to be basically brain dead from summer fun and reboot after the conventions? >> listen. are there going to be challenges and head winds facing the obama campaign? facing the romney campaign? of course. that's politics. >> but this headline is about the head winds that specifically the president would be facing and i make that distinction because the first read team puts it this way. compared with obama over the past couple weeks, the form he massachusetts governor has been able to largely escape scrutiny. part of this is by design. with the romney campaign, they keep the candidate in a bubble and that's helped prevent day two stories on anything since he is unavailable for comment. first read points out, romney is
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in the bubble so that leaves president obama for legitimate questioning and probably some that's not so legitimate. you need people to have some air time here. nonetheless, some of the points i've made. the jobs, the supreme court on health care. specifically the head winds for the president. >> listen. in terms of romney real quick, i'm not sure you can hide from these problems. that's one thing. in term of the president, when you face these challenges, my belief and the strategy that i think works, you have to lean in to them. in terms of the jobs, they have to go out there and make the argument about what they've done right. the challenges they face and what they're going to do in particular over the next four years. the same thing with health care. depending what the verdict is, gets turned down. the one thing i think people make the mistake about, the overall health care may be a bit unpopular but in particular there are key pieces that are very popular. the administration can definitely go out there and focus on. if they do that and they do it really well over the next month,
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these head winds can then be turned back on the romney campaign. at some point they'll to have force them, in particular, to force them to come out and respond to some of these things. >> what's your take on it? head winds can blow you over or make you stronger, make your back stiffer. >> i'm going to have to be the negative voice. i think june will be a really tough month for the president. it is all because of forces really outside his control. what's going on in europe is really serious. and in about a week the greek people will make a vote as to whether or not they will accept the austerity measures and that could trigger what we've been waiting for for about two years, the disintegration of the euro zone. maybe they'll get their act together. if so we're still looking at a 2% economy. if not we could be in for real serious economic trouble in september and fall. >> and to your point, the things put in the pot that are beyond the president's control. what happened in wisconsin despite that some in his own
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party were critical that he did not travel there. the president did not push for the recall of scott walker. that was certainly beyond his control. >> absolutely. and i think this is what is so important. so much of what's going on in politics and the economy and the intersection of both are global forces and national forces that he doesn't have a lot to do with. >> when you are the nation's leader, your job is to react to it. you own it. let me switch to something that caught a lot of eyes. that was jeb bush. we've talked so much about cory booker and former president bill clinton not staying on message and not being the proper surrogate. let's play what jeb bush had to say. and it has some eyes saying he too has fallen off message for the republicans. >> any time an elected official in the world we're in today that appears so dysfunctional challenge as core constituency of their own political base, i think we should pause and give them credit. >> he was referring to president obama having done that. that to me smacks in the face of
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mitt romney. one of the consistent things we've seen is that he will follow the company line. from when it was rush limbaugh going after the georgetown law student to other issues that go on and on and on. when has romney gone up against his own base in this way that jeb bush says a person would deserve some credit. >> i think this is a potentially powerful angle of attack. when you look at governor romney, his position changes by the day. but in particular, there is no political courage. no standing up if you will to the right wing elements and saying what you did was wrong. it crossed the line. he doesn't have the courage to do that. if he's not willing to stand up to rush limbaugh, how is he willing to stand up to congress of the united states? how is he willing to stand up to foreign leaders when he's president? i think there's something that goes to the heart of who romney is, or here isn't. >> did jeb bush step in it or did he bring up this topic that
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is certainly out there. he is giving president obama credit for standing up to his political base. could he say the same thing about the man who is his party's nominee? >> i degree actually that romney flip-flops on most everything. i think that presents an opening for the president. he has been consistent particularly around the economy. it is a bad moment but he's had a plan. the reason we don't have a jobs plan right now is not down to the president. it is down to the congress and gridlock. >> thank you both. i appreciate you sticking around to talk to us. >> and opening statements in jerry sandusky's trial. we are learning eight people with penn state ties will help determine his fate. plus a long lost report about the assassination of abraham lincoln reveal new details never heard before radaring the moments right after lincoln was shot.
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we are now just four days from opening arguments in the sex abuse trial of coach jerry sandusky. the attorneys are arguing the case will face a jury where 10 of the 16 total jurors selected have ties to penn state. one juror is a penn state senior who work in the athletic department. another had a football season ticket for decades and one juror is a retired penn state professor who taught at the ufrs other for 37 years. i'm joined now by mark brenner. thank you for your time. >> no problem. great to be here. >> for people who don't know, your website all things penn state. you know that community better than anyone else. what has been the reaction? was it perhaps impossible not to have jurors associated with penn
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state in some way? >> that's a great point. as soon as it was determine that the jury pool would be selected from the county, i think everybody realized it would be an overwhelming number of people with some connection to penn state. it so big here. the county, there are only 150,000 people. 45,000 penn state students and however many people teach there, work there, that sort of thing. frankly i'm surprised there are aren't more people. >> 10 of the 16. that includes the alternate jurors as well. when you talk about connections, yes, somebody having season tickets. one of the jurors worked in the athletic department of the university. another worked at the university for 37 years. that's certainly more than being a fan. >> reporter: absolutely. there are different situations here. one woman was a dance instructor and continuing education. how much of a connection is that? the people that i would zero in
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on and as this trial goes on are these people who are either penn state football fans or associated with the athletic department. i can tell you running a website that covers penn state sports, most penn state football fans have strong opinions on this case. i find it difficult to believe that people don't have some sort of opinion one way or the other if you're a hard core penn state football fan. some some experts say some might be harder to come down harder on sandusky blaming him for joe paterno's firing. we're four days from opening arguments. can you give me any insight into how people feel? are they relieved we're at the beginning of the trial and thus the end will be around the corner? what is the sense you're getting from people you're talking to? >> when the judge said yesterday that they hope to have this thing wrapped up by the end of june, i think there was a collective sigh of relief. i do know a lot of people want to move on from this. especially the football fans. there's a new coach and i think they're ready for a new season.
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i think it would be naive to think once this trial is wrapped up, that would be tend of it. we still have university investigations, the form he athletic director being with his case for perjury. so there are a lot of things going on. obviously this is the focal point for everything and i think there will be a sigh of relief once justice is served, whatever come out of the trial. >> thank you so much. i'm sure we'll be with you more. and coming up interesting head of the tsa facing questions on capitol hill. just today about the agency's poor customer service image. >> the american people are just really disgusted and outraged with the department they see is bloated and inefficient. plus a new poll reveals who americans think is the most unpopular living president. it is just one of the things we thought you should know. people with a machine. what ?
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the markets are reacting after ben bernanke's testimony. it surged 286 points yesterday. that by the way the biggest gain of the year so far. the dow has rebounded after falling. bernanke said, the fed is prepared to take action to lift the economy but would not beyond that give any specifics. >> if we determine that further action is at least potentially warranted, obviously we have a number of different options that we would have to consider each of them and to costs and benefits associated with them. at this point i can't say that anything is completely off the table. >> joining me now, "newsweek" columnist and kelly o'donnell. first let's start. we were expecting some real lawmakers. republicans seem to be gnawing at the bit to get at ben
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bernanke. we didn't see a lot of that and he didn't answer questions specifically. >> reporter: we would speck there might be that political overtone and that's what people are looking for. one of the issues would be, could there be another type of stimulus that might be perceived as a means to help president obama if it were in fact to help the country to improve its economy before the election. so that flach of conversation, he said nothing off the table but as you pointed out, no specifics. he was asked about the comparison that is often put in political terms about greece and its problems. and he was very clear about while the country could be affected, by what is happening in europe, that greece is in a far more dire circumstance. he was very understated when he said the u.s. is not in that dire shape. but there could be that impact from what is happening elsewhere in the world and citing the warm he weather in the year and some of the hiring that appeared to have been done earlier. a real question is will that continue or will it be sort of
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offset because there had been so much layoffs and so much of a reduction in the work force prior to that. there are different steps in terms of policy they could create to try to improve things but it is expected that when you're talking about the federal reserve chairman speaking to both house members and senate members, people watch very carefully. he was calm, even hand and the questioning did not get too firy. there was certainly wide concern about which direction the country is going economically and he certainly signaled there are reasons to still be concerned about the rate of growth. >> he signaled the housing market looks to be stabilizing. >> he talk about that as one of the real factors that has been, and we all see it in terms of in your own neighborhoods where you see, are you in a zone where there has been a lot of foreclosures? are prices coming up? different part of the country responding differently. he pointed to that as having been a real drag on the economy.
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and seeing a brighter spot there. as far as interest rates he said they've been low and mortgage rates have been low and it has not produced as much of an uptick in the economy as they had hoped. it will do more in the next meeting? that remains unclear. buying bonds could drive money into the market. all of that will be watched very carefully. the flurry of seemingly positive activity so far may be a send that people found some sort of reinsurance in what the fed chair was about today. >> let me bring in zachary here. 286 points yesterday. this after a pretty bad friday with the jobs report we saw. ben bernanke said the europe debt crisis posed significant risk to the u.s. economy and the financial markets. we don't have to be at his stature to know that. we know it is all connected. what impression do you have of his remarks that everything is on the table? >> well, having learned from central bank chiefs in years past, the ever scintillating ben bernanke said, if you were to parse through his two hours of testimony, almost absolutely
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nothing in the sense of, he simply reaffirmed if things get bad, the fed has certain tools. they're very concerned about what's going on in umpl they're not as concerned about what's going on in the united states. at least until the jobs situation turned negative for months on end or we have real, real indications that whatever this kind of anemic but stable economy was getting worse, their concern is europe. and obviously that's not something they'll make this huge deal of in a public congressional testimony. >> what do you make of also, i don't want to say he didn't refuse but he did not give specifics here. at this point when you're in front of lawmaker, people want to hear specifics and not this broad everything is on the table. to be honest with you, everything should have always been on the table. >> that's why he essentially did not say much. part of this is a timing issue and an inside baseball issue. the fed's meetings aren't until later in the month. he as chairman is listening to
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what the official have been saying. they'll have a meeting and decide on policy. >> what do you think we'll see? >> i think it depends on europe. i think if the u.s. economy stays about where it is, they're likely not to want to do anything them don't want markets to get addicted to fed policy but if the european banking situation deteriorates and there's real evidence of strain on the american system, they will certainly quote/unquote flood the system with money. so it is all up in the air right now. >> all right. thank you. we'll talk with you soon. some of the strongest words yet from defense secretary leon panetta directed at pakistan. panetta said pakistan must not provide safe havens to insurgents from neighboring afghanistan. he made those remarks during a surprise visit to afghanistan. >> we are reaching the limits of our patience. and for that reason, it is extremely important that pakistan take action from allowing terrorists to use their
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country as a safety net in order to conduct the attacks on our forces. >> a senior u.s. official acknowledged today that the recent increase in those drone stiks on insurgents and pakistan is due in part to the frustration with islamabad. >> reporter: absolutely. panetta has had some very tough words on pakistan. the big frustration is that you don't believe that pakistan is doing enough to fight the insurgents within their borders, including the hakani network, a notorious organization responsible for much of the death and bloodshed we see in afghanistan. the suicide bombings, the roadside bombs that take both coalition and civilian lives. also, some people are saying panetta's remarks are a bit hip critical. an organize like this network isn't even on the u.s. terror list. there are individuals within the
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network that are on the terrorist list but the organization as a whole is not. some believe that is because the u.s. still wants to negotiate with the haqqanis in the future. and if they're on the terror list, they wouldn't be able to do that. >> live for us in afghanistan, thank you. on capitol hill today, you may not hear it often but you'll hear it now. lawmaker or at least some of them accusing the tsa of bad customer service. in a congressional hearing that ended only a few hours ago, mike rogers slammed the tsa saying it has become a huge bureaucracy. we've heard that before. he said the screening process is a big pain for most americans. >> i'm just telling you. it is palpable. the american people are really disgusted and outraged with the department that they see is bloated and inefficient. >> we're progress. just not at the pace the american people would like to see. >> not just like to southeasterly it is unacceptable.
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>> joining us now is best ceo tom parsons. an expert on travel. i say that we don't hear it often because i believe we talk a lot about security and tsa. we don't discuss it in the version of customer service because we know the tsa is there to keep the customers safe. according to this lawmaker, it is a big pain these days for us to travel. >> when i look at travel today, we worry about our baggage fees, our change fees, how much of the, everybody screaming airfares are high. when i go to the airport, the thing that irritates me the most is that, what will happen to tsa. i am a going to find a good guy or a bad guy, is the line going to be long. when i was in europe and south america, they still, they do not make you take your shoes off. you don't have to take your belts off. and they just put us through a major strip tease and then i guess that guy in portland had the right idea, just go in naked. the tsa can be a real pain in
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the butt. you know, i've never had a tsa guy be bad to me. i've argued with them many times but it doesn't mean that i think they're not doing their job. it is just that i think they have too many rules. >> remember they banned cigarette lighters. after taking 20,000 a day, they said cigarette lighters are okay. we used to have to turn on our computers but it took a minute to a minute and a half. the computers are okay. you don't even have to turn them on anymore. so it is really confusing to the consumer. we have the threaten ounce and the one ounce and all the other goodies. it is the one thing, i never know what will happen with the tsa. >> the 311 has been around. you're not a experienced traveller. they have signed everywhere. i have to ask you how much of this is what we call in texas, just belly aching. there are legitimate concerns of the full body screening.
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if there was a threat of radiation, there are concerns with the tsa. to say okay, i don't know the 311 rules or maybe someone didn't give me a smile as they will me to take off my shoes. is that legitimate? >> probably the biggest thing they confiscate is bottled water and shampoo that weighs over three ounces. it is actually 3.4 ounces that anybody that really wants to know. but innationally it is 100 milligrams so it is 3.4 ounces. one bag, one plastic bag in a quart size. there are people that haven't traveled in a year. i forget about it. i put something in my bag and i wish i hadn't done it. if you're bags, almost anything can go. if you're going through that tsa line, they're pretty good about catching those things and that
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has to impress you. i had a radiation test done a few years ago and i came back through custom, not custom. they were able to say i had a radiation treatment and the radar star went off. that impressed me. that's good security. >> with all the complaints that people have and many legitimate with tsa, you haven't seen your business drop off as a result. people still fly. >> sure. the plane are 82%, 83% fulfill we're paying more money. we want to be jet setters and we want it cheap. it is pretty hard to find a real good deal but there are some out there. >> tom parsons, very much fresh your time and expertise. hmm, it says here that cheerios helps lower cholesterol as part of a heart healthy diet. that's true. ...but you still have to go to the gym. ♪ the one and only, cheerios
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a live report from las vegas as the president is set to take the stage. and do good fences make good neighbors? now back to tamron. the long forgotten report of president abraham lincoln has come to light nearly 150 years after his assassination. a researcher discovered a letter written by the first doctor to reach this country's 16th president just minutes after he was shot at a theater in washington, d.c. this incredible document describes how the doctor rushed to lincoln's side after the president was shot. about 40 feet from where the doct >> you feel when you are reading his words as if you are a witness to the death of president abraham lincoln. from the moment he was shot to the moment he actually died. >> i'm joined now by the director of the papers of abraham lincoln project.
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daniel, thank you for your time. >> a pleasure to be here. >> let me get from you how such an incredible document, was it misplaced? was it forgotten? how do you explain where it was kept? >> it was kept in the surgeon general's records at the national archives. it was filed in the appropriate location in the march-april correspondence under l for leo. i think it has been overlooked for many years. people have obviously studied the assassination very carefully but just haven't seen this particular report and that's the doctor's last name. you were quoted as saying what's fascinating about the report is the immediacy and its clinical just the facts approach. tell me more about what is intriguing in these documents. >> i think what is exciting about this discovery is that it is truly a first draft of history. it was written a few hours after lincoln passed away. and he was the first doctor to reach him in the presidential
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box at ford's theater. he and two other physicians made the decision to move him across the street to the petersen house believing he would not survive a trip back to the executive mansion. and the doctor is there the entire night and is holding lincoln's wrist. another doctor holding his other wrist and the surgeon general holding, or feeling the carotid artery at 7:22 the next morning when lincoln does pass away. >> as pointed out when the doctor got into the president's box, he was technically dead. as this report goes on, he was able to regain a pulse and get breathing started again? >> that's correct. he was able to discover the wound. he first thought the president has been stabbed as well because he saw think booth brandish a dagger. but he examined the president and discovered the hole in the back of his head and removed a blood clot. that reduced some pressure allowing lincoln to breathe more easily and in effect kept him
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alive. those treatments kept him alive for the next eight or nine hours. >> and again this document, the doctor wrote for the 1867 committee investigating the assassination. other doctors have looked at this account and basically conclude for the medical, if you will, technology, if we can even call it that during those times. he followed everything even though it was the president of the united states, by the book then. >> yes. and what is really exciting to me about this report is although he certainly recognizes this is the president, he's treating him as a patient. you really get the humanity both of the doctor and of lincoln. he discovers when he gets him to the petersen house that his lower extremities, his lower legs and feet are very cold. he brings some warm bottles of water and blankets to help the circulation and make him more comfortable. you get this sense of lincoln as a patient, and another human being even though he is well
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aware that he is the president of the united states. >> this is incredible. it has caught all of our eyes. we saw pete williams' report on nightly news and we're so glad you were so close to the document and the information it provided. next in today's "news nation" gut check. have you heard about this story? a i know at aer convicted of causing a fatal crash while he was texting and driving. he has been sentenced to two years in prison. plus, when he gets out, he'll lose his license for 15 years. do you think the punishment is too severe? first, a lot going on today. here's some things we thought you should know. a rare embrace on the house floor. moments ago house speaker john boehner and nancy pelosi shared a hug during the service honoring pelosi's 25 years in congress. speaker boehner that he was honored to work alongside the nation's first female house speaker. >> it doesn't mean, all right, that we'll agree on taxes. or that we'll agree on spending.
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>> i speak for the whole house when i rise today to say to the gentle lady from california, mrs. pelosi, congratulations on 25 years of real service to this institution. >> refreshing kindness there. and a dubious distinction for the younger president bush. according to a new poll released today, george w. bush is still the most unpopular living president. the poll shows more than half of americans, 59%, still have an unfavorable view of the 43rd president. by contrast, clinton ranked the most popular with 66% favorable rating. those are the things we thought you should know. [ male announcer ] we believe in thinking day and night... about your dog's nutrition. like the dual-defense antioxidants in our food that work around the clock... supporting your dog's immune system on the inside... while helping to keep his skin and coat healthy on the outside. with this kind of thinking going into our food...
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an 18-year-old in massachusetts has been taken into custody after being sentenced two two and a half severe behind bars for causing a fatal car crash while texting
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and driving. aaron will serve a year of that sentence. he will lose his license for the next 15 years. he is the first driver in massachusetts to be convicted of homicide by texting. 37 other states have similar laws on the books. the teenager send out 193 text messages the day his car swerved into an oncoming truck, killing a 55-year-old father of three. records show one of those text messages was sent at the exact time of that crash. the judge says the sentence is meant to make others think twice before doing the same thing. aaron will be 33 years old before he can drive again. what does your gut tell you? is the punish many too severe or is it on point? go to that does it for "news nation." thank you for joining us. c'mon dad!
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