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there. and i think it says less about that person's personal beliefs and more about their better than interpretation of the laws. and that is causing confusing and putting teachers in impossible positions. >> really excellent reporting on this as always. thank you. and you can listen to all six episodes wherever you get your podcasts. and if you want to learn about the making of the podcast, head to nbcu and that does it for me. you can watch me tomorrow here on msnbc. andrea mitchell reports starts right now. good day. this is andrea mitchell reports in new york where we're following three big stories. an fda advisory panel meeting virtually for a second straight
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day, this time to debate booster shots for johnson & johnson covid recipients after voting thursday to recommend moderna half dose boosters. and next week whether to hold steve bannon in criminal contempt for defying a congressional subpoena and refusing to appear for a deposition. but the committee agreed to post possess deny sips for mark meadows, kash patel and dan have a scavino. but we begin with the health scare for bill clinton recovering from a noncovid-19 related infection. his team says the former president is in good spirits after being diagnosed with a urological infection that then became a broader infection. the 75-year-old clinton who had quadruple bypass surgery in 2004 and two stints in 2010 could be released as early as today.
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joining me now is miguel almaguer outside the hospital and also dr. john torres. miguel, what are you hearing from the hospital officials or the clinton team? >> reporter: well, the former president is said to be on the mend and in good spirits. of course he is now spending his fourth day at the hospital here at the uc irvine medical center. he was admitted tuesday after feeling ill. and sources to nbc news say that he was diagnosed with a urinary infection that morphed into something more serious. his doctors released a statement that said that his white blood cell count is trending down and he is responding to anti-by another ticks well. we hope to have him home soon. officials are also saying that he is charming staffanti-byanot. we hope to have him home soon. officials are also saying that he is charming staff officials so certainly appears to be doing
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better after a serious scare. >> and dr. torres, what do we think really happened here? there was confusion over whether he had sepsis or how extensive the infection became when the urinary tract infection got into the bloodstream. >> and when people started talkingabout the word sepsis, that got a lot of attention because that can lead to septic shock when the body starts shutting down and that has a high mortality rate and that is why there was a big concern here. but what is happening here is not unusual. there is a spectrum of illness that is going on here. the urinary tract infection is very common especially as people get in their 70s and 80s. and that infection can often go unnoticed and if it does, it can leak into the bloodstream and that can cause a bloodstream infection. and that is essentially the start of that sepsis spectrum, so the organs are starting to
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get affected but only just starting to get infected. so they gave him antibiotics and it sounds like that he is joking around with home, might even get discharged today, which means yes, he was probably at that blood infection point, but probably not at the sepsis point. and that is an important distinction. >> and let's talk of course about his health history. we know the quadruple by pass, the fact thathe had a stent put in. he is 75 years old. patients with a cardiac history would be, you know, potentially more vulnerable if this infection had gotten out of control. >> that is correct. because if you have that history, even though it has been taken care of and he is living a healthy life right now with that vegan diet, he is still more
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susceptible to having complications from infections like this especially if they get to the stage of sepsis and septic shock because at that point, it comes down to what we came body reserve, how much does your body have to fight these diseases along with what the doctors are giving him. and if your body reserves have been dinged a little bit because of other illnesses, then it is harder to fight off the illnesses. so he could have been in a worse condition if he got to that septic shock stage. thankfully he didn't. >> and miguel, he was there for a clinton foundation event. there was a sighting of hillary clinton last night. any sightings today, do we know anything more about what the family is doing? >> well, it has been tough to tell because the way people can enter this hospital. a few hours ago we saw several black vehicles similar to the ones that the former secretary of state arrived in here yesterday. so it is quite possible that hillary rodham clinton has been
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back at the hospital today. but clearly she has been by the former president's side. >> miguel almaguer, thank you so much. dr. torres, hang in with us for a moment because we'll turn to one of your other specialties, the coronavirus and the fda advisory panel meet this is hour on the j&j vaccine. joining us now is a senior scholar at the johns hopkins bloomberg school of public health and megan fitzgerald is in chicago covering a battle between the police union and the city over a looming deadline on vaccine mandates. dr. torres, let's talk about the johnson & johnson vaccine. how important is today's meeting for j&j recipients? >> it is important because they want to try to determine where they want it move for this booster shot which doesn't seem
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to be as cut and dry as it was with pfizer and moderna. and part of the reason is because of the data with johnson & johnson. with the mrna vaccines, we found out that you get a big bump in protection, but that protection starts wearing off over time especially that 6 to 8 month period. with johnson & johnson, it doesn't gets a high a protection, but that level stays fairly even throughout. so they are talking about if the protection is high enough, do we actually need a booster. and if it is not high enough, should they look at giving a two dose johnson & johnson instead of a booster. and there is a lively debate trying to figure out which direction that they will go. it will be an interesting vote. >> and we've been talking about mixing and matching doses of vaccines. how much different is that for j&j recipients who did not go through the two dose regimen? >> that is where they are looking to see if there is a benefit of giving a vaccine that
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use different technologies, that is the mixing. the johnson & johnson vaccine is not an mrna vaccine and the pfizer and moderna are. and there is some data that will be presented later today about the efficacy of that approach, does it gives you a bigger boost in your immunity. early preliminary data says yes. but i don't think that that is what will be improved in the near term. this is something to think about for improing our vaccine strategies for second generation vaccines. but definitely something with promise. >> and let's bring in megan fitzgerald. thousands of police ours don't want to declare their vaccination status. and so there is a potential walkout. what is the latest there from the mayor? >> reporter: that's right.
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the police union is urging the members not to comply. so you have the governor saying that the national guard is on standby ready to come in if thousands of members don't show up to work tomorrow. and so most recently just this morning, the mayor, lori lightfoot, saying that she had her lawyers file what is called a complaint for injunctive relief. essentially she's trying to stop the police union president from speaking this rhetoric. she believes that he is misguiding and misforming officers to believe that there wouldn't be repercussions for their actions. and they also says that it is unlawful for them to strike. i want to read for you know a quote that she released just moments ago. she said by predicting that 50% or more officers will violate their oaths and not report for duty, catanzara, which is the president of the police union, is encouraging an unlawful strike and work stoppage which carries the body poe to undermine public safety and expose our residents to
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irreparable harm particularly during an ongoing pandemic. and it is also very important to note that crime in chicago, like we've seen much across the country, is surging. so we will see. this is obviously a story that we'll pay close attention to as we head into the weekend. >> a real political crisis there for the married and a health crisis. and so we've seen that vaccination rates are going up as the president's order for vaccinations or testing has begun to take effect, man dates seem to be working. so this is a big setback in chicago. >> exactly. if you are a police officer dealing with the public going in on you out of places and you don't know people's vaccination status, the best way to stay resilient is to have the forcefully vaccinated. so i agree with the mayor that this is something that police officers should be required do as a condition of their employment. it is unfortunate that people
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have gotten into tribes and they only view the vaccine from the view point of the tribes when there is so much data that supports the way each individual benefits from the vaccine. so i think that they need to figure out a way to be more resilient to it. >> and dr. torres, the white house is donating 17 million doses of j&j to the african union. as the administration has been under fire for not doing enough globally, is this going to help? >> i think that it will help, but just a small help. essentially a drop in the bucket of what they need because a lot more doses are needed especially in that area where they haven't been able to get access to it. that is one of the benefits of the johnson & johnson, that it was made for these types of situations where they might not be able to access their same clinic a second time, they might not be able to being a he is is
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the areas where they can get the vaccine. so to have one shot that provides them protection is better than not getting any shots at all. so getting more to them is even more important. the white house has said that they are trying to do both things at the same time. we'll see how that goes. >> okay. our thanks to you. we're developing a tradition here because i think this happened last year also the same day. so happy birthday, doctor, as you celebrate it with us right here on andrea mitchell reports. a very happy birthday and many happy returns. and of course thanks to megan fitzgerald in chicago. coming up, subpoena slowdown, why it is taking so long to get former trump officials in front of the january 6 committee. and what is being done to penalize those that will not comply. will not comply an 1) oh, this looks like we're in a screen saver. (man 2) yeah, but we need to go higher. (man 1) higher. (man 2) definitely higher.
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former trump white house chief strategist steve bannon is now facing a criminal contempt vote next week. the committee investigating the january 6 insurrection is going to cite him they say for refusing to honor a subpoena that he show up for a deposition and turnover records about his role before the riot. the committee's hard line seen as a warning to other former trump officials including mark meadows and also kash patel that the panel is very serious about
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compliance. the full house and justice department would still have to vote to proceed on the indictment, but they are asking merrick garland to delay. >> it is my wishes for the attorney general to decide to expedite the process. we hope that the attorney general sees the importance of moving ahead with this indictment, moving ahead with locking steve bannon up. you can't conduct an insurrection on the government of the united states of america and nothing happen. he has to do his job. >> joining me now, leigh ann caldwell. and also susan page and kimberly atkins. bring us up-to-date. apparently the committee is
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united behind that. >> the committee is united behind this and they will meet on tuesday where they will vote and likely refer that steve ban nongets criminal contempt charges. that would then go to the house of representatives for a full vote where once again it is expected to pass. and if it does pass, then it would go to the department of justice where the u.s. attorney for the district of columbia would take up the case. now, most people expect the u.s. attorney to in fact move forward with that prosecution. that is when steve ban noncould either be acquitted, he could be found guilty. if he is acquitted of course, he could appeal. but this -- something that is important to note is that while this criminal case proceeds as it is expected to, this does not mean that steve bannon will be forced to cooperate with the january 6 select committee. this is a totally different process and they can -- the ugs
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attorney cannot compel bannon to cooperate. so this is not an attempt perhaps to get more information from steve bannon unless he wants to -- the charges to be dropped and to cooperate. but this is to set an example to all of the rest of the people who have been subpoenaed by the january 6 committee saying that they are not fooling around and they will move with criminal prosecution if people do not comply. >> kimberly, let's talk about the legal as pepgts. pictures. you are a lawyer as well as a journalist. and i was watching you with brian williams and barbara mcquaid said it would be faster to pursue civil contempt and if he doesn't comply, he could be prosecuted for that or he had 00 be actually jailed for civil contempt. respect if. >> and it is a more serious process. and i do believe that it is
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right that this is a way for the commission to say, look, we gave some power, we're going to enforce it, and that compliance is really not voluntary. and it is serving to perhaps be efficient. we do know that some of the other individuals who were subpoenaed, the committee is not moving forward with criminal contempt with them because at least so far they are in conversation with the attorneys for the committee. i think that it is too soon to say whether they are cooperating, but at least they are in discussion and moving forward, that could likely lead to them cooperating. so they are getting what they want out of these folks. i'm not sure that they expected to get that much out of steve bannon given his fealty to donald trump. but certainly he can serve in this role. but on the doj side, the question is whether there is a concern about the political
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blowback if by prosecuting steve bannon that creates a political martyr out of him that trump supporters can use in a way that is unhelpful. so it seems to be a tight rope that they are a walking. but the doj would still have to convene a grand jury of course, but they have that power to move forward and clearly the chairman of the commission hopes that they move forward quickly. >> susan page, let's talk about that political tightrope kimberly was mentioning. the other part of that is what the look of going so hard after steve bannon politically when everything else is gridlocked on the hill? do they risk, you know, giving the republicans a weapon against them if they are not getting other stuff done? >> i think democrats have been really frustrated by the difficulty they have had to do congressional oversight on anything during the trump administration, trying to resurrect that here with this
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threat of criminal contempt proceedings against steve bannon. but here is one political problem for democrats. steve bannon can play a waiting game. he can sue, he can try to block what they are doing. they can claim executive privilege. most analysts think that is spurious since he hasn't been in the white house since 2017. but i think that some republicans feel confident that they will win back the house in the midterms next year so they just need to defy congressional oversight on january 6 until then and they can take over control of the house. so this is a test for both sides going forward and a test really for the whole system of congressional oversight of executive action. >> from covering the committee, do they actually think that this pressure might mean that mark meadows and kash patel might actually testify? when they say that they are engaged, it really means that their lawyers are talking to the committee members. might they actually come and
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testify? >> yeah, that is a really good point, andrea. noting the difference between engagement and full cooperation. you know, the committee is hoping and the committee has not said that there is going to be any contempt charges just yet. and they have held off and they have given mark meadows and kash patel some more time to cooperate. and to come into be deposed. so, you know, they say that this is the most extreme case with steve bannon. and when the cooperation or the engagement starts and say that they are going to be willing to move in the same direction with mark meadows and kash patel, but they haven't reached that point yet. so they are hoping for potentially full cooperation from them. i don't know if they will get it though. >> and susan page, we both covered bill clinton in the white house and since.
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and we understand off of the white house gaggle with the reporters on air force one that president biden plans to call bill clinton later in the day. not surprising that he would be calling someone he knew so well, a fellow democrat in the hospital. but that is at least the word. but here you have bill clinton who has been really active with the foundation and really focused from everything that we've been able to tell from the schedule, focused on a lot of this work. was at a foundation meeting. hillary clinton was there. and felt fatigued. and this is another health problem. >> yeah. of course he is 75 years old. he's had a series of health issues. but he is also perhaps the most resilient politician of our era, right? i mean he got involved in controversy, even got impeached, bounced back. of course no one enjoyed being president more than bill clinton did. and he's tried to be an active past president. he's tried to use the clinton foundation to keep his hand on big policies especially big
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global policies. and of course half of one of the most powerful political couples in american history. >> indeed. and we are wishing him well. let me just say to all of you thank you very much. and coming up, a really surprising guilty plea today. the man who shot and killed 17 people at marjory stoneman douglas high school, he is in a florida courtroom. the latest on what his lawyers are saying, coming up. , coming . ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ just two pills for all day pain relief. aleve it, and see what's possible.
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now to breaking news out of florida. lawyers no nicholas cruz says he plans to plead guilty in the shooting at marjory stoneman douglas high. sam brock is in ft. lauderdale with the latest. what happened today? >> reporter: everyone seemed to be surprised by the timing of all this. the circuit court judge certainly was. state attorney's office was. they said in-formally that they weren't aware that there was any sort of negotiating going on and
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lo and behold here today the attorneys for cruz told the judge that he is prepared to plead guilty. and some housekeeping ahead of time, you see mr. cruz there wearing a sweater vet and mask and looking a lot thinner than the last time we saw him. he was still facing assault and battery charges for something that happened nine months after parkland when he assaulted a deputy. so that had to be dealt with because the judge was not going to impanel 100 plus people for the jury trial until he entered the guilty pleas. so now next wednesday is the date for him potentially to enter the homicide charges guilty for parkland. we talked to so many parents here, it was so traumatic, that it prompted hundreds of thousands of kids all across the country to take to the streets and beg for our lawmakers do better when it comes to gun reform and preventing something like this from ever happening
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again. this will likely now take the guilty part of this process and move to the side so that families are now only dealing with the death penalty phase which is still on the table. we spoke with manuel oliver whose shot was shot four times. and joaquin was his best friend. but he is happy about this process moving faster. >> we remember joaquin every day. we are with joaquin every day. i don't have a problem remembering joaquin. i have a problem with going through this aftermath. i'm hoping that there is no trial. might call me crazy, but i was never happy with the idea of the whole media circus chasing me and calling me and how long would that trial take. so if we avoid that and still
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have the death penalty as part of something possible, then i'm okay with that. >> reporter: and a jury of 12 people have to decide unanimously whether or not the death penalty is merited. that is expected to be sometime early next year. back to you. >> and if a guilty plea helps these parents, many of whom we've gotten to know over the years and their children, it has to be a good thing. thank you so much, sam brock. breaking news oversea, a deadly attack on a british lawmaker, a fatal attack today. and matt bradley is in london. matt, there has been an arrest in connection with the stabbing death of a member of parliament. what do we know? >> reporter: just happened a couple hours ago. we understand that 25-year-old
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man who as you mentioned has since been detained by police, he walked into what they call a constituent surgery. and all it is is just when a member of parliament sits and meets with constituents, takes comments. he was at a baptist church in essex a little bit east of where i am now here in london. and this man simply started stabbing sir david amos. and for a while we thought that he might have been rescued, might have been helped. an air ambulance landed and was trying to revive him, but it was very quickly that rest we learned that he had died from his wounds. this has already been sending shockwaves through the political establishment here because this is actually the second time in five years that politician here, a member of parliament, has been assassinated at knife point. the last time was jo cox back in 2016 by a far right extremist who was angry about her andy --
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antment brexit stance. of course when it comes to this beth, we didn't know the motivation. but sir amos was not particularly controversial. he was right wing because his big champion was on animal rights. so not clear that he attracted that kind of attention. >> and we all remember the tragedy of jo cox, the terrible loss at the time. thank you very much. and more breaking news on the near ban on abortions in texas, the justice department planning to ask the supreme court to put the law on hold again. this after the fifth circuit court of appeal, one of the most conservative court of appeals sided with the state of texas just yet to keep the law in place. blocking the justice department in its efforts to temporarily put the abortion ban on hold. and heating up, can
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that summit along with other world leaders. and of course the climate envoy john kerry. and joining me now, the chief scientist for the conservancy, author of "saving us." and we could use more hope and healing. thanks so much for being with us. so this is a big deal. the cop 26 summit, you have the president going, half his cabinet, the former president going, former secretary of state who is now the climate envoy. but what do they have to put on the table? >> this is exactly the question because it is like a global pot luck. every country shows up with their contribution to this pot luck and it becomes rapidly obvious who brought the giant apple pie that when you cut into it, it is full of hot air, who brought the single chicken nugget from the back of the
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freezer and who brought the full on pasta salad with veggies and the works. it will be very obvious who is measuring up and who isn't. >> and who is measuring up, how is the u.s. doing given all the problems in congress on this legislation? >> of course the answer is it depends. what can president biden take to cop. what will it look like. right now very few countries are measuring up and countries and cities are joining in. only a few countries around the world are in the green or yellow zone and those are not the biggest emitters. we need the countries who produce 70 prls of annual emissions to pull up their socks and the united states is firmly in that group. >> john kerry has been going around the globe. china, india, all over trying to get people to ante up. how successful has he been? in often people say that we can do everything we could, but no
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other country is doing anything. but the reality is there is a lot going on in every country around investments, efficiency, nature based solutions and more. the united states is not the climate leader, but it has the opportunity to be so and that is why those bills currently being considered are so important. >> and right now is it china and india who are the biggest problems that the u.s. faces at least? >> in terms of cumulative carbon emissions which is what climate responds to, the united states is far and away the leader. almost 30% come from the u.s. and china is about half that and india comes after that. but of course on an annual basis china emissions did overtake the united states about a decade ago. so right now like i said there is 12 countries that produce about 70 percent of our emissions and those are the 12 countries that really need to be taking the biggest steps.
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and the united states is firmly in that group. >> how big a problem with l. it be if the president is going without having gotten this big spending program through that joe manchin is one of the chief obstacles. interestingly sinema is in favor of the climate proposals. she is the other person who has been objecting on fiscal grounds. >> uh-huh. well, if the united states cannot bring a dish to that global potluck that is commensurate with its global contributions, how discouraging is that that going to be to other countries who are trying to do their best but feel like if the u.s. can't do it, what point do we have. >> indeed. catherine, thank you very much. and the push for progress, democrats renewed sense of urgency as they face a tight deadline to get a win and try to smooth over some of those differences. e differences.
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arrested on obstruction charges related to january 6. he is accused of communicating with a person on facebook who was eventually charged with being in the capitol during the january 6 insurrection. officer michael riley allegedly advised the individual on posting or deleting images and then deleting them to try to cover up their communication. and president biden is in connecticut to sell a key part of his massive social spending plan, child care, as democrats try to work out their disagreements over how much to cut and which programs to leave behind. the white house is pushing them to get it done before key off year election two weeks from now, the virginia governor's race, as democratic governor and former governor terry mcauliffe makes it clear that he wants the president to lower the boom on the squabbling democrats. >> let's get everybody in a room, lock the door, what do you need, what do you need, let's get it done. do your job.
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vote and get this done. >> joining us now, president obama's campaign manager and also david jolly. and so jim, you heard terry mcauliffe there. the president will be campaigning for him we're told. he told us. in the coming weeks obviously. a little over two weeks before the election. but he wants the president to be more forceful, the democratic caucus. for obvious reasons, right? >> well, look, i think that president biden is doing exactly what he should be doing today, which is talking about the specifics of this plan. this plan is incredibly popular especially when you can parse it out and talk about each individual piece. there is nothing more important or more popular than child care and that is what democrats want, they want to get this thing done. there is a little panicking in my party because they are
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panicers about the president's poll numbers and how long this is taking. and that is understandable, but the truth is that the country just wants us to get big things done and that is exactly what the president is attempting to. we get in trouble when we have democrat on democrat stories about the voters hate process. they want big things done, and that's why i think you'll see the democrats come together, president biden will crack the whip a little bit here and get this thing done and pass what will be a very popular plan, and then go out and sell it to the american public. >> that's the optimistic side. david, what about kyrsten sinema? she's supposedly on a fund raising trip in europe and -- democrats do they realize the urgency and what do they do about it? >> i think we need to take joe manchin and kyrsten sinema at their word. they're not moving on this. while i appreciate jim's
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optimism, i would suggest the democrats are missing an opportunity. there's two infrastructure bills. one is traditional infrastructure, roads, highways, planes, trains, automobiles, waste water. that passed the senate on a bipartisan vote with 69 senators including the support of mitch mcconnell. that is being held up in the house because there's this gamesmanship over trying to get the larger package. that's a priority of democrats and of biden. what i would suggest to you is this. donald trump could not get that trillion dollar infrastructure bill done for four years. the republican party is in complete disarray. donald trump said republicans shouldn't even vote in '22 and '24. democrats are ging republicans a gift by showing the disarray when they could have passed this bill. joe biden could use this political capital, get the votes done in the house on the trillion dollar infrastructure bill and then democrats are taking a victory lap over
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something trump would never do, and the focus of the disarray is all on republicans. you've always got a second bite of the apple on the larger bill. if biden and democrats created momentum around the success of the trillion dollar bill, i think the political conversation becomes much different for sinema, manchin, and other democrats. >> can pelosi and the president put more pressure onto separate this out, sign that bill, get the house to pass the bill that's already been approved by the senate? and have something to show for it and then move on to the more complicated issues? >> oh, andrea and david, if it were only that simple. right? pelosi has the smallest majority since world war ii. she has a five-seat majority and a big part of her caucus that is saying look, we want the other bill. and we want movement on that other bill. and so it's just -- i wish it were that simple. i used to have to cut these deals in the white house. it's never that easy.
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look, just politically, that's exactly what you should do. i agree. t just there aren't the votes to do that. and so biden needs to do exactly what terry mcauliffe said and go out there and sell it, especially in virginia in that important election in two weeks. and then he needs to bang everyone's heads together and say let's get this done. and i think that's exactly what he'll do. >> and speaking of that incredibly important election, david, and jim, jim, first to you. just how critical is it to win that off-year election? >> well, look, virginia is one of the bellwether states in america. especially because it's a midterm election. typically the president's party loses those elections. and so the whole world is going to be watching this governor's race. a popular incumbent in mcauliffe. putting tens of millions of dollars into the race, and the polls are tied. this will be the first consign
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we'll have of which party has momentum going into the midterm elections. >> and briefly, david, t the first sign of just how powerful president trump is in a state that the democrats won by ten points. >> yeah. fully agree. look, the macro trend for virginia is going blue. if republicans pull an upset, i think it sends a significant message to democrats and joe biden. i would close, though, by saying the votes in the house might be there if you look for republican votes. and i think that's what one of biden's pledges that i can get republican votes. i think you'd get 20 or 30 republican votes for the basic infrastructure bill if biden involved himself in this. >> i have to leave it there, indeed. thanks to both of you and coming up, k-9 comfort. how some are helping officials on capitol hill. helping officis on capitol hill.
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we've always known that dogs are our best friends, and remember, harry truman saying memorably, if you want a friend in washington, get a dog. the capitol police concerned about the stress on its officers since the january 6th insurrection did just that. her name is lila, and we don't know her rank. but she is a black lab. garrett haake is on puppy patrol. there are new officers in town, younger, furrier, and more easily distracted by squirrels than your typical police. meet lila, the first emotional support dog at the capitol. four-year-old leo joined the force this fall too. >> dogs come up and are happy. police don't get a lot of people who come up to them and are happy to see them. >> i think it makes a world of difference. >> reporter: for these officers,
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the sights and sounds of january 6th are still vid today. >> the images, the smells, the yelling, the chaos that day. it was a war zone. >> hearing the locations that people needed help. >> reporter: the two officers are among many battling anxiety, depression and lingering injuring from the attack. four responding officers have since died by suicide. capitol police working to prioritize the mental health of officers with tools like peer-to-peer counseling, helping cops talk to other cops about what they've experienced. >> over time, all agencies have recognized that it takes a lot more than just physical wellness to have a well officer. >> petting a dog can make your whole day today. >> reporter: a new best friend for the men and women in capitol police blue. garrett haake, nbc news, the capitol. >> thank you, garrett. thanks lie la.
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puppies with a purpose. a serious purpose. and that does it for this edition of andrea mitchell reports. follow the show online, on facebook and twitter at mitchel reports. chuck todd starts right now. if it's friday, president biden hits the road. he's about to deliver remarks on the importance of passing his agenda as the white house pushes congress to reach a deal and do it soon. they want to have something to sell voters not just in next year's midterms but in this year's november elections. plus an fda panel is about to hold a key vote on whether or not to approve a booster shot for johnson & johnson. vaccine recipients as it also examines the potential benefits of mixing and matching vaccine doses in limited circumstances. and later, t the first big test of the polls before next year's midterms. can democrats hang on in virginia in