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three weeks. joining us from nigeria's capital, amidding the rising calls from the first lady to malala to bring back our girls. >> people have to take a stand. they have to take a stand and hear the voices of these girls. fatal consequences. house veterans affairs committee voting unanimously today to subpoena general eric shinseki into the growing investigation into a shocking scandal whereas many as 40 veterans died waiting for medical care, sparking outrage. >> they want you to resign or be fired. will you resign? >> i will say i serve at the pleasure of the president. and she's the real mvp. >> we weren't supposed to be here. you made us believe, kept us off the straight. you sacrificed for us.
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and you're the real mvp. [ applause ] >> kevin durant mother, with a speech moving her and the rest of us all to tears. >> never give up, to always put your children first, to always commit yourself to their dreams and their aspirations and goals, even when it gets hard. good day, everyone, i'm an andrea mitchell in washington. attacking a busy outdoor mall in the northern part of the country, killing as many as 300 people, this as the outrage is
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spreading around the world. our prayers are with the missing girls and their family iz. it's time to bring back our girls. joining me now from nigeria where he just met with government officials from various provinces there, raj, good to see you. this tragedy is overwhelming all. tell us the perspective from there. you're at the world economic forum and you have worked so hard to try to bridge the economic divide in these different parts of nigeria. what are people saying? . >> thank you for having me. it's a tragic and shocking time in nigeria. everyone -- we've expressed our sadness and our condolences our offers of support and help to do everything we can do bring back those girls and the fact that boko haram's reign of terror displaced more than half a
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million people and created a real humanitarian crisis in the north and very much a drag on an economy that otherwise just became africa's largest economy, one of the world's fastest growing economies and a place where american businesses and entrepreneurs are investing and helping to reduce poverty and earn real returns. it is a real challenge. it's one that is heart felt and we're doing everything we can to help nigerian government lead a strong and effective and aggressive time sensitive response to try to find and bring back these girls that have been abducted in a shocking and inappropriate and terrorist act. >> hillary clinton was speaking yesterday and she among others has spoken about the fact that niger nigeria's government itself bears some responsibility. let's watch. >> the seizure of these young women by this radical extremist
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group, boko haram is abomb inable and criminal and criminal and act of terrorism and it really merits the fullest response possible, first and foremost from the government of nigeria. the government of night year i can't has been in my view somewhat derelict in its responsibility toward protecting boys and girls in northern nigeria over the last years. >> and in fact, raj, i'm told on very good authority that our government and other governments have had difficulty responding even now where the president of nigeria says he welcomes the involvement of the west, that there are so many factions in nigeria disputing whether or not the west should be involved, that our law enforcement and military don't really know yet what it is that we can contribute because they haven't disig natured wh e ed -- designt
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they'll accept. >> they need to be in the lead of a strong and quick response. it is true that the united states offered its assistance early in this process, immediately after it was known where these girls have been going. and it is also true that we've been working with the nigerians on counter terrorism and other intelligence partnerships in the north for some time. but the reality as secretary clinton's note and comment referred to the fact that 40% of all kids in the north are not in school. more than 10 million kids almost all of whom are young girls, simply don't go to school in the north. and when the rate of literacy is 20% in the north, you can't have a stable productive society aspiring to give opportunity with that little investment in health and education and these
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girls. right now while we're doing everything we can to help recover these girls, we also in the nigerian government asked me to help them do everything they can to get girls in school, to build out safe schools, u.s. aid has programs that reach almost 100,000 girls helping them go to schools and improving the safety of the girls therein. we reach a 1.5 million with everything from immunizations to vitamin a and brought down the child death rate considerably in the last few years but we need to do more and we need the nigerian government at all levels to do more, to fight corruption and invest in their own people. when we make these investments in the world's most vulnerable chirp, we make ourselves as a globe safer and more secure. that's been a big part of the conversation as well. >> when you see the divide between the wealth and capital and investment america and companies and global firms but
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america is the single biggest investment in nigeria all usaid is doing, you're trying so hard to do something for girls literacy but they need security to try to fight these terror groups. >> well, security is a precondition to development and to creating opportunity. and when president obama and secretary kerry have elevated development as part of our foreign policy, they've asked us to work to make sure that we're helping to create more secure stable societies, that we're demanding much more of our ni t nigerian counterparts so they are making the investments in getting kids to school and providing them with health and education and investing in their agriculture. 80% of the employment is in the agriculture sector. that's why we've worked for
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years to bring private companies and research institutions and student groups from land grant universities in the united states to nigeria to help partner and improve agriculture and health and education. the one thing i will say, this new model of partnership and engagement is in fact delivering results. we saw 1.2 million nigerians including more than 1.5 million children, in addition more than 1.5 million more children no longer go hungry because of our feed the future programs and we've been able to attract private investment to the agriculture sector in this country and because nigerians themselves made bold reforms to fight corruption in the way they provide fertilizer subsidies for example. when we invest in the most vulnerable children, we are in fact expanding opportunity for all of us and preventing these types of tragic instances from taking place. >> indeed, thank you so much
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from usaid. thank you for being with us today. malala, the pakistani teenager who became an international symbol of courage after she was shot savagely by the taliban for promoting girls education in her country. >> we are all living on this globe together with diversity and there are girls that are uneducated and we should speak up for the girls in the whole world. this is our world and our home. >> malala sat down with bill neeley yesterday. she's such an extraordinary powerful voice and so inspirational to talk to her about this tragedy in nigeria must have been a very powerful experience for you. >> she is not just a remarkable 16-year-old but remarkable human
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being. she came within millimeters of losing her life when she was shot in the head four campaigning for girls education in pakistan. and she saw so many parallels with what she experienced there in this case in nigeria. she felt she simply had to speak out and take a stand. the first thing that she is doing is combatting the silence. she felt there was silence from the nigerian side, from the nigerian government that they weren't doing enough to either find these girls or even raise awareness. and so she joined her voice to this growing global campaign to find these girls. she is remarkable and the campaign is growing, but it will take an awful lot more than that. the united states, britain and france and even china offering military support now. president goodluck jonathan saying to you that he thinks this is the beginning of the end
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of terrorism in nigeria. i have to say that's extraordinarily optimistic from a man who so far has been completely unable, him and his army, which is funded to the tune of $3 billion a year, completely incapable of finding more than 300 school girls in his own country. >> and in fact, you point that out. i've been told that our law enforcement officials and our military don't yet know how to respond. we say we are responding, that goodluck jonathan has finally quote, welcomed the aid after secretary kerry had to call and hammer him into accepting it, but they haven't been specific because this so many divisions within their government in niger nigeria, so many factions, some opposing western aid. and that is slowing the mobilization. i wanted to play a little bit of
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malal malala when she talked about these girls. >> i consider nigerian girls as my sisters. it would be as if i should remain silent, if i remain silent and think for a second, ignore this issue, then the danger is that this will spread. they have now abducted more than 4 -- 200 girls. tomorrow they will do 400 and 500 and it will continue. so if you want to protect other girls as well, then we have to speak. >> so, bill, as you point out, that government is still almost paralyzed in the face of this tragedy and of this continuing terror. >> yes, i mean, to be fair, for a moment, the area that boko haram control, it's about the
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size of the u.s. state of ohio. so we are talking about something that it is difficult even if it's 300 school girls, it would be difficult to find them within that. as you say, at least four countries have offered military assistance, britain has a very long military relationship and there are strong forces officers in abuj ja at the moment. the u.s. is willing to surveillance drones but not large groups as you reported last night, no helicopters, the chinese have offered surveillance drones and intelligence. and the french have said they will have 3,000 troops in neighboring countries. part of the area boko haram control is near the cameroon border. they have no idea how to find these girls in the first place. >> thank you so much, bill neely, thanks for being with us today. really appreciate it. and coming up next, chuck todd goes one on one with harry reid.
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welcome back. harry reid has made it his one man mission to malign the koch brothers for the billions they've been pouring into conservative causes and candidates. the senate majority leader got a little defensive when the conversation turned to a big money donor in his own backyard. >> two richest people in the world and they are in it to make money. that's their whole goal here is to add zeros to their billions.
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and i don't think that's the case with -- >> with adelson, for instance? >> i know sheldon adelson, he's not in this for money. he did not -- not in this to make money. he has certain idealogical views. social views are in keeping with the democrats on choice, on all kinds of things. so sheldon adelson, he's not in it to make money. >> joining me now, chris cillizza and managing editor of post and chuck todd, nbc news chief white house correspondent, political director, host of "the daily rundown" and expert on ink. more of that to come. to that interview, sheldon adelson is not in it to make money. tell me about online betting and online gaming and where his interests lie and perhaps harry reid' as well. >> he is spending a lot of money
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and hired a whole bunch of former elected officials left and right, democrats and republicans to fight the expansion of online gaming. now the argument that he's making is that you don't want everybody to have a casino in your pocket and this will be bad for society. but you can't help but be reminded that he is a brick and mortar owner of a casino and doesn't want to see it diluted. now, i have -- i remember interviewing three people he had hired to lobby on his behalf and they argue if he wanted to get into online gaming he could make just as much money doing that. that was their defense. this is the larger issue with both parties that have to deal with, which is, are you going to selectively decide, i like this billionaire because that billionaire agrees with my agen agenda, but don't like that billionaire, so billionaires are bad for politics. well, you know, you can't have selective billionaire outrage.
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we have to ask ourselves about this idea of these billionaires get to decide who's in races and what issues are debated and is that healthy for democracy left or right. that's a conversation that seems as if leaders of the party aren't ready to have. >> chris cillizza, when we talk about this, as chuck points out, you have billionaires here and there and tom on one side and issues of guns and climate change. and sheldon adelson on the either, you like money flooding into politics or not. >> i saw this clip earlier and rewatching it reminds me, it seems like a distinction without a real difference here. at the beginning of the clip harry reid says, well, these are the two richest people in the world. sheldon adelson is like the seventh or eighth. not as though he's a pauper.
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>> extremely wealthy people here. if he lived in let's say, connecticut, harry reid might feel differently about him. he is someone sheldon adelson a huge donor, you have to figure out how to work with and get along with and where his interests are. if the koch brothers were based in nevada, i'm not sure he would be as negative about them as he is. >> he is also representing the other gaming interests in nevada besides adelson. >> absolutely. >> i want to talk about the clintons also. chuck, you asked harry reid whether he welcomes democratic primaries and you might is expected he would climb on the ready for hillary bandwagon but not quite. >> everybody knows i love the clintons and i don't need to say more, including chelsea. >> do you want her to be the nominee? do you think there should be a healthy primary process? >> i'm not -- where do i think
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primaries are healthy? >> don't think they are good for democrats. >> for everybody. >> why go to all the trouble, it would be nice to have people anointed -- i'm being facetious. i thought you were and i wasn't sure. you think it would be better for secretary clinton if she has a serious democratic rival? >> i believe that the primary was with obama and clinton was an extremely healthy process. i think it was wonderful. >> i mean, we do have to remember that it was harry reid who first went to the freshman senator, barack obama and suggested that he might even think right after being elected that he run for president. >> reporter: i'm detecting a pattern here -- we have the jim clyburn example, written about it in a book. i had a frankly a fascinating hesitating moment with caroline kennedy on this topic. the folks that picked obama over clinton when asked about clinton
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in 2016, you don't -- other than claire mccaskill, you don't sense that extra enthusiasm. who knows what it is? did they get jim clyburn phone calls? is there real scar tissue there? you can't figure out what it is but you can't help but notice there seems to be a pattern that there is less enthusiasm at least among the power elites and with donors across the country. i wonder with the power elites there seems to be something that didn't go right when they made their decisions and how their relationship didn't fully heal. >> speaking of fully healing, i wanted to play a little bit of your trip outside the white house grounds. let me play a little bit of you from the "today" show. >> before it was sort of like that guy served time or that guy was in the navy. now it's cops, priests and professors. >> 40% of americans live in a household where someone has a tattoo.
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that's nearly double what it was 15 years ago to put it in perspective, more americans have tattoos than natural blonde hair. >> so chuck, what did you come back with? >> i don't know -- maybe i'm still healing, right, we'll see. we just started. i think it was sort of -- we do these cultural trends. i think the eye test for years for many of us was probably -- if you go to any college campus, see this as a generational change going on. the stigma is almost going away. there's still a generational stigma, but tattoos have gone mainstream and we just finally had a data point to probably call attention to something that the rest of america under 40 knew for a while. >> chris cillizza, what about your household? >> as someone who has a number of tattoos already, i don't have to do a "today" show segment to get a tattoo. out of that nbc/wall street
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journal poll, i was totally stunned by that. there are a lot more, i have no tattoos, i already look not great and i'm worried about in 40 years with a tattoo -- >> we'll leave it there. >> reporter: by the way, andrea didn't say where her tattoos are? >> no comments by my household. >> this interview is over. >> moving right along. >> yes or no? we're looking at you? >> we'll talk about it. talk to you offline. thanks, chris cillizza. kevin durant's moving speech to accept the mvp award had more than just the oklahoma city thunder star in tears. >> you made us believe, you kept us off the street. put clothes on our back and food on the table. when you didn't eat, you made sure we ate. you went to sleep hungry.
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issued a new travel warnings as travel in ukraine escalates. pro-russian separatists will move forward with a referendum in donetsk even though vladimir putin said the vote should be postponed. right now president putin's claim that russian troops are moving back from the border is still being challenged by western leaders who see no sign of any movements. richard engel is live in donetsk. it's very confusing right now. what game is vladimir putin playing? what do you think? >> reporter: it's very hard to know. it seems today that these statements from putin were a bit of a head fake. yesterday he said that the troops had been pulled back, nato officials among others including u.s. military officials and american intelligence said that when they look down on the satellites, they see no signs of russian troops pulling back. then russia said that nato must be blind not to have seen it.
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nato came back, the chief of nato saying that he's not blind, he sees very well and he sees nothing changing on the russian part. it's unclear why putin made such statements that were so easy to verify and easy to prove wrong. he apparently seems quite convinced that his own people and own supporters and russian people will believe him. and he's presenting himself as a peace maker. the question is, what is he setting up? is he setting up a future scenario? is he set being up for him to be in a position to say, look, i did my best and pulled my troops back, even though he apparently did not. i wanted the referendum to be postponed even though it is not going to be postponed and wanted peace and quiet even though there is no peace and quiet to set up for whatever comes next. the danger here is really tomorrow. tomorrow across russia and across eastern ukraine, there are going to be celebrations,
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commemorating the russian victory, also the allied victory over the nazis in world war ii. this is a time of great russian patriotism and they are supposed to be parades in this city by the pro-russian community also gatherings by the pro-kiev community and there's expectation there could be clashes, maybe more. >> world war ii of course has been a flash point in the new narrative that putin is trying to create for ukraine. that becomes another issue. the europeans stepping up pressure as they talk about more sanctions. it could be putin is trying to influence that and put more pressure on the europeans to still be as frankly weak kneed as some of them have been hurting their own economic interests as they put more pressure -- >> >> reporter: so far if you've looked at the sanctions they've been pretty specific, sanctioning individuals, sanctioning key leaders and
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inner circle around putin but there haven't been industry wide sanctions because those would be very painful for europe. the reason europe is so concerned about ukraine, one for idealogical reasons but two much more pragmatically, a lot of the natural gas that comes to europe, even europe in particular, comes through ukraine, the pipelines across this territory from russia to europe. so russia wants to -- europe wants to stand against what russia is doing and putin is doing but it doesn't want to cut off its own nose to spite its face. >> richard engel in donetsk, thank you. coming up, veterans outrage. did dozens of former service members die white waiting for medical care? eric shinseki responding as the investigation expands today. that's next right here on andrea mitchell reports only on msnbc. [ female announcer ] who are we?
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they want you to resign or be fired. will you resign? >> i will say i serve at the pleasure of the president. >> that was of course, secretary shinseki with our own jim miklaszewski, standing his ground but there are more pressure today on veterans affairs secretary. the former army chief of staff under fire for the scandal surrounding deaths of at least 40 patients who died because they were not treated soon enough in the phoenix va hospital. the backlogs have been a chronic problem. the hospital is accused of an elaborate coverup. now the afirs committee is investigating how widespread this is and subpoenaed e-mail and correspondence between shinseki and several top va officials. chief pentagon correspondent jim
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miklaszewski joins me now. he had quite a career and wounded in vietnam, you know him better than anyone. does he realize the outrage in this country over the way the backlog persists and this possible cover-up of people who died because they weren't treated? >> well, you know, because of his service, his years in the military, he was a vietnam vet, graduate of west point, and rose to the rank of general, army chief of staff. i asked him with that kind of background did he share the people's outrage, was he aware of the level of outrage, he gave me an interesting answer and said i think i do. i'm a veteran myself. and so that surprised me a little bit because i thought he would be a little more regressive. in his public persona he's always been somewhat stoic. he never shows emotion. but i think in this case, i could see it bubbling beneath
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the surface that he is terribly angry and frustrated. quite frankly, the va -- the bastion, most entrenched bureaucracy, i think in the u.s. government. and ever since he got into that office, i think he's been waging that battle. and according to a lot of these latest stories we're hearing, isn't winning necessarily. >> jim miklaszewski, thanks so much, great interview. >> montana democrat john tester joins me now. senator, thank you very much. you saw what the house did today with the subpoenas. there is outrage. i've talked to paul rycroft and tarantino and the american legion calling on him to step down. i know you do not agree that shinseki should go. >> that's right. if one veteran dies because they waited too long to get an
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appointment, that's too many, but we have to get good information if we make good decisions. the accusations were made by a disgruntled employee. there's an inspector generals office investigation going on and we need to see what they come up with. if they come up with wrong doing we need to hold the proper people accountable. if not, why are we criticizing a man who's doing the best job he can. as jim said, a decorated war hero and somebody who quite frankly has been pounded before by congress and i think it's unfair. until we get the facts and that's the bottom line. we need the facts to make good decisions. if we made decisions based on bad information, they will be bad decisions. we need the facts. >> we do know shinseki is the general who warned there would be more troops needed than originally contemplated in iraq and got in the way of don rumsfeld and got hammered there.
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he's had -- he's shown his backbone, spine before. but this is the way he answered, jim miklaszewski was just referring to this. let me play that tape of his response when mik asked him about these deaths. >> reporter: do you completely understand why there's that level of outrage right now? >> i think i do. i'm a veteran myself. >> is this just his low key manner? >> well, i think the backlog is unacceptable and i think general shinseki has been doing everything he can do to get it reduced. unfortunately it hasn't reduced to the level we need to be reduced to yet. part has to do with the government shutdown and the fact that we're doing right by vietnam veterans now by bringing them into the va to the front of the line. but the bottom line is i think everybody is concerned about the backlog, including general shinseki. and we need to do more to get that reduced. in this particular case, we're talking about accusations by
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disgruntled employee, we need good information before we start chopping people's heads off quite frankly. we need to get good information, find out what happened, find out who's responsible and then act appropriately. >> and i know he's going to be testifying in front of you next week so we'll get more answers then. thank you very much for being with us. >> thanks, andrea. >> coming up next, inspiring the next generation of leerds ted kennedy's wife victoria kennedy joining me with a preview of the kennedy institute in massachusetts. stay with us right here on "andrea mitchell reports," only on msnbc. when folks think about what they get from alaska, they think salmon and energy. but the energy bp produces up here creates something else as well: jobs all over america. engineering and innovation jobs. advanced safety systems & technology. shipping and manufacturing. across the united states, bp supports more than a quarter million jobs. when we set up operation in one part of the country,
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vickie. i know this is bittersweet in many, many ways. >> but very exciting. this is the fulfillment of something that ted worked on and thought of for such a long time, really 12 years ago when he first started talking about an institute for the united states senate. he loved history. he loved education and he loved the united states senate. and he wanted a place that young people, old people, students, learners of all ages could come and learn to love the senate the way he did, but really learn to engage in their government by learning about the united states senate. and what we've done at this institute is take his vision and really run with it. and as you mentioned, we have a representation of the senate chamber. it's totally interactive and totally engaging. visitors will come in and they'll be able to become united states senator s. they'll be able to sit in the
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desks and come in and get a google hand held device. everything in the institute is interactive, engaging, dynamic. we're really excited about it. >> i can't think of anything more important now when our polling shows complete disregard and disrespect for what's happening in congress because nothing is happening in congress, the gridlock and this can envision an rean mate the way the senate was when senator kennedy was in the senate and people legs lated. people forget that he and dan quayle did a jobs program together. he worked with republicans, who didn't agree with him on a lot of different things. he and others, democratic and republican senators worked on ways to improve our country. >> absolutely. we're going to show how throughout history, men and women of good will in both parties did sit down and work through and address the great challenges facing our nation.
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let me tell you some of the exciting things we're seeing. it's going to be interactive and dynamic and using hand held devices. even with middle school students where we're doing political testing, paper and pencil testing of some of the simulated senate debates, where we're having middle school students become senators and work on compromising and trying to get legislation passed, they don't want the test to end. they are so excited about learning. they knew nothing about the senate. they didn't understand how a law was passed until we started the testing. by the end of an hour, they don't want it to end. they want to know when they can be senators again. this is so encouraging and excite for us. >> i was with a group of young women yesterday after the show and they were asking me questions about being excited about government, how do you get into government? should women run for office? you have to fight constantly to explain to people why they should be engaged and why they
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shouldn't tune out. >> ted believed that when you became a united states senator he wrote about this in miz memoir, that it changed you for the good. sometimes it would take a year or two or three or more, but that something in you made you think of something bigger than yourself, that it made you think about the public good. and we really believe that with this experience of coming into the edward m kennedy institute for the united states senate and really understanding and getting into what it means to be a part of our government, what it means to be a part of the senate, that we're going to instill that same love and pride in another generation of people. >> well, you should be so proud of what you've achieved and we can't wait to be there. maybe we can do our show from there. >> thank you. >> thanks. >> that does it for us -- no, which story will make headlines in the next 24 hours? not done yet. that's next on "andrea mitchell reports." [ female announcer ] every box of general mills big g cereals
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greg robinson, offensive tackle, auburn. [ applause ] >> greg doesn't let anyone get through, which earned him the nickname the obamacare website. good to see you. and it's the nfl drafts the story making headlines in the next 24 hours. chris cillizza is back with us. a lot of focus on the social issue of whether michael sam is going to get drafted. he didn't do very well, at least on pro day. >> did not do that well at the nfl combine, although i'm not sure people thought he was, he's not a guy with a really good motor. the draft starts tonight, there are seven rounds, very unlikely he gets picked tonight. much more likely if he gets drafted it happens on saturday, that final day of the draft where they do the final rounds for people who want -- i will tell you, if he does not get drafted, it will spark a much
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broader conversation, whether it's about his athletic ability or spark a much broader conversation about him coming out, his sexual orientation and whether that factored into the decision or not. >> we saw jason collins got picked by the nba. he got picked even though some thought he wouldn't be. >> my guess is this is someone who had significant success at missouri, at a major program, major program. my guess is someone, five, or six or seven, despite the fact he didn't do that well in the predraft thing. someone probably takes a chance. >> that does it for us. remember, follow the show online and on twitter and facebook. "ronan farrow daily" is up next. may is a month of celebrations. from cinco de mayo to mothers day to graduations. and now your chevy dealer is giving you plenty of reasons to
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auditing the irs and reauditing benghazi. let's hope everyone has good accountants. >> only need to look at today's headlines, the murders and kidnappers in nigeria to see we have not distinguished man's darkest impulses. >> you can bang up republicans for fund raising off of this but it would be political foly not to. >> he can set it down right now and he should. >> shelly sterling intends to keep the clippers and sanctions against her husband, donald sterling, do not apply me or my family. >> once again, president putin has stunned the world. >> the russian president says he is pulling back thousands of troops from the border with ukraine. >> then the west said there is no sign that russian troops are withdrawing from the ukrainian border. >> what i would do if i were the administration, i would help arm the ukrainian people so they can
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defend themselves. >> ukrainians will fight. >> it's time to consent our anti-tank weaponry and anti-aircraft weaponry. >> deputy dog is right, we must arm these anti-russian forces with rocket launchers. it worked so well in afghanistan and that never bit us in the ass. >> house republicans are doubling down on two major investigations today, congressman jim mcgovern, how would you characterize this? >> mr. speaker, welcome to witch hunt week here in the united states house of representatives. >> couldn't have said it better myself. 5:30 eastern time the house will vote on whether to create a select committee to investigate the 2012 attack that killed four americans in benghazi. republicans control the house so this will probably pass and if it does, the committee is going to be made up of seven republicans and