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good afternoon, everyone, i'm ayman mohyeldin in new york. it took longer than expected but the white house says 70% of american adults have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. this comes as the delta variant continues to drive up cases across the country. one in five new cases is being diagnosed in florida with the state hitting a new record for hospitalizations. and the delta variant has also helped to push the overall number of cases in the united states above the 35 million mark. all of this comes as the senate gets down to work on the bipartisan infrastructure bill. democrats want to get this work done in the next few days. but it is not clear if
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republicans will cooperate with that time line. >> let's start voting on amendments. the longer it takes to finish the bill, the longer we'll be here. >> our full consideration should not be choked off by any artificial timetable but our democrat uk colleagues may sen sill out the differences. >> president biden announcing new executive actions to keep americans in their homes. it comes as some house members are still camped out on the capitol steps calling for action on the he fiction moratorium in this country. we're going to talk about it with house financial services chairwoman maxine waters. mean time, the biden administration also set to expand priority refugee access for civilian that's works with the government in afghanistan. and we're 24 hours away from simone biles talking about plans
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to take part in the balance beam final after withdrawing from several competitions to focus on her mental health. next hour, top officials from the white house will hold a briefing on the state of the pandemic. even as 70% of americans have now gotten at least one dose. the delta variant continues to decimate largely unvaccinated communities in this country. the devastating effects of this variant are on full display in states like nebraska, florida. as i was saying in nebraska, cases have skyrocketed 140% in the past two weeks alone as part of a summer surge. over in florida, well over 10,000 residents are battling this virus in hospitals, believe it or not. and sadly, those numbers could soon increase as the state just hit a single day record for new cases this past friday with more than 21,000 people testing positive. joining me now nbc news correspondent shaquille brewster
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and our reporter live from jacksonville, florida. two of the states seeing the dangerous surges. shaquille, i'll start with you. this morning we were able to get a glimpse of the covid unit at the hospital in omaha. and you heard, i believe, from doctors there telling you about what they're seeing. what stood out? >> it's really the strain that this is putting on medical systems here in omaha. they filled their main covid unit. they're now expanding that and, of course, this is coming deep into this pandemic. you know, one thing that you are continuing to hear is frustration among doctors, among nurses, who say that this is largely preventable at this point. because i spoke to a doctor who said that out of the patients he's seen in the icu, only two during the surge, only two have been vaccinated. the others have all been unvaccinated. so this is largely impacting people who could have gotten that vaccine. and when we talk about the surge that this medical system is seeing, while it's not the here is quantity that you're seeing in florida, it's a smaller population here, it is having a
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significant impact. the listen to how a physician put it to me just this morning. >> we have been operating just using that unit for covid-19 patients. again, we were down to three or four covid patients at the beginning of july. that covid-19 unit is now full and we started to use additional units to absorb the extra covid-19 patients that we're managing. we are far from seeing the worst here in nebraska and across the rest of the country. there is a significant portion of the u.s. and this is probably going to be the worst phase of the pandemic. >> i mention the strain that you are hearing among medical professionals. a month ago there were three covid-19 patients and now he is dealing with 30 patients. they were already busy when just dealing with the three covid-19 patients. the coronavirus is the no the only element people that people suffer from, they were dealing
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with the surge of patients already. and this just added, it compounded the problems that they were fatesing here at this medical center. ayman? >> we're back to using words like front lines. i know you spent the weekend talking to health care workers on the front lines fighting the virus. what has this surge been like for them? >> exactly. of just take into account what the hospital workers, the doctors, nurses and other staff are working through. and that is the reality that this is a fourth wave. there is a record number of individuals hospitalized with covid-19. now across florida, more than 10,000, we just walked outside of this jacksonville hospital. u.s. health hospital here in jacksonville. they're trying to expand the covid-19 units. and we actually were just inside. i want to let everybody meet lauren johnson. he's 67-year-old man that has been here for 22 days.
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rushed by ambulance, unvaccinated. his message now very clear. we face timed with him just outside his hospital door. take a listen. >> every day i get on this phone, i say please do not wait. get a vaccination. if i wasn't so stupid, i got my best vaccination, i wouldn't be in this predicament. don't listen to no foolishness, go get vaccinated. >> god bless him. the word he used he is lus ened to foolishness. we talked there for quite a while. this is day number 22 for him. he is not alone. there are 220 individuals like him in there. he doesn't drink or smoke. he feels like a 20-year-old up until he contracted covid-19. but unvaccinated. we're also talking about people younger than him. he keeps hearing stories from
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down the hallways. as we were taking the elevator down to get out here to talk with you, we were talking about a pulmonary specialist. he was working with a 25-year-old. this hospital he was working with, he lost a 39-year-old last week. he also was just working with a 43-year-old just earlier today. we're now seeing across the state of florida, ayman, the average age of covid patients is 42. the no the 42 infected vudz, but 42-year-olds sick in you have to come into the hospital here. this is a striking scene in florida right now. >> yeah. one that is also playing out elsewhere in the country. thank you both. while we were talking, we got some breaking news. confirmation from senator lindsey graham, republican senator saying just moments ago on twitter i was just informed by the house physician that i have tested positive for covid-19 even after being
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vaccinated. landcy graham, despite being vaccinated, has covid-19. joining me now, dr. eileen marty, a professor of infectious diseases at florida international university. also with us, dr. mario ramirez, an emergency physician and managing director at opportunity labs. great to you have both of you with us. i'd like to begin with you. give us the situation there on the ground in florida from your vantage point. are we anywhere near the end of this battle with the virus? >> no. we are at the beginning. in fact, one of the things that gave our public health school crunching the data showed is that not only are we incredibly steep climb in number of cases and number of hospitalizations, but that climb in hospitalizations is happening at a faster rate than it did last year. and we have our 10,200 cases
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that we documented in hospital just yesterday is the highest we have ever seen in florida. en that includes children. >> what are you seeing in the er? how does this compare to the other surges that you've seen over the past 18 months or so? the good news today, i believe, is that we're starting to see an uptick in vaccinations in response. but the bad news is cases are already up. so how much is the uptick in cases due to unvaccinated people as we just saw with senator lindsey graham? >> i worked the neutral shift over the weekend. i will will tell you, we had gone, you know, four to five weeks without seeing very much covid-19 at all. on my first neutral there on friday night, i had four patients who were covid-19 positive. three of those were all people younger than i am, under age 40, who were very sick. and i think the reporting that you had before this segment, you know, talks about the average age of the person hospitalized in that florida hospital.
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it is very much true the people that i was seeing in in the hospital over the weekend were much, much younger than they had been in prior waves of the pandemic. i do think it's worth, you know, pointing out senator graham's infection, we certainly hope he recovers, the recovery rates in this and the severity of illness people vaccinated and have a. [ breakthrough infection is better than those who are not vaccinated. the data clearly shows if you are like him and have brake through infection, it's very, very unlukely that you'll get seriously ill. >> and we have the tweet there on our screen for the viewers to see. dr. marty, you know, we're just around the corner from schools reopening this month in some parts of the country. miami-dade school district reopens august 23rd. but in florida, the governor signed an order on friday essentially preventing mask mandates in schools. and i think it has a lot of people wondering how do schools
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reopen safely and what would your advice be to parents, certainly those in florida? >> the american academy of pediatrics is clear that everyone in the schools from the staff down to every single student that is more than 2 years of age should be wearing masks. whether or not they're vaccinated or not. i concur with the american academy of pediatrics. and virtually every other medical society in the united states agrees with that perspective. so that's the best recommendation for our schools. and that is the recommendation i will be making to the superintendent when we hold our meeting next week. >> dr. ramirez, let's go back to the pount that we were talking about in light of this news from senator lindsey graham. how much is the uptick in cases due to unvaccinated people versus breakthrough cases generally? as we mentioned earlier, there is still on going protests after
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lawmakers, allowed the federal moratorium to expiring leaving three million vulnerable people homelessness which has people concerned that this would be a setback in the fight against the pandemic in terms of, you know, more mutations, the unabuilt to get people vaccinated or are we focusing too much on the breakthrough cases not enough on the unvaccinated? ? >> i think there is no question that we're in the last few days focused too much on the breakthrough cases. that's clearly an important thing. overwhelmingly, the number of cases that we're seeing in the hospitals are people who are unvaccinated. as the number of vaccinated americans increases, total denominator goes up, we'll hear about more people who are having symptomatic infections. but the bottom line and most important thing that people need to understand is that if you're a vaccinated and have a breakthrough infection, it is very unlikely that you'll get
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seriously ill. >> sometimes i have mild symptoms and quarantining for ten days. to your point, he said i'm very glad i was vaccinated because without vaccinations, i am certain i would not feel as well as i do now. dr. marty, while this affected adults, u.s. health officials are concerned about a rise in a respiratory virus. rsv in addition to a rise in covid-19 cases. how concerned are you about this? >> so thank you. first let me go back to what you were saying before. i want to point out that that recommendation of ten days after infection applied to the ancestoral strain of sars 2. the delta variant, people continue to shed amounts of virus for as long as 18 days after they begin their symptoms. so i think we need to be very
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careful about stopping isolation at 10 days right now. that's one point. next point is, yes, this respiratory virus is and always has been a huge problem for children. and the fact that we're seeing a higher transmission reflects that we were easing up on the nonpharmaceutical public health measures, facilitating all kinds of viruses and things to go from child to child. there are, however, better -- actually more effective treatments for rsv than there are for the sars 2 virus. >> all right. important note there to make. thank you so much. we don't know whether senator lindsey graham has the delta variant or not. but to dr. marty's point, thank you for adding that. thank you both. a big announcement from the white house just before the top of the hour. president biden taking new executive action to keep americans from being evicted
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from their homes in the middle of this pandemic as we were just talking about. we'll get an update on what he is now directing states to do in all of this. plus, now we know what is in the infrastructure bill, believe it or not. but senators are up against a tight deadline to try and get it passed. we're live on capitol hill with the very latest on the time line ahead. plus, a nasty primary is pitting progressives against establishment democrats. what's getting lost in the battle? we'll tell you about that next. you're watching "ayman mohyeldin reports." you're watching "ayman mohyeldin reports. th us... our bargain detergent couldn't keep up. turns out it's mostly water. so, we switched back to tide. one wash, stains are gone. [daughter] slurping don't pay for water. pay for clean. it's got to be tide.
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wear following breaking news from the white house. president biden taking a he series of steps to prevent an estimated 3.6 million people from being evicted from their homes in the next few months. it comes as some house democrats have been sleeping on the capitol steps demanding action on the now expired eviction
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moratorium. they're trying to complete the infrastructure bill before the august recess. they have to start the process for the separate $3.5 trillion bill focusing on other infrastructure priorities. joining me now, our capitol hill correspondent. so lots of moving pieces here. tell us more about the steps that president is taking to try to prevent millions of people from being thrown out in their homes in the coming months and how much of that decision if any was driven by what we see play out by some members of congress on the steps of the capitol the past couple days? >> there's been a lot of pressure from speaker pelosi sending letters to colleagues and urging the who us to do something and also members who have been protesting outside the capitol including representative corey bush who herself has been homeless before. she's been out there since friday night calling on the administration to do something. now we have something from the
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administration. they put out a long statement saying they are encouraging states to release the funding that they have to keep people in their homes. it has not yet gone out. they're asking the federal government about the cabinet agencies. and they are to ensure people stay in their homes but one thing that the white house said in their statement that they cannot do is unilaterally expend the moratorium on evictions beyond this past saturday. there is a request to do it to october 18th. they cite the supreme court ruled in june they don't have legal authority to do sounless there is a substantial reason. they have not found the legal loophole to do it. so what they're doing now is just putting pressure on states and locations and landlords not
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to evict people and provide them with will he relief. >> do you get a sense from your reporting and speaking to sources on the hill that it looks like congress will still have to take action on some of the issues despite what the white house is just proposing? >> yeah. it's really unclear. speaker pelosi said multiple times in letters to her colleagues she's not going to bring the house back in to act. and she said that until the senate acts, then there is no point. as we all know, both chambers have to pass legislation for it to go to the president's desk. as far as the senate is concerned, i have asked senate democratic leadership multiple times if they're going to address this. i have not received any response. for the time being, it doesn't look like congress is going tookt. you. >> you spent your weekend combing through thousands of pages of the bipartisan bill. so you can tell us every word that was in it. how is it being received by the
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senators? what does the time line look like for getting this through? out of curiosity, who do you think is going to sit down and read all of this text? >> yeah. ask me what's on page 2,517 and i'll be able to tell you. let's start with how it's being received. well, the bipartisan group of senators are obviously praising it. its democrats say this is decent legislation. now there are republicans who say there just needs to be a robust amendment. that is something that mitch mcconnell said. there should be no artificial time line. they should let amendments go as long as it takes. leader schumer said he wants to wrap this process up.
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before the end of the week. we'll see how that plays out. and the people who read the bill, there's a lot of staff who have read the bill. as for the members, there is a very good quechlt the members of the bipartisan group, i know that the staff at least were going through that legislation line by line. it took three to four days longer than anticipated. there railroad problems with pro nouns and making changes up to the last minute, ayman. >> lindsey graham tweeting out a short while ago he contracted covid-19 despite being fully vag vaccinated. how could the ten day quarantine, perhaps even longer, absence have an impact on the time line that you were just outlining and politics in general? >> it could have some impact. every time there is a missing senator, it has an impact, especially with the amendments. its going to need a 60 vote
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threshold for the amendments to pass. so, you know, every vote matters. but senator graham has been eating lunch unmasked with his colleagues all last week. he's been around the capitol all last week. i had a conversation with him a couple times last week. so we'll see if this is an isolated incident or if more people get it because of this, ayman? >> very important question. we'll see as well. thank you so much. greatly appreciate it. primary elections could provide early insight into where democratic and republican voters really stand one year before the midterm elections. for democrats, that's especially true in the race for ohio's 11th congressional district. on the progressive side, you have nina turner, a former state senator who was, of course, a surrogate for senator bernie sanders during the presidential campaign. she is advocating for universal
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health care and a $50 minimum wage in an effort to advance more progressive policies. on the establishment side is a local county council member who chairs the county's democratic party. she has aligned herself as a loyalist to president joe biden. joining me now, our nbc news senior political editor. so the race for the 11th district in the cleveland area, it has drawn a lot of national attention from democrats and it's taking a bit of a nasty turn. certainly when you're talking about interparty fighting. take us how -- take us through this. how contentious is this race getting? >> yeah. . watching the tv advertisements airing in this cleveland-akron district are the nastiest democrat on democrat ads i've seen probably since going back to the 2008 democratic fight between barack obama and hillary clinton. as you mentioned, you have someone like nina turner
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blasting brown for not supporting a $15 minimum wage. something that we heard from bernie sanders' campaign and in the 2020 and 2016 democratic races. on the flip side, you end up having nina turner going after shan tell brown on ethics matters, on some local politics. but make no mistake this is the latest it rags in the bernie sanders versus democratic establishment wars that we've seen in 2016, 2020 and seeing once again, ayman. >> so what exactly would this tell us about, you know, the debate within democrats and their chances in next year's mid terms? what do you suspect the dccc might be paying attention to tomorrow night? >> yeah. not much when it comes to the general election and general election contest at the dccc will be focused on. this is a fight in the heart and soul of the democratic party. this is going to be a district that no matter who ends up winning between brown and
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turner, the democrat will end up carrying this democratic heavy seat. but for progressives, there is a lot at stake. recently just a year ago we saw joe biden win the democratic primary for president. we saw terry mcauliffe win overwhelmingly a democratic party virginia. we saw eric adams win for the democratic primary in the new york mayoral contest. and states with heavy african-american populations, the result has been very clear. and in this race that we're going to see tomorrow which all strategists tell me is a complete jump ball, progressives need to be able to have a one to say, hey, we can win in districts and states like this. >> all right. mark murray, thank you very much. we'll be touching base with you on this and much more throughout the week. thank you. overseas, a massacre in afghanistan. the afghan government says the taliban killed dozens of civilian as in the kandahar province in revenge killings. we have details. plus, the new program to bring more afghans living in
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a little preparation will make you and your family safer in an emergency. a week's worth of food and water, radio, flashlight, batteries and first aid kit are a good start to learn more, visit the u.s. embassy in kabul is calling for the taliban to be
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held bltable for killing civilians near the pakistan border. at least is 00 civilians were killed by taliban forces when they took control of that district. u.s. officials say the taliban now holds control of half of the country's district centers. meanwhile, the u.s. is expanding the afghan visa program. secretary blinken announcing a window for vulnerable afghan that's do not qualify for special visas to come in as refugees. but those individuals have to get themselves out of afghanistan to a third country before the u.s. government can actually help them. >> we created a priority two designation granting access to the refugee admissions program for manufacture the afghans and their family members. we take our responsibilities for afghan partners deeply seriously. >> all right. joining me now nbc news pentagon correspondent. what do the state department
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changes mean? how will they impact the lives of afghans? how many are we talking about here? >> so state department officials are saying thousands, tens of thousands, even more than that who are potentially eligible for this p-2. but as you mentioned, this is very different than the special immigrant visa program that we heard so much about in recent weeks. it mainly -- the biggest difference is these people will have to get themselves and their families out of afghanistan on their own and then begin the process of potentially becoming eligible for the p-2. so what this does allow though is people who are eligible for this special immigrant visa, they need to prove they have a two years of employment in the u.s. government while in their -- in afghanistan. and then they need to have an employment verification. with this p-2 verification, they don't need. that they need to have a sponsor and extensive background checks. but they're able to skip that very difficult bureaucratic step of employment verification and the two year time line. that's something that members of congress have been calling for
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for some time. but that doesn't -- they still have the very real hurdle of being able to get themselves out of the country. not all of these individuals are going to be based in kabul. many of them are spread throughout the country. and with the taliban offensive that swept through so much of the country and with fewer and fewer flights, it will be very difficult for people to get to kabul and get themselves out. if they can afford the flight and then afford to put themselves up in a third country for a year or more while they await the process of actually being eligible and getting their p-2. >> talk to us a little bit about the dangers these afghans face in their country. i mean, we have a sense of the danger of the country collectively faces. but those that work alongside the u.s. and certainly international partners, they are in a slightly even higher level of risk and danger. >> yeah. that's right. and if we just want one way to illustrate how dangerous it is for them, look at kandahar province which you mentioned.
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there is an area there called spinbuldak. the taliban took that over. the afghan military tried to take it back. they were not successful initially. so in the aftermath of that when the afghan military retreated, the taliban in the area went in and began systematically finding afghans, local afghans who were supporters of the government and according to the u.s. embassy there, according to the afghan government, they began massacring dozens of people there. what the u.s. embassy is now calling a potential war crime and calling on taliban leadership to be held responsible. but that's just one snapshot on the potential danger that many of these people face. this is them being in danger for supporting the afghan government. the taliban have already said that they see the u.s. as occupiers. we've been hearing about that for years. so afghan who's have been working for and supporting the american government, once the u.s. military is officially gone
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from there all 31st, they will face a tearible amount of danger and peril. and again, as the taliban have swept through the country, they've been able to take over roads that would potentially take these men and women to kabul to get out of kabul airport. but it's going to be more and more difficult for them to travel and potentially be impossible even for them to get out of the country. they will be facing a danger of the taliban they won't be able escape eventually. >> it is a dangerous situation indeed and one that has a lot of people watching with alarm. live for us at the pentagon, thank you as always. switching gears to some breaking news. some tragic breaking news today out of washington, d.c., involving the january 6th capitol riots. reports today, d.c. police officer who responded to the january 6th insurrection at the capitol has now died by suicide. that is the third officer to die
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by suicide since the attack. i want to bring in nbc news justice correspondent pete williams for more on this. pete, it's important to note we don't know the circumstances surrounding his death. what can you tell us so far? >> his name is gunther. he was a ploufr on the washington, d.c., metropolitan police department for 18 years. and the department says he was found dead in his home last thursday. we don't know anything more than that about the circumstances. but as you say, this is the third officer to have died by suicide since the riot. two capitol police officers and now the first police officer from washington, from the metropolitan police department. he was assigned to the emergency response team within the department special operations division. and the department says in a statement we are grieving as the department as our thoughts and prayers are with officer's family and friends. >> all right.
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pete williams, an important update. pete, thank you. overseas, another type of drama at the olympics. a athlete seeks asylum in poland. her team trying to force her to return home for criticizing her coaches. that plus the very latest on simone biles returning to the games. we'll have that next for you. you're watching "ayman mohyeldin reports." ching "ayman mohyeldin reports. [♪♪] if you have diabetes, it's important to have confidence in the nutritional drink you choose. try boost glucose control. it's clinically shown to help manage blood sugar levels and contains high quality protein to help manage hunger and support muscle health. try boost today. >> woman: what's my safelite story? i see inspiration right through my glass. so when my windshield cracked, i chose safelite.
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withdrawing from the team competition and other individual events to focus on her mental health. and new zealand's laurel hubbard made history today during the weight lifting competition becoming the first openly transgender woman to compete in the olympic games. joining me now is sport and culture writer for the athletic. it's great to have you with us. welcome to the program. i want to begin with the news with this belarussian sprinter. what is the latest on her status and what it is like covering the games with geo politics playing out in front of the world to see? >> i think something that people have to understand is that there is always geo politics at play when you talk about the olympics or the commonwealth games or the world cup. that's just the nature of the international showcases. the latest with her is that she is now under the protective care of tokyo police. she has been offered a humanitarian visa by poland. and she will seek asylum in poland. >> i know that tomorrow we're expecting to he is simone biles
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back competing in the ball beam final after sitting out from early her competition. what will mean to have her be a part of the games in the way that she has been over the past week? >> it means everything to her fans. it means everything to the usoc and international face of the s. this is only her second olympics. this is the first time that we'll see her finish and compete and hopefully finish an event since 2016. i think seven excited to see this happen especially after she's become a face and a voice for really important issues in her sport. >> what a remarkable young woman. laurel hubbard is making an appearance in the weight lifting as the first openly transgender athlete to compete in the
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olympics. what do you think the lasting impact of her appearance in this year's games will mean going forward? >> i you this that the hope is she unspiers more transwomen and trancemen to compete in games. i think that we should note that the ioc has had a allowances for transathletes since 2004. first time 17 years after that fact states all the barriers that are in place here. she will be known for being a pioneer in this space. >> all right. thank you as always. greatly appreciate it. coming up, new reaction to the news that president biden is taking executive action to keep millions of americans this their homes now that the eviction moratorium expired. congress may have to act as well. you'll talk about that and much more with maxine waters. she joins us live next. you're watching "ayman mohyeldin reports." e next you're watching "ayman mohyeldin reports.
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welcome back, everyone. we want to get back to that breaking news that we told you about at the top of the hour, the white house taking steps aimed at preventing an estimated
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3.6 million from being evicteded from their homes in the coming months. those steps include calling on states and localities to extend or put eviction moratoriums in place for at least two more months calling on state and local courts to pause proceedings until tenants and landlords can seek access to the emergency rental assistance program. and examining were state and local governments have failed to distribute the rental assistance passed by congress earlier this year. joining to us talk about this and more california democratic congresswoman maxine waters. she chairs the financial services committee. congresswoman, thank you for joining us on the program. what do you make of the actions the white house announced a short time ago aimed at trying to stave off this wave of evictions? >> i just got the information coming out of a meeting, and i haven't had time to really evaluate all of those attempts they're making. let me just say i hope that any or all of them can work.
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i want to tell you we put $46.6 billion into operation to support rental assistance. i worked on that. and the governors and the states who received the money have not been able for whatever reason to get this money out. i think it is important to say to the governors you've got to implement the program. you have to get the money out to the renters. if the states can extend the program to keep these evictions from taking place, then do it. i understand one state has done that already. i will be looking at everything that the white house is proposing. i don't know how effective it will be but i do know this, that the governors must work harder and they must implement and they must make sure that the moratorium is extended to keep these evictions from taking
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place. secondly, i just want to say this, i do understand that the white house is saying that the cdc is saying they don't have the authority. there's been no ruling to say that they don't have the authority. they do have the authority. and if they don't, go ahead and do what you have to do, what you've been doing in the past to extend, and then let's see what will be said and what will come after that, who will be, basically, challenged and how that will work. i think they should move forward with it right away. >> let me pick up on the point you were saying in terms of what the governors and the states and their responsibility are in all of this. why -- and i know you said you don't know why they haven't been able to distribute the nearly $47 billion in rental assistance. that was actually approved under the american rescue plan. what is the oversight that congress has to make sure that money is being used the way it was intended for and is actually distributed as opposed to sitting in an account somewhere and not being put to use?
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>> well, once we give the money to the states and once we take a look at what is happening and we try in every way that we can to say you have to do a better job. i have met with treasury secretary yellen to say what do you see? the problem is with the governors and the states. her staff has been working full time with all of the states, with all of the governors. we are doing oversight but it is not working. the governors have all of the money that the federal government has sent to them. it's not a money problem. $46.6 billion has been sent out, and we're saying to the governors and the states why can't you get it done? the request forms too complicated? simplify those forms. do you have enough staff that's
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executing? what is your problem? get it done. we're doing everything that we can for oversight. >> let me play for you what the white house senior adviser who oversees the american rescue plan had in response to a question why the white house waited so long to request congressional action to extend the moratorium. watch this. >> even though the eviction moratorium was supposed to end on the 31st, even though the cdc said it was their last extension. even though the supreme court had seemed to clearly state beyond that would require authorization, there was still a desire, a passion by this president to go back and say are we sure? are we sure? >> what do you make of that about what he had to say about why this seemed to come up at the very last minute when everybody knew that this was on the calendar? >> i don't know.
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i've been working with gene sperling and i do know he was one of the ones that helped the states to simplify the forms that were being used, the requests that were being made by the renters. i know he's been working on it, and why it took so long for the white house to say, okay, congress, you have to do this, i don't know. maybe they were holding out hopes. maybe they were working up to the last minute. i don't know. but the fact of the matter is the landlords can now evict and people can be put on the street and homelessness will explode if we don't get this done. so i'm hopeful that the white house in its new way of looking at this can make something happen. otherwise i don't know what else we can do except if we get back into congress, we can try and do something to make sure that the evictions stop. >> yes, it's something they are
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calling for. i greatly appreciate it. that wraps up the hour for me. i'll see you back here at 3:00 p.m. tomorrow eastern. "deadline white house" with nicolle wallace starts after this quick break. lle wallace str this quick break fewer asthma attacks. nucala is a once-monthly add-on injection for severe eosinophilic asthma. not for sudden breathing problems. allergic reactions can occur. get help right away for swelling of face, mouth, tongue, or trouble breathing. infections that can cause shingles have occurred. don't stop steroids unless told by your doctor. tell your doctor if you have a parasitic infection. may cause headache, injection-site reactions, back pain, and fatigue. ask your doctor about nucala. find your nunormal with nucala. - [narrator] every three minutes, a child is born with a cleft condition. in the us, children are healed at birth. but in parts of the world where the right medical care doesn't exist, children like lexi struggle to speak or eat. without surgery, some will die. those who do survive face extreme challenges. together, we can change this.
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hi there, everyone. it's 4:00 in the east. a bipartisan committee investigating the january 6th attack on the u.s. capitol off to a roaring start with hours of compelling testimony from law enforcement officials and republican lawmakers increasingly under scrutiny as material witnesses to the ex-president's conduct and state of mind. adding to the tightening of the net around potential republican witnesses, it's now officially subpoena time in the nation's capital. adam kinzinger, one of the two republican members of the house committee investigating january 6th, says there will be a significant number of subpoenas sent by his committee and that he even supports subpoenas for his republican colleagues. >> i think what we need to know is what happened.
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