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as always, thank you so much nor letting us into your homes during these extraordinary times. we're grateful. "the beat" with ari melber, who had a very late night, starts right now. hi, ari. >> how did you know about that, nicolle? weren't you asleep? >> i can't hear you, but i'm glad to see you upright. nice to see you, my friend. >> nice to see you, nicolle. thank you very much. sometimes we have those audio issues. i hear you now. you sound great. they get their money's worth out of all of us. >> i don't know how you knew, because i hope and trust you were asleep by then. >> well, you know, i keep an eye, on especially my time slot neighbors. i know. i'm watching you. >> nothing escapes you. well, it was an interesting newsworthy time to be sure. good to be with you. i want to welcome everyone to "the beat." i'm joining you on january 21st,
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2021, a day that marks president biden's first full day in office and exactly one year since the first coronavirus case hit the u.s., which defines president biden's focus today. he is bringing the federal government to finish the fight against covid, rather than sidelining science or expert. >> we will make sure that science and public health experts will speak directly to you. that's why you're going hear a lot more from dr. fauci again, not from the president, but from the real genuine experts and scientists. >> that is a direct statement. it's obviously a contrast. and dr. fauci spoke himself, quite bluntly about what he views as a welcome contrast in this new biden era. >> the idea that you can get up here and talk about what you know, what evidence, what the science is, and know that's it. let the science speak. it is somewhat of a liberating feeling.
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>> liberating feeling, says the doctor who has served so many presidents. this new administration is now doing effectively a standing jump on the covid issues because the prior administration left no vaccine distribution plan whatsoever. that's according to a new cnn report. the president countering that with immediate executive actions, ten separate orders that tackle covid policy, which include fast-tracking the vaccine roll-out. another contrast today comes at the intersection of covid safety and immigration. president biden deploying his power over immigration in order to do something. he is immediately ending one of the previous president's most controversial policies, an immigration rule that was initially sold as a ban on muslims which morphed into a sweeping ban on migrants from several countries with high muslim populations which drew immediate and huge protests you may recall in 2017, and it did not make america safer over four
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years, according to many security experts. well, president biden not only ended that, but he is now replacing it with something the prior administration did not bother to do, deploying federal powers to protect americans from the spread of covid by now requiring visitors from other nations, not just in one region either, but all nations, have to prove they recently tested negative for covid in order to get into the u.s. in the first place. experts stress america has much work left to contain covid. but even some of these seemingly basic steps like restricting visits from people who are covid positive will help speed a mission that was often hobbled at the highest levels. we begin now with dr. natalie azar, rheumatologist, daniela gibbs le jay from the american center for progress, and "washington post" reporter libby casey. good evening to all of you. doctor, there is much to get into, starting with the notion of confirming that people don't test positive, that they're not
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basically having covid or symptomatic as they come to the u.s. where does that fit in to this entire new covid plan? and as we, i'm sure we're all interested on your thoughts on what dr. fauci said. >> you know, i think the travel thing is just one piece of a very complicated puzzle. it's not foolproof, as you all know by now. you can test negative and then be exposed. but i think it's just one in a series of different defenses that are being triggered by the biden administration. you know, i think that some themes that have emerged are transparency, accountability, certainly equity, and that is making sure that communities of color and more disenfranchised folks or people living in rural areas will have access to the vaccine. you know, i think the overarching message is that this is really going to be a cross-governmental, cross-sec to
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recall approach. that is you're going to have federal resources in conjunction with industry and commercial resources such as commercial pharmacies, really on all hands on deck approach in order to bring the pandemic to an end. >> and fauci? >> specifically on how -- now that he has been unshackled, if you will, and is now our spokesperson, well, that's it. >> yeah, to your -- >> as i was listening to him talk, i was thinking to myself, yes, we always do want to lead with science, of course we do. and even within science, it's okay to have a conversation and disagreements and discourse, but at least let it be at the level of, you know, the experts and the scientists judging the merits of a study rather than just making things up. >> yeah, it was striking coming from him. he has the credibility. it's no disrespect to the new
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president, daniela, to note that dr. fauci has higher public trust than both the new president, who has a higher bipartisan trust in the numbers we get and than the previous president, who was very low. dr. fauci has to feel pretty liberated in order to even say he is liberated. >> yeah. i pleaded that he looks at least ten years younger today. it was striking how freeing he was up there. and it was wonderful just to hear him speak and know that he wasn't being muzzled and know that he felt like he could just actually tell the truth and tell the american people what's going on with covid. i know we're only one full day into the biden presidency, but already the change has just been absolutely remarkable. and it's a stark reminder that what we went through the last four years was not normal in terms of what we saw from that podium, the lies, the hiding,
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not having any briefings from the covid task force as the pandemic raged out of control. that's not normal. what we're going to be seeing over the next couple of weeks and months is normal. >> libby, you are a reporter whose covered more than one administration, more than one transition. your thoughts on all of the above as well as what is today this first full day of a new biden era. >> i mean, seeing dr. fauci up there was so striking for its normalcy. and the fact that we hadn't seen a briefing on this covid crisis since november by the trump administration is not surprising but it is shocking. and just seeing the federal coordination and the biden administration getting ready to use fema, right. this is like a no-brainer, something people have been talking about doing for months to try and get these vaccination centers really set up, working
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closely with the pharmacies as they're ready to transition from servicing the long-term care facilities, getting hhs really involved to get more people able to get out the vaccines, right? figuring out what the best plan is. if you're getting people out of retirement, how are you mobilizing the military. these very basic tools that it is astounding to realize they haven't been part of the portfolio that the trump administration was using. and so in one sense, if you were just plopped down into this, you would think well, this is a very reasonable, perhaps even modest game plan. but when you contrast it with what's come before, it is such departure from what we've seen. we did see president biden pressed a little bit and jen psaki pressed on this question are you setting too modest of a goal when it comes to getting these 100 million vaccines out there. and they're begging off on that a little bit and trying to contrast themselves with what the trump administration was able to do. the question is can they do more. but is it better to set modest
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expectations and exceed those expectations rather than looking like you're falling short. the scattershot approach to what has been happening across the states is shocking. and i'm sure we can all speak from the personal experience of knowing some people in some states that have had success qualifying and other people in other states who haven't. and this is not a full federal takeover which made some governors nervous and some republicans nervous. this is just trying to get more of the tools on the table, the federal tools on the table employed in this moment. >> yeah. all important points. dr. azar, as always, thank you for giving us the scientific perspective off the top. our other two experts stay. and we bring into the mix professor from morgan state university, jason johnson. now jason, i just heard libby say it's not a full federal takeover, but in a political sense, you could also argue the break's over and it is a takeover. because the democrats -- >> yes.
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>> have pressed on here through the house, the senate and the white house. your thoughts. >> yeah, don't call it a comeback. they've been competent for years. they just couldn't do it when you had donald trump running the country. ari, the most amazing thing tid today was not just the last of scandals, but seeing functional government again. i spent part of the afternoon watching members of congress debate the waiver to allow lloyd austin to be the secretary of defense. no one screamed. no one accused someone else of not being an american citizen. it's how government works. it's joe biden coming in and firing the general counsel of the labor relations board because he really wasn't in favor of labor. this is how a functioning government is supposed to look. it's not boring. it's not less sexy. it's comforting. it's competent. and i think for all the promises that joe biden made about how he was going bring back the good years of this government, today is a real indicator that he knows what he's doing by both addressing crisis and long-term domestic things that we're concerned about. >> yeah. and for jason and the entire
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panel, most americans who are watching the news today probably saw a good bit of the inauguration as it happened. i think there are many reasons why ms. gorman was such a standout moment, how much she packed into what was actually just five minutes out of the whole day and how it echoes. we've been tracking metrics in a number of ways. her books have shot to the top of the entire amazon national best-seller list, even though poetry books are rarely in the top 20. so i did want to play a bit of that for everyone as we reflect on this today. take a look. >> somehow we've weathered and witnessed a nation that isn't broken but simply unfinished. while democracy can be periodically delayed, it can never be permanently defeated. >> starting with jason, what did it mean to you and why did it resonate so immediately with so
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many? >> i love that she said that democracy is unfinished, right? it's the idea that you can try to have a restorative administration, but the promise of this country to provide equal opportunity for all the citizens here has not just been accomplished. i will also say this. the first inauguration i end went to was in '92. i was a kid. we were able to see in washington, d.c. to see another african american woman wearing a brooch given to her by oprah, it was almost a sort of full circle of restorative president sis after right-wingers. and that was bill clinton in 1992. as much as people may criticize him, it was still restorative after bush. to see this with biden, it was a fantastic speech, symbolically and substantively. >> well, was it not maya angelou who said "i know why the caged
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bird sings, but i don't know why lady gaga's bird was so oversized. >> that's pretty much what it was. >> the lady gaga bird -- i'm not an expert on fashion. what do they call it, a brooch? anybody know? >> it was a mockingjay. >> a pin? >> whatever it was, it was a huge bird. >> it was a lot, yeah. >> daniella, you don't have to trifle with my dad jokes on a day as important as today. but your thoughts on all of the above. >> lady gaga does nothing in small measure, and we should all know that by now, okay. i love that poem. that poem was so amazing. and it just -- it reminded me of everything that we have been through for the last four years and how cathartic it was to see joe biden and kamala harris become president, and a reminder that democracy isn't finished. and i questioned many times over
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the last four years whether the bones of our democracy were strong enough to withstand the weight of donald trump. and the jury is still out. we'll see. but i left that inauguration feeling more hope and joy and optimism than i had felt in years. she's just phenomenal. >> libby, your thoughts on what it meant and why it was important and clearly a deliberate part of what the biden administration wanted to do in this ceremony to hear from this young woman at a time where it's 2021. it's the first time we've ever had a woman in this high of a line to become president. and in party politics, if you're a vice president in good standing, you are generally the heir apparent to run when it's your turn. so really, the first time one can credibly argue that there is a real path for a woman all the way to the top in the context of that poem. your thoughts. >> just seeing this 22-year-old
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strong, beautiful, artistic, brilliant young woman delivering this poem, an african american 22-year-old on this day when we were seeing the first black asian woman vice president sworn in, it was just like that moment when we saw kamala harris give that fist bump to former president obama and have a moment with michelle, this acknowledgment of history in the making, a history that for a lot of americans feels long overdue but is finally here. amanda gorman, she -- she acknowledged pain and the difficulty paths of america, but she did talk of optimism. this line she was saying, "there is always light if only we're brave enough to see it." and what we saw in the trump administration was at the very end with the 1776 commission they had essentially a denial of history and a desire to paper over america's complicated and very painful past. and so we're turning a page to
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acknowledgment of what america's ben through, in the past two weeks even, in the past four years, but also in the past 400 years. >> all very important context. i have a little bit of something else for you, jason. it's hard to go from a higher arcing poet to something a little more petty, and who knows why i picked you to respond to it. maybe it's just random. maybe it was just your turn. no one really know. >> i'm ready for it. >> take a look at a different type of poetry from a well-known trump critic, of course, stephen colbert. >> take him away. we here at "the late show" have been counting down to this day for four long years. tonight the number on the dome has counted down to one. ♪♪ ♪ hit the road, jack, and don't you come back no more, no mo, no
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more, hit the road jack and don't you come back no more ♪ >> jason? >> the level of joy that this country has, i won't even say his name that the previous president an his entire family is basically gone and gone into exile into florida is a joy that people will be experiencing for years. stephen colbert is not going to be the last one. there is -- it's a scene out of "the whiz", just a brand-new day, people dancing in the streets, that we not just have a new president, but the old one is gone. you hear that sound? it's nothing. nothing on twitter. it's just peace. colbert is all of news this particular moment. >> great and interesting way to kick off tonight's special edition of "the beat." jason, daniella and libby, thank you. we are our shortest break, just 30 seconds on tonight's program. we have michael moore, biden's 100-day list, and why the
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democratic majority may be larger than you know. but first, frank rich, in 30 seconds. we are hoping things will pick up by q3. yeah...uh... doug? [ding] never settle with power e*trade. it has easy-to-use tools and some of the lowest prices. don't get mad. get e*trade and start trading today. of the many observations that are relevant right now with washington changing, there is one that's quite simple but is somehow often forgotten. in many elections, america is far more blue than red for a very long time. more americans voted for the candidate running against donald
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trump than for him twice, and some of the mood, the euphoria we heard from even some of our guests a moment ago and we saw it in the streets the moment this all went down that saturday when the race was called, that elation not just on the left, but in many parts of the country is a piece of that. it was a long uphill fight. but for many structural reasons, republicans have benefitted politically from an electoral advantage that is larger than their actual numbers. think about the total vote in, say, the past eight presidential elections. republican candidate got more votes in 2004. okay, you see that. but then the democrat got more votes in 2020 with biden, but also in 2016 and in 2012, plus 2008, also back in 2000, or 1996, or also 1992. it's quite a list when you look at recent elections. in seven of the last eight, democratic candidates have won more votes from americans. and that's come in times good and bad, recession or not,
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foreign policy crisis or not. it's a reminder that joe biden is riding a larger crest of what such an a very blue country, even if structural reasons sometimes make that hard to see. for a special conversation now on this first full day of the biden era, we turn to the emmy award winning writer and journalist frank rich, executive producer of hbo's veep, hbo producer of hbo's subsection. thank you for making time, frank. >> thank you. you put a lot of pressure on me. i don't have a poem, for instance. but i have to say, i share completely in the previous guests' enthusiasm about the inauguration. i thought it was -- the only one i think in my lifetime that i've seen as a cognizant person that really spoke to me and really
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moved me. and i say this, even though at the center of it is joe biden, who is not particularly poetic or someone that people get emotional about. he is a kind of nuts and bolts legislator and politician, but it's an incredible opportunity now before him to -- i hate to use the word historic, but he has this kind of fdr moment where he can prove the democratic theory that government can work and actually benefit people, and at a time of enormous crises that we don't have to reiterate. but starting with the pandemic and the economic distress that's going on right now. >> do you think it's important that democrats really lean into the mandate i mentioned, that there are all sorts of complexities to elections in the united states, but the overwhelming sweep has been this blue direction?
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>> yeah, i think they should lean into it. one of the things that i liked about what biden did in the inauguration, and frankly, since the election, is project confidence and actual belief in core principles of his party at a time when they're really needed and at a time, of course, also when democracy has been so betrayed by the previous administration. and i think they have to lean in. i think the democrats should lean in to it not only as a political matter, but also as a patriotic matter, because the fact is there is a terrorist white supremacist movement in this country. it has a hold in the other political party. it actually has representatives on the floor of congress. and so it's an urgent matter that they lean in, just as you said.
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>> i'm curious to get your views as well on how we're already seeing this new era play out with such high stakes that you just alluded to. it's revealing to see how republicans are dealing. take a look at senator ted cruz. everyone knows on january 6, after the insurrection, he was leading the charge to overthrow the election, objecting to pennsylvania's electors, which among other things would disenfranchise that state's voters. now cruz is attacking a reason to reenter a climate agreement saying it shows joe biden cares more about, guess what, paris than pittsburgh, although it was cruz trying to disenfranchise pittsburgh and then some in p.a. or house leader mccarthy, he also voted to overthrow the race, trying to eliminate biden's electors. here he is today calling biden divisive. >> those executive orders he is signing are partisan. that's dividing. and i'm afraid that looking at this administration, if this is the start, what more is there to come?
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>> frank? >> these guys are seditionists. they tried to overthrow a fair and honest democratic election. for them now to talk about division, political division or to call for unity, another track they've been on since january 6th, it's so bogus on its face, and it's also noise that i think should be tuned out and i think is being tuned out by the biden administration. if mccarthy and cruz and josh hawley are the sort of death mount march to take over the trump base of the republican party, i think that's the republican party's problem, not the democrats' problem as they actually try to govern and just let these people -- because republican party is quite divided. and they've got a problem. and they've got a problem with some of donor, which is important to them. and they've got ideological
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divisions, as much as they want to talk about democrat ideological divisions, which for the moment are at least somewhat papered over. so i say just ignore them and full speed away on 100 days of some kind of neo new deal, if you will, for the biden government. >> and given how much writing you've done as a journalist about truth and power, and then what's also so interesting to people who like your other work, the work you contributed to on "veep" and "succession" just how propaganda oratory works and bends or breaks human psyche, if you will, your thoughts on how the current new government administration should try to embrace what it can do as being more trustworthy, not that we give any fealty to the word of the government automatically. that's not really the constitution's vision with a muscular fourth estate, but
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there should be common facts. how important is that do you think in this project? it's something biden and his new press secretary have clearly emphasized yesterday and today. >> yeah, they have emphasized it. i think that's great. i hope they keep to it. i don't think there has ever been a president of the united states who's not -- who's incapable of spin. there will be times when they won't be completely truthful i suspect, but i think on the things that matter, they have to be, and particularly things like science and a our relationship with russia, across the board. and they're fortunate in that they're taking over from the most dishonest, almost stalinist propaganda machine in the history at least of modern american government there has been nothing like it. and i include things like the incredible, you know, bush wmd
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push and the mission accomplished. those are brilliant propaganda move, but they were pikers compared to the trump people. and i get the sense the biden people want to be honest. they want to deal in facts. i'm sure they'll sway occasionally and we have to call them out on it, but i'm hoping that remains the goal. i don't see any reason to believe that they don't want to fulfill it. >> all really interesting perspective, which is why we wanted to come to you on this truly big day. frank rich, nice to see you, sir. >> good to see you, ari. thank you. >> thanks, frank. coming up, accountability. the fbi now arresting new key figures regarding the capitol insurrection. while democrats want to go big as biden takes power we have another special guest on this first full day of a new era. [ engine rumbling ] ♪♪ [ beeping ] [ engine revs ]
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tonight the fbi making new arrests in the insurrection in an ever widening and sometimes eclectic array of suspects. the leader of the proud boys group now arrested in florida. the feds group note he and others were wearing a earpiece or some other communication device suggesting a very high level of criminal conspiracy. also, a doctor who is part of a fringe group pushing false covid claims arrested. she also met with vice president pence in july. today a federal judge also releasing a woman suspected of stealing pelosi's laptop. she has been sent home to be with her mother.
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house democrats meanwhile asking the fbi to probe whether and how right wing social media apps like parler have been involved. the speaker gave this warning as well to any lawmakers who may have crossed the line. >> there is no question that there were members in this body who gave aid and comfort to those with the idea that they were embracing a lie, a lie perpetrated by the president of the united states. we will have an after action review. there will be prosecution if they aided and abetted an insurrection in which people died. >> this is an ongoing and important process, one that we've reported on and informed you will take a long time to do right. we just showed you a little bit of the updates on the law enforcement arrests as well as the tricky question of what to do if, if there is evidence that supports the idea that people in the government committed any
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potential crime or coordination. there is also a reckoning for the much larger group of individuals who may sympathize with lies, but of course we're not suggesting automatically have done any crime by virtue of their beliefs. there are new signs today of shock, disillusionment, and even despair that donald trump is not president today because apparently people believed him when he said he would be. a trump supporter showing up at what he thought would be a major protest at the new york state capitol, as you can see here, finding himself essentially alone. members of the fringe conspiracy group qanon saying online, quote, it's obvious now we've been had. no plan, no q, nothing. it is a different type of reckoning, a factual one. i'm going fit in a break. we have a lot more in the program, including why senator sanders went viral for some very funny reasons at the inaugural, memes we think you do need to see tonight, and what some are
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our national strategy is comprehensive. it's based on science, not politics. it's based on truth, not denial, and it's detailed. our goal of administering 100 million shots in our first 100 days in office. we're on day one. i'm committed to getting it done. >> president biden speaking about his priorities in these 100 days that kick off the administration, including dealing with the pandemic and the economy. i'm joined now by oscar winning documentary filmmaker and well-known political activist michael moore. he is the host of the podcast "rumble with michael moore" and was an ardent supporter of joe biden once he won the nomination. good to see you, sir.
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>> good to see you, and thank you so much for having me on to take a look back at the biden years and how it went so far. [ laughter ] >> no. >> are you doing chronological humor, michael? >> no. but wouldn't that be great? i was communicating with bill maher last night, and i wrote to him. man, it's been 12 hours and no comedy. we're going to have to get used to this. i'd rather have it without the comedy, frankly. so don't get me wrong. >> yeah, there may be many things that have to be traded. michael, let me ask it this way, though. when you look at what the president just said there and the twin crucibles of the pandemic and the recession and so many issues you've worked on, what's on your mind on those policies and the challenge? >> well, i'm going download and printout the 198-page book that
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he was holding up there, the one with the blue cover. i'm going to figure out -- i'm low on blue ink, frankly, in my printers. that's really going to take up most of the blue. but i'm seriously -- i want to read this. this is the first thing he has do. if he succeeds at this. if he succeeds in getting everybody vaccinated and dr. fauci hoped for as he said today by the end of the summer, and if we have a mandated masks and social distancing -- now i know he says it's only on federal properties. but the number one employer in the united states of america is the federal government. and when you count all federal employees, plus postal employees, plus the military, you've got something like 25 million people. that's a lot. if just that is done, if just 25 million have to wear masks and if you enter the federal buildings, you're on federal property, you to wear masks, that's a great thing.
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we will have a fighting chance to be done with this pandemic this year if he is able to -- and i mean he really has to sort of fdr general patton this thing to pull this off. because this is what new zealand did. this is what the countries that got rid of the problem for the most part, this is how they had to handle it. and we're going to have to all join in together, all of us. that's the unity he is talking about. all of us. we want to stop the dying. >> let me -- let me -- very interesting points you make, particularly with that muscular leadership can do. let me take to it another issue you care about in the context of how less potential chaos in the federal government allows in many tangible ways more focus on what people are going through. and boy have people been through the ringer. >> that's right. >> you have been advocating for different types of debt relief
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for people who followed the rules, went to school, and now are going through a pandemic where the arguments for something fair are even stronger. let's take a brief look at that for your reaction as biden talks up the issue. take a look. >> the pandemic has also increased the hardship on millions of americans who owe federal student loans. in response, the president asks the department of education to extend the pause on student loan payments and interest. >> you see on one side of the screen the pauses start. on the other, there are many nonpartisan experts as well as liberals, if you want to talk politics saying to do even more for these individuals. your thoughts on all of that. >> so you're going to drag me into talking about politics. okay, fine. >> it happens. >> i have to say, i have felt so
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good these last 24 hours. it's -- am i on some pink cloud, some kind of high? look, remember, i supported bernie, and i traveled a year ago this week i was on the road with bernie. >> wait. >> wait a minute. >> and then we all got behind joe -- >> michael, wait a minute. >> yes? >> do people who watch msnbc know this about you? or are you making news? is this a known thing? >> well, you brought up politics, and i'm thinking, well, okay, maybe i should just, you know -- first of all, the woman who stole nancy pelosi's laptop, or allegedly stole it, what does she think is on there? trust me, the only thing that's on pelosi's laptop is she's the one that probably started the memes on bernie with the mittens and everything. that's about -- that's all i'm going to give her on that one. >> it's a great meme. let me focus you. i'm going give you the mic back. but let me focus you. you said it's politics and everything's got to get done through a political world. but really, i'm asking you about
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people. biden says he cares about he's people and helping student debt. i have no reason to disbelieve him. >> i believe he does. >> and schumer and warren are pushing further, but it's about what should be done for people who especially through no fault of their own in this pandemic have crippling debt. >> nobody should be evicted. nobody should be foreclosed on during this time. they should receive help from the federal government. we have -- we -- one thing we learned at the beginning of the pandemic is that we have the money to do whatever we want to do, and we should be doing it to help people. and if it were me, i would forgive these student loans and get out of the student loan business. he already said he supports public colleges, tuition being free. let's push toward that let's have a health care system. everybody should be covered. we're in a pandemic. announce universal health care. we'll sort out how we're going continue it when we get through this pandemic. but for now, nobody should worry
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about going to the doctor or being in huge trouble. i saw this one hospital chain that is suing people who have been in the hospital for covid. no, wrong message. and that's not who we are. so, yes, we should be doing all these things right now, fighting for these things. and i honestly believe this is about biden. you know, my parents were like him. they went to mass every morning. and, you know, it's something i of course never did. but, you know, people like that, i know him. i don't know him personally, but i know that if he wants to start his day in a place of moral fortitude where he will live that day doing what he believes is the right and just thing, this is a good thing for the rest of us, and it's why i believe that okay, so let's say he doesn't support medicare for all or whatever, which they shouldn't call it that anymore
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anyways. should it be called canadian health care or what would jesus do health care or something like that. but any bill that comes across his desk that's going to help people, that's going to improve their wages, get them their jobs back, any of this stuff, he's going to sign it. so schum earp and nancy need to do their job to get these things through, and we have to eliminate the filibuster. the filibuster does not exist in any country that calls itself a democracy. that has to stop. there is a vote and the winner is 50% plus one, that's a democracy. they have to get rid of that, and they cannot let the republicans stop any of this. everything frank rich said, i agree. and these are seditionists. they have a sedition caucus. they have to be brought up and they have to answer for what they did. but they've got to start right now by taking the head off the snake. and that was donald j. trump.
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he has to answer for his actions or we will see more insurrections in the years to come, because they'll say well, look at what happened. nothing. nothing happened. something has to happen to all the republicans who participated in this. and i just -- i think that if the democrats will be strong, and if their idea of reaching across the aisle, the only reaching -- we're the victims of trump. our whole society, the only thing that should be done is by the republicans reaching across. if they want unity, here is a way to have unity. >> that's a point to pause on. >> the democrats and -- >> that's a point to pause on, michael, because i've got to -- and i'm boy, i listened. but i have to cut in because they're telling me we've got other time before we will good to joy reid. >> no, no, i'm so grateful you had me on here on this first day and a half. >> it's a big day. >> it's a big day. and it's a great moment for all of us. and let's build on it.
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build back better. >> yeah. and it's interesting hearing you both speaking to what you see as the moral fiber of president biden, who you supported as well as you put it unity with strength, which is being open to unity but if you know you're right, telling people to come join you, if you have the votes to back it up. michael moore, we'll be seeing you again. thanks for being here today. >> thank you so much, ari. >> we heard michael mention -- thank you. we heard michael mention how bernie boyne and the mittens went viral. we have that and another important political update, coming up. cal update, coming up. consider pain, delivered. pain says you can't. advil says you can. jeff's been to the bottom of the ocean. the tops of mountains. and wherever this guy runs off to. a life well lived should continue at home. with home instead care, older adults can stay home, safe, and happy. home instead.
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let's talk about it. bernie sanders absolutely breaking the internet with his drip, his inauguration chic, his fashion look. now here's how it started. sanders was spotted rocking these understandably cozy mittens understandable, and a big winter coat and he was just hanging out, beautiful mitten, sitting there amidst a sea of dark suits so while many people would go unnoticed and something about this and the whole physical distancing made people take notice and even made the round oscillate night. >> the vermont is strong with this one, in a parka, giant woollen mittens and notice the one part of his body that's not covered. bernie, what are you thinking? don't you know that 99% of your body heat escapes off the top 1%. >> it looks like he's about to
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scatter bread at a bunch of pigeons at the park. >> he showed up with a manilaen velas if he had an appointment at the dmv. >> he had to duck out early when his neighbor larry called to say he found his hat. [ laughter ] >> all right. i don't always see these in advance. some of the things i look at in advance, but that's really funny. the picture of sanders just sitting there, i mean, really, i get it. he was minding his own and it took off online and everyone's been having fun with it and because the internet is create of people went to town re-imagining bernie in different situations. somehow some feel meetings could have been an email. someone poked fun at bernie's busy schedule joking the inauguration was a stop on the way to the post office with the envelope. bernie in the iconic photograph lunch atop a skyscraper and bernie hitting the road with guy
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fieri. not me, us. maybe, if you like to get a little more religious. bernie with a fellow jew at the last supper, or it had to happen, bernie all of the way out in space, one small meme for ma'am, one giant leap for meme kind. we love a good kind around here. or if you are g.o.t., he stopped right into interfell. undefeated. what might be our favorite at the beat. bernie as patrick swayze in "ghost" making pottery with demi. what does bernie think about all of this hubbub? >> in vermont, we dress -- we know something about the cold, and we're not so concerned about good fashion. we want to keep warm, and that's -- that's what i did today. >> not so concerned with good fashion.
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i mean, the jokes write themselves because the late night satire of this is literally what senator sanders said, he is nothing, if not on brand. there were more memes than we even had time to show you tonight so you can always find us online @arimelber across it including a bar mitzvah one. we'll be right back. g a bar mit. we'll be right back. voltaren is powerful arthritis pain relief in a gel. voltaren. the joy of movement. what do you look for when you trade? i want free access to research. yep, td ameritrade's got that. free access to every platform. mhm, yeah, that too. i don't want any trade minimums. yeah, i totally agree, they don't have any of those. i want to know what i'm paying upfront. yes, absolutely. do you just say yes to everything? hm. well i say no to kale. mm. yeah, they say if you blanch it it's better, but that seems like a lot of work. now offering zero commissions on online trades. we charge you less so you have more to invest.
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>> today felt like a return to normalsy. >> i don't know about america yet, but i feel great again. >> it feels like the country is back. sure the gps took us off crazy back roads and we are on main street and we can tell people we were lost. >> tonight, the comics get the last word as always. thank you for joining ari melber. the reid out with joy reid starts now. ♪♪ ♪♪ well, good evening, everyone. how are you feeling? how did you all sleep last night? yes, yes, it is day two of the biden-harris administration. after years of waiting to exhale our nation is taking a deep, cleansing breath and joseph r.ed bien used his first day in the white house


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