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he might not. >> ambassador taylor, good to see you, thank you for coming in. thank you all for being with us this hour, this week. we'll see you on "meet the press" on your local nbc station. msnbc coverage conditions with katy tur. we're going to start this hour with breaking news out of michigan. the parents of alleged school sheeter ethan crumbley now charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter each. james and jennifer crumbley, seen here on zoom at their son's arraignment, could face 15 years per count. the prosecutor, karen mcdonald, said there were warning signs and that the parents should have or did know. videos where the alleged shooter showed off a 9 millimeter, called it his new beauty, searching ammunition on his phone at school.
his mom seeming to laugh about it, "learn not to get caught," she texted her son. >> the caption, "just got my new beauty today," including an emoji with hearts, "sig sauer 9 millimeter, any questions i will answer," unquote. subsequent, one of jennifer crumbley's social media posts read, quote, testing out his new christmas present, unquote. on november 21, a teacher at the oxford high school observed ethan crumbley searching ammunition on his cellphone during class and reported the same to school officials. jennifer crumbley was contacted via voicemail by school personnel regarding the son's inappropriate internet search. school personnel indicated that followed that voicemail up with
email but received no response from either parent. jennifer crumbley exchanged text messages about the incident with her son on that day, stating, quote, lol, i'm not mad at you, you have to learn not to get caught, end quote. >> then on the morning of the shooting, a teacher discovered a note with drawings of the alleged shooter's desk, a gun, a bullet, and a bloody figure with gunshot wounds, with "the thoughts won't stop, help me," and blood everywhere. the alleged shooter's parents had a meeting at the school but resisted taking him home. instead he went back to class. hours later, officials say he murdered four of his classmates. >> on november 30, '21, the morning of the shooting, the next day, ethan crumbley's teacher came upon a note on ethan's desk which alarmed her to the point that she took a picture of it on her cellphone.
in another section of the note was a drawing of a bullet with the words, quote, blood everywhere, end quote. between the drawing of the gun and the bullet is the drawing of a person who appears to have been shot twice and bleeding. below that figure is a drawing of a laughing emoji. further down the drawing are the words, quote, my life is useless, end quote, and to the right of that are the words, quote, the world is dead, end quote. as a result, james and jennifer crumbley were immediately summoned to the school. at the meeting, james and jennifer crumbley were shown the drawing and were advised that they were required to get their son into counseling within 48 hours. james and jennifer crumbley resisted the idea of their son leaving the school at that time. instead, james and jennifer crumbley left the high school without their son. when the news of the active shooter at oxford high school had been made public, jennifer crumbley texted to her son at 11:22 -- i'm sorry, at 1:22
p.m., quote, ethan, don't do it, end quote. at 1:37 p.m., james crumbley called 911 reporting that a gun was missing from his house and he believed his son may be the shooter. >> charges like this linked to a school shooting are rare. there have been cases where parents have been charged in relation to weapons. but michigan law has no law requiring guns be locked away. prosecutor karen mcdonald said that this, though, is an especially egregious case. >> i want to be really clear that these charges are intended to hold the individuals who contributed to this tragedy accountable and also send a message that gun owners have a responsibility. when they fail to uphold that responsibility, there are serious and criminal
consequences. >> joining me now is nbc news correspondent shaquille brewster from pontiac, michigan. former assistant prosecuting attorney in oakland county, michigan, tom cranmer, and former u.s. attorney joyce vance. shaq, when are the parents going to be sitting for their own arraignments? >> we can see those parents now suspected or now charged at their own arraignment in court later this afternoon. one thing you heard from this prosecutor is those only two individuals, the two parents of this 15-year-old suspect, they were the only ones who knew that there was concern about this 15-year-old. they were the only ones who knew in addition to that that there were disturbing images of him drawing pictures of shooting other people and they were the only ones who knew in combination with that that he had access to a gun. and the prosecutor is saying they did not tell anyone about
that, they did not do anything about that. that's why you have those four charges of involuntary manslaughter that they are facing. there will likely be an arraignment this afternoon. the investigation, broadly, continues. one of the main questions that the prosecutor said she still has and concerns she still has is why this 15-year-old suspect was sent back into the classroom after that drawing came out. she mentioned the parents resisted that but there are other questions people in this community have about the actions in the moments and hours before the shooting began on tuesday, katy. >> tom, you listened to the press conference, you heard what the prosecutor said. how strong is this case? >> it appears to be quite strong. and obviously there are two different cases, of course. there's the case against ethan and there's the case against the parents. with regard to the case against the parents, ultimately what the prosecutor is going to have to prove is that the parents were more than just careless in terms of providing ethan access to the
gun, but that they were grossly negligent. they were reckless, if you will, in terms of their conduct. and you heard just a few moments ago karen mcdonald lay out in part the prosecutors' case, in terms of the knowledge that they had and what they either did or failed to do. and i suspect that that will be a key portion of the prosecution's case when this actually goes to trial. >> let me ask you this. the mother texted ethan after the shooting happened, in the moments after it, "ethan, don't do it." that seems to imply that she had an idea that he might do something. how is that going to affect it, tom? >> i think that will be a critical part of the prosecution's case, katy. i think you've hit the nail exactly on the head. what the prosecutor has to show is that the parents had some knowledge that something like this might happen. and that's difficult to show or prove, isn't it? but with a statement like that,
certainly the implication is going to be, and the circumstantial evidence is going to be, and their argument will be, that that shows that the mother was aware that this tragedy might happen and that she was concerned to text ethan about not doing it. >> so the prosecutor talked about how she was sending a warning. she was careful to say, though, she's not going to blame every parent whose kid does something like this. she understands that some kids are emotionally disturbed and parents have a hard time with their kids. let me play what she said when she was asked whether she believes cases like this should be prosecuted all over the country. >> i have tremendous compassion and empathy for parents who have children who are struggling and at risk for whatever reason. and i am by no means saying that an active shooter situation should always result in a criminal prosecution against the parents. but the facts of this case are so egregious. this doesn't just impact me as a prosecutor and a lawyer.
this impacts me as a mother. the notion that a parent could read those words and also know that their son had access to a deadly weapon that they gave him, iis unconscionable and frankly criminal. >> this is one of the most shocking press conferences i've seen a prosecutor give in the aftermath of one of these shootings. what do you make what have she said there? >> i think she wanted people to understand precisely why this case was being prosecuted, because as you've said, this isn't usual. and we do have empathy for parents who find themselves in these situations. but this family had two important pieces of information. they knew that their child was fantasizing about engaging in a school shooting and they knew he had access to a firearm, a gun that they kept at home, they didn't lock it up. under michigan law they weren't required to. but when you put those two pieces together, this knowledge that he's thinking about it, and
this knowledge that he has access to a gun, and they don't tell anyone, they return him to the classroom, that's the sort of recklessness you need to prove involuntary manslaughter. >> what about the school here? they had a meeting with the parents on the morning of this incident where the teacher found that drawing. the parents did not want to take him home. can't the school send him home? doesn't the school have the ability to say, we're not comfortable with him here today? >> and that's why ms. mcdonald said the investigation is ongoing. they need to know precisely what happened there. this is a child who should have never been allowed back into a classroom. the school will perhaps say we had no idea that he had access to a firearm and that the failure is on the parents. >> i'm surprised, though, given the nature of the photo, and the fact that it showed a bloody person on the ground, two gunshot wounds, it had all those disturbing words on it including "blood everywhere" and "help me," i'm surprised his backpack
wasn't searched. >> how this happens is just so indicative of our failure to protect our children in meaningful ways from firearms. i think the problem is, you don't want to be the school that goes overboard. but frankly this -- you know, this issue happens far too often. and schools can't go too far to protect children. and the fact that the backpack wasn't searched or the child simply removed from the school. the notion that he could seek care within 48 hours as opposed to requiring something more immediate. you know, this is just the sort of policy we no longer have room for. >> they said he didn't have a behavioral record. tom, i'm imagining some of that reasoning goes into their decisionmaking on that day. that being said, the prosecutor made a point to say the parents should have checked the backpack, the parents should have checked to see if the gun was there. i'm still stuck on wondering why the school, again, did not check for themselves, especially given those images. >> well, certainly, as you kind
of weigh everything after the fact, those are questions that are hard to answer, katy, and you really put your finger on it, and joyce has as well. but ultimately, at least at this point, i think it kind of comes back to the parents, whether or not the prosecutor is going to be able to show that they acted in a reckless manner, and kind of set things in motion, if you will, by either the actions that they took, presumably in acquiring or buying the gun in the first place, or not taking further action themselves when it became more apparent as to what ethan might be up to. we'll have to see how that unfolds. >> let me ask you this, tom. 15 years per count for each of the parents. could it be consecutive? could they each be spending 60 years in prison, potentially? what do you expect to see? >> potentially. but not likely. and again, of course, at this stage we have to remember that
they're presumed innocent and we just have to see how the criminal case unfolds. but under michigan law, much like under federal criminal law, there are what we call sentencing guidelines that would help dictate what a particular sentence might be in a given case. and while it could be a consecutive sentence, i'm not necessarily certain that that would be the case here, assuming that there were convictions. >> very serious charges here, a very serious case with a lot of details. again, one of the most astounding press conferences i've seen from a prosecutor, at least in recent history. tom and shaq, thank you so much for joining us. joyce, you're going to stick around so don't go anywhere. still ahead, omicron is spreading. the variant is in at least six states. and later, a federal judge's not so subtle message to donald trump. we'll tell what you it is. and a dad who is thankful his second child was born on a friday so he got some extra days to stay home with the newborn.
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cases of the omicron variant have now been confirmed in at least six states, from hawaii to new york. the latest cases were found in nebraska. today the cdc director said the variant is in at least 40 countries as well. those are the confirmed cases. let us be clear, though, as we have been saying, it is likely already in far more states than we know. we are expecting community
spread just about everywhere. what we are still trying to find out, though, is how well the vaccines will hold up against it. we do know that none of the omicron cases here have led to any deaths and that most of the cases have so far been described as mild. of the six new cases in nebraska, officials say the first case was likely a person who traveled to nigeria who then likely exposed five others through household contact. upon return to the u.s., officials say only one of the infected people had been vaccinated. so far, none of them has had to be hospitalized. joining me now is cnbc's lindsey reiser from new york city and nbc news correspondent ellison barber from illinois. lindsey, i'm going to start with you. you're at the javits center. if that name sounds familiar to you, it's probably because javits was once a field hospital near the start of the pandemic. it was later a mass covid vaccination center.
and now it is where the person with the first confirmed case of omicron attended a convention just days before that diagnosis. lindsey, what are you hearing from officials in new york? >> reporter: so that case, katy, originated from an anime convention here at the javits center. that man is from minnesota. he came here, he was here for the convention. he traveled back and became symptomatic. he was fully vaccinated. he had a mild case. and he has since recovered. but now the state is working on contact tracing. they have the names of 50,000 people who were here for that. they were wearing masks, they had to show proof of vaccination for that. they're encouraging everybody who was here to get tested. those other confirmed cases here in the state, we have a 67-year-old woman from suffolk county. she traveled to south africa, became symptomatic when she came back. we know her case is mild, she
had a headache and a cough. she had some vaccination history, we don't know if she was fully vaccinated and had a booster. we have a fifth case, somebody in one of the five boroughs, again, unknown vaccination status, who is believed to have traveled recently. i spoke with an assistant professor of population health at nyu langone on whether this is a surprise. this is what she told me. >> this is not just one cluster outbreak we're looking at right now. but cases popping up throughout the city. this means that probably we are not going to be able to contain omicron at this point. it's coming in from multiple places. and there's likely already silent spread in the city. >> reporter: and so right now the doctors that i've been speaking with, epidemiologists, this week tell me this is not a
case where we need to hunker down and stop life as we know it. but it is more reason to get vaccinated and boosted, katy. >> ellison, you're at abbott labs where they make tests for covid. you have an exclusive look inside that lab. show us what it's like. >> reporter: we wanted to come here because we wanted to answer the question of do those at-home, over-the-counter covid tests like this one, that so many people are relying on this holiday season as they visit family members, will they still work, will a possible or negative test be accurate even with the omicron variant, even though we know it has so many different mutations? the short answer is it seems like these tests will pick up that omicron variant. it's a big deal, because it was a question mark at the beginning. the tests that doctors had seemed to be working fine, but what about those quick rapid
tests you buy at the grocery store or pharmacy? according to doctors and the lab here, the answer is yes. are you confident that that test will be accurate results and something that they can rely on this holiday season? >> so yes, based on the consequences that we've had available for omicron to analyze and looking at the mutations that are present there, we do not find them within the target regions of that test. and so we are confident that it should perform, as it would for the other variants that we've seen previously. >> reporter: so how did abbott get to yes? you heard that scientist there talking about the omicron genetic sequence. it's a crazy-seeming sequence of letters. they ran that sequence after getting it from a patient in south africa, and compared it
with other variants, saw where changes were made, and determined whether or not the rapid antigen test would still work. big picture, if you can look at a covid virus particle for a minute with me, you notice there are little red dots, spike proteins all on the outside. i process everything through food, so pretend with me that those are chocolate covered peanuts. the outside part would be the red spike proteins. let's say that's chocolate. that's where most of the mutations in the omicron variant have occurred. at-home rapid antigen tests, whether abbott's or another brand, they do not rely on the outer part of that virus particle, the chocolate part, for their test. they use the peanut inside. and that peanut, which is a nuke nucleio protein, that has not changed so far. that's a positive sign because their tests are still working. there are ten different companies in the united states
that have fda approval for over-the-counter rapid tests. we've reached out to all of them. we've heard back from six, they all tell us they were able to run this sequence through their computer, they were able to analyze it. they say the same thing, that their at-home test will still pick up this new variant. and they feel that people can be confident in trusting the positive or negative result that they get as they're heading home in particular. and two of those, abbott as well as access bio, they were able to run the test with physical samples. for abbott, it was having their partner in south africa run a test with their kit on the ground, katy. >> it is great news that those tests will pick it up. and apologies to all those out there who can now no longer eat peanuts covered in chocolate. next, when we'll hear from
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former new york city police commissioner bernie kerik was also scheduled for deposed and was also granted a delay. meantime, there was another high profile deposition that is still slated for tomorrow. former trump justice department official jeffrey clark. he agreed to the testimony hours before the panel was expected to vote on holding him in contempt of congress. he is avoiding that at least for now. there is also this, a federal judge has a strong message to former president donald trump during a sentencing hearing for one of the capitol rioters. judge amy berman jackson did not call out donald trump by name but she did imply that he and his allies stoked fear, her words, and should be held responsible for january 6th. joining me now is punchbowl co-founder and msnbc political analyst jake sherman. also back with us, former u.s. attorney and msnbc legal analyst joyce vance. jake, let us start with what
we're seeing with this committee. we've got two big delays, and we're also going to see jeffrey clark tomorrow. i'm particularly interested in what we can expect from clark. >> so, a few things. and i think joyce would back me up on this. there's two ways to view participation. what meadows did initially, what steve bannon did, was say i'm not going to even recognize the legitimacy of these subpoenas. the smart people are saying, okay, we'll participate, and then when they get in that room they're not saying much. that way they're not held in contempt and they're also not giving any information up. who knows what kind of privilege they'll claim, they'll say their conversations are privileged or whatever their going to say, i'll leave that up to joyce to explain, but we see this time and time again in congressional investigations, that witnesses or potential witnesses say they're going to cooperate and then actually don't behind closed doors. >> what do you think of that? >> so i think the january 6th committee means business.
and they've shown us that they're not here just to be played. they've learned the lessons of how congress was slow-walked in the past. what they're doing here is less being conciliatory to these witnesses than setting these witnesses up to be accountable. bannon was easy, he had utter contempt for the subpoena, did nothing, and that's what doj relates in the criminal indictment. so now congress is being careful when they engage with these witnesses. jake is right, they're playing toward compliance, and tey do that, that's great, but if they come into the room and offer a blanket privilege that's frivolous, because joe biden has said executive privilege doesn't apply, it's important to get to the bottom of january 6th, then the committee is well-situated to perhaps seek criminal contempt or also to seek civil contempt proceedings that would force the witnesses ultimately
to testify. >> jake, are they willing to do that? >> yes, they are. we've seen a little bit of that so far. i want to make another point, though. outside of these subpoenas, if you listen to bennie thompson, the chair of this committee, and liz cheney, i guess she's called the vice chair, what they're saying is that a lot of people in this orbit, a lot of people in trump's orbit, have avoided subpoenas by voluntarily going into the room and telling what they know. if you have nothing to hide, this committee is actually getting a lot of information out of people who know a lot, who have nothing -- they didn't do anything wrong, but they were in the rooms, they have information about the structure of the white house, who might know what. all of those people are cooperating and giving up a lot of information. so i think even outside of the subpoenaed parties, witnesses have given a roadmap to this committee on who to talk to, where the information lies, and a lot of information from those folks who have not been subpoenaed. >> what do you make of judge berman jackson's comments?
>> well, unfortunately, the federal judiciary doesn't get to decide whether or not the former president gets indicted. but i think she, who has been so deeply involved in this, in fact during the trump presidency she heard some of these earlier cases, roger stone, for instance. so i think she has signified she is fed up with the lack of accountability. whether that translates into action at doj is anybody's guess. but it is remarkable to see a federal judge telling a defendant, look, i'm going to sentence you based on your case, you're accountable for what you did, and then signaling, but i know you're not the top of the food chain, there are other people out there who need to be held accountable too. >> joyce vance, thanks so much for being here, good to see you in person after so long. jake sherman, thank you as well. meanwhile, the government released the november jobs report this morning, and it is a little confusing. just 210,000 jobs were added to the economy last month, a full 300,000 fewer than predicted.
but unemployment numbers, at the same time, look good, falling to 4.2%. president biden, not surprisingly, chose to focus on the good unemployment figure. >> we're looking at the sharpest one-year decline in unemployment ever. simply put, america, america is back to work, and our jobs recovery is going very strong. >> joining me now is jason fuhrman, former chair of the counsel of economic advisers, currently a senior fellow at the peterson institute for international economics. jason, make sense of these two numbers for me. >> you know, the government goes out and they ask people if they're working. and they ask businesses, did you hire anyone. both of those surveys have measurement error. both of them have merit. when i look at these numbers all in, i think it's very likely that november was a genuinely strong month for labor market recovery.
>> there are still 6 million jobs missing compared to pre-pandemic levels. where are all those people, what are they doing? >> there's still a lot of people who haven't reentered the labor force who you normally would have expected to. the 4.2% unemployment rate is relatively low. it could go still lower, but it's relatively low. but the surprising thing is there's still so many job openings and so many people not taking them. i think a lot of it is continued fallout over covid, continued fear of the disease, and nervousness about getting back into the workplace as a result. >> could some of these people be starting their own businesses, working for themselves, doing gig economy work, stuff that isn't necessarily measured by these numbers? >> that's a little bit of it. we've seen self-employment go up by about 500,000. but that's not the bulk. the bulk of it are people who appear to not be having earnings in the labor market now, and did prior to covid.
>> when you look at the numbers today, they were a lot lower than economists had expected. i guess when you see 210, i think the expectation was somewhere around 500, how do you make sense that have? >> it was confusing. i can't tell you for sure how to make sense of it, because the other survey actually said 1.9 million increase in employment measured on a comparable basis. remember, these numbers get revised a lot. my own bet is that that 200,000 number gets revised up. but what i really like to do is average over the last couple of months. look at the trajectory over the course of the year. and not try to measure too fine a tooth comb from month to month, which is just hard to do with these numbers. overall, as you quoted the president saying, for the year as a whole, an enormous, enormous amount of progress in the labor markets. >> is the economy good right now? would you say it's good right now? and i guess, are you worried
about the omicron variant? >> economy's much, much better than it was a year ago. it has some to go, you cited the millions of people who still aren't getting jobs. i'm worried about omicron. i think the most likely scenario is that it slows our progress, it doesn't reverse it. i don't think this is going to be anything like what 2020 was like. but certainly there's more uncertainty right now than there was a week and a half ago. >> what about the employees who are holding out for better jobs, better pay, better benefits at jobs that they may have been doing before the pandemic? how much leverage, how much power do employees looking for jobs have right now? and i guess does it negatively affect businesses who are trying to hire or is it a net positive down the line? >> workers have a lot of leverage. there are 1.6 job openings for every unemployed worker right now. we've never before seen a situation like this, where
there's so many more help wanted signs than there are people looking for that work. that gives workers more leverage. they've been getting big wage gains this year. so far, most of those gains have been eaten up by inflation. they aren't going much faster than inflation. in terms of whether it's good, i think broadly speaking, it's good. i would like to see more worker leverage. we've seen inequality increase for decades. nice to see it moving in the other direction right now. but what you don't want is a wage/price spiral where workers don't come out ahead and just end up on a treadmill. >> jason furman, so good to see you. it's been a little while, i'm glad to see you back. at least i'm back, and i'm glad to see you. still ahead, those jobs we're talking about, those empty jobs, a lot of them are in day-cares and it's causing a real problem for parents. also it's not just moms. dads want paid time with their newborns too.
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the "c" word, childcare, was tough to find before the pandemic. it's even tougher now, in part because nearly all day-care facilities, 90% of them according to surveys, are short-staffed. most day-cares say the main issue is money, and employees are leaving to find higher paying jobs at companies like starbucks and amazon, places that also have benefits. it's no surprise that the burden of this childcare crunch is now falling on working parents who are left with few options, just as companies are starting to bring employees back to work. joining me now is cnbc correspondent kate rogers. oh, gosh. this is a real problem. >> katy, it really is. and you mentioned workers leaving for jobs at starbucks and amazon, in some cases because they have higher hourly
pay and bonuses that are enticing to workers. the last year has been stressful for parents across the board and things have only gotten worse. wages are a huge issue, according to national data, with as many as 80% of respondents in some states saying that the low pay at these centers as a concern. we spoke to one owner in virginia who pays between 13 and $14 an hour, offers free childcare to her employees, benefits, paid time off, and she's not fully staffed right now. >> there really isn't a hiring situation. we are interviewing people that don't really qualify. people are not applying. people are applying but not showing up to interviews. people are coming to interviews, agreeing to take the job, but not following through with background checks. >> so you can see in that situation, hiring people who then don't show up for work or won't follow through with the
rest of the hiring process. it's really frustrating and challenging out there for some. >> part of the reason this isn't a problem in europe is day-cares are subsidized by the government and day-care workers are paid a living wage, enough to make it worth it. it's extremely hard work. >> advocates are certainly hopeful this will happen. data from the national social for the education of young children shows that in some states, nearly half of centers, katy, say they're turning away families, taking on fewer kids, because of low staffing. that just exacerbates the issue across the board with no workers out there, right? so these advocates are hopeful that president biden's build back better agenda does come to fruition in allocating billions of dollars for universal pre-k and wage hikes for workers you mentioned. there's also an ongoing teacher shortage, something we've been covering in schools. in some cases these workers may
look to those roles because they could provide either higher pay or more upward mobility. >> a lot of problems. those jobs aren't paid a lot either, they don't have great time off, and there's a lot of risk right now with all the covid stuff and not to mention angry parents. if you really want to get angry, go google what it costs for childcare in france or sweden, it will make you lose your mind. kate rogers, thank you so much for bringing this to us. something else that might make you lose your mind if it hasn't already, it's not just moms who want time with their newborns. believe it or not, dads would like time with their newborns as well. today we're bringing you oscar rosenberg, a miami father of two. oscar's second child was on the way when he was laid off from his job of 14 years. his wife michelle was a teacher with no paid time off so oscar took on contract work. he needed the money. which only gave him two unpaid days after his baby was born. so here is a day in the life of oscar rosenberg.
>> hi, everybody. my name is oscar rosenberg, everybody calls me ozy. currently living in miami, florida, father of two amazing little boys, abraham, 6, and benjamin, 2. say hi, abe. abie, say hello. good morning, benjamin. how are you? i still get some sort of, you know, guilt, when i think about i spent so much time with abraham when he was first born. and i see benjamin. the smallest difference is, things have been different, you know, had money not been such a stressor at that point. he was born on a friday. had he been born on a wednesday, i would have had to be back to work the next day.
laundry usually tends to be clothes that are piled up for the last week or so. do any of your kids do this? food starts off on the plate and ends up on the table. apparently working in the banking industry, i've been here in the industry for a good 15 plus years. did restaurant management, retail, in between work. the pandemic hits and my requests to want to work remotely or even have a couple of days remotely just to be there, you know, for my wife and my family, were -- fell on deaf ears. both of us working is almost nonnegotiable. after dinner time, after bath time, we have -- >> night-night. >> calming them down is no easy feat but it is so much fun. these laws need to change.
and so many families don't have that choice. >> those kiddoes are so cute. just take this, what he said right there. he said thank god his son was born on a friday because he got the weekend to be with him and as a newborn, a weekend to be there to help mom, to help the family. he said if his son was born on a wednesday, he would have to go back to work the very next day. he's not unique. this happens all the time. and he says it's not fair. a lot of folks say it's not fair. it's also not healthy for the mother. it's not healthy for the baby. it's not healthy for the family. take that from there, it's not healthy for society. our coverage will continue next week with more stories from parents struggling without paid family leave. it shouldn't just go to the lucky among us. it's not fair. everyone should get it. up next, they might be the one retailer unaffected by the supply chain crisis. we're going to take you there to show you why.
at a time when it is hard to find what you need on store shelves, even harder to get it delivered on time, at least one retail giant has found a way to defy supply-chain issues. amazon predicts what you will order before you do, and has a sophisticated network of technology to do it to you fast. here is tom cots tella with a never-before-seen look at how it all works. >> reporter: katy, how often has it happened to you, you find a great deal online, you click "buy." what happens then? and how does amazon seem to anticipate what you and your neighbors are going to order and then seem to have everything in stock. to find out we spent several days behind the scenes at amazon facilities in the midwest. behind the scene and the firsthand look at one of the most sophisticated network of computers, robots, trucks, planes and software that
anticipates what you will off. on black friday alone, 1600 orders every second. this is the biggest delivery station in all of michigan. your order starts here at one of the amazon's massive fulfillment center. josh's job is to fill orders fast. he has help, an army of robots programmed to roll into position with whatever just been neither at just the right moment. >> it's really mental. in my mind, i'm always learning where the barcodes are, what the items are. >> reporter: at this site alone amazon stocks 20 million items from cell phone, shampoo, snacks to baseballs. amazon actually predicts your next purchase, using software
that analyzes every order placed in your zip code, then stocks up for the next order. >> we can make adjustments, making sure we have a continuous supply of inventory ready to go so we can fulfill orders in a timely fashion. >> reporter: from here they head to the brand-new air hub at the cincinnati airport. inside robots barely miss each other as they rush from barcode to barcode. they get loaded onto cargo containers. amazon now has 110 planes in its global fleet. your package final stop, aedliy station near you with advance lined up early in the morning. i've driver arranges their truck whatever is delivered first is the first package to conditions off. they load from front to back and got in the opposite direction as they deliver. >> basically our routes are
figured at the beginning of the night. we now all the volume that comes in at midnight. >> reporter: once out the door, every turn determined by amazon software to speed delivery around the clock. from the minute you click until the minute your package arrives. really eye-popping to see this technology up close and personal. amazon has been accused of helping to drive brek-and-mortar businesses out of business. amazon says, okay, but we also host 2 million small and medium-sized businesses that sell their products through amazon. regardless, it is the reality of shopping in 2021? >> shopping at your main street is a nice thing to do. if we go to amazon all the time for everything, your main street won't exist and your neighborhood won't be as nice. shop local as well. hallie jackson picks up our coverage, next. jackson picks u
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