Skip to main content

tv   The Daily Rundown  MSNBC  July 25, 2013 6:00am-7:01am PDT

6:00 am
>> unbelievable. i learned that actually swedish politicians have the same problem as anthony weiner. that a swedish politician tried to take a picture of his liverpool tattoo on his inner thigh and tweeters got a lot more than they bargained for. finally the big breakthrough he was looking for. people found out his political leaningings were not what they expected. mike, if it's way too early, what time is it? >> ordinarily, time for "morning joe." right now, it's time for "the daily rundown" with our old pal chuck todd. chuck, take it away. occupational hazard. president obama continues his job jaunt around the country. new poll numbers on hot button issues like health care, abortion and immigration that's going to fuel the fight here in washington. and by the way, congressman steve king wants to pour some more gas on the fire that he started on immigration. plus, is edward snowden going to leave that moscow airport?
6:01 am
we'll have the latest on that as well as the heated house floor last night. over voting coalitions. and a special deep dive. how the senate of lbj's days compares to today's dysfunction. are the current floor fights just decades in the making? good morning from washington. it's thursday, july 25th, 2013. this is "daily rundown" and i'm chuck todd. we may or may not be weiner free, we'll see. i'm not promising anything. my first reads of the morning. today president will travel to florida to continue his attempt to re-energize his policy by getting out of washington and trying to channel some of that public anger back at d.c., reconnect with the public of course that has been slowly disconnecting from him. president obama reminded knox college that he has only 1,276 days left in office. i guess that's now 1,275. his second term may be defined not by anything that he passes
6:02 am
now of course but by how health care is implemented. the president spent a good chunk of what was supposed to be an economic reboot speech selling health care. >> i'm going to keep focusing on health care. because middle class families and small business owners deserve the security of knowing that neither an accident or an illness is going to threaten the dreams that you've worked a lifetime to build. >> few things are more critical to this white house this year than a successful health care rollout on october 1st. zero hour for the rollout on health care exchanges. the president is still trying to explain it. a tacit acknowledgement that the white house has never done a good job of selling the law, let alone explaining it. >> if you're one of 75% of americans who have health insurance either through the job or medicare or medicaid, you don't have to do anything, but you do have new benefits and better protections than you did before. you may not know it, but you do.
6:03 am
if you don't have health insurance, then starting on october 1st, private plans will actually compete for your business. they'll be a marketplace online just like you'd buy a flat screen tv or plane tickets or anything else you're doing online. >> our nbc news/"wall street journal" poll shows more selling though may be required. just 34% see the law as a good idea. that ties the low we've had in teting this question. 47% continue to believe it's a bad idea. that's unchanged from june. the good news for the administration in our poll is a narrow majority, 51%, believe republicans should stop trying to block the implementation of the law. 45% believe republicans should continue to try to prevent the law from going into effect. the president tried to play up that slim advantage yesterday. >> i know, because i've been living it, there are folks out there t
6:04 am
there who are actively working to make this law fail. stop taking meaningless repeal votes and share your concrete ideas with the country. >> here's a bit of bad news for him. take a look at the party split. 77% of democrats want republicans to stop blocking the law. 79% of republicans say the gop should do everything it can to present it from going into effect. independents are pretty split on the question. the president has the same conen drum on this issue as he does on nearly every other. democrats and independents are in another. if republican lawmakers act rationally in their own political self-interest, it means more repeal attempts. if they don't, their base will punish them. moving on to one of the most unique parts of our poll, extensive new numbers in the fight over abortion. in 2010 when most americans were concentrated on the republican takeover in the house, a tidal wave was taking place in legislatures.
6:05 am
picking up nearly 700 republican seats. suddenly republicans controlled more state legislatures than the party had in 1952. the gop controlled the governor's mansion and both legislative chambers in 21 states. those historic gains had big implications for the fight over abortion. started in april 2010 when nebraska became the first state to pass a law banning abortion 20 weeks after fertilization. soon the 20 week ban became the new conservative standard for legislating. texas became the 12th state to pass a ban despite a filibuster by wendy davis which made her a national figure. arkansas, nebraska, oklahoma, louisiana, are among other states that passed bans. laws in other states have been delayed or struck down after some legal challenges. on monday, a federal judge blocked north dakota's abortion ban. the law, the most restrictive in the country, would have made the practice illegal after just six
6:06 am
weeks when a fetal heart beat can be detected. it would have effectively shut down the only abortion provider in the state. so despite the constitutional challenges, our new poll finds the plur ralty of americans, 44%, say they support the efforts to ban abortion after 20 week, assuming the mother's life isn't in immediate danger. this includes 17% of respondents who say abortion should always be legal. and a full 42% of the people we. poll withhold say it should be illegal most of the time. overall americans remain deeply divided on this issue. 49% believe abortion should be legal in most or all cases all of the time. 48% believe abortion should be illegal with exceptions or banned outride. so that split couldn't be any closer. but if you look inside the numbers, there is a divide when it comes to intensity on this issue. among those who believe abortion legislation should be a high priority for state and federal lawmakers, about a quarter of americans, 1 in 4, 70% of those folks say abortion should be
6:07 am
illegal in all or most cases. among those who think it should be a low priority, 65% say it should be legal either always or most of the time. so still for these pro-life advocates, there is that danger of overreach. 52% of americans say they are concerned republicans will go too far on social issues like abortion and gay rights versus 43% who aren't concerned. by comparison, just 41% are concerned that president will go too far, promoting a liberal agenda on social issues. using the issue of abortion as a wedge, targeting suburban white women in ads like this one. in 2013, gubernatorial candidate is trying a similar line of attack. in virginia, again, against opponent ken cuccinelli. in 2013, an off-year election, where turnout is low, it might go to the other side, among the anti-abortion advocates. when the debate is about procedures and time line,
6:08 am
usually the pro-life side finds itself in the advantage. when the debate is about rights and access, that's when the pro-choice side ends up seeing the advantage. that's sort of the back and forth you will see between both sides and activists on this issue trying to get control other who controls that message in the campaign season. finally, rounding out our polling on the hot button issues, a look at immigration. it may not be surprising republicans will take the hit with the public if reform fails to pass. what's striking is how many -- cynically, how many people are cynical about the way the gop is arguing against immigration reform. for instance, the idea there's inadequate border security and that's the reason it's not there. 44% of adults including 49% of latinos say they will blame republicans if congress doesn't pass legislation by the end of its current term. 21% of americans would blame the president. so republicans, their reputation's on the line in this issue. check this number out.
6:09 am
59% say when republicans claim that immigration must wait till the border is secure, they view that as simply an excuse to block reform. only 36% in our poll say that claim is a legitimate concern. but, again, the problem for advocates of immigration reform is the party split. just 16% of democrats and 33, it of independents say republican claims they need to delay a bill till border is secure, 33% of republicans believe it is legitimate. right now with the public, iowa congressman steve king, who has become a one man wrecking ball on the issue. he was challenged to retract comments he made on so-called dreamers, the young undocumented immigrants. that they are somehow running drugs across the border. he only doubled down on it. >> any comments on reaction to your comments? speaker boehner said they were hateful, not very helpful. what do you have --
6:10 am
>> -- serious about that, they were not, and furthermore, i haven't found anybody that can make a logical argument that disagrees with me. so i think you should ask them. >> this isn't somethinging that just was made up out of thin air. this is something i get from the people enforcing the law down on the border. i've seen it with my eyes. i've unloaded the illegal drugs with my hands. and i've watched the data and the videos that support what i say. the longer the dialogue goes, the more the american people are going to understand what i'm saying is factually correct, it's probably understated. >> so there you go. not just not retracting after speaker john boehner called those remarks hateful, but instead saying that he think, the numbers that he said are actually even more so. we'll see how that plays. up next, a showdown over surveillance on capitol hill. a heated debate and a very close vote that had john boehner and nancy pelosi having to join forces. >> we're here to answer one question for the people we represent.
6:11 am
do we oppose the suspicion list collection of every american's phone records? >> passing this amendment take us back to september 10. >> we'll talk to lawmakers on both sides of this controversial issue. plus, new poll numbers showing what americans really think about the nsa's surveillance programs. and of course there's new developments in the snowden saga himself. we're live in moscow with the very latest on the fate of the man who of course sparked this whole debate. first, a look ahead at today's daily planner. we know the president's heading to jacksonville. he will host a dinner tonight at the white house. people join angie's list for all kinds of reasons. i go to angie's list to gauge whether or not the projects will be done in a timely fashion and within budget. angie's list members can tell you which provider is the best in town. you'll find reviews on everything from home repair to healthcare. now that we're expecting, i like the fact
6:12 am
i can go onto angie's list and look for pediatricians. the service providers that i've found on angie's list actually have blown me away. find out why more than two million members count on angie's list. angie's list -- reviews you can trust. [ susan ] i hate that the reason we're always stopping is because i have to go to the bathroom. and when we're sitting in traffic, i worry i'll have an accident. be right back. so today, i'm finally going to talk to my doctor about overactive bladder symptoms. [ female announcer ] know that gotta go feeling? ask your doctor about prescription toviaz. one toviaz pill a day significantly reduces sudden urges and accidents for 24 hours. if you have certain stomach problems or glaucoma,
6:13 am
or cannot empty your bladder, you should not take toviaz. get emergency medical help right away if your face, lips, throat or tongue swells. toviaz can cause blurred vision, dizziness, drowsiness, and decreased sweating. do not drive, operate machinery or do unsafe tasks until you know how toviaz affects you. the most common side effects are dry mouth and constipation. [ susan ] today, i'm visiting my son without visiting every single bathroom. [ female announcer ] today, talk to your doctor about toviaz. what are you guys doing? having some fiber! with new phillips' fiber good gummies. they're fruity delicious! just two gummies have 4 grams of fiber! to help support regularity! i want some... [ woman ] hop on over! [ marge ] fiber the fun way, from phillips'.
6:14 am
6:15 am
now to the fight over the secret surveillance by the nsa. a new poll shows the public growing more weary that the government could go too far in its surveillance programs and violate privacy rights. for the first time now, a majority, 56%, now say they are worried the u.s. monitoring programs will go too far. it's the first time it's gotten over 50%. that sentiment reflected last night on the floor when a polarized vote brought together a strange coalition of the very liberal and very conservative. the vote on that bill would have significantly curbed the nsa's data collection program. it was sponsored by michigan republican justin amish who is one of the more defiant members in the house. longtime democrat john conyers joined him and co-sponsored the amendment. the house narrowly defeated the measure. it was 83 democrats joining a majority of republicans to beat the bill. it was so close the house speaker john boehner himself had to cast a vote.
6:16 am
he was joined by house democratic minority leader nancy pelosi. the man what sparked this entire debate, edward snowden, he's still searching for a place to live. first, let's go to moscow where nbc's jim maceda joins me. i guess he's going to get a temporary place to live so he can leave the terminal. explain. >> yeah, it's complicated. let's talk about that scramble yesterday when russian news agencies reported that snowden would get a special i.d. card or document of some kind that would allow him to finally leave the airport transit zone and officially enter russian soil. he's been stuck there for over a month now. he's got a canceled u.s. passport. while he waits for russian immigration service here to approve a request for a temporary, not permanent, temporary asylum. but it turned out that the
6:17 am
lawyer wasn't carrying any such i.d. card. he did have some fresh clothes for snowden, some pizza and a couple of books. now, the lawyer spoke to the press afterwards and he made it sound like snowden was no longer even thinking about south america, that he was settling in here, that he was keen to learn russian language and culture. so the chess game goes on. from putin's perspective, he's controlling the board. the kremlin says it can't hand snowden over to the united states because he might face the death penalty. on the other hand, he doesn't want to rock the boat either. by formerly taking him into russian soil. this thing, this situation is going to continue. we expect to see snowden having all the time he needs to read diostsky. >> you usually need it since everybody usually has three names. thanks very much.
6:18 am
putin very glad to have a pawn in his chess game. joining me democratic congressman from colorado who was one of five bipartisan co-sponsors of the amendment. thanks for coming on this morning. i want to start with the bill itself. was there -- as i know the nsa was lobbying personally. keith alexander was on the floor. you had the national director of intelligence lobbying members of congress to defeat this amendment. did any of the case that they were making resonate with you at all? >> well, you expect there to be this kind of national security establishment lockdown on something like this. of course, these folks would like access to all the information in the world. it's not their job to strike that balance between liberties and securities. it's ours. it's the american peoples. their job is to keep us safe. they'd love to have every piece of information about everything that everybody does. all we were saying is this
6:19 am
should be about people who are targets of investigation. why are we stockpiling at the nsa your calls, my calls, everybody else's information? it should be actual subjects of terrorist investigations. >> is there any middle ground for you on this? things got heated on the the floor in this back and forth. the nsa will argue they need this database it having that database speeds up when there is a target. is there a way of publicly assuring they don't look at the database that would make you more comfortable? is there middle ground here? i'm just curious. >> the way it's been reported, there's a strong argument to be made that information could be kept so we can trace it back when there are subjects of investigation. i think this amendment was the midground. it allowed the pfizer courts to order the retention of materials for investigations. we could require the companies maintain it in easily accessible databases to the nsa when the
6:20 am
nsa would have a fisa court order, they could get the information quickly. we want to connect the dots between terrorist suspects. but there's no reason in the world that should pull in every american's private information. >> you came seven votes short. seems to me it isn't going to take much for you guys to tweak this amendment and get it to pass the house. what would be the tweak that you think you're going to do? is it what you just said, maybe creating a part of this amendment to force the phone companies to keep this data? because that's been another reasoning, explanation that the nsa has give bn, that at phone companies destroy these records. >> i think if we had a successor program designed, which you can't do through appropriations amendment, which this was. if we can thoughtfully design a successor program that meets our national security needs but also protects our libertieliberties, that would clearly put it over the top because here we're
6:21 am
facing, you know, this amendment through an appropriations fight, meaning a funding fight, rather than being able to create a new program that protects our liberties. >> these become a little bit -- a little more symbolic sometimes than the actual law itself. jared paulless, democrat, from colorado, one of the five bipartisan co-sponsors of the bill, thank you very much. let's go to the other side of this debate. the senate intelligence leaders. they released a joint statement condemning the amash amendment calling the idea to fund the surveillance program, quote, unwise. senator chambliss joins me with the other side. let me ask you this. look at our poll, there is a growing power concern that the government is going to go too far. the checks and balances that are supposed to be in this program are, frankly, very hard for anybody to prove that they're working. so, you know, whether it's transparency in the fisa court.
6:22 am
i understand the fight over a funding amendment including i think the congressman sort of acknowledged there's not much you can do. how do you change this to restore the trust to the american people? >> well, you know, chuck, 9/11 change things but what 9/11 didn't change is the constitution. if we had this program in effect before 9/11, there's a good chance we would have picked up conversations about the planning and developing of plans for 9/11. so what we tried to make sure of in the developing of this program, as well as the oversight of this program, that, number one, it is within the bounds of the constitution. it is overseen by federal court just like search warrants, just like arrest warrants. the fact of the matter is that it is not only overseen by courts but it's overseen by the department of justice, the national security agency, by the legislators on the house.
6:23 am
because we understand the sensitivity of this program. by the same token, we have not had another major domestic attack since 9/11 and the reasons for it in this program is one of the reasons. >> senator, with all due respect, as you know, the public's trust these days of all government officials is pretty low. >> sure. >> the famous reagan saying, trust but verify. when it comes to this fisa court and it's -- you know, it doesn't appear they reject much at all and, you know, it gives this feeling that while it is a check and balance that was put into the law, it's there in name only. how do you create some reassurance that the fisa court is seriously doing serious oversights and protecting the constitutional rights? >> there are reasons why the court doesn't reject many applications. number one, the intelligence community is very deliberate in
6:24 am
making sure that when they go to the fisa court, they got their act together. and it is a real threat to the united states that they're presenting to the fisa court. they're not very many of these cases in the scheme of things that are presented. when they are presented, the fisa court sometimes will say, guys, hey, this is not going to work. you need to either withdraw this or you need to tweak it and come back to us. so there are reasons why the court does not reject -- some of them are rejected kind of informally. so this program is well overseen, chuck. i can tell you that we do understand the sensitivity of the program. we know that while the supreme court has said these records have no expectation of the right of privacy, there is the expectation of the right to privacy among the american people. that's why there's anybody who
6:25 am
has had their privacy invaded -- if you're talking to the right folks, you don't have anything to worry about. if you're talking to bad guys who are plotting against america, you better believe you got something to worry about. >> let me ask you this, what about a middle ground? you heard the democratic congressman i think talk about this idea of okay, instead the government collecting this data, make it so that the phone companies themselves, the communication companies, it's archaic to call them phone companies, but these communication companies to archive the data themselves and sort of create basically one extra level of safeguards, of privacy safeguards. is that a workable compromise? >> actually, we looked at that. we're continuing to look at that. we're also looking at the fact to get a third party to store the data, chuck. when it comes to transparency, when want to make sure we can do everything we can. there are some issues there. it's a very, very expensive proposition to have the companies maintain these
6:26 am
records. secondly, when the intelligence community and the law enforcement community needs this information, rather than going to four, five, six or seven locations to get the information, now they can go to one, they can get an instantaneo instantaneo instantaneously. and because there are so few of these cases and because there are so few individuals, chuck, who have access to this, the number would astound your listeners out there. >> -- i was just going to say, a 29-year-old i.t. guy, and a contractor, got this information, so, you know, your reassurance -- >> that is a major problem -- >> you reassurance that so few have access, we just look at this edward snowden and wonder who else has access. >> that's a real problem. in fact, that's more of a problem than underlying issue in my opinion. we've got real checks and balances and who gets the clearance and whether those clearances ought to be maintained. that is a very, very serious
6:27 am
issue in and of itself, chuck. >> all right. senator chambliss, i have to leave it there. likely to bring a similar measure to the senate floor in some form and i imagine we'll talk to you again about this. much more to come here on "the daily rundown. kw "but first today's trivia question. what year had the highest number of districts with split tickets? the first person to tweet the correct answer to @chucktodd and @dailyrundown gets the daily shout out. is like hammering.
6:28 am
riding against the wind. uphill. every day. we make money on saddles and tubes. but not on bikes. my margins are thinner than these tires. anything that gives me some breathing room makes a difference. membership helps make the most of your cashflow. i'm nelson gutierrez of strictly bicycles and my money works as hard as i do. this is what membership is. this is what membership does.
6:29 am
still doesn't feel real. our time together was... so short. well, since you had progressive's total loss coverage, we were able to replace your totaled bike with a brand-new one. the tank, the exhaust... well, she looks just like roxy! you know, i'll bet she's in a better place now. i'm sure she is. [ ethereal music plays ] [ motorcycle revving ] getting you back on a brand-new bike. now, that's progressive. wait a sec! i found our colors. we've made a decision. great, let's go get you set up... you need brushes... you should check out our workshops... push your color boundaries while staying well within your budget walls. i want to paint something else. more saving. more doing.
6:30 am
that's the power of the home depot. refresh your home inside or out with behr premium plus ultra. interior flat starts at $31.98 a gallon. there's been an awful train crash in spain. we'll get our first look now at the moment of impact in that terrible train crash overnight in spain. the train with 247 people on board was traveling at an
6:31 am
extremely high speed when it takes a turn, hits a barrier and derails just outside santiago in northern spain. the cars were thrown from the track. some reports say the train was traveling at twice the speed limit. you look at it there, it just seems like it is literally about to come off the rails at how fast it was going. at least 77 people were killed. more than 100 injured. there's a concern basically every person on that train was either injured or killed. so far officials believe it was an accident. the u.s. embassy confirms at least five u.s. citizens were injured in the crash. working to determine how many americans were on the train. just an awful tragedy in spain. coming up, a deep dive into the senate history. plus, why our poll has us all thinks republicans are from mars and democrats are from venus, you know, the red planet and the blue planet. and brand-new information on that colorful mayor's race, including what anthony weiner's wife knew about this latest
6:32 am
sexting scandal and when she knew it. you're watching "the daily rundown." only on msnbc. accomplishing even little things can become major victories. i'm phil mickelson, pro golfer. when i was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, my rheumatologist prescribed enbrel for my pain and stiffness, and to help stop joint damage. [ male announcer ] enbrel may lower your ability to fight infections. serious, sometimes fatal events including infections, tuberculosis, lymphoma, other cancers, nervous system and blood disorders, and allergic reactions have occurred. before starting enbrel, your doctor should test you for tuberculosis and discuss whether you've been to a region where certain fungal infections are common. you should not start enbrel if you have an infection like the flu. tell your doctor if you're prone to infections, have cuts or sores, have had hepatitis b, have been treated for heart failure, or if you have symptoms such as persistent fever, bruising, bleeding, or paleness. since enbrel helped relieve my joint pain, it's the little things that mean the most. ask your rheumatologist if enbrel is right for you.
6:33 am
[ doctor ] enbrel, the number one biologic medicine prescribed by rheumatologists.
6:34 am
because all these whole grains aren't healthy unless you actually eat them ♪ multigrain cheerios. also available in delicious peanut butter. healthy never tasted so sweet. cheryl burke is cha-cha-ing in depend silhouette briefs. for charity, to prove that with soft fabric and waistband,
6:35 am
the best protection looks, fits, and feels just like underwear. get a free sample and try for yourself. that's right, there's the music, there's the water, it's today's "deep dive." it's a look at the u.s. senate. it may be known as the greatest dysfunctional body. congress has become increasingly polarized. what was seen as a deliberative chamber is becoming increasingly divided. and of course a highly public feud between the two leaders, reid and mcconnell. perhaps we're looking at the senate through rose colored glasses. and forgetting about the hard types during the cleveland administrations.
6:36 am
the fist fights between clay and benten. joining me now is the co-author of a very fabulous new book called "the american senate, an insider's history." the first official historian of the u.s. senate. he joins me now. i know your co-author passed away in 2000. he did a bunch of this week. a longtime great congressional reporter. >> he was indeed. >> -- with my friends other at pbs. let's start with history of the senate and go through the version we see today and sort of get to the seeds that created the diversion we see today. a long time, senate candidates almost had to run as almost as if they were head of parties, prime minister candidates. you talk about lincoln, douglas, explain. >> lincoln and douglas -- the most important thing to remember, those two guys liked each other. they went through 17 major debates. it really brought -- >> no voter was voting for them.
6:37 am
but it was a public election. >> that's right. what they were ai iaiming at wae legislature, to vote one of them to the senate. that's the way it was done till the 17th amendment in 1913. >> to say, if you want me, then you have to vote for this slate of candidates. >> right, which was a better way to do it then, than later. candidates were going around saying, i'll pay off your mortgage if you'll vote for me. >> seems how the president got the reputation of being a retirement club for millionaires. that late 19th century, post-lincoln, where the senate appointments stopped being taken seriously, right? >> exactly. that really turned up the pressure for reform. i mean, the first provision or the first recommendation for direct election of senators came in 1825. it took till 1913 for that to go -- become part of the
6:38 am
constitution. so change comes slowly to this very change-resistant institution. >> all right, so we get to direct elections. did that make the senate in your mind more powerful at that moment in time or did it actually take away some its power? >> the question also was, did it make senators -- did they have to deal with the people more? you know, before, they just had to deal with the state legislature. the worst thing you can say to a senator at that time was -- or maybe even today is you have to be like a house member. you have to get out there and campaign and raise money and all the rest of it. so -- and yet the interesting thing was the first election under this new provision, no incumbent senator lost. even though they had been elected under the old system. so it took a while to kind of -- >> public the process -- >> that's right. >> when you look at the modern era and the idea of a strong majority leader and most people go back to lbj a little bit on
6:39 am
the idea of creating the strong majority leader and therefore -- which also meant you were going to have a strong minority leader. >> right. >> that's a relatively new phenomenon, is it not? >> it is. there's a pushback to that. when lbj left to become vice president and a powerless figure in the senate, the senators elected mike mansfield who had a totally different attitude. 100 candles flicker. let them all speak. at that point, mansfield and his republican leader loved each other. these guys really talked on a daily basis. and that's been one of the challenges, to try to keep that communication going between the leaders. >> when did the leader -- is it recent history where the two leaders of opposite parties so violently disagreed? maybe in this case disliked each other? >> very recent. i was astounded to hear majority leader reid yesterday say that he was hoping to resume weekly
6:40 am
conversations with mitch mcconnell. i just assumed these were going on all the time. it only takes three minutes to walk front one of their offices to the other. they see each other on the floor but never see each other one on one. >> what would you say is -- has this been just a slow evolution that has gotten the senate into a more house-like atmosphere or was there a trigger? is it the bork fight right? the is it, you know, some people like to point to bork. is that the trigger? >> that certainly was a major trigger, no question about it. i think media attention. a senator can stand up on the froor and make the most -- >> kr6c-span, we should blame c-span? >> the more attention they get, they become little rock stars and you get brand-new senators. out of the current senators, 56 are in their first six year
6:41 am
term. which seems to me astounding. so where's the seniority base? where's the institutional knowledge? i hope they'll read our book, maybe give them a little bit. >> one of the things you have in here is the back and forth between the power of the senate versus the imperial presidency. is that another thing, the presidency going back, the presidency had become too weak, that this overstrengthening of the presidency has actually made this senate weaker and therefore it almost forces the dysfunction? >> absolutely. congress took back some power, but now we see those powers eroded. so to the country's disadvantage i would say. >> when people say the senate is dysfunctional, do you agree? >> i agree with the answer, but i also say if you read our book,
6:42 am
you'll find other times when it has been dysfunctional and how it sort of haltingly managed to get its way out of that dysfunction, so we can always hope. >> give it some time, it will only get worse. anyway. richard, congratulationingcongr. congratulations. political junkies. people who care about how the government works should read this book. thank you. much more on the changing senate is on our website. you heard that astounding figure. we have mitch mcconnell lashing out right now as the ad wars have erupted. more than 15 months before that election. that's all on our website right now. i can tell you mitch mcconnell campaign for re-election is going to be the closest thing we have to a presidential-like campaign to follow. our gaggle is up next. the latest in the weiner saga. and some more numbers mapping out the polarization of our politics. maybe it's an honor of -- never
6:43 am
mind. caldillo of brisket. we'll be right back. yeah... try new alka seltzer fruit chews. they work fast on heartburn and taste awesome. these are good. told ya! i'm feeling better already. [ male announcer ] new alka seltzer fruits chews. enjoy the relief! [ male announcer ] new alka seltzer fruits chews. always go the extra mile. to treat my low testosterone, i did my research. my doctor and i went with axiron, the only underarm low t treatment. axiron can restore t levels to normal in about 2 weeks in most men. axiron is not for use in women or anyone younger than 18 or men with prostate or breast cancer. women, especially those who are or who may become pregnant and children should avoid contact where axiron is applied as unexpected signs of puberty in children or changes in body hair or increased acne in women may occur. report these symptoms to your doctor. tell your doctor about all medical conditions and medications. serious side effects could include increased risk of prostate cancer; worsening prostate symptoms; decreased sperm count; ankle, feet or body swelling;
6:44 am
enlarged or painful breasts; problems breathing while sleeping; and blood clots in the legs. common side effects include skin redness or irritation where applied, increased red blood cell count, headache, diarrhea, vomiting, and increase in psa. ask your doctor about the only underarm low t treatment, axiron. ♪ you're not made of money, so don't overpay for boat insurance. geico,
6:45 am
see how much you could save. you're too perfect. even the inside of your dishwasher sparkles. ok, so i'm the bad guy for being clean? you said it! you know, you... bababababa ladies! let's not fight dirty. hi, cascade kitchen counselor. see, over time... new cascade platinum's triple cleaning formula delivers brilliant shine that finish gel can't beat. it even helps keep your dishwasher sparkling. new cascade platinum is cascade's best. it even helps keep your dishwasher sparkling. ♪ "first day of my life" by bright eyes ♪ you're not just looking for a house. you're looking for a place for your life to happen.
6:46 am
republicans and democrats can agree on one thing. congress isn't doing a great job. that's about it. 84% of republican districts and 83% of people who live in democratic districts disapprove of the job congress is doing. on a lot of other issues, you see why there is such polarizations between people that live in red american and people that live in blue america. making it increasingly clear that republicans are from the red planet from mars and democrats are from the blue planet of venus. take a look at these numbers. 36% of folks who live in democratic districts think the congress is on right track. 67% say the country is on the wrong track. 56% of people in democratic districts approve of the job the president is doing. in people who live in republican
6:47 am
districts, those numbers are flipped. so let's bring in our gaggle. politico's deputy manager editor rachel smolten. "time" magazine's newly minted washington bureau chief, michael sheer. and political editor, terry bacon jr. i want to start with you. we have beat this into the ground. hey, there is two americas out there, you know, with apologies to john edwards, but there's this jerry mgerrymandered way, world view of people who live in republican districts view the count country's politics. which is why we're at this crossroads. >> if you go back to the late bush years, republicans tended to have higher direction numbers because bush was in office. >> that's right. tend to move with whoever the president is. people who feel that question is actually about the president in a way when they answer it. the interesting part of this
6:48 am
poll was the number that said 58% were actually thinking of turning out their local congressman. which really goes against everything we're told about how this election will go. no one in the white house right now, no one in the speaker's office thinks there's really a chance for republicans to lose control. the question is how many -- or how narrow the margin will be, and how much more radical you'll get -- >> rachel, there's only two times the number was equally high. one was in march of 2010. that led to a republican wave. the other was '92. that was the check bouncing scandal. that was my first campaign i covered. in that one, everybody was angry. people lost in primaries. people lost in generals. it didn't change the makeup of the house party controlwise but it really shook up washington. >> you have only to look at president obama's speech yesterday and the varied reactions to it to really see that divide. he's speaking to the party
6:49 am
faithful. a much more partisan speech than many people had predicted that it was going to be sort of this transformative moment or at least president obama hone e ho would be, instead, the reaction entirely predictable. republicans say it's an easter egg with no candy inside. >> a majority of the public say the republicans stop repealing health care. and if you're a republican lawmaker and you act rationally, you know, what do you do? >> it goes to immigration as well. big push to compromise. telling they, reach a deal, path to citizenship. but in your district, that's wait to get a primary challenge. sort of a centrist immigration deal. it makes it hard if you're a house republican to govern the way you know you want to. >> if you don't have to win a
6:50 am
swing voter, it's not in your political self-interest to compromise and we're stuck. when we come back -- >> don't say it. >> i'm going to say it. carlos danger time. with the highest number of districts with the with congressional winner from one party and a winner from the other. where of it? hit to be one of those landslide years. nixon beat mcgovern. 44% split their tickets. congratulations to today's winner, frankcuzzo. send your questions to we'll be right back. perienced d" "we work directly with manufacturers," "eliminating costly markups," "and buy directly from local farmers in every region of the country." "when you see our low prices, remember the wheels turning behind the scenes,
6:51 am
delivering for millions of americans, everyday. "dedication: that's the real walmart"
6:52 am
to save big during sleep train's triple choice sale.chance for a limited time, you can choose to save hundreds on beautyrest and posturepedic mattress sets. or choose $300 in free gifts with sleep train's most popular tempur-pedic mattresses. you can even choose 48 months interest-free financing on the new tempur-choice with head-to-toe customization. the triple choice sale, ends sunday at sleep train! ♪ sleep train ♪ your ticket to a better night's sleep ♪
6:53 am
mr. albany's facebook or twitter? >> both. >> mr. thompson? >> both. >> sir? >> i'm triangle to learn how to use tweeter. >> mr. weiner?
6:54 am
>> all i can say is, don't ask me. >> all right. i think that was our man knowing exactly what he was doing. that was anthony weiner making fun of himself when asked his favorite social media. he was booed when introduced. let's bring back in our panel. rachel, there is some development this morning, very interesting, word has leaked out that huma, mr. weiner's wife who, of course, is the focus of all the stories this morning in the post and times, she's let it be known number one she didn't know about the continued sexting when they did that "people" and word leaked out she almost left him. interesting decision by them to modify the story yet again. >> that's right. it was a very awkward moment for
6:55 am
her in the news conference the other day. she came out and at first she couldn't get comfortable in the physical space. we saw her moving around in the frame, smiling nervously at the reporters. >> i get that. >> she came out and began speak and that's getting a backlash in some quarters. i think there's still a reservoir of sympathy for her. she's changed the story, changed the narrative by going out and defending the behavior and equating it with all marriages have ups and downs. that's a difficult thing for people to react to. >> fascinating to read the woman on the street this morning. >> people don't care about the sex life. the issue here is that he's lied twice. >> it's a trust issue. >> to the fist of voters and done it flawlessly. he stands there in front of the camera and lies to you. >> a little lack of self
6:56 am
control. >> sheet lack of self-control. he had this come back story and can't stop doing this. he keeps lying about it. can't stop this behavior. voters need to look at that. >> shameless plug? >> first wedding anniversary is on sunday. >> i feel identify been here for the entire dating, engagement to wedding. congratulations. >> i will say we have an article in this week's "time" magazine about political dynasties with liz cheney. >> it's all over the place. >> we just launched a new education team at politico. crack team. education morning note. lots more. >> another newsletter. that's it for this edition of the daily rundown. we'll see you back here tomorrow. going live to chicago to speak with members of the black caucus ahead of their emergency summit
6:57 am
with chris jansing. bye-bye. with beneful healthy smile snacks. with soft meaty centers and teeth cleaning texture's dental that tastes so good new beneful healthy smile food and snacks that's a good thing, but it doesn't cover everything. only about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. so consider an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company.
6:58 am
like all standardized medicare supplement plans, they help save you up to thousands in out-of-pocket costs. call today to request a free decision guide. with these types of plans, you'll be able to visit any doctor or hospital that accepts medicare patients... plus, there are no networks, and you'll never need a referral to see a specialist. join the millions who have already enrolled in the only medicare supplement insurance plans endorsed by aarp... and provided by unitedhealthcare insurance company, which has over 30 years of experience behind it. with all the good years ahead, look for the experience and commitment to go the distance with you. call now to request your free decision guide. o0 wait a sec! i found our colors. we've made a decision. great, let's go get you set up... you need brushes... you should check out our workshops... push your color boundaries while staying well within your budget walls.
6:59 am
i want to paint something else. more saving. more doing. that's the power of the home depot. refresh your home inside or out with behr premium plus ultra. interior flat starts at $31.98 a gallon. your skin can grow more beautiful every time you wear it. neutrogena® healthy skin liquid makeup. 98% of women saw improvement in their skin. neutrogena® cosmetics. 98% of women saw improvement in their skin. it's my favorite painting and i want it back. so you in...or out? i'm in. this is awesome. i got this... ah, it was her painting anyway... (laughing) now during the ford summer spectacular, get a blockbuster deal... an escape with $1000 matching down bonus cash. now playing at a ford dealer near you.
7:00 am
first off to breaking news, new surveillance video just in at the very moment a high-speed passenger train right there derailing and crashing in spain. that killed 78 people. the train rounds the bend here as you can see, the first car sliding off the track, it slams into a concrete wall. at over 100 miles per hour. rest of the cars careen off the security camera footage and stops as a result of that crash. we'll get a live report from the scene in a few minutes. stick around for that. to our other top story. eric holder will ask a federal court to reinstate its authority over voting rights in texas. the justice department tried to blunt the decision. take a listen. >> identify already directed the department of civil rights division to shift resources to the