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life >> me and one man leaving together heading home. the threat of violence across america i'm shepard smith. this is the news on cnbc >> we don't take any of the measures that we have taken lightly. >> a nation on edge. a people divided threats growing. and security increasing everywhere tonight we are on the ground across the country where they're preparing for the worst. inauguration rehearsals postponed. the president-elect's travel plans canceled, and more troops flood d.c.
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shocking reporting we now know the vice president escaped the violent capitol hill mob by just seconds. >> i'm convinced we are ready to get this done. >> and looking forward to the next administration. the biden economic rescue plan and how it will impact main street live from cnbc, the facts. the truth. the news with shepard smith. >> and good evening. america has the look of a nation on war footing tonight state capitols across the nation facing the threat of violence in the days leading up to president-elect joe biden's inauguration several states are now tightening security at capitol buildings, some boarding up windows, others putting up fencing and barriers all being told to take any extremist threat seriously the warning comes straight from the head of the fbi.
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>> we've got to disrupt any attempt or attack. our posture is aggressive and it's going to stay that way through the inauguration. >> director wray says they are tracking extensive online chatter calling for armed protests politico reports some extremists online have been ignoring president trump's call for peace citing the fact that he still has not formally conceded. security concerns are so high at this moment that the u.s. park service shut down the national mall and it will stay closed through the inauguration the u.s. capitol like a militarized zone tonight one historian said it's a site not seen since the civil war the army reports 25,000 federal troops will be in d.c. to help with security. for context, that's roughly five times the number of troops we have stationed in iraq and afghanistan combined the concern heightened now by what investigators are learning
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about the mob at the capitol last week. an insurrection that left five people dead. in a memo federal prosecutors in arizona note that they had strong evidence that rioters plan to capture and assassinate elected officials. it was filed against jacob chancely the man wearing face paint and a hat with horns today they walked those comments back saying as of now there's no direct evidence of those intentions the line in the memo was later taken out. we have reporters across the country tonight tracking security efforts in michigan, pennsylvania, arizona and beyond in a moment i'll speak to the former new york city police commissioner bill bratton. foir first to cnbc's eamon javers. >> reporter: we're standing one
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block of the capitol the national guard has this totally closed off and a lot of the restaurants and offices nearby have been boarded up. they have checkpoints at intersections around a wide perimeter. you can't get in this area unless you show the national guard an i.d. and explain what it is you're doing here. i haven't seen the security since the september 11th attacks. the security concerns are up ending the plans for the biden inauguration they hoped to have a rehearsal they hoped to have joe biden coming to washington on amtrak that plan has been scrapped as well capitol police say they are investigating whether or not members of congress took some of these rally goers on tours of the capitol in days leading up to the riots i talked to chad wolf, the former acting secretary of
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homeland security. he's had access to high level intelligence about all of this he resigned on monday but he's seen all of the planning and process material that the secret service and the department of homeland security have about all of this. i asked him if he thinksthere' a threat to the life of the president-elect? here's what he said. >> what i do know there's an increased level of chatter certainly because of the events last week. dhs said there's no credible specific threats to the national capitol area or to the inauguration so i will certainly take them on their word at that. >> reporter: he said he had seen the public reports for them to capture or assassinate lawmakers. those reports have been walked back here's what he said about that. >> if that's the case, obviously it's very disturbing very sickening those individuals need to be dealt with we've seen a number of
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prosecutions -- not prosecutions, arrests thus far that needs to continue. >> reporter: shep, one of the most alarming things about all of this, some members of law enforcement, current and former, off duty included, took part in the events here last week as the rioters and that's got officials concerned that the insider threat here might be more significant than they had first thought. shep, joe biden himself was asked today whether or not he feels safe in the run up to the inauguration he answered, yes shep >> eamon, the washington post is now reporting that that mob came dangerously close to vice president pence during that assault. >> reporter: yeah, they did report that. what we're learning now through the washington post is as the rioters were coming up the steps to the senate floor on the second floor, the secret service was moving the vice president out of the senate chamber into a secure room right nearby they came seconds and feet away from running into that crowd
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you can imagine the fear and the frustration as they hold up with the vice president in that secure room just off the senate floor. their instinct is to evacuate the vice president whenever there is a danger. in this case they were surrounded on all sides by an angry mob. it took them some time to get the vice president out of that dangerous situation. >> eamon javers on the hill. thank you. state capitols on alert. in michigan, gretchen whitmer activating the national guard deploying them to the capitol. they're ramping up security ahead of planned demonstrations. crews installed a 6 foot fence around the capitol dasha burns in snowy lansing how's the security there >> reporter: shep, a lot of eyes on the michigan state capitol and a lot of concern in this community that has seen quite the history of threats and armed protests throughout the day today we've seen the security measures get
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ramped up. we saw the fence getting installed. we saw a visible presence who will be joined by the national guard. the lansing national guard encouraged people who have no specific reason to be at the capitol to stay away i spoke to the lancing police chief who told me the level of preparation is unprecedented he said people here are terrified, especially after what they saw at the capitol on january 6th. he said he himself is concerned for his officers' safety after he saw what happened to police officers targeted during that siege. i spoke to the lancing mayor i asked him what his concerns and expectations are leading up to inauguration day. >> i wholly believe there will be people who come out and peacefully protest that's what we expect. there could be some, a few that make it turn violent and take
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actions that they shouldn't. we're prepared i'm hopeful but prepared. >> reporter: of course, michigan is an open carry state, but earlier this week the michigan capitol commission voted to ban open carry they say that didn't go far enough concealed carry is still allowed. one state senator said she went be to a military surplus store to buy a helmet, gas mask and pepper spray the house will be closed but next week they will be in session and the question remains how will they proceed doing the people's business with these concerns about security. shep >> dasha, in pennsylvania they are closely monitoring a flyer circulating online they encourage armed marchers to go to the state capitol. maura barrett from pennsylvania.
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>> reporter: local law enforcement here in pennsylvania do say they haven't seen any specific threat to the pennsylvania state capitol that said, they are on emergency alert status so that means that they put into place some extra barriers outside of the capitol here they've increased the presence of capitol police and the governor has activated 450 members of the pennsylvania national guard they are making preparations in case they need to shut down any roads. you can see the barricades in case that's necessary. they have officers on foot, and they have drones they're used to seeing protests here i've covered several of them throughout the past year they are encouraging anybody coming out here to protest this weekend to do so peacefully. they recognize their right to the first amendment but they are trying to encourage people to do so peacefully and go home.
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law enforcement is pressed for any sort of long haul. shep. in arizona they have not received any specific threats to government buildings in the phoenix area, but law enforcement is taking no chances at all security increased there as well the state capitol was the site of a protest last week hundreds of pro trump people showed up last week to object to biden's win. antonia, what are you hearing from law enforcement there >> hey, shep here on the capitol grounds in arizona, law enforcement has set up a double layer fence perimeter around the entire property they are no longer allowing visitors inside the building, just members and staff they do not know of any specific threats to this capitol, but there's a bit of a gap between law enforcement and the people who work in this capitol feel.
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lawmakers tell me they believe they have received credible threats and they are anxious about their safety over the next couple of days they are calling for more transparency and information from the security forces involved in securing the space you have to keep in mind here in arizona they have been right in the thick of the controversy since election day not only have there been armed protests, but just last week during the riot in d.c. here on the grounds about 1,000 people prot protested. in fact, a guillotine was constructed on the property. so i spoke to the house minority here, reginald bolding he told me everything is on the table right now, including the stoppage of session, potentially going virtual in order to keep people safe. >> antonia thank you bill bratton now he served two terms as the new york city police commissioner. sir, thanks for being here security in d.c. has been
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increased. how concerned are you about the safety of these state capitols >> very concerned. as you just indicated in your reporting, that we are in an incredible crises for this time. the last 20 years our biggest concern was international terrorism, isis, al qaeda, now it's here, it's us it's the citizens of the united states some of whom are rebelling against everything we thought we believed in for the last 3 or 400 years. >> commissioner, how much harder is it to identify domestic terrorists than threats from abroad >> much, much harder after 9/11 we put into place so many new laws that strengthen the ability of law enforcement, not only the feds but local police i had the privilege of leading los angeles and new york firsthand and helped in the building out of their capacity to deal with terrorism,
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particularly international terrorism, to a lesser extent domestic terrorism which was focused around isis and encouraging home grown ter terr terrorists we have a situation where we don't have many of the tools to battle domestic terrorism that we have to battle international terrorism. there are so many limitations and the ability to interact with u.s. citizens in our country it's going to have to be part of the tremendous debates that are going to occur after the new president comes into congress this evening. >> mr. bratton, when you were the commissioner in new york city you used to tell us that the most important thing you could be was transparent the people needed to know what the threat was so that they could conduct themselves accordingly. we're not seeing a level of transparency that you suggested back in the day in the federal government do you have any clue why they're not being more forthcoming with
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us >> i think it's still president trump. he basically gets on that plane, flies out of washington, they are still reporting up the chain of command to him. i've been very disappointed that law enforcement officials have not been more present doing what i'm doing with you right now should be the head of the fbi. should be other senior law enforcement officials instead of just getting little film clips as they're doing some of their collaborative meetings we are so used to or used to be used to people coming out telling us what they know, what you need to know as u.s. citizens we're seeing very little of that at this particular point in time i hope after january 20th we get back to a situation where we can be more transparent, more forthcoming and where we can have american law enforcement leadership being where they need to be, which is at those podiums talking to you rather than some of us former law enforcement officials.
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>> the more we know, the better it seems to be commissioner bill bratton, great to see you thank you for your time. new today, russell honore has been tapped with reviewing u.s. capitol security. he's best known for leading the military response in the waning days of hurricane katrina back in 2005. we talked with him live as the riot was happening on capitol hill the other day on that night he called for the police chief, steven sund, to resign after the inauguration. instead he stepped down two days after the riot his resignation effective tomorrow he called the scene at the capitol a security failure. >> the officers were not well led. they gave up the perimeter and when you give up the perfeimeter and you let the force inside the house, this was embarrassing all they had to do is tell d.c. police, we want you to send over
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400 officers tell the national guard we want 300 officers or 3,000 or tell the maryland state police to send troops over they gave the ground to the protesters today and they trashed the house. our biggest threat is domestic disturbance like we saw today and they're not prepared for it and they need to change. this is a case of super stupid. >> russell honore. nancy pe lows see says there is strong interest in a 9/11 commission. governors accusing the administration now of lying about its vaccine reserves brand new tonight, the government's stunning response as the next president gets ready to take the reins. >> the faster we do it, the sooner we can put this pandemic behind us. >> the world crosses a deadly
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milestone as president-elect biden unveils his plan to get more americans a shot in the arm. a warning to get out and a town forced to evacuate as extreme fire conditions pick up in southern california. plus, the danger from within battling the rise of home grown violent extremism. the facts. the truth. "the news with shepard smith" back in 60 seconds
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the cdc sounding the alarming on the united kingdom's situation with the coronavirus health officials say it's highly contagious and could become the dominant strain within the united states within the next two months that warning comes today as the country reported its deadliest week since the pandemic began. look at that according to johns hopkins the virus has killed more than 23,000 americans since just last
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friday the president-elect citing the death toll today, using it to underscore the urgency needed to get americans vaccinated mr. biden laid out his plan which he said will be challenging to execute, but made this promise to the american people >> you have my word that we will manage the hell out of this operation. >> mr. biden described the current rollout as a dismal failure, a view shared by many state governors who are accusing the government of lying about vaccine reserves cnbc's meg tirrell, what are some governors claiming? >> they're angry at a report today that a reserve of covid-19 vaccines is actually already exhausted. this was a key point of contention between the trump administration's operation warp speed and its critics, to hold back half the supply of shots to ensure everyone could get their second dose on time, or release
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them all at once and count on manufacturing coming through on tuesday, the administration said they now will ship all the doses that have been held in reserve. health secretary alex azar tonight speaking with nbc's lester holt. >> sitting on a reserve anymore, we've made that available to the states to order. >> but states had expected a dramatic increase in available doses after tuesday's announcement and they say that didn't happen. oregon's governor kate brown tweeting, quote, last night i received disturbing news minnesota's governor tim walz upset as well. >> they were lying they don't have any doses held back there is no strategic supply for the second doses >> what appears to be happening, though, shep, is another miscommunication pfizer telling us it has on hand all of the second doses of the previous shipments to the u.s. and as of today, it says it sent out 15 million doses >> just incredible
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so then how does the biden team plan to fix this and speed up the vaccine rollout if there's no vaccine doses on reserve? >> well, one major difference in the biden approach that the president-elect laid out today is much more hands-on involvement from the federal government biden pledged on day one to instruct the federal emergency management agency to start setting up community vaccination centers, gyms, sports stadiums, community centers. his goal is to vaccinate 100 million people in his first 100 days he also pledged to speed manufacturing to boost the supply that may prove to be a tall order, at least in the near term >> meg tirrell, live tonight, thank you. much of the midwest tonight under a winter weather alert heavy snow, strong winds in des moines, making it difficult for drivers to get around there. a semi truck stranded overnight on i-35. similar scene in omaha near whiteout conditions
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authorities warn people to stay inside in southern california, the opposite problem dry conditions fueling a wildfire in mountain center in riverside county, about an hour west of palm springs officials there say the flames forced residents out of their homes in the middle of the night. an evacuation center now set up to aid those in need a bus left dangling from an overpass and a giant sinkhole, a giant one, swallows a busy road on a cnbc trip coast-to-coast. florida. a giant sinkhole threatening part of a tampa suburb it's on a busy stretch of a road in new port richey emergency management workers say the sinkhole is 37 feet wide and 70 feet deep they discovered it back in october but it was much smaller then crews filled it last week but now it's out of control. county officials say they're
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using ground penetrating radar to make sure the road is safe. new york part of a bus fell 50 feet from an overpass and left eight people hurt last night in the bronx. video shows the front half of the accordion-style bus face down on the highway. transit officials say the driver veered offtrack when he tried to get on a ramp to the george washington bridge. tennessee. it's a tradition unlike any other. hockey fans in nashville throwing catfish on the ice during predators games their season opener last night against the columbus bluejackets was no exception but the catfish had on a blue face mask. covid-safe catfish follow the fauci on this cnbc trip coast-to-coast. president-elect biden is promising help is on the way for main street. we talked to the owners of a small printing business who have been doing all they can just to stay open and now wonder if the new plan will be enough.
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and members of the united states military, active and retired, were part of the capitol hill riot. internal investigations now in full swing are people living within our own borders now the greatest threat to our national security plus we continue to check in on cities across the nation. next, austin, where a reported threat earlier this week has caused authorities to take a drastic turn bottom of the hour, top of the news, just ahead
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consumers kept their wallets most of the closed during the peak holiday season. that's topping cnbc's on the money. retail sales fell for the third straight month in december the decline here more than expected a surge in covid cases kept people away from stores. covid-related restrictions kept diners away from restaurants it's the latest sign that the economy slowed at the end of last year. companies are offering incentives to employees for getting the vaccine. dollar general is offering four hours of pay instacart providing a $25 stipend. it's one of several companies whose leaders have lobbied to get their workers prioritized for the vaccine. and the start of tax season is now delayed. the irs will accept 2020 returns beginning february 12. that's later than usual. the agency announced it needs
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time to incorporate the new covid relief law into its computer systems the new date means you'll have to wait a bit longer for your refund on wall street, the dow down 177, dragged down by energy stocks the s&p down 27. the nasdaq down 114. the pandemic is hammering main street america. small businesses across the land, the backbone of the american economy struggling to stay open. government relief is here. the paycheck protection program restarted just this week president-elect biden is proposing billions more dollars in grants and funding. it's money main street needs but is it enough here is cnbc's kate rogers >> reporter: curtis and jessica napier feel like they're drowning >> we're hoping and praying we get this loan. >> or grant, or anything >> just whatever we can to help us get above water we're sinking and our nose is the only thing sticking up out of the water >> reporter: the owner of this
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printing and design business are looking for a financial lifeline they had to let two workers go after missing out on aid from the paycheck protection program or ppp last year they're applying for another loan with a new round this week. >> we're going to focus on small businesses, on main street >> reporter: small business advocates are cheering president-elect biden's targeted proposal for additional small business aid biden calling for $15 billion in small business grants and another $35 billion in main street financing to keep aiding small businesses once the ppp ends in march. seeking to help smaller and underserved companies. but as covid cases surge, restrictions mount, and the economy continues to struggle. it remains to be seen if this relief package will be enough. demand at some community banks for ppp aid has been high this week with lenders saying it's an indicator that the need is great for america's smallest businesses >> the vast majority are going to be sole proprietors
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these loans are going to be maybe a couple of thousand dollars in some cases. our lowest one to date has been $250 and so we're really dealing with the smallest microbusinesses and helping those people through the process. >> reporter: back in lansing, the napiers are waiting on some good news. >> we are both glad there's still an opportunity we thought we lost out >> reporter: the nappiers are actually celebrating three years in business. today, shep, they got creative with a new website, digital logos, deliveries, and more. small business owners are cheering biden's proposal but are debating the promise he made to hike the federal minimum wage to $15, which some advocates say could slow an already challenging recovery >> kate rogers, thank you. i'm shepard smith on cnbc. it's the bottom of the hour. time for the top of the news states from california to connecticut are ramping up security with president-elect
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biden's inauguration just five days away. the fbi warning about armed protests planned for all 50 states and just hours ago, the texas department of public safety announced it will shut down the state capitol after it uncovered what authorities call new evidence about violent extremists the closure starts tomorrow and continues through inauguration day. local reporting now from our nbc affiliate in austin, john engel, live outside the state capitol john capitol >> reporter: shep, the significance of this decision can't be understated in a state that so values its public access to that building, in a state where a licensed texan can carry a gun concealed or openly in the texas capitol that speaks to the level of this threat lawmakers here in texas were told multiple times this week that there's growing
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intelligence that there were protests that were forming and planned for this week and next that could potentially become dangerous or violent our texas legislative session started this week. on tuesday we saw some armed protesters outside the capitol, we saw some people protesting vaccines those are things that are normal in texas politics. what's not normal is what we saw on january 6 in washington, d.c. i can tell you that lawmakers, their staffers, members of the media like myself, we were all pretty nervous coming into this week with the start of the legislative session to see what would happen thankfully the department of public safety, our state police force, was out in full force, outnumbering us ten to one at most times and made us feel safe going into next week, for them to close the texas capitol speaks volumes, shep >> john engel live tonight, thanks and an internal probe at the justice department is now under way, trying to figure out just how unprepared law enforcement was for the siege on the u.s. capitol. the inspector general, michael
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horowitz, said his department is looking into whether information of a potential threat was even shared with the capitol police and other law enforcement agencies he's also looking to find any weaknesses in his department's response to the riots. the sweeping review comes as an fbi official admits one of its field offices put together a bulletin that warned of potential violence aimed at congress the defense department is also taking a closer look at its own ranks. pentagon leaders saying they're doing everything they can to root out extremism in the ranks. they're announcing an investigation into white supremacy and gang activity inside the military. among those accused of taking part in the capitol siege, a retired air force lieutenant colonel seen with zip ties in the senate chamber and an army officer who reportedly led 100 people from north carolina to d.c. an associated press investigation found at least 21
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former or current members of the united states military or law enforcement were at or near that riot ahead of next week's inauguration, some extremists on the instant messaging platform telegram are calling for surprise attacks nationwide, according to new reporting in "the washington post." one of the posts reads, these lizards have addresses outside of d.c., all over the country, hell maybe nearby in your flyover state. is the military going to deploy in mass everywhere they can't nate snyder now, former dhs counterterrorism official. how determined, nate, are we to find out who is talking and threatening? who you do we know who is just talking and who might actually take some action here? >> well, that's increasingly difficult. since the de-platforming of parler, since the takedown of bit ous twitter accounts, a lot
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of these groups and organizations have gone a little bit dark so going to platforms like telegram, like signal, like gab, that are encrypted, and so the ability to actually track the behavior, look at what's happening and being planned has become increasingly more difficult. but that being said, there are aspects having to do with the fbi and various other things just like you would develop informants and various other things to where they're looking. it's increasingly hard, the level of visibility has narrowed that much more >> nate, the evidence of the rise of domestic terrorism and radicalization is overwhelming why hasn't it been a greater focus at both the state and federal level? >> well, here's the real tragedy of things. my former office, i worked specifically on preventing violent extremism.t extremism. domestic terrorism talking about white supremacy, naziism, was a big part of what
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we did unfortunately there is an atrophying of these efforts not only from my office but analysts in the intelligence and analysis division that would focus primarily on tracking these threats. and as was mentioned before, issue warnings, bulletins, et cetera, to state, local, federal officers, law enforcement, et cetera so unfortunately, we've now seen this capacity gap that's happened and i think one of the main things too is there's a real leadership vacuum within these departments where you've had multiple resignations and those even under them take leave to where that leadership is unfortunately not there. >> a systematic atrophication, you said >> yes >> are you telling me they knew where this threat was growing and they stopped looking for it? >> unfortunately i think politics was a big portion of
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this to give you one statistic, if you're talking about the lethality of the threat, violent white supremacists, neo-nazis, militia movements, have been the most lethal threat in the past ten years. we've known for a while this threat has been going. there were earlier warnings issued by the fbi, and dhs, in the leadup to the election, about potential election violence we've seen various, if you will, dress rehearsals with demonstrations, say, for instance, at the lansing capitol. that goes all the way back to charlottesville and the unfortunate terrorist attack and the woman who lost her life there. >> nate snyder, thanks so much, we appreciate your time. amid the president-elect's inauguration, president trump will be making his own noise
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now we've learned he'll be formally leaving the white house that morning with a big military sendoff. what washington's jam-packed week is set to look like but before they leave, the trump administration is pushing through a slew of new policies, including an executive order funding wildfire management. the details on what they're doing while we're looking elsewhere, coming up the facts. the truth. the news with shepard smith, back in 90 seconds
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president trump's impeachment trial cannot begin until speaker pelosi sends the article over to the senate she declined again today to say when that will happen. but she's appointed nine impeachment managers who are promising to, as they put it, finish the job they'll have to convince the senate to convict president trump. the team of democrats, some of nancy pelosi's most of the trusted allies in the house. cnbc's kayla tausche in the house. what can we expect, kayla, from washington next week >> reporter: shep, once the article is sent to the senate, by law the trial is supposed to start the middle of the following day unless all senators agree to delay it republican leader mitch mcconnell has said the earliest any impeachment proceedings could begin is tuesday, january 19, when the senate reconvenes on its regular schedule. but there's another dynamic at play, a power shift that is set to change. at some point next week new york
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democrat chuck schumer will take the leadership reins from mcconnell, allowing him to set the agenda and the calendar. that could happen at some point between wednesday and friday, as soon as two events take place. the new georgia senators are seated, and kamala harris is sworn in at vice president until then it's up to mcconnell to schedule the impeachment trial and confirmation votes for the biden cabinet nominees, five are scheduled for hearings on tuesday. the biden transition says regardless of senate leadership, it hopes it can move to confirm quickly. >> we are urging fast action on getting these nominees into place to lead these agencies, to ensure they're in place as close to day one as possible but we have seen some positive movements this week. >> reporter: and on that economic plan, the president-elect unveiled last night discussions at the staff level between the transition and
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capitol hill continued today according to jen psaki, incoming press secretary, and negotiations in earnest between the administration and lawmakers will take place over the coming days as for president trump, he's set to depart the white house the morning of inauguration and we'll see a military sendoff at joint base andrews >> of course we will kayla tausche, thanks. the trump administration is quietly making important policy changes on the way out the latest, the president extended tariffs on washing machines from other countries in a bid to help domestic manufacturing. the fees were one of the very first imposed by president trump back in 2018 but the u.s. trade commission determined american washing machine makers could still use some extra help. so now they're going to get it the president also issued an executive order to help coordinate wildfire management between different agencies as they fight fires that's something that he's been wanting to do for years.
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the order states it will provide wildfire funding, measure the performance of the fighting team, and help communities recover after fires. and the department of the interior changing a rule that means companies won't be punished for killing migratory birds. it's a move environmentalists say protects the oil and gas industry which now can't be sued or fined for oil spills, electrocutions from power lines, or even spraying pesticides that kill birds lots of policy moves before the transition a massive show of military force and a scramble to find survivors in a flattened hospital as we go around the world in 80 seconds.o around the world in indo indonesia, a powerful earthquake killed at least 60 people. a 6.2 magnitude quake flattened buildings. you can see rescuers pulling a survivor from the rubble of a collapsed hospital, the country's third deadly disaster in a week.
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on saturday a jet crashed into the java sea, killing everyone on board on sunday, landslides killed dozens of people north korea. a massive military parade showing off new ballistic missiles designed to be launched from submarines. state media describing the missiles as the world's most powerful weapon. their actual capabilities are unclear because we don't know whether they've been tested at all. leader kim jong-un wearing a leather coat and fur hat bosnia this island of trash floating down a river it's sparking an environmental emergency and threatening to shut down a hydroelectric power plant. plastic bottles, wood, barrels, and garbage clogging the water way. the balkan nation has lagged behind in environmental protection due to recent wars. an island of waste as we go
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around the world in 80 secretaries. the national rifle association has filed for bankruptcy we'll tell you where the group plans to move and restructure. plus we chat with an astronaut who could be the first woman to walk on the moon. we'll talk to her from the international space station. let's just say we went far to get this interview this is shepard smith of cnbc do you hear me >> shepard, we hear you loud and clear.
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drones flying through the air, dropping off packages, all on their own nobody on a joystick controlling the drone. no direct human involvement at all. that's a thing now the faa granted permission to a massachusetts company to operate the first fully automated commercial drone flights the company uses predetermined flight plans and acoustic technology so it doesn't run
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into anything. regulators say they will limit operations to rural areas below 40 feet, but a game changer for some tomorrow nasa takes a step forward in the race to get humans back to the moon. they plan to test the core stage of their sls rocket. nasa officials say they hope the new rocket technology will be what fuels their mission to the moon by 2024 and eventually to mars i spoke with two astronauts earlier today. they're on a mission aboard the international space station. our conversation took place as they were in orbit above the south atlantic ocean kate, you're one of the astronauts who will start training for the first human mission to the moon coming up in nearly 50 years, really. what would it mean for you to be the first woman to set foot on the moon >> i'm just pretty excited to be able to join the team.
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it's pretty amazing to see what we're doing. sls has about 8.5 million pounds of thrust. this is the heaviest, most powerful rocket we've ever built. and of course i think everybody knows what going to the moon is going to mean to us as americans as well as all of our international partners for me personally, i think there's an amazing amount of science to be done on the moon >> so the thought of, well, i'll be the first woman, that's really not part of it for you, it's science centered? >> absolutely. hopper knows me well and he'll tell you the same thing. >> colonel, last month you were sworn into the space force, the first space force guardian actually in space. what do you hope this new branch of the military is able to accomplish >> it's a mission that the air force has had for quite some time now and so really, i think the space force is going to just ensure that space is available for everybody. >> sitting around the table,
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sharing stories with people from a world away with entirely different life experiences, i wonder if there's one that you've said, man, i'm going to remember that, and i'm going to tell people about that when i get home because that perspective was interesting and it made me think i was >> my first flight, when i was up here in 2013, and there were some world events that were going on at the time with our russian colleagues and so there was definitely a different perspective on those events when you get down to the individual level, you're more apt to find a lot in common than things that divide us. >> if we understand each other, history says and experience indicates we'll all be better off together, but since you bring it up, there's some stuff going on down here you may have noticed. i wonder what it's like to see these historic moments, a changing of the guard politically, and all that surrounded it at the capitol last week.
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i wonder what it's like to be a witness to that from a world away, and if that's part of your discussions at all >> there's an interesting thing that happens up here we circle the globe every 90 minutes. we pass over houston we wave. we pass over washington, d.c. and we wave. so we are very far away. but we're also close and our thoughts are going out to everybody that's going through a difficult time we know this is a tough time, not just for america but for the whole world. so we are with you >> over the years, i've had the real privilege and honor to speak to a number of people who are sitting in the places you are. i must admit, i haven't thought about it but most were men and had short hair so we have a unique thing going on here, it's sort of like an elephant in the room, if i don't mention it, it would be weird. how do you handle your hair which at the moment seems to be doing its own thing? >> it's a great questiona great i keep it long, because you can go from very important to very
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quickly tacking it down when we've got to do a science experiment but, you know, this is part of who i am, and i think one of the really neat things about being up here with people from all walks of life is the boys get to learn what it's like to have long hair up here. >> what a couple of great sports astronauts kate rubin and colonel mike hopkins on the international space station. there was actually a five-second delay for each of us speaking, we edited it down for consumption on tv. we sure appreciate their time today from the international space station. new today, the national rifle association filed for bankruptcy they're not broke at all, we're told in fact the gun rights advocacy group announced it's part of a larger plan to restructure as a nonprofit in texas or as the nra's ceo says, they're dumping new york where it is currently registered the state's attorney general, leticia james in new york, sued
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to dissolve the nra last year accusing its leadership of fraud and diverting millions of dollars for their own personal use. at the time the nra called the suit baseless. the association claims the restructuring will not change any of their operations or their workers and that they're, quote, financially as strong as we have been in years. our nation's capitol under unprecedented security headed into this weekend. new closures now extend into virginia a live report from d.c. is next. plus the threat being felt across the country state capitols on guard, prepared for the possibility of violence
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updating our top story tonight, d.c. effectively in lockdown ahead of president-elect biden's inauguration areas of the national mall closed tight as officials warn of major security threats. local coverage now, nbc 4
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washington reporter shomari stone live again for us tonight. shomari? >> reporter: good evening, shep. we have new information. the arlington memorial bridge closed approximately two hours ago. also, we found out that in virginia the theodore roosevelt bridge, the interstate 395 bridge, and the 14th street bridge is expected to close at 6:00 a.m. on tuesday, a day before the inauguration. shep, that gives an example of the heightened security here in our nation's capitol a couple of nights ago i showed you the seven-foot unscaleable fence. there is now a 12-foot fence before, you could put your fingers in it. i can't even put my fingers through the bars here. on the other side, the armed national guard troops are located. just to show you how strong this fence is, you see this right here that's metal a stronger, sturdier base. it's 12 foot high.
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let's take a quick little walk together you see over here, these guys are working hard, they're tightening the fence, that's part of the security here at the capitol. back you to, shep. >> shomari stone, thanks so much 45 seconds left on a race to the finish state capitols across the nation on high alert now, bracing for armed protests and possible violence some calling in national guard troops the fbi warning police chiefs to take any threat seriously. and president-elect biden outlining his plans to step up the u.s. vaccine rollout he says he's aiming to get 100 million shots in arms during the first 100 days in office but he warns the pandemic will get worse before it gets better. and now you know the news of this friday, january 15, 2021. i'm shepard smith. follow us on twitter @thenews on cnbc
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