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inadd verdantly. an italian, held since 2012. the president said today he took full responsibility for their deaths. >> as a husband and as a father i can not begin to imagine the anguish that the weinstein and laporeto families are enduring today. i simply want to say this as president and commander in chief, i take full responsibility for all our counterterrorism operations including the one that inadvertently took the life of warren and geovany. i profoundly regret what happened. on behalf of the united states government, i offer our deepest apologies to the families. >> noting he moved to declassify the information and go publicly offered praise for american transparency. >> it is a cruel and bitter
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truth that in the fog of war, generally, and our fight against terrorists specifically mistakes sometimes, deadly mistakes, can occur. but one of the things that sets america apart from many other nations, one of the things that makes us exceptional is our willing to confront squarely our imperfections and to learn from our mistakes. >> a statement following the white house announcement the weinstein family said they were devastated but those who took warren captive over three years ago were ultimate responsibility. without providing specific details, the family of the two hostages would be compensated for their deaths. joining me now, senior policy at the center of american progress, brian katlus. and senior affairs for politico michael crowley. brian, let me start with you.
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we are given, the president is clearly making a bit of transparency but still the white house in the press briefing with josh earnest did not say the words drone strike. i wonder from your assessment, what intelligence are we working off of at this point and is it the right intelligence when we conduct these drone strikes? >> well we presume that we have aerial surveillance and also signals intelligence. things we can collect from cell phones, telephone calls, and e-mails. and some sort of human intelligence and network that we have under the ground. and quite clearly, these different streams are never perfect. and especially in instances like this, in regions like the place where these strikes were conducted, the information is never perfect and i know the administration has some sort of checklist that it goes through. but the simple fact we've had hundreds of hours of surveillance on this target and we didn't still really know that the civilians were there showed there have been imperfections and mistakes probably that need to be corrected. >> hannah i know the aclu had a
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harshly worded statement in the wake of all this news. to brian's point, we are operating under some guidelines here. there is a series of protocols apparently the white house undertakes in calling for this. the white house press secretary say the president did not specifically sign off on these two intelligence operations. do you think this changes the systems thinking around drone strikes? >> it must change the systems thinking around drone strikes in at least a couple of ways. what appears very clear, at least on the reporting that we now have is that the cia did not even know who it was killing. both with respect to the strikes in which the hostages tragically died and with respect to another strike recorded today. i think there has to be a change in thinking about another aspect. one thing that was remarkable about today was what was necessary, the apology that was given to the families of these
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victims. and the promise of compensation. that stands in stark contrast to the many hundreds of people non-citizens, non-westerners, who have received no acknowledgment, no apology, and no compensation. >> let's talk about the apology and to hannah's point. a president who was, i thought, very somber in tone and full of remorse. it was a page of this presidency i don't think we've read before. i mean i felt like the president's posture on a day like today, which has got to be a low point in his presidency but specifically around counterterrorism and national security, this white house has been pretty defiant. do you think this marks an inflection point as it were? >> i don't know if it's a larger inflection point because i think the white house will continue to defend its broader policies in other countries around the world but i do think, as you say, you can tell this is particularly painful. you think of a couple of moments
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where the president has spoken about things and it feels like it's hitting him on some extra level, thinking about the newton school shootings as another example. and this was one of them. and there's got to be a built up frustration with this president who gave a speech at the national defense university almost exactly two years ago. it was in may of 2013 where he talked about america being at a crossroads in the war of terrorism, not letting the war on terror design fine us.fine us. saying he was imposing new restrictions on drone strikes and creating new transparency how they work. i think he really did feel at that time like the the drone program was maybe getting a little bit out of control and the costs were starting to outweigh the benefits. and two years later, he finds himself in this really horrible position, probably questioning the entire policy. but also feeling like what's the good alternative here? because this is one nightmare but his other nightmare is a
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terrorist who's training in pakistan comes to times square and kills 100 people or more and then give a speech about that. it's not an enviable position for him. >> i guess, brian, i don't think anyone is proposing necessarily that the u.s. will rethink or end its drone strike program, but at least on the issue of transparency where we don't even know how many drone strikes we've conducted in pakistan for example, the ranges total killed go from 2500 to nearly 4,000. the number of civilians killed range from 421 to 960. do you think maybe we'll have at least some more information on what we've done thus far? i hope so >> i hope so and a much more informed debate to analyze how effective it is in the broader fight against the terrorist networks that we're combatting. in the decade after 9/11, we tried many different things.
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bush administration occupied and invaded iraq and afghanistan and that heavy footprint approach forces on the ground was really not effective. president obama has a different approach not only in pakistan yemen, and other places and it remains to be seen whether we're helping these societies produce the types of environments that actually ultimately degrade and defeat these type of networks. we've been good at preventing attacks on the homeland for the most part but i think we all should ask the question, are these tactics, including drones producing the sort of environment that leads to defeating these radical ideologies and these different groups? i think that's still very much an open question. >> there's also the question of extra judicial killing of american citizens the second chapter in the story today. adam gadahn an american citizen, and ahmed farouq both al qaeda operatives killed in concert with the killing of these american hostages.
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i guess farouq was a dual u.s./pakistani citizen. it seems like some part of the white house is how they talk about these strikes and the killing of these two men in particular given our constitution. >> right. and alex i think, you know, we don't think there's any difference in the law that governs when you can take the life of a person extra judicially based on citizenship. certainly though the courts limited access to non-citizens here in the united states, which is something we don't agree with but nevertheless remains the case. and i think here again, there are massive failures of both transparency and accountability. in that the government is claiming that it can take the lives of people citizens and non-citizens without any kind of judicial review and with virtually no transparency with respect to the number identity
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and those killed. the consequences of these programs, i think there's ample and growing evidence of the backlash against the united states claiming this kind of authority including in places far from any traditional battlefield and again, failing to provide transparency and accountability and the precedent it is setting. >> michael, you know, there have been some reactions today and from the weinstein family elaine weinstein, the wife of warren weinstein, who was killed, the family issued a pretty harshly worded statement as it pertains to the american government's response. she says in her statement, we hope my husband's death and the others who faced similar tragedies in recent months will finally prompt the u.s. government to take its responsibilities seriously and establish a coordinated and consistent approach to supporting hostages and their families. i think she also called the u.s.
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government in the matter inconsistent and disappointing. do you think this changes our policy and the way we deal with hostages overseas? >> i think that's a conversation that has been under way for a little while, and, you know, we saw a lot of debate about this in the case of, you know when we saw several americans tragically executed by isis over the past months at the same time, we were learning that europeans were being freed. in some cases, that had to do with al qaeda and not isis but it was clear that you could pay ransom even to some of these most despicable groups that they would take money over killing and you had a lot of blowback from families in that context. and i think that already precipitated the debate within the administration where they were kind of reconsidering what makes sense, but, you know, at the end of the day, i don't see any sign there's going to be a change in american policy where we're really willing to, you know, trade money for hostages.
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there are some cases where you can do q deals with intermediaries but fundamentally, i don't think the policy is going to change and we've seen recent months, hasn't changed. >> the question of how the government interfaces with the families of these hostages and if there's any change, perhaps, in that area. brian, crowley, thank you for your time. after the break, the author alleging hillary clinton did political favors for big foreign donors now turning his focus to another 2016 hopeful on the republican side. plus finally, finally the senate voted this afternoon on president obama's nominee for attorney general. could the fate of the boston bomber dzhokhar tsarnaev come down to one prison video recorded three months after the marathon? all of that is ahead on "now." [ screaming ]
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clinton will take the staijge at the annual women of the world summit as she faces a wide world of political scrutiny. set a date for the week of may 18th requesting clinton appear with e-mail use and then benghazi for june 18th. that letter comes amid a barrage of headlines on the clinton family charity and its dealings. this morning, the new york times dropped a lengthy report connecting to the sale of a mining company that gave russia control over one fifth of all uranium production in the u.s. the state department with secretary clinton at the helm one of several u.s. agencies that approved the deal.
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the spokesman tells nbc news to one has produced a shred of evidence supporting the theory that hillary clinton ever took action as secretary of state to support the interests of doenors to the clinton foundation but the transparency concerns do not end there. the reuters report said clinton family refiles against five annual tax returns after the news agency found errors in how they reported donations from foreign governments. financial scrutiny all stems from the forthcoming book, "clinton cash." today, jeb bush declined to comment but said a clinton candidacy means clinton has to be held to account. >> look she's going to have to be held accountable like all of us about dealings. that's part of the process, right? >> held accountable like all of us and particularly, jeb bush. the man that bloomberg's josh green reports is due next for the swooizer treatment.
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josh greene with bloomberg business week and reporter for the new york times. you talked to peter swizer very much in the news. how tenaciously do you think he'll pursue governor bush? >> from everything he told me he's already got a team of researchers. they've been working on it for a couple months. they'll keep working on it. it seems to be the same financial procto gave the clintons in the new book and if bush is as open to accountability like he said he was in that clip he'll be going through the same thing she is in a couple of months. >> financial proctology exam sounds painful on every level. jeromy, you cover 2016 congress. you know this landscape. trey goudi saying the benghazi committee set to call secretary clinton twice before tepidhe end of june and reports not released until several months before the
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2016 election. i guess i wonder does that setting of that date undermine their contention that this is not a partisan political exercise? >> i think it absolutely does and i think that it undermines actually goudi's objectivity. he all along was never seen as the same partisan figure that for example daryl isil was. but they thought they were going to get ahead of this and have hillary come in and testify in private and everything. the clinton campaign is very deftly spun this back around on the benghazi committee and said well, no. you want to have her there in private because you don't want the world to see your true partisan motives. so i think that definitely they are back on their heels now and, you know, if anybody ever thought this was going to be an objective investigation in the first place, i think certainly
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republicans are going to have a much harder time making that case now. >> you wonder josh though if benghazi is even the straw man that they wanted to be. given the foder that they basically have in terms of the clinton donations and whether or not there was a quid pro quo and the actions the secretary took during her tenure. the new york times report i can't ask jeromy because he's biassed but when you read sort of a lengthy blow by blow going off information in the book and adding new reportage to it how troubling do you think for the clintons on purely anna edward ek doe tal level? anecdotal level? >> why would you be involved in karkcharacters like this? there's bunch of them. more than you read in the new york times. you have evidence of direct involvement. the problem with benghazi from kind of a republican political
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standpoint is it's always been this hail mary to somehow to remove from. if the stories around the clinton financial dealings have more legs and the story i thought was excellent imply there's curious stuff going on that reporters and voters want to look into more. >> and jeromy there's also the question of blixtill clinton. whether the secretary was doing anything that favored clint foundation donors. the actions and the speeches and the money taken by bill clinton personally reports bill clinton was paid $26 million in speech fees by companies and organizations that were also major donors. you know what happens to bill clinton's activities going forward? and i guess i wonder what you think happens to cgi between now
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and november of 2016? >> the clinton campaign is certainly already taken some steps to try to get ahead of public relations problems like that for example, hillary resigned from the board. i think they're going to have to be more transparent about the speaking fees because those questions are just going to keep on piling up. what i wonder is if the clinton message machine ever decides to kind of recalibrate and dial it back a little bit. because right now, and this isn't all coming from the clinton camp itself but from the orbit around them where you have these people whose main goal is to misdirect and onevery time there's a bit of the clinton leadership. >> they're clarifying. >> they are misdirecting. exactly. they are definitely misdirecting here. this is what media matters exists to do.
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>> i'm sure well josh when we talk about the orbit to jeremy's point, contention has been he's a tool of the right wing. he's theoretically investigating jeb bush. that complicates the clinton camp's argument. >> he's a conservative but doesn't go out and fabricate wild stories. fantasies about the evils the clintons are doing, which is standard fare for clinton books written by republicans. the 2012 stock act, i'm sorry, insider trading in congress that led to the 2012 act. he's a well regarded guy by those who aren't on the payroll who aren't clinton partisans and i think as the time"times" story
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shown today, it's based off things in the real world and raised a lot of questions. the fact they'll refile tax forms, i think emphasizes the fact that there really are questions that need to be answered. >> i am surprised. the refiling of the tax forms would seem to be the biggest concession here in terms of the clintons not having their ducks in a row, in advance of what was a very expected announcement of the can da the candidacy. >> it's easy to turn that into 30 second commercials. that was always the problem with the hillary e-mail scandal. republicans would say, well it's not that easy to turn into a linear argument about why her leadership is flawed. this is, the questions about their financial dealings are much more clear cut example of why they republicans could argue they can't be trusted. >> it is going to be a long
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branch in ferguson. ceo howard schultz announced as a way to increase employment. it was by the race together campaign. no date set for opening but the ferguson store is, quote part of our plan to build more stores in urban neighborhoods. a study found the density of starbucks stores generally increased with the community's whiteness. the podcast, mike sleska and erin karmon and jimel buie. i go to you first. what do you think of howard schultz's decision? >> starbucks is fine. i'm not the biggest fan of the coffee. i think it's odd to describe ferguson as an urban community. ferguson is relatively low density compared to most cities compared to st. louis city
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proper. and looks more like kind of a typical midwestern suburb. so when i read the press release, my eyebrows kind of raised. >> okay. the choice of words aside, the idea of opening a starbucks in a neighborhood where race has been a central organizing focus not organized but central focus of the national news media, do you think that is a good idea? >> i don't think it's a, it's not bad. agnostic. yeah starbucks is fine. certainly, ferguson could use more outlets for all the reporters that are there. >> i want to ask you guys because i thought the race together initiative was questionable. >> goofy. >> but i do think it is nice that a ceo in america is trying to get his hands around the issue of race and trying to do whatever he can to be part of
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that conversation. but other people have said this seems shameless or this isn't the right move. i don't know. where are you landing? >> i totally agree with you, the execution or lack of race. here's your vennti and talk about race. but if you're howard schultz, you think every problem deserves starbucks and tends to go off with white patrons, probably comports and doesn't mean he deserves more credit. maybe in an area not because it's the number one area that will have the best return in investment. it's something he wants to do and can do. i think if we're going to say the hobby lobby is allowed to do what it does with contraception, let's applaud howard schultz on the right side of an issue. >> outside of his core competency. we don't need to be looking to corporate america to heel our
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national fissures around race. he's at a coffee shop that's great. >> and maybe dunkin donuts should have a competing coffee shop if you don't like the bitterness of starbucks. some may find the following offensive. in arguing the death penalty. boston marathon bombing trial, using this image showing dzhokhar tsarnaev was unchanged. the surveillance video released one day later provided more context. it shows the teen standing in jail cell three months after the bombing fixing his hair looking the camera and flashing a v sign before making the brief offensive gesture. this is one of the situations where context is everything right? because when that first middle finger image came out, the new york post has a cover and it is a typical new york post cover, no, f you and boston bomber.
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it looks like an angry 18-year-old in solitary confinement. >> it shows how much it can be without of context. if this is the best evidence they have, it's a problem. what we often see after people are brought into public light, just from mug shots, people create an entire narrative whether it's michael brown or a woman with a miscarriage or this story. it doesn't tell us much about the story, particularly because a screen graph can lie. remember the michelle obama selfie situation. >> the difference, there's been a trial. he's been quicked on 30 charges and he is awaiting either life in prison or the death sentence. >> certainly. >> and his behavior and who he is, his penance, his remorse is really the subject of the sentence. right, this is the subject. everything rests on his character at this point. >> or the perception of his character and define it. i understand the prosecution says, that gives full context but not the best evidence.
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it's the endless parade of people he mutilated and killed. >> right. >> i don't think the jury i would be shocked if the jury weighed that heavily because of the larger context that it's in. but when you consider all, i mean, on the same day they play that they had all the relatives of the m.i.t. security guard killed. that's got to overwhelm it. the new york post called it a damning piece of evidence. of all the things about him, that's the least damning thing. >> janelle we're at this point where the defense has sort of gone along with his guilt throughout the entire first phase of the trial, it now comes down to proving that he is sort of trapped into this by his older brother. a sort of disaffected teen a dark person but not someone who should be put to death. in that way, this weird prison footage, this surveillance footage is i think, going to play a fairly outsized role in determining his sentence. >> i think that's absolutely right and i think, you know,
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when that is your goal for the defense, something like this this guy, this kid shooting the middle finger at the camera will weigh really heavily. when i saw it, my initial thought was for as much this kid did something terrible he is a 21-year-old. >> 19 at the time. >> 19 at the time. he is an angry, dumb maybe remorseless, maybe a bad dude but he is a 19-year-old. and this sort of that to me is the thing that makes me question the use of the death penalty in this case. he i'm not sure we should be putting people to death, even when what they did is horrible i'm not sure we should put to death when they were developing as adults as human beings. again, even given the crime. >> the way "the new york post" is using it trying to summon all of the fear and anger that we have about this extremely
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tragic event and try to rally us against it. >> i would say there are people who have every right to be fearful, angry, disgusted, horrified with the truth. and for him, there's not been a lot of emotional analysis. he's been basically quiet. his family hasn't been there. this is sort of what we got. >> doesn't it point out how the sentencing phase is so subjective? >> it says a lot about our penal system. okay. we're going to move on to something much lighter, much less important, but still interesting. a new report about the modern american man. 45% say it's harder to be a man today than their father's generation. 21% say it's easier. mike, the question to you. is it harder to be a man now than for your father? >> no i think it's a lot easier. and it's also better. however easy we think our fathers had it they weren't as good fathers. they had a lot going on. life was tougher. but i mean the father of today
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is so much more involved and everything from chores and that's been chronicled but the life of the child. the father is more of a parent than ever before. and i celebrate. i don't know. if you ask people, is it harder for you or other person they'll always say it's harder for me. when did they ever say -- >> some men say it's easier and no small part because women are splitting the bread winning. and they have partners that sometimes are the chief breadwinner in their house. >> i thought it was so interesting that women being in a stronger position workplace, financially and gender equality the reason it was easier and harder but more people listed it under easier. a bigger group happy that women economic position seemed to free the traditional gender roles. >> do you think it's easier or harder to be a man these days than in generous previous? >> it's easier. i'm not married, no kid.
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>> just a man in the world. >> just a dude in the world. and for me it's very easy to be the kind of man i want to be. the pressure towards a particular, narrow and circumscribed kind of man. everything that existed two generations ago isn't there in the same way. for someone like me, kind of in the close ander in di. er innerdy. >> we're glad it's easier for you to be in the world. >> we did not even get to the story about the guy that fired 8 shots into his computer in an alley way. that's going to have to wait until tomorrow. mike janelle, thank you all for you time. >> you're welcome, thank you. marco rubio said tupac shakur is one of his favorite. we will dig into the d.o.g.s next.
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lyrics. i was hoping to get a demonstration. >> no, the ones from the '90s, all be censored anyways. so you know what somebody asked me that. there are a couple modern artists i really like but i like nicki minaj and pitbull is a friend. >> he is not a scientist but apparently a hip-hop fan, man. days ago asking about his listening habits, told tmz, david getta swedish house mafia and a nicki minaj fan but first, tupac. >> the time he had gone to the west coast, starting the time he went to california and joined death row and doing like the peak of death row music is when i was in college and law school. just, the music, i thought it was better. >> rubio's professed love may make him the coolest guy in the
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decidedly uncool world of presidential politics but happens to be at odds with his policies. as matthew writes in salon, power to enact policies tupac would have found abhorrent. music critic john garamonica. talking about tupac, that's inherently a good thing. >> it's interesting he talks about pitbull as his friend because tupac would not have been his friend. >> talking about this segment again, tupac, yes, a major recording artist i'd like to believe he's still alive on the island of cuba, past tense, but incredibly political. >> kendrick lamar's album features a little known interview and kendrick places himself as the interviewer of tupac and the entire interview is basically revolutionary content and remember what rap was like in the '90s to have
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someone the most famous rapper in america also be a political fire brand. and you just don't have that anymore. >> one would think, we know that marco rubio, as ana maria cox pointed out, anti-immigration equality anti-pot decriminalization, pro government surveillance and against climate change. given who tupac was and given where he came from both mother and father radical revolutionaries. it's hard to imagine, john he would have been voting for marco rubio. >> yes. you do remember there's this quote often attributed to michael jordan where it's like republicans buy sneakers too. i think the thing we have to remember is republicans listen to gangster rap and hip-hop today. they like to think they're one to one value-wise but you can't control your fans. >> but there is the question of politicians in the public space
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using their cred the street cred they gain saying talking about death coast records, west coast, east coast rap to humor themselves with the voting population that not might otherwise. it could get back to -- drop kick murphy said to scott walker, using some of his music, please stop using our music in any way. we literally hate you. tom speaking to paul ryan's love of rage against the machine. it is amusing because it's the em bodiment our music rages against. >> tom certainly didn't have people check off republican before rage against the machine concert tickets or albums. you don't go on itunes saying i can't buy this record because i'm a republican. what's useful of these conflicts, it ends up you dox
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someone who didn't want to talk about music. he's an out liar but most would rather not. don't want to talk about politics but forced into talking about politics because republican trying to use them. >> do you think fans actually like, if marco rubio likes tupac, do you think that actually moves music fans one way or the other and two, do you think music is as important or will be as important in 2016 as kind of like a thing you need to have on your cv to get younger voters to the polls? >> post-obama, i think it matters but i don't think there are rap fans like oh, yeah. marco rubio, that guy speaks my language. that's not a thing that's going to happen but i don't think you can underestimate there's probably a lot of people in the republican party on the campaign who grew up like him. he's a guy in his 30s who grew up listening to gangster rap. a lot of people did.
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maybe that's the new soccer mom. the gangster rapper republican. >> yes. that is a bit right. >> did i coin that? >> just on this show. #gangsterraprepublican. we'll see how many tupac references. it's always good to see you. >> of course. coming up, six months ago, attorney general eric holder announced his retirement. today, the senate finally voted to confirm his successor. more on that coming up next. hey! have an awesome vacation everyone! thank you so much! you're so sweet. yummy! key lime pie at 90 calories. it is so good for not giving in. [ male announcer ] at northrop grumman, we know in the cyber world, threats are always evolving. at first we were protecting networks. then, we were protecting the transfer of data. and today it's evolved to infrastructure... ♪ ♪
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correspondent, joy reade. ten republicans. nothing to sneeze at. how did it play out? >> reporter: it was excellent dram drama today. no mention of tupacolpyse. used lawlessness half a dozen time to describe loretta lynch of the lawless, making his case against her while you had clara mccastkill making the forceful case against her. talking about 166 days only two nominees for attorney general waited longer and she was filibustered. unprecedented fashion. so we went through this high drama to culminated in a vote to confirm her. got the vote through and then this vote to confirm her had surprises. one of the surprises, mitch mcconnell voting aye. not 100% sure we heard it right
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when his name read out with aye at the end of it. he was not an expected vote for her. there were six votes expected because they're in blue or purple states. the other big surprise, no ted cruz. after all the pull my nation, he was not there. one last piece of color, i'll give you alex. ten or 11 members of the congressional black caucus that came into the gallery, made the presence felt. led by marcia bud, who led the fight. he's been barn storming a delta sigma theta member and one of the real reasons mcconnell's office is flooding with calls and got votes to get elected. no ted cruz in the final vote. >> mcmcconnell voting aye. it's a day for the history books. thank you as always my friend.
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