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first up, mask reversal, the country's largest county gets ready to reinstate face covering rules today as vaccine hesitancy turns into vaccine hostility. >> respects is really resulting in killing people. >> and breaking this morning, just under a week out from opening ceremonies, officials say olympics have detected the first covid case in the athletes village. plus, bombshells from behind the scenes, the country's top general draws parallels between former president trump and adolf hitler in a new explosive book. our military experts weighing in on the stunning comparison. they're back, for one year only. team usa softball players taking the field in tokyo. no one from -- sports like this, break dancing instead booting softball and baseball out of the
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contention for 2024. we're going to talk to two legendary players about that. all right, everybody, good morning, it is saturday, july 17th. i'm lindsey reiser. >> i'm garrett haake in more kendis gibson. >> we have a lot of reporters and analysts following the latest for us this morning. >> and today we're marking one year since the late congressman john lewis's death, and tensions over one of the core causes remain extremely high. both sides are locked in on the texas voting rights showdown, vowing to not back down. >> some state democrats are still holdingous in washington, d.c. after leaving the state monday to avoid that vote on the gop back restrictive elections bill. governor greg abbott is now threatening their arrest once they return home. tensions are high in austin, the impact is also being felt in washington. so we are going to bring in nbc news political reporter vaughn hillyard and nbc news white house reporter lauren egan.
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what is the mood there as we wait to see who blinks first, the texas democrats or governor greg abbott. >> reporter: the texas democrats have indicated their staying in washington, d.c. through at least august 7th when the special session ends. but the republican governor greg abbott has said he will call as many special sessions as needed until those texas democrats return here, and that that legislation in the house and the senate, what democrats call voting restriction bills, are signed into law. actually just talked with one of those state house democrats over zoom while he was in washington, d.c. and i asked him the very question about what is the operational goal here in the days ahead? they have met with senator manchin. cherry looking to meet with senator sinema and they're looking for election -- to be
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passed. >> all we're asking them to do is make one exception to one senate rule to save american democracy. it's not that hard. it's a pretty light lift when you consider what's at stake. our national democratic peers hold majorities in the house, in the senate and they hold the white house. there are no excuses not to pass a voting rights bill to ensure that millions of americans in texas and in georgia are able to access their sacred constitutional rights at the ballot box. >> reporter: of course that one senate rule that state representative is talking about is the filibuster, calling on particularly senators manchin and senator sinema who have been the two individuals thus far to suggest they're not willing to upsend the filibuster, no matter what legislation is in front of them, calling on them to do so in this voting rights situation, not only to pass it for the people act but also the john lewis voting rights act. i was talking with another state
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senator last night though yesterday and she said in conversations they had with senator manchin they did not explicitly call on him to upend the filibuster but instead play to his heart and try to get him to understand the reason why left texas. voting type restriction measures here need federal legislation to pass in order to protect states where they are not able to do so themselves from republican majorities. >> they played to his heart and then the next day joe manchin got on a plane and went down to texas to raise money, including with some republican heavy hitters in the energy industry. i wonder how that plays with these texas democrats and whether they are still as convinced as they were when they left his office. that he's in their corner on this issue. >> reporter: yeah, garrett, you've been living up in it all year, and this week especially, and knowing the cornering that takes place with senator manchin in those hallways where you have been. and the question has always been, what is senator manchin going to do, what is senator
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manchin going to say. this is a senator who has not up until 2024 here but at the same time holds the keys to so many democratic priorities, especially when he's you been willing to upend the filibuster despite so many democratic pleas as democrats hold the ja norts in the house and the senate and the white house and that's no guarantee heading beyond 2022 here. but senator manchin was reporting at a fundraiser here just yesterday in which there were not only republican donors but also oil titans here which were holding fundraisers not only for his senate campaign but also for his leadership pack, coming to texas, well, house democrats here in texas, and washington, d.c., were on the grounds that if they were to return to the state that the house republicans here in the state of texas had passed a lot just here this week that would have required them to be arrested upon arrival. so quite a different look, just days after meeting with those
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texas house democrats in d.c. for him to fly and take part in a fundraiser here, including among republican donors. >> of course, manchin, the energy committee chairman, shouldn't be that surprising he's meeting with oil industry -- lauren, i want to ask you about the white house strategy. they've put vice president harris in charge of this issue. she met with the texas democrats and here's what she had to say while meeting with voting rights advocates about this issue. >> let's be clear, not about any one racial group or gender group, this is about all americans, this is not an issue about democrats versus republicans. this is about americans. and this group of national leaders are very clear about that. this is a fight for all people, regardless of who they voted for in the last election or who they vote for in the next election. >> we've established what this is about, but lauren what are they going to do about it? president biden hasn't met with these texas democrats yet, is that a long game strategy.
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is he trying to keep distance from this because the options are so limited? >> reporter: i think what we just heard from the vice president right there really underscores one component of the white house's strategy, which is to build this broad coalition of both democrats and republicans who are concerned about some of these voting rights bills that we have seen, another component of the strategy is to raise public awareness about this. we heard president biden during that big voting rights speech he gave earlier this week say that quite frankly he's worried that some americans just aren't aware of what's going on. another component is to really push for some voter turnout. vice president harris announced a $25 million investment in the democratic party's voter turnout operations earlier this month. president biden has also said that he's going to look to the justice department to really tackle some of these voting rights bills. attorney general merrick garland announced a few weeks ago he was already going to sue georgia for a bill that was passed there.
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but garrett, the fact that all these other avenues even exist really underscores just how fragile the chances are of that federal legislation ever coming through. >> vaughn hillyard in austin, lauren egan at the white house, thank you both so much. as the delta variant and unvaccinated americans drive up covid cases across the country, hospitalizations are also up, deaths rising by 26%, and starting tonight a mask mandate reversal. l.a. county will again require its residents to wear masks in public and in indoor spaces. >> the shift is coming a month after l.a. county lifted virtually all covid restrictions on businesses and other public spaces. and now las vegas is following suit, and recommending the same, not requiring, nbc news correspondent gaud venegas is in california. how are people reacting? are they pretty bummed out because the restrictions were
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just lifted? >> reporter: good morning. people were shocked at first when this announcement was made. you can imagine that people many llgs county were very happy, as well as everyone in california, when that mask mandate disappeared june 15th. but this week health officials released information that worried a lot of residents here, saying they had a growth of 83% in cases over the last week and they focus on the almost 4 million people that remain unvaccinated, in l.a. county. so a lot of people were finding out yesterday, because the information is now making its way to all the residents, telling them that beginning tomorrow the mask mandate in indoor public places will kick off once again. two things we notice when we're talking to a lot of residents, one, many of them still carry the mask in their back pocket just in case, and two, they say although they hatd the masks they do plan to follow the new rule. this is what they had to say. >> i'm not angry now. i was angry before when people decided not to wear the masks when they were supposed to.
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so it's not so much that i'm suddenly angry again, it's they should just be wearing the masks. >> say that's interesting, it was nice getting back to real life. i got so used to a mask it's kind of normal now. >> reporter: meanwhile health officials in the county, just like in the rest of the state, are focusing on the vaccination campaign, you know, in california we still have the incentives with gift cards, there's a partnership with mcdonald's where they give free food to people that come get the vaccine. even sports venues here are giving away tickets, anything they can to try to convince these -- this part of the population, almost 4 million in l.a. county, that remain unvaccinated trying to, you know, close that gap to reduce the number of cases that have been increasing tremendously here in l.a. county as we prepare for this mask mandate to kick in once again tomorrow morning. >> if those fries don't do it, i don't know what will. but in all seriousness, gaud, you know, on one hand we don't
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like to see areas reverting but at the same time health measures can keep more people safe. thank you. joining us right now is dr. william shaffner, a professor at vanderbilt university. it's so good to see you. i wanted to talk to you about this, we're talking about this new minnesota date in l.a. county, a recommendation in vegas. it feels like we're going back to this patchwork across the country. is that what we need when we see pockets of unvaccinated people driving surges in cases? >> well, local health authorities will make their local decisions as you have just said. now, nationally, we're clearly focused on the people who still are reluctant, hesitant or perhaps even downright stubborn who haven't been vaccinated yet because this virus, particularly the delta variant, is really honing in on that population.
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that's where it's spreading. if we could persuade those people to come in and be vaccinated, then covid would be really reduced in its transmission, and we could finally get ahead of this virus. but we need them to participate. >> doc, i've got to think, it makes it harder to convince those people they should come in and get vaccinated when big county health departments are telling people it doesn't matter if you're vaccinated we need you to still wear a mask. >> that's for sure. two populations out there, the folks you've just heard about who said, sure, i'll do it, i'm used to it, i'm committed to helping people health, and then there are the other folks who are, shall we say, more independent, and are not yet with the program. we've got to persuade them to get with it because if they got vaccinated, then we could put the masks aside. but not until then. >> from a messaging, public health messaging perspective then is this confusing to people whether this jives with cdc
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guidelines or not or is this going to create more potential for mask fatigue and backlash? >> well, there's no doubt that there still is confusion out there, and in those localities, where masks are going to be required or requested, the local people are going to have have been very clear in their messaging about what their goals are, and why they're asking people to do this. >> there's probably no place where this kind of messaging is more important right now maybe than tennessee where you are. officials there have fired the state's top vaccination official, she'd been facing scrutiny from republicans over her department's vaccine outreach to teens. now, the newspaper there is saying the state is abandoning all outreach to teens, it seems as vaccine hesitancy is turning into straight up hostility in some places. who do you do about that, doc? >> it's been a most unfortunate event, but one of the things if
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there is a silver lining to this cloud is that it has drawn attention to the need to vaccinate children and not just against covid. you know, during our lockdowns lots of children weren't taken in to their family docs and pediatricians and they're behind in their routine immunizations. we want to catch them up to increase the rates of those immunizations. and this is drawing a lot of attention to that, and we hope that parents will bring children, infants, children, adolescents, in to their health care providers to catch up on those vaccinations. before they start school again this fall. >> all right, dr. william schaffner, thank you for starting us off this morning. and wading through what we're learning, we appreciate it. still ahead this morning, a peek into the mind of the country's top general, his concerns of a coup in the final days of the trump presidency and worries the former president would have used military power
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a federal judge in texas has blocked new applications for daca, a major setback for the initiative which has shielded dreamers, immigrants who arrived as children, from deportation. the judge sided states arguing the program had been created unlawfully by then president obama in 2012. those currently enrolled in the program won't be immediately affected by the decision with their fate hanging on the outcome of other legal cases but the biden administration is likely to appeal the decision raising the odds for a potential supreme court showdown. there are new security questions this morning following disturbing revelations about former president donald trump's waning days in office including fears of an attempted coup.
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in a new book joint chiefs chairman mark milli was growing increasingly anxious, strategizing with other top officials to keep that from happening. in this excerpt released by "the washington post" the general told his deputies, quote, you, meaning trump, can't do this without the military. you can't do this without the cia and the fbi, we're the guys with the guns. trump issued a statement on thursday denying he'd ever considered a coup adding that milley is the last person he'd want to start a coup with. joining me is military analyst jack jacobs and jamil jaffers. are you surprised there wasn't a more robust effort to secure the capitol ahead of january 6th if
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this was a discussion in the upper echelons of government, who might have come of it? >> it is very surprising. you would think if there were these concerns about a potential coup or unrest or the like in the lead up to the inauguration, the aftermath of the election, you would expect there would be security around all events and with the votes being counted there at the electoral votes being counted at the capitol, you'd expect that, dod, the national guard would be coordinating more closely and would have had a faster response to what happened there. it is obviously concerning that that didn't, in fact, happen. >> colonel, i want to read you an excerpt from the book. general milley says, quote, there is a good news story here, it's the strength of the country, there's polarization but at the end of the day the country did stand tall. there was a peaceful transfer of power, there weren't tanks in the streets and the line bent, but it didn't break. that's a low bar. we didn't see the election overturned, but you've got lawmakers essentially pretending it was just tourists, a lot of
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dangerous people, whoever left the pipe bombs outside the capitol are still out there. how confident are you in the fact that the line didn't break here and what posture should the military take? how should they look at what did and didn't happen in this scenario as they plan for whatever else might happen in the future? >> well, with respect to the 6th of january it was a terrible failure of intelligence, and one of the things that ought to come out, out of any investigation, into what happened, ought to be how the intelligence operation can make sure that information flows up and down the chain of command with some alacrity. what happened on the 6th of january should not have come as a sprierz to anybody including the military establishment. now, with respect to the military's participation in making sure things like that don't happen, it sounds like we were not sanguine about what was
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liable to happen, what was liable to be instigated by the trump administration. but i have a great deal of confidence in the chain of command. i think it was -- i think it was no lesser light than john bolton who recently said that could -- a coup wouldn't possibly have happened because that requires planning and planning is not exactly a forte of the trump administration. but more importantly, it requires the connivance from everybody up and down the chain of command. that's clearly something that would not have happened. there's a great deal of strength in the chain of command and we can rely heavily on it to make sure something like that never happens. >> coordination not a strong point of the white house. colonel, at risk of turning this segment into a private book club, there's another book coming out reporting that general milley warned trump against a possible strike on iran. an excerpt from that book by new york author susan glasser and
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peter baker, telling trump you're going to have an f-ing war on your hands here. prospect of a war with iran has hung over everything in foreign policy for years now. how close could we have been, how dangerous was that scenario, particularly talking about the killing of general soleimani as a way to trip into war with iran. >> it's very easy to agitate iran, and we're always on the verge of some kind of conflict, and in the last -- well, exactly -- since 1979 we have had skirmishes of various types and varieties. iran is in the process of trying to become a dominant force in the middle east. there are proxy wars all over the -- proxy skirmishes all over the place in the region between iran on the one hand and saudi arabia on the other. we've always been close to being
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physically involved with iran, but i think cooler heads prevail. again, it's a question of making intelligent decisions based on good information which is stood us well in the past and it will in the future. we have used various ways to make life difficult for iran to get them to change their minds about how they deal with their neighbors. but those have all taken the -- usually taken the shape of economic instruments of power and the use of cyber, which we're very good at by the way. >> nbc news has not confirmed that reporting on iran, but we're working on it. thank you. his aides were the first to testify and now it's his turn. new york governor andrew cuomo facing tough questions later today as the state attorney general's office investigates claims of sexual harassment. what we expect to learn next. s l during the holidays.
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let's take a look at today's other stop stories tcdc is confirming a case of monkey pox in a texas resident who recently traveled to nigeria, the first reported case of the virus in the u.s. in nearly two decades. officials say they believe the risk is low because travelers have to wear masks but they're reaching out to anyone who may have had contact. the traveler is in the hospital in stable condition. flee people facing dozens of criminal charges in connection with a boat accident that killed 17 people in south western missouri. the 17 were on board this ride the ducks tourist boat when it sank in table rock lake in july of 2018. nine of them were all members of the same family. the charges were filed against the captain and general manager in the manager on duty, each facing 17 charges of first degree involuntary manslaughter, stemming from the decision to take the boat out on the lake during a severe thunderstorm warning.
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>> who could forget that terrible story and video. sad news, biz markie who became known as the clown prince of hip-hop has died. now the ceo said in a statement the 57-year-old peacefully passed away last night. he was noin for that iconic hit "just a friend," many people will be singing that jam tonight. new york governor andrew cuomo set for questioning by investigators from new york state's attorney general's office, all part of an independent probe into allegations the governor sexually harassed currents and former female aides. >> the move indicates that the four month investigation could be entering its final stages. cuomo has apologized for unintentionally making anyone feel uncomfortable but has consistently denied any criminal action, he'd deny that he sexually harassed anyone. kathy park is following this story from new york so walk us
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through what will happen today. >> good morning, guys, as far as the details of the meeting it's still unclear at this point. we know it's going to take place in albany, and two outside attorneys who have been asked to look into these allegations of sexual harassment and wrongdoing, they have been looking into this for several months now and collecting hours of testimony from the women who have come forward accusing the governor of such things and also collecting countless amounts of documents. so eventually all this information will become public but right now it's still unclear where they are in the investigation. but today we understand that these outside attorneys, one a former federal prosecutor and another a prominent employment attorney will be putting governor cuomo in the hot seat and as you mentioned the governor has denied any wrongdoing. and we should mention this is not a criminal investigation,
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but depending on what comes out of this inquiry, it could have a big impact on his political career as he eyes a potential fourth term. we do want to note his senior adviser did issue a statement ahead of the questioning today and it reads in part we have said repeatedly the governor doesn't want to comment on this review until he has cooperated. the continued leaks are more evidence of the transparent political motivation of the attorney general's review and as far as the timeline goes once again, you know, it remains to be seen where they are in the investigation. there are some indications he could be questioned again depending on how today turns out. but leticia james said the inquiry could conclude when it concludes. back to you guys. >> kathy park, thank you very
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are still missing. and people aren't able to reach their loved ones due to internet and power outages. first responders are hard at work bringing people to safety. rescue efforts continue. now to cuba, thousands are dpaerting that pro regime rally this morning in havana after a week of anti-government protests were broken up by police and by the president's sympathizers. there are also anti-cuban government protests scheduled today in miami and washington, d.c. nbc's ed augustine is in havana, cuba. what's the latest there, ed? >> reporter: well, the latest is we have thousands of people gathering less than a mile away from me in the center of havana. people coming out to support the government. some of those people, must be said, many of those people, must be said, are not there of their own volition. i spoke to a cobbler who was
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unable to mend my shoe because people in the place where he worked had been organized, told to attend today's rally. on the other hand this morning i spoke to a cuban scientist involved in the anti-coronavirus effort here who said that in his center plenty of people went because they wanted to, colleagues were calling each other, giving each other lifts in cars. in cuba it's a complex picture between people who are forced to go and people who support the government. that mix of people are congregating right now. the latest we've got is that just under an hour ago an anti-regime protesters broke out and shouted slogans against the regime, was beaten by police, whisked off and presumably is under arrest and in interrogation. later on today, a call has gone out, for there to be an attempt to have anti-regime protests throughout the country. earlier on in this week i spoke to a man at those protests last
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sunday. >> this is what he told me, look how long the queue is now, people have been queueing up since 8:00 or 9:00 just to feed their families. one of the things that's driving these anti-regime protests, of course lots of cries were downward communism, people against the government here, especially young, but the main factor, i think, is economic. both government supporters and anti-regime protesters agree, things are awful now in cuba. the man i spoke to was in a queue for over ten hours and he went home empty handed. in terms of battles for interpretation government supporters blame the privations on the pandemic and u.s. sanctions, worth pointing out the trump administration put over 200 new measures against the cuban government and they would say the cuban people, just one of those measures,
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remittances were banned. u.s. people, it's difficult for the americans to send remittances to their families in cuba and that measure alone took $3.5 billion out of the cuban economy, that in large part explains the snaking queues. and horrible privations, lack of medicine, squarely on the government. we'll be with you throughout the day giving you updates. >> ed, ifs nating circumstances down there, be safe. violence clashes across south africa are taking a deadly and destructive turn. the death toll is more than 210 this morning. the price tag for damage and losses from looting now at more than $1 billion. and more than 2,500 people have been arrested. nbc news foreign correspondent kelly cobiella has more. >> reporter: thousands of soldiers on the streets in response to these stunning images that have shocked south africans, looting on a massive scale, windows smashed. hundreds of stores set on fire.
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police often outnumbered, and overwhelmed. a desperate scene at this building torched by rioters, a mother threw her toddler into the safe arms of a crowd below. more than 200 have died. ten killed in a stampede during looting at this supermarket. everything in here has been destroyed. there is nothing left to salvage except for a few shelves. but no goods. the violence is sparked by the arrest of former president jacob zuma, under investigation for corruption and fraud, but still popular among many core south africans. >> the instagators want to spread -- >> reporter: today they're left with less, waiting hours in line for food, fuel and medicine. this pharmacist's business was looted. he told me he lost everything and is not sure how he'll feed
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his family. what's left? >> nothing. nothing. all the stuff, computers, gone. >> reporter: the president called the violence a coordinated deliberate attack intended to destabilize the country and vowed to bring those responsible to justice. >> nbc's kelly cobiella in south africa, thank you. after a 13-year hiatus softball is back on the olympic stage. we chat with two players whose careers have spanned the long gap and we'll talk about whoi it won't be on for long. >> a new smithsonian museum celebrating la tee owe culture and history. trelegy for copd. ♪ birds flyin' high, you know how i feel. ♪
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that someone involved with organizing the games has tested positive in the village, does that worry you? >> you know, things here are great, everyone in our congregation is following protocols and, you know, doing what we can due to control it. the news of the one positive test doesn't change things. i mean, i think it was going to be expected that there might be a few, i don't know that you can expect to have 100%, nobody ever tests positive in this situation, but the plus is, it's somebody who was organizing the games and not somebody who was involved daily with athletes. >> monica, i mean, things look different this year, obviously you'll be comparing and contrasting since when you were last there, but for example no fans in the dining halls for example, plexiglass, other precautions, how do you feel about the different protocols you're doing this time around? >> you know, we are definitely as athletes doing our due diligence. there's plexiglass between every seat in the dining hall in the
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gym, you know, everyone is wearing masks indoors and outdoors. and trying to stay three feet away. we're also covid testing every morning. and trying as best we can to stay within, i think it's three to six feet of each other. so we're doing what we can. and that's really all you can do. >> cat, this year also marks the 25th anniversary of the 1996 team winning gold in atlanta. you know, you haven't been to the olympics since 2008. olympic. i was may be an olympic athlete in baking and eating sourdough other than that, i can't really say during the pandemic that i kept in shape. how did you do it. >> obviously, the postponement came out publicly and i think we just allan committed to each other. there was 18 of us that were like, you know what, we'll do
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whatever it takes every single day. we're ready when go time comes.e the other part of it, we did our job asit a team. having to talk tuesdays. we made monkey bread over zoom together, so we were in the kitchen as well. not big sourdough bread makers, but monkey bread makers. >> monkey bread is allowed on the diet of an olympian. >> we did a good job of staying together. >> that's so jinspiring to hea. you know, monica, the last question to you here, talk to me about t redemption. you guysab are ranked number on. what's your mind-set going into tuesday, which i think i is wednesday your time. >> yeah, definitely. you know, the wbsc has us ranked right now as number one, but not far and nipping at our heels is team japan and the rest of the world. and to be t honest, japan has t
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last gold medal and they've had it for 13 years. so we're definitely ready to compete with them. we look forward to those opportunities toho compete with other countries. that softball is growing in the world. and we're going to put on a great show and we hope everyone will be watching and engaging with the softball a community. >> can't belief it's not included in 2024, but break-dancing is. maybe that's a conversation for another day. kat, monica, we will be rooting for e you. we cannot wait. good luck and try to enjoy every second, even though it's weird. >> thank you. >> thank you guys so much. >>so i love that. i will definitely still be watching. >> monkey bread! who knew?! >> we're learning something new every moment. wounds still as raw today as they were 25 years ago. >> everyone's direction in life changed at that moment when that plane went down. >> we're taking a look back at the twa flight 800 crash and how
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today marks 25 years since one of america's worst air disasters. twa flight 800 exploded over the atlantic ocean, killing all 230 people onboard shortly after taking off from new york's kennedy airport. >> the remaining wreckage from that tragedy, a 93-foot-long reconstruction of the 747 will soon be dismantled. after serving as an important training tool to make sure our flights today are safer.
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here's nbc's peter alexander. >> reporter: pieces of wreckage and fuel oil could be seen burning for hours. >> 25 years ago this month, just off the coast of new york, the atlantic was lit up by flames from twa flight 800. images seared into heidi's heart. >> everyone's direction in life changed at that moment when that plane went down. >> reporter: among the 230 people lost, heidi's fiancee, michel braystrof. >> he was amazing and just very young. >> reporter: joe vividly remembers the last call from his wife, pam, with his daughters, shannon and katie, checking in just before boarding the flight. >> i could hear the girls running and enjoying themselves and having a great time. and they were so excited to be going to paris. that is the thought that will always live with me. >> reporter: their flight from jfk exploded shortly after takeoff. >> i got a telephone call from
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pam's mother. she said, oh, my god. it went down off of long island. turn on the tv. >> reporter: the four-year investigation that followed was one of the most exhaustive in aviation history. investigators were able to identify all of the victims and 95% of the plane's wreckage was recovered. that boeing 747 first carefully reconstructed a at a hangar in new york and then transported to the ntsb training center in northern virginia. >> this is what caused this plane to go down? >> this is the area where it occurred right here. >> reporter: the ntsb determining the likely cause of the crash, an electrical spark that ignited fumes inside the center fuel tank. this reconstructed fuselage critical to solving the mystery. >> are we safer because of this? >> absolutely. we haven't had any kind of an accident like this since then. >> reporter: a testament, they say, to dedication and hard work. this wreckage helped teach investigators valuable safety lessons, producing regulations that fundamentally changed how aircraft are designed. from how they're wired to
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reducing the potential for explosions in the fuel tank. for years, this reconstruction has been used as a unique teaching tool for future investigators. >> i appreciate what the families sacrificed in order for it to be here. >> reporter: after his loss, joe lichner said he's found a way to survive and thrive, while always carrying those memories. >> i image those sounds of your daughters enjoying themselves probably play in your head forever. >> so true. >> that was nbc's peter alexander reporting. there is a memorial event planned for tonight in long island to remember those lives lost 25 years ago. >> thank you for watching msnbc reports this morning. i'm garrett haake. >> and i'm lindsey reiser. we will be back at 6:00 a.m. eastern. and "velshi" starts right now. enjoy your saturday. today on "velshi," as we mark the first anniversary of john lewis' death, lawmakers are getting into good trouble in order to protect voting rights in the face of the onslaught by the gop. plus, we're just days away from the senate holding the first
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vote on a bipartisan infrastructure bill, meaning this week actually could be infrastructure week. i've traveled to portland, oregon, to speak with a group of people to find out how infrastructure affects their daily lives. hear their thoughts on the two bills moving through congress, and why they're taking issue with republicans who say human infrastructure is too expensive. also, i sat down with transportation secretary pete buttigieg as he hit the road to promote biden's infrastructure agenda. he told me about the biggest factor the administration considers when making its policy, and it's not what you're thinking. velshi starts now. good morning. it is saturday, july the 17th. i'm ali velshi. we begin this morning with the fight to fix the nation's infrastructure. democrats on capitol hill are pushing to finalize two massive bills. one that has republican support, another that does not. and the deadlines are fast

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