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of the film. this cast was incredible to work with. coming to the set in the morning i felt like i was getting tossed the keys to a formula 1 race car. as long as i did not put the car in the wall, these actors were going to win the race. but a kind of, a good tug of war that we had on the set which was helpful for the film, was that sasha and jeremy strong, abby hoffman and andy rubin, they understood that it was their job to demonstrate that they had no respect for the proceeding at all to the judge, and they were going to do everything that they could do to bother the other side. in the meantime, i had to make sure because we are doing a courtroom drama that both sides cared if they won or lost. so we kept going back and forth on how much circus there could be in the film. but these guys have done a
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tremendous amount of research coming in. look, even before sasha got the part, he was -- >> aaron, i'm sorry, we are going to have to take that in to our offline discussion. we are out of time, and sasha, that's the only reason aaron sorkin got the last word, sasha baron cohen. >> you will be hearing from my publicist. i have had the last word. >> okay, sasha did get the last word. "the 11th hour" with brian williams starts now. >> welcome, day 44 of the president's administration, and the fight against a spread of the virus that has wiped out about 10 million jobs and half a million citizens is up against a full on assault from republicans in the u.s. senate. biden's nearly $2 trillion relief bill is being read allowed right now on the senate floor, that would be 628 pages
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of it to a mostly empty chamber being read by the clerk at the request of wisconsin republican senator and conspiracy theorist ron johnson, that made good on his threat to drag out the process of getting to final passage. it got under way after vice president harris broke the 50/50 tie on the vote to begin debate on the drill. marathon reading has been going on since 3:30 this afternoon, it is expected to end early tomorrow morning. senate democrats were unfazed but defiant. >> we are delighted that the senator from wisconsin wants to give the american people another opportunity to hear what's in the american rescue plan. let everyone listen. because it has overwhelming support. >> i wish ron johnson would use his time to explain to the trump voters that the election was not stolen and that millions people,
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you know, didn't vote for donald trump and instead, for joe biden. >> he will need to keep his caucus together to make this a reality. mitch mcconnell added another challenge, aside from calling the bill too expensive. he argued it's not needed. >> it's become a rite of passage for a president to begin with a poorly targeted spending spree that doesn't give americans what they need. we have laid the foundation for a roaring comeback, the biden administration inherited a tide that was turning. >> this morning we woke up to news that another 745,000 americans lost jobs last week alone, slightly higher than the previous week. the clock is ticking to get the bill to the president's desk. federal unemployment benefits run out in ten days. meanwhile, capitol polices want national guard troops to stay right where they are for a few months longer to help protect
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the congress. police officials waiting for approval from the pentagon on that. this comes after federal officials warned about intelligence indicating extremists might try to launch an attack today. just two moss after the insurrection, this was qanon inauguration day by the way. biden's homeland security chief said such threats are at the top of the department's agenda. >> we are watching the threat stream with respect to this particular day, and quite frankly we are vigilant every day as we must be when the threat is as acute as it is in the domestic violent extremism context. >> the house session was cancelled because of the most recent threat to the congress. there's a partisan divide about heightening security, and one of
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the objections is coming from the congressman who raised his fist to the people who over ran the capitol. >> it's the people's houses and should be open to the people and to say, maybe forever, we will have the massive guard presence and to have it fenced off from the public i think is the wrong choice. >> we should have them here as long as they are needed. we have to ensure with our security that we are safe enough to do our job. >> nbc news reporting tonight that retired u.s. army lieutenant general russell honoray, and the task force he has been heading up reviewing what went wrong on 1/6 will present their findings and recommendations to lawmakers on monday. biden white house now facing a new challenge as it ramps up the effort to reduce the number of coronavirus infections across
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our country. state governors are now taking various approaches to restrictions and mask mandates, even amid clear signs that the pandemic is noerp near over, they are all can doing it to stay on brand. today, alabama's republican governor kay ivy said she will keep the statewide mask mandate in affect for another month and drop it in april. in connecticut, governor ned lamot, announced on thursday his state will soon end capacity limits on a lot of business cat gerharts while keeping a statewide mask mandate in place. the decisions by the leaders of mississippi and texas to lift the mask mandates led biden to call the moves a mistake, and quote, neanderthal thinking. today, governor abbott on the -- >> the biden administration was
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spreading oh, individual in south texas yesterday because of their lack of conrestraint of testing and quarantining those that came across the border. >> there's also news and a another story we have been keeping an eye on, the "new york times" reporting that top aides to new york's governor andrew cuomo rewrote a report in summer of last year to hide the number of nursing home deaths due to the coronavirus. it's a lot and with that let's bring in our lead off guests on this thursday night, shannon petipiece, senior white house reporter, our eyes and ears on capitol hill, garrett hague and distinguished research fellow at the foreign policy research institute, our national security analyst happens to be the author
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of messing with the enemy, surviving in a social media world of hackers, terrorists, russians and fake news, garrett, because of your beat on the hill andwhat's doing on there, i would like to begin with you. also, this quote from phil bump at the washington post, while the senate reads the kren kroen relief bill, and to be specific, it's just a clerk to a mostly empty chamber, nearly 1400 americans may die from the virus. so, garrett, here's the question. any fear among republicans that they may be on the wrong side of this pandemic relief? >> well, republicans have been trying all week long to take the shine off the relief bill. i mean, half a dozen news conferences with republican lawmakers trying to convince the public that this bill is too big, it's unnecessary. that it would have been appropriate for march of 2020, but it's not necessary for march of 2021. and we will find out, brian, i
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mean the only republican lawmaker who seems to be in play to possibly vote for the bill is lisa murkowski, the senator from alaska that is up for election in 2022, and you have to look at it this way, you have a bill that has 60-70% popularity, they are going to pass it anyway with 50 votes and it's free money. you have a chance to vote for free money for your constituents when you are in cycle, that is usually a pretty easy yes. but, republicans are making a long-term bet that by the time they are up against for re-election, this pandemic will be long enough behind us that they will be perhaps something else to worry about, something else to run against. and i mean, the biden administration and democrats are laser focused on getting it done before they leave town, probably some time in the very early morning hours of saturday morning. >> shannon, indeed, same question to you in your reporting, have you dedetected any signs of weakening among republicans or are they all
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willing, perhaps save murkowski of alaska, are they all willing to go off a cliff for this? >> this seems to be a unifying moment for the republicans and something that they have needed to unify around because there has been this obviously you can call it a civil war, you can call this a divergence of opinions. but there's been this identity crisis going on in the republican party. so, this has given them something to rally around. and yes, politically it's a bizarre thing to rally around, it is weird to rally around opposing fundingfor vaccines, to oppose stimulus checks. it's widely popular and it has genuinely seemed to surprise people in the white house that republicans are so in lock-step opposed to this. they did seem to think that they could get one or two republicans if nothing else because of how popular this was. it has been a bit of a wake-up
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call how difficult it had been to get republican support for anything. if you cannot get republicans to join on and support stimulus and vaccine funding as they have a number of times in other covid relief bills how do you get them on criminal justice reform or immigration or something that really is a partisan issue you know, that's going to be the challenge for them going forward. they are continuing to hold these bipartisan meetings at the white house trying to, you know, continue having conversations, and you know, address these things down the road. but, so par, republicans are in lock-step against this, and we are at the polarized washington that joe biden had pledged to, you know, sort of disseminate, to create that unity. we are not seeing that yet. >> i have a follow-up question on that. we willwatts first, there's a clean kill on a story
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tonight that the feds are look engine to phone records, linkage, communication, between members of congress and the rioters whether witting or unwitting did they help with the planning and execution of this. duel question, clint, is the fbi likely to find all the coms that are out there and do you think that some lawmakers may have something to worry about? >> i think the answer is no on the first one, brian. they won't find everything. what they will be able to do is essentially batch up calls. essentially call records will be able to connect. and if there were congressmen or staff member of the congressmen were communicating with the rioters as they came in the capitol, they are going to have a big problem. that signal will be touched off. what they won't know is what is inside the communications but that leads to the second part. i think what you are addressing, which is, the fbi, they now have, i think at last count, 280 people they have already issued
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complaints or criminal complaints and indictments and another 300 open cases that means they have witnesses. so, you can take those call records, you can look where the signals were and you can start to ask questions of of those people that have been arrested. and as we have already seen with some of the people that have interviewed out in the open media, people that have been detained for their breaking in to the capitol, they are starting to talk. so, i imagine for the fbi agents that are leading the investigation, they have a lot more information now. they have a much better understanding of the threats and that's probably why you saw the joint dhs, fbi bulletin that came out yesterday about a potential attack that could have occurred today. >> garrett, help me understand something p if the member ins of the house and the senate were targeted on 1/6 and they were witnesses to 1/6 and it was their capitol, their chamber, our capital that was looted, why is there a debate over securing
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the capitol? is it like mask wearing? has it just you fallen along partisan lines? what is the other side of the debate? >> well, it's actually not partisan, brian, there's a pretty big, i think majority of lawmakers who don't like the national guard presence. who don't like seeing the capitol surrounded by eight foot, no scale fences topped by razor wire, they feel there's a less heavy handed way to keep the capitol secure, and allow them to do their jobs. for people that do not have a lot of access to the capitol, you could not have less access on it. usually it's open to the public so too are the parks. and lawmakers like having that access to their constituents and the constituents having that access to them. there's hopeful that there's a solution that might be a little less aggressive than having 5,000 people with automatic weapons guarding them every day. they are going to get a briefing on monday from lieutenant
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general russell honoway, who i have been doing my best to leak to me the copy of his final recommendations of what he would like to put in place at the capitol, we know he will want more police officers and some kind of more permanent fencing. some structural changes to the campus that i think a lot of lawmakers from both parties are going to resist. they want the open campus that has been a staple of the capitol hill community and part of d.c. for such a long time. >> good luck with him, i have known him for a lot of years and he is a lot of things, but leaker would not make the top of the list. let's go one deeper on bipartisanship, is the biden white house continuing to pursue bipartisanship? and forgive me if this sounds cynical, so, at least they can say we pursued bipartisanship, we invited you as many of you to our side as possible, we had
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some of you to the oval office? >> well, they have to pursue bipartisanship, if they want to get any legislation passed going forward. so, they are a able to get this bill through with 50 votes. with reconciliation and all the democrats held the line so that appears they are going to do that. going forward, anything else they want to do, they need ten republicans to join on to. so, infrastructure, criminal justices reform. immigration. you know, even just sort of the general business of the government. you know, even the minor stuff. they are going to need to get the 60 votes. so if they want to get anything done, they have to get bipartisanship, now, there's the alternate route that i know people are talking about. that's the filibuster, and do you get rid of it and then you don't need the extra votes. president biden has repeatedly said that he is philosophically
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opposed to that. after his decades in the senate, he is not open to it. even if he was, so then do they one have the 50 votes among just democrats to get rid of the filibuster? and then, if you don't have the filibuster, let's say they get rid of it? are there 50 democrats that can agree on immigration. are there 50 democrats that can agree on a minimum wage increase. are there 50 democrats that can agree, the answer is no, they don't have democrats united on a lot of the big complicated issues. so, i think that's where we get back to the bipartisanship and president biden just going to have to beat the drum. >> imagine, infrastructure, no running water in jackson, mississippi and texas a state of 30 million people, home state of garrett, just about fell apart after a winter storm was left cold and dark. clint, you get the last question and this is a follow-up for you. this is how out of politico, fbi
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arrested federico klein, marking the first known instance of an appointee of president donald trump facing criminal prosecution in connection with the attempt to block congress from certifying the election. the alleged presence of a trump political appointe -- do you think we will see more of this had? >> i think it's probably just the tip of the iceberg, brian, if you look at the context6th, y before, there were open rallies where you saw planning and resources of this. and the other part is the president himself on separate occasions the day before, he tweeted out, this is going to be wild. he indicated according to vanity fair the acting secretary of
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defense miller, you will need a lot of people tomorrow. he goes out in to the lawn and had what does he say? i'm going to walk to the capitol with you. it was a coordinated event. we have seen the president speak of it before, he will throw things out that are forecasting and foreshadowing what will happen in the future and when you look at the coordination of the stop the steal movement which was online for weeks in the lead up to this. this is how we knew it was going to be a significant issue, i think you are definitely going to see connections both in the white house, and with the president's supporters. some of whom that he probably just pardoned that were part of the rallies that happened the day before. >> three friends of the broadcast starting us off on a thursday night. our great thanks for being here. coming up what do you call a republican who refuses to wear a mask? well, long time conservative bill crystal who is standing by has a name for that. he will join us next.
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i will not keep the mask order in affect, we have been relaxing our restrictions throughout the ordeal, every chance we could. the demands that a mask mandate is a right thing to do. i respect those who object and believe that this was a step too far. the latest state to announce that it will lift the mask mandate, two days after texas
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and mississippi upped the pressure saying they are doing the same. meanwhile in florida, let's talk about this, trump ally, ron desantis is at the center of a vaccine scandal, this promises to get worse. the miami herald reporting today quotas florida's eldest struggle to sign up on to get their first dose of the vaccine, those 65 years and older in a wealthy gated enclave in the florida keys have been mid vaccinated by mid january. and it's home to many donors to the gop party, and in particular, governor ron desantis. we are getting the panel together. these days he is the host of the podcast, how to citizen and bill cystitial, author, writer,
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thinker, editor at large, great to have the gang back together, thank you both for coming on. this storier about florida, it feels to me that every time we have the discussion about equity, this kind of thing means we should just put a "just kidding" at the end of it, think of the bus driverfrom new york, who after working all his or her life lives in a single wide in florida because that was the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow that he got to retire in florida. think about what we know about black and brown communities. what we know about the so-called deadly trinity in black america. heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, if you have been paying attention over your adult life, we know who should get the shots first and it's not happening. >> no, it's not right. good to be here with you and
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bill. it continues to disappointment and interest it is in his own history, when he wanted the government to work inefficiently and ineffective for people to get unemployment. when there was a record run on the system, millions people were left out in the cold and left without resources and didn't want the government to work. and what you said about covid is absolutely true. it's poor communities and indigenous communities and black and brown communities. when ron desantis wants government to work, to show up effectively and efficiencily. it's only his people. the wealthy donors. >> bill crystal as you often do.
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i will ask you what you think, mask refusers appeal to liberty, even staunch libertarians know that checking the spread of disease is a legitimate government function. the hostility to masks isn't libertarian, it's mihalism. nothing matters and life is meaningless in nihalism. how do shining cities on hills embrace nihalism, what we are seeing right now. >> i wrote that, i was so struck that said republican governors are loosening up, they are abandoning the restrictions on restaurants and mask wearing. those are different things,
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opening up the restaurants and opening up schools. there's arguments for doing so. many have done so too quickly and irresponsibly and others more gradually. at some point we will open up and we want to open up. there's a cost to open up, it's a trade off of people's health and people's jobs and kids' education. and that's the debate we are having. what's the debate for mask wearing? there's nothing? it's a total public good. some lives are going to be saved. some hospitalizations will be prevented. the case against mask wearing is just, i don't want to do it. it's not libertarian that my freedoms are at stake, everyone understood that checking diseases we do certain things for the sake of public health and decent human beings do things on out of respect for trying to help out the community. and help out the neighbors.
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not in danger, the hostility for mask wearing is there own particular character, no different from the publicpolicy debates, about the schools or the restaurants or the businesses. and seeing the govern ers say no more mask wearing, when it's obvious we have the new strains the numbers are going up in ms. and texas. they west went up last week. we see the light at the end of the tunnel. let's hang on. it's a do it now. it's pure performance of nihalism, we don't want to do it and so, we are not going to do it. and these people's biggest backers have gotten vaccinated, so they don't care. the governor of mississippi did announce that she was going to remove the mask mandate in a month to be fair. and the governor of utah, said
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no, we need to hang on for a month or two and keep doing the right thing for public health. it's interesting, particularly irresponsible what was done. >> both of the kind gentlemen agreed to stick around after the break. and coming up, a healthy majority of americans are saying, show me,/us the money. that means really that every republican senator is prepared to return to their home states and explain why they didn't vote to send money to the folks back home. i don't know why we are showing ron johnson of wisconsin. (noise of fridge opening)
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♪ ♪ donald trump was president, they were willing to vote for total of over $3 trillion in aid, now that president biden is president and the economy is in the same pickle, generally speaking, they don't want to vote for a nickel. i wonder why. i wonder why. >> the guy has a point, there's a new poll out tonight, this is
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democrats and republicans all mixed together like that will ever happen in 2021, it finds 62% of american-s surveyed say they support the president's nearly $2 trillion covid relief package slowly working through the senate. still with us, our guests. bill, you go first this time after a dramatic reading, quote, as the election returns rolled in showing president trump winning strong support from blue collar voters and suffering in the suburbs, josh hawley, of missouri declared we are a working class party now, that's the future. but since then, republicans have offered little to advance the economic interests of blue collar workers. so, bill, how do you think the working class hero, he of stanford and yale lawschool,
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hawley is going to go home to missouri and explain why he voted no, not just on this, but on every single biden cabinet appointment. >> i would say that democrats and biden are the ones that want to cancel dr. seuss and every cancel card. they are going to get it through. and do the vaccine, there's going money -- they come back and politically, the question for me is, how does joe biden performs in the capitol, voting rights and immigration, he may get a second wind in a way that presidents often don't by let's say september.
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if the public health situation is improved dramatically, if the schools are reopening and the economy is doing well. he will take credit to for it, he will have done the person who did the vaccines and the person who showed through the economic recovery package. >> bill, nicely previewed the question i had planned to ask you, and that's about cancel culture. it's becoming a thing, a phrase, it's going to be a thing absent other issues of people not wanting to talk about it. during the next season, it gives jim jordan something to talk about. his troubles. it will be dr. seuss and then we will find out that he was not ever a doctor. where do you put all this, what is perspective on what we are living through. i have had a hard time, taking
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in the great sweep of the country's beautiful. ask all of the cultures of the african peoples who were brought here, no compensation, lost their language, their family ties of cancel culture. the most absurd thing i can see, is after january 6th when a vast majority of elected federal republican officials voted to cancel the results of the democratic election. what the good news is, they lost. the good news is joe biden on his inauguration day signaled what meant. enough of us have come together to move all of us forward. right now, that enough are the democrats in the usa. and i'm grateful to them. >> and that ladies and gentlemen
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vaccine, is not just proving popular, it's allowing is a states to rethink their distribution. so, back with us again tonight, dr. irwin redlin, a director of national center for disaster preparedness, doctor, you and i discussed that there was a huge failure on the government's part or j and j, the numbers were different from the other two. the control group, the sample, once and for all, is there a discernable difference between the three in their ability to keep you from getting sick or the icu, or the distinction that is numeric without a real world difference. >> good evening, brian.
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the punch line is, as the doctor said, get whatever vaccine you can get as quickly as you can get it, period. all three of them are effective in keeping people out of not just the hospital but the icu. they are totally capable seems to be effective in keeping people from dying. the monitor of the data collection was different from what j and j did. the ultimate reality of the difference is not meaningful to people. it's not as effective maybe in surpressing mild disease as the other two are, we don't know that entirely. they are equally effective, at the end of the day, this is what i said earlier, take whatever you can get and as quickly as you can get it. >> alas we have a complication
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today from the catholic church, some bishops are saying, the paritiomers should avoid the johnson & johnson vaccine because it's morally complicated vaccine. some cooler heads have prevailed and told people if you have the chance for the j and j, you are not making a moral decisions by getting it. i will not drag you in to religion, doctor, but how should we view this? >> so, brian, this is not the first religion that has gone against public health principals. we have evangelical churches throughout the pandemic and early on, that were still the allowing people to gather in large groups and often not being face protected. we have had orthodox jewish congregations, defying vaccines in general and gathering in large crowds for religious purposes and funerals and
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weddings and now, and whatever, and now we have the catholic church with this particular message. i cannot stress strongly enough, how important it is for church officials and trusted officials in the church, if not the bishops, and others to say, listen, we are dealing with a deadly pandemic. you are going to die. and if you can get the johnson & johnson vaccine, you have got to take it. even if the message comes from the pulpit, it does, we are trying to squelch a serious public health crisis, and whatever it takes, it needs to be done. but what we don't need now, are sort of, religious principals from any religion impeding what we need to do to keep our nation safe and healthy, brian. >> hear, hear, a friend of mine texted me, and said, i have yet to meet anyone with a common cold over the past year or the
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flu, that may be evidenced that masks work and yet, listen to these governors, texas the, mississippi, and now, alabama. texas is home to what? five different variants. i am guessing these governors did not check with the likes of dr. irwin re can dlin before lifting mask requirements right with the end zone in sight. >> yeah, i checked my messages, brian, and from nothing from greg abbott. here's the reality on july 2nd, it's proposed and got a mandate to, for everyone must wear masks. on that day, there were about 7200 new cases of the covid-19. of course, he imposed the mandate. on the day that he talked about lifting the mandate, exactly the same number of cases appeared around 7200. so, there's no rhyme or reason,
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there's some political issue, maybe it's a response to maybe he wants to change the conversation after really failing the state with response to the crisis with the weather and the freezing and loss of heat last week. but whatever it was, it certainly, in my mind, unless it's absolute ignorance, a level of political calculus, which is a same, one of the things that donald trump did very effectively, he erased what used to be a hard line, between poll -- between politics and public health. we had the assumption that every human being on the planet and in united states, from whatever political stripe or path they came from, they wanted us to be safe and not to die from a pandemic. so, this whole idea of crossing that boundary, and mixing politics and public health, is kind of crazy, and outrageous, one of the things that biden needs to do now is get this
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cleared up. that is how he re-establishes the credibility of the federal government and the messages about being safe in a pandemic, brian. >> i can almost see heads nodding and hear people agree with you, as they watch and listen to your comments across the country. dr. irwin redlin, thank you for coming on and taking our questions, coming up, our government, our president trying to get money to the deserving people who need it, sadly other people are getting it too. you need to see this next story, it's important. right after this.
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staggered. in colorado, officials disclose they have seen more fraudulent claims than legitimate ones. a audit found that 70% of money was missspent through the first half of the year alone. they refuse to say how much they lost. it's prompted the justice department to launch a 50 state task force and the labor department inspector general is currently investigating, saying at least $63 billion may have been stolen. experts say the real amount could soar well above $100 billion. bigger than the bernie madoff scandal. >> with the pandemic, unemployment assistance program allows you on to basically take any identity and you can get
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you have probably heard that mentioned, i don't know how many times. since the president used the term neanderthal comments? >> yeah, first of course, joe, it's not the type of word a president should be using. ? let's begin right there with the last thing before we go tonight.
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please note the governor of texas said neanderthal is not a word that the president should be using, it's gaslighting and he was also a complaint trumper, is the same thing that cost most elected republicans their dignity. they were so scared that a president who did truly say mean things often on a daily ing to about them. donald trump never called anyone a neanderthal, it's true, but he made it up in other ways. >> we are being led by stupid people, folks. president biden is the founder of isis. lying ted, and little will marco. low energy jeb. crazy bernie. as kazy as a bed bug. sloppy steve, crying chuck.
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crazy nancy. a bunch of losers. the top of the fbi was scum, comey choked like a dog. little pencil neck adam schiff. alfred e newman. there was some guy running mcmuffin. >> just something to roll around in your mind the next time the governor of texas calls out the president for using the word neanderthal and think of this, most texans would have gladly chosen to live by gas light when the statewide power grid quit and the people of texas was denied the basic necessities of life in a winter storm. that is the broadcast for this thursday night with our thanks for being here with us, on behalf of my colleagues here at the networks of nbc news, goodnight. happy to have you re


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