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all right, that is going to do it for us tonight. thank you for being here. you know what tomorrow is? it's friday eve, what? see you again tomorrow night. "way too early" is up next. with covid cases surging, the cdc is changing its guidance to recommend that pregnant women get vaccinated. the fda is also poised to authorize booster shots for people with certain health conditions. the question is, will third doses get approved for everyone else. plus senator joe manchin says he has serious concerns about his party's massive spending. the question is could he derail biden's plan. and jeopardy is set to replace alex trebek with two hosts. the question is, can anyone
replace him? it's "way too early" for this. good morning and welcome to "way too early." the show that gives us answers in the form of a question. i'm jonathan lemire on this thursday, august 12th. we'll start with the news. today the fda is expected to approve covid-19 booster shots for people with weakened immune systems. it comes as covid cases surge across the country, including a growing number of pediatric patients. morgan chesky has the latest. >> reporter: as covid cases surge yet again the fda looks to speed up the time line for booster shots. they'll look at a shot for pfizer and moderna boosters. unvaccinated patients filling up hospitals as schools face push back over mask mandates. >> i'm not willing to play russian roulette with someone's
life like that. >> reporter: the delta driven surge, in pennsylvania up 120%, in tennessee 40%. one in four new cases are kids under 17. >> now we're seeing more kids who are symptomatic and more kids being hospitalized due to the delta variant. >> reporter: cities and states reissuing mask mandates, while hawaii's governor is asking for vaccine passports. >> we believe that the parent rather than the government should ultimately be able to make that decision. >> reporter: in texas, districts fighting the same battle, facing threats of fines. >> our goal is to keep schools
open. >> reporter: the deputy superintendent of dallas school districts, say when it came to the kids filling classrooms, masking up made the most sense. >> with the executive order in place was there any hesitation here? >> we want to make sure that we're following the law. we've been really clear that the most important consequence that we're looking at is how we keep people safe. >> the cdc has updated its guidance to recommend that pregnant women get vaccinated against coronavirus. prior to this the cdc had a neutral stance whether the immunization was safe for pregnant women. now they say there's no increased risk of those vaccinated. the cdc found that pregnant women are more likely to get ill from covid than not pregnant people. in florida a 30-year-old hospitalized with covid died just days after giving birth to her daughter. she cradled her newborn long
enough to take two photos. hospitals in that state are filled with so many covid patients that ambulance services and fire departments are strained to respond to emergencies. in bravard counties. they asked people to think twice before calling 911. officials say they are trying to avoid taking beds from the emergency department from those who really need them. in st. petersburg some patients are waiting inside ambulances for up to an hour before hospitals can admit them. those ambulances are not available to take another call which forces the fire department on the scene of an accident, for example, to take that transport, creating a back log for the system. senate democrats may have a roadblock as they attempt to pass the second track of their infrastructure plan. senator joe manchin is warning his party he's not sold on the
$3.5 trillion reconciliation package, despite an earlier vote to move it forward. in a statement he writings, it is irresponsible to spend at levels more suited to respond to a great depression or great recession. chuck schumer responded at a press briefing. >> look, there are some in my caucus who believe it's too much. there are some in my caucus who believe it's too little. i can tell you this, in reconciliation, one, we are going to all come together to get something done. and two, it will have every part of the biden plan in big -- in a big, bold, robust way. >> senator kyrsten sinema of arizona has also expressed concerns with the size of the plan. democrats will need both of them to agree for the bill to pass. in remarks yesterday, president biden addressed republican critics who say they're concerned about adding to the deficit.
>> this isn't going to be anything like my predecessor, whose unpaid tax cuts and other spending added nearly $8 trillion in his four years to the national debt. $8 trillion. they didn't even try to pay for their tax cuts, which went straight to the largest corporations and the wealthiest americans. the investments i'm proposing will be paid for over the long term by having the largest corporations, including 55 that paid zero federal tax last year and the super wealthy, begin to pay their fair share. they'll still make a lot of money but pay their fair share. >> official gs tell me those remarks were aimed at republicans and the other audience, those moderate democrats expressing concerns about the size of the package. today, the white house recognizes they have a needle to thread here in the weeks ahead.
that is, as much as it was an accomplishment for president biden to secure passage of the infrastructure bill, the harder part is now, keeping things in the senate where things are tied 50/50, and in the house where democrats have ago small margin, in line. they can't afford to lose any votes. they have weeks of tough work ahead. there's also looming questions about the debt ceiling. president biden said the u.s. will not default on its obligations. >> worried about the debt ceiling, mr. president? >> nope. we're not going to let us default. 8 trillion of that is on the republican watch. >> the president was leaving a virtual meeting of state and local officials on the importance of the bipartisan infrastructure deal. joining us now john breznihan.
both senators, joe manchin and kyrsten sinema have spoken about the price of the reconciliation package. what is majority leader schumer's plan to keep them on board. >> right now his plan is to keep going. you got the first part, got them to vote for the budget resolution, which is the first thing they have to do. now that they voted for that, the house will take up this same $3.5 trillion resolution. he got them to get onto the bill. we knew that kyrsten sinema thought 3.5 trillion was too much. a week ago she had a normal statement. and joe manchin has been making noises on this for weeks. this is not a surprise to anybody. the big issue is what you said, six or eight or ten house democrats who don't like this number either. so will they vote for the budget
resolution. it is a balancing act. i think that, you know, it's not going to come in at 3.5 trillion. it was never going to come in at 3.5 trillion. it's probably 1.5 or $2 trillion, which is still an enormous amount of money, just a phenomenal amount of money, especially if you look at two other things opinion congress already passed a $1.9 trillion american rescue plan. and congress has to pass government funding for 2020 which is another $1.5 trillion. congress is going to be shoveling out a lot of money in the next couple of months. this is going to be -- it's not going to be enough for the left, but it's still going to be relatively a huge sum. >> on this before we move to the debt ceiling. if it does come in at 1.5 trillion, will that satisfy the progressives who thought the 3.5 trillion wasn't big enough? >> i think it's going to have to. i think they'll gripe. but i think they'll -- depending
on what the elements are in there, if there's enough in there on, you know, the child tax credit or child care, dependent care, i think that's something they can deal with. i think the white house will say, look, we have to get through this election in 2022, we'll come back and visit this in 2023 but we have to stick together. i think that will be the other driving factor here, moderates are scared of 2022, poll numbers are already looking bad for them. we had retirement this week, congressman ron of wisconsin announced he was not running again, a big deal in the house, embattled democrat, been there a long time. i think the moderates are scared, the progressives, the leadership is going to go to them and say this is the best we can do under the circumstances we're facing. >> what are you hearing about the debt ceiling threat, for
those viewers watching going what's a debt ceiling, how big of a deal is this? >> it's a big deal. i did an interview with mcconnell who said republicans are not going to support raising the debt limit if democrats go through with this $3.5 trillion plan. and that's what they did. you saw president biden there. democrats are taking the view under former president trump, republicans racked up trillions of dollars in debt now that the bill is coming due, you're going to vote with us. it's feeling like 2011 when we had the debt crisis when former president obama was in the white house and that was the first time we had u.s. debt reading downgraded. the elements in play we're not sure we're going to get there. we're going to hit the debt ceiling, the government's ability to borrow money and pay
functions is going to come up. at the same time we have to fund the government to keep the federal agencies open. this is setting up to be one hell of a september. >> thank you, sir. i'm sure we'll see you next week. still ahead, a fight over false claims of election frauds moves ahead in court. major league baseball is set for a movie inspired matchup in an iowa cornfield. those stories and a check on the weather when we come right back. .
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away from history after launching the 499th home run in his career. the 38-year-old is poised to become the 28th major league player to reach 500 homers. he'll go for that milestone in today's series finale in baltimore. and to chicago, corbyn burns tied with 10 consecutive strikeouts. he is the second pitcher this season to match the mark hall of famer tom sever. to atlanta. >> swing and a drive! deep right field! into the chop house. >> the three-run homer walks atlanta off with an 8-6 victory
and now a share of first place in the east. in anaheim, shohei ohtani slugged his league leading 38th home run last night. it was not enough to pull past toronto, though. in boston, the slumping red sox turned in the highest scoring game since 2015, a 20-8 victory over tampa bay. they now move within four games of the al east leading rays. if you build it, he will come. those words whispered by a mysterious voice drove an iowa farmer to plow over his drops and build a baseball diamond in the 1980s movie "field of dreams". after a one year delay because of the pandemic, major league baseball is bringing the field
to life tonight between the yankees and white sox. the team is set to play at an 8,000 feet stadium in iowa. a crowd is expected in the debut in the hawkeye state. now we'll go to the weather. let's go to bill karins for the forecast. before we do, i will say that movie makes me cry every time. and i hope that the weather is good in iowa tonight. >> yeah, it's debatable. that movie and "miracle," two of my favorite sports movies. as far as the forecast goes, i looked up and it looks like 92 for a high, mostly sunny and no storms that they've had the past couple days, and the corn is high this time of year. let's look at the obvious headlines. the heat is still one of the big, big stories out there. heat warnings in the northwest and almost all of the east is
under heat advisories or warnings. the exception being the southeast, not like it's chilly there, it's still hot but you're used to it. 106 million people impacted by the advisories or warnings. the warnings are up for st. louis, boston, hartford and file. how hot? close to record highs today. we'll be close to record high in washington d.c., record is 99 today. it'll be interesting this afternoon if we get there or not, but you get the idea. this is hot for this time of year. and it's going to be very hot on friday. most areas cool off by saturday, including philadelphia, raleigh slightly cooler, nashville a little bit cooler, too. you have to bear with it for another two days and then we'll be back to normal. the heat index, feels like 106 in raleigh. new york city, philadelphia, boston and d.c. will feel 105 to 110 this afternoon. a lot of thunderstorms in the
great lakes. we have almost a million people without power, michigan alone 750,000 people without power in michigan. as far as severe storms go today, new york state, vermont, we could have more additional storms with some strong winds. as far as the tropics go. no concerns right now with fred. still looks to be a very weak storm as we go throughout the next two days. our friends in florida will watch it closely, looks like it could bring heavy rain but the winds aren't that strong, jonathan. i'm actually -- you know, as far as the tropics go with this system, right now concerns are minor. >> let's hope that continues. i'll say the chain lightning over the skies of new york last night extraordinary. >> it was. >> bill karins. and still ahead, the latest on the fallout from andrew cuomo's resignation.
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new york will soon have new leadership. incoming governor kathy hochul distanced herself from andrew cuomo and the scandal that drove him out of office. an thompson has the latest. >> reporter: kathy hochul stepping out from andrew cuomo's shadow. >> i'm ready for this. >> reporter: she'll replaced cuomo on august 24th. hochul promising she'll be a different kind of leader. >> no one will describe my administration as a toxic work entire. >> reporter: the state attorney general's report on cuomo detailed the allegations of 11 women who say the governor sexually harassed them. >> in my mind i've never crossed the line with anyone. >> reporter: though he faces potential civil and criminal action, cuomo has not been charged with a crime and denies any wrong doing. >> have you made any deal with governor cuomo to pardon him
should he be charged criminally? >> absolutely not. that has not come up in any conversation. >> reporter: raised in buffalo, hochul served in several parts of government but was never part of cuomo's inner circle. >> i think it's no secret that we have not been close. >> reporter: the resignation has not stopped the impeachment process. >> our thanks to ann thompson for that report. the russian government is trying to sideline alexei navalny from upcoming elections. they announced new charges against him accusing him of creating a nonprofit that infringes on people's rights. it could keep the 45-year-old locked up for another three years. his current prison sentence on charges of violating parole ends in 2023, the next presidential election is 2024. it comes a month ahead of an election in which some of alexei
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. welcome back to "way too early." it's 5:30 on the east coast, 2:30 out west. i'm jonathan lemire. a d.c. federal judge appointed by president trump said that dominion voting system's lawsuits should move forward. in denying the defendant's motion to dismiss the $1.3 billion suits, district judge karl nickels ruled that dominion had grounds to say they made the claims knowing they were false or with reckless disregard for the truth. powell's attorney told forbes they're disappointed about the ruling but looked forward to litigating this case on the merits.
the department of homeland security is sounding the alarm about election fraud claims fuelling calls for violence on social media. dhs officials tell nbc news they are warning local police departments about the growing calls for violence related to the unsubstantiated claims of fraud related to the 2020 election and the alleged, quote, reinstatement of former president donald trump. one official said there's no specific plots but the agency has seen conspiracy theories move from obscure forums to more stable ones. they're looking to avoid the january 6th insurrection repeat. good morning, thank you for being here, meredith. talk if you could to start us off on your reporting on the continued misinformation on social media particularly among
supporters of donald trump leading up to what they say will be his return to office. >> well, this is something that obviously concerns national security officials, dhs, obviously issuing this warning where they say there is a, quote, moderate concern here, but this is something that the security teams across the country have been concerned about for months. politico reported back in june that there were concerns from dhs about conspiracy theorists and people who believe that the former president could somehow be reinstated. he will not be. this month. and potentially they could be -- there could be lone wolf actors, violent actors who might lash out in the same way that we saw on january 6th. so it's definitely something that people are concerned about. and, you know, the presence of qanon, the presence of these conspiracy theories still continues to swirl around a lot
of the former president's supporters. this week there is this cyber security election forum going on in south dakota held by one of the former allies, mike lindell, where he's trying to prove that the election was stolen and it is something that a lot of people truly believe. and it's something that's talked about on certain trump -- pro-trump podcasts and things like that. so security officials really are concerned about the real threat. and the former president isn't helping things himself. yesterday he issued a statement where he said he spoke with the parents of ashley babbit, who was a trump supporter who stormed the capital on 6th, she was also an air force veteran but she believed in all these conspiracy theories and thought these things were true. and the former president has made calls to find out who the
capitol police officer was that killed her on that day. >> there's an effort certainly to make her a martyr in that move. and donald trump is not going to be reinstated as president tomorrow. what do you make of the arguments from seasoned attorneys one of whom a federal prosecutor, they're making to avoid accountability for these false claims of fraud fuelling the fear of violence we just discussed? >> one of the things they're trying to argue is that this is hyperbole, they were speaking in exaggerations about the elections, no reasonable person would believe, and that's something that the judge underscored is a lot of people bought into the things they say. if you're sidney powell or rudy giuliani or anyone who made the claims, dominion is not messing around with the lawsuits. they are asking for serious
money here, billions of dollars in claims, and, you know, this is the first of many lawsuits that dominion has put forward. they also said they're suing the conservative right wing networks, oan and news max media yesterday. >> politico's meredith mcgraw we always appreciate it. thank you so much. still ahead, a $2,500 slice of cake you won't want to test. plus what is the totally different plan for the future of "jeopardy's" hosting duties? i didn't get the gig. "way too early" is right back as we look at light terrific in times square this morning.
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as the taliban takeover continues in afghanistan, families are fleeing for kabul in droves but many fear that soon not even the capital will be safe. >> reporter: the taliban claims hundreds of prisoners in afghanistan's second largest city kandahar are free after they overwhelmed the jail holding the insurgents and flung open the gates. hundreds of afghan soldiers under siege at the airport reportedly surrender. video shows weapons, vehicles, and an attack helicopter now in their hands. by some estimate the taliban now controls 65% of afghanistan. more families are fleeing to the capital kabul every day. this woman says the taliban are
not allowing girls and women to go to the market. under the taliban girls were banned from school and women from work. many terrified the dark days are about to return. >> do you worry about the girls' safety today? >> yes, the principal says they tell us you all might die. >> it upsets you? >> reporter: yes, she says. i try to help the women, i'm very said. when i see all these girls, i get really upset now. >> joining us president on the council of foreign relations, richard haass. thank you for getting up early to be with us. let's talk about afghanistan, president biden is showing no signs he'll walked back. he was asked earlier this week if he had any regrets about his decision, he said no. but what are you hearing from people you talked to or what do you think, inside the white house do you think there's some second guessing going on?
>> i think there was guessing before the president made the decision to implement the policy of his predecessor. it was a year and a half since the united states signed the agreement with the taliban. it was never a peace agreement, it was an american withdrawal that's now being implemented. there's a lot of people with second thoughts. the president, though, felt strongly -- almost surprisingly strongly about it, jonathan. i think what's happened now is what people thought was inevitable is happening at a much more rapid pace than most thought, the taliban advance and the collapse of afghan security forces. >> why is it happening so quickly? why are the afghan forces folding with such little resistance? >> my own sense because there's not a lot of loyalty or connection with this government, many people see it as corrupt and distant. afghanistan is a country of different geographic, ethnical
and tribal loyalties. the taliban have their historical linguistic base in the south. the rest of the country is divided. so the loyalty, first and foremost, is not to the government. it's often to the tribe or local leader. so the fault lines now are coming to the fore. and also the afghan military, a lot of it is a paper military. the numbers thrown around, 175,000, 200,000 troops, many of those are paper troops. the people don't show up for work. so the taliban are incentivized, organized and ideological, and the government forces essentially are not prepared to stand and fight for the most part. >> the biden administration keeps threatening to not recognize the taliban on the world stage. do we think the taliban cares at all about that? >> people have been so wrong about the taliban, all this talk that somehow they're going to be more moderate this time around,
guess what, they're not. you're going to see sharia law, it's going to be a nightmare for men, women and girls. the idea they're interested in peace talks was a farce. it was a tactical device to get the united states out. the taliban couldn't care two figs about what the united states or the europeans will do. the real question is whether the six neighboring countries of afghanistan are prepared to do anything? my hunch is not. they're going to make sure the refugees don't spill into their own countries. so i think the taliban will gain control, they could have a long-term civil war, but the idea that foreign aid is going to be withheld, that's not a priority for them. >> one other subject, this is an extremely important conversation about afghanistan but we talked about alexei navalny and russia how he could face more charges
that would, what a coincidence, keep him in prison beyond the next presidential election in russia. how do you think the movement is going to fare without him if he's still locked up? >> he's a legitimate political rival for vladimir putin. so i think there's almost no chance, jonathan, that he's going to get out of prison, much less have the chance to compete on a level playing field. and i think putin is prepared to pay whatever price the u.s. criticism or sanctions or european criticisms or sanctions he has to pay since putin cares about his own continued rule. there's no number two to navalny, maybe one may emerge. for putin this is again a price well worth paying. and the idea that the u.s./russia relations will suffer because of it, it's like the taliban, he'll shrug his
shoulders, a price he's more than willing to pay. if you notice a pattern here, china shrugging us off over hong kong, russia shrugging us off over alexei navalny, the taliban shrugging us off. you're seeing it, the u.s. influence and the ability to change behavior on the part of rivals, that influence is way down. >> we appreciate you getting up this morning. hope you will come back soon. next time maybe you can taunt me about the yankees. earlier we asked why are you awake? one viewer writes my cat did her best rendition of the hails are alive with the sound of music outside my bedroom door at the top of her little lungs, precisely at 4:45 a.m. another viewer emails my cat alarm went off with no snooze bar. we do well with cats on the show. it's a key demographic.
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the governor said these were the appropriate steps that needed to be taken. >> we think this is the right thing to do, and we think this is a sustainable way to keeping our schools open and to address the number one anxiety that parents like myself have, i have four young children, and that is knowing that the schools are doing everything in their power to keep our kids safe. >> staying in that state, california's largest single wildfire in recorded history continues to grow as firefighters attempt to contain the massive dixie, it comes amid soaring temperatures in much of the country. >> reporter: the dixie fire setting a grim milestone. the nation's largest fire has torched more than 500,000 acres. its massive spread now more than half on the size of rhode island. >> that plume now creates its own weather, meaning the winds
can go any direction. >> reporter: the fire decimating small town greenville, destroying nearly every man made structure in sight. historic homes and businesses levelled, whole neighborhoods wiped off the map. 47-year-old college professor gary maynard was arrested and charged for serial arson, accused of starting the nearby ranch fire. he was in the midst of an arson setting spree and tried to trap first responders by gaining access to an evacuation zone and lighting fires behind them. >> reporter: it seemed like a good idea to rent bikes. >> i'm drenched. >> reporter: two ice cream stops later. >> we're not making it back. >> reporter: oppressing heat coast to coast with advisories in effect for 140 million
americans. in the west, temperatures soared, spokane 98 and sacramento 103 degrees. in the midwest kansas city and st. louis skyrocketed into the 90s with lows in the 80s. in virginia, a 5-year-old died after being left in a car. the dome of heat making temperatures dangerous from the mid atlantic to new england. >> we can't stay out too long because it's this hot. >> reporter: an excessive heat warning remains in effect, heat index values up to 109 degrees expected in new york. a nation now in the grips of multiple heat waves with days to go before there's relief. as the show draws to a close we'll see if we hear from president biden today, speaking about prescription drug prices before he heads off on his summer vacation, trying to escape the heat but can't escape the growing priority for the white house, keeping democrats
in line in the coming weeks and months about the bipartisan infrastructure bill in the house and keeping all democrats, from moderates to liberals, in line for that multitrillion dollar reconciliation bill. thank you for getting up "way too early." "morning joe" starts now. american and delta airlines will not require employees to be vaccinated. a twist, frontier is now the classy airline. didn't see that one coming. i prefer the 3m duct tape, please. good morning and welcome to "morning joe," it's thursday, august 12th. you got duct taped to your seat that one time they ran out of mr. pibb. >> i did. no mr. pibb, no rc cola, i was like what am i doing here? you know, you talk about duct