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to "the last word." "run: book 1" is out on tuesday. that is tonight's last word. see you sunday right here on msnbc. don't go anywhere. "the 11th hour" with brian williams starts right now. good evening once again, i'll ali velshi in for brian williams. day 199 of the biden administration. as the delta variant races through all 50 states driving new case numbers upward, the president is signaling a possible shift to much more aggressive campaign to stop the surge. >> i put in place new incentives and requirements to encourage vaccinations. more to come in days ahead. america can beat the delta variant. just as we beat the original covid-19. >> florida is now undisputed
epicenter of the latest outbreak. nearly 23,000 new cases recorded in state, highest single day case count since pandemic began last year. from fauci says it counts for significant new cases across the country. >> florida itself is 20% of the infections. that's not acceptable. we shouldn't be looking at that right now given the fact that we have highly effective vaccines that are safe. >> florida's republican governor was asked about the case surge in his state. >> you have some politicians that say i'm going to eliminate the virus, i will defeat it. unfortunately, government can't just end it. we knew this is something you're going to have to live with. >> something you're going to have to live with. there was progress reported by the white house. nation passed important new milestone, 50% of all americans are fully vaccinated and another
major corporation joined list of vaccine mandates for employees. united airlines requiring its employees to be vaccinated by this fall. first major airline to take it. amazon says all workers at warehouse will be required to wear masks starting monday. new jersey's governor is ordering masks inside of schools next month, and judge in arkansas temporarily stopped the state from enforcing mask mandates. came after the governor wanted them to consider rolling back the ban for some schools as covid cases continue to climb. and then south dakota, the sturgis motorcycle rally, expected to draw close to 1 million motorcyclists. health experts worry it could
make the delta outbreak more severe. there is encouraging news about the economy. added 943,000 net new jobs last month, unemployment rate dropped to 5.4%. economists are watching to see if the current outbreak poses a threat to the recovery and president cautions we're not out of the woods yet. >> message today is not of celebration. we have a lot of hard work left to be done. what is indisputable now is this, the biden plan is working, the biden plan produces results and is moving the country forward. >> white house is also taking steps to help millions of people with student loans. administration announced extension of the federal student loan payment moratorium until january 31st of next year. and latest developments with new york's governor andrew
cuomo, a former executive assistant who accused him of groping her has filed a criminal complaint with albany county sheriffs office, it will address it tomorrow in albany. in letitia james' report that accuses governor of multiple instances of saul harass. . cuomo denies all allegations, he's not been charged with anything. lawyer cast doubt on the story, calling it false and blasting the attorney general's report. >> there's been no open-minded fact finding in this case. the investigation was conducted to support a predetermined narrative. here instead of acting as independent fact finders, the investigators acted as prosecutors, judge and jury. we do not have the underlying
evidence. that has not been provided to us from that report. >> tonight the new york attorney general said interview transcripts will be made available to state lawmakers investigating cuomo, adding all the accounts were extensively corroborated. 70% of new yorkers surveyed said it's time for cuomo to step down. jonathan lemire for the associated. former prosecutor. and doctor, former senior policy aide in the obama administration and public health expert and nonresident fellow at brookings. dr. patel, where are we now? administration pushing more aggressive agenda to get the vaccine out there. we've got people like ron desantis pushing back and delta
variant that continues to spread across this country at great speed. >> yeah. the efforts for vaccination must continue, need to accelerate. not just possible mandate, whatever we can do. but that's not going to make a dent in the acceleration we see today. florida and pursuant to that, texas, seeing hospitals so overwhelmed in large populace states they have to send patients out of state to get adequate care. and majority of the schools are starting next two to three weeks with pediatric cases on the rise, this is a powder keg of sorts. we're bracing for when will the descent happen. look to other countries. uk, netherlands, had steep descents despite delta taking hold, we're hoping to follow the pattern. but looking two to four more weeks of precipitous increase
until we crest and come down. there's going to be a lot of death and hospitalizations along the way, largely preventible. >> jonathan, play for viewers how the week has gone with back and forth with the white house and governor desantis. >> these interventions have failed time and time again. best defenses are the combination of natural immunity. >> i say to these governors, please help. if you're not going to help, get out of the way. >> there are leaders getting in the way of the american people. >> i wants to have the government force kindergarteners to wear masks in school. in florida the parents are in charge of that decision. >> he said i am in the way to block too much interference from the federal government. your response? >> who? >> i'm not surprised that the
president doesn't remember me. what else has he forgotten? i'm the governor who protects parents in ability to make the right choices for their kids' legislation. i protect the jobs and education and businesses in florida. >> not only is governor desantis not abiding by public health decisions, he's fundraising off of this. >> he is fundraising, he sent out a letter to funds arers asking for donations, it's not a fight that the white house is looking for though. >> no, it's not. first ali, i regret not wearing my tan suit tonight, you look fantastic. >> thank you, sir. >> this is part of sharper rhetoric from the president, seen for about a week to ten days as the delta variant has surged and we're seeing cases explode throughout the country, he fashioned on to the phrase
pandemic of the unvaccinated. those who haven't gotten the shots, putting themselves and loved ones in danger he says and jeopardizing the comeback for the nation. threatening the economic recovery, forcing people back in masks and taken aim at republican governors who as he put it have gotten in way of safeguarding the american people. governor desantis is tops on the list. this is not a fight the white house wants but evidence of the frustration that president and senior officials in the west wing and health officials elsewhere in the government feel about the american response right now to the pandemic. should be further ahead than we are, vaccines are there and plentiful. we can't give them away, yet because of the politics of it, because masks have been politicized, the vaccines politicized and influence of the former president and his
disciples, including the governor of florida, feel like progress is not as quick as it should be and people are getting sick. firm, almost scolding tone we're going to hear from the president as he tries to pull the levers of government to figure out any way short of a mandate to get people to take the vaccine. >> cynthia, governor andrew cuomo, activists that complain about the work force and extent of harassment still happening. some remorse or action taken. andrew cuomo is not reading from that pamphlet. >> no, he's not reading from it at all. and they went after today -- as you expect a bully to do -- the
people bring it. some by state troopers, others by email, others at the moment it happened. predetermined narrative attack is not going to work. but make a good point though, he is entitled to the witness interviews and i do think he should get them. i guess that will happen relatively soon. >> but polling is showing that voters think he should resign. lost all of his support amongst new york democrats and jonathan, amongst the federal democrats as well. new york state legislation to congressional and senate level calling for resignation. even the president calling for his resignation. where does cuomo go for support if anywhere? >> aren't many play places to go. he's a man on an island, ali.
allegations first emerged, there were democrats who called on him to resign, senator schumer, majority leader and new yorker suggested he resign. but not unanimous. there were holdouts with the power players and unions who supported him a long time. had his back and gave him hope to survive this. in recent months seemed like there was shot he could have. poll numbers crept up. did a lot of constituent services and touted his handling of the pandemic, worked with african-american communities and church leaders. seemed like he might stabilize himself and run for a fourth term next year. in the wake of the attorney general's investigation, there's no support left. support has abandoned him and death blow may have been this week. i was in the white house when president biden said he should
resign. in march he said would take cues from the investigation but it's more than that. they're friends and politicalal allies and cut from the same cloth. it's significant that leader of the democratic party wants him out. and accelerated time line, articles of impeachment could be ready in weeks. september/october for trial and my colleagues at associated press did head count of the assembly, they have the votes to impeach. >> dr. patel, you mentioned mandates, between the white house and ron desantis, not looking for direct confrontations with the states, however a number of companies are stepping up, either workers have to be vaccinated or masked, some insisting that customers and clients be vaccinated. is american business going to
put this over the top? >> yeah, i think that american business, private sector, say what you will -- and by the way, ali, the conversation between public and private sectors are absolutely ongoing and will continue because you bet that people inside the white house are talking to these companies to express their support even though they can't issue a mandate over these companies. and seeing teachers unions and others starting to express support for a possible school-based vaccine mandate. if and when they're available for children and fully licensed, not emergency authorization. that resulted in pressure on the fda, which announced they would likely have approval in next several weeks. you can see the sequence, if there's approval next four to six -- full licensure, then you
have the ability to fully express a mandate, stitch together close to 85% of the country vaccinated or with some immunity by infection, that might be best way to get to notion of herd immunity, but have to do it before the lambda variant can take a foothold after the delta variant. >> i guess the white house would love this to happen in some way other than federal mandate. from legal perspective, all of it will face challenge but companies seem to be on stronger footing, saying we can't endanger clients and fellow workers. >> i think that's right. i don't necessarily think they have to wait for full licensure, eoc said could do it now and would like insurance companies to be saying after certain date people have to pay more for
insurance if they don't get vaccinated. if they don't get vaccinated and get sick, raises health insurance for all of us. just like the people who smoke, they can be charged more, so should people who refuse to get the vaccination. it's not only a threat to everyone else's health and incredibly selfish in my opinion, it's also a financial burden on our health care system which can hardly afford it. >> staff addition, republican denver riggleman has been added to staff. here's what he said when he was appointed. >> doing this might be one of the biggest things i've ever done in my life, includes deploying after 9/11 with the bomb squad. can't worry about the color of the jerseys or "r" or "b" next to name, we need to look in fact-based way on what happened
january 6th to see if we can prevent it happening in the future. >> what is the significance of this? >> it's a refreshing tone. what we just heard from denver, his addition to the committee had been rumored for some time, frankly in the minority right now. there are two republicans on the committee, cheney and -- but murphy yanked his nominees because some of them probably will be called as witnesses for role they played january 6th. it's hard to do both. it's unclear what the time table of the committee is. heard extraordinarily powerful testimony from the capitol police. it remains a shame from any lens there isn't a bipartisan
commission akin to the one after september 11th. as mentioned there. but whether -- i think that despite the few lonely republican voices looking for -- to find the truth, to find what happened, try and prevent it from happening again. most of the republicans want to turn the page, don't want to be participants, want to continue to downplay and diminish it and adhere to the big lie that it was justified this violent mob stormed the capitol to prevent joe biden's win because they felt donald trump should have been elected. they want to whitewash one of the darkest days in american history that set up the fight against voting rights and setting up the next elections. >> thanks to the three of you, jonathan, cynthia and kavita. hospitals in hard hit covid
states calling it crisis situation. not enough staff. infrastructure week going longer again. efforts to advance the biden agenda as "the 11th hour" is getting under way on a friday night. when you drive safe... ...you can save up to 30% on your auto insurance. usaa. what you're made of, we're made for. get a quote today.
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23,000 more unfilled jobs in texas for registered nurses than nurses seeking to fill them according to labor analysis by the texas work force commission. burnout is causing nurses of all specialties to leave in droves or accept better paying jobs in competitive market, nurses and officials say. around the country hospitals are facing staffing shortages amidst the spike in cases. doctor in anesthesiology in virginia school of medicine, host of "the b word unpacked" podcast. it was a serious problem in covid, been shortages of nurses in country for long time. but burnout, burning out, getting infection last year, rate was tremendous.
now the same thing with the pressure to get vaccinated some health care workers saying i'm out. >> right. i think it's a combination of number of different things. for one, we are tired. talk about the nurses' burnout. every year between 300 and 400 physicians before covid were committing suicide. burnout of not wanting to go to work, but mental health of the nurses and respiratory assistants and people working with the patients day in, day out, what does that do to your mental capacity? and threat when you go to work you may become infected yourself, how does that make you feel. is there a confidence this will ever stop if we're not getting vaccinated? >> on the one hand, hospitals and doctors and employers in medical field need to be sensitive to all the things you talked about that existed before
covid and as result of covid, burnout came to the surface. houston told everybody to get vaccinated or don't work here anymore and lost staff as result. that's not something hospital groups across the country can afford to do, yet we want them vaccinated. >> right. we know how the politics of this pandemic have played out. see it in other industries. teachers unions struggling to get the teachers vaccinated. same thing with the hospital. unfortunately the hospitals, since this is not slowing down, only a total of 6,000 hospitals in united states of america with about 780,000 beds. 600,000 are now in use with 63,000 covid patients. we have to somehow find will to press through this time period. but will take awakening of the hospital system to say is this
provider burnout or provider abuse. are we treating health care workers like people, feeding back into them and saying are you taking care of yourself and how can we make sure the workload on your shoulders, that's responsible for us to do so. you're just a person, too. >> never see it look responsible with the training that nurses and doctors go through, never thought it made sense. do you agree with the centers insisting staff are vaccinated? >> yes. people are trusting me to do the best i can do to take care of them. if i'm not vaccinated myself and know i can become infected with covid-19 and can infect someone who has tried to do their best to protect themselves with vaccinations and simple public health measures, i owe it to them, that's my job and
responsibility. i urge all health care workers, this is not time to play politics. >> also kids. talking about my body my choice to not get vaccinated. under 12, you don't get to make that choice. somebody else not getting vaccinated could be making a life or death choice for children. >> if we look at it right now. 4.2 million tested positive for covid and in june, 1 of 3 admitted to the icu, if you look at numbers now, tons of kids. last week, 72,000 children were newly diagnosed with covid-19. we don't have time to play russian roulette with our children's lives.
everyone needs to get vaccinated to get some form of herd immunity to protect them. >> dr. ebony hilton, thank you. democrats are renewing push to protect the ballot on the 56th anniversary of the voting rights act when "the 11th hour" continues. coverage customizer tool? sorry? well, since you asked. it finds discounts and policy recommendations, so you only pay for what you need. limu, you're an animal! who's got the bird legs now? only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪
continue to defeat republican voter suppression. what we did in may, in july, and now. looking for us to telegraph exactly what we're going to do, we're not able to do that at this time. governor would like that, we're not going to. >> texas governor greg abbott is calling another session to pass voting restrictions. convenes noon texas time on saturday. remains to be seen if the texas democrats breaking quorum in washington will return. they're in town to pressure congress to pass federal voting protection. merrick garland rights on the anniversary of the voting right act, it's not right to construct barriers to allowing americans to vote and it's time for congress to act again to protect that fundamental right.
welcome back tolliver and kristol. i'll start with you, bill, do you have any information about what republicans might do with a voting rights bill that is being brought to the united states senate? >> i'm afraid end of the day very few republicans will support any of the possible bills going to be brought. but good news, if you believe that the federal government has to step in as attorney general says, protect voting rights and election overturning, make sure we have free and fair elections in 2022 and 2024 and trump doesn't get away with the kinds of things he tried, that we're learning more and more about. if you believe that, democrats are negotiating seriously among themselves, will have a new bill and senator manchin is key in developing. more targeted and focused. some of the progressives will be
disappointed, it's not as broad, but all the democrats can support and republicans should support and ex-republicans or whatever i am now, sort of republicans, can urge in honesty and good faith be supported. doesn't have progressive wish list. it's targeted to make sure the elections are free and fair and secure, has conservative ideas, too, such as voter i.d., a generous one that everyone can get, still that's always a republican talking point. that's unveiled at some point next week, maybe not final text but will change the debate. then manchin is going to try to get a few republicans to support. if they don't, tough decision is made by manchin and sinema, are they willing to break the filibuster. i'm more optimistic than i have been for a while. >> juanita, we'll take optimism.
something has to happen. everybody has spoken, in middle of so-called summer of action, seeing the texas democrats who are holed up in washington trying to do something, begging the federal government. saying we can't keep holding out on this one. seeing people including members of congress being arrested to draw attention to this. seeing new effort that bill is talking about. what has to happen next to not lose the momentum that folks have to entrench voting rights in way that can't be eroded by state legislators? >> action. while bill is optimistic, i'm concerned. can't say i'm optimistic. two impasses as far as action on the legislative piece on voting rights is coming down to filibuster or getting republicans. i don't believe there are ten good republicans who will do the right thing. republicans have shown this iron clad opposition to any and every
piece of legislation coming to democrats prior to the bipartisan infrastructure package. everything else they've is stopped. leveraged the filibuster in june on the for the people act. even though democrats are negotiating the terms, i'm not confident that republicans will come through. if schumer is holding out and knows something as far as agreement within the caucus to carve out portion of the filibuster to advance the legislation, bless. this is a do or die moment for democrats to protect the voting rights of black and brown voters being targeted across the country. as you mentioned, texas democrats have succeeded in three objectives of delaying bills in state house, garnering national attention to voting
rights. it's been a problem. competing with infrastructure package and other issues in washington. texas democrats have done their job. it's the senate and democratic caucus to do their job because republicans have obstructed and will continue to obstruct everything. >> bill, people like jim clyburg said keep the filibuster for other things, not this. if this gets manchin and sinema on board, democrats can do it if they avoid the filibuster. but where are conservatives? must be some in the senate prepared to say there's something we can do. why is this a party line issue? it hasn't been as hard to get republicans to back things as basic as the voting rights act. >> it's terrible. it's trump's republican party. i think juanita is right, and chuck schumer agrees there's not
many republicans to be gotten. i think joe manchin knows this but wants a bill he can defend, go to republicans and say you want some amendments? go ahead, let's have a debate. i think will find few willing to debate or let it come to the floor, have an honest exchange of ideas, amendments and different proposals. once manchin goes through the process he will feel he's done what he can. big believer in bipartisanship to do that. then question is, is he willing to carve out something in the filibuster? he hasn't told me, but going to a lot of trouble if he is going to let it die. i think there's a decent chance. the house speaker reacts to concerns of her party that the democrats could lose the house. when "the 11th hour" continues. s ? the open road.
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i always run from behind. i have no -- no comment about my colleague except to say he's a great chair. patrick maloney of the state of new york. i've very confident we'll win the house. in terms of the specific where he was zeroing in on it, always run scared. that's it. >> speaker pelosi responding to warnings from the head of the democratic congressional campaign committee, dccc, democrats might be in trouble if they don't change messaging on the economy for midterms. juanita tolliver and bill kristol, what do you make of the comments and response? >> from the dccc perspective, they're like let's make our case
to the public and stick to biden. makes sense. agenda is popular, american rescue plan and infrastructure packages, people support it, need it and recognize when democrats call it out to say we delivered this to you, almost exclusively. and pelosi's response recognitions she's not only a scrapper but knows the uphill battle for democrats, we still have redistricting that will be led by a number of gop state legislators and will be a structural battle, not anything that messaging can handle. other thing speaker pelosi said in weekly conference, she empowers her to -- presented to the caucus, does not capture individual member's popularity at district level.
something she's encouraging people to do. but overall objective is they are leaning on agenda wildly popular with the american public and they've done so much. time to highlight that, and let people know they did that alone without help from republicans. will create a dichotomy of what you see from republicans. they're more focused on culture wars and democrats on the results they delivered. >> bill, when you look at infrastructure stuff, polling 2-1 in favor, including with a majority of republicans, it's traditionally been republican undertaking and seeing movement from the republicans who say, they don't want this to go through without republicans on board. i hear from some people. other people, nobody cares about who was behind a bill in the end, so republicans are fine pushing back and having them pass, they'll take credit
anyway. >> republicans in the house have structural advantage in redistricting and normal difficulties party in power has first years in white house. voters say great, got bills through, want biden not to go too far. that's what republicans are counting on. i think democrats can do more to discredit the republicans in house. they have to make it unacceptable for kevin mccarthy to be swing voters. tying the crazies in house. 60% voted to overturn the election. greene and gaetz, mainstream republicans, incumbents or challengers, account for those people. are you going to be in the conference with them. fine with mccarthy and
stefanich, who voted to overturn the election? if i was doing it, good job on the affirmative side. very good speaker. but i think could do more to make the republicans unacceptable alternative. >> what is the balance that pelosi and democrats have to manage between progressive agendas, including success with eviction moratorium and infrastructure that appeals to broad base. how does she manage what democrats are to americans next election? >> front and center on what they've delivered. point around infrastructure is key. we know, especially when bipartisan package gets through senate, house progressives are looking for reconciliation to come with it. avoiding friction on that is key for speaker pelosi. we heard today that it depends
on what happens in the senate. what she's going to do is try to walk that tightrope because we no that bipartisan package is wildly popular and there's a lot in the reconciliation package. emphasizing the additions, access to early child care, paid medical leave, access to universal pre-k, all the positives should be front and center as reason it needs to get to the house and pass the senate. >> bill, what about the republicans in house and senate not part of the crazy caucus? mainstream republicans outside of elected government who would like to see something of a republican party once again or party that puts forward normal but conservative proposals? where is that at right now? are people sitting it out with talk that donald trump is coming
back into office according to the guy or reelected again? >> there's less trumpy republicans in the open seats and challenger races for senate and house. so far doesn't look good for those republicans. liz cheney says it all, right? republican went with trump reluctantly but most things for four years. broke on what he did after november 3rd, said it was unacceptable and continued to say that. how many cheney republicans are there in the house? >> that says it all. thanks to both of you, great conversation, juanita tolliver and bill kristol. coming up, atlantic ocean can be at risk when "the 11th hour" continues. hour" continues. with rybelsus®. ♪ you are my sunshine ♪ ♪ my only sunshine... ♪
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did yesterday. i'm not trying to be trivial here, but in a light tan suit. >> also known as tangate. >> tan suit, how the tan suit made him look unpresidential. >> whoever talked him into going into a tan suit, so desperate because of the low poll numbers, they're willing to do anything. >> the tan suit made him look unpresidential. >> "the daily show" with trevor noah pointing out even the gipper saw nothing wrong with a tan suit now and again. that's "the 11th hour," brian will be back monday, and i'll be back on my show "velshi," good night.
rachel because it's her vacation and, i have some good news on that, and her return, which will share with you later tonight. it involves actually some of you, or at least one of, you on msnbc viewer who happens to be a wonderful grandma. this is real, and will get into it later after some of the news. now, as for some of the good news that leads the actual news, the white house announced that 50% of americans are fully vaccinated against covid, a key milestone, thanks to the quickening rate of vaccinations. up 44% ov