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that's all for this edition of "dateline." i'm andrea canning. thank you for watching. see you tomorrow "the news with shepard smith" starts now no vax, no restaurant, no store, no back to work i'm shepard smith. this is "the news" on cnbc covid omicron leading to new restrictions and sweeping vaccine mandates >> we're going to do this so that every employer is on a level playing field. one universal standard starting december 27th. >> the rules and the backlash. >> there will not be contributing to the fanfare of the games. >> the white house snubbing beijing announcing a diplomatic boycott of the olympic games
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now china threatening to retaliate. >> jussie smollett taking the stand in his own defense testifying under oath. school officials in oxford, michigan, under scrutiny the growing calls to investigate their actions before a student opened fire. president biden prepares for a high stakes call with vladimir putin. a ceo fires 900 employees over zoom. and remembering bob dole war hero and american statesman. live from cnbc, the facts. the truth. "the news with shepard smith." good evening covid omicron is spreading the science, however, is still out on how it will impact the pandemic local and federal leaders are taking preemptive action now with new requirements and new mandates but as we all await more data, it's delta that's causing serious problems and remains the most imminent
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concern. the cdc director says delta still accounts for nearly all new infections nationwide. we're once again averaging about 120,000 cases a day. johns hopkins reports that's the highest total since late september. covid hospitalizations are also rising once again. they've increased by more than 28% over the past month alone. what we don't know is what will happen as omicron increasingly enters the picture right now nbc news reports at least 18 states have identified cases of the new variant so far but dr. fauci says some early signs appear to be encouraging he says the data shows omicron may not cause as severe disease compared to delta. >> though it's too early to really make any definitive statements about it, thus far it does not look like there's a great degree of severity to it the signals are a bit encouraging regarding severity again, you have to hold judgment
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until we get more experience. se >> still, transition team -- >> still with the surge on several major u.s. businesses are delaying return to work plans. ford just pushed back the reopening date to march. today's announcement comes just days after officials at google said they'll wait until next year to decide when it's safe for workers to come back to their offices. we have coverage from all angles tonight. cnbc's valerie castro tracking the fallout in new york over this new strict vaccine mandate. cnbc's health and science correspondent meg tirrell. meg, we heard some optimism from dr. fauci on omicron what more do we know >> reporter: yeah, shep, dr.eah, fauci's words came after a report from a hospital in south africa with encouraging signs. over the last two weeks, though hospital admissions have risen there, the majority of patients in the covid wards haven't required oxygen. and in fact, this report says a number of those patients were admitted for reasons other than
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covid and happened to test positive in the hospital for the virus. they say this is very different from previous waves in which, quote, the covid ward was recognizable by the incessant sound of oxygen machines or beeping ventilator alarms. they also note patients are staying in the hospital for shorter periods, an average of less than three days for those admitted to covid wards in the last two weeks compared with eight and a half days for the past 18 months. there are a number of caveats here first, severe disease and deaths lag case increases by a few weeks so the picture will become clearer as time goes on. second, the patients being admitted in south africa so far have generally been younger. older age, of course, is associated with increased disease severity dr. fauci also points out, it's not clear how omicron will do in a country like ours where delta is still circulating at such high levels. patients, cases, deaths are going higher as the numbers are falling. the u.s. is now reporting more
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than 1100 deaths from covid on average every day, almos certainly associated with the delta variant. >> meg tirrell, thank you. america's strictest vaccine mandate is set to take effect later this month week in new york city. the mayor bill de blasio just announced the new rule today. he says it will apply to all private businesses that are not covered by previous mandates regardless of size the city already imposed a vaccine requirement for public workers. >> we've got omicron as a new factor we've got the colder weather which is going to really create additional challenges with the delta variant. we've got holiday gatherings we, in new york city, have decided to use a pre-emptive strike to really do something bold to stop the further growth of covid and the dangers it's causing to all of us >> the announcement on morning joe on msnbc the policy applies to more than 180,000 businesses ranging from banks and retailers to mom and pop corner stores.
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workers will not have an option to test out. you got to vax mayor de blasio says kids aged 5 to 11 will have to show proof of at least one vaccine dose to eat indoors at restaurants or go to the movies that mandate takes effect next week the requirement for adults will increase from one vaccine to two starting in three weeks. outside city hall in manhattan tonight here's cnbc's valerie castro. >> reporter: with less than a month left in his last term as mayor of new york city >> today we'll be announcing some additional measures to keep new yorkers safe. >> reporter: mayor de blasio issued sweeping new vaccine mandates for the private business sector. >> one standard that applies to everyone. >> reporter: all employees will be required to be fully vaccinated two doses by december 27th the mandate extends to customers of those businesses ages 12 and up >> i think it's really gone way
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beyond anything i could ever have imagined to happen in the united states of america >> reporter: she owns an italian pastry shop in brooklyn. she defied the last round of city mandates that required customers and staff to have at least one dose and is now part of a lawsuit fighting against what she says is discrimination and segregation. >> it should be a choice if somebody wants to be vaccinated. we should not be penalizing the small segment that chooses not to be vaccinated. >> reporter: lawsuits against a similar mandate issued by the biden administration are making their way through the sixth circuit court of appeals attorneys say they won't be surprised if other cities follow new york's mandates. businesses will fight back. >> companies will probably tee up some type of a due process argument and will try to contest this there's a labor shortage right now. the last thing companies want to do is discipline their employees. >> the sudden announcement and fast approaching deadline has some in the business community arguing the timing couldn't be worse for retail businesses that
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hire seasonal workers for the holidays >> this is devastating for them in terms of having to comply in the next few weeks with this kind of mandate. who knows what the enforcement process and compliance requirements and penalties are >> reporter: the mayor says the rules and how this will all work will be issued on december 15th. a spokesperson for the incoming mayor, eric adams, who takes his office in january says he will evaluate this mandate once he is in office. we did some checking with the city, and they say under the current mandates, more than 4,000 businesses have been issued warnings for not being in compliance 31 have been hit with $1,000 fines. shep. >> valerie castro live in new york. school officials in michigan are defending counselors who sent the student back to class after meeting with his parents over behavior they deemed concerning that student now behind bars accused of shooting and killing four of his classmates later that day
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the superintendent in oxford just north of detroit says counselors met with the suspected shooter and his parents before the rampage they say a teacher reported the student after finding a note on his desk that note they say had a drawing of a gun, somebody shot and the words my life means nothing among other disturbing images and phrases. the superintendent said that student claimed it was all part of a video game he was designing. he allegedly told them that's what he wanted to do as a career one day, design video games. authorities say neither he nor his parents told counselors that the student had access to a gun. the superintendent says, quote, at no time did counselors believe the student might harm others based on his behavior, responses and demeanor, which appeared calm. now he says the district will hire a third party to investigate exactly what did happen the 15-year-old student, a sophomore behind bars facing charges including murder, terrorism and other crimes cops also arrested and charged
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his parents after they disappeared and they conducted a manhunt on friday. they're each facing four counts of involuntary manslaughter. nbc's ellison barber live in pontiac, michigan, tonight ellison. >> reporter: shep, police, prosecutors, parents, they all have a lot of questions about what this high school did and did not do in the moments, the days leading up to this massacre remember, two key things happened the morning of the shooting and also the day before the shooting one was that a teacher said that they saw the alleged shooter googling ammunition. they reported that second, as you mentioned, the morning of the shooting a teacher found those disturbing drawings in the 15-year-old's desk the school called ethan crumbley's parents in for a meeting with the guidance counselor but they never told allegedly the vice principal or principal about what was going on
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later they sent him back to class. the superintendent for oxford community schools is defending the high school here he says, a few things happened in that meeting the morning of the shooting, among them he says the alleged shooter's parents flatly refused to take their son home in an interview oakland county prosecutor karen mcdonald said the school had the legal authority to search the alleged shooter's backpack and also his locker we do not know where the gun was kept or hidden police have said it could have been in a bag. it could have been on the alleged shooter's person, but we do not believe either of those searches occurred. meantime, there is an artist in detroit, he has now spoken with investigators. he has now spoken with investigators. police found ethan crumbley's parents jennifer and james hiding, they say, in this
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individual's art studio. his name, andrzej sikora tonight they are searching his house. though no charges have been filed. shep >> ellison barber, thank you. like something out of loony-tune adventures. that's what the actor jussie smollett told the court this afternoon as he testified under oath in his own defense. what he says about his trip to a bathhouse, and how he handled questions about the homophobic and racist attack that he's accused of faking. another jeffrey epstein accuser takes the stand. what she claims ghislaine maxwell told her to wear just before she says she was sexually abused the department of justice taking aim on texas again. why it claims the new redistricting plan discriminates against minorities and how the state is now responding. ♪ ♪ ♪
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stand in his own defense at his trial. telling the court of going to a bath house with the men accused of attacking him, doing drugs with them and engaging in sexual activity the actor denied staging a racist attack on himself in downtown chicago smollett testified under oath that there was no hoax he insisted he told the truth to police about being attacked by the two men who he says beat him, put a noose around his neck, poured bleach on him and yelled anti-gay and anti-black slurs and shouted this is maga country. there is no video or audio of smollett's testimony because the judge won't allow the cameras in the courtroom for the trial. but smollett testified his injuries were real and that he still has a scar under his eye that has not yet healed. he claimed he did not want to turn his cell phone over to investigators because it contained private photos and contact information for actors and family members smollett explained he did not immediately call the cops after the attack because he's a black
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man in america and does not trust the police when prosecutors cross examined jussie smollett they asked him if he wanted to completely cooperate with police and he responded, not if it compromises my privacy, no cnbc's perry russom covering the trial. perry. >> reporter: jussie smollett testified for six hours today. he said it was like something out of looney toons where a massive figure came from behind him at 2:00 in the morning in chicago. they went to the ground, tussled for about 30 seconds then somebody else came around and kicked him smollett says he never wanted to call the police. today jussie smollett telling his life story on the stand. telling jurors he grew up in an extremely close family smollett going back to his life as a working child actor and starting a career in music the actor saying he auditioned for "empire" playing a singer who was gay because he had never seen a black man in that role before
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by season 5, his last full season on the show he told jurors he was making $100,000 per episode two brothers have accused smollett of hiring them to stage the attack in 2019 smollett testifying he met able in 2017 at a club finding out he was an extra on "empire. he said they did drugs together, made out at a bath house and that they were sexually involved last week able told the jury they were not in a sexual relationship as for ola, the other osundario brother, smollett testifies ola kind of creeped me out ola didn't like me or wasn't feeling me that was fine. ola took the vibe out of the room smollett saying he felt like he had to sneak off with able when ola was around last week the brothers testified they were paid $3500 to stage the attack today smollett saying the money was for nutrition and personal training after producers told him he had gotten fat. last week able testified smollett texted him about
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talking on the low able says that's when smollett asked him for help with the attack today smollett telling jurors the text was about getting his hands on an herbal weight loss steroid that's illegal in the u.s. smollett's defense team says the brothers are making the allegations because they did not like smollett and were looking to make some money the defense says the brothers asked for $1 million each to not testify. the brothers said that's not true this has become a he said they said situation smollett now telling his side of the story after the brothers told their side of the story all that matters is what the jury has to say. this could go to them tomorrow >> perry russom, thank you david henderson now, civil rights attorney, cnbc contributor. another high profile defendant takes the stand in his defense right move in this case? >> shep, i think it's the only move in this case. it's hard to say it's the right move, because there are really only two reasons you do this,
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either because you're legally obligated to, like kyl rittenhouse or travis mcmichael in order to assert a self-defense claim, or because you're losing so badly you don't feel like you have another choice this falls into the second category for me. >> does the fact that he's an actor give him an advantage or no >> no. shep, juries are made up of hardworking, everyday people so it baffles me why his tea thinks it would relate to you saying you are making 100,000 an episode. >> the fact that he went to a bath house, exercised, did drugs there and later they attacked him. is there a way to make that all fit together for a jury? >> no way i see, shep. that is the core problem for the case you have to remember, the police started investigating this as a hate crime saying they were going to get the people that did this to them and in the course of doing this investigation they realized we'd have to file charges on the person who claims that they're the victim. the jury will see this the same way.
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when you take the stand, you have to convince them this whole case is wrong. i just don't see that here >> david henderson, thank you. week two of the sex trafficking trial of ghislaine maxwell. today jurors heard from a second woman who was allegedly abused by the convicted sex offender, the late jeffrey epstein she used the pseudonym kate in court to protect her privacy she testified she met epstein in paris in 1994, when she was but 17 years old that means, unlike the first victim, she was over the age of consent in britain and some u.s. states kate said she would later see epstein and maxwell several times a year in london, new york, and palm beach kate testified ghislaine maxwell asked her to come to her home after a masseuse canceled. kate said she was pressured into giving epstein a sexual massage in a dimly lit room. another time, kate found what
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she described as a schoolgirl' outfit laid out on her bed when she was staying at epstein's palm beach home. when she asked maxwell what it was for, maxwell allegedly said that it would be fun for kate to serve epstein tea in that outfit she said she later went to see epstein at the pool and that there he sexually abused her when the prosecution asked kate why kate had put on the outfit, she said she didn't know what the consequences would be if she refused. during cross examination the defense asked whether her history of drug and alcohol abuse affected what she remembered she said it did not. kate testified her contact with jeffrey epstein and ghislaine maxwell ended when she was in her early 30s. a country run by its military it's killed hundreds of people since a coup earlier this year today in myanmar, more protests as the former president is sent to prison. preparing for putin. tomorrow president biden is set to have a video call with the russian leader as the world
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braces for a possible russian invasion of ukraine. details of the ultimatum that vladimir putin is set to deliver.
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the justice department is suing texas again now. this time it's over how republicans there redrew the state's congressional map. the feds are accusing state lawmakers of intentionally designing some districts to have a white majority of voters while diluting the votes of latinos and black people >> these redistricting plans will diminish the opportunities for latino and black voters in texas to elect their preferred representatives, and that is prohibited by federal law. >> texas gained two house seats after the census the feds say the population group was driven almost entirely by latino and black residents but the new congressional maps don't include a single district with a black or latino majority.
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in a statement on twitter, texas's attorney general calls the lawsuit a ploy to control texas voters and wrote that he is confident that the legislature's redistricting decisions will be proven lawful. a court in military ruled myanmar has sentenced the country's former leader to four years in prison.media, the but according to state media, the sentence was cut to two years after a partial pardon her name is aung san suu kyi a former nobel peace prize winner myanmar's military detained and removed her from office in february after it seized power in a coup. a court found aung san suu kyi guilty today of inciting unrest and breaking covid restrictions during last year's campaign. she has denied all charges against her, and still faces more trials that could send her to prison for the rest of her life today aung san suu kyi's supporters took to the street in the largest city
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they say the charges are bogus and are an attempt to block her from returning to power. myanmar has descended into chaos since the military takeover. the united nations says soldiers have killed 1300 people. it was one of the most popular watches ever made. now it's back with a new design and a limited supply but the upgrade making it more desirable than ever. cnbc's robert frank on what's making this whole thing tick. and the white house issuing a diplomatic boycott of the beijing winter olympics calling on china to take action on a number of issues tonight china's response to those demands as we approach the bottom of the hour and the top of the news on cnbc.
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the planet called the nautilus it's one of the most sought after watches ever made. this 2014 model went for 484,000 bucks at auction last year appreciating more than -- in just six years a way better return than the s&p. now the 5711 was getting so much attention, but discontinued it this year. and then the company did something to make the watch draw even more attention. guys, these crazy, expensive watches are not unlike other must have gifts around the holidays if supply is low, the price goes way up, and patek is saving one of these for a special auction benefitting tiffany's favorite charity. people will be interested to see how much someone who really
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wants it on their wrist will be willing to pay for it. shep >> all right, thanks so much. another car maker making a big investment in electric vehicles and that's what's topping cnbc's on the money toyota building a multi-billion dollar electric battery plant in north carolina. a statement today from the japanese automaker said it expects production to start there in 2025. th the site expected eventually to create enough battery packs fo 1.2 million vehicles a year. they're expected to create 2,000 jobs and be powered exclusively by renewable energy. microsoft playing hard ball. the software giant putting the squeeze on some of the monthly office suite customers commit to an annual subscription or face a 20% hike in prices microsoft betting customers will sign on having very few other options. and supply chain pain spreading to schmere a cream cheese shortage is whipping up across new york and creating a hole for bagel shops across the big city.
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da dairy manufacturers locally reporting having difficulty filling orders of the raw product used to make the popular spread so that sunday bagel just might be toast on wall street, the dow with a whale of a day up 647 a gain of 1.9% best day since march s&p up 53. nasdaq up 140. i'm shepard smith on cnbc. it's the bottom of the hour. time for the top of the news. russian troops amassing at the ukrainian border as president biden prepares for pivotal talks with president putin. new reporting on what to expect. tragedy on the track kentucky derby winner medina spirit dies during a workout what officials say happened. but first the white house sends a message about human rights heard all the way to beijing. the united states will not send
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any official representatives to the olympics, according to white house officials today. the u.s. is accusing china of genocide, crimes against humanity and other human rights abuses the press secretary jen psaki confirmed today athletes will be able to participate, but no diplomats will attend. >> we will not be contributing to the fanfare of the games. u.s. diplomatic or official representation would treat these games as business as usual in u the face of the prc's egregiou human rights abuses and atrocities, and we simply can't do that. >> the beijing olympics just 60 days away now. international olympic committee released a statement saying it fully respects the white house decision the committee says the mov also makes it clear athlete participation is beyond politics, but chinese officials have responded calling it an outright political provocationt cnbc senior white house
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correspondent kayla tausche now. what can we expect going forward? >> reporter: china has pledged firm counter measures in the u.s. and the allies pursued this the foreign ministry said this the winter olympic games is not a stage for political posturing and manipulation u.s. politicians keep hyping a diplomatic boycott without even being invited to the games after the administration formalized the move, rare bipartisan praise from both sides of the aisle, from conservative china hawks like congressman michael mccaul, mike gallagher, and senator mitt romney, to democrats tim kaine and nancy pelosi last weekend at the united nations, at least 20 countries withheld signatures from the olympic truce. a century's old symbol of unity ahead of the games more allies are under pressure to make a boycott official a decision from the united kingdom is expected in the coming days, according to an official australia and japan still considering theirs as well, according to local reports in 1980 a u.s.-led coalition
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blocked athletes and officials from attending the moscow summer games, citing the ussr's invasion of afghanistan. the soviets swept the medals and then refused to come to los angeles four years later for the next summer games. for u.s. bobsledder, alana myers taylor, greeted by then vice president biden the development is disappointing but not a distraction. >> our job is to go out there and represent our country as best as possible whether or not there are diplomats there. i realize the u.s. is in a difficult circumstance deciding on what they want to do politically, but for athletes we're going to go out there and do the best we can >> taylor is still hopeful for a medal ceremony at the white house once athletes are back on american soil. shep >> kayla tausche, thank you. biden meets putin. during a video call tomorrow, president biden will personally warn the russian president vladimir putin about the very real costs if russia invades ukraine. that's according to a senior administration official. the high stakes call comes as
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russia masses troops along the border with ukraine. satellite images show russian forces gathering at key strategic points so far russia has deployed nearly 100,000 combat troops to the border, along with tanks and artillery. u.s. intelligence warns the kremlin could potentially ramp that up to 175,000 troops by next month "the washington post" reports president putin is expected to lay down an ultimatum for president biden tomorrow it's this, either guarantee that ukraine will never join the nato alliance or russia may indeed launch a military offensive against ukraine.ains today the ukraine president, president zelensky, went to the front lines to meet with the ukraine soldiers he said he's confident they can repel a russian invasion nbc's richard engel is on the ground in kiev, the capital of ukraine. >> reporter: maybe this is all an elaborate bluff from vladimir putin, but if it is, it is a very expensive one
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according to u.s. and ukrainian officials, there are about 100,000 troops near ukraine's borders and it costs money to send them there, it costs money to maintain those forces so if russia is just trying to send a message, it is sending a very clear one and that message is that for russia a red line for this country is ukraine joining nato. russia doesn't want it russia said that very clearly. nor does russia want advanced nato and u.s. weapon systems deployed here in ukraine maybe there is something more to this u.s. intelligence officials have warned in an unclassified estimate that these 100,000 troops could be just the first wave that another approximately 100,000 troops could be coming towards the borders over the next several months to spearhead a possible -- stress again possible -- invasion so tomorrow we will see if presidents biden and putin can de-escalate things
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>> richard engel, thanks very much. he was a senator, a world war ii hero, a presidential candidate and stateman bob dole died yesterday at the age of 98. back in february, senator dole revealed he was battling advanced lung cancer according to his family, he died in his sleep early sunday morning after serving his country for nearly eight decades. the late senator will lie in state at the capital capitol on thursday here's nbc's andrea mitchell >> reporter: one of the greats of the greatest generation. we have lit liberty's torch with a glow that can truly light the world. that's what america is all about. >> reporter: senator bob dole remembered overnight by presidents, dignitaries and the american people as a man devoted to service president biden honoring his former senate colleague writing may our nation draw upon his legacy of decency, dignity, good humor and patriotism for all time in february, in this never
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before seen video, dole reflected on a life spent on some of the biggest political stages >> you don't just walk out and say trust me, you've got to earn your trust and you earn your trust by speaking openly and speaking honestly. >> dole was elected to congress in 1960. then to the senate in 1968 where he served as the republican leader for more than a decade. a tough political combatant who still always believed in working with democrats for the public good >> we were d's and r's, but we were also friends. compromise, not a bad word >> he ran for president three times including an uphill challenge to bill clinton's second term in 1996. >> tonight i stand before you tested by adversity, made sensitive by hardship, a fighter by principle, and the most optimistic man in america. >> reporter: but a life in politics is not what robert joseph dole initially set his sights on.
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born in the small town of russell, kansas, the star high school athlete wanted to become a surgeon, but world war ii took him to italy with the army's tenth mountain division, where on april 14th, 1945, the germans began firing on his platoon. flying metal hit his right shoulder and arm breaking several bones in his neck and his spine. he underwent seven operations over three years, losing a kidney and the use of his right arm. life changing injuries fueling his advocacy for americans with disabilities the disability community is not large, but it's important. >> father to daughter robin from his first marriage in 1975, he married his beloved wife elizabeth a devoted partner in 47 years of life, politics, and advocacy the doles leading a fund-raising campaign to build the world war ii memorial in washington, honoring all those who served in a war that forever changed his life his last public appearance
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rising from his wheelchair to salute a fellow world war ii veteran, friend and one time political rival former president george h.w. bush. >> i did it, i guess, because of my respect for my friend >> george w. bush writing of dole, now we bushes salute bob and give thanks for his life of principled service former president obama writing his sharp witt was matched only by his integrity the nation now mourning and celebrating a man who put country first. >> i leave you all tonight with a full heart and a fervent prayer that we'll meet again. >> reporter: for the news, i'm andrea mitchell. former senator david perdue announced making it official today he's running for governor of georgia he'll be the trump candidate, if you will, hoping to unseat brian kemp the gop showdown good news or bad for the democratic challenger stacey abrams.
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and will georgia see another billion dollar election year plus, medina spirit collapsed after a workout and died this morning, what the owner and investigators are saying about the kentucky derby winner's sudden death.
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♪ the snow's comin' down ♪ -mommy? ♪ i'm watching it fall ♪ watch the full story at www.xfinity.com/sing2 there's about to b there's about to be a gop showdown in georgia. the former republican senator david perdue announced today he's running for governor, and he just got an endorsement from president trump. first he'll have to face off against the state's current republican governor, brian kemp, in a primary race. the announcement comes just days after the democrat and voting rights activist stacey abrams said she plans to run for the seat in what would be a rematch of 2018 if kemp is the nominee today perdue came out swinging against both kemp and abrams in his campaign announcement. >> look, i like brian. this isn't personal. it's simple. he has failed all of us and cannot win in november let me be very clear, over my
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dead body will we ever give stacey abrams control of our elections again. >> perdue also blamed governor kemp for his 2020 senate loss. the democrat jon ossoff narrowly beat him in a runoff in january. former president trump threw his support behind perdue in that election he also has repeatedly attacked governor kemp for not supporting his false claims of voter fraud in the 2020 race greg bluestein, political reporter for "the atlanta journal constitution." i guess we could see this coming, a primary that georgia republicans want to have >> not at all. this is a civil war in the republican party in georgi at the very moment they need to be united. they're facing ascendant democrats led by stacey abrams and senator raphael warnock. this is not what the doctor would have ordered for republicans. basically a three-way matchup between three of the most famous political figures in georgia, stacey abrams, brian kemp, and david perdue coming to a voting poll near you in georgia.
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>> wow, you wrote that governor kemp's allies promised a total war and scorched earth if perdue got in the race. so here we are, what are you expecting? >> well, we're already seeing that promise come to fruition. even in the opening moments of this race, the opening bell goes off and brian kemp's campaign sends out a release saying essentially that everything that republicans have been complaining about in regards to president joe biden is all david perdue's fault because he lost the senate runoffs that gave democrats control of the u.s. senate david perdue's camp hit right back saying that it was brian kemp's fault for that defeat in january and that if he had fought stacey abrams as effectively as he tried to fight david -- donald trump, then republicans would have won those matchups so it is already a bare knuckled fight in georgia. >> what's the temperature in georgia on a trump endorsement how does that sway things, if at all?
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>> reporter: the atlanta journal constitution polls have shown over and over again, trump's popularity remains sky high among georgia republicans. even as voters are split or souring on him in the general electorate, republican voters continue to hold him in high esteem for a republican primary that will attract a core electorate of republican voters in georgia, that is going to be key. it's hard to say there's a front runner in this race because david perdue has donald trump's endorsement. and because governor kemp is the incumbent and has the power and platform of being the governor of the state of georgia. >> if the trump endorsement sways things and perdue wins the primary, what do things look like once you get to the general? i mean, are there republicans who are never trumpers, which could give some edge to stacey abrams or not so much? >> yeah, i mean, look, democrats have worried about their first election cycle without donald
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trump on the ballot to polarize and energize and galvanize them, right? it's been 2016, 2018, and 2020, the last three election cycles democrats have been on this sort of upslope in georgia capping it off in 2020 with november victories in the presidential race and the senate runoffs. so democrats would love, i think, to have a race polarized by donald trump yet again and meanwhile, republicans will have to face the fact they will be divided and fractured for at least the first six months of the year and then whoever the nominee is, they'll have a little bit of time to coalesce and try to unify going into a matchup with stacey abrams. >> yet again, georgia in the spotlight, nationally and certainly right around there we'll be watching for you at ajc.com. thank you. a controversial trump era border rule is back in effect. today the biden administration restarted the remain in mexico policy it means that migrants coming into this country from mexico seeking asylum will have to wait
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in mexico for their immigration court hearings president biden ended the policy after he took office officials in texas and missouri sued and won a federal judge ordered the biden administration to restart the program while legal appeals play out nbc's guad vinegas joins us from el paso afterspending the day in juarez, mexico. differences in how this policy is being applied this time around >> reporter: that is correct the policy now under the biden administration will have some changes. one of those big changes is because of the resources that have been added to the immigration system, the biden administration says that these cases will end within six months, so the migrants during the trump era were returned to mexico some of them had to wait for years before their court hearings took place because of the backlog. now they're saying that everything will end before the six-month period things will be moving faster the other thing is the migrants that enter this process seeking
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asylum will be offered covid-19 vaccines before they are returned to mexico in addition, they've said that a migrant can tell an immigration agent that they fear returning to mexico and they will be given some time to speak to an attorney here's the thing, we've been speaking to migrants on the mexican side that are staying at some of these shelters who tried seeking asylum some of them this last week crossed the border illegally into the u.s., asked for asylum, and they told us they were returned to mexico without being able to explain their case they were just being returned. we also spoke to state and federal officials here in juarez, a guy who represents are the president here overlooking all these matters with the migrants who told us he does want better communication with u.s. immigration officials saying that sometimes the migrants had been returned to the mexican border without informing mexican immigration officials or officers, which
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would then leave them at a bridge at late hours of the night exposed. so they do want improved communication. when it comes to the resources you have on the mexican side of the border cities, they are limited. juarez, for example, we are being told has about 23 different shelters, plus a federal shelter. all of these are almost at capacity, so with the new influx of migrants they do expect these to fill up and they do want more resources. they are hoping these resources will come with the migrants being returned to mexico. shep >> thanks. the kentucky derby winner medina spirit died this morning. the trainer, bob baffert says the horse died of a heart attack the 3-year-old colt suddenly collapsed after finishing a workout this morning at santa anita park in california that's according to the medical director for the state's horse racing board after the kentucky derby in may, medina spirit tested positive for an anti-inflammatory medication is legal for horses
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to have in their system, but it's not legal to have on race day. at the time, bob baffert said that the drug was in his system because of a topical ointment. the kentucky horse racing commission has not charged the horse's owner, bob baffert, neither has it overturned medina spirit's win pending the further results of blood and european tests churchill downs suspended bob baffert for two years. they say the steroid camays urine testing shows that it came from a topical ointment, not an injection. medina spirit won five races a necropsy is set to further evaluate how he died. you've heard the warnings, busy year for shipping companies, better mail early mail your cards. how busy is busy we're going behind the scenes at fedex to find out. and imagine being fired over zoom with 899 of your co-workers
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large company video calls can be brutal, but the ceo of better.com may have set a new bar. last week he fired more than 900 people on one zoom call. happened on wednesday of last week ceo of the morgan startup better.com laid off about 9% of his staff. >> if you're on this call, you
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are part of the unlucky group. your employment here is terminated effective immediately. >> wow isn't that nice? the ceo cited issues with markets, efficiency, and performance, the diversity, equity and inclusion recruiting team were also among those fired. in response, the company's cfo said in a statement, having to conduct layoffs is gut wrenching, especially this type of year. but then on friday "fortune" reported the ceo accused some of the recently fired staff of stealing in a blog post he wrote at least 250 of the people terminated were working an average of two hours a day while clocking in eight hours plus a day they were stealing from you and stealing from our customers. this isn't the first time the ceo has publicly complained about staff. in november of last year, forbes obtained an email which he told employees, you're a bunch of dumb dolphins, dumb dolphins get caught in nets and eaton by sharks stop it. stop it.
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stop it. stop it right now, you are embarrassing me. nbc news has reached out to better.com for comment but we haven't heard back the holidays are the busiest time of year for shipping companies, and now fedex is warning this year will be the busiest ever the company estimates it will deliver 100 million packages this year, 100 million more than it did in the pre-pandemic period from black friday to christmas back in '19. it also forecasts an increase of 10% from last year's record season so what's a company doing to handle all of this shipping surge? cnbc's frank holland got an inside look at a facility in garden city, new york. >> reporter: today fedex will deliver 27 million packages, roughly double a regular day this could be the busiest day of the holiday shopping season. overall, e-commerce will grow by 13% in 2021 from the year before that's according to ship matrix.
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their data shows the number of packages exceeding the daily capacity available on all shipping networks, that's fedex, u.p.s., the post office, all of them will fall from over 7 million in 2020 to just over a million this year. year fedex's head of global e-commerce says omicron could boost online shopping, but early shopping and the increasing trend of ship from store has lessened the strain on fedex's network. >> some of the best retailers out there really leaning into their physical assets and their retail stores, they have deployed inventory in those stores and getting maximum leverage out of it is critically important. it also improves transit and lowers cost if a retailer leverages that localized inventory. >> shopping earlier and more people shopping in store, collectively is helping all the delivery companies. >> reporter: so far this holiday season strong on time performance from fedex at 96%, u.p.s. and the u.s. postal service at 99%
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anything over 95% is considered good, and the sign of an efficient network. this year residential delivery is the dominant form of delivery about 70% of all packages will go to someone's home and that's generally considered more time consuming and less profitable. shep. >> frank, thanks. in little rock one library is lending more than books the william f. lehman public library provides a catalog of things to be checked out, an air fryer, sewing machine, tire repair kit they got that and more. >> people are kind of peeping and saying is this real? do you all really have this? can i touch it >> it's stuff people might need or want but can't afford it's there for anybody to take home and use people from all over little rock bringing items that they think might be useful to the library anybody with a library card is welcome to come check out up to five items at a time for 14 days 60 seconds left on a race to the finish, the biden administration announcing a
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diplomatic boycott of next year's olympics in beijing the white house says it will not send any official representatives to the games in protest of china's human rights abuses. america's strictest vaccine mandate set to take effect later this month in new york city. the mayor announcing all private businesses must require their on site employees to be vaccinated. and president biden set to speak with the russian president vladimir putin tomorrow in a video call it comes as russia amasses troops along ukraine's border. and now you know the news of this monday, december the 6th, 2021 i'm shepard smith. follow us on instagram and twitter @thenews on cnbc, and listen to the news podcast on apple, spotify or your favorite podcast platform for all of us here thanks for trusting us see you back here tomorrow
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