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a white house official telling nbc news tonight that during tomorrow's visit, president biden will call on congress to en jonathan months-long battle, the key port city of mariupol has officially ceded control to russia. we're live with ukraine with more on a deal to align with the final defenders to safely evacuate that steel plant. we're also live in buffalo this morning. as president biden prepares to visit the grieving city, in the wake of saturday's deadly mass shooting. and we've got new developments in the baby formula crisis. the fda reaches an agreement to reopen a shuttered plant in hopes of easing the nationwide shortage. the question is, how long would
it take to get formula on store shelves? good morning. and welcome to "way too early." on this tuesday, may 17th. i'm jonathan lemire. we start in buffalo, where president biden is expected to renew calls for national gun reform legislation during his visit there today. according to a white house official, the president will ask congress to take action against quote weapons of war, and curb access to guns for people with serious mental illness. this trip comes as information continues to surface about the alleged shooter in saturday's attack. a review of hundreds of pages of internet posts, nbc news reports the 18-year-old suspect was planning the attack for months and intended to continue the violence at other locations had he not been arrested. two possible plot, a black
church in buffalo and an elementary school in the city. the author of the posts wrote that they were targeting the school because of its predominantly black student body which they found by looking up test scores online. after reportedly choosing to attack the buffalo supermarket, to kill those he called quote replacers, the "washington post" reports the suspect was nearly caught during a reconnaissance style trip to that grocery store. in what he reportedly described as a quote close call, the alleged shooter was confronted by a security guard after repetedly entering the store in march to map out the aisles. according to the post, he then made excuses for his strange behavior and fled the supermarket. after identifying the store as quote attack area one, the suspect reportedly decided on two other nearby locations to continue, as he wrote, to shoot all blacks. joining us now, from buffalo,
nbc news correspondent chris pallone. thanks for being with us early today. what more are we hearing from law enforcement officials, local leaders there in buffalo, about this new reporting, the suspect's manifesto, and his plans to continue even more deadly act of violence? >> jonathan, good morning. i think that among the people who live here, there's a lot of shock and surprise that this attack was not prevented or learned about ahead of time. investigators say this will be a very lengthy investigation. they're still working on the tops grocery store, which will eventually reopen. but they're collecting every bit of evidence that they can and revealing what they know so far about the attack. you mentioned law enforcement officials now say that they believe that not only did the accused gunman visit the store the day before, but also back in march, on a sort of, as you
mentioned, reconnaissance mission, and then, according to a senior law enforcement official, in a recent briefing, revealed that he also came to the grocery store about 11:00, 11:30 saturday morning, a few hours before this attack began. and that the alleged shooter close the time of 2:30 to begin shooting because he assessed that in his visits, that's when this grocery store would actually be the busiest. and obviously, it was very busy when the shooter showed up at this location. police also say that they believe that the original plan was to complete an attack here at the grocery store and then leave this location, driving down jefferson, looking for more victims or looking for another business to attack. then of course he was confronted by first the security guard and then buffalo police and gave himself out. so he was not able to carry out that part of the plan.
>> just extraordinary chilling details. the grocery store on the itinerary of the president today. i will have more on his visit today on "way too early" and as well as tomorrow. chris, thank you for being with us this morning. deputies investigating the deadly shooting at a taiwanese church in southern california are counting that attack a hate crime. investigators say the shooter is a 68-year-old man who is a u.s. citizen that was born in china. they believe sunday's attack on a taiwanese congregation in laguna woods was motivated by political tensions between china and taiwan. the gunman lives in las vegas and drove 275 miles to the church, where police say he tried to chain the door shut and use super glue to disable the locks. deputies say they found several bags of ammunition in the church as well as four molotov cocktails. the sheriff says the attack could have been far worse if not
for the heroic actions of a doctor and other church members. john chen rushed the gunman, jamming his weapon, allowing other parishioners to hog tie the suspect's legs with an extension cord. dr. chen was fatally shot during that confrontation. he died a hero. five other people were injured. deputies say they found notes of hatred of taiwanese inside the suspect's car but it is not yet clear why he chose to attack that particular church. now, we turn to europe and the latest in ukraine. the long standoff at that steel plant in mariupol is coming to an end, as ukraine surrendered control to russia, allowing hundreds of its fighters to leave the devastated complex. more than 200 soldiers, some very seriously injured, were evacuated yesterday, to russian-controlled territories. ukraine's military says per agreement with moscow those soldiers will eventually return to ukrainian held areas. president volodymyr zelenskyy
says the move was to quote save the lives of our boys. ukrainian officials say they are still working to rescue the remaining soldiers although it's unclear how many more remain inside. the evacuation of the fighters marks the end of the longest and fiercest resistance of the war so far. joining us now live from lviv, ukraine, is nbc's jay gray. we will go to the steel plant in a second, but first, let's talk about where you are in lviv. this are report of several explosions there this morning. what do we know? >> yes, and with this one, jonathan, we know there were two waves of missiles, likely fired from submarines or ships in the black sea, aimed at this lviv region. in fact, the strikes hitting about 20 miles from where we are right now at a training facility, a military training facility. this were some homes that were slightly damaged there. there are some areas that were affected by the blast. at this point, there is no report of any serious injuries or deaths. but this is the second time in
three nights that this western region of ukraine has been targeted by russian missiles. perhaps showing a shift in at least part of the strategy as far as the russian war plan is concerned. you're right. it continues to be focused on the east. and maintaining control of the coastline. and mariupol, the damage is extensive, as they're trying to evacuate all of those soldiers from the steel plant, as you talked about earlier, and we've been told by the mayor in that region that they're still, there still may be more than 100,000 civilians on the ground, displaced, hiding in bunkers and other areas, basements, where they can avoid the fighting, and desperately in need of just the basics, food and water. >> certainly if the siege in mariupol is indeed over, it stands as real symbol of ukrainian resistance there. look, a strategic victory for russia. there haven't been many.
but certainly the soldiers, their acts here, will live forever in ukrainian history. nbc's jay gray, stay safe there, thank you for your report this morning. still ahead, house democrats push for new legislation in response to the mass shooting in buffalo. plus, the fda makes a deal with a baby formula manufacturer. we'll get into the time line for getting the product back in stores. also ahead, the truth that is out there. congress is going to hold its first hearing on ufos in over 50 years. those stories and a check of the weather when we come back. the weather when we come back.
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manufacturing plant. nbc news tech correspondent joe ling kent has more. >> reporter: possible signs of hope for millions of parents nationwide as the fda struck an agreement with abot nutrition on next steps to reopen the form ha factory in sturgis, michigan. abbott's ceo saying we know millions of parents and care-givers depend on us and we're deeply sorry that our voluntary recall worsened the nationwide formula shortage. if the fda and the federal court give abbott the green light, it would take two weeks to reopen and another six to eight weeks to get that formula on shelves. the plant has been shuttered since february, over bacteria possibly linked to infant illnesses. abbott says this is no conclusive evidence linking that formula to those sicknesses. >> we're taking a number of measures, including getting all of the manufacturers to step up, getting the sturgis plant up and going. >> the months-long shortage is hitting low income families
disproportionately hard. >> we definitely go home with a little hole in our hearts. >> after the white house proposed lifting restrictions last week, many parents who rely on government assistance from the women, infant and children's program known as wic are still unable to track down formula. >> how difficult is it to issue a benefit of formula and there is no formula on the shelf. >> it is very difficult. we always issue the formula, and i hope that they can find it, to find some formula. the biggest strain on our staff. >> up to 68% of all infant formula sold in the u.s. is purchased through wic. >> how much do you worry about it? >> it is our biggest worry. our biggest worry is that the babies get sick and not able to tolerate different formulas, and that babies are being offered one formula one week, and another formula another week. >> this shortage has charitable
organizations like baby to baby stepping in to help, distributing the formula they have to hospitals, foster care organizations, and shelters. 2022, we have requests for over 8 million cans of formula. so we're not going to meet that. baby 2 baby has direct relationships with smaller formula makers but they say even that is not enough. >> it is such a long road ahead. and so i think we're rightfully nervous. >> an immediate crisis requires a new long-term solution. >> our thanks to joe ling kent for that report. after signing the bill last month, to strip disney of the special governing powers, the florida governor ron desantis says the state could take control over the company's special district. >> the path forward is disney will not control its own government in the state of florida. disney will have to follow the same laws that every other company has to follow in the state of florida. they will pay their fair share
of taxes. [ applause ] >> desantis pressed the florida legislature to pass the bill, revoking special status, after the company's ceo spoke against a new state law that limits the teaching and discussion of lbgtq issues in schools. disney's special governing status was set to expire next year. critics say floridians will have to foot the bill, possibly seeing higher property taxes as a result. and for the first time in more than half a century, congress will hear probably from defense officials regarding ufos. officials today will go before a house intelligence sub committee to discuss the objects and their potential threat to national security. the hearing follows the release last year of an intelligence report detailing recorded encounters with unexplained aerial phenomenon. congressman adam schiff said in a statement the hearings are public so that people know what information the government has on ufos and a long-standing
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>> the nba conference finals tip off tonight in miami. as the heat host the boston celtics in game one of the eastern series. and as the warriors prepare to host the dallas mavericks in the western opener tomorrow. golden state star steph curry is also hard at work off the court. 13 years since entering the nba, curry is now a college graduate. on sunday, davidson college in north carolina conferred a bachelor of arts degree in sociology to the three-time nba champion. after leading davidson to the elite eight in 2008, he decided to turn pro the following year and promised his parents and
coaches we finish his degree. dream come true. class of 2010, aka, 2022, but we got it done. thanks for the whole village who helped me get across the finish line. official davidson college alum. mama, we made it. and he was not in attendance for the commencement and the school will plan to host the nba star on campus at a later dade date to present his diploma and retire his jersey. the british government meanwhile has not yet approved the sale of premiere league chelsea to a consortium by the los angeles dodgers part owner. an update to the license allowing the soccer team to continue operating as a business is required by the end of the month for the government to approve the buyout. outgoing russian owner roman abramovich who was not allowed to profit from the sale of the team was forced to offload the team after the crackdown of wealthy russians with ties to
vladimir putin. concerns over potential collapse of the sale at the end of the season after losing to the cup final. turning to major league baseball, let's go to the north side of chicago and cubs slugger contreras capped an eight-run first inning against the pittsburgh pirates with the 100th homer of his career. you are seeing it. a grand slam. hit out in his second at-bat of that inning. the cubs put up eight. and they beat the pirates 9-0. on to boston. and a new entry among the worst ceremonial first pitches of all time. watch this again. the pitch was sent way over the catcher's head. up on to the backstop. up on the net behind the home plate. laughs all around. that's 50 cent. better luck next time. the red sox and the astro,
boston's trevor story, had the first homerun at fenway park. midway, folks. shot over the green monster. out of the stadium. that was the 7th. then xander bogarts with the 8th run. there was some concern for houston at the end of the fifth inning as the starting pitcher went down on an attempt to cover first base and needed to be carted off the field with an apparent left leg injury. no diagnosis. that looked severe. he couldn't put weight on it. and further evaluated later today. bet wishes to him. in baltimore, the yankees barbed their way to yet another victory. this one, a 6-2 win over the orioles. the yankees have won 19 of their last 22. that's obscene. and the broadcasters bored with all of the winning, the announcers turned the attention to a young fan in the outfield stands. >> today is my first orioles
game, and look at the ball. don't throw it. he wants to fire that thing. i promise you, he wants to fire it. oh, no. oh, no. i can just tell the look, and the dad is like dude, what are you doing? but i'm just going to tell you from experience, if you give a 5-year-old, if you give a 5-year-old a baseball, they are going to sling it somewhere. i'm just telling you. >> yes. >> you can bet on it. >> as you can see, the play by play guy called it. frankly, though, the kid's got a good arm. not too worry. yankees center fielder aaron hicks threw it to the wrong section mind you but a good-hearted fan walked it over and returned it to the youngster who tossed it on the field in the first place. a happy ending assuming he didn't throw it out the car window on the way home. let's go to michelle grossman for the forecast.
>> that is too funny. especially the car window is still up. warm conditions today. feeling like july. so hot in so many places. temperatures in the 90s. some spots into the 100s. so that's what we're going to be tracking over the next several days. dallas today, 96. little rock, 85. san antonio, 99. some spots 20 degrees above what is normal for this time of the year. as we head toward tomorrow, the travel to the southeast, we're looking at temperatures in charlotte, 88 degrees. and near 90 there. and 89 in nashville and we're up to 95 in montgomery tomorrow. and then look what happens for the northeast. you get in on the action here by the end of the workweek, the beginning of the weekend, still looking at 92 degrees on saturday. we're into the 90s on friday in dc and also in richmond a 94 by saturday. and that is hot. very early in the season. and this heat will prompt the storms, severe weather season and severe weather today. we're looking at area of low pressure, kind of riding along this front, sort of like a train car on the train tracks and looking at severe weather, from
missouri, kansas, nebraska, down south. and we're looking at that storm quickly moving to the ohio valley tomorrow. and heavy rain also areas of flooding tomorrow. and then we're looking at 7 million at risk for winds gusting near 60 miles an hour. jonathan? >> all right, michelle grossman, thank you for that. best of luck to those in the storm's path. still ahead newly drawn congressional maps in new york state could have some top democrats squaring off against each other this november. what it means for the party's fight to keep control of congress. "way too early" will be right back. early" will be right back ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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welcome back to "way too early." it's 5:30 a.m. on the east coast. 2:30 out west. i'm jonathan lemire. pennsylvania voters will head to the polls today to cast their ballots for one of the most closely watched and hotly contested primaries of the midterm season. former president trump's senate pick dr. oz is looking to ride that endorsement to victory. but a late surge from conservative commentator kathy barnette is causing real concern over the establishment. the race is a statistical three-way tie between oz, barnette and mccormick. joining us to talk about this, co founder of punch bowl news, anna palmer, an msnbc contributor. great to see you again. this is obviously a tough race for governor in pennsylvania, too. and there are questions about the democratic side, we know that john fetterman, a candidate
there, has been, you know, hospitalized with a stroke and recovering, we're happy to say. let's gear in on the gop senate race. give us a sense what it means for former president trump's hold on the party and also how nervous are republicans about what candidate could emerge to have to then plan the general election come november? >> an interesting twist to the end where you have the race between dr. oz and mccormick, who could be the trumpier of the republican candidate, and trump ended up weighing in for dr. oz, but then the last-minute surge by barnette, it has a lot of establishment republicans concerned about the chances that they would then have her be successful in the general election. and it really scrambles the race here, there's a ton of money that has been put in at the end with ads trying to kind of pop this barnette bubble. and right now, it's really hard to see who is actually going to
come out on top. and we're watching especially in the 50-50 senate where pennsylvania is hopefully a potential pickup. >> radically anti-islamic views and photographed marching on january 6th toward the capitol. goes without saying an election denier. a newly proposed map of redrawn congressional districts in new york state could pit key democrats against each other this november. under the proposed new map, house judiciary chairman jerry nad ler and house oversight committee chair woman maloney would have to square off against each other in the 12th congressional district. both said they plan to compete with maloney saying i never lost an election and i don't intend to start now. the new map would also shake up democrats currents districts currently held by jones and
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patrick maloney. he is of course the chair of the democratic congressional campaign committee. so he is charged with leading democrats in the midterm, he is going to be facing his own re-election challenge. and there have already been breaking among democrat, front line democrats about the job that he has done, and the job that democrats and the leadership are setting up over the mid term elections, and this is going to be another big issue. >> anna, anna palmer, we froze, right at the end, and you were finishing up what was an extremely insightful point. sorry about the connection trouble, folks. we appreciate you coming on. we will talk to you again soon. "way too early" will move on ahead. next, business. wall street is coming off a choppy session ahead of a big week for earnings reports. we're live with cnbc for an early hook at the markets. plus elon musk puts his purchase of twitter on hold. what he now says he needs to
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session, yesterday on wall street, this morning, though, as u.s. futures indicate we're in for a positive start to the trading day. u.s. retail sales in focus, as you mentioned, and we're also going to get industrial sales and capacity utilization figures out of the u.s. and the housing market data, and then on the earnings front, we have walmart and home depot coming into focus today and of course the u.s. retail space, the u.s. consumer is integral to the broader u.s. economy, so these are going to be really interesting to watch. and if that wasn't enough, we also got federal federal reserve chair jerome powell due to speak later on today. a lot to look out for. at the moment, u.s. futures are pointing to a positive start. >> it's time. twitter. elon musk now says his $44 billion purchase of the social media app won't move ahead until he has more clarity on how many fake accounts are out there. tell us what he means, and what he needs to see, and what are the chances this deal even goes through. it certainly seems like mr. musk
has been trying to get out of it for a while now. >> well, all excellent question, and all ones that seem to be coming across the minds of not only traders and financial markets but people more broadly. this saga has captured the attention of seemingly everybody. so the newest development, we'll just start there, musk this morning came out and essentially issued an ultimatum, and the ceo of twitter saying that the deal for the social media giant cannot move forward, until he shows public proof that spam accounts make up less than 5% of users. now, musk suspects that the real number is closer to 20%. but as you alleged, john, the real question, does musk want to walk away from the deal? is this all just a front to be able to walk away? or is he trying to negotiate a lower price? and the jury is out. one comment i would just end on came from musk yesterday, he was speaking at a conference, and he said you can't pay the same
price for something that is much worse than they claimed. as for twitter stock, it has now given up all the gains that it made since musk disclosed that 9% stake last month. >> it certainly seems like musk and his comments is trying to drive a bester deal for himself. maybe that's what it is. he a is going to swoop in and try to negotiate a lower price. . let's do one more, we mentioned earlier in the show some good news about baby formula, the product manufactured in the u.s. and start producing it again and the fda is saying it is going to streamline the review process to make it easier for foreign manufacturers to begin shipping more formula into the u.s. to address the shortage. give us more details on that. >> yes, this is a huge story. and really quite a sad one. but it seems as though there is some light at the end of the tunnel here. the fda finally came out and said that abbott nutrition, one of the largest formula manufacture evers in the u.s. has reached a deal with the government to reopen one of the closed factories and increase production. one of the big drivers of the
formula shortage had been the thought that abbott had to close one of the key facilities in michigan after several babies became ill drinking the formula. in terms of the time line, production should begin in two weeks and formula will hit store shelves several weeks later. in the meantime, the fda says they will make it easier for domestic producers to make and distribute formula within the united states. and then, john, the point about foreign producer, the fda also said that it is going to call on global producers of baby formula, baby product outside of the u.s., but meets safety standard, and make it easier to get it into the country. >> cnbc's julianna tatelbaum, terrific stuff as always. joining us live from london. we will talk to you tomorrow. coming up, president biden is sending hundreds of troops overseas to fight an emerging extremist group. plus the data from the fbi that indicates that the dead i had attack in buffalo is actually part of a larger trend across the country. "way too early" will be right back.
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the mass shooting in a grocery store in buffalo on saturday comes amid a rise in racial violence across the country. according to the data from the fbi, in 2020, this was a surge in hate crimes targeting african americans. this were just over 8,000 reported hate crime incidents that year, and fbi data shows about 65% of them were based on race, ethnicity, or ancestry bias. within those categories, black americans made up more than half of the victims. hate crimes, in 2021, it hasn't been released yet but experts say the assault on black americans has continued. joining us now, political investigations reporter for the "washington post," tony, he is the co-author of a new biography titled "his name is george floyd, one many's life and struggle for racial justice" out
today. let's start with the president. we know he is going to buffalo. the white house put out a statement that the president will make some sort of push for gun control but it lacks much in the way of specifics. we've seen this cycle before. two-parter can. gun control become a key midterms issue? and is this anything democrats can actually get done? >> that's a good question. we're not that far away from the midterms in november. and biden is looking for a message to bring to voters who say that he's actually working on the issues that he campaigned on. now gun control is not one of the top issues that he campaigned on but he said he would heal the country and he said he was going to heal the soul of the nation and that includes issues like racial violence that we've seen actually increase over the past year, or so, and it's clear that he feels the need to seize on this issue, and make sure he's letting voters know that he is doing something about it. we're able to talk to biden as part of our book that we have coming out today, and he told us
that he feels that hate never goes away, that it hides, and it is something that you will always have to be fighting against. and he feels that focusing on gun control, focusing on one aspect of this broader issue of racial violence, and mass shootings might be able to make the issue more laudable for voters and it looks like he is working on part of the issue that he can address, getting guns out of the hands of people like the shooter in buffalo and it seems like democrats have been pushing for gun control for quite a while and haven't been able to do get something done and another stance that democrats have been pledging that they don't have the power to do. >> biden says the attack in charlottesville led him to declare his candidacy and he was not going to run but so outraged by the racism and the violence, he felt he was come pelled to. do activists, do, whether it's democrats, or civil rights groups across the country that
you've been speaking to, do they feel like he does enough to address the sources of this hate, these ugly hateful things that from many places came out from the shadows during the predecessor's time in office? >> charlottesville was an important moment in biden's life, in which he decided he was going to run for president. and while he was running for president, we saw the murder of george floyd, which led to people taking to the streets and activism happening on a new level, on a broad swath of the public, essentially saying that we're not going to stand for this. and that is propelled by his office and it propelled vice president kamala harris into office as well with the activism they were able to use and now looking back on it, there are activists wondering if there is enough that is done. and quite a lot has been done. and when we look at the supreme court nominee. and when we look at the vice presidential nominee. and the press secretary. and the representation of black americans in the biden administration is quite strong. but when it comes to some of the policy issues that activists were calling for in the summer of george floyd, we write in our book that it's something that is
not a fulfilled promise yet. it is something that is a pork in progress. that several -- a work in progress. that several activists, who felt there would be something done immediately after floyd's death feel like not enough is done and more pucks needs to be put on -- more focus needs to putbiden's >> let's talk a little bit more about your book. george floyd, of course, became a national figure because of how he died, but your book focuses very much on how he lived. tell us a little bit more about why his story is so important. >> well, my co-author, robert samuels, and i wanted to tell the story of floyd's america, the america he grew up in, which is different from the america that a lot of us know. it is a place where he suffered from a lot of the issues that come along with institutional racism. we document his experience in the housing system in houston, which was segregated and dilapidated. we focus on his experience in the educational system, the public school system segregated
and underfunded. as well as his experiences in the criminal justice system and health care system. what we found, while he had strivings and efforts to try to make it out of his circumstances, he ran into barriers that were made harder because of the color of his skin. we really hope people pick up this book. it is done by two journalists who wanted to look at his life, the good parts, the bad parts. we didn't shy away from, you know, the unsavory parts of his character, but we want to make sure we told the full story and people understand what it is like to grow up as someone who came into the world as george floyd did. poor, black, and a boy in america. why we shouldn't leave people like that behind. >> toluse, congrats on the book. "his name is george floyd" is out today. thank you for being with us this morning. up next on "way too early," potential for a new crisis at the southern border after another record number of attempted crossings. coming up on "morning joe," live reporting from the scene of
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president biden is sending hundreds of u.s. troops to somalia to help counter the extremist group, al shabaab. it's a reversal of former president trump's order to pull out 700 there. the senior administration says the group is a larger threat than when the u.s. withdrew a year ago. biden deployed the deployment yesterday following a request from defense secretary lloyd austin. about 500 u.s. troops will be repositioned from elsewhere in that region. u.s. border officials, meanwhile, have encountered more than 230,000 migrants at the u.s.-mexico border in april. that's according to court
documents. the number tops march's previous 22-year high of over 220,000. it's the fourth time since president biden took office that monthly border encounters have topped the 200,000 mark. numbers for the month of may are so far consistent with those in april. joining me now, white house reporter for bloomberg news, josh windgrove. i know you're distracted by the oilers versus the flames in the stanley cup playoffs, your home province, but we'll set it aside for now and talk about the u.s.-mexico border. how much is this emerging as a real flashpoint and a significant crisis as we barrel toward the midterms? how is the administration going to respond? >> good morning, john. this has been a key political issue for the biden administration which, frankly, has not wanted to talk about the border a whole lot. republicans see sort of fruitful political ground for them.
in a fresh light in recent weeks, one, because of the numbers you eluded to, and the other is the steps they've taken to lift title 42. that's a health measure that has become a de facto sort of border measure. republicans are saying, hey, if you're lifting that, why do other restrictions stay in place? in other words, you say the pandemic is ending at the border but it's not ending in the country. the biden administration this week signalled that it will extend the emergency for the pandemic, the formal declaration domestically. a bit of tension there. of course, they continue to beg for covid funding. that is putting a fresh light on it, but broadly speaking, you know, republicans see a major issue here. it is popping up in some of the competitive races, in particular in the senate, both in border states and even in states nowhere near the border. you're seeing vulnerable incumbent democrats elude to this issue. i think joe biden, vice president kamala harris, have sort of an issue on their hands
here, john, that they're going to grapple with. historically, we see the numbers level off when the heat gets really -- you know, when it gets hotter in the summertime. they'll potentially have a reprieve in numbers in the coming months based on that. >> you mentioned covid funding. we're seeing cases go up across the country. they're having their first covid briefing today, this administration is, in quite some time. that shows you that's becoming more and more of a renewed focus. i wanted to get you here before we have to go about the president's upcoming trip to buffalo. he's going to go. we know he is going to tour the supermarket where the shooting took place. thank first responders, meet with victims. what do you think his messaging will be, on a personal level, but also what sort of policy can come from this? we've heard moments like this so many times before, where all it leads to are words and not actions. >> yeah. i think president biden is going to be deeply sort of moved by this. we've been on the road with him, fundraisers recently. he brings up he only ran for
president again because of charlottesville and other, of course, horrific days with a lot of layers to it, as this attack in buffalo has. we're going to hear him talk about that. we're going to hear him call for new action in congress. unfortunately, to the frustration of nearly every democrat, that just hasn't happened. it's been 14 months since the house passed a pair of bills looking to expand background checks. those bills look completely stalled in the senate. there is not a lot of appetite, john, unfortunately, for the type of measures the president is calling for. he, of course, continues to try to take executive action around things like ghost guns. we could potentially look for new measures there. the other thing we'll be watching for is whether he draws a straight line between some of this racist rhetoric that appears to be linked to the motivation of this shooter around replacement theory or what have now, and some of the people that have fermented that or even gone so far as to echo
it, either in conservative circles, conservative media figures, or even in the republican party itself. i think we'll be watching how president biden toes that line, if he wants to point blame not necessarily for the shooting itself, but for the sort of theories and cultures and motivations that are stirring up things like this. >> yesterday, white house press secretary karine jean-pierre called it the theory but didn't call in and out those espousing it. thank you, my friend. thanks to all of you for getting up "way too early" with us on this tuesday morning. i'm off to buffalo now with the president. "morning joe" starts right now. senate gop leader mitch mcconnell spent his weekend in ukraine, where he met with president zelenskyy. can we see a photo of them? wow. zelenskyy looks like auy