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i'm katy tur it's 11:00 a.m. out west and 2:00 p.m. in the east, and breaking news out of the uk today. where there are promising developments in the search for a coronavirus vaccine. oxford says it has developed a covid-19 vaccine that is safe and does induce an immune reaction the vaccine could move to the next stage of testing within weeks. the president defended his administration's response to the pandemic again today, while speaking with reporters at the white house. and he announced that he is bringing back coronavirus task force briefings. >> so i think what we're going
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to do is i'll get involved and we'll start doing briefings. whether it's this afternoon or tomorrow, probably tomorrow. and i'll do briefings. >> republican leaders mitch mcconnell and kevin mccarthy met with the president today to discuss a new round of covid-19 stimulus the gop wants to give businesses protection from any liability related to the virus but there also appears to be little republican support for extending the full unemployment benefits that formally expire at the end of the month right now, the house oversight committee is holding a hearing on how covid-19 uncovered america's outdated public health infrastructure we'll bring you any developments on that as they happen >> but let us begin at the white house where president trump is aggressively defending his covid-19 response, even as some prominent republican leaders are starting to contradict his advice nbc news has learned that president trump is shifting his
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strategy as both public and internal polling shows disapproval with his handling of the pandemic earlier today, the president attempted to deflect blame from china again. and once again blamed the media for covering the rising death toll >> i see that over the weekend, i guess on friday, there was a record worldwide number of death. worldwide. because when you watch the news, the local news, and you see it, and it's like all about the united states. i never like to talk about what's going on in the world i do want people to understand, this is a worldwide problem. caused by china, but it's a worldwide problem. >> joining me now from the white house is nbc news correspondent carol lee. carol, i'm just curious, is there a change in strategy here? because it sounds like the same things he's been saying throughout this pandemic, that it's not his fault, and that the media is not covering the good
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news of it >> that's a great question, because while the president is maybe delivering the message differently, in that he'll start attending and holding these brief coronavirus briefings in the white house briefing room here, the message is very similar. like you said, you hear the president just broadly speaking, really trying to deflect blame for any responsibility in terms of how the handling of the pandemic is going. we have seen him basically complain that he's not getting enough credit for his response, and there is a shift in strategy in the sense that his aides want him out there talking about what he's doing to handle the pandemic the problem is, as you note, he continues to lean on excuses for why the pandemic is being handled the way it is, and including saying again in fox news sunday interview that it's because of increased testing let's take a listen to what he had to say >> if we didn't test, you wouldn't be able to show that chart. if we tested half as much, those numbers would be down.
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many of those cases are young people that would heal in a day. they have the sniffles, and we put it down as a test. many of them, don't forget, i guess it's like 99.7%, people are going to get better, and in many cases, they're going to get better quickly dr. fauci has made some mistakes but i have a very good -- i spoke to him yesterday at length i have very good relationship with fauci he's a little bit of an alarmist >> a bit of an alarmist? >> a little bit of an alarmist >> now, a senior administration official tells us, katy, that part of the reason for this shift in strategy to put the president out there more in front of speaking about this response is because of some internal polling here at the white house that showed that americans really have no idea what the federal government is doing in terms of handling the pandemic now, the problem that his aides are going to run into is one we have seen before the president likes to come out and talk, and he can do so at length and veer off topic. this time, they would really like him to stay focused, but
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history will tell you that's going to be tricky >> so these task force briefings, are they going to be led by dr. fauci and dr. birx, or are they going to be led by the president and ceos, because whenever the president got involved, that's when his approval ratings fell even further. >> yeah, well, we know that the president is definitely wants to be a part of it, whether we saw at times he would hold the briefings and he would speak, and then he would turn it over to the experts and sometimes he would leave the room and vice president mike pence would take over and answer questions for some time after that what we know is that the president wants to -- that his aides, at least, would like him to come out and talk about things like here's how many supplies are going to a certain place, here's where we are on therapeutics and a vaccine and keep him focused on that and leave other commentary to the experts. again, we have seen past briefings that that's something the president struggles to do. >> carol lee at the white house, carol, thank you very much
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and after seeing early success in the coronavirus pandemic, california is again experiencing a surge in new infections and deaths. los angeles leads the state in confirmed covid-19 cases a fact that mayor eric garcetti attributed to a lack of national leadership >> we have seen no national leadership we have had to stand up testing centers on our own we had to do so much that is outside of our lane because of the lack of national leadership. >> how much worse does it have to get in los angeles before you feel compelled to issue another stay-at-home order >> sure. well, i think we're on the brink of that. >> with me now from los angeles is nbc news correspondent jo ling kent. he's saying that l.a. might be on the brink of shutting down again. he admitted that l.a. opened up too fast jo, that has got to be really frustrating for residents of your city. >> that's right. it's frustration and fear.
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and what garcetti may be looking at right now is the 2800 new confirmed covid cases that were announced yesterday. and within that, 53%, a majority of those new covid cases, have been confirmed to be people under the age of 41 years old. so that raises all kinds of new red flags. that has the public health director of l.a. county saying this some very strong words right now, young adults are being hospitalized add a rate not seen before, no matter how young you are, you are vulnerable to this virus she urges everyone to take collectible responsibility stay physically apart from people you don't live with, and properly wear a face covering when you're outside your home, but stay at home as much as possible this comes, katy, of course as cases skyrocket here in california to over 380,000, increased capacity of icu beds, but the issue right now is when
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garcetti will outline anything specific for the city of l.a he has said things like this before over the past few weeks he's not outlined it but we do know that both newsom and garcetti are thinking about what could come next, and perhaps these streets are going to empty out once again. katy >> jo kent in los angeles, thank you very much. and now, let's head over to florida. south beach has issued a new 8:00 p.m. curfew that is meant to help the spread of the virus in florida the state announced more than 10,000 new cases of covid-19 today. and although some florida mayors are pushing back against the idea of a second shutdown, florida congresswoman donna shalala who served as hhs director under president clinton says a new lockdown is exactly what needs to happen >> it's the working poor it's seniors it's now young people. and it's totally out of control. we need to close down in
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florida. >> joining me now from miami is nbc news correspondent sam brock. so sam, 8:00 p.m. curfew that probably isn't going over so well with people who want to go to dinner in miami. what about the idea that they might shut down again? >> yeah, absolutely. look, there's definitely split sentiment right now, as it pertains to restaurants, for example, the business community, very much worried that if they shut down outdoor dining as well, in addition to indoor dining, which was a recent development in miami-dade, businesses could go under and never come back. as it pertains to the curfew, 8:00 at night in south beach a lot of people really just starting their nights then, having dinner, and you're talking about the streets being cleared out. now, in terms of what going on in the state, governor ron desantis held an update this afternoon. he was heckled, perhaps a testament to the frustration that's going on right now as people screaming at him, shame on you, and you're lying to us in the state of florida right now, 150,000 plus infections in
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the last two weeks, katy that makes up 42% of all of the cases that we have seen since the pandemic started something is going on here right now. we have physicians and staff members, nurses that are fatigued, icu areas that are near capacity if not overcapacity miami-dade reporting 127% of their icu bed capacity right now. the state is reflecting a little bit more room in those numbers whatever it is, there's a lot of problems going on right now, and the police departments are hoping that putting in these curfews will help to curb down some of the transmission of this virus. here's ernesto rodriguez with miami beach pd >> we have seen larger crowds coming out to miami beach. not adhering to social distancing guidelines. not wearing face covers. our number one objective here is compliance >> since the pandemic started, miami-dade, where i am right now, makes up about 25%, 24% of all the cases in the state plus broward county, those two together on monday were over
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40%. that's why you're seeing more extreme measures right here in miami. katy >> sam brock, sam, thank you very much. and let's bring in dan gelber, the mayor of miami beach, florida. thank you for joining us i'm wondering how you feel about this hodgepodge of restrictions, this 8:00 p.m. curfew only applies to south beach, but not everybody is only going to dinner in south beach. it might be a hot spot is it effective if you're seeing one area have stricter rules than another >> well, in our county, i think we're even if we're a little different, we're on the same page all the mayors meet pretty regularly and talk about all these different things the reason we had to do that is we have famous promenades which tend to attract a lot of folks we felt that given the difficulty in getting compliance, that was the only way we were going to do it we're sort of on the same page in our county. i don't know that the state and
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federal government is on the same page with us, but that's a whole other issue. >> would you consider a full lockdown again if things do not start to bend down, the curve doesn't start to bend down >> well, if it doesn't start to bend down, then the decision will be made for us. look, i think the real problem is while we sit there and we try to do the weighing of lives and livelihood, the truth of the matter is that even now, even if we have increased hospital capacity, the level of human suffering is getting really just too extreme. so we're going to have to do something more if the doesn't bend down. whether it's lockdown, whether it's a temporary lockdown, you know, if people would just follow the rules, honestly, we wouldn't need to do this, even be talking about another shelter in place if people just followed the mask requirement we have, people just exercised the physical distancing, we wouldn't be here, but we are for exactly that reason >> why aren't they
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>> well, my belief is that they're getting -- i mean, look, in a hurricane, everybody is on the same page, and all of the elected leaders say exactly the same thing you know, now i hear from people all the time, president trump is absolutely no help in this because he's just telegraphing to people this is not a sacrifice they need to make. mask wearing is the littlest of sacrifices the littlest it helps a loved one or a stranger it's an american thing to do our governor won't issue a mandatory mask order state-wide, which would send a real message, and both the governor and the president have a group of cohort of people who will follow them, really conscientiously follow them, and if they were to send that message out, it would help so much, but for some reason, they feel like it's a political statement to do that, and as a result, we're left on the local level just urging, begging, you know, even fining now people who don't do this when we all should be on the same page as a
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country. >> so you're saying they could save lives if they just got on the same page as everybody else about mask wearing and complying with social distancing, and were consistent about it, and fully supportive of that step >> absolutely. i have no earthly idea why i have to argue with everybody about wearing a mask and it does occur to me that a lot of folks that are arguing back are people who support the president and support our governor and so i would just ask them, look, i understand the supply aspects of this, and they're not supply clerks. they're leaders, and they need to lead. they need to tell people that they need to sacrifice, even if it's difficult to tell them that, because they can't just leave that to local mayors to do and commissions and managers we're going to do that, but they need to help us, and they need to -- they need to lead on this, and they really haven't at all >> it's not the most comfortable thing to wear a mask, but it certainly isn't hard
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listen, it's 100 degrees here in new york today it's hot out there with a mask i get it, it's hot in florida with a mask. but it is not that hard if it means we can get back to what we can see as normal in the future or potentially save lives. mayor, thank you so much for joining us today we appreciate all your time, sir. >> katy, thank you and as this country debates returning to school this fall, a new study about how this virus spreads through older children and that might be a reason to hold off or at least separate kids plus, a group of oregon moms have had it, and literally, they took a stand to protect demonstrators from federal agents in portland now, the state is suing the government for intervening and escalating those protests, but first, a federal judge's son was shot and killed and her husband was shot as well after answering the door in their new jersey home there was just a break in this investigation. we're going to have that next. to lock away deb ris
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shooting of a new jersey judge's family law enforcement sources tell nbc news that the suspected gunman has been found dead. the son of a federal judge, esther salas, was killed, and her husband is in critical condition after a shooter disguised as a deliveryman opened fire into their home sunday evening judge salas, the first latina to serve on the federal bench in
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new jersey, was reportedly in the basement at the time of the attack she was not hurt following developments in north brunswick, new jersey, is nbc news correspondent anne thompson what do we know? >> katy, what we can tell you is that at this hour, the nationwide manhunt has now moved from this neighborhood and it is zeroed in on rockland, new york. that is a rural area of new york up in the catskills and it's there that law enforcement officials tell nbc news that they believe the suspect in this crime took his own life. the man was found dead in a rural area of new york earlier today. police have his car. they have brought it to a state police post, and they're currently searching it for evidence we are also told that they are focusing on the gun that was found next to the man. our affiliate wnbc says they are hearing from law enforcement officials that they are trying to figure out whether this gun that the man used to take his own life is also connected to
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the shooting that happened here late yesterday afternoon it was about 5:00 p.m. when the gunman apparently disguised as a deliveryman, came to the front door of the house behind me and knocked on the door. mark anderl, the judge's husband, opened the door the gunman fired hitting him, and then their son daniel came running to help and he was hit and killed daniel anderl is 20 years old. he was a student at catholic university in washington and he had hoped to pursue a career in law just like his parents. this neighborhood, i can tell you, i have been talking to people all day they're absolutely shattered this family had lived here for 20 years and was very not only just well respected but very well liked katy >> do we know anything about the shooter or a potential motivation >> at this point, no
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there are, you know, as always, there are all kinds of rumors. but we haven't confirmed them at this point one of the things they're trying to look for is, is there a connection between -- where is the connection here between the shooter? is it between the shooter and the judge? or is it between the shooter and her husband? mark anderl is a criminal defense attorney here in new jersey he had served as a prosecutor before that in essex county, and he is well known they're both very well known but right now, authorities are trying to figure out just what the connection is. >> anne thompson in north brunswick, new jersey, thank you very much. >> now let's go over to oregon the oregon attorney general is suing the federal government, accusing it of violating protesters' civil rights by arresting them without cause the lawsuit follows several weeks of protests in portland and an escalation of clashes between the police and
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protesters let's go now to gill, he served as commissioner of u.s. customs and border protection during the obama administration he also served as a police chief in seattle gill, thank you so much for joining us i hope you're with us now. great. >> i am, thank you >> can you give us an idea of what's going on here, as somebody who understands this organization, this agency, what's happening >> so i think what you have is pure political theater it's political theater for an audience of one, the president, to look tough. everyone in charge, the secretary, the deputy secretary, the head of customs, the head of i.c.e., these are all people that have never been confirmed by the senate. they are one tweet away from losing their job, and they want to look tough. and they want to make the president look tough
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>> so ken cuccinelli, who is homeland security acting secretary, dismissed the uproar over all of this, saying this practice is, quote, so common, it's barely worth discussion is this practice so common >> no, and in fact, over the weekend, i checked with a lot of my colleagues, former chiefs, current chiefs no one can ever remember a local police chief asking for or needing or wanting customs and border protection, the border patrol, i.c.e., et cetera, to help police civil unrest the reasons, of course, is this is not in their wheelhouse this isn't what they're trained for. this isn't what they do. and it is just a huge mistake, and it's an incredible waste of federal tax dollars and resources. >> gil, what statute are they working off of how are they able to do this legally? traveling in unmarked vans, according to protesters, not
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identifying themselves or identifying a reason for why these protesters are being plucked off the street how is that legal? >> so, what would be the legal basis for this would be the protection of federal property they clearly have that right to do that. when they start venturing off the federal property, remember, if they're not wearing, you know, police officers have to wear name tags they have to have badge numbers. people have to be able to identify them. this isn't the case so often we also, of course, saw this when they were dispatched to lafayette square in front of the white house. it just goes to show you that this isn't something that they have real experience or expertise in, and it's, again, political theater. >> this morning, the president praised the response and said that it might move to other cities let me play him saying that. >> there was a report out this morning that you're considering
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sending 175 federal troops to these cities to help local law enforcement. can you fill us in on that >> depends on what your definition of troops is. we're sending law enforcement. portland was totally out of control. the democrats, the liberal democrats running the place had no idea what they were doing how about chicago? i read the numbers were many people killed over the weekend we're looking at chicago, too. we're looking at new york. look at what's going on. all run by democrats >> federal law enforcement to some of these cities >> more federal law enforcement, that i can tell you. >> gil, what's your response to that >> so, one, this administration has broken their arms for three and a half years bragging about reductions in crime and how they take responsibility for it as a long-serving police chief, i know nat if you take responsibility for the reduction in crime, that you better take responsibility when crime invariably goes up they're not only not taking any
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responsibility, they're misusing these resources to guard statues. and they're also throwing every police officer in these cities and communities that is working hard to protect the people there, they're throwing them all under the bus. essentially saying to the working law enforcement officers that the local level, hey, you're not really doing your job. you're falling down on it. >> well, the mayor of portland has said that he believes the federal government is only exacerbating problems there. that they were within a week or so of this naturally just going away these tensions, and that the federal government came in and inflamed them all over again gil, thank you so much for joining us, sir. we appreciate all your time. and with community spread surging in chicago, mayor lori lightfoot says now is the time to retighten restrictions city wide a look at what is changing and
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the restrictions include capping the number of people inside businesses, a ban on indoor customers at bars, and limits on the number of guests allowed at apartment buildings and homes. >> u.s. tourists are barred from entering the bahamas, just three weeks after the county -- i'm sorry, the country reopened its borders to international visitors all air and sea travel to or from the u.s. will be shut down this week. the marine corps marathon is canceled for the first time in its 45-year history. due to concerns about the coronavirus. >> and new jersey governor phil murphy announced an all-remote learning option for parents and students worried about returning to the classroom this fall the state's department of education will release a detailed guideline for remote learning later this week >> as schools across the country grapple with their plans to reopen, several universities have developed their own strategy to welcome students back to campus this fall
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missouri's maryville university claims it's taking every precaution, while still welcoming new and returning students to campus that includes new setups in classrooms and residence halls, access to covid testing, and a mix of in-person and online learning joining me now from maryville university in st. louis, the latest stop on his road to recovery tour, is nbc news correspondent cal perry. cal, what are you learning down there? >> hey, katy this university says it's well placed for what's to come. they have put a premium on remote learning in the past, and that's what we're talking about here, is a combination of remote learning and in-classroom learning for example, if your schedule is tuesday/thursday, maybe you're in the classroom on tuesday and remote learning on thursday. the other difference is the dining hall and how people eat here will be forever different you're talking about grocery delivery to your residence hall, and those residence halls will
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be different as well they're trying to spread the students out across town they'll even be using some of the local hotels also, there will be some kind of on-campus testing and all of the students will be required to wear masks i asked the president of the university what concerns him the most here's what he said. >> my biggest worry is that a number of students are not going to want to wear masks because they see it as some kind of ridiculous political issue, which it isn't it's a public health issue we have a procedure in place to work through that with them. and help educate them that they have a responsibility to the entire community, not just to themselves and part of that responsibility is wearing masks that's probably the first thing that's going to happen when they come back. >> now, that procedure will include four in-person monitors who will actually talk to the students about their concerns, be it politics or otherwise, when it comes to wearing a mask. that will be enforced. you have to wear a mask on campus, otherwise, they're
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sending students home. a couple of the trickier things about this coming year, first and foremost is probably the athletics. the president saying he's cautiously optimistic there will be athletics but the ncaa has a lot to deal with >> everything gets easier if everybody just wears a mask. cal perry, thank you very much and there's a new study from south korea that suggests school openings for students in k-12 could still lead to outbreaks in the community. it found that students between the ages of 10 and 19 can spread the coronavirus at the same rate as adults. the threat of viral spread, though, is much less for children younger than 10 it is still not zero let's bring in dr. irwin redlener, the director of columbia university's national center for disaster preparedness always good to see you the difference between younger children and older children, there seems to be quite a line there between 10 and 19 and anything younger than 10 i see you trying to fix your camera you look good, sir >> thank you
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all right. >> is there a scenario where it's safer for us to send younger kids back to school and keep the older kids home is that a workable option? >> well, i don't think so. especially if we're talking about staggered classes or some other kind of weird arrangement, a week on, a week off, two days in school, three days remotely, et cetera. this is probably the most complicated decision we have had to make. and it's a national question about how we're going to open schools safely ideally, obviously, we want everyone child in school on a regular schedule, and can we do that safely? there's probably a way, but we would have to double the number of classrooms in the united states, in a place like new york city, that's no easy task. anything short of that means for working parents, it's almost impossible to figure out how to organize their lives keep their jobs, keep their kids in school. would they hire day care, babysitters? how would they be able to afford
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that on low-wage incomes, et cetera the issue that the study brought up from south korea is extremely important, that tells us that children, young adults, but especially june. high and high school students will be able to carry and transmit the coronavirus that's not necessarily safe. and especially with bringing cases home to their families, older relatives, people at risk, teachers who may be older or and staff with pre-existing conditions so it's one issue after another. your question about, is it safer to send the younger kids to school than the older kids, we don't know yet we simply don't have enough data, and hopefully, we will by the time september rolls around, but right now, we are still struggling with needing more information and not having enough clear answers, katy >> why is it that older kids are more easily spreading this virus? does it have to do with the lung
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capacity >> yeah, it might have to do with things like the breathing rate, how much air is expelled, how much the air that's expelled actually contains the virus. are we talking about big droplets, like if a younger child is coughing and sneezing, that person, that kid will be able to infect other people. if it's just normal breathing, maybe not so much. but again, this is one of the mysteries and the unknowns about this very unusual, very dangerous virus that's going to have to be worked out. but we don't have the info yet >> dr. redlener, thank you so much for joining us today. we appreciate your time. >> sure. >> and from major stores to entire states, we're going to take a look at the new mask mandates are taking effect today. also right now, new york governor andrew cuomo is on a rare trip out of state this time to savannah, georgia, where he's meeting with mayor van johnson, one of the mayors who issued a mask order for his residents.
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walmart's mapdatory mask order is in effect today for shoppers nationwide. joining a handful of other major box stores the requirement includes stores in areas of the country where masks are partially or not required, and in states like texas, where new coronavirus cases recently topped 10,000 for five consecutive days. the order could not come soon enough for many. joining me now from dallas is nbc news correspondent morgan chesky it sounds like what we're seeing from a lot of the big box stores is that they're not going to wait for local governments or state governments or the federal government they're going to mandate it
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themselves and try to lead the way. >> reporter: yeah, katy, you're exactly right. they're being proactive here these policies are going into effect immediately or in the next several weeks we know that walmart, home de t depot, and kroger all putting those policies plain this week target is set to enact their policy starting august 1st it is going to be very interesting to follow the compliance here because more than a third of walmart's 5,000 stores nationwide are falling in those areas where there is not a mask mandate in place. now, i have had a chance to speak to several people who came here today the majority of those were in favor of wearing masks but we have already seen that there is a bit of pushback in certain areas, and i want you to hear what one person had to say when asked what they expect in the days and weeks ahead regarding this enforced mask policy. take a listen. >> seen some people blow up. i've seen customers get into physical altercations with
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clerks who are just trying to enforce the rule that doesn't make me feel safe right? but yeah, if you're wearing a mask and you're standing six feet apart from me, i feel better, sure >> reporter: everyone that we have seen going in and coming out of this walmart has had that mask on, and here in dallas, texas, that is especially crucial, katy, because today will likely be the 17th consecutive day with more than 1,000 new cases of covid-19. katy >> it is incredible that we're still talking about this, that this is still a debatable issue and it wasn't just protocol from the beginning or at least when they figured out that masks work morgan chesky, thank you very much and while there is some indication the curve in arizona may be finally flattening, the state remains one of the country's worst coronavirus hot spots, with more than 145,000 cases and more than 2700 deaths. as of this weekend
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but as arizona fights to beat back the virus, it's also trying to resolve or restore some sense of normalcy starting at least with diamondbacks baseball with me now from phoenix is nbc news reporter vaughn hillyard. this is lovely video to see, some baseball practice what are we going to see when the games finally begin? >> reporter: it's somehow opening week of baseball across the country here opening day is technically thursday, but this weekend already saw action, not only here in arizona but across the country. there's an intrasquad game in the next hour in phoenix this is part of the quest for normalcy here in arizona, there are some indications of some of those flattening of numbers of hospitalizations and cases and deaths at the same time, when you talk to folks within the organizations and with major league baseball, there's an eagerness, an urgency to try to bring back baseball. america's pastime, as they like
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to remind you, back to people's homes. i want to give you a sense, because this is what the players are going to be looking at this is the field in the heart of phoenix throughout the 60-game season, they're going to be looking at empty stadiums i had a conversation with tony clark. he's the executive director, longtime major league baseball player executive director of mlb players association. take a listen to part of our conversation >> that what we have seen over these first couple weeks with the testing, with the adjustments to the protocols and the things that need to be done in an effort to get back playing both individually and collectively, that the guys have taken it serious that the staff around them have taken it serious that the other on-field personnel, including the umpires, have taken it serious and that gives me hope to believe that we can get through what right now is a 60-game season >> reporter: katy, as tony clark was acknowledging, there has not been a major outbreak among any organization at this point and
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only about a dozen players have so far decided not to take part in the season. katy >> vaughn hillyardin an enviable position right now, because even though it's just practice, a lot of us would be really happy to be in those stands where you are right now vaughn hillyard, thank you so much and can lawmakers get a new round of relief done before their summer break they have a few weeks left michigan senator debbie stabenow a back with me in just moment don't go anywhere. no uh uh, no way come on, no no n-n-n-no-no only discover has no annual fee on any card.
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in just a few days that extra $600 in federal payments that so many americans have come to rely on during this pandemic will run out congress only has three weeks left in washington to pass another aid package before their annual summer recess negotiations on a new round of aid are under way. senate majority leader mcconnell and house minority leader mccarthy met earlier with the president and treasury secretary steve mnuchin at the white house. >> the number one issue, we have to technical fix on enhanced unemployment we make sure that we don't pay more money to stay home than go to work. >> we're diss kdiscussing probably ten different elements. >> with me now is debbie
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stabenow the president really wants a payroll tax cut, is that going to be a part of this next bill >> you know, katy, it's great to be with you. i really think is a nonstarter, i don't see the support on either the democratic or republican side. it doesn't make any sense when so many people don't have a payroll right now, first of all, and when we look at this, the house passed the heroes act, the senate should have acted before july 4th before leaving town for two weeks. now we're in spot, you know, we're not debating a stimulus package, it's a survival package, at end of this week, protections for people who haven't been able to pay their housing payment goes away. 30% of americans didn't make their july housing payment and protections go away and they can be victimed at the end of the
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week the last check for enhanced unemployment for people to survive while staying home food assistance, kids going back to skoolt not getting their education against their safety as well as services and jobs connected to state services and local governments and so on. so there's an incredible sense of urgency by people when i was home in michigan, hardship after hardship, i kept hearing -- people are worried and they're tired. they keep saying over and over again, they need help. they need help in their mind, they don't see the president. they don't see the republicans understanding that at all. or seeming to care about the fact they just need some help. >> "the new york times" came out a report talking about how republican governors are breaking with the president when it comes to the coronavirus and issuing stricter orders, do you
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hear anything from your republican colleagues in the cloak room where there are not reporters' prying ears about how they feel about the president's response and their need to act in lieu of him >> you know, they know what he's doing is wrong, even right now with republicans in the senate proposing funding in this package for testing which is obviously critical, ought to be a no-brainer, focusing on the health care and testing and now the president says he doesn't want to do that, they know that's wrong and we're seeing colleagues and states unlike michigan where we have a governor who weighed in heavily early to take this seriously, we know have republican colleagues in states where their governors haven't taken it seriously, some are now and some are finding their local mayors -- some are fighting
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their local mayors on mask ordinance and they're in a real bind do they continue to stand with this president and be, you know, afraid of what he's going to say, are they going to be afraid of him bullying them or, you know, are they going to stand with their citizens? i would just say, in the big, big picture, we got to keep reminding ourselves, we're little over 4% but yet we have 25% of the deaths, there's no way in the world that that should be happening if we had a serious national effort. >> you know in terms of pandemic response before this hit, the united states was ranked number one in terms of most prepared and there's a lot of surprise
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around the world that we're in the position we are in right now. debbie stabenow, thanks for joining us we have a little bit of breaking news out of georgia, democrats there have selected state senator williams to replace the late congressman john lewis on the ballot in november, williams is the chairwoman of the democratic party of georgia who represents an atlanta-based stretch of lewis' congressional district in the state legislature down there. her husband was a top aide to lewis. the new issue of time magazine honors lewis' life, a towering figure in the civil rights movement who represented atlanta for 33 years, he was known as the conscience of congress funeral plans for congressman lewis haven't been yet announced but memorials are expected to take place in washington, d.c., atlanta and in his birthplace of troy, alabama.
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that will do it for me this hour i'll see you back here at 5:00 p.m. eastern for "mtp daily.
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hi, everyone i'm nicolle wallace, it's 3:00 p.m. in the east 12 noon out west brian williams will be back with us at this time tomorrow we begin with the headlines and facts as we know them at this hour it was six months ago today that the very first coronavirus case was diagnosed in washington state. six months later, more than 3.8 million americans have been sickened and nearly 142,000 have lost their lives cases are now increasing in 40 states, and 25 states have seen a rising number of deaths. but there appears to be promising news in the search for a vaccine, according to early clinical trial results published in the medical journal the lancet,