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really cancer ended. she passed away at 61. president obama said today, by telling her story, natom helped make a difference in the lives of so many like her. she'll remain an inspiration to me for years to come. natoma's letter still hangs now in president obama's personal office. that is tonight's last word. "the 11th hour with brian williams" starts now. well, good evening once again. day 155 of the biden administration, and tonight the president may be on the verge of locking in a key part of his bipartisan agenda. there appears to be the frame work of a reported $1.2 trillion deal on his sweeping plan to fix infrastructure and create jobs. >> republicans and democrats have come together, along with the white house, and we've
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agreed on a frame work, and we're going to be heading to the white house tomorrow. >> the white house confirmed tomorrow's meeting taking place just before senators leave town for their two-week recess. there's more on this glimmer of partisan process just ahead. biden also putting his weight behind fighting a surge in violent crimes. homicides up 24%. gun assaults, 22%. over the same period last year. late today the president and attorney general outline a new anti-crime strategy focused on getting more money to police departments and violence intervention programs while cracking down on so-called rogue gun dealers. >> zero tolerance for gun dealers who willfully violate existing laws. if you willfully fail to run a
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background check, if you willfully falsify a record, if you willfully fail to cooperate with the request or inspections, we'll find you, and we will seek your license to sell guns. we'll make sure you can't sell death and mayhem on our streets. >> biden also noted crime traditionally rises during the summer months. he warned things could get worse in just the coming weeks. >> as we emerge from this pandemic with the country opening up again, the traditional summer spike may be even more pronounced than it usually would be. >> as senator joe biden, as you know, was one of the principle authors of the 1994 crime bill he's often presented himself to audiences as a senator who's tough on crime, but lindsey graham said his current crime fighting strategy doesn't go far
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enough. >> they're going after trying to take guns off the street, which is a fine thing to do. but the reason the spike in crime is nobody's getting prosecuted. the liberal left created this problem, and the joe biden of the '70s who was tough on crime no longer exists. >> in the meantime, the effort to prosecute those responsible for the violent siege and desecration on our capital nearly six months ago is yielding more dramatic vote showing exactly what police officers were up against for hours that day. this latest footage has just been released by the justice department like everything from that day, it is disturbing.
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[ chanting "usa!" ] >> [ bleep ] >> [ bleep ]. >> the government today also released never before seen footage showing officers in the basement of the capitol complex that day gearing up and preparing to take on the rioters. >> we need everyone! >> let's go! >> they're not getting into this building. >> let's go! >> today a 49-year-old woman from indiana was the first person sentenced in connection with the january riot.
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anna morgan lloyd pleaded guilty to illegally demonstrating. faces three years on probation, $500 restitution payment for damage to the capitol. she told the court she was ashamed of the violence that took place. nancy pelosi is said to be still weighing whether to create a special 9/11 style commission to evaluate the attack after republicans blocked legislation to create a bipartisan panel. the white house confirmed today the president will travel to el paso on friday with the secretary of homeland security. kamala harris, a former senator from california, of course, is making her first trip to the border as vp after relentless criticism from republicans who argue she should have gone there much sooner. the former president, who you probably remember want toed build that wall has weighed in with a statement that reads, quote, harris and biden were given the strongest bordner american history, and now it is the worst in american history.
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if texas governor abbott and i weren't going there next week she never would have gone. we'll have more on the border issue coming up. there was also a surprise supreme court element coming up today, a decision some are hailing a key victory in free speech. the court rule in the favor of a former high school cheerleader who posted a profanity laced reaction on snapchat after she failed to make the varsity cheer leading squad. they argued she will not be punished for speaking out against her school on off school grounds and she won in the highest court of the land, no less. with that, let's bring in our leadoff guests. philip rutger. his highly anticipated new book, written with his colleague carol lesson ig called "i alone can fix it" is do out just days now. professor melissa murray, nyu
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law school, clerk for justice sewn ya sotomayor, and -- a professor of politics and journalism at morgan state university. phil rutger, we'd like to begin with you. the white house beat. why did the white house choose today, to the best of your knowledge, to launch this anti-crime initiative? >> well, brian, it was an important day for president biden to launch this initiative in part because there are indications that crime this summer could be going up in cities across the country. biden warned of that in his remarks from the white house today. and he wanted to take political advantage or at least position his administration bet ears the summer bears on. this is a politically tricky issue for democrats. it always has been for decades now, but especially in this
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moment because republicans on capitol hill have said that they want to try to use crime, if there's a crime wave this summer, as a campaign tool to try to defeat the democrats and take back the majority and midterm elections next year somewhat we've heard from biden and the attorney general is a suite of proposals they think can get a handle on crime, first and foremost, the gun restrictions that have been important to the democratic agenda over the years to try to show@american people they're responsive, they're predicting what could happen, and they're trying to come up with some levels at a federal level that can get control of the crime situation in these cities. >> jason johnson, next to you. a piece of journalism from "the new york times" i want to run by you. the headline is, want to get trump re-elected? dismanhattan it will police. the author is tom friedman, and
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he writes, this is political dynamite for the democrats. the trump gop will pound them on this policing issue. biden needs to keep rallying. not defunding the police. your response? >> well, first, i don't know why he is continuing to perpetuate this myth that democrats as a whole were calling for defund the police. they never were. they never have. and if it didn't kill the democrats last year during the election. if people like -- if you can win seats in georgia -- georgia's seventh district. if you can win seats when you literally had protests and riots in atlanta, this defund the police is a myth that centrists seem to believe in that doesn't affect voters. i can say this as a vote that we need to abolish policing and create something new. the idea that joe biden -- he's about to take money from coronavirus relief and put it into police departments after the last year of protests that
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we've seen, after all of the evidence and the information and the empirical data we've seen, i think that's a huge mistake and the wrong message to send to the kind of young activists they will need to be excited next summer to maintain the house and senate in 2022. >> professor murray, the biden anti-crime strategy leans on social programs. it also leans on beefing up police departments. your response to that combination? >> i think jason is exactly right. this doesn't have to be an either/or situation. you can have serious law enforcement, law and order policing, but you can values policing that's sensitive to the communities in which that policing is occurring and i think the biden administration is looking to thread the needle, recognizing the success communities have had with the police in the past while noting
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these same communities wish for safe communities and safety for themselves. it's not an either/or, black or white situation. it can both and i think that's the balance they're trying to strike. >> phil rutger, as you heard at the top of the broadcast, as you already knew, part of the news out of washington tonight is this frame work on a possible deal between infrastructure and jobs. here are a couple democratic senators reacting tonight. we'll talk on the other side. >> that deal right now has 20 votes, not 60 votes. we're going to have to take a deep dive into the agreement that they've reached and square it with the needs of our voters. >> there will be one infrastructure deal, and it will be a big infrastructure deal. a part of this is how we're going to pay for it, and that means making sure that
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billionaires and corporations are paying their fair share and we're enforcing the tax laws. >> phil, what's your best read as of air time tonight on where this thing stands? >> well, brian, it's very much of a hot potato here in washington tonight. but what we know is that this bipartisan group has come up with the frame work in negotiation with the white house. sit a far smaller and less ambitious frame work than the one the biden administration proposed and does not achieve all of the policy goals that many democrats are hoping more, including these climate change programs, including elder care and some other social programs that have been at the heart of what progressives have been pushing throughout the spring into the summer. the meeting tomorrow will reveal more details at the white house about what this proposal actually discuss. it's unclear if it will have to support of all the democratic senators but may have enough
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support from both parties to pass the senate. but it's not the only infrastructure deal that could be on the table, because simultaneously as this bipartisan negotiation has been going on, senate democrats and house democrats have been working with the white house on a separate track to pass the bigger package that you heard senator warren talking about there through a measure called reconciliation that would only require the 50 plus one vote majority in the senate. so there's a possibility here that there could be two infrastructure bills, right? that the bipartisan deal that the republicans have agreed to could pass and that the other elements of the biden administration proposal could later pass through reconciliation through votes on a party line. >> jason, you're a smart guy, smart enough that a major college trusts you to inform young inquiring minds. you know the math in the senate. let me ask you this -- what should have happened, say,
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today, after that loss by the democrats on voting rights in the senate? what is the next step in your view? >> the next step is -- and i want to make sure we credit the president for this. it's very clear joe biden's been working behind the scenes, stacey abrams has been working behind the scenes, raphael warnock has been working behind the scenes. i don't think this is a lack of effort on behalf of the administration. but what needs to happen now is every single day, activists need to be outs sinema's office, manchin's office and outside republican offices as well. there's a way to put pressure on people to bring forth this information, bring forth the need for the voting rights bill. i believe in symbolism. if i were joe biden i would be asking democrats around the country, where's the longest lines to vote this fall, and if i were joe biden i would literally stand in line with voters who have to wait three, four hours and say, this is what
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we're fighting against, suburbanites. they need to go out into the country and say this bill is to fight against the inconvenience and voter suppression that everyone is facing. this should be the word out of every politician's mouth for the next eight months. >> professor murray, finally to you, i'm going play for you donald trump comments on two of his justices to the supreme court, specifically kavanaugh and barrett who in his way went the wrong way on obamacare. >> disappointed, and that's the way it goes. very disappointed. i fought very hard for them. i was disappointed with a number of rulings that they made. >> so, professor, what if anything does this prove about him, about the court as an institution, about the justices he appointed? >> well, first it suggests the framers of the constitution imagined an independent
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judiciary that danced to its own tune rather than the president. i think it's quite early days to assume the recent trump appointees are not exactly of the character he intended, that they are staunch conservatives. it's early days and while the court has seen a number of "victories ", they're not full throated or robust for progressives. they're often very narrow decision testimonies aca case was a jurisdictional issue. it didn't broach the merits of whether or not the mandate was or was not constitutional, whether the aca had to be struck down. it was a jurisdictional decision. talt course posted a few wins for liberals, this is really early days and there are many to come. we have a big one next week, and we could see that conservative element emerge in some of those really pivotal cases. >> let me hit you with a quick follow-up before i have to get to a break. do you think roberts will allow a case to the whole court that
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challenges obamacare in all? >> i think we're done with the full frontal assault on obamacare, but i think just as roe vs. wade was "saved." you can still see piecemeal. the right to abortion is entrenched we see them chipping away at it over time so i can imagine a number of challenges to part of obamacare, certainly the continue ra acceptive mandate rather than the full frontal assault on the entire thing. >> phil rutger, melissa murray, jason johnson, thanks for joining us tonight. there's a good chance that if you live in a big city that's already bad, then it's going to be a long hot summer. the president trying to take a bite out of crime, as we have been talking about. we'll take a closer look at
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together now as democrats and republicans. as fellow americans to fulfill the first responsibility of government in our democracy -- to keep each other safe. >> of course, this being 2021, no sooner the president said it than it became a massive issue with democrats and republicans taking issue with his plan to head off what is projected to be an especially violent summer in our country. in portland, homicides are up a staggering 45% from last year. atlanta has seen a 41% increase in murder. the a.p. sums it up this way -- there are tricky plans and biden's plan chose you how few the democrats have on the issue. joining us now, phil butler, who has written and spoken extensively on this topic.
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among his books, "choke hold, policing black men". paul butler, great to see yous always. thanks for coming on. what's your initial take on what the president laid out today? >> brian, biden's last public safety project was the crime bill of 1994, which brought us mass incarceration and vast race disparities. this time, biden is focused on crime prevention rather than harsh penalties, and that's a more evidence-based approach to what really works to make communities safe. so the attorney general is going to order prosecutors to throw the book at gun dealers who sell firearms to people who aren't allowed to have them. but the problem is, there can't be any meaningful gun control without the support of congress, which biden does not have on this issue.
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>> would the phrase defang the police have been more successful than we know what has become of defund the police? and i'm asking because $350 billion -- and it's an interesting mix of social programs and enhanced policing -- is a ton of money. >> biden says that states can use some of their federal stimulus money nor for policing and i'm sure he sees this as a good political strategy to republicans who say he wants to defund police but progressives want to see federal money shifted from policing to social programs. biden is doing some of that. he's expanding summer jobs for young people. he's supporting violence interruption programs. he wants more resources devoted to help people who are coming
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home from prison. but acts of this are going to zero in on this $350 billion that was supposed to be for pandemic relief, and now can be used to hire more cops. >> of course, paul, i'm duty bound to point out that voters are usually interest in the one thing, and that is when they call 911, they want to know something's going to happen and someone's going to arrive. >> and there's nothing wrong with that. it's true, as biden's press secretary said today, there's no conflict between fighting crime and police reform. young black men are most likely to be victims of police abuse, and they're also more likely to die from homicide, so both community safety and racial justice requires focusing on both. but, brian, at the same time,
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the protests in the 1960s brought us the voting rights act and important civil rights laws. last summer's protests were very effective at creating reform on the state and local level, but so far there hasn't been any significant federal law. >> let me bring up one of the more searing episodes of our recent history, and that of course is the death of george floyd. chauvin's sentencing is on friday. his self-defense asking for probation. given your experience, what's realistic here? especially how closely and carefully you watched this judge during proceedings? >> the guidelines call for about 12 1/2 years for former officer chauvin. the prosecution moved and the
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judge agreed that the sentence can be enhanced because of aggravating factors, like the fact that chauvin committed this murder in front of children and that mr. floyd was especially vulnerable. so i think that the judge will probably compromise. he's not likely, i think, to send officer chauvin to prison for 30 years. i think somewhere around 15 or 20 is realistic, although i think many activists, as well as mr. floyd's family, wouldn't be satisied with anything less than the maximum punishment. >> professor paul butler, georgetown university. always a pleasure to have you on. thank you for being our guest tonight. another break for us, and coming up, democrats reportedly consider it their single biggest threat in 2022. we'll talk about the politics, fraught as they are, surrounding
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as the president makes violent crime prevention a priority, axios reports it this way -- quote, democrats in private and public are warning that rising crime and the old and new progressive calls to defund the police -- wait for it -- the single biggest threat
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to their electoral chances in 2022, to which most people answered, yeah, no kidding. axios went on to report, democrats say it's no coincidence eric adams the leader in the new york city mayoral race ran against defunding the police, in fact, he's a former new york city police officer. for more, we welcome back juanita tolliver and mike murphy, veteran republican strategist and codirector of the center of political future at the university of southern california, also the cohost of the hacks on tap podcast. good evening and welcome to you both. juanita, what about the points made in the axios reporting, not in a vacuum, but knowing as you do what will happen to a movement, what already has? starting with the first appearance at signs at
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demonstrations of defund the police? what happens in trump-friendly media, what happens in campaign ads? somebody called the media says, how's a week from tuesday? >> brian, i kind of don't want to touch that frame because i want to recenter us back on the concept that is important that democrats first and foremost senter the voters, center the needs of the community they're looking to serve in anything they're doing, right? so whatever attacks from republicans are going to be there. when it comes to public safety and violent crime, i would urge democrats not to do this to thwart gop attacks but to -- what we saw from the white house and biden today is they're trying to do that. seems like biden learned lessons from 1994 and they're trying to target gun manufacturers and dealer as well as community based solutions.
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when i think of candidates like eric adams from new york,u right, he's in the lead, buts with a wait patiently for the votes to be counted i think there's something to be said for the fact that you have maya wiley and katherine garcia who still have paths. i won't say that eric adams is necessarily the explicit paths that democrats should take across the country, but they should take notes from what we saw roll out from biden and use that playbook paired with other things that we're seeing that, again, focus to the needs of their communities. >> mike, let's go there right now. it's an interesting contrast between eric adams and maya wiley, frequent contributor in the past on this network. eric adams, former new york city cop. former republican. has a place in jersey. maya wiley chose to run against the nypd because the secret to
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life is timing, at a time when crime is spiking in the streets and subways of new york. what do you take away from the new york city mayor's race? the point we made last night, this is important nationally because they have more constituents in new york city than 38 of the united states, than over 70 u.s. senators. >>. >> look, a new york city mayor's race is a huge bellwether to democrats. it's probably the largest progressive, center-left electorate in the country. juanita's right, the votes aren't in, but the statistics are strong. if you add up the candidates who did not run on the maya wiley of defund, reform, massively change the police, they did really well, and they did pretty poorly. i think she's going wind up in second, maybe for another round
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or two, but i would be stun first down she makes it to mayor. i think the chances are high it's going to be adams. it was a clear referendum. in practical politics it's always your own side that can get you in trouble. in the republican party we have january 6th deniers and space laser cooks but the democrats are polling the left center in a way that are not going to be helpful. it is a real sign that the strongly endorsed aoc candidate who ran, maya wiley, on a strong progressive, no apologies agenda got beat bad in an electorate that should be more friendly to that stuff than any, other than a cambridge, mass, in the country. >> it's been said on this
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broadcast millions of times, democrats have a hard earned reputation for eating their own young, and what do you say about the dynamic mike just laid out in term of what the progressive branch is doing to the national party? >> i think the progressive we think of the party is pushing the party, as they should, more and better in terps of systematic reform is always better nationally. the progressive team isn't going back off. what we see now in the die nam you can nationally, looking between congress and biden, for instance, is they're pushing him to do more, to be able to deliver on not only the agenda items they promised to the american public which elected them, not only in the house, democrats in the senate as well as the white house, but they're looking to deliver because they know going into midterms people want those tangible differences. people want that tangible impact and want to know what democrats are going to deliver for them. so i disagree wholeheartedly
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that progressives are pulling the party down versus pushing the party forward. >> for the folks who want tangible stuff like jobs, bridge, the border wall, have we got a conversation coming up after the break. they have agreed to stay with us. when we do, who else is heading to the border with the former president next week? when we come back. e come back. good morning, blair. [ chuckles ] whoo. i'm gonna grow big and strong. yes, you are. i'm gonna get this place all clean. i'll give you a hand. and i'm gonna put lisa on crutches! wait, what? said she's gonna need crutches. she fell pretty hard. you might want to clean that up, girl. excuse us. when owning a small business gets real, progressive helps protect what you built with customizable coverage. -and i'm gonna -- -eh, eh, eh. -donny, no. -oh.
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crime. >> methamphetamine. >> border crisis. >> humanitarian crisis. >> illegal immigrants. >> hundreds of people. >> tens of thousands. >> hundreds of thousands that are coming. >> as the recount pointed out, republicans, quote, really stuck to the border talking points today. it cops as politico reports about a dozen house republicans plan to join donald trump at the border wall next wednesday.
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as we mentioned, vice president harris is set to visit the border this coming friday. still with us, juanita tolliver, mike murphy. juanita, there are little theater groups all across the country tipping their hats to the cast of the border crisis based on how many hours of rehearsal that clearly took up. give me your honest assessment -- how real is the border as an issue for americans who are not glued to fox news, news max, oan, and the like? >> you just eliminated the audience. come on, now, what am i supposed to do with everybody else who does not stick to the same sources of information who repeat the same lines we heard from republicans right there? the gop truly mastered the concept of the message discipline, and the impact of their viewers, their voters hearing that messaging day in
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and day out across the course of months and years is masterful in terms of getting them to the polls and getting them excited about this issue. and so that's what we can expect from trump and republicans when they go to the border -- more of the same lies, more of the same content, more of the same language that will rile up their base and again reaffirm the gop's alignment with trump. this is masterful power posturing for trump to be visiting the border with these gop members right now, who are fully being dogged about reaffirming their commitment to trump and reaffirming their commitment to trump's immigration issues which is and will remain a hot button issue with their base. >> mike murphy, what is an actual issue to people across this country on both sides of the aisle is what was announced tonight, this frame work on infrastructure. for those joining the english
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language version of our broadcast, that basically means a tentative deal on jobs and bridges. and mike, as you know, this cuts across party lines because this is stuff for folks who have to drive their kids to school across a bridge they have worried about for 50 years. did you always think the republicans would come to the table meaningfully, and have they in slow motion realized this stuff matters back home? >> yes, i've always thought so. in hacks on tap we made predictions about this a week ago. i think it will boil down to a pretty good bipartisan bill with $1 trillion plus. a record number of dollars spent on this, and it will be on hard infrastructure. water, bridges, roads the stuff you're talking about, which is a good thing. i think for viewers who like to watch political theater, the question now will be, would some of the progressives, who would like the see social welfare
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spending added to this bill that would not get republican support, will they put on their mitch mcconnell costumes and blow it up in the end, or will they go along grumpily? that will be the lift for speaker pelosi and chuck schumer. i think the infrastructure is a good ending place, and i think biden -- and they're sending a signal, is going to live with it. and i think it's good to show the country we can actually get something done. we've got to show the europeans and al lice around the world we're capable of having a congress that's capable of more than food fighting. there's a good chance the progressives can blow it up, but i think at the end of a lot of noise they're going get on board. that's my guess. >> one more word about mitch mcconnell. because he is so unique among political figures in american history, certainly in modern american history for saying no,
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for wanting to be obstructionist and saying the quiet part outloud, correct me if i'm wrong, but he still has the ability to hurt republican senate chances back home just because he wants to win the game. >> yeah, well, look, he -- i would call him honest. he's pretty transparent. you know, conservatives like the way he stops things think are bad, and they've got half the senate. but yeah, he's got political calculations to make. the republicans are holding good cards to win back the house. in the senate it's a tougher terrain, and we're really on the razor's edge for either party. they're watching that pennsylvania race and other places that are not easy for republicans to winning but they can. pat toomey, a republican, is retiring. mcconnell, the pressure he's under is both hold the conservative line on policy and also be pragmatic enough. and mitch, like any good paul
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knows a nice roads and bridges bill where every politician can cut a ribbon and take some credit is as good for his caucus as the democrats. i think everybody will find credit in this and from his point of view that moves the ball forward, political will i. >> juanita, will we get to 60 on this front? will mcconnell and schumer make at happen? >> i think yes on the bipartisan bill reached by the white house. i think also stand by for a second package from democrats that does meet the needs not only on progressives, but child care, women, and the lack of child care and other supports throughout this pandemic who need these very real pieces of infrastructure that impact the way we live our lives every single day. >> juanita tolliver, mike murphy, two good friends of the broadcast for good reason.
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we mentioned this earlier, the supreme court today why should an important ruling regarding students and free speech. the court ruled 8-1 that a school went too far when it punished a cheerleader for what she posted on social media. we get the story tonight from nbc news justice correspondent pete williams. >> reporter: the ruling is a big boost for the free speech rights of the nation's public school children and a victory for brandy levy of pennsylvania. when she was a ninth grader she lashed out one weekend finding out she didn't make varsity. on snapchat she wrote "f" school, "f" softball, "f" cheer, "f" everything.
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>> i went to blow off steam. >> reporter: her coaches suspended her. the supreme court said she should not have been punished. just as steven breyer's opinion said they have far less authority over schools when they're not on campus. he called schools nurseries of democracy that should encourage free expression. >> this is a huge victory for student free speech because so much of what students do happens off campus and on social media. >> reporter: clarence thomas was the only dissenter. the ruling leaves the door open for schools to punish children for threats or cheating on tests or violating the rules on extracurricular activities. something you probably didn't think you'd live long
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allowed trump to hold up a bible after protesters were beaten and gassed. and like the hearing where he and defense secretary austin testified today republicans have decided we are in a crisis of some sort where our military is both soft and woke, our kids are being taught dangerous things like white rage and critical race theory, and when asked about the curriculum at west point today, milley made it clear he wasn't having it. >> first of all, on the issue of critical race theory, et cetera, i'll obviously have to get much smarter on whatever the theory is, but i do think it's important, actually, for those of us in uniform to be open minded and be widely read, and the united states military academy is a universe, and it is important that we train and we
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understand -- and i want to understand white rage, and i'm white, and i want to understand it. so what is it that caused thousands of people to assault this building and try to overturn the constitution of the united states of america? what caused that? i want to find that out. i want to maintain an open mind and i want to analyze it. it's important we understand that. our soldiers, sailors, marines and guardians come from the american people, so it's important the leaders now and in the future do understand it. i've read mao, marx, lennon. that doesn't make me a communist. i personally find it offensive that we are accusing the united states military, our general officers, our commissioned and noncommissioned officers of being "woke" or something else because we're studying theories.
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that was introduced at harvard and proposed there were antebellum laws that led to a power differential with african-americans that were three-quarter of a human being when this country was formed. then we had the emancipation proclamation and then the civil rights act to change that. so look, i do want to know. >> florida congressman matt gaetz who did not serve in the military but did smirk while general milley was testified also went on to troll the chairman of the joint chiefs on twitter saying, with generals like this, it's no wonder we've -- retired general mark hertling tossed this out there. hey matt gaetz, see those stripes on general milley's sleeve? each represents six months in
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combat. second of defense austin has more, but those aren't on his suit. you really want to do this? gaetz, the same matt gaetz who faces potential sex trafficking charges >> happy to have you here we have a very big show tonight, senator elizabeth warren is going to be joining us live tonight. we're also going to be charging tonight something quite amazing that has happened in las vegas. which is a very un-las vegas thing, it is something that you will absolutely have to see to believe. we have that story in just a couple of minutes. along with a dad who


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