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uphold a free and fair election, they were looking to overturn one. they weren't looking to save the cause of america. they were looking to subvert the constitution. plus, daily covid infections and hospitalizations are rising ever higher, we are talking to the president of the american medical association who's been critical of those changing cdc guidelines. and the third biggest school district in the country still shut down, at least through monday, leaving hundreds of thousands of families in the lurch. the showdown between the district and teachers over covid safety in the classroom. >> i do care about them. i know that this is disruptive to their education. however, i want to make sure that they are safe. i want to make sure that i am safe. morning, it's saturday, january 8th. i'm corey coffin in for lindsey reiser. if you want to know what the select committee about january 6th have learned about the attack on the capitol one year ago, you're not alone, and the
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committee seems to be aware of that sentiment it's set to enter a more public phase of its investigation. that could mean hearings in prime time, committee chair bennie thompson tells bloomberg members are still working out details but those primetime hearings could begin in march or april. this news comes the same week as the one-year anniversary of the insurrection and that's not the only major development. nbc news can confirm the committee could ask former vice president mike pence to appear before the end of the month. julie tsirkin is on capitol hill for us this morning. they know they're dealing withaticing clock. >> overnight nbc news learned the committee plans to announce this month, actually, whether they're going to invite former vice president mike pence to appear before the committee and answer some questions. now, remember, the committee findsmake pence's role essential to their investigation because of what he was up against, under
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tremendous pressure from former president trump, excuse me, and his aides to object to the election results from several states. of course, we know that he didn't do that. he stuck to his ceremonial role, and ended up certifying the election but not before he came seconds away from a dangerous pro-trump mob coming face to face with the former vice president. adam kinzinger, one of the republicans on the panel, did tell our hallie jackson that they want to hear from him voluntarily. let's take a listen to what more of what he said. >> we certainly would like him to voluntarily talk to the committee. his staff has been more than helpful with us coming in, and shedding light on a lot of things. i would be surprised if he didn't want to, in some way, cooperate. i don't know if that means probably maybe not, hopefully not, a subpoena, but maybe it's written answers to questions, or, you know, voluntary interview. we'd love to hear from him. obviously, regardless of your opinions of him, he acted nobly that day despite the pressure and could have created a much worse crisis, if that's even
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thinkable, but it certainly could have been. >> now, as we just passed the one-year anniversary of the january 6th attack on the capitol, you also mentioned a shift in strategy by the committee. now, they held their only public hearing in july when they heard emotional testimony from the officers who protected the capitol on that day. and we learned that in the next coming weeks they plan to actually change their ro success to a more public one. they spent the last half a year or so conducting hundreds of interviews, collecting really crucial testimony and connecting the dots. well, now we learn that they might be holding those public hearings in the springtime, march or april, according to some of the members on the committee, and they hope to have a full report by the summertime as they come around to the midterms in the fall. corey? >> that would leave a six-month timeline for that, julie, thank you. next week, president biden is putting the spotlight on voting rights and this comes as many in his party are trying to find ways to safeguard democracy after both the insurrection and as many states across the nation pass more restrictive voting
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laws. nbc news correspondent carol lee has more on that story for us. >> where the president didn't make voting rights a central part of his remarks on january 6th, instead he's decided to deliver a speech solely focusing on the issue on tuesday in atlanta. white house officials say that he'll make a very passioned case for why the senate needs to pass this legislation. it's legislation that democrats say would outlaw rules, voting rules, that discriminate against people based on race or ethnicity, among other measures they say would provide protections for americans who are just trying to exercise their right to vote. now, senate majority leader chuck schumer has said that he wants this legislation to be on the floor, and come up for a vote in the coming weeks. but in order to do that, there has to be some rules changes to senate -- the senate process because the legislation has been held up by republicans using the filibuster. the majority leader is say he'll have to work with democrats to
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see if they can come to an agreement on changing the rules in the senate to allow this voting rights legislation to come up for a vote. that's something that president biden is also likely to weigh in on in his speech on tuesday, and all of this comes against the backdrop of a president who's really under fire for his covid response. and there's been a number of criticisms, including from some of his allies to the mixed messaging that's coming out of the white house and cdc, the president's vaccine mandate, one of the central tenets of his covid response, is under scrutiny in the supreme court. there were several hours of hearings this past week on that. or challenges to that. and it looks like the conservative majority of the court is very skeptical of these vaccine mandates. that's something that the president is going to have to contend with in the coming weeks. now, for now, the president in nevada, along with former president barack obama, both of them are attending the funeral
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of former senate majority leader harry reed. they're both expected to speak, and former senator reed is somebody that both presidents worked closely with, when president biden was vice president, and they -- he's known him for a while when he served in the senate. both men were very close to former senator reed. >> carol, thank you, and speaking of that, a quick programming note for you, be sure to join my colleague alex whit today for special coverage of former senate majority leader harry reid's funeral. former president barack obama will be delivering the eulogy, today at 2:00 p.m. eastern here on msnbc. and turning back now toward the january 6th conversation here. for pennsylvania congresswoman susan wild, this week's anniversary of the attack on the capitol brought memories of this photo. take a look on your screen, she spent those horrifying moments hiding in the house chamber. on thursday she spoke about that day saying, quote, it was almost
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the worst moment of my life. we're honored to have congresswoman wild joining us this morning. thank you for being here, congresswoman, good morning to you, i'm going to jump right in. because of the traumatic experience that you went through, this select committee's work is very personal for you. what do you think is next for them? or i guess what do you hope is next in the investigation? >> well, thank you for having me. the january 6th committee's work is very personal to all of us. it's not just me. obviously i want answers. but we should all want answers, and i have been pleased at the speed with which they are working. the members of that committee are my friends and colleagues. they have worked relentlessly, even though out of the public eye many people don't understand the scope and quantity of work that they have done. and i think we are about to see the product of that over the next few weeks and months. and i do think it's incredibly important.
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we cannot just shelve january 6th, 2021, and say it's a day that happened and that's the end of it. there are some very important lessons, historical lessons, to be learned from that day. we -- i don't yet know what the full lessons are going to be, but that committee is going to get to answers that american people deserve, that we all deserve, and that will, i believe, guide our future. so i'm very, very pleased that they are moving into the next phase of this, with public hearings. >> and speaking of the next phase, what do you and other members of your party want to see from attorney general merrick garland in terms of january 6th? he has vowed to pursue this investigation at, quote, any level. >> well, so, you know, the committee is actually in the position of being the investigatory body for the prosecutor, the prosecutor being the department of justice. and i think it's really important that he be guided by whatever the evidence is. i'm a lawyer by training.
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it's very, very important that actions get taken by prosecutors based on what the true evidence before them is. so i hope, very much, that as evidence is accumulated, and laid before the department of justice, that attorney general garland will move forward, and will follow up on those individuals who are deserving of criminal action. >> now i'm sure you saw the headlines that senator ted cruz had a backtrack of sorts on tucker carlson's show after calling the january 6th attack terrorism. for those who haven't seen it yet, let's show a clip. >> the way i phrased things yesterday, it was sloppy and it was frankly dumb. >> i don't buy that. whoa, whoa, i don't buy that. i've known you a long time, since before you went to the senate. you were a supreme court contender. you take words as seriously as any man who's ever served in the senate and every word -- you repeated that phrase. i do not believe that you used
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that accidentally. i just don't. >> so tucker, as a result of my sloppy phrasing it's caused a lot of people to misunderstand what i meant. >> all right, this, in addition to the only republicans who attend the memorial in the house were liz and dick cheney. what does all of this say to you about the current republican party? >> well, you know, i think that my colleague representative cheney is the best person to speak on the state of her party, almost her former party at this point. you know, ted cruz's comments and that little video that you played, thank you for doing so, because i don't follow tucker and i don't follow ted cruz much. but i had read the headlines, is just indicative of what we saw so much of on january 7th of last year and beyond, where this about face -- and by the way, i was in the so-called cat bird seat in the capitol. i was looking -- i was up on the gallery looking down on the house floor and i was able to
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see the abject fear in the faces of my colleagues, democrats and republicans, as they fled the floor. and i've been -- heard conversations that took place between different members. there was a genuine concern that we were under real attack. and for ted cruz to then turn around and claim that his own use of the word terrorists was a mistake, that's -- may be the one thing i agree with tucker carlson about ever, i don't think it was a mistake when ted cruz used that word. he's just trying to backtrack now and that's what we've seen so much of but it's all in homage to the former president and this fealty that they seem to have, this loyalty that super
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cedes their loyalty to our own country, their own constituents and our democracy. that's the truly tragic state of the republican party right now. >> and congresswoman wild, looking ahead to voting rights and the president's speech coming up this week, how confident are you that anything could possibly be done? there is, of course, some blockage with the filibuster carveout. do you think that something will happen? >> well, look, without voting rights, we lose all of our other rights, quite candidly. and so we may have to do the same thing with voting rights that we may have to do with build back better, and other things. we may have to carve it up into smaller, more manageable pieces, where we put bills on the house floor that then go over to the senate. that force every single member to take a vote on a very specific thing, so that they cannot hide behind the cloak of the bill has too much of this or that or undefined things in the bill. i want to make sure that we are
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pressing forward on voting rights in every possible way, and that can mean not just one bill, but a multitude of bills that address things like early voting, voter registration, the hours that polling places are open, the location of polling places, and whether they have been systematically moved out of majority/minority communities. these can all be addressed differently. we are a large body, we multi-task very, very well. what i want to see us do is not let up the pressure, keep our foot on the accelerator when it comes to voting rights. i think it is more important than almost anything else. >> yeah, these coming months are going to be the most crucial in this investigation is what we keep hearing from various members of congress. congresswoman wild, thank you for being with us this morning, we appreciate it. >> thank you so much. and coming up, a record number of children being hospitalized with covid, especially those too young to get vaccinated. what we know about the troubling new data. plus ahead, the cdc
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let's do a visualization exercise, picture an ice pick, a skinny sharp tool. that's what cdc director rochelle wo lensky said this omicron surge will look like. a thin spike. speaking of friday's covid briefing dr. walensky said we could follow a similar pattern to south africa. >> i do think in places we're seeing this really steep incline that we may well see also a precipitous decline, but we're also a much bigger country than south africa, and so it may very well be that we see this ice pick shape, but that it travels across the country. >> according to the cdc the u.s.
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reported almost 800,000 cases on thursday, pushing the seven-day average to over 600,000. as record case load pushing hospitalizations up more than 65% in the last two weeks, although thankfully there has not been a similar rise in deaths. and amidst this record breaking spike universities are also weighing the best options on whether or not to bring students back to school, how that would look and for more on all of that, the latest cdc messaging, nbc news correspondent liz mclaughlin is here with us now and we've seen so much with the cdc messaging, hard to keep up, where are we with all of that? >> it's hard to follow indeed and that telebriefing on friday was the first of its kind since july, cdc receiving some criticism for not communicating -- or communicating relatively inconsistently directly with the public, scientists telling reasoning for the guidance instead of handing that guidance out. as you mentioned we are in this ice pick, a strong surge in the united states, new covid cases
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up more than 204% compared to two weeks ago, and about 95% of those cases are the omicron variant. it's highly contagious, it's putting a lot of places on edge as we start this new year with the new strain, and folks are returning to school and work, the cdc did issue some new guidance for k to 12 schools, reiterating the importance of getting young students back in classrooms and how to do so safely, recommending vaccination as the strongest tool here to end the pandemic, really encouraging folks to get vaccinated, and schools to push the vaccination of its students as a way to safely get them back in the classrooms and to start those extracurricular activities, those sports, also recommending universal masking for students, all students ages 2 and up, regardless of their vaccination status. and there's lots of layers, right, to this protection. ventilation. cleaning. screening, testing, students just staying home when they're
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sick. the cdc also recommending that students sit three feet apart in those classrooms when they're there in person. cdc director walensky talked about this omicron wave, and how those -- some early research shows that those who have been infected with the delta variant may have some -- or those who have been infected with the omicron variant may have protection against the delta variant but it doesn't go both ways. if you've had the delta variant you can still be susceptible to omicron. >> liz, interesting information there. i really appreciate that. i'm going to leave that there for a second. i want to bring in dr. gerald harmon, the president of the american medical association, your organization made a few headlines this week when you called out the cdc and their shifting covid guidance. you said, quote, potentially hundreds of thousands of people could return to work, and school. infectious, if they follow the cdc's new isolation protocols. you also called them confusing. yesterday on the "today" show
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cdc director rochelle walensky tried to clarify. listen here. >> in this moment, where we're evaluating the science and looking at the epidemiology of the disease, we said five days of isolation, and then are you feeling better, is your cough gone? if your symptoms are gone, we say come out of that -- you're okay to come out of that isolation, but you really do need to wear a mask, all of the time. >> all right, your response to this, do you stand by your initial statement? >> well, thanks for having us. the ama, we continue to stand by the need for a negative test before a person who has tested positive for covid-19 returns from isolation. these tests are important. we use them for diagnosing the positivity of the disease when people come in with symptoms, we're suspicious. we rely on a positive test, it's reasonable to rely on a negative test before leaving isolation after a very short period of time, as short as five days. >> especially after more than a year of us being used to that
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guideline. now, president biden said friday that he does not believe the current surge in covid-19 cases is the new normal, and that we're going to be able to control this, thanks to all of the new tools that we have. do you agree with the president's assessment? >> well, all of us are trying, everybody, the president, we on the front lines, and in medicine, and we're all trying to get out of this covid pandemic. we're making every reasonable precaution. i think we're going to have to deal with the covid pandemic, with the covid virus, in a non-pandemic point at some point. what we need to do now, the best way to deal with it is the way we've done with other diseases in the past, infectious diseases, let's get vaccinated. you mentioned earlier in the segment we had an outbreak among children, absolutely, let's get vaccines, that have been available since november, a couple months ago, for those age 5 and up, vaccination is our best weapon and defense against the new normal, as it were. >> and there are now increasing concerns about this so-called flurona, this double infection of covid and the flu at the same
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time. flu rona has been detected in at least five countries now, including the u.s. do you believe that this is a real concern, doctor? i know that some people are asking if this is overhyped. >> well, flurona is a catchy phrase, last year it was twin-demic. my message now, the same as it was back then. there have been vaccines available for influenza for decades. let's take advantage of that. if you're six months and older, you can't make that decision if you're seven months old, those six months and up can get a flu shot and those five years and up can get a coronavirus vaccine. please, get both of them. get protected for yourself, your children, your grandchildren, your loved ones. >> you mentioned children, troubling new trend of which i shall getting quite sick. more than 4 in 100,000 children age 4 years or younger admitted to hospitals with covid in january. kids under 5, obviously, like you said, not eligible for the
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vaccination, i should say, how worried are you that this could get much worse for young kids? >> well, we're seeing that in my state here in south carolina. currently we have over 8% of the positives are children under the age of 10. where normally we're less than half that. so there is certainly a spike in children and adolescents that are testing positive or having symptoms of covid, no question of it. it is an issue. our state has had record highs of 13,000, each of the last two days, of new cases, and this is a record high. so this is a highly transmissible disorder, this omicron variant. however, the indications are that if you get vaccinated. if we get our children vaccinated, we'll mitigate the spread substantially not only of the disease, serious disease, hospitalization and death, very important. >> dr. gerald harmon, we appreciate you being in this morning with us, thanks for answering our questions and giving us your time and breaking all this down, we appreciate it. >> thank you for being part of the solution too, thank you. coming up after the break, the story that's shaken the washington metropolitan area,
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the so-called shopping cart serial killer, what we know about the suspect accused of transporting his victims' bodies using the cart and the latest death he could be linked to. later this hour public schools in chicago could enter a fourth day of cancelled classes barring a deal with the union, parents are split over the best and safest options for their kids. we will talk to two opposing perspectives here and give you all the details ahead. i see r me and you ♪ (music) ♪ so i think to myself ♪ ♪ oh what a wonderful world ♪ maybe it's another refill at your favorite diner... or waiting for the 7:12 bus... or sunday afternoon in the produce aisle.
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he's been charged in connection with the murders of two other women. >> robinson is awaiting trial for the murders of two women in harrison burg, virginia, he transported the bodies in a shopping cart. we believe he transported at least one of our fairfax county victims in a shopping cart as well. >> another investigation is under way to confirm if a possible fifth victim found in a shopping cart is connected to the case. he -- i'm quoting, he left his home to go for a run, and ended up running for his life. that is what a judge said right beforehanding down the life sentences to the three white men convicted of killing ahmaud arbery. travis and gregory mcmichael will go to jail without the possibility of parole and the third man involved william bryan received life sentence with the possibility of parole after 30 years. the jury found the men chased and murdered arbery.
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catie beck has more. >> reporter: it was an emotional day in court as the three men convicted of murder of ahmaud arbery were sentenced. the judge called it a tragedy and said his sentencing was a measure of accountability. the father and son guilty of the 2020 murder of ahmaud arbery will spend the rest of their days behind bars. >> a young man with dreams was gunned down in this community. >> reporter: judge timothy wamsley calling it accountability, for greg and son travis mcmichael, a sentence of plief without parole and for neighbor william bryan a life sentence with the possibility of parole. the decision after hours of testimony, ahmaud arbery's parents describing broken hearts that will never heal. >> son, i love you. as much today as i did today that you were born. >> reporter: attorneys for the defendants calling life without parole a punishment too severe. >> nothing in travis mcmichael's
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life suggests he's a danger to society now, or will be a danger to society 30 years from now. >> reporter: in the end jaj wamsley pointed to the mcmichael's lack of remorse, pausing to reflect on ahmad's final moments, the 25-year-old was out for a jog when he was chased, shot and killed. the judge noted bryan who did express remorse earned a parole possibility because of it. as for arbery's family, relief to see justice. what will you go home with in your heart tonight? >> the day that i laid ahmad to rest i told him that we would get justice. i have finally fulfilled that promise to ahmad. we have just for you. we got justice today. >> will you sleep soundly? >> i will. >> reporter: this is not the final chapter for these three defendants. next month they will head to federal court, where they face hate crime charges, we're told, new racial motive, and social media evidence will take center stage in those proceedings.
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arbery's mother says she wants justice all over again. in brunswick, georgia, i'm catie beck for nbc news. new nbc news reporting about the changing state of right wing extremism in america, and how women are at the center of it. we'll dive into a startling new analysis piece next. plus, an update on the tennis scandal that is attracting attention around the world, what new court documents reveal of novak djokovic and his vaccine status, coming up. in honey lemon chill. for fast-acting sore throat relief. wooo vaporize sore throat pain with vicks vapocool drops.
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let's try something, picture people who violently broke into the u.s. capitol on january 6th. are you picturing any women? new reporting from nbc news shows the state of extremism in america is changing. this piece is just now hitting nbc and our app. let me read you a quote. between 1948 and 2018, just 6% of violent and non-violent far-right extremists in the u.s. were women but that percentage more than doubled on january 6th. to date women reflect 13% of the federal arrests, end quote. we are happy to welcome in a woman who wrote that piece, nbc opinion columnist and offer of hate in the heartland. cynthia miller idris, and extremism expert joan harmon. cynthia, let's begin with you, when you started to look into this trend what surprised you the most about it? >> well, good morning, good to
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see you both. you know, we've been seeing this trend for a while and in many ways we've always had women engaged in extremist movements. this didn't come out of nowhere but for the most part they were backstage, somebody was sewing the ku klux klan uniforms, they were sewing, homemakers, preparing food, writing news letters and there have been incidents and islamist terrorism and left wing extremism where women have been engaged but it's usually backstage. what's changing is that women are playing a bigger role online in recruiting, radicalizing and producing content and they're becoming more violent. we saw that on january 6th when women really were right at the fore of being violent. and that is a bit of a surprise to see women more engaged in violence and i think we just discount that, at our own peril, even though, of course, men,
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still represent the majority of violent actors. >> and joan, your area of expertise is extremism. can you break down for us what might be causing this spike in women becoming more extremist, or i guess maybe as cynthia put it on the national scale? >> yeah, we've seen a shift in the way in which people are participating in politics in general since the dawn of social media. and one thing that social media tends to do is it allows people to participate in the in between moments. so you don't get someone who shows up at the capitol without many little nudges along the way, where they're participating online and theiring things. and so we see women administrating some of these telegram groups, which there's a chat app that is used by several extremist groups as well as other groups that just label themselves patriots, for instance. but yeah, we have seen this
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shift, and it's something that has come along with the rise in new communication technologies, and new opportunities for participating and frankly getting organized, women are incredible organizers. and we see this in other movements too where they tend to build the infrastructures of these kinds of movements. >> it is fascinating to see kind of, if people think that this came out of nowhere, where actually it's been building for quite a while. i want to talk about another headline from a different nbc news sentiment, talking about how extremism has shifted from a national to local strategy after january 6th when it comes to a focus on school board meetings and races, and, you know, local politics at the hyperlocal level. do you think there's a link between this shift to more of these local causes of women getting involved? >> i absolutely think there's a link. i mean, part of what we're seeing is a massive transformation, really, from over the past 20 years or so,
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from extremism being housed in extremist groups that were bounded, that could be identified, that could be surveilled and infiltrated into a much more mainstream support for political violence. and people who are not really parts of groups. so the vast majority of people arrested on january 6th had no ties to formal extremist groups, for example, so there you just see people becoming radicalized or exposed to propaganda online and mobilized in multiple ways. women who have been discouraged over the years to participate in extremist scenes and movements are often deeply in these other spaces that are more mainstream don't encounter that in a backwoods militia. there's an irony there as women become more empowered to engage in leadership roles, they also are empowered to engage in violent and extremist ways. so it's a powerful, you know,
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reflection of women being able to engage more, but also in negative ways. it's not always one direction. >> this is the conversation we must continue. we've run out of time at this point, but we have to pick this up again because it truly is fascinating. cynthia miller idris, and this article, her article hate in the homeland, the new fight for the new global far right, i should say, as well as joan donovan. we appreciate both of you being in this morning. thank you so much. >> thank you. and coming up, one chicago parent wants his kids in the classroom. the other one wants his kids to stay home. the battle over remote and in-person learning rages on. but as the city is gridlocked over plans to reopen schools, what choice do they have? we will get perspectives coming up next.
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are standing up over covid working conditions and how to best get kids learning again amid the omicron surge. district officials say classes will be cancelled for a fourth day on monday unless there is a breakthrough in negotiations with the teachers' union. members say enough, not enough, i should say, is being done to keep them safe as covid cases rise. so the union voted this week to go remote, but the city says they cannot do that. they filed an unfair labor complaint in response. meanwhile, chicago parents are suing the union over cancelled classes and remote learning. >> we need to get our testing in order, a real testing program, a real contact tracing program. >> i -- i didn't choose to stop working. i've been trying to log in, to teach remotely from home. i've been doing lesson plans. >> parents, colleagues, colleagues and students are ready to come back into the building. what we're asking is not too
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much. >> joining me now, an education specialist, who has two children who attend public schools in chicago and the brian griffin who heads the chicago parents collective. good morning to both of who att public schools. good morning. you have a daughter and son. when schools opened up, you said you are not comfortable with them heading back into the classroom. tell me why. >> my daughter's school had surges before the break began. we were notified by the teachers about the covid -- i'm sorry, the covid cases with the teachers. normally cps is supposed to notify us and they did not. thank goodness the teachers and principal took it upon themselves to notify us to get our families spread. it was a surge occurring before the break.
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i'm surprised cps did not give the parents the option to go remote because of the spread that has been occurring already. >> now, ryan, you have a son in second grade and another in kindergarten. the district has spent $100 million on safety measures. teachers say there is not enough done. there are issues within the older buildings. mayor lightfoot spoke about getting kids back in the classroom. take a listen. >> this is an unnecessary and illegal work stoppage. i have drawn the line. we will not go remote for the whole system. it is unnecessary. we need our kids back in school. not only because our kids are safe, but having them out of school and in remote is catastrophic for learning and social and emotional welfare as well as very difficult economic consequences for our families. >> do you think the schools are safe, ryan? >> i do.
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obviously all parents want more robust access to testing and vaccines. that is indisputable. we can't let fear shut down an essential public service that provides absolutely important things to 330,000 students. >> brigitte, what do you think needs to be done to get people back in the classroom to get kids back? what would make you feel comfortable? >> i would feel better if they would do more testing. i don't know why? we're the third largest school district in the country. l.a. is the largest. they are doing weekly testing. cps was given $2 billion in covid funds. where is that money? the testing has been selective. everybody should be universally tested. teachers, students, on a weekly basis to track what's going on with covid.
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i don't know where this money is and that would make us feel better if all of us get tested. not just a sample few. that is not accurate testing. we want more cleaner supplies. the schools are not cleaned to the level they should be during the pandemic. they need to cancel the contract with aramack. they are not cleaning to the level they should be. the teachers are saying there are droppings in the schools. cps needs to invest and get in the bathrooms. a lot of the schools don't have running water. the bathrooms are not operable. they need to invest money in that and they keep talking about the social and emotional aspect about kids. hire more mental health counselors. not just guidance counselors
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are. our students are struggling. invest and do what is needed to be done if you want to do the right thing to get the students back in the classrooms. >> i'll add one last thing. we run out of time. i wanted to ask one more thing, ryan. i wanted to express your sentiment. i know you have concerns about your children falling behind. that is the other concern here from parents who want kids back in the classroom. i want to make that note. that parents who want kids back are concerned about kids falling behind. we will leave it there. we will continue this conversation in the days ahead. up next, off the court tennis drama. breaking overnight. new court documents for lawyers for novak djokovic talk about the exemption. we will tell you what happened next. l tell you what happened next and ...home and more.
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breaking overnight. lawyers for novak djokovic filing court documents challenging his deportation from australia. the tennis star contracted covid last month. djokovic was denied entry at the melbourne airport after feeling to meet the requirement that all non-citizens to be vaccinated. miguel almaguer has the latest. >> reporter: the number one tennis player, novak djokovic, has a partner as he sits center court in the middle of controversy.
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officials confirm that another was detained by the australian border force for failing to comply with the strict vaccination requirement and housed in the same detention center, this hotel, as djokovic. as protesters demand djokovic's release to play in the australian open. she plans to go home. djokovic will go to court monday in hopes of getting on the court next week. >> mr. djokovic is not being held captive in australia. he is free to leave at any time he chooses. >> reporter: after arriving in the country with a medical exemption from the government, australian officials said the foreign exemption did not meet federal regulations. seeking his 21st grand slam, a men's record, djokovic has been critical of vaccines.
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facing backlash from rafael nadal. >> if you don't want the vaccine, you will get trouble. >> reporter: controversy on the court. reflective of the division around the world. miguel almaguer, nbc news. thanks for watching msnbc reports. i'm kori coffin. "velshi" starts right now. today on velshi, new reporting on on the january 6th committee has investigators zeroing in on the highest profile targets yet. plus, it has been a year since the attack on the capitol, but the insurrection is still going on in plain sight all around us. even if we haven't noticed. i'm joined by the smartest i know to help us understand what is happening. and life sentences for the three white men


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