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item. dissented voted to keep debate on a nearly one trillion billion dollar infrastructure deal with a vote of 67 to 32 exactly one week after it failed to pass. it marks a rare example of bipartisanship in washington and 17 republicans including their leader mitch mcconnell joined all 50 democrats in advancing the bill. it's the first step in a series of votes toward final passage of the agreement. as the country faces a surge of new covid-19 infections, the white house is expected to announce tomorrow that covid vaccinations will be required for all federal workers. those who refuse have to undergo virus testing. the cdc director posted this on social media, quote, covid-19 cases have increased over 300% nationally since june 19th. the highest spread of cases and severe outcomes is happening in places with low vaccination rates and among unvaccinated people. this afternoon during a visit
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to pennsylvania's lehigh valley, the president issued a plea to americans who are holding out on getting their shots. >> we still have a people a lot of people who are not vaccinated. the pandemic we have now is a pandemic of the unvaccinated. so please, please, please, please, get vaccinated. protect yourself and the children out there well >> routers reports that the white house has also mandated masks in federal buildings and hotspots. 60% of u.s. counties have -- up from 63% from just yesterday. and yesterday, the agency issued another change for the a vaccinated. the cdc now recommended they get tested after exposure with someone with covid even though they don't show symptoms. the cdc says that the vaccinated people did not have to get tested unless they did
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experience symptoms. the washington post is -- covid surge on the white house writing, quote, this landscape, and some say, the administration's less than clear messaging, is complicating biden's efforts to show that he's still leading the united states out of the pandemic, his presidency central promise. some republicans are speaking out, slamming what they say are shifting messages, especially about masks for fully vaccinated. >> it's confusing, they're sending mixed messages constantly. it's contradictory, i think it sets us back and what we're trying to do, we're encouraging people to get vaccinated. they're not really forthcoming on a lot of data that they're using to make this change in the guidance. >> on capitol hill, republican congressman chip roy of texas lashed out after a mask mandate was reimposed for the house of representatives. >> which is? it vaccines or masks? if the vaccines work or they
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don't work. do the masks work so they don't work? i would like to know which it is. are they just gonna go around poking people saying you must take a vaccine. oh but sorry, the vaccine doesn't work, you must wear a mask. >> congressman roy than try to vote force avoid on trying to adjourn the house which was defeated. with that let's bring our lead off guests, philip broker pulitzer prize senior washington correspondent for the washington post, his new book written with his colleague carroll landing, i alone can fix, it on donald trump's catastrophic catastrophic final year has placed number one on the new york times bestseller list. with doctor kavita patel and lisa lerer lee are with us. willie kavita patel is also one of our health experts. we lisa lerer the president is required to expect vaccines or testing for those who will not
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get vaccinated, but more than a few folks have made it clear that they're ready angry about the cdc's new guidance on masks for people who are vaccinated. is this for the white house they thought they would be if at this summer, how worried are they about the? search >> certainly not where they want to be, at least not politically or from a public health standpoint. let's not forget that earlier this month, the white house basically but declared victory on the virus, they had the big fourth of july event at the white house, and they gave the public a sense that things were moving forward. and now i think there's a sense that the country's backsliding. masks are back, there's a lot of talk of mandates, although that is not a word that we will hear the white house use, it's something that's happening in a lot of private companies, and some local jurisdictions like new york, and i think there is some frustration among the american public. certainly that's a frustration that the republicans are trying to stoke.
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there's a sense that this country is not continuing its upper trajectory out of the virus. is this the white house's fault? not necessarily, this is how pandemics can go. particularly when vaccination rates have been gotten as high as the white house would like them to be and we know that a large percentage of the vaccinated people -- there so the white house doesn't carry the same sort of wait, potentially convincing those voters as they do with other voters. but it's not the position they want to be. ian and i think there's some concern among allies of the white house that there could be some backlash or frustration among voters that biden can deliver on the central premise of his campaign, which is to move the country out of this pandemic. >> right and its reopening, so these old wounds, the house speaker in the minority leader openly sniping about the mask guidance. kevin mccarthy tweeted this last, night make no mistake the threat of bringing bass must bad is not a decision based on, science but a decision
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contradict by liberal government officials who want to continue to live in a perpetual pandemic state. so then today, speaker pelosi and mccarthy had this back and forth. >> the mask mandate, speaker pelosi, any response to the backlash? >> we that's the purview of the capitol physician, the official capacity, a mandate for him. i have nothing to say about that it's except we honor. it i have my mask. >> leader mccarthy says it's against the science. >> he's such a moron. >> let's talk about the science, we are vaccinated, we are not a hot spot, but they're forcing you to wear a mask? not in the senate, but in the house. this is just about more control. >> phil rock, or does it seem like we are even more at risk now than say year ago of allowing the politics of all of this to keep us from actually doing what needs to get done to stop the spread? how ugly is this going to get? >> well chris, it's already
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pretty ugly as in the video just showed makes clear. and this is a very political issue right now. the covid response, and especially at the issue of whether to require people to wear masks, has been political from day one because president trump last year when he was in office made it political. and of course try to convince his supporters that they didn't have to wear masks. and now you fast forward to the moment where in right now, and the data are very clear. the data showed that one of the reasons why we are seeing the surge in covid infections because so many people in republican leading states have been reluctant and resistant to getting the vaccine. that's according to the cdc officials and to the data that they're analyzing. so the biden administration, as well as state and local jurisdictions around the country, are grappling with how to deal with this outbreak of covid infections and how to keep people safe. if the american -- if all the american citizens are not going out and getting
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vaccinated, which is the reality we're in right now. and it's going to be a political football i think from -- for these politicians. and we should also keep in mind that one of the reasons why pelosi is so adamant about these restrictions inside the houses because so many of those house members are coming to washington from their districts those districts are hotspots, many of them are, and some of those house members have been reluctant and resistant to follow the guidelines in their own communities and when they're convening in the congress with so many people who are at an advanced age, it certainly brings a risk to the lawmakers and elected officials. there a ris and lisa, the president s going to make his coronavirus mandate announcement, but today he was pushing infrastructure in pennsylvania. what is today's vote on the infrastructure bill for joe biden in this white house? >> the white house is holding it as a big victory, this was something that -- president biden talked a lot about it on his campaign trail.
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his ability to bring people together in congress and passed some kind of bipartisan legislation, and sort of remind people of how things used to be back when he was in senate. members in congress where sometimes, occasionally, or out, all able to work together in past things. there is still a long way to go, he's going to have to keep his caucus in line and keep them on board. a lot of them were hoping this bipartisan bill would be bigger, they want to be sure that the things they want to scene this bill, that are not in, they're getting that reconciliation package. but the party are concerned that the reconciliation package could be too large. so there is a law that he's gonna to do in his own party, particularly in the house where he cannot lose that many democrats. and of course this is not the final vote at all on this package. there's a long road to go with keeping these ten republicans on board as well. but i think tonight, at least, the white house is feeling pretty good. >> doctor patel, while they're moving for the white house
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perspective on the infrastructure, not so much on the surge. how concerned are you about where we are, and while the vaccinated wait on the unvaccinated to get their shots, is one part of the answer what pfizer is now saying, getting a third dose of the covid vaccine can strongly protect against the delta variant? >> to that point, pfizer had some data that they released -- not the full data suggesting that their dose could really amplify the immunity that people who have had doses -- this is a good talking point, but to be candid, not the whole country got pfizer. you have, as you mentioned, a white house that is trying to literally put one thought foot on the dock and the other on the boat and another foot somewhere else, so it's incredibly complex. one thing i've seen is that the cdc's messaging has been trying to communicate nuance, high
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transmission, wearing a mask in certain situations, k through 12. we have seen again, we can't do nuance. we are all very reacting from this very emotional base. this is where we are all now. all of us who are vaccinated are waiting on the unvaccinated. and chris, whatever, seen you've seen it, to its getting kind of ugly. vaccinated people, including myself at times, where angry at what's happening. and that's everything that is playing out in our communities and nationally. and internationally. so i hope that we can get this communication simpler. i hope we can remind people that wearing masks is not a lack of confidence in vaccines but it's what we have to do to drive down these cases. it's simple. until we can get the rest of the country vaccinated and then work on the rest of the world, don't lose sight. this isn't over, until we can get the majority of the globe
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vaccinated. >> and to point, out as we always, have this is no longer an access issue. this is no longer us getting on the phone for four hours hoping to get an appointment. so there are these questions that have been raised by what is happening in great britain, because that country was a mess and now the washington post reports that maybe britain has reached an immunity threshold. more than 70% of adults here are fully vaccinated, but 88% have had a freeze dose. one of the best vaccine uptake in the world. so i'm wondering, as you look at the numbers from the uk if there's something we can do learning from them? >> yes chris, we can always. learn look, one note of when the uk decided to do that for his dose and delaying the for second dose, and number of people, including myself, were concerned and critical of that approach because we knew that we had the vaccines to get them the second dose at the appointed time. there's something about that
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one dose that gave him this opportunity to have a huge amount of uptake. but chris, honestly, they also went through their struggles with delta, with alpha, and had it just weeks before us. and what they did do was pretty restrictive. they actually restricted movement, they did a lot of things that i think we are right now not even close to doing. limiting indoor capacity. so you have to take into consideration that, yes, we can learn from them is that if you can get a first dose on as many people of as possible, it creates some wall of immunity, but it's not everything. and to your point, you really have to have two doses. and yet to ask, there's a difference between a country that can have a national health system and a better way of monitoring people who are vaccinated. it's more of a centralized way of trying to understand where your gaps are. we don't have that in the united states and we might be seeing the repercussions of it. >> so as politics continues to go over everything that's happening with covid, phil rock,
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or your colleagues at the post report that donald trump relentlessly pressured his acting attorney general rosen, he called him almost daily according to the reporting, about investigating those false 2020 election fraud claims. and i quote from the story, the personal pressure campaign, which has not been previously reported, involved repeated phone calls, in which trump raised various allegations he had heard about and asked what the justice department is doing about the issue. there are notes of some of the calls that were written by a top aide of rosen, richard donahue, the notes could be turned over to congress in the number of days. the phone calls came in late 2020 and early 2021 when trump and his supporters were furiously pressing for officials at all levels of government to intercede in the usually routine process of certifying the election results. so phil, you cover those final weeks in your book. what was going on in the administration and do you expect these notes to end up in
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the hands of the january 6th commission? >> well, chris, i think it's very telling that these notes exist and that they could end up in congress in the coming days. i think that's important and we should keep an eye on that. but in terms of the broader context here, ever since the november 3rd election, trump was pressuring bill barr, the attorney general, to do just what you described with rosen. calling him every day and pestering him about whatever conspiracies he heard from rudy giuliani, or from sydney powell, the lawyer, or from mike lindell, the pillow guy, or on fox news. anything that you heard that could lead to some evidence that would overturn the election, he wanted his attorney general investigating it. and it reached a point at the beginning of december where barr had had enough and he told trump, and told sets to the public actually, that there was no evidence of enough fraud to overturn the election. barr ended up resigning from office in mid december, and jeffrey rosen succeeded him as acting attorney general.
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and a new information that my colleagues are reporting tonight is that trump continued that pressure campaign almost immediately with rosen and it was a daily series of pressured tactics. phone calls, and other outreach from trump and other people at the white house up until joe biden got in not rated as president. to try to find the evidence to support these conspiratorial and baseless claims of election fraud. of, course the evidence did not exist. >> stay tuned allowed to come on that. phil rocker, not just bestselling author, but new number one new york times tonight, as of tonight. congratulations, we are not worthy, but we appreciate you being with us. lisa lerer and kavita patel thank you for being here. and coming up, it's going bad to worse in the western state again. we'll talk to a doctor who says the infection rate is so high, contraction covid there is inevitable if you haven't been vaccinated. and later, republicans finally urging vaccinations but is anybody listening? the 11th hour just getting
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breakthrough infections with delta are actually more able to transmit the infection compared to people who had breakthrough infections with other versions of covid-19, like the alpha variant. we don't want to go back to wearing masks again but these masks are a layer of protection that will help us prevent spreading at a time where we are seeing cases rise. >> following the cdc's revised guidance on masks, nevada will reinstate a statewide mask
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mandates starting friday in counties with substantial or high covid transmission. the associated press reports at least 12 counties will be affected, and that includes clark county which is home to las vegas. new covid infections have surged. the state reported over 1100 cases today. that is the highest one day increase since january. the number of people hospitalized is also spiked. the las vegas review journal report, quote, the data showed that 1143 people with either confirmed or suspected cases of covid-19 were hospitalized in the state, unchanged from tuned tuesday's report. hospitalizations also have been climbing since reaching a recent low of 209 on june 12th. for more we welcome to the broadcast doctor dr. luis medina garcia he is an infectious disease specialist at the university medical center nevada in las vegas. and i know doctor, thank you for being with us tonight, you are wearing your mask. describe what is going on in
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nevada and what kind of patients you're seeing? >> unfortunately we have seen a significant increase and the cases. we are labeled as one of those committed communities with high transmission by the cdc. it's a the -- low amount of unvaccinated the people that we have in the state, and adding to that the tourism aspect of it. the decrease and mask-wearing mandates in the businesses and overall increased exposure. that is what is driving the current surge. >> and is it going to get worse before it gets better? do you foresee the spike in hospitalizations continuing? you said something that i had not heard from anybody before, you said if you aren't vaccinated, getting covid is inevitable. it should scare people. >> we so i'm not trying to scare people, it's just a matter of time. it's the statistics. if you are in a vulnerable state and you have an increased weight of transmission of a
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highly infectious disease, chances are you will get infected at some point. so now we have the ability to prevent these infections, even if you get a breakthrough case of covid, the vaccines prevent you from getting hospitalized and the prevent you from dying. so it's a marked improvement as it was from last year. and it allows us to remind people that you have the ability to do something about it. last year, we were helpless. now, we have this force that we did have before. >> so you have the tools, so what are unvaccinated patients telling you? why aren't they getting the shot? >> it's a large spectrum. of reasons. some of them come out of fear, some out of distressed. but i think we need to meet people where they are. they need to spend the time to talk to them and explain where their hesitance is coming from. and be able to point them to sources of information. and i have seen success in having patients then become
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vaccinated after that. >> i know you don't want people to get vaccinated out of fear, although it can be a powerful tool, and i wonder if where you are, as far as you can tell, has the delta variant helped at all to convince people more people to get their covid shots? we've >> salute lay this new variant is much more infectious than the previous one and this is just the result of an evolution of virus. the viruses mission is to survive and it finds ways around the roadblocks that we place for. it so people see the death toll, people see the burden of disease, and then i try to convince them that getting vaccinated is a matter of love, not just for your personal life but for those that you care for. so taking care of yourself, preventing infections of yourself, you're also protecting your loved ones. >> so you are gonna fall under the indoor mask mandate imposed by the state, are you worried that folks won't wear a mask
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anyway and you kind of touched on this at the top, but you have a unique situation with las vegas where there are huge numbers of people coming from elsewhere. >> we it is an inconvenience for people, and i can understand how back peddling into the previous guidance can make people distrust. but remember, it doesn't change science doesn't change, it's the new knowledge that science gives you. it teaches us to be humble. what we think we know with what we actually know when you apply science and give it enough time. so it's a minor burden, there are been some studies published out of -- with 5000 people, all of them are tested, all of them were massed, and there was minimal transmission of the disease. we want to keep our businesses open. this is the lifeblood of the states economy. we need your help, we need your help to keep that going. >> it does feel like déjà vu all over again, not just where you are but unfortunately it so
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many places around the country. how are you doing, how are the doctors and nurses and everybody who works at university medical center doing as they continue to see this upswing, this surge going on? >> we it's very difficult. people hear about burnout we, one of the doctors that i admired with, he calls it moral injury. and it's essentially your inability to be able to do good for your patient. this disease is something that we haven't been able to conquer. the best fight is the one that you choose not to get into. so by getting vaccinated you can help us not have to take care of you in dire situations. last year, we will -- and now you can help us put your cape on and prevent a tragedy. >> and eminently reasonable request and let's hope that people are listening. thank you so much as always for what you do and with all the
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folks there do. and we appreciate your time, dr. luis medina garcia, thank you. >> thank you for having me. >> coming up why one of our best things it's and everybody's interest to save anti-vaxxers from their stubbornness as covid cases surge. when the 11th hour continues. hour continues this... is what freedom sounds like. and this. this is what freedom smells like. ahhh, enjoy 30 days of open-road freshness. febreze car. vaccines, they work.
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the benefits of them, vastly outweigh the costs. i'm so confident in it that if they told me kennedy, with the booster, you have to take a shot in your eyeball, i would probably do it. this stuff will kill you. >> with covid cases surging, in fear is growing over the delta variant, gop lawmakers are now out there pushing vaccines. it's a relatively new stance for most, heftier more of a year -- more than a year of downplaying with the virus. the gop relationship with the virus writes this
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back with us, eugene robinson pulitzer prize-winning with the washington post. matthew, dowd former george should be bush strategist and founder of country over party. good to see you. jeanne, you wrote that. my question is, is what we're seeing an act of self preservation? a slow learning curve, what? probably all of the above. in part, it's an act of preservation and they saw they were trying to score political points with a kind of vaccine and skeptical stance that they were taking. they realize that, putting in constituent in the hospital and killing them, is not good politics. it is not a good idea.
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they saw these rising infection rates and realize that that is going to mean, even in red states, governors are going to have to impose mask mandates and lockdowns and things like that that people really don't like. these cases keep rising. i welcome it, whatever the motive. john kennedy from once the senator -- you >> are going to get it in the eyeball? >> i will take it in the eyeball if i have to, preferably not. i will certainly take it in the arm. >> so matthew dowd, to what do you attribute this republican shift in tone, and if you haven't already gotten the shot, at this, 0.1 in florence to some politicians have? i was thinking maybe it's a little bit of chicken little in reverse, the sky isn't falling, wait, yes it is. >> i will add a third option to the options of reasons why. i think it's a multiple option.
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the third option, leaders in this country are supposed to confront their constituents when their constituents are involved in a mistake of facts, or conspiracy theory. what republicans have done now, for a couple of years, is reflect back to -- instead of leading in telling confronting with truth, they have reflected back of the same conspiracy theories and facts set -- it led to this massive problem. not only a problem as we're talking about public health, but a problem in democracy in total in a common set of facts that we need. when leader should do, they should be telling their constituents the truth as opposed to accepting the crazy conspiracy theories and lies they aren't traveling in. senator kennedy is a perfect example of that. he could've led fraudulent -- months, he didn't. he reflected his constituents until they got themselves in a
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ditch, now they said we will call the tow truck in the last six months they said we don't need a tow truck. that's the situation. >> the question then is, did they listen to them? what did they do? i was in arkansas -- they were giving away big screen tvs. they still couldn't get the high school kids to come in in any real numbers. you jean, and that same column, if you want to throw a tailgate party at a football game, for the love of lynn -- vince lombardi, get a shot. they're actually where more than a few people have suggested that if it was a requirement in football crazy places like texas, arkansas, where vaccination rates are, no you've got to get vaccinated to see your kid play. maybe that would work. >> that absolutely would work with a lot of people, i think. of >> course it won't happen, the governors are not going to do it. >> yeah, but let's call them what they are, mandates.
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a lot of employers are putting in mandates for their employees to get vaccinated. we are going to have to have a mandate for federal workers to either get vaccinated, or contest it, apparently. i have seen reports and mandates for military for everybody to get vaccinated. everybody to get vac i think, if you want to go to an alabama football game, and you should see what the tailgating us like there. it is a huge party. it is a lot of fun. if you want to do that, you should have to be vaccinated. that would probably work and have a big impact on the lowest in the nation vaccinated nation, alabama. >> many people are
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saying, we were told if you want to get rid of the that masks -- get vaccinated. now the thing is if you are vaccinated you have to wear a mask. >> when i hear that, it's like the guy that points a gun at his own head and says you better stop doing that or i will shoot. that's basically what they're doing in this, they're endangering their own lives and their friends lives in this. i think this amazing situation we are, and you can't adopt policy has facts change on the ground changes. if the battlefield changes and the environment, you have to change a plan and adapt. and that is what we are in. we are in a public health war in the midst of this. the other thing about mandates, i think of it as being in a passenger liner. you read about details of passenger liners. sometimes people on passenger liners, it might sink, people
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freak out. what happens a lot, people are told to put on a life preserver, sometimes they're physically put in a lifeboat. not only to protect the individual person, but to protect the other passengers that may be interfered within this. that's the situation we are in. we have to insist people wear a life preserver, a mask, and insist they get a vaccine. a lifeboat. other words, they're not another -- the knot protecting anybody, they are endangering every community in our country. at some point, a common good is more important than the eye that people seem to be focused on. >> to state the obvious, if you have seen anyone who was really sick with covid, you would not wish it on your worst enemy. >> yes. absolutely. >> our guests are staying with us after the break. maybe it is finally infrastructure rate. -- week. long-awaited infrastructure bill is a win for democrats.
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a look ahead of the presidents agenda when the 11th hour continues. ou continues.
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his political analysis seems to be if you give biden this when, it'll be used by democrats in 2022. i don't know is that threat enough to scare republicans who know how popular this is with their constituents? >> i was taken by the serious argument he made in that texts >>. one in particular, matthew? was there a part of it that really struck you? >> the whole thing struck me as completely and serious, and not subjective. anyway, the president doesn't like to lose, right? he's now suffering a series of losses. he can't even admit the losses. the fact that he saw joe biden do this and get this deal done including republican senators, which anybody that's been on a plane, train, automobile in the last six months knows that we absolutely have to do something on infrastructure in this country. it is a pandemic problem of its own that we have to fix in
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this. he said he won't, he can't face that. and then he sided with the wrong person last week yesterday and the texas election in the dallas area he lost that race. >> yeah. >> yeah. the president is just grasping for relevance, but seeing something good happen under somebody else's watch is never something president enjoys. >> speaking of the current president, the eyes still need to be dotted and the t's crossed. how big a win is this for the biden administration? >> it looks like a huge win for the biden administration, chris. for joe biden's theory in the case i mean, his theory on the cases that, it is possible, even today, even in this polarized atmosphere, to do something constructive -- constructive with bipartisan support and to put together a
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bipartisan coalition to get, through even in the u.s. senate, which has been in the state of paralysis and gridlock. the fact that it looks like it's happened it's guided through and it's a huge win for him. that's really what's driving the former president crazy. that joe biden is getting a when he never got. yes, it is a big deal for the biden administration. >> wait a minute -- i want to make sure i have this right here, jeanne. you are actually suggesting that this was not an act of patriotism, in a statement, but it was an active jealousy? [laughs] >> chris, i don't know what came over me. where would i get that idea? it appears to be purely. so the peak in it, the primary sub coming your way. i mean [laughs] , it's ridiculous.
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he is grasping for relevance. for the biden administration, this is a big deal. he can reassure democrats and say, no, really, we can do this stuff. we don't have to get -- rid of the filibuster, we don't have to do everything with reconciliation, which is the thing and not a place he wants to go. he wants to do it this way. it looks like he will get a win. >> a couple of things from your state. you touched on this, matthew, that trump endorsed a candidate in the texas house special election who lost yesterday. then also, there is another example of this week trump endorsed george pete bush's pet jackson in the attorney general's race. here's what's bush had to say about the former president today. resident today.
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ken misled the president, matthew. is there lessons to be learned in all this? >> first of all, for georgia, a number of lessons. george peoples has to learn what's been learned over and over with donald trump, he is a one way street. and being someone who cases boots does not get you what you want no matter how much you do it. maybe george pete will learn that. the fastening thing about that, it may not even be any one of those who wins that primary race. there's a woman, supreme court justice republican, who may actually win that primary.
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what we have learned in this, in learned in the special election yesterday, is that went to basically trump republicans are running against each other who basically have similar issues and that's the special election, it never was a trump person running against another trump person. they had to exist seems dance on the border wall, gun, laws, abortion and very much the same. it basically shows you went to people adopt the same viewpoint and those various trump viewpoints, trump doesn't help any in the chime or -- crime in. or help doesn't come from trump. it's a republican -- every single person, whether they get trump endorsed or not are becoming trump like. that's what's happening to the republican party. >> our thanks to matthew dowd and eugene robinson. good to see you gentlemen, appreciate it. the unexpected new face of the summer olympics, who has a history of soaring under pressure, when the 11th hour
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one defending champion simone biles sitting out the individual all around competition, getting underway in just a few hours in tokyo, all eyes are now on an 18-year-old gymnast so neatly. now, she is team usa's pick for olympic gold. what a story she has. a history of facing high pressure situations and soaring our report tonight from kate snow. >> sunisa lee knows a lot about handling lives twists and turns. >> i mean, it's just so fun, flying from one bar to another bar. >> do you feel like you are flying? >> yes, you are literally flying in between. she grew up in st. paul minnesota, surrounded by siblings and a large extended family. her parents moved here from allows. she's the first american to
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compete on team usa with a huge community cheering her on. >> we are basically all like family. we are all related somehow. >> sunnis olympic dreams started young, and she found a partner in her dad john. >> my dad is like my best friend. he has been through the whole journey with me and he would give me pep talks and make me feel better about myself. >> two years ago, he was about to drive suni to nationals, when he fell head first off a ladder. >> his foot slipped, he landed headfirst on the ground and he was powerlines from the waist down. suddenly, competing felt impossible. i saw my dad right before suni i was about to leave and i was like, i don't even want to go to championships anymore. my dad comes. first john urged her to go though >>. you worked so hard for this i told her, just go. i will be okay. >> she thought about him the whole time. i >> was just like, he is probably watching right now. i just know he would be so
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proud. suni shocked everyone, finishing second. >> i knew she was nervous, on top of that she had me to worry about. it was amazing. >> i hung all my metals on the stuff -- the shelf my dad made me. the pandemic shut her gym down, her parents contracted covid, she lost an antidote to the virus. >> it was hard but, i feel like when i come into the gym, it kind of helps me forget about everything. my safe place is the gym. >> what have you learned about yourself in the last year? >> i'm a pretty strong person. i've gone through so much and i still managed to get through it every time. >> kate snow, and must and be news st. paul minnesota. >> a late note from tokyo, team usa swimmer caleb dressel won his first olympic medal sending out -- 100 meter freestyle the world champion assess three olympic
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gold medals and relay races, a decent games so far for him. coming up, an awkwardly hilarious moment today for the british prime minister. h prime minister
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boris johnson, seen in a video that has now gone viral, struggling to open one in such a way as it would actually keep the rain off during an event in britain. even punched charles, as you can see, appears amused as he battled the winds and his shoot failed to open. >> the former impeached guy had a problem with his umbrella in 2018, he eventually gave up and leaving it for someone else to fetch at the door of air force one. that's our broadcast for tonight, with our thanks for being with, us on behalf of all my colleagues at the networks of nbc news, goodnight. tonight on all in. >> i remember thinking there was a very good chance i would be torn apart, or shot to death with my own weapon. >> we were all fighting for our lives. >> it was a war that we fought
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