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democrats who left the state to avoid the passage of restrictive voting rights legislation in texas. they'll be testifying before the house oversight committee in d.c. tomorrow. they're, of course, staying out of texas until the session ends so that law can be defeated. that does it for us tonight. we'll see you tomorrow. now the question is how soon could we see a bill passed? plus, tensions between party leaders are at a new high after the house of representatives reinstated a mask mandate for lawmakers and staff members. the question is did nancy pelosi really call kevin mccarthy a moron? and caeleb dressel delivers. he sets a new record and is bringing home the gold. the question is how did the rest of team usa fair in the pool?
it's "way too early" for this. good morning and welcome to "way too early," the show that entirely too often uses the doggy paddle. i'm jonathan lemire on this thursday, july 29th. let's start with the news. folks, they've got a deal. senators celebrated yesterday after finally coming to an agreement on a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill. the break came after weeks of disagreements over sticking points such as transportation funding and how to pay for it. chuck schumer held a vote exactly one week after the previous vote failed. it passed with every democrat and 17 republicans including minority leaders mitch mcconnell signing on. >> despite the popularity of it and the need for it, washington hasn't been able to get it done. this time we're going to get it
done. >> it's a matter of building a relationship and having trust. i trust each one of them with my political life, i really do, because i know we want the same thing, what's best for our country. >> this group of senators is proposing to the olympic committee that the next new olympic sport be closing a bipartisan infrastructure deal, and i think tonight we -- what's it called? stuck to landing. >> one step closer. >> one step closer sticking to landing. >> i'm not entire liar sure that joke worked. still they need to clear final votes in the senate and house. president biden celebrated by saying, quote, this deal signals to the world that our kmoc democracy can function and deliver and do big things. not everyone is agreeing to it. during trump's tenure in office
he was unable to finalize an infrastructure deal and it became a running joke on this show and others. in a statement released the same day, trump targeted one of the lawmakers working on it, mitt romney of utah, calling him a superrhino. he went on to say the deal was, quote, a loser for the usa, a terrible deal, and makes the republicans look weak and dumb. meanwhile senator kyrsten sinema says she does not currently support the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill that democrats are trying to pass on a party line basis. second package is meant to fulfill the biden administration's propose ams that were left out of that bipartisan infrastructure deal t so-called human infrastructure if you will. the democratic senator from arizona said she will move to vote the legislation forward
writing a statement, quote, i have also made clear that while i will support beginning this process, i do not support a bill that costs $3.5 trillion. all will have to vote to have it pass. joining us now, national political correspondent from politico, meredith mcgraw. thank you for being here this morning. we've had a lot of celebrations and tortured olympics. what happens now? >> right now president biden is trying to get a big bipartisan sweeping victory he's been looking forward to since day one. to be honest, i've had my doubts about this thing. it seems like it's been never-ending but persistence paid off. you have the bipartisan senators who kept pushing through to get
enough votes to pass this. 17 republicans is not something to be -- to thumb your nose at including the support right now of senate minority leader mitch mcconnell. and my colleagues said top officials worked hard to try to push this over the finish line, but the finish line is a little premature to say. this bill has a long way to go. it's next going to have to go to the house where there's already a lot of opposition from progressives who feel like they've been cut out of this, and president biden is going to have to convince both moderates like senator sinema who you referred to and the progressives who really want to push things even further that they will get their long list of potential wins in that reconciliation bill
that as you said is going to have to pass in an evenly split senate. so in the end, there's still a lot more work that has to be done, but right now president biden and the white house has got to be feeling pretty good, at least at this moment where things are. >> meredith, will it ooh goes to 30,000 feet on two different tracks. one, how big a deal is this as you said that president biden has sort of fastened himself as someone who can reach across the aisle and get something done with republicans. secondly while this is a bipartisan breakthrough, those are few and far between. we're seeing a lot of tensions about the masks, tensions about the january 6th testimony, the testimony this week, former president trump snapped from the sidelines. is there more than one thing or do you think there could be bipartisan deals brokered in the future? >> you know, senators from the
hill in that bipartisan group, they think they've accomplished something here especially in this current toxic system that we've seen on capitol hill. president biden as you said, this is something he campaigned on. he wanted to prove to the public that he was able to get legislation done across both sides of the aisle, especially after washington, d.c., has been so very fractured and continues to be. but like we said, this still has a long ways to go. the celebrating might be a little premature, especially when we don't even know if republicans in the end will support this initial bill. >> politico's meredith mcgraw. we are so grateful you got up so early this morning. thank you so much. turning now to the coronavirus, the house is divided over reimposing mask mandates. that moves comes from the commission. they're required to wear masks
inside the chamber, office buildings, and committee meetings. kevin mccarthy says, quote, it's conjured up by individuals who want to live in a pandemic statement here's how nancy pelosi responded. >> that's the mandate from him. i have nothing to say about that except we honor it with a snoosk leader mccarthy says it's against the science. >> senate minority leader mitch mcconnell is blaming low vaccination rates from americans. he said, quote, there's bad advice out there, you know. apparently you see that all over the place, people practicing medicine without a license, giving bad advice, and that bad advice should be ignored.
mcconnell plans to run 60-second radio ads on more than 100 kentucky radio stations in the coming days. not enough people are vaccinated, mcconnell said, so we're trying to get them to reconsider and get us back on the path to get us to some level of herd immunity. fully vaccinated travelers from the u.s. and european uniwill soon be allowed to visit the united kingdom without having to quarantine. they made the announcement yesterday. it's also the same for those who visit countries with less covid. travelers will have to take a covid-19 test before departure and after returning from england. the measures go into effect on monday. straight ahead t latest highlights from team usa as coronavirus cases in tokyo hit a record high. plus, election losses in texas has former president trump's inner circle very concerned especially when it
that music means it's olympic time. look at that. there's the torch. welcome back. here's the latest from tokyo. when we left you yesterday morning, the u.s. women's three-on-three basketball team had just defeated france to advance the title game, and they went on and defeated the russian squad, 18-50, to earn the first ever olympic gold medal in the event. congratulations. it was also a big night in the pool for team usa. two-time reigning champion caeleb dressel swam, holding off australia's swimmer to take on
the first individual gold med a of his career. team usa is facing a surprise victory in the 800-meter freestyle to claim gold for the united states. china could not be caught in a women's record-setting butterfly. but smith and flickinger picked up the silver and bronze. katy ledecky picked up the silver. team usa racked up another shooting medal this morning. browning hit silver to reach a final ten-shot showdown against her slovakian opponent who won by won and set a record in the olympics to deny her a shot.
here's a look at the current medal count. the u.s. leads with 37 medals but trails china, 14 golds by one. meanwhile two-time reigning pole vault champion sam kendricks will not represent usa after tested positive for covid. his father wrote, quote, officials informed sam that his daily testing for covid tested positive, so he's out. the u.s. olympic and perot olympic committee corroborated it saying hendricks has been transferred to a hotel. they wrote, sam is an incredible and accomplished team member of team usa. officials are alarmed as cases hit record highs. the city recorded an all-time high yesterday as it exceeded
3,000 new infections for the first time. also in sports the new york yankees have struck a deal. we'll have complete team coverage at 6:00 a.m. on "morning joe" with joe scarbrough. now time for the weather. let's go to meteorologist bill karins. >> everyone loves those baseball segments t ones that go on for five minutes analyzing the red sox? so let's get into the forecast first. as we go throughout the day today, these storms are going to fly. they've been in the midwest overnight. they're still ongoing and are about to roll through chicago. actually they just did. they're going to spread into the ohio valley and eventually the northeast. if you have afternoon plans especially around philadelphia, washington, d.c., baltimore, you're at enhanced risks for severe storms. we could get strong storms and strong winds and power outages with the storms later on today.
keep that in mind. most of the storms will be new york city southward especially to philadelphia, d.c., baltimore airy, you're at the greatest risk. and isolated storms from indianapolis to clumt bus. in areas like st. louis, you'll be happy to get some rain today because it's going to be very hot. we have 52 heat advisories and warnings. heat advisories from spokane to california. how hot will it be? st. louis, you'll be heading to 100. close in dallas at 95. the humidity will make it feel much worse in the southeast. the thunderstorms will keep it a little cooler from new york city northward to new england and to the northwest. how is it looking for friday, our getaway day? not bad. we need wet weather in the area where we're having all the fires, so we'll take the rain in
utah, nevada, and southern portions of idaho. sunday looks fantastic for the mid-atlantic and northeast. finally on sunday, late-day rain pushing into the northeast and also showers in the southeast. but it looks like another pretty decent weekend heading our way. so make plans now. >> our motto? give the people what they want. thank you, my friend. still ahead, new reporting on the lengths former president trump went to in order to investigate false claims of election fraud including almost daily calls to his acting attorney general. we're back in just a moment. st . with downy infusions, let the scent set the mood. feel the difference with downy.
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some may find this audio concerning. >> yay, this is for michael fanone, metropolitan police officer, you're on trial right now, lying. you want an emmy? an as os scar? what are you trying to go for here? you're so full of [ bleep ]. you little [ bleep ]. you're a little [ bleep ], man. i could slap you up the side of your head with a backhand and knock you out, you little [ bleep ]. >> i think the lawmakers and tv media host is leading people to a separate set of facts which they operate off of, and in that bizarro world, i'm ooh a crisis actor. this is what happens when you tell the truth in trump's america. >> that's an american hero, and that message is disgusting.
in politico, there were shock waves sent through trump's inner circle. the former president's advisers are now reportedly feeling even more pressure to win another special election in ohio next week. trump released a statement praising his preferred candidate on tuesday. the pro-trump make america great again pac made a last-minute decision to raise $3 million. they report a second loss would raise questions about the power of his endorse millionaire and could hurt his standing in the gop. meanwhile, a new report claims the former president called his acting attorney general on almost a daily basis last year to notify him of alleged voter fraud. a person familiar with the conversations tells the
"washington post" trump was, quote, absolutely obsessed in his phone calls with acting a.g. jeffrey rosen. rosen who was put in place of william barr who stepped down tried repeatedly to change the subject. on monday, the justice department ordered rosen to turn over any information he may have had regarding the turnover of the 2020 election. they're filing a motion to block the records from becoming public. a new executive order looks to combat the rising number of cyber attacks targeting america's infrastructure. president biden signed the order yesterday. it requires companies to meet a set of security standard like encrypting data and requiring two-factor authentication, but the white house is limited in what action it can take. with so much of america's
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welcome back to "way too early." it's just before 5:30 on the east coast, 2:30 out west. i'm jonathan lemire. president joe biden is expected to mandate all civilian employees to be vaccinate order submit to strict covid-19 testing measures under a new federal policy. those who do not show prove will have to submit to regular testing, masking, and social distancing requirements. there are details which the president is expected to announce in a speech from the white house. the surge in the united states is causing confusion after the cdc reissued mask guidelines through the regions where covid is spreading rapidly.
miguel almaguer has more. >> reporter: this is after cdc released the blotted map saying all americans should wear masks indoors where covid spread is substantial or high, northbound's governor argued the mandate flies in the face of public health goals. >> it's frustrated. it's confusing. they're sending mixed messages constantly. >> reporter: as americans and elected leaders struggle to find common ground over simple health measures -- >> which is it? vaccines or masks? the vaccines work or don't work. >> something has changed, and what has changed is the virus. >> the delta variant is driving covid clusters in every state. the attorney general in missouri says he'll sue to overturn
kansas city's adoption of the new cdc guidelines just as hospitals in hot spots nationwide are on the brink of crisis again. >> we're full, full, full again, and it's scary. >> reporter: google and facebook announced vaccine requirements for those returning to the office. new york city says they'll soon pay people $100 to get vaccinated. >> if we get people vaccinated who are not yet vaccinated, if we mask in the interim, we can halt this in a matter of a couple of weeks. >> reporter: but despite the plea, 100 million americans have yet to be inoculated. washington's finally team only recaretly hit the 50% rate. >> i'm beyond frustrated. the reason i walked in with a mask on, i'm immune-deficient. >> reporter: as the delta variant surges, far too many families will face last year's heartbreak. >> it should be noted that
washington football team's head coach ron rivera, a cancer survivor, which is why he's pressing his teammates to get the vaccine, to protect him. joining us now, president and ceo of the buy on the tech. your organization believes the most important thing for mandating vaccination is the full approval of the fda-approved vaccines. why does it matter so much when it's not a kwierlt and what have you picked up about the timetable? when should we expect this full approval? >> we're hoping it's incredibly soon. as you heard in your segment, people are frustrate and confused, and it's not surprised. we have to be armed to the teeth
with every armament at our disposal, and that means a vaccine that is fully approved by the food and drug administration. if the fda doesn't have another data at this point to fully approve the vaccine, they need to step forward and explain why not. this approval is so important because without the full approval it hampered efforts to mandate the vaccine and it's a potential reservoir for the virus to expand and change and get more aggressive. >> for so many americans, the cdc's announcement a few months ago that we could remove our masks if vaccinated was such a big moment, almost a joyful moment where people said we can kind of go back to normal now, and i think a lot of people are having a hard time adjusting to the idea that, hey, you've got to put them back on at least when you're inside or with
crowds. what do you think, the people in the medical community, do to persuade americans to say, hey, this isn't over yet, you still have to wear these masks, you still need this protection for you and others, even though it comes after this period when everyone was starting to feel a little more normal. >> right. i remember when i got my second dose of the vaccine here at howard university in washington, d.c. they announced to the room, welcome to the free world because there was this promise as we got this great promise, we would be returned to normal. that was predicated on the fact all americans would pitch in and get the vaccine and we'd get them out to every corner of the globe, and to date we're not quite there yet. the biotechnology inore vags organization company is ready to get out 100,000 more vaccines. as we see hot spots like india,
those become breeding grounds for more aggressive strains of the virus, and so that's what we're facing today. and for americans who do have access when there are people around the world crying out for access to these vaccines to not take advantage of this amazing break through in biotechnology is really a shame, and we need our federal officials like the food and drug administration to step forward and rubber stamp that this is a safe and effective vaccine and it only becomes less so every day that they wait and every american who refuses to take it. >> one more quick question for you. there's been some data in the last few days to suggest that in the hot spots where cases are surging and vaccination rates have been very low, there has been an uptick. there's a greater number of people getting the vaccine. what do you think is going on there, and how much hope do you
draw from it? >> it was sadly and entirely predictable. we know when you have pockets where you have very low vaccination rates the virus can spread and spread easily. each and every time it spreads and impacts, you expand the potential for it to change. that's what we were hoping to stop. we were hoping to have it mutate and evolve into something that's more deadly or more transmissible as we're seeing with the delta virus. so it's so critical for absolutely everyone to get fully vaccinated and for us to follow our local public health guidelines because this is really a completely local phenomenon. every locality has a different rate of transmission and a different level of vaccination. >> dr. michelle mcmurray-hooelt. thank you so much for getting up early. pbs says good-bye to a beloved children's show while different characters appear to
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efforts by democrats to pass a voting rights bill in the senate. and as we go to break, a look at this date in history. 46 years ago, president jeroldford became the first u.s. president to visit the site of the nazi concentration camp. he went to auschwitz in poland. >> this monument and the memory of those it honors inspire us further to the dedication of peace, cooperation, and security for all people. , and security for all people super emma just about sleeps in her cape. but when we realized she was battling sensitive skin, we switched to tide hygienic clean free. it's gentle on her skin, and out cleans our old free detergent. tide hygienic clean free. hypoallergenic and safe for sensitive skin.
in a push to accomplish a crucial legislative item before the august recess, the senate is working on a revised bill. the "washington post" reports there was a meeting in chuck schumer's office yesterday with several senators who continue to work on the issue since republicans blocked consideration last month of a more sweeping bill known as the
for the people bill. senator warnock emerged from it saying he wants the american people to understand voting rights and they're, quote, committed to getting some progress. it also included padilla of kamala, merkley, klobuchar, and manchin. joining us now, co-founder of "punchbowl news," anna palmer. she is an msnbc contributor. we're grateful she's up thisserly. anna, do we in the moderate bona fides is there a chance of getting any republicans even one or two on board in the senate for something like this? >> i think it's going to be really difficult. this bill is important for democrats because there's been such pent up frustration among activists, but i -- there's so little support among republicans
in the senate for any kind of voting rights legislation. i do think it's important to note you have raphael warnock, the senator from georgia, pushing the teen yiflt conversations not just with democrats but republicans. but all those photo use just put up, that's negotiation among democrats to try to get them on the same page, let alone trying to figure out if there's going to be any votes on the republican side. >> anna, very few have covered as closely the ins and outs of this drama as you. tell us where we are now. what do you expect? what sort of timetable are we looking at in particular on the republicans? a number of them ended up siding to advance this yesterday. but we're hearing obviously sharp criticism from former president trump on the bill. do we think these republicans will be able to resist caving in to the pressure applied by someone who still enjoys remarkable popularity among their voters? >> yeah. i mean i think it was a pretty
stunning vote. 67 senators voted for this infrastructure package, alarmer number than a lot of folks thought, including fact you had senate minority leader mitch mcconnell sign on at the end and others who voted against this procedural measure kept it open he might in the end actually support a final package. to your point, this is major, but it is a first step, so the devil is really in the details. a week ago a lot of republicans said, no, we can't vote for this. hey, we still don't have bill text. the bill text needs to happen. there's going to be amendments. this is in terms of what's going to happen with the house, so i think as much as this is moving the process forward, it is a key win for the president. it is really one step in a multi-step process that's going to go well into the fall. >> ah, the senate. one more for you real quick. senator sinema, we said earlier in the show, she expressed some
reservations about the reconciliation bill, at least the size of it. there was a lot of back and forth, is she for it, not for it, how much is she willing to do, is she going to submarine the whole thing and if it falls apart, does that mean the bipartisan thing could too? what is your analysis of her comments? where do things stand on this bigger reconciliation bill? >> she has been skeptical of the size of the reconciliation bill for quite a while that's not necessarily new. she's trying to push democrats to make it smaller, more focused. it's not as if she said i'm never going to support this. this is part of the process. we see joe manchin do this a lot on the moderate side, pushing his colleagues a little more to the center. but to your point, i think it's a very smart one, this reconciliation package, particularly in the house, nancy pelosi has drawn a line to say we're not going to take up the hard infrastructure package without reconciliation.
but this dual track process is very important and chuck schumer is going to be paying attention to where kyrsten sinema ends up on the final details of the size as well as scope of this reconciliation package. >> ana palmer of punch bowl news, thank you so much. earlier in the show we asked the question, why are you awake? kevin writes i'm up way too early because little sofia wanted to party all night long again. she's sleeping peacefully there. jewels tweeted this, up way too early with severe thunderstorms in chicago, the dog is afraid of the thunder. i will note my 6-year-old is as well. sophie tweets i am up way too early to share this picture of my grandson sleeping confidently since he just accomplished turning 1.5 years old. look at that pose, i have never been that relaxed, well rested at any point in my life. gene emails, because ms. days
si, a 1,600 pound draft horse decided 10 acres wasn't enough and got out again. congratulations to the lakefield police department for bringing home daisy safe and sound. sounds like you have enough room, stay put next time. up next a look at axios' one big thing. coming up on a special "morning joe," more on the infrastructure bill when jennifer granholm joins our conversation. and senator angus king will weigh in on the president's executive order on cyber security. we'll hear from beto o'rourke about efforts to combat voter suppression in that state and across the country. a jam packed "morning joe" just moments away. ust moments away still fresh unstopables in-wash scent booster
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what is the axios one big thing for this morning? >> good morning, jonathan. the one big thing at axios we got our hands on a memo from one of the president's closest advisers making the case for bipartisan. it's a little bit of a victory lap on the bipartisan infrastructure package, right. but if you take a step back more broadly, this is a message to the rest of the biden's party that biden's theory of the case, his theory of the presidency that american voters want bipartisan has been validated. there's a debate, a conversation inside the white house about what happens next, how difficult the next phases of all these packages are go dr. scott gottlieb -- packages are going to be, the human infrastructure, soft infrastructure, and how difficult they are. what they're trying to convey here is the core of joe biden is bipartisanship and that's what got him here and is going to keep him here and make him
successful. we have the whole memo, take a look at it and we can talk about it later. >> happily do so. i'll read it right now. hans, also, though, all of this legislative work comes under the shadow of what we're seeing across the country in terms of the return of the coronavirus in many places and the surge we're seeing of cases fuelled by this delta variant. but at least so far, the biden administration is shying away from pressuring private businesses to require vaccines for employees and to this point has not suggested they will do any sort of federal mandate on vaccinations other than federal employees we'll hear later today. do you see a momentum where this can change is their hand going to get forced? >> the white house makes a distinction between a mandate, which is what happened to the department of veterans affairs earlier in the week and requirements that federal workers get tested. and those requirements for getting tested will be pretty
strict. onerous is maybe one way to put it, but the idea is they can force a lot of testing and say if you don't want to get tested every day, then on the backside get vaccinated. that's the distinction the white house makes. they want to be careful about being too heavy handed on this. there may come a point they don't have options. because clearly what the goal is is having everyone be vaccinated, get those numbers up and return to normal. so they've been very sensitive to the politics of this. you mentioned private companies, the white house wants the private companies to head in that direction, require testing or vaccines, head nathat mandate requirement direction but thaw don't want too order it. i think that's an important distinction. >> hans, one more for you. you have been tracking the time the senate spends in the session compared to previous years, what are your findings? >> the numbers are great. a piece a colleague of mine did,
when you look at the actual numbers and hours hours are less, numbers of days in are higher. shorter days, but longer season. there's a lot with the schedule in terms of trying to make sure everything gets done, coordinating it with the house. and house is scheduled to be out of town at the end of the week but the senate will stay in longer. most of the action the next couple months, if not couple weeks, is going to be in the senate. >> it has been a while since we had a dog cameo on the show, outside of the photos sent to us by viewers. >> sorry. i didn't have great options this morning. >> first of all, you look great, always, your backdrop is great and seeing the dog is wonderful. if he's wonderful, show him the camera, let's see him. >> she's a good girl. i'm in this spot -- i won't go into too many details, my family is out of town so i don't wake everybody, but i do have the dog. good morning to you.
>> we appreciate you and the pup getting up too early with us this morning. thank you, the viewers, for doing the same. we'll see you back here at 5:00 a.m. tomorrow for "way too early." of course "morning joe" starts right now. >> why didn't you deny calling the president a moron. >> that's an old question. >> you understand by not answering the question, some people thought you were confirming the story. >> i think i've answered the question. >> you think you answered the question? >> i've answered the question. >> did you call the president a moron? >> i'm not going to dignify the question. >> well, you remember that when rex tillerson refused to say whether or not he called donald trump a moron. nancy pelosi isn't nearly that shy when it comes to kevin mccarthy. >> the mask mandate, speaker pelosi, any response to the backlash? >> that's the purview