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msnbc live. andrea mitchell reports starts right now. thanks. right now, threat assessment. lawmakers from both parties want answers on why theo white house is beating the war drums on i n iran. >> clearly the threat level must be pretty high. i think it's important that congress be read in and so far we have not been. >> coming up, we'll talk to the top democrat on the senate foreign relations committee. extreme measures after alabama criminalized abortion. missouri joins the race to al but ban abortions setting the stage for a supreme court battle to come. even a leading evangelical calls it extreme. >> i think alabama has gone too far. my humble view is that this is not the case we want to bring to the supreme court because i think this one will lose. border wars. president trump set to unveil
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his overall for legal immigration but no plan for dreamers and merit based entry linked to family ties. >> this sham proposal is dead on arrival. it is a mockery of what america means. and we have breaking news. goodday. the president reportedly is resisting his own hard liners push for what could turn into a military confrontation with iran. the washington post detailing the president's anger and frustration with national security adviser john bolton and mike pompeo over war like planning that runs contrary to mr. trump's aversion to costly wars. the president retweeting a message sent claiming there's no infighting in his white house. this just moments ago from the president. >> are we going to war with
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iran? >> hope not. >> house speaker pelosi who with seven other top congressional leaders will finally get a long awaited intelligence briefing this afternoon. still is demanding that the entire house be briefed. >> we're hoping that for sure before the break we will have a classified briefing on the middle east on iran for the full house of representatives. we will have one for the gang of eight later this afternoon, but that is no substitute for the full membership of the congress. >> joining me now nbc white house correspondent peter alexander and military reporter. you were outside when the swiss representative and the swiss represent american interests in tehran since we do not have diplomatic relations with them. when that question was shouted and the response, it seems to
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me, you're insights, please, the president does feel that this has gone too far. >> reporter: it's clear that the president is sending a message not just with his words there answering the question. he was asked are you head ed towards with iran. he said i hope not. also by hosting the swiss president here at the white house today, they are meeting behind closed doors in the oval office as we speak. no indication that conversation will be opened up but it does send that message that the president wants diplomacy here over war. the president has indicated that in the form of public comments on twitter or last week he said it in front of our cameras where he said i'd like to see them call me. he retweeted today. he said i'm sure iran will want to talk soon. all of this against the backdrop of the president sort of frustrations behind closed doors about sort of the drum beat toward war by socme of his own
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advisers. john bolton we know before he joined the white house, he had advocated regime change in iran. the president who campaigned this populist theme was bringing the u.s. out of those costly foreign wars in places like afghanistan, iraq and syria. from the president, you heard him even address this publicly last week when he said he has to temper bolton to a degree. seems like he's trying to direct a softer more diplomatic approach in terms of messaging while at the same time saying hooe he'd be willing to be forceful if necessary. >> the state department briefed reporters here pushing back on criticism by the europeans and others who had been briefed by secretary pompeo saying that they do have a threat assessment, there is an increased threat that led to that dramatic draw down, no
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non-essential personnel. a lot of criticism from europe of the secretary when he jumped in to meeting in brussels uninvited with the europeans. courtney, you reported last week that the new york times is headlining today that iranian small boats run by their para military were seen in the persian gulf with missile components and fully assembled missiles by u.s. intelligence. the question becomes one of miscalculation. is that iranian aggression or is it them being defensive after their para military organization was declared a terror group. is this a misunderstanding that could tlelead to armed conflict? >> i think that's the biggest concern is some action by -- for years and i think back to 2008,
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2009 when there was tension between the u.s. and iran similar to what we have right now. we were always hearing about a rogue irgc kmapcommander that c lead to a war. i think we're back at that place. it's almost like a very dangerous game of chicken now. who will react first? this new york times story today we reported on this last week. what it is is overhead surveillance that showing iranian boats, generally commercial boats, that have missiles on them and there might be indications of missile launchers. what's concerning about that because iran has been moving missiles through the waterways for years. we know they take them to yemen. they usually conceal them. what the u.s. is seeing is that there are wide open. they are out in the open. they can see them from the surveillance leading to a concern they could potentially be planning the try to fire them as opposed to just transitting
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them. >> the question is what is their intention? what is our intention? who is on offense, who is on defense? it comes after the u.s. took some aggressive sanctioning measures. thanks so much. i want to bring in new jersey democratic senator. you had a foreign relations hearing yesterday were raising concern as nancy pelosi does on the house side that there's not briefings. there will be at 3:00 tom a meeting for the so called gang of eight. that's the top leaders and the intel committee chair and vice chair. you would not be included in that. there are questions from lindsey graham, the armed services committee as well as foreign relations. why not brief more people on what is really going on when we are at such a boiling point, potentially, with iran? >> that's my question. that's why i've been pounding
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away for the last two days on the floor, in every interview and avenue that i have. that not only i as a ranking democrat and every member should be briefed but from my view all 100 senators should be briefed. this is a critical moment. as your set up piece had the possibilities of a miscalculation by either side are a dangerous one. understanding what the intelligence is, the only sis testing the voracity of that analysis is critically important. we are asked to make decisions while flying in the blind. that's never good policy. i now hear that possibly tuesday in the afternoon, there will be an all senators briefing by the administration. i hope that is true.
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i hope that's not too late. >> there's real break down between this white house and congress on a lot of levels. there haven't been briefings on the china trade war. there haven't been briefings for a lot. is this just an attitudes issue? what's going on here? are republicans being briefed and you're not? >> overwhelmingly, many of my colleague, republican colleagues in private tell me they grumble about the lack of information as well. i think publicly, senator graham who is the chairman of the appropriations foreign operations, a critical element of our foreign policy hasn't been briefed about the embassy draw down. i read it in the paper, so did he. that's no way to conduct policy. this in my four administrations that i've served on since i came
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in 1992 and the season, this is the most opaque, unwillinged administration in terms of sharing. i don't think it's just the mueller report. i think they have a disdain for congress's role. they do not appreciate the constitutional role and they really seek to thwart it. i found this the most challenging in 27 years of doing foreign policy in terms of getting critical information to make very important decisions. >> just to be transparent to our viewers, this is important, in all my years this has been the most difficult intelligence challenge. we learned our lesson in 2003, we did as a nation. the secretary, the press, of being misled of going into war on false prem sisises.
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we don't know who is telling the truth here. it is real conundrum. i wanted to play your exchange with the under secretary for arms control about the new start agreement. this is a very important issue. you were clearly frustrated. let me play that. >> could russia target the united states with hundreds or perhaps even thousands of additional warheads? >> that's a good dquestion for russia, senator. >> it's a gaood question for yo. this distdain b, i don't appreciate it. i'm asking for legitimate questions that i can make policy decisions. i'm not asking russia about our national defense. i'm asking you. is it possible that if there is no new star that russia could aim hundreds or thousands of new weapons? is that possible? >> that's a hypothetical.
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i'm not going to answer that. >> oh, my god. >> what was going on there? >> i don't know. let me just first say that for a senior state department official to actually tell me that i should go ask russia about what their intentions in terms of defending our national security is about b as out jrageous thatt gets. first of all, we rarely get administration officials before the committee. i've been urging the chairman to do that. i'm proud to see he got the undersecretary there. when we do, it's that type of attitude which is impossible for me. i'm trying to determine -- the question was simple. i'm trying to determine what flows from the lack of a new start agreement, nuclear arms agreement nor continuation then what flows from that so we can calculate what does that mean?
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what would our posture have to be? how much we have to go into an arms race? what would that cost? to be told that's a question for russia is outrageous. who to believe on intelligence. i voted against the iraq war. i think it was one of the worst decisions the united states ever made. it was based on false intelligence. there were no weapons or mass destruction. i want to test the depth and to what degree do our intelligence agencies say their intelligence is verified at. i think that's important to test the mettle of that information before we make any decisions moving forward. i think what the administration really needs now and i'm glad to see the president in this regard seems to be headed in that direction even if not necessarily in the best way is we need a diplomatic surge.
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after alabama's republican governor signed into law a virtual ban on abortion, within hours, missouri and louisiana moved to advance their bills adding new restrictions on abortions. rushing to virtually ban abortion in state after state setting up a major supreme court fight to come. so glad to see you. let's talk about this abortion fight and then i want to talk about brown v board of education. are these cases so rads cal that as pat robertson would say, they are not going to pass the smell test but they are normalizing the restrictive measures that
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are limiting clinic possibilities for women especially women of lesser means. >> either way it's a catastrophe. they are normalizing the restrictions that will make it impossible for many women to have access to abortion or they are going to be successful in the supreme court reversing roe v wade. either one is catastrophic for the women who need it the most and deserve the ability to make decisions about her future and her body. what is most alarming is the cynicism. is the belief they have captured the supreme court. one official in alabama said we have a limited window. this is our time. there's a sense of a kind rule of law as they have captured the court and they can run this through up to the united states supreme court. they are normalizing the idea that one could engage in a rads
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c -- radical shift in the law. whether they chip away in fundamental ways that burden the rights so heavily. this is very, very serious. it's time for people to take seriously what can happen. >> i want to just show every one what glamour magazine posted is the men who approved this law in alabama. let's hear what the bill sponsor was saying about when it would go into effect. this is mind boggling. >> does the deal make exception for patient who is are victim of rape and i kind of know the answer? can you tell me why it doesn't? >> it allows for anything that's available today is still available up until that woman knows she's pregnant.
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there's a window of time. some say seven day, some say ten. there's a window of time that every option that's on the table now is still available. she has to take a pregnancy test. she has to do something to know whether she's pregnant or not. you can't know that immediately. take some time for all those chrome zo chromesone. >> it takes some time. all those chromesones, those things swimming around. >> the level of legislating without any knowledge, put aside of law. they actually do understand this is unconstitutional. >> maybe we should have better sex ed in the schools. >> remember we were talking about how women could shout down that pregnancy if they were raped. that was a conversation we actually had. the thing that is so astounding
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here is that, first of all, many women can be at the end of their third trimester before they realize they are pregnant. that happens quite a bit because we don't have to go into the medical details. why bring facts into a conversation about law. the reality is we already see that 90% of counties in the united states do not have a single provider who could provide a lawful abortion and most women, most women who are getting them, unmarried, already have a child and struggling financially. 75% of women seeking abortions are struggling financially to make ends meet and often have children already. we're talking about why we have a constitutional right that tells government it can't get between a woman and her doctor. i will say if we talk about what
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will happen with this particular case, justice roberts in louisiana case in february drew the line at a much less crazy restrictive louisiana statute. justice kavanaugh said susan collins said she had his word he would not go after the precedent of roe v wade voted for that louisiana ban. it wasn't a full ban but there were only three clinics in louisiana at that time to provide a woman access to the procedure and his vote would have closed, at least two of those clinics. >> i want to also talk about other settled law which is brown v board of education. >> friday, tomorrow, is the 65th anniversary of brown versus board of education. it's in the news a bit lately because since last year nearly
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30 judicial nominees have been asked the question whether or not brown versus board of education was correctly decided. nominee after nominee has said i can't answer that question. i think people think that maybe this is a normal answer but it's not. this is not even a right, left, conservative, liberal thing. lites at t it lies at the rule of law. it reset american democracy and lifted up the meaning of the 14th amendment. that language is what justice aleto said at his confirmation hearing about brown. justice roberts said that brown was as likely to come back before the court as mawberry versus madison. that's the case that create ed judicial review. we have these nominees who can't answer the question of whether or not my ability to go to a school with white people and white people's ability to go to a school with black people and
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all that came from that in american democracy is not a question that they can answer. it's time we call this out because we have to recognize that these are the lines that they are drawing they are moving lines about which there was consensus and now setting it to the margins. when we talk about brown versus board of education, everything good we can say about this democracy comes from brown. what we are proud of is what brown brought us. it's important that we recognize this moment that's happening with these judicial nominee and push back against it. >> we'll have to leave it there. >> thank you. >> great to see you. coming up, border patrol. president trump about to unveil
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president trump is set to unveil a radical new immigration plan. it's already getting push back from leading republicans. >> all republicans, at least most of us, you don't address the 11 million. i can't imagine a solution to our immigration problems that doesn't deal with the 11 million. logically, this is a united republicans around two strong pillars, future immigration to be merit based, not family based. a strong boarder arder and for become law, you have to work with democrats. julia, where do withe stand on s plan? >> we expect the president to come forward to lay out sweeping changes.
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they aren't likely to go anywhere. lindsey graham says it doesn't address immigrants living here un undocumented and it doesn't address daca. >> dreamers. >> daca and dreamers. what it attempts to do is change our legal immigration system. this would allow them to impose a civics test on people who are trying to come to the united states legally for job reasons or to reunite with their families. they would have to pass a civics test then they would into a merit based system where they are giving points for age. whether or not they are proficient in english, whether or not they have a job offer. how much that job would offer to pay them. i takes away from the pool of people to reunite with their family which changes a way our immigration system has been based. it's to alleviate people who are suffering for humanitarian reasons around the world and
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reunite families. we have long operated under the idea that people do better brought into this country, have a better chance of success if they have a family structure around them. instead jared kushner believes we should rearrange this to be merit based. he's trying to get ceos to back this. he hasn't been successful at that and it's not clear it will be successful on the hill either. >> alan, how would it be viewed from your perspective? >> this is a proposal that's managed to put anger on both sides of the equation. there's a lot of democrats and folk os on that side who is ups there's no solution for dreamers. there's a lot missing on that. groups that have been very supportive of this president's immigration actions are very upset because it does not include any kind of overall reduction in immigration. in legal immigration into the country.
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they have very upset about that right now. you have both sides immediately panning this thing before the president is even given a speech. there's no chance this will go anywhere in congress. all it does is sort of set the stage for the president's 2020 run and what his campaign platform will be. it took them two years. the president first mentioned this idea of merit based immigration system during his first speech to a joint session of congress back in march 2017. it took him two years to get to this point to put it down on paper but as we can see, there's not much more behind that. >> according to the washington post and others covering the meeting on the hill that jared kushner had with the republican senators, they were not at all happy. he was skirting questions, couldn't answer questions. that didn't go well. >> yeah. this is not the most elegant form of legislation here. immigration reform is hard in general. to me this seems very much like
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a meza amessaging document. >> you think is a campaign bumper sticker? >> they want to force a vote. to have people to vote against something they can portray as good on border security measures and hold up that vote and tie it in by saying it's a pro-business measure because we're bringing in high school workers. there's several ceo supportive of this. they use that in a campaign way. in terms of getting it through both chambers of congress, this is silly. they didn't bring any stake hold fre holders from this hill to craft this. that was done by jared kushner in private. i'm not surprised that even republicans found it kind of a waste of time because they didn't have any input into this and they tend to like to have input into legislative processes. >> we have lindsey graham on two
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fronts on iran and immigration criticizing this. his instinct is to be with the president but he can't put a band aid on this thing. they're not working the legislation the way it's normally done. we'll have to leave it there. we'll come back to this in the days to come. thank you all. coming up, arrested development. the audiocassetwkward moment bey pelosi and bill barr. wait until you see this. bill br wait until you see this. so in this commercial we see two travelers at a comfort inn with a glow around them, so people watching will be like, "wow, maybe i'll glow too if i book direct at" who glows? just say, badda book. badda boom. book now at
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the clash between congressional democrats and the trump administration on full display yesterday. it was an awkward moment. bill barr with the threat of a pending house floor vote to hold him in contempt approached nancy pelo pelosi, shook her hand and say did you bring your handcuffs. the speaker replied, told the attorney general that the house sergeant at arms was there should an arrest be necessary. the attorney general opened a review into how the russia investigation began. joining me is james baker, the former general counsel for the fbi. he was at the fbi when the russia probe was initiated.
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when you and jim comey had to discuss approaching the candidate and join the transition to tell him about reports coming out of russia, were you worried he was going to take offense, feel that it was a threat coming from the fbi which is exactly how he ended up reacting? >> we were very worried about that. it was an extremely uncomfortable kind of conversation to talk about. jim comey and i had spoken many times in the past about the negative legacy of director hoover with respect to things having to blackmail and that type of thing. we were very worried about creating any type of impression like that. our impression was this was about to leak in the press. we decided this was the right
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thing to do. >> it's now giving by investigating the investigators. they say it's a review but it's putti inting on trial, on defene people who launched this investigation. >> we all recognize, especially jim comey and i have spoken many times about the need to hold us accountable, the fbi has a lot of power and responsibility and needs oversight. it needs it. i had many reviews conducted by the inspector general in the past and others and welcome that. it seems strange to say that but we welcome that. the attorney general needs to be comfortable that the agency has the right policies and procedure, protections in place to make sure that the bureau is doing a good job. he's entitled to conduct legitimate review. >> rod rosenstein now that he's left the justice department has called jim comey a partisan
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pundit. has comey been too out front? >> he's a private citizen with first amendment rights like the rest of us and can say what he wants to say. that's what i would say about that. >> jerry nadler was just on the hill and as you know nadler and pelosi were trying to quell the russian impeachment hearings. they are not getting the information they want. they might have a better leg to stand on legally if they start impeaecachment hearings. this is wa hat he had to say today. >> the president's policy and posture now is making it impossible to rule out impeachment or anything else. the letter we got from the white house yesterday is beyond outrageous. it said we could not investigate. we could not speak to mueller, mcgahn and we could not speak to anybody about this.
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they said we should shut the investigation. >> the white house does not seem to recognize or does recognize and doing this for political purposes that congress has a different mandate than mueller did. mueller was raising questions whether or not there should be prosecution. congress has oversight over whether there needs to be legislation and other issues at hand. >> congress has a different role. congress has a huge amount of power. the constitution is a sparse document with respect to relations between congress and executive branch. over the years there's been accommodations, customs and practices that have been adopted. the president is simply not going along with those, guess you would say. now congress is left with sort of raw core article one authorities and needs to figure out how to exercise those effectively. >> how does it feel to be attacked been twitter by the president of the united states with his millions and millions of followers? how has that affected your life
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of the hospital after hip surgery. he's recuperating at home. his wife was admitted to the hospital overnight after feeling faint. she was released. president carter plans to be back in church teaching sunday school this weekend if not hunting turkeys. we wish both of them good health and speedy recoveries. we'll be right back. d speedy re. we'll be right back. look limu. a civilian buying a new car. let's go. limu's right. liberty mutual can save you money by customizing your car insurance, so you only pay for what you need. oh... yeah, i've been a customer for years. huh... only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪ what you need and so much more. at wayfair, you'll find just you get to spend less time searching
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an important day on capitol hill tomorrow. the house expected to vote on the equality act. this is historic legislation that would provide comprehensive civil rights protection for the lgbtq community. the president trump administration says the bill is filled with poison pills that threatens to undermine parental and conscious rights. great to see you. >> great to see you. >> i think we first met in little rock, arkansas in 1992. >> 1992, yes. >> during the campaign. >> we were both just kids back then. >> and you were a man from hope. your boss at the time, bill
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clinton. let's talk about the equality act. a lot has changed. now you have house support for this. what are the prospects in the senate? >> it's incredible. the momentum that exists today for the equality act which is quite frankly one of the more simple laws on capitol hill today. it amends the civil it amends the civil rights act and adds sexual orientation, gender i identity and based on race and sex. there's tremendous bipartisan support. one of the few issues, quite frankly, today that has significant bipartisan support. 7 out of 10 americans support the equality act. majority in all 50 states. a majority of republicans support the equality act. as well as a majority of democrats. we have over 280 co-sponsors democrats and republicans, supporting the equality act. and we have a business coalition of more than 200 american businesses, nonpartisan support. along with the chamber of commerce and the national association of manufacturers.
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tomorrow will be a historic day for the advancement of civil rights in the lgbtq community. but it's just step one in passing the house. >> and how do you get to that? >> let me say this, if we could get a vote today in the united states senate, i believe we could win that vote. first challenge is step one, tomorrow, passing it in the house with significant numbers. and then we turn our attention to the senate to push pressure on those senators. to vote for these common sense protections that the vast majority of the american people support. and then at the end of the day, we need a president who will sign it into law. and we know that this president has made clear that, or at least this administration has made clear that the president does not support the equality act. andrea, i guess that's not a surprise. he has worked day in and day out to undermine the rights of lgbtq people. his vice president has literally spent his entire career
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attacking and undermining the rights of gay people. literally his entire career. he's been obsessed with gay people and with undermining our rights. and i think in many ways, this vice president is pulling the strings in this administration. >> and i just want to point out that the people are pushing back on that saying that he is going out of his way in trying to show that he is not determined to undermine gay rights. so maybe this is the time to put this to the test. >> well, you know, you may be right, andrea, but his past and his past decisions and his past actions both as a member of congress and as governor of indiana and as vice president of the united states, he has built his career, not just taken positions here and there, he's built his career. on undermining the rights of gay people. he's been obsessed with us since he launched his first campaign for office. it's unfortunately it's sad. it's hurtful and quite frankly, it's somewhat creepy. >> again, i want to say we've
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discussed this issue before and i talked about it with this staff. and they say he does not have this bias. let's see if there's a blank slate. see if there can be communication. this is very important legislation. and we hope to see where this goes. >> i hope you're right and i hope that the vice president and president will want to be on the right side of history and support these common sense civil rights protections. >> grchad griffin, it's great t see you. i know you don't endorse, you priced by pete buttigieg and his reaction? >> well, i have to say his reaction is remarkable. as a young closeted gay kid growing up in the deep south. i'm not certain i would see this day. i would certainly hope i could see this day that a major proud candidate can be out in the open. there are a lot of trail blazers. we'll have a candidate in october on the eve of national
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coming out day. i look forward to hearing all of the candidates making their case on how they're going to defeat donald trump and move equality forward. coming up, bronx cheer, how new yorkers feel about new another new candidate, their mayor. stay with us. and moves like jagger, sir mick's impressive, impressive comeback, just one month after heart surgery. you're watching msnbc. msnbc. i felt this awful pain in my chest. i had a pe blood clot in my lung. i was scared. i had a dvt blood clot. having one really puts you in danger of having another. my doctor and i chose xarelto®. xarelto®. to help keep me protected. xarelto® is a latest-generation blood thinner that's proven to treat and reduce the risk of dvt or pe blood clots from happening again.
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start spreading the news, new york mayer bill de blasio is leaving for the campaign trail. he wants to be a part of it, the crowded field to take on president trump. the reviews so far not so great. nbc's savannah sellers is in brooklyn. savannah, what are people telling you about the mayor's candidacy? >> reporter: hey, andrea, so, it sort of ran the gum mutamut. earlier this morning, i was in manhattan and it was solidly negative. we had a couple people hit tearicaltear tearic hysterically, saying was it a joke. over here in brooklyn, we've heard quite a few people who said they think it's better than the current person who's in office right now and they're
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kind of okay with it. and there have been some positive things they've seen him do with the school district. it's been a mix. skewing slightly more negative. the quinnipiac poll from last week said 76% of new yorkers did not think he should run. that's about what here hearing today. >> of course, he said when he ran for mayor that he would not be running for president. savannah, always great to see you. thanks so much. from the streets of new york to dancing in the streets. take a look at this video of rock icon mick jagger, showing off his moves just weeks after undergoing heart valve replacement surgery. the 72-year-old front man posting to his twitter account already it's been viewed more than 9 million times in the last 24 hours. jagger and the stones were forced to postpone the tour back in april. but this video providing fans a lot of satisfaction. that does it for this edition of "andrea mitchell reports."
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here is ali velshi and stephanie ruhle. >> hello everyone. i'm ali velshi. >> and i'm stephanie ruhle. we begin with breaking news on iran. just moments ago, reporters ask president trump if the united states was going to war with the country. his reply, i hope not. this comes as we learn what could be a shocking piece of intelligence. "the new york times" reporting the united states has photographs that show iranian military forces load missiles on to several small boats stationed in the persian gulf. the photos are reportedly behind the administration's recent response to the purported threat from tehran. >> but there is a difference. opinion over what exactly the intelligence means. the "times" reports national security adviser john bolton and secretary of state mike pompeo believe the photos and other intel could show that iran is preparing to attack u.s. forces.
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but some u.s. allies and other members of the administration