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likely dead after democratic senator man chin won't vote for it. >> the president sees >> and our objective and our focus is to move on. >> where do the dems go from here? our political analyst joins with us his insight. should you be vaccinated in order to fly? the new proposal from senator feinstein as omicron cases spread. and the show must go on. the big apple braces for new year's eve celebrations, as the city goes backwards with its covid protocols. . good evening again. the news at 5:30 starts right now. thanks for joining us on this monday. i'm jessica aguirre. >> and i'm raj mathai. what now for joe biden? west virginiaer senator joe manchin opposes the president's build back better, the $2 trillion climate change bill. he explained why today.
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>> i cannot vote to continue -- >> reporter: a day after declaring his opposition to joe biden's build back better bill on fox news, senator joe manchin returned fire at angry progressives and the white house in a west virginia radio interview. >> it's not the president, it's the staff. and they put some things out that were absolutely inexcusable. and they know what it is. >> reporter: manchin, believed to be the last crucial vote for the president's top priority, voiced concerns about the bill's cost. three sources tell nbc news he feared parents would use child tax credit money to buy drugs. >> i said chuck schumer, there's nothing in there about accountability, there's no work requirement, there's no means testing to where you're targeting the people that need it. >> reporter: sunday, the white house accused joe manchin of going back on his word. today, a different tone. >> the president sees him as a long-time friend and worked well
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together, and our objective and our focus is moving forward. >> reporter: the house passed the nearly $2 trillion bill before thanksgiving. it spends $500 billion to fight climate change, in addition to creating a universal pre-k program, and funding programs in home health care, paid family leave, and affordable housing. progressive democrats dismissed the idea that manchin can till be won over by giving him more control. >> this idea we're going to go back to the table and give him the pen again for a bill that he has his ink all over makes little sense. >> reporter: chuck schumer said despite manchin's declaration, he'll hold a vote on the bill, so that all members can make their positions on it known. in washington, chris pallone, nbc news. >> a lot to unravel here, as the president's bill starts to unravel.
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we want to bring in larry gursen. larry, you are not surprised by this, because joe manchin has steadily throughout months now been in opposition in different varying forms of this bill, and the infrastructure bill, as well. >> that's right, jessica. look, way back when, joe manchin said this is too much money, so they lowered it from $6 to $3 trillion. and as they started talking more and more, he still said, this is too much money, we have to slow down. and finally, the house winds up passing this bill of $1.95 trillion, almost $2 trillion, and guess what he said? this is too much money. of course, he's concerned about not only that, but revenue, inflation, medicare, climate change. but provisions for all of these things bother manchin in one way or another. let's not forget, he has to be wary of the base. the people that brought him
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there so to speak. and he's not going to forget that, as he tries to carve out what he thinks is a reasonable niche which is getting nowhere. >> but his state of west virginia is one of those states that would benefit for a lot of the provisions that are in this bill. how does that not hurt his constituency? >> jessica, this is one of the ironies in american politics. it would take books and books to answer. but the fact is, west virginia is an extraordinarily poor state. as a matter of fact, it's the fourth poorest state in the nation. yet it was very pro trump, the second most pro tump in the nation when it comes to the 2020 election. so you think about all this, and the irony is, the irony is that west virginians thrive, thrive from federal support. look at what it takes when it docks to what you pay in and get out. this is for every dollar. for every dollar kentucky pays
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in, they get $2.89 down. west virginia is third. for every dollar they pay to the federal government in taxes, they get back $2.15 in benefits. california is way down the list at 20. but west virginia is benefitting immensely from this, and they would benefit from the build back better bill much more than almost any other state. >> the divisions now just hitting deeper. which saw the white house take a different tact. instead of attacking joe manchin, they keep saying that he is still connected to the president. are they trying to woo him in a different way than they have before? >> i think everybody is taking a step back. yesterday, jen psaki said it was terrible, that he really was an about face, he was retreating from everything. manchin said there was nothing more to do. today he said it's the staff. both sides are trying to give
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the other side a little room to breathe. this bill a lot of people think is dead. i don't think it's dead, not yet. i expect to see a last-minute compromise, probably in january, maybe even february, where they come together, perhaps somewhere around $800 billion, $900 billion. they take out the things that are the most onerous for manchin. they live in some things that will help the progressives feel okay. and you know what? when a bill is a good bill, nobody likes it. that's when you know it may pass. that's what we have to look forward to downstream. at the end of the day, joe manchin can say, look what i did. i worked and worked. i got this down to a reasonable sum that we could all live with. >> what does this do for the president's standing to have these difficulties and the omicron virus surging again? >> it does not help. the president is in bad shape because the virus is going on, inflation is there. he's been building his whole reputation on build back better. it's not coming out chld and in a sense right now, it's a slap
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to the president. and so it's one more injury he has to take with him as we go to the end of the year. he can only hope if there's some kind of resolution with this bill that the virus wanes and inflation goes down with it. believe you me, democrats are really worried. >> thank you very much, larry. just in, solano county is reporting its first pediatric death related to covid. the child was under the able of 1. the health officer says while this is incredibly rare, children can die from covid, as well. also, we learned of the first omicron related death in the u.s. it happened in harris county, texas. earlier today, moderna said its covid booster is effective against omicron. moderna says early tests show that the boosters increase
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antibody levels to neutralize the virus. pfizer said last week, its booster increases antibody levels and is effective against the omicron variant. this could be a big one, covid and air travel. senator feinstein is calling for proof of vaccination or a negative covid test for people that want to fly within the united states. she wrote a letter to the cdc and faa and posted on twitter today. it says air travel is essentially returned to prepandemic levels, but covid-19, especially the omicron variant, continues to be a major public health threat. she says, ensuring the health and safety of passengers is crucial. israel has banned travel to the u.s., canada, and eight
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other countries. the rare move to red list the u.s. marks a big change to pandemic practices between the two friendly nations. the ban will take effect wednesday. israel began closing its borders in late november due to the omicron variant. on the high seas, a covid outbreak on a cruise ship. 48 people on board tested positive for covid after returning to miami over the weekend. the symphony of the seas ship set sail two weeks ago with 6,000 passengers. 98% were fully vaccinated. those people were identified by immediate contact tracing after a guest tested positive. while the covid surge is casting a shadow on the holidays, a lot of people are wondering if the celebrations in times square will go on as planned. the mayor says the decision is coming this week. gus rosendale from our station
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in new york has the latest from times square. >> five, four, three, two, one, happy new year! >> reporter: a dry run for the numbers that will welcome 2021, powered by lighting crews that have seen new year's celebrations. >> it was very, very strange. only about 200 people here all together. it was kind of unsettling. >> reporter: that was last new year's. no mask gathering allowed, and concerns now that covid could lead to a crowd-free celebration. >> working with the mayor's office and all the city agencies to do what is responsible. >> reporter: "hamilton" and "aladen" canceling shows over the week. however, bucking that trend, "the music man" opens tonight. >> people are much more in tune with wearing their masks and looking at vaccination cards. that just doesn't happen in
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missouri. >> reporter: almost three-hour longs to get tested in times square this morning. >> i was here this morning about 8:30, and we were tested at 10 past 10:00. negative results. >> reporter: a shorter line to write wishes on confetti that will rain down on the 31st, whether or not crowds are here. >> wish for family wealth and success in life. >> reporter: the mayor expects to make a decision about new year's before christmas. the group that represents theaters in town says despite closures, broadway remains open. in new york, i'm gus rosendale, nbc news. up next, they escaped on their own. details about that group of missionaries held hostage by kidnappers in haiti. >> they can already call you, but now debt collectors have new ways to contact you. we'll show you where and how to stop those messages, next.
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i'm chief meteorologist jeff ranieri. i'll have the latest track on our storm system and rain chances this week.
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in minnesota, the state of a police officer who killed a black man is in the hands of the jury. today, closing arguments were made in the trial of former police officer kim potter. she shot and ka killed 20-year-. he was fleeing from arrest on a misdemeanor. she says she mistook her gun for a taser. potter has pled not guilty to first degree and second degree manslaughter charges. the 12 remaining missionaries kidnapped in haiti more than two months ago escaped on their own. the organization called christian aid ministries said the missionaries reached safety last thursday. today, the group showed photos and videos of the hostages. a notorious haitian gang is
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behind the abduction of 17 missionaries in october. >> when they sensed the timing was right, they found a way to open the door, went to the path they had chose on the follow and quickly left the place they were held. despite the fact that numerous guards were close by. >> five hostages from that group were released earlier. okay. it's now fairer game for debt collectors, believe it or not, to reach you through social media. >> we're joined now to break down the new ways they can contact you and how to stop that. chris? >> reporter: debt collectors are notorious for their repeated and sometimes heated phone calls. now the financial protection bureau gave them a green light to also send direct messages on facebook, twitter or instagram to email you and text you, too. there are luckily boundaries.
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messages must be private. so they can't just comment on your public posts. they must identify themselves as a debt collector. and they have to wait at least 14 days after they send a message to tell the credit bureaus you defaulted on a debt. we wondered how often they could message, so we asked the feds. they had they won't tolerate excessive messages but didn't define "excessive." the association of credit and collection professionals said members have invested thousands of hours and significant resources into coming into compliance with the cfpb rules. one thing about debt collectors is they can be very persistent. but you should be able to stop them from bombarding your in boxes. in each message, the government says they must provide a simple way to opt out. if they don't, you need to tell the feds. specifically the consumer financial protection bureau.
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the website is or call them. you're probably going to have to write the debt collector a letter to make them stop, especially if they're hounding the wrong person. the good news, the website there has lots of easy-to-use templates that should get the job done. if that doesn't work, maybe we can help. go to, click the responds option or call us. >> chris, thank you. how about some good news. >> beautiful. >> look at this. i think some of our colleagues in our newsroom. >> that's how i ski. >> i think some of our colleagues are skiing today. this is from heavenly today, how things are shaping up. skiers and borders are loving it and jeff says more snow is on the way. more good news. >> i can confirm folks in the
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newsroom. i have some requests for personal forecast coming my way. they're headed up to the sierra. we've got three more feet moving on in. check out these totals. up to kingville, 32 inches. this is from tuesday through friday. south lake tahoe, we could see a rain, snow mix down to here. so be ready for chains and winter conditions across the sierra this week. in the bay area, we have three different systems moving in. the good news right now, we should have some breaks in between each system to avoid some of the worst flooding conditions. so that is some good news. so at this point, it looks beneficial here for us. we get rainfall returning tomorrow night into wednesday. a second system thursday morning, and then a third one as we head into friday night and saturday. so i see us starting off
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tomorrow, whatever you have planned, we have the clouds with us, some upper 30s and low and mid forts in the forecast. east bay, 41. san francisco 46, and the north bay 43. through tomorrow morning, we are going to start off dry. as we hit the afternoon, we get the first round of rain moving in by 11:00 p.m. we'll see scattered areas of rain continuing into wednesday morning. and then another blast of heavier pockets of rain wednesday night. totals on this, a quarter of an inch in the south bay. right up to the north bay, the one spot where we could get in on one to two inches there of rainfall. so, again, i think it's going to be beneficial for us. so as we move through tomorrow, check out the temperatures. 58 in san jose. we'll keep it on the cool side. 52 in ncord.
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san francisco, low to mid 50s. through the north bay, 49 in clearlake. and 351 in napa. you'll see in san francisco, daytime highs in the 50s. morning lows in the 40s. and through the inland valleying, these on again, off again chances. as we head through this week, we are looking at three quarters of an inch to three inches for total cumulative rain, tuesday through saturday's forecast. so just what we need to see. this is just so refreshing to be in december around the holidays, and get thing rainfall. it's been a long time coming. we have had two years with wacky weather. we're going to take this and really enjoy. >> and we get these breaks in between, so we're not overwhelmed. >> certainly right. >> thank you, jeff. well, up next, reversing a trump era policy, and how it's going to impact your future car.
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♪ i see trees of green ♪ ♪ red roses too ♪ ♪ i see them bloom for me and you ♪ (music) ♪ so i think to myself ♪
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♪ oh what a wonderful world ♪
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okay. we have new fuel rules intended to fight climate change. the biden administration is raising vehicle mileage standards for cars made beginning in 2023, by 2026 the target is 40 miles a gallon industry wide. the epa will reduce pollution and improve fuel efficiency. this reverses a trump era rollback that loosened fuel efficiency standards. a christmas plastic -- classic is getting dancers with disabilities, dancers getting their time to shine. kevin tibbles spoke with a former performer. >> does dancing represent freedom to you? >> yeah, you can say that. it allows me to be myself and
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not care about. >> what ballet teacher says dancers like lark bring to the show. after covid delayed their game, the raiders finally got to play this afternoon. and it was a nail biter. we'll shot you how it ended. stay with us. hey, angie! you forgot your phone! hey lou! angie forget her phone again? yep. lou! mom said she could save up to $400 on her wireless bill by switching to xfinity internet and mobile. with nationwide 5g at no extra cost. and lou! on the most reliable network, lou! smart kid, bill. oh oh so true. and now, the moon christmas special. gotta go! take the savings challenge at or visit an xfinity store to learn how our switch squad makes switching fast and easy this holiday season.
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much like last year, covid is throwing a wrench in the games. >> the raiders game was today. more than 100 nfl players have tested positive for the virus in the past week, including about 20 members of the cleveland browns. so today in cleveland, yes, today, 2:00 p.m. kickoff on time, on a monday. derek carr to brian edwards. the raiders started out strong, they took a 7-0 lead, but the game got close, like raiders games do. the browns took a 14-13 lead, but the raiders drilled this game winning field goal, 48 yarder at time expired. raiders win 16-14, they improve to 7-7 on the season. they still have a slim shot at making the playoffs. watch the 49ers yesterday? they dominated the falcons. running game looked good, jimmy g. looked solid.
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31-13 the final score. the niners are 8-6 this season. right now they would be the sixth seed in the playoffs. niners have a short week. you ready for football? like this week? like this thursday, niners and titans in nashville. thursday night football and you can watch the game right here on nbc bay area. kickoff at 5:20. several teams in the nba dealing with covid. the warriors play tonight but without andrew wiggins and jordan poole. they have to provide two negative covid tests 24 hours apart to exit covid protocol. wiggins made headlines because he didn't want to get the vooeb vaccine. he did get it to he could play. the a's have a new manager. they will reportedly hire mark kotsay, remember him? mark kotsay will take over for bob melvin. bob melvin to be the padres
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manager. kotsay played for seven teams during his career, including here in oakland. last season, he was the a's third base coach. >> congratulations. right now at 6:00, it is the hottest thing to get for the holidays. we're talking about at-home covid tests. >> there isn't that much out. >> where we were able to find a few of those. get ready for the next atmospheric river. we're tracking the timing for you. tonight, san jose police respond to the arrest of a woman who they say interfered during their own arrest during a retail robbery. the news at 6:00 starts right now. thanks for being with us on this monday. i'm raj mathai. >> and i'm jessica aguirre. it may be the hottest gift this christmas, talking about at-home covid tests.
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they're nearly impossible to find at many stores and health departments are trying to figure out how to get more of those out to the public. our reporter went out shopping today to tell us where you may be able to find some. >> reporter: this is what you would have seen if you went to a san jose cvs a couple weeks ago. and this is how it looks today. the few at-home tests they have list are not each on the counter. >> there isn't that much out. >> reporter: cvs says many stores have sold out after a recent surge in demand triggered by the holidays and the new variant. i went hunting at a few other stores, as well. we found a few tests left at a local target. but walgreen's and walmart were sold out. many seemed to arrive with the same story. >> we're having a lot of family coming from out of town or taking planes, where they just want to be safe. >> reporter: in the midst of all this, the state is shipping out thousands of at-home covid-19 tests to health


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