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tonight, growing pushback against the president's vaccine mandates. the governors and businesses who say they won't follow them. one hospital says it can no longer deliver babies because too many nurses quit over the mandate. the biden administration hitting back. >> we've got to use every lever we have in order to fight this pandemic. >> are we turning a corner? the number of covid cases now dropping. the fbi documents just declassified. what they say about the saudi government's involvement in the 9/11 attack and our richard engel back in
kabul witnessing changes from the taliban. new threat. we are tracking another tropical storm on track to hit the south. an explosion destroying an apartment building in an atlanta suburb. investigators are on the scene. 48 hours until the california recall election. president biden now hitting the campaign trail. football sunday is back and so are the crowds. our inside look at how one stadium is making sure every single spectator is vaccinated. and history at the u.s. open. the british teen who took new york. what the queen said today. ♪♪ this is "nbc nightly news" with kate snow. good evening. let's start off this sunday with some good news for a change. new figures from the cdc show covid infects in the u.s. have dropped a bit, offering some new hope as we head into the fall, but that said, the u.s. surgeon general today said americans still need to work collectively to get to a place
where cases stay low. it's yet president announced a number of vaccine mandates for companies and federal workers last week, but already this weekend we're seeing what happens when some employees choose to leave their jobs rather than get the covid vaccine and there's growing political opposition to those mandates and we begin tonight with morgan chesky. >> tonight, growing backlash over president biden's vaccine mandate. at least 19 republican governors denouncing the rule, requiring businesses with at least 100 employees to make covid shots mandatory or offer weekly testing. >> the president's actions in a mandate hardens the resistance. >> florida governor ron desantis promising a fight. >> people should not be cast aside because they make a medical decision for themselves. >> president biden calling opposition cavalier, adding all federal workers and contractors should be vaccinated within 75 days or face fines. >> the requirements, and the vaccination are part of a long tradition that w this countr
taking steps as a collect testify keep people safe. >> fallout under way. the mandate forcing one hospital to turn away expectant mothers after staff members quit. >> the number of resignations received leaves us no choice, but to pause delivering babies at lewis county general hospital. >> in north carolina, business owner stephen bullock feels stuck. >> it's a fight every day. >> the vaccination rate of his 125 employees, about 40%. now he fears some quitting to work somewhere smaller where the mandate doesn't apply. >> have you found anything that is capable of changing someone's mind at this point? >> frankly, i have not. folks are really dug in and it seems the harder you try, the further they go. >> and yet major corporations in favor. companies like amazon, home depot and walmart say they welcome the plan. the hope, drive down
u.s. covid cases as they start to plateau. infects down 10% from their peak during the latest wave driven by the delta variant. doctors say there are three main reasons why. increased use of masks indoors and a steady rise in vaccination rates and the virus burns through until there's no one else to infect. >> morgan is with us. are there other reasons why doctors say the numbers are slightly going down? >> yeah, kate. doctors say it comes down to this combination of more people getting vaccinated and more infection because when you combine the two, that leads to more immune americans and important to note, the seven-day average for vaccinations now sitting at a million doses administered every day. kate? >> morgan, thank you. >> we also have new information tonight about just when a vaccine might be available for children under 12. for parents, it's not only a major concern as students return to school, but also as adults return to the work place and come home to unvaccinated young children, now
the fda is saying it will quickly review any data as quickly as possible. rehema ellis has the details. >> understanding some parents are anxious. the fda is stepping up its review of a covid vaccine for kids 12 and under saying it will carefully, thoroughly and independently examine the data from the clinical trials to complete the review as quickly as possible likely in a matter of weeks rather than months. >> right now we're doing the clinical trials. >> dr. anthony fauci has suggested a similar timeline. >> it will be available for pfizer at the end of september, and for moderna at the end of october. >> this comes just as it's back to full in-person learning on monday for more of the nation's kids. meanwhile, the fda is urging parents not to seek shots for children under 12 who are not eligible for vaccination saying younger kids may need different doses and they're working around the clock to figure out why that is.
>> why can't children take vaccinations that are approved for adults. >> children are not little adults and we do need to wait for the pediatric trials as they're being conducted to read out. that can tell us what's the right dose, what's the right frequency and what are the safety side effects that we need to watch out for in children? >> nationwide concern is mounting with 251,000 news of covid rising. >> would you get your children 12 and under the vaccination? >> i would honestly see the first wave of folks get vaccinated and then i would allow them to get vaccinated. >> rehema joins us from new york city where classes start tomorrow. what kind of safety protocols are in place? >> kate, they have mask mandates and require vaccination and testing of all staff as part of the safety protocols, but some parents worry that it won't work saying these kids are going back into
crowded classrooms and there is no room for social distancing. >> all right. rehema, thank you. >> as america commemorates the anniversary of 9/11 this fbi is releasing newly declassified documents from its investigation all those years ago. monica alba now on what the bureau says about the possible saudi government connection to the attack. >> as the sun set on the 20th anniversary of september 11th. >> everyone in this place is standing. >> a solemn series to salute first responders. >> the mets and the yankees will represent much more than their baseball treatment. >> followed by a tribute of light over lower manhattan, stretching four miles into the sky where the twin towers once stood. >> the fbi released a 16-page report examining possible connections between the 9/11 terrorists and the saudi government, but it contained no conclusive evidence. the investigative record is the first in
a batch of de-classified documents ordered by president biden. after mounting pressure from families who lost loved ones on september 11th, like brett eagleson whose father died that day. >> yesterday was a win for us because it substantiates what we've been saying all along. the november 2015 interview with an unidentified man in frequent contact with saudi nationals in the u.s. who investigators say provided, quote, significant logistics support to two of the hijackers in the lead-up to 9/11. the kingdom has long denied any role in the attack which kicked off america's longest war, one the president continues to defend ending. >> 70% of the american people think it was time to get out of afghanistan, and the flip of it is they didn't like the way they got out. but it's hard to explain to anybody how could you get out? >> monica joins us from the white house. can you update us on what's happening with afghan refugees who are hoping to come to the u.s.?
>> all u.s.-bound flights remain temporarily paused at the request of the cdc after several cases of measles were reported friday in travelers arriving here from overseas military bases. kate? >> monica, thank you. our richard engel has made his way back to kabul, afghanistan tonight. richard, what are you seeing? >> kate, the first thing you see now when you land at kabul international airport is a giant sign in english and it says the islamic emirate of afghanistan which is this country's new name under the taliban, seeks peaceful and positive relations with the world, and that is the taliban's new message from its top leaders that they want to turn a page. that they are not the same group that was in power in this country in the 1990s. just today the taliban announced that women and girls can go to school. that was something that was not allowed before. they said that they will be divided, the men and women will be in separate classrooms or with a partition in
between, the islamic dress will be required, but they say they are changing and a big difference that i've noticed since i was here about two weeks ago is there are not as many armed men on the streets and it does feel considerably calmer. >> richard, thank you. >> you can see much more of richard's reporting on afghanistan in a special edition of "on assignment" next sunday at 10:00 p.m. eastern on msnbc. we are just two days away from california's recall vote and governor gavin newsom is in the fight of his political life, even calling in president biden now to campaign for him. guad venegas reports from los angeles. >> tonight in los angeles, gavin newsom is making the final rounds as the deadline for a special recall election approaches. >> we will defeat this republican-backed recall on tuesday. >> the governor campaigning to keep his job as his opponents criticized him for imposing heavy restrictions during the pandemic and his
handling of issues like the homeless population and immigration. >> i think there's a lot of change that needs to happen in california, so i'm very grateful for it. >> yet newsom maintains strong support. >> i think he's done a good job with covid response. i'd like to see him continue his term. >> voters will decide by tuesday to keep gavin newsom as governor or replace him with one of 46 challengers. newsom needs 50% of voters to choose no on the ballot. the opponent with the most votes would become governor. >> the key for the newsom campaign is turnout and this is an overwhelmingly democratic state. if they can turn out the democrats they will beat california's 5 million republicans. the list of contenders ranging from the former mayor of san diego to reality tv star catelynn jenner.
>> i'm opposed to vaccine mandates and face mask mandates. joining in support for newsom are democratic heavy weights former president barack obama, vice president kamala harris and tomorrow president biden is set to join the campaign. >> should newsom come out really strong, he sails forward into 2022 with a message for the party about how covid should be handled overall. >> a defining moment for california, and a crucial test for newsom's legacy. >> guad's in l.a. what does the latest polling show? >> early voting appears to favor governor news am by as much as two to one, but republican voters are expected to come out in large numbers on tuesday as democrats try to mobilize more supporters in the final days, kate? >> we'll be on it, guad thank you. still ahead, the new tropical storm targeting the south. our behind the scenes lo this is what freedom sounds like. and this. this is what freedom smells like.
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mandated. nearly 70,000 in tennessee after containing an outbreak just weeks ago. most stadiums have drastically changed covid protocol, no mandate screening, a far cry from last season's cardboard cutout. >> the rules set to play out at the las vegas raiders' regular season opener. >> last season looked a lot like this e empty stands cleared out by the pandemic. 56,000 fans will take seat here, but first they'll need proof of vaccination. >> they can celebrate in the way they love and remember and not worry about the person sitting next to them. >> the vaccine mandate is what's pushing them through the gate. >> it got me over the hump. okay. they mean business. >> so here's how you get inside. from your home you download the clear app. you select las vegas raiders, upload your i.d., take a selfie, opt to add your
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there's good news tonight about the power of an enduring friendship and guidance. one doctor and one patient turned doctor whose lives are forever intertwined. >> the university school of medicine class of 2024! >> it was a huge moment for 24-year-old kate franklin, the white coat marking her entry into medical school. she immediately texted a photo to someone she knew would want to see it. >> and i broke out in goosebumps, and i started to tear up. >> 21 years ago dr. lauren walensky had just started his career at the pediatric cancer institute and boston children's hospital. kate was one of his first patients. >> the hardest job in the world, you know, is to look at mom and say she has leukemia, and what i will never forget is that her mom jumped out of the chair. she grabbed me by the lapels with both hands
and proclaimed i will see you at her wedding. the mission from that moment clearly was fix this and to make it right. >> under his care, kate healed, gradually getting stronger after years of difficult treatments. >> there was a moment when you could have passed kate on to another doctor, right? >> yes. one of the nurses was there and i remember her saying you've got to keep kate because she's going to be your ray of sunshine. >> turns out he was the family's guiding light, too. >> he's literally been with me through every stage of my life. >> his compassion inspired kate to follow in his foot steps. >> kate, when did you decide to be a doctor? >> i think i knew when i was 11 or 12, and i have this wonderful doctor who showed me what it's like to be a doctor. >> in high school, dr. walensky helped her get an internship in the lab researching how to combat the same leukemia she once had. >> he's a role model.
>> absolutely. >> she's still your ray of sunshine? >> i look at her, of course. >> no words to describe my feelings about this miracle. i wouldn't be here without you, kate responded. >> this was the quintessential moment of the fulfillment and wishes of all physicians that take care of children that they will grow up to become young women like kate who will inspire others and make a huge difference by touching so many lives. >> though she's not quite ready for a wedding just yet, but dr. walensky will be one of the first to get an invitation. by the way, if you recognize dr. walensky's name, he is the husband of the cdc director. that is nbc "nightly news" for this sunday. lester holt will be with you tomorrow. for all of us at nbc news, stay safe. have a great night.
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