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the underdogs. >> at a certain point, you have to choose between taking on the kind of aggrievedness of the victim and the power of the powerful. david folkenflik, joe muto, ana marie cox, that is all in for this evening. "the rachel maddow show" begins right now. thanks at home for joining us this hour. if you are watching this show right now, statistically speaking, there's a pretty good chance that you also like watching "the daily show." "the daily show" has been on the air for almost 20 years now. next year will be 15 years, with the show being hosted by the great jon stewart. "the daily show" airs on comedy central. and even though it handles very current events, sometimes even very arcane matters of policy and politics, the line from "the daily show" geniuses has always been that they are fake. that they are a fake news show. and so, yeah, they may be informing their audience about what's going on in the world, but they shouldn't be seen as
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news. they're fake news. fair enough. arguable, because they cover a lot of actual news and people do learn about what's going on in the world through the lens of the "daily show's" comedy writers and jon stewart. but fair enough, they say it and to a certain extent, it's true. they are a fake news show. but they are a fake news show that occasionally makes real news by virtue of their fake correspondents getting real interviews with real people who they persuade to actually say what they really mean. >> how come homosexuals aren't defending christians with our right to be able to express ourselves? >> at what point has your right to be able to express yourself has been infringed upon? >> i don't know if it's going to happen, but i'm concerned about it. i have a radio show. i'm just concerned about any oppression that might come, where people might say, matt, you can't say that. >> so you can't even go on the radio anymore and condemn a whole subset of people to hell
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without getting some blowback. >> when you put it that way, it does sound rather narrow-minded and bigoted. >> good. then i've done my job. >> that was samanthaby on "the daily show" in june. it doesn't happen every night on that show, but, when our civilization is gone and they dig up the time capsule that we saved for the aliens or whatever, to show the aliens that we really were worth something as a species in this era on earth, when they dig up that time capsule, it will be these tell them what you really mean from "daily show" correspondents, that will explain to the aliens in the future why we, at this time on earth, rightfully worship the gods of satire. >> let's solve this. let's solve this right here, right now. >> let's do it. >> we just want our government back open, so what do we do? >> defund obama care. the gop is trying to save the american people from a disastrous health care plan.
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we don't have joy in the shutdown. >> can you just give us back our government? and when you do, include obama care, because it's the law. >> it is law. but it is not good law. it's unconstitutional. it's unconstitutional. >> even though the supreme court deemed it constitutional? >> the supreme court deemed it constitutional, but it had to go to the supreme court to do so. and they still won't know what's in the bill. >> the supreme court didn't read the bill? i feel the same way! can we just stop this whole interview, please? you know, it's just a vicious circle. you dig your heels in, you say something stupid -- >> it's a stupid law! >> then i give a generically witty response, like, yeah, it's affordable health care for millions of unemployed people is stupid, then these dummies laugh.
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but where does it end? >> it ends with defunding obama care. >> ah, [ bleep ], [ bleep ]. i'm done with this job. >> "the daily show," national treasure. but last night, our fake news comedy overlords at "the daily show" made real news again, news that today has cost a north carolina republican party official his job, when asif monozi from "the daily show" went to north carolina to cover the new law there that restricts voting rights. that law was able to be passed in north carolina because the supreme court this summer gutted the voting rights act. the supreme court struck down the heart of the voting rights act and republicans took over north carolina state government and, so, bingo. they passed this new voter suppression law. and this is what happened when "the daily show" persuaded a north carolina republican party precinct chairman and republican party executive committee member to explain what the new voting
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law in north carolina is really for. >> the voting rights act of 1965 protected voters from racial discrimination, until june. when the supreme court struck down a key provision, saying is it was no longer necessary. which red states celebrated by introducing brand-new now-constitutional restrictive voting laws. >> these laws are just as racist as they can be. >> congressman john lewis apparently doesn't like progress. >> in another time, in another period, these devices was used to make it harder, make it difficult for the average person of color to participate in the process. >> i don't think any part of the law is racist. >> north carolina precinct chairman and gop executive committee member, don yelltin, thinks his state's new voting restrictions are just fine. >> what's going to happen with this law, the process is going to have more integrity. right here in this county,
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there's always one or two that voted twice a year. >> 1 or 2 million people? >> no, one or two people. >> and that's one or two out of how many? >> that's just one or two out of 60,000. >> so statistically, there is enough voter fraud to sway zero elections? >> that's not the point. the bottom line is, the law is not racist. >> of course the law is not racist. and you are not racist. >> well, i've been called a bigot before. let me tell you something. you don't look like me, but i think i've treated you the same as i would anybody else. as a matter of fact, one of my best friends is black. >> one of your best friends -- >> one of my best friends -- >> is black? >> yes. >> and there's more. >> when i was a young man, you didn't call a black a black, you called him a negro. i had a picture one time of obama sitting on a stump as a witch doctor and i posted that on facebook. i was making fun of my white half of obama, not the black
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half. now you have a black person using the term [ bleep ] this and [ bleep ] that, and it's okay for them to do it. >> you know that we can hear you, right? >> yeah. >> okay, you know that? ion that we can hear you? >> yeah. >> okay. >> then i found out the real reason for the law. >> the law is going to get the democrats in the butt. >> wow! an executive gop committee member just admitted that this law isn't designed to hurt black people, it's designed to hurt democrats. >> if it hurts a bunch of college kids that's too lazy to get up off though bohunkus and go get a photo i.d., so be it. >> right, right. >> if it hurts the whites, so be it. if it hurts a bunch of lazy blacks that wants the government to give them everything, so be it. >> and it just so happens that a lot of those people vote democrat. >> gee. >> north carolina republican party, everybody. can i get an amen?!
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that ran on thedale show last night. local press in bunkham county, north carolina, today reported that the local chapter of the bunkham county young democrats was holding a party tonight in downtown asheville to watch the rerun of that interview. and it's clear why, right? this local republican party official, he's a precinct chairman, apparently on the republican party's executive committee, which is not as big a deal as it sounds, said not only what he thinks about race, but also that the whole reason the republican party is changing voter laws in that state is not because of voter fraud or any of the other things they say it's about, it's just to kick democrats in the butt, as he put it. mr. yeltin in north carolina
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defended his comments to the "daily show" today. he says he stands by what he said, but he did get fired from his leadership jobs in the state party today because of that interview. the state party chairman called for his head and the county chairman party today said that he stepped down. turns out this is the most awkward week possible for the north carolina republican party to open up its african-american outreach effort. >> there's a lot of misinformation, and the republican party needs to get it together. >> that's where a new african-american recruitment office comes into play. it opened monday in charlotte and is intended to spearhead new relationships and bring over new minority gop members. >> so that's the new republican party black recruitment effort in north carolina, opening up this week. meanwhile, the democratic party black recruitment effort in north carolina now just has to consist of this local republican official playing on a loop. >> if it hurts a bunch of lazy blacks that wants the government to give them everything, so be it. >> and it just so happens that a lot of those people vote democrat. >> gee. >> meanwhile today, the north carolina u.s. senate race that's due out next year, today got
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shifted by larry sabato from a toss-up raining to a leans democratic rating, largely on the strength of how the democratic party has been conducting itself in north carolina of late. quote, other than the national dynamics, state-level issues are affecting the race in the tar heel state. republican pat mccrory and the republican-controlled legislature have passed a series of conservative measures into law, such as implementing new voter i.d. regulations. governor mccrory's approval rating is stuck in the 30s, while only about a quarter of the state approves of the legislature. the main beneficiary of the tanking republican ratings in north carolina has been democratic u.s. senator, kay hagan, who is now in a better position to win re-election. with the leading republican option in that race being the republican state house speaker, who's been directly involved in the unpopular actions of the general assembly, kay hagan's chance of survival in that senate race has definitely improved.
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unless, of course, the republican law designed to keep lazy black people and democrats from voting does its job at the voting booth. then the republicans might be able to hold on. after the last presidential election, which was not all that long ago, the republican party said that they realize that they were in a pickle. they did not want to gloss over the causes of their defeat in yet another presidential election. they didn't want to pretend it wasn't as bad for their party as it really was. they wanted to admit to what was wrong and to fix it. >> when republicans lost in november, it was a wake-up call. and in response, i initiated the most public and most comprehensive post-election review in the history of any national party. i didn't need the report to tell me that we have to do, and that we have to do a lot better job and do a lot more to make up ground in minority communities. the report minces no words in telling us that we have to be more inclusive.
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i agree. >> the report the republican party chairman was talking about then, right after the 2012 election, is this one. it's the republican party's why we lost the election official autopsy. minority groups that president obama carried with 80% of the vote are on track to become a majority of the nation's population by 2050, the report said. americas changing demographically, and unless republicans are able to grow our appeal, the changes tilt the playing field even more in the democratic direction. so they get it, right? they get it. even though this autopsy report was just supposed to be a technical document, it's not supposed to be a policy thing. on one issue, because of the republican party's issues with minorities, they could not help themselves from prescribing policy.
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they say, we are not a policy committee, but among the steps republicans take in the hispanic community and beyond, we must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform. if we do not, our party's appeal will continue to shrink to its core constituencies only. that was supposed to be the game plan for republicans post 2012 election. reach out to minority groups, be sincere, show we care, show what we have to offer. and also, honestly, guys, we seriously have to do something about immigration policy. we have to get on board with that. that was supposed to be the republican game plan after the last election. that is not how the game has been going. in his first speech, his first public remarks after the republican's government shutdown ended and we pulled back from the brink of the debt ceiling, president obama said that he did not want to pretend that democrats and republicans agree on a lot. but he said they should stop holding up everything in washington based on just the things they disagreed about. the president made the case that they should, instead, try to move forward on some of the areas where democrats and republicans had broad-based majority bipartisan agreement. he said, essentially, let's aim low.
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he didn't restate his whole second-term agenda. he said, let's just get some of the basics done that we all agree should be done. he said, let's do a farm bill, let's try to pass a budget for once, and let's pass immigration reform. you guys said you wanted to do that, let's do that. the president made his case right after the shutdown, the response from republicans was not good. it was less than not good. >> when you look at the substance of what he asked for, namely immigration reform, which obviously is something that many republicans want to do, particularly after the way that they got really hit hard in the last election, day did not -- they lost badly with hispanic voters, mitt romney did in particular, everybody wants to do it. i was asking a question, really, what do you think the chances are of immigration reform happening? one e-mail i got just said, "ha-ha ha-ha ha-ha" straight cross, another said "zero," and another said "not happening right now." e-mails to cnn's dana barb about immigration reform. how about immigration reform, you said you wantsed that, and i quote, ha-ha ha-ha ha-ha, all in
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one line. republicans' own plan for what they need to do to stop losing elections says they should work on immigration reform. also says they should stop calling black people lazy and be so obvious about wanting to block them from voting, but maybe that one's too hard to stop. but immigration reform, this is supposed to be possible, right? immigration reform, it passed the senate this summer. 14 republican senators voted for it, it got 68 votes overall. and the republican party itself says that if it cannot find a way to support immigration policy, the whole party is dead in the water. and republican what they said, after 2012? if we do not do this, our party's appeal will continue to shrink to its core constituencies only. that might not even fly in buncombe county anymore. the party knows what it needs to do, but can they help themselves do it? can they do it? president obama today tried to throw them a lifeline. he tried to give them another chance to do what they,
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themselves acknowledge is their only way out. >> obviously, just because something is smart and fair and good for the economy and fiscally responsible and supported by business and labor and the evangelical community and many democrats and many republicans, that does not mean that it will actually get done. this is washington, after all. so everything tends to be viewed through a political prism. and everybody's been looking at the politics of this. and i know that there are some folks in this town who are primed to think, well, if obama's for it, then i'm against it. but, you know, i'd remind everybody that my republican predecessor was also for it. i'd remind you that this reform won more than a dozen republican votes in the senate in june. i'm not running for office again. i just believe it's the right thing to do. i just believe it's the right
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thing to do. >> joining us now is ryan grim, washington bureau chief for the "huffington post." mr. grimm, thank you very much for being here. it's nice to have you back. >> thanks for having me. >> i made the case in the introduction that president obama sort of offering a lifeline to republicans on immigration reform. aside from the substantive benefit to the nation of this policy, republicans themselves have argued that they've got to get behind something like this for their own political ends, their own political reasons. how does that inflect the way this is being received in washington right now? >> well, the conventional wisdom is kind of what dana said. you know, there are these tea party republicans in these deep red districts that have no interest in doing any immigration reform whatsoever. and they're going to be safe, so they don't care. they're just going to do whatever they want to do. but you actually have a very strange and twisted set of incentives here, which leads to the president and house republicans actually having their interests aligned here.
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because the president wants to get immigration reform done, because it's the right thing to do, and also because it's a huge legacy piece for him. this is something that he's been saying since he ran that he wanted to do. house republicans want to do this, because they want this off the table. even the people in the far right districts recognize that if they don't control the majority, then all they are is a congressman representing a far-right red district, and they don't even have a chance at being a subcommittee chairman. they think they're frustrated right now where they don't have the senate and the white house? try being in the house minority. so they actually do care whether or not these 17, 18, 19 to 35, 36 republicans in vulnerable districts win re-election. and so while they might not want to support immigration reform, they might be a lot more likely to let it go through. and then you have the strange situation where house democratic leaders have the least incentive to do it at this point.
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sure, you know, they care that 1,100 people are being deported every day, but they would also like to take back the house. and the way to do it is to paint republicans as obstructionist. so you have a very strange set of circumstances here that i don't think can be as easily gamed out as the conventional wisdom says. >> obviously, john boehner, of everybody in the house, that has the most incentive to try to keep the republicans in the majority, because that's his job, that's the gavel. do you think there's any possibility that he would come up with a strategy that would sort of thread through all of those various incentives, let a minority of republicans and a majority of democrats the let this thing go through? >> i think that's the only way that it could go through. but i think john boehner, from everything that i've heard about people that are close to him, doesn't have a huge dog in this fight. he sees immigration reform not as a legacy piece for him, but as a democratic accomplishment. and so, you know, a lot of immigration reform advocates say, well, look, if boehner does this, he'll be remembered as the guy who passes this big piece of legislation. what i've heard, he doesn't actually see it that way. he wouldn't see that as an achievement.
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he's not really against it, he's not really for it. so, you know, that -- if john boehner has any capital, he's going to put it towards a grand bargain. you know, that's the kind of thing he does care about. however, it doesn't look like a grand bargain's ever going to be possible while boehner is speaker. and i think that's only for the next year or so. and so, at that point, you've got capital left, immigration reform on the table, it becomes a question of why not. and he might do it because of why not. >> ryan grim, washington bureau chief for the "huffington post." you're always very clear talking about these things, particularly clear on that, in a very otherwise confusing situation. thanks a lot, ryan. it's great to have you here. >> thanks a lot, rachel. >> you think about john boehner and what he wants his legacy to be. like, no, i don't want to pass immigration reform, that'll mess up my legacy. what legislation has he passed as speaker? anything? there have been two debt ceiling crises and a shutdown.
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you're telling every american, if you sign up for this or even attempt to, you have no reasonable expectation of privacy. that is a direct contradiction to hipaa and you know it. >> i started out in my opening statement saying there was no legitimacy to this hearing and the last line of questioning certainly confirms that.
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hipaa only applies when there's health information being provided. that's not in play here today. no health information is required in the application process. and why is that? because pre-existing conditions don't matter. so once again, here we have my republican colleagues trying to scare everybody -- >> will the gentleman yield? >> no, i will not yield to this monkey court or whatever this thing is -- >> this is not a monkey court. >> do whatever you want. i'm not yielding. >> this is not a monkey -- >> this is too -- i love congress. drama today from republican congress joe barton from texas and fed up palone from new jersey. mr. barton making a scary-sounding allegation about the whole signup for health care being illegal. mr. palone clarifying that actually, that's made up. the obama care rollout has not been an easy or smooth one.
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rollouts tend to go like that. before world war ii, there were problems for the brand-new social security board. they had to figure out a way to enroll 26 million workers into the program in less than a year, without computers. one of the big problems in the social security rollout back then was that lots of people had the same name. how do we handle that? it was a huge problem back in the day for social security. ultimately, they figured it out, so you having a unique number, didn't have to depend on you having a unique name. anyway, they figured it out, and now, social security, it works. some conservatives hate it on ideological grounds, but nobody says it doesn't function as a program. when medicare became law in the summer of 1965, here's a glitch for you. turns out that more than 45% of the people born between 1890 and 1920, so people who at the time were between 45 years old and 75 years old, almost half of them could not verify their age, because they didn't have birth certificates. that makes for a hard rollout in an age-dependent program.
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one guy who wanted to enroll in medicare, quote, bared his chest as a last resort. tattooed there was the date of his enlistment in the navy and the date of his birth. another applicant literally dug up his mother's tombstone and argued that it constituted proof of his age. now, that's a glitch. but, eventually, everybody got signed up and proved his or her eligibility by tattoo or tombstone or whatever. but we've got medicare now. and again, you may hate medicare on ideological grounds. some conservatives do. but ask your favorite senior citizen if medicare works as a program, especially compared to private insurance, and see what they say. more recently, when medicare part "d" expansion was rolled out during the george w. bush administration, things with that rollout were far from seamless as well. >> now to that new medicare prescription drug benefit that's been in effect almost two weeks now for thousands of
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beneficiaries, it's been a rough two weeks. it turns out there are quite a few problems with the new system, leaving some without the life-sustaining medicine they need and forcing states to step in and help. >> what went wrong? on january 1st, 6 million people got switched to the new program. because of the massive changeover, and because of computer glitches, one out of five people got lost in the system. >> computer glitches. people stuck in the system. but now, things are running smoothly. whether you like that program or not, as a program, it worked. took a while, but it worked. at the time of that program's difficult rollout, congressman joe barton, the guy at the hearing today with the grandstand play that the whole obama care website is illegal, back during the medicare part "d" rollout, under a republican president, mr. barton had a different view of glitches. american bridge today noted his record at the time, congressman barton on medicare part "d,"
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quote, this is a huge undertaking and there are going to be glitches. congressman barton pleading to democrats back in 2006 to please be constructive about all of this. he said, "i would hope that we can work together as we go through the implementation phase. if we can make some changes to fix it, let us do it and do it on a bipartisan basis. "let's make this thing work. the obama care rollout is not going especially well, but this kind of trouble has a lot of precedent. meanwhile, congressional republicans are planning to continue to front-page the problems with the rollout. white house officials and hhs secretary kathleen sebelius are scheduled to testify both tomorrow and next week. congress says, they want to know what's wrong! and that's kind of amazing, given where they've been. i mean, republicans spent the better part of two years trying to get rid of obama care by repealing it. then they shut down the government in an effort to defund it is and make it go away that way. but now they're outraged that it's not working more smoothly.
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and they want to know what's wrong. and you know what? look on the sunny side. no matter why they are staging these hearings about obama care, they are, by staging these hearings, putting pressure on obama care to get better, to work, to be implemented in a way that is better than the way it is otherwise being implemented. there is always a chance that by accident in its own beautifully hypocritical way, congress is accidentally providing effective oversight that will make this governmental program succeed even better than it would without them. they hate it. don't tell them, but this might work. i'm no expert, but i'm sure
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i'm no expert, but i'm sure we can all agree that it would not make sense to allow a beauty pageant contestant to officiate that beauty pageant. it would not make sense to let a baseball pitcher call his own balls and strikes at a baseball game. but in virginia, in virginia politics, turns out there are different rules for that sort of thing. and that story is ahead tonight with a guest who is right in the middle of it. you're going to want to see this. stay with us. i' 6s.
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for generations. remember, all medicare supplement insurance plans help cover what medicare doesn't pay. and could save you in out-of-pocket medical costs. call now to request your free decision guide. and learn more about the kinds of plans that will be here for you now -- and down the road. i have a lifetime of experience. so i know how important that is. one upon a time, democratic presidential nominee john kerry, who's now our nation's secretary of state, once upon a time, he was the democratic party's nominee to be president. he did not win, and george w. bush went on to a second term as president. but in that presidential campaign, john kerry chose as his running mate, yeah, that guy. john edwards, democratic north carolina senator with the honey voice and the wink and the smile. he had run a strong campaign for the presidential nomination himself. had john kerry won that
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election, john edwards would have been vice president of the united states. and then who knows when we would have found out about the fact that he was maintaining a whole separate secret family on the side and that part of what it meant to work for john edwards or even support him as a politician was that you ended up finding secret hiding places for his mistress and their secret child and secret ways to funnel them money. yeah, sarah palin was a freaking close call for the nation, thanks, john mccain. george w. bush actually did give us dick cheney, the most terrifying vice president in american history, maybe even including that guy from "homeland." joe lieberman was a bit of a nightmare choice himself from al gore back in 2000. but john edwards, john "six felony indictments" edwards, "the national enquirer" hiding the secret family in a beverly hills hotel, lying over and over again, and then admitting finally in a press release, trying to make a campaign staffer take the blame, saying
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he was the father instead of john edwards being the father. right up there in the pantheon of reasons why vice presidential nominees should be decided than one guy deciding on his own is the terrible, terrible example of john edwards. the other terrible legacy of john edwards is that john edwards is a really common name. and if you are a democratic politician, say, you're like a democratic politician, white guy, from the south, who's a good-looking, great smile senator with a bright future ahead of him, it must be a drag to also be named john edwards. but virginia state senator john edwards of roanoke is reclaiming the name john edwards in democratic politics, and for the zillions of guys all over the country who have been saddled with the name which makes every wonder whether you're sleeping
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with your videographer, also, what's a videographer? the virginia john edwards, the centrist state senator from roanoke, virginia, he recently wrote to ken cuccinelli, to the tea party republican, virginia state attorney general, who's now running for virginia, he wrote to cuccinelli to ask if it wasn't a conflict of interest for mr. cuccinelli himself to be presiding as attorney general over any legal disputes in the gubernatorial elections since mr. cuccinelli himself is one of the candidates in that election. mr. john edwards noted that this is the first time in a generation that an attorney general has not stepped down from the ag job in order to avoid that potential conflict of interest when they wanted to run for another statewide office. if there's any sort of legal dispute over your election, you cannot simultaneously be a candidate in that election and also the guy responsible for settling the legal dispute, right? right, ken cuccinelli? wrong, apparently, according to ken cuccinelli. he has now written back to state senator john edwards, saying he sees no problem with this arrangement at all. the letter was posted online
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today, and it is amazing. ken cuccinelli writes about himself in the third person, as though he himself is not the attorney general that he's referring to, but he is talking about himself here. this is crazy. "it is my opinion that there is no inherent conflict of interest presented and thus, no per se requirement that the office of the attorney general recuse from investigating and prosecuting alleged violations of election law when the attorney general is a candidate for public office in the same election that is under investigation." i can investigate my own election, sure! why not? the last six attorneys general who ran for governor in virginia all recused themselves in order to run for governor, so they wouldn't be in the position of adjudicating their own election if it came to that. but ken cuccinelli has decided he's staying put. and it's not like it's a hypothetical question as to whether there's going to be any legal wrangling around the virginia's governor race. it's already started is and we're two weeks out from the election. as we've previously reported, the board of elections in virginia decided just a few weeks out from the governor's race that 57,000 voters would be
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purged off the voter rolls immediately. they came up with this list of nearly 60,000 people, they sent it to local registrars and told them that if a person's name was on that list, it should be treated as a request by that person that their name be taken off the voter rolls. to be clear, these voters were not actually requesting that their name be taken off the voter rolls. the state board of elections was doing that in their name. in chesterfield county, virginia, they started going through the list the state sent them. they found more than 170 people who were on this mandatory purge list, who were actually legally registered in virginia and shouldn't be kicked off the list at all. other counties found similar problems, but the state board of elections has insisted that counties go ahead with the purge anyway, and do it right now, before the election. and so, so far, with two weeks left before the election, we know so far that something close to 40,000 people have been taken off the virginia voter lists. they may or may not have been notified that their names have been taken off the list. nobody quite knows what's going
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to happen if those people turn up to vote in virginia on election day next tuesday and they're told that they can't. the virginia democratic party filed suit to try to stop the voter purge or at least to delay it until after election day and the governor's race. the purge was defended in court by the office of attorney general ken cuccinelli, who, of course, is on the ballot on election day in that governor's race. so that's one part of a legal fight already underway over that election. and now outside conservative groups are starting to sue as well. chesterfield county, which said they found the high error rate in that purge list, so therefore they didn't want to go through with rushing to get those names off the rolls. purge the vote is threatening to sue that county if they do not go through the with the purge right now ahead of the election. so virginia's gubernatorial election is less than two weeks away. and the issue of which eligible voters might be allowed to vote and which won't is rather up in the air. and it's already in court. but don't worry.
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one of the two candidates in that race says he will take care of all the legal stuff. he says he's got it covered. joining us now is the election board registrar in chesterfield county, virginia. his name is lawrence hinkey. he's now facing the threat of litigation to force him to purge the voting rolls in his county. thanks so much for being with us. >> thanks for having me, rachel. >> i'm sure this has been a stressful time for you. can you tell us why you're trying to postpone this purge in your county? >> when they first sent the list out, it had 2,200 names on it. and we were in the midst of opening another precinct, which involved notifying over 3,000 voters we were doing that. we'd already taken delivery of 68 new voting machines that had to be tested and had over 300 people that we had to train, and then at the end of august, this list appeared. i took a quick look at it, very quickly sorted it between inactive and active voters and active voters being those identified by the post office as
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having moved, and they are already on -- on the legal process to be removed from the rolls. i was not too concerned with them. that left a thousand voters, just using the data provided to me, i very quickly found that 170 or so that were properly registered in chesterfield should not have even been on that list. i then did a sampling of the data, a small sample of the 800 or so names left and actually found some in other states that we had sent cancellation notices to, as long ago as two years, to take them off of those rolls, but yet they remained on those rolls. so from that, i concluded, this was a task that was going to require some time, some examination, and to do it properly and do it the right away and protect the rights of those who should not be removed. so i made a decision that we would process this list after the election. >> did you have support in that decision from your local board
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of elections and from other officials in your county? >> yes, from the electoral board, the three-member electoral board appoints me as general registrar, and they were contacted by the state board of elections rather aggressively and asked to order me to process the list and remove the voters. and i had briefed them in general terms already of what i had found and the fact i was going to delay it, because it was going to take a lot of time. but they met again and i went into more detail on the nature of the list and the problems i had found and what i thought ought to be done and why. and they agreed. and they unanimously supported my decision, again, to the chagrin of the state board of elections. and told one of the members that they were going to do all they could to get me fired. >> wow. can day get you fired if they want to? >> well, i commented to the board member, i said, you're my authority, you're the one who can fire me, and he said, yeah, i thought it was interesting that they would say that to him. >> have you had a lot of problems with voter impersonation fraud, voter fraud
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from chesterfield county? >> not a lot of problem, no. we have identified efforts to commit voter fraud and intercepted it. there's no epidemic that i'm aware of. >> sir, i know you are not a partisan and i know you have had this job for a long time. i also know that you have the support of your local electoral board there, but i have to ask you, and don't answer it if you're uncomfortable answering it, but i have to ask if you think that this particular purge and its timing and the pressure on you when you resisted it, do you think it's politically motivated? >> you know, it's hard to make a case that it's politically motivated, because chesterfield county would normally vote republican. and that's the great mystery about all of this. i've talked to both the republican party chairman in chesterfield and the democratic party chairman and some tea party people in chesterfield. none of them want me to do this purge. so it's just a mystery to me why
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there's this aggressiveness to get me to do something that clearly i should not do. now, we do need the ability to do interstate checking of lists, just to keep the rolls accurate, but i'm very disappointed in how this has been done because of the inaccuracy and an inaccuracy is not in the names themselves, but in the eligibility to be removed from the list. >> lawrence haake, the general registrar for chesterfield county, virginia. good luck to you, sir. i know you have a big election on your hands and this additional pressure has to make it more stressful. thanks for helping us to understand what's going on. >> appreciate it. >> thanks a lot. stay with us, we'll be right back. best new thing coming up.
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three years now. really, wow. that was great amtrak outreach news from back in 2010. but you know who else is warmly welcomed or tolerated by my beloved amtrak, people who talk loudly on phones or seat mates though they're in a confined space and sitting really clels to other people. they're tolerated on amtrak, it is easy to wind up sitting next to one on the train, it scan be fodder for train ballads, stressful if you need to get work done, or you can wind up sitting next to somebody loudly blabbing not stuff they're buying for dinner but amazing secret national security news. while not kidding you are hearing every single word. that happened today in a huge way that has the the best visual punchline of any story we have done on the show in a long time. and that is next! you keep the peace. we calm your congestion and pain. [ man ] thank you. thank you. [ female announcer ] you rally the team.
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overmany discounts to thine customers! [old english accent] safe driver, multi-car, paid in full -- a most fulsome bounty indeed, lord jamie. thou cometh and we thy saveth! what are you doing? we doth offer so many discounts, we have some to spare. oh, you have any of those homeowners discounts? here we go. thank you. he took my shield, my lady. these are troubling times in the kingdom. more discounts than we knoweth what to do with. now that's progressive. >> best new thing in the world. if you ever had the pleasure of riding amtrak, you know why am track, you know why they had to create quiet cars.
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riding along minding your business when you realize you are sitting in front of the super loud gift. right? three, four hour trip some where. and just my luck. sitting in front of the guy who is yakking away on his phone at full volume the whole time. america meet tom matzzie. tom is not the super loud guy on the train. tom matzzie had the loud guy sitting behind him on the train today, instead of cursing his luck and suffering in silence, tom matzzie decided to live tweet the experience to the whole world. that turned out to be a useful thing for the rest of us, the loud guy on the train behind tom was a guy who should know better. first tweet. former nsa spy boss michael hayden on accla behind me blabbing on background as a former senior administration official. sound defensive. michael hayden former head of the nsa and cia under george w. bush riding amtrak giving out
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loud anonymous phone interviews to reporters from the train. unbeknownest to him, the entire thing was live tweeted. hayden was bragging about rendition and black sites a minute ago. a few minutes later, hay dechlt n giving reporters disparaging quotes about administration. remember refer to me as former senior administration official. on accla listening to spy boss michael hayden give off record interviews. i think i am in the nsa except i am in public. michael hayden gives interviews bashes the obama administration and says call him a former senior administration official. brave. you realize everybody can hear you, right. then there is the actual brave guy sitting in front of him tweeting about the former head of the nsa/cia while sitting inches away from him on the train. quote, on accla, phone ringing. i think the jig is up. maybe somebody is telling him i'm here. do i hide?
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at this point it seems like the people of the twitter world are maybe not believing the series of tweets. our faithful live tweeter, snapped a photo of surroundings, yes he was riding amtrak at the moment. two minutes after that tweet he sensed trouble. new call just came in. and in fact, tom matzzie was busted. michael hayden's office, called to tell him the guy sitting in front of him was broadcasting to the world. michael hayden grabs his stuff goes to another seat. no, tom matzzie tweets this picture a longside win. hayden's office called him. offered me an interview, talked about the fourth amendment, foreign spying, after his series of tweets almost broke the internet. matzzie tweeted. getting off the train soon, somebody e-mail my wife. rider tom matzzie for having the courage to live tweet about the
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former top spy in the world for letting us all know what michael hayden hides behind when he talks smack. you, tom matzzie, you are the best new thing in the world. amazing story. time for the last word with good friday morning, everybody. americans kidnapped. pirates attack a u.s. ship and are holding two men hostage. we have the latest. biting remarks and ends for ending peoples' careers get louder. how would you like to live like mike for a price? new details in the murder of the massachusetts teacher. the world series just got a little more interesting, and one more danger for traffic cops.