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change what they want to see in the world, so they are very important for that reason. in particular it's, a wonderful time to be teaching at howard university, with the vice president of the united states because those students can feel that, energy and they can feel that they can do it too. >> i didn't mean to shave hampton university, i love hampton university, but as calamity harris would say the real a.g. was howard university, so i need to say, professor canadian grant thank you so much for joining us tonight on this historic night please stay safe. that is tonight's last word, you can catch me every week night at 6 pm we can on the choice from msnbc, exclusively on peacock. the 11th hour with brian williams starts now. r with brian williams starts now. >> good evening once again day 304 of the biden administration
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and tonight kyle rittenhouse, the kid who brought an ar-15 to a protest as one does, apparently, is no longer a defendant in a case that became a flash point over gun rights and fatal land heel-ism and self-defense in our country. after three and a half days of deliberation, a jury in kenosha, wisconsin found 18 year old rittenhouse not guilty of fatally shooting two men, injuring another during a protest with police conduct back in august of 2020. that unrest erupted after the police shooting of black kenosha resident jacob blake, during the trial, rittenhouse took the stand testifying that he was targeted and attacked in the midst of those protests, and fired his ar-15 insults defense. late today the family of anthony huber, one of the two men killed by rittenhouse issued this reaction to today's verdict quote, it sends the unacceptable message that armed civilians can show up in any town, incite violence, and then
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use the danger they have created to justify shooting people in the street. the president was also asked about the outcome of this case. s >> look, i stand by what the jury has concluded, jury system works and we have to abide by it. >> biden later urged americans to avoid focusing on divisions of the case and in a statement that read in part quote, while the verdict in kenosha will leave many americans feeling angry and concerned, myself included, i believe that what unites us is far greater than what divides us. its focus on unity comes on the very day the house narrowly passed a key part of his plan to overhaul this countries a social safety net as well as climate and tax laws. those are the democrats celebrating, the vote was 2:20 to 2:13, not a single republican crossed the island to join them. the vote was supposed to take place last night, but was delayed until this morning when
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many more americans were week to see it because of a record breaking eight and a half hour speech from republican leader kevin mccarthy. today the former president felt the need to weigh in praising mccarthy saying that he did a quote, great job holding off the voting will, as he put it, properly opposed communism. the build back better legislation ahead to the u.s. senate, where the majority leader has said he hopes to get it to the floor to a vote by christmas. tonight one top house democrat said he is confident it will get the backing of each and every senator in the democratic party. >> i do believe that all 50 all the senators are operating in good faith in terms of trying to land the plane. what gives i think many of his confidence in the house is that president biden has given us his explicit commitment that what has been outlined in terms of the tremendous drive that we
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will be taken for the american people in the build back better act will get the support of 50 senators and he will personally make sure that occurs. >> also, this evening, a long awaited significant step forward on the vaccine booster front. the cdc has at long last signed off on approval of both the pfizer and moderna boosters for all adults in the united states. that makes the booster available to tens of millions of americans at 80,000 locations and all, in time for the upcoming holiday travel and gatherings. with that, let us bring in our starting line on a friday night courtney super mania, white house correspondent for usa today, carol leonnig pulitzer prize-winning investigative reporter for the washington post, coauthor with phil rucker of the new york times bestseller, i alone can fix it, and cynthia ochsner former
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federal prosecutor in the civil rights division of the department of justice. good evening, welcome to you all. cynthia, given the news, given our lead story tonight, i would like to begin with you by asking you why did this case result in an acquittal? >> it resulted in an acquittal for a couple of reasons. the most important one was frankly the witnesses. the one witness said he approached the defendant and he had a gun in his hand pointed it at him, one of the witness went after rittenhouse with a skateboard and another one grabbed his gun. that was enough that the prosecution could not overcome their burden of proof. when you add, to other important things, one there wasn't a good overarching theme in the case. i happen to personally have like closing statements, but it disagreed with the opening statement, that is a big problem.
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and then when you throw in a very confusing set of injury instructions, what you have is a recipe for an acquittal and that is what happened. >> so cynthia, it's one thing for us in the light of day to look at this case and say, as people do conversationally, what business did this kid have driving into that town with an ar-15? it is quite another when you examine the visceral power of the american notion of self-defense. >> right, that is the other problem with this case, it was perfectly legal for him to go in and take his ar-15 and pretend like he was in a video game, a junior police officer. that creates a situation for violence. when you couple that, in -- once he's there, and you couple that with what was happening on the side, you will end up with debt people, and the problem is
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that the law, instead of seeing this disaster that occurred in kenosha and pulling back so that people can't go to rallies with ar-15s when they are teenagers, it's going the exact opposite. my great fear is what is going to happen in our country, is that they will be more vigilante-ism because it was found to be acceptable in this case. there will be more of it and we will have several tragedies before somebody comes to their senses and against the pass laws to curb this violent use of guns and availability of guns in the public square. >> indeed, i want to get to that very point in that segment, courtney, it's great to have you back on the broadcast, the presidents initial response was so magnanimous, it was hardened up in the statement afterwards. a kind of puts a spotlight on the burden to get this right
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for history, for posterity, when you are the president. >> that's right, i was there on the south lawn this afternoon when he got off marine one and told the initial statement, and then reiterated it later on with that statement, had-ing that like many americans, he is left feeling angry and concerned. but, again, reiterating the jury has spoken and i think it is important to remember that the president is an institutionalist, and as we have seen in the erosion of public trust in american institutions, this is a president who understands just how fragile the democracy is right now, and a president who is reiterating the message that he wants to prove that democracy works through bipartisanship, through strengthening institutions, he wants to be the uniter-in-chief and turn the temperature dine, and he was elected to do that. but i would note that vice
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president kamala harris struck a very different tone. she told one of my colleagues in ohio today that she was disappointed in the verdict and that the verdict speaks for itself. that she has worked as a former prosecutor worked in the criminal justice system more often and it is clear that there is more to do. that was a very different tone that we heard from biden today. >> so carol leonnig, let me read you something from the new york times that speaks to both of the points just made a quote, republican politicians in search of attention and small donor campaign contributions, try tying themselves to mr. rittenhouse. accounts associated with the proud boys on the chatting up telegram were equally excited. and so carroll you see how this mesh is with the points that they were making, and to
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courtney's point the president is indeed an institutionalist and as a man of a certain era in american politics, he doesn't think of a jury verdict this way. this is advanced kind of fund raising combined with the new not elysium of the era we are living in. in the meantime, this is a scary thought, groups are motivated by this verdict. >> you know, brian, i'm so glad that you asked that, it is sweet and old-fashioned for a president, and i am not being partisan at all, i'm just referring to the historic sweep we have had in the last two decades, it's old-fashioned for a president to not try to argue that a jury decision is illegitimate and because he doesn't believe in it politically. obviously he and his party are at trouble of someone carrying an ar-15, especially a teenager
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who wasn't legally allowed to buy one, but was given one by a friend. and he went into a protest where it created a flammable situation. i think it's interesting to remember the importance of your question remission ship to the flash point that the kyle rittenhouse case was from the get-go, and is still today. conservatives tried to insist that this was a person carefully protecting us from antifa, in kenosha. that's not true. and there were also progressives, and liberals, who tried to argue that this person was transported person across state lines by his mother was a weapon, that also was not true. to argue that he was a white supremacist was not -- that evidence was not produced. and today, tonight, brian, as your show goes live all sorts
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of organizations on the left and the right are milking this case for what they can. the conservative and white supremacist groups of which kyle rittenhouse was not a member of our certainly doing it with the most fervor, because, you know, it shows that you can come armed to a situation that you don't like, you can come armed and argue that it was self-defense when you pulled that weapon. and it is striking, i think of this often, if a black teenager had done this in kenosha, wisconsin, how long would that have lasted before something more dramatic happened to that teenager? >> and so, cynthia, coming off carroll's last point and your last answer, how much do you, personally, worried that every young pretend or would-be cop in this country with a weapon
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is going to see this as liberating, if not entitling? >> i worry a lot about it. i also worry, on the other side too, i worry that the gun toting love of second amendment lovers who will show up at protests and guess what? the people on the other side will go they're gonna come with guns, i guess i have to use well. that's what worries me. we're just -- our politics are so divisive and so angry, and soon that will manifest itself in more physical danger and people more and more, people are going to be hurt. and i'm not just depressing, we do have two other civil rights cases that are going on in the country, that are very important that bullet like, you know there's a real possibility for him just verdicts, we have
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the charlottesville case and we have the death of mr. arbery and george up. those cases are both going well, i'm hoping that they symbolize something for people that the justice system is improving overtime and that it's something that everybody can unite behind and be proud of. >> so, courtney, it's a lot we've established here tonight our country is broken, we know our congress is broken and with that extra meat is, how does the presidents bill get through the u.s. senate to his desk for signature? >> well i think that is still an open question, you know, think celebration for the democrats in the president today, you have to remember that this is the first up of a very lengthy legislative process. this version of the bill will not be the final version, and probably will change considerably for a couple of reasons, one they need all 50
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democrats in the senate for this to pass through budget reconciliation and that includes senators manchin and sinema, who have signaled that they are not on board with every item on this bill. and two with total republican opposition, the bill needs to be passed through budget reconciliation which requires the senate, parliamentarians, to make sure they comply with strict rules. it will be whittled down significantly before it goes back to the house for the house to pass it before it reaches biden's desk. and they want to do this all before christmas, as you mentioned, brian, which let's also remember, december will be a scramble with congress contending with government funding due to run out december 3rd and likely they will run up till december 15, a lot to do
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and i think the question will be -- the questions will be how scaled back will this bill be? will the senators, senators manchin and sinema show up for the president and the president believes that they will, and also, can they get this done in time, time is of the essence, this is the last shot for democrats to really push through their legislative -- the rest of their legislative agenda ahead of next year's midterm election big-time crunch had. indeed, as i say, you do not want to be between a u.s. senator and anyone of the washington area airport with christmas approaching, it's a dangerous place to be. so, carroll, because i note that trump put out a statement in support of mr. mccarthy after whatever that was, for eight hours on the floor of the house, where would you put
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trump's hold on this republican party right about now? >> it remains almost as strong as it was in february and march. kevin mccarthy, as has often been the case in the last several weeks a speaking very dramatically to that audience of one. but also, as you and i have discussed many times, he is talking to the trump voter. the voter he wants, because he is banking on that voter block helping him become the speaker of the house after the 2022 midterms. and this is, you know, a loyalty speech. a loyalty endurance speech. which is, you know, again, not to be partisan, just to analyze what's happening in front of us, this is what donald trump demands. in order to deliver his voters, in order to go out stun and
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encourage that block to turn out for kevin mccarthy, and the candidates who will ultimately or potentially help him become the speaker. so, it's a command performance, and he's doing what he needs to do to win that power vote. because donald trump won't be there for him unless he does so. >> in this last hour of another long week, our thanks to courtney cigarette mania, to cynthia dog's knee, our starting line on a friday night for starting us off. coming up for us, and what's the making this bill we've been talking about, a two trillion-dollar price tag and just enough votes to pass the house now went? we'll continue the questioning when our two political experts, and game out the chances of the presidents massive social and climate spending bill, then later after a week for the history books we thought it would make sense of a
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presidential historian here and on standby to take a questions, put it all in perspective, and so john meacham is standing up to join us. all of it, as the 11th hour is just getting underway in view of the moon and the north portico of the white house, on a friday night. o of the white house, on a friday night - grammarly business turned my marketing team a friday night
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it's historic, it's transformative, it's bigger than anything we've ever done. >> democrats celebrating the house passing the presidents build back better bill. but that's about the extent of
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it, because passing the house was the easy part. new york times points like this. the bill still has a long and difficult road ahead. democratic leaders must coax it through the 50/50 senate, and navigate a tortuous budget process that is almost certain to reshape the measure, forced back to the house, if it pass it at all. back with us, tonight, donna edwards, former democratic member of, congress now washington post analysts, bill kristol, but i deterrent large over at the bulwark. good evening and welcome to both of our friends. donna, i'd like to start with you, is a little too soon to start celebrating build back better? >> well, i don't think it's too soon at all, i think it was quite a monumental task to get it through the house, and negotiated. i also think there are a number of provisions that are in the house version that have already been kind of, prenegotiated with the senate.
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so i don't think that dim view that if it passes it all, i do believe that a measure is going to be passed, it will be sent back to the house and then on to the president for his signature. and these are good things in this bill, things democrats across the country will be able to talk about and celebrate. universal pre-k, childcare, tax credit, expansion of medicaid, things that are in there that are going to deal with prescription drug prices. so i think it's good celebration. there is a nil their leg to go. but i'm pretty confident that is going to get passed by the house and the senate. >> well, congresswoman, can i take a follow-up, you listed all the aspects of it designed to make americans lives better. yet, i think you will join me in a green that if you and i were together tonight at the rink at 30 rock, or the mall in washington, or the malibu pier
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and stopped and asked 1000 people what's in it, we would get very few replies. so what does that say about the job ahead? >> well, it says that there is a lot of work ahead, brian. one of the problems that democrats have had is that there is so much talking conversation about the price tag of the bill, and very little talk about what's in it. i look at something, for example, like universal pre-k. that actually can save families like 19 to $20,000 a month and childcare. a year in childcare costs. so democrats are going to have to do the lion share of the work, and from the president to members of congress, really going back and giving real life examples of the ways in which this bill is going to transform peoples lives know more talk about the mount number talk about the -- >> so, bill kristol you heard the congresswoman, in no
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particular order and how much pressure is schumer under, manchin under, and sinema under. >> no particular order, i don't know, schumer is under a lot of pressure to get it done, that's pretty obvious. manchin and sinema have their own calculations, and i've gotta say, manchin's made an objection, but throwing this much more money into the system, this question in the short term. it's fully funded over long term, sort of, not over the first years, and those inflation numbers have really given him a talking point about being more careful about this. and i do think we just look at the polls, the rate at which middle class, working class americans are feeling the pinch of inflation. they might like all the things, but many of the things that donna discussed, it might be worthwhile things, but explaining that these good things are coming down the pipe well people actually, this standing of living --
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you either are not going up much, or going down a bit, because things just cost more. maybe it's temporary, there's a big debate about that, maybe it's gonna be a long-lasting though. inflation but -- even if it's a little unfair, if it out happens on their watch. so i'd be pretty worried about, that if i were in the biden white house. >> indeed, donna and bill have agreed to stay with us, we're gonna fit in a break here, and coming up when we come back and continue our conversation. we are going to talk about the toxic mood in donna's old workplace, the house chamber, after this week's censure vote for paul gosar and the eight hour long speech from the minority leader. which may, depending on your time zone, still be going on. but on your time zone, still be going on time zone, still be going on bumended, and there's a brand that offers them at an affordable price. try olay skincare. olay regenerist, with 99% pure niacinamide
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didn't have a inflation, i want to go back to when the border was secure. there could be members here who didn't want to change their speaker, and already aren't puerto rico. you have ever eaten one of those baby carrots? there is no such thing, they are just big carrots that they chopped off and charge more. no matter the time, the day or the circumstances, house
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republicans will always fight for you, fight for your family, and fight for our country. >> somewhere just south of jimmy stewart, his record long speech did nothing to derail biden's build back better bill, but it did serve to highlight just how toxic the atmosphere presently is on capitol hill, thankfully still with us or donna edwards and bill crystal. bill, for those who have compared mccarthy and -- i was shocked to hear doing the portions i listen to you live last night that he in fact that one time bought and sold used cars as a young man, that was pleasing, other than that, what did it accomplish, it was seemingly an eight and a half hour nonstop quicker. >> yeah don't think it accomplished anything, we're
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talking about that or not paul gosar, and donald trump, it gets us talking more about goofy behavior by the minority leader as opposed to reprehensible behavior by some of his colleagues who he has defended, and who the entire republican party at the exception of liz cheney and adam kinzinger has defended on the house floor. he looks like a bit of a goofball, and takes our attention away from the more serious things that his party and is doing. >> congresswoman, is it possible the censure vote against gosar made the chamber even more toxic than it already was? >> well, i think it was necessary. if there is any hope that congress is going to get back to a point of more decorum,
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collegiality among members, trust among members then the house had to take this action to censor gosar, whether it makes it more caught talks like -- how could it be more toxic? we have members of congress who, you know, have said words in support of an insurrection for pete's sake! we've had members of congress who refused to hold president, former president accountable. all of these things really trickle into a toxic environment. it's necessary to hold gosar accountable and censure his behavior. it's not like centers are issued every day, they are very rare. but it was very appropriate in this moment to begin to return some sense of normalcy back into the legislative process. >> bill kristol, because, as we always say, we're part of a national fraud boiling experiment, you yet surprised
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to learn the three republican members of the house have said some form of well kyle rittenhouse might make a good congressional intern. >> i'm not surprised. trump praised mccarthy's speech, he praised kevin mccarthy speech, he is desperate to keep donald on his side. it's an indication that trump wanted this bill fought ferociously. i think someone said that trump would be speaker in the next house, the degree to which they are from [inaudible] the top to the bottom of this party no elected he is in, charge and they are not. >> and trump took another swing
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at mcconnell today, bill, but that relationship continues? >> mcconnell, also, for all the abuse he has taken from trump and a tiny bit of pushing back, he endorsed walker just a couple of weeks ago, trump endorsed camp a bit in georgia, who mcconnell had been saying a couple of months before all my god, we can't have him. they sickly it's trump's party, mccarthy and mcconnell subordinate themselves in different ways, but subordinate themselves they do. >> our thanks to our two friends donna edwards and bill crystal for joining us on a friday night, especially given the week we have all had. coming up for us after our next break, pulitzer prize willing presidential historian john meacham is there to recap a very busy week for this president, and preview bumps in the row that might lie ahead like it or not, our democracy
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[applause] >> today we're finally getting this done. america's moving again. your life is going to change for the better. despite the cynics, democrats and republicans, we can work together, we can deliver real results. we're at an inflection point in history, things are changing, not just here, across the world. the question is, how do we respond to it? >> you look good. >> earlier this month, pfizer announced that it's anti viral pill for people infected by covid-19, i'm announcing that we have purchased 10 million treatment courses. i'll continue to take steps necessary to save lives and end this pandemic. peanut butter and jelly were
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selected by their temperament, appearance and that suspect vaccination status. instead of getting based at these two turkeys are getting boosted. >> tonight wraps up a critical week for the biden administration as the second part of the's economic agenda moves back from the senate, for context, including and not limited to the -- pulitzer prize-winning author, presidential historian and the rogers chair in the american presidency of vanderbilt who advises the current president on historic matters and major peach speeches, before we get started, let me embarrass you and say congratulations on the honor you received from the national archives file deletion, the word is out around town, the only guy you can get to preside over the q&a, and i
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understand, i can't even say it with a straight face, speaking of guys we both love. anyway, congratulations on mr. big night in the nation's capital. john, here's the question, what is the equivalent of other presidencies that we have known, and perhaps not quite loved, where is this moment in biden's office, or first term in office? >> right, brian, i just want to say having michael and i on that stage was like the two old guys in the muppets balcony. you would have fit right in, my friend. >> thank you very much. i didn't know where you were going. thank you. >> [laughs] . let me offer a thoughts about how we talk about these things, you and i have talked about this a little bit before. i think that given all the news
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we have seen and we can use this week as a microcosm. one of the things we need to find a way to do is have our common political vernacular be commensurate with the stakes and scopes of the unfolding crisis we are in. this is not 1986 when the president had a good week, a bad week, george mitchell was mad at bob doyle, and someone reported it. this is not that. a fundamental conversation that we've had in this country, i believe from 19 33 to 2017, which was this figurative tension between fdr, reagan where lbj was on one side with fdr in george w. bush was over with reagan and you had ford, and nixon and george w. bush in the middle, that conversation was broken by the 2016 election,
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it was interrupted. president biden is doing all he can to restore that kind of coherent conversation, not that we're all gonna agree on everything, but we can actually see politics as a mediation as opposed to an unrelenting war. it's not quite a generational struggle, i hope, but it is a presidential term struggle, and so what i think we saw this week with the passage of the bill led by speaker pelosi is -- with the censure of the congressman who was tweeting of, posting of threats about fellow members and the president, as i recall, mccarthy's long speech, which as you were just saying seem to have an audience of one, at mar-a-lago.
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you take all of these things and what you see is we have a president who, as you pointed out we might support and try to help when i can, and i consider him a friend, he is trying to do something immensely important for us which is preserve and protect the constitution itself. that may sound overly grand and there may be center-right folks who are rolling their eyes, but it has the virtue, as henry kissinger used to say of being true. and this is a vital, vital moment. i think that the passage of these pieces of legislation have shown that the president and speaker pelosi, and others know what they are doing sure, inflation is bad, it sure the polls could be better if they were higher, but ten months ago, people stormed the capitol, so
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i think we just have to remind ourselves that the stakes are different than they have been in recent decades. well, let me be annoying and rewind you to the second to last point you made, about inflation. because, as 41's biographer, no one needs to remind you that the label out of touch is fatal, politically. and a lot of democrats fear that's exactly what's happened. >> it's a great point, it's totally fair. george h. w. bush is a good example here, he's a man who made long term decisions, the budget deal in 1990 that helped lead the rise of gingrich, which is part of the rise of what we're dealing with now. president bush signed the american disabilities, act change things fundamentally. the wall fell in berlin, the
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dictatorship did not stand. it was an immensely important four-year period. but politically, in 1992, only 39% of the country wanted to rehire him. and that's an inescapable fact. what you have to decide is we if your president, and ideally want to do both if your president. is, are you working towards history, are you working towards changing things for a generation, or are you worried about a more short term political benefit. as you and i know, every president ever wants to do both. but you can't always do both. i think these polls are gonna go back up, they won't go back up dramatically, because of the polarized air we're in. but if you asked me was the most important sign that we can get through this is, it's that joe biden won 81 million votes,
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and his president of the united states, and this past some very significant legislation, with no help, virtually, except for the infrastructure bill, from one of the two major political parties. we >> on that note, because we never get enough time with jon meacham, we're gonna take some more time with jon meacham, i'm gonna work in a, break our conversation will continue on the other side. conversation will continue o the other side the other side ...and dry, cracked skin. new gold bond advanced healing ointment. restore healthy skin, with no sticky feeling. gold bond. champion your skin. you have always loved vicks vapors. and now you'll really love new vicks' vapostick. with no sticky feeling. it goes on clear and dries quickly. no mess. just the soothing vicks' vapor for the whole family.
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historian and author jon meacham. john, i've share this theory with you before, and i think you join part if not all, and that is a modern-day political parties tend to fetish eyes certain subjects and events, for the republicans, for the longest time it was benghazi. the democrats, two impeachments. assuming, while surely, the american people will find the perfect phone call boldly illegal. a lot of different people of
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fear we're heading to the same dynamic with the one six committee. talk about the gulf between what you historians will write about one six, and how the republicans will react in dismissing whatever the findings are of the committee. >> absolutely. january 6th is arguably one of the most important days, it's not even arguable, it's one of the most important, strike the adverb, it's one of the most important days in the history of the republic. because, since 1812, no one had done this. the confederacy didn't get that far. in 18 -- during the civil war. and in 1861 when there were threats to the electoral accounts, it didn't happen. but it happened in 2021. and so, historically, it will be a breaching of the constitutional order.
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and you can argue whether it was inspired by or incited by -- i don't think anybody can argue that it was inspired by the defeated president, incitement we had an impeachment on that. and we can argue about that. but if you're right, it also raises an interesting point that folks have talked about. which is, if fox news had existed, wouldn't richard nixon have had to have resigned? so, there's been this kind of see relations is a shun of political events. they've become fused with a hyperbolic, predictable drama. and particularly on the rights in this case. and you use benghazi, it is seen as, a vehicle for an ideology. and it kind of doesn't matter
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what the facts are. and i think that, i know, the january 6th will bloom incredibly large in the american story. and we have to do everything we can to make sure doesn't happen again. >> a man who looms large in the history of this broadcast, and in the hearts of his friends, jon meacham, our thanks, enjoy your weekend, thank you for coming on, always great to have you. and a quick note, here, earlier this week an on screen graphic misidentified the lawyer for steve bannon. we said his name correctly, but his name was typed incorrectly on the screen, he is david show and, not dog. now, having established that, to the picture we're looking at, it will take the final break, and when we come back we'll tell you how history was made today. how history was mad today.
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tonight, joe biden turned 79, exactly two minutes from tonight, and as his last day he had his annual physical, a five hour long physical, bottom line, presidents doctor pronounced him healthy and vigorous and quote fit to successfully execute the duties of the presidency, to include those ice chief executive, head of state and commander in chief. that is saying something. he weighs 184 pounds, most americans would kill for his blood pressure which is 1:20 over 70, everything checked out and he has a few deficiencies that have helped explain what we tv viewers have noticed about him as of late, his frequent throat clearing is attributable to the very common ailment of acid reflux, his gate which has gotten stiffer as of late, his stride has
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grown stiffer, that is attributable to his broken foot a year ago. age related stiffening of his spine it happens and peripheral neuropathy, mild damage to the nerve endings in his feet common among folks with diabetes, which he does not have. the medications he is on nicely mirror anyone of our commercial breaks. the biggest news story to emerge from the president's physical was the brief presidency of kamala harris. because he had to be put under for a routine colonoscopy today, he transferred the power of the presidency to the vice president for 85 minutes. and while, yes, she was acting president and it was temporary and everybody knew it, it's also very real, had there been an attack, foreign, domestic, terrorists, cyber, the response would have been her call, seated at the head of the daybell in the situation room
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in the basement of the white house. on that note, that is our broadcast for this friday night, and for this week, with our thanks for being here with us, have a great weekend unless you have other plans, on behalf of all our colleagues at the networks of nbc news, goodnight. networks of nbc news goodnight. >> you were looking for love and decided to try a dating site. >> i did. >> what was his description? >> he was a military, navy seal. >> he would show up have flowers, give me cards for no reason, he was a charm. >> my oldest daughter said to me either he is the perfect guy, or you will end up on dateline some ten. >> i googled derek alldred and i see all his old mug shots. >> when i saw the uniform i knew that there was something really wrong because he had a fake batch on. >> every minute he is with you, he is stealing all of your money. the more we found out about him, the more dangerous he became. >> he is starting to brandish


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