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that delicious scramble was microwaved? get outta here. everybody's a skeptic. wright brothers? more like, yeah right, brothers! get outta here! it's not crazy. it's a scramble. just crack an egg. as we come on the air this morning, the next battles on capitol hill. senate democrats moving forward with their $3.5 trillion budget overnight. already bubbling up this morning, new divisions that show how precarious this thing is. what chuck schumer says the senate will take up first when they get back next month. all of it setting up a house showdown. the new warning shots being
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fired in letters to the house speaker. we'll hear from the future governor of new york with the current governor's problems not over yet. the legal and political firestorm andrew cuomo is facing as he gets ready to step aside. ahead, a new york state senator joining us live and how a new law in missouri makes it easier to free the wrongly convicted. we go one-on-one with the man at the center of the fight in prison for 26 years even though the prosecutor said he didn't do it and we track down the state's ag who says he's not playing politics. >> do you believe there's a chance that mark johnson is innocent? >> we've been dealing with procedural issues. >> i'm asking on the innocence piece. >> good morning to you. i'm halle jackson in los angeles. with the action happening back home in d.c., that's where we find ali on capitol hill and
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john. we're waking up to some developments on capitol hill not just overnight but even into the morning here. in the last 24 hours, we had that senate vote setting the bipartisan bill to the house. then letters from house moderate democrats and progressives. almost every gop senator warning they're not going to support a debt ceiling increase then the senate passing $3.5 trillion budget resolution and this morning new concerns about that price tag. it's a lot. let me start with the last thing we talked about. what is up with joe manchin and how does this play out? >> we're really reaching for our news here on capitol hill as much of the lawmakers have left town. they are on recess now. senator joe manchin before heading back to west virginia on recess released a statement that raised eyebrows on capitol hill. you talk about the tenuous margins and tight margins that have to be balanced in senate and house.
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we see that play out right now because manchin in a statement this morning citing unfilled jobs and rising inflation said these are not indications of an economy that requires trillions in additional spending. we've been here before with manchin specifically in regards to these budget reconciliation bills with big price tags. he's been known to hold them up before because of fears of overspending. certainly that was the tenor of the statement that we got from him this morning. so a lot of folks wondering what the impact is going to be when they do come back for this $3.35 trillion infrastructure bill which will be passed by a simple partisan majority. they need all 50 democrats onboard for that one. meanwhile, in the house you see a similar juggling act play out impacting speaker nancy pelosi because moderates and progressives are trying to lay out lines on this one. moderates would like a vote on bipartisan hard infrastructure bill before the senate gets to reconciliation bill of human infrastructure.
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progressives laying out the opposite line saying their support can't be counted on for that bipartisan infrastructure bill if the house does not wait until the senate contends with the budget reconciliation bill and on top of that i love that list you put out. almost all republican senators trying to put the ball in democrats' court saying they have to deal with raising the debt ceiling because republicans don't want to touch it. so much political jockeying happening here. all of this setting up a big fight for september and that's nothing to say of the fact that republicans still say that they want to push forward on something with police reform. democrats echoing that and democrats putting front and center push to secure voting rights from the federal perspective here so really teeing up what might be a busy end of the summer and certainly a busy september here in washington. >> that is for sure. so, john, let me talk about how you laid out the put up or shut up time for house democratic
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moderates. we talk about progressives and their strategy. we're learning about strategy in the other wing of the democratic part here. >> moderates are moderate. >> so the name would indicate, yes. >> as the name would indicate. at the end of the day, moderates have tended to fold in these negotiations. the progressives in the democratic party and in the republican side and the more conservative elements tend to be more dynamic and stick to their guns and in this case if the moderates really want to scale back the size of this spending package, this human infrastructure package that's coming down, or to push through this part of the structure package before, they have to stand up to leadership and nancy pelosi and traditionally they haven't done that. nancy pelosi says yes, yes, and
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puts a bill on the floor and they end up voting for it. this is their time. if they're going to do something, if they're going to take a stand, they're going to have to do it now and we'll see if they can actually stick by their guns here. >> so there's also this decision of punt the debt limit issue, if you will. by tying it to short-term government funding bill. can you talk about what's next on that front there. >> this is a huge problem. republicans are not going to vote. senate republicans are not going to vote for the debt limit increase as part of a spending package. it's complicated. what's happening is that -- >> explain why it matters. >> so the government is going to run out of money. the government actually borrows money to pay its bill. it's going to run out -- the treasury department will run out of the ability to borrow money and have to go to the treasury market to buy bonds.
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treasury is fuzzy about it. they said october or november. republicans say if the democrats move ahead with this huge $3.5 trillion package, we don't want anything to do with this debt. also they've complained about what happened in the rescue plan, $1.9 trillion package democrats enacted. they say democrats, you spend all this money, you go pay for it. you go raise the debt ceiling with democratic votes. if they try to -- if democrats try to attach the increase to keep the government open and government runs out of money to operate government agencies running out of money on september 30th, we could have a real showdown. not only a debt crisis, which we had in 2011 which caused the united states to get credit downgraded for first time in crisis and government funding crisis. this could be the worst of both worlds. this is very, very serious, high
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level political chicken we're playing right here and it's the future of the american economy at stake. >> we'll watch it play out over the next few weeks. new questions about what happens in the impeachment investigation into andrew cuomo. we'll hear from the lieutenant governor in just a few hours for the first time since that stunning resignation almost 24 hours ago now. governor cuomo is not going anywhere until august 24th. we get new reaction from his former staffer who filed a criminal complaint against him who says stepping down is simply not enough. we go to albany, new york, for more. >> good morning. we got a lot going on up here to say the least. i spoke to some of the accusers yesterday. one was mentioned in the 165-page a.g. report.
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not one of the 11 women. i asked her if this gained her closure. resignation of this governor. yes, it had, but it doesn't account for what he did really. she wants the assembly to continue to pursue the impeachment. brittany also another accuser, one of the 11 women, our colleague sat down with her yesterday. this is what she had to say. >> he didn't take responsibility. he didn't really apologize. i believe that what he and his attorney have done is dangerous. it's sending a message to not only women or men who are currently or have been sexually harassed but the message says if you come forward, we will attack you and no one will believe you. >> reporter: so the big question is does the assembly or not pursue the impeachment investigation further. do they take it to trial in the
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senate? you have to remember the investigation in the assembly was a four-pronged investigation. there was nursing home controversies when it came to covid pandemic. there are a lot of other things going on. there was alleged abuse of power when it came to the governor's book sales. a lot of folks are saying he needs to continue to pursue -- assembly needs to pursue the impeachment satisfaction. one said resignation does not satisfy accountability. the first test for the new governor will be whether she convinced the assembly to continue to purue impeachment of the current governor. >> you will be among the people hearing what she has to say later today. with me on this show is new york democratic state senator. good morning. thank you for being with us this morning. >> good morning.
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thank you for having me. >> let's pick up on that impeachment threat. do you believe the state assembly will move forward with impeachment proceedings and should they in your view? >> let me answer the question in reverse. i do believe that resignation alone does not equal accountability so i would like to see the assembly move forward because the legislature has a duty and responsibility to really have a full reckoning of the many ways in which governor cuomo has harmed the 11 women who have come forward but also our government and our state. so right now without impeachment and without going through the whole process, governor cuomo is permitted to run for office again in the future. we as a legislature believe in many ways that we should not allow that to be the case. that's on the one hand. on the other hand whether or not the assembly will continue to go forward is yet to be determined. i think that one of the most important parts of this is that
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during the governor's final words at his press conference yesterday the governor made very clear that he thought this was a political hit job, that he did not want the assembly to further investigate and impeach him because we should not waste our time and resources. i want to remind everyone the reason that we are in this position is because of the behavior of andrew cuomo. >> so a couple follow-ups from your answer. you talk about how it's important in your belief for the state to move forward and bar the governor from ever running for office again. what do you say to those who argue that that should actually be up to voters to decide, not you. >> well, there's an impeachment process in place for a reason. part of the reason is that it's in the constitution because the legislature is required to do a trial and so in the trial in the senate after the assembly hands over the impeachment articles, our job is to hear the case, which means that we can hear from different witnesses. we can hear from the defense. we can hear from many different
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people who have had experiences with the governor as well as the governor himself. i think that to directly answer your question, we as legislatures were elected by our districts. many represent in the state senate over 330,000 people. it is our job to be incredibly forceful as well as responsible when it comes to making decisions like this, and i would like to believe that all of us can continue to represent all of the people who put us here and make decisions on behalf of them including decisions as serious as impeachment proceedings, which we know are incredibly serious. the governor resigning is a serious conclusion to this dark chapter in new york but this is why we are in these positions to make these decisions. >> you also talked about this argument that's been raised about the expense, the resources that would go into impeachment proceedings even after the governor ends his tenure on august 24th. can you elaborate more on your response to that argument? this will be extensive and suck
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up energy and your attention. >> yes. first of all, i want to remind everybody that we're in the position that we're in today because of the behavior and conclusion of the a.g.'s report which has very comprehensively stated that the governor violated state law and fostered a toxic work environment. these are serious conclusions to a thorough investigation and report. as a result of that, for me at least, what feels responsible is to move forward for accountability because we can say that the governor has violated federal and state law, but if we as a body do not actually have a count for that and we don't say that we conclude as a body that this person has actually violated federal and state law, we're saying in new york is that our laws on the books don't -- for
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highest office. >> i'm almost out of time here. how much do next steps matter for what we would hear from soon to be governor? >> so the lieutenant governor who will be the first female governor of new york which is a historic moment in the state of new york. she's somebody i have worked with before and has incredible work ethic and whose words will matter. however, what i will caution everyone and will be judging these next steps on are actions taken. what are the things that are going to be put in place to make sure that any of the people in the cuomo administration who were part of enabling him are removed from those positions and people who have not only fostered toxic workplace environment but have not had focus on public service are removed from our state government because this is an opportunity for us to move forward. it will matter. we will have to see what her
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actions are. >> new york state senator, thank you for being with us this morning. i know it's been a busy few days for you. appreciate it. still ahead. clashes coast to coast how to handle covid in class as cases soar. what we learned president biden is about to say about what matters coming up after the break. break. i don't know. i think they look good, man. mm, smooth. uh, they are a little tight. like, too tight? might just need to break 'em in a little bit. you don't want 'em too loose. for those who were born to ride there's progressive. with 24/7 roadside assistance. -okay. think i'm gonna wear these home. -excellent choice. i'm greg, i'm 68 years old. i do motivational speaking with 24/7 roadside assistance. -okay. in addition to the substitute teaching. i honestly feel that that's my calling-- to give back to younger people.
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nbc news reporting that president biden plans to step up pressure with businesses and universities to push them to require covid vaccinations for their employees including united airlines and howard university. here in california where we are this week, the state is supposed to become the first to put in place a vax or test requirement for all teachers and staff.
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the governor will announce the plan later today. the employees must show proof of vaccination to their districts or go through regular covid testing. compare that to florida where the republican governor who is going to speak in ten minutes or so said he will not let schools mandate masks. masks, of course, are something almost all health experts agree helps slow the spread of the virus. i want to bring in folks reporting on this. good morning. what is the president hoping to get from this announcement next hour? he can't mandate that private companies make their employees get vaccinations, right, but he's trying to say we really want you to do this. >> absolutely. we have seen this shift over the past couple weeks in the white house from the heavily ing
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incentives to heavy stick approach of putting pressure on anyone they can in any way they can to get more people vaccinated. today is going to be that velvet rope stick approach. you have representatives here that have put vaccine requirements in place for their employees. united airlines ceo is going to be here. they are requiring all employees get vaccinated really out front on that area and the president is calling on other companies to follow in their example and saying that the federal government is here to back you up. if you are a company that wants to require your employees get vaccinated, we're going to back you up. we'll offer you that support. and it is really a shift in the calculus in the white house as they see surge in covid cases in areas of low vaccination rates and determination they had to ratchet up pressure when it came
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around vaccine mandates so expect to see more of this coming. >> kerry, this anti-mask mandate in florida put a wedge between the state and individual counties in florida. what's the situation where you are and what do we expect to hear from the governor in just a little bit? >> reporter: let's talk about the pressure that is on right now for every parent. just in the last week there's been a 24% increase in children testing positive for coronavirus. so those are the numbers that parents are looking at as their kids are going back to school this week. i'm in palm beach county. the school here over my shoulder, there's a mask mandate here. you just reported the governor said there can't be a mask mandate because several counties in the state of florida decided to defy the governor's ruling there can be no mask mandates. the governor says in return that if these counties decide to push back and defy his order, he will
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cut the salaries of the school students and the school board members and cut back the amount of state money that comes to a county. that's $9,000 a student. it's a significant amount of money that now school districts are trying to figure out how they're going to have to handle that. with all that going on, take a look inside the covid ward at joe dimaggio children's hospital. these are difficult pictures to look at. what they illustrate is what's going on in the state with kids. in june, the hospital treated just over 20 kids with covid. in july, more than 240 children with covid and symptoms and so far in the first ten days of this month, 160 more children arriving. it's why the nurses and the medical staff there are so anxious because it's not just covid they have to deal with, it's all the things that happen when kids get injured or get sick and show up.
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>> it's super concerning because kids are going back to school and traditionally once they go back is when they start to come into see us. when you throw covid into the mix of that, we don't know what flu is going to look like and the other childhood viruses and illnesses that they normally get is just a lot scarier this time. >> reporter: that's so heartbreaking for families members that have loved ones in the icu. in some cases children that are on ventilators. one political note to point out here as we wait for the governor to speak, look at the counties in florida that have decided to push back and defy the governor's orders. when you see the list of counties and look for who voted for president trump and biden, you can see that it is those counties pushing back are the same counties that voted for biden. this absolutely falls along political lines in this state and it's one that the governor does not appear to be backing down from.
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certainly not like we saw hutchinson doing about this idea about whether kids should wear masks in school or not. >> that's for sure. kerry sanders live in florida. thank you. a quick programming note for you, this friday msnbc is answering your questions about going back to school during the pandemic. you probably have a ton of those questions. send them via email. we'll have our experts answer as many as they can. that special report is happening this friday 11:00 eastern only here on msnbc. coming up, former u.s. attorney for georgia set to speak with the senate judiciary committee about former president trump's role in trying to overturn the election results. we'll have that after the break. and we're going to our team on the ground in afghanistan as the taliban takeover intensifies.
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so pretty soon the senate judiciary committee will talk with the former u.s. attorney from northern georgia. why? he's the next interviewee for the senate's investigation into whether former president donald trump was trying to enlist doj
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help to overturn the 2020 election results. tell us a little bit more about what we know and what we don't know about this upcoming judiciary interview with them. >> reporter: so he will be the third person the senate judiciary committee is speaking to in their new investigation into the former president and his alleged influence into the department of justice to overturn the last selection. they spoke with former acting attorney general rosen last week and they spoke with deputy acting attorney general former last week for a total of nine hours. we have the former top prosecutor in atlanta who resigned on january 4th, two days before january 6th and "the wall street journal" is reporting he was getting a lot of pressure from the former president to do more to try to overturn the election results in
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georgia, something that "the wall street journal" reports he refused to do. he did end up resigning so now the senate judiciary committee wants to hear his story and what sort of pressure he got from perhaps the former president and the former president's top aides. this is an investigation that is continuing. this discussion today is going to be behind closed doors and if the last two interviews give any indication of what this will go like, it could last quite a long time today. >> leanne, thank you. turning to news overseas because overnight in afghanistan, more developments there as the taliban is seizing control of even more territories in the northern region. you've got conflict now happening in 24 of the country's 34 provinces. and the major hub city reports of a devastating setback. thousands of government troops
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at the airport have surrendered. we're showing you taliban video that shows vehicles and weapons seized by afghan soldiers. this is just before the final withdrawal of the u.s. troops from the country. talk about whether you see any signs the taliban is ready to agree to a peace treaty here. >> reporter: not at this point. there's no sign this fight is ending. in fact, it's intensifying in some areas particularly in kandahar in the south and also in parts of the north. today the taliban said that these reports of atrocities are false and call them propaganda. what we've heard from people fleeing villages and towns is disturbing and reports of taliban fighters asking for lists of women and girls in
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households so they can be married off to taliban fighters, recruiting young boys -- or forcing boys to fight. and also targeting government workers, particularly targeting women no matter what kind of work they were doing for the government. and the u.n. at this point is warning of potential humanitarian disaster because not only are these civilians enduring terrible, horrifying experiencing as they flee their homes, they are left homeless. we spoke to a teacher who has been a teacher for more than 30 years, taught all sorts of generations of students, she lived in the city taken by the taliban and she said her home was destroyed by a bomb shortly within hours after she left. she left with nothing. now she has nothing to go back to. she's in kabul and homeless. there are thousand of people like her in kabul.
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many of these people are educated, middle-class afghans and there's a real concern about what happens next with them. halle? >> thank you for your excellent reporting. i know we'll see you back here throughout the day on msnbc. i appreciate it. coming up on the show, we're taking you to missouri for our justice for all series this morning. why a new law about to go into effect there might finally free a man who prosecutors believe was wrongly convicted. we're talking with all of the major players in this case including the republican attorney general we tracked down who denies he's playing politics. we'll be there when mark johnson learns what a local prosecutor says about his case and that new law. >> we spoke with gardner who says you will be the first case that she brings under that new mechanism. >> i don't know that. >> what do you think of that? ia 100% stain removal, 24 hour stain resistance to lock in your whitest smile.
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our journey continues looking into a man behind bars for a crime he didn't commit. he could be freed but people trying to do that say politics is standing in the way. the story starts here on this front porch where in 1994 a man was murdered. the police arrested lamar johnson who was tried, convicted and sentenced to life in prison. that's where the story might end if they hadn't found a record of payments never disclosed to the only eyewitness in the case who later recanted his testimony. years later two other people said they were killers, not lamar johnson. so in 2019 he filed for a new trial but a prosecutor can only seek that within 15 days of a conviction. in johnson's case back in 1995.
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>> 15 days, that's it? justice ends? i don't think there's time limits on innocence. >> reporter: a judge appointed someone to represent him. >> i think the attorney general is afraid of someone like me and what we stand for. >> there is no mechanism to file for a new trial so long after the conviction and this spring the missouri supreme court agreed. johnson spoke with us from the prison where he spent most of the 26 years. his daughters just babies when he went in. >> i haven't met my grandchildren get. one of the many things i've missed out on throughout the years. >> have you given out hope that you'll get out? >> no. because that's all i have. >> now a new reason to hope. a new state law set to go into effect later this month will give prosecutors more power to correct wrongful convictions even years later but the republican attorney general could still intervene. his office declined our repeated
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requests for a formal interview. so we found him after an event and asked about the suggestion he's playing politics. >> that's ridiculous. >> why? >> i care about the people of the state. it's not personal for me. >> it's too early to decide whether he'll step in if gardner does file a motion for a new trial. do you believe there's a chance that lamar johnson is innocent? >> we'll wait and see what's filed. >> i can't give you a deadline or time limit on when i'll file but we will file under this new law. >> will lamar johnson be the first? >> he will be the first. >> she said you'll be the first case she'll bring under that new mechanism. >> i didn't know that. it's a relief. i'm grateful. i'm trying to keep from crying. >> this is emotional for you. why? >> we're talking about my life
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that was wrongfully taken from me. i don't know how to explain trying to be heard appealing to people constantly and they just shut the door in your face. >> what does that life look like on the other side of these doors? >> i have never seen the ocean, never been in a plane. more important than anything is being able to bond and be with my family again. so my mother can rest knowing i didn't have to spend my life in prison for something i didn't do. >> that new law goes into effect at the end of the month. we'll stay on top of the story and bring you updates as they develop. coming up, a stark new warning coming into our newsroom from the department of homeland security about the impact of fake election fraud claims. we'll talk about that new warning in just a second. plus, a fragile road ahead for these two infrastructure deals as house gets its hands on the massive spending packages.
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warning from the department of homeland security to police departments around the country. nbc news reporting that local law enforcement officers are being told that these false claims of fraud, lies about the 2020 election are fueling calls for violence online. ken, what else can you tell us? >> dhs officials had a phone call earlier this week with senior members of police departments around the country including nypd and the d.c. police about this. those officials expressed concern that they are seeing the same thing which is on social media and in public forums, there are increasing calls for violence in response to these conspiracy theories about fraud in the 2020 election and about the alleged possible reinstatement of former president donald trump. one of the lessons from the january 6th riots that dhs took was not enough attention was paid to what was being said on social media. not about specific plots but in
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general the climate where there were calls for violence. they don't want to make that mistake again. they are airing on the side of getting this out and talking about it and exploring even though there's no credible evidence of a domestic terror plot. they say they see increasing calls for violence on many social media posts and they want local law enforcement took on the lookout because it can turn in a moment to real violence without much warning. >> it's interesting. you make the important point that this is in many case based on your reporting here one of the lessons learned, if you will, from january 6th when leaders faced a lot of criticism from people who said how did you not think this could happen, this kind of violence when it was predict and talked about in these online forums. it's interesting when you look at the reporting that you've done, the idea that these conspiracy theories and calls to violence migrated from these fringe areas of the swampy
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internet to mainstream sites and that's what's creating this cause for concern. can you explain who are elaborate on that a bit more? >> that's what dhs officials are telling us that they see these theories going from obscure fringe parts of the internet to facebook and twitter fringe internet to more proliferating. that is what happened before january 6th. but the fbi was not focusing on that and so under the biden administration they say we're looking at social media. not at individual posters, but the broader narratives and how they migrate. >> so is there anything actionable on us. do they do anything specific or keep an eye out here.
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>> they are essentially see something say something. keep on your guard. no evidence of a terror plot. >> thank you for breaking that here on the show on msnbc reports. joining us now is connor lamb who serves on the house committee of infrastructure. great to have you back on the show, thank you for seeing us. >> good morning. i want to talk about infrastructure, but i know you had a chance to see some of the reporting on this. some of the new reporting on a dhs warning. i wonder if you have any reaction to that. the dwlad there is concern from the highest levels of leadership about the lies about the election, election fraud, conspiracy theories, and what they could do as it relates to
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the real world. >> we saw it once, but i think the dhs is doing their jobs. they work their own sources, being a little more on the ball about what is happening in their local environment. it is sad that we have to have this conversation they are knowingly spread the lies, but hopefully they're doing what they can to push back against it. >> i have to pivot now from that to infrastructure, right? you're a member of the bipartisan problem solvers caucus. they want a stand alone vote on this bill. i don't think you have signed on to a letter, the letter that we
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talked about at the top of the show, can you explain your think thinking? >> i think it is a little bit of an obsession with what order the vote happens in. >> it's a washington story because it is a story that members of congress and your colleagues are talking about and it has important to them, right? there is a reason it is being talked about. >> i suppose it has importance to them. i guess i'm very confidence that we're going to get both of these passed in some form. the white house is really good about balancing the entire spectrum, making sure everyone is heard, and there was a lot of steps along the way where people could have given up, but they didn't do that.
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what we represent is that we get it done. >> do you think there is room here for progressives and moderates to get on board with this. that is thousand is related to the timing and the order here. >> clearly, some of the parts of the reconciliation bill have been pushed on lowering the medicare age. they left it out of the initial american families plans. the moderates and the progressives have been working together. people say what they need to say, but if we stick together and keep talking well have the
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votes we need to deliver. >> i want to talk about how you're entering the democratic race. we had your competitors, the other candidates in this show. i want to ask you the same question. explain why you're trying to represent pennsylvania. >> i'm running to bring results back home to pennsylvania, particularly the people who need us to raise minimum wage, strengthen health care access. that all died in the senate. and one or two additional seats could break that gridlock and bring great things back to the state. i think i can win and help bring the changes about. >> in the early days you have
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presented yourself as an antagonist to trump, but you voted with him 68% of the time, u how do you explain that diskept? -- disconnect. >> i also voted with speaker pelosi some 90% of the time, too. the percentages a lot of times mask the reality. i'm happy to stand in front of anyone in my state and defend every individual voes that i have cast. i think a lot about them. i try to do what is best, and in all of my vote it there is a record of sticking up for the working people of the state, their jobs, my interests, and that is what i will defend. putting people like me in congress and president biden in the white house brought the most progressive bill of our generation in the american rescue plan. that's how we got it done.
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appreciate it, thank you for having me. >> democrats are facing arrest, so here is the deal. it is happening after the supreme court. there is the group of lawmakers that went to washington. they did not have a decorum to pass restrictive voting laws. now they're sending law enforcement to round up the democrats that have gone back to texas. they might now be forcibly brought to the house floor so deliberation can pick back up. let me go to priscilla thomas. are we really going to see them brought into the chamber against
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their will any time soon? we know they will not go to prison, but they could potential i will be brought back to the chamber, no? >> that's right, the wheels have been set in motion after they avoided that decision. the first thing the texas house did was take that vote voting 80-12 to give the sergeant in arms permission to go off the missing lawmakers. and the speaker of the house signed 52 civil arrest warrants. this is a very different scenario this time around, many of them have returned to the state. and they could be found and brought back. i spoke with one of the contract
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lawmakers here in the state but not showing up on the house floor. here is what he sad to say about all of this. take a listen. >>. >> you will have to come get us. we're not going to let voting rights be taken away because you feel like it. being arrested, put in jail, all of the things they threatened us with it nothing. what really should matter to texans right no is what is happening under their nose. under governor greg abbott's watch. >> they would not be put in jail, they would be brought here to the house floor, it's unclear how aggressively the sergeant in arms and law enforcement will pursue the members. we know they're only around a dozen members short of aquorum
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here. >> thank you for watching this hour of hallie jackson reports. we're on the road this week. find us on twitter as always. reporteding and highlights from the show there. right now we go over to craig melvin who picks up our coverage. >> good wednesday morning to you. president biden is going to put vaccinations front and center. the president will be meeting with business, university, and health care leaders. and we just learned he is expected to urge businesses to require covid-19 vaccines for workerings. covid patients filling hospitals right now are younger, sicker, and largely unvaccinated. look at florida, for example. as of tuesday

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