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tv   Countdown With Keith Olbermann  Current  March 13, 2012 8:00pm-9:00pm PDT

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>> texas and wisconsin blocked from enforcing laws requiring americans to show government issued i.d.'s before they get to vote. the federal government intervenes in texas a judge in wisconsin, voter i.d. laws hatched by republicans to keep poor and minorities away from the polls get voted off the island. it invites the constitutional right of every american to vote. governor scat walker signed it in may. yesterday, a permanent injunction was issued saying: >> the justice department blocked a similar law in texas saying texas's own data shows hispanic volares are at least 47%, at much as 120% more likely to not have that valid i.d. than white voters. $106,000 voters with that
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impediment. in texas a handgun permit is considered a valid i.d., a student i.d. is not. rick perry denying claims that he had gone invisible and manufactured voter laws saying: >> their denial is another example of the obama's administration. >> the justice department blocked a similar measure in south carolina. texas and south carolina are required by law before they change any election procedures. to go more in depth on this, heather mcgee. good to talk to you. how big a week has this been for voting rights in this country?
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>> it's really kind of a psychological win for the hundreds of thousands of activists who have been working on this issue across the country. unfortunately we can't say that we can breathe a sigh of relief because these decisions aren't permanent and we're still going to have to fight this, not only in wisconsin and pennsylvania and virginia, but anywhere where the alec funded conservative sort of juggernaut of laws is going to try to be taking place. >> you said they're not permanent, these two decisions in texas and wisconsin. >> in wisconsin i think actually the prospects look pretty good, because it's really based on the wisconsin the wisconsin state's own constitution was basically saying that you have a right to vote, and that the legislature can't put restrictions beyond what the constitution says. even though the state is going to appeal to the state court in
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wisconsin, i think we've got a pretty good chance there. in texas i think we've also got a pretty good chance, because it is a voting rights act protected state. the department of justice in a muscular move by the obama administration said these do not pass muster, these are disdiscriminatory law. texas is going to go to a panel. i would be cautiously optimistic that they would agree. >> there's a number in many cases, a 175-mile round trip to the nearest place to get that i.d. if you don't have it. what are the actual numbers on voter fraud people voting illegally in this country that these laws were contrived to supposedly stop? >> you know looking just at texas, the texas a.g. sort of bragged about the fact that there had been 50 cases of election fraud of any kind,
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including some that didn't have anything to do with voter i.d., 50 cases over the past decade. compare that to the fact that of the rolls today in texas nearly 800,000 eligible registered voters don't have the i.d. so would be knocked out of their ability to vote, so 50 cases of fraud over a decade and for that you're going to kick 800 people out of democracy in your state? that's crazy. >> multiply that by the gas that they're going to use to get that i.d. to prevent that from happening. this is never open as long as there are alec or groups trying to stay in office against the democratic tide of reality. how are the voter restrictions going to play out in virginia. >> in virginia, another former jim crow state that has to go to the department of justice before it restricts its voting rights in the state.
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unfortunately, or fortunately if it stays and virginia law is not quite as onerous, you are allowed to bring in a paycheck or utility bill, but there are other parts of the bill that make it a lot more difficult and frankly just as unnecessary and expensive. the big headlines right now in virginia are about the budget deficit and this bill is going to cost the amount of money that it would actually take to give a thousand young virginia children health care. that's what they're going to do with this volar i.d. law. >> the one good vestige of what happened in the 1960's in what happened with jim crow is what happened with the voter laws. thank you for being with us. >> thank you keith. >> the rupert murdoch sandal, six more arrests including his former editor again and now her husband,d,d,d,d,d,d,d,d,d,d,d,d,d,d,d,d,d,d,d,d,d,d,d,d,d,d,d,d,d,d,
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planned parenthood. anna talked to a conservative and it got a little contentious. drama, when we return.
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>> rupert murdochs favoritesette tore rebekah brooks arrested in the hacking scandal. twice. >> and rush limbaugh, national commercials suspended. >> two years ago my father passed away after his long and brave battle against complications following a colonectomy. i mention this to thank you who have tweeted and remembered him to do. if you have the opportunity to do so, treat your father today. i hate to be blunt about this, but as if he just came back from the dead. not only will he appreciate it, but you'll appreciate it later as will certainly those of us who do not have that chance. time marches on. >> oh, thank goodness for the adorable click of the day the ball bouncing dog. only a sucker needs somebody to throw a ball to them. he can do it all by himself.
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as part of the larger phone hacking investigation. also taken into custody her husband charlie a race horse trainer and close friend of the prime minister. mr. cameron came under fire earlier this month following revelations that a metro police source led to rebekah brooks. the episode dubbed horse gate exemplifies a relationship, saying: >> so now this involves murdoch and the british prime minister and the horse he rode in on. also among the six international news security director mark hanna for attempting to pervert justice. that charge is serious
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involving deliberately misleading or destroying evidence and a possibly life imprisonment. >> first charlie brooks has been a friend of the prime minister for 30 years never had anything to do with the murdochs. is this suddenly the david cameron british conservative party. >> you mentioned that the nexus of politicians and the press particularly as it inhabited news international the british newspaper arm of mr. murdoch's news corps, also don't forget the police. the horse was actually a gift from scotland yard to mrs. brooks, a retired service horse and there were questions about whether it seemed that violated police policy as you suggest, a very minor episode suggestive of the way this goes. the way the prime minister rode that very horse on the brooks' ground seems to be only too
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vivid an illustration of that coziness. >> british prime ministers can last for a decade or 30 years i was just watching a docudrama they can last forever or a stiff breeze can knock them out forever. is david cameron experiencing a stiff breeze or is this just going to do damage. >> if you think back to last summer when this first rereputed, whether this could fracture the coalition. david cameron formed a government in partnership with the liberal democrats a third party as a way of establishing a working majority in parliament. this is a reminder of the embarrassment of the politicians being in bed with the murdoch to be lloyd press and personal ties
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of mr. cameron. after all his director of communications had to resign. he who had been earlier arrested in this very scandal. >> andy coulson the interchange like football announcers. >> i think the legal term not good applies here. as you suggested the allegation here arrest on that suspicion of perversion of justice still to this day has not been formally criminally charged. it suggests she interfered with this investigation. in fact, there have been allegations as you may know that hundreds of thousands of emails that might pertain to this investigation have been destroyed. attempts to revive those have come up with allegations. this was developed by the scotland yard's investigators themselves. >> even the police began to sit
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up and take notice. rebekah brooks arrested for a second time, the prime minister and the horse involved, as well. is it no longer a stretch to say we might see a james murdoch or rupert murdoch perp walk? >> members of parliament have been openly skeptical even disdainful. he's had to go fort and acknowledge substantive evidence proved things he said were wrong. his subordinates said they showed him things several years ago that he has sworn he did not know of. >> the horse will always give you away. talk about cleaning the stables. great pleasure to see you again sir. >> thank you. >> rush limbaugh and the women and the advertisers and the
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>> limbaugh declares victory in the sandra fluke fallout while his bosses suspend all nationally advertised barter deals associated with his show. an exit poll has romney up by two points on san toruloma and three on gingrich. in fact, romney had led in the first set of exit polls in mississippi by four is on the new news network. >>welcome to the war room. >>jennifer granholm joins current tv. a former two-term governor. >>make your voice heard. >>detremined to find solutions. >>that partnership in order to invest in our country >>driven to find the truth. >>how did romney get his
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groove back? >>fearless, independent and above all, politically direct. ?ñ?ñ >> you didn't think womanhood in this country was under attack by the right mitt romney cinched it today, planned parenthood, we're going to get rid of that, not saying the limited government funding toward it, but the whole thing. he'll have to do something about that statement tomorrow. are you sure limb trying to shame sandra fluke, 140 advertisers have pulled their ads, forces his shows brakes to be filled by free public service announcements. >> he may have larger problems. his own as i understand occasion company has suspended some of the national advertising related to his show. limbaugh returned to the air today as news that premiere networks stopped its so-called barter spots for two weeks the
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ad space local stations give to premiere in exchange for advertising limbaugh on their station. it's the way premiere makes its money. 140 advertisers have pulled their ads. the exodus appears to have little effect on mr. limbaughs topics the nag network the national association of gals. wait you don't think i'm going to get in trouble for that, do you. the national organization of women. we effectuately call him the nation. >> the rest of the conservative commentator circus follows his lead. the personal attacks against sandra fluke are taken to the next level stalking her in terms of location, and once again misleading about what she talked and testified about
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saying. >> that's not what she said. joining me now staff writer. i think i know what his employer suspending these barter spots, which would be spots that their advertisers get on local station and other times on the show. i think i know what it means. there are no advertisers that want that time associated with the limbaugh show. what are the implications. >> my favorite joke was even dead air does not want to be affiliated with rush limbaugh. mainstream advertisers have been happy to be alongside rush limbaugh during some of his more heinous comments, but now the
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jig is up and people are paying attention and no longer want to be associated with this. public pressure works. >> we always hear advertisers get away, they don't want to be involved in controversial commentary. they do, until a stampede occurs. i've never seen a run on the banks before, but this has all the earmarks of it. >> this has to do with a particular moment in time where this connects to an overall republican attack on women. rush limbaugh has been doing his thing for a long time and getting the republicans to back him for a long time. the war on women has been going on since 1976. here is this guy saying out loud what everybody is really thinking. >> sandra fluke is smeared all over again by saying where she's going, who her boyfriend is, this nonsense about whether she personally pays for her own
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contraception, which is not what she testified about. o'reilly said this is a conspiracy against republicans that she was brought front and center by democrats. >> they are betting their careers on limbaugh and the fact that trashing this individual woman who made a policy argument and told the story of other people is somehow going to get them credence. their backing up limbaugh and saying any woman who wants to use birth control and wants insurance to pay for it is a slut. >> as you probably know already there is a representative in arizona, state represent debbie leskow for employers to ask employees why they use birth control. i get that sort of crusade like burn the witches quality to
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this. i'm missing something in the big picture. the entire right wing movement against women there's usually a profit motive involved against women. who's got the pay stake who's making other than rush limbaugh, making cash offer this? >> it's more expensive for insurance companies. it's not insurance companies. i think it goes deeper. i think what happens is that women gaining a foot how old in having independence and controlling their fertility and having independent lives that challenge the values of the republican party is terrifying. it's too bad there are women getting onboard with it, but they're going to see they're also going to be called sluts and have their right and access to birth control taken away. >> absolutely. tonight, being honored as one of the forbes under 30 in the media. congratulations on that.
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>> thank you very much. >> one additional note, this misdirection from the right and anti choice crowd like the catholic church continues to be false equivalents that limbaugh talking a private citizen for days on end who made a congressional appearance is the same as any commentator that has criticized a female public figure. it is flat out dishonesty. melinda hanaburger completely distended what i said: >> she proceeds to quote the background that i gave about a t.v. comedy catch prize i once used to describe 12 national football league players and separately michelle mulkin having nothing to do with what i said about limbaugh.
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what i said was: >> 10 paragraphs later, i brought up mismulkin which she edited out. it is absolute journalistic dishonesty and typical of the desperate effort to defend limbaugh by claiming everybody does this. it should not be a surprise that she has been a columnist for the catholic no one we'll writing why pro choice is a bad choice for democratic and it was democrats responsible for the present war on women's rights. she will no doubt view that what i said tonight was the
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presidential candidate if he gets that far and mitt romney saying he will get rid of planned when he meant to say he would cut the funding, or saying that so hard core conservatives would vote for him. >> what programs would you want to cut or drastically reduced? my test is simple, is the program so critical it's worth borrowing money from china. of course you get rid of obama care. that's the easy one. planned parent hood, we're going to get rid of that. the subsidy for amtrak, the national endowment for the arts and humanities. >> joining me, host of ring of fire and the majority report, hello, sam. >> hello, keith. >> if he says i meant funding
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then gingrich and santorum would say you like planned parenthood. if he doesn't correct it, he's going to lose any female support he had. >> he will lose certainly in the general. that clip is really sort of amazing, because not only is the things that he listed there would equal i think probably 0.00% of the deficit but he's also lying about how much money we borrow from china. most of our debt is to ourselves in many respects. he's going for a 2-fer there painting himself into a box. the main narrative is how much is mitt romney going to have to damage himself for the general election and he's continuing to do it. >> he's not just damaging himself relative to the general vote, but always side show bob on a field full of rakes.
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every week he steps on one and hits himself in the forehead. if he said we are going to funding there would have been no controversy, wouldn't have been a story, wouldn't have been a local story if he just stuck to the script, right? >> that's part of the problem is that he can't. there's something that seems to be working against him. again, the other thing that i think we've learned about mitt romney through this process is not only however to the right he has to tack but just how bad of a candidate he is. every time he does that, i think it's going to have less impact in the general, the fact that he makes these gaffes but he's not going to make any less gaffes in the general. there's no reason he would. >> is this tonight as we look at these three races that are apparently, three guys within four points from top to bottom in mississippi and alabama according to the exit polls, is this the week in which somebody
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in gingrich-santorum lands says if we swish these two campaigns together, we might stop romney. is it possible one of them has the presence of mind to on the sword for the other? >> no. that's my short answer. i think actually, you know, gingrich is there because of a billionaire, sheldon adelson and he is aligned in some respects to mitt romney. he gets his spokesperson, newt gingrich to go out there and trump a lot of islama phobia and also protects romney. i think gingrich, if gingrich has no incentive to leave why would he? he's not working terribly hard. he's enjoying himself, selling books and no pressure for him to get out. if he does get out it increases santorum's chances of
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