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exhausted health care system is now caught between the delta variant and this new highly transmissible omicron strain. >> omicron is here. it is going to start to spread much more rapidly at the beginning of the year. the only real protection is to get your shot. the if you are unvaccinated, we are looking at a winter of severe illness and death. we are going to protect economic recovery. we are going to keep schools and businesses. open >> it is already spreading. tonight, the cdc predicts that there could be more than 1 million new covid cases by the end of christmas week. the government says that this new strain is spreading fastest in new york and new jersey. some new york city restaurants and even some broadway shows are having to close back down. the city plans to offer residents half 1 million rapid tests and 1 million masks. we will get an update from the front lines of covid later in the hour. there is also news tonight in
the investigation into the january 6th insurrection. the house committee has issued a subpoena to phil walden. who is the? he's a retired army colonel who served in aided in a power point plan, yes i said, a power point plan. in how to overturn the 2020 election. the committee obtained that document from former white house chief of staff, mark meadows, who insists that he had nothing to do with it. january 6th committee member kissinger said that the panel is now focused on what took place the days before the capitol riot. >> about a year ago now, and i can't believe it's been a year. seems like it's been ten years ago and yesterday at the same time. but there was this kind of fever pitch to not accept the fact that a legitimate election had happened. that is why the committee is so important. it's not just about the day of january 6th. that's an important point. but it is what is the rock that led up to that. we have a clock on this. we need to get this. quickly we need to expect to
see more frivolous lawsuits to slows down. trump ally and advisor roger stone is supposed to be at the committee tomorrow. he intends he pleased to plead the fifth. which means it is going to be a media and press opportunity for stone. the committee says that tactics like that will not stop investigators from gathering the information they need. >> i think we are making progress. the 300 individuals who we have talked to, they continue to give us more information. we are pulling the threat of the investigation and we are following every lead. we are not presuppose and where this is going. what we are doing is preserving and ability to gain information that is helpful to our investigation, each and every day. and to turn that over at some point in the public domain. whether it's through a report or a referral.
if there are additional details that need to be turned over to authorities, we will do that. that is not the only thing happening. >> in washington, in capitol hill, senate democrats are trying to make sure that voting rights and democracy itself are protected well into the future. today the president and vice president held a zoom strategy session with several democratic senators to figure out a way forward with voting rights legislation. >> there is an agreement on substance on the voting bill. the stakes are incredibly high. we can't. way we are simply making the case to get this done and to allow the senate to debate the bill. >> even though preserving democracy should not be partisan, that is not the case. so far senate republicans have blocked absolutely all attempts to even debate voting rights. with that, let's bring in our lead off guest on this thursday night. i's moderator of washington
week. eugene daniels, white house correspondent for politico. coauthor of political's playbook. i chalk, so good to have you back, former official. i turned you first. biden met to members of the white house covid response team. did they have a specific strategy to deal with the latest surge? or is information changing so quickly, they are just moving with it. >> it is definitely clear that science is evolving. that this omicron spike is the more intense by the day. that being said, the biden administration said they do have a strategy. that strategy is trying to beef up the messaging on vaccinations. but he thought the messaging on boosters. hope that americans heed that call. he'd that message. we also heard the president really warned of a winter that could be very scary. other winter that could be another sort of surge. another wave of this pandemic. people are tired.
the president senses that americans are tired of wearing masks. who want to go to holiday parties, who want to see their family members. the biden administration and the president himself are saying we have to keep cautious as we were in the beginning gaze. that there is of course these vaccines and there are some unknowns out there. the message today was to get be as cautious as possible. trying at those vaccinations. the thing continuing to complicate this is the politics of this. the people vaccinating might get boosters. there are so many americans believing false conspiracy theories and all sorts of other things. that is the sad case. whether in some ways it complicates how we get out of this pandemic, if it. all >> a pandemic by choice. eugene, let's talk about a what if. the administration got covid relief passed in congress. the american rescue plan. here's the thing, today the white house as a very different relationship with the hill. what happens now, if the search continues, if the administration needs more covid
funding as a result of the surge? >> i think it is hard to see congress come back together and do that. whoever, i think a lot of us were surprised. even though under the trump administration, we saw republicans voting to add when they give people money during covid. i think if things change, that might be a possibility. but like was said, with the biden administration is focusing on now, is that people have better access to tests. that they continue to tell people how bad it is going to be. we all think to earlier this year, when we were told july 4th was going to be our freedom and goodbye to this disease, this virus. and that has not happened. it has continued to get worse. a lot of that is because of the politics of it. i think that this administration is continuing. and the scientists in the administration are continuing to move and shake as omicron changes. you know, there was a time when
omicron first came on that people were talking about it being highly transmissible. but maybe not as bad are for most people. we are not so sure about that. the things that americans need to know, don't wait, don't think that if this gets really bad, that congress is going to be able to get back together and pass some sort of funding. if the economy has to shut down. because i do think what has really happened, both republicans and democrats have realized, that we are probably going to be dealing with covid in some form of fashion for years. you hear doctors talking about it. covid boosters, over and over again. maybe for the foreseeable future. which means that they know that they're gonna have to figure out how to keep the country going. >> chuck let's talk january six. well last time we spent a lot of time here on the msnbc. was back during the mueller
investigations. saying it's coming, it's coming. it never really did. there were no consequences. give us your assessment of how the committee is doing thus far. we are seeing varying level of cooperation from witness. from total, to absolutely none at all. >> good question. varying levels of cooperation is hard for the course. whether you are talking about a congressional investigation, or an fbi investigation. not all witnesses cooperate. not all witnesses tell the truth. not all witnesses are available. on the good news side of the ledger, we know the committee, and congress has spoken to about 300 witnesses. they have reviewed hundreds and thousands of documents. we tend to spend a lot of time talking about steve bannon and mark meadows. and of course we would like to talk to meadows, of course that he would have pertinent information if he cooperated and told the truth. they are still going to have a very robust picture of what happened. you and i may disagree about
the mueller investigation. in the end, they had a very robust picture of what happened. >> yes. >> i think it will happen again here. whether or not folks are at a very high level of charge stephanie, different question. >> we got a very robust detailed picture. a report that said a lot. but that report didn't result in any consequences. how would you compare that, to what we are seeing here? >> so let's talk about the criminal justice side of the equation. we knew so far, five, 600 people have been charged. some of those frankly are rather minor. trespassing and property damage. some are more significant. assaulting law enforcement officers. what i'm waiting for, would i think is really important, is the crime at the heart of the january 6th coup attempt. and that is the attempt led by president trump and those around him and his minions in congress and the media and elsewhere, who tried to overthrow a valid election.
there are a bunch of federal statutes that would capture that behavior. there are a number of ways to charge him. so i hope, and we haven't seen reflections of this yet. so i hope that the fbi and the justice department are looking at the folks who led the coup attempt and not just the knuckleheads who showed up on january 6th. and damaged property and assaulted our officers. that is what i'm hoping for. it is also what i'm waiting for. but i haven't seen it yet. >> can we just take a minute the. are we underrepresented what happened on january 6th? when we call those rioters knuckleheads. >> knuckleheads are my 15-year-old son and his buddies. i wouldn't call what happened on january 6th, those people beating policeman over the head, hunting down members of congress knuckleheads. >> let me be clear. some of the folks there were knuckleheads. they were bystanders who got swept up on. they trespassed, they loiter, they damaged property. some of them were far more
dangerous. i take your point. assaulting an officer is not the act of knucklehead. it is the act of a criminal. but i still think there is a more important case out there. i still think there is a conspiracy to attempt a coup. and whether you call it sedition, or treason, or a coup, or an insurrection. that is the case i care most about. point well taken. but there is a whole range of people who showed up on january 6th. from the stupid, to the evil. and we have to focus on the evil. >> one of the biggest issues is, that mission is not over. those people behind that attempt are still driving it forward. yamiche, let's turn to voting rights. they're trying to change the filibuster for voting rights. why is biden focusing on voting rights legislation now, when there could be no way of even getting it onto the floor because of sinema. >> the white house's point of
view of this, is that the president has been talking about voting rights. said it's been something made really important to him. he said it's been a priority throughout his presidency. focusing on voting rights. all of that was the broad administration focusing on voting rights. then you get to really angry and frustrated democrats. especially democratic vase voters. who says that the president should have been doing more. there's not the urgency we've been seeing now back in the democrats back in the earlier part of the administration. i remember at the beginning of this, asking the president whether he would be okay with having a carve out in the filibuster for voting rights and civil rights. that is something that jim clyburn was pushing for months ago. the president back then did not want to push. that did not want to talk about a carve out for the civil rights. he's sort of shifted and say we might see something that he's now supporting. it comes down to senator sinema. when i talk to white house officials, well at this and -- this is really going to be something for the senate to decide. when you hear the president say that voting rights is the most
important domestic issue. there are a lot of democrats who say well that is really true, then why didn't you do more on that. why didn't you demand from senator sinema, from senator manchin, a carve out for this. why didn't use the political capital frankly that used on infrastructure, on voting rights. of course the biden administration says that we have to walk and shoes at the same time. with this all underscores, and it connects to january six, republicans have been laser focused on changing the voting laws in this country. we are seeing legislator after legislator. make changes to voting rights. a lot of them restricting voting rights and making it harder to vote. and democrats still have not figured out a strategy to push back against. that that is something that is going to come to a head very quickly in the midterm election and 2024. people are going to find out, they're going to look up and say how are the voting laws different now. and how are people able to make large changes to peoples voting, in a way that changes and feel scary. >> eugene, can you respond to
all of what you aneesh just said. the white house might say president biden and president harris have been all over this. have you seen any clear evidence of that? republicans have been doing more and more to restrict voting across red straits. >> absolutely. the thing that the administration doesn't say allowed. but you can see it in their actions. they know that it is going to be nearly impossible to pass federal voting rights legislation in this country, because of everything that yamiche just talked about. you have vice president harris, who i covered extensively. she has had lots of different meetings with folks. they have talked about building out this pressure campaign. with civil rights leaders, voting rights advocates, to try to put pressure on senators. a meeting with senators. telling them why they need this. why at its heart, for democrats, and for people who love democracy, the right to vote is the purest form of anything.
that it doesn't matter about bbb, or infrastructure, if people can't vote. and then you also have the administration do work-arounds in the -- around congress. trying to figure out with the levers they can pull our. in the administration. in different agencies. that can help -- try to use the bureau of prisons. that let people know if you leave jail, maybe in this day, you can vote. and here's how you get your right to vote. trying to do it that way that seems like a small marginal on the fringe workaround compared to the laws that are changing, that are being put in place in red states. giving a wink wink, not not to those who are in prison. that is nothing compared to what is happening on the republican side. >> it is and it speaks to the fact that there isn't much that the administration itself can do. this falls in the hands of members of congress.
they must actually do something more specifically. more specifically, joe manchin and kyrsten sinema. if you're going to say it's important for people to have the right to vote, how do you put that into action? because the administration can nibble around the edges, but as you said, that does nothing. that almost does nothing. and that ties the hands of president biden on this specific issue. and what i have heard over and over again, especially from black activists, is that we've had hr1, and as one. but they didn't see the white house pushing and going around like he did with the infrastructure plan before was a bill. going to different states and talking over and over again about the right to vote. and that is something they are hoping to see come january. but it could be too little too late.
>> sounds like the biden administration needs to spend christmas and new year's with kristen sinema and joe manchin. before we go, i want you to explain the biggest issues in the case against mark meadows. and compare that to where they are with steve bannon. i mentioned it earlier. roger stone expected to show up tomorrow. he is not going to be afraid. he is going to be kissing and waving and lining up for all the cameras. it is going to be a show for him. >> it will be a shot for roger stone, it always has been. as it always has been first deepen as well. but let's compare bannon and meadows quickly. been told the committee to puzzle. he never attempted to provide documents. so the contempt referral on bannon made sense. and it made sense that they charged him with criminal contempt. the medals cases tougher. not impossible but tougher. and here is why. first, we know that meadows
provided thousands of documents to the committee and he negotiated through his committee to provide testimony that didn't happen. but he still negotiated. and unlike bannon who has had some advice from counsel defense which i think may not work, meadows has an advice of counsel advised. we may not like what they are saying and we may not believe in this exhibition of executive privilege, but in terms of charging him as a criminal with contempt of congress, the medals cases tougher than the pending case. again, not impossible but tougher. >> i am glad that you agree with me chuck. roger stone is just going to put on the show tomorrow. so we have a decision to make, do we bring our cameras are not. one might say don't bring them, don't give him an audience. yamiche, eugene, chuck always good to see you all. i appreciate you joining offer leadoff panel. tonight coming up critics consider him the grinch who is
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white house needs to push and the senate needs to get online. >> plenty of frustration today from democrats over their own failure to push forward the presidents social spending package. with us tonight to discuss eugene robinson, pulitzer prize-winning reporter. and bill crystal, author, writer and thinker. he is a veteran of the reagan and bush administrations and editor at large at the bulwark. mr. eugene i turn to you first. he says that they can bridge their differences. progressive democrats are saying they want it to stay in session until they get build back better passed. how do you think this is going to play out? >> i don't think the senate is going to stay in session. i think manchin feels a little pressure at this point. universally it seems some part of the build back better are popular.
if it is your number one priority, though some senate suppose you, you can bargain and obviously dropped parts of the bill. it would be wise to do. there are some sensible parts of this bill that don't go in effect until two or three years. so i think that -- >> like what? >> -- i don't think that they are in good shape. now >> what is not sensible in it? >> a lot of it goes into effect at different times. universal pre-k. they have -- i was looking at it, how does that work exactly? the public school suddenly gives education to three year olds? a lot of them aren't set up to do that. you know what the bill does, it requires people to get the pre-k salaries as elementary school teachers. right now they make about half as much. we are suddenly going to raise this whole class of people to be paid more. but that is not something that
shows and locality. there are all sorts of regulations. there are some things that are important, child tax credit which takes lot of kids out of poverty immediately. separate that out. and they're the republicans to vote against that. that is something that manchin says he is four. i think that they are being kind of an imaginative in the way that they are deciding this. my colleague tim miller put it well. they have managed to make a very good spending bill in between voters who were nervous about democratic expanding facts. and they have now supported their own house. they went from 3.5 to 1.7 trillion, and they sort of manage on the politics of this. i am afraid for them to get the worst of both worlds. >> i actually pulled a quote from tim miller earlier this morning because it is a cringe writing. he writes, if the democrats want to avoid annihilation in
2022, they need a different approach. the current path of depressing the base by not delivering on pie in the sky promises and simultaneously alienating swing voters who think they are going overboard is not working. eugene, what do you think about that? >> let me say this about. that the democrats have done a good job trying to sell this bill and to communicate this bill and what isn't it. a lot of which is extremely popular if you look at the individual items in the bill. one problem is that there is 875 individual items in the bill. you cannot talk about all of the things in the bill in an elevator speech. i think that in terms of communicating the bill they should've talked about the child tax credit. they should have also talked about universal pre-k.
i think that those pre-k teachers ought to be paid more. but the selling of this bill has gone well so far. the bigger problem is that you've got a tied senate. it is 50/50. every senator can essentially be president. they can just say no. and there are elements of this bill that joe manchin is just going to say no about. so if you want to get around him and you cannot change's mind then you have to win yourself a bigger majority. in terms of politics, -- >> all right, when yourselves a bigger majority? when? in 2022? things aren't looking well for democrats. >> i think that it is true that 2022 is coming up. and if the election were tomorrow, i think that
democrats wouldn't do that will. but let's wait until we get to 2022. let's see what candidates and republicans put up. let's see what's happening with covid. let's see what's happening at the economy. the senate is not terribly unfavorable to democrats this time around. nobody thought they were going to take the senate in 2020, and they did. could they conceivably at seats, well, anything is conceivable in our politics these days. they are going to have to get better at the communication part. the stars are going to have to align. the big things that people care about. covid and the economy are going to have to get better before people start feeling warm and fuzzy about the democratic party. >> all right, we are not there yet but we are ready for commercial. eugene and bill stay with us.
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they want to get rid of it. just remember, the moment they get the chance, the republicans are going to get rid of the filibuster. no matter what the contract. >> house majority jim klein burnt on the majority and the filibuster today. sinema says that they support -- need to support a rule change to get around a filibuster, the one blocking those very bells. still with us to discuss eugene robinson and bill kristol. eugene to you too. do we buy sinema and manchin saying that they want to do something on voting rights, if they won't touch the filibuster? you can have one without the other. no. >> no at this point, it looks like you cannot have one without the other. it looks like there is only one republican senator who was even willing to have the senate debate. the mildest, the least far reaching of the voting rights
legislation that democrats have been proposing. only one republican senator. that bill contains provisions, basically restoring provisions of the civil rights act of 1965. that republicans used to routine lee pass. passed unanimously. it was reauthorized in the senate. today's republican party, simply just doesn't believe in. doesn't believe in a voting rights. the way republicans used to. so yeah, democrats are not going to have 60 votes in the senate anytime soon. if you can only peel off one republican, if you are going to protect voting rights, you are going to have to do a carve around the filibuster. maybe nuke it for all time, but find some way around.
>> given that bill, do you see any path for voting rights legislation in the near future? >> they bought the first stage. one bill. they narrowed it down. they voted on the john lewis act. there wasn't laying any of the groundwork. i think people who watch and we see no its mapping on state level. georgia and texas, they are focused on. they think their states are okay. there have been huge restrictions and a lot of swing states. with democratic governors and a lot of cases. they think okay, maybe it's not that important. what happened when november 6th and january of last year. coordinating the votes at the state level. left over from 1887. that can be finished, that's the crisis.
the crisis is reversing the election results. i'm for a lot of the voting rights changes that are in the two bills. the real crisis is that state legislators are going to get rid of the election. the impartial election servers. pressure them, than overturn the results of the state level. the house might sustain that. the state legislature. that's the republican plot. you know, there is legislation that has been drafted that has not been introduced to deal with. if you talk to democrats, they have complicated reasons why they're holding that back. they think they can get support for that. they want to go the other acts first. i think it looks weird to people. i mean we had a crisis. let's deal with the thing that clearly had to be dealt with so, that we don't have state legislatures and members of house of representatives overturning the election results. and that hasn't even been introduced. i think the whole strategic thinking has been, we have a lot of things we have been for. not, what is the actual crisis we're facing right now.
let's deal with that first. will support that. once that passes, you leave the groundwork for doing more another. things -- focus a lot more and getting more tests out there. i focus a lot more getting rapid test. a lot more people getting boosted. then having some debate about whether the federal government should regular the salaries of pre-k teachers. i think there's a lot of focus on what is first and foremost for voters. >> well this is happening, advocacy groups are ramping up their campaigns. we're worrying that something might not get done. here's the issue with that. progressive advocacy groups influence progressives. they are already on board. centrist and republicans, they don't care with those groups had to say. eugene robinson and bill kristol, thank you so much for joining us. coming up, doctor dr. vin gupta is here. he has a lot to say about the
recent surge in cases. and what we are learning about this new variant. here is a hint. for those who are unvaccinated, he says that you are in big, big trouble. we'll have that and more when the 11th hour continues. hour continues. nurse mariyam sabo knows a moment this pure... ...demands a lotion this pure.
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about three days, we can expect in the next few weeks, as we come to the end of december and the beginning of january, that we will likely have omicron as the dominant variant in our country. when you get breakthrough infections of vaccinated people, where there is good clinical experience, in general they're milder infections. the breakthrough rate, will be higher than with delta. but >> doctor anthony fauci warning, americans to expect more of those breakthrough infections. his biggest concern, the millions of americans who still choose to be unvaccinated.
i want you to look at this image. see that? that is not from the worst of the pandemic last year. that is from today. long testing lines in miami. miami florida. the state which has a governor which has been fighting against vaccines and mask mandates. but to discuss with us today dr. vin gupta. he is a physician in seattle. doctor cooped up, i have to tell you, i was reading through your notes. which is when you said, for the unvaccinated, this new variant will suck. elaborate. >> good evening. stephanie, if we can, i think your team actually has a diagram of a long. okay. there's the upper respiratory tract, and a lower respiratory tract. let's talk about if you are fully vaccinated, for the
definition today, for that schematic there. your nose has some antibodies in it. in the lining of the nostrils. of your throat. leading down to the lungs, there is a lot more antibodies. there is something called t cells. there is a lot more immune fighting cells that protect against infection. but we are noticing with people who have two doses of the vaccine. yes, they might test positive. our defenses in the nose are not as strong and robust as they are in the long's. you might test positive, you might have a sore throat. by the time that virus travels down to the long's, in terms of creating infection and pneumonia there is just so many rigorous defenses downstream that are capable of killing the virus. if you get triple-vaccinated, we have more defenses in your long. that's as i were saying get a booster. it's getting more and more slim.
. not only do you lack antibodies in the nostrils and the back of your throat. you have none of those powerful defenses in your lungs. which is why, if you are unvaccinated, in the sitting of omicron. for anything we have dealt with the last 20 months. you are in seriously trouble. for those who are double and triple vaccinated, you have a series of defenses that may not protect against a positive test. that's not the goal of vaccination. but it is going to keep you away from folks like me. >> let's talk about folks who will be in trouble, the unvaccinated. what's and if they have to go to hospitals, what is this going to do to our hospital systems that are already stressed? >> going to be problematic. we know that there are 10,000 weekly deaths forecasted, largely among the unvaccinated. overwhelmingly so. week over week. well into march. that coincides with flu season. it's completely independent of any flu related deaths. because of seasonality, because
we have colder and drier air. because a lot of people are unvaccinated. that means tough decisions in codes across the united states. we are crisis standards of care. rationing of resources. we talked about it during the delta wave and we are going to be talking about in the weeks ahead. that is not going to be the case with the vaccinated. two things are going to be true. the vaccinated will largely be protected from omicron. they might get seeing breakthrough cases. those with not that. how do we understand this? many people who are unvaccinated say that they do not trust big pharma, they do not trust the vaccine, it was developed too quickly, there isn't enough approval. if those people get covid, and they go to the hospital, what treatment do they receive in the hospital? because to me, one would guess that those treatments are just as new. not tested for very long and come from those same big pharmaceutical companies. >> i'll say this. let's take the case of somebody who says no thanks to the vaccine because i know that there is a monoclonal antibody.
or this new oral pill. those are in some cases developed by the same company as pfizer. they just came up with that really compelling oral anti body pill. 90% are keeping people out of the hospital. pfizer devote -- one of the most powerful vaccines. so why would you take that chance to that there be when you can lean on prevention. honestly, once we get into the hospital and you are dealing with folks like myself and my colleagues in icus, we don't have great their bees. we have steroids, we have tender love and care. respiratory therapists actually flipping patients from their backs to their bellies. waiting and hoping for weeks that may be rest on the ventilator or using advanced technology like ecmo, where we take the blood out of your body, ox needed outside, and put it back, will help. our technique is that once you have critical illness, those
techniques aren't that great. there's a lot of uncertainty at that point. but you bring up great points about people who might end up in the hospital. they are relying on the same thing that people are relying on. >> that makes absolutely a lot of sense. you work in a hospital. are you frustrated? are you angry when the sick unvaccinated people come for treatment and put you at risk? >> our first as doctors is to do no harm. and two, is to do our job. it is to provide them everything that we can do for them at that moment. i would say, stephanie, in september i was deployed as a doctor transporting. we are using c-130s and resources in kabul just months prior to militarize our response to this pandemic. so when i have seen what my colleagues have seen is extraordinary and
unprecedented. and i think it leaves us wondering whether looks like for the next four months for the next pandemic. how do we actually build resilience in our health care workforce so that we are not military doing our response. >> how but also what you've done. also extraordinary. and we are grateful for. doctor vin gupta, thank you for joining us tonight. i greatly appreciated. >> thank you. >> coming up, an exclusive new look at the wreckage from this past weekend's tornado outbreak. what it left behind. we'll have that when the 11th hour continues. hour continues why not both? visibly diminish wrinkled skin in... crepe corrector lotion... only from gold bond. tonight, another part of the
country is recovering after an outbreak of severe weather. the storm system that tore through the upper midwest spawn off the very first december tornado to ever hit the state of minnesota. only a week ago, tornadoes left hundreds of damage in the south. today, our colleague nbc news correspondent gabe gutierrez got an exclusive look at the
destruction across the state of kentucky. >> today, we boarded a black cop helicopter to get a look at the damage. >> when we look at the previous responses, this is one of the most significant. >> daniel hawkinson, leads the travel. >> at the scale of this altitude, this is terrible. >> you can see the destruction, it's extended for miles. neighborhood after neighborhood. what is truly remarkable to see from the air is just how long the largest tornado was off the ground. more than two hours. it could be the longest tracked tornado in american history. >> the monster tornado is classified as an ef4. with winds going up to 190 per hour. today, kentucky's governor announced that the missing people have dropped down to 16.
>> we have 16, and that is good news. >> they are distributing supplies and removing the debris in search for the missing. >> the worse is that everybody knows everybody. and some of our soldiers who live right here, they all know somebody who has been killed in the storm. >> it is a lot to take in. >> that is just the remainder where the candle factory. was >> and a place-able recovery will be measured in years, not months. >> and sadly, today searchers just announced that they just found the body of another tornado victim. a 13 year old girl who had been missing since the storm. >> a 13 year old girl. nine days before christmas. our thanks to our colleague gabe gutierrez in kentucky for that report. coming up, it is the nation's highest and most prestigious military recognition. the stories behind the three newest recipients of the medal of honor. when the 11th hour continues. 11th hour continues ...and dry, cracked skin.
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tonight, an important one. president biden awarded the medal of honor to three soldiers earlier today. army sergeant first class alwyn c. cashe, army sergeant first class christopher a. celiz, an army master sergeant earl d. plumlee. each of whom have put themselves at great risk to save the lives of others. sadly, sergeant alwyn c. cashe and sergeant christopher a. celiz did not survive the injuries that they suffered in combat. today the president share their great stories of heroism >> sergeant alwyn c. cashe was a commanding in vehicle in and i patrol in iraq. they came under enemy fire. an improviser closely didn't aided igniting the vehicle shield and engulfing inflamed. the patrol was still taking enemy fire but alwyn c. cashe thought only of his fellow soldiers trapped in the compartment. so he pushed his own pain aside and return to the burning
vehicle and got everyone out of that inferno. that was his code. a warrior who literally walked the fire for his troops. sergeant christopher a. celiz was leading an operation in the afghanistan. he cleared the area. he exposed himself to enemy fire in order to retrieve heavy weapon system that allowed his team to fight back and reach a secure location. during the firefight a member of his team was critically wounded. they called for medical evacuation. but as the rescue helicopter arrived and begin taking fire as well, the sergeant knew it was time and critical to get his wounded teammate loaded and treated. he put himself directly between the cockpit and the enemy. ensuring the aircraft could depart and sustaining what would prove to be a mortal wound. in the face of extreme danger he placed the safety of his team and his crew above his own.
then stuffed sergeant earl d. plumlee was snapping a quick photo with a member of his unit at forward operation base in afghanistan. his sergeants turned out to detonate a 400 pound car bomb that blew open a 60-foot wide breach in a permanent wall. they encountered the sergeants coming through the wall all wearing explosive vests. in multiple cases they donated their vest right in front of them. a fellow surgery was wounded and ran to the soldiers in position, carried him to safety, and administered care before returning to the fight. ultimately, stuff sergeant earl d. plumlee was able to organize an amount of difference to the base. no one will forget how he sprung into action when the enemy attacked the base. >> those are american heroes.
don't ever get confused when provocateurs call themselves patriots. with those three soldiers they were patriots. they are patriots. that is our broadcast for this thursday night thank you for staying up with us and on behalf of all of my colleagues at the network of nbc news, goodnight. news goodnight. >> tonight on all in. >> i don't know if i spoke with him anymore, i would have to go back, i don't know about that, when those conversations happened. but. >> calls were coming from inside the house. >> i think that congressman jordan may well be a material witness. with jim jordan did on january 6th and how mark meadows was in the thick of it. >> i'm not aware of anyone in the west wing that had any advanced knowledge that the security was going to be breached at the capitol. tonight, the latest