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minors on the boarder is a crisis. fema is on its way to manage the flow of people across the border. what should be done now. california congressman will join us. andrew yang is in race, he is leading 100 days to the primary. he will join us to layout the platform and also, don't spike the ball on the 5 yard line. wait until you get it in the end zone. >> dr. fauci is right, the pandemic is not over and even when it is, the mental health effects of it will be a problem, we will put the question to the clinical psychologist. from the world headquarters in new york, i'm joshua johnson, welcome to "the week."
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>> we are making progress getting america closer to herd immunity. and a national vaccination effort accelerates. yesterday, 4.6 million doses were administered nationwide, that's a new high point, way up from 2.9 million shots last week. so far the u.s. has given more than 107 million shots. the rolling average is 2.5 million per day. the fifth of americans have received one dose. checks are going in the mail. or direct deposit. and you can check for your stimulus payment on the irs' website, go to irs.gov/coronavirus and then click on the get my payment tool. to see if you are eligible for this stimulus, and for the two previous ones. again, that's i are rs.gov/coronavirus, the payments are one more reason the white house is preparing the pr blitz,
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tomorrow, vice president biden and vice president harris, the lady and second gentleman, prepare a tour. it's one crisis at a time. and soon, the white house may need to refocus on the southern border. in one month, right now, border patrol is detaining 3,000 minors, the situation is so serious. president biden sent fema in to assist. the republican lawmakers are calling it biden's borderer crisis is, that is why tomorrow, kevin mccarthy of california, will lead the house gop delegation to the border. next week, we will be traveling to the border to see first hand, to come back with solutions to make sure our border is secure. >> and here is what house
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speaker nancy pelosi had to say to that. >> i do know that his purpose is, but i do know that the administration is trying to fix the broken system that was left to them by the trump administration. the biden administration will have a system -- >> they plan to vote on two immigration bills. one would provide a path to citizenship for dreamers and those with protected status. and another will would provide legal status for farm work ers. let us begin in el paso, where we find nbc's garrett hague, tell us what is happening where you are. >> hey, joshua, el paso is not new to migrants coming and going and the surges of unaccompanied
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minors. what we are seeing is due to the trump administration's pauses. you are seeing the influx of unaccompanied minors in a system when combined with covid-19, which has stretched the border patrol facilities, hhs shelters, everything to its limits. you have enormous trouble here. essentially integrating the people in to the existing system. earlier tonight, i interviewed congress woman veronica escobar, that represents this this part of on el paso. she talked about the challenge and frustration that she feels with the republican colleagues who she thinks are not taking responsibility, or accepting it and taking it seriously enough. this is a problem that predated, goes back forever. but did the week, did the united states waste the last four years building walls instead of trying to address the root causes of this? >> 100%. when you think about the 10s of billions of dollars that we have
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spent in the last four years alone and if you will look at the approach top -- the approach to border policy, the hundreds of billions of dollars that was expended, what has changed, right? >> reporter: and joshua, that is one of the questions that presents itself for mccarthy. what was not done over the last four years and if you accept the house republicans that it's a new crisis at the border, what are they willing to work with democrats to get done about it now. those are the unanswered political questions at this point. >> garrett, you spoke to human rights advocates about the challenges for asylum speakers. what did you hear? >> it was interesting to hear about the dangers that the remain in mexico has created. the unaccompanied minors are coming up from other areas, not from mexico.
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walking through mexico to present themselves here at the fence. here at the border in the united states. and apply for asylum. under the trump administration. many of those people, including people who had absolutely no background in mexico, or essentially were picked up and dropped off on the other side of the fence where they were subject to dangerous and difficult conditions that were described to me this way. >> for the past two years, i have tracked over 1500 incidents of asylum seekers and migrants that were returned on mexico under what is called the migrant protection protocols and many, many of them were kidnapped, people were raped, the dangers for asylum seekers, children among them, being sent back to mexico is extreme. and biden administration should act quickly to ensure that those people are able to find protection in the united states as is required by our laws.
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>> reporter: and joshua, american law currently, includes something called title 42, it's important. it's the covid regulations that say, the border is closed. and that almost no one is being allowed in. under the biden administration, that has been lifted for children. unaccompanied children are allowed in. but for families and single adults the old rules apply. meaning all the dangers you heard described per -- >> what are the prospects positive -- prospects for the house bill? >> reporter: the comprehensive immigration reform plan for biden, it does not have the votes yet. it is not a finished product. so what they are doing is breaking it in to component pieces that they hope will be more popular. the house is expected to vote
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this week on a pathway to citizenship for dreamers and a legal status structure for farm workers and temporary rary workers in the united states. it could alleviate the challenges in communities that rely heavily on farm labor. but neither of those provisions will do anything to stop the unfolding humanitarian problem that we are experiencing down at the borderer now. >> and briefly, garrett, are we hearing from house republicans in terms of their ideas for immigration? >> the one house republican proposal that was put forward is something called the pause act, that takes title 42 and reapplies it across the board. while that would stop these migrant children from being allowed in the country. it does not do anything to put them anywhere except on the other side of this fence. so, democrats, immigration activists say it's a solution
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and not a humane one. and not, in sync with american immigration law. thank you, garrett. that is nbc's garrett haguestarting us off with the border. and let's continue with congressman from california. good evening. let's talk about law and policy and pick up with you in terms of where we stand and what needs to bely in light of what is happening. now. what is your sense of where we stand in terms of longer term solutions for what is happening at the border including the two bills that house departments plan to move forward this week? >> we meade the two bills. but we need to first look at what is happening at the border and say it's unacceptable. what is happening to the children, i just read a report that some of the children do not
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have food, they are not able to shower, and they are being held and not going to a settlement and are not being given access to lawyers. we want them to apply forasylum and expedite reunifying with families and put them in a place that is not behind bars as unaccompanied minors. and at least there's food and proper shelter. >> there's a facility in your district called moffet field, a big area, looks like a gigantic airplane hanger. it's being considered for a detention cent er for migrant children. tell us how you feel about that use? >> the administration contacted us, i prefer we have a
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reunification with the family and in the office of refuge resettlement. which is not as much of a detention. if they use moffett, they need to have the proper safeguard. we are reading that the children don't have food and proper nutrition or access to lawyers. none of that is acceptable. so we have said that you have to meet very high standards and congress needs to fund the refuge resettlement places so that we can have proper care for the children while they are applying for asylum. >> moffett field is not designed for housing people. it's designed as like, it's next to a california international guard facility, it's a make-shift solution for an ongoing problem with regards to that, i wonderer how you see the other immigration issue in your district that i think has to do with immigration of high skilled workers.
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there was a lot of controversy over what are called h-1-b visas, which are the visas that that tech companies use to get tech people to work in the u.s. highly skilled workers. and there's reports that suggest that the policies that allow for highly skilled worker visas could be threatened depending on the way the house goes forward for reform. whether it's a sweeping bill or a series of smaller ones. talk about this had other aspect of immigration. high skilled labor and policy. what would you like to see done there? >> josh, i believe, whether you are looking at immigrants in tech, or immigrants working in hospitality, the study is that they create jobs and contribute to the economy. one of the things that people miss out is that the immigrants are spending money. and that actually leads to more business and more job creationing. and there's economic study
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showing that when you restrict the immigrants coming in, you are hurting consumer demand and jobs. in california, in 1964, banned farm workers from coming. and it did not lead to more u.s. employment, it led to automation. we start with the fact that immigrants enrich the economy. what we want is for them to not be abused in the marketplace andso, where you have these visa holders being paid for low market wages i'm for reform and accountability. if we can expedite that, and have them have the proper bargaining power, i think we should look at immigrants as an asset to our economy. >> few things that i want to ask you before i let you go. covid, we know that california is allowing some counties to lift restrictions in the days and weeks depending on how infection rates look. your district hugs the southern end of the bay. and san francisco bay kind of at the, in part of silicon sally, north of san jose.
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talk about what is happening in your district. in terms of closings and reopenings and what you are hoping for if some of the restrictions are lifted. >> i am with dr. fauci and that we need to be careful and not rush in to this. our public health official actually had the earliest, shut down of the economy. and saved numerous lives and what we need to do is make sure that we get vaccinated before lifting the restrictions on dining and lifting restrictions on large gatherings so that we don't deal with variants, leading to more deaths in the next couple of months. so, i am for a cautious approach, as are a lot of the public health officials that i talked to in santa clara county. >> before i let you go, i want to see what you make of the recall effort targeting gavin newsom, what do you think will happen there?
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>> well, it's a republican effort, they have not won a statewide election and instead of being constructive in dealing with covid and in dealing with the economics. they are trying to recall a governor. i have seen that he will defeat the recall. there's times i disagree with him. but everyone, over the spectrum are behind him on this. it's a waste of resources and it's not going to succeed. >> congressman, thanks very much. >> thank you, you know my district better than anyone. >> we will keep talking about that district as the weeks and months go on. coming up, how are you feeling during the pandemic? not physically. mentally. we have a number of questions about how covid affects our mental health. a clinical psychologist joins us ahead in tonight's dear doctor. up next, new york city has a lot to get done, getting people
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vaccinated and getting that beautiful vibrant business district reopen again and addressing a rise in homelessness. andrew yang is atop the contenders to be next mayor. first, corey coughman is here with the headlines. hey. >> the stories we are watching at this hour. nfl quarterback drew brees announced his retirement, he played 15 of his 20 years in the league in new orleans. a california man came to the aid of a teacher who lost his job in the pandemic and became homeless. he noticed the man living in a vehicle in a parking lot. it turned out to be his childhood teacher. he started a go fund me that raised over $25,000 if in three days. and finally, tonight, air travel is at the highest level since march 2020. the tsa said that it screened over 1.3 million passengers on friday. that though is still down 38% from precovid levels.
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. new york is electing a mayor this year. the field of candidates is pretty big. but former presidential candidate andrew yang is leading the pack. he has ranked at the top of public polling. yesterday, mr. yang had his fundraising numbers. his campaign said it had raised $6.5 million. that includes funds matched from over 15,000 individual donors. the first democratic may oral debate is scheduled for the 13th. andrew yang joins us now, mr. yang, good evening, it's great to have you. >> it's great to have you, joshua, happy grammy night. i would rather be here, feed that brain.
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>> i thought you would say happy pi day, because you are a math guy. >> i am. >> in 30 seconds or less, why should new yorkers elect you mayor? >> i can help new york city recover from the crisis more than any other candidate by helping small businesses reopen and firing up the engine of new york's economy. >> let's ask you about part of that which has to do with getting schools and reopen. schools and workplaces are closely tied. the new chancellor takes action tomorrow. she told the "wall street journal" that she want to expand school to as many kids as possible. what do you make of that? and what is your plan forgetting kids back in the classroom? >> i think that's exactly what we should be focusing on. because i'm a public school parent myself, joshua and my children have also not been in
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school all year. and facts show that online education is 30-70% less effective an in person instruction and 29% of new yorkers don't have high speed internet at home. so, we are looking at learning losses for hundreds of thousands of kids and we have a lot of time to make up. so, if we can get those kids in to classrooms this summer. we should be doing just that. >> i'm going get through as many questions as i can. including questions from our viewers. particularly about the city's housing crisis, emily asked how do you address the problem of mourk city becoming a barren landscape of retail space and high rises that are empty. how do you make it liveable. >> the affordable housing crisis, we have an opportunity the right now because hotels right now are 80% vacant and commercial real estate nonprofit
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that is funding for hundreds of new yorkers that with do it in a fraction of the cost, and the first day that ground up construction about take. they have to marry the opportunity to the need and get people the affordable housing that we have been looking for as a city. and you talk about affordable housing and when it comes to a neighborhood, they are not as for it. we have to take advantage of the building stock that we have lying empty. >> what do you say about converting it to section 8 public housing? >> i don't think that anybody should be getting evicted in a pandemic. the question is do we put the rent relief in the hands of the tenants or the landlords. no one should be pushed out on the street. >> overall crime is in new york. and attacks against asian
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americans is rising. over the course of the pandemic. give me an example of an experience from your life, an encounter with racism that you had. that forms the way you deal with race as a mayor? >> about a year ago today, when i started going out on the street, there was like a completely different attitude towards me, towards my family members. towards people of asian american decent and in my case, it did not result in anything other than dirty looks and people shrinking away from you in public. i just talked to a restaurant worker that was assaulted on the race street of new york for nothing than ethnicity, there's heartbreak in the asian american community right now, and the incidents are up 900% according to the numbers we have. so, i have been doing my best to talk to the victims and
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hopefully bring new york ers together to say there's no place for this type of hatred or violence. >> how does that inform you policy wise in terms of what you do as the crimes as mayor. >> there's three things we should do immediately. number one, we need to fully fund the asian hate crimes task force that right now is a volunteer group, i don't think it's an appropriate response. some of the incidents have not been treated as hate crimes and they should be. the fact patterns there's had no other reason that this person was attacked other than the color of their skin and third, we have to build up bonds of trust and communication between city officials and the asian american community. right now, a lot of the incidents are not going reported. i would be thrilled to serve that role if i'm fortunate enough to be the next mayor. a number of accusations of inappropriate behavior has been alleged by govern er cuomo. you said that he should step
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aside temporarily as the investigation takes place. you compared it to a police officer or teacher, but that letter was out before the allegation was made. has this new information changed your view on what the governorer should do? >> i think we should be focused on the interests of mourkers all over the state. and we need a governor who is able to focus on the business at hand, we are still struggling with a pandemic in recovery, without being dragged down by these kinds ofs allegations and this controversy. so, we should have the governor step aside, let lieutenant governor hockel take over and that would be in the best interest of people all over the state as well as in new york city. >> it is possible, theoretically that you could win the race for mayor and governor cuomo could still be the governor of new york when you take office. theoretically, if that happened,
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how do you manage that relationship with albany and with mr. cuomo? >> my job will be to deliver for the people of new york city. and to me, the interests of new york city and new york state are very much aligned. the fact is the city is the economic energy of the state. so we have to get on the same page, there are all of the issues that have been facility erring recently because frankly, city hall and albany have not had the kind of working relationship they need to be able to solve the problems we are seeing in front of us every day. >> i do want to ask you about universal basic income. that was one of the big issues that you talked about on the campaign trail when you ran for president. >> i remember. >> indeed, now, this has been criticized by one of your opponents. eric adams when is the brooklyn burrow president has talked about it as a ub lie. talk about it as stimulus checks are going out, maybe there's more of an appetite for direct
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payments are from the government in light of what we have been through with the government. talk about how the ubi would work and respond to mr. adam's criticism. >> i'm grateful that 10s of millions americans are getting $1400 relief checks that will be a life line for people. universal basic income was new to many, many americans now a majority of americans are for it and others are for catch relief during the pandemic. my goal as mayor will be to alleviate extreme poverty in new york city. while we can do what the federal go. -- federal government can do cash relief to people to keep them in stable situations and enable them to not end up in shelter systems that are much, much more costly both in a human and economic level. >> how do you fund the ubi, in
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someplaces they have been funded by private donations and alaska has one funded by oil and natural gas exploration. how does new york pay for the ubi? >> well, we are looking at targeted cash relief that would apply to hundreds of thousands of the poorest new yorkers and we can fund it with a combination of existing city funds and asking albany to close the loopholes that people have had as tax abatementes. we can pay for targeted cash relief for the people struggling the most. >> andrew yang, former president aal candidate now running to the mayor of new york city. mr. yang, pleasure to have you with us, thank you very much. >> joshua, let's get new york city back, my friend. thank you for having me. >> absolutely, thank you, sir
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this pandemic is far from over, even though there's a lot of good news. 4.6 million shots, on friday, the world health organization granted emergency use authorization to the johnson & johnson vaccine. that makes it available for global distribution to low income countries. only of them have -- concerns remain over the oxford astrazeneca vaccine. ireland is the first to pause using it over safety concerns. this constant back and forth for
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the pandemic. good news, bad news, break throughs, set backs. all as we hope to get back to something like a normal life, it can be exhausting and if you feel like it's wearing you down. you are not alone. what should you do about covid when it take as toll on your mental health? joining us now is jeffrey, a clinical psychologist and associate professor of osteopathic medicine. welcome to the program. >> it's a pleasure to be with you, joshua. >> please, bear in mind, nothing we discuss can substitute for your doctor's guidance. and with that said, i wonder what your sense is of how big a crisis it is. there's a report from the american psychological association that shows 2/3 of americans say their sleep patterns have changed and 3 and 4 have said there's differences in the stress levels.
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how big of a crisis is this? >> the numbers speak for themselves. depressive disorder has quadrupled, and this is according to the census bureau released late last year. it's something that we have never dealt with before. it's what i call a mental health tsunami. something that is testing us, stressing us in every way possible. and psychologically has turned our world up side down. >> let's get to questions from viewers, beginning with the question from marcy. who asks, how do people who tend to be home bodies reenter the world when they have not been in contact with people and friends for over a year. it's terrifying for some people to think of having to face social situations again. how do they get over the hurdle and how do people who love them help them? i worry about kids in this situation especially, mine included.
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doctor? >> well, marcy, i think is that is an incredible question because this is something that we are dealing with now, joshua, you have talked about the vaccines that are coming out. people are getting vaccinated, but i'm working with so many people, i have heard from so many folks who have talked about how they are afraid of coming back in to the world, they are not used to it. they don't know what the rituals are any longer. and so, now, they are really stressed and really anxious about returning in to the world and the best way they can do that is incrementally, a step at a time. start with that social bubble that we are used to. start getting out, and taking walks. talking to neighbors, of course, you still have to social distance. but, as you begin, to now start commuting again, you do it a little bit at a time. you don't go too far. start spending a little more time at the stores. at the supermarkets. and instead of ordering in all
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the time. and eventually, you will be used to being with others around. you know the brain really started to forget how to be with other people. >> yeah. >> and that is evolution. how we are able to adapt. but now we can begin to remember once again, and the anxiety that goes with that will be less. >> trisha in san francisco asked how can we work through the pandemic isolation affects? lethargy, lack of motivation. dispair, inability to read, loneliness, memory lapses. feels like being held hostage and doctor, trisha is talking about the affects on young adults. working through the affects of isolation. how do we do that? >> well, social isolation, doesn't mean that we don't need to be connected with other people. we have done that online very, very well. it's important that we check on our loved ones, but especially
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with our youngsters, josua, they have been impacted by this, the levels of anxiety and depression have been through the roof. we have seen an emergency of a pediatric department, that have been having kids with panic attacks. now more than ever is the time to listen to what it is that our children have to say, to be able to look at the signals of when they are angry or when they are frustrated that there really is something going on with them and that needs to be addressed. this is where it takes the family. the community. to not only reach out to one another. but to listen to one another, and support one another. in every step. >> before i have to let you go, we talk about anxiety and depression as it relates to any number of stress ors. i wonder if you can give us a sense between the line of feeling depressed and having depression. which we should be clear is nothing to be ashamed of.
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i have been treated for anxiety and depression with medication for a number of years. frankly. i don't know if we would be talking about i had right now, talk about the line between feeling depressioned and having depression? >> yes, first of all, congratulations to you, and smashing the stigma that so many of us are needing to do. many of us are feeling depressed, this is what we callsome sort of a dysphoria, we are sad many days and able to get through life and able to meet our responsibilities. the person who is actually depressed many times cannot get out of bed. many times they cannot see a future for themselves. they cannot look at what tomorrow is about. and quite often they have body aches and not be with other
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people. forget about social isolation because of covid, even if they have the opportunity, they self isolate. so, that needs to be treated, but i think at this point, joshua, the bottom line is whether you are feeling depressed or actually are depressed because of this pandemic. >> right. >> it's important that we talk to someone and get some therapy, whether formally orinformally. >> seek help and do talk to your doctor and consider the options best for you. thank you very much. >> thank you. >> now, as for the physical fight against the pandemic. the federal government needs help getting millions of people vaccinated. maybe you can help. if you are a health care professional or retiree or student, you could qualify to be a volunteer vaccinator. to see if you fit the criteria. visit phe.gov/covid vaccinator. that is all one word. again, pha.gov/vaccinators.
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>> had how do we move forward from tragedytragedy, how do we acts of terrorism from hurting people we love. tomorrow marks two years since the white supremists attacks two mosques in christ's church. the gunman killed 51 people, some were praying as he opened fire. he is serving life in prison after pleading guilty. soon after the shooting. new zealand's parliament banned military style semiautomatic weapons. a national buy back program got nearly 56,000 guns off the street. this crease christ's church hosted a national remembrance ceremony, her remarks struck me, because of how relevant they are
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beyond this tragedy. words will not bring those who died back. but prime minister arden said that words will be key to moving us all forward. >> many of us who will remember or seen children taught from a young age to be stoic the if they face the harsh word from others they should adopt a stiff upper lip. perhaps it has been our way of teaching children resilience in the face of those who may cause harm. of course we want them to be resilient, surely no more than we want our children to be kind and so we have to ask ourselves. what does it take to create a generation that is empathetic but strong. that is kind but fear, that is knowledgeable but curious, that knows the power of words. and uses them to challenge, defend and empower.
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in the after math of march 15, we have learned so much, we have been willing to ask ourselves some incredibly hard questions. we have confronted and continue to confront our laws, and our systems, and our beurocracy and things are changing and they will continue to change. but there's some things that lie outside the power of just politicians and governments. we all own and hold the power of words. we use them, we hear them. we respond on them. how we choose to use this most powerful of tools is our choice. there will be an unu questionable legacy for march 15. much of it will be heartbreaking. but it is never too early or too late for the legacy to be a more inclusive nation. one that stands proud of our diversity, and embraces it, and
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if called to, defends it staunchly. and for those moments, may i never, and may we never be at a loss for words. that was that was new zeala minister marking two years since the christchurch shootings. raising a generation that is kind and empathetic, i'd like to know where you are. e-mail us, the week @msnbc.com. what has the pandemic made you grateful for, in spite of covid-19 in we'll share some of your stories before we go. are s your stories before we go. there was nothing i could do. (daughter) daddy! (dad vo) she's safe because of our first outback.
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we forgot to smell real flowers and have face-to-face confers with those in our house. so very thankful that my 87-year-old parents are able to stay home. both are fully vaccinated, too. another chris writes, i'm grfl for an employer, walmart, that allowed my covid leave to be paid. the increased business has allowed our associates bonuses. i'm fortunate to be in the retail sector. carol shared this, i'm blessed to live in the country on a minnesota lake. i've been able to distantly connect with neighbors as we walk in the neighborhood. during the summer we had the lake where we could cruise, ski,
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