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colleagues. >> we will continue to cover it for you. i think we'll see you this afternoon. good morning. >> it's wednesday, february 28th. let's get started. >> we've decided not to sell these assault weapons any longer in any of our stores. >> are you ready for the backla backlash? >> we are. >> sending a clear thought fp. thoughts and prayers are not enough. >> of course we want to listen to these kids. we want to make sure we protect people's due process rights and legal constitutional right pps. >> it's day of mixed emotions. >> why isn't there any bullet proof glass? >> you don't feel safe returning? >> hell no. >> ten students say they will never come back. >> it's like a new norm. we'll always have the memory of what happened. >> we're going to use this fear and anger to motivate us for change. >> a senior advisor just lost
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his top security clearance. >> jared kushner's security clearance lost gives the word overdue new meaning. >> there are concerns within the white house itself about his behavior as a white house official. >> he will continue to do the important work that he's been doing since he started in the administration. >> he's effectively in the same status as the people who mow the lawn or work in the white house kitchen. >> right now if there was a war between kelly has the upper hand. >> is it appropriate for family members to have exceptions granted to them? >> we will be treated like everyone else will be treated. >> top secret intelligence identified seven states where there was substantial evidence of compromise by the russians prior to the 2016 election. >> the obama administration should have been doing much more. >> the administeriministration
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series steps. >> we're taking steps but it's not enough. >> why the hell not? >> president trump and the u.s. congress bid farewell to billy graham who died last week at the age of 99. graham's body just arrived at the u.s. capitol where it will lie in honor. >> he's only the fourth private citizen to lie in the capitol. paul ryan will all be making remarks. we'll take you there live. there they are all standing by to receive billy graham's casket. we'll bring you those comments live when they happen. now we want to turn to a major development in america's gun culture. congress might have thoughts and prayers but we're seeing action. it's been 14 days since 17 students and adults were brutally killed and 14 others injured by a gunman at marjory
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stoneman douglas high school in parkland, florida. since then there's been zero, zero, zero federal laws passed protecting americans from gun violence. now a major u.s. company that could take a hit for this is taking action. just this morning dick's sporting good, one of the largest sport retailers in the country announced it will no longer sell assault style rifles in any of its stores or online. the company issued a series of tweets laying out its position and imploring lawmakers to enact gun reform. >> this is a big deal. first of all, dick's is a big seller of arms. secondly it's family run company. >> it's a public company. >> public company. he's conservative. their client base, some of you who go to dick's sporting goods, they have separate division, field and stream. it's a hunting and fishing. they have a lot of that stuff.
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it adviser tends to be a social conservative group. taking a position is nothing if it doesn't cost you something. i suspect maybe this will cost dicks. maybe they will gain. >> companies are talking about partnerships and discounts. not really big deal. this will effect their bottom line. it's family run company, it's based in pittsburgh. it's trump country. you're surely going to see some of their loyal long time customers reacting negatively. the question is will you see a huge positive impact. retail has changed so much. think of this youth movement. might see a lot of these parkland kids at dick's. >> the eagles gear we wore after the super bowl was from dick's. the tweet from the company says in part, quote, but thoughts and prayers are not enough. we have to help solve the problem that's in front of us. gun violence is an epidemic that's taking the lives of too many people including the brightest hope for the future of
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america, our kids. a along with ending sales of assault style rifle. that will no longer sale high capacity magazines and will not sell firearm to anyone under the age of 21 regardless of local laws. >> it employs tens of thousands of people in more than 700 stores around the country. has a market value of more than $3 billion. it also owns field and stream. a big retailer for out door gear. during a review, dick's found it legally sold a gun to the parkland shooter back in november. it was not used in the attack but the company ceo says that helps spur the decision. >> we went back and we did everything by the book that we were supposed to do from a legal standpoint and somehow we still -- this kid was still able the buy a gun from us.
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we said we don't want to be a part of this story any longer. >> ed will be talking to kate snow a little later. he's got a reputation as a good retailer. he's conservative in his thinking. he's a family dpie rguy running business. >> think about what a difficult climate this is for retail in general and for a retailer to step out and do something that could possibly have a negative impact on their business is big. joining us now is a dear friend of mine who truly understands brands and business. a marketing professor. what's your take? >> you're right. this is big deal. other companies are trying to back away slowly a be switzerland. delta's wording -- >> we don't want to be involved. >> out of respect for people on both sides we decided to end the program. they are hoping this thing will go away. this is an overt political statement saying to the two most
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important coherts, moms and teens who control more spending and dictate what's cool around spending that we're with you. what might be interesting is could this be a consumer led revolution because there's been so much inaction. >> dick's audience because it sells different things at different stores. the dick's stores in the field and stream stores. one of the audiences is aging and aging out. that's the more conservative firearms class. the kids may be used to buying things online. are they betting that movement is so big they will attract more than they will lose. this will cost them in some way. >> it seems genuine. you get the sense the wording reused that i was disturbed. it's good for shareholder value because the cohert that will probably have the most negative reaction is probably middle class red state and probably doesn't have the same disposable
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income as some of the people who are very upset. specifically suburban moms who bought four or five cars. who spent a lot of money buying soccer gear for their kids. >> they can buy it at a lot of places. >> then the 19-year-old male or female, the kid, one thing you know about these kids that stoostood up at the town hall, they will influence a lot of spending. they are so smart, so aggressive. you know they will go to college. you know they will do well. you know they will be thought leaders. this feels like it's not only the right thing to do, it might be the smart thing to do. they might take a hit this the short run but this feels like good business. >> walmart has got other things in place, cabella's and bass pro shop. the big competitors are out of the business but there are a billion mom and pops around the country that do this stuff.
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from a business perspective, what does it mean that the big players are out but no one will be unable to buy a gun. >> it's pri mamary rily optics. i don't think it will have a ton of impact to get a gun. if you keep your eyes peeled in any middle income area, you'll see gunsh shops. it might be a boom for some of the smaller gun shops. >> given how polarized we are. we hear movements to boycott this or boycott that. how tricky is it to be a ceo? i think back to when there were the riots in charlottesville. i see somebody attacking someone else and wearing a nike shirt or gap t-shirt. you can't help but bad guys wear your stuff. >> it's very difficult to remain apolitical and not have a viewpoint and have additional meetings and headaches around
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some of the political issues taking place. at the same time i would argue that difficulty has been matched by compensation which is 400 times the average worker makes. it sucks to be wealthy. these are good problems to have to deal with this. it means you're making a very good living. >> do the boycotts happen? i know that boycott uber actually impacted uber, the night the travel ban was announced. we hear about these boycott all the time. does it really happen? >> this will sound cynical but most da thta shows there's some disconnect between what they say and how they behave. co consumers still want that little black dress for 19.99. corporate social responsibility te tends to be a tie breaker. >> i said this to my wife, i think until amazon stops screening nra tv, maybe e don't
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have it. she said what will you do. i said i'll be from other people. she says you know walmart sells more guns. you're mad at amazon for streaming nra tv and walmart sells the guns. taking a position to boycott, a fair one, would be actually quite hard for the average american to do. >> going a bit off script, our nation's democracy has been weaponized by russian intelligence group and we know it happened on facebook and instagram. >> but we don't give it up. >> have you guys taken facebook or instagram off your phone? >> no. >> this is a very good point. the boycott concept is difficult. for dick's, i don't want to say it's easy but it's one thing they can do. for the rest of us to take a position like that is a lot of things wooe s we'd have to do. >> people talk a big game.
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the revolution is typically not consumer led. it might have to be this time because consumers are getting so fed up hoping something will come out of d.c. think about the '60s, think about the movements inspired by the 18 and 19-year-olds that were too stupid to know they were going to fail. it's not only a political and social moment. it might be an economic moment because with social media and the ability to say i'm a very important consumer and i'm going to start -- when i saw delta say we're not going to go with the nra, i felt good about delta. my politics are beginning to get linked to my consumer purchases. news went 24 hours, politics have know gone 24 hours. you said you bought philadelphia eagles wear at dick's. you're going to start buying things from companies from the
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political viewpoint that they can no longer stay neutral on. >> isn't that a risky position or making a smart move to t triangulate government. does it not make congress who is sitting there going thoughts and prayers kind of look like chumps? >> yeah but that's been going on for a while. >> not to this level. >> what is their approval rating? we hope the young inspiring kids around the world actually do something. voting is not great among young people. i hope every 18 to 25-year-old which has typically been the lowest voter turn out shows up and votes. >> are you concerned there's all this enthusiasm but not going to have results.
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>> i'm more hopeful about gun control than i have been for a long time. the most powerful stake holder is the consumer. it's not the worker or the sharehold shareholder. it feels like the consumer is getting angry about this. teens who are the most important consumer in the world because we wear their clothes. we take their cues in terms of media. what vacation spots we kants do go to. they are the tip of the spear. you'll see more progress on gun control than you'll see around social media because consumer don't seem to care that their platforms have been weaponized. >> i told you you'd like scott. >> i like scott. >> i might not be a teen but take your cues from more. >> thanks, scott. >> thank you so much. also, this morning students at marjory stoneman douglas back
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in class right now. the students and staff who survived one of the deadliest school shootings in history reunited for a partial day of classes. 17 students and staff are never going to return. those who were killed when a 19-year-old former student opened fire using a semi-automatic ar-15 exactly two weeks ago today. this morning the school is heavily surrounded by armed deputies and security guards. some guards will work on campus for the rest of the school year. >> i just keep thinking of like the day it happened. it's kind of like scary for me. >> you not supposed to see 20 cop cars in the parking lot. you're not suppose to park your car in senior lot, go to class and be afraid of like anything or even possibility and just us walking to class getting surrounded by you guys. cops everywhere.
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it's different. >> later this hour we're going to talk one-on-one with one of the stoneman douglas students about what it feels like to be back at school today. a live look at the u.s. capitol where the body of reverend billy graham has arrived to lie in honor. mitch mcconnell is speaking now and president trump is due to speak at the ceremony in just a few minutes. we'll take that to you live. >> president trump senior advisor and son-in-law gets his security clearance downgraded. how four countries tried to manipulate jared kushner and whether he can survive this storm. stay with us.
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welcome back. you know what you're watching. right now we're waiting for president trump to speak at the u.s. capitol on the late reverend billy graham. house speaker paul ryan is giving his remarks now. we'll bring you president trump's comments live. >> as we await the president, we're getting his first reaction to his son-in-law being stripped of top secret security clearance. a senior administration official says the president believes he's being treated unfairly and that he never gets any credit for the work that he does. i can't even read this. >> i'm going to read it. first of all, president trump, i'm sorry, if you feel that's the case. jared kushner you're welcome to join ali and i any day you want. 9:00 a.m., 11:00, 3:00, pick
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your time. we would love to hear about the office of innovation, peace in the middle east, china and whatever else you're working on. our door is open. according to the official, the president has faith in kushner to keep working uninterrupted. the move was ordered by john kelly who ahlehelerted staffers will no longer be able to access sensitive secrets. kelly had the president's blessings. >> i will let general kelly make that decision. he's going to do what's right for the country and i have no doubt he'll make the right decision. >> now kushner is going to not have access to the highly classified presidential daily brief. he can no longer attend national security heatings where top secret information is discussed. he served for more than a year without full security clearance which veterans of past administration say it's rare. his lawyer said it's not
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uncommon. >> it is uncommon for a downgrades. >> let's go to the president who is just approaching the podium. >> thank you speaker ryan and leader mcconnell and thank you to the entire graham family for honoring us with your presence here today. thank you. in the spring of 1934, billy graham's father allowed a group of charlotte businessmen to use a portion of the family's dairy farm to gather for day of prayer. on that day the men prayed for the city. they prayed that out of charlotte the lord would raise up someone to preach the gospel to the ends of the earth. we're here today more than 80 years later because that prayer
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was truly answered. billy graham was 15 years old at the time. just a few months later he accepted jesus christ as his lord and savior. that choice didn't just change billy's life, it changed our lives. it changed the entire world. the north carolina farm boy walked out of those fields into a great and beautiful history. starting at a small bible school in florida, he soon led a nationwide revival from large tent in los angeles to 100,000 people in a single day at yankee stadium to more than two people at madison square garden.
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i remember that because my father said come on son. he said come on mom. let's go see billy graham at yankee stadium. it was something very special. americans came in droves to hear that great young preacher. fred trump was a big fan. fred trump was my father. in london, tokyo, seoul, bogata, moscow, saigon and scores of other places, all over the world, reverend graham shared the power of god's word with more than 200 million people in person and countless others.
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in 1978, with the support of the catholic bishop who would soon become pope john paul ii, reverend graham went to poland and spoke of the meaning of the cross to a people suffering under the soulless oppression of communism. billy graham carried his message around the world but his heart, as franklin will tell you, was always in america. he took his message to the poorest places, to the downtrodden and to the brokenhearted brokenhearted, to inmates in prison and to the overlooked and the neglected. he felt a great passion for
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those neglected. everywhere he went reverend graham delivered the same beautiful plemessage opinion g.d god loves you. we can only imagine the number of lives touched by the preacher and the prayers of billy graham. the hearts he changed, the sorrows he eased and the joy he brought to so many. the testimony is endless. today begive thanks for this extraordinary life. it's very fitting that we do so right here in the rotunda of the united states capital where the memory of the american people is enshrined. here in this room we're reminded that america is a nation sustained by prayer.
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the painting to my left is of the pilgrims as they embark to america holding fast to the bible and bowing their heads in prayer along these walls we see the faces of americans who prayed as they stood on the lexington grand who prayed as they headed west, prayed as they headed into battle and prayed as they marched for justice and always marched for victory. around us stand the statues of heroes who led the nation in prayer during the great and difficult times. from washington to lincoln to eisenhower to king. today in the center of this great chamber lies legendary
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billy graham. an ambassador who reminded the world for the power of prayer and the gift of god's grace. today we honor him as only three private citizens before him have been so honored. like the faithful of charlotte, today we say a prayer for our country that all across this land the lord will raise up men and women like billy graham to spread a message of love and hope to every precious child of god. thank you. god bless you and god bless america. thank you very much. >> that was president trump following mitch mcconnell with
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his comments on the reverend billy graham who is one of very few americans to lie in honor at the u.s. congress. i want to get back to the conversation we were having. jared kushner's downgraded security clearance. we did the set up to tell them this clearance for jared kushner has opinion reduced to secret from top secret and having access to sensitive co compartmentaliz compartmentalized. what does that mean? >> we don't totally know. >> we don't have access to the information. we're not cleared. >> this is a white house that had informal chains of command where family loyalty plays a big role and john kelly who was tasked with trying to suss out these temporary clearances versus full ones was brought in to try to formalize lines of communications.
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this is the biggest step he's made thus far in doing so. >> notwithstanding the president's view that he's continued to be treated unfairly, this is complicated. his portfolio includes senior advisor to the president. white house innovations director, mideast peace di low ma si talks with china. criminal justice reform and a lot of that fits in with work he requires specific access to get to. what's your sense of whether he can continue with the clearance removed? >> it's going to be interesting. jared has created some relationships that are informal in nature just like a lot of those relationships within the white house were. for instance, we know that he's become very good friends with
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saudi arabia. >> it's humiliating for jared kushner. at the end of the day the president can declassify and share whatever information he wants but this is massively embarrassing. could you speak to us about the position that jared's in in terms of needing financing help. sick, sick, sick, fifth avenue. the mountain of debt. president think that president trump is the only real estate tycoon riddled with debt. jared is in that position. his best shot is getting foreign investors. >> they knew that during the campaign, before the campaign. they approached china. chinese companies are not buying a lot of u.s. real estate like they had done. >> jared has taken more than one
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trip to saudi arabia. >> he has. a member of cutter's royal family had offered to put 500 million into this deal for a building. >> tom barrack has been working with the royal family for decades. close friends of president trump who ran the inauguration. >> it's not crazy that developers, that you can't get a traditional loan for a bank if you're a major developer. you have these relationships with sovernin wealth funds. >> layered on top of that is the deep financial stress of this building. they wanted to knock it down. it was going to be a $4 billion construction loan.
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it would have been interesting if anybody took them up on that offer because of the economics of that deal. >> the kushner's have gone to great lengths to keep it a secret who their investment partners are. we have seen that in the case in maryland. the kushner's always knew they had these real estate issues and this was a risk. it is they thought they wouldn't be scrutinized. jared's sister marketing a deal in china with a big old picture with jared in there. look what his job is in the white house. >> seems like there's been some growing pains for them as they tried to do business while jared is in the white house. >> they weren't trying to do business around jared. they were trying to use the advantage of his position in the white house.
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>> the day ivanka opened to 13 trademarks in china. >> there was the one pitch in china where jared's sister mentioned jared's role in the white house and that called an international out cry. >> reporters were yanked out of that marketing meeting. >> good to see you. thank you for your reporting. >> reporter: maybe it was a coincidence that she got 13 clearances on the day she had dinner. >> people do this in business. the issue is they dain to connect themselves to the white house. i'm too tied up in financial stuff to be involved in a job in the white house. there was talk about tom barrack becoming to chief of staff. i can't undo my finances so i can't work in sensitive
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information in the white house. >> you saw rex tillerson fully divest themselves. ivanka trump's brand is still called ivanka trump. it's a private company. this argument we're separated, no they're not. when you're doing business with countries in the middle east or asia where you see supremely wealthy people also entangled in government. >> that's the case. it's the brother of or nephew of or daughter of. >> that just doesn't happen in the united states of america. not until now. >> we are watching more companies that are breaking their ties with the nra in the wake of this deadly mass shooting. there could be a ban on rapid fire bump stocks. the basaccessory that can turn o
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welcome back. the issue of bump stocks is one where many sides seem to be finding consensus. that's a huge positive. >> i want to remind people when you and i were in las vegas after bump stock was used, the first time most americans had heard the term, there wasn't consensus. we had person after person saying that wouldn't have stopped it. that's just weird. most logical people would say no. >> even when we hear the argument, that wouldn't have stopped this one or that one. so what. why not tighten up your game and prevent bad things from happening? >> a law enforcement event on tuesday, jeff sessions reiterated the president's commitment to take action on that particular rifle accessory. >> he ordered us at the department of justice to deal
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with the bump stock issue. the ability this device allows a semi-automatic rifle to fire on automatic system. we've been working on that for some time. we'll have an announcement on that soon. >> you know, we should note gun stocks. we have seen them go down in the trump presidency. they shot up after mass shootings when president obama was in office. >> there was a fear there could be some restrictions. >> people said let me run out and get my guns. people think their guns will be a-okay and in no rush to pick up more. >> good to see you. thank you for being here. we have the news that dick's sporting goods is not only going to take action to not stell thee assault weapons to increase the age to 21 regardless of the states you're in.
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the ceo of dick's was really making a point he's trying to get others to react. your colleague said this a little while ago. let's listen. >> the political reality is if the president gets behind something, it will give republicans enough courage to do what he's done or led. >> what do you think of that? is there the possibility of real movement toward at least a few things that will make this country a little safer when it comes to guns? >> there's more than the possibility. there's a real moment of opportunity here. the president has to provide leadership, which so far he's not done. the solution is not to arm teachers. that's toxic lunacy. it makes our schools less safe. what's needed is real agenda. giant strides. not baby steps like banni inninp stocks which is fine or a minor
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fix to the present background check system. dicks will no longer sell them. what we're seeing here is the ground shifting and the private sector responding. >> it's clear there's a call to action but do enough people understand what that specific call is. we find ourselves day in and day out talking to people who are running organizations, energized by this movement. it appears we have dix different bills and you have didn't groups with lots of different asks. is the complexity on the dpun control side what gets you.
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>> i've been working on this for more than a couple of decades. i've seefr seen an energy and passion like we're seeing in the streets of florida at the state capitols from these young people. i will never forget the sign that one of them carried. our blood, your hands. that kind of message is shifting the political landscape and it may not result in all of these measures being adopted but in these next elections during this election cycle, this issue will be much higher profile, much higher priority than ever before. >> are democrats -- >> our voters will be single minded. >> are democrats working to convert that message to a vote. it's a vote that counts. we've had extraordinarily low voter turn out with young people. >> the answer is a resounding
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yes. we're working to harness and mobilize and galvanize those votes. young people need to go to the polls. >> senator, good to talk to you. thank you. >> thank you. students at marjory stoneman douglas high school have just been dismissed from classes. it was their first day back since the mass shooting exactly two weeks ago today. it left a total of 17 people dead. students and adults. >> coming up, we'll have a live report from the school. here is what one student said about going back. >> i do feel really safe seeing everyone here. i have a couple classes in the freshman building but luckily we're not going back in there. it's so overwhelming. r advice
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all state and federal officials who spoke to nbc news agree that no votes were changed and no voters were taken off the rolls. >> several of the states were informed that foreign had gained entry in their systems but state officials say none of the states were informed that it was russia. illinois has been the only state to acknowledge that its systems were, in fact, compromised. the other six states deny they were breached based on investigations of their own. some experts say this underscores how unprepared the united states is for the next wave of russian interference. overnight, the acting press secretary for the department of homeland security tweeted, @nbcnews reporting tonight on the 2016 elections is not accurate and it is undermiebing efforts to protect the nation's election systems from foreign actors. >> let's bring in former
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assistant special watergate investigator nick ackerman. there seems to be evidence of this. the states who may or may not have enough information to determine whether they were hacked, why are we -- why are we facing that resistance? were experts saying you were hacked and the state saying we're not? >> probably because they don't want to admit they were, in fact, hacked. that they weren't doing the proper job. i think what's really of concern here is that we're getting the report that there's no evidence that any votes were changed, no evidence voters were taken off the roll. how do we know this? i do this for corporate clients, at potential hackers. unless there's really an audit trail that's built into the computer system, there's really no way to know if anybody is changed any of the data, whether
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anybody has taken any of the data that's in there. i'm very skeptical when they say that no votes were changed and no voters were taken off the rolls. did spomebody take a paper list of voters and compare it against what was that there? i doubt it. if they're putting it on a data system, they probably don't have a paper list of the voters. >> how do the recent indictments of 13 russians and three companies play into this? what can the united states do? it's not like the russians will get arrested. >> or walk into a police station. >> that's not going to happen. even if they indicted the russians that were responsible for hacking into these state systems, you would have the same problem of bringing them to justice in the united states. you could keep them out of the united states. you can keep them from traveling. what they really need to be doing is taking the -- the
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federal government needs to take a comprehensive role with respect to cyber security, particularly on our voting. there is no overall plan here. the only responsibility that any of our government agencies have taken in this area for the most part are individual states who have passed laws that really just deal with data breaches relating to personal information. congress has done absolutely nothing to come at this with a comprehensive cyber security policy. even the government of china has a comprehensive national policy on cyber security. the problem is the united states is not dealing with this issue and has not dealt with this issue. >> nick, interesting, i want to show you a poll from usa today and suffolk university. 44% did not affect outcome, 42% said affected the outcome, 14% are undecided.
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i was wondering whether we're asking the wrong question. should we be concerned that russians were meddling to some degree successfully in our election without being concerned about whether the outcome changed something? >> absolutely. forget the outcome. the fact that the russians were actually involved in trying to hack into our voting systems, hacking into our voting systems, we know they at least hacked in. did they change any votes? i don't think anybody is ever going to tell you that one way or the other. the fact that they used social media, did that change votes? probably. we have no way of really quantifying that. what we do know is, we have got a major cyber security problem when it comes to our voting and to our elections. the president is doing zero. congress is doing zero. you've got to ask why. why is the president not taking the lead and doing something
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here? >> it's the zillion dollar question. >> good to see you, nick. an nbc news analyst and a former assistant special watergate prosecutor. let's take to you florida where classes are letting out for students back for a first and has to be emotional day of school. after 17 of their classmates and teachers were shot and killed two weeks ago. apprehensive students returned to find the area around the high school heavily guarded by police and armed security guards. >> some students worried about confronting empty desks left behind and never to be filled by classmates killed in the gunfire. one student was helena ramsey. she was 17 years old. she was plan to go to college next year. she's described as a deeply loving person who was relentlessly motivated toward her studies. >> someone who knew her joins us now. her english teacher chelsea briggs. what a way this has to have been
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for you. you went into your classroom today. missing one of your top students. she was 17 years old. what has today been like for you? >> it's been really emotional. just trying to get back in the swing of things. i'm trying to get the classroom set up to where it was comfortable. i understand the needs of all the kids. it's been a big hunk of emotion. we're trying to get through it together. >> the students are not there for much of the day today. they have mostly -- they are leaving now. how did they hold up generally? >> you know what? the kids were pretty good today. again, whirlwind of emotions. some had to leave the room. other than that, i made a sanctuary to sit in. they felt like they were home. that was my biggest goal. >> you decorated your classroom a bit. what did you do to make it sort of more appealing to them? >> i kind of did a living room
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arrangement. i got inflatable couches. i also got some chairs. everything was inflatable. they were able to lay back and relax and feel a sense of comfort like they were home. i was doing anything i could to get them comforted. >> you are a teacher who cares aboutl leher students. thank you so much. >> what a remarkable day. amazing teachers. amazing students going back. it's hard. the freshman building, where the shooting took place, has not been opened. that remains a crime scene. it's not normal. when she talks about making her class into a comfortable place, that's the place you are supposed to feel comfortable and that they have to make these efforts to do that. these kids go back and there's heavy security presence at the school and there are still, as they said, seats that will not be filled by classmates. >> think about what it's like for the parents to say good-bye to their kids, the one place where your kids are not under
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your supervision. they are starting to fear it's the most dangerous. you have been hearing her name for two weeks now. we thought with the students going back to school, today is the perfect day to honor marjorie stoneman douglas, someone who is deserving of more recognition. >> she was born in 1890 in minneapolis. after she graduated college, she worked for her father's newspaper. she was a reporter, an author where she used her writing to fight for women's rights, racial justice and environmental conservation. >> she is known for fighting to protect the florida everglades and saving it from commercial development. she helped establish everglades natural park. she formed the friends of the everglades. >> she was awarded the presidential medal of freedom. are you ready for this?
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she was 108. that, is a life well lived. >> we have been hearing her name for the last two weeks. most people outside of florida were not familiar with her. she is the driving force in that entire region, that area. if you fly over florida and see the everglades and wonder why they haven't been developed and they are not condominiums, she's to thank for that. thank you for watching. >> see you here at 3:00. now it's time for andrea mitchell reports with our friend right here. >> one other footnote, she was in the white house getting the medal of freedom and the president clinton asked her to stay for the signing of the brady handgun bill. >> get out of town. >> she was there. she was a witness as jim and sarah brady were there. i was there. it was amazing. >> that is amazing. >> extraordinary. >> thank you. good to see you. right now, back to school. two weeks after the deadly
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shooting in parkland, florida, students returning to school today as a major retailer now decides to stand with the students, stop selling assault weapons. a move praised by a man who lost his teenage daughter. >> i am today actually 14 days out, i think, happier than i have been in 14 days because of what dick's sporting goods announced this morning. insecure. jared kushner is stripped of his top security clearclearance. what does that mean? >> jared has done an outstanding job. he has been tweet treated unfai. he works for nothing. nobody ever reports that. he gets zero. he doesn't get a salary. big little lies? former trump campaign manager paul manafort pleading not guilty today to dozens of new charges from robert mueller. also getting a trial date in september. while top


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