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scrutiny only because a cellphone video of the shooting emerged. arrest followed, but the path to prosecution was marked by delays and allegations of misconduct. for months arbery's family pressed for a convex. >> i never thought this day would come, but god is good. >> yes, he is. >> i want to tell everybody, thank you, thank you to those who marked, those who pray -- most of all, those who prayed. thank you, lord. >> yes, lord. >> let's keep making this a better place for all human beings. >> amen. >> today is a good day. >> the jury system works in this country, and when you present the truth to people and they can see it, they will do the right thing, and that's what this jury did today in getting justice for ahmaud arbery.
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>> the three men, now convicted murderers, are facing up to life in prison. they've also been indicted on separate federal hate crime charges. the president issued a statement calling arbery's killing a, quote, a measure of how far we have to go in this fight in this country. our administration will do the hard work to make sure it's not just a phrase embracened in stone above the supreme court but a reality for all americans." vice president kamala harris released a statement saying the fact remains we still have work to do. the defense counsel chose to set a tone that cast the ministers of the trial as intimidation and dehumanize a black man with racist jokes. also tonight there's a new report about the progress of the select house committee that's investigating the capitol riot and insurrection. in the four months of the
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inquiry, the committee has issued over 40 subpoenas. they've held one public hearing. they've interviewed about 200 witnesses, and they've held one steve bannon in contempt. "the washington post" reports, quote, chairman bennie thompson has previously said he hopes the investigation wraps up in early spring of next year. as the midterm elections approach, it's a "one step forward, two steps back" that wants to yield results. they're increasingly alarming with inflation, even with signs that the economy is appearing to recover and the job market appears to be strob. weekly jobs claims fell. that's the lowest level in over half a century, but that doesn't help with what people are paying for gas on the highways tonight, which brings u on this thanksgiving eve with the holiday weekend that is before us. it is clear we're still very much in the grip of this
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pandemic. we've now passed 48 million confirmed covid cases in our country. over 780,000 souls have been lost to the virus every day. we lose over a thousand more. the number of new cases continues to rise. "the new york times" puts it this way. new cases have increased 25% nationally in the past two weeks. in 14 states, cases have climbed by 40% or more. some of the spikes are in the midwest. tonight dr. fauci warned it's increasingly clear booster shots are critical for our protection. >> although the vaccine is highly, highly effective, that effectiveness wanes over several months, which is the reason why we're strongly encouraging anyone 18 and older who has been vaccinated with the original regimen that they get a booster shot because the data that we're
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getting is extremely encouraging that the protection that you begin to lose as the months go by is dramatically enhanced by boosters. the definition of fully vaccinated is still two doses of the moderna or pfizer and one dose of the j&j. that's what people are talking about when they say this is required off of that. that contradicts what they were saying. >> by the way, the latest cdc numbers show over 37 million of us have received booster shots already. with that let's bring in our starting line on this wednesday night thanksgiving eve, ashley parker, pulitzer prize-winning chief and jonathan karl. his book "betrayal" is making a
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lot of news. and neal who has argued dozens of cases before the u.s. supreme court. good evening and welcome to you all and thank you for coming on. ashley, i'd like to begin with you. along with the rest of us, the white house was clearly watching this trial, clearly on verdict watch, and a good many folks were holding their breath. what did you find notable about the statement from the president and the vice president. >> well, keep in mind that this was a killing that the president described as a modern-day lynching. of course, the white house had been more circumspect as he was president, not wanting him to weigh in from the podium or in any way on an ongoing trial. what i was struck by in both of those statements is in this
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instance, the justice system they said worked as it should, but -- president biden says it shows how far the nation has go in terms of racial justice, and the vice president said something very similar, and it's striking because this administration came in with four major crises. they identified the coronavirus, the economy, climate change, and racial justice, and when you look at all four, racial justice is that bucket where advocates in that space, democrats, outside groups feel that the administration has not made as much progress as they would like to see. so that's what i was struck by in those statements we saw tonight. >> so, jonathan karl, back to the business of this white house. next week begins a marathon. the question to you is what will they -- and by they, i mean white house, congress, all of it, what will they actually be able to achieve in the real world by the end of this
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calendar year? >> well, first, if i can pick up very briefly on what ashley just said, i think there's a fifth thing that biden really ran on, and that was a return to normalcy and a respect for the rule of law. and when the rittenhouse verdict came out, he said, we stand with the jury. the jury system works. that would have been nearly impossible for him to say if this verdict had came back a different way. but here we saw a jury, a nearly all white jury in the deep south come forward and deliver justice in a highly charged case that shocked the nation last year. i think the biggest emotion that i sense from the white house was a sigh of relief that that happened. in terms of going forward with the domestic agenda, brian, the headwinds are incredibly tough against biden right now. there are signs as you point out that the economy is recovering, the job market is strong, but with inflation where it is, with
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gas prices going up, this effort to tap the petroleum reserve, which may end up having little or no impact whatsoever on gas prices and certainly not immediate, he goes into this, you know, pushing congress to pass another big piece of legislation. i don't know that he will get it through the senate. if it does get through the senate, it's clearly going to change a lot. and even if he pulls off another insight strait here and passes another piece of landmark legislation, the impact of that bill, much of it will not be felt until long after the midterms, but i think there's a sense from biden -- i sense it watching him, seeing him move on this -- that this is the chance. this is the chance to do it. and, you know, all indications heading into the midterms, this is looking to be a very tough environment for democrats.
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if he doesn't do it now, it may never happen. >> you know, over to your bailiwick and your life's work, at the top of the broadcast we laid out with what the 1/6 committee has laid out. there's an indication that meadows is going to find at least a polite form of that. what do you think of their actions so far? what do you think of the teeth behind their actions? and, neal, if you were general counsel of that committee, what would your advice be? >> first i have to embarrass you for a moment. the show is taking place an hour before thanksgiving. i have to give thanks to you for teaching america, for teaching me the ropes, and you are the true learner. you're always trying to figure something out, like when you wanted to learn about supreme court, you came and watched me argue and tried to figure it out. you've been a great mentor and
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friend, and i can't thank you enough for being able to work with you, and i hope to work with you in the future. >> thank you, counselor. that's all the time we have. >> look, i think the january 6th committee has finally moved with some speed, but it's taken a long time. we're 11 months in, and, yes, there have been 45 subpoenas and a bunch of interviews and the like, but it's take an long, long time to get this far. this week we saw a lot of action. we saw subpoenas to alex jones and roger stone, and today to right wing organizations like the proud boys and oath keepers, all of this is really good, but they're facing this deadline that the democrats might lose congress in november of next year, and this investigation is going to get shut down because it's an existential threat to what the republican party has become, which is a parties of
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trump, a parties of voter suppression, and that's why the investigation is so important. so it's important both backwards-looking to understand what happened on january 6th, to get to the bottom of it, find out who was involved, whether trump gave support, material, or otherwise to these domestic terrorists, but also the future. if we can understand what happened, we can understand the plan for 2024. right now i'm giving these folks maybe a c-plus. that's where i think we are right now. the proof will be in the pudding. trump does what he always does. delay executive privilege. i'd like to see him claim executive privilege over the proud boys and the like. who knows what the committee is going to do. >> thank you for your answer. any more personal comments, we
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will start killing microphones around here. ashley parker, we move swiftly over to you and to the white house. call it the economy dichotomy or inflation disam big lags, but here its is. the economy has a story to tell about economic indicators. that is no help to the people whose christmas presents who are on containerized shipping off the port of long beach or the people who had the misfortune of stopping at an exxon tonight needing an atm to pay to fill their suvs with gas. what is a white house to do? >> that's exactly right, and that is the essential irony they're grappling with. if you look at a lot of these economic indicators, the growth, the recent job numbers, they're quite good. they're better than the administration expected when they took office. but they're dealing with a real problem with inflation and supply chain problems, and those
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are the problems that are pocketbook problems the way you just lined up, the way everyday voters and families feel in their daily life, and, you know, i've been working on a story on this. i can tell you, as you said, they do have a very good story to tell, and the challenges now, they need to tell it. one thing we heard in our reporting is that four leading democratic pollsters in recent months went to chief of staff ron klain and basically said to him, we know that you are taking substantive steps on the economy, on inflation, on the supply chain, but you need to highlighted those steps some of basically it's not enough to try to solve the problem. you have to show americans that you're trying to solve the problem. that you're fighting for them, that you empathize and you feel their pain. that is what we've been seeing in recent weeks, but so far we're seeing the sort of lack of that and the challenges affecting the president's position right now, which is not
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good for him. >> as we keep saying, fdr would have called the infrastructure bill wait is, a jobs bill for all americans. hey, jonathan, back to the 1/6 committee and what went into your book, former president lawyers square off with committee lawyers next week. what do you reckon are in those 1/6 white house records that donald trump clearly does not want exposed either to sunlight or members of that committee or both? >> well, at the very minimum what's in there are call logs and visitor logs. we will know exactly who it was that donald trump was talking to while the riot was ensuing, which, again, leads to more people for the committee to talk to, more questions to ask, because one of the central questions here, you know, is what was happening while the riot was going on? why was it that donald trump had
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spent so many -- all those hours doing nothing? we know that some of his allies on capitol hill, some of his senior advisers in the white house were practically begging him, pleading with him to get out there and to call his supporters off, and he did not do so until releasing that videotape very late when the riot was almost over where he told them to go home, but he also said that he loved them and he seemed to defend what they were doing and explained why they were doing what they were doing. so at the very minimum, we learned that. but also the communications between his aides and also, you know, they've asked for photographic and videography as well. you know, that video as i report in "betrayal" that he released that night was at the end of multiple takes. the takes were rejected because
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he didn't tell his reporters to stop rioting. what were the outtakes? they were taken by government videographers, they belong to the united states government. they should have been turned over to the archives. we don't know if they were destroyed. but some who i spoke to on the committee believe those videos still exist. that will be something that will be very important to see, because it's about getting to donald trump's state of mind while american democracy was under attack. >> neal, i guess there's no chance there's anything in those records that are going go be exculpatory to donald trump or people around him. >> i don't think there's anything exculpatory in any documents anywhere around donald trump. look, if they were, he would let them out. he's going around and telling everyone to exert executive privilege. the problem for donald trump is it's not ever used, it's never
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been used, never been contemplated to be used for planning an insurrection or even reacting to an insurrection in the way that, you know, it happened on january 6th. so it's a ludicrous claim, particularly when the incumbent president says no executive privilege and the supreme court said it's up to the incumbent president, not the past president to invoke it. this is a delay tactic. that's all it is. it's a typical abuse of the law by donald trump and done dpr one reason, which is he's afraid to have his doumits come out, and he's afraid to have his advisers testify under oath. >> our starting line on this wednesday line. our thanks as we wish you and yours a happy thanksgiving for you tomorrow. coming up tonight, more reaction from brunswick, georgia, in the guilty verdicts in the killing of ahmaud arbery.
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over the world that a jury of 11 whites and one black in the deep south stood up in the courtroom and said that black lives do matter. brunswick, georgia, will go down in history as the place that criminal justice took a different turn. >> the killing of ahmaud arbery helped spark nationwide protests for racial justice in 2020. "the new york times" sums up the trial this way. the case touched on some of the most combustible themes in american criminal justice, including vigilanteism, self-defense laws, the effects
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of widespread gun ownership, and the role of race in jury selection. so it's an important night to have these two friends with us, don calloway, democratic strategist and founder of the national voter protection action fund, and susan del percio, one of our msnbc political analysts, a veteran political strategist in her own right. good evening, and welcome to you both. don, it felt like the country was kind of in the middle of a collective holding of breath, perhaps bracing for the worst. i have a bit of a technical question for you though. i looked it up tonight. this murder took place about 420 miles from the stunning and extraordinary memorial and museum dedicated to the victims of lynchings in this country. can't we go ahead and call this a full on lynching? it was an extrajudicial killing by civilians, was it not? >> oh, it certainly was. in the grand tradition of the eji institute founded by the
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grit great bryan stevenson which i think you're referring to, it acknowledges that lynchings are things that take place with the basis of racial animus, and intended to intimidate others that come long before. i think that's a certain sub text if not an open pretext of the arbery killing that the mcmichaels committed, that we have been calling a lynching since it happened 18 months ago unfortunately. that is not new nomenclature, but i applaud you for having the courage to call it exactly what it was. >> susan, let's go ahead and say something else that is obvious to some of us but perhaps not all. would there have been a case at all without video? would we be repeating the name that we all know now and we will know forever, ahmaud arbery? >> i do not think we would, brian, and i also -- there's one other thing that really made this case come together, and that's arbery's parents.
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they were the ones that insisted and kept pushing the police, and if it wasn't for them, this story would not have even gotten in the local paper. but it was that leaked videotape, and again, we should highlight, this was leaked. this is not something that was put out there as evidence or something for the lawyers to discuss. this was leaked, and the main result of it led to the conviction of these three men. but i do fear that if not for that, this lynching would have gone unnoticed. >> don, we've seen a lot of kind of perverse performance art around this case. the defense lawyer who will have to take to her grave the racist trope she used in that courtroom, and then in another
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party, we have republicans in another case entirely throwing their arms figuratively around -- and in some cases literally around kyle rittenhouse who got himself a visit to mar-a-lago this week, and the quote from donald trump was that he's a good young man. your reaction to this on the other side in the background. >> the great james baldwin is almost universally instructive. on one hand he asks -- he acknowledges that black people in this country every day are asked to step out on faith and act in faith in service of a country who's good faith we do see returned in return. on the other hand he instructs us to be optimistic and that's what we saw today in brunswick, georgia, where if laid out with facts of a perfect storm matter in which you have very clear video and you have a violent history of white supremacists in this mcmichael family, then maybe on occasion, we can
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occasionally reach the right outcome just long enough to keep people believing in this criminal justice system one more time. i always find baldwin to be pretty much instructive here, but the idea of kyle rittenhouse's fate, even if he didn't break any laws, we need to reform laws. the idea of his fate as a 17-year-old when juxtaposed with the 17-year-old fate of a trayvon martin who eventually ended up in the exact same situation that ahmaud arbery did in a difficulty he did not create and ended up being dead, the difference of these two dramatic fates is so clear. for one side of our political party, for 50% of the people who we have to work with and know and be in community with every day to support the political party who is embracing these overt maniacal killers is just -- it makes one have great frustration for the long-term viability of this country as a two-party system. it just doesn't make sense. and then even for our president to say that the justice system worked in both cases. that's clearly not the case in
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wisconsin. it did not work regardless of whether or not the gentleman -- and i use that term speciously, is found guilty. there's clearly a justice system that's important. i think it's entirely important it's entirely important we recognize this was a state sanctioned killing. a prosecutor elected by her peers saw this video and decided to not charge these people. never forget and never dismiss the spirit and the necessity of activism, which along with ahmaud arbery's parents brought attention to this matter and ultimately got the matter prosecuted. without that, these boys would be doing whatever they do every day down in brunswick, georgia. >> and this victory now becomes part of the history in the south. when we come back, both of these guests are going to stay with us through the break. we're going to talk about a lot of things. we're going to talk about national politics. we're going to explain don's sweatshirt, and we're going to talk about something susan wrote today that involves this device and its role in american life and let's not forget our politics as well.
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while the white house focuses on reducing concerns over high prices, this reminder from our friends at punch bowl news, they cover the hill, quote, there are just nine days until federal agencies run out of money. there has been no real progress on a stopgap measure to prevent a government shutdown. a friendly reminder.
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still with us, don calloway, susan del percio. susan, that's just one issue out there in the road. you reminded us of another on twitter today, as families gather for thanksgiving, they will not be talking about new roads and bridges. they will be talking about high gas prices and the cost of thanksgiving dinner. this will only keep president biden's approval ratings in the low 40s. susan, i would add to that only the point i made to ashley, the guessing game as to which christmas gifts will be in containerized shipping off the coast of long beach, california. lesser things have killed presidencies than things like inflation. >> that is true, and what i'm -- when you start looking at biden's numbers, not just his low approval numbers, but the numbers when you start looking at right direction, wrong direction, those wrong direction numbers are in the 60s. and one poll even had it hitting
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70% wrong direction. right now in our political system when those kind of numbers start settling in, it is hard to come out of it. and i know a lot of democrats and a lot of republicans are at home in their congressional districts and they are polling, and they are trying to find out where their constituents are because it is very hard to stay strong when biden's numbers are so low. i do not think the build back better plan has a very good fighting chance right now. i think that the longer it goes on, the more problematic it will be. we do have to worry about funding the government and the debt ceiling, those pesky little things that allow us to operate. this is going to leave a lot of democrats who still want to have a long career in a whole bunch of trouble. i don't see them doing it. >> and, susan, as you know, as no one needs to remind you, the label, "out of touch," if biden
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isn't seen as soming is into these issues like a laser beam, we had james carville on last night. i said the last president who had the out of touch label affixed to him was the president u.b. >> yeah, i mean, the worst part about biden, it's that he's always coming in late and after the issue has exploded. whether it be the immigration problem down at the border with the refugees that were going across -- or hanging out under the bridge -- not hanging out, but they had built their tent city under a bridge, or whether it be inflation that all of a sudden he recognized, oh, i'd better show that i'm strong on inflation, or whether it's getting our supply chain in order. he's always talking about it about two weeks after everybody else is, and people are starting to feel it. so it's not just being out of touch. it's being just disconnected from the public and joining them too late. >> now i get to deal with don. don, i just texted my buddy danny harper from high school to make sure he was watching because this is the first time i
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have seen my high school and our team name. it was the last football team that would have me playing on their roster, the proud mater dei high school of middletown, new jersey. we played under the name seraphs. it was a real challenge for cheerleaders to pronounce and find stuff to rhyme with it. our veteran viewers know that on don's chest usually reside the names of the great hbcus in this country. don, what have you gone and done and why? >> this was my personal way, i know i heard your admonition to neal earlier today, and i am certainly -- than he, this is our personal way for saying thank you for all that you've done for not only your country and your profession but your people. and giving folks who would not have access to such a platform a voice to speak truth to power. truth is only the ability to let
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suffering be seen, our brother cornell west reminds us. i thank you for the last eight months of bringing me along on your most venerable ride to allow me to represent my community and the people in the streets. thank you, sir. job well done, and godspeed, my brother. >> thank you, bless you, the class of '77 and all classes after that thank you. shoutout to mater dei high school. thanks to my two friends for coming on tonight, don calloway, susan del percio. happy thanksgiving to you and your families. >> happy thanksgiving. don, you know what they say about payback. be watching the mail. thank you very much. coming up, we'll talk to historian andrew roberts about his new book on the misunderstood reign of this guy, a certain king who had a certain cameo role in a certain broadway musical. voltaren is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory gel for powerful arthritis pain relief.
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♪♪ ♪ so don't throw away this thing we've had ♪ ♪ because when push comes to shove ♪ ♪ i will kill your friends and family ♪ ♪ to remind you of my love ♪ >> poor king george iii. that was a rough portrayal, a signature comedic turn, no doubt, in "hamilton" in keeping with the portrait of a heartless mad tyrant who became enshrined in history. as our next guest writes in his new book, everything we thought we knew about george turns out to be pretty much exactly wrong. in fact, he writes the irony is this, had king george iii been the ruthless despot he was made out to be by thomas jefferson in the declaration of independence, britain would have had a much better chance of winning the war. thankfully, with us for more is our friend the author and historian, andrew roberts. his new book is "the last king of america: the misunderstood
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reign of george iii." his previous book was his massive and well-received biography of sir winston churchill. i brought visual aids. churchill book, "last king of america." that's about six and a half inches of journalism right there. these are not for the faint of heart, but they are for people who love history and beautiful writing. let me ask you, how did he come to be so misunderstand that we thankfully have the record corrected by dint of the trove of documents you had access to? >> that's right, brian, and thank you very much. and he was misunderstood partly because of shows like "hamilton" which i loved as much as
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everybody else, but which is entirely historically incorrect and also, of course, the declaration of independence, which was a wartime -- it's the most beautiful language. it's sublime prose, but two-thirds of it, the latter two-thirds of it are comprised of 28 charges, only two of which he was guilty of. you mentioned this new archive, yes, the majesty, the queen, since 2015 has 100 pages of george iii's archives, his letters and correspondence and so forth online, and it shows a completely different person from the one that has been made out, somebody who is charming, intelligent, good-natured, and a limited government monarch. >> more than that i'm looking at page 399, which for this book is still part of the introduction, forgive me. he used the phrase "honorable termination," talking about the conflict with the new settlers
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across the atlantic, and it sounds like nixon passing off our loss in vietnam and our withdrawal as peace with honor. are you telling me he was a closet pragmatist? >> yes, oh, very much he was. he would have loved to have stopped the war much earlier than that. in 1779, of course, they sent out the carlisle commission in which no taxation without representation was the central theme of the negotiations that he hoped would happen. by that stage, of course, it was far too late. the fighting had been going on for four years. but nonetheless, the idea of him being a tyrant in the 18th century sense of the word, a despotic ruler is completely wrong. >> through your text you deal with the two primary nicknames he had during his reign. in england they called him farmer george. i think it was meant to be used with derision.
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it actually helped him in the early election returns in the hinterlands and countrysides. here they just called him the mad king, and both nicknames kind of fall short of their mark in light of this new piece of scholarship. >> thank you, yes, i think that's right. farmer george, of course, was used by intellectuals as a way of trying to embarrass and humiliate him, but in a country where 80% of the people took their livelihoods from agriculture, it actually made him more popular. and mad king george is a phrase that i don't think we should use any longer, not least because we destigmatize mental illness, and you can't blame the king any longer for this terrible collapse of his mental capacities, which did not happen, by the way, as is made out by "hamilton" the musical, during the period of the american revolution. the period of his major breakdown doesn't take place
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until 1788 to 1789, five years after america has become independent. >> to our viewers -- and i have it on good authority we have a good number of history buffs in the audience -- you're going to find out along the way just as much about early american history as you are about king george iii, including things about thomas payne that completely rewrote what we american school children would learn about him, including but not limited to the fact that he wasn't, after all, a manufacturer of corsets. so thank god the record has been set straight. andrew roberts, it is always a pleasure to have you on the broadcast. this is a tremendous book. "the last king of america: the misunderstood reign of george iii." we thank the author andrew roberts for being our guest tonight. coming up, what would king
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self-quarantine. >> you want to stay safe. that's why we're staying within our inner circles and just going to our cabin. >> reporter: fast forward to 2021 and this thanksgiving it rush looks very different. >> we're just blessed to be able to have our family members to get together. >> reporter: this is only the start of the yearly ritual as airlines and airports predict booming levels. reagan national unveiling new check points to move passengers more quickly through the process. to detroit and delta's third largest hub. to tampa where levels hit 2019 levels in recent days. air traffic control at o'hare as they are very much in the thick of the holiday travel season. the busiest holiday season for air travel in two years since before the pandemic. here in san francisco it's all about the potential for low clouds and ceilings. here at denver international, the deicing trucks are ready. one snowstorm could slow air
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last thing before we go on this thanksgiving eve 2021, so much talk and well deserved praise during this pandemic for essential workers. here's a quiz to find out if you're essential. if your working tomorrow, you're essential to someone. especially if you work in the public sector in health care, military, air traffic control, police, fire, first aid, power generation, any public utility, public transportation, thank you for the work you do. that means the rest of us are something less than essential and we're fine with that. in fact, for those who have worked their last day this week, those for whom this is the equivalent of friday night, the lincoln project is out with their summary of the crazy from these past few days.
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the public utterances of the trump political party. here is their carefully curated compilation. >> measuring is being crushed under the oppressive wait. the democrats' greed for lust and power. >> picture america at a swim meet after world war ii. >> kyle rittenhouse would probable make a pretty good congressional intern. >> gas prices, a border. >> covid vaccins are not preventing infection. >> if anybody tells you the election was not stolen, they are lying to you. >> no election without machines, the supreme court will have a hot of decisions to make. >> i was 234 the sixth grade. i turn on the tv and watch jimmy carter have a sweater on it and tell me to turn the heater down. >> jb yb is the only president
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that has been dumb enough to follow through with the pop list outrage of bring the boys home. >> one of my top at home. >> we're tired of play defense. we're going to go on the offense and standby. >> i dent know whether to call you professor or comrade. >> did you take a bathroom break and i didn't? >> we're posting an animated video of himself killing democratic congresswoman alexandria ocasio-cortez of new york and attacking president biden with swords in the video. >> throughout the country. >> how is your voice doing it after eight and a half hours speaking? >> my voice is still strong because it's still strong for the american people. >> i watched jimmy carter have a sweater on and tell me to turn the heater down. >> that's about the way it was.
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the con project to take us off the air tonight and that is our broadcast for this wednesday evening with our thanks for being here with us. on behalf of all of our colleagues at the networks of nbc news, good night and happy thanksgiving to it all. good morning and welcome to a special edition of "morning joe." we have plenty of great conversations and interviews -- >> thanksgiving was great, wasn't it? >> it was delicious. >> i love stuffing. >> let's dive right in. if. >> let's dive in. first up, the most highly anticipated book, a deep dive into the final days of the president trump


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