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so traumatic that we'll be quietly preparing for the next one for years to come. i like to say there is always a bull market somewhere and i prom fac -- promise to find it here for you on "mad money. i'm jim "mad money. the news with shepard smith starts now the trial of the man accused of killing george floyd, today we hear from the now fired cop on scene i'm shepard smith. this is the news on cnbc >> tears on the witness stand and new video that shows the convenience store purchase that prompted the police call that ended with george floyd's death. today the cashier's testimony. >> i saw derek with his knee on george's neck. >> day three in the trial of derek chauvin. covid vaccines for children,
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a key component to ending the pandemic. >> we'll probably have it in time for the fall school year. >> now pfizer reports just how safe the shot is for kids as young as 12. now it's time to rebuild. >> president biden unveils his $2 trillion infrastructure package, but in washington, can they get it done new reporting, plus we're live with one of biden's top advisers. and the winter freeze that crippled texas also triggered a plastic shortage that means you'll pay. tonight, how much for how long and why? live from cnbc, the facts, the truth, the news with shepard smith. >> good evening, the final minutes of george floyd's life leading up to hisdeadly encounter with minneapolis police now we're seeing that for the first time during testimony in the murder trial of the now fired cop, derek chauvin, prosecutors played never before seen security video from inside the corner store where clerks called the cops on george floyd because he allegedly paid with a fake
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$20 bill that's george floyd in the black tank top today we heard from the 19-year-old cashier who sold floyd cigarettes he testified that he feels guilty for telling his manager the bill was counterfeit this is the cashier pacing on the sidewalk outside the store with his hands on his head after witnessing george floyd dying. >> what was going through your mind during that time period >> disbelief and guilt. >> why guilt >> if i would have just not tooken the bill, this could have been avoided. >> reporter: we also heard from an eyewitness who begged george floyd to stop struggling with the officers he told floyd you can't win. the witness broke down in tears as he rewatched the police body cam video of himself pleading with george floyd. the judge had to call for a break. nbc's jay gray live outside the courthouse in minneapolis. jay, another gut wrenching day
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>> reporter: yeah, shep, it really was good evening to you. and look, the pace of this trial, it shifted a bit today. initially prosecutors slowing things down some, meticulously going through that previously unseen security video from inside the cup foods store that shows george floyd interacting with other customers and employees. one of those 19-year-old christopher martin, the cashier as you talked about, telling george he had a brief conversation with floyd and that he seemed, quoting here, high, but never appeared agitated or angry. martin left the store twice asking floyd to come back in and talk with his manager about what was apparently a counterfeit $20 bill he used to buy that pack of cigarettes then rushed back outside as the situation escalated with police. >> i saw people yelling and screaming. i saw derek with his knee on george's neck on the ground.
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>> reporter: this is also new video from derek chauvin's police body cam, and we hear for the first time chauvin during the confrontation. >> that's one person's opinion we've got to control this guy because he's a sizable guy. >> yeah, and i got to get in the car -- >> looks like he's probably on something. >> he was talking to charles mcmillan who was overwhelmed as he watched this video from the witness stand today. >> i'll just give you a moment. >> he kept saying i can't breathe, and when he said, momma, they're killing me. they're killing me that's what i kept hearing, i can't breathe, momma, they're killing me my body's shutting down.
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>> reporter: now, as this day ended, a minneapolis police lieutenant, a specialist in security and body cameras took the stand signaling, shep, perhaps a shift in the way the prosecution is going from this point on they are scheduled to call a list of experts moving forward >> jay gray at the courthouse. thank you. david henderson now, a civil rights attorney, former prosecutor, cnbc contributor david, today the jury got to see the final moments of george floyd's life leading up to that deadly encounter with police what was the prosecution trying to accomplish by showing the jury all of that >> i think the prosecution is trying to make the jury feel what it felt to be there and witness what happened. we heard one of the best witnesses today, mr. mcmillan, who is a salt of the earth man, he's my kind of witness. he doesn't have a lot of education, but he has a high degree of what i call moral intelligence, and he really brought home for the jury what it felt like to watch george floyd die.
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that was the intent of calling witnesses like him. >> david, today i was watching when you told nicolle wallace on msnbc that the prosecution is making mistakes. what mistakes? >> there are a series of mistakes, but i can summarize them by saying this, you never want to create a david and goliath theme in a courtroom, unless you're david. for example, you have a large trial team you never have more than two lawyers sitting at counsel table. it looks like you're teaming up on someone who's only represented by one attorney, and the rule's kind of simple, if you cheat on your homework, you don't tell your teacher. you keep that to yourself. in addition to that, the prosecution is overrelying on the ability to paint derek chauvin as though hoos a cowboy who wasn't following policies that were put in place by the minneapolis police department. >> every day of this trial you've said chauvin, if he wants to beat this rap, he has to testify. why? what could he and only he accomplish in front of this jury >> first, whenever you have an
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unintentional murder or a criminal charge that's brought based on an unintentional murder or killing, the defendant normally has to take the stand and say i didn't mean to do that that burden is increased here for a couple of reasons. one, the emotional testimony from the prosecution so far has been overwhelming, and i summarize it by saying you even had a 9-year-old child saying that this was wrong. something has to happen to combat that callousness. also, i think the rules have changed for derek chauvin. i think trying a case where a police officer is accused of wrongdoing before george floyd's death is fundamentally different than how you have to approach it after george floyd's death. >> you know, watching the body cam video, the gunpoi pointing t the vehicle, george floyd almost crying what -- does that have the possibility of having one impact on one group of jurors and another on another >> oh, absolutely. you have to remember that this material is new for a lot of these jurors, but people in the
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public -- >> that was new for all of us. >> well, absolutely, it was. i'm saying you have some people on the jury who have never seen any of this footage before but even if you take the video that went viral that most of us did see, people responded in different ways some people went out and they protested and they marched other people put blue lives matter signs up on their yard. i have a neighbor who did that it's reasonable to believe the jurors will respond differently in the courtroom as well >> david henderson, thanks so much the trial continues tomorrow, updates from the courtroom at nbcnews.com. covid watch, want a vaccine for your child or grandchild great news today, pfizer announcing its vaccine is both safe and, get this, 100% effective in kids 12 to 15 years. you don't hear that much in recent clinical trials, the company reports it found no symptomatic infections and no serious side effects among kids who received the shot. pfizer's ceo says the company plans to submit its day to the
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fda as he puts it, as soon as possible he says they'll also request an amendment to its emergency use authorization to include everyone 12 and older. the findings haven't been peer reviewed, but if they hold, kids in that age group could start getting shots later this year. health experts say vaccinating younger americans is a critical step toward reaching herd immunity and ending this pandemic dr. peter hotez now, co-director for the center for vaccine development at texas children's hospital good to see you again. we've reviewed the pfizer report here, and the numbers really look fantastic what of this, kids being vaccinated before next school year is that realistic? >> yeah, i think it is i mean, the study is not that big. it's about 1,200 adolescents, 12 through 15 in the vaccination group and a similar number in the placebo group, and what it showed is there were 18 cases of covid in the placebo group and
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zero in the vaccinated group that's how you got to the 100% i would guess as you get to much larger studies, it will probably come down a little bit it will probably be similar to the very high level of protection that we see in adults so the question is where do we go from here i think there's a few reason the vaccinated adolescents, we are seeing adolescents going into pediatric intensive care units they are getting sick, especially those with underlying risk factors as you pointed out, if we're going to interrupt virus transmission, we have to get to 80, 85% of the population vaccinated now that we have the b 711 variant. i think we could do that by including adolescents, and now we're going to see a pretty safe fall school year for middle schools, junior high schools and high schools because the students will be vaccinated, the teachers and staff so that's -- there's a lot to look forward to because of this news. >> dr. hotez i talked to a
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jersey soccer mom just yesterday. she said you know, i've got a 16-year-old, a 12-year-old, i mean a 13-year-old, i don't know i think they probably need to wait to that soccer mom and millions across the country, what do you say? >> yeah, there's going -- have to be a lot of public communication, and a lot of advocacy that needs to be done because parents are going to be a bit skittish about -- at least some parents, about a brand new mrna technology for their kids, so that's something that a number of us have anticipated. there's going to have to be a lot of discussions, so it may take some time you may not see that full level of compliance, at least for the first few months and -- but i i tthink it will gw organically as we see kids get vaccinated with no untoward effect. >> doctor, over the past year we've looked to europe to see what's coming next i look at france now and there's another lockdown you look at brazil, hospitalizations are so bad. it's possible that their entire health care system is going to be crushed
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do we face the possibility of this, or are we doing enough and acting correctly enough to where we won't have to face this >> the big difference is we are moving at a much faster pace of vaccinating. it's still not where i'd like it to be. we've got now about a third of -- getting towards a third of the u.s. population with a single dose of vaccines. the good news is that by the summer, i think we could get to a very high percentage, certainly more than half, maybe 75% of adults vaccinated, and that's going to really slow down transmission the problem is we're in a race with this b.1.1.7 variant, which is so aggressive, it's more transmissible, higher mortality rates, higher hospitalization rates, and we're also hearing anecdotally, we don't have the hard evidence yet, but it's looking that way that up in wisconsin, minnesota, we're starting to see young adults get very sick as well because of the b.1.1.7 variant. >> being fully vaccinated feels
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against the state of georgia's controversial new voter law. they're calling on all of corporate america to publicly and directly oppose new laws that would restrict the rights of black voters. the two men behind the effort, ken frazier of -- the ceo of merck and ken chinault the former head of american express weighing in this morning right here on cnbc >> americans must vote, black americans must vote, and when it comes to protecting the rights of all americans to vote, there can be no middle ground. we cannot be in the business of creating unjust and undemocratic laws >> what we do is we raise the spector of voter fraud, and now we restrict legal voters, eligible voters' ability to cast ballots, and that's what's wrong with this bill >> well, several atlanta-based companies also opposing the new
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law. delta is georgia's largest employer it had declined to take a position really, but today its ceo called it unacceptable based on a lie, and said it does not match delta's company values coca-cola took no position before the legislation passed, but today in a statement the big leader writing, it opposes measures that would seek to diminish or restrict voter access the georgia governor brian kemp dismissed all the criticism, and now says these corporate leaders were pushed to speak out >> i understand that they have public companies, and they have boards that are pressuring them, but that still doesn't change the truth and the fact that this bill expands voting access. >> wow the governor also claims the statement from delta's ceo goes against the conversations that they'd had behind closed doors cnbc's andrew ross sorkin is with us now, journalist, host of "squawk box. gop lawmakers have introduced more than 250 bills in 43 states that restrict voting access.
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that's a fact. why did it take until now for these leaders to speak out >> i think for many of these business leaders, even privately they've been anxious about speaking out they have spoken out on issues of racial justice before, but they didn't see it in that perspective, and also, if we're being honest, i think that at least in the state of georgia, the ceos of those big companies wanted to maintain a relationship with the governor, wanted to maintain a relationship with the republicans who control that state, and are pushing all around on taxes and so many other issues, and therefore, didn't want to speak out and now they, frankly, have been forced to. >> governor kemp there saying this expands access, and he also says most of these companies didn't have a problem until after it became a law. does he have a point there >> well, it doesn't expand access >> no, it certainly doesn't. >> if you look in the -- if you
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look in the areas that are hardest hit, it clearly does not. i also think that the companies and even the ceos and people like ken chenault and ken frazier, it took -- i think it almost took this moment for them to appreciate what was taking place, not only in georgia but how this could sweep the rest of the country. and so their speaking out has now forbced the issue and forced the issue for so many other ceos. >> you know, it seems like the easiest thing on earth should voting be easier or harder. >> right >> i mean, who says harder and if they do, what's their motive >> those are the questions you always have to ask, and they're now being asked. >> yeah, good deal andrew, thank you. see you in the morning been house hunting lately, some pandemic perusing, the market is fire, and now the lowest supply of available houses in history. today the national association of realtors reported a bigger than expected drop in pending
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home sales down more than 10% in february that comes as home prices are climbing and quickly, up more than 11% from a year ago low supply, high prices, mounting frustration, and as cnbc's diana olick reports, it's also hurting millions of real estate agents. >> reporter: at a condominium in boston last weekend, potential buyers were lining up outside. >> this is gorgeous. >> reporter: and lamenting the competition inside. >> have you guys had a lot of people come through today? >> we have >> reporter: for real estate agent jeff strobeck, it may be an easy sell, but finding listings in the leanest market ever. >> there's not a magic bullet for it. >> reporter: has been incredibly tough. >> for me it's this house in your neighborhood sold with 11 offers on it or it sold x amount over asking, and i think we can do that with your house, too >> reporter: there were just about 1 million homes for sale at the end of february, according to the national association of realtors. that's the leanest supply on
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record, and there are now nearly 2 million working real estate agents, as more got into the business during the pandemic >> frankly, this is not the time for amateurs this is -- this is the big leagues here welcome, come on in. >> dana bowl showed a high end home just outside boston last weekend. in over a decade, she's never seen as tight a market as this one. >> we're pulling out all the stops in terms of mailers, in terms of getting on social media. >> reporter: supply has been leanest on the low end, but now the higher end is slimming, too. >> it kind offeels like a game of tetris, where we're looking at the whole playing board, and we're trying to place people and strategically move people around in a way that best fits their lifestyle. >> reporter: that condo that went on the market in boston last weekend already sold for well over asking with multiple offers and while this time of year is usually when the most listings come on the market, we're just not seeing it. 20% fewer homes were listed for
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sale this march compared with last march the biggest issue for sellers now is they're afraid they won't be finding anything else to buy. shep. >> diana olick, thank you. wonder what big companies are going to say about employees who don't get vaccinated, won't get vaccinated not today or tomorrow but when most of us are accinated, how do they handle it? the rules of the office, they will change, but how and after the news, as cnbc's special report takes a closer look at the rise in violence and racism against the asian-american community melissaling, one of the anchors of that special, she's with us live next.
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new today, the napypd has arrested the man accused of that vicious attack on a filipino woman. the state released brandon elliot two years ago he's out on lifetime patrol for killing his own mother he stabbed her to death almost two decades ago. he had been living in a hotel that serves as a homeless shelter near the scene of the attack police charged him with five counts including felony assault as a hate crime. he was seen on surveillance camera on monday kicking and stomping the 65-year-old woman, very near times square the surge in violence has hit business owners as well. cnbc talked to carl palma, the owner of one asian street cart
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whose business was just demolished during the pandemic. >> when covid hit, you're watching everybody dying on these ventilators and stuff, and then it got worse and worse. my wife was stuck in china, and my parents were stuck in the philippines. i hear the sirens. i start hearing the gunshots, the protesting when you start hearing the rhetoric, this kung flu virus, this china virus, i knew that we were going to get targeted. >> imagine melissa lee is co-hosting and anchoring a one-hour special called "the asian experience" coming up right after the news karl is just one of the so many asian-american business owners just struggling so mightily. >> asian-americans are well-represented in the industries that are the hardest hit, and in fact, during the pandemic we've seen a 450% rise in unemployment in asian-americans. and that's mostly because asian-americans are in things like food services, retail, educational services, so the things that were really shut down and hit the hardest as karl had mentioned, asian-americans are dealing with two viruses during the pandemic,
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covid and the virus of racism. >> that virus of racism, the experts say a lot of that, of what they're facing is really because of misinformed stereotypes. >> yeah, all stereotypes are bad. this one is very pervasive and has become widely accepted, so it's particularly damaging it's the myth of the model minority, basically that we're hardworking, we'll keep our heads down we're successful, we are well-educated, and that really harms us it backfires, even though it sounds like a compliment on the surface, the notion that we're hardworking. we are perceived as workers as opposed to leaders, leading to underrepresentation in the c suite. we're looked at as people who don't need help because we're successful, and that leads to being overlooked, when it comes to diversity efforts at the university as well as at corporations, and then of course this myth in particular drives a wedge between asian-americans and other minorities and other ethnicities in general, and that has really contributed to where we are right now as we face the
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rising wave of anti-asian violence. >> well, in the next hour you have a lot of big names. tell us what we can expect. >> we're getting a lo lot of perspectives, we're hitting academics, we're talking to people who are in the c suite, the first female asian-american ceo of a fortune 5 company, the former ceo of avon we're also talking to the ceos of boxed and pay dra duty, and we're talking to -- you might know him the director of "crazy rich asians" about the importance of getting asians out there and fashion designer phillip limb we lim we've got a big lineup. >> i'm looking bard to it. it's coming up right after the news race and opportunity in america, the asian american experience 8:00 p.m. eastern, cnbc. new reports that the military junta in myanmar has ordered a cease fire, but not for the protesters they're still getting murdered next, we're on the border with thailand as thousands try to
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escape the chaos, only to be sent right back. in unveiling his $2 trillion infrastructure bill, president biden promises to rebuild the backbone of america, but what will it cost and what's standing in his way next, we're live with a member of the president's council of economic advisers. and north of 100 million cars cross our bridges and drive down our roads every day, so what kind of shape are those bridges and roads in america's civil engineers break out e d n threpecoming up.
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amazon's not ditching its offices anytime soon, and that's what's topping cnbc's "on the money. the company announced it expects some of its u.s. employees to return to the office as early as this summer, and that most of them should be back by the fall. delta's ceo says it will stop blocking middle seats on planes beginning may the 1st it's the last u.s. airline to lift the covid-era policy. and siri will no longer default to a woman's voice, at least not in the u.s an apple spokesperson says there's a new software update coming to iphones this spring that will ask users to choose their preferred voice. critics have long said it's sexist to have a woman's voice as a digital assistant on wall street the dow down 85, the s&p up 14, and the nasdaq up 201.
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i'm shepard smith on cnbc. it's the bottom of the hour, time for the top of the news the supreme court hearing arguments about paying college athletes, just in balance of giving players what they deserve or destroying the game. big companies coming back to the office, all following their own guidelines tonight, the challenges of navigating a vaccinated work force. and president biden unveiling his $2 trillion bill today, focusing on infrastructure and creating jobs. >> it's a once in a generation investment in america, unlike anything we've seen or done since we built the interstate highway system and the space race decades ago. >> here's just part of president biden's massive eight-year plan to revitalize our nation's infrastructure it includes $620 billion to fix and modernize highways, roads, bridges and railways, 85 billion would go to mass transit
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systems, 25 billion for airports, 17 billion for seaports and waterways the president's infrastructure plan is also an effort to combat climate change with big investments in green energy and electric cars. the president says he wants to work with republicans and hear their ideas, but some top gop lawmakers are already speaking out against this plan. cnbc's senior congressional correspondent ylan mui now ylan. >> well, shep, democrats already have the road map for making this happen. they have a majority in congress they have the procedural tools, and they already did it once to pass the covid relief package. a source tells me house speaker nancy pelosi is floating july 4th as the goal for getting legislation through her chamber, but that time line could easily slip it's also true that there are a lot of potholes between now and independence day, including that republicans are probably not down for this ride senate minority leader mitch mcconnell slammed the proposal
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as a trojan horse, and that's after president biden personally called to pitch him on the idea. mcconnell said he won't support anything that piles up debt or raises taxes the president also needs to keep his own party in check today senate majority leader chuck schumer said he's fighting to repeal the cap on state and local tax deductions in this package. meanwhile, over in the house there are three democrats who are saying that they will not support this bill if it includes assault, cap, repeal there is no margin for error here democrats have enough votes to pass this bill using a special process known as reconciliation, but all 50 senators need to be on board, and i'm told that moderates in the house don't want to be forced to vote for something if they know it's not going to pass the senate so democrats will need tight coordination between the white house and the hill and between both chambers of congress. ultimately, the infrastructure package might look a lot different once it goes through the legislative ringer, but
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president biden made clear today he is determined to drive this home. >> ylan, thank you. america's infrastructure is crumbling. we hear that phrase a lot, but how bad is it really well, it turns out c minus bad that's the grade from america's civil engineers, and 11 of the 17 categories are in the d range. experts say it's because we haven't invested in maintaining and fixing the infrastructure we use every day. the roads we drive on, for example, 43% are in poor or mediocre condition our bridges, 7.5% considered structurally deficient america's airports carry the most passengers in the whole world, but many control towers were built like 20 years ago, meaning they're operating with outdated equipment and outdated systems. much of our electrical grid is more than a century old but designed to last only half that time even the internet hasn't caught up an estimated one in five children does not have high speed internet for remote learning even in america, clean water
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isn't always a given there's a water main break every two minutes. about 6 billion gallons of clean water lost every day can we get it together jared bernstein now, member of president biden's economic council of advisers. jared, thank you we've had infrastructure over last few administrations, republican and democrat, more often than cnbc airs "shark tank." why in the world would we believe anything's going to happen this time when it never has before >> it's a totally fair question, but i'm here to tell you that i'm very confident, more importantly, the president is that this case will be an exception to that rule why? because, first of all, it is a carefully thought through elaborate plan that goes through and checks every single box you just mentioned that was a very useful and somewhat exhaustive look at where the problem is, and i think a lot of americans are not
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happy that we rank 13th globally when it comes to the condition of our infrastructure. you just mentioned that c minus and d in various categories from the engineers. and in fact, over 80% of republicans support improving our infrastructure and have for a long time. >> yeah, but, sir, not republicans in washington. republicans in washington say this is going to add to the national debt, now more than $28 trillion is that not a concern in the biden white house at all >> well, you know, i take your point about not republicans in washington that certainly was the case with the rescue plan, but when it comes to infrastructure, there actually are republicans in washington who want to do something. now, clearly they're going to have arguments just like ylan said about our pay fors and aspects of the package but i know for a fact that there are republicans who believe the neglect of our infrastructure, the fact that we invest so little relative to other countries with whom we're trying to compete is just -- makes no economic sense.
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>> but you know you're not going to get a single vote, sir. >> well, that's not known yet, and certainly the president will reach across the aisle as best he can, but you may be right, and that's not a bad prediction these days however, as ylan talked about, there are ways to deal with that too. >> that's true, but one of their arguments is this isn't all about infrastructure at all. there are billions to increase access to medicaid, revietd low desert manufacturers, prepare for future pandemic. could you please explain the reasoning there? >> if you think about areas where this country really is missing some keys aspects of lie that people face on a daily basis, some of it has to do with roads and bridges. some of it has to do with access to clean energy and water, and some of it has to do with frankly missing a child care sector that's accessible and affordable, missing a sector where elderly people can get the canine of care that they need.
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that's part of the social infrastructure or the health care infrastructure of the country as well. so we see that as very legitimate in terms of helping people get to where they need to be >> jared, the president says he plans to pay for this in part by raising the corporate income tax to 28% from 21%. is that realistic, that number you know, critics say it makes it harder for u.s. companies to compete with the foreign ones and that raising that rate could hurt hiring wages. your response sm. >> yeah, no, i don't buy that critique in fact, we've had -- corporate rates have been higher than that in periods where our corporate sector has been highly profitable and competitive, so i think it's much less a matter of the rate and much more a matter of many of the loopholes that this plan also goes after, particularly in the international sector you know, we just think there's too much energy wasted trying to find tax havens and engage in tax avoidance and book your income in one place and your deduction in other places.
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not only do we raise necessary revenue, but we cut away at some of the excess profitability that really hasn't contributed much to investment in this country in recent decades. >> a lot of the corporate power p pushing back jared bernstein, thanks so much. >> my pleasure. the pentagon will allow transgender people to serve openly under the gender with which they identify. that's the announcement out just today. it will also offer access to medical treatments for gender transition this restores the pentagon's policy to what it was before the former president took office the defense department now set to review the records of troops who were discharged or denied the chance to reenlist under the previous administration. the new policy set to go into effect in 30 days. almost 15,000 active duty troops identify as transgender out of a military force of about 2 million. that estimate from the palm center, an independent think tank that analyzed the data from the pentagon. companies betting on the
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vaccine to get workers back in the office, you know, but as it turns out, most people don't want to give up working remotely a survey from the harvard business school found 61% of people say they want to work from home at least two or three days a week. 18% say they're ready to be full-time in the office. cnbc just learned that google, one of the first major u.s. companies to send employees home is expected to reopen some offices in limited capacity beginning in april this week microsoft and uber started welcoming employees back into offices, others setting their sights on the fall wells fargo announced yesterday it's aiming to bring people back in september cnbc's megate tirrell on what returning to the workplace could look like. >> annie scranton says she can't wait to get back to the office. >> i miss the creativity of being around my colleagues and just being around people in general. >> reporter: as businesses make plans to bring employees back together after a year of working from home, companies both large
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and small say work won't look exactly the same >> things are going to change. we're never -- you know, i hear a lot of companies saying we're going to get back to normal. we've really taken the stance we want to get back to the new better normal. >> reporter: at lockheed martin with 114,000 employees across 50 countries, that means more flexibility. only half the work force will be fully back in the office 10% will work from home full-time, and the rest will do a mix of both. offices will look different, too, beyond increased spacing and better ventilation automaker ford has completely redesigned its work spaces gone are designated seats. what's new, spaces that enable collaboration between workers on site and at home >> if there was a silver lining to covid as tragic as it's been for so many members of the community, it has been as an accelerator to rethinking how w work. >> reporter: most businesses have signaled they'll start bringing workers back in a staggered way over the spring, summer, and fall, as
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vaccinations pick up and cases it hopes declines. and while it's clear that vaccines are key to getting back to normal, most employers draw the line at requiring them the law experts say it could be legal. only 3% of businesses say they'll mandate vaccines, according to a march poll from employment firm challenger, gray and grismas. >> i think people have strong opinions about vaccinations. our initial approach was let's find a way to encourage our employees to do this it's the right thing to do we don't have a need to mandate it at this point >> and shep, we asked dr. fauci earlier this week, where he'd like to see case numbers before businesses bring employees back in a major way he said below 10,000 a day that would put covid along the lines of what we see in a normal flu season and if you're wondering about what other companies are doing about heading back to the office, you can check out cnbc.com/work. >> meg, thanks so much. shots are going in arms all over the world in a race to return to normal up next, the four-legged
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march 31st now, the end of women's history month, and women have been busy since last time march came around, lots of glass ceilings broken, so let's review last march the pandemic was just beginning to take hold here in america. kismeka corvette was, well, we're already working with dr. fauci and others at the nationalinstitutes of health department to develop what we now know as the life saving moderna vaccine. in october, emmanuel sharpontiay and jennifer dodna received the first science based nobel prize ever won by two women.
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their invention allows you to cut dna wherever you want, critical to genome editing and then in november, of course, kamala harris was elected vice president, becoming the first woman, the first black person, and the first asian person to hold that position >> every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities. >> well, she was inaugurated in january when amanda gorman shocked the world with her poem "the hill we climb." incredible gorman is the first national youth poet laureate and the youngest inaugural poet in history. >> a country and a time where a skinny black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president. >> in february, chloe xioa became the first woman of color to win best director at the golden globes, and just this month, beyonce won the most
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grammy's of any woman and any singer ever, 28 if we're counting and then just last week, kim janie was sworn in as boston's first zblblack and first female mayor. >> every little girl watching today can see that boston is a city of possibilities. >> possibilities for these and all women. some developing news out of myanmar now, according to reports the military has announced a nationwide cease fire, but they say they'll continue to defend against actions that would disrupt government security as they put it nbc news has not confirmed these reports. the announcement comes as the united nation's security council held a meeting today over the crisis a u.n. official warned the country faces the possibility of a civil war, quoting now, at an unprecedented scale. according to a human rights
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group, the military has killed more than 500 people since overthrowing the government just last month the southeast asian country now faces a refugee crisis international coverage from our sister network sky news and their reporter >> i'm here in thailand, if you look across the river on the far side, that is actually myanmar, and it's from this area of myanmar that up to 3,000 refugees have fled air strikes to here in thailand to try and get refuge now there has been controversy around this because some of those people have claimed that they've been pushed back to myanmar by the thai authorities, something that thailand has strenuously denied saying that they will help anyone who is in need the latest numbers here are between 20,500 still left gnat area we're still getting reports of these air strikes as well as the daily clashes between protesters and security forces, and the secretary of state has actually
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said the violence is reprehensible, nonessential staff at the embassy have been told to leave, but the generals in charge don't seem to be listening. shep. >> siobahn robins from sky news. the vladimir putin rival going on a hunger strike in prison the russian opposition leader's team sharing the news on instagram. navalny says he's protesting a lack of proper medical care for his back and leg pains right now he's in a notorious penal colony known for its strict and harsh routines. in february a judge sentenced navalny to nearly three years in prison for violating the terms of his probation from an embezzlement conviction. alexey navalny denied the charges. russia has registered the first in the world covid vaccine for animals. that's according to the country's agriculture safety watchdog it's called carnevac cov clinical trials started six months ago involve dogs, cats,
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arctic foxi s and minx. the watchdog said the shot's developers are continuing to analyze the effects and added mass production of the vaccine could start as early as next month. russia already has three coronavirus vaccines for humans, including sputnik v, which could eventually be used by european nations. in the months ahead, we're going to have to dig a little bit deeper to pay for things that we need if plastic is involved next, how last month's wicked huge storm in texas is being felt around the globe. and opening day for major league baseball, on deck, after the break, peanut butter, peanuts, cracker jacks and masks, temperature checks, disdi disinfectant drones, play ball and 2 free smartphones. plus you'll now get netflix on us.
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plastic, you're in just about everything we use, shampoo bottles, paint, on and on, and we may have to start paying more for plastic products, that's if we can even find them. cnbc's seema mody tracking a global shortage. >> it's all good, shep, this shortage could not come at a worse time, just as the economy's reopening, president biden unveiling an infrastructure deal. there are a handful of companies that can get their hands on the raw materials they need. >> the busiest machine we have. >> reporter: through four decades of business, plastics
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has weathered its share of crises. >> the blizzard of '77, oil embargoes in the 1970s, the great recession and covid. >> reporter: but nothing like the current plastic shortage, which forced the buffalo new york manufacturer of pool and recreational products to declare a force majeure. >> an act of god causing us to not be able to follow through on delivery pricing. >> reporter: that act was winter storm yuri which knocked out power in texas, the world's lashlgest chemical plastic producer at the peak, 80% of the state's output was offline, doing more damage to the supply chain for plastic than hurricanes katrina or harvey. >> a lot of the pet roe chemical facilities that went offline have not yet fully restarted that's really the facilities that are taking those raw materials that come from natural gas or from crude oil and ultimately start them on their journey to become a plastic good >> reporter: the result, surging prices, resin is up 50% since
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february affecting a number of industries industrial giant 3 m, which specializes in adhesives like post it notes and paint manufacturer ppg are among the companies that have referenced the impact of the shortage confer was paying $0.38 per pound for plastic this time last year today prices are above $1. >> the typical kayak that would hit the marketplace at $250 is probably going to be sold now for about $300 >> and shep, plastic is in nearly everything from the desk in front of you to the packaging of food and the shortage has resulted in job losses, confer plastic has already laid off 40 employees and says more could be in the cards shep. >> here we go, seema, thanks so much. the supreme court hearing arguments on the business of college sports for the first time in four decades, today both liberal and conservative justices questioned whether amateurism is actually a key part of the ncaa's business model. justice clarence thomas described it as odd how salaries
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for college coaches skyrocketed but players can't get a penny. stim, some justices expressed concern that a case challenging limiting on compensating student athletes could destroy the very future of college sports the ncaa's lead lawyer argues that people should have a choice between watching the pros and watching amateurs, but justice brett kavanaugh says antitrust laws shouldn't be, as he put it, a cover for the exploitation of student athletes. >> it does seem schools are conspiring with competitors, agreeing with competitors, i'll say that, to pay no salaries to the workers who are making the schools billions of dollars on the theory that consumers want the schools to pay their workers nothing. and that just seems entirely circular and even somewhat disturbing >> the court expected to issue a ruling sometime in the next few months. the l.a. county sheriff says his detectives now know what caused tiger woods car crash, but he won't reveal the details just yet, citing privacy
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concerns for tiger officials tell nbc news the crash report could be released next week. tiger shattered his right leg and ankle when his suv crashed a month ago outside los angeles. he had surgery and is said to be at home in florida recovering since. opening day, all you have to do is say the words, we all know what it means, but what will it look like this time? major league baseball is expected to answer that question tomorrow fans will be back with masks capacity will vary ranging from a low of about 12% in boston and d.c. to 40,000 person full stadium in arlington, texas. the rangers the only team planning to fill her up. you'll need proof of negative covid tests in new york, there are high-tech cleaning methods in seattle and disinfecting spray drones in miami. every team has aplan they made it through spring training without interruption. on deck, a full 162-game season. fingers crossed. red sox fans have more than
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opening day to look forward to tomorrow the duck boats are coming back, like that's good the boat tours are set to start up again just a few hours before the sox and the orioles take to the field in fenway. the boats have become a staple around boston carrying its sports teams through championship rallies on land and water. 40 seconds left on a race to the finish, an eyewitness to george floyd's death breaking down in tears on the stand during the murder trial of the now fired cop derek chauvin. we also saw never before seen video of floyd inside a store leading up to his deadly encounter with police. and stick around for a cnbc special, "race and opportunity in america." it's coming up next. and now you know the news of this wednesday, march the 31st, 2021 i'm shepard smith. follow uons twitter and instagram on thenews@cnbc. rg.
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