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♪ >> good, i am judy woodruff. one on one, dr. anthony felt -- dr. anthony fauci discusses about the johnson & johnson pause and how to reopen spaces. charging ahead, we break down the road blocks to the biden administration's push for electric vehicles. plus, the road ahead. a potential lifeline for health care and infrastructure within reach with tribal lands disproportionately affected by the pandemic. >> this is a monument to step forward. this is one of the biggest single investments that one of
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the federal government has ever made in history directed towards indigenous people. judy: it is friday, addressing the meaning of the chauvin verdicts, investigations to the capitol riots, and the president's ambitious climate goals. all of that and more on tonight's pbs newshour. ♪>> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by -- ♪ moving our economy for a 160
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>> i am stephanie sy with newshour west. we were returned to the full program after the latest headlines. tonight, the fda and cdc lifted the pause on johnson & johnson's covid-19 vaccine, but added a warning about the potential risk of rare blood clots. an advisory panel found 15 cases of the blood clots, three of them fatal out of it nearly 8 million vaccinations. it determined that benefits outweighed the potential risks and shots could resume as soon as tomorrow. earlier, the cdc director warned of vaccination gaps in parts of the country and also encourage pregnant women to be immunized. >> no safety concerns were observed for people vaccinated in the third trimester or safety concerns for their babies. as such, cdc recommends that pregnant people receive the covid-19 vaccine.
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stephanie: judy will speak to dr. anthony fauci after the news summary. an explosion of covid-19 infections in india forced urgent actions today. nearly 300 33,000 new cases and 24 hours and more than 2200 deaths. hospitals appealed for help. some threaten to to halt new admissions. president biden's climate summit and today with a focus on giving up fossil fuels. the virtual session included world leaders as well as billionaires. they talked of his major spending on innovation and renewable energy. biden casted as a way to generate jobs. pres. biden: today's final session is not about the threat that climate change poses. it is about the opportunity that addressing climate change provides. people working in the fields
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that we have not even conceived of yet on forms and universities , things we have not even thought of. stephanie: the summit nations will meet again in november. california governor gavin newsom says he will halt all new permits for oil and gas fracking. the process involves hydraulic fracturing and environmental groups oppose. critics say that fracking bans could lead to higher energy prices. 130 migrants bound for europe are feared to dad after capsizing off of libya. it happened wednesday in the mediterranean sea. a french rescue ship found an overturned rubber boat on thursday. rescue groups say 350 migrants have drowned off of libya since the year began. israeli police arrested 44 people overnight and clashes with palestinians and jewish
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extremists. security forces it fired stunned and water cannons at crowds protesting restrictions on gathering during ramadan. far-right jewish nationalists fought with police. alexei navalny ending a 24 day hunger price in prison. he said he has now received medical care from independent doctors, as he had demanded. his own doctors had warned his health was fading and they urged him to stop the strike. as a reported last night, a pentagon panel recommended that independent authorities take over decisions about prosecuting troops or sexual assault. commanders have always made those decisions and the military opposed any change. a spokesperson said that defense secretary lloyd austin will sound out to service leaders. >> he wants the services to have a chance to look at them. he obviously will be taking all
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of the inputs seriously as he ways the next steps. stephanie: reports of sexual assault have risen steadily since 2006. alabama governor kay ivey signed legislation today banning transgender girls from playing on female sports teams, they can get the sixth state to enact such restrictions. north dakota's governor vetoed a similar bill yesterday and then attempted override by the legislature has failed. president biden has made plans for his first overseas trip since taking office. the white house says he will attend the group so seven summit in june. he will go to brussels to meet with leaders from the european union and nato. still to come, dr. fauci discusses the latest on the vaccination effort. the biden administration's push towards electric vehicles. a major federal investment in tribal lands hopes to counteract long-standing inequities.
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how soccer fans took down plans for a supersecret new league, plus much more. ♪ >> this is the pbs newshour from weta studios in washington and in the west from the walter concha heights school of journalism -- walter cronkite school of journalism. judy: the johnson & johnson kobe vaccine appears to be on the verge of being given out once again after a cdc advisory panel recommended to do so and provide a warning. before the panel's recommendation, i spoke today with dr. fauci, the director of the national institute of allergy and infectious diseases. he is also the chief medical advisor to president biden. we should note that johnson & johnson is a funder of the newshour. thank you for joining us. you and i are recording this
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interview before we know what the cdc is going to say today about whether to reauthorize the use of the johnson & johnson vaccine, but whatever their decision is, how much of a setback to the overall efforts to get vaccine into as many arms as possible as this pause been in? dr. fauci: i do not think it has been significant, particularly since if they make the decision to go back out there and get this vaccine back in play, i think you will see people who are wanting to get this particular vaccine will be lining up to get it. i think the pause, although for a period of time, some people felt that was going to diminish the confidence in the vaccine, but on the other hand, it might have the opposite effect. given the fact that this is such a rare event, the fact that this was paused indicates how seriously we take safety when we are dealing with vaccines.
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this should really encourage people and fortify the concept that safety is of critical importance. judy: it now looks as if the average daily number of people getting vaccinations is plateauing. given that, my question is -- we are at 140 million americans have at least one does have a vaccine. what does that say about how hard it is going to be to get everybody else that you want to have the vaccine? there have been a lot of police made to americans to have the vaccine, but there are clearly many who are hesitant. dr. fauci: yes, that is what we are trying to address. there are people who are clearly in the wait-and-see atmosphere, but when you have 140 plus million people who have received at least one does, i think the wait-and-see has got to the point where there is a very efficacious vaccine that in the real world, is doing very, very
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well and protectg people. the data that we are getting in follow-up indicates that the vaccines are at least as effective or maybe even more effective than what we saw with the clinical trial results. we have situations now, we have established a covid-19 community core to get trusted messages -- messenger is in the community, be they professional athletes, entertainers, members of the clergy, to go out and explain to people why it is so important for their own safety for that of their family, and really for the community in general to get vaccinated. we realize, we have to give an extra push as we get to that point, where you have less and less of a proportion that are unvaccinated, it is going to be more difficult to get people, but i think we are up for that challenge, and i think when the american people listen to the data of why it is so important to get vaccinated, i think you
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will see people get vaccinated at a greater rate than most people are expecting at this point. judy: many people are still telling at least when they are asked, i just don't want the vaccine. how hard, how far should the government be pushing with the cooperation of the private sector to get people to get this vaccine if they are resistant? dr. fauci: we have to keep trying to reach out and it's plain to people why it is so important. there are couple of aspects to it and one of the things that we try to get across to people that they may not appreciate at first glance, and that is, if you have a younger person who will say, correctly and understandably, that if you are young and healthy, the chances of you getting a serious outcome are very low. that is a fact and true, however, they are now seeing a lot more young people getting infected, particularly with this variant, the 117 from the u.k.
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which transmits clearly more efficiently than the original virus, and there is no doubt about that, that you will have a danger of getting infected, and you also have a danger of getting a serious consequence. the other thing we want to impress upon people's even if you do not get any symptoms, and you get infected, it does not end there. ultimately, you may be responsible for someone getting seriously ill. you don't want to be a part of the dynamics of the outbreak. you want to be a part of the solution. judy: you do raise something and mentioning variants, because it was not that long ago that we were told this was a race between the vaccine and the variant. who is winning? dr. fauci: that is a good question. i think we are at a turning point right now and we are really at that point where we are just about seeing the crossing over, because if you look at the curves, we are
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getting more and more people vaccinated. we are getting about 3 million people per day, and yet the cases are at the high level of about 60,000 per day on a seven day average. i believe as we get more and more people vaccinated, you're going to start to see a crossing of those curves, where you will start to see the number of cases coming down at the vcine total number goes up. that is exactly what we saw in israel. judy: we could be on the cusp of good news, but i have to ask you, how concerned are you about the so-called breakthrough infections? injections showing up at people who have had to vaccinations? dr. fauci: great point to bring out. to the cdc just reported on a few thousand of these, and that sounds like a lot, but when you put it next to the denominator, the breakthrough infections are a fraction of the fraction of the people who have gotten vaccinated.
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although you do not like to see any breakthroughs, when you have a few thousand against the millions and millions of people who have been vaccinated, it is a very rare event to have a breakthrough for someone who has been vaccinated. judy: i have a question about the united states and the rest of the world, we know that the u.s. is doing well, and we are seeing a drop in cases, and yet, the rest of the world, not nearly as fortunate. we are seeing these horrible numbers in india, people running out of oxygen, hospitals overwhelmed. next-door neighbor, canada. only 2.9% -- rather 2.6% of canadians have been vaccinated. worldwide, the number is something like 2.9%. is it time now for the united states to do more to help the rest of the world? dr. fauci: we will be doing
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that. to a number of things are ongoing right now, and we have rejoined covax, we have pledged and/or given $4 billion to that. we are in a situation where it is very clear, when we get our people vaccinated, we are right now in a situation where we want to make sure that we have our people vaccinated but if the surplus doses become available which they likely will, then clearly that is on the table to share that with individuals. and the other thing that we are doing is we want to be a part of the situation when we will be helping countries to be able to produce the vaccine themselves and that is something that we are right now talking to them about, the possibility. there are a lot of people that want to see that rather than just giving doses to a country to allow the country to be able to make doses themselves, working with the pharmaceutical companies to see if they can
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work out some sort of arrangement where that will be allowed. as long as there i viral dynamics and viral spread in countries, particularly if it's rather profound spread, you cannot be completely safe. judy: for people who are vaccinated, what is safe for them to do? people want to know can i go to the movie theater, is it safe to be on an airplane. what is safe and what is not, should people wear a mask outdoors, what is your advice? dr. fauci: the cdc will be coming out with official -- the one thing people need to realize that being vaccinated, the risk of everything you do is considerably less then if you are not vaccinated. going outside, you will hear a reevaluation of whether you need to wear a mask outside, that is
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being considered literally in real time by the cdc. they have already said that travel is much, much safer when you have been vaccinated. the critical issue is the level of infection in the community. if the level of infection in the community is very low and you do not have new variants going on, there are so many more things that a person who is vaccinated can do even without a mask. you will see when the cdc will be coming out with guidances that will be much less restrictive with regard to what people can do when they are vaccinated. judy: this is e guidance as of today, april 23, 2021. dr. fauci, thank you as always. we appreciated. dr. fauci: thank you, judy. good to be with you. ♪
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judy: as a part of his and electric vehicles a major focus of his $2 trillion jobs and infrastructure proposal. this week, he has promoted the importance of technological innovation at a climate summit. there is still many barriers to those vehicles becoming widespread. our story is a part of an international journalism effort called covering climate now. william: there is a reason that environmentalists focus on the future of electric cars. because today's cars emit a lot of planet warming gases. transportation is the number one source of greenhouse gas
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emissions in the u.s., even higher than electricity. within transportation, late duty vehicles are the largest source of those emissions. so now, a president who adores his dad's gas guzzling corvette pres. biden:. i was afraid i would go through those guys. william: want to see electric cars on the road. but getting that has some widespread hurdles. first is consumer demand. >> right now, electric cars account for about 2% to 3% of the market. >> tiny, tiny fraction. >> it is tiny, it has been growing it was at 0% 10 years ago. >> americans cites a few reasons for their reluctance. worries about how far tv's can travel -- ev's travel on a battery charge, cost on ev's,
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though studies show that they buy less over time, and having less places to charge. >> many consumers areot familiar with the technology, have not written in one, don't know anybody that has, and have not thought through how much their lives change if they have an electric car. >> ronald is somewhat of an ev evangelist. he is president of a washington, d.c. group that promotes them. he told me the first time he test drove a tesla model s, a car that is famous for its heavy thousand -- $70,000 price tag. >> the only thing i could compare it to is if you are on a roller coaster that accelerates really fast, it is kind of like that. >> that is one of the great misconceptions, people think the electric car is only going to go as fast as a golf cart before
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needs to be plugged in, and then it will take three days to charge of the battery like an old telephone. >> that is a big misconception. once you get people in the car driving it, they are like, oh my gosh. >> to help the rest of the country feel the same enthusiasm, president biden's american jobs plan includes a heavy emphasis on electric vehicles. it calls for 174 billion dollars for investments including rebates are people who purchase ev's, money for research into better battery technology, covering the country's fleet of cars and buses to become electric, and public charging stations across the country for anyone to use. pres. biden: we are going to provide tax incentives, and point of sale rebates to help all american families afford clean vehicles of the future. >> some states like california have already established mandates to require that a certain percentage of vehicles sold in the state emit zero
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position -- pollution. now 12 governors have sent a letter to the biden administration, urging it to quote, ensure that all new passenger cars are zero emission no later than 2035. adding to the momentum, several big automakers have announced that they are already moving away from gas power. >> did you know that norway sells way more electric cars per capita than the u.s. norway. >> general motors said that in just four years, it will have over 30 electric models for sale, and it wants to phase out tailpipe emissions totally for cars, trucks, and suvs by 2035. dean parker is the company's chief sustainability officer. >> more than 80% of charging happens at home and there is a large number of current consumers who are able to charge
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at home, and for them, it will be seamless. the range of these electric vehicles will be efficient for the vast majority of use cases. >> even as automakers introduce more electric vehicles, one estimate shows that even by 2050 when electrics could be the majority of new-car sales, most cars on the road will still be burning ga >> the chevy volt. >> for the true believers who has written his or -- his electric car hundreds of miles, he says there are so many reasons to go electric, they ought to appeal to everyone. >> you can be an early adopter and like technique, you can be a car enthusiast and like fast cars, you can be an environmentalist, you can be a foreign policy, national security person -- anyone on the political spectrum, you can find a reason for why they would love ev's. >> president biden's
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infrastructure plan has another hurdle. the passage by a divided congress. until that happens, the president's on hold. for the pbs newshour, i am willliam brangham. ♪ judy: last month, congress approved a record amount of money for native american tribes in the american rescue plan. today, first lady jill biden spent the second of two days in indian country, meeting with navajo officials and hearing about their needs. that was after a devastating covid-19 outbreak on the navajo nation last year. stephanie sy reports on what the potential future looks like for indigenous americans. stephanie: as we have been reporting throughout the pandemic, american indians and native alaskans have been hit hard with a higher mortality
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rate than any other ethnic group in the united states. there are some positive sides now. atretch of many days on the navajo nation where there has not been a single covid related death. more than half the residents are now vaccinated. now tribal communities look forward to an infusion of resources. the covid stimulus bill allocates $31 billion to serve them and includes $20 billion that goes directly to tribal governments. $6 billion to bolster health systems and more than $1 billion for housing. to talk about why this money is needed, we are joined by nick tilson, from the pine ridge indian reservation, he is the founder and ceo of ndn collective and an activist or tribal rights over lands. nick, welcome back to the newshour. you have often talked about indigenous power.
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how much does this funding mean to you and other native leaders, pecially after this year of tremendous loss? nick: this is a monumented step forward. this is one of the biggest single investments that the federal government has ever made in history directly to indigenous people. it is a step in the right direction. it is a realization that ou advocacy and our efforts to be seen in society today in our struggles to be realized, are things that need to be invested into. we are happy about the big investments that go directly to tribes, we are happy about the investment to save native languages. we are happy about the $1 billion of investment into broadband. this is some of not just native communities, but some of the most under vested communities in the whole country. this opportunity of $1 billion being invested into navajo, but
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also 65,000 people at navajo that does not have power. is broadband going to affect those people. i think there is an opportunity to address long-term systematic things like renewable energy and rural, isolated communities that helps to work towards building a more resilient community altogether. stephanie: the federal government has held billions of dollars entrust for tribal communities, but does this funding help set up a future where native communities might need to depend less on congressional appropriations? nick: there is no amount of money that congress can appropriate to fix its relationship with the -- with indigenous people. it actually have to change its relationship. if the federal government changed its relationship to
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native people and third focusing on a free and prior informed consent, what would happen is the entire relationship would change because you would no longer see things like pipelines built through our lands or extracted industries built through our lands, or decisions made about indigenous people without our consent. i hope that this actually this investment begins to open a conversation about entering into a brand-new policy era. stephanie: you talked about renewable energy and sustainability on native lands. like other communities, the oil, gas, and mining industries can mean jobs, and they also have the negative cultul and environmental impacts. what do you hear from other native americans about how they think about that issue? nick: the reality is that the fossil fuel industries and the extracted industries have held indigenous communities economic hostage for hundreds of years and have violated economic
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policy. so the jobs that exist is not the ones we want in indian country, and they have been few and far between and have little to no economic impact on our communities. when you can envision thousands of indigenous people on the ground, working to steward their land and fight climate change and create a new economy that is actually one that is just and equitable, that is what excites me about the future. stephanie: you now have deb haaland who is a native american, the first to serve as a cabinet secretary. she is secretary of the interior, which oversees federal lands. what are your hopes for her now that she has a cs a big table? nick: when indian country is rowling -- rallying around deb haaland, she is an opportunity to have a voice at the table. some of the messages we are
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sending is we need to start thinking about returning public lands, returning indigenous lands into indigenous hands, and that is what we talk a lot about in our land back movement. we want to see movement on that. we also want to make sure that in our dealings with the department of interior, that we end up actually moving to this a of consent. i think that deb haaland is a big advocate for that. stephanie: nick telson joining us from the pine ridge indian reservation, thank you for sharing your perspective. nick: absolutely, thank you for having me on. ♪ it is a week marked by a moment of reckoning for racial justice by new calls to hold accountable those behind january 6 and surette in, and by president biden's ambitious push to combat
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climate change. to help make sense of it, the analysis of brooks and capeheart, that's new york times columnist david brooks and jonathan capeheart, columnist for the washington post. hello to both of you, so good to see you. >> thank you, judy. judy: let's start with the climate summit. david, president biden laying out ambitious goals saying the u.s. needs to deeply cut carbon emissions. is it realistic and is like going to have to change in this country to get there? david: it is noble, i am not sure how realistic it is. it is a policy where we will have a new power grid, and if all these things go through, will we cut emissions by 50%? at the height of coping we were totally shut down, we cut emissions like 21%, so i am not totally optimistic. the experts i have read say that
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you have to do more, there has to be a price on carbon, and you have to pretty much get rid of natural gas as well as oil burning cars, so that is pretty radical stuff. that does not make the perfect enemy or the good, whatever expression i am searching for. it is a step in the right direction. the hard thing is china. china is still burning coal plants, they are still producing more energy. john kerry, our envoy, wants to keep our climate change policy with china independent from all our other policies with china as our relations get a lot rockier as i imagine they will. i do not think that will be possible. how will we create a global accord when we are in some sort of cold war with china. judy: what do you think, are these things that could really happen? jonathan: i think i am with david here. i am not sure whether ese goals are -- with the numbers that have been set, are
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attainable. what i take from the climate summit this wee is president biden, by holding the summit with the 42 nations, is sending a couple of signals. one, the united states is back in a leadership role in doing something about climate, and doing something about climate change that it wants to lead the global effort to, a recognition that without the united states participation, china and india will most definitely not participate in any action to do something about climate. if we are going to do anything, achieve any goal, we need to have the united states, china, india, and the world united and at least doing something and i think that is what the summit was about this week. judy: let me turn both of you chose one of the big development of the week. that was the verdict in the derek chauvin trial accused in the murder of
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george floyd. what do you take away from that and what affect you think it could have on policing in this country and on relations between the races? david: the most important news is something that did not happen. we did not get an acquittal, we did not get another occasion in which people would lose faith in the system and really be disgusted by the system. that did not happen. we can look with some satisfaction at a trial where most people agree justice was done and we n look bad -- back on an episode of american life from the time of george floyd's killing and the conviction when races on the table in a way that has not been since the 1960's. the problem, the disparities have now become a topic of constant conversation and in my view, of constant, gradual truth bearing.
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this has been an awkward set of circumances for a lot of people, a lot of hard conversations. but for me, and a rough year, it has been an overall positive development in american life. judy: do you see these hard conversations leading to something meaningful? jonathan: i hope so, judy. the conviction of chauvin, what is interesting is as wonderful as the conviction is, it is just a drop in the bucket in terms of solving the overall problem. just a literally before the verdict came down, there was the shooting in columbus. while we can quibble over the details of that shooting, the main thing that animates african-americans is this question -- why is it that when law enforcement and african-americans interact, more often than not, african-americans are the ones
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who are injured, shot, or killed? and that is the overall question that needs to be answered. i think these tough conversations that david is talking about that have been reignited over the last year, they must continue. this conversation cannot end. the verdict, the chauvin verdict skin not to be the end of a conversation. that has to be the beginning or continuation of a conversation that has been needed to be had in america for a long time. judy: david, do you see it continuing? david: i do and i think there will be progress on policing. i am optimistic that there will be a deal reached and we will have a major police reform. there has to be not just a change in procedures, there has to be a change in culture. african-americans need to feel safe and that means that police
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cannot -- they have to be in the community working with the community. and police officers have to feel safe and tt means the community has to work with the police officers. it is the relationship between people in the community and people in the police force. more beyond changing some procedures or some immunities. judy: i know we talked about it last week, but is it your sense that after this, we are going to see change? jonathan: i do think so and i think the passage of the george floyd justice in policing act would be a very good step. i am very optimistic about the bill's chances today more so than i was a week ago today. the fact that senators cory booker and tim scott, and congresswoman karen bass who is the lead person in the house are all talking about ways to get this bill done, including a conversation about qualified immunity, and that is making it possible for people to sue police departments, or police
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officers individually, that is a huge sticking point for republicans, but the fact that senator scott put out a compromise that is, well maybe not the police officers individually, but the police departments, let's have that conversation, that wasy a good signal about the george floyd justice in policing act actually stands a chance of passing and becoming law. judy: there was a development around the attempt to come up with an independent commission to investigate what happened on january 6, the insurrection at the capitol. speaker pelosi has now made at least two sets of proposals, concessions if you will to republicans. so far, there is no agreement. how important is it that there be an independent investigation of what happened? david: this is a classic republican moment, nancy pelosi said that she made these concessions, and their public and say, we got a letter, we
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have are tending talk but we are not really talking. i think we should have a commission and it was a major event in american life, but i side with the republicans a little bit to broaden the scope, i think we should not just investigate this as a one-day crime. we have an ongoing problem of violent extremism in this country, mostly on the rights, mostly characterized by things like january 6, but also on the left. i think we need to commission about what is the map of violent extremism. there are fundamental questions that if you broaden the scope of the thing, it will help you get to whatever future charlottesville or whatever portland is coming down the road, and that is the core problem we are facing. judy: do you think the scope should be broadened as the republicans are saying? jonathan: absolutely not. there is no comparison between the insurrectionists, who stormed the u.s. capitol to subvert the will of the american
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people, there is no comparison to them and the loosely affiliated folks who will are under the umbrella of so-called "antifa. what happened on january 6 needs to be investigated. the people who were involved in the planning, the people who on leads to violence on the u.s. capitol, but on american democracy, we need to know what happened, why it happened, and how we can prevent that from happening. what happened on the sixth is part of a larger problem with the far-right extremism. we should spend our time focused on that. judy: someone in connection with all of this, david, your column in "the new york times", you carried a sobering warning about what has happened to republicans since president trump left office. spel out a little bit of what you are seeing and what your concern is. david: some of us had hopes that
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when trump was not spewing hate, republicans would grow, and has grown more catastrophically pessimistic. in one poll, people said do you think that politics are for policies or national survival. about 50% think that it is for national survival. another survey question, people said, which of these two comment to more agree with, it is a big, beautiful world filled with people that are mostly good, or, our lives are threatened by criminals, aliens, and illegal immigrants. 66 percent of trump voters supported our lives are threatened. here is a group of people who feel that their very existence of the country they know is threatened and they have to armor out. they have to repair for the coming conflagration. that is a horribly pessimistic mentality where democracy depends on us having faith in each other, so that deep
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pessimism is radicalizing the party and ongoing. judy: johnson, thoughts on that -- jonathan, thoughts on that? jonathan: i read david's column and i thought it was terrific. what is happening to be republican party is terrible for governance but also terrible for the direction the country is going and especially a country that is changing demographically as quickly as the united states. we are not goingo be able to hold the enterprise that is america to gather as long as one of the two major parties in this country one, does not govern, and two, gives voice to and gives cover for the mastic terrorists, racism, and the graduation of white supremacy. we will not survive if that is the way the republican party will remain. judy: sobering ending to this
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conversation. david, we thank you. johnathan, we thank you. jonathan: thanks judy. david: thanks. ♪ judy: as we do at the end of every week, we remember some of the remarkable individuals who have lost their lives to covid-19. ♪ aaron had a deep belly laugh and they natural charm, traits that made him a great friend and gifted salesman. brooklyn bread, he served in the korean war as a combat medic. days before shipping off, he married, starting a 69 year partnership. after years in sales,
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he opened a wholesale bakery business, best known for their take on the iconic new york black-and-white cookie. >> this is a new york product, a way of life in new york. judy: even at 89 years old, aaron was an avid baseball fan who love cheering on the yankees with his kids and grandkids and cracking the bat on his neighborhood team. heather williams was usually the loudest mom cheering on the sidelines for her kids sports games. born in oklahoma, she settled with her husband in houston, texas. the couple, both college athletes, loved sports, whether they were watching the texas longhorns or little league. heather was deeply compassionate and caring, her husband said, not only as a wife, mother, and friend, but also as a teacher. the 42-year-old taught children of all ages, from elementary to high school. in person d virtually
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throughout the pandemic. jordan tassy was the social glue among his friends who said he was outgoing, hilarious, and deeply loyal to those he loved. at high school in montclair, new jersey, a school project led jordan to discover an interest in and talent for photography. when he graduated, jordan known to friends as polo launched a film business called polo films, where he directed and shot music videos and performances for aspiring artists. jordan was 22 years old. teresa twist was told to drop out of high school when she could not read the talk -- the chalkboard and soon after was declared legally blind. she laughed and became a mother, but she never lost her drive to get educated. decades later, she completed her degree. from there on, teresa dedicated
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herself to helping other children with disabilities as a teacher's aide in ocala, florida. fun and bubbly, the 62-year-old wife and mother was easy to befriend, striking a special bond with her oldest granddaughter. coach damien jackson never raised his voice off the field. former high school football and track star, damien returns to his alma mater and columbia, south carolina as a math teacher, offensive coordinator, and the girls track and field coach. in every role, he was calm and steady. a great listener, and a sounding board for anyone in need, his wife said. after a long friendship and courtship, the pair tied the knot and had two children of their own. damien was 42 years old. and we thank family members for sharing the stories with us, our
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hearts go out to you as they do to everyone who lost someone in this pandemic. ♪ judy: it turns out, being the biggest and the richest does not always mean that you win. this week, football fans united globally to block a secret super soccer league. >> judy, i imagine in pro baseball that the yankees, red sox, and the cubs broke away with other profitable teams to set up their own league. that is what these european soccer clubs are trying to do. and their failure is a stunning 180 for some powerful team owners who are not used to the word no. just days after the so-called super league was unveiled, the architects of the scheme got all their plans and apologized, facing enraged fans and governments. for more on what happened and why it matters, even outside the
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soccer world, we are joined by roger bennett, the cohost of the many -- men in blazers tv show and the author of the upcoming book "reborn in the usa", and welcome back to the newshour and let us know how in the span of five days, we went from super leads to super fail, what happened? roger: it has been a historical, shocking, remarkable week for a global football and it began sunday night went well of -- 12 of the biggest teams announced that they had signed up in secret for a super league, backed by j.p. morgan in which the six richest teams in england would join three each from italy, and they would play each other on an annual basis, a bit like if duke, north carolina, and kansas announced the break away from march madness in which they were guaranteed participation every single year. this would have transformed the
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complex european footballing pyramid which is taken 140 years to build up. and turned it into a wrestlemania style profit maximizing, blockbuster event, and you had all of the industrialists and for american sports investors with the power grab, and astonishingly, it felt unstoppable, but on tuesday, it had all fallen apart. amna: and how did it fall apart, when it came to the opposition, where is the most specific opposition? roger: for a moment, a -- it united fans, a united james corden, and it turned out to be a rollout, a massive money plan, put together by billionaires who hire cross continental pr specialists, lobbyists, and of all scenarios they thought
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about, they really did plan for this, the possibility of their own fans turning on them. they thought the only challenges would come for supporters of the lesser clubs which they leave behind in the dust, which turned out to be a mr. reed. -- be a misread. above all, english football fans are tribal, they are passionate, they are so deeply rooted in the community -- they are not afterthoughts. the fans are not customers, the teens are not franchises, and the majority owners did not realize how much of their own fans scared. they did not understand the heart of football, and they are not recognizing that. amna: you mentioned some of the american owners, john henry who owns liverpool football club, the glazer family who owned the tampa bay buccaneers.
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i think it baffles people that they miss read the fans -- misread the fan so deeply. is there a sports culture or divide their that the american and foreign owners just did not get that was on the ground? roger: it is truly remarkable to me that they own something so wildly popular and they have no sense. one of the owners, they are planning with the fans surrounding the stadium. they demanded that he sell up immediately. it was like a scene of les mis, do you hear the people saying, singing the song of angry men. but it is not so simple, there are not that many people who have $3 billion around who can replace these gentlemen and that is the ensuing battle, what now. amna: so what now, what happens
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not just for the sport, but for the business, it has been growing rapidly across asia with all of this plting and scheming, and these leaders being called traders, how does this move forward? roger: on tuesday when manchester city pulled out of their plans to join the super league, the governing body in europe issued a statement welcoming manchester city back into the european family, which was predictable. but still, incredibly shocking because 24 hours earlier, manchester city trying to destroy everything, but they wi be welcomed back. there is so much money at stake, and while the super league -- the american owners have already started to undertake their versions of apology tors. josh conkey apologized to fans and that did not go well. josh henry, the boston red sox owner released a video in which
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he apologized, except in full blame, and it was kind of as effective as cory = - therewas a sign that says- fans, 1, billionaires, 0. but the bodies of football remain more corrupt, racism still stains the game, there will be a world cup in qatar, so there'll be a lot of talk about reform, but this is just one, and there are many battles to come. amna: star wars reference, godfather reference, and l3w -- and les mis, we cannot ask her much more from you. roger, always good to see you. roger: i will send my love to judy woodruff. judy: thank you. we love any "godfather" reference and we need more roger bennett on the newshour.
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