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this hour. ali velshi picks things up right now. >> you can't just hope things work out. the president of the united states, when it comes to an ally and the murder of a journalist. >> hey y know you murdered a journalist, but i hope our relationship works out. >> it's a serious matter. >> we try to do it whenever there's a development and also a new "washington post" story about what they said to jared kushner and not only did the saudi arabians kill him, but an effort to -- >> to make sure the u.s. turned against him. thank you, katie. have a good afternoon. good afternoon, everybody. i'm ali velshi. every single one of us have the same power at the polls. those are the words of oprah winfrey. with five days to go until the mid-term elections, oprah versus trump. the president will deliver a
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speech from the white house on what they are calling an illegal immigration crisis, something we know is simply not true. oprah will be speaking at an event for georgia's gubernatorial candidate stacy abrahams who, if she wins, the nation's first black female governor. at an earlier event for abrah s abrahamabrahamabrams oprah talked about rights for all. >> and i know it's easy for a lot of people to feel that you have no power against those injustices. but this is what i'm here to tell you. this land was made for you and me. this land, was made for you and me. that's not just a song, that's the truth. and i will tell you, i will tell you that we are not powerless. every single one of us, every single one of us has the same
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power at the polls. and every single one of us have something that if done in numbers too big to tamper wi with -- cannot be suppressed and not cannot be denied. >> this is a big deal what she just said because a voter suppression movement under way in georgia that might affect more than 50,000 voters. many of whom are expected to be stacey abrams supporters. showing up in numbers too big to tamper with is interesting. oprah being on the campaign trail sparked rumors that she's running for president. she shut that talk down. >> i want to make it very clear to all the press and everybody, i'm not here because i'm making some grandstand because i think
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i am running myself. i don't want to run. i'm not trying to test any waters. don't want to go in those waters. i'm here today because of stacey abrams. >> all right, great speech. we will be running a lot of it this hour. katie beck is in decatur, georgia, ahead of oprah's next event. she joins me now. what is happening next? how do you top that, catie? >> it is going to be tough. those crowds were fired up and she had a lot of inspirational words for women, specifically, telling them you worked hard for this right to vote, to waste it is a crime. don't waste that vote. get out and vote for stacey abrams. this is an important message in this stage of the game because the polls have these two candidates just one point apart. this is literally a dead heat in
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georgia, which in this deep red state, doesn't happen all the time in the governor's races. so, people are energized and they are fired up and they are early voting. we are seeing record numbers of early voting in georgia. astronomical numbers, in fact. up 140% from where it was in the midterms in 2014, just to give you an idea. that is over 1.5 million early votes already in in the state of georgia. that just gives you an idea of how high these stakes are and how close this race is. oprah calling on both to take this responsibility seriously and to get out and vote. she wanted to stress to people today, though, that no one paid her to be here. she took an interest in stacey abrams and came here because she wanted to support her. >> i am a registered independent. because i don't want any party and i don't want any kind of partisan influence telling me what decisions i get to make for myself.
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so, i wanted to just say to you, nobody paid for me to come here. nobody even asked me to come here. i paid for myself and i approve this message. >> another interesting anecdote oprah shared is that she made the phone call to stacey abrams herself to help her and offer to come to georgia. she said, hi, stacey, it's oprah. she said, hold on, she was driving and she had to pull over to take the phone call. the audience behind me is just about to be let in for round two. having an intimate conversation on stage and talking about expending medicare, public
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education and abrams' plans for the state, if she is elected. ali? >> obviously, people at these rallies decided to vote for stacey abrams and you talked to people who said they voted already in early voting. april being there creates a buzz unlike anybody else being there. how does that translate? does that translate through local media coverage and is that how it is going to get the message out to georgians? >> it certainly is the talk of the town and definitely a lot of media folks here to cover it. but her point really, the people in that room have probably already decided they're voting for abrams. oprah's job is to actually get them to go to the polls. we found some people who said i plan to vote next week on election day. probably after hearing from oprah today they're going to leave this event and go right to the polls to early vote. i think it just urges people that extra step. i don't know if she's convincing anybody to change their vote, but she's certainly a big
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motivater. >> catie for us in decatur, georgia. oprah is not the only heavy hitter in the state of georgia. vice president pence was there and president obama will be there tomorrow with abrams and president trump will make a stop on sunday just two days before election day. why is the president, the former vice president, the current vice president, oprah winfrey all in the state of georgia in the span of four days? one of the tightest gubernatorial races in the country. tied 47 to 48%. well within the margin of error. while the third party candidate on the right there, ted metz has 2% but he's a libertarian and georgia is a state where they need 50% of the vote. one of the tightest and one with a lot of star power, there are 35 other governors races on the ballot this tuesday. and a lot of policy that affects
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you on a state level is going to be determined by who wins these races. now, another key group in georgia, voter group, is farmers. there are a lot of key factors playing into how farmers can vote in this. trade war and newly enacted tariffs imposed on the united states have had an impact on half the state's crop that is exported to china. hurricane michael, the devastating effects still being felt three weeks later. the storm destroyed a whopping 3% of the pecantrees in southern georgia. kerry sanders is with pecan and what do they say down there -- >> they're telling me pecans and i always thought it was pecans. but when politics mead s meets hardship, it becomes very real. this is an example of the hardship here. this is a pecan tree knock eed
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down by the 80 to 100 mile per hour winds. as we're looking at the fields apop field, acres upon acres, understand that about a third of our nation's pecan crop comes just from georgia and at least 50%, maybe 60% of it was destroyed. add to that, as you mentioned, ali, the tariffs, which are at 47%. so, we have lenir and brent, third generation grower and fourth generation grower. first of all, you support donald trump. how do you feel about donald trump? >> i am a supporter of donald trump. >> how does that influence you in this election, which you haven't early voted in yet, about how you're going to support candidates? >> it doesn't really dominate my thinking. >> do you know who you're going to vote for the local congressman? >> for example, my local congressman is a democrat who i support sanford bishop and i
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will continue to support him. >> so, when we talk about the influence of big names. we have oprah in atlanta today. we have president donald trump. give me your sense of how all of that and all of the excitement that goes along with it then transpires as you go down the ticket whether you choose a republican or a democrat. >> traditionally, i vote republican. but i also consider the candidate, so, it's not going to be influencing one party or the other down the ticket. >> do you get a sense that this is a moment in our country right now? >> yeah, i think we're in a pretty pivotal moment. that will affect a lot of things. the tariff trade and other things will be affected how congress comes out. >> the tariff trade hit you hard at 47%. how long can you stomach that and, brent, i mean, you've lost so much. you have 650 acres here and you've lost so much. >> yes. i mean, the tariffs definitely
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hurt. i do believe that in the long term trying to level the playing field and reduce the trade deficit between china and the u.s. is in the best interest of the country. i do support it and will endure the pain for now. >> so, short-term pain and possibly short-term gain. this will come as a surprise because you hear him mentioning china. 50% of the crop is exported to china. when they're talking about a 47% tariff, it definitely hits because 50% of the crop winds up going. >> that's a big deal. interesting to hear he is supporting his local democratic congressman, sanford bishop who held that office since 1993. kerry, thank you very much. up next, live in missouri where republican josh holly is trying to take clare mccaskill's senate seat. one of the most vulnerable incumbent senators of 2018 making the missouri senate race possibly the most important in
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next week's midterms. why missouri matters so much. we'll tell you about that after the break. oprah isn't the only celebrity hitting the campaign trail. later in the hour, i'll be joined by kendrick sampson who is traveling the country to get out the vote. you're watching msnbc. it powerfully cleans from floors to carpets, even pet hair, with ease, and now for cleaning surfaces above the floor, it comes with a built in shark handheld. one dock, two sharks. the shark ion robot cleaning system. to learn about their medicare options before they're on medicare. come on in. you're turning 65 soon? yep. and you're retiring at 67? that's the plan! it's also a great time to learn about an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. here's why...medicare part b doesn't pay for everything. this part is up to you. a medicare supplement plan helps pay for some of what medicare doesn't. call unitedhealthcare insurance company
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deporting the parents back to the very country from which they fled, visiting cruelty and torture on those kids and families. we're either going to be walls or muslim bans and defined by our fear and paranoia or return to who we are. we are this proud immigrant story state and experience. and it is the very source of our greatness as texas, as a country. >> all right. that's senate candidate beto o'rourke. the president inserted himself into the race, campaigning with beautiful ted. those are trump's words last month. garret is with him where he is making his last stand. what are you hearing? >> ali, a few minutes away from o'rourke's third and final rally. we are hours away from any of
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the major population centers in texas. down here in the rio grande valley, you have about a million people who live down here. maybe 80% hispanic and a lot of potential voters here of target rich environment if you're beto o'rourke. this state has not been as politically active and it's a critical part of what o'rourke would need if he pulls off this up set victory. we have been hearing him talk about immigration than he typically does on the stump. that's a huge issue. certainly not issue down here. and the way o'rourke talks about it as someone who lives in el paso and his supporters say it gives him a certain degree of authenticity on this issue that other politicians and other democratic politicians don't really have. here's what some of the supporters told me about the way o'rourke discusses all his
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politics but specifically that issue today. take a listen. >> i appreciate the fact that he went to el paso and lived there and embraced himself in the culture and when i was married, my husband also was not hispanic and born and raised and embraced the culture and really, truly saw himself as being one of us. >> it goes back from day one when this president started talking about my family. my mother, my dad were born in mexico. and all 12 of us were born in the united states. and they were not rapeists or murderers or drug. when this president starts talking about other stuff, that's why we support this man. >> being able to take a different route as far as trump's policies and what he's trying to go after. that's why i want to vote for him. >> so, ali, we expect to see one
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more major rally out here along the border with o'rourke before it heads back to the major population centers in texas where it is all about turning out the vote in houston, dallas, san antonio and the final day of this campaign will be in el paso. we'll see the fight move to those big cities here over the next couple days. >> garret, thank you. coming up, the importance of getting out and voting, according to oprah. >> you see, here's the truth. all of us may have been created equal, but, if you woke you have sense enough to know that everybody is not treated equally. reality is this, reality is we see injustices, big and small all around us every single day
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the president is headed to missouri tonight a key piece of the puzzle in the democratic fight to take over the senate. there are 35 seats up for grabs in the senate.
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democrats are defending most of the 35. they need to pick up two seats in order to take control, but right now, one democratic seat is leaning republican and five are rated as toss-ups. missouri is one of the three states that five thirty eight rates as a toss-up. clare mccaskill is trying to hold on to her seat. she is fighting a razor tight race against josh hawley. real clear politics average shows hawley with a slight lead over mccaskill. but neither candidate has led by more than four points in a single poll for the entire year. five thirtiy eight puts democrats chances of winning in missouri in three in five. that same analysis puts republican chances at two in five. so, you can see why the race is getting so much attention. we're going to be talking to nbc news and jonathan allen about
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how tight that race is. but you have to remember on tuesday when you are watching the results come in, according to nbc, there are only about 11 states that, you know, in the senate that we're going to watch very closely. if republicans take two seats and missouri is the hold out, that's going to be where all eyes are. ally vala ttali. what are democrats looking for here? >> he won this state by just about 19 points in 2016. several of the voters i talked to over the course of the last several months here sometimes their vote because they couldn't vote for hillary clinton. waiting to get in to this rally here in colombia, their main issue is trump and bringing more republicans to the senate that can support the trump agenda and the president run for
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re-election with more success at his back in 2020. one of the key issues is immigration. take a listen to what one of the voters said when i was talking to them earlier. >> if they get in, there's going to be another one and another one and another one that won't stop. there is a way to do it. >> at immigration, we need to take care of the people that we have in this country now. we don't need more people coming in here. >> unfortunately, we're having a problem with hearing ally and jonathan clearly. i have to say to that comment f they get in another one and another one and we can't let them all in. we wouldn't be here if there wasn't another one and another one and it's a silly argument that doesn't hold water on any level. but the president is quite successful. as we closely analyze these highly competitive races across the country t is important to
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note there are several major issues that are also on the ballot, including ballot proposals that could reshape criminal justice systems in several states. criminal justice reform is one of the very few american issues that actually has bipartisan support. everybody who looks at america's criminal justice system, how many people we incarcerate and how we incarcerate them and what we incarcerate them for. we don't do this right. one of the activists galvanizing voters to the polls actor and activist kendrick sampson and plays on the series "insecure." as if i had to tell you that. kendrick, thank you for being with us. you are just trying to get people to vote. >> for now. yeah. i mean, over the next, i think civic engagement needs to increase across the board. year round, whether there's an election or not. but over these next six days, we need, that should be our major focus. >> you have been out there with
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stacey abrams and beto o'rourke. >> houston, miami i went out there twice for gillum and reno and las vegas and been a lot of places trying to get out the vote for amendment four. a lot is issue based and you see these grassroots campaigns actually galvanizing people and a scary thing, they're being demonized like dream defenders and in florida and trying to be painted as radical or whatever. but these are the people that are getting issue-based people, young people, working-class people to drive to the polls that were not really interested in politician. >> if stacey abrams and beto o'rourke are bringing out people. you are from houston. one of the few topics i discuss with people whether they be
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democrats or republicans. i don't argue or debate with them because everybody understands we spend too much on our criminal justice system, we wreck people's lives and it clogs up the courts. nothing good about the way we do this. you would think we should at least have some movement on that front and on a lot of states, criminal justice reforms are on the ballot. >> yeah. specifically amendment four is what i have been working on and we've been working with reform l.a. jails for the 2020 ballot in l.a. and, you know, there are definitely, you know, in colorado and oregon, so many different states with criminal justice reform. then when we lobby at different, for different bills, you know, republicans are worried about financial, they're worried about public safety and, so, if t is easy, not easy, but it is something you can get bipartisan support. texas is far ahead of california in a lot of ways on prison reform.
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so, that's something that i like to point out to a lot when i'm at the capital in california. >> doesn't it motivate voters. a guy tweeted me today and he's in the military and people say thank you for your service, that means you're going out to vote. not all horse race politics, but it's issues like this. >> yeah. that's what i was talking about before with the organizers. these organizers like lindsay and putrees aatrice and dream d are making people galvanize around issue based amendments and policy and that's driving, when they see people like gillum and cortez and a lot of these people, jordan in idaho. they see people that are championing issues that are very important to them. it's all issues in this race. and the diversity, more than
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gender diversity and religion diversity and more than anything it's issue diversity. people are talking about ideals that actually reflect the diversity of america. >> how do you get that? you are running into people who aren't really sure they are going to vote. they don't, the stuff that we talk about on tv all day doesn't animate their lives on a daily basis. but your attachment to criminal justice reform is from ideas that were formed because of where you grew up and what you saw not working. that has to be the case for hundreds of millions of americans. hundreds of millions of americans at least. >> even in florida alone, probably 80% had already early voted which was super inspirational, but the rest of them that were on the fence, a lot of them to convince them to go to the polls t was about what they had experienced. what i had experienced. i was pulled out of my car mistaken identity, accused of stealing my mom's car because she's white and, you know, by a
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cop and with gun drawn to my face and that is trauma that i can't ever let go. losing your child to police violence or having a child in prison or an uncle or whatever, people connect to that personally and every one can understand, you know, financial and public safety and all that. and, so, that's what's connecting people to issues specific issues up for this election and they see things like, i always say, if you can vote for your manager at work, wouldn't you do that? they can see it is directly affecting them in this particular election. >> so many new people running so many women and people of color. i don't care who people vote for, just get out and vote and you can complain for the next two years. you can't complain if you don't vote. coming up humorous look at life and as we head into next week's midterms.
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christian broadcasting network. >> when you see a caravan that has maybe 10,000 people now, look, we're not going to let them come into our country. we have 10 and we might go up to 15,000 soldiers on our border. we are building a wall in our own way. putting up walls of barbed wire. they're just not coming into our country. >> the president acknowledging his wall is not getting built, he is building a barbed wire and talking about the 15,000 soldiers being walls of people. they would support border patrol agents since the military cannot be used to enforce domestic laws. trump will issue an executive order to end the constitutional right to citizenship for u.s.-born children of noncitizens and illegal immigrants, even though most legal experts say that, too, would be unconstitutional. it's the 14th amentdmedment to
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constitution. the current political environment has been toxic, but a comedian who came to the united states as a refugee has found a unique way to talk about it. mo amer talks about his life getting a citizenship in his new comedy special which is streaming on netflix. he had this advice to immigrants and his fellow refugees. >> this is really rough. rough times. that's why you have to think of back-up plans and exit strategies. it's really important. that's what i learned from being a refugee you have to have plan b, c, d. i can camouflage at any moment in time. i never know what is going to start happening. hey, boy, hey, boy, you one of those muslims.
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just get out of there. >> mo amer joins me now. you can laugh about it, but, i mean, it's rough. the talk about refugees. there are people in this country, including the president, who associate asylum seekers and refugees with violence, drugs, rape. i mean it -- >> it's insane. i laugh because it's the only way to deal with it. i mean, how do you react to something like that. this image that he's painting for his followers really at this point is this caravan of thousands of people who are just coming to america. i think it's just completely overhyped. i think it's scare tactics and putting fear in people's hearts and to make it sound like as if the world is ending. if we let these people in. you mean the people who really want to work? the people who want to take jobs that nobody else wants. >> they'll get deported. >> lose their family.
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potentially, you know, ruin any chances of their, you know, relatives coming here. it's just ridiculous. >> you became a citizen in 2009. >> i came in '90s. i go, well, i'm american. i always felt american from the get go. >> you grew up in houston, texas. you're exactly what the president warns about. you are one of those muslims and one of those people that they say are going to do bad stuff when you get here. the numbers do not bear that out. people like you do not come to this country and do bad things. >> i come from a highly educated family. quite honestly, to be frank here, for me being a stand-up comedian, i have ph.d.s and law degrees in my family, multiple degrees with my brothers. it's crazy how scholarly they are and how i ended up in nightclubs or what have you, but i'm very happy i chose this career path. >> had you, i mean, look, you
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operate at a level you're doing shows screened on netflix and crowds come out to your shows. do you feel it? do you sense it? you have never benot been a refugee. that's part of your blood. do you feel like things have changed? >> i feel like they're getting worse. when they were talking about the extreme vetting at this time, what do you mean? it took me 20 years to get my citizenship. how extreme do you need it to be? i travel the world without a passport. i was persistent enough and had a refugee travel document and that's what i used to travel the world and i did stand-up shows for, you know, main stream audiences overseas and also u.s. troops. i wasn't even a citizen yet. i was doing shows in southeast asia, japan, tokyo, everywhere, all over the world. it's the drive that only i believe somebody who comes from nothing. we had something. we were well off in kuwait. we lost everything in the golf war and having to start over
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like that is just -- >> when you have to start over and you get into the country that lets you in, you kiss the ground because you know that going back may not be an option. so, in fact, these refugees. almost two-thirds asylum applicants don't get into the united states. those that do, they want to be here more than anyone. and we need immigrants in this country, we need people. >> i agree. whoever you embrace here. whatever you give out, you'll get in return. that's my experience. you be nice to somebody and treat them well and respect them and they'll flourish and pay you back ten fold. that's been my experience. when i traveled taeuroo europe the first time, germany was the first country that i didn't need a visa to travel to and japan, by far, my favorite interrogation. just an hour of them asking me what i did for a living. it was really hilarious. he was like, so, what is your
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occupation? i am a comedian. comedian. yeah, i do stand-up comedy. >> stand-up comedy. >> and finally his friend walked in and he said, oh, yeah, he's like a bill cosby. i was like, oh, no. i was like, yeah, like bill cosby, that's right. but that's what got me off was bill cosby. >> well, we're going to leave it there. comedian and host of the netflix special and a real-life refugee who is now an american citizen. thank you, mo. >> thank you so much for having me. google employees across the world, new york staged walkouts and handling the compa and. you're watching msnbc. this is not a bed.
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hundreds of google employees walked out of work today to protest how the search giant has handled allegations. the walkout took place at offices and other cities around the world came out after "new york times" report how google executives were paid tens of millions of dollars to quietly leave the company despite being named of misconduct.
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nbc jolene kent joins us from outside google's offices near los angeles. good to see you. what do the google employees who took part in this want to come out of the walkout? what is the message they're hoping to send? >> we saw over 100 employees here at google los angeles come out and say they don't want any rewards for bad behavior and they are citing that report from the "new york times" about the top executive that was reportedly able to leave google with a $90 million severance package. what is interesting today they all came out into the courtyard within google here in los angeles to protest, to chant too, tell some stories. they walked across the street and then they went inside another google building. many of these employees refusing to talk to us, even though they're holding signs protesting the culture inside google. but this is very much one of the biggest moments that silicon
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valley has seen in a long time and reached around the world when it comes to the me too movement. but also supported by the ceo, the google ceo who is expected to speak out later today. overall, google employees strangely here in l.a. remaining pretty silent, ali. >> that is the key difference. a lot of people remember uber and the pressures on that company for unrelated things but bad management issues and the then ceo deit niniedenied, pushd didn't do anything about it. google has had a more proactive response. >> yes, certainly. the ceo telling us that they do not support this kind of sexual misconduct and behavior inside google. but a couple employees here anecdotally have told me that they don't believe the treatment of women and these kinds of allegations are actually handled properly within the company. this is a company that you and i know so well that solve some of the world's most complex
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problems and the employees are saying that the basics here are really not covered. so, that is what they're out here protesting today. we do expect to see a little bit more change, but what the protesters and the organizers are telling us, whatus, what th actually want, they want pay equity, more transparency when it comes to the way the sexual misconduct is being handled. they also want to see a more transparency across the board here. in terms of hiring and so they are asking for about five different things they hope will make a longer term difference. as you know here out west, a lot of these companies do set the standard for what happens inside so many other corporations across america. >> jo, good to see you. jo ling kent outside the venice california google offices. president trump has touted good economic news including a low unemployment rate and rising consumer sentiment as a reason for people to vote republican. why aren't more americans optimistic about the economy? a new study by third way says that 62% of u.s. jobs do not pay
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enough to support a middle class lifestyle after accounting for the cost of living. according to pew research, about 52% of americans live in middle class households but many are able to do so because they have several jobs or rely on investments or an inheritance or other household members who have higher paying jobs. want to take a closer look at this. joining me is alyssa, editor in chief of the economic hardship reporting project. also the reporter -- the author of the book "squeezed -- why our families can't afford america." which is a remarkable book that addresses something that an under 4% unemployment rate doesn't tell people. for a quarter of a century i've said to people, watch -- don't pay too much attention to the unemployment rate because it's not telling you the full story. we have a remarkable, historically low unemployment rate and more than 50% of americans don't earn a wage that can keep them in the middle class. >> the problem is wages and also the ability to pay for our
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lives. we're having trouble paying for day care, housing, health care, a range of basic services. it's really slamming many of the people i spoke to in this book. >> a lot of people. housing we'll keep as a separate topic. you talk about day care or maternity leave. these things go hand in hand. they often think about child care. america is about one of the worst ranked countries in the entire developed world when it comes to how we treat that expense which is a major family expense. >> eight countries including south pacific islands in how we're thinking about maternity leave. something like 14% of parents have paid family leave in this country. that's an outrage. you can see why voters are angry. and when woor thinking, getting ready for the election, who is supporting maternity leave, paid pregnancy leave, and who is supporting universal pre-k. >> and then we get to health care. america is an outlier in how
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much it costs to access health care. you work for a company like this, i'm set. if you don't, you're not poor enough to qualify for medicaid. you're not fortunate enough to work for a company that has health care. we're an outlier in developed countries. >> just give birth it's $5,000 in this country. and so i personally, and i get into this, i dealt with a lot of bills when i had my daughter seven years ago. and it was an eye-open are. there's other expenses like student debt. the cost of public universities has doubled since 1996. >> public universities. the one the people in the middle class are supposed to afford. so the issue here is that we don't have a clump. i just want to put this break down from the third way study. look at these numbers. 30% of jobs are hardship jobs which means people earn under $27,000. a third between $27,000 and $45,000. that's not enough to enjoy things that most people in the middle class describe as a middle class job. 23% of jobs in america are
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middle class jobs. 15% are professional jobs which pay $80,000 or more. i'm not -- that's a more interesting picture than under 4% unemployment. that tells you a lot of americans are struggling. >> employment numbers don't tell the whole story. they're a veneer. we have to look at wages and spending if we're trying to keep our economy healthy. how are people doing two jobs just to pay for their kids day care and rent going to be able to spend on things? >> your book is an excellent explanation as to why people don't feel better about an economy that should feel better. thank you for joining us. >> alyssa quart is the author of "squeezed -- why our families cannot afford america." we'll be right back after this quick break. and... adjourned. business loans for eligible card members up to fifty thousand dollars, decided in as little as 60 seconds. the powerful backing of american express. don't do business without it.
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we're getting ready for oprah's second campaign event with stacey abrams set to begin at the top of the hour. first, oprah was going door to door canvassing for abrams. can you imagine oprah knocked on your door? our cameras were not allowed to go along but oprah just posted this on her instagram. >> hope she's home. >> hi. >> oh, my god! >> hi, denise. >> hi, oprah. >> how are you? >> i'm wonderful. how are you? >> surprise, surprise. >> surprise. i am shocked.
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>> october was a rough month for -- well, first of all, i just want to say, i think that's kind of neets at. if oprah came to my door, i'd be fascinated. i'm going to see you right back here tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. with stephanie ruhle and then at 3:00 p.m. eastern. i'd love to take a look at the markets. we should do that. we've had a couple good days. a great strong day yesterday. the dow gain again today. about 1% on the dow. you're seeing a very similar percentage gain on the s&p 500. october was a really, really rough month for the dow. it was the worst october in many years. i think since 2011 on the s&p 500 since 2009 on the dow. something like that. a rough month per the stock market. it was the dow's biggest drop since 2008. october is often a rough month but we're seeing november off to a good start. i'm going to hand it over -- one other bright note.
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today is my friend bob pisani's 25th anniversary with cnbc. he's a friend of our show and joins us often to make sense of the markets. you should read the stuff he writes. he's a really smart guy. i'm going to hand it over to nicolle and "deadline white house." >> hi, everyone. there's breaking news on multiple fronts this hour with five days to go until the midterm elections. each side rolled out its biggest and best messengers today. oprah winfrey is on the campaign trail in georgia for democratic gubernatorial candidate stacey abrams. we'll take you there live in the hour. and donald trump makes remarks in the roosevelt room. we'll monitor those keeping in mind they're made in the closing days before voters go to the polls. we'll bring you any news that comes out of the white house. we start with breaking news in the special counsel investigation into donald trump's campaign and its ties to russia.


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