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welcome to "the reid report." i'm joy reid. and before the hour's over, we'll take you from new jersey to uganda to miami beach. but there will be no frequent flier miles. chris christie unveils his next budget and pulls the mask off old-fashioned republican priorities and we'll also look back at muhammad ali, and sonny liston and the battle for american culture. let's start with politics. former president bill clinton to be exact. a short time ago the old president clinton brought the democratic to kentucky. the first campaign event of the year for the former president who hopes he can do for allison lundergan grimes what he did for barack obama in 2012 at the national convention. his message to kentuckians today
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don't believe all the hyperbolic messaging that they see from mcconnell supporters. >> when alison got in this race, and we talked tab, i said, your opponent say genius at that latter course. he skated a couple of elections doing that. you can't beat that. you got to beat it with this. give the people something. >> grimes is the daughter of kentucky political royalty. her father say former state rep and a democratic party chair. in fact, then 14-year-old grimes gave clinton a bouquet of roses on inauguration day in 1993. now, it's no surprise why kentucky democrats are bringing clinton to town. they may have narrowly won his two elections to the state but he's the only democrat to do it there narrowly or otherwise. mcdonnell cold reporters in a release yesterday that clinton has campaigned here before for democrats and always lost. and that's true enough.
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registered democrats may outnumber the number of republicans in the state. they may have electeded a democratic governor but they haven't sent a democrat to the senate since 1972. also when it comes to popularity in the blue grass state it's better to be seen with bill clinton than barack obama whose poll numbers in the state are terrible. it's kind of ironic the advantage that democrats had this year may actually be obamacare. the exchange baseballed connect. and the state's governor steve beshear made a big bet in his first termed. and connect never suffered the kind of rollout problems he saw with that's white governor's office expected 125,000 people to be enrolled by this saturday. and it may be why mcconnell ignored his state success as he did again this morning on the senate floor while talking health care. while you're watching this race, you have to keep an eye on rand paul. the junior senator from kentucky
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often seems to act like he's the senior senator in the race and vice versa. the reason for that is simple. rand paul has the credibility with the tea party base that mcconnell doesn't. and with polls showing a tight general election, mitch mcconnell needs rand just like grimes needs clinton. let's start out with what, perry, you think that bill clinton has to offer allison lundergan grimes from her campaign point of view? >> the two things he offers. one is he has this great credibility on the economy. you heard both of them talk the other day. bill clinton talked about the minimum wage, allison grimes did. they think his experience in the 1990s when the economy was booming is great for their campaign. the second thing they think is important is, steve beshear, the governor mentioned this actually, a lot of people here are not sure, does grimes have a chance to win. mitch mcconnell always has had a chance to win. bill clinton coming here shows
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people in kentucky and people nationally this is a real race if bill clinton thinks that she can win, maybe she can win. >> it's interesting that you say people have questions about whether or not allison lundergan grimes has a chance. do the polls believe those polls or do they say the polls are outliars? >> reporter: no, they bleeft polls here. more like mcconnell is so strong. he's won so many times. bill clinton compared in 2008. it's more a question, people here, republicans, flustered by mcconnell. people blame mcconnell for the dysfunction for washington. and there are people who want to endorse the republican challenger who are afraid to do because mcconnell is very strong. they're worried if mcconnell wince they dominates state politics so much, people are worried about being on the wrong side of him. >> talk a little bit about grimes. obviously, her family has a story in the state.
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the people i guess known her. she's a known quantity. is she seen as the kind of the democrat that could beat mcconnell. what is her sort of issue positioning? >> she's been very careful about how to boost herself. back in 2012 when he was at the democratic national convention, someone asked her who is she supporting. she said i'm supporting our nominee. she avoided saying barack obama. she's gone to an extreme level and saying she's not an obama person. she's mentioned obama zero in her speech today. if you ask her about obamacare, she's cautious saying it's working a little bit but it still needs changes. even though you said it's working really well. her big issue is the minimum wage which polls show is popular not only among democrats. that's what she wants to focus on those issues in kentucky talk about mitch macconnell as much s
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possible. it's less about allison grimes and more about mitch mcconnell and dysfunction in washington. they think the campaign is about him and that's the way to win. >> let me ask you about bill clinton in the state. is bill clinton popular in kentucky. >> bill clinton is popular. there's not been a poll here that's been leased publicly but i'm told by democrats who have seen some of the polling, bill clinton is in the 60s in the polling here which is a big increase from barack obama who is about in the 30s right now in terms of polling. that's why they want him. bill clinton is popular. i think you might see a joe biden come here as well. that's another popular democrat in the state. it's more like bill clinton brings donors here. also enthusiasm here. he's someone when they talk about minimum wage, issues like that, when we come back in october, november, close to the election. they think he's an asset throughout. and they think he's someone who gives democrats a lot of confidence. >> it's interesting, perry, it's where you're starting to see the
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playing field where they start to parcel out clinton and biden in the places where they'll be most helpful? >> yes. i think there are five states to watch. arkansas where clinton said he's going to campaign in. georgia, louisiana, north carolina and kentucky. those are five states in the south. the democrats need to win at least two of those if they need to take control of the senate. i think you'll see bill clinton is all of those states particularly. probably barack obama in none of them. there are states where he is stronger and more popular. but the southern region of the country has never really warmed up to him. i talked to john yarmouth who is the house member here, john yarmouth is one of obama's fans and endorser. he made the point of saying allison grimes will associate with president clinton and not with president obama because of where the numbers are here. they think clinton is a big asset. key questions, of course, endorsements in politics as you know often don't get you very far. ultimately, it's the race about
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can grimes define mcconnell or can mcconnell define grimes as being too close to the president. >> you turned me away from the endorsement too quickly, perry. i want to go back one more time to the value that bill clinton brings allison grimes. rand paul has focused in on that. his attacks have not been against allison lundergan grimes even though his never in law is running the campaign. his attacks are about bill clinton and bill clinton circa the '90s, about monica lewinsky. has that had any impact on bill clinton's effectiveness being able to be used by the grimes campaign? >> you know, i've been a few times before on the cycle already. there's no evidence of having any perspective at all. mitch mcconnell is is not saying those things at all. i think rand paul is looking to 2016. that's what those comments are, building up the republican base for his presidential campaign. i really don't see a lot of
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evidence, the coverage by bill clinton by the local press has been pretty overwhelming. pretty positive. yesterday, the only person who asked about rand paul and monica lewinsky was a person from fox. it's not a lot of evidence that the local press covers this other than bill clinton as a key figure and popular figure in kentucky. i don't think rand's having a lot of impact locally. i think he's helping his goal to run for president in a couple years. >> always bringing it back to reality. i love talking to you. ery bacon, thanks a lot, man. >> joy, appreciate it. we're looking at live pictures from new jersey where governor chris christie is about to lay out this budget proposal for lawmakers. and we're expecting a battle over tax cuts and pension funding. up next, we'll go behind those numbers to see what it will cost new jerseyans to stay true. still ahead from arizona, to russia to uganda are what are the driving forces of the spread
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okay. some breaking news for you. president obama has ordered the pentagon to plan for a full american troupe withdrawal from afghanistan by the end of this year. the order comes as afghan president hamid karzai continues to stall on signing a security agreement with the u.s. in a phone call today, president obama left the door open for car die, telling him if he signs the agreement, the u.s. could keep a limited troop presence in the country beyond this year. now, if you want to know someone's values, or a good way to tell is to look at how they spend their money. or actually, your money, if we're talking about taxes. we're getting a look at a real tale of two parties today.
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one playing out at the white house where less than an hour president obama will announce the opening of two new manufacturing institutes in the chicago and detroit areas. the second is happening right now in new jersey where republican governor chris christie is rolling out his new budget. a fwhaugt was the talk of the town in trenton where anyone had even heard the word "bridge gate." first, let's hear from the promise, making good on a promise from last year's state of the union. >> so tonight, i'm announcing the launching of three more of these manufacturing hubs where businesses will partner with the did department of defense and energy to turn regions left behind by globalization into global centers of high-tech jobs. and i ask this congress to help create a network of 15 of those hubs. and guarantee that the next revolution in manufacturing is made right here in america. we can get that done. >> the department of defense will take the lead. and each institute or teaching factory will get $70 million from the federal government. companies and universities
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participating in the project will match that figure meaning that in the new institutes will have a jern ross bank to give companies and workers the expertise and equipment they need to compete. to recap, that's government partnering with companies and universities to improve the economy in two cities where the decline in manufacturing has devastated the economy. sounds like a plan. now, to new jersey where governor chris christie is just about to lay out his proposed budget to the state legislature. and according to a preview of his plan there are two big headlines. no new taxes and an attack on pensions and health care for retired state employees which christie describes as, quote, exploding entitlement cuts that are failing taxpayers. and joining me now to compare and contrast the ideologies underlying these is jamelle bowie. there are a theme working in these two budgets. democrats traditionally for using the government as an engine to try to create jobs and
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to expand the social safety net. and republicans saying no, no, no to taxes and really just game for anything you can label entitlements which lately increasingly means pensions. who is win dhag ideological fight right now? >> i think at the federal level, democrats are actually doing very good with that ideological fight. just last week, president obama announce head would not be including -- or chain cpi would not show up on the budget request. which is a big deal president obama consistently dangled out this change costability index to get republicans to higher taxes. since republicans wouldn't agree to higher taxes, there's no good reasons to put this out there. that reflects an ongoing push from the left to put the idea that we either have no cuts in social security, maybe even higher social security benefits out there in the public conversation. >> go ahead. >> at each individual state, the
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circumstances are different, right. new jersey does have very large pension obligations and high taxes. so that's a different kind of fight we're seeing at the federal levels where benefits aren't particularly generous. >> that's an interesting dichotomy. even at the local level you see the fight over pensions. governments are getting the better of that argument because people see them as going on either being too big or guarantees over time. i'm wondering overall. chris christie was elected in 2009. in 2010, you have a lot of governors elected on that tea party line of cut/spending, cut/spending. people have now experienced nearly four years of that ideology at work in ohio, in places like wisconsin, places like michigan. is there any evidence that people are kind of recoiling from that idea? >> i think there is. you have governors like rich snyder in michigan who. >> announcer: doing so well with his popularity. governor tom corbett in pennsylvania who also is very unpopular. i think a lot of voters are
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amenable to cuts in state spending. in part because there are states that do have spending that needs to be cut that have promised too much. but the problem comes when governors are proposing spending cuts and also lav visualing new spending and turned to tax cuts for companies. or tax cuts for wealthy citizens of that state. so there ends up being this, you know, for regular voters, they see they're not getting spending cuts as much as their money is going towards different groups of people who aren't them. and that's where voters are very upset. >> it's interest that you go mention that, christie's budget today, the anticipation is it's going include a lot of tax cuts. and there's questions over what the pension piece will be. but christie is also a guy who before we were really talking about bridge gate, he was talking about rejecting federal money, whether a tunnel project or high-speed rail. and it's interesting to me that he only started to see his poll numbers go down when bridgegate showed you know, commuters or at
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least people on his staff may not have been on his side. that there really was no price to be paid for that, for rejecting federal spending for thinking that arguably would be for people in his state. did you find that odd that that never dented his popularity before? >> not so much since he didn't reject federal money for the big head that hit his state. with hurricane sandy funds. let's say in the hypothetical world where congress was forthcoming with funds and christie rejected funds, then his palm later would hit. most people tend to remember the big things. in christie's case the big thing was a major hurricane that hit his state. for that reason, i think voters have forgotten about the other time he's rejected federal funds. i think now that his popularity has gotten back to ground level, you might see voters begin to rethink christie's position on these things. you can support trimming the pensions in new jersey.
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but it's hard to support and that also support tax cuts and also reject federal funding. what it begins to look like is an attempts place to burden fiscal adjustment on a single group of people. >> one place to look at this how this maybe for democrats in new jersey i think a lot of people would argue stood down -- a pretty strong argument, stood down on christie's election. and only now getting a playbook for how to fight him. they're fighting him in large part on the use of fefrl money and taking second looks at sandy aid. is this an expanded message for other del cats who have blue state governors. or republican governor who are open to take the peril money like in ohio with casage, that you can't wait to fight until after they fight to get close or the re-election? >> i think you're right. one case study for this is in virginia where democrats had actually had a pretty good time of going after republicans,
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going after republicans for rejecting the medicaid expansion, and the money that comes with that. for democrats across the country, this, you know, voters want to get medical care. and they don't want to just project free money. or many of them don't. so this provides a path forward in the states like you mentioned. and other, even, red states, where there is some openness to expanding the medicaid system. >> right. a good point is it's not just free money. it's their money. it's the federal tax money that they actually paid. jamel bouie. thank you for being here. vice president joe biden appeared on "the view" this morning. he's been tasked with upping the affordable care tax enrollment for the so-called young invincibles. just a quarter of those covered so far are between the ages of threaten and 34. 28-year-old kids how many of them think, geez, i may get sick tomorrow, mom, i should be out there paying for health
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essentially over in the u.s., let's face it people, they're really over, we're just fighting insurgency. something else textbook plans for how to beat back plans for lbgt rights. on monday, the president of uganda signed a sweeping bill into law. it makes it illegal to simply be gay in the country. that was the watered down version. as originally written, the measure called for the death penalty for the quote/unquote crime of homosexuality. now the law make here sponsored the bill is a man named david bahati. he's the secretary of the family a well-known evangelical organization whose members include sitting and former u.s. senators. the language of the bill comes straight from the mouths of u.s. pastors. one in particular, scott liveley. msnbc news writer tony docopo.
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>> let's correct your name. >> it's been messed up for years. >> tell us about this guy, scott liveley, what have you learned about him? >> scott lively, he's from massachusetts but he was an acontact growing up he hoboed his way across america and got involved in an organization called oregon city alliance. as the communications director he succeeded in passing the very first and to date only anti-gay propaganda bill in america. so for a time in the suburb of oregon you couldn't do anything outwardly gay without being accused of breaking the law by promoting the acceptance of this sinful lifestyle. now, that exact same language is what we've seen in russia where lively went on a roaming
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homophobia tour in 2006 and 2007 and uganda he did the same thing. >> but why russia and ewe and did uganda? why so far from home? >> as you say the war at home has been lost. only one-third of americans say society should reject such. you get inverse numbers overseas. so there's not a lot of free floating homophobia in russia, of course, fwlut wasn't a lot of strategy in how to keep gay culture out of the public square. lively and his counterparts in the evangelical move have brought that strategy. he's like a frank underwood style spreader of these laws. >> does the evangelical involved in this, let's be clear, it's not all of the evangelical part of it, but do they see this as evangelizing around the world, sore is this a way to take
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action somewhere abroad because they can't at home? >> it's a way to take action because they can't at home. i think you bring up an important point. most christian missionaries are just spreading the message of jesus saves. but like tobacco who have lost the battle here at home and goes elsewhere where the message finds a more welcoming audience. it should often be said that africans and members of citizens of eastern europe are welcoming this message because it conforms what they what they believe. it's an easy sell. >> right, there's a lot more, i guess people oppose gay marriage and rights? >> but politically, it allows politicians in uganda sale we're rejecting the imperialist of message of america. >> there's that message of anti-colognialism built in.
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talk about that. >> it's savvy for africans to say this colonie of england, the white visit here is bringing crazy ideas and trying to force it down our throats -- >> so there's no homosexuality except when europeans are -- >> except when it's taught. there's faulty science here. the idea that homosexuality say choice of disease or disorder. something that spreads. wife like a werewolf model. i bite you and now you're gay. >> why go after the people in your analogy bit bin a werewolf, sort of an infidel who has brought it. why dot laws punish the actual person bit? >> they punish them because they want to deep them out of the public sphere. they don't want them to be seen. scott lively is an advocate in private. camps for days. >> i want you to come back to the u.s. while i think you and i agree that the culture wars have been
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lost by the evangelical movement. jan brewer is considering one now, there's a second one i believe that's happening. what do you make of this move to try to continue to get these laws enacted post doma going down in the supreme court? >> i think the fact that doma went down in the supreme court. but the constitutionality of gay marriage was not decided on is what gives oxygen to these movements. and there's still political momentum to be created by coming out against the lifestyles of homosexuality in certain quarters of america. and arizona is one of them. >> the family, the group that's very shadowed. the people don't know who's in it. how influential are they even in the u.s.? >> clearly very influential. you said in the open there, former senators are a part of it. so they are a group to be reckoned with, that's for sure. >> and the last question, going quickly back to uganda is there a movement outside of this country that's pushing back against this kind of homophobia
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being codified into law? are we seeing a pushback in uganda against these laws on the ground? >> absolutely. the uganda social justice community is growing. it's small but it's getting watch groups like international amnesty ty and campaigns. americans are getting out there and doing better work against these laws. >> thank you so much. tony dok ouchlt upil. it was the fight that shocked the world. what's changed for african-american athletes since muhammad ali's historic bout with sonny liston. we'll talk with ali's daughter next on "the reid report." i'm nathan and i quit smoking with chantix.
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for two out of three small businesses in our country. this all amounts to about 11 million employees who are going to see more money coming out of their paycheck for your health insurance every month. a number of these premiums will be felt not just by workers but the small business owners themselves making it even harder to create jobs. another sucker punch to our economy. another broken promise to hard-working americans. and the only reason we even know about it is that the house demanded this transparency from the administration. >> oh, yes. well, interestingly, the speech came after a meeting with president obama at the white house. when asked about that, boehner told reporters, quote, we had a nice meeting. couldn't have been that nice. all right, 50 years ago today, 22-year-old cassius clay stepped into the boxing center at the miami beach boxing center and shook up the world. after he knocked out charles
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sonny liston in an emic bout in miami deep. the greatest sports moment of the 20th century. gloves that ali wore on that historic night sold at auction for $876,000 last weekend. evidence of the enduring impact he and that fight had on sports and the world but it was what cassius clay did outside the ring that made him more than just a boxing legend. just one week after beating sonny liston clay shocked the world again by changing his name to muhammad ali and joining the nation of islam. he became inseparable from his beliefs, his close relationship with malcolm x and the stand against the vietnam war. a stand which he was stripped of his boxing title for refusing to submit to the draft. by the late 1960s, ali had become a living embodiment of the proposition that principles matter. his power no longer resided in his fists. came from his conscience.
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and that matter of kns bears examination at a time when the world in and outside of sports are struggling with civil rights. the nfl is proposing a penalty for use the "n" word on the field. one by one players are coming out being hope with their sexuality. and we're struggling with gun rights and human laws and the laws that make young men feel unsafe walk the street. rashidah ali is one of ali's daughters and dave zion. thank you both for being here. >> thank you for having me. congratulations on your new show. i used to watch you on chris matthews. >> indeed. your dad used his position. i think what's important about him the use of that position to make statements about modern day culture. what are some of the lessons that he taught you and how do you apply them to the situation today? especially when you look at things like jordan davis, trayvon martin, et cetera? >> well my dad was one of the
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first african-americans to come out in the '60s, of course, there was a huge segregation, and a big civil rights battle going on so when my dad came on the forefront, one, he was trying to market himself as a heavyweight champion. and he had just won the medal but he was also very confident. he was educated. he was handsome, he was just unlike what the world had ever seen, especially african-americans. so he kind of gave african-americans a new sense of who they are, and a belief system and a confidence that no one's ever seen before. so him being the first one to come out and do that, he kind of stood in the forefront of whatever he was doing to kind of speak on behalf of other african-americans and minorities alike. >> and dave, i think that say key point about ali. that he really was different than the sports figure that african-american sports figures
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people were accustomed to. he really did shock people at the time. >> absolutely. he was ahead of his time. they called him louisville lip, cash the brass, and cassius. he was a young african-american athlete who wasn't shy about saying how pretty he was and would not close his mouth. people have to understand the differences between 1960 and 1968 were not just eight years, it was a lifetime in the political history of this country. to have someone in 1960 who was already starting to speak terms that would later become familiar like black is beautiful. and i don't have to be who you want me to be. and no vee vietnamese ever called me the "n" word. >> that last statement about no
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vietnamese ever calling him an "n" word. but how do you feel about the nfl actually having to fine people for using the "n" word on the field? >> i think it's silly. well, it just depends on who you're using it. i'm an advocate you can use it if you're black, it's totally inappropriate if you're not. it's a sense of culture, young kids use that word as a rite of passage. they use it all the time as in brother, as in friend. and most white america doesn't use it in those terms. i think that's why most people find it offensive. >> may i say something, i would never deem to speak for muhammad ali, but when i went to the ali center in louisville, there are a lot of pictures of muhammad ali's solidarity with native-american people. i would think he would look at this how is it you can have a deem in washington named after a racial slur for native-americans but punish young african-americans for how they speak to each other.
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>> well said, david. let me start with rashida first. just the idea of an athlete take a chance on not only their title but the condemnation in the sports world for take strong stand on the issue. do you, does your dad think there's not a lot of that going on an athletes right now or in the right place? >> i think my dad was the first athlete to stand against. he used boxing as a platform to protest against the unjust vietnam war. as well as, you know, the segregation. his people at that time were being mistreated and it was horrible. and he was their voice. and i think then he felt on their behalf. and he gave black people confidence and other minorities confidence to come out and not about afraid of what people would say. and i think now athletes -- i think people are still afraid to come out and speak against injustices and crime and things that are just not good to african-americans. and i think he was brave then. i think a lot of athletes now
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feel like it's more important just to be an athlete than a star. and less important about their social consciousness. >> dave, i'm curious when you can foresee a time in boxing or the with the nfl happening, meaning opening gay, prize fighter, boxer, coming out as gay in that sport? >> well, yeah, a young prize fighter did come out of the closet last year. i'm sorry that i'm blanking on his name. a puerto rican fighter. he fought last year in one of the lower weights and the crowd was actually very receptive and kind to him. i think what you said in the last segment is absolutely true, joy. other than insurgents, this battle is over. as martin luther king said the arc of history bends towards justice. >> thank you for being here. >> thanks for having me. next the politics of pork. reading between the lines how
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okay. exactly why is mitch mcconnell in trouble? the senior senator from the ruby red state of kentucky has been in office since the mid1980s. he rose in the ranks in part by being a prolific fund-raiser and good campaigner and a good friend to kentucky interests even while rallying against washington spending. last sunday, the huffington post wrote miss. mcconnell played out this die kom cotmy of across kentucky. washington he voted against a health care program for poor children. in kentucky he funneled money to provide innovative health services for pregnant women. in washington, he railed against obamacare and in kentucky, he supported free health care. and this policy may suggest a
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coherent belief system but it has led to loyalty among the gop in washington and something close to fealty in kentucky. it has advanced mcconnell's highest ideal. mcdonnell's political survival is still tied least in part to the issue of federal spending. remember last year's debt ceiling deal which he helped -- which helped the u.s. to avoid another threatened default? officially, it ended with a clean debt limit increase. no hostage taking on the affordable care act. no strings. it was a deal that mcconnell brokered. coincidentally, that deal also included $2.9 billion to upgrade a system of locks and dams that move agriculture products, oil coal and pet petroleum along the
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river. 250 jobs were depending on it while the deal went through, mcconnell not only didn't take credit for saving those jobs, he denied actually having supported appropriating the money in the first place. saying other senators were the ones who pushed it. what mcconnell's opponents in the senate said -- and the senate conservative funds, sorry, called it a kentucky kickback. now, in the end that spending could wind up hurting mcconnell instead of helping him in november. this in a state where people be signing up in droves for kynect, the state exchange that offers kentuckians health care because it doesn't sound like obamacare. they're also signing up for the medicaid expansion that the democratic governor has no problem for taking credit for. let's face it some appropriations are actually downright shady like the bridge to nowhere. but you know what people hate even more? not having her federal taxes spent on them. and it's got to be tough to ask for re-election when you can't
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the president tries to move his job agenda in a critical job speech at the white house. and michelle obama moves down to miami to celebrate a big anniversary. we've got it covered. >> to be a fly on the oval wall of the house office. house speaker john boehner pays a personal visit to president obama. to raise the minimum wage and pass the immigration reform. just kidding. >> lol, abbey, it's nothing but laughs on the spin because late night was polarizing. from "snl" to seth's first showing, amy poehler and the vice president, it was amazing. it is not a west versus east, it should not be. it is not a russia or the united states. or other choices.
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this is about the people of ukraine. and ukrainians making their choice about their future. >> right now, the u.s. has marines stationed in kiev, ukraine to protect the american embassy there and the country's ongoing turmoil. ukraine's interim leader is warning that the nation should stick together and build a coalition of national fatal. there's conflicting statements coming from russia. when president putin had the chance to discuss ukraine in an interview on russian tv he chose not to mention it. his foreign minister reconfirm's russia's quote, position of nonintervention in ukrainian affairs. the top parliamentary lead warned if lives and health of our compatriots are in danger, we won't stay aside. there are two fighting for influence here, russia and the european union. we're all familiar, of course, with russia's push to be a world


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