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good friday morning, hallie jackson here, craig will be joining us in just a little bit. this morning coronavirus, voting, and more all in the focus this hour. right now the delta variant is making up 80% of all new cases in western and mid western states all of it putting a new
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focus on the race to vaccinate. nicer looking for plans for a booster shot, and folks are getting creative in getting the message out to get vaccinated. >> you need to vax that thang up ♪ ♪ you a handsome little brother, vax that thing up. we're going to talk to juvenile about what drove him to make this new anthem. plus, keeping our attention of capitol hill for a few reasons, new reporting about speaker pelosi's team on getting a frul bill to president biden's desk. ahead, talking about how housing is the glue for infrastructure
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efforts. we're learning that president biden is set to speak next week in philadelphia about the plans to break the sacred skuntal right to vote. that is where we will bin. i want to bring in pricilla thomas. this news breaking right here on msnbc from our reporting and your family's reporting that president bide listen deliver this hinted about speech that had been previewed for weeks. >> that's right. tuesday he will make a mayor address if is something that he said he wants to tour the ku country and discuss what we have
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seen. but a couple weeks ago they said we still need to work out the details. given that the current legislation is stalled on capitol hill. yesterday the white house invited many leaders of civil rights organizations to come meet with the president and the vice president behind closed doors, i'm told the without really wanted to wait for that input. they wanted to incorporate a lot of their thoughts. so we heard from many of them and they say their message was we need a summer of action, that it's a critical time, and they told the president we would like you to do more and use all of
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your power to try to amplify the issue. so that's what we're going to see on tuesday. . so they are also working on trying to get this politically more significant ahead of the 2022 midterms. monica, you make an important point here. it's one that i have heard reflected. that they wanted to see president biden flexion his muscles a little more. is it your sense that this speech, that you're reporting now first here on msnbc is just the beginning? do you see that as the starting point sor that encapsulating the whole of the effort. >> they want to go largely to the birthplace of democracy.
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he is going to go there to lay out what the next steps are. we will likely here him talk about what he would like to see happen. if that doesn't happen the major question is what else could the white house do. that is something else they discussed and i asked them personally how much of this conversation was focused on filibuster reform, voting rights, police reform. i was told by a member that of course it came up. it was part of the conversation, they said that always comes up in the discussion when you talk about those issues. those are one of the levers but they didn't want to get out ahead of the president. they said he did not want to wade in on that. they are not good with trying to
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change that. that is where the clevgs be shifting to if much of what they would like to see cured by the potential laws on the books that can't become a reality, they can't proceed, what else can you do besides organizing. this is an issue that is a constitution that crisis and they said we can't organize liez our way out of this. >> i sad an interesting conversation with one of those leaders that basically said that, what do you do on the federal level. how do you push them so get rid of the filibuster. you have been covering the special session and we're looking at what is likely a
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tense meeting tomorrow. what are you hearing from activists and democrats there that are begging the administration and congress to help them resist some of the moves by republicans. >> yeah, there is no question that lawmakers and advocates will be watching to see not only what he says but what actions he will layout. speaking to lawmakers here the action is i heard is they need actual action. they need action at the federal level and the other really important piece of this is timing. you know you were asking monica about whether or not this was a sort step or a be all end all. these lawmakers are saying they need action now and it cannot
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way. we're in day two of the terrible session and they're going for a public hearing on saturday and two your point we know that advocates will be flooding the jone. beto calling on his supporters, talking about how the new rules and regulations could impact them, but this is a gop controlled legislature. how much can they do on the ground here, how much impact could this really have. i posed that question to charlie bonner. looking to what he had to say. >> people showing up and making
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their voices heard always has an impact. and the vast majority of texns do not support these efforts. we support the freedom to vote in texas. we value our freedoms in this state and we will do everything that we can to protect them. >> as we look at these new bills, it's important to note they made some small concessions. sunday voting that was originally left off of a bill is hadded back in, and they're also dealing with the lal in ballot that's have been rejust a seconded. they're not seeing any movement in the direction they would like to see on these bills and they expect them to move very quickly.
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hearings are being held on saturday and democrats think next week is the week they will see movement on the bills. thank you, live us us there in austin, that breaking news that you were watching first here on msnbc. thank you, we'll stay on top of this developing story. we want to go to the pandemic. up 11% in just the last week. now with the delta variants spreading, pfizer is looking for plans to do have booster shot. i also want to bring in my guests, shaq, can you walk us through what is happening with
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the deal variant, the vaccine, and what it's like for you right now? >> yeah, let's talk about that vaccine news. pfizer said they're close to requesting from the federal government that emergency use vaccination. they say that if a third dose is given in six to 12 months after the initial inoculation it can provide additional production that is sweeping much of the country. then the cdc and the fda saying we're essentially not at that point yet. they're focusing on the vaccinations currently on the market. saying that now is the time for those unvaccinated to get their vaccine nap is the message being
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echoed. i have been here for the better part of the weekend and one doctor said this is the worst it has ever been. he is opening a vaccine clinic in his fire station. i was there yesterday and i talked to a gentleman that waited to get his vaccine. i asked him if it was because of the delta variant and listen to what he told me. >> i heard a lot about it especially here in springfield. i know it is pretty bad. that was part of it but the main reason was just i wish i had got it done sooner. so none of us have had it or been sick, but once my dad got sick we said yeah, let's do it. >> he told me he didn't get it not because he was hesitating or he was fearful. he says he works hard, he works
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sun up to sun down and that highlights the point that there are those unvaccinated for many different reasons and many of them are is they don't have the time in their schedule. . >> shaq, thank you. let me go to you in that n that news from pfizer. early data suggests that these levels jump 5 to 10 fold. how do you make sense of this and how do you explain this to your patients? >> to a certain extense it makes apparent that that's not the only think to look at. but you should get at the very least a two-dose vaccination.
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the only people in the hogt with symptoms are unvaccinated. the only people i see coming in sick with covid stomss are those that have not been vak in this cased. >> i i want to read you to that point larry powe dan said that in june 100% of covid deaths in charz are people that were not vaccinated. so if people are seeing that, right? still childhooding not to get a shot, what else can convince those salespeople? >> they say death is a tragedy. and a million death social security a statistic.
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so sometimes people just look at the numbers and don't care. but that patient got vaccinated because his father got sick. and hopefully more people come on and say listen a hospital has patient that's are extremely sick and it's not going well for them. hope think they use the best production they have. >> thank you for your reporting this morning. we appreciate it. we appreciate being joined by craig melvin who is with us now. good morning to you on a busy friday morning, thank you for the first time in six months that fencing that went up around
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the capitol, it is about to come down. why the police could be about to face a big cash crunch. and marsha fudge is going to take on the federal housing crisis. and you may remember on thursday we told you about that new song of the summer, rapper juvenile on his classic "back that thang up" and the remax, now "vax that thang up." why he is pushing every to think about getting the shot.
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for salaries as soon as august. leann, help us connect the dots a little bit. now the police force is charged with defending the capital and maybe they can't afford to pay their people. >> welcome to congress where nothing happens easily. so while it is seemingly good news that the fence is coming down as early as today. that was a decision made by the u.s. capital police birdie that decided it was time that they allowed the fence to be taken down, and that is a huge -- that has been a huge reminder of what happened on january 6th, and capital police were really reluctant for a long time to take that down. so while that is happening you mentioned the other news. the alarms are being sounded for
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the payroll of the capital police, their salary funding could run out as early as august. they had to pay so much overtime because of the security bhands and what also happened is politics. the house of representatives passed a massive supplemental security spending bill about a month ago and it is stuck in the senate. included in that bill is 31 million of additional funds for additional police salaries. this pressure coming out today is meant to get the senate on board to get the senate moving so they can pass the security supplemental funding so they can pay their people, craig. >> leann, thank you. as the united states continues to recover from the pandemic, lots of americans continue to struggle to get back on their feet to find a place to live,
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july 31st is a day that a
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lot of families are dreading. right now millions of folks are facing the prospect of not having a place to live in three weeks. and we're already seeing signs of a homelessness crisis across the family. that is especially apparent in places like salsaledo, california. there is a floating homelessness encampment on boats. jake ward is following the story for us in the san francisco bay area. explain what is happening there and how it seems to be a micro causim. >> california in home to roughly one in four people experiencing homelessness. if you look at all of the home
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less people in california and you made it a city it is bigger than santa barbara. a few of those people found what they thought was a solution. they anchored found boats anchored just beyond the marina. now local authorities say that is over. >> the average price for this view of richardson's bay is more than $1.5 million. now the city and it's neighbors decided that a makeshift community of nearly 100 boats living here for free has to go. >> i go back three generations of people living on the water. >> we walk around the town and people know my mom, my dad, my grandma, and my son now. >> their son, iggy, is the 4th generation of what they call an anchor rat, but he could be the
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last. in 2019 when they began, there was 190 boats here. today it is down to 88. >> what makes this boat dangerous? why is it unacceptable to leave it out here? >> what gives me heartburn is i have never seen it move in two years. i'm very confident that the engine is inoperable. if it went adrift it would be a hazard to the occupant. >> while we toured community, residents approached. >> out here spreading lies for reporters today. >> who are you? >> we're from nbc news. >> i'm from texas, i'm on a boat anchored out here, this is my 6th year. >> how is it living here? >> i love living out here. >> when a boat is towed ashore,
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it is crushed here. >> i realize it is tough. >> stefanie says there is a way the boats can remain. >> if they're willing to make them seaworthy they could stay another few years. >> but advocates say these policies are upending lives. you can't make them homeless because their homes might pose risks. there are ramshackle houses that we don't kick people out of. katie says for them and their son -- >> the first thing the may flower did was anchor their boat off of the shore. they should respect people that want to just carry on that tradition. >> now, craig, officials here say boats like the one you see here are not a safe place to
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live and they pose a environmental hazard. they also say the roughly $12 billion that the california state budget is dedicating to homelessness has not made their way to them yet. even though they have all of the federal money and state surplus as they do, there are not enough beds to even put this small community into some place stable, craig? >> jake ward for us there in salsolito, california. i want to dig deeper with housing and urban development secretary marsha fudge now. she served as chair of the congressional black caucus. she has a unique view of what it takes to fix issues at the local level. she was a former two-term major. madame secretary, thank you for your time on a friday. let's talk about the homeless
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crisis. the moratorium ends on july 31st. i cording to the household pulse survey roughly 3.5 million people people say they could face eviction in the next few months. how do you plan to prevent the explosion of homelessness. >> first, thank you for having me. this is a topic i'm so happy to be talking about today. we have provided more than 20 billion for emergency rental assistance. the money is there. all told between the covid package, there is about 46 million. it has not gotten through the cities and the counties.
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so what we're doing in this 30 day period is providing the kind of technical assistance that we know people need. there is enough money to get them at least current, but we have to get the money out. and that is why it was important to make sure we took every opportunity to talk to everybody that we needed to to provide the help they need to get the resources out. >> in conjunction with that in the rescue plan there is $10 million for homelessness. >> i'm sorry i interrupted you, there is a delay. so what are the folks listening, what do they need to do? >> no mat wrer they rent or if they have a mortgage, they need to go to their landlord or mortgage service, or call hud.
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the problem is they need to get the information out. in hindsight there are things we could have dope differently but now we know how to get the resources out. and each month more and more people, exponentially larger numbers of people are finding out they have the help available and they're accessing it. >> i'm going to ask you about the breaking news that we reported on at the top of the hour as well. president biden set to deliver a big speech on voting rights. you served as chair of the election sub committee. what do you expect to hear from the president? >> i'm hopeful that the president will talk about the crisis that we're facing as a nation. that any time we would violate and in my opinion we're violating the constitution by putting barriers in place for people to vote. it says we have an unfettered,
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unabridged right to vote. i hope he will take a strong assistance against all of the laws being passed and that he will impress the urgency on passing legislation that will make america the democracy that we all believe it is and should be. >> let's talk infrastructure. we could see a big boom from this push on capitol hill. you recently said that housing is the glue holding the reconciliation effort together. reconciliation is a process that allows us to pass certain types of legislation. you call housing integral to this, explain why. >> think about it this way. 15 months ago when we started to go into these protocols, first we said stay at home. what happens if you didn't have a home.
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we said to teach your children virtually. we have lot a year of education for millions of young people in the country. so it talks about broadband and internet for every home in america. how to make water safe in every household and school. it talks about how we build communities that people can live in and make sure that they have access to decent roads so they can get to a place to work. so they can have neighborhood hits good for their children. that is what the bill does. it says to us that infrastructure is the foundation. so we are the cog in the middle of that wheel. >> i want to turn to another
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topic. you connected student loan debt to a decline in black home ownership. do you agree that president biden should cancel all student loan debt? well, let me say there has been some discussions with the white house about how they will look at student debt. i do, in fact, believe that student debt has been a fairly large impediment to low income and moderate homebuyers because the credit scoing is skewed bought student loan debt is weighted higher. who has debt, low income people and people of color. it has been a major part, it's not the only thing, but it's a big part of how we report credit and assess credit. so now we have said we're going to neutralize the student debt so those people that have not been credit worthy before become
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credit worthy. >> is that a yes that student debt should be canceled? >> no, it's not a yes, but the president should look at it to make a decision on how we move forward. but it is a major problem, no question about it. >> thank you, secretary marcia fudge, we always appreciate you. hope you will come bah back. enjoy your weekend. breaking in just the last few minutes, a huge update from the cdc on masks in classrooms and kids who are vaccinated. we're going to bring you details on that in just a few moments. first a historic win. last night a 14-year-old won the scrips national spelling bill. she is the first
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breaking news, the cdc just announced new guidance for the country's students. fully vaccinated students do not need to wear masks in classrooms
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this fall. i want to bring back our guest who is a emergency medicine doctor. this guidance is aimed at kindergarteners through high school seniors. what are your thoughts on how the science is guiding this decision? >> i think the lodge sick that if they say you don't need mask, maybe more people will get vaccinated. and it provides great protection. the cdc is saying you don't need masks if you're vaccinated. you flow are people in certain schools and district that's will not wear a mask, and this is an issue because if you catch the
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disease, from a parent perspective, you should feel pretty safe. >> to be clear, as are reminder of folks, the vaccines are only vagt right now for people 12 and up nap leads a large swath of children that are not protected. so what do you think about how that could impact school in the fall? >> yeah, every time i said child i was thinking 12 and above. below 12 they have not been given a way to be vaccinated. that could change and there will be approval emergency or otherwise to give children who are younger vaccination. the data suggests it is not
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widespread. i have been on your show before saying kids are a vector for disease. but for those children who are not vaccinated, if i were a parent i would want them wearing masks. >> doctor, thank you again. thank you. free beer, sports tickets, cash prizes, we have seen all kinds of different ideas to try to convince people to get the vaccine, but this might be the most creative yet. rapper juvenile updating "back that thang up." my college anthem. encouraing people to get the vaccination. he will join us live to talk
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about the new song and why the call to get people vaccinated is so important to him. important .
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♪♪ ♪♪ ♪ vax that thing up ♪ ♪♪ ♪ handsome little brother, why don't you vax that thing up sfoet ♪ >> it all brings back so many memories, doesn't it? vax that thing up. it is the covid remix sweeping the nation. the song, of course, the remake of juvenile's smash 1999 hit "back that thang up." it's got more than 1.8 million views and counting and it's part of the vaccine campaign, blk geared toward black men and women. joining us to talk about his updated hit, not only a rapper and an entrepreneur with a new furniture line out called made
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by juvi. juvenile, what made you want to do this remake now? >> well, blk got to me and my guy made it fresh, and they said they had a great idea. they passed it by me and asked me how i felt about it, and i thought it was a great idea especially doing something positive or getting my people or people of my color to get out there and get vaccinated. >> some of these lyrics are pretty creative, like many saying, i know you can't stand it, no holding hand, but when we get the shot we'll be romancing. tell us about the process of writing the remix? >> it was a fun night, man. i made it a party. it was my studio, and we all got together, me and him made it fresh with the vax and we remixed the song and made the
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lyrics up. we didn't want to get it too far from the original song, but we wanted to get the point across. >> even the video took me back to my college days. the pandemic has affected all of us in this country in different ways. juvenile, how has it affected you personally? >> well, you know, nobody's great with staying inside and not being able to get out there and working. i get a kick out of traveling on the weekend and doing shows and during the pandemic that was not happening, you know? and as far as family, you know, it affected me in multiple ways. i lost loved ones and i had a couple of bad experiences with a couple of my people catching covid and getting a bad strain of it, and i saw right there first hand it wasn't nothing to play with, you know? so i felt like it's a great thing to get the shot.
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i know a lot of people out there are not getting the shot because of religious beliefs and what they believe in and they have these conspiracies and some of them have lost loved ones and they're getting the shot. so i do have a sympathy and a spot in my heart for that, but everybody else, i feel like we need to go get vaccinated so we can bring these numbers down and get back to work. >> i've got to ask you about that. what is that behind you? it looks like a rocket ship. you see that with bulbs coming out of the bottom? >> yeah. i call it a takeoff light. not really one of my ideas, but i took something and i made it the way i liked it better than the original. people love it. it's kind of a best-seller here
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made by juvi. >> send me one of those. i'd like -- i'd like to support this -- absolutely. >> i love the remix, juvenile, i really do, and i think it's one of those things that will resonate with a lot of folks. the song of the great, but the video, i mean, it's whose idea was it to make it rain vaccination cards? >> well, that was something we just came up with. they gave us the vaccination cards and we started throwing them and that was just something that naturally came, and it was one of the great ideas. >> it's a great idea, and i'm glad you could carve out a few minutes to talk to me about it, juvi. thank you. >> juvenile on "vax that thang up," a perfect way to end a
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fully in the fall and stay open even if covid prevention strategies cannot be fully implemented throughout each school district. that news follows reassurances from the agency that fully vaccinated americans are safe from serious covid illness as the delta variant surges and pfizer executives announced their companies will seek federal authorization for a shirt shot to potentially boost immunity. there are new questions on paychecks for capitol police. the department will run out of money for salaries in the middle of next month without congressional action. >> i see it as a potential problem, but i'm hoping in the end the senate will understand that there's no way we can carry forth government without the capitol police being there to secure government. >> and the president with a forceful defense of his decision to move up the u.s. military's full withdrawal from afghanistan and pushing back on the criticism of the strategy as the taliban continues to make significant military


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