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new week. thank you so very much for being here with us. on behalf of all my colleagues at the networks of nbc news, good night. with chaos on the streets of portland, oregon, there's new reporting that the trump administration is sending in more federal agents. >> also, the president travels to north carolina to talk about a potential coronavirus vaccine and wear as mask publicly for the second time. and members of the congress and lawmakers pay their last respects to congressman john lewis as his body lies instate at the u.s. capitol. good morning, everybody. it is tuesday, july 28th, and i'm yasmin vossoughian. we're going to begin in
portland, amid concerns of another violent escalation in the federal crackdown there. the "washington post" is saying it has reviewed an internal memo that shows the trump administration decided last week to send at least 100 additional federal agents to portland. senior officials also telling "the post" that the administration is considering a plan to send an additional 50 i.c.e. agents to the city as well. the federal presence has only intensified the anger among protesters in portland, sparking brutal clashes. portland's mayor is calling for a department meeting with the department of homeland security to discuss a cease-fire. the president tweeted about it yesterday including threats of prison time for what he called anarchists and age taters. people particular with the discussions telling "the post" federal officials have discussed developing a stronger fence
around the courthouse that would be more resistant to nightly efforts to dismantle it and secure an area where protesters could not bring gas masks, shields, and weapons. a national guard army major is contradicts what the president said last month. the attorney general and the trump administration insist they did not speed up the clearing to make way for the president's photo op at a church minutes later, but the officer, adam demarco, an iraq war veteran, backs up law enforcement officials who tell the "washington post" they believed the clearing operation would happen after the 7:00 p.m. curfew that night. instead, it was dramatically sped up after attorney general bill barr and others appeared in the park an hour earlier. demarco also claims that contrary to the comments by the acting park chief, the protesters were acting
peacefully and it was an excessive use of force. he also reveals for the first time general mark milley warned troops 30 minutes earlier to keep officers from, quote, going overboard. demarco is set to apologize later today before the house natural resources committee which is investigating the government's actions in clearing protesters away from lafayette square with gas, projectiles, and mounted police. thank you so much for joining us early. i first want to address the chaos we've been seeing in portland so far. so we know the white house is facing a lot of scrutiny over whether the president has the legal authority to deploy federal law enforcement officers in this situation specifically. what reaction are you you hearing on the president's plans
to send in even more forces? >> what we're seeing, yasmin, largely is a broad pushback from efforts here. that's not going to be any different with this new push to send more troops. it's a real escalation for trump to try do something like this. it will be very interesting to see whether or not the administration tries to de-escalate and take the mayor up on this attempt to take down the tensions because as you mentioned, it's been only made more intense and escalated, some of the violence we've seen there. what we've heard from democrats -- and let's be clear. they're attabing democrat-led city. this is not republican-led cities. this is chicago, portland. he's made threats toward philadelphia and detroit, and the pushback has been this is an election year ploy, that he's
overstepping his legal- bound choices and something we're increasingly hearing is this is an authoritarian move, that it's something not done by presidents of the united states, that this is stuff we see in other countries, and i think that you're going to see broad pushback against the white house to try to do more of this, which in part because it's clearly not working, yasmin. >> yeah, clearly. so this is all in the same vain of the president wanting to push forward with this law-and-order approach to thinks, wanting to define himself now just a couple of months ahead of the law-and-order president as he heads into trying to get himself re-elected. how do you think this is going to affect, carol, november. >> well, the president and his team hopes it affects november in the sense that he's able to
frighten people into siding with him over joe biden. anyone who's maybe on the fence would look at the violence he's cast as anarchists, violence. he's tweeting overnight these are sick people, and the idea is an "us" versus "them." it's a reimagine nation of what we saw from the president in 2016 casting himself as the law-and-order president, and he's really trying to tie what we've seen in cities like portland to joe biden, saying this is the radical left, we've seen his campaign running ads about this is the radical left and basically joe bide listen be led around by them. you know, it's not clear that that's going to work with someone like joe biden who's much more well known and has a history, in fact, of being aligned with the police and not necessarily being -- he's not
something people would naturally see as a radical left. but the president is trying, and, frankly, it looks a lot like a distraction from the coronavirus in the sense that he's saying, you know, don't be afraid of coronavirus. you should be afraid of this big monster over here that's trying to take over your cities. and that's where the president and campaign feels like he's on some comfortable footing, but it all comes as he's really struggling in the polls, trying to find a message and a footing and something he's trying out for now. we'll see how long it lasts. >> it seems like distracting and not addressing has been par for the course for this president over the last three years. nbc's carol lee, thank you. stay close. i'm going to talk with you in just a little bit. let's talk about the stimulus, senate republicans releasing their version, which includes slashing the
$600-a-week unemployment bonus to $200 a week. they want to provide a 70% wage replacement. the gop plan known as the heels act has been set up within their own party as well as the democrats who are wanting to keep the $600 asover talks are beginning. other aspects includes money for schools, another round of $1,200 stimulus checks, liability protections for businesses, and a payment protection program. it also includes the white house's request for $1.7 billion set aside for a new fbi building in washington, d.c. in a stunning moment yesterday, senate majority leader mitch mcconnell who unveiled the bill himself appeared unaware of the provision when asked by our own nbc's leanne caldwell.
watch this. >> why is funding for a new fbi building in this bill? >> i'm not sure it is. well, we obviously had to have an agreement with the administration in order to get started, and they'll have to answer the question of why they insisted on that provision. [ indiscernible ] >> you'll have to ask why that was included. >> the white house faces an uphill deal to get that passed as it will need the support of seven democrats as likely more g gop senators are likely to vote down the bill. joining me now t reporter who we just heard, leanne caldwell. that was quite a moment that you caught mcconnell off guard. their $600 payments are essentially up and it seems like mitch mcconnell didn't know what
was in the bill when you asked him about the fbi building. >> good morning. it's just emblematic of the problems that republicans have had trying to get this bill out of the starting gate. mcconnell has been negotiating with the administration for the past couple of weeks, and it has not gone well. mcconnell was shocked that the money for the fbi building, which is a pet project of the president. it has come under scrutiny and it's being investigated within this bill. you know, it was pretty stunning, and it also is clear that mcconnell does not want that money in this legislation as well is, but it's a big black mark for mcconnell and the republicans. as well as another round of the direct sim ligs,stimulus and th
other money and the $600 to $200 a week, this is really where the negotiations begin with democrats. moments after republicans unveiled this legislation, treasure secretary mnuchin and mark meadows met in schumer's office. they left the meeting saying they're disappointed. the main points of contention are going to be about rental assistance. democrats want money for that in the legislation. they want a full $600 benefit for unemployment insurance, and also this issue of food assistan assistance, which is also not in the republican bill. those are going to be the main
points of contention, and those negotiations start now, yasmin. >> let's be clear. a lot of folks are relying on that extra $600 a week. >> yeah. >> that's down $1,600 a month if it's reduced to $200 a week. nbc's leigh ann caldwell. thank you. still ahead, attorney general william bar, it could be confrontational. also the legal fight on the president's tax returns. the president's attorneys are once again asked for a subpoena to check on his records. those stories when we come back. . those stories when we come back.
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expected to have a confrontational appearance this morning when he testifies this morning. according to a release yesterday, he plans to use militarized federal police to quell protesters saying, what unfolds nightly around the courthouse cannot reasonably be called a protest. it is by any objective measure an assault on the united states. he'll also tell the committee the department has not intervened even though it's benefitted the president's allies in their criminal cases. he's expected to criticize once again the foundation of the mueller investigation and accuse democrats of bias against him, claiming, quote, ever since i made it clear that i was going to do everything i could to get to the bottom of the grave abuses involved in the bogus ru russiagate scandal, many have attempted to discredit me.
and they're once again asking for a s&p. the latest filing accuses manhattan d.a. cyrus vance of lacking a good-faith basis for the tax documents. the attorneys argue the subpoena is so broad that it's, quote, not remotely confined to the grand jury investigation that began back in 2018. vance is seeking the president's financial records as part of an investigation into alleged husband money payments that his campaign made to women who claim to have had affairs with him. this latest legal battle is following a supreme court ruling this month that rejected the president's claim to absolute immunity from criminal investigation while in office. joining me now, msnbc legal analyst danny cevallos. danny, good to talk to you this morning. >> good morning. >> why are we back here? you had the supreme court decision saying essentially the records can be released to the grand jury.
>> because the supreme court gave permission to the trump team to continue to argue this subpoena down in the lower courts. when they issued their opinion, you can't say that trump exactly won at the supreme court, but the supreme court did permit trump to take the case back down and not argue that as a president he has an invisible force field around him that's special and different from everyone else, but instead trump can now attack the subpoenas just like any other regular joe shmoe would in court, that they're overbroad, issued in bad faith, or some other reason to challenge subpoenas. but be warned, for most regular civilians who try to challenge subpoenas, they find they're very, very hard to challenge based on the fact they're overbroad or any of these reasons. >> well, didn't we already address the bad faith argument? wasn't that already rejected in the first go-around? >> it wasn't so much rejected. the supreme court did consider
it, but it was one of the explicit reasons trump could go back down to the lower courts and argue it because federal courts, as strange as this may sound do, have the power to declare a state subpoena as unconstitutional or skreegd its boundaries or overbroad. so the federal district court does have the power, and the answer to the question how does trump continue to argue this, in the legal world, if at first you don't succeed, you sue, sue again. that's exactly what trump has done. they've amended their complaint and are challenging it again. essentially the supreme court, they probably think gave them a blueprint for arguing this case. >> real quick here, with attorney general bill barr testifying today, do you feel like we're going to have any transparency here, or is there going to be a lot of refusal to answer questions from the committee? >> expect some refusals to answer questions. there is no default executive
privilege. the president is supposed to specifically expert executive privilege in a concrete way. you saw this with jeff sessions. you can't just generally as attorney general claim executive privilege, but what we've all learned over the last couple of years is this privilege -- if congress wants to fight it and go to court, it's going to take a lot of time, so much time, there may be a new congress around, and the entire issue may dissipate. so time is of the essence, and negotiation becomes more important than winning in court. >> all right. danny cevallos, thank you as always. coming up, volunteers have started rolling up their sleeves to take part in the biggest test yet of an experimental coronavirus vaccine. that story and more coming up. coronavirus vaccine. that story and more coming up. even if you're on a statin? statins may lower some risks, but may not be enough. that's why science delivered vascepa. for people who have persistent cardiovascular risk factors
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due to the coronavirus. the solemn ceremony that's been a yearly event would not hold the readings it out. instead, a reading will be played. relatives are still being invited to gather in lower manhattan while adhering to social distancing in place. let's switch gears and get a check of the weather with meteorologist janessa webb. good morning, janessa. >> good morning. hope floi you're finding a way to beat the heat across the east coast. the surge of warm air will continue to lift north unfortunately. we have a cold front that's going to slice humidity in place for the great lakes. but if you're waking up this morning, it's pretty unbearable
for the south and southeast. it's sillitting in the 70s and we're back on the incline for the 90s today. the heat advisories in the last three hours continue to expand from boston now all the way into southern georgia. i do expect them to possibly make their way into the mississippi valley, into memphis as well, even maybe northeast ohio this afternoon. due to the high humidity, the carolinas, north and south carolina, even parts of virginia, we're not going to see the cold front enter your area this afternoon. look at the feel-like temperatures on your skin. 109 for charleston. a lot of records that are possibly going to be broken for this afternoon. for new york, one more day where the feel-like temperature near 1/near 100 degrees. that's going to spark up air quality issues. if you don't have to be out for a long period of time, please
don't. the front will make its way through, that will spark up storms, and we'll load humidity by tomorrow. new york city to boston, this evening we'll watch the storm threat increase. we'll lose the sunshine. hopefully it will cool us off a bit. a little bit of a break from d.c. to charlotte as well. yasmin, today, the primary threat is going to be wind gusts and maybe a little bit of hail. hopefully tomorrow it's more breathable air across portions of the northeast. >> fingers crossed, a little bit of a cooldown. thank you, janessa. still ahead, new signs that the coronavirus may be slowing down in a few states. also national security adviser robert o'brien tests positive for the virus, but the president appears to downplay the news. we're back in a moment. downpla the news we're back in a moment
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welcome back, everybody. i'm yasmin vossoughian. we're going to begin this half hour with some important new developments amidst this pandemic as coronavirus outbreaks appear to be slowing down in some of the hardest hit areas in this country. yesterday, florida, now the epicenter of this pandemic, added nearly 9,000 cases. that's the lowest single-day total in weeks. also since jeune, the average daily new coronavirus cases fell on sunday across the country, and nationally, the seven-day moving average of cases dropped by 1.6% based on numbers from
sunday. it is worth noting that while the number of new coronavirus cases across the country has been on the decline for the last couple of days, it might not paint a full picture of the state of infection. reports from states may be delayed as some counties release their numbers only on weekdays. let's talk about the vaccine. in the race to get a vaccine, an experiment is now under way. the first of 30,000 planned volunteers were given shots through moderna. pfizer also announced plans to give the vaccine to patients. also earlier storeds from china and oxford showed test results from other countries. the united states requires its own tests that might be used specifically in this country.
also, trump's national security adviser robert o'brien has tested positive for the coronavirus as the country announce 26d,000 new cases. o'brien is the highest ranking trump official known to have gotten this illness. the white house did not respond to the timing e to the timing m to the timing e to the timing ing of his infect or if others may have been exposed. the white house said president trump and vice president pence were at no risk for exposure. speaking to reporters yesterday, trump appeared to brush off o'brien's diagnosis. watch this. >> i haven't seen him lately. i heard he tested -- yeah, i have not see him. >> when did he first test positive. >> i don't know. is support for trump, he traveled to visit a biotech facility where one potential
vaccine is being developed. he's seen wearing a mask during that tour. it's the second time the president has worn one in public. the first was a trip to walter reed medical center earlier this month. speaking to reporters during his trip. the president boasted operation warp speed, his initiative to quickly development and manufacture a vaccine has greatly reduced the wait time. >> under operation warp speed, we've saved years off the time it takes to develop a vaccine, in some cases many years, and we've done it while maintaining the fda gold standard for safety. america will develop a vaccine very soon and we'll defeat the virus. we'll have it delivered in record time. >> in his remarks amid the ongoing surge, the president called for more states to reopen. >> i really do believe the governors should be opening up states they're not opening, and we'll see what happens with
them. joining me once again, nbc news correspondent carol lee. give us the over the president's call for more states to reopen after praising vaccine progress when we're still seeing a surge in this country. yes, we might see a lower number, but, nonetheless, florida having 9,000 new cases does not necessarily mean states should be reopening across this country. >> yeah. that was a real head scratcher, and i think that's what the reaction has been. it's hard to square the president saying that. i think he told you, he really believes that states should reopen, so that's where the president is at. the white house has tried to get him on the page of really kind of, you know, being more in a leadership sort of role and taking command of the pandemic and acknowledging that it's a real threat. i don't -- it's hard to see how that statement the president
made yesterday squares with what he was saying last week, which is that the virus is going to get worse before it gets better. he canceled his convention in jacksonville because of the virus. how does that square with states needing to reopen? and he's just generally sending, again, multiple mixed messages. there's him saying yesterday that people should socially distance, avoid large gatherings, wear a mask. he's wearing a mask himself, and he's saying states should reopen when we're seeing this spike in cases. you know, the white house last week tried to reset for the president his handling of coronavirus, which poll after poll shows americans languagely think is terrible, and they put him out there. he read from a script. he said the virus is a real threat. he did some acknowledging what they wanted him to do. if you're working for president trump and trying to get him to pivot and to handle this virus in a different way, this has got
to be pretty frustrating to then see him come out and completely undermine that, yasmin. >> so then we have this news breaking yesterday, carol, about his top foreign policy aid testing positive for covid, and yet the president seemingly downplaying that news. any idea why? >> yeah. i think partly because the white house generally, the president s in that mode of trying to -- that's where his natural kind of go-to is, to try to downplay this virus. you know, the fact that he said i haven't seen him lately, this is the president's national security adviser. this is somebody who you can't understate how close this adviser is to the president, seeing him multiple times a day. the president saying i haven't seen him raises the question,
when is the last time you've seen him and why haven't you seen him? he's the national security adviser. but robert o'brien, there's a lot of questions around when he tested positive, who he was around. certainly he was back at work last week. and, you know, what sort of contact tracing they need do. they know he traveled to france last week with the best deal day and squaring shoulder to shoulder with officials, not wearing a mask. there's a lot more questions here than the white house is answering, and i think they're going to in coming days be forced to respond to because this is actually a far bigger deal than the president is acting like it is. >> you make such a good point because on the one hand you have the president trying to downplay this thing saying, look, i haven't been near him. things look good. i haven't been near him. the question is, wait a minute.
why haven't you been in contact with your national security adviser. that's a really important relationship to have and to boo speaking to with someone on a regular bay sichls nbc's carol lee. great to see you as always. >> thank you. you too. the university of notre dame has announced yesterday it has withdrawn its host site of the 2020 presidential election. the president of the school said after meeting, they made the difficult decision to withdraw saying in part this, the inevitable reduction in student attendance in the debate hall, volunteer opportunities, and ancillary educational events undermined the primary benefit of hosting, to provide our students with a meaningful opportunity to engage in the american political process. in the end, the constraints the coronavirus pandemic put on in
the event as understandable and necessary as they have have lead us to withdraw. let's talk about baseball. they have postponed two games after members of the miami marlins have tested positive for the coronavirus. the move will affect the home opener against the baltimore orioles and the matchup against the phillies in philadelphia. the change was announced after eight players and two coaches on the marlins tested positive for the coronavirus inaddition to players over the weekend when the marlins faced off against the phillies. stil still ahead, remembering congressman john lewis on his last trip to the state capitol. your first look at "morning joe." we're back in a moment. joe. we're back in a moment
who died july 17th at the age of 80 made his final trip to the u.s. capitol yesterday where he represented the state of georgia for more than three decades. the motorcade stopped at the black lives matter plaza in washington, d.c., briefly pausing before slowly driving across the mural emblazoned on the road, and making its way to capitol hill. after arriving, a military honor guard carried lewis's flag-draped casket up the capitol stairs to the row ton ton -- rotunda where he became the first black congressman to lie instate. >> we have bid farewell to some of the greatest americans in our history. it is fitting that john lewis joins this pantheon of patriots, resting upon the same catafalque of president abraham lincoln.
john louis became a titan of the civil rights movement and then the conscience of the congress. here he was reveernd beloved on both sides of the aisle, on both sides of the capitol. we knew he always worked on the side of the angels, and now we know that he is with them. >> leaving the world around him gave him every cause for bitterness, he stubbornly treated everyone with respect and love, all so that as his friend dr. king once put it, we could build a community at peace with its own. today we pray and trust that this peacemaker himself now rests in peace. >> so the most emotional moment came from lewis himself as pelosi played a five-minute
audio clip of a 2014 address the congressman delivered at emory university in atlanta. >> 1957, i met rosa park. in 1958 i met har tin luther king jr. and these two individuals inspired me to get in the way, to get in trouble. so i come here to say to you this morning on this beautiful campus with your great education, you must find a way to get in the way. you must find a way to get in trouble, good trouble, necessary trouble. >> good trouble, necessary trouble as he says. so at the conclusion, the attendees gave lewis's casket a standing ovation. former vice president joe biden gave his last respects along with his wife jill. biden and lewis were long-time friends and lewis endorsed him back in april.
vice president pence who served with lewis in the house paid his last respected alongside his wife karen. at that point lewis had been removed to the top of the steps for a viewing amid the virus as a precaution. let's switch gears and get a check once again with nbc meteorologist janessa webb. >> reporter: hey, good morning, yasmin. it's hard to believe we're already beating records for the atlanta hurricane season. we're only 58 days and we've already beat an ton of records. we've already seen eight named storms, one hurricane that hit south texas over the weekend, but these records beat 179 years, previous records, and we're going to continue to watch storms really building up, but where we saw closely was in 2005 we saw a record-breaking year, and it looks like we'll come
close to that for 2020. in 2005, we had 14 major -- seven major hurricanes, 14 minor hurricanes. so we're going to be watching as records continue to be broken. now, we're watching our next invest that's coming off of west africa and it's headed toward the windward islands right now, about 1890 miles east of it. we expect in the next few days there's a 90% chance of development. now, there's really closely monitored this system because if it lifts toward the north, it could miss the leeward islands into puerto rico. so a lot of uncertainty here with the formation right now for two days and 80% chance. we're also watching the severe weather threat with the heat building across the northeast this afternoon from w all the way to maine.
you're under a marginal risk of storms due to the heat and humidity that's going to continue to build. minor gusts picking up to about 40 to 50 miles an hour, up to 60 miles an hour for new york city. also for the pacific northwest, watching the heat building in that area as well. yasmin? >> all right. thank you, janessa. great to see you this morning. >> still ahead we're going to go ahead to cnbc for what's in the proposal for the next stimulus package. also, one major company is extending its work-from-home policy through next summer. will other businesses follow? we're back in a moment. businesw we're back in a moment only tylenol® rapid release gels have laser drilled holes. they release medicine fast, for fast pain relief. tylenol®. for fast pain relief. (burke)eighbor) oh, just puttering, tinkering... commemorating bizarre mishaps that farmers has seen and covered. had a little extra time on my hands lately.
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what is in this bill earlier on in the show. but talk us through what it is you're hearing. >> what i'm hearing is there's still a huge gap between what the republicans are pushing for and the democrats want. a few of the main sticking points with, the unemployment benefit, the republicans want to reduce it from the current $600 a week in addition to payments to $200. republicans worry this is encouraging americans to stay home rather thaen go back to work. it also includes another round of $1,200 stimulus checks. the real gap being the democrats don't think the bill does enough and some republicans think the bill is too expensive. a long way to go in bridging that gap. google has planned to allow employees to work from home until july 2021. the ceo of alphabet sent an
email to employees yesterday saying they can stay home until july 2021. previously it was to stay home until the end of the year. this was to allow more flexibility, especially for people with children, given school districts aren't returning to school in the fall. so this allows them to plan ahead. but may not help with their sanity and having to be home with their kids for another year on this. let's talk about how congress is planning to question big tech ceos following this anti-trust investigation. what more do you have on this? >> this is a huge event for the tech community. we are going to hear from four of the biggest tech ceos, alphabet, amazon, tim cook, and mark zuckerberg of facebook. they're going to be testifying in front of the house. lawmakers have a huge arsenal of material to work with.
1.3 million documents collected from companies and third party sources and the whole testimony is designed to get more information around competition and whether current law can keep the power of these major tech companies in check. that's going to be the goal of this testimony. it's set to be a serious grilling since last june the house has been investigating the dominance of a small number of digital players, the ones i mentioned, and the adequacy of anti-trust laws and enforcement. this is a huge event and you want to keep an eye on it. >> thank you, julianna tatelbaum. up next a lot plans to reop schools across the country. and a look at portland as the federal government plans to crack down on protests there. and republican governor larry hogan, we'll speak to him
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schools are already reopening in parts of the country. this year some classes will be virtual, some in person and some a combination of the two. katie beck has a look at how parents, teachers and students are navigating the effort to keep everybody safe. >> reporter: excitement for the first day of school couldn't be masked in mississippi. >> everybody was ready to return to school. i had a parent describe it last night it was like christmas eve and they were ready to go. >> reporter: back to school with masks, plastic partitions on the bus, temperature checks on the front door and classroom seats spaced apart. lower grade students grouped with students from last year. and no cafeterias. >> you get to each lunch in your classroom this year. >> reporter: the list of new safeguards against covid-19 reassuring tara williams whose
four children returned to school monday. >> i feel like requiring the mask was my number one thing that made me feel safer. >> reporter: but those changes were not enough for about 13% of parent who is the district said opted for remote learning this year. in memphis, tennessee, schools saying the year begins virtually only after a spike in coronavirus cases raising the threat to students and staff. one study shows more than half of teachers don't support in-person instruction at the start of the school year with one in five saying they won't return if schools reopen. >> it's important that our community and other communities take this virus seriously. it's here. we have to change our ways. >> reporter: changes well worth making for seniors here. >> it takes a little of the social life out but it's not a big deal. >> it's an easy thing to do. if everyone can do it we can
stop the virus. >> reporter: for now a modified new normal as the school year begins. >> thank you, katie for that report. that does it for me this tuesday morning, i'm yasmin vossoughian. "morning joe" starts right now. under the dome of the u.s. capitol we have bid farewell to some of the greatest americans in our history. it is fitting that john lewis joins this pantheon of patriots resting upon the same catapult of president abraham lincoln. john lewis became a titan of the civil rights movement and then the conscience of the congress. here in congress john was revered and beloved on both sides of the aisle, on both sides of the capitol. we knew that he always worked on the side of the angels and now we know he is with them. >> even though the world around