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time for that. i respectfully disagree but would you appoint your dig donors ambassadors. >> that's a good one. lynn and joy, we'll see if any of those get taken up. that is all in for this evening. "the rachel maddow show" starts now. >> that conversation you had with congresswoman edwards about the pell grants is the best story i've seen on that so story. well done. thanks for joining us. happy friday. in 2012 in mid december just before christmas, andrea mitchel was on the state department beat at the washington bureau for nbc news when andrea mitchel reported some unexpected news about then secretary of state hillary clinton. >> we learned today of a health scare for secretary of state hillary clinton. andrea mitchel is in our washington bureau with more. andrea. >> officials say that hillary
clinton was never hospitalized but she has been home with a stomach virus. tonight her doctors say that extreme dehydration from that virus caused her to faint and over the course of the week they said she also sustained a concussion. >> that was surprise news. that was december 15, 2012. shocking news. the reason hillary clinton had been out of the public eye and had to cancel the trip of secretary of state is because she fabtedinted and sustained a concussion. in that report she was careful to say she had not been hospitalized that she was resting at home but then more than two weeks later, more than two weeks after the fall, secretary clinton was hospitalized. this was nigh yearew year's eve. two weeks after the report that she was hurt but recovering at home. two weeks after that report secretary clinton was in the
hospital and this already worrying story looked like it was something more serious. >> let's start with that health scare for hillary clinton. andrea mitchel as the latest for us. >> good morning. hillary clinton was set to return to work later this week before her sudden hospitalization sunday for what her spokesman called a blood clot stemming from the concussion she sustained earlier. she's the administration's most high profile frequent flier. more than 400 days of travel. now grounded at a hospital after her spokesman said physicians discovered a blood clot sunday. in a trip in december. she had a concussion a fall and now a blood clot. >> she's had a real accident and she's recovering and she will be back. >> secretary clinton is
recovering from a serious virus and concussion. all of you who know hillary know that she would rather be here today. >> the spokesman has not said where the blood clot is located. doctors say if in her legs it is easily treatable. if in the lungs or the brain it would be more dangerous. and doctors want to make sure there is no underlying condition that led to the clot. clinton has not announced her future plans but is widely considered the democratic front runner if she choodsses to make another run in 2016. >> that was in 2012. this news she had to be hospitalized. doctors said she could just rest at home with the concussion then it turned into a blood clot and she had to be on the liezed. within a few days of that report she we had more information about the blood clot. it turned out it wasn't in her
legs it was in her head. which was very sobering news. >> doctors say secretary of state hillary clinton is making excellent progress today as she recovers from a blood clot in her head. anne thompson is at new york prebstarian hospital with the latest. >> good morning. this is day four in the hospital for secretary of state, hillary clinton as doctors continue to use blood thinners to try to dissolve that potentially dangerous blood clot behind her right ear. it's in a vein on the surface of the vein that carries blood to the heart and the lungs. it could cause a stroke that's the concern. they hope to slowly dissolve the clot. >> that was just after the new year. that was january second, 2013. it's all very serious news about secretary of state, hillary clinton. people were very worried about her condition. but then just a few days later, just a few days after that report, she was not only out of the hospital.
she was back at work. and her colleagues at the state department were giving her a football helmet as a gag gift to welcome her back and to tease her about her fall. so in the course of that three week period from just before christmas until the first week of january, as 2012 turned to 12 2013 there were serious worries about her thelt. she was out of office for about a month. she was hospitalized for several days. when she came back to work in her first public appearances she attracted attention for wearing glasses that had a sort of prizm effect. she seemed fine but she was wearing these therapeutic glasses that were used to deal with the consequences of her concussion. in one of his classier moments and i mean classy with a k, those glasses led karl rove to lie about how long secretary clinton had been in the hospital and to suggest she was unfit for
the presidency because of her brain injury. karl rove did not know what he was talking about but in his way, he echoed a lot of what other people were saying at the time about concerns or conspiracies around her health. >> karl rove asked yesterday, or raised the question over the weekend, i guess, about whether hillary clinton is well enough to run for president in 2016 and whether, in fact she had suffered a brain injury. dr. rove wants to know as much as we do whether that's true and whether it will affect her decision making. >> well, first of all, i got to give him credit. you know he did that -- that em bodies the old system that hob gobbling is the little minds. first she said she faked her concussion and now they say
she's auditioning for a part on the walking dead. whatever it takes. look -- she worked out every week. she is strong. she's doing great. as far as i can tell she's in better shape than i am. >> that was last spring. secretary clinton's husband perrying these continuing jibes from the right that somehow hillary clinton's health was going to be a disqualifying factor for her run for the presidency. well, today, 2015 she stands as the prohibitive front runner for the democratic presidential election. she did something no other candidate has done at this point in the race. her campaign today released a detailed narrative statement from her personal physician describing exactly what is going on with her health and what has happened with her health in the past. it's so detailed i was thinking today as i was looking at it
it's the sort of thing that would feel rude to know about another person if that person had not volunteered the information to you. and also if they were not running for president in which case their health really is the nation's business. but now we know thanks to this unexpected release from the hillary clinton campaign. now we know her physician believes that she is a, quote healthy 67-year-old female who is in excellent physical condition and is fit to serve as president of the united states. the statement today released from secretary clinton's personal doctor who has been her doctor for more than a decade. and in the doctor's own words in the document today, we get a detailed description, i think it's for the first time of exactly what happened in that scary medical episode back in 2012 that led to years of both real worry about her and also politically opportunistic mongering about her ability.
this is what her doctor now says happened. she suffered a stomach virus after traveling. she got dehydrated and fainted and got a concussion. she was found to have a transverse sinus venus thrombosis. that means a blood clot on the brain. she became anti-coagulation therapy to desolve the clot. as a result she also expeerngtsed double vision for a period of time and she benefitted from wearing glasses with a prism. and here's the part where the doctor says she's all better 100%. secretary clinton's concussion stomps resolved within two months and she discontinued the use of the prism. she had follow up testing in 2013 which revealed complete
resolution of the. she tested negative for all clotting disorders. there was no underlying condition that led her to get the clots but the doctor says as precaution, it was decided to continue her on daily anti-coagulation which means that secretary clinton now to this day still takes a daily blood thinner pill. so do most of my inlaws. she takes couplemadin. the statement from hillary clinton's doctor released by the campaign today goes so far as to give us her exact blood pressure and all of her exact vital signs like her exact temperature at 98 pnts 7, all from her last physical which apparently happened in late march. cancer screenings are negative. she eats well and does yoga and lifts weights. just reading this thing made me
eat salad. that's not true. i had fried chicken for dinner. that is true. but this release from the clinton campaign -- you had it too. it was good. this release from the clinton campaign was unkpchtexpected. no no other candidate has done this but this clinton campaign along this detailed review of her, they also released 38 years of her tax returnings.sreturns. from 1977 to 20006 was released. they released 2007 through 2014. she had got 28 years of her tax returns available for your prying eyes if you're interested. that's a lot of years of tax returns. but she's not alone. among this year's presidential candidates and releasing those returns even though she's the only one releasing health
information, jeb bush has released 33 years of his tax returns this year. you'll remember in 2012 there was lots of controversy over how many years of tax returns mitt romney would release and what he would let people know about his considerable family finances. leading candidates in both democratic and republican party this year are trying to avoid that kind of mitt romney controversy this year even though they're both rich they're trying to seem undefensive about their personal information. honestly mostly what we are able to tell from their tax returns, at least so far, is that they're both really freakin' rich. that said this year jeb bush and hillary clinton, it kind of feels like the universe gave them kind of a break on this issue. this year isn't the year mitt romney is running. when people are talking about rich candidates it's not a
criticism. it's not seen as a weakness in the campaign as it has been in the past. this year it's a campaign slogan. >> i'm not using the lobbyists or donors. i don't care. i'm really rich. >> having donald trump as the front runner for the republican presidential nomination has changed the dynamics around candidates and the way they talk about their money this year. republican voters seem to love that about him, though. it's the basis on which he's running. look at how rich i am. doesn't that tell you how much i should be president? and that dynamic in the republican presidential race it turns out it's having an unexpected issue for the show. it's making our mail more fun to open on a daily basis. uh-huh. so we started send it to rachel.com to give you ways to end us stuff that you see in the world that might be today we opened our mail and we
got the original 1989 edition of trump, the game. we got this from beth in frederick, maryland. she mailed this to us today as a gift. thank you, beth. she says she got it from her local thrift store in baltimore which is the value village. shout out to the value village. i don't know how much beth paid but this is a steal. this is pristine. it's for up to four players. it is a board game. there's a lot of donald trump's face on the board. there you go. you end up having a dice. the casedice is great. it looks like a regular six-sided dice except it goes one, two, three, four, five, trump. the six is a t. and everybody gets as their game piece, everybody gets a capital t game piece to move around the
board. everybody is trump. it's just the color. the money all has donald trump's face on it. it's $10 million donald trump. or $100 million donald trump. i think this makes him the second presidential candidate i have heard of that has minted fake money with his own face on it. the other is david koch. he militanted gold dimes with his own head on them. trump, the game. it has long and complicated instructions. they boil down to what you think they would boil down to. they boil down to the player with the most money wins. the best part of this that should make this classic in the lang long hall. truly, the deep contribution of this find which we got from beth in frederick, maryland. go up a little bit. scan up a little bit. look.
it's the game has a sub title. >> who sub titles a game? trump the game is the big game and then look at the sub title. it's not whether you win or lose but whether you win. isn't it though? it's amazing. it's amazing. there's a lot going on in the news and a lot to get to on the news. there's a poll that shows donald trump leading by a mile in the republican race for president. he's 26 %. second place is scott walker 12 points behind donald trump. jeb bush is at 10. everybody else is in single digits. the democratic side today, hillary clinton gave one of the best speeches in ages on an interesting topic. we have tape from that coming up in just a moment. there's big news in members of prison going to congress or members of congress going to prison. sometimes it's easy to mix them up. there is a lot to get to tonight, but honestly it's friday and there's joy about
having trump the game in our lands hands. this actually exists. what i'm going to leave you with here now is the ad that our friends at mother jones dug up today, the television ad that first ran on tv to try to sell you this game when it first came out in 1989. oh my god. i can't believe this is actually the presidential campaign this year, but it is. we'll be right back. >> everything is set for tonight, mr. trump. >> i wonder what trump's game is this time. >> what's your game donald. >> trump has a new game what is it? >> my new game is trump, the game. >> trump if game where you deal for everything you want to own because it's not whether you win or lose it's whether you win. >> i like it.
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it into the top ten for next week's debate. before that thing is over we might just need a doctor. just saying. >> that is an official jeb bush funny statement. ben carson he's a doctor making it to the debates. the debates are going to be crazy, maybe even dangerous. jeb bush official joke. back in his home state today speaking in fort lauderdale. this is an annual gather of the urban league from all over the country. governor bush spoke there today. also the only african american candidate who either major party this year dr. ben carson spoke today. he was politely received. none of the other republican candidates spoke today but all three major candidates made id. martin o'malley spoke with passion on the issue of racial
justice. talking about his time as a governor. bernie sanders, he also spoke today. his remarks to do out today for giving a specific policy he would pursue as president if he were elected. it was everything from how he would run the justice department to his proposal for free public college tuition for everyone. and then clinton also spoke today at this event. she had two major speeches both in florida today. one of them was at florida international university. she gave a serious speech about cuba. kind of a hard-edged speech on an issue that is more controversial in florida than it is anywhere in the country. she said that congress should follow up president obama's overtured by passing a law to get rid of the american trade embargo on cuba. part of the reason this speech
was a big deal is because it was the clinton administration it was her husband, the president who signed that law that she now wants congress to undo. he signed the bill that put the cuba embargo into u.s. law and made it something that congress has to overtly repeal if it's ever going to go away. well today hillary clinton said congress should repeal that law. which she supported and in which her husband signed. so really interesting poepzl and that was a very serious speech and secretary clinton can give a serious speech. she's good at public speaking. she's not known as president obama. it was just the facts. it was newsworthy. it was not not overly exciting but at the national urban league conference today, hillary clinton, dare i say it was kind of exciting. this was one of the most
rollicking speeches i've seen from her in a long time. she was fired up today. it was a great speech. and all of the presidential candidates speaking of all of them, the only one that received a standing ovation from the crowd, she pushed it in terms of what top tier politicians are usually willing to talk about when it comes to not just the issue of race in the abstract but the divergent experience of black people and white people in this country and what it means to live on either side of that racial divide. >> the opportunity gap that america is facing is not just about economic inequality. it is about racial inequality. now, that may seem obvious to you, but it bears underscoring
because some of the evidence that backs it up would come as a shock to many americans. a lot of people don't realize that our schools are more segregated today than they were in 196 8 or even that african americans are sentenced to longer prison terms than white people for the same crimes. or that political operatives are trying every trick in the book to prevent african americans from voting. race still plays a significant roll in determine whoging who gets ahead in america and who gets left behind. and yes, while that's partly a legacy of discrimination that skrechs back to the start to the start of our nation it is also
because of discrimination that is still ongoing. i'm not saying anything you don't already know. you understand this better than i do better than anyone, but i want to say it anyway because i'm planning to be president and anyone who seeks that office has a responsibility to say it. and more than that to grapple with the systemic inequityies that so many americans face. anyone who asks for your vote should try their hardest to see things as they actually are, not just as we want them to be. i want you to know i see it and i hear you. >> the presidential candidate hillary clinton speaking today at the national urban league giving one of the best delivered speeches i've seen her give in a
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so we're at a time in our politics where there are two different political things happening equally intensively and at the same time but on different tracks. we have a presidential campaign in full swing. it looks early on the calendar but a lot of the candidates are going to be basically out of the running and out of the race next
week ben the debatewhen the debates start without them. at an equally intense but totally separate level we're having a remarkable political moment around race and most specifically around race and policing. the wave of protests and organizing and national clamor around this issue of how african americans are treated by american law enforcement, that issue spiked, obviously, around the case of teenager trevan martin since he was shot and killed but it has spiked with each new killing and each new outrage and this week in cincinnati for the third time in recent months we got news that was previously almost unheard of. this week in cincinnati for the third time in recent months, we got word that a police officer would be criminally charged for shooting a black driver who he pulled over for a missing license plate at the university of cincinnati.
the university of cincinnati police have only been wearing body cameras since late last year and it was the body camera video from the officer who was charged and did the shooting that video led to the prosecutor's decision to bring charges in that case. it started with dozens and then it became hundreds and now it is thousands of american police departments that are issuing body cameras to their police officers, and that policy and technology has been around and available to mr. presidents for years now but police departments didn't feel to need to use body cameras. didn't feel any pressure to until the organizing that sprung from street protests forced the issue. angry communities and the local talented organizers and leaders and activists who were able to channel that anger and grief into demands and expectations of change, they have brought about change. it is the start of change but it is change, and that is a
really powerful current in american politics right now that has been flowing alongside but separate from big time presidential electoral politics which is happening at the same time in the same country. and so today at the urban league, those five candidates, three democrats, two republicans agreed to speak at the urban league. they tried to in different ways each of them tried to cross that divide between those two political currents in our country to bring big time national politics and this real powerful grass roots movement at least a little closer together and none of these candidates have any claim to be leaders in that grass roots movement that's accomplished so much already. but it was powerful today so see all these candidates if not join that movement, at least show that they know what that movement means, credit them for what they've accomplished so far and say they know it's a big deal. >> we've arrived at a moment
when all these challenges are in sharp relief and we have to seize it. too many times americans have come together in shock and horror to process a violent, senseless tragedy. like trevan martin shot to death, not in some empty desolate street somewhere but in a gated community. he wasn't a stranger. he had family there. or sandra bland, a college-educated young woman who knew her rights who didn't do anything wrong but still ended up dying in a jail cell. together we've mourned tamir rice and erik garner walter scott, and freddie gray and most recently, sam dubose. these names are em blazened on
our hearts. young people have taken to the streets dignifyied and derptermined urging us to acknowledge the basic fact that black lives matter. >> joining us now is the president of the national urban league. it's a pleasure to have you here. >> good to be with you. >> it's nice to see you. having five presidential candidates including leading candidates from both parties must be important to you at the urban league in terms of what you want the conference to accomplish. what did it mean to have them there. >> i think it meant these candidates are not going to either take us for granted or ignore us, and that is the constituency of the urban league. the african american community and communities of color, and to have them there, not only there but there dressing racial justice issues in economics, in police violence and criminal jus
dis -- justice and voting rights these issues have not been fully aired. today was i think the beginning of these issues become -- >> we have are having a moment in this country, it started with street activism has become a big, powerful way to change expectations particularly around race and policing and criminal justice but i think around some issues more broadly. is that putting candidates more on the spot to be more specific and come up with more specific yes and nos that they can give you on what they'd do? >> you're right. today was about an opportunity by giving each candidate 15 or 20 minutes to expand their thinking, to lay out their thoughts thought, to bear their feelings
a little bit on these issues. a lot of presidential campaigns are about talking points slogans, sort of well worn messaging. today we i think, pushed and forced this conversation. but this is only the beginning. all of the candidates are going to get a detailed questionnaire from us. that questionnaire will ask them to expand their thinking on the issues contained in the twenty-first century agenda for jobs and freedom. one of the urban league's important rules in the civil rights and social justice community is to point to the policy recommendations and the solutions that activists and activism want to see take place. and i think this presidential campaign is going to be one of the things that's going to spur this broader debate. so today was a start. today was a beginning. today was a good day. people heard from of course
hillary clinton who has been to the urban league many times. they also have others that they hadn't heard from before. so the idea and the thought that we had a nice array of candidates there i think speaks to the power not only of the black lives matter movement but the continuing influence of urban voters in the african american voters in this upcoming election cycle. >> a big success to getting attention to your policy agenda that you are wanting to nail these candidates down on. thank you for being here. >> thanks rachel. >> it's nice to see you. it will be interesting talking about that kind of question questionnaire. that goes to them all. the right has mastered that. the left and the center do that much less but i think
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>> break you in half like a boy. whatever he meant by that, we may never no but we should have known that 2015 was going to be an excellent year of business for criminal defense attorneys who specialize in members of congress. it started with the resignation of him. he was just the start of what has been a spectacular year in criminal investigation and prosecution of current and former members of congress. after him it was republican comeman schock. after that it was bob menendez of new jersey. a month after that former republican speaker of the house,
denny hastert violated banking laws and lying to the fbi and now the latest announced this week it's a democratic come mank representing the second district of pennsylvania. he ran for mayor of philadelphia against michael nutter. he lost to michael nutter but not long after that loss they announced they were investigating him. he and four other people are now charged with 29 counts of all different forms of corruption including just plain stealing and bribery. his former chief of staff and another advisor have already pled guilty. it seems serious but the congressman appears to be taking it in stride. >> are you confident all the fund they're talking about having been moved around were moved around appropriately? >> i'm not the one making an allegation. we haven't had a chance to review it yet but i'm confident in my state and we'll see how it
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woohoo! friday night news dump time. who's the lucky player . >> retire trd the u.s. army with the rank of sergeant first class, deployed to iraq four times and awarded the bronze star. he's currently a student and raises sheep. >> sheep. >> rachel meet frederick. >> sergeant williams thank you for being here. >> nice to meet you, rachel. >> four deployments over how many years? >> not enough. i can't recall. since 2003, 2006 2009 2011. >> wow. thank you for your service and welcome home. that's a lot of deployments. i have to ask you about -- i have even though i don't know them i have concern for your sheep. are they hot? >> we shave them. >> you shave them. >> yes. >> which helps them this the hot weather. >> right. >> we should try that with the interns. >> yes. >> i'm going to give you three multiple choice questions.
super happy to have you here. all of the questions are about this week's news all stuff covered on the show this week. if you get two right you win a tiny piece of junk we're a little embarrassed about. will you show him what he wins. >> the rachel maddow cocktail shaker. >> it is small. >> very small. >> if you get them or you need a consolation prize. it is cluttering our office and nicer than the usual junk. >> the u.s. women's soccer team t-shirt, three stars three world cup titles. >> and used as a backdrop of our on-line thing. >> and just because they were sitting around these 3-d glasses. >> which go with nothing. >> exactly. >> but never know how they would work with the sheep. so that's what you are playing for. let me introduce you to the disembodied voice of steve. who will term whether or not you got the right answer.
good evening, steve. >> good evening to you both. >> ready for the first question? >> i am. >> from tuesday's show. yes, tuesday. on tuesday, we reported that convicted spy, jonathon pollard is going to be set free this november. he was arrested 30 years ago for spying against the united states. here's the question -- when jonathon pollard was first arrested, he phoned his wife and used a coded phrase to tell her to get rid of some of the evidence. what was the coded phrase jonathon pollard used in that call to his wife. was it a, john has a long mustache. b, a wet bird doesn't fly at night, c, go see our friends and give them our cactus or d, go see your friends and give them our ficus? >> the answer is c, give them our cactus. >> steve, did frederick get that right? >> let's check the show. >> he told his wife to go see
our friends and give them our cactus. woohoo! >> frederick is 1-1. >> you have to get two right to win the really lousy prize. question two. this one you have a choice. they are both from last night's show. you can have a politics question or a not politics question. which would you prefer? >> i'm going to have to go with politics. >> the answer to the not politics question was a guy on a para glider. >> okay. >> here's the politics question now. last night's show we reported on the latest gambit by perry to boost his poll numbers before the debates next week which looks like he won't make. what did the do this week to get attention for his campaign. a, he challenged donald trump to a pullup contest, b, he challenged hillary clinton to a one-on-one debate on the iran deal.
c, he took a paper printout of the tax code and cut it in half with a chain saw. or d, he wore his texas a&m leader at a campaign event and wouldn't you know it still fits? >> the answer is a, challenged trump to a pullup contest. >> steve, is frederick right about that? >> let's check the segment. >> get the pull up bar out there. >> i'm glad he didn't challenge me to a pullup contest. >> i think it is funny he thinks the brain power issue can be resolved with chin ups. >> can't everything. >> i guess i'm really, really dumb. on last night's show, last question, last night's show we reported on news from the iowa state fair. the iowa state fair put out a statement saying although one republican presidential candidate had promised to give iowa a special treat at this year's state fair the state fair would not allow the
candidate to do it. who was the candidate and what was the treat that that candidate had promised to give iowa kids a at the state fair dr. carson promising to give free check ups at the state fair scott walk wither promising to give kids free rides on his harley at the state fair, c, donald trump promising to give kids free rides in his helicopter at the state fair or d, jim gilmore promising that him just showing up at the state fair would be a real treat and thrill for the kids of iowa? >> all of them are awesome, rachel but the answer is c, donald trump helicopter. >> steve, is that right. >> fun one. let's check it out. >> the state fair had to put out a statement saying mr. trump is welcome to land his helicopter outside of the grounds and take people on rides or what he would like to do but that will not happen on iowa state fairgrounds.
>> unfortunately for mr. trump, the answer is kre but frederick is right again. >> did he win the prize. >> sergeant these are yours and everything else. he did, indeed. >> you are per effect in every way, frederick. thank you so much for playing. >> thank you, rach sgll and say hi to the sheep for me. >> that is awesome. you want top play whether or not you have sheep to shave and talk about on television, send us an e-mail and tell us who you are, where you are from why you want to play. we'd like to send you junk from our office that we no longer need. but now, adventure and unexpected relationships await in prison. due to mature subject matter, viewer discretion is advised. there are 2 million people behind bars in america. we open the gates. "lockup." >> this is what you call a dog cage.