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>> taking a shower? >> it's on. >> it's waterproof to protect the privacy of his students while on nyu property. you're just going to put a lens cap on your head? >> the exactly. >> wait until the airport screeners get ahold of him. we could plug into you and send out a live shot? >> absolutely. >> his project is called the third eye, but when the planet of space ball got beamed in with his head on backwards, it's not always great to have eyes in the back of your head. >> why didn't someone tell me my ass was so big. it's like a bald spot only not. >> jeanne moos, new york. >> john king usa starts right now. thanks, and good evening. tonight fascinating new research that forces us to rethink fundamental questions about the building blocks of life. it was a discovery right here on earth, but the scientist says
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it's much more likely she thinks there's life elsewhere too. crackling exchanging as the defense secretary and top military officer make the case for repealing don't ask don't tell policy that preventing gay americans from serving openly. >> i've been serving with gays and lesbians my whole career. i went to war with them aboard a destroyer off the coast of vietnam. i knew they were there. they knew i knew it, and what's more, nearly everyone in the crew knew it. we never missed a mission, never failed to deliver ordinance on target. >> plus a day of sharp debate over your taxes. nancy pelosi is still speaker for another month or so. she celebrated to extend tax cuts for families making $250,000 a year or less and to raise taxes for everyone above that line. republicans called it a stunt and more. trying to catch my breath so i don't refer to this maneuver
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going on today as chicken crap, all right? but this is nonsense. all right? >> the tax debate just ahead, but first censure and shame for a man who not long ago was among one of the most powerful players in washington. congressman rangel called to the well of the house and called to rebuke. it's the 23rd member in the history of the house to be censured. a lot of important political news. here in washington democratic strajist cornell bell cher, and dana bash. the 23rd member in the history of the house, charlie rangel, 333-79, an overwhelming vote of censure and a public rebuke and embarrassment for the man who wrote tax laws. >> it was a sad day.
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you can say that objectively. it's too bad. the fact of the matter is, charlie rangel had a press conference afterwards, and he said it's a political vote. it's it's hard to make the argument it's just a political vote when you have that overwhelming vote. so many of his fellow democrats thought this was the right thing. you're talking about one step short of expelling him from congress. >> let's listen to that. charlie rangel did go to the floor after the vote and he had a news conference in which he said, yes, i've done wrong, but i didn't deserve a punishment so bad. listen. >> people would recognize that the vote for censure was a very, very, very political vote. i did not curse out the speaker. i've not tried to have sex with minors. i did not steal any money. >> his point, cornell, is that others have been given the same penalty for more egregious offenses, but he was convicted by the ethics committee of doing shady things.
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>> full disclosure. charlie rangel was a good man. there was no corruption here. what he was found to be was -- >> no personal enrichment. >> no enrichment here. he's not into that. he's strapped on a gun and went over to korea shortly after truman said it was okay for black people to be in the army. strapped on a gun and went over there and saved lives and fought for his country over there in war for us. this is not a corrupted individual. he is guilty of being sloppy on some things, and i'm with republican peter king on this. i don't think the crime fit the punishment here on this, because i think, you know, it's interesting because he had a deal on the table for a reprimand earlier. if they were going to censure him then, why did they put the reprimand deal on the table? i know you know him well. i think there was politics involved. >> cornell, told's censure does not overshadow charlie rangel's
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long and distinguished service to this nation, but that service does not minimize the 13 counts of corruption against him, many of which were not just negligence and sloppiness but things unacceptable from a man who oversaw the tax cut. this was an appropriate punishment. it should be a wake-up call. >> he wasn't found to be corrupt on anything. that's my point. >> if you have four rent controlled apartments in new york, that's beyond shame. >> no, it's not. the detail was those apartments when he took those apartments, they were -- people were begging for him to take those apartments because they were drug-infested apartments that no one wanted to live in. they wanted him to live there at that time. this was out of place. >> even heroes have to abide by the rules. ed rollins that's what his fellow democrats said. >> the bottom line. i like charlie and i've known him 23for 30 years. the bottom line is this is his own peers, and this is their
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rules. he clearly violated their rules, and he could have made a deal a long time ago. he could keep his mouth shut today. if you're his adviser tell him to keep his mouth shut and go away for a month. >> like that works. >> he's making it worse by himself. he made it an uncomfortable vote for his fellow members. he ought to hold his head up high. he got elected to congress by replacing someone that did unethical things and should have set a better example. >> let's go over the issue of taxes. dana, nancy pelosi wanted the democrats to take this vote today. say tax cuts stay in place if you're a family $250,000 or below, anyone above that line your taxes go up on december 31st. she knew this is hardly the last word, there are negotiations ongoing right now. i want to focus not so much on the house vote but on what you hear about the negotiations including jitters from democrats who think the white house might
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not be getting a good deal like they want. >> it's so fascinating and part of post-election dynamic. there are negotiations going on, there are those negotiations set up by the white house and there are also discussions going on at the highest level of leadership of democrats and at the white house. what i've told you many teams. the likely scenario is a temporary extension of all bush era tax cuts for all income levels, but democrats hope it's part of a larger package. >> unemployment benefit extensions and other job creating tax cuts and things like that? >> exactly. democrats who i talked to in congress say they're worried that the president and the white house is going to -- the word of one source i talked to cave and sell out the democratic priorities. they're worried that they're not going to fight hard enough for some of the asks, some of the things they're asking for on the wish list in exchange for concessions for tax cuts. >> it plays out on capitol hill
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and the television air waves. listen to this new ad from you would think everybody is gearing up to go against the republicans in 2012. has this message for the president. >> what happened to this bold man in 2008. >> the guy stands for all the people, and he's not going to let himself get pushed around. >> mr. president, please do not compromise with the republicans about extending the bush tax cuts. >> what is it, my friend, mr mr. belcher, about the democratic party when times are tough it's a circulating firing squad kind of thing. >> what's interesting is when you pull back the politics of this thing, we know fairly certainly that, look, unemployment, there's a deal cut. unemployment will be extended. there will be a deal cuts. the tax breaks are going to come extended. what's interesting is the maneuvering going on inside of both parties frankly.
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nancy pelosi probably strategically needs to get to a place where mitch mcconnell is going more so than where boehner is. the politics are progressive and they want red meat thrown. for house democrats they get red meat today and setting up for a longer debate where we have one side. ed will disagree that they have the better side. it's a debate political. >> if you think two years from now it's a critical election issue you're crazy. the bottom line is this is the first effort of the democrats to agitate reps and give them the excuse to be treated the same way democrats treated them for the last two years. this was not good negotiation. if nancy pelosi feels good about this, great. if you want to cooperate with me, i'm going to treat them the same way they treated me. >> the same way that boehner said no, no, no. she's just picking up his playbook, a very successful
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playbook by the way. >> that's ed's point is we create this cycle. this sets the tone exactly on the wrong foot where we have more obstructionism and more political positioning. akugz president obama to be a squish, that is deeply self-defeating in the long run. >> i had a senior democratic aide say this is the real debate for 2012. that will set the pace and precedent. there is concern. tends to run adds against democrats on a lot of things, but it's real. >> i think it's unfair for us to say now nancy pelosi has to behave in a way that boehner behaved. >> she can be whatever she wants to be. we will treat her the same way she treated husband. >> the senate is almost surely going to do the same thing.
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senate democrats are agitated to get on record with their priorities. >> divided government makes interesting politics, and the democrats in congress won't agree with the democrat down the street at the white house. when we come back, a big debate today about don't ask don't tell and also late-breaking news about wikileaks. senate intelligence committee members have been briefed. they say, quote, this qualifies as espionage. if you live for performance, upgrade to castrol edge advanced synthetic oil. with eight times better wear protection than mobil 1. castrol edge. it's more than just oil. it's liso i take one a day men's 50+ advantage. as a manager, my team counts on me to stay focused. it's the only complete multivitamin with ginkgo to support memory and concentration.
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more breaking news tonight. after a closed door meeting the chair woman dianne feinstein told reporters wikileaks' posting is far beyond free speech. >> we have reviewed the espionage statute and believe it qualifies. >> after the meeting joe lieberman said they think wikileaks founder julian assange should be prosecuted. the speed with which the polia l politicians want to grab hold of
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this, it adds to the political debate about that. they want the government to do more to protect its secret. the justice department has a tough job of figuring out to charge them. >> if you want to look for bipartisanship if anyone thinks it's missing in washington, this is an issue where we see it. you saw how angry die an fine steen was coming out of the briefing. fellow republicans are equally angry. they are putting serious pressure on the justice department but more importantly on the state department and the defense department to do something about this. >> the country is appalled by it. it's not just the politician. this is espionage. this has jeopardized lives. they ought to try him for it. >> let's listen to more of what dianne feinstein said. she's usually a calm character about intelligence stuff. she tries to stay level-headed about it. she's clearly worked up.
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>> we've just seen the tip of the iceberg so far, so i have no way of knowing what's to come next. clearly, you have the secretary of state out in a major effort right now trying to reassure allies, trying to move on, trying to set up a mechanism to stop this and state has done that. it's very serious. this is far beyond free speech. this is an attack at operating capability of the united states government. >> the word "attack" is interesting she would use that, and she's dead right about the embarrassing part. more documents out tonight, some of the cables back from mexico say the mexican government concedes its lost control of parts of the country. yesterday we saw the documents where the u.s. diplomat sending back from russia all the allegations of corruption, about iraq, about afghanistan, about turkey. everyone around the world is pretty mad right now. >> the espionage argument is a
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good one. sarah palin is throwing around terrorist comparisons, which is absurd. this gets to the heart of the matter. this is the downside of globalization and technology. we need to update credibilities and laws, but that's a much more accurate and fair way to prosecute this case than throwing around al qaeda comparisons. >> i don't ask the question to be political, but i know we're in a political conversation here. we've heard from the secretary of state, we've heard from the secretary of defense, we see the outrage in congress. we haven't heard in a detailed way from the president of the united states. in part, i assume that's because he's letting their deputies do their job, and secretary clinton has the hard diplomacy. you say the country is outraged. this is a breach of security that embarrassed the country around the world. at some point does the president have to explain this? >> he has to step forward and say -- first, he has to hold his own people accountable, however
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this happened, and it's not just a private in the pentagon somewhere. there was a massive, massive breakdown in our system. he has to fix that. he has to say he's appalled by this. he has to say we're going to find this guy. i'm btnot going to count on in r interpol. >> that might have the president explaining our things. >> put nem in guantanamo for a couple of years. there's a nice jail down there. >> but to a certain extent, technology has got ahead of laws and we have to catch up here. i have a feeling like al capone, we'll get this guy for something. >> i like al capone. let's move to the conversations on capitol hill don't ask don't tell. this is a very, very difficult one. john mccain in the 2008 campaign said if the pentagon leadership, the military leaders are willing
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to change this policy, i'd be willing to listen to them. he has a different position now. saying the president of the united states and defense secretary don't qualify. their opinion doesn't matter. senator mccain asking admiral mike mullen, they had a survey and they say there would be bumps in the road and they could do this. senator mccain said why don't you ask the simple question in the survey, do you want us to change the policy? >> why don't you ask the question s question? >> i think it's an incredibly bad precedent to vote on a policy. >> it's not voting, sir. it's asking their view. >> at the same hearing secretary gates essentially backed up admiral mullen. >> that's the way our civilian-led military has ever worked in our entire history. the should question needs to be decided by the congress or the courts as far as i'm concerned.
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>> if got pretty tense in there. one of the things the military brass is worried about, a lot don't like it or want to change. their position is let congress pass this law because they're worried some court will say to do it tomorrow. >> they're very worried about that. you heard that over and over from everybody at the table. they understand this is congress' job and they want congress to act because that allows the military to do it their way and take their time to do it. one point on bwhat you heard frm senator mccain, why didn't you ask what they think. susan collins said do we ask troops if we could go to iraq or afghanistan? you don't and that. >> you question is you saw the tension now and you saw senator mccain and a lot of the republicans don't want to do this. there are enough republicans probably if the vote is 51, but john avalon, will all this talk only if we get a tax cut deal, will all the procedural stuff
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get in the way of vote? >> it might. what's so extraordinary is look at the shift in public opinion. we forget the don't ask and don't tell me. it was a reform in bill clinton's era. but the country moved on dramatic al dramatically. over 70% think we should make this change. it is important to do it the right way, to glemt it the right way, not through the courts but through the proper processing channels. this is a high stakes moment here, and i'm disappointed that senator mccain has versed himself. he should listen to senator goldwater that had a seat before. you don't have to be straight to shoot straight. >> on that point, it will continue. john, cornell, ed, dana, thanks so much. a lot more to come in the program tonight. we'll revisit this issue some as well. when we come back we'll talk about this fascinating discovery. the nasa scientist says everything you learned in class about the building blocks of life not so much. a new discovery here on everett could make it more likely
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the white house and congressional leaders negotiate the tax cuts, two leading voices are shaking their heads saying that isn't good enough. senator demint of south carolina and mike pence of louisiana have new dwipgss to extend the tax
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cuts. boat say washington needs to do a better job of balancing the books. does their math add up? they join us from capitol hill. if you match up the strategy, what you're leaders are doing in the negotiations with the white house right now with the legislation you propose, is it fair to say you believe at the moment your leaders are too timid and are asking forme more? >> we want to allow every congressman and senators an up and down vote on a permanent extension. what we hear from the business community and individuals all over the country is we need some certainty. you can't plan to grow a business in 6 to 12 months. sometimes it's a five our ten-year process. so to have certainty in what the tax rates will be is much more important than a temporary extension of the current rates. we don't need a temporary economy, so we don't need temporary tax rates. >> yet, as both of you describe
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yourselves as fiscal conservatives, do you think you have the obligation -- they say extending them over ten years would cost $10 do10 billion in ink? >> there's no question senator demint are of one mind we have to put our fiscal house in order with restraint, budget cuts and entij entitleme entitlement reform. back home in indiana the last thing anybody wants to see washington do in the worst economy in 25 years is raise taxes on anybody. the house just voted today to allow a tax increase on small business owners and family farmers and what jim and i are advocating would be broadly supported by the majority of the american people. that is, not a tax increase in four weeks, not a tax increase in one year or two years, but
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let's begin the pathway back to prosperity by saying that the tax rates are what they are. let's permitly extend all the current tax rates and we can build and rebuild our economy on top of the certainty. >> is that an absolute position for both of you? we have the debate on deficit reduction. perhaps they can't get enough votes to force a vote in congress. they have laid out a plan that is eye-opening in some ways. yes, you need to raise the retirement age and do things in social security and get some money out of medicare and make cut as cross the government. they insist that in the end they would prefer a flatter tax code take away loopholes and deductions but also a bit of a tax increase in the end. is that completely off the table for both of you? >> i do like the flat rate tax. i would throw all the deductions out the window, if we could have a lower flat tax rate. i don't think we need to increase taxes.
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getting back to your previous point, keeping tax rates the same should not be considered a trillion dollar or more cost to the government. we're just keeping want money in the private sector where it's been earned, so again, both of us want to see us address the debt issue. one of the most important things we could do to address the debt is get the economy going again in a permanent extension of the current tax rates to give our businesses, our individuals, our entrepreneurs more predictability to add jobs in the future. >> i think it's an important point to emphasize and let me agree on the flat tax we're talking about building some legislation. that would be a true flat tax to be offered in the congress after the turn of the year. let me say i really do believe the american people deserve to know the debate going on right now is not even about tax cuts. nobody is talking about cutting taxes in washington. all we're talking about is whether we're going to raise
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taxes on some americans or whether we're going to allow congress and the house and the senate to have a fair up or down vote on extending all the current tax rates. we're arguing that that ought to be permanent, but let's let the house and senate work their will. let's bring the demint/pence bill to the flow and get on with it. i like our chances if if we can get a vote on the floor, i think we could extend all these tax rates for the american people. >> let me try to quickly get through a couple of other ish us. the military brass and others came up to the senate side today and said they believe the conditions are now in place and they have a detailed study na makes them confident it's time to repeal don't ask don't tell. senator demint, to you first. a good idea? >> gays can serve mountain military now. i don't think it's a good idea. the generals i've talked to who were free to express their opinions are saying this would be bad for morale, it would be
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an adjustment that's not necessary. let's allow people to serve unless they want to make an issue of sexuality. the military says that's not a good idea. this is not a good idea to come in and make a change like this. morale is at an all-time high in the military and stretched thin. this is a political move and has nothing to do with the security of our country. we need to take that off the table. >> you in the same place, congressman? >> i really am. number one, there's no higher priority for the national government than to provide for the common defense. we ought not to use the american military as a backdrop for social experimentation or debating domestic policy issues. the focus ought to be on readiness, it ought to be on recruitment and retention, unite cohesion. i have to tell you, john, what i heard when i was in afghanistan about a week ago, i was in a mess hall. i sat down completely unscripted
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conversation with about a dozen different soldiers on the front lines in operation enduring freedom. there were democrats at the table, republicans at the table. to my memory every single combat soldier said, go back to congress and tell them don't do this. when you look at that pentagon study, there's a difference between the opinions expressed in that survey by people that are down range in combat versus other people serving in different roles in the military. so i don't believe the time has come to repeal don't ask don't tell. i really believe our soldiers that are at the tip of the spear know that. we ought to put their interests and the interests of our national security first. >> one last quick one here. senator demint, your conservative pac sent out an e-mail targeting democrats who refused to vote to ban earmarks on the ballot in 2012. saying they're nice folks but they ignored the will of the american people and must be
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replaced with principled conservatives in 2012. a number of republicans refused to vote to ban earmarks. let me focus on one of them, dick luger is on the ballot in 2012 from indiana. would you target him as well? does he need to be replaced by a principled conservative? >> i've let dick know i'm going to keep my focus on democrats, because compared to the democrats every republican in the senate is a conservative. i think you're going to see a lot of these republicans who are continuing to stress taking home the bacon, they're going to have primaries. john koran our chairman of the senate committee has warned them to expect the primaries. i'm their least worry right now. i think you'll see americans continue to keep the pressure on parochial spending. >> you doeld me you're not running for president in 2012. what about the guy standing next to you. what do you think? >> i think he might make a good president, so we need to keep our eye on him. >> congressman pence, i know you
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have a vote. we'll keep our eyes on him. thank you for your time. a huge snub from the united states today on the world stage, and in ohio today. it's a huge day for politics. also tonight, a big statement in sports. that, when we come back. [ sneezes ] you're up next. yeah. aww...that oj needs alka-seltzer plus.
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scientists on earth help answer the question. remember science class? hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, sulf sulfur, carbon, phosphorous. these are the six building blocks of life. without these six, you can't have life. that's what we thought until today. this new discovery. let me ask the scientist. it happened out here in california. what they discovered is arsenic. we think of it as a toxin. arsenic can be switched out with phosphorous right here. these are small bacterium and they're alive and found in the lake and they have arsenic instead of phosphorous in the building block of life. it makes scientists rethink everything we know about life on earth. does it all make them think about life out there? i was very excited when i had a chance to talk earlier with a lead scientist on this project at nasa. let me start with a pretty basic layman's question. with this amazing discovery you announced today, how much does it change what we've all been
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told and taught about how we got here? >> well, it doesn't exactly explain or give us an exact answer to how we got here. but i think it suggests that things could be a little different or even very different than we know. there may have been other options to how we got here. >> okay. well, if there's other options to how we got here and we need to rethink and maybe keep studying just about everything, wha what about up there? >> i think that i certainly would say that there's more -- it's even more likely that we find life elsewhere, and finding life elsewhere until the universe would be enormous discovery and i would say we're not alone in the universe and there may be other solutions to the challenge of being alive. that can give us insight into what it means for us to be alive and our role and place in the universe. >> the goal of research is you have this list of unanswered
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questions, and your goal is to go about it to answer the question. sometimes if you answer that question, if you answered a big one today, you cross that question off the list and then you have fewer questions on the list. sometimes you answer one question and you get a whole other longer list of other questions. which is it? >> i think i'll take number two for as much grant money as i can get. >> so, then, if it is choice number two, does every science teacher in america, whether they're teaching first and second graders, fifth or sixth graders, in high school, in college, in post-graduate work or graduate work, do they have to walk into class tomorrow and say, never mind? >> not never mind. but there's something else. so i think we've added to our arsenal of understanding of biology here. i think what we know is true. this expands our understanding of how things work. >> what's your next question that you need answers to understand the scope of what you
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have discovered? >> i'm an early career scientist, so i'd say stay tuned. i think this will spurn interesting questions of our roll, our life here on everettth earth and life in the universe by myself and any other scientists around the world. >> we appreciate your time and wish you the best of luck answering your longer list of questions. >> thank you. onabout you, but i find that pretty fascinating and pretty cool. sarah palin is out signing books in iowa today. did she answer questions? stay with us. [ male announcer ] don't let aches and pains in the morning slow you down. introducing bayer am. its dual-action formula delivers extra strength pain relief, plus it fights fatigue. so get up and get going with new bayer am,
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on the back let's check in with joe johns. >> they're working to get to homeowners and motorists buried in snow in and around buffalo, new york. heavy snow stranded motorists for nearly 20 hours on interstate 90. in iowa sarah palin did something she usually doesn't do, answer a reporter's question about 2012. the reporter here is cnn's jim ka kosta. >> any chance you're closer to an announcement on running for president? >> am i doing interviews? i want to talk to the nice people. where is our good enthusiasm? >> well, we're nice, too. >> not always, but maybe you are. are you getting any closer? >> no, not any closer yet, no. >> and then they were kicked out of the event? what is up with the cnn people asking questions. >> reporters want to ask questions. we'll get to that at the table.
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she has a little shuffle there? >> what was up with that. >> maybe she got that from dancing with the stars. she's had experience with that latest. she has an interesting strategy right now. number one, she's smart. she has these book tours and she has a big audience in iowa, duh, she's twice in iowa going to south carolina. it's not in her interest to do the give or take. she faces a huge challenge, whether it's reporters or people of iowa, if she's serious about running down the road, she has to interact more than signing books. >> if she talks on cram, she does it on her reality show. >> you were up on capitol hill today. charlie rangel is a guy you covered for a long time was embarrassed and shamed and censured today. what was it like to watch that? >> it was a view of two charlie rangels. on the house floor it was a solemn occasion. if you think charlie rangel came out of that thing, broken i wouldn't say so.
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he had his head up and went to a news conference. a lot of people thought he was going to cancel the news conference. went straight to the cameras and talked and told his peace and said he felt pretty good about putting it all out there. >> let me ask you a question. now that he's in the minority with the republicans running the house how his service goes over the next couple of years. when we come back, a major snub for the united states on the world stage. think soccer. and oh, boy, cleveland, just a few minutes from now, the return, and it is not a celebrati celebration. another heart attack could be lurking, waiting to strike. a heart attack that's caused by a clot, one that could be fatal. but plavix helps save lives. plavix, taken with other heart medicines, goes beyond what other heart medicines do alone, to provide greater protection against heart attack or stroke and even death by helping to keep blood platelets from sticking together and forming dangerous clots. ask your doctor if plavix is right for you. protection that helps save lives. certain genetic factors and some medicines, such as prilosec,
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so the u.s. gets snubbed again. president obama went to europe, and didn't come back with the olympics. now former president bill clinton goes to zurich to try to get the world cup, but listen to what happened today. >> the winner to organize the 2022 fifa world cup is qatar. >> qatar, the middle eastern big
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oil company gets the world cup and not united states. why can't the united states get any respect? here to talk it it over is christine brennan and in new york cnn contributor, former sports radio host, all around sports guy max kellerman. why can't the united states get the respect of the world? is that the wrong wrong questi? >> i think the u.s. has the respect of the world internationally and certainly politically and in sports. i think the issue is that these international world leaders, basically it's a bunch of european guys, 75 and older, they run the olympics and other sports and they love to stick it to the united states. they love american money and want american corporations to support these events and when it comes to time to giving the united states that big prize, they just don't want to do it. they actually enjoy watching the president fly over, try to win the olympics and then snubbing him. that's an interesting group at that. >> we cover politics on this show a lot. it fits perfectly. is that what it is that these
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world leaders want to come over and kiss the ring and then is it corrupt or just anti-american. i think it's the medical profession, don't rule out horses first and what occurs to me, watching this, is that qatar is -- has a tremendous amount of oil money and there are ongoing allegations and investigations of vote swapping and bribery among fifa officials. it's incredibly powerful. it generates unimaginable amounts of money, yet is completely internally regulated. it has no real external check, and so that russia gets the bid in 18. russia is -- you know, also fueled by petro dollars and also quite corrupt and qatar gets it in 2022. is it possible that they want to get it to places that have never had the world cup before?
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they want to grow those markets? i don't know what the market in qatar is. the gas is cheap and they have infrastructure and get to the stadiums that they have yet to build. it's possible. >> average temperature in qatar when they will have this competition 106 degrees farenheit. they better air condition everything. >> they said that they are going to, but we'll see. >> let's move on. let's bring the story back home to the presidential and basketball state of ohio. this is the view. heated return. will it be cheers or jeers. lebron is coming home. they are not happy. and i love the guy that said
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everyone should laugh. everyone should just laugh when they introduce him and everything that they love. i don't think that is going to happen. we are not cavalier fans, john, per se, but these are great sports fans. in terms of a national championship. this is their chance. lebron had the decision back in the summer. now this is the return and the chance for these cleveland fans and i think it will be classy but they will boo and let him know and i think they have every right to let them know. >> what do you think, max? >> they are going to boo him, of course. the interesting thing about the whole lebron situation in cleveland, cleveland is getting the sports entity, which i think was murkier before lebron made the decision and is now the jilted city. or state. the region has been jilted by
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lebron james and hasn't had a championship in what is it, 40 years now, 45 years now. and they kind of -- it's better than nothing. i always felt when the red sox won the world series, they lost that. they lost some of that bitterness, that thing that distinguished them from the generic team. now boston is just a great team and a great tradition and everything. they lost that part of their identity. i think cleveland is carving this jilted identity right now. it's interesting to me. >> you expect lebron to light it up up? potentially a huge playoff game. we will see. >> lebron, lebron has come up small in some big situations.
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he's also come up very big in some big situations in his career and as much as most sports fans would love to see the heat lose and lebron play poorly, i'm expecting him to play well with the ball in his hand for most of the game. >> we'll see if he blows a a -- tipoff just a few minutes away. stay here. tivo it. but it's your call. we'll stay with politics and sports. pete dominic is thinking some members of congress are targeting athletes. with unnecessary roughness. whoa! that achy cold needs alka-seltzer plus! it rushes multiple cold fighters, plus a powerful pain reliever, wherever you need it! [ both ] ♪ oh what a relief it is! ♪ [ male announcer ] open up a cadillac during our season's best sales event and receive the gift of asphalt. experience the exhilarating cadillac cts with a direct injection v6.
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pete dominic is a lot like me. he loves sports and politics but the two world are colliding. pete, why aren't you happy? >> reporter: well, listen, the republicans have done it now. they have decided in the 112th congress that they are going to do away with the symbolic resolutions. we put together the most important moments ever on capitol hill. take a look at what they want to do away with, john king. >> resolution 1456 which congratulates the men's basketball team. >> 1480 which congratulates southern california men's tennis team. >> south carolina's team. >> the softball team. >> reporter: john king, this american voter voted these congressmen and women in to congratulate girls' little legal teams. this is important work that they do up there.


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