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matthew mcconaughey making great movies. >> maybe jeb's going to run. what do you think, nicole? >> hope so. >> no cav doe for me in 2014. >> chuck todd's up nex \s>> barbra streisand a special guest. >> really? >> wall street and main street. the divide between where the recovery is happening and where it is not. today the president makes his case to a room of ceos at the four seasons. also this morning does the cheney family feud still spotlight a same-sex marriage debate with the gop? why the former veep is getting outflanked by his senate candidate daughter. plus, hear how teddy roosevelt saved football. now grassy knoll in dallas became an icon for conspiracy
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theories. it's a history trifecta this morning where you can find 11 presidents. good morning from washington. tuesday, novrp 19th, 2013. the only place actually we think now you'll hear from 12 different presidents on television in today's one-hour show. document them all. the dow broke 16000 for the first time monday as it clo, had there but probably will this week. five years after economic collapse, a recovery of the haves and the have-nots. the dow finished the day at 15,976 after flirting with that 16,000 mark throughout the day. the s&p topped 1,800 before slipping slightly back to close under that mark. the record-setting closes, though, have prompted this tweet from former white house senior adviser david plouffe.
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dow jones industrial average 16,000 plus by november 18th, 2013. that terrible socialist, barack obama. but that was obviously a shot at big business and the idea that the president is not business friendly. that said, wall street's boom, which has not been fully shared, only amplifies the way many average americans are still hurting. just 52% of americans either own stocks these days as part of a mutual fund or retirement account such as a 401(k). that's according to gallup's annual economy and finance survey. that's the lowest level of stock ownership since 1998. it's been unchanged from the last couple of years. but even among those who do benefit from a bull market, the wealth isn't shared. last measured in 2010, the richest 10% of households accounted for 81% of stock ownership. there's no doubt the unemployment situation has improved over the last four years. the jobless rate is down from a high of 10% to 7.3% in october.
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but the stubborn problem of long-term unemployment is only getting worse. long-term joblessness is up 213% because many have given up looking for work. the income inequality gap between the richest 1% and the rest of america is broad and it's widening. the top 1% of u.s. earners collected nearly 20% of household income last year. executive pay is still staggering. the median pay package for the top 200 ceos at billion-dollar public companies was over $15 million last year. that was up 16% from 2011. at the same time, wages have been flat for average americans. the average wage improved slightly in 2012 to $42,498. the median wage, half of workers make more, half make less, was flat at $27,519. as pulitzer prize-winning economic reporter david k. johnston points out when the average wage grows and the
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median wage doesn't it means only worker in the top half of the job market are seeing increases. while corporate profits in the second quarter were at a nearly 60-year high, median household income has stag nuclear facilitied just over $51,000. 15% of country are living at or below the poverty line. a measure of confidence there but it remains just above that low of 65%. main street clearly is still anxious about this economy. after a month of washington budget battles ending in the government shutdown, the bottom fell out of consumer confidence in october. it fell nearly ten points to 71.2%. forecasters worry that could be a drag on holiday spending the period between thanksgiving and christmas, which can make up to 40% of their sales overall. wells fargo estimate says though overall holiday spending is expected to grow on a per cam ta
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basis, consumers are expected to spend less for the first time in five years. connection between wall street and main street. the annual conference, two-day gathering. the president will speak there today. being held at the four seasons. not the holiday inn. anyway, one reason folks in washington may not be feeling how the economy is affecting most regular folks is that this region is booming. in the past decade, 21,000 households in the washington region became part of the top 1%. no other metro area came close. want to create even more resentment in washington? look at that stat over and over again. the capital of the united states creating wealth.
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>> steve levy with me now. this was a question we were asking throughout the sort of the three-years of the economic -- of the struggling economic recovery starting in 2010, 11 and 12. here we are nearly at the end of 13, corporate profits are up, they're sitting on cash. what's the excuse now? >> first of all, chuck, after that run of numbers i have a job for you at cnbc as an economics reporter. >> thank you, sir. >> really well done. we don't know why they're sitting on cash. one reason is uncertainty about the outlook is particularly mentioned by a lot of top ceos. plus you're in a world right now of a lot of excess capacity. you can find that excess capacity in some of those numbers you gave. there's excess capacity in labor and that you see in the unemployment rate and the number of long-term unemployed. there's also excess capacity in factories and in plant and equipment. another thing you have is you
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have -- >> let me stop you there. excess capacity basically is economic english for -- >> too much stuff. >> also automation, right? >> that's potentially one source. really good point, jeff. let's talk about the first order of excess capacity. you don't have a lot of demand for the widgets you make so, let's say you shut down part of the factory floor. that's excess capacity. no reason to go out and build new plant and equipment if part of the old plant and equipment is sitting there idle. you're also right on the front of automation. if suddenly you create a machine that makes widgets with many fewer employees and with little space and fewer machines, then again you've got excess capacity. and that's the other point i was getting to, chuck, is that autd major leagues technology has come along and really at an accelerating rate and created a lot of capacity out there and also lowered prices. one of the things we're seeing is is that the capital, the people who put up the money for these things are making a greater share of returns
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historically than labor is making. that may have to do with globalization and automation and a whole bunch of other reasons that maybe we're not really clear on. >> you know, steve, when other countries go through these -- basically these widening economic gaps, we've been critical as a country saying, well, boy, country x hasn't figured out how to develop a middle class. suddenly you look at our statistics in this country and are we -- you know, are we suddenly in -- at a point where we have to wonder if we're going to lose our middle class? i mean, we're sort of -- or that the middle class, the floor for the middle class is lower than it should be? >> it's certainly true that the middle class has taken it on the chin in the wake of the financial crisis. and by the way, there was stress on the middle class even before the financial crisis. some of those numbers you said, they go back to 2000, 2001, when we've had that stagnation. yes, there is some danger there, but don't forget, chuck, that
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this is -- remains a very wealthy country with a substantial middle class. that middle class has stagnated but it remains, for example, well above middle class of other countries. l let's just remember the relative amount of wealth the united states has. how do we get to a place where we grow the middle class and grow their incomes? all the economists point to issues like education, job training, but one of the things that's happened is you've had this incredible rise in the stock market and the simple fact is that the wealthy owned more of the stocks in this country than the middle class or poor americans do. >> i want to ask you about a report in "the new york post." i know you've been doing some reporting on it. this idea that the census takers who helped create the job number, the unemployment number that is reported by the government every month, that there may have been some -- there's an allegation there was at least one person who was faking numbers. artificially raising the number of employed.
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it was a "new york post" report. what can you tell me about it? >> here's what we know. we know the bureau of labor statistics, which creates the jobs numbers and gets is some of its data for one of its reports from the census bureau has referred the issue to the commerce department inspector general. that's our understanding at this point. this story is very bad, very, very bad on a number of levels, but what we know is that it looks like one guy or more were faking data. what we don't know, what would make this story immeasurably worse, if there was a political angle to this and that we don't know. >> and that was for a reporting period in the election year. >> it also seemed to have begun in 2010, which kind of raises questions about how political it was. we do know the unemployment rate plunged in september and october of -- leading up to the 2012 election. but also that number's been confirmed since then, chuck so, it remains 7.3. so they'd have to be fudging it consistently in one way over that period of time. >> steve liesman, i know you're
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looking into that. always good to have your perspective on this real economy. >> thanks. >> wall street versus main street. thank you, sir. speaking of recoveries, let's go to the actual recovery efforts in the midwest after tornadoes and violent storms ripped through michigan all the way to new york state. teams are still digging through rubble. the current death toll stands at 8, 6 in illinois and 2 in michigan. the tornados that struck new mindon and washington, illinois weather rated ef-4s. in english, that means they had winds that were close to 200 miles an hour. at least 25 toids were confirmed. on monday governors of both states toured the damage. in illinois, governor pat quinn said the recovery is just beginning. >> we're all in this together. and every person in illinois wants to help the people of
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washington and the people of cole city and diamond and gifford and brook port and new mindon. all these towns are strong towns and we want to make sure they get back on their feet. >> stick around. as we told you, you'll see and hear from 12 different presidents on today's "tdr." we've got more of the morning's "first read" up next. our former vice president dick cheney and his wife taking sides between their dispute with their children on same-sex marriage. and is it actually a part of a larger debate going on inside the republican party? plus, critical condition. the president's poll numbers hit another new low. as a new report reveals the white house was warned of potential website problems nearly eight months ago. first a look ahead at today's politics planner. people are voting today because if it's tuesday they're voting somewhere. that somewhere is in san diego. how many ron burgundy write-in
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back now with the feud between the cheney sisters that has exploded into public view. while part of it feels like you're eavesdropping on a family argument, it's symbolic of the larger struggle in the gop over same-sex marriage. the surprising part isn't that liz and mary don't see eye to eye but liz is staking out a position that appears to be to the right of her own father. former vice president dick cheney, as far back as 2000, seemed to stake out a voice for
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tolerance when the question was asked. >> i try to be open minded about it as much as i can and tolerant of those relationships. i think we ought to do everything we can to tolerate and accommodate whatever kind of relationships people want to enter into. i said then and believe today that freedom means freedom for everybody. people ought to be free to choose any arrangement they want. it's really no one else's business. >> to be clear, the vice president said he would prefer the issue be left to the state, a position his youngest daughter shares. but on sunday liz cheney indicated she shougt same-sex marriage itself was wrong despite her relationship with her sister, mary, who married her longtime partner heather poe last year. >> i do believe the traditional definition of marriage. i love mary and her family very much. this is just an issue on which we disagree. >> cheney may have felt pressured to take a harder right position on this issue because of her primary campaign against the wyoming incumbent, mike
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enzi. the pro-enzi super pac has slammed cheney for opposing a ban on same-sex marriage and performing state department benefits for same-sex couples. >> he's a principled conservative. he doesn't have to wake up each morning asking himself what do i believe. mike's always voted to protect traditional marriage, and he believes that a mom and dad just do a better job raising kids than a government ever can do. >> on monday the former president and his wife weighed in so defend their youngest daughter's consistency, if not necessarily her position. "this is an issue we have dealt with provely if more m years and we are pained to see it become public. liz has always believed in the traditional definition of marriage." jonathan marsh and susan page join us. jonathan got perhaps the last interview with mary cheney far
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while since she's desided she doesn't want to speak on the record right now any more on this story. to me i've been sort of dumb founded by the fact that it appears that mary and liz did not talk about this before liz went public with her position. is that what your reporting has -- >> my reporting indicates that they did not have a conversation at any point in which the question of liz chain' niece support or opposition to same-sex marriage did not come out. we're sisters, not talking about our political platforms. >> but there was no, like, hey, mary, look, this is going to -- going to raise questions. >> it wasn't talked about is how they portrayed it. and what mary told me is that she just always presumed that her sister was supportive of same-sex marriage rights because of obviously her own. >> rich: with heather poe but
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also because that was her parents' view, too, and had been for some time. what was so striking to me, chuck, in my talking to mary was the anguish in her voice as she talked about, how close they became over the course of -- >> a very loyal family. very loyal to their dad. >> if you read peter bake ears book about president bush and vice president cheney, you realize just what a close family this is. that was certainly the case when they were growing up. it became more the case in 2000 when bush and cheney ran on the ticket, more the case after that during the eight years when vice president cheney was obviously the topic of some derision and controversy. then after they leave the white house, the two families, plus their parents, they're all in the same ten-minute radius of each other in northern virginia in mclean. so they have this standing sunday dinner at liz's house and became really close for those years. >> susan, the other surprising thing is this seemed to be
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settled cheney policy. i know that seems odd. i always say people shouldn't assume just because a spouse believes one thing doesn't mean other spouse does. it seems as if dick cheney sort of gave path of how you can deal with conservatives on this issue. >> especially his attitudes are changing and becoming much more accepting of gay marriage. whatever it would have cost liz cheney to support gay marriage in wyoming, the cost of the spat seems politically much worse. heather poe mentioned moving from state to state. that's clearly a kind of sly reference to being a carpetbagger from virginia. allan simpson in an interview with a you all yesterday -- >> let me stop you there, give it to you, put up the full quote. allan simpson told us in an interview "you're not even destroying friendships, you're destroying family relationships just because of that this race. it's hard for all of us who know the cheneys to see the things she's doing to win this race. it's almost like i will do
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anything to wib this race because i cannot ever believe there will be a breach between she and mary." >> a guy with great standing in wyoming. obviously he's already endorsed, so no question about that. but this perception that liz cheney will do anything to get elected is a damaging one for her. >> i was going to say that would be more damaging than -- >> the issue itself. absolutely. this is more about questions of awe tentauthenticity and percep than the substance of the issue. certainly in a republican primary, supporting traditional marriage is the safer place to be. i think it's one more issue that liz cheney is going to have to overcome in already what is an uphill primary against a fairly popular incumbent. there was also a distraction involving allan simpson. >> he and liz cheney. >> she told him to shut his mouth.
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so this has not been a great start for liz cheney for race. keep in mind, she's raised a lot of money out there. mike enzi has not had a serious campaign in a long time and he's going to have to run a rough campaign to beat her. she's out there, denver on wednesday, tomorrow, raising more money. >> money won't be an issue. >> correct. >> susan, you do -- you know, small states don't like campaigns like this. you always find -- because they're just -- small-state races, state-wide races are personal. they always are very voters. that's why this one strikes me as i'm not going to claim wyoming voters what they're think bug they don't like the drama. >> if they don't like the drama they're going to hate the next year because this republican primary is going to be brutal. and i think it's clear it's going to be brutal on both sides. and you're right, in small stay, people tend to know the candidates, have a chance to meet them. it makes people uncomfortable.
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>> this story makes -- i feel like we're eavesdropping on a family dispute at a thanksgiving table. but, you know, they chose to go public with this. jonathan, i want you to react to this. jennifer ruben in "the washington post" sort of takes mary's side and says, "the senate should have the benefit of a cheney woman, tough on defense, strong on the second amendment, so why not run, mary?" referring to mary cheney. maybe mary runs in virginia and liz in wyoming. might do well in northern virginia. libertarian on some of these social issues. >> i think her views would probably work better in fairfax county. i don't know how they work some plalss down state two cheneys -- >> come on. two cheneys? "usa today" would have a front page story. >> call us, not "the new york times." >> "people" magazine would get that scoop first. you guys were great.
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go to rundown.msnbc.com for more with alan simpson on this family feud. coming up, using the bully pulpit to save football. if it weren't for our 26th president, we would haven't the gridiron game we love today. how teddy roosevelt helped to legalize the forward pass and make the game safer for players on the field. plus, we're honoring the 150th anniversary of one of the most iconic speeches in american political history. that brings us to today's trivia question. which president was resident of gettysburg, pennsylvania? stop it, jonathan. first person to tweet the correct answer -- >> easy. >> getten a an on-air shoutout. the answer coming up on tdr. and our networks are getting crowded.
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concerns about concussions have forced owners, players, and fans to rethink professional football safety rules. even president obama said if he had a son he'd think long and hard about letting him play. it was an earlier president who may have actually saved football in the first place. it was not only more dangerous than it is today, it was actually deadly in in 1905, 18 people died while playing the game. the rules at the time turned every possession into a pileup and there was no forward pass. a new series by nfl films shows a growing prohibition movement back in the day. >> number of schools actual aabandoned football. columbia, northwestern, out on the west coast stanford and cal switched from football to rugby. the prohibition movement that had wanted to ban football, outlaw football, do away with football, they thought they
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finally would get their way. what they didn't count on was the intervention of president theodore roosevelt. >> joined by the director of that episode "a football life" on the nfl network, neil zender. so, neil, one of the things -- in fact during the whole run-up on safety issues over the past couple of years and about the idea should the president get involved, should congress get involved, a lot of people have written, in fact, that actually the first major issue with the nfl -- or excuse me with football, pre-nfl days, was government intervention that essentially saved the game with teddy roosevelt because he was a big fan. is that the reason? >> that's right, chuck. teddy roosevelt was a big believer in football, and as the national movement coalesced to ban football, he panicked because he thought that football was a central part in creating the american character in young boys. he looked at the country and saw a country whose pioneer spirit was fading away as the industrial age began. america was a country of
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pilgrims who'd sailed across the atlantic on the mayflower, a country of pioneers who'd gone across the oregon trail in covered wagons. now all of a sudden we were changing into a bunch of white-collar workers who were soft, who were mollycoddles. he thought what young boys needed was something that would make them tough, manly men, and that was football. he thought it was worth the price no matter how tad bad the injuries were for boys to play it. >> all right. obviously, there were some decisions that rules had to be changed, the biggest rule being the invention of the forward pass. so knute rockne decides to experiment with the forward pass. explain teddy roosevelt's involvement in that aspect. >> when the national movement to ban football really reached its peek, teddy roosevelt decided to intervene and he did a number of things. one, he use used the bully pulpit. he wrote letters, gave speeches, why he thought football was important to america. one of the most famous things he said, one of the few recorded
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pieces of audio he left us for posterity, in a speech to young boys, he said act the same way in life you would in a football game -- don't flinch, don't foul, hit the line hard. a couple weeks after the most famous death that occurred in 1905, harold noor a game in the bronx, he went to the army/navy game which that year coincidentally happened to be held in princeton and sat next to the president of princeton, woodrow wilson, also a big fan of football. he had a white house conference with all the leaders of college football where he gathered them and said, listen, i love football but the game is under attack and you need to change the rules and do something radical to get people's attention to let them know you're serious about player safety if this game is going to to survive. he encouraged them to do the one thing they didn't want to do, to legalize the forward pass, something that had been outlaw and a football crime for the four decades that football had been around in america. >> and the forward pass allowed what?
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it just prevented pile-ones? what was it at the time thought it was going to do safety-wise? >> well, the way the rules of football worked up until 1095 was first of all, you had three downs to gain five yards. it wasn't four downs. it was three downs. all everybody did was ran, drive up the middle, dive up the middle. there was no substitution allowed. if you were substituted for, you were out for the rest of the game. you couldn't come back. if a player was shaken up they wouldn't leave because they department want to be out. guys who were hurt stayed in to play. when the four pass was legalized it went to ten yards for a first down, opening up the game. the ball was thrown downfield, it wasn't predictable so it wasn't just body slamming one play after the other. that over time made the game a lot safer to the point where nobody dies playing football anymore. >> all proof that you know what, rules can save a game. we can evolve if there are safety issues, the football game
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that we love, you can change the rules to make it safer. neil, congratulations on this documentary. watch more of it tonight 9:00 on the nfl network. congratulations. >> thanks a lot, chuck. up next, we'll mark the 50th anniversary of president kennedy's assassination, taking a deep dive into the conspiracy theories that have surrounded that fateful day in dallas. new evidence about the possibility of a second shooter in a grassy knoll. watching "the daily rundown" on msnbc.
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this friday marks 50 years of the assassination of president john f. kennedy. the moment the warren commission tried to close the case and opened the door to countless conspiracy theories. a poll last month found 59% of americans do not believe lee harvey oswald acted alone. from the kgb to ufos, of course
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the mafia coup d'etat theory depicted in oliver stone's "jfk." and of course that magic bullet scene inspired this famous spoof. >> the spit then splashed off the wrist, pauses in midair, mind you, makes a left turn and lands on newman's left thigh. that is one magic lugey. >> you did see wane knight and jfk. but my next guest may have disproved one of the theorys that popped up in the 1979 house select committee investigation. investigators concluded there was a high probability that two gunmen were involved in kennedy's assassination. now, they made this based on a dallas police radio traffic recording from november 22nd, 1963. here's some of that audio that was recorded moments after the president was shot.
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>> looks like the president's been hit. have parkland stand by. >> 10-4, parkland has been notified pptd. >> go to hospital. >> i believe the president's head was -- >> on the fifth floor of this bookstore company down here, we found empty rifle hulls and looked like the man had been there for some time. >> well, it turns out one of the motorcycle officers radio malfunctioned and stayed on during the shooting. experts thought they could hear four gunshots, making it impossible for lee harvey oswald to have acted alone. here's that recording. so were those gunshots or something else? my next guest just released some fascinating scientific data and some cutting-edge analysis of those recordings and he says there are no gunshots at all on
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that tape. he included his theory in his new book, "the kennedy half century: the president's asatsz nation and lasting legacy of john f. kennedy." i'm joined by the author, larry sabato. and director of the university of virginia' center for politics. so, debunking one of the biggest of all the conspiracy theories, the second gunman on the grassy knoll has always been the one that folks feel like there was actual evidence, potential evidence pointing to that one from people that day to, you know, we played the spoof, but the whole idea of which way conley and kennedy and jackie kennedy reacted. there's always been at least some potential evidence that pointed to the grassy knoll. you feel like you've completely ruled it out? >> no, i haven't completely ruled it out. you'll never completely rule out anything on this, chuck, and we'll never change anybody's mind. i can tell you that right now.
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we'll be debating this 100 years from now. what we did in the kennedy half-century is to -- it re-examined the evidence that the second big investigation of the kennedy assassination, the one in the 1970s by the house of representatives select committee, which reversed the warren commission conclusion that oswald acted alone, we've looked at the evidence that that second group used, and we found that they completely misinterpreted what was there. i'm sure they did the best job they could given the audio analysis that was available tech technologically in the 70s, but we brought together the best people and the best new te techniques and it opportunities out in fact the office we are the stuck microphone through which these sounds were being recorded at 12:30 on november 22nd, 1963, was 2 1/2 miles away at the trademark, the place where president kennedy was going to give his luncheon
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speech. in this little microphone, chuck, has the power of a telephone receiver. there is zero chance that there could be any gunshots on there from 2 1/2 miles away. by the way, the officer that the house committee identified as having the stuck microphone is still living. his name is h.p. mclain. he insisted from day one he didn't have a stuck microphone, whereas the officer we've identified, willie price, as having that stuck microphone, on the day of the assassination he and the police dispatcher discussed the fact that he had a stuck microphone. >> you know, it was interesting about just going through those recordings that we just played and hearing that one officer reiterate the things that they think they know at the moment, you know, they're sort of relaying information. and i was struck by this fact where the one officer says, and we found some shells on the fifth floor of that school book depository. fifth floor. of course it ends up being the sixth floor. but it was a reminder, you know,
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most of the conspiracy theories are based off of evidence on the day of. and as we've learned over the year, which we didn't necessarily know as well i would argue in 1963, is first witness accounts are actually the most incorrect sometimes in a traumatic situation like this. >> that's completely true, chuck, and we ought to know that by now because we've seen it in so many other situations. but, look, on these dictabelts, which by the way for the fist time we've gotten every one of them out of the nation nag after kooifs, they run from 9:44 on the morning of november 22nd to 3:57, so you have the entire day in dallas on tape kind of a police scanner. and it's fascinating. it's a time tunnel. but there are loads of incorrect reports on there, chuck, that five or six people were shot at daly plaza, a secret service man was killed, you name it. it's on that tape. and most of it's completely
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wrong. >> i have to ask you very fast, what do you believe? >> i like the -- i believe lee harvey oswald shot and killed president kennedy and wounded governor connolly because he was killed 48 hours after the assassination, chuck, we will never know whether anybody encouraged him or supplied him with information that assisted him in pulling off the assassination. >> and that leads us to our other riddle and of course none of us can ever get our arms around and that is jack ruby. we veal to leave that for another day. the book is "the kennedy half century." larry sabato, congratulations. thanks for being on the show. be right back with a special "the daily rundown" look at lincoln's gettysburg and my tuesday take-away on health care. first, the white house soup of the day, very thanksgiving-y. butternut squash.
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we read the lincoln sentences, he ponder his words. the beauty of the sentiments he expressed enthrall us. the majesty of his words hold us spellbound. but we have not paid to his message its just tribute until we ousts are living. >> daily flashback of course. this day in 1963 when former president eisenhower spoke at the national cemetery at gettysburg. he did so on the 100th anniversary of president lincoln's gettysburg address. today we're marking the 150th anniversary of the day president lincoln delivered that address. he delivered the iconic address as he dead nated the national cemetery 4 1/2 months after the bloody battle there.
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the 272 words are some of the most often quoted in american history. lincoln wrote it himself and delivered it in just over two minutes. everyone knows the first few words, four score and seven years ago. but it's the closing words about government of by and for the people that are embedded in the country's conscience right there with we the people in the constitution and the pursuit of happiness in the declaration of independence. pre-watergate, president nixon used it in the state of the union before a captive audience across the country. >> 100 years ago, abraham lincoln stood on a battlefield and spoke of a government of the people, by the people, for the people. >> president ford invoked the words while standing at the lincoln memorial. >> today we rededicate ourselves to the values and to the goals for which abraham lincoln lived and died.
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that this nation under god shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earer from the earth. >> president reagan held a rally in illinois, the home of president lincoln. >> in 1861, just before beginning a long train journey east to become president, abraham lincoln stood near this spot and spoke to the people of this good town. he said a duty evolves upon me which is perhaps greater than any that have evolved since the days of washington. it is the duty that mr. lincoln would later say at gettysburg that this nation, under god, shall have a new birth of freedom and the government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from
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the earth. >> as a matter of fact, the ending of the speech is so iconic that filmmaker ken burns, who's working on a new film about the gettysburg address got all the forming living presidents to join president obama in reciting the speech. >> that this nation under god. >> shall have a new birth of freedom. >> and that government of the people. >> by the people, for the people. >> shall not perish from the earth. >> so there you go. trivia time. it was president eisenhower was a resident of gettysburg, pennsylvania. he and his wife bought a farm there and retired there after their time in the white house. congratulations to ben goodman. send your suggestions to msnbc.com. how about all those presidents. that was kind of fun, wasn't it? we'll be right back. and just give them the basics, you know. i got this. [thinking] is it that time? the son picks up the check?
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president kennedy was assassinated today in downtown dallas.
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time now for my tuesday takeaway. a new report shows senior officials in the white house were warned of potential problems with healthcare.gov as far back as march. the obama administration insists those warnings were never brought to the west wing itself. we'll have to wait until november 30th to see if the website is fixed. the question now is will president obama be able to recover from this, even if the website is fixed? new polls out this morning show continued problems with the president's approval rating. it sits at 42%. the same number we saw in last month's nbc/wall street journal poll. when asked if the 2012 presidential election were held today, president obama and mitt romney are evenly flsplit at 47. among most registered voters, romney leads. in assessing the impact of the health care, history shows it's
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difficult for presidents to recover from nosedives like this. take a look at the parallels from right now and george w. bush's troubles after katrina. president bush's job rating dropped to just 38%. that was two months after katrina struck. right now president obama sits just above the 40% mark. both presidents saw a drop in personal favorable ratings, diminished key attributes, and of course the generic congressional ballot moved towards the other party. that's what's uncertain here this time. so while the white house thinks the website fix will cure all that ails them, the outcome is unclear. hurricane katrina drew a bright line in the timeline of the burke presidency. maybe too early to write the history for president obama's second term. but barring something unforeseen these two next months are perhaps the president's last shot at getting things right for his own party. he needs a website and a state of the union that instills some hope that he's up to the job as a leader. how the public responds will
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