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guard there in boston. >> seriously. i thought about you today, when i was reading all these stuff of modern boston history. it is remarkable change. there has been other mayors who got the job as an acting mayor because the person at the top o. tom menino before her and he went on to serve 20 years. it will be interesting to see if kim janey decides she's going to run for the job full stop when it comes up in november. but between now and december. she was the first mayor who was not the white man. >> i was waiting for the big announcement on your show tonight, rachel. >> yeah, not going to happen. spend a lot of time chasing that, wouldn't happen. >> there is about five major candidates announced already.
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all of them minority. i think two or three or two women, one black woman are already in the race. it is a already active race. we'll be watching. >> indeed, pretty fascinating. thank you, my friend. >> thank you, rachel. well, brian sicknick did not look like his life was in danger at the capitol january 6th before he was attacked. the "new york times" has released new video and photographs that show some of what happened to capitol polic after 2:00 p.m. he was holding his position on the west side of the capitol. the police already lost control of the vast lawn on that side of the capitol and retreated to a line at the foot of the building which actually seemed more manageable. seemed like they had more advantages there.
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it seemed at that point in that shot you are seeing as though that line might hold. brian sicknick is not having to do anything at that moment to hold that. those fight barriers or doing the job well enough. the first image we see there brian sicknick, the police still seemed to be control of the situation. they were about ten minutes away from completely losing control at that moment right there. the police did not know that as they stood there. mostly looked like a police line that we have seen at countless protests around the country. i have seen some of those police lines up close at all sorts of protests. most of the time people on both sides of that police line are safe. most of the time, people on both sides of the police line don't want any contact with the people on the other side. most of the time but not all the time. for police officers who have
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been on duty at enough of those protests can at times feel routine. at that time brian sicknick had no reason to think he was not protected enough with bicycle helmet and covid mask and police gear. he had no idea how bad it was going to get and that full riot gear with the helmet and complete face shield would have been the only possible hope for him to come out alive. he didn't know that his family members would soon be trying to remember the last time they said "i love you" to him. here is brian sicknick when he did not know any of those things and didn't know what was going to happen. at 2:09 p.m. julian khatter and george tanios are first captured on camera near brian sicknick. at 2:14, we heard khater said to tanios.
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"give me that bear stuff." federal prosecutors have said the two men were carrying frontiersman bear spray, which is much more powerful than pepper spray. at 2:20 p.m., video shows khater near the police line with brian sicknick standing behind the bike rack barrier with other police officers. and still there's no reason for brian sicknick to be any more concerned about what he's seeing unfold in front of him. but three minutes later, the trump mob begins to take control of those light bicycle rack barriers and khatter raises his arm over the heads of rioters in front of him, and from that cowardly position where he was fully protected from the police by the
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rioters in front of him. he sprays brian sicknick and hitting him directly in the face. officer sicknick instantly realized he's been hit with something and puts his hands to his face. other images showing officer sicknick tried to wash off his face with water. in court prosecutors showed body camera footage of the incident but they have not released that video to the public. the "new york times" says the police body cam shows, quote, "khater raising his hand and discharging a chemical spray at the officers who stumble back, cover their eyes and at times call out in pain. in five minutes, the police line collapsed, officers retreat into the capitol, and the mob completely gained control of the west side of the capitol.
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later that day sicknick texted his brother saying he was pepper sprayed but he's in good shape. that's what he thought. thought it was pepper spray and he was in good shape. later that night he collapsed and he rushed to the hospital where he died at 9:30 p.m. the next night. medical examiner's report identifying cause of death has not yet been released. one of the most consistent feelings for professional republicans in washington is that they never feel threatened by violence that happens to other people. >> on january 6th, i didn't. there was much more violence on the house side. there was no violence on the senate side in terms of the chambers. >> i knew those were the people that love this country and truly respect law enforcement and would never do anything to break a law. so i was not concerned. >> we are getting similar
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response from republicans about the mass murders last week in atlanta and this week in boulder, colorado. >> every time there is a shooting we play this ridiculous theater where this committee gets together and proposes a bunch of laws that would do nothing to stop these murders. what happens in this committee after every mass shooting as democrats propose taking away guns from law-abiding citizens because that's their political objective. >> he's of course lying, the city of boulder actually passed a law, then blocked by local judge, which would have prevented the mass murderer in boulder from buying the weapon that he purchased six days before he murdered ten people at king soopers super market. >> she had dreams and ambitions. she was moving up the ladder at king soopers.
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and now she can't. she can't do those things. she didn't get to experience motherhood, she didn't get to experience marriage. she was 25 years old, she didn't get to experience a lot of stuff we get to experience in life. >> see you thursday. >> democratic congressman of colorado, district includes boulder, served as house impeachment manager in the second impeachment trial of donald trump. congressman nag congressman, thank you very much for joining us tonight. i know this has been a difficult week for you and it continues to be that for you. what is your reaction and what can you tell us about how the
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community of boulder has responded to this tragedy? >> thank you for having me lawrence. it has been a devastating week for boulder for this community, from my community and certainly for the state and the country. we are in a process of healing and grieving and lifting up victims. the ten people who tragically lost their lives and another mass shooting on monday. you heard mr. olds described one victims, we're learning so much about each of these community members led impactful lives and the impact they had in boulder county and across our state and beyond. we are focused on them and doing what we can to help our community heal. boulder is a strong and resilient community. it's a kind community. i have no doubt that we'll come together to help each other during this incredibly important and tragic time. >> we just saw a senator who engages in just about nothing other
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than political theater has no legislative accomplishments in his time in the senate, none, accused you and the democratic party of engaging in political theater after this mass murder, what is your response to that? >> yeah, i would say it is so disappointing and emblematic. of the approach that the senator you mentioned and others have taken in years past when we had tragedy after tragedy happen in our country. it's clear to me, i think clear to you and vast majority of the american people that we have a gun battle crisis in the united states. my constituents are tired of inaction, tired of excuses, and want congress to take steps necessary to protect our community so people can feel safe in their grocery stores and schools and movie theaters and in their communities. look, i heard some of the arguments, the clip that you just played, confounding to me,
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none of the arguments senator cruz made were coherent or cogent arguments. evidence shows that the bills that had been proposed thus far of universal background checks and assault weapon ban reinstating. they would save lives. we should take those steps. >> gun legislation is one of the few areas of what we may call liberal progress that has occurred, say beginning in the 1930s with social security and on ward where there have been reversals. joe biden was able to get through an assault weapon ban. assault weapons banned in 1994. we have gone backward in terms of that kind of progressive steps that we took in the 1990s and that the statistical evidence shows worked very well. >> you are right. i know you as a student of history and served in the senate. in 1994, there were nine
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republicans who voted for the assault weapons ban when then senator biden helped lead the charge. what's happening the last two decades is hard for me to describe the feelings that so many of my constituents have as they look to a federal government that has time and time again failed them in taking meaningful reasonable steps are supported by a broad portion of our population in the united states and across the political spectrum. there is no excuse not to take action. entrenched interests fought it year after year but i am hopeful that we'll finally be able to make meaningful progress this year with president biden leading the helm given what he just said yesterday at the press conference. >> senate majority leader chuck schumer has said the difference between the last few years on this issue is that we
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now have a democratic majority leader of the senate which means he's in charge of the senate calendar and he has promised to bring something to the senate floor. it will face the challenge of current senate rules and filibuster rules but he's promising to bring certainly background checks at a minimum to the senate floor. >> incredibly important step and i am appreciative that leader schumer committed to do that and finally we'll have a debate on the floor of the united states senate about sensible gun violence reform legislation. i know you will have senator merkley on and i could not agree with him more, it is time to end the filibuster. end of the day, relic like the filibuster should not proconclude, prohibit and stop us making meaningful progress on these issues and we know ultimately will save american lives. >> he's going to join us later
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in this hour. >> congressman joe neguse, i am very sorry for what you and your -- the people in your district and boulder are enduring this week. >> thank you, lawrence. >> up next, andrea wiseman will join us on what the new video we just watched could mean in the prosecution of the two men who are charged in the assault on officer brian sicknick. that's next. the same thing. that's why i go with liberty mutual — they customize my car insurance so i only pay for what i need. 'cause i do things a little differently. hey, i'll take one, please! wait, this isn't a hot-dog stand? no, can't you see the sign? wet. teddy. bears. get ya' wet teddy bears! one-hundred percent wet, guaranteed! or the next one is on me! only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪
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there are now more than 400 defendants criminally charged in attack on the capitol january 6th, and prosecutors continue to study possible elements of conspiracy. new court filings reveals that defendant kelly meggs, the leader of the group that calls itself the oath keepers, was communicating with members of the so-called proud boys in the weeks leading up to the capitol attack. according to prosecutors kelly meggs wrote in december, "i organized an alliance between oath keepers, the florida three percenters and proud boys, we have decided to work together and shut this -- stuff down." in a separate message said he
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was coming at donald trump's invitation, saying quote, he called us all to the capitol and wants us to make it wild. in fact donald trump put that in writing on december 19th, 2020. donald trump tweeted "big protests in d.c. on january 6th, be there. will be wild ". joining us now is andrew wiseman. former fbi general counsel, one of the lead prosecutors in the mueller investigation. msnbc legal analyst. andrew, what to make of this new video, what it tells us of the kind of evidence that prosecutors have that would establish the actual assault on officer sicknick? >> you don't get better evidence than that, lawrence. you know this is prosecutor's dreams and a defense's lawyer nightmare is having the defendant on video tape committing the crime. this is sensationally good
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proof. it is the kind of proof that when you are a defense lawyer, you have a serious talk about your client about pleading and/or cooperating with the government. it is a very, very strong case. as you would expect, this is something with the police and a lot of people anticipated that there would be public protests and violence and there were a lot of people with iphones capturing everything that's going on. it is not surprising that it makes -- you're really handing the keys to a conviction to the government. >> to this information we're getting in this charge today, the prosecutors are talking about the oath keepers talking to the proud boys and getting together and the specific use of donald trump's actual word "wild" which
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he put in a tweet to them and inviting them and putting that all together, how may that influence the prosecution of these cases? >> i think there are two things. let's put donald trump aside. for the moment. when you are looking at interesting evidence they are piecing together of these two gangs and how they are working together, what i see going on is building a so-called rico case. rico laws developed, it is routinely used by federal prosecutors to bring gang cases that is no longer limited to organized crime characters. here you really can see rico case being built. advantage of rico -- longer sentences and you can really present to a jury the full scope of gang activity. you are not limited to just what happened on january 6th.
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you can talk about all the violence that these gangs participate in. with respect to donald trump, it is important to know that it's not sufficient that people in those two gangs thought that this is what donald trump wanted. that is evidence that could be used against donald trump but it is not sufficient because donald trump could say you misinterpret what i said and i didn't think you will engage in violence and i didn't promote violence. you and i may think that's not the case but it would not be enough just to point to what people trerp interpreted his words to mean. >> joe biden and the justice io mean. >> joe biden and the justice in mean. >> joe biden and the justice department decided on a new u.s. attorney for the southern district of new york. this choice as you know made by
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the senior democratic senator in new york, chuck schumer. senator moynihan used to make the choices when he was senior senator. chosen the first black u.s. attorney in the southern district of new york. we did have zachary carter in the eastern district before. this is a very important job, considering the most important prosecutorial in the country. what does it mean for donald trump's future to be on the way to confirm a u.s. attorney chosen by joe biden? >> i actually think that the relevance of this is you have not just in the southern district but in the eastern district and in the western district of new york, three districts, the nominees are all african-american men and women which falls into the category of it is about time. by reputation, these are all three excellent choices. in terms of what it means for donald trump, i think it is
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important to remember that the current u.s. attorney in the southern district is also a wonderful career person so in terms of the cases there, whether they're overseen by audrey strauss or by the in coming nominee, i think that district is going to continue to do excellent work and be independent. and the same thing i think will be true in the eastern district and the western district. these are all a good sign for president biden. >> on justice department protocol, i know nothing about this. would there be a consideration that if we are going to indict a former president of the united states in what was the michael cohen case where he was individual one, unindicted co-conspirator, would they think it is better to wait for the new u.s. attorney to be fully
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confirmed by the senate in place to do that? would that be a factor in thinking about how to proceed with such a case? >> i don't think so. i think that this is something that the attorney general is certainly going to weigh in on if there were to be such a case and that's a big "if." that's something would go to for main justice for approval by the attorney general. by all accounts, merrick garland is going to say we bring that case when it is ready whether it is audrey strauss or the in coming person should not have an effect on the timing. >> andrew weissmann, thanks very much for coming on. >> you're welcome. >> coming up, the senator that needs no more introduction than this, the leader of the anti-phil abuster senators, jeff merkley joins us next.
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on sunday, a day many church going african-americans participate in souls to the polls. what an astonishing coincidence? outlaw voting on a day african-american churches sponsored get out the vote efforts. i would like one of the republican members on this committee to give us a plain sense justification for that restriction. no early voting on sundays. >> and one of the republicans gave this answer to that. >> in god's word and exodus 20:18, it says remember the sabbath and keep it holy. that is my response to senator schumer. >> bible scholars know she meant exodus 20:08, not 18, but the
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old testament, it was written in hebrew which refers to sun down on friday and sun down on saturday. the old testament is totally cool which voting on sunday. we'll find out what the old testament says about the senate filibuster rules when senator schumer brings the voting rights bill to the senate floor. >> this is not some as i heard some silly idea that we should stop voter suppression, it is fundamental. we took an oath to the constitution and that involves defending the right to vote. defending the ballot box. >> joining us now senator jeff merkley. of oregon, a member of the usually ignored senate rules committee. thank you very much for joining us tonight. >> you're welcome. >> and it is rare for rules committee to take center stage but it did today. on this very, very important legislation. but we all know, it is headed to senate floor where under current rules it is going to need 60 votes to be
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considered. >> well, that's absolutely right. under current rules as a policy, it takes 60-vote threshold to close debate and this is what some folks call the filibuster, which implies people are speaking on the floor, that's not the case. this is just a veto exercised by mitch mcconnell on policies he doesn't like, anything that will make the country better, but in this case we're talking about core constitutional principles of the ballot box and we fought through our entire history to make the ballot box accessible to everyone and now republicans trying to tear it down. >> the theory of the filibuster, and i am glad you made the distinction that few people understand that we are not really talking about the
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filibuster. let's get it out of the way right now. no one is suggesting a rule change that'll prevent the jimmy stewart moment or strom thurmond 24 hours and 18 minutes record. anyone who wants to run out the senate floor and go do that will still be able to do that. when they stop speaking, the senate will continue to proceed with its business. it is this 60-vote clochure threshold we're talking about. that's the motion to end the debate, that's what has to be changed if there is going to be any progress. if that's changed, you will be able to go out the senate floor to speak for 24 hours if you have that feeling at some point. >> absolutely. >> i can tell you some members will want to draw national attention by giving those speeches. but when there is a vote on closing debate, it should be a simple majority to close debate.
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we are now in position to have many options. this 60-vote threshold to close debate, this is the exact measure that our founders said don't do this. while they are writing the u.s. constitution, you had it in place, the confederation, congress, under the articles of confederation, requiring a super majority to get things done. minority could veto everything, and it did, so it was paralyzed. hamilton, madison, all the rest, the founders said don't do this, you got to be able to go forward. it is not the minority that controls things. it is the majority. that is the heart of the way the republic works. now we're ignoring our founders, paralyzed, just as they predicted. >> i follow the senate votes, it was a senate clochure vote today, 98-2. a 98-2 vote on closing the debate on a deputy secretary nomination. now, that's the kind of thing that a short time ago in the
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senate would have been unanimous consent and would taken literally one second of the senate's time. that's the kind of junk that has clogged up the senate pipeline now for years in the mcconnell leadership era. >> this process was designed to happen once in a blue moon. it takes two days before you can vote and another 30 hours afterwards. it takes a whole week of the senate's time. that was an instrument recognizing that it would be very, very rare that the pirates would take over. that's the term filibuster comes from. freebooter. now from a rare event, once every ten years and very public with speeches on the floor, now to the silent, no-show, no effort obstruction. mitch mcconnell's theory of power is if you obstruct everything from
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getting done, you would show the party in the majority can't get it done and make a better case for the minority to become the majority. if each side does that, it is simply like the old adage, an eye for an eye leaves both blind. if both sides paralyzing each other, we'll never address the issues of america. well, the rest of the world going we don't want that system. it hurts us in all kinds of way our example and leadership and our ability to help the world taking on common challenges. >> i know you had private conversations with senator joe manchin trying to persuade him to see this the way you do, he would be the decisive vote in the senate to make a rules change like this. he has said very nice things about you publicly, do you worry that some of the external pressure now, very angry stuff said about him from outside the senate, that that could provoke
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him to change parties? is that something that democrats in the senate are worried about? >> not at all concerned of that. my friend joe manchin wants to make sure we do the right things for the institution, the right thing to protect the ballot box and i know that he'll be working and talking to others trying to figure out his course and understanding the differences in his state and understanding the traditions of burke, and he's going to make valuable contributions and somehow we are going to figure it out. we have to figure it out. we have this oath to the constitution. that involves defending the ballot box from voter suppression efforts across the country. we thought in 1965 there, we gotten past this. supreme court under citizens united said we're past that, we are not going to have these voter suppressions. sheldon county case, and yet here we are.
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here we are with folks saying we are going to make it hard for black americans to vote and the poor to vote and native americans to vote. and then this strategy is if we can make sure that the voting only takes place on election day then we have so many tools to make it hard for people to vote, we reduce precincts or staffing or make people stand in the rain for five hours or change location every year or put out false information about locations. these folks who want to take the vote away from millions of americans are absolutely on the wrong side of what it means to be a country by and for the people. >> senator jeff merkley, thank you very much for joining us tonight. >> lawrence. >> coming up. president biden giving vice president harris her most difficult assignment today. he says she's the perfect person to handle it.
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today president biden held a meeting at the white house on a problem that has vexed every president since 1912, when the current 2,000 mile southern border of the united states of america was established. >> i asked the vp today because she's most qualified person to do it, to lead our efforts with mexico and the northern triangle and the countries that help us, we are going to need help in stemming the movement of so many folks stemming the migration to our southern border. this new surge we are dealing it now starting the last administration but it is our responsibility to deal with it humanely and to stop what's happening. >> during the early days of the
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presidential campaign, some of the candidates including kamala harris and our next guest went to the homestead juvenile detention facility in florida and nearly 3,000 children were being held. >> don't discount these hundreds of thousands of children being treated this way by us. what will it mean for them in terms of what is our country and who is our country? what are the values of our country? what are we telling our own children who are aware that this is happening to other children? i strongly believe that you should judge a society based on how it treats its children. they are children and we are not treating them well at all. we are treating them like prisoners. >> weeks later that facility was closed. the "miami herald" reported the facility had four child sex abuse claims that resulted in the firing of one employee.
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resignation of two others, employees caring for migrant kids at homestead were more vetted for prior child abuse records. that's what happened at our border when donald trump and steven miller and jeff sessions made cruelty the official policy of the united states. joining our discussion now is julian castro, secretary of housing and urban administration in obama administration, the former mayor of san antonio, texas. you were with kamala harris that day looking at that facility where 3,000 kids were being held at the time. what's the difference between then and now? >> the difference is now you have a biden/harris nings administration in place that has compassion and concerns for these children and wants to get them out of those types of facilities and into the hands of loving
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relatives who are often here in the united states. i remember that visit in late june of 2019. what i remember about vice president harris was her passion and knowledge of the issue. when she was attorney general of california, she led the effort to respond to unaccompanied minor of california. she organized an effort to get them a pro bono legal representation. she pushed back against the cruelty of the trump administration. she knows the issue and had a passion for serving those children. because of that i have confidence that she's going to do a good job in this role. president biden made a wise move and good decision. >> what is good job? i ask that because every president prior to now has failed, if the standard is efficiently and humanely and immediately dispatching people who arrived at the southern border illegally
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including children. no president has ever succeeded at those three things at the same time. >> this is how i think we should measure ourselves here. number one, are we treating people who are in our custody, people who are seeking asylum and undocumented immigrants humanely, compassionately, in keeping with our values. in the case of the children, are we getting them out of the border patrol stations which are over crowded. and secretary mayorkas says it is unacceptable the conditions right now. are we getting them to hhs and quickly in hands of host families to live a relatively normal life to await the adjudication of the asylum claim? but, also, part of what president biden has charged the vice president of doing is looking at the longer term. when i was running for president, i called for 21st century marshal plan for central america so we partner with those countries and invest there so
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people can find safety and security and opportunity at home instead of having to come to the united states to look for those things. if we can do both of those things in keeping with our values and treat people humanely and decently but also solve this challenge in the long-term, i think it will be a success. you know what, we can do it, and i think that vice president harris is going to do a good job at it. >> in terms of the intercountry cooperation, we have attempted that in the past, people have attempted it with good will in the past, not in the trump administration but many administrations prior to this. moments of cooperation that seem to be helpful, but ultimately it seems to be the calendar. it seems to be the seasonal swell in numbers that we always get this time of the year and we
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always get the drop-off in the middle of the summer when the heat becomes oppressive and journey becomes deadly. and so all of these things and everything that's discussed have always been tried before. >> i would say the so-called surges started in earnest in 2014, that's not that many years. we had 2014, 2019 and now. when president biden was vice president, he led an effort to invest $750 million in northern triangle countries to try to get this partnership solidified, and trump froze those resources. two steps forward and one step back. now the biden administration would like to invest in earnest and forge a stronger partnership with the northern triangle countries to have a longer term solution to this. i don't think this is something that's been going on long enough these partnerships,
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for us to give up on them. we can see results the way we were able to in a different context in colombia over the years, it's so different from what it used to be. also in mexico 20 years ago people coming here were largely mexican, single men coming to work and send money back. but because you can find more opportunity and in some places more safety than you used to in mexico, you don't see those numbers anymore. we have a blueprint, we need to be smart about this for the long term. >> what is clear is it is a problem that requires that mix of enforcement and humanity and problem that every president will have to work on every day. it's not a problem that we can see a point on the calendar that we will solve and be able to put away, i think we can agree on that. >> absolutely. republican or democrat, going to have to focus on this, that's why putting your vice president in charge of it, making it high profile, makes a lot of sense.
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but what have you been doing for the last two hours? ...delegating? oh, good one. move your xfinity services without breaking a sweat. xfinity makes moving easy. go online to transfer your services in about a minute. get started today. this is not about getting rid of the second amendment. it's simply about saying we need reasonable gun safety laws, there's no reason we have assault weapons on the street of a civilized society, weapons of war. they're designed to kill a lot of people quickly. stop pushing the false choice this means everybody is trying to come after your guns, this is not what we're talking about. >> and getting last word, democratic congresswoman lucy mcbath of georgia. thanks for joining us again. you sponsored the background check pieces of the legislation that moved through the house.
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chuck schumer has it in the senate and seems like your part of the bill might be the only thing he can get through the senate, background checks. >> i hope so, the bipartisan options -- we passed in 116th congress, it's bipartisan, with both republican and democratic support. if we know that over 90% of the american public believe in this legislation and policy, we need to do everything in our power to get it passed in the senate. >> how are you feeling in the house about the possibility that the current senate rules could block consideration of this, requiring a 60-vote threshold? >> well, of course i'm hoping for the best. i'm hoping that as i said, both republicans and democrats will see the light that our constituents are adversely
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affected, republican or democrat, by unnecessary gun violence as we've just seen in colorado, as we've just seen here in georgia, as we've seen over and over and over again, just since i lost my son in 2012. and we know of course that the debate over gun safety and saving lives is far more important than procedural discussions we might be having, anything that might stall the ability for us to get this legislation passed. >> you know what the families in colorado and families in georgia are feeling tonight, the families in georgia have had a week to live with their new feelings of grief, it's even fresher than that in colorado, what could you say to them about what they're going through, what they're going to be experiencing? >> well, first what i would say
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to them is that absolutely i understand what they're feeling. and i offer them, truly offer them my prayers and condolences, because it's something that i understand to my core. but what i would say to them, please take time to honor the memory of their loved ones, please take time to absorb and digest everything that has happened and surround yourself right now with friends and family and community because that is what you need right now to be tethered to at this really delicate time in their lives, and just to continue to honor the legacy of the loved one that they've lost and know we're fighting as hard as we can out here in congress to make sure we're honoring their lives with gun safety legislation. >> congresswoman, lucy mcbath, gets tonight's last word, thanks for joining us tonight.
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>> good night. >> thank you, "the 11th hour" with brian williams starts now. and good evening once again, day 64 of the biden administration, we're now at point where its agenda is running headlong into reality. president is going to get a chance to talk about his priorities and his challenges at his very first quote/unquote formal news conference tomorrow and challenges are many. just tonight u.s. officials confirmed north korea has launched two more short-range missiles. white house is grappling with the growing surge at southern border, renewed call for gun control following two more mass shootings and resistance from republicans, issues all vying for his attention as the administration works to end the pandemic. he named vice president kamala harris as poin