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infrastructure bill, the secretary of labor, marty walsh, here to talk recovery. "velshi" starts now. good morning. it is saturday, april 3rd. i'm ali velshi. a blockbuster move by major league baseball during its opening week in protest of a new georgia law aimed at making it hard for some citizens to vote. a law critics argue is racist, aimed squarely at minority voters and designed to make sure democrats can't win stateside contests again. in response the mlb announced it's moving the 2021 all-star game and 2021 draft out of atlanta to a still yet to be determined location. the announcement comes two days after president biden weighed in on the draconian new law and suggested he would support a boycott over it. >> it's just not right. this is jim crow on steroids what they're doing in georgia
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and 40 other states. what is this all about? imagine passing a law saying you cannot provide water or food for someone standing in line to vote? can't do that? come on. or you're going to close a polling place at 5:00 when working people just get off? this is all about keeping working folks and ordinary folks that i grew up with from being able to vote. >> major league baseball commissioner rob manford said in part in 2020 mlb became the first professional sports league to join the nonpartisan civic alliance to help build a future in which everyone participates in shaping the united states. we proudly used our platform to encourage baseball fans and communities throughout the country to perform their civic duty and actively participate in the voting process. fair access to voting continues to have our game's unwavering
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support. republican governor brian kemp of georgia, a ringleader of the latest gop voter suppression efforts responded with a statement that reads in part, georgians and all americans should fully understand what the mlb's knee-jerk decision means. cancel culture and woke political activists are coming for every aspect of your life. sports included. i will not back down. joining me is the democratic mayor of atlanta, keisha lance bottoms. most of the atlanta area opposes the new voting law by senate ke their businesses will bear the brunt of this decision of the mlb to pull out. this is a tough line for you to walk. >> it is. just as the elections have consequences, so do the actions of those elected. the irony is the governor opened
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up the state in the name of economic recovery with everyone else when the cdc said it was too early. now he signs this law and he's effectively hurting the economy of our state. so it's unfortunate. it is obviously an affront to access the right to vote. now he's impacting millions of georgians with this action. >> how do you think this plays out? given the fact, you know, a week ago we had luke warm messages from some of corporate america and suddenly that changed. jamie dimon of jpmorgan chase made a statement. then 72 black leaders who wrote letters. then companies coming out all across america and those in your state including delta and coca-cola coming out with very, very strong statements. do you think that the momentum that has been gained by
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corporate america and sporting america into this battle, do you think it's going to make a big difference? >> i do think it will make a difference. but you have to understand -- you watch congress and statewide legislatures, it's often like watching sausage get made. you don't always know what the final bill will be. and you also have to remember that the governor, as soon as this bill was signed, literally went into another room and signed it into law as soon as the bill was passed. so this happened very quickly. there were discussions about the bill. there were various forms of the bill. but they signed it in in record time. but i think better late than never. the metro atlanta area is home to 30 -- almost 30 fortune 500 companies. this will be a tremendous impact for our state to be boycotted, not to mention the millions of people across the state who work for these companies, small businesses. delta air lines is one of the
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largest employers in our state. >> mayor, you obviously have to have important and strong relationships with these 30 fortune 500 companies in the atlanta area. they are home-town companies. how do you negotiate this with them? they didn't come out clearly enough about this bill. in fact, delta put out a statement that seemed almost complimentary of the changes that occurred to the bill that still kept it as a pretty bad bill. what happened to change them all into this place where they seem to be solidly behind the efforts to overcome this law? >> very clearly the threat of an economic boycott is a driving factor. again, there were various forms of this bill going through the legislature. so i believe that once everyone had an opportunity to read the final bill and then to hear the outcry, then it certainly made a difference. this is a governor that literally struck out with two
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presidents. he was on the wrong side of donald trump and now he's on the wrong side of joe biden. at some point you have to look at the common denominator. we had laws in this state that have gone through the legislative process and under previous governors they refused to sign them because they thought it was bad for georgia and bad for the economy of georgia. unfortunately governor kemp did not follow suit. the legislature passed something that has restricted the access to the ballot box. he signed it into law and now we are all suffering the consequences. >> mayor, conservative activist and somebody we had on the show from time to time, michael singleton wrote how i understand mlb's decision i don't understand how this helps atlanta, which has a majority black population now losing out on $60 million.
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he says this will hurt small black-owned businesses and black workers, which is something to consider strongly. remember, mayor, maybe you're too young to remember, this is the argument they used around boycotts in south africa. it was the argument they used about boycotts in the civil rights movement. black people will get hurt. what is your response? >> we're talking about the metro atlanta economy, the tenth largest economy in the nation. it's not just black african-americans who will suffer. it's atlanta as a whole. you can't take these extreme actions that limb the right to the access to vote when we have talked about expanding access with our democracy and not expect people like major league baseball will not take action in return. it's not too late for the legislature to go back and reconsider this. they are out of session. but the governor certainly can
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call a special session, have them reconsider this. make tweaks to it so it is truly a bill that expands access to the right to vote. but instead what i'm seeing on our local news is that the governor is doubling down, state leaders are doubling down. i think this is just the first of many dominos that will fall in this state. we're all going to suffer because of it. >> to be clear, you did tweet that you don't know the businesses and corporations and everybody that will suffer and it's not too late to right this sinking ship. and you got your vaccine. >> i did get my vaccine. it didn't hurt at all. i woke up the next morning without a sore arm. i feel wonderful. there's a sense of relief. i look forward to getting my second shot soon. >> mayor, good to see you as
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always. thank you for taking the time to join us so early in the morning. mayor keisha lance bottoms. i want to bring in democratic state representative donna mcleod of georgia. thank you for being with us. i want to pick up where the mayor left off. others have said this. the law can be changed. this is not too late for georgia, but is the republican party in georgia feeling the effects of these letters, of these things that major corporations have said of the mlb pulling out of atlanta, for the all-star game, do you feel that it is having an effect on them in terms of their decision making? >> i don't know if it's having an effect on them, but it's having an effect because the statement made by the governor as well as the speaker of the house was clear that this dog is hollering because it got hit. it's important for us to stay
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vigilant about this. this bill took one week to get through the legislature. and i think that it's a reactionary bill actually. because we were getting up to 2,000 emails per day from the stop the steal, the folks that believed that donald trump deserved to be the winner when he lost. so we endured quite a bit. the fact that they were in some ways, some of the emails were threatening, we have gone through a lot. and the governor, the speaker of the house and the republicans in the legislative branch were all reactionary to a big lie. we must not forget where this originated from, the big fat lie. >> we look at the efforts of voting registration and voter
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rights efforts in georgia, helped along by prominent women in your state that did lead to a victory for president biden and two senate victories in georgia. now you are joined by a number of other forces. but there was a letter sent by 72 black executives. i think there are some americans who were amazed that there were 72 black executives, but they joined forces in a way that you don't always see to say this is going to stop. that seems to have been influential in getting these companies to come on board. >> you know, people underestimate the power of the black dollar. we are flexing that muscle. and, yes, for those who did not know there was 72 business executives, yes, there are a lot of powerful black african-americans in the business world. and i think that we have to take a stand on this. we cannot let the fact that we can afford a few more things or
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live in nice homes and cars and drive nice cars to influence us in our civic responsibility. we know that this republic started without us at the table. and so for us, we have to be very vigilant and make sure that this republic never forgets that where it started or where we want it to go. and i think it's important for us to make sure that we stand up and never go backwards in our republic. if you are going to have a constitutional democracy you have to have one that believes that the peoples participation is the ultimate way to achieve that. >> donna mcleod, do you think this can go further? there's still senate bill 1 and senate bill 4. if there's this kind of power and money prepared to join this effort for free voting, why stop in georgia? why not go all the way to the united states senate? >> oh, absolutely. in fact, at this point in time, i would love to see us repeal
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the bill in georgia, sb-202. at this point i think we're more on solid ground to look at the federal government. again, when section 4 was taken down by the supreme court back in 2013, the pre-clearance, we ended up in a situation where so many states started doing suppression -- voter suppression laws. right now the federal government needs to pass these pieces of legislation, sr-1 and congressman lewis' voting rights act to make voting solvent and making sure we do not go back from state to state to state. it's not just the 13 original slave states doing these suppression laws, there are other states that are doing it. you know, we definitely
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impressed upon the business community before this was signed into law, but it went on deaf ears. now i'm grateful they're stepping up. this is one area they can help in in putting pressure on congress to pass legislation that will help to make sure the states stay in check and it's so very important that voting is free. it's accessible, and it's easy. these long lines are unaccessible. i live in gwinnett county, that's what we endured for years. >> it does feel like something of a turning point in this movement. thank you for joining us. state representative donna mcleod of georgia. always my pleasure to talk to you. thank you. >> pleasure. well, a programming note. later today georgia state representative park cannon join ed reverend al sharpton. and martin luther king iii will
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be on to honor his father. "politics nation" only on msnbc. turning to the court proceedings that serve as a moment of reckoning for our nation, this week emotions ran high in and out of the courtroom in the murder trial of former minneapolis police officer derek chauvin. jurors were riveted by the daily testimony and video evidence presented by the prosecution detailing the killing of george floyd. members of the floyd family stood outside the courthouse at the start of the trial. they put the city of minneapolis and the court system itself on notice. >> we will get justice. we will not allow derek chauvin, taou and his crew to be the judge, prosecutor and executioner. >> we came here for one thing, one thing only. we came to get justice. nothing less. we came to get justice. >> floyd's life was extinguished while his hands were cuffed
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behind his back and he was pinned to the ground under the knee of derek chauvin for more than nine minutes on may 25, 2020. this week eyewitnesss recounted what happened on that day leading up to and through that killing. but it was the defense, the same people who have been criticized for trying to portray witnesses at the scene as being mob-like and angry, it was that defense team that introduced this powerful piece of testimony during cross examination of the eyewitness, donald williams. >> at some point did you make a 911 call? >> that is correct. i did call the police on the police. >> all right. why did you do that? >> because i believe i witnessed a murder. >> i believe i witnessed a murder. much of the witness testimony was filled with emotion and the trauma that followed bearing witness to this horrific event. a couple of the witnesses you will hear from, you won't see
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because they're minors, they are under 18. they didn't appear on camera during their testimony. >> i heard george floyd saying i can't breathe, please get off of me. i can't breathe. he cried for his mom. he was in pain it -- it seemed like he knew it was over for him. he was terrified. he was suffering. this was a cry for help. >> i was sad. it felt like he was stopping his breathing and it was kind of like hurting him. >> 911, what is your emergency? >> hello? i'm on the block of 38th and chicago. and i literally watched police officers not take a pulse and not do anything to save a man. i am a first responder myself.
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>> do you need a minute? i know this is difficult. can you explain what you're feeling in this moment? >> i feel helpless. >> there's been nights i stayed up apologizing and -- and apologizing to george floyd for not doing more. and not physically interacting and not saving his life. it's not what i should have done. it's what he should have done. >> and that's right. people worrying about the fact that they missed an opportunity to save george floyd's life, but they were there, we see the video, we see the fact when one man approached police to say there's no pulse, he's not
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responsive, the police, derek chauvin who had never taken his hands out of his pocket, removed his hands that time, his knee still on george floyd's neck, he removed his hands to pull out his mace to use on one of the bystanders who were there. the testimony was powerful. so was the testimony of chauvin's police supervisor, an apparent tearing down of that so-called blue wall of silence. >> do you have an opinion as to when the restraint of mr. floyd should have ended in this encounter? >> yes. >> what is it? >> when mr. floyd was no longer resisting officers, they could have stopped restraint? >> and that is when he was on the ground and no longer
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resisting. >> joining me is yodit tewolde. good to have you here. thank you for joining us. your reaction -- i saw on twitter, your reaction to watching this was the same reaction i had and as most feeling people would have, as you heard this devastating testimony and watched those devastating videos, more than we have seen before, it's emotional. it is clear that whether or not the defense proves its case that derek chauvin was within the law and within his training, it was callous, heartless and a man died with derek chauvin's knee on his neck. does the degree of emotion we saw and heard this week in the trial, does that have an influence on the outcome? >> absolutely. you had one juror have a stress-related issue in the middle of trial where the judge had to excuse the entire jury to give her a break.
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imagine what these witnesses, bystanders have to go through. it absolutely does. anyone arguing this is the state's way of winning the jury over emotionally is incorrect. this is something that's happened. we've been able to watch the video from different angles, as gut wrenching as that is because of the bystanders. they memorialized what happened. we may not be talking about a trial if it were not for them. the defense use of their anger i don't think will go over well with the jury. they should understand why they were angry and they should own it. as a former prosecutor i would have prepped these witnesses to say this is what the defense will do, but own that anger. tell them yes, that was me on the video arguing with the officer. that was me with the officer pleading to check the pulse of george floyd. what they were doing was coming
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from a place of humanity. they said this person is in your custody, that means they're in your care. that's a core principle for officers. no matter what you feel about this person -- >> that's a very good point that many people who watch polices brutality don't understand. when you have somebody in your custody, they are also in your care. it doesn't actually matter whether you're think they're a murderer or not, you're then responsible. they can't move, they're handcuffed, they might be in your car, you have to care for them. in this particular instance there were numerous examples including a 911 dispatcher, a fire department employee and others who called to say that care was not employed. derek chauvin did not take his knee off of george floyd's neck long after he was unresponsive and even after emt technicians arrived. >> right. especially one more factor, it doesn't matter how high he was.
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the defense is honing in on his possible ingestion of drugs. he was high. he was not a threat. who better to say that then someone within the family. we're talking about possibly having expert -- experts will be on both sides for the prosecution and defense to talk about the use of force, these are paid experts, sometimes they can cancel each other out. who better than to bring somebody, the most senior officer in that department who gets trained on use of force every single year. zimmerman, lieutenant zimmerman, go on the stand and say the use of force biz chauvin was totally unnecessary. that's powerful because he's, again, within the family. so all they're going to do, that testimony by zimmerman will only bolster the experts that come on for the prosecution. very powerful. >> you were talking about the defense calling the witnesses angry. there was a man, donald williams, he was a bystander but also a mixed martial arts and jiu-jitsu expert who did not give off a vibe of anger when he
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was testifying but he was angry while he was recorded on the phone. i think to your point, my view was shouldn't you be angry? shouldn't any thinking human be angry if they're watching the police snuff the life out of someone? is there a tinge of racism about the fact that all these black people who watched it were angry with police? >> you heard donald williams call him out on that on cross examination, he refused to have the defense attorney label him an angry person. because that's a black trope, we're angry individuals. he was a combative witness, that's to be expected. but he still came out in that 911 call, even if he wasn't as effective on the stand, which i think he was, if a jury did not find him effective on the stand, they should have found him effective on that phone call, i just witnessed a murder.
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let's talk about january 6th. that's an angry mob. a mob that attacked police. this crowd, they weren't attacking the police. you had in the video one officer who was also charged aiding and abetting holding them back. so if they're a real threat, one officer -- no. it's ludicrous. they're drawing for straws. they have nothing. this is their attempt to muddy the waters and raise reasonable doubt. >> good to see you. thank you for joining us, yodit tewolde. day after day of testimony in the derek chauvin trial underscores the brutality black people experience every day on the under systems and there is work you can do. we'll talk about that after the break. that after the break. thank you! water tastes like, well...water. so we fixed it. mio. ♪
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the reality of generations of their black neighbors, that starts by listening. they have seen it in the protests in the street. they seen it in their lives but they're exhausted. they need the help of allies, mainly not to burn them out while trying to learn about the systems that perpetuate racism and dismantle those systems. black americans are exhausted by the trauma that being black in america has caused in the last ten months and exhausted by the emotional and intellectual burden of being the black teacher to honest curious white students of racism in america. none of my guests were offended by the inquiries and efforts of would-be white allies. they were heartened by them and encouraged by those working so hard to right a big wrong. like those of us with privilege have learned from the me too movement, from black lives matter and the hate directed at asian-americans, listen first.
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in spite of the pandemic, the american economy keeps getting stronger month after month. the u.s. exceeded expectations adding 916,000 jobs in march. the unemployment rate also improved. it's now at 6%, dropping 0.2% from february. the positive news is likely attributed to the easing of coronavirus restrictions in states and counties across the country but it could be a double-edge sword as covid cases are on the rise in many places. 11 states have an increase of 10%, 16 states have upticks of 25%. i spoke earlier with u.s. labor
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secretary and former mayor marty walsh and asked how we're doing as a nation at this moment. >> certainly the numbers today were encouraging. 6% unemployment rate. 916,000 new jobs in america. but you're right. what we have to be careful of is the pandemic. president biden spoke earlier today at a press conference and talked about the need for continuing to wear masks, social, physical distancing, washing your hands. and the important thing about getting a vaccine. if you're eligible for a vaccine, you should get a vaccine. the president laid out a good, strong competent plan. he had a goal of 100 million vaccines by the first 100 days. he's doubled that now to get 200 million by the first 100 days. that's a lot of americans who will have vaccines in their arms. that's how we'll continue to move forward. it's a bit of both. the virus as you know for the last year has been unpredictable. we had moments where the numbers of virus cases have been low.
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during the holidays, thanksgiving and christmas we saw numbers increase. we're starting to see them fluctuate around the country. people need to take care of themselves. >> you as a former mayor understand very well that while you're making advances in vaccine procurement and vaccine distribution at the federal level, there are localities and states that are opening up perhaps faster than the science dictates that they should. obviously there are a lot of mayors who want to get their cities back online. a lot of governors want to get their states back online, people working and generating tax income. how do you square this? as an executive you only have so much authority over these states and cities. >> yeah. it's a balance obviously. you know, we have seen now in the last week or so where some of these states have seen their numbers -- i wouldn't call it a spike but they've increased. really we can't mandate to people to open or not to open. all we can do is suggest that people take care of themselves, wear the mask. it's so important to get our
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administration looks serious about getting an infrastructure bill done. on wednesday in pittsburgh, president biden unveiled his detailed$2 trillion american jobs plan. if implemented, biden estimates the program could create up to 18 million new jobs. if the american relief bill is about the problems america is facing right now, then the american jobs plan, which is what the infrastructure bill is called is about the future it will allocate $621 billion to modernizing transportation. 400 billion to supporting elderly and disabled americans. 300 billion to clean water, electrical grids and broadband internet. $300 billion to affordable housing and $580 billion will go to the american manufacturing industry. america's infrastructure used to be considered a largely non-partisan issue on which democrats and republicans were able to find common ground. but the reality is this hasn't been a priority in the united states for some time, and our infrastructure has largely been neglected. the american society of civil engineers grades the country on
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♪ ♪ welcome back to "velshi." infrastructure is a word that became meaningless because of the last administration, but the word encapsulates a litany of essential functions in america. joining us now to discuss biden's infrastructure push is a self-proclaimed infrastructure geek. jeremy hobson has decades of experience covering politics, former host of npr's "here and now" radio program. jeremy, let's start with the obvious. we have transportation deficiencies in this country. a few years ago i took a train from beijing to shanghai. it is 800 miles, and it took four hours and 18 minutes. that's the same distance as
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new york to chicago or new york to atlanta, and you can't do it in less than 20 hours by train in america. so there are just some basic things we are short of here in america including crumbling highways and bridges that might fall apart. >> yes. if you take a train from the airport in shanghai into the center of the city, it goes at 268 miles an hour. if we traveled at that speed you could get from washington, d.c. to new york in less than an hour. you could get from san francisco to los angeles in like an hour and a half at that speed. this is the kind of thing that other countries, especially china but other countries, are doing. in london i went to cover what they're doing there where they are digging, they have been digging under the center of london 15 miles of new tunnel that will cut the commute time for certain routes to a quarter of what they are now. this makes it easier for people to be as productive as they possibly can. it makes it easier for people to, if they can't afford to live
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in the center of cities maybe where their work is, it makes it easier for them to get there quickly and, frankly, helps inequality a lot. so this is the kind of thing that the biden plan is looking at, is proposing. we will see if it happens. >> there's more to this bill than the traditional infrastructure that we're showing on tv, the bridges and things like that. there's broadband, which really is the equivalent of electricity in the early part of the 20th century. there's stuff to do with water, there's stuff to do with climate. it is looking at infrastructure more wholistically than just the built-in environment. >> we've all learned just in the last year how important something like broadband is. you know, if you are at home and you've got the two parents at home on zoom calls for work and you've got the kids doing zoom school, it slows down your connection. if you don't have fast broadband connection, that's going to be a real problem for you. it is going to be a real problem for everybody in the household. so infrastructure is not just
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roads and bridges and trains, it is all of those other things. by the way, the infrastructure that exists for broadband, for water, for electricity in this country is really old in a lot of places, especially when you talk about water. the report card that you mentioned for the united states that gives us a c minus in general for infrastructure finds that every two minutes in this country a water main breaks. think about how much water we are wasting because of that kind of thing. >> jeremy, the country, people in america expect the lights to go on when they turn on the switch. they expect the water to come out of their pipe. they expect bridges not to collapse, and this is a lot of money. how do you explain this to people, that you've got to spend? the american society of civil engineers i think says the first trillion is just maintenance, just getting us back to status quo. everything else is new stuff we might be experiencing. how does biden sell that to the
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american public? >> well, i think you have to think about the amount of money that it will cost if we don't do these things. you know, we just went through this situation with the suez canal, that's a good example because it is about getting goods from here to there, it is about infrastructure. the part of the canal where the ship got stuck was a part of the canal that was not upgraded in 2015 when egypt spent $8 billion to upgrade it. now, $8 billion to upgrade a part of the canal. the global economy was losing more than $10 billion a day because of that ship being stuck there. if you invest in the infrastructure now, it does help you, it pays for itself in the long run. we heard all about how the republican tax cuts many years ago would pay for themselves. that didn't happen. in fact, when it comes to infrastructure can you imagine how much smaller the u.s. economy would be right now if, for example, we didn't have the interstate highway system from
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the 1950s? >> yes. and transportation and communication and broadband and ports and all of that stuff lead to more business. jeremy hobson is the former host of npr's "here and now" program and he is a journalist. he has published the article on medium. it is a good read. another attack on the u.s. capitol leaving an officer dead. i will speak with the person tasked with security on capitol hill. then digging into major league baseball's decision to pull its all-star game from atlanta, georgia, in response to the state's new restrictive voting law. stick around, we have another full hour of "velshi" coming up. (splash) ♪♪ turn today's dreams
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