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he urges everyone to get vaccinated when it's your turn and keep wearing your mask. >> good advice. >> that does it for us at 5:00, lester holt is next. we'll see you again tonight. breaking news, we know when donald trump's second impeachment trial will begin senator schumer announced a delay until february nancy pelosi is ready to send the article of impeachment against trump. our kristen welker asking president biden doese support to delay the trial and the president's signing new executive orders to deliver more covid relief to americans who are desperately hanging on and facing questions of his goal of administering 100 million vaccine doses in his first 100 days can he deliver is his proposal not ambitious enough the new warning highly
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contagious u.k. variant, new evidence may be more deadly. the race to vaccinate the outrage in texas one county is planning to prioritize high-risk community of color until the state threatened to slash its doses. cvs and walgreens gearing up to offer in-store vaccinations. what you need to know about that >> celebrating hank aaron, will the tokyo games go on and what olympic officials are saying now? tonight's mega million jackpot soaring $1 billion, do you have your ticket? this is nbc "nightly news" with lestor holt. good evening everyone, as president biden forges a new direction, the shadow of all too recent history and the deed of his predecessor looms tonight as a potential distraction. the article of impeachment of
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former president trump is scheduled for monday a trial where trump is accused of inciting insurrection and threatening to steal oxygen from the biden's agenda making the most of his first day in office, the new president laying out his covid relief plan to put more money into pockets of struggling americans and the virus itself, the new variant that may be caused for alarm a lot to get to. let's start with kristen welker. >> reporter: tonight three days into joe biden's presidency, democrats announcing there will be an impeachment trial of former president trump, nancy pelosi delivered that impeachment article on monday. >> it will be a full trial and a fair trial >> reporter: when will it start? mitch mcconnell proposing a trial in february. president biden is signaling he's open to it. >> mr. president, do you support mitch mcconnell's timeline for a
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february time trial? >> reporter: top senate chuck schumer announcing the trial will start the week of february 8th. democrats need 17 republicans to join them for a conviction >> it continues to divide the discrimination >> reporter: the trial threatening to over shadow president biden's new push on economic relief. >> we are in a national emergency. we need to act like we are in a national emergency >> reporter: the president signing executive orders including increasing the minimum wage for federal workers he says the biggest tool is $1.9 trillion covid relief proposals and $1,400 to americans, sending this message to congress worrying it costs
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too much >> returns on investments and jobs and ratio equities. >> reporter: on the vaccine roll out, some experts say president biden's pledge to administer 100 million shots in 100 days is not ambitious enough since the u.s. already reached that 1 million shots per day last week. >> why not aim higher? >> first of all, we are not packing up our bags and leaving at 100 days. we felt it was important and we set that goal before any american had received any single shots. if we surpass that, that's great? >> reporter: first lady jill biden delivering food to d.c., following outrage when hundreds of them banished in the capitol. new hampshire governor is now saying he's bringing his
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soldiers home. >> it was appalling. >> kristen, we are learning national guard soldiers tested positive for covid, what can you tell us? >> reporter: the defense officials tell nbc news that 150 national guard troops deployed here tested positive a white house official says president biden called the bureau to express that he's sorry for what happened. lester >> kristen, thank you. you don't have to go far from the white house to find the economic pain of the pandemic. businesses are suffering and people without jobs and counting the help from the government our stephanie ruhle shares the story. >> we are down 70% >> reporter: forcing them to lay off 11 employees
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>> my biggest concern is for my people i don't want them ever to be without or lose everything >> reporter: despite billions in bail out and small businesses finding themselves suffering last year 30% closed and sales fell by more than 30%. lower revenue means fewer employees. just last week, 900,000 americans filed for unemployment >> two times a week i am going to food bank just to make sure we don't run out of milk and rice >> reporter: a mother of four with one on the way finds herself unemployed, homeless and living with friends. she has a message for washington >> i wish for one second they would put themselves in our shoes, trade role with somebody for a day. see how it is to live on the other side because it is not fun. >> reporter: a new survey found over half of those who received last month's $600 stimulus can only sustain themselves for a month. a harsh reality, until everyone
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can be vaccinated everyday americans will suffer. >> thank you, stephanie. an urgent reason to get people vaccinated quickly. the new variant that is here and may be deadly after all. richard engel has the latest >> reporter: the u.k. strain is 50% more contagious than the original virus. the spread around the world. it is expected to become dominant in the u.s. by march according to the cdc cases rise today in new york what we did not know british officials announced tonight. the mutant strain may also be more deadly. >> the new variant that was identified in london may be associated with a higher degree of mortality >> there is evidence that there is an increase risk for those who have the new variant compares to the old virus.
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now that evidence is not yet strong it is a series of bits of information that come together to support that. >> reporter: just yesterday the scientists discovered another variant in south africa told us that strain could evade antibodies >> if we don't do a good enough job controlling the spread of the virus, the virus will naturally evolve >> reporter: how many variants are out there now? >> probably in the time we have been talking, probably there is a new one popped up some where today. >> what does this leave the vaccine, are they still effective? >> reporter: british officials believe the current vaccine do still work against this variant. this virus is changing and other variants are still being studied. lester >> richard, it is all unsettled. we'll continue to follow it where it goes.
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who should get priorities given community of color or higher risk of getting infected or dying. who should decide all this miguel almaguer has the story. >> reporter: texas became the first state to administer 1 million vaccines minority dallas neighborhoods have hit a roadblock while we ask providers to ensure vaccine reaches the hardest hit in the areas solely vaccinated reaching those who live in the area is not in line with the agreement. >> it would have been helpful if the cdc build into some kind of prioritization for communities of color >> reporter: the 12 states that track vaccinations by race, in every one black americans are significantly under represented. in pennsylvania, for example,
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1.2% of white residents have been vaccinated compares with .3% of black residents >> we got to get everyone including people who don't have access to the internet or who are you know are home bound of these vaccines >> reporter: the u.s. is still struggling to ramp up production and distribution but experts believe by the end of the summer, every adult american who wants to be vaccinated can be >> reporter: the vaccine did not arrive in time for her fighting in her life at a houston hospital, venezuela. >> tonight the vaccine under served americans need most remains out of reach miguel almaguer, nbc news. the tokyo olympics are set to kickoff in six months there are growing questions if it will be delayed
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with more on that here is keir simmons. >> reporter: reports of the delay of the tokyo games will be cancelled, all categorically untrue swimmer katie shedecki is hoping it is untrue >> reporter: a recent poll found 80% of japanese people want the games to cancel or postpone. tokyo games 2020 have caused more than $50 million. olympic organizers say there will be frequent testing and restrictions on how long competitors can stay in the athlete village and the opening parade >> hopefully the olympics can be put on even if it means we are in the bubble.
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>> reporter: talks are ongoing about whether the games can be held safely. >> the ioc and the government of japan are constantly evaluating those risks. >> reporter: if the game are cancelled, it will be the first time in peacetime, another victim of this war of the coronavirus. >> keir simmons tonight, thank you. hank aaron, a home run machine who also powered his way through racism and into the history books. >> reporter: henry hank aaron was just 15 when he found his passion for football he joined the negro league and minors before breaking into the majors helping to lead in a world's series win in '57. his status growing when the braves moved to atlanta playing
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for a time of baseball legend, joe tory >> hank loved the game of baseball >> reporter: he played 23 seasons in the major he hit his 715 home run breaking bay ruth's record. >> reporter: as a black athlete, he faced backlash, racial slurs and even death threats terrance moore was a friend of aaron covering his career in atlanta. >> was he bitter of what he had to go through? >> he wasn't bitter but he never forgot >> reporter: aaron retired with 755 home runs and was later elected into the baseball hall of fame. also, known for his dedication
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to equality fighting hard for civil rights an inspiring figure both at home plate and at-home. >> i would like to be remembered that someone that -- god gave him the talent to play this game and gave him the talent to do his best >> the braves said he died peacefully in his sleep. could pharmacies get the vaccines out, an exclusive look where you can get your shots
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this pharmacy gives out the not what's happening here. >> reporter: how did it go >> excellent walked in early. >> reporter: this is the covid
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vaccine. >> there is dry ice in there >> reporter: one of the two cvs locations kicking off. >> our pharmacists have been doing this for a while >> reporter: have you had to hire more people to handle vaccinations >> absolutely. this is a dedicated clinic >> reporter: the fall operation warp speed announced partnering nearly 20 pharmacy chains across the country. the program just getting off the ground >> do you take some comfort coming to a place that's familiar >> very much, much more common than going into the hospital >> it is something you use to do and it is convenient >> reporter: this is not nearly as simple as getting a flu shot. >> doing a covid vaccination in the middle of a pandemic, that's challenging, they'll have to figure out how to bring people to their pharmacy and keep them safe >> reporter: cvs and walgreens have already been vaccinating patients
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some states are way too slow >> they are facing a lot of challenges the efforts of pharmacies are picking up now, we are seeing good results >> the next phase is in-store vaccinations >> people are dealing with crashed websites and phone lines busy how can walgreens ensure that does not happen? >> it is important to know that we have this infrastructure in place. we have a platform that allowed people to schedule appointments. >> reporter: before coming to the cvs, complaints of the state run system from scheduling to supply >> i was skeptical i am very happy to report that everything went better than expected >> reporter: in their words, easy, comfortable and fast stephanie gosk, nbc news, long island who wants to be a
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remains a mystery. tom brokaw announced his retirement today he was also white house's correspondent covering the nixon presidency and watergate tom started at nbc in los angeles back in 1966 with the years he brought us many of the biggest stories in this country and overseas, including the fall of the berlin wall >> live from the berlin wall on the most historic night in history. what you see behind me is the historical moment. i want to thank tom for his counsel and friendship all of us here wishing tom and his family our best wishes partnership that's making
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good evening from the newsroom, a lot of talk about kids getting the covid vaccine, we'll explain why. and tell you about a group of south bay teachers that are jumping the line to get their vaccines. we'll see you in just a few minutes. history. at the end of this week, cynthia mcfadden lived through history and are making it. >> reporter: tonight we are reminded of a different swearing in back in 2017 one of joe biden's final act is vice president giving the oath to a brand new senator, kamala harris four years later they share a much larger stage. the unlikely union of two generations. when joe biden was born in 1942,
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it was a time of bigger than life world leaders, churchill and fdr. >> it is for victory >> reporter: america rallied to defeat hitler, strong, united. >> surrendered the great news of the century. >> reporter: now he must confront a much different war, the war within a nation reeling from the pandemic and the ongoing pain and racial inequality shocked to its core by violent cops on democracy. biden is an old man trying to lead the country he believes that may be a good thing. >> if he takes 78 years, that's one-third almost almost the country's entire existce this country is very much a working progress >> reporter: imagine that. he stood on the national stage >> president joe biden, how are you? >> reporter: from nixon to trump and now this man lived through
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so much history who speaks of himself as a regular joe, proud son of a used car sales man is determined to put us forward >> my dad always told me champ when you get knocked down, get up, get up >> reporter: his partner is from a different generation two decades his junior born in 1964, kamala harris' parents two young intellectuals, out to change the world. she says she remembers seeing rallies. joe biden said he did not march, he ran for office, elected to the senate at age 29 just as the vice president was just turning eight. both trailblazers. harris the first woman of color in every office she held as she breaks the glass ceiling
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that's a heartbeat away. >> this is america's day this is democracy's day. >> reporter: two different american experiences now blended lived, part of the history they make and deemed some time. cynthia mcfadden, nbc news >> that's tonight "nightly news" on this friday, i am lester holt, thank you for watching everyone, please take care of right now at 6:00, keeping students safe at school. >> i feel like all the teachers, the staff, and even the students are really working hard to make sure that we can stay open. >> the school in contra costa county proving with the right steps in-person classes are possible. also, new worries about kids and covid. >> and he described it as a stab, like somebody was stabbing him in the neck. >> the rare side effect that's becoming more concerning and the push to get children cleared to get the vaccine.
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and as one storm moves out, we're tracking a new one on the way that could have an impact on your weekend plans. >> the news at 6:00 starts right now. thanks for joining us on this friday evening, i'm raj mathai and i'm jessica aguirre. >> good samaritan hospital confirms to us it is inviting teachers and staff at the los gatos school district to make appointments and get vaccinated. the state adjusted its tiers and made senior citizens the next priority for the coveted vaccine after health care workers. according to an email first obtained by san jose spotlight, the los gatos school superintendent told staff members they got the invitation from good sam because they helped raise money and ppe for health workers last year. the county health department tells us it has informed good sam it needs to follow state guidelines which


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