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afi-fest, tickets at i'll see you out there myself. that's it for today. we'll be back next week. because if it's sunday, it's "meet the press." it's a bfd. president biden cease half of the signature spending plan passed by congress, but with the other part of the program still undone, the question is bbb human infrastructure next? plus, a district attorney appears poised to push forward on election interfierce by trump and his allies. the question is what are the potential penalties? plus, ted cruz pick as fight with big bird. with big bird on the side of science and ted cruz not, the question is which of these
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things is not like the other? it's "way too early" for this. ♪♪ good morning. it's "way too early," the show that's brought to you by the letter "a." it's monday, november 8th. let's start with the news. the key agenda item was passed in the senate earlier this year and moved to the house with some republican support late on friday. the president is calling the investment in america historic. >> finally, infrastructure week. i'm so happy to say that, infrastructure week. folks, yesterday, i don't think it's an exaggeration to suggest we took a monumental step forward as a nation, but we're looking more forward to having shovels in the ground to begin
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rebuilding america, and for all of you at home who feel left behind and forgotten in an economy changing so rapidly, this bill is for you. >> president biden also took the moment to address progress on the other piece of his ageagend the build back better act. >> i'm also proud that the house took a big step forward to pass my build back better act, which november 15th they'll be taking up. they went through the procedural mechanisms to ensure it clears. let me be clear, we'll pass it in the house, and we'll pass it in the senate. the build back better agenda will be an investment in the people. >> president biden was asked for comment. it was said, nobody elected him to be president fdr. >> she said i have a picture of
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roosevelt hanging in my office, her office. i don't intend to be anybody but joe biden. that's who i am. what i'm trying to do is do the things i ran on to do. >> the president will hold a signing ceremony for the infrastructure bill this week. meanwhile former president donald trump is taking aim at congressional republicans who voted to pass the infrastructure bill. in a statement yesterday the former president writes in part, very sad that the rinos in the house and senate gave biden and democrats a victory on the non-infrastructure bill. how about all of those republican senators that voted thinking that helping the democrats is such a wonderful thing to do, so politically incorrect. all republicans who voted for democrat longevity should be ashameded of themselves. the white house will start the
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infrastructure package right away. democrats had been criticized for their lack of promotion after passing the rescue act earlier this year. joining us now, white house reporter for "the washington post," tyler page. tyler, great to see you. you've been following this as closely as anyone. it took a while, but it's done. president biden got a win. take us behind the scenes, will you, how the west wing managed light last week, and what role the president played himself. >> yeah. so the president was heavily involved as infrastructure talks made its way to final passage over the end of the last week as it became clear the deadline was approached, as the house was going on recess. many members were heading to glasgow for the climate conference. they made it clear if they wanted to pass the infrastructure bill and larger social spending bill, the build
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back better act, they'd have to move quite expeditiously on this. in the end it became a conflict over which bill would be first and how prose depressive the people would leverage to make sure they got this more expansive infrastructure bill. in the end the president was heavily involved talking with speaker pelosi, other house leadership eventually jumping on the phone with one of the other leaders, josh gottheimer, editing statements that were being put out, to make sure progressives voted. they were holed up in the second part of the residence over pizza, dove ice cream bars, and coca-cola, and they finally got this done. they finally did. the president came out as you just showed and celebrated its passage. >> dove ice cream bars, key to
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any negotiation. we focus on the politics of this and we'll talk about it. walk us through what's in this bipartisan infrastructure bill and how it could change american lives. >> yeah. i think this is a big thing that the white house wants to talk about, especially as they go out on this sort of tour to sell it and get credit for it. so this package is more of the physical infrastructure. so that's bridges, roads, ports as you saw. president biden is going to baltimore to talk more about how this money will help long-term expand capacity at ports but particularly tying it to the supply chain issues the country and world are facing right now. there's a whole host of other things in this package as well. trying to expand broad baft to countries that don't have it. they're trying to spur the development of electric
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vehicles. protections for native communities. there's a whole host of various things related to the physical aspects of our society and transportation like amtrak, particularly in the northeastern corner. that's something we'll hear transportation secretary pete buttigieg talk about, calling it one of the biggest investments in amtrak's history. i think we'll see a lot of that. the secretaries going out and traveling to parts of the country saying, look, this is a specific part of the country we want to improve. >> sit tight for one second. the federal mandate to vaccinate employees of companies with 100 or more was blocked temporarily. they say they rave grave statutory and constitutional issues. the court gave the justice department until 5:00 p.m. today
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to respond to the lawsuit filed by gop states. this comes as more than 15 states have filed lawsuits against the administration over its federal mandate. however, ron klain said he is certain the mandate will still stand despite the opposition. >> i'm quite confident that when this finally gets fully adjudicated, not just a temporary order, the validity of this requirement will be upheld. it's common sense, chuck. if osha can tell people to wear a hard hat on the job, becareful around chemicals, they kput in place these simple measures to keep our workers safe. >> you've been following this closely. what do people need to know as to how this could impact them. >> absolutely. this is one of the reasons why the actual mandate took so long to come out from the labor department. biden announced this months ago, and the labor department went through with its lawyers to
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figure out the exact legal authority they had or they believed they had to implement this vaccine mandate. so what we heard from the labor department is they feel this is fully consistent with osha's mandate, which is to protect workers on the job, which you heard argued over the weekend. this is what they're going to argue in court, it's part of their responsibility and that covid presents a threat there. right now the mandate is not into effect, the vaccine aspect of it, that all companies with employees of 100 or more need to be vaccinated or tested weekly. this is bound to have legal challenges. the biden administration expected this, and that's part of why i said earlier, they really try tried to take their top -- >> "the washington post" tyler page, a friend of the show.
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we're glad to see you and will see you again soon. still ahead, big bird might want a word with aaron rodgers. on the same week "sesame street" touts the vaccine, an nfl quarterback speaks against them. those stories and a check on the weather when we come right back. the weather when we come right back unconventional thinking means we see things differently, so you
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tweeted yesterday the investigation into the tragedy, quote, is in its early stages. in a statement on saturday scott said he could not imagine the severity of the situation and was absolutely devastated by what took place. a judge has delayed former new york governor andrew cuomo's arraignment on a forceable touching charge. his attorney said it was potentially deeffect active because it doesn't include key testimony from the alleged victim. cuomo is accused of groping an assistant at the governor's mansion last december. he's now scheduled to make his first court appearance on january 7th. cuomo's attorney has said her client never assaulted anyone and suggested last week that his prosecution was politically motivated. the iraqi government meanwhile says their prime minister survived an assassination attemptover the weekend. he appeared on television after the attack.
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iraqi state media reports an explosive slammed into the prime minister's residence, wounding several of the security guards. security shot down two drones in nearby airspace. they deployed troops after the attack. so far no group has taken responsibility for the attack, but it comes after heated protests following the parliamentarian elections. the u.s. says they'll assist them. still ahead, packers quarterback aaron rodgers takes hit over his stance on the vaccine while his team took a hit on the feel. sports is next. "way too early" will be right back. ts is next "way t eooarly" will be right back people with moderate to severe psoriasis, or psoriatic arthritis, are rethinking the choices they make like the splash they create the way they exaggerate the surprises they initiate. otezla. it's a choice you can make. otezla is not an injection or a cream it's a pill that treats differently. for psoriasis, 75% clearer skin is achievable,
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rogan. nfl mvp aaron rodgers. aaron, you're not vaccinated. so what? it's your body, your issues. >> exactly. i can give the covid to whoever i want. suddenly the woke is coming after me. >> did you ever lie about being vaccinated? >> i never lied. i took all my team into a huddle, got them three inches away from my wet mouth and told them, trust me, go team. at the end of the day, my record is still, 7-1. >> that was "saturday night live" taking on the nonsense after aaron rodgers tested positive, revealing on friday he's unvaccinated and sought alternative treatment because he's allergic to ingredients made in the moderna vaccine.
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he thanked podcast host joe rogan who's come under fire. the fox nfl sunday crew did not hold back when discussing rodgers' decision to skip the vaccine but instead telling the public he was immunized. howie long called him selfish. rodgers, one of the top two or three biggest stars in the nfl, but it was terry bradshaw who had the harshest words >> i've give aaron rodgers advice. it would be nice if you had just come to the naval academy and learned how to be honest, learn not to lie. that's what you did. you lied to everyone. i understand immunized. what you were doing is taking stuff to keep you from getting
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covid-19. it's a calf dewormer. that's what it is. unfortunately we've got players that pretty much think only about themselves and i'm extremely disappointed in the actions of aaron rodgers. >> words of wisdom from terry bradshaw. the packers, they didn't fare well with adams. jordan love making the first start of his career looked like he was making the first start of his career. the chiefs' defense held the packers squirmless. kansas city had their own struggles, but they still ended green bay's winning streak. dallas cowboys' dak prescott suffered from a strain. this is a real surprise. denver, many people had given up for dead. but they ended the zreec.
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in jacksonville, florida, here's another surprise. the jaguars had the better josh allen yesterday. the linebacker making a sac, intercepting a pass. josh allen takes a hit as jacksonville notches its second win of the season in a weird 9-6 upset of the buffalo bills. out west in los angeles, the tennessee defense carried the titans to a fifth straight victory, keeping the pressure on los angeles's matthew stafford and forcing the quarterback to throw back-to-back interceptions. the second running back for a touchdown in the second quarter. the titans beat the rams, 28-16. i'll also note nice one for the patriots. turning now to the nhl where a goal scored in overtime gave the blackhawks a 2-1 win over the predators. king was promoted from the minor league club to the interim coach
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following the coach's firing on saturday. time for the weather and let's go to meteorologist janessa webb for the forecast. janessa, great to see you. what's it look like out there? >> good morning, jonathan. lovely conditions over the weekend. before i say anything wer-wise, i want to give a big congratulations to those running in the new york city marathon this past weekend. it takes an abundance of work. my friend bill karins ran the race yesterday, seth a p.r. seeing time difference of 40 minutes over previous years. a big congratulations to him. he's going to take a couple of days off. i'll be here. he definitely deserves a bit of break. congratulations to everyone. weather-wise, we had a lovely weekend. we have this coastal storm system impacting the northeast
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all the way down to daytona beach. we're going to really see high surfs if you're a boater dealing with 15 million people impacted by these waves, and we're talking about 8 to 12 feet likely. this will be a problem throughout the afternoon. tuesday this storm system starts to pull away, but there is tropical characteristics of this storm that as it pushes out to sea, the national hurricane center has the possibility of formation. it will not be a threat to u.s. land, but we'll watch bermuda as we go into the next five days. now across the other coasts watching another really large storm system off the coat of the gulf of alaska about to make its way in to seattle and down through san francisco. some of these rain totals are on the increase of 3 to 5 inches in some spots. we going to be watching major flooding for that area. if you're in the middle of
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country, pretty quiet conditions. and we'll watch a warmup of temperatures. we'll be returns to the 70s in some spots. >> let me echo your congratulations to all of those in the new york marathon. it's hard to spot individual faces. maybe he was going too fast to see. i did spot our willie geist at one point. look at that. going strong. we'll see if he can limp to a camera later on "morning joe." congrats to everyone. janessa webb, thank you also. still ahead, we'll tell you how investigators are responding to a refusal to answer regarding the insurrection on january 6th. why are you awake? email your answers to or tweet me @jonlemire. we'll read some of our favorite answers later in the show. some answers later in the show.
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welcome back to "way too early." it's just before 5:30 on the east coast, 2:30 out west. i'm jonathan lemire. bennie thompson is threatening action against former trump justice official jeffrey clark for his refusal to answer questions about the capitol attack during a scheduled deposition. on friday, clark who played a key role gave the committee a 12-page letter from his attorney and included a letter from
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trump's attorneys on executive privilege. clark's letter explains he wants to wait. chairman thompson called clark's, quote, complete failure to cooperate unacceptable and in direct contrast with his supervisors at the doj. he concluded his statements saying this, i have concluded clark's claim of privilege and rejected it. he has a very short time to reconsider and cooperate fully. we need the information that he is withholding and we are willing to take a strong measure. a person with direct knowledge of the deliberations tells "the new york times." willis opened her inquiry in february and her office has been consulting with the house committee whose evidence could be of considerable value to her own probe, but her progress has
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been slowed in part by delays in the panel's fact-finding gather progress says, according to "the times." the paper goes on to say her inquiry is seen as parolless for the former president. joining us now, co-founder of punch bowl nurks anna palmer. she s i'm happy to say, an msnbc contributor. i hope you had a great weekend. thank you for starting your week was. let's start with the former president before we move to capitol hill. the latest from "the new york times," how dangerous could this be for trump both legally but also politically as he eyes 2024 but also looks to maintain his grip over the gop now? >> clearly the president, this is not a good look for him.
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he does not want the georgia investigation to continue. he's been trying to oust republicans who didn't support him in that state. so this is just another kind of where you see these different attempts to try to get closer to what happened on january 6th. the house committee is doing hundreds of interviews. we're starting to see trump allies say, no, we're asserting privilege. it's on a dual track that could be very perilous for donald trump as he tries to emerge as the party figure and be that figure for the republican party going into the 2022 midterm. >> it's a good thing we got an extra hour of sleech. you were up late when the infrastructure bill finally got its vote. talk about how nancy pelosi got the numbers there. there was a surprising number of republicans on board. >> yeah, absolutely.
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i absolutely think if they had taken that vote on infrastructure right after the senate passed, they could have gotten almost 30 republicans in the house to support it. clearly a sign that the republicans feel like a lot that's in that infrastructure bill is going to be very popular back home. the struggles for pelosi in the last, you know, hours on friday night, i was up editing a piece for us that went out to our readers around midnight of what happened, but what was really happening is the moderates reared their head saying we want to have a cbo score before we vote on this. i think that put this overall package in real peril because that cbo score might not come out for another week if not longer. rarely, as i'm sure you know, jonathan, very well, what the cbo and members of congress believe the actually score of the legislation is going to be. that's going to be something. she's looking forward to working together and seeing this report
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come out. >> congress, of course, away this week. so, anna, tell us, though. you started to hint at it there. the bipartisan infrastructure win, that's big for the president. the reconciliation package, we have lots of twists and turns to go. walk us through -- beyond the cbo, walk us through what the next couple of weeks could look like that. >> the drama is beginning to unfold there certainly when it comes to the build back better act. you know, you have members back in their districts. that's the first thing to think about. they're going to hear from constituents and there are a lot looking at their own political future in virginia, wondering whether it's wise to vote for such a big spending package. they're going to look forward to thinks coming forward in bits and pieces. and then we'll have to see if they can cobble pieces together for a vote.
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that's the first step. they're going to go to the senate you. 're going to have a lot of different responses like bernie sanders. they'll eventually bring it back to the house and see if they can vote on it. i've been pretty bearish about this getting done. i can see this extending to at least christmas if not the new year. >> there's plenty else on congress's plate as we head through the holidays. anna palmer, "punchbowl news." thank you very much. still ahead, a recap of "saturday night live" including the show's take on the governor's race in virginia. "way too early" is coming right back. >> santa did it because he loves america and he loves trump, right, glenn? right, glenn
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virginia governor elect glenn youngkin. portraying a president is not new for johnson who's always played joe biden. >> i'm so grateful for his help. >> funny you just mentioned. he asked to join us, former and basically current president trump of the united states. >> thank you. thank you so much. i just wanted to congratulate glenn youngkin and mostly myself. we did it together. >> you don't have to say that. >> it's great to be here, judge judy, and it's great to be frankly winning again. how we love to win. you know, you're going to see a lot more winning where that came from. >> you can take me off the split screen. >> nope, nope, nope. we did this together, glenn. we did it so good. i really want you to stay. >> really, that's okay. >> that is really good. saturday's show also featured
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the passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill endeded for the week. it shows how president biden and others made it happen behind the scenes. they write -- capping the most topsy-turvy week of president biden's presidency. house majority whip james clyburn spoke to the president and his top aides in the aftermath of election day, imploring them to crank up their efforts. i told all of them that i thought we had reached make-or-break time and it was time for the president to throw down a marker, he said in a saturday interview.
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"the post" continues by friday evening biden did something he hadn't done throughout the many months of talks. he issued a public statement calling on all to pass the infrastructure bill tonight. the white house continues to negotiate with democrats over the social spending bill. as they plan to do that, they also want to ramp up efforts to sell the infrastructure bill to the american public chrk will be closely watched in the party. joining us now, vice chair of financial services committee and member of the transportation and infrastructure city, democratic congressman jake okayen bassen of massachusetts. the president made several trips up to speak to you and your colleagues. those weren't for an urge to vote. he did on friday.
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how are you guys going to sell it? >> good morning and thanks for having me on. it is a big win for democrats. more importantly it's a big win for the united states. we've just made longover due investments in our country's infrastructure. we're updating the roads and bridges and public transportation system. we're ensuring every family has access to clean water and high-speed internet to rural and urban cities and counties throughout the country, the 21st century of electricity. this is about competing on the world stage against china and helping working-class families. this is a big deal. >> this is only part 1. we have many twists and turns to go before that reconciliation
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bill also heads to president biden's desk, and this is one that's going to have to bridge some real divides between the moderates and the progressives in your party. how confident are you that the house is going to have the votes to get this done? >> i'm confident. and as you said, there's going to be twists and turns along the way. we're trying to do big things. that's important. better policy comes out on the other end. it's the exact opposite of what we see from the republican party under donald trump where they're in lockstep. here with the democratic party, we wanted to show better things. it's going to provide social security for kids. that means expanded tax allowance for working and middle class families with kids so they have more disposable income to spend on high-quality needs and
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nutrition and other things. means guaranteed 3-year-old or 4-year-old pre-k. this is improving outcomes for kids across america, and it's going to be historic. we are also taking a big bite out of health care costs. what people pay at the counter for prescription drug, what seniors pay for long-term care, what they pay to get coverage. and finally, finally we're finally going to take the big bold action necessary to meet the climate emergency with efforts and measurements. the build back better agenda is historic, necessary, and we're going to get it done. >> congressman, you listed an impact of world bills and that can't be overstated. of course, it's washington, and there are politics involved. we read from "the washington post" piece that made it clear for a democratic win.
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how important is this as all of you, yourself included, face re-election next year in the midterms? how important is it to have this to run on? >> well, it's critical. americans need to feel not just hear about the legislation the democrats are enacting. i'm from massachusetts as you mentioned right next to boston, and we just saw on election night, my friend michelle wu become the next mayor of boston. nischelle ran on a progressive platform but with a get it done attitude and agenda. that is a balance the democrats are going to want to strike nationally. we're going to be unapoll jics about it. whether it's ensuring voting rights, investing in our infrastructure, improving the outcomes of kids, but we're going to do it in a way that's concrete and lets people feel the deliverables that we're
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enacting. >> congressman jake auchincloss, thank you for being on our show. earlier we asked why are you away. stacy asked, isn't everybody up way too early this morning? as someone who has asks, is eve too early this morning? hope it's not just me adjusting to the change. i was grateful for the extra hour of sleep over the weekend. dan, what do you got there? >> karen's e-mail, i am up because i got my covid booster and fell asleep at 6:00 p.m. highly recommended fofr the deep sleep side affect. another bonus for the covid-19 vaccine. >> deep sleep? so much to tell aaron rogers. tom's up, getting ready to work knowing my granddaughter is taken care of. we should note this. matt mcdonald tweets he's not up early because he's already
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thing this morning? >> good morning, the next culture war over these vaccine mandates. this is the new rule by early january every employer with over 100 employees will have year employees vavaccinated. this is a big deal and affect 100 million in the united states. we saw early in the show we have drawn big words into the fights over this. the results so far, the fallout of the biden administration, dozens of gop-led state, holding an injunction and politicians in red states saying too much, too soon. another front on this ongoing vaccinations of all these types of things. aaron rogers over the weekend, that kind of vaccine
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disagreements. there is one data point i pay attention, a lot of data i see more than 70% of americans already gotten that first dose. a lot of this sound and furry signifies nothing as opposed to the majority of the country sees this is something they don't want to do. it's being used as political gain and bipartisan trying to drum up political support. >> we heard from ron klain earlier in the show it would survive the challenges. we'll know more today. janet yellen are divided on replacing powell. >> this is massively economic job. and interest rates is a big point and a lot of folks are talking about it and how it may
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affect the economic recovery. janet yellen says they should reappoint powell and president trump and had a lot of republican support. he understood a lot of professionals, it would be a smooth and steady selling. the wall treat would reappointment of powell. elizabeth warren to his face calling him a quote "dangerous man," he could face a lot of oppositions from prprerogati prerogative -- progressives. that's the candidate they want, both candidates powell and brannon had been making the rounds on the hill. >> yeah, certainly the pick may not be a household name for
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every american but it certainly impacts the reserve since the economy looms so large in voters mind. we start looking towards the midterms and speaking of those. what are some of the issues that the republicans are planning to take up on as we head into the midterms. >> i don't want to be debbie downer but we are one year away from the midterms. democrats we are talking to are big fan of infrastructure bill and they hope that's something they can run on. i spoke to representatives that's something they'll use to take back their district. they're paying a lot attention on economic data and blockbuster job report on friday was a breath of fresh air for democrats. they're hoping to run on a surging economy and vaccines spread more and mask mandate go away. they think that's going to be a
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positive message for them. on republican side, they're focusing on rising prices and inflation and crime and immigrations. >> he promised to get an infrastructure bill done. it was messy getting there but he did. >> this is a significant win for the white house and we are expecting to hear a lot about that. thank you all of you for getting up way too early for us on this
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monday. "morning joe" starts now. >> well, funny you should mention him. he's just asked to join us, former and current president of the united states, donald trump. >> thank you, thank you so much. i just wanted to congratulate glenn youngkin and myself. we did it together. >> oh you don't have to say that. >> great to be here judge judy and it's great to be winning again. we love to win. you will see a lot more winning where that came from. you will see it a lot. >> oh, you can take me off the split screen. >> no, no, we did it together, glenn. >> oh, really? that's okay. >> mr. president, you never campaigned with glenn youngkin, did you? >> glenn, glenn, don't you dare, don't go anywhere.


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