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end of this year. while zero emission vehicles are still more expensive than gas powered ones, officials in california are betting that they will become more affordable in the near future thanks to federal credits and the overall direction in which the country is headed. now it is time for the last word with lawrence o'donnell. good evening, lawrence. >> good evening, alex. when bob dylan went electric there was some opposition to that. >> they're sure was! that's why i chose the metaphor! i am so glad you caught it! >> it is perfect. it was not a smooth transition for many members of the audience. >> newport folk festival, 1965. google it if you don't know. have a great show, lawrence. >> thank you, alex. a 76-year-old retiree who is living on the full load of government benefits for his age
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group, medicare, social security and in his case, government pension, and who has discovered that golf is the least effective form of exercise to control weight and stay in shape, is now a full year and a half into the worst life ever lived by a former president of the united states. donald trump, his life is a misery from the moment he wakes up too early in the morning, through those dark hours in the middle of the night when he is struggling against the insomnia to find some peace. piece that never comes. pure misery. that is his life. prior to donald trump, the worst post presidential life ever lived was richard nixon's 20 years after being forced to resign in disgrace because of the crimes he committed an office for which he was assuredly going to be impeached if he stayed in office and convicted in the senate and removed from office. but when month and to richard
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nixon's painful post presidency, his successful -- her successor gerald ford relieved him of pain by pardoning him from crimes he committed during his presidency. donald trump does not have the comfort of a pardon to soften the agony of his days and nights, and so donald trump's life now is much, much worse than the 20 years richard nixon spent in mere disgrace after the presidency. i say mirror disgrace, because donald trump spends every day and every night under disgrace and multiple threats of indictment. a federal and state indictments and possible of criminal convictions eventually. both federal and state. for possible crimes committed while he was president, and possible crimes committed after his presidency, including crimes that he might actually be committing tonight if he is still illegally in possession
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of any of the government documents, including classified documents that he was supposed to return to the national archives. every day of donald trump's life now is worse than the day before. and tomorrow, tomorrow is going to be much, much worse than today. because tomorrow we are going to see significant portions of an fbi affidavit that the justice department will release following an order to do so from a federal judge today approved the justice departments reductions in that affidavit to protect the identity of witnesses and the
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possible investigative techniques being used in an ongoing investigation of donald trump. u.s. magistrate judge bruce reinhart, who authorized the search warrant of donald trump 's florida home, has ordered federal prosecutors to make the reductive version of the affidavit used to support search warrant public on or before noon time tomorrow. could be anytime, anytime tomorrow. that redacted search -- the redacted affidavit in support of the search warrant, well, walking witnesses names and fbi agents names is going to reveal substantial evidence against donald trump. donald trump said he was insomniac long before he reached the presidency. how do you think donald trump is going to sleep tonight? tonight. donald trump knows that even the redacted version of the fbi affidavit released tomorrow is going to make tomorrow the very worst day of his life. so far. only to be followed by even worst days including possible days in court, or in georgia state court as a criminal defendant, donald trump.
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donald trump knows what is coming better than any of us do. donald trump knows what he did. donald trump knows what he did when he was trying to overturn the presidential election in georgia, you knows what he did leading up to entering the january 6th attack on the capitol. he knows what he did a mean he decided to steal government documents and bring them home. donald trump knows when he decided to legally possess those documents for a year and a half. donald trump knows who made the decision to do that. he did. donald trump also knows that he now has terrible lawyers defending him. really, in effect, no one defending him no.
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donald trump knows as of today, his last white house chief of staff, mark meadows, is being subpoenaed to testify about him to fani willis is grand jury in atlanta. notice that donald trump is not making any public comments now, warning mark meadows and his former election lawyer, sydney powell, who has also been subpoenaed to that same grand jury in georgia. no warnings from donald trump about flipping. notice that donald trump, he's not wanting any of these witnesses not to flip as he publicly did when he was president. he used the word flip. as president of the united states, donald trump publicly warned polman -- that was the word he used publicly. the gangster word for telling the truth. he did the same thing with roger stone. with michael flynn. donald trump did that while he
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was president of the united states, because he knew he had an attorney general who would protect him against charges of obstruction of justice. tonight, donald trump is under investigation by attorney general, merrick garland, specifically for obstruction of justice, among other things. that is how donald trump's life has changed. that is how it has become pure misery. and tonight, donald trump living in fear of a real attorney general for the first time in his life, does not dare, does not dare to play the public game of witness intimidation and obstruction of justice that he played and was allowed to play when he was president of the united states. donald trump knows what it feels like to have the full protection of the presidency. donald trump knows what it feels like to have the full protection of an attorney general, william barr, who believed the old nixon lie that if the president does it it's not a crime. when you have had that kind of protection, imagine what it's like to have none.
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tonight, donald trump has no legal protection against what he did. donald trump knows what he did. that's why no president in history has ever lived the -- donald trump is asking himself will i be -- he's asking himself how many times allay been vetted. it has been 17 days since the fbi executed a search on donald trump's home. donald trump has not offered one word of defense or explanation about what was in his home. not one word. donald trump has been terrified into abject silence about the evidence because he knows what the evidence is. donald trump began his day today on his social media site at 8:50 am with a series of short versus of anger that would be called tweets if he was still alive on twitter.
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and they proved how desperate and cornered donald trump's mind is now. clearly, his mind was on the agony of the criminal investigations of his activities primarily involving the fbi search of his own, but in the first burst of rage he did not talk about that. instead, just mentioned joe and hunter biden and the laptop from hell. nothing about the evidence against donald trump. in a second one, donald trump said, joe biden said he knew nothing about the break-in of mar-a-lago or the greatest political attack in the history of the u.s.. does anybody really believe this? now, the answer to that question is yes. most people believe joe biden. and, the documentation in the case now shows that president biden specifically refused any involvement in the decision about what to do about government documents kept at donald trump's home after the trump -- back when donald trump was
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protected by the presidency and protected by the attorney general, donald trump would not have asked the question, does anyone believe joe biden? he would have called joe biden a liar. he would have called merrick garland ally or by name and attacked merrick garland by name personally. donald trump is afraid to do that now. now it's just the question, does anyone believe that? donald trump's living and unprotected life. that terrifies him. a few minutes after those statements on his social media thing, he had dispersed saying, i've done absolutely nothing wrong. it cannot be circumvented, the presidential records cannot be circumvented for me or any other president. they legally redid my home and
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took things that should not have been taken. they even broke into my safe of. donald trump does not really believe that when the fbi searches a home, there is some part of the home that they must not search, like say, a safe. which i promise you, every time the fbi raids a home or enters a home and finds a safe, that's the first thing they will go to. donald trump is just pretending that the search of his safe wasn't in kabul. one minute later, donald trump blurted out the statement, presidential records act exclamation point. that was it. presumably as if that is a defense instead of the reason that donald trump's actions were illegal. we know donald trump violated the law as stated in the presidential records act. we don't yet know if you will be prosecuted for that violation.
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seven minutes later, donald trump made his last statement about any of this saying, the justice department in the fbi are leaking at levels never seen before. and i did nothing wrong. both of those things are not true. there have been no leak settle from the justice department as far as we know, and we absolutely know that donald trump did many things wrong. with those documents that he was illegally possessing in his home. i read with donald trump had to say today simply to plumb the depths of his abject desperation. no doubt near madness. as we stand poised at the threshold of reading more about criminal conduct by donald trump in the fbi affidavit that will be released before noon time tomorrow who, the affidavit that convinced a federal judge that a search warrant of donald trump's home would probably reveal evidence of crimes, crimes including the mishandling of government
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documents and the crime of obstruction of justice. donald trump knows what he did, but even donald trump does not know what is in the fbi affidavit. he will not get it one second before we do. if donald trump has the strength to read it tomorrow he will be reading it at the same time we read it. because the special treatment of donald trump is all over. and now for donald trump there is nothing but misery followed by misery. joining us now is neil, former acting -- general and an msnbc legal analyst. neil, given what we now know about with the judges said about the affidavit, it seems that wet is going to be released tomorrow will not be, as he suggested, it might be a week ago, meaningless.
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reacted to the point of being meaningless. it sounds like it's going to be a document that does tell us something. >> yes. i think it probably will tell us something. i think the justice department basically one today before the judge as is expected that they would. i just want to say with respect to your monologue, i agree with you. this is just about the worst presidential life imaginable, because donald trump has been given basically positive reinforcement for his whole life for criminal conduct, and so there is a lot there right now that he is facing. it's not just the mar-a-lago classified information investigation. it's also the georgia election fraud investigation. it's also the new york tax fraud investigation. and of course we cannot forget the january 6th insurrectionists investigation. for the separate -- for separate investigations are going on. and the decision today by the
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judges about this one, the mar-a-lago search where trump has been accused of having very highly classified documents and with the judge did today is he said, i'm going to agree with the justice department's proposal to black out this test text to protect witnesses, the grand jury information, and the judge is trying to strike a middle ground between the publics interest and understanding what is going on with the need to protect an ongoing investigation. now it is possible there could be an appeal. the justice department could appeal, because they have an interest in never allowing any information to be disclosed by a federal judge, but i suspect they won't do that, because even though there is that principle at stake, they think they're comfortable with the redactions they've proposed and the judge has accepted. it's also possible that news organizations my plead the first amendment right to the first information that has been blacked out. but i don't think it's going to become successful either. i think that fundamental thing about this decision is it comes on the heel of two critical facts. number one, it's not a few documents or a couple of mistakes trump made. it's over 1000 pages of
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national security information. some of which which is the most classified information the federal government has, special access programs information. second, trump, to this day, it's been more than two weeks, he's never explained wet in the world he was doing with those documents. >> neil katyal, thank you for starting off our discussion tonight. i really appreciate it. >> thank you. >> joining us now is professor laurence tribe who has taught constitutional law at harvard law school for five decades. protect -- professor tribe, thank you for joining us tonight. what is your expectation now about what we might see in this affidavit tomorrow? lawrence, i feel a little bit like someone asked to review a play. 14 hours before the curtain -- i will do my best, but with the caveat that i have not seen, i do think that the fact that the judge has carefully reviewed the blocking out that the
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justice department has done, and concluded that it is worth releasing with's left tells us something very important. given what he said before about the likelihood that so much would have to be redacted and that the rest would not tell us anything. it is clear he thinks the rest will tell us something. i think one of the things it will tell us quite a bit about is the history that led to the search. there were numerous requests, including a subpoena directed to the president. and to him when he was no longer the president. and we know that he was advised by the white house counsel that many of the materials he was retaining belonged to the united states and had to be turned over because it was dangerous for him to have them. what we are going to learn is
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that has claimed that this was all sudden and that there was a rate and it was x unexpected. it's baloney. we are going to learn that he had ample warning, months of warning that he was withholding information, that it would be dangerous not to have it in a safe place, guarded by the united states government archives or in a so-called skiff. he knew all of that, and none the less he held on to the documents. so we are going to learn a lot about the history. a lot will be redacted, perhaps enough so that as neil katyal suggested, -- they might take an appeal but i think it will be a successful. what we don't know is how much closer we are coming to an indictment. an indictment for obstruction of justice, an indictment for violating the espionage act, and perhaps, although that is
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not featured in the mar-a-lago sega, an indictment for attempting to stage a coup and an indictment for formatting a violent insurrection. those things have not gone away. and so whether he sleeps tonight or not we are going to learn quite a bit tomorrow and there's going to be additional material that we will learn in the days ahead. >> it is possible in the affidavit released tomorrow, that we might learn how close to [inaudible] how far across the criminal line donald trump's behavior goes, because there could be descriptions in their of exchanges of things donald trump -- they know donald trump did. they know donald trump knows he did, therefore it does not have to be protected from him discovering it. it just seems to me that there are going to be some real
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possibilities in this, and the justice department normally has to live under that burden of they have executed a highly controversial search warrant, at least controversial from the standpoint of trump supporters saying 70 million people, but they can't say anything about it, just as we can't say anything about way why they did it. here's a judge ordering that, to say something about why they didn't. in a way, that is a gift of a certain kind of relief to merrick garland at the justice department, to be able to say at this early stage, okay, here is some of why we did this. >> i think you are right. and having known merrick garland for decades, i think he must be of two minds. part of him must be saying, this does not established a good precedent for the justice department, because other people in other circumstances are now going to have an excuse to ask that the affidavit underlined their search warrants be released. but another part of him, i know, must be enormously relieved, because what he would be tempted to do after all of
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these nonsense accusations that this was an unfounded search, he would love to tell the public why exactly it wasn't unfounded, but he could not do that. the order to make him reveal as much as can safely be revealed, basically focused him on what he wouldn't have been able to do voluntarily. in his confessions, augustine set at one point, stop me from sending, but not just yet. it seems to me that this is kind of a double message to the attorney general. he must be quite relieved at the fact that he really has no choice but to disclose part of the narrative that explains a dangerous criminal is banging around his golf courses, whether it's in bedminster or mar-a-lago. i think that the weight is going to be worth it. >> professor laurence tribe, thank you very much for joining us tonight. >> thank you, lawrence.
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of texas laws banning abortion went into effect. that group of laws, which includes a 165-year-old law with a five-year prison sentence for performing an abortion also includes a law signed by republican governor, greg abbott, providing sent prison sentences a five years to life imprisonment, to performing an abortion, along with 100,000 dollar fines. the tv ad campaign is underway now. the texas campaign for governor, greg abbott add, was the first one of the governor in bidar works first -- and it marks the stay in texas history. >> from
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this day forward, august 25th >> women all across texas are no longer free. >> to make decisions about our own body and no longer free to choose if a pregnancy is right for us or our families. >> not even in cases of rape or incest. >> and women will die because of it. >> all because of greg abbott's abortion law. >> it's too extreme, so i'm voting for beto. >> we will give women our freedom back. >> today beto o'rourke visited a woman's clinic in houston where he listens to patients and doctors. >> they sent me home to wait for either my baby to die, or for me to incur an infection, in which case i was left to gamble with my life and the health of my uterus. >> are we supposed to wait until we're close to death until we could
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get medical care? are we supposed to suffer the trauma of carrying to term when we know we will deliver a stillborn. >> if we don't choose someone like beto o'rourke, then we don't get to practice medicine the way we want and need to, and the way we need to for our patients. >> joining us now is beto o'rourke, democratic nominee for governor in texas. what did you learn at that clinic today about what this means in texas from this day forward? >> this is a life or death issue for the women of texas. the last person to speak. leslie, and african american woman in houston, reminded us that texas leads much of the developed world in the rate of maternal mortality, because as you have foreclosed every opportunity for an abortion, you have also closed off access to a cervical cancer screening, a family planning provider with the ability to see any kind of dr. at all in the least ensured state in america. for black women it's three times as deadly to be in the state of texas. a total abortion ban, no exception for rape, no exception for incest,
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all because of greg abbott, who signed this into law more than a year ago. as you pointed out, it goes into effect today the 25th of august. would have also learned from these extraordinary women who spoke at the press conference is that we as a people are more than a match for this moment. women one protection for this right back in 1973. in fact, it was texas women, jane roe, sarah weddington, look off eat, they won their way back in 1973. we will win it back with texas woman in 2022. it is the only way through, the only way to overcome it is to win this election against greg abbott on the night of november 8th, and i'm betting on texas women. big this is on the supporting exceptions for rape, and incest in, these abortion laws. for all voters, it is 82% support. among republicans 78% of republicans support abortions in cases of rape, and incest. 78% of republicans. governor
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abbott, in the republican legislature, as going to opposition is in 78% of republicans. how do they do that? >> on this issue one of the most in this election is that greg abbott has the full support of our fellow texans. let me make this clear to those in, and out of texas. this total abortion ban, without exception for rape, and incest, for the most extreme laws in this country, is not a reflection of who we are in the state of texas. it may be a reflection of greg abbott's political priorities, but it is uniting texans, republicans, democrats, independents, unlike any issue i have seen before. i have lived here my entire life. you, and i, and the rest of my viewers saw what happens in kansas, in the dead of summer. a referendum election, pulling
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presidential level turnout, and we won 60 40, to support a woman's right to make her own decisions about her own body, in her own future. whether in a referendum of texas takes on november 8th, it is this race for governor. we will win it. >> that does seem to be the place on the ballot to express their opposition to this law. it does seem that there will not be a referendum, it will just be, who do you want signing laws and the governors chair in texas? >> you are right, and we know what is coming down the pike, thanks to justice clarence thomas's concurring opinion to the dobbs decision, which overturned roe v. wade. next on the block, is access to contraception, or the ability for same-sex partners to be together, literally, reviving sami laws in texas,
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and then marriage equality will follow soon thereafter. if greg abbott is in office, there is a good chance he signs legislation to pursue that dark, extreme path for america's future. when we beat him on the ninth of november 8th, we set a far better, brighter course, not just for texas, but given the states outsized influence on american politics, we do it for the united states of america, as well. >> let me squeeze in a break, and come back, if you can, to talk about what happened in uvalde last night, where they fired if arredondo. the school police chief there. i know it is an important issue for you. we will be right back with beto o'rourke. o'rourke ro needs solutions. so she starts a miro to brainstorm. “shoot it?” suggests the scientists. so they shoot it. hmm... back to the miro board.
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board unanimously voted to fire the school district police chief, pete arredondo, for his role in the delayed police response in robb elementary school, were 19 children, and two teachers, were murdered. texas senator, roland gutierrez told us last night, the families of the victims expect more accountability. >> this department of public safety has refused to be honest with people, has refused to give us the information we need, and it is clear that this is greg abbott's, personal operation, lone star task force,
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on the scene. greg abbott failed these people. it is directly reporting to greg abbott, and no accountability to greg abbott has asked for no accountability. >> beto or work, still with us. what is your reaction to senator gutierrez? >> he is right. every single one of these families in uvalde met with, and have spoken to, and i have learned from, want accountability. all of them use that same word. it is not stopping there. is texas state troopers, and rangers, who were in that community, on the other side of an unlocked door. some, for more than 70 minutes,
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without intervening, and potentially, saving the raw lives, perhaps, the teachers as well. it is just in the last five years, and greg abbott has washed. they have done nothing to do, with the school year. they've called special sessions to go after transgender kids, to pursue crt in the classroom, to weaken our election laws, and try to undermine our right to vote, but cannot be bothered to call the legislature into session, to do things like to people in uvalde, like the mayor, and city council, want us to do. the major purpose of making a purchase of the air 15 from 18, to 21, have a universal red flag laws. texans, across the political spectrum, support these three ideas. there will be a lot that we argue about but, there is common ground here. this is where we need leadership. the only way we will get it is with change in november. >> i want to look at this poll, that shows people that republicans, in texas, very
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much want to raise that age, for buying an ar-15. they want to raise it to 21. 72% of republicans support that. that is, basically, the same is the total population. 75% of all voters. can you explain to me the dynamics of republican governments in texas, and how a republican governor, and legislator, can continue to 72% of republican voters in the state? >> it is the night of november the 8th and, has become so extreme, taken the state government so far afield, for more long, proud tradition, and responsible gun ownership, or respecting the rights of a woman to make her own decision, about her own body, and in this case, prioritizing our own kids before the nra, or the conemaugh be, or any other special interest. this is a unifying texans from all political parties, and those who have never voted in an election before, but now understand, the lies of their kids are on the line. they're going to make sure that
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their voices heard, and their voters counted. this state, under greg abbott, has moved so far away from everything that matters to all of us, and there is going to be a price to pay. we are going to see defeat in this election in november. >> thank you very much for joining us, we always appreciate it. >> thank you lawrence. >> thank you. coming up, republican rick scott who once ran a health care company with 1. 7 billion dollars for medicare for all, is now criticizing president biden from spending time in delaware while rick scott is
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politics. in this seizure of wrought seizures from tone-deaf billionaires, like scott to say that the, way they should spend a vacation, is on a super yacht in italy. never mind, he is the head of the republican senate campaign committee, and he is supposed to be spending every waking minute to working to elect republicans into the senate. rick scott jetted off to his super yacht, in italy, and from that super yacht, in italy, in a dense fog of obliviousness, he criticized president biden for working from his delaware home, instead of the white house. even if rick scott was not a supporter of donald trump, who
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spent more time on the golf course than he did any form of work at present, it would be a bad idea for rick scott to complain about joe biden going to delaware, when rick scott is in italy, on a super yacht. rick scott build his wealth as the ceo of columbia aca health care corporation, which received the largest medical fraud find in history, at the time, of 1. 7 billion dollars. thanks to rick scott's leadership. now, under rick scott's leadership, they are canceling over $10 million and advice for republican senate candidates. the washington post reports, quote, republican senate hopefuls are getting crushed on airwaves across the country, while their national campaign fund is pulling ads, and running low on cash, we cuba's areas to ask where the money went, and demand an audit of the committee's finances. if they were a corporation, the ceo would be fired, and investigate, it's in the national republican consultant.
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nbc news is reporting. with less than three months to the midterms, the democratic senatorial campaign committee has more than twice as much cash on hand as its gop counterpart. joining us now is democratic senator, gary peters, of michigan. he is the chair of the democratic, senatorial campaign committee. senator peters, what to room is that on your yacht, and where is it tonight? >> well, i am not on a yacht. this is a room in my house in michigan, and i'm rolling up my sleeves and working. >> what do you make of your counterpart, who is supposed to be out there, slugging, every day? being in italy in some other time in the august recess, when he's not in charge of the republican senate campaign, is one thing. then, when you're in charge of this campaign, i had never seen a senator in charge of these campaigns take the august recess off.
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>> you can't. the stakes are so high. i am focused on making sure that we not only hold the senate, and have the democratic majority, but we expand our numbers. i am confident we can do that. we are working hard to build structure on the campaigns, we're closely with our candidates who are, clearly, doing an outstanding job. particularly, the contrast between them, and the republicans, that are really far right extremists, which are not ready for primetime. the difference in quality is extensive. i will say on the show here, i wish rick scott enjoys that yacht, and i hope he stays on it for the rest of the break. i hope you get some sun, it will be wonderful, and in the meantime, i will work my tail off, and our candidates will work their tail off, and we
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will win. we will hold the majority, we will expand it, and we will continue to grow grassroots support so necessary to win, which is why defend this senate work, which is getting a great deal of attention from grassroots folks, all across the country. however, i want to caveat here. we know big money is coming against us in the coming days, and weeks. the super pacs out there, the republicans have, which are backed by billionaires, and incredibly healthy individuals which will pull money in, democratic candidates. we have to keep working, and building, the grassroots necessary to win, to hold the senate, and expand our numbers. >> i know fundraising is a big part of your job, and money is a big part of winning campaigns but what do you supply to the democratic senate campaigns in addition to money? >> really, the groundwork is critically important for us. we have now invested in unprecedented amount of money and field operations, in close races, and these will all be close races. we will look at the calls right
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now, clearly, we have momentum, we were on the offensive, but we know that these will come down to single digit races, really tight. for my experience, and win a tough elections for michigan over the years, you have to invest in the ground, you need to build that organization, and leverage enthusiasm, and energy, and people on the ground. they play a big part of that, as i mentioned, we made unprecedented investments. this is not something you can just build enough all. it requires months of work, months of effort, and that is what we are doing. we have the republican committee over the last four months, and we are spending it in ways that we know make a difference on election day, to give us that margin in these close races. >> when you fly from state, to stay, trying to help out these campaigns, share with us your most optimistic number of what the senate balance may look like after these elections. >> i am confident, as long as
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we continue to do the work, and continue to work every day, and continue to get this support we are gathered on the ground, we will hold the majority, and the 50 seats. but i do think that we will pick up seats. i have said, for the last year, and a half, that my goal is 52 plus. i am confident that we are in a position to get 52 plus, but certainly, we can get a bigger number than that, as we continue to work. 52 is the baseline, and i want more. >> senate gary peters, in michigan, at home, not on a yacht. thank you so much. i really appreciate it. >> great to be with you. >> thank you. >> and, speaking of yachts the, first seized super yacht, owned by a sanctioned, russian billionaire, has been auctioned off. that story is next.
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yacht, was auctioned off this week. the 240-foot axial most built in 2013, for russian billionaire, dimitri poppy and ski, and was seized by the british, and gibraltar. they report the yacht was, quote, auctioned by the gibraltar admiralty, through a system of closed beds, should be sent, electronically, midday, on tuesday, or as a spokesman said, the court added the 63rd minute been submitted for
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consideration, with this election process expected to take 10 to 14 days. the auctioneer said there was, quote, an unexpected late surge by prospective buyers. was one of those secret bids from rick scott? that is tonight's last word, the 11th hour, with stephanie ruhle, starts right now. tonight, unsealing the affidavit. the justice department is told that part of the reasons for the search warrant must be made public. but, how much will be revealed about why the fbi searched a former presidents home? then, as more states choke off access to abortion, voter registration, especially among women, is surging. plus, the new legal challenges, aimed at those who profit and pushing lies, and ask