tv Yasmin Vossoughian Reports MSNBC November 7, 2021 12:00pm-1:00pm PST
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tangles with witnesses new reporting on the number of people at the rally that fateful day elected to office. on tuesday. investigating trump, i will talk to the incoming manhattan d.a. as a decision nears from that office on whether the former president will face criminal charges. all of that plus, a disturbing new report out about america's tap water. what is coming out of the faucet right now could be toxic. don't miss the details coming up. we begin with new developments about the victims in that stampede at a travis scott concert in houston. eight dead. all under 30. with the youngest victim 14 years old. among the injured, a 10-year-old in critical condition. joining me now nbc's catie beck with more details on this. what else are we learning about how this all happened? and who these victims are.
>> reporter: i think the central question for investigators is, why this surge occurred. what was the catalyst that made the crowd rush forward and all of these eight people lose their lives? we are outside the venue today seeing traffic and activity as concert goers collect the things they left behind friday night and people paying respects putting down candles and flowers and posting the victims. they're not ruling out a possibility. they don't know what caused the surge. in the coming weeks they'll try to get to the bottom of this into what happened. and going through the security protocols. everything that was laid out in advance why the sight plan. the permitting. making sure that 50,000 people there that all the security protocols were adhered to saying
that's the work for several weeks or months. they describe a chaotic and traumatic event as they saw people suffocating, unable to breathe. here's what one had to say. >> we was in the center towards the front of the stage. no way out. from t feel of people pressing up against you and the body heat is just like that was a reason i think everyone is passing out with so much body heat and so much noise and so much going on and smoke blowing in the face and it's just really hard especially like when younger kids and everything people never experienced anything like that. >> reporter: you can imagine there is a lot of surveillance video inside and going to be reviewing all of that to see if they can determine what sparked this crowd to go off.
>> we're also hearing a security guard pricked in the neck with something and then needed narcan to be revived? >> reporter: yesterday investigators certainly drew attention to this incident because they're considering this a homicide and mentioned that discussing this incident with the security guard allegedly stuck in the neck with a syringe and then went down and had to be revived by paramedicings. they don't know if it happened to more people at the con court reporter that started the chain effect of people causing a rush forward. that is one possibility they're exploring. here's what the fire chief told me about that. >> we do have a report of a security officer, according to the medical staff that was out and treated him last night,
reaching over to restrain or grab a citizen and felt a prick in the neck. when he was examined he went unconscious, they administered narcan. he was revived and the medical staff did notice a prick that was similar to a prick that you would get if somebody's trying to inject. >> reporter: just to be clear, that was the police chief of houston making that statement and he says that this is an event that certainly got the attention. they don't have full autopsies completed yet on the eight victims. that will be telling. the medical examiner is working on those actively to try to get answers and lead investigators in the right direction. guys? >> i'm sure families are waiting for the answers. thank you for your reporting on this. the president will travel to
baltimore on wednesday to tout the passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill, part of the administration's victory lap to celebrate the landmark legislation. biden officials appearing on almost every major news outlet this morning praising the new federal spending and energy secretary granholm, cedrick rich richmond on several shows. what have you been hearing from the administration, of course, on the passage of the infrastructure bill, soon to be signed by the president as they take this victory lap? >> reporter: yeah. remember when president obama passed the affordable care act? there wasn't necessarily a big roadshow to promote it an ensome people that worked then work here now think that was a big mistake and need to go out to the american people and tell
them what they've done to tell them that this was a major, major promise to the american people not you by president biden but the previous administration they failed to deliver on and looking at the president's falling approval ratings that started to happen before this, the white house is going out and asking the american people to look at the long ark, where you were last year versus likely to be a few moths from now. take a listen to ron klain today on "meet the press." >> i think what the american people are going to see we have put in place the strategy, the actions to turn that around. they are in a show me, don't tell me, mode. we'll show that we have made the progress on covid, on the economy. we are passed now the infrastructure bill and can start to get going on implementing that. that will pay off results rrp white house officialing saying
that the american people will feel the impact within two to three months getting shovels in the ground and part of this selling of the legislation as they go out there noting that we had an up expectedly good jobs report and new drugs for covid rushed to market by pfizer. all of this part of this administration's push to try and do a course correct here on the sliding approval ratings, yasmin. >> as you bring up covid, i want you to touch on the news of mandate just the federal judge's decision yesterday to freeze the plan for companies with more than 100 employees to require vaccines. what does this mean and how's the administration responding? >> reporter: this is a federal circuit court of three different gop apointed judges. they're not ruling on the merits of the case but a temporary
blockage. they state there's issues with the mandate. the justice department has until 5:00 tomorrow to respond but some legal experts are frankly surprised they did this at all. the administration for their part says they're confident that this is completely constitutional. they said there's supreme court precedents back to 1905 when the court ruled that compulsory vaccinations are completely constitutional. that was back in the smallpox outbreak. >> all right. thank you. good to see you. next up for democrats getting the reconciliation bill passed. you have a list of other legislative policies get through before the year is out. gary is on capitol hill for us covering this. we have a bill soon to be signed into law and another very much
still in the works. talk to me about the biggest obstacles facing democrats. >> reporter: it is the clock, the colleagues. i'll start with the colleagues portion of this. given the tight margins in the house and the senate democrats need every vote in the senate to pass this build back better legislation and that includes agreement from senators manchin and sinema and they have serious disagreements with what's in this legislation. specifically relates to paid family leave. that's a sticking point for them and activists all over the country and it is also progressives. they were not thrilled with how friday played out with the vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill and six democrats voted no on friday night and from the
progressive caucus because of this. listen to representative jayapal about thing on negotiations. >> i trust that they said that they were going to pass the build back better act when they look at the fiscal information and that will be trance formative. we'll send it over to the senate with more in it, alex, than even what was laid out in the biden framework. >> reporter: then looking at the timing of this, congress is out this upcoming week and the week of thanksgiving and gone for the year starting december 13th. before that they need to raise the debt ceiling, fund the government fully for a year and they need to pass the national defense authorization act so a lot on their plate here. yasmin? >> all right. thank you for that. democrats definitely needing the wins right after tuesday's election results.
which pointed to startling problems with rural white voters. exit polling from virginia showing while republicans won rural virginia by 6 points in 2020 youngkin won by 27 points a year later and ate away at the progress democrats had made under trump in virginia's suburbs. with me now is robert gibbs, fortunatelier press secretary for the president obama administration. in the leadup to the virginia election, right, we talked a lot about the key virginia suburbs that biden managed to clinch in 2020 and mcauliffe had to hang on to those and obviously he wasn't able to do that. you take a look at the numbers in virginia. it is not looking good coming the democrats. if we look at the 2008 presidential race, republicans won only four counties with 70% or more of the vote.
compare that to the 2021 gubernatorial race. youngkin won 45 counties with more than 75% of the vote. 15 won with more than 80% of the vote. this is presidential to gubernatorial and a national versus a local election but the numbers aren't great for democrats right now, robert. >> no. the trend on those is not great. i'll say many of those are going to be smaller counties. but i think what democrats have to do as they approach rural voters is not dissimilarly to republicans trying to pick off voters. we have to be present. this is a 20-year problem for democrats. isn't just something that happened over the course of the last year and then secondly we have to approach this -- we don't have to win rural voters but do better. if we approach it like that, i
think the democrats have to make some hard decisions and look in the mirror and really dedicate the energy and some campaign money to making sure that we're having a debate inside the rural communities about the party that represents the issues including the economy. >> i find it interesting, robert. i read this piece in "the new york times" and i thought it was right on talking about the economy and basically saying the economy is in a really good place and i find it interesting that you don't have more democrats out there talking about this. if you look at the numbers, we talked about inflation. inflation is an issue. supply chain issues. that is a problem right now. we know gas prices are up. but if you look at unemployment, down. latest job numbers over 500,000 jobs added to the economy for
october. you got savings up across the board for americans compared to prepandemic. americans financially overall are in a pretty good place, epsz because the rescue program. do you think democrats should be selling that? are they doing enough to sell that? >> look. i think writ large democrats have to do much more. i hope president biden doesn't visit baltimore but goes to a lot of different communities over the next two moths and really the next 12 mofbts. we have let process on capitol hill overwhelm anything around substance or even the reason why we do this. i would say as it relates to the american people they tend not to look at the own personal economic situation as an economist would looking at a monthly jobs report so i think what you mentioned, things are harder to get because of supply chains. the things that americans are able to get are more expensive.
we need gas and that price is posted in huge numbers at every gas station and when the price goes up people feel it in the wallet and see it just driving around. i think writ large the political environment wasn't great nationally on tuesday. i think what ron mentioned in that clip a few moments ago, if covid can get back under control and downside of the delta variant and the economy can get stronger, people can feel what democrats are talking about on capitol hill and not just listening to process disagreements where one side arguments with the other then you can expect that the national political environment in 2022 will be better than last tuesday. >> let's talk midterms for a moment. you were inside the obama administration when they lost
the house and the senate. the democrats are not wanting to repeat that. yet again come midterms in a year or so from now. what would you have done differently back then or advised to have been done differently to be applied now? >> look. i think when we look back at 2010 david axelrod's the presidential adviser and told the president he would lose the house and the senate. i think it's time to get past the debates on capitol hill. past the build back better plan. combine it and talk to the american people what's in it and why we did it. right? we want to come out of this pandemic stronger. we want to put in front of the american people that because of build back better the health
care is cheaper. prescription drugs will be cheaper. child care will be cheaper. things that go into the middle class economics that many families sitting at the kitchen table discussing. i think a lot of things came into making the infrastructure bill got done. one of them was the president is more involved in those discussions. i think in order for this to get through the senate and back through the house president's going to have to be forward and very involved in these negotiations to get this over the finish line. >> as if the next two years depends on it because it does. robert gibbs, former white house press secretary under the obama administration, thank you for joining us. we appreciate it. from january 6 to public office, wait until we tell you how many people who rallied with trump against the 2020 election results won elected office on tuesday.
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here that ahmaud arbery was murdered when he was shot. the state bringing witnesses on the stand. testimony started late friday so we heard from the officers who was the first on the scene and provided a gruesome account of what he saw. here's how he described a defendant travis mcmichael when he got there. >> we can see he's covered in blood. blood all over. i remember some point asking if he was okay. >> and what did that man covered in blood seated over there say to you when you asked him, are you okay? >> he -- it was a quick reply of basically, no, i'm not okay. i just f'g killed somebody. >> reporter: this trial isn't
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welcome back. federal prosecutors charged more than 600 people for the roles in the january 6ens recollection. some people that attended are not only evading consequences but actually launching political careers off of their participation. at least ten republican candidates who were there that day calling for the overturning of a legal and fairly administered election have won public office at both the state
and the local level. a sign of how deeply normalized the res recollection and rhetoric that fueled it has become. joining me is a reporter on the breaking political news team for "the washington post." thank you for joining us. let's read a couple quotes from the folks normalizing what took place january 6 and/or mischaracterizing or lying about what was happening. an exercise at the right of the people peaceably to assemble and law abiding young mom and pushing baby carriages. not what i saw. a once in a lifetime opportunity to show support for our country. is it safe to say at this point that january 6 has been completely normalized and
mischaracterized by people that attended? >> yeah. i believe at this point they're not hiding it. people who are running using the fact that they were there. we scrubbed some of the social media posts. they're still posting from the rally. they claim they weren't there and there's no evidence and clearly not charged with anything. we can believe they weren't there but they were there before and posts and instagram pictures and it's that kind of thing where they're not ashamed. a woman who won a seat in the virginia seat said she wasn't ashamed and didn't have regrets of having been there that day. it is kind of like a sign of pride. >> there were -- yeah. there were insurrectionists candidates who lost their races,
not a lot. huffington post identifying five compared with the ten that won. did you speak with anyone that expressed the concern about these candidates' involvement in january 6? >> no. we did not unfortunately reach out to voters -- at least the two that lost for the virginia house. they were running against democratic incumbents in very blue parts of the state. i believe one in charlottesville and then northern virginia so i can see why they were not appealing to voters there. the margins were pretty bad for them in the virginia house but didn't speak to voters there. >> there's 57 gop state and local officials at the capitol insurrection.
they traveled from 27 states for the stop the steal demonstration near the white house from "the washington post." when you look at what look place in virginia, what does that say about what may be to come in the pipeline when it comes to some of these folks looking at re-election who attended the rally and the insurrection on january 6? >> i believe we can see them. i just used the fact that they were there in the the campaign. get the voters to rally behind them standing up for what they believe the right thing and we know that they were just there for the big lie but i think that we can expect them to run for re-election and be re-elected even though their at the rally. i don't think there's regret and shame that there were there. mo brooks said they weren't involved in the planning but
would have been proud. he is in congress and will run on that and will see more of that, no regret and actually using it in their benefit. >> wow. all right. thank you for your reporting on this. >> thank you. "snl" unveiled the donald trump. watch this. >> former and basically current president of the united states donald trump. >> thank you. thank you so much. yep why thank you so much. just wanted to congratulate glenn youngkin and mostly myself. we did it together. >> you don't have to say that. >> i love to win. you know what? you will see a lot more winning where that came from. you will see it a lot. >> you can take me off the split screen. >> nope. nope. we did it so good. i want you to stay.
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the runners go by. you can feel the excitement. people say new york city is back. new york city's marathon is certainly back, as well. people did the restrictions in place. show a proof of vaccination or have a negative test before they run. some spectators wore masks but the enthusiasm, the cowbells back on. there's what the spectators had to say. >> it's great. like seeing the flags, the music. everything. like everyone is cheering for everyone so it's great. you are against the time and not like anybody else. >> i think it's crazy. the people cheering up, the people everywhere and it feels very nice to have the support for the runners. >> reporter: yeah. just in incredible. in 2019 the last time this
marathon happened there were 50,000. this year 30,000 and started them in more waves for space. talking to the runners that's why they love it. they love it so much as you well know. 2:08 was the men's -- his time. >> wow. >> reporter: and yeah. just incredible times for both of the runners there. 2:08 the time there for that. fastest run. so much excitement, yasmin. >> think about that. 26.2 miles. it is incredible. as you pass through the boroughs a taste of the culture of thabo roug, the bands or the smell or the people, the cheering.
it is an awesome experience. thank you for your coverage. i appreciate it and america that's watching. thank you millions of americans drink tapwater with cancer linked chemicals according to a report from the 2021 tap water database. researchers and scientists spent two years analyzing 50,000 water systems across the 50 states and washington d.c. joining me now "the hill's" reporter covering this story. sharon, thank you. it is super troubling and i have to say thinking i drink tap water all the time. we know at this point $15 billion from the infrastructure bill is going to be put towards replacing lead pipes and not you about lead pipes that's causing this problem. talk to me about what's going on
here. >> in addition to 15 billion is 10 billion to also note that's going to go towards clean you were of forever chemicals so that's another good thing worth noting. however what's going on here according to the environmental working group is that in the past two decades the epa hasn't really updated its list of regulated substances so we have a lot of contaminants across the country. and the organization is basically pushing for increased regulation. again, it really depends where you are exactly and one important thing to note is while none of us want to drink a toxic cocktail of chemicals is that this might not be an acute problem unless you are immu no
compromised or pregnant or a small child but lifetime accrual and that's not great. you don't want cancer throughout a lifetime but looking at a type of situation with a lot of uncertainty. what they tried to do here is -- sorry. a lot of existing importance and put it together for everyone basically across the country. >> yeah. i got to say, immu no compromised and pregnant makes up a lot of the population. and are the communities with the worst water made aware of the contaminants in their drinking water from the faucet so they don't continue to drink it? >> basically utilities, this information is actually available to you before this even existed. your utility is required by the
federal government to give you a report of the contaminants in the water every year. you might archive it in the email or recycle the bill in the mail with the report attached. communities are technically made aware but kind of in a sort of understood handed manner. what can be done short term is in this database if you enter a zip code and click under utility and see what is in your water there's suggestions as to what type of filter to use and could sometimes be as simple as a carbon based filter. >> got it. >> the problem is at whose cost should that happen? on a larger scale environmental working group is pushing for increased to legislation to happen and faster. >> so first figure out if there's contaminants in the
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welcome back. halloween may have come and gone but this week's podcast puts gruesome stories in the spotlight. my next guest has taken original stories and transformed them into gripping audio tales from his audience. listen to this. >> i killed a bird. a grouse? by throwing rocks. that seems like a new low. rock throwing is part of a deeper tier of human desperation we should never have had to access. while sitting immobile, bill has made a bow. he'll use the bird's feathers for arrow fleching and mabe for fishing flies. he saved the longest tail feather out for me to use as a quill, you said, in case my quill dies. at night we hear them in nearly every direction but they keep
their distance. they aren't circling closer like they usually do. it's as if they want us to know we're within their boundaries trapped within their home turf. if we sleep, we sleep in shifts. >> joining me now is david cummings, host and producer of the no sleep podcast. i'm trying to do my creepy voice, david. if you would like me to join in sometime and creep folks out i would love to do that. >> we would love to have you, yasmin. that seems to be the horror voice. >> why do you think it is that kind of these horror story podcasts took off during this pandemic? because they did. people wanted to listen to more of these morbid story telling horror making podcasts in a time
in which we were going through our own horror at home. >> it's true. that's one thing that we found and we found even before covid that there's something about horror fiction and especially audio horror fiction that seems to be a great distraction for people. so when you're surrounded by horrifying things and a life and death pandemic that you see all around you and hear the dire news out there, to be able to turn on a podcast where people experience fictional things, ghost stories or a demon after you is a step removed from the real horror and quite cathartic for people. >> this started from a sub reddit and blew up from there. i know that you have reddit posters that subsequently gotten involved. how did it all go down?
>> yeah. back in june of 2011 the idea was putt forward to take this new sub reddit where people post stories with a specific bent to them. in other words written in the first person and meant to be taken as true. this really happened to the person telling the story. and so the idea was put forward to just create a podcast to narrate the stories and grew from there. i did a lot of it in the early days and then brought in the composer and the incredible cast of talented voice actors and has blown up over the last ten years. >> let me play a little bit more from room 733, that falls into a very ultra creepy category. >> occasion ll anight i thought
i could hear a noise next door like marbles rolling across the floor. since it never woke lydia up i didn't bother to say anything. one amp i was alone in the dorm editing notes on my laptop. i had my headphones in but the music wasn't loud enough to cover the noise of someone knocking on the door. come in i said without looking up from the screen. a moment went by and then i heard the knocking again. i jerked my ear buds out and slammed the laptop closed. >> david, is there ever any of these stories that you thought were just way too creepy? the ones that creeped you out the most. >> there was one story in particular that affected me and i think a lot of people called the pancake family. an innocuous title but has to do
with a retired cop that gets pulled back into a cold case and had to do with an abducted family and when the reveal of what happened to them was put forward it was so twisted and bizarre that it was, yeah, genuinely hard to think about that actually happened so i don't get scared by a lot of stories because i'm too involved by that one was creepy. >> kind of creeped you out. the podcast is no sleep. you can get it wherever you get the podcasts. david cummings, thank you so much for creeping us all out today. we appreciate it. if you need a scary voice always welcome to lend a hand. thank you coming up, the incoming manhattan d.a. joins me live and what he'll inherit as the current d.a. investigates former
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