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tv   Matter of Fact With Soledad O Brien  NBC  August 5, 2018 5:00am-5:28am PDT

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announcer: right now on "matter of fact." soledad: you have proof people are trying to break into your voter electoral systems everyday? >> yes, we do. announcer: is disconnect in d.c. leaving states vulnerable to russian hackers? plus, this mom says big pharma is holding her daughter's life hostage. soledad: why does it make you cry? doreen: you watch your child struggle. you watch them try to get better. announcer: they can get better -- if the price is right. and lessons learned. one year after a white supremacist rally rock charlottesville, can the first black woman mayor help the city keel old and new wounds?
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soledad: i am soledad o'brien. "matter of fact with soledad o'brien." the russians are coming again. the intelligence community says no mistake about it, our electoral system is still a hot target for hackers -- especially agents of the russian government. we're less than 100 days until the midterms. and despite warnings from intelligence officials that foreign governments will try to interfere, the senate shot down a proposal that would have given states an extra $250 million to beef up security. 46 democrats and only one republican, senator bob corker, supported the measure. earlier this year, congress gave states $380 million to safeguard the midterm elections. and republicans want to know how that money has been spent before they recommit to more. in 2017 when homeland security desied infrastructure, many secretaries of state initially opposed the designation.s seetary of stawa it is nice to see you.
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thank you for talking with us. you were in opposition to this designation as i just mentioned. why? jim condos: so soledad, the whole reason why we actually had questions about it and concerns is that we did not know what a critical infrastructure designation meant. and many of us -- many of my colleagues and i -- we felt that this looked like an overreach of federal government. that they were going to try to take over. and it wasn't really until about six or eight months later that we actually learned exactly what the critical infrastructure designation would do for us and that it would provide additional resources. soledae sto e of vermont use thatey w did a complete penetration test of our election system, which came out in good shape. and then, we're adding two factor authentication for any access into our voter election management system. soledad: do you have -- i mean, do you have proof that people
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are trying to break into your voter electoral management system every day? jim condos: yes, we do. we monitor every day. and one of the things that -- we have a graph that shows that since april of this year, we've been averaging approximately two million scans per day. about 800,000 of those per day are what we consider unauthorized scans. the good news is we have the defenses in place to block them. soledad: so let's talk about this $250 million. i mentioned that the senate shot that down. their rationale was we want towe round of monies. do you think that's a valid response from the senate? jim condos: i do not. i think that frankly, it kind of surprised me to hear that. when you think about it, we had $380 million appropriated to the states. and we didn't start receiving
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that money until sometime around the end of may or early june. and to think that we would have spent that money already is really unreasonable. soledad: i mentioned that it was not exactly a bipartisan vote, with the exception of bob corker who sided with the democrats on it. why is this a political issue? the security of elections it seems to me that everybody would be like, "yeah, secure. that would be a good thing.", t voting is the bedrock of our democracy and we think it's very important that we have the resources to be able to focus the job at hand. we have been focused since, especially since 2016 when our world was turned upside down, and we've been doing everything we can to secure our elections process. soledad: so, should people not just in vermont but around the country believe at this moment in time their vote and the
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election is safe -- or it's not safe? jim condos: soledad, one of the things to remember is cyber security is like a race without a finish line. it's an ongoing problem. it's an ongoing concern, and we need to focus and keep focus going forward. soledad: you would like that $250 million that the senate did not approve. jim condos is the secretary of state for the state of vermont. thank you for joining us. appreciate your time. jim condos: thank you, soledad. announcer: next on "matter of fact." soledad: it must be very frustrating. doreen: it is. this is your child. it's very heartbreaking for me to see this struggle. announcer: how do you survive when a life-saving prescription is more than your paycheck? plus, returning to charlottesville. how has the city changed one year later?
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prevagen. healthier brain. better life. soledad: the discovery of insulin nearly 100 ago was one of the greatest triumphs of modern medicine, transforming
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diabetes from a death sentence to a manageable disease. but today, people with diabetes are dying because they can't afford the life-saving drug. sometimes, even with insurance. in 1996, a vial of one of the most popular insulin brands cost $21. in 2001, 30 five dollars. 2015, $234. and last year, it jumped to $275 a vial. but some patients can pay up to $400 for just one vial. more than 30 million americans have diabetes. and about 7 million use insulin. and according to a recent study, 1 in 4 reported skipping doses because of the cost. many factors play a role in the it's no wonder a tweet from a frustrated mom recently went doreen rudolph of long island tweeted this: "i just bought 2 vials of insulin for my daughter. cost me 524 dollars. with a discount card. all i could buy. i left the pharmacy and sat in
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my car and cried." doreen is with us today. it is nice to have you. doreen: thank you. soledad: tell me about your daughter, nicole. she's 27 years old. when was she diagnosed with diabetes? doreen: she was diagnosed at 12. soledad: so, she has been using insulin all that time. doreen: yes. soledad: so at 26, she was no longer covered on your insurance. and suddenly, she had to pay for insulin herself. doreen: my three-month supply was $50. was little over $1300 r a three-month supply of insuli's been 26, have you and your husband been helping her out in covering her insulin? doreen: we had to. she doesn't make nearly enough, that she couldn't even pay. i was paying her co-pays all along, even when she was on my insurance because that was even tight. and $1300 would just be way out of what she made. she would just be working to pay for her insulin.
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soledad: what would happen if she didn't take her insulin? doreen: oh, if you don't take your insulin, and she's had this issue in the past, you go into diabetic ketoacidosis where the acid just develops in your body and your organs shut down one at a time and you would die within one to two days.ize sounded like you were frustrated and done, had gone viral? doreen: messages in my inbox. and then i was like, ok, this is a little overwhelming. -i actuay don't tweet all that often, and i just tweet when i'm frustrated -- because my daughter isn't on twitter -- with the price and how much it's affecting us and how much money we always have to get up to pay for this. and where do we get it from next. that type of situation. soledad: is that how it is for you? you feel like you're constantly trying to strategize about how you're going to cover this. doreen: sure, sure. we've borrowed money from our
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retirements. we've used our savings. it drains you, besides all your other medical costs. soledad: so, it went viral and people started donating money. doreen: yes. soledad: how much were you able to raise with the gofundme? soledad: you have raised money for a year basically. what happens in a year? doreen: i don't know. i don't know. i'll keep working. i'll keep trying to save money for that point. and hope that -- i will always hope things change. but i have to plan for if they don't. so, i actually don't know. soledad: it must be very frustrating. you're dealing between a child who lives and dies. doreen: it is. it is. this is your child. you've watched them get very sick. you've watched them get diagnosed. it's very heartbreaking for me to see this struggle. soledad: is it something you deal with every day? doreen: yes.
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soledad: why does it make you cry? doreen: it makes me cry because you watch your child struggle. you watch them try to get better. you watch them to try to be normal. what she considers normal is and she never had that. and if you could take it away , you would, but you can't. soledad: the financial burden is crazy. doreen: and it's ok for me to struggle. but yont to see yourleda what de solution is? doreen: i think they have to go after the pharmaceutical companies. the president of the pharmaceutical companies. they raised the price. over and over and over again. and they seem to raise the price on the things that you can't do without. soledad: congress could and they choose not to. doreen: correct. and that's where it hurts. and whenever you look at the list of medications that they advertise that are dropped, it's
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never insulin. soledad: do you see this spurring you into action politically? i mean, this is how people start. doreen: i feel like i'm not -- i'm normally a very shy person. i'no but i don't feel like i have a choice. this is not something i want to stand up and talk about. ths methg that i but i feel like i don't have a choice in it. i am doing it for my daughter. she needs her insulin. she needs to be able to affotal. i know it's difficult, and i do appreciate you coming in and speaking about this. doreen: thank you. soledad: the best of luck to you and your daughter. doreen: thank you. i'm sorry i cried. soledad: i am a mom and i fully 100% understand. and right now, as we talked
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about, there is no significant legislation in congress to lower prescription prices -- specifically insulin. announcer: when we come back. how ghosts of the past and present still haunt charlottesville. mayor walker: we still have finger pointing. people blaming everyone but themselves. you can still hear that in anbill in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007.
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soledad: next sunday marks one year since white supremacists forever changed the image of charlottesville, virginia. angered over the proposed removal of two confederate statues, they organized a "unite the right" rally. it turned deadly when a self-proclaimed nazi drove into a crowd of counter protesters.
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some res for the chaos, shocked that their city of charlottesville, which calls itself progressive, could be home to white supremacists. sweeping changes immediately.d 5 days? mayor nikuyah walker joins us from charlottesville. nice to have you. thank you for being with us, madam mayor. let's talk -- walker: thanks for having me. soledad: oh, you bet. absolutely. take us back almost a year ago. as you look back on that day, what do you realize now about the city and about what happened that you didn't know a year ago? mayor walker: i think you know what i want everyone else in the world to just be aware of is that what you said during your intro, that the deep-seated racism has been a major problem and still remains a problem in charlottesville. the notion that we were talking about outsiders invading and not talking about two uva alum who
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called people into our town to wreak havoc and were joined by some people who live here. that's the message that i hope people are well aware of almost a year later. soledad: there are many people who said that right. that it was outsiders. that the problem was not internal. why do you think -- i think i know the answer to this -- right -- race right. to say it's not us, it's another problem. walker: even calling them nazis. we take away from you know what has happened historically in america. you know, the behavior perpetuated by white supremacy. so, you say "nazis," people immediately think, "oh, outside of the u.s." and then you get to charlottesville, and you distance yourself even further by saying "outsiders." soledad: in the days after the protest, i remember that you spoke before the city council about the government's reaction and you said this. "why did you think that you
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could walk in here and do officials that you were addressing? mayor walker: the city attempted to have a council meeting, regular start time, regular agenda. and instead of hearing from citizens about their reaction to the events, the council at the time attempted to ignore people and their reaction. and that's not how you begin the process of moving forward. they didn't want to acknowledge how much they had screwed up. soledad: in charlottesville, the city council elects the mayor. you had an opponent. and you were the person who was very critical of city government. why would they pick you? mayor walker: it's hard to get me in a room and dismiss me. so, once i got in the room -- even before the events of the summer started occurring --
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people started questioning what they knew to be truth about the town we lived in. charlottesville is a really harmful place if you are black, hispanic, and low-income and white. and people were open to challenging that, and i'm probably the best person to challenge the system. soledad: nikuyah walker is the mayor of charlottesville. it's nice to have you joining us, madam mayor. thank you for your time. i appreciate it. mayor walker: thank you. announcer: coming up next. what's all that swiping, sharing, and streaming doing to your child's brain? we don't know -- yet. but congress is willing to spend big bucks to find out. and nasa's blasting off on its hottest mission to date. can it really touch the sun? you know when you're at ross shopping for backpacks... ...and mom also gets a back-to-school bag? ross has the brands you want for back to school. and it feels even better when you find them for less.
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advancement act" or "camra." but camra is no stranger to congress. it was first introduced in 2004 , focused on video games and didn't have a lot of bi-partisan support. camra made a comeback in 2005, 2006, and in 2007, just months before apple unveiled its first ever iphone. but fast-forward to 2018, and 45% of teenagers say they're online almost constantly. congress now seems ready to understand how technology can help or hurt -- or maybe both -- children. currently, the national institutes of health doesn't devote a lot of time or money trying to figure out what role technology plays in childhood development. but if camra passes, it would give the n.i.h. $95 million to study the effects of technology on babies, children, and teens. announcer: when we return, nasa willotte
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soledad: nasa is embarking on its hottest mission to date. literally. nasa says its parker solar probe will "touch the sun" -- which is kind of an oversell. the probe is actually going to explore the sun's atmosphere. so, it'll be about 4 million miles away from the sun's surface. still, it is the closest any spacecraft has ever gotten to the sun, which means the probe will face brutal heat and radiation. why does nasa want to probe the sun? well, there's still a lot we don't know about it, especially its corona or it's outer atmosphere. why is it hotter than the sun's surface? how does solar wind affect earth? the launch is scheduled for august 11. 1958, scientists created a wish list of missions they wanted to accomplish. 60 years later, this is the last mission on that bucket list. the parker solar probe is the first spacecraft named for a living person. in 1958, dr. eugene parker correctly predicted the
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existence of solar wind. he is now 91 years old and plans to watch the launch of the parker solar probe from cape canaveral. i am soledad o'brien. that's it for "matter of fact." i will see you back here next week. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit] this is not a bed.
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