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watching, we really a pretty shot you. joining thank you very much. cher, that's tonight's last word. let that happen again, please. 11th hour, starts now. 11th hour, starts now. good evening once again, i am ali velshi, day 350 of the biden administration. tonight, the house committee investigating the capitol insurrection is now seeking information from fox news primetime host. the panel sent kennedy a letter asking for his voluntary cooperation and saying that it has information that he had, quote, advanced knowledge regarding president trump and his legal team is planning for january six. and the hannity had relevant communications while the right was underway and in the days there after. the committee described hannity as a fact witness. and adds that he is in
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possession of dozens of text messages that he sent to and received from the former white house chief of staff, mark meadows and others. last month, committee vice chair, liz cheney, read out loud one of the text messages from hannity to mark meadows sent during the capitol riot. >> according to the records, multiple fox hosts knew the president needed to act immediately. they texted mr. meadows. and he has turned over those text. can he make a statement? ask people to leave the capital? sean hannity urged. >> the committee's letter to hannity cites another takes to medals from december 31st 2020, in which kennedy appears to be referring to trump. quote, we can't lose the entire white house counsel's office. i do not see january six happening the way he is being told. after the six, he should
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announce that he will lead the nation wide effort to reform voting integrity. go to florida and watch joe mess of daily. stained gauged. when he speaks people listen. then, on the night before the insurrection. the committee says hannity set a stream of texas including one that read, quote, i am very worried about the next 48 hours. the committee says he texted mark meadows, quote, pence pressure. white house counsel will lead. the committee also said it appears hannity had a conversation with donald trump on january 10th, ten days before joe biden's inauguration. the panel says hannity also wrote mark meadows and republican congressman, jim jordan, saying quote, guys we have a clear path to land the plane in nine days. he can't mention the election again. ever. i did not have a good call with him today. and worse, i'm not sure what is left to do or say and i don't like not knowing if it truly
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understood. ideas? >> will the committee's letter to hannity also makes clear that it is not interested in asking him about his functional or his political views. we are also learning that the members of the january six panel also want to speak with former vice president mike pence. who did certify the results of the 2020 election despite the reported intense pressure campaign from trump and his allies to stop the process. >> there are people who had [inaudible] directed on the lawn of the capital. ostensibly to hang the vice president. this night was in danger. i would hope that he would do the right thing and come forward. and voluntarily talk to the committee. we would like to know what his security detail told him was
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going on. and what went on all night. i think it's important that the public needs to know. this was the number two person in government. >> now, the select committee tells nbc news that he has not formally asked mike pence for an interview. but if he offered, it would be gladly accepted. keep in mind that longtime pence aide and former chief of staff, mark, has already begun engaging with the panel. president had already been planning a press conference for thursday which was the first anniversary of the insurrection. he has now canceled that event. and says he will hold a rally later this month. tomorrow, the attorney general, merrick garland, was set to give a speech about the january six criminal investigation. more than 700 people have been arrested in connection to the events surrounding the insurrection. more than 150 had pleaded guilty, done since had been sentenced multi-for misdemeanor crimes. but, arizona democratic congresswoman, reuben diego said the doj in garland had not
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done enough. >> i think merrick garland had been extremely weak and i think there should be a lot more of the organizers of january six that should be arrested by now. we have a very obstruction republican party that should be part of helping us decide how to save democracy instead of trying to cover up for their crimes. and you have again, an attorney general who is feckless and has not been helpful in preserving our democracy. also tonight, the united states had reached alarming mice don't. over 1 million new covid cases were reported on monday. the record single day total could run like delay reporting from the delayed holidays. testing is still in short supply. the white house says that it is still working on setting up its plan to distribute 500 million free at home tests. >> i'm testing. i know this remains frustrating. believe me, it's frustrating to me. but we are making improvements.
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and in the last two weeks, we still have federal testing sites all over the country. we are adding more each and every day. google covid test near me. go there. go on covid test near me, and find the site where you can get a test. >> we've got a doctor standing by to take all our questions on the latest regarding the pandemic later in the hour. but with, that let's bring in our lead off guests on this tuesday night, ashley parker pulitzer prize-winning bureau chief with the washington post. eugene daniels, white house correspondent for politico. and former united states attorney, joyce alene vance, who spent 25 years as a federal prosecutor. she hosts the podcasts sisters in law. along with kimberly atkins, jill wine-banks, and barbara queen. good evening to you. all let start with the text which some of the january six committee has. some of which that they are
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asking for between sean hannity, donald trump, mark meadows and others in trump world. i would say, from reading sean hannity side of the texas it looks like he might have been the adult in the room trying to call this thing off and indicating to everybody around that this is what he thought was going to happen on january six and did not look like the right pam. >> these text messages and emails certainly illustrate the proposition that as a prosecutor, as an investigator, if you don't go looking for evidence you are certainly not going to find it. and sometimes when you go looking the five things that do surprise you. because the tenor of these communications really makes very concrete, something that we all know that there are plans circulating to try and prevent certification of the election. the shows just how serious they were and the people who are on the former president appreciated the danger, appreciated that they might not come off. and that there is perhaps this heightened level of awareness
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that the big lie was in fact just that. finding proof to illustrate that point as critical. not just through congress's work and telling the american people the story of what happened but also for any potential prosecution. that sort of proof looms large. >> ashley parker, on air, a generous extent, the committee member, adam schiff, described on hannity as more than a fox host when describing his relationship between hannity and trump. what are these texas telling you about that relationship? it seems there was direct conversation and if he refers to them in his text as phone conversations. we know that donald trump was not a big text or or email or. we know that from list cheney, ivanka trump was trying to get donald trump to intervene in what was happening on january six. but what more have we learned as a result of the release of these texts? >> well, from these texts with hannity and even previous text
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from other fox news hosts like ingram, what we learned is that these were certainly not objective. they were unofficial advisers in former president trump's orbit. this is something that was common with him. this would four straight people and many chief of staff in the white house at the time. that former president trump was as likely to take legal advice, policy advice, political advice from someone like sean hannity. from someone like laura ingraham. his policy counsel from his national security team and his political advisers and swell as the chief of staff, this is how the white house operated for those who covered it. and these text just sort of tell us in detail the specifics of some of these conversations. it also tell us how close former president trump was to some of these fox news personalities. >> eugene daniels, what is
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going on in the white house about this? the white house has kept fairly deliberately away from the proceedings of the january six commission and what the department of justice is doing in terms of this investigation and prosecution about people who have been charged in connection with january six. but at this point, these revelations make this thing hotter? what does the white house do about it? >> i mean, at this point they continue to do what they are doing. trying to stay out of it. they want to make sure that they don't seem able to be putting their finger on the scale. they are completely knowledgeable of the fact that if they do almost anything republicans are going to lynch on to that. it is important that when these investigations come out and finish we need to say that president biden did something here. i think they are reticent to lean into any of the stuff. but they are talking about a lot and thinking about it all the time. one, this was an election which they won. it is an extension threat to that. but also more importantly to
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the white house they talk about it as something that is next essential to democracy, right? they don't want to be -- they want to talk about how they don't want to be the last democratic president. so they think about it in part of the larger context. and so they are going to stay out of it, let that play out. and also, i think that we're going to see president biden at the white house started tight threads together from january six to other things. like voting rights, for example. you have president biden on january six making statements and doing a speech as possible. but i've been told that is something that they're looking to do. they are making it very clear that the push to federal voting rights in this country is something that we need to do because of january six. the use of january six is the perfect example of why you need to pick some of the other issues that we have in this country. that is kind of where they
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think they're going to stay at this point. >> joyce, let's talk about how hannity didn't talk about this. any reason for him to not cooperate? the committee has made clear that they don't really care about the show. they don't care about his political opinions. they want to know who knew what and when they knew. it is hard to draw the line. i will just play media lawyer for a moment and say that there are legitimate first amendment concerns when a member of the press is subpoenaed for testimony. in this situation, i think that the discussion that congress is drawing is less the hannity is a fact witness and more that he was going to huts with this day job and his night job. he was on television. whether that was as a newscaster or as a talk show host, he himself had waited in the past that he wasn't really a reporter as much as he was a talk show guy. but there is a second had that
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congress is focusing on here. and that is his role as an adviser to the president of the united states. it is hard to characterize it as anything else. it was an informal role. it was from outside of the white house. he is certainly not entitled to any form of executive privilege but it becomes clear in the course of these communications that hannity is giving advice to the president of the united states and congress wants to know more about that relationship and those communications. >> ashley, i do want to ask you about this. joyce does bring out the fears and concerns about trampling on the first amendment stuff, hannity has got friends and enemies. how do you think about this in terms of going to a media personality and determining what role they may have had in a political activity? >> i believe that is what hannity's lawyer is arguing. basically, this would be a violation in the first amendment rights issue.
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which is certainly the argument that lawyer is able to make. i think the challenge with someone like former president trump is -- he so did blur these lines. i'm certainly not an expert in rendering my opinion on that, but again, the way this has work that someone was sent to me something that is very frustrating. they said, former president trump is as likely to have his sons wife bringing her sorority sisters to the oval office an inquiry them on what they should do on afghanistan and take their advice as he has to take the advice of a general. this was maddening for the people who were actually hired to a certain expertise to perform those roles. and i think, here again, you see the blurring of the signs. and this could be a legal complication. >> eugene, bloomberg is reporting that the january six committee is considering holding public hearings. we know that they're holding public hearings in the new year. but they are planning on
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thinking about doing it in prime time there is an effort here by this committee that we heard by chuck schumer yesterday to make america understand that we think this happened a year ago is ongoing. that there is still forces particularly in the republican party that are trying to undermine the election. there is still a very large portion of americans who doubt the legitimacy of joe biden as president. do you think that's a good study for the committee? i don't know if that's a good or bad strategy, but i know this committee wants to make sure that people don't forget about what happened on january 6th. when you talk to everyday americans about that day, they don't -- many of them have kind of moved on. we're in the middle of a pandemic, they're thinking about their kitchen table issues, so this is been an attempt by this committee, from the very first hearing that they did have, starting with officers who were hurt that day, emotional testimony to remind people about how bad this was. i think the idea of putting it
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in primetime is exactly that, making sure that people are home to see these things. hearing, straight from the horse's mouth, wherever the horses may be, what happened that day, and most importantly why it's important for this committee to do its work. making sure that this doesn't happen. again that is at the core of with the committee is working, on not just investigating before invests january 6th, but most importantly, making sure that the people who were a part of it are publicly shamed so, that people know what happened. so, if anybody else has ideas of this, there are possible consequences. whether those consequences are legal, which is different from what the committee is doing, or political. at this, point in the republican party, there's almost no political ramifications for participating in the january 6th. so, this is an attempt that culminated to some of. that >> actually, there was a lot of americans who are
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relieved to hear that donald trump wasn't going to be holding an event on january 6th. guess what happened to cancel this news conference that he was going to hold, at mar-a-lago, to commemorate, or mark, or something to do with january 6th? >> well, it's worth noting that some of those relieved americans include republican lawmakers, and trump's own advisers. this was a news conference that he's -- he didn't have a particularly clear message, that he wanted to drive, other than he wanted to re-frame, as he has been doing all year, and basically whitewash the events on january 6th, highlighting his falsely flames of election fraud. even his aides, he was trying to turn it into the spectacle and circus, for which would be beyond inappropriate, on such a
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somber day. so, ultimately, -- he said he's going to bring out all of his grievances again, at an upcoming rally in arizona. but, -- one other thing that i will say, some of his advisers were taken aback by how many members of the media who said they would go, it was a sense that there was going out of control, in a way that it would benefit the former president. >> thank you to the three of you, ashley parker, eugene dad you'll's, and joyce vance. we appreciate you joining us on the 11th. our this year -- only a handful of people knew was coming on january, six why one senator is calling out senators by name, for dancing on the edge of overturning democracy. later, one of the nations leading pediatricians here to talk about skyrocketing covid cases, and the strength of the
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latest surge is putting on hospitals in schools around the country. the 11th hour, just getting underway, on a tuesday night. on a tuesday night
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when you switch to xfinity mobile. talk with our helpful switch squad at your the attack on january 6th was local xfinity store today. not a one-off. it did not materialize, out of the blue. on the contrary, january 6th was a symptom of a much broader illness that has now infected the modern republican party. an effort to de-legitimize our elections, rooted in donald trump's big lie. >> democrats are taking their efforts to defend democracy to the senate floor, ahead of thursdays january 6th anniversary. brian schatz is going so far as to call two of his republican colleagues, by name, for their efforts to delegitimized the 2020 election. >> the electoral college certification is supposed to be the functional equivalent of a
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swearing in. it's where the thing gets made official, but it's not like any decisions are supposed to be made that day. but, zahau leanne cruz and others with their on limited ambition, their big brains, and they're supposed expertise in the constitution were dancing on the edge of overturning democracy itself. >> when this tonight, david plouffe, former obama campaign manager, senior adviser to the president, and michael steele, former chairman of the -- former lieutenant governor, of maryland, he's a host of the michael steele podcast. good evening to both of you, thank you for being with us. it's good to see you, friends. david, let's talk about this. there's a split focus in the senate, right now. we're talking about holding a vote by martin luther king day, on changing the rules of the senate, eliminating the filibuster, which seems like a bigger thing than, changing the rules of the senate. there's also a number of democrats who are talking about
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bringing back build back better, and getting this done. we've heard from joe manchin about it, we've heard from the white house about it. where should the focus, be right now? there's no reason that they >> both can't get done. i think the energy right now, because all focuses on january 6th, schumer as laid out a deadline, or at least a loose deadline, on mlk day, that seems to be next on. deck it's essential. if there is not a way to stop the filibuster, and the mansions, in cinemas, and other democrats, and there are other democratic senators who's professing concerned about that. they have all the permission structure they need to stand up in front of a microphone and say, i did not want to do this. what's clear is, when we look down the road to january 6th, 2025, if we don't have in the senate, we're going to have another six insurrection, another kook, and that won't be successful, and marcus you will. win so get that gun, protect our democracy. there's likely going to be the
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ability to come together, on a narrow, or slightly less expensive, build back better plan. the important thing is talk to the american people about what's in, it and who benefits from, and not just what it costs. i think it's essential to do both of those things. it is in a second election year, so washington, from an legislative standpoint, is not going to be supremely busy. we've got plenty of opportunity over the 60 united asa get these done. voting rights is next. again, it's to make sure it's not too hard for people to vote. most importantly, it's to make sure half of republicans and state legislators -- they're going to decide who wins the election. mitch mcconnell spoke to them today, saying, he didn't think legislators will go against the will of the. people look around, man, all around the country that's what's happening. they're preparing to be successful this time, and they're cool. tempt >> michael, let's talk about that. mitch mcconnell told reporters, earlier today, quote, we spray
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based on today -- that he's going to try and break the senate, break the legislative filibuster or, to make some sort of narrow exception. there is no such thing as a narrow exception. michael, i would say that, many people have not given much thought to what the accession should be to the filibuster, but we've come up with a few, this year. voting rights, and abortion. how should the average person, -- how do you think about? it >> they made an exception, when they raise the debt ceiling. they just did that a few weeks ago. i mean, you know, this is such a joke. mcconnell got jokes in the beginning of the new year. look, the reality of it is, and breaking the senate, the senate's been broke for sometime. it is not because of the filibuster, it's because no one wants to govern. no one wants to legislate, everyone wants to do politics, 24/7. raise money, store of the base,
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win an election, and do nothing again. this is the cycle that we are in. look, if the democrats can get their collective act together, and focus on the most important thing in front of us, it's not build back better, it's not infrastructure, it's the damn vote. if you figure out, if you figure that part out, and you say, look, for the sake of everything that's important to this under lying, and the underpinnings of this democracy, then we are going to do this, then do it. you'll have the american people behind you. don't worry about the child -- the crazy guy in the corner screaming, in talking to himself. focus on with the american people need, right now, in front of them, to be done. once you do that, the other pieces will begin to fall in place, politically. to davis's point, the calendar, the clock, the politics will all dictate what happens after
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that. trust me, the democrats will be in a better position to create the kind of narrative to at least engage in a fight that they can have a chance of winning, in terms of keeping the house, this november, then where they are right now. >> and this is an important point. david and michael are staying with. us when we come back, we'll talk about how understanding income into the bottom of what happened, almost a year ago, on january 6th, affects what's going to happen in the midterm elections, and in 2024. that is when the 11th hour continues. continues.
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have farmed on may 1st. and it's a coalition of america first. secretary of state candidates around the country were getting the word out. the people are excited that there is somebody doing something behind the scenes to try to fix 2020, like president trump said. >> david plouffe is back with us, he's a former president obama campaign manager. senior visor to president obama. michael steele is with us. chairman of the republican national committee and the former lieutenant governor and host of the michael steele podcast. david plouffe, that was jim marshall. he's a secretary of state candidate in nevada. i was talking to steve bannon, sounds like a great idea. a coalition of america first secretary of state. from naming and branding perspective it's sounds
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perfect. but he's actually talking about secretary of states who are running on a platform to finish the job that he said donald trump didn't do. a job that seems to involve overturning the will of the people and suppressing peoples votes. >> yes, ali, they don't really hide this at all. i guess that's a better name than ambassadors of a top rusty. back to our prior discussion, the republicans, again, they are republicans who are opposing what is happening at the state level. want to get to the bottom of january, so let's be clear. most republicans, elected republicans, are passing laws in the state to make it harder for people to vote. and in some cases, take away the responsibility for who wins elections for voters and state legislators. they are putting forward people like that clown you just showed were running not to just make sure people get registered to vote or process elections, but to basically be the troops on the ground in these states. to support an effort to
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overturn the next elections if the republicans don't win. -- so the republicans are [inaudible] everywhere. they're doing it methodically, and they are getting ready. it is kind of like a heads on her head swim tells you lose. there are preparing to basically never see power. and that is what this is about. if there are able to successfully prosecute a coup, we could have donald trump and then donald trump jr. and then ivanka trump. and also banned trump. and you can see that's crazy. i think for a lot of -- the democrats in congress have to act with the same urgency that the republicans are asking for out of the state. and the entire media ecosystem which is saying that the january six was nothing but -- it is very very dangerous. but i would tell you this, the protection of our democracy doesn't have it in washington. whether your swing voter or
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democrats are not sure they are going to vote. to me, there is nothing that could be more demotivating than saying, yes democracy is at risk and we just couldn't get it done to save. it honestly, you would not question why people would sit out the next election. they have to get this done. most important but also for the politics. >> so, michael, this is worrisome on a number of levels because there was secretary of state who were the last line of defense in some states in this last election. but more importantly, there are some democrats who are talking about what david was just talking about. they don't really think democracy itself is at stake. and there is a lot of republicans who don't think so either. so they go to the polls as normal in november of this year and at some point they may have contributed to the demise of democracy by reelecting reelecting republicans like the sky we just heard from in nevada. who will then finish the job. at which point, we are further away from democracy than we are today. >> ali, you reach such a good question and point.
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what the hell happened on january six? what did you see? how did you look at that? were you cheering it on in your living room? where were you damn concerned about the richness that this country was potentially heading? you had a sitting president of the united states trying to overthrow the government. that was because he, in his arrogance for power, wanted to stay in power. and for elected officials, especially elected republicans who argue constitutional principles in the rule of law, to sit there and do a golf clap about it and pretend it didn't happen was just tourists coming through the building -- what the hell do you think happens in 2022, 2023, 2024? americans don't understand and internalize what they saw. this is the most stressful part.
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the most restful part is trying to get people to appreciate just how dangerously close we are. this is not a hyperbole, people. the gentleman that you just saw said he wants to finish the work of donald trump from 2020. what's the hell do you think that means? >> yeah. he is saying the quiet parts completely out loud. and i think, hopefully people are coming to the conclusion that democracy itself is going to be on the ballot come november. thanks to both of you. as always it's good to see you both, david plouffe, and michael steele coming up we're going to put covid numbers in context with one of the nation's top experts. when the 11th hour continues. en the 11th hour continues
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marilyn hit a record high of 3000, 57 covid hospitalizations. at which is an increase of more than 500% in the last seven weeks. and which is now overwhelming
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normal operations at hospitals. the truth is that the next 4 to 6 weeks will be the most challenging time of the entire pandemic. >> maryland's governor, mary hogan, declaring a 30-day state of emergency to combat a surge in covid infections. so far, the rate of increase in new cases still largely up pieces hospitalization. but the current increase is straining hospital systems. the washington post reports tonight, quote, more than 112,000 americans were hospitalized with covid-19. the highest level since last year's punishing winter wave. the current figure represents a roughly 25% increase in hospitalizations over last week's level. back with us is doctor irwin redlener, founding director of columbia's center of disaster preparedness. he advises those on public health. he's also professor at albert einstein college of medicine.
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doctor irwin redlener, it's good to see you. we've known each other for a long time. i'm not a man of science, i'm amanda members. and right now the numbers speak for themselves. people are getting multi versions of this virus but they are not that worried about it. and, yet we have 1 million new cases in the last 24 hours, which tells you that even if a small number of those people are hospitalized we are putting pressure on the medical system that we can't help and handle. >> the thing is it is not actually such a small number. it's a large enough number, in fact, that many hospitals are already overwhelmed. and the prospects for the next few weeks are not good. we are just going to keep seeing a rise in the omicron version. more delta is still around as well but we are far from done with this current surge, ali. >> what do we do about it? what is the real practical application of straining the health care system this way. i think about it on a personal level. if one needs some kind of
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emergency treatment and shows up at a hospital or gets up and is taken at the hospital, but the high so you beds are taken up by people who are suffering from covid, then that is going to affect us. >> yes, right. i visited the hospital in new york city just last week. here's what we found. there was one full floor of covid patients. they were multi-people who had been unvaccinated. the icu floor had also covid patients every single one of them was unvaxed. the emergency room was filled up. the point you are making could not meet more important, ali. which is that if you have chesapeake's, if you are in a car accident and you need urgent emergency care and you are being crowded up by people who are there because they haven't gotten vaccinated, that is so in acceptable. and so difficult for the whole system to accommodate. we have to get more people vaccinated. that has been true since the beginning of the since we have the vaccine. and we have to make sure that
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people who are not sick are not actually going to the hospital if at all possible. erwin, dr. peter hotez, who's been working the vaccine world for a long time, had seen saying the last couple years, he's not surprised by the fact that there's an anti-vaccine movement in the vaccine. he's been subject to a four decades, he was really surprised at the intersection of vaccine hesitancy and politics. you tweeted the same thing on monday, january 1st. you're focused on pet controlling the pandemic and keeping everybody healthy, but i'm deeply concerned about the one six insurrection what it says about where our country is going. you're worried about these two things being threats to the way we live. >> yes, i am. i don't think we've ever seen anything like this. first of all, we're seeing simultaneously, extraordinary pair of crises. one of which is the pandemic. the other one, is very threatening existentially to
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america's democracy, and that is what happened on january 6th and what was behind. it here we are, trying to balance some sense of what to do with two huge crises. the other thing, we've never seen this before in american history, the intrusion of politics. partisan politics. crazy politics from the likes of governor desantis, -- better views political perspectives to deflect people from doing the one thing we know works, which is to get vaccinated, to get tested, to wear masks in indoor spaces. it is in really, in a certain sense, beyond -- it really in the domain of communicators and media, who need to -- we all need to do a much better job of explaining to people what's at stake. listening to governor desantis, you want to pull your hair out. it's absolutely intolerable,
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and dangerous. >> he so arguing that masking is not necessary. you a pediatrician, an expert on crises and how it affects kids, we are back in a place where we're not sure, should kids go to school, should they stay home? parents of course, this is still part of this issue on why people are not fully back at work, parents are not sure what to do with their kids. you're an expert on this, what are we supposed to do? >> well, let's say the first premise is, every child in america needs to go to school, every single day, in person. let's start with that. what would keep a child from going to school? if a child has positive, they will need to go out of school for a few days. we no longer think about trying to shut down the school, or even the classroom. we have called, test and stay. so, if your child is exposed to somebody in school, who tested positive, your child can get tested. if he or she is negative, they need to stay in school.
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in other words, all policies, which are right now quite a patchwork, among various cities in school districts, policies must be directed to keeping children in the classroom, for the reasons that you're talking about. also, for the reason that children need to be educated. many children, can't or won't be educated remotely. they need to be in their seats, in the class. >> erwin, it's always good to see you. always great to talk to you. i do it for a day when we could talk as frequently as we do, but not about this. erwin, -- national center for disaster preparedness, he advise us on public. off coming, up we'll hear from some of the travelers who are stranded overnight, in standstill traffic, on i-95 in virginia. that is when the 11th hour continues. continues.
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hate is one orange, and the only liquid had that eyes one 60 not stop to. pepper >> -- finally returning to the capital this, afternoon after, he along with thousands of drivers, we're stuck overnight, in standstill traffic, on i-95, in virginia. our local affiliate in -- snow, rain and sleet or falling early more unknown and traffic is moving along on southbound i-95, until several tractor trailers jackknifed in stafford at about 8:20 am. the interstate reopened earlier tonight, after crews cleared vehicles off the roadway. our report tonight, from nbc correspondent, tom costello, in virginia. >> an epic traffic disaster,
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playing out over the last 36 hours, in virginia. thousands of cars, brought to a standstill, by that massive storm dropping a foot of snow on the d.c. region. overwhelming road crews, trapping thousands of people. the elderly, kids in, pets in cars. it started last night, a c is static red tail lights, in freezing temps. by morning through most of the day, they barely budged. overhead, nbc news shopper, >> some folks stuck in their vehicles overnight, with little food no water. >> and no restrooms. the affected highway, a 50 mile stretch of i-95, from caroline county to dump freeze, with few hours romps, drivers had no escape. even the side roads are clogged. we >> have little kids and we're doing the best that we can. of course, those are the people who need assistance more than we. do >> among the thousands trapped for 20 hours or longer, this family driving from boston to florida, watching the sunrise from 7 am, the kids
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asleep in the backseat. >> we got here about 9:00, last night. we have been moved. so, that's kind of how it's. been >> also stuck for more than 26 hours, senator tim kaine. >>'s families with kids, families with seniors in the car, people with medical issues, people are running out of gas. >> sisters, gabrielle, and noelle bundled up in blankets to save their limited gas, playing video games to pass the time. >> everyone, over here, is sharing food. they're walking throughout the lanes, passing snacks. out >> finally, slow moving on the roads, and slow go on the skies too. another 1400 flight cancellations today, after 3000 yesterday. january 4th, and families are still trying to get home, from the holidays. >> tom costello, thank you for that. coming up, the end of an era for some groundbreaking devices, that many of us use to rely on. when the 11th hour continues.
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when i got there. i was the first president have a blackberry, and so, years pass, and nobody else has blackberries. i still have the clip on the belt. >> the last thing before we go tonight, former president obama, she loved his blackberry. he used it on the campaign trail, in 2008.
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he won a hard-fought battle with his age, to bring in with him to the white house. from celebrities, to ceos, anyone who is anyone, had a blackberry back then. there were 80 million blackberry users, at its peak, in 2012. texting emailing became so convenient, people had a hard time putting their blackberries down, earning them the nickname, crack very. the founders of the company, who made the revolutionary, device were famously defensive of the iphone when it was launched. they bet heavily on the fact that users wouldn't abandon the hard keys, in favor of the keyboard this touchscreen. they were wrong. very wrong. so, as of today, blackberry has discontinued service, for its once beloved, classic devices. the washington post explains, devices running on blackberries legacy operating systems and software, will no longer reliably function. the company, which has since pivoted to enterprise software
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-- reminded uses a news release, and late december. all devices won't be able to send a text message or dial 9-1-1, placing them firmly in the realm of the arcane, in the company of floppy disks and rotary phones. you might still be able to play brick breaker though. i myself, remain a black where user, i enjoy using the keyboard. i'm famously proud of the company, because it comes from canada, just like me. the good news, if your blackberry runs on android software, like this one does, you can still use it. today, we say rest in peace to the original blackberry phones, 2002, to 2022. that is our broadcast for this tuesday night, with our thanks -- for being with us. on behalf of all my colleagues, with the networks and we see news, goodnight. tonight on all in, i beg you shawn to remember the frame of
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mind that you're in when you wrote that text on january six. >> we have more hannity techs. >> he was more than a fox host, he was also the confident advisor, campaigner for former president. >> new messages from sean hannity weren't released by the january six committee. new questions about exactly what he knew about trump's plans. >> quote, can he make a statement. ask people to leave the capitol. sean hannity urged. >> tonight, as the committee officially asked kennedy to cooperate. congressman adam schiff joins me on that. >> so, what are we going to do here? i only need 11,000 votes. fellas, i need 11,000 votes. give me a break. >> from threatening state officials to interfering with congress. >> and i hope mike pence comes through for us. i have to tell you. >>


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