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referred to those tax drink the house debris prior to tonight's contempt vote. rior to tonigh>> some of those , madam speaker, came from members in the chamber right now. members who understood that a violent assault was under way at the capitol. members who pleaded with the chief of staff to get the president to take action. i read a number of these last night at our hearing. i will read them all today. but i will read a few of them. mark, one member said, he needs to stop this now. in all caps, tell him to go home. potus has to come out from the until the protesters to dissipate. someone is going to get killed. >> now, as for the fox news host who pleaded with meadows to convince trump to stop the violence at the capitol, here's what the january six committee said sean hannity rock to mark meadows and then what he said on here that night. >> people who acted violently
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today, they don't represent the millions of law-abiding, hardworking, taxpaying citizens, responsible american patriots that are worried about election integrity. and then >> and then here's how hannity responded tonight. >> i have always been consistent on january 6th and every other right. liz cheney? have you ever called for a committee on the rights in the summer of 2020. we condemn january six. we did it that day as it was happening. we did it at night on this show. just like we condemned that i have 574 left wing rights in the summer of 2020. >> the january six committee has yet to reveal which law makers were texting with meadows. today, senate minority leader mitch mcconnell was asked if he was one of them. ell was asked if h wa>> i was not, that i do think we're all watching, as you are, what is unfolding on the house side. and it will be revealed all the
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participants who were involved. >> so, again, that vote is on going. folks have been coming up to the lecture, getting their vote, full house voting on whether to hold former trump white house chief of staff, and of course a member of that body at one time -- a congressman -- mark meadows in criminal contempt. and then it would be up to the biden justice department to decide whether to prosecute. we'll let you know when that vote is finished. there's other news though. meanwhile, conservative lawyer, john eastman, is now suing the committee and verizon, over the subpoenas of his phone records. eastman, who is also refusing to cooperate with the committee and is taking their fifth, is the reported architect of a memo outlining how former vice president pence might overturn the 2020 election. now, the committee did hear today from another witness, destin stockton. the organizer of the rallies that took place on the ellipse before the capitol riot. he says he spent several hours in that deposition.
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deposition >> the bucks got to stop at president trump. he knew better and there's no excuse for him sending people down into that situation without having the logistics, the security, the stage and sound system to control the crowd. that stuff could have been in place and should have been in place before he ever sent people down there. >> also tonight, a federal judge has dismissed trump's lawsuit to shield his tax returns from the house ways and means committee. that ruling from that trump-appointed judge gives the committee chairman broadly lead way to requests those documents, despite trump status as a former president. the judge also gave the former president 14 days to appeal. also tonight, federal health officials are increasingly concerned about the rapid spread of the new omicron covid variant. new cdc data indicates that omicron could lead to a major surge of infections, as soon as
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january. we have a leading doctor standing by to take our questions on that later in this hour. and in kentucky tonight, search efforts continue following those deadly tornadoes that roared through the south this past weekend. there are still more than 100 people unaccounted for. president biden will visit one of the hardest hit regions in kentucky tomorrow. with that, the spring in our lead off guest on this tuesday night. carol leonnig, pulitzer prize-winning investigative reporter at the washington post. a.b. stoddard, veteran washington journalist and associate editor and columnist for real clear politics. and paul butler, a formal federal corruption prosecutor at the justice department. currently a professor at george town lost. good to have all of you here. as that vote continues, carol, liz cheney read more text from lawmakers to meadows this morning before the night's vote. take a listen. ten.
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>> here are a few others from republican members. quote, it is really bad up here on the hill. another one. the president needs to stop this asap. another one. fix this now. but we know ours passed before action -- with no action by the president to defend the congress of the united states. this brings up another point. did donald trump, through action or inaction, corruptly seek to obstruct or impede congress's official proceeding to count electoral votes? >> carol, it seems this is all bring the investigation closer to the oval office before and during the january 6th riot. >> absolutely, chris. i think you get a good sense from liz cheney's question right there. it's almost as if she is in a u.s. attorney's office and asking, not the question the nixon watergate era, but very
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similar to what the president know and when did he know it. in this case, for central question is, did the president corruptly engage in trying to obstruct congress from doing its duty? it's constitutional duty to certify an election that donald trump's administration, his national security officials, concluded was one of the most carefully and properly monitored and accurate election va results that led to joe biden be named president. i think is also really important to keep in mind what's going on in terms of this first little dribble of pretty fascinating details. we all knew, because we all watched, we all knew the president didn't act. additional reporting by lots of good peers and also by wonderful people that i work with at the washington post, revealed how long it took the
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president to act. how many times his own daughter and mark meadows were pleading with him to say something to call off the dogs. but in this case now, in the last 24 hours, chris, we've seen that members of fox news, who were essentially a public relations agency for the president at times, often, were begging with him to do something more dramatic to save lives. that his own white house staff were begging him. and then finally, republican members who now claim at the russian, that january six was no big deal, we're also begging mega meadows to get trump to help them, to protect them, to save them from what they were going through which was basically racing through congressional tunnels to save their own skins. >> we just got the final count there. it has passed. 222 to 208. to republicans. we'll see if -- i think we can make some assumptions about who those to republicans might be. liz cheney and adam kinzinger.
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but will check on. that paul butler, as you watch what is going on and now this goes to the doj, is it similar or is it completely different than that consideration of what should happen to steve bannon? >> it's pretty much the same, except that mark meadows is even a more compelling witness. he's already provided the committee with tax and documents that suggests he was down and gritty with donald trump on january 6th. but now meadows refuses to talk, even about the evidence he's provided the committee. the committee has heard testimony from more than 300 witnesses and obtained over 35,000 documents, but meadows's testimony could be key to holding the insurrectionists and their congressional enablers and oval office enablers accountable. and chris, if meadows is ultimately found to be in criminal contempt, he faces a
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minimum sentence of a month in prison. it could be up to a year. but here's the thing, the panel would much rather have his testimony. so, tonight's vote could be the ultimate pressure for meadows to actually cooperate. not a fake cooperation he said he would do and then reneged on in less than a week. and this stakes could not be higher. the chair of the panel says that the evidence reveals that our democracy was inches from ruin on january six. >> it also reveals to us, a.b., and of course he was the chief of staff, but the more we learn, the more meadows seems to be the center of what happened after the november election. from your perspective, how critical is he now to this house investigation? >> oh, he is. he was clearly from the texas congresswoman cheney has revealed, the point person, not only for panicked congressional republicans and john junior and
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fox news anchors on january six during the rioting, but for the planning of some kind of response to donald trump's defeat on november 3rd. if they were planning this throughout november and december, he was closely involved. with power points and john's easements arguments, anti constitutional though they were, he seems to be intricately involved in trying to find a way to overturn the election. working with a member of congress, who was working with jeffrey clark and assistant attorney general at the department of justice on this effort as well. this was a fast effort, crossing throughout the executive branch and into the congress, and mark meadows appear to be a point person. i think that paul is right. his book is not going to sell a bunch. his release having financial problems, intending to actually cooperate with the committee. and has revealed this
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incredible mother lode of information. but they still need to talk to him about those key questions about trump's state of mind, planning in november and december, what was unfolding on january 6th, and there might be -- because he never wanted to come to this contempt vote and a possible indictment -- it might be too much pressure for him and he might have to fold and end up speaking with them. he really has a lot of financial considerations that are bearing down upon him. and if trump is never going to speak to him again anyway, he might in the end buckle. >> and it is so compelling, carol. the committee now seems to be willing to let the public see what they're collecting as evidence. how does this fit in? what do you know about this as part of an overall strategy by the committee? >> the committees overall goal, chris, as we reported a few
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weeks ago, it's to have a final report that is akin to the mueller report. except, i think it will be a heck of a lot clearer. the report will have two pieces. one, will be a narrative. essentially, the lip fiction, but nonfiction version, of what really happen. >> kind of a tiktok? >> no, i hope not a tiktok. i hope not. [laughs] i hope it will be longer than that. i am prone this is a lot longer than a tiktok would be be. so, a narrative that's really going to take us through those days when the president really was planning to challenge the election if he didn't win, or if the results didn't work for him. and then all of the people gathered around his coattails to encourage, enable and provide methods for him to challenge that election. keep in mind, a really critical part of that narrative is in
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the late or mid stage of december. when the president at the time, donald trump, is getting more and more desperate. his attorney general has told him there is no proof of any fraud. his assistant attorney general has told him and his white house counsel has told him that nobody is going to be working at the justice department if a president tries to force that department to declare the election fraudulent in swing states. the president is getting more and more nervous that he's going to have to give over the reigns of power he's fought for so her. and who comes to his rescue? some very, very interesting members of congress -- republican members of congress -- will begin meeting with him. and the committee is zeroing in on its own brother in, who were encouraging that president along this path. i'll tell you one more thing the committee is going to do at the end of it all this, which is make recommendations. so that nothing like this would
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ever happen again. that our democracy would not come within a couple of inches of going off the rails. keep in mind, one of the things that could have gone so awry, vice president pence at the time, insisted on staying in the chamber. he was angry. the his life has been threatened, his children were with him. his wife was with him. and he stayed in that chamber to certify the election. mitch mcconnell insisted that they would clear no matter whether there were bombs still possibly in the building. he wanted back in, prime time to, certify. a lot of things could go wrong -- could have gone wrong in terms of the lack of a peaceful transfer of power. and that's what's so chilly about this and one of the elements that the committee work. which they've dedicated themselves to and promised to do is a recommendation about all of the ways to stop that from happening again, in case and other president determines that he's not going to go along
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with 200 years of tradition and agree that the winner will become the next president. what we have been seen paul's so far, isn't the indication that the committee is served during on one particular criminal charge that they think the president should face, the former president. but do you think they're gearing up to subpoena trump? and if so, how would that work? >> so last night, liz cheney trapped the federal obstructions statute to suggest that donald trump was guilty of impeding a congressional investigation. or a congressional proceeding. if -- >> and that's a felony, isn't it? paul >> it is a felony. and if trump has criminal exposure. if he is subpoenaed by the panel. he would almost certainly claimed to plead the fifth. and refused to testify on those grounds. >> so, a.b., i guess the other
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question is that we watched a little bit of fox news tonight. we are still waiting to see what some of those folks who had sent those tweets out on that they were saying now about it today. but what are you hearing about how we have learned over the past couple of days is lining up with the republican party in general? >> you see from this vote, chris, that it's the same protection that they gave steve bannon and no one is coming to the mic and speaking to reporters, even on background. to disavow the revelations from these texts. there will be no deflections. they are protecting the president and his role in january one, down in this event. it is history, whitewashing. the facts of that day, no one after liz cheney's explosive performance in the committee
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last night, and again today, has come out and said that is it this is terrible. i took an oath to defend the constitution from all enemies sworn in domestic, and i am done. you are just going to see them find a way to make their goals and their arguments in order to protect donald trump. and to protect their own ranks among whom where there are people who engaged in potentially criminal level. including january six. expect nothing new. i don't think, no matter how bad the revelations get, when the names are named by the panel, i think that we will continue to see a full front defense and unity on the republican side. >> so much more to come, and once again tonight that vote, to 22 to 2 eight. the two republicans were indeed
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as easy to guess. liz cheney, who has really been at the center of this for the last couple of days. reading many of those text. and adam kicking singer, we will continue to watch this as it develops. well carol leonnig, a.b. stoddard, paul butler, thank you for being with us tonight. and coming, up one of our next guest. we are worried, as he puts, it the unimaginable becoming inevitable. as some republicans try to block the investigation to january six. and later, as lawmakers pay tribute to the 800,000 gone from covid. we will hear from one leading doctor who fears hundreds of thousands may die soon. the 11th hour, just getting underway on a tuesday night. derway on a tuesday night.
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avoid cooperating with our investigation, you are making excuses to hide the truth from the american people about what happened on january 6th. >> executive privilege served the public interest. it is for us. it is for we the people. >> the vote on contempt today relates principally to his refusal to testify about messages and other communications that he admits are not privileged. >> every democrat has said today was meant to attack one person. and that is donald trump. >> some of the floor debate before tonight's vote on mark meadows contempt referral, back with us tonight, juanita tolliver a veteran political strategist, and progressive candidate to call. this and stuart stevens, veteran --
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and presidential campaign. he is now with the lincoln project. his latest book is, it was all a lie. how the republican party became donald trump. thank you for being here, look, steward, knowing the details that we know now, how can republicans keep up this narrative that the assault on the capitol was something less than an assault on our democracy that was carried out by trump supporters? >> well i think that you are getting at the reason that i quoted in my book, it was all a lie. the republican party is not a normal political party in american since that is now advocating a different ideology than the democratic party. it is a autocratic movement. and the autocrat in charge is donald trump. and if it wasn't donald trump, it will be another autocrat. it's a complete collapse. i really think, unlike anything we have seen certainly in modern american history. we are forgetting the fact that not talking about it, these republicans don't believe that joe biden is the legally
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elected president. so they don't believe that we live in a democracy. they think we live in an occupied country. so how do you make these people halfway? how do you have all of this just thrown out the window on normal political rules? and it is not going to change until they are defeated. it is absolute truth. that is the only way. >> what do you make of this, juanita tolliver, the vote that we mentioned earlier? when it was for steve bennett, nine republicans voted on with the democrats. now it is the two. the same two who are on the committee. one of whom is not running for reelection. i mean, what we are learning about january six, what we have seen in these texts haven't moved people. >> it hasn't moved republicans. let state that. because the general public latched on to this and are fully aware that we can expect more of this type of big details. these burst of information that are going to -- >> do you think republicans are latching on to this? do you think the folks in the middle or watching this and
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saying, oh, maybe i need to -- >> i think they are watching because at this point it comes down to what this all leads to. so, how professor butler mentioned in the previous segment, if this leads to a referral for criminal charges. you can believe that those individuals who have been watching this from start to finish, because we all witnessed january, six there is a group of voters who are out there saying that the democrats don't get accountability here. then i am shutting down. so you better believe that people are in the middle are paying attention to this to see what type of accountability does yield from these investigations. because without that accountability, another of voters will be turning up and saying, hey, this was just an ineffective effort by democrats to do nothing that ultimately leads our democracy as vulnerable as it was on january 6th. >> as he is watching it unfold, i want to play this axios interview, with --
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take a listen. >> such as the republican party, maya parents or members of four then to turn the whole apparatus over to one person means you are no longer a part of, but you are now a cult. and that is where this is happening. and it is time for the right thing for people in this country, who step away from >> cult but worship. stewart, adam kinzinger stepped away. he's not running for reelection. liz cheney is a constant target tonight and fox news. so what's your the answer? >> i have one disagreement with a congressman there. i don't think donald trump change the party, i think he revealed the party. these people are what they want to be. the republican party is very comfortable being an autocratic movement now. now, that's hard for a lot of us who worked in the party to
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come to grips with, i don't know any other conclusion to come to in any kind of honest, intellectual sense. they are about the business of changing what we've always known as america and democracy. there was a plot to again, stop the peaceful transmission of power. and mitch mcconnell park knew about this. he knew. you can't count. it's at a point that really is almost unimaginable. >> and what is the motivation, juanita? if they're looking at a mid term set of elections that they think they're going to take back the house in the senate? g to tak >> that's the sole motivation. align ourselves with trump to tap into his fervent base. right? that's why mccarthy just days after the january 6th. going to kiss trump's ring down in mar-a-lago. that's why all of the campaign committees are fully online and on with what trump wants. troubling candidates, trump endorsement, they're falling in light because they know he help them raise money and he helps and thrown out voters. and that's what this is about. nothing more.
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they sold their souls along time ago to trim. and don't expect anything to change on that front. so, well representative clyburn is saying, hey we need level heads here, there are none left in the republican party. they all are fully aligned with trump and only expect them to continue this cover up for trump and to continue to do trump's bidding. >> when nato and stuart have kindly agreed to stay with us. coming up -- we're going to look at what is next in the fight for voting rights legislation as a key senator lays out what's at stake in a powerful floor speech. when the 11th hour continues.
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begin addressing the debt ceiling, this same chamber is allowing the feeling of our democracy to crash in around us. i happen to believe that our democracy is at least as important as the economy. >> georgia senator raphael warnock on the senate floor this afternoon, ahead of the debt ceiling vote. in a compelling speech, he pointed out that after months of rhetoric about inability to change the filibuster, the senate did just that, but for the debt limit. senator warnock reference the dozens of restrictive voting laws enacted across the country this year. and he called on the senate to delay their holiday recess in order to pass voting rights legislation. west virginia senator, joe manchin, who has been one of
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the loudest democratic defenders of the filibuster, had this to say when reporters asked him about it following warnock's speech. >> all of my decision has been bipartisan, republicans, democrats. the rule change when we have all input. >> still with us, juanita tolliver and stuart stevens. so, juanita, naacp president derek johnson is set to meet with senators on voting rights tomorrow. he released a statement. i'm going to read a little part of. the senate has failed to make voting rights a priority, and that needs to change. we cannot allow 2021 to end without voting rights protections. it would be unconscionable ... our crippling democracy is not waiting around for the senate to act. if nothing gets done, juanita, what should democrats be worried about heading into the midterms? worried ab>> they should be wort the voters who don't have the luxury of waiting in line for 8 to 10 hours to cast their ballots just staying at home. they should be worried about voters who said, you didn't
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fight for my rights, so i'm not going to vote for you. -- >> who wait to ten hours and then get turned away? >> and then get turned away. barrier after barrier is disruptive. only to those individual voters and their individual right to vote, but to our broader democracy, which we've already discussed as under perpetual threat and attack from the previous president. and so, this is why it should be front and center and it should have been front and center this entire year. but biden and the white house decided, okay, we're going to put off voting rights legislation for a series of infrastructure and economic bills. i appreciate senator raphael warnock so much for making that statement and emphasizing the fact that our democracy matters just as much as our economy, because it dictates how we live our lives and experience our rights in this country. and failure to recognize that, failure to recognize how raising the debt limit and making that quick change to the senate rules was a slap in the face for every person who's put their body on that line -- who's rest arrest for voting
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rights, who is experiencing and part of spacing in hunger strikes like joe madison and students in arizona right now -- is to ignore the fact that our civil liberties are under attack. and democrats have the tools to change that. so, when senator manchin calls for bipartisanship, i'll echo what senator warnock said today as well. bipartisanship at whose expense? because we know these voter suppression bills are targeted to black and brown communities. we know there targeted to low income and rural communities. you know they're targeted against people living with disabilities we need extra support to cast their votes. so, no, bipartisanship is not an option right now, especially when it's clear that the senate has the power to change the rules and get this done. >> stuart, the washington post had terrific analysis and possible scenarios with the filibuster and voting. right least, levy right, go nuclear and get rid of the filibuster entirely. also not very likely, keep the filibuster as is. possible? tweak the filibuster by carving out one time a section to voting rights. most likely, make the
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filibuster more painful to execute for the minority party. how do you think this might play out, stuart? his migh play out, stuart>> i don't know. i think it really goes to the central question of do you believe there is an existential threat to american democracy? i think it's pretty obvious. you have the power play as a plot to stop the peaceful transition of power. i don't know how obvious it can be. this is what the zimmerman telegraph -- this is a power point. so, i think it is an existential threat. this is sort of like a pandemic. what we see at the beginning will sound alarmist, this could be proved to be we inadequate at the end. and i can tell you are somebody who knows a lot of these people, this is what they want. they really want to change democracy, because they can't come to grips with the changing america, with an increasingly non-white america. and their inability to attract those votes. and the tragic reaction to it
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has been to make it harder for those people to vote. so, it is essential that this get passed. and one is going to remember what it did to the filibuster. but we're going to remember if 22 and 24 is the last election in our lifetimes, that resembles and you think we know as a democracy. >> did we stand up for democracy? stuart stevens, juanita tolliver, thanks to both of you. coming up -- there's troubling new reporting on why top u.s. health officials fear a worst-case scenario in which covid and the flu overwhelm health systems. when the 11th hour continues. nurse mariyam sabo knows a moment this pure... ...demands a lotion this pure. new gold bond pure moisture lotion. 24-hour hydration. no parabens, dyes, or fragrances. gold bond. champion your skin. >> this thing is like our fast
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unable to take care of patients in the hospital. that's the weak link for. yeah >> well, that is an alarming warning from a frequent guest here, vaccine scientist peter hotez. early research out of south africa suggests the newest strain may cause less severe illness. the data also finds while two doses of the pfizer vaccine offer 70% protection against hospitalization, a significantly less effective against infection from omicron. the washington post reports quote, the worst-case scenario has spooked top health officials, who fear a fresh wave, lured on top of delta and influenza cases in what one described as a triple whammy. could overwhelm health systems and devastate communities, particularly those with low vaccination rates. we welcome back dr. irwin redlener. founder of columbia center for is a disaster preparedness. he's also a professor of pediatrics at albert einstein college of medicine. what do you make of this new
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south african data? do we really know yet how dangerous the omicron variant is? what's your analysis of where we are? >> chris, we don't really know yet and we have to keep waiting. it's very difficult to wait. we all want to know the answers. the latest reports from south africa that their cases of omicron might be leveling off. we don't know where this is going. we do know it's going to be rapidly contagious to people, whether unvaccinated people. we do know it's probably less protected by the vaccines that are currently out there. but we also know, and this is on the good news side, if people get two doses plus a booster of one of the mrna vaccines, or have had covid and get two doses, those people will still be quite protected, we think now, from being hospitalized are dying from covid-19. 19
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>> you put it this way on twitter to that point. you said, we have two americas. the vaxxed and the and backs. a vast majority of triple backs will be protected from bad covid illness or death. the unvaxed? your playing russian roulette. why would anyone take such a risk when backs is safe and works. why? i mean, it was one year ago, today, doctor, a nurse in your became the first person in america to get and authorized covid shut. since then, the virus has killed half 1 million more people in the united states. where did we go wrong? >> well, it's not really understood where we went wrong, chris. here's the thing, in medical school we learned about viruses, we learn about vaccines and virology and everything related to it. we did not learn about political extremism and ignorance creating a barrier to getting the country and all of its citizens protected from a
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deadly virus. i'm befuddled and if any my colleagues say they aren't, well i'd like to talk to them. because i don't know that we know how to deal with this, but this is about political messaging. it's about making people understand why are they putting their lives in their hands for. to prove the to donald trump? to demonstrate a particular ideology? why would anyone do that in the face of a deadly virus? it just is befuddling. >> there are places where we're seeing change. kroger says it's taking away peacefully for unvaccinated employees who get covid. it's also requiring unvaccinated employees in the company's health insurance to pay a 50 dollar monthly surcharge. i mean, is that what it's going to take? is that a good idea? dea? >> well, it's going to take extreme action were possible to do that. i've been promoting the idea of nobody getting on an airplane for a domestic or international
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flight if they can't prove they've been vaccinated. if we make it difficult enough for people to live their lives without being vaccinated, i think that maybe the kind of think that we're going to need. but why does it take such efforts when really, the answer is, you will live. we'll survive covid if you get vaccinated. >> there was another big piece of news today with pfizer saying it's anti viral covid pill has nearly 90% efficacy in preventing hospitalizations and deaths among high risk patients. here's what the company ceo said earlier today. >> with this bill, we're expecting instead of people going ten people going to hospital, only one will go and no one's tank. so, that's very good news. >> last week you wrote about the risk of overlying on these oral medications to fight this pandemic. walk us through your concerns? >> for civil, i should say that i was calling the idea of these new pills game changers,
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because they could save lives. there's no question about. that although, there may be a question about it with the merck bill because of that merck bill has far less effective than the pfizer pill. and the merck pill may have some side effects. but the pfizer pill would probably saved quite a few lives. but what it does do, it gives reason for people who are unvaccinated to say why do i need to get vaccinated? because if i get sick, i'll just go get a prescription and i'll be fine. this discouragement of people getting vaccinated, chris, is a complete problem for efforts to stop the pandemic. in other words, pills save lives, but the vaccines stop the pandemic. i think that makes sense. it's a way people understanding what i'm talking. about >> yes, you can't let. up dr. irwin redlener, always great to see. it was great to have your expertise. thank you so much for being with us on the program tonight. coming up, how ever whether
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deadly tornadoes ripped through six states, a new storm system is threatening to spin off strong winds and possibly more rear tornadoes in parts of iowa and minnesota tomorrow. all of this prompts the question, what is causing these powerful, devastating december starts? a report tonight from nbc news correspondent natasha burns. >> in bowling green, kentucky, no words can describe that devastation. >> you can see that these two houses are gone and then the house is in front of them are gone. so, you can directly see the path moving right street through there. >> as a community grieves, many are asking why. >> this is the largest event ever in december in terms of
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severe weather tornadoes. >> experts are working to understand what fueled these monster storms. >> this is very unusual. >> josh turkey is a meteorology professor at western kentucky university. what happened here? >> there was a widespread area conducive to severe weather. there was warm air ushering in a lot of moisture in the lower levels of the atmosphere. and the wind shear set up an environment for storms to tap into that environment and thrive. >> the unusual nature of the storms have many wondering if this is a result of climate change. >> climate change is a very complex discussion. >> well he can't definitively say climate change is the cause of these storms, he says they may be a consequence. one of the main causes, spring-like temperatures in december. 20 to 30 degrees above the average for this time of year. could we see more of the storms because of these warming temperatures? >> there are changes in the special distributions of tornadoes, as well as the tornado frequencies. we're seeing more and more of these types of events that are
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related to climate change. >> there might also be a change to what's traditionally deemed tornado alley. experts say it's moving east. could we see tornadoes start to impact new places, different places? >> absolutely. >> that means more people should get prepared. i'm >> going to be working tirelessly to help people find ways to protect themselves, get the warning. to have a plan. to get low and save your families life. >> bowling green ever expected to experience anything like this, that experts say as of the storms become more frequent, more and more communities are going to have to make plans to keep themselves safe. >> our thanks to tasha burns for that report. coming up. nine years ago, tonight, the nation was reeling after the tragedy of sandy hook. a presidential plea for long delayed action when the 11th hour continues. that can help you fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, and wake up refreshed. the brand i trust is qunol.
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a devastating but important anniversary to remember. it has been nine months since the deadly shooting at sandy hook elementary school, in newtown, connecticut. in a video message, president biden remembered the victims and called for action on gun violence prevention. >> folks, nine years ago today, the families in newtown were hit especially hard. no matter how long it has been. every one of those families re-lived the news that they got that day. 20 precious first graders, six heroic educators, a lone gunman in an unconscionable act of violence. everything changed that morning for you and the nation was shocked. countless communities across the country, we saw these horrific shootings that made national headlines. didn't versus us as a nation. and for many others, every day,
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particularly black and brown communities. there is mass shooting that we don't even hear about. as a nation, we owe all of these families are prayers. we owe them action. again, i know our policies are frustrating, it can't be frustrating right now but we cannot give up hope. we cannot stop. i would help beat the nra with your help, twice. it can be done again. we have to keep up the pressure. make god bless all of those innocent lives in newtown. whole and all of you who have been the victims of gun violence and your families have suffered from it. my heart breaks for you. we have to act. we can't give up. we gotta get it done. god bless you all and god bless the loved ones who left [inaudible] >> some powerful words from the president to take us off the air.
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that is our broadcast for this tuesday night with our thanks for being with us. on behalf of all my colleagues at the networks of nbc news, goodnight. full tonight on all in. >> mr. meadows received numerous text messages which he has produced without any privileged claim. indeed, some of these text messages came from members in the chamber right now. >> the full house votes on contempt for meadows, and the maga peace go silent. >> there has been zero mention on fox news of the text from mark meadows. >> tonight new evidence around donald trump's attempt to overthrow the government, and the right-wing media organ abetting. him >> there are some reports that antifa sympathizers may have been sprinkled throughout the crowd. plus, new reporting on unnamed lawmakers working with the right house. why a judge tossed his lawsuits from keeping his taxes away from congress. and a closer look at the
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ongoing human victims in the big lie. when all in, starts right now. good evening from new york, i'm chris hayes. right now as we speak the house of representatives are preparing to vote on holding donald trump's former chief of staff, mark meadows, in contempt of congress. a body in which he once served. for refusing to comply with the subpoena from the january six committee. on this resolution, it started this afternoon around for 15. there's a bit of a holdup, by republicans over accusations of house majority leader disparage republican jim banks. once they sorted through all, that they picked up around 5:30 pm. the debate is done now. there is some other house business happening. we are waiting for them to vote on whether to refer mark meadows to the department of justice for contempt of congress. as they have previously known steep men. and if he is held in contempt the case goes to the doj where they decide whether or not to prosecute. the actual vote is expected
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soon. we will continue to bring in the latest on what is happening on the floor. of course, this all comes a day after the house committee investigating the insurrection voted unanimously in favor of the contempt resolution the house takes up tonight. part of the reason that that have, been a big part of the reason, is because mark meadows, former chief of staff his defense that he didn't have to comply with the signature executive privileges is basically been invalidated. i mean, meadows it has been claiming that he cannot talk about certain interactions before president trump because of his actual privilege. but then he published a 300 page book discussing those interactions in detail. and also provided the committee with more than 6000 pages of email and 2000 text messages. yesterday, we got a tantalizing peek at some of those documents when the republican vice chair of the january six committee, congresswoman liz cheney, read them into the records. >> quote, mark, the president needs to tell people in the capital to go home. this

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