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louisiana, expected to slam ashore tomorrow. it adds insult to injury for hospitals across the coast already at a breaking point with covid patients. this is "american voices." lots of news today. we'll begin this hour with the fight for voting rights. today thousands marched through the streets of d.c. and other american cities like phoenix, miami, and atlanta. the protesters united against the gop's sustained attacks on voting rights made possible by state legislatures and gop control. today the new president of the afl-cio, the largest federation of unions in the united states, spoke to nbc news on the sidelines of a rally in phoenix. >> we are concerned about what we're seeing in terms of voter suppression all across this country and really in my opinion the action is out in the community and on the ground.
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that's why i wanted to be here in phoenix today because these activists are ready to march, ready to mobilize, educate, register voters. we want to be good partners on the ground and make that happen. not many people are aware that march 58 years ago was for jobs and freedom because the two are so interrelated. we fight for workplace democracy in the trade movement but we also know workplace democracy and democracy at the ballot box are interconnected. >> today's protests coming as the window narrows for stopping republicans from running away with elections for decades. on friday the texas statehouse representatives advanced a sweeping elections bill following 12 hours of debate. the move, months in the making, clears the way for republicans to introduce a host of new voting rules that democrats and advocacy groups say will make it harder for people of color to vote. joining me now, julian castro,
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good to see you, secretary castro. i want you to take a listen to what texas house democrat gina hinojosa said this week on the floor of the texas statehouse. >> intentional discrimination against people of a certain race, is that racism? >> that is. >> ms. hinojosa -- >> those words, intentional discrimination, can be fairly characterized in that matter. >> you have the representatives making the speaker of your statehouse very uncomfortable, not wanting to use the word "racist" on the floor. what does it say when you're more sensitive and more ruffled about the use of the term "racist" than you are about policy that purposely disenfranchises communities of color? >> these republicans are living on a different planet. they're taking this see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil
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approach, pretending racism doesn't exist. not only that, when you think about what they're trying to do about critical race theory and trying to ban, essentially, or discourage at least texas public schools from teaching the works of martin luther king and cesar chavez and so many other people, this is a republican party that is intent not only on suppressing the vote of people of color but also keeping folks from knowing their history, empowering them. and they're doing it because, and the census reminded us of this, in places like texas, 95% of the new growth in the last decade has been people of color. and about 65% of that has been the latino community. and, you know, they see that as bad news for the republican party. they're trying to squelch it. >> secretary, all of this of course feels like all roads in this conversation lead back to federal legislation. signs of optimism this week from
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sitting senators. do you share their optimism that something can get done at the federal level? >> i'm trying to keep a smile on my face these days, alicia. look, you saw she was in phoenix, we have senator manchin and senator sinema who need to get on board with the voting act and the john lewis act and we need to set aside a filibuster so that can move forward. i'm optimistic that perhaps some sort of compromise can be reached so that an exception can be made and we can get these two pieces of legislation done in washington, d.c. it's within the power of democrats if they come together to do it, in particularly manchin and sinema have to understand how fundamental the issue of voting rights is to fairness and equality in this country. it was a beautiful sight to see today in washington and different communities across the
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country of people of different backgrounds, a multiracial coalition all marching together saying that voting rights is just as important to fight for in 2021 as it was in 1963. >> secretary castro, given your expertise in housing, i do also want to ask you about the supreme court's decision on the eviction moratorium. i mean, i think most americans, what they are focused on what it comes to the eviction moratorium that the money was allocated but hasn't been spent. for someone like you who has been in the position of figuring these things out, can you tell us what's going wrong and what needs to be done to make sure that money gets into the hands of people who need it? >> basically the states and localities need to cut their red tape and make these applications less cumbersome and get out into the community and not wait for people to come to them but
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actually physically get out into the community. i live in san antonio, i'm here right now. and this morning there was a town hall or forum that was for utility assistance and rental assistance. and hundreds if not thousands of people showed up to that. but they went out to the people and tried to make it as easy as they could for folks to come in and get their questions answered, get their applications in. these are not only tenants but also landlords. that's important, because some people when they hear about the eviction moratorium, they say, look, these landlords have had to wait too long. these funds are actually available to landlords ultimately. so only 11% of these funds have gotten distributed. 89% have not. states and localities need to get their act together, cut the red tape, don't wait, but go out into the community. and on top of that, i believe that congress should act as soon as possible to extend an eviction moratorium and states that don't have one in place
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should immediately consider one. >> secretary julian castro, i appreciate your time and i especially appreciate that answer on landlords. whenever we do a segment on this, this is one of those questions that comes from our viewers. thank you so much for bringing that into the conversation. we're also tracking breaking news along the gulf. hurricane ida strengthening as it churns toward louisiana. expect it to make landfall around this time tomorrow as a category 4 storm. it comes exactly 16 years after hurricane katrina devastated the region. fema is keeping the president updated. president biden today urged residents in the storm zone to take this seriously and to wear a mask if forced to evacuate. as louisiana's governor made clear today, time is of the essence. only hours left to get supply runs in and evacuees out safely. >> this will be one of the strongest hurricanes to hit anywhere in louisiana since at least the 1850s. we can also tell you that your
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window of time is closing. it is rapidly closing. and just like we said yesterday, by the time you go to bed tonight, you need to be where you intend to ride the storm out and you need to be as prepared as you can be, because weather will start to deteriorate very quickly tomorrow. >> with me now, nbc news meteorologist bill car incidence and nbc's sam rock joining us from louisiana. tell us what we can expect from this storm, bill. >> we have 18 hours until landfall. we're expecting that tomorrow in the afternoon, 2:00 to 3:00 local time, south of louisiana along the coast. you can already see the rain bands. these are the last good hours left for preparations for southeast louisiana. as of this evening and overnight the rain bands will continue to increase and tomorrow morning it will be pouring.
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it's going to rain a lot with this storm too. more on that in a second. you can see the clear eye to the north, northeast, northwest of number 2, it still has 18 hours over very warm water. we still think it's going to be become a major hurricane later tonight and may make landfall as a category 3 or a category 4, not much difference between the two. it will land at grand isle, louisiana and head toward houma. then the storm will begin to weaken as it heads northward, still a category 1 by the time it gets to baton rouge. in baton rouge we could have significant tree damage and power outage. new orleans, just far away not to have significant wind damage from this storm. our computer models are in pretty good agreement, landfall could be as far west as morgan
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city or as far east as grand isle. the storm surge is pretty much set in stone and along with it, the heavy rain. if you're not protected by an levee city, get out, from morgan city to houma down to grand isle. if you're not protected by the federal levee system, you have to evacuate. the levees are expected to hold in the new orleans area, they're plenty high enough to survive that storm surge. that will be one of the stories. the other story in new orleans is how will the pumps do, will they be able to handle the expected 10 to 20 inches of rain that is possible in new orleans? they have 99 pumps, 96 of them are working and functioning properly. we'll find out how they fare in this storm system as we get into tomorrow afternoon and evening when the really heavy rain arrives. we expect a lot of power outages too, alicia. we'll have our hands full tomorrow with this storm. hopefully everyone in louisiana
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is prepared and our friends in mississippi, get ready, you could deal with tornadoes and significant river and flash flooding with this storm also. >> sam, to that point there, how are locals preparing in baton rouge? are people able to evacuate in time? >> reporter: alicia, if you look at the highways near here, i-10 is sort of the main corridor that runs through the heart of louisiana, central and southeast louisiana. there are so many cars on the road right now. it is complete gridlock for miles coming in and out of baton rouge and out of new orleans. that would seem to evidence the fact that people are trying to get out. if you have conversations here, though, that's not necessarily the impression you get. we probably spoke with a dozen people or so today, alicia, maybe one of them said they were worried enough they were going to evacuate. everyone else said this is louisiana living. let me explain why that's a dangerous philosophy. in 2016, when an unnamed storm came here and dumped 30 inches of rain over a couple of days'
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period there, this river went up in some sections to 46 feet. where i'm standing right now, port vincent, it got to 17 feet, high enough that the very top of the roof of this bar, more than a dozen people, alicia, died in that event. there were over 100,000 homes that were flooded. the financial footprint was going something in the range of $21 billion. that's a worst case scenario. officials don't expect range in the 30 inch range, but as bill was describing, 10 to 20 inches. but still the potential exists for more than that. when you look at the fact that officials have not issued a mandatory evacuation, you wonder, you know, people are kind of being left to use their own discretion in terms of getting out or not getting out. you want them to be careful, prepare, if you have not left at this point, alicia, for a disaster. we'll see what happens. >> nbc news meteorologist bill karins and nbc's sam brock,
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one of many examples of what life is like right now in afghanistan for droves of people waiting to be evacuated at kabul airport. so far the u.s. has been able to get more than 117,000 people out of afghanistan. the vast majority have been afghans. around 8,000 afghans who assisted the u.s. have already reached american shores, at military bases in maryland, new jersey, and texas while they complete processing for visas. joining me now, congressman ro khanna, a member of the house armed service committee. congressman, you helped an afghan family of four leave
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kabul. what did they experience trying to evacuate and how were you able to get them on a flight? >> alicia, the sultani family overcame huge odds to get to us in california. they were beaten by the taliban when getting to the airport. they had to go a number of times to the airport. we were successful in communicating with the state department constantly. the state department was giving them information about when to get to the airport. fortunately they got onto a flight and then we were able to get them on a flight to come back to the united states. i represent the largest afghan-american community in the country. it's an extraordinary community and i'm so grateful that the sultani family is back home. >> i have to tell you as a mom of two girls, seeing that photo of the girl in the minnie mouse dress drives home how little these kids are and what they're up against. the resettlement process has been much more secretive than
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usual to prevent these families from being targeted. can you tell us how serious the threat is to them from the taliban and other groups? >> alicia, very serious. you've had hundreds of constituents of mine reach out saying their cousin, their uncle is being threatened, they're concerned. and many still haven't been able to be evacuated. we need to make sure we continue to push for the evacuation of our allies, of interpreters, of vulnerable afghans and american citizens and their families after the august 31 deadline. we'll be working with the international rescue committee, with other organizations, and we need to make sure we don't quit after the troops' withdrawal. >> i want to talk to you about a very specific challenge, because the special immigrant visas we're talking about only apply to cover spouses and children under 21. what then are the options for getting other family members
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out? >> alicia, this is what we hear all the time, how can i come and leave my kids behind, or leave my married family behind? and it's a huge, huge challenge. that's why when we work on these cases, we advocate for the entire family to come. one thing that really bothers me is you have all these republicans talking about our moral duty to help afghan-americans and yet they don't want to take any afghan-americans into the united states. it's absurd. let me tell you something, because i represent the most afghan-americans of any member of congress. it's an extraordinary community. it's a community leading in silicon valley in tech, in entrepreneurship, in literature. it's going to be enrich america. it's offensive to me when we have people on tv saying obnoxious things about this community. they're not true. i welcome them to visit fremont so they can see what this community has done in enriching this country. >> i understand you have a neighborhood known as little kabul.
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i want to ask you about your role on the committee. when do you expect to receive your next briefing on afghanistan? >> we've been receiving briefings almost every day. i want to commend the president for his decisive action to make sure we took out those terrorists who committed that heinous attack on 13 of our troops and on 170 afghan civilians. i'm confident that the president is going to continue to seek justice there. and i admire that the president has shown restraint. he doesn't want to get us into another endless war. so we are being briefed constantly, i'm in constant touch with the white house senior staff. and i appreciate what the president is doing in very difficult circumstances. >> all right, representative ro khanna, thank you very much for your time. next, a hurricane and a pandemic. a deadly mixture, especially for hospitals along the gulf that are already at a breaking point because of delta. plus you'll hear from a superintendent in san antonio, but his fight with the governor
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curious how florida's war over masks in the classroom is playing out? take a look at tampa. "tampa bay times" says the area's four largest school districts have reported more than 10,000 covid cases in schools since the semester started three six weeks ago. however there is good news for school leaders who want to defy governor ron desantis' ban on mask mandates. just yesterday a florida judge tossed out the ban, ruling schools can require masks to protect kids. but educators fighting to keep schools safe in texas are getting different results. this week the state's republican supreme court sided with governor abbott, temporarily blocking a mask mandate for students in san antonio, as parents and local leaders spar over mandates across the country in the form of protests and rowdy school board meetings.
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of course this antimask sentiment is fueled by misinformation spread on social media. this week parents in ottawa county, michigan pushed to get county leaders to reverse a mask mandate. >> the data is extremely clear that masking is unnecessary for children. it is child abuse. >> you are psychologically, narcissistically abusing our children. we won't let you do that anymore. >> i've sent you emails listing all the studies that show the negative impacts that these masks are having on our children. our babies. i demand that these mask mandates be rescinded. free our children. >> masking healthy children teaches them to fear their friends, fear their teachers, and fear that they may be spreading a disease that they do not have. >> unnecessary. ineffective. abusive. illegal. that summarizes masks.
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>> we should be building our immune system for our children, not -- not putting masks on them. >> there's hell coming! there's hell coming! and i'm not doing it to threaten anybody but there's a lot of good guys out there ready to do bad things soon! that's what's coming! >> a slew of disinformation and misinformation. that mandate will stay in effect. it's worth noting and repeating, masks do indeed work and save lives. dr. ebony jade hilton, associate professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at the university of virginia. dr. roy perles, professor of psychiatry. harvard is out with a new study shining a light on how misinformation affects public health. what have you learned? >> in our most recent survey,
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it's pretty striking. we asked our 20,000 u.s. respondents about four items of misinformation related to vaccination. and one in five believe at least one of them. and about half of the people we asked weren't sure about at least one of them. so that gives you some sense of just how much misinformation is out there. >> and one of the things that was really interesting is, it can have a big impact on our mental health, right? that just being exposed to that misinformation. >> so before we talk about mental health, there's the fact that if you believe one of those items of misinformation, you're about half as likely to be vaccinated. so we shouldn't forget just the impact of misinformation on people's willingness to be vaccinated. but you're absolutely right, we see higher rates of depression among people who believe misinformation. and you also have to remember, rates of depression are already
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substantially higher than they are typically before covid. >> i do want to ask you, dr. perlis, there is the depression piece of this and another piece that i'll ask you about, but we've also seen rage. you saw one of the people at that meeting just screaming about masks in a way that is clearly linked to the misinformation that they've been exposed to. we've seen scenes of people freaking out at airports, getting violent. i mean, how much of that is about the things that they are reading and believing? >> well, i think you have to keep in mind that depression and anxiety and anger can be manifestations of the same underlying discomfort. everybody experiences it differently. i noticed in some of the video clips you showed how many people were in tears or near tears. so, you know, these things are all related, but i think during
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covid, given how much underlying depression and anxiety we see, people have much shorter fuses. so misinformation is perhaps more able to push people over when they see something on the web or see something on a cable news channel, it's easier perhaps to push them to become angry and to act out. >> so dr. hilton, let's talk about some actual information. a new report from the cdc shows the consequences of unvaccinated staff at schools. the report found an unvaccinated teacher in california last may spread covid to 12 of her elementary school students. the teacher took off her mask on occasion despite mask mandates for the school. just how important is it as we send our kids back to schools for staffs to both have -- for members of the staff to both have their vaccinations and to be wearing their masks? >> this is as important as life and death. what we know is that schools
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that are enforcing mask mandates versus those that aren't, we're seeing 3.4 times higher mortality associated with their students. this is death. we don't have time to play politics. when watching those persons at the school board meeting, my question to them is, are you willing to sacrifice your child? because that's what we have to start doing, is making this personal. i said last week, michaela robeson's mom does not get to tuck her in tonight. she was an eighth grader, eight days after starting school. this is not about politics. it's about people. and right now in america, one american dies every 48 seconds from covid-19. we have to stop with this rhetoric and this misinformation and stop coddling those who choose to throw a tantrum at a school board meeting. >> dr. hilton, there's both the misinformation and disinformation as it relates to the vaccines, as it relates to masks. then part of what we're also seeing is all of the
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disinformation around what people are selling as treatment. the fda issued a warning about people consuming a drug for horses used as a false cure for covid. can you just talk about what can go wrong when someone takes this drug? >> everything can go wrong. it's one of those things were people are showing their cards. the same person who said they didn't want the fda approved vaccine because there wasn't enough data or wasn't enough time for development for them to get all the information they needed to get informed consent. yet they go to a pet store and buy a tube of medication that literally has a horse on it, that weighs 1,200 pounds. the risk of that in the acute setting is two things. one, the dosing. you can overdose. we're seeing people overdose themselves on ivermectin. and then second, that you're delaying treatment for yourself
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and you're presenting to the hospital much more sick because those one or two days when you're trying to give yourself ivermectin and treat yourself at home, your body is literally fighting a war it cannot win, especially if you're not vaccinated. >> dr. perlis, if someone is watching and they have a family member or friend or someone they love who they know has been exposed to misinformation, disinformation, anything you learned from your study about the best way to engage with someone who just doesn't want to hear if? >> you know, it's funny, when i talk to political scientists about this, i think there's a lot of -- this is still very much a work in progress. i think we don't know the best ways to fight misinformation. what i can tell you as a psychiatrist is getting angry at someone is rarely the best way to sort of refute their argument. so what i try to do when i'm having conversations with friends and family and others
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who have these misperceptions, these misbeliefs, hear them out, then ask a lot of questions. what about this? have you seen this? i also heard this. rather than the direct frontal assault, you're wrong, in fact it's this, that doesn't mean you shouldn't correct them. one of the things we do in the survey after we ask people about these pieces of misinformation, we are sure to present them with the correct answer, so we do say, actually that's not correct. but i think the way we approach these conversations is as important as the content. >> all right, dr. hilton, dr. perlis, did you both so much. next, the human cost of a supreme court ruling ordering the biden administration to restore trump's remain in mexico policy. plus the lingering question that justice stephen breyer is addressing when it comes to retirement. is it now or never? ght ♪ ♪ got that bourbon street steak with the oreo shake ♪
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the biden administration now working to appeal tuesday's supreme court decision upholding a federal judge's order for the biden administration to reinstate trump's remain in mexico policy. that requires asylum seekers at the southern border to wait in mexico while their request is processed. the supreme court didn't disclose every justice's vote, but all three liberal justices, stephen breyer, sonia sotomayor, and elena kagan, have disclosed they dissented. the court has a long precedent of not involving itself in
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foreign affairs. the decision suggests the department of homeland security committed some legal violation when it rescinded the policy but the ruling does not make clear what that violation is. immigration advocates are fighting back. the aclu says the policy punishes people for seeking asylum by trapping them in miserable, dangerous conditions. on february 19, the group human rights first said it's tracked 1,500 reports of murder, rape, kidnapping, corps tour and assault, more than 300 kidnappings or attempted kidnapping of children. emma and her two sons had been stuck for two months, in limbo, waiting on their request to enter the united states. [ speaking foreign language ]
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with me now, a vice correspondent and msnbc contributor and the author of "finding latinx: in search of the voices defining latino identity." also with me, a former law clerk to justice sonia sotomayor. i want to talk about the fact that we're talking about a policy that is wrong, that is morally reprehensible. what does what the supreme court just decided mean for asylum seekers? >> it's a death trap. it is a death sentence. it's that plain and simple.
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i wish i was exaggerating but that is exactly what it is. to give you a picture of what is happening along the u.s./mexico border, in the last six months more than 6,000 migrants have been attacked. more than 100 migrants have died attempting to cross into arizona. most of them have died because of heat exhaustion. i mean, there are countless and countless and countless of migrants that are still there and that are still trying to desperately come into this country because their legal right to seek asylum has been completely abolished. these aren't just numbers. i'm talking about people like emma, fathers, mothers, elders, these are real people. this is a good moment to be talking about it because as you mentioned, this is a moment when the country is talking about a moral responsibility, both
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democrats and republicans feel a moral responsibility to welcome afghan refugees. there's a lot of similarities between what's happening in the u.s./mexico border and in afghanistan. it is a humanitarian crisis. it is happening in our backyard. and the united states is directly and indirectly fueling what we're seeing on the screen right now. >> and melissa, as i understand it, this decision has big implications for the way that this court interacts with foreign policy in the united states. can you help us understand that piece of it? >> sure. as a general matter, the judiciary isn't supposed to have a real hand in the way that foreign policy is conducted. but this decision, which essentially allows a district court judge in texas to rule to reinstate the remain in mexico policy to go into effect in a week, basically pushes the biden administration to begin negotiating with mexico to reinstate that policy. so on the say-so of a single trial court judge in texas, the biden administration is now
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obliged to begin the process of working with a foreign government in order to reinstate that policy in the middle of a global public health crisis. so the stakes could not be higher. >> paolo, i want to play you some sound from a doctor you spoke with last year about his concerns over the conditions there at the time. take a listen. [ speaking foreign language ] >> "it could unleash an
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epidemic." he was concerned about the violence these migrants are facing. what's it going to take to end this program? >> i mean, there's a couple of things here. first, the immediate thing that the biden administration needs to do, what they can do in this moment is rescind title xlii which is still in place. it was enacted by the trump administration, is still being used by the biden administration to expel asylum seekers at the border. they have to increase the amount of humanitarian aid and relief that groups on the ground like the groups i was talking to, they're the ones who are talking to asylum seekers, helping them every single day. what they can do from a narrative perspective is underscore what's at stake here, right? what we saw from the supreme court isn't really a ruling on immigration. it's really not asylum seekers or the border. what's at stake here is it is a battle between the change this country needs, the justice this country needs, a battle between
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that and the army of judges that trump nominated that are trying to block that change. that's what's at stake here. it is about rejecting justice in the justice system. we don't even know what justice looks like anymore to the point that once again, thousands of asylum seekers continue to be stranded without something that we value in this country which is welcoming their right to seek asylum. we've lost that. >> melissa, this is somethingwe were warned about, right, the trump administration's success in placing conservative justices. talk about what we have learned in this past week about the composition of this court. i know you say we sort of already had a sense what have this court was going to be but we're watching it now in action. and then tie it to the question, i want you to talk a little bit about justice breyer who in an interview with "the new york times" said the supreme court should be deciding fewer
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emergency applications on its shadow docket. he also said he's weighing his decision on when to step down considering the dynamics of the court now and these recent shadow docket decisions on remain in mexico and the eviction moratorium. talk to me about the stakes and what you think it is breyer is going to do. >> as his term wound down, a number of pundits said this was a moderate, consensus driven court. but by the time the term end and the last decisions were in, we saw some of the most important cases had fractured along traditionally ideological lines with the six conservatives voting together and the three liberals voting in dissent. it's perhaps the most conservative court we've seen in a generation. that also echoes throughout the lower federal courts. that's where president trump was most successful in his domestic agenda in terms of getting judges placed on the federal courts. justice breyer famously said he does not want the search for his
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replacement to be one that is overly politicized. but that horse may already be out of the barn. this is an incredibly consequential seat. he is one of three remaining liberal justices on the court. if his seat is filled by a president who doesn't have control over the senate, it's not likely to be filled by someone who has the same sensibilities as justice breyer. so in many respects it is kind of "go" time on this question. we're coming up to a midterm election. certainly justice breyer knows that. but he's someone who wants this very much to be a question of considered, measured decisionmaking, not a political decision. >> paola and melissa, thank you so much as always. tomorrow is the 16th anniversary of hurricane katrina's landfall in louisiana. in new orleans, they are bracing for another monster storm. that's next. oriasis. now, there's skyrizi. ♪ things are getting clearer. ♪ ♪ i feel free to bare my skin yeah, that's all me. ♪ ♪ nothing and me go hand in hand nothing on my skin, ♪
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>> reporter: in louisiana, the rush to get ready for ida. gas lines growing, food disappearing, and communities left scrambling. >> like deja vu. >> new video from cuba offers a glimpse at the fast moving storm, lashing the island with high winds and heavy rain, as ida returns to the gulf where warmer waters could make it even stronger. >> we believe there's a strong likelihood that this will be a category 4 hurricane at landfall. that's how quickly the storm is developing. >> the weather crisis comes as louisiana hospitals face a flood of covid patients. with the governor urging everyone to get vaccinated. >> the fact that we're still in a pandemic makes this much more difficult for everyone, but the pandemic isn't going to leave just because it's more inconvenient! equally daunting, a storm churning towards the coast so fast, mandatory evacuations from new orleans are now out of the question. >> the city cannot issue a mandatory evacuation because we don't have the time.
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>> reporter: this weekend's pre-season saints versus cardinals game cancelled as the new orleans team makes plans to evacuate to dallas ahead of the storm. crystal foggleman can't take another storm. >> we have been through rita, and hurricane ike and laura and delta. >> reporter: after losing her home to hurricane ike a year ago, her and her family call this trailer home, everyone praying ida steers clear. >> we have been watching it, you know, and trying to get, you know, plans in action, but, you know, you're still, you're on the edge of the seat like, okay, you know, what is this thing going to do. >> that was nbc's morgan chesky reporting. more american voices after the break. first, a preview of what else is ahead tonight here on msnbc. hey there, i'm joshua johnson, tonight at 8:00 eastern on the week, texas governor greg
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tonight. voting rights rallies are under way across the country. protesters are demanding protection from a wave of ballot restrictions in republican led states. we'll get into that texas congresswoman sheila jackson lee. president biden says another attack on the airport in kabul is likely and imminent, this after a deadly u.s. drone strike against the terror group isis-k, and a federal judge sanctions lawyers who spread former president trump's big lie about the 2020 election. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, i'm joshua johnson, welcome to "the week." let us begin tonight with hurricane ida, residents along the gulf coast are trying to head inland as this major storm approaches. nbc meteorologist bill karins starts us out tonight with the latest on

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