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♪ judy good evening. i am judy woodruff. on the "newshour," democratic divide. president biden's agenda exposes riffs in the democratic party as negotiations intensify. then, former secretary of state collin powell dies from covid complications. we remember his life, trailblazing career and complicated legacy. and the whitest paint. how its application to exterior surfaces could help to combat the world's rising temperatures. >> you only need to paint less than 1% of the earth's surface, and we should be able to reverse global warming.
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by the corporation for public broadcasting and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. stephanie: i'm stephanie sy with "newshour west." we will return to the full program after the latest headlines. covid-19 has reached deadly new records. the virus has second 45 million americans and killed. 725,000 the latest surge has slackened, and daily averages are down roughly 20% in the last two weeks. news of one of the most what -- high-profile deaths today. collin powell succumbed to complications from covid. powell was the first black secretary of state and at one time a potential presidential candidate. his family says he had been battling a type of blood cancer and parkinson's disease. we will look at his life later in. the program jury selection has begun in the
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murder of ahmaud arbery. three white men confronted him as he ran through their neighborhood in brunswick, georgia. the defendants watched as lawyers began questioning up to 1000 jurors. the process could take two weeks or more. both sides the elijah mcclain case have reached a settlement to resolve a civil rights lawsuit his family filed. the 23-year-old died in 2019 after aurora, colorado police placed him in a neck restraint and fire department personnel injected him with ketamine. a criminal case is being pursued. the u.s. supreme court has backed qualified legal immunity for police accused of using excessive force. today's rulings came in cases from oklahoma and california. the qualified immunity defense protects police from civil lawsuits unless clearly established constitutional or legal rights are violated.
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russia suspended its diplomatic mission to nato today. it was retaliation after the western alliance expelled eight members of the russian mission over spiting. foreign minister sergey lavrov announced nato offices in moscow will be shuttered. >> mato is not interested in dialogue and joint work. we do no see the need to keep pretending that changes in the foreseeable future are possible because nato has shown the impossibility of such changes. judy: a russian led security block began major security drills near 10 jicha stan's border with afghanistan. russia is concerned that taliban control of afghanistan could fuel it islamic extremism in central asia. human rights activists disrupted the olympic torch lighting in greece for the beijing winter olympics.
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three people sneaked into the site with a banner that read "no genocide games." activists want the games moved because of china's treatment of tibetans and muslims. former president trump filed suit today to block his white house records about the assault on the u.s. capitol. president biden agreed to release the documents. the lawsuit argues they are protected by executive privilege. mr. gave a videotaped deposition over allegations his security guards assaulted protesters in 2015. it stemmed from the day he announced for president and claimed mexican migrants were criminals and rapists. e u.s. environmental protection agency is moving to limit forever chemicals that linger in the environment the toxic compounds are known as pfa's and used in everything fromarpets to cookware, but they are getting into.water
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systems the epa says it wants to set new drinking water standards. still to come, american missionaries are kidnapped in haiti as the country descends into chaos. hollywood avoids a shutdown, but questions mount over the strength of workers. why mocrats are struggling to unite. much more. announcer: this is the "pbs newshour" from weta studios in washington and from the walter cronkite school of journalism at arizona state university. judy: negotiations are heating up on catol hill today over president biden's multitrillion dollar work and family bills. lisa desjardins is here to update us. you've been reporting all day long. give us the latest.
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lisa: congress is back, and talks are beginning in earnest. president biden is meeting one-on-one with democrats who are critical, and today, pramila jayapal. a lot of focus remains on the u.s. senate, and there is one aspect of what biden wants and what many progressives want that seems to be in jeopardy. that involves the climate change portion of this reconciliation, the build back better biden bill. to explain this nag, this is the clean energy performance program. that is a program that would make it so that utility companies would be rewarded or penalized based on the how much renewable energy they use, trying to move them towards 100% renewable energy. they would be penalized if they don't go there. it is a creative way to put a cost on carbon.
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senator joe manchin of west virginia, a critical vote, objects to this. his state west virginia is powered 91% by coal and would lose something as this deal stands. environmentalists say this aspect, this way of charging a cost for coal and other fossil fuels, it is one third of the climate impact, the reduction in the missions they want. it is a critical part for dealing with this planet. what you see is a fight between short-term job needs in places like west virginia and the long-term health of the planet that is playing out. judy: you have a number of democratic senators pushing back, including senator bernie sanders. lisa: that is correct. i want t start with another senator. while joe manchin ss he can't support e deal with this idea of a carbon cost, here is what some other senators are same.
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senator tina smith, she tweeted out she can't support a bill that won't get to where they need to be on e missions. this is a problem for democrats to solve. they have people who think it has too much, not enough, and then you have someone on offense, senator bernie sanders, writing in joe manchin's newspaper on op-ed on friday saying, we now have in historic opportunity to support the working families of west virginia, vermont and the entire country. bernie sanders has been going on conservative airways. he's been in places like indiana trying to sell this deal, but he is targeting senator manchin's state. senator manchin reacted. he wrote, this is not the first time an out-of-stater has tried to tell west virginians what is best for them despite having no relationship to our state. sometimes, these feuds are political, and people need to vent.
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i think this is personal for senator manchin, and i think it will be part of the dynamics coming. judy: you have this division going on, and then you have speaker pelosi saying she wants this moving by the end of the month. this is october 18. lisa: that is still the goal, technically. let's look at what the calendar is. the reason why october 31 is significant is because that is when the highway expiration bill , those provisions expire. those would be renewed in that infrastructure bill. nothing can pass if both bills are moving. now we have just seven weeks left until december 10, the end date for this congress. a lot of our viewers know, congress only needs three days a about two dozen days
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left in the session for them to figure this out. we are talking about november, december. judy: we will see. lisa, thanks very much. a group of mainly american missionaries hasn't been heard from since their kidnapping in haiti over the weekend by a dangerous gang. as yamiche alcindor reports, abductions are on the rise in haiti, one of a number of crises there. yamiche: on saturday, the kidnapping victims had just finished -- visited this orphanage when they were seized, a sign of mounting dangers on the island. >> when we hear there is a can they be -- kidnapping, we know it is not going to be good for drivers. people do not go out in the streets. yamiche: the christian aid
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ministries said those abducted included 16 americans and one nadian. five were children, one just two years old, haitian authorities saying they were taken by a notorious gang known for kidnappings, killings and extortion. they were stashed in a community east of port-au-prince. u.s. officials, including the fbi, are consulting with haiti to find the group and bring them home. >> our embassy team into haiti has been in constant contact with the haitian national police, the missionary group christian aid ministries, and family members of the victims. yamiche: haiti has been experiencing hardship on many fronts. knapp's have spiked since the president was assassinated in
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july. a massive earthquake killed 2200 people and devastated parts of what was already the western hemisphere's poorest nation. last month, thousands of haitian migrants were expelled from the united states. against that backdrop, haiti's gangs have grown in power, even marching in the streets. with me now is very pierre pierre, the founder of "the haitian times," an english-language publication focused on covering the nation. what do these kidnappings say about the current state of haiti? >> thanks for having me. it mea the country has plunged into chaos. it has reached a depth we would not have dreamed up a few months ago. they he gotten emboldened as we've gone along.
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judy: this was carried out by a gang. can you tell me more about this gang. >> this gang has been among the most violent of the gangs operating in haiti. they were bad in the northeast corridor of the capital. their m.o. is to abductor buses, taxis, to maximize the ransom opportunity they get from abductive a large number of people. yamiche: kidnappings have spiked 200%, 300%. talk about what makes this kidnapping of these 16 americans different from the kidnappings
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we've seen in the past. talk about the evolution of kidnappings. >> the kidnappings started years ago. they were targeting the mole auto class. then the darker skinned haitians were targeted. after that, street vendors were targeted. just about anyone could be kidnapped into haiti. we have seen foreigners slowly being targeted. we had a french priest who was kidnapped. there were parishioners kidnapped live on facebook. everybody is unsafe except white americans, because everyone is afraid of the wrath of the u.s.
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government, but with this kidnapping, it shows to us that th is not a concern anymore. they are telling the americans, come get us if you can. they are taking this to another level. every time i think this is the last stop, someone else tells me , you have a lot more to go down. yamiche: the u.s. position has been to not negotiate with terrorists. how do you see this being resolved, and how does that connect to the way the haitian government sees connecting -- negotiating with governments or gangs? >> the haitian government has negotiated with these guys. the people have negotiated with these guys. it's difficult ifou have a loved one in captivity but can't pay the money. the u.s. government has a different position. they say they won't negotiate
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with terrorists. these guys are terrorists. it will be see -- interesting to see how the u.s. handles this. we know there are fbi agent's on the ground, and perhaps they've never dealt with an fbi negotiator. it will be interesting to see how this is resolved. this is not about ideology. this is, we want money, power and control. yamiche: a tough situation in haiti. thank you, gary p. for joining us. judy: this weekend, the
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entertainment workers labor union iatse averted a strike that would have ground productions across the country to a halt, but it is not the only showdown taking place between workers and employers. after over a year of risky and demanding work on the front lines of the pandemic, as stephanie sy reports, many workers say they have had enough. stephanie: thousands of american workers are on strike, and thousands more are preparing to walk out in what some have dued striketober. workers at john deere walked out over pay, working conditions, and benefits. from kellogg's to film sets and hospital workers, dissatisfaction is leading to work stoppages. 24,000 nurses and other health care workers in oregon voted to allow a strike after
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negotiations stalled with kaiser permanente. the collective action from workers comes in the middle of a tight labor market and in a year when many companies have posted record profits. we turn to rebecca given, a professor of employment relations at rutgers. thank you for joining the "newshour." what are the forces that have unleashed this discontent among workers? > the labor market is tight, but these workers have experienced a lot during the pandemic. many of them continue working, whether they are in the food supply chain or health care. many employers bring in record profits while they are putting their health and lives on the line, risking the health and lives of their families, and they are seeing this stark demonstration that their employers don't care that much about them. they don't care about their well-being. they are really reaching their
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limits. they are maxed out. > i'm hearing that you believe this is a byproduct of the pandemic. what other similarities do you see in what workers are asking for across industries? >> workers or act scheme for dignity on the job. many of these strakes are especially focused on mandatory overtime when workers are not getting time off in between shifts. they are being forced to work and inhumane number of hours. they are pushing back against two-tiered systems where newer employees have worse benefits. these systems were developed when tes were tough, but when employers a making money, they are chairing the good times with their employees.
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stephanie: i'm sure a lot of workers can relate to that two-tier system, but are organized strikes and unions the most effective path for workers to express grievances, especially given that union participation is at an historical low? >> withdrawing your work and going on strike is your strongest weapon. we are seeing nonunion workers walk off their job together, whether it is a fix to air conditioning, and we are seeing strikes, too. the labor market is tight, and other jobs are available. stephanie: we've seen some headwinds against workers, including big corporations like
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amazon, which defeated efforts for unionization. there is a massive labor shortage right now, professor. how do you think labor unions are viewing this opportunity? >> we are in a situation where labor law is stacked against workers who want to create a union. even the workers have the ability to demand more, it is extremely hard to organize a the labor law really protects workers -- employers as they push back. even though it would seem like it's a good time to organize, it is difficult for workers who do have a union to form one. stephanie: i want to ask one question from a corporate point of view.
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we know inflation is raising prices. do these work stoppages potentially worsen things? >> work stoppages can lead to higher levels. , but employers are making choices all the time. they are paying dividends. they are paying significant paid to executives, and there are ways they can redistribute or decide to budget in different ways that they can pay workers more. we have to understand that corporations are making choices. it is not a calculation that increased wages lead to increased prices. stephanie: rebecca given, you've given us a lot to think about. thank you.
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judy: can an experimental paint that made it into the guinness book of world records one day help keep the world from heating up? john yang went to west lafayette, indiana to found out. john: the world famous buildings of the great kyle's, some less famous beetles, and the glaciers that. the globe. their common color white keeps them all from heating up. white absorbs the least amount of heat. >> to solvthese equations -- john: it is the color that this mechanical engineering professor thought cod help with climate change. he and several of histudents spent years on a quest to invent a type of white paint that could cool the planet. >> you only need to paint less
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than 1% of the earth's surface, roofs, roads, cars. we should be able to reverse global warming and bring the temperature back to where we wanted to be. john: commercial white paint is used in hotter climates because it reflects 80% to 90% of sunlight, which keeps surfaces from getting hot, but he wanted to take it a step further and figure out something that would cool surfaces. >> what our paint does, it reflects as highs 98.1% of sunlight. it only absorbs 1% of sunlight, almost no light or heat from the sun. commercial paints absorb 10% or 20%. we cut the heat gained from the sun five to 10 times. >> that's enough to make a difference between something that cools itself and something that heats up.
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john:john: one of his students, phd candidate joe keeble, shows us what makes the paint different. >> do you see how it is mixing? john: it contains high concentrations of barium sulfide, which is used in cosmetics and to brighten photographic paper. >> many people think this is dangerous. it is safe to ingest. when you do medical x-rays, it makes your bowels opaque. john: how much paint are you going to make now? >> this will make about 50 to 100 milliliters of paint. it takes around 18 hours. john: to see one of those small squares and action, we went up to the rooftop. >> this tile is the brightest paint we can get. this is our barium sfate paint that has a reflectivity of
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.1%. john: with the naked eye, this looks like a brighter white. this is cool to the touch. >> this one is absorbing so much more solar energy, therefore, heing up, while this one is absorbing a little bit, but rejecting more to deep space. john: it is actually cooling. >> just sitting here by itself, it is cooling down below this outdoor tempature. they are about 1degrees different. john: to give us an idea of the difference the paint makes, they red up an infrared thermometer. >> you can see this square is very orange compared to our paint, which is a dark color. john: on this sunny, 73 degree day, the tile with their white paint was nearly 15 degrees cooler than the one with commercial paint, and more than two degrees cooler than the surrounding air. we were on top of the world's
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largest air conditioning research lab, something the hope the world will need less of with their paint. could this eliminate the need for air conditioning? >> you could eliminate air conditioning for certain locations and certain times of year. if you use this in phoenix, arizona or reno, nevada, it could save 75% of cooling during the summer months. hn: large-scale production would mean more commercialization of. it took them more than seven years to test 100 different materials before landing on this formula. tell me what it was like the day you realized you succeeded, that this was cooling below ambient temperature. >> my research was literally
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watching paint dry. when we got something successful , it was validating. >> i started to realize when we got interest from people all over the globe, we realized many people need cooling, and many places aside from cooling, we need to address climate change. our work can have a far-reaching impact. john: they applied for a patent and partnered with a major paint company in the hopes of bringing it to the wider public. for the "pbs newshour," i am john yang in west lafayette, indiana. judy: as we reported, collin powell, a trailblazing military leader and the first black
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secretary of state, died today from complications of covid. his family said he suffered from multiple myeloma, a blood cancer. nick schifrin has this look back at his life and career. nick: as statesmen and soldier -- >> our strategy to go after this army is simple. first, we are going to cut it off, and then we are going to kill it. nick: powell became one of the country's most favorite candidates. >> we've gone to a time when a black man can be a serious contender for the presidency. nick: he was the son of jamaican immigrants and grew up in a hunts point, a diverse neighborhood in the bronx. his 35 year army career began in
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rotc at city college of new york. he became a platoon leader in the cold war in germany and served twice in vietnam. he became the country's fourth black four-sta general, and the first black national security advisor. >> general colin powell he. was the first and nick: the first to serve as first principle military advisor to the president. >> is important that the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff be a person of breath, judgment, experience, and integrity. collin powell has all of those qualities and more. nick: by then, he was a proudly productive warrior. in december of 1989, 25,000
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troops invaded panama. >> 100 30,000 troops stormed kuwait. nick: in january of 1991, desert storm to evict iraqi troops who entered kuwait. in ds, they evis rated the iraqi army. >> we have a grand force that can finish off the job nick: throughout his career, powell was a mentor and inspiration to four-star officers. >> i lost a tremendous personal friend and mentor. he's been my mentor for a number of years. he always made time for me, and i could go to him with tough issues. he always had great counsel. i feel as if i have a hole in my
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heart. >> i ask him to become the 65th cretary of state of the united states of america. nick: he announced himself as a republican and in two thousand one became the first black secretary of state. he was a popular secretary inside the department known for modernization and promoting diplomacy, but on policy, despite internal clashes about the invasion of iraq, he made the case forar, using what proved to be false intelligence. >> saddam hussein and his regime have made no effort to disarm as required by the international community. nick: he called the speech a blot on his record and left the administration in 2004. in 2008, he called barack obama a transformational leader. >> i think senator obama has captured the feelings of the young people of america and is
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reaching out even more. nick: his all mom bought her started a school for civic and global leadership in his name, and in his students, he saw himself. >> can you tell me where you are from and where your parents are from? each one of you are 12, i think. >> yeah. they reminded you of yourself. >> i said,y god. this is me. that is when i decided i needed to do more than show up. nick: for decades, powell did much more than show up. he died as a national security
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trail blazer. for the "pbs newshour," i am nick schifrin. judy: for more on the legacy of poll, we talked to two men who knew him well. richard haas has known him since the carter administration. he is now president of the council on foreign leader -- relations. michael is a longtime reporter on the dense department. he is now a reporter for the "wall street journal." welcome to both of you. as we said, you knew collin powell going back to the 1970's. what made him so successful? >> he began with a tremendous advantage, which was extraordinary intelligence.
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he would spend time every day absorbing information, integrating it with the information he already had. on top of that, he had people skills that most of us could only dream of. when he worked at the pentagon, he would reach out to dozens of people regularly because he had something to say, but because he didn't. it was his way of making sure these relationships were good. he worked the sysm better than anybody else. judy: worked the system, and michael gordon, he was the first black man to serve as chairman of the joint chiefs, secretary of state. what was it about his approach to the military? how did you see him from that perspective?
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>> he was one of the most powerful chairmen of the joint chiefs of staff. he was a very charismatic personality who knew how to maneuver in washington, including with the media, and he took office at a time when there were momentous events. he was at the nexus of all of these events, and he was the face of the pentagon. judy: as we said, you served with him at the state department . there are not many individuals we can think of who would serve at the highest levels of the military and go on to be
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secretary of state. what was it about his approach to foreign policy? >> it's a very short list. people like george marshall, dwight eisenhower. part of it is lots of military people, he had a caution about the use of military force. he understood it was not an abstraction. he also had a real appreciation of diplomacy, and he saw these tools not in tension, but rather to be used in tandem. i've mentioned that powell was someone with people skills, was comfortable trying to persuade people, was comfortable rethinking his positions, so in that sense, he was very natural
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in his diplomacy. it actually lent him great flexibility. it was hard to say about thi combat veteran that somehow he was soft. judy: michael, you were talking to us about what came to be known as the powell doctrine. >> powell, the formidable figure he was, powell's views were not without some controversy and debate. it really grew out of the war in vietnam. he thought if the u.s. were to use military force, the force needed to be decisive. very often, that was interpreted
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as overwhelming, but at a minimum, it had to be decisive and have public support. it was a good model for the persian gulf war where you are fighting saddam hussein's troops. it proved to be less useful a device when the u.s. tried to approach what to do in bosnia and the balkans, where the choice was between not using overwhelming or decisive force. judy: richard haas, you've been speaking to us about how effective he was at communicating, at being a leader, andet when you served with him in the george w. bush administration, he was agreed as the odd man out when it came to not being on board with the rest
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of the team in terms of the decision to go into the war in iraq. how did he handle that? >> in some ways, being secretary of state was his most difficult position. he was more comfortable as chairman, national security advisor, because he was integrating the inputs. as secretary of state, you've got to be more of an independent advocate, and what he was advocating most of the senior people in the senior administration were not enthusiastic about. he was not enthusiastic about acting unilaterally. he was enthusiastic about using diplomacy. he was against going to baghdad during the gulf war. he was not naturally inclined to do a second war by -- where by
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definition we would be going to baghdad. judy: to sum it up, if it is possible, what was his legacy? >> the way he would like to see his legacy is a person who suck to transcend ideological prescriptions for how to go about the world, who try to secure a kind of internationalist agenda. he was very much in the mainstream. he was a general who became a diplomat, an admirable figure who i think republicans and democrats all respected. judy: would you add anything about his legacy? >> it is the legacy of example. he was a moderate man. he was a man of the center in a time when people are increasingly an endangered species. it's the kind of decency he
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brought to public service. judy: remembering collin powell, thank you so much. richar haas, michael gordon. ♪ judy: president biden is heading into another week of trying to sell his infrastructure and build back better agenda to the american people, and as the members -- and to members of his own party in congress. 20 me are amy walter of the cook political report and tamra key of npr. it's time for politics monday. welcome back.
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let's start with where we think we are. i see you wincing already. we heard lisa reporting that negotiators are back at it, and there's just been a report from cnn that senator sanders and mansion met today. they said afterwards they are going to keep meeting and talking. at this point, how worried should president biden be? >> you've asked to that question the three weeks in a row. from outside, there is the perception that there's not a lot of movement, and senator sanders -- sanders said, there's a lot of focus on the fight but not the content, but the fight is about what is going to be in the legislation. they simply have not agreed on what will be in it.
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will childcare be for everyone? will paid family leave fee for everyone? will universal pre-k be universal? will senior set a series -- citizens get their medicare expanded? >> they don't know. judy: i feel like i'm asking this question every monday. some people said, it is just of that drama >> they go through. >>it is a drama. i feel like i said this before, but it is important to say this every time. what the biden administrion is attempting to do with this humongous package, trillions of dollars, we've never seen anything like this pass through a senate is 50/50 where the democratic house speaker -- we
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are talking about the eye of the needle. very small majorities. every one of these packages we've talked in the past, big reconciliation bills, the party pushing it forward could've afforded to lose 30 or 40 house members or a senator or two. the other challenge, what i am seeing, for all of the focus on this legislation, when you talk to democratic voters, younger ters of color. this is an existential threat.
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we were going to pass voting rights legislation. we were going to tackle immigration. all of those issues were central to voters coming out and turning out for biden. this is the other challenge that the biden administration is having. they want to get this passed, but for many democratic voters, they don't dislike this package. they have priorities that are higher. judy: high expectations. we keep hearing it will not be 3.5 trillion dollars, but $1.5 trillion. still a lot. you've been out on the road in the last several days.
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are they trying to stir up issues that they believe can work to their benefit? >> stirred up is exactly what has happened in many of these communities, particularly focused around school boards. school board meetings have become places of protest . police have had to be there. they've had to be shut down. it is something that we are seeing in the virginia governor's race. we are seen around the country and effort by republica to stoke the base. could they also win over suburban voters? it is not clear they are going to succeed some of the voters in
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ohio were frustrated and angry and did not want their town to be the center of a polarized fight, and they didn't want their school board to be cut up in what amounts to be one of these culture wars. judy: are these the kinds of things that have legs? could this end up doing damage to the democrats? >> i think it is right that it's an issue that energizes the republican base. on the other side, energizing democrats, which is why you are seeing in virginia terry mcauliffe, the democratic candidate, is talking about trump nonstop. i looked at the ad spending, the amount of money he spent on advertising to voters in the state, and he spent about $3
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million on ads with the word "trump." they want to nationalize the race in a state that is as democratic as virginia, and if you are a republican, you want to localize it. judy: trump was in the state last week. >> he called into the state. he had a presence. judy: how do they counter something like what you saw in ohio? >> it's not clear yet. there's a question of whether there might be a backlash to some of the fighting happening in school boards wre democrats could end up galvanizing voters to protect their school boards. it's not clear that is happening either. in the case of terry mcauliffe
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running as a democrat, he is basically begging congress to pass this infrastructure package we have been talking about to try to get democratic voters excited or engaged. >> but trump is the 1 -- that is the question. what do democrats do? one is that trump will get the base excited, but then they would say, passing this big bill, giving our voters and swing voters a toolaying, we've got this list of accomplishments done. is that enough if on the others of it we are still not doing well economically echo judy: going back to what you said, democrats saying, what about immigrion, voting rights? it is not that these issues have not come up and are not being worked on, but we are not seeing -- >> we are not seen progress
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because you cannot pass -- there will be a vote on a voting rights bill. it will not succeed because democrats were unable to get enough republicans to go along with this. that is how it works, but if you are a voter and said, i voted to give democrats power and they aren't using it, that is frustrating. judy: the same thing with police reform, gun control. democrats at this point looking for something -- maybe it is called infrastructure and build back better. >> that's right. independent voters are frustrat with polarization, and that's another one of president biden's campaign promises. if he can pass a bipartisan infrastructure bill, that might soothe some concerns, but polarization is very present.
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emergency planning for kids. we can't predict when an emergency will happen. so that's why it's important to make a plan with your parents. here are a few tips to stay safe. know how to get in touch with your family. write down phone numbers for your parents, siblings and neighbors. pick a place to meet your family if you are not together and can't go home. remind your parents to pack an emergency supply kit. making a plan might feel like homework, but it will help you and your family stay safe during an emergency.
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♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ -today on "cook's country," i'm making a streamlined one-pot chicken jardinière, toni explores the history of cooking in a single pot, adam reviews bird's beak paring knives, and morgan is cooking an easy one-pan mediterranean shrimp. that's all right here on "cook's country."