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a very good day to all of you from msnbc world headquarters here in new york. welcome, everyone, to "alex witt reports." here's what's happening just a minute past 2:00 p.m. eastern, 11:00 a.m. pacific. we have more breaking news related to that hostage standoff at a synagogue in texas. the fbi has released the identity. president biden is giving some new details after talking with attorney general merrick garland. and we are also hearing from the suspect's family. let's go to msnbc's sam brock. i think it was his brother that spoke, sam? >> reporter: that's correct, alex.
the suspect's owner brother expressing heartache and also suggesting that mental health issues may have played a role here. now, there's been a lot of developments over the course of the afternoon, alex, including, as you said, the revealing of the identity of the suspect. that came from the fbi's dallas office here just within the last couple of hours. his name is malik faisal akram, 44 years old, a british citizen. the fbi does not believe there were any other people involved in this. what turned out to be an 11-hour-long standoff involving four hostages including the rabbi of this synagogue. this all played out with 200 law enforcement personnel needed to bring it to a close, which miraculously was done peacefully. the statement from his brother comes courtesy of sky news. they obtained it from a local mosque that the family attended in england. we would like to say that we as a family do not condone any of his actions and would like to sincerely apologize wholeheartedly to all of the victims involved in the
unfortunate incident. until the early hours liaising with faisal, the negotiators, fbi, et cetera. and although my brother was suffering from mental health issues, we were confident that he would not harm the hostages. with that as a backdrop, president biden weighed in today with some previously unreported details, although the president himself acknowledged he's not sure that all the facts line up at this point. but here's what he said. >> allegedly, the assertion was he got the weapons on the street, he purchased them when he landed. and it turns out there apparently were no bombs that we know of, he said that there were bombs he had as well. but apparently he spent the first night in a homeless shelter. i don't have all the details yet so i'm reluctant to go into much more detail. and allegedly he purchased it on the street. now, what that means, i don't know. >> reporter: now, the president,
again, also said that there were no explosives involved on the part of the suspect. what we really need to find out right now is what happened in that 9:00 hour last night. we know that there was a loud bang that could be heard for blocks. the fbi did breach the synagogue, but akram's brother said the hostages were released through a fire exit. the fbi have not revealed any of the sequencing from last night, certainly what's at the very core of the investigation right now. >> absolutely a lot of unanswered questions and we'll see what the investigation brings. some more breaking news to share as millions of us are expected to be impacted by a monster storm system that is prompting states of emergency in the carolinas, virginia, georgia as well. up to 10 inches of snow has fallen in parts of the southeast. other places are expecting sleet and freezing rain. the severe weather could bring down powerlines. more than a quarter-million people are now without power
from florida to north carolina, and governor roy cooper said this is just the beginning. >> more than 41,000 homes and businesses were reported without power across the state as of 11:30 a.m. and that number, unfortunately, is likely to grow. >> tornados are already being reported in florida. a tornado watch is in effect until 3:00 p.m. eastern. florida's gulf coast is also getting some heavy rain and damaging wind gusts from that system that is headed up the coast. helping us to cover the first big winter storm of 2022, nbc's kathy park and michelle grossman. kathy, first of all, has it warmed up at all over the last couple of hours since we spoke? how are the conditions there? >> reporter: just slightly, alex. there is some improvement there. we are really seeing just a mixed bag of precipitation. we were getting snow this morning which switched over to sleet and now we're getting
freezing rain. and that really is a concern because all along icing has been something that we have been worried about, even a quarter-inch of ice on tree limbs and powerlines. and then you factor in some strong wind gusts and we could be looking at widespread power outages. the main utility company here duke energy saying that up to 150,000 customers could potentially lose power for days. the road behind me is snow-covered, it is slick. we're also hearing reports of spin-outs on highways. >> travel is treacherous across much of our state. many of the routes are covered with snow and ice in western and central north carolina. if you do not need to be out on the roads today, please stay put. this will allow crews, law enforcement, and our emergency responders to do their work. >> reporter: d, we should point out that severe ice
events like this one, it's pretty rare for the charlotte area. the last one was back in december of 2002 where some spots got anywhere between a half an inch to a quarter inch of ice and more than a million people lost power. so we'll see how the day progresses. but those power outage numbers are slowly starting to creep up. but duke energy, the utility company, telling us that more than 11,000 workers have been mobilized throughout the region. they've been working around the clock, essentially all week long ahead of the storm. and they're also pulling from different resources. workers from texas and oklahoma as they gear up for the next couple of hours, alex. >> okay. well, got to focus on what's going on behind you. thank you so much. as we bring in nbc meteorologist michelle grossman who's talking about this big storm. it is far from over yet. so where is it heading? >> yeah. hi there, alex. we have another 24 hours to go so we've been tracking this
storm since last thursday. it's been a long one. it's a big one and it's powerful too. let's take a look at what we saw so far in terms of snowfall totals. nearly a foot in some spots. and look how far south that snow reaches. i think that's what sort of jumps out at me. we even had reports of flurries in northern florida this morning, and we also had those severe storms in southern florida. just a really volatile complex system that we continue to track. the pinks and the purples is where we saw the most snowfall. this is a look at current radar where you see the blue that's where the snow is falling, the darker the blue the heavier the snow. we see some yellows and oranges, that's where that heavy rain is falling, some lightning still in southern florida. the pinks and purples, that's where the ice is. kathy put it so well, we're seeing that freezing rain, it's dangerous, but with those gusty winds we're going to see some power outages. going forward, where you see the pinks and purples, that's going
to be your heaviest snowfall, so along the appalachians. we're looking at the heaviest snowfall in the interior parts of pennsylvania, new york, also new england. this coastal low where this low is further to the west as opposed to a coastal low, and that's why we're seeing those snowfall totals heavier as you go further to the west as opposed to the i-95 corridor. we're looking at alerts all up and down the coast from new england still to the southeast. we have an ice storm watch. so millions and millions and millions of people affected here as we go throughout the next, let's say, 18 to 24 hours. this is what we're most concerned about. we're looking at that purple, and that's including parts of the carolinas baurz we're looking at the freezing rain. and it's impossible to travel in once you get a quarter inch, up to a half-inch, we could see trees coming down along with that wind. and we're going to see power outages continue to stack up. and then we're talking about the wind as well. so it's not just the south that could see power outages.
we're talking about the northeast, too. now we were so cold this morning, we continue to be cold. but we're actually going to see the temperatures rising as this storm gets a little bit closer. you can see that high wind warning, that's in purple. the blue is your wind advisory. as we go throughout the overnight hours, we're going to see winds gusting over 50 miles per hour. >> okay, everybody, buckle up. let's go to some other major headlines developing this hour. president biden is preparing to mark one year in office this week, holding a formal news conference on wednesday. it comes as we're getting a new look at how the country is grading the president's first year. a new poll finding 44% of americans approve of the job that president biden is doing. but compare that to the first year in office by past presidents. biden's rating is higher than only donald trump's. meanwhile on capitol hill, the senate will be taking up voting rights reform this week.
it needs 60 votes to pass. last hour democratic senator ben cardin gave me new insights leading into the conversations in this critical week ahead. >> there is a full court press. we are working, as you speak, there are meetings taking place. i've been in touch with my colleagues over this weekend. and i have been in contact with the two senators who have gotten the most attention. so, yes, there's a lot of work still being done. i think we could have a win/win situation. are we there? no, but we're going to continue to fight to try to get there. and overseas the threat of a russian invasion in ukraine intensifies. earlier today it was made clear how the u.s. is approaching this situation. >> we're ready either way. if russia wants to move forward with diplomacy, we are absolutely ready to do that in lockstep with our allies and partners. if russia wants to go down the path of invasion and escalation, we're ready for that, too. and if russia does move, we will
take measures that go at their economy, that go at their strategic position in europe that strengthen the solidarity of nato. and the january 6th committee's investigation into the attack on the capitol is moving ahead. the panel now weighing, taking a major step in their inquiry, whether to subpoena sitting members of congress who have refused to cooperate. earlier today, select committee member congressman jamie raskin explained to msnbc how it's a decision they are not taking lightly. >> the chair mr. thompson and the vice chair ms. cheney said we are going to leave no stone unturned, we're not going to give anybody a pass on this. we view this as the most serious threat to the continuation of american democracy that any of us has ever seen in our lifetimes, and maybe the most serious threat since the civil war or the war of 1812. and we are going to pursue exactly what happens so we can fortify our institutions going forward. >> joining me now california
congresswoman barbara lee. i'm always glad to see you, my friend. let me ask you to react what jamie raskin was saying there, your colleague there in the house. the fact that the 1/6 committee may be moving forward with subpoenaing sitting congressional members. that's a big step. >> thank you, alex. nice to be with you again. yes, it's a big step, but no one is above the law. former president donald trump, members of congress, no one is above the law. and i think the committee is moving forward in a very objective and a very -- in many ways in a very bold way because they know good and well that our democracy is very fragile and what happened on january 6th, and i think now we're seeing what the justice department's indictment of the oath keepers that this was, in many respects,
a militaristic operation to prevent the peaceful transfer of power. i am the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit sponsored by the naacp to hold donald trump, rudy giuliani, the proud boys and the oath keepers accountable. no one is above the law, and we have to protect our democracy. >> tell me a little bit more about this lawsuit, specifically how you joined -- i believe you are the lead plaintiff in the naacp lawsuit. what's it all about? >> sure. what we're trying to do is use every avenue including all of our legal mechanisms to hold these individuals accountable. and that is what exactly this lawsuit is about. and, in fact, last week the people who we are charging in terms of donald trump, rudy giuliani, and the oath keepers actually issued a motion to
dismiss the charges. and so the judge listened to both sides. it was a very long hearing. the judge was very objective, very thorough, very thoughtful in the questions that he asked. and i just say that this lawsuit is extremely important as is the investigation by the january 6th committee because it is a danger right now in terms of the nature of our democracy that we could not allow anyone who perpetrated or enacted what took place on january 6th we can not allow them to get away with this. they must be held accountable. >> and clearly that federal judge should not agree with donald trump saying he had absolute immunity here in the face of multiple lawsuits. are you confident that it's going to get the green light ultimately, it will proceed this lawsuit from the naacp, and how significant would that be if it does? >> well, i think our arguments and our position in our lawsuit are very clear, and, of course, the judge will make the ultimate
decision. he was very thorough, he was very objective. he listened to both sides, he asked appropriate questions. and we'll see. this is the judicial process working, and, in fact, we're optimistic that the lawsuit will not be dismissed, and then we'll be able to move on to the next stage. >> okay. well, we'll be watching closely for that. let's move on to what nbc news has learned, which is that president biden is taking some steps to revive that stalled issue of police reform. three people familiar with his plans are telling nbc that he will be signing new executive actions that'll happen as early as this month, talks to pass the george floyd justice and policing act, as you well know, stopped short in september. do you have any insights into what these executive actions could entail? and what is the kind of reform that you would like to see enacted? >> sure. it's really very disappointing that the senate did not move forward on the george floyd justice and policing act. it was a very moderate measure that just began to open the door to police accountability.
so, i'm hoping that the president, short of legislation, which we need, that's the absolute goal, will issue executive orders that will track many of the provisions of the george floyd justice and policing act. no one is above the law, and, in fact, we have to hold police officers accountable. and so whatever the executive orders are, and i have no idea exactly what he's going to issue, but i'm hoping that they will be very consistent with what we have been trying to do through the george floyd justice and policing act, because criminal justice reform has to happen. too many people, especially black and brown people, have died, unfortunately, and have not been really treated fairly in our criminal justice system. so that day is over. so we've got to move forward on pleas that the president is going to issue. but that's going to take the place of a law passing. and that's what we have to do ultimately. >> absolutely.
let's move to the look-ahead to the president as he nears one year in office. there's a new poll that finds 58% of americans feel the president is not focusing enough on the economy, while 65% feel he's not focusing enough on inflation, and it's happening as we learned this week that inflation jumped 7% last year. are the democrats and the president paying the price politically for inflation? and if so, how do you combat this moving forward? >> well, alex, let me just say, democrats have delivered for the people. and i think part of the issue is we haven't explained what we have done. just look, when president biden and vice president harris took over, and executive orders and legislation moved forward, they moved forward with the president's support to save lives and livelihoods. look at the unemployment rate right now, historically low. look at what we're trying to do in build back better which, of course, we're still working on
to combat inflation, to reduce the cost of living, to make sure that people have the resources to be able to purchase goods and services. and so we have a strategy, and it is about reducing inflation. everyone feels the pain, but we also know that this is a pandemic, and the administration moved forward very quickly to try to save lives and livelihoods, and we've delivered, democrats have delivered without republican support. so we've got to pass build back better so that women, especially women of color, can get back into the workforce so we can have childcare. we've got to renew the child tax credit. there's a lot in build back better that will help combat inflation. hopefully we'll be able to get back to the drawing board and our senators who have been opposed to it will understand that this is the pathway and one of the strategies to combat inflation that we desperately need. >> all right, thank you so much. it's always good to see you. a mix of frustration and
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donald trump held his first rally of 2022. and as we've been reporting, his speech to supporters in arizona was filled with falsehoods about covid elections, you name it. nbc's vaughn hillyard was there, and he'soining me now from phoenix. so many falsehoods, so little time, but i'll tell you take it away. >> reporter: alex, i think that's the perfect introduction because this was a conspiracy-laden afternoon and evening last night here in phoenix. essentially, the former president is going to tour around the country and hold these types of trump rallies that he's held for the last seven years. but what was different about last night is just the extent to which it was so heavily focused on the conspiracy, the idea that
he actually won the 2020 election. of course that has been repeatedly rejected by the courts, the supreme court has multiple challenges here. there's no evidence of widespread fraud. at the same time, he had a lineup of loyalists, individuals who continually repeated these very claims. and the reality is that there are thousands of individuals there. but one part of his speech i want us to focus on real fast, and that is around this idea of voting rights. democrats appear that they are not going to be able to pass these federal protections, and it was that is why these few lines from the former last night were so telling. what he was urging state republican parties and state legislatures to do here in the coming year. take a listen. >> no more unmanned and unsecured dropboxes, and no more ballot harvesting, which is illegal. [ applause ] and they did it at levels that nobody can believe. we must return to the historical
norm of voting in person on election day unless you have a valid reason to vote absentee, like you're in the military or you're very sick. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: the former president has a stranglehold on this political party. the republican party here. and what you just heard from him last night was essentially tell these republican legislatures to do away with absen or mail-in balloting, to do away with ballot drop boxes here. these are the types of voter restriction efforts here that democrats have raised as their fear of what republicans at the state level could do and potentially with majorities in congress in 2023 and 2024 could try to pass at a federal level. alex? >> okay, well, maybe the president himself can then go and vote in person instead of by mail, as he did the last time as well. okay, thank you. new today, a longstanding
associate of president biden is expressing disappointment in a "new york times" op-ed. frustrated that his friend waited ten months after georgia passed restrictive voting laws before speaking out and pushing for federal voting rights legislation. a sentiment shared, to some extent, by another biden friend, congressman jim clyburn. >> well, i see the frustrations that are had. the fact of the matter is he did not have to deal with the senate on covid-19 or the infrastructure bill. he had to deal with the senate on the so-called filibuster for voting rights. and that's not new. >> joining me now, the reverend al sharpton, ceo of the national action network, and of course host of "politicsnation" here on msnbc, and a correspondent with reuters. >> reporter: i'm going to reach out to you first here.
other civil rights groups sat out the president's speech in atlanta. you were there, though. what's your assessment? >> i thought it was a very good speech. and i was glad to see he finally took on the filibuster head on. but i've said for months he should be doing that when he did the voter rights speech in philadelphia, i said to him after the speech, good speech, great speech, but you didn't deal with the filibuster. the issue here is that you have people like senator sinema and others putting out their pictures with john lewis, putting their names on voting rights bills but will not adhere with the rules that would make these bills possible to be voted on, and them saying they're supporting them. they want to have both ways. they want to say i'm for voting rights but i'm going to make sure i don't have to vote for voting rights by changing the rules, as i did for the debt
ceiling and other matters. >> you know, rev, listening to you, it's clear you know this frustration, you're expressing it firsthand here, but you've been in the room when civil rights leaders are trying to make their case. what do you think people misunderstand about these negotiations? >> i think they misunderstand that we have tried in every way we can to talk to these senators and continue to over the weekend, and that some of them are just adamant that they will not do what they've done. you've had the debt ceiling, you've had judicial nominations when there's we hear from senator manchin or senator sinema just does not speak truth to the record of what has happened in this senate. and when you look at, alex, that in 2006 when they renewed the voting rights act, i was there
when george bush signed the renewal, the act in the garden there at the white house. i was on the front row as a guest of a republican president with a unanimous vote of republicans. and here we are in '22 and we can't find one republican, not one that will vote for the voting rights act or even give them less of a task. they won't even vote for the debate on the john lewis voting rights act. this is how far we've gone backwards. and some of us are not going to allow that to happen. >> do you get the sense at all, rev, that this sort of drag on the president's poll numbers we've been talking about all day as a result of the administration or the president not playing up enough the things that have gone right? >> i think that some of it is frustration. but i think some of it is messaging. i think that some of the things the president has done and this administration has done have been very good. i just don't think that they've been able to get that message
out and to really let people on the ground understand what it means to them. i also think that you've got to deal with priorities. i was one that advocated they should've gone with voting rights first. they chose not to. and i think that when you disappoint and frustrate your base, then your numbers automatically are going to go down. i wouldn't worry about the numbers as i would worry about getting things done so your message can change going into the midterm elections. >> so good point to pick up. the messaging, how do you think the press is going to hold his first press conference? >> i think you hit the nail on the head when you said is there frustration? and the white house perhaps not messaging in a way that emphasizes their successes more. and i've certainly heard that from some democrats. and i think that that is how he'll frame it on wednesday. he'll talk about the successes that they've had in terms of
passing the first legislation on covid relief and passing the infrastructure bill into law, and getting millions and millions of people vaccinated over the last year. all of that said, you can have the best messaging strategy in the world. but it doesn't help the fact that you are still facing this horrific pandemic, that people are frustrated about, whether you're a democrat or you're a republican all around the country. and that's really one of the bigger drags, i think, on president biden's poll numbers going into his second year. >> as we look at these new polls, they show that voters are not satisfied that the president is indeed focused on the things that matter most to them. are people in the white house concerned about these numbers as we're looking at the midterms, what, ten months away? >> you know, i go back to something that i'm sure i've probably said on your program before, alex. the very beginning of this administration i spoke to one of president biden's top advisers who said that this administration will be judged on two things, how it handles the pandemic and how it handles the
economy. i think that was done from over a year ago remains true today. and americans are still very concerned about the pandemic, as we were just discussing and particularly with inflation where it is now, not comfortable with the economy. and i think for those reasons the president is really suffering in the polls. can you turn that around in the next ten months? it'll be tricky. but it's so hard to say where we'll be in terms of the pandemic by then. the administration is confident that the economy is going to be better by then and continues to say that inflation will be coming down. but it hasn't so far. >> okay. so, rev, listening to jeff there, he's focusing on expecting and thinking the administration should talk about covid and the economy. what about you come was. in this news conference? >> i think they should definitely talk about the economy and covid. but they must also talk about where we are in voting rights if we have not gotten this bill passed, if they have not been able to turn it around, he needs
to talk about what is plan b, can the department of justice move aggressively in these states, 19 who have passed 33 laws that impede voting? and he must talk about police reform. these are the things that really energize the biggest turnout in the presidential election in the history of this country. and he must talk to those issues that energize people in the first place. people are not asking for things that they were not promised that they were going to get. so it's not the electorate that is, in my opinion, unreasonable. i think it's unreasonable to not address the things the electorate was told that they would get if they did what they did. and that is stand in line for hours and bring down donald trump despite what trump tries to sell and elected joe biden and kamala harris. we need to know that with investment we gave that we're getting a return on that investment. >> last question to you, jeff. do you have a question you are
going to ask already? do you want to give us an idea of what it's going to be? >> well, i'm not sure if i'll be in the seat that day or not. but i think russia is something that will be asked about. i would certainly ask that, as well as the other topics we just talked about. and i think the reverend is right to say those are the issues that he just highlighted are things that president biden's voters want to see progress on. and i'm sure the president will touch on those things. but he faces the reality, and i'm curious to what extent he'll address this on wednesday of having a senate that just isn't playing ball. and he can advocate as much as he wants tomorrow voting rights and the many other things that the reverend just discussed that i think president biden genuinely also supports and wants to have passed. but he can't do it without helping the senate. >> yep, okay, gentlemen, thank you both so much. good to see you. and just like that, it's all over. novak djokovic's legal standoff ends. the author of this "new yorker"
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right now, novak djokovic is on a flight home after losing his fight to play in the australian open. the world's number one tennis player was deported shortly after an australian court decided not to overturn his visa cancelation. it's a decision novak djokovic says he is disappointed with but respects. i'm uncomfortable that the focus of the past weeks has been on me, and i hope that we can all now focus on the game and tournament i love. we have a sports writer and contributor to "the new yorker" joining me now. looking at this article that you wrote, djokovic's strange australian odyssey. what an extraordinary title. it was strange even from the very beginning. talk about the genesis of this. >> it was strange right from the beginning. i mean, it became a story in the tennis world when he posted that he was, in fact, going to be
granted this exemption. as far as everyone thought, you had to be vaccinated to play in the australian open this year, and something like 97% of players are vaccinated. so, it blew up into a bigger story when australia's prime minister scott morrison decided that he wasn't going to go along with this, that this had been something that victoria state had worked out with tennis australia which runs the australian open. and he was stopped at the border and placed in a detention hotel with other asylum-seekers and -- >> but, jerry, but you write something that's really interesting to me. he got covid for the second time. he had it last year or, i guess, 2020. then he got it in december, and
that sort of created a loophole for him, right? because we know medically, scientifically that you get antibodies and you're not going to be giving it to other people after a certain time. >> right. well, i mean, it was a kind of side entrance. when he first posted that he had gotten this exemption, people thought, well, maybe he has some rare malady or something that he detected that he would be allergic to something in the vaccine. that's not the case. it ended up being an opportunity for him, essentially, to test positive, which could not have been anybody's intention with this rule. >> do you think australian officials made any missteps here? let's face it, they lost roger fed error and serena williams due to medical reasons. so they're looking like do we want the number one player in the world to be part of this tournament? of course the answer's yes. >> of course. but, you know, they could have
gotten on the same page, the federal government and the victorian state government should've been on the same page. the federal government claims it sent letters to tennis australia, which runs the australian open and to the victoria state saying you cannot get an exemption if you test positive. so, there has been conflict and bickering among the government entities. you know, i think the prime minister, frankly, saw this as a political opportunity, his conservative coalition is behind in the polls, they face an election in the coming months. we're being seen as the guardian of the borders is always a kind of rousing issue for the populous, right, in australia. so it feels like it was a bit opportunist. >> it felt like there was a lot going on behind the scenes,
multiple layers. but bottom line, for the sport of tennis, for the australian open itself and for novak djokovic himself, what's the long-term effect? >> it's hard to tell. i mean, i think the australian open is a tournament that's been going on for 108 years. it's going to do fine, it's a wonderful tournament. i've had the privilege and pleasure to be there. as for djokovic, you know, i think the best thing he could do is use this time for a reset. the reason he doesn't want to be vaccinated is he has kind of a new-age spiritualistic take, it's not like he's against government or he thinks this is authoritarian or anything like that. so, maybe he says now a year after vaccines have begun, hey, i realize now vaccines are actually safe, i realize that you're much less likely to be hospitalized, much less likely
to be on a ventilator, much less likely to die if you are vaccinated. he could help out his own country, which is poor and is working very hard to get its citizens vaccinated. >> hey, listen, you point out that -- didn't he donate like a million dollars worth of respirators? so he's done some really wonderful things. so that is remarkable. >> yeah. i mean -- >> last question, is he going to face this again, jerry? i mean, we have the french open. they said they're going to allow him play. you have wimbledon, he'd have to be vaccinated there, u.s. open, he'd have to be vaccinated there. >> he can't get into the united states by playing unless he's vaccinated so he can't play -- there's a big tournament in california at indian wells, he can't play there, he can't play in miami. these are two very prestigious tournaments. if the rules that stand now are still in effect come august he can't play the u.s. open.
he's got to come to grips with the idea that this isn't going away any time soon, and he needs a reset. >> yeah. jerry, thank you so much. i will say you talk about his new-age philosophy as kind of a 1970s philosophy, as you describe it. it was really interesting to read that. so for no other reason, everybody should pick it up and read it. i think the word strange a little bit applies to that, but that's just me. thank you so much. meantime, empty shelves and frustrated shoppers. why supply levels might not be coming back as soon as you think. k as soon as you think. ♪ who would've thought printing... could lead to growing trees. ♪
supply and staff shortages are affecting millions of shoppers across the u.s. right now, grocery stores are facing a number of issues, making it difficult to keep their shelves shelves safe. scott cohn is inv sunnyvale, california. >> reporter: we are dealing with the issues of omicron which has depleted labor levels and the severe winter weather and will ease at some point but we are seeing some real big issues and spotty across the country. here in sunnyvale this market is well stocked but nationwide from the consumer brand association shows while normally 7 to 10% of items out of stock we look at
twice that. it is going on at various sorts of products and means that the regular trip to the grocery store may be more complicated than usual. >> the only milk i can get is bottles of fat free. >> it is just unfortunate. there's very little food. you know? the shelves are pretty bare. >> first time coming in here and not finding some things that i'm looking for. >> reporter: the national grocers association says get used to this for the time being why while there's plenty of food in the supply chain we anticipate consumers to experience support attic product categories. it could be another year to year and a half before some is worked out. these supply chain shortages
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