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will remain a mystery forever. [theme music] all of us tonight here on crypto night in america thank you for watching "the news with shepard smith" starts now a bad day for the president on vaccines and the voting rights bill. the white house takes it on the chin i'm shepard smith. this is "the news" on cnbc the supreme court strikes down the private business vaccine mandate. its reasoning and why there's a different story for health care workers. the voting rights bills dead on arrival. >> i will not support separate actions that worsen the underlying disease of division infecting our country. >> are there any options left for president biden and the democrats?
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seditious conspiracy interfering with the lawful transfer of power. the new charges related to the capitol insurrection and new information on the failed plot to keep president trump in power. contact tracing. it's no match for omicron. >> trying to catch omicron via contact tracing is like trying to catch a bullet train on a bicycle. >> states trying to manage the spread the new report on mistakes made in the gabby petito investigation. the web telescope surprising everyone, including nasa. and can you save the world in 15 minutes? the simulation that gives you a chance to try. >> announcer: live from cnbc, the facts. the truth. "the news with shepard smith." good evening president biden suffered two major defeats today that have imply implications for all of us one on voting rights and the
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future of elections nationwide the other on his administration's most aggressive and controversial efforts to curb the pandemic. a vaccine or testing mandate for businesses today the supreme court blocked the white house from forcing large private companies to either mandate vaccines or require employees get tested weekly and wear masks. the rules would have impacted more than 80 million workers but in a separate case, the court allowed a vaccine mandate for most health care workers the justices voted 6-3 in the case about the workplace rules all three liberal justices diss dissented. in an unsigned opinion, a justice in the majority wrote, although congress has indisputably given osha the power to regulation occupational dangers, it has not given that agency the power to regulate public health more broadly businesses and republican attorneys general who challenged the vaccine mandate are celebrating the high court's ruling missouri's a.g. calling it a
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massive win for millions of workers and businesses across the country. in a statement, president biden responded, writing in part, i am disappointed that the supreme court has chosen to block common-sense, lifesaving requirements for employees at large businesses that were grounded squarely in both science and the law. cnbc senior white house correspondent kayla tausche on our top story tonight. kayla. >> reporter: shep, just three days ago, large companies were publishing plans to comply with the vaccine or test mandate for more than 84 million workers nationwide but today those plans halted the supreme court blocking the rule, calling it a significant encroachment into daily life and calling the regulation a blunt instrument the majority writing, it draws no distinctions based on industry or risk of exposure to covid-19 most lifeguards and linemen face the same regulations as do medics and meat packers. retailers and small businesses fighting the rules call the decision welcome relief for companies already struggling
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during the pandemic. and while liberal justices argued that the current surge warranted the rules, experts say they wouldn't work quickly enough >> if you start getting vaccinated today, that's great the effectiveness of those vaccines are not seen unfortunately for weeks. but it's very important to also keep in mind that mask requirements and testing can make a difference, especially when we have such an incredible surge. >> president biden today said the onus is now on companies to make their own requirements, requirements the white house says workers want. >> employees want to feel safe in the workplace because they want to incentivize workers to come back to the workplace, and because they've seen large companies across the country implement this and see how effective it is. >> reporter: on the other vaccine mandate for health care workers, the court argued the government can set conditions for facilities that receive federal funds. the supreme court will hear arguments on a third set of rules for government contractors
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in the coming weeks, and the requirement for federal employees to get vaccinated took effect in november now, as for whether the white house could go back to the drawing board to refine the rules for businesses, no comment. shep. >> kayla, thank you. the second of the one-two punch to the white house today on the push to reform voting rights it's essentially dead now. the two bills democrats have said are needed to rescue democracy will not make it into law unless something extraordinary and frankly unforeseen happens senator kyrsten sinema delivered the final blow the democrat from arizona gave an impassioned speech from the senate floor she said she will not be in favor of changing the filibuster rules in order to pass voting rights >> these bills help treat the symptoms of the disease, but they do not fully address the disease itself and while i can continue to support these bills, i will not support separate actions that
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worsen the underlying disease of division infecting our country >> and there you go. without her and without senator joe manchin of west virginia, the democrats do not have a way to break through a republican blockade they've called the reforms unnecessary, federal overreach that would infringe on the ability of states to conduct their own elections and set their own rules. democrats have argued otherwise, saying national election standards are essential to ensure people's right to vote. according to the brennan center, last year at least 19 states passed 34 laws that restrict access to voting more than 440 bills with provisions that restrict voting access were introduced in 49 states senator sinema's speech, delivered in just a few hours before the president arrived on the hill to meet with senate democrats for the sole purpose of trying to get everybody onboard. afterwards, the president said he'd continue to fight if he's unable to meet this moment >> i hope we can get this done,
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but i'm not sure every other major civil rights bill that came along, if we miss the first time, we can come back and try the second time. if we miss this time and the state legislative bodies continue to change the law not as to who can vote, who gets to count the vote, count the vote, count the vote, it's about election subversion. >> well, this would be the second major legislative defeat for the president after he failed to get his social spending plan through. and this one on voting rights would also break a promise he made to the black voters who delivered him the presidency a.b. stoddard, associate editor and columnist for realclearpolitics. a.b., would this be a legacy-defining failure for the president given the stakes presented, or would that be an overreach? >> well, i think that when the president announced -- when the
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white house announced in december, when the breakdown happened in negotiations for his economic agenda, his social spending package, the build back better plan, and they put voting rights first and said they had to deal with it first, and they would put their domestic agenda on the back burner for now, he did make it a key priority, promising the base of the democratic party that they would come up with some way to address this we're now in an election year. they don't have the votes to proceed, and it is the kind of failure that will be dispiriting to the base of the democratic party, will hurt them at the polls in the fall. this is why you saw a lot of voting rights activists sit out the speech he gave in georgia several days ago, because they want a result, and the math will not produce one in the senate, and it's going to be very tough for biden to come up with the next plan. >> so many saying if he wanted it so bad, why didn't he do it
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first? at any rate, senators manchin and sinema have gotten the brunt of the criticism but senator sinema's argument for not changing the rules was this. >> eliminating the 60 vote threshold on the party line with the thinnest of majorities to pass these bills that i support will not guarantee that we prevent demagogues from winning office rather, eliminating the 60-vote threshold will simply guarantee that we lose a critical tool that we need to safeguard our democracy from threats in the years to come. >> a.b., that point, it's valid, isn't it >> oh, absolutely. and this is the point that senator obama and senator biden, when they served in the upper chamber would make when their party was in the minority. there is tons of sound of people on both sides of the aisle when they're in the minority in the
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chamber fighting for the filibuster as a means to protect the minority, slow down the passions of the electorate and the body politic and to force consensus, that any legislation that passes through the chamber to a president's desk to be signed into law would have to be bipartisan, would have to hit 60 votes. and in this polarized environment, it's very hard for either party to ever have 60 votes in the chamber and so this is -- this is absolutely the argument for preserving the filibuster. and when president trump tried repeatedly to pressure mitch mcconnell, now the senate minority leader, to break the filibuster, he refused because he didn't want the shoe to be on the other foot many democrats like president biden fear what republicans would do without a legislative filibuster but president biden this year ended up changing his mind. >> a.b. stoddard, thank you.
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january 6th now. a militia group had stashes of guns on the outskirts of d.c. ready to go on that fateful day during the insurrection. that's just one of the alarming allegations from the justice department today after the feds cleared the -- charged the leader and several members of the right-wing group the oath keepers with seditious conspiracy that will ring a bell. here's the leader, stewart rhodes he's a former army paratrooper with a law degree from yale. the fbi arrested him today federal investigators say the oath keepers had what they called quick reaction force teams stationed just outside the capitol, and the nation's capital on january 6th their job, to rapidly transport guns into the city as needed to stop the peaceful transfer of presidential power the oath keepers also had teams on the ground at the capitol who used a military-style stack formation to force their way into the building.
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you can see them here walking through the mob in formation, single-file line, holding on to the militia member in front of them the department of justice alleges they had paramilitary gear, knives, batons, camouflaged combat uniforms, tactical vests with plates, bpls helmets and eye protection in an interview with the times over the summer, that very man, rhodes, claims he and some of the oath keepers had gone off their mission and there were zero instructions from him or the group's leadership to enter the capitol building the government reports it has some evidence to the contrary. nbc news justice correspondent pete williams with us now. what else are the feds revealing here, pete >> reporter: well, a lot of what you've just described was in the original oath keepers indictment, reincorporated today. and what they add now is a lot more that we didn't see before from encrypted app communications, chats that stewart rhodes had sent to his leadership team.
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and what the government says is that as early as two days after the election, he began messaging his team, saying that they needed to prepare for violence to try to stop the vote count and prevent joe biden from formally being elected president, and that he repeated this and amped it up in the months that followed, eventually coming to washington on january 6th but not entering the capitol. and another new thing here, shep, is they say that after the january 6th siege of the capitol, he continued to plan for violence, continued to message his supporters and spent $17,500 himself buying weapons >> the seditious conspiracy charge one of the most serious yet, and you wonder if it can make its way up the food chain. >> reporter: that's a big question one of the unanswered questions so far about the capitol riot is this did somebody have a plan, well thought out, before they got to washington to actually storm the capitol? now, we saw a little hint of
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this today in this indictment where stewart rhodes is messaging support for how the serbians stormed parliament in 2000 to try to upset the election of milosevic. he reminded his leadership team on the day of the riot that our forefathers, the fathers, stormed the governor's mansion in massachusetts during the revolution but you don't see explicit planning that's one of the thing we're going to see as these cases move through the court and as these trials begin in the coming months, shep. >> pete williams, thank you. the january 6th committee also targeting social media companies with subpoenas today the committee demanding records from alphabet, parent of youtube, meta, facebook, plus twitter and reddit the committee chairman bennie thompson of mississippi says he wants information about what the companies did, if anything at all, to prevent their platforms from being used to organize that attack and spread that misinformation chairman thompson says subpoenas
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were issued because the responses from the companies have so far been inadequate. no comment yet from any of those companies. the top republican in the house of representatives, the minority leader kevin mccarthy, is now refusing to comply with the january 6th committee's investigation of the insurrection he's a pretty significant witness. leader mccarthy spoke to the then-president on the phone as the attack unfolded on the capitol. but today he insisted there wasn't much to that call >> my conversation was very short, advising the president of what was happening here. there is nothing that i can provide the january 6th committee for legislation of their moving forward there is nothing in that realm it is pure politics of what they are playing. >> well, they'd like to determine that for themselves. that said, the next step for the january 6th committee could be a subpoena
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nbc's sahil kapur now. are subpoenas on the table at all from this committee, and if so, are they ready to consider criminal attempt referrals if those subpoenas are rejected >> reporter: well, the second question here is key because if they issue subpoenas, they'd better be prepared to enforce them chairman thompson has said subpoenas are under discussion when he was asked about kevin mccarthy he said he's disappointed for not cooperating. and the committee has been reluctant to issue subpoenas of members of congress, which includes requests for information not only from kevin mccarthy, but also scott perry and jim jordan, who have signaled that they won't cooperate with the committee the committee has been reluctant to subpoena them because there is no modern precedent for subpoenaing members of congress to testify at an oversight hearing. that could set a precedent that could be abused by future congresses and lead to some pretty dark places if they start to ask the justice department to prosecute their colleagues however, proponents of the subpoena say this is an extraordinary situation that merits a subpoena. that includes "the washington
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post" editorial board said kevin mccarthy had a unique insight into donald trump's state of mind on the day of january 6th, and they accuse him of having -- amounting to a dereliction of his oath to support and defend the constitution in his quest to become speaker of the house, which in his view appears to mean saying on donald trump's good side. so a big question coming up here for the committee. >> certainly his sahil kapur, thank you. getting ahead of omicron the military moves set in motion by the white house today to help rescue overwhelmed hospital workers. contact tracing no more. seems that's not working what states should be doing instead. and the workers have the power. thousands of grocery workers on the picket line. where you'll see them, what they're demanding, and the word from some who say they can't even afford the food they were
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where hospitals are overwhelmed by covid president biden announced the plan today he said starting next week, more than 100 military members will be deployed to six states. new york, new jersey, ohio, michigan, and new mexico the president also announced today the u.s. will buy another 500 million at-home covid tests to send to people across the country eventually for free. the omicron surge causing health officials to reconsider some covid safety measures. they've already seen the cdc change its guidance on masks and isolation periods, and now some parts of the country are starting to phase out one of the original mitigation methods -- contact tracing. just this week, officials in new york state announced they will no longer require local health departments to do contact tracing for people who test positive that means no more calls from
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health care workers asking new yorkers, how are you feeling and who they've recently been in contact with it's a major strategy shift, and it appears to be gaining momentum among local officials all around cnbc's meg tirrell now on the future of contact tracing. >> reporter: faced with the most contagious variant of the coronavirus yet, states across the u.s. are pulling back contact tracing efforts. >> it is almost impossible to do contact tracing the way we have been in the past. >> reporter: in maine, schools with universal mask mandates are ending contact tracing, joining states like new york, massachusetts, delaware, and north carolina that are scaling back >> trying to catch omicron via contact tracing is like trying to catch a bullet train on a bicycle. >> reporter: dr. shah, director of maine's cdc, says there are three characteristics of omicron that make contact tracing less useful first, that it's as much as three times more infectious than the delta variant. second, that the time between exposure and being contagious is
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shorter than previous variants and, third, that a lot of transmission happens early on, even before someone has symptoms and shortly after. and there are likely better ways to use resources says the university of minnesota's dr. michael osterholm. >> as far as i can see, anywhere we're trying to do contact tracing, we're a day late and a dollar short so to me, i think it surely is a resource that i would re-allocate to things like vaccination or even just assisting in getting testing done. >> reporter: dr. shah says the shift is the first of many we may see from public health departments grappling with this new variant in a new stage of the pandemic. >> the bottom line there is we have to examine whether we can combat 2022's virus with 2019's tools. >> reporter: now, both dr. shah and dr. osterholm noted contact tracing is still very important for certain other diseases and in some settings for covid, particularly in group settings of high-risk people. but this may be the beginning of
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a bigger change in the way we track this virus shep >> meg, thanks could gabby petito's death have been prevented? an independent investigation launched into the police traffic stop in utah just now complete what they found and the mistakes identified spring just around the corner, but will baseball come with it? the state of labor talks after
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it was the last time we know of that police saw gabby petito alive. a month before she disappeared, cops in utah came face to face with gabby and her boyfriend brian laundry, and it may have been the last chance at preventing the tragedy to come a new report from police in utah says it was an impossible question to answer, whether gabby would be alive today if police had acted differently but it says for certain that cops made critical mistakes
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handling that encounter. the report comes after an investigation into a police traffic stop near arches national park. body camera video showed police pulled brian and gabby over after their van hit a curb while speeding brian laundrie admitted the two have been fighting police eventually let brian and gabby go and filed a police report of disorderly conduct but an independent investigation has now found police should have labeled it doimestic violence, and that, report says, could have altered what happened next. valerie castro on the mistakes made. >> reporter: despite what moab police officers initially observed when they encountered gabby petito and brian laundrie, neither was arrested or charged with domestic violence, a crucial mistake according to an independent investigation. instead, the officers decided the incident was, quote, more accurately categorized as a mental/emotional health break than a domestic assault. >> there was obviously evidence that there was violence between
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the two. >> reporter: former detroit police chief ralph godbee says gabby's scattered and emotional state -- >> yeah, i don't know. some days i feel like i have ocd. >> reporter: should have been an immediate red flag. >> that might have been more of an opportunity to bring them back to the station to see what type of help they may need. >> reporter: the officers themselves saw evidence of physical injuries. >> you want to tell me about those scratches on your face >> reporter: but in godbee's opinion, their hesitation to arrest gabby, even though she would be the ultimate victim, was a failure. >> i am not going to be charging her with dv, domestic violence >> it was an unfortunate miss where law enforcement could have certainly interrupted or, you know, even prevented the tragic ending that we all have come to know relative to her murder. >> reporter: the officers did
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eventually separate the couple for the night, but the following month, gabby's body would be discovered in wyoming, where police say she was strangled brian later took his own life near his florida home. in the report, one officer states, i'm devastated about it, and i'm sorry if the wrong decision was made. both officers have been placed on probation for the news, i'm valerie castro help wanted. the government agency creating more clean energy jobs as a new report shows just how bad we need it. his former highness. prince andrew. the queen stripping her son of titles and duties that he got from birth after the sexual abuse case moves forward is it enough to protect other members of the royal family? that and regulatory freedom for french dressing. as we approach the bottom of the hour and the
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a massive work stoppage hits the largest supermarket chain in all the land, and that's what's topping cnbc's "on the money." more than 8,000 grocery workers across the denver area on strike the reason, they want better wages, retirement benefits, and working conditions the striking workers employed at kroger-owned kings soopers that's colorado's biggest grocer the members will be on the picket line for another three weeks. chocolate. we seem to love it even more
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here in pandemic times retail sales of chocolate up more than 9% last year that's according to the research firm iri and high demand combined with tightening supply sending cocoa contracts up 8% over the past week the price for chocolate's main ingredient at its highest level since november. and it's good to be the queen of tiktok. charlie demilleio started posting videos of herself dancing on the popular app back in 2019. two years later, she has 133 million subscribers, and last year she raked in more than $17 million on tiktok. that from forbes the social media star now outearning some of the krceos o publicly traded companies. on wall street, the dow down 177. s&p down 67. the nasdaq off 382, 2.5% just
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today. i'm shepard smith on cnbc. it's the bottom of the hour. time for the top of the news the new virtual reality game that gives you the nuclear launch codes the biggest, most powerful space telescope ever it's getting ready to show the world what it can do and prince andrew loses almost everything that makes him royal. no longer his royal highness queen elizabeth stripping her scandal-ridden son prince andrew of his royal and military titles as he faces a sex abuse lawsuit in the united states her number two son is on his own. "the new york post" reports it's told that the queen broke the news to him in person this morning. buckingham palace released a statement today saying, with the queen's approval and agreement, the duke of york's military affiliations and royal patronages have been returned to the queen. the duke of york will continue not to undertake any public
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duties and is defending this case as a private citizen. the statement one day after a judge in new york rejected prince andrew's bid to throw out the civil sexual assault case against him. the woman accusing him is virginia giuffre she claims he sexually assaulted her several times in 2001 when she was 17 years old giuffre says the convicted sex offender jeffrey epstein, who is said to have killed himself in jail, and the newly convicted sex trafficker ghislaine maxwell, introduced her to the prince she says they met in london. that was the first time she says he abused her. she claims he abused her again in new york and also at epstein's private island in the u.s. virgin islands. prince andrew has denied any wrongdoing he said he doesn't even remember meeting giuffre despite this photo of the two of them together maxwell there in the background. the prince said it was unclear whether the photo was doctored and confronted about it. and it appears that the queen
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has had enough, and he is very much de-crowned and by his lonesome nbc legal analyst danny cevallos joins us now danny, how do you see this playing out for both sides >> reporter: i thought andrew actually had a shot at getting the case dismissed in federal court in the united states there was a 2009 settlement agreement where giuffre agreed to release all defendants that she could have brought in that action prince andrew argued he was one of those any defendants that could have been brought. the judge concluded otherwise. now the case moves on through discovery and for prince andrew, a dreaded deposition is on the horizon. and with the very liberal rules of discovery in american courts, prince andrew should have reason to be concerned if he does sit for a deposition. >> he's no longer a royal at least in title does that, danny, protect the crown and the rest of the royal family, or no? >> reporter: absolutely. i mean the crown at least from a public relations standpoint is distancing itself from former
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prince andrew, i guess now just andrew, while he works out this civil case, whatever the outcome may be that's a good thing for the royalty, not a good thing for prince andrew. but as far as helping him in this case or harming him, he never enjoyed the same immunity, diplomatic immunity, that his mother, the queen, enjoyed so it will make little difference procedurally in the case against him here in the states. >> we know, danny, that many others spent time with jeffrey ep steep, including former presidents trump and clinton could this case set a precedent for other famous people when it comes to civil lawsuits? >> reporter: yes and no in the sense that famous people who do bad things have always been subjected to lawsuits. they've always been appetizing targets just like the people you mentioned. probably more dangerous for them could be the maxwell prosecution. after all, federal prosecutors decide to approach maxwell now, while she's sitting in jail, and cooperate her.
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that's the word for getting her to cooperate, and she could reduce her sentence and name some very high-profile names potentially. >> danny cevallos, thank you. novak djokovic drew the one seed in australia, so now he knows who he'll be facing in the opening round if he's allowed to even stay in the country today djokovic again hit the practice courts in melbourne the number one men's player scheduled to play his first-round match on monday. the australian immigration minister says he's still considering whether to cancel djokovic's visa. that move would ban him from entering australia for three years. no word yet on exactly when a decision will come last week, the australian border officials canceled djokovic's visa after his vaccination exemption was questioned djokovic apologized yesterday for what he said was an error in his travel documents if he's given the go-ahead to compete, he'll have a chance to win a record 21st major title with potential books and a ratings bonanza. if not, the draw is set to be
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reshuffled the white house is hiring 1,000 workers to focus on the climate crisis the energy department today announced the launch of what it's calling the clean energy corps. as the name suggests, it's charged with creating more clean energy and reducing harmful emissions. officials say it's the largest expansion of the energy department since its creation 45 years ago. the announcement comes on the same day we're learning the last year was the sixth hottest year on record. that in a new report from nasa and the national oceanic and atmospheric administration the data shows the last eight years have been the eight hottest years ever recorded. one nasa climate scientist said the long-term trend is very, very clear, and it's because of us michael mann now, professor of atmospheric science at penn state. michael, thanks. the sixth hottest year on record practically, what does that mean for the planet >> hi, shep. what it means is that we are seeing the impacts of our continued reliance on fossil
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fuels and fossil fuel burning in a very remarkable way. last six years, those are the six warmest years. and by the way, when we look at the oceans, which is where 90% of the heating is going, this year was the third straight record this is the warmest year on record when it comes to the oceans, and that has profound impacts on fish populations, on coral bleaching, and it is potentially destabilizing the ice shelves off antarctica that could lead to massive collapse of ice sheets if we continue on this course. >> the ecosystems you mentioned, professor, those are in real danger now >> they are. as the oceans warm up, we know that fish populations move northward and eventually there's no place to go we also see as the co2 concentrations build up in the oceans, the oceans literally acidify, and that starts to dissolve coral reefs
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it starts to dissolve oysters and clams and other sea life that we rely upon. and so this is sort of the twin -- the evil twin of global warming is ocean acidification from the increase in carbon dioxide. those two things are working together to present an even greater risk. >> professor michael mann from penn state, sir, thank you >> thank you. the convicted killer of senator kennedy last summer granted parole, or at least a chance at it but california governor gavin newsom has the final say tonight his decision on whether to make sirhan sirhan a free man. 15 minutes to save the world. the virtual reality simulation putting you in the oval office and your finger on the button to launch a nuclear strike. the choice
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senator kennedy's killer will not go free california governor gavin newsom has denied parole for one of the most notorious assassins in american history sirhan sirhan has spent more than 50 years in prison for gunning down senator robert kennedy in los angeles in 1968 last summer, the california parole commissioners recommended that sirhan get parole but california's state constitution allows the governor to reverse the decisions of the parole board regarding convicted murderers. newsome elected to do exactly that, saying in part, mr. sirhan has failed to address the deficiency that led him to assassinate senator kennedy. mr. sirhan lacks the insight that would prevent him from making the same types of dangerous decisions he made in the past. baseball still in a lockout with spring training scheduled to start next month, mlb and its players association met today to try to hammer out a new collective bargaining agreement. that definitely didn't happen. espn reports the league made a
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proposal and the players didn't like it. the league offered to increase the pay for younger players, but the union described that proposal as disappointing. no word yet on how or when the players plan to counter. pitchers and catchers supposed to report in just a few weeks. cnbc's sports business reporter jabari young is here can they do this, or is it a lost cause. >> they can do it, and they will do it. there will be baseball this year, it's just a matter of when they will do it. today's meeting was more a temperature gauge. you know, how both sides were feeling. you just mentioned it. the players weren't necessarily happy. i wasn't expecting them to go into any meeting happy, but they are talking, right that's progress because just a month ago they were locked out, and those counterproposals that they made just weren't getting anywhere but i look at this as saying, hey, what do they see eye to eye on you can look at that as saying where are they counterproposing at, the draft lottery, how to revamp that, maybe something
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like the nba, expand it postseason and draft compensation those are things they are making some type of counterproposals on, so you know they're in agreement on that. but you've got other things, you know, obviously service time manipulation how do you deal with any type of pension and benefit adjustments in this particular labor agreement? so there's still things to be worked out mid-february will tell you more than today i think what you saw today was just a temperature gauge they're talking. that's progress, but still stuff to be done >> process not an event. you know, jabari, we're now hearing that apple could make a bid to stream some games what do we know? >> yeah. well, this is somethingthat does make sense, right originally coming into it, when espn, you know, walked away from these weekday rights on mondays and wednesdays, you're kind of figuring, okay, who's going to take it over a traditional network, i think everybody was kind of looking at wrong way to look at it. a tech company like apple, mlb and apple, they've had a relationship dating back to when
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mlb arrived in the apple store mlb, they need the content distribution, and apple has the money, right even if mlb wants $350 million, which is what they were rumored to be asking, it makes sense because they've got billions of dollars on hand. i feel like this is one of those things where i'm looking forward to see if it happens and if they finalize something, this is going to be good for apple moving forward the pandemic is hurting colleges total undergraduate college enrollment has dropped by nearly 7% since 2019. that's more than a million students according to the national student clearing house research center, last fall semester alone, enrollment dropped 3.1% the decline began before the pandemic but accelerated when covid forced colleges to move classes online and shut down campus life. high tuition costs also discouraged low income students from enrolling public two-year and community colleges seeing the biggest drop, but one positive from the
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data, freshman enrollment stabilized this past fall after a steep drop the year before saving the world from a thermonuclear war in just 15 minutes. not the plot of the next bond movie, but a terrifying scenario in a new virtual reality game called "nuclear biscuit. university professors using the virtual reality simulation to show lawmakers what would happen if america were under attack they'll be put to the test they'll have just minutes to make that very difficult decision that could have devastating consequences for everyone cnbc's eamon javers puts on the headset to see what the first few moments of a nuclear war would look like from inside the oval office. >> it's an intense experience right from the first second. you're the president of the united states. you're minding your own business in the oval office, and suddenly -- aides whisk you through a secret door into a presidential command bunker. >> 300 incoming missiles casualties in the range of 2
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million. >> reporter: military and civilian officials beam in from remote locations, bombard you with information about a full-scale russian nuclear attack, and demand that you decide how the united states will respond it's all put together by university professors in conjunction with the program on science and global security at princeton university to show lawmakers just how american nuclear policies might play out in a real emergency. it's no big deal just the fate of humanity hanging on your orders so i decided to step into the virtual oval to see how i would do >> no way. >> the chair is in both the virtual and the real world >> there is no way to stop the incoming missiles. >> you could be killed at any time >> i've got three choices, a limited nuclear attack with 5 million to 15 million killed, a counterforce strike with 20 million to 25 million killed, and an all-out attack targeting the russian military and leadership in moscow, resulting in the deaths of 20 million to
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45 million people. but none of those options can stop the russians from striking again. >> what is the military goal of option number one? what are we trying to achieve there? >> mr. president, you have less than three minutes to make a decision >> is there anything i can do right now to protect the americans who are about to die >> reporter: the organizers say they've had every kind of reaction from people who are caught up in the heat of the presidential drama >> some people get out and leave, which sounds weird. >> really? >> but might be the right choice. >> they got so upset we had a couple of people who were so overwhelmed by the situation, that they just wanted out. just no. i can't do this. i've just got to stop. i would say the vast majority of people launch. >> reporter: so here's what i did. >> mr. president, i need your guidance >> our moral obligation right now is to save as many american lives as we can, to stop this war as quickly as we can, and to
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preserve and protect the constitution you are not authorized to begin a launch do you understand? >> reporter: shep, once the russian missiles are in the air, the american president can't really do anything to protect the millions of americans who are about to die or to keep the russians from being able to attack again you've already lost the war at that point so to keep even more millions from dying and to save humanity, i refused all the launch options. i decided to turn the other cheek. but it's only a game, shep. >> yeah, i'll say. thanks, eamon. nasa's new telescope is surprising everybody, even nasa. what we're all about to learn from that soaring wonder the next step in the mission to get a closer look at what's out there. in 1945, an american soldier serving in germany wrote a letter to his mom. it just delivered, but not to mom.
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french dressing. do you eat that? it's best on a salad when used in combination with ranch, fyi there's also nothing french about it yet somehow since i was minus 14 years old, it's been regulated by the food and drug administration unlike any other saucy product, french dressing is held to a standard of identity it must include vegetable oil, vinegar, lemon juice, or lime juice, and can be seasoned with salt, sugar, mustard, paprika, and tomato things. rules dating to 1950 for french dressing from the federal government it's ridiculous obviously but real in 1998, get this. the association of dressings and sauces -- kid you not -- petitioned the fda to ditch the rule a short 24 years later, it's getting around to that french dressing can be whatever anybody wants, just like everything else starting in one month. thank you, government. but like most consumables, it will likely continue to be most tasty in combination with ranch.
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the most powerful space observatory ever built is almost ready to reveal the secrets of the galaxy the complicated webb telescope is nearly functional, but nasa first has to bring it into focus and alignment with its enormous mirrors. that process could take three months, but considering a telescope took two decades, thousands of scientists, and almost $10 billion to make, that's not a long time to wait it launched on christmas morning, and even nasa scientists appear surprised at how well the mission has gone so far. >> it's a huge feeling of relief a couple of times people have made comments about the easiness of the deployment. >> a professor of theoretical fidsices at the city college and city university of new york. professor, as always, thank you. the webb's 100 times more
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powerful than hubble what does that mean? >> first of all, history is being made this is a dream come true. the world's biggest telescope. the mirrors are 20 feet across you know, if you're an amateur astronomer and your mirror is maybe six inches across, that's pretty big this is 20 feet across with ten times the light-gathering power of the hubble space telescope, and it will appear right through dust clouds. that was the achilles' heel of the hubble the hubble space telescope could see visible light, could see ultraviolet radiation, but it could not peer to the center, the heart of galaxies, of black holes. too much dust. that's where this telescope comes in infrared sensors can penetrate through the dust and give us pictures of what is called first light. baby pictures. baby pictures of the infant universe when the light from
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baby stars first lit up the galaxy so this is historic. and of course we'll see right through the cloud cover of black holes, neutron stars, and unravel the mysteries of the universe. >> pretty fantastical. the first image we're told is probably a couple months away. what will you be watching for day one? >> well, day one, we're going to see some rather foggy pictures they have to get it in line. they're going to lock it onto a nebula, which is kind of gaseous. so don't expect too much from the first pictures that are emerging however, later on you're going to see some spectacular pictures we're going to see areas that the hubble space telescope simply could not penetrate and think of it. extrasolar planets, planets orbiting other stars, the webb telescope is so sensitive, it may pick up pictures from other planets going around other stars. that is remarkable at night when you look at the stars, realize that on average,
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every single star has planets going around it, and the webb may be able to photograph some of these planets. >> wow. >> that is amazing >> it really is. looking forward to it. thank you. at the end of world war ii, a young soldier from massachusetts wrote to his mother saying he'd be home soon. the soldier did make it back he got married, started a family, but that letter was delayed by 76 years. now that late delivery is giving the soldier's wife one last memory of her husband. here's cnbc's perry russom >> johnny was such a good guy. >> reporter: for 61 years, john and angelina gonzales were married in woburn, massachusetts. a life of going to the beach, dancing, and raising five boys when john died in 2015, angelina thought their days of making memories were over last month, her mailman had a delivery 76 years in the making.
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a lost letter from john. >> it was written the 6th of december, 1945 >> reporter: john was 22, writing from germany months after the official end of the second world war the letter was to his mother, also named angelina. >> dear mom, received another letter from you today. everything is okay. >> reporter: after two pages, he signed his name. >> i just love it because i know he has touched it. >> reporter: with the letter came another one from the u.s. postal service we're uncertain where this letter has been. by virtue of some dedicated sleuth work, we were able to determine your address robert is one of the five sons >> it's just pretty neat to see that little piece of him when he was 22 years old it's amazing >> what do you think it is about a letter that's so powerful?
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>> i don't know. i mean because like when i first read it, it was as though he was here with me. >> reporter: angelina keeps grabbing the letter, hugging her husband's words. i don't think i've ever seen somebody holding a letter as lovingly as you are right now. >> really. he really meant everything to me he really, really did. >> for the news, i'm perry russom 70 seconds left on a race to the finish the supreme court today blocked president biden's sweeping vaccine and testing mandate for large companies. another major blow for the president today, senator kyrsten sinema announced she will not support changing the filibuster rule to pass voting rights legislation. that means it's essentially doomed and the feds have charged the leader and several members of the oath keepers militia
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group with seditious conspiracy for their role in the january 6th insurrection investigators say they had stashes of guns ready to go on the outskirts of d.c. in a plot to stop the peaceful transfer o power. now you knows of this thursday, january 13th, 2022 so happy that we can do whatever we want now with french dressing that's your government at work, you know follow us on the gram and twitter at thenews on cnbc listen on apple, spotify or your favorite podcast platform. and don't forget you're on cc,
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