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morning. lindsey reiser picks up the coverage right now. hi there. in for stephanie ruhle, live at msnbc headquarters in new york city, it is monday, november 1st. we have the facts to know at this hour. we are keeping an eye on glascow where president biden is set to speak at the u.n. climate summit any minute. but here at home all eyes are on d.c. where in one hour the supreme court will take up two challenges to the texas abortion law that bans nearly all abortions in the state. we'll dig into what exactly is at stake and the impact far beyond texas. in virginia just one more day until the crucial election for governor there as a brand new nbc news poll shows sinking poll mes for president biden and worse for democrats on key issues. we start today in scotland.
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president biden is expected to deliver opening remarks at the global climate summit shortly. let's get straight to chief white house correspondent peter alexander is there with josh letterman. good morning to you both. the president wanted to say he nailed down a big win on climate funding before he got there. he can't do that. will the promises hold weight? >> reporter: it's a good question. it's obviously one that means that the president's own credibility is on the line as much as anything. the white house insists it is not a problem. we heard from jake sullivan this morning basically saying that none of the world leaders saying because the ink is not dry on the spending plans at home they don't believe the president's word on the matter. the president did want to have the plans sealed before arrivig
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here. the president is prepared to sign. he's optimistic that will happen this week but this is a make or break moment right now. we heard from boris johnson saying that we are at one minute to mid might on the doomsday machine that is climate change saying that he hopes that this is the moment that the world leaders, about 120 leaders will be gathering here and the president's own cabinet to demonstrate the show of force and the president is hopeful to use this to ramp up the pressure on the countries that have not really stuck to commitments or taken real commitments to slash carbon emissions. there's one thing that's not in the president's spending plans that were in the original proposal called the clean energy performance program and it matterings because it's an effort to reward companies that
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scaled back their production of emissions and at the end of the day what it would do is penalize those who did not. that is not in the plan. a lot of experts say that's critical to make a dent in this effort. >> we're playing video playing there at cop26. josh, talking about the different administrations president biden is going about this very differently from former president trump. what's the level of confidence among the nations that president biden can actually get congress to deliver? >> reporter: >> reporter: i remember the phrase trust but verify. president biden, nobody doubts his personal commitment to this issue or that he's serious about getting the u.s. in the game on climate change but on the other hand they're watching just as closely as we are the match nations in congress. they know who senator manchin is
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and senator sinema is and when the president says that here's what we're going to do, we are going to have the robust actions both through legislation and also through executive action, regulations that the administration is looking at on tail pipes and power plants, they know that could fall apart without the votes or court challenges to face the actions the administration hopes to take. here's why this is really important. you've got countries like china and russia, some of the biggest emitters exploiting the fact that preble has yet to get a signed deal on the climate legislation to say the united states is the biggest emitter than any other country on earth. we shouldn't be responsible to take action either. this is a domino effect as other countries use the questions of u.s. inaction to avoid
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responsibility themselves. that's what president biden is really trying to turn around over the next two days here in glascow. >> all right. josh and peter, thank you both so much for starting us off. we'll bring you remarks of president biden when they happen. something else happening in the u.s., we are one hour away from the supreme court hearing two challenges to the texas abortion law. one stopped abortions in the second largest state. this is not about roe v. wade that challenges that decision is still a month away. today's hearing is still hugely consequential and could be a clue about where the next case is headed. let's break it down. joyce vance is a former u.s. attorney and professor at university of alabama school of law and anna is co-executive
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direction of fund texas choice. the group also part of one of the two cases heard today. ken, we said the hearing is not directly about roe v. wade but explain what it is about. >> reporter: good morning. in essence this is about a texas law designed to defeat judicial review because it empowers private citizens to enforce the ban and the justice department will argue this law subverts the constitutional right in a way that could be replicated across the country and could see massachusetts passing a law making handguns illegal and allowing people to sue to enforce that and chaos. what else is significant about this is that this is the second time the court considering these challenges and a majority of justices already declined to block this law on two occasions and yet here we are hearing the
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arguments on an accelerated and unprecedented schedule today which suggests to some experts that perhaps one of the five conservative justices a vote is in play. it's two months since this law took effect and a huge backlash and looking for clues when the arguments begin at 10:00 a.m. whether the justices changed their minds. >> i'm hearing rally noise behind a guest. i assume it's you because everybody else is at the home or in an office. does that have to do with also today's case? >> reporter: yeah. absolutely. there are a number of protesters out here. there's just a throng of people. lots of security. it is a big day here at the supreme court. >> thank you. melissa, texas empowered private citizens to enforce the law. explain why the structure of the law makes this case so complicated. >> typically when you have abortion restrictions they're
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generally enforced by some state official, someone in the department of the health or the attorney general of the state and under a case in the early 1900s individuals can sue that state official who's charged with enforcing the law opposing to suing the state itself. what texas has done here is absolutely prohibited, any state official to enforce the law and now delegated to private evenings and the question in the lawsuits is whether the abortion providers can sue other state officials like judges or county clerks to facilitate the lawsuits in lieu of suing a state official. so this is not simply a question of whether other states can replicate this scheme. this is really a crisis for the united states supreme court because an enforcement scheme like this means any state can
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defy any supreme court precedent it doesn't like by delegating enforcement to a private individual. >> we know the mississippi case deals directly with implications to roe v. wade but this is far and wide implications. this is part of a brief filed by 120 former prosecutors and judges essentially reiterated what melissa said. states could potentially empower private bounty hunters to enforce not merely a ban but also any enactment at odds with settled federal law. is that the real risk here? >> it is the risk here. this case is as everyone has pointed out not about the constitutionality of abortion, whether roe and casey will be overturned but whether sb 8 can
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be in place blocking texas people from getting abortions while the litigation over the constitutionality is ongoing and as melissa says it presents the court with a crisis because the issue is whether states like texas can find a sneaky way around the rule of law. what this case says to the supreme court is you can't review our law, supreme court. it might be flagrantly unconstitutional but it is within bounds for us in texas to do what we want to do and the supreme court had a first crack of dealing with this issue when the cases came up on the shadow docket and the supreme court sort of threw the hands up in the air and said this case, the texas statute, presents novel questions and we can't figure it out and won't block the law. that's why doj is also in this case, reinforcing that point of someone to protect the people in
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texas and doj cites the supremacy clause saying that it's the power that can directly sue the state of texas and provide a remedy for people whose rights are infringed here. >> anna, we have been talking about the legal implications. i want to talk about the real world ones. what are women in texas dealing with right now? i remember in september we spoke to you and the fear not only to travel state lines but these clinics across state lines are inundated so they have to wait weeks to schedule some appointments. you also were concerned that instead of 40 clients a month that's cut in half. what are you seeing right now of the effects of this texas law? >> yeah. so the number of abortions in texas fell by half during the first 30 days after the implementation. this is the largest documented decline in texas in ten years. it shows that wait times in
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clinics in states that border texas are longer in those cases. so clients in texas, pregnant folks in texas aren't able to travel just when they want to and they have to wait and then not necessarily able to obtain funding to get to the procedure and can't travel without the money to get gas or a ticket or hotel and organizations like ours that supports that are inundated. we get 15 to 20 calls a day which is the average weekly. we hired new staff to respond to this need and still not able to meet the needs of every caller that comes in. >> melissa, we talked about the mississippi case a month from now but what will you watch today for a clue about where that case could go? >> as you say the existential
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question is whether the court is going to intervene to prevent trks from curtailing the rights of evenings within the borders and i think what we see today is justices tipping the hand that this is not a constitutional right at all. not one obliged to recognize and what i look for is not just the procedural questions but the larger questions whether or not this is something that deserves the kind of protection that the providers and the united states is seeking. >> joyce, what about you? in addition to the questions that some of the justices will ask is there any one particular justice you will watch closely? legal experts have been writing to watch justice kavanaugh because he is the justice that voted with the majority the most out of any currently on the bench. >> there is a lot of speculation whether the publicity that surrounding the court for a
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month or so whether the court behaved out of bounds for making decisions without a written opinion and briefing in the lower courts and somehow tainted the court's integrity with the public. but courts tend to decide cases on the briefs and the facts in front of them and i know melissa and i both spent time talking about the fact that justice appointed by political parties and tempting to believe they're morphed into political issues, the issues today are very narrow legal ones that have to do with courts authorities and the rule of law and possible to see justices raising those sorts of issues but the context is very concerning here and we may get a hand tip from the justices on how they view the ultimate issue, whether the rights guaranteed will survive. >> ken, melissa, anna, joyce, we
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have to leave it there. we are waiting for president biden to speak at the summit. we're looking at a live shot of the president there in the audience. in les than an hour we'll bring you inside the supreme court to hear those arguments live as they happen right here on msnbc. a day until a crucial election in virginia. with the approval rating down of president biden could youngkin pull out a win? steve car that i can will be here to break it all down. uh, they are a little tight. like, too tight? might just need to break 'em in a little bit. you don't want 'em too loose.
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election day is now less than 24 hours away in virginia where voters will choose their next governor in a race that could provide both parties a preview for next year's midterms. some polling has two flashing warning signs for democrats. a majority of americans disapprove of president biden's job performance. for more on this i'm joined by national political correspondent steve kornacki and with us is correspondent chris janesing. steve, what stood out to you? >> it is what you put there. joe biden's approval rating into the low 40s in the poll. we have talked about this.
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these off year governor's races particularly in virginia where it looks so close right now. in the past the president's standing heading into that election, sort of a first year of every presidency is that virginia race, the president's standing had a lot to do with the joult come of the election. joe biden 24 hours away from polls opening in virginia. low 40s nationally here. breaking it down by party what stand out is no surprise. the independents. over 50% disapprove of biden among independents. under 40% approve. take a look at the issues here, the parties on issues. there are some areas both notably the coronavirus still sitting at 12 points right now and there are some areas where democrats have advantages over republicans but look at the advantages that republicans have and what jumps out here? i think this one on the question
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of the economy. we ask in this poll which party would do a better job handling the issues? voters in this poll saying republicans on the economy. you factor in joe biden's standing in the poll right there at 42%. troubling for republicans in virginia. it goes a long way toward explaining this. the average of the polls in virginia. a day out. glenn youngkin the republican, we had been talking he was closing in. he now leads the average of the polls. very, very narrowly. a point and a half. youngkin right now, see if there's last-minute polls today. he has a lead of more than a point over terry mcauliffe. joe biden carried by ten
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minorities. hasn't voted republican for president since 2004. this is the opportunity for republicans and i think the numbers in that nbc poll going through go a long way to explaining what the backdrop is that is making this possible, at least a competitive race. a competitive race, a close one in a state that was double digits for biden last year. >> what can you tell us about trends that show what happens when a particular party is in the presidential house and controls congress? >> when we talk about the presidency has to do with the outcome. with one exception back more than 40 years the party that controls the white house has lost almost every virginia governor's race. you have seen occasions where the president, bill clinton in 1993, barack obama in 2009, donald trump in 2017.
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you had first years there that got rocky. the poll numbers for the president started to drop and extirnl factors and the other party ended up winning in virginia. it is a continue wags of that trend if youngkin wins here. >> chris, you and steve will have long nights and early voting numbers are strong so far why what are you hearing on the ground? >> reporter: yeah. both campaigns are i think pleasantly surprised by the early voting numbers. huge numbers in on saturday and ellie voting tends to favor the democrats. both campaigns see this as a sign of interest and there often isn't interest in an off year election. both candidates have been out in
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force all weekend and again today. for mcauliffe trying to tie youngkin to trump. youngkin said he will not go to a trump rally and it is the culture wars for youngkin working, talking about critical race theory. take a look at the enthusiasm gap. extremely enthusiastic republicans is 49% of the elect rat. 32% of democrats say they're extremely enthusiastic and there's another poll i would point to that shows you and democrats acknowledge youngkin is driving the narrative here. education is up. number one issue for voters in virginia. so what does that mean? places we have talked about in northern virginia extremely important and i'm in richmond
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because both candidates will be here today. two counties that steve will watch closely. chesterfield, biden won by six points. i talked to someone xloes to the youngkin campaign saying they have to beat -- win by 11.2 points. outperform significantly what might be expected. and in terms of henrico county where president biden swept over, donald trump got 35%, they say that youngkin needs to outperform that by 12.8 points. so you see what an uphill climb it seems to be and as steve pointed out it is a situation where this race is too close to call, slight edge looking at the raw numbers to the challenger youngkin. >> chris and steve, thank you. it's a new week on capitol hill. and democrats are still working on a final agreement on president biden's economic
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agenda. looking to expand the social safety net. while progress is made over the weekend punch bowl news said the reconciliation bill is still a very much a moving target. joining me is ali vitale and two co-founders of punch bowl news. walk us through the progress made over the weekend and what key issues are still holding this up. >> there were negotiations happening between senator bernie sanders and joe manchin with the medicare provision that's important to him and continuing to discuss. as we noted in this morning's news letter there's immigration that's one point that i think is important to talk about here. this is something that is really near and dear to several democrats' hearts saying they won't support the overall package if it's not included and
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so far we have no real sense what that might look like and the parliamentarian might allow to happen. immigration, medicare. two big things i'm watching. >> jake, a key issue like immigration, talk about the key provisions democratic leaders want to see in the bill and whether it's possible because the parliamentarian said some policies wouldn't fit in reconciliation. >> yeah. it's really tough, a tough issue. there's an effort by dick durbin of illinois, number two senate democrat to put in place a system of basically unfortunately named the parole system to pay taxes, get benefits and get right with the government and does include that pathway to citizenship. this is something that would be a huge step in the right direction for a lot of advocates and senators who have been demanding the things. but it's not going far enough
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for a lot of people. can people who are very committed to this cause take what would be considered a half loaf? my guess is yes. there's still no guarantee that the parliamentarian allows any immigration provision in the bill that would be a tough pill for democrats to swallow and causing people to talk about blowing up the filibuster and just a can of worms. a difficult issue for democrats and as anna noted among the many open irses in this reconciliation package which the house leadership wants to pass in a week or so. >> when we look at the confidence that both congress and the president try to convey and how confident that this will pass through and then read punch bowl news every day and it's not write there. the big news is over the weekend for the rules committee to vote today to tee up a vote for
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tomorrow. what's the new timeline? >> reporter: we have been stretching the meaning of words like soon and imminent because that's the words to hear for weeks now and anna and jake is right. this is a sliding target. we heard over the weekend the vote would come tuesday and then heard from an aide saying the rules committee would not be meeting today because there's issues on the table not written into the thousands of pages of bill text that the rules committee considering on friday when we were leaving and they need to consider it in the rules committee and a sense to have a vote sometime this week, as soon as possible our sources tell us. what's important here considering what's changed between when we left on friday an ennow monday morning, the landscape hasn't changed at all. we haven't seen public ashirnss from the senators.
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progressives seem to want to hold the bills together and haven't gotten assurances but a framework. the thing that seems to have changed is the sentiment. sources tell us that progressives feel at this point to deal in good faith. they have to believe that everyone is doing so and could see a vote this week and don't sleep on the fact after this week the house doesn't have to physically be in washington. after the last few weeks of the slogs of legislative that might be a big boon to the vote this week. >> we'll be watching. thank you. coming up, more than 90% of city workers are vaccinated in new york. but backlash among the city's firefighters could be putting new yorkers at risk. the latest on the fight playing out, next. like the splash they create
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enforcement of the new york city covid mandate starts today and vaccination rates did rise over the weekend but 9% of the 3,000 employees still have not gotten the shot. as of yesterday 75% of the city's firefighters had gotten at least one dose, that's the lowest percentage of all municipal workers. 2,000 firefighters called out
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sick. at a news cob ference this morning the unions continued the calls for more time. more than 5 million have died from the coronavirus across the globe. this week there could be some big movements why the cdc is preparing to vote on the pfizer vaccine for kids 5 to 11. still a lot of parents voice concerns. for more on this we are joined by stephanie gosk and at trks children's hospital dr. peter hotez. stephanie, how's the vaccine mandate impacting numbers and services across the city? are these warning signs and bells coming to fruition? >> reporter: hey there. that's why the union leaders were out here this morning because they think it will affect the services from the if he wanted. alarming for people in new york city. they say it could affect response times and not just the fire department but you have thousands of people within the nypd who are unvaccinated. you have sanitation workers
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unvaccinated. and none of those people are allowed to come to work today and not getting paid. the fire department outside this particular fire house the union leader showed up at 6:00 in the morning. >> that's our issue, is we only got nine days to comply with the mandate. the teachers got 30 days. corrections has december 1 as their date to comply. all we are asking for is extra time, to get time to file the religious and medical exemptions and get the vaccination if they so choose. >> reporter: so city leaders are accusing the unvaccinated firefighters of putting new yorkers at risk. they accuse the city leaders of putting new yorkers at risk. all eyes are on the response times and whether or not it is really going to affect whether
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you have fire trucks showing up in time. you also talk about the police, as well. crime is up in this city. with police officers out they have problems with numbers and staffing why now police officers pulling longer shifts and harder for everybody remaining on the job. >> stephanie, thank you. dr. hotez, the unions question why a testing option is not enough. would that inds mine the point of a mandate? >> testing is important but it is second tier to vaccination. vaccination is the gold standard. these are highly effective vaccines to protect more than 90% against illness. it does wane over time after two doses but it takes six or seven months and then you can get a booster and restore the full level of protection so no question if you are in new york
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and let's say in new york city and start having chest pains, you call 911, who's going to be the first responder? high likelihood to be a firefighter. you want the know that firefighter is not shedding sars-2-coronavirus. it is as simple as that. i understand this is a very delicate situation. if they need more weeks to make a difference maybe that's it but they had the opportunity to get vaccinated since january. so we're going on a full year now so it is disingenuous. >> we saw teachers to do that at the beginning of the month. doctor, the upcoming cdc vote on pfizer vaccine for kid. what do you say to parents about the vaccine for the kids? >> it is first and foremost important to keep in mind the effects of covid-19 on kids. 8300 hospitalizations of 5 to 11-year-olds. a third of those intensive care
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units and not an insignificant number of deaths. and now we have new studies that suggest maybe 14% kids with long covid effects more than 15 months afterward. we don't know the long term effects of learning. there's reasons to vaccinate and the most important to keep in mind and right now concerned about my owe carditis, the risk of that from covid-19 the virus is far higher than the risk of myocarditis from the vaccines. >> all right. dr. hotez, we appreciate it. stephanie, thank you. right now you are looking at protesters outside the supreme court. we'll bring you those arguments live when they happen.
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in court filing over the weekend the national archives revealed former president trump wants to block the release of documents related to the january 6 attack on the capitol. he's suing to prevent nearly 800 pages of documents from being released including call and visitor logs, drafts of speeches and notes from the former chief of staff. shannon, how likely is it that his executive privilege claim holds up here? >> reporter: it is a big court battle and could have far
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ranging implications coming to what a former president can assert coming to executive privilege when he is out of office. you mentioned that we got a window sort of into what these documents are that the president is looking to block and as you merngsed they include handwritten notes from aides, draft speeches, draft executive orders and where the president was, what he was doing when this riot was unfolding, what advice he was given, what involvement he had if any in the planning of this event. we don't know what's in the documents and the president's lawyers probably don't know what's in most documents particularly with handwritten notes from aides. but this is significant because based on what is in here it could shed light on what type of communication the president had be the people organizing the event, what he knew the
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intentions were and how he responded. what his reaction was, what he was doing and what advice he was giving and while the president might be blocking the documents from the white house there are a lot of people outside of the white house perimeter to shed light on this, lawmakers, campaign officials so even though the president is trying to block this there's still a lot of information the committee could get. >> thank you. coming up, we'll listen in to arguments over the texas abortion law. protesters, people gathering outside the supreme court. we are waiting for president biden to speak at the u.n. climate summit. we'll go live to scotland when he begins. don't go anywhere. that's why they customize your car insurance, so you only pay for what you need. oh, yeah. that's the spot. only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty, liberty, liberty, liberty ♪
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that role. certainly, our allies would like us to be doing more. i will tell you, on the readouts that i've got. on the meetings that biden has had at the g-20, every single international leader has been pressing on, when's this $3 trillion coming? because he's been talking about it with foreign leaders since he's become president. and that's a big part of the climate agenda. so, i mean, we're really caught up with it here in the united states, and of course, it's not helped his approval ratings, but internationally, it matters, as well. what's interesting is, even though we're not playing as much of that role as our allies would like, most of our allies have been much more antagonized by the chinese, and asia, in particular, and by the russians in europe, in particular. and that has helped to ensure that the relationships are still pretty stable. and we can talk about what those things are that are antagoniing
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them. there's no question that american alliances today are considerably more attractive than the alternative to all of the countries that are attending. >> and we just saw the president leave his seat and we are expecting those remarks any minute. as soon as they begin, i may have to cut you off here, but this is the 26th summit of its kind. is there any reason to think that global leaders will walk away from it this time with big action on the horizon? >> there's reason to believe that big action is coming, but not from the global leaders that we're listening to right now. it's coming, primarily, from bottom-up, grassroots action and pressure. it's coming from the big banks that are divesting from fossil fuels, changing the way the global marketplace thinks about it. it's also coming from the europeans. but the chinese are the world's largest carbon emitters by far. they're not even attending, and their nominal aspirations for net-zero 2060, they have no americans on how to get there. the americans, we say 2050, but we certainly can't get the legislation through to make that a reality. so i wouldn't despair and say
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that nothing is happening on climate, because it's happening all over the world. every day, we see -- the science has been proven. everyone accepts that. but you don't have coordination and global leadership. that is certainly not happening. and that will be on display at this cop-26 in a very, very clear way. >> we're seeing prince charles, canada's justin trudeau, john kerry, presidential climate envoy there. we saw prime minister boris johnson, as well. and when we talk about china, ian, we know china is in a state of development. they're not planning on limiting their carbon output for several years. in fact, their plan is to increase. but china, as you mentioned, one of the countries not attending. it's also been on the front page because of the standoff between china and taiwan. what kind of questions does that open up here about potential military conflict between the two, and what role the u.s. could play in defending taiwan? >> look, i don't see a military confrontation with -- over
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taiwan in the near future, in part because the americans have made very clear that we are committed to their defense in a way that we haven't, say, with ukraine or georgia or afghanistan. it's a very different story, and the chinese government knows that. but getting back to the point of the summit today, we should understand, this is an equity question. the chinese are not there. they're the largest carbon emitters, but not per capita. the americans do more than that, of course. and not historically. we're in the place where we are today because of the rich countries, not because of china. there's a massive disagreement between the developing countries in the world, who are going to have to bear most of the burden of a world that is challenged by climate change and the americans and europeans and japanese. >> ian bremmer, we'll have to leave it there. thank you so much. still to come, a 17-year-old who opened fire at a police brutality protest last year says he did it in self-defense.
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this is the benefit of blue. find your local blue cross and blue shield plan at benefitofblue.com now to a high-profile case in wisconsin. jury selection begins today for the trial of kyle rittenhouse who was 17 when he shot and killed two people and injured a third during a police brutality protest last year. now a jury will decide whether he's criminally responsible for those deaths or whether it was self-defense. nbc's gabe gutierrez is at the courthouse in kenosha, wisconsin. gabe, good morning to you. what can we expect today? >> lyndsey, good morning. in some ways, this case has really crystalized the polarization in this country over the protests of the last year and a half. kyle rittenhouse is either seen by some as a vigilante or a hero. and a jury will now decide whether he acted in self-defense. this morning, the national
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spotlight is back on kenosha, wisconsin, as jury selection begins in the kyle rittenhouse trial. the now 18-year-old is accused of opening fire with an ar-15-style rifle, killing two people and injuring a third. last summer, rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time, had traveled to wisconsin from illinois. after calls went out on social media for people to help protect the city during the protests and unrests that erupted following the shooting of jacob blake. >> our job is to protect these people. >> reporter: blake, a black man, was shot multiple times in the back by a white police officer during a domestic disturbance. he's now paralyzed from the waist down. the shooting recorded by a bystander happened just months after george floyd's death. rittenhouse faces two counts of homicide, among other charges and potentially life in prison. the judge in the case has already made national headlines
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for deciding the attorneys must not refer to the men rittenhouse shot as victims. >> the word "victim" is a loaded, loaded word. and i think "alleged victim" is a cousin to it. >> reporter: the judge ruled the lawyers can, however, refer to the three men as rioters, looters, or arsonists, if they have evidence to support those claims. his lawyers are expected to argue rittenhouse, who's pleaded not guilty, shot the men in self-defense. >> when we have the self-defense on tape, we have the case on tape. >> reporter: beyond the courtroom, the case has highlighted a deep political divide and has reignited the debate over guns and self-defense. >> on the one hand, there's the narrative that mr. rittenhouse was a vigilante who came from out of state. on the other hand, mr. rittenhouse is arguing that he was the victim. that he came here to protect people and to protect lives. >> reporter: the trial is expected to last at least two
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weeks. lindsey? >> gabe gutierrez, thank you. and in just seconds, we'll take you inside the supreme court to hear arguments in two challenges to the texas abortion law. i'm lindsey reiser in for stephanie ruhle. jose diaz-balart picks up the coverage right now. good morning. it's 10:00 a.m. eastern, 7:00 a.m. pacific. i'm jose diaz-balart. and we begin with something that hasn't happened before. for the first time ever, msnbc will bring you live oral arguments from the u.s. supreme court as it takes up two cases stemming from the controversial texas abortion law. this will be audio only, as the supreme court does not allow television cameras. the first case is whole women's health versus jackson. it was filed by abortion providers, challenging a law that effectively bans abortions in texas and shifts

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