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where's your heart? oh, my god! i live in the real world! it's frigid. ice cold. i live in the real world. everything gets knocked off. vampires do not have hearts. you either litigate or you run it in the market. i willth fthththththththmarkets liz cheney loses her battle against former president trump. but can she win her war? this is the news on cnbc. congresswoman cheney voted out. but is 2020 for her next play? >> i will do whatever it takes to keep donald trump out of the oval office. >> the move she is already making and why her targets go beyond mr. trump himself. the former vice president now open to speaking to the
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january 6th committee. >> if there was an invitation to dissipate i would consider it. >> what he could provide the panel, plus his response to the fbi search of mar-a-lago. a race against time. miners trapped underground in mexico. two weeks with no contact. can a u.s. company now help rescuers pull off a miracle? >> we know it's a matter of life or death. the former head of u.s. central command reflects on the withdrawal from afghanistan. what he says he would've done differently. rudy giuliani appears before a georgia grand jury. the cdc admits failure and announces a major overhaul. a part of 9/11 history. >> it's the remembrance of everybody who died. >> closes at store. good evening. former president trump exacting
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revenge on his biggest critic in his own party. congresswoman liz cheney facing a brutal loss in wyoming. pre-election polls indicated she was almost certain to lose her re-election bid, but she went down even worse than expected. she finished nearly 40 points behind her trump backed opponent . former president trump calling congresswoman cheney a fool. now the two rivals could be facing off in 2024. this woman cheney telling the today show's savannah guthrie, this morning, that she is considering a run for president. >> that's a decision i'm going to make in the coming months. i'm not going to make any announcements this morning. it is something i'm thinking about and i will make a decision in the coming months. >> she is not wasting any time taking on her next big move. nbc news confirming she filed to transfer her campaign cash to a new organization and she is promising to do whatever it takes to keep former president trump back out of the oval office.
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>> i believe donald trump continues to pose a very grave threat and risk to our republi . i think defeating him is going to require a broad and united front of republicans, democrats, and independents. that is what i intend to be part of. >> she didn't stop there. she is also targeting election deniers and offices across the country. >> i don't think that anybody in any political party should support election deniers. that is true in wyoming and it's true across the country. >> congresswoman cheney's loss last night the end of the republican family dynasty and wyoming. at least for now. illinois is in jackson tonight. you spoke to voters there, what do they think? >> reporter: cheney told supporters last night that the real work starts now. here in jackson where she won 75% of the vote, folks say they are ready to roll up their sleeves.
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>> the last couple times i've met representative cheney, i say put me in coach. i want to help anyway i can. >> he is on the jackson town council and calls himself a political unicorn. a true centrist with no allegiance to any party. his family has been in wyoming for 120 years and he considers cheney both a personal friend and a potential president, but acknowledges it is an uphill battle. >> my students and i called the clint eastwood syndrome. we don't have to do anything. someone just rides off the high plains in saves the day, right? she needs help. she needs help from her own party, she needs help from independent, and she needs help from democrats. >> allie noland is one of those democrats. she voted for cheney yesterday and says she would do it again and so would her democratic friends. >> if it is liz versus trump, i will definitely vote in the republican primary again and i will be voting for liz. she, you know, she and i outline on three of 150 values. that is three more than i align
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with for trump. >> as for the former president, he missed no words on his social media platform writing that cheney can now disappear into the depths of clinical oblivion. of course she has no intentions of doing that. the paperwork for her leadership pack has already been filed. it is called the great cast and it is funded with $7 million left over from her campaign. kelly, the headquarters is not here in wyoming, but in alexandria, virginia just outside of washington. >> makes sense. thank you. voters up in alaska also headed to the polls yesterday and another trump critic, republican senator lisa murkowski did survive her primary battle. senator murkowski numbers onto the general election. she voted to convict former president trump in his impeachment trial after the insurrection. the senator will face off against trump backed candidate kelly chewbacca and two other candidates. sarah palin also advancing to
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the general election for alaska's health seat. the republican firebrand making her come back to politics with former president trump's backing. she's also running a separate special election to fill the seat for the remaining months of late congressman don young's term. that race still too early to call. let's bring in larry sabado, director of the center for politics at the university of virginia. larry, welcome. if liz cheney does decide to run for president, would it even be through the gop? >> that is the key question in my mind. is she going to run as an independent or run as a republican? if she runs as a republican she can look forward to primary results similar to what she saw in wyoming. she will get a quarter to a third of the vote. she may get an opportunity to debate trump, though i doubt he ever agrees to debate her. running as an independent she would have the ability to at least focus the public's concerns on trump and make trump faces record if she would attract democrats and independents.
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but she has to worry that she could split the anti-trump vote if trump is indeed the republican nominee and end up giving trump a second term via the electoral college. there are a lot of considerations here and notice, she didn't say she was running for president. she said she wanted to make certain that donald trump was never in the white house again. that gives her a lot of maneuverability and a lot of options. >> but does her resounding defeat just that a larger portion of gop voters feel betrayed by the january 6th hearings and her role in that? >> it suggests that, for wyoming . we need to remember wyoming is as conservative as america gets. it voted for trump by 70% of the vote twice. that was his number one state. that is not america. it is a great state, but it is not america. you don't want to judge everything from our least
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populated state, which is wyoming. >> not to turn it to another low populated state of alaska, but how would you compare or contrast the results from what appears to be better outcomes for sarah palin, but also senator murkowski? what do you glean from that versus what you might take away from liz cheney's defeat in wyoming? >> the house race is very much up in the air. let's focus on the senate race. senator murkowski is in a good position, not only to go to the ballot she is already there for november, she is in an excellent position to win. why? because of their election system. they have this choice of voting where people can rank four candidates that they support from top to bottom. the additional votes are reallocated until somebody gets a majority. that encourages the election of relative moderates. moderate conservatives, moderate liberals. that is why she is doing very well. if wyoming had had a similar
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situation, a similar rank choice voting, i don't think cheney would've won by any means, -- >> isn't rank choice how california became a one-party state, though? my understanding was that it also can split the ballot that you need to coalesce behind each party. >> and his top two. essentially you can end up in the general election with two democrats running against one another or two republicans. that is very different than what alaska has done and it exists in other places. maine, there are a couple dozen cities that have rank choice voting. they are different systems. i think rank choice offers moderates a much more better opportunity to win than any other system. >> spent all of this forward now. the midterms are looming and then 2024. what has changed in your mind
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now versus 24 hours ago in terms of those outcomes? >> for a while a lot of people, and i was one of them, thought that trump was losing steam within the republican party. a lot of those other republican candidates who were planning on running against him for president of 2024 thought so too. now it looks different. trump is really playing the board in terms of winning primaries for his endorsed candidates. his last was the topper for the entire primary season. trump will be extremely difficult to stop. not impossible, but very difficult to stop and that is going to reorient democrats as well as republicans. a lot of people who maybe thought they would run for president in 2024 on the republicans died probably won't now. >> great point. thanks for joining us tonight. rudy giuliani appearing before a special grand jury in atlanta that is investigating efforts by former president trump and his allies to overturn the election.
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>> you believe president trump is the ultimate target of this investigation? to i'm not going to comment on the grand jury investigation. >> giuliani's appearance comes just days after georgia prosecutors notified him he was a target of their criminal investigation into potential election interference. he was at the courthouse for more than six hours. the fulton county district attorney leading the case says he was a material witness to what he calls a coordinated attempt to unlawfully alter the outcome of those 2020 elections. former vice president mike pence indicating he might be willing to testify before the january 6th committee. >> if they were to call you to the committee to come and testify would you be agreeable? >> if there was an invitation to participate i would consider it. it would be unprecedented in history for vice president to be summoned. but as i said, i don't want to prejudge. if there is ever any formal invitation rendered to us, we would give it due consideration.
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>> to be clear, that was not a hard yes. mr. pence has been one of the key figures at the center of the january 6th committee's public hearings. we heard about a heated phone call the morning of january's ex during which mr. trump allegedly scolded the former vice president and called him a wimp for refusing to block the electoral vote count. i've heard testimony that his secret service detail feared for their lives as the mob closed in chanting hang mike pence and how they barely escaped to a secret underground location. the committee says it was mr. pence who called in the national guard to stop the riot. while trump reportedly sat and watched the violence unfold on television. notably mr. pence has not publicly criticized former president trump by name, but today did urge republicans to stop attacking rank-and-file fbi agents in the wake of the mar-a-lago raid. today a spokesman for the january 6th committee declined to comment on whether they asked mr. pence to appear. 10 minors trapped deep
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underground. the desperate search now bringing an international help as families demand answers about the rescue effort. authors in rushdie attacked on stage, stabbed multiple times. now in a jailhouse interview the suspect reveals why he did it and what he said when he found out his alleged victim survived. plus how much power can one yeet have
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struck emergency crews are racing to rescue a group of 10 coal miners. they have been tracked underground for two weeks after a tunnel suddenly collapsed. it caused severe flooding throughout the mine. five miners escaped right after it happened, but rescue workers they haven't been able to reach the others because they can't pump water into debris out fast enough. the mine is located in the northern border state of
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coahuila. it's a four hour drive southwest of san antonio. mexican authorities are asking companies in the u.s. and germany for help. here is cnbc's. or so. >> reporter: rescue teams in mexico battling time and rain. the race to find and save 10 miners trapped underground stopped after an entryway flooded. mexico's president says water is being pumped out and more than 70 gallons a second. they have been trapped since a tunnel wall collapsed on august 3rd unleashing underground flooding. the cries of their families have been replaced with calls for the mexican government to work faster. no one is telling us anything, one woman says. nothing. we need more help says this minor helping in the rescue. it could be foreign but we need help. the mexican government now asking two companies for help. one german and one american. the national civil protection coordinator says this is at the
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request of the miners families. they sit under tents by the rescue site. it took them a long time to make this decision his sister says. they could have made it before. maybe now we would have had them out. the story drawing comparisons to the chilean miners trapped in 2010. 33 miners saved after being underground for two months. the boys soccer team stuck in a cave in thailand. 12 boys and the coach rescued after being surrounded by water for more than two weeks. in mexico, boys wait for a similar outcome. magdalena, at a news conference this week, if my brother and his coworkers do not come out alive. this is a crime that cannot go unpunished. some new reporting late today, an american company has agreed to help with the search. not clear who it is. there are also some major questions as to whether the 10 are still alive. no contact has been made. >> thanks.
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the man who police say stabbed same in rushdie in western new york last week says he is surprised the author survived. that is a jailhouse interview with the new york post. the alleged attacker is this man, hating the tar. officials say he is a 24-year- old from fairview new jersey. he told the post he doesn't like rushdie and he claims the author has attacked islam. rushdie has faced death threats for decades after publishing his controversial book, the satanic verses, in the late 80s. the book forced him into hiding after iran banned it and put a $3 million bounty on his head. an iranian official monday denied that they were behind the attack. he acknowledged that he only read a couple of pages of rushdie's book, but said he watched videos of the author on youtube. he pleaded not guilty to second- degree attempted murder and assault with a weapon. his next court hearing is jeweled for friday. rushdie is still recovering from the attack.
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his agent told the associated press on sunday, the author suffered a damaged liver and severed nerves in one arm. he added, the author is likely to lose and. struck a war of words between florida's governor in the u.s. attorney he suspended from office. today that attorney had his day. the movie is planning to make. >> i remember whispering to myself, is ts this... is the planning effect. this is how it feels to have a dedicated fidelity advisor
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the 9/11 tribute museum in new york city, shutting down for good. starting today it is moving fully online. the small intimate museum opened more than 15 years ago, but workers say they have struggled to attract visitors during the pandemic. it relied heavily on tourist's. unlike the nearby national september 11th memorial museum, the tribute museum focuses more on the people. the people who were at the towers during the attack, the victims, the survivors, and the first responders. for years the museum has been a place to honor them and tell their stories. but that ends today. here is cnbc's valerie castro. >> i was at my desk at 8:15 that morning. half an hour later i'm writing something at my desk when the plane hit. >> reporter: peter is a 9/11 survivor. a port authority employee who worked on the 69th floor of the north tower. >> i remember whispering to myself, is this where i die? >> reporter: he escaped and now
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shares the story of that day is one of thousands of volunteers at the 9/11 tribute museum in lower manhattan. is it a kind of therapy to share that story with people? >> absolutely. each time i come here, each time i speak to people, each time somebody might hug me i feel more healed. >> reporter: but that remembrance and healing, at least in person, is coming to an end. the museum is shutting its doors for good after pandemic related problems. to we had some visitors come back but it was only about 26,000 where we were averaging 300 to 500,000 visitors a year. you can imagine, unfortunately, financially it has just accrued debt. >> reporter: the museum righted itself on a different kind of experience from the 9/11 memorial museum just a few blocks away. found in the stories shared by volunteers. >> to be able to meet someone that was directly affected and hear their story and ask questions and then also here and be inspired by their resilience is one of the most
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important things. >> reporter: is also home to artifacts like a piece of a steel beam from the towers. clothing worn by recovery workers. and a gallery of more than 1800 photos of those who died, including one of peter's coworkers. >> jean was my buddy. when i first began working in the world trade center jean and i were in finance. i was made sure before i left to stop and say hello to jean. >> reporter: he is now hopeful that someone might step in to save this place so it can endure the way he has. >> i guess my survivor instinct is coming out. is saying peter, this can't be the end. >> reporter: for now the lights will go out while the stories will live on through an online archive for future generations. after today artifacts like this will be carefully boxed up and taken to the new york state museum in albany. they will not be on display, but put into storage for safekeeping.
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residents will soon be under major restrictions. the uk's largest public water supplier announced a temporary use band today. set to go into effect next wee . according to the company, the uk had the driest july on record since 1885. londoners are now essentially banned from washing their cars or windows, watering their gardens, and filling their swimming pools. the city finally got some much needed rain today. provided some relief after weeks of hot dry weather. last month temperatures in the uk reached as high as 104 degrees for the first time ever, according to the country's weather service. london is not the only place in a drought. california facing severe dry conditions, and it is taking a big toll on tomatoes. families across the country are feeling the impact. ketchup, salsa, pizza. we rely on tomatoes for these foods and many more. after historic drought and rise in fuel and labor costs, they are getting more expensive. many farmers say they are struggling to even grow
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tomatoes this year. here is nbc's sam brock. >> reporter: and restaurants and supermarkets, large ripe tomatoes are there for the taking. but be warned, these fan favorites won't come cheap. california battles its worst drought in over 1000 years. >> we had to try to stretch water further than we should have. >> reporter: scary for a state responsible for as much of a quarter of the global supply of processed tomatoes. with wells drying up and water at a premium, farmers are seeing a big dip in production. bob dowling estimates his tomato crop in northern california is down 10% so far this is in. >> in the united states, consumers will see an increase in price as this crop hits the, you know, shelf. >> reporter: that is on top of the current sticker shock driven by inflation. ketchup prices have already jumped nearly 23%. salsa is 13% higher than a year
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ago. made a paste up 16%. tomato sauce 17%. a sauce that is essential to any pizza, including the new york style slices served at pucci's in miami. of all the ingredients you have to buy, what are the most expensive? >> cheese and tomatoes. >> reporter: xavier, or x-men, is the guy ordering ingredients while trying to keep a slice of cheese under five bucks and a pepperoni sliced at $5.25. he said something happened this month that shocked him. >> i could not find any tomatoes on the market. i called to place an order they said they're going to search at different places there is no tomato. >> reporter: that situation is been resolved for now but it is a scary thought for pizza lovers. >> i worked nonstop. pizza is a pretty regular thing i eat every week. probably three times a week.
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>> i think tomatoes are super ingrained in all cultures. >> reporter: beloved as they may be, the popular tomato is now ripe for inflation. for the news, i am sam brock. >> i should've grown some in the garden. more rate hikes likely coming. that is what's topping cnbc is on the money. the federal reserve anticipates more rate hikes to beat red-hot inflation. in the meeting the fed raised rates by 75 base points, the pace of future hikes will depend on incoming economic data. manchester united on a wild ride. the english soccer club surging as much as 17% in premarket trading today. that is what happens when the world's richest man tweets that he is buying the team. it all started last night. elon musk replied to one of his own post with i am buying manchester united, you're welcome. fans and traders reacted with excitement, but hours later he booted the idea tweeting that it was just a joke.
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40 years ago today compact discs debuted and music changed forever. but they weren't cheap. the first cds would run you more than 20 bucks each and cd players probably more than $1000. despite the rise of internet music streaming these days, cds keep on turning. americans still bought more than 40 million of them last year. today at the pump the average price nationwide for a gallon of gas $3.94. that is the fourth week straight that it has now been under four dollars a gallon, but it is still $.76 more than it was at this time last year. on wall street the dow is down 172 points to snap a five day win streak today. s&p down 32. nasdaq dropping 164.
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i am kelly evans and for shepard smith. it is half past the hour, here is what's making the news on cnbc. the head of the cdc says the agency failed to meet the moment during covid. now she is announcing a plan for major change. bullets flying on the freeway. people shot at a convenience store. the multiagency investigation in arkansas after 18 shootings in one weekend. but first, one year later, the man in charge of the withdrawal from afghanistan reflects on what happened. marine corps general frank mckenzie took command in afghanistan just one month before it fell. the end of america's longest war was already in motion. general mckenzie was the head of central command and took charge when the commander of u.s. forces in afghanistan lef . in the weeks that followed the afghan military utterly collapsed, taliban fighters swept across the country with lightning speed, and easily seized the capitals. it was general mckenzie who negotiated a tense agreement with the taliban to allow
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evacuations from the airport. and it was general mckenzie who was in charge when a nightmare scenario unfolded. hundreds of desperate afghan civilians overran the airport, and in the final days of the withdrawal a suicide bomber killed 13 u.s. troops. nbc's pentagon correspondent sat down with general mckenzie one year later to reflect on what went so wrong. >> i felt very strongly that we had the ability to keep a platform in afghanistan at about 2500. >> reporter: a year on since the withdrawal from afghanistan general mckenzie remains that fast in his assessment that keeping 2500 u.s. troops would have been enough to prevent the country's collapse. >> the position of u.s. central command and my position was that was a survivable number. we do know, however, the alternative to that was withdrawal. we know as a matter of history that was disastrous. >> reporter: the white house argue that if troops had been
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kept u.s. forces would've found themselves at war with the taliban. >> it's wrong to order american troops to step up in afghanistan's own armed forces. >> reporter: among the key prizes for the taliban on their march, fog room air base the nerve center for the u.s. military's decades long war in afghanistan. the u.s. quietly handed it over to the afghan government in july of last year. weeks later, afghan forces would surrender it to the taliban. to i will note that it 2500 we would have kept it. >> reporter: after announcing the decision to withdraw and april, the white house publicly downplayed the risk that afghanistan could fall quickly despite intelligence assessments that suggested otherwise. >> as we pulled out we begin to lose our capabilities. we begin to lose our ability to interact with our afghan partners to learn what they were seeing. it began to degrade pretty significantly. >> reporter: general mckenzie told me he things about it every day. it is a year later, looking back what would you have done differently? >> i wish we had begun to move people out earlier.
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you always go back and examine that. i wish we had seen that coming, i wish we done that different. i believe what happened in august of last year occurred when we decided to leave completely in april of that year. once you make that basic decision events took on a certain trajectory. that is not a military decision. >> reporter: general mckenzie is retired now. he's heading up the global and national security institute at the university of south florida and that is giving him more time to reflect on what happened during this withdrawal. another thing that concerns him, he says, is now the u.s. intelligence picture in afghanistan is so degraded from when there was a military and diplomatic presence in that country, now they only see about 2% of the intelligence that they had access to back before the u.s. withdrawal. china announcing it will send troops to russia for joint military exercises. the announcement comes at a perilous time when china is flexing its military might
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around taiwan and russia is in the midst of its brutal invasion of the ukraine. the last time the chinese military participated in exercises like these was back in 2018. beijing insists the joint exercises are unrelated to the current international and regional situation. india, belarus, and other countries are reportedly planning to participate in the drills as well which are said to begin in about two weeks. struck a chord in saudi arabia sentencing a woman to 34 years in prison for her twitter activity. the court handed down the sentence on monday. it also includes a 34 year travel ban. saudi officials accused the 33-year-old phd candidate and mother of using her twitter account to disrupt public order. they claim she followed and retweeted activists and dissidents who are against the kingdom. the u.s. state department today confirmed that king into the case. >> exercising freedom of expression to advocate for the rights of women should not be criminalized.
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>> part of her sentence includes shutting down her still active twitter account. a pendant tweet on the page ends with the quote, freedom to the prisoners of conscious and to every oppressed person in the world. the u.s. attorney suspended by florida governor ron desantis fighting back. enter warren today announced he is suing the governor for removing him from office. up until earlier this month he was the state attorney for hillsborough county, that includes tampa. he is a democrat elected twice. governor desantis suspended him, accusing him of violating his oath of office and neglecting his duty. desantis cited his pledge not to enforce safe abortion laws, which bans abortions after 15 weeks. here's a governor on august 4th. >> we are not going to allow this pathogen that has been around the country of ignoring the law. we are not going to let that get a foothold in the state of florida. we are going to make sure that our laws are enforced and that no individual prosecutor puts himself above the law.
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>> today, and his press conference, warren revealed the moment he was revealed from office. >> without warning i was forced out of my office by an armed deputy. removed from my elected position and replaced by a ron desantis accomplice. >> more context to this feud, warren has agitated the governor and conservators several times before. and april 2020 he supported the arrest of a mega-church pastor who broke covid rules by holding in-person gatherings. months later he declined to prosecute dozens of people arrested during the george floyd protest. last year he vowed not to go after doctors who provide gender affirming care. warren says his lawsuit in federal court argues that the governor abused his power. he says it aims to do two things. one, get his job back, and second to make it so the governor can't take similar action again in the future. >> the governor has attacked our democracy and that should outrage everyone.
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if the governor's attempt to unilaterally overturn an election is allowed to stand, it threatens to undermine the integrity and outcomes of elections across our state for years to come. the danger posed by this illegal act cannot be overstated. that is why we must fight back. >> cnbc has reached out to the governor's office for comment but has not heard back. for the first time, three major pharmacies went to trial to defend themselves against any alleged role in the opioid crisis. today a decision was handed down. the head of the cdc admitting changes need to be made. how she plans to deliver a better and faster response to public health emergency he i
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trying to figure out of a string of shootings in little rock are connected. police added three more shootings to what was already a bloody weekend. in total the city had at least 18 shootings over the weekend. at least three people died. one of the shootings at a gas station convenience store. the man says a suspect shot him and described the terrifying moment. >> i didn't feel it coming. it actually knocked me out of my shoes. i heard him come in the score but i didn't look back. next thing i know i'm on the ground. >> he says the gunmen shot him in the head and that doctors told him the bullet came an inch from killing him. he says the man in front of him in the checkout line died in the store. police say they arrested this man, davis jones, they say they charged him and two of the shootings and they are looking into whether he is tied to others. he is facing murder, attempted murder, and other charges. he pleaded not guilty two days ago. stroke struck a landmark opioid case in ohio.
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today's ruling comes after a jury determined the pharmacy chains caused serious harm to those communities by over supplying addictive painkillers. many of which ended up on the black market. officials for the company say they plan to appeal the decision. they argue doctors decided how many pills to prescribed to patients, not pharmacies. it is worth noting, this is the first time pharmacies actually completed a tile to defend themselves for their alleged role in the deadly opioid crisis. government data shows more than half 1 million americans have died from opioid overdoses, and that is just over the past two decades. in a joint statement, attorneys for the two counties in ohio wrote, today's decision means the late county and trumbull county communities will soon receive the long-overdue recovery funds they need to address the effects of the opioid epidemic locally.
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the cdc mishandled the covid pandemic. it's messaging was confusing and overwhelming. time and time again the agency did not act quickly enough and now it is in need of a drastic overhaul. that is the message today from the cdcs own director. in a statement she wrote, for 75 years cdc and public health have been preparing for covid- 19. in our big moment our performance did not reliably meet expectations. my goal as a new public health action oriented culture at cdc that emphasizes accountability, collaboration, communication, and timeliness. this last our white house covid response coordinator told nbc's nightly news that the cdc without a doubt fell short. >> let's remind ourselves that the director of the cdc asked for this review of the cdc. i think that review was very well done. it laid out areas where the cdc needs to improve, and the bottom line is that she is committed to making those
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changes and i think that is really important. our government agencies weren't designed to manage a once in a century crisis like this. i think while many of them performed admirably there is no question in my mind that these agencies could have done better. >> and pretty broad terms dr. wilensky laid out a plan to improve the agency. she says it needs to start prioritizing public health instead of focusing so much time on publishing academic papers. she didn't give many specifics but the cdc director did acknowledge that leadership changes are coming. shoppers continue to open their wallets last month as they weathered high inflation. according to new data from the commerce department, overall retail sales were flat in july from the prior month. but when you take out auto and fuel sales, retail sales actually jumped 0.7%. one big reason? online shopping. online sales rose nearly 3% from a month earlier. the new data comes as target reported a rough second quarter today. it's profits down 90%. cnbc senior retail
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correspondent courtney reagan now. courtney, what does target versus the bigger picture data tells about the state of the american chopper? >> reporter: there is a lot of crosscurrents going on here. target frankly just made much less money than expected in the second quarter because of deep discounts on merchandise that wasn't selling like clothing, electronics, and home. the silver lining though is that the lower prices did incentivize shoppers to buy. the retailer also took expensive steps to get the right inventory in place for the rest of the year, but it was a pretty costly decision in the near term. >> and we heard, he heard especially, from walmart's ceo this week about what they are seeing. >> reporter: yeah, it was really interesting. i was in arkansas with walmart ceo doug mcmillan and he said, look, walmart shoppers are also less interested in buying clothing, electronics, and home items like we heard from target.
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doug mcmillan told me he thinks it's because americans are focused on the impact of inflation, especially for food and gas. walmart's goal is to have the lowest prices, but with food inflation up double digits, prices are higher everywhere. it is known for low prices, which are typically most attractive to lower income consumers, but mcmillan said even wealthier americans are shopping there. especially for groceries. >> we are attracting a lot of new customers to come to our stores, our app, our website. higher income families are shopping at walmart because they are price-sensitive right now. we shared earlier this morning that families making more than $100,000 in household income have driven a lot of our growth during this last quarter. >> mcmillan said whatever discretionary money consumers do have right now seems to be going toward travel and celebrating events together again after years of having to put all of that on hold. >> so some of these companies ordered too much inventory are we likely to keep seeing discounts on items?
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>> reporter: most likely. discounts will continue. especially for these non necessity items. even though target and walmart did discount clothing prices, both still have too much frankly and likely those discounts will continue. lowe's didn't sell as much patio furniture or grills as planned, so you might get a deal on those items too. interestingly though, tj maxx, marshalls, and home goods shoppers did by clothing. but they didn't buy in much of the home category. that is a retailer that often buys excess inventory, so tjx is in a pretty good position to grab up with didn't sell and sell it later when shoppers are in the mood for those categories again. >> smart. thank you. it is the end of the road for some of the most iconic muscle cars in america. as we reported last night, dodge announced they will discontinue the charger and the challenger at the end of next year. the brands edgy look and
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rumbling engines made them a fan favorite for gearheads in the 60s and 70s. now dodge may be switching gears from gas powered muscle cars to electric vehicles. here is nbc's harry smith. >> reporter: the dodge charger is one of those cars that had us at hello. in the pantheon of muscle cars, it's styling stood out. and its performance fermentable. steve mcqueen and his mustang gt flying through the streets of san francisco pursuing an equally fearsome dodge charger, driven by stuntman bill hickma , in the movie bullet. we want, said many. born in the 1960s, muscle cars were the everyman's answer to the foreign sports car and even american sports models, like the corvette and the thunderbird. less flash, more grit.
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alas, cars like the charger and it's equally aggressive cousin, the challenger, are to be discontinued. the reason? too much fuel consumption making them a burden for a car brand in need of lowering its epa fleet mile per gallon average. rumor is, the cars may come back in an electric version, but all that quiet is no replacement. for the news, i am harry smith. >> a lot of those electric cars are very quiet. there have been a lot of movies hitting box office gold of the past few months and they have something in common. they are only rated pg-13. why studios are leaning a little more family-friendly. plus what do you use as a bookmark? >> a lot of boarding passes for airplane (vo) the fully electric audi e-tron family is here. with models that fit any lifestyle.
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that is idris elba starring in the new movie beast, the r- rated thriller is scheduled to hit theaters this friday. our sister company universal pictures is disturbing the film. beast aims to roar into the box office and films like it have struggled in theaters. so far this year the percentage of box office revenue going to r-rated movies is the lowest it has been in more than a quarter century. that is according to phil data tracker, the numbers. in fact, jordan peele's horror movie nope is the only r-rated film this year to gross north of $100 million. last year, every movie that grossed more than $100 million
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was rated pg-13. met melanie is with us now, a founding partner and former editor at the hollywood reporter. is this an intentional strategy or an accident? >> i think it is intentional. you are looking at a post-covid movie landscape where studios are trying to de-risk their movies as much as possible. take the risk out of them. when you're looking at an r- rated movie it is a little bit riskier. horror movies tend to do well, but those are not typically the movies that are for all audiences in the summer. if you look in the summer it is movies like top gun and minions, not nope, that were generating five, six, $700 million. even this new brad pitt movie, which is r-rated, it is not doing huge numbers. and that is a brad pitt movie. normally in august you do start to see more of these r-rated movies coming out, and we are just not seeing as many of them this year because they are mostly going to streaming or elsewhere.
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>> great point. some of the biggest hits we've seen at the box office this year are all pg-13. top gun, drastic world, dr. strange, that man. are these the type of films that were going to see further investment in? >> absolutely. we are seeing a stratification of the movie business where movies like the ones you just showed are going to continue to go to theaters and continue to generate huge dollars. everything else is going to migrate toward streaming, with some exceptions, and i think horror is an exception that could generate an audience for r-rated movies. but we haven't seen those huge hits this summer. >> speaking of streaming, before you go, we reported last night that amazon is going to tap nielsen to measure its nfl prime video broadcasts. can't they just put up a fewer number like we see on youtube? >> it is because they're selling advertising. when you're selling advertising
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on sports broadcasts, the advertisers very much would like to know who is watching your product. nielsen, as many troubles as they've had over the past few years, nielsen is still an accepted arbiter of how many people are watching live broadcast. and that is very important to amazon if you want to win back some of the money you spent on football with advertising. >> it always comes back to the dollars. we should have guessed. thanks so much. have you ever found a scrap of paper with a note or doodle in a library book? i have. it is charming. one librarian in california has found hundreds of them, as you might imagine, and she's putting them on full display for all the world to you. here is nbc's jake ward. >> reporter: think of everything you've used as a bookmark over the years. from concert tickets to postcards. for a decade, librarian sharon mckellar has been collecting what comes back to the oakland public library between pages. >> a lot of boarding passes for airplanes, a lot of photos, a lot of post-it notes.
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>> reporter: now those items, hundreds of them, are on display at the library and online. together they form a surprising moving portrait of, well, us. >> this is the program of someone's funeral. wow. >> reporter: entire family histories left between the pages. >> this, to me, looks like someone interviewed a grandma about her experience coming to america from vietnam. >> reporter: in a world of selfies in social media, it is all very honest somehow. >> all the cards and notes are generally warm and caring and thoughtful. it is just a reminder that we are all here. we are all feeling these
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feelings. it is not all virtual. >> reporter: if what we leave behind in our books is any indication, we are all just trying to save our places in the world and with each other. for the news, i am jake ward. >> very sweet. minor shopping list usually. accidental 911 calls happen, but it is not everyday the culprit is a . meet the 10 month-old capuchin at a zoo in california who apparently called 911 last weekend while playing with a phone she found and then hung up. dispatchers tried to call the number back, but no response so they went to investigate where the call came from. >> nobody could figure it out. it wasn't us, we didn't call. and then at the same time they all said, it must've been route. >> the local sheriff's office posted these pictures to facebook. the zoo's owners spoke with our local nbc affiliate. >> i love it because, you know,
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it is fun news. everyone needs a little bit of that. happy that he is able to put a little joy in everybody's lives. >> we are told that he has since been placed on limited phone privileges and i should do the same for my toddler so we don't repeat that. 40 seconds left on our race to the finish. congresswoman liz cheney has lost her seat. the trump endorsed rival had to her by nearly 40 points in wyoming's gop primary. congresswoman cheney now suggesting she might run for president in 2024. former vice president mike pence says he would consider testifying to the january 6 committee if he received a formal invite. the director of the cdc ordering a major overhaul of the agency after a flood response to the pandemic in order for small businesses to thrive, they need to be smart. efficient. agile. and that's never been more important than it is right now. so for a limited time, comcast business is introducing small business savings. call now to get powerful internet
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