tv The Last Word With Lawrence O Donnell MSNBC December 2, 2021 7:00pm-8:00pm PST
all right, that is going to do it for us tonight. we'll see you again tomorrow. now it's time for the "last word" with the great lawrence o'donnell. good evening, lawrence. >> good evening, rachel. and stacey abrams is off and running, and she started the campaign in the right place, the rachel maddow show. >> you know, she is -- i was not -- in all of the parlor
the senators there. they've got a republican legislature, this very, very conservative republican governor who wants to run for re-election, but he's got the whole trump wing of the party against him. the dynamics are nutty even just internally within the republican party. but you add in these interesting democratic politicians up and down the line, too, it's going to be the best possible race in the country and going to spend tons of time covering it. >> and senator warnock is going to be running for re-election. so you have right now the two most high profile races of the year both in georgia. >> yeah, with these two unbelievably talented, charismatic black leaders who happen to be from the same state, who happen to be from the same generation, who happen to be on the ballot at the same time. but both raphael warnock and stacey abrams are democratic
leaders of national stature, and they're going to be running in that same fishbowl, hopefully running campaigns that are copacetic and mutually beneficial. georgia has so much democratic party talent right now, and they're so good at what they've done. and they've been so great at registering voters and all the rest of it. but in the middle of that malstrm in terms of trump contesting that election. it's going to be crazy. >> yeah, and there seems to be something dynamic when they have the two very high profile races happening at the same time that seems to add to voter turnout in a way that possibly the single race wouldn't quite reach. >> think about it. i mean, if you're a democratic voter in georgia, and you're like not a particularly devoted voter and maybe you only turn out for the big races or whatever, next year if you have a chance to vote for both
raphael warnock and stacey abrams on the same ballot, you're probably going to turn out. you know what i mean? it's like if you're on the academy -- you know, the motion picture board of whatever it is, the people in the oscars and you're like do you want to vote on bogart and mccaul or would you rather sit it out this year? these are leading lights. >> on oscar voting, we're going have to devoted more time to that, because i know that's your expertise. >> i don't even know what the body is that votes. the academy, people, the movie. there's a man named oscar. >> is it a roll call vote? >> do we have a quorum? >> exactly. thank you, rachel. >> thank you, lawrence. >> thank you. a complete and total melt down. those are the words that democratic congressman hakeem
jeffries used to describe what is happening on the republican side of the house of representatives. today dozens of house democrats called on the republican house leader, kevin mccarthy, to strip republican congresswoman of her committee assignments after making repeated anti-muslim attacks against democratic congresswoman ilhan omar. and of course, kevin mccarthy remains completely silent. the silence of the cowered. in a statement those democrats say, we refuse to standby as islamaphobia, anti-blackness, anti-immigrant sentiment and xenophobia are trafficked into the halls of congress by members of the republican party. in an exclusive interview yesterday congresswoman omar told mehdi hassan why this rhetoric is so dangerous. >> what i am afraid for is that this kind of rhetoric is going to get people killed as it has
before, and if we do not stem that out and if we do not strongly condemn it, and if we do not come together as a country and say what is happening and the example that is being set by members of congress, it's wrong and it's dangerous. then, you know, i really am scared for what is to come. >> the anti-muslim attacks have led to in-fighting among republicans, especially between republican congresswoman nancy mace and republican congresswoman marjorie taylor greene. marjorie taylor greene, of course, was stripped of her committee assignments for comments that she has made. >> what it says to me is if you say something that's [ bleep ] crazy, you say something extreme you're going to raise money. and that is the only reason that she does that. i mean she's a grifter of the first order, and she does it to raise money. she takes advantage of vulnerable americans and vulnerable conservatives and
makes promises she cannot keep. >> republican congresswoman mace also said this about marjorie taylor greene. she's a grifter. she lies to grift, and it's not okay. she is pulling the wool over so many eyes, so many vulnerable people. lying to them like she's fighting for them. congressman hakeem jeffries said this. >> what more does kelvin mccarthy need to see? i mean, what more does this guy really need to see? he's got marjorie taylor greene completely out of control, gosar out of control, laurn bobert out of control. they're having a complete and total melt down. instead of focusing on the problems of the american people, they are attacking each other. it's not a three-ring circus. it's a four-ring malignant
circus. and the so-called leader has no control over what's happening. >> this morning house speaker nancy pelosi lost her patience when a reporter asked her and not congressional republicans to explain to american voters why the federal government was this morning facing once again the looming threat of a government shutdown. >> how do they explain to the public that they're shutting down government because they don't want people to get vaccinated? why don't you go ask them? this is so silly. this is so silly that we have people who are anti-science, anti-vaccination saying they're going to shutdown government over that. and you're asking me what's our message? our message is that we have to respect governments and we have to respect science, and that's what we are doing. >> tonight the shutdown was
averted once again when democrats in the house and the senate once again did the responsible thing and passed legislation to fund the government until february 18th. and today the biden white house announced an aggressive new strategy to fight covid this winter and the new variant as more cases of the new variant were identified today in minnesota, colorado, new york, california, and hawaii. president biden's plan includes a new campaign to speed up booster shots for all adults, launching hundreds of family vaccination clinics to get more school age children vaccinated, and also free at-home tests that will be covered by private health insurance. the administration also announced new protocols for travelers entering the united states. "the wall street journal" reports that international travelers coming to the united states will have to be tested
within a day of departure regardless of vaccination status rather than the 72 hours currently required for vaccinated travelers. mr. biden said, the new testing rules will take effect on monday, december 6th. according to a senior administration official who said airline industry representatives were notified at the timing thursday the requirements apply both to u.s. citizens and foreign nationals flying into the united states. here is president biden today. >> my plan i'm announcing today pulls no punches in the fight against covid-19. and it's a plan i think should unite us. we knew there'd be cases of omicron here in the united states, and it's here. but we have the best tools, the best vaccines in the world and the best medicine and the best scientists in the world. we're going to fight this variant with science and speed, not chaos and confusion.
>> leading off our discussion tonight is democratic congressman hakeem jeffries of new york. he's the chair of the house democratic caucus. congressman jeffries, we out here watching you there in the capitol doing your jobs, do so with a certain wonder about how you can do it, how you can maintain your patience, how you can go through the day attempting to govern using the normal tools of governing while there is this utterly crazy group of people -- not all the republicans in the house -- but a very substantial number of republicans in the house, as you put it, out of control. >> good evening, lawrence. always a pleasure to be with you. we don't have a functional two-party system in america right now. we've got democrats. we've got a handful of
reasonable republicans, and then we've got people who continue to bend a knee to the cult of donald trump. what keeps us going, however, is the fact that the challenges facing the american people are so significant. we have work to continue to do to crush this virus. joe biden, our president, has been an amazing leader in that regard. she stood up a very strong and robust public health infrastructure, one of the reasons why he's prepared and america is prepared to deal with this new omicron variant. but there's still more work to be done in that regard. we, of course, passed the bipartisan infrastructure to fix our crumbling bridges, roads, tunnels, our airports, mass transportation system, bring about universal broadband access so necessary in the midst of a pandemic where everyone needs access to high-speed internet. it's the urgency of the issues. and of course, finally, getting the build back better act over the finish line and protecting
voting rights. it will be nice if we had partners on the other side of the aisle to try to tackle some of these challenges we're facing as americans. but we don't. and so we proceed onward, thankful for the leadership of president biden. >> what i've noticed in what republican congresswoman mace was saying about republican congresswoman greene is it sounded exactly like, and i mean exactly like what marco rubio was saying about donald trump when he was running against him for president, what ted cruz was saying about donald trump when he was running against him for president. and we've seen both of those men completely shrink and shrival and melt into door mats for
trump. she's calling greene a grifter. she's using language you can't pull back. >> she was part of the first group of women that graduated from the siddle down in south carolina. she represents a somewhat diverse district. she flipped a blue seat, made it red in 2020. i think she's a woman of integrity but also someone who recognizes that politically her constituents are not the type to embrace the radical right republican rhetoric that we're hearing from members like marjorie taylor greene or lauren bobert or paul gosar or the rest of the deplorable group so predominant now on the other side of the aisle. >> i want to listen to something liz cheney said about jeffrey clark and his intention to take the fifth amendment when he
testifies to the january 6th committee on saturday. this is very important business of the house, and let's listen to the way representative cheney sees this. >> mr. clark last night indicated that he intends to invoke the fifth amendment privilege against self-incrimination apparently because he believes testimony about his interactions with president trump would tend to incriminate him, and thus may subject him to criminal prosecution. we will depose mr. clark on saturday, and at that point we will know exactly what testimony clark believes may incriminate him. we are making rapid progress. we anticipate next year we will be conducting multiple weeks of public hearings, setting out for the american people in vivid color exactly what happened every minute of the day on january 6th. >> and so what's so striking
about that is that the time they want from him is basically his exchanges with donald trump. and he's saying that he believes it's possible that some of his answers to those questions could lead to him being charged with federal crimes. >> and i expected that absolutely could be the case. i mean, donald trump and all of the president's men make richard nixon and his group look like choir boys. and the january 6th commission operating in a bipartisan fashion is going to continue to follow the facts, apply the law, be guided by the constitution, let the truth fall where it may and then present nothing but the entire truth to the american people. and i think it's going to be deeply troubling when that is revealed. and so clearly jeffrey clark is
already signaling perhaps that crimes may have been committed either by himself or in partnership with others. and that's why he's not saying anything. he's clamming up. and by the way, it is donald trump who said only guilty people plead the fifth. now, i respect the presumption of innocence, but this is donald trump's own standard of what may be signaling criminality. >> before you go, i just want to get your reaction to where we stand tonight in your state of new york dealing with this new covid variant. president biden wants new rules on people entering the country through jfk airport, one of the principal ports that you have in your state. governor hochul has already said that the state needs -- is stepping up in terms of dealing with this new variant, which has
now been discovered in multiple cases in the state of new york as we knew that it would be. are you confident that the governor and the president have the right approach to this? >> i think the governor and president biden have shown extraordinary leadership and are prepared for this moment. they, of course, have to be flexible to see where the science leads us. there's still a lot of information that we need to acquire from the data, and i know the public health professionals are hard at work. but i think i just urge the american people to remain vigilant. make sure you've been vaccinated. if you've been vaccinated, make sure that you get your booster shot and continue to rely upon the advice and guidance being presented by the public health professionals. and collectively together new yorkers and america, we're going to get through this. we have great leadership. the best is yet to come, and
when we pass the build back better act, millions of good paying jobs are on the way, lower taxes for working families and lower costs in areas like child care and health care and affordable housing. this great country of ours is in good hands, and i'm thankful for that. >> congressman hakeem jeffries, thank you very much for starting off our conversations tonight. really appreciate it. >> thank you, lawrence. >> thank you. and coming up, the democratic governor of north carolina welcomed to chatlet today where they were able to see how the new biden infrastructure law is going to help the bus system there and several infrastructure projects. the governor of north carolina, roy cooper, joins us next. f nor roy cooper, joins us next. ze sn. [ sneezing ] needs, plop plop fizz fizz. alka seltzer plus cold relief. dissolves quickly. instantly ready to start working. so you can bounce back fast with alka-seltzer plus.
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bipartisan infrastructure law is part one of two. part two of two is our build back better act. the president and i know that families are stretched thin, and we take that very seriously. and we have designed the build back better act to build to help address the reality of the needs of everyday folks. >> the vice president went to charlotte, north carolina, today to let people know that help is on the way for the charlotte area transit system thanks to the $7.5 billion in funding for zero and low emission buses and ferries in the biden infrastructure bill that the president signed into law last month. vice president harris and transportation secretary pete buttigieg visited the charlotte area transit system bus garage to tour electric vehicle
operations. >> generations ago cities like charlotte moved past horse drawn transit in part because they were thinking about safety, pollution and efficiency. today we're beginning another new chapter in our transit history, to make it safer, cleaner and more accessible than ever. >> here is the outline of what the new biden infrastructure law will provide to north carolina as described today by the vice president. $7.2 billion for highway projects. $457 million for bridge replacement and repairs. $109 million for electric vehicle charging stations. $910 million for public transportation. $100 million for broadband access. $1.1 billion for clean drinking water improvements. and joining us now is the democratic governor of north carolina, roy cooper. governor cooper, thank you very much for joining us tonight. we really appreciate it.
>> glad to be with you, lawrence. >> i want to begin with that last item that was on the list of what the vice president was talking about in north carolina today, and that is the $1.1 billion for clean drinking water improvements. what clean drinking water improvements does the state of north carolina need at this point in the 21st century? >> well, president trump promised and promised an infrastructure bill, and the states waited and waited. and finally it took president biden to deliver. when you talk about clean drinking water, it's something that every family should expect. in north carolina we already have an infrastructure that is ready for this money. we're emphasizing regional drinking water systems, trying to get counties and cities to work together. and many of our smaller towns in
our rural areas are leaning on water systems that are 70, 80 years old. and we need an upgrade. this money comes to us at exactly the right time. and we're glad to see them today. and we're glad to see this funding finally get to us. >> what is it going to mean for the charlotte area generally? you know, when you put money into electric buses in charlotte, it doesn't just affect the buses and the people riding on the buses. >> well, that's right. and charlotte is one of our fastest growing, an economic engine for our state. we know we've got to get people from one place to the other in a faster and cleaner way, and public transportation is a way to do that. and we've recognized in north carolina already that the technology, electric vehicles is what's going to help get us there. we've got to step up to fight
climate change. and we know the transportation sector is a great contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. and, you know, every day people want to get to and from work, and i think the people of north carolina support us moving to the clean energy economy. not only because it helps us step up and fight climate change but because of the great paying jobs it's going to bring to our state. we've been happy with the way we've been moving to electric vehicles on the transportation side. but we've also just passed legislation which requires a carbon standard for our power generation, requiring a 70% reduction by 2030, carbon neutrality by 2050. it's great for a southern state to step up and to require that. we're excited about the future. we're excited about this funding that's going to help us get there. and we look forward to the build back better plan because that's
going to affect the infrastructure of every day families. when you talk about child care and the work force, like a middle class family making together about $100,000 a year, they can save $5,000 a year on quality child care. that's going to help families. that's going to help the work force. and we've got to get to phase two of this through congress. and the states are going to be ready for that, too. >> governor, i've been eager to talk with you for some time, because you seem to know something that most democrats do not know how to do. and certainly i don't claim to know how to do it. and that is you have gotten trump voters to vote for you. last year 2020 donald trump won the state of north carolina, he got 50.1% of the vote. and there you are as governor getting 51 -- he got 50.1%.
you got 51.5%. you got more votes than donald trump. and that just means mathematically that some of those people who voted for donald trump to let him win on his slot in the ballot had to switch parties to vote for you, for you to win. what is it that you have said to those voters about what you want to do in government as a democratic governor that has pulled those voters to you? >> i think it's more about what i've done and what our team has done. i think that people will disagree with you on issues if they believe that you're doing the right thing and that you believe in your values. and that's what i've done in north carolina. i was polar opposite of donald trump and opposed him and his election. but at the same time i think people want us to try to work together in a bipartisan way. that's why i'm excited about
this infrastructure bill in washington where the president has worked very hard to try to bring republicans onboard. they've been very obstinate about almost everything, even though they've agreed with the infrastructure bill policy in the past. in north carolina i've had to work with a republican legislature, and we've come together in a bipartisan way to pass strong funding for our schools, for our universities and community colleges. and it just -- it takes leadership. and i'll tell you what. governors have become more and more important in this country. particularly looking at our u.s. supreme court, they're going to put responsibility back on the state to protect the rights of womens health, protect voting rights, environmental safe guards. i'll be chair of the democratic governor's association next year. we've got 36 governors races. i just talked to my friend stacey abrams today. she's going to run for governor of georgia.
we know how important these governors are going to be across the country, and we've got to zero in on these gubernatorial elections in 2022. >> the political miracle worker, the man who gets elected as a democrat statewide in north carolina, governor roy cooper, thank you very much for joining us tonight. really appreciate it. >> thanks, lawrence. >> thank you. and coming up, donald trump's other -- the other big lie. that's next. next. want your clothes to smell freshly washed all day without heavy perfumes? now they can! with downy light in-wash freshness boosters. just pour a capful of beads into your washing machine
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(music) ♪ i think to myself ♪ ♪ what a wonderful world ♪ did you want president trump to win the election, and did you direct any of your officials to help him do that? >> translator: i wanted him to win because he spoke about normalization of russia-america relations. >> i wanted him to win, says vladimir putin, the leader of the russian attack on the 2016
presidential election. an attack aimed at helping donald trump win the presidency. that russian attack on our election has become what our next guest, david frum, calls trump's other big lie. david frum's new piece in the atlantic is titled "it wasn't a hoax." the piece correct a mistake being made by some members of the media who seem to suggest because some portions of of the steele dossier have been discredited, that means russia did not interfere in the election with the cooperation of the trump campaign. david frum writes that "some journalists want to use the steele controversy to score points off politicians and media institutions that they dislike. it remains fact that russian hackers and spies helped his campaign. it remains fact that the trump campaign welcomed the help. it remains fact thatrump campaign chairman sought to
share propriety campaign information with a person whom the senate report identified as russian intelligence officer. it remains fact that trump hoped to score a huge payday in russia even as he ran for president. it remains fact that trump and those around him lied and lied and lied again about their connections to russia." joining us now are democratic congressman eric swalwell of california. he served as a house impeachment manager in the second impeachment trial of donald trump. also with us, david frum, senior editor at the atlantic. and congressman swalwell, let me begin with you. i fear that david is going to have to rewrite this article and republish it roughly every six months or certainly every year now that we live in the age of the big lies. >> it's a great piece, lawrence. i'm afraid as we look back on the post-2016 election, all of the evidence was sitting right in front of us, and we were
looking for more and more, but at the end of the day everything donald trump did was in plain sight, plain view as you would say in criminal law. he had invested for years in the russians, and the russians had invested in him. the russians offered him help at that trump tower meeting. he accepted it. he wanted more help and asked for the russians to hack hillary clinton's e-mails, and hours after he did that, they did. and by the way, when he was asked if he had any investments in russia, he said no, and it was revealed he sought to build the largest building in russia, a trump tower there. he lied and lied and lied about it. he has attempted to erase the history of russia, the history of january 6th and the history of his corrupt, racist, misogynistic presidency. and it's incumbent on people like david to keep reminding the public what really happened. >> the senate report david references in his article is from the senate intelligence committee, was published last year.
back when the republicans controlled the committee marco rubio was actually sitting as chair at the time. that senate intelligence committee report, bipartisan report said it is our conclusion based on the facts detailed in the committee's report that the russian intelligence services assault on the integrity of the 2016 u.s. election process and trump and his associate's participation in enabling of this russian activity represents one of the single most grave counter intelligence threats to american national security in the modern era. david, in court that's when they say case closed. >> well, i think one of the problems we've had is that people keep trying to take this case to court. they try to keep turning this into a criminal matter when it's a counter intelligence matter. it's a matter of what are the facts? what motivated me to write this article, and i think what motivates you to talk about it
and the congressman to talk about it is there is now a pushback not coming from only pro-trump people, but for many people who have good records in the past four years, trying to score some other points by saying, well, we want to back away from the russia business. the steele dossier isn't all it should have been. it got overplayed. there are many things we still don't know. so we want to tell a different story in order to score points off politicians. we don't like hillary clinton, don't like tv programs like this one they don't like for other reasons. we have to keep in front of us the plain fact that everything you saw, everything that happened that was important you saw it with your own eyes. you saw the russians hack. you saw the trump campaign try to persuade the world that the hackers were not russians. and insinuate the clinton people had somehow not only packed themselves but murdered the people who were the instruments
of their hack. you saw donald trump on television welcome the help. and all these things would have been the biggest scandal in american electoral history except donald trump kept creating bigger scandals than that. through the trump years there have been many secrets but not many mysteries. unfortunately people with distinguished records trying to score another political point, a very subtle one by denying what was true. >> there is, of course, the famous donald trump moment into a microphone, russia, are you listening? the mueller report documents exactly what happened in russia after he said that when they were, indeed, listening and how that amped up their attack processes on the election. >> that's right. they were listening, lawrence. and they acted -- act at his
behest. it's important for us to look backward and make sure history is properly recorded. but i'm a lawmaker. our job to the make sure this doesn't happen again. congressman schiff has an act which would put into law a number of different policies that would prevent foreign interference. i have legislation that would put in place a duty to report, that if you receive help from a -- or you're solicited by a foreign actor you'd have to report it or it would be a crime. that's, of course, something donald trump, jr. did not do after the meeting at trump tower. so we have to learn from this. and just because prior congress did not have an imagination to put in place laws that would protect us against what donald trump exploited doesn't mean we shouldn't do that going forward. and to just talk about one other finer point david referenced trying to score political points. look what donald trump has been able to do. by trying to eare race what happened with russia in 2016 you now have senators like tom cotton trying to delay and marco
rubio delay the national defense authorization act because they want us to put tougher sanctions on nordstream 2 against russia forgetting that the reason russia was able to advance so much economically and militarily in the last four years is that the person they covered for and supported didn't do anything, and in fact, enabled putin. >> thank you both very much for joining this discussion tonight. david frum, thank you for writing this piece. let's just pencil in, i don't know, six months from now we'll talk about it again because i'm sure we'll need to repeatedly on the calender. i'm not sure you got the memo from donald trump. he said if donald trump was elected president i think that's a christmas tree in the shot. i don't know how donald trump explain said that christmas tree. thank you both very much for joining us tonight. and coming up democratic congresswoman debbie dingell's
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would happen. look, lawrence, i'm worried about the level of anger, hate rhetoric that's out there. i've certainly seen a very increased amount of it in the last couple of years, and at times things that have happened that, you know, that, you know, have scared me a little. but this obviously unsettled me a little on monday, given the personal nature of it. no electronics were taken. but i'm worried about what's happening in the country. i think we all need to take a collective deep breath. while i was upset on monday, what happened on tuesday at oxford high school upset me a lot more. i knew some of the kids that were there at the time. when are we going to wake up? are we not worried about what we're seeing happening in our communities across the country? house of representatives is reflective of the communities in our country. anger and hay tret has taken over too many in our
communities. >> the situation in oxford is such an enormous tragedy. how do you -- how do you deal with it in your capacity as an elected official when you know you can't stand up and say to people, legislatively, here's what we're going to do because you know there's no legislative route through the united states senate now to do anything about what's happening in school shootings. >> i react to it as a human being. i react to -- by the way, i don't know if people realize how many of our -- several school systems in just my district have sent out notes to parents tonight on getting them one-by-one about other anger, other threats that are happening. we had multiple school systems that were closed today and more are closing tomorrow. i'm scared. i'm scared for our kids. i'm scared for our communities. and i want people to stop and think, you know, i've got to talk about it, but all of us do.
why are people so angry? why is this happening? and maybe we've got to look at what the roots of it are even before we talk about why the kids have access to guns. why do parents not lock them up? but there's something going on that's attacking the fundamental roots of our democracy. and you know what? i have good friends -- i can't tell you the number of republicans that came over and hug med, told me they were sorry about it. i want all of us to take a collective deep breath because i care about this country. i care about what's happening. i care about the anger, the hatred, the division. >> congresswoman debbie dingell, thank you very much for joining us tonight. i'm very sorry about what happened at your office and of course the tragedy in michigan with the school shooting is just another unbearable tragedy that we must bear, as we continue to do nothing about it.
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malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world, and one of the many things that the government of malawi cannot afford to provide is free public high school for everyone. so, most kids in malawi don't go to high school. and if a family can't afford to pay the fees for high school, if they can't afford to pay, they are more likely to send a son to high school than a daughter. the girls high school graduation rate in malawi is less than half the boys high school graduation rate. the easiest thing for a girl to
do is give up trying to go to high school. but every day, thousands of girls in malawi refuse to give up, girls like annie maluku. >> they say i should go home, but still i kept coming to say, it was a bit hard. i was worried. many times i was worried what will go on. we will continue school. >> annie isn't worried anymore thanks to the scholarship you have provided for her. kids in needs of desks is the partnership i created to deliver desks to schools in malawi that have never had desks and to provide scholarships were girls to participate. you can contribute at
lastworddesks.msnbc.com. you can make a contribution to anyone on your christmas list and unicef will send them an acknowledgment of your gift. 20,000 girls are able to remain in high school in malawi thanks to your kindness. the k.i.n.d. scholarships are much more than just tuition fees. your contributions also provide clothing for the girls, including the school uniforms they wear, and shoes. shoes are expensive in malawi and for some girls the shoes they receive as part of their scholarship are the first shoes they've ever worn. >> the scholarship paid for me. they helped us a lot. they gave us shoes. shoes expensive and my mother can't afford this. she's a single mother, so she can't afford. >> last week when we asked annie
what it feels like to not have to worry about school fees anymore, she said, i feel it in my heart. 16-year-old annie maluku gets tonight's last word. "the 11th hour" with brian williams starts now. well, good evening once again. day 317 of the biden administration, and just a couple hours ago, congress figuring out a way to keep the government lights on with just about 26 hours to go before the friday midnight deadline. don't worry, it's not like our elected officials have changed. it's just a temporary fix. it's a patch. the senate voted to pass a temporary funding bill 69-28, just enough to keep the government running a few more weeks until february 18th whrks we'll be back to this point again. we'll have more on tonight's capitol hill developments just ahead.