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vaccines out. i have been able to visitclinico important for our recovery and renewal. >> mayor janey, i want you to come back during the campaign to talk about more of the issues facing the city. we appreciate you joining us tonight. >> thank you so much for having me. >> mayor kim janey gets last the last word. the "the 11th hour" with brian williams starts right now. >> day 78 of the biden administration. tonight, brand-new revelations about the federal investigation into republican congressman matt gaetz of florida who remains
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under scrutiny for sex trafficking and a possible relationship with a 17-year-old girl. the feds are looking into the congressman's visit to the bahammas with women and whether they were paid to travel for sex. investigators are looking into whether gaetz and one of his associations to search for women for sex or they could pay for sex. a gaetz spokesman told cbs news which first broke tonight's development that the story has told into a general fishing exercise about vacations and consensual relationships with adults. the congressman has been a rabid supporter of donald trump during his presidency and afterwards, never failing to back him in public. >> donald trump, like all builders is a visionary. that which is built in the mind is more powerful than the brick
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and mortar that holds it together. first comes the mind and then the making, first the vision and then the work. my fellow patriots, don't be shy and don't be sorry. join me as we proudly represent the first wing of the conservative movement. >> last night it was reported gaetz approached the trump white house about a blanket pardon while the federal investigation was already underway. today the former president issued this statement, congressman matt gaetz has never asked me for a pardon and must also be remembered he has totally denied the accusations against him. no. the times did not report that gaetz had asked trump directly for a pardon. the investigation into gaetz stems from at a tax collector
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that has pled not guilty to an earlier set of charges. gaetz described greenberg as a wingman. now there are suspicions greenberg might be cooperating. to the white house now where tomorrow joe biden will take his first major steps towards cushing gun violence. expecting to announce a series of executive actions on gun control following two recent deadly mass shootings in atlanta and boulder, colorado. rules to stop the proliferation of homemade ghost guns, weapons largely made at home without traceable serial numbers and expected to nominate the head of alcohol, tobacco and explosives. the white house says biden intends to still work with
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congress on the issue. >> he is going to continue to work with leaders in congress on moving forward the two background check bills that are moving their way through the house. to push forward an assault weapons ban. today the president fired back at republicans who are saying that the bill is too big and are objecting to the size of it. >> my republican friends, many say it is too big. fix what we have already got. we are america. we don't just fix for today. we build for tomorrow. billionaires made billions more during this period.
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where is the outrage there? not trying to punish anybody. dammit, i am sick and tired of ordinary people being fleeced. biden insisted republican opposition will not stop him. we will be open to good ideas and good faith negotiations. here is what we won't be open to. we won't be open to doing nothing. inaction, simply is not an option. >> you have failed on your promise of bipartisanship if you do not get republicans on board with the plan. the first plan passed along party lines. >> i would have been prepared to compromise but they didn't. they didn't move an inch. not an inch. >> the white house is still
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grappling with the ongoing spread of the pandemic each as the rate of vaccinations grows. cases are rising across the nation. the number of confirmed cases today topped 31 million. now more than 562,000 deaths. five states, michigan, florida, pennsylvania and new jersey represent about 44% of all new infections. the cdc director warned the uk variant is now the dominant strain of virus in the united states. >> it is now the most common lineage circulating in the united states. we are hearing reports of clusters of cases associated with day care centers and youth sports. hospitals are seeing more and more younger adults. those in their 30s and their 40s. >> with that let's bring in the leadoff guest on this wednesday night. a senior washington correspondent for the
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"washington post." erin haynes, now the editor at-large for the 19th, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news room focused on gender, politics and policy and an infectious disease physician and medical director at boston university school of medicine. good evening to all of you. let's start with you and what is going on with matt gaetz. each day and every few hours there seems to be further development but we don't have concrete reaction from the department of justice or concrete response from matt gaetz' colleagues in congress. >> that is exactly right. we have heard little from republican leaders on capitol hill. the only real statement on gaetz. the story is getting messier for the florida congressman.
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the reporting just tonight about the allegation that he had taken perhaps paid escorts overseas across state lines. that is a very troubling development. i imagine that there is a lot more in this case and that investigators are trying to sort through and figure out than we are aware of at this time. there is something going on behind the scenes in washington. tomorrow we will see executive action on gun control. something biden and others who are running for the democratic nomination said they would do. i think it is a part of this pattern that we have seen
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emerging. the biden/harris administration saying they want to work in a bipartisan fashion. to try to get bipartisan support for this legislation. and barring that support, democrats saying that they are going to move forward because they have the power to do that with control of the white house and control of the house and a majority in the senate. we have seen the biden administration attempt to redefine bipartisanship. i think you will see more of that with this infrastructure plan. they are attempting to define infrastructure. whether you take the bill in total or take parts it like care
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giving, for instance. something that republicans and democrats support that we have written about at the 19th. we can't do nothing. inaction is not an option. while he is leaving the door open saying come and work with us if you want. when i heard president biden talking about him saying let's do traditional infrastructure. i felt like he took a page out of your writing where you said we need to think of infrastructure more broadly.
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yeah. he talked about it as something that has evolved over the history of the country. before the american highway system, the internet did not exist. what we need to think about in terms of what infrastructure will mean and the lessons we have learned and the things that must be in place in order for us to function as a society are some of the things that you are seeing in the bill. the broadband issue for rural folks and things like care giving. if you have to figure out how to care for a loved one, whether a child at home or elderly loved one that needs care. until you figure it out, it is going to hamper your ability to
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either return to or remain in the workforce. >> as much as a bad road or highway that does not work is going to. let's talk about the uk variant. tell me what this is supposed to mean to me. >> this is something we had predicted back at the beginning of february. the variant when spread here in the u.s. it takes a foot old every time someone gets the disease they are more likely to pass it on to other people. what you are seeing here is that
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because of the loosening of some of the capacity and the dropping of the masks as well as the bad luck, introduced in many ways and now becoming the variant that is now had an advantage you are seeing increase in cases and increase in states like michigan or hospitalizations. do not predict how incredibly refed up our vaccinations rates are going to be. we still have a while to go. that may have tempered some of that. we truly have to balance vaccinations and decrease in the community transmission. >> at some point, joe biden said that we will have to be qualified to be able to get a vaccine by the middle of april. but ultimately once everybody is vaccinated with one of the major vaccines that we have out there
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right now, do the variants matter or will the vaccines halt those? this is the good news. b117, not affected by it. you are protected against all severe disease and hospitalizations. now it looks good. a lot more people have moved out of the column of wait and see and want to get the vaccine as soon as possible. as we expand we want to make sure that the vulnerable population, the elderly.
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are not left behind. that is the path ahead. >> you need a bit of a ph.d. to figure out getting a vaccine in parts of the country. let's talk about the infrastructure bill a little more. you saw kristen welker asking the president if he would go ahead with it without republican support. there are not many votes to lose in the house or the senate when it comes to going along with this very, very big bill. >> that is right, ali. you look at the senate and he can't afford to lose a single democratic vote. so far we are hearing a great deal of criticism from republicans and some democrats too. the white house is making an argument for why all of this
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infrastructure is so important and important to have rural broadband and why it is important to have care giving and the other sort of 21st century infrastructure programs. but the question about taxes, president biden wants to raise the corporate tax rate to 28%. that is higher than certainly most republican senators are comfortable with and higher than democratic senators said they are comfortable with. joe manchin from west virginia, a key swing vote in the senate said he is ready to raise it to about 25% but not higher. i think that in the weeks to come we are going to see a lot of back and forth from both ends of pennsylvania avenue. members of the white house telling the white house what numbers they are comfortable with. that is the sausage making process. the compromise that biden was talking about today.
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>> one we will talk about for a long time. erin, we are in the second week now of the trial. the derek chauvin trial. there was a question put to the president's press secretary about the reaction that the president might have or what he will say at the end of the trial. i would like to get your thoughts on it. >> does the president plan to address the country upon itself concles -- conclusion. >> the president has spoken quite a bit over the course of the last year and it certainly impacted him and redoubled his commitment to addressing racial injustice throughout the country and the government. i certainly would expect we have a statement. >> it matters who the president is and what the president has to say about it regardless of what the outcome of the trial is. >> you saw president biden weigh
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in to the george floyd killing as a candidate. visiting minneapolis. visiting with george floyd's daughter. saying, you know, vowing to her that something would be done so that her father's life was not in vain. you know, that is certainly a moment that stuck with him because he has referenced it multiple times since last summer. i believe that he referenced it since he has been in office. you know, it is talked about the need for policing reform. you know, the idea he is invested in the trial and in the outcome. i believe he believes we are still in a battle for the soul of the nation if january 6 was any indication the racial healing that needs to happen, a lot of americans see whatever
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happens with the trial as a big part of that. >> yeah. that is a good point. he launched his campaign for president talking about the battle for the soul of the nation. thank you to the three of us for kicking this off tonight. we appreciate your time. coming up, should the shouts from an angry crowd justify excessive force. two top legal experts break down the testimony and as one of the guests puts it, jim crow voting era laws said this is not to keep black people from voting, but they did. are the laws making a comeback. the "the 11th hour" getting underway on a monday night. ck the "the 11th hour" getting underway on a monday night staying active and eating right? yup, on it there, too. you may think you're doing all you can to manage type 2 diabetes and heart disease but could your medication do more to lower your heart risk? jardiance can reduce the risk of cardiovascular death for adults who also have known heart disease. so, it could help save your life from a heart attack or stroke.
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>> do you have an opinion to a degree of reasonable and professional certainty for how much force was reasonable for the defendant to use on mr. floyd after mr. floyd was handcuffed, placed in the prone position and not resisting? >> yes. >> what that was opinion? >> that no force should have been used once he was in that position. he wasn't attempting to resist. and the pressure that he was caused by the body weight would be able to cause death. >> on the eighth day of questioning in chauvin's murder trial, the defense zeroed in on the possibility that drugs might
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have contributed to floyd's death. during questioning from chauvin's attorney, the state's lead investigator in the case was shown a clip of floyd from a police body camera on the ground. >> could you hear that? >> yes, i did. >> did it appear that mr. floyd said that i ate too many drugs. >> yes, it did. >> prosecutor called the special agent back to the stand to watch a longer version of the same clip. >> having heard it in context are you able to tell what mr. floyd is saying there? >> i believe mr. floyd said i ain't do no drugs. >> joining us, former u.s. attorney joyce vance who spent
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25 years as a federal prosecutor and is one of the co-hosts of the podcast sister-in-law. tell me about the significance of today's testimony. the defense had said from the beginning that what they are going to demonstrate in part is that george floyd had drugs in his system and that was enough to kill him. the idea that he had drugs is not in dispute. what is in the value of what we heard today? >> again, this goes to show, and this is the defense's point that there may have been a number of contributing factors to what ultimately happened to mr. floyd and many could have been related to drug use and he could have been intoxicated leading him to be more combative with the officer. it would go to show drug use
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might be a cause of mr. floyd's death. there is a lot of working done to counter the claims the prosecutor was making about how all of this has unfolded. >> joyce, our viewers might not have been able to distinguish. this had is the hard part of court cases and being a jury. two versions of the tape that were played, one, the defense says that what you can hear george floyd saying i ate too many drugs. the prosecution said it sounded like i ain't do no drugs. those two things mean completely opposite things. what do you make of the tape and playing it twice? >> it is hard to assess because we are not able to see the jury's reaction but the defense hurt their credibility a little bit today with this stunt. i think they were surprised by
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the special agent's answer when they boxed him a little bit into giving this negative interpretation to george floyd's words. the prosecutor did not look very happy. played the slightly longer version of the tape causing the special agent to correct his testimony. this real question is whether it will diminish their credibility. they will ask to determine what occurred that day and to have faith in what officer chauvin did. they need for their credibility with the jury to be high and they heard it today. >> melissa, there is an interesting separate line of defense that is evolving over the last few days. the menace that the defense said
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was posed by the gathering crowd of bystanders. some of whom called police themselves and some were involved in an exchange with the police officers. there somebody little reaction to that crowd but the defense is trying to make the argument that the crowd is distracting and could have been threatening. >> this is something that i think we saw the seeds planted in the earlier cross-examination of donald williams ii, the mixed martial arts specialist who testified and was a bystander.
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you see the seeds of all of this coalescing. the idea that the crowd was so loud and distracting that officer chauvin was within his rights because he couldn't concentrate on what he was doing. this is a dangerous line of argument for future police violence cases. it means that likely it will have legs in future cases. day one of the case the prosecution brought out donald williams. the defense painted him as aggressive in the video. but some people looked at the video and said this was a guy trying to stop the police from doing what he thought was dangerous. they were trying to get him to
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get off of george floyd's neck. >> the jury gets to decide what the truth is here, whether it was a menacing crowd or bystan. we heard some of this from the use of force expert today from the los angeles police department. he said that they were not throwing bottles or rocks. they were videotaping. under minnesota law the crowd had a right to videotape the incident. there is somebody else handling the crowd. he does not appear to be having any trouble. this group of five police officers somehow can't handle
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>> whatever partisan divisions that there are around other issues, they don't have to be around this one. the divisions in the moment shouldn't stop us from doing the right thing for the future. >> as the pressure pushes for unity on the infrastructure plan, republicans and democrats remain divided. georgia is still facing plenty of pressure over new voting restrictions and the battle over boycotts is just heating up as the masters gets underway. the masters begins thursday at augusta national golf club and opponents of the law plan to stage protests outside the gates. the club side-stepped the election law. many of augusta national's exclusive members including rob manfred are under pressure to oppose the changes. back with us again, eugene
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robinson over at the "washington post" and mike murphy, a veteran republican strategist and codirector of the center for political future at the university of southern california and is co-host of the hacks on top podcast. good evening to both of you. mike, mitch mcconnell said something interesting every day this week. he realized he might have overstepped in what he thinks ceos of companies should or shouldn't do. let's listen to the latest that he commented on. >> i didn't say that very artfully yesterday. they are certainly entitled to be involved in politics. they are. my principle complaint is they didn't read the darn bill. >> so yesterday he said corporate boycotts are stupid. he said ceos should mind their own business and don't mind they give contributions. that is the way that companies talk. where do you make of where mitch mcconnell is and how he is
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managing the situation? >> i think he is trying to clean up a clumsy remark before. i will take him at his word. he does believe companies should have opinions. people get to protest. people get to reaction to the legislation they don't like, whether it be outside the masters or the ceo level of a company. the issue, i think, and this thing is a good example of this georgia law. i criticized it from the beginning. i think it was done in bad faith. but it is more complicated than the bumper sticker hysteria we are having where one side says we are right. you are evil. i don't like cracking down on absentee ballot voting. i like the idea of more early voting. i don't like the idea of putting the boxes. there is plenty of stuff to criticize in it. it is something that the temperature could go down and we could have a constructive
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federal law that is not the type of over reach we have in the house remedy to this. i think mcconnell tried to cool down the rhetoric as he should. >> part of the issue is that people need to see these things in black and white. and the governor of georgia, brian kemp, says there is nothing jim crow about the law. the president said these feel like jim crow laws. what is your take on whether it is or isn't in. >> well, i think it is. i did grow up under jim grow laws. remember, they never said, you know, black people can't vote because that would would have been clearly unconstitutional and illegal and out of bounds. what they were are laws on the face that applied to everyone but they were designed and enforced to deny voting rights to african-americans.
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if this is not a complete and verbatim repeat of that it is a very close rhyme. because that is the purpose in essence of the new restrictions. and let's not forget it is based on a lie. it stems from the big lie about voter fraud in the 2020 election but never, ever happened. >> mike, let me ask you about joe manchin. he wrote in the "washington post" today and now we are switching to talking about the filibuster. there is no circumstance in which i will vote to eliminate or weaken the filibuster. the time has come to end the political games and usher in a new era of bipartisanship. what happens here? with the filibuster. it is getting more discussion now than it has in a while.
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>> well, you know there is going to be a lot of frustration. manchin has been a traditionalist on the filibuster. i think that you brought clarity to it. the problem with the filibuster is that it is seeing bipartisans on both sides to get a magic key to where we want. depending what side you are on, the progressives saying we got 50 votes in the vp. enough talking. let's get rid of the filibuster. the problem, that is like leaving a laser sword around. the other side gets it. they can have equal fun. i think manchin, the second most powerful person in the country in politics after joe biden, he is the key vote. he made it clear he is not the only democratic senator with doubts. the filibuster removal, i think, is more of a fighting topic for people that like to debate
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politics than a real possible outcome in the short-term in the senate. maybe there will be misbehavior, a total blocking of everything or a rethink. he knew a line in the sand. people ought to believe or take him ats it word. >> this is an interesting point that you make. the last sentence said that it is time to end these political games and usher in a new era of bipartisanship. he doesn't talk about the moment that we are living right now. >> that is true. i think that you would like to see a throw back, you know. he thinks the filibuster might force it. >> what do you think? >> yeah. yeah. no. i do not see that bipartisanship. i do not see any willingness on the part of any republicans to seriously engage with this administration ones it agenda and try to meet in the middle.
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we have not seen that. but the fact is that this is a 50/50 senate with the vice president breaking the tie and joe manchin is 1 of the 50 democratic votes. you know, if joe manchin hypothetically decided to cross the aisle, literally, and join the other party, mitch mcconnell will be back in charge of the senate. that is just a reality that democrats have to live with. you know, he is the only democrat that can get elected to the senate from west virginia. they have to deal with joe manchin. right now he is a definitive no on killing the filibuster so the filibuster stays. >> guys, stick around for round two. the new political aspirations emerging from donald trump's shadow when the "the 11th hour" continues. m donald trump's shadow when the "the 11th hour" continues.
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>> brooks is one of the strongest supporters in congress. here is what we heard from the congressman on january 6th before the rioters stormed the capitol. >> we are not going to let them continue to corrupt our elections and steal from us our god-given right to control our nation's destiny. today is the day that american patriots start taking down names and kicking ass. >> alabama politics keeps us busy some days. eugene robinson and mike murphy are with us. your elves of the strength of
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donald trump's endorsement of mo brooks. >> brooks is an embarrassment to the republican party and the great state of alabama. you know, his thuggish demeanor and involvement in january is evident as the clip showed. no surprise trump loves him. alabama is a republican state and if he can win the republican primary to the shame of alabama, he has a good chance to be the next senator from there and his clown show will be elevated, unfortunately. >> eugene, we were just putting up this thing on the screen. i want to show my viewers on the screen again. he said that biden is governing from the new center while republicans are catering to the far side with rhetoric and anti-democratic action such as bills to restrict voting. those of us on the center-right can't afford a third party flirtation. we need to become biden
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republicans. evaluate max's take on that please. >> well, he became a biden republican in the general election in 2020. i think that it makes sense. i think that there is a good chance that a really ultra trump slate of candidates and especially senate candidates in 2022 will be really bad for the republican party. biden's policies are popular. they are. they are centrist policies, generally. at least the country thinks they are. so trump may be leading the republican party off of a cliff. but we will have to see, you know. it is a resilient institution and there are states that have been voting republicans. this is not going to be an easy thing for democrats. but trump is helping them, i think.
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>> mike, what do you think? what do republicans, center/right republicans do? >> you know, i am a republican that had a character-building experience of voting for biden because i couldn't go trump. max is on to something about the center-right party that is just a sliver. i think president biden is running a risk of scaring away his biden republicans with his fiscal policy. the infrastructure bill, there is a lot of good enough and a lot of enough without infrastructure. we biden republicans are fiscal conservatives. i think the biden world shouldn't take that for granted. issues do count. it is up in the air. a big debate in anti-trump circles, third party or not. >> one that will go on for a
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bodies from old graveyards to make room. many governors and mayors want to do more. begging for help. but they don't have many vaccines to give. a former ally of president trump says that lock downs kill more than covid and refused to taking a vaccine since he already had the virus though experts recommend one. >> brazil needs to go to the international community and buy enough doses to curtail the crisis. >> reporter: public health experts warn it is so unchecked that brazil is a breeding ground for new strains. you are going to want to hear
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stop cleaning and start swiffering. the last thing before we go tonight is about a former house speaker and a former president. john boehner's forthcoming memoir keeps generating headlines over his choice words for republicans. ted cruz gets extra unfiltered criticism. >> p.s., ted cruz, go [ bleep ] yourself. >> john boehner was first sworn in over 30 years ago. a lover of wine and cigarettes who made his share of deals in smoke-filled rooms seems to be disgusted that the g.o.p. is now the party of trump. the "new york times" says boehner was exceedingly candid when sharing what he really thinks of donald trump and
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blames 45 for losing the senate and the capitol. boehner wrote that i was not prepared for what came after the election, trump refusing to accept the results and stoking the flames of conspiracy that turned into violence in the seat of our democracy. boehner writes that trump incited that bloody insurrection for nothing more than selfish reasons. he took advantage of the trust placed in him by his supporters and ultimately betraying to that trust. 45 e-mailed the times asking was he drinking when he made that statement calling boehner just another rino that couldn't do the job.
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he never lost an election. donald trump lost the only re-election campaign he ever has been in. that is our broadcast for this wednesday night. thanks for being with us on behalf of all of my colleagues at the networks of nbc news, good night. >> we start tonight on the republican side of politics and politics in the news where things are a little bit of a three-ring circus right now and it is starting to seem like the circus tent could come down in the wind. starting in georgia tonight, the national bull's eye and the focus of so much anger and upset and controversy over republicans rolling out new restrictions on voting rights, today in a surprise georgia's republican lieutenant governor admitted that the impetus for these


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