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inquiries and have chosen not to do it they need to do this they have the time to do it and the sooner they get about it, the better. >> that is the minority leader of the senate, a few hours after that, president biden was asked for his response >> if mcconnell refuses senator minority mcconnell refuses quite frankly there's not that many options if they're gonna be that irresponsible there's not much time left i don't think they'll end up being that irresponsible i can't believe it >> republicans are trying to force democrats to resort to a complicated process called reconciliation to cram raising the borrowing limb in the spending bill now under negotiation and remember we're talking about here the current debt limit the current debt, was largely racked up during
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the trump years we continue to be warned about the danger of failing to raise the debt limit by 18th of october. treasury secretary yellen described an economy plunged into recession and as the chairman of the sec put, it financial markets would be in uncharted waters democrats are now privately discussing potentially changing filibuster rules, in order to raise the limit without having to get ten republican votes. earlier this afternoon, senate democratic leader schumer again, expressed his frustration with the republicans. >> we could prevent a catastrophic defaults with a simple majority vote tomorrow if republicans would just get out of the damn way we could get it all done. the >> president spent much of the day in michigan promoting his economic agenda, trying to sell union members on overhauling infrastructure, and expanding the u.s. social safety net these bills are not
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about left versus right or moderate versus progressive there about leading the world or continuing to lead the world passes by which is literally happening to support these investments is to create a rise in america america is moving to impose these investments is to become complicit in america's decline of course the days other big story concerns facebook francis haugen the former facebook employee and whistleblower who leaked documents about the company testified today before a senate subcommittee and it was powerful i believe facebook's product harm children stoked a vision and weaken our democracy facebook's own research about instagram contains quotes from kids saying i feel bad when i use instagram but i also feel like i can't stop i know the more time i spend on this the worst i feel but i just can't
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they want the next click they wants the next lake the dopamine but the little hits until the incentives change facebook will not change left alone facebook will continue to make choices that go against the common good our common good they have put their astronomical profits before people congressional action is needed they won't solve this crisis without your help >> when you combine this with the company going dark yesterday it's safe to say that facebook chairman mark zuckerberg is not having a good week today he released a letter sent out to all facebook employees which reads in part quote we care deeply about issues like safety and well-being and mental health it's difficult to seek coverage that misrepresents are working our motives at the heart of these accusations is this idea that we prioritize profit over safety and well-being that's just not true
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we are committed to doing more research ourselves in making more research publicly available while several senators from both parties now say they support issuing subpoenas for all of facebook's own research which the company has so far declined to release there's also news tonight other than facebook about covid vaccine boosters johnson & johnson has asked the fda to authorize boosters for people who have received their one shot vaccine this comes as new data indicates the pfizer vaccines remain 90% effective against severe illness for at least six months after the second dose however the data then shows affective missed falls off a cliff to 47% as of tonight the u.s. has lost nearly 710,000 souls to this virus just this evening in
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washington the bell at the national cathedral told 700 times in northwest washington one bell for every thousand victims across the country with that let's bring in our starting line on this tuesday nights you niche white house correspondent for pbs news hour and moderator of washington week also on pbs robert costa national cool political reporter with the washington post his latest book co authored with his colleague bob woodward called peril currently at the top of the new york times bestseller list and dr. but delia an infectious disease physician founding director of boston university center for emerging infectious diseases policy and research good evening and welcome to you all i'd like to begin with you and the beat that you covered biden said today he is going to talk to match about the debt ceiling where do we think that idea
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originated in what do we expect to come of it or president biden has always said that he wants to lean into decades of experience in government to try to somehow broker bipartisan deals he knows mitch mcconnell they have talked to each other they have brokered deals in the past so the president is saying that maybe he can have some sort of conversation with senator mitch mcconnell to try to move him but everyone i'm talking to says they don't see that's likely going to happen that's why you see the president doing something that is very extraordinary for the president and that is saying that changing the filibuster and making a carve out is a possibility that's where president biden told reporters tonight on the way house lawn i'd like to remind people that the president is over and over again borrowed over 259 days of his presidency has rejected the idea of changing the filibuster at all jim clyburn's the one who's essential to him getting elected president has been pleading with lawmakers to make a carve out for simple rights
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and voting rights the president has not wanted to do that so hear the president saying the debt limit might be the thing that democrats need to do in order to carve out the filibuster but of course the thing to remind people is it's not up to the president to change the filibuster you need 50 votes from all the democrats in the senate and of course senators manchin and sinema they have been two senators who have been against changing that so there's a lot of challenges ahead the way house is nothing clear about what the president has in fact spoken to mitch mcconnell himself but they did say today that being press secretary she said today that the engagement going on with mitch mcconnell some white house staff reaching out it goes to show you the urgency of this the president himself is getting involved and floating all sorts of new options when it comes to the filibuster mr. cost indeed are anxious nations should be relieved to learn that lindsey graham is in the game quoting here from politico senate gop's budget point man lindsey graham wants to make
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democrats work hard to lift the debt limit but not so hard that it threatens the cataclysmic to faulty hopes to force democrats to pick a number for how high the borrowing limit should go a vote to set a specific dollar figure opens the door for republicans to launch attacks on democratic incumbents in next year's midterms robber what's in plain english is going on here senator graham is pretty close to mcconnell it's close to the business community or watching right now your microphone is back so please start again with the answer forgive me sure senator graham is close to senator mcconnell so you can often read what mcconnell is doing by watching senator graham where we're seeing now is mcconnell doesn't want to rupture the business community which is so important
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to the republican party they don't want to see a debt ceiling showdown but we are watching two veterans of the senate president biden and leader mcconnell really have a standoff over who is going to blink first on one hand president biden he's not the same centrist we've seen in his past part of his career this is someone who wants to be a progressive transformational president he doesn't want to back down on his agenda but is bob woodward i show in our book bono's whole strategy with biden's decisive back and wait for the president to come to him in this is going to likely go to use your own phrase brian to the 11th hour to see who blinks when both sides don't want to see the debt limit catastrophe that harms the american economy at least that's based on my reporting and just having paused calls for republicans recently dr. bhadelia over to you and your j&j everyone greeted as good news today that a booster
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appears to be moving forward you'll forgive the question from a lay person why wasn't the j&j shot to injections originally why just one for that formulation yes brian i think it's different technology in that vaccine the initial studies actually did show very good protection against infection and consistent against hospitalisation so the gamble here was not knowing we are living in we're learning about these technologies in vaccines as the months go by the goal is to make the vaccine that would simple to administer its one dose you might get a higher rate of people coming to get vaccinated if they don't want to come back for a second dose however the data shows that it's a time that the delta variant may decrease the efficacy of the vaccines and they're seeing overtime our own immune system the antibodies recreate tend to go down after
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these vaccines as they do with many vaccines a second dose may help ramp up the immune system and so the data from the cdc the network data and hospitalisation particularly has been concerning for j&j recipients who got the one dose their efficacy against hospitalization goes down to about 70% so this will be welcome news when the fda committee looks at it for those who have had the j&j of course the protection against severe disease holds out for most people who are younger but i think for older folks particularly those with medical conditions it will be something that will be very welcome back to politics and back to year beat we go the people we elect as presidents all want the job so it by nature reduces the amount of sympathy we express for them but think about just today and joe biden's life he spends most of the day in michigan with half of the democrats saying wondering now
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why are you on the road now we need you in washington the other half of the party saying where is the barnstorming where is the messaging why is it that most americans still don't know what's in this bill that could possibly improve their lives it is a challenging time for the biden presidency and as you just noted he is really trying to balance two sides of his party if it's tua could be three or four but two sides that are most prominent which is progressive in moderates the president i'm told talking to white house officials he was on the road because he wants to really hammer home the idea that this infrastructure plan the larger infrastructure plan that includes child tax credits that includes money for climate change that includes money for free lunches for children and increases for health care workers wages that all of that is wildly populate or that's with the white house says with wildly popular with the american people and also poll shows that the majority of americans back the idea of a large infrastructure plan
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expanding the idea of an infrastructure plan to deal with investments in families that's why president biden was on the road that said he had a lot of issues back home he was on meetings with members of his party virtually for the last few days of course senator manchin and senator sinema have been making frequent visits to the white house while he was on the road he was still meeting with this party because he has to get through to both sides here so that they can come up with an agreement and get one side saying they want 3.5 trillion dollars senator manchin saying he wants 1.5 i'm told by sources it's going to end up around two trillion dollars a chilean here chilly in there it's a lot of things the president has to figure out what comes out what's comes in it's a challenging time to add to that of course the pandemic add to that the different issues of the haitian border crisis still raging in so many other things still going on in this presidency that being said the talk to white house officials and the challenges ahead for the president basically not only does he want the job but he's the person
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that's most experience for the job because of his time in government because of his time as a senator he's been in somewhat all of the different seats of the lawmakers that he's now dealing with that in some ways the white house says really informs's ability to work on all of this simultaneously >> robert her previous point was so right if joe biden and chuck schumer decide to pursue the nuclear option choose to side to try to change the filibuster rules they don't have the votes for that so certainly this presidents hand is tied i think he's been surprised by the amounts of democratic party infighting robert based on your experience in the folks you've talked to talk about how big test this is thus far in this presidency it's big on one level brian but it's not actually that big and the context of president biden's career we spent nine months doing this book and we spent so much time in the biden story in
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which you see is this is a president who's elected to the senate in 1972 he comes in and 73 he watches president carter president reagan president bush president obama president clinton all these presidents trump have a first year oftentimes an urgent first year where everything seems to be on the line he's a student of the presidency even while being president he's seated you hear from people close to biden now in with his rescue plan was on the ropes earlier this year we have all these chapters ahead he takes it all in and doesn't get rattled he is an inside player not the outsider like trump he knows the system sometimes works itself out even if the headlines in the tweets at the moment can seem so frenetic doctor facebook has been in the news and well i've never posed a question to a physician on this broadcast about facebook i sure am fixing to and here's why whatever they say about what they do and how they make their money they are
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an enormous misinformation and disinformation delivery system. and i know that has affected your job as a public health person >> yes, and i think that you see that facebook as one of the greatest places, where a lot of this misinformation and disinformation is shared. i think some of this was some of the accounts, there are few, i think they were like the top 12 or top ten disinformation accounts, misinformation accounts, that have been active on facebook for a very long time. and until recently, most of the sources still on there. so, i think it's a combination of social media, we do need greater partnerships within public health and social media and more commitment from social media companies to remove that misinformation. but it's also up -- where you see misinformation getting amplified in social media and then brought up on cable channels. you are seeing vaccines are a
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perfect example of this, when you are seeing that vaccines made for misinformation amplified on cable network, on the regular. and then, underlying unfortunate rolling a vaccine you anti-vax-ing immunity -- which was growing even before the covid vaccine, the measles vaccination, and all of those types of things have been a perfect storm for the -- but the social media companies, we have a lot of work to do to try to and decrease the misinformation and disinformation there. >> here, here. >> much obliged to our starting line, tonight for helping us out, and starting us off. that -- robert costa, doctor nobilo -- >> coming up for us, a one silent prefer -- predicts her whole boss would have her arrested should he get back in the white house, we have questions for stephanie gretchen, she joins us next. and later, mechanical taunts the democrats, he is willing to
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what is it? you don't know what this is. ♪ ♪ who is he? ♪ ♪ this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration period. >> that's not what i said and i know it's hard for you to understand, even short sentences i guess, but please don't take my words out of context. >> i will never lie to you, you have my word on. that >> the president never downplayed the virus, once again, the via the president express calm, was serious about it when democratic's were we pursuing their shannon. -- >> what they all have in common, as a straight face. no shortage of wild moments or public lies from the white house press briefing room, during the trump administration. yet, of the four press secretaries over four years,
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only one of them never held a briefing. you'd be forgiven for not knowing the name stephanie gretchen, because we never saw her. but she's talking now. regarding trump's hostile takeover of an entire political party, she writes this, today being a constitutional conservative doesn't seem to be a good enough to be a good republican. what seems to matter today's blind loyalty to an ex-president who still won't at mid he lost. stephanie grisham is a four former white house press secretary, and communications director -- for the first lady, her new book out today, is all take your questions now. what i saw at the trump white house. stephanie, thank you for coming on, i'm curious, for starters why did we never hear from you? why did you never call a briefing because as members of the public are fond of saying, police officers or members of congress, or the occasional white house press except retiree, we paid your salary, we put food on your table.
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>> absolutely, thank you for having me. a couple of things there. i took three different jobs at once, at the white house. three senior roles, i was press secretary, communications director for the west wing and the east wing. so the argument can definitely be made that i was wasted taxpayer money, but i actually save taxpayer money easily half 1 million dollars. however, when i took the job with the president as, a specks press secretary, we discussed it. he said, i still don't want briefings done. he had already stopped them, sarah sanders six months before. he did not want me to do them, he felt that the press were too mean, too nasty, that he would just do it himself. he felt he could be his own best folks person, which is something i said all the time. my job was to work behind the scenes, to work with print people, to work with more long lead stories when possible. >> of the major events you witnessed, i'm going to boil it
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down to two. the malpractice at the handling of the pandemic and the big lie. which do you think will end up being the most dangerous in the long run, remembering that the mishandling of the pandemic actually cost american lives? >> absolutely, that's a really good question. i think that human life can be compared to anything else, so i think the mishandling of the pandemic is going to go down in history as one of the worst things that administration did. we were tragic with it. and a lot of it had to do with the presidents prime, and narcissism, and just not wanting to look weak or upset a very small group of people. when at that moment he should have been a president to the entire country, even the people he didn't care for. when it comes to the big lie though, i think that that wall, covid is still an ongoing threat, i want to be clear
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without, i think with the big lie that is a big threat as well. people really believe that our election was stolen, people really believe that the former president should be our current president. people running for smaller offices are now using that to say, well there is no election integrity here this was stolen for me as well. the disinformation out there, and the cold light thinking for a lot of people, that's very very scary. and i believe, as we come up to 2022 and 2024, it's something that we really need to be thinking about working against. >> about chief of staff, mark meadows, in your book you say on a scale of 1 to 5, ranking the best to worst in the white house, five being the worst, you gave meadows a 12. that's generous. i'm curious as to how he warranted a 12 rating, what makes him such a bad guy?
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>> i'm speaking, in my own personal capacity there, about my personal experiences. he went into the white house, making grand promises to the president that he would find all of the leakers, he would get good press, all the things that the president wanted to hear. he would of course say yes to the president on every single thing he did, i believe there is now very threatening phone calls out there of him calling people, especially with the election in georgia, trying to bully people into doing things that they didn't want to do. for me personally, he tried to ruin my reputation and he talked about the fact that i leaked the book story when the president and the family had gone to the bunker. which, i absolutely categorically denied. i have never done anything like that, national security is too important. that, among many other things. for me he just wasn't an honest player, no matter what his syrupy southern accent will try
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to convey. >> i think we, looking at it all from a distance, looked at a guy like jared kushner as something of an expressionists cipher. your book cipher -- what's the 62nd version people should know about jared kushner? >> i really admired and respected jared kushner when i met him, he has a way of making very little people feel important. he has a very good way of making you feel like he truly knows everything, basically. he can control the president and get the president to do whatever you want. but really he's manipulative, and he used all of those things to make sure that no one would question him, quite cross him, or do anything, and it worked. it was a dangerous position for him to be in the white house. >> final question, is the one i guess you'll live with, henceforth, and that is i guess your life leads with an apology
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now, given what you witnessed and the fact that you are asking people to believe you now when. it counted, you held your silence. and, a good bit of our democracy was on the line then. >> yeah, you know i worked for mrs. trump at that time, and i very naively thought that she would intervene at some point. i would argue, while i have been very apologetic and i will continue to be apologetic, i am looking forward. i am going to try to do everything i can to let people know, anyone who's interested in listening, about what could happen if he becomes president in 2024. that's all i can do, hindsight is 2020. but i want to be known as one of the very few people who actually stood out from this administration and tried to change the course of the future. >> the book again, for our viewers is called, i'll take your questions now, what i saw
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the trump white house. our thanks to our guest tonight, author stephanie grisham. thank you, stephanie for coming on. >> thank you for having me. coming up for us, a debt ceiling crisis, nothing new for one of our next guest, his perspective on it all. plus, insight from our former gop strategist, when we come back. rategist, when we come back
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what we just heard from stephanie grisham the twice impeached former presidents most elusive white house press secretary. we are joined by two friends of this broadcast, david fluff former obama cater manager and senior adviser to the president. in stores evens veteran of the mitt romney join -- now with the lincoln project. his latest book and it's important is, it was all a lie. how the republican party became donald trump. we also want to welcome all our viewers, from new york and boston, where submitted without comment, the red sox have defeated the yankees 6 to 2. so stewart, save me from that topic and tell me about your opinion of stephanie grisham, what she has written, and what she had to say on this broadcast. >> look for the life of me, i can't see what she's doing is any different what displaced armies do. bury their uniforms and try to pretend they're never members.
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the idea, she's the only press secretary in american history, who never held a press conference. and now she's calling her book i'll take your questions now. i mean, it's just astounding. you don't sit there for four years, and watch the worst president in american history, put kids in cages, plot to overthrow the government, and then when you lose, when you're part of the losing side, come out and go all of this was all charitable look, it's first amendment, despite the constitution they were ready to throw, she can write whatever she wants. but i sure wouldn't by the. book and i don't think anybody else should. >> david, plaintiff pete souza, the famous white house photographer, who became something of a master of shade during this past campaign. tweeted this out today. a photo, you may recognize a young high school student there,
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and the far-right on the couch. the caption, is president biden was side by side with president obama in 2011. he knows the dangerous games republicans try to play then and are playing now. david, having enjoyed seeing that picture of you today, can anyone actually win this fight over the debt limit? when you just take half step back and realize this has to do with a financial cliff, well the whole world is watching thanks for that wonderful memory, that was a debt ceiling summit from hell. and mitch mcconnell did not blink then. he won't bling. hear your question, there's no winners. all you're trying to do is prevent a catastrophic economic collapse. mitch mcconnell is not going to blink. mitch mcconnell has never cared of what he said yesterday. he's in conflict with what is to do. today you're not going to get any republican votes. they can't be shame. the democrats need to find a way to do this as quickly as
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possible, as painless as possible, as early as possible, so you don't see tremor. there's no victory lap in this. well i'd like us to get rid of the debt ceiling, entirely, by the way there's rumors that the democrats now are looking at getting rid of the filibuster. if they do that, that clearly opens the door for exceptions like voting rights. and so that's fascinating but no you just have to get this done, and you have to stop figuring out, can you play a chess game with mitch mcconnell. you cannot. he's going to sit there until his face turns blue, and the democrats are going to have to do this with in 50, votes and just get it done, so you don't do outsized image to the economy. >> david where the democrats going to get the votes to change the filibuster rules? >> that's the question. could you get 50 to say, we're going to do a carve out for the debt ceiling? we're gonna do a carve out to protect our democracy. in past some of the voting rights legislation, that's the thing. if you open the door.
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i still think it's most likely they will do this is part of the reconciliation package. but i saw a rumblings about that today. and listen at the end of the day, what this shows us, you have to swing when you're up at, you mentioned the yankees red sox game. democrats have a majority, no no guarantee they'll have that after the next election, or anytime soon. so all these issues, that are so important to people, you need to get done. manchin and sinema are not gonna get rid of the filibuster, the question is if you're gonna carve it out to do the debt ceiling, and i'm not saying they're going to do, that how unheard can you not do it on voting rights to protect the democracy. -- stuart i want to play for you a bit of what mitch mcconnell had to say today, he was up in his office, where he works only buy gas, lay came down and said this to reporters. >> i implore them one more time, not to play russian roulette with the american economy, we've been down this path before. we did not have a divided government.
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in the party in the majority got the job done. -- store i am tempted as does he think we're stupid? what's going on? here >> the answer to that is yes he does think you're stupid, look, the american debt has gone up more under mitch mcconnell as majority leader than any other majority leader in history, he's really worried about, that let's work start with kentucky. 40% of kentucky's budget comes from the federal government. 40, percent there's only four other states that get more from the federal government. he wants to end, okay, let's just cut out giving all this money to concoct kentucky. it's just an absolute farce. and it's about power, a manipulation of power. for powers sake. i think david is right, i think we have a governing president now. and no get through this. but mitch mcconnell is someone who has said, on the record, he would vote for donald trump, in 2024. this is after, he instigated a, riot sent domestic terrorist
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into the capital. and had mitch mcconnell running for his own life. doesn't that say everything you need to know about mitch mcconnell cares about america? >> ladies and gentlemen our guests have agreed to stay with, us when we fit in, a break coming up, the democrats calling on biden to get angry, to get, loud to name names, while they're slowly realizing. that describes the previous president. describes the previou president.
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quote, democrats and a flurry of private talks are beginning to narrow their differences over the size of president biden sweeping safety net bill, as liberal signal sizeable concessions on the size of what could be the most far reaching social legislation and years. our friends, stephen -- david, how is the white house dealing with this party splitting it spell itself up? when everyone went into this with the idea that the enemy was going to be the republicans. >> i think they're handling it very well, brian. fortunately, right now you're just trying to get an agreement on the package. i'll be here for a time, we are right now what's, in the news is is the debt ceiling, is to deal two or three trillion -- 's infrastructure gonna pass? once this gets done, most importantly, it gets done and you can get a lot of people. but you gotta go out there and
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sell it, jobs are created, half families are being helped, i don't think any of that's punching through. because you're engaged in backroom sausage making, which is never fun. but joe biden is someone who has done this throughout his career, he skilled at it. he's used to trying to get to them to the finish line. and this is going to get done, maybe all eat those words, but this is the whole enchilada. joe biden's legislative agenda, may not be very robust after this year. you gotta get everything you can get done right now. we've had of movement, in just a few days, where it looks like they're coalescing around and lower number. you still get the infrastructure deal, you get the tax increases, which historically is probably the most popular part of the package. and then they could really colliding begin to sell this, something that concerns me as a practitioner -- but that's kind of where we are. you gotta go through this ugly, sausage making process. and then when you're done on the other side, hopefully the democrats stand --
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in living rooms, in factories, in fact in front of equipment -- telling the story of what they accomplished, and the fact that you pointed out republicans that they weren't there. and they opposed all this. and that's on the ballot, in 2022. >> so stewart, just when no one would ban blame joe manchin for hiring a food taster, you are out with a theory that the democrats could use more joe manchin's? and i speak for our viewers when i ask you to explain your thoughts. >> well look, what -- is not between joe manchin and say, dick durbin, the choices between joe manchin and someone who is going to be allowed to do -- the other republican senator from west virginia look like a marxist. this is what donald trump's best -- i think they -- my politics are changed, -- but, he voted for impeachment
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twice. if you look at the actual vote study cast, he supported the biden agenda and votes cast so far 100 percent. so, the democratic party, i think, really the party that has to saved american democracy here. and the big stuff is going to be remembered, you're not gonna remember in 20 years if it was a 3.5 bill or 2.5 bill. you will remember if it 2024 was the last election that resembled anything close to democracy. i think this party needs to embrace people like joe manchin, they ought to be able to elect joe manchin instate cycle iowa. -- i think that that diversity, is difficult but i think it's really important. look, other than having a democrat like joe manchin representing joe west virginia -- >> thank you for name checking, nostalgically so. --
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rioters, zero heel nursed and, gave us a wonderful quote way back in 1937 when she wrote, ships at a distance has have every mans wishes on board. of course, that should include women as well. but it's never been more true for the following reasons, for all of us. we have a satellite photo to show you, published by the website the war zone. it shows container ships parked in a grid pattern out in the pacific ocean, waited to be unloaded at the port of long beach. it's just one photo, just one
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port in our country, and that one picture tells the story of the global supply chain right about now. we get the story tonight from nbc's tom costello, off the coast of california. one >> on the water with los angeles for port police as the backed up -- comes into view. from the air, a stunning 76 ships, headed for the ports of l.a. or long beach now sit idle. extending 40 miles out into the ocean. everywhere you look, there is a ship just sitting out here on the water. just one clog in the supply chain that extends across the ocean to asia. leaving some u.s. store shelves empty of key products, from toys, to clothing, to electronics, to furniture, to car parts. a typical ship carries 14,000 containers and in each container about $100,000 worth of merchandise. for right now, this ships are sitting going nowhere, stuck for ten days.
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>> it's not just for california, new york sports are also backed up. shipping costs are soaring and there aren't enough truck drivers to move products off the docks. the problem, asian manufacturing has slowed to a trickle during covid, now it's struggling to keep up with americas exploding consumer demands. jeanne chirac a, runs the port of los angeles. >> we're buying more products than ever before, whether they be online, pick up a store or a big box retailers, and the american importer is struggling to keep up with that demand. >> 95% of -- of artificial christmas trees come from china. now, there are scrambling to stop. up >> by your christmas trees now, before thanksgiving, because otherwise the shelves will be bare. >> retailers who ordered back in june may be ready for the holidays, but many won't. with a supply chain expected to remain bottlenecked well into 2022. tom costello, nbc news, los angeles. >> coming up, the announcement
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last thing before we go tonight, something light which come to think of it describes an entire political party these days. this is a little thing the lincoln project likes to call, last week in the republican party. and as much as trump loves the original cast recording of the music of cats, this piece
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begins with the one song he long for the most. ♪ ♪ ♪ [inaudible] trump won, you know it. >> they deleted everything in colorado, they everything's elated. >> i'm -- okay with blaming everybody -- it's never my fault. we >> the characterization that the democrats have made, in fact the border patrol, using them using whips to whip people coming across the border is false, they were simply maneuvering horses. >> they're actually changing society. >> they want to demoralize the military, close the churches, destroy their faith in the american system, and then here they're gonna come with the socialist program to run your life. from cradle to grave, daylight to dark.
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>> that's not representative government, ladies and gentlemen. that is behind closed doors, smoke filled room and in this case marijuana. >> shut the government down, because the real world knows how to run without the government. we do not need the government >> last week, joe biden speaks at the united nation and says he's going to restore a relationship with our allies, as if it was a good under president trump, it was a huge greater under president trump. them >> abhors a moron -- let's don't be more on it. ♪ ♪ ♪ put away the fine crystal glassware, the lincoln project to take us off the air tonight. that is our broadcast for this tuesday evening, a comes with our thanks for being here with
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us. on behalf of all our colleagues at the network of nbc news, goodnight. etwork of nbc news goodnight. tonight on all in. the anti-vaccine crowd, roars in south carolina. as a destructive deadly disinformation campaign continues. >> were at each other's throats. and now these mandates are going to destroy our health care system. >> the facebook whistle blower, faces congress. >> facebook's products harm children. stoke division, and weaken our democracy. >> plus what we know about why the fbi raided the offices of a new york city police union, and the home of that unions president. and is the department of justice steps, and how one republican senator is pretending the school board harassment and intimidation, are not off the charts. >> it's waiting to express ones view at a school board meeting,
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harassment and intimidation? >> the death threat was, you're going to get. knifed you, -- when all in starts right now. good evening from new york, i'm chris. he's the very loud minority, of anti covid vaccine extremists, have been making their presence known across the country. they've been showing up at protests, and school board meetings, and unfortunately in hospitals. even the blue states have their own contingents here in new york city for example, there been these anti-covid facts protests. mostly not that well attended, but folks are really and truly riled up. in fact yesterday, a group of those anti vaxxer,'s march from brooklyn to manhattan. protesting the covid vaccine requirements, for school employees. the vaccine requirements have been quite effective at getting folks vaccinated, you should know. when they reached union square, a few of the marchers just attacked, a mobile covid


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