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>> congressman james clyburn, thank you very much for joining us again tonight. we always appreciate it. >> thank you very much for having me. programming note -- tomorrow night i will be joining our special coverage of president biden's first address to congress. msnbc's special coverage against tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. eastern with president biden expected to again his speech at 9:00 p.m. that is tonight's "last word" "the 11th hour with brian williams" starts now. >> well, good evening once again. day 98 of this biden administration, a president who, by the way, came into office hoping on our behalf that by july 4th it might feel a whole lot more like normal. a big step in that direction as the cdc released its guidance on masks for fully nated americans. health officials say the drop in
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cases, the rise in vaccines, the infections are declining. today the president unveiled the guidelines and used them to make a pitch for vaccines. >> if you're fully vaccinated and outdoors, and not in a big crowd, you no longer need wear a mask. gathering with a group of friends in a park, going for a picnic, as long as you are vaccinated and outdoors, you can do it without a mask. the bottom line is clear -- if you're vaccinated, you can do more things, more safely, both outdoors as well as indoors. so for those who haven't gotten their vaccination yet, especially if you're younger or think you don't need it, this is another great reason to go get vaccinated. now. >> a few minutes after that, biden was asked about his decision to come outside with a mask on. >> you chose to wear a mask as
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you walked out here. what message were you sending by wearing a mask outside alone? >> watching me take it off and not put it on till i got inside. >> note that biden will be allowed to speak in the chamber without a mask when he addresses congress. right now, 26 states still have mask mandates on the books. biden noted coverings are recommended for big and packed outdoor events. much more on all this ahead in the hour. now, however, to the latest in the fallout from the fatal police shooting of andrew brown in elizabeth city, north carolina. demands for the entire body cam video have escalated. protesters were on the streets for the seventh knight past the 8:00 p.m. curfew. tonight the town council released video that chose militarized s.w.a.t. deputies loaded in a truck, arriving at brown's home to serve a search warrant on a drug charge.
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the video does not show what happened next. earlier today andrew brown's family revealed the results of a private autopsy. his relatives say it shows he was first shot four times in the right arm, but a single bullet to the head took his life. >> he was hit in the back of the head, here, and that is the fatal bullet wound. that was described in the death certificate as a penetrating bullet wound to the skull. and that was the cause of death. >> to the relief of many who have lost all faith in the local officials there, the fbi has now opened a civil rights investigation. the state of north carolina additionally is examining brown's killing. white house officials are telling nbc news, policing and racial justice will be a featured portion of the president's speech to a joint session of congress tomorrow night ahead of his 100th day in office. he's also expected to make a big
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push for the police reform act named after george floyd. axios reporting tonight he'll ask dong pay nearly $2 trillion for his plan to boost health care, child care, and education in our country. tomorrow's address will be the first big event inside the capitol since that january 6th insurrection and looting. there will be a significant retightening of security with fencing remaining around the capitol and a national guard presence around the capitol. health restrictions mean that about 200 people in all will be in that house chamber. it's huge. it is big enough to house 1,600. as we mentioned, biden will give his speech at the exact location where the insurrectionists tried to prevent him from taking office. prosecutors have now in fact charged two rioters in connection with the death of the u.s. capitol police officer brian sicknick. however, the feds now say they attacked sicknick with a
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chemical spray, not believed to be bear spray, as first reported. also today, a federal judge decided that the rioter who posed for a photo with his feet up on the desk in speaker pelosi's suite of offices should be released from jail to await trial. a judge ruled that he did not present the kind of danger to society that would require pretrial detention. with all that, let's bring in our leadoff guests, led by ashley parker, pulitzer prize winning bureau chief for "the washington post" who we couldn't help but note was an answer in "the new york times" cross word puzzle last week. carol lee yonnig. he's saw thor of "zero fail". out next month. and professor melissa murray of nyu law school who was clerk for justice sonya sotomayor before
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her nomination to the supreme court. ashley i'd like to begin with you. i'll begin by playing you some comments by lindsey graham this evening on fox news. >> if we don't win in 202 we should have our ass kicked, because they are destroying our country. people are dumbfounded about how liberal job's been. it's going to be a blowout year for republicans. if this election is about policy, we're going to win. >> so, ashley, i know you recently spoke to the senator for you latest piece on the pandemic and the intersection with the biden agenda. is there anything about biden's style and governance and his agenda that could make lindsey graham wrong, that could propel a democratic victory? james carville in a featured interview today is certainly nervous that 2022 is going to be a long and bad night for his
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party. >> so, there is, and i will tell you what that is, but i do first want to say that a lot of democrats, including white house officials, share senator graham's assessment. not that they are going to lose because biden is driving the country into the ground as senator graham said, but they're looking at a very tough map. in this particular election and just the way historic swings go. oftentimes a party wins the white house and then, as president obama said, they get a shellacking in that next midterms. that said, the thing that biden is doing quite well so far is he is being very bold and ambitious and progressive in a lot of his agenda items in a way that is really heartening the progressive wing of the party. but is also getting some support out in the country against this backdrop of crisis where americans are willing to accept a bigger role for government than they might have a year or
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two ago. but at the same time president biden by nature, by temperament, by resume, his career in the senate, is moderate in tone and temperament. that makes a lot of the stuff he says and does, as his critics frequently frustrate them, it seems reasonable. and they're having a tough time demonizing him as a radical liberal social itself. and the labels that stick to some of his fellow democrats have not quite stuck to him yet. so again, bold and ambitious on one side, but moderate in talk of bipartisanship and deal making, even though his first package he passed with not a single republican vote. >> carol, tomorrow evening's visual is going to be striking and it's going to be a first -- a president of the united states with two women behind him, vice president and speaker of the house. people who haven't seen capitol television since 1/6 may be struck by the fact that someone
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else is at the dais other than the qanon shaman wearing the mankini with horns. speak of 1/6 and what happened in the neighboring senate chamber, tell me they're doing everything possible to make the capitol safe tomorrow night. >> i think we can all rest easy that they are actually doing everything physically possible, brian, and i think that, you know, everyone is on keen alert. this is essentially, again, the inauguration all over again, when there were 25,000 national guard and federal law enforcement forces surrounding the capitol to make sure that a headline could be written later that day, which nobody would have imagined would need to be written -- president biden returns to white house safely after inauguration. that's the kind of protection -- although not that number of horses, obviously, but that's
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the level of basically on guard quality that we're going to see. part of the reason for this, brian, is not just that january 6th happened and people know now that that kind of attack is possible -- we no longer have the failure of imagination. we can imagine what that was like with the man with the horns, with people storming, with some people who were in militia gear taking flagpoles into the chests of police officers. so that failure of imagination is not going to happen again. but there is another issue besides whether or not a siege happens, and that is that law enforcement is very concerned about the constant rhetoric that you are hearing in different news channels, and including from the former president that is manifest in people taking out their rage, their violence, because they believe that the election is illegitimate. and they believe the president is illegitimate. and that leads people who are
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not stable or are upset to do things that are really dangerous. to get rifles. to figure out places where they have a clean shot. and so of course everyone is going to be taking every precaution possible for this night, even though the risk may be relatively low compared to january 6th when the president urged followers to come to the capitol and stop the certification of the vote. >> it's a chilling business suddenly. professor, carol just used the word imagination in her answer. i'm going to ask you to use yours and your life's work at the highest levels of the law. what would you like to hear from the president of the united states on the topic of social justice tomorrow night? >> i think we're going to hear -- and i think it will be welcomed by many constituencies -- talk of
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policing. the need to build trust in marginalized communities around the country. that depends on more transparency and accountability. so i think that will be a big point. other questions of social justice don't necessarily have anything to do with criminal justice, but again, the economic concerns we have seen plague this country throughout the course of this pandemic. we know the president will unveil his american families plan tomorrow night. s that an important piece of policy for a lot of people, including many of the women who left the work force in record numbers during this pandemic, so much so that it was termed a shecession. thinking about infrastructure in terms of scaffolding of care work people need to do is vitally important to all families who have to work. again, those questions of social justice, economic justice, racial justice, are intertwined and i think we'll see a lot of
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that tomorrow night. >> ashley, think of what we've seen unfold in that chamber just over the past couple presidential terms. we have heard the words "you lie" shouted out. a heckler, a member of the house of representatives, while the president of the united states was speaking. we have seen the speaker of the house very publicly and theatrically rip up the president's speech behind him. none of that expected tomorrow night, but talk about what you might be listening for from joe biden about how he plans to govern post 100 days. >> well, i will listening for all of that because that is the key question -- president biden and his team came in with a very rigorous and thorough plan for his first 100 days. they had tracked every single one of his campaign pledges and promises, and had executive orders and legislation and bits of policy ready to go to try to
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make good on them. they came in believing, correctly, probably, that his presidency would rise and fall on his handling of the coronavirus crisis. and they immediately made that a top priority. he had very specific 100 day benchmarks. wearing a mask for 100 days. 100 million shots in arms. getting the majority of school children back to school in the first 100 days. and after that is a really open question. like all presidents, he is grappling with the stuff that you can't pledge and promise and prescript. there is a crisis on the nation's southern border. he has upset the activists wing of the party with how he handled refugee caps. he is still dealing with issues of systemic racism and policing and gun violence. and those are all things that don't have overnight solutions and can't be solved with an executive order. so anything he says on any of those topics will be
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fascinating. the last thing is, he has made strides he can point to on coronavirus, the economy, and climate change. the thing that eludes him the racial equity, racial justice part. we know he plans to address that, but what he says and what ground map he lays out will be particularly of interest. >> thank you. a useful preview we will put to work tomorrow night. carol, it strikes me you and our mutual friend phil rutger wrote the book on the trump administration. try to express for us how stark the difference is for you as an observer, a journalist, between the last guy and this guy. >> i hate to quote a general, but i think general mattis may have said one part of this best, which is, you know, what really stands out about donald trump was that he really stoked division. he stoked fear, and he stoked
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distrust. he pitted two sides of the country, which are rarely fractured, against each other. and as we see with joe biden, even though clearly he knows which part of the country is on his side, he's speaking to the whole country, so that is a very stark difference. it's been a singular difference about donald trump in this modern presidency. the other major difference is that the bully pulpit that biden ascends to tomorrow night is one in which he's trying to be a moral authority, one in which he's trying to be a soother and an empathizer, and that is also a role that donald trump did not seek. his was more often the sort of circus leader and the salesman, the pitch artist. but in this case, i think we're going to hear joe biden talk a lot about the importance of
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beating through 100, 200 years' pattern of systemic racism in our country, beating through why there are no consequences for the deaths of black men and women at police hand, why we -- what we are going to do about civil unrest in the country, what we're going to do about the fracture that divides this country still. so that's something that donald trump didn't really want to address, other than stoke, and i think ashley's summary is so good on that point. >> i agree. professor, you get the last word --. the killing of andrew brown just hit everyone already numb to the series of them in the news that we have been covering, and it seemed for a while like we had seen this movie before. so, many people were cheered by the news that the fbi was going to swoop in to this case. tell us what happens, exactly,
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when the feds arrive in a case that's under way. >>, so when the fbi orders a civil rights investigation of something leak this, police violence against a citizen, the question really is, will they actually find evidence in order to bring civil charges against the officers or find more evidence that perhaps might fuel an investigation of the police department more generally? but it's not a criminal investigation. these are civil charges. it's a civil investigation. that means civil charges would likely flow from it. again, it's worth emphasizing that although the federal government has quite awesome powers, policing is a quintessentially local and state activity. so again, this may be an avenue for dealing with this particular incident, but it may not necessarily be a broad conquit toward the reform that people are seeking across the board. that kind of work does need
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percolate across the state and local level. while this can be a catalyst it's not likely to bring that change on a broad scale. >> that and i guess a lot of people hoping this will have publicity wise a kind of positive chilling effect, if that's possible, on policing and chiefs of police across the country. we are much obliged to our big three on this tuesday night. ashley parker, melissa murray, carol leonnig. the cdc gives us did tosh relax mask wearing. why our doctor on stand by says these deserve some caveats. and next, does the democratic party have a wokeness question? one of the questions we'll tackle later as "the 11th hour" is just getting under way on this tuesday night. , and there'e to me than hiv.
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there are some people who feel that the risk is so low that they would in fact go and take a step into that yellow or red zone because they feel as far as they're concerned they're willing to take the risk. you don't live in a vacuum, and we are trying to get an outbreak under control. >> public health officials continue to stress the need for vaccinations to return to any semblance of normalcy in our country. we are so happy to have back with us again tonight dr. irwin
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ridlynner, who advises us on matters of public health. doctor, the color coded chart that fauci was referencing takes a while to decipher. if people have free time, i recommend it. but basically, green is good. red is bad. once you've said to the american people about masks, go ahead and take them off, it's tough to get their attention again with any details or caveats. . were they lacking anything? getting any of the messaging wrong? >> well, i think, brian, they are getting a lot of it right at the moment, ander this some caveats we need to discuss, but in effect, if you look at the graph, it's actually pretty interesting. you go to the right side if you're a vaccinated person, and you look down the list of things you can do indoors and outdoors
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and things you can't do. there's no real constant dos except when you're indoors, you can do but you feed to be wearing a mask. if you look at the other side, if you're unvaccinated there's quite a few things you cannot do. this is a message to say, get vaccinated and things will start to open up. what's not on here are caveats. we're assuming things are opening for vaccinated people assuming that there aren't anymore new developing vicious, rapidly replicating variants of the virus that we have to worry about. and second of all, that we're living in a community where the spread of the coronavirus is relatively under control. so under those conditions, yes things are looking up. i think this was a pretty good faith effort by the cdc and the administration to help people think about why it's so critical to get vaccinate in the terms of returning to normal. >> i want to play you something
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that joe rogan said to his million of listeners. it's important for that reason. we'll discuss on the other side. >> if you're like 21 years old and you say to me, should i get vaccinated? i go no. if you're healthy and exercising and young and eating well, i don't think you need to worry about this. >> so, doctor, with all due respect to the noted public health expert joe rogan, and for that matter tucker carlson who this week is equating putting masks on children with child abuse, what to all the folks on the sidelines who aren't physicians, who aren't in public health, what do they need to know by those comments? >> those comments were unleashed by a president who left malignant legacies. obviously inciting people to the
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insurrection we saw on january 6th was a major problem left to us by the former president. but the other legacy he left to us was this ability for people to speak publicly the worst misconceptions, the worst mistruths, the most dangerous messages that you would possibly imagine. i imagine -- and i have been talking to colleagues about this -- were it not for donald trump, even the likes of tucker carlson or joe rogan or the school in miami that won't hire vaccinated teachers, would not be getting away with this absolute nonsense they're getting away with right now. so he's left us, donald trump, a poison pill that is really understood mining our ability to get this pandemic under control. and a lot of blood and a lot of lives are on his hands and on the hands of people who continue to propagate this nonsense to the american people. if i could make a plea, it would be turn away from these
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charlatans. turn towards the cdc and other legitimate sources of information. if we don't do that, a lot of us are going to face some terrible consequences in the near future, brian. >> this is why we're so grateful to have you on and ask you the questions we do. our guest tonight. along with our thanks as always. coming up, as his first 100 days come to a close, joe biden returns america to a simpler time when we used to go hours or days without thinking about the president, wondering if he's confident or up to the job. two of our tiptop political pros standing boy talk with us about a force returned to boredom. ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪
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as the president nears his 100th day in office, jonathan chait sums up his time in office this way, quote, biden is relentlessly enacting ambitious domestic agenda, signing legislation that could cut child poverty in half, injecting the economy with a stimulus more than twice to size of what obama's congress pass in the 2009 without arousing controversy. there's nothing in his ice cream
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bro mieds to hook on to. they can't stop biden because he's boring them to death. remind me to ask jonathan what he's got against vanilla rice cream. joining us now, david puff and mark mckennic. he is of course among the cohosts of "the circus" on show time. thank you both for coming on. our friend jonathan chait writes that as a result of the pandemic a little boredom is a good thing, goes a long way if your goal is governing. >> make america dull again. that's why joe biden is the president of the united states. every time we elect a president, change parties, what is usually a success is when i get the exact opposite of what you had. that's what we have in joe biden. david and his friends in the
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democratic party should be down on their knees thanking their stars that joe biden was the nominee. yes, i think what surprised all of us, maybe including biden himself, is that we all expected him to be a transitional president. he's turning into a transformational one. he's lowering our blood pressure, unlike trump who tried to raise it. he's become a healer in chief. and meanwhile, the thing he's done that surprised me is he's been able to animate progressives by what he's doing and disarming conservatives. they can't hate joe biden because he's such a likable guy, so low key, and on the policy side there's a lot that they're for, including the pandemic package, even though they didn't vote for it. >> david pluf, time for tough love.
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i know by now you've caught up with the carville interview and vox in which the writer writes this. wokeness is a problem he toll me, meaning carville, and we all know it. according to carville, democrats are in power for now, but they also narrowly -- only narrowly defeated donald trump, a world historical buffoon and lost seats. the reason is simple -- they they've got a messaging problem. at least piece in "the new york times" today about how the democrats lost iowa. no one in that piece says what a lot of people believe is the problem did, that democrats have forgotten who you to speak iowa. it's been theorized they have forgotten how to speak to people who correctly view kale as a member of the nascar hall of fame and not an inedible leafy green. your response? >> it's a lot, brian.
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well, first of all, it wasn't the election of democrats' dreams but we did what we had to do, which is win back the presidency, and then thanks to the voters in georgia and all the great organizers down there, delivered the 16 electoral votes to joe biden and won the senate. so i agree with mark. joe biden, it turns out when you elect leaders in government it's great when they take the governing seriously. biden is doing his job quietly, intensively, taking care of business work a very full agenda. it's actually quite a political feat to have an agenda this progressive but time you're kind of calming everybody down. before i get to james' comments the fact that the republican attack on joe biden has been that he's going to get rid of dr. seuss, you're not going to be able to eat burgers, you're not going to be able to drink beer. they're grasping at straws. except the one serious one,
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they're trying to take elections away from voters and give them to republican politicians some they're deadly serious about that. but at the end of the day, to win a presidential race, to win competitive house and senate races, you could win it all. it would be great if we could do as well as in the obama years but you also have to max out your suburban vote share, african-american turnout, hispanic turnout. particularly when you have a -- that's not shy the efforts over the next couple of elections is going to be basically based on white supremacy. we have to fight that back. you have the remember, when you're a young african-american in philadelphia or retired still working in iowa, most people are living on absolutely a financial edge, and we've got to deliver for them each and every day, and that's where biden i think has been great. he speaks the language that what i care about is your pocketbook, your health care, your schools.
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that's one of the reasons i think he's off to such a great start. >> mark mckinnon, on the communications issue, everyone was all caught up, obviously, in the race for the white house, but it was joe scarborough who said the day after the elections had been a repudiation. he was looking at the house, especially compared to projections. where do you come down on how the democrats need to communicate their message? >> well, it's a great point that james made, and david touched on, and that you're pointing out, which is that while donald trump was defeated, republicans weren't. i mean, republicans damn near won the house, came close in the senate. but they're only five votes away in the house. republicans did much better than donald trump did. what that says is there are republican policies and messages that are out there resonating or conversely democratic messages -- this is where i
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think james is ringing the bell. james is the canary in the coal mine. i learned more that james than anybody in politics. i listen when he speak ♪ he's got his thumb on the pulse of mainstream america. you run around out there, get the pendulum swinging, talk about defunding the police, watch out. bar the door. party's over. >> on that note, both gentleman agreed to stay here while we fit in a break. tomorrow night, something to watch for after the president concludes his speech and leaves the white house chamber. ite hou. so you smell them later. ew right? that's why febreze created small spaces. press firmly and watch it get to work. unlike the leading cone, small spaces continuously eliminates odors in the air and on surfaces.
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senator tim scott of south carolina, delivers the republican response to the president's address at the immediate conclusion of the president's remarks. still with us are david plouffe and mark mckinnon. david, are there hopes among democrats that tim scott can be a decent broker in talks on subjects like social justice and policing? >> i think we all certainly hope so, brian. i'm sure there is a lot of effort going on. tim scott's worked on these issues for years. obviously there's increased need for action in washington to address the crisis around policing in the country, so let's hope so. now, tim scott gave one of the better speech test goat rodeo that was known as the republican convention of 2020. this is always the short end of the stick to respond to the president historically. maybe he'll do better than most.
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at the end of the day what i'll find interesting is he'll say biden's agenda is super liberal, socialist, he campaigned as a moderate, but on issue after issue that joe biden is going to talk about, expanding preschool interest, elder care, child care, these things are supported by a vast majority of the american people, republicans. there's a lot of you in this chamber who may not support what i'm doing, but your voters do, the american people do. that will be an interesting dynamic to watch tomorrow. >> mark mckinnon, the goat rodeo association of america just called wondering why david would want to insult them. if you, mark, were communications coach for senator scott, what would you put in as talking points? what should he say in his speech
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given that he gets a few minutes of national media time? >> yeah, well being in the party of goat rodeos, i think it's a smart thing for the republicans to it up tim scott. he's an articulate spokesman for the party, and particularly at a time when he's leading the charge on criminal justice reform at a time when criminal justice reform is one of the leading issues in the country, and is remaining so week after week, month after month. and so having tim scott be the tip of the spear on these negotiations and talking about these issues i think is a great idea. what he can bring to the table is of course what i miss in the republican party, which is compassionate conservatism. now of course he's going to ring all the bells we expect, that davided pointed to, including the border policy, which is a place the biden administration has been caught by surprises. it does not have a policy in
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place dealing with what is a crisis, although they refuse to acknowledge that or call it what it is. people sense the policy change, it was okay to come across the border. obviously there's a problem there. the question is, to what extent is that an issue that people are going change their mind? a lot of people welcome new immigrants. new census policy and numbers show it's important that america bring in immigrants because we're losing population. so we're getting in an interesting bind on a policy discussion. i think that scott is a good spokesman, a good choice, and i expect he'll do a god job tomorrow night. >> all over but the shouting tomorrow evening. with great thanks to zbaifd mark. gentleman, thank you both very much. coming up, almost 100 days into the biden administration's
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from the pandemic to criminal political extremism, joe biden faced a slew of domestic challenges when he took the job, right on through his first 100 days. but his administration has also had its share of tests on the world stage. tonight nbc news chief washington correspondent andrea mitchel looks back on biden as first 100 days on the world stage. >> congratulations, mr. president. >> reporter: president biden promised to reach out to allies and punish adversaries. what's the record show at the 100-day mark? as protesters challenge vladimir
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putin at home, biden is confronting the russian leader, unlike donald trump, sanctioning russia for election interference, hacking government agencies and u.s. companies, poisoning opposition leader alexei navalny, and he's warning putin against threatening ukraine. still, he's invited putin to a summit in a they should country, possibly this summer. >> he's testing the biden administration and gets rewarded by having a summit. that i think encourages belligerent behavior. >> reporter: aggressive china is a bigger long-term threat. its warships threatening taiwan and other u.s. allies, committing genocide against the muslim uighurs and crushing democracy in hong kong. >> china is the biggest challenging facing the united states. it is a country that's growing in economic clout. it is advancing its military capabiliies and it's acting in increasingly aggressive ways. >> reporter: the president kept his promises to rejoin the paris
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climate accord and began indirect talk for the iran nuclear deal. talks almost stopped when they were attacked, the u.s. believes by israel. would you prefer no one attack the facilities while you're trying to get talks started? >> we believe there are -- that are unhelpful to diplomacy. >> reporter: where has he fallen short? he lifted the trump muslim ban, but so far has broken his promise to bring in more legally vetted refugees than his predecessor. and the president failed to punish the saudi crown pins who the cia says was responsible. another example where biden is balancing promises with the reality of foreign policy. >> thanks to andrea mitchell for that report tonight. another break for us. coming up, the arrogance of
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but unless you watch fox, unless you follow right wing media you may not have seen it. it was trumpeted on the front page of the post. the gist was immigrant kids at the border were being given copies of the vice president's book, seemingly against their will. the implication was, haven't these kids suffered enough? cue the outrage, scandal, a waste of our taxpayer dollars, they said. don't take my word for it. here's sean spicer. it's not like he's going lie. he wrote, after four years of the press reporting on every potential theoretical conflict between trump and his family, barely a peep is made when the vice president's book is in a welcome gift bag for migrants entering the country and the white house refuses to answer how or why it happened. arkansas senator faithful
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trumper tom cotton piped in -- now they're forcing taxpayers to buy kamala harris' book and give to those illegal immigrants? then this was madison cawthorn wrote, so the vice president will send her books to the southern border but not send herself? you can't make this stuff up. well, actually, you can. the new york post made it up. we know because the woman who wrote the story resigned today and said this on the way out. quote, the kamala harris story, an incorrect story i was ordered to write and failed to push back hard enough against, was my breaking point. subsequent reports say one copy of the kamala harris book, the edition for younger readers, was dropped off at a long beach, california, donation center. that was enough for the media
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properties of rupert murdoch to make up and spread a false story as they did so doggedly again this weekend, that biden was going to somehow take away our hamburgers. makes you think trump knew what he was previewing when he called the first american president to call news fake news. that coffers any manner of sins. oh, and there's a writer opening at the new york post. final reminder -- we're on the air at 8:00 eastern time tomorrow night for the president's address to a giant session. we're back on the air with "the 11th hour" as usual when it's all over. on behalf of all my colleagues at the networks of nbc news, good night.
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i'm happy to have you here. i told you this is going to be a week with a whole bunch of news in it. today did not disappoint. >> secretary by sarah, good morning to you. we are at a crucial juncture in combatting covid-19. and we've got these new mask guidelines coming down. your department oversees the cdc, so i want to put the question to you. first what can we expect and also, it sounds like it's going to be organized around whether or not a person is vaccinated or not. i would raised as a kind of encouragement to get more people to get that vaccination. fair to say? >> good morning and thanks for having me. absolutely. the message is clear. you're vaccinated, guess what
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