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entire enterprise." to which we say how very 2021. that is on that note our broadcast for this thursday night. with our thanks for being here with us. on behalf of all of our colleagues at the networks of nbc news, good night.
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there found with they sounded a further alarm that they are at capacity, and after that they signed a further alarm that they were overcapacity
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including the icus. hospitals in southwest missouri had to get more ventilators shipped in from other places in the last couple of, weeks hospitals in southwest missouri when -- they've had to bring in from other states, one springfield missouri hospital has hired 175 traveling nurses already on top of the usual compliment, they say that is still not enough. they have 46 more arriving on monday. two different hospital executives from two different hospitals in springfield, missouri put out calls inouri pi places begging for respiratory therapist from anywhere in the country to please come augment their staff in springfield. we have been watching a report over the last couple of weeks as they had to open up a second and then a third new covid ward in one of these springfield, missouri hospitals. and it's not easy. missouri has low vaccine uptake, particularly in the southwest part of the state. they are doing their best, even religious groups, clergy have a
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whole new campaign to try to turn that around, to try to up the vaccine uptake numbers, but they're still low. and they are still now in the middle of a critical -- crippling spike in infections. that is over running their health system. for the first time the, we have a little bit of positive news to report. it's been more than a week since the two ceos of springfield's two major hospitals in the county health department there, did this fairly desperate press conference which we covered on the show where they proclaim that they were in a crisis in terms of hospital capacity and they asked in very plain terms, for the missouri state government to please come help. please come into the springfield area and set up an alternative care side there, some sort of field hospital, to relieve some of the pressures of the existing hospitals that are overrun. again, that was more than a week ago. that that cry for help went out, and it has been unnerving ever since two watch silence from the state government and
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response. governor parson essentially blame the hospitals for whether we're going through and southwest missouri. he gave a press conference yesterday about covid vaccination but in his press conference, he said the real problem was from the doom and gloom on the press. and he attacked all local papers in missouri on reporting on the covid crisis. there he said that george soros was up to. it really? it's one thing for a governor to clown himself like that we, but whatever we're used to it. but here the situation of one corner of that state is begging for help for something really specific. they say their hospitals are overrun and they basically need to be rescued, they have pulled the fire alarm. this is not the time for the random george soros antisemitic, illumined oddity conspiracy theories. we can do that later. we actually have a thing to do
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that now, we can get back to the crazy later. i said that there is good news and there is, just as we were ready to get on the air tonight, the week -- they finally said that they are going to act, they are sending ambulance teams, they sourced ambulance teams from arkansas. they're also sending teams from staff and specialized equipment to set up in infusion said center. this is interesting, an infusion center, so people who test positive for covid who are at high risk of proceeding to get really sick, people can get monoclonal, and i body infusions, like president trump did. those infusions, if you get them in time, after you test positive but before you get to the hospital, those drugs are really, really, really effective at people out of the hospital. so they are setting up a monoclonal infusion center in springfield. and --
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they are still not there yet, hey what's the rush? we but the government says that they have identified a sight tonight for such a facility, a hotel chosen by the health government. they're asking fema to do this, they're asking the feds. so we better late than never. there is legitimate movement there, finally. it's good to see it. but as i said, the situation of missouri continues to get worse at this hour. at this point, missouri according to the federal government, missouri is one of three states, missouri, texas, and florida that count for 40% of the new cases nationwide. and that might not be a big deal if there weren't that many cases nationwide, but in fact new cases nationwide have tripled in the last couple of weeks. so for the last few weeks, for it to have gone up almost half of that is saying something that the crisis. and here is another piece of encouraging news though, we get
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out of missouri. this today was a unanimous supreme court ruling from the state supreme court of missouri, and this is a big deal. last year, in 2020, and missouri, in a state where former president trump just rocked in the general election, he beat biden by 15 points. nevertheless, in 2020, missouri voters also voted, by a large margin, to get health insurance to hundreds of thousands of people in missouri who currently don't have it. and republican politicians in missouri were loudly and uniformly opposed to this ballot initiative, and missouri is, for sure, a red state with republican leaders dominating every level of state government. but a big healthy majority of missouri residents voted for this constitutional amendment that they put in the ballot last year that will get more people in the state health insurance. it will get them health
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insurance to medicaid. and it is a consequential life changing thing for so many people on an individual level and individual misery families, this will be 275,000 people who live in missouri right now who don't have health insurance. who are going to be able to get covered. to get health insurance. because of missouri voters passing that constitutional amendment last year. here's the thing though, after it passed by a large and clear margin, the republican governor of missouri, that same guy, mike parson, and the republican dominated state legislator in missouri, they try to say that that vote didn't count because they didn't like the way that vote turned out. missouri legislators and the missouri republican governor spent a whole year last year trying to figure out new and creative ways to pretend that that law didn't pass, to pretend that they weren't bound by it even though it did pass. they just refused to do it. well today, the missouri
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supreme court voted unanimously that the republican legislature have to accept and follow the results of the court. the election cannot be overturned, its results cannot be ignored. the ruling today of missouri supreme court states that the state government is bound by the results of the election. the kansas city star put out an editorial about this, we say that it was a good day for the rule of law, all missouri and should be happy the voices have finally been heard. it's tempting to ask republican state legislators who disobey the will of the people to apologize. their decision to recognize the new requirements of the new law passed by voters clearly violated the state constitution while slapping voters in the face. they said, quote, it took some time, but the missouri supreme court said whatever you when you, the voters had a right to require medicaid expansion, a right which they exercised. they concluded missouri, the people still rule.
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and you know, with missouri is suffering through this storm, still increasing storm of covid cases, with the southwest corner of missouri having hit hospitals overrun already, with kids city -- kansas city hospital diverting patients, there's austin honestly no better time for 270,000 people to get health insurance. anything that will persuade people to get with checked out and get help, that is good. so time is once again on of the and since here and missouri. and delay means death. but gob less misery for starting to move on this issue and help those beleaguered health workers who are suffering through an incredible influx, particularly in the southwest corner of the state but now spreading across that state. i will say though, this whole ignoring the results of the election thing, we it is also a
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theme that we cannot seem to stop humming everywhere in the country. now today is small county in central pennsylvania, a county in south central pennsylvania, on the border of rural maryland, they were advised today by the state that the state has decertify their intent entire voting system. the voting machines, the counting equipments, the software, every thing is decertified and cannot be legally used in any future election. they have to buy all new stuff. that is because local republican officials in that one county, they hounded over all the equipment to a random, uncertified private company to do some kind of wizard-y spanish inquisition on the countless machines. this was after pro trump republicans in the pennsylvania state senate demanded that. there trump republicans in the state senate had demanded other counties in pennsylvania to do that to, but it was just this one, little, really pro trump republican county that said yes, yes we want to do that.
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and now that one small county wants to -- they have this giant expense they have to bear on this own. we to replace every piece of voting equipment that they got in that county. because of the rush to we go into that trump fantasy that -- they've now ensured that they're voting equipment cannot be used to vote to count anything ever again. well done. that was a small county in south central pennsylvania. that's now put itself to considerable expense for having wanted to indulge this fantasy. but the same thing happened just last month in one of the biggest counties of the country, in maricopa county, arizona, which is the fourth largest county in the country by population. they too, have their entire voting system decertified, and they too, need to buy a whole new everything. after the elections.
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after republicans in the state senate force them to return their entire voting system to random, uncertified one man band called cyber ninjas, and he's a trump conspiracy theorist, qanon promoter who is never let anything like this in his life. he is the one who got all of the voting equipment from the fourth most populous county in the country. arizona taxpayers will therefore be showing up millions of dollars to replace all of that equipment which will have to be junk because those guys have been doing lord knows wet with it since they got their hands on it in april. april. they started that scam audit arizona thing in april. they said it would take three weeks. and it's july and nobody seems to know what they're up. to. they don't feel the need to update anyone anymore because they're like, we're looking for the bamboo! and the whole country lots of
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them, so we don't get updates anymore. what are they doing? but are they planning on doing with whatever results they finally get? well, the day after tomorrow, former president donald trump is going to maricopa county, arizona. it is his first trip in arizona since he lost the election. he is going to arizona on saturday to hype the cyber ninjas audit there, and what he is calling a rally to protect our elections. there is a republic puts it gently to their leaders, he continues to falsely claim that he did not lose the elections. and sees the review as a mechanism to spread is unfounded theory and perhaps reinstate him and former -- to office >> you and who, raise your hand if you think not just trump but martha mcsally is going to be returning triumphantly to washington because of whatever the guy
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from cyber ninjas is going to say, raise your hand. now i can see all of you through the tv screen because i am q, and ask you i have powers to see backwards through cameras, i can see some of you have your hands up, very few of you think that they will be reinstated by this process of pro trump republicans trashing voting equipment and spewing conspiracy theory. i can see, that you don't believe it, many of you. but enough trump supporters do believe it, to make it a very lucrative gig. but the arizona republic reports tonight that one of the republican state senator and hours on who's been promoting the odd thing in our zonal along, he's now selling t-shirts promoting his cause, the cost of his t-shirts? it's a sliding scale by size. they're 35 to $45 for a t-shirt.
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wow. order yours today. it's $35 for a small, or $45 for a double extra large, which seems rude. the washington post reports that former president trump appears to have found a path through the wreckage to pay his living expenses via this nonsense. there's a headline quo trump's pac collected $75 million this year but so far the group has not put money into pushing for the 2020 ballot reviews he scouts. here's the lead former president donald trump's political pac raised about $75 million in the first half of this year as he trumpeted the false notion that the 2020 election was stolen from him, but the pack has not divided funds to help finance the ongoing ballot review now or zone, or to push for similar endeavors in other states according to people familiar with the finances. instead, these save america leadership pac which has few limits on how we can spend its
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money, instead of paying for the actual audits and stuff -- what it's instead paying for is some of the former presidents travel, legal costs and staff, along with other expenses, according to the people who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the groups in our workings. so dude is raising money for this pac, save america, by saying he needs to save america, and the way he's going to save america as you need to give him money so he can fund these efforts to overturn the election results so he could be rightfully reinstated along with martha mcsally. but then he's not actually spending any of the money on anything like that at goal. what is he using it, what's the list there? the pack is being spent, this pack money is being spent on the former presidents travel, legal cross and staff and other expenses. other expenses. stop the steal.
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by me lunch. quote, since leaving office trump has repeatedly pushed for various states to overturn the election results, sending out a blizzard of statements with unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud. he has consulted with state officials in arizona, pennsylvania and georgia, is that what we call, it consulting? and he has described state ballot reviews as the key to prove that he won the 2020 election. and his political group has repeatedly urged donors to give by claiming that trump is working to protect their votes. fundraising pitches that his advisers say remain the most lucrative. one recent facebook ads says quote, we need you to join the fight to secure our elections. join the fight to secure our elections. pay for my private jet gas. buy me a sandwich. pay for my staff and buy other expenses. save america, that is a world class griff, man.
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$75 million, just in the first half of the year. but the predicate for this grift, the false idea that they are selling to the masses of trump supporter is this idea that there was some kind of consequential election fraud, right? and eventually they'll get around to finding it someday. maybe if there were more than one cyber ninjas it would be easier. but that predicate for the grift, that idea that they are selling, literally, to pay for trump's living and traveling expenses now. that they are getting rich on, right? you can buy a 45 dollar t-shirt to support, right? the predicate for that grift, as the brennan center reports today, is a shared predicate with republican legislators all across the country who so far this here have passed, not just introduced but pass, 30 new laws restricting the right to vote. here's the brennan center today quote as of july 14th, 18
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different states have enacted 30 new laws, so far in 2021, that make it harder for americans to vote, and the same time period, zero states have produced evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election. in iowa, montana, they have reduced the hours and the location of polling places. in florida, georgia, india but -- they have limited the number, location availability of but mail -- in other states they shortened the time you get to apply for a mail ballot, in arkansas they've also shorten the amount of time that you have to get that ballot back in. in arizona and florida they'll be kicking people off the absentee voting list, in arizona, iowa, florida kentucky utah they'll be expanding voter purges, kicking people off the voter rolls entirely. in florida, arkansas, new hampshire in wyoming there is harsher, stricter narrow voter i.d. requirements.
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and yes, in florida and georgia they're banning water or any food or snacks for anyone in line no matter how long the line gets, no matter how hot it is that the, no matter how old the waiting voter is. 18 different states, 30 different voter restrictions law and counting, those are past, those are laws. and the effort to find a way to stop it, to try to put a floor under voting rights nationwide so no state can restrict voting rights below that nationwide floor to hold them up, that fight still hinges on the for the people act, which has passed the house and it's stuck in the senate, is still stuck in the senate because of uniform republican opposition to it and the hope the republicans are getting in that effort from democratic senator joe manchin. as we've been reporting for the past couple of weeks, that impassioned washington is so unacceptable to so many people who are clambering to protect
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the right to vote against this onslaught in the states, who are finding a new purpose in their life that what they ought to be working on right now is trying to protect the right to vote against the worst voter restrictions we've seen in generations. there is a climber to do that. such desperation to do that that we are now seeing the start of a high summer of direct action. peaceful, non violent, civil disobedience. in washington and elsewhere. that is designed to try to change the game, try to make a new way possible, try to unblocked this impasse for by finding a way into the conscious of the country, and lawmakers on this issue. today was a group of about 50 lawmakers and activists civil rights leaders, most of them african american men, who gathered in front of the steps to the u.s. supreme court they were members of congress, state lawmakers from texas, civil rights advocates calling on the federal government to step up, to find a way to protect the right to vote for all americans, to get the for the people act
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passed. they give speeches there, where they started and then a group of those activists and lawmakers and leaders left the steps of the supreme court marched one of the u.s. senate's office buildings, they helped signs, they chanted no justice no peace, said this is what democracy looks like. when they arrived at the senate office building they stood in the line in front of the door, momentarily blocking anyone from coming in or out, as an act of civil disobedience. they said the filibuster has to go. for they said if we don't get it, shut it down. and you see that police officer there pacing in front of them, that is how you know they were about to be arrest. eventually, the arrest started. and even some of the protesters kept chanting while they were handcuffed waiting -- in handcuffs, waiting to be loaded into the police fans. but they were doing a call and response with the people watching on the sidewalks, saying black voters, they matter here. ten people's were arrested today.
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including a member of congress, that's hank johnson, in the purple tie and sunglasses there. participating in that momentary blockade in front of the senate office building today to try to push the envelope. to try to demand action. so he was among those arrested today put in handcuffs, hauled away by police. hank johnson is the second sitting member of congress to be arrested in the past week for participating in direct action, in nonviolent civil disobedience around voting rights. last week you remember coverage it was ohio congresswoman choice baby arrested in the lobby of that same senate office building, today's protest was organized by the group black voters matter, if you notice it was black women leading that protests last week, black men leading it today. just the latest in what has been a string of direct action, nonviolent disobedience, public displays of cost conscious this
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summer to try to push congress to try to change the game, try to make something new possible, to protect voting rights. civil rights leaders tell us that this is just the start of what they've planned for the rest of the summer, to do what they can to stop the stripping of voting rights in this country in state after state, one of the members of congress was at today's protests will join us live. next. stay with us. stay with us called tardive dyskinesia - td. and it can seem like that's all people see. some meds for mental health can cause abnormal dopamine signaling in the brain. while how it works is not fully understood, ingrezza is thought to reduce that signaling. ingrezza is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with td movements in the face and body. people taking ingrezza can stay on their current dose of most mental health meds. don't take ingrezza if you're allergic to any of its ingredients. ingrezza may cause serious side effects,
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rights of citizens of the united states to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the united states or by any state on account of race, state, or condition of salt servitude. this audit is by -- how are we stuck here right now? so the message to those who are being obstacles, obstructionist, delay or,'s delay tons, all over those is to get to work. how long do i have to speak?
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how often do i have to talk? and where do i have to go detail that story? whatever it takes, we will be there as non violent perpetrators of truth. civil disobedience persons we are, and i leave you in the name of the late john lewis who said, carry on. carry on. carry on. i will, carry on utah >> texas congresswoman sheila jackson lee today, urging senators to ditch the filibuster and fast federal voting rights legislation. you heard her talk about civil disobedience there, we'll, shortly after those remarks from the congresswoman, several of the activists and leaders she was speaking alongside congressman hate johnson was, -- you see there in the background, several of them were arrested in an active non violent civil disobedience in front of the senate. building it was the latest
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protest in what the activists have called a summer of activism and non direct action to renew federal protections for voting rights. congresswoman josh jackson sheila lee represents the grounds are for these rights. she was -- record voter turnout in the last election. that was what thanks in part to waste that the county made it easier for people to vote. republicans in the texas legislator looked at that and probably brought wrote a bill outlawing this week -- the bill included restrictions as currently blocked from passage only because texas democrats got on the plane and left the state en masse. so there can't be a quorum back home. those texas democrats are still in d.c. pressuring the u.s. senate for the same thing congresswoman lee was with them and congressman johnson and other leaders were demanding. today passage for the for the people act and the john lewis
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act to set up federal voting rights standard that would block the voting rights republican led states with -- propublica -- congresswoman sheila lee jackson is joining us here tonight, thank you for joining us here tonight, i know it's been a long day already. we >> thank you for having me. it's certainly good to be with you this evening. >> let me ask you about this event today and this dramatic protest today including this one violent civil disobedience that resulted in arrests. let me ask you if your rights were fairly portrayed and what's your name was in that particular event? >> rachel, it was a powerful moment and i was glad to be there as a supporter of black man who we look at with historically out racism, discrimination, and slavery, they bore the brunt.
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they were the ones who were beaten the most, discriminated against the, most incarcerated the most. and even as black women have suffered, black men were the examples of what white racism could do to a human being. so it's a powerful moment that reflected members of congress we, organizations such as fraternities honoring black man pastoral groups, etc. and we saw congressman hank johnson offer himself along with others to be arrested. we are fighting for our voting lives. in essence, we are fighting for the life or death of the week ability in the right to vote. when i spoke, i indicated that we were standing in front of the supreme code court, and when marshall walked into the supreme court, he walked into the aftermath of those who had lost their lives in the aftermath of the civil rights movement, when john lewis came to write the wrong. we and now, we are here, some
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56 years after the 1965 voting rights act, and rachel, i act to ask the question why. why can't we have the protection of the 15th amendment, which instructs the senate, constitutionally, that they have a duty to and all laws that bridge the right to vote on the base of race. and it has not occurred. we so, i'm a legislator, i've been told i'm a legislator, i know i'm a legislator and i sit on the judiciary committee. and i have written voting rights, reauthorization, years ago often. and they've been passed in a bipartisan way because we have the cancer of the big lie, we now have this fight. and because we have the re-incarnation of the filibuster, used in the 19 sixties to block civil rights laws, and it is now being. used and i don't know if the senators today under somewhat
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tradition there. and they're in the tradition of sack greg a shin of senators who use the filibuster. and frankly, we are all gonna be participating in civil disobedience. we will be back again next week with women. and you'll see members of congress in engaging in civil disobedience as legislators because we want to legislate, but we have got to move in order to legislate. >> talk to me about the tactical decision to move into direct action. we spoke with reverend william barber last night and o'rourke who were planning a selma style march in texas next week. we spoke with a number of people who talk to us and let us know that we should expect nonviolent civil disobedience and direct action to not only continue but to escalate over the course of this summer. is this idea that tactics outside the electoral system as it's a narrowly defined are ready to break this impasse? >> we i believe that we are
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americans and we live in america. and over the history of america, we have seen direct action, non violent, can anyone remember the outraged taxpayers in boston who threw with tea into the boston harvard we, didn't have the chance to get some good tea that they wanted because they were outraged with? they engaged in civil disobedience. we have seen over the years, as i've served in the united states congress, participated in a quarter of 1 million person march in new york against the iraq war. against the continuation of the afghan war. and people of come from all over. we will -- need [inaudible] voices that are spoken and people who are not listening. so i think the idea, rachel, is one, those of us who are legislators, heads of organizations, legal citizens,
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we want to teach them, we want to do this nonviolently, we don't expect to throw any storm or represent any form of violence. but as i said in the book that was just written with john lewis is name on, it is a kept carry on. i say because it is a dear friend, to be able in this, year one year since his death, one year of his death was on saturday. and we were christening a ship at that time in san diego, to think that all that he did, that we have come to a point where we have friends, allies in the united states senate, who want to put a rule, and let me be very clear, the filibuster is a rule, it has no place in the constitution, it is not a constitutional amendment or provision, and therefore, from my perspective, it has no authority. the senate, and i know the leadership there are eager to do things, one, roll the filibuster off and compromise those who believe it is sacred,
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to be able to pass budget reconciliation that we have for the infrastructure bill, the voting rights bill, the george floyd justice and policing act and i hope, that a child 40, reparations. but even so, we i think it is important to know that the constitution never wanted the tyranny of the minority to overcome the majority. the minority should be protected in this instance, it is mitch mcconnell. they should be protected but they cannot dominate. they cannot undermine the voices of the american people who spoke in november of 2020. we are taking that lead, frankly. hearing those voices who ask us every day why? why can you not protect us? texas democratic delegation there leading their families, their jobs, their income, their livelihood as one would say, and living in conditions that
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are not the best. and they have come. so i believe we cannot tolerate that. bill texas cannot tolerate their bill, and neither can the other 46 states that have put these anti-voting bills in place. >> texas congresswoman sheila jackson lee joining us from houston, thank you so much for being here tonight, i know that this was an intense day. and i appreciate you being here and help us understand, thank. you >> thank you for having me. look for to seeing you again. thank you. >> indeed. we have much more ahead, stay with us. with us. ♪ born to be wild ♪ see disney's jungle cruise. applebee's and a movie, now that's eatin' good in the neighborhood. (vo) when you are shopping for a new vehicle, how do you know which brand you can trust? with subaru, you get kelley blue book's most trusted brand winner, seven years in a row. in fact, subaru has won most trusted brand
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lives to serve alongside and help u.s. forces during that 20-year-long war. well today, news, the hopes for those translators got a big boost in large part thanks to veterans who are currently serving in congress. retired army ranger and democratic congressman jason crow, he served three tours of duty in afghanistan, today the house voted on a bill of his that would increase the number of these special visas for these translators from 11, 000, which is the number that's available now, to 19,000. it would also cut down some of the bureaucratic hurdles that limits who can apply for these visas, speed up the application process. the bill passed the house overwhelmingly. 400 and 7 to 16. doesn't that make you want to know who the 16 were? they were all republicans, a group you might describe as the usual suspects. accepted the fact that usual suspects was a very good movie in the nineties that doesn't deserve to be associated with these grapes. jason crow's bill is passed,
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depend. the only thing stronger than us, is you. >> this is brand news from the veterans advocacy group which always makes good ads and content, watch this, watch this one, it's totally worth seeing. >> i grew up in this city after graduating from nursing school, then i worked with the u.s. special forces. we worked with the forces for six years, shoulder to shoulder, every single day. . >> as a pilot, interpreters are on the ground with u.s. infantry it was local interpreters on the ground making sure that it was safe for us to come in, they were like breathers and arm, comrades, fighting positions with us. they face the same dangers and face greater dangers because even as they were helping us their families where they're, their families could be
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targeted. >> that's why they promised us, we promise you we're not gonna leave you behind. we were scared until we left turkey, and then we knew that we were safe. >> operation iraqi freedom. >> when the u.s. decided to go back to iraq again, i spent two years training national guard in louisiana and new jersey. then i deployed to kurdistan, at the consul and, spent another four years over there. now i'm working with the senators, she served my country during that iraq war. >> you're not gonna find more patriotic american than him, and someone who's put his life on the line for this country even before he became a citizen. with the pull out from afghanistan were about to leave thousands of interpreters behind and that puts a target on their backs and on their
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families. many of these interpreters and observers shared the battlefield with us. and as someone who has been on the battlefield field the phrase that we did not leave a comrade behind is marked on my psyche. >> for those guys, years, it's been years, we woke up in the morning and everything was gone, they don't know what to do right now. >> we need to bring them out of afghanistan, they believe in our cause and in protecting our troops, and now we owe them. >> i know exactly how they feel. i've been in that same situation in iraq, we need to take them to. >> we need to take them to. it is a new ad from vote vets featuring a rock veteran and illinois u.s. senator tammy duckworth, as i mentioned before the break there is a bill to help these afghan translator sponsored by congressman and army veteran
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jason crow, just passed the house today with usually overwhelmingly support, now that bill heads to the senate, senators say that they are ready to take up the cause in the senate. joining us now is illinois democratic senator tammy duckworth, senator duckworth it's a real honor to have you here. >> it's good to be on, thank you for shining a light on this, rachel, it is critically important. >> will the legislation that's now headed to the senate, which congressman jason crow championed in the house, will that make a difference, it will increase the number of visas, speed up the way in which their process, will it pass and would make a difference in time? >> it will pass, i don't know if it will make a difference in time because we have almost no time a left, we are doomed to be completely out of afghanistan by september. let me tell you what happened with the iraqi translators that abdul-ahad, my staff for, -- president clinton sent aircraft into turkey and told those translators get across the
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river, get across the river, run away from saddam, if you can get to turkey we will fly you here. he actually flew them to guam where they were there for three months while we figured out a visa process, we may end up having to do that and i support biden if he decides to do that. we will do everything we can to support good spill but we can't leave them behind, we need to take them to. >> senator, the wall street journal broke a story tonight, they said i'll read you the league, the u.s. military is prepared to house as many as 35,000 afghan interpreters and their families at two american bases in kuwait and qatar, plans are underway to build temporary housing in facilities at those u.s. army bases, they'd be designed to house the interpreters and their families for at least 18 months. is that plan, does that sound right to you, is that the sort of thing that is the right approach? >> i do think that that is exactly the type of thing that needs to be done. we are leaving afghanistan so quickly that we've not had a chance for the state department to catch up, processing visas. and so this is what we need to do. we have to physically get them
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in their families out of afghanistan because they will be hunted down and retaliated against by the taliban. what happened in iraq is a great example of what could happen if we don't do right by these folks, and iraq according to him, but you didn't see in that ad which he left out was the 5 to 4 months they were in a no man's land beef between iraq and turkey while saddam hunted them down and he said tammy, we starved in the mountains. every newborn child die. every old person died, and it wasn't until americans started dropping things to us that were able to survive. and then president clinton sent those aircrafts and airlifted us out, i want to go straight to the airlift them out of their, and by the way, america's word is on the line here. how are we ever going to go into any other country in the future should there be a future conflict and say to the folks there, help us, work with us, work with americans, we will take care of you, and they will turn around and say that you didn't take care of your afghan translators. you know, this is about keeping our word to a group of people who upheld american values and
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bled -- some of them died for america, even before they've become americans. we have to take them to. >> illinois u.s. senator, u.s. combat veteran tammy duckworth, senator, thank you so much for your time tonight we've been covering this story pretty intensively, pretty much every day, i think we will be doing until the very end, thank you. >> thank you. >> all right, we will be right back. stay with us. with us can prevent a migraine as well. nurtec is the first and only option proven to treat and prevent migraines with one medication. onederful. one quick dissolve tablet can start fast and last. don't take if allergic to nurtec. the most common side effects were nausea, stomach pain, and indigestion. with nurtec, i treat migraine my way. what's your way? ask your doctor about nurtec to find out!
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tonight but i'm here to tell you, you are already out of time to go to bed tonight. i knew the opening ceremony new for the olympics was tomorrow, i had not done the math though, and i did not know because of the time difference, you know what time the opening ceremony starts for the olympics, seven in the morning. 7 am eastern. actually nbc, the coverage starts at 6:55 eastern. so you are officially have no time to go to bed tonight. you should just settle in, you're gonna be up all night. the next thing you're going to watch is the last word. and our friend ali of she is going to be there for. night >> we're gonna do the thing that we did in college, we're going to go to this -- then we're gonna watch the last word, then all in, and then rachel maddow again. people are going to be up to watch the opening ceremony and it will be a moment of ho


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