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steph? >> mysterious, strange, and complicated. and we're going to stay on it. catie, thank you. thank you at home for watching. that wraps up this very busy hour. i'm stephanie ruhle. jose diaz-balart picks up breaking news coverage right now. >> thank you, stephanie. good morning. it's 10:00 a.m. eastern, 7:00 a.m. pacific. i'm jose diaz-balart and we begin this hour with breaking news. bill clinton is in the hospital this morning, being treated for an infection. his spokesman says he's in good spirits and physicians say that his prognosis is good. we're going to bring you the very latest, next. and in news overnight, the biden administration set to restart the trump-era policy that forces migrants seeking asylum to remain in mexico. it's a policy that president biden once called inhumane. and happening brown, an fda advisory panel is meeting to consider the johnson & johnson booster shot. this after the fda already approved boosters from pfizer and moderna.
and we begin in washington, where the biden administration is set to resume a controversial trump-era immigration policy next month. after he took office, president biden ended a policy requiring migrants seeking asylum in the u.s. to stay in mexico, while they await their immigration hearings. which biden called inhumane. texas and missouri filed a lawsuit over the move. a federal judge ordered the policy be reinstated. the administration challenged that order, but said it would comply after losing in a federal appeals court. and at the supreme court. with me now, shannon pettypiece, senior white house correspondent for nbc news digital. shannon, good morning. great to see you. tell us about this remain in mexico policy. what's it going to look like when it comes back into force? >> reporter: as you mentioned, jose, this is not the outcome the biden administration wanted. they did not want to put this trump-err la policy back in
place. you mentioned the president had called this inhumane. officials have cited the risk of violence that migrants can face in these camps, things like kidnappings and rapes and assaults. but based on this court order, the administration said they are moving forward with putting this policy back into place, likely some time in mid-november. they are going to try to make some adjustments here, you know, that could potentially make it so migrants aren't being held indefinitely in these camps. one of those is that within at least six months, they are going to try to get a court hearing for migrants, an asylum hearing with a judge. and they're also going to have those hearings at one of ten courts that are going to be set up at the border for those migrants to have their hearings at. >> it seems kind of like what trump had put into place on the mpp and the remain in mexico issue. shannon, what i don't understand is, so, president trump put in this policy. he negotiated with the mexican government, so that migrants
that wanted to come to the united states await their cases in mexico. why is it that that was acceptable, and now a judge and up to the supreme court says that it's not acceptable to remove that policy? >> well, you know, a lot of this is going to continue to play out in the courts. the supreme court essentially declined to intervene at this time. and while this process continues to play out, though, the courts have said that this now needs to be put into place, while those legal challenges continue. so we could see a reverse in this policy. we could see some changes to come. but the court saying at least for now, this is a policy that needs to be put in place. >> shannon pettypiece at the white house, thank you for being with me. and now we turn to the latest on former president bill clinton. the 75-year-old former president was admitted to the hospital on tuesday with a urologicical
infection. how serious is this infection? >> reporter: well, jose, there's no way to truly gauge the severity of it without medical details that we simply aren't privy too. however, we can glean more information from the statements that we've received both from clinton's doctors and from the team here at uci. and what i can say, the most telling thing about this is not only is he conscience, he's been up, he's been walking around, interacting with staff. in fact, one statement saying that he's been in good spirits. so here's how this shook out. it was tuesday night. he was here for that clinton foundation event, started feeling sick with a group of friends here in orange county. started feeling this extreme fatigue. taken to the hospital here. the diagnosis again, that urologic illness that you mentioned morphing into something maybe more serious in miss bloodstream. but obviously, he's been here for a few days now, since tuesday night, he's been on a
steady drip of antibodies, a steady drip of fluids that his body has been responding well. and since this is something to do with his blood, we're told his white blood cell count is down, which is a good sign, which means his body has been fighting this infection and it's no longer a dire fight. meanwhile, hillary clinton in town last night. she was spotted outside of uci, but spotted, you know, sort of talking to people that were here, which also indicates the posturing that this isn't as severe as first thought. there was a stint where he was in the icu, but we're told those were over more privacy concerns than anything else. so by all signs, he appears to be doing well and may be released from the hospital some time shortly here. jose? >> there is no update on when he could be released from the hospital, right, steve? >> reporter: no strict timeline yet, jose. but again, we've heard from his team in new york, we've heard from the doctors here at uci, we've heard from his spokesperson. in every statement that we've
got, it always ends with, we expect the former president home at some point soon. and every indication seems to be that that will be the case. jose? >> steve patterson, thank you very much for being with me. at this hour, president biden's commission on the u.s. supreme court is kicking off a virtual day-long meeting. it comes one day after the president and the panel released his initial findings on various arguments around reforming a nation's highest court, such as expanding it. but it did not make any recommendations. the president created the commission in april, in response to pressure from liberals, who have called for adding justices after the conformation of justice amy coney barrett just before the election. with me now is nbc justice correspondentmelissa murphy, wh sonia sotomayor when she was a federal judge. and she is also an msnbc legal analyst. pete, run me through some of the
findings when it comes to reforming the u.s. supreme court? >> the commission is divided on whether expanding the size of the court would be wise. many say they think it would undermine the court's legitimacy and would be seen as a partisan maneuver. basically the same criticism that stephen breyer had for this idea. but they're more supportive of the idea of 18-year term limits. they say that nearly all the states either have term limits or mandatory retirement ages for their judges on their state's highest courts. and they say that the u.s. is the world's only major democracy that doesn't have either one of them. under the system that the court -- that the commission discusses, every president's term in office would produce two supreme court nominations, making the court more responsive to the people, the report says, and reducing the tendencies of presidents that every younger nominees who can stay on the court for 30 years or more. one note, they say, the average time on the court for justices has been about 26 years since 1970, but before that, it was about 15 years.
the commissioners say this current system gives political parties an ability to shape the direction of the court that's out of proportion to their record of success at the ballot box. the commissioners say that commissioners might be able to make this change by itself, but the safest course of action would be a constitutional amendment, and they say it could be designed so that the system would kick in during the term of a future president, so that the vote on the amendment wouldn't depend on who the president was at time. jose, this idea of term limits for supreme court justices has long been a favorite of academics, so this report is by far the most serious airing of the idea yet. >> interesting. melissa, as pete was mentioning, the commissioners are divided over expanding the court. saying that it could lead to people thinking that the court is overtly partisan. but could that already be the case, given the court has leaned to the right for some time now? >> well, i think the horse is out of the barn on that one. recent polling shows that the court had its lowest approval ratings ever and part of that
low approval rating was linked to the fact that they used the court as purely partisan. so there were two very ideological polarized decisions that came at the end of the term. one in the arizona voting restrictions case and another in a case involving a california disclosure law. those contaminate out 6-3, with all of the republican nominees in the majority and all of the liberal appointees in the dissent. and of course, we had texas sb 8 that laws the texas law that bans abortion at just six weeks to go into effect in that state. and so i think the public already views the court as strongly tilting to the right and moving even more to the right with every year. >> pete, what weight does this commission have? well, in a sense, none at all. these are not formal recommendations and even if they are, it's going to be up to the president to decide what to do with them. it's -- this is his commission. these are emotions to him.
and of course, congress would probably have to be involved in this no matter what. even if you have a constitutional amendment, the most likely course of action, the way it's always been done, would be to have congress propose a constitutional amendment to the states. now, you can have an amendment by constitutional convention, but that's really very tricky. so one way or another, it would require some congressional support to make this change. >> pete williams and melissa murray, thank you both for being with me this morning. take a turn and take a look at headlines out west. the families of susan berman is pleading for robert durst to reveal the location of her body. this after a judge sentenced the real estate heir to life in prison for her murder nearly 20 years ago. joining us now with details on this and other top stories, emi. does the sentence offer any solace for the family? >> reporter: that life sentence
was handed down one month after jurors here in los angeles convicted robert durst for first-degree murder. susan berman was shot at point-blank range inside her home. she had planned on speaking to police about a fake alibi she allegedly gave durst when his wife disappeared. this gained national attention after hbo series "the jinx," captured the real estate heir on a hot mic saying, "killed them all, of course." and berman's cousin described her as an absolutely extraordinary, unforgettable, brilliant person whose life was savagely taken from her at 55 when she had many years ahead. durst' lawyer says they plan to appeal the 78-year-old's sentence. >> yesterday, the texas house passed a bill targeting transgendered students in sports. what exactly did it do? >> reporter: so texas could soon require students play on public sports team based on their
gender listed on their birth certificates. if this became law, a transgender girl could not compete on a female sports team. house bill 25 passed into the republican-controlled house of representatives yesterday and now heads into the senate. the aclu tweeted that the texas house just voted to discriminate against trans kids and exclude them from paying sports as their authentic selves. the bills passing in the texas house is notable, because similar legislation has made it through the senate before. jose? >> and emilie, we understand an indictment has been hand down in connection with those boeing 737 max jets? >> that's right. mark forkner is expected in a federal court today. the former top pilot for boeing was indicted for allegedly withholding information from the faa about changes to the flight control system on the 737 max jet. that's the plane later involved in two crashes, killing more
than 340 people. the control system was implicated in the crashes, pushing the nose of the plane down in certain situations. prosecutors argued forkner deceived regulators in an attempt to save boeing money. if convicted of the six fraud charges, he could face jail time spanning several decades. and jose, i'll add, an attorney believed to be representing forkner did not respond to comment. >> emilie ikeda in connecticut, thank you. president biden is expected to head to connecticut to promote his build back better plan and there's word that the white house is getting impatient with negotiations over it. we're live with the latest. and we're keeping an eye on the fda and its meeting over the j&j booster shot. you're watching "jose diaz-balart reports." g "jose diaz-balart reports. i discovered some very interesting documents on ancestry. this is the uh registration card for the draft for world war two. and this is his signature which blew me away.
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vaccination for foreign national travelers coming into the united states will begin on the eighth of november. and happening right now, top federal health officials are meeting to discuss whether people who receive the johnson & johnson vaccine should receive a j&j booster. joining me now is dr. ebony hilton, associate professor of anesthesology and critical care medicine and an msnbc medical contributor. doctor, good seeing you. preliminary data from federal clinical trial show that patients that received the j&j shot may be better off for a pfizer or moderna booster for people over 65 or with pre-existing conditions. what do they need to know? >> right. well, for one, what they know is that even with the j&j booster being a second shot and not the moderna or pfizer, they still had better outcomes. i don't want people or persons to think i have to only get the moderna or pfizer for me to get benefit. if you have chosen and gone through with your doctor and said that a j&j vaccine is the
one for you, that you feel the most comfortable with, it still provides you extra benefit to have that booster shot. so i don't want that to sway. what we see is that it decreases your risk of hospitalization, decreases your risk of death. but it also dramatically decreases your risk of actually getting infected. and again, there are more consequences to covid than just death. prevention of infection, as much as we possibly can and reducing those breakthrough cases should also be one of our goals. >> what are you telling, doctor, your patients who may be confused about all of these booster stories? >> i get it. i understand that it's confusing, which is why we need to take case by case, of sitting down with people and having these conversations. because what we're going to see in this next month is we're going to have not only persons who have not received their first dose of covid vaccine coming to get vaccinated, we'll start to see children getting vaccinated at a different dose. we'll start to see, am i mixing and matching my booster shots? should i get one versus the
other? there will be tons of questions that we're very willing to have with you. but we know for sure is if you look at the cases of covid-19 that we've had so far, which is 44,800,000 in the united states of america. we've had 22,000 americans unfortunately die. which means one in 62 persons infected have died from covid-19. and it does not have to be you. go and get your vaccine. go and get your booster shots and let's get through this pandemic together. >> and for the millions of people who have gotten the johnson & johnson vaccine, that single dose -- supposedly, single dose means one, but now we're talking about the need to get more boosters. is the fact that the technology is different in, for example, j&j than it is on moderna or pfizer, does that play in anything? >> you know, i think -- as far as person's safety and feeling
safe with the different vaccines, it may play into it for them. but as far as your body's immune response and what we're seeing in the clinical data is that you will get a robust response from your immune system from those three different vaccines. i don't want persons to go away thinking that they chose the wrong thing if they went and spoke with their doctor. what we know is with all of the vaccines that we have now fda approval for, that they all do better with a booster shot. and no clarify the point of, do we oftentimes -- i see on social media people saying, since when do we need three shots for a vaccine? well, when you are a child, you ended up getting three shots for a three-series dose for your hepatitis "c" vaccine, right? we did that as babies. you may not remember it, because you were, one, a couple of months old, when you first started having those vaccinations. so we know that we're going to learn more and more with this process. but what we're seeing is that if you are not vaccinated at this time and you come into contact with covid-19, your likelihood of dying is greatly increased
when we have a vaccine that has proven its safety and efficacy, not only in the united states of america, but across the globe. >> and every ten years, right, tetanus kind of shots are ten years. and of course, the flu is every year. >> every year! >> yeah, what's the issue? i guess people just keep time on how long things last. but i want to turn your attention to the news on president clinton. it's not the first health scare he has had. he underwent a quadruple bypass in 2004. 2010, he underwent another heart procedures. give us the sense of this kind of infection that he is now battling. >> right. it's one of those things people take for granted. the bacteria that naturally grows in our body, that's supposed to be there to protect us, we are covered with bacteria. but went those bacteria become able to overwhelm your system, it creates a dire situation for you. now, we hear great reports that he is up and walking, that he is
actually in great spirits. and that tells a lot. we also hear that he's no longer receiving iv antibiotics and possibly going to oral antibiotics. that also speaks well for his progress, as far as overcoming this infection. but i think for all americans, and i think it really highlights, though, the importance of when something is wrong in your body, seeking immediate help is going to be your best chance of survival. if you wait, if you allow this either -- if an infection or if he had any issues with his heart itself, you allow that symptom that tells you, hey, this is not right, to progress to pint where it's really stretching your organ systems, that's when we see the complications. so getting into get that intervention early, getting those antibiotics started early for his case is going to lead to him having very, very favorable outcomes. >> that's good to hear, dr. ebony hilton, thank you for your time. appreciate it. still ahead, a texas governor has issued an captured banning anyone from opposing
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27 past the hour. president biden is officially averting a debt crisis, at least for now. signing a bill to temporarily raise the nation's debt limit. in about half an hour from now, he'll be heading to connecticut to promote his build back better agenda, which remains stalled on capitol hill. the visit comes as the white house believes it's time for democrats to start wrapping up negotiations over the reconciliation package. here's what white house press secretary jen psaki had to say when asked about this yesterday. >> the president is eager to get things done for the american people and to deliver on what he's promised. and so as i said yesterday, the time for negotiations is not unending. and we're eager to move forward. >> with me now, eugene daniels, politico white house reporter and co-author of "the playbook," and ana palmer, founder of punch
bowl news. both are msnbc contributors. ana, where do things stand right now in efforts to put the reconciliation bill together? >> yeah, they're pretty stalled right now. i think there's been frustration in the white house for how slowly the progress is being made. both the progressives and the moderates are really entrenched in terms of where their positions are. we don't see a lot of movement. of course, a lot of lawmakers are back home right now. so those kind of conversations continue, but this deadline for october 31st, which is what speaker nancy pelosi has said, that she wants, i think is very unlikely to happen at this point, because we don't even have a top line number, much less some of the actual details and the meat of what's going to be in that package. >> eugene, is there anything that the president and his top advisers can do to try to achieve this goal of moving us forward? >> they can keep engaging, which is what they continue to do anytime we ask them about this. one of the things i think is making this really hard on the
pr level, from a communication aspect, is they aren't being very forthcoming with whom they're talking to, how much they're talking to them, when we ask about kyrsten sinema, for example, we're just told that they're talking at a high staff level. what does that mean? what do they want? and i think that is one of the things that they're struggling with. they are clearly getting impatient, they are clearly getting frustrated. they did not expect this to take as long as it did. others, they would have negotiated at the same time as the bipartisan infrastructure package, right? the one that passed the senate already. i think they know they are kind of running out of time, and what they don't want and what is likely to happen, on october 31st, 16 days from now probably isn't likely. so that means that we're running into november and maybe even december, which is when they have to deal with the debt limit again, which is when they have to fund the government again. they have all of these other issues that they're just going to end up in the exact same position they were a couple of weeks ago, dealing with
reconciliation, fighting over what's in it, and also dealing with funding the government and making sure that the government pays its debts. >> there's so much mistrust, even, within the political parties, right? we were speaking with congressman clyburn yesterday, and he was really expressing doubt that senator manchin could get anything done or could get to an agreement with their side. ana, let me bring in another issue, because congress may be out this week, but the house committee investigating the january 6th insurrection is hard at work, gathering evidence and taking testimony from key witnesses. bring us up to speed on where things stand with those efforts. >> yeah, absolutely. it's been one of the key things that's happening kind of behind the scenes more, but this committee's work is now trying to come out in public and get subpoenas for former staffers to president donald trump. they wanted steve bannon, for instance, to come this week, and he has stonewalled and has said that they aren't going to do that. i think the real question is
going to be how -- what leverage does congress try to use? how much are they going to pressure bannon and others to actually come forward and testify? or is this more of a pr battle, where they're trying to just kind of publicly shame the trump administration for their role in what happened on january 6th. so this is going to be something that develops and continues as they kind of do the work, right? we've all seen a lot of the videos, but now it's actually kind of trying to figure out who knew what, what role did they play, and how forthcoming some of these former staffers are choosing to be. >> ana palmer and eugene daniels, thank you for being with me this morning. when we come back, breaking news out of the uk. a member of parliament stabbed to death. you're watching "jose diaz-balart reports" on msnbc. n.
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>> reporter: good morning, jose. so far we're hearing that david amus was stabbed to death while he was at what's called a constituent surgery. and that actually is nothing like what it sounds. it's just an event where a member of parliament can be greeted and speak to the public. and that's exactly what he was doing in his constituency. he was in a methodist church in a place called lancy in his region of essex, which is quite close to london. this is a really, of course, jarring and tragic event, especially for those who are in the mix politically here in london. and everyone in these tributes are talking about this humble man, david amus, david amus, who has spent 38 years in parliament. he came from a very humble background, grew up in east london, in a quite gritty area. and he's made quite a legacy for himself. this was so sudden and doesn't seem to have any particular political motives as it stands.
this story will change dramatically, obviously, when you start to hear more about the attacker, who's now in custody. a 25-year-old man, who's now in custody with police in essex. and what his motive may or may not have been. but so far, this was not a particularly standout, controversial politician. this was not the kind of politician who got death threats or who was outspoken in opposition to topline headline issues. and that's one of the reasons why this is so surprising. and for a lot of brittons, this will be an indicator of an increase in just the hostility behind the rhetoric in politics. something that we don't really see that often here in britain. the political conversation, it's boisterous, but not violent. >> matt, do we know anything about this person, this 25-year-old man? >> no, we don't. we haven't heard anything from police. the police have sort of been unspooling the details quite slowly. so we don't have any information about this 25-year-old man.
we do know that he's in police custody. and it seems as though the police have said they're not going to be pursuing any other people. so they believe that he acted alone. whether or not this is, you know, going to -- whether or not the motive turns out to be terrific or some political issue, everybody here is talking about joe cox, who was another mp who was murdered back in 2016. that was by a far-right activist, who stabbed her to death. and that was clearly an anti -- a brexit political motive. this was somebody, joe cox, who was killed in 2016. she had been campaigning against that brexit vote and that was one of the reasons why she was targeted and killed. and so now, you know, a lot of this story, as i mentioned snowy, it will be changing when we hear more about the identity and the motive of this perpetrator. >> matt bradley, thank you very much for being with me this morning. staying on top of this breaking news out of the uk. happening right now in
italy, protesters are, well, over a new measure aimed at preventing the spread of covid. all workers will now be required to show what's known as a green pass. in order to enter their place of work. the path shows an individual's proof of vaccination, a recent negative test, or if the person has recovered from covid within the last six months. demonstrations against the requirement are taking place across italy. the government closed schools early and issued warning to embassies of potential violence. joining me now from rome, at a sit-in protest, what more can you tell us about these demonstrations? >> hey, jose. some of the biggest critics of the green pass for all workers to go to work call today g-day, green pass day, and predicted that hundreds of thousands of workers who do not have a green pass and cannot access their workplaces today, they will throw the nation into chaos. well, none of that has happened
yesterday. there have been in many scattered and small disruptions and protests, all peaceful, no major disruption yet, including the biggest protest that has been announced in the past few days, and that is from pork workers in the north of italy. there were tens of port workers who do not have a green pass and therefore we could not go into the ports to work today. there were some tense moments this morning, where some of them tried to prevent the colleagues who did have a green pass or do have a green pass and were trying to get into work, they were trying to stop them from getting into the port, but then the situation calmed down, so there's no major disruption there. so so far, jose, it's business as usual here in the city. >> interesting. and so, just give us an example of your day to day. for example, do you need the green pass to get into the restaurant where these tables are right outside, right behind you? if you want to go to that restaurant, do you need a green
pass? >> reporter: you do need a green pass if you go inside. so essentially, in italy, for a while now, not from today, for many months, to get indoors anywhere. in my public place, rather, whether that's a bar or a restaurant or a cinema or a theater or a gym, whatever is an indoor public place, you need a green pass. what's different starting from today is that all workers who work in offices, in restaurants, even drivers, anybody who's doing any work that is either indoors or has contacts with the public will need to have a green pass. otherwise, they can be suspended without work from -- they can be suspended without pay from work or they even -- they can even find, if they show up at work with, let's say, a fake green pass, they can be fined up to $17,000, jose. >> claudio lavanga in rome, thank you very much. turning now to the latest in texas, where earlier this week,
governor greg abbott issued an executive order banning any entity from requiring a covid-19 vaccine for employees and customers. it's a rejection of president biden's saying that companies with at least 100 employees to ensure their workforce is vaccinated or regularly tested for covid-19. joining me now is harris county texas judge, lina eva eadvantagelina. i want to get your reaction to this executive order? >> it's a challenge and almost adds insult to injury. what it does, we're a state of about 29 to 30 million people. and it is dictating public health policy based on what we know is an extreme sliver of a party, which is important for primary votes. but which generally doesn't believe accepted truths about the virus, about how the vaccine works, it is just not a smart
way to respond to an emergency. and it's particularly cruel when we're sort of on our way out, hopefully, of this delta virus spike. it's almost like as soon as we have a new tool, the state goes out of its way to take that away from us. >> so your county as well as the state has seen a drop in new cases in recent weeks, but with concern over what we might see in the months ahead, what are you, your colleagues, planning for the winter? >> first, i'm trying to be consistent in my messaging. almost as dangerous as the virus, as pandering to the extreme is this back and forth and the confusion. ultimately, folks just tune everything out. they throw their hands up in the air. we had that from the beginning. initially, we had the ability to require masks, certain capacity theories, and then the governor took that way and brought masks
back, and took it away again. people caught in the middle of this now businesses, they're not sure which way to turn. that's what they tell me as an emergency manager here in the houston area. i'm being very consistent and saying, look, our numbers are looking better but that doesn't mean another variant isn't coming. and we need people to get vaccinated. and generally, we know what works. these requirements work. i'm heartened to see businesses continue with them. it's frustrating for them, as i hear, to be caught in these culture wars. but we need to be able to get through this and this is the last thing we need. and of course, we as a county are fighting in the courts. the ban on government intent 'tis and fighting to make sure that schools can still require masks, at least. >> tell us a little bit about your statement that everybody needs to be vaccinated. how are we doing in the -- for example, the latino community, to get our community vaccinated. how are those efforts going?
>> overall, in harris county, about -- almost 77% of the eligible population has received at least one shot. generally folks who get the first shot get the second up with. we've got a huge participation rate on that. so we're on the way. we've enacted all kinds of creative policies, so we knew hispanic community, african-american community, in particular, we were going out there, incentive programs. we had the $100 incentive program was extremely successful. we got another about 40,000 folks vaccinated from that, partnering with all kinds of community groups, transportation, you name it. scholarship programs. so we're continuing to do that, but when you have a conflicting messaging from the state level that is incredibly harmful to the efforts and the problem is that hurts all of us. just recently, we had to bring 600 nurses to the houston area, because we didn't have enough nurses to treat all the patients. and those nurses haven't been sent back yet. so the problem is still here.
things are much improved, but without more people vaccinated, we're sitting ducks in a way. and so that's why i need the community to understand and hopefully the state leadership to understand, this is not a game where emergency managers need to get people vaccinated, businesses are doing their part, and we should be there with them. >> judge lina hidalgo, thank you for being with me this morning. appreciate your time. >> thank. we're following breaking news out of the uk. also, unrest in afghanistan after a deadly blast at shiite mosque in kandahar. we've got the latest after the break. you're watching "jose diaz-balart reports." e diaz-balart reports.
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killed 46 during prayers in the north. with me now is matt. good morning. good afternoon for you. what's the latest on this bombing? >> reporter: good morning, jose. there's still a lot of questions about this. we don't yet have someone claiming credit for the attack, but the bochling you mentioned last week was claimed by isis-k. i think one of the things to keep in mind is the shiites in afghanistan are a marginalized community. they bore the brunt of the taliban's wrath the last time they were in power. this is not an encouraging development. >> the second massive terror attack massacre in just a week. the other thing i wanted to touch with you is we spent wednesday following a historic space launch in the u.s. give us an update on the international space race. >> reporter: it's the most exciing time in space travel since the 60s. in a few hours china will launch
a mission to a space station. now, it's going to dock with the station after an eight-hour flight. that's about as straight a shot as you can get in the space game. it's something the russians only started doing a few years ago. something about the space station, it's relatively new. there's about three modules up now. when they finish it, it will about the size of the old russian space station which was large but still smaller than the current international space station built mostly by the united states in russia. and really the key detail here is china has to master the same kind of orbital construction techniques that russia developed, the u.s. later followed up on. so it really represents a big step forward for the chinese space program. they're catching up to the united states and russia quickly. >> thank you very much. coming up, we're still about a year away from the crucial 2022 midterm elections, but they the get out the vote campaign
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let's keep making a differene together. we turn now to the power of the latino vote. georgia is a prime example of how crucial it is. morgan radford is live in atlanta. good morning. >> good morning. >> reporter: we are in atlanta in georgia's sixth district with a group that's talking to latinos, and this group already has seen incredible success. for example, back in 2020 they knocked on the door of every single eligible latino voter in the state. that's nearly 300,000 people. we're here with one of the volunteers who has been knocking on doors. what do you say to get latinos to come out to vote? >> we go to the door. we're giving them the information that they need to be
able to go out to go and figure out the issue they have personally. right? >> reporter: which is interesting, because you voted for the first time in 2020? >> right. >> reporter: and here you are trying to get other latinos to do the same thing. how do you tailor the message when you're talking to people? >> when we're in conversation, anything they've personally had concerns of, that's how we go about the conversation from there. right? it's a script, but we're trying to get our message across. we're trying to give them all the important issues. >> right. >> but we're also going based off of where they're really -- >> what they care about? >> yeah. >> reporter: that's what's cool. they're also using really advanced techniques. like, geo fencing and microdata targeting so they can really get down to the heart of the issues, especially ahead of the midterms. >> yeah. and the latino vote is so important, crucial in places
like georgia. >> reporter: that's right. i mean, you guys -- latinos and this group specifically that was helping to get latinos out were really pretty influential in the senate race especially. we also saw a surge about 72% in latino voters in 2020 alone. the question is can they keep that momentum now heading into the midterms and even into the next presidential election? >> morgan radford, fantastic. we'll see you this afternoon. thank you to you and all the volunteers. tomorrow to mark the end of hispanic heritage month, tiffany cross will cover the latino landscape from the battle to voting rights to representation in media and entertainment.
watch "the cross connection". tomorrow. that wraps up this hour for me. i'll see you tomorrow on nbc nightly news saturday. you can always reach me on twitter and instagram. if you can, follow the show online. thank you for the privilege of your time. we have more news right now. good morning, everybody. a lot of big stories we're following on this friday morning. any minute now the president is heading to connecticut to sell his build back better agenda. nbc news has new reporting on the tensions between the administration and lawmakers over negotiations and really getting it passed. we also have an update on former president bill clinton. he was hospitalized tuesday evening with a noncovid related infection in the state of california. the latest on his condition
coming up as well. also right now, the fda meeting about emergency use authorization for a j&j vaccine booster dose for folks 18 and up. when it comes to that vaccine, should it be mixed with others? we have a doctor here to dig into all your questions coming up. plus, a life-changing meeting. you don't want to miss this conversation. a florida doctor struck up an hour's long conversation with an unvaccinated man at a bar about his vaccine concerns. and by the way, it worked. the man got vaccinated. we're going to talk to them both about what we could all learn about the art of listening. but we want to start with that booster news, of course. joining me now a critical care pulmonologist and faculty member at health metrics at the university of washington. dr. gupta, thank you for