Join Brian Williams as he delivers the latest pertinent updates on evolving news stories and places the major political events of the day into context for viewers.
Biden says the Jan. 6 Committee subpoena holdouts should be prosecuted and a Capitol Police officer is charged with obstructing the investigation. The President was returning from a trip selling his spending bill – which he conceded would likely be smaller than the $3.5 trillion plan he wanted. Meanwhile an FDA panel recommends a J&J Covid booster shot for adults. Susan Page Cynthia Alksne, Dr. Irwin Redlener, Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, Bill Kristol and Rick Wilson join.
The 42nd president's spokesperson says he is “on the mend.” Back in Washington, the Jan 6 Committee has begun the referral process to hold Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress after he defied the Select Committee's subpoena. The other three Trump allies had their depositions postponed. And an FDA advisory panel is recommending Moderna boosters for some people. Eugene Daniels, Kimberly Atkins Stohr, Barbara McQuade, Don Calloway, Mark McKinnon and Dr. Vin Gupta all join.
Depositions for the first four subpoenaed Trump aides come due tomorrow and Friday. Former Trump advisor Steve Bannon has already indicated he will defy the summons. Rep. Adam Schiff has said the Committee intends to respond with criminal referrals to the Justice Department. Meanwhile, the Biden agenda is stalled on Capitol Hill and the FDA weighs booster data for the Moderna and J&J vaccines. Yamiche Alcindor, Claire McCaskill, Robert Costa, Eugene Robinson, Tim Miller and Dr. Peter Hotez join.
The FDA is weighing booster shots for those who got Moderna and J&J this week. Also, the Texas governor's ban on vaccine mandates tees up a legal battle with the federal government. And former Trump aides may also face legal consequences for snubbing subpoenas from the Select Committee on January 6th. Peter Baker, A.B. Stoddard, Dr. Kavita Patel, Juanita Tolliver, Stuart Stevens and John McKown all join.
An anonymous letter from a U.S. Capitol Police officer outlined the failures of leadership at the agency leading up to and during the riot. While this weekend, former President Trump renewed his false claim of 2020 election fraud. Meanwhile, the Biden agenda remains stalled on the hill. Philip Rucker, Jackie Alemany, Paul Butler, Robert Gibbs, Mike Murphy and Dr. Nahid Bhadelia all join.
The Biden Administration denied former President Trump's attempt to use executive privilege to prevent his former allies from appearing before the January 6 Select Committee. The leaders of the committee have threatened to issue criminal referrals for at least Steve Bannon. And as Capitol Hill moves past the debt crisis, Democrats are still at odds with each other over the Biden Agenda. Eugene Daniels, Jeremy Peters, Cynthia Alksne, Don Calloway, Michael Steele and Fiona Hill all join.
A new Senate report lays out, in stunning detail, the work Trump did has he tried to subvert the 2020 election just as the former president is reportedly pressuring aides to not cooperate with the House select committee investigating January 6th. Plus, Pfizer is now seeking approval for its Covid vaccine on kids ages 5-11 years old. Joining the program is Sam Stein, Daniel Goldman, Kimberly Atkins Stohr, James Carville, Mark McKinnon, and Dr. Vin Gupta.
A federal judge has temporarily halted the Texas law nearly banning all abortion. The state has appealed that judge's decision. Plus, Mitch McConnell has finally given Democrats the offer of a deal to keep the United States from defaulting on its debt, something economic experts say would be economically devastating for the globe. We discuss that and more with Peter Baker, Susan Page, Claire McCaskill, Eugene Robinson, Tim Miller, and Dr. Kavita Patel.
Mitch McConnell is still standing in the way of raising the U.S. debt ceiling on money Republicans spent under Trump while blaming Democrats. But the Senate veteran in the White House knows the game the minority leader is playing. We discuss that and more with Yamiche Alcindor, Robert Costa, Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, David Plouffe, and Stuart Stevens. Plus, former Trump White House Secretary Stephanie Grisham joins to discuss her book about the chaos of the Trump White House.
A Facebook whistleblower set to testify to a Senate panel says the company put profits over safety as the social media giant experiences an hours long outage. Plus, the president and Congress are still at odds over his agenda as Democrats and Republicans trade shots over the debt limit. We're joined by Philip Rucker, Kara Swisher, A.B. Stoddard, Cornell Belcher, Al Franken, Susan Del Percio, and Dr. Céline Gounder.
Democrats are still divided over dollar amounts on the Biden agenda, despite a visit from the president to Capitol Hill. We discuss with Peter Baker, Kimberly Atkins Stohr, Evan Osnos, Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, Bill Kristol, and Michael Osterholm.
After speaker Pelosi pledged a Thursday vote on Biden's infrastructure plan, a divide between progressives and Sens. Manchin and Sinema seemed to completely derail that plan. We discuss with and much more with Shannon Pettypiece, Ashley Parker, Robert Costa, Juanita Tolliver, Matthew Dowd, and Dr. Vin Gupta.
Democrats on Capitol Hill are struggling to come to an agreement with their fellow senators Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin as Biden's economic agenda hangs in the balance. Plus, as the House Select Committee investigating January 6th issues new subpoenas, the FBI and Homeland Security Department issued warnings about domestic extremism. We discuss that and more with Peter Baker, Susan Page, Frank Figliuzzi, Eugene Robinson, Stuart Stevens, and Dr. Murtaza Akther.
Military leaders testified on Capitol Hill about the withdrawal on Afghanistan as lawmakers continue to wrangle over the possibilities of a government shutdown and the nation going into default. Plus, legendary musician Stevie Van Zandt joins the program to discuss his new memoir, 'Unrequited Infatuations.' Also joining the program is Eugene Daniels, A.B. Stoddard, Gen. Barry McCaffrey, and Dr. Irwin Redlener.
Democrats are blasting Senate Republicans who all voted against a bill that would fund the government and avoid U.S. default. Plus, at a White House event where he got his Covid booster shot, Pres. Biden spoke of their importance but added it's still critical that those who are unvaccinated get their first shots. Joining the program are Philip Rucker, Lisa Lerer, Jon Meacham, Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, Mike Murphy, and Dr. Nahid Bhadelia.
The Biden White House says it will cooperate with work with the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol insurrection despite Trump's attempts to claim executive privilege. Plus, with Republicans united against the president's economic agenda, Biden is still struggling to unite Democrats on his key agenda items. Joining the program are Jonathan Lemire, Susan Page, Cynthia Alksne, Don Calloway, Bill Kristol, and Dr. Kavita Patel.
The House committee investigating the Capitol insurrection has subpoenas for Trump insiders Steve Bannon, Mark Meadows, Dan Scavino, and Kashyap Patel. Plus, Maricopa County, AZ announced late tonight that a draft report of the GOP-backed so-called audit confirms Biden's 2020 win in that county. Joining to discuss that and more is Ashley Parker, Clint Watts, Barbara McQuade, Robert Gibbs, Michael Steele, and Dr. Nahid Bhadelia.
Republicans on the Hill have offered Democrats exactly zero votes to stop both a government shutdown and the default of the U.S. government, yet McConnell is trying to blame Democrats. We discuss that and the latest on Covid vaccine boosters with Peter Baker, Claire McCaskill, Eugene Robinson, and Dr. Peter Hotez. Bob Woodward and Robert Costa also join to discuss their book "Peril" on Trump's final dark days in office.
With a pandemic still ongoing, Democrats divided over his agenda, Republicans opposing legislation to ensure the financial health of the nation, and his first speech to the United Nation as president, Biden is facing his most critical moment in office yet. We discuss that and more with Lisa Lerer, Dr. Irwin Redlener, Jon Meacham, Juanita Tolliver, Stuart Stevens, and Charles Blow.
Pfizer has released data the company says shows a lower dose Covid vaccine is safe and effective on children ages 5-11. Plus, Biden is preparing to speak to the United Nations for the first time as president. MSNBC's Brian Williams is joined by Philip Rucker, Yamiche Alcindor, Dr. Céline Gounder, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, David Plouffe, and Tim Miller.
An FDA panel has voted against Covid boosters for the general population for now, but in favor of boosters for those at high risk and age 65 and older. We discuss that, look at the security preparations in Washington ahead of a pro-January 6 rally, and much more with Jonathan Lemire, Gen. Barry McCaffrey, Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, Don Calloway, Bill Kristol, and George Will.
Federal authorities are reportedly on watch for the possibility of violence at a September 18 rally being planned that is in support of the January 6 Capitol insurrectionist. Plus, military reservists and National Guard are being deployed to help some hospitals overwhelmed with Covid cases. We discuss that and much more with Shannon Pettypiece, Clint Watts, Dr. Irwin Redlener, James Carville, Mark McKinnon, and Dr. Vin Gupta.
President Biden is back the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs after a new book detailed his calls to China during the final days of the Trump administration to assure them no conflict would be coming. Plus, we look at the latest news on Covid boosters and SpaceX's new history-making all-civilian mission into space. Joining the program are Yamiche Alcindor, Peter Baker, John Heilemann, Eugene Robinson, Stuart Stevens, Dr. Stephen Sample, and Cal Perry.
NBC News projects that California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has survived a Republican-led effort to recall him from office. Steve Kornacki, Jacob Soboroff, Mike Murphy, A.B. Stoddard, Philip Rucker, and Seema Mehta all join.
Monday night saw President Biden head to California to stump for Gov. Gavin Newsom who is facing a recall vote. Washington will no doubt watch the vote carefully for any insight the results might provide about 2022 midterms and beyond. Ashley Parker, Lisa Lerer, Frank Figliuzzi, Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, Matthew Dowd, and Dr. Kavita Patel join to discuss that and much more.
President Biden urges unity, even as he defends his plan to increase vaccinations from Republican backlash. Virus transmission remains high and the CDC says that unvaccinated people are 11 times more likely to die from Covid-19. And, compared to 20 years ago, Americans are far more divided and pessimistic about the country's direction. Eugene Daniels, Peter Bergen, Jon Meacham, Dr. Nahid Bhadelia and Michael Beschloss all join.
A new vaccine mandate strengthened the vaccine requirements for federal workers and instructs businesses with more than 100 employees to require vaccinations or regular testing. The plan already faces resistance from the right on the local and national level. Meanwhile, the U.S. Capitol prepares for a rally in support of 1-6 rioters and the Department of Justice sued Texas over the new abortion law. Yamiche Alcindor, Cynthia Alksne, Clint Watts, Dr. Irwin Redlener and Michael Moore all join.
President Biden went to New York and New Jersey to survey damage from the remnants of Hurricane Ida. He advocated for his infrastructure proposals to protect against future worsening natural disasters. But as the House and Senate return from the August recess, his main agenda items are facing challenges on Capitol Hill. And the delta variant continues to spread, with 95% of U.S. counties showing a high level of Covid-19 transmission. Phil Rucker, Eugene Robinson, A.B. Stoddard, Dr. Irwin Redlener, Susan Glasser and Peter Baker all join.
After the Supreme Court failed to block a controversial Texas law effectively banning abortions in that state, Democratic leaders including the president and the House Speaker are vowing to protect women's reproductive rights. The president is also calling for action on climate change citing the unprecedented deadly floods from the aftermath of Hurricane Ida and the raging wildfires in California. Joining the program are Shannon Pettypiece, Jeremy Bash, Jacob Ward, Neal Katyal, Cornell Belcher, Mark McKinnon, and Dr. Vin Gupta.
Trying to move on from the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Biden administration faces a slew of issues including the push for voting rights, climate change, continued concerns for national security following the Capitol insurrection, the continued Covid pandemic and much more. We're joined by Yamiche Alcindor, Frank Figliuzzi, Joyce Vance, Joe Valiente, Eugene Robinson, Susan Del Percio, and Dr. Nahid Bhadelia.
In a speech to the nation, the president offered a strong defense of his Afghanistan withdrawal policy despite continued criticism from both sides of the aisle. Biden also again lauded the military in his remarks. We discuss that and much more with Ashley Parker, A.B. Stoddard, Ben Rhodes, Dr. Irwin Redlener, Juanita Tolliver, and Matthew Dowd.
The U.S. military has officially ended its 20-year mission in Afghanistan with the last troops having left just before August 31 according to officials. Plus, officials in hurricane-battered New Orleans warn that people there could be without power for over a week. We discuss that and much more with Ali Velshi, Peter Baker, Carol Leonnig, Tom Nichols, Craig Fugate, David Plouffe, Tim Miller, and Dr. Kavita Patel.
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U.S. drone strike targets "ISIS-K planner" after Biden vowed to "hunt down" the attackers in the Kabul bombing. Hurricane Ida is barreling toward Louisiana. And there are so many Covid deaths in Florida that some morgues are finding themselves strained. Courtney Kube, Eugene Daniels, Susan Page, Frank Figliuzzi, Michelle Grossman, Juanita Tolliver, and Matthew Dowd all join.
The president ordered flags to half-staff following two deadly explosions near the airport in Kabul. 13 American service members were among the 60 fatalities. One blast struck a busy entrance to the airfield, where U.S. troops have been processing Americans and Afghans for evacuation ahead of the August 31 withdrawal deadline. ISIS-K, an offshoot of the Islamic State, has claimed responsibility for the attack. Yamiche Alcindor, Jonathan Lemire, James LaPorta, Clint Watts, Donna Edwards and Mark McKinnon all join.
American diplomats in Afghanistan are warning U.S. citizens of a possible ISIS attack on the airport in Kabul complicated the U.S. withdrawal with just six days until the August 31 withdrawal deadline set by Pres. Biden. Plus, the Covid surge remains very severe among unvaccinated Americans. Joining the program is Claire McCaskill, Peter Baker, John Heilemann, James Carville, Mike Murphy, and Dr. Nahid Bhadelia.
Pres. Biden is holding firm to his play to conclude evacuations in Afghanistan by August 31 as the U.S. withdrawal continues to face bipartisan criticism. Plus, how can kids stay safe going back to school during the Delta variant surge of Covid-19? We discuss that and much more with Ben Rhodes, Andrea Mitchell, Sam Stein, Dr. Irwin Redlener, Don Calloway, Susan Del Percio, and Clint Watts.
The FDA has now given the Pfizer Covid vaccine a full approval. Now the president is calling for more business to enforce mandates and pleading with the unvaccinated to go get their shots. We discuss that and much more with Philip Rucker, Rick Stengel, Dr. Céline Gounder, Eugene Robinson, A.B. Stoddard, and Joan Donovan.
With plenty of criticism and chaos in Kabul along with a worsening Covid pandemic, Pres. Biden just experienced his most difficult week in office so far. Plus, a late Friday update on Tropical Storm Henri now forecasts the storm will make landfall on Sunday morning, likely as a Category 1 hurricane, near Islip, NY, just over 50 miles outside New York City. Joining the program are Bill Karins, Jonathan Lemire, Gen. Barry McCaffrey, Dr. Kavita Patel, Don Calloway, Bill Kristol, and Michael Beschloss.
The Biden administration is facing growing pressure to speed up evacuations out of Afghanistan as reports say the situation on the ground is becoming more and more uncertain. Plus, new question arise over the Delta variant as Covid cases increase in Israel where vaccinations rates are high. That and much more with Shannon Pettypiece, Adm. James Stavridis, Frank Figliuizzi, Dr. Vin Gupta, Donna Edwards, and Mark McKinnon.
In a new interview, Pres. Biden pushed back against the criticism he has received from both sides of the aisle for how the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan has played out. Plus, Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis lies that masks "aren't proven to be effective" adding other politicians are just trying to "cover their asses." We discuss that and more with Lisa Lerer, Gen. Barry McCaffrey, Dr. Irwin Redlener, Eugene Robinson, Mike Murphy, and Jeremy Bash.
As the Taliban's control over Afghanistan becomes more of a reality, the Biden administration is working to get thousands of Americans and the Afghans who helped them out of Afghanistan and to safety. Plus, new reports indicate that on Wednesday the Biden administration will tell Americans to expect to need a booster shot eight months after being vaccinated. We discuss that and more with Philip Rucker, Ben Rhodes, Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, Richard Haass, Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, and A.B. Stoddard.
NBC News has confirmed that public health officials and medical experts in the Biden administration are 'coalescing around boosters for all Americans' eight months after being vaccinated. Plus, Pres. Biden is standing by his decision to pull U.S. forces out of Afghanistan despite the criticism from both sides of the aisle and the chaos that befell the airport in Kabul as the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan's capital city. Peter Baker, Andrea Mitchell, Gen. Barry McCaffrey, Rick Stengel, Dr. Kavita Patel, Cornell Belcher, and Matthew Dowd.
As American troops head to Afghanistan to assist in evacuating the U.S. embassy in Kabul, the Taliban continues to seize cities further plunging the nation into crisis. Plus, the Covid pandemic continues to worsen in southern states among unvaccinated individuals. We discuss that and more with Eugene Daniels, Gen. Barry McCaffrey, Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, Juanita Tolliver, Tim Miller, and Jon Meacham.
As the FDA approves a third vaccine dose for some, a stark new warning from the CDC details how pervasive the Delta variant is across the nation. Plus, we discuss the unfolding situation in Afghanistan where thousands of U.S. troops are returning for a partial evacuation of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. Joining the show are Yamiche Alcindor, Gen. Barry McCaffrey, Dr. Peter Hotez, David Plouffe, Mark McKinnon, and Dr. Murtaza Ahkter.
The FDA is poised to approve a third Covid vaccine shot for immunocompromised individuals as the virus continues to spread largely among unvaccinated individuals. Plus, the Senate has advanced Biden's $3.5 trillion budget proposal which would expand the social safety net. Senate Democrats Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema have signaled concerns with the price tag while some Democrats in the House may not think the plan goes far enough. Peter Baker, Katie Benner, Michael Osterholm, Dr. Aileen Marty, Eugene Robinson, and Mike Murphy, all join the program.
Biden's chief medical adviser is warning that the nation is in a major Covid surge as states with low vaccination rates see cases and hospitalizations spike. Plus, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced he will resign in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations which he's still denying. Joining the program is Philip Rucker, Susan Del Percio, Dr. Irwin Redlener, Robert Gibbs, Michael Steele, and Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo.
Health officials nationwide are pleading for people to get vaccinated and wear masks as hospitals hit capacity and the risk from Covid to kids due to the Delta variant starts to be better understood. Plus, senators may actually be nearing a deal on infrastructure as Texas Democrats keep pressuring lawmakers in Washington to pass voting rights legislation. Joining the program are Lisa Lerer, Neal Katyal, Dr. Kavita Patel, Don Calloway, Stuart Stevens, and Andrew Sullivan.
All week long, Florida Governor. Ron DeSantis has been battling with the Biden White House over Covid policy as a Delta variant-fueled surge largely among unvaccinated Floridians is making that state the pandemic's new American epicenter. Plus, Biden says more measures and incentives could come to encourage vaccinations. Jonathan Lemire, Dr. Kavita Patel, Cynthia Alksne, Dr. Ebony Hilton, Juanita Tolliver, and Bill Kristol all join the program.
With pharmaceutical companies putting out information about potential booster shots, we talk to our medical experts about who will and who will not need a Covid vaccine booster shot before 2022. Plus, the latest on the fight for voting rights in Texas and much more with Susan Page, Sam Stein, Dr. Vin Gupta, Dr. Mark Laperouse, Don Calloway, and Mark McKinnon.
With Covid cases spiking among the unvaccinated in multiple states, the politics of the pandemic are heating up again - particularly in Florida as that state's governor battles with the White House over Covid mask mandates and more. Plus, health experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, are worried about future variants that could be even worse. Eugene Daniels, Julie Pace, Susan Del Percio, Neal Katyal, Eugene Robinson, A.B. Stoddard, and Dr. Céline Gounder.