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and i carry that with me. [music playing] monday the news with shepard smith starts now tweet this president trump banned for life. i'm shepard smith. this is the news on cnbc >> an unhinged president >> what he did was wicked. >> bipartisan agreement, the president went too far democrats push fast to impeach but is there the political will on both sides of the aisle the american flag lowered, and a federal investigation opened after the death of a police officer, attacked during the capitol riot conservatives and republican lawmakers running away from
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president trump. tonight the long-term impact of this national tragedy on the gop. >> we have so many infections going around. >> plus, the race to vaccinate america. the next administration's new plan to get more doses to the people, as covid infections and death surge. >> announcer: live from cnbc global headquarters, the facts, the truth, the news with shepard smith. good evening the house pushing forward with its plans to impeach the president of the united states again. an unprecedented second time this after a mob of his supporters stormed and ransacked the capitol, leaving five people dead, including a police officer. a group of house democrats is planning to introduce an article of impeachment on monday it accuses the president of inciting insurrection. just a short time ago the speaker of the house, nancy
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pelosi, announced the house is ready to move on impeachment if the president does not resign immediately. time is running out for lawmakers to act president trump has only 12 days left in office at least one republican senator has signalled he is open to the idea of impeachment. >> the house, if they come together and have a process, i will definitely consider whatever articles they might move because as if to've told y believe the president has disregarded his oath of office he swore an oath to the american people to preserve, protect and defend the onstitution he acted against that. what he did was wicked >> nbc news reports there is not enough support inside the president's cabinet to invoke the 25th amendment and remove the president from office that way. nbc's pete williams on tonight's top story. pete, how would impeachment work with such a tight deadline >> well, it could work very quickly in the house
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normally they have hearings to call witnesses and build public support for their impeachment but many of the proponents doing it now think they already have public understanding so it could come immediately to the floor for an up or down vote it takes a majority vote in the house to impeach then it would go on to the senate and the senate could act if it wants to equally fast. >> can the house impeach president trump and can the senate try him after he leaves office or is that too late >> well, the answer is nobody knows. i'll tell you that there are -- the legal experts on this are divided into three camps some say you can only impeach a president or a federal official who is already in office their argument is impeachment is the removal of someone from office, so they have to be in office to be impeached a second group says if you start an impeachment in the house and impeach while the president is still in office, the senate can go ahead and conduct the trial even if the president has left office by then and then the third camp says it
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doesn't matter, you can impeach someone even after they have left office. now, you might ask yourself why bother if they have already left office the answer is that if someone is impeached by the house and convicted in the senate, it takes a two-thirds majority to convict, the senate could then go on by simple majority of vote to bar that person from holding any future office and that would be the appeal for those people who want to do it for doing it after they left office whether they can do that is an open question. >> pete, thanks so much. the last time the house impeached president trump, mitt romney was the only republican senator who voted to convict the president. but this time around, senator romney says he does not think there's enough time left for impeachment. new today, senator lisa murkowski of alaska, the republican has become the first senate republican to call for the president's resignation. she told the anchorage daily news, i want him to resign i want him out
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he's caused enough damage. nbc's kasie hunt now kasie, how realistic is all of this talk? are there enough republican senators to support impeachment? >> reporter: not at this hour, shep, but it is a very fast-moving target and this is a live conversation among republicans in the house and in the senate about how to move forward from here there is a great deal of concern about what president trump might be capable of doing in his final 12 days in office. and while it is of course a politically complicated question, and in the house kevin mccarthy, the republican leader, has urged privately the president-elect not to go forward with it because it could divide the country further, the idea, i think, after being under siege at the capitol, of being unprepared to react to any additional actions from president trump, makes a lot of people nervous so the next 48 hours are going to be critical in trying to
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answer your question, shep >> kasie, obviously this will start in the house where the democrats are in the majority. are they worried that this could back fire politically? >> reporter: the big question is whether get bipartisan support for this. for this to be any different they would need to get the senate onboard if they wanted to actually convict president trump of this. and a big part, and you heard senator sasse say it there, if they did a process and came together if you could get significant support from both parties in the house or perhaps not even significant, but substantial support in the house from both parties, it would make a real difference so those conversations are happening in the house as well democrats i've talked to are trying to figure out from their republican colleagues, we've also at nbc news spoken with republican aides and members about how they may move forward. and again, there is so much
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concern about what may happen going forward with this president. so this is something -- these conversations will continue the next several days. the house speaker was very careful to preserve all of her procedural options in her statement. she didn't signal how she plans to move ahead because she wants to pick the path she is going to take make no mistake, she was pretty deliberate in moving forward and has given her stamp of approval of beginning this process if the president doesn't resign, shep. >> kasie hunt, thank you so much. you will never again see a tweet from president trump a short time ago the company suspended him, forever here's what his account looks like right now 88 million people following nothing. everything he's ever tweeted or retweeted removed. the company issued a statement explaining the decision was made due to the risk of further incitement of violence further incitement of violence,
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following a review of recent tweets one of those tweets announced that he will not attend joe biden's inauguration the other called his voters great patriots twitter sees both of those tweets as likely to replicate the criminal acts that took place on capitol hill. the suspension on twitter just the latest blow to a president facing growing calls to step down, and threats to throw him out. even "the wall street journal" conservative editorial board saying it is best for everyone, himself included, if he goes away quietly a rebuke in a paper owned by rupert murdoch, the founder of fox news in the last 72 hours, a wave of administration officials have stepped down the departures symbolic gestures largely for many who had stood by and defended the president throughout his term. among them the education secretary, betsy devos, the transportation secretary, elaine chao, and former acting chief of staff mick mulvaney.
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nbc news reports his close aide hope hicks also resigning next week but her decision was planned before wednesday's assault on democracy cnbc's kayla tausche is live in washington kayla, how is the white house responding to calls to remove the president? >> reporter: well, shep, the white house says the president is determined to serve out the remainder of his term. judd deere saying as president trump said yesterday, this is a time for healing and unity as one nation a politically motivated impeachment against a president with 12 days remaining in his term will only serve to further divide our great country no response to questions about the calls for his resignation. but the president's move toward unity will stop just short of inauguration he has said he will not attend the inaugural ceremonies of his successor, anyone coming president joe biden, becoming just the fourth president in history to do so the first since andrew johnson refused to attend the ceremonies of ulysses s. grant in 1869.
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as for other attendees, biden said he'd welcome the attendance of vice president mike pence a spokesperson for pence says he hasn't made a decision yet ongoing. former presidents barack obama, george bush and bill clinton are also planning to attending as are former secretary of state hillary clinton and former house speaker paul ryan. former president jimmy carter, who is in his late 90s will be the only living president absent besides trump. i believe we have that comment from the president-elect, joe biden, where he weighed in on trump's attendance earlier today. >> one of the few things he and i have ever agreed on, it's a good thing him not showing up. he exceeded even my worst notions about him. he's been an embarrassment to the country, embarrassed us around the world, not worthy, not worthy to hold that office. >> reporter: shortly after those remarks, the president-elect was asked by reporters whether he
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felt safe with the inauguration as planned after this week's siege on the capitol and new right-wing threats emerging. he said he did feel confident in the ceremonies because it is going to be run by a different entity, the u.s. secret service and not the capitol police. >> anything from inside the white house on how he's reacting to basically having his voice silenced >> reporter: well, he certainly wasn't happy about having his voice silenced even temporarily earlier this week and was chomping at the bit to get back on twitter and issue some of those messages after the temporary suspension following the events on wednesday. he certainly can't be happy and already officials from his 2020 campaign are saying that this effectively silences the voices of the 75 million people who voted for him in this election certainly that is going to be an argument that you hear from many in his camp in the coming days
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and, shep, based on the way he's reacted and how his camp has reacted to a lot of these actions in the past, it wouldn't be out of the ordinary to see legal action follow this as well >> kayla tausche live for us tonight. thank you, kayla. glorifying violence. speaking of, the flag lowered to half staff on capitol hill today in honor of the police officer who died after he was injured in wednesday's riot brian sicknick was one of the hopelessly outnumbered capitol hill police officers who stood between the mob and the lawmakers. the associated press and "new york times" report officer sicknick was hit in the head with a fire extinguisher a police spokeswoman said he collapsed when he returned to his division office and later died in hospital officer sicknick was a military veteran who served in the new jersey air national guard. after the terror attacks of 9/11, this man deployed to
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keerzic stan his family said he wanted to be a police officer his entire life brian sicknick, american hero, dead today at 42 president-elect biden forcefully condemning the mob that stormed that capitol. >> they're a bunch of thugs, insurrectionists, white supremacists, anti-semites come on. these shirts they're wearing, these are a bunch of thugs thugs. and they're terrorists, domestic terrorists and that will be a judgment for the justice department to make as to what the charges should be >> so far the justice department reports 50 plus people have been charged following the riots, including this man who was apparently photographed with his feet on house speaker nancy pelosi's desk, arrested. richard barnett, arrested in his home state of arkansas
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the man faces multiple criminal charges, including violent entry and theft. speaker pelosi's aides confirm someone stole one of the laptops from her office. and the fbi offering a $50,000 reward for information on the man who left pipe bombs outside the rnc and dnc headquarters, both buildingbuildings, just a blocks from the capitol. the bomb squad disabled the explosives and turned them over to the fbi nbc's investigative reporter tom winter is with us now. tom, more people facing charges today, i hear. >> reporter: that's right. we have a state legislator from west virginia who videotaped himself going into the capitol providing key evidence against himself. we're looking at a video of his arrest when he was taken into custody by federal agents. essentially you had all of these people finding a way to make themselves a target of this investigation.
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you have richard barnett i mean we have the picture of him sitting at nancy pelosi's desk he gave interviews after the fact and admitted that he was there. he's somebody who, as you showed before, has his mug shot now and he's been charged so that's another person there was also another arrest. now, this person wasn't specifically tied to somebody who went into the capitol, but i'm talking about lonnie kauffman he's somebody who federal agents say when they went to arrest him and question him because they had found molotov cocktails, 11 molotov cocktails in his car as well as an assault rifle, those same assault rifles that the nypd uses, their heavy weapons teams, when he was taken into custody they foundi two unregistered 9 millimeter handguns in his pockets concealed. that was concerning. also the way the molotov cocktails were made was used melting down stye row foam putting it in with a gas mixture that's affectionately called or not so affectionately called
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homemade napalm by atf agents. so very concerning the violence that could have come down here they eventually said they could still look the at -- while the focus right now is what happened at the capitol, they could still look at some of the statements made at that rally ahead of time to see if that incited any violence finally the fbi special agent in charge of the washington field office, the assistant director, coming out and saying this idea that antifa was somehow mixed in with the pro trump supporters and they were responsible for the violence, they have seen no indication of that, shep. >> tom winter live in washington, thank you. covid watch now. we just hit more than 4,000 deaths in one single day why one doctor warns that will be our new normal. plus, a major shift in the battle against covid-19. the president-elect's brand new plan for mass vaccinations and later, your stimulus
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money is on theway but there will be no check in the mail what you need to look for when the news continues on a friday night. >> announcer: the ct
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president-elect biden pushing now to release nearly all available vaccine doses once he takes office. in a statement, a spokesperson for mr. biden's transition team wrote that the president-elect believes the government should stop holding back vaccine supply so we can get more shots in americans' arms. under the trump administration, the feds have been stockpiling doses to ensure people can get a second shot. so far states have received more than 22 million doses, but the cdc reports about 70% of those are just sitting on shelves. mr. biden's announcement comes as america recorded more than 4,000 covid deaths in a single
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day, according to johns hopkins. that's a brand new record. meg, is there support for releasing most of the doses right away how would this impact the rollout? >> shep, there's a lot of support for it because it could almost double the number of available doses right away but it also creates a more precarious situation if there are any disruptions in vaccine manufacturing and supply the pfizer and moderna vaccines were both proven in clinical trials to work with 95% efficacy when two doses were given three weeks or four weeks apart respectively the fda saying this week it's crucial that people receive the vaccines how they have been authorized, to safely get that level of protection. any changes, it says, are not rooted solidly in the available evidence so how confident are the companies in being able to provide a continuous supply? well, fipfizer tells us tonight it's working around the clock to
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manufacture and ready to release millions of doses each day moderna has supplied 18 million doses to the government and it just increased its supply forecast for the year. some question why we need more doses amid a slower than expected vaccine rollout, but there are signs that the rollout is picking up. >> meg, there's been so much concern about these new strains, new variants of the virus. the uk variant, the south african vaernriant and new ther new data from pfizer what have they lenders about how the vaccine works against those. >> reporter: pfizer determines that its vaccine still works against one key mutation but haven't finished tests on all the mutations that are important. one in particular in the south african variant that experts worry could affect how well the vaccines work. they say that information should come within a few weeks. shep. >> meg tirrell, thanks. dr. ashish jha now
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dr. jha, in addition to the uk and south african strains, reports of a possible u.s. variant included in the latest white house task force report. how concerned are you about that possibility, and why don't we have better surveillance for these variants >> yeah, shep, thanks for having me on. i saw that report from the white house. obviously any time you have a white house report talking about a u.s. variant it's concerning they are basing that on the fact we've seen exponential growth and so many infections across the u.s. that they're worried there may be a u.s. variant. but we don't know because we're not doing genomic sequencing of the virus the way the uk and other countries are. so we are flying blindly and guessing there might be a u.s. variant. i have no idea and none of us know until we are do sequencing. we've got to get our act together and start doing this so we can know if there's another
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variant circulating in our country. >> it's really incredible how much that we can do that we don't do, that most major countries around the world do routinely. is it a communication thing? is it just the white house won't move what is it >> it's stunning like we are technologically one of, if not the most advanced country in the world we have so much capability to do genomic sequencing and other kinds of things. but this has been a pattern throughout the entire pandemic what we're learning is that a white house that is disengaged, uninterested and not helpful really, really does hamper the national response. some states are starting to pick up the slack, but it turns out in a pandemic, having the federal government is really useful i don't understand what's happening at the white house and why this isn't a priority. they certainly could be doing this i know they're distracted with other things, but we have a pandemic going. >> they have a few things going
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on doctor, the biden administration reports that it's going to release nearly all the doses but dr. fauci said over the weekend we should follow the science and guaranteethe secon shot what's your position here? >> yeah, absolutely. i think everybody agrees that everybody needs a second shot. so there is no question. if you're out there and you've gotten a single shot, you've got to go get that second shot i fully support the move by the biden team to release all these doses. there are two sets of issues one is do we have faith in the manufacturing process that the second dose will be available? we do. i think all of the evidence so far says moderna and pfizer will deliver. and the worst thing that could happen is maybe there might be a slight delay in that second dose i don't think that's the biggest tragedy. we are in the middle of a terrible crisis. we've got to get people vaccinated getting that first shot out into people's arms is critical. and then making sure that the second shot follows relatively soon thereafter i think is
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doable >> doctor, you're its bethe bes thank you so much. the mayor of london has declared a major incident because of covid that's a big deal there. the declaration is only issued during times of national crisis when human life is at risk the move means emergency services in the uk must now take special action to deal with the surge. city officials in london say one in 30 people is infected with the virus in that city that's worse than the united kingdom's average of one in 50 health experts say the new mutation of the virus is contributing to this spread. england went into its third national lockdown earlier this week the prime minister, boris johnson, urged people to stay at home until at least the middle of next month. but there is some progress today the uk gave the green light to moderna's covid vaccine. it's the third shot approved for use in the united kingdom. ever heard of lake sing? you're about to. and a military move that could
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raise tensions, as we around the world in 80 seconds. iran the revolutionary guard showing off its underground tunnels and missile factories on state television the site near the strategic strait of hormuz you can see the commander in chief of the guard here along with several other high-ranking officials walking over an american and israeli flag as they tour the missile facility the show-and-tell comes amid new sanctions after the nuclear deal violations by the regime. south korea. researchers say they have created an inexpensive, inflatable tent for isolating and treating patients with infectious diseases like covid-19 they say they wanted to find a solution to bed shortages. these are designed to allow air to flow into the isolation room without allowing air to escape that helps prevent the spread of airborne pathogens. switzerland. magic on ice
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this practically frozen lake in davos making mystical sounds the lake surface releases deep loud noiseswhen the ice cracks locals say the music is temporary. as soon as the ice is covered with snow, the lake's singing will be muffled. india. a renowned sand artist creating this sculpture of capitol hill with the words "let democracy prevail. it comes following wednesday's deadly insurrection. the artist hopes to spread a message of peace and democracy through his creation, as we go around the world in 80 seconds. so twitter cracked down on president trump, but not just president trump. also some of his very high-profile supporters. we'll tell you who else is now permanently banned from tweeting plus, baseball lost an ambassador one of the most colorful characters in all the game a look back at the iconic life of tommy l
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so twitter has banned president trump. it's also purged qanon accounts. that's what's topping cnbc's on the money. in addition to president trump's permanent ban from twitter, the social media company also removed the accounts of michael flynn, sidney powell, and other supporters of president trump who promoted conspiracy theories
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the bans are also permanent. today's actions the strongest yet by twitter to crack down on calls for violence and misinformation on a platform a twitter spokesperson says these bans are in line with its policies sidney powell also the target of a lawsuit. the voting machine company, dominion, taking legal action against the former trump campaign lawyer. powell claimed without evidence that dominion switched votes to favor president trump -- to favor joe biden in the run against president trump. alleging defamation now, dominion is seeking $1.3 billion in damage. and about eight million stimulus payments will be sent on debit cards if you're getting one, the government reports it will arrive in your mailbox in a marked envelope. look for the treasury department seal, they tell us instructions for severe activation included. [ bell ringing ] on wall street, investors
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looked past the political turmoil in d.c. and all three major averages closed at new records. the dow up 57, s&p up 21, nasdaq up 134 i'm shepard smith on cnbc. it's the bottom of the hour, time for the top of the news with just 12 days left in the president's term, house speaker nancy pelosi announced the house is ready to move on impeachment if mr. trump does not resign immediately. the move comes after a mass of trump supporters invaded the u.s. capitol the new articles of impeachment accuse president trump of inciting insurrection. at least one republican senator, ben sasse of nebraska, says he is open to the idea of impeachment. george will now, pulitzer prize-winning columnist and an nbc news contributor george, it's great to see you. where do the events of this week leave the future of the republican party
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>> the republican party is -- still has a heartbeat, still has a pulse. in 1964 i voted for barry goldwater. he lost 44 states and people said the republican party has no future it won five of the next six presidential elections but the republican party has to think about its manners and about who it appeals to and who it doesn't there's some ominous demographics out there because mr. trump oriented the party toward a declining portion of the country. the white people, elderly white people particularly, working class white people without college degrees and that is not a growing portion of the electorate >> george, what do you make of these cabinet secretaries resigning in the last minute >> i don't know what they're trying to prove. they have listened and served him in some cases for four years during a niagara of lies from
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him. finally the lies produce a riot and now they say he's gone too far. well, he actually went too far a long time ago. so the resignations today look to me like more of what we already have far too much of and that is gesture politics >> yeah. what about the impeachment efforts, how will these next 12 days affect, if i may, how president trump is remembered? >> oh, i think he's settle -- >> that's already in the can, right? >> he's going to be remembered i think the 25th amendment is a particularly bad idea at this point. it was not written as a redundant supplemental impeachment provision of the constitution, rather it was with in mind something like woodrow wilson's 1919 stroke it was written for when a president is incapacitated unfortunately, mr. trump is not at the moment incapacitated. so i think this would be a misuse of that with regard to impeachment, you
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could rush this through. it would -- in this case it would not be impeachment for past so much for past misdeeds as it would be a prophylactic measure to prevent future misdeeds a well grounded fear that the president could in this case lash out in some way, and he does still have control of the armed forces i think it would be better if people would simply calm down and let the clock tick because there are not many ticks left in this presidency. >> ticking it is george, if you would, hang on for just a minute. i have one more after a question about the baseball -- world of baseball losing a legend today tommy lasorda died the l.a. dodgers hall of fame manager spent 71 years with the franchise from chavez ravine and he did it with flare and finesse. with a tribute to the charismatic skipper, here's
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nbc's miguel almaguer. >> reporter: he was one of baseball's ultimate showmen. >> haven't you ever missed one >> reporter: whether it was arguing a call in center field. >> he caught the ball. >> reporter: or taking on the philly phanatic. tommy lasorda was always entertaining >> oh, yeah! >> reporter: he managed the los angeles dodgers for 20 years, winning four national league pen ants. >> nobody thought we could win a division nobody thought we could beat the mighty mets. but we did it! >> reporter: for the city of angels, he was the very definition of dodger blue and he loved every minute of it. >> i almost feel like it's a dream, and i'm going to feel my mother shaking me, waking me up and saying, wake up, tommy, it's time to go to school. >> reporter: born in pennsylvania in 1927, he began his baseball career in 1945, later joining the brooklyn
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dodgers. he was 0-4 as a pitcher, then became a manager. >> when i lost, i was a bad loser. i'm still a bad loser. >> reporter: married to wife jo for nearly 70 years, the hall of famer was forced to retire in 1996 after suffering a heart attack but lasorda never truly walked away from baseball in 2000, he coached the u.s. olympic team to gold over heavily favored cuba. >> i was so happy for those young players. nobody thought that they could do what they did and by golly, they showed everybody. >> reporter: up until the very end, tommy lasorda was never far from the diamond >> i love the dodgers! >> reporter: or from his beloved dodgers. for the news, i'm miguel almaguer. >> george, you've written about baseball for decades, in fact said baseball is a game like the grand canyon is just a hole in arizona. i love that. give me the george will on tommy lasorda, if you would.
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>> well, he was a man who understood that he was in the entertainment business he was perfectly dpooft hollywo cast for hollywood. he loved si nnatra, he loves th stars. and in the first game of the world series against the heavily favored oakland a's, they go on to sweep the a's with the 1988 dodgers being one of the weaker teams to ever win the world series but everything he called, hit and run, everything he called in that series was magic and worke out. baseball has lost someone who put a smiling face on baseball at a time when it needed it. >> george will, thanks so much appreciate it. a new push tonight from states to get coronavirus vaccine shots into arms. in florida, grocery stores becoming part of the effort. and in new york, around the clock evacuation nations at the
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local leaders are taking new steps to get shots into americans' arms as quickly as they can from calling in national guard members to setting up drive-through vaccine sites. in a moment we'll look at how new york city is gearing up to vaccinate people around the clock. but first, you've likely seen these scenes in florida. people over the age of 65
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camping out in their cars overnight, hoping to get a shot. now that state is tapping some grocery stores to help speed up the rollout. here's nbc's kerry sanders. >> reporter: i'm here in a publix grocery store there's no line at all we're coming over here where connie is going to get her vaccine. we'll let you go ahead and give her the vaccine, brittany, as we're standing here. this is one of 22 actual publix, grocery stores in florida, where florida governor ron desantis has coordinated to have the pharmacies give those who want to get the vaccine, vaccines they make appointments they don't use a government website, they do it with the publix website so there's been no crashing. and the whole idea is to give people about five-minute windows to come in and get the shots connie, who's 83 years old is getting the shot connie, you're about to get jabbed first of all, this is important to you because >> i want to get on with my life. >> you feel like you have been
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restricted by coronavirus. >> no question about it. >> do you know anybody who has had coronavirus? >> yes >> how did that hurt >> i didn't even feel it. >> maybe i distracted you talking to you of those who have had coronavirus, has it been serious? >> yes but okay now. >> fortunately a survivor. >> yes. >> reporter: if governor ron desantis sees that it's working here, it will likely expand. they have more than 700 publix pharmacies in the state, so this may be a solution to what we have seen, using fields of -- playing fields, having people line up. in other words, trying to give some order to what just about everybody admits has been chaotic. shep. >> kerry, thank you so much. new vaccine mega sites opening in new york city this weekend. mayor bill de blasio says they'll run 24/7 in brooklyn and the bronx and can vaccinate thousands a day. five more sites set to open on
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monday the mayor also pushing to get the second phase of the vaccine rollout going in the big city. he says it has more than 270,000 unused doses that should be going to the most vulnerable group, people over 75. cnbc's contessa brewer now how has this first stage of the rollout been going >> shep, governor cuomo says some 480,000 vaccines have been given out to frontline health care workers in new york state so far and he announced new plans to get even more people vaccinated starting next week. thousands of doctors' offices, county health departments, urgent care centers and pharmacies will begin accepting reservations to distribute the vaccine alongside hospitals. >> whenever we can get a large group to have an alternative distribution, that's good, because it relieves pressure on
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the remaining distribution network. >> but the state is under a grim cloud of bad news. the state set a new single day pandemic case record thursday. the governor reported nearly 200 new deaths overnight that's a single day toll we haven't seen since may and in new york city, 158,000 people have gotten the first shot another 10,000 have received both doses the mayor is promising more. in addition to those 24/7 vaccine centers coming online, there are 150 vaccination sites in the big city with plans to open another 100 before the end of the month plus online and phone reservations to make the appointments for the vaccinations but look, shep, this is new york you know what we get here? we get a lot of infighting after mayor de blasio called on the governor for the freedom to vaccinate, his words, and the permission to expand those who were able to get the shot, then governor cuomo changed course this afternoon and he said teachers, police officers, those
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75 and older, that's more than 3 million new yorkers, will be able to begin signing up and get their shots next week. a bit of good newshere, shep. >> there's always back and forth in new york, that's for sure contessa, thank you. environmental rollbacks, changes to civil rights legislation, and a bid to privatize health care exchanges. those are just three of the major policy changes under way from the white house we'll look at the under radar action that's been happening while we've been looking at the tumultuous days of the trump administration. and covid relief funding a new national park called a must visit for adrenaline junkies. we'll make a stop eronur
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the woman who falsely accused a black teen in new york city of stealing her phone has been arrested. her name is miya ponsetto.
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this story has been all over the tabloids in the city she was caught on camera back in december yelling at the teen inside the lobby of a luxury hotel. the boy's father says the woman tackled his son. the phone was later returned by an uber driver, according to the driver ponsetto was taken into custody in california where she lives. the cops say she refused to get out of the car and tried to slam the door on one of the deputies. the 22-year-old is awaiting extradition to new york. her lawyer says she suffers mental health issues this week has been a long year, right? leaked audio of the appellapres pressuring the georgia secretary of state to find him votes runoffs that gave democrats control of the u.s. senate and the unprecedented assault of the u.s. capitol those took a lot of oxygen and most of the headlines.
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but during that time and very much under the radar, the trump administration has quietly taken action on issues that could have lasting consequences everywhere. here's nbc's diana olick >> reporter: just as rioters attacked the nation's capitol wednesday, the trump administration was auctioning off oil and gas leases in alaska's arctic national wildlife refuge, one of the most significant environmental rollbacks in u.s. history. on wednesday as well, the environmental protection agency made a move to take science out of public health it restricted the types of scientific studies its own regulators can use in efforts to slow pollution the administration is also making a last effort to loosen mining regulations part of that involves approving a controversial plan in arizona for a new copper project that native american tribes say will destroy valuable religious and cultural sites also this week, the justice department is reportedly seeking to change the way it enforces
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the civil rights act no longer protecting minorities in a situation where a policy or practice has a disparate impact but only when intentional discrimination can be proven while all presidents are focused on their legacies, trump is looking to continue in politics, possibly running again, so these moves are highly tactical. >> he wants to be a king maker and make sure that the other candidates who are running are seeking his support. he wants their support on those sets of issues, on the environment, on tough law and order, on his skepticism on trade and globalization, his skepticism on environment and climate issues. >> reporter: the trump administration has said that it believes many of these moves will protect u.s. jobs, open up national resources and cut red tape for businesses. in other words, keeping with its original agenda right up till the last minute. shep. >> diana, thank you. an election where the voters
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could not decide, so luck did. and a group living up to its slogan we're breader together on a cnbc trip coast to coast. tennessee. a large fire destroys a manufacturing plant in the town of jonesboro near the carolina border it happened at the hexpol compound where they make rubber. firefighters say that rubber fueled the flames. crews airlifted one person to the hospital. washington a group of at-home bakers in seattle using their skills to feed their neighbors during the pandemic katherine curley started community loaves fresh, hot bread donated by the carload to a food bank each batch here makes four loaves the volunteers donate three and keep one curley says it's the best way to thank them for their time while
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also paying it forward west virginia. america's newest national park created thanks to the latest covid-19 relief package. new river gorge in the appalachian mountains. it's called a rock climbing and white water rafting paradise texas. shawn skipworth is the new mayor of dickinson after a game of chance neither skipworth nor his opponent, jennifer lawrence, received 50% of the vote so that triggered a runoff which ended in a tie it all came down to the luck of the draw their names were scribbled onto white ping pong balls and put in a hat. skipworth's name was the one they pulled. a crazy ending to this election cycle on a cnbc trip coast to coast. well, our final "jeopardy" this evening 13,269, what is how many days ago did alex trebek host his
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first episode of "jeopardy." tonight is the host's final episode. we'll speak with one of his final contestants wh
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we get to witness tonight the end of alex trebek's remarkable run his final episode airs this evening. trebek hosted his first back in 1984 his last taping in october came
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just days before he died of pancreatic cancer. james gilligan now, he's a contestant on the final program. i know you can't tell us just how all of this ends because it hasn't aired yet all across the country, but you tried to get on the show for 30 years, is that right? >> yeah. i've been trying since i was pretty much a sophomore in college. >> incredible. i wonder after all of that, what was the experience like? and we all knew that alex trebek was sick and battling, but could you sense it could you tell it? how was he >> well, it was pretty obvious that he had lost a step, but, you know, once the cameras started rolling, he was the consummate professional. this guy is a titan in the industry and he never gave anything less than 100%. it was just remarkable to see a level of performance he was able to achieve in spite of the
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battle he was fighting >> when did you find out that the episode on which you appeared was alex trebek's last episode? and what was that like >> well, i got a call from the contestant coordinator shortly after he passed away, and it was -- you know, it was incredibly sad so, you know, i went through that kind of reaction like, wow, i can't believe he really passed away because he was so strong. it was almost like you couldn't believe he would actually succumb. and then after i processed that sadness and that grief, i thought, wow, so that means i'm going to be on the final show. so it was -- it was sadness and exhiliration and honor too, to be one of the three people on the planet to say i was a contestant on alex trebek's
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final "jeopardy" episode. >> yeah, incredible. i wonder, it's really hard to imagine watching "jeopardy" without him. everybody who watches the show knows ken jennings and that will be interesting at first. but you wonder, how are they going to do this without him >> well, you know, alex always insisted that he was not the star of the show, that it was the game itself and the contestants that were the real attraction and the draw. and i think that whoever is going to be hosting after him needs to have that same attitude the folks who produce the show are an amazing set of professionals. as long as they maintain their high standards and as long as the host understands that this is really a game about entertaining and giving people a chance to feel good about what they know and to win some money, i think it's going to have a really long life and i think alex will be watching over the show and making sure it's going to stay a success. >> yeah, i wouldn't doubt it
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you're a heck of an ambassador james gilligan, good to see you, thank you so much. 50 seconds left on a race to the fin shaish now. president trump band from twitter. twitter announcing it has permanently suspended the president's account due to the risk of further incitement of violence house democrats preparing to impeach president trump again after his supporters stormed the capitol. they drafted articles of impeachment accusing the president of inciting insurrection and plan to introduce it on monday. more than 50 suspects charged so far in connection with that assault on the capitol, including this man who made himself comfortable at house speaker nancy pelosi's desk. and now you know the news. of this friday, january the 8th, 2021 i'm shepard smith. thanks for having .
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