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vote to end collective bargaining rights. plus tis -- >> despite what passes for conventional wisdom in certain circles, there is nothing radical or unamerican in holding these hearings. >> radicalization of muslim-american hearings, sparking response from the first muslim-american elected to congress, keith ellison, while calling a first responder who died on 9/11, a fellow muslim-american. >> his remains were identify ie that these lines were spoken. he was a fellow american who gave his life for other americans. his life should not be identified as just a member of a minority group or just an
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american from a religious group because he gave his life for other americans. the president and first lady take on school bullies. >> a series of tragedies has drawn attention to just how devastating bullying can be. we have been heartbroken by the stories of young people who endured harassment and ridicule day after day at school and who ultimately took their own lives. good day. i'm andrea mitchell, live in washington. developing at this hour, in wisconsin, furious protesters have gathered at the state house after republicans managed an end run around absent senators and passed the governor's budget bill without them. the session was delayed today because of security concerns over the protests. the governor says he will sign the measure as soon as it is passed, as quickly as possible. >> in total these reforms for the next two years give us the ability to save billions of
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dollars that ultimately will save anywhere from 10,000 to 12,000 jobs, depending on the local jurisdiction. that's what this bill is about. it's about reform. it's about making sure we can put people to work, we can save jobs and ultimately balance our budget in a way that protects the middle class here in wisconsin. >> nbc's john yang is at the state house in madison. john, this confrontation is only getting more heated, more passionate. is it reaching an end point, though? the climax of this political struggle. >> reporter: reaching a legislative end point. they reopened the house building moments ago. they don't know when they'll begin the session. this bill is headed to the governor's desk for his signature. the fight over this, the protests over this aren't ending. this has become the focal point of protests. more people -- the crowd has been building as the day goes
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on. a big protest is planned for saturday. michael moore is scheduled to be here. of course, democrats are also talking about going to court. they're saying last night's vote violated the state's open meeting law, because they didn't give sufficient public notice that the conference committee was going to meet and the state senate was going to meet. so, this could end up in the courts. although the senate democrats acknowledge that if they were to win that court battle, the likely remedy would be to do it again, to have those meetings that began in public with sufficient notice, highly unlikely that the votes would be any different. senate democrats said they won't come back until the bill is finalized and certain games they fear republicans could play if they come back before everything is done. they could be back this weekend. they could also not be back until next week.
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so, we'll have to wait and see. the assembly is gathering. we don't know when they'll be called into session and when the vote will take place, andrea. >> john yang, this is just extraordinary. all of it. thank you very much. no shortage of tension on capitol hill today as today's hearings on the radicalization of muslim-americans, particularly between chairman peter king and democrat from texas. >> they're doing that this hearing has suggested they do not do. tas an irony and outrage we are wasting time when muslims are sitting before us, a muslim is on this panel. a muslim has testified. and so i question, where are the uncooperative muslims? and i am overwhelmed by this hearing and the factual basis for it. >> the gentle lady's time has expired. >> it is an outrage. as you know, there are already enough is enough.
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there are too many mofbs in this country. it is a third. it is outrageous. >> the gentle lady's time has expired. >> kelly o'donnell is on the hill. kelly, what is the outcome of all of this? what have we learned today? >> reporter: i think we've clearly seen how exposed emotions and raw display have been for hours now. the exchange between the chairman, peter king and sheila jackson lee of texas. we've been hearing from expert -- i use that word with almost quotations around it. the expert qualifications have been challenged as well, of people who have come forward to say a loved one of theirs was radicalized by groups to do harm to the united states. more personal story. there's that part of it. a witness who has been talking about the need for more cooperation within the muslim-american community to not
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have political correctness, is the phrase often being used, to hinder cooperation. on the other side, we had really emotional and exceedingly unusual testimony from congressman keith ellison, the first muslim elected to congress, who showed such emotion. you showed a portion of that at the beginning of the program. he was trying to say that muslims should be seen as individuals and not scapegoated and that shows the sensitivity that's been playing out, making it uncomfortable to watch and uncomfortable for peter king to carry out during the questioning that's been going on for more than four hours. >> some criticisms are that leading muslim-american organizations were not invited to testify. according to sheriff bacca and other law enforcement officials, muslim communities have been extraordinarily helpful in trying to cooperate with homeland security, with the fbi. so, there r pieces that are missing from this hearing,
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according to critics. >> reporter: those have been aired out. part of the problem is that while you have those examples of cooperation, which are clear ly there, you have others saying that other groups have been an impediment, trying to tease that out during the course has been a big challenge. whereas there's been this sense that there's an unfairness that they've been battling through the course of the hearing. the upside, if you will, is that it's allowing people to look at this and see what feelings they have and where they come down on this. it's been one of the most strange hearings i've watched here because the sensitivities are so great and the underlying issue is so serious with concerns about the united states. >> dangers of overgenerallyizing, if generallyizing at all about a particular group. thank you very much. 13 million kids now are bullied in school every year. that's only an estimate, of course. today, the president and first lady joined in the first white
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house conference on this, bringing together parents, educators and community leaders. co-host of the daily rundown, chuck todd, joins us now. it's opinion an extraordinary conference to see, to hear the testimony of people who have really suffered, obviously suffered terrible losses as well as children everywhere who are affected by this. is technology one of the big factors? we all remember mean girls and problems in school. >> sure. >> and adjustments when we were teenagers. but it seems that texting and facebook and some of the other great advances have made it so much easier for kids to target other children. >> reporter: andrea, you just said it there. that is one part of this conference. because that is how it's become more of an issue that more of the public is paying attention to. again, we've seen some awful tragedies that took place, that tragedy at rutger's a few months back where basically it was cyber bullying, if you will,
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when it came to an attack of somebody. it happened to be a college student. that is one of the concerns that this conference is attempting to address. the president himself, andrea, talked about it. when he was a kid, because of his, quote, funny name and big ears, he wasn't immune to some of these problems that young children have. it's been a combination of the old-fashioned type of bullying issues and trying to get parents to say, ask your kids, talk to your kids about their day at school. don't just accept the answer of, oh, nothing really happened today. ask more probing questions than that. they also have been trying to bring more awareness to this issue of social network bullying, because it seems to be more aggressive in a way because of the anonymity. >> i was really struck by the fact that this was the first time that i can recall seeing a real joint effort with the president and first lady. this is the first lady's
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initiative. >> reporter: yes. >> but completely their partnership as role models. >> reporter: you're absolutely right. they put a presidential stamp, first lady has a bunch of initiatives that she works on. and this is, i think, only the second instance where i can think of where the president also joined in to sort of give that extra presidential attention to it. you know how that works. this is one of the -- to borrow a phrase, one of the ways to use the bully pulpit sometimes. no pun intended but to bring extra attention to something you believe in. let's remember, these guys are parents. i've seen them interact with young children. you can tell they're parents of young children. >> cautionary tale to all of us. those of us who have young kids and those of us who don't. you have a young daughter or son, it's really a compelling issue. >> reporter: absolutely, it is. >> it's extraordinary to see the white house parents, the first parents bringing attention to it. thank you very much, chuck. >> reporter: you got it. >> up next, today's hearing on
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what was that controversial peter king hearing like from the inside? for that point of view, congressman dan lundgren of california who participated in today's session. congressman, thanks so much for joining us. let's talk about the rationale for the hearing. as kelly o'donnell was just reporting, it was continually attacks from members, democratic members, obviously, critics of the hearing, as an unnecessary hearing. >> well, i'm sorry. very, very sorry for that.
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we've been trying to be bipartisan whether democrats or republicans were in charge. i held a -- attended a hearing held by democrats on our prison population, particularly out of an incident involving two people -- more than two, but two ring leaders who were imprisoned by a district in fulson, california. when they got out, they started a string of armed robberies in southern california, firstly of which was to obtain funds so they could buy weapons and explosives and they were going to target american service recruiting centers and a jewish synagogue in southern california. there was no complaint at that time from the other side of the aisle that that was too narrowly focused or somehow bipartisan. i think the question ought to be asked why did we wait so long after that hearing in california to have a hearing such as we're having today? >> do you think the witnesses could have been more broadly
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drawn to include some other groups who have deep roots in the muslim-american community, around the nation, rather than individual horror stories or scare stories? >> you know, ooum sorry to use that expression of terror, terror stories or scare stories. we had two individuals. one whose son is currently incarcerated, awaiting trial for killing an american serviceman and wounding another at a recruiting station in little rock, arkansas. this man testified about how his son grew up as an all-american kid in the united states, was radicalized by some element in a mosque in nashville, tennessee, ended up going to a foreign country, where he received terrorist training and then came back here and attacked an american recruiting center. >> i'm not suggesting that that hasn't happened. those are tragedies. we've covered those tragedies. i'm just saying, is that the
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broad view? that's one case. but does that represent the broad view of law enforcement officials to say that the muslim community has been helping? i'm simply asking if you think that the hearings add to -- >> absolutely. i'm a former law enforcement official in california. i worked with the democratic witness who appeared here today and during the course of the hearing he called this hearing vital, so that we could begin the discussion in the broader american community about the question of the small number of people who happen to be promoting a radical form of islam, which is not reflective of the greater membership of the muslim community in our -- in america, and the fact that, as these witnesses suggested, there is a source of intimidation against people in the muslim
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community from cooperating with law enforcement and even having an opportunity to have their voices heard. and i don't think that to say, why didn't we bring others in -- we've been criticized for not bringing in some of the so-called terrorist experts from the think tanks, who we heard before. we're criticized from the left from not hearing from certain islamic organizations. we have heard from them. we will hear from them. look, i've been part of hearings that we have concentrated on attacks on african-americans by the ku klux klan and others. i've been on hearings where we dealt with the treatment of japanese-americans in world war ii. i've been in hearings where we concentrate on whether we should continue to pursue those who are alleged nazi war criminals even though they might be in their 80s and 90s. i participated in those and thought they were important. the idea that you can't have a focused hearing on a particular problem, which i believe is a
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problem, frankly, i think, is wrong. >> you and i are both white. let me pitch to you -- >> what does that mean? >> let me finish my question. the minority caucuses, the asian pacific caucus, black caucus have issued a statement today after this hearing started, criticizing it. from their perspective -- you saw congressman ellison, your colleague, breaking down in his testimony today about what happened when that first responder, a muslim-american, young man was criticized after his death on 9/11 as a rescuer and was unfairly criticized as something of a radical. i'm just asking you to get in their heads for a second and try to think about how it is to be a muslim-american, if aing this kind of testimony today. that's all i want to know. >> no, no, no, no. we are hearing from muslim-americans. three out of the four people on
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our panel are muslim-americans. in fact, they have said in some ways, they have been intimidated by others from being able to express their point of view. the second thing i would say is i remember when i was attorney general of california, we had a hearing in a high school in los angeles about youth violence. when it was all over, a young african-american girl, 14 or 15 years of age, came up to me. didn't say, well, you're white. what she said was, how come you adults never come around until after there is a death? because there had been a death on that campus. my question is, why don't we attempt to connect the dots so that we can stop some of the insidiousness of targeting young people in the muslim community by those who would leave them to jihad? we have to recognize this problem. there are people in that muslim community, in those muslim communities around this country who are being targeted. that's what we heard from a father. that's what we heard from an uncle.
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don't you think they need to be heard? >> well, i thank you for your point of view and for this dialogue. i think this is one of the most emotional and compelling hearings we've seen. that's what kelly o'donnell was reporting as well. i think it's going to be cause for a lot more conversation. thank you very much. >> we hope it will be for more conversation. that's the whole idea. let's, in some ways, attempt to try to get as much emotion out of it and deal directly with the facts so we can, in fact, protect all americans, muslims and nonmuslims in this country. >> thank you so much, congressman. >> okay, thank you. when we come back, we'll have another point of view on the subject. [ male announcer ] covergirl introduces
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national security at the brennan center of new york university and joins me now. thank you so much for joining us. let's talk about your report, the report from the brennan center and what law enforcement is doing in relation to this hearing. >> i think we saw law enforcement's point of view pretty clearly in the testimony of sheriff bacca who said that the muslim community has been incredibly cooperative with law enforcement in the los angeles and southern california area. the premise of the hearing, which mr. king has put forward, that law enforcement says they are not cooperating, is false. eric holder came out and said american muslims had been responsible for assisting in many of the terrorist plots that intelligence agencies have been looking at over the last 18 months. we've had statistics come out, which show that 40% of terror plots have been thwarted due to
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the assistance of the american muslim community. i think where law enforcement is concerned on this, it is pretty resounding on the side of the community. >> some of the testimony today suggested that, in fact, the muslim-american community needs to do more. this is the founder of the american islam reform for democracy at this hearing. watch. >> let me say clearly it is a problem that we can only solve. yes, there may be other types of violent extremism, but that cannot be solved by nonmuslims. so, we can close our eyes and pretend it doesn't exist. we can call everybody a bigot orris llamaaphobe if they even talk about it but you're not going to solve the problem and it is increasing exponentially. >> that is one point of view from dr. jasser, saying the muslim community needs to do more. >> i think it depends on what you mean by more.
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if you look at his testimony, you can see what he wants the american muslim community to do is to report on religious behavior. i personally think that what we should want the american muslim community to do is report on any signs of anybody committing violence. that's reasonable. that's something we can expect a community to do. to expect a community to report on extremism of religiosity is unrealistic. it creates tensions within the community and radicalization is something that's very difficult to spot or to predict. all the experts say that. how can we expect laypeople to come forward and tell us that somebody is behaving in a way which suggests that they're going to become a terrorist seven, eight months down the road? if there's evidence of criminality, suspicion of criminality, suspicions of violence, yes. certainly we can expect the community to come forward, and they have. >> faiza patel from the brennan
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senate. that didn't give us the 60 votes necessary for passage. democrats offered up a p. ny alternative, $7 million for cuts and that didn't get the necessary votes for passage. republicans, we're open for business, waiting for democrats, particularly in the senate, waiting to put something forward that is serious. and the white house. the president has been missing in action during this whole debate. if we're actually going to get something done here, i think he will have to get involved and i hope he will. >> of course, their argument is that they have been involved. the vice president has been on capitol hill, negotiating. they're waiting for republicans to get serious about entitlement reform. mitch mcconnell, your colleague, your leader, was on with mika brzezinski this morning and he was saying we're waiting for the president. both sides keep saying, nobody is going to make a move. >> elected leader, the president
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of this country. in order for something big to get done, he's going to have to have his involvement in it. but right now, i think, we're dealing with the unfinished business of last year, resolution that would fund government till the end of this fiscal year. the house put forward $60 billion in cuts. that failed. $4.7 billion in cuts is what democrats have offered up. that's a big ways apart. coming on top of the remainder of these 2011 negotiations, which are being wrapped up right now, but we're ready to deal on that. republicans want a solution when it comes to entitlement reform. you have to have some leadership. the democrats control the united states senate. they have the mantle. you have the president of the united states in the white house. neither have put forward anything yet that is meaningful and serious when it comes to spending reduction and debt reduction. >> i think some people out there
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would say, you know, your constituents would say you're all elected, you all take an oath of office. the president, yes, needs to show leadership. so do members of the hill, republican and democratic. democrats, of course, say their budget numbers are closer to 6.2 billion. it depends whether or not you count recisions. there's a difference on what the baseline is. either way, you're about $50 billion apart and that is a big, big gap. one quick question. with all of this going on and the big challenges, why did you decide not to run for president? maybe your leadership is what's needed. >> well, thank you, andrea. one of the reasons i decided not to run for president, i don't think we can wait too years. there are big challenges ahead of us. i think i'm right in the middle of it in the united states senate. i hope we can do something about getting discretionary spending under control, the issue before us right now. and we can do something about the longer term challenge of tax reform, getting people back to work in this country. we have to start living within
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our means. we have got to quit spending money that we don't have. the sooner that washington learns that, the better it will be for our economy, the better it will be for job creation and the better it will be for the next generation. right now, those things are all at risk because of the irresponsibility when it comes to fiscal issues here in washington. >> thank you very much, senator john thune. the future of public radio. it's on the line now after ceo vivian cho resigned under pressure from her board after a big gap, threatening to strip npr and its member stations of tens of millions of dollars in federal funds. barbara cochran, after years of experience here at nbc, msnbc and cbs. so, you know this issue more deeply than anyone that i know
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of. here you've got a former fund-raiser for npr caught in a really bad thing, and we can talk about the motivation of those folks. but the bottom line is, he is caught on tape saying we don't need your money. we would be better off without your money. while an average of 15% of the federal budget, federal dollas s make up the budget for npr stations, some of these are completely reliant while some of the big, urban stations are less so. where does that leave national public radio? >> you're absolutely correct, andrea. public broadcasting now is facing the biggest threat to federal funding in its 44-year history. and i think that's why it was so important for them to get the focus off mistakes and people not being on the same hymn book of npr and get it to where it belongs, which is fighting to preserve as much as possible
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those federal funds, because those funds, as you pointed out, go to the local stations. and the local stations, whereas for the system as a whole, only 15% of the budget comes from public funds. some stations, especially in smaller markets or indian reservations, it could be 40%, 50% or more of their budget. >> what do you say to critics on the hill who now say, there's a liberal bias. and even if they weren't, that radio is a valuable commodity and it should be the private sector, not the public sector? >> because npr does news and does get out there and probe questions. liberal bias has been around since the beginning. i heard them when i was there. i had john mclaughlin, fred barnes who have all gone on to renown as conservative spokesman on npr at that time. so, this is an old issue.
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i don't think people will ever be convinced, who think that it's liberal, but -- >> and the justification for public funding? >> the justification for public funding is that this is an investment in information and news for the public that they're not getting elsewhere. we know what's happened to radio news at the local level all across the country. we know local newspapers are struggling. and so it's very important to have these public radio stations that are offering, you know, five, six and more hours a day of news for people so that they can be well informed and make good decisions about being part of a democracy. >> and, in fact, news from foreign posts where commercial broadcasters no longer serve? >> that's right. this morning i turned on npr while i was in my car. i heard a report from egypt, a report from italy about libya,
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13. underage drinkers, many parents are the suppliers. should parents allow them to have a glass of wine here and there or teach them to be responsible drinkers? it's today's gut check. updating you now in wiscons wisconsin. roll call has begun in the assembly after the capitol was closed for a short time to keep out protesters, enraged last night over a vote to end collective bargaining rights. the governor says he will sign the legislation as quickly as he can, legally. moammar gadhafi's sons warn that rebels will soon face full war military action. it will put focus on the u.s. and the international community to decide whether it will aid the opposition. it is clear gadhafi won't leave on its own. >> we believe that gadhafi is in this for the long haul.
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we don't think he has any intentions, despite some of the speculation to the contrary, of leaving. from all evidence we have, which we'll be prepared to discuss in a closed session, he appears to be hunkering down for the duration. >> secretary of state hillary clinton today in a separate congressional hearing cautioned against military action. >> the united states acting alone would be stepping into a situation whose consequences are unforeseeable. >> nbc's jim maceda is live in tripoli. what's the situation on the ground? they are discussing more naval assets but not the no-fly zone. >> reporter: that's right. here, andrea, the situation, you get the feeling that gadhafi feels he can win this thing, even with a no-fly zen in place. that's the kind of confidence he is exuding now. his forces, you're seeing the muscle now, finally. day after day, it's been
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building up. today, it was brega and ras laneuf. you look on the map, andrea, we're talking about the front line shifting 70 or 80 miles to the east, not to the west toward us. just in the opposite direction the last couple of days. there's been a definite shift in momentum and he definitely knows that. he knows he has about 100 times more the forces and the strength of those forces, and the training of those forces than these rebels do. perhaps 500 to 1,000. so the no-fly zone, again, he really doesn't need it. he can use helicopters, the ground and is using effectively war ships as well. back to you. >> jim maceda in tripoli. thank you very much. tomorrow at home, house republicans expect to unveil a new measure to keep the government running beyond next
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friday. even as there is no progress on a long-term budget deal. house republicans want deep cuts and the key advocate there, chair of the appropriations committee, hal rogers. once called the prince of pork. that's the cover story by national journal correspondent. preview of this week's story. such a change. >> yes. >> here, you've got a budget cutter who was the prince of pork, the top appropriator. >> the central question, andrea, is can washington change and are washington cultures so deeply embedded, changing before our eyes? one answer to that question, not the ultimate answer, but hal rogers. appropriations committee, being a spender in washington in 1982. he got on that committee when he was a sophomore and grew up in all the mechanisms and cultures of appropriations, spending and
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hostility to fiscal zv actives who always nag the proipgs committee about spending too much. he was the prince of pork in 2005, a long time ago. now he's sitting atop this committee, pin nacle of his career. what does he do? cutting discretionary spending six times as much as newt gingrich ever tried to cut. it's a radical, stupefying change. >> it was giving out goodies. >> democrat, republican, and appropriations. >> now people don't want to be on it. they don't want to be tagged as the spender. >> freshmen didn't want on this committee. leadership had to beg them to get on it. they say you'll see it will be a cutting committee. it really goes to the central question. no one can answer yet how far these spending cuts will go. continuing resolution debate
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goes on and on and on. and there will be another appropriations session after that and entitlements debate. will republicans keep pushing this? every bit of evidence so far and how rogers is the personification of it is that, yes, they will keep pushing. >> major, it could not be a bigger change. if anyone wants to say that the tea party election has not made a difference, this is case in point. >> the tea partiers were extremely nervous, skeptical. and, in some cases, horrified, to how rogers took this post. they thought it was the death now. they knew institutionally how the committee operated and how hal rogers loved that it operated that way. to see him transform before their eyes and washington's very eyes, it was a signal to the tea party that the mid-term election was not a transient moment but possibly a watershed moment. >> major, thank you very much. one of the biggest names in
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so which political story will be making headlines in the next 24 hours? msnbc contributor and managing editor of postpolitics.com, chris cillizza, joins us now. we started the show with wisconsin, and i think we go back to wisconsin, chris. >> it's all a big loop. >> yeah. >> let's look forward on wisconsin. so this is now the policy fight is basically over. with the collective bargaining now stripped, the budget will likely pass. democrats, state senate democrats are coming back. but the political fight is on. can democrats make good on their pledge to recall some of the
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wisconsin state senators, republicans? they're going to do everything they can but they need 15,000 signatures in each of these state senate districts to get the recall petition on the ballot. that's going to be tough. there's not a big history of doing it in wisconsin but i always say, never say never. remember, gray dave this in california in 2003, that led to governor schwarzeneggeschwarzen. these things can happen but there's a high bar to collecting that number of petitions. it requires a huge amount of organizational heft. unions do have that. >> i was going to say, unions have that, michael more coming out in the next couple of days. there's a lot of passion and a sense many people suggest, because the way this was done in the middle of the night, they are going to court and say it violated the sunshine rules or whatever stated advertisement for a vote is, but that probably will be moot by the time it gets to the courts. >> i think that's right, andrea. i think you're 100% right.
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there's no question there's passion right now. the question is, can you sustain that passion to gather, you know, the gathering of petitions and signatures is some of the toughest, most boring, frankly, work there his in politics. can you keep that up, 15,000 or so signatures in each of the state senate districts? that is not easily done. let's see if they can do it. >> chris cillizza, thank you very much. that does it for this edition of "andrea mitchell reports." tomorrow on the show, budget cuts, baggen rights we'll talk so sander leaven and marc ecko. remember, follow the show online and on twitter@mitchell reports. hi, veronica. >> watching a developing situation in wisconsin. police fending off and arresting a crush of protesters at state
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capitol as senate senators move forward with a bill that strips state workers of collective bargaining rights. democrats may be heading pack to the state. we'll be talking to one of them. more on the intense emotions on capitol hill during those hearings on the radicalization of muslim in america. we're back in three minutes.ey n fi ll eve room everday. like this one. and this one. and oops, my bad. so, they give expedia ginormous discounts with these: unpublished rates. which means i get an even more rockin' hotel, for less. my brain didn't even break a sweat. where you book matters. expedia. but you can still refinance to a fixed rate as low as 4.75% at lendingtree.com, where customers save an average of $293 a month. call lending tree at... today.
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two developing stories on "news nation." >> shoud not be identified as just a member an ethnic group or religion but as an american who gave everything for his fellow americans. >> emotional and at times heated testimony on capitol hill. a controversial hearing on the radicalization of muslim-american has just wrapped up. was anything accomplished? we're awaiting new comments by peter king, who organized the hearings. >> and protesters arrested, scrambling to get into wisconsin's capitol, as the

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