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from prom dresses to workouts and new adventures you hope the more you give the less they'll miss. but even if your teen was vaccinated against meningitis in the past they may be missing vaccination for meningitis b. although uncommon, up to 1 in 5 survivors of meningitis will have long term consequences. now as you're thinking about all the vaccines your teen might need make sure you ask your doctor if your teen is missing meningitis b vaccination. as we come on the air, texas democrats about to speak at the u.s. capitol with the voting rights push coming to a head in washington right now. those lawmakers in d.c. after a
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flight to fight demanding congress do something, the farthest they've gone literally and figuratively to block gop voting restrictions, even as texas republicans predict they're delaying the inevitable. >> once they step back into the state of texas they will be arrested and brought to the texas capitol and we will be conducting business. >> we are live in philadelphia where president biden will head soon to deliver this long promised big speech one that some democrats say is also long overdue. our new reporting exclusively here on msnbc on what to expect from president biden today, as his party pushes for more. i am hallie jackson in washington with the voting rights fight front and center. mike memoli is in philadelphia, sahilkapur on capitol hill, and reverend al sharpton joins us as well. thank you all for being here. sahil and mike, let me start
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with the reporting. sahil, you have texas democrats, you are inside the capitol, about to deliver a news conference i think at a different location from where you are with the expectation that they will really push hard specifically on senate democrats to effectively change the rules to get something done to give them some backup in texas. >> reporter: that's right, hallie. the texas democrats have fled the state in an attempt to stop republicans there from passing some restrictions on the voting process and ultimately this works because the texas legislature requires a quorum of two-thirds majority to conduct business. republicans have majorities in the legislature but don't have two-thirds and that is the reason these texas democrats are at least temporarily probably going to be able to block this. the reality on capitol hill, they're here to ask for reinforcements from washington they say and correctly only washington can stop texas republicans from doing what they're doing in terms of the voting process. the situation here is quite simple. the house has passed the piece of legislation they want, before the people act, which would set
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voting rights and minimum ballot access standards in all 50 states. the legislation is bottled up in the senate. it has some chance of passing at least chunks of it if the filibuster is gone but it has no chance of passing again, no chance viable chance of getting ten republican votes if that filibuster remains. this is a big question facing president biden going forward and a question facing several democrats senators during kyrsten sinema, a cosponsor of the for the people act, supports it but does not want to get rid of the filibuster to pass it and of course senator joe manchin who has been reluctant about the for the people act but said there are big pieces of the legislation he can support. he's put out a list and at the end, democrats would be happy if they get those provisions signed into law i suspect but he also is a support of the filibuster and that ultimately is what all of this comes down to, hallie, the voting rights conversation is really a proxy at this moment for what happens with the filibuster. >> and on that point, garrett, as we watch now some of the texas lawmakers who have flown
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out of the state -- mike, i don't know why i keep doing that, mike, sorry. that's weird. we're watching law makers come out to the microphones here from the state of texas. they are here in d.c. today even as back in austin the texas special session is set to gavel in. the republican governor pledged he'll keep calling special sessions until the more restrictive voting bills get through on the state level. you're seeing lawmakers pushing for action on the federal level. mike, one of the things they want is to hear from president biden more forcefully, right, on this issue. you have some new reporting from your sources on this. >> reporter: yes, hallie. it's such a clear and perfect illustration of sort of the tactical divide between the biden white house and those in his party has been for weeks so they want to see the president taking a stronger stand at issues and uneasy truce between progressives biden wasn't their
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candidate. they've been happy with the issue accomplishment in the rescue plan. this white house views the issue of voting rights as a longer term play. it's important for the president to reiterate his support for the for the people act and the john lewis voting rights act extension which hasn't quite been fully written yet, we should add but president is looking at in the as an issue he thinks should be front and center in the midterm elections as well. the president so often over the course of the campaign said it was his goal to find consensus, work with republicans whenever possible but when you can't do that, you go out and beat them. even some of the president's closest allies, jim clyburn, want him to say more than just he supports this legislation, but that's willing to carve out an exception to the filibuster, in order to get this passed. clyburn telling me if we don't get this voting thing right, wither neat going to have raphael warnock in the party. what the president is going to
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say is what he sees happening in state houses across the country, republican-led efforts is the really most serious attack threat to our election integrity since the civil war. he'll call on history. this is a city full of history and note that this is unfortunately not an anomaly in our history that, we've seen jim crow laws in the past and voter intim of groups like the kkk. the president is speaking to the middle of the country hasn't been speaking to both sides of the issue. >> mike memoli, thank you very much for that reporting, mike. great stuff from you and your sources at the white house. rev sharpton we are awaiting the news conference from the texas lawmakers. i have to ask you, they are making their case publicly to president biden. you i know had a chance to make your case privately to the president and vice president talking about the need for voting rights. in mike's piece he's talking about, the digital reporting on the president's speech, you had the head of one grassroots
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progressive group saying i don't think the number one crisis facing this country right now are our roads and bridges. i think the number one crisis facing the country is raising fascism and a direct assault on democracy, referencing multiple gop-backed bills that passed across the country with more potentially on the way. will it be in your view reverend sharpton considered a failure if president biden does not come out more forcefully today and call on senate democrats to change those rules to allow them to pass this, without gop support? >> i certainly support and have been saying this for some time that we must have a way that we raise the issue of voting around the filibuster. filibuster should not stand in the way of democracy, should not stand in the way of our constitutional rights. i said to the president, along with my seven colleagues that lead national civil rights organizations that he ought to take that position. i do not know what he will say today, but we certainly encourage him to speak
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forcefully. if he talks history, if he talks about we've been here before, what we had to do to get past that, i think that's a good thing. if he deals with the fact we need to have a work-around a filibuster, i think that will be a great thing. i intend to be there to hear what he has to say. i'm glad he's speaking up, though. >> i know you're traveling as you referenced to philadelphia today and you said you think it would be great if he makes the case for some kind of work-around on the filibuster. is it your expectation he do that today and why is that important? >> i have no idea what he's going to say. when we met with him thursday, we know that the vice president is going on the road. we did not know when he would speak out the next day and announced he was going tuesday. we have no communication. we went as civil rights leaders making an appeal to do something dramatic, use your bully pulpit. he's beginning to do that today. what he will say from that bully pulpit we are waiting to hear. we hope he will go as far as
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saying let's do the work-around. i'm glad to hear, though, that's going to remind this country that we've gone to these parts before, these forks in the road and we cannot preach democracy around the world and have these voting inhibitions now. >> rev, we want to listen in, it's getting newsy here this news conference from the texas lawmakers and others. >> thank you. >> thank you, congressman doggett and entire texas delegation, all of whom do a fabulous job of representing the lone star state in our nation's capital, fighting for the people of texas every single day. we can't thank you enough and thank you for hosting us here this morning. my name is chris turner, chair of the texas house democratic caucus, a state representative from grand prairie, texas n the dallas-ft. worth region.
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as you just heard, more than 50 democratic members of the texas house have left texas to stop republicans from passing the latest iteration of their voter suppression legislation, and you're going to hear primarily from some of my colleagues today, because we have so many strong voices in our caucus. we want to give them the opportunity to speak to the public, but just for everyone's awareness, procedurally how this works is, there's 150 members of the texas house. it takes two-thirds of the body present to constitute a quorum, so 100 members, and we vote in texas and we register our attendance by use of voting machines on our desks, and minutes ago, at least 57 letters were delivered to the house
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journal clerk directing the house to lock our voting machines and not unlock them until we provide express permission to do so upon our return to the capitol. so with that, it is my privilege to introduce a great fighter a long time advocate in the fight for voting rights, my good friend the chairman of the mexican-american legislative caucus from dallas, texas, rafael anquillo. >> right behind you. [ speaking? spanish ] >> so that is a little bit of what we are hearing from that group of texas lawmakers and you just heard the head of the democratic caucus in the texas state legislature and house talk about how they have directed the house clerk in austin to effectively lock their voting machines. the deal is this, right. the texas state legislature will gavel back into session,
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obviously 50-plus democrat also not be there in the house because they're standing outside the capitol as we speak. at that point, if there is not two-thirds present in the chamber, no state business can be conducted. that is why these democrats being in washington effectively block any like those restrictive voting bills. you might be asking why did they come to washington? because the next step that could happen, it is possible that texas republicans in the house could compel legislators to come back to the chamber, and if they are still in the state of texas, the republican governor could for example get the dps, the agents in texas, law enforcement in texas to seek the arrest and return of the lawmakers to the capitol, if they're in a place like washington, that's not going to happen. that's far less likely to happen, why the lawmakers will be here for probably at least 25 more days, that's how much time is left in the special session. i want to go back to reverend al
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sharpton we were chatting before the news conference. i'm curious your reaction. there is the argument made especially on the gop side what they are doing here is merely delaying the inevitable and if you look back at the last time something like this happened, a dramatic move, it was 2003 redistricting bill in texas, and it still ultimately passed. does this in your view underscore why it is important for members of congress to act quickly and do you think it's realistic right now, given what we're seeing across the country in the state houses with at least a dozen states passing bills that are more restrictive. >> i think it is absolutely important. i think that in order for this to work, and i said this to president biden and vice president harris last weekend, in our meeting in the white house there, needs to be a movement, movements are what makes policies happen and change, and what i think we are
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seeing with the texas legislature, a part of dramatizing this issue which adds to the movement. those of us that are marching and having to march august 28th they are dramatizing the issue which puts pressure on members of the senate to pass this bill and to pass the john lewis bill. we did not get the voting rights act in the first place without a movement. we didn't get our voting rights act because there were meetings on the beltway behind closed doors. it was a movement and what the texas legislatures are doing, what the president is addressing today is all building up a movement that will make mr. senator manchin and sinema and others have to reical bralt recalibrate where they want to be. they're saying we want to see bipartisanship, if they see particularly people from around the country rising up, it makes
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people have to consider their political options differently and that's what we're doing when we see what we're watching these legislators do from texas. they may lose a battle but they can win the war. >> you mentioned senators manchin and sinema, our reporting here at nbc news is that some of the lawmakers considered going to arizona and west virginia to put pressure specifically on the senators but chose not to do that, given the leadership the gubernatorial leadership in the states, they were concerned they might be hauled back to texas. reverend, thank you so much, and mike memoli and sahil kapur as well. we'll be all over this throughout the morning. we have a lawmaker live from texas who will be joining us a little bit later on in the show, we're also going to be watching that news conference, bring you headlines as we get them. elsewhere on the hill, you have democrats revealing this new nearly $4 billion package to strengthen security there in the wake of the january 6th attack. senator patrick leahy, the lawmaker behind that and chair of the appropriations committee is joining us live coming up.
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multiple headlines on the pandemic this morning with the fda now adding a warning to the one-shot johnson & johnson vaccine. of the nearly 13 million americans who received that shot, about 100 have been hospitalized with a rare neurological disorder. the government saying the shot remains safe and effective pointing out the risk of the syndrome is very low. overseas in israel a third dose of the pfizer vaccine is given to at-risk adults to try to slow the spread of the contagious delta variant. in the u.s. the federal government is considering the request of a booster shot with pfizer asking the feds to give the okay for a third one. when an hhs spokesperson telling nbc news fully vaccinated americans do not need it, adding the biden administration is
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ready for additional doses if that is something that happens in the future. cases now on the rise in 28 states. i want to bring in nih director dr. francis collins. great to see you. thank you for being with us on a morning where there's a lot of headlines on this today. >> oh, yes. they never cease happening here because this is still very much breaking story every day, we're making great progress but we have lots of things to talk about. >> you're right. it's incredibly active. let me start with the booster shot situation. you were in the room with top white house doctors, pfizer, as pfizer was making the case for booster shots. the government saying we don't need this for fully vaccinated americans. you can explain why not especially when we see places like israel moving forward with those third shots especially with this delta variant here. >> well, let's be clear. israel's moving forward with third shots for people who have immunosuppression, not just everybody but people whose immune systems are known not to be responding ideally to the
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usual first two doses, that's a special case. we're looking at that in various trials. >> let me stop there and get you on that, though. do you think then the u.s. should follow suit and for example authorize a booster shot for people who are immunocompromised? is that something would you support? >> that is something we need better data on and are acquiring that data right now trials that are under way, with people with transplants, for instance, or people who have cancer on chemotherapy. we need to have better information before making a recommendation. >> please continue on. you were talking about more broadly for the general population. >> right. >> it's my understanding the nih doesn't feel the evidence backs it up, at least not right now. >> i think the good news is that the mrna vaccines, pfizer and moderna, are looking really good in terms of protection going out six months after injection against even the delta variant, the one that we're particularly
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concerned about. now that doesn't mean to say that we won't at some future point need to consider boosters but right now looking at all the data, we would say we're not there yet. i was not in the room. i was on the zoom, because nobody gets in the room. >> figure of speech, sure. >> yes, of course. but yesterday's meeting, hallie, was really an opportunity to look at the science. we didn't get into the policy or the politics. we looked at the day that that pfizer has partly from what happened in israel, partly from their own antibody measures to see if you gave a third tows of their vaccine what would happen to the immunity. clearly it would get better so that's not too surprising. i didn't see anything there that really changed the perspective, at least right now, in the united states, the most important thing is for people to get vaccinated. the 90 million people are still not getting their first dose, that's our highest priority. >> so let's talk about that. a couple of pieces here, because there is that warning now that
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is out on the j&j vaccine from the deaf. we just talked about it with gbs. we don't want to scare people. talking about a very, very, very small number of people who have had this associated health complication. that said, there is still this warning that may impact vaccine hesitancy. how do you and other he ishs look at that, as far as messages, as far as making sure that you are having an effective message to those 09 million people. what do people need to know who had j&j or may be concerned about j&j? >> well the new warning fda has put out based upon roughly 100 cases of people who developed this neuropathy calling guillane-barre system, usually following inzex. zika was famous for causing it. in this case 100 individuals roughly two weeks after the j&j injection developing this, mostly males over 50, it's
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almost reversible but means weeks sometimes months of getting better from this neuropathy. 100 cases out of 12.8 million people who have received the j&j vaccine that say very rare event but the good news i think everybody should notice is we have a way of tracking this and many other systems nobody would have known that. we know that, the waring were there. the benefits versus the risk, we've lost 606,000 people who died because of covid-19. here we're talking about a roughly 1 in 100,000 risk of a rare event generally reversible. do the math. where do you want to come done with it. and most dramatic statistics that i've seen in the last few weeks is that in june, 10,000 people, roughly, died of covid-19, and over 99% of them were unvaccinated.
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if you're one of those unvaccinated people, shouldn't that kind of be a wake-up call that it's time to get off the fence. this is, people are still dying. we're losing 200 or 300 people every day. >> i'm starting to run out of time, dr. collins. two more questions. you talk about the unvaccinated adults. new polling finds about a third of them say if the fda would move forward with full approval, not just emergency authorization but full approval of the vaccines, that would actually have an impact on them, make them more likely to go and get the shot. do you and that full approval happening for these three vaccines that currently have authorization and if so when, weeks, months, years? >> only the fda can tell you that schedule. i know they are working 24-7 to get it done but they want to be sure it's done right. i will be personally astounded if all three of these do not receive full approval, so people who are waiting for that, i wouldn't think that's a really good reason to put this off especially when you're still at risk, every day of getting this
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terrible virus, and getting very sick or even dying. that's not a good reason to hold off. >> the world health organization just came out strongly against mixing different vaccines, so one shot of this, one shot of that saying there's no evidence. is that an assessment you agree with or no? >> i do. i'm a scientist. before recommending anybody have a vaccination protocol, i'd want to know for sure how does it work. there are reasons to think mixing and matching might be okay but until you have actually tried this in a carefully controlled trial it's probably not a great idea. we know the ones that are approved, which aren't mix and match work well. why would you want to do that? >> dr. francis collins, i so appreciate you being on the show on a busy morning, busy week, busy couple of years for you. thanks again. coming up, police in cuba cracking down hard on protests in that country as the government totally shuts down social media sites. so what is next for the movement? we are live on the ground in havana.
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medicine. widespread network blackouts today after protesters spread word about demonstrations where else on social media. president biden with strong words for cuba's government and message of support for the protesters. >> cuban people demanding their freedom from an authoritarian regime. the united states stands firmly with the people of cuba as they assert their universal rights. >> ed augustin is in havana covering the story. good morning to you. what your sense of the food there and where this goes next? >> reporter: good morning, hallie. well on sunday as you covered there were mass protests through the country as thousands of people protested against the government and for the government. yesterday there was a tense calm that descended as the internet was cut and the police and army were out in force to maintain order and stability as they'd see it.
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today, police presence seems slightly lighter, internet remains cut and it's very strange, living in a country, i mean i arrived here when there was little internet. for the last few years, everyone had internet on their phones and it's strange to have it cut. i was wandering around interviewing people. life goes on, people are selling flowers, people queueing up to buy bread, to buy rice and beans, mainstay of the diet here and obviously one of the main, the talk of the town are the protests that happened. life buzzes on without the internet as well. >> ed augustin live in havana, thank you for your reporting. see you throughout the day here on msnbc. appreciate it. another fight brewing back here in washington on capitol hill over much needed money for capitol security and capitol police, an urgent issue any year, but this one in particular, given what we saw january 6th. so far democrats and republicans do not seem even close to being on the same page.
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overnight, the senate's top democratic appropriator patrick lay leereleased a $3.7 billion proposal more than five times the size of the republican offer and double a separate bill which passed the house but stalled in the senate. you see the three plans, the three proposals on screen right now. perhaps unsurprisingly republicans say democrats are moving in the wrong direction and they don't like senator leahy's bill includes money for other things that don't seem to have anything to do with the capitol police like money for afghan refugees and afghan visas. with us the senior senator from vermont and chair of the appropriations committee, democrat and senate patrick leahy. good morning and thanks for being back on the show. >> good morning, good to be with you. >> thank you. let's start there, because the house is nearly $2 billion for capitol security installed in the senate. what gives you any hope your bigger bill could pass? >> well, i was encouraged with the republicans finally coming
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forth with an offer. i'd been talking about the need for one for weeks and weeks and weeks. remember, this happened january 6th. they've at least come forward with an offer. i met briefly with senator shelby this morning and we'll continue to talk, but -- >> how did that meeting go, senator? did you feel you could find some common ground? your proposals are pretty far apart. >> he and i usually do. whether or not it's possible, i don't know. there are some of course in his caucus don't want to talk about what happened january 6th, even though police officers died, people were severely injured, hundreds of arrests are made around the country, the tremendous damage was done to the capitol, still hasn't been repaired and we're in a situation where we're going to restore the capitol for its security and also got to put the
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place to reinvigorate the capitol police and give them the tools they need. you pray something like this never happens again but you have to be ready for it and i think we can be. both sides keep talking past themselves, it's not going to happen. because it's taking so long, i also had it on the afghan refugee part, both donald trump and joe biden wanting to withdraw from afghanistan, now finally doing it, and unfortunately, so many of the afghans who are there to help us translators to work with the americans loyally during these years the taliban coming back in, if they're not given refugee status, we're going to see pictures of them lined up against the wall and machine gunned.
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that's not an exaggeration. we can sit in the safety of the senate chamber and talk back and forth. we're not the ones facing those bullets. >> just so i understand it so our viewers understand you tacked on the issue of what's happening with afghan refugees to this bill because you felt like adding it to something that could get through. i'm trying to understand and have folks understand the rationale there, trying to twin the two measures because you'd like to see them both pass, right? >> that's right. if you had an assurance the next day they'd pass afghan wanted to put that separately. >> okay. >> if your life is in danger, you're going to be shot, you don't want to wait for parliamentary maneuvers in the u.s. senate. you want to get it done. >> let me ask you about that, about infrastructure, because we have that bipartisan group of senators meeting today. i don't know there's an expectation that's going to be released this week. you also have this more partisan reconciliation bill that could come as early as today. one of my colleagues asked
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senator rob portman whether that might turn off republicans, the idea of putting out the reconciliation bill first before the bipartisan one. he doesn't seem to think so but i wonder what say you? are you concerned that doing it in this order could actually be more problematic to democrats' goals here? >> it shouldn't be. senators should be willing to vote yes or no and the fact is, everybody in the country knows we've got to do things on infrastructure and bridges and roads, falling apart water systems, all the rest. there are some senators who wish they didn't have to vote either way. that's not what you're elected for. they ought to be willing to stand up there and vote yes or no. bring them both up. and vote either for them or vote against them but then if you vote against them, be willing to go back to your own state and say yeah, i voted against all these things that our state
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desperately needs. >> before i let you go, i have to get clarity from you on your position on the rules changes as it relates to voting rights. in the last few weeks there has been i would a a shroud of mystery surrounding your position. our nbc team reporting you and senator feinstein have not said whether you'd support the filibuster. pbs said a source close to you you think the filibuster should be a tool for bipartisan and the senate should consider reform only if gop members keep blocking key legislation and "the washington post" lists you as skeptical of changes. texas democrats are in washington making a specific ask, they're not saying blow up the filibuster, they're saying do a carve-out specifically on voting rights, change the senate rules just on this topic. so do you support that? yes or no, senator. >> that's a very interesting proposition. i'm not trying to duck your
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question, i don't see it being done by pieces but we also saw that when mitch mcconnell became majority leader, he was willing to throw out almost all the rules and people are aware of that, he blocked supreme court justice saying we can't have it that close to the election and rammed one through in a couple weeks when there was a republican in the white house. so i'm not trying to duck your question. the caucus is meeting on this. i'm going to wait and give my views in the caucus, but we've got to start having votes on these things. people, texas, i can't believe what they're facing. in my state, republicans and democrats all vote and know their votes are going to be counted and they'll be able to vote. i can't understand why they want to block democrats or african-americas from voting. >> senator, i know you said you don't want to duck the question, respectfully as you noted you
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kind of are. do you at least know what your position is even if you're going to choose not to reveal it. have you made a decision on whether you support that narrow carve-out? >> no, that's a fair question. i have not, i want to hear what the arguments are. i want to know what is possible. i want to get some legislation. >> got it. >> as long as people are afraid to get up and vote, and don't want to vote, then i would support changes. >> okay, that is interesting. senator leahy, last one, unrelated topic but you are obviously the most senior democrat among the most senior democrats here, up in 2022. are you planning to run for re-election? >> you know, when i came here, as a most junior at 34, i'm still the only democrat elected and more senior senators said "boy, you're not going to last long around here." well i did, and what i've done every six years, the winter
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before marcel and i go snowshoeing or skiing around our farm, tree farm in vermont and we talk about it, and i'll make up my mind then so sometime after first big snowfall in vermont you'll get your answer. >> welcome back after that happens, senator, we'll reach out to you. >> come to vermont and go skiing with us. >> that would be a good trip. thank you, senator, appreciate your time. >> thank you. we talked about what's happening with texas state lawmakers and the news conference in washington after they left austin to try to block that gop restrictive voting bill. we're talking with one state senator about the governor's threat to have them arrested, next. ucose control. 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. hi, i'm debra. i'm from colorado. i've been married to my high school sweetheart for 35 years.
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the senate floor, chuck schumer saying he will meet with that group of texas democrats who have flown from austin to the u.s. capitol today, the ones who left not just to stall that restrictive voting bill in texas, but to push congress to pass voting protections at the federal level. i'm joined by texas state senator carol alvarado, you're separate from house colleagues doing the walkout george airborne. are you meeting with senator schumer or any others on the agenda? >> good morning, hallie. we may be separate but stand in solidarity with our house colleagues. we are in the process of setting up those meetings, many of us were here several weeks ago to meet with schumer and the vice president and what we're doing today is putting the brakes on this issue and shining a light
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on how serious of an issue this is. we know this is happening all over the country and stems from the big lie told by the big liar himself. the bill that's going to be on the senate floor today in texas is a very bad bill. it hinders mail ballot voting for our seniors, for the disabled, and it also ties the hands of local elected officials, for example, in houston, harris county, my home, where they used very creative ways for people to vote in a pandemic, 24-hour voting and drive-through voting is no longer allowed so it's taken away the control to our county elected officials, and so we're here to make yet another plea to the senate to please pass hhr 1 and 4. >> what happens next?
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are democrats essentially putting off what seems to be inevitable, governor abbott, i watched him overnight, commit and pledge to calling special session after special session until this gets done realistically at some point, texas house lawmakers will have to go back to texas, right. are your colleagues out of cards to play without federal intervention? >> no, not at all. our purpose being here again is to implore that the u.s. senate has to get serious about this issue. >> right. >> the last time we were here, there were some small inroads made with moving senator manchin, coming to the table, and i think by us being here again, demonstrating that we are willing to do everything and anything to try to stop this. we're realistic. we know that there's going to be another special session. i think our constituents expect
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us to stand up and fight for them and do everything possible to stop it. >> here is some of what the state's republican governor, governor greg abbott, had to say about the actions being taken. listen to this. >> they're using a filibuster to flee the state of texas to plead with the president to do away with the filibuster in washington, d.c. this is the example of hypocrisy on its face. >> your response? >> well, i would not categorize this as a filibuster. we are using what we have at our disposal, and i would say that they are -- they are being manipulated by something that doesn't exist with donald trump, saying that the election was a fraud. the governor's own secretary of state that he appointed said that the elections in 2020 in texas were safe and transparent. oddly enough, she's no longer our secretary of state. >> i have to ask you, senator,
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the "washington post" writes this. the opposition party engaged in an exercise of raw power. quickly before i let you go, do you believe that president biden is doing enough on this issue, in your opinion? >> i do. i think he and the vice president are helping to elevate this issue. >> state senator, carol alvarado. i know you are a long way from home. appreciate it. this morning, speaking of the white house, they are making it official today. first lady jill biden will lead the opening ceremony of the opening olympics next week. peter, this is typically not huge news, and we are often see members of the administration travel to the olympics, and this is a big deal this year because of everything that has happened with the pandemic in olympics, and spectators getting banned
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and et cetera, and talk about the messaging behind this and what it means that the first lady is flying solo on this. >> reporter: you might call her the cheerleader in chief. it comes as we witnessed the announcement from the tokyo olympics officials saying there will be no fans in the stands given the issue with the covid-19 in that country. the white house says while president biden himself will not go, the first lady, of course, she will be going and as she leads the delegation there they will continue to convey the public health guidelines as they relate to the essential travel. this is not the first time jill biden will make her way to the olympics, and she travelled with her husband in 2010 for vancouver in the winter olympics, there, and george bush was the first president to travel to olympics overseas to
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the 2008 beijing games, and michelle obama went to vancouver in 2012, and nobody has traveled overseas since vice president mike pence and his wife, karen pence, and they traveled, and jill biden said this is something she wanted to be there for and support. >> thank you. the first look at the book about trump. fueling wildfires and real concerns about the electric supply. we're heading out west live next hour. hour
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details we never heard on the messy brink of the big lie. the tension, the fury, the f-bombs and flipping out at fox news as the president gathered with his team, including rudy giuliani. nbc's senior editor joins us. this is the beginning of the lie that is now continuing to rebush rate in this country, right, at rally after rally and right wing media and conservative media, and they detail this moment from eric trump who was berating staff members saying how could this be happening, as on election night more of the votes
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started coming in and former president trump did not have as firm of a lead as they thought like places in pennsylvania, and i have to say he does deny he was berating staff, and late votes came in because of nontraditional ways due to the pandemic. we look at the beginning of that big lie as it's being called to where we are now. >> yeah, and what stands out to me in the excerpt is the trump campaign manager laid that scenario out to donald trump on election night, and election day saying, look, there will be democratic areas and a lot of democratic votes that will be coming in late due to the mail-in ballots and a lot of the state laws that did not allow the counting of mail-in ballots
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until election day, so when we saw the ballot drops in places like wisconsin, and michigan, philadelphia and pennsylvania, and we knew that was going to happen. we knew that was the process. you and i have been explaining that to people throughout the 2020 election, and what stands out to me was that donald trump knew that as well, and as you ended up mentioning, it was really those kind of allegations unfounded that are lies that somehow those big ballot drops from urban democratic areas were now fraud, no, they were just the democratic ballots being counted at that time. >> he was irate when fox news called the state of arizona for the president, and that's something he was extremely angry about, and demanding to his
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son-in-law and others, calling everybody at the main folks there at fox. you also had, which i thought was interesting, general mark milley took a call from a friend, saying you are on an island, and stay tethered to the constitution almost as though there was an anticipation that what might happen did happen, the unraveling of the norms that put in place for decades as far as understanding and acknowledging the results of a legitimate election here. >> one other norm violated was the white house being used as a war room on the election night, and that was being conducted in the white house, and the disappointment about the arizona
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call by fox, and joe biden did end up wing that state. >> nice to see you back in the building. thanks to all of you for watching this hour. we will have highlights from upl some of the highlights we had on this show with senator leahy and others. we have more coverage from my friend, craig melvin. good tuesday morning to you. craig melvin here this morning. the seismic battle over southing rights is spread out across america from philadelphia to colorado and from texas to d.c. quite literally. in texas a major bill at the state house will potentially come to a screeching halt, the second lawmakers gavel in the start of the day's business and that could happen any moment now. we just heard from the dozens of texas democrats that took off to washington, d.c. on private


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