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i've been advised i'm actually late for my planned grand slam at fenway park so i got to go. i'll see you tomorrow. "way too early" is up next. ♪♪ because he has categorically refused to appear we have no choice but to seek consequences for mr. bannon's failure to comply. those consequences are not just important for this investigation. they are important for all congressional investigations. >> the house select committee investigating january 6th approves a measure to hold steve bannon in contempt of congress. the question is will the full house support the charge? and if so, what will the justice department do? plus, democrats are scaling back their $3.5 trillion
reconciliation bill with president biden stepping in to help with negotiations. the question is will he reach a compromise by the end of the week? plus, amazon is set to start test driving cars on the streets of seattle. the question is how will it hold up with that state's rainy weather? it's "way too early" for this. good morning, and welcome to "way too early," the show that bets it could beat a self-driving car in a parallel parking contest. i'm jonathan lemire on this wednesday, october 20th. the house select committee unanimous in its vote to hold steve bannen in contempt of congress. and whether to refer ban tonight justice department which will then decide whether or not to charge him. a conviction could mean a year in jail and a fine up to
$100,000. but legal scholars have pointed out in past instances no legal charges have ever been filed when assertion of executive privilege is involved. n a statement yesterday, congresswoman liz cheney who serves as vice chair of the committee called on her fellow house republicans to support the work of the panel. >> almost every one of my colleagues knows, in your hearts that what happened on january 6th was profoundly wrong. you all know that there is no evidence of widespread election fraud, sufficient to have changed the results of the election. you know these claims are false. yet former president trump repeats them almost daly. and he has urged republicans not to vote in 2022 and 2024. this is a prescription for national self-destruction. i ask my colleagues, please
consider the fundamental questions of right and wrong here. the american people must know what happened. they must know the truth. all of us who are elected officials must do our duty to prevent the dismantling of the rule of law and to ensure that nothing like that dark day in january ever happens again. >> meanwhile, new polling shows that the majority of americans do not want to see donald trump run for president in 2024. even as most republicans say they do. in the latest quinnipiac university poll, just 35% say they want to see trump make another bid for the oval office, chaired to 58% who do not. while the majority of democrats and independents are against another trump candidacy, 78% of republicans want to see the former president back on this ticket. senate minority leader mitch mcconnell is calling on his party to focus on president biden in the midterm elections.
during his weekly press conference yesterday, senator mcconnell was asked if he was bothered by republicans appearing to embrace president trump rather than distancing himself from him. this is what he had to say. >> well, i do think we need to be talking about the future and not the past. i think the american people are focused on this administration. what it's doing to the country. and it's my hope that the '22 election will be a referendum on the performance of the current administration, not a rehash of suggestions about what may have happened in 2020. >> joining us now, friend of the show and co-founder of punchbowl news anna palmer. she is an msnbc contributor. anna, thank you for being here. we just heard on liz cheney call on her gop colleagues to work to support what that committee's trying to do. do you think there's any chance,
any chance at all, that her message will resonate with republicans? >> well, good morning, jonathan, hey, i don't think there's much of a chance by any stretch that you'll see republicans all of a sudden vote to support this effort. and saying that the house is going to move forward on thursday. with his vote, we expect it to pass the house. you referred to the department of justice but there is not any change in terms of house republicans and how they are continuing to back president donald trump who is opposed to bannon coming and testifying. >> so, we just heard from minority leader mcconnell talk about the former president. and to guess that the focus for the gop should be elsewhere. they shouldn't just be focused on being lockstep with what he wants. you know, polling suggests that republicans, though, they still want trump to be the guy. what's your sense right now about his hold on the caucus? and in light of some really extraordinarily and even
insulting comments about colin powell and others lately? any criticism at all, any wavering on the hold on the gop? >> i mean, i've seen a few critics come out by the colin powell statements, you had a congressman baseballen one republican said that would be on the pale. make no mistake about it, donald trump the leader of the republican party and mitch mcconnell he's looking at his potential of taking back the majority in the senate. he's concerned about the effect this might have on some statewide races but by and large, the basis as you point out in that poll is still very much behind it. and that's where all of the energy is by the republicans. and until there's some kind of major shift, i don't think you'll see much of a change in terms of republicans and their embrace on donald trump. >> it seems his grip only has gotten stronger in the months since january 6th and that fades in the headlines.
anna, one more for you, we're going to talk to congresswoman debbie dingell later on the reconciliation bill. there seems to be movement given that president biden is saying we're circling around a number, $2 trillion maybe less. why don't you give us an update here, as you've been following it so closely for so long, what's the latest? >> i know, i've been pretty garish in our early morning conversations about how this process has been playing out but i'm sure you'll hear from congresswoman dingell here. this was a big day yesterday. laying it out, a lot of details where the progressives were coming together. this is putting meat on the bone that we have not seen. the pressure is going to be on this time line that the president has laid out he wants to the bipartisan infrastructure bill passed by october 30th and that mean a framework would need to be put in place. i've got to ask though, you got
to pressure her on this, without any detailed provisions there's still a lot out there. in terms of this being a big day, there's going to be a lot of negotiations ahead that will be difficult to figure out. >> anna palmer, i appreciate the suggestion for a question later. we will speak to you again soon. the fbi may pave the way for americans to mix and match covid-19 boosters. the agency could authorize boosters for moderna and johnson & johnson by the end of the day. the decision of mixing and matching could come by the end of the day. nbc news' miguel almaguer has more. >> reporter: the fda could authorize americans to receive a booster shot that's different from that already seen. the premise of mixing and matching covid vaccines would affect millions of americans. first confirmed by "the new york times" and nbc news, the government could not recommend
one shot over the other. saying the public should stick to the vaccine originally received. but for 15 million jabbed by johnson & johnson, new research shows antibody levels rose 76 fold with the moderna booster compared to a minimal increase with another shot of j&j. >> what we're finding out there's some cases where you got one vaccine and boosted with a different vaccine, you actually get a better immune response. a higher titer response. >> reporter: expecting to sign off on the fda and boosters later this week, it will likely be approved by the cdc. amid a pushback on vaccine mandates authorities are doubling down on their importance, especially those for higher risk. general colin powell who was fully vaccinated still lost his life to covid because he was immunocompromised. >> their bodies are just unable
to respond to vaccines. the rest of us need to do not only what we can but to protect ourselves and those vulnerable lives. >> reporter: with so many lives on the line, tens of millions are waiting for an extra shot of protection. homeland security executive alejandro mayorkas is now quarantine at home. mayorkas stood alongside president joe biden in an event outside the capitol saturday. i was there that day. the two men were indeed a few feet apart for a little more than an hour for police officers killed in the line of duty over the last couple years. but the president isn't considered a risk because the encounter was more than 48 hours before the positive test and indeed occurred outdoors. still ahead, we're digging into new reporting about how the trump administration wanted to send $250,000 troops to the southern border of mexico but
the idea was quashed by pentagon chief mark esper. plus, a small plane bursts into names in texas. everyone on board survives. i'll be joined by congresswoman debbie dingell. as democrats work to scale down the infrastructure package. you won't want to miss that. we'll be right back, predawn, washington, d.c. your heart is at the heart of everything you do. and if you have heart failure, there's entresto.
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"the new york times" reports this morning that in the spring of 2020 then secretary defense mark esper had to quash the idea of sending 250,000 troops to the southern border to keep migrants and asite lum seekers out. the "times" reports steven miller, the arch tevgt former president trump's agenda urged to figure how many troops would be need to seal off the border with mexico. according to officials the
concept was relayed to the defense department's northern demand. after a brief and contentious confrontation in the oval office, mr. esper ended the consideration in the pentagon. according to the "times," the report was then taken to then president trump. >> negotiations continue days after an armed gang kidnapped a group of americans an canadian missionaries in haiti. the notorious gang is demanding $17 million for their release. $1 million per hostage. there are five children in the group, the youngest 8 months old. earlier this week, white house secretary jen psaki said the fbi is working with haitian officials to treat group. kidnappings have spiked in haiti since the country's president was assassinated in july. the ntsb is trying to figure out why a plane crashed outside of houston yesterday.
it burst into flames all ten people got off. tom costello has more. >> reporter: moments of sheer terror. >> it is a passenger airplane. >> reporter: it happened just after 10:00 a.m., a private passenger plane fully engulfed in flames at houston's airport as executive teams converged on the scene. >> 21 people on board, there are multiple people on the plane. >> reporter: amazingly, everyone else scaped three crew members and 18 passengers. the youngest, a 10-year-old child. two people suffered minor injuries. >> they were stunned, they were very stunned. they did self-extricate. we can't tell you how they did that. >> reporter: authorities say the plane registered to a local executive firm was said to be headed to boston for the playoff game between the red sox and astros but the plane never got off the ground. >> that's when the airplane rolled down the runway, struck an actual fence and from there
became disabled. >> reporter: the plane involved 34 years old no u.s. airline plies the series of plane, the caution of the crash unknown. but what investigators find could be crucial to the few foreign airlines that still fly it. tom costello, nbc news, washington. >> our thanks to tom costello. still aheader the dodgers make a comeback. plus, the red sox tie up the series against the astros. we'll have all the mlb reports. d before it starts, for all-day, all-night protection. can you imagine 24 hours without heartburn? (burke) i've seen this movie before. f(woman)day, all-niyou have?ction. (burke) sure, this is the part where all is lost and the hero searches for hope. then, a mysterious figure reminds her that she has the farmers home policy perk, guaranteed replacement cost. and that her home will be rebuilt, regardless of her limits or if the cost of materials has gone up. (woman) that's really something.
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bellinger helped breathe life back into the dodgers tying the series against the braves in the ninth inning. chris taylor reached on third. steals second and a groundout before mookie betts puts l.a. ahead with that rbi double. the dodgers hang on to beat atlanta 6-5 and may have salvaged their playoff hopes. the braves lead the n.l. championship series two games to one. one wonders about momentum now. game four is tonight. in the american league, the houston astros avoided a potential elimination game. dealing the red sox, sadly, their first loss. we go to boston, after carlos altuve ties the game, the red sox tagged the bullpen for a team playoff record seven wins in the ninth all with two outs. and a 9-2 win ties the best of a.l. championship series at two
games apiece. but before houston offensive spree, here's what people are talking about today. a controversial call by home plate umpire laz diaz, the red sox starter walking off. that, my friends is a strike. instead, it's called a ball. and that continues castro goes to center field. scoring the run. and boston will take the open to the series tonight in houston. whoever wins tonight likely wins the series. meanwhile, after leading the new york yankees to the four season manager aaron boone has been resigned until 2025. the yankees fell short in expectations this season. with an early leave to the loss
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won't play in new orleans, after the disgruntled point guard was thrown out of pa and suspended for one game detriment to the team. simmons was was wanted to be engaged if he wants with the exchange. and to bill karins. bill, give us a sense what the weather will look like at fenway with a 5:00 start. that's a little easier for us who have to get up so early. tell us what the rest of the country looks like, please. >> and you're a red sox fan. you knew it was never going to be this easy. >> never. >> fenway is going to be perfect. the northeast is going to feel like september. anyone going to fenway is going
to love it. let's talk about the big weather story of the day that's what's happening on the west coast. currently, we have 18 fires burning but we have two atmospheric rivers. what's an atmospheric river? we get rivers of humid air that comes into the storm and they can produce epic amounts of rainfall. the first one is going now into thursday and then on to friday. then there's another one even bigger behind this one that's going to come in over the weekend. so two significant rainfall events to begin our rainy season in the west. i mean, stand up and applaud because that is exactly what the firefighters have needed. and that's exactly what the reservoirs and the mountains need. this is not going to end the drought but it's a good winning. when over the next seven days including those two big storms, easily 7 inches of rain in the mountains, some areas could get up to a foot of rain. the impact of this. there will be some minor flooding developing, some debris
and burn scars and mudslides but the end of the fire season is great news. and also this will dent the historic drought. as far as the forecast for today, 71 degrees in boston. that's gorgeous for this time of year. 70s in chicago. unusually warm in the eastern half of the country. and that continues even into tomorrow, jonathan, enjoy what should be a beautiful fall weather on the eastern seaboard today. >> bill karins, we appreciate it. still ahead, the supreme court is poised to take up a case that could expand gun rights. we'll talk about that in a few minutes. but before we go to break, we want to know why are you up so area? tweet me, use the #waytooearly. we'll read some of your answers later on in the show. every emergen-c gives you a potent blend of nutrients so you can emerge your best with emergen-c.
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♪♪ welcome back to "way too early." it's now 5:30 on the east coast. 2:30 out west. i'm jonathan lemire. at least 21 chicago police officers have been placed on noll pay status for failuring to disclose their vaccination status by last friday's deadline. officials say nearly 70% of the workforce has entered the information into the system. 82% say they're fully vaccinated while the other 18% will now be subject to twice weekly covid testing through the end of the year. no staffing shortages have been reported so far as a result of the mandate. the u.s. supreme court has declined to block a state order
in maine requiring health care workers to receive a covid vaccination. at least for now. justice stephen breyer denied emergency requests to stop enforcement of maine's mandate. but in a brief order, breyer said challengers could try again. after it rules or fails to act at all on october 29th. health care workers are contesting the order because it does not include exemption. for the first time in more than a decade the court is accepting a major challenge in existing gun laws. it will review a new york law uphold by the lower courts that requires individuals to obtain a license to carry a concealed gun outside the home. gun safety reform is among the most contentious issues in the country. and our next guestization the supreme court is positioned to put politics ahead of violence prevention. joining us now that guest, director of department of health
and mets. jonathan metzl. thank you for joining me. this is to test how far states may go regarding whether an individual may carry a gun outside the home. how significant do you expect this to be? >> a case at stake now is a case on the books right now -- basically -- you could be in new york -- actually has this to regulate -- that does -- in places like -- and public parks museums. kind of to get that to work for a time. a new court is saying second amendment -- actually saying they can regulate -- if -- >> jonathan, we're having a little trouble with your audio. we're going to try you again in just a second. we'll reconnect and give it another shot. still ahead, more with the professor and the totally different reason amazon is
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if it's got to be clean, it's got to be tide. we're going to circle back in a minute to conversation about guns but let's shift now to the conversation dominating capitol hill. we're learning more about some of the compromises and cuts from democrats' social spending package, negotiated after a flurry of white house meetings led by the president himself. nbc news confirms reporting by "the washington post" that president biden wants democrats a 1.75 to 1.9 program for a program likely to lose the tuition to community college and child care tax for a year. and rethinking clean energy proposals. sources say there will be a focus on renewable energy, however, in the package. a final agreement has not yet been agreed upon so these
provisions may change. pramila jayapal of washington state was optimistic about it. >> at this point, we don't have a final hearing on this point, but what we're hearing is good. we feel like the vast majority of our priorities are in there in some way, shape or form. the president was clear he took the same approach we were advocating several weeks ago which was to try to get as many of these transformational priorities in as possible, even if it meant for a short period of time. look, all of these details, this isn't a deal yet. not everybody is agreed to. in negotiation, nothing is agreed to until everything is agreed to. i spent an hour and a half yesterday with the president. i spent two hours today with my colleagues. and we're getting there. we're moving the ball down the court. >> congresswoman's optimism is certainly welcomed by the white house. meanwhile, climate change has come to the forefront of the
discussion surrounding the bill. democrats were forced to change course after senator joe manchin of west virginia scrapped the original proposal. now, they're floating the idea of giving billions in tax credits in loans that reached the democrats' goals on the mission. the associated press reports other climate change fighting proposals being considered are a tax on carbon dioxide. sand yesterday, the senator expects negotiations to finish by the week. joining us now, democratic congresswoman debbie dingell. thanks so much. let's talk about things that seem to be falling out of the package. what are your concerns about what's gone and what do you think could still be cut? >> well, jonathan, i'd like to think i'm feeling more positive.
not where the direction is going, and the president made very clear in yesterday's meeting that we had to get the bill done. he outlined what he thought he could get in the bill. and there was really very little, in the two major areas that you talked about that wouldn't be in there at this point. and he looks at it a great deal is community college. and while concerns came up about global climate, one of my colleagues made the point that we must reduce emissions by 20% by 2020. and the president agreed and there are other ways that we could do it. and we think this meeting was one of the most significant meetings we've been in. and as you know, i've been in about four of them with the president in the last couple of weeks. he's leading -- i don't agree with the target. i look at numbers more like 1.9 to 2.1. the deal is not cut.
but he knows what he wants. he's been clear about where we have to go. why we have to get there. he knows he's got to meet it. he knows he's got to close it and get the deal done this week. the leaders know where we're going by thursday night. and i am the most optimistic. you talked to me several weeks on this, we finally see the leadership we need to get this done. >> great to see that optimism. there are deadlines looming one of of course is the president has next week a european trip in scotland for major climate change. you tweeted about the need to invest in the electric vehicle infrastructure. but with senator manchin's suggestions, the climate version has changed. tell us what that mean will that be sufficient? >> we didn't get into the carbon text yesterday in the meeting. i want to be clear on that.
i want to remind the people that i stood with the president in august on something that everybody said never could be done. the auto ceos, the unions and environmentalists agreed with the sales of electric vehicles for the auto industry by the year 2030. that's where we're going we're going with all of this. now, joe manchin and i have had a lot of discussions, he is my friend. about electric vehicles, they're not his favorite. for my industry, and where they're going, we have to make sure we're investing enough that it's going to make it a success. i think we are thinking about other ways, grants, et cetera, i don't think there's anybody in that meeting yesterday that doesn't know that it's not real. we have the resiliency, that was very much the discussion. i think these are some of the details that will be discussed in the next 48 or 72 hours. >> congresswoman, one more on the policy idea of the child tax credit. let us know if you think that is only going to be extended by a
year. that's so popular by some of these voters. and also, do you think the time line is realistic here? do you think this can get done early this week or the next before the president heads to europe and the bellwether for democrats? >> so the child tax credit, we agreed that people would have the programs not all the programs that people wanted. i did make a point that we had to invest enough money in these programs so that they were a success. i believe that if leadership lead the way that i have seen since we have returned and pulls everybody together, says we need to get this done, we need to have discussions with the department and other problems that haven't been done as well as we've got a good solid 140 members that really do need to
be talked to included the constituents listen to. and you know i was pretty blunt on the show several weeks that i was worried that discussion weren't happening, i believe we can get this done, get the milestone, that the leaders get it done this week. and i know that the speaker is totally committed for a vote on the bipartisan bill by october 31st. and that to have that vote, we've got to get the others done. so, you have not heard me positive for -- since this all began, and you hear a positive person this morning. >> we certainly do congresswoman, i think a lot of democrats are heartened by this optimism. after weeks of negotiations the end might be in sight. congresswoman dingell, thank you very much. still ahead from the mayor of chicago to ambassador of japan? rahm emanuel. that's right, eyeing a new job. but he's facing tough pushback
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>> reporter: it was an historic settlement. four years ago, the nfl agreeing to pay nearly $1 billion to former players suffering the long-term effects of concussions. former defensive lineman gordon was diagnosed with dementia when he was 33. >> went numb, you know? >> at the time, we had a 3-year-old son. i'm thinking, my gosh, is he going to be around for him when he grows up? >> reporter: last summer, gordon and his wife, roxi, learned the protocols included something with race. to this day, have you received a penny from the settlement? >> not a penny from the nfl. >> reporter: you think it is because he is black? >> i think he's been discriminated against. his case is egregious, and it is horrible. >> reporter: players' cognitive test scores were based on age, education, and controversially race. >> it was first developed as a solution because blacks in this country, on average, have
experienced much more social disadvantage than whites. >> reporter: some medical professionals called the process outdated and oversimplified. >> it is inprecise, bad medicine, and it forwards false ideas about education and the color of your skin. >> reporter: black players had to score more poorly than white players on cognition tests. the claims process was approved by a judge after the league and the players' legal team reached an agreement. the players said they knew nothing about the race norming, including gordon. he played in the nfl for eight years, retiring in 2012. do you have any sense of how many concussions you may have gotten over that period of time? >> i have no idea. innumerable amounts. >> reporter: now, he suffers from headaches, anxiety, and panic attacks. >> imagine your brain being frozen until about noon. >> if we're lucky.
>> some days are better than others. >> some days noon still doesn't feel normal. >> reporter: at first, they were told he qualified to receive part of the settlement, only to have the league appeal the decision. a judge agreed with the nfl, deciding an error were made. the couple were never told what it was. in the summer of 2020, the gordons joined tens of thousands of others, calling for an end to the race norming. >> there was a different door for african-americans and a different door for white players? brain damage is brain damage. >> reporter: in june of this year, the nfl together with attorneys for the players announced they would come up with new protocols. the league has denied that the system was discriminatory, but in a statement at the time wrote, everyone agrees race-based norms should be replaced but no off the shelf alternative exists. these experts are working to solve this decades old issue. adding the process would be retroactive for players affected by race norming.
for gordon and potentially hundreds of others like him, it could mean cases will be reconsidered. >> i'm hoping the nfl will take a look at these people and their families and do what's right. it's time. >> reporter: for a league hoping to improve its image on issues of race, the gordons say how the nfl handles changes in this settlement will be the true test. stephanie gosk, nbc news, san diego. >> thanks to nbc's stephanie gosk for that report. joining us now with a look at axios a.m., congressional reporter for axios. what is the axios 1 big thing today? >> good morning, jonathan. our 1 big thing today is looking how rahm emanuel is finding an unlikely ally in one of donald trump's staunchest supporters. that's senator bill haggerty. so rahm emanuel has his hearing today before the senate foreign
relations committee. he's biden's nominee for ambassador to japan. his confirmation is pretty controversial right now. a lot of progressives have been attacking him, even going so far as to want to pressure other senators not to support his confirmation. that stems around his handling as chicago mayor of the police shooting of aquan mcdonald. it'll be the seven year anniversary today, when mr. emmanuel testifies, of the shooting. he found some allies, and haggerty is going to introduce rahm emanuel today. haggerty is a former ambassador to japan under then president donald trump. he's going to say that while they have different political views, he thinks that rahm
emanuel thinks that -- sees japan as the threat that it is, particularly to combating china's aggression in the region. and so we also spoke with other republicans. i try to interview with a ton of republicans on the committee yesterday, and none of them would go so far as to criticize him. we're seeing the pressure from the left. it is interesting to see that he is getting support from those on the right. >> certainly his handling of the shooting, as you said, is the flash point for a lot of this. switching gears. the vice president and labor secretary marty walsh are expected to announce new guidelines today. we've been waiting for these. what should we expect? >> yes, they are. we got a first look. my colleague hans nichols, he learned that the vice president and labor secretary will announce new guidelines for unions. they're encouraging federal workers to unionize and make sure they learn about their rights to do so. it's interesting. there's more than, you know, 2.1
million federal workers, non-postal federal employees, i would say. only roughly 20% of them belong to a union. so part of this push is to make sure, not only that people, you know, recognize that they can unionize, but also encourage them. the new guidelines, one of them will be to require that federal agencies educate new hires on their rights to unionize. then also ensure that those existing employees have, you know, straight communication from their employers on the availability of these unions. so we'll see them lay that out today at the white house. >> also, we of course are waiting for guidelines from osha regarding covid vaccine mandates. we should anticipate them, the white house says, in the coming days. we really appreciate it, as always. as we heard from congresswoman dzingel today, there is optimism about the democrats being able to get this done.
to have perhaps not a final vote but to have a framework, to have some top line on that massive reconciliation package, hovering around $2 trillion, maybe a tick under, that will allow progressives to feel satisfied enough with it to then vote for the bipartisan infrastructure deal. that at least is the plan. look for that this week or next before the president heads to europe. thank you all for getting up "way too early" on this wednesday morning. "morning joe," perhaps with a discussion of a bad call at home plate, starts right now. breaking ball just missed. tried to backdoor the breaking ball. we talked about it earlier in the series. five pitches, at least 10% or more, and he throws all of them for strikes. best strike thrower on the roster. >> controversy at fenway in the pivotal ninth inning last night. i suspectre