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i understand what the president is trying to argue and secretary kerry, but i think lobbing a few bombs into a powder keg is going to make things worse. we've got to stay focused on what's going on at home here. >> all right. congressman tim ryan of ohio. how's ohio going to be this year? >> national title this year. we've got an ohio coach back in ohio. it's happening. watch. you heard it here first, ed. ohio state's going to win the national title this year. >> all right. you're saying it on september 11th. we will save the tape. it's good to have you with us. thank you. and that is "the ed show." i'm ed schultz. politics with rev sharpton starts now. tonight we remember, today the country is remembering those who lost their lives 12 years ago, september 11, 2001, a day
we'll never forget. at the white house, the president observed a moment of silence after he spoke at a ceremony at the pentagon. >> let us have the confidence and the values that make us americans that we must never lose, the shining liberties that make us a beacon to the world, the unit and commitment to one another that we sustain on this national day of remembrance. >> the unit and commitment to one another is that unit that rose from the ashes 12 years ago today. unit across america, unit in the political world, putting aside partisan differences, but today, 12 years later, that political un unity is lost. whatever your politics, there's no easy answer. it's tough.
it involves hard questions, and it's deeply personal. that is so troubling about what we're seeing in our politics today. the leading republican in the senate, mitch mcconnell is sending out stunningly s lly cy messages to his supporters. he says he could not support the president's authorization for use of force in syria. and then mcconnell try does fund raise off it. quote, anything you can contribute will go a hong way towards our goal. cashing in on a crisis? it's grotesque. today also marks the one year anniversary of the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi where four americans was killed and where some republicans today -- where are they today? rallying against this administration after a year of baseless, phone eye scandalmongering on benghazi.
rudy giuliani attacked the president today on 9/11, over benghazi. >> i have significant questions about the action of the united states government that night, including our president. i still don't know where he was that night. >> here's where the president was that night. in the white house, at work. this photo is on the white house website. it's easy to find. this president is confronting serious questions about serious issues. it's one thing to disagree. it's another to be disagreeable. whatever your politics, let's remember that unity we had 12 years ago today. joining me now is former u.n. ambassador bill richardson and democratic congressman emanuel cleaver from missouri. thank you both for joining me tonight. >> good to be with you reverend. >> thank you, reverend. >> ambassador, you favored a
military strike on syria. obviously, a lot has changed no the last 48 hours. where are you now? >> well, i'm supporting the president. i think it's important that we explore this diplomatic initiative. i'm very skeptical of the russians, the iranians. i'm skeptical of a potential solution, but i think it needs to be explored. now what i'd like to see is a strong effort in the security council that is in addition to taking the weapons away from the syrians, a cease-fire. i think what is also needed is talks leading to a political settlement, some kind of arms embargo. let's go a little further, reverend. i think the president has put us in a position now where the syrians and the russians for some reason wanted a pause. they've thrown diplomacy out. so i think it's a very, very
sensitive period. but let the administration pursue these negotiations. i'm skeptical. i've dealt with the russians before in the security council. >> you were the ambassador to the united nations. so as you say, you've dealt with them. you've dealt with them there at the u.n. would you trust them, and if you would not trust them, how would you safeguard every step. way as we've been hearing people say that you've got to check, trust but verify. how would you verify, ambassador? >> well, i do trust the foreign minister. he was my counterpart at the u.n. i don't trust president putin. and what i'm concerned about is that this is a delaying tactic, a stalling tactic to get the congress to affect the votes of people like congressman cleaver. so what you have to do is an airtight resolution in the security council, a timeline on
when is it that they're going to get these weapons out. as i said, an arms embargo that prevents weapons to come in. also finding ways for a cease-fire, a talks leading to a political settlement. let's try to get more than what we're trying to get, which is the elimination of the chemical weapons from syria into the russian hands, verification, real inspectors, reverend, as you mentioned. tech cam people, not political people. >> now congressman cleaver, the president said that, well, he said this about the potential diplomatic agreement on syria's chemical weapons, you and a lot others including i have questioned a strike. he's trying to deal with negotiations now, even though he has clearly said that a strike is still on the table. but here's what he said about a
potential diplomatic agreement over syria's chemical weapons. >> it's too early to know whether any agreement will succeed. i have therefore asked the leaders of congress to postpone a vote to authorize the use of force while we pursue this diplomatic path. meanwhile, i've ordered our military to maintain their current posture, to keep the pressure on assad, and to be in a position to respond if diplomat at thcy fails. >> congressman, how much can we trust a deal around president putin and assad? >> well, i trust president obama, and i think he has done the right thing sending this to congress. i think he's also done the right thing in delaying action until secretary kerry is able to come up with something with his
counterpart from russia. you know, bashar al-assad is not to be trusted, but keep in mind, the president is right about this. assad never put his best foot forward until his other foot was in hot water. and because of that, i think we are having some movement. i would prefer some kind of diplomatic solution. every military strike we launch as the world's super power will strike some chord and verbrate throughout the 21st century. i'm hoping we won't even have to vote. that we will have a settlement coming from secretary kerry. >> now ambassador richardson, we're looking at the fact that the president has already gotten syria to admit in effect, that they do have these weapons,
something they were denying, and the locations. how do we deal with this? i mean, how do we understand that p we're verifying them, that we know that we're getting all of them? i mean what is the process now that we would gain some kind of trust that we're not just being stalled, but that we're actually doing something to get rid of these weapons? or are they going to play a game with us in your judgment? what does the u.n. do to secure that we are not being played with here? >> well, what is critical now, reverend, is the united nations security council. five members, russia, china, britain, france and the u.s. any of the five can veto. so the russians can show that they're serious by not vetoing a resolution that's airtight. that verify, as you mentioned, that secures the chemical weapons outside of syria.
syria has now admitted they have them. because for some reason they were scared of the strike. so a verification system, inspectors that are qualified, that are technical, that are not from syria, that are not from russia, that are international, a timeline. i think we should give them a timeline. these weapons have to be out by a date certain. seven days? i don't know, i think i would give it to technicians. but the security council and russia, whether they veto or not, and they've already shown some difficulty in dealing with our ambassador and a potential resolution. but they can veto anything. and it won't happen. that's the danger of the security council and russia if they're not serious. they can halt progress on a diplomatic solution. >> i'm going to have to leave it there, former u.n. ambassador bill richardson and emanuel
cleaver. coming up, income inequality hits a record high, but the right wing has the answer -- attack the poor. plus reset and refocus on the economy. jobs. health care. president obama on building our nation here at home. and we're learning more about the altercation george zimmerman got into with his wife and father-in-law. someone asked, what are you going to do? shoot me? the police report and new video ahead. also what's on your mind? e-mail me, friend or foe, i want to know. reply al is ahead. did you know more coffee drinkers
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a new study reports that the gap between the top 1% in this country and the 99 is wider than it's been in decades. in fact, it is the widest it's been in decades. yet, the gop attacks, you have it, the 99%, not the 1%. their policies are contributing to this huge income gap. they help the top 1%. they hurt the 99%, despite
contributing to the problem they continue in these attacks. and last year, the 1% in this past last year, the 1% has an income growth of over 20%. yet, the 99%, they just seen 1% increase in their income. and on top of the gap, we hear this ba raj on the attacks. coming from the right wing about the working poor in this country. listen to this. >> we don't want to turn this safety net into a hammock that lulls able-bodied people into lives of complacency. >> self reliance means if any one will not work neither should he eat. >> really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works. they have no habit of i do this and you give me cash -- unless
it's illegal. >> teach a man to fish, he can simply feed himself for a life. don't simply feed fish. >> many people who are working in poverty work every day. this statement is ludicrous and insulting. joining me now is jarrett bernstein. this war on the poor with rhetoric and has the results being that we are, that we're seeing the widest income gap between the top 1% and the other 99 than we've seen in decades. and their policies of the gop seems to be targeting every day americans hike we learned in the automatic budget cut. we'll have $529 million from special education funding affecting 300,000 students.
>> exactly. if you listen to the rhetoric of the kinds of people you are playing in the introduction just there, you would think that the problem with america is that poor people have it too great. they've got too much money and rich people don't have enough there for we need to cut their taxes. really you think i'm being over the top here. but in fact, that really has been the republican strategy to think back to the campaign of paul ryan and mitt romney. it was very much about slashing that portion of the budget that helps provide some opportunity for folks in the bottom, say third of the income scale at the time that you're sharply cutting back taxes paid by those at the very top. so it's taking the kind of statistics that you showed in the introduction to this segment and making them worse after tax. >> now you know the gop cannot stop talking about food stamps, food stamps, food stamps.
>> right. >> but what is amazing to me, in the very same farm bill, look who's receiving the subsidies? more than 18,000 people living in the country's largest cities received $24 million. in the same bill, the subsidies are not going to the food stamps in the farm bill. >> right. there was one tea party republican who is invaing against the poor from getting nutritional benefit from food stamps. he was getting 3.5 million in subsidies from the farm bill. he didn't want to talk about that so much. let me put this very simply. anyone who can hear my voice and see my face, ask yourself the following question -- who was it that tanked the economy in 2007/2008? was it the poor people who are now scraping out an existence on low-wage jobs and food stamps? was it the people who are under
the poverty rate struggling to make ends meet? or was it the actual financial elites at the very top of the scale who according to these data today have not only recovered but have claimed almost all the growth for themselves. 95% of the growth and income between 2009 and 2012, according to the study went to the top 1%. so, you know, ask yourself, really, what can this possibly be about? >> well, thanks you for your time this evening. and, you know, part of it is in the language that we allow to be used to have this discussion. if you're in the top 1%, if you've been irresponsible, if you have done things that would cause your business to go under and government helps you, we call that bailout. we call that subsidies. if you're poor, work every day and need a little help from your government that you've fought wars for and paid your taxes, we call that welfare. and hand outs. we need to have one language for
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building our nation here at home, putting people back to work, educating our kids, growing our middle class. >> people want to see work done at home. now that we have a diplomatic solution to syria, at least in the works and that we're striving for, the president resets the agenda to dealing with domestic issues. most americans agree, it's time to focus on home. the nbc poll shows that 74% say u.s. should do less around the world and focus here at home. but the gop is so divided, they're wasting their energy on obamacare and giving the president all kinds of grief as he tries to help americans with health care. yet, the president's trying to focus back on the agenda of the
american people -- job creation and training, the budget deal, implementing the health care law, increasing minimum wage, college affordability. it's time to concentrate on the agenda in america for americans. joining me now, thank you for joining me tonight. does the president now have room to reset his agenda? >> well, of course he does. but that does not mean that the gop is going to cooperate with him. this is a group of people who are absolutely dedicated to ruining the president's agenda, no matter what's on it. and so they're going to continue with these silly votes to try to defund obamacare. they're going to continue with their efforts to cut funding
further from food stamps. they're going to ten to push aside immigration reform. but it's also true that the american people are beginning to see how obstructionist they are. they, their caucus is divided. and, you know, the president has the ability to get many things done anyway, he can issue executive orders. and the advertising the rollout for obamacare is continuing even now. >> well, you know, karen, when cynthia talks about what they're trying to do for example with obamacare, the number one focus is attacking a law that goes into effect in just 20 days. >> that's right. >> while we've been focused on a lot and necessarily so. 20 days from now obamacare goes into effect. let's listen to the gop as they attack this law.
>> if you continue funding obamacare, we're going to defund you and get you out of office. >> obamacare is a disaster. i heard that the tea party was done, and you guys were ready -- i said you want just half of obamacare, do you want half of it? >> no! >> how about a fourth of it. >> no! >> how about we defund the whole damn thing. >> now, karen, once people start to see the impact and the effect of obamacare. >> right. >> will these attacks help the president? >> well, look, once, the people who already are in the system are a testament to how it's working and why it's working. and that's part of why the republicans have been so desperate to find some way. now they're talking about holding hostage the debt ceiling in order to delay implementation of obamacare for one year. there's one point i really want
to make. we saw just an incredible am of attention and focus from democrats and republicans over the last week. i betz you had higher attendance in briefings and hearings than we probably have ever gotten in snap and the budget. so if these guys are going to say that they really care about the domestic agenda, then they need to have that kind of focus on these same issues and on trying to find a way forward on these issues, not just on blocking those issues. >> and with the time kind of attentiveness. let me ask you, abbey, the tapes i played where you have the attacks on obamacare and the strong and vibrant rhetoric. it may be popular in the base, but does it really help the republicans in the long run? >> no. absolutely. how do you describe insanity? isn't it doing something over and over and over again when you know what the outcome's going to be? they only know they have the short time left to fight this because once the jeanienie is o
of the bottle you can't force it back in there. i think we found we're not only war-weary, but i think our problems here at home are far outweigh anything else. and people care about a job. they think how can we get involved in conflict abroad when i wake up without a job in the morning. so that's why this is fall is going to be inkred bring important and it's going to be a huge mess. the only thing i see coming to some kind of a compromise is maybe the debt ceiling. and that's going to be difficult itself. i don't think it's conceivable for the republicans to budge in some of the areas. you see paul ryan who's leading on the budget in the house. it's not realistic. it's not going to get to the senate. >> when you look at the fact that the president is
concentrating on going back and dealing with the middle class, let me show you a statement. >> i've been visiting towns across the cun trirks talking about what we need to do to secure a better bargain for the middle class and everybody who's working hard to get into the middle class. joe and i are going to keep pushing for a better bar began for the middle class, a better bargain for the next generation. what we should really be thinking about is how do we grow an economy so that we're creating a growing, thriving middle class. >> a growing, thriving middle class. build the middle class. create something for the next generation. here at home, isn't that what america wants, cynthia? >> well, of course it's what america wants. it's absolutely poll after poll that's what america wants. but you have a gop that is dedicated to destroying obama, even if that means they also have to destroy the country. they don't care about the middle
class. they don't care what's happening to the average american. they're only focused on doing whatever they can to defeat obama's agenda. the only good news -- i think it's absolutely true. i think the fall is going to be unbelievably difficult, messy, bloody in political terms, because obama is going to have to drag the gop kicking and screaming to some compromises on some important issues. they simply don't care about the welfare of the country as a whole. >> well, you're right, cynthia, about that because karen, when you look at and abbey mentioned it, they're actually threatening, some republicans, to default the government's obligations in order to stop the health care law. >> right. >> eric cantor is pushing a
demand to delay one year the health care law to raise the debt ceiling. jeb hensarling says he's listening to itten a looking at it carefully. >> that's right, and you know what? we've been hearing about these members who have been either for or opposed this resolution in syria talking about how much they are listening to their constituents. >> right. >> the phone calls that they're getting, the e-mails, the town halls. well, guess what, if they listened to their constituents in a majority of those districts, people would support a lot of the ideas that the president is talking about. we actually know that. we have the data. and i think there's an opportunity for the democrats and the president to hold the republican's feet to the fire. if they care about the people in their district, certainly,
whether or not we're creating jobs in this country or raising the minimum wage deserves the same kind of focus, attention and paying attention to what the polls say and what the people in their own districts say which again is usually on the side of the president. >> they only listening to their constituents when they say something they want to hear. the thing also that's disturbing -- and you're a republican and proudly that, but you've got to deal with some of the ugliness on the far right, it has to disturb you. at a recent tea party just yesterday, they found people carrying signs that compared president obama to hitler. another sign said people were enslaved to obamacare. and another compared obama to
osama bin laden. he's the one that got osama bin laden and killed him. it's disgraceful. >> i think even republicans can agree that's disgusting. as you said, this is the extreme end of the party. they don't have the support. they don't have the vote. so that can only last for so long. but at the end of the day, as karen was saying what do the people want? you know, they want jobs. and the best thing we can do is infuse a little more confidence into the marketplace. you know, we have these artificial political clips that we do time and time again which i think only hurts jobs. so our focus really this fall needs to be on coming to some sort of a compromise on the debt ceiling. i think that's really the only thing we'll be able to get done. and it will likely be until 2014 we can start talking about progress on some of the other issues like immigration for example. >> and i hope we see some of the
attentiveness that cynthia was talking b s talking about. thanks for your time tonight. be sure to catch abbey on "the cycle," weekdays at 3:00 on msnbc and watch disrupt with karen finney weekends at 4:00 right here on msnbc as well. coming up, former governor scott and the state's attorney general postponed an execution, but you will not believe why. and what really happened between george zimmerman and his wife? new surveillance video comes out today along with new questions from the police report. stay with us. my asthma's under control.
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shellie zimmerman wants this relationship to end with a whim per and not a bang. >> the lawyer for shellie zimmerman speaking just moments ago after another day of developments in the george zimmerman investigation. police just released their report from monday when shellie called 911 to say george was threatening her with a gun. according to the police report, she told the officers that
george reached his hand into his shirt to what she assumed was a gun. then he said to her father, step closer, to which her father replied, quote, what are you going to do? shoot me? also newly released video shows shellie zimmerman following george with an ipad recording his behavior, the video them shows george destroying the ipad and throwing it to the ground. but without that evidence, police are not pressing charges for now. >> we've had an opportunity to take a good hard look at that ipad. the ipad is in really bad shape. at this point, we do not have the tools available to effectively look at the video on the ipad. as it stands right now, there will not be any charges anytime soon without that ipad. >> joining me now, joy reed and
fay jenkins. the police can't get the video from the ipad, so no charges. >> i've had a lot of conversations with lawyer friends and police officers friends, and none of them finds this situation familiar. typically, as i understand it, in a domestic violence incident, it doesn't really require the alleged victim to say i want to go forward with the charges for there to be some ajoud cation, for there to be an arrest. >> especially in florida. >> especially in florida. as one officer friend of mine put it, they would have taken them both into custody and sorted it out at the jail. so there was obviously some preferenc preferencetial treatment. was there a gun or not? >> he not only said it was a gun he told us where the gun was. and now we have another witness
who confirms there was guns in zimmerman's car. in the police report, a woman sitting in the car with zimmerman, quote, stated there were guns in the vehicle but they had concealed weapon permits for the gun. the police patted him down, but never found a gun on him. but show says they were in the car. >> and so this gun issue is really becoming an issue now. they just had a press conference where shellie zimmerman's attorney spoke out. they're not backing down. they do believe he had a gun on him. so now the question is why wasn't that pursued further. and i know that shellie zimmerman perhaps didn't want to sign an affidavit at that time, but we prosecute, as a prosecutor, we prosecute these cases without cooperating victims all the time. in fact, that's the norm. and the police know that. so when they go to a scene, they gather as much objective evidence as they possibly can to make a case without the victim, because it's expected, even if
they cooperate in the beginning that at some point they may become uncooperative. >> let me show what shellie zimmerman's lawyer said, clarifying that she thought george had a gun. watch this. >> anybody in the world that knows their husband's always armed, has his shirt worn differently, has a brand new holster where this would be where he's placing his hand and he's inviting some trouble would know that he's probably armed. you don't want to take a chance. but added to that equation, your husband happens to be named george zimmerman. so shellie had a valid reason why she believed that george was armed. >> and now we fine that the lady that was with them in the car did say they had guns, whether they had a license or not, if he was threatening and had access to arms, that's got to -- that should at least be in the interest of the police. >> absolutely. and the lawyer also went on to talk about cases in which someone called on a domestic
violence case and the police didn't find a gun and there was still a pursuit by the police. the fact that the police are asserting no gun when george zimmerman former attorney mark omara said his hand was on the gun to make sure it didn't shift, a lot of the time victims will become afraid to go forward. the law is designed to take that out of the equation. domestic violence is the leading cause of injury, in terms of these kines of cases. you are much more likely to be shot and killed in a domestic altercation. >> in the police report, s she said that he threw the ipad on
the ground. george claims he grabbed the ipad because she was hitting him with it, okay. but he has a knife. so if you stopped him from hitting you, why do you start chopping it up with a knife. and the knife, gun in the car? there's a lot of stuff going on here. >> he knew that i was being recorded, according to shelly zimmerm zimmerman. there was not a mark or a bruise in the area he said he was being hit. and he goes on to destroy it and take it apart, why? because he knows there's probably incriminating evidence on that ipad. if you really want to take the ipad away, is george zimmerman really a victim of bad circumstances repeatedly? or is this really how he acts in situations all the time where he reacts in a very violent and aggressive manner, goes doing the extra step to destroy the
ipad and takes a knife to get to the inner workings of the ipad. i think you do that when you know there's something incriminating about you. >> listen to this because police officer shouhudson said it's al possible george zimmerman would be charged with destruction of evidence for breaking the ipad. if there's evidence in the ipad, he kcould be charged with destroying it. and if there was evidence that was not destroyed or altered it could have been incriminating. >> it's the fact of what's not being done and there's so much restraint when it comes to this one individual that it doesn't seem like the authorities in question want to pursue it. i guess if they wanted to they would. >> got to go. thank you both for your time. and one note. george zimmerman has sued nbc
>> mitt romney leads by example. with everything he's done. the first thing he's going to do when he's elected is what? repeal obamacare. whoo. we are not participating in a program that we believe is unconstitutional. and i have so much respect for rush limbaugh, of course. >> but she just made an is offensive move. the tampa bay times says she persuaded rick scott to reschedule an execution in order to accommodate a reelection fund-raiser. no matter what you think of the death penalty, this is shocking. rescheduling an execution so she can raise money? it's a betrayal of the public trust. ms. bondi has issued a statement admitting the mistake, saying we
absolutely should not have requested that the date of the execution be moved. but she hasn't actually apologized. and the statement doesn't go far enough. the irony here is ms. bondi has supported governor scott's drive to speed up executions in florida, potentially depriving the accused of opportunities to prove their innocence. she's all for speeding up executions, unless it interferes with her political calendar. did she think we'd ignore her shameful decision? nice try, but we got you. we raise black and red angus cattle. we also produce natural gas. that's how we make our living and that's how we can pass the land and water back to future generations. people should make up their own mind what's best for them. all i can say is it has worked well for us.
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well, that popular saying is true, you know mark? you know more people come with ugliness and incensivity, the more they show people we better get up and do something. i know in my own activism, the more ugly people got the more they made the case for me. it's like political martial arts. you learn to use the weight of your opponent to your advantage. so vote and expose those that are not in the interests of american people. finally tonight, a symbol of hope. in the rubble of 9/11 attacks, survivors found this single tree that survived the devastation of that day. the survivor tree. today it stands tall at the 9/11 memorial. now the memorial has launched a new program sending seedlings
from this tree to communities that embody that spirit. seedlings are being sent to boston in remembrance of the city's strength after the marathon bombings. also to prescott, arizona in honor of the 19 firefighters who lost their lives this summer, and to the rockaways a community hit hard by hurricane sandy. i remember i was in new york and brooklyn when the world trade centers were attacked. and i remember going to my headquarters and talking to people who didn't know if their loved ones were living or dead. i remember a young man that stayed with my family, friends of my daughters, for nine weeks as he struggled. waiting every time the phone rang because his mother worked in the world trade center, and he hoped every time that phone rang it was her telling him she was all right or someone had found her. and little by little, that little boy had to realize his mother was never coming back she
was not part of the foreign policy of the country. she had nothing to do with the conflict. it's ordinary people that suffer as a result of decisions made by those at the top. that's why 9/11 we remember ordinary people and ordinary people need to be protected and respected. thanks for watching. i'm al sharpton. "hardball" starts right now. eastern promises. let's play "hardball." good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. let me start with this. mr. president, you've got mail. the american people do not want our country to attack syria. the russians may be able to achieve the goal of getting ri
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