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>> have a great weekend, everyone. >> thank you for joining us. >> bill: good morning. 9:00, fox news alert on the crisis in texas. get this now, half the people in that state are trying to find safe drinking water. some people they say have been forced to use melted snow. many grocery stores unable to stock shelves as families are running out of food. this situation continues. good morning, everybody. i'm bill hemmer. you made it to friday, congratulations. and to you, my lady. >> dana: i'm dana perino and "america's newsroom." a report last night that the system in texas was minutes away from a month's long blackout. thankfully that didn't happen. >> bill: we've been dealing with this all week and they'll deal with it for weeks to come.
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the ceo of feeding texas celia cole is standing by. peter doocy has the latest on president biden's trip today. he is going to michigan today. we begin in texas with casey stiegel live in dallas. good morning. >> good morning to you. after reports earlier in the week of some people forced to burn their furniture inside of their homes just to try and stay warm, now just as you said, reports that people are now using snow for their drinking water. either because their pipes are frozen and they have no water at all or it's not safe to consume because even if people have had service, busted water mains and pipes have mostly contributed to the problem of extremely low pressure and unsafe conditions. more than 14 million texans are under boil advisories. more than half the state. many communities have opened water distribution sites where people are waiting in long
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lines and many also in search of food. the need was already much higher than normal because of the pandemic but now the lot of people are trying to go to these places to get what they can as supplies are stretched. right now nearly 73% of the lower united states we should tell you covered in snow at an average depth of more than six inches. look at these pictures from nashville. blanketed in snow this week and round two for parts of virginia. many are waking up there to freezing rain which is forecasted to change over to snow later today. roads are still extremely dangerous from round one earlier in the week. across the country now at least 56 deaths are being blamed on this extreme weather. a large portion of those here in the lone star state.
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>> bill: wow, casey stiegel. thanks. back to you later this morning in dallas. >> dana: president biden tweeted he called the governor of texas to offer help. the first time he addressed the issue there since issuing an emergency declaration on sunday. four days after the storm hit the president is heading to michigan to tour a pfizer vaccine facility. peter doocy is reporting live from portage, michigan. hi, peter. >> good morning. president biden still has not said anything on camera about what is going on in texas and white house officials are telling us that as of right now there are no plans for an official trip there any time soon. >> one of the factors to consider here is what the impact is, the footprint of a presidential trip. it can take up resources, it can take up the time and energy of police and security and so those are factors that we consider as we determine when and where he will visit.
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>> in a tweet with a photo he said i called governor abbott to identify we can support the state's recovery. i made clear to the governor i'll work to get his state what they need. so far the help the feds have sent down to texas has been 60 generators to keep hospitals and nursing homes and water facilities running and more than 700,000 liters of water, 50,000 cotton blankets, 10,000 wool blankets and 225,000 meals. more help is on the way as fema figures how to get more oil and diesel into the state to power certain facilities. we'll see president biden in two hours. he is expected to tell leaders at the virtual g-7 the u.s. will commit $4 billion to a vaccinating citizens of low and middle income countries. a few days after claiming in a town hall there was no vaccine when he took office, biden is going to be here at a facility,
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pfizer facility in michigan where the vaccine started shipping out a month before he took office. dana. >> dana: peter doocy. good to see you out and about. we'll be in touch. thank you. >> the temperature in the house was 33 degrees. now the power is back on so it's warm but we don't have any water. i'm here to get water. i've been to several different stores and no one has water. >> bill: that's a woman in texas in houston, texas. food banks are in crisis mode with grocery stores unable to restock and kids not getting fed at school. want to talk to celia cole, ceo of feeding texas, a network of food banks across the state. we've done a lot of work with your group in the past part of feeding america. what do you need and how do we get it to you? >> thank you for having me. ye, we have 21 food banks in our network and they cover all of texas. we are already supplying meals and food to some of the warming shelters that have been set up.
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then really just bracing for what is next. we know people are struggling to get -- find food at the grocery store and people will have lost wages, people are facing significant damage to their homes. so we are asking for financial donations to our network so that we can get the food banks the financial help they need. we're working with state officials to get water and ready to eat meals to the food bank so we can continue to support those shelters. >> dana: i think it's probably the case. in this past year with the pandemic the food banks have been doing even more. tell me a little bit about that and the strain there. but also do you need volunteers? do you need people to help you? >> yes, we always need volunteers and so yes, this storm comes on top of an 11-month storm we have been seeing 60% more people needing help from food banks during the pandemic. food banks are distributing twice as much food as they usually do to the tune of 75
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million pounds of food every month and serving over a million families every month. our network has already -- is already strained and we're already struggling to keep up. so volunteers are critical and we lost a lot of our volunteers during the pandemic due to health concerns. food banks have created a safe way for people to volunteer and it will be really critical in the weeks to come. >> bill: give us a website and how can people help? >> people go to feeding and click on the donate button we're collecting donations on behalf of all of the 21 food banks in our network. every dollar counts. >> bill: no doubt. good luck, okay? >> dana: thanks for all you do. >> thank you for having me. >> dana: immigration officers will now need approval from their chain of command before arresting illegal immigrants outside of three specific categories. immigration and customs enforcement issuing new temporary guidelines. officers must focus on the undocumented who pose a threat
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to national security or have crossed the border since november 1 or committed aggravated felonies. bring in former acting customs and border control commissioner mark morgan. your sense of how different this policy would be from the trump administration. >> there is not enough words to describe the drastic difference right now. i've got this memo in front of me. those three areas, not only have they drastically reduced ice's enforcement authorities but given those in the country illegally a roadmap. let me expand on a couple of things from the memo. same firings you talked about they'll use to issue a detainer. cancel notice to appear. they don't have to show up for immigration at all. stopping the questioning of people and right from their memo use that to decide whether to release from custody. this memo created new law but
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these memos have created a sanctuary country. it is absolutely remarkable and absurd. >> bill: how do you know who has crossed the border since november 1? how do you determine that? >> that's the question, right? this memo is full of so many holes. every year between 100,000 and 150,000 getaway. we don't know who entered. add that up year after year after year there can be millions of individuals that got past us. how will you prove when they were here and how did they pick that deadline? again it's very clear if you were here before november 2020 you are here free. >> bill: why did they pick that date? >> i don't know why they picked that specific date but i can tell you after doing this for a long time this defies law and order and common sense. it puts america in jeopardy. this is about power and politics. i can come to no other
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conclusion. it's disgusting. >> dana: the crisis isn't coming, it is already here according to the "washington post". the border encounters and arrests for the month of january. if you look at these numbers, mark, january 2018, 35,000, 2019, 58,000. you get to 2020 back down to 36,000. but in 2021 it doubles. more than doubles 78,232 and encounters and arrests,, that the not the ones who got through. >> bill: i get asked a lot what do you think with happen open border policy? >> i said the crisis has begun. 78,000 in one month. we haven't seen those numbers in a long time. 3500 today are crisis level numbers. jay johnson under the obama said 1,000 is a bad day. that's the only thing with respect to policy i agree with
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him on. the crisis is here and why it's here. open border strategies and messages if you get to our country you will be released into the interior and protected from lawful deimportant paition and you'll be rewarded with mass amnesty and free healthcare and on and on. it is truly remarkable. >> bill: this is quite a different reality. mark morgan, thank you for your time today. >> dana: thank you. >> bill: thanks for coming on. in a moment 12 past the hour. president biden criticized for remaining sienlt on a suspected iranian attack targeting a u.s. base as the white house says it's ready to start talks with tehran on the nuclear deal. >> dana: republicans are revving up the impeachment machine over cuomo's nursing home scandal. one top democrat wonders how many lives were needlessly lost? >> vaccine roll-out. which states are doing the best job of getting the shot into the arms? we'll show you in a moment as we break it down on the blue wall. >> dana: so exciting.
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>> dana: good morning. here are some of the top vaccine headlines. president biden will visit pfizer's vaccine plant in michigan today as they commit $4 billion to the global vaccine program run by the w.h.o. johnson & johnson making a booster shot. that drug maker waiting emergency approval for the vaccine from the fda still. >> dana: after the weather and power outages across much of the country the white house says they should expect short term delays in vaccine distribution. for more on these and other stories scan the qr code on your screen and go to
6:18 am i'm impressed. it's excellent. >> bill: a must do every day. we'll give birth to something now, the blue wall. we want to give our viewers a sense at home about which states seem to be performing pretty well on the vaccine and which ones are struggling. come over here and i keep my six feet from you, perino. so a lot of numbers on this map behind me here, okay. essentially the darker the blue, the better the state is doing. first shot and second shot doses. population 331 million in america. there is a lot over here. keep an eye on this count here, up 24% in one week. now who is doing pretty well? you find the states that have the least population really start to excel. alaska right now, population 700,000. distributed 271,000. administered close to 200,000 of the shots. that's really good right now.
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so alaska leads the way at almost 9% with the shots they've been given and administered so far for dose 1 and 2. you may have heard a lot about west virginia. west virginia got off the mark strong and they appear to be doing pretty well. almost 441,000 shots given in that state. administered well over 400,000. first dose, second dose. west virginia right now is right around 8%. they are tracking now with alaska. not a ton of people in alaska. a lot more here in west virginia 1.7 million. where do we find the shots lagging as of today? let me show you down in alabama we'll do better in time. roll tide distributing a million. the dose percentage in alabama is just slightly over 3%. we'll pick up those numbers. i told you the percentage a moment ago? up 24% in one week. we'll watch this thing.
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we're getting better every week right now. that's a figure we'll watch to try to reflect the entire country. >> dana: i have a question. the biden administration said to the states with the storms you might have a little bit more of a delay. what is going on in texas? they were on quite a roll but then this week might have set them back. >> bill: first time we've looked at this. heavily populated california, new york, florida, texas, 29 million. so you've distributed more than 5 million. the rate right here is a little more than 4% in texas. so we'll watch this now. slight delay they talked about. i don't think it will last for some time. they were up 17% in one week. even with the storms it's pretty impressive. >> dana: i always have to ask about -- i would be curious about florida. the weather there is better, high senior population. >> bill: let's see. 21 million people. distributed 4.7. administered 3.8. they are almost -- >> dana: look at that percentage.
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>> bill: almost at 6% with second dose administration. it's pretty good in florida now. you point out they're up 29%. >> dana: i always have to ask about wyoming. >> it's the least populated state in all the u.s. alaska i think is second there are more people live in vermont than wyoming. you are at 5% of second dose administration. pretty good. they're up 33% in one week. they've been given 127,000, administered 105,000. westin county and the rest of wyoming. >> dana: i love the way you illustrated it on the board. you can see progress across the country. >> we'll see it every week. we have a guest next hour dr. marty makary you could be at herd immunity by appear --
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april. bill and georgian get their second covid vaccine. they will be immune as of this afternoon. >> dana: that's great. thank you for doing that, bill. new york the criticism of cuomo turning into action. republicans forming an impeachment commission to review evidence in his handling of nursing homes. bryan llenas is the latest. the story gets bigger. >> yeah, questions continue. all of this as a new study this morning finds that new york governor andrew cuomo's march 25th policy temporary mandate that mandated nursing homes to accept all covid-19 patients from hospitals while prohibiting these facilities from requiring testing led to several hundred and possibly 1,000 more resident deaths. remember, 15,000 people have died in new york's nursing homes from coronavirus.
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the study found the nursing homes outside of the new york city area that anticipated these patients averaged 9.3 more deaths than those that did not. the statistical confidence level is 99%. now the numbers were crunched by the empire center for public policy, a nonprofit conservative leaning watchdog group that sued the cuomo administration for the data. these findings directly contradict a study cuomo's department of health released in july that blames the spread of coronavirus primarily on asymptomatic staff and visitors. new york's attorney general challenged cuomo's conclusions in a report last month that found quote these admissions may have contributed to an increased risk of nursing home resident infection. lawmakers want to investigate any connection again the cuomo's administration underreporting of nursing home
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deaths. ties to political donors and push for state immunity law that currently protects nursing homes from any covid-19 lawsuits or liability. >> we believe there was a cover-up of the information because they were listening to the business interests behind nursing homes. >> the f.b.i. is also reportedly investigating whether or not the cuomo administration purposely withheld this nursing home death toll data. cuomo denies there is any cover-up. bottom line these lawmakers and victims' families believe there are more than enough questions to warrant an investigation. >> dana: bryan llenas, thank you. >> bill: the backlash against governor cuomo grows. a doctor said he has only spoken to cuomo one time. >> i've had one five minute conversation, which is a surprise. he had seen me on msnb and called and said what a great
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job i did. i have not had a discussion with him or not met with any of them. i never met with him. i never had a zoom call with any of them. >> bill: that's the doctor and the claim made by cuomo's office is after they adjust the numbers. 15,000 now fatalities from covid-19. if you don't know his name. the university of minnesota was one of those epidemiologists we got to know in the early days of covid. he is a highly respected epidemiologist in this field. one big story about pfizer. number one the effectiveness of shot one is well over 80% now. remember pfizer is a two-not deal. they're saying that deep freeze well below 50 below zero no longer necessary. they're saying regular refrigeration is enough for that pfizer shot to maintain
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its effectiveness. that's groundbreaking. good news. >> dana: especially think about texas that hasn't had power for five days. pfizer told a lot of those places, hospitals and cvs and walgreens put them in a regular refrigerator and made a big difference for them. cbo says just $6 billion of the $129 billion for k-12 kids in president biden's covid relief package will be used this fiscal year. our friday money team reacts next. some national guard troops will stay in the nation's capitol even after that month. what will that look like? dolly parton saying thanks but no thanks to a big honor from her home state. we'll tell you why. ♪♪♪ ♪ ♪ we made usaa insurance for veterans like martin. when a hailstorm hit, he needed his insurance to get it done right, right away.
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>> dana: president biden reportedly telling governors and mayors he thinks his proposed minimum wage hike is not likely to happen any time soon on a private call last week. democrats are pushing to include a $15 minimum wage in the coronavirus relief package. let's bring in our economic panel. steve moore. and austin goolsbee. great to see you both. he said i really want this in there but doesn't look like we can do it because of reconciliation. i won't give up. right now we have to prepare for this not making it. austin, i don't think that biden really wants this in there. i think that he knows that the left really wants it in there and probably hoping the parliamentarian says it can't be in there because of reconciliation. but what do you know? >> that sounds a little cynical to me. i think joe biden has been a big advocate of raising the minimum wage for a long time. he ran on it in the campaign. as you know they got a
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technical rule if you want to get something into a bill that you can pass with 50 votes, it has to be about the budget. the minimum wage probably isn't really about the budget. so i think he is right. it feels unlikely to be able to stay in there. i do think he will do it on its own and try to do it on its own. >> bill: small businesses across america are waving flags today. they must feel a sense of relief. they will have to raise their prices and lay people off. >> just to give you guys a sense of how old i am, my first job working at a warehouse outside of chicago was $2.10 an hour. most of the people earn the minimum wage were people like me, i was 17 years old. the first job i had. you learn a lot from your first job. i don't think we want to kill those starter jobs. there was a report by bloomberg also that a lot of those restaurant jobs, a lot of those retail jobs may not be coming
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back. so bill, can you think of a worse time to be raising the minimum wage and putting these additional costs on millions of small business and restaurant owners than right now? it is not a good idea to raise the minimum wage normally but this is the worst time to do it coming out of a pandemic. >> bill: we got a story from the washington times. let's shift to schools, budget, money ear marked and spent. it will stun a lot of people. the washington times reports $6 billion of the $130 billion earmarked for k-12 is slated to go out the door before october. hang on. most of the $113 billion for schools from previous relief packages hasn't even been spent yet and we've been told we need $170 billion for schools in america, austin, for ventilation. in the bill and in the story here, most of this money would
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not be spent until the year 2028. so what gives? because i don't think covid is here in the year 2028. >> yeah, let's hope that's right. if they truly cannot get the money out until 2028, they should spend it in a different way. i'm a little skeptical of that report, however, in that what they're proposing for schools now is quite different types of money than what was in the cares act. if they can't -- let's revisit the shovel ready. >> bill: republicans in the senate estimate of the $68 billion congress authorized a year ago, only $4 billion has been spent. so who is -- >> you keep quoting republicans and the washington times and why i'm saying let's be a
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little skeptical about partisan things. >> bill: is that real or not? >> it is real. we know that the money that has already been allocated for covid relief, there is 1.1 trillion that hasn't been spent. my point would be congress, why don't you first spend the 1.1 trillion you already have in the pipeline and come back in six months or a year and tell us if you need another 1.9 trillion on top of that. bill, the question i have about the schools is my goodness, the schools have been closed for the last 10 or 11 months. their costs have been way down. naperville, illinois, just gave a $10 million rebate to their taxpayers saying our class went way down and we'll give the money back. we didn't give you the services that you paid for. austin, every school district in america should be providing a rebate to the taxpayers who paid for education that the families didn't get. >> are you saying shut down the skoo.s you want the schools to
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stay shut so they can get a tax cut? >> they didn't provide -- people paid property taxes for education services. the schools were closed down. their costs went way down. why shouldn't they give money back to the parents? >> dana: thanks, guys. we appreciate it. fox news learning that the national bar could keep a small footprint of soldiers near the capitol after most of the troops go home next month. contingent would be ready for quick deployment. we have more from the pentagon. >> the national guard says its mission will end march 12th. there is open debate in washington whether the capitol needs a quick reaction force of soldiers. some of the outer fencing surrounding the capitol will come down. other fencing will remain in the interim while they come up with a more hi-tech, permanent solution that might take over a year to install. >> personnel is part of this but also understand that infrastructure and technology is a large part of this that can provide the additional
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security. >> the army provided experts to show capitol police how to improve security the way they do at u.s. embassies overseas, installing doors and windows that can't be penetrated. it cost half a billion for the national guard and the pentagon will pick up the tab and not force state governors to pay for it. the u.s. capitol police says it is investigating the actions of 35 police officers for that day some sympathizing with the rioters. six have been suspended with pay. they requested the guards stay through march 12 because of fears of another attack on d.c. inauguration date for presidents before 1937 on march 4. senator cotton says this fence was put up within 24 hours. i am not aware of any credible threat and seek answers when we're back in session next week. temporary fences erected over the white house at the summer and permanent fencing has gone from five feet to 13 feet now.
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>> dana: lucas tomlinson. we'll keep an eye on it. we've been following this. still every week we've been on air together for actually four weeks. the end of our fourth or fifth week. we've been talking about this since we started our show. we still don't have any additional answers. >> bill: right. one thing on austin goolsbee if you are still watching let's say senate republicans are wrong by 100%. if that's true this report they've spent $8 billion of the $68 billion congress authorized last year. >> dana: i like the fact check after the fact. >> bill: doesn't it blow your mind? we'll get back to that next hour. dolly parton is asking the tennessee legislature to abandon a bill to honor her with a statue. the country music legend saying she is humbled by the idea but given all that's going on in the world i don't think putting me on a pedestal is appropriate.
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her imagination library has mailed millions of books to kids across the world. can't cancel dolly, can you? you could put up the statue and be okay. >> dana: she is an american treasure and is on a pedestal in our hearts. the biden administration signaling the u.s. is ready to begin talks with iran on the nuclear deal. former c.i.a. station chief dan hoffman is here next plus new allegations of censorship by china. this time it involves a popular social media app tiktok. usa. it lets you refinance at today's record low rates plus get cash. with mortgage rates low and home values high refiplus can help you lower your rate plus turn your home equity into an average of $50,000. money for security today. money for retirement tomorrow. refiplus from newday usa.
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all the leverage we will have gained over the past few years to address the serious flaws of the nuclear sunset clauses and never addressed the ballistic missile program or terrorism. >> dana: mike pompeo said this, the ayatollah understands only strength. protected the american people from terror and support of the jewish state of israel. adopting the european model will guarantee iran a path to a nuclear arsenal. given that there is a different posture in the middle east now with the abraham accords, for example. going back to iran after they had been so isolated, does that possibly throw a monkey wrench in those deals as well? >> yeah. i think that's a great concern. israel has taken this fight on with the most seriousness of purpose. they reportedly targeted the head of iran's nuclear program with a lethal strike.
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they launched an explosion at a big facility and stole documents from iran's nuclear program a couple of years ago. so they've mounted serious attacks against iran's nuclear program and they call that jcpoa a horrendous surrender and they won't stand idly by and neither are the democrats. schumer was not supportive of the jcpoa. the biden administration is in for a fight on this one and rightly so. i would add the structure of the p5 plus 1 includes russia and china. china is negotiating a strategic partnership with iran. >> bill: state department spokesperson two days ago, watch. >> the deal for us, it is a floor, not a ceiling. we want to go beyond the 2015 deal. lengthen and strengthen it and build on it with follow-on
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arrangements to address other areas of concern. >> bill: well, iran -- the economy is really hurting. they want the sanctions removed. now is the time when you've got leverage. are we going to give that away? >> i was serving at the c.i.a. as head of the middle east division back when the jcpoa was being negotiated. we had our boots on their throats then and we took it off and took on a bad deal. i think that's what we are in danger of doing again right now. >> dana: wow. >> if we give up those sanctions that's our leverage and we will be in for some real pain. iranians just launched an attack on us in iraq and proxy militia's working against us for the middle east and they won't stop doing that. they want to negotiate the best deal possible. they know they can use the
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european union, russia and china against us. >> bill: thank you. come back. i spoke with the former dni john ratcliffe on the latest edition of hammer time. he has a lot to say, dana, about iran. check it out on spotify, i-tunes or fox news online right now. >> dana: i will check that out. a whistleblower is calling out the chinese government says it cen sores tiktok users. it is deleting content about the pandemic and trying to hide human rights violations. >> yes, there has been a debate whether the chinese-owned companies that operate so freely in the u.s. are in fact arms of the state, the chinese state and controlled by them. this whistleblower says yes and these allegations stem from an employee directly of the parent company of tiktok alleges he was told often to delete
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content related to the covid outbreak in its earliest days as well as other content deemed controversial by the chinese state alleging the chinese government has been using tiktok to suppress minorities, censor freedom of speech and mask human rights violation demanding the company create algorithms that i dent fee minority posts that would censor or delete them and delete content critical of the chinese government. this whistleblower says bite dance is opening transparency centers in l.a. and d.c. to showcase its moderation practices when in fact the company is silencing and violating the rights of millions of people in china. this argument has gone on for many years, whether they are trojan horses allowing the chinese government to gather information about american citizens and then at some point
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turn it against the u.s. bipartisan support for digging into this further and seeing whether or not they should have such free access, dana. >> dana: we have been warned. thank you, benjamin. >> bill: are you a fan of tiktok? >> i will not download it on my phone. some of the videos i've seen are funny and young people are good at it but it is too dangerous. >> bill: they code the app in a way that it's effective. >> dana: an american version call real. do you know how to use it? >> i see it. it comes up on instagram. i tell my nieces and nephews delete it. >> dana: delete it off your phone. >> bill: do they listen to me? not a chance. crisis in texas providing an early leadership test for the biden administration. is the white house doing enough to get the food and water to those who need it? is the media more outraged over ted cruz's trip to cancun than andrew cuomo's nursing home
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>> i care the president is asleep. he is playing mario cart when texas needs help. last time i check we've been in a lockdown for a year and nancy pelosi and the gang in congress, where are they? they're on vacation. >> dana: what do you have for breakfast, michael? i was kidding what do you have for breakfast. i want to show you this. celebrities congratulating cuomo. take a look. >> thank you for your leadership during these trying times. >> daily i was watching his press conferences informing us, telling us what to do. >> your daily briefings live
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from new york gave us the truth and something we weren't getting from washington, leadership. >> dana: that's when cuomo got the emmy. quick thought on that, michael? >> boy, when deniro is saying good job, you are in a mob movie. >> bill: a quick thought. thank you, michael. hope you come back next friday. have a great weekend. >> i would love to. >> bill: see you soon. >> dana: a water crisis threatening millions of people across the south with widespread disruption to public water systems from texas to tennessee. hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in texas are without power still today. welcome to a brand-new hour of "america's newsroom," i'm dana perino. >> bill: frozen pipes, wells and water treatment plans offline. temperatures still below freezing in texas. half that state, nearly 13 million people under orders to boil tap water before they
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drink it. also these water problems concern for firefighters trying to put out an apartment building fire that you see here in the town of san antonio. >> our main concern is water supply. the when hydrants are dry. they're just frozen and no water. down at the street way down there, there is water and where we're pulling our tenders. >> dana: the people of texas has been tested this week. this is -- they don't have power. some of them saying they're taking the rare snow and then melting that down to boil that because they don't have access to water. it is a very serious situation. >> bill: dallas texas 21 degrees, feels like 14. dallas, texas. they will get warming temperatures over the weekend which will give them a lot of relief. as far as the supplies and getting all the pipes fixed and all the drinking water out there could take some time. >> dana: want to talk about all
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this. president biden's leadership is getting an early test as well with the first major natural disaster since he took office. he didn't make any public appearances yesterday. there is ongoing winter storm crisis in texas. the white house says the president is getting regular updates from his national security team. last night on twitter he said he called governor abbott to discuss the situation and identify ways to support the state's recovery from the storm adding i made clear to the governor that i'll work relentlessly to get his state what they need. let's bring in chris wallace. my experience you can't ever as a president -- you can't under react to something like this. you get on it quickly, offer the help that's needed, federal government can provide a lot of that in those early days. how do you think the biden team has done so far? >> well, certainly in terms of the things that they could actually do i think they've done okay. the president has declared a natural disaster for texas and oklahoma and other -- louisiana, surrounding states
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and he also has fema providing generators, blankets, water, other equipment which are the things that they can do. there may be some criticism he should be making a statement or a speech about it or should travel down there. as you well know, the problem with a president traveling down to an area when it is in the throws of a disaster can create as many problems as it solves because resources instead of going to help people are going to provide a trip for the president. i'm sure they're thinking about it at the white house, what's the right -- in terms of substance i think he has done okay. in terms of optics they're considering should he be taking a trip or speaking about it? i would be surprised when he is in michigan going to the pfizer factory if he doesn't say at least something about it and then the one other factory would say is, you know, he feels covid and the health crisis and the economic crisis
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is still the big challenge that he has to deal with. >> that pfizer news today will be extraordinary and people will hear about the headlines. one month since the inauguration. how would you size up the first month of the biden presidency, the good and the bad? what do you think about? >> i think surprisingly good has been how disciplined he has been. you know, those of us who covered joe biden for a while know that he makes gaffes, he says things he doesn't want to, goes down various paths. there hasn't been much of that under president biden. he has been very focused and disciplined in terms of his activities and messages and he really has kept to the idea that covid, the public health aspect and economic aspect is job one. where i think you can give him some negative marks conservatives won't like his agenda. he won. they won't like all the
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executive orders, but he won. you know, there has been some mixed messaging not so much gaffes but mixed messaging when it comes to the vaccine, when will we go back to normal. vaccines available, when will schools reopen? there has been miscommunications about schools being open one day a week. it came from the podium from his own press secretary jen psaki. given the fact he is a liberal democrat i suspect that most people -- the people that voted for him are pretty pleased. one thing that i was impressed by in the town hall on cnn this week. he is not getting pushed around by the left. there has been a push by aoc and bernie sanders for $50,000 debt forgiveness for school he said flat out i'm not doing it. minimum wage he is clear he probably won't push for that. if people at the white house don't think getting push from
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the left puts him more in the center. not a bad place to be in american politics. >> dana: what do you have on tap for sunday? >> we have two people you may never have heard of. one is dr. fauci. we'll get the latest from him on the vaccine, on variants, and especially school reopenings. and then bill gates. he has written a book on climate change and one of the things he talks about is severe weather like we're seeing around the country. it is more likely. yes, cold, yes, storms, not just heat from climate change and he has gotten involved in the situation down in texas because the governor of texas, greg abbott, alternative energy, solar power and especially wind power failed in the texas electrical grid and pushing back on all of that on "fox news sunday". >> dana: we'll be watching. thank you so much. >> bill: have a good weekend. fox news alert. showdown over immigration, the rolling back of a major trump administration program is about to play out in the southern
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border starting today. tens of thousands of asylum seekers waiting in mexico will now be allowed into the u.s. to be processed and have cases heard. william la jeunesse, critics are slamming this move, william. tell us about it. >> three reasons, bill. the signal it sends to those south of the border, two, the risk of bringing in foreign nationals during a pandemic from a country our own government says don't visit because of covid, and finally the ability of border towns to handle the influx. wednesday the mayor of del rio, texas, asked the president to reconsider. >> i'm pleading and requesting with you to please put a halt to any measures regarding the release of immigrants awaiting court dates into the city of del rio. >> the president's goal is releasing 300 asylum seekers a day in california and texas. while they say and insist everyone gets a test health experts say there are always
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false negatives and the virus can more easily spread and mutate in crowded areas and be transmitted here. >> the last thing we want to do is introduce even more variants without identifying them first. so to say we'll start bringing in more people, it is a concern. >> touring the border yesterday senator lindsey graham said president biden is making a mistake. >> biden administration does with the remain in mexico policy and you lift the covid restrictions, there will be caravan aftercare van coming and it will happen this summer. >> it's his fault. >> all of his fault. >> the president says the release of the migrants is the humane thing to do and they're entitled to due process in the u.s. >> bill: want to bring in
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daniel garza. president of the libre initiative and former interior department official under george w. bush. jen psaki yesterday on what she describes as the benefits of the immigration bill. watch. >> this legislation modern oo*irzs our immigration system. provides hard working people who have enriched our communities and lived for decades an opportunity to earn citizenship. it is not historically a democratic or republican priority but an american one. >> bill: we have had these debates for 40 years. i don't know if this one gets done or not. if it does, who does it affect here economically? >> it will benefit the american people. look, the status quo right now is unacceptable. we have i think a moral and national imperative to pass immigration reform. look, we're facing work shortages especially in the agricultural sector. california, for example, farmers said over 45% of them faced work shortages during the past five years.
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we have processing delays at the border. we have long backlogs that are also causing pressures at the border. as we're seeing. just unfettered entry is causing a security risk to america. we need to get on with the business of changing the status quo but we want a senseible, effective bill that is crafted by both sides and i was really disappointed with the strategy of the democrats to try to impose a unilateral bill without having consulted or having any kind of contribution or collaboration from the opposing side that they will need to pass this bill. >> dana: what in the bill -- was there anything in there you liked? for example, i am curious how the libre initiative about the path to citizenship laid out in the bill. >> look, what we want to see is a flexible, accommodating worker visa program. we want the 10 million or 11 million or so citizenship. i think there is consensus on
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the daca community. that will be important. i don't think there is enough in the border security part of it. we are a country of law and we want to know our laws will be enforced and people have to respect our conditions as to who comes into the border and who doesn't. even though there is increased fines apparently for smugglers and narco traffickers and human traffickers, it kicks the can down to the attorney general to set those penalties. i think american people want clarity on the details of exactly what will be in the bill as opposed to vague details that are going to induce more executive orders. that's what we don't want. >> bill: a pipe dream for a long time. some people have tried to get it done. others detracted based on how they see the law shaping up affecting americans that are already here. is now the time? >> we are so overdue.
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look, we currently are facing a bottleneck at the border. we're inducing more illegal entry because we're trapping folks here also who have already entered america. look, what you want our folks to come out of the shadows and contributing members of society. immigrants have been contributing to america and strengthening america throughout the arc of history over 250 million or so. they've made us richer and stronger. we have to continue that legacy of inviting immigrants who will do right by us. who will work hard and contribute and keep those out who will exploit america. >> dana: dan garza, great to have your perspective. this debate will be a tough one and a long one. we'll be in touch. thank you. >> bill: thank you. >> dana: president biden set to make his debut at the g-7 looking the make a splash. what he is offering to help nations fight the pandemic. democrats want more money for
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>> bill: president biden set to announce the u.s. will donate $4 billion to poor countries backed by the united nations. announced during a virtual meeting of a group of seven leaders happening today. we're also told that any vaccinations here in the u.s. will be saved for americans first as opposed to being shipped to other countries around the world. once we get ourselves taken care of the thinking is we can help others. >> dana: i think that's fair, right?
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>> i do, too. >> dana: we have an obligation. when everyone starts traveling again we want people in other places to be vaccinated as well to keep ourselves safe. president biden with the coronavirus relief package includes $129 billion to help k-12 schools. with schools struggling to reopen now less than $7 billion would be released by october. another $32 billion is earmarked for the next two years with $90 billion distributed up to five years after that. joining us now is democratic congresswoman debbie dingell of michigan. we could put the numbers up on the board. this feels like it's a little warped. that if we're in a national emergency if you need this kind of money, you can expect taxpayers to agree on big amounts of money during an emergency but if $90 billion won't be distributed until 2028, what are we doing here? >> well, it's not to say that some of that money can't be moved forward but we don't want
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to waste money. let's really talk about what is happening. everybody wants to get the schools reopened. i mean everybody from the students to teachers and everybody that is on school boards, communities up to the president of the united states. but people are still concerned about the contagiousness of covid. i talk to teachers every single day who are scared, they want to be in the classroom, they know their kids need to have that social interaction, but they haven't been able to get the vaccine themselves, etc. we're having to make modifications. what people don't think about this at schools we open students have to sit farther apart. they need more teachers. if you are busing them to the school you can only have a certain amount of people on the bus. you can't have a full bus. you need a second person on the bus to make sure the kids are keeping their physical distance. so it is being planned out. the money is there. >> bill: being planned out for
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seven years i love you, thank you for coming back here but i mean this is some fuzzy math. nobody is talking about covid being around in 2028. everybody who comes on our air say what are you going to use that money for for schools and university and they say ventilation. one more point i will make. senate republicans say there is $68 billion authorized last year from congress. of that 68, only 4 billion has been spent. we had a debate last hour saying check the numbers. let's double the $4 billion for the sake of this argument and say $8 billion. if that's the case, $60 billion has yet to be into the system for schools alone from a bill that was passed by congress a year ago. just help us understand where that money is going. >> the money isn't being spent so it is not being wasted.
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it will be spent when it can be spent effectively. that's one of the things that you are always calling for. the fact of the matter is we -- i hate to say this to you, i am prayerful that we don't have covid around the way that we have covid right now. but many scientists are telling us covid is here to stay. it is not going to go away forever. hopefully we'll be able to manage it the way we manage the flu or polio or other diseases that have come. so we need to be realistic about that. but we don't even have the workforce to fix the schools with the filtration systems we'll need. we're trying to take the first steps, do what's necessary to get the schools open and get the teachers vaccinated and then do the investment in the additional things that are needed. >> dana: i think about those people that have -- the essential workers that showed up every day to work at the
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grocery stores and maybe those places need maintenance and updates too. don't you feel the teachers are essential, these kids, their lives, their education, their well-being. that's essential, too. and if this money is there and they aren't spending it, help us. >> bill: why pass more is the question? >> dana: yeah. >> because schools are saying they need it. it will be there to be spent when it is necessary. i totally agree that our teachers are essential which is why some of the states are trying to get the teachers vaccinated. and we have to increase the supply of vaccine so that we can get more vaccine in the arms of teachers. i'm hearing from as many teachers as i am 65 and 75-year-olds who can't yet get appointments. so this isn't a simple problem. you all know that. we have got -- but we have to make sure -- >> bill: a lot of that money, just to be fair.
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that breaks down has been itemized for other things. vaccinations in one category, schools in another. so it's pretty much a separate argument. i think when people see this reporting from the washington times they will think what's going on. last comment on that. >> we're not wasting money. we are going to do it in a slow, methodical way and get our kids back in school as fast as we can. >> bill: hope you come back. thanks for coming. i know you are recovering from something recently so our best to you. >> thank you. >> bill: covering a new trend in the wake of the covid crisis the feds are saying americans are not living as long. what's that about? marty makary will join us on that and the vaccine coming up. '! only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪
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of january 6. so far six of them have been suspended with pay. >> dana: florida is recalling more than 150,000 vehicles over potentially faulty airbags. the recall mostly ford rangers from 2004 to 2011 but also includes mustang, fusion edge and other vehicles. >> bill: new york state republicans say they're moving to create an impeach. commission over the governor's handling of the pandemic. the commission would have 60 days to gather information and submit its findings to lawmakers in albany. for more on these stories and other stories online check out the fox news app. scan the qr code on the screen or go to >> dana: power slowly being restored in texas but folks are still scrambling for food and water. grady trimble is at a busy food pant tree in ft. worth. >> this has turned from an electricity crisis to a food and water crisis.
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this is the food bank mobile food pantry. you see the national guard along with the organization's volunteers helping get things ready to go as they are set to open in 30 minutes. yesterday's event they served 1500 families food and other necessities. today they are expecting to double that. as of right now about a quarter of the state's 7 million residents under a boil water notice. power outages at water treatment facilities are the cause of that. people dealing with frozen and burst pipes. it has led to a rush on bottled water at grocery stores where you can see water aisles are completely cleaned out. the same goes for non-perishable food. many grocery stores can't even open yet. a lot of them lost power and a lot of their food spoiled. to give you an example. wal-mart has dozens of locations around the dallas area that remain closed. when you talk to people here, you can see just how great the
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need is as they show up to these food pantry type events. >> right now it's hard. wherever you go, everything is just out. >> went to a couple of stores. the aisles were pretty bare, even wal-mart. >> we do have some relatively good news to report. the number of people without power right now has gone way down to just under 200,000 customers in texas. and temperatures today expected to rise above freezing for the first time in about a week. dana. >> dana: grady trimble bringing better news. thank you. >> bill: more than a year since the start of the pandemic. life expectancy for americans dropped a full year in that time. largest decline since the second world war. dr. marty makary, professor at johns hopkins university. good morning. want to get to your piece in
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the "wall street journal" about covid and herd immunity. life expectancy. did you expect this? >> yeah. 1 in 600 to 700 americans have died of covid and lost 10% of our nursing home population in the united states. we'll see a lot more of a case count come out as the studies get done after hurricane katrina and puerto rico, initial number was in the 40s, then we learned it was 5,000 in the "new england journal of medicine" looking at indirect causes of death and we'll see that as a result of closures and school closures in the u.s. >> dana: in the "wall street journal" today you have a piece we'll have herd immunity by april. scientists shouldn't try to hide the truth as we encourage everyone to get a vaccine. we need to reopen schools and society to limit the prolonged isolation.
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by april can deliver hope to those in despair and made large personal sacrifices. some people might say it is widely premature. you think april. tell us why. >> first of all i think most scientists are well-intended. i have had personal conversations with folks who said don't put this out there in public. people might not get the vaccine or might stop taking precautions. we need to be honest. there is a 76% reduction in daily cases over the last six weeks. you as a scientist have to ask why. we cannot explain that by vaccinated immunity. we can't explain it by a sudden change in behavior. it is natural immunity and now over 50% of the population. the reason we underestimated that prevalence. we've relied on antibody tests that look at how many people in society have immunity. looking at antibodies but it is not just the antibodies. it is the t-cells that develop memory. it is these memory t-cells that get activated. a study from sweden found that
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you are far more likely to have those activated t-cells than the antibody. a study in europe looking at people who were exposed to a family member with covid. even though they had no symptoms whatsoever they had activated t-cells. that's why u.k. scientists just said we have underestimated t-cells and why we're seeing a reduction. >> bill: i saw the headline this morning. this is great news. i've been watching the reaction online. you are getting a lot of pushback. a lot of people in the medical community say it's wishful thinking. your words as of this week 15% of americans have received the vaccine. the figure is rising fast. that will increase over time but we aren't there yet. so if you think covid is gone by april, and so many are still waiting for the vaccine, how can you justify that? >> well first of all i don't think it will be gone. we'll be at very low levels of infection by april. extremely low levels.
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that's just based on the slow -- rate of decline. >> bill: at the current trajectory i expect covid will be mostly gone by april. those are your words. continue. >> that's right. look at the rate of decline. we've got about half the country -- i estimate 55% based on the sampling capture rate of tested, confirmed cases. about 55% of the country has natural immunity. now add to that vaccinated immunity. 15% of the country by the end of this week. up to 40% of the country by early april. that will kick in. we saw studies today on the effectiveness of the first dose of the vaccine. first dose alone kicks in and we'll see an easier supply distribution given the new finding today that we can use regular freezers instead of minus 80 degree freezers. that will augment natural immunity. >> dana: i don't have a question here but thought i would make a comment april will
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have been over a year and we're talking about a huge covid relief bill, $2 trillion. schools aren't open. they could be but they are not. there are lots of businesses including here in new york but across the country closing, restaurants closing. the impact is huge. we appreciate your thoughts this morning and you are backing up what you wrote. >> bill: an interesting piece will get a lot of play. are there many who agree with you or are you out on a limb by yourself with your analysis? >> half the medical community has said they think it's correct. the medical community has been dismissive of natural immunity. i think the articles are clear that it works. >> bill: doctor, thanks for coming in. we hope you're right. thank you, sir. >> dana: one of america's biggest cities identifying monuments for review including statues of george washington and abraham lincoln. what actions does the city plan
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>> 41 chicago monuments are under review. five are of abraham lincoln in illinois. the land of lincoln. his statue might be removed from the city. grant is named on the list. his statue might be removed. over the summer statues were ripped down. it was violent. it was wrong. it was illegal. i think equally troubling would be to have a group of professional people to look at the history of these mean and what they represent to our country and still decide to take these statues down. in june you interviewed cardinal dolan. i loved that interview. something he said was so important. i want to bring it up again today. he said as catholics like our jewish neighbors memory and tradition are very, very important. it is the vehicle of god's revelation. think about that. the vehicle of god's revelation to do anything to chip away at
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that tradition is perilous to the human project. what that means is we're all sinners, we're all products of our time but should be allowed to celebrate the good parts of our country and even the people who brought us to where we are today despite their flaws. >> bill: the mayor in chicago lori lightfoot. it is a powerful opportunity for us to come together as a city and assess the many monuments and memorials across neighborhoods and communities and what and how we memorialize that history. ben franklin, grant, christopher columbus, george washington and in the land of lincoln, a*ib lincoln. can't make it up. >> you have the change the state slogan, too. 2021 or 3021 these people will always be important to this country. you have to wonder are we in a transition period in our country right now where our grandchildren, great grandchildren, great, great grandchildren might not think of these people the way we do?
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they might not be taught in the same way we know them now. i say more statues, not less, not fewer, more opinions, more ideas, not less. >> dana: way back in the day when i was first working in local news cbs affiliate in springfield, illinois. lincoln was everything. a part of every aspect of the city and there was even a sandwich named after him. i don't think -- >> bill: if they start canceling american presidents they'll come after bible characters next. mark my words, right? >> quickly we talk a lot about cancel culture and social media is usually considered to blame. the social media mob. while it plays a part you have to think about where these ideas come from. they come from schools. schools where george washington high school, abraham lincoln high school. those names are being removed. if you are teaching that in school and you are teaching people to always view
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themselves as the victim and that this country isn't a great country, we have a shameful history, where does it lead us down the road in terms of patriotism, defense? there is a lot of different issues that come into play here. >> bill: love your dolan quote. have a great weekend. nice to see you. pandemic sidelined so many high school athletes a. nationally ranked field star says he hasn't been able to practice and it has taken a toll. we have a successful mission to mars. >> touchdown confirmed. safely on the surface of mars.
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safely on the surface of mars ready. >> dana: it reached mars after a six month journey across 300 million miles, bill. it will stay there for nearly two years. the mission paving the way for humans to go to mars. would you ever go? >> i don't think so. pass on that road trip. >> dana: i wouldn't. if there was life there? >> i'm not so sure. >> dana: my husband thinks so. i don't know. >> bill: how do they know there is water there? what is cool about this rover, it has microphones. just in case you were staying up at night wondering what does it sound like on mars? michael pinckney a junior here in new york city used to spend his time practicing shot putt and hammer throw. since covid he has been unable to practice. stressful and depressing at times. something many student athletes can relate to. michael pinckney is with us now and co-founder of about you
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research george lanese. do i have your name right? >> let me see. >> bill: got it. thank you. michael, what has it been like for you? you and your dad had to drive to ohio for you to compete at one point. here in new york you can't even get on the field. >> it has been tough, you know. it has been tough being able to, you know, not being able to compete and practice with my teammates. but luckily my dad, we have been traveling, going to middletown to practice and went to ohio. i'm planning to go to virginia beach next weekend. just traveling. >> dana: you have a good dad. george, how many kids are going through this? sports are such an important part of growing up and they have hopes and dreams for possibly playing in college or
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maybe even going to the olympics. >> well, the new york city athletic is 45,000 kids being affected. right now in new york state everyone else is playing except for new york city. we use the saying we want to level the playing field. you can't level the playing field if you aren't allowed on the field. that's the issue right now. it's affecting 45,000 people, students and within the next couple of weeks we'll know whether or not they will have spring canceled again. they would lose two years of spring sports. >> bill: can you change that? >> can you change? >> dana: are you able to change that? are you able to turn things around? other states you are allowed to practice. even on long island they're able to do more. >> bill: across the river. >> yes, within new york city there is stuff going on with the private schools. we had a five school rally to
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get sports back and advocates were rallying outside a track and field center. private school kids were competing. it is happening in front of them. unfortunately our kids get to see that. the stress they're adding seeing other kids get the opportunity is devastating. >> bill: quickly what do you want people to understand about your circumstance and the lost year of your life? >> i want people to understand that sports is a coping mechanism for student athletes. we need sports. it helps us alleviate stress and hormonal changes. you need sports and that's -- we need our sports and we need to compete to get better. and especially for the juniors this year it's real important that we get our mark and show our talent so we can get scouts
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to look at. >> dana: we'll advocate to you to get out and play. >> bill: thank you guys. >> dana: i have a friend up in -- >> bill: we were talking about this a year ago, dana. >> dana: all over new york this is happening and other places, too. a good friend in california. her son is a junior, good soccer player. he hasn't been able to play for a year. they're traveling to arizona so they can play. they go to utah so they can play. they aren't able to run their business they have. a complete mess. when you are outside and you are playing there is not -- you don't see a lot of transmission amongst these teams when they are playing. >> bill: you listen to michael's story there is a genuine sense of unfairness. >> dana: also he still so gracious. >> bill: and for all the classmates and teammates that he has. >> dana: we also learned something. i asked bill do you know how much a shot putt weighs? >> bill: i think i said four pounds. it might be eight pounds. >> dana: it was 12.
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that's a lot. i will try to throw something that's 12 pounds for this week. there we go, sound effects again. thank you so much. >> bill: listen, a couple of things we want to talk about. the season of lent. you have a new piece out now. >> dana: well, i have this piece on the called a lenten reflection. you kind of inspired this. you were talking about lent, a time to give up something so you can have connection to the lenten season but i also think that you can add things. so i gave five tips taken from the book that's coming out everything will be okay, life lessons for young women. five things i suggest you could add. you don't have to do all of them. but the first one i write a lot about posture and how important it is for your life. it is important because the jobs that you are trying to get, you announce yourself before you even speak and how you hold yourself is good for your health, your back as well.
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you are always hunched over. not you, i'm sure you hold your phone like this. there is that. setting alarm 30 minutes earlier. you probably don't need to do that because you work in the morning. a lot of people feel like they are stressed getting to the office. a punctuality problem, do that. meditations online. if you don't have time for a nap it's a great way to reset yourself and i believe in building your network. it is hard during covid times. how are you figuring out to advance in the workplace? reach out to people. a daily note of gratitude. keep a journal keeps you connected to the season. >> bill: dear dana. >> dana: so grateful. but the other day you said you were not going to give up alcohol this year because of covid. i think it's great. did you decide on something? >> bill: i'm not going to do it. i will take your tips all the time. i respect them highly. i respect also the idea of not
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giving something up but giving something back. that used to be my out for new year's resolution. >> dana: also everybody here call me out. my posture. i talk about it but i always need to work on it, too. thanks, everyone. have a good weekend. here is harris. >> harris: pressure to impeach new york governor andrew cuomo is now officially on. i'm harris faulkner and you are in "the faulkner focus". republicans in the new york state assembly are calling for an impeachment commission to gather facts and evidence on governor cuomo's handling of subsequent cover-up of the covid-19 crisis in nursing homes. but even some state democrats have pushed to roll back his emergency powers during the pandemic and republican new york congressman tom reid says his nursing home covid death


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