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south korea. building an economy less reliant on autonomy like china. >> it's a linchpin of peace, stability and prosperity, for the world that we seek. this morning, onen wanted headline. two secret service agents have been sent home after an incident near the president's hotels. what we're learning about that. looming over the president's trip, more trouble for the economy. and new hints of what could be to come. why we're now hearing the word stagflation. plus, there could be relief in the baby formula crisis. when the supply from overseas gets here. also, a big development in the january 6th investigation. nbc news confirms former attorney general william barr is in talks with the house january
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6th committee to testify. what we know about that. and burn bits. senators just announced a bipartisan bill to help veterans exposed to the toxic pits that have been linked to cancer. an iraq war veteran explains what this means for those that served. we will, though, start in seoul, the first stop on the president's trip to asia. and white house correspondent carol lee is with us. and i'm joined by geoff bennett. this is his first stop. what's he done so far? and talk to me about the need for this government or the desire for this government to try to move away from some of the more integral parts of the economy? move them away from reliance on autocratic governments like china? >> that was a key message that the president had today, after he arrived in south korea, when
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he went to the samsung factory, which is a model for a factory that samsung is going to build in texas. that's what the president was emphasizing. he noted the economic alliances are a way to have a check on china. and then, also, they'll be the security alliance focused during the president's trip. also, this was for a domestic audience. the economy struggles with inflation, on top of mind for many americans. that's something that the president tried to draw a link to, saying something these alliances overseas pays dividends back at homes. when you can partner with a country like south korea and have a company build a plant in a country like the u.s., that helps with supply chains and creating jobs here at home. we'll hear more of that from the president as he proceeds on his trip. he's supposed to go do an
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announcement hyundai, is going to open a plant in georgia. so, there will be a number of economic themes he will hit, targeting a domestic audience at home. and you'll see as he moves to japan, he'll focus a lot on security. he'll have a meeting with the squad, australia, japan, the u.s. and india. the president and the western alliance would like to take a tougher line on russia. again, that's going to happen. >> what about the secret service agents, carol? >> the agents were outside of the president's hotel. the president was not in south korea. there was an altercation involving one of them. they were then placed on a plane around 4:00. headed back to d.c. placed on administrative leave. no one was arrested or anything like that. but those two agents are heading
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back to washington and placed on leave. >> carol lee, thank you very much. geoff bennett, let's dive into this a little more. this is a big trip for the president. he's got some diplomatic wind in his sails, from sweden and finland meeting with him yesterday. talk to me about the goals. >> this is a president who has argued that the 21st century, as he sees it, will be a contest between democrats like the u.s., and autocracies, like russia and china. and jake sullivan, the national security adviser, in the lead-up to this visit, said the overarching vision for this trip is for the president to paint a picture of what the world can look like, when open societies stand together. and you can argue, in fact, many people have, that after four years of trump foreign policy, especially as it pertains to asia, that the president pulled out of ppt, the pact that was named at countering china's
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economic sway, he fought with china over the trade deal. he ditched the iran nuclear deal. there were two splashy summits with kim jong-un that did nothing to rein in the nuclear ambitions. he is trying to recalibrate the policy landscape and reassure allies who were rattled by trump's policy. and the white house is pressing an economic message. it's not an accident that the first stop was to the samsung factory. talking about producing more semiconductors. the white house has worked for months to ease the semiconductor crisis, for everything from a used car to a dishwasher. and he's talking about how the multinational companies are going to invest in thousands of jobs in the u.s. building that samsung plant outside of austin, texas.
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hyundai, building a plant in georgia. this is a trip where the president is able to focus on several major issues. what is the message he is sending to china? dive into that a little more deeply. >> that the u.s. is back. i think it's also true there's been dispassionate observers who said that under the trump administration, there was a leadership vacuum on the world stage, that china was happy to fill. the biden administration is trying to shake that up. be as provocative as they can be china, without going over the line. the u.s. will compete with china on the world stage and to produce a lot of the good that china has been producing overseas. to do that back here as they try to change the power grid, from
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one of fossil fuel to one that is electric. >> geoff bennett, thank you so much. good to see you. >> you, too. this morning, finland's state-opened energy company says they will cut off natural gas to finland, starting tomorrow morning. this week, finland applied to join nato. on the battlefield, russia is trying to regain ground it has been losing in ukraine, by firing missiles into kharkiv in the northeast. ukrainian forces are putting up a fight. they showed this video blowing up a bridge in donbas to stop the russian advance. erin mclaughlin is in kharkiv. and joined by michael mcfaul, former ambassador to russia and msnbc international affairs analyst. give us the state of play on the ground there, erin. >> hey, katie. analysts say that ukraine has won the battle for kharkiv. but based on what we've been
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seeing and hearing, russia is not backing down. there's been a number of strikes. it seems concentrated on a suburb where i'm standing now. they struck a zoo and a veterinarian clinic and other locations. it's not clear if those were the intended targets of the strikes. ukrainian officials say they're trying to regain ground they lost. they have been unsuccessful so far. president zelenskyy saying everything has been destroyed in donbas. comparing the situation there to, quote, hell. all eyes are in a city where russian forces have been wus pushing closer and closer. killing 15 civilians and a strike on a school, in a shelling, killing civilians in
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that school, three killed there. ukrainian officials say if they manage to successfully take that city, it will mean russia occupies the whole of the region, which is effectively half of ukraine's industrial heartland. it will build on their occupation of the devastated port city of mariupol, where today, the mayor once again, trying to raise the alarm about the humanitarian situation, saying that russia is forcibly deporting men, ukrainian men, from that port city, to so-called filtration camps on the outskirts, where the conditions, he alleges, are horrific. and he's trying to raise international attention about what's happening there. >> erin, thank you very much. michael, ambassador, let's talk about what finland announced today.
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that russia will cut off energy to that nation. >> you can call me michael. it means that russia is going to play serious. they're going to play hard ball. there's more sanctions coming from the e.u. i applaud those. they're going to retaliate. but they're one step behind. finland has anticipated this. they can live without the gas. they made a strategic decision, a historic decision. they didn't join nato in the beginning. they didn't join nato when stallen was in the kremlin. they are joining because of the threat from russia. that's a giant, giant, strategic miscalculation on putin's part. and threatening to cut off the gas is not going to change it. >> i want to ask you about "the new york times" editorial board. they're arguing that the u.s. needs to more clearly define the mission in ukraine. that aid can't go on forever.
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is the united states trying to bring an end to this conflict, for a settlement that will allow for a sovereign ukraine and a relationship with the united states and russia? has the administration's goals shifted to destabilizing vladimir putin or having him removed? does the united states plan to have mr. putin accountable as a war criminal. or is it to try to avoid a wider war? what do you think of the questions? i wonder what our goals are, that we can permanently weaken russia and the president has said vladimir putin needs to go. >> we have. i think the goals are much bigger than all those rhetorical questions. we shouldn't be crowing about u.s. intelligence.
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but helping, and by the way, very senior biden administration officials agreed with that. they said that. they were critical of those speaking on background about that. they're talking about austin's comments about weakening. and he made that statement in a summit with our allies. that, you know, i don't think that should be policy. i don't think it is policy. i think the policy remains to do whatever we can to end this war. that's what sanctions are about. that's what the military assistance is about. sometimes people forget, if we don't provide the military assistance, putin will continue to press for more and more and more. the idea that if we somehow stop providing the assistance, putin will say, let's sit down and associate a peace deal, it doesn't work that way. only if ukraine prevails, or if there's a stalemate on the
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battlefield. in either of the scenarios, you need to provide assistance to ukrainians. >> what does our relationship with russia look like in the future? >> not very good. the fact that we have to have a relationship, i disagree. we engage with the russian government when it's in national interest. we did that in the cold war. we learned how to engage them with arms control. and radically disagreeing with them, about democracies, autocracies and about human rights. moving forward, i would hope that once this war ends, we would begin negotiations, for instance, about something to replace the new start training. have no illusions about a new stable and predictable relationship with mr. putin.
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i don't see that in the cards. that doesn't mean we can't interact with them when it's of the interest of the united states. >> you flagged this, in that report, "the times" reports, the biden administration is developing plans to further choke russia's oil revenues, with the long-term goal in destroying the country's central role in the global energy economy. that's a pretty big step. >> and that's the blurring of the foreign policy objectives that i think we should be clear about. in my mind, i chair an international working group on sanctions. we recommend all kinds of things precisely along these lines. but when we say what the goal is, the goal is to end the war. and the goal is -- in order to achieve that, we want to reduce financial transfers to russia, that is financing the war. it's clearly tied to the war. i think the idea of destroying
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the russian economy through sanctions or cutting them out, those are the wrong objectives. we need to focus on ending the war and doing everything we can now. i would like us to do way more now to end the war, rather than this incrementalism stuff about weakening russia's army or weakening the place in the global economy. >> ambassador michael mcfaul, thank you so much. coming up next, the race to help america's families. the first flights carrying baby formula to the united states could start arriving as soon as this weekend. when will they be on shelves? plus, right now, with covid cases up 57% nationwide over the past two weeks, is there another illness you may also now need to worry about? what you need to know about cases of monkeypox, detected in several countries and here in the u.s. and right here in new york city. in the u.s. and right here in new york city.
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more baby formula could be hitting store shelves in the next few days. a biden administration official says the first military flight to bring formula overseas has been approved. and could happen as soon as this weekend. it is expected to transport the equivalent of 1.5 million eight-ounce bottles from zurich, switzerland, to plainfield, indiana. the formula will be distributed around the country. it includes extensive ha and aflamino. and children ages 5 to 11 are eligible for a covid-19 booster shot. cdc officials say the pfizer shot can be given five months after kids get the second dose. the fda gave the green light
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earlier and it comes as cases are up 57% over the last two weeks. there's another warning from health officials about a new possible, rare disease outbreak. it's called monkeypox. joining me right now is the former white house policy director and nbc news medical distributor. we've seen a couple cases of monkeypox, in massachusetts and now a case in new york. what do we need to know about it? >> katie, what we need to know, is it's much rarer compared to a lot of the things we've been talking about, such as covid. we need information why it's such a wide geographic spread. the cases that we're seeing in cases in new york and massachusetts, and europe and canada, and other countries. that means there's probably low level of community spread we could anticipate. i'm just saying this to warn
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people. we'll likely see more numbers that should not make people panic but make people, if they have skin signs or something that is worrying them about their travel in the past, to where they heard about outbreaks. the smallpox vaccine, which we haven't needed to use since the '70s, has protection to protect against this. we have tools of defense. and we have treatments we can use. about getting diagnosed and that's when people should start to present to the doctor. it's not like -- i don't want to compare to covid. there's no comparcomparison. we're talking about two different things. and i'm more worried about the covid numbers. >> how does monkeypox spread? >> yeah. it spreads through prolonged contact, transmission or body fluids. it's not just being around
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someone for a couple of feet. it has to be pretty direct contact. it can live on surfaces, katie. we do know of cases of transmission from objects. however, again, because the disease, the majority of people who get this, have a limited illness. they don't receive some of the graphic images we've seen across the news. if you've had contact, we will hear what the cdc recommends. call a doctor first. we have testing, treatment, and a vaccine if we needed something like this. >> why are you worried about covid right now? >> yes. it's the case you cited it. the numbers are going up. here's why i'm troubled. we'll see more data coming out of the cdc. new york, the urban areas, seeing hospitalizations that are slowly going up. what i'm seeing is this is
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hospitalizations of people that are vaccinated, unvaccinated, and not boosted. in fact, if i had one message today, boost, boost, boost. you mentioned 5 to 11, if it's within time, i would recommend boosting. over the age of 50, eligible for a fourth shot. i would recommend getting. third and fourth shots. we don't have enough americans that have had them and they're making a difference. >> what about people that are younger? do i need a fourth shot? >> i would say i would feel better under 50. i can't get one. it's not authorized. i think as we get more data, we might see a benefit. and i will say this. anybody 12 and above that has compromised conditions, you are eligible for fourth and in some cases fifth.
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ask. i see too many people that don't have the third shot. that's going to be the story of the surge. boost, boost, boost. we need to see more data around the country. >> dr. patel, thank you for joining us. now have been seeing it and feeling it. sky high food prices. eye popping prices at the much. rising rent prices. here's a word no one wants to hear. stagflation. we will explain. plus, today is the last day of record breaking early voting in georgia. what the turnout is like today. and what it tells us about the primary next week. first, new york's election season just got a little more interesting. former new york city mayor bill de blasio announced on "morning joe" he is running for congress.
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gallon has hit another record. the extremely busy holiday season is sparking fears of a recession or what is known as a stagflation. tom costello explains. >> reporter: we're talking about something we haven't discussed since the '70s or '80s, stagflation. it's when the economy is stagnant, not growing and unemployment moves higher and inflation is moving higher. and right now, top economists and former fed officials are warning stagflation is a possibility. the good news, unemployment right now is still very low. we're facing a tsunami of economic challenges. america seems in a vortex of bad economic news. sky-high food prices. pump prices at record levels, covid lockdowns in china, the world manufacturing center, u.s. corporate profits sinking,
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russian oil under partial embargo, ukrainian wheat exports at a standstill. and all of it feeding 40-year-high inflation that americans are paying for every day. on the front lines, shippers and truck drivers, with diesel fuel prices up 75% in one year. in indiana, shelly is a full-time truck driver, that runs a charity to rush supplies to those in need. >> we're looking at possibly buying trailers and trucks, another truck. but we won't be able to afford to put tires on it or put fuel in the tank. >> reporter: all of it sending the stock market lower. the s&p 500 down 18% so far this year. the nasdaq, down a stunning 27%. >> are we closer to a bottom in your mind? >> we're seeing some signs that we might near the bottom for some stocks. >> reporter: the last time the economy faced so many challenges -- 1980, when
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inflation hit 13.5%. now, the federal reserve is raising interest rates fast to get inflation under control. >> we need to see inflation coming down in a clear and convincing way. >> analysts warn, the economy could fall into recession. in texas, paramedic ted rickard was going to take his kids on a camping trip. but sky-high prices has forced him to cancel the trip. instead, he will stay close to home. >> the big eight days, you're talking five, six tanks of gas at 80 bucks apiece. just economically nonstarter. >> reporter: a lot of families right now reconsidering the summer travel plans because airline tickets are so expensive, gas prices moving higher, hotels, very expensive, and full, restaurants full. all of that causing a rethink for the summer getaway plans. >> you want your heart to keep
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beating, don't check what airline tickets cost nowadays. it is nuts. our thanks to tom costello for that reporting. we're four days out from georgia's primary elections. and early voting has hit record highs. two of the races we're keeping our eyes on are the republican primaries for senate and governor seat. blayne alexander is in atlanta. record turnout. what does that mean we can expect for tuesday? >> reporter: we're seeing a steady stream of eager voters show up here. we saw a number of people lined up before the doors opened here. before they were allowed to go inside and vote. talked to a couple of voters, absolutely they're voting early because they want to avoid crowds next week. this just tells part of the story. we look at the numbers across the state, they are record-breaking. more than 655,000 people have come out and cast votes in
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person. that eclipses numbers we saw in 2018 and 2020. some points, about 180% higher than in previous cycles. there's a couple of reasons for that. among the reasons, you all remember the long lines we saw during georgia's 2020 primary, in june of 2020. after that, we started to see the message of early votings be pushed from the secretary of state's office to all georgia counties. that's caused people to change their habits, experts tell me. listen to what one voter is expecting today. >> it's going to be a madhouse. a lot of people here. there's a lot going on. and i think people are getting concerned. this is the first stint in making things better, voting. getting the right people in. >> reporter: talking about people casting the ballots. let's talk about people on the
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ballot. two important races. we're talking about the georgia governor's race and a senate race here. and the secretary of state race. that's something that typically flies under the radar. because former president trump has endorsed a candidate to come in and unseat the current secretary of state, that's something that's getting a lot of national attention and a lot of attention in the republican primary side. >> blayne alexander, thank you very much. and former attorney general bill barr is in talks with the house january 6th committee about testifying before that panel. the committee has questions for another republican house member about what he was doing the day before the attack. in a letter sent to barry loudermilk, they have information about a tour he led through the capitol complex on january 5th of last year. nbc's senior national reporter saho kapoor joins me now on this. let's start with bill barr.
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>> reporter: he is in talks with the january 6th committee. meeting them ahead of public hearings for the committee expected to begin next month. he was leading the justice department on the day of the 2020 election. when former president trump tried to get him and the justice department to overturn the 2020 election result and keep him in power even though he lost. bill barr has spoken publicly about this. he told trump at the time that his claims of mass voter fraud that could switch the result of the 2020 election, were b.s., although he used the full form of that word. his discussions with trump at the time and the pressure he may have faced is relevant to the january 6th committee. he has aimed discussions about the committee, according to peter nicholas. on to barry loudermilk.
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the january 6th committee sent him a letter making two allegations. the first is they have evidence that a number of people involved in the january 6th attack were trying to scope out the capitol grounds ahead of time to try to plan their attack. second, they've seen footage that barry loudermilk led a tour through parts of the capitol complex, on january 5th, the day before the attack. this contradicts prior claims by republicans, there was no tours, no large groups and no one with a maga hat on. they would like to meet with congressman loudermilk next week. the ranking member of the committee, put out an aggressive and defiant statement. they say, there was a meeting, a constituent family, young children. it showed nothing suspicious. and they say nobody involved in that meeting went into the capitol itself and none of them were charged in connection with events of january 6th, in any
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way. they further called on the u.s. capitol police to release the tapes of this. arguing they have nothing to hide. and beyond that, the political rhetoric gives a strong indication that congressman loudermilk and those contacted do not tend to cooperate with this investigation. >> thank you very much. banning nearly all abortions from the moment of fertilization, that's what a new bill passed by oklahoma lawmakers will do. but what will it mean for ivf or certain forms of birth control? it's complicated. we're going to talk about that next. ♪ ♪ with a little help from cvs... ...you can support your nutrition, sleep, immune system, energy...even skin. and before you know it, healthier can look a lot like...you.
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abortion ban in the country. there is a law that would ban abortion after the moment of fertilization. we want to know what that means for ibf or birth control. i want to bring in kim whaley. former assistant attorney. the moment of fertilization. explain to us what this law means. >> it's been billed as an abortion law. as you indicated in the leadoff, it's a contraception ban because there's certain forms of contraception that interview with implantation. the egg is fertilized by a sperm, and travels down the fallopian tubes, and at the moment of conception, with a
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blood test, most women can't even find out they're pregnant for at least six weeks. you can imagine situations in the first six weeks where women take steps that may terminate a pregnancy, wittingly or not. that could be a violation of this bill. there's an exception for rape, if you report it. imagine a 12-year-old, that is raped and made pregnant by a person in her home. how is she going to be able to take advantage of that exception? this is not about the law in texas, which is six weeks. this is at the heart of contraception itself in america. >> the bill allows explicitly for the exception for plan "b" the morning-after pill. >> right. there's other methods for
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terminating pregnant. a fertilized egg implants in the fallopian tube. that's risky for the mother. you can imagine the situation where cvs won't provide the prescription. the mother dies and there could be a lawsuit for malpractice. it creates a host of problems for women and girls, for providers and also for their families. and this is not a thoughtout, medical law. it's not one consistent with existing law, which is roe v. wade at this moment. we don't have reversal yet. just the first of what we see in the country. the constitution exists to stop this kind of shenanigans and this kind of mischif around the
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personal decisions. >> what about ibf? there's eggs in a bank that's been fertilized already. what happens to those eggs? >> if it's fertilized already, not bringing the eggs or attempting to bring the eggs to a full pregnancy would presumibly be a violation of the law. destroying the eggs. any resolution other than implanting the eggs. this is not enforced by prosecutors. prosecutors tend to decide, do we have enough evidence to show this pregnancy was not a miscarriage? it was terminated illegally. this is another bounty hunter situation. a private citizen can enforce this law for whatever reason. >> what about for a woman going out of state? >> i don't have a bill in front
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of me. conceivably, it looks like assistance for terminating a pregnancy could give rise to legal liability. if she went out of state and someone cvs, a provider, a doctor, a friend, took steps to assist in the termination of the pregnancy, once there's a fertilized egg. you could open people up to liability across state lines. i'm sure that's the idea behind this law. where we're heading is, the abortion battles are over, the next stage will be the fertilized egg is a human being and gets full rights like everyone else that is birthed. even in blue states, in more liberal states, progressive states, abortion would be illegal as a matter of central law. >> kim, thanks so much for being
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the justice department says is getting a good understanding how widespread these incidents are. one initiative is intended to help police identify hate crimes and encourage people in minority communities to report these incidents. the justice department is launching a program to take calls from immigrants who don't speak english. the attorney general is announcing $10 million in grants to help states set up new hotlines for reporting the crimes and to encourage police to do a better job of recognizing hate crimes in the first place and gathering the data. he says the justice department has a long history of countering hate. >> this department was founded in 1870 in the aftermath of the civil war with the first fundamental purpose, to fight the white supremacist attack on black civil rights after the civil war. 152 years later, the task to
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combat hate-fuelled violence remains central to the department's mission. >> doj is providing more support to community-based organizations and civil rights groups to promote more awareness and preparedness. the fbi says the number of hate crimes has been rising, with more than 8,300 in the latest tally. that's the largest number in the past two decades. much of that increase is because of attacks on black and asian american and pacific islander victims. that last category has gone way up because of the pandemic. >> pete williams, thank you very much. a plan to get health care coverages exposed to toxic burn pits in iraq and afghanistan looks like it's finally in reach in washington. what it would do and how soon it could pass next. develop their passion for learning through our grow up great initiative.
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consider this. you served your country but you got exposed to toxic fumes and carcinogens on your base. now that you are home, you are struggling to get health care for the problems it caused. that is the reality for a lot of iraq and afghanistan veterans exposed to open air burn pits for trash. now top lawmakers on the senate veterans affairs committee say they have got a deal to help those veterans. joining me now to talk about is the founder of iraqi and
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afghanistan veterans of america and now host of the independent americans podcast. good to see you. this is a big deal. it has been a subject of anger and frustration for quite a while. now that it looks like it's going to get somewhere in congress, what's it going to mean? >> well, let's start with the point that it is a very big deal. it's also very long overdue. this is legislation that would cover millions of post-9/11 veterans who served in iraq and afghanistan. it will cover vietnam veterans. this is a fight that's been going on for over 40 years. it has been a very long time coming. the bill is named after a guy named sergeant first class heath robinson. he died in 2020. it's important to understand that we have been fighting this fight since i came home in 2004. before i was even born. this is a long time coming. america has got to pay this bill. they have to provide the health care, support, access that is
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long overdue not just for my generation but the generation before me. there's progress in the senate. tester and moran say they have a compromise. the senate is where good ideas go to die. we have to keep the focus. we have tone sure voices like john stewart keep shaming people into action. we have to watch out for the same old names that block everything that make sense. people like mike lee from utah. rand paul who blocked the 9/11 first responders bill. there's a long fight ahead. this is progress. we need to keep the focus and make sure they get it done. >> john stewart had success with the 9/11 bill and the funding for those who had health problems because of it. the president of the united states, his oldest son, there's consideration maybe the cancer that killed him came from one of the burn pits. have you seen the president put in the full force of his office behind a bill and getting this passed? >> finally. we started this fight over a
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decade ago. i started coming on msnbc talking about this in maybe 2005, 2006. we knew if we could get to joe biden, he could make this case from a personal standpoint. he said before he believes his son's cancer may have been caused by toxic exposured. he is gone. they won't help. this will help other veterans that are right now dying. they are battling. they are fighting a bureaucracy. they need help. this surge enter. there's schumer said he will bring it to a vote. this is where washington often fails. we need everybody to keep the focus, get our back and help ensure we get this done and take care of our friends. >> it's abhorrent the idea of serving and getting sick and not being able to get help for getting sick because of the service. thank you so much. i appreciate it. good luck to you.
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i will be back here at 2:00 p.m. eastern. good day. this is "andrea mitchell reports" in washington. i'm garrett haake in for andrea. president biden is kicking off his first trip to asia as president today visiting south korea and then japan. the president is looking to demonstrate his commitment to the region while checking china's growing influence. earlier, he toured a samsung semiconductor plant amid a shortage of microchips that has car prices rising. it's being overshadowed. overnight, two secret service employees were sent home. one of whom allegedly assaulted a korean man before the president's arrival. meanwhile, in the u.s., the baby formula shortage that has the white has on defense, the first flights importing formula fro

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