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tv   The Last Word With Lawrence O Donnell  MSNBC  December 24, 2019 7:00pm-8:00pm PST

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good evening and welcome to a special holiday edition of "last word." what a difference a year makes. this time last year the speaker of the house was a republican. alexandria ocasio-cortez wasn't a member of congress yet, neither was katie porter. congresswoman porter will join us in this hour to discuss the achievements of the democratic house of representatives and the hundreds of bills they have passed which mitch mccomis blocking in the senate. a year ago the president of ukraine was still a standup comedian and not the recipient of the most important phone call of the year. the phone call that got the president of the united states impeached. a year ago when the republicans
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still had the majority in the house of representatives donald trump shutdown the government over his dream of a wall on our southern border. >> 20 times you have called for it, i will shutdown the government if i don't get my wall -- >> you know what i'll say, yes, if we don't get what we want one way or the other whether it's through you, the military, anything you wanted to call i will shutdown the government. >> everybody knew that nancy pelosi was not going to agree to paying for the wall that donald trump said mexico would pay for. >> what would you say to president trump if you had a minute? >> president trump, no disrespect, miss nancy is not going to give you that wall. mr. trump, you need to stop holding us hostage. that's what you're doing.
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>> donald trump surrendered to nancy pelosi the next day. in 2019 with the democrats in control of congress, they called michael cohen to testify publicly before he went to prison for crimes he told congress and the court he committed at the direction of donald trump with the participation of donald trump. the republican controlled senate ignored the mueller report, but the democrats in the house called special counsel robert mueller to testify publicly, and then the day after robert mueller testified donald trump placed the phone call to the president of ukraine that has changed the course of history. >> the actions taken to date by the president has seriously violated the constitution especially when the president says article 2 says i can do whatever i want. therefore today i'm announcing the house of representatives moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry. >> two months later the chair of
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the house intelligence committee adam schiff completed his impeachment investigation of the president with these words. >> the day after bob mueller testified, the day after bob mueller testified that donald trump invited russian interference, hey, russia, if you're listening come get hillary's e-mails and later that day they tried to hack her server -- the day after he testified that not only did trump invite that interference but that he welcomed the help in the campaign, they made full use of it, they lied about it, they obstructed the investigation into it, and all this is in his testimony and his report. the day after that donald trump is back on the phone asking another nation to involve itself in another u.s. election.
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that says to me this president believes he is above the law, beyond accountability, and in my view there is nothing more dangerous than an unethical president who believes they are above the law. and i would just say to people watching here at home and around the world in the words of my great colleague, we are better than that. adjourned. >> donald trump spent the fall campaign season literally begging for votes for candidates he supported in the republican states like kentucky. >> and if you lose, they're going to say trump suffered the greatest defeat in the history of the world. this was the greatest. you can't let that happen to me. >> they did let it happen to thim. donald trump's candidate for governor did lose in kentucky and donald trump's candidate for governor lost in louisiana after he went to louisiana and said
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this. >> so you've got to give me a big win please, okay? okay? >> they didn't. republican candidates lost in republican states even with donald trump publicly begging for votes in those states. donald trump made those state-wide elections about himself, and it seems the voters responded in the spirit evoked by congressman elijah cummings. >> i'm hoping that all of us can get back to this democracy that we want and that we should be passing on our children so that they can do better than what we did. when we are dancing with the angels, the question will be asked in 2019 what do we do to make sure we kept our democracy intact? >> we are lucky to be leading off on an all-star panel tonight. we also have michelle goldberg,
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"the new york times" columnist and analyst and it's great to have a new york times quorum here. let me start with you and what we just heard from elijah cummings. when you watched trump go into those republican states and literally beg for votes, something happened. something happened in that same voting population that had been voting republican and it seems like what elijah was talking about. >> boy, is elijah missed. in this moment he was such a strong voice and good for adam schiff and picking up that mantle and kentucky to me is really important because what kentucky has suffered under the sort of mini donald trump that they ousted in this election, in this off-year election was somebody who said to kentucky voters what you get for electing
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me is me. and i have the power over you for me. but what you don't get is health care. what you don't get are schools that are decent because you don't deserve any of that. what you get is me, which is what donald trump has said to the country. it's a mini version of what donald trump has said, but you dent get his mercy. and the voters of kentucky said you know what we want is health care, what we want are decent schools, what we want is mercy from people who have made their debt to society. so you're seeing in states what people actually can vote and make a choice, we saw a same thing in louisiana where they said, no, you can't take away our governor just because you want to replace him with another donald trump. so when you give people access to the ballot and let them choose, people do choose for what's right for themselves. in the case of donald trump what he's saying is not what you get is me, and you get me no matter what i have to do. i'm keeping this power, i don't care what you need. i'm going to give my rich friends whatever tax cuts they
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want, i'm going to treat this country like it's my own personal bank account because this power is mine. and when ehoogoes to another country and says you help me get back in office and let me keep this power what he's saying is he owns the presidency, that this country belongs to him. and i think the american people need to understand this scandal is not about donald trump being mean to the president of another country. it's about him saying we don't have the right to choose our president, he gets to pick himself and he gets to keep that power and he doesn't care what he has to do to get it, that's dangerous. >> michelle, imagine if you will that the democrats did not take back the house of representatives in the last election. let's say they came up a seat or two shy, whatever happened no robert mueller testimony in the house or to any congressional committee. certainly we wouldn't have heard from michael cohen testifying about the president. no investigation whatsoever of the whistle-blower complaint which revealed evidence that has
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now become the evidence of his impeachment. >> even if we know about the whistle-blower complaint so many things have to happen which makes you wonder. it makes you wonder what else -- >> if the same thing had happened, a similar thing had happened a year before we still want know. we still probably don't know, and so there's probably a wealth of, you know, absolutely shocking misdeeds that the american people still don't know about. but, yes, thank god democrats won that election last year. although i think what we've seen that the end of the year is just how impenetrable the wall of lies around donald trump is. and so year by year into this kind of nightmare presidency you see more fealty from republicans, more disloyalty to their fellow americans, more sort of absolute denial of any kind of reality except what
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their dear leader dictates realty to be. >> and what's so fascinating about that point which seems absolutely to be true, nick, is those republicans just saw him go to republican states, beg for votes and lose. so normally when a party is watching the leader of that party weaken politically and electorally, their support, their adherence to him starts to shatter but not here. >> you know, i think that's partly because over the last ten years or so i think many people have seen that their greatest threat comes not in the general election but in the primary, so they worry perhaps more based on recent evidence about the primary than about the general election risks. but there also is this imperviousness to facts, and i think that's partly a function of the news media landscape and the fact there are fox and others which created this
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ecosystem that facts don't enter. what i find remarkable is there's been this series of revelations and michelle alluded to them, and yet they have had so little impact on either public opinion or on -- or on republicans in general. and, you know, we -- we -- i was a teenager in watergate, but at that point there really was some effort by republicans to get to the truth, that's when the verb stonewalling became popular and arised in watergate, and stonewalling mattered. nowadays stonewalling is just accepted by the republican party. and it seems to me fundamentally the difference between today and watergate is not the nature of the misconduct but the shameilousness sham shamelessness of the defense. >> if you told me at the beginning of the year michael cohen was going to testify to
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congress and describe federal crimes that donald trump told him to commit, that donald trump then committed with him, i would have said to you as i thought at the time when his hearing got scheduled this is going to be the most devastating public hearing of a congress about donald trump ever. turns out there was something else that donald trump was going to deliver in that pipeline of scandal. another demonstration of just how just amazingly unpredictable trump world is. >> yeah, and, you know, michael cohen he did a service in husband testimony before congress before he woupd up going to prison -- before he signed up to the prison in which he said to republicans you're going to be me, that if you don't -- if you don't check yourself you're going to wind up like me because donald trump will ask you to do something wrong, he'll ask you to do things that violate your conscience. and i think what we're seeing here is the republican party are
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all michael cohen. right, they're all willing to be donald trump's lapdogs and his -- you know, his body men. they're not congress people anymore. they don't even want to defend their own power. the second article of impeachment is he defied them. it's literally monarchism which i think is the last thing anyone expected out of republican politicians. >> generally the unnoted collapse of the male ego. mitch mcconnell is the senate majority leader. when i used to work in the senate, the senate majority leader did not mind telling the president how things were going to work. the speaker of the house never minded telling the president what he could not have, and yes there was just power exertion involved but always, always what i was observing in to some extent in these contests was demonstrations of the male ego in both directions.
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it's gone from republicanism in washington except for one person who has it in the white house. >> i mean, this is to me less a question for historians and more a question for psychoanalysts. i don't know if you've ever read escape from freedom by eric frum, thad sadism goes along with this will towards submission. people believed in democracy, believed in self-government, believed in free people deliberating and kind of trying to get at the truth. it turns out that what they just wanted to do was submit. >> and, nick, robert mueller testifying which is now a distant memory and turns out to have had next to no impact i think the mueller report itself will be a document that lives in history, but that testimony not only did it not have impact in washington, but in the white
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house it's literally the next day that the president picks up the telephone and calls the president of ukraine. >> i think that relates to what you were just talking about with michelle that the trump white house has often been quite successful at framing issues to the public, and i think that's why president trump has eviscerated the -- the republicans in congress. and i think that bill barr managed by framing the mueller report but that actually had really enormous s impact iphow the public perceived it, and i think that we in the news media have to -- have to wrestle with that how do we avoid enabling somebody like bill barr to establish the contours of a landscape that only a month later we realize actually was quite a different landscape at all. >> joy reid, at this point
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roughly around this time in 2004 john kerry was polling at 4% in the primary polls. and he came from way back in the pack up to winning iowa, winning new hampshire, and it was all over, he was the nominee. this is one of those years where it is very hard to predict where things are going to look after iowa and new hampshire. >> yeah, and i think you might have been the person who pointed this out to me not too long ago the way john kerry was able to come back, i was working for an outside organization trying to help the democrats at that time, and we sort of were watching this whole thing go on. he was able to come back because he had a lot of money. he was able to spend his way back into contention in iowa when people thought he had no shot. he could give himself a loan because he was really rich. what we see now is a lot of rich people throwing money at this race that's not necessarily helping them but skewing kind of the results. so it's very hard to predict the
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way this is going to go, and there's also a disconnect between what happens in iowa and what happens afterwards. it is so confusing right now. >> and michelle, i haven't come close to predicting in this field, and i think that's a nice humbling sensation because i don't think it's predictable. >> yeah, i don't think we have any idea. i actually would have thought, and i thought having seen biden on the trail a bit in iowa as well as south carolina i kind of had this idea once people saw him up close, saw him i think he has lost a step in 2016 and certainly in 2008 that his support would be a lot softer and so far that hasn't happened. >> have to thank you all. thank you very much for starting us off tonight. and when we come back congresswoman katie porter will be here. this year she held a master class in how to make the most of her congressional time washington lobbyists still have figured out how to prepare their corporate witnesses for
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plus, unwrap $250 off a new samsung phone. click, call or visit a store today. freshman democratic congresswoman katie porter who flipped a republican district in orange county, california, to win her seat in congress has quickly earned the reputation of being one of the very best questioners in congressional hearings. she has stumped rich ceos and
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challenged cabinet members from her position on the house financial services committee. katie porter was a law professor before becoming a member of congress. she began her training in the law at harvard law school where she was a student of then professor elizabeth warren. here's a quick sample of congressionalwoman katie porter at work. >> my question for you is whether you would be willing to share today your social security, your birth date and your address at this public hearing. >> i would be a bit uncomfortable doing that, congresswoman. if you'd so oblige me i'd prefer not to. >> okay, can i ask you why you're unwilling? >> well, it's sensitive information. i think it's sensitive information i'd like to protect and i think consumers should protect theirs. >> if you agree that exposing this kind of information, information like that that you have in your credit reports
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creates harm, therefore you're unwilling to share it, why are your lawyers arguing in federal court that there was no injury and no harm created by your data breach? >> congresswoman it's really hard for me to comment on what our lawyers are doing -- >> you do employ those lawyers and they do operate at your direction, they're your counsel. i feel they're inconsistent with some of the helpful testimony you've provided today. the annual percentage rate, and i'll be happy to send you a copy of the textbook that i wrote, explains that the apr is derived from the finance charge. the amount financed and the payment schedule it's a mathematical transformation of those three numbers into the cost of credit expressed in a
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yearly rate. >> a simplification i understand you know well. >> well, my concern is whether you know well, ma'am, because you are the one responsible making sure american consumers know when they take on loans. it means something to you and that customers and investors can rely on those statements. that's correct. >> then why if you don't my asking are your lawyers in federal court arguing that those exact statements that i read are, quote, examples of nonactionable corporate puffery on which no reasonable investor could rely? >> i don't know why our lawyers are arguing that. >> are you lying to a federal judge or are you lying to me and this congress right now about whether we can rely on those statements? >> neither. >> it's convenient for your
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lawyers to deflect blame in court and say that your rebranding campaign can be ignored as hyperbolic marketing, but then when you come to congress you want us to take you at your word, and i think that's the disconnect that's why the american public is having trouble trusting wells fargo. should 2,425 months a month, she rents out a one bedroom apartment and she and her daughter sleep together. that average bedroom apartment is going to be $1,600, she's like me. she drives a 2008 mini van and has $400 for car, expenses and gas, net $325. the department of agriculture says a low food budget is $400, that leaves her $77 in the red. she has a cricket cellphone, the cheapest cellphone she can get
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for $40. she has after school care and that takes her down to negative $960 per month. my question to you is how can she manage this budget shortfall while she's working full time at your bank? >> i don't know. >> would you recommend she take out a jp morgan chase credit card and run a deficit? >> i don't know. i'd have to think about it. >> would you recommend she overdraft at your bank and be charged overdraft fees? >> i don't know. i'd have to think about it. >> so i know -- >> i'd love to call up a conversation unt our financial affairs -- >> see if you can find a way for her to live on less the minimum we described? >> just be helpful. >> i appreciate your desire to be helpful but i want you to provide a way for families to make ends meet. you're arguing in a consumer data lawsuit in which your own lawyers admit that users information was stolen, that the
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plaintiffs failed to articulate any injury, in other words no harm, no foul, facebook messed up but it doesn't matter? is that your position? >> congresswoman, i'm not familiar with all the context here and i'm not a lawyer so it's a little bit hard for me to weigh in -- >> as ceo and the tremendously proportional chair holder of facebook you are responsible for the legal arguments your company makes. you hire these lawyers. will you commit to withdrawing this argument and this pleading and never again plead that there is no liability on facebook when data breaches occur? >> congresswoman, you're certainly right that i'm ceo and i'm responsible for everything that happens in the company. all that i'm saying is that i imagine there are more pages to this document and -- >> i'm going to take that as a no for right now, but i would like you to consider it. i think your pleading is
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inconsistent with your privacy principles. and i think the american people are tired of this hypocrisy. i've been in congress for ten months and i've lost count of how many people have sat in that exact chair and said one thing to me and this congress and another thing in federal court. we're going to squeeze in a quick commercial break. and when we come back we're very happy to be joined by in person congresswoman katie porter. y in congresswoman katie porter and even here? with new bounce rapid touch up spray, you can fight wrinkles anywhere. spray smooth and you're fresh and ready to go wherever you are. new bounce rapid touch up spray. bounce out wrinkles anywhere. yeah. only pay for what you need with liberty mutual. only pay for what you need with liberty mutual. con liberty mutual solo pagas lo que necesitas. only pay for what you need...
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congresswoman porter, thank you very much for joining us tonight. we really appreciate it. >> absolutely. >> and i want to just begin with a note about your style, your question style as apoesds oppos content at the moment in hearings. because we've now seen moral indignation and understandable anger and outrage voiced in impeachment inquiry hearings on both sides actually. and what i'm struck by in your questioning style is that you are always flawlessly polite. you never try to use volume to create an emotional affect in your questions. how did you arrive at this style of questioning you use in the hearings? >> well, before i ran for congress i was a law professor, and so i had hours and hours of classroom experience asking students questions, trying to draw them into engaging the
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material. and frankly some of those students were incredibly well prepared, and some of them were not. and so i guess i'd give a shout out to all the students who didn't get the homework done, for giving me preparation for dealing with these ceos and trump administration officials who show up in congress not ready to talk about the issues of the day. >> and the one that kind of was your first big hit was jamie dimon, the jp morgan chase ceo and i want to show one more piece of this because it involves kind of a little math question he just couldn't kind of figure out. let's watch this. >> you know how to spend $31 million a year on salary and you can't figure out how to make up a $567 a month shortfall? this a budget problem you cannot solve. >> and what's so striking about that i think we both know is if you were showing him a budget
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problem in a business where there was a shortfall, one of the things he would suggest is ways to raise the revenue going into that business. it never occurred to him in talking to you that one solution to the problem of someone working at his bank at the low wages that you identified would have been for him to raise the pay of that person. >> and to be fair i don't know if that occurred to him and he simply wasn't willing to admit it. some of his competitor banks including bank of america had just announced pay raises of up to $20 an hour. and the hypothetical example i gave him, the single mom working at jp morgan chase was earning $16.50, so i don't know if it crossed his mind and he simply didn't want to admit it or if it didn't even occur to him the most vaobvious way to help a family end meet is give them a share of the wages and value of
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the company they're help creating. >> look at the statements a corporation makes in court through its corporate lawyers versus what that same corporation says in advertising or what that very same corporation says in testimony before you. were you surprised that was kind of a technique available to you that had not really been used by the congress before? >> well, i think it really takes some preparation to do that. you have to dig into what the corporation has been saying, what it's saying on its calls with investors or shareholders. what is it saying in cocktail parties sort of behind closed doors? what is it saying in sort of other context and then ask yourselves why should they be able to go into federal court and say one thing and come into congress and say something else? we're supposed to be searching for the truth, we're supposed to be getting answers for the american people and all i'm really asking these corporations
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or administration officials to do is to be honest. to be honest about what it is they're doing, what they're trying to do because then the american people can decide if this is the conduct we should be addressing or not. >> speaker pelosi has mentioned the hundreds of bills, i believe 275 bills with bipartisan support in the house that had been sent to the senate and ignored or blocked. you have your own legislative agenda in the house. >> about a half of my bills are also bipartisan, so i think my work is very consistent with that of the democratic caucus. i have a bill on mental health parody, trying to ensure access to mental health care. that's a very important issue. we have a bill to help workers keep more than what they earn, to be able to pay for the cost of child care and i'm acutely aware of how difficult it is to pay for child care while you're trying to do your job and make ends meet. so i'm excited about these
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bills. but we've passed a lot of great bills. they're sitting there as you mentioned in the senate. i had a town hall recently, my 12th town hall of the year and i actually took the time to go through with my constituents and listen to some of those bipartisan bills. and i think the constituents were very, very surprised there's hundreds and hundreds of bipartisan bills that have been passed by the house of representatives. >> what has been the biggest surprise for you now at the end of your first year as a member of congress in adjusting to this new occupation? >> well, i think congress has a lot of traditions, a lot of rituals almost, sort of its own rhythm and you know this from having worked on the hill. and i think some of those traditions service well and i think some of those rhythms and ways of doing things really are just a legacy of the past, and if we're going to continue to diversity the voices, if we're going to work to hear a congress that really reflects the experience of the american people, we're going to have to
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be willing to revisit some of those traditions. i think my class came to washington really committed to making sure we were listening to folks back home, making sure we were doing town halls. one of the 'ing we should think about how many days we should spend in washington versus days spending with our communities. i personally feel i learn more when i'm with my community and i get to hear those voices, and those are really where the issues come from that i take with me to washington. >> thank you very much for joining us tonight, and thank you for joining us throughout the year as you have done. >> absolutely. >> merry christmasverb ha, havey new year. up next the staff in their new word have chosen their favorite of the year between the hand-off between rachel and our two shows. i don't know what i'm about to see but i'm told there will be laughter. t i'm told there will e laughter ging families together.
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my favorite part of every workday is when rachel greets me at the beginning of this show. and judging by your tweets for many of you it's your favorite part of this show. rachel never has any idea what i'm going to say and usually i don't know what i'm going to say until we start chatting. and as you can imagine talking to rachel is really, really fun, which is why i love to do it. but sometimes it can mean more than that for some of you. tweeted, love your show i your warm hand-offs from rachel. just good old kindness and informed conversation. warms my heart and gives me hope. so in the spirit of warm hearts and hope here's a look back on some of this year's warm hand-offs. >> now it's time for the "last word" with lawrence o'donnell. >> good evening, rachel. good evening, rachel. it's been a real frenzy of a day of news. we've never seen anything like
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it. >> i'm already riveted. >> you will have almost half a morning to yourself tomorrow the way this is going. >> am i dead? are those angels singing? there's a new tv show on the cw called that woman and i have a voice role. >> what is your character's name? >> vesper fairchild. >> that's my new starbucks name. >> he is old, he has gout, he's been very unhappy in jail, not to mention lonely. lawyers for manafort's campaign has cited his health. >> i heard you say he's old and once you said he's in jail i'm like oh, okay, it's someone else she's talking about. >> i know-nothing about your gout status and i don't think you're that old. for the record i want to say there is no symbolic significance whatsoever to the fact i'm accidently wearing a blue blazer instead of the same black blazer i've been wearing for the past 2 1/2 years. >> rachel, i'm missing a blue
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blazer in my closet upstairs. yeah. >> la, la, la. got bless you c-span. >> you need more time? do you want to -- because i wouldn't dare try to do that. >> i threw out half my show and then i ended with singing on tv. do you know how messed up all of this is? >> the rachel greatest hits of singing on tv. >> what everybody's watching at home doesn't now and we can't talk on tv because it'll weird them out is that we can see them all when they're watching usch so when we say see you there is because we can see everybody's who's watching us through the cameras. >> you weren't supposed to say that. that's why i was trying to cover for you there. i was trying to fix it. >> i let out the secret. i can see what everybody's wearing, what you're eating, i can see the whole thing. >> mm-hmm. >> vice president biden, his campaign saying today that he stands by that, that he believes
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in the hyde amendment and still thinks that's good law. i think that's a position that will not outlive the presidential primary. >> i can no longer support an amendment that makes that right -- >> i can't even say i told you so -- >> yes, you can. you did. it was on video. everybody who's watching right now saw you told us so. >> i definitely won't say it won't survive until tomorrow. >> well, such is the power of rachel maddow. >> well. >> 2019 will be the worst year of donald trump's life. >> do you know didn't everybody have a terrible 7th grade, though? do we really know -- i mean -- >> the first public testimony michael cohen will give to the house of representatives. >> when you saw that list of topics from elijah cummings when he laid out the scope of the hearing tell me honestly did it not cross your mind you and i should rent out a movie theater?
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>> oh, yeah. and here's my phone right there, do you know how many people have access to my phone? >> i'm hoping it's a number that -- well, i don't know. >> do you know how many people have access to roger stone's phone? >> no. >> he doesn't either. the justice department saying that the house chairman of the judiciary committee jerry nadler has no right to see grand jury material related to the mueller investigation. and you know who has something to say about that, jerry nadler. >> you have nadler? >> you know where he is right now? he's over here. >> excellent reveal. >> did you and rachel see me during that last commercial break standing over in the corner of the studio? because what i was going to do -- i'm not there now, but what i was going to do was beg you to come onto this program at your convenience at some point in the future because as we all know i will beg. can you give me a date?
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>> i will be the one watching and tweeting about it while eating my wheaties. i'll see you again tomorrow night. now it's time for the "last word" with lawrence o'donnell. >> when did you switch to wheaties? >> we're not supposed to talk about the fact we know what each other eats for breakfast, lawrence. >> okay. >> sorry, i couldn't even say it without -- >> we'll just say good night, rachel. >> good night. >> okay, enough of that. i love your job, and it's the most important job in the world to me because it makes this job so much easier. that's what i'm relying on you for. >> we need each other, lawrence. >> what we know how valuable it is to have more than one voice reacting to these kinds of things. >> if you ever wanted me to anchor that for you in your honor i would do it as long as you did the same for me in the proceeding hour. we do it like doubles. >> we'll do it.
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on this special holiday edition of "the 11th hour," we'll bring you right into the center of some of the best discussions we've had here about power, about culture, and where we've been as we head into a presidential election season. the stories we have for you range from the roots of a deeply american musical tradition to the woman who is perhaps the most unlikely first lady in our modern history, to the generals who surrounded donald trump during the early years of his presidency and how they handled an unpredictable commander in chief. how impeachment may resemble brett kavanaugh's supreme court confirmation. a look back to when americans reached to the heavens and touched down on the

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