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Meet the Press - August 20, 2017

NBC News - Meet The Press<p>“08.20.17”<p>(BEGIN TAPE)<p>CHUCK TODD:<p>This Sunday, after Charlottesville. President Trump makes his "both sides are to blame" argument.<p>DONALD TRUMP:<p>But you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides.<p>CHUCK TODD:<p>Equating the white nationalists with the …

Donald Trump

Microsoft Co-founder’s Team Finds Wreckage of WWII-Era USS Indianapolis

Civilian researchers say they have located the wreck of the USS Indianapolis, the World War II heavy cruiser that played a critical role in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima before being struck by Japanese torpedoes.<p>The sinking of the Indianapolis remains the Navy's single worst loss at sea. The fate …

European History

Donna Edwards: More GOP Should Stand Up to Trump

Fmr. Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) talks to NBC’s Jordan Frasier about the president, Charlottesville and the state of Congress in today’s Post Game.

Elections

Former GOP Rep.: If Leaders Are Silent, ‘They Wear The Cap’

After the events of the last week, when violent clashes broke out at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and President Trump faced bipartisan repudiation for his responses, one former member of Republican leadership has warned that if political leaders stay silent on what's …

Meet the Press

Vice President Pence’s High-Wire Act Abroad

PANAMA CITY — Vice President Mike Pence engaged in a familiar balancing act last week during his fourth trip abroad, firmly defending President Donald Trump while seeking to calm foreign leaders perturbed by news emanating from the White House.<p>The vice president returned to the U.S. Friday, a day …

World Leaders

Barcelona Terror Attack Van Driver May Have Fled to France, Spain Police Say

LONDON — The driver of the van that rammed into crowds on Barcelona's La Rambla, killing 13 people including an American, may have crossed the border into France, Spanish police said Sunday.<p>“We don't have any specific information on this but it cannot be ruled out," Catalan police chief Josep Lluis …

Terrorism

Disco Showdown: Original Village People Frontman Returns, Sparking Feud

Village People co-founder and original lead singer, Victor Willis (the "cop"), announced his return to the iconic ‘70s disco group after a 38-year absence. The announcement, however, is not being celebrated by everyone — particularly his former bandmates.<p>“This is corporate hijacking at the highest …

Construction

Is Kid Rock Popular Enough in Michigan to Win?

WASHINGTON — Kid Rock, the provocative musician who calls himself the “Pimp of the Nation” and peppers his lyrics and political rhetoric with unprintable language, wouldn’t exactly be a typical Senate candidate.<p>But, at least right now, the rocker’s popularity ratings aren’t dramatically different …

Elections

'Embarrassed' Voters in Midwest States Rate President's Conduct

In Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, a majority of registered voters give President Trump's job approval a negative number and say they are "embarrassed" by his conduct.

Elections

Is Violence Ever Acceptable in the Face of Hate Groups?

Richard Cohen, President of The Southern Poverty Law Center, and Mark Bray, Author, “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook” debate the tactics used by White Nationalist counter-protesters.

Hate Groups

Vice News Tonight: 'Charlottesville: Race and Terror' Excerpt

Vice News Tonight produced a frontline look at white nationalists in Charlottesville. The full video is available at Vice.com.

Charlottesville

Should Americans Look to President Trump for Grace After Disaster?

Peggy Noonan, Eugene Robinson, Donna Edwards and Stephen Hayes discuss the President Trump's reaction to Charlottesville and ask how the presidency is changing.

President Trump

Watts: When Leaders are Silent, They Are Agreeing With KKK

Former Congressman J.C. Watts (R-Okla) tells Chuck Todd that now "is not a time for us to be afraid to be tweeted" by the president.

silent

Full Watts Interview: 'Disappointed' in Faith Leaders on WH Council

Former Rep. J.C. Watts (R-Okla.) tells Chuck Todd in an exclusive interview that President Trump is having "right now" moments that define his administration.

President Trump

Trump’s Approval Rating Stands Below 40 Percent in Three Key Midwest States

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s job approval rating in three key states that helped propel him to the White House — Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — stands below 40 percent, according to a trio of NBC News/Marist polls.<p>In addition, Democrats enjoy double-digit leads in Michigan and …

Elections

'Politics: The Outer Fringe' Extremism Across America in 1966

In 1966, Edwin Newman reported on political political extremism across the country for a special documentary, "Politics: The Outer Fringe."

Extremism

Full Young Interview: 'Our job was not to put down white people'

In an exclusive interview on Meet the Press, civil rights leader and former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young says that the solution to a fight over race is to not get mad, but to "get smart."

Meet the Press

7 Ways to Be a Better Activist

Don’t underestimate the power of continued, small actions to change your community.<p>Subscribe<p>Let our news meet your inbox.<p>SIGN UP<p>“Activism” officially peaked as a buzzword this year, for good reason. But did you know that millennial men are 15 percent more likely to call themselves activists than …

Poetry

Andrew Young: Trump is stuck in a nationalist 'trap'

Civil rights leader Andrew Young tells Chuck Todd that he believes the president is acting nationally, despite his experience running a global business.

Elections

Dick Gregory, Barrier-Breaking Comedian and Civil Rights Activist, Dies at 84

LOS ANGELES — Dick Gregory, the comedian and activist and who broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used his humor to spread messages of social justice and nutritional health, has died. He was 84.<p>Gregory died late Saturday in Washington, D.C. after being hospitalized for about a week, his son …

Black History

Dick Gregory, Barrier-Breaking Comedian and Civil Rights Activist, Dies at 84

LOS ANGELES — Dick Gregory, who broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used his humor to spread messages of social justice and nutritional health, has died. He was 84.<p>Gregory's son, Christian, told The Associated Press his father died late Saturday in Washington, D.C. after being hospitalized for …

Entertainment

An Unusually Large Wildfire Has Burned for Weeks in Icy Greenland

There's something curious happening in icy Greenland: a wildfire that has been burning for weeks.<p>The wildfire appears to be historic in both its size and its duration, but no one can say for sure — because Greenland doesn't have longstanding records of fires. Officials haven't had much of a need …

Climate Change

Big Idea Puts Small Town on the Map

Casey, Illinois wanted to attract more visitors, so it began erecting oversized objects around town, and many of them have made it into the Guinness Book of World Records.

World Records

A Healthy and Healing Meditation for the Solar Eclipse

Follow this short meditation to help you refresh and reflect during this time of cosmic significance.

Solar Eclipse

Rosa Parks’ House, Now in Germany, Looks to Come Home

When Rosa Parks’ old home was threatened to be demolished, Ryan Mendoza paid to have it taken down and shipped to Germany. He’s now trying to find a new home for this home, back in the U.S.

Travel

The Challenges of Having a Baby in Rural America

Dr. John Torres reports on the troubling number of rural counties in America that lack hospital obstetric services.

Babies

Trump Praises Bannon After Ousting

One day after the White House announced Steve Bannon would be leaving his role as Chief Strategist, the president tweeted that he would be a tough and smart new voice at the media outlet Breitbart.

Donald Trump

6 Officers Shot in Florida and Pennsylvania, 2 Killed and 4 Wounded

Three police departments are reeling from a violent night that has left two officers dead.

Pennsylvania

Spain Terror Suspects Still on the Loose

Spain’s Interior Ministry said authorities have dismantled the terror cell behind this week’s attacks, but police are still searching for at least three suspects.

loose

Duke University is Latest to Remove Confederate Statue

Duke removed a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in the same week when another monument was toppled by protesters in the same college town.

Robert E. Lee