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tv   The Rachel Maddow Show  MSNBC  June 2, 2015 1:00am-2:01am PDT

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thanks for staying with us this hour. happy monday. we have a lot -- a lot -- coming up tonight. we have a cops and robbers style caper that is under way in at least one state, maybe a couple of states. we have a surprising development in the already really surprising former speaker of the house dennis hastert case. we have some historic cultural and civil rights news to talk about tonight. some astonishing news about bernie sanders blowing everyone's minds in a good way. so there's a lot going on. a lot coming up on the show tonight. we start tonight with what i like to think of as our little organizational management problem. the known universe of 19 major candidates or potential candidates for the republican nomination for president. this is our working -- this is not even a list. it's our working thing we put up on the wall during the day to keep these people straight.
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the red squares show folks who have already announced officially that they are running. dotted lines around some other people. those are folks who have told us they will make an announcement some time soon. but even with those delineations obviously still the problem here is crowded. the problem at least in terms of organizing this as information. finally today we did get news of some impending breathing room. we got big news from one republican would-be contender who said today that he will not run. wow. finally there's a republican who thinks there's a reason not to run for president this year. someone we can remove from our list, simplify things a little. it happened earlier tonight on a tv network you might have heard of called the fox news channel. >> we could have 1824 when all is said and done. >> because i believe i can't get nominated. >> really?
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>> because of my views on gay marriage. i'm in favor of gay rights. i'm in favor of gay marriage. i see it as an issue of equality. i'm pro-choice. i'm anti-abortion personally but i'm pro-choice and i am pro-immigrant and haven't backed down from it. >> the one republican in america not running for president. today former new york city mayor rudy giuliani giving that firm declaration that at least this time he will not run for president because he cannot be nominated. and, honestly, this is great organizational news for those of us hoping to unclutter the field a little bit, but for me and for those of us who work on this show it is sort of sad news or disappointing news because it turns out we never had rudy giuliani on our list in the first place. so we can't even cross him out, poof him off the least like we did to mike pence and the other two guys.
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rudy giuliani is out, but he wasn't on the list in the first place so that doesn't give us any more breathing room in had this very, very crowded field. what we have instead today another republican officially getting in. today u.s. senator lindsey graham made his big announcement in his hometown of central south carolina. i don't mean the region central south carolina, i mean the town, central. good for him. lindsey graham is the ninth republican to officially enter the 2016 race on the republican side. that means they are roughly the size of arcade fire at their peak now but with nine people in on the republican side it's still not enough to feel the full five on five basketball scrimmage demonstration squad that will be fixed soon enough. keep an eye out for rick perry. he is scheduled to make his major announcement on thursday in dallas. he will be the tenth republican to officially enter the race for president, he will be the first
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ever candidate from either major party to announce a campaign for the presidency while he is simultaneously under criminal indictment on corruption charges in his home state. rick perry will be making history. the next republican expected to make his announcement, don't be mad, i'm not kidding, is this person, his name is donald trump. he's a real estate developer and noted conspiracy theorist about president obama's place of birth. he's known for his reality tv show career. which is a thing that exists. mr. trump is scheduled to make his own major announcement on june 16. so he's the next on the calendar after rick perry. after his june 16 announcement, mr. trump is scheduled to take a trip to new hampshire the following day. so with this huge field of republican contenders and likely contenders even though we keep trying to take people off it, we
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can't. run of the really nice things that the state of iowa specifically is doing, basically as a favor to the whole country right now is that iowa is conducting some excellent polling of likely voters in iowa but as a way of helping us all to narrow down the viable field or at least better organize our thinking about this giant field. the "des moines register"/bloomberg politics poll, has not just been asking people who they like for president, they are also -- and this is crucial, they're asking people who they would never support for president. and in that part of the iowa polling, donald trump is doing really great right now. in the new poll out today, likely republican caucus goers in iowa were asked if they could support a particular candidate or never support a particular candidate. the candidate who most republicans would never support is donald trump, the 58% of iowa republican likely caucus goers
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saying they could never support donald trump. new jersey governor chris christie does well on that metric. 45% who say they're going to go to caucuses say they could never ever support him but on this one donald trump wins. on the other side of the ledger the candidate iowa republican voters most like as their number one choice for president right now is wisconsin governor scott walker. he comes in at 17% in this poll that's out today. tied for second at 10%, ben carson and rand paul. but they're way back there, seven points behind scott walker. ben carson and rand paul each at 10%. but with the field that flat, right, with scott walker's commanding lead still putting him at less than a fifth of the vote, it is getting increasingly, desperately consequential not just for the
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republican party but for the country. the aforementioned fox news channel still apparently plans to cut off access to the first national republican primary debate by picking only the candidates who place in the top ten nationally regardless of how
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on the one hand something to be proud of. on the other hand practically problems here, something has to give. you can't have this as your field and only ten people, ten of them, in the debates. regardless of how they're doing in the early states. regardless of how they are likely to do in the early states. so that's still a problem on the republican side and i have to imagine that the folks at fox news are starting to feel maybe some second thoughts about that criteria as the way they're going to set up that debate. they are becoming the point of focus. people are talking about the number of debates or about whether or not the structure of the debates and the party is set up in a way that's unfair to any candidate or group of candidates. people are talking about how fox news is skewing the field. you can't be a part of the process if you're going to help voters make their decisions, right? you have to be an arbiter. you can't be the decider yourself. that is not a problem, however, on the democratic side, right? is on the democratic side, all the candidate running could
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still fit in a nissan sentra with room for an intern to be driving. there's only three declared democratic candidates so far. on the democratic side even though there's only three declared candidates, it is getting more kinetic and interesting to watch. former maryland governor martin o'malley was ahead of everybody else in saying that he would likely run for president in 2016. he's been saying it forever and ever and ever. it hasn't been a secret. this weekend on saturday he made it official. he spoke before a crowd of a few hundred people in baltimore's federal hill. martin o'malley has been pretty obviously preparing for longer than almost anybody else in the race to launch this big campaign for the white house. but when he finally did it just before he hit the stage for his big rally, his big announcement, he had a bad audio visual snafu. >> ladies and gentlemen, we now have a very special video presentation. >> we'd like to make an announcement. we will not stick our finger in the air to see which way the wind is blowing.
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we will take stands, important ones. >> i believe we are standing at the threshold after new era of american opportunity, if only we have the gut and the appetite and courage. [ applause ] >> oh, i've been there. i haven't been there running for president but i've been there. martin o'malley's big campaign kickoff was on saturday. it was in addition to that little snafu was hot as in temperature hot. a lot of his supporters showed up late due to the heat and then they had the snafu. former governor, you know, ended up making his announcement, though, despite all of that. he flew from his hot snafu in maryland to iowa. former republican lincoln chafee is expected to announce his
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candidacy. he's due to announce the day after tomorrow. he'll be announcing on wednesday at a speech at george mason university. but the big winner this week on the can democratic side or on any side has inarguably got to be bernie sanders. just days after he had his big campaign rally kickoff in burlington, vermont, bernie sanders ended up speaking to a packed house in davenport, iowa. they had to open a wall to make room for the crowd. "the new york times" is describing that crowd in davenport as the largest crowd attracted by any candidate from either party all year. bernie sanders. then on saturday folks at a local brewery in ames, iowa, were clamoring to get a seat to see him speak. people who couldn't get in were hanging out trying to peek through the windows, to be a part of it, though they couldn't fit in the room.
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yesterday, again, bernie sanders spoke to a crowd of almost 3,000 people in minneapolis. the room got so crowded that the overflow crowd spilled into the plaza outside. everybody turning out to see bernie. now obviously it's still early in the race. it's so early you can't even call it a race. it's early to extrapolate from all this. since bernie sanders has gotten in, it has been good news for bernie sanders after good news for him after good news for him in terms of the big crowd. the positive media coverage along the campaign trail, the millions of dollars his campaign has raised since he launched outpacing all of the republican campaigns in terms of the fund-raising and days after he launched. for whatever reason the bernie sanders boomlet, this boomlet that he is enjoying is not one that martin o'malley has been
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able to enjoy not since his big campaign kickoff on saturday. for whatever reason that big campaign kickoff martin o'malley did didn't work out for him in the same way. the campaign kickoff does seem to have worked for senator sanders. the beltway media has been thinking of him as an asterisk, but he has not been functioning that way at all. in the meantime there is the inevitable nominee, hillary clinton. you may have heard that hillary clinton has already launched her campaign. that is formally true. however today her campaign announced she is having her first major campaign rally on june 13, a week from saturday. it will be held at the four freedoms park which is on roosevelt island in new york city. this rally is going to be open to the public. you can register for tickets already at the hillary clinton website. that event it at the four freedoms park will be followed
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by an organizing meeting in iowa before hillary clinton begins a quick tour through the four earliest states in the primary season. for hillary clinton supporters, there is that to look forward to. but what about this bernie sanders dynamic and the way it's playing out? bernie sanders has been experiencing this incredibly positive launch and really at this point nobody is giving him a shot at actually winning the nomination. but given the shape of the field, the huge prohibitive lead that hillary clinton has in terms of locking up the nomination on the democratic side, what does it mean if bernie sanders continues to do as well as he has been doing? how does that affect the nomination but also the race overall in the state of presidential politics? joining us now is kurt meyer, 300 people turning out to see bernie sanders in a town that has a population of less than 300. mr. meyer, thanks very much for being here.
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>> thank you. it's my pleasure. >> is it fair to say that the town, the size of the crowd that turned out to see bernie sanders this weekend is larger than the population of the town in which he was speaking? >> yes. that is a fair statement. there are about 240 people that live in beautiful kensett. >> and when you cover an event like that, when you see people turn out for an event like that, is it familiar faces to you as a democratic activist and organizer? is it all people you know and who have been involved in the past? who are you seeing turn out? >> there were a number of familiar faces and certainly the tried and true were there. some of them are bernie supporters. some are interested in hearing what bernie has to say. there were also people that hadn't been involved before, people that were new to me, people that i had the pleasure to introduce myself to. they arrived in some cases early
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enough that i could exchange pleasantries, hear about who they were. and it will be interesting if these people are committed bernie sanders soldiers because obviously they were lit up on friday or saturday evening. >> if i put myself in the shoes or the mind-set of an iowa democrat, somebody who is interested in politics and comes at it from a left center or left point of view in iowa, you have to feel your conservative friends are getting super served by their candidates, by the fact that republicans have been camped out for so long. is some pent-up debate to hear democratic talk, to see any democratic candidates turn out? >> i think that may explain some of it. there are people who are going to come to kensett because they have waited a long time between presidents or presidential candidates coming. there's a story fdr perhaps came through on the whistle stop in 1936 but only came through town,
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didn't stop and talk in town . that's a long way to wait. you can imagine some people would come just because a presidential candidate is a rare occurrence in kensett. people came because they wanted to hear bernie's message, to interact with him, to get the flavor of this campaign. i think there was a lot of energy and enthusiasm. >> what is that energy and enthusiasm in those numbers? what do you think the message of that is for the hillary clinton folks? >> i think they're capable of drawing their own messages. if you have a candidate drawing large, enthusiastic, committed crowds, that bears watching. i think they're very smart people and they will be attentive to it. i think they have been all along. >> kurt meyer, thanks very much for letting us know what it's like there. i'd love to keep checking in with you as the season gets riper and riper. >> my pleasure.
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yet another strange and unexpected today. it has to do with the former house speaker, criminally indicted, and the federal judge who is now set to hear his case. this is jim durkin in the blue state of illinois, the top
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this is jim durkin in the blue state of illinois, the top republican in the state legislature there. his brother happens to be a federal judge who was appointed by president obama but confirmed in 2012. and on thursday, jim durkin's brother, the judge, thomas durkin, is about to become a very, very high-profile federal judge and it has nothing to do with his brother. it's related to dennis hastert. while judge thomas durkin was in private practice before he became a judge, a federal election filing showed at least twice he made campaign donations to dennis hastert's campaign. that was first reported today by politico,.com. in addition to those campaign donations to dennis hastert, his son is also now a partner at the law firm where judge durkin used to work before he became a judge.
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despite those connections he is the person to whom dennis hastert's case has been assigned in federal court after dennis hastert was indicted on federal judges. those charges stem from some kind of private arrangement that he allegedly made to pay more than $3 million in cash to a man he allegedly had inappropriate sexual contact with when he was a high school teacher and wrestling coach before he ever got involved in politics or became speaker of the house. today we learned that former speaker of the house dennis hastert will be arraigned on thursday morning in person at the federal courthouse in chicago. even though the indictment has already come down, this arraignment on thus will be more closely watched than it might otherwise be in a case like this. because there's still so much mystery and surprise. since speaker hastert was indicted thursday, since we found out about these incredibly surprising charges against him, he has not been seen anywhere.
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he has resigned from his law firm, the law firm and the school both made statements to that effect but speaker hastert personally has not been seen in public anywhere. he has made no public statements in his defense or otherwise, and nobody else has made any statements on his behalf either. whenever there's a criminal case against a high-profile person, whenever a criminal indictment, it follows you have the indictment and then the attorneys' statement saying their client is innocent or looking for their day in court, sometimes the defendant themselves saying i'm innocent. with dennis hastert we have had nothing. we don't even know who is representing him if anyone. we know which lawyer will be representing the prosecution in the case against dennis hastert. we do not know who, if anyone,
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will be standing in his defense. even for a remarkable case like this, was third in line for the vice presidency, there will be an unusual amount of attention focused on that arraignment scheduled for thursday, 10:00 a.m. central time before judge thomas durkin. with the possibility that durkin may have to recuse himself from the case because of his ties to dennis hastert and his political career and dennis hastert's family including his own multi donations to his campaigns when he was still in congress. this started off as a strange and unexpected story. now days into it is a black box.
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americans take as part of our birthright freedom and privacy. we think of them as not quite twins, but if you have freedom you have privacy and without privacy there's no freedom. but there are times and stories freedom and privacy are not so neat. a story like that happened today. it was a very big deal. it was historic and it played out in the most public way possible.
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so you know about the state of nebraska voted to abolish the death penalty last week. super contentious vote down to the wire.
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the governor vetoed the repeal. the death penalty has been seen as a liberal issue. fascinating story, right? this is not a dog bites man story this is a leading to think pc national coverage like this story in "time" magazine, the last execution. it's a big national story and what it means for the country that they did it. the death penalty activists say nebraska is the first domino. "the washington post" today, the abolition movement is not limited to nebraska. this super interesting turn has put a big national spotlight on nebraska and what they did and what it means for the death penalty overall in this country which is great. it's still happening in nebraska. and it's it turning into a different kind of story. while the nebraska legislature
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was repealing the death penalty, the governor of the state said if anyone was going to vote to abolish the death penalty because it seemed like the process was too broken in the state, they didn't have an easy way to carry out lethal injections anymore. the method of execution is supposed to be lethal injection though states can get the right drugs. he said he solved the problem. he put in an order to be shipped from india. turns out the drug is actually illegal to import into the united states. it's illegal to import it from india or from anywhere which we first reported last week and was turned into pure tv poetry. >> interestingly one of the reasons lawmakers voted to
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repeal the death penalty was practical as it's increasingly difficult to obtain the necessary drugs for execution. >> yesterday nebraska governor said they purchased drugs to administer the death penalty. >> he's saying hey, guys, great news, i found the murder drugs i've been looking for. how is that good news? you unboiled egg? his plan was a little flog. they were in india and cost nearly $55,000 in taxpayer money. and that's expensive. we are talking adderrol in the yale library expensive. secondly this. >> the fda tells us with very limited exceptions it is unlawful to import this drug and the fda would refuse its admission into the united states. >> and that is that. it is down right humiliating when you are the adult governor after state trying to desperately kill people.
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>> john oliver. so at the end of last week after the legislature abolished the death penalty, the governor vowed the last ten guys on death row would still be called by nebraska anyway. he would get that drug that he ordered. he would get that drug into his state even though the fda says importing that drug into his state would be against the law. >> certainly we would hope the
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drugs arrive as soon as possible but, again, these things have time. our plan is to proceed with the the fed say you can't import this drug, it's illegal. the state says we can't hear you. what? la-la-la-la. we're going to get the drugs and kill these ten prisoners. here is this cop show thriller. the drugs could be seized at the border if they attempt to bring
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them into the united states. documents from the guy in india said the drugs would be here in 60 days. okay, nobody knows where they are. nobody knows if nebraska is getting the drugs shipped legally and aboveboard. the fda says they will find them and seize them or maybe there's a stealth organization to hide the drugs from the fda and sneak the drugs in illegally. have you hired a mule? and the guy shipping them says he's shipping them to two other states besides nebraska which would be illegal for each of those states. what's going to happen to that batch of illegal death penalty drugs that they are trying to get into the united states? that the governor is pledging to get? will the fda find the shipment and stop the dropping. if the drugs do get to nebraska, can they use them from india to carry out their first lethal injection ever? and what are ramifications if they do that like they say they want to? who are the other two states trying to smuggle these? is that your government trying to do that with your tax money? how do we find out? it's a caper under way right now. joining us is a staff attorney at uc-berkeley. she and her colleagues are trying to find the other states to solve this mystery racing against the clock to do it. thank you for being with us. and what are ramifications if
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they do that like they say they want to? who are the other two states trying to smuggle these? is that your government trying to do that with your tax money? how do we find out? it's a caper under way right now. joining us is a staff attorney at uc-berkeley. she and her colleagues are trying to find the other states to solve this mystery racing against the clock to do it. thank you for being with us. >> thank you for having me. >> how are you going about trying to figure out who might be trying to import this drug besides nebraska? >> i think the first thing to remember this is not the first time states have taken this action, it happened several years ago. a number of states were able to bring in drugs including
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nebraska. we're faced with a bit of a different situation now. they have passed strict legislation specifically aimed at preventing the public, prisoners, the media, from having access. it makes it more difficult this time around to figure this problem out. we need to look at the states actively carrying out executions or the will to carry out executions and look at those regulations or protocols and see which state calls for or would permit the use of that drug and that's where we start. and from there working with attorneys on the ground in those states it becomes sort of a massive public records project of seeking records from those states from agencies perhaps through discovery if there's ongoing litigation in those states. so really right now we're just mining for information.
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>> so if the fda says, as they told us, that importing this specific drug is against the law and that if the fda is aware of someone trying to do it they will seize that drug, should we expect that states will essentially try to smuggle it, that they'll try to do it in some way the fda won't be alerted, they'll try to sneak it across the boarder without the feds knowing? >> certainly we've seen that before. the statement by the fda and the hope that they would be able to see these drugs as they're trying to enter the country, the system is working. but certainly we've seen states try and go to extra measures to bring drugs in. we know georgia had them overnighted by a common carrier to avoid customs and border patrol. arizona broke up payments for foreign drugs into small payment amounts to avoid triggering disclosure requirements under state law. so we know that sta ramifications for the officials who did that? >> well, we'd have to look and
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>> if nebraska does get these drugs by hook or crook and they use them to kill somebody, are there legal requirements? would there be legal ramifications for the officials who did that? >> well, we'd have to look and see the six. certainly we know that arizona and georgia were able in the past to use drugs that were found later to be brought in illegally to carry out a couple of executions and so we'd have to see the circumstances under which the state brought the drugs in and if we were able to identify that before they were used. >> jennifer moreno, staff attorney with the berkeley law staff clinic intimately involved in this trying to figure out
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whodunit. thank you for being with us. >> thanks so much. >> fascinating states not only would have to be drug smugglers, you would have to be an illegal drug smuggler to do this. the reason i can feel safe in warning you about that is because drugs have been illegally smuggled by state governments in the past in order to pull off these surreptitious and often illegal executions. the death penalty. lots more ahead with us . stay with us. take a look at this photo. this was taken at a wilmington, delaware, hospital in january 1973. the man with his hand raised in the background looks familiar that's because he is now the vice president of the united states. that's joe biden being sworn in in 1973 for the first time as a u.s. senator. what you see in the foreground of that picture is joe biden's oldest son, beau, on a hospital bed there. that swearing in ceremony took place in that hospital at beau's bedside in that strong contender on name
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take a look at this photo. this was taken at a wilmington, delaware, hospital in january 1973. the man with his hand raised in the background looks familiar that's because he is now the vice president of the united states. that's joe biden being sworn in in 1973 for the first time as a u.s. senator. what you see in the foreground of that picture is joe biden's oldest son, beau, on a hospital bed there. that swearing in ceremony took place in that hospital at beau's bedside in that hospital in
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delaware because of a terrible car wreck beau had survived but that claimed the life of his sister and mother. joe biden's wife and daughter. >> all but one of the newly elected members of the u.s. senate were important in on wednesday in washington. the one exception is 30-year-old joseph biden, democrat of delaware. biden's wife and daughter were killed in an automobile accident on december 18 and both sons were injured. biden himself was not involved in the accident but since the accident he's been living at a hospital in wilmington, delaware, taking care of his sons. today the senate sent an official to the hospital to swear him in. >> i felt that i should be sworn this with my children. >> do you solemnly swear that you will support and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies foreign and domestic, that you will bear true faith and allegiance to the same, that you take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion and that
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you are well and faithfully discharged the duties of office which you are about to enter so help you god? >> i do. i make this one promise that if in six months or so there's a conflict between my being a good father and being a good senator, which i hope will not occur, i thought would but i hope it won't, i promise you that i will contact governor-elect tribet as i have earlier and tell him that we can always get another senator but they can't get another father. >> that image, the image that much 3-year-old boy lying on a hospital bed as his father was sworn in under the most unimaginable circumstances, that is how the country first met beau biden in 1973. this past weekend beau biden passed away from brain cancer at the age of 46. because he was put into the national spotlight at such a young age, there's a reflex to identify him as just the son of
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vice president joe biden, but beau biden had a long and distinguished career of his own. he was a decorated iraq war veteran, served as a captain in the delaware national guard. he was awarded the bronze star. he was elected attorney general, one of the youngest people ever. when his father became vice president a lot of people expected beau to run for his dad's vacated senate seat. he obviously would have been a strong contender on name recognition alone considering that a biden had held that seat for the previous 36 years. instead of running for that seat, though, beau biden chose to stay on as attorney general. he said that he had, quote, a duty to fulfill as attorney general and the immediate need to focus on a case of great consequence. and that was not just a political line. there was a case, a case that was of vital importance to many families in delaware that he was right in the middle of. beau biden went on to prosecute in that case one of the worst history, a man who had assaulted
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dozens, possibly hundreds of young kids. beau biden instead of running for his dad's senate seat, he would have won it in a walk, instead he stayed on and saw that case through. as that state's attorney general he became an advocate for reforming gun laws in his state, something he talked about on this show. he came on to talk about his work against bad actor banks and the mortgage industry that preyed on people as part of the financial meltdown. >> deceiving consumers and in this case homeowners about whether or not and who owns their note in the mortgage is the most basic consumer protection right they have. and that's what i am, i'm a prosecutor and a consumer protection. that's what i get paid to do. that's why i'm on this. >> that's why i am on this. before cancer took him this weekend, beau biden was a leading candidate to become delaware's next governor in 2016. today, delaware's current governor said that beau biden
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had he made it to that election, he would have won the governor's race easily. beau biden was first diagnosed with brain cancer in 2013. he was 46 years old. >> my dad used to have an expression. he'd say a father knows he's a success when he turns and looks at his son or daughter and know that they turned out better than he did. i'm a success. i'm a hell of a success. beauy i love you. i'm so proud of you. formulated with hydrating hyaluronic acid which retains up to 1000 times its weight in water. this refreshing water gel plumps skin cells with intense hydration and locks it in. for supple, hydrated skin that bounces back. new hydro boost. from neutrogena.
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he was born in kentucky, raised in mississippi, went to west point in new york. he served on the western frontier, he then moved back to mississippi. then he went to d.c. as a member of congress from mississippi. the end of the civil warsaw him in prison in virginia. he fled to canada and cuba and europe. eventually he came back to the u.s. and moved to tennessee. then he retired in mississippi and that's where he died. guy moved around. but the one state in the nation that celebrating him today with a state holiday, the only place in the country that does that, is the state of alabama. jefferson davis was the first president of the con fed rascy. as far as alabama goes specifically, he really has no connection to alabama at all. yes, it's true, the first white house of the confederacy was in
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alabama. it was only there for three months. it would make sense maybe if jefferson davis was born in alabama or represented in al 58 in some way. maybe because he even died there or was in prison there or something. but no, alabama has none of those connections to jefferson davis. they just love them some jefferson davis. they also honor the old confederacy. and they celebrate robert e. lee day. when it comes to a whole official state day to honor the president of the confederacy, it's just alabama. just unparalleled love for the side that lost in the civil war. before he retired somewhere else that wasn't alabama either. and so, happy inexplicable and extraneous confederate state
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when photos from news that happened in your lifetime is in black and white. the runup to the 1976 olympics for instance. of course they had color back then, you'll find a lot of black and white photo. the following year, again, black and white photos. looks historic. it was historic. they set a record in the decathlon that year. the winner appeared on breakfast tables everywhere. world's greatest athlete. decades later, still in full color, but no longer flying.
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on trashy reality tv. the move from hero in black and white to celebrity, known sill life of an american action hero. we all have moments in life when we have decisions to make. sometimes we decide we need to pick up and move in a big way. it could be as benign as telling your parents you don't want to be a lawyer after all. it could be loading onto a raft and shoving off to another country. we all have moments in life where we got to move. we reach that moment when the choice is moving from where we are or staying for no kind of life at all. and we move because of courage or desperation or good sense. whatever moves us, we move. sometimes it happens in public. sometimes it is the hero who ran and jumped and vaulted and threw and really was a real life super hero. sometimes the fastest star just
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walks slowly toward the life where she is supposed to be. today, the athletic super hero born as bruce jenner greeted the public as caitlyn for the first time. she said, if i never did anything about it, i'd be lying there saying, you never dealt with it your entire life. fittingly for olympic hero, she then set a new record for fastest time to a million followers on twitter. took her four hours and three minutes. wherever you are about gender and identity, any or all of it, you will remember this day and news. for trans kids and adults, they got a hero. already it was their mostly nameless bravery that made this more public journey possible. it's still one of the tougher roads to walk in this country. but more people will make it
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through because caitlyn jenner made it through. and because she made this finest living sense today. "first look" is up next. >> it's tuesday, june second. right now on "first look," security nation. today our government will change the way the national security agency protects us and undercover operation finds tsa agents at airports failed to stop weapons smuggling attempts. we have new details surrounding caitlyn jenner. the extreme weather and the impact it's having on people in its path. >> thanks so much for joining us today. the battle over collecting your phone records could play out in a senate show down today. they have scheduled a