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>> well, mika, as you just referenced in the opening, president biden is about to travel from our close and important ally israel directly to saudi arabia. one of the things that president biden's trip is doing is to continue to make progress on bridging the continuing divide between israel and many of its arab regional neighbors an partners. president biden is there in no small part to pull together or partners in the region in the face of a number of crises. iran's ongoing threat and the attacks by iran proxies directly on countries like the emirates and the kingdom of saudi arabia. the ongoing conflict in russia and ukraine, russia's brutal and aggressive invasion of ukraine and how that has impacted energy prices for our key nato allies and our european partners an the critical issue of human rights.
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if there is anyone that could balance all of the tough and competing issues in a high stakes meeting in a region, it is president joe biden. >> and with that question and about that balance, especially given the murder of khashoggi and president biden has said i made it clear how i feel about that. but yet this visit is validating that there is a balance between strategic economic realities and moral issues. and at same time, it comes back to our dependence on foreign oil, does it not. there are other ways that we should be solving this problem, would you not agree? >> mika, i want to see us make a transition to a lower carbon cleaner economy to breaking our dependence on fossil energy more than anybody i know. as much as many of my colleagues in my caucus in the senate. and to your point, this
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highlights that right now at a time when prices at the pump are high for the american people, they've come down. here in delaware 50 cents over the last month. but they are still too high. there are three countries that have significant capacity not on the market today. iran, venezuela and saudi arabia. and of those three, the saudis have for decades been important strategic partners for the united states. after the brutal murder of jamal khashoggi many of us said we don't want to continue to be partners with the saudis until there is clear accountability. a change of direction. under mbs, under the crown prince, they were beginning to make important steps towards opening liberalizing their society. but then a series of increasingly bad tragic and immoral decisions were made by mohammed bin salman including the american murder and attack.
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i expect president biden to confront him directly about this and to speak about human rights and the release of political prisoners. that is the least he could do to honor the memory of jamal khashoggi. and i know that his widow had a meetings with senior administration officials and met with other human rights advocates for the region. but for us to dig nor the brutality of russia's actions in ukraine and the ways in which day in and day out thousands of ukrainians have suffered horrific human rights abuses at the hands of russians and the way that time is running out in the next six months. if we can't get more oil and gas supplies from the gulf to our critical partners in europe, sustaining the western unity in the face of russia's aggression, that president biden so skillfully built over the months since the invasion started on february 24th. that would be a key missed opportunity to make sure that ukraine has the support, has the
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solidarity and has the unified sanctions against russia's oil and gas. to your point, mika, absolutely. these are tough tradeoffs. but i trust president biden to continue to press the cause of human rights at the same time he's pressing the cause of western unity in the face of russia's aggression. russia is one of the world's leading sources of oil and gas. and if we're going to successfully cut off what is funding putin's war machine, we have to get other sources of energy on to the world markets as we continue to try to transition away from being to critically reliant on oil and gas at this time. >> and as you've been speaking, senator, we did say air force one take off from tel aviv on the way to saudi arabia. a historic flight for this president as the air space has been opened over saudi arabia to flights from israel. i want to follow up on what you've been saying about
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ukraine. you wrote an op-ed saying this depends on you. who is the you why in that sentence? what are we talking about? >> the you is the american people. we in congress represent our constituents and i get calls week in and week out from delawareans and pay attention to their input. after the russia's brutal invasion of ukraine, i was getting hundreds and hundreds of calls, spontaneous events here at delaware, in churches and community centers to raise support for ukrainians and refugees and their support for resistance to russia. and as the months have gone on, there are still many calls about ukraine in sustaining nato's unity, i'm getting more and more about the price at the pump and the price at the grocery store. and folks are concerned about inflation. and we need to do more to tackle that. so the point of my editorial is we cannot let putin win.
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he's causing the prices to go up in grocery stores and in gas stations. he's causing potentially starvation for tens of millions of africans and folks across the middle east and causing instability throughout the world. we can't let him have a win in ukraine or the long-term consequences are harder. but in the short-term, most americans aren't getting up in the morning and worrying about, you know, geo-strategic concerns, they're not worried about what happened in the donbas, they're worried about the prices they're paying. and they've come down week after week here in delaware. at the pump. but we need to do more. here is looking forward my concern. we have a plan, democrats have a plan to reduce prescription drug prices, to reduce health care prices, and to reduce the cost of those semiconductor chips that are key to things like used cars being more affordable. those depend on our passing two
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pieces of legislation. the competes act that is in conference and has been in conference between the house and senate now for far too long. we passed it out of the senate last year. and reconciliation. and frankly, i woke up this morning surprised and upset to see that my colleague joe manchin of west virginia had walked away from the table. my understanding had been they were very close to a deal and he had been offered all sorts of important concessions to him. i respect him concern about inflation. but i can't believe he's going to walk away from a negotiation that really could deal with prescription drug prices for the first time, both parties have been trying to solve this but democrats have a plan and a path forward that senator manchin has talked about at home and on the floor. >> yeah. >> just last few days when i've talked to him, i thought we were going to get this deal done. so i am -- i won't say i'm surprised. but i will say i'm very disappointed and upset if that
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is the path forward for us now. >> has he let you know what he needs to get back to the table? or what if he walks away for good, what else could be done? >> we haven't spoken this morning since the news broke. we did speak yesterday and i remained optimistic even as i went to bed last night. so i'll be reaching out to him over this weekend and seeing what else might possibly be done here. but frankly, we still have trump's tax code. and there are big loopholes, ways in which we just aren't requiring everyone who owes taxes to pay their fair share. and i was optimistic we could get a plan that would reduce the deficit, that would raise revenue, and address critical issues around drug price reduction. i think he's been offered every possible thing to get to a responsible balance, but much smaller deal than many of us have hoped for and i'm looking
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forward to see if there is any hope here. but honestly, time is running out. the patience of the american people is running out. we have to get this done this month. i want to believe there is still a path forward. but frankly, we also have to deliver a response to china's strategic competition. that bill has been waiting for action for a year. and i'm going to be talking with our caucus leader senator schumer and senator manchin to see what is possible. i know senator shumer has been negotiated in about faith for weeks now, and honestly, mika, i'm so -- i'm a man who always is hopeful on these shows. >> yeah. >> today it is a really, really hard morning. this is a very bitter pill if this means the end of the prospects of the tax cuts that could move us towards a cleaner and more sustainable economy. >> yeah. democratic senator chris coons of delaware, thank you very much. we appreciate you coming on the show this morning and talking as well about the president's trip
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to saudi arabia and on that let's bring into the conversation former spokesperson for the u.s. mission to the united nations, hagar chemali and has organized a lot of trip to the middle east and including for president obama. so, what is the balance? did the president have to go -- was this trip somewhat mandatory given the fact that oil prices and the oil situation is roiling and what needs to happen to strike a balance when you're visiting country where there are serious moral issues that haven't been solved, they haven't become accountable for it and human rights differences in our values. how do you -- what would the advice be on how a president should strike the right balance on a trip like this?
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>> sure. well let's divide both if we can. so, both countries i mean when the visits to israel and the west bank of course and saudi arabia. the visit to israel is overdue. and it's been -- it is 18 months into the u.s. presidency. usually u.s. presidents go to israel within the first year because it is an important ally. we give a lot of foreign aid to israel. we have very close ties and a lost mutually shared interests. so the trip to israel is late and unfortunate because they have domestic volatile politicals at the moment and an interim prime minister who we agree with him on issues to the palestinian territories and peace and a two-state solution, he's just the interim prime minister. so not a lot could happen there. saudi arabia, we have to be honest. that trip is happening because of the war in ukraine and the oil market. and when the biden administration comes out, and
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president biden wrote this op-ed in "the washington post" where he argued that he would reorient the relationship what saudi arabia, not rupture it. and i believe that. i was part of groups in the run-up to president biden's election where we looked into the relationship between the united states and saudi arabia and a lot of foreign policy experts were arguing that we needed to downgrade the relationship from a special friendship where we ignored their nefarious behavior and human rights violations and down from bff to family acquaintance. and that is a goal. i believe that. but doing it now, basically makes it look as though we're willing to put aside all of the human rights values, all of the statements from joe biden and he would never meet with the prince and we're telling the world we're willing to put the value as side when we have a
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commercial interest at stake. >> it does seem like president biden is in there having sacrificed a lot of leverage and this is a moment of weakness because of oil prices. we have received word that the white house thinks that the press pool will get at least a fleeting glimpse of the meeting with mbs. so we'll be studying the body language and the greeting they two give each other. oil is front of mind and there is also iran. and at the talks that have broken down and seem like they're not going anywhere. what message to president biden deliver to riyadh, saying we may not agree on everything but you have a neighbor here who could be a real problem. >> the u.n. said that iran has enough uranium to create a nuclear weapon. that is terrifying. it goes to show there were a lot of positive angles to the iran deal. we know that the iaea was complying and president biden expressed those points when he
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went to israel. and for saudi arabia, saudi arabia was also not in favor, as was most of the gulf, of the iran deal when it was finalized in 2015. and that is how we found ourselves by the way as part of the yemen coalition and doing other things to guarantee their security to president biden will find himself again in that position where he's probably going to find that we're going to have to offer whether it is military, cooperation, technical assistance whatever it might be to ensure that we're going to keep the gulf security interests high on our priority list. but that said, it is just a repeat. i would hazard to say we're not close to an iran deal any way. it doesn't mean that i don't believe in diplomacy, i they we'd to be realistic how different the scenario were now as it was in the past. if i were advising president biden, all of the points about should he smile, should he shake his hands, those are all things
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that we do, we used to craft in right before any kind of trip. because it will be over-analyzed. so he has to be very careful not to slip. i said i know we have a lot with the saudi relationship. we deal with counter-terrorism and the threats from iran. we have a lot that we should have been stronger on and for example taking syrian refugees, stopping their crisis in yemen. but get something out of it that is strong related to human rights. fly some political prisoners back on your plane, something like that. we have to use our leverage more. we have a lot of economic and military leverage and we have to be loud about it. >> we will see. we'll be watching that meeting coming up here shortly. the president again airborne from tel aviv to saudi arabia as we speak. former spokesperson for the u.s. mission to the united nations, hagar, thank you for being with us again today. good to see you. back here at home, the secret service is being accused of deleting text messages that
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could be critical to the investigation of the attack on the capitol on january 6. in a let they are week to both the house and senate, the dhs inspector general, after an evaluation, the secret service deleted a significant number of text messages from january 5th and 6th of 2021. this letter was obtained by nbc news after its contents were first reported by the intercept. meanwhile secret service is denying the messages were deleted with any malicious intent. in a statement the spokesperson claims some data was lost during what it called a pre-planned device replacement program that began in january of 2021 before the dhs probe into the insurrection even began. a spokesperson notes that the secret service has been fully cooperative with the dhs investigation. so jonathan lemire, we have had
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congressman raskin on in the last hour and saying he doesn't know what the text messages, that we were deleted on the 5th and the 6th, given the testimony from cassidy hutchinson about what the secret service may have observed and experienced around president trump in that limousine, for example. >> pretty remarkable time. and those dates are suddenly gone. the secret service has come under real scrutiny here as the january 6 committee hearings continue. in part because of the that testimony from trump aide cassidy hutchinson who said she heard that the president, after his speech on the ellipse, the morning of january 6, got into a heated altercation with secret service agents in the beast, the suv version there of and even tried to grab the steeling wheel and grabbed an officer and say look i want to go to the capitol before he was told no. and in a heating exchange in the
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suv, you can't see where trump's hands are going, but since hutchinson's testimony, a few secret service agents have given, they haven't put their names to it, but have given interviews to reporters saying that no, she's wrong, she's lying, she made this up. part two though is that secret service agents and in particular tony ornato, who used to be the head of the former president's detail and moved into the west wing to be a deputy director of operations his credibility is questioned after he was caught lying about what trump and his allies did when they cleared lafayette park to have the photo op at the church. and there is some pro-trump elements in that agency and they're behavior coming into great scrutiny and the committee will do everything they could have get they are hands on those messages and if they could be found that could give a clear picture as to what the agents were saying among themselves about not just president trump's behavior on the 6th, but what
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was going an with vice president mike pence who was at the capitol and his agents were trying to get him to leave and he said no. he felt like it was important for him to stay to see the certification process through. and the committee wants to know why agents were trying to get limb to leave. >> and as we hear the testimony describing an unhinged man trying to prove that he won an election that he legitimately lost, here we go again. he continues. donald trump's bid for re-election appears all but certain. in a new interview with new york magazine, trump tells a reporter, in my own mind i've already made that decision. he said the ome thing left to decide is whether to announce before, or after the midterms. trump told the magazine. that a benefit to announcing before the midterms would be to
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clear the republican field saying, quote, i think a lot of people, would not even run if i did that because if you look at the polls, they don't even register. recent polls actually show florida governor ron desantis tied or ahead of trump in some key states. however, trump claimed in the interview that he didn't even consider desantis to be a rival. when the topic of state and federal investigations into the form he president came up, he denied that shielding himself from prosecution is the reason for running. claiming, i did nothing wrong. up next, a big moment for mental health. with a new three digit national hotline for suicide prevention set to launch tomorrow. plus we go live to wisconsin as the democratic race to oust republican senator ron johnson heats up and as we go to break, you may remember this moment from last month when senator
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we wan to take a moment to recognize a behind the scenes
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hero for our show. someone who has been with us since the very beginning and before our stage manager allen nugent is retiring after being with "morning joe" for the full 15 years. but wait, there is more. allen joined msnbc back in 1996 when he moved from tampa, florida, to ft. lee, new jersey and then over to sec auckous, where he would become the stage manager for a new show on msnbc called "home page." i hosted that show in a previous life with ashley banfield and gina gaston and allen had to live with things like our fabulous shoe friday, and our charlie's angel open and allen, i never apologized to you for that. so that is where i first met allen. i'm so sorry about that. and when msnbc moved to 30 rock and a little show called
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"morning joe" officially began, allen joined our team. where he's been ever since. from inside of the studio, to road shows, for presidential debates and primaries and party conventions, allen has always been the one keeping our on air team on track in line and always looking at the correct camera. allen, i could tell what he's thinking what looking into his eyes. his work ethic second to none. allen's work for nbc took him across the globe including the olympic coverage in athen to sochi, london and beijing and tokyo. but downtown des moines, at java joes will hold a special place in his heart. allen's wife jana, who is also a "morning joe" original, she was our first technical production manager and is retiring as well. and so after 26 years, they both
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left florida, they're going back home. allen, we're going to miss you. we wish you and jana all of the best. and we're a little jealous that you get to turn your alarm clock off. really. [ applause ] willie geist. >> i don't want to say allen is ready to go but he has the hawaiian shirt and a muay thai under the deskch and he has one foot out and who could blame him. and if you don't sit in the seats where we sit, how important the person just off the camera is and that is allen since the beginning. person that keeps us in line, tells us when we're on tv and time to go all of those important things that make a ship run well. you don't get to see him but i'm glad we do right now and we could trace our lives and our professional lives back to 15 year ago starting the show and standing there was allen and his
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wonderful wife jana. they were there. that has defined our lives an allen has been a part of it the entire time. and we will miss him but we're happy that you're sailing off with a drink in your hand, allen. thank you for everything. >> what a ride. >> thank you, allen. we love you. and still ahead, this morning's must read opinion pages. i'm going to cry. and a look at the morning papers. we'll be right back. g doesn't s. be ready for every moment, with glucerna. it's the number one doctor recommended brand that is scientifically designed to help manage your blood sugar. papers papers we'll be right back. for such a small item it performs big in so many ways. big on comfort. big on durability. big on breathability. bombas gives big comfort for all your
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equilibrium that will make the existing party unstable. furthermore, if there ever was a moment ripe for a ross perot like third candidate in the 2024 general election, this is that moment. these current conditions have already shaken up the stereotypes we used to think about the politics. we used to think about the democrats of the economically disadvantaged but college educated voters continue to flock to it and reshape it more and more each year. the republicans used to be the party of business. but now they are merging as a multi-racial working class party. in other words, we now have an establishment progressive party and an anti-establishment conservative party. this isn't normal. we'll be following this as we head toward the midterms, willie, and that is reflected in all of the polling we were talking about in our previous hour about how the parties are changing.
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one place there may be some changes in the state of wisconsin where the primary race is getting national attention ahead of the first debate to take on ron johnson. for more let's bring in nbc correspondent shaquille brewster live in milwaukee for us. so no matter who the democrat candidate is in the primary, it is a close race with ron johnson? >> reporter: without a doubt, willie. and that is when you talk to voters, they're taking this race extremely seriously. because it has those national implications. the path to controlling senate goes right through the state of wisconsin. where you have that vulnerable republican incumbent in ron johnson. we saw the latest polling that shows about 46% of wisconsin voters view him unfavorably and in a state that president biden won in 2020 narrowly. so that is why it is getting national attention. today we'll see senator cory
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booker campaigning with the front-runner, lieutenant governor mandela barns and was fundraising with elizabeth warren last month but this is a race that is tightening very quickly. thanks in part to alex lazery, the former milwaukee bucks executive who used a lot of his personal wealth to turn that into campaign ads and introducing himself to voters here in wisconsin as someone who gets things done. he's in a tie for thirst place for that senate nomination here in wisconsin. and there is sarah got lieuski and we'll see them on the debate stage in the first and likely only debate of this race. both of the candidates paint themselves as candidates that have done well in republican and red areas of the state and say they're the best candidates to take on ron johnson once we get through the nomination.
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but when you talk to voters here in the state of wisconsin, the conversation sound very similar to what we heard in 2020. where democratic voters say the priority is beating the republican incouple bept and then it was president trump and now it is ron johnson. listen to what folks have told me. >> it is crucial and really ron johnson is a horrible senator. and you would think anybody could beat him. but that is not the way the environment is today. >> we don't expect we're going to win every kupts in rural wisconsin. but if we could shave a couple percentages off, we could help tony to win and whoever is going to run against ron. >> i think that is my top issue, getting him out. he's caused so much damage and i find him so embarrassing as a soern. the issues are important too, don't get me wrong. but i just think that we don't have a strong candidate and he stays in what does it matter what the issues are. >> polls show that this race is very volatile.
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one in every three democratic voters say they are still undecided and when you look at issues, i had conversations with each of the four top candidates, all five candidates that will be on the debate stage. and when you look at the issues, there is little daylight between the candidates. especially on the issue of abortion where many of the candidates said that was a game changing issue for them. that decision, the over turning of roe by the supreme court in states like wisconsin where aborg rights have been restricted, they say that that is crucial and they support codifying roe through legislation and killing the filibuster through that. that is when you listen to voters they say it is not about which candidate they want to support, they want to get through the primary because they want the attention to be on ron johnson because they know the path to that senate majority for democrats goes through the state of wisconsin. >> election day and still questions around senator johnson and his office and its role on
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a marine veteran and a member of the house armed services committee. he co-sponsored the bill that made the new hotline possible. and congressman, i want to read from a new piece in "time" published this morning that you co-wrote with mental health advocate zack williams. and you write in part this, according to the national alliance on mental illness, nearly half of the 60 million adults and children living with mental health conditions in the u.s. go without any treatment. imagine if half of the americans who broke a leg never got any treatment at all. a call to 988 when you or a loved one is in a crisis could save a life. talking about mental health care over the dinner table might just save even more. and we need more americans to realize that it is no different than breaking a leg. you need to get help and if you do you will get better.
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help us share this powerful truth across the land. this is really great move. thank you for doing this. it is so interesting, you want people to know about the service and you also want feedback. tell us about how this is going to work. >> that is right. well we're so excited about this launch. because it is been a long time in the making. it is two years since we first passed this bill. that i co-authored in the house of representatives. but it is not perfect on day one. we know that when you first dial 911, when that service first went live, not every call went to exactly the right fire station. so we want to know how to make this better. make no mistake, this is going to save thousands lives as soon as it is live. because like you said, so many americans just don't get any help because they don't know where to turn. but if you use this service, and you get better, also give us feedback. because we want to improve the service and make sure that nobody slips through the cracks.
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>> it is completely confidential. 988. and, you know, once you dial that number, you will be connected to the best resources available to address your specific needs. and for a lot of people who are in crisis, just having a conversation with someone can keep the worst from happening. i mean there is a lot of data out there about feeling alone being the worst part of it. >> that is absolutely right. it is incredible what a difference it makes to talk to someone. there is an amaze statistic that the vast, vast majority of people who attempt suicide but don't succeed never try it again. they realize that that was a mistake and they wish they haven't even tried. so if you could talk to someone in that moment of crisis, you're life is probably going to be saved. the confidential part is really important too. if you called and they're not going to send someone to your house or call the police or break down your door.
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if your an lgbtq plus youth, and you don't want to talk about this with your parents, they're not going to call your parents. they're just going to talk you through this crisis and then get you to long-term resources that could help. >> congressman good morning. to listen you talk about this and the complaints about the inability of washington to get nothing done. here is you guys doing something that will help people and good for you for doing that. i'm curious how the effort to get to tomorrow when 988 does go live, on the other end of that phone, that sounds like a lot of hiring, finding a lot of the right people, counselors who could help people on the other end of the line. what is that group of experts and that group of counselors look like? >> so it is an amazing group of professionals, many of them volunteers, but every one of them trained to deal with these situations. and we've had to really plus up the numbers because we expect a lot more people to use this
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service once everyone knows to just dial 988. so federal funds has increased 18 fold from last year to this year. to meet the expected demand for this service. and if you call your call will be routed to a local call center, you'll be directed to someone who is specific to your needs. if i called as a veteran, they're going to route me to veteran crisis counselors who really understand our particular experience. but you're also going to get, if your local call center is fuel, you'll be rerouted to another call center so your call is not dropped. so that is taken a long time. we passed this bill two years ago so it is a lot of behind the scenes work to get to this exciting moment. >> congressman seth moulton, thank you. seriously thank you so much for doing this. it is going to help so many people. we appreciate your coming on the show this morning. >> thank you. and coming up, we're going to have a look at stories making
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headlines in newspapers across country including in texas. where governor greg abbott is again defending his statements in the hours after the shooting in uvalde. now that he's seen the leaked video from inside of the school. plus mask mandates could be coming back to one major city. "morning joe" is back in a moment. city. "morning joe" is back in a moment
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now look at the morning papers. we began in texas where the austin american statesman reports governor greg abbott said the events captured on the security video from the elementary school in texas showing law enforcement delaying the confrontation with the shooter were not related to him during the initial briefing of the attack. abbott said it is clear that what was shown on the video was the exact opposite of the information given on the day
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that he went out and explained what happened during the event. to wyoming where the casper startribune reports congressman luggage hate -- liz cheney's challenger brought in $1.8 million in campaign donations in the 2nd quarter breaking her previous fundraising record. the paper notes a u.s. house challenger breaking the 1 million-dollar mark and wyoming would normally be shocking but not in this race. the paper described it as "a proxy battle in the larger war between pro- and anti-trump factions of the gop." cheney raised about $2.9 million during the same period. to michigan and the detroit press. a lawsuit has been filed to keep republican gubernatorial candidate ryan kelly off the general election ballot saying that his participation in the january 6 capital attack makes him ineligible. kelly was arrested by the fbi last month and has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges
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surrounding his involvement at the events of the capital. it is argued that kelly is prohibited to run for office under the 14th amendment of the u.s. constitution because he has engaged in the insurrection or rebellion against the united states after previously taking oath to uphold the constitution. the errs on a daily star reports long lines are back at food banks across the country as americans are overwhelmed by inflation and look for assistance to help feed their families. according to the paper, many people are seeking charitable food for the first time and more are arriving on foot. the los angeles times reports that spikes in covid cases and hospitalizations are fueled by the infectious ba.5 subvariant and have pushed los angeles county into the highest covid community level. the conditions not improving could cause the shift of a new public indoor mask mandate there by the end of the month.
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staying in california, the fresno bee reports the washburn fire has grown by 600 acres pushing eastward beyond the yosemite national park boundary and into the adjacent sierra national forest. the size of the wildfire which began at mariposa grove of the famed giant sequoia trees now estimated that nearly 4400 acres. we certainly hope they get that under control soon. and speaking of, look what i got in the mail yesterday. the book "the big li ." >> i can't wait. >> exploding with new reporting and a manageable read i would like to point out as well. a week from tuesday, the big lie. >> your copy is in the mail.
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