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report, a glimpse into how the reopening economy is recovering, showing job growth picking up speed, but still not back to normal. we're going to break down what it means for you and take you to the white house live for the president's remarks. here in new york, the investigation into donald trump and his business entering a new phase this morning, where it goes next, now that the former president's company and its long time cfo have been indicted. plus, after nearly 20 years, a significant step toward shutting down america's longest war. the last u.s. forces now out of their biggest airbase in afghanistan, clearing out quietly overnight, but what does that mean for gains made by that country's women? we're live in kabul with the latest. another very busy news day. i'm chris jansing in for hallie jackson. tom winter, rebecca roife, prosecutor in the manhattan district attorney's office and
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"washington post" reporter darren fahrenthold and msnbc contributor. rebecca, is this just the beginning? what's going on in that office today? >> so it's a little hard to know from the outside, but it was a significant indictment and there are a couple of clues in the indictment that make it seem this is the beginning, the tip of the iceberg, that's what the prosecutors are hoping at this point. if you read the indictment and again, it was sort of framed as fringe benefits but i don't think anybody thinks of a million-dollar apartment on riverside drive or private school tuition as fringe in any way. this was a long scheme to defraud the tax authorities. you read it and think who is this designed to enrich? is it really enriching weisselberg? no, this is enriching somebody else, and who? former president trump
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obviously. so there are other economic i haves executives mentioned in that indictment and i think for that reason and how detailed it is and well supported it is, this is not where the prosecutors are hoping they will stop. this could be the tip of the iceberg. the key is okay, but can they prove the rest of the iceberg? that depends whether they can get any witnesses to flip. i think they're hoping that this will put enough pressure on weisselberg and maybe the other executives and others mentioned in that indictment to come forward and give evidence and i think without that, it will be hard to prove further crimes against other people, that remains to be seen. >> david, you talk about that, the rest of the iceberg essentially, in your reporting today, including hush money payments made during the 2016 election, allegations that trump misled lenders and taxing authorities about the value of his properties and allegations that he didn't pay proper taxes on forgiven debt. what are you hearing about where
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those issues stand? >> well, the best we can tell, that's all left to the future. so it's important to note how broad prosecutors have said their investigation is. it covers all of those topics. they subpoenaed records from all different corners of the trump organization's business going back many years so instead of a broad -- the broad investigation, the indictment they brought yesterday was narrow. it was deep and well proven but it was very narrow, one little slice of the company's business. it does show you sort of the common thread the way the trump organization has done business, they'll look for every little way to save themselves some money. this was not that much money in the grand scheme of things but they were willing to risk an indictment to get it. i think we are not done with this certainly but prosecutors have not given us any clue about what's coming with all the other topics. are they done? do they need weisselberg to prove them or bring them out and charge them in indictments later on? >> to me, tom, that's one of the key questions if we agree with what rebecca and david say,
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there could be much more to come, as many experts believe there is, how much of that depends on whether or not weisselberg flips? >> our reporting has been from last week and also from this week this is a first strike where the manhattan district attorney's office is going to your question, chris. they have millions of pages of documents. they've talked to a number of people, not allen weisselberg but people who work in the trump organization and orbit, grand juried a number of individuals, sought subpoenas from other parts of new york state and other properties and entities so the question okay if this is the first strike do you have options to go elsewhere without the cooperation of allen weisselberg? everybody's pointed out this indictment yesterday when you have multiple sets of ledgers, checks written that you have
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records of, the evidence is probably strong in the indictment. the question, is it enough to move allen weisselberg towards cooperation? where does that eventually get you to go? another potential concern i'm sure they're working on, say allen weisselberg shows up at the manhattan district attorney's office, i'll tell you all sorts of things that donald trump said to me over the 10, 15, 20-years plus we've been working together that are covered in yesterday's indictment. now you have to have the underlying documents to support some of the things that he would testify to. that's something going forward. i'm sure they've been working on, i'm sure they will be working towards, it's a lot to get through. if this is is an ongoing investigation, cy advance said yesterday and the office of attorney general letitia james her office is helping out with this investigation if this is something that is ongoing, then
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there is more work to do in getting as many people to speak as possible to them is obviously going to be prittically important. that's the next thing for us to watch. late last year the d.a. he was aoffice listed reports on tax write-offs on millions of dollars in consulting fees paid to be allc set up for the three adult children but those adult children were not mentioned in the indictment. does that mean they're in the clear? what do you read into that? >> i don't think it necessarily means they're in the clear. there are mgss in the indictment that look very much like the reporting on the consultant fees paid to ivanka trump. what the district attorney is planning to do with the public it's a little bit hard to tell.
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we can see they were included in similar included in this charging document. it may be those are going to come or might not be. if there are other criminal activity she's been involved with, i don't see why the da's office wouldn't charge her for that. >> both sons were on tv last night. let me play a little bit of what don jr. said last night. >> this is the political persecution of a political enemy. this is a farce. it's didisgrace they spent millions of dollars and years. >> you can talk a little bit, david, about the political versus the legal implications here? i have to also get in one more quick question because it's what i get whenever i'm traveling. does any of this mean we'll see the tax returns?
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>> the manhattan d.a. has millions of pages of trump's taxes. the way we might see them there's an indictment of somebody in which the tax returns are evidence in a court proceeding, probably not all, several million pages but some might be entered into evidence and we could see them then. that didn't happen today but could happen down the road. the political implications i don't think right now there is a huge amount of political implications. tmp tmp not like there are people out there don't know donald trump's business is controversial or donald trump might have done things wrong in the past. the trump organization already has a huge amount and trump, too, of people turned against them. i don't know how many people this moves. if you start down the path which we have of finding out evidence about the trump organization opening up showing people how it works, in the end that could be damaging for trump. it's not as damaging, many of the other things he's done to
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himself as a political leader like january 6th but there could be extra damage. i don't see it being a huge rallying cry for trump because i feel the allegations are well proven, if you look at them at all, this does look like tax fraud and the stakes for trump himself are very low. doesn't seem like anything will happen to him. >> and the two big's pulpits, the white house and twitter. appreciate you coming in this morning. let's go live to the white house now. in a few minutes president biden is expected to tout the better than expected jobs report out this morning. last month the u.s. economy added 850,000 jobs, well above what economists predicted. the unemployment rate was mostly unchanged, 5.9%. we bring in monica alba at the white house and cnbc senior analyst and commentator ron
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ensana. what can we expect from the president in a couple minutes? >> reporter: about a month ago the president compared this to not like flipping on a light switch, this was going to be a very gradual recovery. picture brighter, there was a long way to go. i expect a similar message. we're encouraged by the numbers and the president will argue his plan is working and they are on the right track. he's absolutely going to point to the fact that economists had predicted this was more in the 720,000 job range now it's more than 850,000 jobs added. we're not at pre-pandemic levels and a point this president made repeatedly. this takes a long time but things seem to be trending in the right direction. i think the other thing you can expect to hear from him repeatedly, chris, is this emphasizing of immunizations and shots in arms because that's something the white house and
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the president believes contributed to the recovery. you'll hear that message echoed all weekend long because the white house will hold this major event on sunday celebrating not just the holiday but the words of the president our own independence from the virus. thematically you'll see that today here at the white house in the remarks shortly and tomorrow the president is going to be traveling to michigan with that same kind of message trying to rally the country and say america is back together. >> ron, from your perspective, what do these numbers tell us about the pandemic recovery? where are we with economic momentum? >> we're coming along, as monica said it's a better number than anticipated. 850,000 jobs the bulk in leisure, hospitality, restaurants, the area we've been waiting to recover. the consumer facing jobs where the pandemic hit the hardest so we're starting to see people come back there.
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by september when schools fully reopen, teachers are back to work, more people are vaccinated, the numbers may accelerate and get closer and closer to the million job creation number that everybody's been hoping for. this is a strong report unambiguously. the vaccination process to the exception there are pockets of the country have yet to reach that 70% or 80% vaccination threshold where things are held back. it's important vaccinations are done. if you go to new york, new jersey, where the inoculation rate is above 70% we're completely reopen and business has taken off. it's a good number. still have 3 million people out of the labor force and 2 million women pushed out of the labor force overseeing hybrid distance learning for their kids so we need those people in the labor force to accelerate the pace of employment gains. >> i hear going out to my usual
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restaurants and different places where i am now they're having trouble hiring people. a senior economist with wells fargo says this, this is a trickier phase of the recovery. last year millions were laid off and were back in their previous positions, now employers and workers have to make new matches and new connections and that just takes more time. so what can be done about that? we're already seeing how they're offering higher wages, offering signing bonuses. what are the sectors having trouble hiring? >> many. high and heavy consumer facing businesses where in some instances you go back pre-pandemic, they weren't paying that well. if you're a dishwasher, bus boy, someone who works in the restaurant business and getting $2.50 an hour and the tips were
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supposed to get you to the the $7.25 federal minimum wage. we've seen 3 million early retirements because of the pandemic and people are suggesting i don't want to go back to work. i'm not going back to work and others decided what they were doing was really not what they wanted to do for the rest of their lives. there is a host of issues around reskilling and retraining, the issue of whether or not those retired stay retired and that with draws 3 million people from the labor force. there are a lot of humps to get over. wages are not the only issue. they have gone up. if you look at this month's report, average hourly earnings let up 0.3% close to $30 an hour for some workers, $25 for nonsupervisory workers. wages are going up. maybe not to indeuce people to go back to low-paying jobs who they didn't like in the first place. >> thank you. >> i'm in a secure undisclosed
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location. >> looks rough, yes. monica alba at the white house, thank you so much. e are just minutes away from president biden at the white house talking about those encouraging new jobs numbers and we'll have that live when it happens. plus we're getting our first clues how democrats will run that january 6th committee, now that speaker pelosi named her appointees to the panel. coming up, one member of that committee, congresswoman stephanie murphy, on how much this commission can accomplish given republican pushback. up next, new this morning an important step toward ending america's longest war. richard engel live on the ground in kabul, with why a full troop withdrawal from afghanistan appears imminent.
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more breaking news this morning pop american troops for the first time in nearly 20 years are out of bagram, the largest u.s. airbase in afghanistan. it is a big step toward full withdrawal from the country's longest war, a war that cost the lives of more than 2,400 american troops and left nearly 21,000 more wounded. the taliban is moving in and taken control of a quarter of afghanistan's districts in the last two months with the top military commander warning just this week that afghanistan could be on a path to civil war after american troops leave. richard engel is in kabul, afghanistan and joins me now.
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richard, what are we expecting now? >> reporter: the first part u.s. troops are leaving this country. nato troops, coalition partners are leaving with them. some of the coalition partners express concern. they thought that this country is not ready to be completely on its own, the afghan government and security forces aren't strong enough to stand up against the taliban and need support. since the u.s. is leaving the coalition partners are leaving as well and today with the departure from bagram, it took a major, the u.s. took a major step toward that final departure. it is not just bagram. the u.s. has been shutting down evacuating personnel from lots of bases over the last several days and weeks. the ultimate deadline for all u.s. troops to be out of here is september 11th. based on what's happened today
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and the last several days it looks like u.s. forces are going to be going well before the september 11th deadline. but they are not making a big show of it. this is not like the withdrawal from iraq when we were able to ride with the last convoy out and the u.s. military wanted to show the american public it was leaving, ending a costly war. there is quietly in a stealth way. there san active insurgency here, the taliban is armed and aggressive and the u.s. it seems wants to leave without antagonizing the taliban and coming under fire so they're packing up quietly, leaving, generally the military is putting you the its own images of the departure ceremony, not inviting large groups of journal is or virks, ps to witness the departure ceremonies.
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it's happening quietly. this after 20 years of being here in afghanistan. the major question is what will happen to this country? this is the second point you said the taliban has been taking over district centers. it has. not just the south and the east, traditional taliban 50 district centers have been taken over by the taliban just in the last couple of months and the way they've been taken over is significant. you've seen the afghan security forces, local police and military in some cases collapsing, handing over their weapons and outposts and surrendering themselves to the taliban, using this as a propaganda video putting out lots of images of afghan soldiers and police turning themselves, in the some cases taliban commanders giving the soldiers pocket money to go home and embracing them and telling them things will be okay. it's a big propaganda victory for the taliban.
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>> we have a few seconds. it's been a decade since i was in afghanistan but my vivid memories talking to young women there who saw opportunity ahead and a different life than their mothers and fathers had had, now the taliban was not ruling there. what does this mean for women in afghanistan, what is the concern on the ground? >> reporter: they are very concerned. the median age is 19 1/2 so many young women, many afghans never experienced the taliban and do not want to experience the taliban. they have living a new life under american protection and very concerned about the opportunities going away and going back to medieval taliban-style rule. they do not want it and very afraid. i was talking to young women about this today and they are looking at options, seeing if they can leave the country, seeing how they could study abroad. they're nervous.
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>> richard engel, thank you, we appreciate you so much. on capitol hill we're learning about democrats' plans and strategy for the january 6th select committee. new details coming about how it will run and who they want the first witnesses to be while on the republican side the strategy seems to be make nancy pelosi wait. kevin mccarthy tight-lipped about his plans whether he'll tap any republicans for the committee. look at the exchange with my colleague garrett haake. >> reporter: are you going to appoint members to this committee to try to answer those questions? >> when i have news on that, i'll give it to you. >> mccarthy sharpening his aim against republican congresswoman liz cheney, calling her decision to accept a committee spot from democrats "shocking." garrett haake live on capitol hill for us again this morning. punch bowl news co-founder and msnbc political contributor jake
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sherman. garrett, let's talk about strategy how the two sides are approaching this, what can you tell us about where this is going? >> reporter: the democrats want to get to work. adam schiff, one of the members of this committee said they look at the 9/11 commission as the gold standard they're trying to emulate. they want to produce a report a mixture of probably public hearings, closed door depositions, the first of which a public hearing with capitol police officers that could come soon, not interested in waiting around to see if and how republicans fill out their committee seats. they have a quorum so they're ready to go. kevin mccarthy is in a difficult spot as a republican leader. he'd like the entire effort to go away and never have to talk about it again but that's not going to happen. he has to make a decision. does he want to put serious members, ranking members, experts in subject matter to counter the democratic members or the most partisan people he can and hope it turns into a
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circus, something he can dismiss as purely politics. what's he going to do about the veiled threat against liz cheney or any republican taking a post from nancy pelosi yesterday? he wasn't keen to talk about that. >> i'm not making any threats about committee assignments but as you know how congress works. you get elected by your district and committees from your conference. i don't know if history someone would get their committee assignments from the speaker and expect to have them from the conference as well. >> reporter: there's no better house republican criminologist than jake so i'm sure he can expand on this but cheney would love that conversation with kevin mccarthy over the future of the party and what this means. mccarthy it's less clear what he'd gain other than making the right wing happy. >> here, here, about your inside knowledge. what are youing here? i'm curious whether republicans you're talking to have a feeling
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one way or another what they think the best strategy is. >> good morning from my kremlin. kevin mccarthy is going to appoint people to this committee. there's basically no chance he doesn't. he'll point jim jordan, mike johnson of louisiana, stefanik of new york. there's a list of people as you have there to be put in punch bowl news this morning, people he has interest in. he has only five selections. he definitely needs a woman, all white republicans, so he'll get knocked either way. two people on the administration committee, brian stile and rodney davis understand the ins and outs of the building. i imagine that is a direction he'll go. i don't think he's in a rush and nancy pelosi the same conference garrett was at, i was sitting a couple seats away from him, i asked nancy pelosi what would
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happen if republicans took their time and did not name people immediately. she said we have a quorum. she appointed enough people to get started with or without republicans. >> garrett haake, jake sherman, happy fourth if i don't see you between now and then. i bring in select committee member congresswoman stephanie murphy of florida. so good for you to be with us on this friday of a holiday weekend. where are you? those you named who have been named to the committee held an initial meeting yesterday so we heard adam schiff say we want to get to work. are you prepared to go ahead whether or not there are more republicans? >> yes, we are getting to work. this is so important. we can't let time pass by without moving forward. we're in the process of organizing the committee and also announced one of our first hearings will be to allow law enforcement officers to share
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their experiences from that day and i think that's critically important for the public to hear. >> when might that be? >> we don't have an exact time line but i imagine we will be moving quickly towards setting that up. >> there is reality and perception. one of the things that republicans would like to push is this perception this is not in fact needed but even at that, it's not a true bipartisan committee if kevin mccarthy decides he's not going to have people on the committee or we know most republicans said they don't think this is a legitimate way to go forward and find out what happened january 6th. does this commission have legitimacy in the eyes of the american people? >> i think the republicans had an opportunity to have a committee that was evenly split between democrats and republicans, with equal subpoena power and they have demonstrated they have zero interest in
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looking into a domestic terrorist attack on their place of work our seat of government, the citadel to democracy. so i imagine, my hope is that they have a change of heart here and they participate not as partisans but patriots as people who love this fully understand what happened in the run-up to january 6 and the day of and make real recommendations how to make our country safer and how to make this building safer. >> what is it you think you can find out what we don't already know? >> >> i think we need a comprehensive look at all elements, the shortcomings around preparedness was, where the intel gaps were, what kinds of coordination issues we had between local, state and federal agencies, all of these things done in the aftermath of 9/11, even they were done in the aftermath of hurricane katrina.
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so we can improve our whole of government response to crisis. it makes us stronger and safer as a nation. >> a couple of rapid fire questions. do you expect the committee's work to continue into next year, at a minimum? >> i believe so. the committee chairman indicated as such. we'll keep working until we get all of the information we need to produce the report that we're looking to do. >> are you willing to take on fights on persons coming to court to testify, first to mind is donald trump ahead the timetable. >> i don't want to get ahead of the committee members. i think we'll follow the facts to whomever and wherever they lead. >> would you as a committee member like to hear from donald trump, former vp mike pence? >> i want to hear from anyone who has a perspective on what happened that day so we can get the facts and the truth out there so we can use that information to find and make
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recommendations that makes this country safer. >> are there specific people or organizations key to that to finding that out? >> i don't want to get ahead of the committee work, again, but we'll have the law enforcement officers who were here, officer, staff, congressional staff members who were here make sure we provide a platform for spokes who experienced january 6th to share their experiences and then we will continue to investigate and bring in agencies that were a part of the run-up preparing for that day as well as responding to the day. >> you are an armed service committee and former pentagon national security specialist. u.s. forces have now left bagram. general miller warns afghanistan could be headed for a civil war. tremendous concern about what
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this means for women and the progress they have made. are you satisfied how the biden administration handled this? >> i understand the public weariness with our presence in afghanistan and it's the reason why this was initiated during the trump administration and continued to be carried out by the biden administration. i have concerns about the taliban potentially overtaking the afghan government and recreating a terrorist safe haven from which they can launch attacks against u.s. interests and allies. i'm also concerned about afghani women and the folks who worked with our troops. my family fled vietnam and parents affiliated with the u.s. military and i don't want to see the same situation that happened when the u.s. left vietnam happen here in afghanistan to the folks affiliated with the u.s. military. >> congresswoman stephanie murphy, thank you so much. appreciate it. coming up at 3:00 p.m.
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the case involving a colorado man making a cake to celebrate a same-sex marriage violates his express of religious beliefs. an appeal by a washington state florist refused to provide flowers in 2013 for the wedding of two long time male customers said as a southern baptist it would violate her religious beliefs and relationship with jesus christ and like the colorado baker her arrangements were works of art and having to create them for same-sex wedding wooz violate her freedom of expressions but she lost in the state courts, ruled she broke a washington law forbidding discrimination on sexual orientation. the state supreme court said refusing to provide flowers for a wedding ceremony doesn't express any message about the wedding. she lost in the court, came to the supreme court once, they sent her case back for another round, lost again and now the supreme court for the second time has said it won't take up
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her appeal. that leaves the state court peelings imtact and the supreme court ducks this hot button issue. three of the court's conservatives, thomas, alito and gorsuch said the court should have taken this case. >> any rubble of rumblings about the justice briar retirement watch. >> reporter: the answer is no and if you look back at the past nine times supreme court justices have stepped down for reasons other than health all announced their intentions to step down on or before the last decision day of the term which was yesterday. we got this orders list again the cleanup list. the court had a closed door conference yesterday before the orders list came out. it seems if he was going to retire, that would have been the time or the last time for him to tell his colleagues. the fact we're not hearing
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anything is a strong suggestion he'll be back next term. >> thank you. let's go to florida where the search and rescue is back on in that condo collapse after a 15-hour pause due to safety concerns for the crew. arriving on the scene this morning the national institute of standards and technology, the government agency responsible for the technical investigation into exactly how this happened. new report from "usa today" and the miami herald major concrete deterioration near the pool area in 2020, the repair "could not be performed" because the pool was to remain in service for the duration of the work, which according to this reporting the contractor said just wasn't possible. the next update from officials coming in about an hour as this morning, what was tropical storm el is ais now a hurricane, yes, a hurricane making its way to that area as on the ground the tone is shifting as time goes by and no survivors are found for
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more than a week. morgan chesky is on the ground. we heard from the president after he spoke with families. families aren't ready to give up hope and also are realistic. >> yes. that's a good way to put it. people here know that the odds are decreasing with hour that goes by and ongoing search of the rubble at champlain tower south and complicating the effort is you have that side of the building there. the other side is sheared off as a result of the collapse. yesterday officials said in order to continue the ongoing mission, search and rescue or eventually recover it does appear that they're going to have to demolish the front of the building. important to note they want to do it in a way to allow them to keep operations ongoing on the existing pile.
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in the mean time more than 140 people still missing somewhere in that debris. the families anxious coming off the 15-hour delay that we saw yesterday. just left everyone waiting for word to restart. crews were on that pile through the night. i had a chance to speak to the spiegel family, their mother, judy, still unaccounted for and here is how they described the uncertainty they're facing. take a listen. what do you tell each other to keep going here? >> there's no other option other than to fight. >> reporter: the family hopeful but knows every hour that goes by brings them one step closer to facing a grim reality. >> we're not going to leave until we recover her.
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never leave someone behind. >> reporter: that sentiment is shared by the first responders and search and rescue crews on top of that pile. several days ago they moved more than 3 million pounds of concrete, a long way to go, chris but they're bringing in additional technology tools and resources, they're able to get deeper inside that pile of debris, a little bit more efficient work and with the demolition of that side of the building, hopefully that will expedite the effort and for families, it can't come soon enough. >> we can only hope for them. morgan chesky, thank you for your continuing reporting there. president biden headed to michigan this holiday weekend. wait until you hear what exactly has become a hot commodity there, with americans anxious to get out of the house. we're live in traverse city with word of a growing shortage.
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after pilots reported trouble. both pilots have been rescued by the coast guard, again this was a cargo plane. the faa and ntsb are investigating. the aircraft was not the 737 max, theaircraft was not the 73x that was grounded last month after two fatal crashes. 600,000 jobs paying $600,000 a year. but 600,000 jobs per month. we created over three million jobs since i took offer. more jobs ever created in the first five months of a presidency thanks to an incredible team. this is historic. they are vaccinating the nation and beating back the pandemic as
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well as other elements to the american rescue plan. today the u.s. is the only major advanced economy they are higher today than they were in january of 2020 before the pandemic hit. and america was ranked first in bloomberg's covid resilience ranking. none of this happened by accident. at the time people question whether or not we should do that even though we didn't have bipartisan support. well, it worked. yesterday they doubled that number to 7.4%. in large part they worked to defeat the virus.
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ronald reagan was telling us that it is mourning in america. it's getting close to afternoon here, the sun is coming out. they have a long revised deficit around. they have it done. they are continuing to grow our economy, and the strength is helping us compete. employers are competing with each other to attract workers. it also gives them the power to be treated with dignity and respect in the workplace. we have work to do.
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we're aiming for full employment, but, this progress is testament to our commitment to grow the economy from the bottom up and the middle out. the american rescue plan is giving resources to get shots in arms and checks in pockets. schools are struggling to reopen. getting schools much needed support. in march, we added we added 264,000 jobs. small businesses and restaurants were getting crushed and now we're delivering the loans they need to get open and stay open. restaurants, hotels, amusement parks were up by 343,000 last
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month. over 1.5 million in the past five months. more help is on the way. giving families just a little more breathing room. starting this month families are going to receive one of the largest ever single year tax cuts that middle class families have ever received. it's called the child care tax credit. here is how it works. in the past if you paid taxes and had good income, you could deduct $2,000 per child and that would come off of your total amount. in the american rescue plan we expanded that. now a parent gets $3600 for each child under the age of six, and $3,000 for dependents they had between the ages of 6 and 17. so instead of just being a
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great. half will get paid out in monthly basis. they are receiing money in a tax return. with the monthly payments starting this month. every ten families that use dict deposit will get their refunds, they'll be able to get a monthly payment on the 15th of every month from now to the end of the year. so they get that paid out. help with families most needed, most need help to make ends meet. it is important. i said for a long time it's time to give ordinary folks and ordinary americans a tax break.
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they are going to spend it. excuse me. it will have long term benefits for our economy and we're delivering $39 billion to help child care providers serve more families. parents, particularly women, get back to work. last month our economy added nearly 25,000 child care jobs. again none of this happened by accident. we're proving to the nay sayers that we're wrong. none of this will continue unless we finish our work. now is the time to celebrate the progress we're making.
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economists of all stripes agree that our plan will create good jobs and strengthen our economy in the long run. we have to continue to make the investments that allows our economy to build back better. we took a significant step in that direction last week. on a bipartisan group of senators there is an agreement to move forward on key portions of my american job's plan. i was just in wisconsin where i highlighted how this agreement would pave the way, create millions of jobs according to the experts, and what will be an -- it won't just be in the scepter cities, it will be every corner of the state. replacing 100% of our nation's led water pipes.
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making our power grid more reliable. driving high speed internet every rural and urban. transitioning from diesel school buses and transit to electric and bringing in world class rail service to more americans by reducing and in the process reducing our carbon footprint. in wisconsin i pointed out the governors, i said i know it takes. you're going to be able to do that in 2-and-a-half hours. when it is easier to get some place by rail than by automobile, it is cheaper it creates more of a carbon
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footprint. we will cap hundreds of thousands to stop methane leak that's are devastating. these are good jobs. i went to a key part of my american jobs plan, and we're looking at equally critical investments and we introduced at the same time the american family jobs plan. and we delivers child care, paid leave, freedom community college, maybe the most important thing among them was extending the child care tax credit that i just mentioned. it can help us create good jobs,
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ease the burden on working families, and these investments are critical. i'm going to fight to see them enacted and signed into law. we had a chance to seize this economic momentum of the first months of my administration not just to build back but to build back better. this much is already clear. we're on track, the right track, our plan is working and we're not going to let up now. so i want to thank everyone. i wish you all a happy fourth of july. we're going to be able to go to ball games, sit in stadiums, be with your families at backward barn cues as we hoped and we're going to make more progress. god bless america and may god

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