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bill, thank you very much for joining us tonight. new york city mayoral candidate bill thompson gets tonight's last word. >> economic sabotage. there's news that some are plotting the explosion over the default of the national debt. the plot is to tie the regular vote to extend the debt ceiling to the obliteration of the affordable care act. according to the plans linked to right leaning organizations, it would detonate a refusal to make good on american debt. the first time this has happened in this country's history it could explode the economic order.
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do the leaders of the republican party really intend to go this far? do they really dare to sabotage the american economy? and much of the world economy to defund the program. the affordable care act that is the law of the land. and will they go to this stream? and if so, is this the extreme case where ideological zealotry trumped even the most minimal loyalty to the common national interests where anything goes. where the ends justify whatever mean there are to be had no matter how menacing to the country or the world. >> we've got a number of news sources. one is the national review, a conservative organization. not a right wing one. and the washington examiner a bit to the right of that with news stories saying people on the republican right are planning to step back from a government shutdown but to proceed to an escalation,
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defaulting on the national debt. that would be their threat. they would cut off if they could. and therefore of course default. what do you think of this? >> bad to worse, chris. i don't know. if you thought that holding the debt ceiling hostage was a bad idea, if you thought a continuing resolution holding that hostage was a bad idea, you'll hate this one. republican elders said we cannot hold the country hostage, we can't hold the budget hostage on defunding obama care. it's never going to work. the debt ceiling is an even worse idea. as the national review reported, house leadership is engaged in political wink wink kabuki theater where they have to entertain every single harebrained idea that the right flank has to placate them. the question is, at the end of the day, can they bring them back from the brink. i think over the bush tax cuts
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and plan b, we saw john boehner completely fail there his grasp on the most rowdy members of his caucus seems to be loosening. you would think based on reason alone something would bring them back from the precipice but i think the country, political watchers, you and i get less and less convinced by the day that is evaporating. tea party hero rand paul stated it plainly. shut down is a bad idea he said. we'll take a listen to him. >> i don't think shutting down the government is a good idea but i do think we were elected, conservatives were elected to try to stop this overreach, this government takeover of health care. when the government's divided we should use the leverage of controlling at least part of government to try to get the law more to our liking. >> if that strikes you as reasonable and it does at that point, there are several reports the republicans are looking to drop the threat of a government
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shutdown this september if the affordable care act isn't dismantled. instead, they're looking at at approach which would result in something far worse, like economic armageddon. one of those reports comes from robert cost who writes "sources tell me the house gop will probably avoid using a shutdown as leverage and instead use the debt limit and sequester fights as areas for potential trades. negotiations over increasing the debt limit have frequently been used to wring concessions out of of administration." there might be movement in that direction. delay obama care in exchange for increased debt limit. when "hardball" asked -- we were asked by "hardball" about these reports, to use the debt sealing limit, a spokesman house speaker john boehner's office said no decisions have been made. we're looking at all the options to reach our goal of repealing this law that is causing premiums to soar and full time jobs to disappear. we've got other sources. we'll go to them later.
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the national review is one source we mentioned. the washington examiner points to the same. john feehery, so for a while we thought over the weekend, sanity was coming to your party and even from the far right, from the libertarian right. now the we find out their new strategy is in an escalation. they're an talking about using the debt ceiling which means you go into default if you don't extend. is it reasonable or extreme politics. >> what i would expect john boehner to say, we will not default on our debt. we will not default on our debt. >> did he said that? >> he always said that. >> he said we're looking at all options including default. >> i guarantee you boehner. >> explain what the right is up to here if they're not in the game of sabotage. >> what the right wants to do is to get hobble as much as possible a very unpopular law which is obama care. they're worried about subsidies going into effect. they know we'll have fiscal meltdown in the long-term and i think they're worried about that and trying to find a way to pick at this very unpopular law. i think they're going to use all their negotiating tactics they
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can. the interesting thing about robert kostas's explanation was sequestration. this is the give and take we can find a bigger deal on the budget deficit on the continuing resolution. >> you're missing my point. is there a threat here from people like rand paul and ted cruz and mike lee of utah from the right of your party, not the center of your party, but the hard right, that basically plays such "hardball" they're willing to threaten default on the united states dollar basically in order to get their way to kill the law of the land, which is the affordable care act? >> no, they're not going to default. >> what are all these reports about. >> they're going to try to push the fight from government shutdown which they understood was not a good fight to a bigger fight on the bigger fiscal realities facing the country. >> i want to give you another source. alex, this isn't just national review. it's the washington customer. the plan is to pass a 60-day cr
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extense that keeps discretionary spending at existing levels. then house leadership wants to roll back sequestration with conservative desires to delay, defund obama care into the debt limit fight. they're leaking this story. they're threatening it through sourcing. you know how it's done. they're putting the word out without fingerprints to get the threat out there they're willing to bring down the dollar. >> can we focus for a moment how completely absurd this is? it is literally like yelling you're not going to do your fiscal -- you're not going to keep the government running unless we establish a colony on mars. like obama care is settled law of the land. it is happening. the notion that somehow the white house is going to do settled law on the land recently upheld by the supreme court and litigated in the presidential ray, and we know how that all turned out, is ludicrous. the idea that somehow there's going to be a deal made on sequestration when half of the far right flank thinks that
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sequestration has actually been a great thing is also crazy. i don't see where the bargaining happens here. >> well, there's going to be a bargain. there has to be a budget deal. we've got to figure out the fiscal situation. entitlements. you have max baucus and dave kemp worrying about running around trying to get tax reform. we need to fix the government. at the end of the day, when you have this debt limit fight which there will be a fight. you know this chris. you were in the house. you know how hard it is to pass any debt limit extension in the house of representatives. for john boehner, he has to find a way to cobble together the votes. that requires a bigger deal. that being said, there will not be a default on the debt. >> what is the threat of sabotage mean? when you say i'm threatening to secret american economy and the world economy. what does that mean? you're saying it's a bluff. >> i'm saying that they're not going to do that. i think there will be short-term extensions. we'll go back to the boehner rule. which is we'll cut a dollar.
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>> when the president looks into the eyes of republican leader who are reasonable people like boehner, is he to believe they're bluffing and or telling the truth when they say we'll light the fuse for the end of the economy? >> republican leaders will say very consistently is we are not going to default on our debt. >> john, what leverage do you think republicans have if they end up going taking the nuclear option and shutting down the government or hijacking the economy, everybody's going to blame them. i don't understand what cards the gop has to play in this. >> let's look at polling data. i'm not sure i agree with you across-the-board. the american people generally will blame the republicans. who gets the blame. according to an nbc/"wall street journal" poll, taken earlier this year, more americans, 44%, just more, not all of them would blame republicans than blame democrats, just 33% would blame the democrats. an overwhelming majority of democrats no, surprise, would blame the republicans. but only 9% of republicans would blame their own party.
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a majority of can republicans, 66% would blame president obama or the democrats. i'm pointing to you the obvious political game being played by your side. if the united states reaches a breach in its debt ceiling, it doesn't pay its debts, your own party won't blame your own party. there is a reason why they could be serious here. >> they will blame obama. >> how are you so sure they won't pull the trigger on this? >> i've been through about 18 of these limited fights. >> have you ever dealt with somebody like ted cruz or rand paul? have you ever dealt with mike lee? >> these guys are far to your right. >> very responsible. >> they are. >> they're not going to default on the debt. >> they've got to find the votes to pass them. you know how hard that is. >> let's take a look at what will happen. we have a list of what will happen if the debt ceiling is breached right now. a spike, a reminder of what would happen. treasury markets would spike resulting in a dramatic increase
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in credit card rates and mortgage rates. numerous government services would be crippled, important government services like the prison system is, the fbi, and including the federal courts themselves for financial markets, it would precipitate global chaos. ironically, it would lead to an increase in is future deficits thanks to the economic shot. so you're sitting in china somewhere in beijing in a central bank and you learn that the united states political screwing around by something called the right wing, they're not sure what it is over there, has brought down the ability of the united states to meet debts. how many billions do you think. >> john boehner will say we're not going to default on our debt. >> i haven't heard that speech yet. >> can i just say. >> sure, you're here. >> what has happened here in the only sort of skillful thing the republicans have done is to have drawn the white house and democrats into what is an enterness seen gop war. this is the story of the modern day republican party, this is the harvest that is wrought when you invite extremely irresponsible, i wouldn't even
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call them conservatives tea partiers into your house. this is not a democratic and republican debate here. this is a battle among republicans. and they are the ones that have to determine the future of that party and what happens at the end of this. >> this is called a budget negotiation. >> it's not called anything. it's not called anything. this is unprecedented and the idea, the notion, the notion that this is somehow a democratic problem is completely a republican fabrication. >> running the country. >> let me explain to you what a budget negotiation is. i say nine, you say seven, we agree on eight. the negotiation to say if we don't fund and destroy, an act of congress, i'm blowing up the federal government. that's basically what we're talking about here. >> if you listen to these guys, they want to defund it, now they're saying delay. >> they're talking about defaulting. >> they're not talking about defaulting. >> yes, they are. >> so they're not telling it truth. >> and they're not accurate. if you ask any republican leader
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which i asked three republican leaders offices today. >> on the record they won't say it, but off the record they're leaking the story they're going to blow it up. >> john feehery, former spokesman for the house leadership when they were reasonable says default is that an option. thank you, a pro on this. alex, you're right on everything you said. >> i'm so glad you're here. >> you can do that too. coming up, ted cruz, we know he was born in canada, of course, but he's renouncing his canadian citizenship. which he had nothing to do with, of course. he's thinking about 2016. where are all the birthers out there who have been insisting you can't be president unless you're born here in the united states? by the way, the craziest of the birthers donald trump said he was born in kenya. even if he was born in kenya by an american mother, he was just as american and just as eligible to run for president as ted cruz. would you explain the conundrum? also the latest u.n. report lays
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you were born in canada. could you -- are you even eligible to be president of the united states? >> my mother was born in wilmington, delaware. she's a u.s. citizen so i'm a u.s. citizen by birth. >> he couldn't be more right. welcome back to "hardball." that was texas senator ted cruz telling jonathan carl he is a natural born citizen, therefore eligible to be president. cruz went the extra mile to release his birth certificate to the dallas morning news which reported cruz who was born in canada to an american mother has dual citizenship is by the accident of being born up there. following that report he released a statement. he said now the dallas morning news says i may technically have dual citizenship.
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assuming that to be true, i will renounce any canadian citizenship. nothing against canada but i'm an american by birth and a u.s. senator, i believe i should only be an american. well said. i couldn't agree with him more. odd to say in their about a guy i probably disagree with on many points but he could not be more right. the irony here of course, is that cruz's birth mirrors the phony scenario concocted by the birthers including donald trump to falsely have been arguing even to this day that president obama was born overseas mostly in kenya and not eligible to be president. the president was born to an american mother in the state of hawaii. that is actually in america. the birthers have been all but silent when it comes to ted cruz. i'm waiting for some confident stamingts from these people. cruz has already visited the important presidential primary states of iowa and south carolina. he's headed to new hampshire this month. he's giving every indication he may be thinking of running for president and is eligible to do so. he's a natural born citizen because he did not have to be naturalized. that's how simple it is. he was an american at the second of his birth.
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joining me are texas political expert and political writer wayne slater and washington post editorial writing jonathan capehart. wayne, i couldn't be more clear in my complete and utter agreement with senator cruz. he's an american by birth. his mother was american. i don't care if you're flying in an airplane over to lead doe or somewhere in spain, if you're born to an american mother, you're an american, damn it. because you don't have to get naturalized. that's what a natural born american means. you are a citizenship natural born. don't the crazy birthers in the state of texas which you have to report from, the cross you must carry is defending some of these guys, all that handful of birthers down there, don't they get the crazy irony that they've been accusing obama of being born to an american mother over in kenya which even in that case which wasn't the truth would still make him a natural born american? >> i mean the real problem for the birthers is that ted cruz
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really was born in a foreign country. and so based 0en that argument, it really is a real problem. >> don't they get in their head, wait a minute, we've been accusing obama of doing what this guy did and we accept his natural born americanness and we've accused obama by nature of being born in this fictitious notion of being born in kenya, proof he isn't a natural born american. >> i'm going to propose they absolutely get it. you know why as well as anyone else who's watch this had closely. this never really was about obama being born somewhere. this was just say something bad about obama. the black guy in the white house who must be from somewhere else. now they find themselves, especially the folks in texas who i suspect will like that endorse ted cruz if he becomes a serious presidential candidate, now they find themselves in this conundrum where they can't or have real difficulty gymnastically working their way around this. why is he eligible. it's a problem.
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>> i'm going to stick about that. the ethnic thing is pretty obvious in some cases but john, i guess i would think that in the african-american community, anybody's watching right now in that community would probably say, it's obvious to me they look upon canada as a white country and kenya as a black country and even though it's your mother in both cases it's somehow different. >> i think they probably are with you in how you set up this conversation which is they're -- they're accusing -- well, it's senator cruz has done with the birthers accuse the president of having done which isn't true. >> right. >> so. >> how do they handle this? because he's the star. he's got the hot hand, he and rand paul. >> they don't talk about it. how about donald trump, smart guy, makes money. >> i think trump. >> how does he deal with this. >> i think donald trump. >> here he is. i love to talk about him. he's a popular guy in some
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quarters, king of the birthers is a bit muddled about cruz's eligibility to be president. if you have trouble following this point of view, it's probably because trump doesn't want you to -- like eisenhower used to do, mix up the syntax so you don't know what he's saying. let's listen. >> let me ask you this, ted cruz born in canada. >> yeah. >> is he eligible to be president of the united states. >> if he was born in canada, perhaps not. i'm not sure where he was born. >> he's definitely born in canada. >> then you have to ask him that question but perhaps not. >> ted cruz's mother was an american citizen. he was an american. >> that will be ironed out. i don't know the circumstances. somebody told me he was born in canada. that's his thing. >> that's really his thing. >> that is what you do when you don't know what to say. it's the first time i've seen him befuddled. what do you say? kids when you're grown, you play tag, you got me. he doesn't say you got me. >> because he's caught. remember part of that
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conversation was also a conversation about his birther accusations against the president. and we might all think that that's you know done with and we're not talking about it anymore but it's still happening there. people going to town hall meetings around the country saying. >> wayne, jonathan and i think may agree on this. i want to get to you on this from texas. it seems there's a very interesting compelling continuing effort to delegitimize this president. people on the right say he's a disaster which he's not, look what he's already accomplished and getting the bad guys. but they first referred to him not as the president of the united states but as a liberal leader. they refer to the health care act of 2010 as a bill. they refer to him as obama. they don't say the preds. they don't say the a law. they don't even speak the language we normally speak in civilized political debate. they've changed it so much that he's actually not really supposed to be there. and that's their way of putting that asterisk next to him like barry bonds. he didn't really hit the home runs.
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he didn't get elected president. i think that's what they're up to. >> i think that's right. there is a sense in everything that's done, not only ot normal political give and take where you challenge your opponent's bills proposals, ideas, and initiatives but the idea that the person himself was never toesed supposed to be re-elected. now if they wait it out, then the guy who was never supposed to have been there who's signature accomplishment, is health care should be defunded if for no other reason because he did it and it has his name associated with? >> yes, get him off the record books. get him out. erase him in your mind. >> but chris, you know how the birther conversation is morphing into an impeachment conversation. they don't just want to wipe him off the books. they want to just get him completely out of office. accusing him of committing a felony by forging his birth certificate. >> that, yeah.
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>> he's there in office illegally. and at one town hall forum, congressman fahrenheit holt was asked what can be done and he willingly talked impeachment is not really an option because we don't have the votes in the senate. we could convict him in the house, we could bring up the charges in the house, but we couldn't convict him in the senate. senator ted cruz is on record as having not talking about the birther issue but talking about impeachment and also taking that line of you know, could you impeach him in the house but we couldn't convict him in the senate. so it's not really a possibility. but it's a question. >> mccarthy stuff. thank you. and not jean mccarthy. thank you, wayne slater, thank you jonathan. up next, meet the first family's newest edition and it is not a person. and a very important programming note. you can catch "hardball" exclusively only at 7:00 eastern. starting next week, you'll have to tune in at 7:00.
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back to "hardball." and time for the sideshow". president obama is back in washington, of course, after taking a week off in martha's vineyard. the late show's david letterman commemorated his presidential vacation with this video last night. >> let's put together a segment about memorable presidential vacations and by god, we have it for you tonight. memorable presidential vacations throughout the years. i hope you enjoy this. ♪ ♪
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♪ ♪ >> wow. now, now i see why he had the big hat. >> well, the president also intruced the newest member of his family, other portuguese waterdog named sunny who has joined bo another portuguese waterdog at the white house. almost every president had a pet. here's some trivia for you. there's only been one first dog who has lived in the white house under two different presidents. spotty, a king charles, who was born in 1989 under president george bush 41 and then had the good fortune to return again with george w. bush when he became president in 2001. so two presidents for that dog. however the most famous by far of all the white house is falla, franklin roosevelt's is scottish
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terrier and mgm, the movie company made a movie about him called fala at hyde park in technicolor. the only first dog to be honored with a statue in a presidential the tidal basin. that's something for sunny to aspire to. look at that big dog. next up, maine's republican governor paul le page is in hot water today for allegedly claiming in a speech at eight private fund-raiser that president obama "hates white people." while the event was closed to the press, word of the remark leaked to the portland press newspaper which confirmed it with two other republican lawmakers who were present at the time. according to the herald, "lepage talked how obama could have been the best president ever if he had highlighted his by racial heritage. he said the president hasn't done than because he hates white people. lepage is up for re-election in
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2014 and has a 39% approval rating which makes him one of the most unpopular governors in the u.s. he has since denied he made the remark. we'll find out whether he did or not. apparently there are a number of witnesses who said he did exactly that. more evidence by the way that the planet is getting warmer right now. global warming is here and we are responsible. why are so many republicans in denial? you're watching "hardball," the place for politics.
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welcome back to "hardball." those science deniers over at the gop are getting served with another raft of scientific evidence that climate change is real and a big problem for everyone. an upcoming united nations report outlined in "the new york times" will show "scientists who were confident before have even more confidence that climate change is real, due to us, it's a threat to us, and the urgency to act is even greater than ever. now enter the republican party where proven science is merely one of the few, well one of a few theories. >> scientists all over this world say that the idea of human
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induced global climate change is one of the greatest hoaxes perpetrated out of the scientific community. it is a hoax. there is no scientific consensus. >> carbon dioxide, mr. speaker, is a natural byproduct of nature. carbon dioxide is natural. it occurs in earth. it is a part of the regular life cycle of earth. in fact, life on planet earth can't even exist without carbon dioxide. >> what is the republican plan to deal with carbon emissions which every major scientific organization has said is contributing to climate change? >> george, the idea that carbon dioxide is a carcinogen that is harmful to our environment is almost comical. every time we exhale, we exhale carbon dioxide.
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every cow in the world, you know, when they do what they do, you've got more carbon dioxide. >> i don't know what he's talking about. talk about a straw man. boehner the speaker of the house coming out with something wacko saying it isn't causing cancer. nobody said that. they said it's causing climate change. oklahoma senator jim inhofe the worst of the breed here has written a book denying science subtly called the greatest hoax, how the global warming conspiracy threatens your future. ignore him. don't believe him on this. the problem is, these science deniers help govern the united states. they have the job to tell us the truth. joining me is chip saltsman, mike huckabee's campaign manager in the 2008 presidential race and michael mann, professor of meteorology at penn state, author of the hockey stick and the climate wars, dispatches from the front lines. professor, did you get your sound on there? >> i think we've got it. >> okay. >> let me ask you about this.
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you know, my sense is that climate change and evolution are like gravity. they're a fact. drop a quarter, it falls. it's a fact. don't argue about it. it's not one of the many theories out there. it is a scientific reality. if somebody has some other standard besides science, i want to hear what it is, business practices, religion, tell me you have some other way of judging something besides the scientific method. as a scientist, is there any doubt that climate changing is a problem and it's caused by man? >> well, there are a few things in science that we're ascertain about as the fact that we are warming the planet by increasing greenhouse gas concentrations through fossil fuel burning and other human activities. maybe gravity, maybe there are a few other propositions in science that we have as high a level of certainty about as we have about this issue of human-caused climate change. >> so what from your perspective is the motive for questioning the science?
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>> well, unfortunately, the various talking points and we heard some of them in the clips that you played from climate change deniers often sound plausible, they sound reasonable to people who aren't familiar with science or the underlying science of climate change, but they have a very thin veneer of credibility when you dig just a little bit beneath they will, you find there's no merit at all to these various talking points. who are you going to listen to, politicians advocating for fossil fuel interests or the world's scientific community, the u.s. national academy of sciences founded by a republican president, abraham lincoln which is firmly on record, global warming is real. it's caused by us. and it represents a serious threat if we don't do something about it. >> chip saltsman, looking at this politically from the republican side, what is the argument that outweighs, well well accepted science? >> i'm not a scientist. >> i'm asking you, what's the
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other standard we should look at besides science looking for something whether it's true or not. is there some other way to judge it besides the science. if there is, let me know what it is. >> i think the republicans i've talked to about this, they say look, we know we've got 7 billion people on this planet using more resources than 50 years ago. we've got to make changes if we're going to sustain that. there's a lot of republicans that do believe in renewable energies. they don't buy into the total package that we're going into an apocalyptic point of view that warming is going to destroy the earth as we know it. i think that's what -- >> they're taking a gamble, making a gamble, they think there's a decent stake in not acting. >> i think some of them are acting. there's a lot of conservationists. >> the people you say it's not armageddon. okay, it's not apocalyptic. what basis do they have for saying that? what knowledge do they have that they present against the strike community and the world to make a case it's not as serious as the scientists say it is?
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what evidence do they have? >> i'm not sure i know of the evidence. >> what does it mean to say it. >> what i'm talking. >> what is the foundation to the point. >> you're asking me from a political point of view. >> what is the foundation? i'm asking for a political point of view. that's their political foundation to challenge the science, is it religion, the old testament, commerce, what is it. >> all of the above. some of it is is the economy. when you talk about cap in trade. they think that would wreck the economy as we know it. some of it is religious. the idea that manmade can destroy the world, that's something they think god does, not what man does. i think there's some of that all the above, whether you agree or not, that's what they say. >> we had a potential nuclear war between us and the soviets in the 1950s and '60s and i knew and you knew, chip, could have destroyed the world. let's not deny the potential of man to destroy the world. professor, it seems to me there is an anti-science bent out there. it's fostered by the argument, maybe the old testament that says mankind has only lasted as
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long as the begats added up starting with adam and even into the new testament. yet, there's scientific evidence that mankind in some form or another has been on this planet for over 3 million years going back to at least lucy. will there ever be a reconciliation of true human knowledge through science and true human acceptance of knowledge. >> as you heard chip sort of allude to, there is a bit of a schism that i think is emerging within the republican party. those like the chairman of the house science committee, lamar smith, a texan who denies climate change exists. he's the chair of the house science committee. i sometimes joke that maybe we need to rename it the houses anti-science committee given its current stance on issues like climate change. there are those politicians who completely dismiss the underlying science but then you have more enlightened republicans like the former
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house committee chair, sherwood boehlert, an old school pro science republican and you have folks like bob english south carolina. >> he's gone. >> a republican, a conservative republican. he was primaried by the koch brothers because he expressed an enlightened view about climb change. >> let me ask you a fair question, i won't challenge you, chip. is the republican party leaning towards science or against it? >> i would hope to say we always lean towards science but on this case, there's many republicans across the board on this particular issue. like i said, i'm not a scientist. i don't read the book but i do believe in the republican, there's a lot that believe, we know we've got so many people living on the planet. we have to do what we can. >> i hope people don't believe ignorance is bliss. full keep saying it's in dispute and don't carefully don't read the journals or accept the science, you're always in the safe position of saying i guess it's in dispute so i'm not to blame.
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i think you are to blame. not you. you're a political strategist. chip saltsman and michael mann, i do worry about huckabee though. thank you professor for coming on. i love penn state. we'll be right back after this with actor eric bana talking about the cameras on all of us, especially in the big cities.
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we're back. the boston bombing this spring sparked a debate in this country about the growing presence of surveillance cameras. you know, all over our cities. the grainy security photos. there one is. video helped identify the two bombers, but here's the but. civil libertarians warn it comes at a price. our shrinking personal privacy. and that's the setting for the new thriller, "closed circuit."
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a film that delves into the dark milieu of spies run amok and the paranoia of living in a state of constant surveillance after a terrorist bombing in central london. two lawyers assigned to defend the lone surviving suspect find themselves up against what looks like a massive conspiracy. let's watch. >> november 30th, 10:43. innocent people. approaches in the west entrance. 10:45. >> there was no contact between mi-5 and the defendant. >> defense lawyers who ask the wrong sorts of questions, they're expendable. >> half a million closed-circuit cameras in london. i'm sure at least half a dozen are watching right now. >> there are people who really want a conviction here. >> should have kept him out. >> mi-5 did not kill people on
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the main land. >> simply trying to defend our client. >> get out of there. now. >> got to see that movie. eric bennett is the star of the film "closed circuit." you know, how are you? you spent months shooting this film. my god, it used to be with mohamed atta, we caught them too late, he had blown up the world trade center. one of the people on the planes with the terrorists. afterwards we saw him at the atm getting money out, at a walmart. there he is later. when we caught the boston bomber suspects, we see them, it turns out the local stores like this were doing surveillance cameras and you can accumulate all together and can almost follow a person during the day. >> yeah, it's amazing how much someone's life you can piece together with just small snippets pieces. we had a big murder case in australia last year where the accused was arrested based on
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very, very low-quality grainy footage inside a clothing store. because we don't have a lot of it in melbourne, australia. they were able to arrest the accused based on that. >> they put him away on that. >> they haven't put him away yet, but it was a very fast breaking case that the police were able to recognize the accused through the window. so it's known there's a place for it, but it's the speed at which these liberties are being taken away that calls it into question. >> many of us in america went to high school and read "1984 "", george orwell. we know about that, you have a state where the tv set faces you and is facing you all the time. we're getting there. >> yeah. and it's funny, the general public is kind of catching up with this because the number of those cameras that are out there, having made the film, it makes you more aware. >> how many in london? >> i have a half a million. >> cameras? >> yeah. >> half a million cameras. >> yeah. >> and whose cameras are they? >> i guess most of them -- >> department stores.
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>> that's the other thing, once you start to look out for them, you do see them everywhere. it's not just that they're on government property. go to a restaurant, see them inside a restaurant. start looking at it, you notice they're everywhere. >> what's the point of them? >> if we're all behaving ourselves, presumably we're all okay. i think i'd fall asleep watching footage of me. >> why would a restaurant have cameras on everybody? to see if you're stealing a fork? >> i don't. in australia we have a problem with binge drinking and so forth in the city. when you see the amount of -- >> can you do a british accent right now? >> mine doesn't sound exactly like that. >> you guys are amazing. seriously, though, the american people i think are very glad we caught the bombers. we're very glad the boston pd police department were able to do it quickly. we're happy. what's the downside? >> i guess the downside is how can we control that information being used in the future? you know? what happens when facial recognition technology come in and they're able to basically
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profile everything we do and where we go and what kind of purchases we make? >> and the movie makes that point. >> it does. it delves right into that. we deal with a cover-up by the british government, and it's just a classic adult thriller that we had no idea would become so timely. >> oh, it's going to be great. i can't wait. i've seen it in the trailers around washington. i can't wait to see it. the name of the movie is, we don't call them films here, "closed circuit." the star with us, eric bana. it is something we talk about here all the time, especially with the nsa. we'll be bight rack after this. eligible for medicare?
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