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a very good day to all of you from msnbc world headquarters in new york. welcome to "alex witt reports." democrats appear to be inching closer to a deal on president biden's build back better agenda. earlier today, house speaker nancy pelosi getting insight
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into those discussions as democrats aim for votes on the reconciliation and infrastructure bills this week. >> we're almost there. it's just the language of it. leader schumer, mr. manchin, senator manchin, and the president, are having the meeting on some of the particulars that need to be finalized. and i'm optimistic that we can do that. >> meanwhile, new reaction from the january 6 select committee as it investigates the attack on the capitol. the department of justice is weighing possible criminal charges against former trump aide steve bannon after he refused to cooperate with the committee. last hour, committee member adam schiff told me just how critical that decision will be for the future of this probe. >> if congress can't enforce its subpoenas, it ceases to be an effective check and balance and becomes a mere plaything for a corrupt executive. we're contemplating, what's the plan "b," what's the plan "c."
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i don't want to go into those at the moment because we're really focusing on plan "a." republicans in the senate blocked yet another voting rights bill. democrats look for ways to try and pass this key legislation. independent senator angus king gave msnbc some insight into what reforms he would support for the senate filibuster. >> i would like to restore the senate to what it was, where we actually had debates and people had to hold the floor. i think some kind of talk about filibuster, perhaps a rule that instead of having to have 60 votes to pass something, you would have to have 41 votes to stop it. so that way, the minority would at least have to show up. >> so now to that breaking news, nbc's mike memoli is in wilmington, delaware following that meeting between senator joe manchin, senate majority leader chuck schumer, and the president. mike, do we know if any progress
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has been made? >> an admission was sort of lowering expectations, they're not going to come out, walk outside of the president's house and announce they have a deal. these talks are at an urgent phase. senator manchin, who often finds himself in the middle of negotiations, sometimes bipartisan, sometimes with his own party, likes to often host fellow senators on the houseboat that he has just outside of washington. and so the president seems to be using the manchin playbook here, inviting senator manchin to his house for a more relaxed conversation. the president has a porch overlooking a man made lake in his backyard, i imagine that's where they're sitting today having this conversation. it is really now an urgent point. we've talked a lot about the deadlines that the president and his party is facing. house majority leader steny hoyer has announced they're preparing to be ready to vote this week. the president wants to have significant progress made because he's heading towards
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glasgow, scotland next week for a major climate summit. this is part of the urgent case he's been making behind the scenes already as we heard this morning from congressman ro khanna, a key progressive lawmaker. listen to him talk about how the president is making the case behind the scenes. >> the president looked us in the eye and said, i need this before i go represent the united states in glasgow. american prestige is on the line. many members understand that. we're working hard to get a deal. i understand we're close and i'm confident we're going to get there. >> and we know one of the sticking points is that climate part of the legislation. and manchin is the one who opposes it. the other deadline, alex, that we've been talking a lot about is the gubernatorial election. we've heard a lot about terry mcauliffe and his frustration with democrats' inability to get over the finish line on the infrastructure bill. in new jersey, phil murphy is
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campaigning for reelection for governor. the president is headed up there, they'll talk about a key amtrak route in the northeast corner, that will be the president's opportunity to help sell the bipartisan infrastructure deal and also make a case for reconciliation. the democrats are eager to see this over the finish line, no more so than the democrats that are on the ballot over the next few weeks, phil murphy and terry mcauliffe. >> thank you so much, mike. colin allred is a democratic member of several committees. as we discussed the president's build back better agenda, we'll get to that in a couple of moments, but let's start with voting rights, because you, sir, led the effort for the freedom to vote act in the house. republicans united for yet another filibuster to prevent that major voting bill from advancing in the senate. so what's your next move? what options are left to get meaningful voting rights legislation to president biden's
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desk? [ inaudible ]. hmm, i'm not sure we're hearing you. there we go. start it over once again, now we can hear you. >> sorry about that. let me just say, we always knew that the first attempt was going to fail with this. we're not going to get 60 votes for voting rights because we don't have ten republicans in the senate who believe in voting rights. and that was always going to have to happen. and then the conversation was going to have to begin around a rules change and about changing the rules of the filibuster to either have a carve-out for voting rights legislation, or as senator king just mentioned, some kind of change to going back to a speaking filibuster, whatever it may be. that is where the conversation shifts now because we have to pass federal voting rights legislation. the speaker has said this. the majority leader in the senate has said this. the president has said this. so i think we'll keep push
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ongoing that. >> the texas legislature has signed off on new congressional districts that "the texas tribune" has described as protecting gop power and reducing influence of voters of color. is this, sir, a prime example of the need for a federal voting rights bill, especially one that would crack down on gerrymandering? >> absolutely. even "the dallas morning news" editorial board, which leans right, recently put out an editorial saying we need federal voting protections because of what happened in texas. we had an extremely successful vote in texas with 11 million texans coming out to vote, no instance of any kind of fraud. yet they passed more restrictions on the ability to vote, severe gerrymanders in the statehouse and state senate. 95% of the growth in texas in the last decade has been driven by people of color but that is not reflected in the maps that came out.
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>> you know the president is meeting right now is senators joe manchin and chuck schumer. it comes after steny hoyer announced that the house is shooting for a vote sometime this week on the bipartisan infrastructure bill as well as the social spending bill. what does this presidential meeting at the president's home today signal to you? do you think this is really that close to the finish line? and when do you think a vote might happen? >> i do. i do. i think that we're very, very close. we have some deadlines coming up at the end of this month in terms of reauthorization. this is not a fake deadline, we have real deadlines coming up. as you know, alex, washington loves a deadline. >> oh, please. >> i'm not sure why we always have to work in this way. but i do think we're close. obviously i think we're all going to see that some things we didn't want to come out of the bill are coming out. but what is going to be in it is going to be transformational. we spent a lot of time talking about the top line number but i
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think we really should talk more about how important some provisions are that are going to be in this. when we get that final deal, and we can sell that to the american people, it will be not only popular but extremely good for our economy. it will help us recover, beat this virus and put us on a path to lead the world into the next couple of decades. >> that's something that's going to be incumbent on the president and you as lawmakers to get out in the communities and tell your constituents, this is what's in here. let's talk about the supreme court which will soon be taking up the case against texas' near-total abortion ban. however, that law does stay in effect in the meantime. what are you going to be watching for when the oral arguments begin, i guess a week from tomorrow, november 1? >> it's going to be very soon, yeah. and regardless of where the court is on abortion, this law is not the one. this law is a travesty. it has a private enforcement mechanism that basically has
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created a bounty on texas women, on doctors, on people who are seeking the same rights you get in 49 other states in this country but you don't have currently in the state of texas. this is not the way to go about doing anything. certainly the supreme court should strike down this law because it is a terrible law. they should also uphold 50 years of settled law that we have come to understand and respect in this country, roe v. wade. we've passed in the house the women's health protection act to try to enshrine it in law. we need the senate to take up and do it as well. if you can't rely on the courts, we should do it through legislation. >> before you go, i would love to get your thoughts about the historic nfl concussion settlement agreed to four years ago. the nfl has agreed to end race-based adjustments which made it difficult for black retirees to qualify for awards. for those who don't know, you were a lineback for the tennessee titans, four seasons, four years. how big a victory is this for
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black nfl players? >> the nfl has a race problem. the nfl as an institution has a race problem. 70% of the players in the nfl are african-american. we have three of the 32 head coaches who are african-american. we find out they were adjusting for race, adjusting down the award settlements for race for folks who were suffering from brain damage, from having played in the nfl, because they were black. this is so unacceptable. and, you know, i'm going to be looking into this myself, whatever role i can play as a member of congress because the nfl in my opinion has to get its house in order. it's a game that did a lot for me, i played and was part of the tennessee titans and i have so many brothers and friends for life from that. but the league itself has become i think something that really needs to be looked into in terms of how it's treating its black players, how -- and what the ways and methods are for advancement of black coaches, whether or not the league itself
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has any respect, really, for equality. we saw it from some of the emails that came out from coach gruden, some of the conversations that were being had behind closed doors that were i think eye-opening for a lot of people but for some of us, we thought, well, yeah, they're just putting it in writing. for me, as much as football has done for me, as much it was a part of my shaping and forming as a person, the nfl as an institution is something i'm frustrated with and needs to have some reforms. >> you'll be on that one, that's for sure. representative colin allred, great to see you. the president will be heading to the global climate summit in glasgow, further raising the stakes for democrats as the president still works to cut a deal on his social spending plan. one key climate provision remains on the chopping block. joining me now, jeff mason, white house correspondent for reuters. jeff, good to see you, my friend. the president is traveling overseas and wants to tout this achievement on a world stage.
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but democrats have not reached a deal yet. and one of the major climate change components, the clean electricity performance program, is not likely to make it to the final package. give me your sense of the optics of what that will be, because in june at the g7, biden's big message was, way, america is back. >> indeed, and his message on climate change since he got into office has been america is back. he took the united states back into the paris climate accord on his first day in office, something that president trump had taken the united states out of. what he wants to do at the so-called cop26, this global climate change conference, is repeat that message and attach some actual actions, saying this is what the united states is doing. it will be harder for him to make that message credible on the world stage without legislation passed. you're right to mention the clean electricity performance program that is likely not going to be in the bill. but to get something passed at
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all, there are other pieces of that bill, including hundreds of billions of dollars for renewable energy that the biden administration and the president in particular will be able to point to. all that depends on having something to deliver. right now, not having something in hand is going to undermine his position. >> okay. so to that end, i want the behind the scenes, not what the white house is putting out there that they're all confident. you get that from lawmakers as well. is the white house really confident that they are going to get this done in time for glasgow or at least -- well, at some point soon? >> i can tell you that people who are close to the white house are less confident about that. that's people who -- sources i've spoken to, who are speaking to people at the white house, certainly know he wants something, president biden. congressman khanna was saying earlier, president biden has been saying i need this for
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glasgow. there is so much required from the negotiations that one source i spoke to said she expected it to be going into december. that said, if they have some sort of framework in place, that will help president biden with the messaging. but to repeat what i said before, the credibility of the united states on climate change was deeply, deeply damaged during the president trump years. president biden is trying to reestablish that credibility. it's just hard if you go to glasgow and you don't have something in hand to say this is how we're going to meet our target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions. >> good point. "the new york times" has this new piece that's out today, titled ""biden the deal maker finds that compromise can have disadvantages." the optics of this plan being a lot smaller, how will this
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resonate with most americans? do you think it was any kind of mistake in starting this big, huge dream, they were selling it that way, then they cut away at it. or was there political calculation in doing that? >> well, i think the president needed to start or wanted to start with that big dream, as you say, alex, because that's what he promised on the campaign trail. and he campaigned as someone who was moving in that direction, in that progressive direction on a lot of these issues. and he needed to show that those weren't just words. but with compromise you don't always get what you want. that's a message that he and the white house have been trying to sort of get across the finish line as well, to say, look, it's not that we're giving up on things, and biden in particular has said those things that we don't get in this package i'm going to come around to again. but yeah, it's not going to be a complete success. but they certainly think it will be a success if they get something passed at all. and they seem pretty confident that they will. but it certainly has taken a
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while. >> yes, it's the timing. >> exactly. >> so the town hall last week, the president opened the door to potentially ending the filibuster. this is a means to pass voting rights legislation. how seriously is the white house considering that change? on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being not happening. >> i'm reluctant to give you a number. but i do think it is noteworthy, alex, that the president said that at the town hall and that jen psaki, the next day, at her press briefing, said you'll be hearing more from the president about this in the coming weeks. i think what that signals, both from the very top, the president, and from jen, was that they are serious about this. but they don't really want to give us much. they don't want to show a whole lot of leg on it, as it were, until after these bills are passed. once these bills are passed, it sounds like this is something they really want to turn to. that has implications for the voting rights legislation you
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new details on the fatal shooting a seven he maing to are aer if on a movie set in new mexico after alec baldwin has met in person of the husband and son of halyna hutchins killed on thursday when baldwin fired a gun on the set of the movie "rust." and allegations of unsafe practices are coming in on the
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assistant director david halls from a former co-worker. >> basically yelling at people that we need to get things done, ignoring people when they said they need a minute to do something safely. same things that happened on our show happened here but with much more devastating effects. and you can't help but think, did i do enough. >> halls did not respond to requests for comment this weekend. the production company responded saying no complaints were received via the studio's anonymous reporting system. rust's movie production said friday safety is the top priority, adding they were not made aware of any official complaints but will be conducting an internal review of procedures while production is shut down. let's welcome back the senior editor of "deadline hollywood," in with us for two days in a row. are these accounts necessarily
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fair to those about whom we're talking? >> well, i think that's a very good way of characteriing it, alex. people have histories, people have resumes, that's why they get these jobs. people are looking at the histories of the people involved. this is an active investigation by the santa fe sheriff's office as well as osha right now. while they're trying to determine what's happening, you have to be very careful, i guess, in tainting situations here. clearly people have interpersonal issues. clearly, as you quoted, they said there were no complaints here and as far as we can tell, we looked into this a little bit ourselves, i think right now a little bit of cold, sober, a standing back, maybe taking the approach that right now the first judicial office district attorney in the santa fe area is taking, which is a wait and see approach, to see what the police come up with and what they've actually found actually happened on that set. what we do know so far from the
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affidavit that was filed bit santa fe sheriff's office on friday by detective joel cano was the a.d. was the one who handed the gun to baldwin. and they took shell casings out of the gun when police arrived before they handed it to police. they need to know more about what actually happened. >> two points i want to pick up on. shell casings taken out by whom from that particular gun? and also, is there a disconnect when it comes to members of a film crew raising concerns, some walking out, and official reports of safety concerns reaching the production company? i mean, is that merely -- do you know, i mean -- >> i know what you mean. in many ways it might seem like semantics, of course. your first question, the shell casings were removed by the
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armorer, the police say, before it was handed to them. the second one, look, when several members of a camera crew write in, not just verbally, not just walk off the set, but write in letters of resignation mere hours before this happened, expressing safety concerns as well as financial concerns about the way the project was being handled, that's a red flag of massive proportions. the fact of the matter that this rehearsal went ahead as it did, the fact that the production went ahead as it did, raises some serious questions about if they were cutting corners and how that was being done and who was authorizing that. that i think is also something we'll see when we look at this further down the line in terms of issues like liability, whether or not this is going to be a workman's compensation issue, whether insurance will pay this out, whether there will be civil suits, whether there will be criminal suits, which look very doubtful at this moment to be honest, but which might be determined if there is more malice here than it looks like there is. the police say they should have
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more information in the next few days, maybe the end of the week. we have a process, we have a tendency in the tv world, maybe we've seen a little too much "law and order," we think things will happen quickly. it takes time. i would to remind people to remember the "midnight rider" incident in georgia where a crew member was killed from being on a train track that they shouldn't have been filming on. that took years for the family of the victim, the production, and the people involved. there is a lot to be known, especially if, as police suspect, there is footage of the event. >> i know you've reported that, we'll be curious to find out definitively it will show. thanks for getting us through this one, it's an awful story any way you look at it. >> terrible. new pushback against one of the country's newest vaccine mandates, next.
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a crash at a drag race in texas has left two children dead and eight other people hurt. it happened at a small airport where the event was happening yesterday. a race car lost control and leapt the track, crashing into parked cars and fans who were watching the race. nbc's jay gray is in dallas with more on this. it's an awful story, jay. what happened here? two kids have been killed. >> reporter: yeah, alex, it unfortunately seems to be just a terrible tragedy, a mistake there. one of the drivers there apparently losing control, careening into the cars that were parked along the runway that was being used as a drag strip. the fans had gathered there as well. we know this was an independent promoter that put on this race event. it was at an airport along one of the runways, the driver
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losing control, a 6-year-old killed at the scene. an 8-year-old was taken to a nearby hospital, he died as well. four others transported by air ambulance to area airports including the driver of the car. none of their injuries are considered life-threatening. two people at the track were treated and released. then you've got two other small children, alex, a 4-year-old boy, a 3-month-old girl, that were both taken in for evaluation. and just to be watched for a while. it appears they're going to be okay. a little more on this event. it was billed on the convention bureau website as a no-preps race, that's a competition that's become real popular over the last several years. it means they're racing on something that's not an official racetrack and that they don't do anything to that area before the race to challenge the drivers even more. usually if you've got a drag race, you've got a liquid compound that's put down on the asphalt there on the racetrack to make sure the tires can
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adhere to that track. when you don't have that, you get spinouts, you get some control issues. and apparently, alex, unfortunately, that looks like what's happened here. >> yikes. i didn't know there was all that legislation or stuff that you should have to do for safety reasons, that makes sense. if it wasn't done, that's even worse. thank you, jay, for that. in two days the fda will meet to discuss vaccines for kids ages 5 to 11. this morning, dr. anthony fauci outlined a time frame for pediatric vaccines. >> if all goes well and we get the regulatory approval and the recommendation from the cdc, it's entirely possible if not very likely that vaccines will be available for children from 5 to 11 within the first week or two of november. >> and according to npr, thousands of americans would rather lose their jobs than get vaccinated, but these workers represent a tiny fraction of
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overall employees, not even 1% in some places. generally people are receptive to vaccine mandates. and as we focus on new york, where mayor bill de blasio issued one of the country's biggest vaccine mandates, all 300,000 city workers will have to get the vaccine this fall and if they don't, they'll be placed on unpaid leave. but now the nypd's largest union is fighting back. they say getting vaccinated is a personal decision and threaten legal action to block the mandate. let's go to nbc's steven romo who is joining us from new york. steven, welcome. police unions across the nation are fighting against vaccine mandates. what is happening, and is there some kind of a common thread as to why police officers are generally voicing such opposition? >> reporter: police officers in particular are certainly doing that, as are firefighters in many of these cities that have already enacted or are trying to enact these mandates that are
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happening. we actually know of a protest that's supposed to happen here outside of new york city haltom directly in response to mayor de blasio's new mandate, which time is ticking for. people have until friday to actually get that mandate or they risk being placed on unpaid leave. the difference between one of the things we've heard from the police unions in particular, the police benevolent association, saying that previously they had been allowing some city workers to show a negative covid test weekly instead of having to get the vaccine. they're asking for that to continue, something that mayor de blasio's office is saying is a no-go, they're not going through with that. we heard more about de blasio about his reasoning behind this. we also have new numbers from the nypd. they say that right now only 30% of their employees are unvaccinated right now. 11,000 people. that number is actually way better than it was just this time last month.
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so they say there has been improvement there already. de blasio, though, saying it's not fast enough. here is more of what he had to say. >> it's time for everyone to get vaccinated. our public employees are going to lead us out of the covid era. look, what we did with our schools worked. our schools are incredibly safe. and families needed to know their kids would be safe. we all need to know we're going to be safe going forward. we have to end the covid era. >> we cannot let governments continue to erode our freedoms and dictate every facet of our life. our membership spoke loudly and i can tell you they are absolutely, even the ones that were vaccinated, against a mandated vaccination program. >> please look yourself in the mirror and ask, are you doing the right thing by removing people who are willing to continue to serve this
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community. >> reporter: we are hearing there from the police unions in seattle and chicago. two other major cities that have enacted a similar mandate, getting similar pushback from -- giving pushback to their respective cities. we have seen legal challenges to the mandates, so far the mandates have been withheld. we can expect even more of those legal challenges ahead. >> a quandary for some, no doubt. steven romo, thank you for that. hitting white supremacists where it hurts, in their wallets. the impact a new trial could have on hate groups, next. still fresh unstopables in-wash scent booster downy unstopables we have to be able to repair the enamel on a daily basis. with pronamel repair toothpaste, we can help actively repair enamel in its weakened state. it's innovative.
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[ eerie music playing ] trick or treat. we're getting a new look at internal documents from facebook reacting to what happened at the capitol on january 6. the documents show concerns by employees that existing company policies which allow conspiracy theories to spread may have indeed played a role in what happened. let's go to nbc's mat bradley who joins us with that story. matt, it sounds like this is just the beginning. >> reporter: yeah, i mean, this is part of a big suite of documents that have all been leaked from facebook. and, you know, you saw this morning in "the new york times" and other publications talk about how facebook was defenseless when it came to hate speech in india. and we've heard that before about myanmar. this is all part of a cascade of documents that are coming out of facebook that are being released
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by a consortium of news agencies. you'll start hearing about these over the next couple of days. facebook under fire once again, with new documents leaked by insiders regarding the january 6 assault on the u.s. capitol. one employee writing in an internal chat, "haven't we had enough time to figure out how to manage discourse without enabling violence? we've been fueling this fire for a long time and we shouldn't be surprised that it's out of control." >> these documents show when there were times when the company had a finding and didn't act on it. >> reporter: facebook failed to halt the growth of conspiratorial groups. >> these problems are solvable. >> reporter: the leak follows bombshell testimony from former facebook product manager frances haugen before the senate earlier this month. >> the company's leadership
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knows how to make facebook and instagram safer but won't make the necessary changes because they've put their astronomical profits before people. >> reporter: the internal messages now coming to light show widespread frustration. one employee writing, "i'm struggling to match my values to my employment here. i'm tired of platitudes. i want action items." in a statement, facebook says the responsibility for the violence that occurred on january 6 lies with those who attacked our capitol and those who encouraged them. it calls the leaked documents a curated selection out of millions. but these latest revelations aren't the end of ceo mark zuckerberg and facebook's worries. more documents are set to be published by media outlets this coming week. and on monday, haugen will testify before lawmakers again, this time in front of parliament here in london. a global reckoning for a social media giant. matt bradley, nbc news, london. so like i said, this isn't just about the united states. it's not just about january 6 and the capitol. that whistle-blower from
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facebook, frances haugen, will be here in london, i think she's already here now, and she will be testifying in front of parliament tomorrow. that goes to show this is a global issue. people and policymakers around the world want to see more accountability from big tech. >> considering how people use facebook all the time, it is definitely a global issue. thank you, matt bradley, for that. tomorrow jury selection starts in a massive civil lawsuit involving nine people injured at that 2017 rally where a woman, heather heyer, was killed. the plaintiffs are seeking financial compensation from organizers. it's a case that's already having an impact on white supremacy groups. joining me now, cynthia miller, author, "hate in the homeland: the new global far right." thank you very much for joining me. let's talk about the crux of this charlottesville case. what is the main argument being made against these two dozen or
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so organizers? because defendants say they have a right to free speech and any bloodshed stemmed from self-defense. >> hi, alex, it's great to see you again. this is a remarkable case. it's a historic case, because what you're seeing here is 150-year-old act, the ku klux klan act, being invoked to show that the organizers of this violence -- that the violence was not just spontaneous but it was planned and orchestrated in advance. so, you know, the defendants will try to claim that they have a free speech right. but free speech does not extend to incitement of violence and it stops when you're threatening people directly. the crux of this case will rest on the ability to show both the racial animus and the conspiracy to commit violence that's required in that ku klux klan act which really lay dormant for about a street before it's been reinvoked here. >> there is a headline from "rolling stone," reading
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"charlottesville lawsuit aims to bleed torch wielding white nationalists dry." >> we've already seen groups and leaders of these groups complain they're being crippled financially by the costs of the trial. some of them are defending themselves. we can expect bankruptcies and significant financial distress to come out of this, to show these white supremacist, extremist groups that there are costs and there is accountability to organizing and conspiring to commit this kind of violence. >> i can imagine how this is rattling hate groups and white supremacist leaders. you research these people, what do you hear about how they're watching this case? >> on the one hand they're watching it very closely to understand their own accountability and what risks there are of engaging in this kind of violence. but of course there's also backlash. and so the nonprofit group that
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brought this lawsuit on behalf of the nine plaintiffs, integrity first for america, their biggest expense is security. there are tremendous security concerns at this. we should be alert to threats from these groups and make sure that everybody involved is protected. >> jury selection starts tomorrow in this case, we'll watch it very closely with your help, cynthia, thank you so much for your time. let's now give you a live look at the golden gate bridge. the region caught in the throes of what meteorologists are calling a bomb cyclone, and that's not good. what it means to millions of americans right now, coming your way next. ♪ there are beautiful ideas that remain in the dark. but with our new multi-cloud experience, you have the flexibility you need to unveil them to the world.
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right now, a dangerous weather system is building in the pacific, and it's threatening medicines across the northwest. 7 million people are under flash flood warnings, and the sudden heavy rain could create extremely dangerous conditions for those areas impacted by wildfires. and stretching from the west coast to the northern plains, 30
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million people are under high wind alerts with gusts potentially reaching up to 70 miles an hour. let's get right to nbc's scott cohn who's joining us from santa clara, california. there's a lot to talk about, and it's concerning. >> yeah. alex, we've been talking for so many weeks about the historic drought here in california and how badly we need rain. well, this is one of those be careful of what you wish for kinds of situations because they are talking about an historic storm with as much as 10 inches of rain over the next 24 hours in parts of northern california. for obvious reasons, that's not the way that you want to get it. and one of the particular concerns is areas that have been hit by wildfires, those are burn scars, that means that there's no vegetation to hold back the mud. so we're seeing now mandatory evacuations in some parts of the area including in the santa cruz mountains not far from here, which they have been talking about for a couple of days now.
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big concerns about debris flows and the like as what they call an atmospheric river now starts to close in on northern california. we're already starting to feel the winds here in santa clara and the silicon valley. they are seeing already heavy rains and flooding elsewhere in the area. and that's going to continue. and, by the way, if you happen to be a football fan, monday night football tonight is at levi's stadium in santa clara, not far from where i am. at the time of the game, 5:20 local time, they're talking about wind gusts up to 40 miles an hour. so you have to be a hardcore fan to be in that open air stadium tonight. alex? >> you got to be pretty talented as well as the qb to throw and get it to your intended receiver under those circumstances. okay, scott, thank you so much for that. coming up next, breakfast at the bidens with the fate of the president's bold agenda for america on the line. on the line.
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a very good day to all of you from msnbc world headquarters here in new york. welcome, everyone, to "alex witt reports." here's what's happening for you as we approach 2:00 p.m. eastern/11:00 a.m. pacific time. the finish line appears to be in sight for democrats as they inch closer to securing a deal for president biden's multitrillion-dollar spending this morning.
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house speaker nancy pelosi said she's optimistic that both a deal and a vote on the bipartisan infrastructure plan could come this week. >> this is a senate proposal, and they've supposedly are writing it today. tomorrow they would introduce it. >> the framework will be agreed to, there will be a deal on the social safety net? >> let's call it an agreement. >> there will be an agreement on that, and you will also vote for the bipartisan infrastructure bill, both of those things will happen in the next week? >> that's the plan. meantime, as prices across the country are on the rise, today treasure secretary janet yellen says she doesn't expect inflation rates to return to normal until 2022. >> i expect that to happen next year. monthly rates of inflation have already fallen substantially from the very high rates that we saw in the spring and early summer. on a 12-month basis, the inflation rate will

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