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good morning. it is saturday. january 30th. i am ali velshi. it has been ten days for the booitd presidency. we have a full show, featuring everything from soon to be surging job industry to impeachment to a weird ride on wall street to a cuckoo in congress. it appears another vaccine will be available in the fight against covid-19. johnson & johnson reports its vaccine that comes in single dose is 66% effective protecting against covid-19, 85% effective preventing severe cases of the disease one month after vaccination, and shows complete
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protection against hospitalizations one month after vaccination. those effectiveness rates are lower than pfizer and moderna vaccine, both of which require two doses. nonetheless, it is considered highly effective. another tool to use against coronavirus. however, johnson & johnson's vaccine is less effective against some new covid-19 mutations, specifically the extremely contagious south african variant which is spreading widely in the united states. >> because they're more transmissible, it means more americans will become infected. even though we had slight decrease in number of new cases, we went from 250,000 new cases a day to 180,000, the expectation now is it will go back up because of new variants, more people are going to infected, start overwhelming hospital systems again, and possibly the death rate will start to go up from a combination of more new cases in general and also they
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may have slightly higher mortality rates just from the variant, just by nature of the variant. we're in for a tough ride. >> early this morning, the united states surpassed yet another tragic milestone. more than 26 million total confirmed cases of covid-19. more than 437,000 americans have now died. january is now the deadliest month of the pandemic, more than 88,000 deaths. there are two more days left in the month. more americans died from covid-19 in january than in september, october, and november combined. and weekly jobless claims are at numbers previously unseen in american history before the pandemic, president joe biden put forward $1.9 trillion relief package, wants to move forward in a bipartisan manner. however, republicans decided to play political games. democrats are preparing to move
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forward with or without republican support. >> i support passing covid relief, with support from republicans if we can get it, but covid relief has to pass, no ins, ands or buts. >> the gop gas lighting continues with republican lawmakers calling for unity and expressing work togetherness bereft of the party's role in the january 6 attempted coup, and ongoing attempt to destroy american democracy. that attempted coup is having tangible effects on the republican party. nbc news review of available registration data, shows thousands in key states left the party after the siege and changed to no party or independent. and still, the anti-democratic antics continue. in arizona, the republican chair of the state's house ways and means committee has introduced a bill which rewrites part of the
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arizona election law to give the arizona legislature the authority to override the certification of the state's electoral college votes, essentially taking power of deciding the president away from the people, which is neither democratic nor american. this new republican party features people like marjorie taylor green, who in addition to being an ardent election denier. some may lead you to question human sanity. greene backed essentially every conspiracy theory from the past 20 years, from 9/11 to sandy hook to park land to pedophiles in pizza parlors, and support for execution of democrats including president obama and hillary clinton who she said is a satanic vampire of sorts. in case you don't see it on the list, marjorie taylor green
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wrote a lengthy facebook post arguing the california 2018 wildfires were started by a laser beam in space and controlled by jews. it is unknown if dr. evil, known proprietor of the space laser beam is jewish. margery taylor green has been appointed to the committee on education and labor. republicans appointed someone who believes school shootings are staged, in public harassed a survivor of a school shooting, that believes a giant laser beam ignites forest fires to something involving education. what was that about unity? as for the january 6 insurrection, "the washington post" reports two pipe bombs discovered near the capitol are believed to have been planted the night before, and newly revealed surveillance footage obtained by "the washington post" appears to show the suspect placing one of the bombs in an alley one block from
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capitol grounds. comes as another individual has been arrested at a new checkpoint with gun and ammo and stop the steal propaganda, two members of the extremist group the proud boys hit with conspiracy charges. the first conspiracy charges against members of the group in connection with the insurrection on january 6. and this police body cam video from the attack, obtained by "new york times," appears to show the middle of the melee, including a rioter using a weapon, hockey stick as a weapon against police, another one using a crutch. more than 5,000 national guard troops set to remain in d.c. through march to guard the capitol from violent domestic extremists, far right individuals that attend the same rallies as people like the congressman, marjorie taylor green. but good news. well, there's some good news. joining me, katie benner, covers the justice department for "new york times." helped break the story which
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details what appears to be a near coup at the justice department during the failed former president's desperate final push to have the election overturned. good to see you. thank you for being with us again. katie, you were involved with reporting about proud boys who have been now charged with conspiracy. that's a little bit different. majority of the charges we have seen have involved people sort of trespassing or being in a federal building without permission, not leaving. conspiracy is a more serious matter. >> yes. what we're seeing now is the justice department, it started with a broad and quick investigation. what we're seeing now is more complicated, serious charges on top of misdemeanors we saw them bring in early stages of the investigation is helped by two things. tremendous number of additional tips the public brought, you can look at the videos we showed to the audience, start identifying
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people, so much of what we saw with far right groups was protecting the amendment, free speech. once people commit a crime, there's probable cause to do things like search their electronics. >> you talked to nicole wall as about the any normally. you said the president broke norms for four years. what we are seeing is that he established norms for four years. he didn't break them, he made new ones, we're going to live with that impact. i think you were saying with some respect to what happened at the justice department, sort of a split screen, look at what happened january 6 outside the capitol. at the same time, there was a very advanced deep inside the government effort to overturn the election that involved senior members of the justice department. >> absolutely. saw it not just in the justice department, senior members of the justice department, at least one senior member believed that the president had an argument that the election might not have been fairly won.
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we have seen it now with rioters. when you look at the footage you're showing today, these are people that also felt empowered by the president. one thing they're saying in their defense, they came to the capitol, stormed the building, committed crimes they committed at the behest of the president. what's so interesting about that, this is not so different from what we saw over the summer. so during the racial justice protests we saw a lot of violence, no denying that. the federal government is cognizant of that. we saw with some far right extremists, militias, showing up at protests, almost acting as de facto police force, shadow police force for the president of the united states. they were acting on his orders, we saw them show up on january 6 again at the behest of the president to quote, unquote police the ongoing congressional
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work to certify the election. we have seen a norm, not just to show -- a norm to be heard that what we think was law enforcement is not good enough. >> katie, thank you for the remarkable reporting. pulitzer prize winning journalist for "new york times" covering department of justice department. you should follow her on social media. she has been filing some mind blowing stories lately. joining me, mazie who are own oh of hawaii. her debut memoir, "heart of fire" an immigrant's daughter's story. hello. >> aloha. >> thank you for joining us this morning. when i'm in hawaii, hawaiians tell me it is not just a greeting, it is a sense, right? >> it is. >> being well and being
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friendly. you're looking a little aloha on capitol hill now. >> definitely, sadly. i think when trump got elected, as you say, he created some norms for some people, and they're acting on the norms sadly. >> katie was talking about efforts against the president, impeachment effort and trial in the senate and arrests of people that participated in the january 6 insurrection. there's a middle ground and it involves two fellow senators, josh hawley, ted cruz who denied results of the election, actively recruited people, encouraged people to partake in some activity to overturn it. you are one of seven senators that filed an ethics complaint against your colleagues. >> yes. so the senate is the body that we care about improper conduct by our members. the process is to file the
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complaint with the ethics committee. it is not just exercising first amendment freedom of speech, no, they were right in there, pushing out the lie, the big lie for months leading to the insurrection. they should be held accountable with investigation from the ethics committee. >> tell me what likely happens there? this is really serious. i'm going to talk about it later in the show, but your colleague, senator hawley, continues to go on tv, publish op-eds in newspapers, speak on the senate floor about how he is being muzzled which is ironic given he is publishing things and going on tv. there's a grievance he is expressing with no basis in reality. >> senator hawley is good at playing the victim. it is surprising to me when otherwise to me privileged
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people start acting like they're victims. this is not just a situation where he is being muzzled. that's the word he likes to use, even though he is all over the place, talking about the big lies and continuing to support the president, this is what he does. it is called playing the victim. we shouldn't take that as anything other than a bunch of baloney. in our case asking for an investigation is very serious because improper conduct which basically in this instance led to capitol insurrection should be held accountable. he shows absolutely no remorse, nothing along those lines, continues to put forth the line, continue to support the president and his base. so that is what is going on.
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i just think we're in a situation, ali, where the president and people around him are not held accountable for their behavior. people being hurt. this insurrection, as you know, dozens of police officers were harmed. a person lost his life and five people died, it was insurrection. when the republicans say move on, get over it, it is astounding to me that's the value they're espousing, that people shouldn't be accountable for what they do and say. >> senator, always good to see you. thank you for taking time this morning. >> thank you. >> her new memoir "heart of five" an immigrant daughter's story, available for preorder now. quick programming note, chuck schumer joins reverend al sharpton to discuss the
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impeachment trial and agenda for the new democratic majority in congress. politics nation airs today at 5:00 p.m. eastern, only on msnbc. well, it started with republican congresswoman, qanon sympathizer wearing a mask saying censored while on the floor of the house floor, broadcast on every cable news network. now josh hawley claims he is being muzzled. they seem not to grasp irony. josh hawley is a lot of things. muzzled isn't one of them. f this muzzled isn't one of them. eakin] [ truck beeping ] [ speaking indistinctly ] [ beeping continues ] [ engine revving ] obviously, i have not been to the zoo since. [ truck departs ]
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this past week before he did an interview with top rated am station in st. louis and then was interviewed on cnn, senator josh hawley wrote an op-ed for fourth highest circulated
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newspaper in america. in all of the extremely high profile appearances, he repeated the grievance that he is being, quote, cancelled and muzzled. that's rich. the irony of him discussing his being muzzled seems lost on him as he writes about corporate monopolies and the left team up to shut down speech they don't like and force their political agenda on those in america. this is the time to take a stand. end quote. that's cute, complaining about being cancelled while speaking on the senate floor, complaining of shutting down free speech in a column in a major newspaper. he seems to enjoy taking stands, he is not disserng about their being rooted in truth. when they aren't rooted in truth, he believes he bears no responsibility for what he says. senator hawley can apparently dish it out but can't take it. his self inflicted problems started after the 2020 election and before the mob attacked the capitol. during an interview with fox
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news january 4th, he was asked if he believed donald trump would still be president january 20th. in response he said that depends on what happens wednesday. you see senator hawley was all in on lies about election fraud, was suggesting in the fox interview that then vice president mike pence could magically change the outcome of the election. as we now know, wednesday january 6, an angry mob stormed the capitol. hours later, hawley followed the insurrection rejecting decisions of dozens of judges who declared there was no voter fraud in the 2020 elections and challenged legitimacy of millions of legal ballots voting to overturn election results. he claims he wasn't looking for a different outcome, was giving voice to missourians concerned of allegations of fraud, perpetuating a dangerous campaign. some found it to be a conspiracy
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too far, chose to not publish his book and distance from him. to hawley, that is muzzling. there are people that are muzzled, and he is not in the same zip code as any of them. he believes freedom of speech means not only the right to say what he wants, truth and fact be damned, and in no way should his words carry consequences, unlike those truly muzzled, he is protected by first amendment, at last check is still very much a thing. a member of the senate, gives him a platform to always speak. despite losing a book deal because publishers felt his connection to those that attacked the capitol and our democracy was a bit over the top, hawley found another publisher. for a man that claims to be
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the american people should have a say in the court's direction. it is the president's constitutional right to nominate a supreme court justice and it is the senate's constitutional right to act as a check on a president and withhold its consent. >> that was then senate majority leader mitch mcconnell in march of 2016, trying to come up with a logical sounding reason that may justify his blocking president obama from filling a supreme court vacancy, blocking his nominee, merrick garland, from ever getting an up or down vote in the senate. the best he could come up with, because there was presidential election in eight months, so the next president, the president in 2017 should get to fill the 2016 vacancy. it didn't make sense then either. if anybody wondered what the real motivation was by fall of
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2016, it became clear. before the election as most were assuming hillary clinton would win, republicans admitted they wouldn't give her nominee a hearing either. they rigged the court. republicans essentially put in place a de facto rule that only republican nominated justices would get a confirmation hearing when they were in charge. it was never how close the election was. for anyone still tempted to believe that excuse, mitch mcconnell proved it was a sham when he rushed through a donald trump nominee in october of last year to replace justice route bader ruth bader ginsburg. confirming amy coney barrett eight days before the 2020 election. the senate that represents less than 43%, was able to change the number of justices defak cofrom 9 to 8 for nearly a year, and ultimately changing court makeup to 6-3 conservative majority by only allowing republican nominated justices access to the
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senate confirmation process. even though the last president served one term, he was able to nominate and confirm three supreme court justices in four years, more than any of the previous three presidents before him. which is why there are growing calls for president biden to reform the court, to fix what mitch mcconnell did to break it. and there are signs that biden might be willing to explore options, now that he is staffing a bipartisan commission to study reforms to the supreme court and federal judiciary. an organization called unrig the court has some ideas what reform would look like, advocates not just adding additional seats but imposing term limits, more transparency rules for the most distinguished judges. want to bring in danielle mclaughlin, attorney, coauthor of federalist society. how conservatives took the law back from liberals. good to see you. thank you for being with us. i want to start with something that a lot of democrats are frustrated by, that was in 2016 when mitch mcconnell first did
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this with merrick garland, there are a lot of people that say why didn't the democrats do more, why didn't they fight back at what was obviously the breaking of the court or attempt to break the way the court is populated. you commented that you still think democrats haven't figured this out. >> no, you're right. democrats are playing tid lee winks, the republicans are playing chess in 3d. it is very clear that supreme court justices over more than the last couple of years when we have seen george bush and trump make appointments, it is a arm of the republican party. if you look at policies and decisions, no different than if you look at the rnc platforms at election time. what biden needs to think seriously about is whether he is going to allow what has happened particularly with amy coney
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barrett to stand, whether they'll give serious consideration to expanding the court, to restore the ideological balance which we would not be here if they had not rushed through amy coney barrett's nomination, under the same rules they had given obama in 2017. >> right. there were months and months to confirm merrick garland, it was eight days before the election they confirmed amy coney barrett. with republicans often appealing to conservative base means talking about having a supreme court majority for dealing with the second amendment, guns, and abortion. how do democrats take control of a message that allows people to understand what the relationship is to policy positions that they have, between policy positions and the supreme court. >> that's a great question. i think the most obvious one is health care. the idea that republicans have tried to tear down obamacare in a number of different ways since it was instituted in 2010. so health care should be really important. access to courts, criminal
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justice reform. most americans are moderates, most americans don't hold highly conservative positions on many of these things, so i think democrats have to speak to americans about things that impact them and real proximity to their lives, explain not only health care, civil rights games of the '60s, '70s, '80s will be gone. we now have 6-3 court. roberts is a swing vote, he won't be enough. not getting a 5-4 decision between barrett, cavanaugh, gorsuch. unlikely they'll side with liberals on civil rights issues. >> let's listen to something that former attorney general eric holder said about court vacancies at the brookings institute, delivering a keynote speech monday. listen to what he said about this. >> we simply can't keep going through the cycle of allowing a death on court to create chaos, leave the balance of the court
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to the whims when the time is right to retire, it is not tenable in the long term. >> he makes an important point. the sudden retirement or people that get really old and have to retire or pass away then throws us into a complete political tizzy. what's the answer to what he identifies as the problem? >> i think he is talking about term limits or potentially age limitation which is what fdr suggested in 1937 as part of his court packing plan. if he didn't retire, he would add a new justice. the problem becomes there will still be gamesmanship around that justice. no surprises when the justice turns 70. whatever the age may be. still going to be games man ship, people will know when important things are happening and within which presidency. i think democrats need to do a better job of selling importance of the supreme court to the electorate. that's the fundamental problem
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that democrats have. >> the issue of the court size is an interesting one. this is tinkering with institutional history to change the court size from nine. it is not actually, the nine is not historically a relevant number. >> no, that's absolutely true. five supreme court justices, had as many as ten supreme court justices, so no, it is not fixed in the constitution. if we expand, it becomes a race to the bottom. this may have started with harry reid in 2013 when he dropped the filibuster for most presidential appointees, it was mitch mcconnell in 2017 who dropped the filibuster for supreme court nominees, but the bigger question is that to expand the court, democrats need to get rid of legislative filibuster all
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together. so the democrats have to figure out whether they're comfortable doing that. if it was mitch mcconnell, he would do it in a heartbeat. we have seen pure power plays from republicans in the last five years as relates to the supreme court. is there appetite on the democratic side to get rid of the legislative filibuster to expand the court? time will tell. >> i always learn so much talking to you. thank you for joining us. author and attorney and coauthor of federalist society, how conservatives took the law back from liberals. new concern whether the coronavirus vaccines protect against the new covid variants. we'll have everything you need to know about the new virus strains next with dr. john torres. first, we love to see good things happen to deserving people. amanda gorman who shot to fame faster than bernie sanders and his mittens is killing it. the publisher will print 1 million copies of each of her
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month of the pandemic so far. to make matters worse, not only struggling with the original strain of covid that killed 438,000 americans, we have seen close to 500 total confirmed cases of three new variants. white house chief medical adviser dr. anthony fauci suggests vaccine developers remain nimble adapting drugs to new strains since more needs to be learned about them. what exactly are the variants, how are they different, what can we all do to stay safe from them. joining me, medical correspondent dr. john torres who is here to breakdown some of the very important questions. john, good to see you as always. what do we mean when we say a variant? >> ali, great to see you as well. that's the biggest question i am getting. i hear about variants, what do we mean by variant. viruses' jobs are to copy and make more virus. the way they do that, they go from one to two viruses inside
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the cell, then from two to three, and then from two to four viruses. as they're expanding, as they're slowly expanding, every now and then, they make a copy a little different. that's a mistake. sometimes that mistake is advantageous. that's what we are seeing in three main strains that there's a lot of concern about right now, ali. >> talk about the three main strains. what are the main variants to be concerned about? >> there are thousands of variants in the u.s. and across the world. three main ones are ones that have given them advantage. the b 117, detected in the uk. it is now here in the united states. and it is in over half the countries in the united states, that means it is community spread already, at that level. when it gets to that level, we get concerned about it. they're trying to keep a close eye on it. next one, b 1351. that strain was first detected
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in south africa. that's the one we know, even though the b 117 is more contagious, it is not more deadly. this one, we're not sure of. they're keeping a close eye on it. unfortunately it has been found in the united states as well. two cases in south carolina. the problem is these two cases were geographically separated, which means there probably is some community spread there. last one is the p 1. that variant was first detected in brazil. now that variant has traveled here to the u.s. one case in minneapolis in minnesota, that case was from somebody who traveled from brazil. we're not sure there's community spread at this point, but something they're keeping a close eye on. that's why they need a good surveillance system in place to detect the variants. >> so you used an interesting term, talked about deadly versus contagious. let me put it to you this way, are these variants more dangerous, whether it means deadly or more contagious? >> so the variant, b 117, the
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one that came out of the uk doesn't look like it is any more dangerous but more contagious. the other ones we're not sure of, keeping a close eye on. what happens, if you look on the surface of the virus, you have different proteins, the e, s, m protein. these are various proteins, including the spike protein. that's what helps the virus get into the cell. what happens is the virus attaches spike protein to the cells, almost like a lock and key mechanism. if the key is better, it can hold on faster and longer and then the virus can get in the cell much easier. once it does that, it starts to copy itself and turn into other variants. that's the big concern. these can be a little more dangerous but can produce more dangerous ones as well. >> talk about whether the vaccines work against the new variants. i heard different things. >> so we have three vaccines out there now, the first one is johnson & johnson. they came out with information.
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72% effective in the united states. which doesn't sound like much, but effective preventing severe illness or death. against the south african strain, 57% effective. a little concern. as dr. fauci said, still showing good effectiveness preventing death. nobody died from the virus after they got to 28 days. the other ones are moderna and pfizer. those are more effective preventing overall disease. and novavax vaccine about to come out shows 95% effectiveness against the uk variants, 85% effective, less than 50% effective against the south african variant. we're so concerned about the south african variant because vaccines don't seem quite as effective. we want to be sure they're under control still. >> john, good to see you as always. thank you for joining us. dr. john torres, msnbc medical
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correspondent. state of oklahoma wants a refund on hydroxychloroquine. the state bought $2 million of the anti-malaria drug after it was touted by the former president as eskt i have treatment for covid-19. it has shown little to no effect treating severe coronavirus illness. oklahoma wants to return the 1.2 million pills and get money back. listen to the scientists or it will cost you. a week full of climate accountability at the white house. president biden says his initiatives will create jobs. also a week of fundraising for senator bernie sanders. not only did the now famous photo of him with woolly mittens become a meme, it raised money in vermont. the t-shirts, sweatshirts, stickers sold out in 30 minutes. he and his wife were amazed by the creativity shown by so many people in the last week. glad we can use my internet fame to help vermonters in need.
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today is climate day at the white house which means that today is jobs day at the white house. we've already waited too long to deal with the climate crisis. we can't wait any longer. >> joe biden promised to lead a white house with an aggressive stance towards climate change. while many conservatives balk at the issue, his plan to transition to clean energy should present millions of brand new jobs in the future. a princeton university study found if the united states aggressively pushed to reach net zero emissions by 2050, it could, quote, create approximately 500,000 to one million new energy jobs across the country in the 2020s alone, with net job increases in nearly
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every state. now, we would see roughly a million jobs lost over the next 30 years in fossil fuel energy sectors like oil, gas, coal, but we would more than make those up. if aggressive moves are made, could see increase of 7 million jobs in clean energy by 2050, netting 6 million jobs all together, minus ones we lost. sectors like solar, wind, biomass, rebuilding the power grid. his climate envoy john kerry spoke to andrea mitchell about it thursday. >> before covid the fastest growing job in the united states of america was solar panel technician and the second fastest growing job was wind turbine technician. natural evolution in many ways as technology advances, new products, new things come online, jobs change. it is just a reality. >> for more on this, joined by
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betsy rosenberg, environmental media host and journalist reporting on climate issues for roughly 20 years, also contributing author to "climate abandoned". you make a very interesting point. that is that we we think of green energy workers as solar panel installers or people like that, but in fact, you mentioned that we're going to need climate-trained journalists and climate-trained teachers well beyond the energy sector. exactly. we think of technicians and engineers and that is a big part of it because we have to change our whole economy and greenify it. perhaps we can retrain oil rig workers because we can teach them to build the high-speed rails that we need. beyond that it's a matter of expand our thinking. when i speak to high school and
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college students, whatever you're interested, being law, medicine, a journalist or writer and put a green twist on it and a twist of lime, as i say, the jobs will be in demand even though we're talking until we're blue in the face. this is a new day. it is all changing and we have to create those jobs and it is up to the people who are going into the world now especially to keep this in mind. because look, we're here in terms of sustainability in the country and we need to go here and in terms of getting a stable climate back and restoring our oceans, habitat, you name it. it's annen being challenge. it's going to take all of us and so much time, energy focus and the way that we're finally treating it as an emergency and we finally have leadership. it's truly an exciting moment, ali. it's like a week of climaxing. the hits kept on coming almost too much to process. >> a different expression than i
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was going to use. >> we are 4.25% of the world's population where 20% of the world's fuel consumption and most of that is associated with driving and transport and trucks in the united states. sure, we use it for heating and industrial reasons, but we use a lot of it for driving. we just had an announcement by general motors that by 2035 you will not be able to buy an internal combustion engine vehicles from general motors. that is huge and such a major piece of our consumption. >> it is epic and gm has an interesting history, stop and go with electric cars and i don't know if you recall, ali. they released the ev-1 to about 5,000 happy environmentalists in california because of a ruling of the california resources board that there had to be a number of zero-emission vehicles. so they could have been out ahead and we were ready to call them green motors by now. they killed the electric car if
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anyone saw that film, they weren't the only ones, but they were a part of it. they rounded them up in 2005 literally during hurricane katrina and took them out in the dark of night and crushed them in mesa, arizona and put one or two of them in the museum thinking that was the end of the electric car thinking there wasn't enough in the infrastructure and the fact is now they have joined the green revolution, the eco evolution and it is very exciting because they're the ones who brought us the hummer, as well. as gm will go the others will go and they've been making plug-in cars and volkswagen has made a clean commitment to clean cars as well as ford and the european makers especially, but to see a big american automaker make this commitment and again, they've been spotty and putting the brakes on and putting the accelerator on and they've been unsure, but as soon as biden and harris were elected they made a big push and the other
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automakers were taken by surprise. >> betsy rosenberg is an environmental and climate journalist and a green worker, if you will. >> thank you for being with us. >> we have more to come including hakeem jefferies, we will talk about all of that. coming up later at 10:00 a.m. eastern, senator elizabeth warren joins tiffany cross after calling on enforcing clearer rules and the cross connection starts at 10:00 a.m. eastern on msnbc. velshi continues after a quick break. c. velshi continues after a quick break. they know exactly which parking lots have the strongest signal. i just don't have the bandwidth for more business. seriously, i don't have the bandwidth. glitchy video calls with regional offices? yeah, that's my thing. with at&t business, you do the things you love. our people and network will help do the things you don't.
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good morning. it is saturday, january the 30th. i'm ali velshi. we have a packed hour ahead. in a moment i'll talk to congressman hakeem jefferies about impeachment part two and the chilling threats against his family that were made amid the deadly capitol riot. plus the operative steve schmitt joins us to weigh in on the rudy giuliani accusing an associate of his anti-trump group the lincoln project of being behind the riot. plus we'll unpack the conspiracy-theory loving fringe taking over the republican party. we begin with president biden signaling that he'll pass the ambitious covid relief plan with or without republican support. >> i support passing covid relief with support from the republicans if we can get it,
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but the covid relief has to pass. no ifs, ands or buts. >> the urgency to pass the stimulus comes as biden has wrapped up the nationwide vaccine goal to 150 million doses in his first 100 days in office. on friday johnson & johnson reported that the single-shot covid vaccine is 95% effective though it showed decreased efficacy against the south african strain that's identified in south carolina. j&j, is expected to ask the fda for emergency use authorization paving the way to make it the third available vaccine in the united states. >> there were essentially no hospitalizations or deaths in the vaccine group whereas in the placebo group there were. so this really tells us that we have now a value-added additional vaccine candidate. we will continue to see the evolution of mutants. so that means that we, as the government, the companies, all
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of us that are in this together will have to be nimble to adjust readily. >> we have breaking news this morning as the united states has now surpassed 26 million confirmed cases of covid-19 since the start of the pandemic, this as the death toll has risen to 438,000. turning now to the latest on what authorities are learning about the violence planned before the january 6th attack on the capitol which included the planning of two pipe bombs of both major party headquarters. on friday the fbi released information on the suspect and upped the reward to $100,000. it shows the suspect walking down an alley around 8:00 p.m. and he is seen carrying a backpack, a mask and gloves. the capitol police chief who is in charge at the time he suspects the bombs were an intentional


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