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at work here. >> my goodness, these are heated times. thank you so much. important story, important race in virginia. and this has been a busy and important hour. thank you for watching. i'm stephanie ruhle. jose diaz-balart picks up breaking news coverage right now. good morning. it's 10:00 a.m. eastern, 7:00 a.m. pacific. i'm jose diaz-balart. it is a new day in washington, with less than 24 hours before president biden heads to rome for the g-20 summit. the pressure is on for democrats to finally reach a deal on the president's build back better agenda. also this morning, parents are one step closer to being able to get their kids vaccinated, now that the fda has recommended the pfizer shots for kids ages 5 through 11. meanwhile, out west, officials in santa fe are searching for answers in the wake of the deadly shooting on a movie set that left one person dead and another injured. later today, law enforcement will hold a press conference to give us the latest on the
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investigation. and beyond our borders, a senior pentagon official says isis-k could be capable of attacking the u.s. of as early as next year. and we begin this hour in washington, where democrats are still trying to come together on a bill to reshape the social safety net. democrats are still hashing out the framework of that legislation. they hope to have it done by today, so the house could vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill. some lawmakers say an agreement is near, but the white house is -- it's kind of lower expectations, saying several key issues still need to be settled, including health care, paid leave, and how to pay for it. the president is still pushing for an agreement before he heads to europe. holding a meeting yesterday with leaders from several key congressional caucuses and meeting once again with west virginia senator joe manchin and arizona senator kyrsten sinema. with me now, nbc news capitol
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hill correspondent, ali vitali. and jonathan lemire, politico bureau chief as well as an msnbc political analyst. and jonathan, congrats, also the new host of "way too early," which airs at 5:00 a.m. eastern, right here on msnbc. ali, let me start with you. depending on who you listen to, democrats are either very close to an agreement or trillions of dollars away from one. where do things stand? >> yeah, that's a pretty large gap there, jose. and it's right, it depend who you talk to here, the varying levels of optimism that we're hearing from different lawmakers and senators, who are central to these negotiates. the one who i think probably hit the tone just right is the guy whose office i'm standing outside right now, is senator joe manchin, who described these negotiations as tenuous. it's entirely possible that we could end up seeing him in a few minutes here. i'll keep checking behind me. but as we're tracking these negotiations on the senate side, the house is having its own
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dustup about what it will take on the build back better agenda to actually get them to a vote on the build back better bill. nancy pelosi and pramila jayapal seemingly at odds over this yesterday. listen. >> does the reconciliation bill need to pass the house before taking up -- >> we're going to reach an agreement before we can do anything. that's it. >> you have to reach an agreement on the larger bill, is that what you're saying? >> i'm sorry? >> you're saying you have to reach an agreement on the larger bill first? >> yes. >> congressman jayapal just said that a framework for agreement is not enough for the bif? >> well, i think it is. >> reporter: speaker pelosi pretty unequivocal there, she thinks that a framework would be enough, but conversations will continue to happen today on the house side of this over what a framework constitutes. certainly, pelosi talking in a whip meeting this morning, saying that they need the reality of the build back better
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agenda to move on the bipartisan infrastructure bill, but this was the day that they wanted to move on both of them in the ideal world that they wanted at the beginning of the week or the end of last week. >> and ali, if you do see the senator, let us know, we'll cut right back to you. maybe you can have a chat there. >> jonathan, meanwhile, president biden leaves tomorrow. is there any worry that these ongoing negotiations will be a major distraction? >> jose, first of all, thank you for the kind words. and i encourage all of your viewers, just set your alarms a little earlier. we'll see you at 5:00 a.m. >> it's done in my house. >> excellent. the white house -- certainly, we know they have targeted this as the deadline to get the two pieces of legislation done. the bipartisan infrastructure deal, and this democrats-only massive social spending package. and they looked at three key deadlines this week in order to urge democrats along. the expiration of the transportation funds at the end of the month, the upcoming virginia governor's race, where terry mcauliffe has basically
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pleaded with democrats saying, pass that infrastructure bill, give me something to run on here. showing worries about how tight that campaign has gotten. and of course, the president's overseas travel. he leaves tomorrow morning. he's got an audience with the pope on friday. two days to g-20. and on to scotland for a significant climate change summit. and that in particular is why aides were hoping this legislation could be done by then. that they don't want him to come there empty-handed. this was a summit at which the president was hoping to reestablish the united states' moral leadership on climate change, after the four years of the trump administration. and it's harder to do that if there is no reconciliation bill done. a lot of them are falling out because of the requests of senator manchin. so we have -- we're under 24 hours now until air force one is supposed to be wheels up. although i should note, white house aides have said a departure could get pushed back. it depends who you talk to. some democrats think that an agreement could perhaps be done in the next day or so. but others say, we believe we'll
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get this done eventually, but we need more time. it's a question of whether bridging this divide between progressives and moderates. >> meanwhile, democrats insist the bill will be paid for, but finding the money has been a difficult process. now there's a new proposal to tax billionaires. how will it work. >> yeah, a difficult process, and one that's being hashed out in the 11th hour of these negotiations. you'll remember last week, senator kyrsten sinema reminding her fellow colleagues on the hill, she does not want to see a tax hike on the wealthy or corporations, at least not in the way that they were initially planning on doing it to pay for a large bulk of this social spending bill. instead, what we've seen is senators going back to the drawing board. initially, we have seen a conversation about a wealth tax. that's not how this is going to play out in the conventional sense that we used to talk about wealth taxes back during the 2020 campaign, when senator elizabeth warren wanted to propose one, when i was covering that campaign. what we're seeing now, though, is these two distinct proposals. one, a billionaire income tax,
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that will tax both income and assets in the larger numbers. and we're also seeing a minimum corporate tax, which would tax the profits that corporations report to their shareholders. but, again, both of these are not necessarily agreed to, by some of the senators that we often talk about. and certainly, when senator man chin comes out here, we'll ask him about that as well. >> ali vitali at capitol hill, jonathan lemire, "way too early" starts at 5:00 a.m. eastern, but it's never too early to see jonathan lemire. just a change you should think about for the new show. >> thank you so much. >> take care. >> thanks. turning now to some good news on the covid front, as a matter of fact. there's actually two. first, the fda has now recommended a smaller dose of the pfizer shot for kids 5 to 11, bringing families one step closer to being able to vaccinate their kids ahead of the winter months. this comes as new covid cases have dropped nearly 60% since
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the september spike in the delta variant, according to data compiled by "the washington post." for more on this, i'm joined by dr. joseph varon, he is chief of critical care at united memorial medical center. always a pleasure to see you, sir. let's talk about this fda recommendation for kids. how significant is this. and tell us what you're telling parents who may be hesitant about vaccinating their younger kids. >> thank you. for me, the first thing is the parents need to get vaccinated. if a parent doesn't want to get vaccinate, they won't vaccinate their kids. i am telling them the data. i am telling them that when we think about the greater good, how much we can do for all of these children, they should consider vaccination. however, as you know, even physicians are divided as to whether or not children without any conditions should be vaccinated. in the united kingdom, for example, the recommendation is
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that only children who have a condition get vaccinated. i personally like to vaccinate children, but parents usually ask you, i mean, what about that potential heart condition that has been said? so, you know, it's a lot of education has to be done with parents. >> dr., we're seeing a dramatic drop in cases, especially in hard-hit places like texas, where you are. florida, as someone who sees the effect of the pandemic on a daily basis, what's the situation like at your hospital? >> well, i mean, we've been able to decrease the number of cases, but we are taking it a little too easy. people are dropping their guard. patients are coming to me now very, very late. why, because they don't -- they are not concerned too much about, oh, it's just a little bit of covid, it's no big deal. so they come in late. now, one thing that your viewers need to understand is exactly one year ago, we were the way we are today. we were, you know, very relaxed, things were good, low number of cases. and guess what happens in the
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winter? we have that upsurge. so we cannot drop our guard. we have to be vigilant at this point. we now have the potential to control the pandemic. >> doctor, finally, speak to our communities. you are at the forefront of helping our people. what would you say to them when there's maybe fear of getting a vaccine, fear of going to the hospital, fear of what may happen if they give their names and their addresses to authorities? >> there are many reasons why people don't come to a hospital. the first one is, day don't want to get covid at a hospital, which doesn't make any sense. the second is like you said, they are going to be calling i.c.e. or somebody else. don't be afraid. come to the hospital. come to the hospital early. the sooner i start your treatment, the better off you are, the less chances of dying you have. we are getting better at treating covid, but we cannot do
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so when you come in two weeks of symptoms. >> joseph varon, dr. joseph varon, sorry, i go into spanish with you sometimes. thank you for being with me this morning. appreciate it. >> my pleasure. it's time to take a look at some of the headlines making news out west. and we have a lot to go about. let's go with the first part, the logjam that there is on the west coast of getting some of that material back to the coast. the biden administration is hoping to reduce the congestion at the los angeles and long beach ports, announcing fines for containers who stay too long. they will now have nine days before they start getting fined and containers due to be moved by rail will have three days. the new fines go into effect the first of november. unvaccinated l.a. city workers will have more time to get in compliance with the city's mandate, now having until
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december the 18th to get their shots or face discipline action that could lead to determination. until then, unvaccinated workers will have to get tested twice a week on their own time and their own expense. and voting rights advocates are suing texas again over the state's newly redrawn congressional district maps that favor the republican party, alleging the maps diminish the vote of communities of color. texas is the only state to get two new congressional seats this year, after the census determined the state's population grew by 4 million, nearly half of which are latino. coming up, president biden holding a flurry of meeting with democrats, to try to come to an agreement on miss massive social safety net plan. one of the lawmakers who attended those meetings, congresswoman varone scar joins us now. plus, an immigration protest outside congress this morning. we're live with their demand. you're watching "jose diaz-balart reports" on msnbc. i diaz-balart reports" on msnbc. injectable cabenuva. y
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16 past the hour now. back to capitol hill, where president biden is pushing democrats to come together on the framework of the a bill to reshape the social safety net before he leaves for europe. he held another round of meetings last night with two key senators, joe manchin of west virginia and kyrsten sinema of arizona. hours after, he meet with leaders from the congressional black, hispanic, asian american,
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women's, and lgbtq plus equality caucuses. with me now is one of the lawmakers who attended that meeting, texas and democratic congresswoman, veronica escobar, a member of the congressional hispanic and women's caucuses. congresswoman, it's a pleasure to see you. thank you for being with me this morning. how'd you feel coming out of that meeting yesterday? >> first and foremost, thank you for having me on your show. it's a pleasure to be with you. it was a great meeting. it was wonderful to meet with the president, to hear about where negotiations stand. to learn how hard he is working for the american people, for our working families. we are absolutely united in wanting to get his agenda across the finish line and to get his legislation passed. >> and you reside in the el paso area. i recently talked with your colleague, chuy garcia of illinois. he told us that he would not
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vote for the reconciliation bill unless it includes a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants here in the united states. i think the senate parliamentarian has said would not be allowed under budget rules. where do you stand on this? >> i want to get as much immigration reform as possible passed in reconciliation. over the pandemic, we have really depended on our essential workers. 5 million essential workers in this country who have taken care of us are undocumented. we know that they pay $70 billion a year in taxs and we know that offering are path to citizenship would increase our gdp. the economic benefits are significant, but it's also the right thing to do. i firmly stand with senator durbin in wanting to ensure that we get as many folks who have taken care of us to be able to achieve citizenship as possible, but we are, unfortunately,
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limited by that rule. it's an unfortunate reality that we face. and so we're going to keep pushing and then we'll see how far we can get. but it's a priority. >> it's clearly, many democrats are still finding -- working to find a way to get something into this reconciliation bill in immigration. "the washington post" report, one option under consideration is to provide protected status. it stops short of a path to citizenship. another is a proposal to allow mrg s immigrants who arrive in the u.s. before 2010 to apply for a green card. how do you feel about those efforts and what do you think if those efforts are also a failure? >> those efforts, represent, i think, unfortunately, a piecemeal approach to this. the real solution, obviously, jose, is for congress to pass legislation. to make, the house, as you know, pass the junior promised act. we pass the farm worker modernization act. we are wanting to see passage of the president's more
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comprehensive immigration bill. but because of the senate and their instrument of obstruction, called the filibuster, we're not able to do it. so reconciliation is the only path. it's going to probably be piecemeal. but i will tell you, i will take everything that we can get. and then i think, we also have to look at what the executive can do. what can the president do to expand those legal pathways? that's harder. that's more challenging. but we've got to really use every tool in our tool box at this point. >> congresswoman, you're also a member of the armed services committee and are a lead sponsor of the justice improvement act. the law would remove decisions on prosecuting sexual assault and other major crimes from commanders. where do things stand on this bill that you've been on the forefront of?
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>> and shay, you're right. i serve on the armed services committee, and i am so incredibly proud to represent ft. bliss, an american military installation here in congress, from the 16th congressional district, and the vanessa guillen act is something that kind of came through our military personnel subcommittee. i'm proud to be the vice chairwoman on that subcommittee. we got provisions into the house's version of the national defense authorization act. we're waiting on the senate. the senate should be passing its version of the ndaa hopefully before thanksgiving, and then it will go to conference. in conference, we want to preserve as many of those reforms as possible. we owe it to our service members. we owe it to vanessa guillen and her memory. and we owe it to the american people to make sure that we are doing right by our military. >> yeah, it's so important to keep her name in the forefront of everything. congresswoman, it's a real pleasure to see you.
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thank you for your time this morning. >> likewise. thank you, jose. >> thank you so much. coming up, we are expecting to learn more today about what happened on alec baldwin's movie set, the day of that deadly shooting. new details in the investigation, next. you're watching "jose diaz-balart reports" on msnbc. you're watching "jose diaz-balart reports" on msnbc. ♪ ♪ there are beautiful ideas that remain in the dark. but with our new multi-cloud experience, you have the flexibility you need to unveil them to the world. ♪
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we go back to capitol hill where senator manchin is speaking with reporters. >> -- targeting different -- i want to make that very clear. he wants to move forward and we owe it to the president to move forward. take a vote on the infrastructure bill, the only thing that we have is bipartisan. take a vote on that, because the president is doing everything -- he's working 24/7. i guarantee, i've been with him most 24/7. and he's working as hard as he possibly can to get a good, solid deal. and, you know, he believes 100% that nothing is nothing. and he understands that. he's been here 36 years. he understands how the senate works. we've had very good, very direct, very frank, very honest conversation. on the taxes, people are talking about tax this, tax that. tax that, wealthy tax, first of all, i'll say this. everybody in this country that has been blessed and prospered should pay a patriotic tax.
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if you're to the point to where you're able to use all of the tax forms, if you can, to your advantage and you end up with a zero tax liability, but have had a very, very good life and have had a lot of opportunities, there should be a 15% patriotic tax. that's me speaking. that's not -- i'm not speaking for anybody else. but we've said, and we've all agreed on a 15% corporate tax. well, people in the stratosphere, rather than trying to penalize, we should be pleased that this country is able to produce the wealth. but with that, there's a patriotic duty that you should be paying something to this great country that gave you the protection and the support and the opportunities. that's call a patriot. a patriotic tax -- >> so are you supporting a billionaire's tax? >> i'm supporting that everyone should pay their fair share. and i've come to think of -- i don't like the connotation that
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we're targeting different people. there's people that basically, they've contributed to society, they've created a lot of jobs and invested a lot of money and give a lot to philanthropic pursuits, but it's time that we all pull together and row together, if you will. hold on. hold on. >> as that bill is written right now, on the billionaire's tax -- >> there's a lot going on. there's a lot going on with that. and it's very convoluted. i believe there's going to be -- everyone's going to pay -- i believe that we will end up where everyone must participate. >> in terms of the white house -- >> all of these tax prices -- the billionaire's taxes are coming in very last minute. it seems to be a rush -- >> no, no, no. >> how confident are you that you can pay for the whole thing? >> we're not doing everything today. the senate will take time. you think it's going to happen today in the senate. we're basically trying to agree to a framework and the president has been very clear. he'll go over to the house and basically plain to the house that i have a framework, but there's still an awful lot of work to be done and we'll have something happen.
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you have to trust -- the president has given everything he has to make this happen. he's trying to meet everybody halfway. and i appreciate that, because i've been through negotiations and i can tell, he has given everything he has to this. people have to respect that. the only thing we're asking for is vote on a piece of legislation that's already been bipartisan. i'll guarantee, i'm dealing in good faith. i'm meeting with people i've never had and i've never had the opportunity to know them before. we can sit down and work something out. give us a chance. >> one more -- i'm sorry. there's -- >> he got two. >> he didn't get two. >> senator sanders -- >> yeah, he did. >> so are you meeting this morning? >> senator sanders has said that medicare expansion is not going to come out of this bill. do you still disagree with that? >> let me just say about expansions -- and we're negotiating and talking about that. i am truly, absolutely concerned about the deficit of our country at almost $29 trillion. i'm concerned about the insolvency of the trust funds. in good conscience, i have a
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hard time increasing, basically, benefits, which all of us can agree, would love to have this or that when you can't even take care of what you have. those are the discussions that we're having. those are honest, open discussions. how am i going to tell people in west virginia that medicare and social security is your lifeline, is your lifeline, but you'll be in trouble by 2026. what's that mean to me? am i going to be pay more or cut back on services i'm giving? that's the problem. and that's basically a good dialogue that we're having. >> senator, are you -- >> hold on, hold on. i'll go one more. you'll get your two. >> i love this. senator, are you meeting this morning with president biden? >> no, i'm not meeting with president biden this morning or today that i know of. i didn't know you was going to meeting last night, either. but things happen. if he asks to meet, i'll be there. i'm having meetings this morning, but --
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>> the climate provisions of $500 million in the social spending plan? >> we're looking on that. there's a whole lot of things we want to do as far as incentives to accelerate clean energy. and clean energy means, use what you're using cleaner, making sure the rest of the world is not doing anything that we're doing. people keep talking about energy. the only thing i want to say is, look at the facts. we are the only nation that's reduced our dependency on coal. we've gone from 52% to 1% and get no credit. we've done all of these things. we have the technology to capture the methane. let us build a pipeline to take the methane off. so all of these things we're talking about. but also, we can accelerate. transmission. ceramics, we can accelerate storage for renewables. we can accelerate all of those things. and that's what we are trying to do. get a good piece of legislation. throwing money right now at something that basically does not have a pathway to be completed. it's -- >> is paid leave in this -- >> hold on. >> you're stealing my question.
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>> see! that came from burgess. >> paid leave, are you still talking to gillibrand? >> i'm talking to everybody, but i've been very clear, to expand social programs when you have trust funds that aren't solvent, they're going insolvent, i can't explain that. it doesn't make sense to me. i want to work with everyone, as long as we can start paying for things. that's all. i can't put this burden on my grandchildren. i've got ten grandchildren and i would be -- i just can't do it. >> -- willing to move toward you -- >> the president has made no guarantees. the only thing the president of the united states, and i'll say this again, we've got the right person at the right place at the right time. let's work with him. the bottom line is, he understands. and i think all he's asking for is continue to deal in good faith and we'll get to where we get to and vote it up or down. >> what's on the table -- >> -- the infrastructure bill -- >> pray to god they don't. thank you, all.
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>> senator manchin just moments ago on capitol hill. meanwhile, we're continuing to follow the latest from that fatal shooting on the new mexico set of the movie "rust." in about 90 minutes, the santa fe county sheriff's office and district attorney will hold a press conference giving an update on their investigation. overnight, nbc news obtained a letter from the producers of the movie sent to the crew, announcing the hiring of a law firm to conduct their own investigation into what exactly happened. joining me now from santa fe is msnbc's yasmin vassoughian. also with us, glenn kirschner, a former federal prosecutor. thank you for being with me. yasmin, you're on the ground there in santa fe. what do we know about that -- what law enforcement officials might tell us later today? >> well, listen, the district attorney said nothing is off the table, even possible criminal charges. the investigation, it's ongoing. it's tedious. it's going to take a long time, because of all the folks they actually have to interview. all the witnesses that were possibly on the set. two things they're looking for
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here. this is a ballistics investigation. first, the question of whether or not there were live rounds in that gun and if, in fact, there were, why they were there. what we're learning from the affidavit that was released on monday, jose, was six crew members walked off the set earlier in the day because of paid discrepancies and safety standards. because of that, the production got off to a late start. alec baldwin, the actor, was rehearsing his scene after a lunch break. he was rehearsing a cross-draw, as they call it. he was given the gun by dave halls, off of a cart. three guns were on that cart. "cold gun," was called out, ie, this gun is safe. that gun was subsequently handed to alec baldwin. when he was rehearsing, he was pointing the gun at the camera, which halyna hutchins was standing behind. dave sousa saw blood coming from his own shoulder, halyna had stumbled backwards and she was
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clutching her abdomen and said she couldn't actually feel her legs. and then, everything else kind of took place from there. the gun subsequently was then handed to the armorer, miss gutierrez reid, by alec baldwin. those shell casings, that gun was handed off to investigators. we're really kind of piecing everything together, as more and more things trickle out from this production set, jose. but we're hoping to learn, obviously, much more in the next 90 minutes or so when we hear from the sheriff's department, at noon eastern time. >> and meanwhile, glenn, local law enforcement officials haven't yet characterized their investigation as a criminal or death investigation. why do you think that is? and what are you hoping they lay out in today's press conference? >> i'm sorry, was that to me, jose? >> yes. yes, glenn. >> oh, yeah, so when you have an incident like this occur, you know, it seems like everything is potentially on the table. on one end of the spectrum, it
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could be just a horrific accident, and nobody bears responsibility, ultimately, in the eyes of the law. of course, on the other end of the spectrum, if this was an intentional act designed to hurt another, nobody is suggesting that it is, well, then you're looking at the possibility of a criminal prosecution. of course, the district attorney, as yasmin pointed out, has said she's taking nothing off the table at this point. but i think we need to step back and think about the duty of care. because this is kind of a duty of care investigation. we don't talk a lot about the duty of care we owe to one another these days. but the law says we do. so if i'm in the workplace and i do something negligent and my negligent conduct injures another, i may have violated a duty of care i have. that could give rise to a civil suit. and then you move along the spectrum. if your conduct is grossly negligent, if your conduct is reckless or criminally reckless, then, you know, you may have a d.a. beginning to look at criminal charges. i think it might be worth
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looking at the specific law in new mexico for involuntary manslaughter. because here how it reads. it's very short. it says, if you cause the death of another during the commission of a lawful act, which might produce death without due care and circumspection, you could be guilty of involuntary manslaughter. a low-level of homicide liability. it's a fourth-degree felony under the laws of new mexico and carries up to 18 months in prison. we're not suggesting the evidence is showing that. but it looks like what they need to do now is a full, fair, thorough investigation to see who, if anybody, bears responsibility, civil or criminal, for what happened. >> glenn kirschner and yasmin va suing vassoughian, thank you very much for being with me now. turning back now to the issue of capitol hill and politics, let's talk about senator sinema and arizona.
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the president held yet another meeting with the senator last night to try to convince her to get onboard with the huge democratic bill to reshape the social safety net and fight climate change. the progressive turned moderate has upset many democrats, because her positions are forcing them to make concessions on tax policy, prescription drug costs, and other key aspects of that bill. while she has talked repeatedly with the president and her democratic colleagues, she has rarely shared her views in public, both in washington and in her home state. nbc news correspondent cal perry is with me now from scotdale, arizona, just outside of phoenix. cal, good to see you. you've been talking with some of the senator's constituents. what are they telling you about how she is handling herself throughout this process? >> reporter: i think the point you made about the way that she's going about this, we just saw senator manchin talking to the media there. that is not something that
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senator sinema is doing. she's not doing interviews or holding town halls. constituents have told me that they are not able to have a meeting with her and they're upset about that. it was interesting to hear senator manchin talk about some of those climate intensives. we've readied up some sound for you, jose, about this issue. i want to give the viewers some quick stats. phoenix currently saw in the year 2020, 50 days of temperatures over 110 degrees. 145 days of temperatures over 100 degrees. it is adversely affecting communities of color, which is not surprising. we saw that across the country. take a listen to what columbia sins has to say. she works for moms clean our force. take a listen. >> our families are struggling, affording their bills and electricity, but at the same time, their going through a rough period of time, when they don't have ac, through the high polluted days and high extreme days. so we -- that's why we need her support. so my message to our senator will be to, to support us and
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vote on the build back better plan, because it will help our low-income communities and communities of color. >> reporter: and so you have critical issues coming at a critical time for arizona and frustration building, i think, because her strategy, again, as you laid out, is to do things behind doors. jose? >> and cal, you were in west virginia last week. we spoke to you when you were there, to talk to senator joe manchin's constituents. what are the differences, the main differences you're finding between what you're hearing in both states? >> i think in west virginia, we heard that people know who joe manchin is. they know what he stood for. and they've told us, they've stood for the same thing for decade. senator sinema started at a member of the green party. she was an unabashed liberal. she was organizing dozens of protests here in arizona. and since then, she's shifted to the right. arizona has shifted to the right as well, but a lot of people we're talking to in arizona say,
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i don't know what she stand for, because she's changed so much over the years. that's in contrast to what we see from senator manchin, who prides himself on being consistent. >> cal perry, thank you for being with me. also this morning, nearly 470,000 people in massachusetts are waking up without power, thanks to the nor'easter that pounded the state yesterday. as we see more extreme weather, powerful storms among it, officials on capitol hill are looking to fund the modernization of the electric grid. right now the infrastructure bill being negotiated on capitol hill include $65 billion to upgrade to electric grid and $5 billion focused on insuring the grid can continue working in the wake of future natural disasters. joining me now from new orleans is sam brock. good morning. what more can you tell us about efforts underway down there to help with the fallout of extreme
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weather? >> reporter: we certainly saw this situation play out in realtime after hurricane ida. entire blocks with no power. you can think about an investment in solar kind of like buying a new car, because it can cost $20 or $30,000. congress can help with that. you have the hold and the new solar panels. but there's also a battery storage unit you've got to buy to be completely independent from the grid, which is expensive. if it can be done financially, though, we've seen from a woman in in new orleans neighborhood is keeping the lights on and potentially saving lives. over the thwack of hammers and repairing of roofs, you'll find a neighborhood with memories of darkened streets. people without access to power for days or week. everyone, that is, except for janelle hazlet's. >> we didn't worry. we had power for fans and fridges. we were able to run the ac.
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it was easy. >> reporter: hazlett's bright idea was to bank on the sun and her 36 solar powers along with a battery storage unit tucked under her porch. to access her own energy, even as the grid was offline. >> once it's up there, it just works. it i don't have to think about chasing gasoline. i don't have to think about running extension cords. >> reporter: it's a process the lifetime new orleansian started after hurricane katrina and isaac, and a valuable lesson for anyone living in areas vulnerable to storms, or cold snaps like the one that blindsided texas last winter. though the investment isn't cheap. batteries and panels can cost upwards of $20,000. this is where congress comes in and the hotly debated bills on investment and infrastructure. >> one of the important things we can do to grow rooftop solar and in-home energy store is for congress to extend tax credits for those technologies, which will just make it in reach for
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more and more american households. >> reporter: the infrastructure bill has some $65 billion ear marked for grid improvements and renewable energy, but it's the reconciliation bill that extends federal tax credits at 30% for a decade. credits that enabled hazlett's investments in the first place. would this have been feasible for you without all of these tax credits? >> no, without the tax credit, i wouldn't have been able to afford it. >> reporter: for hazlett, the window to act before the next devastating event is cracked open right now. >> it makes a difference. when you know you live in a place where that's going to happen, it kind of made sense to be prepared. >> reporter: jose, of the $65 billion ear marked in the infrastructure bill, $5 billion would go to state governments to coordinate with solar sector stakeholders to improve the grid. because as we've learned this valuable lesson over and over again, it's not a question of if, but when, especially with climate change supercharging the natural disasters. jose? >> sam brock in new orleans,
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thank you so much. coming up, a disturbing warning from u.s. intelligence about isis in afghanistan and its capability of attacking the u.s. details ahead. you're watching "jose diaz-balart reports" on msnbc. c diaz-balt arreports" on msnbc.
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little as six months. for more, let's get right to raf sanchez. this is really concerning. >> reporter: absolutely. this has long been the concern, that when the u.s. withdrew from afghanistan, terror groups like al qaeda and isis would regroup and use afghan territory to plot new attacks. and of specific concern is isis-k. the group that carried out that suicide bombing at kabul airport, which killed 13 american service members and dozens and dozens of afghan civilians. the intelligence community now believes that isis-k could use afghanistan as a launch pad for attacks on the u.s. in as little as six months. take a listen to what the undersecretary of defense had to say yesterday. >> the current intelligence community's assessment is that isis-k could potentially develop a capability within 6 to 12 months and that al qaeda could potentially develop that capability within 1 to 2 years.
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we have considerable evidence that they have the intent. the question at the moment is the capability. >> president biden says it's possible to continue fighting these terror groups using what he calls over-the-horizon capabilities, drone strikes, air strikes, special forces raids. but this is certainly an an ala news coming from the pentagon. iran is saying a cyber attack took down gas stations across the country yesterday. what do we know? >> yeah. so most iranians buy gas at the pump, using government-issued electronic cards, but yesterday when people showed up at gas stations and swiped the cards, they got a kind of mocking error message saying the pumps weren't working. the iranian government is saying this was a cyber attack. they're not blaming any specific group, nor any specific country at this point. but in the past they have said the u.s. and israel have carried out cyber attacks on iran. this came on the two-year anniversary of major protests in iran. back in 2019 which were actually
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about high gasoline prices. hundreds of people were killed by iranian security forces. thousands were arrested. and one possibility is that yesterday's cyber attack may have been linked to that anniversary. >> thank you so much. and now let's head to england where we're getting news from buckingham palace about the queen. kelly is there for us. kelly? >> reporter: hi there, jose. that's right. the queen's doctors advise she not attend the climate conference next week. it's a 1000 mile trip from her home here in windsor up to glasgow, scotland. doctors have said she needs to rest and back off the busy schedule. saying the queen was disapointed to have to cancel that trip. it's the second trip she's had to cancel in the past week. after that overnight stay at a
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hospital last wednesday. now, the palace said that stay was purely precushion nar. she has had an incredibly busy schedule over the past month or so. more than a dozen engagements. there was a big reception at windsor which she met a number of business leaders and world leaders among them bill gates, john kerry. she looked energetic and healthy. she's also been seen at one engagement in the past couple weeks walking with a cane. the doctors apparently have also advised her to lay off a couple traditions she has. one is an evening drink. she's been told to back off on that and the long walks with the dogs. the queen is 95 years old, after all. she continues to work here. in fact, she'll be recording a video message for the delegates in glasgow. >> kelly, thank you so much for being with us. up next, a protest in
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disobedience. >> we believe we're at an opportunity to pass human infrastructure. we believe now is the time to do it. shame on republicans. we don't expect one vote, but the dems promise us they're going to pass immigration reform in this reconciliation bill. it's time for them to deliver. it's time for them to deliver citizenship for 11 million people who are undocumented in this country. many of us went to vote for this president, the senate, and the house are now we are demanding they deliver for our communities and for our families. >> immigration reform has been one of the pillars of your organization. it's certainly one of the things that you are so passionate about. and now it seems like a lot of the things in capitol hill are pinned on the yes or no of the parliamentarian. what do our communities, what do the communities around the country want to see? >> you know what? they don't care about the parliamentarian. they care about who has the
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power. and in this moment, the house, the senate, and the white house right now the power is in the democratic party. they promise us that they are going to deliver. we don't want excuses. we don't want them to say i'm sorry the parliamentarians say we can't do that. they have the power to do it, and we believe right now in this week, it's an opportunity for the historical opportunity to pass immigration reform for our families. it's the time to do it. >> and there are millions of actually millions of mixed status families in the u.s. some in that family have documentation. some who don't in the same family. if you could speak to president biden right now, what would you tell him? >> reporter: mr. president, you know we have a lot of dreamers. we have sanctioned workers. they make an amazing difference in the middle of this pandemic. they deliver for us. they save our lives.
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they -- now is our opportunity. the minimum that we can do for this communities for the sanction workers is to make sure they have green card. that's the minimum we can do. mr. president, you can deliver for our families now. >> thank you for being with me this morning. i so appreciate your time. that wraps up the hour for me. you can always reach me on twitter and instagram. be sure to follow the show online. thank you for the privilege of your time. chris jansing picks up with more news right now. >> good morning. i am chris jansing in for craig melvin. it's a busy hour and not just in washington. soon we'll get our first big update from law enforcement about that shooting on the set of alec baldwin's movie "rust". the questions we're hoping to
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get answers to. plus a surprise decision in the trial for kyle riten house. he doesn't want the lawyers using the term victims when talking about the victims in the shooting. the terms acceptable to the judge? rioters and looters. that's ahead. plus the spending bill lawmakers have spent so much time on, and right now still no deal. speaker pelosi aimed for a vote today on infrastructure based on an agreement on a deal. but senators manchin and sinema still have their sticking points. here's what senator manchin said just in the last 30 minutes. >> we're not doing everything today. we're not going to have a complete list. the senate is going to take time. you think it's going to happen today in the senate. we're trying to agree to a framework and the president has been clear. he'll go over to the house and he'll basically explain to the house that i have a framework, but there's still a lot of work to be done, and we're going to havehi


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