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good day to all of you from msnbc world headquarters here in new york. welcome to "weekends with alex witt." bring you up to date now. breaking news in the coronavirus pandemic. dozens of the newly authorized moderna vaccine being packed, shipped tomorrow. officials say millions more will go to u.s. states over the next two weeks. >> we remain on track to allocate around 20 million doses of vaccine to all jurisdictions by end of december. with distribution of those doses pushing into the first week of january.
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the cdc called an emergency meeting this weekend to review data from the moderna vaccine. that meeting includes a discussion about who should be vaccinated next. and despite promising vaccine news, the u.s. marketed they straight day of record-breaking cases, adding more than 246,000 deaths in one day. more than 2,800 deaths recorded. scott cone tracking the shortage of icu beds across california and also in olive branch, mississippi with the latest on the moderna vaccine. welcome. first to you, shasq, outside th manufacturer districting that vaccine. what's rolling out across the next 24 hours? >> reporter: just got an update from the general of "operation warp speed." workers behind me are converting moderna's lar stockpile of doses into individual shipments that will go out as soon as tomorrow. we know some will be delivered
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as soon as monday. that's definitely welcome news as we continue to see the coronavirus spread all across the country. listen to a little bit of what we heard from general perna in that update earlier today. >>ing distribution of moderna vaccine has already begun. moderna has moved vaccine from their pill finish manufacturing sites to mckesson who will serve as the central distributor. at mckesson, distribution centers, boxes are being packed, and loaded today. trucks will begin rolling out tomorrow from fedex and the u.p.s. >> reporter: now, moderna promises about 20 million doses delivered by end of year saying that number will go up to 100 million by the spring and 200 million by the summer, just in the united states. we did also hear from general perna address some concerns and complaints, frankly, you've heard from some governors across the country that they did not
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receive the allocations that were promised in terms of that pfizer vaccine. he said he takes full responsibility for that, and says that because of the fda approval process, when it got time to ship those vaccines out he realized that the allocations were smaller than he expected. it wasn't pfizer's fault or any of the manufacturers fault and apologized to governors and their staffs dealing with that and promising they're learning from this and hopefully when we get to delivering the moderna vaccine they say it will be a much smoother transition. >> thank you. meantime, california hit particularly hard by the coronavirus. yesterday reported a state-wide icu availability just 2.1%. in southern california, home to upwards of 23 million people, that number has hit zero. state health officials warn conditions may get worse. it's a similar situation in the state's central valley where we
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find nbc' reporter joining us. explain what it means when the icu is at zero capacity? >> reporter: it means pretty much that, alex. there are no beds. more importantly, there is no staff, even if there are beds. they are literally stretched to the limit. 2% is the figure state-wide. in some places it's much worse. you mentioned southern california and the san joaquin valley in central california, this hospital, hazel hawkins memorial in hollister, california, 130% of capacity for the entire hospital. you heard that right. 30% above the limit. so they are doubling up patient rooms. they have patients that are staying in the e.r. many of them are obviously covid patients as they deal with this surge on top of the surge, and it seems sometimes that there is no end in sight.
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>> it's like a war zone inside there. i mean, we are, you know, treating this as a mass casualty event. the hospital has come together as a team and we're treating the sickest patients and treating every patient that comes through the door. we're getting them then, giving them treatment and seeing everybody that shows up. >> reporter: you heard him mention compared to a mass casualty event. of course, mass casualty events usually have an end and they don't know when this is going to stop. they do have that proverbial light end of the tunnel with the vaccine. 230 doses arrived here of the fidsor vaccine. they started vaccinating the staff this week, getting moderna vaccine later in the week. certainly helps the staff deal with all this put patients keep coming in. we reported from holster six months ago. one of the first places in california to reopen following
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the initial surge. what a difference that time makes. they are really in the thick of it now, alex? >> listen, a lot of places are back-sliding like that. scott cone, thank you for brings us the laters from hollister and bring in former new jersey health commissioner and president and ceo of university hospital in newark. welcome back. a week ago we spoke. talk about prevents hospital overcrowding. it's crucial to reducing covid and any other deaths, frankly, but how burdenship does it become for hospitals to both administer vaccines to its frontline workers and also battle this second wave? >> you hit the nail on the head with that risk and planning for it diligently. the biggest problem being able to administer hundreds of vaccines a day and tend to increasing admissions weir seeing in the hospital every day, staffing. the same health care heroes equipped to monitor a vaccine
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and take care of them in the hospital, everywhere from intensive care to emergency room. we've had the summer to plan for this, because new jersey managed the pandemic relatively well, and hospitals had time and space to plan for it, but if cases are not controlled, alex, if we continue to see cases go up across the region, and hospitalizations go up, it will be difficult to manage this. we are focused very intently on making sure we have enough stuff, and of course all of the plans needed to get this done. >> well, look, you have, i know, more than 2,000 frontline health care workers. seems like not enough some days. you received your first shipment of the pfizer vaccine this week. got over 3,000 doses. how did deployment of this go and how much is left of those 3,000 doses? do you know? >> it went quite well. so a nurse health care hero in our emergency room was the very first person in the entire state to get the vaccine right here at the hospital. we've sin vaccinated hundreds
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more people who have signed up in droves after she delivered her message not only in english but also in spanish. remember, we proudly hire from our community. so important not just for the community but for our health care workers as well. we have quite a few doses bet but the doses are coming fast over the next weeks so our hospital is getting more and more efficient every day to accommodate that. >> get some every week. what amoderna? or justifiesor? >> likely will. moderna is set to go to many more hospitals across the state with the emergency use authorization announced yesterday. the good thing about the moderna vaccine it does not require the ultra cold storage, and, in fact, can be kept at room temperature for much longer than the pfizer vaccine. when we talk about the mega vaccinations sites we'll eventually get to for the community it will be easier to handle and ultimately get to
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folks as quickly as possible. >> you were a part of that moderna trial. give me a little about that experience. >> i was a proud clinical trial participant for a couple reasons. first, it's great to be a part of the national, international solution to this. we depend on folks enrolling in these trials to understand the safety and effectiveness of these vaccines. an honor to do so. also in the community of color that we serve, which is very rightly skeptical against the medical establishment in general, but, of course, also with these vaccines. a new effort. it went very fast. i wanted to make sure we sent the message that our health care leaders are happy to be first in line and set the example for the community. so that was an honor to do so. we may find out that just this week for the health care workers, i'm a physician myself, clinical trial partners if we got the vaccine or placebo will respond accordingly. i'll get the vaccine soon after if i find out i did get the placebo. >> doctor, good to see you
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again. look forward to speaking with you again soon as we get more updates. thank you so much. any questions you might have, what are they? about pfizer and moderna vaccine? having another question and answer session with a panel of experts. send in your questions to ask alex we'll answer them tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. eastern time. now to the crisis smasi ifa small businesses. forcing thousands of restaurants to close and those remaining facing uncertainly futures. down to cori coffin in queens, new york. welcome to you at this hour. talk about the restaurant challenges. how they're coping. what do you know there in queens? >> reporter: yeah. restaurants now account, alex, for the most closures of the pandemic. surpassing retail. here in astoria, queens, new york if you're familiar with the area you know the restaurants are a life-blood for this economically. now, in new york, they are going to be dealing with possibly what
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could be the worst round yet in terms of closures, now that we have more cases rising again here in new york. nothing like we saw in the spring but still the cases are starting to rise and seeing more closures because of it. indoor dining rolled back. to-go dining restricted further. because of this these restaurants down the block are worried about viability to be able to stay open through this harsh winter, because outdoor dining, they feel, is really not an option with the cold weather. be listen to what particularly hard-hit restaurant. >> down to 80%. it's tough. really is tough. we're sitting around worrying, just trying to do a lot more delivery and take-out. and that's what we're working on right now. >> reporter: okay. now, so to accommodate for the -- i'm going to turn the shot a little closer to us, too. alex to accommodate for the
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change in, in what we're dealing with what it comes to indoor restrictions, the city is trying to allow for folks to, in these restaurants, to expand their outdoor dining locations. so this structure that you see here, for example. most restaurants say it's just not -- economically viable to continue to invest in these structures. for example, i was told he spent tens of thousands of dollars on a facility like this and it has to be even more updated because of this harsh, hour winter. they just don't know if they're going to do. another restaurant down the way, facing a second round of layoffs for the holiday season, alex. it's something they need the economic stimulus, of course, they want the restaurants to open but need that stimulus to allow them to keep people on the rosters and, of course, allow for renter of their buildings. >> salve luabsolutely. that tens of thousands of dollars, looks like a very sturdy structure. the place to go on that black to
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back with breaking news. a massive hack affecting dozen of organizations shaping up to be much worst than first feared. scrambling to determine extent of attack we learn may have begun as early as march. secretary of state mike pompeo first administration official to put the blame on moscow. >> this was a very significant effort and i think it's the case that now we can say pretty clearly that it was the russians that engaged in this activity. >> but the president today
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downplaying the hack suggests china could be behind it, and the president ramping up the election results, urging followers to take to the streets for a "big protest in d.c. on january 6th. be there. will be wild" n." that is the day congress is set to to count the votes and validate the election. meanwhile, a spending in coronavirus relief deal. president trump signed a two-day stopgap measure last night to avoid a shoutdown. democratic senator chris coons on msnbc earlier stress the urgency getting this done. >> this is going to be a significant down payment on the relief the american people really need and deserve. >> right now to capitol hill. nbc's lee ann caldwell joins me again. so can you give me a sense
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what's holding up negotiations, lee ann? >> reporter: hey, alex. so we are hearing a bit of optimism that a deal is coming together. perhaps rather quickly. senator coons actually just told me moments ago we could see a deal within the coming hour. >> wow. >> reporter: he said that after huddling on the senate floor with a group of lawmakers having a very long discussion. we could see something soon, but until we do, things can slide, problems can happen, of course. but senate majority leader mitch mcconnell he opened the senate floor this morning urging congress to come together and just nail this thing down. let's take a listen. >> we need cooperation. and focus. from all sides. there is a kind of gravitational pull here in congress where unless we are careful any measure of negotiation can easily slide into an un-ending catalog of disagreements. let's guard against that.
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>> reporter: well, there does seem to be one final issue that is holding up any sort of deal, and that is an issue regarding a federal reserve lending program that senator pat toomey, republican of pennsylvania is demanding is closed down. here's senate democratic leader chuck schumer on the floor this morning. >> we have made great strides and great progress over a few days. you can use whatever football analogy you want we're on the 5 yard line or the 1 yard line whatever. the truth is simple. we're close to an agreement but we need to finalize it. we need to finalize it and only really the toomey provision stands in the way. >> reporter: with only one provision that is standing in the way, that seems like a task that can be overcome. and lawmakers, we just spoke with, seem something will come together relatively soon. >> okay. when they said, "come together" do you think something would
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pass? any indication, senator coons give that to you? come to agreement, bring it to a vote? how long are we talking? an hour, done and reporting breaking news? >> reporter: great question. we expect them to say, we have some sort of agreement. we don't know what form that is going to take. the earlier -- the house who to vote first and the earliest they said they would vote was 1:00 p.m. tomorrow. the senate has to follow suit. perhaps they could get it done tomorrow night, if things are, if the text is rwritten and everything is done. it might slip into monday. first thing, they need to agree they have a compromise. >> reverts to the senator saying realistically in terms when everything is signed, sealed delivered play be monday. >> reporter: yep. >> keep us abreast of any negotiations. light on this would be great. more news, the president making his first comments on the cyber attack. joining me from washington,
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d.c., josh letterman. suspecting it's russia. ed president saying otherwise? >> reporter: have not heard one word from the president expressesing concern or alarm about a cyber breach security officials warned is unprecedented sweeping and ongoing. instead in the president's first comments about this breach on twitter today he's instead suggesting that the whole thing is overblown. the president tweeting that everything is fully under control and that the hack is far greater in the fake news media than in actuality. instead the president seems to just be throwing things out there under the banner of maybe, could be, who knows. suggesting alarmingly that this breach could have also faeshgaf our voting machines. we haven't seen that so far and suggesting instead of it being russia, russia, russia, critics are quick to point to.
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it could, in fact, be china. the president's suggestion that this is all much ado about nothing stands in stark contrast to the extent of this breach we have learned about. now affecting all kinds of critical u.s. agencies including the commerce department. the treasury department. the state department. the energy department including the part of it that works on nuclear security, homeland security. the national institutes of health obvious, krit licritical and parts of the defense department dealing with communications. the president suggesting china. it's not something we've heard from any security officials and in fact the president's own secretary of state, who he in fact tagged in that tweet said just yesterday all signs point to russia. even now today, alex, we're hearing from the chairman of the senate intelligence committee, a fellow republican, marco rubio of florida, he says that this was a, it was increasingly clear that russian intelligence
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contacted the gravest cyber intrusion in our history. marco rubio also calling for a response from the united statess that proportional, but significant. we should point out, alex, one of the hallmarks of traditional russian spycraft is try to so division, confusion, muddy the waters among its adversaries so americans don't know what's up and what's down. judging from the confusion sowed by different adversaries, pointing the fingers appears russians behind this? they appear to be successful. >> yikes. thank you. josh letterman for that. here to provide further analysis from the "texas tribune" abby livingston. welcome. first question, with the president downplaying the suspected russia attack on the u.s. first of all, why do you think the president is hesitant to call out russia? >> when he has called out josh
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he is always hesitant to. it's extraordinary to sit here and watch the secretary of state and the president of the united states pointing their fingers in different directions. some kind of miscommunication in the intelligence they're seeing or someone is not leveling with the american people. i also think is crucial in this. many, many government officials are alarmed in a way i've never seen before. i think it's important that they explain to the american people, show, not tell. don't just tell us why it's scary. show us. give us a sense why this is so frightening and what this koss do to disrupt our lives? that could help the american public get behind legislation, a way of dealing with the fallout. >> when the president says in his tweet, look at the big board, could have been hit in our ridiculous voting machines. obvious i won big. to whom is it obvious that the president won big? >> i think it is only obvious to the president. maybe some of his most staunchest followers. this is, again, problematic.
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pe hess is bringing in his personal agenda, that he won the election. it's apparent he didn't, with an incredibly serious act against the united states. this is the language used with 9/11, although there's been no, you know, homeland death and destruction. this could have grave implications. which i saw the nih, sitting here wondering what does that do with our covid response? this could affect every sector of american life and come out of nowhere, yeah. absolutely. >> so many things. electrical grids. the water supply. any number of things. i also want to point out chris krebs has responded to the president's tweet essentially saying do not conflate this cybersecurity hack by the russians with the election results. he's made that point. so i guess it just begs the question asked, to whom is it obvious that the president won this election, other than the president? turn now to the pentagon, though. during this critical time acting
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defense secretary chris miller ordered the pentagon to halt meetings with the biden administration with the transition team until after the holidays. what happened here? why was this implemented? >> well, the new pentagon secretary is a replacement for the outgoing one who trump fired. i think that this is just another instance, i don't know it for a fact. another instance of the trump administration trying to drag its he'lls with the transition. trying to imagine the biden folks amid the hack wondering what they're getting in. a job running the pentagon has gotten a lot more difficult in the last week given this revelation. so i think one thing to also point out, you work hole dayida work holidays. some professions it's a given you show up to work. i assume national security fits that mold as well. >> absolutely. abby livingston, thank you for working this weekend before an official holiday. thank you. now that congress is still
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debating covid relief for families in dire need what does it tell us about the elected officials behind a delay? do they understand the pain of everyday americans? and pardons. one name in particular stirred huge debate. you know his name. no one really close to the president. and joining me, giving me a take on that, next. cologuard. i'm noninvasive and detect altered dna in your stool to find 92% of colon cancers even in early stages. tell me more. it's for people 45 plus at average risk for colon cancer, not high risk. false positive and negative results may occur. ask your prescriber or an online prescriber if cologuard is right for you. i'll do it. good plan. we started by making the cloud easier to manage. but we didn't stop there. we made a cloud flexible enough to adapt to any size business.
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back with breaking news now. congress stalled a new spending and coronavirus relief bill after the president signed a two-day funding bill avoiding a government shutdown. the relief bill is being negotiated, is expected to include direct payments to millions of struggling americans. joining me now, msnbc political analyst mehdi hasan host of "the mehdi hasan show" on peacock, streaming. frequent guest. glad to have you. get into this. what does it say about our elected officials that this still has not gotten done?
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shouldn't this have done weeks ago to have stimulus checks for survival and the holidays? plus americans waiting for this relief watched as house speaker and senate majority leader have gotten vaccinated. they're ville getting thieir paychecks? >> an argument saying maybe members of congress shouldn't get vaccinated until others are vaccinated or forced to li ed d $600. a lot of anger out there. not just holidays, alex. in may i think it was the house under the democratic leadership passed the h.e.r.o.e.s. act, called for $3.4 drillitrillion economic aid. came down to $2.2 trillion before the election. when trump and mnuchin claimed they were okay with $1.8 trillion. nancy pelosi refused to budge to $1.8 trillion then but mitch mcconnell stuck a $500 billion.
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mcconnell was the block then, he's being the block now. republicans in the senate, shameful behavior. going home for the holidays. if we get a deal, a minuscule, paltry shameful deal. the richest country in history of the world. what's the point of being that if you can't house people, can't employ people, can't feed people? hunger in this country at record levels. poverty at record levels in this country and people told to pake due with a one-off $600 check and republicans say look at the deficit after passing trillion dollar tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires? >> is there nobody in the state of kentucky that's suffering or something? what is it about mitch mcconnell that makes him behave this way? does he not know he has constituents that are going to vote for him? he was re-elected. grant you that, but how is it he's completely out of tune? with his own constituents?
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>> i mean, i can't speak for kentucky but on a national level we know republicans are out of tune with americans. just lost the popular vote again. lost it seven times out of the last elections at the president's level. house races, gerrymandering helps them et cetera. minority rule name of the game for the republican party. for mitch mcconnell wrote a piece pointing out a nickname, grim reaper. shut down all legislation. kills it all. sorry to say he's a grim reaper on a literal level. people are dieing not just from cove ed but from the economy catastrophe going on also. studies suggest death rates up, suicides up. a massive catastrophe in the country and we're arguing the amount of economic? should be $2,000 and every month
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until the crisis is over. no other western country is doing this. sometimes we're lost what's going on in america. look abroad. canada passed a few months ago biggest stimulus since world war ii. other countries are able to look after their citizens at times like this. by won't america? >> hmm. i wish i had the answer. logic defies putting forth an answer to that question. let me ask you about congressman aol. alexandria ocasio-cortez. took aim as well as at chuck schumer this week. take a listen. >> you know, i do think we need new leadership in the democratic party. i think one of the things that i have struggled with and i think a lot of people struggle with is the internal dynamics of the house has made it such that there's very little -- option for -- succession, if you will. >> how is this playing out on the hill? is this nothing?
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is it something? is it feither? neither? >> on the hill we know many of democrat colleagues don't like her. don't like her for not just ideological reasons but petty reasons like she's popular. knows how to use social media. they don't. speaks bluntly and speaks her mind. they don't. those issues's they just blocked her from position on an important committee on friday i think it was. partly out of spite. partly out of i would say ideological reasons willing to take the fight to republicans call out ohh oh business mall lw checks. nancy pelosi asks fors 3ds.4 trillion. came down to $2.3 trillion and refused to budge before the election to $1.8 trillion and suddenly budges to $900 billion with nothing substantive in return. part of the agreement. police literally defunded, alex.
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you hear that manta. i just think a failure of house leadership and ocasio-cortez is 100% right to point it out. >> any logic to just getting something passed knowing there's light end of the tunnel in terms of leadership with joe biden getting into the white house? hopefully being more effective in working with the house and potentially the senate depending what happens january 5th and then say, already. now we're going to go guns blazing and a lot more money out there. at least something. is that a logical -- answer, to why? >> it certainly is a logical reason and why we're here today. basically democrats and some republicans came together for this $900 billion deal. the problem with the argument is, do it often enough you allow mitch mcconnell basically to say they will always rollover. i don't give a damn if people die. they do and will always be the ones to roll over. some progressives made that earlier. leverage start of the crisis, put their foot down.
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the next bill, next bill pnd mitch mcconnell able to drag it out from march, april, to now december. to the eve's christmas where we still don't have a deal. >> yeah. okay. i want to turn to a treat that mehdi, you put out about somebody you hoped the president pardons, in fact, during his final days in office. that former nsa contractor edward snowden. do you think trump would pardon him? could wikileaks founder julian assange be not far behind? >> we don't know. donald trump hinted. allies hinted. unpack the assange case, very different that edward stone. stone is an american citizen now lives abroad in exile since 2013. look, my view, i host add debate on my show ash this earlier this week with his lawyer from aclu and clin watts you know well former fbi agent. made the point edward snowden broke the law. that's what pardons are for. even if you think he broke the law, did something wrong, many
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think it was right, and a court agreed in september a federal court found that the surveillance programs edward snowden exposed were illegal. u.s. officials lied possibly unconstitutional. even eric holder, obama's attorney general said in 2016, snowden performed a public service. he blew the whistle on warrantless mass surveillance. even if you think he shouldn't have, even then, that's what pardon's are for. seven years living in skyle aeiy from his family. look hoob trump has pardoned. come on. those guys get pardoned and not edward snowden? >> what is the most compelling argument you've heard for not giving snowden a pardon? >> the most compelling argument, he broke the law. if you pardon him it sets a precedent any member of the government can decide what to leak to the president. gives unilateral power to every
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employee from the thousands working in national security and intelligence. what he did, unprecedented what he exposed unprecedented. not trivial or petty. people blame him for the storied published. he handed them ever to "the guardian," and the "washington post" can and's journalists decided what to publish. blame them, not snowden. our job, expose the truth. expose information the government may not want you to know. in his case, the central thing he revealed was warrantless mass surveillance or americans now partly, not fully changed. we owe him for that. >> hmm. the worst part of any day having you on the show when nick says in my ear. got to go. can't stand that. anyway, heamehdi hasan. >> i'll come back and have these conversations. i love haval these conversations on the weekend. >> open invitation, thank you,
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one neighbor submitted a formal letter to stop the president and his family from moving from after january 20th. joining me now, reporter for the "miami herald" who knows a lot about mar-a-lago. co-author of "the grifter's club: trump, mar-a-lago and selling of the presidency "a e out this year. welcome. details here of this primary objection from the neighbor there in florida. it's just one neighbor, as i understand it at this point. right? >> that's right, but i think the objection is something that many neighbors agree with. this is a deal that donald trump struck with the town of palm beach back in 1993 when he wanted to slash the taxes on the property he was in, a difficult financial situation at the time, and so what he did was agree with the town that he would create this as a club. it would not be a private residence anymore. slashing his taxes in half. but as part of that, there were all kinds of regulations and one
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of them is that no member of the club can stay at the property for more than three weeks a year. and that has to be in seven-day increments. something that donald trump has flouted in the past but until now people largely turned a blind eye. this is the first formal complaint we've seen brought about that particular deal with the town. >> so how binding is this? i mean, you say this was agreed to, what, 1993. i mean, wlliterally, the presidt then, ever stayed there longer than seven days at a stretch? do we know this is legally binding? >> certainly he has stayed there for longer than seven day stretches. wee see it every single christmas and of recent years, and so i mean, how legally binding? i think it will play out in court as it usually does with donald trump, who has a history of lawsuits against the town of palm beach, but i think sort of
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an out out of sight, out of mind situation in palm beach until neighbors started complaining. yew see that in this exclusive enclave. they don't want to start a fuss. donald trump is known for making a big media frenzy when not getting his way. that's happened for decades. the town largely ignored it and other stip operations of this agreement until a neighbor has sort of forced the issue, which is what's happened now. >> just one neighbor, the fact is this community lived through a campaign, two campaigns, a presidency. i mean, they've seen kind of the worst of it, if you will, in terms of the sbupinterpretation challenges to living a quite it, sedentary life in palm beach. right? does it make sense a lot of neighbors are onboard with this lawsuit or that more people as has been told to me, i will say, that it's kind of like, yeah you
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know. let him live there. he's been president of the united states. he's served country. just let him live in this home? >> i think it really depends who you talk to. and i think palm beach has always been very split on this issue. certainly one thing people don't always realize is that palm beach is a small island. >> yeah. >> and there are om a couple of access points. mar-a-lago sits right on the corner of one of those access points. so anytime the president goes, and secret service has to set up a perimeter it causes disruption for residents. these are people who definitely don't want to be in the spotlight, and this has caused media to descend on the island. protesters come to the island more often and this traffic situation. some people are ready for that to be over and i think they find the president living there full
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time after he leaves office, something that's going to continue the issue ib defininde. >> maybe more than they can take. keep us updated. come back tell us how it >> thank you so much. in georgia, new effort today by the two democrat candidates to win the runoff election as the latest poll shows a dead heat. we'll have a live report on who is doing what, next. e report on is doing what, next. i have been suffering with migraine for years. nurtec odt
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a record breaking week in the georgia senate runoffs. what are voters telling you? >> reporter: hi, i spoke with about a dozen voters here at the senator david purdue, donald
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trump junior rally. the crowd here, none of them seem to accept the results of the general election. they all said they voted in the runoff any way. here is what they told me. take a listen. >> if they it's opposite is going to win. i think the american people are waiking up seeing what's going on. they definitely don't want this socialist. i don't think that people rr the military will go for it. >> we're not going to stay at home. we're going to get out there and fight for our second amendment rights and all the others things we need be fighting for. >> i think it was rigged. i think it was set up. i think it was fraud and obviously i think the republican governor is trying to hide stuff because why else would you not
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approve a signature audit. there's been nothing -- they waited a month later before they authorized it. i feel like there's corruption in our government. i really do. >> i have concerns about it too. >> you voted any way. it didn't deter you from voting? >> no. i still wanted to let my voice be heard and do my part. >> reporter: here at the rally there's already been chance breaking out of stop the steal and donald trump junior said let's do that and let's keep the senate. alex. >> okay. we can hear donald trump junior there. almost shouting in the background. thank you for that. breaking news at top of the hour. congressional leaders are meeting now in deal on covid relief could come this afternoon. we'll keep you updated. afternoon. we'll keep you updated and unmatched overall value. together with a dedicated advisor, you'll make a plan that can adjust as your life changes, with access to tax-smart investing strategies that help you keep more of what you earn.
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good day, every one from msnbc world headquarters. welcome to weekends with alex witt. here is what's happening at 2:00 p.m. we have some breaking news. the president, after days of silence, speaking out for first time on the massive cyber attack that breached dozens of government agencies. the president down playing the gravity of the hack and directly contradicting his secretary of state who just last night said, russia was responsible. >> this was a very significant effort and i think it's the case that now we can say pretty clearly that it was the russians that engag