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this hour, american rights under attack, from voting and simply being who you are, a look at what and who is trying to hold america back. plus, a special report from guatemala with a revealing look at why people in central america are leaving behind all they have ever known to come to the u.s. and how helping them helps us. congresswoman norma torres is here to talk about reimagining the immigration system. goodbye to a prince. how great britain and the world plans to say a final farewell to the queen's right-hand man. this is "american voices." hello, everyone. i'm alicia menendez. across the country we're watching steps forward on the pandemic, on the economy, even
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on issues like gun safety. and we're also seeing steps back, voting rights and civil rights under attack. when you zoom out, where all that shuffling forward lands will have the longest term impact on the generations. in 2020 millennial voters were clear about the issues they wanted addressed, starting, of course, with the pandemic, but also addressing climate change, racial equality, and an economy where wages are fair. president biden began to tackle the issues, starting with a clear plan to overcome the pandemic. he put america back in the paris climate accord and unveiled a massive infrastructure plan to rebuild our crumbling roads and bridges, same roads young people will travel in their self-driving cars. this week biden took on another issue young voters and a vast majority of americans are fed up with, a problem extremely unique to america.
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>> gun violence in this country is an epidemic. let me say it again. gun violence in this country is an epidemic, and it's an international embarrassment. they offered thoughts and prayers, but haven't produced a federal law to reduce gun violence. enough prayers. time for some action. >> time for some action is right. congress hasn't passed substantial gun safety legislation since 1994. that was before columbine in 1999. i remember being in high school when that horrific news broke out of littleton, colorado. it was the kind of horror so unimaginable, most people my age said it would have to lead to a legislative fix. 20 years later, i found myself in parkland, florida, shortly after the valentine's day shooting at msd high school. i was there for the one-year anniversary talking to kids the same age i was when columbine
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happened, and the only difference i noticed was that those students have spent their childhood years practicing active shooter scenarios. and then there's the ongoing battle to protect voting rights after gop-controlled state legislatures like georgia passed laws making it harder to vote. those laws disproportionately impact voters of color and, you guessed it, young voters, who very often are also voters of color. as congress works to restore the voting rights act through h.r. 1, so does their uphill battle against republican opposition. this week we also saw legislative attacks against transgender americans. despite his veto, arkansas legislature overruled its governor, placing a ban on gender-confirming treatments or surgery for trans youth in arkansas. it's the first law of its kind anywhere in the country. the governor doesn't get a pass for his veto, however. in recent weeks he signed bills barring trans women and girls from participating in sports
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competitions and signed a measure allowing doctors to refuse treatment to trans patients because of religious or moral obligations. the public religion research institute recently found 6 in 10 americans, 62%, say they have become supportive towards trans rights compared to five years ago. do you notice a trend? as republicans attack civil rights in an effort to hold on to power, they're attacking the very issues americans care about, especially issues america's youngster generations care about, putting themselves on a collision course with america's future. joining me, mariah cooley, legislative director for march for our lives at howard university, executive director of next jen america, broonld wolf, media relations manager for equality florida. he's also a survivor of the pulse nightclub shooting in orlando. and charlotte alter, "time"
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magazine. brandon, i want to start with you. as i just said, you survived the pulse nightclub shooting in orlando. you were at the white house this week for president biden's rollout for executive action on gun safety. i wonder how it felt to you being at the white house for that moment. >> i thought about the last five years of my life. i thought about what it felt like when i learned my best friends had taken 19 gunshot wounds from an assault rifle and would never be coming home to say goodbye to their parents. i thought about all of the trials and tribulations that the gun violence prevention movement and that young people in this country have been through over the decades, and i thought about the hope that was radiating from that podium. i think the thing that went unsaid for me in president biden's remarks was an invitation to congress to find the same political courage and will that he showed to get something done. i think americans are tired of the filibuster excuse. americans are tired of the rhetoric. they're tired of the lies. young americans are tired of all
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of it. they want to see some real action from their elected leaders and it felt like president biden was gently encouraging his peers in congress to get something done and quickly. >> mariah, you are much younger than i am and you are of the generation that had those active shooter drillers at school that i was just referencing. despite mass shooting after mass shooting, leaders in congress have not passed significant legislation on gun safety since the '90s. i wonder for you, as a member of the generation younger than i, when did you realize it was up to your generation to take action? >> i feel like i've always known it's been up to my generation to take action, but a really defining point was january 6th after the capitol rioting and how they had to practice those same school shooter drills that we had to do all throughout high school and elementary school and how our congress members had to do that same drill. yet there was no sort of
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immediate action taken on this gun violence prevention bill. after that, i realized it's on my generation to step up and be the future leaders of this country. >> i was likewise struck by that part of the story that you had young people who had practiced in the halls of learning how to avoid a mass shooter now having to do the same thing in the halls of power. truly astounding. christina, i want to talk about voting rights. this week your organization, you had a very moving movement. you protested a bill to restrict voting in texas by dropping thousands of rose petals at the capitol are roton da to represent the 275,000 young texans of color who reach voting age each year, 275,000 young texans of color. think about that number. what is the power, christina, of this coalition? what is at stake if lawmakers don't meet the needs of these younger voters? >> yeah, i mean, all of the issues we're talking about go
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back to democracy. the fact that the largest block in the country is young people and they are the most diverse generation in american history. here in texas, those 275,000 rose petals representing the majority of people turning 18 every year. what we're trying to show is our power, our numbers and confronting the darkness and ugliness of the republican party with our light and our beauty. but, you know, i think what's really important to understand is that unless we address voting rights, it's going to be difficult to address any of the other issues we care about, which is why they're assaulting it. and all of us, we're not organizing to go back to better days. we're organizing because we don't believe our country has lived its best days, that we have yet to become everything that a country as big, diverse, and beautiful as this one can be. it's taken the courage and imagination of young people in our country to tackle the big issues. and we need that again to tackle
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climate change, to protect the rights of the lgbtq community, to address income inequality, and address gun violence. it's young people that are pushing and holding the democratic party accountable and also calling out the republican party for totally failing the youngest generations in this country. but i do ultimately believe we will win because young people are courageous and fighting back like never before and getting incredibly organized. >> charlotte, you have thought about all of this more than almost anyone else that i know. you have zoomed out and looked at it both in terms of the advocates and those who are legislating in congress. it strikes me that you have republicans, you know, trying to fund raise, meanwhile they're spending time with the past of their party, the former president, in maria. can they talk about the future of their party without getting honest and real about what the
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future of america looks like, charlotte? >> well, the big irony for republicans is that before trump there were some young republicans in congress who were taking this challenge very seriously, who did recognize that the republican party was out of step with these younger generations and were trying to find places like climate change, like immigration, where they could present a conservative vision that might appeal to younger people. and president trump absolutely trampled that project. and many of the sort of rising young stars in the republican party in the pre-trump republican party who could have really appealed to this -- to these very progressive younger generations have kind of faded and they're not -- many of them are not in congress anymore. instead, you know, the young republicans who are in congress, many of them have modelled
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themselves really after trump and are almost auditioning for this older republican base rather than trying to help drag their party to a position that younger people, you know, might even consider supporting. >> brandon, we're talking about people's lives in many cases. we're seeing a growing attack on trans youth in state legislatures. you have arkansas lawmakers overriding the governor's veto on a bill that bans gender-affirming care for trans kids, trans teens. the governor admits this only impacts about 200 people in the state, and yet there's a hyperfocus on these questions. brandon, how much harm does this type of legislation cause? >> it causes incredible harm. i'm so glad you brought that up. it's real people's lives that are at stake because let's be honest about what the republican party is doing with these assaults on transgender people.
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they're picking on the most marginalized to win political points. they want to win elections in 2022. they want to win elections in 2024, and they know that they don't have a legislative agenda to do that on, so instead of, you know, to charlotte's point, bringing themselves to a place where folks could maybe join them, instead, they decided to pick on the most marginalized among us to score cheap political points with trump voters. but to your point about how this is impacting people, transgender people in this country are already facing a number of threats. transgender young people are four to five times more likely to attempt suicide during their formative years. when you got legislatures across the country, when you got elected leaders that we're supposed to be looking up to telling transgender young people that they shouldn't be affirmed, that they don't belong on sports fields with their peers, that has an incredibly damaging effect on trans people.
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we need lawmakers to be affirming trans people and uplift and go empowering a new generation of diverse and beautiful people. we do not need lawmakers to be trying to legislate entire communities out of society. >> thank you all for spending some time with us. next we go to guatemala where ayman mohyeldin is showing us what people migrating to the united states are up against, and why they're leaving home to begin with. plus, what to do on voting rights when congress returns to washington this week. later, how some new boxes could help prosecutors get to the bottom of donald trump's finances. new details about why it took help so long to arrive at the capitol in january. richard lui is standing by with a look at the other big stories we're watching this hour on msnbc. richard? >> hey, alicia. good saturday to you. the royal family and the world are mourning the death of prince philip. here's his son, prince charles today.
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last month a record 18,000 migrants children crossed the border after traveling from central america. many to make the dangerous trek. among them was a 10-year-old from nicaragua. border agents found him this week sobbing, alone, needing help. he and his mom were expelled to mexico last month because of title 42 and kidnapped a short time later. the boy was released after his family paid what the ransom the smugglers demanded. joining me from guatemala city, msnbc anchor and foreign correspondent ayman mohyeldin. tell us what you're hearing from people in guatemala. what is it that they're going through in this moment? what are some of the reasons they are considering migrating to the u.s.? >> reporter: alicia, that's a great question. it's the question we've been asking guatemalans ourselves, both experts and those thinking about making the journey. we've seen it up close and
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personal on the border, but we wanted to see for ourselves the factors that are causing people to move. and it's quite complex to be honest with you. a lot of it structural, a lot of it historical, a lot of it complicated by the pandemic. we went to a soup kitchen in guatemala city and spoke to one 27-year-old mother with three children. she used to work at a school with her children, the one the children attended. after the pandemic forcing schools to shut down, she lost her job. now, one of the only sources of food is from a soup kitchen like the one we visited today. now, we asked her whether or not she thought about going to the united states but she said it's very dangerous to make the trek as a single mother with three children, as you were just talking about, that child from nicaragua. in addition to the structural problems in this country, you have deep economic employment, corruption, a lack of good
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conference, compounded by the climate change making the farmland that much harder to sustain the economic needs of a country that has 17 million people. we spoke yesterday to one young guatemalan a 17-year-old whose parents actually live in the united states about whether or not he wanted to make that journey to seek a better life. here's what he told us. >> reporter: so all this traces question about what is the solution to this problem. we're going to have a chance to pose that to the guatemalan president on monday when we are scheduled to interview him. but we also now see a bit of what the biden administration is trying to do. they want to try to get more resources to help guatemala. the concern, obviously, has to do whether or not the government has the ability to deal with
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these issues, and that is a major concern for a lot of the experts we've been speaking to here. they say corruption is rampant, basic services like education, health care, security are pretty much nonexistent in the rural part of this country where the indigenous population lives, and it is indigenous population that's making up the bulk of those making the journey to the united states. so you can see how difficult of a crisis this is to try and solve comprehensively. alicia? >> i appreciate you added complexity and nuance to the story. thank you so much for spending time with us. this monday he will continue his reporting in guatemala and ask guatemalan president what he believes needs to happen to mitigate the influx of migrants at the border. that interview will air on monday, 3:00 p.m. eastern only on msnbc. do not miss it. i want to bring in congresswoman norma torres, also
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on the house appropriation and rules committee, also the only central american serving in congress. congresswoman, good to see you. you have been focused on corruption as a major driver of migration from central america. you really cannot begin to deal with this until you deal with that question. i understand you recently spoke with two young girls who were seen in that disturbing video we've all now seen recently being dropped over a 14-foot border wall. connect the dots for us to how corruption affects the lives of these migrants such that they then take this type of risk, the type of risk that our viewers are watching on their screens. >> good to be with you, alicia. it is not shocking to me when i look at, you know, the symptoms that we are seeing here at you're southern border continue to increase. it's heartbreaking to see how young children are being dumped at our southern border because of lack of good governance, lack
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of access to education, food assistance, health care. there are absolutely no opportunities for these young people in these countries to get ahead and they see no future for themselves. that's why they are taking this terrible trip that is so dangerous and has killed so many of them. as the u.s., we need to stop and just completely stop capitulating to the bad behavior. the question is you know what is happening, your people are being dumped in our southern border, what are you going to do about it? show us before a single dollar of taxpayer dollars goes to the region. >> your efforts led to a list of corrupt officials that the state and treasury departments then delivered to congress this week.
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at the same time, the president of el salvador has taken to attacking you personally on twitter, going as far as telling people to not support your re-election campaign. when it comes to this question of corruption specifically, what is it that you want to hear from central american leaders? >> what i want to hear from central american leaders is, number one, that they will respect the rule of law, that they would allow, you know, nonpartisan judges to be appointed to their court system and allow them to work independently so that people can see and are able to reach justice for themselves. what the el salvadorian president did, he tweeted overnight. he's not just asking my voters not to vote for me, he is
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actually endorsing my qanon opponent and they are now fundraising as a result. despicable behavior coming from a strong man who now controls the entire congress because his party has won all those seats. not only does he control the presidency, he controls congress and all of the governors and mayoral representatives in the region. the issue is really, really tough, but addressing the symptoms here at our border is not going to end this influx of migrants at our border. we need to deal with the root causes and we need to hold these three countries accountable for the example they're setting for the entire latin american countries. >> congresswoman norma torres, thank you so much for spending some time with us. >> thank you, alicia. next, you'll hear from two women fighting the gop's attacks on voting rights. plus, between claims he
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this weekend georgia faith leaders are ramping up pressure against the business community to take a stand against the state's new restrictive voting law. dozens of protesters rallied outside the masters tournament in augusta this morning, letting corporate georgia know the time to speak out is now overdue. >> the corporations should have a voice. because the corporations has a voice, they should speak loudly to let them know, to let everybody know, that we will not stand for it and allow for this level of oppression to continue to exist in georgia. >> the move comes as texas also moves forward with a bill to make it harder to vote. joining me now, tori pa veto,
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cofounder of way to win in texas and natasha brown of the black voters matter fund in georgia. good to see you both. latocha, i want to start with you. a group of faith leaders protested today outside the masters tournament in augusta calling for the tournament's organizers to speak out against the new law. are you seeing enough action from corporate georgia since the mlb pulled out of its all-star game out of atlanta? >> i mean, i think that it certainly increased. we've seen some companies come out. some think it's a little late. it's after the bill had passed and you could have made soap more ground had they spoken out earlier. many of them are actually speaking out now. but what we've also seeing is there are other companies that have to speak out. you have to look at the pga. they have to speak out. we have to really recognize, if you're supporting democracy, all of us have a responsibility in the community, whether you're an organization or business, you have to speak out when you see
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democracy being threatened. >> i want to hear your sense of whether or not business leaders in texas are watching what is happening in georgia and taking note. but in addition to that, i want to talk about the texas gop's obsession with the houston area specifically because it trends so blue. newly leaked audio shows republicans targeting mostly black and latino houston precincts with poll watchers. the footage was published by government accountability group common cause texas. take a listen. >> we're going to recruit and train and assign a very large, when i say large, it's 10,000. we're trying to build an army here of 10,000 people in harris county that are motivated and highly competent folks to serve as election workers and poll watchers. it's basically safeguard our voting rights and our voting obligations.
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>> the idea here, of course, is to spot widespread voter fraud that does not exist. tori, this comes as texas republicans are working on bills to let poll watchers record voters at polling locations. i see you shaking your head. what is happening here? >> i mean, we know that voters in places like georgia and arizona and texas are moving forward. the gop sees a complete geographic, political realignment shaping before their eyes and they are scared. there are 47 states right now that have just terrible voter restriction laws that are totally unnecessary. and of course there's a particular divisive crew in georgia, arizona, and texas where, you know, they all have one thing in common these governors in these states, they're up for re-election in 2022, and the first midterm coming up round the corner.
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you know, harris county is ground zero for where the math shows -- math is no longer on the side of these governors whether they're from texas or anywhere across the south and southwest. in 2018, they almost lost. you know, they only won by about 200,000 votes. there are 1 million more voters heading into this 2022 midterm election that are eligible to vote. so what we're seeing is that they are cherry picking their voters instead of voters picking their own leaders. that's what's happening. harris county, of course, has tremendous democratic leadership, so they're running scared. >> latocha, i take that point and at the same time there's sort of the reality that you're going to have voters likely contending with some of what has already been put into place. you have atlanta mayor keisha lance bottoms signing an order.
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i mean, that might blunt the impact, i suppose, but how do you make sure that voters are able, equipped to combat these efforts? >> you know, i think that we do need to have education as part of it, which is why our organization and many other organizations on the ground are doing voter education work. we've been engaged. some of the mobilizization didn't just up and happen. that came after people working on the ground, working with communities, working with groups, educating them about the opportunity to vote, educating them about the significance of voting and the impact of their votes. and so they responded to that. the other way is there a we have to safeguard people's right to vote, that we cannot allow legislation that is punitive that, punishes people for participating in the process. that's essentially what is happening. so georgia voters are now under attack, particularly black voters are under attack because they came out in record numbers
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this last election cycle. and so what we have to do is we have to make sure we put safeguards to protect voting rights, not just in the state of georgia, but there are 47 states right now looking at voter suppression laws that could be harmful to voters. that's why we need the passage of h.r. 1, we need federal legislation. hr 4, we need the for the people act, the john lewis voting advancement act to make sure that we are expanding the protection of voters, the right to vote in this country. >> latocha, you are so important that i'm impressed i didn't just jump up and answer that phone because goodness knows given you, who that could have been. tori, do you agree with latocha? are you looking at it the same way that as much as you're going to fight back, that fundamentally the next big move has to come from the federal
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level? >> oh, absolutely. we know that federal legislation undermines 90% of what the republicans are trying to get away with in the state. we as way to win members are doing all we can to push on a federal policy while we're also really proud to support voices like latocha's at black voters matter. this is an all-hands-on-deck moment. >> thank you both. next, new details about the backlog that kept help from coming during the attack of the capitol. plus, what we know about the funeral plans for prince philip, including who will and who will not attend. stay with us. it's good to be ba. (mom) it sure is. (mom vo) over the years, we trusted it to carry and protect the things that were most important to us. (mom) good boy. (mom vo) we always knew we had a lot of life ahead of us. (mom) remember this?
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this week ten house democrats joined the naacp's lawsuit against trump. recounting their terror during the attack. who do the added plaintiffs mean for trump? what could we learn if this case goes to trial? >> i think some of the members who have now joined have very emotional stories that go along with this. as we've seen from watching the chauvin trial, you know that emotion gets the jury. and so if you have allegations in it that say i was thinking about where i was going to be buried, you know that that's an emotional plea. you know, so there's two separate suits under the ku klux klan act, the one that benny thompson and the naacp started and now there's a new one with eric swalwell starting it. and the one with the naacp now has ten additional members. so it's a pretty powerful statement about it, and there's
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also two capitol police officers have sued because of his -- the former president for causing the riot that led to damage and injury. aside from any criminal liability, there is possible civil penalties and damages that he might have to pay for death and destruction. >> so that is one case. let's move to another. you have manhattan prosecutors still pursuing trump's cfo allen weisselberg. they have documents from his son. i wonder if you think that this adds pressure, what type of pressure this potentially adds to allen weissleberg. >> this definitely adds pressure because he's now under investigation. his son is under investigation. and so the question is, does he
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value donald trump so much that he won't come forward with what the prosecutors want to help in their case against trump that he's willing to go jail for him? you may remember that michael cohen said i would take a bullet for donald trump. actually going back to watergate, gordon liddy said the same thing about richard nixon. but in the end, michael cohen has been cooperating and cooperators make a big difference. there's millions of pages of documents that have just been obtained by cy vance and someone has to go through those and understand what they mean. allen weisselberg could easily explain what's happening in terms of whether he was downvaluing things to avoid taxes and upgrading them to get better insurance. and better loans. so there's a lot going on there, and i think that allen
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weisselberg has always been someone we've known has the information and now there's documents about him and his taxes, his son's taxes and that could lead to jail for them. so they may want to cooperate. same thing we're seeing with matt gaetz. there's someone else who is offering a plea. >> well, i mean, you have the vance case looking backwards and then you have the most recent piece of this, which is trump accused of duping his donors. but instead of condemning him, other republicans are joining in. just take a look at this website, as you said, for representative matt gaetz. when you rapid donate $25, you're really giving $50 this month plus $25 every month afterwards. i mean, what is it going to take to stop this kind of fine print fundraising, jill? >> well, i heard danny cevallos explaining the scam on the
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lower-level donors. i noticed the yellow boxes there with little pre-check check marks, so that's wrong. that's what you expect from sellers of really junk-quality goods. you don't expect it from the republican party, from the former president. it's unfortunately probably legal. the truth in advertising does not cover political fundraising. maybe we need a new law. congress ought to be looking at that. but for now, it may be legal or what joyce vance would say is awful but lawful. maybe it has to be unlawful. >> jill, i love that you were watching "american voices" and then on "american voices." thank you so much for spending some time with us tonight. next, remembering prince philip. we'll take you to great britain where a 41-gun salute was heard today. the real winners of march madness. forget the scores, we're talking
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tonight, the world is saying good-bye to a royal. prince philip, the duke of edinburgh passed away this week, just a few weeks shy of his 100 president birthday. 70 of those years, of course, spent by the side of his wife, queen elizabeth ii. prince charles prepare for a formal and public funeral service next weekend. we get the latest from our senior international correspondent, keir simmons. >> reporter: today, royal gun salutes for prince philip. 41 rounds fired across the united kingdom and around the world. and tonight, new details of next saturday's funeral. small and in line with covid restrictions. the queen, who woke up this morning a widow, will say
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good-bye to her husband of 73 years, surrounded by 30 of her close family. daughter-in-law sophie wessex telling crowds after a visit today, the queen has been amazing. in an address to the nation, prince charles saying, the family misses his father enormously. >> my dear papa was a very special person who above all would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that have been said about him. it will sustain us in this particular loss and at this particularly sad time. >> reporter: prince harry will attend the ceremony. his wife, meghan, who is pregnant, will not on the advice of her physician. the chapel where they were married, now the setting for a royal funeral. at 9:45 eastern, the coffin will be carried across the grounds of windsor castle, a small ceremonial procession with members of the royal family walking behind. the service will begin at st. george's chapel at 10:00
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eastern. presidents, prime ministers, the pope all paying respects as well as the public. >> he's really lived a remarkable life. >> you know, i think of him and the queen and a wonderful love story. >> reporter: and tonight, the personal reflections of the royal family in interviews recorded before his death. >> it was always his humor that came through. the twinkle in his eye. >> the ability to always see positive and move forward must have been built into his psyche. >> reporter: the guns will fire again next saturday. bells will toll and a minute's silence will be held, as britain mourns and the queen says good-bye. >> that was nbc's keir simmons reporting. next, my thoughts on how women yet again are expected to do everything at once, even when our breast-feeding ncaa basketball coach.
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she's been called the breakout star of march madness. a former wnba player and the coach of the arizona wildcats led her team through a storybook run that stunned college basketball fans. the team nearly pulled off a win in its first national championship game. but it's not the sport of all this, nor is it the video of barnes huddle pep talk that went viral that caught my attention. i mean, i love basketball and i love an underdog story. but for me, it was what barnes was able to accomplish professional while also mothering. you see, barnes' daughter,
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capri, is 6 months old. barnes coached while pumping breast milk during halftime. and she even coached after tweeting about being covered with spitup at 5:00 a.m. on game day. relatable, right? and this was relatable, too. >> like, i was on zoom calls four days after having a c-section, so it was hard, but my teammate -- my team loved on me and they -- i missed a couple of weeks, i got a little sick and they fought for me. i came back, they were patient. >> and barnes says she considers all of this a privilege. >> it's a privilege for me. i mean, you can be great at all of these things. you can be someone representing and doing it with class and professionalism and doing well at your job. you can be a mom. you don't have to stop coaching. you know, you just have to have support and a village. and right now, i have a village. >> see, that's the truth of the
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matter. it's incredible when women are able to mother the way they want to mother and work the way they want to work. but that's all only possible with support and with care, with, dare i say it, the proper infrastructure to enable them to do both. that is all the time i have for today. i'm alicia menendez. i'll see you back here tomorrow, 6:00 p.m. eastern, for more "american voices." but for now, i hand it over to my colleague, joshua johnson. >> and of course, alicea, you teed it up perfectly by referencing infrastructure. that is why i know i can rely -- and i like the point you made there at the end, because the infrastructure that allows women to mother and work as they see fit is part of the debate about infrastructure in washington. so we'll definitely get into that in the next few minutes. thank you, alicia. hello to you. it is very good to be with you tonight, including to talk about infrastructure. because the latest polls show widespread support for president biden's plan. next week, both

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