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good morning. breaking overnight. still no deal. congressional democrats unable to reach an agreement on the president's massive infrastructure and social safety net plans. democratic progressives and centrists at odds over the price tag. the president making a personal visit to capitol hill for a pep talk and promising success. >> it doesn't matter when. it doesn't matter whether it's in six minutes, six days, or six weeks. we're going to get it done. >> but what will it take and when will it happen? we're live at the capitol. breakthrough?
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encouraging news in the fight against the coronavirus with merck announcing a new experimental pill that the company says significantly cuts the risk of hospitalization and death for covid patients. and as the divide over masks and vaccination grows, california becomes the first state to require a vaccine for all eligible students. soccer scandal. the national women's soccer league cancelling all of its games this weekend amid fallout over the handling of a slew of sexual harassment allegations against a now fired male coach. >> there was this culture of both normalized behavior, but also verbal abuse that everyone else really spoke to. >> as the commissioner of the league apologizes and resigns overnight. 635 million reasons to smile. tonight's powerball drawing one of the largest ever as the jackpot grows overnight and people line up to buy the ticket that could change their lives forever. all that, plus, she's back.
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kristen returns to the anchor desk this morning after enjoying nearly four months of maternity leave with beautiful baby margo. >> yeah. getting tired? >> and we can't wait to celebrate our new mom, today, saturday october 2nd, 2021. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with peter alexander, kristen welker, and dylan dreyer. welcome to "today." thanks for joining us on this special saturday morning and we are so thrilled that you are back. we won't talk about the baby monitor hidden under the desk right now. >> checking it every two minutes. i have cherished every minute with margo, it is so good to be back, though. i have missed our show. i've missed our saturdays together. >> we're going to check in with your husband, with the baby to make sure she's not hosting a milk kegger with the other kids from day care.
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in-studio reunion with dylan. dylan just russell, just a couple of days ago. a lot earlier than expected. so she's now home enjoying a little time with her family. we'll have much more on all of it. >> congratulations to her. we're thrilled. we want to get right to our top story, the fact that there's still no deal for democrats on president biden's economic agenda. despite a pep talk from the president, lawmakers headed home for the weekend. we have team coverage this weekend. we want to begin with leigh ann caldwell who's at the capitol with the overnight developments. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, peter. the democrats decided to hold off voting on this $1 trillion infrastructure bill because they just didn't have the votes. the party is still divided on how to move forward. the hold-up is a separate multi trillion dollar social safety net and climate change plan that is not yet ready. president biden trekked to
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capitol hill friday night to unite a splintered party and save his >> it doesn't matter when. it doesn't matter whether it's weeks. we're going to get it done. >> reporter: the rare presidential visit comes at the end of a long week of negotiations between the white house, democratic leadership, progressives and moderates. but no deal. >> speaker pelosi, will there be a vote today? >> when we have the vote. >> reporter: behind closed doors, biden told democrats both sides would have to compromise. the bipartisan infrastructure bill would have to wait and the $3.5 trillion social safety net would be scaled back to as little as $1.9 trillion. >> is this a setback for the president's agenda and democratic agenda? >> i think if we get it done it will be a victory. the question is when do we get that victory. >> reporter: the breakdown, moderates demanded a vote on the bipartisan bill this week.
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they argue an infusion of cash for infrastructure would help the economy, the country and biden's sagging poll numbers. it spends a trillion dollars for bridges and highways, electric vehicles and to expand high-speed internet. >> the president said we're going to get both bills done. in order to get that done we have to get this agreement on the reconciliation. >> reporter: progressives withholding their support until they have an iron clad commitment on a major bill filled with their priorities. those priorities provide government help from cradle to grave, including paid family leave, universal preschool and community college and home-based care for the elderly. it also tackles climate change. who will pay for it? corporations and the wealthiest americans by raising taxes. >> we need a vote. we need to be real. are we going to deliver universal pre-k to this country or not? >> reporter: two senators are trying to slow down the process. kyrsten sinema of arizona and
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joe manchin of west virginia are demanding a slimmer bill. >> how do you get there, though? >> we're talking to each other. we're finding common ground. we're legislating. that's what people don't realize. >> reporter: overnight josh gottheimer released a scathing statement saying a far-left faction have undermined action and blocked a vote. moderates are frustrated and show that democrats still have a lot of work to do to pass the president's agenda. >> could be a long several weeks ahead. leigh ann, thank you. this is a critical moment in joe biden's presidency. with his own party at odds as you just heard and the president in desperate need of a legislative victory, nbc's monica alba has been working her sources overnight. she's at the white house with more. monica, good morning to you. good to see you. >> reporter: kristen, good morning. that's right, this was the most personal and direct engagement from president biden so far in
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the negotiating process. but white house officials concede there's still a ton of work to do to get these spending bills from impasse to passed. the president had been largely behind the scenes this week but aides felt it was important for him to go to the hill as a political peace maker of sorts, urging patience, but also acknowledging that both pieces of infrastructure legislation are linked together. meaning one vote was simply not going to materialize without a clear outcome for the other. bottom line, the once frantic urgency from september has now been tempered, with the white house blowing past its timetable and president biden will now travel to his home in delaware this weekend, given there is no expected action on the hill before monday. the president told lawmakers yesterday he does accept that the $3.5 trillion price tag on the social safety net package will be slashed dramatically and argued a smaller bill can still have a, quote, historic investment. next week the president is set to leave d.c. and take his plan
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to the american people, but it's unclear whether the president will be able to tout any significant process by then or whether intraparty fighting will delay it further. kristen, peter. >> all right, monica alba at the white house. monica, thank you. so we want to bring in nbc news political analyst claire mccaskill, a former democratic senator from missouri. claire, good morning. as a democrat, a lot of this is in your team's court, so to speak, right now. the president said it doesn't matter if it happens in six days or six weeks, but you know how washington works. momentum is everything and you often need a deadline. with that timeline, are you concerned that nothing gets done here? >> i think everybody is feeling a lot of pressure, peter. you know, this really kind of reminds me of when there is maybe the most turbulence in an airplane right before landing. and the captain comes on the microphone and calms everyone down and says, hey, everybody, everything is fine. it's just a little turbulence. that's kind of what joe biden
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did yesterday. he told everybody this is what happens when you have differing opinions on a bill of this size and scope. >> well, you talk about the pressure that everyone feels, but of course you still have progressives and moderates sharply divided. and frankly digging in to some extent. how can they govern, and can the president unify his party to get this done? >> i think every democrat on capitol hill knows what's at stake here. it's about the size and the scope, kristen, it's not about the policies. you know, this is going to be the party that brings paid family leave. and i think that's important to point out this morning because we're all happy to see you back. you work for a company that provided you time with your baby but there are millions of women across this country that don't have the ability to take the leave they need when they have a baby or have an illness. that is wildly popular and
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popular with every democrat. it's now about finding the size and scope that will be comfortable for everyone. that's always the hardest part. but as the congresswoman said, they're legislating. this is what it looks like when they have differences of opinion. i'm pretty confident they'll get this across the finish line. >> you know the president has had a rough couple of months with the withdrawal from afghanistan, the recent covid issues and board are issues that have received headlines as well. you said all democrats know the stakes here but for the president himself, what is at risk if he isn't able to deliver on his signature policies? >> obviously he's got to get the infrastructure bill across the finish line. it is a bipartisan -- we finally would have an infrastructure week in the united states even though it was talked about for four weeks under the former president. and this other bill is really transformational in terms of changing some of the rules about how families live and work and get health care in this country. so even if it's not as big, even
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if it's dramatically smaller, it's going to have a big impact and he needs it. that's why i think he'll get it done. he knows how capitol hill works more so than any president than lbj. >> no doubt we'll be talking about this for the next several weeks. senator mccaskill, always nice to see you, thanks very much. >> thank you. we want to turn to the other big story and the battle against the coronavirus. there is some positive news from drug maker merck, announcing on friday that it has an experimental pill, a potential game-changer in the fight against covid. it comes as the number of covid deaths doubled between august and september. even as the u.s. saw a 15% decline in cases and hospitalizations over the past week, nbc's kathy park is in new york with the very latest there. kathy, good morning to you. >> reporter: kristen, good morning to you and welcome back. this week the u.s. crossed more than 700,000 covid deaths since the start of the pandemic. while this fight isn't over,
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some health experts say that this anti-viral pill is a game-changer. another potential breakthrough in the fight against the pandemic. drug maker merck announced friday that it's new experimental pill, the first of its kind, cuts the risk of hospitalization and death by 50% when given to patients recently infected with the virus. >> this is a pill you can take at home and will significantly reduce the risk that you either ultimately are hospitalized or more importantly that you would ever face the unfortunate outcome of hi currently remdesivir is the only approved antiviral drug in the u.s. but needs to be given by iv or injection. merck will seek emergency use for its pill. >> this is to protect people from the worst outcome of covid. >> out of california, they will
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require it once the shot receives final approval. the first of its kind mandate will taking place in two phases. >> they're getting our economy moving, getting our kids educated. >> reporter: across the country, the divide is deepening in schools over policies. a group of teachers asked the u.s. supreme court to block the vaccine mandate before it's enforced monday. justice sonia sotomayor denied the request and parents from coast to coast are pushing back too. >> come on, come on. officers. >> reporter: with frustrations boiling over, the national school board's association is asking the white house for help writing the growing number of threats against public school officials could be equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes. and back here in new york city, the vaccination rate among public school employees jumped
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to 90% ahead of monday's mandate. those who didn't provide proof of vaccination by close of business yesterday will now be knocked off the payroll. kristen, peter. >> yet another flash point. kathy park, thank you. to texas where the controversial abortion law is now in the hands of a federal judge after the biden administration went to court urging him to block it. emily is in los angeles with the latest. >> reporter: good morning, we're anticipating hundreds of women's marches to play out across the country. thousands of people expected to descend on washington, d.c. alone in protest of texas's abortion law. some lawmakers already using texas as a blueprint for introducing similar legislation in their state. this morning, protests set to push on nationwide, now a month since one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country went into effect. with the future of the controversial law unclear, as an
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obama appointed federal judge considers whether or not to block sb 8 which bans abortions once a fetal heart beat is detected, as early as the 6th week of pregnancy before many women know their pregnant. the law at the center of three hours of arguments friday, between the department of justice and the texas attorney general's office. judge did not say when he would rule but pressed texas lawyers on the law's very unusual nature which empowers private citizens to sue abortion providers. >> the texas heartbeat law takes the state out of the whole enchilada entirely. instead, enforcement is delegated to private citizens. >> reporter: abortion providers say they now feel like they're wearing a target. >> the state has placed a $10,000 bounty on our head. >> reporter: just over half of americans support legal abortions in all or most cases, fueling competing marches nationwide. on capitol hill this week, congresswoman cori bush taking a
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stand against restrictive abortion bills, opening up about being raped on a church trip. >> during my first visit i found out that i was nine weeks pregnant and then there the panic set in. how could i make this pregnancy work? >> reporter: across the aisle, impassioned pleas pouring in to consider the unborn. >> i would not be here had it not been for the very brave choice that my mother made 33 years ago. there's been a lot of talk about justice here today. what about the justice for those unborn? >> reporter: the supreme court is expected to take up a challenge to roe v. wade by the end of the year. many questioning if the high court's conservative majority will overturn the landmark decision protecting abortion rights. peter, kristen. >> emilie, thank you. we want to head overseas where north korea says it has test-fired a new antiaircraft missile. it's the country's fourth
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weapons launch in recent weeks. experts say the show of force is part of a strategy to get relief from u.s.-led sanctions. talks to get north korea to abandon its nuclear arsenal have been unsuccessful for the past two years. back at home it's a gorgeous saturday. dylan is out on maternity leave. somara theodore is here helping us out. >> things are looking really awesome but we're going to take a trip to the tropics. check out this video from inside the hurricane captured on sail drone. calling this a world first as the drone surfed into the atlantic. the drone had to deal with 50-foot waves and wind speeds of 120 miles per hour. noaa hopes the drone will help it better forecast hurricanes in the future. that is pretty incredible stuff. we're so accustomed of being left in awe by the visuals from hurricane hunters in the sky, it's nice to see that in the
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water. it shows the sheer magnitude and power of these storms. you just saw hurricane sam from the water. take a look at it in space. it also has a friend out there, tropical storm victor. so we've got two named storms here. as far as hurricane sam, it's a category 4 so it's a very strong storm. in fact i think i've been reporting that a category 3 and 4 for the past week. here's the latest track. good news, it's going to stay away from bermuda but will whip up some really high cur
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>> and that's a look at your local forecast. kristen, peter, back to you. >> all right, great to see you. still to come, scandal in the national women's soccer league. the commissioner out and a top coach fired amid allegations of sexual misconduct. we'll have the very latest. plus, it is the biggest regular season game in years. tom brady returns to new england with the buccaneers this time taking on his old team the patriots. the great mike tirico will join us live, giving us a preview. we are back after this.
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we're back now on a saturday morning with the weekly download, our look back at the week's other big stories. >> among them, fallout from the border battle.
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thousands of haitian migrants who tried to immigrate into the u.s. were sent back to the caribbean nation. nbc's jacob soboroff in port-au-prince. >> reporter: once they arrive ae here in the first place. >> so far around 6,000 haitian migrants have been repatriated, sent back to their so-called home country, though many have lived in south and central america for years. john hinckley, the man who tried to assassinate then president ronald reagan in 1981 is set to be released next year, without conditions. >> a d.c. judge ruling that hinckley, now 66, has displayed no signs of mental illness after spending years in psychiatric confinement and finally living under court supervision with his parents in williamsburg, virginia. a victory in court for britney spears.
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her father sidelined as her conservator. >> jamie spears calling into the hearing, remaining silent as the judge ruled to suspend him as conservator, calling the situation toxic. the new conservator in charge of her finances, an accountant hand picked by her legal team. video writing she's on cloud nine. singer r. kelly was found guilty on nine federal criminal charges, including racketeering and sex trafficking. >> prosecutors argued that the r & b singer famous for hits like "i believe i can fly" often used his entourage to recruit and groom victims for sex. kelly pleaded not guilty and did not take the stand in his own defense. gabby petito's family spoke out for the first time since her body was found in grand teton national park after she went on a cross-country road trip with her fiance, brian laundrie.
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>> she's with us. she's with us. >> we need positive stuff to come from the tragedy that happened. some of the week's wildest moments caught on camera. hawaii's kilauea volcano erupted this week for the first time since may, putting on a spectacular show. a stolen school bus in new york city crashed into some parked cars. police say one person was hurt, but fortunately no children were on the bus at the time. and this surfer had a close call when he caught a wave right over the top of a shark near florida's daytona beach. everyone was just fine. finally, republican congressman greg stube hit an out of the park home run in wednesday night's congressional baseball game. it's the first time that's happened in more than 40 years. >> great hit by that congressman. but can we go back to the shark video? how is that surfer ever going to
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get back in the water again? >> i don't know if the surfer even knew it went over the shark but you should hear the story the shark is telling right now. the guy almost hit me! what's he doing in here? >> we'll interview him next week. still to come right here on "today," "saturday night live" is back tonight, the start of a brand new season. who's coming to studio 8h and which big cast member is leaving? plus clooney/pitt together again? need we say more? so exciting. well, we'll talk aboutll of a
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ahh, we are back on this saturday morning, october 2nd, 2021, and would you look at that beautiful little face. that's russell james, baby number three for our friend dylan and her husband, brian, and we wish them all the congratulations. >> this is what we call a "today" show baby boom. rusty as they are calling him, so cute. he was so excited that he came six weeks early. mom and baby fortunately are both doing incredibly well we are told. dylan says that they gave the
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baby a family name. russell is named after brian's dad and james is dylan's father. so our biggest congratulations to that new family of five. it was nice to see them on the air a little earlier this week. >> and dylan talked about how both of their fathers got emotional when they heard that. pretty nice. >> they've their hands full in that household these days. we want to begin with a check of the headlines right now. it is congress that went home for the weekend without voting on one of the white house's signature priorities, a trillion dollar bill to face the nation's aging infrastructure. president biden making a visit to capitol hill friday urging his party to come together and finalize a deal. progressive democrats say they're withholding support for the bipartisan infrastructure bill until they get a commitment on a separate social safety net bill. that plan provides funding for health care, education and climate change. conspiracy theorist alex jones may have to pay a fortune for calling the sandy hook elementary school massacre a, quote, giant hoax.
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a texas judge issued a default judgment in defamation lawsuits filed by the parents of two first graders killed in the 2012 shooting. she said the infowars host and his company are liable for all damages after jones failed to produce evidence to back up his claims. he later did admit the shootings were real. a jury will decide how much jones will pay the parents of the two children who were gunned down along with 18 classmates and six school staffers. the powerball jackpot is now at record levels and it is still growing ahead of tonight's drawing. the top power prize is now more than $635 million. the sixth biggest jackpot ever. most winners take the lump sum payout. if you win tonight that would be a cool $450 million. the pot has been growing since early in june. that was the last time there was a powerball winner. but just before you announce an early retirement, your chances
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of winning are 1 in 292 million. well, also this morning, a scandal is shaking up the national women's soccer league. all games have been suspended this weekend to give the players some time to heal after several women came forward accusing former coach paul riley of inappropriate behavior. nbc's sam brock has been following this and is in miami with more. sam, good morning to you. >> reporter: kristen, good morning. welcome back. great to speak with you. these accusations are serious enough that fifa is now investigating. we're talking about women from three different teams spanning more than a decade of paul riley's career speaking out now about alleged inappropriate behavior and coercion. kristen, just as disturbing of the accusations is the prospect the league heard what was going on and failed to act in a meaningful way. >> marta, the goal for the pride! >> reporter: there won't be any national women's soccer league games this weekend. all five matches have been
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suspended after a damning report in "the athletic" where a reporter speaks to roughly a dozen women who said north carolina coach paul riley sent them inappropriate pictures, made remarks about their weight and sexual orientation. >> there was this culture of both normalized behavior but also verbal abuse that everyone else really spoke to. >> reporter: for two players, the accusations were more serious. farley in particular spoke of instances of sexual coercion. >> the first time that she felt coerced, that's the word that she uses, that they went into a room together and something happened in that room and then it happened again two more times. >> reporter: riley was fired on thursday. nbc news was unable to reach him for comment. he vehemently denied any suggestion he slept with or coerced players or was verbally abusive to "the athletic." he did concede there's a chance i've said something along the
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way that offended someone. reaction from the most decorated athletes was immediate. alex morgan tweeting the league was informed of these allegations multiple times and refused multiple times to investigate the allegations. her fellow olympian, megan rapinoe, adding men protecting men who are abusing women. and more fallout overnight. the nwsl announcing it's accepted the resignation of league commissioner lisa baird, who earlier in the day accepted full responsibility and apologized for the pain the players are feeling. >> who do you think bears the most responsibility for not acting? >> i do think that most of the weight of this does have to fall to the nwsl as the actual front office running the league. >> reporter: and the national women's soccer league says it is launching an investigation immediately into what happened and has set up an anonymous reporting system where players can text their concerns and have them examined immediately. peter and kristen, back to you. >> there will be a lot of eyes
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on that investigation. sam brock, thank you for that. we want to check in again with our friend somara theodore in today for dylan. it is going to be a gorgeous fall day for so much of the country. >> yes, it's going to be absolutely beautiful out there, especially on the east coast. things have been refreshing and cool here. out in hazen, north dakota, they hit 100 degrees this past tuesday so that warmth will make its way towards the mid-atlantic. chicago 79 degrees today. washington 80 degrees. 6 degrees above the norm for this time of year. and tomorrow we may even be just a bit warmer with highs in the low to mid-80s along the east coast in the mid-atlantic. out towards cleveland, low to mid-70s. what goes up, must come down. temperatures will be seasonably cooling off throughout the week. back to th
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>> that's your neighborhood forecast. kristen, peter. >> thank you very much. coming up next right here, just a day away from perhaps the most anticipated regular season nfl game ever. tom brady taking on bill belichick and the patriots in new england. >> we're going to talk to the one, the only, mike tirico about what to expect. what to expect. that's rig after this.ht my plaque psoriasis... ...the itching ...the burning. the stinging. my skin was no longer mine. my psoriatic arthritis, made my joints stiff, swollen... painful. emerge tremfyant™.
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of a big game tomorrow night. tom brady returns to new england, this time with the tampa bay buccaneers taking on his former team, the patriots. >> the music alone gets you excited. we want to bring in nbc sports mike tirico. he's actually in south bend, indiana, this morning getting ready for the big notre dame/cincinnati game. mike, good morning. it's so good to see you. >> good morning, kristen, great to see you. welcome back, and congratulations. peter, good morning to you as well. >> thank you. >> nice to see you, mike. from the golden domers of notre dame to the golden boy of the nfl as it were, tom brady is a hero in new england. he brought them six super bowls. this game is filled with all sorts of anticipation. what sort of reaction, what welcome do you anticipate he's going to get when fans in new england greet him tomorrow night? >> peter, we've had a lot of returns of athletes to the city where they were once the star, but we've never had the return of a seven-time but with new england six-time champion to a city as fervent and as loving of
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sports as boston is. i think you might see the greatest reception for a visiting player that you've ever seen in sports. it's that kind of deal. tickets are going for over $1,000 per ticket on the secondary market. i think folks in boston will be sad, but they also want to show their appreciation. we might set a record in the stadium for the most jerseys of an opposing team player worn. almost everybody in new england owns a brady number 12 jersey. most of the fans there tomorrow night will probably be wearing them. >> yeah, the energy will be electric, there is no doubt about that. question, mike. who's going to have the advantage? of course bill belichick knows how tom brady plays more than just about anyone and brady will be loaded for bear. he's going to want to show his old hometown he can win. >> there's no lack of desire to win this one on each side. i would have thought it would be the head coach. i figure if anybody knows the things that give tom brady a problem, there aren't many, but if anybody knows them, bill belichick has probably the
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longest list. he's a great list maker and task master. i was sitting at dinner with drew brees last night who holds the all-time record for passing yards for an nfl quarterback. in about another 30 years brady will break that. he only needs 60 yards. drew said it's advantage tom brady, advantage to the quarterback. the main reason for that is brady has the better players. one of the reasons he left was to find better players. the bucs have better players around him than the patriots do. >> welker was breaking down all the offensive schemes just before this interview. >> i like it. >> so we'll do that in the following break. >> i did a lot of research for this segment. >> no surprise. >> tom brady is 44 years old but he is this ageless wonder. he's kind of a benjamin button, he just seems to keep getting younger. this year true to form his arm is on fire. he's thrown for more than 1,000 yards. how long can he stay at this? >> peter, he gives all of us hope, right, that there is a way to get better as you get older at something, especially like
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football. it's remarkable, it really is. we were there in tampa watching them play in the opener on nbc. the kickoff game. brady's arm is still live. he even moves a little bit. as decently as he did two, three, four years ago. brady still has it. i think it's a question of how long he wants to go. how long his wife wants to keep him playing. i feel like he tries to pull the strings back and say enough but they know what tom brady loves to do. i think he certainly will be back for next season in my opinion and i'm not sure beyond that. he's only got a contract through this year but i just get the sense he's having too much fun. if healthy, i think we'll see a little more brady after this year. what we see sunday night will be something we talk about for as long as they play football. >> there's only three more fingers that give him two handsful so i guess we'll see what happens with this guy. mike, it's always a pleasure to see you. we'll look for a lot more of you today at 2:30 eastern. notre dame taking on cincinnati, two top ten teams.
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here. joe, great to see you. take it away. >> hey, good morning, kristen. in honor of your return i brought back one of my favorite props, my fashionable kristen and peter headwear, yes, it's available for halloween. it's my way of saying welcome back. you're not the only member of the nbc family we're welcoming back. live from new york, it's almost saturday night. the snl season 47 premiere just a few hours away and they're kicking off the season with host owen wilson and musical guest kacey musgraves. >> i'm owen wilson hosting snl with kacey musgraves. >> why don't you play us a little something? >> i don't have my guitar. >> this is wilson's first time hosting snl. most cast members are returning with the exception of beck bennett who said good-bye after eight seasons with the show. three new featured players are joining making this cast the
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largest in snl history. you can catch the season premiere tonight at 11:30 coast to coast right here on nbc. up next, brad pitt and george clooney reunited. no, it's not for "ocean's 14" but any time these two team up they steal our attention. it's their first movie together in 13 years. they're set to both star in and produce a thriller about two lone wolf fixers who are assigned to the same job. pitt and clooney last starred together in the "ocean's 11" trilogy and also appeared in "burn after reading." no word on the movie's name or release date, but we can't wait to see these two sharing the screen together again. so peter, kristen, george, brad all together here in one shot. >> reunited all around. you'll have to send us that headband, that is awesome. i will sign up for anything with brad pitt and george clooney. >> my daughters have a diarama
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that's due for school. we may need to call in joe f a little help. still to come, how lin-manuel miranda helped a high school student skip
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all public schools or private schools in california will need to be vaccinated. all eligible kids getting vaccinated will help everyone get back to normal. the mandate will work in two phases. the first will include students of seventh grade and 12th grade. the fda granted full approval for people 16 and older. the next phase will depend on fda's approval or emergency use for vaccine kids 5 through 11. the governor's new order essentially adds the covid vaccine to the state's list of already required shots for students. all 23 cal state university campuses will begin accept early
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application next fall. most csu schools will stop accepting applications after november 30th. did you know one and every 20 americans with a college degree is a graduate of the csu system. let's turn now to our resident, csu graduate. >> cal state was a way to go. it was close to my house, didn't have to move out. it's 59 degrees right now in san jose. we are expected to see a hot day ahead. there is an air alert detected unhealthy. because it's going to be so warm today, we are expecting some of the pollution if the ozone. let's take a look how our temperature is going to fair this afternoon. this is going to be one of our
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warmer spots expected to be in the 90s today. livermore, 92. concord at 93. san jose in upper 80s. so overall it's going to be hot but it will be sunny. kira, send it back tow. sunny sounds good. thanks. coming up on "today" in the bay. it's one of the darkest period in our history, we'll introduce you to a man of the survivor. right now we'll send you back to the "today" show, there is a look at the golden gate bridge.
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good morning. breaking overnight, still no deal. congressional democrats unable to reach an agreement on the president's massive infrastructure and social safety net plans. democratic progressives and centrists at odds over the price tag. the president making a personal visit to capitol hill for a pep talk and promising success. >> it doesn't matter when. it doesn't matter whether it's in six minutes, six days, or six weeks. we're going to get it done. >> but what will it take and when will it happen? we're live at the capitol. breakthrough? encouraging news in the fight
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against the coronavirus, with merck announcing a new experimental pill that the company says significantly cuts the risk of hospitalization and death for covid patients, as the divide over masks and vaccination grows, california becomes the first state to require a vaccine for all eligible students. and new mom in the house. we're thrilled to have kristen return to the anchor desk after nearly four months at home with her adorable baby girl, margot. >> oh, really? what should we do today? >> so how is life as a family of three? we can't wait to celebrate our new mom, today, october 2nd, 2021. hello from charlotte, north carolina. we want to say thank you to all the health care providers and we love the "today" show. welcome back, kristen! >> this is julie and harvey welker from philadelphia, pennsylvania. we want to toast our beautiful and talented daughter and the
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world's best new mom. welcome back to the saturday "today" show. >> cheers! >> hi there, this is john and margot from washington, d.c. we love the "today" show. we love you, kristen. welcome back. miss you, mommy! love you. have a good show. >> i have a feeling we pretaped that john segment. we've got to check in and make sure everything is still kosher at home right now. congratulations to julie and harvey welker and ed and sue hughes as well, the grandparents, the first on both sides. >> i am just almost in tears watching that. thank you for that surprise. that was so wonderful. i'm so excited to be back. i have of course loved being on leave with baby margot and john but it is really special to be back at the anchor desk today. >> we're excited to have you back. we'll start with the news right now and get right to it. lawmakers headed home for the weekend without reaching any deal on the president's economic
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agenda. leigh ann caldwell is here in washington with the latest overnight developments. leigh ann, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, peter. the democrats decided to hold off voting on their $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill because they just don't have the votes. the party is still divided on how to move forward and the hold-up is a separate multi trillion dollar social safety net and climate change plan that is not yet ready. president biden trekked to capitol hill friday night to unite a splintered party and save his agenda. >> it doesn't matter when. it doesn't matter whether it's in six minutes, six days or six weeks. we're going to get it done. >> reporter: the rare presidential visit comes at the end of a long week of negotiations between the white house, democratic leadership, progressives and moderates. but no deal. >> speaker pelosi, will there be a vote today? >> when we have the votes. >> reporter: behind closed doors, biden told democrats both sides would have to compromise. the bipartisan infrastructure
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bill would have to wait and the $3.5 trillion$1.9 trillion. >> is this a setback for the president's agenda and the democratic agenda? >> i think if we get it done, it will be a victory. the question is when do we get that victory. >> reporter: the breakdown, moderates demandedipartisan bil. they argue an infusion of cash for america's outdated infrastructure would help the economy, the country, and biden's sagging poll numbers. the bill spends a trillion dollars to build bridges and highways, invest in public transportation and electric vehicles, and to expand high-speed internet. >> the president said we're going to get both bills done. in order to get that done we have to get this agreement on the reconciliation. >> reporter: progressives withholding their support until they have an iron clad commitment on a bill with their priorities. it includes federal help from
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cradle to grave. it includes pre-k, and who will pay for it? corporations and the wealthiest americans by raising taxes. >> we need a vote. we need to be real. are we going to deliver universal pre-k to this country or not. >> reporter: two senators are trying to slow down the process. kyrsten sinema of arizona and joe manchin of west virginia are demanding a slimmer bill. >> how do you get there, though? >> we're talking to each other. we're finding common ground. we're legislating. that's what people don't realize. >> reporter: overnight moderate representative josh gottheimer of new jersey released a scathing statement saying, quote, a small far left faction of blocked a critical vote. moderates are from us rated the party is being pulled to the left and show democrats still have a lot of work to do to pass
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the president's agenda. >> leigh ann caldwell, thank you very much. now to encouraging news in the battle against the coronavirus, as drug maker merck says it has an experimental pill that could be a potential game-changer in the fight against covid. nbc's kathy park has more from new york. kathy, good morning to you. >> reporter: hey, kristen. good morning to you. yeah, it's considered a game-changer because it's in pill form. the first of its kind. health experts say that it could reach more people and potentially save thousands more lives. yesterday merck's ceo said if this drug is taken early on at the first sign of infection, it could potentially reduce the risk of hospitalization or deaths by 50% among covid patients. right now remdesivir is the only anti-viral therapy approved by the fda. however, it needs to be administered via iv or injection so merck says it will move forward quickly to submit an emergency use application.
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another big headline we are tracking is out of california. governor gavin newsom says that all schoolchildren k through 12 will be required to receive a vaccine pending final fda approval. this mandate could come into effect as early as january. here in new york city, the vaccine mandate will still move forward as planned on monday for public school employees. this after justice sonia sotomayor rejected a petition to block this mandate. as of friday morning, approximately 90% of public school employees have received at least one dose of that vaccine. kristen, peter. >> kathy park in new york. kathy, thank you. time now for our weekend morning boost. for that, joe is back. good morning, joe. >> hey there, good morning. we all know teenagers come up with a wide range of excuses for cutting class, so this week when one student said he would miss history class because he was hanging out with lin-manuel miranda, his teacher was, of course, skeptical. then luke stevens sent her this
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video. >> this is lin-manuel miranda. i am sorry he can't be in u.s. history class right now but he's with me. we're going to go over bill of rights and anything you may be covering right now. we cover -- we cover a lot in about two and a half hours of "hamilton" but we'll go over it in specifics now. so this is not lost time. thank you. thank you. thank you for excusing him from class. >> the "hamilton" creator was in town for a fund-raiser for his mom, tamra stevens. when luke's teacher realized it was no joke, she said to tell miranda she uses his songs to teach about george washington's battles with his cabinet. a reminder, history has its eyes on you always. kristen and peter. >> i was going to say luke stevens not giving away his shot on that trip alongside the alexander hamilton. >> i see what you did there, cue the music. good for him. best excuse i've ever heard,
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that's for sure. somara, how about another check of the forecast? >> things are looking amazing, my friends. on the east coast we have gotten spoiled by this great weather but it's about to change. take a look at the weekend storms that we have setting up shop from the great lakes right on down into texas, arkansas. the front is moving pretty slowly to the east from the midwest and we'll see areas of very heavy rain around the mississippi valley. we're going to track these showers and storms sweeping through the ohio valley into the west virginia panhandle, mid-atlantic, all the way up to new england and down to the southeast through your sunday night. rainfall forecast, we could see 1 to 2 inches of rain little rock to parts of western tennessee, southern missouri. flash flooding is going to be a big concern there because the grounds are already saturated. now, while that rain is headed towards the east coast, back west they're going to be experiencing plenty of sunshine. and we do have that wildfire smoke out in cal
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and she mentioned the air quality in the west coast, we are seeing a spare the alert expected to remain in effect because of the drifting smoke and also the heat is going to be playing a factor in some of the unhealthy air quality we are expecting. we are seeing the index marked above the 100 which means it's especially unhealthy for sensitive group. notice the clear skies and sunshine with temperatures in the 90s. >> that's your local forecast. kristen, peter. still ahead right here, our friend kristen looks back on these last four months of life at home with her sweet baby girl, margot. and then for safety reasons, we'll check o n people everywhere living with type 2 diabetes are waking up to what's possible with rybelsus®. ♪ you are my sunshine ♪ ♪ my only sunshine... ♪
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spend every minute with margot up until now has really been a dream come true. >> oh, really? what should we do today? it has literally been a dream come true. we fought so har to have a child. and so every minute with margot is just pure joy. >> yeah. >> we're very grateful for what we have and just to have the opportunity to have created a family. words really fail the depth of it. >> yeah. getting tired? i didn't expect the sheer joy that i would feel every time i'm with her. >> that's daddy. is he silly? is he so silly? >> in the weeks before margot was born, i actually felt a little nervous and i worried that that maternal instinct
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wouldn't kick in immediately. i had the incredible gift of being able to help catch her in the hospital as she was being born. i was the first set of hands to touch her. and in that moment i was just margot's mom. >> kristen definitely has the mom gene. it came right out the minute margot was there. >> it's our favorite thing to do to hold hands, right? we held hands the first moment you were born, right, when mommy got to hold you, and you held on to my finger and it meant so much. >> there are times where i'll be on the other side of the room and i'll see how she's interacting with margot. just something flutters inside you. >> i miss her when i put her to bed at night. sometimes i sneak into her room because i miss her so much and i love her so much. >> it is taco tuesday. there you go. >> it's taco tuesday. >> it has been really challenging to parent in a
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pandemic. and my number one job is to protect her and to keep her safe. only family and close friends are allowed to visit margot. and i feel really fortunate that that includes peter. >> we have to show you what margot is wearing. >> it's uncle peter. >> the longest i've been away from margot so far is maybe an hour. so the thought of leaving her for several hours during the day is definitely going to be a little bit of a transition. >> i'm sure she'll be calling, you know, routinely, a bunch of text messages all the time, a lot of pictures. >> i'm sure your instinct is i want to work but the moment i can leave, i'm getting the heck home. >> that's right. when i'm home, i'm home. when i'm at work, i'll be focused at work, but there's no doubt it's going to be a challenge. >> i see baby margot in the activities with margot are to read to her
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and to sing to her. ♪ doe a deer, a female deer ♪ >> we do it almost every day. and make them into crowns and play king of the forest. he would climb her trunk. see the little boy climbing her trunk? yeah. your daddy and i dreamed about this for so many years, being able to walk with you and talk to you. you are our little dream come true. >> that's pretty good, right? there she is, baby margot, your husband, john. >> hi, john and margot. i love you guys! i miss you guys. >> john, it looks like everything is under control. we're not going to ask you to pan the camera around to make sure everything is in place. we're going to trust you on this one. kristen, to be fully transparent, we live near you, my daughters ask if they can see
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margot. we've had a lot of time to spend time but for you what has been the best part of these last four months? >> it's been so wonderful we' friends and family like your family and the girls. that has been so special. but i think having those moments with just the three of us building a family of three, that moment when we first brought margot home from the hospital, john and i were a little nervous making sure that we knew exactly what to do, how to change her diapers, how to get her into bed, but we are just so incredibly bonded as a family. i think for me and for john, we are now margot's parents. that comes first. she's the love of our lives. she's spitting up a little bit. and that's a part of raising a baby. that's what it looks like. >> john, rule number one is to be not to bounce a baby on your knee after a bottle of milk. we're getting there. john, for you, if i can, this girl, i like to call her baby john hughes because she looks so much like her dad. mind you, she wears a notre dame
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fighting irish ones so she's got some of your genes as well here. for you, though, what are you seeing in terms of her personality? >> well, she -- yeah, she definitely has my cheeks and she has my appetite, no doubt about it. but her personality is all mom. she's fiesty, she knows what she wants. but she also has a huge smile to light up any room. so it's great to see that combination. >> well, when i think about some of my favorites moments, it's seeing john with margot. john, that's so sweet of you to say. and this is the first morning i've left, john, so how's it going there? it looks like things are going pretty well. it looks like you're holding down the fort. >> well, you've seen a few live tv moments so far, but yeah, no, we're doing great. we're both enjoying the moment and peter is absolutely right. if you were to pan left or right, you'd see pacifiers and burp cloths everywhere. we're doing great. we're doing great.
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we miss you, though, mommy. >> i love you guys. i love you, and i can't wait to come home, margot, and give you a big hug and big kiss. john, love you too. peter, you and i have spoken so much about parenthood and i've learned so much from you and for being a dad. >> we're so close and this is just the beginning. it's just getting started. john, take care of her, we'll see you in a little bit. we made a promise to our boy blue
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that's going to do it for us on a saturday morning. we hope you will join us next week for more on kristen's birthday, anniversary and her high school reunion. >> it's so good to be back. enjoy your weekend, everyone. >> we're so thrilled that you're back. >> thank you. so glad to be back. good morning and thank you for joining us, i am
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kira klapper, a developing story in the east bay. crews are working to repair a massive water main break. minutes ago we learned that water has been restored to all homes, schools and businesses in the area. and eight inch pipe bursts before 1:00 yesterday. it ruptured the pavement and gushing thousands of gallons of water into the street and into san ramon creek. the area is still blocked off. it's an ongoing issue for the utility as it works to replace hundreds of miles of old pipes in that system. a new covid vaccine mandate for one bay area school district, the west contra costa school board approved mandates for school employees and for older students. students 12 and older required to be vaccinated against covid. eligible students must show
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proof of their first dose. students younger than 12 must receive their first shots no later than 30 calendar days after their 12th birthday. our meteorologist vianey has a quick look of our weather. >> some of the areas close to the wildfires, in addition to the smoke it's also because of the heat today that's going to make a contribution as well for the pollution in here. 59 degrees right now in san jose. it's going to be rather sunny and beautiful though. there is that to look forward to. i want to show you the air quality outlook. this is of course according to the bay area management district. east bay it says unhealthy sg. however, eventhough we are showing moderate, you are
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thinking why the spread the air alert? that's because of the heat so the high pressure and if you f , you will know what i am talking about. if not, join us at 7:00, i am going to have a good explain as to what it all means. >> professor, thank you so much. coming up this morning it's being called a game changer reducing the rest of hospitalizations and deaths from covid-19. we'll tell you about a new pill in its promising news of fighting coronavirus. that and all your top stories, we hope to see you then, right now we'll send you back to the "today" show.
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