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that but one day, sooner than you think, with a place in the sun. democrats, did you hear me? play your strengths. work and wages. that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "countdown" with keith olbermann starts right now. which of these stories will you be talking about tomorrow? from fighting the establishment to become it. the tea party has its fifth senatorial candidate who immediately steers away from the tea party. >> the reason we're here today is because of the alaskan voter. the volunteer network that was such an important part of our campaign and all the various endorse mts we got. >> fired up? ready to go? no? can you fake it? the afl-cio's urgent effort to reignite voter enthusiasm. our guest, union president richard triumphka. allan simpson again. first the lesser people. then the head of the older women's league should get a real
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job. now criticizing vietnam vets because they have been given too many benefits. benefits for which simpson voted as senator. unmitigated gall. the biggest lie. the worst foreign policy decision in american history. and the bushies still want an ftd thank you bouquet for it. >> he couldn't be direct about the surge. it would have been even more gracious to have done so but as he political issue if he ever were to praise george bush the surge. the new orleans health clinic in the wake of the bp disaster. the second leading illness reported. depression. who set their house on fire? the flowers. on the porch. seriously. and st. beck as in wreck. cotton blather strikes again. >> i went to the national archives and i held the first
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inaugural address written in his own hand by george washington. >> wrong again. all the news and commentary now on "countdown." >> maybe i wasn't clear. >> good evening from new york. and then there were five. after last night's concession by the incumbent senator from alaska, five establishment gop candidates have been defeated by as many tea party candidates whose anti-establishment pretense repeatedly clashes with their full throat defense of big business. our fifth story, the tea party beckons the hard right. democratic leaders need help from the organization they so often take for granted. the one which might actually tap into anti-establishment pop list anger from the left. the unions. yes, alaska senator lisa murkowski conceded after it became clear that outstanding votes would not slim her trim deficit into victory.
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no, she did not endorse her primary opponent, joe miller who underspent her but may have overwhelmed her with a decidedly old school way of winning the nomination in alaska. staik out his anti-abortion position. on the back of the primary ballot, there was a voter initiative requiring parental notification for a teenage child's abortion. both candidates supported the measure but he made it a central issue. murkowski is generally pro-choice. the initiative passed by 55%. tea party leaders are more likely to herald something else. that in a state that had benefits enormously from federal money. the winning candidate wants to slash federal spending. including privatizing social security and the quote/unquote orderly transition out of medicare. now that senator murkowski has conceded they may try to pivot. >> the reason we're here today is because of the alaskan 54th. the volunteer network that was such an important part of our campaign, and all the various endorsements we got.
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>> mr. miller joins the ranks of the fellow victors such as rand paul in kentucky who doesn't see why the federal government should have pestered businesses with that pesky civil rights sxakt nevada senate nominee sharon engle who said they violated the first commandment quoting, we are supposed to depend upon god for our provision and our daily bread. she has now offered a meta explanation. understand the rhetoric of a pramer is a a little different. your audience is a little different so you're going to say things in a little more guard way when you get into a general election. precisely since your opponent is looking to cut up your words. as for the potential national leaders of the tea party movement, former governor sarah palin tweetd her delight over the miracle of joe miller's victory meantime, when dick armey was asked if he would be interested in leading the tea party, he answered, oh, no, no, no, no. i've got 34 goats that depend on me daily. i couldn't be away that long.
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audience participation time. insert your own joke about dick armey's goats and the tea party here. we resume. on the democratic side of the ledger, inspiration and motivation in need. and union leaders activating a straightforward plan asking that american workers both employed and unemployed actually vote for the candidates who votes for them. as president obama prepares to rally the afl-cio for its labor day event in milwaukee, the union plans among other initiatives, a bite-back campaign targeting those in congress who repeatedly voted against unemployment benefits. we'll start fwirs msnbc contributor and political reporter for slate.com. dave, good evening. >> good evening. did tea party victories over the establishment gop candidates, at least the incumbents and their seeming successors, at this stage, is there anyway of assessing the gradient here? is there. a result of republican division or is it the result of the ultra
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conservative base? >> it is the base finding itself and finding ways to outsmart main stream republicans. the establishment of main stream republicans. that's probably the best word to use. these voters have been used, either going republican for years or falling out of interest and helping republicans get elected. now they can all organize, they can all get on facebook, they can contact these candidates pretty easily and get revved up and drive up votes in a way they didn't used to. one twhoing point out. it is not just that they're electing tea party nominees instead of the establishment choices, the republicans are who have are not being defeated by the tea party, john mccain, for example, end up agreeing with them on the issues. the tea party has been really good, better than the democratic base, at moving the party in the direct they want. the more conservative direction. >> at this point we might as well add marko rubio and make it six versus five. do you have a sense, did miss angle give us more information
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than she wanted to by talking about the rhetoric of the primary versus the rhetoric of the general? any sense of who will try move away from the work stream positions to take softer angle, no pun intended? >> sharon angle has been refreshingly honest about this. her campaign has shifted pretty radically from one that said, everything a tea party activist would say when he stands up in a town hall meeting. the government socialist medicare has to be rolled back. to a more generic candidate who has to run in a state with a lot of snow birds moving in. a lot of people who depend on social security, depend on medicare. and she has been honest about the fact that she is going to talk less about those issues and talk more about harry reid. her latest has her point pougt unemployment and foreclosures in nevada are high. it is not really fair for harry reid to call her extreme. a bit of a nonsecoctoond with i.
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he is the one, if you look at which states should be reliably republican, he is the one the most trouble. joe miller has been a couple polls, not that far ahead of the democrat. i think we'll see him stop talking about the thing that won him that primary. >> to that point, no matter what they say henceforth, obviously harry reid did this very effectively with sharon angle from the point of her nomination on wards. the stuff already out there is grist for a very productive mill if you do it right. is that enough to drive sort of tepid unhappy democrats to come to the polls? not necessaryly to vote for harry reid or a democratic candidate in alaska or one in kentucky but to keep people they see as dangerous extremists out of office? >> well, the democratic base isn't as passionate about this. we've all talked for a couple days. the gallup poll that shows the 10-point edge when you're
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choosing people to run in congress, the scariest part of that poll is that they were twice as likely to be excited to vote. republicans are about twice as likely as democrats. how do you make that up? i don't know. i would like to see what richard says about this. democrats are not running on the bills they passed. in cases like kentucky, harry reid can't really do it but in states like missouri is another one, where democrats are fighting the tide thafrl basically apologizing for everything the party has done in two years in power. i don't know how you revv your base up by saying. that one reason i hear democrats more excited about scott mcadams who is the surprise sea biscuit candidate, so far he's been a really bold progressive whose environmentalist in nebraska which is kind of tough. maybe his campaign would rather i don't say that. it is tough to get your base excited if you're not saying, look at all the great things. it didn't work in 2006.
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not working for democrats right now will. >> dick armey's goats. that's a heck of a goat. as always, thank you, dave. >> thank you, keith. >> let'sably the as promised the president of the afl-cio. thanks for your time tonight. >> thanks for having me on. >> as he just said, how do you fire them up and get they will have them ready to go under these circumstances? >> it is real simple. a real clean choice for working people. between continually going forward with an economy that works for everybody, and going back to when wall street and corporate america ruled the sgrend ran wild. that is what our members about. this is about jobs and the republicans have done nothing on jobs. they've only offered three things. they've offered to get rid of social security. raise the age of it. privatize it. cut benefits and give more tax cuts to the rich. our members know that doesn't work. our members are going to be excited and it is our job to get that information in their hand.
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we'll do it one-on-one and we'll get them to the polls. >> when they say that's great and it is obvious that's the choice facing us, the reason i'm not enthusiastic is i haven't seen enough out of what's happened in this administration. economic circumstances being as dire as they are. i'll give them the benefit of the doubt. give them all the margin you want and they still can't get excited. do you address those dissatisfactions or disappointments or sense that things have not been as good as they could have been? or do you try to paper them over? >> they're angry and frustrated because things haven't moved as well as they have. let's look at what has been done. one, we brought, the president brought the economy back from the brink of disaster. we've reined in wall street. we've passed the health care bill that is the basis for a good health care bill. we have the basis of that. and this president has created more jobs in the recession than george bush did as president with an almost trillion-dollar surplus. our members aren't stupid. they know who is there and you can't get them to vote against
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somebody, against a fleend has been trying to get jobs, by simply saying no to everything. that's the republican's problem. they've said no to he everythin. >> like your programs in two respects. every day it is a little more clear, a little more obvious how much a front they are for the establishment. not anti-establishment in the slightest. how do they pull this trick off to make night look like day? and b, what is your retook their success? >> well, first all you have to do is look at the money. our members know that they're being funded by coke industries, gas and oil company, the boyd brothers, and a bunch of other corporations. those corporations have never had workers' best interests involved. what they tried to do was create a situation where they can divide workers and confuse members. get them confused so they stay home. it won't work because we're going out, talking to them one-on-one. getting things in their hands
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and they won't be able to divide us this time around. >> the most unfortunate thing that probably happened between the white house and labor in the last two years would have been the comments, the anonymous comments that came out after the arkansas primary. was that a setback in your opinion? is it lingering? the sort of thing that vanishes given the confrontation of november or is it something that lingers? >> well, first of all, our members in arkansas decide who had they would and wouldn't endorse. the they decided not to endorse blanch lincoln and to endorse bill halter. here's what's happened since then. we have a lady by the name of joyce elliott running for congress. in arkansas, we have more volunteers because people are more excited about what they did in that election than ever before. wesz we will get her elected to the congress, from arkansas, our members feel good about it. they're energized about it and you won't have any trouble motivating that group because of the primary. >> would you look ahead to november and say that the
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relationship between the white house and the leadership of the democratic party right now and the afl-cio is strong? >> yeah. it's always been strong. we've always been friends. we wish more had been done. we wish it had been quicker. you have the republicans stop sxeg. you have 400 bills passed in the house that are sitting in the senate because of filibusters and the republicans' refusal to take any ac. you can't beat something with nothing. and they've offered nothing. our members know it. in administration has endorse gd people. they're doing a number of thing to help good people them created more jobs in a recession than george bush did as president with a major surplus, and our members know that's the choice. they're not going back to where wall street and corporate america run wild. they're going forward with an economy that will work for everybody. >> bit that phrase, you cannot
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beat something with nothing. that might be it. >> thanks for having me on. i appreciate it. >> former senator simpson's one-man attack on everybody. how the co-chair of the deficit commission has moved on from lesser people, and the older women's league, to insulting vietnam veterans. next.
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first was his comment about helping the lesser people. second he told he said to get a real job now. vets who get disability pay he said are not correctly serving their country. it is time for him to go. the right wing pushed to get him credit for iraq. that's not called credit. that's called war crime. an amazing story of your kindness already repaid at your ninth "countdown" health clinic. and st. beck is in wreck. he told the sheep that he had the inaugural address in his hand. that wasn't what you were holding in your hand, sir.
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on monday the secretary of veterans affairs announce what had he called a long overdue rule delivering justice to some of america's veterans. long overdue in the sense meaning, since the vietnam war. in our fourth story, he is unhappy about the rule and blaming the veterans. the announcement was about agent orange. the toxic defoliant which america dumped on vietnam to kill the growth of plants that were used as cover by the viet cong. more than 19 million gallons were sprayed during the war. most of it agent orange sprayed on inland forests near borders
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north of saigon and lining the shipping channels meaning it was not just killing trees. it was bea being breathed in by american soldiers. soldiers who did not know it would be linked to poe thing fatal conditions such a hostage kin disease, soft tissue cancers. so in 1991 congress passed a law to get treatment to vietnam veterans suffering from diseases caused by agent orange. the president and i are proud to provide additional treatment under the 1991 law. it has been kennedy issed to cover parkinson's, some leukemias and some heart disease. enter former republican senator allan simpson. last week, the former senator simpson who co-chairs the president's panel on reducing spending, said of social security america was suckling on a milk cow. and the director of the league who had dared complain should get a real job. this week simpson went after
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vietnam veterans. here's what he said about providing decades late to the cost of treating conditions that might be linked to agent orange. quote, it is the kind of thing that's just driving to us this $1 trillion, 400 billion deficit this year. the irony is that the veterans who served this country are now in a way not helping to us save the country in this fiscal mess. vietnam veterans not helping to save the country because they insisted on breathing in the toxic defoliant their country sprayed on them while fighting the war their country drafted them to fight. the law that provided for their treatment was approved by 99 u.s. senators in 1991. including allan simpson. the white house tonight has issued this statement to "countdown" quoting, obviously the president strongly disagrees senator simpson's sxomts the statement behind them -- then says, the senator is the republican co-chairman of a bipartisan congressman and it will come as no surprise that we will sometimes strongly disagree
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with his positions. let's go to the veteran of the first gulf war, as well as the department of veterans affairs itself. thank you for your time tonight. >> thank you. >> i have to say personally, i have always liked senator simpson. i usually point to him as an example of the days when could you disagree without being disagreeable. in my opinion, he's jumped the shark here again. the white house last weak decline to remove him from the position as co-chair of the position. they have not applied to our question about whether or not they will do so now but it doesn't look like they will do so. is it plausible in your opinion that someone with this view belong in charge or in co-charge of the panel that assesses our finances? >> absolutely not, keith. what we need is someone who understands our country's obligation to take care of our veterans who come home wounded, injured or ill from war. let me make this clear. if there is going to be an
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unlimited budget for bombs and bullets for iraq and afghanistan, then there ought to be enough money to make sure there is enough doctors to take care of our wounded, injured and ill when they come home. it is that simple. >> some veterans were hoping to hear more from the president about his plans to meet our obligations to them. given that, do you have any assessment on how they would feel about this white house if indeed as it appears, they're willing to keep simpson on even after this range of attack that have moved from the lesser people to the older women's league to veterans is allowed to stand? >> you're really asking two questions, keith. the first question is, does former senator simpson belong the panel or addressing veterans issues. and let me put it to you politely. there's lots of work for out of work politicians in washington. i'll leave it at that. the second part of the question is this. . we have a huge crisis with our returning, there is a suicide
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epidemic, lots of problems going on. and president obama and v.a. secretary shinseki have actually done a lot. they've instituted the new rules for ptsd, health care is that benefits. the president and the v.a. have instituted new health care and benefits for agent orange, new rules on the way for gulf war veterans, tens of billions of dollars in the last few years. so lots of stuff is being done by president obama and secretary shinseki but a lot more needs to be done. especially addressing that suicide epidemic. >> why is it questions about how to pay for war and war debts only seem to arise when it is the veterans owed the money or the character rather than the military contractors who are owed the money? >> that's a good question. let me put it to you this way. veterans for common sense in 2002 held press conferences in washington saying not only was
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the iraq war that president obama started based on lies, but we also asserted the department of veteran affair was not ready to care for veteran casualties from the war. and what we have now is about 15 wounded injured and ill returning from the war zone for each casualty. the department of veteran affairs is treating 537,000 iraq and afghanistan iraq war veterans. so veterans for common sense has been pushing this issue all along. and we hope with your coverage, we can keep coming back to this every couple week and say, hey, what is the status on veterans? we're expecting about $1 million iraq and afghanistan war veterans to flood into v.a. hospitals by the end of 2014. that's a new patient every five minutes. >> what would happen, do you do, to our military today if we told recruits, if you get sick out in the war zone that we've dumped the chemical into, you're going to have to prove that's why you're sick or else you're on
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your own? >> that sends a very bad message to prospective service members, new recruits. our country needs to be sending the message very loud and clear. if you want to enlist in our military, we're going to take care of you while you're in the military. give you the best equipment, the best training. send to you war when there is a legal go truthful justification for sending you to war. and then when you come home, we're going to make sure if something happened to you while you're in the military, you're going to get taken care of. unfortunately you have comments like what senator simpson made, trying to say that suddenly there isn't enough money to take care of the very people who defend our country and our constitution. >> paul sullivan, executive direct forefor veterans for common sense. thank you. so gop want credit for iraq? like lbj gets credit for the gulf of tonkin? like napoleon gets credit for invading russia in the winter?
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so the republicans still want credit for how well thing went in iraq. how about eisenhower sending those first american advisers to vietnam. do you want credit for that too? first the sanity break. from negative drew. i think it's too soon for conservatives to use arabic numerals when invoking september 11. only the conservatives could understand what you meant.
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let's play odd ball. did i say let play "hardball"? we begin in hathaway looks lou, where jesus christ on a poll. that's jesus christ on a poll. ricky spotted the blessed plant while driving on highway 29. no word on how it got up there, so some think it was some sort of divine fertilizer. no, no, st. beck enters later in the hour. utility workers took down the lines fearing the poll was getting too powerful. bonjour! we meet a self-taught artist. his specialty, mud sculptures. using tuny moved mud like brick, he has made an entire city working with mud does have its downside. mostly that it will be washed away by the autumn rain. still, that has not deterred him from spending hours and hours on his work. some may see it as futile.
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it sure beats his day work, fox news fact checker. finally to el salvador. goodness, gracious, great balls of fire. every year men gather to throw fire balls at each other. the given reason to remember a volcanic eruption from 1922. we all know the real reason, extreme dodge ball league. although it looks very dangerous no, one was seriously hurt until someone showed up to show them what a real fire ball look like. a national league central division joke. giving credit where credit is due in iraq. the greatest mistake in american history and republicans want the credit. it's all yours. just remember the honest word here would be responsibility.
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in president obama's speech about iraq last night, he mentioned his predecessor president obama and praised him. in our third story, the right wing, the neo cons who caused the iraq war are whining about president obama's credit of mr.
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bush for implementing troops, the way nixon thanked johnson for helping end vietnam. bill kristol, the spiritual father of the war, said as far as he could go in praising the president, not a bad tribute to the troops and not a bad statement in indispensionable. it is unrealistic to expect the president to give the speech john mccain would have given. unrealistic? supporters of the war? what are the odds? team of policy experts who predicted so precisely the threat posed by saddam hussein's battery of nuclear and biological weapons which he gave the keys for to his bff, osama bin laden? whose glaring insights led them to understand what no one else did, how few troops it would take to tend war so quickly? how could this generation's best and brightest have unrealistic of something as simple as a presidential speech? former bush white house adviser told the new york time about obama's speech.
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it would be gracious if did he acknowledge bush but we learned a long time bag obama is not a particularly gracious man. also unrealistic about the speech, arresti flesher who said that he had not praised bush but allowed that obama's words were at least partially gracious. >> he was partially gracious i think he couldn't be direct. it would have been more gracious to have done so but of course, he is a political issue. if he ever were to praise george bush, the surge, iraq, the base would be more disspirited. >> for the record, here is how president obama so fearful did not praise mr. bush. quote no, one could doubt ['s support for our troops or his love of country and commitment to our security. but praising mr. bush was not enough for the war supporters, even by bill kristol's standards. steven hadley told the "wall street journal," i thought i owed it to the former president that somewhere out there,
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somebody gives him some credit and point out that he is the one actually started withdrawing u.s. troops. >> okay. i'll do it. i keith ownman do here by give former u.s. president george walker bush some credit for starting to withdraw u.s. troops except for those who were withdrawn because they were already dead. 4427 of them for whose presence in that nation i also credit president bush. so thank you for starting to withdraw those troops lucky enough tonight die in your false war. thank you for those troops lucky enough to leave before they joined the ranks of 31,000 whose bodies and lives were shattered by your false war. thank you for starting to with youa after bankrupting our nation for your war, after it became clear even iraq would no longer let you stay and just in time for america to try accomplish something in afghanistan. nine years after you let osama bin laden get away so could you fight the war for which america, we're told, should now thank you. adding his thanks, the national
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security reporter for nation magazine. the author of blackwater, the rise of the most powerful mercenary army. thank you for your time tonight. go ahead. share your thanks to president bush while we're on this. >> you know who should be thanking president bush, the iran yankee government. they have a much greater influence now than they ever have had. russian and chinese oil companies that have gotten the oil contracts there. anyone who likes to kill americans should thank president bush. and also, among those that should thank president bush are the people in possession of the billion of missing dollars that went missing in george bush's iraq. the people who don't have any obligation to thank president bush are the families of the thousands of u.s. service men and women that died in that country. the hundreds of thousands of iraqi civilians who died. the millions of iraqi that's are displaced as a result of this illegal, and immoral war that unfortunately, and we have to say this was supported by hillary clinton when she was a senator, and joe biden when he
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was a senator. if blame should be shared across the board. except for people who could be enemies of this country and security in the world. >> the former coalition spokesman, said the tone of the speech last night was fine. as i mentioned, bill kristol called it xhem rabble. why are they so insistent on praising bush without getting too deeply into the psychology of mass hynosis and other things. >> they have a phd in lying, a master's degree in manipulating intelligence. and it is really sobering to see this kind of brass historical revisionist, happening in real-time. the idea that these people want to post some kind of false flag of victory on the corpses of all who have died in iraq because of their decisions. these people destabilized iraq them destabilized the middle east with their neo con vision
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of redrawing maps and they did not even succeed in their own stated mission. this is akind special kind of pathological sickness about these individuals collectively are plagued with. >> the neo cons lied about getting us in there and lied about getting us out. we assume it is not that complicated. can you again explain the factor that led to the reduction of violence there? the one that they erroneously credit to the surge? >> pardon me for introducing a little fookt to cable news over these 24 hours. but the reality is there was no success of the surge. the fact is that bush's policy in iraq caused massive destabilization, led to a civil war that killed upwards of a million iraqis. there were ethnic cleansing campaigns. when the surge troops went in there, baghdad was a walled off city. the sunnis had been pushed out and sided with the united states. he responded to the withdrawal about the neo cons, by pulling
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the force off the streets. so the entire surge myth permeates to this day and it is actually one big lie. >> the hadley crediting of the obama iraq policies goes with it, arguing that iraq was worth it. but pep al qaeda in iraq is quote still capable of spectacular terrorist attacks. and he simply asserts that those are not a strategic threat anymore. iraq is not a threat because the republicans don't have the white house? is that what it boils down to? >> let's remember, i would like to remind mr. hadley, i'm sure he watches your show. that it was bush's administration in iraq that created an al qaeda presence in that country. it was their policy that's destabilize that had country and caused the deaths of so many americans and so many iraqi civilians. steven hadley probably sees osama bin laden at his corner store or hiding in his bathroom. they have zero credibility and have no business in public life
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themselves should not be able to leave their houses without being confronted with the death and destruction that their lies caused. >> as always, a pleasure. thank you. >> thank you. the good news from new orleans. you have no now paid for health care for 10,000 of your neighbors. we'll go there live. a good idea to do an ad against your opponent when he was beaten up so badly that he needed three operations? when rachel joins you, the choice for senate. hey can i play with the toys ?
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worsts and why did the house burn down? because one of the flowers on the porch exploded. first, since he it's has now revealed himself to be not a commentator but a prophet, not a shock jock but a teleevangelist, we welcome you back to st. beck as in wreck. oral beck, beckham young, whichever one he is from time to time will point out his more
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egregious mistakes, of fact and of faithful sorry, reverend jeremiah beck. we caught you in another one. >> i have been going to mount vernon. i went to the national archives and i held the first inaugural address written in his own hand by george washington. >> little could father glenn over here know but there are people at the national archives to call him on his lies. nope, david beck was given a v.i.p. tour but they did show him washington's first inaugural address. his story that he got to actually hold it, according to the archives spokeswoman is wrong. quoting her, those kinds of treasures are only handled by especially trained archival staff. during the same speech as the lie about holding washington's address, glenny behind also panted, tell the truth. america is crying out for truth. and best of all, a woman at the
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the bronze to mr. and mrs. brian duncan from arkansas. $20,000 in damage has been done to their home. the culprit is that most rare of earth's living things. the arsonist plant. that's right. mr. dunk an says mrs. dunk an let some flowers die and decompose in a flower pot on the porch. it was made of plastic. between rotting plant and the plastic and the heat, the thing exploded into small flames. then the flaming dead flowers dropped on to the deck, burned a hole through it. then it got to the vinyl siding on the house and the air conditioning vent sucked in all the smoke. watch out for those spontaneous combustion plants. the runner up, scott walker again. the republican candidate for governor has a new ad against opponent tom barrett. >> you know, tom barrett can't sell his record so he is throwing punches at me. i'm scott walker and i took on the political machine in milwaukee and i'm ready to go the distance as your next governor. >> his opponent was severely
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beaten last year when he came to the aid of a woman trying to protect her 1-year-old granddaughter from the girl's drunkier father. after three operations, he may never regain use of his hand. the punches, boxing gloves thing, real classy. our winner, jonah, the head of the republican party in hawaii. with a double-header of sorts. he send an e-mail to hawaiian pastors urging them to bar the democratic go candidates for governor in the state from campaigning in their churches. okay, i guess. but he then adds that republican candidate james is the only righteous candidate for governor, and duke will win because the church has been behind him the entire time, operating in the power and the authority in the name of jesus. he adds, he shows no signs of righteousness or being controlled by the holy spirit. and that the election would give hawaii its first righteous leader since queen lili who died
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in 1917. then there's the note about the first righteous leader since 1917, given that the current governor is a republican. she is jewish. jonah, you can explain anti-semitism away any time now. the head of the republican gop and today's worst person in the world. ♪ ♪ express yourself ♪ ♪ express yourself ♪ ♪ oh, do it ♪ oh, do it ♪ ♪ express yourself
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today in new orleans, a milestone reached through the efforts of volunteers donating medical expertise. the number one story, the national association of free clings treating its 10,000th patient in connection with our events, certainly. the two-day free clinic at the
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convention center wrapped up a short time ago. 1350 people received care. here in katrina's wake with the impact of the bp oil disaster. yet to be determined. three illnesses dominated. diabetes, depression and high blood pressure. the latter so high prompting the director to remark, what used to be called the bible belt, the southern states is now called the stroke belt, the hiv belt, the hypertension belt. we have a high rate of hyper 10:00. probably the highest rates in the world. though sikh care, sharing their stwoirz the tireless volunteers. the stories often repeated. only the name changed. i borrow medications from friends, i don't take medications regularly to make them last longer. i don't have a regular doctor. i haven't seen a doctor since katrina. the majority are out of work but not as many as you think. 18%, two medications, 8%, three of them in a state where 19% of citizens lack any health insurance, these free clinics providing hope for many indeetd deed. nicole, good evening.
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>> hi, keith. how are you? >> i'm pretty good. how about you? >> we're doing well here, doing well. tired but good. >> we've been saving this most amazing story all night. i'll let you provide the punch line. somebody came in as a patient yesterday. same person came back today in a different could nntext, correct? >> it was amazing. this woman came in yesterday and went to the hospital with all kidney stones. she came back and said i had to pay it forward. i was in pain for three days and now i knew it was my job to give back to someone else. >> so she volunteered? >> she did. she came as a volunteer. she is still inside working. she showed up here with us. our doors opened at 2:00. she got here at 11:00 and said she will stay until the last patient is seen. >> how have you found the new orleans event to have differed from the other ones? either in terms of the number of people you've seen, their condition, the nature of the
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illnesses? what has been the difference? >> i think there is been a dramatic difference. they're a very resilient people in new orleans. they've been through so much. between the oil spill and katrina, we had a woman who came to us and she had a lump in her throat that was diagnosed before katrina. and she brought all. her paperwork today. because she still has not seen a doctor. but what we're also seeing is that these people have worked so hard to pull themselves up. the saddest part was that they didn't believe we would be here today. they said over and over again, i thought it was on radio and on television. thank you for staying here. thank you for being here. between having people who are depressed, and not knowing what is going on in their life, and really just doubting human kind. it has been completely different for us. >> i can imagine how many rugs have been pulled out from under them in the last five years, why they would feel that and i'm glad we were able to push back against that, too. i'm amazed by one statistic you mentioned. 70% of the people you've seen
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had no idea that there were permanent free clinics in the area? any kind of infrastructure they could depend on? >> exactly. and you know, keith, we've seen this all around the country. your viewers have helped us help over 10,000 people get the health care they need. more importantly, get connected to those free clings. so many people do not understand that free clinics exist every day. and especially here. they had no idea that there were clinics right down the road that were willing to help them. now they know. >> something particularly disturbing about new orleans that we discovered and i'm sure you discovered it firsthand. what happened to the medical community after the charity hospital closed after katrina? you had a shortage of doctors yesterday? >> we did. weighed shortage of doctors yesterday and a shortage of doctors today. this really is really indicative of what we see the future is going to be. there is not enough primary care physicians to last us as we go
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into the future. but really here, we only had about 30, 40 doctors each day and you know, we do much more than. that they're just not here any longer in new orleans. >> that's a depressing prospect and maybe individuals around the country who hear that will both heed that call and take advantage on the personal level of what that could mean for them let's close it out with some other thing. we've talked about the woman who came back as a volunteer. give me another one of those stories you'll take home with you tonight. >> i think one. biggest stories i'll take home with me tonight is another woman who came to volunteer. she dime this clinic last year. the first one we did with you. and she said to me, i brought my granddaughter because my entire family was lost in katrina and i had to come back. you are the first doctor's appointment i went to and the first one my granddaughter had before katrina. i knew coming back here was where i needed to be because you helped get me healthy. and i want to thank you very much. that's what you and all of

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