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Date: May 6, 2015
Guest: Richard Wolffe, David Frum, Anne Gearan, Henry Fernandez

RACHEL MADDOW, MSNBC: That does it for us tonight, we will see you again
tomorrow, now it`s time for THE LAST WORD with Lawrence O`Donnell, good
evening Lawrence.

LAWRENCE O`DONNELL, HOST, THE LAST WORD: Good evening Rachel. You know,
Chuck Schumer has been talking about a woman`s right to choose her own
reproductive freedom for decades now.

And in 90 seconds, his little cousin, Amy --


Does something --

MADDOW: Oh, good --

O`DONNELL: So much more memorable than every word Chuck Schumer has ever
said about it.

MADDOW: That`s right, he can now just say like she said --

O`DONNELL: Like she said --

MADDOW: And we`ll all get it much more clearly --

O`DONNELL: Thanks Rachel.

MADDOW: Thanks Lawrence.

O`DONNELL: Well, we have a busy night of breaking news. We`ll talk to a
reporter who is following tonight`s tornado outbreak in the Midwest.

Also in political news, we just got another Republican presidential
candidate tonight, and Bill Clinton is now ready for Hillary Clinton to
undo his crime bill.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Bill Clinton today saying it is cool if Hillary
Clinton basically runs on a platform that unwinds huge pieces of his

people in prison. Any policy that contributed to it should be changed.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It`s a fairly dramatic confession.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hillary Clinton slams her Republican presidential

candidate is clearly and consistently supporting a path to citizenship.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A major shot across the bow for eventual GOP


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You`re going to have to do a lot more than put a video
in Spanish.

JON STEWART, COMEDIAN & TELEVISION HOST: My name is what? My name is who?
My name is wicky-wicky(ph) slim chances.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Mike Huckabee is back in Iowa today --

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The show into this time is going to be the stand out
from the crowd.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No covering Beyonce for you --



UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He appeared before a Senate Appropriations hearing on
global health programs.

ELTON JOHN, MUSICIAN: This Congress indeed has the power to end AIDS.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He got personal when sharing a story about his
friend, Ryan White.

JOHN: I was a drug addict. I was a self-obsessed -- excuse me.


And Ryan White and his wonderful family turned my life around.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There is a tornado emergency in the Oklahoma city area

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: A multi vortex tornado was on the ground --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We have two tornadoes. We have two tornadoes.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Homes have been damaged, downed trees and power lines

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We are in for a very busy night.


O`DONNELL: We have a new Republican candidate for president tonight. "Nbc
News" has confirmed that former Republican Senator Rick Santorum will
officially announce his candidacy on May 27th.

Here is what Rick Santorum had to say on Fox News tonight.


Pennsylvania, which is where I grew up, is where we`re going to make our
decision and announcement as to what the -- our plans are for 2016.


O`DONNELL: In his first run for the presidency, Rick Santorum squeaked out
a win in the Iowa caucuses and had his moment at the near the top of the
polls for the Republican presidential nomination.

No Republican presidential candidate was more effective or relentless at
attacking the Republican front-runner than Rick Santorum was.


SANTORUM: Why would we put someone up who is uniquely -- pick any other
Republican in the country! He is the worst Republican in the country.


O`DONNELL: Joining us now is David Frum, senior editor for "The Atlantic"
magazine, Anne Gearan, political correspondent for "The Washington Post",
and Richard Wolffe, executive editor of

Richard Wolffe, Democrats have to be happy tonight to see that Rick
Santorum who just banged away at Mitt Romney endlessly is going to jump in
there and I`m not sure there`s any other role for him to play this time --


O`DONNELL: Than just banging away at a front-runner.

WOLFFE: I think there`s going to be concern that with Mike Huckabee and
Rick Santorum, two killer candidates who stand no chance of winning the
nomination, but stand every chance of taking down a serious front-runner.

But you don`t want them to cancel each other out, right? The one thing you
don`t want as a Democrat is Rick Santorum to go for Mike Huckabee and the
other way around.

Because they are both in the same territory looking at the evangelical
vote, looking out for a win in Iowa.

But the two of them can be very effective in taking down at least two or
three or four of what purports to be the front runners right now.

O`DONNELL: David Frum, how is Rick Santorum regarded within the party? Did
they remember those attacks on the guy who became their nominee and how
much damage that did?

DAVID FRUM, SENIOR EDITOR, THE ATLANTIC: There are a lot of different
parties, but the party that is in Congress, the party that writes the
checks, they do remember.

There`s a lot of affection for Mitt Romney and a lot of belief that he came
close and might have done better with a more united party.

And I think Rick Santorum is one of the few candidates who would have
practically zero support in both the congressional party and the donor

There`s also a larger problem, which is the Republicans are getting too
much supply in the part of the party for which there is too little demand.

What the country is really going to be ready for in 2016 is a culturally
modern Republican who can deliver fiscal responsibility and manage
healthcare in a way that doesn`t cast a lot of people out of their
insurance. What it`s getting is this huge supply of social-cultural
worriers, and that`s a real mismatch.

And the risk is that somebody like Jeb Bush is going to have the most
effective part of the political spectrum all to himself and will end up
running more or less unopposed while all the social conservatives crowd
jostle each other over on the right.

O`DONNELL: Anne Gearan, that`s been kind of aversion of my theory about
this, that the more of these guys who jump in there down there in the
single digit range in the polls on the right wing of the party are all
helpful to Jeb Bush ultimately.

But this one has to worry Jeb Bush when they look at just how hard he hit
at Mitt Romney.

mean Santorum`s record of being a dragon slayer is something that`s got to
be very worrisome to Jeb Bush.

I mean at the moment, it`s probably worrisome to Scott Walker and a bunch
of other people who -- you know, are -- would have been considered a month
or two ago to be in the second-tier of the -- of the rankings.

But, I mean, as you said in your introduction, it`s generally good news for
Democrats. When, what are we up to now? Like 22 Republican candidates?

I mean it`s -- you can`t keep them all straight. No one can keep them all
straight. Republicans can`t keep them all straight.

So, I mean, it`s a very confusing array on the Republican side, and, again,
it`s very heavy on the tea party`s social conservative and of the spectrum.

And that will whittle down, but in the meantime, it`s a whole lot of noise
and it`s a whole lot of confusion that allows Hillary Clinton and to a
lesser extent any Democratic challenger to her to really stand out on their

O`DONNELL: Let`s take a look back at some of the rhetorical highlights of
the Rick Santorum for president campaign in the first time around.


SANTORUM: One of the things I will talk about, that your president has
talked about before, is that -- is that I think the dangers of

I don`t want to make people`s lives better by giving them somebody else`s
money. I want to give them the opportunity to go out earn the money.

They say that people of faith have no role in the public square, you bet
that makes you throw up.

President Obama once said, he wants everybody in America to go to college.
What a snob.


O`DONNELL: So Anne, the Clinton campaign is trying to figure out how to
get Rick Santorum to start talking about the dangers of contraception


GEARAN: Yes, I`m sure they like nothing better.

FRUM: You know, Lawrence --

GEARAN: Yes --

FRUM: Your PAC did not show and this is an important part of what made
Santorum appealing. Is he was the one Republican last time who talked
about something other than an agenda focused on entrepreneurs and business

He did that too. And that was a key part of his appeal. And the problem
with Santorum was he joined an economically accessible message to a
culturally inaccessible message.

And the thing that has people like me, and maybe I`m not such a big group,
banging my head is, is there some way to take what was economically
inclusive about Rick Santorum and join it to something that is less
socially exclusive.

WOLFFE: Lawrence, it`s not a coincidence that Mike Huckabee and Rick
Santorum, as much as we want to caricature them and pluck out this
socially, culturally extreme quotes, both of them speak to economic

As David is pointing out, there`s a connection there at the heart of the
Republican Party and this part of the Republican Party, between working
culture and cultural conservatism.

And we often don`t understand that in a Manhattan studio, Democrats clearly
don`t understand that. But it`s also true that the Republican elite don`t
understand that.

You know, Jeb Bush cannot do what his brother did, which is go to South
Carolina, speak in front of Bob Jones University, speak in front of
Christian conservatives and also speak to that every man role.

And that`s harder when you are the intellectual brother of that family as
opposed to George W. Bush, the every man who could speak authentically as
an evangelical as well.

O`DONNELL: And Gearan, fast, any report in "The Washington Post" today
about the Jeb Bush campaign?

And the impatience that`s developing among some people about when are you
going to announce inside report of Mike Murphy meeting with donors;
Republican operative Mike Murphy meeting with donors, saying that he
doesn`t want to be one of those presidents of August.

Meaning one of these candidacies that floats up like Herman Cain, playing
the short game. They`re playing the long game, they need a lot of money
for the long game and that`s what they`re concentrating on now.

GEARAN: Yes, I mean, it`s really interesting. I see some parallels here
to what Hillary Clinton did last Fall and into the early months of this
year when there was a lot of Democratic pressure on her to get in.

Wait a minute, there`s so many Republicans running, they`re going to -- you
know, you got to get in, you got to start answering this.

And she had a similar view about playing the long game. I mean, Jeb Bush
is not the front-runner by numbers in a lot of polls right now.

But it`s a sort of a consensus view and it`s certainly a view in Hillary
Clinton world --


GEARAN: That he is -- if not the most viable, then among the most viable
Republican candidates in the long haul.

O`DONNELL: But he becomes --

GEARAN: So maybe he`s doing a smart thing here.

O`DONNELL: David, go ahead --

FRUM: He is not doing a smart -- he is not doing a smart thing. The
longer he is speaking to small rooms full of rich people, the more he is
training himself to present a message for small rooms full of rich people.

So with Jeb Bush, Jeb Bush is offering himself in effect as the most
moderate Republican in the race.

But what moderation means is that he treats Obamacare or use some kind of
universal healthcare guarantee as the worst thing ever and immigration
amnesty as the best thing ever.

And those are the wrong polarities or somebody who wants to be -- speak for
the Republican leading middle class.

The Republican leading middle class is much more skeptical of immigration
than Jeb Bush and much more desperate for some kind of healthcare solution
than the Republican donor class is willing to offer.

O`DONNELL: So Richard Wolffe, was Hillary Clinton`s reach on immigration
where she says she wants to go further than President Obama.

Was that something where strategically along with the policy objective of
it strategically was a hope to kind of draw out Jeb Bush on this and maybe
get him in trouble in his own party, either for flip-flopping or for -- you
know, not condemning her?

WOLFFE: We often like to project as soon as the Clintons -- this over
watching strategic genius that they have -- well, five steps ahead of every
possible opponent they could face.

I do think -- and that may be true. But I do think in the first instance,
what this does very clearly is prove some lefter sense of credentials to
people who may have been disappointed, party faithful who are disappointed
that President Obama didn`t go far enough.

So, it`s a unique way to break with the President to say, I have more guts,
I am more authentic and by the way, I need Latinos to go out and vote for

And she had some considerable success of doing that at least in the Texas
primaries back in 2008. So, it`s smart just on that basis.

Does it also put Republicans in a bind? Yes, but pretty much every
Democratic position on immigration reform puts Republicans in a bind.

O`DONNELL: All right, we`re going to take a quick break here, coming up,
Elton John and Rick Warren walk into a Senate hearing room.

Now, I know that sounds like the beginning of a joke, but look at this. It
actually happened today in the United States Senate. And next, some very
good news from Baltimore tonight.


O`DONNELL: And now for the good news, the really good news, news I`ve been
hoping for, for a week now. CVS announced today that they will rebuild
their store that was looted and burned last week in Baltimore.

The company`s CEO Larry Merlo said, "as we watched the events unfold in
Baltimore over the past week or so, our hearts turned from pain to the
promise of what is ahead.

Our purpose as a company is helping people on their path to better health.
There is no better way that we can fulfill that purpose than to reopen our
doors and get back to serving the community.

It is simply the right thing to do." The right thing to do. That`s what
good citizenship sounds like, good, corporate citizenship. But that`s not
all CVS is doing.

CVS Health Foundation made a $100,000 donation to the United Way of Central
Maryland, Maryland Unites Fund and the Baltimore Community Foundation Fund
for rebuilding Baltimore.

CVS also paid its employees who were unable to work last week in Baltimore.
Mr. Merlo said, "we are a 100 percent committed to serving our patients and
customers in Baltimore."

OK, now that sunscreen season is upon us, what do you say we all go out to
CVS this week and load up on sunscreen or anything else you need.

Because, you know, CVS has just about everything in there and let`s just
show that we appreciate CVS` commitment to the people of Baltimore.

But when I go to CVS, I`m still going to use my CVS ExtraCare card and get
those big discounts. Coming up, there it is, there is my little CVS card.

Coming up, Scott Walker versus Hillary Clinton.


O`DONNELL: The last time Hillary Clinton run for president, she wasn`t
exactly the leader on immigration reform that she is this time around.


WOLF BLITZER, JOURNALIST: Do you support driver`s licenses for illegal


BLITZER: Senator Obama, yes or no?



BLITZER: Senator Clinton --



O`DONNELL: Last night in Nevada, Hillary Clinton promised to go even
further than President Obama has on immigration reform, including, if
necessary, using executive action.

And she said this about the Republican candidates.


CLINTON: Make no mistakes, today, not a single Republican candidate
announced or potential, is clearly and consistently supporting a path to

Not one. When they talk about legal status, that is code for second class


O`DONNELL: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was the first Republican to
react to Hillary Clinton`s statement last night, he tweeted this today.

"Hillary Clinton`s full embrace of amnesty is unfair to hardworking
Americans and immigrants who followed the law to achieve these rights. In
2013 interview of "POLITICO", Governor Walker said this.


GOV. SCOTT WALKER (R), WISCONSIN: At a minimum for people waiting to come
into our country illegally --


WALKER: We got to make sure that they get in first, that they get legal
status first because they`ve been following the rules and playing by the

After that, if there`s a way to set up a process to let you -- you enable
people to come in and have a legal pathway to do that --


WALKER: That`s something we got to embrace.


O`DONNELL: And then the "Wall Street Journal" reported this from a March
event in New Hampshire.

"Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker told a private dinner of New Hampshire
Republicans this month that he backed the idea of allowing undocumented
immigrants to stay in the country and to eventually become eligible for
citizenship position at odds with his previous public statements on the

And then a month after that, Scott Walker said this.


WALKER: No amnesty -- if someone wants to be a citizen, they have to go
back to their country of origin, get in line behind everybody else who`s
been waiting.


O`DONNELL: Joining us now is Henry Fernandez, a senior fellow at the
Center for American Progress. So Mr. Fernandez, I guess there is -- there
is just no doubt about Scott Walker`s position on this.

Walker`s position is.

But it`s kind of like the weather here in New England. If you don`t like
it today, it will be different tomorrow.

O`DONNELL: And David Frum, the last Republican to win the president -- to
win the presidential election, George W. Bush, he won 26 percent of the
nonwhite vote.

After that John McCain won 19, Mitt Romney last time won 17, and the way
the demographics have changed to what the numbers mean now is, if a
Republican manages to get back up to George W. Bush`s level, that would now
be a losing position.

FRUM: Look, first, the nonwhite vote is made up of many different
communities. And everyone who is like -- it is -- it is simply not true.
It`s not true that immigration is the driver of the Republican difficulty
with nonwhite Americans.

Nonwhite Americans include both some of the most affluent people in America
and some of the least white, at least affluent people in America.

But what has been weighing the Republican party down with those communities
is one cultural exclusion, emphasis on Christianity. A lot of Asian
Americans don`t identify as Christians.

And for Latinos in particular, they have very pressing healthcare needs,
and Republicans have not had for Latino American citizens and legal
residents have not had a powerful healthcare message.

But to set -- but it is a trap for Republicans to get into a competition
with Democrats as to who is going to offer the more generous amnesty to
people who are present in the country illegally.

Republicans need a clear line. They are against illegal immigration, they
will enforce the law. After the law is convincingly enforced, then we`ll
see about what is to be done with those hard cases that remain.

But first, enforce the law and that is a clear line that voters can

O`DONNELL: Henry Fernandez --

FERNANDEZ: Yes, that`s just --

O`DONNELL: Go ahead --


O`DONNELL: Go ahead Henry --

FERNANDEZ: I just say that`s just not true. I mean if you look at what
polling says or if you just use common sense, if you think that a
Republican candidate is going to deport your aunt or your mother, you`re
not going to support them.

And that`s pretty much the problem for the Republican party on this issue.
When we look at the polling where there is Bloomberg polling or it`s Latino
decisions polling, this issue is right upfront for Latino voters, for Asian

And I don`t think that there is any question that Hillary Clinton laid out
a very comprehensive, thoughtful, and detailed set of positions on

That`s going to make a huge difference to voters and the two fastest
growing parts of the electorate; Latino voters and Asian voters.

So what was just said is simply untrue.

O`DONNELL: I want to get to what Hillary Clinton is now saying about the
crime bill that was passed in Bill Clinton`s second year of presidency
which he happily signed into law.

The -- an analysis of the Justice Policy Institute says that under
President Bill Clinton, the number of prisoners under federal jurisdiction
doubled and grew more than it did under the --

FRUM: Right --

O`DONNELL: Previous 12 years of Republican rule. Let`s listen to what
Hillary Clinton said about that.


CLINTON: When we talk about one and a half million missing African-
American men, we are talking about missing husbands, missing fathers,
missing brothers.

They`re not there to look after their children or to bring home a paycheck
and the consequences are profound.

Without the mass incarceration that we currently practice, millions, fewer
people would be living in poverty.


O`DONNELL: And so what did Bill Clinton say about that? Let`s listen to


CLINTON: The problem is, the way it was written and implemented is, we
cast too wide a net and we had too many people in prison.

I strongly support what she is doing and I think any policy that was
adopted when I was president in federal law that contributed to it should
be changed.


O`DONNELL: And Gearan, that`s about as gracefully as you can handle your
wife running against a policy that you were a champion of.

GEARAN: Absolutely. And it`s probably going to happen on a couple more
issues, right? I mean, the criminal justice issues, there are -- there`s
same-sex -- same-sex marriage. There are --

O`DONNELL: Right --

GEARAN: Immigration issues, there are a number of things where you`ve seen
her start to articulate some policies that now are not only different than
those laid out in the Clinton presidency 20 years ago, but beginning to be
different from the Obama policies.

And this is going to be a tension that --


GEARAN: She continues to have going forward. How does she not only
distinguish herself from the sitting president.

But how does she show how she would do things differently than her husband
and there are a whole lot of voters now who don`t even remember the first
Clinton administration -- if there is a second one.

But should she still tie to that and she has to show there -- yes, tension
continuing in continuation. There`s some continuity there, but there are
also going to be many differences.

O`DONNELL: And Richard Wolffe --

FRUM: But this --

O`DONNELL: Go ahead --

FRUM: This is an announcement. Even --

O`DONNELL: Go ahead --

FRUM: Even more reckless than the -- this is even more reckless, the
immigration announcement.

You know, between 1990 and 2010, over 20 years, we have seen the steepest,
fastest decline in crime probably ever recorded in social science.

The Republic today suffers less crime than at any time since good
statistics began in the 1970s, since any kind of statistics began in the
1920s and `30s than probably than any time since the founding of the

It is the one of the greatest public policy successes of the past
generation. Now, that gives you some scope for a little bit of tinkering.

And if the idea is to say, let`s see if we can cautiously relax some of the
laws, cautiously reduce prison populations, that`s a good thing this
(INAUDIBLE) support for.

But since you suggest this policy was anything other than a massive success
than to save literally ten thousand lives a year, fewer --


FERNANDEZ: No, this is --

FRUM: Ten thousand fewer people murdered --

FERNANDEZ: This is -- this is untrue --

FRUM: Than they were murdered --

FERNANDEZ: This is just untrue --

FRUM: In the beginning of the 1990s --

O`DONNELL: Go ahead Henry --


FERNANDEZ: This is not --

FRUM: It`s the path --

FERNANDEZ: Exactly --

FRUM: We know how --

FERNANDEZ: This is just --

FRUM: Many people were murdered --


FRUM: Indicted --

FERNANDEZ: No, this is not --

FRUM: We know how many --


FRUM: Were murdered last --


FRUM: Year --

O`DONNELL: Go ahead Henry --

FERNANDEZ: Right, and we also know --

O`DONNELL: Fernandez, go ahead --

FERNANDEZ: We also know that we`ve seen dramatic changes in the nature of
policing. So we know that community policing had a huge impact. We also -

O`DONNELL: That`s true --

FERNANDEZ: Know -- we also know that we had major disinvestment in things
like affordable higher education, we`ve had a number of things that have
happened --


FRUM: And how did that reduce the crime rate? --

FERNANDEZ: Made it much -- what -- well, listen, it made it much more
difficult for poor families and working families to come up out of poverty.

And the -- what we`re now seeing in places like Ferguson, Missouri, is this
tension coming to ahead.

And so any president or presidential candidate who does not look for ways
to address this has a very serious problem and it is not fit, frankly, to
be president.

This is a serious problem for communities across this country, particularly
for the African-American community. And it has an important --


FRUM: What is true? What is true? --

FERNANDEZ: Impact on election --

FRUM: You --

FERNANDEZ: Because of --

FRUM: You`re --

FERNANDEZ: Who gets a vote --

FRUM: You`re mixing things that are true and things that are false. It
makes it the -- it is certainly true. Prison was not the entire reason for
the drop.

More people in jail for longer, it was not the entire reason for the drop
in crime. As you say, better policing helped, new technologies helped;
better cameras, better ways of tracking bank robberies and car thefts.

All of those things came together --

FERNANDEZ: But we also made things crimes --

FRUM: And we don`t know --

FERNANDEZ: Which weren`t --

FRUM: And we don`t --

FERNANDEZ: Crimes previously --

FRUM: We don`t know exactly --

FERNANDEZ: We made --

O`DONNELL: Right --


O`DONNELL: Guys, I`m going to have to --

FERNANDEZ: We made drugs --

O`DONNELL: I`m going to have to --

FERNANDEZ: Crimes --

O`DONNELL: Break it up -- I`m going to have to break it up here, David
Frum, we`ll continue this another night.

FRUM: Right --

O`DONNELL: I just want to --

FRUM: Democrats don`t want to --

O`DONNELL: I just want to --

FRUM: Be saying that --

O`DONNELL: Throw into this --

FRUM: Criminals don`t belong in prison --

O`DONNELL: I just want to throw into this that, the legal system and penal
policy is one of the minor factors in the crime rate, as most social
scientists understand --

WOLFFE: That`s right.

O`DONNELL: One of the biggest explainers of the 1990 change in crime rate
was the great economy under Bill Clinton and the great decrease in
unemployment that he had inherited when he came in there.

That`s when --


O`DONNELL: He got the biggest factor that has nothing to do with anything
we`re talking about tonight.

We`re out of time for this, we can`t finish it tonight, we`ll continue with
Henry Fernandez, David Frum, Anne Gearan --

FRUM: Thank you Lawrence --

O`DONNELL: Richard Wolffe, thank you all very much for joining me tonight.

GEARAN: Thank you.

WOLFFE: Thank you.

O`DONNELL: Coming up next, we will go live to the Midwest for the latest
tornado outbreak there.


LAWRENCE O`DONNELL, MSNBC HOST: It`s a dangerous and rapidly changing
situation in the plains tonight. At least 20 tornadoes have been reported
in at least three states, Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma. It`s been very
tense evening in Oklahoma City area where the state emergency operation
center was activated less than an hour ago. And this just in for the first
time in Oklahoma City history, there has been a flash flood emergency
declared there. The national weather service declared a tornado emergency
earlier this evening.

As the tornado outbreak hit the Oklahoma City metro area. Tornados bored
down on the towns of Norman and Moore. The Will Rogers airport was
evacuated not once but twice tonight and two major interstates were shut
down because of debris on the roadway. Here is how NBC`s Oklahoma City
affiliate covered the tornados tonight.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It`s on the ground, it`s on the ground, multi vortex.
I`m going to have to go here in just a second because this thing is almost
on top of me, putting out the satellite tornados, as well. Mike, back to
you, I`ve got to go.

MARC DILLARD, MSNBC CORRESPONDENT: We have two tornados, we have two
tornados they`ve got debris lifting out towards me, I`m passing now on 36.
We got a lot of tree damage. I`ve got debris blowing in towards the
tornado. This is going to be heading towards the water tower on the north
side of Rock Creek Power Plant. Large power flashes.

This is it Mike, coming to the ground right now. This is it. Folks,
you`ve got to be ready for it. Mike, I`ve got trees coming down on me and
power flashes. I`ve got to back out of here. I`ve got trees coming down
on me. Back it out, Mike, back it out.

O`DONNELL: Joiningg us now is weather channel meteorologist Alex Wilson.
Alex, is the worst over?

ALEX WILSON, METEOROLOGIST: Well, no, Lawrence, I think as far as the rain
goes for Oklahoma City, no. And we still have active warnings, tornado
warnings, in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas but the rain still continues to
fall in Oklahoma City and Moore is on the way, these are the tornado
watches that are still in play. So all the areas shaded in that red color.
39 reports of tornados, two funnel clouds, 37, I should say, tornado
reports coming in today. Notice from Nebraska all the way down into
Oklahoma, take a look at the six-hour rainfall.

[22:35:00] Anywhere in that purple color, that purply-pink that`s at least
four inches of rain in six hours. Some areas approaching eight inches of
rain in six hours. So that`s why the national weather service has issued
that flash flood emergency, meaning this is an especially dangerous
situation. And we`ve already seen plenty of reports of flash flooding
occurring around the Oklahoma City area.

Some of those storms in northern Texas are going to work up into Oklahoma
City through the overnight and tomorrow morning. So they`re going to see
more rain. Tomorrow, a threat of isolated tornados as well as wind and
hail all the way from Minnesota and Wisconsin down towards the Texas/Mexico
border. So we are not done with the severe weather. Notice Oklahoma City
there again.

O`DONNELL: Thanks, Alex. Joining us now on the phone from Moore,
Oklahoma, is associated press reporter Shawn Murphy. Shawn, Moore,
Oklahoma has been through this before, what`s the situation there now?

SHAWN MURPHY, MSNBC CORRESPONDENT: Well, the biggest situation here now is
primarily the flooding. These storms brought with them heavy rains and
once the tornados moved through the rain it`s flooded a lot of roadways,
especially in this city, which is a suburb of Oklahoma City. People are
just having to deal with mostly just flooded roadways, some are impassable.
And but that`s about the worst of it right now.

O`DONNELL: And is there a - is there any indication about how things were
going to be tomorrow when everyone gets up and tries to get to work?

MURPHY: Well, it looks like the heaviest damage reports were in the
community of bridge creek, which is actually about 30 miles southwest of
Oklahoma City. We definitely have reports there of homes and businesses
that were heavily damaged and destroyed. That`s where our tornado actually
touched down. There was debris in the inner state forcing the closure of
two major interstates, downed power lines. Norman also suffered some
damage with trees and lands down, damages some school there. And I think
because it was so late, I`m not sure that a full assessment of the damage
has been realized.

O`DONNELL: Sean Murphy, thank you very much for joining us tonight.

MURPHY: Thank you.

O`DONNELL: Coming up. Mr. John goes to Washington.

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O`DONNELL: Tonight, four police officers were honored in New York City and
their actions after being attacked by a man with a hatchet last year who
authorities believed was motivated by ISIS. One of the officers suffered a
severe head wound and he thought he was going to be killed before his
partners then killed the attacker. Tonight, the officers are speaking
publicly for the first time. Jonathan Deans of MSNBC TV in New York has
the story.

KENNETH HEALY, OFFICER: I said I`m going to die, I`m going to die.

JONATHAN DEANS, MSNBC CORRESPONDENT: Rookie Officers Kenneth Healy never
saw the ax wielding terrorist in what the NYPD calls, a lone wolf terror
attack. In October, Healy and three other officers were on routine patrol
when a photographer asked them to pose for this photo. Out of the corner
of his eye, Officer Joseph Meeker saw a figure closing in fast.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What happens as you see the (shooter)?

JOSEPH MEEKER, OFFICER: As I saw it I just put my arms up and I guess it
hit off my forearm into the wall. I remember hearing that loud bang. And
I look over and my partner is down that quick.

DEANS: Twenty five year-old Healy had been hit in the back of the head,
his skull shattered, his brain damaged, but he was still conscious.

HEALY: I was just so confused. You know, one second you`re just taking a
picture and the next, you know, I`m staring my skull on the floor.

DEANS: Authorities said the attacker, Zale Thompson was self-radicalized,
inspired by watching ISIS videos.

HEALY: He started coming towards me and that`s when just training kicked

DEANS: Officers Taylor Craft and Peter Rivera open fire killing Thompson.
The entire incident lasted just six seconds. Healy was carried to a patrol
car and rushed to a hospital.

HEALY: I kept saying, don`t like to me, don`t like to me. How bad is it?
How bad is it? They were like, it`s not that bad.

DEANS: For a time, Healy was paralyzed and lost much of his vision, but
after surgeries and rehab, he`s improving.

HEALY: And now, I can count money, tie my shoes, put on my shirt and now a
couple weeks ago, I ran a mile.

DEANS: Healy knows he was targeted because of his uniform.

HEALY: This is the threat police and law enforcement have to look out for.
It`s sad, but it`s the world we live in right now.

DEANS: That`s part of his reason his three partners say they`re back on
the streets, hoping Healy will soon be with them. Jonathan Deans, NBC
News, New York.

O`DONNELL: Coming up, the two guys who kissed on camera at Dodgers stadium
will be joining us. And next, Elton John testifies to congress, he
testified in a deeply moving and informative way. But he also used a word
we have never heard before in a congressional hearing.


O`DONNELL: Today, the most important words spoken in congress came from a
man wearing pink sunglasses.

ELTON JOHN, SINGER: Thank you very much. Mr. Chairman, Senator Leyh and
members of the senate committee, thank you for the opportunity to let me
testify this morning. It`s a very daunting task.

O`DONNELL: It wasn`t Elton John`s first time testifying to a senate
committee. Senator Ted Kennedy invited Elton John to speak to his senate
health committee in support of continued funding for AIDS treatment
worldwide. Today, Elton John reviewed how much progress we`ve made since

JOHN: The first time I testified before congress 12 years ago, almost no
one had access to antiretroviral medicine in Sub-Saharan Africa where the
epidemic was most acute. People being infected and dying by the millions,
even though we very literally have the drugs to save their lives in our
hands. At that point, 12 million children in Sub-Saharan Africa had been
orphaned by AIDS.

African leaders had declared AIDS to be a state of emergency. Worldwide,
more than 30 million people were HIV positive. The disease left nothing
but despair, ruin and fear in its wake. I saw it with my own eyes as I
traveled to the hardest hit regions on behalf of my foundation and our

In those years, the epidemic was only escalating until, in a time of great
need and urgency, a republican president and a bipartisan majority in the
United States congress created PEPFAR, the Presidents Emergency Plan for
AIDS Relief. Compassionate leaders from both sides of the aisle said to
the international community, America can and American will lead the world
in the global fight against AIDS.

Today, thanks to the unprecedented actions of Congress, an HIV positive
mother in South Africa can give birth to the a healthy HIV-free baby who
can live - she can live to raise. Today, thanks to the generosity of the
American people, 9.4 million men, women and children have access to life-
saving antiretroviral treatments. Where there was once disdain, ruin and
fear, there is now hope, life, laughter and love.

Mr. Chairman, because of the actions of this congress, the cause of the
AIDS epidemic was altered for all of humanity. Because the American people
had the optimism, the ingenuity and the will to make a difference, the
lives of millions of people half away around the world have been saved.

O`DONNELL: In response to a question by Chairman Lindsey Graham, Elton
John credited Ryan White with both straightening out Elton John`s life and
convincing him to make AIDS relief his cause and create the Elton John AIDS
foundation. Ryan White was a 13-year-old hemophiliac who in 1984 was
diagnosed with AIDS apparently the result of a blood transfusion. Ryan
White`s situation captured the attention of the country when he was banned
to returning to school because parents of other students and school
officials feared that he posed a health threat to other students. Even
though doctors said there was absolutely no such risk. Ryan White`s
doctors said he had six months to live when he was diagnosed, but he lived
another five years and died in April 1990, one month before his high school

A few months later, congress passed the Ryan White Care Act, C.A.R.E. stood
for Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act. When Elton John remembered
his time with Ryan White today, he used a word we`ve never heard before in
a senate hearing.

JOHN: It was Ryan White who pointed out to me that my life was completely
disordered. I was a drug addict. I was self-obsessed asshole, excuse me.
And Ryan White and his wonderful family turned my life around because he
was a young boy who had AIDS. He was a hemophiliac, he was treated very
badly by people who were ignorant and had knew better and he never got
angry about it and he forgave.

O`DONNELL: Elton John gave credit where credit is due today to a congress
that is generally known for doing nothing. He said congress changed the
course of the AIDS epidemic for all of humanity and in the final words of
his prepared statement, Elton John reminded congress that there was still
more to do and it`s within their power to do it.

JOHN: Mr. Chairman, this is the most powerful legislative body in the
world and this congress, indeed, has the power to end AIDS. You have the
power to maintain America`s historic commitment to leading the global
campaign against this disease. I`m here today to ask you to use that
power. To seize this window of opportunity, to change the course of
history. And one day soon, I hope to extend my thanks to you, to this
congress, to the United States of America, not only for fighting this
disease, but for ending it once and for all.


O`DONNELL: Follow up to our report on the tornados in Oklahoma, we have
this now from the Grady County Oklahoma Sheriff`s Office. A Tiger Safari
facility in Tuttle, Oklahoma, was damaged by the weather tonight and,
according to the Grady County Sheriff`s Office, quote, live animals from
the facility are on the loose. We don`t know exactly what animals, but it
is a Tiger Safari facility in Tuttle, Oklahoma.

Up next, two guys who kissed on camera at Dodgers stadium.


O`DONNELL: In the summer of 2000, a lesbian couple was ejected from
Dodgers stadium for engaging in a celebratory kiss after a home run.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They told us that if we came back, we would be
arrested for trespassing. And we asked a friend of ours to go get our
stuff. And it wasn`t hammed well.

O`DONNELL: And then this weekend in Dodgers stadium, this happened.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: One second left. Two shots.

O`DONNELL: Joining us now is that couple, Steve Simone-Friedland and Rick
Simone-Friedland. Steve and Rick, that was quite a moment and what did it
feel like when you got the biggest applause of anybody on camera that

STEVE SIMONE-FRIEDLAND, GUEST: Well, I thought it was great and we thought
it might not go well because they asked us if we wanted to do it. And we
had about a half inning to chicken out and then we decided to go for it.
And instead of booing, they cheered and they were accepting and happy for
us, so it was kind of awesome.

RICK SIMONE-FRIEDLAND, GUEST: In the moment, it was so much fun that I
don`t think I was really aware of what the crowd was really doing. And a
little bit until after the fact. So...

O`DONNELL: Now I`m just learning something I never knew. So this is not
just random panning of the camera. They actually talked to you ahead of
time and they say, is this cool if we do this shot?

STEVE SIMONE-FRIEDLAND: Yes, I mean, right before. They were setting up
in our section to talk to another couple. And this nice young lady said to
us, asked if we were a couple and we said, yes. She said well, get ready
to pucker up. Then we went - we said OK.

O`DONNELL: So you didn`t have much time to think about it. But you did
say, I just heard a quote of yours saying that, you know, you said to each
other, this could go badly. This could not go well.


O`DONNELL: So how much worry did you have about it versus how much

RICK SIMONE-FRIEDLAND: Listen, the enthusiasm always outweighs the worry.
I mean, a much as you can be concerned about that kind of stuff. I mean,
you know, that`s a great moment to have, to be able to be on a kiss camera
because you know, it doesn`t happen every day for a couple like us. So to
be able to do it, of course we`re going to do it.

O`DONNELL: And so did you - did you feel your place in history, your place
in baseball history emerging here?

STEVE SIMONE-FRIEDLAND: Yes. You know what? To be honest, I didn`t
really know at the time that it was that big of a deal. It sort of
subsequently I sort of found out that it was historical. And listen, I am
a huge Dodger fan from way back. So to be tied to the Dodgers in any kinds
of way is just awesome for me, anyway.

O`DONNELL: Yes. I had forgotten about that 2000 story. When I saw a clip
on it and it took me back to it. I remember when that happened. Look,
there was reason to be a little concerned about how this could turn out.

STEVE SIMONE-FRIEDLAND: Well, we faced scarier things than giving each
other a kiss. It`s something - you know, we`ve been together 19 years. So

O`DONNELL: Now you guys, are you season ticket holders? Do you know
everybody who is sitting around you there?

STEVE SIMONE-FRIEDLAND: No. I`m not a season ticket holder. I hope to be
one day. But no, but the truth of the matter is that people around us were
thrilled. They were very happy. No one made a big deal about it. It was

O`DONNELL: Steve and Rick Simone-Freidland, thank you both very much for
joining us tonight. We really appreciate it.


O`DONNELL: Chris Hayes is up next.


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