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jose diaz-balart. he'll be picking up news coverage right now. and good morning. it's 10:00 a.m. eastern, 7:00 a.m. pacific. i'm jose diaz-balart, and happening right now the supreme court is convening for a blockbuster new term full of contentious political issues, including guns, religious education, and what could be the most significant ruling on abortion in three decades. also happening this morning, negotiations on president biden's economic agenda have gone into overtime, after lawmakers failed to reach a deal before their self-imposed deadline last week. in just a couple of minutes, we'll hear from congressman brendan boyle about what's next. meanwhile, fallout after a facebook whistle-blower speaks out. nbc's jake ward, we just saw him just a few minutes ago, spoke to former facebook, google, and pinterest employees about the intimidation they faced after coming forward. and south of the border, new reporting from telemundo reveals the very real threats of violence many migrants face
while making the dangerous journey to the united states. we'll talk to the reporter who uncovered these stories. and we start this hour with the latest on capitol hill, where progressives were able to delay an infrastructure vote without a deal on a massive spending bill aimed at strengthening the social safety net. progressives are very optimistic it will all come together for them. >> we're going to pass both bills. and i am just really proud of the progressive caucus this last week, because we got the two bills back on track. this is the president's agenda. all of these things are what are going to make a difference to people across this country. >> joining me now, yamiche alcindor, white house correspondent for pbs "newshour." she is also the moderator of "washington week" on pbs and an msnbc political contributor. also with us, live from the capitol, ali vitali, capitol
hill news correspondent. thank you both for being with me this morning. the congresswoman sounded confident there, but progressives also just threw cold water on manchin's pitch for a $1.5 trillion price tag over the weekend. we saw senator sinema get chased into the bathroom by immigration activists. where do things stand this morning? >> well, sinema clearly facing that pressure at home from the grassroots, but in terms of that conversation around the price tag, it's not entirely surprising to see progressives throw cold water on that $1.5 trillion number. certainly, that's at the bottom of where they want to be on this. and there are even some progressives who would tell you, they wanted to see this bill at $6 trillion. so even $3.5 trillion felt low to them. what's clear, though, after this week is that it's not going to be $3.5 trillion. the range instead that we're hearing from our sources both at the white house and here on the hill is somewhere between $1.9 and $2.3 trillion. and the way that they basically start chipping away at this price tag is progressives are
going to look at their policy priorities. when i talked with congresswoman pramila jayapal, she was one of the last conversations i had here after a very long week here on capitol hill on friday, what she said to me is that in conversations with her caucus, they are looking at what policy priorities they need in this bill, and also considering whether or not to sunset some of those things. there's nothing that says that when you put this policy into a bill, it has to be for ten years. there are different parts of this that can last for different amounts of time, thusly offsetting the cost and bringing them a little bit lower down to where moderates like manchin and sinema are more comfortable. the reason that they're open to doing that is progressives say that once americans see the impact of policies like child care or elder care, that they're going to want to see those things codified into the long-term. so politically, progressives see an upside to passing in the short-term something that might be a little lower in price tag, but in the long-term, something that politically voters can latch on to. i'm also told that progressives over the course of the weekend didn't have a full caucus
meeting, but they did have smaller conversations, smaller calls. the house, jose, you'll remember, is gone for the next two weeks. they can be brought back. they'll have 72 hours notice if there's going to be a vote. but conversation still very much happening behind the scenes in the house, and of course in the senate, you've got to know where manchin and sinema are. >> and ali, there is no deadline now, right? because that was just kind of blown through last week. >> right, there's no deadline. but i think the thing to keep in mind here is the infrastructure bill on the bipartisan front was done with a foundation of that surface transportation bill. we saw the house and senate before the weekend, before they all left town, move to extend the highway transportation bill for about a month. that gets them to october 31st. what's going to be important about that date is that they're going need to talk about that bill in tandem with the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the reconciliation bill. it's all part and parcel to this larger conversation. so there is no deadline on the larger infrastructure package, but there are other things that
are contingent on it that are important to look at. and i also think, jose, if you're the white house, a lot of people were surprised with the patience that president joe biden showed when he was here on friday, saying, fit takes six hours, six days, or six weeks, they want to get this done. for him, you have to remember. if you're a president that could pass something that democrats are likening to the first big policy package that's similar to fdr, it behooves you if you're a president who wants to leave a big legacy to have a little bit of patience. because the history books aren't going to remember the haggling over the deal, but they are going to remember what you ultimately got done. for democrats, that's the larger operating press here, too. >> yamiche, so how are officials at the white house reacting to this new timeline? apparently, six days, six weeks, all acceptable. >> well, president biden is in the familiar but difficult position of trying to get big democratic priorities through congress. now, white house officials say this is what he ran on. he ran on this idea that he could get this done, because he had spent decades in the senate,
he had spent eight years as vice president, he was in the rooms and haggling with lawmakers when the affordable care act was passed, even with more than 30 democrats voting against it, nancy pelosi, president obama, vice president -- at the time, vice president biden were able to get that bill across. so the white house is saying, this is really just the beginning of how this process is going to be happening. and they say, well, all of the haggling is really just how the sausage is made. we saw the president go up to the hill. he was not pressuring lawmakers to say, we need to get on the same page, we need to back this bipartisan bill. instead he was saying, this all needs to get done eventually. he was not taking sides when he went up to the hill. he was essentially just saying to lawmakers, these are my priorities. these are the bills that i wrote. this is something that is absolutely near and dear to my heart. and also near and dear to our legacy as democrats. now, in talking to democratic leaders, i'm also hearing that democrats are saying, look, it's okay if we take a little bit of time and go through this, but what will be catastrophic is if we do not get this done.
democrats are still really wanting to deliver this and they're understanding that really, this is a lot of pressure on the president. he's being called the closer. he's being called the bridge here. and he has the work cut out for him. when you think about joe manchin, who's talking about vengeful taxing and avoiding fiscal insanity. and you have aoc and pramila jayapal who are talking about taxing the rich and talking about having transformational change and upending social policies in this country. you'll have to get those two sides to agree. i've been hearing since last week that the number was going to be somewhere around the $2 trillion mark when it came to the larger democratic package. and i can confirm that the president did go to capitol hill and encouraged democrats to come down from that $3.5 trillion number. that's the president putting his finger on the scale a bit, but really trying to tell both sides, we hear you, we want to be on the same page, we're all in the same party, let's get this done. >> and yamiche, the president is expected to speak in the next hour. any idea what he's going to be doing? >> he's going to be talking about the debt ceiling and republicans trying to block it and the need essentially to
raise that debt ceiling, to make sure that the u.s. does not default on its debt. it's really a number of the things that the president is having to juggle here when you're talking about all the other things. of course, there's the infrastructure bills, but the haitian migrant crisis, there's covid, there's police reform that got stalled in congress. and here now today, he's going to be focused on the debt ceiling. that starts off what will be a week of the president talking through, talking to americans directly, how to make sure that they can understand that democrats have a number of things that they need to get done. so they're going to hear a sort of pointed remark from the president, from what i can tell, he's going to say, this needs to happen. this debt ceiling being raised and will be in michigan to talk about infrastructure. this is the president kicking off what will be a week of explanations to the american people about why his agenda and why his policies and why his priorities, they need to be front of mind and they need to be followed through. >> yamiche alcindor at the white house, ali vitali, thank you both for being with me this morning.
for more on this, i want to bring in brendan boyle from pennsylvania. he serves on the ways and means committee as well as the budget committee. congressman, it's great to see you this morning. how do you feel about this delay? can these pieces of legislation eventually pass, both of them? >> yeah, it's great to be with you. thanks for having me on. and i have to say, i'm actually more optimistic now about passing both bills than i was a week ago. thursday and friday, you know, might have been very long days and at the moment don't look like they achieved anything. but actually, behind the scenes, i think there was more movement in those two days than the previous two months. i think that democrats of every stripe now recognize that what president biden said when he addressed house democrats in person friday afternoon is correct. that we need to come to an agreement on both bills. that that's the way it's going to happen. i also think this new deadline of october 31st does have -- it does force folks to really
concentrate. deadlines do tend to concentrate minds. and so my hope and belief is, is that as we approach that deadline, we will ultimately come to an agreement on both of these truly historic, transformative bills. >> yeah. and just the numbers are just extraordinary. the progressive caucus shot down senator manchin's $1.5 trillion pitch. what specific policies must make it into this bill in order for you to vote for it. what's the lowest amount that you're willing to go to. >> yeah, you know, i do think that -- first, i mean, once you hear billions and trillions, most folks who live where i do, i mean, the eyes just sort of gloss over. $1 billion is an unimaginable number to me, let alone $1 trillion. so let me put this in better context. at $3.5 trillion over ten years, you're talking about an approximately 5% increase in our projected spending. if you were to do $2 trillion
instead, you're talking about a 3% increase in spending. so just to give people kind of some context. but then i also think it's important, beyond the numbers, to talk about, what is actually in the bill. so paid family and sick leave, which i have already voted for as a member of the ways and means committee. we passed that out of committee. the provision that would enable finally funding for child care for the first time in american history. universal pre-k as well as the ability to negotiate for the first time medicare would have the ability to negotiate prescription drugs and pass along those savings to seniors. so those are all popular programs that would make a difference in the lives of ordinary americans. and i think there is a way that you can bring the costs down, yamiche mentioned one of them in terms of -- instead of over ten years, look at maybe over seven. other things that you can do to bring the overall price tag down, as well, that are reasonable, and don't compromise
the integrity of what we're passing. >> congressman, quickly, i know you introduced legislation to eliminate the debt limit altogether. can you tell us a little bit about that. that's an issue you've been very, very strong on. >> yeah, so for years now, three terms in congress, i've been attempting to eliminate the debt ceiling, which is -- we're the only country on earth that even has that concept and in practice does it in this way. i just introduced a new piece of legislation along with budget committee chair john yarmouth, and that would transfer from congress to the treasury secretary the ability to raise the debt ceiling. that way, we take it out of this perennial political food fight once and for all. it worries me that we're only 14 days away from bumping up against the debt ceiling. if we fail to raise it, it would have a calamitous effect on the worldwide economy. liberal economists agree with
that as well as conservative economists. we need to get this done, but let's deal with this problem once and for all and just take it out of the political fear. >> congressman brendan boyle, it's a pleasure to see you. i thank you for your time this morning. >> thank you. still ahead, fighting the pandemic one shot at a time. new reporting on what johnson & johnson is expected to do to keep people safe for longer. plus, the supreme court's blockbuster session. we're live with a preview of what could become landmark cases. you're watching "jose diaz-balart reports" on msnbc. " diaz-balart reports" on msnbc. tonight, i'll be eating a buffalo chicken panini with extra hot sauce. tonight, i'll be eating salmon sushi with a japanese jiggly cheesecake. (doorbell rings) jolly good. fire. (horse neighing) elton: nas? yeah? spare a pound? what? you know, bones, shillings, lolly? lolly? bangers and mash? i'm... i'm sorry? i don't have any money.
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it's 16 past the hour and the supreme court returns today, back in session this hour. and set to face fundamental constitutional questions. this term, justices will consider the right to abortion, gun rights, and the separation of church and state. this after a weekend of nationwide protests against restrictive abortion measures popping up across the country. one of which will soon be the focus of the nation's highest court. joining me now, pete williams, nbc news justice correspondent and victoria defrancesco soto, assistant dean at the university of texas austin and an msnbc contributor. pete, let me start with you. good morning to both. tell us about this abortion case. >> this is a challenge to a law from mississippi that would ban abortion after just 15 weeks of the pregnancy. it's been put on hold by the lower courts.
and here's why. they both said that it would be unconstitutional. it would violate the supreme court's holdings that say that states can restrict abortion during the period up to viability, but they can't outright ban it until viability is considered to be about 24, 23, 24 weeks into the pregnancy. so that's why mississippi's law is a direct challenge to roe v. wade. now, when the state appealed to the supreme court, it said, you don't really need to take on roe v. wade directly. you can decide our case without doing that. but then, in recent months, when the state submitted its final briefs to the court, it said the court should overrule roe v. wade. so roe is definitely on the chopping block in this mississippi case. and before this term is over, jose, the texas abortion law that would restrict abortion after just six weeks could be back to the court after the court, about a month ago, declined to stop the law from going into effect. >> and victoria, let's talk about the significance of this moment. we're talking about the two
states now that have these much more restrictive abortion guidelines. what is the impact of this? >> so it's the disconnect, jose, right? so what we're seeing is these two laws that could very potentially overturn roe v. wade as we know them, being very much disconnected from the average american view on abortion. gallop has something that's been tracking abortion for decades. right now, we're seeing 80% of the american public supports the right to an abortion. there is a split now with about 30% saying, in any circumstance, hire percentage, 42% saying under certain circumstances, but taken as a whole, the american public is behind roe v. wade. so if we see the court in this session come down and potentially overturn roe v. wade, i think that is going to be perceived as tremendous overreach by the supreme court, which is not an elected body, but is still politically indirectly one.
and really, i think, the public losing trust in this institution. something that we've seen on the decline. we've seen the american trust in the judiciary, the supreme court going down recently, and this could really take it to the next level. >> pete, if you would, take us a little bit down with the supreme court will also be looking at this term. i mean, it's going to be packed. >> well, another big case is deciding what the second amendment means. the supreme court has been deciding this bit by bit. in 2008, the supreme court, after centuries of confusion about this said, yes, the second amendment does provide an individual right to have a gun at home for self-defense. this is a case that will decide what that means outside the home. the part of the second amendment that says keep and bear arms. it's a challenge to a new york law that says that you can't get a conceal/carry permit unless you can show some special need to have a gun, something beyond a general desire for self-defense. and another big case, money in public schools.
this is a case from maine. the supreme court in the past has said that states can't block parents from giving money to schools that are run by religious organizations. that is to say, if they have a religious status, but this case takes it the next step further and says, what if the schools actually offer religious education, jose? >> and interesting, victoria, what people are talking about the supreme court will be looking at. what the second amendment means. i mean, there are some -- the court has generally stayed away from gun issues, but this is a very interesting kind of question they're going to have to be dealing with. >> right, it's a very politically charged issues, right? we're looking at abortion, looking at guns, looking at religious liberty. and at the end of the day, jose, if we pull back and think about the last couple of election cycles, these were things that conservatives, that republicans were looking to broach, right? if we go all the way back to 2016, 2015, when donald trump was campaigning, he said, elect me, i will ensure that we have
conservative supreme court justices, so that when these issues come up, they can take them with a more conservative view, even though justices are supposed to be apolitical, still, this was the message that donald trump was sending. he even released names of potential conservative judges in that wake. and at the end of the day, elections have consequences. and we're seeing this play out both in what they are choosing to hear and as we'll see in a couple of weeks, a couple of months, how they come down on these very political, divisive issues. >> victoria francesco soto and pete williams, thank you both for being with me this morning. appreciate it. coming up, crews are racing to contain a catastrophic oil spill off the coast of california. it's creating a potential environmental disaster that's threatening wildlife and wetlands and beaches that could be closed for months. and later, census data show just how much the latino population is growing in the u.s. we'll take a closer look at the
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with knowledge of the company's plans. johnson & johnson declined to comment to nbc about the story, but reiterated it's provided data to the fda. joining me now, dr. emario ramirez, managing director of opportunity labs. he's also the former pandemic and emerging threats coordinator at the office of global affairs at the department of health and human services under president obama. doctor, it's good to see you. so from manufacturing problems to its vaccine being linked to a rare but serious blood clotting disorder, j&j has faced challenges with its vaccine rollout. what will you be looking for for the fda to do when they begin to review j&j's data? >> you're right, jose. they have had some problems. but the main point that i think people need to understand is that this is still a really good vaccine. and i have continued to recommend this vaccine to my family members. you brought up the point of blood clots. and that has been associated with the astrazeneca and johnson & johnson vaccines a little bit,
but the risk of that blood clots is still far lower than the risk of blood clotting from covid-19 infection itself. when i look at the data that the fda will take up, which at this point looks like it will be october the 14th, i'll be particularly looking at the safety profile that's associated with that second dose, but also how much improved efficacy over severe covid and hospitalization and death do we see from that second dose to justify the second dose. >> are we looking for boosters to just be a regular part of our everyday existence from now on? on both j&j as well as moderna, pfizer, and maybe some of the other ones that have been given around the world? >> i think if you asked ten different people about this, you'll probably get ten different answers, jose. the truth is, nobody really knows for sure. with the mrna vaccines in particular, this is a new technology, and we're still learning about how these vaccines function in the wild. i think there's a lot of
thinking that the potential immunity after a second dose for johnson & johnson or a third dose for the mrna boosters may provide a longer-lasting immunity. what i think we need to do is allow the data to show us which direction we need to go and it's possible there may be a need for fourth boosters down the road. but what's most important, we time the administration of those boosters when we see the potential sign of a surge coming and we have an effective way to help head that off. >> with many americans looking ahead to the holiday season, dr. fauci was asked if it's too soon to know if we should gather for the holidays. here's what he had to say. >> it's too soon to tell. we've got to focus on continuing on getting those numbers down and not try to jump ahead by weeks or months and try to say what we'll do at a particular time. >> so you're thinking maybe the holiday season will be stay
home, stay shut? >> it's likely with the they this particular surge is taking shape that we'll be able to get together safely over the holidays. we need to wait and see what the data shows. but the point that dr. fauci was trying to make is we need to look at what the data was showing and allow that to guide decisions about how closely we should be gathering over the holidays. case counts are down 30% over the last three weeks, and it's likely that they'll continue to drop over the next few weeks, and we may be well positioned as we head into thanksgiving to have a situation where the overall case counts in the country are really, really low. but there are other things that are out there circulating, right? we know that there are kids in school, lots of people getting together at college football games and around the holidays and so there's some potential for cases to come back. and ultimately, we need to let the data show us where to go. >> dr. emario ramirez, it's a pleasure to see you. thank you for being with me this morning. let's turn now to headlines out west in california. massive 13-square-mile oil spill has forced a closure of an
offshore oil pipeline, leading officials to close beaches along the state's southern coast. joining me now from san francisco is jacob ward. what's the latest on this oil spill? >> reporter: good morning, jose. at this hour, more than 130,000 gallons of oil from an underwater pipeline are flooding the beaches around huntington beach and the environment. boaters there were, in fact, gathered for an air show over the weekend, when the oil spill struck, and reported spelling gasoline and suddenly being in the middle of it. at this point, there is no immediate word as to where it came from or exactly how it's going to stop. it's not even clear at this point, jose, that the spill has, in fact, been capped off. and as you know, that community is built on the idea of access to the beach. for the moment, that access is too dangerous. jose? >> just what an environmental disaster. jacob, california is now the first state to require that students get the covid vaccine to attend in-person classes, how does the governor plan to roll
this out and when would this go into effect? >> well, as you know, jose, the emergency authorization that the fda put in place for 12 to 15-year-olds getting vaccinated has really been a life-saving thing across the nation. but until full authorization comes into place, then this new statewide vaccine mandate for schoolchildren won't take effect. but once it does, and that is expected, experts say, to happen this fall, then the following semester, that would be after christmas, then that is when everybody 12 and older in california, whether you go to public school or private school, would have to be vaccinated. you have to consider, right, we're talking about 9 million children, a huge number of american children being vaccinated in the first statewide mandate of its kind, jose. >> and turning, jacob, to a story you've been following so closely, the facebook whistle-blower revealed herself during an interview with "60 minutes" last night. she claims that facebook is prioritizing profits over safety. how is facebook reacting to her
allegations this morning? >> well, it is extraordinary, the revelations that have come out of this interview with frances haugen and out of discovering that "the wall street journal" had been using her documents that she brought out of facebook for their explosive series on it. at this point, facebook is going on the media offensive, issuing statements and putting experts out in front of the camera. in fact, facebook has said to us in their statement that it is ridiculous to believe that they would put profits over the safety of their community, saying in this statement that it is important to understand just how much they have invested in safety. 40,000 people, billions of dollars invested since 2016. all of that, they say, pushing back against the allegations that frances haugen made on "60 minutes" last night. >> jacob ward in san francisco, thank you for being with me. still ahead, the journey to the united states is treacherous enough. now, we're hearing about kidnappers extorting migrants'
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spoke with. what did you find? >> yeah, jose, it's a terrible situation, because many of these migrants, they don't make it. they get killed, because their families cannot pay for their ransom that the cartels are asking for. on the other hand, the ones who survive, they suffer torture, physical, psychological torture, the women get raped. it's a nightmare, jose. >> is there anything that can be done, juan, by either the mexican government or the u.s. government? i mean, one kind of questions the role of the mexican government even in allowing this to happen, because they know it's happening. >> exactly. it's very sad, jose, because, for example, many local and state police officers in mexico, they work with the cartels, so there's no control on what the cartels are doing. and on the other hand, we have the national government in mexico, we requested several interviews, but they didn't
grant us any interviews. we don't know what they're doing. >> juan, tell us how more or less it happens. so these migrants who are already going through the most difficult situation in their lives have to go through -- many of them go through this area between colombia and panama and have to go all the way up, and when they get to mexico, how are they caught? how are they extorted? how does it work? >> many times, the coyotes that they pay for, they hand them to the cartels, because -- i don't know, it's part of the business. so it's a lottery. when you pay for a coyote, you don't know if the guy is going to play you right or wrong. it's very difficult, jose. >> and this is going on. it's not something that you have found just started now. >> exactly, no. this has been happening for years. it's another business of the cartels. it's another way of making money. >> juan cooper, thank you,
telemundo investigative reporter, extraordinary work. thank you for what you're doing. appreciate it. let's go now to houston, texas, the most diverse city in the united states and home to a thriving, vibrant latino population. i went there to learn how the community is growing, not just in size, but wealth. from artists to construction magnates, dancers to entrepreneurs, this is the new latino america. >> more than ever, the latino voice is really stronger. >> reporter: and it's growing. the american dream for many, for millions, is still alive. is it especially alive in houston? >> absolutely alive. and in this city, you have countless numbers of people who have made it, are giving back. >> reporter: houston, texas, what u.s. census data shows is the most diverse city in the u.s., now home to the most successful and vibrant latino population in the country. >> this is my childhood neighborhood.
>> reporter: the president of the houston hispanic chamber of commerce, grew up on the avenues of the barrio. and worked in her parent's restaurant. she's now a best-selling author and credits her success partly to her education. the first of her family to go to college. >> you know, you can come from an avenue and still succeed. >> reporter: and the latest census data shows just how much more successful latinos have become. over the past ten years, they've grown wealthier and more educated. as a matter of fact, the number of households making $100,000 a year doubling since 2010. over that same period, latino incomes have grown more than any other groups. my family was looking for a safer place to be. he came to the u.s. in the '80s from mexico city. he's overseeing five high-end
condo. now this is his biggest project to date. a skyscraper overlooking the downtown hub. is there something about america or the american dream that you think is unique? >> absolutely. absolutely. and it's a lot easier to see that when you come from outside of the u.s. you see very clear, the american dream. you see very clear that there's an opportunity. >> reporter: there are thriving artists here. gonzo 247 is a street artist, now an entrepreneur with commissions from the city. >> here in houston, the hispanic community is really starting to make itself known. >> reporter: and dancers, too. >> i was always a science major, a business major, and never really focused on dance. >> reporter: raul, originally from panama, opened the first salsa studio. >> the one thing that i am advocating and really working on is also to show that within the
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48 past the hour. time now for the headlines beyond our borders. more than 600 journalists and more than a hundred countries collaborated in an investigation exposing the systems that government leaders, millionaires, and billionaires use to hide their wealth. the release by the international consortium of investigative journalists is called the pandora papers. it's the biggest treasure-trove of leaked offshore documents ever, almost 12 million files. the report details the exploits of hundreds of politicians, including 14 sitting heads of state. for more on this, i want to bring in nbc news matt bodner
who is in moscow for us. matt, good morning. what are we learning about the actions of many of these world leaders? >> jose, good morning. well, i think this is going to be a big story, because it really underscores just how global this phenomenon of offshoring assets actually is. now, this was obvious, if it wasn't already when the panama papers came out a few years ago, but we're learning so much more with this one. so just to pick a few examples, one of them, the king of jordan, purchased about $100 million worth of real estate assets in london and in washington at a time that his government was actively soliciting the foreign aid community for cash. and just moving on, russian nationals make up a disproportionate share of this list, just kind of going through it. many of these names are members of president vladimir putin's closest circles. names that are familiar to our moscow bureau here. and of course, there are also a
lot of mexican nationals featured in these documents. so, you know, the big takeaway is, this is a really global phenomenon. and it's worth taking a look at, regardless of where you're watching this from. because i think there's really something for everyone in these documents. >> tell us and tell us about w exactly -- because i don't know that everybody would say well, what exactly are we talking about? what are those documents? what do they include? >> so they're things like financial statements and the like. basically it's a paper trail for how someone would kind of secretly procure an offshore asset. one example just taking from the russian side, the head of a large russian technology company, owns a yacht through a holding company in an offshore location, bbi, if i'm not mistaken. so they're just kind of ways to quietly move allot of money to procure an asset or make a big asset deal.
they tend to be villas or spas with the russian elites. >> yeah. it's a way for them to put money where they're hoping no one will see. and all the sudden we have 12 million documents. >> exactly. >> and you're in russia where the daily death rate hit a record high. how is the country dealing with that? >> so russia throughout the entire pandemic now has alternated between periods of rather harsh restrictions and essentially no meaningful restrictions at all. we are currently in a period of no meaningful restrictions. for example, moscow right now has a standing mask order. it's been a long time since i've seen it meaningfully enforced. meaning there isn't a mask order in practice. they will respond to up ticks in daily new cases. something that's concerning at the moment is for the past several weeks and the last five days specifically, russia has seen record setting daily fatalities for the entire
pandemic, and behind all of this is an extremely low vaccination rate. when delta arrived in moscow like it did everywhere else, over the summer we went from a period of lax restrictions into heavy restrictions quickly as cases exploded. and so we saw the introduction of a vaccine passport system. this was supposed to motivate people who in general russia has very strong vaccine skepticism like in the west, but for russian reasons. largely, but the point i'm getting at is russia's vaccination rate even after the delta wave this summer and the efforts to get the vaccine rollout is 30% uptick. it looks like right now we're going to go into another restrictive period, but russia is going to look at a very dark winter coming our way. >> and they were publicizing how effective their vaccine was. they're one of two vaccines. they were the first one to come up with a vaccine and yet, 30% of the population has so far
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an investigation against coaches in the u.s. women's soccer league. they are investigating reports of players subjected to harassment and abuse often by their male coaches. joining me now with more is our correspondent sam brock. sam, good morning. what else are the allegations showing? >> jose, good morning. we know the accusations stem from 2010 when roek riley was the coach of the portland thorns and include verbal abuse accusations. some players saying he would comment on their sexual orientation, weight, personal lives. they also include accusations of sexual coercions. several saying they felt compelled to participate in sexual acts they didn't want to. he has denied the allegations. it's interesting to note in 2015 he was investigated and opted not to be renewed but he was hired by another team as head
coach shortly thereafter. it's one of the reasons players here are infuriated. they call this an institutional failure on all levels. here's erin mccloud, a player for the orlando pride and what she had to say. >> i think what is the most shocking of that is people were willing to hide this, and cared more about how they look, how their club looks, their reputation than protecting the player's health and mental well being. and until we have a club or -- in our organization that is willing to do that, to put the players first, then no player in this league is going to feel safe. >> reporter: jose, you mentioned those multiple investigations. the league has outlined a few things they're going to look for. one of them is an independent review of all the policies at the league and club level to look at those anti-discrimination and
harassment policies that were put into place. the policy was only implemented in 2021. the investigations also will be looking historically at complaints that were filed and they're going to reopen the 2015 investigation against coach riley to see perhaps what they missed. a lot of work to do as it is also worth noting three out of ten coaches in the league, 30% of the national women's soccer leagues coaches were dismissed since august because of cause or accusations of abuse. >> that wraps up the hour for me. you can always reach me on twitter and instagram at jdbalart. thank you in the privilege of your time. craig melvin picks up with more news right now. good monday morning. craig melvin here from new york
city. this hour we are on white house watch. president biden's agenda hangs in the balance along with the stability of the u.s. economy. roughly 15 minutes from now the president is set to talk about the debt ceiling. that's because in just two weeks the united states is on track to default on the loans. and calling that catastrophic would be an understatement. it's warned mortgage payments would go up and car loans and credit card payments. it would be more expense toif live in america. secretary yellen writing we would emerge from this crisis a permanently weaker nation. why don't we have a deal and what will president biden say about it moments from now? also this hour, tracking an urgent environmental disaster off the coast of southern california. 126,000 gallons of oil flooding the ocean, polluting the water. the air, and the coastline.