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that does it for me. thanks for watching. i will see you back here next weekend at 5:00 p.m. eastern. my colleague picks up our news coverage now. >> thank you so much. a very happy birthday to you, putting us all to shame working on your birthday. we start tonight on capitol hill wherenotion negotiations are ongoing. october 31 is the date that funding runs out. congress extended that funding this weekend to buy time. the white house on a different page about that time line. >> we don't have a time frame on
it. this is about delivering and making sure we deliver both bills. we are not using an artificial time line and not concerned with process. we are concerned about delivering. >> regardless of when it gets done, nbc news reports progressives are optimistic. they feel like they are in the driver's seat, even while acknowledging the price tag will likely come down. >> what we have said from the beginning it is has never been about the price tag. it's about what we want to deliver. i don't feel the need to give a number. i gave my number. it was 3.5. it's going to be between 1.5 and 3.5. i think the white house is working on that right now. >> progressives seem happy with their chances following the stalled vote. other democrats not so happy. including arizona senator sinema who argues in a statement, the democrats broke their trust. that did not sit well with other members of her party like david
axelrod who tweets, takes brass to blow out for fund-raisers and lecture everyone on trust. they need her if they're going to get this done. they need joe manchin, too. manchin has indicated he has a ceiling for the price tag, $1.5 trillion. that number is too low for some. thus, negotiations with manchin? she hasn't indicated. she said the delay wouldn't help. as we have said before, what ultimately plays out here is bound to determine the rest of president biden's agenda. joining me now, charlotte alter, debby powell, a senior advisor, grace siggers and juanita
tullivev. i want you to listen to a progressive caucus chair. >> i do understand that we have to get everybody on board. we're going back to look at all of our priorities and how we get all of those things in. i'm not going to negotiate against myself. i don't have a number that everybody is agreeing to. as the president said, the number is the byproduct of what we put in there. we're focusing on what is it we want to get in. we're going to get both bills done. i believe that firmly. >> help us understand. you have been in congress. you have been in situations like this. difficult cuts have to be made to satisfy some type of top line. these negotiations around what should be cut from the bill, tell us what they look like up close. >> look, we have done this so many times. i think that people are stuck on the price tag. the positive thing here is that
they are willing to negotiate. that's exactly what happens. they are legislating. we are including or congress is including medicare option to negotiate lower prescription drug prices, investment in paid family leave. the question to the moderates that are negotiating with the speaker and with the progressive caucus is what are you willing to cut out of that? let's remember, everything that's on that bill right now is benefitting the majority of americans, the majority, all seniors who participate in medicare, whether republican or democrat. this is really an incredible bill that's going to transform the way that people can access health care, education and paid family leave. >> you have a new piece out for "time" about senator sinema's possible motives. quote, her allies in arizona say they have an idea of what drives this. she wants to be considered a maverick, like john mccain.
i think that that analysis, that this is about posturing or branding rightfully makes people want to put their heads through a wall. did you get any sense of the responsibility she feels to her constituents? >> yeah. this is what was so interesting about reporting this story. i spent a lot of time talking to the senator's friends and allies in arizona. the problem is that none of the typical explanations for a politician's behavior seem to hold water here. this doesn't seem to necessarily be about any particular policy or any particular number, because she hasn't publically stated what exactly she's after with this bill. this doesn't seem to be about pleasing her base, because her base is furious with her. it doesn't even really seem to be about appeasing donors ahead of a re-election campaign because she doesn't run for re-election for years. the only explanation that people
who really know how she thinks can really come up with for this is that this is about a longer game for her. she's something who is a triathlete, has a lot of experience with endurance events. she is thinking long about what kind of politician she wants to be and how she wants to be remembered and what people say is she may be attempting to model herself after the late senator john mccain who was known as a maverick in the senate, known for bucking his party. she thinks that that is a smart political profile for her to cut. >> it's interesting what you said there. it makes me think about the fact that if you were in the house, you are basically running for re-election every year. it's a two-year term. you don't have the luxury of thinking of yourself as an endurance player unless you are in a very, very safe seat and that this is a specific luxury
that the u.s. senate can hold. why are senators manchin and sinema getting all the spotlight? it's not the obvious question. they are not the only moderates who have problems with the reconciliation price tag. is the focus on them actually providing cover for other moderate dems? >> you know, i think they're the ones who are out there publically withholding their votes. the reason that the spotlight is on them right now is because they have put the spotlight on themselves. they are the ones who are obstructing their own president's agenda. the negotiations between them and, frankly, the rest of the democratic party, including the progressives are what is going to determine what this will look like. >> i want to take a listen to what senator sanders said about senator sinema. >> i think the people of arizona
are beginning to stand up and show some impatience there. and saying, senator, join the team here. let's get something done on reconciliation. >> deadlines are artificial in your mind right now? >> of course they are. >> your sense of the political price sinema could pay both within her party and among her constituents if she is seen as being responsible for blowing up this deal. >> i mean, people in arizona, especially democrats in arizona, have made it clear, we plan to hold you accountable. we know you can't get re-elected without us. that's why they started to fund-raise for anyone to challenge her in the primary at this point in 2024. that's why they are applying pressure. the same volunteers who were knocking doors for her in 2018 are protesting outside her office. following her around asu trying to ask her why she's not delivering on what she promised to do. they recognize, this isn't the
time for a branding exercise as charlotte was outlining for us. it's time to deliver on the platform you ran on. what's frustrating here is that she doesn't think she's going to be held accountable with every coy response or every statement that's incendiary. she is showing this problematic posture, which is obstructing democrats wholesale. there's no way to get done without her. she knows that. while she's out here trying to brand herself as a maverick, she is losing confidence of democrats at home. i'm sure she's looking at the independents and republicans who say they like what she's doing. but they still wouldn't vote for her. she will come face to face with the wrath of democrats in arizona if she continues down this path. >> there are two big questions. this question of the price tag, which i take the point that everyone gets hung up on the price tag, but it feels like one of the few metrics we have to
hold on to. there's time line. you have white house senior advisors saying there was no time line for getting the bills passed. it comes a day after speaker pelosi said the infrastructure deal had to be done by october 31 because that's the surface transportation authorization deadline. what's behind the white house's decision to now say there is no time line on this bill? >> i think that the white house doesn't want to rush the negotiating process, because they know that there's a lot of behind the scenes negotiating going on, a lot of discussions between moderates and progressives and a lot of discussions between the white house and members of congress themselves. according to members of congress who emerged from a democratic caucus meeting this week, they said, biden told them he spent tens of hours with sinema. there are these conversations that are going on behind the scenes that we are not privy to. i think that the biden administration is kind of
hedging their bets. if there isn't something ready by october 31st, they won't have put an artificial deadline on it. as we saw from putting the deadline of september 27 and then september 30 to vote on the bipartisan bill, that clearly did not work out in the house. although it doesn't mean that the deal is dead, it definitely put a lot of pressure on house and senate democrats. i really think that the white house is trying to avoid the false pressure of a deadline here. >> president biden will travel to promote the infrastructure plan. we talked about it yesterday. we are following this drama closely. many americans are not -- could the delayed vote give democrats an opportunity, since they're going to have more time to tell americans what is actually in this bill, does the need to continue to sell it extend? >> yeah, absolutely. let me just say, americans are not going to remember the exact
date that the bill was passed. they will remember that their drug prices are coming down, that they are going to be able to access community college for the first two years paid for by the government, that there will be investments in childcare, that there will be investments in paid family leave. that's what americans need. that's what americans want. that's what they are going to remember. i can assure you that one of the things that i would like also for the media to focus on is that we started the week with republicans voting against raising the debt ceiling. they are right now trying to obstruct any policy that will lift up working families in this country. i think that the pressure needs to be on them. why are they voting against assistance for the majority of the people that they represent? that's something that we need to also put pressure on. maybe sinema won't join us on that infrastructure bill, on the $3.5 trillion package. get romney to join us on that package. it's up to them to represent the
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don't have at least one dose, they risk losing their jobs. new york city public school teachers and staff must have at least one dose by tomorrow. if they don't, they risk suspension without pay. it is an effort to save lives and get back to normal. vaccine mandates present their own challenges. reports of arrests and investigations across the country tied to fake immunization cards. while there are concerns of workers quitting their jobs over the mandates, research shows most won't. mandates lead to what you would expect, an uptick in vaccinations. the showdowns playing out on college campuses. some have withdrawn from college over them. so far, despite dozens of lawsuits against them, no college has reversed its mandates as of yet. dr. fauci this morning with the state of america's fight against this deadly virus. >> although we have done well in the sense that we now have 55%
of the population fully vaccinated, 64% having received at least one dose, but there are 70 million people who are eligible to be vaccinated who have not gotten vaccinated. when you say are some of those deaths avoidable? they certainly are. looking forward now, most of the deaths could be avoidable if we get people vaccinated. >> joining our panel, dr. blackstock, founder and ceo of advancing health equity. it's always good to see you. talk to me about how effective these mandates have been in getting people vaccinated. >> thank you so much for having me. i think these mandates are going to be our path forward. we saw that we have tried voluntary approaches. we tried incentives. we tried $200 tickets to baseball games. that hasn't worked.
these vaccine mandates are the only way and only strategy we can use to get a critical number of the percentage of the population vaccinated. we need between 80% to 90% of the population vaccinated. we see that among high income countries, the u.s. is last in terms of vaccination rates. we need to get those numbers up. otherwise, this pandemic will last for years. >> doctor, this week merck introduced a pill that says will cut hospitalizations and deaths by half among covid patients. your sense of how the introduction of drugs like these could change the game when it comes to fighting this pandemic. >> what i will say is that this drug is another tool in the tool kit. this is a great thing. the data on this drug is incredibly promising. it's effective at reducing hospitalization by 50%. it can be more accessible because it's a pill. my concern is the pill, five day course, about $700.
we need our government to work with pharmaceutical companies and health insurance companies to make this medication more affordable. other concerns are that people need to have access to health care and to physicians to get these prescriptions for this medication. again, it's a great thing. vaccinations are still incredibly important though. >> it strikes me that you and i have talked about these vaccines. we have talked about at-home testing. we have talked about the drugs. it circles back to this question of equity and who is going to have access. >> always. >> if we want to get to the answer of whether or not this will get us to the other side of the pandemic. california became the first state to require vaccines for all school kids, that's following full fda approval. the governor was saved from a recall election in part because of his covid enforcement measures. is there a lesson here with his hard line on mandates that other democrats might consider for their political livelihoods?
>> i think we will see in the coming month when we have the new jersey and virginia gubernatorial race, whether the democratic candidates can replicate this strategy. the coronavirus pandemic and his response to it was a critical part of his closing argument to voters and helped save him in the end. but they are very different situations. we have incumbent governor phil murphy in new jersey. we have terry mcauliffe in virginia. it remains to be seen if it will be as critical an issue. we have midterms next year. hopefully, covid won't be as big of a problem as it is now a year from now. it remains to be seen whether this will be able to be replicated as a useful strategy for democratic candidates. >> i want you to put on your political strategist hat and
tell me if you were consulting a candidate -- it's not just what you suggest to them. it might not be a one size fits all, leaning into vaccine mandates. i wonder what you would consider as you assess whether it was the type of issue a candidate ought to lead with. >> that's right. it's not one size fits all. when i think about the electorate in california versus new jersey, versus virginia, it's different. what i would pay attention to as a consultant would be, how are independent voters swinging on this? what are infection rates in your state or commonwealth? that is what will dictate the public's ability to latch on to this and support it versus being turned off by it. when i look at the commonwealth of virginia, that's a state where this would absolutely be completely fine to introduce as well as to push forward knowing that independent voters support it. democrats support it. it's something that's necessary for the general public health and well-being of people across
the commonwealth. that's what it comes down to. i think the other thing here is that as dr. fauci mentioned, there's still 70 million people who are eligible to be vaccinated who have yet to be vaccinated. that's where the partnerships with corporations or other employers across the state could be helpful as well. we know that polling shows that two-thirds of voters said they would be vaccinated if their employer mandated it. that's another thing you can tap into in these races. >> doctor, my family, my friends, i feel like most people's family and friends having that conversation about thanksgiving, christmas, for the holidays. of note, the cdc today releasing their guidelines for the holidays. advising against traveling, unless you are fully vaccinated, wearing masks on public transit and recommending for indoor gatherings the use of fans by open windows. we know ventilation is a big part. another thing you and i have circled back to is, it says if
you are fully vaccinated for a family like mine, everyone is actually vaccinated except the kids under 11. how are we supposed to be factoring them into the reality? >> right. i'm in the same situation with my 4 and 6-year-old. what's important is to have very small gatherings, to know who you are inviting into your home, making sure that everyone is fully vaccinated. it's interesting, because we are in fall of 2021. it feels like we haven't changed that much. we are taking the same precautions we did last thanksgiving. we still have a long way to go. all of the things you are doing to keep your children safe last year, we still have do it this year again. >> thank you all. new dangerous threats to politicians, health care workers, teachers. why and how to stop it. a co-host of a new podcast
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then there are school districts across the country facing scenes like this on the regular. >> i'm going to come for everybody! that comes at my kid with this stupid ridiculous mandate! >> we moe who you are. >> we know who you are. >> you can leave freely, but we will find you. we know who you are. >> you will never be allowed in public again. >> wow. joining me, jill winebanks, contributor and host of sisters in law podcast and frank miglusi. great to see you both. frank, what went through my mind as i watched those videos is that you and i often talk about chatter, about the things that are happening on the internet, on encrypted platforms, that the fbi is keeping their ear attuned to. now you are watching so much of
this just spill out into the open. how do you prioritize those threats? >> first of all, with the fbi, they look at imminent threat of violence. they have been approached by school board organizations asking for help. think about this. your local school board, people who simply want to get it right, do their civic duty, volunteer on their own time reaching out to the fbi saying, we are being threatened. you see the same thing playing out with electoral workers. people volunteering in their off hours to get the local and county election right. now there's an fbi task force to try to protect those people with interviews done by fbi agents of dozens of election officials who received threats for trying to help and volunteer. now health care workers being threatened. here is the problem. when people who just want to volunteer and do their civic duty end up getting threatened by violent extremists, guess
what, the day comes where only violent extremists end up running for those local offices, school board. it is a high threat environment. >> right. we know that there are efforts to recruit people to run against school board members. it's all actually very organized, very concerted. to pick up on something that frank said, about the fact that sometimes these are volunteers, they are hospital workers, being assaulted while doing their jobs or while trying to volunteer, what is a difficult time to be doing that work, you have lots of states that have laws that make it a felony for attacking public workers like a bus driver, for example. should there be similarly harsh penalties for those convicted of attacking front line workers? is that part of where the conversation goes next? >> it's so sad that we have to have this discussion, that we are talking about people ignoring reality, ignoring facts.
attacking or threatening to attack school board members, as you said, nurses, doctors. and election workers as frank mentioned. unfortunately, i think the answer is, unless you penalize people for doing that, that this may continue. so, yes, new laws may be necessary, just like a new law is necessary called the saving our democracy or protecting our democracy act that has been proposed by adam schiff as the chief sponsor to codify what were norms we never expected to be violated. they have been violated. so they need to be put into law with consequences, the same is true for threatening our workers. >> frank, i want to play more sound of the school board meetings so we can get a sense how out of control some of them are getting. take a listen. >> don't put masks on our kids anymore. i'm telling you what. i'm a mom who is fearless.
i will come after you. >> you are allowing child abuse. you are allowing child abuse. you are allowing child abuse. you are allowing child abuse. >> frank, things have become so scary that the organization representing school boards is asking the federal government to help, arguing these actions could be the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism. what might federal assistance for the school boards actually look like if and when it comes? >> of course, there are already laws in place for assault and threats and cyber stalking and all of that. what the federal government adds is intelligence that can be shared with local, county and state police authorities to say, look, we are seeing this develop. what is sad that maybe now the local police need to have a security and response plan for simply having a school board
meeting. i don't want to get to the point where there needs to be another federal law for everything that involves a threat. where the federal nexus is, if this is domestic terrorism, then the fbi and federal law enforcement is made for that kind of national level coordination with state and local police, who quickly will become overwhelmed with overtime, intel gathering at every election board meeting, every school board meeting, every local hospital and clinic that's administering vaccines. this becomes a security crisis in a sense for the nation. >> jill, "the new york times" editorial board published an opinion piece talking about how close donald trump, his lawyer john eastman and their allies really were to pulling off a coup in january. it argues, that leaves all americans who care about preserving this republic with a clear task, reform the federal election law at the heart of mr. eastman's twisted ploy and make
it as hard as possible for anyone to pull a stunt like that again. what kind of changes need to happen to our election laws? you talked about what congressman schiff proposed. how much of it to frank's point about how we're reaching a point where there has to be a law on the books about everything in order to preserve norms. how much of this is about addressing this legislatively and how much is culturally reminding people that this is not normal? i think in the course of this conversation, the three of us have said at least four different typetimes how sad we to talk about violence against school board members. >> you are right on everything that you said. the eastman memo is not getting the attention that it needs. i wish everyone would read it. what it lays out is a horrifying scenario in which even though you got to cast your ballot, it wasn't going to get counted. it didn't matter what your state
voted for. it would be undone by the president of the senate, who would be the vice president, at that time would have been pence, ignoring it and putting in a different slate of electors. we cannot allow a law that is vaguely written, the electoral college act, to permit that. i think we do need to take a look at the electoral college. i personally would like to abolish the electoral college and go with something like the national popular vote compact that would avoid having to amend the constitution to allow states to vote in a way that gives people the representation that they voted for. every vote has to count. that's what my pin says is count every vote. we are in deep trouble if we don't change the law. >> i love that you got around to putting a pin in it, knowing i might not have the time. frank, jill, thank you both. the opioid crisis taking a
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it would have been more comfortable to remain silent. it took no initiative to inform anyone. i took no initiative to inform anyone. but when i was asked by a representative of this committee to report my experience, i felt that i had to tell the truth. i could not keep silent. >> this month marks 30 years since the country heard the historic testimony of anita hill, telling her truth to an all white all male committee about sexual harassment she
endured by clarence thomas. her testimony was not only jaw dropping for its time, but sparked a national conversation about sexual harassment overall. especially in the workplace. despite decades of awareness, historyitself in 2018 when dr. christine ford testified before the same committee with allegations of sexual assault against then supreme court nominee brett kavanaugh. kavanaugh ultimately confirmed by the senate and seated. tomorrow, a brand-new podcast titled because of anita will launch, breaking down the impact of hill and dr. blase ford's testimony. how their testimony affected the american people and american politics. focusing on what has changed and what must change. with me now is cindy levy, cohost of the new podcast, also the cofounder of the meteor. it's so good to see you. talktuse about how this all came together and why it felt important to connect the dots between these two women and their testimonies.
>> well, i think first of all, the dots are not that hard to connect, right? i think there's this really powerful passage in professor hill's new book where she actually writes about being in a hotel room and watching dr. ford's testimony 27 years after her own and kind of feeling like, oh, i think we have been here before, for all the reasons you detail, the cases are so similar, and i think for so many of us, at least those of us who are also old enough to remember 1991 and how kind of seismic that was, there was a familiarity about the process, and coming up on 30 years after 1991, which as you said, you know, had some really powerful positive ripple effects in terms of the awareness and discussion around sexual harassment and gender violence more broadly. coming up on 30 years, it really felt like the right time to ask, okay, so we talk about this a lot more and we have just been through a sort of rerun of it, how well are we doing at actually trying to change the situation so that we don't have
yet another situation like this ten years from now? >> absolutely fundamental core question and part of the reason that everyone i know is absolutely buzzing about this podcast. i want to play an exclusive never before heard clip prom your first episode titled the testimony. it's going to be available tomorrow. in it, kimberly crenshaw, who was part of anita hill's legal team, is reacting to clarence thomas denying hill's allegations and the wording he used. take a listen. >> i think the lasting significance of clarence thomas' use of the high-tech lynching and his subsequent confirmation to the supreme court provided a template that has been used again and again and again to defend, to deflect, to excuse, to redirect responsibility for abusing black women. >> how did the high-tech lynching description then bleed
into kavanaugh's defense? and what is the lasting impact here on women and especially black women? >> well, i think first of all, just to pause for a second in kimberly crenshaw's brilliant analysis of 1991, she talked to us about how essentially what clarence thomas had done was hijack history. because the use of this term, for those who might not remember, this came sort of late in the hearings when clarence thomas was responding to anita hill's accusations and he denounced the proceedings as a high-tech lynching. and it had the effect of almost immediately changing public opinion in a really devastating way. and you know, she talks, professor crenshaw, talks about the fact that yes, lynching was a reality of the american experience for black men. but also sexual abuse had been a condition of the american experience going back 400 years
for black women and girls. but that was not part of the public narrative. and so clarence thomas was immediately empathized with, while anita hill was not in a sort of devastating faeths in terms of public perception. you noted going into this segment the committee that was questioning her was all white, all male, and nobody really spoke up for the experiences of black women. i think, you know, one of the through lines between 1991 and 2018 is this feeling of sort of indignation and rage that the accused at first clarence thomas and then brett kavanaugh demonstrate. this feeling of there's actually a term for it, darvo coined by jennifer fried in which the accused turns the tables and positions themselves as a victim. that was a very successful tactic in both cases. >> there's so much to dig into. i'm excited to begin downloading and listening to the podcast.
it's called "because of anita." it drops tomorrow. cindy, thank you for your time. >> thank you. >> at the top of the hour, a new supreme court term viewed vital for the future of reproductive rights and much, much more. we're going to take a look at what's on the high court's docket and the potential implications of those cases. plus, do it for mom. women voters of both parties seeing eye to eye on one thing. the need for congress to address the unique challenges facing america's mothers. >> and later, comedian phoebe robinson on her new book and new show. you do not want to miss it. moisturize with shea butter and she's wearing my robe. mom: ahem ahem ahem we're out.
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