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this morning my question -- can lebron save cleveland? plus roxanne gaye and taylor swift. the new maksim magazine it girls. and the missing 86 minutes of video connected to a chicago police shooting. first, china is building something in the sea. it is not a new vacation destination. good morning. i'm melissa harris-perry. this morning the country is waking up to saddening and stunning fews. it first broke late last night. beau biden, former attorney general for delaware and son of vice president joe biden is dead at the age of 46. a statement from the vice
president reads in part it is with broken heart that is hallie, hunter ash le jill and i announce the passing of our husband, brother and son beau after he battled brain cancer with the same integrity, courage and strength he dmon demonstrated every day of he is life. the entire biden family is saddened beyond words. we foe that beau's spirit will live on this all of us especially through his brave wife hallie and two remarkable children that thely and hunter. here's more. >> reporter: beau biden, former delaware attorney general and eldest son of vice president joe bide been died saturday from brain cancer. the 46-year-old bronze star recipient who served in iraq was first diagnosed in august 2013. following treatment he was given a clean bill of health and returned to his work as delaware attorney general just months later. he announced last year he would not seek a third term as attorney general. instead planning a run for
governor in 2016. >> please join me in welcoming my friend my father my hero. the next vice president of the united states, joe biden. >> reporter: biden gave an emotional speech are introducing his father at the 2008 democratic national convention and was considered a rising star in the democratic party. this spring biden suffered a recurrence of the cancer and sought treatment. but despite a valiant fight, beau biden died surrounded by his family. he is survived by his wife and their two children. vice president joe are biden and dr. jill biden and his brother and sister. nbc news. >> joining he now, nbc news white house correspondent kristen welker. this is certainly a sad day there at the white house. >> reporter: it certainly is. everyone here is in mourning. condolences are pouring in overnight the nation's capital and so many people across the
country devastated to learn the fews. president obama released a statement last fight. i will read you part of what it says. quote, beau took after joe. he studied the law like his dad, even choosing the same law school. he cased a life of public service like his dad, serving in iraq and as delaware's attorney general. leek his dad, beau was a good big hearted, catholic and deeply faithful man who made a difference in the lives of all he touch theed. he lives on in their hearts. a lot of people are noting the special bond between vice president joe biden and his son. not only did they share the big broad smile but also a love of public service, dedication to family and what's so hard is that this is not the first time tragedy struck the bidens. in 1972 beau was just a little boy when he was injured in a car accident that killed his sister and his mother. his father had been elected to the u.s. senate. he was famously sworn in at
beau's bedside. you remember the peck cure. beau talked about that tragic moment at the 2008 democratic national convention while introducing his father. this is a man whose political future seemed as bright as his father's. i will give joe biden the last word on behalf of his family. beau biden was simply the finest manny of us have known. >> truly sad news. thank you to nbc's kristen welker at the white house. we have breaking news to tell you about this morning. secretary of state john kerry was hospitalized after breaking his right femur in a cycling accident in france. because the jerry is near the site of a previous hip surgery, kerry is cutting short his trip to europe and returning to boston to be treated by the doctor who performed the hip operation. a spokesman says the secretary of state is in good spirits and expected to make a full recovery. stay with msnbc throughout the day more the latest on the
developing story. now, we are going to turn to a story about islands. this in particular artificial man made islands. some of which you have heard of. the netherlands, for example, boasts one of the largest man made islands formed by reclaimed land. then there is arivier are a style island. and doo bierks home to several man made islands including the palm islands you can see in this mega feat, shaped like a palm tree set to rival the island party capital. then we have this stretch of man made islands in the south china sea. there is no tourist attraction nor luxury resort. what you are seeing is a hot spot of another kind. the site of escalating geopolitical tension. here's why. this smattering of artificial land is called the spratly
islands. what's alarming the international community is how china is building few artificial islands to expand its territory claim there. according to u.s. defense secretary ash carterer china constructed more than 2,000 acres of new territory in the are resource rich spratly islands in 18 months. this has angered vietnam and the philippines who claim sovereignty over all or part of the scattered islands and reefs. that's not all. u.s. officials announced artillery was spotted by satellite s and sr. say lance about a month ago on one of the new china-built islands. u.s. navy surveillance aircraft captured an image of what's purportedly chinese dredging vesselsment the mobile artillery as disappeared which has many speculating the chinese government has removed or hidden it. tension escalated last wednesday when a u.s. spy plane flew over part of the south china sea near where china is building.
the chinese navy issued eight warnings to the aircraft to move away from the contested territory. two days later, china said it was strongly dissatisfied with the action and called on the u.s. to stop. the u.s. has become increasingly vocal about opposing any further mill trazation of islands in the south china sea. yesterday at an annual security policy forum in singapore that included defense fishes from 30 other countries including china secretary carter called for an mediate and lastingle halt to land reclamation by all countries. it is unclear how much farther china will go, he said. joining me now, gordon chang from forbes.com and author of the coming collapse of china. and a fellow at the center for strategic and international studies, asia ram. okay. gordon, this story is one we reported on a long type ago as sort of, oh, this is happening.
you have called this a classic zero sup situation with. >> if there's been a consistent american foreign policy over two centuries it's been defending the global commons. china, by building the islands is infringing on that by declaring a military alert and protesting u.s. planes in international air space. with a we want is everyone to have access to sea and air space. >> when she was secretary of state, clinton said i think it is important we are not claiming we we own a portion of the land. she did say in july of 2010 that the united states have are a national interest in freedom of navigation, open access to asia's maritime commons and respect for international law in the south china sea. for those of us wo are not specialists in the area, help us understand the difference between air and sea versus land.
>> under international law, all rights to maritime delimitations air space must come from land. part of what we believe china is doing is building islands where none existed before so it can claim rights to sea as well as the air above it. it is why we are concerned that china's island-building may interfere with freedom of navigation and over flight in the south china sea. >> what is at stake? again, we know most americans aren't good with geography. these islands are man made. if we go back to the cuban pes sill condoleezza rice and their proximity to the united states what's eerz in the south china sea? >> commerce goes over the south china sea and in many ways it is more important than the suez and panama canals combined. >> let me pause therement there is more going on as a matterer
of commerce than the surks eez and panama canal. >> yes. a lot of countries would like to close off international seas. this is a contest for whose vision of the world is going to prevail. it will be the u.s. which is open and available to everybody. this open architecture,er or it is going to be china which will close off the sea and other countries will do the same thing. essentially this is a zero sum contest. there is little way to cop promiez this. >> the other important piece is this white paper out of china saying we will not attack unless we are attacked. but we will surely counterattack if attacked. this is obviously a translation. are we about the go to war with kien china? >> i don't think we are there. tensions are have been heightening. the danger is of inadvertent or
accidental escalation. if kien begins to flow vessels, forces aircraft into the art tishl islands they are in close proximity to islands eld by other claimants in the south china sea like vietnam and the philippines. the danger is there could be an accident are where aircraft clash or ships have an accident and conflict escalates from there. >> both a matter of an accidental interaction as opposed to an active declaration. >> exactly. at this point certainly both the united states and china and the other claimants involved in the south china sea understand a decision to go to war would be catastrophic. >> when we come back i want to ask you whether or not we are going to war with china. i want to do it in a way of thinking about our conflict with china. stay with us. we'll have more on the topic in a moment. also reminder that we are following breaking many news about secretary of state john kerry who broke his leg in a cycling accident in france today. lots to cover. we'll be right back.
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i want to take a moment to play senator john mccain on the issue of china's island-building in the pacific friday while he was traveling in ho chi minh city. >> we have received information about mobile artillery now being placed in the islands that the -- excuse me -- in the years that have been filled in and reclaimed. but by the chinese government. and it is a disturbing development. and an es ka la toir development. >> disturbing, dislitigationescalation, is this this a drum beat of war? >> probably we'll have to drive
ships close to the islands to make sure that the waters are still considered to be part of the global commons. we probably will fly planes into what china considers its air space but everybody else considers international. that's a problem. also if the chinese declare an air defense identification zone over the south china sea commercial traffic will be put at risk. there could be conflicting instructions to planes and china will try to enforce it perhaps with its own air force which they have done in the past. this is a problem. it's accidental escalation that's the real risk. >> the last time you were here we were talking about the trans pacific partnership, economic peace. i was looking back foetsing as far back as 2007 one of then senator bap's first initiatives was a ban on wanting to make a ban on toys from china as a result of a led paint concern. in his most recent state of the union saying china wants to write the rules for the fastest growing region.
that will put our workers and businessings at a disadvantage. we should write the rules. is this actually about an economic conflict? >> the issues are hr important. those will determine everything else. this is important for the united states. it's not just the tpp and also tpa with the trade promotion authority. there are a lot of big trade deals in the hopperer as well. this is a vision of the united states trading with countries in a peaceful and democratic world. that's really what's at stake in connection with the tpp, the trans pacific partnership. >> want to weigh in? >> when it comes to writing the rules in the region i think economic peace is crucial. part of what china's island building is doing is calling into question some of the rules the united states has stood by in the region including freedom
of navigation, international law and the peaceful resolution of disputes. part of wie you are seeing policy makers take a strong stand on the issue is because of the concern that the rules that the united states has always stood by are jeopardized by island-building. >> why should we be writing rules? as i try to dig in i keep looking for the other side of the story. is there some other world view to be seeing this this? part of it is so why sould it be us writing the rule sths. >> it's tot our rules really. it's the rules of the international community. as secretary carter said this is not just american warships in the south china seament these are feshermen, people who use the global commons. other countries want the same thing we do. it's not just the united states. the united states is an important part but these aren't our rules. >> got it. >> thank you, gordon chang and samira hooper.
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as the grand jury this in the michael brown shooting announced its decision the shooting of another man went largely unnoticed by national media. 17-year-old la quan mcdonald was suspected of breaking into cars when a chicago police officer shot him 16 times in october t. circumstances of the shooting weren't clear. then when the city settled with his family for $5 million, before a lawsuit had even been filed, it raised more questions. surveillance video from a camera are near the shooting might have answered questions to precisely what happened to mcdonald that night. we will likely never know. 86 minutes of the video are missing. carol marine political editor from wmaq has been covering the
story and filed this report. >> the burger has a series of outside security camera. on the night of october 20th mcdonald was trailed by chicago police officers through the burger king parking lot after a call about a man with a knife. just south of the restaurant mcdonald was shot 16 times after police on the scene said he posed a serious threat a claim denied by attorneys for the family and by some eyewitnesses that night. >> this witness told us this was an execution. that's his word. >> after the shooting according to the district manager for burger king, four to five police officers wearing blue and white shirts entered the restaurant and asked to view the video and were given the password to the equipment. three hours later they left, he said. the next day when an investigator for the independent police review authority asked to
review the security footage they discovered that video was missing. in a statement ipra said we have no credible evidence at this time that would cause us to believe cpd purged or erased any surveillance video. according to the district managerer for burger king all of the cameras and the recorder were on and working properly the night of the shooting. so what happened? he believes that one of the officers deleted files. we had no idea terp going to sit there and delete the files, jay darshane said by telephone on friday. i mean we were just trying to help the police officer. the irony of the missing video, all sides agree, is it would not have shown the shooting. but according to lawyers for the mcdonald family it could have shown events leading up to it. >> our first time down at the burger king restaurant when we realized video was deleted or is
missing, we knew something was up. >> while the video from the burger king is missing the shooting of mcdonald was captured on a police dash camera. that video has not been made public. the fbi, u.s. attorney and the cook county state's attorney are investigating the shooting as is the independent police review authority. >> carol marine joins he now from chicago. you have continued to report on the story. have there been any new developments, new information about what happened specifically to that 86 minutes of ovid owe footage? >> there have not. we were told that the federal grand jury meeting in chicago continues to take testimony. this is really a two-pronged process. one is what happened with la shawn mcdonald. something so serious the city would settle $5 million on it very fast and pretty quietly. but the other is what are the
civil rights implications and is there or was there or has there been some attempt at a police cover-up. >> this $5 million from the city -- and we know cities sometimes set until these cases but there wasn't yet a lawsuit. it's got to raise questions, eyebrows all over the city. >> it does. this really flew under the radar. it happened quite recently last october. there were a couple of independent journalists, jamie calvin, craig fuderman of the university of chicago and a colleague of mine at the sun times who all wrote about it. it never really got picked up. not until after the election of a mayor in chicago in april does the city's lawyer go before city council to say, we have a case. it involves one officer toe there were many on the scene. only one fired. we immediate to settle because there is another video are. it was on the dashboard of one of the police cars.
it is the video that captures the shooting even though i might point out there were cam are are as on all of the dashboards but only two were working. this one delivered the video. we haven't seen it. aldermen in chicago have called for it to be seen. editorial bodies have said we need to see the video. thus far it hasn't been released. the argument being the fbi and u.s. attorney's office are still probing this matterer. >> there seems to be -- i presume from are the medical examiner's report this distressing piece of information that nine out of 16 wounds were entrance wounds to mcdonald's back the back of his forearm or back of his hands. we saw in the report there is at least one witness who described this as an execution. >> exactly. we should point out there were witnesses, many of them on the scene. this was a busy intersection. we are told by the lawyers that many of the witnesses were told
to get out of here or we'll arrest you. we don't have thaer names or numbers. but the lawyers do have some wo have come forward. the fact of the matterer is that this case was described on the scene by a police union representive has one this this which mcdonald lunged and the sauf in fear of his life sh shot. what we are told by those who have seen the video is there isn't evidence of him lunging and all the other officers apparently exercised a hemoglobin level of restraint. so what was this and why was the officer threatened? mcdonald had a knife, not a gun. something about the video is apparently powerful enough for the city to quickly take care of the case. >> carol marin in chicago. thank you for joining us raising if questions, and doing the investigation. i'm shoor all of us will keep an
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we celebrate memorial day, listened politely to commencement speakers suffered through unforgiving three-way pir errors trying to find a swim suit. it's summer and along with the promise of vacation time and the good weather to enjoy it comes the beloved annual nerd ritual. the summer reading list. this week the new york times literary critic shared her suggestions titled cool books for hot summer days. on the list -- several books by 17 white writers. i know what you're thinking. this is the part where mhp sends a letter care of the new york times and goes in about whitewashing summer reading. you might expect me to point out that jabaria asim's novel "only
the strong" is important to read this the context of ferguson baltimore and the ongoing movement. maybe you expect to hear best selling author january vasquez's book "lovers on all saints day" is available in english for the first time this summer or that everyone who's ever loveded and lost need s to read the gut wrenching and lyrical pem woir of elizabeth alalexander. the light of the world profiled right here. or maybe point out that toni more son morrison has a new book this year, "god help the child." maybe that could warrant a summer read. i don't need to write the letter. from the moment her suggestions appeared in the paperer that purports to bring all the news that's fit to print, many other outlets offered meaningful and
richly diverse alternatives. check out the mhp show twitter feed and facebook page for some of them. when we asked them the new york times executive director of communications shared this statement. the summer reading list is not paent to sum up the best or most noter worthy books of the summer. but to alert readers to some options for slightly over the top escapist fun. the criteria for selection include recently and soon to be published books from among specific genre categories few of them substantive or weighty. while our selection reflect it is summer releases offered by book publishers we'll be more alert to diversity among who s in the future. so with so many other s weighing in already and the new york times promising to be hr alert in the future i really didn't have a letter to send. why my letter of the week the going to you. dear readers, it's me melissament this summer i'm asking you to read three books. first, to back and read a book
that you read before you were 18 years old. i don't care if it's "sweet valley high" or "little women," "souls of black folk" or "sounder." see if it feels different. see if you missed something. see if you still love it or if you have learned to hate it. reveft it and see how you have changed. second, read a book with a kid this summer. whether you have children in your life already or you have to volunteer at a local shelter, school or library to find a young reading partner i'm asking you to read one book with a purchase youngerer reader. it can be as simple as "green eggs & ham" with a preschooler at head scar tissue or working through a trilogy with your tween these to rehind you of the ability of books to transform how we see the world . third, i'm asking you to read one book by an author who doesn't share your race gender or sexualer orientation. african-american sisters, try to
pick up a diaz novel and white brothers may be time to read janet mac. black year men, have have you ever read joyce carol oates. dig in to far more books this summer and i hope you will take this humble suggestion. reading is not about so calleded political correctness or enforced. but reading is at its best about finding something new in ourselves and expanding and i are sharing this extraordinary world of ideas with one another. happy reading. sincerely, melissament. the network that monitors her health. the secure cloud services that store her genetic data the servers and software on a mission to find the perfect match. and the mom who gets to hear her daughter's heart beat once again.
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it's easy to guess what will be on the cover from year to year. a woman. always young, always thin often white. displaying her body if just enough clothing to keep things from full on playboy territory. when we can see her face she's staring out from the cover with a come hither stare. inside the issue, there is pretty much more of the same which is why the i imagine this year was surprising. it still features the woman who occupies. we have taylor swift with fresh makeup giving a look that doesn't exactly say go away but isn't quite the full come hither we have gotten used to the. that's just the cover. that's where things get really interesting. the author of the introductory essay to the hot 100 list is
none other than one of our feminist riders wo writes of the images of the pages that follow. the lists tend to reflect social forms. it's a rather for hall beauty standard there is a re minderer that if a woman has an unruly body or if her features deviate from the typical you are kwoor mean beauty ideal she's often rendered invisible. studies sow beautiful people men and women, will american more in thaer careers, a nice $230,000 beauty bonus on average. before send ing us off she gives us something to think about while we are looking. consider the people behind those beautiful faces. when you close the pages of the magazine allow yourself to peach yat a broader range of beautiful skin fuller bodies and complicated surface
joining me now christina b ex ltran from nyu. daniel mills, adviser from the center for american progress and co-host he of politini. jennifer posner executive director of women in media and news. jen. >> melissa, i -- >> i haven't even asked a question! >> the first thing i want to say is i'm glad maksim has a woman editor trying to rebrand away from ten years ago when eva longoria's cover could be seen from space. they blew it up the in vegas in the desert. >> she's tieny in real life! to be seen from space. >> right. >> we have such an incredibly low bar. there were headlines about the maxim list that this is the new feminist bible. even ms. magazine saying this is the new
feminist thing. feminism is more about the absence of misogyny. >> or the worst kind of it. >> i love that they wanted to get roxanne to write an es kay but they don't have a photo of her on the by line. all of the women. this is about women's accomplishments this year. rather than roxanne saying hey, you can still remember there are other women you should feel are beautiful not in the magazine. >> i want to see the cover with ruth bader ginsburg on it. we are talking about the issue. but the dudes who read maxi kmrks. when i see the guys reading
maxim, they are not going to read the article. it will be john. it is sort of a low were bar. >> part of what's interesting is the fact that if you want porn it's easy to get it. theegs women are quite fully dressed. >> it's not just boobs. it's something else. the top 100 watches, things you should worry about with the patriot actor or top 100 reasons you can't use your phone. can feminism be more about pretty rich people making
choices? why are there pictures of the women who are man curist miss in new york city being exploited. i think there is an answer to the question. maxim's number one job is to make money. people who are exclusively reading about the patriot act with questions about women's self-presentation. >> i like the idea that maxim has take then this approach. she's still white, thin really pretty. she still fit it is ideal. my version of feminism is not
respectability. i like that we need to be able to reclaim all of those. >> show me interesting black trans women. >> there are a lot of hot trans women out there. >> if we want this to be the feminist bible wouldn't it have been interesting to have laverne cox in a sexed up photo on the cover? that would have been interesting. this is so new. ten years ago girls in government did a project responding to the cover called the real hot 100. today took thom nations, got 400 nominations, chose a hundred women. i was one of them. a media activist got an award. let me see. melanie cervantes. a little bit ka strategist got an award. a hundred women. see how hot smart can be. >> i also think the pressure to
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in our introductory essay for maxim's hot 100 list writerer roxan gay invites readers to think about the beauty standards and make a point of netting it's not only women who face pressures to adhere to them. gay rights men aren't immune from these machinations oath error. as they strive to maintain a lush full head of air and a six pack. only they may not be striving as up many. behold the dad bod. a term which is now a thing since it emerged online this the march article for the odyssey in which that kenzie pearson described it as a if i seek that
says, goi to the gym occasionally, drink heavily on the weekend s and eat eight slices of pizarro at a time. and gerls are are all about the dad bod. i would how much i liked your hair this morning. >> thank you. >> in listening to your program, i learned you have narrow hips but a large bottom. >> oh, my. >> that makes it difficult to wear jeans. >> i wasn't -- here's the thing. >> i didn't know you had a luscious booty. >> yeah. it's fantastic. we'll throw that out there. when the producer bought it up backstage i was like we weren't having a feminist conversation or talking about dad bod. i was like i can't find shorts. also that's the one. that's a problem i have to deal with. i don't walk down the street and people are like, hey, small hips, big butt. nobody's like bring that dad
bod. >> nobody is heckling you is this. >> nobody heckles me about it. i can go on my show and it's a punch line. >> this matters. i think it's part of what i wanted to drive home. it's not that there aren't standards if for men's wu buy ti and attractiveness. it's that the stakes are different. >> the only stake we had just got sort of written about as a good thing. it's like eating eight pieces of pizarro and drinking beer is not something to strive for. it's like, dude, are you are ok? do you want to talk about it? that's not good. it doesn't matter how we look and now you see it's clearer where it's like -- >> now you have the comparable to that is the momshell. the mom and the bombshell together. >> the pressure!
>> then they show a list of women. look at heidi klum , she had a baby six weeks ago. look. she had a baby two hours ago. do you seer efface? >> they did it with the duchess. she walked out. oh, my she's still wearing a maternity dress. how brave. she had a baby nine hours ago. that's not brave. that's like your human body. >> with pi youngest daughter i didn't even have her. many people know we worked and i put on 20 pounds during my six-week maternity leave anyway because it's hard to care for a tuborn. mom bod isn't sexy in this. >> mom bod, book bod. after finishing your book. >> it's like old broment again,
i'm -- this is driving me crazy. there are other ways to think about soft bodies like gay men bears. there are other spaces. different bods versus six-pack guys. >> i never will forget when you said there will be spanx for men and we had a thing about it. i was like whatever. i was in a department store and i tweeted you a picture like you were right! here are the man spanx. >> i pitched a story around. no one picked it up. in 99 or 2000 about how -- i didn't have the word metrosexual. i was ahead of that. nobody wanted the piece. i was like look we have reached peak commercialization of women's security and beauty issues. they started to do plastic surgery on women's feet to look better in sandals like on "sex and the city." but men were an untapped market
for insecurity. you saw men's health magazine change from health to a maxim clone around that period of time. it's about what we can sell to men. it used to be there was a product like a dull box of cover your gray and then -- >> the men are dyeing their hair gray now to look like george clooney. >> the silver fox. it is the silver fox. >> >> age and wealth, if you are talking about a marriage and mating market there are still standards, but the standard ss. beautiful young women and wealthy older men are the two things that go together. >> i want to backtrack a little bit. this panel has been so fun we were getting side eyed in the hall way. i don't want to shame anybody.
this is important. i had to quit drinking. i struggled with eating issues. i definitely have body issues. i do jiu-jitsu every day. if i don't i'm like oh i'm garbage. men go through this. what's important about intersectional ti solidarity is you have to say, yeah it's hard for me hard for everybody. it's not as hard as women. >> i don't want to do that. i want to do the idea that there is no human condition that doesn't include having problems. every human condition has problems. but sop bodies are identified actually as a problem. your body is inherently a problem. thank you to danielle hoodie mills and jen pozner. all the rest will be back. i want to point out for nerdland chicago, jamie will be there at
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eztrak zero-turn mower at your john deere dealer and save 100 dollars on your purchase. . welcome back. i'm melissa harris-perry . an outpouring of sympathy for the vice president's family is emerging this morning following the news that beau biden has died. joseph beau biden, iii, former delaware attorney general and son of the vice president joe bide en died last night. he died last night surrounded by his fan. he was only 46 year ares old. the vice president's office released a statement last fight that reads in part the entire biden family is saddened beyond
words. we know beau's spirit will live on through his wife and two remarkable children. joining me now from washington nbc white house correspondent kristen welker . the vice president's son was a successful politician in his own right. >> reporter: he absolutely was. as condolences poured in overnight from lawmakers and politicians on both sides of the aisle, so many of them have noted the strong relationship and also the similarities between beau biden and his father. biden was a rising political figurer. biden served as the 44th attorney general from 2007 to 2015. he was expected to run in 2016. a lot of people thought he would have been the front runner. those who knew beau biden said he valued family above all else. his wife and children president obama is one of the people grieving today.
he released a statement that read in part beau took after joe. he studieded the law like his dad, even choosing the same law school. he chased a life of public ser ves. like his dad serving in iraq and as delaware's attorney general. like his dad, beau was a deeply faithful man who made a difference in the lives of al he touched. he lives on in their hearts. this is not the first time tragedy has struck the biden family. in 1972 beau was just a little boy when he was injured in a car accident that keled his sister and his mother. his fatherer was elected to the u.s. senate and he was famously sworn in at beau's bedside. beau talked about his recollections of that difficult moment for the family at the 2008 democratic national convention when he introduced he is father. speak ing for the family joe biden said, beau biden was quite simply the finest manny of us have known. melissa? >> it's a huge loss for the democratic party.
far, far greater, more important for the biden family. >> indeed. >> what an enormous loss and questionment thank you to nbc's kristen welker at the white house. >> thanks. >> we are following breaking news that secretary of state john kerry is returning to boston for medical care after a bicycle crash in france. secretary kerry broke his right femur when his bike hit a curb. the 71-year-old was rushed to a hospital in genera and never lost consciousness. mr. kerry left this morning's schedule open in case his saturday talks with the iranians were extended. when the talks ended yesterday afternoon he decided to cycle a route that was part of the tourd de france. his trip later today has been cancelled. kerry will travel back to boston to see the doctor who performed hip surgery theer the site of the new injury. now to sports news. the nba finals begin this week.
it's one under dog city versus another. it's anybody's game. on one side oakland's golden state warrer yoriors who haven't been to the finals in years in since 1975, will be playing the cleveland cavaliers who have never once won the championship title. last time they were in the finals was 2007 with lebron james on the teamment the king the number one draft pick right out of high school in 2003 and four time mvp left his hometown and went to the miami heat in 2010. the espn special announcing his decision, james said he wanted some championship rings on his fingers. >> i feel like it's going to give me the best opportunity to win for multiple years. not only just to win in a regular season or just to win five games in a row or three
games in a are row, i want to win championships. i feel like i could compete down there. >> man, some pain never ends. there is pain in my table at having to watch that. the reality is he got two, back-to-back championship wins with the heat. last year he announced his return in an essay in sports illustrated explaining the decision he wrote, i feel myle calling here goes above swaubl. i have a responsibility to lead this more ways than one. i take it seriously. my presence can make a difference in miami, but i think it can mean more where i'm from -- in northeast, ohio nothing is given, everything is earned. he admitted it might be a long haul to win a trophy. et i'm the not propsing a championship. know how hard that is to tlifr. we are not ready right now. no way, of course. i want to win but i'm realistic. it will be a long process. in his first year back in c-town, the king has brought his team to the finals again. that trophy is in sight.
there's been a lot of debate over whether james is the best player the game has seen -- better than jordan the. he brings the cavs the championship trophy that might get hotter. joining me now, associate professor at new york university christina beltran and cleveland native and senior editor at the new republic whose latest for the magazine is "cleveland on the brink." ja jamil was one of the original nerds, producers on the program. he's come home like lebron. also this morning, co-author of the book and co-host of the podcast and jamel hill co-host of espn's his and hers. >> it's an interesting time in cleveland.
>> 51 years. my father and my uncle were at the 1964 browns nfl chep game the last time they won. the thing is cleveland, i wrote this week is really big on loyalty, short on hope. we are really really fast. we hold tight to our teams. we just keep believing, going through the process. no matter what. it's about time we get a reward. >> right. yes. >> yet because of that there is a part of me that thinks i was surprised. watching with my young nephew. i hate this lebron james. he's so dramatic. i was like i'm shocked actually. i wonder why still so much anti-lebron emotion out there. >> now the conversation has
turned. you mentioned michael jordan. we have seen it happen or evolve so many times before it happened with kobe bryant. when a player threatens the alter of michael jordan then it comes -- >> my nephew is from chicago. it becomes about finding ways to nitpick against the legacy. i have said it for a long time. y'all need to let michael jordan goment let him have his dad jeans and hoop earring and let him go. >> let him have the dad bod. >> he's turned into paul bunyan. we act like he never missed a shot. i realize he went undefeated this the finals. i get it. while i wouldn't say if he bron win it is championship that he's going to automatically be a greater player than jordan. i will say he deserves to be in the conversation. i will say he could maybe potentially beat jordan. >> he put cleveland on his back like, here we go. >> i have great respect.
the idea that he would say it will take us a while and then, no. my favorite taylor swift song "wildest dreams," under rated. >> and in response to this. haters gonna heat, hate, hate. >> you get me. we talked about on citizen radio this section of comments that the exploded about old white dudes complaining about the slam dunk. these types of players. we're like black players? we used to throw a hackie sack into a bucket and thob would watch. with any athlete of color with tattoos is confident in what they do there are a lot of people who say, you see it in musicians, beyonce, miracle imagine, et cetera et cetera.
>> certainly the lebron james presentation must be part -- the other fascinating thing going on here is there is another under dog team in the sense of being an under dog city. oakland is itself also a city that had a long time. reilly curry. that's everything, that little girl. his daughter is there and we see daddy being daddy and there was criticism even of this young man being an sbrord near father this this moment. >> ridiculous. >> can i be the ogre? look. i have been a reporter in those situations where you have 20 minutes to file a story, okay is this of you have to get the file. you have an editor on your back. you're therement it is a working, professional environment. i wouldn't say kids should be banned prosecute the press conference. but when you are in that moment and you need to file a story, i'm not caring how cute reilly is. she's adorable. is he's wonderful.
i have nothing against her at all. >> i'm going to ask you not to go on twitterer for the next 48 hours. >> i have already said it. >> i'm just saying, that baby is -- >> oy adorable . >> what if there is a cute bar. however cute the kid is you get an extra five minutes. i could understand why reporters in that situation could be irritated. >> i do think. i i'm doing something more here. part of what curry is doing, at the same time he's working is presenting a different image of black manhood that we have an opportunity to do.
also we act like curry is the first player to do this this even during the playoffs. derrick rose brought his son to the podium. nobody said one thing. he was making strange faces and causing what you might think would be a distrak. i think a lot of it has to do with people not understanding any kind of children that don't look like theirs. you see a young black girl doing her thing, being carefree . >> being free. i love me a free black woman. >> people aren't ready for it. >> the world isn't ready for free black women. everyone stay with me. i i want to bring in the president and ceo of the naacp. why? cleveland is in a complicated moment. as we go to break, just a reminder of former nerdland producer jamele smith's reaction to the news that james was going home. and the party hasn't stopped for
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it could get your mind off the hardships that may be going on throughout your life or in that particular type and periodment it just does that. >> although we have seen lebron literally rebuilding northeast ohio seen here working on a home for hgtv's "rehab addict" in akron are as part of his charity work. no one person not even the king can fix a structural person the area faces. the least of which is cleveland's policing practices which the justice department found unconstitutional. joining us now from washington, d.c. is cornell william brooks, president and are ceo of the naacp. nice to have you. >> good to be here. >> as dominating as sports news has been this week the other big news story is the doj consent decree which is stunningly specific. and evenita gupta says should be a model. tell me about that. >> want the say how pleased i am that we have the consent decree. i had a chance to speak to the
assistant attorney general earlier this the week. it is a sweeping document. it speaks to all of the kinds of reforms that the naacp long advocated for. in this hundred-plus-page document we see elements like inspector general . a civil rights commission. reform in training. it is extraordinarily comprehensive and i believe what the city of cleveland needs. i will also note lebron james is extraordinarily encouraging and really represents a standard not only of athleticism but advocacy as well. >> that's maybe the good news the bad news or still waiting news that there are no charges if in the tamir rice shooting. >> yeah. >> what do you or the naacn in general know about the current situation. >> we know that it is ongoing.
the assistant attorney general is limited in terms of what she can say. in terms of the investigations. i the think the point for us to be clear about here is we've got to continue to shine an unrelenting spotlight on the tragedy of tamir rice the bre lo verdict are. tragedies playing out across the country and be clear. congress had to act. as the tragedies unfold as though they are not capable of doing something and doing something with a sense of urgency. >> don't go away. i want to turn to you on this. this is precisely the kind of push me, pull me you wrote about. you wrote in part a cleveland team advancing thisser far typically gives the entire front page of the plain dealer. on wednesday the cavs had to share with the mayor, a u.s.
tosh and the headline "deal seeks sweeping reforms." as you see here you've got onto the finals and deal seeks sweeping reforms. something in cleveland are that's this momentous as far as the cavaliers advancing. norply it's the city. i'm glad for this distraction. >> the headline of the other is still there above the fold. >> i'm glad to see taking this kind of prominence in my hometown. we should remember this is the second time. this police department has been under the observation of the justice department for a decade. while words are great, action needs to be taken immediately. the average time of implementation is five years. we are not promising to see any kind of immediate changes. frankly, there are a lot of
things left out. >> when sea we need to let jordan be himself this is why i have a preference. in this moment in his city he's on the front lines of the black movement and he's willing to speak in a way we never saw. >> it was him nnd the heat when trayvon martin happened. it became an issue that bled into sports. i think this is part of his powerful impact. jordan has been about selling shoes. when he wrote what i call a love letterer to cleveland and coming back, this is what he talked about. he has a responsibility.
>> celebrity and citizenship. he's living like a citizen. >> let me come back to you on this question and ask in a moment like this do you go ahead and just root for the team and enjoy the celebration or how does it li with the continuing injustices. >> i think it can be linked together. when we think about jack you robinson who for years raiseded money on separate but equal. we think of lebron james, artists and athletes wo really want to bring about social justice and speak to the social life artistic and cultural life of their communities. he's waging war on the basketball court.
i live in a household with two son s sons for whom lebron is a secular saint. he has the brevity of im imagines and words and speaks volumes in terps of symbolism. to do it in cleveland is extraordinary at this moment. >> thank you. for giving us athleticism and advocacy and with the citizenship and celebrity. these thingli together. and thanks to jamele hill who really shouldn't go on twitter. >> i love reilly! >> up next the man who says both president george h.w. bush and jeffrey dahmer are his cousins. and a giant family reunion. want to go is this
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try to contain your jealousy. author and humorist a.j. jacobs has a number of names in his large and diverse family. you may have heard of a few of his relatives. cousin george who has the distinction of being the 41st president of the united states. then cousin chris, the actor. maybe you know him by his rap anymore ludacris. and don't forget cousin jeffrey. maybe it's better to forget. there's also his cousin al. a.j. is pretty proud to be related to cousin al. kind of a squeen yus. believe it or not this guy really is related to all of these guys. no need to envy his relations. jacobs says you probably have them, too. he's part of a project making connections using data are from several online genealogy sites to piece together sprawling family trees. among the interlocking branches he's discovered that not only
are all of us ---er or a lot of us related to celebrities, we are also related to one another. next saturday he is looking to break a world record by inviting the dysfunction that will family to a global family reunion in new york. cousin a.j. is joining the table. >> hello, cousin melissa. >> thank you! on my mother's seed we are latter day saints. we are very good at genealogy and have been tracing it forever. why host a 77-person family reunion? 77 million i mean. >> there you go pt. two years ago i got an e-mail from a man who who said you don't know me. i'm your 12th cousin. i figured he would say her here's my nigerian bank account. but he's part of the movement building a family tree of the entire human race which is just mind blowing. for the first time we could see how everyone on earth is
related. i love the idea. why not throw a festival and have everyone show up. we'll have 50 speakerers. we'll have a great time and we'll solve all problems and end all wars forever. i know you are being funny there. if we are family we'll fesly be kinder nicer, gentler toward one another. you recognize types family can be the nastiest meanest, most cruel to one another. >> i have three sons. i see how they wrestle and i know. i also have seen this has had a remarkable effect not just on me but on thousands of people working on family trees. we do have a bias as humans to treat family better than strangers. if we can recon acceptlize that we are all family it will nudge
us in the right direction. like when someone cuts me off in traffic i think, you know maybe he's my cousin and he's going to pick up his kid at physical therapy. i will cut him slack. >> i i want to draw you in on this. the idea of with a family is. this is a fight skip and i have been having -- intellectual not a fistfight. >> he's a speaker. >> undoubtedly. he really likes to swab the fds of your mouth. nobody's my cousin. i want to plak a claim toward the specific ongoing engaged relationships that are family versus our genetic ties to each other. >> the idea of family can be a problem. disagreement isn't just disagreement among strangers, it's betrayal. you can think about the fact that we thought we were so close that we reck thiezed that in democratic politics i would argue we were strangers.
what's exciting is the pos ability that strangerers can become connected. we can forge agreement that it's not blood or tribal. this is great if it were pivoted in a way are where not just are my uncle is royalty, but i own ed slaves. if we can sit with my cousin was hitler. if we can sit with our collective responsibility i'm interestedment. >> that's the idea. to make it instead of exclusive, inclusive and instead of tribalism there is one tribe. >> it's a beautiful concept. i'm had at myself for being distracted. of course bush is related to jeffrey dahmer. i knew it. what you are doing is -- i'm sorriment what you're doing is great. it's beautiful. there used to be self-made families where lots of people come from dysfunction fall abusive families. >> we make one. koos one. >> you see thit new york city.
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and had planned to run for gov for next year. beau leave behind a wife and two children. the vice president said beau embodiedy edied my father's saying that a parent knows success when his child turns out better than he did. in the words of the family beau biden was quite simply the finest pan anymanny of us have known. president obama said like his dad, beau was a good big hearted catholic and faithful man. he made a difference in the lives of all he touched. and he lives on in their hearts. in other breaking news secretary of state john kerry's returning to the united states for medical treatment after being injured in a bicycle accident in france. the secretary was hospitallized after breaking his leg, specify the right femur when his bike hit a curb. the injury is near the site of a previous hip operation. still plcht kerry is returning to boston to be treated by the same doctor who performed the
hip surgery. a spokesman says the secretary is in good spirits and is expected to make a full recovery. kerry was in switzerland for talks on the nuclear program and was expected to travel to paris to meet with foreign ministers about isis. he's expected to participate in the meeting now via video conference. up next the long road to integration. if in the new york city fire department. still to come a special performance by the award winning pew sigs, terrence blan card. we do. we're legalzoom, and over the last 10 years, we've helped millions of people protect their families and run their businesses. we have the right people on-hand to answer your questions backed by a trusted network of attorneys. so visit us today for legal help you can count on. legalzoom. legal help is here. the network that monitors her health.
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protests over policing tactics in cities like cleveland and ferguson ohio, have in part put the spotlight on law enforcement and the racial disparity of police departments anden the communities they serve. in ferguson the population is 67% african-american as of august the police force was only 6% black. in cleveland, black residents comprise the majority of the population but as of last year only a quarter of the police
force. compare it to ferguson and cleveland, new york city looks like a success story. more than a quarter of the population is black and as of 2009 black officers made up 18% of the nypd. these numbers don't extend to all public service sectors in new york. according to a new book for more than a century the new york city fire department or fdny discriminated against applicants of color with biased written exams and shadowy character evaluations. meanwhile nepotism and loop hope holies allowed well connected less qualified applicants to join the ranks. black firefighters made up less than 3% of the force as of 2007. some of new york's bravest decided to take a stand. the an association of black fdny firefighters fought city hall and won. they sued the city alleging district manager that toir hiring and a federal court agreed calling for sweeping changes including a nondiscrimination exam and the second chance for hundreds of
applicants of color. the results were staggering. since 2013 20% of new fdny hires have been black. last year the city settled the case by paying $98 million in benefits and back pay to minority applicants who faced district manager thags. now two of the leaders of the charge captain paul washington and current president of the fdny vulcan society gingerer wilson and ginger adams who tell it is story in the new book request firefight, the century long battle to integrate fork's bravest." ginger, i will start with you. i read the book last night. i was listening on the break. i'm shocked because i don't think we talk about fire department it is way we do police departments. >> sure. a lot of people don't realize new york city was the biggest example of this disparity but not the only example. boston had problems, chicago, baltimore, los angeles.
we are not talking just in the past but ongoing recent day struggles. it's something a lot of people don't really think about. we think about civil service generally as being friendly to the people of color particularly blacks. wen you get to the uniformed jobs in new york city with the fire department the uniform positions generally tend to be better paid, have are better pensions. they are more stable jobs although they carry big risks but the reward is this the paycheck benefits and pensions. the competition is fierce. >> that's obviously part of what's at stake is jobs and jobs impact communities, on families on long term careers. people really understand in a police department why it matters to have racial diversity that reflects community. we think of those interactions as impacting and influencing the likelihood of public safety. is public safety at stake in the diversity of the fire department? >> our opponents would like to
pretend it is. they went on and on about lowering standards and all forkers are at risk. that's been shown to be untrue. as you pointed out manier hr blacks and people of color and women are coming on now. there has been no adverse impact. to be clear, the big faker tor can you mentioned is economics. this is entry into the middle classment when you have the job you are set for life. black forkers need to participate as much as white new yorkers. >> if the idea of merit is central and you are currently in fdny. leading the society. >> yes. >> i guess the requested that merit is somehow counter to diversity. types merit is used very loosely.
people thinking about their own point of view as white heals. when they feel something is difficult or wrong for african-americans or females, all of the sudden your character and merit comes to play. just like the terms lowering of standards is only applicable to wem and african-americans. but by the test of time we have shown that we can do this job. we have been on the fire department for years. just like women, for instance. there is not even a percentage. only 11 african-american females out of almost 10 ,000 firefighters. so african-americans now are only making up 5%. the numbers have always been horrific. pert comes into play and it's selective. >> help me and folks understand who haven't red read the book yet to understand what it is about the test that is a problem is this. >> that's a source of a lot of miss information. the vulcan society never said the tests themselves were
biased. or that the questions were biased. their argument was that minorities -- and this happens across the nationment it's something they know will happen. they are generally going to score in bands lower than white people on this test. doesn't mean the test is biasedment. what you have to prove is giving this kind of test that the measurable difference in scores correlates to job performance. if you get a 98 and do better than me the as a firefighter the and i get a 95 the city has protection. it comes down to how much investment has been made to headache it actually an open and fair process. i want to play a sound for you. welcoming a diverse new class. >> this is a very selective city we serve.
>> this is history being rewritten as it's occurring. for him the to take credit as a joke. hay did everything they could to fight against this. the reason it was diverse, that we have diversity is because of the society and our efforts. also, too, this is not only the mayor, fire commissioner and the brass of the fire department but the rank and file. it would be an increase in blacks in the job. >> it's an extraordinary book. i loved learning about vulcan. i i love that you are there leading the work that's been done really since the jim crow era. thank you to gingerer ot theics s adams, regina will on. the book is "fire-fight, the battle to integrate new york's
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the hands of police. i'm pleased to welcome composer musician, and dramatist, one and only, terrence blanchard. we were talking earlier about the athlete and activist. what is the role of artist as activist? >> i think our roles will be the social conscience. to constantly engage and challenge people's thinking through music. one of the things that has always happened throughout music is music is that one thing that can touch you deep in your soul. that vulnerable spot, where everybody -- that everybody tries to keep safe. and with what we do, you know, we try to open up people's hearts and minds. to make change and change our community. >> dr. king used to talk about being creatively mall adjusted to issues and i worry about
without a public education system that teaches us that kids can't be creatively maladjusted. they won't know how to create something out of nothing. >> in the aftermath of hurricane katrina in new orleans, as you know, there were a lot of kids who probably didn't have the able to verbalize what they were going through. for me, we brought the monk institute to new orleans. i thought it was important to engage with those students and give them something that would allow them to express themselves in any way possible feasible. we saw great results with some young kids. i remember we had a thing with some young students performing and talking about improvisation, and the 13-year-old girl raised her hand and said i think i can do that. for me that's huge. for her to get up in a public forum and feel the need to express herself and find a vehicle to do it was major. >> the monk institute referring tole this thelonious monk.
>> yes. >> where are you in terms of using art to do there kind work? >> you know, i've always felt like being an artist you have to be socially conscious. when i look at john coltrane the things he did with alabama, and max roach, it's hard to turn a blind tie some of these issues. so throughout my career i've always felt like an artist, part of our job is to document our environment, our community, as we're experiencing it. so hopefully shine a different type of light on it you know. and that's what i've been trying to do with all of my career. that's what we're doing with the c.d. as well. >> i want to invite you to perform. so terrence is now going to perform his song see me as i am." this is from his latest blue note records release, "breathless." ♪
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