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here, something about if bill clinton and richard scaffe could end up coming together there is hope for all of us. or maybe it is in life maybe crazy things >> or maybe the lesson is bill clinton can be strange sometimes. >> strange and very forgiving, i guess. >> yeah. extraordinarily forgiving. thank you very much, steve. nate silver has a new and very important political prediction tonight. >> what a huge crowd for senator mcconnell's retirement party! [ cheers and applause ] >> we can't afford a leader who thinks the west bank is a hollywood fund raiser. >> mitch mcconnell and allison grimes face off. >> thanks to you, d.c. stands for "doesn't care." >> congress started a five-week recess. >> with very little accomplished? >> the narrative right now sucks. >> the center of the political universe -- >> the annual fancy farm picnic. >> political prize fight.
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>> hee-haw meets "the gong show." >> it's a blood sport if mitch mcconnell were a tv show, he'd be "mad men." >> what the do women want? >> who cares? >> she looks so much younger and more vital. >> mitch mcconnell looks tired and old. >> he's an old far. >> mitch mcconnell is linking president obama to allison grimes. >> barack obama has been a disaster. >> you seem to think that the president is on the ballotish this year. >> mcconnell also gotten a assist from his new buddy -- >> there once was a come from kentucky -- >> mocking grimes in verse. >> who thought in politics she'd be lucky. >> it's like "highlander." there will be only one. >> nate silver says the republicans now have a 60% chance of taking control of the united states senate by exactly one seat in november. summing the probability of each race yields an estimate of 51
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seats for republicans. doesn't leave hem them much room for error, says nate silver. one of the senate seats the republicans would have to hold in order to get up to 51 is now held by kentucky senator mitch mcconnell who is in a statistical tie with democratic secretary of state allison grimes in the latest bluegrass poll. mcconnell is at 47% and grimes is at 45%, well within the 4.1% margin of error. grimes and mcconnell had a uniquely kentucky experience at the annual fancy farm picnic. each candidate appeared at the same event at the same time but spoke individually. alison grimes went first. >> and what a huge crowd for senator mcconnell's retirement party. [ cheers and applause ] if mitch mcconnell were a tv show he'd be "mad men."
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treating women unfairly, stuck in 1968 and ending this season. senator, you seem to think that the president is on the ballot this year. he's not. this race is between me and you and the people of kentucky and we intend you to hold you accountable for your 30 years of failed leadership. >> mitch mcconnell with a little help from rand paul chose to go after alison grimes and her past endorsement of president obama and go after her over what has become a central issue in the race -- kentucky coal. >> well, you know, what obama needs to wage his war on coal. we know what we need to do to stop him. >> to liberals she whispers "coal makes you sick." in kentucky she claims "coal
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makes us tick." to the liberals she sells her soul, the same ones who hate kentucky coal. >> 92% of kentucky's electricity comes from coal. kentucky is the third-largest producer of coal in the country and mining coal accounts for 86,380 jobs in that state. alison grimes calls herself a pro-coal democrat and had a very big endorsement to announce on saturday. >> when it comes to our kentucky coal miners, well, mitch mcconnell doesn't care. i do. i stand here today proudly endorsed today by the united mine workers of america! they are standing shoulder to shoulder with me because they're tired of the hot air from senator mcconnell. they're ready for a senator that will fight for their jobs and their black lung benefits.
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joining me now is joe girth, political writer for the "courier journal" and e.j. dionne. joe, tell us about this fancy farm event and is there a way of saying who won it? >> well, you know, it's a church picnic for st. jerome catholic church. it's been going on since 1880. it's gotten a event there, a political speaking event that i think is probably unique in this country. folks go there not necessarily to listen to the candidates be tow shout them down as best they can. [ laughter ] we try to show politicians as little respect at this event as we possibly can. and the goal generally for a politician is to simply make it through the event. i've never seen a politician win an election because of what they said or did at fancy farm but i think i've seen them lose them.
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so the idea is to survive it and make it through the day. mcconnell and grimes both did that. most people i talked to thought grimes had a stronger speech, he had more zingers and she delivered the speech a little better than senator mcconnell did but she had to. she had to show she could stand up to him. mcconnell has been there for 30 years. everybody knows he can deliver a speech at fancy farm. there's no pressure on him and so i don't think he was swinging for the fences like maybe grimes was. >> e.j. dionne, that helps me a lot because some of the stuff i saw there would not work in front of other audiences in other states. i actually thought, you know, is alison grimes being too tough on the guy way she's whacking him but, joe, i guess it's impossible to be too rude for that room? >> it really is. >> okay. [ laughter ] >> and this year they even asked the people to tone it down a little bit.
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that they not continually chant through someone's speech so other people who actually wanted to hear the speech could do that. >> so, e.j., alison grimes who has the endorsement of the united mine workers is now engaged in a somehow secret war on coal? >> right. the coal has become more a cultural issue than a real economic issue because even at 86,000, that's a very small percentage of jobs in kentucky. i saw in the lexington paper there are actually 12,300 direct on-site employed people in the coal industry. so it's being used as a symbol of other things. and even if it is not a symbol of other things, grimes is just 100% clear on being pro-coal. you can't run in kentucky and not be pro-coal. she loves to criticize president obama on coal. mitch mcconnell is going to keep saying that to the end of the campaign.
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>> i guess the connection, gene, is that the president is in favor of limiting emissions from coal-fired plants. alison grimes says she opposed that. we have a rich tradition of west virginia democratic senators and kentucky democratic senators -- when they produce democratic senators -- being completely locked in with the coal industry on pretty much everything they want. >> absolutely. and guess what? ask any committed environmentalist and they will tell you that barack obama is not exactly mr. anti-coal. that he could have moved and should have moved against the power plants sooner than he did and that, in fact, a lot of his policies have talked about what i consider the fiction of clean coal and carbon capture and sequestration which is an unproven technology that may not work. the administration supports it. >> and the other thing is that kentucky has lost coal jobs but
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it hasn't lost them because of crazy environmentalists. it's losing them natural gas. it's losing them other states that are producing coal cheaper. so, yeah, there's a crisis in this -- in employment there but it doesn't have very much to do with what senator mcconnell wants to talk about. >> joe gerth, how does it balance out for alison crimes on this coal issue if the republicans there successfully cast president obama as an enemy of coal and she has endorsed president obama but she then gets the endorsement of the united mine workers, how do those two things balance out in the grimes candidacy? >> well, that's an interesting question. mcconnell has been hammering her for months and months and months on the coal issue. she has even picked up his terminology, calling it "the president's war on coal." the mine workers make this very interesting because it gives approval to the miners throughout to actually support her.
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she hasn't polled very well in that part of the state. but when we asked the question in our latest poll whether or not you trust mcconnell more to protect jobs or balance the environment or grimes, mcconnell only came out four points ahead. so it's an issue throughout that she can battle him on and this endorsement by the mwa is important. i was talking to steve earl, who's the vice president of the mwa here today and he says there's talk about cecil roberts doing television commercials to run in the coal fields, to help her out. whether or not that will be able to tip her over on this issue it's hard to tell. it's -- as i think e.j. was saying, this is more of a cultural issue and mcconnell is talking about this as an attack on our culture in kentucky and an attack on our values. and that -- sometimes it's a tough message to overcome. ben chandler, the former congressman from kentucky, lost
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two years ago on the issue of coal in a district that has absolutely no coal mines. [ laughter ] so it's an issue that not only affects the coal fields, it transcends the entire state. >> e.j., to the larger framework of this, the prediction that there's a 60% chance that the republicans will just eke out control of the senate, that's nate silver's larger point. he shows senator pryor, democratic senator and senator landrieu, the democrat, being in trouble from both arkansas and louisiana. this race they would have to win in order to maintain control of the senate it looks like at this point in time but what about the overall threat to the democrats in the senate? >> i think this election isn't set yet. i don't even think we know what the decisive issue is going to be or issues are going to be in october. and you look at races where democrats thought they really were in trouble, the incumbents
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in the south, and in general they're doing better. but then you see in colorado senator udall hasn't put that away for the democrats yet. iowa and michigan are closer than they should be. but on balance i think democrats feel better today than they did about four months ago. but i'm not going to argue with nate silver's numbers as of now. but the truth is, nobody knows how this is going to turn out. >> and, eugene, even as nate presents it, it's a very close call. >> yeah. if you're talking about one seat that's within anybody's margin of error and there's so many races in play. in arkansas and in louisiana, for example, you have these very canny democratic -- experienced democratic incumbents who know how to win elections in that state. sometimes even when it looks like they're going to lose, a la mary landrieu. so we'll see. >> yeah. these are -- the pryor family
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and landrieu, they know how to pull races out in the last minute in states where democrats aren't supposed to win. >> in landrieu's case it may really be last minute because there could be a runoff in december. and if nate's right, we could be waiting till december to decide who controls the senate. >> well, i think if you're betting on history, nate is right as of tonight. as of this snapshot tonight. >> exactly. >> nate is not very often wrong. so he's right as of continue. joe gerth. thank you very much for explaining fancy farms to us and e.j. dionne and jean robinson, thank you for joining us tonight. >> thanks, lawrence. >> thank you. coming up, the second american ebola patient is right now headed back to the united states. tonight. and we have the results of important ebola tests on that patient in new york city. and the medical examiner rules that the death of eric garner at the hands of an nypd police officer was homicide. and later, stephen colbert as you have never seen him,
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she will go to the same special isolation unit where dr. kent brantley is being treated as emory university hospital. dr. brantley arrived in atlanta on saturday afternoon and walked, is was able to walk, with the assistance, with some assistance, from an ambulance into emory university hospital. both patients received a new experimental drug cocktail called zmapp and have reportedly improved since receiving the treatment. nancy writebol's son jeremy said this. >> i can't imagine this but it's amazing to think that my mom might not be only able to help those who she was trying to help there in-country but by her suffering in this and by her just going through it, she may be able to help countless more through them being able to understand what's going on in her body and develop a cure and resources to help those who are suffering right now.
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>> today in new york city, officials at mt. sinai hospital who said a patient who traveled to west africa and showed ebola-like symptoms is most suffering from a more common like condition and unlikely to have the virus. doctors expect to have a more definite answer within the day or two. joining me now is dr. kent sepkowitz, the deputy physician in chief for quality and memorial sloan-kettering. doctor, first to the new york city case. what do we know about it and what are we waiting to discover? >> we don't know much. they're being very cautious about releasing any sort of information. what we do know is that for decades people have traveled back from africa and other parts of call to new york with fever and diarrhea. so this is a very common situation. usually it's malaria, usually it's typhoid fever so it's only the context of everybody
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worrying about ebola that bring this is out of the background. it would be extremely, extremely surprising if this turned out to be a positive test. sinai is protecting the confidentiality of the patient so we don't know much. >> let's listen to what josh ernest said today about this at the white house press briefing. >> it's important to understand that there is a screening process that individuals have to go through when they board aircraft departing the countries where this outbreak has been reported. there's additional screening that occurs when individuals who started in that region of the world arrive in this country. it's also important for people to understand that these -- that this disease is not transmitted through the air. it's not transmitted through the water and it would not be transmitted through food here in the united states. that's why the cdc has assess there had's no significant risk to the united states from this current ebola outbreak. >> dr. sepkowitz, the risk, obviously, is virtually nonexistent here, especially
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with these two patients being treated in isolation units. but let's talk about this new drug cocktail that they managed to come up with here. what is the significance of this if we have something that actually does work as effectively as this might? >> i think it's a game changer for all sorts of therapeutics. the details are here also somewhat sketchy. but there's a company that's been looking at this for a long time. they're out of canada, it's been bought out by a group in san diego, whatever. the u.s. department of defense, canadian health services as well, they have figured out a way to produce anti-body to three different segments of the infection, which is novel. and for a lot of complicated reasons, it seems like kicking the virus in three different spots is much more effective than the usual approach which has been anti-bodies that have only focused on one area of potential vulnerability. so if this is as good as it sounds -- and i would be very cautious about jumping up and down about this being a roam run
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-- it's really early in the game, the notion that dr. brantley went from near death to up and around and taking a shower in 30 minutes strikes me as a wonderful, wonderful story but pushing credibility a little bit. if this turns out to have some real application in this virus, there's no reason this can't be generalized as a technology. i'm very excited about it. both for the ebola patients that have the disease mow but also for a host of other complicated infections. >> dr. kent sepkowitz, thank you very much for joining us tonight. >> thank you. coming up, the medical examiner makes the official decision in the death of eric garner. and startup ny companies will be investing hundreds of millions of dollars in jobs and infrastructure.
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in the spotlight tonight, homicide. on friday, new york city's chief medical examiner said that eric garner died because of "compression of neck [ choke hold ] compression of chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police." the death was officially ruled a homicide. >> every time you see me you
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mess with me. i'm tired of it. >> hold on, hold on. >> don't touch me, please. do not touch me. [ bleep ]. >> i can't breathe! i can't breathe! i can't breathe! i can't breathe! >> the nypd is conducting an internal investigation of this homicide case and has stripped officer daniel pantolio of his badge and gun. it's officer pantolio you see in the video using the choke hold on eric garner. attorney general eric holder has confirmed that justice department prosecutors are monitoring the city's investigation. at a rally on saturday, eric garner's mother and widow reacted to the medical examiner's ruling the death a homicide. >> yesterday when i heard the coroner's report, i tell you, i
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was downtown brooklyn and i was in a store and when i got the telephone call i guess people thought i was crazy. i just start saying "thank you, jesus." [ applause ] i. >> i met with the prosecutors and i feel like i did the right thing by doing that and i just want them do the right thing and give me justice for my husband. [ applause ] >> ramsey orta, the man who recorded the choke hold incident on that video you just saw was arrested over the week end in that same neighborhood for criminal possession of a weapon. police charged him with two counts of criminal procession of a .25-caliber norton semiautomatic handgun. that handgun, the police say, mr. orta passed to a teenaged girl just before the arrest. that 17-year-old girl was also arrested and charged with
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possession of that same gun. joining me now is vince warren, a civil rights attorney and executive director for the center for constitutional rights and michael hearty, general counsel and executive vice president for the national action network. he is serving as co-counsel for the garner family. michael, what is your reaction and the legal import of the medical examiner's finding? >> well, obviously our reaction is that the medical examiner substantiated what we saw in the tape that an illegal choke hold was used and caused the death of eric garner which in our view now provides the probable cause to begin to get justice for eric garner and his family and that's what national action network has been dedicated to and are committed to. >> vince warren, we saw eric garner's mother rejoicing that in, to her mind, the medical
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examiner was basically telling the truth about this incident and she's a woman old enough to have heard of stories and perhaps known with real authority about stories where this kind of thing happened and medical examiners rather conveniently ruled in a direction that helped the police when no video like this existed. >> right. that's exactly right. the interesting piece here is that there is a video here and, in fact, the medical examiner, as michael said, confirms what we all saw. you can't make that up. i know that the man was arrested for criminal possession of a firearm after he took that video, but the video speaks for itself. and it's a really stark reminder, i think, number one, of how important it is to have entities, for example, like cop watch that watch police interactions. but for that interaction we would have no idea what had happened and it would be the
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word of the medical examiner versus the police union. but now we really is a concrete sense that this man was killed in police custody. and the next step is how do we deal with that as a society and as a criminal justice system? >> the ramsey orta's arrest may or may not be just coincidental here's what his wife said about -- told a staten island "advance" about the nypd. >> "they park across the street, they follow him. it's obvious once they ruled this a homicide now you all of a sudden find something on him. come on, let's be realistic. even the dumbest criminal would know not to be doing something like that outside so the whole story doesn't fit at all." vince warren, your reaction to that ar vest? >> i think it's outrageous to try to connect as i've heard the police union do the arrest of that man and the relationship to the veracity of the video. the video doesn't lie.
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the video wasn't carrying a gun. the video wasn't arrested. that's the information we need to stay focused on. and rather than diverted the discussion to what may have happened to someone else and what their background is we need to stay focused which is the police killed that man. and that's what we need to focus on. >> michael hardy, we know that within police culture once this story had gotten as far as it did the most important arrest within police culture that you could make on staten island would have been of ramsey or orta. this is the kind of thing police departments like to be able to do in cases like this. by the way, this is not to say whether he was actually carrying that gun or not. i'd be willing to go with the presumption for the sake of discussion that he was. the idea that they were going to follow him and find the moment where they could arrest him is something that we've seen plenty of in decades and decades of police active any this kind of arena.
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>> and, again, you know, neither the family of eric garner nor the witness in this case, you know, you don't choose to be in this situation. and i think first we have to remember that ramsey orta was very heroic in recording the video and creating a record of something that happened to another citizen who really had done no wrong. certainly no wrong to deserve to be killed as the use of an illegal choke hold. the issue here is the choke hold that was placed on eric garner that led to his death. we now have a video that establishes that and a medical examiner's report that has followed up that finding by finding that it was, indeed, a homicide. >> and vince warren, in the old days before video you make an arrest like that and that would be one way of fixing that particular eyewitness's testimony to work in a much more favorable direction for the police but the trouble here is his testimony doesn't matter, it's his video that tells the
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story and it doesn't matter what orta has done before or since that video. >> oh, that's 100% right. and what do we know? we know what we saw. we know that the medical examiner has said that this is a killing by the police when mr. garner was in custody and the next step, really, is how do we think about this as a community and in our relationship with the police department? my organization, the center for constitutional rights, won the stop and frisk case last year and the city of new york, the mayor, the police commissioner, the police union and community members are going to be coming together soon to discuss stop and frisk but also we should be talking about the broken windows theory. the idea of even approaching eric garner, which they should haven't done to begin with as far as i can tell, and how these types of interactions really are sieges on the community. >> if we're really going to make an advance on police community, we have to follow what vince is just saying. >> attorneys vince warren and
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michael hardy, thank you both very much for joining me tonight. >> thank you. >> thank you. coming up, we'll discuss the summit of african leaders that's taking place right here in washington this week. and in the rewrite, weird republican congressman steve king and the very wise father stephen colbert are in the rewrite. [ female announcer ] we help make secure financial tomorrows a reality
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here's how stephen colbert answered that question of how do you tell who likes you on a popular web site for teenage girls in their incredibly entertaining and informative series "a ask a grown man." >> how can you tell someone likes you? people show they like you in all kinds of different ways. some basic ones are they -- they want to hear your stories. they care how you feel. they want to make your day better. they want to listen to your problems. they reach out to you. everybody wants to be loved. everybody wants to have people pay attention to them. but if somebody goes to the effort to call you, reach out to you, write you, pay attention to you at a party, come over and talk to you, smile when they see you, ask you your problems,
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those are good signs that they like you because they're making the effort to not be so self-centered that they want you do that for them. if somebody's giving you the gift of attention and wanting to know about your day and your problems, then they probably like you. if someone -- if your happiness is more important than their happiness, or they first are concerned about what's going on in your life instead of their life, that's a really good sign because one nice definition of love, i think, is that another person's happiness is more important than your own and some early signs of that is that they want to make your day better. by helping you unburden your own problems. love and cookies, cookies are also a really good sign that somebody likes you, if they bring you cookies. the problem is, sometimes people might be mean to you. or pick on you to show that they
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like you. because they're afraid that you don't like them. and so they might be mean first just to get your attention. but if someone is just paying attention to you over and over again it probably means they like you because they -- if someone really doesn't like you they mostly ignore you. i know that's kind of a vague gans, but there are just so many different ways that affection is expressed. >> sometime next year, stephen colbert will begin presenting himself every night in the ed sullivan theater as himself. not the character he has been so brilliantly performing on "the colbert report." when stephen takes over from david letterman, he won't have to rewrite himself but just go back to being himself as a performer and we will surely learn more about stephen colbert
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just as we will from dave when the subject of parenting comes up. >> let me ask you a specific question, and this comes right out of my life. when things go haywire in my house with my son it always seems to be my fault. [ laughter ] >> right. >> "why did you do that?" i was in the garage, i didn't do anything. >> here is stephen colbert as himself -- get used to it, now, you'll be seeing him more as himself next year -- giving some fatherly advice. >> i got four questions here. number one, this is from loretta, age 14. "i know most men are jerks but when guys, especially teenage guys, cat call and make jokes about rain do they know their behavior is harmful? is that why they do stuff like that or is it because society has taught them to be misogynistic?" i think, loretta, i think reason
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why boys do this kind of stuff is to get your attention and, no, i don't think they know that it's harmful because i don't think they mean to be harmful, i think they just desperately want you to pay attention to them. so my advice would be if you don't know the person who's doing it, i would ignore it. but if you know the person, if the person is a friend or somebody you know, they really care what you think. it may not seem like they do because they're so aggressive but they do care and i would say please do don't do that because i really don't like it. and they may blow you off at the time, but i promise you they'll remember you said that. and for this sort of thing to stop, boys have to be educated. does our society educate boys to be misogynistic? it probably doesn't value girls and women as much as it should.
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and boys probably see that as a signal that they can get away with things like devaluing women and being what they think of as sort of playfully or comically threatening but they do need to be told that it's wrong. even more importantly, that you just don't like it because they want you to like them. be honest with them about it. and i think that's the best try stop it. don't pay attention. here's the next one. "there's this boy, he's kind of mean to me and he lies to me a lot, but then other times he's a really great guy, he says he likes me and he treats me really well. how do you think i should proceed in this relationship?" charlie, 17, tallahasse, florida. well, there's a little contradiction in here. you say "he likes me and treats me well" but you also say "he's
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kind of mean to me and he lies to me a lot." you led with "mean to me and lies to me a lot" and then you felt bad about that and said "he says he likes me and treats me really well." if he lies to you and is mean to you, he may like you but he's not treating you very well so i would not waste my time with somebody who lies to you. even the "mean to me" is easier to deal with than somebody who lies to you a lot. because if he lies to you a lot, how do you know that he really likes you even though he says so? maybe he's lying about that, too. i would give this person one last shot and say "don't ever lie to me again." and say "because i like you." if you do like this person. "i like you and you say you like me but a predicate of that relationship that you can't lie to me and i can't lie the you so i'm going to be honest with you and not lie and say this is your
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last chance." and then kick him to the curb: >> stephen colbert's three children are very lucky to have that guy as their dad. in a small hawaiian town. making bread so good, that people bought two loaves one to take home, and one to eat on the way. so good, they grew from here. to here. to here. but to grow again, to the east coast they needed a new factory, but where? fortunately, they get financing from ge capital. we not only have teams dedicated to the food industry, we're also part of ge, a company that's built hundreds of factories. so we could bring in experts to help king's hawaiian make sense of transportation routes,
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within former reagan white house press secretary james brady died today. james brady was shot and critically wounded on march 30, 1981, outside the washington hilton hotel in the shooting that wounded president ronald reagan. brady was shot in the head and was left partially paralyzed but that didn't stop him and his wife from leading the fight for tougher gun laws. president clinton signed the brady bill in 1993. the law required a mandatory five-day waiting period for purchases of handguns and background checks at licensed gun shops. the brady center to prevent handgun violence continues that
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with the african continent, the realization, by the way, it's so much bigger. [ laughter ] so much bigger. it's amazing. i imagine it must bother you all when people say "oh, you're from africa." [ laughter ] like, "i know where you live." [ laughter ] "you're from africa." but it was something that captured my imagination and captured my heart. >> today the obama administration welcomed leaders from almost every african country to washington, d.c. the first time an american president has done so. africa has seven of the ten fastest-growing nations in the world, including ethiopia, mozambique, tanzania, congo, ghana, zambia and nigeria. while some tension is being spent on, of course, the ebola crisis this week, this summit is designed to boost economic ties between the united states and africa. business deals worth possibly
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$900 billion are expected to be announced at this event. joining me now todd moss, chief operating officer and senior fellow for the center for global development and a former deputy assistant secretary of state. todd, the economic picture for africa as it stands today? >> well, this is not the africa of 10 or 20 years ago. you know, people think of a country like ethiopia, they imagine people are starving. well, ethiopia has been growing at 10% or more for at least a decade. and it's really become a continent of tremendous economic dynamism, lots of economic opportunity and we're seeing that really the focus of this summit. >> and with all this dynamism, still it is so undeveloped. there's so much more to go. so even though it's dynamic and growing quickly now, there's an explosive potential of where it can go. >> well, silt a very large and diverse continent so there are
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lots of count these are doing well. there's a few countries that aren't doing so well. but what i think is exciting about africa right now is that we are going through this once in a lifetime transition of families that are sending their first child to college. they're buying the first rebridge rater, the first car in the family and really seeing that the future is going to be better. and that's creating a lot of enthusiasm and excitement. >> what have we learned about the best way for america to play a role in african development? >> that's an excellent question. the united states first and foremost provides a good example of what an open democracy a believes in markets, believes in -- that the future can be better than the past. that's an important role. the u.s. plays an important security position. we help to provide stability. there still are some conflicts. there are still some terror groups running around and we help play a role in containing
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those. but most of all we can invest particularly in things like infrastructure and some of our companies that can help to bring countries out of poverty toward more prosperous futures. and that's the focus of the leadership tonight. >> i was talking to the executives at caterpillar tonight who were very interested in development in africa. they are in -- they're a huge infrastructure supplier for all sorts of economic development and they see the that china is moving more quickly into africa than the united states so one of the ways in for them is to sell to chinese companies the construction equipment they need to do their jobs in africa. >> well, the reality is that china has just gone through an unprecedented period of development. they built a ton of infrastructure in their own country. they're very good at it. and the needs in africa are great. so there's going to be plenty of
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opportunity for china, for the united states, for the europeans, japanese. there's plenty of opportunity for everybody. >> and this is the week to discover that. todd, thank you for joining us tonight. chris hays is up next. war against whites? let's play "hardball." good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. let me start this monday night with the latest craziest charge against the president. it's that he's leading a war on whites. i leave it to you whether such a charge if somehow proven would be grounds for conviction and removal from office, but clearly it's part of this impeachment clatter out there from the grass roots. 57% of which want obama thrown from the office. from the loudest of right wing radio to members of congress