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interview. first, on infrastructure, president biden and shelly moore will put their cards on the table. they are far apart on how to pay for massive new legislation. and a major new assignment on the vice president's desk, pushing to protect minority voting rights. and this afternoon, the progress on the president's goal of getting at least 70% vaccinated. and the grim new milestone of 600,000 deaths from the virus. i am joined by peter alexander and leanne caldwell. peter, a lot of progressives want this back and forth and
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want the democrats to go it alone, but the president doesn't seem ready to throw in the towles. >> this meeting is to take place at 2:45 behind closed doors with the senator from west virginia. the president set that memorial day deadline for serious progress to be made. we are hearing from the president's aides and allies, trying to amp up the urgency saying they can't sit and negotiate forever. we heard from pete buttigieg. when they return from congress, saying they need a clear direction. but there is a big gap between where the republican senators sit and the president sitsz.
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-- sits. $928 billion presented by the republican. and it is not just how do you pay for this, but what money in the first place. democrats say this should be new money. republicans want to use what is already allocated but unspent money going forward. the two of them will be meeting behind closed doors. this is the president who viewed himself as the president of service. leo. >> everyone said they have negotiated in good faith, but only so far they can go along. what does she bring to the meeting or listening to what the president wants? >> she is bringing along
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optimism. she is continuing in good faith because she thinks there is a deal to be had despite the fact they are so far apart on so many issues that peter laid out including how to define infrastructure. republicans want this bill limited to traditional infrastructure, roads, bridges, ports, et cetera. no matter how you pay for it, the republicans want to dismantle the covid relief bill, all of the money not spent. democrats want to unravel the 2017 tax cut bill. it will be hard for these two sides to reach some sort of agreement, but they are still trying for the time being. >> peter, in terms of getting this done, we got used to the
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prior president taking shots at his fellow republicans all of the time. but it was surprising to hear president biden say this about two moderate democratic senators yesterday. >> june should be a month of action on capitol hill. i hear the folks on tv saying why doesn't biden get this done. well, because biden only has four members extra in the house and a tie in the senate. and two have voted with the republican. >> do you see this as the president's frustration bubbling over or is there a strategy to pressure. >> it appears the apparent swap was directed at the west
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virginia senator and kristin. by eliminating the filibuster they still need all 50 democrats on board. we know manchin has been desiring a more bipartisan effort going forward, not anything that would be done without bipartisan inclusion. we will be focusing on that when the briefing starts a short time from now. joe manchin has made it clear he does not believe in eliminating the filibuster. it was notable the president said he would be putting kamala harris in charge. it is another thorny topic on her plate just because she heads to mexico and guatemala.
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but her job is to try to bring joe manchin on board. whether she can get that done. >> the margins in the house aren't a ton better for democrats. before we go, the special election in new mexico, a big win for the democratic candidate. >> garrett, it means that pelosi has one more vote to spare. she now has 220 democrats that expands her majority, but it's also a good sign for them politically as well. there was a lot of worry among democrats that perhaps this was going to be a close race in what has been a democratic district, but the democratic candidate pulled this off with more than 25% of the vote. this is a sign that the
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democratic agenda is on the right path. they tried to make this issue about crime and defunding the police. this is giving democrats momentum to move forward with their bold and expensive agenda throughout the summer. >> peter alexander and leiga ann caldwell, thank you. russia wants to close the last of the four original border crossings into syria displacing millions of syrians dependent on foreign aid. andrea mitchell, traveling with
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the ambassador is in turkey. why are they making this move? >> russia supports the assad regime. people here have been bombed from their homes by the regime. now they are in refugee camps. they are starving. covid is rampant. they haven't had access until recently to some vaccines. little to no testing. we see children working for less than pennies per day on trash heaps to try to scavenge to try to keep families going. >> the crossing is the lifeline for more than a million people living in northwest syria.
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half of them are refugees. they were displaced from their towns and villages. closing the border, closing the gate will touch every family from northwest syria. >> so the situation is that this last crossing, this last opening to get food, medicine, other supplies, sanitation supplies in to all of these millions of people closes as of july 15. secretary blinken has spoken about this in march at a security council meeting and the president is expected to bring this up with vladimir putin in a couple weeks at the summit. but if russia doesn't back down, they can veto this last route. the u.s. is providing the
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majority of the u.n. aid. this is one of the issues where turkey and the united states are aligned. turkey does not want all of these syrian refugees, adding to the millions already in turkey. this is a crisis that refugee advocates around the world have been trying to deal with. it's important the u.n. ambassador is here. i am joined by the president and ceo of the international rescue committee who is well versed in this crisis. david, let's talk about how this crisis can be resolved if russia continues to refuse to extend this last crossing. there were originally four and now there is one. >> you summarized it well. turkey is hosting 2.7 refugees. but across the border in syria
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there are people in the northwest and 2.5 million in the northeast who are dependent on those border crossings. that has been cut to one border crossing in the last year. crystal negotiation and vote, not just about the current crossing, there is also the issue of reopening the crossing from iran into syria. one thing i would add to what you have said is to emphasize the importance of covid. it is not just the world food program, not just unicef, and aid working for restrooms, et cetera. but we also have to get testing and vaccinations in.
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that is an important covid element as an extension of the work being done in syria, but outside areas of government control. >> when we talk about these refugees, this is ten years in the civil war in syria. you have iraq, jordan, turkey, all of these surrounding countries overloaded, burdening their economies during this stressful year of covid. this is an unaddressed crisis. the new administration is trying to focus on it with what secretary blinken said with what we expect to be said in geneva, but is the rest of the world taking note? >> it is a decayed conflict and is in danger of being a frozen
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conflict where people are trapped outside rebel control and without rebel support. i think the bigger picture here is it is a real test. it is significant that the u.n. ambassador is making her first trip to the syrian/turkish border. the president raising it with president putin is important. but i hope they don't forget syria. europe has paid the price for neglect of the humanitarian situation in lebanon and jordan. they had 1.5 million revenue gees aride. it is a frozen conflict and not a frozen conflict that should
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carry on. >> what is the position of the assad regime? >> there are no winners in this. the losers are the syrian people trapped under rebel control or are refugees. the regime you saw last week, the re-election of iran in areas he does control where he claimed 95% support. from a humanitarian point of view, it doesn't matter if you are in a government held area or rebel held area, if you have needs, you should have them met. to this extent the crisis is one of diplomacy. it is one where the new administration will be severely
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tested. the only moves are positive. they want to re-engage with the national system. this is a severe test. the extent is the fact that the u.n. is being elbowed aside as the peace negotiator. you have russia and iran and syria holding the ball of diplomacy. we would argue that diplomatic and u.n. efforts should be led as well. >> thanks so much. david understands it so well coming from a family of refugees himself. we are in the capital where there are meetings. and then we will go about 500 miles and we will be with you at the border where we can see the
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impact of this humanitarian tragedy. garrett? >> we will have you back later in the show. tomorrow andrea will have an exclusive interview with linda thomas-greenfield. this is her first foreign trip. and president biden taps vice president harris to lead voting rights. but what is the reaction in congress? the reaction in congress who are all younger than you. i had to get help somewhere along the line to stay competitive. i discovered prevagen. i started taking it and after a period of time, my memory improved. it was a game-changer for me. prevagen. healthier brain. better life. new projects means new project managers. you need to hire. i need indeed.
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president biden says he will quote fight like heck to protect the right to vote tapping vice president harris to lead the fight as republicans in more than a dozen states work to restrict voting rights. action in the senate remains stalled. >> in 2020 we faced restrictive
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laws, an assault on our democracy. i am asking vice president harris to lead in this among her other responsibilities. with her lead and support, we will overcome this. >> and the president calling on the senate to overcome two votes. but they lacked that from lack of vote from one of their own senators, joe manchin. chris, nearly 140,000 voters in harris county took advantage of early voting. now texas is vowing to do away
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with these changes. what do these changes mean for voter access down in texas? >> you were on the ground in houston last year. you saw what it looks like when voting is made accessible, easy, straightforward for voters across the board. over 130,000 people use drive through voting, use extended hours, 24-hour voting to cast ballots that were convenient and safe for them. what these laws are meant to do is strike that. they saw that joe biden got closer than any democratic president in decades in texas. they saw that across the board more and more people of color, women, younger voters are starting to come out and make their voices heard and these laws seek to put an end to that. >> senator mitchell mcconnell said i don't think any of these efforts at the state level are
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designed to suppress the votes based on race. if you read the bills, you won't either. >> that's false. these bills target larger counties like where houston and dallas and san antonio are. they target things like drive-through voting and 24-hour voting proportionately used by may north and women voters. 56% for 24 hour voting. women disproportionate lit used drive-through voting. they are caretakers of families and often driving through with children or elderly. the intent is to prohibit these voters. that is the intent pure and
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simple. >> vice president harris says -- i am wondering as someone on the front lines, how can the vice president's involvement influence things in washington or nationally to focus folks on this issue? >> garrett, democrats here in texas have done everything they can to block these bills, but we know that that dam, soon enough, is going to break. we need intervention. that means passing some of what is part of h.r. 1. i know we don't have the votes, can't break a filibuster, but joe manchin has seen republicans are not playing in good faith so the filibuster has to go away. >> the filibuster is so wrapped
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up in this conversation. last question for you on texas. texas had a secure election and wasn't a state like georgia where republicans found themselves surprised to be losing elections they thought they would win. republicans did really well in texas in 2020. i wonder how that informs your thinking for the motivation of this effort? is this bill designed to pay lip service to lies about a stolen election? is it solving a problem in texas? >> across the country, the big lie, the lie this election was stolen from donald trump in 2020 is being used to bring about furor around these bills. in texas you are more likely, twice as likely, to be struck by lightning than to be a victim of voter fraud. the secretary of state said this was a safe and secure election
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and she was fired days later. the bottom line is we have to hold on tight to donald trump, hold on tight to the big lie, but he would can't let that lie derail the democracy we have in the united states of america. >> to my fellow houston-ian, thank you. a new ransomware attack shut down meat packing company j.b.s. their companies were shuttered in several states. the white house said they think the attack came from a criminal group based in russia. this after an attack on a pipeline. >> they went after our gas and hotdogs. no one is out of bounds here. everyone is in play. >> j.b.s. operates in 15
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florida governor ron i did desantis and the cruise line industry is sparring. they have been asking if passengers were vaccinated. the cdc requires at least 98% of the crew and 95% of passengers be vaccinated. how are cruise lines reacting? >> you are hearing frustration and threats to move ships out of the state of florida. after 15 months much no passengers and being docked, they were excited to get the cruise lines going, but there was a way to do so which was having 95% of passengers
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vaccinated. that conflicts with florida law. i spoke with an analyst and they said it is not just about health and safety, but it is making sure that passengers are comfortable with going on these ships again. listen to what he told me. >> they really need these first cruises to be absolutely perfect. no breakouts of covid. again, customer service has to be prepandemic levels. if something goes wrong, if there is another breakout, that is really going to set them back. >> so there is really genuine uncertainty over what happens now. there is some talk there may be a carve-out saying that cruising will be in international water so they don't have to comply with state's regulations. the governor's office says that is not true and saying he will
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be following and enforcing florida law. >> thank you. i am joined by a former policy director in the obama administration. at the start of the pandemic we saw these cruise ships with masks. is vaccine essential for this business to function? >> i think it is. one of the earliest and most devastating outbreaks in february of 2020 was diamond industries who had their crew affected. and transparency. i think the cdc did a great job of saying passports work. masks have become,
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unfortunately, political, when what they are trying to do is help consumer confidence. it is a disadvantage for smaller businesses who would like that kind of confidence that their workers are vaccinated. if it's limited to the largest corporations, that doesn't work. >> several countries in europe are rolling out their new digital travel certificates kind of like a passport. is that a preview for what international travel should be like, what we should expect going forward? >> it will. i understand a vaccine is different, but if you have been traveling internationally, there
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are testing requirements, quarantine requirements. i think being honest, especially here, while many countries people are visiting have not had access to the vaccine, it's incredibly port for the world to be safe and for the united states to think about requirements especially as we lift travel bans. these measures can help reinforce safety. >> i think i still have my yellow fever card somewhere. biden to launch initiative to recruit 1,000 black owned barber shops and salons to accelerate vaccinations. how optimistic are you about this? >> this emphasizes that communities need to have faith
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and answers and they need to come from trusted messengers, and there is no more trusted messenger than at any barber shop where you will see the heart and soul of the community. in terms of information, material of facts versus fiction, that's where people like me come in. but they are incredible. they have been doing things like prostate cancer screenings and have been able to get people in for screenings. we didn't have time for the anheuser-busch's free beer. >> as long as you are of legal age. >> not for the 12 to 15-year-old set. after 40 years after the first diagnosis, we are looking back at the aids crisis next.
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>> life cycle of some male has triggered cancer. >> i was terrified of passing on hiv to someone else. >> but in the years that followed -- >> it was pretty miraculous for me. >> because of them i can live a happy, healthy life. >> we sat down with four men all living with hiv. the oldest is jesse who is still haunted by the beginning of the epidemic. >> people who, because they were diagnosed, disappear. we all knew what that silence meant. >> he was diagnosed in the '80s after losing his partner george and so many others. >> it was hard. it was very hard. >> at the time many leaders were
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accused of ignoring the crisis because it was deemed a gay disease. president reagan didn't give a speech on it until six years after the first diagnosed case. for dr. anthony fauci, it was a turning point. in 1984 he became the nation's top infectious disease expert, a position he still holds today. >> was it hard to get the resources you needed? >> in the beginning. we tried to convince people it was not going to go away. it was going to get worse and worse. >> to make it worse, the aids memorial quilt was unveiled on the national mall. they shared their names. rock hudson, and a teen after a
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blood transfusion, and magic johnson. a combo therapy known as the aids cocktail was ushered in followed by better medications offering hope, but there was no cure for the stigma. >> there are millions of people suffering with hiv suffering with rejection because people believe they are infectious, and they are not. >> he said he was terrified of giving hiv to someone else. >> i didn't love. i was isolated and depressed and at times suicidal. but then he learned about medications that would reduce his levels where he couldn't transmit it. undetectable means untransmittable. >> it gave me hope. it meant i could be intimate. people with hiv can live healthy
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lives and not pass on the disease. >> right now in america more than 1.1 million people are living with hiv, but many are undetectable. they are healthy and thriving. >> joe, we got a covid-19 vaccine in a year. we are 40-plus years into this. >> i asked dr. fauci about this, and he said he's cautiously optimistic we will have an hiv aids vaccine at some point. there are some promising studies happening right now. he is cautiously optimistic, but it has been 40 years and still something people are pushing for. >> thank you. >> bye-bye bibi, saying good-bye
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together, this specific deal, what happens next? >> so the negotiation is still ongoing, but the party at the heart of this is confident it will go through by midnight. at that point they will then go to the israeli president, who's a figure head in the government. he does not have executive power, but basically tell him, yeah, we have enough support to form a government. at that point a date is set for a vote of confidence in the israeli parliament. it is a simple majority. if that vote passes, and it could be as early as next wednesday or as late as the following monday, if that vote passes, the new government is sworn in and israel has a new prime minister. so that could happen as early as wednesday of next week if this goes through. if the vote doesn't pass, then the most likely scenario is that israel will be headed to another
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election, the fifth election in two years, and that's really what has brought all of these parties together to avoid that scenario of a fifth election. two names to keep in mind here, two key players, netali bennett, that former ally of benjamin netanyahu, a former defense minister of netanyahu. he's the leader of a far right religious party. he will be the first prime minister of israel if this deal goes through. the other name to remember is yair lapid, the head of the centrist party bringing this big coalition together. he is going to be in a power sharing arrangement with bennett, and he would be the prime minister to follow bennett after two years, but we have a few steps to go yet, garrett. >> people say the electoral college is complicated. andrea, give us the story of how netanyahu who has been an ultimate political survivor has gotten so close to the end
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potentially of that political survival. >> reporter: extraordinary i saw lapid when i was in jerusalem last week, and the fact that he's been able to pull this together, a coalition. they need 61 votes in their parliament, to pull this together with really someone who is ideologically apart from him, bennett says so much. the fact is that netanyahu turned against naftali bennett, his former ally, even his wife launched an investigation into bennett and his wife. it got really, really ugly. the fact is that both the centrist and the right wing party and in so many other of the smaller parties involved in this coalition building are just all united by one thing, opposition to netanyahu. netanyahu has really outgrown his support here and the fact that they've even come together
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is remarkable. but this evident this new government is going to be focused on what they can all agree on, on rebuilding the economy, on dealing with covid, on dealing with domestic concerns. not on agreeing on any of the israeli, palestinian issues that have been dormant for years that were totally ignored by the trump administration, there was no way these two sides could agree on those existential issues. so that is the future if they can come together. lapid was given 30 days to form this coalition after netanyahu failed to form the coalition in 30 days, and lapid was waiting until the very last moment, the last couple of days of the 30 days to put together the coalition. what's been happening in the last 48 hours or so is that a member of the bennett coalition or his party, the number two is creating some last minute demands.
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nobody knows whether netanyahu is wooing her away, and there are other members of the coalition that are being, you know, pressured to splinter off. so if any number of these small parties who splinter away, this coalition government will not have the 61 votes to form the majority. it's touch and go and negotiations are until very last minute, it's not believed that netanyahu could survive at this point. it would just really most likely mean a fifth election in two years, which is extraordinary. he is now a caretaker prime minister, but he would be still in charge as prime minister while they hold another election, and that would be an enormous waste of time and money. it's something that most israelis do not want, and of course it's the aftermath of the 11-day war with gaza, between gaza and israel that caused so much death and destruction. garrett. >> so andrea, before you go, can you give us a little bit of a preview of what you're going to be covering there in ankara and
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on the syrian border? >> well, it was here in ankara with ambassador, u.n. ambassador linda thomas-greenfield, she's a veteran diplomat, has returned to this administration and this post and is coming here to see for herself this incredible humanitarian crisis where russia is threatening to veto the last remaining humanitarian aid corridor into refugee camps on the syrian side of the border with millions of people, 4 million people totally dependent on western aid or medicines, covid is rampant as well as food and shelter, and this is a tense year. now ten years of a civil war in syria, so the desperation is extreme. july 15th is the deadline in the security council. so it's to shine a spotlight and hope that russia will back down and let this desperately needed aid get across the border. we'll be going 500 miles from here in the capital to the border with her tomorrow, and we'll do an exclusive interview
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that we'll bring you tomorrow. today she's meeting with turkish officials here in the country's capital as turkey joins the u.s. in trying to get this aid to all of these millions of people, garrett. >> a very busy day ahead for you, kelly cobiella, and andrea mitchell, thank you both. we'll look forward to that exclusive interview tomorrow with america's ambassador to the united nations, linda thomas-greenfield. that's tomorrow here on msnbc, and more of andrea's reporting will be tomorrow night on nbc "nightly news." that's going to do it for this edition of "andrea mitchell reports" and for me. follow the show online on facebook and twitter @mitchellreports. chuck todd is up next on "mtp daily."
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