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that's "hardball" for now, thanks for being with us, "the last word with lawrence o'donnell" starts right now. we're two weeks away from the deadline on the debt ceiling and hours away from question time for rupert murdoch in london. >> there's 15 days until default day. >> a lot of hurdles between now and then. >> placing more blame on republicans. >> republicans are still playing games with the debt. >> my way or nothing. >> one-track mind, two-track plan. >> it's a charade. >> the real action will be behind the scenes. >> republicans are dealing in a dream world. >> wishing, rather, for a balanced budget make it happen? >> i'm not sure what planet they are living on. >> i found it irresponsible. >> the no tax man come et. >> they are terrified of grover norquist. >> the answer is no. no. >> and for once, republican
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presidential candidates have money problems. >> and big money, big problems? gop fundraisers staying on the sidelines. >> mitt romney, 70% maxed out contributions. >> gingrich's campaign is $1 million in debt. >> and the arrests continue as the british police close in on rupert murdoch's media empire scandal. >> every day we're seeing more inconceivable things happen. >> in the last 24 hours, two high-level resignations. >> head of scotland yard resigned yesterday. >> rebekah brooks was released on jail. >> rupert murdoch is said to face the scandal head-on tomorrow. >> now we move to david cameron. >> is cutting short a trip today to south africa. >> order. when are they going to do the decent thing and resign? >> congress now has 15 days to pass a bill to raise the debt ceiling before the united states government goes into a
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catastrophic default on august 2nd. today harry reid announced the senate will meet every day until the debt ceiling is raised. yesterday, david rogers of politico discovered and reported that house speaker john boehner and eric cantor held a secret meeting with barack obama at the white house. a republican leadership aide said "the lines of communication are being kept open, but there's nothing to report in terms of an agreement or progress." tomorrow the house republicans will hold a vote on the tea party's preferred solution to deficit reduction, the cut, cap, and balance bill, a bill that would slash spending and make raising taxes even more impossible than it seems to be now. the head of the non-partisan center on budget and policy priorities, bob greenstein described the cut, cap, and balance bill as "one of the most id logically extreme pieces of
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major budget legislation to come before congress in years, if not decades. it would go a substantial way toward enshrining grover norquist's version of america into law. bob greenstein joins me later. barack obama recognizes it for what it is, nothing but a one-day stunt that has no chance of becoming law, so the obama administration are still talking positively about the possibility of raising the debt ceiling. this morning, president obama said he, and republicans leaders were "making progress in the negotiations." and treasury secretary tim geithner said this on cnbc this morning. >> you've seen the leadership of the republican party in the senate and the house definitively take default off the table as leverage for a deal, and that's encouraging. geithner remains adamant that revenues be part of any deficit
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reduction deal. >> it's also going to require, through tax reform, some modest changes in revenues so that we're not sustaining tax breaks for the most fortunate 2% of americans, tax breaks we can't afford. we need to have a balanced package. everybody who's looked at this knows we need to have a balanced package. no deal in history that needed to have a balanced package. >> late last week the white house released a video of president obama that it hopes will help explain to supporters why he has been open as he has been to compromise with republicans. the video shows the president speaking to a round table of college democrats, republicans, and independents in boston at tech boston academy in dorchester. >> if you're only talking to people who you agree with, then politics is always going to disappoint you.
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politics will always disappoint you. you know, you know, you think about some of the issues we've worked on over the last couple of years, you know, i think that the republicans here would -- i was a pretty liberal president, right? but if you read the huffington post, you'd think i was, you know, some right wing tool of, you know, wall street, right? both things can't be true, but i think that what has to do with is the sense of, you know, we take, you know, we have a position and we can't compromise on it. and so one of the challenges -- challenges of this generation is, i think, to understand that the nature of our democracy and the nature of our politics is to marry principle to a political process that means you don't get 100% of what you want. you don't get it if you're the
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majority, you don't get it if you're in the minority, and you can -- you can be honorable in politics, understanding that you're not going to get 100% of what you want. and that's been our history. you think about -- you think about our greatest presidents, and the abraham lincoln, here's a guy who didn't believe in slavery, but his first priority was keeping the union. i have the emancipation proclamation hanging up in my office, and if you read through it, turns out that most of it -- a guy who didn't believe in slavery, but his first priority was keeping the union. i have the emancipation proclamation hanging up in my office, and if you read through it, turns out that most of it -- most of the document is those states and areas where the emancipation doesn't apply because those folks are allied with the union. think about that. that's emancipation proclamation, right? so here you got a war-time
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president who's making a compromise around probably the greatest moral issue that the country ever faced because he understood that right now my job is to win the war and to keep -- to maintain the union. well, the huffington post would have reported on that, right? i mean, it would have been blistering, right? i mean think about it. lincoln sells out slaves. right? there would be protests and a lot of third party guys, and so i think as you guys talk to your friends about getting involved civically, don't set up a situation where you're guaranteed to be disappointed. that's part of the process of growing up. you know, we all -- and that doesn't mean you're not
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principled and you're not focussed on driving around a particular position or a particular issue. it means that you're sort of pushing the boulder up the hill and you get it a certain way, and other people are pushing it. sometimes it's going to slip back, right? >> joining me now is frank rich, writer at large for "new york magazine." frank, that sounded like a pretty good tutorial on the politics of governing. >> i agree, i think he's entirely right on that. the problem he has now in this protacted negotiations with these intransigent republicans, he can't make the best case for himself, they are fighting on their turf about deficits. yes, there has to be compromises, and everything he said is true, on the other hand, every day that obama is not
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talking about jobs and is talking about cutting spending, he's hurting himself basically -- not in a political sense, but in a real sense because people are suffering in this country. >> frank, your debut piece in "new york magazine" was about this issue, how the white house has veered away from jobs as the driving issue. it's hard to track when you sit where i sit and watch this on a daily basis, how that kind of swerve happened. where do you think they lost their way? >> i think they lost their way with health care. i'm not talking about the merits of health care reform, which are enormous, but during that incredibly protracted discussion of health care, even the definition of the bill itself, jobs sort of fell by the wayside entirely. the obama administration made not incorrect points that health care reform is tied to economic
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growth and in a sense to jobs, but those are sort of asteric points and meanwhile, unemployment declined. there was a full year there on health care, and people were angry, and the angry was seized by the tea party movement during that hot summer, and i think that's where they dropped the ball. they didn't even convene a nominal jobs council meeting until almost a year after the inauguration. when you think of the circumstances under which he entered the white house, that's just way tardy. >> and, frank, i want to read a section of your piece, which i think sets the tone of the theme music for the obama administration, if it was a movie or a tv series, and it's not a happy tone. it's this, what haunts the obama administration is what still haunts the country, the study, lack of accountability of the greed that brought america to its gravest economic crisis
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since the great depression, there's been no legal, moral, or financial reckoning for the most powerful wrong doers. explain on that, frank. >> wherever you are on the political spectrum, unless, perhaps, if you work on wall street, you have to feel that the tax payers stepped up to the plate in a bipartisan plan to rescue, essentially, the entities, the financial entities, that triggered this financial meltdown in 2008. now, two or three years have passed, those people are having record profits, record bonuses, not a single banker has gone to jail, no one has been punished, reform has become weak and compromised, and many of the tax payers who helped foot the bill for saving them are on the ropes. their homes are under water. people are right to complain and to be angry, or at this point
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after such a long period of this, depressed and kind of a plague on all your houses with the political system, which i think is what we're seeing with the recent polls, particularly this week. >> and we saw today that the president could not choose elizabeth warren for the consumer protection bureau that they established, but you say in your piece that he lost the battle over elizabeth warren long before this year. >> he did. a lot of these fights should have been had before the so-called shellacking of the
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midterms, and there's been this kind of -- and i'm hardly the first to say this -- this tardiness, this slow response in terms of being proactive about things, being it elizabeth warren or jobs or many other things we could list. group enough that getting that lesson now is coming a little late? >> yes, it is coming a little late, although, i don't think it's necessarily tragically late, because once there is a republican nominee and we assume there's going to be one, a republican ticket, it may focus the president's base. that said, i think a much, much bigger problem is not the tardiness of him saying that, but the tardiness still of focusing on jobs. the unemployment rate we know is going to be high when he runs, and when election day comes, and that's the lost time and that still isn't happening. >> frank, before you go, i have to get a quick question in on rupert murdoch as having worked in new york media and the news
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media as long as you have and observed this scene for as long as you have. what are you hoping parliament asks him tomorrow? >> well, i think as many have said, this is in every way following the playbook of the water gate scandal and we're in the sort of what did you know, what did james murdoch know and when did you know it? i think the wheels are off of news corporation, wall street journal, owned by murdoch, wrote a editorial today blaming everyone else for their problems. a week ago, we made a few tiny mistakes but we've handled the crisis well. they haven't, they need to find out what he knew. i don't know what the penalty is for not telling the truth before parliament, but one would think he would be advised to tell the truth. >> yeah, the wall street journal editorial today was amazing. here it was trying to say -- trying to hold itself up as the
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great model of murdoch media property, us at the wall street journal, aren't we great, and in the process compromising itself entirely with every paragraph. >> not only blamed the new york times, it blamed paul stiger, pre-murdoch editor of the wall street journal, they are the problem. you know, we just didn't do a darn thing wrong. >> right, and everybody does what those british newspapers are doing. >> everyone does it, but i took that editorial as not only being ridiculous on its face, but a sign of true panic that this virus is spreading to america and news corporation, which is an american company, let's remember that, not british, really is facing some serious threats to its future now. >> frank rich, writer at large for "new york magazine," thank you very much for joining me tonight. >> thanks for having me. >> coming up, "news of the world" whistleblower is found dead.
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and rudy giuliani says rupert murdoch is a honorable and honest man. rudy giuliani said the same thing about a guy sitting in prison right now.
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coming up, the latest developments in the "news of the world" scandal, why rebekah brooks was arrested yesterday and what they found in the trash today. plus, just how extreme is the republican cut, cap, and balance plan for the budget? it makes the ryan plan look reasonable. [ female announcer ] the healing power of touch can be even more powerful, with precise pain relieving cream. it blocks pain signals fast
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reports now indicate that congress is considering only two plans to raise the debt ceiling this week. one, a hopeless stunt that everyone knows is hopeless, the other, a last resort plan in which each side can claim some sort of victory. today, the president issued a rare obama veto threat against the stunt house republicans are calling the cut, cap, and balance act of 2011. it would cut fiscal 2012 spending by $111 billion, cap future federal spending at a fixed percentage of gdp, require congress to pass a balanced budget amendment and send that amendment to the states for ratification before granting the president authority to raise the debt ceiling to $2.4 trillion. the balanced budget amendment would also include a provision that any tax increase, any tax
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increase, must pass both chambers of congress with a two-thirds super majority, rendering tax increases virtually impossible. house republicans will vote on that bill tomorrow. it is expected to pass the house and then fail in the democratic-controlled senate. congress will then consider the last resort plan conceived by senator mitch mcconnell, now known as the reed-mcconnell plan, which harry reid's involvement has made it the only bipartisan effort that's making any progress. the reid-mcconnell plan would raise the debt ceiling to $2.5 trillion in three increments. in each increment, congress could vote on a resolution of disapproval of raising the debt ceiling. mcconnell is hoping that that vote of disapproval, which would probably pass both in the house
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and the senate would allow republicans to blame the president for raising the debt ceiling, because all the president has to do to raise the debt ceiling is simply veto the disapproval resolution. in mcconnell's original draft of the plan, no spending cuts would be required. now they are negotiating the possibility of attaching a $1.5 trillion package of cuts to the reid-mcconnell plan and creating a congressional committee to deliver deficit reduction recommendations to congress by year's end. joining me now, founder and president on the center of policy priorities, bob greenstein, the recipient of the 2010 monahan prize, thanks for joining me tonight, bob. >> my pleasure, lawrence. >> walk me through cut, cap, and balance. i haven't studied it, bob, because i don't spend a lot of time studying something that's not going to become law.
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>> but it's very revealing, so the cut part has cuts so deep, so fast, starting october 1st, 75 days from now, they are so deep at a point when the economy is this weak that based on mainstream economic estimates, it would cost about 700 thousand jobs in the fiscal year. the cap part is more severe than the cut part. the cap part would put a cap on the total amount of federal spending allowed each year for the next ten years at precisely the level you get to if you do every one of the cuts in paul ryan's budget. it would lock in, it would effectively require future congresses and the president to do the ryan budget in full with its medicare, medicaid, education, and other cuts, and then the most extreme part is actually the balance part. as you mentioned a minute ago, it would hold the increase in
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the debt limit hostage to both houses of congress to a 2/3 vote, passing an amendment to the u.s. constitution to require through all time through the constitution that federal spending be cut actually dramatically deeper than even the ryan budget does and that it take 2/3 of the house and 2/3 of the senate to pass any tax measure that raises revenue, including closing loop holes, so you'd need 51 votes, a majority in the senate to 18 in the house to cut social security benefits or cut education or basic needs for the poor or environmental protection, but it would take 67 votes in the senate and 290 in the house to close any tax loop hole for any powerful individual, a corporation that ships jobs overseas, the corporate jets, wall street traders, loop hole where they pay lower tax at a lower rate than many upper income families do.
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all that would essentially become impossible to ever pass, because you would never get 2/3 of the house and 2/3 of the senate for any revenue measure, so it's designed to use the constitution to -- well, it's designed first, to blacken the ryan budget, but over time to use the constitution to lock in permanently the grover norquist vision of what this country should be. >> bob, we've seen this before where a party needs to cast a particularly partisan vote that has no chance of becoming law so that later, and in this instance, very soon after some of them at least can vote for something much less than that, some of them can vote for the mcconnell-reid version and say i wanted to do something much more extreme but they wouldn't let me. how extreme they are willing to go in this document, including
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what they would end up doing to social security and medicare, they insist on their website this doesn't touch social security and medicare, but you can't do that to the federal budget without affecting social security. >> for sure. their budget cuts are so severe that the only way you could hit their targets and not hit social security and medicare hard would be, you know, you basically are dismantling things from protecting the food supply to protecting the borders to, you know, running veterans hospitals, air traffic control, and the like. moreover, lawrence, as you know, we do have a long-term fiscal shortfall in social security that we need to close and we need to do it through kind of a mix of revenue and benefit changes. under their proposal, you'd have to do 100% of the social security solvency through benefit cuts because you wouldn't be allowed effectively to do any tax measures.
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>> bob gregreenstein, thank you very much for joining me tonight. >> my pleasure. still to come, a dramatic development in the murdoch tabloid scan doll. a whistleblower in the case has been found dead. plus, republican presidential candidates get a surprise. why is the party of the wealthy having so much trouble raising money? millions of school children
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millions of school children across south africa took time
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today to join the world-wide tributes for nelson mandela who celebrated his 91st birthday who celebrated the day. you will notice many of them are wearing shirts that say nelson mandela day. that is a name of a project in its third year, something you can be a part of. the idea is to take 67 minutes and do something, something that's going to help someone. 67 minutes in honor of the 67 years mandela devoted to service of the people of south africa, including his nearly three decades as a political prisoner. today, people across the world did their part from planting gardens to donating books in south africa to painting benches in new york's central park. up next, the sarah palin promotional video disguised as a documentary hit theaters this weekend and you're not the only one who didn't see it.
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and the real republican candidates are struggling for cash, and rudy giuliani praises rupert murdoch. in the spotlight tonight, [ male announcer ] if it's true that sharks can sense even a drop of blood from a quarter of a mile away, which razor would you use? ♪ ♪
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in the spotlight tonight, republicans find that their brand is failing to raise the kind of money it once did. let's start with the opening weekend numbers for the undefeated documentary that celebrates sarah palin. it turns out sarah palin is no match for harry potter. the palin -- it averaged about $7,500 per screen. for a comparison of documentary, fahrenheit 911 averaged on its first weekend.
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we're also getting more information about presidential candidate mitt romney's fundraising numbers. romney is currently leading all republican rivals in fundraising, though badly trailing president obama. romney took in $13 million versus the president's $26 minute, most came from wall street. 70% of those donors maxed out and cannot give another penny. only 6% of his total came from donors giving less than $250,000. 47% of the president's total came from donors giving less than $250. and in the latest quarterly reports, the fec documents -- in documents in which campaigns actually have to tell the truth about fundraising, we discover mitt romney's big lie.
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remember back in may when romney claimed to have raised $10 million in a one-day phone-a-thon? the political media was really impressed with that haul. it's the kind of fact that makes them bet on romney to win the republican nomination. the truth? turns out the lie romney told that day was exactly 20% true. the campaign did not raise $10 million that day, it raised only $2 million. so please, rewind all those comments from pundits impressed with romney's $10 million in one day and see how their statements sound when the number turns out to be 1/5 of that. former house speaker and big spender newt gingrich ended the quarter over $1 million in debt without the campaign buying any jewelry at all. the gingrich campaign owes nearly $1 million for the use of private jets -- half a $1 million for private jets. the name of the company gingrich
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uses for renting private jets is -- this is not a joke, moby dick airways. joining me now, alex wagner, nbc analyst and reporter for the huffington post. alex, you're the only last word guest who could follow moby dick airlines. >> it's quite a lead-in, lawrence. >> just go with it. when i say we talked to the owner of moby dick airlines, of course, i mean the staff of the last word today, and we find out he bought the company in 2006, has no idea why it was named moby dick airlines. he should maybe tonight be thinking something more jet-like. >> yeah, there are a lot of question marks over the gingrich campaign at this point, and moby dick airlines, i think, is high up there if not in the top five. i think overall if we're talking
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about programs and found raysing prowess, one of the most telling things is that only one in five of the top republican donors who gave to the mccain campaign in 2008 gave to this current cycle of gop fundraising. we've said it before, i'm sure it will be settled again, it's a hugely unsettled field. for someone like mitt romney, predicated on the notion that he can make it rain, the fact his numbers are not even close to where they were in the last election cycle is cause for really consternation, and to your point, lawrence, 70% of these donors have maxed out, look, republican fat cats that want to donate to his campaign are going to have to either do it through his pack, restore our future, or do it to the number of conservative packs, but that doesn't necessarily help romney in the primaries. >> now, this kind of situation is bad for the people who are
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trying to get that establishment money, the mccain money, people who are regular contributors to these campaigns, but it would seem to be good for michele bachmann, seems to me she would be shaking a different money tree than the mccain world of money, pawlenty, world of money. >> michele bachmann is someone who in her 2008 campaign, most came from small donors. it speaks to her appeal. she has a lot of grassroots support, she's speaking to evangelical supporters who think she's preaching a conservative gospel no one else is. but if we're looking at this in terms of the national race and general election, president obama is far outpacing the republicans, and it bears mentioning 47% of his fundraising and his alone came from small donations, but he also has a joint committee that's a fair share of top bumper. he has a fair share of the coin
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and i mean you have two very opposite -- their strengths are at the opposite ends of the spectrum. >> alex wagner of the huffington post who has never flown on moby dick airlines. >> never say never, lawrence. >> thanks very much for joining me tonight, alex. rupert murdoch's biggest crisis just keeps going after the arrest of his former british newspaper chief, rebekah brooks. someone who spoke out about the hacking scandal is dead. that's ahead. up next in the we write, rudy giuliani tells us murdoch is an honest man, exactly what giuliani said about caric. i realized i needed an aarp... medicare supplement insurance card, too. medicare is one of the great things about turning 65,
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been found dead 24 hours before murdoch and his son face the british parliament. first, rudy giuliani is putting his credibility behind murdoch the same way he did for someone who is now known as inmate number 84880054.rite. with scientifically proven soy complex and natural minerals. give you sheer coverage instantly, then go on to even skin tone in four weeks. aveeno tinted moisturizers. so, i get claritin clear. non-drowsy claritin relieves my worst symptoms. and only claritin is proven to keep you as alert and focused as someone without allergies. no other brand can say that not even allegra. live claritin clear.
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time for tonight's rewrite. rupert murdoch has a character witness. >> he's a very honorable, honest
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man. this can't be something he would have anything to do with. >> well, that wraps it up, i guess, case closed. former u.s. attorney comes out and says you're clean, you're clean, right? let's see the rest of that interview about murdoch. >> as you know, "news of the world," owned by rupert murdoch, who has been a friend and supporter of yours for a long time, there are now allegations that news corp. journalists or those working for news corp. tried to hack into the answering machines or the phones of 9/11 victims or their families. should there be an investigation? >> well, there is an investigation. i'm sure. interaccepting communications like that is a crime, has to be investigated. i think what there shouldn't be and we've learned recently with a bunch of criminal cases of
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different times, don't rush to judgment, give people the presumption of innocence. >> have you spoken to mr. murdoch? >> no, not in the last couple of weeks. >> are you confident? >> i will, probably see him in the next couple of days or weeks. i see him at various functions. >> are you confident enough in him? >> he's a honorable, honest man. can't be something he'd have anything to do with. >> okay, here's why giuliani is not murdoch's greatest character witness. number one, giuliani, like most republican politicians in new york have been in murdoch's pocket for years. i've seen this up close back in my days working in new york politics, and i can tell you, the new york republican relationship with murdoch is as ugly as you'd imagine it to be. you might expect giuliani to be a little more -- i don't know, animated, about the criminal exploitation of 9/11 victims.
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he said the biggest political exploiter of 9/11 we've ever seen, trying to base a hopeless and ridiculous presidential campaign on the simple fact that he was mayor of new york city during 9/11. the accusations that the fbi is now investigating involved hacking into phones of the families of 9/11 victims in new york city, if the investigation follows a similar pattern to what we've seen in london, it will include examining the possibility of criminal involvement of the police at the highest level. in this instance, the new york city police and the new york city police commissioner. the new york city police commissioner at the time in question was bernard kerik, giuliani's personal choice to be police commissioner. he certainly was no one else's choice to be police commissioner. there have been fewer new york city police commissioners than
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there have been presidents of the united states. it is the single most prestigious police appointment in the country. and rudy giuliani decided to give it to his former chauffeur, an utterly unqualified high school drop out. how corruptible was bernie kerik? he's spending tonight in the cumberland correctional institution in cumberland, maryland, serving his sentence for tax fraud and lying to white house officials. bernie kerik was also a tool of rupert murdoch. nothing would stop bernie kerik from doing anything murdoch or his lieutenants wanted him to do. bernie kerik was and is a criminal, and he was rudy giuliani's choice to be the police commissioner of the city of new york.
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there is no doubt tonight that bernie kerik is at the top of the list of people the fbi is going to want to interview in the investigation into what exactly murdoch's phone hackers may have done to the families of 9/11 victims in new york city. and if the fbi can find any dirt on bernie kerik in this case, then kerik will crack and tell them everything he knows about rupert murdoch and his empire. if murdoch needs kerik to stay quiet, then he needs to find a way to get the word to bernie that murdoch can do more for him in whatever is left of his future than the fbi can. murdoch and his new york team know how weak bernie kerik is. if they have to count on him to keep their secrets, they must be very, very worried tonight. >> my choice ultimately was and
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is bernie kerik. bernie is a -- has been an exceptional commissioner of the department of corrections. he understands the job of being a police officer. most importantly, he understands the job of being a leader, and he brings a quality of leadership that i believe can give us the opportunity to build on a record that is a very, very difficult one to match.
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it is tuesday in london, and
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rupert murdoch is now just hours away from testifying to the british parliament, and bloomberg news is now reporting that the news corp. board is considering elevating coo, chase carrie to ceo to succeed rupert murdoch if necessary. the outline of the murdoch media empire's pattern of criminal conduct expands as the phone hacking scandal just keeps growing and the arrests and resignations keep coming. assistant police commissioner john yates resigned today, following criticism of his refusal to reopen the phone hacking investigation in 2009. yates is reported to have spent eight hours reviewing 11,000 pages of evidence. his resignation came as a former "news of the world" employee was employed by scotland yard while alex was also employed by police
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as a ukraine interpreter between 1980 and 2000. yesterday it was revealed that former "news of the world" executive neal wallace worked as a public relations advisor to the police department. that news forced britain's top cop to announce his resignation as police commissioner. former news international ceo rebekah brooks made more news today when detectives found a computer, paperwork, and a phone in a trash bin near her home. her husband claims a cleaner must have mistaken it for trash and put it in a bin. rebekah brooks was arrested and questioned for nine hours sunday, but no charges have been filed as of yet. brooks, who resigned from her post friday is also scheduled to testify with murdoch and his son james before parliament. and in a bizarre twist, a
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whistle blower was found dead in his home today, the former "news of the world" reporter was the first named journalist to allege former editor andy coulson was aware of phone hacking by his staff. andy coulson, of course, being the then-"news of the world" editor who went on to work for prime minister david cameron. joining me now, sarah elson, author of "war at the wall street journal." the -- the wall street journal today wrote a very defensive editorial for the whole bloomberg -- murdoch empire. how did you read that editorial? >> well, i was sort of surprised that they took such a defensive stance, given that the wall street journal doesn't have anything to explain at this point, and it's not really the edit page's role, in my view, to
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defend its corporate parent, so i thought that was actually something after having spent so many years at the wall street journal that was unnecessarily putting the reputation of the wall street journal on the line given everything that's been going on outside the wall street and the rest of news corporation, at the "news of the world" and other parts of the company. >> what do you make of this bloomberg report they are making plans for what happens if rupert murdoch cannot remain in his position? >> i think that is one of the many unthinkable things that has become very thinkable lately. it used to be that rupert murdoch and news corporation were very much one in the same, no one could imagine the company without him. i think now the fact that members of the board are questioning his judgment and his handling of this affair are very much part of the whole puncturing of the myth of rupert murdoch that we've seen going on for the past two weeks, and i think it really is part of the broader question of whether or not he has the kind of judgment that's necessary to lead the
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company into the future, which is again one of those things you never thought you'd be saying about somebody like rupert murdoch. >> are there members of his board who would be willing to take an action against him? >> well, it's been a very captive board for a long time, they've all pretty much fallen into line with exactly what he wants to do, but we've heard recently people like tom perkins have raised question about his judgment. i think the reputation crisis is so bad at the company right now that people realize they have to take some kind of action, because it's either their own personal reputation on the line or that of rupert murdoch and news corp., so you have people like joel kline now over there working for news corp. trying to contain this scandal. if they don't do that, it's their credibility that's going to be shot too. >> sarah, thank you very much for joining me tonight. >> thank you. >> the "the rachel maddow show" is up next.