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Both of Connecticut's senators self-isolating
"Connecticut's two U. S senators or self isolating after member of Governor Ned Lamont Self A staff tested positive for covert 19 Democrats Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy Bull tweeted today that they hadn't had close contact with the staffer, but they were self isolating as a precaution. Murphy tweeted He had attended event with Lamont On Friday, Lamont's chief spokesperson, Max Reiss, identified himself as the senior staff member who had tested positive in a release posted to Twitter on Friday. Rice Road He wasn't sure how or where he had contract ID the virus.
"chris murphy" Discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts
"The chalk board your host for on point and tomorrow's the day the end of voting in election twenty twenty so today on the show. We focused on the united states senate and the fact that control of the senate is up for grabs this year so we reached out to both democratic and republican senators to hear what their take is on. What's at stake. We reached out to twelve. Gop senators who are all in committee leadership positions including the office of senate majority leader. Mitch mcconnell none of the gop senators either. Returned our calls or were available for interviews however on the democratic side. We did get in touch with connecticut. Senator democrat chris murphy. He's not running for reelection this year but he has been actively fundraising for democrats on point. Producer dory shammar spoke with murphy about what he thinks is at stake for election. twenty twenty. and. Here's that interview senator. I want to talk to you. We are doing a show for on point on monday about The race for senate majority. And i wanted to talk specifically I've been following you in senator schatz in in the fundraising work. You're doing on twitter and it's effective So but i just want to start big picture with what is the significance for you. And why is it so crucially important for democrats to retake the senate first of all. If joe biden wins. He can't get any his agenda done without a democratic senate mitch. Mcconnell will stand in the way of everything every single one of his cabinet members. His climate agenda is democracy. Agenda is healthcare agenda. Joe biden simply can't a Actually activate the mandate that will be given without a democratic senate But also mitch. Mcconnell is in the process of destroying the senate This rush job on amy coney barrett was in many ways the last straw and if we want to rescue the senate if we want to make functional place then i really think we. They badly need new leadership. Do you think it's reasonable to say that. If there was a republican senate in joe biden administration. Joe biden would not be able to get a single judicial nominees through the senate. If joe biden's president and mitch mcconnell is majority leader. It's an instant constitutional crisis because mitch. Mcconnell will not allow joe biden to select his own cabinet. Mitch mcconnell will make joe biden negotiate every single position from secretary of state to deputy assistant secretary of housing and urban development with mitch mcconnell. So it's not just that mcconnell isn't going to work with joe biden on his policy agenda immediately that will be major crisis because i know mitch mcconnell and he is not going to Confirm joe biden's cabinet without Requiring biden to essentially negotiate each and every position with mitch. Mcconnell you a different way I've heard senator lindsey graham pretty much daily at this point complaining about how much money has come into his opponent. Judy harrison's race. Why do you think democrats are so motivated to not just get involved in vote but to give the kinds of money. Democrats are giving right now to senate races endow ballot races across the country. It's so hilarious for me to listen to all of my center bogan colleagues complain about all of this money because it's coming in in five dollars three dollars. Twenty five dollar contributions from ordinary americans. Who want people like lindsey graham gone and i on their side. It's just billionaire money. I mean most of their money is coming in from a handful of billionaires being funneled through these dark money super pacs and so. I think it's so interesting that my republican colleagues are complaining about all of this money. When this money is being raised through the most democratic means possible. I mean on the democratic side. There's a handful of billionaires but mainly we have to raise our money through these tiny contributions literally hundreds of thousands of them. And it's pretty amazing that we are finally at parody with republican fundraising. We didn't do it through recruiting a bunch more billionaires. We did it by recruiting. Hundreds of thousands of small dollar donors all across the country who are invested in change yet and i. I think that is an important point to make. These are on average small dollar donors. Who would her contributing tv races. Not huge democratic fundraisers. I have seen some on the left who've criticized. You said you know we want money out of politics. We don't want senate races with half a billion dollars in them. What what is your response to that critique of the kind of money in politics on on the on the left. I hate the fact that i have to spend all of this time. Raising millions of dollars for senate candidates but we can't unilaterally disarm. I hope that if we win the senate majority. Joe biden is president. One of the first things on our agenda will be campaign finance reform. and i'll go as radical radicals. Anybody wants i mean. I'm perfectly willing to get private completely out of politics. If it's constitutional i would be the happiest guy in the world. If i didn't have to spend a minute more In my political career raising money but the only way that you get money out of politics is by electing democrats. The party that actually stands for the kind of radical campaign finance reform that i think the public wants to my questions. You know this question about packing the court adding seats to the supreme court. Do you think that it is a it would be fair Response to the way. The republicans have handled at the the open supreme court seats in the past four years. Would you support adding seats to the supreme court. I think the democrats are given a majority in the senate and the house and control of the white house. Then you know we have to be able to govern. And i haven't come to any conclusion on court reform proposals. I just know that you know. If the supreme court invalidates the affordable care act says that we can't pass voting rights. Legislation bans our ability to pass universal background checks. Well then. I think we've got to do something about that and whether that's court reform or some other mechanism i i'm open to it all. I just don't want to have my ability to make policy change after having won an election neutered by the supreme court. Are there any other major. You know first. One hundred days items that you think are absolutely essential if the democrats win the majority unfortunately job number one two and three is going to be the pandemic. I mean we will be in the middle or at the end of this massive third wave. And if you want to sort of come up with a reason why it's so important to get democratic senate and joe biden the white house. It's because we will much more expeditiously pass anti coronavirus legislation if joe biden has to work with in the senate rather than having to fight against mitch. Mcconnell on healthcare legislation last question given some of the supreme court's decisions this week You know some of the footnotes even in brett kavanagh's orders. Do you have concerns about the role that the court is going to play. In determining election results brick avenue made it pretty clear during his confirmation hearings that he was.
"chris murphy" Discussed on The Takeout
"Room here in Washington DC, as I told you the top of the show one topic to guests topics Supreme Court Amy, Coney Barrett future thereof the two guests I. You heard from Senator Chris Murphy Democrat from Connecticut now, I'm very pleased to welcome to the show said Roy Blunt Republican from Missouri Senator. Thanks so much joining us you major great to be with you. So Chris Murphy. told us. That he is certain upon confirmation, which is inevitable emmy conybeare. It will vote to do the three things repeal Roe versus Wade repeal the Affordable Care Act and repeal court support and therefore law the land of gay marriage drew I can't imagine that's true I. I'd certainly be glad to take some money from Chris Murphy on those three things the TRIFECTA. I don't know what cases might come up but I think she's GonNa to look at the case look at the wall look at the constitution. And make the. Good decision. He told us that he takes the president seriously when the president says, he would like to see justices get rid of the affordable care act and do things differently than Justice Roberts did you president seriously on that? I'd be surprised if Chris Murphy actually takes the President Seriously I know Chris. Well, I worked with him on some legislation. This might be the first time he's taken the president seriously. I take her seriously when she says she has not talked anybody about these cases has made no commitments on these cases one. She's a great person. She's a fine judge and she's under oath I'm GONNA. Take her seriously and I'm sure that that's exactly the bass. Our voters Missouri Concerned about the future of the affordable care act in the sense that this is not a hypothetical as you well know senator case will be before the court right after the election. In all likelihood Justice Barrett will be exactly that Justice Barrett and hear the case. Is this a issue of political importance in Missouri? I would think so I would think a number of things that are in the affordable care act are baked into the system. Now that whatever would happen in the court of the country would expect and the Congress would do what was necessary to maintain things like a pre existed protection from preexisting conditions. I had a I had a piece of legislation I. Think is the only Republican piece of legislation of the many that we had that made it into the bill that allow people to stay on their. Parent's insurance until they were twenty six some states had that some states didn't I don't see that going back. But actually I think it's probably a mistake to presuppose what the court. Might do or what the court will decide. The congress was trying to whether this one provision. That, is no longer in the law because the Congress knew they were taking out that somehow okay to Congress passes a law. That's the law. Congress decides to take this one piece out of the law and that's the one thing they do I'm not a lawyer, but it doesn't sound like to me that you could assume from those two things that the congress that could have eliminated the whole law. Does decided now we're just gonNa take this piece out and that will weaken into the point that a bunch of attorneys general can this accord and get the whole law eliminated I understand the politics of this I. Understand. You Know Amy Conybeare, find a find candidate. Brilliant lawyer humble, good natured strong in. So many ways a why would they want to talk about her? If they could turn this into a fight about every element of the affordable care act I'd be shocked if it works out the way that they're all predicting. But I certainly understand the politics of the next three weeks. Why in one suggest that might happen but I'm pretty sure that's not the likely. You let us down this road just a teeny bit and I'm not going to dwell excessively on it. But what you talked about was the individual mandate and it was course that element of the law that Justice Roberts look to and said, that's justifiable. It's a taxing mechanism. Therefore, the Constitutional Structure Beneath the affordable care act is therefore legitimate and defensible. Will you take out the individual mandate? There are those who argue well, you've taken out that superstructure get the whole thing, but you don't necessarily believe that's what's going to happen fired you correctly well, again, I'm not a lawyer and I don't want to over analyze this, but the individual mandate land as I recall what happened is sitting in a penalty. which apparently might have been a problem the chief justice decided it was a tax which every Democrat including everybody in the Obama Administration setup to Lynn it was not a tax precisely. So. If you if you justify the bags, not penalty, it's attacks and now it's neither tax or a penalty because you I, don't see the logic of were that goes. Yeah, that might have been the reason and but the only reason he had to say it was attacks was because I think there was a law in the idea it could be a penalty that now the is gone and the taxes gone and there's nothing else to argue about their there there may be future challenges of the invent of the of the. Affordable Care Act, and this one might have a different outcome than I would expect but I think this is an awful lot of talk in a political year about a political topic..
"chris murphy" Discussed on In the Bubble with Andy Slavitt
"Welcome the bubble. This is Andy Slamet, which you just heard was Chris Murphy, the senator from Connecticut talking about this upcoming hearing and what's at stake with the affordable care act. So the president is sick and getting other people sick and we can't find out what the heck's going on what else is new country sick president sick not getting the facts. So here's what we're going to do. We are going to begin the episode by finding out about the president's medical condition by talking to Dr Bob Wachter many of you know D- by Wachter from twitter. Some of you may know personally, he is a physician and professor most importantly he's the chair of the Department of Medicine at. California's San. Francisco. And he has been tweeting his rounds over the course of time meaning is he ready to patients and Caesar symptoms and so he is excellent knowing what treatments mean what symptoms mean, what we've been hearing, what we haven't been hearing I. Think you may in the future here, very interesting upcoming episode that Bobbin are planning to do together. But right now, we're going to have Boban to talk about what's going on with the president, and then we're going to talk to Chris Murphy because we have a lot going on in the next few weeks and I WANNA make sure people are up to speed on what's going on with the affordable care act with the justice with the election and now all those things tied together. So we're going to get a lot done in this episode I think you'll be able to get credits.
"chris murphy" Discussed on Alyssa Milano: Sorry Not Sorry
"It's interesting to me when you think about at what point issues become political right and I feel a gun violence is one of those issues where you're like, how did this become about the second amendment when children are dying in classrooms? Like how did we get to this point? It's the same thing I feel with the pandemic how did we get to the point where wearing a mask to save other people's lives is a political statement? Do you have any thoughts on that? No I think about this all the time because you and I often get accused of. Politicizing tragedy right I. in fact, at Washington Post headline written about me years ago that made my stuff cringe with panic that said something like the senator who's okay with politicizing tragedies and I don't even get what that means because the only way that you solve the gun violence epidemic is by passing laws that put less illegal weapons on our streets that lift up communities who are economically desperate. So they have other mechanisms to survive other than violence that legislative change comes through the political process, and so I'm just sort of looking for the most direct pathway to reduce. The violence they don't say that a detective is politicizing murder because he goes and tries to solve it in the twenty four hours after it happens just like politicizing a mass shooting because I say shortly thereafter that if you don't pass universal background checks or ban assault weapons, these murders are GonNa continue to happen ever leave no problem with being political because it is the political process, it's ultimately going to fix all of this. That word is just kind of become weirdly pejorative I'm more interested in the ideas that parties have taken up certain issues as being one. Side versus the other when something like gun violence keeping our kids safe at school stopping pandemic, civil rights all of these things that are such partisan issues feel like it should just be for the betterment of humanity and I don't know how we come back from this place but let me ask you this in just like philosophical psychological sense. Do you feel that guns fuel violence or does our impulse towards violence field gun sales in America I? Wish there was a straight answer to that but his both from the beginning of human history, we have this biological instinct inside. US to fear those that are outside of our tribe and I wish that didn't sit inside us but it does and so that's why somebody like Donald Trump can have forty five percent approval ratings even as the country's melting down around us because he plays to this sort of biological instincts to fear others and to see people who are different from us as threats even though they aren't and that does fuel the gun sales in this country but it is also true that the reason why America has a violence rate on a murder rate. That's twenty times out. Of Most of our neighbors is because of easy access to guns the reason why suicides are happening in this country at elevated rates is because access to guns as far too easy. So it is all connected to each other and leaders who WanNa play upon that biological instincts to fear those people that are different they unfortunately over and over and over again, human history find success, and in this country that easy access to weapons makes that kind of demagoguery even more dangerous. Yeah and you mentioned the connection and to me, it just feels like there is a real distinct. Link between. So many of our worst traits and violence, and what I mean by that is like the Patriarchy and sexism racism greed, what do you think is the underlying force that connects all of these things and I think it's a really important question but it's why I spent some time at the beginning talking about the history of violence human beings learned pretty quickly that if nothing else works physical dominance in superiority is a easy resort in order to maintain a hierarchy and there are all sorts of different hierarchies in this country, some of them can be maintained without. Violence but of them need violence and we have done that to each other as a species for very very long time, and again, our willingness to allow guns to flood into this country just make that tactic even easier. I spend a bunch of times talking about domestic violence and I talked about the fact that there's a whole bunch of different kinds of domestic bouncers. The stuff we read about which is when a gun actually gets fired but the real most pervasive kind of domestic violence involving guns doesn't evolve that ever being fired. It just involves that gun being around. So the latest fight concerns the violence. against. Women Act, which contains a provision to ensure that people convicted convicted of stalking or abusing their dating partners rather than only spouses or family members cannot own guns. Now, I really want to emphasize again the word convicted in this legislation. So this is not about people who are accused of stalking orb using their partners. This is about people who have been convicted of doing so and so the new version of the violence against Women Act would take guns away from these individuals who do pose a threat because of their conviction. Of course. NRA's oppose. I tell the story of a boyfriend who would just casually bring the gun out during arguments with his girlfriend never fired it at her. She never actually felt like he was going to but it changed the dynamic of their relationship and coercive violence in relationships with a gun is just ever-present is a really big part of reality out there. That's a story that was important to tell. Well, I think you're right. You mentioned. The word hierarchy before and it made me think about how so much of this violence stems from people thinking or being conditioned to believe that they have ownership over other people right. Violence Women and rape stems back to the time when men had ownership over their wives same thing with the enslaved and I think that you can connect Patriarchy and sexism and racism and greed to that idea of ownership and what you're entitled to. So I just wanted to bring that up. Because as you were talking, I was thinking well, maybe it has to do with the fact that people have felt entitled because of some ancient ownership not even contract just spoken known identity and that's exactly right I. Think it is about your identity being tied into the hierarchy you inherit you are taught your entire life in many places in in many families in this country that. White people are supposed to occupy place in society and have color are supposed to occupy someplace different than males are supposed to be here in females are supposed to be here and when you fear that reality is being upset than sometimes panic and again with this easy access to weapons that panic often turns to disaster very very quickly. I wonder if we're also hardwired to fear the other because we are an evolution from something. Like if you were in the wild and you saw something that was other than what you're used to that might be a threat someone.
"chris murphy" Discussed on Alyssa Milano: Sorry Not Sorry
"Thank you so much for joining us. . You start out your book by talking about a fistfight that you got into in first grade and I think one of the most striking things you write about that you felt like you were just hardwired to fight. . Can you tell me and my listeners that story and what you meant by that? ? You know this is the introduction by the way. . Let's the thanks for having me on. Again . this is a topic that both you and I are obviously deeply committed to in this book is really about my study of the issue gun over the last seventy. Years . Changed in twenty twelve of the shooting in Connecticut and I think what I wanted to communicate at the beginning of this book is a recognition that there is violence that sits inside all of us that as a species, , we are hardwired for violence and well, , ninety nine point, , nine percent of Americans had never taken a life very few of us have never had a moment in which we didn't at least contemplate putting our hands on someone else. . That's because our species is actually more violent, , much more violent historically then almost any other and so it's important for us to recognize that so. . That we can make changes in the way that we associate with ourselves, , the rules that govern us to try to tamp down that instinct, , and that's what this book is really about it's about the long human has Rian violence and how we've been pretty effective in controlling it but then America's unique history of violence and how we've been very ineffective in this country at controlling it. . It's interesting because you say that we're hardwired for violence and it makes me think of fight flight or freeze, , which is our natural response to any kind of danger that response to sits at the bottom of our. . Brain stem, , which is like the most primitive part of our entire body. . It has not evolved at all, , and so that is there for survival mechanisms. . Right is there for survival mechanisms, , but our body has actually sent a message that it doesn't like to use that mechanism. . So this stories in the book as well when you experience that fight or flight moment, , right when you're presented with such a danger that you either run or you fight back, , your body releases a hormone cortisol, , and at the moment that hormone is really helpful because it helps you make quick decisions and it gives you a little. . Bit more courage and strength. . But in the long run cortisol breaks your brain, , it breaks your brain and so if you have these fighter flight moments every day or every week, , then you literally can't learn you can't relate to other human beings and so why we call the epidemic of violence in this nation of public health epidemic is because kids who live in violent neighborhoods fear for their life every time they walk to the Corner Bodega or their school in the morning, , their brains are broken by this hormone that gets released over and over and over again, , and so it's no coincidence that. . The underperforming schools are all in the highly neighborhoods, , kids whether their shot at or not. . They simply are different or bodies respond differently because of this constant exposure trauma, , and then you add just food vulnerability and how hard it is to find fresh produce and all of those things that helped to restore the brain, , restore the body, , and then it becomes a whole other issue nourishment makes it very difficult for a child to learn and for a brain to grow. . I. . Want to ask you how do you think violence in America is different than violence in the rest of the world the first part Of this book is really a story of the trajectory of American violence and what's interesting is that America is actually not a wildly violent place until about the middle of the eighteen hundreds and three things happen there that separate us from the rest of the world and we never returned back to Earth we became a more violent nation and we still are more validation and quickly the three things are in their interesting I. . It's the expansion of the slave population in the south. . After the invention of the cotton gin more slaves means more violence in the country kind of becomes anesthetize to violence. . Numb to it because it's what is necessary in order to just keep our economy together second, , you've got all these waves of immigrants coming to the United States in what history tells us is that the more groups in one space at one time the more risk there is for conflicts and violence but then lastly, , it's the invention of handgun and the decision of the United States to not regulate that weapon it gets sold in every corner of the United States and all of a sudden common arguments on the street become deadly because you've got this little weapon that you can hide in your pocket. .
Senator Chris Murphy On The Violence Inside Us
"Thank you so much for joining us. You start out your book by talking about a fistfight that you got into in first grade and I think one of the most striking things you write about that you felt like you were just hardwired to fight. Can you tell me and my listeners that story and what you meant by that? You know this is the introduction by the way. Let's the thanks for having me on. Again this is a topic that both you and I are obviously deeply committed to in this book is really about my study of the issue gun over the last seventy. Years Changed in twenty twelve of the shooting in Connecticut and I think what I wanted to communicate at the beginning of this book is a recognition that there is violence that sits inside all of us that as a species, we are hardwired for violence and well, ninety nine point, nine percent of Americans had never taken a life very few of us have never had a moment in which we didn't at least contemplate putting our hands on someone else. That's because our species is actually more violent, much more violent historically then almost any other and so it's important for us to recognize that so. That we can make changes in the way that we associate with ourselves, the rules that govern us to try to tamp down that instinct, and that's what this book is really about it's about the long human has Rian violence and how we've been pretty effective in controlling it but then America's unique history of violence and how we've been very ineffective in this country at controlling it. It's interesting because you say that we're hardwired for violence and it makes me think of fight flight or freeze, which is our natural response to any kind of danger that response to sits at the bottom of our. Brain stem, which is like the most primitive part of our entire body. It has not evolved at all, and so that is there for survival mechanisms. Right is there for survival mechanisms, but our body has actually sent a message that it doesn't like to use that mechanism. So this stories in the book as well when you experience that fight or flight moment, right when you're presented with such a danger that you either run or you fight back, your body releases a hormone cortisol, and at the moment that hormone is really helpful because it helps you make quick decisions and it gives you a little. Bit more courage and strength. But in the long run cortisol breaks your brain, it breaks your brain and so if you have these fighter flight moments every day or every week, then you literally can't learn you can't relate to other human beings and so why we call the epidemic of violence in this nation of public health epidemic is because kids who live in violent neighborhoods fear for their life every time they walk to the Corner Bodega or their school in the morning, their brains are broken by this hormone that gets released over and over and over again, and so it's no coincidence that. The underperforming schools are all in the highly neighborhoods, kids whether their shot at or not. They simply are different or bodies respond differently because of this constant exposure trauma, and then you add just food vulnerability and how hard it is to find fresh produce and all of those things that helped to restore the brain, restore the body, and then it becomes a whole other issue nourishment makes it very difficult for a child to learn and for a brain to grow. I. Want to ask you how do you think violence in America is different than violence in the rest of the world the first part Of this book is really a story of the trajectory of American violence and what's interesting is that America is actually not a wildly violent place until about the middle of the eighteen hundreds and three things happen there that separate us from the rest of the world and we never returned back to Earth we became a more violent nation and we still are more validation and quickly the three things are in their interesting I. It's the expansion of the slave population in the south. After the invention of the cotton gin more slaves means more violence in the country kind of becomes anesthetize to violence. Numb to it because it's what is necessary in order to just keep our economy together second, you've got all these waves of immigrants coming to the United States in what history tells us is that the more groups in one space at one time the more risk there is for conflicts and violence but then lastly, it's the invention of handgun and the decision of the United States to not regulate that weapon it gets sold in every corner of the United States and all of a sudden common arguments on the street become deadly because you've got this little weapon that you can hide in your pocket.
Senate Holds Confirmation Hearing For Trump's New Pick For Ambassador To Ukraine
"Update now on two important diplomatic vacancies. One is the post of U. S ambassador to the Ukraine. The last woman who held that Senate confirmed job was a central figure in President Trump's impeachment. And now the president's pick for the job is facing some lingering question in his own confirmation hearing. NPR's Michelle Kelemen reports President Trump's ouster of the ambassador to Ukraine featured prominently in his impeachment trial. Marie Ivanovich face to smear campaign by Trump's private lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who had been pressing Ukraine to get dirt on Vice President Joe Biden. Senator Bob Menendez, the ranking Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, says that's still happening. Giuliani Esteban, Savory Ukrainian characters have not let up their efforts to use Ukraine to interfere in U. S politics. Others in the Senate seem intent on amplifying their efforts. Menendez wants the new nominee, retired Lieutenant general Keith Dayton, to avoid playing into this and avoid any meetings with Giuliani. Senator I'm not going to commit to that, because I believe that as an ambassador, I would have the obligation to meet with any U S citizen and hear them out. It was a home. Dayton has been a defense attache in Moscow, a security advisor for the U. S on the Israeli Palestinian conflict, and, in recent years has run the George Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Germany. He's well versed on Ukraine, but his answers frustrated both Menendez and another Democrat Chris Murphy. So at the end of the hearing, he did offer this reassurance. Ify is the U. S ambassador and key Have any indication that there is any kind of election interference going on using Ukraine as a azalea ever to do that? I would, of course, report that directly to this committee. I think you have a right to know that I think I have an obligation to report that to Dayton says his priorities in the country, if confirmed, would be to help Ukraine fight corruption and beef up Ukraine's Navy and Air force. Next door in Belarus. The U. S is reviving diplomatic relations in part because of Russia's aggression. In Ukraine. Career diplomat Julie Fisher has been tapped to run the U. S embassy in Minsk. Our relationship with Belarus languish for more than a decade. But after Russia's illegal seizure and occupation of Crimea, and it's manufactured war in Ukraine stone best region, we began to see signs of interest from the Belarussian sign. Belarus recently bought US crude oil to decrease its dependence on Russia and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Minsk earlier this year. But the's warming ties will be tested by an election this Sunday, and Fisher face questions about that the first component to ensuring that we can continue to grow this relationship. Not see steps backward in the conduct of this presidential election. The long time ruler Alexander Lukashenko is facing a united opposition in the run up to this election, and his regime has been cracking down. There will be no international monitors, though Fisher says the U. S embassy will be watching the vote closely. What we are trying to get Johnny is basically to ensure that there is space to ensure their space for more than one voice. In this country. Lukashenko kicked out the less U. S ambassador to Belarus in 2008 after the US accused his government of human rights violations and tighten sanctions. Michelle Kelemen NPR NEWS Washington
After four days of marathon negotiating, still no stimulus deal in the Senate
"Democrats and Republicans will continue their negotiations today after two failed attempts to clear a procedural hurdle on the coronavirus stimulus bill correspondent Linda Kenyon has the latest the bill could inject almost two trillion dollars into the coronavirus fight and response but failure to work out differences on a number of sticking point stalled the process again on Monday the ETS are forty nine the nays are forty six three fifths of the senators duly chosen and sworn not having voted in the affirmative upon reconsideration the motion is not agreed to the bill needed sixty votes to advance but for the second day in a row fell far short of that goal Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blamed Democrats calling their demands completely unreasonable the American people have had enough of this nonsense and senator Susan Collins of Maine was uncharacteristically incensed we don't have another day we don't have another hour we don't have another minute Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer says everyone understands time is of the essence that's why he says Democrats want a quick solution just like everyone else but he adds there must be some assurance is contained in the bill if this federal governments making a big loan to someone to big company we ought to know it and know the details immediately the bill that was put on the floor by the Republican leader said no one would know a thing about those loans for six months at least Democrat Sherrod brown of Ohio said those assurances must go even further we want to help these businesses especially small businesses we want to help the airlines but we need to make sure that this money passes through two employees that means no corporate bailouts without investing in the dignity of work it means if you're taking taxpayer money no stock buy backs No sending jobs overseas no outsourcing your jobs to independent contractors no golden parachutes for executives senator McConnell says Democrats were demanding a laundry list of items that are come plete ly unrelated to the bill Democrats Wallace found hospitals or save small businesses unless they get the dust off the green new deal Democrats on the other hand say Republicans aren't providing enough money in their bill for hospitals first responders or protective gear for health care workers while Republican John Kennedy of Louisiana said Congress is letting down the American people you know what the American people are thinking right now Mr president they're thinking if this country was founded by geniuses but it's being run by a bunch of idiots Democrat Chris Murphy a Connecticut had a quick response we don't think the bill that has been drafted by the majority party is going to fix the problem negotiations to fix the problem will resume today Linda Kenyon
Trump claims his policies are keeping coronavirus under control
"Has a court of iris statistics continue to rise of the U. S. fears the virus hitting communities across the nation what began as the outbreak in China is now considered to be a worldwide epidemic or even a pandemic CBS news White House correspondent we Jack says the administration is saying is all under control but not everyone believes that from his Florida resort president trump brushed off the chance of coronavirus making its way to the White House even as the mayor of Washington confirmed the first case in the nation's capital no I'm not concerned at all the president showed the same confidence on Twitter claiming we have a perfectly coordinated and fine tune to plan on face the nation Connecticut senator Chris Murphy said there could be thousands of cases in his state even though only two have been confirmed I think we have no concept of the scope of this epidemic yet because we have not been able to test and what is unforgivable is that the administration didn't see this coming there are more than one hundred thousand confirmed cases in more than ninety
The Hill criticizes, but does not recant, Solomon articles
"You broke the news that the user but Chris Murphy and other democratic senators met with Zarif the foreign minister of Iran yes and that was my story that we published the federalist on Monday and I tried to get comments from European the other people and should be in there and they declined to comment but one secretary of state my coupon Hey addressed the meeting which had been not approved by the state department then finally Murphy admitted that he had taken part in a secret meeting in the hotel room of the three and that he's done it actually before too and mostly what I find interesting about this is that Murphy isn't as extreme critic of legitimate our conversations with people who are leaders of other countries so for instance when my claim the incoming national security adviser had a conversation intending to de escalate the situation with Russia with the ambassador from Russia Hey kids we act of mercy thought that it was treasonous says with a legal that it definitely needs to be investigated that it was a Logan act violation this is the view also shared by The Washington Post you might remember David Ignatius received that leak about the kids react on call and put out an article about how it is legitimate to think this was the Logan act violation the department justice pursued Logan act violations that happened with the pretext they used to go interview Flynn you know and when was the incoming national security adviser to doing exactly what you should have been and in fact she's been doing with more people were as Murphy is a strong opponent of our current policy toward Iran he has some questionable ties to redeem undead or supported groups and he was publicly opposing our policy the same day that he had this meeting and yet he wants to say that what he did was perfectly fine I'm I'm sure I'm speechless because it's so obviously inconsistent hi is anybody coaling Murphy out on this and were there other senators present the others who were reported to be there any information kinda came because other European countries knew about this meeting even though the United States did not in the state let's not talk about it but some of them are other you know senators were there like men that van Hollen is reported to be trying to get into the meeting on the th and clear if he actually make it into the meeting or not but also reported to be John Kerry who has previously had such woke interactions with Iranian regime leaders and Murphy's defense of what he did with that he sits on the foreign affairs committee he's a senator Hughes and a co equal branch of government he has the right to do this well that wouldn't explain John Kerry being there and so while he was somewhat transparent or claim to be transparent about what they talked about he hasn't been transparent about who else is participating and so we definitely need to know more about well established events that it's a co equal branch of government does that negate the login law violation well first off you know there's a difference in being co equal branch of government and doing your own foreign policy don't lie in the states so I'm asking is is settled is it a an illegitimate defense then well I don't personally believe the Logan act is constitutional that new point was not shared by Obama department of justice or Sally eight Sir James yeah but for general Flynn a great great American all right ruined by on the basis of this right and so if you're going to enforce the login after use it as a pretext to investigate and destroy someone's life and bankrupt them and threatened with prison I don't see why it's okay to do it to Mike Flynn who actually got a legitimate function in right talking with his Russian counterpart but not to use against Murphy who's actually got some pretty problematic attachments with the Iranian regime and sent me water his problematic attachments he'd like to speak it the group then Nyack the national Iranian American council which is forty funded by Iranian regime leaders and started by so we can sell and it was very supportive of the Iranian regime and he was very upset you might remember when senator Tom cotton wrote a public open letter nothing secretive about it at all to the leaders of the other lines encouraging them not to do the G. C. P. O. a with with a bomb and reminding them that you know if it weren't ratified by the Senate with people work much he was so upset about that so they just it's very interesting what Murphy gets upset about and when he does
"chris murphy" Discussed on Punch Up The Jam
"None of that was true but I did sing. Believed you beautiful sweet But yes I do too Sort of live blog the most insane things such a journey a journey. And then you didn't catch my writing on vulture doctorates. They don't credit yet. The article article articles that I've written have been credited. And there's some things that Kevin but like that's more some more things coming that way but yeah vulture and then I do stand ended up in all over New York City everywhere not Staten Island but everywhere else I've been and I will everywhere everywhere else and I will go all right. He's got brees but yes I do. Stand up in Brooklyn Manhattan. I'm sure it's funny as you are so excited. I just want to me meal monster. You can follow the show at punch jam and check out our Patriots Punch of the jam where we early access to these songs. So you can comment. And so maybe I'll read all also make saves because again I have a really good taste in music man. It's great rookie. Thank you for listening listening. And we'll see okay. Okay that was that was podcast..
"chris murphy" Discussed on Punch Up The Jam
"She can work seamlessly together perfectly and then the background singers coming with cry. And that's so good and it's a right and we still have the S.. which he never? She doesn't that's not what she does. She's being vulnerable. She's not known for a long sustained notes. Not Christine Singer. I we don't she's Brittany than she is. An actress mostly second mentioned the dancer. I'll say second. She's a performer. Her former performing Britney. It's like I want to see Brittany. I WanNa see you do when you get the shot. You gotta go gotTa go you gotta go. I've been twice as was worth it. Every time but the third icon icon and then fourth singer singer singer and then fifth baby baby but that big note like that is like she opens up and she is literally. That's crying out. Why like and they say like she's like crying out for help? I'm running a little bit too because it just got me so excited. I didn't want to stop it but we're missing a lot. He were missing. Because there's so much counter counter melody note. Vulnerability listen for bound bound bound. We got here. Yeah westbound inspired. They're not answering your question. We don't have an answer. We don't know here's come at night. We had no idea she leaves us us with a question is here's come at night fully. It really is her best song.
"chris murphy" Discussed on Punch Up The Jam
"But I I can see I can see her. I could see this being the one hill that she dies. Honest Estudios He. He me I need to say me missing avenue and then those background. Oh it's like a choir. Hi It's literally there's a choir but it's solo but it's still there. It's like so much lower than her smashing my headphones on my ears to hear it better but the harmony. But it's it's so it's it's it's so rich a rich choir behind Britney. It does summarize my feelings on music like this but the specifically is like an Eclair you know okay and then once you're done you're like I don't think I need to eat another one for a couple of weeks now. Is it really hit. Every you know everything they never know. You only need one fire. It's it's a sumptuous meal Better kids I'm sat tutor Babes. I know the word sumptuous. I'm pretty confident. I used it correctly. Now we get to the bridge the best part of the song if you love a stroke story if you love a little skit in the middle of a little skits and your mission from the good part of this exactly slop again Roger. Ah Okay. I'm done but like in the music video. She has this whole thing which is like leaves sat. And she's on her the big ass phone two thousand Roxbury night of of course excited about it and the way. I think it's actually really well done the way. They sort of like seamlessly like they're able to tell the story without the actual scene. Which is a book? This is a moment of radio our radio or radar moment. It's like it's like we've we've been able to okay. Lucky wins an award for best actress. Is it critics choice. She's an actress we just learned yet. We didn't know she was a star. Are you shouldn't star. But we don't know what type of star she wanted award in the music video. It looks like it. Looks like an Oscar but it could be Golden Globe Sag award could be a Tony could be could be a Tony. Absolutely lutely probably not a grammy. Because she is not a recording artist. She's an actress. Let not your. She is not Brittany Spears him. Know Britney Spears says my multiple times throughout the song But I I mean that's such a good hook it's such a good hook doesn't come back at all and that could have been this whole song. They could have written the whole soccer so Britney like that's the it's so it's they got they got her vibe so oh well crecy as not paying its girl that Kinda sounds like a baby is a girl because she kind of is baby. She's Oh Brittany original baby's baby. Sorry everybody Brittany's baby and then pretty I want to be with power and that's when the dramas when it sort of went left for the power but also pretty the power the power but also give her an adult to watch after her yeah also gave her babysitter. She's baby what her intention exactly someone who he trusts. Not Federal Line. Not even her definitely not definitely not her father interest. Anyone is the problem. Okay Okay tag get us to take ACR- of US Britney Spears Babysitter. Okay call into this number right now and make us Britney Spears Babysitter and then they ought to say i. Roger Johnson for pop pop news standing outside the arena waiting for lucky not as Roger like that such a the voice. Tell come in absolutely did like painstaking auditions. Like somebody pays looking for the perfect eight. Oh apartment on for three months of that one line and they were like I am. I am good I actually. I think residuals there are no residuals for salt. That's actually excessive zingers. Do not make a lot of money. Dan that is sad is an integral part of this is all right. This is an important. It's yet what I prefer it without it. Yes as we probably probably at vamping and then we get into the refrain so I mean it's only like twenty seconds. We didn't need it. We didn't necessarily need it. I also don't want to be thinking about like an awards show in a song and an arena a random staple center in Madison Square Garden. PNC Z.. Bank at the theater where we don't know what if we're like the show box and Soda Can Independent Omega Lucky Indiana's in India spirit of words. What are the Santa Monica Tribeca Film Festival here? We are in Colorado Denver Oxen Center. I'm trying to remember desperately.
"chris murphy" Discussed on Punch Up The Jam
"That is in the music. All right that is good storyteller. That's fucking Ebeneezer so Bam Bam gain time. mm-hmm okay. What is the beat array? As if we didn't know from that like crescendo into space Oh absolutely crazy and I used to blast the song my parents are probably what is he. We don't think he's gay yet but we do think he's just servino her. No that's something is wrong. We don't know what it is yet but we know something is not on. Handle being this heightened all the time and time literally all the time and then just that band Bam Bam knock knock. We love a four on the floor. Oh God in verse three on the door and the door art. I love also how they take off whatever filter they had on there like that Lo fi. Whatever thing that made us feel like we were kind of in this space with space was a big theme back then if they did it again right here? She's here. She's down to Earth. She's with us because she's lucky. oops I did it again. Famously said on Mars ars here. We're famously in Hollywood so down to Earth and actually hurts where in hell it hurts. It actually hurt it hurts. It hurts okay even though she has no reason to be sad so those knocks on on the door. Hurt my ears. No they're absolutely unpleasant. Deeply along in your thing early also knocks early morning. That's like like no absolutely. He lucky. Lucky we're ready for you. Lucky yeah assistant. Take your time I have your tea right here. I sort of walk you over to Hemingway Hemingway no rush or do you need to be ten minutes. We need coffee tea coffee. I have both great water. uh-huh we've been to. I've been to far. We're in too.
"chris murphy" Discussed on Punch Up The Jam
"Head gum podcast. Can you explain to me. Where Tanner fall in terms of Mezzo Soprano circuits? So we've got like our SOPPE Soppe. City Sopranos Mezzo Sopranos a little bit lower than there right so they're like rate in that range and then under that we got a strong alto usually like our beltre's what we think of as like our like our strong Dell's Ray Altos. Then we've got ten or wines rates. Multiple multiple tenders are really. There's counter tenors counter-terror so they're like they're like oh did they. All Fall said that was gorgeous by the way New counters. They sing up there. And then you have tenure wines using like a little below them ten or twos which is like my sweet spot. That's exactly where I like chess a chess cheer. It's a little mix. Here's a little chest year it's a little it's high but it's not like super super high and also high for like a typical male. I sort of like yeah. It's sort of like on the upper. The tests are Torah. I definitely that word wrong Go Eh the tests are Torah of the songs. Sort of arrested like the F. G. E. and then you've got your baritone and then you've got your basis where like the boom boom boom boom right. The two of us in the Tubas of the male voice of the voice indeed. Oh my God I am a musicologist musicologist. And that is a real come to the right place absolutely S. You can teach me something I would love to you school me I would. I Komo imitator by day so I could actually teach you but not in music because I clearly don't know Ed. Stop anything either. It doesn't stop me from talking. It's time for the eighteen inch low. Welcome bienvenue new episode of punch up the JAM. Just a little space in there for anyone who doesn't like English. That's as many languages.
"chris murphy" Discussed on Alyssa Milano: Sorry Not Sorry
"Chris Murphy is a United States senator from Connecticut. He's held that position since twenty. Thirteen handily winning re election in in two thousand eighteen prior to that he was a congressman for Connecticut's Fifth District. He sits on the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Senate at Foreign Affairs Committee. His experience and insights into this situation are so so valuable. We're joined now by Connecticut senator. Are Chris Murphy. Who is on the Foreign Relations Committee senator? Do you believe that there wasn't imminent attack. I come into the administration to present that evidence to Congress but even if there was an imminent attack and there are always threats being presented to US forces in the region by Iran and Iranian proxies. The responsibility is on the administration to prove to us that by taking out the second most powerful political figure inside Iran they are preventing more attacks rather than inspiring additional attacks. The question moving forward is whether the administration has given any thought as to how to manage the fallout. That comes from such a drastic action. This is the equivalent of the Iranians assassinating the US Secretary of Defense Senator. I saw you expressing skepticism about. I mean we've been litigating these presents and this claim and I think it's almost not even a litigator claim because it just right I mean. Is that how you're seeing it. Yeah it's it's it's it's not true it's not true. Donald Trump made it up. Senator Murphy I I question for you is what did the President Tell Congress about this attack and when and when did he do so well as you know. The president told Congress nothing prior to to the strike happening which is in and of itself violation of the law if the president's taking military action overseas without an authorization of Congress ahead of time. He's got a consult before where he takes the action. He didn't do that since then their explanation for why they did. It has been changing almost by the day at first. They said that they had some vague intelligence that this Iranian general was planning attack against the United States then when they couldn't produce anything specific they suggested there were attacks being planned planned against four us. Embassies I've led the charge to demand that the administration tell us exactly what the scope of that intelligence was and they haven't haven't provided us with any briefing and I think the explanations unfortunately pretty simple. The president made it up. There weren't specific attacks against embassies that were imminent president panicked because nobody was buying his initial explanation. And now we're left in this awful situation where I think most people know the president made up this alleged series of attacks that he claimed were imminent and I just wish at this point the administration would cop to it would just come clean and say that it was fabricated about the president. And if it's not then why are they wasting day after day with not giving us the actual intelligence that would support the claim that he's made right right. Well it feels like he's doing it to get reelected which is what he sort of said that Obama was doing back when Obama was trying to get reelected so so I think there's something about him that belittles the intelligence of the American people and it's always so frustrating that aspect is always so oh frustrating to me. Well there's also this reporting that suggests he went after Sulamani because he needed to play to Iranian hardline senators who were going to be decisive votes on impeachment And so if that's true that he's you know effectively putting our troops At risk overseas in order to win votes on an impeachment trial I hesitate to say it's a new low. That's what it feels like. Troops millions millions of civilians that have been outward in conflict in that region for for decades. But I just went back up for one second and we you you explain to us why it's so important that Congress approve specific military actions. Well I listened to you know. All of my Republican Republican Conservative friends talk about their belief in upholding the constitution they tend to only care about the sections of the constitution that are convenient convenient for their ideological positions. There is a section of the constitution that says only Congress can declare war and the reason for that is that you don't want that big a decision being made by one person. You don't want the American people to be shutout of decision as to whether they and their sons and daughters offers are sent overseas to fight and die so congress has to be in charge of that decision last week in our view of the president the administration mm conducted a provocative just forcing an airstrike against Iran which endangered America and did so without consulting Iraq's parliamentary reacted sunk by approving a resolution asking their government to oust American poops soups. I think we're seeing the huge ramifications of even one in military strike nevermind a protracted war. The president. You know killed this. One general in another Iraqi militia leader and the consequences have already ready been pretty significant at the top of the list is that we're getting kicked out of Iraq. We've got about five thousand troops. There that are fighting Isis and the Iraqis are throwing us out and you know whether or not so you think we should not be there. The fact of the matter is we should leave on our terms. We shouldn't be sort of pushed out of the country in a moment of crisis. That's dangerous. So that's why the constitution says Congress should have the say because it just isn't safe to have one person whether there is unstable is trump or as stable as Barack Obama making that decision themselves. Well it's been super difficult to define a specific trump doctrine. Right when it comes to foreign policy I mean he he cosies up to people like Putin and Kim Jong Hoon and he makes these impulsive. Wholesome moves that are hard to figure out like a abandoning the Kurds in Syria and it has totally damaged relationships chiefs with long standing allies? So from what you can tell. What is the trump foreign policy agenda? No they make it up as they go day by day. And you're right. We have never been weaker in the world than we are today all our allies have left us. Our the enemies are stronger. We've given bulletin board recruiting material to all the terrorist groups that want to attack the United States. We obviously worry that. The only a consistent theme in the President's foreign policy is to use American foreign policy tools in order to enrich himself in order to protect his reelection Interest and in order to help his friends. The policy toward Saudi Arabia is hard to explain other than the family has a lot of present and future interests there. He obviously played with the Ukrainians to try to get them to help his reelection campaign. That's what impeachment is all about so when it comes down to it. The trump foreign policy. Let's see is all about what's best for trump. Not what's best for this country. You're our security. Mike Pence said that Sulejmani was linked to nine eleven eleven. And obviously we all know. This isn't true. What do you think he was trying to accomplish there with that? I think part of what they've tried to do and they did this. A classified briefing as well is just convinced Congress. That Sulamani was a really terrible guy. Well they didn't need to convince us of that. He was a really terrible guy. He ordered the killing of hundreds of Americans. But exactly my point. There's lots of really terrible guys all across the world. Sulamani is at the top of the list. But it's not legal for an American president to order an assassination of someone overseas without the approval of Congress. So I think pence you know I in just totally butchering butchering the intelligence about Sulamani involvement in the nine eleven attacks was just attempting to put more meat on the bones of a story that we already know Sulamani. He's not a good guy. He's an enemy of the United States. But that doesn't mean the president has the legal justification to kill him and again again. This goes along with that fame where this administration belittles the intelligence of the American people. What do you think a progressive the foreign policy in that region would look like and how would we structure that well? I've argued that there are several elements to progressive foreign policy a One of them is the subject of which were speaking. which is that we do not go to war? We do not take military action anywhere but specifically in the Middle East without the full public debate without Congress being involved. And it's because you are so right. The American people are smarter than the Foreign Policy Establishment in Washington. Thanks because they watch their sons and daughters be marched off to fight a war in Iraq. That wasn't about making this country say exactly. It was about settling political scores. And so they are very wary future military involvement in the Middle East and much more careful. Frankly than policymakers are here in the United States. Second we've got to start art building up tools to help protect our interests other than military tools In the Middle East for instance Lebanon is a country. That's super fragile. Today they would benefit from American economic support democracy aid. But we don't really have that to offer because today. We spent twenty times as much money on the military and the intelligence services as we do on democracy promotion human rights and smart power tools. And so to me. A progressive foreign policies in about withdrawing from the Middle East about never going to war without the consent of the American people and finding other ways to try to help countries in need beyond sending them a couple thousand more American troops. The House passed a bipartisan war. Powers.
No sign of end to standoff over Trump impeachment trial
"And now to the impeachment debate here in Washington the Senate Republican leader is accusing house speaker Nancy Pelosi and what he is calling shamelessly game playing those comments from senator McConnell came after the speaker again stated she does not plan to send articles of impeachment of the Senate until seeing proposed rules for trial a president trump the continuing standoff between the speaker and the Senate Republican leader focusing on the president's conduct toward Ukraine comes as the president addressed the nation on the hostilities with Iran a crisis that is now over shadowing the impeachment drama from the Senate floor Republican John Thune of South Dakota but as a very straightforward process one as I said that met with the approval of all one hundred senators both Democrats and Republicans back in nineteen ninety nine the Clinton president is seems to me at least to be a fair way in which to proceed and and won that Senate Republicans have agreed to move forward with soul if and when the house Democrats under speaker Pelosi determine that they are ready to send those articles over here seems like maybe they're waiting for something to rescue what I think is an otherwise fairly weak argument that they have to make but when those articles arrive here we will have a process in place in which to move forward and and and get this trial under way in the Senate and hopefully hear the arguments and at some point in I hope in the not too distant future I conclude this and get it behind us in on to the work that the American people I think sent his here to do obviously there is an election coming up in November the first of all we'll start being cast just a few weeks from now in the state of Iowa and New Hampshire and other states followed very closely on by super Tuesday so the election process is already under way and I think that is the means by which most Americans believe we ought to deal with our leadership and in a democratic system of government we have the opportunities people to express our opinions and the voice argues in that manner and I would hope that that is where we can settle these political differences industries that we have that from Republican John Thune of South Dakota on the Senate floor the hill newspaper reporting a democratic senators are quote growing impatient over the delayed start of the impeachment trial some saying it's time for speaker Pelosi to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate in fact this from democratic senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut telling The Washington Post yesterday quote I think the time is past we should send the articles over reacting to all of that the house democratic caucus chair Hakeem Jeffries of New York sorry say has no the resolution going to like what do you gain by waiting for one of our as speaker has consistently indicated it's very difficult for her to determine who would be appropriate impeachment managers to present the house's case in the absence of understanding the rules of engagement and what the contours of a trial would look like beyond of course chairmanship and chairman Nadler who one would think we're going to be logical choices and participants to lead the effort but what we have seen over the last several weeks all the additional disclosure of documents that continue to highlight that the president did abuse his power by targeting an American citizen for political gain while withholding intentionally three hundred and ninety one million dollars in military aid from a vulnerable Ukraine additional documents subsequent to the speaker's decision to hold the articles have come out that's a gain in terms of information to the American people and we've also seen during this period of time that a critically important potential witness John Bolton has said he will testify if subpoenaed John Bolton had direct communication with the president about this sordid matter and abuse of power and we know from testimony from doctor Fiona hill characterize this whole scheme as a drug deal and the president's main operative Rudolph Giuliani as a hand grenade that from democratic congressman who keen Jeffries part of the house democratic leadership in this note regarding the house California governor Gavin Newsom today saying that he will not call for a special election in the district held by resigning Republican congressman Duncan hunter saying that we received his letter of resignation based on the timing a special election will not be called Duncan hunter officially steps down next Monday after pleading guilty to charges of campaign finance
Democratic senators call on House to send impeachment articles
"A growing number of democratic lawmakers are calling on house speaker Nancy Pelosi to release articles of impeachment democratic senator Richard Blumenthal telling reporters quote we are reaching a point where the articles of impeachment should be sent house speaker Nancy Pelosi had been withholding articles of impeachment from the Senate she explained she wanted to see what the terms of the president Senate trial would be democratic senators Dianne Feinstein Chris Murphy and Joe Manchin have also called for the speaker to take the next step in as the liquid terror ABC news on
Australia's apocalyptic wildfires continue to rage
"We turn to the crisis already shaping the twenty twenty s and that is the apocalyptic wildfires advised which are decimating Australian flora and fauna. One expert saying that hundreds of millions of animals probably being killed volunteers formed form the backbone of the desperate firefighting effort to control these fast moving flames. The smoke is filling the skies above Australia and even reaching New Zealand earlier. I spoke with Australia's chief climate scientist. Tim flannery professor flannery. Welcome to the program thank you. It is truly a tragedy to see what's happening to your amazing and beautiful country and this has been going on for days weeks and in fact it was no it all started months to go. Give us the state of play as we speak right now. We've had around seventeen million acres of Australia. Burned twenty five people have died in the flames. The impacts on biodiversity of being truly horrific just on kangaroo island off the coast surface area half of the population we think has been killed about a third of the Koala population for the northern half of New South Wales and the species species. That are easy to count. So I think unfortunately the impacts of these on our economy on our by diversity and on just human lives will will be with us for many decades and sadly it's not an end. These dry conditions look set to persist for several months. So why is it that it is so so bad this time around. We have had the driest year on record and it follows the previous year which was very dry as well this she. It has been the hottest year on record by quite a considerable amount about one degree. Fahrenheit and those conditions the part of the long term trajectory of of climate change and if conspired together with a with a windy season to produce these horrific fi conditions which have just gone on and on and I. Should I tell you that this was predicted by climate scientists. I nearly eighty s my own. Climate Council has produced twelve reports warning the government and and warning people of the escalating fire risk and danger in Australia and sadly until it heats very little is done. Are you absolutely sure that this is climate. Climate change caused. Yes absolutely certain the scientists telling us this. It's telling us that these extreme heat conditions we've seen this year might occur naturally once every three hundred and fifty years but once you add the influence of the human immune greenhouse gases. We're likely to see those conditions once every eight years and and of course that number will decline. It will become more frequent as the build up of guesses continues. You as you mentioned started the Climate Council for Australia and just put into perspective for us. How your experience demonstrates the lack of seriousness that certainly this government previous governments have have have taken climate change? Because you if I'm not mistaken have had to raise funds on your own for this very important. Important scientific monitoring system will that's correct. I was Australia's climate commissioner for three years. The first act of the new conservative government in two thousand and thirteen thirteen with me and my commissioners and to take down our website But we felt that the work we doing with so important that we really went to the Australian in public and crowd. Funded the entity Beck into existence today. Where larger and better than ever before but courtesy of the Australian public who understand that we we need to understand the science of climate change? We need to protect ourselves with good advance warning but the government so far hasn't been interested in this. It is truly tragic. I can't tell you how it feels to me to wake up every morning smelling the smoke of my country burning for month after month and and knowing that we could have done something about these head we started ten fifteen years ago. How is this affecting the current? Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Because he's never taken taken these science seriously and I don't even know whether he's agreeing right now. These fires are exacerbated because of climate crisis and climate change age. But how long can he persist in that policy and political stance when the people presumably people who also elected him a feeling. So Oh angry. Obviously we've seen these pictures of him trying to meet with people trying to go to the scenes and people heckling him. Many refused to shake his hand. Far How will you handle more funding to artists. So many people lost their heart becoming. Ah Sadly Cristiana. It's not just our prime minister. We have a significant minority of Australian parliamentarians who who are welded on climate skeptics and even if the seas were lapping day chain and their hair was on fire as a result of climate change. I don't think I changed my mind. And these are people who are deeply committed to a particular cause deeply committed to the burning of fossil fuels. We have this thing in a strategy called the revolving door. These people go. In as lobbyists for the fossil fuel industry they come out of the revolving doors administering conservative government and then they go back in again again and come out on the board of a fossil fuel company the links just so intense. They so interwoven. That I don't think there's a prospect it for change these people. If we want change we have to vote them out and vote in a government that will take action well. Let's just talk about the possibility of trying to get changed in a responsible responsible government but to augment to amplify what you've just said Scott Morrison your current Prime Minister back in two thousand seventeen when he was treasurer of the nation actually held up a lump of coal. And we know that cold Australia's is the biggest exporter but he held it up and we have a little clip of that. This is called Darby Fried. The Treasury is the rule of trump's. It's called by men and women who work and leaving the electorates of those officers from the hundred dollars. The mega behind it would not. It's called that has ensured for one hundred he is the deputy prime joy and energy competitive advantage delivered prosperity to a strident businesses Anderson. Shaw auto industry has remained competitive on a global market. What hope is there when you have this kind of of demonstration of gets Rebecca word one of the better word and addiction and National Addiction? A political addiction to this fossil fuel looks sadly it is a national addiction and the nexus between the fossil fuel industry and the lobbyists and the government is. This is almost complete. It's not exceptional in Australia. For a federal government minister in charge of natural resources and mining. Too when he leaves parliament going to the Board of a fossil fuel company. It's it's a tragic situation. Where self interest is seeing such great damage inflicted upon the people? Oh and the the nature of our country. What about the people who are trying to fight this now? I mean many people around the world won't fully appreciate that. So many of your emergency workers the five fighters of volunteer workers and they have had to put up with something that clearly is as we see now beyond their capacity. What kind of help
House Democrats Announce Articles of Impeachment
"The House Democrats announced two articles of impeachment against President trump including abuse of power. Judiciary Committee Chair jerrold Nadler made the announcement is an impeachable offense for the president. Is it into exercise the powers of his public office to obtain an improper personal benefit while ignoring or in injuring during the national interest. That is exactly what President Trump did when he solicited and pressured Ukraine to interfere in our two thousand twenty presidential election thus damaging our national security undermining the integrity of the next election and violating his oath to the American people the second article relates to obstruction of Congress. Democrats alleged president trump prevented at least nine officials goals from testifying and blocked the federal government from sharing documents with lawmakers joining me. Now Is Wall Street Journal reporter Chaban Hughes Chevron what can you tell us about. Democrats strategy in narrowing down to two articles of impeachment against the President and Democrats had a couple of big goals. They wanted to keep their caucus together and they wanted to present a case to the American people that was clear and muddled both of those goals. Help explain why. Democrats limited their articles of impeachment only to focus on obstruction of congress and abuse of power. For what was left out was a charge of obstruction of justice and what's significant about that is obstruction of justice. Is the charge that would have covered did donald trump's actions as detailed and special counsel Robert Muller's report and that report. Mr Muller painted a picture of a president who obstructed justice on at least five occasions according to an analysis by Democrats and others that includes trying to get then White House is counsel Don mcgann to force Robert Mueller out of office to basically take him off of the probe and then in other cases to try to get Mr Muller to narrow his probe that focused only on future meddling and what happened in twenty sixteen for a lot of Democrats especially the thirty one democrats in the district's but Donald Trump won. That would have been a bridge too far it would have been a stretch. Some of those Democrats had said the only reason they were willing to vote for articles. Live impeachment this time with because of the Ukraine probe. Not because of anything that had happened before. And then and that's he Pelosi wanted to keep her caucus together. I'm glad you mentioned that. Because of course this impeachment inquiry is proceeding against the backdrop of heading into the two thousand twenty elections. And I'm curious how much that plays into to the calculus here in terms of which articles to seek and how for Democrats are willing to go here. Democrats have publicly stated that their their motivations are not at all political that they're acting out of a desire to really stand up for the constitution. But it's pretty clear that electoral L. Politics are certainly in the backdrop and that it does help. Democrats limit their risk by focusing only on two articles of impeachment. uh-huh it inoculate them from charges. That Democrats are broadly negative against Mr Trump and are willing to throw an entire book. Look at him without thoughtfulness consideration. Chaban as we look forward to potentially seeing this on the House floor. How might those electoral politics play out out there? Well in a couple of ways most prominently. The politics will play out in terms of the number of votes that has democrats amass. Nancy Pelosi has a reputation for never bringing something to the floor. That won't pass. She said unless you're passing legislation or resolutions. All you're doing is having a conversation but there is still the risk that some of those thirty one democrats could break with her. So what we are watching for are the numbers of Democrats who ended up defecting and then both parties have been saying that the Senate is unlikely to impeach the president we would need a two-thirds majority they're exactly and Republicans have fifty three votes in the Senate compared with forty seven for Democrats. So what this means is a full twenty. Twenty Republicans would have to side with Democrats and vote to convict the president which is why that seems unlikely. Now Democratic senator. Chris Murphy gave a very very interesting interview last week in which he said he thought as many as five Republicans might side with Democrats and vote in favor of conviction so that would show a party. Hardy rift that would be significant but clearly a far cry from the numbers needed for a conviction. If President Trump Wall Street Journal reporter show Von Hughes keeping keeping us up to date on all the impeachment proceedings
Impeachment investigators slate open hearings for 8 more witnesses
"You can't get enough of watching the impeachment enquiring this is going to be your week when the cat in reports as going to be at least eight witnesses before the Judiciary Committee Michael one of the high profile witnesses will be Gordon summoned the US ambassador to the European Union democratic representative Sean Maloney tells A. B. C.'s this week silence testimony is key ambassador song one who at the president's instruction told the Ukrainians either go to a microphone and announce an investigation of the bonds or they will not be military assistance that is solicitation of a bribe Gordon Simon gave a closed door deposition to the committee and later amended his testimony I don't know why he decided to ultimately come clean democratic senator Chris Murphy on CNN's state of the union this assignment has to decide whether his primary loyalty is to America or whether his primary loyalty is to the president of the United States the truth according to Republican representative Jim Jordan is that there was no quid pro quo no bribery know anything like there's there's all kinds of talk about this but they did it happen Jordan made his comments on CBS's face the nation on ABC's this week Republican representative Chris Stewart said that's why the American people need to hear from the whistle blower how in the world can you impeach the president added states and never hear from the person who started that process house speaker Nancy Pelosi tells CBS you will not allow president trump to bully the whistleblower who is protected by federal law makes sure he does not intimidate the whistleblower policy says the president has already taken great pains to intimidate others including former US ambassador to Ukraine Maria von of it many are asking how long will this go on it is self evident that we have open hearings for the next week and then says speaker Pelosi we'll have to see
The curious release of military aid to Ukraine
"Talking about impeachment ten what Ukraine's president told them I'm J. Metzler fox news they are members of the Senate foreign relations committee charged with delivering military aid that Congress approved for Ukraine and the trump administration put on hold Connecticut democratic senator Chris Murphy telling Chuck Todd today on NBC's meet the press presents Lynskey dispensed with the formalities of the meeting he started to immediately talk about the fact that this eight had been suspended it was that important to him because of his soldiers were dying on the front without American he knew this aid was a suspended at this point in time right he when when is this meeting he knew this aid was suspended this was on September fifth okay and he had clearly been communicated to at that point that he needed to get these investigations started in order for the aid to be turned back on responding to president trump who insist that no pressure was put on the Ukrainians and they've said so publicly Murphy says they're so desperate they'd say anything to be on the president's good side also on meet the press Wisconsin Republican Ron Johnson who says to GOP representatives on the house intelligence committee want to know what he knows I got a letter last night from a person of Jordan Nunez asking for basically my telling of the Vance I'll be working that today so I will lay out what I know in terms this and so are you going to testify on surface up from my perspective now do you know they're not going to call me because certainly Adam Schiff what we want we want to be called by the Senate there's screaming separation there no impeachment hearings scheduled tomorrow but a full slate of witnesses on tap for
Sen. Ron Johnson: Trump withheld Ukraine money because of country's massive corruption, not quid pro quo
"Republicans say there was no quid pro quo when president trump froze military aid to Ukraine this past summer Wisconsin senator Ron Johnson said on NBC the president was only concerned about corruption in the country not about an investigation of former vice president Joe Biden who is already leaning toward providing that finding on August thirty first my guess is that it is never would've been exposed that funding would have been restored and our relation you crane would be far better off than it is today Connecticut democratic senator Chris Murphy said on CNN there's more to the story now the planes are always going to try to put a good spin on this Ukrainians are going to come out and accused the president of extortion why because they are presently reliance on the good will of Donald Trump in order to keep that country safe it if they can't take on the president because at any moment he could stop the security aid once more the public impeachment hearings will continue this week CBS news update I
Trump says DNA test confirms death of ISIS leader in Syria raid
"The leader of ISIS is dead speaking at the White House this morning president trump claimed victory well announcing his death US special operations forces executed a dangerous and daring nighttime raid in northwestern Syria and accomplished their mission in grand style how Baghdadi was killed during a raid by US military in northwest Syria on Saturday trump says DNA test results confirmed that the person killed is the ISIS leader senator Chris Murphy is giving credit to president trump for authorizing the U. S. raid in Syria that killed the ISIS leader is big news it's important news in a cruise to the benefit of US national security and and I congratulate the entire team that made this possible the Connecticut Democrat told CNN's state of the union that the killing is indeed good news but more needs to be done in that region you're listening to NBC
Non-compete clauses are awful
"This has been a great MC cycle for people who see a better opportunity and change jobs but unfortunate louis in too many states too many people have been squashed like a bug and not been able to go get a better job that pays more money because the employer upon hiring had them sign hideous document called a covenant not to compete I hate these things I I hate them covenants not to compete or away then employers try to enslave their workers control their pay their working conditions promotions everything by making it impossible for them to aren't living going to work for someone else and now a number of states have either eliminate aided covenants or reducing how you're affected by them and it's something that has got to change because we've got this enormous problem of income inequality in the United States then you have sandwich shop saying that a delivery person for a Sandwich Shop go work for another sandwich shop they would pay him twenty five cents more an hour this is lunacy I get the idea of having protections from somebody taking corporate secrets from one company to another I totally get that but preventing someone from taking their skills to another place that will pay them better and treat them better is just terrible and I'm so excited that senator young of Indiana Republican senator has introduced a bill along with Democratic senator named Chris Murphy that would do away with covenants not to compete as Senator Young said non impede agreement stifle wage growth career advancement innovation and business creation. He's right right right and right and we need to stop this foolishness of allowing companies to impose these draconian Indian things on their workers it is wrong do you know it's it's weird but California has had some of the greatest innovations have come out of California in the workplace and California in spite of its high taxes and high cost of living and all that has created enormous wealth for this country and generated so many innovations and one of the ways they've done so is they don't allow these foolish covenants not to compete and you may have heard me tell the story years ago about Massachusetts that at one time dominated the tech field but had these awful covenants and the brightest tech workers stopped taking jobs in Massachusetts because they couldn't go to another Bob Opportunity One came along and that has so much to do with how Silicon Valley happened people that are older may remember when it was route one twenty eight was the was what the Tech Corridor in the United States was called and it was in Massachusetts and it was all its relevance and significance because of the covenants not to compete and California's freewheeling business culture is what allowed California to dominate tech in the United States and worldwide so covenants have got to go Massachusetts it's late to the game has made reforms to covenants but it's too late that ship already sailed maybe future industries I will be willing to locate in Massachusetts when they stop treating employees so rotten and terrible but the best action of all aw would be if these two senators are able to get this I know it's hard to get anything through congress now but if they could get this national law to eliminate these restrictions on workers rights
2 Giuliani associates connected to Ukraine probe arrested — live updates
"Big breaking news story today because there was at least one day to foreign business associates of Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani have been charged with a scheme to route foreign money into US elections this according to a newly unsealed indictment their names are alleged Parnis and eager fruman they were arrested last night at Dose International Airport as they attempted to leave the country and what we learned from the the FBI's announced in today is they were in the possession of a one way ticket out of the country interesting by the way they lunch yesterday in DC with Rudy Giuliani I wonder who tipped them off about the indictment I'm guessing someone's going to investigate that someone tipped them off because they were getting ready to flee the country just saying they have been under investigation by the US attorney his office in Manhattan and they were in court in Virginia today actually I the last I checked before we came on the air the judge had said something along the lines of okay so the judge is holding them over oh they're so every time I look on twitter there's more stuff like this Chuck Schumer said there are now new reports very troubling that the two Giuliani Associates are being indicted on criminal charges by the Southern District of New York Giuliani has been involved to his neck in this entire mess he has an obligation to testify under growth so he can be asked questions okay Rebecca Ball Haas from the Wall Street Journal says Rulli Rudy Giuliani tells the Wall Street Journal that they were headed to Vienna for business reasons year right he says they've traveled there between three and six times in the last two months and that he was scheduled to me with them and they were turned in the coming days then why didn't they have a return ticket you know by an open ended ticket if you don't know when you're coming back just saying the judge I guess was deciding on bail or or something yeah I mean every almost every tweet I feed is about them let me go back to the indictment according to the indictment parnis fruman and other defendants conspired to circumvent the Federal Laws Against Barn influence by engaging in a scheme to funnel foreign money to candidates for federal office so that the defendants could buy potential influ silence with them the indictment says partisan fruman committed to raising twenty thousand dollars or more in two thousand eighteen for a quote then sitting US congressman well we'll identify that person in moment from whom they also sought help in removing the US ambassador to Ukraine who is removed not too long ago by the trump administration she's the one who supposed to be testifying tomorrow but although she's no longer the US ambassador Ukraine and she's still works for the State Department therefore their prohibition on anyone cooperating with Congress will probably come into play but of course they haven't said what's going to happen tomorrow yet anyway back to the indictment Fruman donated twenty seven hundred dollars to this congressman identified in the indictment has congressman one and also gave in Parnassus name both of them donated to Dallas area were public representative Pete Sessions who actually lost in twenty eighteen and is trying to make a comeback in in a waco based district and is believed to be congressman one as referenced in the indictment that would be pete sessions no relation to although they seem to share the same amount of brain cells to simplify Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut tweeted out let's be clear about what just happened the two russian-born ringleaders of the Ukraine scandal just got arrested for making hundreds of thousands of dollars of illegal contributions to trump's really Shen F. Y. I. None of this is on the level so that's what that's what Chris Murphy said here's Bill Sweeney he's the assistant director of the FBI's New York field office in their little press announcement of the indictment just about an hour ago last night at Washington does International Airport the FBI live in Eagle on campaign finance related charges as they attempted to leave the United States Andre Kukushkin was arrested in San Francisco shortly thereafter David Korea the fourth individual charged in today's indictment is in our custody campaign finance dance laws exists for a reason the American people expect and deserve an election process that has not been corrupted by the influence of foreign interest and the public has a right to know the true source of campaign contributions laws make up the fabric of who we are as a nation these allegations are not about some technicality a civil violation or an error on a form this investigation is about corrupt behavior deliberate lawbreaking you hear that the FBI takes the obligation tackle corruption seriously there are no exceptions to this rule we gather evidence we collect facts and we will act on them when appropriate as Jeff mentioned our investigation will continue the investigation will continue so that's the official word from the FBI now I recorded this update from NBC News a few hours ago things may have changed since then but this is Tom Winter on the arrest of these to what you know all the news reports are identifying them as russian-born they are but from what I can gather what I understand is they're both American citizens now according to the indictment outer about may or in June of two thousand eighteen partisan firm and the two people that were talking about committed to raise twenty thousand dollars more for them sitting US congressman identified as congressman number one in addition to that they were going to raise some funds here I'm just going to kind of skim through this As far as another account that he had at around the same time foreignness infirm and committed to raising those funds for Congressman Parnasse met with Congressman one in soccer Congressman's assistance in causing the government to remove or recall the then US ambassador to Ukraine parties efforts to remove the ambassador were conducted at least in part at the request of one or more Ukrainian government officials moreover in an effort to reach their contribution commitment to congressman one of their political goals in about June two thousand eighteen after Framingham already made the maximum seventy twenty seven hundred dollar contribution a congressman one paid for another minimum twenty seven hundred contract Asian to congressman that was made in reported in Parnassus name essentially what we're talking about here is that these people were donating directly in illegally into a den sitting US Congressperson lovely clear if that person is still in Congress they're not identified in the court papers in order to remove a recall the bastard or something that actually did occur dishes that they describe how money came from a foreign national through these men as part of their conspiracy it'd be donated to those political causes mentioned before as you stated both are expected to appear in court later today I'm just going through the indictment now it's twenty one page and diepen that's been handed up and has just become unsealed that's why we have a copy of it this is now the second time that a foreign national or foreign nationals have been able to you basically flow of money through US persons into a political account or campaign account or some sort of a grow president trump fund that's Tom Winners from NBC News since that a report there's been more developments just just coming one after another after another here's a couple a kaitlan collins of CNN tweeted the US Attorney said the three hundred and twenty five thousand dollar donate shen get that amount that partisan firm and made to committee one I think that's congressman one it should have been one of the largest donations it had received CNN has ident- Oak Committee CNN has identified that committee as America first action it's chaired by Linda McMahon the former head of the small business administration oh I didn't realize she was already out okay then Rudy Giuliani's indicted UK Ukraine henchman gave thousands of dollars to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy Oh and the dragnet gets wider and wider lovely there's all kinds of stuff empty wheel our friend Marcy Wheeler tweeted so three days ago doubt he's the attorney represent joining these two guys who used to be trump's attorney member the Chunky Guy Anyway three days ago dowd says Parnasse and Fruman won't testify then the White House releases Cipriani's letter that a page letter refusing to cooperate and DOJ says USB Nixon was wrongly decided then Rudy lunches with the accused criminals then they try to flee the country oh what a tangled web we weave yeah
"chris murphy" Discussed on Swing Left - How We Win
"Real leaders are ordinary people with extraordinary determination and we are all ordinary people but we had have extraordinary determination because we know that if we don't choose to stand up then this epidemic of slaughter continues go on welcome to episode seven of how we win this is your weekly field report chronicling the riveting run up to the two thousand twenty election all over the country ordinary people are doing ordinary things we'll give you the tools that you need to jump in and make a difference right now the best antidote for anxiety is action today's episode is a special look at the presidential gun safety Stephen I took a trip to Las Vegas to talk to the people who are making a difference fighting to end this epidemic of gun violence I reset down with the junior senator from Connecticut Chris Murphy he talks about what it was like to run for office at such a young age and gives us a glimpse inside the gun legislation debate in the Senate then we're going to hear about the progress that has been made to fight gun violence over the last seven years from the executive director of Gifford's you don't WanNa miss any of these updates let's I'm Steve Pearson Mariah Craven and this is how we win the president of the United States has to stand up to the NRA and say enough is enough. I'm not going to any longer accept your false choice you're either in favor of the second amendment or you want to take everyone's guns away we've seen just over the last few months the ground ship the center of gravity moves so much further into the direction of commonsense gun policy there is a moral power that comes from a student of child anyone looking into the eyes of somebody in authority and by authority I mean anybody old enough to vote that sets off a voice in the back of your head that says do not let this person down that's what we have right now a government that works really well for the gun industry it's not working for our families and we got a chance to around twenty twenty implicated it is not about them it's not the NRA it's not just the corporate gun lobby it's US we all have to take responsibility truly extraordinary moment in Las Vegas last week where a lot of presidential candidates talk about gun safety and gun reform that's right they had ten of the top candidates committed unfortunately Bernie had his heart issues he wasn't able to attend but nine candidates talking about the issue of gun violence and giving their ideas and plans for combating it yet and we at an opportunity to be there and talked to some folks that are just doing incredible work on this issue can't wait for everyone to hear them yeah gave me a lot of hope it really did I I learned a lot being there and talking to Senator Murphy and Peter Ambler who is the executive actor of giffords and we also talked to other activists including some of the march for our lives organizers that will will have four future show but seeing what progress has really been made in the last seven years and where our national dialogue is with this rate was was enlightening for me yeah and it's hard to remember that when we have these devastating moments month after month in some cases week after week but to hear from the people doing this work every day is is make a difference in how people this topic I think yeah but before we do that we have to talk about impeachment don't we we to talk as has always about a lot of things with trump and impeachment in in the world that we're living in is just sort of one of many things going on I mean we talk about it as being that bright shiny thing rat is easy to distract from the concrete work that we can be doing volunteers and activists right now but it's important to look like it's just you know bananas first of all in his great and unmatched wisdom is talk like that I mean I've heard you talk like that but not like you know trump and my personalities similar but this is trump tweeting after he got pushback for once about his foreign policy genius with Turkey and basically leaving the Kurds he's he's basically yeah he's basically serving up uh-huh agenda on a platter to him right and seems to be in a hurry to do it because you know there's a lot of action from our elected officials are Democrats that we elected to the House that are working hard to do the job we sent them there to do which is put a check on trump holding MM accountable no one is above the law right we're not seeing the same action from the Senate and you can't help but notice that as polls show that more Americans are in favor of impeachment the craziness coming out of that White House just escalates and that's a good point the polls are showing there's more favorability for the impeachment inquiry and also actually having him removed from office we need to keep amplifying that because that's what these representatives need is they need the public behind them to to be able to move forward so in that vein we also swing left launched a House Defense Fund okay which raises money for our freshmen who have come out for impeachment and Franklin Republicans are raising a lot of money on this issue too we can't forget that impeachment has been a huge boon to the Republicans they're raising millions and millions of dollars off of it and we have some freshmen to defend who are in very vulnerable seats and were willing to come out in favor of impeachment and now they've got some targets on their campaign because of it so we'll have a link on our site the swing left dot org slash podcast site for you to donate to the House Defense Fund and the other thing that we always talk about with impeachment is the Senate and we're seeing even more reasons why the Senate is where it's at it's important we take the Senate away from the death grip of Mitch McConnell Supreme Courts back in session right the Supreme Court is hearing a case on discrimination of DBQ people in the workplace in is it okay to fire someone because of how they identify right could you ever imagine when we made so much progress during the last administration that we would have a supreme court contemplating whether it's okay to fire someone for being gay or trade hands it reminds me of what Congresswoman Karen Bass said when we interviewed her that we think we're fighting these battles and we win some of these battles that we've won and we can keep moving forward but this administration has shown us that those things can always be pushed back and that we have to keep fighting and it feels like a Sisyphean task allowed time with the boulder rolling back down but this is why added core the Republicans are willing to go along with this madman who is running their party like a cult leader right because of the Supreme Court right because of these conservative judges they've been able to put in so it's scary but we need to as you said before send maybe her Vitamins need to take back the Senate yeah that's a that's a great point that no matter how much progress is made we can never let down and so this new wave of activism has to continue to bring more people into the fold we gotta bring more voters into the fold and we have to stay in aged you know it's not just our I think we all need to take are vitamins right that's a good point yeah see strong they drink lots of water we get dehydrated to easy okay now I'm going into health this is turning to a health pod so let's register some voters in these important swing states Senate states if you're in Arizona if you're in Colorado if you're in North Carolina if you're in main if you're in Texas these are Senate states where we really need to register more voters so if you are anywhere near those states Get out there and registered voters you can put in your zip code into swing left find canvases if you're close by there had that face to face contact start registering voters now if you're from afar then you can write letters to those voters you can use vote forward that we partner with swing left We need to get more Democrats registered in these important states we also have some work to do with Virginia ah which we're we're talking long-term we're talking twenty twenty and now we're talking next month yeah yeah and and you notice interesting I've been thinking a lot about Virginia and what this election coming up next month means because first of all is going to have huge sound waves right the results of this election for both the Democratic Party and the Republicans you know trump and the Republicans are eyeing this race in Virginia because they want to see where our activists basis and if we can actually do this the other thing that I was thinking of is you know we have like take back the White House I mean we have the the White House we have to take back the Senate he know this but in a way that's like the duct tape on our democracy right that's the immediate thing that we have to do to stay opt this horrible damage that's going on but the long game right where we're gonNA build sustained power is these local legislatures especially before the census that's why Virginia is so critical the Republicans are great at doing this they have built power through local legislatures for decades and that's why they've been able to disenfranchise voters gerrymander these districts and stay in power even though the majority of us are progressive so agenda is just so important right so we're trying to flip the state legislature in Virginia there are twenty seeds that swing left has idead that flippable and will make a huge difference and need some support in the in the next few weeks because that election is in November yeah it's coming up soon and again you can make phone calls we were plugged in with these candidates we need to house of delegates seats to states that Senate seats we already have the governor so then we'll have the TRIFECTA and we can make some real long-term change and send a message to the Republicans in trump right now that we have not gone anywhere and we will not go anywhere so please volunteer help out Virginia right now that's should be like what you're thinking about what you're doing and you're an interesting thing a new poll has shown that gun reform is a top issue for Virginia voters so this is something you're hashing it about and I think if you're listening to this you probably are they need to hear from other people who are encouraging them to vote around this issue because Democrats in Virginia have some solutions that people are excited about yeah that's a really good point and a great segue into the the gun perform in the interviews that we talked about because seven years ago the gun issue was kinda toxic to politicians running for office and Democrat yeah yeah they they couldn't even really talk about it openly and now because of this great work led in large part by young people by the Parkland students for our lives organizers and others it's been a top issue and it's it's right up there with health care and climate change so I'm excited for you guys hear about our interviews that we did remotely from the field and if you weeks were excited to bring you interviews with two young women for March for our lives who are going to talk about the outstanding at that organization is doing right we want to do an episode just about organizing with young people in the great work that they're doing so that's Kinda come up at a couple of weeks but now we're going to hear from Senator Chris Murphy.
House Democrats to meet as Trump impeachment drumbeat grows
"All the presidents in New York the big issue in Washington remains is July phone call with Ukraine's leader I worry now is that the president is attempting to rig the upcoming elections and he's trying to enlist foreign governments to help him do that we have to draw the line senator Chris Murphy as his fellow Democrats in the house plan to meet this afternoon to discuss impeachment they are demanding to see the whistle blower complaint that sparked this controversy ahead of testimony on Thursday from the acting director of national intelligence that the president again when arriving at the when called this a witch hunt two nine he delayed military aid to Ukraine unless that country investigates Joe Biden and his son's business dealings now the president claims the transcript will exonerate him if you let this one out of the bag well then do the Democrats start say what we want to see transcripts of all your calls with Putin and then do Republicans reciprocate by saying what we want to
Whistleblower complaint stems from Trump's call with Ukraine's president
"The latest from a whistleblower filing a formal complaint about a call president trump had earlier this summer with a foreign leader reported to be the president of Ukraine senator Chris Murphy said Friday is now calling for an investigation into reports from **** cranes president to investigate business dealings in Ukraine involving Joe Biden's son present is free to say
"chris murphy" Discussed on All In with Chris Hayes
"Sliced in half which means half of those black voters go to one congressional district represented by Republican and half of those voters go to another congressional district art represented by Republican. How did that get there well here. It is if file called Greensboro master race a color coded map showing the black voting population by district even down to dorm by dorm addresses on campus so they could draw the line through the campus which to be clear as meant to dilute the black vote by spreading it between those two Republican Congressional districts heartfelt also instrumental in voter. Id Laws and he was one of the people behind the idea of using a citizenship question the census. If you WANNA look the architect of a vision of a Republican Party that has lost majority support but continues to rule from minority it is this guy and it is all there in black and white as for the North Carolina district that was well almost fraudulently taken by Republicans last time around those results. We're getting a lot more interesting as the night goes on back with us. MSNBC NATIONAL POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT Steve Kornacki for the latest out of North Carolina Nine Chris. This one has gotten and considerably tighter member. We talked about Dan McCready over performing in the early vote. We said the question then became Cain. Dan Republican do the same in the same day vote that isn't that what I was supposed to press their. We are getting an answer to that question in the most Republican part of this district. This is one third of the district in terms of the population. The answer is symphonic. Yes right now half of the same day. Vote is in in Union County. This is sort of Charlotte excerpts here again. We said about fifty nine sixty was the benchmark for bishop to hit here. He's absolutely cleaning up on election day with more vote to come so you can expect to things to happen here. Is this final vote comes in Union county number one. I think this number is probably going to go up so he'll probably exceed the twenty level for Republicans in this district also just given the size of this place. He's going to build more of a plurality in union county honey. What that means is that this margin right here district wide that McCreevy enjoys right now two thousand seven hundred and eight votes. That's the mccreadie margin when you add in Union Union County and where that's going. That's probably going to erase it. That probably will be enough to bishop into the lead so what will be left after that you go to the eastern part of this district trick. There's still vote coming in most of these counties. Pardon me basically what you can expect you. If you use twenty eighteen as a benchmark for this thing how the election in days vote broke on two thousand eighteen in eastern part of it. I don't see a clear advantage. That's likely to emerge for either candidate and remember the eastern part of this district less populated within those two counties. You have right there right outside of Charlotte so what that really means then if you get out of Union county if this is a wash here that leaves one a piece of real estate left on the map. It's the smallest but it's also the largest in terms of population and Mecklenburg County and now this is new since the last time we've got more than a quarter of the election day vote in Mecklenburg County South Charlotte suburbs. A third of the districts population here again mccready over performed in the early vote. The question is can he keep that up in the same day vote given what's happening in Union County. He has to in the same day vote in two thousand eighteen. McCreevy McCreevy lost by three tenths of a point. I think he needs to win it tonight. Right now. With a quarter of the vote a little bit more than a quarter of the same day vote counted in Mecklenburg. He still will act sixty percent. He was at sixty percent when they went to count it. What's the number basically to look at here as this vote comes in as this twenty-eight gets bigger..
"chris murphy" Discussed on All In with Chris Hayes
"When they got the contract. I think the relationship developed in that year that everybody's spent on the grounds trying to get the power back up up and so they're very adamant about that. It's like wait a second. He hadn't even met her when this thing started but then you see evidence of her in meetings saying well. Oh you know I think this. These guys should be the ones to take care of that explosion and that damaged equipment. Oh I think these guys should get this much for this project and so it's a it's a big problem when she was size. She's facing ten federal charges all right Francis Robots. Thank you so much reporting on both of these issues when we return. Steve Kornacki is back with the latest on that North Carolina special election a nail biter. Don't go anywhere in. We're watching that congressional election in North Carolina as results come in tonight. North Carolina is in many ways the most egregious example of the Republican Party's escalating attempts to locked in their political power even if they do not win a majority of votes Republicans North Carolina gerrymandered the State so ruthlessly after twenty ten the state's congressional seats went from quote a seventy six democratic edge to a ten three Republican four Chris North Carolina has had their gerrymandered maps by numerous courts both on racial and partisan grounds. They also introduced one of the strictest voter. Id Laws in the nation the argument of Democrats progresses and voting rights activists has always been that all of this was purely cynical and mercenary temp to use the levers of power of government to disenfranchise young voters people of Color and other democratic constituencies but now we have the smoking smoking gun showing that that is true and it comes from the mastermind behind this whole thing Thomas Hoff eller a Republican political consultant who passed away last year following following his death. His daughter turned over his hard drives that contained quote at least seventy thousand files and several years of emails showing exactly what Mr Hawthorne was up to. Here's you just one example the big historically black college in the country North Carolina State University in Greensboro North Carolina in the maps that he helped draw according to New Yorker that college is conveniently.
"chris murphy" Discussed on All In with Chris Hayes
"I think is someone Mike Mike Pompeo someone who at least pretends to see the world the way he does someone who can whisper in here and give private candidate vice and and usually keep that advice a private Donald Trump does not want to hear the views of the Inter Agency. Donald Trump doesn't want to hear the views and the National Council Staff He wants this this whisperer and I think he's going to have a very hard time finding someone who is both competent and willing to take this job yeah that I mean there is no deliberation. There's no process it's really happening in that White House. As far as we can tell no. That's exactly right. Trump famously said in two thousand sixteen I alone can fix it and he seems determined to test that proposition. We had no secretary of defense fence for two hundred and four days confirmed which is record. We have no secretary of Homeland Security or deputy confirmed. We have no director of national intelligence or deputy confirmed. The White House Chief of Staff is acting acting these are the people who are responsible as ned. Well knows having sat in these deliberations as well. These are the people responsible for coordinating the actions actions by the government to protect the American people and on the eve of nine eleven. It's true that we can all debate how much influence anyone policy advisor has over trump and whether it matters if it's a hawkish or a national security adviser but the simple lack of capable people willing to go in there and risk being fired by tweet and trump's unwillingness to put what people in these jobs and delegate meaningful authority creates real chaos and real vulnerability for the United States Dan Benny. Thank you both this hour. We're getting the first returns. The highest stakes congressional election of the year North Carolina's ninth district election. Were millions of dollars spent President Vice. President campaigned a district that the Republican candidate should win walking the way. It's a district that Donald Trump won by twelve points in two thousand sixteen Republican candidate last time around got caught engaging and election fraud so massive election was invalidated by the State Board of elections so this is the do over tonight joining me now is MSNBC national political correspondent. Steve Kornacki were just getting the first numbers and Steve. What what are you seeing Chris. We've got well over the first numbers here. Almost half the vote will be once we get the Mecklenburg early vote. Basically what you've got. Here is all the early vote minus one county. There's eight counties stories that are in this district seven of the eight. We have the early vote for we say the early vote in North Carolina. The early vote is half or more of all the vote. That's going to be cast so let me you take us through what we have so far again this tiny little sliver. Here's Mecklenburg County. That's a third of the district that suburban Charlotte. That's the only place where waiting on the early vote but what we can do is we can compare the early vote right now to what the early vote was last. November and remember last November Dan McCreary the Democrat was running any basically battled the Republican to a tie talk about all the election fraud that took place if he can basically say that was a tie so compare his early vote level now versus last November is he he running at or above that level that would bode well for him as he running below it that would bode poorly for. Let's start in Union county the Republican bastion here. This is also a third of the district. Dan and Bishop the Republican wins the early vote fifty six forty four however what was it in two thousand eighteen mccreadie got forty four tonight in twenty eighteen. He got forty one so so he has improved on his two thousand eighteen showing in the Republican bastion of the district again a third of the population right there next door Anson County. This is sixty eight percent from a creepy in twenty eighteen sixty six percent. He's improved in the early vote. We got a little bit of the same day in here but I can tell you Richmond county it was fifty one percent eighteen for McCready Fifty two percents tonight improves on the early vote sixty one percent in Scotland in the early vote fifty seven for McCready in two thousand eighteen notice a pattern here Robinson County McCreevy sixty three in the early revote. You're looking at sixty one in twenty eighteen bladen county the other Republican area here fifty one percent for Bishop Bishop get he got excuse me what are the Republican get last last time fifty-seven again less Republicans more for the Democrats and Cumberland County just to finish it up fifty six forty four. It was fifty six forty three last November for so again. We are waiting here on the population center Mecklenburg. I can tell you that in the early vote in two thousand eighteen mccreadie won the Mecklenburg portion fifty to forty one so basically see there's a few precincts that have reported but this is basically the early vote plus a little same day you can expect a massive jump up from mccreadie when the Mecklenburg early vote comes in and it would mean unless there's a surprising that Mecklenburg early vote it would mean that Bishop needs huge election day turnout now and he needs to do much better on election day this time then the Republican did last November otherwise these early vote numbers are very positive for McCreevy so we'll we'll see but if you're the democratic campaign and you're looking at these early vote members. I think it's safe to say you got everything you wanted out of him. That is very very interesting. Steve Bladen County which you just mentioned there of course was the county where the alleged criminal conspiracy to get people's ballots happened last last time around. We should note here. I mean this is a pretty red district. I mean I think it's almost better than any district. That was one in twenty eighteen. Yes in Chris here. It is Mecklenburg. I said we're waiting on. It and you can see now what this means is. All of the early vote has just come in and Mecklenburg County again artist Charlotte suburbs. We said McCreevy got fifty eight last November remember. I can't tell you that it's twenty eight percent means also twenty eight percent election day precincts are into it looks like I guess here would be. He performed better than he did in two thousand eighteen that would complete the cycle but he's running at sixty percent again. What did McCreevy get overall when all the voting was counted mccreadie less. Excuse me in Mecklenburg last November November McCreevy got fifty four so again you expect bishop to do better as their start to count the election day. Vote here but about a third of the quarter with third of that's already counted you factor that in and look what that has done to the district wide margin here. Dan McCreary the Democrat now with all the early vote in and some of the same day counted. He's at a nine point lead. I can tell you when you count all the early vote last November. The lead for Dan McCready was five points so he is running better than that right now again with with the same day vote coming in bishop's. GonNa need some big same-day numbers here. Chris big question now is whether any that early vote was essentially cannibalizing same devotes through enthusiasm but right now ahead of all the benchmarks McCreevy against Bishop there and we're GONNA keep checking in with you this is this is a fascinating race. I mean this is. This is sort of a marquee back. Ah Battleground Stephen. You know we had a bunch of times in two thousand seventeen. We could dip in with special in two thousand eighteen. We had the midterms. This is our first real kind of on on the ground. Look at the political terrain in this off year and it's fascinating what we're seeing software. Steve Kornacki. We will see you again through the hour with further updates on. I keep monitoring during that next new reporting why. ATC informant was pulled from Russia shortly after the two thousand sixteen election after having over helping Intel for decades Senator Chris Murphy on that story and the firing of John Bull. Hey it's Chris Hayes from MSNBC every day. Yeah I come to the office and we make a television show an everyday. I think to myself. They're so much more. I want to talk about and so this is our podcast. It's called. Why is this happening and the whole audio behind it is to get to the root of the things that we see Lee out every day. They're driven by big ideas each week. I sit down with a person uniquely suited to explain Blaine why this is happening new episodes of why is this happening every Tuesday. Listen for free. Wherever you get your podcast tonight there now multiple credible reports that in two thousand seventeen the United States extracted a prized high level spy from Russia amid fears for this person's safety fears of their identity could be compromised normalized that informant is believed to interacted regularly with Vladimir Putin and fed the information about Putin's role in ordering the two thousand sixteen operation to sabotage Abba Taj our presidential election. CNN was I broke the story about the decision to remove the former senior Russian official reporting that came after that infamous may twenty twenty Seventeen Oval Office meeting in which President Trump discussed highly classified information with the Russian foreign minister than Russian ambassador. The decision came amid concerns that trump administration repeatedly mishandled classified intelligence and could contribute to exposing the covert sources spy. CNN's reporting was followed by pieces from our own NBC News Times and Washington Post all which advance the story in varying ways post reporting that while trump's disclosure of classified information alarm national security officials it alternately quote was not the reason for the decision to remove the CIA but the post and ties reporting the officials grew increasingly worried for their acid safety after according to the Times intelligence officials revealed the severity of Russia's election interference with unusual detail in part because this asset was the American government's best insight into the thinking of orders from Mr Putin. I'm joined now by Democratic Senator Chris Murphy Connecticut a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. What do you make of all this center well. I think you are exposing a conflict that is inherent in intelligence gathering the most important intelligence often ultimately does need. I need to be made public in a way that allows for public policy makers to be able to make decisions and so in this case it may be that this intelligence about the ways in which Russia affected the two thousand sixteen election was so important that it ultimately did have to be disclosed in order to move the public and to move policymakers to action that is something that happens often a- and often leads to intelligence sources having to be withdrawn or channels shut down but I also think it stands to reason that the president's loose lips about intelligence likely chills our ability to gather this Intel abroad as well and what the president has a problem with is not human intelligence intelligence is just any intelligence that contradicts what he wants to believe it especially puts in jeopardy those that are collecting intelligence abroad that ultimately is going to be at odds with trump's worldview whether it be in Russia or North Korea so I think it's likely that both of these scenarios that have have been played out as to why the asset was withdrawn could be true. I don't normally think of the president is a kind of virtue ethicist who has kind of bright lines of moral do's and don'ts but this this is reporting that he has privately said that foreign spies can damage relations with their host countries and undermine his personal relationships that are leaders in the present believe. We shouldn't be doing that to each other. We shouldn't be spying on each other. which I I just seems like a person who is not too fast idiocy about moral transgression? I was surprised by that view well. I I I think that's simply because some of the most important human intelligence that has been handed to him contradicts the way in which he wants to see the world right. He was being given intelligence reports. We we now know giving him. Definitive proof that Putin may have been directly overseeing the interference in the two thousand sixteen election which led to Donald Trump's election. He was given plenty of intelligence to tell him that Kim Jong UN was indeed a really horrible person not worthy of a face to face tete-a-tete with the president but that's not what he wanted to hear are and so I think it stands to reason that he ultimately doubts human intelligence because a lot of human intelligence. He's been getting tells things that aren't interesting to write you this morning in the wake of the Boltons ignominious and very publicly humiliating departure I'm legitimately shaken by the great instability American Foreign Policy Today I'm no Bolton Fan but the worlds coming apart and revolving door of US leadership is disappearing America from the world. Just the most were stable. American hand is most needed counterpoint also John Bolton's gone right and so I think my statement maybe lacked some subtleties necessary in these moments so obviously John Bolton's departure and how we evaluated is dependent on who replaces so we can assume that there's no one worse than John Bolton but in fact there may yeah yes I agree. That's a dangerous assumption is a dangerous assumption to me second. It can also be true that trump is picking really bad people for these jobs but it is also dangerous..
"chris murphy" Discussed on All In with Chris Hayes
"Tonight on all end. It was a very close race. I think it's getting less close what we already know from the early results in North Carolina nine. We got a chance to change this country fuss. The president bounces his national security adviser. You fired or did he. John Boehner's just told me texted me. I resigned tonight what we know about the unceremonious exit over Republican perpetual war advocate and new reporting and new confusion infusion tonight over what's stopping Bahamians fleeing disaster for reaching safety in America. We don't want this Max Exodus from the Hamas when all in starts what's right now good evening from New York. I'm Chris Hayes. There's good news and there's bad news. The good news is John. John Bolton is no longer working with the trump administration us no longer than national security adviser fired by tweet the most humiliating way to lose his job and then having to tweet out that no no no. He wasn't fired because he'd already offered to resign but he's out now John Bolton was one of the most aggressive advocates of US military intervention over the last twenty years the American public life he notoriously could not get confirmed as UN ambassador under President George W Bush contemptuous of our allies vicious infighter who who had bureaucratic carcasses left in his wake from the people he shaved pushed out ran over that is what he was known for now today. He finds himself. Pray to the same kinds of tax so that really is the good news. The bad news is the guy who hired him is still there. Donald Trump has now burned through three national security advisor. Mike Flynn learn today today. You'll be sentenced later this year for lying the FBI John Bolton has been indicted so he has that going for him but even with all the national security adviser turnover from day one the president president has had no coherent foreign policy vision aside from a very palpable. I think genuine affection for brutal strongman the rest of the plan seems to just do the opposite of whatever Obama did for anyone tempted to think that Bolton's departure signals some kind of dovish turn president trump here the facts underdog trump the pace as of airstrikes has increased almost every area in which the US military's engaged in fact according to the La Times quote the United Nations Mission Afghanistan reported recently the US air strikes an Afghan security forces killed more civilians in the first half of two thousand nineteen then the Taliban did the trump administration has escalated the US wagons Shebab shebab militants in Somalia watching one hundred twenty three airstrikes since early two thousand seventeen. That's four times as many as Obama station conducted over years. Zuma believe that means more civilian casualties but it's hard to for sure how many civilians have been killed since the administration also stopped reporting civilian casualties from drone strikes. You're still engaged in strikes and at least seven different countries unlike President Obama President trump has struck the Syrian government of Assad twice. Perhaps notably before trump the John Bolton he pulled out of Iran deal pushing US closer to some kind of full blown conflict with that country Bolton's firing comes just days after the president's swooped swooped into essentially snatch defeat from the jaws of possible victory vis-a-vis months of painstaking negotiations to attempt a youth redraw from Afghanistan negotiate with the Taliban all because the president insisted on a big event that would give him credit for a deal that he had little to do with and in so doing top of the whole thing over or now resuming more intense military action in Afghanistan Ghanistan meanwhile North Korea says it is willing to hold talks the US they just launched missiles and trump is downplaying the fact that they are blowing stuff up. We've learned the lesson semaphore. The personnel can always be worse. Donald Trump's White House. The personnel is this isn't the cause of the problem remains. Donald Trump joining me in our resident expert and all things Foreign Foreign Policy Andrea Mitchell. NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs correspondent anchor of MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell reports the writing on the wall was there for a while on this so not not surprising but still sudden very indeed to be fired on twitter and experience that Rex Tillerson and Dan Coats and and you know those now third three prominent national security officials have experienced is not only humiliating but in this case there was pushback back immediate pushback from John Poulton in real time tweeting texting to our colleagues to other news reporters that he had resigned at not been fired tired so there was a lot of contention there and then very shortly after an hour or so later the briefing that he was supposed to attend in the briefing room where the Secretary Equatoria state was clearly triumphant after months of tension over foreign policy key issues North Korea Afghanistan ran with John Bolton the August smiles and saying that they were clearly disagreements. There was no attempt to cover up their friction. Yeah the PUP was positively beaming. It looked like he he was his birthday party. You know what here's what strikes me and what I think is so notable about the president's strange abrupt announcement of that ill-fated Camp David summit with the Taliban and the Afghan president. It seems very clear to me that Donald Trump wants some big diplomatic win. He wants at some iconic moment where he shaking hands at on the front page of the paper and it's Donald Trump dealmaker donald trump peacemaker and it seems to me that he is desperate to find that anywhere that he can at this moment well that is the concern of many foreign policy experts Chris the here you have the show of the stepping across across the DMZ and to North Korea you have in fact the first Singapore summit but followed up by the Hanoi meeting which ended disastrously justly and then a third meeting when you still have not had a single proffer of what the with the weapons inventory is from North Korea that was what he promised in Singapore to explain what he's got and then start g g `accessing his nuclear weapons not only that not happened but the president has been dismissing the seriousness of the short range missile launches as not important because they were not part of the Singapore promise when in fact they have made significant advances in North Korea on on their weaponry then again Iran saying now that he is willing to meet without preconditions well. This is better than military conflict with Iran. If it results since something we could expect now is all the signals are there could be a meeting with President Ruhani in New York and most importantly this Camp David. I think ill-conceived notion the week before or the weekend before the week of nine eleven to have the Taliban coming to Camp David of all places have them coming to Washington which the United States at all when the Afghan leadership was completely sidelined here but this is again something that had been blessed Vice Secretary Pompeo so you have this case this and the North Korean negotiations are fully embraced by the Secretary of State again diplomacy is better uh-huh war but what have we got all of this and where is the American leadership clearly the president now goes into the UN meetings with no one being able to trust that they can talk to any of his advisors. They have to talk to him and he could change his mind by tomorrow. He likes it. Andrew Mitchell thank you so very much Gotcha don't even now for the more instead of US foreign policy under Donald Trump Daniel Benjamin for Middle East Policy Adviser in foreign policy speech at the White House State Department and for the US Senate and they'd price warmer spokesperson Senior Director National Security Council now Msnbc National Security analysts Dan. I've Seen Democrats with sort of two reactions like yes. It's good John Bolton's out but also we don't love chaos your read a good day or a bad day for US foreign policy well look. I think this is a good day in a bad period. Bolton is somebody who broke the interagency process who who before getting the job declared imprinted we should bomb not just Iran but North Korea who took us to the brink of war with Iran now the idea that the only thing standing between between Donald Trump between John Bolton and war with Iran was the restraint and good judgement of Donald Trump who spent the last week raging at the weather. It's something that you give us all pause. You know there's also there's also I think a turning point in Bolton's estimation in the presence view net and that was the Venezuela situation which Bolton was very clearly had kind of wrangled control Venezuela and I think had sold the president that they were. GonNa essentially topple the Madero government. There's the note the Tourism Bolton comes out with both five thousand troops to Colombia like written on a notebook so everyone can can see it and then that whole thing didn't really work out the entire enterprise was was botched watched a classic like John Bolton sniffing around for a place for the US to flex its muscle way well in some ways. Chris it culminated in a very public and especially Ashley Disastrous Way the US government essentially announced that there would be a coup underway in Venezuela only to have it never materialized and Donald trump is someone when he is a showman right. He is someone who wants the spectacle. He wants the action he wants the drama and so when the administration gave this dramatic preview of with a forthcoming a coup the removal of President Maduro Venezuela I think President Trump was looking forward to that only to be sorely disappointed by it not only John Bolton to be fair but also to others within administration who had really oversold the prospects for regime change there and and more broadly oversold I think the influence that the American government has any any transition like that you know one of the lessons we've learned about. US military intervention is your intentions engines matter less than what actually happens right but it strikes me that it's the same on diplomacy. I mean it's so clear. The president is palpably desperate for big deal now but there's none of the none of the stuff under the process to produce the actual diplomatic breakthrough. Oh that's right. I think he's thirsty for a huge agreement with very very clearly Iran. He's blowing up the the cell phone of the Iranian president trying to get a meeting but if you haven't done your work if if you don't have the the leverage if you don't have policy coherence if you don't have a basic competent strategy if you can't get out of your own way to make a deal like that as we saw this weekend again with Afghanistan then you're really sunk and you're you're left with this kind of policy adrift of half finished deals and pandemonium in in policy chaos. Do you think that that were for all the pandemonium and chaos in this kind of like diplomatic thirsty which the president is evincing which again better better than him desperate to start a military intervention. We should be very clear does it. How much does it matter whether it was the successor who the successor is here well I. I think Donald Trump is going to have a very hard time. Finding a successor someone who will willingly raise her his hand to take a job that has seen the three incumbents disgraced one is in federal court today awaiting sentencing the second was a ingloriously dismissed and of course John Bolton depending on whom you believe was either fired or I think more and probably resigned but even if he does find that person the job that Donald Trump wants to install this individual and is not the role of national security the adviser the traditional role of national security advisor in many administrations has been to play that of honest broker not only not to allied arguments and disagreements but actually the surface them in a deliberative inclusive interagency process that has all of the views incorporated. What Donald Trump wants on the other hand..
"chris murphy" Discussed on KQED Radio
"So what do you make of the president's statement this morning about a background checks well you know the the bill that that he's saying that he's coming out in favour for working with us senator john cornyn of texas and also senator chris murphy of connecticut is more of a bill that kinda makes tweaks to the current system in other words holding some of these government agencies accountable for i'm not uploading relevant information to the federal background check system so the sort of figure out a way to tighten that system now that's clearly not as much as what a most democrats would want of course trump you know should be noted had laid out his position in his book the america we deserve in two thousand and he called out the nra writing that geno early he does not support gun controls but he said quote i support the ban on assault weapons and i also support a slightly longer waiting period to purchase a gun which is fairly interesting considering today he tweeted that we should have a good and reflective of presidents come but clearly he'd flipflopped on this during the campaign and has strong support from the nra and has not come out in support of assault weapons van we'll so we'll talk about with all of his more just a second but but let's spend another minute about talking about this exact bill in what the president has said he may throw his support behind because as you mentioned it's a it's a bipartisan bill in the senate from a chris murphy and john cornyn um it was introduced what late last year but hasn't made much progress we should say that on the house side of things at the end of last year there was kind of a similar bill right that would have filled holes in the background check system but that came along with a provision that would have allowed people with concealed carry licenses to use those licences across state lines which is what made it a tough fight in the senate so i guess what i'm saying is is that is it seems as if no change the background system can pass all of congress without sinn relax asians and other gun regulations while remember.