tv Jose Diaz- Balart Reports MSNBC April 13, 2022 7:00am-8:01am PDT
united states, particularly on the far right, who want to crush voting rights, crush the progress we've made, but it's important to understand the fight for voting rights act is a u.s. fight, but it's a global fight. >> all right. president and ceo of the national urban league, mark morial. we will continue this important conversation tomorrow. we'll go back to where we started on median income, because it's worse, given inflation and housing prices, too. so we'll look into the causes of that and have you back. that does it for us this morning. jose diaz-balart picks up the breaking news coverage right now. good morning. 10:00 a.m. eastern, 7:00 a.m. pacific. i'm jose diaz-balart. and breaking this morning, new developments in an intense manhunt in new york city for the man the nypd is now calling a suspect in yesterday's subway shooting. we're going to bring you the very latest from brooklyn. we'll also you bring you reaction from russia after president biden calls putin's
actions in ukraine a genocide. this as the humanitarian crisis in ukraine grows more dire by the hour. the mayor of mariupol warning that over 100,000 people are still trapped in the city besieged by russian attacks. we'll bring you a live report from ukraine. breaking news in the new york city subway shooting, just hours ago, authorities announced that this man, frank james, is now a suspect in the shooting of ten people during yesterday's morning commute in brooklyn. right after the shooting, james was able to escape. at least one camera that could have captured where he went was not working, according to new york's mayor. law enforcement officials found this bag at the scene of the shooting, containing additional smoke canisters and retail fireworks. a fan rented by james in philadelphia discovered in brooklyn tuesday evening, after the keys were found at the scene. and law enforcement officials are looking into a number of online posts that may be connected to james, where he
mentions homelessness, new york, as well as new york city mayor eric adams. mayor adams had this to say about the shooting this morning. >> to come on the system with a gas mask, with a gun, several clips, as well as throwing a smoke bomb, it's clear that he wanted to bring terror to our system and we want to bring him to justice and prosecute him for his actions. >> joining us this morning, pete williams, also with us from brooklyn, vaughn hillyard and jim kavanaugh, an nbc news terrorism analyst and a retired atf special agent in charge. pete, what's the very latest on this investigation? >> the very latest is he's now named as a suspect, not just a person of interest. and this all relates to the enormous amount of material that the police say he left behind on the subway car after the shooting. the bag that you've mentioned, the key to the van, but most significantly, the gun that was
used in the shooting. so atf has been able to determine that that was the gun that was used, that fired the shell casings that were recovered in the subway car, but much more importantly, they've been able to determine who bought the gun. and the answer, according to our reporter, jonathan dienst of wnbc in new york is frank james. that frank james bought this gun in 2011. and that's the reason why he went from a person of interest named last night when frankly authorities were quite convinced that he was the gunman, or they wouldn't have named him, and now formally calling him a suspect in the shooting, because they believe that they've traced the gun used in the shooting to frank james, who bought the gun in 2011. and then you add to that, all the other evidence that they've acquired here. the key and the credit card that were found at the shooting scene, that tied to the subway, or tied to the van. now they've been able to see a lot of video of, they say, frank
james getting out of that van and going into the subway. so even though the cameras were not working at the actual platform where the train stopped at the 36th street station, they say there are other videos that show him getting into the subway system, wearing the clothing that people have described as what the gunman wore. so this is an enormous amount of evidence. you know, we were, 24 hours ago, talking about how they might be lucky to find fingerprints on the shell casings, or they might be lucky to trace the shell casings to the gun. and if it had been used in a previous crime, that would be a breakthrough, but you know, we're way, way past that, because he simply, apparently, walked out of that subway car and left all the evidence that you can possibly hope for at the scene. >> it seems odd, pete, because -- absolutely, just 24 hours ago, when we were speaking with you, there was so much
unknown. and it seems, though, if there was some planning, i mean, he had to have that smoke bomb. he took all of those firecrackers, et cetera, into the subway system with him. it seems like there was a total carelessness once he carried out this attack. >> yeah, although. and, you know, you're right to say that somebody who was rationale would have thought about getting out of there and taking the evidence with him. but, you know, the youtube videos that have been left behind show a person who's, i'm not sure that they're in complete possession of all their faculties, but in any event, for whatever reason, panic, whatever, it's just an enormous amount of evidence that they've had to work with. and that's why they've been able to move so quickly, jose. >> and vaughn, you're on the ground there in brooklyn. what are you hearing from folks there? >> you know, the subway station here at this 36th avenue subway station here in brooklyn is back up and operating this morning.
and in the 5:00 a.m. hour, there are already dozens of folks that were making twhar through. life is going back as normal here, but i think that that speaks to the fact that this is now a search that goes far and wide beyond brooklyn here. wii talking about now more than 25 hours since frank james left this subway station here. and the question is, where is he now here? and this is a conversation in -- that extends to the boroughs of manhattan, the bronx, queens, new jersey, just how far may he have gone already in this short time span, and in just how much danger does he still potentially pose to the greater new york city area. he obviously left behind the k millimeter glock, left behind three additional extended capacity magazines, which suggest that he had much more on his mind than what ultimately was carried out. there were no fatalities, luckily, here. but this is a community still very much on edge, because this man has now had 25 hours. and as pete suggested, this is clearly an unreasonable
individual. he has roots that we know that extend from wisconsin, pennsylvania, to philadelphia area, but new here in the last hour, the nypd is suggesting that he also has potential ties to ohio. they're trying to understand any connections to new jersey, to new york city. why was he focused on mayor adams? why was he focused on the subway system? those are questions we still do no have answers to at this time, but we know that this gunman is still here on the loose. >> jim, what do you make of all of this? and what are the questions you're asking this morning? >> well, jose, i hesitate to call him a criminal mastermind. he left a trail of bread trucks that led right to him. so, you can see that he did plan the event. the escape is a different matter. now, he might have absconded to any of these places, milwaukee, ohio, philadelphia, or even where we used to say as an old florida cop, all fugitives go to
florida. but here's what i would be looking at. he might have left everything there for a reason, and that reason is suicide. he left his credit card with his name, his own gun that led right to him, fingerprints, dna, everything is left right there. why? because he might not need it anymore. so one glaring fact to this event is the two train stations are immediately adjacent to the 500-acre greenwood cemetery in brooklyn. it's been there since early 1800s. and, you know, he didn't leave in the vehicle he came on. he doesn't have a credit card. i don't think he's a man of a lot of means. you know, maybe this was all about, you know, after he did this, you know, he just was going to walk into the cemetery.
maybe he never planned to go back to the vehicle. that's a 500-acre cemetery and there's a lot of mausoleums and crypts and bushes. so i would be researching his family, parents and grandparents, to see if there's any relatives buried in there, any connection there. and the nypd with all of its resources could do a search of that place pretty quick. but you can't just drive around. he could crawl behind a mausoleum or inside some bushes, get on top of some small structure and, you know, shoot him himself, cut his wrists, and she's laying in there and that's one possibility. i don't think he's carrying a cell phone, jose. i think they would already have it by now. so i don't think he has a lot going on right now, you know? >> jim, i'm just thinking, he left behind apparently a 9 millimeter glock. it's really a miracle that when he discharged that weapon in such a close, you know, contained area that he didn't cause more mayhem than he was able to do. i mean, this is really remarkable.
it's a miracle, in a lot of ways, jim. >> well, jose, you've covered so many of these shootings and all of your experience in florida and all of the violence we've had down there over the years, yes, i mean, a 9 millimeter, that will you dead quick. it's a medium round. large rounds, 40, 45, 48. this is a medium, right in the middle. but those rounds can be hot or they can be a little cooler, in other words, more powder in them. but this guy is not a good criminal. he left all the evidence. he's not a good shooter, thank god. he's not going to get any marksmanship trophies. and although he was planned, it came out kind of stupid, because once he put all the smoke in there, he couldn't shoot anybody good, although there's a lot of pain and anguish, and we don't want to diminish that from these victims. but this guy is such a mess, it's a wonder he could get this organized to pull it off. but they've got a solid case. let me close with this here,
jose. on this comment. it's not terrorism, it's a stretch to try to make it that. they've got a lot of good attempted murder charge for the state and the feds have a great charge. atf has the charge. we used to charge it, i love that statute. it's interstate transportation of a firearm with the intent to commit a felony. the felonies are murder and attempted murder. that's a great charge. all of this intent comes right out of philly. he's got the guns and the youtube videos, talking about violence and the subways. the intent is clear. he transported that gun across new jersey and new york and pennsylvania, interstate transportation of a firearm with the intent to commit a felony. u.s. 18924-b. we got a lot of criminals on this charge. and the u.s. attorney in new york should bring that, if they want to load it on top of what the state has. and sometimes they don't want to do that. they can do that. it's not double jeopardy. there's dual sovereigns. but that's something that they
should look at. this guy should never see the light of day, if he's even now seeing the light of day. >> jim cavenaugh, thank you so much. what's the latest information you're learning about the investigation? >> i think we're all on the same page here. the information that the nypd is trying get out to the public, they're trying to get it in quickly so they can get the suspect in as soon as possible. we're getting things in realtime here in new york city. we know that frank is the guy that everyone is looking for. at this point, it's just getting information out to the general public and making sure that they help the nypd. so that we can get any information that we can to track him down. >> so, antonio, what are you telling new yorkers this morning about how they should go about their day? >> yeah, look. new york city is a resilient city. this is not the first time we've dealt with strategy.
and one thing that folks know about new york is that we get back up and get to it. and at this point, we're seeing that folks are actually taking the same train station in which this happened. also, this incident seems like an isolated incident. it's one person, that seems to be very sick. this is not a planned, orchestrated, long-term attack. so the subways are safe. they truly are. and incidents like this make it hard to make that case, but they are. and again, because this person seems to be acting in an individual capacity in one point, we hope that new yorkers can just get right back to life and making sure that folks like this know that they can't block us. >> tell me a little bit about sunset park brooklyn. >> yeah. >> sunset park brooklyn extremely diverse, mostly a latino and chinese community. here in brooklyn, mostly
immigrant families that have gone through a lot, actually, here in new york city. but if you want to talk about like character and just really what brooklyn is about, then you go to sunset park. you'll see the best, you know, central and south american food, the best chinese food. a very proud people. and it's a community that has folks that have been living there for 50, 60 years. it truly is spectacular. and if you see the assistance that many of these folks on this train car were providing to the people that were injured, it's just a reflection, not only of sunset park in brooklyn, but all of new york. it's just folks are not scared to help out their peers. they've come together very quickly, and sunset park has already asked us if there's anything they can do to be helpful to the victims, that we do it. and it's almost like we can't even help sunset park, because they're already helping others. it's an extraordinary neighborhood. antonio reynosa, brooklyn borough president, thank you for being with us this morning. i appreciate your time.
>> thank you so much. thank you so much. thanks. coming up, president biden says that putin is committing genocide in ukraine as the u.s. prepares to step up its military aid. we'll get a live report from kyiv, next. and still to come, from groceries to gas, costs are soaring. focus feeling the pinch. we'll bring you the latest on the rising inflation we're all experiencing. you're watching jose diaz-balart reports. you're watching jose diaz-balart reports. my a1c stayed here, it needed to be here. ruby's a1c is down with rybelsus®. my a1c wasn't at goal, now i'm down with rybelsus®. mom's a1c is down with rybelsus®. (♪ ♪) in a clinical study, once-daily rybelsus® significantly lowered a1c better than a leading branded pill. rybelsus® isn't for people with type 1 diabetes. don't take rybelsus® if you or your family ever had medullary thyroid cancer, or have multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2, or if allergic to it. stop rybelsus® and get medical help right away if you get a lump or swelling in your neck,
severe stomach pain, or an allergic reaction. serious side effects may include pancreatitis. tell your provider about vision problems or changes. taking rybelsus® with a sulfonylurea or insulin increases low blood sugar risk. side effects like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea may lead to dehydration, which may worsen kidney problems. need to get your a1c down? (♪ ♪) ask your healthcare provider about rybelsus® today.
you're pretty particular about keeping a healthy body. what goes on it... usually. ♪♪ in it... mostly. even what gets near your body. please please please take that outside. here to meet those high standards is the walgreens health and wellness brand. over 2000 products. rigorously tested. walgreens pharmacist recommended... and particularly kind to your wallet. ♪♪
18 past the hour. breaking this morning. the organization for security and cooperation in europe now says that russia violated international law, abused human rights in its invasion of ukraine. it comes as a daunting new figure shows the level of devastation inside the country. unicef now says 1.4 million people are without running water across ukraine. this as president biden uses his strongest language yet, calling putin's action inside ukraine a genocide. moscow already pushing back, calling that unacceptable. also this morning, in a move of solidarity, top leaders from poland, estonia, latvia, and lithuania are in kyiv today, to meet with zelenskyy as russia moves its offensive to the east. this morning, zelenskyy called on lawmakers in estonia to join the increasing russia's alleged war crimes in ukraine. >> they have executed civilians. they tortured them, they raped
them. they intimidated them. they ruined maternity hospitals. they ruined food depots and bomb shelters. and they did that knowingly and they knew that children were sheltering there. >> joining us live from kyiv, nbc news foreign correspondent, molly hunter and helene cooper with the "new york times." molly, what are you seeing today in kyiv? >> jose, good morning. great to be with you. so we went to the eastern suburbs of the capital this morning. we spent a lot of time around the west and the northwest suburbs, which we've spoken a lot about. but we went to the east today to see what it was like there, kind of just short of chernihiv. and we were with some paramedics, jose. they were delivering medicine to people who hadn't had any medical care in six weeks. these people had been living underground.
they've had no water, no food, and no medical care. and that means for people with basic illnesses like diabetes, of course, people who can -- not basic, but people who can regulate that in normal times are having a hard time. so the number one thing they're being asked for is insulin and ibuprofen. the presidents that are visiting president zelenskyy here in kyiv, that follows over the weekend british prime minister boris johnson. no u.s. visit on the cards yet, but we did just get a new telegram message from zelenskyy. i want to share a couple of the top lines. it was just posted a couple of minutes ago, jose. and he basically outlines the exact heavy artillery and weapons that he wants from the u.s. and from the rest of the world. as you noted, he responded to president biden's strong language using genocide overnight with a tweet. he said, that is what true leaders use true words. he also said, though, while he appreciated the u.s. support, he's certainly looking for more to come down the pipeline, jose. >> molly, with i want to sort of get your impressions and your
thought. you know, your extraordinary reporting, i have to underline that. just extraordinary, but when zelenskyy talks to the parliament of estonia and he says that the russians have used torture and rape and they target civilian areas, hospitals and schools, you have yourself seen some of that. >> reporter: we have absolutely seen that. and earlier this week, jose, we spoke with a woman named olina, a 28-year-old in bucha, and she walked us through the horrific details of her rape at the hands of a russian soldier. she described the circumstances in march where she had been wounded by some shrapnel in her hometown. there was a russian attack in one of the suburbs just to the northwest of where i am, jose. she was wounded and she went out looking for first aid. and so there were russian soldiers who were occupying her area of the town, who offered her first aid. so for two days in a row, jose, they offered her first aid, and then one of the soldiers came
back in civilian clothes, grabbed her, put her in the car, and raped her. and she explained the story. she has no idea what his name is, she has no idea what she would say in a police report. she doesn't expect him to be held to account or held to justice, but we are seeing and hearing these reports from a lot of these villages, especially on the northwest, which is where bucha is, which is where we've spent so much time. the prosecutor general in ukraine, jose, we should say, has opened up one rape case, but it is said that there are reports of many, many more. and we are just starting, really, to see the tip of the iceberg of all of these atrocities and all of these reports. >> and helene, meanwhile, president biden used that word, "genocide," for the first time yesterday. it's certainly a change in the semantics. what is the significance of this step? >> hi, jose. thank you for having me. the use of the word "genocide" is a big deal. i mean, he did not -- biden did not specifically -- he said,
russia is committing genocide. i don't recall that he specifically said vladimir putin has committed genocide, but russia and putin, president putin are certainly open for war crimes trials. and the legal, the administration itself has been rang wrangling with how to legally go about pushing for this. it's a little bit hard for the united states legally, because of our own past issues with the war crimes tribunals, but this is something that the u.s. is pushing now, is something that is certainly being widely discussed around the world. and you have various countries and organizations investigating both what's been happening in mariupol, and whether chemical weapons have been used there. there's no -- as of, you know,
last night, thewide administration was saying, they don't have proof yet, but they're certainly looking into it. but also, bucha, what has happened in bucha, and then going forward, what is being -- what is being done across the country and looking at this new eastern offensive that's expected now in the donbas region. so the use of the word "genocide," by president biden is hugely significant. that's why the kremlin immediately responded. they don't like that. but given what the sort of imagery we've been seeing, the videos that we've been seeing, and the fact that we now live in a world where telephone video, cell phone videos are so prevalent, you can expect to see more of that coming. and it's hard to imagine now how russia climbs its way back from this, you know, once -- >> helene cooper and molly hunter, thank you for being with
us this morning. for more on this, i want to bring in alexander krebt, the international desk editor with a weekly newspaper in ukraine. alexander, thank you for being with us. we learned yesterday, one of president putin's top allies in ukraine was captured by ukrainian forces. who is this person? what's the significance of his capture? >> thank you for having me. this person is ukrainian members of parliament. and the co-leader of the pro-russian political party, victor. he's also, vladimir putin is the god-father of his children, and this person is the eyes and the ears of the putin in ukraine. he was like working and operating for him for long, long time. >> so what happens to him now? >> he's -- he was hiding,
because he was under the house arrest, because of the treason, because of him. so helping with the -- in the east of donbas, like, giving the money to the occupying army over there. and he was detained for the home arrest for the treason, but when the wars broke out, he left somewhere, and he was hiding. and the security service made the operation to capture him, while he was trying to cross the ukraine border. we don't know where exactly, but it's supposed to be, whether hungary or moldova. >> and speaking of the donbas region, you're actually from there, fighting there is intensifying. what are you hearing from friends and colleagues about what's going on there? >> yeah. i was born and raised in donetsk and fled the area in 2014. so i'm talking with my friends
and sources i have over there, and there is no, especially in those older occupying territories since 2014, there is no running water. the male population are forcibly conscripted into army, and they send them to mariupol and other occupied regions to fight against ukrainian forces. and as far as i know, one of my classmates from the school was forcibly conscripted and sent to mariupol. also, the male population stay at home for more than two months. day don't have a chance to flee or even to go outside to breathe the air, because if they do, they will just be immediately captured and just sent to mariupol or other places. >> alexander, thank you vomp for being with us. i very much appreciate your voice. >> thank you. next, inflation, as you know, has hit a four-year high. but which prices are rising the
most? it's not just gas. more after the break. you're watching "jose diaz-balart reports." you're watching "jose diaz-balart reports. as a struggling actor, i need all the breaks that i can get. at liberty butchemel— cut. liberty biberty— cut. liberty mutual customizes your car insurance so you only pay for whatchya... line? need. action. cut. you can't say that. [phone rings] sorry. is this where they're gonna put the statue of liberty? liberty... are we married to mutual? cut. only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪
ok, let's talk about those changes to your financial plan. bill, mary? hey... it's our former broker carl. carl, say hi to nina, our schwab financial consultant. hm... i know how difficult these calls can be. not with schwab. nina made it easier to set up our financial plan. we can check in on it anytime. it changes when our goals change. planning can't be that easy. actually, it can be, carl. look forward to planning with schwab.
schwab! ♪♪ >> tech: cracked windshield? make it easy and schedule with safelite, schwab! because you can track us and see exactly when we'll be there. >> woman: i have a few more minutes. let's go! >> tech vo: that's service that fits your schedule. go to safelite.com. >> singers: ♪ safelite repair, safelite replace. ♪
♪ ♪ do your eyes bother you? because after all these emails, my eyes feel like a combo of stressed, dry and sandpaper. strypaper? why do we all put up with this? when there's biotrue hydration boost eye drops. biotrue uses naturally inspired ingredients like an electrolyte, antioxidant, even your tears' own moisturizer. and no preservatives. these ingredients are true to your eyes' biology. see? bio.true. 32 past the hour.
pricing on everything from gas to groceries to housing are still rising at a rapid pace. the government says inflation rose 8.5% from march 2021 to march 2022. that's the largest annual increase since 1981. with prices rising more than 1% between february and march. the driving force behind the recent price spikes in high oil and gas prices are because of the war in ukraine. aaa says that the national average for regular, now $4.08 a gallon. but it looks like we might be paying an average of $3.84 a gallon for gas this summer. with us now, diane swonk, an adviser to the federal reserve. diane, it's great seeing you. this spice in inflation is pretty much across the board on everything, but food is up 8.8%. what's going on there? >> yeah, it really is stunning to see the rise in food prices. especially at the grocery store.
that's actually up at a double digit rate, 10%, and across the board, a lot of double digit increases. there's so many factors going into that, not the least of which is, of course, the transportation costs that escalated during the month and made it more expensive to deliver food to our grocery stores and to restaurants and bars out there. but more importantly, we also have lost -- we're losing a lot of grain, soybean, corn production, out of russia and ukraine due to the war and it's triggering what could be a global hunger situation, which is very bad. you layer that on top of disruptions we had early on in the pandemic, in, you know, meat processing plants and the proteins, pushing up proteins out there. and now we're losing much livestock to the bird flu as well, globally and in the u.s. all of this is pushing up the prices of food, as swell, along with extreme weather events, unusual climate, a drought in california. all of those things combining to give us this really horrific
inflation situation that goes beyond just energy and food, but also is showing up in things like services, now that we're out traveling and trying to congregate again, as human beings. catching up on weddings that were delayed during the crisis. we saw hotel room rates surge during spring breaks. airline fares surge. we've also seen things like, you know, going to sporting events and going to the movies again. these are all things that were once part of everyday life. but as we reopen the doors, we're finding it's much harder to reopen the economy than it was to shut down. and the costs have been staggering. >> when we look at that cpi graphic that we have there, everything has really gone up. and it's gone up substantially. food, almost 10%. look at gas. that's out of control. but, you know, rent, 5%. electricity, almost 12%. try buying a car, new or used, good luck on that. this is not something that
started with the war. what is happening and is this our new reality for the time being? >> well, sadly, i believe that we are seeing this is going to be lingering. it may cool off a bit, but not enough to be cool to the touch. it will still sear and burn us and leave blisters. that's what's so important. what i'm most concerned about is that shelter costs that you noted. much of the rise in rents and rise in home ownership costs that we've seen over the last couple of years don't show up in the cpi for a year after they've actually happened, which means that we've got a lot of that inflation still to show up in the measurements of inflation. we probably have already been experiencing it, but it has to show up in the measurements. and that's where you hit everything, all the basics. food, shelter, and the cost of commuting. >> diane swonk, thank you so much for being with us this morning and helping us understand this. we're going to be heading to wisconsin after the break, where
the fate of ballot dropboxes hangs in the balance. the latest on today's key court case, next. and still to come, former u.s. ambassador to ukraine, bill taylor, weighs in on alleged genocide, as russian forces close in on eastern ukraine. you're watching "jose diaz-balart reports." you're watching "jose diaz-balart reports.
♪ it's a new dawn, it's a new day,... ♪ ...it's time to make a stand. start a new day with trelegy. ♪...and i'm feelin' good. ♪ no once-daily copd medicine... has the power to treat copd in as many ways as trelegy. with three medicines in one inhaler, trelegy helps people breathe easier and improves lung function. it also helps prevent future flare-ups. trelegy won't replace a rescue inhaler for sudden breathing problems. tell your doctor if you have a heart condition or high blood pressure before taking it. do not take trelegy more than prescribed. trelegy may increase your risk of thrush, pneumonia, and osteoporosis. call your doctor if worsened breathing, chest pain, mouth or tongue swelling, problems urinating, vision changes, or eye pain occur. take a stand and start a new day with trelegy. ask your doctor about once-daily trelegy, and save at trelegy.com. dove knows we damage our hair a lot my hair i curl it. i have to use a lot of heat new dove hair therapy shampoo & conditioner with ceramide & peptide. it nourishes at a cellular
level to rescue damaged hair. discover 10 x stronger hair with new dove hair therapy rescue and protect. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ we believe there's an innovator in all of us. ♪ ♪ that's why we build technology that makes it possible for every business... and every person... to come to the table and do more incredible things. it's 5:00 a.m., and i feel like i can do anything. we've been coming here, since 1868. there's a lot of cushy desk jobs out there, but this is my happy place. there are millions of ways to make the most of your land. learn more at deere.com with her citi custom ℠ card, there are millions of ways to rashida earns cash backnd. that automatically adjusts to where her spending is trending. just ask overly confident diy rashida... wait, was this the right wall?
...or last-minute gift shopping rashida... i'm putting a bow on it! wow... ...even sneaking away for a vacay rashida. shhh! i've earned this, okay? earn 5% cash back in your top eligible spend category, up to $500 spent each billing cycle. with the citi custom℠ card. 41 past the hour. wisconsin supreme court will hear oral arguments today over ballot drop boxes in a case that could reshape future elections in the critical swing state. wisconsin was one of 40 states with drop boxes in 2020, but now a conservative group is challenging their legality, and calling for more specific rules. nbc's shaquille brewster is in the region with the very latest. shaq, what's happening today? >> well, you're seeing, and i think we just had that video up there. we're seeing those arguments take place before the wisconsin supreme court. and at issue right now is whether or not the guidance that
was submitted by the wisconsin elections commission sent out ahead of the 2020 elections, whether or not that was legal. that guidance allowed for the use of drop boxes, allowed for the more than 1800 municipal clerks to set up their own unsecured municipal drop boxes throughout those different areas. and it allowed for a person to submit the ballot of his or her spouse or a caregiver, if it was submitted and secured, that caregiver would be able to place it in the mail or submit it to the clerk themselves. right now, the supreme court is going through the legal language of the wisconsin law, and trying to see if those items, if those measures are allowed. so the implications here is essentially, this will determine what rules will look like, what those election rules will look like in wisconsin, for the 2022 midterm elections. how voters will be able to vote. and we know this is important, because when we look at milwaukee, for example, i spoke to the director of the elections commission there. she told me that more than half
of the mail-in ballots that were received were submitted via drop box. this is a major tool that many voters use to return their ballots, and this is the wisconsin supreme court now determining whether or not those devices are legal and specifically allowed by chicago election law. >> shaq brewster, thank you so much. up next, president putin says that peace talks have reached a, quote, dead end. and a new war crimes report catalogs inhumanity in ukraine. what it means for the u.s., next. ukraine what it means for the u.s., next what goes on it... usually. ♪♪ in it... mostly. even what gets near your body. please please please take that outside. here to meet those high standards is the walgreens health and wellness brand. over 2000 products. rigorously tested. walgreens pharmacist recommended... and particularly kind to your wallet. ♪♪
[sound of helicopter blades] and particularly kind ugh... they found me. ♪ ♪ nice suits, you guys blend right in. the world needs you back. i'm retired greg, you know this. people have their money just sitting around doing nothing... that's bad, they shouldn't do that. they're getting crushed by inflation. well, i feel for them. they're taking financial advice from memes. [baby spits out milk] i'll get my onesies®. ♪ “baby one more time” by britney spears ♪ good to have you back, old friend. yeah, eyes on the road, benny. welcome to a new chapter in investing. [ding] e*trade now from morgan stanley. hey businesses! you all deserve something epic! so we're giving every business, our best deals on every iphone - including the iphone 13 pro with 5g. that's the one with the amazing camera? yep! every business deserves it... like one's that re-opened! hi, we have an appointment. and every new business that just opened! like aromatherapy rugs! i'll take one in blue please! it's not complicated. at&t is giving new and existing business customers our best deals on every iphone. ♪ ♪
ready to style in just one step? introducing new tresemme one step stylers. five professional benefits. one simple step. totally effortless. styling has never been easier. tresemme. do it with style. bipolar depression. it made me feel trapped in a fog. this is art inspired by real stories of bipolar depression. i just couldn't find my way out of it. the lows of bipolar depression can take you to a dark place. latuda could make a real difference in your symptoms. latuda was proven to significantly reduce bipolar depression symptoms and in clinical studies, had no substantial impact on weight. this is where i want to be. call your doctor about sudden behavior changes or suicidal thoughts. antidepressants can increase these in children and young adults. elderly dementia patients have increased risk of death or stroke. report fever, confusion, stiff or uncontrollable muscle movements, which may be life threatening or permanent. these aren't all the serious side effects. now i'm back where i belong. ask your doctor if latuda is right for you.
pay as little as zero dollars for your first prescription. [♪♪] ask your doctor if latuda is right for you. if you have diabetes, it's important to have confidence in the nutritional drink you choose. try boost glucose control®. it's clinically shown to help manage blood sugar levels and contains high quality protein to help manage hunger and support muscle health. try boost® today. hi. we're zerowater. and we believe everyone deserves the purest tasting water. that's why we strive for zero. you see, to some it means nothing. but to us, it means everything. here, take a look. this meter showing triple zeros means our five-stage filter did its job, and that virtually all dissolved solids or tds have been removed. and all that's left is the purest tasting water. let's compare. a two-stage brita filter stops here. but our five-stage filter doesn't quit. zerowater. we strive for zero. my name is douglas. i'm a writer/director and i'm still working. in the kind of work that i do, you are surrounded by people who are all younger than you.
i had to get help somewhere along the line to stay competitive. i discovered prevagen. i started taking it and after a period of time, my memory improved. it was a game-changer for me. prevagen. healthier brain. better life. 47 past the hour. russian president putin is dashing hopes for a quick end to the war in ukraine. putin says talks aimed at ending the conflict is at an impasse. this comes as president biden changes his tone about likely russian atrocities in ukraine, saying for the first time, they amount to genocide, something the kremlin categorically denies. with us now to talk about this is ambassador william taylor, former u.s. ambassador to ukraine. now vice president of russia and europe at the u.s. institute of peace. ambassador, it's always a pleasure to see you. what do you think the
significance is of biden changing his terminology and now mentioning the word "genocide"? >> jose, we know that president biden says what he thinks. he has said this before, said things like this before. he's accurately labeled president putin a war criminal, a thug. he has said that president putin should not be in power. and so now he has said, president biden has said that this is genocide. and again, he's right. president putin has said over and over, not only said, has written that he doesn't think that ukraine is a real nation and he's going to wipe it out. so this is what -- this is genocide. he not only has the intent, he's taken the actions. we see him killing, wantonly, civilians, women, children, civilians. this, jose, this is genocide. >> and so what does the fact
that the president of the united states label it as such, does it change anything, for example, how the united states supports the people of ukraine? in what ways does the united states maybe get more involved? is that a possibility because of the change? >> jose, we have seen just over the last two days, yesterday and today, an increase, another increase in the flow of weapons. we're talking about another 750 million of weapons, which i imagine will be useful in the eastern part of the country. that is the drones are now necessary to take on the tanks across this broad, open fields. so that's what labeling a genocide has done. if it's needed, another increase in intensity, another increase in the levels of our support, and the commitment that we've got to feeding putin and to supporting the ukrainians.
president zelenskyy has said, you know, it's a true leadership that president biden exerted true leadership when he spoke the truth about this genocide. so it folks on ukraine. it folks on u.s. policy and the u.s. actions, probably nato actions, european actions, as actions, european actions as well and it sends a message to the ukrainians that we are with them. >> and the message could be, for example, sending mi-17s, mi-24s or those migs that poland is willing to give and so far have not been given. those kinds of armaments would certainly have a direct impact on this genocide maybe not being carried out. >> absolutely. the way to stop genocide is to stop putin. he needs to be defeated, he needs to be defeated in eastern ukraine, he needs to be defeated
wherever he tries to attack. that's the way to stop genocide. and these weapons that you just described, jose, and others, again, armed drones i think are going to be very effective against those tanks coming across the step, coming out of russia, into ukraine and to the west. those drones and those other weapons that you just described, that's what's necessary. >> ambassador, i'm just wondering, the united nations concluded that syria at least 17 times used chemical weapons against its people, that russia was of course giving them those chemical weapons in 2013, russia signed on to no more use of chemical weapons. clearly they don't really care about the paper it's written on. i'm just thinking there's been so many incidents in the world where genocide or atrocities have been carried out. i'm thinking of srebrenica in
1995. there's been so little reaction to that. why is it taking so long for the world to see when genocide occurs, that it's occurring? >> you're right. and you have to defeat committing that genocide and that is general putin. the world was not willing or able to intervene and prevent those genocides. now we are willing. we are helping the ukrainians as much as we can, as much as we can to stop the russians and to stop this genocide. >> ambassador bill taylor, it is always a pleasure to see you. i thank you very much for your time. >> thank you, jose. >> coming up, details on alabama's new law making
at xfinity, we live and work in the same neighborhood as you. keep dreaming. we're always working to keep you connected to what you love. and now, we're working to bring you the next generation of wifi. it's ultra-fast. faster than a gig. supersonic wifi. only from xfinity. it can power hundreds of devices with three times the bandwidth. so your growing wifi needs will be met. supersonic wifi only from us... xfinity.
it's great to see you, yamiche. what did you learn today? >> reporter: alabama has passed the most restrictive and punitive law on medical care for transgender people. i've been talking to people who support the bill and those against it. one of the sponsors, wes allen, a lawmaker here, tells me this is about protecting children and making sure that people don't make decisions to take any sort of medical care until they are 19 years old, but i also talked to harley walker, a 15-year-old transgender girl who said the care that she's receiving is completely important to her life, that it is critical to her living the life as the person that she believes that she is, a woman, a young girl. here's what both of them had to say. >> we just doesn't believe their minds are really ready to make the decision about the lasting
effects of these powerful medications. and when they get to be 19, if they want to make the decision to go and take these medications and to go through the surgery, that's an adult decision made by adults. we're looking to help them flourish and be happy and accept their body and their sex. >> it's meant so much to me to get this care and it's almost saved me. just like any other medication, i need this for my physical and mental health. so to hear politicians who have no medical experience whatsoever, who probably haven't even known what gender affirming care is until the past year or so, just to hear them say they're not qualified makes no sense to me because i've had a team of five or six different doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, endocrinologists, pediatricians tell me, this is your journey, and you're fully qualified for this.
>> harley is on puberty blockers. she said if she loses her care, she would consider moving out of alabama, separating herself from her brother who is serving in the alabama national guard and has to remain in alabama. her family says it would be detrimental to harley and so many other transgender youths because they feel targeted by this bill. there are two lawsuits moving through the courts. the aclu says it's a violation of these people's constitutional right. there's a lot to talk about here, a lot going on. i should also note that this bill does not only target medical care, it is telling schools that students have to use the bathrooms that are assigned to the gender they were assigned at birth and also it says that schools have to limit what they talk about as it relates to gender and sexual orientation and that parents have to be notified if a student is saying they are transgender
or questioning their gender. in some way they say all of that makes it hard for transgender youth who are always acceptable for suicidal thought. >> thank you so much for being with us. i'm jose diaz-balart. be sure to follow the show on line. thank you for the privilege of your time. hallie jackson picks up with more news right now. as we come on the air, we're tracking that manhunt happening right now for the man named a suspect in that brooklyn subway shooting that left ten shot and 13 hurt. frank james, 62 years old is who they're looking for. three law enforcement officials are telling msnbc news he's the one who bought the gun left behind after the shooting. we'll break down all of the evidence they have to work with,