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it is great to be with you. i'm geoff bennett and we are following breaking news on multiple fronts here in washington. any minute we will hear from attorney general merrick garland who is told to be making an announcement on a civil rights investigation. we will bring that to you lye when it starts. breaking news from the white house where the administration led by education secretary miguel cardona is going to reveal a vaccination policy. 1 in 5 new cases in louisiana is among children. >> it is going to provide parents, educators and communities the resources they need to be confident and ready
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for the safe upcoming school year. >> now, earlier at the white house today, the covid response team released new numbers showing that 83% of all counties in the country are reporting a substantial or high transmission rate. and this is all counties. but there's also a spike in vaccinations. 864,000 over the last 24 hours, the most in more than month. >> clearly americans are seeing the impact of being unvaccinated and unprotected. and the response is doing their part by rolling up the sleeve and getting vaccinated. and that is where we start with heidi prybylia, and the director of the national preparedness
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leonard and also our national correspondent on health, and so i apologize ahead of time if i have to cut you off with the speaker who makes it to the podium. what did we learn, heidi? >> well, he is clearly concerned with the politics of the parents who won't go along with it. the administration is through a number of pediatricians, and the american academy of pediatricians working in concert with sports organizations, including the olympic committee to encourage guidelines for school physicals for teens who are going to participate in school physicals, you can get those mandatory vaccinations through sports physicals. and pediatricians are encouraged
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to parachute into the first meetings to encourage the parents to get their children vaccinated. but geoff, this is the problem. put up the heat map, if you will, of why we could see a perfect storm back to school, and to some of the states. if you are looking at the southeast of the united states, and that is the spread there, and you will see it heavily in the southeast corresponding with the right, and showing the low vaccination rates of the children, and combined with the number of people who have bansm several epidemiologists who say it is certain in certain areas such as the no mask areas, you will see the outbreaks and outbreaks as early as three weeks from when the schools open, and we know it, because we have seen it happen in israel last fall when that country opened up without masks, and they thought they were over the hump, and sent the kids back to
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school, and they had that very outcome, geoff. >> yeah, masks work. so katy beck in atlanta, it is the first day for atlanta public schools, and we should mention that we will talk to the new superintendent of aps coming up next. but all students are required to wear the masks. and what is the reaction of the parents and the students that you been talking to today? >> well, the parents have a relief, because they want to have a safe policy for the children to go to school. by and large, this is the right decision. the parents were at 100% compliance today, and the kids and parents in masks, and then also, offensive gratitude, because the kids have been out of school for 18 month, and to bring them back to reunite with the friends and they feel it is a massive step forward and one
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they don't mind masking up for. in georgia, it can be mixed because the governor has said they won't put a mandate statewide, and while there is a mask update here, in cobb county, there is not. so atlanta is one of the largest school districts in the country, the students are going back in the classroom with a mask mandate, and the parents here, the ones we have spoken to are relieved about it. this is what one mom said to me on the way in. >> it is an absolute necessity. being a front line e.r. doc and the rate of the delta in kid, it is a necessity. >> reporter: you feel good about them coming back today or reservation? >> reservation, and i would have kept them home if i could have, but given what we do for profession, we can't.
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>> there is a significant push to get more staff here in atlanta, and somewhere between 58 and 59% of vaccines of teachers have been given their vaccinations and only 18% of the eligible students have been completely vaccinated. so it is something they hope to change in the coming weeks that. ly be offering the vaccines at several sites throughout the district with the hopes to encourage more to get vaccinated. geoff? >> hey, dr. redliner, given all of the troubling headlines and the children and the threat of delta, is it safe for my kid to go become to school? what is your take? >> yeah, well, of course, geoff, that is exactly what it comes down to, but when you are in a complex environment, and the cdc thinks that the kids should be back to school in-person classrooms and i agree, but on the other hand, there is a lot
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of control of what the policies are, and what is demanded of the schools and parents that the decisions will be made on the local level, and at the end of the day, the most important component is what do parents want? as a pediatrician, and i think that this is going for most of my colleagues, we would like to see kids back in the classroom. it is critical. what the children have lost over the last year of a terrible disruption of their educational trajectory must end. we have to get them back in the classroom with the caveat that we must take every step to make them safe. for example, every single teacher and adult worker in the class must be mandated to get vaccinated. i don't see any way around it. i don't think that getting testing is an option. i don't think that there should be any exemptions other than medical. but apart from creating a safe environment so that the parents
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are feeling comfortable to give their approval to understand that we are doing everything to make the schools a safe place for their children to be, geoff. >> i want to ask you about some good news that we got today with the white house covid response team saying that there is a jump in the vaccinations in the last 24 hour, and the most in more than a month. and 864,000 people getting the shot, and beyond that, the states with the highest rates of cases are ticking upwards in the number of vaccinations. can you extrapolate that number and the pace of vaccination, and what we know about the delta variant, and i have heard of other public health experts that the delta variant lasts four to eight weeks and the peak of getting through the worst of it, and do you have a sense of it where we are in september of the kids starting back, and atlanta starting today, but most of the country after labor day? >> yeah, well, one of the things that is the so-called experts and myself included have learned the hard way is that predicting
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the future of this pandemic and especially with the delta variant is very tough. you know, you are walking on the thin ice. i think that what is going to happen, and this is, i think that i know is that we'll have the kids going back and some of the kids are going to schools that are better protected than they are, and it is going to be a tough job to get even though vaccination rate are going up as you pointed out, geoff, it is going to be a whole other set of challenges when we have to talk to the parents about vaccinating the younger children, and once the vaccines get approved for them. but even for the kids for whom the vaccines are approved 12-year-old and up, we have a lot of resistance there, and a lot of work to do and a lot of challenges ahead of us. that said, we can't relent. we have to keep pushing. we are congratulations ourselves rightly so for getting more people vaccinated, but we have had over 100,000 new cases
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yesterday. so the delta variant is moving fast. it could be terrible for unvaccinated people, and we have to keep doing everything that we can to get everybody vaccinated. >> dr. redlener thank you, and catie beck, thank you, and now joining us is superintendent from atlanta to join us. and thank you for joining us. how are you planning to provide a safe educational environment across the vast environment there? >> well, thank you for the question, and we have been strategic for the preparation of the opening of school. we have been thoughtful about our own mitigation strategies here in atlanta public schools as we have announced that we have done with the universal masking, and this is the protocol that we have put in place. we have opened the school with everyone required to wear the
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masks and also surveillance testing which is across the districts here in the state of georgia, but we are executing the surveillance testing weekly for staff and students. and of course, as we are continuing to follow the guidance of the cdc and the american association of pediatrics, we are thoughtful about other processes to execute. finally, we are offering vaccination sites for all of our students and families that are eligible. we are concerned about the data for those who are not vaccinated. so starting the 9th, those in middle schools and high schools, we will have vaccination sites. we realize how important it is, and we want to be thoughtful about that and intentional to vaccinate those children. >> we just got the warning that the attorney general could speak any moment, and in fact, we have
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to go there now, and so let's go to the department of justice. this is the third pattern or practice of investigation that i have announced as attorney general. each time, i have noted that the investigations aim to provide transparency and accountability. this is increasing public trust which in turn increases public safety. we know that law enforcement shares these goals. the justice department has briefed phoenix mayor and also jerry williams about the investigation. we are pleased by their pledge of support. they, too, recognize that we share common aims. our investigation in phoenix is going to be led by the justice department civil rights division. it is based on the division's review of the publicly available information and considering several issues, first, whether the phoenix police department uses excessive force in
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violation of the fourth amendment, and second, if the phoenix police department ep gauges in discrimination practices that violate the constitution and federal law, and third, whether the department violates first amendment by retaliating against individuals who are protected against expressive activities, and fourth, whether the city and the department respond to department of people with disabilities that violates the americans with disabilities act, and this is including whether the decision to detain those with behavioral health disabilities are proper. fifth, whether the phoenix police department violates the rights of individuals experiencing homelessness by seizing and disposing of their belongings in a manner that violates constitution. those last two areas of investigative focus speak to an important issue that is broader than the phoenix investigation. our society is straining the policing profession by turning
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to law enforcement to address a wide array of social problems. too often we ask law enforcement officers to be the first and last option for addressing the issues that should not be handled by our criminal justice system. this makes the police officers' jobs more difficult, increases unnecessary confrontations with law enforcement and hinders public safety. this past week there has been much attention to the impending mass evictions which puts tens of millions at risk of shelters and the impact on individuals and families would be devastating. as the cdc has made clear, the impact on public health would likewise be devastating fueling the spread of covid-19 infections in the affected communities. assistant attorney general gupta is leading an effort with state court leaders on this problem.
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on june 24th, she sent a letter to the state courts asking them to implement diversion strategies to increase the chances that families can stay in their homes. mass evictions would also have serious implications for law enforcement, adding to a crisis of homelessness that strains but cannot be solved by the criminal justice system. the ramifications do not end there. far too often police officers are the first ones called when someone is experiencing a mental health crisis in any setting, but it is almost certain that police will be called to respond to someone experiencing a mental health crisis. if that person is also without housing, and as we have repeatedly seen, the risks to everyone involved in such interactions are enormous. these issues must be addressed
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if we are to ease the burdens of the law enforcement system. and through grant making and technical assistance supports law enforcement and community-based programs to tackle the challenges. i will now turn the podium over to assistant attorney general clark who is going to talk more about the pattern of core practice investigations. >> thank you, mr. attorney general. protecting the rule of law demands that those who enforce our laws also abide by them. ensuring that law enforcement acts in a lawful and accountable manner is a priority for the civil rights division. as the attorney general has just announced following the extensive review of publicly reviewed of phoenix police department, today, we are opening up a civil pattern of
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investigation into the phoenix police department. we have reviewed court files, media report ofs, citizen complaints, and we also considered factors that we ordinarily weigh in term ding whether to open an investigation, including the nature and seriousness of the allegations, the number of allegations, and the steps that a department may be taking to address the allegations and the history of the department. we found that the evidence here warrants a full investigation, but we approach this process with no predispositions or predrawn conclusions. our pattern or practice investigations have been successful at identifying not only systemic misconduct is occurring, but also its root causes so that the root causes can ultimately be fixed. as part of our investigation in phoenix, we will meet with officers and command staff as
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well as members of the broader phoenix community, and we will review incident reports and body-worn camera footage and other data and documentation collected by the department. we will also review the department's policies, training materials and super vision records as well as documents related to systems of accountability including how complaints are investigated and how discipline is imposed. as you know, about three months ago we launched similar investigations into the city of minneapolis and the minneapolis police department, as well as the city of louisville, and the louisville police department. in both cities as in phoenix, we have been fortunate to have the support of city officials and police chiefs. in that short time, the
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department officials have had several meetings with stakeholders in louisville and minneapolis. and hundreds more submitted to the department. department lawyers have been with ride-alongs and had interviews with full command staff and conducted interviews with staff interviews is and roll call briefings. we will take the same approach in phoenix. our career attorneys have decades of experience working on investigations like the one that we open here today. one thing that we have learned over the decades is that we must and will work collaborately with the phoenix community and with the phoenix police department. if we conclude that there are no systemic violations of constitutional or federal statutory rights by the city or phoenix police department, we will make it known.
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if, on the other hand, we conclude that there is reasonable cause to believe that such violations are occurring, we will issue a report to describe our findings and then aim to work cooperatively with the city to reach agreement on the best remedies. if an appropriate remedy cannot be reached through agreement, the attorney general is authorized to bring litigation to secure an appropriate injunctive remedy. this morning our team had the opportunity to speak with city officials about our investigation. we are pleased that mayor gallego and chief williams have pledged their full support. i will repeat the same message that our team conveyed to the city officials and city leaders this morning. we are committed to following the facts where they lead and doing so in a timely manner so that we can expeditiously address any pattern or practice
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of unlawful conduct that may be identified. we look forward to working together with the city and the phoenix police department toward the shared goals of ensuring constitutional policing and fostering greater cooperation between law enforcement officers and the community members that they serve. >> attorney garrick, is there a final straw in phoenix? >> i willey -- will leave that to the assistant attorney general. >> our investigation looked to a number of issues, and we will
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look at whether or not the phoenix department uses unconstitutional or deadly force and whether the department engages in discriminatory policing, and whether or not the department is engaging in retaliatory conduct in making arrests or undue arrest in individuals engaged in peaceful expressive activities and looking at whether the city and the police department discriminate against people with disabilities in violation of the ada and we're going to look at the department in whether they violate the rights of people experiencing homelessness by unlawfully seizing or disposing of personal property during cleanings or the sweeps of encampments, and we are also going to be looking at the department's policies and training and as well how they investigate, and hold the officers accountable for misconduct as the failures of the systems may contribute to violations of federal law.
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>> this also for ms. clark. with the nature of the investigations, i was wondering if you could look at a couple of the legal issues of what you are looking at with the amendments, and whether or not this is intended to send a message to the other law enforcement agencies across the country who are routinely -- >> the basis of the investigation includes that the violent control act of 1994, and whether the sweeps of unlawfully disposing of the belongings of those experiencing homelessness may in fact trigger a violation of the 4th and the 14th amendment and that is another basis of the investigation that we are launching today. >> mr. attorney general, you mentioned the eviction and the
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danger posed by mass e vek shuns is -- evictions, and can you tell us in light of what has been going on, and were you or the department consulted is on the policies of the eviction ban and are you confident to get it through the supreme court? >> oh, as i said, the effects of mass e vek shins would be devastating both on the individuals and as the cdc said on the communities because of the spread of covid. the department has vigorously defended the statutory authority of the cdc to issue a moratorium as you know, and as you know, there was a filing last night of the plaintiffs in that case, and we will make our own filings as appropriate we will respond in our filings to those kinds of questions. thank you. >> thank you, everyone.
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and we have been listening to u.s. attorney general merrick garland and assistant attorney general kristen clarke answering questions about a probe into the discriminatory practices of the phoenix police department, and this is what allows the federal government to come in to look under the hood of the police department and compel them to make changes. is there a change of why of what happened in phoenix to warrant this federal attention? >> well, they did not single out one specific incident and as you heard there from the assistant attorney general, they are going to be looking at a number of thing, and recently in phoenix, a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of protesters who felt they were unfairly treated by police, and also, protests
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because of the sweeps on behalf of the homeless, and some say excessive force in body camera video of police shooting a 31-year-old man released yesterday. so it is looking like in this case, a number of things stacking up, and it seems clear that the justice department wants to send the message to cities across the country who may be violating the rights of the homeless or protesters and using excessive force and showing that they will be using this tool much more like the obama administration did and less like trump. under trump, one pattern and practice of investigation into the springfield, massachusetts, police for egregious violation, and that was three years, and this is more resources allocated under this justice department. they said they wanted to do it expeditiously, and it is clear by all of the things that they lined out they are concerned that it is not issues
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necessarily specific to this one police department as the attorney general said especially coming to people who may have mental disabilities or the homeless. they want to investigate here so that those lessons can be broadened out across the country. >> yeah, and to your point, julia, this the third such probe under a.g. garland and minneapolis was subjected to one of the investigations after the killing of george floyd and louisville after the police killing of breonna taylor. and barbara mcquade, i understand that you in your vast experience as a prosecutor, you dealt with this in detroit when the detroit metropolitan police was investigated and how does this work? does the government send a team of investigators who embed in the police department for x-amount of months? >> yes, and the statue that was enacted after the death of rodney king, and the use of
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excessive force, but department-wide like you heard them describe. so the law allows the investigators from the justice department to come in and look at the documents and the body cam footage and interview police officers and maybe even community stakeholders to get a picture of what is happening there. and the next step is to go to the police leadership and say, would you like to work this out through a consent decree, and that happens. usually the evidence is clear one way or another about what is happening, and the police leadership will say, yes, we would like to work on resolving this and turn to the decent decree, and then work on resolving the issues with the experts who are hired to help them to achieve on constitutional decree, and if that is not going to help them resolve the lawsuit in court. >> and now, we will look at
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where lawmakers are looking into their impeachment against governor cuomo. they are asking to send final evidence in the governor's defense in the next week. the calls to have him resign after an attorney general report that he sexually harassed 11 women. but cuomo is defiant and refusing to step down, and disputing the allegations against him. joining us now are nbc news investigations correspondent tom winter and nbc's dasha burns. and now, this investigation of cuomo at the statehouse is moving quickly, and what does that mean for the governor? >> yeah, geoff, it is moving quickly but not as quickly as some assembly members are hoping it would. i have been speaking to both democrats and republicans, and right now, the way that the time
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line is shaking out, we would likely see a vote on the impeachment early september, and some of the republican lawmaker say they want to see it expedited and a vote as soon as this weekend, because they say that the evidence is, there and they want to see andrew cuomo no longer governing new york state. remember at the new york state level, impeachment is different than at the federal level. once the governor is impeached, he is stripped of the power, and the lieutenant governor steps in. so at the trial process, he would no longer be in pow e and the democrats that i have been speaking of, they want the process to be thorough, and the evidence is airtight and somewhat unchartered territory. only one new york governor impeached and that happened 100 years or so ago. but geoff, what struck me today in all of the conversations, and i have spoken to several
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lawmakers and democrat and republican, and they all told me that at this point, they don't have a single peer that they know of who is against impeachment which they say is incredible the consensus here. and the other bit of consensus is around the unfortunate timing of this, because of all of the crises that are happening right now that require leadership at the state level that this is distracting from. i want you to hear some of my conversations about that. take a listen. >> thereare 11 victims here who deserve justice right away. it is a huge distraction to our state to have our governor besieged to be in the governor's mansion alone with a dwindling circle of friends. what we need is governance in new york state. >> we have to address the gun violence and address the housing evictions and we have to restart this economy, but i think that it can be done, and that why it is important that the governor step aside right now.
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>> yeah, geoff, a lot of big issues that the lawmaker want to tackle instead of dealing with this. the judiciary is going to be meeting monday to discuss next steps and how this process is going to go from here, geoff. >> and so, tom, we have separately four district attorneys requesting the documents and the evidence from the state a.g.'s office. and walk us through again what they are focusing on? >> north to south, the albany district attorney's office, which is of course where the statehouse is and the governor's mansion is, and where some of the allegations and the allegations of groping by the governor in one of his offices, and that is something that they can look into, and further south in westchester county which is in mount kisco where the governor was living with the ex-girlfriend in 2019/2020 and at that point allegations of inappropriate touching and
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harassment of a state trooper and then in manhattan, the governor spends a significant amount of time in new york city and nassau county and long island and those are the four district attorney offices, and where they at right now, they are all at the same place, and basically gone back to the attorney general's office, and said that you have had this independent report with two individuals, and now a lot of stuff that is public, and can we get some of the underlying materials and talking about the witness testimony, and any sort of the documents that they subpoenaed, and you know, over 70,000 documents that they were able to get in the course of the investigation, and can we get some of it, and look at it, and is there a violation of the new york state law here? can we proceed on a criminal basis? so that is where they are at now, and this is not a matter of weeks, geoff, but a matter of months here before we hear things on the criminal side. >> all right. tom winter and dasha burns, thank you for live update.
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importune all of us to do more, even more for the working people of america. richard trumka was so deeply loved. >> the afl-cio confirmed the passing which said that richard trum ka devoted his life to working people from his early days as president of the united mine workers of america to his unparalleled leadership as the voice of america's labor movement. joining us is andrea mitchell, and richard trumka was the one of the loudest if not the loudest voice of the american workers union and the united mine workers in the 1980s and you knew him and covered him and tell us about him. >> i knew him before that in the early 1970s and 1980s and he was a reformer within the united mine workers and before that, he
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had three terms as president. he was from southwest pennsylvania from a coal mining town, and he was from a third generation mine workers, and he rose through the ranks and he understood the work, and the problems and the legal problems and the health benefit problems of the workers and he represented the american labor movement where few people have ever done what he has done. he worked his way up from the mines and went to penn state and got a law degree from villanova and went back to the mines with a pro bono work, and then went up to leadership of mine workers and close adviser to bill clinton on the labor issues and nafta and controversial issues and he took a tough stance. the chamber of commerce is mourning his loss from the business community as well as close adviser to president obama
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and paul volcker from the treasury fighting out of the deep commission, and a very close friend of joe biden coming from western pennsylvania and being so close to the heart and soul of the scranton joe that we know are his real roots. this is someone who i knew as a young reporter, and local reporter in pennsylvania not only as a political force, but a real visionary for the labor movement. we should point out of the afl-cio, he has been there for more than a decade since 2009, and they control, and he performed the investment strategies of over $400 billion in capital in the pension funds and so as the labor union and movement writ large has declined in proportion of the american workers involved in the labor movement as our society has moved from manufacturing to technology and away from
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organized labor per se, he has been a major force in reform and also in workers rights. and let me just say for a second -- >> and a tragic loss. >> and let me say that this is so sudden that just this week within the last 24 hours according to senator schumer, he was in bessemer, alabama, on strike with the workers there. and he had been ill for a while, and joe biden said that he was late for his meeting today, because he had lost a dear friend, and that is how a lot of people in washington have been struck. >> absolutely. andrea mitchell, thank you so much for that remembrance. >> you bet. and in a few minutes president biden is expected to announce an executive order that sets a target for half of all
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vehicles to be electric by 2030. he is going to call on the auto industry or government to have half of the vehicles going forward to be zero emissions. at the same time the environmental agency is going to replace the tailpipe and fuel standards. joining us is the auto and fuel reporter phil lebeau, and so what do you expect this to accomplish? >> on the face not a whole lot in terms of the electric adoption, but it is great that you will see the ceos of the big three stand big the president at the white house, and it is wonderful to be on the same page and have greater adoption of the electric vehicles, but the fact of the matter is that the auto industry has been making billions of dollar commitments to developing and manufacturing
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these vehicles, and it is going to be a slow ramp up, geoff, and most believe we will have 30, 35% maybe of all vehicle sales being electric vehicles by 2030. but 50% sales? i have not come across a single person in the industry or an analyst on wall street who believes it is going to be accomplished by 2030. >> robin, he is making the point that i am going to make to you, and maybe it is a right move on the merits, but the auto industry was made that way, and there a new ford f-150 to that way and a jeep wrangler coming out in 2023, and so i have only driven a jeep wrangler, but i cannot imagine what that is going to be like electric, but what is the push? they are expensive on the front
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end, and maybe a tax rebate to make it less expensive, but what trends in the overall consumer base are these automakers following? >> geoff, in a word tesla. it is whr are combined $180 billion and this is bringing to mind, and i know it is probably neither here nor there but when i workeded for a magazine in 2007, in walks steve jobs with the prototype with the iphone, and how curious as nobody is going to be giving up the blackberries and now barely 12 or 13 years later, everybody has a smartphone, so there is a tipping point that you are not buying it like the old geomet ra, because it is a better car and fewer parts and breaks down less, and it is less than a headache, and more joyful to drive, and that is what gm and ford and fiat chrysler are trying to get ahead of, and much easier said than doechblt --
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than done. >> and phil, talk about the current day, because there is a current shortage of vehicles, and anybody who has tried to buy a car or rent-a-car or lease a car knows that there is not the inventory there, and thousands of new cars waiting for the missing semiconductor chips, so any indication when the supply chains will catch up? >> it is going to take some time. in fact, if you are listening to all of the ceos of the big three, and the supplier, everybody in the auto industry says the same thing, a tight supply of the semiconductors through this year, and the first half of next year which means the smaller number of vehicles produced than originally produce and that means tighter prices at the dealerships, and the prices are high for new as well as for used. >> robin, i understand that we have problems with the shot, but we can still hear you, so i want to give you the last word on this. you have the biden administration rescinding the
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trump era policies of the tailpipe emission, and how do you keep up with this ping-ponging back and forth with the climate directives? >> i will say that privately and phil might disagree with me, but they are just as happy to sell the gas guzzling suburbans, because the code that has not been cracked is how to make a mass production vehicle to sell in the 400-mile range and tesla is going to get a lot and credits in other legends to maintain, but privately, they would like to slow walk them, and publicly traded company, but outward appearances, the right thing to advertise is that we want to be ahead of electric and not left in the dust bin like a blackberry or the compact disc or a walkman. >> walkman? you just dated yourself, my
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another day of aggravation for the spirit passengers. >> reporter: after a week of delays, cancellations and long lines and angry passengers, spirit airlines is in for another rough day after canceling well over 1,000 flights all week. >> okay. i will switch lines over there. we are going back over there. >> reporter: with the stranded passengers stuck in stranded pa unable to rebook. among the airports most affected, orlando, san juan, las vegas, newark and ft. lauderdale. >> we always waiting. nothing is happening. >> spirit tells nbc news we dealt with overlapping operational challenges including weather, system outages and staffing shortages. the they caused widespread require regular larts in our scheduling. spirit isn't alone. american airlines canceled hundreds of flights this week, struggling to meet the surge in summer time travel with bad
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weather hitting dfw airport in dallas. >> the demand is way out of control in terms of the airline capacity. and so we have a real problem. the problem translates to consumer problems. >> yet another air rage incident in a year of bad behavior. 22-year-old maxwell barry drunk accused of groping and hitting flight attendants while boasting his parents are wealthy. he is taped to his seat until the plane could land safely in miami. miami police charged him battery. his case making headline as fate fay reports a stunning 3,700 cases of unruly behavior just this year on planes. >> when people are facing jail time for acting out on a plane, we suddenly see some sobering
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up. yeah. we reported that before. the penalty for that kind of behavior on a plane, fines up to $35,000, jail time and banned for life from the airlines. today the faa sent a letter to airports and airport bars urging them do not send passengers away from the airport bars with to go cups of alcohol. they believe that's been a contributing factor to passengers becoming intoxicated onboard planes throughout the duration of their flight. and then the bad behavior. all right. the tonight marks the first nfl preseason game since 2019. the entire 2020 preseason was canceled due to covid. and the nfl is now requiring its league employees to be vaccinated ahead of the season. and while there is no mandate for players, the league warned of hefty fines and penalties if an outbreak leads to the cancellation of a regular season
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game. it appears that warning is working. according to the league, 90% of all players have had at least one shot, that is far greater than the national average. joining us now is the great bill rhoden, the host of bill rhoden on sports, that podcast. he is the columnist for spin's the undefeated. he is also the author of $40 million slaves. it's a real pleasure to you have here mr. rhoden. >> thank you. >> let aek talk about what is happening in the nfl. because by putting a greater burden on the players who choose not to get vaccinated, the league managed to convince a big majority really now to get the shot. do you think that's a model that other professional sports leagues should be looking to implement? >> yeah. yeah. the sports leagues have a hammer that a lot of organizations don't have. they've got, you know, the first thing is that players are held hostage. right?
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they're held hostage. they're held hostage because they love the game and get paid more money than they can ever dream about. unlike our profession, we can do virtually. if you have players cannot play games virtually. they've got they have to be on top of each other. they have to breathe on each other and sweat on each other. there is no option. and there is a hammer and other organizations really don't have and they're dropping it. and the players really, like i said, they have no choice. most of these guys playing really don't have the option to take the high road and say i'm going to sit this season out. they can't do it. for outside of the bubble of sports. but it is a model in sports. the players really have no choice. >> what about this testing
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mandate. stl is testing for players that are vaccinated. a number of players are saying, hey, i got both shots. i'm good to go. why do i have to submit myself to this, what they believe to be onus testing protocol. you want to play football, they have no choice. and by the way, if you -- i think it's i hate to say, they're going to test every day. they're not going to play in a bubble. when you come back, the condition of coming back is that you've got to be tested. and if you don't want to do that, then don't play. and if you don't get tested, then you're going to be fined, i think $50,000.
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so the nfl again has a tremendous hammer. by the way -- it is a perfect segue from the previous segment where ought the drunk passengers. what do you think the drunk passengers are going to go? they're going to nfl names. that's where they're going. this is totally bizarre. >> yeah. one last question i want to work in the last minute or two that we have in the show. the olympics are coming to a close this weekend. i want to get your response on this analysis from carl lewis about this messy four by 100 meter. sprinter ronny baker tried to grab the baton but he got a handful of fred curlies's uniform. he said the usa team did everything wrong in the relay. the passing system is wrong, athletes running wrong legs and no leadership. total embarrassment and completely unacceptable. and in the 30 seconds we have left, i imagine if anyone that can say that is carl lewis who
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won eight gold medals. >> i think it's a perfect metaphor for where we are in this country. and that we just have not got the handoff straight. that's first thing i thought when we see where we are. we just can't get the handoff right. >> i appreciate you, sir. ayman mohyeldin picks up the next hour of msnbc reports. aymae next hour of msnbc reports great tasting... they're power-packed vitamins... that help unleash your energy. loaded with b vitamins... ...and other key essential nutrients...'s a tasty way to conquer your day. try centrum multi gummies. now with a new look. age is just a number. and mine's unlisted. try boost® high protein with 20 grams of protein for muscle health. versus 16 grams in ensure high protein. boost® high protein also has key nutrients for immune support. boost® high protein.
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good afternoon, everyone. i'm ayman mohyeldin in new york. right now, we're waiting for president biden to speak at an event in which he will will call for electric and other zero emission vehicles to make up half of all new cars and trucks sold in the united states by 2030. we'll bring the remarks to you when they begin. and later this afternoon, he will sun a bill to award congressional gold medals to the police officers who defended the capitol on january 6th. all of this comes as the delta variant continues to drive up the number of covid-19 cases and deaths across the united states. the biden administration says more people are getting vaccinated particularly in some of the hard hit areas. reiterating the vaccines are very effective. >> vaccines are working against the delta variant. they're highly effective from


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