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craig melvin here. right now we are staying on top of high stakes stories. we just heard from florida officials about search and rescue efforts in surfside, and the death toll from the condo collapse continues to rise. four more victims found in the rubble bring the total to 32 dead so far, and rescuers are not just racing through times to sift through millions of pounds of rubble, but they are facing down tropical storm elsa. >> we do continue to expect occasional gusts and strong showers today, and we're closely monitoring the weather and we now have our weather service embedded within our search and rescue teams to work closely to track for any changes that could impact the work to assure the safety of our first responders. >> we just got an update on that storm seconds ago from the national hurricane center, the
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11:00 a.m. coordinates just coming out, and elsa could be near hurricane strength before it makes lakefront in florida. right now that storm battering the florida keys with 60-mile-per-hour winds and rain. the latest on the trajectory and what it means for surfside in just a few moments. plus, today is a chilling anniversary on capitol hill. it has been six months now since the january 6th insurrection. what capitol police say they are doing to prevent another riot like it from happening again and what expect think could be one of the biggest ransomware attacks on record. 1 million devices locked and an eye-popping price tag. demands of 70 million in bitcoin. the new pressure on president biden to crack down. we'll get to that story in a
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moment. first, katie beck is in tampa, and tampa right in the storm's path. morgan chesky is on the ground in surfside, florida, where, again, weather is causing new complications at the site of the condo collapse. katie, what are the conditions like right now in tampa? how are folks preparing for the brunt of the storm? >> reporter: right now it's tough to tell that severe weather is on its way, and we have been seeing images in key west of heavy downpours and strong winds and that is making its way up the west coast of florida, and it could pack more of a punch by the time it gets to where we are in tampa. the big concern is going to be about storm surge and flooding. everything happening with the storm is happening to the east of it, so that's exactly where
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we are and pushing all of that water as it makes landfall which is going to be an issue here in tampa, along with flooding. we are still several hours away from seeing that really severe weather, but like i said, all eyes in florida are watching as it makes its way over the warm gulf waters and could strengthen as it moves north. tomorrow is game five of the stanley cup finals here in tampa, and that game is still on and has not been canceled. i guess the people here in tampa are figuring the storm will be out of the way by then, maybe hopeful it will be out of the way by then and some of the floodwaters will have receded for fans to get to the game, craig. >> caitie beck there in tampa.
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sam, when we came to you there was lots of heavy rain as well, and what are you seeing there right now? >> reporter: the wind has maintained throughout the morning, craig. we thought maybe about this time at 11:00 a.m. eastern, we would see conditions dying down and that has not happened. the trees are bending in the breeze and there has been significant surf crashing over the seawall as folks there are used to storms like this, and i spoke with a neighbor from where i am right now on the southern point of key west, and she said this is normal in september and it's not normal in july, and it's unusual to see a storm like this coming through right now. no major flooding in the streets or mandatory evacuations, and that said there's no flights getting out of here today, and we spoke with a number of folks here stranded, and all flights were canceled. the port is closed here, and
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officials saying to please be cautious, and certainly don't stay on your boat, rvs, mobile home, that sort of thing. the real question coming through the keys now as this tracks due north is going to happen once it reaches the northern part of the gulf coast region, and we will look at hurricane status at that.the, and here right now we're just trying to stay dry. >> you do that. and we got the update on the national hurricane center. what is the latest on the storm's track? >> no surprises, craig. that's what we like to hear with the storms. it remains a tropical storm. no signs it's getting its act together or getting that much stronger. it's still moving at a decent
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clip. we worry about slow-moving tropical storms and stall out, because they could dump as much rain as hurricanes, and this has a good speed and i'm happy about that. and my only concern is the angle, and i am not concerned with rainfall or wind, and tornadoes could be damaging and deadly, and we'll see how that plays out this afternoon, and so let me give you the latest. 51 miles per hour wind gusts. that's not going to do any damage to the keys. we showed you a live report in tampa up towards venice, in that area, and this is a small, compact storm, and it will get close enough later tonight in
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tampa, and that area will get hit by strong winds with maybe minor damage. 60 miles per hour is a middle of the road type of storm, and then the angle, if you are to the west of the track, tal ahaasy, pensacola, you probably would not even know there was a storm tomorrow morning. the storm quickly weakens, and as far as computers go, it's going to head near clearwater beach tonight and may make lakefront tomorrow or tonight. the winds are pretty much the same either in the center or 20 miles to the east. this is the only big issue
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potentially. with the storm approaching from the south, that southerly wind will pileup for one or two high tide cycles and that will allow the water to back up in the bays pretty good and we could see three to five feet even with a tropical storm, and that will be later on tonight. and then the high tide cycle will be now and tomorrow. i mentioned the winds. anytime you get winds in florida under 60 miles per hour you do not expect a lot of damage. those are the max predicted winds. gainesville could be 64, possibly. maybe minor damage, maybe like the picture that you see towards gas stations and awnings. some tropical storm produce more rain than others, and we will see how it materialized this afternoon and tomorrow afternoon, and a few are possible and they can be dangerous. i am happy to report, no signs
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of any intensification or surprises. if it plays out the way it looks right now, it will just be an inconvenience for much of florida. >> that's really good news. thank you. >> morgan, we just heard from officials in surfside last hour, and the death toll now at 32. what is the latest on the rescue effort there? what do we know about how this storm is impacting the work those brave first responders are doing? >> reporter: craig, there was a lightning strike early this morning and it forced crews off the pile until it was safe to return. the search and rescue efforts will proceed as planned. they are handling this shift in the weather as best as possible,
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and we saw yesterday the winds were picking up along with some of the rain, and at this point in time they are not so much concerned with the rain, they can work with that, and we are hearing about winds impacting the operation, and we are hearing about the cranes moving the larger pieces of the debris, and when you add the lightning to it it's a 1-2 punch, and even though we are not taking a direct hit from elsa, the outer bands could be an issue in the next few hours. this is what was said in a press conference. >> through the rain and through the wind they have continued searching. they paused only briefly for lightning, which is legally required. >> the wind is hampering the
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large cranes moving very heavy debris. that's a challenge they are attempting to work around right now. >> the focus very much remains on search and rescue. they are not calling it a recovery mission just yet. i asked how much closer are we today to finding out the cause of the collapse than we were 13 days ago when it took place. they say they have been tagging individual pieces of the debris in hopes of learning more about the collapse, but it's going to take months if not longer before the true cause of champlain towers south is found out, craig? >> hard to believe it has been 13 days, too. morgan chesky for us in surfside. a big thanks to all of you. we expect president biden to talk in just a few hours.
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today all eyes are on the white house covid response. president biden set to speak in a matter of hours two days after the united states officially missed that july fourth deadline to vaccinate 70% of u.s. adults. right now 67% of americans have at least one dose.
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nbc senior white house reporter, shannon, joining us now. it sounds like it boils down to getting even more vaccines into communities that need it most. >> in addition to touting the goal of trying to get 70% of the population vaccinated, and the white house feels like they are weeks away from getting that, and the big issue is getting the vaccine to the unvaccinated pockets of the country, so these states where you have just about one-third of people who are fully vaccinated in place like alabama and mississippi, and they are already foreseeing the consequences of that with the surge in cases because of the delta variant. we expect to hear the president with renewed urgency, and they
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are trying to get to more vaccines to primary care and pediatricians, because they believe people will get the vaccine to people they trust, and looking at door to door vaccinations and workplace vaccination sites, and calling out employers to offer paid time off to their workers to get vaccinated. not only, again, looking to the administration to talk about the accomplishments, but to redouble the efforts to get more vaccinations to people because of the growing sense of urgency amid the delta variant. >> shannon, thanks, as always. this new polling that sheds light on many americans and why they are not yet vaccinated, and how many don't plan on getting
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vaccinated anytime soon. it's an abc news "washington post" poll, and it finds 3 in 10 adults, 30%, say they have not gotten a coronavirus vaccine and probably will not or definitely will not get one, and government officials increasingly blame social media for spreading misinformation, and it begs to question how many more people in the country are left that will get vaccinated. we're joined by dr. patel, and she's a former white house policy director and msnbc medical contributor. let's start with you. when patients come to you and they tell you that they are not going to get the vaccine, what is the most common reason? >> yeah, craig, good to be with you. this is an important topic.
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the most common reason i am hearing and it's from young women it's their concern on current fertility and future pregnancies, and citing on social media information about a scientific article that supports that theory. that's one of the most common. the second most common is it's too early, and these were rushed and they are not approved by the government and i don't believe they are safe and cause more harm than benefits because we are young and healthy and don't get sick. those are two overriding concerns i hear practically from patients. >> when they say that to you, doctor, what do you say? >> i have become a student of social science because my original approach is not working, and one of the approaches i have tried to
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employ is by empathizing and understand what is underlying some of what they are telling me, and going a step further, for example, saying, you are right, i actually do think this is a much shorter timeframe we have seen the vaccines, and let me tell you how many lives it has saved and let me talk firsthand about before vaccination and after vaccination that got exposed to covid, and then also there's serious gravity to this misinformation that i don't think it's correctable with just science and facts. we have to inject a little more of where they are coming from and showing them and meeting them where they are. >> i want to play part of something that the white house chief of staff said on the "new york times" podcast, it's about vaccinations and bad information shared on facebook. take a listen.
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>> i told mark zuckerberg directly that we gather groups of people that are not vaccinated and ask them why aren't you vaccinated, and they tell us things that are wrong and untrue. we ask them where they have heard that, and the most common answer is facebook. >> facebook, brandy. facebook. i cannot imagine you are surprised to hear that. when it comes to vaccines, what makes these rumors so viral? >> i am not surprised at all, and when we see the rumors the doctor just mentioned we can almost always track them back to the platform for that disinformation.
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they play on peoples' biggest fears, the death or injury of you or a loved one, and you have to combine that with a couple things. one is the widespread mistrust of media like you and me, and deep polar politicalization, and you have to combine it with the way social media works and strategy for amplifying and spreading the worst content. >> you hear about facebook and these other social media sites taking steps and employing armies of people that stop the spread of misinformation, and what's app has become wildly popular about spreading misinformation about vaccinations, and are these things companies can do that they are not doing? >> that's a really good question and it's tough because the anti-vaccination messaging is incredibly powerful. it's often spread with stories
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of injured women and people who are saying that they have been injured and we can't fact check, right. it's partly because of the way it's spread. we tend to blame a few bad actors, a few of the entrepreneurs that made an audience for themselves on facebook and instagram, and that's not how this stuff spreads. it spreads via or mom's group or local pta group, or you get a video that is served up to you. so one thing a researcher did tell me that platforms could do that they are not currently doing is work together, and it sounds really easy but they don't currently do that. how it was described to me as, if you have a ant problem in your yard and clean it up, and it will crawl into your neighbor's yard, and it's just
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going to jump across platforms. >> not to over simplify, but wouldn't it also be helpful if folks were a little more skeptical, not believing everything they see or read in a facebook chat room, or a text they get from a friend in what's app? >> your lips to god's ears. it's my prayer each night, believe me. but it is hard, because social media is very, very new. it's a way to connect with people and access information that is just never been around before. people are just getting used to it. it's hard to blame people in that way. it's a lot easier to put the responsibility on social media platforms and say how can you be good stewards of information, but i get you? >> doctor, i want to read you a
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missouri hospital leader's strong message to people spreading vaccine rumors. this man recently tweeted. quote, if you are making wildly disparaging comments about the vaccine and have no public health expertise, you may be responsible for somebody's death, shut up. his words, not mine. how much influence can local hospital voices like this hospital ceo have? >> yeah, i saw that, too. it went viral. it's probably important for that hospital ceo to have a mandate for his employees, and some of this has to be overcome by requirements. but to your question directly, i am not sure saying shut up will get through. everything i have been doing on the ground, if you do that, it
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just puts up more barriers. i think it's much better and harder, craig, and people spend more time on facebook than they do talking to me in a 15-minute visit, but it's much better to have a local medical person that knows that individual say i get it, and i would be worried about the same things and here's a little more information but we'll never know everything. emphasize all the things that are positive. once you get vaccinated, you are not going to have to wear a mask. you are not required to do certain things if you are in contact with somebody that had a virus, and so i am not using the be quiet, you're wrong, i'm right, that's not getting through and we need to employ a different tactic. >> dr. patel, we'll continue the conversation, for sure.
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this morning president biden is facing new pressure to respond in the wake of what is now the largest ransomware attack ever. russian hackers are claiming responsibility for it and the hackers targeted a global i.t. company, and that company kaseya believes 8 to 1,500 of the businesses it supports were affected.
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the hackers believed to be the group known as art evil say they unlocked more than 1 million devices and now are demanding 70 million in bitcoin. the same group behind the jbs attack about a month ago. >> this group that claimed responsibility known as r evil is a russian-speaking hacking ring believed to be operating inside of russia that appears to have been given free rain to commit crimes against the united states, and they apparently now have carried out what experts are calling the biggest ransomware attack ever. over the weekend biden said that if his intelligence agencies confirm this attack came from
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russia, quote, i told putin we would respond, unquote. white house officials said they would wait six months to see if biden's warning accomplished anything. the chairman of the senate intelligence committee, mark warner, told me at a minimum, biden should request putin arrest the attackers. >> it's clear that it has not yet had impact. we don't know if that's because the message was not received, and putin decided to ignore it or maybe he thought this would be handled over time and negotiations, but we don't have time here. we need to act now and demand these individuals are responsible for this particular hack, get arrested, and the key gets turned over to the
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businesses needed to encrypt their data. >> and it means putin would have to decide if there's anything he wants to do in response. >> what do we know about the options the president is considering? >> this at point the white house has not spoken publicly about the new developments. what the white house has done is point towards the company's own statement. when you review that lengthy statement one section does stand out, where the company describes the companies they work with that have been affected by that as not being part of critical infrastructure, and that's one of the lines president biden drew about the acts coming from within russia against different infrastructure in the u.s. and that would be a bar that would determine some of the president's response here. is that a clue for us? that's all we know at this
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point. if it's not deemed critical infrastructure does it rise to the level the president feels he needs to use military cyber offensive action or some other steps. those are questions remaining unanswered, and questions we need to put to the president today, and he will speak later today on covid and other issues but not on this issue. what we have seen thus far, when they have been addressing some of these things, part of the biden administration's view is it can be effective working behind the public stage trying to resolve some of this, so there may be actions and decisions happening they have not disclosed yet publicly. that's part of what they will have to watch for as this develops further, craig. >> thank you. these devices, toughly 1 million
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devices the hackers have locked. what are we talking about, computers, cell phones? what? >> it could be all of that. it's the data upon which these companies rely to run their systems in general, and if they did not have backups, they could be out of business, craig. >> they want 70 million in bit coins? thank you both. this morning 11 suspects involved in saturday's armed highway standoff in massachusetts appeared in court for the first time. the suspects say they are members of a group called the rise of the moores. the group was arrested after partially shutting down interstate 95. the men were dressed in military-style gear with long guns and pistols.
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they were heading to rhode island for, quote, training. for the six months since the capitol riot, investigators have arrested hundreds of suspects but still have lot of work to do. how they have combed through the video footage, what to expect from plea deals and why they are looking for some of the biggest perpetrators. first up, a big step today of getting a bipartisan infrastructure deal through congress. we have the latest on who is signing on and we're also continuing to track the latest breaking news in florida where elsa is baring bearing down. we see storm surge in effect for the coast, including tampa bay. the officials in that area asked for the public's cooperation to safely get through the next 24
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just a few hours ago the infrastructure plan put forward by a bipartisan group of senators got new support. the house problems caucus say they now support that plan, and that group includes 29 republicans which could be key votes to get a deal across the finish line, but there is one condition, they want congress to call a standalone vote on the bipartisan bill. nbc's leann leigh ann caldwell. >> what this endorsement from this group of bipartisan members does is ensures up to 29 republicans, that's how many
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members in the problem solvers caucus there is, could potentially vote for the bipartisan plan, and you mentioned the trickiest part, in their statement they want a standalone vote on this plan, and we know nancy pelosi, chuck schumer, and president biden have linked the bipartisan road infrastructure plan with a multi-trillion human infrastructure plan, and so this is going to be very difficult still for these leaders to get both of these packages through congress, but it is a very good sign for the bipartisan plan that this many republicans have come out in support of it, craig. >> this problem solvers group, it's the most moderate parts of both parties. where do things stand with the bill with regard to the more
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progressive part of the democratic party? >> yeah, this is the big question. if they can get the 29 republicans to vote for it in the end, well, that means they can lose 29 a couple more democrats. i have been talking to progressive sources today and they are confident there's a much bigger faction of the progressive member of the house than there is of this bipartisan problem solvers caucus, and so they insist that speaker pelosi, president biden and leader schumer are going to have to stick to their word that they pass this massive human infrastructure bill in order to get the bipartisan bill passed the finish line, so it will be very complicated, craig, over the next few weeks and months. >> as it usually is on capitol hill. leigh ann caldwell, thanks as always. today marks six months since
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the insurrection on capitol hill. investigators are still trying to find the answers to big questions, like who planned the attack? could top defendants flip in upcoming cases? scott mcfarland joins us now from washington. scott, let's start with the legal cases. where do things stand on charges from the insurrection? >> i have one update in one case that will give you a sense of the big picture. the court just scheduled the trial for oath keeper defenders in 2022. you have 500-plus arrests and potentially more to come, and only a handful of cases have gotten to plea agreements and only one solitary case has
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gotten to sentencing, and we have unanswered questions and this long legal road and we don't know what it will show and where it will take us and, most interesting, who is on the other side. who are they going to flip and offer up, craig? >> so much talk after the deadly insurrection, so much talk about how something like this could happen at the capitol in the united states of america, and we heard from the acting capitol police chief a short time ago. what has changed since the attack on the capitol? >> they made a set of announcements today. a lot of this we knew already and it's a benchmark for the capitol police at the six month anniversary, creating new wellness problems, and field offices that will protect officers, in florida and california, and not everybody based out of d.c., for training and critical response training.
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and they need more recruitment. they are 300 officers short right now of what they are approved to have, and there's a retirement bubble forming, and trouble is, they are recruiting for police in the same place every other department is nationwide, and there's only one pool of candidates. >> thanks as always. one of the country's most prestigious universities just made two additions. two are headed to howard university in washington, d.c. jones will become a tenured professor and take on the role of the ninth chair, and coates is set to become the faculty
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teacher in arts and sciences. her move to howard comes after she declined an offer for tenure from the university of north carolina. that also came after the school initially denied her tenure sparking a major backlash. hannah jones talked about the scandal for the first time this morning. >> this is a position that came with tenure, and the ninth chair are designed for professional journalist when working in the field to come into abg gama, and to have that occur at the last day after threat of legal action and weeks of protests and after it became a national scandal, it's not something i want anymore. >> unc's loss, howard's gain. three major foundations, and an
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anonymous donor invested nearly $20 million to support both authors' work. hundreds of thousands of americans heading back to work, and lots of veterans are still having a pretty tough time finding jobs. we have a special look at one effort to help former medic get civilian health care jobs, next.
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across the country we continue to see signs that the job market is rebounding, but
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the jobs number shows the unemployment rate is ticking up for military veterans and for veterans who worked as military veterans finding work in the medical field has been especially difficult. nbc's erin gilchrist has more on their struggles and what's being done to change it. >> as an enlisted sailor eric dodson trained as a hospital corpsman assisting with mass casualty incidents. >> we have 20 people coming in, find someone to take care of them. >> after his military service, dodson volunteered as a registered nurse at a covid field hospital in new york. >> once that was over because the mission had finished i was applying for jobs as an e.r. tech and being told i wasn't qualified. >> did anyone ask about your work experience and life experience? >> a lot of it was very much was hey, this is an impressive resume and we love this, and you just don't have the right
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certifications. >> dodson's problem is not unique. >> at a time of great need for health care workers we're turning away some of the nation's most qualified and experienced health care workers. >> according to the call of duty endowment, only a handful of states have pathways from military health care to civilian health care jobs. >> you are confronted with these bewildering regulations and stooms a lot of these folks just give up and find other career which is is a real shame. >> the military has found a way to address this problem. now all enlisted medical personnel come to one place where they learn, they train and are able to take their skills and certifications into the civilian world. >> colonel richard villarreal is at the defense department's medical campus. >> tactical field care! let's go! >> over time, we realize that it's better if we can provide each individual soldier, sailor and airman with something that they can take out to the civilian community once they is finished serving their country and the military. >> the military now provides
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these certificates and college credits that transfer into the civilian world, too. >> they at least have a pathway using one of these bridge programs. the military is shifting to help veterans help more people here at home. aaron gilchrist, nbc news, fort sam houston, texas. >> aaron gilchrist, thank you there. that will do it for me this hour. i'll see you tomorrow morning on "today." andrea mitchell is next with my colleague kasie hunt. it's clinically shown to help manage blood sugar levels and contains high quality protein to help manage hunger and support muscle health. try boost today. so then i said to him, you oughta customize your car insurance with liberty mutual, so you only pay for what you need. hot dog or... chicken? only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪
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good day. this is "andrea mitchell reports." i am kasie hunt in washington. as the search operation in south florida intensifies after days hamper initia efforts inside the rubble. after that initial condo collapse more than a week ago. at this hour, at least 32 are dead and 113 people are still unaccounted for. we are also tracking elsa's path with tropical storm watches and warnings from florida's west coast up through the carolinas and outer weatherbands impacting the effort in surfside, we'll bring you the forecast in just a few moments and there's a concerning new trend in the fight against the coronavirus with the delta variant spreading as the national vaccination rate flattens out.


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