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i was counting on you, big shot. you know, i would've. i'm ready to -- i mean, but -- and i'll put more in. but i need something that when i throw it down, i'm like, "wow." the news starts right now. a third covid shot is coming, but will americans roll up their sleeves i'm kelly evans in for shepard smith. this is the news on cnbc. >> better to stay ahead of it than chasing behind it. >> when the rollout begins and the questions already being asked. there have been huge, huge crowds here. >> evacuation efforts ramping up in kabul will security hold at the airport long enough to get everyone out there was nothing that i or anyone else saw that indicated a
collapse of this army and this government in 11 days. >> new reporting on what happened in the fall of afghanistan, the taliban making deals. offering cash and making promises facing the music r. kelly back in court today, the serious charges including physical abuse and the women expected to take the stand. fighting fire with fire in the west the climate's financial impact on your flood insurance. plus a ten-foot snake pops up at a supermarket. >> announcer: live from cnbc, the facts, the truth, the news with shepard smith good evening u.s. health experts say all american adults will soon need a covid booster as new data shows vaccine protection gets weaker over time. >> we are concerned that this pattern of decline we are seeing will continue in the months ahead, which could lead to reduced protection against severe disease, hospitalization and death.
>> the white house hopes to begin offering boosters in late september. the plan calls for people who got pfizer and moderna vaccines to get a third shot eight months after their second dose. the u.s. surgeon general says there's nothing magical about the timeline and calls it a decision based on their best judgment americans who got j&j's vaccine may need an extra shot as well though officials say they're waiting for more data. that, they're expecting in the weeks ahead. it's worth noting, the fda and cdc still need to sign off on this plan before states and start giving third doses. reporters asked health experts today about whether boosters will actually slow the spread of the delta variant. dr. anthony fauci says he hopes it will slow the spread of the delta variant but admits they still don't know for sure. >> it is entirely conceivable. i certainly hope that's the case the bottom line with full transparency, we don't know that right now. >> before delta started spreading nationwide our vaccines were 92% effective against infection, but new cdc
data shows that some of that protection appears to be evacuating, dropping to just 64% now. even though the vaccine may not work as well against catching the virus, cdc director says the shots still do well against the worst outcomes. >> vaccine effectiveness against severe disease, hospitalization and death remains relatively high. >> studies suggest the more antibodies people have, the more protection they may have against getting infected dr. fauci says third shots can boost antibody levels ten-fold health experts cited a number od sources today, including data out of israel, a bellwether for predicting covid trends in the u.s. as that country begins to administer third doses it's struggling to get its infections under control. israel has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world it's now posting one of the highest infection rates, patients in hospitals are fully vaccinated though most are above the age of 60. u.s. health officials reaffirm
vaccines are on the way out. a data scientist in israel says he is beginning to believe that boosters alone are not the solution dr. vivek murthy, surgeon general, joins us now. thanks for your time. >> always good to be with you, kelly. >> good to have you. this booster is the exact same shot people got last time. it's not tailored to covid delta. are you confident this shot will make a difference, and why do people have to wait eight months to get it >> that's a good question. the plan we announced today is a plan for booster shots that will begin eight months after your last shot. and this program will start september 20th here is the critical thing for people to know number one, vaccines are working. they're very effective in preventing hospitalization and death in particular, the worst outcomes with covid-19 we still feel good about that. that's why we're not advising people to go out and get boosters today what we are doing is looking ahead. we're looking at where the data
is, where the trends are leaning. in a few months time we may see in an increase in break through hospitalizations and deaths. we put our heads together to talk, and came to the judgment that starting booster shots at the eight-month mark would be the prudent thing to do and ensure that people continue to have the protection against the virus.ction against the virus. >> >> we had dr. ben gupta on last night and he disagrees with this guidance here is his concern. >> this causes -- will cause potentially confusion. it's going to cause people who have been fully vaccinated to say wait a minute,
i thought i was protected. crucially, carl, those unvaccinated it will cause them to say are the vaccines working or not >> what's your response to that? do you have any worries about this messaging and how it might potentially worsen the battle with vaccine hesitancy dr. gupta is right that we have to be very clear with people about what these boosters are for. number one, the vaccines are working. they're working very well. what we want to do is make sure that continues to be the case. we know with our experience with other vaccines that immunity does wane over time with other vaccines, which is why we give boosters it's very common to do with other vaccines in this case it's no different because we were seeing the protection start to reduce across the population, across age groups, is why we made a recommendation that at the eight-month mark all adults, 18 and up, should get the booster shot this will be contingent on the fda's independent evaluation of the third dose it will be contingent also on the cdc's advisory committee weighing in. we are making plans now, number
one, because you have to plan ahead. but we wanted the public to know what we were seeing in the data in our effort to be transparent and open with the public a lot of workplaces are mandating that employees get vaccinated, so, now, what would you say to a ceo who is wondering if they should also mandate the booster shot >> well, in my mind, this doesn't change actually what workplaces are doing right now, if you are fully vaccinated, if you've gotten two shots of the mrna, pfizer, moderna or one shot of johnson & johnson, you have a high degree of protection against hospitalization and deaths from covid-19 that's good. once people reach the eight-month mark, after september 20th is when we'll start recommending the boosters. again, contingent on the fda and cdc. right now if you're a business thinking about putting in requirements for vaccines, if you're a university that's considering that, nothing in today's announcement should change what you are doing. again, we know those requirements are an important
step to create safer workplaces and schools. and helping more people get vaccinated >> with the confusion -- with the decision in workplaces and universities and others still have to make, what do you think will happen if a significant share of the population ends up not getting the booster? >> again, i think what's important is that we put forward a plan we get the fda and cdc to weigh in and move forward to communicate clearly with the public about how we implement that it's what we've done earlier in this vaccination campaign with first shots and second shots it's what we'll do this second time around. we certainly are planning to work closely with the business community, schools and universities to make sure that these guidelines are clear, that they're understood and can be implemented easily we know this will be the pathway to continuing this strong protection that people have right now from the vaccines. >> dr. murthy, thank you president biden is now suggesting chaos was inevitable when he pulled troops out of afghanistan. he made the comment during a new
sitdown interview with abc news. >> you don't think this could have been handled, this actually could have been handled better in any way, no mistakes? >> no, i don't think it could have been handled in a way that -- we're going to go back in hindsight and look, but the idea that somehow there was a way to have gotten out without chaos ensuing, i don't know how that happens i don't know how that happened. >> the president also said if all americans aren't out of afghanistan by the august 31st deadline he will have troops stay until they are. right now pentagon officials say they are laser focussed on safely evacuating americans and afghan allies at the airport in kabul. 4,500 u.s. troops are currently on the ground, securing the airport and keeping things under control. it's a much different scene outside the airport where the taliban is in control. top state department official says the taliban is breaking its promise and blocking afghans from reaching the airport. this is new video of the taliban
fighter whipping afghans as they wait outside the airport as many as 15,000 americans are still in the capital, and the u.s. embassy is warning it cannot ensure safe passage to the airport. here is what sky news stewart ramsey witnessed in kabul today. >> reporter: this is where everyone is trying to get to, to get out. it's really difficult to get here they come through and have to share that paperwork it looks very chaotic, is very chaotic. they at least restored some order. the various nationalities will arrive here, say which country they're from and have various translators. american soldiers, british, of course, spanish. they then try to check their paperwork and if it works out they'll let them through what's really interesting is that this was absolute chaos until they got this barricade in place. what's really peculiar about this is just how near the taliban are. in fact, the british soldiers are slightly forward i think they're negotiating with the taliban now. in fact, there they are, speaking to the commanders
i can see them there have been huge, huge crowds here. the taliban has some control you can see in the distance they're standing on their trucks and firing into the air now. there must be another push of people coming through. you can hear it. a lot of american soldiers as well, have been fighting taliban -- not for 20 years, these guys are way too young this is the remarkable thing the only way that any type of calm has been restored here is because the british and the taliban are actually coordinating this operation. and the real big question is, how long is it going to go on for? how many people are they going to process we're already seeing people being rejected it's heartbreaking stuff there's children crying and going out. it's a pretty intense time. >> thanks to sky news stewart ramsey america's top general pushing back on media reports that there were dire warnings from the cia how quickly the afghan government and military
would fall. >> the timeframe of a rapid collapse, that was widely estimated and ranged from weeks to months, and even years following our departure. there was nothing that i or anyone else saw that indicated a collapse of this army and this government in 11 days. >> in the weeks leading up to the taliban takeover, nbc newse became more grim and reports the cia assessment became more grim and flesingly warned about the rapid total collapse of afghan security forces and the u.s.-backed government for more on this, craig whitlock joins me now, investigative reporter for "the washington post," and author of the upcoming book "the afghanistan papers: a secret histories of war. it's great to have you with us tonight. for two decades, the army and police, they claimed, were successfully being trained to protect themselves from the taliban.
here's a quote from 2011, from caldwell, head of u.s. and nato training there, they're probably the best trained, best led and best equipped of any force we've led yet inside of afghanistan. what was your reporting telling you was really going on behind the scenes all this time >> it's exactly that in public, the generals, the white house and other people through three presidential administrations kept assuring the american people that this nation-building project to stand up an afghan army and paramilitary police force from scratch was working. it was known all along this would be difficult, because this army was being built from the ground up. the united states kept saying this is working. the whole linchpin of our strategy was to build up the afghan army so they could defend their own country so we could leave. you heard general milley talk about how he didn't anticipate a total collapse general milley has been involved in the training and oversight of
the afghan army. he was first in afghanistan, i believe, in 2003 and as recently at 2014, 2015. he reassured the public that the afghan army was successful and was going to defend their own country. there's a real contrast here between what was being said in public and in private where military trainers, just horror story after horror story about the development of the afghan army. >> and you've reported on the series of secret deals the taliban broke over afghan government officials what was the nature of these deals? were they the reason that the taliban were able to advance so quickly? >> they were and there's sort of a tradition in the afghan way of war that militia commanders or war lords, they've had so much fighting over the years that they kind of put their finger to the wind and if they feel that one side is going to emerge victorious, they're very quick to jump ship and change their allegiances the taliban, of course, are more
familiar with their country than we are and anticipated this and laid the groundwork in recent weeks and months that they were going to send their forces throughout the country and try to negotiate these deals whereby provincial commanders or afghan forces would switch sides. that's exactly what happened it happened in a matter of days. and the united states was caught flat footed by this. >> your book examines what was really going on, on the ground in afghanistan, the longest war in american history. in light of the way this has ended, was the public deceived about what was going on in the country? would they have had a different opinion about the pullout or does this, you think, gratify those who said, as president biden tried to argue this morning, that it was always going to be chaos? >> let's be clear. the public was absolutely deceived over the years by multiple white houses, multiple generals at the pentagon about what was going on and the progress, or lack thereof.
president biden is now saying this was inevitable, this kind of chaos that's not what he said a few weeks ago. back in june, he was asked if we could see another saigon moment in afghanistan with the u.s. pulling out. he was very dismissive of this and said absolutely no, no way that's not going to happen we're not going to let it happen of course, something did happen just like that, if not worse all along the u.s. officials have a hard time reckoning with reality and being honest with the american people about the difficulties in afghanistan. >> craig, thanks craig whitlock tonight taliban fighters carrying weapons, they're also carrying smart phones, pushing propaganda on social media these days ahead on the news, how those companies are responding as the fight in afghanistan goes high tech it's a case that's been years in the making. now several women set to testify against singer r. kelly in federal court. one of them taking the stand today, telling the jury about her relationship with him when
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a prosecutor in new york delivering a searing opening opg statement in the case against r. kelly, calling him a predator and accusing him of abusing adoring young fan. he said this case is about a predator who, for decades, used fame, and a network of associates to groom girls, boys and young women for his own sexual purposes. he is facing racketeering charges and running an enterprise for recruiting women and girls. the r&b singer has pleaded not guilty in the case, and his lawyers argued that everything
he did was consensual. what more did the jury hear today? >> reporter: jeronda pace, 28 years old. she testified she first met r. kelly when she was just 15 at another courthouse when he was on trial in chicago, in 2008, on child pornography charges. he was acquitted in that case. she had gone to the trial to support him. a year later, she testified, he took her virginity she admitted she lied initially to him, saying she was 19, but soon confessed to him she was just 16, even showing him her i.d. that did not stop kelly, though, from continuing their relationship, she said he just told her to act like she's 21 pace is one of at least five alleged victims expected to testify that not only did kelly have sex with them, that he also controlled their lives, where they went, what they wore. and what prosecutors say was a criminal enterprise. in fact, they are prosecuting
him under laws that are normally reserved for prosecuting mob bosses kelly's defense attorney nicole flight becker in her opening statement said that the relationships were consensual and that the women's stories and riddled with holes. and hidden agendas the singer aliyah died in a plane crash. she and kelly were briefly married. he originally paid her a bribe to get her a fake i.d. the two were married, prosecutors say, because kelly had gotten her pregnant. this trial expected to last about a month. after this, kelly faces another criminal trial in chicago where he first rose to fame. kelly? >> scott cohn, thank you danny cevallos is with us now. . r. kelly's lawyer argued that there were serious gaps in the
case in th serious allegations in court of exploitation of children, r. kelly's defense lawyers claimed the prosecutors case had holes do you agree >> all you can do is point to the gaps because law favors the government in this case. and the government doesn't usually use charges it uses in sex crimes it's charging racketeering, allowing prosecutors to bring back crimes from years ago, and they're doing just that. you're looking at the child victims' act, the separate law not the law that r. kelly is being prosecuted under in this case they're using considerable tools they traditionally use to charge the mafia and other corrupt organizations, essentially arguing that r. kelly created an organization and used it for bad things. >> while you're here, let's talk about new york's child's victim act allowed a year for vics to bring civil lawsuits against perpetrators and institutions regardless of how long ago this alleged sexual abuse took place that window to file officially closed over the weekend. thousands of lawsuits are now
filed, including one that alleges bob dylan sexually abused a girl in the 1960s his spokesperson said the charges are untrue how big of a challenge are trying cases like these, danny, from decades ago >> i was part of the mad rush of attorneys filing a couple of those cases myself with a deadline of saturday everyone was doing a lot of e-filing over the weekend. and they are very challenging, because a lot of times in these complaints, there just isn't a lot of factual allegations these were children. they often don't even know the name of the person who may have assaulted them tracking down the actual perpetrator is going to be a challenge decades and decades later. in the bob dylan case is a perfect example of that. >> danny, thanks for now danny cevallos, appreciate it. growing college debt is a major concern for millions of college students a group of historically black colleges and universities are taking on the problem with money from the government. t-mobile hacked, the company
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a growing group of histo historically black colleges and universities are using money to clear out debt cnbc senior personal finance expert sharon epperson has the story. >> we were all surprised we were like, is this real is this really happening >> reporter: her fellow undergrads at clark atlanta university were stunned when they heard their unpaid student balances had been wiped out. >> when i found out, i was speechless we were all just talking about how it was such a blessing. >> reporter: historically black university was one of the first in the nation to use federal pandemic relief aid to cancel student debt. >> we're committing $5 million, assisting nearly 2,000 students with account balances.
>> reporter: president of the university says the move will help boost enrollment and remove financial burdens that could prevent many students from graduating. >> we are reinventing the college experience so that our students can graduate nearly debt free. >> reporter: cau and other schools have sparked a movement that's currently sweeping across the u.s. more than 20 historically black colleges and universities have cleared all or part of money owed for tuition and fees, and experts say that number could grow. >> i wouldn't be surprised if more institutions choose to utilize the funds to continue to positively impact their students because we're still in the grips of this pandemic. >> reporter: autumn, a junior and student government association president, says she and her friends were relieved at the unexpected financial assistance. >> a lot of students were contemplating how they were going to start fresh, come up with thousands of dollars. with that announcement, that
definitely allowed some students to just breathe. >> i'm looking at all of these students who have no prior account balances and their heads are lifted and they're smiling as they begin a new year it makes me feel tremendously gratified on the inside. >> reporter: many hbcus, including clark atlanta, have seen an increase in alumni and private donations. they're all working to try to alleviate the debt load on students and allow many to graduate with a clean slate. back to you. >> sharon epperson a significant shift in the models now putting the northeast in the potential path of a hurricane. we have the latest advisory. and when big storms hit, it can cost big money to repair the damage now for the first time in 40 years, fema is overhauling its flood insurance. how much will it cost now to protect your home? as flames burn across the west coast, scientists working to find a way to control them before they start.
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on wall street today, the dow dropping 383 points, s&p down 48 and the nasdaq down 130, in a sea of red. i'm kelly evans in for shepard smith tonight. it's half past the hour. here is what's making the news california fires raging out of control how to stop them before they start. when scientists and politicians are on separate sides of the issue. students in broward county, florida, head back to class with masks on and it's not the only district working out ways to get around state law. the taliban taking its message to social media. tech companies pushing back. but in some cases it's spreading faster than can be contained a vicious wildfire is racing through northern california's eldorado county. the caldor fire last night covered only 6,500 acres by this morning that number had exploded to more than 53,000 acres. it is 0% contained, forcing
almost 17,000 people to evacuate the national oceanic and atmospheric organization releasing this view of the rapid growth during just 12 hours. the fire devastating the town of grizzly flats where about 1200 people live. it's flattened an elementary school, church and post office at least two people injured, and officials say no relief in sight. shifting winds could force the fire into new areas and unprecedented conditions are fanning the flames low humidity, strong winds, severe drought, all compounding california's already strapped firefighting resources crews are also struggling against dixie and monument, the two largest fires burning in the state. according to the national sbrags fire center more than 25,000 wildland firefighters are on the job right now, fighting more than 100 large fires across the u.s., which so far have burned more than 2.4 million acres.
crystal colevin, associate professor at the university of idaho, also a former firefighter. thanks for being here tonight. nine of the ten largest fires in history have happened in this decade as this problem is clearly getting worse and where does it go from here >> well, one of the things that we know we need to do is to actually use a lot of the tools that we already have to begin mitigating the potential for disastrous wildfires because we know that we're going to have a lot more wildfire with climate change, we've got to be using those tools that includes a lot of forest management practices and includes actually using fire as a tool in the form of prescribed burning or controlled burning, and as managed wildfire. >> the u.s. forest service actually stopped controlled burns normally used to fight fires ahead of time because of drought concerns you are one of dozens of scientists sending letters to the fire service calling this a
bad move why? and what can be done about it now? >> it is a bad move. it's actually been used in the past and hasn't worked then either we know that fire suppression has actually helped cause this problem. and in many areas, using prescribed fire and manage wildfire is one of the most effective and safest tools we have and the memorandum that basically asks for a halt to that is a national memorandum and doesn't acknowledge that there's really different conditions across the country. believe it or not there's some places in the u.s. right now that have great conditions for prescribed fire, particularly, and will continue to have more places like that moving in to the fall so really allowing more of the local control and the local knowledge to make those decisions will allow local managers to better mitigate their own fire risk.
>> so how can controlled burns -- you mentioned there are places where these controlled burns can be done very effectively right now. in drought areas like california, how can they be done safely >> well, one of the things that we scientists note is that in places like california, this is not the time to be doing prescribed burns there are very, very few places in the state where they were still doing prescribed burns in the early summer, and that was at incredibly high elevation in the sierra nevada, where the snow didn't actually melt until very late in the spring. but fire managers in california know when it's safe. they have prescriptions that they are required to follow that dictate what the local conditions have to be for weather and for how dry it is that allow them to burn. so, giving that control back over to the local jurisdiction allows them to determine when is it actually safe to do it.
it's also really dangerous to serve this moratorium. one thing that happens when you say you need to suppress more fires we may be putting critical firefighting resources on fires that maybe aren't as dangerous and when a new, really dangerous fire, like the caldor fire breaks out, we don't have enough people available. >> terrifying and a better look at strategies we could try to use at least in future years crystal, appreciate your time tonight. thanks. >> so glad to be here. meantime a hurricane could be heading straight for the northeast. the national hurricane center now forecasting tropical storm henri could strengthen by the end of the week. its path is still uncertain, but recent models show i trending toward new england 5 million people in the u.s. protect against flooding through the national flood insurance program. it provides more than $1 trillion in coverage for people in 23,000 communities, and for the first time in 50 years it's
about to go through a major overhaul that experts say will create more equitable rates and finally take into account climate change what does it mean for how much homeowners pay and the value of their homes? here is cnbc's diana olick. >> reporter: climate change and its devastating impacts are accelerating faster than ever. according to the u.n.'s new climate report out this month. and yet fema's national flood insurance program hasn't changed at all since its inception, but it is about to starting in october, the nfip' insurance pricing, finally factoring in climate change. as of now, federal flood insurance is based on a property's 1% annual chance of flooding and its elevation under the new model, fema will also look at the home's replacement cost, whether the risk is rainfall, river or coastal flooding and how close the property is to the source of
that potential flooding. and most importantly, fema will now factor in future catastrophic modeling from climate change, including sea level rise, drought and wildfires. >> it's a complete transformation of the way that we're developing what your risk is for your property, and then price it accordingly >> reporter: as of now, someone in florida with a million dollar home and someone in montana with a $200,000 hom are paying the same rate for insurance, even though their risk is decidedly different. under the new model, maurstad says the rates will go up for some and down for others. >> it's just important we address that inequity, that the lower value homes shouldn't be subsidizing the higher value homes going forward. >> changing that will inevitably change the value of some homes
matthew eby founded a company that calculate flood risk scores for every home in america. >> depending how much that insurance goes up, it will correlate perfectly to the value of that home for any new home buyer who comes in and says this home looks great but now i have to pay $6,000, $10,000, whatever it might be a year, in flood insurance, which is just going to take away from the value of the actual asset itself. >> reporter: about 30% of the homeowners who buy fema flood insurance are not in mandatory fema flood zones they buy it voluntarily. all of it is necessary not just for equality in the program but to keep the program afloat financially. fema funds have been decimated by the number of disasters hitting areas where homeowners have no flood insurance. kelly? >> diana, more and more homeowners outside of fema's traditional flood map zones keep getting hit. why not change the map >> the maps are updated every five years that's congressionally mandated. this fall, fema is making a push to overhaul the zones and now it
has the backing of the administration, which, of course, it did not have before kelly? >> diana, thank you so much tonight. diana olick. the school season has started in many parts of the country and positive covid cases are rising, a 5% increase over the prior two weeks. president biden called out republican governors for banning masks in schools. >> the cdc says masks are critical, especially for those who are not yet vaccinated, like our children, under the age of 12 so, let's put politics aside let's follow the educators and the scientists who know a lot more about how to teach our children and keep them safe than any politician. >> the president says he's directing his department to oversight authority and take like legal action if appropriate. mask mandates for students and
teachers and some school districts defying those state orders against masks in northeast texas a school district found a creative way of getting around the ban by making masks part of its dress code in hillsboro county, florida, in the tampa area, school board holding a meeting about whether to make masks mandatory after 10,000 students are in quarantine or isolation. in broward county, schools still facing state sanctions after making masks mandatory and davis, florida, nbc's dasha burns. >> reporter: broward county is kicking off the school year in the middle of a political tug of war. this district imposing a mas mandate despite the governor's executive order banning mask mandates in schools and these tensions came to a head last night in an emergency state board of education meeting where the state did move to sanction broward county and another district that's also requiring masks. we don't know what these sanctions will entail. what we do know is that broward
is not budging on this they say they are looking at the data last week the state reported more than 31,000 covid cases among those under the age of 19. and broward says they have an overwhelming majority of people in this district who do want to see masks in schools i spent today talking to parents and students here. take a listen to some of what we heard. >> i'm all for kids wearing masks. i believe it helps everybody in the long run. >> reporter: are you nervous seeing the rise in covid cases among the kids >> yes, very nervous. >> reporter: sophie, how do you feel about going to the school in a mask? >> i feel the same way about my mom, i'm happy wearing a mask. i'm comfortable in it. and it also covers up germs. >> reporter: kelly, i've been talking to parents all across the country. a lot of them point to kids like sophie, who you just heard from there, and parents say their 7
and 6-year-olds are willing to wear masks, seem to understand why. and they're hoping that the grown-ups in leadership positions will listen to kids like sophie. >> dasha, thanks. your phone will soon make it easier to show proof of vaepgs vaccination samsung announcing it is developing a smart phone app, that can quickly be scanned. apple says it will offer the same option for iphone users in its next software update this comes as cities acros the country are set to require to show proof of vaccination to enter indoor businesses like gyms and restaurants. messages and videos from the taliban are making their way on to social media, some from official accounts. should a terror organization under sanctions from the u.s. be allowed to post? some of the biggest tech companies are coming to very different conclusions. what's in a name a lot if you're a sports team. washington football team
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the taliban is accusing facebook of stifling its freedom of speech. speech. content from the group is banned the social media company reports it has an entire team working to take down posts, images and videos related to the group. facebook and youtube say they banned taliban content because the group has been sanctioned by the u.s. government but not all platforms are following the tech giant's leads. how the taliban's takeover in afghanistan has created a conundrum for social media companies. >> kelly, propaganda is one of the taliban's most potent weapons. take a look at this image from al jazeera, that appears to show taliban fighters inside the presidential palace hours after taking control, guns and smart phones to document the moment for their followers, and there are hundreds of thousands of them on twitter alone.s of
them on twitter alone. posting multiple times a a taliban spokesma posting multiple times a day there's also mohammed naeem, and spokesman suhail shaheen who tweets in english. in a statement, twitter said the situation in afghanistan is rapidly evolving and it will proactively enforce rules prohibiting the glorification of violence, platform manipulation and spam but it doesn't block the taliban outright and that's opened the company up to criticism from competitors h conservatives in the u.s it treated big tech, like parler, popular wit conservatives in the u.s it treated big tech, where you can hear from the taliban but not 45, a reference to former president trump, who was kicked off twitter for life but banning the taliban, like facebook and youtube have done, can also be a risky position that's hard to enforce youtube has terminated accounts owned and operated by the afghan taliban. facebook also removes content that praises, supports or represents them. "the new york times" has
discovered the taliban is still posting on both platforms. meanwhile, the taliban i joining in the big-tech backlash, calling out facebook as having a double standard on free speech. the taliban curtails expression, especially for women so, kelly, facebook in particular keeps saying it wants to stay out of politics, but these big social media platforms cannot escape the fact that the decisions they're making in real time will have geopolitical consequences. >> they certainly will ylan, thanks ylan mui there are now reported cases havana syndrome striking americans in germany "the wall street journal" reports at least two u.s. officials stationed in germany needed medical treatment just last month nbc news reported american diplomat in berlin became so sick, the person couldn't do their job anymore. and several fbi employees in vienna, austria, also reported being hit with symptoms.
many of the americans who have reported symptoms said they heard a loud piercing or grinding noise followed by vertigo, nausea and even brain damage nbc news reports u.s. officials suspect russia may be using microwave energy devices to secretly attack or snoop on americans but the kremlin has denied any involvement. they call him the lebron james of lacrosse. one of the game's greatest players, we call him our next guest. seven-time champ and three-time mvp plans to make lacrosse the next big thing. drilled in the face by a line drive, update on the oakland a's pitcher who never had time to duck ther money mana) different how? don't you just ride the wave? (judith) no - we actively manage client portfolios based on our forward-looking views of the market. (other money manager) but you still sell investments that generate high commissions, right? (judith) no, we don't sell commission products. we're a fiduciary, obligated to act in our client's best interest. (other money manager) so when do you make more money?
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the premier lacrosse league playoffs kick off this friday. catch all the action on nbcsn and peacock. pll not like any other sports league in america, featuring eight teams that don't belong to any specific city and the first major north american sports league to offer equity to its players, co-founded by lacrosse legend paul vrable he's a two-time world champ. not only did he help create th pll, he's also one of its star players. he joins us tonight. paul, thanks it's great to have you here. do you think this league is glimpse of where other professional sports leagues could be started to head >> appreciate you having me. the last time we spoke was a few
weeks before we launched in 2019 we were in competition with mll. since then we merged that was the league that preceded us. our tour-based model, i think, boded really well for covid where we were the first professional sports league in north america to launch our covid bubble format, which was essentially what we were doing every weekend anyway, bringing in all the teams and fans into one market and then closing it off. so i do think that when i think about sports, it's about attention and talent density fewer teams with more talent on each team with an experience where it feels like a rivalry and must-watch television will drive numbers, sponsorship and revenue. >> and in full disclosure, paul, my personal interest stems from my own experience playing when i grew up. my sister played my dad coached my sister was involved in lacrosse we've all been blown away with the growth in popularity of this sport. the pro piece hasn't been there. you're trying to get it to be as lucrative as other major leagues. i wonder if the ncaa changes to college will actually unlock
major endorsements and sponsorships for players one thing lacrosse players are very good at is being pretty big on social media. >> yeah, and i think college sports has traditionally been the mecca, even if you look at the big four outside of that, golf before the pga tour you have to unlock a professional habitat for players who graduate college to then extend their careers and those players become aspirational. you have this bottom-up growth i do think the nil will make college players more professionally ready for what is essentially show business. and outside of doing discipline on the field or on the court if you're in the nba is being a role model of sorts and being active across social so we like the new regulation at the ncaa level we think it will help the pll continue to grow. >> who will win this weekend >> i think i'm conflicted out of answering this specifically. draft kings is our sports betting partner. we play on nbc this saturday at
2:30 eastern, and then there's a friday night game at 8:30 eastern on nbc sports, and saturday night at 6:00 eastern but if i were someone else in this chair i would say bet on the canons. >> i don't know if the whip snakes are there i understand jim stagnita are involved my best to him, the team if they're one of the featured -- >> you're supposed to be supporting your guests on this show. >> i don't think you need my support, paul. i think you're doing just fine thank you so much for joining us it's good to see you again. >> thanks for having me. >> paul rabil tonight. oakland athletics pitcher chris bassitt released from the hospital after getting hit in the face from a 100-mile-an-hour line drive last night. a warning, this video may be troubling for some to watch. the team announced tha bassitt broke a bone in his cheek. you can see him collapsed on the pitching mound he will need surgery immediately. he never lost consciousness. luckily his vision appears to be okay
in a statement his reps wrote he will be better than ever and back to doing what he loves soon. our best to him. the washington football team narrowing its list of permanent names down to three finalists. they haven't been revealed yet it's one of these eight. ramada, commanders, pres, red wolves, brigade, defenders, red hogs, or simply the washington football team. we'll let some real fans speak for themselves. >> sounds like a name that would be out of like a low-budget movie. >> i'm not liking the red. i like the hogs part. >> what if our defense sucks down the road? no, thanks. >> wolves, that's what we are. >> the crying baby with the final name still a secret, it will just have to b hail to the football team for now. rock 'n' roll hall of famers
kiss resuming their farewell tour in massachusetts. the tour went on pause due to covid back in march 2020 this time, some things will be different. gene simmons, bassist and lead singer told rolling stone backstage meets and greets are now a thing of the past. but fans can attend sound checks starting in december kiss will be playing a las vegas residency that runs until mid-february. let me grab my snake bag that's seriously what one woman said when she saw this, a snake hanging out in a grocery store in australia it's huge. the woman says she was there, looking for some spices to put on her chicken that's when she noticed the ten-foot python with its head sticking way out she told the store about the snake and then said she would be happy to capture it. she learned to catch snakes apparently, volunteering with a wildlife rescue organization so she actually grabbed this guy and dropped him off in the woods. the store did confirm a slipperier customer was spotted in the spice aisle but offered
no explanation on how it got there. 45 seconds left on the race to the finish. biden administration is planning to start offering booster covid vaccine shots to americans next month. president biden says u.s. troops will stay in afghanistan until all americans are evacuated even if it means staying past his august 31 deadline for withdrawal. two years after his arrest, r. kelly's sex abuse trial is now under way in brooklyn. the first witness, one of his accusers, took the stand today and now you know the news of this wednesday, august 18th, 2021 i'm kelly evans in for shepard smith. follow us on instagram and twitter at the news on cnbc, and listen to the news podcast on apple, spotify or your favorite platform if you're 55 and up, t-mobile has plans built just for you. switch now and get 2 unlimited lines and 2 free smartphones. and now get netflix on us. it's all included with 2 lines for only $70 bucks!
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