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the pandemic. i am confident that the majority of our caucus is behind this. and i think that we're going to get this into the package, but we've got to push as hard as quickly as possible right now. >> congressman, thank you very much for joining us. >> thank you, lawrence. >> that is tonight's "last word." "the 11th hour" with brian williams starts now. and good evening once again. day 185 of the biden administration. and this was the day a republican governor of a deep red state actually said out loud that it's, quote, time to start blaming the unvaccinated for this dramatic spike in illness in her state. you'll hear her say those words in just a moment. but first and importantly it's now noon saturday in tokyo. these are live pictures.
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the olympic games are under way in a world still very much in the grip of this pandemic. the virus forced a yearlong delay of these games. and once again the illness is surging there in japan. the risk made for a subdued opening ceremony, let's call it, in a nearly empty stadium. even as four-time grand slam tennis champion naomi osaka lit the cauldron, there was no doubt these olympics will be unlike any other we've ever seen. the ioc did not require athletes to be fully vaccinated against covid. just today the doctor for team usa estimated that 83% of the competitors were fully vaccinated. that's still a lot better than our country as a whole. over half the nation remains unvaccinated. cdc says today saw the lowest number of shots given since early january. that plus this super contagious delta variant continue to drive this surge in new covid cases.
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cdc data are showing the seven-day average of new cases now the highest its been -- are you ready for this -- since the beginning of may. as we've been told this is now largely a pandemic of the unvaccinated this time around, and anger and frustration at those who have not yet gotten the shot is growing. as we mentioned at the top of this broadcast earlier today the republican governor of alabama, the state with the nation's lowest vaccination rate called out those who are still holding out. >> folks are supposed to have common sense, but it's time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks, not the regular folks. it's the unvaccinated folks that are letting us down. i've done all i know how to do. i can encourage you to do something but i can't make you take care of yourself. >> there it was. meanwhile, new york city mayor bill de blasio calling on
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requiring their companies to get their workers vaccinated. a new ap poll found 45% of unvaccinated americans surveyed they'll definitely not get a shot. while 64% of the unvaccinated say they have little confidence that vaccines are effective against variants. remarkable numbers, truly. white house maintains it has no intention of getting behind any kind of mandates or requirements. they will stay the course trying to convince people to get one of the three vaccines that are available. >> we always knew it would be harder as more people get vaccinated. that's the stage we're in now. we have to stay at it to save peoples lives. >> now, the government has also purchased an additional 200 million doses of the pfizer vaccine to be delivered from october through april of next year. in fact, just tonight "the new york times" is out with a story that biden administration health
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officials increasingly believe as with the case with other vaccines, many of us will in fact need booster shots as expected. "the times" says senior officials now say americans 65 and older or americans who have compromised immune systems will most likely need that third shot from pfizer or moderna. there was a victory of sorts tonight from florida's governor where the number of new cases is soaring. late today a federal appeals court blocked cdc restrictions that have prevented a large number of cruise ships from docking in florida. cdc had argued the rules were needed to prevent further outbreaks, but the state said the rules were overly burdensome. just today the state reported over 13,000 new covid cases. that's in one day. there's an update in another story we've been following this week as well. tom barrack, the former trump inaugural chairman, charged with
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illegally lobbying the administration on behalf of the united arab emirates he's out of jail on $250 million bail. he was released today pending trial. his passport was seized from him. he's been ordered to wear a gps location monitoring bracelet. he's due in federal court in new york city for his hearing on monday. and president biden back on the campaign trail tonight for the first time since his inauguration over six months ago. he was at a rally to support former virginia governor terry mccallf who's running for another term to lead the state. the event was also seen as something of a test of joe biden's strength among the all-important suburban voters ahead of the 2022 mid-terms. it's a lot and with that let's bring in our lead off guests on this last night of the week. jonathan lemire, susan page, long time usa today washington
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bureau chief. and cynthia oxny, former federal prosecutor in the civil rights division of the justice department. susan, with all of the progress we made on this virus watching our country now take such a big step backwards, what a test for this or any presidency. >> and of course for joe biden the success of his presidency to some degree now depends on convincing voters who didn't vote for him, who don't trust him to go ahead and take this vaccine that they have been so resistant to. it's flummoxing, right? we've managed to get vaccines that work, that are safe and that are effective, and now the task turns out to be i think more difficult than the white house imagined to convince -- the white house has not reached its goal of 70% vaccination rate by now. that is a disappointment to them and a warning sign. it's hard to do other things unless and until this pandemic
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is under better control. >> jonathan lemire, i don't have to remind you governors hardly act as a pac along party lines, but they do sit up and pay attention and they watch the actions of one another. and governor ivey in alabama may have started something. tell us how resistance remains on vaccine requirements. >> it was striking words from the governor of alabama today who noted the terrible vaccination rate in her state and talked about in very candid terms how the people who would not get the vaccine were delivering such suffering to themselves and potentially to their loved ones. the white house at this point still shying away from the vaccine passport and something like that. they are every day trying to come up with ways to encourage americans to take the vaccine. they're well aware of these pockets of unvaccinated people that not only are they right now
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at great risk for contracting the highly contagious delta variant, but as long as the virus kicks around in the united states the more chance there could be a further variant that might even be able to dodge the protection offered by the vaccine. but right now there's been discussions this week as my colleagues and others have reported about masks, whether cdc is considering mask requirements for vaccinated individuals. so far not yet, but they're having regular check ins about it. and certainly yes the virus endangers what the president is doing right now, the nation's economic recovery, his agenda and to tell the american people the nation has turned the corner on the pandemic. >> so cynthia, let's merge your life's work in the law with the topic of public health. you know, it was fauci who said just a few days ago if we had had this kind of anti-vax campaign in this country during the fight against polio, smallpox, we may still be dealing with those diseases
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today. who knows we might yet. what are the -- the legal rules and ramifications surrounding requirements to get vaccinated? say you want to attend a public event, a private event. say your own private company wants to require it. >> well, you know, the eeoc said your private company can require it as long as they make some sort of arrangement if you have a health condition and can't have it or if you have some religious objection. so private companies can do it. you know, i was thinking about this today. there really is an analogous situation with smoking, which may turn out to be interesting. and that is states and insurance companies, for example, in texas. the texas public health system there's a surcharge if you smoke. it's $30 a month. kaiser, it's $25 a month. and it may be we have to have
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some of these carrot and stick things. the government may have to say you can't get on a plane unless you're vaccinated. it may be your employer requires vaccinations, and it may be you're going have to pay more for insurance if you refuse to get vaccinated because it's costing us a lot of money, these people who are refusing to follow the science and they're ending up 20 days on a respirator and we're all paying for it, and any other terrible thing that happens to them including spreading the disease to other innocent people. so i think it's a multilayered approach, but there are ways to carrot and stick to try to up the vaccination rate in the country that are legal. >> it sure is tied up in presidential politics to a sometimes fatal degree. susan, i want to read you david frum in the atlantic and here, he gets a big one right. he writes in part, experts list many reasons for the vaccine slump, but one big reason stands out. vaccine resistance among
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conservative, evangelical and rural americans. protrump america has decided vaccine refusal is a statement of identity and a test of loyalty. as cases uptick again, as people who have done the right thing face the consequences of other people doing the wrong thing, the question occurs does biden's america have a breaking point? and susan, another way to ask that is are we destined to become more two nations than it already seems we are most days? >> well, i hope not. although i would have been surprised at the beginning of this pandemic with the idea that wearing a mask could become a partisan issue of which there'd be a big partisan divide. you know, it seems -- we talk about ways to encourage use carrots and sticks to convince people who are reluctant to get vaccines to do so, how about the
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fact you're more likely to die, get sick, go to the hospital if you don't get the vaccine. it seems like that's a pretty good stick, and yet it's not working i think because of the rhetoric we've seen from -- from president trump, from some of his acolytes, from conservative media figures that depict this as a matter of liberty not as a matter of health, brian. >> jonathan lemire, bit of a change of subject. i'd love you to give us a preview of next week specifically on tuesday and specifically the start of the 1/6 committee hearings. >> that's right, brian. there's a lot we don't know about how this is going to play out. of course just this week gop leader mccarthy nominated several republicans -- five republicans to the select committee. three of them voted against certifying joe biden's election on january 6th. mind you a vote that was taken place after the riots that day. so we know house speaker pelosi objected to two of them.
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seems they might be called as witnesses to the committee and therefore wouldn't be appropriate if they were also to serve as members which caused mccarthy to pull them all down. and now the only republican at least at the moment on the committee is liz cheney although there's talk of adam kinzinger, another republican who's anti-trump might be at it. so the hearings start tuesday. the question is will we have one or two committees? will the republicans form their own sort of working group? it won't be the official committee, but it's possible they'll produce their own report to come up with their own findings which undoubtedly will create their own fog machine and confuse put together by pelosi will discover and publish. before we go any further we should note, of course, the original intent was a bipartisan commission akin to one that happened after september 11, 2001, those terror attacks. and it was republican senators who scuttled that. because of that, because they undermined that cause, that's what we have now which is
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potentially dueling groups probing the same thing which is more and more messy politics undoubtedly upsetting and undermining confidence in the government they're meant to represent. >> cynthia, you get the last word. let's talk about the curious case of mr. barrack. $250 million gets your attention. that's pretty much a quarter of a billion dollars no matter which you slice it. pulling your passport, that gets your attention. that doesn't happen to most people. having to wear a band-aid box sized gaps bracelet at minimum it's tough to accessorize with. what do you think is going on here? >> i mean, cry me a river. there are a million -- there's thousands of kids who get arrested and nobody says, oh, you're going to have to stay in santa monica and then take the first class flight to new york. you can't be bothered to be with everybody else in jail who's been charged with a crime. the guy's got millions of bucks.
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he only had to put up $5 million. it's just great to be white and rich in america. he doesn't have to put up $250 million, and he's cut this deal. and he has -- he's obviously a flight risk. the guy's got planes. the guy has a billion dollars. he's got houses in different places. he has friends everywhere, and frankly, i think it's kind of a sweet deal compared to what your average defendant gets in america, certainly your average, poor, black kid who's charged with a felony. it -- i refuse to go on and on about what a tough deal it is. i don't see it as a tough deal. i just see it as more proof if you're rich and white you get a better deal in america. i think it's outrageous. i think you should be in jail and he should have taken that plane with the cuffs on like everybody else and had his arraignment and we would have dealt with it there. that's the way everyone else would be treated and he's got a
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better deal, and i don't approve it since you asked. >> i had a feeling you might have an opinion on this case. that's why i asked. jonathan lemire, susan page, cynthia oxny, our starting line on a friday night with our great thanks for starting us off. have a good weekend, everyone. coming up, if telling the truth were an olympic sport, would our elected officials even set their sights on bronze? six months into a new presidency a huge agenda at stake, a pandemic that won't go away. the stakes couldn't be higher as we'll discuss with our next guest. and later, about that pandemic, about our current spike among the unvaccinated, an er doctor friend of ours standing by to share his out rage about preventable deaths going on. all of it as "the 11th hour" just getting under way on a friday night where in washington it's more like the red, white and blue house cheering on team usa tonight. ering on team usa tonight. the same. experience, thrilling performance from our
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with the president's infrastructure agenda influx, 150 different organizations including civil rights groups are now urging him to go ahead, prioritize passing those two expansive voting rights bills. "the new york times" puts it this way. ult amimately the advocates feel the biden administration focused on a bipartisan infrastructure deal has largely accepted the republican restrictions as baked in and is now dedicating more of
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its effort to juicing democratic turnout. that's saying a lot. let's get reaction to it. for more we're joined again tonight by two of our friends, don callaway, founder oof the national voter protection action fund. and bill kristol, author, writer, editor at large of the bulwark. don, i'd like to begin with you. you know, you put it one way, a pandemic that won't stop, infrastructure stagnation, voting rights getting taken away in broad daylight out loud. it would be enough to worry a democrat. how worried are you? >> i'm pretty worried because the reality of the matter is even if we were to pass the for the people act and/or -- both and the john lewis act -- we have a serious problem when it comes to budgeting and implementation because all these things have to make their way
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through various, state, local and county election authorities. people need to learn how to implement the new rauls in time for fall summer. from a political standpoint electorally in washington, d.c. i'm particularly worried because it looks like democrats are going through our biannual ritual of finding every way we can to snatch the feet from the jaws of victory. of course i'm not privy to all the conversations that chuck schumer and leader pelosi are having behind the scenes, but there's nothing i've seen that suggests there's an innovative way to corral the democratic senate caucus to be all on the same page. we've heard some encouraging messages from joe manchin. i believe the texas house democrats had a positive impact on his psyche over the course of the last two weeks. but we've still not heard that definitive statement that shows we are ready to use the actual
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power that we have at least while we have it for the next year and a half. so i'm concerned. >> never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. hey, bill, let's push our focus to tuesday and the first hearing on the 1/6 committee. here's how the ap puts it regarding one of the more famous members of that committee. behind closed doors those involved in the committee's work see in liz cheney a serious and constructive member,heardly a republican figurehead but a determined partner to what she must said must be a sober investigation. ap will forgive me for saying that's a bit of a duh, i think, bill. she's obviously a consequential person. and of all the committee members chosen could end up being among the dominant drivers of the conversation questioning the investigation. >> i think that's right. and i think, actually, nancy pelosi can be vindicated for not
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accepting republican nominees, not accepting at least two of them and mccarthy was two of the other three. they'll have a serious investigation. that's a capable group. the republicans will complain until they're blue in the face that it's partisan. at the end of the day the testimony will be the testimony under oath, the depositions, the report. and we'll learn i think more what happened on january 6th, what happened in the run up to january 6th in the defense department and justice department. and i think -- i think speaker pelosi short-term even a lot of democrats and liberals are, oh, just understand it looks bad to kick the republicans off. i think it was a hardheaded decision on her part that will end up being vindicated. >> don, we don't -- nothing could make the topic of the 1/6 committee more serious. we saw it all and nothing tells us how serious it is than the
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republican attempts to tell us what we saw wasn't correct, what we saw wasn't reality. why not make this as big as they can get as much public attention as they can? how about one or two sessions in prime time to get the largest audience given that we're in the middle of the summer that they can possibly get? what do you think the american people need to hear from this committee? >> i don't really think you need to hear anything. i think we're focusing on the wrong sense. we saw it all on 1/6. all i would do is play the footage. perhaps you can play the voice-overs from officer michael -- i'm sorry. i forget his last name. but the gentleman so articulate in telling his story in what it felt to defend his country that
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day. so i think that we have seen all that needs to be said, and there's very little testimony outside of that from those who were actually there that really matter. but you make an excellent point. this should be prime time television. unfortunately, it's competing with the olympics. but, i mean, america needs to see this in the same way that we saw the kavanaugh hearings and in the same way that we see a presidential address to congress or even a "state of the union." perhaps it's a ratings play, perhaps it's a sweeps play. you know much more about that than i do. but people need to see it, and people need to be confronted with the reality this is something we cannot look away from. if you talk to the veterans of the civil rights movement they will tell you that seeing the images of dogs biting actual human beings and water being sprayed on our people and our family in birmingham and in montgomery, that was the thing when broadcast nationwide and even globally, that was the thing that tipped the scales to make a difference and make people take real action in the
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civil rights days. so perhaps there's some value to that as well in this context. and when you think about the power of the media that we have. >> you're so right. even when the imagesf little girls and ponytails getting escorted into schools by federal officers didn't sway people, but those did. another point, it was officer michael fanone who did not think he was going to survive that day, of course beaten up and heard the crowd around him say kill him with his own gun. don callaway, bill kristol are going to stay with us over this break. coming up, what to expect as the only twice impeached retiree in all of florida, and that's quite a distinction, heads west to arizona this weekend. t to arizona this weekend.
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tomorrow that twice impeached former president scheduled to appear in phoenix for an event called the, quote, rally to protect our elections. donald trump has yet to announce an official decision on running in 2024. but author michael wolf says he is sure trump will run. wolff writes this in "the new york times," quote, it is an existential predicament. he can't beat donald trump without a claim on the presidency. he can't hold the attention and devotion of the republican party if he's not once both and future king. and why would he ever give that up and still with us are our
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guests bill callaway and bill kristol. bill, to you is michael wolff right you think? >> probably. nothing is certain, and two years is a long way away. he's going to an awful lot of trouble to cement this hold on the republican party. he doesn't want to run again in 2024, and i don't know how much he cares. i think in his own way he's been incredibly effective over the last six months -- total disgrace, we would then learn over the next few months incredible details about how he was even more recklessly irresponsible than we thought both in his conduct over the two months and in his management of covid. biden would take over and do pretty well and things would seem to calm down. meanwhile on the republican side
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liz cheney gets purged because of the truth. we'll see what happens in republican primaries. for now he looks strong. for now, yeah, trump plans to run for president in 2024. >> don, it's been remarkable to watch republicans become the party of vaccines over the last let's say 48 to 72 hours. i want to play for you some of the angry reaction from one james carville on this broadcast last night. >> it's been available for seven months. seven months after the republican doctors finally say, hey, we need to take this. i mean this is ridiculous. people are now having to disrupt social schedules. they're having to move plans around. they're going to start closing things again all because these dolts wait until seven months after the vaccine is rollout to get religion and say, hey, it might be a good idea if you took this. >> don, the conventional wisdom is either they saw some hulas
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vegas polling or they started to realize this was starting to kill people in almost exclutively red state areas. >> maybe it's a bit of both. two things can be true at the same time. actually, i've had some great conversations with my family in alabama and throughout the south over the course of the last week. and, you know, i'm a lot more sympathetic to vaccine hezitators than i was perhaps even the last time you, me and bill met. i think we made a mistake in this country by casting the face of those who are reluctant to take the vaccine as toothless rednecks. because of the mistrust in the government i think people are reasonable for being hesitant and being reluctant to take a vaccine that was developed with this speed. i happen to trust science. i happen to trust the medical experts of the day, but there's a very real history of medical
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malfeasance particularly against particular communities, and we need to meet people where they are. now, if you don't take the vaccine you need to decide to social distance and continue to quarantine. but i think we need to -- we particularly on the left need to be more cautious with our messaging by not casting these people as not billings for deciding -- i think we should be encouraging people to take it, but i think it's wrong to use language as james carville does such as dolts because we're talking about a specific region. we're talking about african-americans in which there's not a single state in this country we're not outpacing non-africans on adoption. we need to meet people where they are, understand and meet people with compassion and love why they're not adopting the vaccine and not just castigating. i'm happy to see governor
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cay ivey and do the right thing. >> i would be remiss to shout out to the bull dogs and the hometown of eugene robson. so they have been noticed tonight. thanks to our guest don callaway, thanks as always to our guest bill kristol. coming up an update from an emergency room doctor on what he is seeing where he lives and works. a report from the trenches as it were after this. report from the trenches as it were after this. ♪ lights out, follow the noise. ♪ ♪ baby, keep on dancing like you ain't got a choice. ♪ ♪ so come one (come on), come on (come on), come on. ♪ no one is just one flavor. ow!
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have the continual circulation and replication of the virus in the community. there are enough unvaccinated people that this could go on for a considerable period of time. there will be hospitalizations. there will be deaths. and every death and every hospitalization particularly every death is a tragic, avoidable phenomenon. >> point of interest here, and it's notable. fauci continues to appear on fox news where some of the guests they have have during the day and night call for criminal charges against him. but right there yet another warning from the good doctor today as the entire country faces this rapid increase in new cases fueled by the delta variant. back with us tonight is another good doctor, stephen sample, also a volunteer clinical faculty member at indiana university school of medicine.
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doctor, i'm going to ask you about uptick in patients. i don't know of it, but i'm assuming there's an uptick in patients. how many of them are unvaccinated? >> good evening, brian. and the circle goes around again and we start over with this. uptick is real. seeing new patients every single shift now with covid. 100% of the patients i have seen so far have been unvaccinated people. i am certain that there are probably break through cases as they say here and there, but thus far i have not seen them. i've heard some antic dotes about oh, hey, i knew this guy or i knew that guy. but overwhelming right now this is the pandemic of the unvaccinated. >> how ready or unready is a hospital like yours? this is the time we were all told we can take a breath. let's start enjoying something that reminds us of summer again. >> for sure.
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that's where i've been. you know, for the last couple of months once we had our big downturn in covid cases, kind of end of january, start of february it started to feel really normal again. you know, all over the country emergency department volumes, hospitalizations, they kind of fell through the cracks. i mean, we were -- we were hemorrhaging patients. we actually had time on our hands until we saw the big covid spikes. but now since we've all started to gather together again and forget that there's a pandemic going on, we're starting to see all the old illnesses come back, and our volumes are back and they're back with a vengeance. and you tack on just a few covid patients, you stick them in the hospital and really start to gum up the works. my hospital, currently, we're doing great, we're doing well. my biggest concern is actually the hospitals in the receiving facilities at the big cities we transfer our very sickest to, and in those places they are
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jam-packed with people. >> anything about the news that we're probably going to require a booster surprise you? in my experience americans over 50, we kind of look back on our childhood like we were pincushions. we were always getting a sugar cube or a shot or that shot with the ring of needles in it that most of us still have a scar from on our arms, kind of marker of your age and where you grew up. i guess i'm assuming like so many vaccines we would get a booster. >> for sure. my reaction to that is really kind of so what. when this started i just kind of presumed this was going to be an annual thing or a biannual thing. you know, i've been in the military for 20 years so i know what a pincushion is. i've had 11 anthrax vaccines in my life. and you could say certainly my risk of exposure to anthrax is
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much less than my daily exposure to covid. i think it's early to get too worked up about it. and i'm learning this stuff right along with you. and i promise you when the science points to the fact we need a vaccine booster, i'm in line. you know, i felt crappy for a day or so after i got my second vaccine, but thus far knock wood i'm covid-free. >> yeah, i'm right there with you. a dicier topic about your profession and the people who work in medicine. the mayor of new york is in the middle of this fight, kind of in disbelief there's such a high percentage of people working in health care who have not been vaccinated. and in a way they regard themselves as the same as other people living in states that are either liberal or conservative, red or blue the way so much of life shapes out these days. do you know that you work with
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unvaccinated folks at your hospital? has it come up as an issue? and in your view should hospitals be able to mandate, require if you're going to work here and be involved with patient contact, we need you to get vaccinated? >> you know, absolutely yes to kind of all the things you said. a, yes, it's dicy. and b, yes, i know i work alongside unvaccinated people. we still have people who get infected in our hospital occasionally now. and you have to remember, you know, health care is -- health care is us. if you look at the amount of people nationwide who work in health care, it is one of the biggest if not the biggest employer nationwide, and it is a good microcosm of that. so, of course, you have the physicians and people who have been, you know, kind of rigorously scientifically trained. but then you've got a lot of people that work in, you know, health care. they're around the critical patient care, but they may not
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necessarily understand the immune system and some of the intricacies that go with that stuff. do i think it should be mandated, yeah, i do. i think if you touch patients you're absolutely responsible to do everything you can to keep them safe. i get the flu vaccine every year. this is nothing like any flu i've ever seen, so i'm all for it. >> ladies and gentlemen, our guest tonight is a military veteran and reservist, an er doctor and come to find out a pincushion in his spare time. dr. stephen sample, always a pleasure. thank you for always finding time to take our questions. have a good weekend. coming up for us, this pandemic is a big player, no doubt. but the olympics are under way. no doubt about that either. an update from tokyo after this. h an update from tokyo after this. t don't rock the boat, baby ♪ ♪ rock the boat don't tip the boat over ♪ here we go. ♪ rock the boat don't rock the boat, baby ♪ ♪ rock the boat ♪ see disney's jungle cruise.
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tokyo. live pictures of the cauldron where the first medals of the 32nd summer olympic games are being awarded. the action will now continue for the next 17 days including the olympic sports that are making their debut oddly in front of zero fans this year. those include karate and climbing and also sport surfing. our update tonight from nbc news tom yamas. >> reporter: at times it felt this day would never come. athletes from more than two00 countries celebrating the official kick off to the tokyo games, one of the first truly global events since the pandemic began. the honor of lighting the olympic cauldron going to tennis phenom naomi osaka. while team usa was led by wnba
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star sue bird and major leaguer eddie alvarez, cameras capturing the reaction of their proud families back home. >> i'm just really very proud of her. it's an honor to represent her country. >> reporter: while tonga's flag bearer was a favorite again at the olympics. the athletes who couldn't be there dressed the part anyway joining in the excitement. the ceremony celebrating the culture and achievements of this beautiful country including this showstopper. >> those are 1,800 drones. >> reporter: drones soaring into the sky creating a globe. and there was this moment of levity bringing olympic sports icons to life. but there were also reminders of the pandemic everywhere. first lady jill biden was one of less than 1,000 vips inside. outside protesters gathered in the shadow of the stadium. 19 new covid cases were reported today among people involved with
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the olympics bringing the total to 106. including american beach volleyball player taylor crabb, devastated to watch the opening ceremony from quarantine. >> it was pretty emotional for me. >> reporter: crabb is vaccinated and asymptomatic. >> i just am glad myself i took every possible measure i could to make sure that i had the best chance to compete. >> reporter: u.s. olympic officials say 83% of american athletes here are vaccinated. >> very confident that we can have a safe and successful games. >> reporter: and tonight the games have finally begun. >> they have, indeed. we're hoping for a safe weekend there in tokyo. our thanks to tom yamas for that report. coming up for us, the news today that was so big, so consequential it fell to tom hanks to announce it. the story when we come back. hanks to announce it the story when we come back.
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it is time for the last thing before we go tonight. and in order for this segment to work we need to agree on just a few things. first off we need to agree that cleveland, ohio, is a great american city full of great americans. i mean for starters they had to put the rock and roll hall of fame somewhere. they chose cleveland. we also need to agree that our country is changing. and we need to agree that tom
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hanks as vanity fair wrote today represents, quote, all that is still right and good about america. you see vanity fair wrote that about tom hanks today because tom hanks long time cleveland indians fan and veteran of cleveland summer shakespeare theater company as a young actor, that tom hanks gave us all the following -- a video on behalf of the cleveland indians announcing a big change for the team and for that city. >> we are a city on the rise. forging into the future from our ironed out past. we are a city of fire and water, of trees and towers built through generations of blue collars and the brightest scholars and all of those who have worked harder. we hold tight to our roots and set our sights on tomorrow. and this is our team that has
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stood with our city for more than a century from old municipal to the corner of carneggy. a team that has seen its own progress and prosperity. its history flows like a river through the heart of this city. a history given us miraculous moments, moments that span years and others 22 games. moments that broke barriers and moments that broke hearts. moments that prove this is more than a game. we remember those moments as we move forward with change. you see, it's always been cleveland that's the best part of our name. and now it's time to unite as one family, one community to build the next era for this team and this city, to keep watch and guard what makes this game the greatest, to come together and welcome all who want to join us.
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we are loyal and proud and resilient. we protect what we've earned and always defend it. together we stand with all who understand what it means to be born and built from the land. because this is a city we love and the game we believe in. and together we are all cleveland guardians. ♪♪ >> you heard the man. guardians, it is. they get their name from the giant guardian statues there at the hope memorial bridge that crosses the cuyahoga river and is really the gateway to the stadium. right on cue donald trump branded the name change a disgrace and said, quote, the
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people who are most angry about it are the many indians of our country. o tom hanks it is. and look at the time. that is our broadcast for this friday night and for this week. thank you for being here with us. have a good weekend unless you have other plans. and be careful out there, please. on behalf of all our colleagues at the thanks for joining us this hour, the new york times called it the largest criminal action against a wall street figure ever. the washington post called it the combination of quote the culmination of a spectacular securities investigation fraud. this was 1989, i remember when this happened, i was in high school. federal prosecutors in new york, in manhattan, indicted one of the richest and best known wall street figures in america. his name was michael milken. he was

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