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>> tributes now pouring in as we remember the life and legacy of congressman john lewis. welcome to america's news headquarters, i'm alicia acuna on this somber day. hi, leland. leland: washington will not be the same without john lewis in the halls of congress behind me. the flag atop the capitol at half staff. he's also been called the conscience of congress. steve harrigan live in the city that congressman lewis represented for so many years and a look back at his legacy. hi, steve. >> leland the president ordered
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all flags lowered from half staff. this was on twitter, representative john lewis was icon of the civil rights movement and will never be forgotten. we hold his family in our prayers and remember his contribution to our country. lewis died friday at 80 after a tough fight with pancreatic cancer. he spent over 30 years in congress, but known as a civil rights icon. his parents were share croppers, inspired at an early age by reverend martin luther king and wrote to eventually studying at a seminary in nashville. he began taking part at sit-ins in lunch counters, in 1961 one of the first freedom riders, trying to integrate buses throughout the south. 1963, the youngest speaker at dr. king's march on washington. he's best known for bloody
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sunday. selma, alabama for voting votes, while crossing the bridge they were attacked by police and volunteers as well. the violence shocked the nation that day. he was clubbed over the head and that video footage which shocked the nation and led to the votes rights act and changing history that year. here is friend and colleague representative jim cliburn. >> the country lost a friend last night, lost icon, and i lost a personal friend. we're going to miss john lewis, but john lewis will be forever in our hearts, in our mind and yes, in our souls.
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i believe that the sunset on john lewis' life as a movement that will never die. >> president jimmy carter posting the following, everything he did, he did in the spirit of love. all americans regardless of race or religion owe john lewis a debt of gratitude. years after year, he put his body on the line. beaten in prison 44 times and throughout that he endured all with a spirit of nonviolence, back to you. leland: a spirit of nonviolence and dedication to the cause you just discussed. steve harrigan in atlanta. we'll continue to watch there. here to discuss that, one of his colleagues, congressman
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hill. can you start with your thoughts and memories on this saturday? >> well, they're deep. james cliburn hit it well. he'll always be remembered in the house. he was a good friend and i was so gratified i was able to cross that bridge on the 50th anniversary in 2015, a touching moment and one i'll take the rest of my life as one of my treasured memories in politics. >> and the two of you did work on legislation together to expand iconic civil rights fight in your state. can you tell bus that? >> john was inspired by the little rock nine back in 1957. it was a frightening time. the national guard was called out and activated by president eisenhower to integrate central
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high. john told me on a emotional time, that he was inspired by the little rock nine for him to be an activist and icon less than 10 years later. we included the houses that front central high and it will be a lasting memory to his bipartisan work in the house. >> and president obama said that he was inspired by the work of congressman lewis and said that this probably-- it was part of the groundwork that was laid for him to eventually sit in the white house and as you know, in 1963, congressman lewis was the youngest keynote speaker at that march on washington. then he was the last living keynote speaker to actually see the election of the first african-american president and right before the inauguration in 2009. we'll put this up. he wrote, when we were
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organizing voter registration drives, going on the freedom rides, going to washington, getting arrested, going to jail, being beaten, i never thought, never dreamed of the possibility that an african-american would one day be elected president of the united states. again, he wrote that in 2009 right before the inauguration. what are your thoughts on that. did he ever talk about the importance and significance of him seeing president obama elected? >> well, it was a terrific milestone. think of the long path forward towards that more perfect union and back in the 1960's, when john was being beaten and attacked by dogs and sprayed with fire hosts, there's no way he could see our country coming together and electing an african-american as our president, so for him, that was a crowning achievement. but the work's not done. that was a crowning achievement in the march on civil rights, but we still fight to make sure there's equal justice under the
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law and john fought until his last breath yesterday for equal justice under the law and he did that with a spirit, as james cliburn said, warmth and nonviolent and love as he reached out across the aisle and all across the country. >> nonviolent, that really is the key here to his legacy in his fight for civil rights, he was also nonviolent. i want to put up one more quote he said, i think it's an interesting reflection on what's going on today. this is what he said on that speech on the mall back in 1963. he said we are tired, we're tired of being beaten by policemen. we're tired of seeing our people locked up in jail over and over again and then you holler be patient. how long can we be patient? we want our freedom and we want it now. again as he said that, he remained a nonviolent activist. your final thoughts? >> my final thoughts is the house a poorer place without john lewis' beautiful voice and
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his beautiful message, that brought our house together and so we'll miss john lewis, but he lives on with the leadership he delivered in the 1960's, his three decades in congress and now the u.s.s. john lewis will sail the seas as a new class of naval vessel and we'll be talking about john lewis for many decades to come. >> absolutely, congressman hill. thank you. >> thank you, alicia. >> leland. leland: as you pointed out in your interview with french hill, not only did john lewis maintain his feelings about nonviolence and he never became bitter through the beatings and 40 arrest ins six years. when he came to congress, he continued to always talked about the greatness that america could be. the same kind of words that martin luther king, jr. used on
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the lincoln memorial steps when he talked about the declaration and congressman lewis' comments back then had the same idea of wrapping themselves in the declaration in 1776. we'll continue to remember john lewis throughout the show. >> absolutely. >> the fight over new mask requirements has led to a showdown between the governor and one mayor. this as coronavirus cases set another record this week. hospitalizations in some states are rising as well. aishah hasnie joining us. >> hi, leland. it appears that the legal battle is less about whether the mask is a good idea or not and whether or not it's legal to require you and me and everyone in georgia to wear a mask out in public. georgia governor kemp suing atlanta's mayor and city council for enforcing wearing a
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mask in public. the lawsuit arguments this is unenforceable and that mayor keisha lance bottoms has overstepped her authority and must go with the governor's order. as the mayor has covid and 3,000 died. here is the thoughts on this masked debate. >> no, i don't agree with the statement if everybody wears a mask, everything disappears. dr. fauci said don't wear a mask. and as you know, masks cause problems, too. with all of that said, i'm a believer in masks. >> you can watch at that tomorrow at 2:00 with chris wallace. the most battered states continue to be across the sun belt. more than 77,000 new cases, in
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texas, 300,000 for total number cases with record highs and new deaths and total hospitalizations. texas allowing public schools to stay close at the beginning of the school year. most of california's six million students may not be going back in the fall as there are strict guidelines. 32 of the 58 counties are on a monitoring list for rising infections as the state saw more than 9,000 new cases on friday and 18% of the new cases are in florida. new cases and new deaths did drop slightly on friday although we've seen the ebb and flow all month long. hopeful news on a vaccine. everyone wonders what is going to happen. the first vaccine tested in the united states did respond the way that scientists and researchers hoped.
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so we're hopeful that if might be likely to be sent to final testing. leland: three vaccine and testing. there are calls for a statewide mandate there as well. joining us now republican, osbiing governor kevin stitt who is isolating himself at home after testing positive for covid-19. governor, how are you feeling? >> thanks for having me on, leland. i'm feeling good, like a lot of oklahomans asymptomatic. i've been 100% ever since. leland: is having the virus changing your feelings about it how you're managing your state the past few months? >> now, i don't think so. from the very beginning, i told oklahomans, the reason we
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issued 30 sec expensi-- executive orders, making sure we had ppe for the health care. oklahomans have done that. in oklahoma we've been fully reopened. we started our reopening plan 86 days ago, so we've got this plateau, between 600 to 1,000 cases a day, but here is what's expect. our hospital capacity, we have 550 people in the hospital. that's actually down ouver the last few days, we're in really good shape there. we're taking this seriously as a state and also, we're not living in fear and life is getting back to normal in oklahoma. leland: we're getting a
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picture of businesses that reopened in your state. the unemployment rate from 12.6%. is that proof that your plan and how you reopened and managing things is a better path than other states where the unemployment rate is still in the double digits? >> you know, i believe so. i mean, like you said, we're 6.6%. you look at new york, they're 16%, something like that. the thing i'd ask other governors who have not reopened, they're still bunkering in place, when is the right time to reopen? do they think if they reopen in september, october, november, that the coronavirus will not be in their state? it's in the united states, it's in oklahoma, we have to take a seriously. oklahomans have been doing that, we've been very innovative. like i said, we set up a thing at the very beginning for-- >> perhaps, sir, if the
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governor can get the coronavirus, anybody can get the coronavirus. the city council voted to approve a mask requirement ordinance that would take effect immediately. there is a call for statewide mandates, you said we're not at that point yet. i'm wondering if you have a disagreement between oklahoma city council and like between the governor of atlanta. >> i'm not going to do a mask mandate statewide. we have some counties that have zero counties. we're not going to have a one size fits all for the state, but we haven't been heavy handed with our local mayors and municipalities. they can be more restrictive than the state. that's up to the citizen toz-- citizens to you can at that to their mayors, both sides of the aisle on that. i'm not going to mandate something unenforceable. what are we going to do put people in jail because they
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don't wear mask? we can't go down that road. one thing you can't mandate in oklahoma the way the schools are set up. you can't as governor mandate schools to reopen. you can close them effectively, but you can't mandate for them to open because schools are separately elected officials there. i'm wondering how you're looking at schools and the university of oklahoma. whether or not the sooners are going to be playing football come fall. >> we certainly hope so. we hope that we've got football in the fall, oklahoma state, university of oklahoma will be playing, but you know, we want our kids back in school in the fall. again, oklahoma has been open for the last 86 days. i've been going to sporting events for my children. we've been fully reopened in your state and we haven't seen the spike in hospitalizations that some of the epidemiologists predicted. remember, they predicted we'd have 5,000 people in the
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hospital back in april and today we have 550 and we're 86 days into our reopening. so we want to reopen schools. i just used $30 million to kind of bridge the gap yesterday in case kids are working from home, have the technology needs and we set up different grant programs for underprivileged schools to help with the technology. leland: the learning gap between the underfunded schools and less privileged kids versus those who can afford the technology is certainly going to widen more so this fall. governor, appreciate your time, good to see you, sir, we wish you good health and a speedy recovery. >> thanks, leland, thanks for having me on. leland: all the best. >> two fbi agents were shot and founded friday at an apartment complex in a suburban in phoenix, arizona while executing an arrest warrant for suspected serial bank robber who was found dead at the
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scene. both agents sustained non-life threatening injuries though one agent was taken for treatment. an investigation is currently underway. leland: new comments from the president about the protests and the riots and violence in portland, oregon. what he wants federal police officers to do. hey, can i... hold on one second... sure. okay... okay! safe drivers save 40%!!! guys! guys! check it out. safe drivers save 40%!!! safe drivers save 40%! safe drivers save 40%!!! that's safe drivers save 40%. it is, that's safe drivers save 40%. - he's right there. - it's him! he's here. he's right here. - hi! - hi. hey! - that's totally him. - it's him! that's totally the guy. safe drivers do save 40%. click or call for a quote today.
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>> welcome back, president trump is now pointing the finger at democrats for causing chaos and violence. protests continue in cities across the country, david spunt is at the white house on the lawn. >> good afternoon, a lot of news from the white house. president trump put out a proclamation about congressman john lewis about an hour ago, ordering flags at u.s. properties, really across the globe, to rest at half staff in honor of him. we have not heard a tweet or anything very personal from the president about congressman lewis. vice-president mike pence put out a statement calling lewis icon of the civil rights era. >> president trump and john lewis did not agree on much, but they agreed on peaceful protests, nonviolent protests you mentioned in your last segments, john lewis being
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someone who got the message across in a nonviolent way. that's what president trump wants to see. in his interview with chris wallace he talks about cities that he sees and he pushes the narrative that the law and order president is something that he will bring to the american people. he blames democrats for the chaos seen in some of the largest and smallest cities in america, you see portland, oregon. the unrest began about seven weeks ago. as it continues, he's shifting blame on his opponent, joe biden. you see chris wallace, they did the interview and it's going to air tomorrow. they talk about the violence plaguing our nation. >> you've seen death up in new york, up in chicago, shootings. how do you explain it and are you going to do about it? >> i explain it simply by saying they're democrat run cities. they're liberally run, they're stupidly run.
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liberal democrats have been running cities in this country for decades. >> poorly. >> why is it so bad? >> they've run is poorly and now it's out of control because they wanted to defund the police and biden wants to defund the police. >> sir, he does not. >> he signed a charter with bernie sanders. >> it says nothing about defunding. >> it says abolish, let's go, get me the charter, please. >> chris wallace and the president continued to talk. that's portland, oregon where federal troops and authorities are still in the city. and the local authorities want him to leave. to be clear about former vice-president joe biden who wants to move into the white house on january, he says he does not want to completely defund the police although he suggested maybe moving certain funds around in the police department to other parts of policing, focusing on mental health and he he does not want
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to completely defund the police even though the president wants to push that narrative. leland: and they were talking about joe biden's comments yesterday. the full interview with chris wallace tomorrow here on fox. thank you. alicia: more on president trump's reelection strategy. let's bring in g.o.p. strategist and founder and co-chairman of great america pack, eric, thank you so much for joining us today. >> thank you. alicia: before we get into the polls and the campaign and that, as you know today we're reflecting on the life of congressman john lewis, a civil rights icon and i'm going to you about this because i'm wondering if you feel that this might be a moment for president trump, a time when the nation is pausing just for a minute, to reflect on this man's life. is this a time when the president could take a minute and calm the nation? >> well, i think he will do that and you know, the reality is, john lewis is a legend, was
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a legend and you know, i had the privilege of meeting him once and i will tell you, you have no choice, but to be inspired by his presence and what he represents. so i think the president's going to talk about how john lewis, begin you ever asked about him, how he did it the right way. how he made change in a nonviolent manner and i think the president will echo those statements. alicia: the president issued a mandate for flags across the globe to be put at half staff. and we expect to hear from him on this. let's get to the numbers. so, let's take a look first at the quinnipiac poll that just came out recently, if the election for president held today, joe biden leads 52-37%. you have written that the president's campaign has been adrift for months. what are your thoughts on this? >> first of all, he can't play
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tolize and i think that the democrats have given the president a golden opportunity. and when you talk about defunding the police like bill deblasio is doing in new york, joe biden is going to be forced to take a position and forceled to say, hey, do we want to live in a society where we're defunding the police? if i were advising the president, i would tell him to campaign on one issue, going back to school. he could turn this around. >> and there have been questions whether so many of the polls are true. and 538, specifically on the
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quinnipiac poll, while it's well documented that biden is ahead of trump in the polls could the democrat really be up 15 points? no other poll has given biden a lead like that. as we've warned you in the past, don't overreact to an outlying poll, even with a polling error there are thee and a half months left for the polling to change. there's been a lot of talk about the secret trump voters. how broad do you think that is, the secret trump voter? >> look the silent majority has been bullied for the last five or six months. the left, they know that joe biden is a trojan horse and at some point he needs to take a position as a leader. he's not a leader of the democratic party. trump there are single issues
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that didn't arise in 2016, but they are today. and the riots in the cities and chop, and joe biden will be forced to take a stand on that. if president talks about getting kids back to school and joe biden has no other choice, but the teachers unions. i'm not going to dispute the polls out there, what i will say is with over 100 days you know the trump coalition is going to rebound from what i believe is bullying over the last three, four months. alicia: well, we have a few lifetimes in politics to go. eric, thank you. talk to you soon. >> thank you. leland: a look towards the capitol where the flag is flying at half staff in honor of congressman john lewis who died last night. we're going to look at the
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legacy of nonviolence that he leaves behind when we come back. i don't keep track of regrets and i don't add up the years,
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>> words are pouring in from world leaders for icon john lewis who served in congress more than three decades. mark meredith takes a look back at the life and legacy of the civil rights pioneer, hi, mark. >> as you mentioned john lewis spent more than three decades in congress. he had a chance to champion a lot of issues whether it be education, health care, and of course civil rights. he was elected to the house of representatives for the first time back in 1986 representing georgia's 5th congressional district encompassing atlanta. he really represented americans nationwide and struggled for equality and lewis and he was known as the conscience of congress. >> he spent a lifetime learning how to chisel into clarity exactly the message he wanted
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to deliver and because he did it with he will againeloquence e paid attention. leland: he constantly called for peace over violence, opposing the iraq wars in the '90s and early 2000's. he boycotted president bush's inauguration feeling he didn't win fairly. he did the same for trump in 2017. and friend of lewis said he could always be counted on to stand his ground. you always knew exactly how he was going to vote. that does not mean you'd always be comfortable with his vote, but you knew how he would vote because you knew john lewis. >> the congressman was among those who voted to impeach president trump last year. lewis spoke on the house floor in november explaining why he felt congress had to take such
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drastic action. >> when you see something that is not right, not just, not fair, you have a moral obligation to say something, to do something. >> lewis never shied away from controversy. he led to lead on the house floor as they were trying to get lawmakers to address gun violence. alicia, so many tributes coming in from around the country. alicia: mark meredith, thank you so much. we'll continue to watch as the tributes continue to come in for congressman john lewis. and nathan johnson and california state senator and senate minority leader join me now. we're going to switch gears a little bit and we're going to take a look at the covid crisis and how things are going. gentlemen, thank you for joining us on a saturday. >> thank you, alicia.
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a slight correction, minority chip not minority leader. alicia: thank you. >> all good. >> i want to start, senator johnson, what's the state of covid-19 and the fight there in your state. >> the numbers are bad, we're at highs. and the only good news, people are finally starting to understand we have a crisis and people are concerned about their health and also about the economy, they're worried there will be another statewide shutdown. our governor said we do not have a looming shutdown. that doesn't mean one wouldn't happen. we've had a shutdown like everybody else, i don't think we can do it again. the reason, it's so economically damaging to us. texas relies heavily on sales tax, we get 60% of revenues on sales tax, they dropped 50% in may.
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that's money we use to take care of people. secondly we've lost almost 2 million jobs in texas when they lose jobs, they lose health insurance. when they lose health insurance, that puts us down except we're already 50. and whose fault is it, finger pointing, did we open too soon? that's not our job, our job is to keep this contagion down. alicia: the finger pointing isn't helpful. senator, i'm in denver right now, and you and i are in the same city if you're sitting in denver. >> i am. alicia: can you give us an explanation how do you think that things are going in denver? governor polis just issued a mask mandate and there's a rural area that says they're not going to enforce it. what are your thoughts? >> so, the peak of the coronavirus in colorado game
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three months ago, april 25th. in the trough, the lowest part about the same the protests were beginning to bubble up. and they didn't apply the same restrictions to the protests as society and we start today come out that about that time. wh when we started we didn't know what the coronavirus was going to be about. the governor did the best with what he had. we have a little more information now and we need to be circumspect about the policies. the governor had, what i describe, as a failure. here in colorado, we've got a large population along the front range, denver, colorado springs. we're a rural state. 64 counties, 21 of which have reported less than 20 covid cases, but at the same time, the policies of the urban core of denver are being applied to those counties out in the rural
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that are reporting a very different circumstance and that's a mistake. that's a failure. the second failure, where we're not quite getting it right is this ham-handed micromanagement of business guy government. you may serve people this way and you may do this and that. masks won't kill businesses, but government micromanagement of business might in fact kill businesses. the third potential failure and this is where the big risk is, if we have another shutdown, those businesses we were just talking about, they are not going to be able to hang on. they're not going to be able to survive. so that brings us to the question of masks. and alicia, you brought up the fact we have a mask mandate in colorado. the reality many people see masks as dehumanizing. the governor believes in them. my request, if the governor believes in the masks, then let's not shut down again and restrict people's movements further. alicia: with all due respect
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there are doctors who also believe in the effectiveness of masks. unfortunately, gentlemen, i'd like to continue this conversation, but we've run out of time. thank you both. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> we're following the coronavirus pandemic and how each state is working on its spread. we'll talk to lawmaker after the break. we're always here to help with fast response and great service and it doesn't stop there we're also here to help look ahead that's why we're helping members catch up by spreading any missed usaa insurance payments over the next twelve months so you can keep more cash in your pockets for when it matters most and that's just one of the many ways we're here to help the military community find out more at
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>> some were left bloody right here on this bridge. 17 of us were hospitalized that day. but we never became bitter or hostile. we kept believing that the truths we stood for would help. leland: the son of sharecroppers who survived a number of brutal beatings by police including bun during that landmark 1965 march in selma, alabama.
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john lewis passed away last night at age of 80. the congressman had been battling pancreatic cancer, and honoring his legacy today as well they should. with that we bring in congress woman elinore holmes norton. america lost a patriot and you lost a friend. appreciate you being here, ma'am. where did he get the strength to have been beaten and arrested and never become bitter? >> i can tell you because we were on a committee together, that john was a believer in leadership by example. in a real sense, john lewis was the most important disciple of martin luther king, jr. except that as a leader of the youth
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movement he took it to an even higher level. snick went into the parts of the south that were most resistant. in order to do that, you needed leadership that was ready to die and i am here to tell you that that is the kind of leadership john lewis had and i think the kind of leadership one would have had been young to have exited and i also worked with the march on washington and saw him always will to break barriers and, yes, to have his own broken if necessary. leland: but at the same time, ma'am, he was also willing to stand up for things that he didn't think were right within the movement. when the black power movement came to rise in the late 1960's, he decided not to be a part of it. when farrakhan came to
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washington, he said i don't want to be a part of that either. there was a moral compass that was preternatural. >> it came from his principle. he believed in equality for all. you can't believe in equality for all and be with farrakhan. he was principled. he was always open to and in the congress where he and i were the only members of snick to be elected to congress, he brought what he had used in the movement, a sense of reconciliation with the other side whenever possible. leland: this brings up an important point i made some notes as we were getting ready to talk, which is that congressman lewis' passing, as he noted when he was there at mld memorial dedication on the washington mall with you and others, that this is the last after era. that, you know, he was the last one of that core group, the core disciples of martin luther
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king to now pass. who carries on that legacy? and what are the most important things of that legacy to remember? >> we have just seen three icons, john lewis, and others, and passing on. and with a generation of new leaders that the fight goes on, with different ways and different issues, issues we could not have imagined and would not have been at our forefront. what we wanted was three great civil rights bills that we achieved. what they want is total and complete equality in the united states of america. leland: congresswoman, we appreciate your time in helping us remember congressman lewis. your friend, the tributes and new orleans will continue over the next couple of weeks and
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we'll turn back to you, ma'am. thank you. >> thank you. leland: now we look to minneapolis where there is a rise in violence in this minneapolis park. the park police have issued a stern warning. mike tobin taking a look around there and how it relates to george floyd's protests when we come back. you doing okay?
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>> minneapolis neighborhood that pledged not to call the police in the wake of george floyd's death is dealing with a growing homeless encampment. and they've been told they need to be out by monday. >> hi, minneapolis developed its own version of the autonomous zone, less about protests and more about necessity. during the george floyd riots, the buildings where the population stayed were damaged in the riots. they came here to powder horn park. this encampment grew out of control, upward of 400 tents, upward of 600 people. and yesterday park police advised the squatters they need to be out by monday. and absent policing, fights
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broke out and were shot. they don't know where they'll go, but glad they'll get out of here. >> there are still kids in the park and gunfire, and so, it's not -- this is not far from the projects. >> it's been a rough side, ups and downs when i hear bullets flying by my tent and you know, they could rip right through there. >> a lot of the neighbors around powder horn park are sympathetic how tough things are for the homeless population, but the parks became dangerous and they didn't want the involvement of the police. and they have mixed feelings about it. alicia: thanks, mike tobin. leland: we look back at the life and legacy of civil rights champion activist and congressman john lewis. those who served with him in congress tell us their memories when we come back. d.
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leland: congressman john lewis, an icon in congress and in so many other parts of the american history, died overnight. take the next hour or so to remember him. welcome to "america's news headquarters" from washington, i'm leland vittert. alicia: and i'm alicia acuna in denver. tributes from folks on all sides to have political spectrum. steve harrigan has more on the
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congressman's life and legacy. hi, steve. >> reporter: john lewis died at age 80 after a seven month battle from pancreatic cancer. he spent 33 years in the house and was an international civil rights icon. born in rural alabama 80 years ago, his parents were sharecroppers working for a white man's farm. he was the third of ten children. early he was inspired by martin luther king, wrote for the civil rights leader for further inspiration, and his activism started early in nashville. he tried to integrate lunch counters that were all white several times. 1961 he tried to integrate interstate busing in the south, at one point beaten unconscious outside a montgomery bus station, left in a pool of blood. 1963, took part in the march on washington with martin luther king, he was the youngest speaker there but, of course, he's best known for his 1965 leading of the bloody sunday march, peaceful protesters
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trying to march from selma to montgomery. they were beaten by several hundred state troopers. lewis had his skull fractured, beaten again when trying to get up. the tv footage of that event led to the passing of the voting rights act in 1965. here's lewis' colleague, representative steve scalise. >> what a loss and what a giant. john lewis would get up to speak, he wasn't somebody who would always go to speak, but when he did, everybody would stop just because you knew the magnitude of his voice and the legacy that he carried along with his voice. >> reporter: president clinton issued the following statement: john lewis gave all he had to redeem america's unmet promise of equality and justice for all and to create a place for us to build a more perfect union together. in so doing, he became the conscience of the nation. lewis put his body on the line for civil rights year after year and despite the repeated beatings, repeated imprisonment,
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he never deviated from his course of nonviolence. alicia, back to you. alicia: steve harrigan on the life and legacy of congressman john lewis. thanks, steve. and, leland, congressman lewis talked about his cause as a struggle of a lifetime and also encouraged those who followed him to not be afraid to make some noise to get into what he called getting into good trouble, necessary trouble. leland: and as he pointed out in his speech back at that same bridge where he had been beaten, how important it was to never become bitter through this fight and through trying to form a more perfect union. and in his words, back from his 1963 speech, trying to experience the fullness and the greatness of the 1776 revolution. so we're going to bring in congressman francis rooney of the house foreign affairs committee, colleague of john lewis for the past few years up on capitol hill. i know you and john lewis didn't always see eye to eye, sir, but
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what is remarkable to me how universally across bipartisan lines now everybody is remembering john lewis as a man not only they could talk to, but when he talked, they respected it. why? >> well, because i think there's a great basis of support and respect for congressman lewis for all that he did for civil rights and for our country. when you think about the courage, kind of like the reverend dr. martin luther king, the courage that they exhibited in taking on the civil rights problem and still doing it in a nonviolent manner. the example they leave for all of us is really overwhelming. we'll all miss him greatly. leland: when you were with him for even a couple of minutes as i had the privilege of a couple times, i know you had longer experiences, you felt like you were speaking to a man that was a giant among men. where did that come from? was it his faith? was it his family? what was the -- where did that steel backbone come from?
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>> well, i'm sure his faith played a great part in it. faith plays a great part in all great leaders like congressman lewis. but also his personal commitment to do all he could do to solve the civil rights problem, the inequality problem, racism that has plagued our country for so long, and he did a fantastic thing. and when i think of the difficulties that he survived in driving the cause of civil rights, it inspires me to be a better person. leland: better person. what of his lessons, teachings, legacy would be wise for congressmen to take advisedly to make you all better leaders and law makers there? >> well, i personally think just like the reverend dr. martin luther king, he showed that he's willing to put himself and his personal aggrandizement behind to do the right thing for a cause. i think we could use a little more of that in the government
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right now. leland: we had one of your colleagues on who was with him there in '63 in some of the marcheses throughout the south who said that he was literally willing to lead with his body and put it on the line so many different times, the beatings that he endured and the imprisonments that he endured. i'm wondering in the past couple of years we've heard from the vice president just in the last couple of minutes who's talked about going down to alabama, back to the bridge with congressman lewis. give us your favorite congressman lewis memory. >> well, i remember him speaking on the house floor many times, and he spoke, as you referred to, leland, with a great gravitas and commitment that made you have to stand up and listen to him. and the first time i met him, i thought this is a real giant among our time. leland: what, if you could pick anything to bring on from john lewis' memory and a lesson perhaps that we all need in a time of equal division in
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america as what we saw in the 1960s, what is it? >> well, i think that we need to rededicate ourselves to bring our country together, to put these past problems of ini wallty -- inequality and racism behind us, to advance as one nation, under god, as we profess to be. and i think that congressman lewis was a, the vanguard of that, and his lessons should inspire us to try to unify the country again. leland: he said to stay in the streets until the revolution of 1776 is complete. congressman francis rooney of florida, appreciate you joining us, sir. good memories and excellent perspective. >> thank you, leland. leland: all the best. ♪ alicia: coronavirus cases are surging across the country with at least a dozen states seeing a rise in hospitalizations and deaths. this as pressure mounts to reopen schools for in-person classes this fall.
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aishah hasnie is in new york with more details. >> reporter: hi there. and now there is a legal battle over masks happening in georgia right now. the governor says he supports wearing a mask, but cities should not be able to require residents to have to wear a mask in public, and that is why he is now suing atlanta's mayor and the city council, therefore, forcing residents to wear masks in public. the lawsuit argues that mayor keisha lance bottoms must defer to the governor's executive order. this is happening as the mayor herself has covid, and more than 3,000 georgians have died from the virus. here's what president trump thinks about this whole mask debate. listen. >> would you consider, will you consider a national mandate that people need to wear masks? >> no. i want people to have a certain freedom, and i don't believe in that, no. and i don't agree with the statement that if everybody
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would wear a mask, everything disappears. with that being said, i'm a believer in masks. i think masks are good. >> reporter: you can watch that entire exclusive interview with the president on "fox news sunday" with chris wallace tomorrow at 2:00. the most battered states, as you said, alicia, continues to be across the sun belt as the u.s. hits the record for most new cases in a single day, more than 77,000 new infections reported on friday. nearly 20% of those new cases are in texas. the state has crossed the 300,000 mark for total cases with record highs now in new deaths and total hospitalizations. texas allowing public schools there to stay closed at the start of the school year. and most of california's six million students there will also likely not return to the classroom this fall as the governor announced strict guidelines for reopening. 32 of the state's 58 counties are still in the monitoring stage, on the monitoring list
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for rising infections there, and 18% of the country's new cases are in florida. new cases and new deaths dipped slightly on friday although we have seen those numbers go up and down here just this month. some hopeful news on the vaccine front, the first covid-19 vaccine will be tested here in the is responding the way that scientists and researchers hoped the it would, making it closer now to the final testing stage. about two dozen vaccines are in various parts of this testing stage across the world so, hopefully, we get some good news in the next couple of months. alicia? alicia: we'll take all we can get. thank you. fox news contributor and johns hopkins university public health policy professor dr. marty makary joins us now. thank you so much, doctor, we have so much to cover here. i want to hit, first, on the numbers here, 77,000 new
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infections in one day. what do you believe is the biggest driver behind these numbers? >> well, this is not institutional spread, alicia, this is day-to-day regular activity. and the one factor that drives the spread of this infection in every geographic and empirical observation is when people don't take the virus seriously. those are the locales and communities where we're seeing rapid spread. 77,000 new cases per day recognizing that we're capturing about 1 in 12 cases means about one million new cases per day. so we're driving about 150 miles an hour intoen oil slick -- into an oil slick this fall. alicia: dr. apt fauci was on -- anthony fauci was on pbs "newshour" yesterday, and this is what he thinks about what we need to do. >> what we've got to do is reset. you may need to pull back a bit
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on a phase. you don't necessarily need to lock down. my main concern right now is i want to get that curve down to a really low level. if we go into the late fall and winter at that baseline level as cases emerge, it will be infinitely easier to contain them than trying to chase them in a mitigation way. alicia: dr. fauci was actually saying something similar to what you were saying. but now that you have states, politicians and people who disagree on what it is that we needed to do so much and it's become political, how is it that we can actually reset? what is it that we reset? >> well, it's unfortunate to see these political personalitities and, honestly, that's what they are, personality clashes creating a mixed message around masks. there's uniform consensus in areas of the world where they've already been hit with out of control outbreaks, so it's
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really these naive areas where we're seeing early adoption of maaing policies -- masking policies. look, we've got a difficult decision to make, are we going to go down the road of harsh shutdowns or universal masking? i believe masking is the best strategy. it's low cost, high benefit and compatible with an open economy which is important because a closed economy has its own health and other implications. alicia: and as we talk about going back to school because so many of us are talking talking t that, parents are kind of freaked out. i'm one of them. some districts are saying we're going to go online for the fall semester, but some like denver public schools is the large school district, and it's said it is going to delay the start and then go online for two weeks and then slowly begin to bring people back. my son who's 13 asked me, what good is that going to do? and i didn't have an answer for him because, really, what good will it do to delay a little bit more as we head into flu season?
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>> well, you could make the argument that schools should start earlier in kauai yes, sir sent areas where there's a background low level of environments in that community. why are they delaying schools? if anything, maybe they should start sooner. we could collide with the flu later this fall, and it could be bad. and we've got a plan to reopen schools, but when the virus is in the midst of a massive surge and an outbreak in a particular community, that's when schools are going to be hard pressed to be open because, remember, it's really not the kids that we're that concerned about. only 14 children, albeit tragic, have died from covid-19 between ages 5-4 to date. -- 5-14. that's far less than influenza or pneumonia or viral meningitis. but we've got to remember bus drivers, teachers are part of the vulnerable communities. alicia: right. and parents. every parent i talk to talks about this, trying to figure out what to do. doctor, thank you so much for your time and expertise.
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>> thank you. leland: president trump has ordered the flag over the white house be lowered to half staff to honor civil rights leader and congressman john lewis. the flag at the capitol also at half staff. david spunt live from the north lawn with what the administration's having to say today. >> reporter: also half staff at the white house other buildings across the globe that are federally owned. the president ordered this through a proclamation today. those flags will remain at half saw staff through the rest of the day. the president has not put out a personal statement about john lewis, but vice president mike pence has put out a rather emotional one. he worked with him in the congress, they were colleagues at the house of representatives. he said in part: john lewis will be remembered as a giant of the civil rights movement whose selflessness and conviction rendered our nation into a more perfect union. while john lewis will be rightly remembered as an icon of the civil rights movement, for me he was also a colleague and a friend. even when we differed, john was
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unfailingly call, and my family and -- unfailingly kind. now, leland, john lewis, the congressman, was known to be a peaceful protester. he decried violent protests. we've seen many peaceful protests, also violent protests, across the country the past six weeks. chris wallace sat down with president trump to talk about some of that violence. president trump blamed the democrats. listen. >> and it's really because they want to defund the police, and biden wants to defund the -- chris: sir, he does not. >> look, besides a charter with bernie sanders -- chris: he's said nothing about defunding -- >> oh, really? it says abolish. let's go. get me the charter, please. >> reporter: to be clear, joe biden does not want to completely defund the police. he has insisted and hinted that he would look at possibly
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reallocating some funds from the police to other parts of policing including mental health. leland? leland: david spunt, north lawn of the white house awaiting the president's return from his golf club in the next few minutes, see if he has anything to say. thank you. alicia: chris wallace has an exclusive interview with president trump tomorrow on "fox news sunday." check your local listings for time and channel. and when we come back, more tributes to congressman john lewis. his life and his work. ♪ ♪ they will, but with accident forgiveness allstate won't raise your rates just because of an accident, even if it's your fault. cut! sonny. was that good? line! the desert never lies. isn't that what i said? no you were talking about allstate and insurance. i just... when i... let's try again. everybody back to one. accident forgiveness from allstate. click or call for a quote today.
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♪ ♪ alicia: heavy rain battering southern china, triggering massive flooding and leaving at least 14 people dead. the country's three georges dam reaching its peak, rising 50 feet above flood levels. soldiers and locals are working around the clock to build makeshift barriers as the region prepares for more rain ahead. leland: growing tensions in portland this weekend between protesters and law enforcement. local leaders are now asking the trump administration to remove federal agents amid growing concerns they have that a heavy hand of force and questionable tactics against protesters -- their words, not ours. christina coleman live in los angeles with what happened last
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night. >> reporter: hi, leland. last night was chaotic again during the protests in portland. several hundred protesters gathered outside the justice center downtown, and while most were peaceful, police say others shot off fireworks and smoke bombs, and several arrests were made. despite nearly 50 days of unrest, local leaders are resisting help from dhs, saying the feds are agitating the situation. gop's attorney general announced she's -- oregon's attorney general announced she's going to be the filing a lawsuit. video on social media of two agents without name tags grabbing a suspect and putting him in an unmarked minivan have gotten a lot of criticism even though the feds say this person was suspected of assault against agents or destruction of property. many democrats condemning the actions of federal law enforcement during these protests including oregon's democratic congressional delegation. house speaker nancy pelosi tweeted: trump and his
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stormtroopers must be stopped. but today on neil cavuto's show, the acting cbp commissioner said federal authorities will not be leaving. he also defended their actions during the arrest saying these aren't scare tactics, but necessary ones. and -- all right. and so, you know, he goes on to say that with these, with marked vehicles they have actually been attacked by criminals. and he goes on to say so it just makes sense for the safety of the officers and the agents that sometimes use unmarked vehicles and go without name tags. as have been seen. all right. leland? leland: unmarked vehicles is a common police tactic. we're going to talk to mark morgan about that tomorrow, he'll be on the show at 1 p.m. eastern. chad wolf, the acting homeland security secretary, was in portland. he issued this very, really pretty harshly-worded statement.
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he called the mobs in portland, what some would call protesters, violent anarchists and violent mobs who destroyed part of the federal courthouse among other buildings. what seems to be dhs' red lines here in terms of what they are there to enforce versus what they'll allow the feds to take care of? >> reporter: well, chad wolf was very detailed in the statement that he released. he went on and said that lawless anarchists desecrated property including the federal courthouse, went on to list a number of crimes that were allegedly committed. he goes on to talk about people starting fires and attacking officers, even mentioned that a sledgehammer was used. and he blames local leadership for not putting a stop to the violence, something he says needs to be done. leland? leland: the siege can end, in the words of morgan if state and local officials decide to take appropriate action instead of refusing to enforce the haw. that's chad wolf's words.
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mark morgan tomorrow on the show. christina, thank you. alicia: the flag flying at half staff over the white house at the order of president trump in honor of congressman john lewis. more on husband legacy after -- on his legacy after the break.
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alicia: civil rights leader john lewis, often called the conscience of the congress by his colleagues, leaves behind a lifelong legacy of protecting human rights and securing civil liberties. mark meredith takes a look back at the work on the capitol. hi, mark. >> reporter: hey, alicia. we have seen tributes pouring in from members of congress, offering their thoughts and prayers and, of course, memories and stories of john lewis and the legacy he's going to leave behind up on capitol hill. he served in the house of representatives for more than three decades representing georgia's fifth congressional district. his longtime service and character leading many to call him the conscience of congress.
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>> when he started talking -- he never screamed, but heed had this quiet power that was evident and in every single -- manifest in every single word he chose. >> reporter: now during his tenure, he was steadfast in his opposition to violence. he spoke out against the wars in iraq in the '90s and 2000s, he was also very vocal in his effort to get congress to address gun violence. listen to what he said after the pulse nightclub shooting in orlando back in 2016. >> the greatest death is to the blood of the innocent and the concern of our nation. we are blind to a crisis. mr. speaker, where is the heart of this body? where is our soul? >> reporter: lewis, of course, was also known to stand his ground. he boycotted both president george w. bush and donald trump's inauguration. he also believed neither man had
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won the presidency fairly. he later joined hand in hand with president bush and president obama to mark the anniversary of the civil rights marches a few years ago in alabama. his decision to speak up drawing praise from republican senator mitt romney. he tweeted: oh, how we need such heartfelt compassion. we've heard from so many lawmakers that believe that john lewis' moral compass should be used as a guiding light for future generations of american leaders. alicia: and a guiding light, he was. mark meredith, thank you so much. and, leland, i was just watching a video someone put on twitter of when he received the national book award. he was brought to tears because in 1956 when he went to get a library card, he was denied because at that time library cards were for whites only at his library. leland: and today the governor of mississippi whose prison john lewis was imprisoned in back
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during the '60s came on and talked about just how much it meant to his state that it has been able to change so much from 1960 to today and what a testament to america that is, what a testament it is to john lewis and those who fought for that change. a little bit more on the legacy of john lewis. we're going to bring in richard fowler, host of the richard fowler show who just penned a piece up on encourage everybody to read it. i just did in the break. richard, you write at the end my prayer is that we as a a nation will leave up to the high expectations set by john lewis' life, work and legacy. that expectation is what? >> listen, thanks for having me, leland. i think that is exactly right, and that expectation is that he wanted america to be a fair, just and equitable place. so much so that he was willing to put his life on the line to do it. he was jailed and beaten more
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than 40 times for the right to vote and for civil rights all across america and across the globe. and what john lewis always believed in -- i got a chance to meet him every times, and let me say this, he would meet you with a smile. he was never too busy to take a picture with tourists or with somebody who passed him in the airport. he was never afraid to give you a hug. he was somebody who believed that through love we could make this country better. but he was also somebody who believed that through action we could also make this country were better, and he was a big, ardent supporter of the voting rights act. he did everything in his power to insure that every american had access to the ballot and access to a free and fair election. no long lines, no arbitrary standards to vote. that's something that he truly believed in, and he championed that both as a young activist as part of the student nonviolent coordinating committee as well as a member of the united states congress. he worked tirelessly to insure
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that every american had the right to vote against all the odds. leland: he got to see the fruits of those labors both with the election of jimmy carter that was cemented in the south in 1976 and then, obviously, with the election of barack obama, first african-american president, 2008. what's different, perhaps, about him than so many others, richard, is that despite everything that happened to him -- 40 plus arrested, a month in a penitentiary, the beatings, the humiliations -- he was never bitter, he stayed true to his core about the nonviolence. not only did he preach it, but he practiced it as well in life and in the protests he led. where did that steel rod of moral courage come from? >> listen, if you talked to him, he would tell you he just believed in creating good trouble. he believed that the people would come together where we could create a better country. and he was so simple in his words, and that's what made him
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so powerful. he talked -- even when you talk about where we are as a country and he talked about george floyd and how sad he was to watch that video and to understand after years of being in the fight for civil and human rights that america still is confronting some of the same harms that he's fought against in the '60s and the '50s, and he was so keen on saying these things, that if we just work together as a country, right? if he put his life on the line for the right to vote and if we work together, we can truly make this country better. you saw congressman rooney who was on the show earlier talk about him working across the aisle. he believed in expanding health care for the vulnerable, he championed issues for equity in the lgbtq community, he also foughting to insure that -- fought to insure that folks would be able to have equitable housing. so he was somebody who just believed if everybody was given a fair shot at the american dream, that they could achieve their wildest dreams beyond their imagination.
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and for him, it started out in troy, right? a small town where he would preach to the chickennings. for him to be in the congress and for him to be a living legacy and now a huge part of american history speaks to john lewis and speaks to where we have come and how far we have come as a nation and still how far we have to go. leland: well, speaking in terms of what you said about voting rights, there's a story that when barack obama was sworn in as president, john lewis approached him with a piece of paper, and then-president obama just minutes into his presidency signed it and said because of you, john, barack obama. where does his legacy go from here, and what are the lessons of his teachings both in practice and later in life as he taught them are important for the next generation of civil rights leaders to take with them? >> listen, he was somebody who believed in nonviolent protest. and if you see, if you've seen john lewis and you believed in john lewis' legacy, you should
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see that same legacy e in the eyes and in the courage of peaceful black lives matter protesters who are taking to the streets demanding the same equity that john lewis fought for in 1963 when he was beaten on the edmund pettis bridge. but beyond that, john lewis also believed that if we as a country work together and we as a congress work together, they could pass legislation that made life better for every american no matter the color of their skin, the content of their character or their creed. and that's what he worked tirelessly to do. i mean, i think -- one of the moments i remember distinctly in my career is being with john lewis the day that him and a couple members of the congress decided to have a sit-in after various shootings had taken place all across the country, demanding that we change how we do gun laws in this country. he was somebody that believed until his final days that he was willing to use any level, any type of nonviolent protest to uplift and uphold what it was to be an american.
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and literally, a living example, now a history, a historical example of the first amendment, the right to protest, is john lewis. it's very, very sad to see him go. i gotta tell you, personally it's really hard to do this segment because i never thought i'd be talking about such a man, somebody that i was proud to say i had a chance to meet. leland: the few times you met him, you -- that i met him, i should say, you did feel like you were in the presence of a moral giant in so many ways. and, richard, we appreciate you taking the time. we understand to hear your comments just how much he meant to you. i'd encourage anyone to read the piece you have up about more on your thoughts. richard, thank you. >> thank you, leland. alicia: hundreds of people squatting at this homeless encampment in a minneapolis park, and the city is telling them it's time to go. we will have the details after the break. ♪ ♪ people used to care. heck, they'd come
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>> it is a sad day. you know, it almost feel like a part of history has moved to another dimension. if we want to do a tribute to john lewis, it really would be about insuring that every vote is counted and everyone can vote in our society. leland: martin luther king jr.'s son, martin luther king iii, remembering congressman john lewis who worked tirelessly for the cause of civil rights, preached at the march on washington. his elatest public aexperience came at the -- appearance came with the d.c. mayor earlier last month. john lewis died at 80 years old. ♪ alicia: now we head to minneapolis where park police are warning squatters it's time to vacate a homeless encampment. this comes after a week of violence at that same park.
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fox's mike tobin is on the ground with more. >> reporter: what we're seeing here is a minneapolis version of the autonomous zone. however, it was more about necessity. during the george floyd riots, the buildings where the homeless population stayed were damaged, so they all came here to powderhorn park, but the encampment quickly grew out of control, upwards of 600 people, 400 tents. so yesterday the park police invited -- advised the squatters a they need to be out by monday. drug use and fights were part of every night. there were reports of sexual assault, and gunfire was on the rise. a couple people got shot. still, the neighbors here did not want help from the minneapolis police. >> would a police presence have made it better? >> oh, gosh, this is minneapolis, so we just all declared very strongly -- not all, but many, many of us that we cannot have the kind of policing that we've had, the kind of racist, brutal policing
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that we've had for so long. no more. >> reporter: even squatters say they're glad to be getting out of here. one told me there were bullets whizzing by his tent, one told me he stayed here because he could do drugs and is have a place to say, but even he acknowledged it's not safe. alicia: any idea where all those people will go? >> reporter: the idea, according to one park commissioner, is to spread them out in the number of parks you have around minnesota. in fact, in minneapolis alone there are more than 150 parks. if you don't have the concentration of people, you won't have the problem, but still that's only a temporary solution because winter is very cold here in minnesota and inevitable. alicia: on its way. mike tobin in minneapolis, thanks. >> reporter: you got it. alicia: after recovering from covid-19, one north carolina doctor creates an app to help medical workers track their mental health. watch how it works. ♪ ♪
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>> so i've worked with the white house, vice president pence, white house chief of staff, and we are getting 30,000 more vials of remdesivir sent directly to
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the hospitals from the gilead distributer, and those will be arriving within the next 48-72 hours. alicia: -- just moments ago holding a press conference on florida's coronavirus response as cases surge in the state. desantis announcing a push with the white house to provide florida hospitals with more remdesivir that may help patients e cover faster. the governor recently faced criticism for refusing to issue a mask mandate as florida passed 5,000 coronavirus deaths. leland: school districts across the country are weighing their options as the a start of the school year is fast approaching. matt finn has more on one district's hybrid system and what it could look like this fall. >> reporter: down to the wire for many school districts nation wild deciding whether to return to class during the pandemic. >> each day our children are taking risks by riding a bike, crossing the street, and this is
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worth the risk. >> reporter: this mother is sending her children back to school. >> my children learn best having a teacher in front of them. >> reporter: students can choose online or return for a hybrid year. every morning parents must confirm their children have no fevers or symptoms. class is roughly every other day. many other safety precautions like rearranged classrooms. this is what a classroom normally looks like. you can see the desks are clustered and facing each other to encourage collaboration. that will have to end. and the district also tells us that soft surfaces will have to be taken out because they can't be easily sanitized on a daily basis. and this is what the modified classroom looks like. the desks are 6 feet apart, they're facing one direction, no collaboration. the superintendent says their model was crafted on feedback from parents, 100 educators and
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state guidelines. >> there may be a need to go back, so we also have to be flexible and know we can go fully online if we have to. >> reporter: in los angeles, no return to class this fall. today chicago's mayor announced the city's plans for most students to attend class two days a week, some full time, as the white house insists students go back this fall. >> it's perfectly safe for them to go to school as emphasized by many medical experts. >> reporter: in naperville, illinois, matt finn, fox news. ♪ ♪ hirsh liver it has been a tough couple of months for medical workers on the front lines of the coronavirus fight. one doctor in north carolina found a way to help them track their mental health and find resources if they need them. joining us now is founder of the heroes health app, dr. sam mcclain. doctor, thank you so much for being here today. really appreciate it e. this sounds like something that is right on time. can you tell us how this works? >> sure. it's -- first of all, thanks so
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much for having me on. the goal of the app is to give first responders and health care workers a really easy way to help keep track of their mental health and get connected to resources when they need it. so after downloading the app from the app store or google play store, heroes, heroes health, the app will give you a brief 5-minute interview survey every week, and the survey or brief assessment assesses anxiety ety, depression, sleep, stress, things that are really common in first responders and health care workers these days as we deal with all of the burdens that we have with covid patients. and then it gives a really brief picture, summary of how you're doing in terms of your symptoms, and it helps connect you to resources immediately. so it gives you someone that you can text with anytime 24/7, connections to talk to someone anytime and link ares to other local resources so you can find other resources local to you. alicia: you are an emergency room physician, so i know time
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is of the essence so often when you're treating patients. is it easy to forget your own needs? >> it is really easy. especially at a time when so many first responders and health care workers are working long hours and extra hours because a lot of us are out, either out being suck or out being under quarantine because of an exposure. so we're working very long hours, people are separated from their families. and when these numbers go up, really people often move out from where their families are and just so much tragedy and sadness that you're seeing at work that it's really a lot, and you can feel overwhelmed just kind of getting through the day. and the hope is that this kind of thing which lets you keep track of how you're doing and helps you connect to resources is something that will help people take care of themselves because we know our most precious resource in health care is our first responders and health care workers. alicia: how did you decide to create an app? >> yeah. i was trying to think -- i was working in our covid unit in the
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spring and really seeing all of the struggles that i was having and that others were having and just dealing with a lot of sadness, dealing with a lot of challenges and concerns about getting loved ones sick and contacted a friend at google who was really thrilled and fortunate that they said, yes, we're all in. and then working with friends at other medical centers and a slew of fantastic folks across the university of north carolina, really literally dozens and dozens of volunteers at google, we were able to put this app together in record time. the google folks built this app on their google flood platform and turned it over to us. they don't have access to the data, we're running it as a nonproperty from the university. -- nonprofit. alicia: you, your wife and your dog have all recovered from covid-19. how are you all doing? >> we're doing well. i had sort of the nightmare scenario in terms of i got covid
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myself in the early days before we were even sure that covid was in our area and before my system was really manifested, i had already infected my son and my wife. so had the real anxiety of not only my own illness, but being so worried for them. i was extremely fortunate that everyone has recovered and is doing fine now, including our little pug, one son. he tested -- winston. he tested positive as well. we're all doing great. alicia: is your wife a physician as well? >> she is. she's a pediatrician, but due to the timing of the exposure, really think that, unfortunately, i was the one who gave it to them. there are so many first responders and environmental services workers and ems folks who are doing really creative things to try to safeguard ones they love. i've got a friend, for example, who has moved -- a single mom, she's moved her kids out of the house while she's working during
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busy covid times, and she's -- but she still camps on weekends with them. she stays in one tent, they stay in another. so the creativity of parents right now in this country is really amazing. alicia: absolutely love it. dr. mcclean, thank you so much. >> yeah, thank you. leland: want to draw your attention once again to chris wallace's exclusive interview with president trump tomorrow on "fox news sunday." trust me, you are not going to want to miss this one. fox news sunday will also pay tribute to congressman john lewis who we lost today at 80 years old. we've been paying tribute to him throughout these two hours and talk more about him tomorrow. iowa liberty. >> shah, see you then. alicia: see you then.
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♪ ♪ eric: america mourning the loss of a civil rights pioneer and longtime democratic congressman john lewis. the lawmaker, known as the conscience of the congress, who as a young man protested, spoke out and literally bled in the civil rights struggle, well, as you know, he passed away yesterday at the age of 80 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. welcome to "america's news headquarters," i'm eric shawn. arthel: hi, everyone, i'm arthel neville. the tributes are pouring in from congressional colleagues. house speaker nancy pelosi calling lewis, quote: one of the


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