35 Burst results for "Rachel Maddow"
Charlie Pierce on the North Carolina Power Station Vandalism
"That was the first putting on the controversial drag show. Right, but you said that. I think Rachel maddow did a great job last night. She did. Buying this into other attacks on power stations. Yeah. But as you said, there was an October drag event and where was it Sanford? In a photo taken at that event, the group is seen flashing a white power symbol, the Proud Boys, one man's wearing a hat that says shoot your local pedophile. And then I've keep mentioning this, what's his name, sheriff buford pusser down there. So one of the most vocal opponents of the show was a woman named Emily grace Rainey, I had mentioned her last hour, Charlie retired army psyop specialists, she got for her. Yeah, we should stop and just ponder that for a second. Yeah. I mean, yeah. There's nothing, again, there's nothing that can possibly go wrong with having a former psyop specialist leading your grassroots. I don't rather than checking her. Tips for, I don't know, gunpowder, he just prayed with her and said there's nothing here. The maga sheriff. I mean, and you were saying, you're writing in here about her. She first got her maga on by ripping down police tape, strung it cost public playgrounds when North Carolina closed them as part of a pandemic protocols, then she led a group of people from North Carolina to Washington for the festivities on January 6th. Something, as you say, the army has found worthy of scrutiny. She was an active voice against the drag show, then boasted on social media about her knowledge concerning the attacks on the power station. So then rainy post, yeah, she said she posted on Facebook. About this. And I mean, I don't like you said Charlie, I don't know, she was in sigh off. So I don't know, but she clearly seems to know something about it. I don't know if she was involved, but you have a sheriff that just says, oh, yeah. I love you afraid. If you're afraid with her, you're no one way or the other. I'm sure, because I'm sure I'm sure the sheriff's. Degree in sacred theology will come in handy. Yeah. Yeah, I don't get the shot. I think the sheriff is to be perfectly honest with you. I think the sheriff knows who these people are too. Right. Right. I mean, that's not a very big place. And if you're planning on shooting up a power station, the word's going to get out. Yeah, yes, Travis. I just want to say, not just shooting up a power station, but shooting with power station and knowing how those stations work and how you can take out the power in a long and lasting way. Exactly what to do. They've said that clearly that these people do what they were doing. And I think Rachel pointed that out. Most people don't even know what one is or what it looks like or what you would have to do to disable it, right? Yeah. Well, these guys, these guys shot exactly what they were aiming at. Yeah. And they were and they shot what they were aiming at and what they were aiming at was the parts of the power station that would cause the longest blackouts and the most damage. And would take the longest to repair. It is right when you terrorism.
The FBI Was Intimately Involved in Twitter Censorship...
"Was intimately involved. In making sure the correct people knew at Twitter that this story was coming in to set the standard to lay the foundation. To be able to censor the story. I want to get to a piece of tape here. Boy, there's so much tape to play. Do you remember in one of the most famous consequential transparent chilling alarming interviews in recent history? Remember when Chuck Schumer Chuck E. Schumer? Went on the Rachel maddow program. This was right before Donald Trump was sworn into president. I think it was January 7th, January 4th, 2017, the date does matter because remember, that's right near the famous Oval Office meeting between Joe Biden and Loretta lynch and Barack Hussein Obama, January 3rd, 2017. Thank you. And Chuck Schumer, you just a visual. He's leaning in. He's got his glasses on his nose. And he has that snarly intense, but almost mafioso tone to him. You feel as if he's almost bragging about an upcoming hit, is that a mob family has on an unsuspecting bystander. The arrogance that's not even the right word, the arrogance, it's the confidence he has. The hubris, the smugness of it, Donald Trump pretends to be such a businessman. But he should know better because you're about to pick a fight you won't win. Play cut 13. You take on the intelligence community. They have 6 ways from Sunday at getting back at you. So even for a practical supposedly hard nosed businessman, he's being really dumb to do this. Being really dumb to do this. That's a threat. And that's Chuck Schumer giving a preview giving a little bit of a teaser campaign, if you will. Of what happens when you try to destroy or you try to criticize the intelligence community. You
Bob Cesca on Republican Support for the Theft of National Secrets
"Couldn't wait to get you on today because of course Edward Snowden thing. I was just like, oh my God. Bob says, I tried to tell you how long you just said, right? Matt Gaetz said Joe Biden should pardon Snowden, and you said Republican support the theft and exposure of national security secrets. Period. Yeah. How long ago did we say this? Snowden is a traitor. 9 years. It's been 9 years. It'll be ten years coming up this coming up summer in June, I believe it is. When the first story Glenn greenwald dropped happened. And so this is not surprising to those of us who were following the story closely with a critical eye back in 2013 when especially and I wrote a piece about this back in 2013 about how as soon as Edward Snowden was shepherded from Hong Kong where he had a birthday party, a birthday pizza party at the Russian consulate, he was taken by WikiLeaks attorneys. Hi. See, all these names are so appropriate now. Have a new patina of weirdness about them after the last 5, 6 years. Yeah. And so he separated by WikiLeaks attorneys to Moscow, where, while camping out in the Moscow airport, he hires Russian attorney Anatolia. I think that's how you pronounce his last name. And anatoly kuchar Rena is a, or was a lawyer for the FSB for the Russian FSB. And those of us who have been falling from Russia all along what the very least watching the Rachel maddow show. We all know what the FSB is. The FSB is the modern day version of the KGB. Yeah. And one of their attorneys is the attorney who represented Edward Snowden in Moscow in 2013 when he was there in the airport. So this is no surprise to any of us that he is being offered Russian citizenship by Vladimir
Gavin Newsom 2024?
"Might be a spirited Democrat primary. However, I think that there is a good chance that Gavin Newsom will run for office and will become the nominee Gavin Newsom raises buckets of money. He is unfortunately very well liked by the kind of donors of the Democrat party. He's more articulate than not, even though when you listen to him in some of these tapes, he thinks he's super smart. He thinks he's super profound. He's been taking acting classes. You could tell from DiCaprio and Brad Pitt with the pregnant pauses and the elongated, let's just say, focus on certain words, very dramatic. And so let's just focus on Gavin Newsom for a second because Gavin Newsom made a very interesting comment over the weekend where he decided to use his platform his interview at the Texas tribune event. I think that's the name of the event. Texas tribune event, Ted Cruz is there Hillary Clinton was there. Gavin Newsom was there. Liz Cheney was there. And some people said, oh, why was Ted Cruz there? I don't like that he was there. No, he got interviewed. It was an interview format. The Texas tribune far left wing rag. They actually did a pretty good job of interviewing Liz Cheney and as an appropriate follow-up question. And then they had some sort of duck doing activists that I think fills in for Rachel maddow now, interviewing Gavin Newsom. Gavin Newsom has a cult like following amongst, let's just say upper middle class, not very happy suburban women. Upper middle class not very happy suburban women are big fans of Gavin Newsom. They find them comforting, confident, they like his directional leadership. The polls reflected, I've heard it firsthand. It's weird, it's bizarre, it's perplexing. We don't have to fixate on it too much. But Gavin Newsom is able to raise a lot of money, the media loves him. He's not totally stupid or dumb. I don't think he's as articulate as he thinks he is, because I don't think he's ever had to go up against a true rigor of a Republican opposition. So I just think his muscles are not really built for a four quarter fight or a 13, 14, 15 round boxing match, if you will. I don't think Gavin Newsom will be able to withstand the conservative media such as this program, Ben Tucker and others going after him because he's been nothing but lauded and praised that his entire life from mayor of San Francisco eventually to become governor of California.
Carol Leonnig: DOJ Has Been Looking for Nuclear Documents Since May
"Here's Carol Lennon who joined Devlin Barrett on the byline of this ridiculous story about the nuclear stuff again She's on MSNBC last night of course goes on friendly outlets I mean you got to you can't go on actual outlets instead of going to ask you questions And Carol leonnig's on Alex Wagner's show who's lost like most of Rachel maddow's audience by the way which is shocking Carol leonnig gear I want you to listen to how she hedges here If some anonymous deep state source told her that Donald Trump had the location of Israeli ICBMs and gave it up right Then let me tell you some This would be really really serious But I want you to listen very carefully how she hedges this You know I don't need to say anymore Listen for yourself check this out Can you walk us through this whole process We knew in May right That the Department of Justice maybe was looking for this kind of material in their subpoena to the grand jury And what has happened since Great question Alex So because of my great colleague Devlin Barrett who I co buyline this story with the public learned that in May the Department of Justice was seeking all sorts of classified records of Mar-a-Lago but they included records that are particularly sensitive that involve nuclear capabilities or really sort of what you'd consider a foreign government or the U.S. government ability to wage nuclear war Where are they on that continuum Are they seeking nuclear ingredients recipes equipment do they have the capacity that we are worried about Are they a true nuclear rival These are all records and materials that are covered by this classification that the Department of Justice saw in its may subpoena for records at the former president's part time residents and golf club I'm sorry resort club
Steve Bannon Is Trying Too Little Too Late
"And by the way, Steve Bannon, Rachel maddow said the same thing we did. What's the thing we says signal not noise. He's just all noise. She was saying, it's not important. It really isn't. He's just clearly trying to of course. Because he scared now, because now his trial is starting, and now there's going to be real consequences. So he's trying to and first of all, we don't negotiate with terrorists. We're not going to put him or roads on live. Yeah. Right. So that they can try to blow up the garage. You don't get to pick your rules for your deposition. And how about the heel eye? First place is lawyer committee lied to Trump didn't even wave it. Privilege that he didn't have any way, but he didn't even do that, so they lied about that in the first place, but yeah, right, that's what I said. Yes, Glenn kirshner, our buddy our pal said Steve Bannon's 11th hour attempt to testify as a ruse, a ploy. He wants to use this offer of testimony to argue to a jury that they should not convict him, but this nonsense is like a bank robber offering to give back the money they stole as a defense to the crime. It will not work. A couple others hang on hold please. Okay. Oh. Chris Holmes said Steve Bannon thinks he's smart. He's not. He's a traitor, a grifter, and a con man who's about to be exposed for what he is. And Marcia won the last one, said, why does The Washington Post report this as if Trump has privileged to waive he doesn't? This is such a colossal editorial failure, and we wonder why democracy is dying. Some media seem determined to ignore the facts in order to create a story where none exists. Yeah, it didn't have it in the first place. Trump didn't even run. So the whole thing is just him going, oh crap, I don't want to actually go to prison. Because now he's like, doesn't have Trump there to pardon him, right? And no matter what he says now, the crime has been committed. He ignored. We already did it. It's done. Right. There's no take back season. Right. They're saying it doesn't matter anything you do now. You can't go back to the crime. You're already committed contempt, right?
Jen Psaki Planning to Leave White House This Spring for MSNBC Gig
"It. Breaking today, Jen Psaki, the liar deceitful, good for nothing, press secretary of the United States, is retiring. She's going to take an MSNBC gig. She's going to become an MSNBC host and maybe give a competition to Rachel maddow, they're saying, oh no, that's not true. We'll see. She'll fit right in. She's angry. She's unwise, she's a liar. She's uninteresting. She'll be perfect at MSNBC. Maybe she'll replace joy
Mike Pompeo Takes Heat for 'Praising' Vladimir Putin
"Let's go to cut 35 Mike Pompeo on Vladimir Putin. Play cut 35. Mister secretary, do you consider vibrant a shrewd or a reckless leader overall? Very shrewd. Very capable. I have enormous respect for him. I've been criticized for saying that that was always well informed and deeply clear about what Russian interests were. I appreciated that. It required the same from us for me from my team. We had to be equally prepared and equally protective of the interest that mattered to the United States. He is very savvy, very true. And so he's under great attack for that. I find nothing wrong with what he said. He's saying that he's capable. We're up against a legitimate adversary. Not someone who's stupid or dumb. I mean, would the media be like, oh yeah, we feel better. That Pompeo says he's dumb, even though he's not done. Let's go to another piece of tape here. Hillary Clinton, on Rachel maddow, says Putin has physical or mental problems. Interesting she never says that about our current president, play cut 25. They need to stop him. Whether or not this has turned into some kind of physical or mental problems that he either had or has in some way come down with, we don't know. But his behavior is dangerous. And it's dangerous for the future of Russia. So in more ways than one, we are seeing the entire bipartisan national security apparatus unite around this sort of talking point.
Where Do Young Democrats Watch Their News? This Will Shock You
"As CNN collapses, you might be wondering, hey, where do Democrats get their news from? Well, Democrats are increasingly getting their news from. Tucker Carlson. New stats out show that Tucker Carlson Fox News pulled off with the self proclaimed most desirable demographic Democrats young Democrats of all those demographic age viewers surveyed who identified as Democrats. 39% of people who identify as Democrats choose Fox News. 31% choose MSNBC and 30% choose CNN. From 8 p.m. to 11. So more Democrats watching cable news are watching Tucker Hannity, Ingram and gutfeld. Now there might be some hate watching I watch Rachel maddow every once in a while, but they're also there might be some curiosity. You might not like Tucker, you might think you disagree with. But he's interesting. You never know what he's gonna lead with. And he also has how to redox ideas when it comes to foreign policy.
Jesse Watters: 'You're Welcome' for Getting Rachel Maddow off the Air
"Jesse watters perfect take. They just launched Jesse waters in prime time last week. He's got his own show now every night, 7 p.m. eastern. And he is taking credit for sparing America weeks worth of Rachel maddow viewing. Real quick, we're not going to play the sound, but we know how much misinformation that Rachel maddow has pushed on her show and there's been a big announcement today. Her pushing a lot of misinformation and it didn't really affect her too much, but losing to Jesse waters prime time. For an entire straight week, that has pushed her over the edge, and she's announced and now she's going to take some time off Don and pursue some other projects for the foreseeable future. And I just wanted to tell America you're welcome. Thank you, Jessie. You did it. You drove Rachel maddow off of the airwaves
Rachel Maddow taking hiatus of several weeks from MSNBC show
"The the the the most most most most popular popular popular popular personality personality personality personality on on on on MSNBC MSNBC MSNBC MSNBC will will will will not not not not be be be be on on on on the the the the air air air air for for for for a a a a while while while while Rachel Rachel Rachel Maddow Maddow Maddow will will will be be be taking taking taking several several several weeks weeks weeks off off off for for for prime prime prime time time time show show show a a a person person person who who who knows knows knows about about about the the the plans plans plans but but but is is is not not not authorized authorized authorized to to to speak speak speak about about about them them them publicly publicly publicly says says says Matt Matt Matt L. L. L. will will will use use use the the the hiatus hiatus hiatus to to to work work work on on on a a a new new new podcast podcast podcast for for for her her her bosses bosses bosses at at at NBC NBC NBC universal universal universal her her her departure departure departure begins begins begins on on on Friday Friday Friday though though though she she she will will will not not not be be be totally totally totally absent absent absent from from from MSNBC MSNBC MSNBC she she she still still still plans plans plans to to to help help help cover cover cover major major major news news news events events events like like like the the the state state state of of of the the the union union union address address address other other other hosts hosts hosts from from from MSNBC's MSNBC's MSNBC's stable stable stable of of of personalities personalities personalities will will will fill fill fill in in in during during during her her her absence absence absence I'm I'm I'm Oscar Oscar Oscar wells wells wells Gabriel Gabriel Gabriel
Joe Rogan Apologizes After Backlash Hits Spotify Shares. But Should He Have?
"That. Joe Rogan, coming out an apologizing. Because, you know, Neil Young doesn't like who he has on this show. Joni Mitchell, a bunch of husband musicians. I'm sorry, they remember were great at one time, but you know, they've seen their day. This is kind of Joe Rogan's day, but they don't like it. He's getting so much attention. They think somehow he's brainwashing the public even though I still say it's a free country, and guess what? You can listen to Joe or you can listen to Rachel maddow. Or you know what, you can listen to both, okay? Because it is a free country, and you ought to be able to listen to anything you want to listen to, but no, no, not if Neil and joanie have anything to say about it. And the duke and duchess or whatever the heck they're going by these days out there in LA hanging out with Oprah and all their pals, they somehow were suggesting that they might pull their content off a Spotify too, so Spotify clearly freaked out, freaked out enough to maybe freak Joel out and Joe whom I like a lot. And by the way, he's done a ton for the freedom of speech and he's done a ton for podcasting in general. I think one of the reasons I have a podcast here today and you're listening to it is in part because he was so instrumental in this genre. So not to take anything away from that, but I sure don't like it when I hear stuff like this. Listen. So if this you're off, I'm sorry. And if you enjoy the podcast, thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you, Spotify. Thank you all the supporters and even thank you to the haters, because you still need the haters. I get it, right? They give them more attention, but did he really have to say I'm sorry to everyone? They shouldn't be one bit sorry. Again, it's a free country. You can listen to Joe and you can listen to everyone else. And look, he's not a news organization. He's not pretending to be a news organization. He's a former M and a fighter. And so he doesn't need to be offering this that and
Larry O'Connor: The Backstage Arrogance of Broadway Theatre
"I had a friend who recently appeared on Broadway in a very high profile production And he came from a military family And he's told me he's told me these stories that he had to under constant commentary Vitriolic insults Not a little limb They didn't know he was in the closet of course You can't publicly say when you work in the business What your political ideas are So he had to sit there and everyone backstage working on a show they all assumed that everybody's the same They all assume that everybody's to the left of Don lemon and Rachel maddow It's the assumption the arrogance of that assumption so they just openly talk about their politics and the disdain The vitriol the insults level to conservative Republicans Trump supporters southerners military veterans any other group That his fellow actors or stage managers or wardrobe people could soft morally dream up there during the daily backstage rants against the Trump administration This is what he had to deal with every single night There's only one group of coworkers backstage at a theater Who would like exchange glances and roll their eyes with him and keep their mouths shut During these moments they were the stagehands Stagehands generally speaking more conservative as a group and they have children who have followed in their parents footsteps They're probably serving in the military My friend actually put up a picture of one of the stagehand sons who was an active duty serving in Afghanistan at the time Put a picture up backstage so that they could honor him While they were trashing the commander in chief in the military culture
What's Wrong With CNN's Ratings
"Morning glory America bonjour high cannon. I'm you good inside the bellway joined by Byron York of the Washington examiner he's also you see him on Fox News. Good morning, Byron. How are you? Good morning, Hugh doing well, thanks. Our mutual friend Joe concha. Ten hours ago, put out the Friday night ratings of cable. Now, I don't normally pay attention to the cable ratings, but I've started to appear on Brett bear special report. And I know you work over there. I've left NBC. And I'm curious the only CNN program no CNN program broke 307 100,000 viewers on Friday. None. Every hour of this show has more than 700,000 listeners Byron. I can not believe this. What has happened there? Well, yeah, it's interesting. Joe had retweeted a Twitter site that sends out a lot of the cable news ratings. And the ratings for Friday night were really not all that unusual. 9 out of the top ten programs were Fox News. Number 6 was the Rachel maddow show on MSNBC. Sometimes there are two MSNBC shows in the top ten, but that's a pretty accurate picture of what it looks like all the time. The highest rated, the highest rated CNN show was 27 Anderson Cooper's show. At 8 p.m., that's been the same for quite a long time, usually the highest. When Chris Cuomo was there the highest rated CNN show was maybe 24th. I've always wondered and I have to say, I haven't done any reporting. I haven't looked into this. But I've always wondered why CNN doesn't want to do better. I mean, Byron. Ratings are the measurement of your success.
Rachel Maddow, Others Try Spinning President Trump's Comments on Firing James Comey
"The media are so predictable I did this interview with president Trump Part two was aired Sunday as you know Among other things the president said the best decision or one of the best decisions he ever made Was the firing of Comey because Comey would have sought to something to the effect destroy him and his administration So starting with a producer for the Rachel mad cow show over at MS LSD and I don't know why they're paying her a lot of money She loses dayne and day out that Sean Hannity She's a loser She still embraces Russia collusion Because she really has an IQ of a thumbnail And I mean that They put out oh she's so smart she's an idiot They're all idiots Now that said so it's picked up by every kook you know it's picked up by the Rolling Stone I was surprised they're still in business given what they've done It's picked up MSNBC other MSNBC and regurgitated that Trump spoke a little too much to this right winger leven Exposing himself for obstructing justice by firing Comey It just shows you folks How sick these dumb bastards are Who pose as journalists Whether they're with backbencher websites platforms or MS LSD which obviously is owned by Comcast This is
Rachel Maddow Claims Fox News Is Building ‘a Campaign Platform for Conservative Candidates’
"Do you know I saw a clip last night somewhere where Rachel maddow literally said on air that Fox News has become a platform for building conservative Republican candidates? You're going to say that? Rachel maddow, you're going to get all bitchy about Fox News. You're going to get all whiny about Fox News? Lifting up Republicans? There's a heck of a lot more liberals and progressive progressives on Fox News than there are Republicans or conservatives on your network lady.
The Steele Dossier, Explained
"Have a lot of younger listeners. That quite honestly weren't that involved in politics when this was unfolding so just kind of walk us through that again. The significance the unprecedented nature of this. The chuck schumer like passive aggressive warning. Sign in january of seventeen on rachel maddow show right the donald trump accurately saying that. I'm being spied on people's laughing at him. Walk us through the timeline of all this. I think it'd be helpful as i get to. The topic i really want is your in on. Which is durham. Yeah sure are so. Look these investigations as a former federal prosecutor who did national security cases. You know these things take time. You have to get approvals from down below in the bowels of the justice department through the attorney general if you're gonna go surveilled someone of this magnitude. And that's for your younger viewers a search warrant to search more. If you're looking at if you're looking at a bank robber or suspected murderer you have to go before a federal judge and you gotta say judge. I think this guy committed this crime. We need to go and look at his bank records. It cellphone records is emails. Phone calls because we think he killed somebody or because we think he robbed the bank and if there's probable cause the judge grants it same thing in this instance just different federal court that deals with spy and basically what the hillary clinton campaign did was. They spent tens of millions of dollars to collect false information from this guy. Christopher steele will use to be a british intelligent asset. If you can believe it later turned. Fbi informant. i mean. You can't make this up. I never understood this. Where the heck did this tens of how. How on earth did they spend. Tens of millions of dollars. I've never never understood that. Sure so one of the things that we were able to do on house intel. Even though paul ryan didn't want us to do it was subpoenaed. The bank records for this company called fusion. Gps glenn simpson and they were funneling the money through perkins coup which is the democratic ball. And that's what they do. Their job is to be the representatives for the dnc and the hillary clinton campaign so those guys get paid tens of millions of dollars. Money goes into the law firm. The law firm then cuts checks the fusion. Gps for millions of dollars and they go and higher media representatives christopher steele to start putting false smear campaigns against president trump. So they're working. The intelligence apparatus one lane and the media apparatus in another to take on a presidential a presidential
Unsure About the COVID-19 Vaccine? Talk to Your Doctor
"I've had heart to heart conversations with a lot of people in my life who choose to be unvaccinated. One of them is afraid of needles. Thinks he's healthy. Doesn't think it's going to be a big problem. So he'd rather not now. You can't really get them to answer what he's resistant to other than the i think it's overall the uncertainty of what the vaccine could do to. You long-term i've got a friend who's very overweight. Seen can knock on senior citizen status is very vulnerable. He and his wife absolutely will not budge. They're not gonna get it. They've got a friend of a friend who had leukemia after the the the shot. They say somebody told it's all anecdotal and it's all we've got comparing stories. I've got another friend. Very vulnerable concerns about maybe arrhythmia. You know and again. It's a risk reward thing we all make calculations about what risk were willing to take and there many people were saying. I'm not going to get this vaccine. Because i don't know what the risks are and we should respect. We should respect that. And by the same token. I think we should respect people who believe in the science of the vaccine and not not turn each other against each other. But that's what the left is doing. They're they're pitting the vaccinated against the unvaccinated they wanna shame people who are unvaccinated and for millions of americans are not going to be shamed. You're not gonna make learn. Not gonna let rachel maddow make you get a vaccine
"rachel maddow" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"This is jalen yang national editor at the new york times. More than seventeen hundred journalists work the times. They come from all over from iraq to iowa. They speak arabic spanish korean. But there's one thing they all have in common. They have dedicated their lives to helping us understand the world everything. The new york times publishes starts and ends but their commitments times subscribers keeper journalists focused on their stories. If you're not a subscriber yet you can become one at ny times dot com slash. Subscribe the rachel maddow show. We did nine of stern on. Msnbc thanks for joining us this hour. Happy friday this has been a weird week in the news. Today has been particularly day in the news. I will tell you all signs point to next week being even weirder. But i will tell you why. Here's a case in point our beloved neighbors to the north our canadian friends. They have their big national election on monday. Prime minister of canada courses justin trudeau from the liberal party. He is facing off against the leader of the conservative party. In canada named aaron tool and candidate has more than just two big parties in addition to the liberal and conservative candidates. Were kind of the marquee candidates. There's also a major candidate from the french-speaking quebec separatists. There's a major green party candidate There's also a party called the new democratic party which is more to the left then justin trudeau liberals and they are led by a charismatic member of parliament named jagmeet singh again elections on monday. Nobody's quite sure what exactly will happen. But it is close enough close enough particularly among sort of the top three candidates a liberal candidate the conservative candidate and the mvp candidate. It's close enough now. That american democrats and other politicians who may or may not have any sway whatsoever with canadian voters who knows they are nevertheless weighing in with last minute endorsements former president barack obama yesterday effectively endorsing justin trudeau to be reelected canadian prime minister today former democratic presidential candidate hillary clinton also effectively endorsing justin trudeau for reelection in canada but then coming up fast on the left flank there's vermont senator bernie sanders not to be outdone weighing in today. As well not on behalf of justin trudeau instead senator sanders is endorsing jagmeet. Singh from the new democratic party and again do canadians care what former. Us presidents and former democratic presidential candidates. Think about who. They should vote for in their own election honestly. Nobody has any idea. Nobody does that. This will have any influence whatsoever. Any any impact whatsoever but whatever's going to happen there is a close enough call at this point that we've got this weird late development of american politicians weighing in which of course could have consequences in terms of who the ultimate canadian government is if the us powers that be particularly the president of the united states who was vice. President to barack obama was a close ally of hillary clinton who now leads a very narrow majority in congress of which senator bernie sanders is a very key and very necessary member. I mean there's cross endorsements from democratic politicians in the united states in a canadian election which is going to produce the canadian government which then our government will have to have dealings with despite the fact that we kind of weighed in on how that should go. Nothing's gonna come between us and our good relationship with canada but to the extent that we're trying to make it more awkward that will help. Russia is also having its federal elections right now. Russia has three days a federal election. Started today ends on. Sunday vladimir putin and his ironically named united russia party They are pulling out all the stops this time. They are running fake candidates to mess with individual parliamentary elections They have spent the last year criminalising and locking up all the actually viable opposition figures that stand in the way of putin and his party. After trying last year to assassinate the main opposition leader in russia alexei volney putin's government has since been holding him indefinitely in prison. Part of his appeal in russia is that he is not just a political figure. He is a very visible anticorruption activist. And if there is one thing that defines the russian government it is a flagrant epic biblical level corruption and the resistance and resentment of russian government. Corruption is something that does unite russians across lots of different ideological stripes. Now as i said novell news organization has been criminalized by putin's government putin's government has arrested and effectively exiled so many people who are part of it but nevertheless nevada organization keeps turning out these corruption reports these exposes about the lavish lifestyles and palaces and yachts and foreign villas and ranches and wineries that putin and his henchmen have accumulated all over the world since putin has been in power and robbing the russian treasury blind. Just today navan. These group released a new report. Getting nevada prison right and everybody who runs. His organization has been chased chased out of a visible russian society but nevertheless they persist today they released a new report which has not been validated by nbc news. This is just me telling you what they have published but what they just published is a new expose that purports to document that perhaps the highest profile politician in russia other than putin himself versus longtime foreign minister You'll recognize him. Actually remember when trump randomly invited him into the oval office along with the russian ambassador embassador on the rights. The foreign minister on the left member he brandon lee brought them into the oval. He gave them a bunch of codeword protected. Top secret intelligence. He wasn't supposed to share with anyone that guy. His name as sergei lavrov nevada today published an expose about him It purports to expose that. Sergei lavrov has a whole secret second family just like putin does in addition to lavrov's official wife that he retains i guess for political purposes. There's according to navales organization a whole secret second wife who nobody's supposed to know about who reportedly travels with them on all his official business which means the government is paying for her She and her family. Also according to this report appear to have been the recipients of lots and lots of very over the top unexplained wealth as does lavrov himself novell newsgroup says that they have discovered that the foreign minister lavrov appears to basically live this very high flying total luxury life. He's got of massive yachts and huge private planes at his disposal for him and his family anytime they want them and mansions all over. The world in italy in london in montenegro They report he appears to be living this with his secret. Second family essentially as a permanent guest of one particular russian oligarch. A guy named oleg deripaska and like all the navalny group organizations. Excuse me navalny group investigations. They have put this investigation together in a way. That is very memorable. Very witty very visual. I'll give you an example in the case of the this mansion in montenegro where the foreign minister seems to spend a lot of time. Navan these group matches together a whole bunch of different. Instagram photos from a sergey. Lavrov family member showing this one interesting. Weird pool shot with the. There's the pool and then there's an angled colonnade looming over it..
"rachel maddow" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"The rachel maddow show. We did nine stern on. Msnbc happy to have you here today. President biden was in new york and new jersey where the death toll is forty-five now from the remnants of hurricane ida hitting just those two states that extreme flash flooding that tore through the most populated part of the country last wednesday night president biden today meeting with local officials and local residents about the ongoing cleanup efforts there. President biden was in louisiana on friday. Where four hundred thousand. Americans are now in their second week without power amid extreme heat louisiana and extremely challenging conditions conditions that get more and more challenging with each day passing with with the power still not returned reviewing the damage today. President biden said quote. The evidence is clear. Climate change poses an existential threat to our lives story economy. The threat is here. It's not going to get any better. The storms are going to get worse and worse and worse. He said he said quote. We've got to listen to the scientists and economists and the national security experts. They all tell us. This is code red the nation and the world in peril. That is not hyperbole. That is a fact. President biden speaking today again on this trip to new york and new jersey. What what of course he's proposing to do on climate is what's in his build back better plan the big infrastructure bill. That democrats are trying to pass one thing just sort of have in mind over these next few days is that by the end of this week we may not know definitively but we should have a pretty good idea by the end of this week as to whether or not they're going to be able to pass this infrastructure bill as to whether or not president biden is going to be able to affect you. Wait most of his policy agenda for his first term in office. And that's it's an important horizon. I think to this week. In particular in politics. I learned early on That sort of common wisdom and politics and news about politics that the day after labor day whether or not you are in school whether or not you have kids in school. The day after labor day is the first day of school for everyone or the first day of the year. even when it's not rosh hashanah. The theory is that that in an election year. Today's the day the day after labor day That the country actually starts paying attention to who they're eventually going to vote for even when it's not a national election year still. Today is the day. The day after labor day is when members of congress to head back to washington having gotten an earful from their constituents back home about whatever the outrage of the day is that motivated politics through the summer season case in point. Two thousand nine. The first august recess of the obama presidency. You might remember that was distinguished by by rip roaring raucous sometimes crazed occasionally even violent town halls and protests all over the country by anti obama republicans by the new tea party republican movement screaming bloody murder about how obamacare was going to destroy the country and they were willing to start a civil war over it in the end. Obamacare of course passed into law. And it's now just now. It's the affordable care act per quietly providing health insurance to tens of millions of americans without much foss and without hell mouths open anywhere that i can see at least so looking back at two thousand and nine and the freak out on the right about the affordable. Care act aka. Obamacare does all seem a bit hyper and over the top but it was real at the time it was remarkable to cover in the moment and the fact remains that huge pushback in two thousand nine that first time lawmakers had a long break at home in august two thousand nine the first time they had a long break at home after obama was elected president. That huge pushback that roiling opposition in their home districts that set the tone for the rabid opposition the intransigent opposition that obamacare engendered in washington for years thereafter. Well that was two thousand nine. That was the first august recess. When president obama was president. Fast forward to now. We've just had the first august recess of president biden being president and this time it's not obamacare. This time it stopped the affordable care act. That's the proposal on the table. This time it's way bigger this time. The new democratic president is proposing a three and a half trillion dollar infrastructure. Bill which is way way bigger than obamacare was. But it's funny. You know not really a pete at home no angry town halls about this. In the home districts. Actually not really a pete from elected republicans about it or from right wing activists who are supporting them. Turns out president biden's infrastructure. Bill is really popular. I mean if you wanna look for for for signs of life signs of agitation around this gigantic infrastructure bill when members of congress and senators went home for the august recess. I mean look. No further than senator bernie sanders vermont. Doing town hall meetings in support of the infrastructure bill in places like indiana and iowa during august thousands of people coming out to see him talk about it in indiana and iowa state of vermont not to protest him and tell them how how much objected to it but to to cheer him on how much they supported it. What we're seeing here around the big infrastructure bill including all the climate stuff. It's the opposite of the bloody minded screaming crazy right-wing opposition to care that we saw at this exact point in the obama presidency. Opposition substantive or otherwise just isn't materializing on the right against president. Biden's major proposals. the way it did for president obama. That of course is a problem. That democrats have a fix for democrats. Might just decide in the absence of significant. Push back on the right. They might just decide that they oppose their own agenda themselves with the tea. Party did to hamstring the agenda of president obama for years. West virginia democratic. Senator joe manchin is trying to do to president. Biden's agenda now saying he just doesn't want to vote for the infrastructure. Bill doesn't plan to vote for the infrastructure bill. Climate be and all the rest of it too despite how popular it is even among his own voters again. So it's just worth keeping that in mind over the course of the next few days we chelsea i think by the end of this week We we should know a lot more as to whether or not it's going to happen and of course it's it's happening at the same time that a lot of other things are on the boil on on cova. The administration is making some new moves as well. The president today directing that six hundred dollar payments should be made to individual farm workers and people who work in meatpacking plants to compensate them for the extraordinary risk and thank them for the extraordinary service. They provided the country during the cova pandemic Earlier agricultural aid and food supply chain aid had basically gone to the owners of those businesses not to the low level workers. President biden is now saying that six hundred dollar check should go out to low level workers in those fields as of this week where we're back up to a steady stream of more than fifteen hundred deaths every day from coverted which is.
"rachel maddow" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"Tell a whole lot more arrests on capitol hill as the poor people's campaign continued its season of nonviolent direct action to put pressure on lawmakers on the issue of voting rights. Today's rally in washington. Dc culminated in a march to the senate off this where they chanted and sang. Which side are you on or the two hundred people were arrested by. Us capitol police for crowding and obstructing offenses as they demanded. Action from congress on voting legislation among those arrested were civil rights leader jesse jackson junior and the co founder of the progressive group indivisible. And show a friend of this show as soon as you can see other people there too all waiting in line to be cuffed the co chair of the poor people's campaign. The reverend william barber was also arrested again. Appealed people's campaign a ramping up the number of rallies and marches to call attention to four demands that they want lawmakers to address and the filibuster pass all provisions of the for the people act fully restore the nine hundred sixty five voting rights act and raise the federal minimum wage to fifteen dollars an hour. They are not the only ones trying to spur change in washington today. More than one hundred state. Legislators from twenty nine states traveled to dc to stand in solidarity with the texas democratic lawmakers who fled their state to block that restrictive voter bill. They plan to hold a rally outside the capitol tomorrow at noon to urge congress to pass voting rights legislation. They will also hold private meetings with members of congress. Joining us now. Is florida state representative. Anna esca money who is spearheading this effort to bring state. Legislators to the nation's capital and texas state representative trey martinez fischer one of the texas lawmakers. Who fled the state to stall restrictive voting rights. Bill thank you so much to both of you for joining us. Tonight representative eskimo. You really are trying to make the point that not only do you wanna stanton solidarity with these texas lawmakers your attention the fact this is not just a texas problem. This is happening all over the country absolutely. I mean here in florida. We are inspired by the texas democrats watching a member of the texas legislature. Step up and step out and say we're not going to play this game of voter suppression with you released. Set the tone for other democrats across legislatures in this country in florida. We watched our governor sign of voter suppression bill to a fox. News only audience which further amplified how this was a political attack on the right to vote in an effort to pander to his political base so here in florida. We are suffering the same efforts voter suppression. And we'd have to san solidarity with our texans but also fight to push for action. Congress a representative martinez fischer talk to me about how this feels to you. You are getting this summer of action. You're getting these people who are marching in austin the march to austin this weekend. Now you've got people joining you there and more civil action. You have all individually made the case to congress that you need them to put their back into this thing. You can't hold out forever. that's right. Allie nelson we are moving this needle inch-by-inch day by day it is a shot of adrenaline have lawmakers from across the country. Stand with us number. One we're honored number two. Were humbled number three. It's just that important. This is our never moment for our democracy in this country. And we're going to keep pushing the us senate to give us as we speak one standard when it comes to voting to this country and that is an american standard. We do not need voter suppression. We do not need states to have their voices silence across this country. We need the congress to act and one hundred lawmakers come together men and women who have put everything on the line than we need to convey the message that it's now or never we need to have voting reform in this country representatives commodity. What do you say to people. Including joe manchin. Who just talked about the fact this weekend. He said that the for the people act would divide the country further. He and a few others are holding to this idea. That if this is not bipartisan. And everybody's not on board with this thing it's not gonna work but it doesn't look like republicans are going to be on board with it. Well we have to remember that. These are the same republican members of congress. That voted to not investigate the january. Six insurrection so i mean with all due respect to center mansion and others that are posed this effort. We have to remember that one. There's why we were in this situation. With an insurrection taking place at the capitol is because of voter suppression because of a status quo approach to politics that has pushed out. Different voters including voters disabilities black and brown people. Working class people for being able to have their voice heard to be able to have a presentation that reflects them and their values. And so it's really important that we stress to all members of the us. Senate that voting is does doesn't have to be a partisan issue this is about the people of this country not politicians and we need to push to make sure that every person has access to fair elections represented martinez fischer your governor greg. Abbott tweeted out. I will keep calling special sessions until we address every emergency item including funding for foster care property tax and bail reform. The democrats decision to break quorum inflicts harms on the very texans who elected them to serve your response causes. A governor had a hundred and forty days in a regular session to take care of the people's business any failure to do so as a responsibility. He's going to have to bear and make no mistake. Where you're not gonna get steamrolled when it comes to voting rights in our state of texas. We're going to stand up. We're going to push back. We were going to say no. We're going to rally this country like we have been in like. I said we are honored to stand with a hundred men and women from across this country. Rallying tomorrow at twelve noon eastern Right outside the russell building a of the us senate and we want everyone to come join us because it is an hour never moment for this country and representatives. Camonte are you. Are you heartened by the fact that there are people literally willing to put their bodies on the line. they will literally lined up today. Waiting to be cuffed. It's inspirational ali. Really is and it speaks of this nation's history of one that cares about voting rights that cares about democracy one where people are willing to sacrifice their own livelihoods put their bodies on the line to do what's right and we are committed as lawmakers across this country to do the same. Thanks to both of you for being with us tonight. Florida state representative. Ns kamani and tech state representative pre martinez. Fischer we appreciate your time up next. We've got an update on a story that rachel's been following very closely. Stay with us secretary.
"rachel maddow" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"All goes according to plan all. Us combat troops will be out of afghanistan in little over a month. So the clock is ticking. Loudly for the afghan translators who fought alongside us forces and we are now living in fear of the taliban who are quickly advancing throughout the region as of now the us has yet to safely evacuate a single wartime alley ally in the thirteen days since the operation to rescue them was announced. Tens of thousands. Still wait in fear that they or their families are going to be the next ones targeted while they wait for their exit. There has been some movement on the issue today. The bipartisan leaders of the senate appropriations committee announced an agreement to spend over a billion dollars to cover the costs of resettlement for afghan translators. This is part of a larger emergency measure intended to fund additional security on capitol hill and reimbursed the us capitol police at in the national guard in the wake of the january sixth interaction. It's progress but it's by no means a done deal. Senate majority leader chuck. Schumer said he hopes to get. The bill passed this week but that of course involves republican senators. So we shall see. We're going to continue to keep close eye on this story as it develops because frankly time is running out does tonight. We will see you again tomorrow. The rachel maddow show weeknights at nine on. Msnbc what do you know about dr dunk based on the unbelievable truth story. I can make sense of this. Dr deck dench to guest star josh jackson with christian slater and how i am going to fix all episode streaming net only on pika..
"rachel maddow" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"This is not a joke. This is not a drill. This is for real for the first time in years. It really is about to be infrastructure week. Senate democratic leader chuck. Schumer has announced that on wednesday next week the united states senate will likely hold its first big. Vote on the bipartisan infrastructure. Bill being negotiated by a group of moderate democrats and republicans in the senate at the same time. Schumer has also made wednesday. The deadline for senate democrats to finalize. They're much bigger three and a half trillion dollar infrastructure package. That means next week we should finally be able to see what's in both of those bills and have a better gauge on the likelihood of them passing right now. Those two proposals appear to be on radically different. Paths the bipartisan. Bill appears to have hit a snag. After republicans refuse to accept democrats best plan for funding the bill because it would have meant collecting more taxes from rich people. Republicans taking a bipartisan proposal. They don't wanna make rich. People pay more taxes who could have seen that one coming as lawmakers scrambled to try and save that bipartisan bill. Democrats appear to be making much better progress on their larger package which does not require any republican support. This week senator. Joe manchin one of the key democratic swing votes indicated that when it comes to the democrats only much larger infrastructure package. He's ready to be a team player. I want it to proceed mentioned told a reporter for the hill adding that he wants to be part of the negotiations on reconciliation. Bill like with everything in the infrastructure debate. Nothing is agreed to until everything is agreed to. And if you think you know what the end result of all of this is going to be. Then i've got a bridge to sell you. And maybe a few roads and tunnels to all of which may be in need of repair but for now democrats appear ready to go big or go home with their larger bill. It could include everything from sweeping climate change legislation to immigration reform to measure. That would make it easier to form a union and that is on top on top of the already ambitious proposals on child care health care other human infrastructure that president biden rolled out as part of his infrastructure agenda three months ago today. The transportation secretary people to judge traveled to chicago to push for the administration's infrastructure agenda just before that event. I sat down with secretary. Buddha judge here in oregon to discuss the senate's to track approach to infrastructure in what he thinks of the bill. Senate democrats are putting together which takes a broader view of infrastructure. Then republicans do the idea that americans ought to have paid parental leave just like people in pretty much every other country I think is is something that you don't have to be a democrat or republican.
"rachel maddow" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"The rachel maddow show. We did nine eastern on. Msnbc thanks for joining us this hour all right just a few days after the twenty twenty presidential election the lieutenant governor of the great state of texas man named dan. Patrick announced a cash reward. A cash bounty lieutenant governor. Dan patrick said he was ready to pay up to one million dollars to anyone who could find evidence of the supposed- voter fraud that president trump said Had cost him the election and this one million dollar prize was not just for people in texas. it was an offer valid. In all fifty states quote whistle blowers and tipsters should turn over their evidence to local law enforcement. Anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest in final conviction of voter fraud will be paid a minimum of twenty five thousand dollars but up to one million dollars. Wow and wouldn't you know it soon. After texas's lieutenant governor. Dan patrick through that come into the water. He got a bright oddly. He got it from somebody who has the same job. He has in a different state. The lieutenant governor in pennsylvania democrat named. John fetterman said that he had taken on the challenge from dan patrick and bingo instantly. He hit pay dirt. He said he had bang-up surefire evidence of an instance of real voter fraud in the two thousand twenty election right in his home state of pennsylvania and it was maybe not the kind of voter fraud his texas counterpart was hoping for but john fetterman tried to collect just the same. He said quote. Hey lieutenant governor. Patrick it's me john fetterman your counterpart in pennsylvania. I'd like to collect your handsome reward for reporting voter fraud. I gotta dude and forty four a. Who tried to have his dead mom. Vote for trump. They as far as we know pennsylvania's lieutenant governor did not receive any of that reward money despite forwarding night information response to dan patrick's claim. He didn't get his money from dan. Patrick even after he pointed to additional evidence of voter fraud again in his home state. Yes there was the dude in forty fort. Pennsylvania that was a real thing do did get arrested for forging an absentee ballot application in his dead. Mother's name so he could cast a fraudulent vote for trump with her ballot but he was not the only one there was another pennsylvania guy this one in delaware county pennsylvania. He filled out a voter registration application for his dead mother as well although his mother had been dead for like a dozen years the guy then requested and submitted an absentee ballot in her name with the vote for donald trump for president in twenty twenty when the state of pennsylvania flagged his mother's voter registration as belonging to an obviously dead person. This guy ended up signing and sending back a letter to the states. Swearing that in fact. She was still alive. He did that. All in order to deliberately cast a single fraudulent vote for donald trump. He pled guilty to it in court. But wait there's more. There was a guy in chester county. Pennsylvania another registered republican who went and cast his ballot at his local polling place. But then forty five minutes later. He came back wearing sunglasses and in sunglasses. He cast a ballot in his son's name somehow. An alert poll worker saw through his brilliant sunglasses. Disguise if you if you don't just want to pick on pennsylvania there's also a guy in ohio actual elected local republican official in his town in ohio. He voted twice in twenty twenty once for himself and once by forging his dead father's signature again. He's an elected. Republican official in ohio. Voter fraud is very very rare in our country. But there are a few instances of it here and they're usually affecting a single vote and the few instances of it that do turn up from time to time. They're usually ridiculous. And all of those instances that i just described from twenty twenty all of those republicans all of them got off with basically a slap on the rest for their crimes. The dude didn't in forty fort pennsylvania. Prosecutors dropped the most serious charges against him that working on a plea deal guy who voted for his long dead dozen years dead mother swearing. She was still alive. He got five years probation. The local republican elected official in ohio. Who voted for his dead father. He got jail time. He got three days in jail and a five hundred dollar fine and it is worth keeping that context in mind when you also remember the case of crystal mason. We've talked before on the show about the case of crystal mason in two thousand sixteen. She went to her local polling place in tarrant county texas to vote. She discovered her name was not on the voting rolls. They're so at the suggestion of a poll worker. Ms mason filled out a provisional ballot. She was told basically. We're not sure what the problem is but fill at this provisional ballot that way if there is any real problem here we won't count it but provisionally you can cast this vote in case we can sort out whatever seems to be the matter few months after that experience crystal mason was arrested and charged with illegal voting because when she filled out that provisional ballot she was on supervised release after completing prison sentence for federal conviction and she thought because she had served her time in prison that she was eligible to vote. She did not know that under texas law. You're not eligible to vote unless you've also completed any probation or any supervised relief after release after released from prison. She did not know that even though that was a technical misunderstanding and though she cast a provisional ballot and even though her provisional valette was never counted she nevertheless was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison five years. Hard time for illegal voting..
"rachel maddow" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"The rachel maddow show. We did nine eastern on. Msnbc thanks for joining us this hour. Very happy to have you here. Attorney general merrick garland today went up to capitol hill specifically to meet with members of the. Us capitol police. The attorney. General attended their roll. Call today to thank them for serving as police officers also to thank them for what they did to save the. Us capitol on january six. That was six months ago today. That a donald trump rally on the ellipse more seamlessly into a violent mob attack by trump supporters on the us capitol with dc police in us capitol police officers on the front lines Trying to defend against that violent violent attack they turning general today said thank you to the capitol police officers for what they went through six months ago today but he also importantly went up to the capitol police roll call today to update officers on the state of the justice department's investigation into what happened. Updating them on the five hundred plus arrests that have been made thus the seriousness of the charges brought against those who have been arrested. Also the justice department's efforts to find and arrest roughly three hundred more people who they are still looking for justice department. The law enforcement has has arrested on average law enforcement at all levels on average has arrested three people every day since the january sixth attack happened but some of the suspects. They're still looking for people who are wanted for potentially very serious crimes for example. They've still got a huge reward out for information that leads to the arrest of whoever it was who put pipebombs operable pipebombs not dummy props outside the headquarters of the democratic national committee and the republican national committee just hours before the full blown assault on the capital started. They're still looking for whoever. Put those pipebombs there today. The washington field office at the fbi released. Eleven stomach churning new videos including stop motion and slow motion and spot shadows zeroing in on individual perpetrators as they try to identify lots more people who violently attacked police officers that day. The stuff that they put out today is hard to watch In one instance they show an officer being beaten beaten being hit with a big metal pole. There's an another close up video of an officer being wrenched to the ground and stomped and beaten by the mob. It's does seem right that on the day marking six months from this attack. We'd get the attorney general in-person at the us capitol police thanking the officers defending the capital but also briefing them on the justice department's legal pursuit of the attackers which again continues president biden. Tonight put out a strong statement marking these six months and says in part not even during the civil war did insurrectionists breach are capital the citadel of our democracy but six months ago today insurrectionists did they launched a violent and deadly assault on the people's house on the people's representatives and on the capitol police warned to protect them as duly elected. Congress carried out the sacred ritual of our republic and certified the electoral college vote. This was not descent it was disorder. It posed an existential crisis and a test of whether our democracy could survive a sad reminder that there's nothing guaranteed about our democracy but while it shocked and saddened nation and the world six months later we can say unequivocally that democracy did prevail and that we must all continue the work to protect and preserve it that requires people of goodwill and courage to stand up to the hate. The lies the extremism that led to this vicious attack including determining what happened so we can remember it and not bury it hoping we forget it also requires all of us working together. Democrats republicans and independence on behalf of the common good to restore decency honor and respect for the rule of law and it impels government both the executive and legislative branches to take urgent steps needed to protect the fundamental right to vote. That's part of a long statement tonight from president biden marking six months since the attack on the capital january. Six six months ago today just a few minutes after that statement from president biden came out. We got additional reporting from the white house that president biden is going to meet with representatives from all these voting rights and civil rights groups. This week we think that's going to be a meeting at the white house the day after tomorrow. Now that comes. As progressive groups advocating for voting rights pushing for new federal protections for voting rights are increasingly pressing. The white house and president biden personally to do more to push voting rights to the top of the agenda to find a way to get it done to push for voting rights protections as hard as president. Biden is pushing for an infrastructure. Bill is hard as he's pushing to get the country vaccinated but as we hit six months since the january six attack today the for the people act the federal legislation to bolster voting rights at the federal level. It is still sitting stalled in the united states senate and maybe this meeting with civil rights and voting rights groups this week. Maybe the statement from the president tonight about redoubling efforts here. Maybe it does imply that there's going to be some big new. Push to get it done. But while that legislation does sit stalled in the senate it is worth also getting real about the fact that republicans aren't just using their election loss last year and republican fantasies. About how the election must somehow been stolen for them or otherwise. They couldn't have lost it. They're not just using that to justify rollbacks of voting rights in every state where they're in control they are doing that but they're also in pretty significant numbers demanding a willingness to overturn elections as a new single issue litmus test for republican candidates for office of all kinds.
"rachel maddow" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"The show we at nine eastern on. Msnbc happy friday and thanks to you at home for joining us this hour. So tonight is a little weird here at msnbc. We're doing a special two hour edition of the rachel maddow show starting an hour early. And i'm not even rachel. She'll be back next week. We've got a metric ton of news to get to tonight including new details surrounding a blatant pressure campaign by former president trump and his lawyer rudy giuliani to influence the twenty twenty election results in arizona. That's all ahead but first to kick off this july fourth weekend. President biden held the administration's first white house naturalization ceremony today. Twenty-one people from sixteen different countries stood in the east room and took the pledge of allegiance. and then we're officially granted u s citizenship. It's part of a larger push by the biden administration to expand legal immigration to this country and to reverse his predecessor's policies. July fourth also marks the president self imposed deadline to vaccinate seventy percent of all american adults. And while the country's on track to fall short of that goal it's not far from it. According to the cdc nearly sixty seven percent of adults in the united states have received at least one dose and fifty eight percent are fully vaccinated the new york times also reports that at least twenty states have reached that seventy percent threshold now. We aren't exactly out of the woods yet. The highly transmissible delta variant does pose a serious risk to those who are unvaccinated but according to cdc director dr wolinsky if you are vaccinated. There's not much to worry about so we can say for now. The things seemed to be looking up. Take the economy for example today. The bureau of labor statistics that's department of labor announced that the us added eight hundred and fifty thousand net new jobs last month. That's the biggest gain in ten months. And even bigger side things are returning back to some semblance of normalcy. Wages are also on the rise. The labor pool slowly but surely is expanding speaking today. President biden celebrated the jobs report saying quote. This is historic progress. So like i said. We've got lots to get to but we start tonight with this list of bills that were sitting on the desk of the new hampshire governor now. This is a long list of legislation that passed through the new hampshire state house and senate in twenty seventeen. They were all bills. The republican governor signed quietly no fanfare no televised bill sightings sightings and at first light. It's a pretty mundane list. There was a bill setting rules for betting on something called simulcast racing a bill about setting standards for dissolved oxygen in water something about blood testing disorders but buried in this long list of bills that the republican governor of new hampshire signed in two thousand seventeen. Was something more sinister on this list. It was called a bill. Quote relative to domicile for voting purposes. Sounds pretty harmless benign even but what did that bill do. It made it harder for college students to vote in the state of new hampshire. Now that new bill signed by the governor required all students and other part time residents of the state to become permanent new hampshire residents to become eligible to vote for any student who had a car on campus. That meant they were required to pay to register their vehicle in new hampshire. They would have to go through the hassle of getting a new hampshire's driver's license to now. This bill was signed into law by the republican governor. Right before the two thousand eighteen midterms critics argued that it would disproportionately affect college students who are predominantly democratic voters but think about it going to the dmv paying to register your car. It takes time and it takes money. Most college students barely have the time to do their laundry. Many of them can barely afford a slice of pizza. Let alone a bill from the dmv for several hundred dollars. Let's look at one kid story. He was attending dartmouth. When that legislation in new hampshire was passed he said the entire process of establishing his residency in the state took a full month. You need a letter from school to prove to the town clerk that he actually lived where he lived. He had a drive forty five minutes each way to the dmv to set up his new license and then he paid three hundred dollars to register his car in order to establish residency in new hampshire. The student liken the new tax to a poll. Tax the price to pay in new hampshire to access the ballot box and so he sued that dartmouth student along with a few class. Might mates filed a lawsuit to overturn that republican voter legislation in new hampshire which they said and crouched on their right to vote and today. The supreme court in new hampshire agreed in a unanimous ruling. The highest court in new hampshire overturned that republican voter law of two thousand seventeen. The court ruled that the law made it more confusing to vote and could deter people from trying to register. They wrote in their ruling that the bill quote imposes unreasonable burdens. On the right to vote and so they ordered that the law quote must be stricken in its entirety. Which is good news for college. Students in new hampshire good news for democracy. Because this is the way it's supposed to work everyone in this country even if you live in a dorm or drove your car to college across state lines which many people do everyone over the age of eighteen. Who is a citizen should have equal access to the ballot box. Today the supreme court in new hampshire righted that run. That's not the way these fights are going everywhere just yesterday. The united states supreme court upheld a pair of voting restrictions in arizona. One of those restrictions calls to nullify anyone's vote that was accidentally cast in the wrong precinct. The other blocks anyone relative or caregiver from helping you. Turn in your absentee ballot. The legal challenge to those voting restrictions argued that they disproportionately affected voters of color and therefore violated the voting rights act but the supreme court put those voting restrictions back on the books in arizona. The conservative majority on the court argued that any unequal impact on voters of color was minor and did not violate the law and this of course sweeping implications for anyone living in arizona. But this ruling will be the ba- felt the way we'll be felt way beyond the grand canyon state this year alone seventeen. Republican led states have passed bills that make it harder for people to vote everything from voter. Id laws restrictions on mail in voting fewer hours to vote in person most of those laws disproportionately affect access to the ballot box for people who are not white this ruling from the supreme court this week is basically a big green light to republican legislatures. Which you're trying to make it harder for people to vote it signaling that any court challenges to this new wave of anti voting legislation that we've seen this year could fail like the challenge to the arizona law. Just did so. If you're on that side of the fight if you're trying to knock down these laws that make it harder to vote. Where is your head at right now joining us. Now cecilia one. She's the deputy legal director at the aclu which amicus brief with the supreme court arguing that the arizona laws in question violated section. Two of the voting rights act. Cecilia thank you for being with us. This evening i think that's not common language for for many people who are relatively well read on the topic. What does that mean. What is the voting rights act. Said you can't make laws that make it harder for an identifiable group to vote. So what congressman when it enacted the latest version of section to the voting rights act is that it wanted to expand the franchise and make sure that voters all voters but particularly minority. Voters would not be blocked from their polling places through the machinations of state or local officials..
"rachel maddow" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"To our friday edition of the rachel maddow show. We will hear from rachel little later but we begin this hour in panama until a couple of years ago. If you found yourself traveling to panama city the capital of the central american nation of panama. You could if you were so inclined. Check into the trump international hotel and tower a seventy story building built to resemble a billowing sail and containing the hotel managed by the trump trump organization but after donald trump became president. The owners of that hotel began trying to fire the trump organization from running the hotel because they said the trump organization had so mismanaged the hotel and the trump brand was so toxic. The hotel was being run into the ground. The dispute between the hotel owners and the trump organization management eventually rose to the level of physical altercations at one point when representatives of the hotel owners tried to get into the main office trump security guards shoved and manhandled them out the door. The police were called the hotel several times because of confrontations like this at one point personnel working for the owner cut the power the older claim that the trump personnel were seen shredding business documents in the midst of all this the trump organization has denied all of it ultimately though in march of twenty eighteen the trump organization was evicted from the property a panamanian judge sided with the hotel's odor and the police were sent in one last time to oust the trump management and once the trump management was gone. It was time to it was it was time to deal with the trump sign. The trump name was pride off of donald. Trump's only hotel in latin america literally removed unceremoniously letter by letter and given what we know of donald trump one has to assume this was the most painful part of all goodness knows he really likes to put his name on things but this sort of thing has been happening over and over property buy property ever since donald trump was elected president. His name was taken off his hotel in my hometown. Toronto is also taken off his hotel in new york soho neighborhood. The trump name has gone from a luxury hotel project in brazil. The tenants of at least six apartment buildings in new york city voted to remove his name from their facades and more are expected to do so soon officials in new york chicago. Vancouver are all in the process of trying to get. Trump's neighbor moved from various properties in those cities in particular because they say they have a civic interest in not having the name of a man who fomented an insurrection against the united states plastered across their skylines in giant letters in other words. The trump brand is already a brand in crisis it has been for years. Seems like maybe the trump organization as a business and a brand might not be in a position to withstand a ten count. Felony indictment plus fifteen felony counts against its chief financial officer. But don't take it for me. Ask the people who used to work there. In its upper ranks. Former trump organization executive barbara rest tells bloomberg news quote. This is it. I think it's going to destroy the trump empire. A former trump or executive vice president says quote. It's the beginning of the end of the brand and not just because of public perception bloomberg notes that quote when financier see the charges. Their thoughts may turn to the company's ability to refinance more than five hundred ninety million dollars of debt coming due within the next four years more than half a which trump personally guaranteed because it has one former prosecutor points out the direct consequences of any criminal conviction could be a massive fine probation or some type of court supervision and as we know donald trump has already alienated almost every bank on earth that could conceivably loan him money. The washington post david farren. Hold who has done some of the deepest most granular reporting over the last few years on donald trump's businesses including i should say on that amazing panama city story. Well today david ferret holt and his colleagues. Jonathan o'connell and josh dossey spoke with a couple of trump's biographers to try to put these latest charges in perspective. Both of them said. The indictment of the trump organization comes during what appears to be the company's most difficult moment since trump's financial crash in the early nineteen nineties quote during that period trump found himself hundreds of millions of dollars in debt and he lost control of prized assets including an airline yacht. And new york's plaza hotel. His business empire did not fully recover for a decade until trump game television fame and made tens of millions as the star of nbc's the apprentice. Well needless to say trump seems unlikely to be saved by lucrative new network television contract any anytime soon but another thing to keep in mind in terms of the health of the trump organization is the charges filed against the cfo. Alan weisselberg not just because of his personal legal liability or the pressure on him to turn on his boss but because of what it could mean for the company if anything happens to him. One trump biographer tells david farrant holt that quote if weisselberg were to unexpectedly leave the company whether for reasons related to the case or not it could cause a major disruption weisselberg has effectively run the business with trump for several decades managing the details and the finances. Well trump is built his brand and cut deals. The trump organization is a web of hundreds of interrelated limited liability companies making it unusually difficult to run for re run for a relatively small company quote. It was weisselberg job to keep everything straight. Well joining us now. Is that report. Or the washington post. David ferret halt. He was the first to report on the existence of the special grand jury. In this case back in may this week he was the first to report. The grand jury had filed criminal indictments against the trump organization and against its chief financial officer. David thanks for your time tonight. I know you've been busy. Give a sense of what the financial situation is right. Now for the trump organization. What what do we know about. How much of a going concern. This business actually is well. Obviously it's a private company doesn't put out public statements about it's about its cash flow. But here's what we do know it's shrunk as you said it's lost a lot of hotels lost one of its biggest cash generators which was the merchandising business. Think about all. The trump trump suits trump eyeglasses trump water trump the fragrance all of this stuff that generated money for trump for nothing for no work. No effort just other. People paid him to put his name on their stuff. That's gone in addition to the hotels that suffered and those that are gone. Cova took a big bite out of his properties by ending the tourism business from almost all twenty twenty to his business was in dire shape at the beginning of twenty twenty. One then came. The january six insurrection. Trump's role in it which drove away more lenders more business partners. Pga tour event the british open and now top of all of that. We have this indictment which they haven't been convicted of anything yet but it has legal costs and uncertainty at a time when the business as you said is already at. It's one of its lowest ebb..
"rachel maddow" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"The rachel maddow show. We did nine eastern on. Msnbc leona helmsley. remember her. She went to prison. She was a multi-billionaire actual multi-billionaire for real she was president of helmsley hotels which was a high end luxury group of two or three dozen hotels including the park lane in new york city and the helmsley palace. She herself appeared in ads for some of her hotels bragging about how rich she was. And how exacting she was and how she needed absolutely the best service and the all the most luxurious stuff and so she insisted on it at all of her hotels. And that's why you should come stay at hotels sort of familiar. Stick at this point. I know but it worked for for helmsley hotels in the nineteen eighty s until it didn't turns out despite being a billionaire despite not only the image of immense wealth but the actuality of it leona helmsley and her husband had engaged in a number of chiseling tax cheats including having a whole bunch of renovations. Done at a helmsley vacation. Home in greenwich connecticut. Leona helmsley's private home renovations on that home including like putting in a dancefloor and stuff but she builds the renovations to the hotel company. She had the helmsley hotel company. Paid to do those renovations on her private home that had for her the double benefit of her not having to pay for those renovations herself and also her hotel company got to deduct the payments as a business expense. Even though they weren't it was just stuff. She wanted personally yes. She went to prison the trial where she got convicted Probably made her even more famous than her. hotels had. this is headline july twelfth. Nineteen eighty nine in the new york. Times made testifies helmsley denied paying taxes. Quote leona helmsley. Once told a housekeeper at her connecticut home that only the little people pay taxes. The housekeeper testified yesterday at mrs helmsley's tax fraud and extortion trial. The witness elizabeth bomb said the conversation took place at the helmsley's home in greenwich four to six weeks after she was hired in september. Nineteen eighty-three miss baum said that she and mrs helmsley. We're in a back hall of the eleven million dollar home. I said you must pay a lot. Of taxes is bomb testified. She said we don't pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes. Ms baum testified that staff salaries were paid by helmsley businesses and that her paycheck was issued by the harley hotel. Chain which is based in cleveland miss baum also said she ordered groceries and household supplies for the greenwich house from the park lane hotel in new york city. The items were delivered in a hotel van. She said assistant. Us attorney kathy. Cyborg ask ms bomb. If she ever purchased food locally in greenwich. She said she did so only a few times. She testified quote. I bought something for the house that we ate. She testified that when she asked mrs helmsley to reimburse her for the cost of that food mrs helmsley said to her quote. You bought it you pay for it real peach right leona. Only the little people pay taxes. Helmsley went to prison for that scheme and more. That's that's game in which she used her business as a tool for chiseling petty tax fraud. Which is both a crazy thing for a super-rich person to bother with right and it turns out. It's exactly the kind of crime that super rich people think they can get away with and that they can get caught for particularly if they are brazen about it. I mean leona homes. It was having her business pay or provide for her personal living expenses including the salaries for her made and other servants at her private vacation home in the renovations there even the food there should the business pay for all of it instead of her pain for it that meant nothing comes out of her pocket and the business gets to deduct all of that for tax purposes. She was convicted on thirty. three counts. people sort of famously shouted at her and taunted her on on the courthouse steps up to her conviction. She went to prison in nineteen ninety two when she got out of prison. She had a community service hours to perform. She apparently tried to get her employees to perform the community service for her. The court found out about it and so then she got more hours. The on a helmsley died in two thousand seven. Nearly every headline on every obituary called the ex-convict the queen of mean when she died using business to pay for your personal stuff as a way to avoid taxes. That's a tried and true way to go to prison and being famous doesn't necessarily help you. Avoid that being infamous or being famous you remember on seinfeld. There was a character called the soup. Nazi he we ever rule in this. Show don't talk about nazis unless you're talking about actual nazis except in the case of the soup nazi. That was his character on the show. He had all these really specific rules. For how exactly you were supposed to order soup at his restaurant and if you didn't follow the rules he screamed at you. No soup for you. The soup nazi on seinfeld was based on a real guy. A storefront soup place on west fifty fifth street in manhattan. Run by a guy who really would scream at you if you didn't order fast enough or if you didn't stand in exactly the right place the cfo for the soup nazi's soup company. Went to prison turns out for years. If god forbid you worked at the soup nazi place you would get paid through. All sorts of little chiseling off the books schemes designed to avoid taxes. And so the dude went to prison running your business in such a way that your business provides personal stuff to executives of the company and then writes it off like those are business. Expenses compensating the employees at your business in ways that are designed to hide that compensation from tax authorities. These are tried and true path's to prison even if you're not like a tax accountant even somebody who studies these things even if you're not a lawyer if you're somebody who just watch is seinfeld or read a single tabloid newspaper in the eighties even for comically high profile people. This is a tried and true way to end up in the crowbar hotel. Which is why presumably most people who try to commit those crimes no that they ought to be subtle about it. Mostly not all though and what new york prosecutors spelled out in court today was a variety of this kind of alleged crime that.
"rachel maddow" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"The show we did nine eastern on. Msnbc happy to have you here tonight. This friday night. This is from the judges sensing order he says quote part of the mission of the minneapolis. Police department is to give citizens voice and respect here. Mr chauvin rather than pursuing the mp demission treated mr george floyd without respect and denied him the dignity of all human beings which he certainly would have extended to a friend or neighbor in the court's view. Two hundred seventy months is the appropriate sentence today former minneapolis police officer derek. Chauvin was sentenced to two hundred and seventy months twenty two and a half years in prison for the murder. Last may of george floyd mr chauvin has been in prison since april since a jury found him guilty of second degree murder third degree murder and second degree manslaughter. All for him holding his knee. On george floyd neck until mr floyd was rendered unconscious and then died in minneapolis street corner. Mr chauvin was eligible to receive a theoretical maximum sentence of forty years in prison for second degree murder But the theoretical maximum associated with any particular crime is put up against state based sentencing guidelines. And considering the fact that mr chauvin had no criminal history the minnesota state guidelines for a sentence in this case actually may recommended a sort of presumptive sentence of about twelve and a half years now. Judges can depart from those sentencing guidelines and in particular they can depart upward aggravating factors that make the crime worse than sort of base-level offense that that presumptive sentence might apply to the judge in this case that there were four different aggravating factors that may this case essentially worse that made it worthy of a a longer sentence than twelve and a half years but it was nevertheless striking today to see the judge go a decade beyond that presumptive guideline here with this twenty two and a half year sentence in the sentencing order today. The judge spelled out his reasoning for issuing a more severe punishment than the guidelines would have suggested at baseline. He said he issued the sentence. Because mr chauvin abused position of trusted authority because he treated george floyd with particular cruelty because children were present during the commission of the offence. And because mr chauvin committed the crime as a group with the active participation of three other individuals all those four aggravating factors to the judge justified departure from the presumptive twelve and a half year sentence up to the twenty two and a half years. He handed down. But that last point that last aggravating factor committed this group with the active participation of other individuals. That's an important reminder that the legal fallout from floyd's murder on that minneapolis street corner last year. The fod is an over. The three other police officers who were present for the murder of mr floyd have also been charged in state court for aiding and abetting the killing. They are set to stand trial early next year. They're ongoing legal consequences even beyond that for those other three officers and for derek chauvin to earlier this year the us justice department brought federal charges against chauvin and those other three officers. That trial has not yet been scheduled. But with this twenty two and a half year sentence today derek chauvin becomes only the second police officer in minneapolis history. Excuse me in. Modern minnesota has to be put in prison for murdering someone while on duty as a police officer. Nationwide the number of police officers sent to prison after committing a murder on duty is less than a dozen in the past fifteen years and yet here we are today. Derek chauvin sentenced to twenty two and a half years today in court during derek chauvin. Sentencing hearing several members of george floyd family gave what are called victim. Impact statements statements for people who were affected by this crime. The first of those victim impact statements came from george floyd seven year old daughter. Who was allowed to give her statement by video and not in person because of her age cell phone video was played in open court today and you can see her here. She's speaking to somebody who's off camera talking about her father. What do you miss most about your daddy.
"rachel maddow" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"The show weeknights at nine eastern on. Msnbc we're going to start. Though with my favorite movie. The original version. The black and white version of the manchurian candidate came out in nineteen sixty two. And this is not exactly a spoiler but the real villain in the story. Is angela lansbury. Like i said it's not a spoiler. You figure that out pretty soon as when you're watching it but angela lansbury is the kind of a kind of a hidden from the public villain. She's the power behind the throne. She is the wife of an increasingly high profile. Us senator but you soon learn that. He's just like a puppet he's adult and she's really the one pulling all the strings. So here's a clip. You can see angela lansbury here. You see her quiet sort of evil satisfaction. While she is knowingly watching her husband the senator as he winds up and does his thing and it such a brilliant seen. I mean it's brilliant just terms of the writing and in terms of what's happening in the plot here but it's so brilliant in terms of the way it's shot because even though she's in the room with him while he is causing this scene she's physically in the same space as him. You can see the way. It's shot that she's not actually looking at him in person she's paying attention to the screen which you can also see in her field division on the screen. She can see what he looks like on camera on live television as he pulls off this stunt in a congressional hearing room with the secretary of defense it is such a great seat. And yes the guy you will sort of recognized halfway into. It is in fact. Frank sinatra and. He's amazing in this movie. This has been my favorite movie since i was a teenager for a reason. Just watch this. I have a question. So i am. United states senator. John nick is iceland. And i have a question so serious that the safety of our nation may well depend on your is.
"rachel maddow" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"With us is basically one in every ten people in the country. The total number of americans who have health insurance because of the affordable care act because of obamacare clocks in at around thirty one million people today. All thirty one million people can breathe a little bit of a sigh of relief because the supreme court this morning rejected a case brought by republican led states. That had asked the court to kill the affordable care act altogether. The court said no. They wouldn't do that. They left it in place and in so doing they blocked was conservatives third effort at the supreme court to try to kill the bill the supreme court. I upheld the constitutionality of obamacare nine years ago. That was a five to four ruling than six years ago. They upheld its constitutionality again with a six three ruling now today even though the court has three justices appointed by president trump the ruling was even more lopsided. It was seventy two. It's gone from five to four to six two three two seven two two now. The justices didn't rule on the so-called merits of the case. They just ruled that. The republican officials in texas and the other republican states that were suing didn't have standing to bring the suit but it does seem at least for now that this fight is over. Republicans of course could keep trying. But i might recommend that they get a new hobby. The majority opinion in the case today was written by the centre-left justice steven brier stephen. Briers name has been in a lot of headlines recently because he has been facing impassioned calls to step down From people who worry about a repeat of what happened in two thousand sixteen when republicans blocked president obama from filling justice scalia seat if the senate is retaken by the republicans even with joe biden in the white house. Nominating fill to fill justice breyer seat. Nobody's confident that joe biden would be allowed to put his own nominee on the court. We expect a little more than a dozen other outstanding cases to be decided by the supreme court in three different days. They're going to give rulings next week. But the biggest ruling of the term is now decided this for care act ruling today. An opinion written by the longest serving justice who was appointed by a democratic president Should we expect news of significant size from the court in terms of their ruling in terms of their makeup as a court. There's nobody i would rather talk to about. All of the above than dolly olympic. She writes about the courts and the law for slate. She hosts the excellent slate. Podcast which is called amicus dalia. It's great to see. Thanks for joining us tonight. That time of year. Rachel good to see. I know we've got three more days in which we're gonna get more rulings next week. I think it's monday wednesday and friday but the the most consequential ruling we were waiting for was this one on the affordable. Care act right. I think this one in probably fulton the other one came down today on the sort of collision between religious liberties and civil rights in foster care in philadelphia. That also actually was quite a narrow decision. So i think you're right. This is the one that a lot of folks were holding their breath around in terms of the close of this court session as we look toward the end of next week in the court issuing all of its rulings. A lot of people around the country are looking at the court and wondering justice. Breyer is going to retire so he can leave on his own terms and it gives the not only the democratic president but the democratic control narrowly democratically controlled senate. Right now chance to replace him. what do you think of all the storm and drum around that you know. It's such a funny situation. Rachel because the only person in the end who's the determinant of what he's gonna do is steven briar n. He has made clear time and time again including in an interview. He gave me at christmas time. That he just doesn't think that court justices political and that this is a political question and You know he'll retire when he wants to retire. But all of these sort of swirling questions about a fifty fifty senate. We have mitch mcconnell announcing this week that he's not going to ever Confirm biden nominee if he gets control of the senate. None of that seems to be part of justice briars calculus and i would say paradoxically the more he is pushed There's a bunch of ads that are coming out this In the next couple of days a whole bunch of Liberal scholars eighteen scholars signed a letter. Saying please please get off the court. The more he's pushed the more in some sense. He's persuaded that this all looks really political. So he'd better stick around in terms of how the court is operating right now. We've had some unusual splits in terms of the number of oats. I think people were surprised to see. For example justice thomas on the side that he came down today with the affordable care act ruling even though it was decided on these narrow the narrow standing grounds i i wonder i think people also read into the fact that just briar wrote the opinion in the affordable. Care act that maybe that was a sign that we should read into something in terms of. What's going on among the justices. Do you think those are tea. Leaves worth reading in terms of how the how the vote. The vote splits happen. How sort of consensus efforts are going led by the chief justice. Who's writing which opinions. I mean we treat. It's like sort of kremlinology but do you think that that stuff is worth watching or no. I mean it's worth watching. But i will be super super precise to say that at the same moment this morning. That a lot of court watchers were saying. Oh john roberts assign the aca case brier. That probably means he's telling brier your work here is done move on. There were equal amount of people. Saying oh john. Roberts assigned the case to briar. That signaled smelling brier. Stick around the best is yet to come. So there's kind of a little bit of reading into it what we want to see. I'm not sure what to make of the fact that The chief justice assigned this to briar. But i think it's probably the case that again. It's just a piece of this larger effort to say. Why is it that everybody except steve. Brier won t prior to retire. I think the more we push in the where he digs in. I'm not pushing. I'm not pushing out. Never push. I've i've never pushed anything in my life. I would i start pushing now. Who covers the courts for slate. She hosts the excellent amicus. Podcast on slate dali. Thank you as always. It's always great to have you here. Louis treat thank you all right. We'll be right back. Stay with us. Senator joe manchin is the only democrat in the us. Senate who's saying he won't support the big voting rights bill..
"rachel maddow" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"For me. Rachel it was the worst. Moment of mr putin's press conference today to compare the peaceful organization that mr navalny heads which is fighting corruption with those that use violence to storm are capital. One side is fighting peacefully for democracy. The other side is doing the exact opposite. that's classic putin what aboutism. But here's another dimension. He's siding with mr trump and the people that support mr trump and i think people forget that yes. There is a battle between democratic states and autocratic states president rightly spoke about that today throughout this trip. But there's also a battle within states between democrats and autocrats. There's a fight going on in russia and there's also a fight going on in the united states of america and by the way and other european countries as well and that's the kind of linkage. Putin thinks he's fighting an ideological battle. He's doing that on purpose. To rally supporters and tragically. It's having some success in europe and in the united states as well michael mcfaul who was. Us ambassador to russia under president obama who prepare president biden for this meeting today with president. Putin mr ambassador. Thank you for your time tonight. Particularly given the very late hour and how long this has been thanks very much all always get up or stay up for you rachel. Thanks for having me. You're very kind all right. We'll be right back. Stay with us is interesting today. On voting rights there's only one democrat in the senate who isn't cosponsoring. The big voting rights. Bill the senate bill one the for the people act forty nine fifty. Democratic senators are on board with it. But not joe manchin of west virginia earlier this month he of course published an op. Ed saying he wouldn't vote for it. If no republicans would vote for the neither. Would he the senate. Republican leader has said in fact not a single republican vote for a voting rights. Bill so that would seem to be the end of that but then today interesting news. Senator mansion today released a list. What he called a compromise proposal voting rights a list of things that he likes and that he apparently thinks could get lots of republicans support he then. Noisily held a meeting with eight republican senators to discuss his proposal on voting rights. The problem here though is the math. Say for argument's sake that all the democrats give everything. He wants this bill. They all agree to still vote for it. Even though there's a bunch of stuff in there the democrats don't like and said that mentioned. Miraculously convinces all eight of these republican senators. He's meeting with. They also support the bill. That would still not be enough votes to pass it over a republican filibuster even under the unrealistically auspicious circumstances. I've just described unless senator mentioned is willing to change the senate rules so that at least voting rights bills can't be filibustered. He's proposing this compromise. For absolutely nothing senator mitch and says he wants to pass a voting rights bill. The math doesn't work though and the coverage of this should reflect that. Watch this that is going to do it for us tonight. I will see you again right here tomorrow night. The show weeknights at nine eastern on msnbc..
"rachel maddow" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"Today's demonstration is the latest of many staged by the militant group act up which has gained increasing influence on aids policies. The weekly meetings of the new york chapter attract hundreds and the loosely knit organization counts ten thousand members. Nationwide mostly young mostly demonstration. Eric keep it there. Atmosphere at the meetings at the group's headquarters is characterized by enthusiasm and belligerence toward established institutions. Playwright larry kramer's started to accelerate the aids drug approval process. Go what right does the fda and the nih have to tell a dying person. What he or she can do with her or his body. Act up members. Do more than demonstrate mark harrington has made himself an expert on aids and he serves on an nih advisory committee even though he helped organize. Today's demonstration well. I call that the inside. Outside strategy act does really well act up. Strategy has been enormously successful in getting the food and drug administration to loosen the regulation of new drugs for aids. now the activists are trying to force scientists to work faster to develop and test new treatments in the past. Scientists have strongly resisted such pressure. Act up things. Scientists can be made to listen robert basell. Nbc news because it was may nineteen ninety bethesda maryland at the campus of the national institutes of health. And it was. That was really something. Hundreds of people got arrested You saw people getting clubbed there by police and some of that footage As part of that protests people with aids wrap themselves up in red tape as they marched on the nature and h building. They said we're dying from red tape. They said the nih is killing us. We die they do nothing so they set off those colored smoke bombs incredibly dramatic and actually quite intimidating saying they wanted was more people into more clinical trials for more drugs and they made that huge racket trying to force it to happen in that news footage though there was that brief clip of individual member of the activist group. Act up. Who voiceover over said. The reporter said both helped organize that protested. Nih was also serving on a formal advisory committee at nih a formal advisory committee at nih on on trying to test and approve new drugs rates. That act that happened. Activists were brought onto those advisory groups because the top aids researcher at. Nih made that happen. He met with activists he cracked. Open the nih to force that big scientific government agency to put actual people with aids on these advisory boards including the activists who were protesting at their offices in big loud sometimes. Very intimidating protests. Put those people on the advisory boards that are steering the government response now. The top aids researcher and the government at the time made that happen which earned him respect from the activists who he was helping into the corridors of power didn't stop him from getting a hard time from them though in an ongoing way three days after that protest at nih at his office. The lead aids reached aids researcher at nih had been scheduled to give a talk in new york city about treatment options for people with hiv. Here's that scene is described in the book against the odds by peter arno and karen fighting they say quote. The audience was packed with act up members the researcher quipped i enjoyed so much the visit of some of you a few days ago then. He fielded questions from the crowd. The mood was far from friendly. And some of the threats were thinly-veiled the drugs you've tested haven't worked shouted one man. Why don't you try the ones. We've been begging you for for years and pleading for a boulder response to the epidemic. Another man. warned. If you can't find the profile encouraged that i've seen all around me in my own community that i'm scared of what we may have to be driven to do to make you wake up. I hope it doesn't come to that. The most moving moment of the evening came when one man stepped up to the microphone and asked if you had heard promises year in and year out. If you're still carrying the best friends you've ever had out of churches and synagogues in caskets. If you are scared to death of getting sick yourself what would you do dr fauci. What would you do vouchers. Response was subdued. He said quote. I would be very upset. It was forty years ago tomorrow that the first ever report was published identifying a weird rare kind of pneumonia nooses testimony a- among five previously healthy young gay men forty years ago exactly since that first cautious curious report of something odd noticed in those five young men. That was one thousand nine hundred eighty one. Dr anthony fauci was an infectious disease doctor and researcher. At the time. I can remember in early in the summer of one thousand nine hundred ninety one when i i read in the report from the cdc of these cases of strange infections and tumors in patients in male homosexuals in new york city area and in california l. a. and san francisco. I had thought initially that this might be a transmissible agent but maybe with some toxic self than some drug. Or what have you that. They had ingested but then when it became clear that such a large number of individuals on both coasts. Were getting it. We became rather suspicious that we were dealing with an infectious agent and then as soon as the iv drug users became infected and then haemophiliacs with the common denominator of the possibility of bloodborne transmission in addition to sexual transmission. Then it became clear that we were dealing with a very special unprecedented situation. A very special unprecedented situation. Dr anthony. Fauci was a rocket in his field at the time as a young researcher he became one of the most prolific most widely published most influential respected infectious disease scientists on earth and from the very very beginning of the aids epidemic forty years ago now. He not only worked on it. As a researcher he personally treated patients from the very beginning and he did put activists on the advisory boards for clinical trials. Listen to them. He created what was called a parallel track for clinical trials to get more people faster access to promising but still experimental therapies. He didn't just get yelled at by activists and then meet with them himself. He also brought activists to h to meet with his colleagues who might have been less inclined to hang out with the activists who are always screaming at them. He brought activists to meet with his colleagues at h. To expose those other government scientists and doctors to the urgency and anger of these desperate young people who were dying from this incurable thing. He wanted the researchers and doctors he worked with to see what was motivating him and what was motivating the people who were pressuring them so hard and making their lives so difficult at times he wanted to light a fire under the government. Response will now. We are as of tomorrow. Officially forty years in the aids epidemic. Those first five cases written up in the first journal article forty years ago. They eventually became thirty. Two million people dead from around the world seven hundred and thirty thousand americans dead from it but right now yes there are seven hundred and thirty thousand americans who have been killed by aids but there are one point two million americans who are living with hiv right now because treatment for hiv infection did get so much better got the first drug in nineteen ninety six. We got really good drug starting in two thousand and six and now if you can get the sorry. The first drug in nineteen eighty-six. I good drugs in nineteen ninety-six and now if you can get access to state of the art treatment bottom line is is basically not gonna kill you anymore and that's been the last forty years that's been the life's work of dr anthony fauci as the government's top infectious disease doctor. The same dr. Anthony fauci who axios tells us today is set to become the new hillary trump's new hillary the new villain chief for former president. Donald trump who apparently plans to make vilifying and attacking dr anthony fauci the centerpiece of his comeback political tour which he wants to start tomorrow at a speech. He's given to the state republican party in north carolina. Dr fauci is the subject in a negative way of every hour on fox news. Primetime now where they think he can somehow be blamed for causing covid or something since he's the country's lead scientist on it or maybe he's a secret chinese communist. I actually can't quite follow. What it is they think voucher has done so wrong. But you know what. Knock yourself out. This is not his first time swimming laps in the pool. This is from against the odds again. January one thousand nine hundred nine. She was in san francisco to speak at an aids meeting being held at the saint francis hotel just before he stepped up to the podium act up members popped up from the audience and began blowing whistles within minutes. They had covered the hotel conference room with red. Tape they chanted. You're killing us with red tape..
"rachel maddow" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"Yeah first of all. I think you're entirely right. I've been trying to scream about this as best. I can tap my lungs. You know alexander soldier. The former soviet dissident wrote in nineteen nineteen seventy-one that in the former soviet union The the lie had become not just a moral category but a pillar of the state and the big lie has moved from a political category something that trump and his allies were saying for political purposes. And it is now turning into a pillar of the state it is becoming a part of state policy and ex really dangerous and one of the ways it's doing it is through these audits because it is giving the veneer of official official notice. They're being done through state legislatures through state officials and it is allowing the big lie to have the imprimature of the state. And what happens is when they do these processes and by the way. These are not audits against. I've been involved in more. Statewide auditing recounts probably than any other person. Alive or dead. And i can tell these are not genuine. Audits or recounts. But what's happening is they're spoiling the ballots. They are ruining the equipment. Literally the state of arizona's gonna throw away voting machines based on this and so yes to think. It violates federal law. yeah i do. Because federal law requires that the ballots in federal elections be kept for twenty two months after the election. And these ballots have essentially been tainted. Do i think it violates state law in some of these states. yeah i think it does. And i wish the judges would view this with the seriousness of of democracy being a threat rather than just feeling like well. If the humor these these crazy people he'll go away because we know when you humor these crazy people. They don't go away. They just keep repeating and making worse. Marc elias democratic voting rights attorney founder of democracy docket mark. I know you're incredibly busy. Thanks for taking time to be with us tonight. Rachel all right much more to come here tonight. Stay with us. Did you pay back several of your top executives for contributing to trump's campaign by bona sing or rewarding them. that's an outrageous claim. sir. And i resent it. I'm just asking a question. The answer is no so you did not bonus or reward any of your negatives now anyone you solicited for contribution to the trump campaign meltzer so all your campaign. I'm not fully aware fully aware of illegal campaign contributions or what. If you're present the assertion so why don't you accusing me up. I resent the assertion. What are you accusing me of that. Indignant man to louis dejoy. Since the trump administration he has been in charge of the united states. Post office in that job as best as anyone can tell. He's been working as hard as he can to sabotage and screw up the beloved. Us post office But what. He was indignant about their that. Congressional testimony was an allegation that he had run an illegal campaign. Donations scheme where his employees made political donations in their own name but dejoy basically reimbursed them with bonuses paid through his company if that happened. that's illegal. That's really illegal. Ceo's have gone to prison for schemes like that last year the washington post reported that for more than a decade over a hundred individuals at louis dejoy company contributed over a million dollars to republican candidates joys behalf. Many of those same employees had never previously donated and didn't donate again after leaving his company. Employees reported feeling pressured to donate in order to please the boss to joys longtime director of human resources told the paper quote. He asked employees for money. We gave him the money and then he reciprocated by giving us big bonuses on former. Fcc lawyer told the posted appeared to be a quote run of the mill but very illegal corporate straw donor scheme. Another added quote. It's rare to see it. That blatant louis dejoy has denied doing anything improper but fast forward to today in the washington post is reporting that his political fundraising and remarkable number of his employees. Seem to have helped with that. That is now the subject of an fbi investigation according to the post quote fbi agents in recent weeks of interviewed current and former employees of dejoy and the business asking questions about political contributions and company activities. Prosecutors also issued a subpoena to dejoy himself for information spokesman for louis dejoy confirmed the existence of the but insists joy. Did nothing wrong again. He's still running the. Us postal service right now. The reporter who broke this news today joins us next day with us today. The washington post was first to break the news that the postmaster general of the united states is under. Fbi investigation. louis dejoy. She's the man who took a wrecking ball to the us. Post office in the run up to last fall's presidential election. He's working now even now to slow down the mail even further. The fbi is reportedly investigating. What the post described last year as a fairly blatant alleged scheme by dejoy to funnel illegal donations to republican politicians. Joining us now is the reporter. Who broke this news today. Washington post reporter. Matt's appetizers ski misters appetite. Thank you so much for being here. Congratulations on the scoop. Do we know when this investigation began. We don't know exactly when it began. I sort of suspected began after my colleagues back. In september reported on this possible scheme that louis dejoy was involved in essentially reimbursing on his employees for political donations. At least that's what a couple of them alleged schwab when a lot of times happens in cases like these is the fbi. The justice department says public reporting of possible straw donor. Skiing seamless in many other. Jesus and then they say hey we want to look at this but we do know in the last couple of weeks. The fbi decided to do what they would call taking this thing over. In other words they went out and talked to witnesses in the world who could possibly tell their friends or tell orders what had happened that led to join finding out join himself was subpoenaed. We reported that dos or do we know. Mr dejoy is cooperating with the investigation. He says that he is..
"rachel maddow" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"With us. Windham new hampshire is a small town on the in. The southern part of new hampshire spent an hour outside of boston About fourteen thousand. People live in windham new hampshire and last election day on the ballot there they had racists for four seats in the state legislature. And when the ballots counted up from windham the top four candidates the winners of all those four seats were all republicans. Democrat came in fifth but the return showed that it was really close. She'd only lost out on one of those four slots by a grand total of twenty four votes and so that democrat who came so close she asked for a recount they recount and what it turned up was kind of weird rather been missing a slot in the state legislature rather than missing fourth place by by just twenty four votes. The route actually showed that she lost by way more than that she lost by more like four hundred votes. The voting machines appear to have undercounted the votes that were given to the republicans and over counted the votes for that democrat and again in those races it didn't change the overall result at all but it did change the margin which was interesting and worth getting to the bottom of windham officials said. They thought the discrepancy could have something to do with their voting machines simply because they're voting machines were old there from the ninety s hadn't been updated for a decade the state agreed to audit to audit. What happened in windham new hampshire because there had been this discrepancy in the recount. They wanted to make sure nothing. More serious was wrong with the machines or or with the process there and just to reiterate this was an incredibly local issue. This wasn't an audit of all election results. In new hampshire it wasn't even an audit of all the state legislature racists in new hampshire. It was just a handful of machines in one small town in just the state legislature races there but despite the narrowness of the apparent problem there. That didn't stop former president trump and his supporters from glomming onto this tiny audit of the specific problem in new hampshire to because they thought this would be their opportunity to expose the widespread fraud in two thousand twenty election. That would show that. Donald trump was robbed of being reelected this. Would this would cast doubt nationwide and the integrity of the whole presidential election. A windham new hampshire state legislature results the margin now the results last month when the new hampshire state legislature held a meeting to decide who would perform the audit in wyndham. What was described as in angry mob of trump's supporters descended on that meeting. They demanded that new hampshire reject a candidate for the job who had extensive experience auditing elections and was certified to do it and said they demanded that new hampshire high giovane pulitzer the guy who says he invented a device. That can suss out whether ballots are real or fake. But he can't tell you what devices or how it works because it secret he also. You'll recall from the other times we've talked about on the show. He's the inventor of the hand held cat shaped barcode. Skinner that was named one of the worst tech product inventions ever made. That's who they wanted to do. The audit and it's not just supporters of donald trump. Who have turned to this audit in windham new hampshire and do a clown car clause celeb- for the big lie. It's donald trump himself to last month. The former president posted this on his now defunct blog he posted quote. New hampshire's election audit has revealed as revealed that large-scale voting machines appear to count to non existing votes state and local communities are seeking confirmation. It's probably true but we'll soon know why aren't minority leader mitch. Mcconnell republicans doing anything about what went on in the twenty twenty election. How can the democrats be allowed to get away with this. And we'll go down as the century other states like arizona georgia where a judge just granted a motion to unseal and inspect ballots from the twenty twenty election and michigan and pennsylvania and more to follow. It's probably true. This trump basically saying you know this audit and new hampshire. This is going to be the thing that blows the whole thing open. It's all going to be exposed. After new hampshire he says comes. Arizona georgia michigan pennsylvania iowa the white house. It's probably true will soon no well. In the end we did soon know that statement from former president trump. About how new hampshire was going to start the undoing of the whole election. That was just over a week ago. That was may twenty fourth three days later. This was the headline at the new hampshire. Union leader quote windham new hampshire audit finds no fraud or evidence. Voting machines were tempered with go figure. Turns out former. President trump was incorrect when he said large scale voting machines. Whatever those are. Were counting non existing votes in new hampshire. There had been a very specific problem with the way. Ballots were handled in that new hampshire town involving them being folded by the wrong machine that allowed the fold to read some things as votes that weren't votes when they unfolded them and looked at them. Turns out that was the only problem and they ran them and they got the real results. That was it may sort of that out. They realized that had been the problem now. We know what happened in new hampshire. It didn't reveal that nationwide. There was a huge voter fraud scandal. But even with that flop in new hampshire the fight to pretend that donald trump is the rightful winner of two thousand twenty election. That remains active. The so-called audit of the election results in arizona continues apace. It's still anybody's guess as to win. That will wrap up but state. Lawmakers reportedly kicking around the idea of doing yet another election audit in arizona after. This one auditing again. The same two million ballots being shame audited right now because apparently what they're doing now is enough today the arizona so-called audit however had visitors can see in this photo c. There's all these people collared shirts and stuff who are part of the so-called but there's those little guys in suits there. those are republican state lawmakers from the great state of pennsylvania. They today got a private tour of the ongoing arizona. Audit the ceo of cyber ninjas the firm that's running this bs audit he squire them around the site himself today when asked by a reporter today whether he wants to do an arizona style audit in pennsylvania. One of those republican lawmakers touring. the site. Today responded quote. I do i do this. Kind of effort is spreading anywhere. Republicans have power in wisconsin republicans. There have come up with a brand new way to cast out on the legitimacy legitimacy of joe biden's victory in their state. as well. this one will blow your socks off. We've got that story for you next. Stay with us. State.