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philip klein, thank you all. that's "all in" for this evening and the "rachel maddow show" starts now. ari melber. good evening, ari. thank you for the work you've been doing at 10:00. it's been great. >> thank you, sir. i appreciate that. thanks to you at home for joining us this hour. rachel has the night off. happy friday. here's how congressman paul ryan spent his friday. >> being forthcoming which we knew for one day -- >> being forthcoming is to say, you know what, investigators, congress is investigating -- >> will you let him answer the question? >> i didn't ask him a question. >> yes, you did. >> that's being forthcoming -- >> gentlemen. the gentleman from wisconsin has -- >> i control the time. >> i realize that disrupting a hearing sort of -- >> come on. >> the gentleman from wisconsin -- >> i'm not -- i control the time. >> he has the time. >> here's what being forthcoming is. >> regular order. >> gosh.
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what has got paul ryan so exercised? well, for months the house ways & means committee has been investigating claims that irs officials lois lerner and irs staff targeted conservative and tea party affiliated groups before the 2012 election. earlier this week, irs officials told the committee because of the computer crash, a batch of e-mails dating back to 2011 were lost. republicans aren't buying it. committee chairman david camp wrote in a press release, "surprise, surprise. a few computers crashed, plot lines in hollywood are more believable than what we're getting from the white house and irs." which brings us back to the house's busy friday. >> you bury in a 27-page letter to the senate asking for them to conclude the investigation that you've lost lois lerner's e-mails during the time in question because of a hard drive crash. monday, our investigators asked
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your agency whether any other hard drives crashed and we learned that six other hard drives of the people who were investigating were involved, you didn't el tell us that. >> we told you on monday. >> you told us in may you were going to give us all of lois lerner's e-mails and learned this crash. >> i did not learn in february. >> i'm no asking you a question. i'm making a statement. >> my apologies. >> this is a pattern of abuse. a pattern of behavior that is not giving us any confidence that says agency is being impartial. i don't believe you. this isn't credible. >> i have a long career. that's the first time anybody has said that they do not believe me. i am actually -- >> i don't believe you. >> now you can decide for yourself whether paul ryan there is mad, mad, or if he's happy
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mad. lots of house republicans seem to be very happy any time they have a reason to be mad, some perceived slight or glitch or failure or, yes, scandal in the executive branch. politically, they're living off this stuff. the republican house has been raging at these allegations at the irs. why focus on the next election when you can relive the past one? they've been voting to create their special select committee on benghazi, lashing out at the administration for the way they negotiated for the release of prisoner of war bowe bergdahl. because congress seems unwilling to do any governing lately, the estranged partner of congress here, the president, has pretty much given up on them entirely. but that doesn't mean he's given up. instead he's pushing his own agenda without them, inviting them along if they ever have a change of heart on even a single issue. today the administration extended marriage benefits, for example, for same-sex families. that allows same-sex couples to take leave from their jobs, to take care of a same-sex spouse, even if the state where they
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live doesn't recognize gay marriage. that is news on its own and it's exactly, of course, what the president outlined for this year in his january state of the union. >> we are not going to be just waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we're providing americans the kind of health that they need. i've got a pen and i've got a phone, and i could use that pen to sign executive orders, take executive actions, administrative actions that move the ball forward. >> you saw him there in a cabinet meeting describing the message of the state of the union. when we talk about the federal government, we often use the lens of separation of powers. congress legislates and appropriates. president signs or vetoes. one political branch checks the other. when the system works. but there's a whole other way to look at this dynamic right now. as long as the house republicans are obsessed with oversight, which when properly done is legitimate, but as long as they're obsessed with that and particularly the politicized
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oversight practice by ryan, issa, boehner, goudy, as long as that's their activity, they have committed themselves to looking backwards. and that may slow down some parts of the white house, but it doesn't stop the president's executive actions which are focused on the present and the future. on governing and on action. when they think about that division of labor, a present tense president and a past tense congress, you can see how congress is falling down. take something rachel was covering this week. the reaction to the important awesome no doubt about it good news that the united states caught a suspected terrorist accused of killing americans in benghazi. after house republicans had spent all that time and effort drumming up the select committee investigating benghazi, looking backwards toward why the attack mattered and according to some of their conspiracies why they think the white house was to blame, then the u.s. actually does something about it. in the present tense and they can't deal with it. this is the ship this gentleman's being held on. this is happening right now. this is real.
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congressional republicans stuck in the past are having a hard time catching up to the extent that they are, it's with interjections of don't read him his miranda rights which we're not doing during the sourcing of intelligence or send him to gitmo, another past tense policy. the president has kept his word here moving the ball forward in other ways, too, on policy. there's a smart on crime initiative where president obama and eric holder have taken steps toward reforming mandatory minimum laws without congress. when house republicans refuse to take up legislation on the minimum wage, you may remember president obama used executive action to raise it at least for federal contractors which takes some of the economy there. now, after house republicans refused to bring the employment nondiscrimination act or enda to the floor, president obama says he will sign an executive order doing the same. vis-a-vis federal contractors for banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. president's also made big moves on climate change proposing new restrictions on coal fired power plant to lower carbon emissions.
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the gop response, to do anything they can simply to block him on it or take funds away from the epa. some even talk about another government shutdown to that end. the president has done what he's done thus far given congress' utter intransience. we're seeing in the legal world thanks to congress' inability to confirm executive appointments as well, we're going to see soon a ruling from the supreme court which will decide whether president obama was legally allowed to jam appointments through while congress was out of session. i.e. not working. and the president and congress are so polar opposite right now it's like they're almost divorced. but not quite. we know they can't get a divorce in our system. maybe it's more like legally separated. you do your thing, i'll do mine kind of deal. separate lives taking separate paths which has led to an almost awkward truce and commitment not to work together. over at talking points memo, josh marshall put it like this, both sides of the partisan divide are operating in their own political universe on their own political turfs and the most
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striking thing is both seem content to keep it that way. you may remember during the bush administration, there was a lot of talk from republicans operating under what some called a unitary executive theory. an idea that president bush or sometimes vice president cheney could do anything they wanted, virtually no limits on their unitary executive power. the ironic, bitter sum result of what's going on of republicans' current legislative strategy is it's fomented a great deal of legal solo executive action that you could get out of president obama if only because that's a logical response of any president who sees that congress is not going to pass just about anything. whether that's a good thing or bad thing depends how you view it and whether it's the ideal form of relationship that our founders envisioned, probably not. they wanted co-equal collaboration. if you're going to be obstructionist about everything, you were basically daring the president in this case,
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president obama, to do as much as he can with the power he has. what we're seeing right now is him taking that dare. just yesterday john boehner went to the weekly press conference he holds and went on at length about the irs scandal, va scandal, what he thinks is a bergdahl scandal. he was asked about what house republicans were planning in terms of policy, even, for example, funding the highway trust fund which is currently losing money or reforming the voting rights act. the speaker didn't have answers for that. "the new york times" asked a slew of republican congressmen what they saw in terms of substantial legislation for the year ahead and their hopes were, in a word, low. so republicans don't really have a plan or an agenda. they often aren't pretending to. there are two problems. substantively, its deeply cynical, impoverished view of what you can do with your job of what you were elected to do. politically it's also a hard sell. if you look at how eric cantor faired last week or how
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republican incumbent thad congress ran might fair next week, we're going to talk about that this hour, you might find running on empty sometimes mean you don't cross the finish line. joining me, presidential historian at american university. professor lichman, thank you very much for being here. >> my pleasure. >> your thoughts on this divide and what the president's trying to do here from a historical perspective and perhaps compared to other presidents in this predicame predicament. >> yeah, we're seeing something almost unique here. political scientists measure political polarization and it's about to go off their charts. it's at its absolute maximum and you're absolutely right about the do nothing congress. you know, harry truman campaigned against the do-nothing congress in 1948. well, that congress looks like the do-everything congress compared to this one. because absolutely nothing is happening. and nothing is going to happen as you point out.
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so the president fills the vacuum. politics hates a vacuum. and there is plenty of historical precedent for doing very important things via executive order. few people know john kennedy actually established the peace corps via executive order before it was ever put into law by the congress of the united states. in 1930, in the midst of the great depression, with america suffering tremendous unemployment, herbert hoover in one of the least known but important executive order cut immigration to the u.s. by 90% by tightening up visa requirements. franklin roosevelt issued ov3,0 executive orders. by contrast, president obama isn't even at 200 yet. >> yeah, and look at the politics of this as well. right? which is other presidents have struggled particularly as you get into the second term with congress' desire to really move on. and if they're optimistic
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hopefully get their own party back in the white house. take a listen to something president clinton struggled with when it got so bad impeachment being a piece of it that he was pressed on whether the position of president was even relevant. >> president clinton, republicans have dominated political debate in this country since they took over congress in january. and even tonight two of the major television networks declined to broadcast this event live. do you worry about making sure that your voice is heard in the coming months? >> no. i remind you, i had at least one press conference during the previous two years when i had it at night, but only one of the networks covered it as i remember. but the important thing is for me to do these press conferences on a regular basis and every three, four months, to do it at night so anyone who wants to cover it can. the constitution gives me relevance. the power of our ideas gives me relevance. the record we have built up over the last two years and the things we're trying to do to implement it give it relevance.
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the president is relevant here. >> now, professor, it's almost a bit of a weird moment there of him having to say it's relevant. you have the interplay there of the media's role because he wasn't getting the coverage he may have previously gotten. but how do you contrast president clinton's approach here to what we're seeing in action from president obama today? >> well, first of all, president clinton proved he was very relevant when he won re-election in 1996 after the republican sweep in 1994. also he proved his relevancy by compromising with the congress getting a minimum wage bill on the one hand and giving republicans welfare reform. there's no compromising with this congress, though, because they're not interested in compromise. and that's why he's got to step into the breach with executive action like so many other presidents have done. and the critical thing here is not the number of executive orders, they're not that great, but the substance of them. taking action on climate change, however modest.
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perhaps the most important challenge that humanity faces. perhaps opening up whole new areas of the pacific as preserves to keep the oceans pristine. these are very important things. if congress had done these things, we'd consider them major milestones, but obama doesn't have that route to follow now. >> allan lichtman. american university. thanks so much for sharing your insights tonight. >> any time. now, what happened to eric cantor surprised a lot of people who didn't live in this district. the same kind of thing might actually happen to an even more well known lion of the house next week, but there is a way not to be surprised. just keep watching. stay with us. in the nation, it's not always pretty.
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quote, no taxpayer funding for abortions act which tried to redefine rape to be something called, quote, forcible rape, a fairly invented term of dubious legal significance which served to make him and his fellow 226 co-sponsors seem as antiabortion as possible. one co-sponsor who tried to define sexual assault for everyone else was another republican congressman from colorado named corey gardner. mr. gardner had a pretty low profile then. now he's the gop candidate running for senate against incumbent democrat mark udall. before he came to washington, he was a state lawmaker in 2007. he co-sponsored a near total ban on abortion with absolutely no exceptions in the case of rape or incest. it was a bill that would have put doctors who performed termination in prison for up to a dozen years. that same year, he was one of only a handful of legislators who voted against giving rape
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victims access to emergency contraception. during his tenure in the colorado statehouse he supported not one but two of the so-called personhood ballot measures that got voted down twice by voters in the state by more than 40 points. he also bragged about going the extra mile to try to get that bill passed. >> thank you. i have signed the personhood petition. i have taken the petitions to my church and circulated them in my church and have a legislative record that backs up my support for life. >> that was mr. gardner's legislative record on the state level. song remained the same during his federal career as we mentioned along with the aiken bill he co-sponsored a bill that would have made you ask your boss if you could take birth control. he also supported a national personhood bill which would have made criminal all abortions in all circumstances and also outlawed the birth control bill. gardner was a co-sponsor on that in 2012 and recently as 2013. when he was running for congress he said he would personally sponsor legislation to put an end to abortion.
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>> my question is do you believe that abortion is killing an unborn child and if you are willing to carry legislation to end the practice? >> yes, i have a legislative background to back that up. >> a hat tip to the newspaper for holding on to that audio. that's inconvenient for mr. gardner seen with super radical antiabortion voting records in public statements can do to u.s. senate candidates in hotly contested races in purple states. so, after all this sponsoring personhood amendments on the state and federal level, corey gardner now says, hey, it was all a big mistake. he didn't really understand what the personhood bills were all about. he's sorry. he even wants to take it back. i did not know what i was sponsoring is not a position of strength. that is where the colorado senate campaign is right now. chalk it up as one sort of bright spot in the tension between anti-choice activism and political ambition.
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senator mark udall surely knows who todd akin is and put out a few official campaign ads framing corey gardner on these women's issues. here's one example. >> because this really matters, it's important you hear this directly from me. my opponent, congressman gardner, led a crusade that would make birth control illegal. and sponsored a bill to make abortion a felony. even in cases of rape and incest. his record is beyond troubling. it's wrong. we're talking about your rights as women, as families, as coloradans. i'm mark udall. you have the right to live life on your own terms. to make your own choices. and that's why i approve this message. >> this was a big political story and you hear it there in his language. life. the right that you have. the udall campaign wants to make sure this sticks. they want to make sure everyone knows all about this important endorsement that gardner got from, yes, rick santorum, even if gardner's team didn't want to
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put out a press blast. meanwhile, gardner keeps saying he doesn't know his staunch and consistent support over many years for personhood measures meant he supported outlawing hormonal forms of birth control which includes the pill. something that eight in ten women in this country have used, as if you didn't know. because some politicians have no sense of irony, corey gardner but pen to paper for the "denver post" op-ped page calling for the federal government to okay over the counter birth control pills. that is something from a person who tried to get the pill banned in the past two federal legislative sessions. it is amazing sometimes what the quest for higher office will do to a politician. it's pretty clear that personhood candidates can't win statewide. especially in states that have twice rejected personhood amendments and by landslides as i mentioned. it's enough to make a co-sponsor of personhood legislation get downright anti-personhood. if that's the right political term.
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this was a very exciting week for america, soccer wise. usa played ghana in the world cup on monday. and the game was a thrill from the get-go. americans scored within the first minute and then 80-plus minutes of anxiety across the nation and at the end usa beat ghana in the first match of the world cup 2-1. who better to help the team celebrate their victory than vice president joe biden? >> congratulations. after that first goal, see it on the monitor the night i won the election. congratulations. you guys were great. spectacular. >> thank you. >> appreciate it. >> great to see you. >> are you kidding me? this is a kick, man. >> mr. biden, vice president, i want to show you i still have the coin from last time. >> owe a drink, yes. >> he was not just in town for soccer. it was a clearly fun trip. it was part of a larger four-day mission to the region in latin america that ended in guatemala
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where the vice president addressed the recent surge of minors coming from central america across the southern border of our country. biden met with presidents of guatemala, el salvador about the crisis and spoke to the president of honduras by home telling him the obama administration needs these leaders' help in doing something about these crossings. people say spiking violence in poverty if those nations is one of the causes of the increase in illegal immigration. today, the vice president stressed the dangers of crossing the border. as well as the rumors that have been circulating around the u.s. granting leniency to those who make it here. he reiterated there are no opportunities to come legally to the u.s. now, from october 2013 through last week, some 52,000 unaccompanied children have been apprehended along the american border with mexico. double the number that had crossed in the same period of last year. today homeland security secretary jay johnson was in texas at a border patrol station that's been overwhelmed. he also today, the obama
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administration announced that it's opening new temporary detention centers. along with exploring alternatives to detentions such as the use of some kind of electronic bracelets that track those they release for court proceedings. they're also trying to speed up the whole process the asylum seekers use. as the number of central-american children stuck alone in the u.s. are far from home and as this number continues to grow, many on the right have taken to blaming president obama. the idea here is that the influx is related to the much larger immigration reform issues. they blame the president for that. and as a policy matter, we should note the illegal flow of immigrant minors right now is distinct from any plans for comprehensive immigration reform. robert menendez spoke out about this yesterday. >> we're here today to address a humanitarian and refugee crisis in america. the crisis on our southern border and in central america threatening tens of thousands of
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families and thousands and thousands of children. and it's simply unacceptable. unacceptable here in america, unacceptable in our hemisphere. let me be very clear. from my perspective, this is not an immigration kpcrisis. it is a humanitarian and refugee crisis. there are no easy answers, but one that i truly believe would be helpful to this is, which is a long-term answer, but has a short-term opportunity to become a reality, is immigration reform. and convincing our republican colleagues in the house that if they continue to obstruct the senate bill, and do nothing, there will be continuing to be a reality of trouble on our borders. >> it was almost a year ago the senate passed bipartisan immigration reform a bill the senate has refused to bring up for any kind of vote. yesterday house republicans elected a new majority leader-elect kevin mccarthy to
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replace eric cantor. earlier this year mccarthy said he was open to some kind of reform but as of late he's back pedalled a bit. >> do you think immigration reform can happen? >> i think that's very difficult based upon what the president has done. the thing that has to happen is our borders need to be secured. see what's going forward and now that should be the top priority. >> mr. mccarthy is a conservative. it's important to note he's also from california. in his case that means he represents a district that's almost 36% hispanic. he replaced a republican who according to the new conservative conventional wisdom was hurt by flirting with immigration reform. whether that's true or not, everyone does seem to agree eric cantor did lose touch with his district. for mr. mccarthy keeping an open mind to some sort of immigration reform or democracy on the floor of the issue on the issue of immigration may be as important
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as any other part of his big new job. joining us now, white house reporter for the "washington post." thanks for being here. >> hi, ari. >> let's start with the idea that senator menendez is putting forth that there's a difference between a refugee crisis and immigration crisis. >> well, you know, this is interesting because the democrats look at what's happening on the border right now with the unaccompanied minors in the holding cells, crowded conditions. they're saying people are fleeing gang violence in central-american countries, what the obama administration is saying that's driving this. i think the republicans are saying is they're saying, look, we empathize with the kids. this is an unacceptable condition that they're in but the obama administration has softened some policies over the years particularly for young people in 2012, deferring deportations. that's created some confusion in these countries and allowed smuggling groups, or other media to make the impression that once these kids get here, they're going to be protected and there's some truth to that, that some of the kids are able to
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stay for various reasons. maybe some for important reasons. because they do face hostility and violence back home. but i think this is complicating the current immigration debate. you're seeing republicans really pressure the white house to take a tougher line which they did today. to try to stop this current cry. >> sure. >> i think it could make the bigger question more difficult. >> although, david, you mentioned the perception that they somehow softened enforcement. soften is a word people can argue over, but the numbers reflect a very high amount after deportation by this administration. >> that's their really confusing thing about this. you have on the left liberals, immigration advocate groups are increasingly frustrated by these numbers. thee numbers 400,000 immigrants a year being deported and saying, look, some have call thethe president the deporter in chief which president obama -- otherwise they're law-abiding
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citizens and lived in the country more than a decade and so on. they should be protected. the president's got to use executive authority. he did that in 2012, though, for this dreamer population. the young folks who came with their parents which they didn't have a say in and american other than maybe birth. he said, look, we're going to defer those for two years and the program protected 500,000 young people. that's what republicans are saying we shouldn't do that. the president needs to show he's going to be firm on the laws on the book. immigration enforcement agents are concerned they don't have the power to go after -- >> sure. david, let me jump in. you're on the white house beat. you talk to a lot of the folks on and off the record. valerie jarrett here now saying she actually thinks kevin mccarthy could be someone who's a better ally on this than eric cantor under the right circumstances. clearly if part of his district wakes up, he might have more pressure to at least as i say look open minded. >> certainly. immigration advocates have targeted kevin mccarthy for the past year thinking he's a perfect candidate. you pointed out the district is
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35% latino, california a state that relies on immigrant farm labor. kevin mccarthy, himself, said he might be open to some sort of legal status if not citizenship for the immigrants. he's also been in leadership for a long time and now and was with john boehner, eric cantor when he released principles the republicans might ensue in february and in three days walked that back because the caucus in an internal meeting was not ready to go forward. this upheaval that allowed kevin mccarthy ascend to this position also makes it difficult for him, one of his first things, move forward on this i think. >> right, especially long that's become the conservative cw, whether it's accurate or not. lot of different types of beef with eric cantor. david nakamura for "the post." thanks for your reporting and being here. incumbents should feel extra nervous this primary season. one very prominent incumbent -- (woman) the constipation and belly pain
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political junkies talk a lot about the tea party and their key tactical weapon, primarying republicans from the right. the tea party's biggest victories are when you think about it against republicans, not democrats. definitely not against president obama whose re-election was probably helped by the tea party's rightward pressure on mitt romney. it was another tea party primary as we've discussed that forced
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republicans into picking a new majority leader to replace eric cantor and it's a tea party primary this tuesday that could topple 40 year senate incumbent thad cochran. did you know there's a big democratic primary this tuesday as well and it could topple one of the longest serving liberals in congress? the challenge is to one of the more fascinating figures in contemporary politics, charlie rangel of new york. he's been the congressman since forever. well, officially since 1971. he represents the new york city neighborhood of harharlem, cent of african-american cultural and political clout. harlem is home to the apollo theater where you should go some time if you ever have the chance. home to the burying place of ulysses s. grant if you want to find out who's in grant's tomb, go to harlem. harlem is home to an ivy leagan. charlie rangel beat another legendary fig wrur you may have heard of, adam clayton powell.
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the nod from harlem as the second world war was ending. toward the end of his time in august, congressman powell was weakened by an ethics scandal and opened the door for a young charlie rangel. part of the first wave of civil rights oriented african-american politicians who often represents majority/minority districts and became a countervailing force in washington. mr. rangel was a founding member of the congressional black caucus. and that new power base often practiced an old brand of politics. the politics of who you know and how you helped them so they help you. transactional, local, city politics. when the young barack obama came along as a senator, he followed a different playbook. he cast himself as the leader of a new kind of coalition politics. proudly diverse and drawing on the successes of the civil rights movement including organizing and church relations but also promising to transcend some of the perceived limitations of constituency and transactional politics. obama was a fairly low profile member of the congressional black caucus when he came to
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washington where rangel is dean. if you remember it now, many of those caucus members declined to join obama in his presidential quest. for his part rangel endorsed hillary. during the obama erica, the two were not close. can't have helped a house committee found mr. rangel was guilty of 11 ethics violations. the full house censured him nr it. all of that is leaving mr. rangel looking vulnerable in this primary on tuesday. now, he does lead in one poll but faces a strong challenge from espiate who served since 1997 as a state senator. the district map got redrawn to include a lot more latino voters. just as many republican activists counted eric cantor's washington power as a demerit. some of rangel's constituents now see his long tenure as part of the problem. his ethics scandal forced rangel to give up his chairmanship of
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the ways & means committee when democrats controlled the house. rangel held on in a 2012 primary. he believes momentum and the current mood may carry him over the line this time in the tuesday primary. charlie rangel knows it. he knows he's vulnerable. next week his seat is on the line. he's trying to hang on to his political life. the congressman who never curried much favor with the obama administration rediscovered an old and dear friendship. >> bring the jobs into our community and i met with the president at least three times this year after the state of the union where he clearly indicated that the creation of jobs has to be through investment. we want to see the president succeed. believe me, i am not married to this job just to stay here until i drop dead. i really think that it's in the -- it's in the best interest
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of our community to take advantage, to take advantage of these last two years. >> the congressman continues to talk and talk about his relationships with the president. and how he wants to complete his term. when in fact the president asked him to step down several years ago. and so -- >> i just would like the record to state that in the last few months, i have been every month invited to the white house to deal with the president and last week those of you may have seen on tv three of us that were involved in the affordable care act. the president pointed out as a result of passing the 7 million mark. and so if he knows the president better, that's a different story, but i think -- i think the record is abundantly clear as to who can get the best out of this administration. >> joining me now, darren sands, contributing writer for "the new york times" who spent a lot of time in this district for a new article "betrayal in charlie
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rangel's harlem." good evening. >> ari, good to be with you. >> this is a fascinating race. it was hard to overstate charlie rangel's position and power in harlem rangel's position and power in harlem and for a long time in democratic politics. what's going on here with the change tuesday? >> the congressman is fighting this battle on two fronts, really. he's obviously, as we heard the sound bite, with the senator who has a real political base in both washington heights and the bronx, where the congressional lines were redrawn in 2012. so he's fighting the -- really the -- a growing amount of people who want to see the senator win this election. and on the other front he's fighting against a pastor named michael warren, the pastor of first corinthian baptist church.
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he has a particularly strong following in central harlan. so he's fight thing battle in his own community against an african-american candidate, and also against the senator who has, you know, gotten lots of strong endorsements and lots of people in the political power structure want to see elected. >> the fact that congressman rangel is in so much trouble here too, do you think that says anything about an evolution about the type of politics he practices? >> i'm not sure how to answer that question, ari. i know that since the censorship in 2010, he's past two bills and he's really touted this relationship with the president. lots of people think that the seniority that he brings to the house is something that is going
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to help the president with immigrati immigration, help the president accomplish some of these goals. >> but yet you talk to people in washington, from the white house out to pelosi, a lot of skepticism against congressman rangel at this point. >> well, yeah. i mean, i still think that the congressman wants to do this job. he's probably having more fun than anyone. he's resolute in some of his assertions about what he can do in these last two years. he had never publicly said that he was not fog to run again in 2012, and he's doing that now. i can't stress enough that he is probably having more fun than anyone doing this, certain hi it's something to be said about it given his age. >> just briefly, from your time
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in the district, do you expect high turnout on tuesday? >> certainly possibly more than 2012. this race has lot of intrigue, in harlan and washington heights. given what happened in 2012, like you mentioned, the senator coming within 1,000 votes of toppling one of the top congressman. >> we'll be watching. darren sands from "the new york times" magazine, thank you so much. >> your smartphone is awesome, internet, video, but does it smell for you yet? stay tuned. in the nation, it's not always pretty.
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band width >> a kind of an olfactory bulb. >> of course, that's maude, showing harold her odorifics machine. this is the rhe-creation of a scent not there. this was the fictional machine in 1971. but humans really tinkering with it in real life. this is the i-smell machine, that could fit on top of a stack of books by your bed. it was supposed to let you smell
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things on the internet. for about 15 minutes in 1999, it was going to large the next revolution. for that, they to the a spot in the tech hail hall of fame. then there was the prototype for smelling your video game. i think it's called the pin oak. when we wrote to the company yesterday, the e-mail bounced. in 2004, we got the scent dome. the scent dome was supposed to let you e-mail a scent to someone. that went away. in 2011, there was something called the scent scape with 20 different smells, including christmas tree. also, the smell it, another one for video games. accord thing reviewer, you can order cartridges for the smell undergrowth, and if you transrate it right, good mood smell. i don't know anyone who has any
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of these smell devices, maybe you do. but i know humans love the future. and in the future we apparently want to be able to move smells around or simulate them. we can hear each other on the phone, mail cookies, but we can't just send the smell of the pox of cookies, and apparently we want to. which brings us to the next new thing, or the commercial for it. >> it lets you take a picture, tag it, and send it. when you receive it, you play it on your phone like this. >> you need that. now, you may be thinking, because we all think about the messages that will be sent by our delightful 12-year-olds in our life, and i know we just got done showing you several other times people tried this and met
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with failure. but that's no reason to say this can't be done. for $149, you can smell the future date of delivery, sometime in 2015. they're trying to raise $150,000 for the project, and they're at least 7% of the way there. sure, half now. laugh while you can. but this may be the next generation's favorite way to communicate for all we know. to the human spirit to keep trying, may it all keep coming up roses, chemically coded and transmitted, all the way out to the one you love. all right. that does it for us. rachel will be back monday. catch me, crystal, abby on "the cycle" 3:00 p.m. weekdays on msnbc as well. that is it. now you know what you've got to do. you've got to go to prison.