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after a year of dealing with covid, it's great to see baseball season around the corner. when you agree with it or not, putting fans in globe life field will be something to see. >> sandra: absolutely. i'm sandra smith. >> john: i'm john roberts. see you tomorrow for friday. "the story" starts rights now. >> martha: spring is coming. thanks. i'm martha maccallum live in new york. here's "the story" right now. the president of mexico reportedly refers to our president biden this way. "they see him as the migrant president, so many feel they're going to reach the united states." many teachers say biden, please let us in. peter doocy will join us with a take on what happened in the briefing room. and a surprise signature from the president adding $2 trillion to the already $4.4 trillion that are part of the biggest
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spending project in united states history. where is that money going to go? dan henninger writes that as soon as the bill is signed, covid is over. we'll talk about that when he and jason riley joins us. prince william speaking out about his brother's accusations. a royal insider that has more on harry and meghan with brand new response to the latest from prince william on this story that everybody is paying attention to. first, it is the case that caught the attention of the entire country. it's celebrated the black lives matter movement. third degree murder is now back on the table for derrick chauvin. he charged in the killing of george floyd. this broadened the possibility for the jury in their decision and that jury selection is underway. it's a difficult process as you might imagine. some are asking to be removed for fear of what could happen to them or their families.
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watch this. >> can you tell us why you weren't sure? >> it's more from a safety standpoint. as far as i'm concerned, i feel comfortable and safe but i wouldn't want any issues or harm to come to my wife or my family. learn individuals are out to intimidate or cause harm. they knew where i lived. it's a potential they could damage the house or spray paint the house or garage door or break a window. >> martha: long process there. minneapolis bracing for what could happen if chauvin is found guilty or not guilty and what will be the most watched case in a very long time in this country. we think parts of the city are being wrapped in fencing and barbed wire. matt finn is on the ground in minneapolis as this story gets
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started. matt, good to see you. >> remarkable. four days into this trial and we have the issue of whether or not derrick chauvin would be charged with third degree murder. the prosecution asked for the trial to be stopped until this issue was resolved. the judge reinstated the third degree murder charge against former officer chauvin. it's considered a loss nor the defense. the judge said from the bench, he doesn't agree with the third degree charge but he feels bound by the appellate court rulings that it should be reinstated. former officer derrick chauvin is charged with second degree murder and third degree murder. the judge said he disagrees with the third degree murder charge because by definition in this case, third degree murder is when a person causes the death of another person or people by a
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dangerous act to others. the examples given were firing a gun or driving a car into a crowd. however, the appellate court saided that single person is george floyd. here's the judge. >> i'm bound by that. i have to apply the rule. even though they're factually different, i have to follow the rule specifically murder in the third degree inflies in the person's intents or acts are given to a single person. >> martha, you mentioned the jurors that fear for their lives. we've been listening in. a short while ago, an unidentified potential juror took to the bench and told the judge when he filled out his questionnaire, his wife indicated that they feared being harmed and that he wrote or
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indicated he didn't want his wife to know. you can see the trucks behind me, the fencing, the razor wire. the national guard is here. this court is under an immense lock down, high secure here in minneapolis, martha. >> martha: thanks, matt. my next guest, shelby steele, has study the issue of race for decades. last year she released a film called "what killed michael brown." he was killed by a white police officer in ferguson, missouri. shelby steele is a senior fellow at the hoover institution and he joins me now. welcome back. good to have you with us today. obviously there's a lot of parallels in many ways. every single case is individual.
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every circumstance is unique to what happened in these situations. that's why we have trials, that's why we have juries and that's why we do investigations. as you look at your work on michael brown's case, what goes through your mind as you look ahead to this case of derrick chauvin and george employed in -- floyd? >> it's like so many cases. there's trayvon martin, freddie gray, michael brown. each one of them sort of boils down to a kind of power struggle in which we're -- when a white shootses and killing a black, it revokes imagery of our past, our shameful racist past, the oppression blacks is lived under and brings forward a moral power that is really considerable.
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so an event like this, freddie gray, is covered all over the world, there's so much power there. seems to confirm the idea that racism is systemic. that it touches every area of life. the minorities are not forever, almost for breathing air, victimized by racism. and therefore empowered to change society, to have an impact on society. and they do. look at what freddie gray has transformed corporate america already in a matter of months. major corporations have diversity programs, include programs, all sorts of symbolic gestures to indicate that they're not a part of that ugly shameful racist past.
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>> martha: you see an impact in schools and curriculums. you know, cancel culture and all of that, don't you? >> let me back up for a minute. what happened in the 60s was that american confessed to evil, to four centuries of oppression. what we have not fully absorbed, we're beginning to, the deficit of moral authority that that gave traditional america. white america particularly. they now are associated with that confession. you can't confess something without opening yourself to a vulnerability. and that vulnerability is what i call white guilt. white guilt is sort of weaponizes that historic shame.
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uses it to coerce people. so in the article that you're referring to where the parents and very elite prep school feel that their kids are being pushed around by this sort of political correctness that is so pervasive today, essentially we're looking at a white guilt phenomenon. they don't feel the moral confidence to resist it. >> martha: terrified. >> take a stand against it. >> martha: terrified the impact would have on their kids futures. the children don't want to speak out. shelby, thanks very much. always good to talk to you. hope you join us as we move through this trail with the background that you have and writing about it. good to see you, sir. joining me now, richard fowler, senior fellow at the new leader's council and a fox news contributor.
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your thoughts. the barbed wire, the fencing, the difficulty in placing a jury in this trial as we look ahead to a story that we'll be hearing and thinking a lot about in the weeks and months to come. >> well, i think you're right. we'll be thinking about hearing about this story. what this story should do for all americans, should cause us to pause and ask us what we can do better to treat each other. anybody that watched that video of the eight minutes and 47 seconds that ended? george floyd's death can see that we have a societal problems that goes around -- call it hatred and how we have to do everything in our power to ensure that moments like that don't happen. we teach our children -- >> martha: anybody that watches that video is disgusted for humanity and for george floyd. but we're about to enter a process, a jury process, about to enter a courtroom process. this is what the country is built on. each side has the fair moment to
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have every bit of evidence play out in this case. so the truth is that we have to wait for that process to play out. we have to respect that process. i don't know that it is wise for us as a society to extrapolate about the ramifications of this incident. we know it set off a lot that made people think and reflect and set off a lot of changes. but i think it's really important to respect this process and not prejudge what will come out of this. >> i think that's right. i don't think anybody can prejudge what this jury will do. my hope is here, martha, action we watch this trial happen, we can begin to have honest conversations about how we create a better society and how we look at people based on the content of their character and not the color of their skin. >> martha: exactly. we've gotten so far away from
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that actually. >> that's right. >> martha: go ahead. >> and i think we have to ask ourselves the question, if george floyd were white, would this be the fate that he would suffer. if the answer is no, then we've got to do better work as neighbors to make sure it doesn't happen again. >> martha: thanks, richard. just the beginning of this process as we watch it ploy out. great to see you. so the ink is not yet dry on president biden's $2 trillion spending bill. have you looked at what is in this bill? and how much money $2 trillion actually is? so is this a turning point in covid? are we about to turn the corner based on this bill and based on the reality of where we are with the virus? stick around for wise words from the "wall street journal." and it's a long flight too. once we get there, we will need... buttercup! ♪
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>> martha: the white house announcing the first wave of $1,400 stimulus checks that could hit bank accounts in days. president biden said the $1.9 trillion relief bill will rebuild the backbone of this country. republicans say most of the money doesn't go to covid relief. a year ago today, the who said it was a worldwide pandemic. many believe the numbers are higher. 529,849 deaths to covid in the united states. but there is thinking at this point scientifically and societally that we may be turning a corner. the united states is giving an average of 2.2 million shots a day and 1/4 of adults have received one dose of the vaccine.
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daniel henninger writes this. >> martha: dan henninger joining us with jason riley from the manhattan institute. thanks for being here. dan, what do you mean the pandemic goes away? that means it goes away tomorrow. >> yeah, it does. normalcy will start to return tomorrow. you know, martha, the data suggested that it is returning. a lot more people are getting vaccinated and you know, the white house keeps saying the previous administration left them with a covid mess. the previous administration
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indeed left them with were three excellent vaccines from moderna, pfizer and johnson & johnson. those vaccines are now beginning to have an effect. the second corner being turned, the economy is clearly recovering. jobless claims this week were way down. people are going back to work. even states like new york and california are beginning to rep open. so the economy is reviving. hopefully nearly two trillion bill that the president signed today will be the last of these multi-trillion dollar bills that we have to see to revive the economy. now it's time for people to get back to work, get vaccinated and get back to normalcy. i think we're going to see that. >> martha: i think it's happening. people were honking horns. the only people honk horns is there's people in your car or cars in your way. that is a good sign. jason, you see something deeper in this bill that it's not just a turning point, which is a separate point to be made. it also transformative in terms
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of the way that it treats the united states economy. >> certainly. the best evidence and even acknowledgement by the democrats that we turned the corner is the small portion of the bill actually devoted to covid, martha. a small fraction is going to things like testing and contract tracing and vaccine distribution. a tiny goes to it. the rest is state bailouts and unemployment insurance and obama subsidies and the like. stuff that has nothing to do with covid and all about i think making the welfare statement much larger than it has been, this is about expanding the cradle to grave entitlement system. the democrats have seen the opportunity and pounced on it. that's what you see in this bill. >> martha: it's a transformative
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measure and keeps people on unemployment longer. what is the impact of that? >> keeping people on unemployment longer is a disincentive to work, a lot of this money is a disincentive to work. there's a contradiction in there. employers in construction are saying that they cannot find workers to do the jobs that are available right now. if people are deterred from taking the jobs because of the bill the democrats have passed, the economy -- it's going to be a strong recovery. no question about it. it's going to be strong. but employers are going to have trouble finding people to work and some point the biden administration is going to have to deal with the consequences in this bill. >> martha: jason, big address from the president. he said he would be speaking tonight after he signed the bill in a moment in the oval office there.
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>> i expect him to take credit for the progress we've seen and to say this bill is necessary to continue that progress. but of course, i think that progress would happen irrespective of the bill. the initial objective was, that was to shut down until we can lower that hospitalization rate. so our healthcare system wouldn't be overwhelmed. that was the goal. not to shut down until the virus had been vanquished from existence. this is something that we have to live with going forward. just like we get past flu seasons and vaccines. this is the post covid reality for the foreseeable future. we have to deal with that. we can deal with it without expanding the welfare state to the extend that the biden administration wants to. >> martha: thanks, jason and dan. great to see you both. coming up, the migrant president. that is the way that the leader of mexico is referring to
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president biden now in terms of the hope that he's given to a lot of people in south and central america and what lies for them once they cross the border. going live to the white house where peter doocy pressed for answers on this moments ago. we'll show you that and talk to peter in a moment. >> president obrador as president biden as a migrant president. does the white house see that as a compliment? so you only pay for what you need? thank you! hey, hey, no, no, limu, no limu! only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪
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>> martha: mexican president obrador says many people see president biden as the migrant president and they will see the united states. there's said to be leveraging the caravan to smuggle drugs, kidnap and use the distraction at the border to their advantage. peter doocy fresh out of the briefing room. good afternoon. >> good afternoon. so far it's been a week and two days, nine days since president biden said anything meaningful about what is going on at the border. the soul focus was the camera events has been the covid-19 relief and the covid-19 stimulus package, the $1.9 trillion that
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he inked his name on today. there's going to be a celebration here tomorrow but we found out a few minutes ago that the invite list only went to half the congress. >> the celebration tomorrow will be a bipartisan -- i mean, a bicameral event. it will not be bipartisan. it will be -- it will include leadership. >> concerning immigration, the crisis -- they don't want to call it a crisis. the situation at the border is building. we've heard from sources down there that revealed to us that unless somebody goes through a port of entry or apprehended somewhere else and shows symptoms, they are not tested for covid-19 by a nongovernmental association. the federal government is not giving out any covid tests for people at the border whereas they do that if you fly in to the country from a foreign country and say land at an
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airport. so i had some questions about that. >> people at the border say migrants are only tested if they show symptoms. that seems like it's a loop hole. >> this is system that was addressed to ensure that people are tested. governor abbott, i raise that because he raised the concern about that. i wanted to be clear that we put forward a proposal, so the question is why is he standing in the way of local communities getting the funding and support that they need to help with isolation and quarantining efforts. >> jen psaki said that the president will make news tonight but we expect it to be about covid relief. >> martha: thanks, peter. my next guest has been crunching the numbers on the southern border surge, marc thiessen, a fox news contributor. i'd like to ask you about something that peter reported. it's been over a week since
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president biden has addressed this migrant situation in any way. he's been shouted questions about it and it really feels like a situation that is crying out for some assessment by the president and what he plans to do about it. >> that's right. he has not spoken to us about anything. hasn't had a formal press conference since taking offense. covid, why he's not pursuing a bipartisan approach on covid, why he's not approaching the crisis at the border. it is a crisis. tuesday there were 3,400 unaccompanied minors. ten day as, 1,700. doubled in ten days. to put that in perspective, at the height of the border crisis in 2019, the most the customs and border patrol had was 2,600. this is bigger than what ever acknowledged was a crisis in 2019. the dhs projections are that
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about 117,000 children are going to attempt to cross the southern border this year. this is a massive crisis. we don't have anywhere to put them, we don't have enough beds. the law says that these kids are supposed to be transferred into custody of health and human services and family friendly or child friendly facilities. but the hhs had 500 beds available. 2,300 kids in adult detention center and nowhere for the government to put them. this is a humanitarian crisis. if you go to dulles, you're tested. if you come here illegally, nobody is testing you. >> martha: yeah, they're treating this differently. quick question. with regard to president obrador, he's not happy with what is going on. he's got all of these people coming through mexico and then most of them coming into the
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united states. he's saying we need to stop. we need to reevaluate what's going on here. >> he didn't mean it's as a compliment. they're coming through mexico and causes a massive problem for the mexican government. the biden administration seems to have this idea that if donald trump did it, i must be bad. it's not bad. donald trump got the mexican government to start enforcing the southern border. he instituted the remain in mexico policy, which is a deterrent to people coming over. if you stay in mexico, you're not less likely to come into the united states. >> martha: thanks, marc. good to see you. marc thiessen. prince williams has broken his silence on this thing with
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z. >> martha: it's a family drama playing out in royal fashion. prince william was in rage after megan and his brother levelled racism charges against his family. now he's tells a bit of his reaction to this story. watch this. >> we have the conversation of he wouldn't be given security, not going to be given a title. also, concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be
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when he's born. >> a conversation i'm never going to share. at the time there was all -- i was a bit shocked. >> martha: moments ago, to california with a royal insider that lives in the neighborhood of harry and meghan. first, jonathan hunt joins us from los angeles. hello, jonathan. >> martha, this is obviously quite the family feud. we heard from the queen earlier this week with that relatively short statement. but everybody wanted to know what william, harry's brother, thought of it all. now, william and kate were out today at a school, a newly reopened school in east london. they don't expect to get questions. one reporter, the peter doocy of great britain perhaps, shouted at william a couple of questions. listen here. >> have you spoken to your brother since the interview? >> no, i haven't. i will. >> can you let me know is the royal family erased him?
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>> very much not a racist family. >> you heard that. the newspaper in britain have been supportive of the royal family and the queen in particular since then. the second most popular woman and the second most important in britain is my mom after the queen. i asked her what she out in of william's comments. she said "i think he's very vexed at the public interview and they're not racist." this has put a great deal of strain on the relationship between harry and william. i asked mom what she thoughts of that relationship right now given that she has two boys. she said of harry and william's relationship, it's probably strained, but they are blood brothers and they will always be bound together. it's going to be very interesting because on july 1, a statue of princess diana, harry
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and william's mother is due to be unveiled in the grounds of kensington palace in london. harry and william were both scheduled to be there. it would be the first time that they meet since this interview unless there's some unscheduled meeting before then. so it will be very interesting to see if harry goes ahead with going back to london for that statue unveiling of his mother. >> martha: jonathan, the only reason we have you on this story is because you have an in with mommy hunt. she's the final word on what's going on there. i hope you reach out to your source and see if she thinks if harry will be coming for the unveiling and come back to us. >> i will. >> martha: best to mommy hunt. >> sure will. >> martha: my next guest has been covering the royal family for five decades and happens to lives down the road from prince harry and meghan markle.
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richard minor is here. what is your take on this, sir? >> it's opened an enormous pandora's box. i have to stay, i don't think the race family is racist. you have to remember for half a century, the queen is the head only the commonwealth. the majority of the people that live in the lands are black or asian. so the queen is far from being a racist. i don't think the royal family is a racist. probably this came about when you have a baby coming, people say does it looks like the dad or the mom. does it have the same sort of hair or features. obviously coming from a mother that is biracialing and of course harry, people say what skin tone. probably wasn't said in a racist why but the general future of the child. will it have the eyes of his dad
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or the hair as mom. that kind of thing. i think this is now being blown out of enormous proportion and causing damage to the royal family who are incandescent with rage here. you have a tale of two countries where in the u.s., harry and meghan, there's sympathy for them and of course the anger that is being shown in britain, how the monarch is being blasted by harry and meghan and the rest of the royal family and of course prince phillip just came back from heart surgery and about to celebrate his 100th anniversary in june and the queen is 95. >> martha: she's enormously popular. that's for sure. you know, your take on how this went is similar to what thomas markle said, who used to be married to meghan's mother. do you think that with regard to this event in july, that will be
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a moment to see whether or not these two young men come back together. >> yes, it will be terribly symbolic. would have been princess diana's 60th birthday when they unveil this statue. so it's going to be very symbolic. either a total situation where a there's pomp or a lot of warmth and welcome. the queen is trying to patch up things but it will be done privately. as william stated, he hasn't spoken to harry yet but it will be a very interesting conversation. >> martha: very interesting without a doubt. thanks, richard. good to see you today from california. >> my pleasure. >> martha: thank you. moments ago, the new york state assembly saying they may not pursue impeachment from governor cuomo after all.
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>> martha: fox news confirming the new york state assembly is leaning towards opening up a judiciary committee investigation into the sexual allegations against andrew cuomo. the democratic conference is taking a first step towards impeachment by opening an investigation with full subpoena power to obtain facts and the
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testimonies under oath of those involved. he said the speaker will announce details later. new york governor andrew cuomo not the only democrat with problems. in michigan, governor gretchen whitmire at the center of republican-led calls to what she did and new legal challenges as well. a story with charlie leduff that is suing the state department of health to get to the truth. first, garrett tenney catches us up from chicago. hi, garrett. >> hi, martha. michigan is one of five democrat states that had nursing homes accept covid-19 patients. that policy helped spread the virus. whether or not that is the case has been hard to say though because the state has not
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released detailed data on when and where those deaths occurred or exactly how they're being tracked and reported. macomb county prosecutor peter lucido is launching an investigation. while he's not discovered evidence to support criminal charges, he's leaving open that possibility. >> may be that there's a rationale justifiable, lawful explanation for what was alleged to have occurred, but with the primary concern being on the welfare of our most vulnerable and elderly, these questions must be allowed. >> state republican lawmakers are threatening to issue a subpoena to the department of health for the nursing home data and the department is facing a lawsuit for refusing to release some of that information in response to public records requests by detroit journalist charlie leduff. whitmire is defending her handling of the pandemic and
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calling this shameful political attacks. >> we have released a lot of data. we have followed the federal requirements every step of the way. that's why when you look at michigan compared to other states, our nursing home deaths are less than most. >> the macomb county prosecutor said he heard from hundreds of families that want answered and already two criminal complaints have been filled by those that lost loved ones in nursing homes. martha? >> martha: that it, garrett. joining me now, charlie leduff, host of the no b.s. podcast. good to see you. you hear in that sound bite that they handled it, she believes her office and she as governor handled it better than most other states. is she telling the truth? is she right? >> you want me to drop some statistics here? in an around the country, about 1/3 of all covid deaths
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are in long-term care facilities. nursing homes, homes for the aged and adult foster care. in michigan, it's 38 to 40. that is not true. she quotes the university of michigan, some study they did. the study was about social distancing over the holidays. she has to come clean. she did what cuomo did except for the fact that we're still co mingling. that's one of the hubs there. back at the height of this thing, ambulances were coming in, coming out, ping-ponging people, handling them like bags of laundry and we don't have a true accounting of how many people died because like cuomo, we got a hospital count and we have a nursing home count. we now know i'm not taking anybody's world. i'm here for the people. >> martha: i remember how upset you were and horrified happening in places in the bidding behind
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you. what strikes me, charlie, we knew this. we saw what was happening in italy. you knew the nursing home situation in italy was dire. so one of the things that we had a learning curve on, it was likely to hit the older populations more than anywhere else. the fact that we didn't act differently is what people need to answer questions about. you are suing the health department. what do you hope to get from that? >> very specific. cuomo stopped doing this in may when the data showed it was a scourge in the nursing homes. the governor doubled down in may. we didn't keep covid case track in the nursing homes until june and death records until july when the federal government mandated it. now in december, the resident facilities, we started counting them. a magic number showed up. vital records search. that means we're now counting people that died in the past.
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i want to know when they died, where they caught covid and where they died. our nursing home numbers keep going down as we keep adding people in, but we're not accounting for where they caught it and you're going to give it to me and i'll go all the way to the supreme court. >> martha: we'll follow the case, charlie. check back in with you. thanks. good to see you. >> bye. >> martha: more of "the story" after this. stay with us. help keep cosentyx accessible and affordable. if you're taking cosentyx and your insurance or coverage changes or you need help paying cosentyx connect is here to help. don't use if you're allergic to cosentyx. before starting, get checked for tuberculosis. an increased risk of infections and lowered ability to fight them may occur. tell your doctor about an infection or symptoms, if your inflammatory bowel disease symptoms develop or worsen or if you've had a vaccine, or plan to. serious allergic reactions may occur. call us or visit us online. we're here for you.
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one rule for the powerful and another for the powerless. one rule for the rich and another for the poor or different rules depending upon one's race or ethnicity. >> martha: that from merrick garland, the new attorney general from the united states of america. it was five years ago that former president obama nominated garland to the supreme court. senate republicans blocked that nomination saying that the next president should replace justice antonin scalia. now he returns to public service in the form of the attorney general at the justice department as of today. so check out my untold story podcast, which is just dropped. it's an interview with piers morgan, which i think you'll find interesting. also i'll see you tonight on "the five" in an hour. coming up shortly. hope to see you there. we'll be back tomorrow at 3. "your world" with neil cavuto is what is right now. take care.
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see you later. >> neil: where were you 365 days ago today? because these were the headlines one year ago today. the world health organization declaring covid-19 a worldwide pandemic. so many did not believe it or appreciate it but they would in time. the u.s. and much of the globe scrambled to contain the outbreak and then lock down. fast forward to today. just a few hours from now, a different president in charge against to address the nation where we go from here after g


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