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important given how densely packed california has become. >> well, we're seeing certain states do certain pretty aggressive things. they all happen to be controlled by democrats. >> right. >> the budget was passed on party lines. is california allocating money to the right things? are these things that will create jobs? >> they are putting a lot of money in infrastructure which is desperately needed. we have been using up t infrast. with less than five months before the 2014 midterm elections, the republican party is falling apart. need proof? just ask soon to be former congressman eric cantor. >> i'm hopeful that i will be able to do something about bridging this divide. there is a divide within our party. >> admitting there is a problem, it's a good first step. but check out what rnc chairman reince priebus had to say about a half hour later. >> eric cantor got beat. lindsey graham won. how divided is the republican party right now? >> i don't think it's divided at all. >> it's not divided at all?
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wait. i thought the whole problem was you guys are divided. let's listen to those two again. >> there is a divide within our party. >> i don't think it's divided at all. >> there is a divide within our party. >> yeah, i don't think it's divided at all. >> they're even divided on whether or not they're divided. outside washington, things aren't looking so good either. the new gallup poll shows 16% of americans approve of the job congress is doing. that's the lowest congressional approval rating in any midterm election since gallup started keeping track in the '70s. this is a party in serious need of some help. they need a leader, someone who can show them how to win again. someone like this guy. >> i think our party is becoming stronger. >> will you be a candidate in 2016, if you are drafted? if the conditions were right,
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would you consider another run? >> david, i'm not running for president. i said that so many times. >> that's the right. mitt romney is back. he organized a retreat in utah and a who's who of the republican 2016 hopefuls attended with rand paul, chris christie, and paul ryan all meeting with potential donors. one former romney fundraiser told the new york times, quote, this is the place where with i believe the future of the party is really going tole come out of. the future of the gop is going to come from an event put on by mr. 47%? this party isn't just divideded. it's completely stuck in the past. joining me now is former pennsylvania governor ed rendell
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and susan mill gan. thanks for being here. >> my pleasure. >> the gop has serious issues now. how bad is it when the party is divided on whether it is even divided? >> well, it's a party in disarray, rev. there is no question about that. they would be headed for catastrophe were it not for the fact that there are certain things that occurred that give them an advantage going into the fall legislation. it is an advantage they can blow. no question about it. they are well on their way to snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. >> now, certain things that gave them an advantage like what? >> well, like initial reaction of the country against the affordable health care act which i think has begun to turn president obama's low rate arings in the opinion polls. as you go into the fall, if the president is not doing well in the public opinion polls in an off-year election, that usually means the other party is going
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to do well. i think that worm is turning. we have discussed on your show how the affordable care act is turning a little bit. i think by the time november rolls around, gop is going to make a big mistake if it campaigns for appeal. if that's their message, that's a message that will fail. >> idaho congressman raul labrador wants to replace cantor as majority leader. but he ran a state gop convention this weekend, labrador did, susan, that descended into are real chaos. he said, quote, this is as low as the party can go. we have hit bottom. i think the party has no choice but to go up from here. they have hit rock bottom. how can democrats capitalize on this, susan? >> well, they can. i think they are more likely to capitalize in 2016.
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the republicans have structural advantages. redistricting keeps the house seats safe. on the senate side there is more democratic-held seats up and they are up in red states. that said, the party is very divided. a lot of people wrote this story a month ago that the tea party was reigned in or was dying off because of the more establishment candidates won primaries. people forget that the candidates moved far right to win the primaries and will have to defend that in a general election. again, they are reasonably well positioned for that in the fall. that will be a big problem in 2016. they don't have anybody to rally around. this is where the attraction to mitt romney comes from. they want to unify the party, get behind one person the way the democrats are. they've got nobody who can do that now. >> you know, governor, one california congressman said that they are eager to get the new house leadership in place.
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i'm quoting. he says, we've got to get the races behind us and start to look like a governing party. there are people in our conference looking to inflict political pain, but most of us want to get back to work. end of quote. the least productive congress ever wants to get back to work? i mean, they can't wait to get back the to doing nothing? >> that's like eric cantor being called by his tea party opponent a friend of barack obama's. eric cantor was the biggest obstructionist of barack obama's program, would never bring any of his jobs programs to a vote in the congress itself. it ee's ludicrous. i agree with susan. i think it will crop up and hurt them in the state-run elections. take colorado, for instance. mark udall is in a tough fight. the polls say it's a toss- up.
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the immigration debate causing the party to split asunder will hurt them in colorado. it has a significant amount of hispanic voter who is will make themselves known in colorado. i think mark udall will be re elected. he's been a good senator but i think he'll be re-elected because the republicans are disassembling over the immigration issue. one of many. >> you know, susan, radio host who's very right wing, laura ingram played a big role in eric cantor's loss. there was still animosity this weekend. watch this. >> listen, i'm not into blaming anybody. i will say that suggestion that i should have been traded to the taliban for sergeant bergdahl really is not a serious contribution to a public policy debate. >> this was a win for grassroots
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activists on the ground for virginia. >> he can't take a joke. prisoner swap. he has no sense of humor. that's why he lost. >> this back and forth play only help helps the democrats and doesn't seem to be dissipating. >> i think that's the case. eric cantor is right in a way about the immigration thing. his problem wasn't that he was too pro immigration, certainnan pelosi doesn't think he was. the reason he was doing that is he was so nervous about the reaction from people in his district about any thought of any kind of immigration reform. that is going to give candidates problems this fall. i think the governor is right. it will give them more problems in 2016. you have states like georgia that are basically red states. they are changing a lot. something like two-thirds of the new residents coming to georgia in the past couple of decades
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have come from outside the south, not just outside georgia. >> that's right. >> the state is on track to beat north carolina and virginia, not in 2016 but maybe 2020. texas is the same way. they have to start addressing immigration or they will never win another presidential campaign. >> governor, let me ask you this. you know elections better than most people i know. how much of what we are seeing now is driven by these right wing talk show hosts? how much of what we are seeing in material terms of what laur to, the tea party, how much of this is driven by the talkers? >> a good deal. it's good and bad for the republicans. good because it will increase turnout. it's bad because it turns off independent voters including some moderate republican who is look at this and say that party is whacko.
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we can't possibly vote for them. some of the things they are saying i may not like. i may not like what president obama is doing. i can't possibly vote for that party. susan make as great point about georgia. there is a senate race there. nobody thought we could win a senate seat in georgia. but ms. nun has a chance to win that. the fastest growing voting block in georgia is hispanic. so they are playing with fire. that might wind up winning the midterm election, taking the senate back. they do have structural advantages. right now they are doing nothing but giving the democrats real hope for victory in places where we never would have hoped for victory in the past. >> well, we're going to leave it there. former governor ed rendell and susan milligan. thank you for your time tonight.
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>> thank you. >> still ahead, gridlock got you down? don't worry. president obama's got a plan to move ahead and get things done with or without congress. and they're back! the best and the brightest from the bush era have returned to give advice about the mess they created in iraq. and outrage over a little girl maimed by pitbulls and told to leave a kfc. >> they just told us, they said, we have to ask you to leave because her face is disrupting our customers. she's 3. she's embarrassed, worried about what she looks like. >> this move was heartless and cruel. now it's time to make it right. stay with us. peace of mind is important when you're running a successful business.
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the architects of the iraq war are coming out of the woodwork the to give their two cents on the current crisis. and it gives us our question of the day. how should we to iraq advice from bush administration figures? take them seriously? ignore them? or listen and then ignore them? the poll is live on our facebook page and on twitter. so vote now and be sure to leave a comment about what you would do. we'll have your answers later in the show. ood seeing the world in reverse, and i loved every minute of it. but then you grow up and there's no going back. but it's okay, it's just a new kind of adventure. and really, who wants to look backwards
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america does not stand still, and neither will i. so wherever and whenever i can take steps without litigatiegis to expand opportunity for more american families, that's what i'm going to do. [ applause ] >> president obama at the state of the union this year, vowing to use his power if a do-nothing congress failed to act. and post cantor collapse, we are hearing forecasts of gridlock on steroids. but today the president is taking action. he'll sign an executive order that protects lgbt federal contractors from discrimination in the workplace. right now there is no federal law banning employers from firing employees if they're gay or even if they think the employees are gay.
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who could be against this? who could possibly be against this? this guy. speaker boehner. he refused to vote on the employment nondiscrimination act after it passed in the senate, saying people are already protected in the workplace. but today, after a long fight and years of lobbying from gay rights activists, president obama is taking a major step forward. it comes after a flurry of executive actions. over 20 this year on climate change, student loan debt, and on raising the minimum wage for federal employees. but as the news came out today, here's what a house republican said about it on radio. >> we have a president that's taken this to a new level and it's put us in a real position where he's just absolutely ignoring the constitution and ignoring the laws and ignoring
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the checks and balances. the problem is what do you do for those that say impeach him for breaking the laws or bypassing the laws? could that pass in the house? it probably could. is the majority of american people in favor of impeaching the president? i'm not sure. >> here is what i am sure about. while republicans are talking about impeach ment and searching endlessly for scandals, things are getting done. joining me now is aisha moody mills, a senior fellow at the center for american progress, and maria theresa kumar. thank you for being here. this executive order is limited. the president can enforce it for those that work with federal government. what message does it send today? >> well, it's limited, sure. but it's actually huge. this is unprecedenteded.
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in fact this executive order is the largest expansion of rights and protections for lgbt workers this country has seen. it's a huge deal. it will protect one in five lgbt workers, which is about a million people. i'm thankful you teed this up talking about the fact that we've got to get it done. this only covers a million people, sure. congress has to do its job and pass legislation to protect us all. >> you know, the fact is americans think in large part that lgbt americans are protected against employment discrimination. a survey shows 75% thinks it's illegal to fire or refuse to hire someone because they are gay, lesbian, by sexual or transgender. let me ask you, maria, it's actually legal in 32 states. >> not only is it legal, but it
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provide as loophole for employers to discriminate. the president has aligned the position of the majority of the american people with the rest of the federal government when they provided an equal pay wage for minimum wage for the rest of the federal workers. it base cally says, look, we are moving forward. i think we should take a step back and recognize what the president is doing is, yes, in the last year he's signed over 20 executive orders because congress is at a stand still. he signed 20 to date but is well behind the rest of the presidents whether you're talking about reagan, clinton or nixon. he's being strategic, talking about climate change, creating an opportunity even when it comes to immigration reform. we are seeing a president tired of seeing congress sit on its hands. we have a lot to do and if you're not going to do it, i'm going to take pen to paper and
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get it done. >> aisha, we played a sound clip of a congressman talking impeachment today. the, quote, lawless, line is a big trend on the right for months now. listen to this. >> there is the pattern of lawlessness in this administration. ignoring law after law after law. if this president doesn't agree with the law, he refuses to enforce it. >> we have a lawless presidency. >> the president has changed the constitution, decideded it's optional and he'll obey when he feels like it. >> what he doesn't have is the constitutional power to run this country like a dictator. >> we have never had a president with that level of audacity and contempt for the office. >> this is stalinism. this is sheer brazen lawlessness. >> he has the earmarks of a m marxist dictator. he does. >> i'm afraid president obama has a king complex developing.
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>> this is a big line through the right. >> it's a big line and a big lie. here's the thing. congress is not doing anything. they are talking about lawlessness but not passing laws. not actually legislating anything, trying to work with the president on anything. i think it's disingenuous of them to suggest he's out there going against, for example, laws that congress is passing because they are not passing anything for him to work with in the first place. >> maria, after the cantor loss, everyone was talking about immigration being done. president obama doesn't buy it. he said, quote, it is interesting to listen to the pundits and the analysts and some of the conventional wisdom talks about how the politics of immigration reform seem impossible now. i fundamentally reject that. i will tell the speaker of the house that he needs to reject
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that. i mean, is this just hope, mar yar -- maria, or can we get something done? is it something the president can do alone? >> the fact that they have chosen mccarthy is the one to succeed cantor. he's one of the few that's been championing the cause on the republican side. that tells me there is a possibility that there is hope alive. now, the president promised he's going to wait until august recess to reform some of the immigration laws on the books. by doing it through executive order and revisiting them, he'll look at what he can do with the executive order to allow, for example, the immediate relief of deportation. now anybody can be deported if they have any sort of criminal record. that includes being stopped with a broken taillight. he's saying, let's make priorities here. make it sensible.
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let's make sure we are not separating families needlessly. he's giving the republican leadership the opportunity to pass immigration reform. they will need it for the midterm elections and 2016. >> i have to leave it there. aisha moodie-mills and maria teresa kumar, thank you for your time. coming up, with a crisis unfolding in iraq, the old bush team is offering up expert advice -- seriously! it's like an arsonist talking about how to put out a fire. but first, governor january "papers please" brewer is trying to raise money. you won't believe how. we gotcha, next. ♪
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over the last eight months, nearly 50,000 children have crossed the border illegally. without grown-ups. many are escaping drug-related violence in their home countries. children are seen here temporarily housed in this arizona warehouse. until relatives take them to immigration hearings. these pictures are striking. so is the political powerplay happening in arizona. it involves arizona's governor jan brewer. she signed the controversial "papers please" law in 2010. the law required police to ask for immigration papers from anyone who they have a reasonable suspicion of. i call that profiling. it sparked a huge national backlash and protest. oh. she also made this bizarre justification for that very bill. >> it's a good bill and it's
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another tool for us to use in order to get our borders under control. we cannot afford all this illegal immigration. and everything that comes with it from the crime to the drugs and kidnappings and extortion and beheadings. >> yes. that headless body claim was with debunked. she later admitted to being wrong. now we have a new one. she's fund-raising off the current kids' crisis. her pac sent out an e-mail titled "abandoned in arizona" saying she's disturbed and outraged over the situation. but then comes this. she's asking for contributions, $25, $500. there shouldn't be a price tag on this crisis. these are children's lives. they shouldn't be used as political props or fund-raising tools. did you think we wouldn't notice
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breaking news out of iraq. late today, president obama formally notified congress that he's deploying 275 u.s. troops to baghdad to reinforce the embassy. and a big development. word that u.s. officials today discussed the situation in iraq with iran. it comes amid growing chaos. isis is now claiming it's executed about 1700 captured iraqi soldiers. nbc news has not authenticated the numbers. but baghdad government tells nbc it believes some kind of massacre took place. president obama is reviewing options, including talks with
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iran. there are no easy answers on what to do but we do know that we shouldn't be listening to bush-era leaders who got us into this mess. starting with paul wolfowitz, bush's number two at the pentagon. he claimed iraqi oil revenue would help pay for the war and mocked warnings that 20,000 u.s. troops would be needed as, quote, wildly off the mark. now he's calling for action. >> this is more than just an obscure shconflict. this is al qaeda. >> the sh ia/sunni split is obscure? he's disqualifying himself all over again. paul bremer, bush's envoy to iraq. in 2003 he signed the disastrous order to disband the iraqi army.
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in 2006 he admitted, quote, we really didn't see the insurgency coming. today he said the u.s. needs boots on the ground again in iraq. >> i'm not in favor of sending combat forces into iraq at the moment. but i can well imagine that we would have to have some troop ares on the ground. a big mistake we made was pulling troops out in 2011. it took away our political influence. >> the mistake we made was going to iraq in the first place. an even bigger mistake would be listening to bush's old team like andy card, bush's former chief of staff. in 2002 he set up the white house iraq group to sell the war to the american public. he's also blaming the chaos on president obama. >> yes, president bush did anticipate this being likely the we didn't do some things right. president obama and his team has
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not done some things right. we need adult leadership and people paying attention to what's happening diplomatically. >> we have heard this talk before. and we paid for it. dearly. we can't afford to listen to it again. perhaps president bush said it best. >> fool me once, shame on -- shame on you. fool me -- can't get fooled again. >> joining me now is retired u.s. army captain wes moore and washington post's dana millbank. thank you for being here. >> hi, reverend. >> captain moore, what goes through your mind when you see the bush team giving advice on iraq? do they think we'll be fooled again? >> i'm glad they are engaged in the conversation. it would be nice if there was
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historical context in the their thoughts. you can't understand the situation we are in right now without also understanding there was no post saddam hussein plan for iraq that was built out. there was no expectation of sectarian violence. there was no plan what iraq would look like once we decideded not to allow the baathists to be involved. it created a lot of anger that exists now. there was no plan when we talk about the president not allowing for u.s. forces on the ground in iraq now about the fact that it had nothing to do with political decisions but everything to do with the status of forces agreement. the engagement is great. it would be great if the engagement was met by facts that should accompany them as well. >> dana, the troops that the president announced and notified congress of late today is just to protect the embassy. >> mm-hmm. >> gop senator lindsey graham warns another 9/11 awaits if we
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don't act. it's the same tone calling for invasion in 2003. listen to him then and now. >> i believe that saddam hussein is giving aid and comfort, trade and assistance to al qaeda murderers, has weapons of mass destruction, he's will lying when he says he doesn't. >> iraq and syria will be the staging area for the next 9/11 if we don't do something. >> if baghdad falls, if the central government falls, a disaster awaits us of monumental proportions. >> there is no doubt the u.s. has an interest in seeing a stable iraq. haven't we learned to distrust this kind of hysterical fear mongering, dana? >> not since baghdad bob was on the job have we heard such an outlandish thing about iraq uttered here. let's set aside views on the war and all that. why were these troops with drawn from iraq?
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it wasn't because of president obama. it was because of the agreement that president bush signed in 2008 requiring hthem to be take out by 2011 at which point the iraqi government said we want them out. we are not negotiating to keep him here. president bush was all about bringing democracy to raug. he brought democracy to iraq. this was the ult of it. now there is, by all accounts, an awful situation there. no good solution. lindsey graham called for evacuating the u.s. embassy. the fact that it is being fortified should please him, but it is doubtful this president could please lindsey graham at this point. >> do you know what's interesting, wes, is they are bringing out an old attack that the president is too busy playing golf. listen to this. >> this is a crisis. it calls for a response other
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than going to palm springs for a fundraiser. >> there is a lot of criticism for the president taking a four-day holiday for father's day golfing, doing fund-raising. >> this as the president golfs. >> they want to talk about golfing. where was the right wing outrage after the infamous moment from president bush in 2002? watch this. >> i call upon all nations to do everything they can to stop these terrorist killers. >> thank you. >> now watch this drive. >> isn't that the point they are trying to just act as though all of the outrageous stuff that happened during bush's involvement with iraq didn't happen? >> it goes back to, frankly, a tired argument. you know, about how the president is somehow not on the ball, not paying attention. it is an absurd argument.
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this is incredibly important first and foremost in the president's mind. as any commander in chief, you can make a clear argument. just as president bush was prior, president obama is now. there is nothing more important than the safety and security of not just the american people but american sbrisinterests. the argument he's not involved and not engaged takes away from a point that the president needs their support going forward and how we think about solving the crisis. if they want to play games with optics it shows a lack of seriousness about supporting the administration in terms of solving the issue. >> dana, let me ask you this. how much of this is about the republicans trying to regain the national security argument and trying the to change the perception of what they did and now get back ahead in the foreign affairs and the national security debate in the country?
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>> i think that may be a piece of it, reverend. more of what's going on here is this is just sort of a reflexive position. whatever is happening bad in the world is obama's fault. whatever this president has done, it's wrong. so basically there's been criticism of what president obama has done here. but there is no suggestion of what he should be doing instead. even viceroy jbreme are r isn't calling for boots on the ground. there is an argument over the policy which we are hamstrung on. it's a question of saying obama did it, it's wrong. >> captain wes moore and dana millbank. thank you pr your time tonight. >> thank you. >> thank you very much. >> still the ahead, president obama has helped create over 9 million jobs over the last 51 months. but there's more work to be done. up next, how you can deal with
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people don't have the skills to fill those jobs. in china and all over the world companies are struggling to hire workers. here in the united states, more than half of the companies can't fill positions. we can and must do a better job at training for jobs. tonight in our "advancing the dream" series we are looking for solutions. 80% of middle skills jobs require just one year of training or less. so it can be done. it can be done fast. now is the time to change our future. joining me now is graeg capelli of apollo group, the owner and operator of the university of phoenix, the nation's largest accredited for-profit college. full disclosure, the apollo group is a sponsor of this
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series. thanks for coming on tonight, are greg. >> thanks for having me back. i appreciate it. >> you wrote a report focusing on the skills gap. what did you find out? >> it's interesting. you brought up really important points which we have this economy are where we know we got to $17 trillion plus by educating the rest of the world for a hundred years. we got to the '80s where we stopped doing that. we can learn from some examples of the past. we look at corporate america today and the employment situation. as you pointed out, ten million people unemployeded. 30 million on the side lines who would like the to be back in. here are 4 million jobs being advertised and employers aren't hiring our people to do the jobs. there is a disconnect there. frankly, they are not seeing the potential in all cases of what the american worker has to offer and i think there is a disconnect when it comes to the
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level of skill that's out there versus what we can do to train people in this country to close the gap. if we do that, that's two and a half trillion dollars to the u.s. gdp added. we can lower the unemployment rate by up to 40% and create a much better situation for people in this country. >> if we do that. let me push you on that. i mentioned in the intro that 80% of middle skilled jobs require just one year of training or less. breaking it down, take a look at this. 7% of jobs require no training. a full 44% require up to three months of training. 14% of those jobs would take three to six months of training. 15% would require six to 12 months. there is not a lot of time to invest for a decent job. are people not getting the
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training for the positions? >> i think people are scared and think in order to get back in and get a job today they have to go back to school for four years. that's a daunting task that costs a lot of money. but as you point out in the report, the reality is in many, many cases with the 4 million jobs you're talking about between three months and a year of direct training. you tan to the skill that's necessary to get the job done. there are lots of those opportunities for the viewers of the program out there and other americans to take advantage of. >> give me some examples of the opportunities that are available. >> let's look at what siemens corporation is doing. it is investing in a program that allows people to be an apprentice for an example. they opened up a plant in north carolina, i believe. not only can you be hired but you can be an apprentice for what you're eventually looking to do with your career. they pay for it.
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they will train you. two, three years down the road you're making significant income and doing the job you want to do, as an example. >> there is good news here. the buy p row of labor statistics predicts there will be a huge amount of job growth over the next decade. everything from health care jobs to construction to personnel care and services to computer science positions. how do we go about getting people the skills they need for the jobs? >> yes. there are many categories that show between 10 and 20% growth in certain careers. they are in areas you would think which is health care, i.t., business, and other categories as well. but what we did is went coast to coast and interviewed ceos and senior executive teams and asked them. what needs to be with done to get people the information. >> did they give you ideas or
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ways to address the skills gap? >> there are companies beginning to realize they need to invest more heavily, number one, into the work force and the future work force of the countrile. number two, they can see significant returns for employees, stake holders within the organization and one of the most important things that's being realized is this is a globally competitive labor force now. they have to compete if they want to fulfill the need s to grow their own organizations going forward, they have to have skilled employees to get it done. if it takes training for three to nine months to get it done, there are ways. it's investing in their own work force programs and relying on the college and university system as well. >> this is a very important subject. we're going to stay on it. thank you for being here. greg cappelli, thank you for being on tonight. >> thank you for having me.
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we're back with a tragic story out of mississippi. 3-year-old victoria wilcher was attacked by three pitbulls last april. she lost her right eye, and the right side of her face is paralyzed. she's normally on feeding tubes. but last week wanted to try some mashed potatoes. so grandmother took her to lunch at a kfc restaurant. and then a k pfc worker alleged told them to leave because of the way victoria looked. >> they just told us -- they said, we have to ask you to leave because her face is disrupting our customers. she's 3. and she's embarrassed. she's worried about what she looks like. she's embarrassed. i hate it because she shouldn't be. it ain't her fault.
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the rest of her life there's going to be peel like that. >> afterwards, victoria's family went on facebook and posted this picture with the quote, does this face look scary to you? the story spread and so did the outrage. finally kfc announced they were investigating the incident. they issued a statement saying, quote, this kind of hurtful and disrespectful action would not be tolerated by kfc. we have apologized to victoria's family and are committed to assisting them. kfc is giving $30,000 to help with victoria's medical bills. this poor little girl has a long road ahead. we'll be watching, kfc, to make sure they do right by her. we'll be praying for little victoria. ness. when possibilities become reality. with centurylink as your trusted partner,
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tri -- triumph out of tragedy. 32 people are killed by guns every day. shattered family members have to find the strength to go on. one is the nba's newest star, 22-year-old spurs player kawai leonard. six years ago he was still in high school. his father was gunned down while working at the family's car wash in l.a. leonard was left alone with his mother. but he didn't let his loss keep him back. he went to college, then the nba. and six years after his father's death, leonard made it all the way to the finals, winning the most valuable player award. from the streets of compton to basketball's biggest stage, to make the the moment even more bittersweet, leonard won the
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trophy last night on father's day. finally tonight, the results from our question of the day. how should we react to iraq add sies from bush administration figures? just 4% say we should take them serious. 68% say ignore them. 28% said listen, but then ignore them. thanks to all who voted. thanks for watching. i'm al sharpton. "hardbalkwoe"hardball" starts r. what we did to iraq. let's play "hardball." good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. it appears from our reports that iraq is on the edge of an all-out civil war with personnel in the american embassy packing their bags and lea