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legitimate need for the medication to get the treatment they need and hold the sackler family, and purdue pharma for something? >> the sacklers are not home free. they could still be prosecuted and still end up doing jail time. secondly, the assets could be sold off and the oxycontin still needed could be produced some other way. so this method is not the only way they could go about it. another question is this was announced two weeks before the election and does the timing have another aspect to it. >> what's the ripple effect of this? i remember walmart filed a preemptive lawsuit against the justice department saying don't even look over here, we know what you're thinking, don't come this way. can you explain a little bit of that in terms of other players that might get caught up in this is this. >> sure. there are other suits pending, states and counties and tribes
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are suing for the costs to them for law enforcement and medical care. those cases are still out there. there are a lot of individual and families suing them and then there's possibilities that states will go after the sacklerres individually for crimes. there's lot out there. the wild card out there is the bankruptcy proceeding. last year purdue pharma declared bankruptcy and a court is deciding the amount owed to each creditor and each entity and to the government and this new corporation will be decided in bankruptcy court and it's very much unknown how this will work out. >> professor, we appreciate you breaking this down for us. thank you very much. >> it's the top of the hour. i'm joshua johnson here at headquarters in new york.
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and this is "the week." have you cast your ballot yet? tens of thousands of us have. our national polling average shows the former vp is up 8 percentage points over the president. to be clear, that's a broad nationwide look. mr. biden is up 3 points in florida, almost 3 points in north carolina, almost 6 points in pennsylvania, more than 7 points in wisconsin. president donald trump appears to have a slight edge in ohio. still, many of those are within the margins of error, so statistically, they could go either way. one statistic that leaves no doubt, the rate of new covid-19 cases.
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it is going up and sharply. in a moment, you'll meet a mayor who lost both of his parents to the disease. how is his city getting by with federal economic aid despite having one of america's largest ports? also, we'll speak to white house trade adviser peter navarro about the nation's economic plans for the pandemic and we'll check on our climate as deadly fires continue to burn in colorado. state and federal governments can take measures to prevent these massive wildfires from devastating the american west so why haven't they? we begin this hour with coronavirus. back in july the mayor of long beach, california lost his mother to covid-19. she was a health care worker. two weeks later covid killed his stepfather. maybe robert garcia has become an outspoken critic of president donald trump's response to the pandemic. he was a featured key note speaker at the democratic national convention in august
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and he joins us now. mayor garcia. >> how are you? >> i'm well. you said on september 29th a tweet reads listening to our president downplay this pandemic with killed both my parents is blanking infuriating. how are you doing these days? >> like most people, i'm still upset and infuriated by the president's response. grieving for both of my parents has been difficult but we also have a city to lead, a lot of work to do and at the same time trying to win an election. we know right now what donald trump is doing across the country is exactly against what -- he's out there not wearing a mask, holding people and huge rallies together and literally making this pandemic worse everywhere we visit. we have to do a lot to turn this
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around to have a national strategy and at the same time remembering all these lives we've lost. we're nearing 230,000 americans that have lost their lives due to covid-19 of which two of which obviously i love very much and so we have a lot of work to do still. >> tell us about them. is there anything about your mom and step dad you think people should do? >> i immigrated with my mom when i was 5 years old. she worked cleaning houses like most immigrants and got a job as a health care worker. my step dad was a contractor, so really working class people. my mom was the most careful person could you ever meet as it related to covid-19. she understood the dangers. if someone like my mom could get it, anyone could. and so we honor her in her life and in greg's as well and in
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fact, the last vote she cast was for joe biden in the primary. and i want to make sure that her legacy and others go on. we know that latinos especially are more affected by covid-19. people of color are. in california, 60% of positive cases are latino while only 40% of the population. that's a critical issue. we're getting teams out and documenting in communities and doing testing. there's a lot more work to do. >> how is long beach doing? we mentioned it has one of the nation's largest ports. it's been struggling economically. how is the city doing economically, particularly without federal aid? has the port been able to kind of get back up to steam somewhat and keep the economy going or is there still a gap to be filled? >> well, there's a huge need still for federal stimulus around covid-19. the cities and states desperately need it. california really needs that
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additional support. locally you're seeing high unemployment, people need jobs, people need direct assistance, direct support into their pocketbooks and we're not seeing that coming out of congress. that's something that i think is shameful happening at the congress an level. from a human perspective, i think people are taking care of themselves. i will give a lot of credit to our governor. in california, we are limiting community transmission, we're getting people the assistance they need but what the federal government is not doing, governor newsom and the state is filling in and doing that work but there's still a lot more. we need that stimulus bill to pass. i'm also proud we're doing a lot of testing in communities that are hard to reach and get people the assistance they need locally and at the state level as well. >> before i let you go, you began a study of a universal basic income program back in august. compton has launched its own study.
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i wonder what we should take away from that, particularly that it was an issue that i think has begun to gain some tractions. a lot of fans of andrew yang were interested in his idea of universal income, but it also a sign that something is broken in our social contract. there's a gap that should not to be filled this way. where do you see this study going from here in long beach? >> ubi and guaranteed income is the future, in my opinion. we have a program that we're testing where we've got 1,700 residents in the city getting $1,000 check over three months, almost as a mini pilot. we're in the first month right now to help them bridge the rent.
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we're going to launch a much larger study like compton is doing. people need direct support. so i commend all the mayors that are stepping up, andrew yang and everyone working on this issue, we will launch a substantial campaign in 2021 and it's something we hope will replicate across the country, our state and congress should take up as well. >> i'm sure a place like long beach, which is a big port state, i'll be interested to see how it goes in the next few months and years. mr. mayor, thank you very. >> thank you. >> since the pandemic began, we've heard a lot of promises about vaccines. >> we think we're going to have a vaccine in the pretty near future. >> vaccines are coming along far in advance of what they thought they would be and i think we'll have some very good news for you on vaccines. >> we have tremendous progress
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on vaccines and therapeutic. i think people are going to be very pleasantly surprised with what's going on on the vaccine front. >> we will have 100 million vaccine doses before the end of the year. >> the race to approve an effective vaccine has taken a toll on public trust, especially in the middle of a heated presidential election. only 27% of americans say they would definitely get an approved coronavirus vaccine. to ease those concerns, the fda took the unusual step of making its advisory group meeting on thursday open to the public. scientific advisers debated the standards needed to ensure the vaccine's safe and effectiveness. joining me, professor of pediatrics at the children's hospital of philadelphia. good evening. >> good evening. >> i'd like to get your reaction to an exchange about the subject of vaccines.
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watch. >> we have a vaccine that's coming, it's ready, it's going to be announced within weeks and's it's going to be delivered. we have operation warped speed, the military is going to distribute the vaccine. >> let me follow up. this is new information. you have said a vaccine is coming within weeks. your own officials say it could take well into 2021 for enough americans to get vaccinated and even then they say the country will be wearing masks and distancing into 2022. is your timeline realistic? >> i think my timeline is going to be more accurate. >> so, doctor, the president said it's going to be announced within weeks and it's going to be delivered. what do you make of the president's timeline. what would it take for the president's timeline to be true? >> well, first of all, the only people who know who got the vaccine and who got the placebo in these trials are the data safety monitoring board. donald trump is not on the data safety monitoring board so he can't possibly now howe things
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are really going. how long will it take? it depends on whether these vaccine trials are shown to work or not. these are big trials, the pfizer trial is a 44,000 person trial -- >> doctor, i'm really sorry. i beg your pardon for interrupting. you used a term that i think needs defining. what is a data safety monitoring board. what does that do? >> so when you do a trial, let's say you're doing a moderna's trial, 15,000 people get a vaccine, 15,000 people get a placebo. there is a group of people who are academics for the most part who are looking out who get the vaccine and who got a placebo and making sure to see that someone who got the vaccine didn't have a problem. that's the data safety monitoring board.
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they all know who has gotten sick and who has not. they're the only ones who really know whether or not these vaccines look promising or not. president donald trump can't know that because he's not on one of these boards. >> let me also get your reaction to something that dr. anthony fauci said to my colleague chuck todd yesterday on "meet the press daily." >> sometime in november or december most likely the end of november, the beginning of december we'll know that a vaccine is safe and effective and i'm cautiously optimistic it will be. vaccine doses will likely start to be distributed on a priority basis, for example, to health care workers and those most vulnerable could be the end of the year but if you're talking about thousands of doses, you're talking into 2021. >> you have to deal with the logistics of getting the
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vaccines in the people who are first in line and we're talking about jefferson, hahnemann, temple, penn. it seems like we're asking the wrong question. very few of us are going to be in the front of this line. >> well, it's not just health care workers. it's really any essential worker, those in mass transportation, pharmacies, grocery stores, et cetera, people in law enforcement. those are all essential workers. people over 65 years of age, people with certain health conditions like obesity or diabetes. if you add all those groups up, it adds up to around 150 million people. at least the vaccines that initially roll out look like two-dose vaccines. you have to bring these people in, identify who they are and make sure they come back a month later.
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one vaccine that looks the most promising has to be stored on dry ice, which to say minus 70 degrees centigrade, which we've never done before in this country. >> for people who have looked at this whole controversy and said i ain't taking it, it's too risky, everybody's saying something different, he's saying one thing, the president is saying another thing, i don't know who to trust, i ain't taking it? >> i think you can trust the group of expert who will critically analyze the data. they're not associated with the government or the pharmaceutical industry. they'll give you a clean, unvarnished appraisal of what they think of these vaccines. normally you're not going to license a vaccine that's only been tested for four, five
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months. that wouldn't happen. on the other hand, 225,000 people died so there's more pressure to get it out there than typical. >> thank you, doctor. much appreciated. >> thank you, joshua. >> it has been said has ohio goes, so goes the nation. so we are the go to ohio and hear from some folks there. and peter navarro will talk to us about the economy as covid-19 cases continue to rise. first, richard lui has the headlines. stories we're watching for you this hour: >> polish president duda has tested positive for covid-19. he says he feels well and he apologizes for anyone he's had contact with. poland is experiencing a surge of new covid cases and deaths. back here at home, delta
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were four years ago? president donald trump says he had the greatest economy in u.s. history before the pandemic hit. during his event in miami, former president obama said that the economy was better at the end of his administration. and joe biden told a crowd in pennsylvania that president donald trump cares more about wall street than every day people. >> did he warn the american people? no! he didn't! but he'd tell you what his administration did. they gave wall street a heads up according to the "new york times." he didn't tell us, but they told his wall street friends. that's why they made so much money by, quote, selling short, because they knew it was coming, because he cares more about the stock market than he does about you. >> this week the labor department reported the jobless claims dropped to nearly their lowest level since early march, still the unemployment level is 7.9%.
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>> a poll found the economy remains by far the top issue for voters this november. joining us, peter navarro. good evening to you. good to see you again. >> how are you, sir? >> i'm good. i want to start with vaccine policy. we heard the president's timeline in terms of when a vaccine might be available and how soon it could move. talk about the administration's plans between now and then. i would think that the goal would be on getting ppe out this, making sure that everybody is following the precautions, making sure there's a consistent message from the white house and getting the ducks in a row to logistically move this vaccine. so what happens between now and when i get the vaccine? >> that's a great question. i thought that was a thoughtful discussion you had earlier. right here in my office on
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february 9th, i wrote a memo which basically described how we could get to a vaccine by the end of november or december. and what was interesting about that memo is that the first "1 big thing" -- first big thing to do was to set up the horse race and the magic sauce in terms of getting a vaccine to the people in a third of the usual time is to have this horse race moving but at the same time do something that never was done before, which is to put in place the ability to mass produce the five vaccines under the assumption one or more of them might hit. that's the difference in the trump effort versus everything that's followed before that. so what we've done is assiduously assure we have mass
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production available should we effectively hit the vaccine lottery and things are looking pretty good for the people, companies that are in this. we have the army -- >> that's presuming we do hit that lottery and i hope we do. there's question among the public as to whether or not the process is reliable, whether we're rushing toward a vaccine, whether any of the vaccines will be safe to put in our body. >> let me quote the late coach john wooden, be quick but don't hurry. so we're moving through the phase one, two, three trials. you start with safety and then you go to efficacy. again, the important thing to understand is that we didn't wait. from the very beginning we were getting ready to mass produce the vaccine and that's something that the people in the
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scientific community, the doctors kind of handicapping this haven't been able to wrap their heads and because usually it's a sequential process, phase one, two, three and then move to mass production. that's not what we did. we simultaneously did all phases at once. let's hope for the best. we're coming at this from a four-vector attack strategy. the other thing to take death off the table if i may be extremely serious are the therapeutic. february 9th when i wrote that memo, one of the things i wrote was to move remdesivir quickly. the president was like this is serious, let's move. the remdesivir thing, we made sure we bought the 5,000 doses
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that were available and then another 100,000 doses and raw materials. hold on -- >> it's been approved for use. it's the first fda approved medication to treat covid-19, but in addition to that, things that like mask wearing that hope close the gap between now and -- i hope we hit this lottery but we're still waiting for 100% consistent message from the president on down about things like just mask wearing. that's got to make it harder once the vaccine gets out. >> my job is to get the masks made. let me give you some assurances there. sitting in this office, part of this office is like mission control early in the pandemic. i remember getting a call right here, stand being right here at this desk from honeywell. it was on a friday about noon and they said, look, we want to make n95 respirators. those are the cadillacs that we need for first responders, we need help on three different
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areas of bureaucracy. by the end of the day we had those problems taken care of in what i call trump time, as quickly as possible. within five weeks instead of nine months, we had honeywell setting up n 95 factories in rhode island and arizona. the thing we learned from this is we're dangerously dependent on foreigners. so the investigateors are the -- vaccines, the therapeutics and testing. we've gotten to the point of care testing capabilities and we've gotten to that through abbott labs, which is one of the great companies fighting this for us. >> there's a larger question about supply chains. new york has had efforts to try to build more respirators here in the new york city area and
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tristate area. i know my time with you is tight. i wanted to ask you about a comment made during the debate last night when joe biden was asked about fracking and president donald trump made a point of it. you hear that, texas, you hear that pennsylvania, in terms of how that might affect voters whose livelihoods might depend on the current state of natural gas exploration. having been to a fracking site and talk to people, they already know the business is changing and they're already working on improving the way hydraulic fracturing works because they know what's in the ground. i'm skeptical as to how that argument will land with people who are actually in the business because they see which way the wind is blowing and they know how much we've moved away from oil and toward natural gas with most energy exploration companies. how do you see it?
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>> fracking is natural gas. here's the way i see it. all job creation is local. that's the approach we take in the trump administration. i thought that was a catastrophic mistake by joe biden for this reason, joshua. there's 9,000 fracking wells in michigan, there's 8,000 fracking wells in pennsylvania. together there's about 200,000 jobs and maybe 400,000 votes in this election implicated and on top of that in wisconsin there's no fracking but there is in the western part of the state the major supplier of fracked sand, which is used in that process. so i think there was a very clear signal sent to the people in michigan, wisconsin and pennsylvania, the battleground states that will in many ways determine this election that joe biden is after their livelihood. he can back away as much as he
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wants from it but when he says play the tape i never said i'd ban fracking and you play the tape and he said he'd ban fracking, it made him look like he wasn't being honest with people. i was with the president in 2016 on the campaign and one of my favorite nights was watching hillary clinton go down to west virginia and tell the coal miners he was going to put them out of business and give them white shirts to go clerk somewhere. >> we'll see how that plays in parts of the country with hydraulic fracturing is done. lots more i'd like to talk to you about on another night. for now, peter navarro, thank you for making time for us. >> speaking about the economy, you'll hear what ohio voters are saying about the economy when we come back. it's either the assurance of a 165-point certification process. or it isn't. it's either testing an array of advanced safety systems.
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in ohio, there is strong support for president donald trump among many rural farmers and suburban voters. they say they're happy with the job he's done, even though the governor stepped in to offset losses on tariffs and a pandemic. here's what some of them told nbc's kate snow. >> for farmers in ohio, there's support for president donald
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trump -- >> i'm not upset at all. if we continued to kick the can, it would get harder and worse. >> reporter: president donald trump gave a precovid bailout. costing taxpayers more than the auto bailout. >> trump had enough sense to send checks out to help those farmers that stood by him because the chinese are eating our lunch. >> reporter: and then this year alone farmers are ear marked to receive about $30 billion more, this time to offset losses from the coronavirus pandemic. government support will account for about 40% of total farm income this year. in the suburbs west of cleveland, undecided voters katherine is considering a vote
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for vice president biden but worries about his health care position. >> obamacare has been the number one financial strain on my family since it was put into place. >> reporter: the cost of insurance continues to rise under the affordable care act, nationally premiums on the state and federal exchanges have shot up more than 50% in four years, yet many insurance experts believe premiums would be even higher today without the law. in katherine's back yard, i met with a group of suburban moms, including molly, a trump supporter and amber, who backs biden. >> with president donald trump, the economy grew so much. >> he inherited an economy that was actually doing quite well. to sit there and give trump all this credit for doing such great things to the economy i feel is very undeserved. >> in ohio, we caught up with voters just ahead of their morning bowling league. >> as a small business owner, i think trump has done a great job by protecting us.
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>> how? >> because i think he looked after the small guy, the little guy. it wasn't always about just the big corporations. >> when it comes to farmers and sportsmen, the gun owners and every day average guy that lives outside the city limits, trump hits every note and checks every box. >> that's kate snow reporting. >> the devastating impact of the historic western wildfires. that's just ahead. stay close. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ this is the feeling of total protection now that we protect your identity, and mobile phone, as well as auto home and life you've never been in better hands allstate
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it is a 24-hour nonstop firefight. thousands of firefighters are working to contain wildfires burning across colorado. one blaze designated the east troublesome fire forced more evacuations this morning near estes park. high winds are pushing the flames towards the mountain town in northern colorado. yesterday county sheriffs confirmed an elderly couple who chose to stay in their home died
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in the fire. a storm could bring snow to the area tonight and slow things down. this year has brought colorado three of its largest wildfires on record. meanwhile, in california more than 4 million acres have burned this year. climate change certainly plays a role but another big factor is the build up of dead vegetation. it's fueling fires across the west. the l.a. times has new reporting on a back log of millions of acres of forest management projects. those include clearing dead trees and brush from federal land. the "times" calls this an uncomfortable truth for the trump administration. the president has blamed the wildfires in california on state forest management. in reality, the u.s. forest service is not getting enough federal funding to do the job. joining us is anna phillips, an environmental policy reporter who wrote this piece for the "los angeles times." welcome. >> thanks for having me.
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>> you talk about a community near bend, oregon that does a good job with forest management but also is neighbors with land that's managed by the u.s. forest service and that makes things complicated. why the complication? >> well, the forest that the community abuts has more than 250,000 acres worth of projects that could prevent a small fire from becoming a massive conflagration. and most, if not all, of those projects are essentially on hold because the forest service doesn't have enough funding to complete them or to even begin them. so for people who are living in the wild land areas where you essentially can't differentiate between what's forest and what's urban, those people and their homes are at greater risk because there's so much build up in the forest. >> if these services had all the money they needed to do
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everything they need to do, what are some of the top things on their list? >> well, for starters prescribed fire is something that experts across the country agree could have an incredible impact for these communities. that's where you're setting beneficial fires that are small, that are controlled. you're setting them in the right conditions and you're sort of laying the groundwork so that if a fire were to come through the following year, it wouldn't burn as intensely and it might not move as quickly into surrounding communities. another tactic that they use is called thinning where you go into forests that are very overgrown where there is just a lot of very small trees that have grown and you remove some of the smallest trees that are the likeliest to burn the hottest. >> this sounds like very labor intensive work. what about the workforce? do we have enough people to do this work even if we had enough
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money to pay for it? >> no, we don't. and we have a seasonal workforce which has been discussed as part of the problem here, that this is really not a seasonal job anymore, this is something we'd have to be doing year round. in terms of sheer numbers, though, we don't have the crews, we don't also have the expertise that we used to have. people who really knew how to set controlled fires in a way that was safe and, you know, effective. and so it's not just the number of bodies, it's the expertise that's missing. >> where does this sit in terms of the larger issues with climate change that we face? noaa scientists say there's been 16 weather disasters in 20 that have had losses of more than $1 billion each. if you live in california and colorado wildfires are very top of mind, especially this year. but in the scheme of things, of all the climate stuff america
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has to deal with, where do you put fires specifically? >> fires are one of the most destructive forces in californian's lives right now. obviously with climate change the projection is they are going to become more frequent and worse. what's happening is the dry period is extending further into the year than it had previously. so the kind of weather conditions that are perfect for fire are becoming more common and the conditions where you'd have more rainfall and, you know, conditions that would put out a fire are becoming much less common. so it's one of the biggest challenges. >> where do we stand right now in terms of federal funding? any hope for getting more or is that too far down the priorities list? >> there's absolutely hope in
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the next year, but at the moment there's no movement right now to do anything. there was hope that there would be this legislation two years ago that would have provided an additional 400 to 500 million for preventive work, but the president didn't put that money aside for that and congress didn't either. neither of them prioritized it. >> anna phillips from "the los angeles times," thanks very much. >> thanks for having me. >> this election is bound to make history. how do we make sense of our place within history? we'll get to that before we go. (fisherman vo) how do i register to vote? hmm!.. hmm!.. hmm!.. (woman on porch vo) can we vote by mail here? (grandma vo) you'll be safe, right? (daughter vo) yes! (four girls vo) the polls! voted! (grandma vo) go out and vote! it's so important!
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today president trump cast his ballot in west palm beach, florida. i was born and raised there. he voted across the library right near the sheriffs office south of the airport. it sent a wave of memories washing over me, but not nostalgia. we make a big deal of people being woke. but we don't often talk about the awakening, about the moments that clue us into being an american, being a citizen really means. 20 years ago, that's when florida became the center of the universe with our crazy election. this adorable young nerd was deep into his studies at the university of miami, deep coming out and deep into a profound
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political awakening. march ra lmy grandmother worked decades on palm beach as a housekeeper. i'll never forget hearing just about everyone telling me i was so articulate and how i speak so we well. i only got over that a few weeks ago. i remember big events like the challenger, hurricane andrew or the day my classes at sun coast high school stopped as a jury read the o.j. simpson verdict. but they didn't feel like life landmarks. that changed within months of my graduation. during my first semester at um, miami dade county narrowly voted to ban discrimination in housing. i went down to city hall to
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watch. it was intense and emotional and very new. it was my first upclose look at democracy in progress. i came of age as south florida shaped the debate over youth violence. the subject quickly shifted to trying juveniles as adults. in 1999, the debate centered around a teenager in broward county charged with murder who killed a six-year-old girl. he became the youngest american ever sentenced to life without parole. in palm beach county, nathaniel brazil was sentenced for killing a etch tooer. he brought a sun to school to intimidate the teacher. at the time, my mother was still teaching in palm beach county. but even those huge stories got ellipsed by an international custody battle. it was so intense it felt
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surreal even then. in the days after the raid, i remember the university of miami canceling some events and classes to keep students away from campus for their safety. and that happened a few months before the nation asked a question that has nagged floridans ever since. don't you people know how to vote? before the 2000 election, we thought a dimpled chad was a guy with a cute smile. we didn't know how the ballots worked. seeing an election grind to a halt around you. >> all right. we're officially saying that florida is too close to call because of a recall of campaign and voter counters are being called back to work to count absentee ballots. will that be going on throughout the evening so far as we know? yes, it will be happening even as we speak. they're being called back tonight. so we take florida away from
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george w. bush. that means he is short of the 270 electoral votes that he needs to win. he was declared the president-elect by all of the networks and there was great jubilation in austin, texas and then total chaos. >> the 2000 election killed my blind faith in the sanctity of elections. it also made me a devout voter. my generation learned the hard way, if you are in line when the polls closed, then you are entitled to vote. do not get out of line. stand your ground and vote. with all of these big stories, the good thing was people around me always gathered to talk about them. i grew up going to community forums and listened to black-owned radio stations like foxy 1040 and hot 105 and 99 jams. and i was raised with no shame
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about going to county hall or pushing my way into jobs at stations or just going to the barber job with my ears open. what a wild journey from thinking nothing of mara lago to watching it become a political center and everything along the way. one lesson has served this nerd well. i don't just have to turn on the tv and watch what happens. as a citizen, i get to be part of the picture. these are unprecedented times. but i can still look at them and say, oh, yeah. i've been here before. with that said, we would love to hear from you. specifically about your political awakening. to put it simply, when did you get woke? what happened in your life or in the news that made you politically aware? now, that's not necessarily when you became politically active but when did you become aware of politics and your place within it? e-mail us or tweet us
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@theweekmsnbc. please include your name and where you're from. we'll share some of your stories tomorrow night. and before we go, i hope you will join me next week for our election coverage on nbc news now. i will be anchoring coverage from noon to 2:00 p.m. eastern every day. you can watch on most major streaming devices and online at nbc news we will see you tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. eastern and please do bring a friend. but until then, i'm josh yeah johnson. good night. still an electric car. just more electrifying. still a night out. but everything fits in. still hard work. just a little easier.
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