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i'm andrea mitchell in washington with the latest on the push for covid relief and the senate confirmation for a full cabinet. the president meets with his covid team this afternoon ahead of an event marking 15 million vaccine shots in american arms as house democrats look ahead the tomorrow's vote on the $1.9 trillion covid bill. the biggest confirmation for the biden administration is neera tanden. scouring for one republican vote to get her across the finish line. all this as a house xhat committee is investigating the intelligence and security failures on january 6th following up on the senate hearings earlier in the week. joining me, chief white house correspondent pete alexander, garrett haake, pete williams, donna edwards and david jolly,
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former member of the republican party. garrett, first to you. you just came from the speaker's briefing. her news conference not too long ago. we've heard some pushback from speaker pelosi on comments from senate leader mitch mcconnell yesterday regarding a potential commission to look into the january 6th attacks. here was some of that exchange. >> i'm disappointed in what i heard the minority leader yesterday mcconnell say on the floor of the senate. i had the impression that he wanted to have a january 6th similar to 9/11 commission. it seems when he spoke that he was taking a page out of the book of senator johnson. it was really disappointing. he said we could do something narrow that looks at the capitol or something broader to analyze the full scope of political
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violence problem in this country. we have a domestic terrorism challenge in this country. the biggest buckets under that category of domestic violence were white supremacy, anti-semitism and another list of xenophobia, et cetera. >> garrett you tried to get her to narrow it down. clearly there's a divide on how it should be structured and a lot of democrat focus on johnson and his denial of the events this week. denial as they unfolded. >> reporter: several things going on here. she alluded to the idea that mitch mcconnell, she believes is trying to water down this commission by either expanding its scope too far to make it functionally meaningless or narrowing the scope too small to make it just about kind of the nuts and bolts security procedures up on capitol hill.
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speaker pelosi didn't want to get bogged down in either of those things. i pressed her on the question of whether this commission would be truly partisan, a 50/50 split, as was the 9/11 commission. she said this is the kind of thing that could be negotiated further, but if they can't even agree on the scope of what the commissioners would be studying it doesn't matter who's making up the commission entirely. i thought it was interesting she did elevate ron johnson in this way, the republican senator from wisconsin, who was one of those who voted against certification of several states' electoral vote who is had a kind of conspiratorial line of questioning earlier in the week suggesting there might be false flag, not really trump supporters mixed within the crowd on january 6th. of course there's absolutely no evidence to suggest that. and by elevating johnson here she kind of tries to paint a broad brush of the republicans who might be opposing the way
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she would like to proceed with the creation of this commission. we may be back to square one. i'm not sure thousand logjam breaks to move forward with that effort given the back and forth between the speaker and the minority leader in the senate. >> just another mark of how polarized everything is. >> reporter: absolutely. >> amy klobucar was taking on ron johnson because it stood out. he was coming up with all kinds of conspiracy theories that was really left-wing instigators, not all the people dressed in trump gear. pete williams, to the investigation now, and some of the frustration we're hearing from lawmakers today at this house hearing. republican jamie ferrer butler, ranking member on the subcommittee hearing this mornings, listen to what she had to say. >> i'm hearing a lot of process and a lot of, like, almost explaining why there's a problem versus hearing how you're going to make sure that there is a
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command center who speaks into the earpieces of the officers and provides direction and leadership. the part of the problem with chaos was because each and every officers, boots on the ground, commander or not, had to make a decision with no information. my hat is off to these brave men and women. they saved our livings. i'm frustrating i'm not hearing this is how we're fixing that. >> pete, the difference today was you were hearing from the current acting leaders of the capitol police, not the former leader who is had been forced to resign because of what happened on january 6th. what's your take-away from the hearing today? >> well, i think one of the things we learned today is there was a lot of information about the potential threat. it makes you wonder whether this was not a lack of intelligence so much of lack of imagination, because according to the acting chief, the final intelligence report that was spread out among the capitol police before the rally was that militia members, white supremacists, and other extremist groups would
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participate on january 6th, that they planned to be armed, that their target would be congress, and that they saw this as the last opportunity to stop the count and they were desperate. but she said there was no indication of the -- one of these assessments said the probability of civil disobedience was remote, and what the message of the acting sergeant at arms and police chief seemed to be is that nobody thought that tens of thousands of people would attack the capitol. they were prepared for little pockets of civil disobedience. we learned today that capitol police now think about 10,000 people came to the capitol grounds and of those about 800 got into the capitol. that's their best estimate. they said there were like 35,000 people down at the rally and about 10,000 of them came to the capitol. but there was a lot of frustration about the radio systems and especially at this capitol police board that had to approve any request for the national guard.
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one member of congress today said it's like your appendix. it doesn't do anything. >> that was a take-away from the senate hearings as well. too many people had to approve even the call for the guard and then of course the pentagon problems. we hear from them next week when they have the pentagon officials there. peter alexander, while all this is happening on the hill, the president is trying to get his covid relief bill passed. the house vote is scheduled for tomorrow and find a republican in the senate to support neera tanden. what's the latest? >> reporter: exactly right. the president will be holding a briefing on covid privately, but he will come out in public this afternoon to help celebrate what is, in fact, a milestone, 50 million covid vaccination shots, doses have been provided across this country. they want to highlight the urgency of their action, but they say much more needs to be done and they need congress' help on that. it appears clear they're willing to do this without republican assistance at this point, the 50
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democrats is all it would take. they think they have 50 democrats on board. president biden's argument he wants to work in a bipartisan fashion, they say, hey, americans in a bipartisan fashion agree this is the way to go even if there aren't enough senate republicans to come on board with us. on neera tanden, this is the first cabinet pick for president biden that's really in peril. we heard late last evening on msnbc from ron klain, the president's chief of staff, articulaing their desire to get her into the post. take a listen. >> she's a great candidate for the job and certainly worth fighting our guts out. if she is not confirmed she will not become the budget director. we'll find another place for her to serve that doesn't require senate confirmation. >> reporter: that was a key giveaway for ron klain where he said if she doesn't get confirmed, we'll put her
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somewhere elsewhere she doesn't need senate confirmation, indicating there was a plan b even though publicly he and the rest of the white house officials have made clear she maintains the only candidate for this post. the challenge exists because joe manchin, the democrat of west virginia, has said he would not support her confirmation. that means you need at least one republican. in that interview, there was one republican listed. we've been talking about lisa murkowski of alaska yet to make a decision. but ron klain said chuck groosz lee grassley is a name they're working on. eyes remain on congress as the white house works behind the scenes to get tanden through. >> donna edwards, we are hearing that there is one possible candidate who is well regarded even richard shelby from alabama praising her, senator from alabama, scholanda young, as a potential nomination. previously worked on the appropriations committee, is well regard on the hill on the house side.
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i don't know if you knew her when you were up there. >> i didn't, but now that i see her face of course i did know her. she is. but i don't think we should abandon neera tanden quite yet. it's outrageous that democrats joined -- some democrats including joe manchin -- in approving not mulvaney but jeff sessions, bill barr. trump got the nominees he wanted many of them with democratic support. it is ridiculous that neera tanden is being subjected to this kind of opposition. it's unexplainable in some ways. i think scholanda would make another tremendous nominee, but first things first. i think neera tanden deserves a vote and approval by the senate. president biden should have the choice of his nominees in the same way that donald trump had his choice, some of whom were
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completely incompetent in the jobs that they did. >> and in fact in terms of just their twitter usage and being toxic on twitter, nobody could have matched rick grenell, who won a bipartisan vote to become also of all things, a diplomat, also togermany. waiting for the parliamentarian for minimum wage in the covid package. >> there hasn't been this much suspense about a senate staff decision in a long time. we thought we would hear last night what they would decide on this. it is still very much in the air. the debate continues whether that $15 minimum wage can be included or not. if it is included, expect some internal debate on the
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democratic side. it's not clear the democrats have votes for $50 minimum wage. would a joe manchin or kyrsten sinema stand in the way of this entire bill because they don't like the minimum wage structure? that would be something to see. >> indeed. david jolly, as well, there are some democrats who say, okay, you know, let republicans stand up and vote against this $1.9 trillion bill, which has so much support. they've really built local support for it, 60% flavorability or more, and peel off the minimum wage and have a second stand-alone vote on something as popular as the minimum wage and let republicans deal with that in 2022. >> yeah, andrea, i think garrett's analysis is exactly right. it might be a be careful what you wish for situation if the parliamentarian rules the minimum wage increase in order. it will put some democrats in some tough spots with their society votes and will force a
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family conversation among democrats, but it may be the right policy. democrats, there's an argument, go big. you only know that you have the supermajority of all three entities for two years so maybe swing big. what democrats could do to put republicans in the corner is tighten their message about what this bill is meant to do. is it meant to be income replacement and economic support from those displaced from covid or a bill to try to bring more money into the economy? those are two different arguments. what republicans are seizing on is if it's the former if it is to replace lost income and help low-wage workers or displaced workers, then wye all of the pitfalls of money going to people who may not need it, who may not have lost money. we know the v-shaped recovery. it's an imperfect defense by republicans because they already signed off on a bill that did exactly that. that's the dynamic in play,
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income replacement or economic stimulus. >> likely going to the senate next week. they're sounding pretty confident. peter alexander, garrett haake, donna edwards, david jolly, thank you. as the fda is set to approve the johnson & johnson vaccine, what the single dose could mean as americans struggle to get a shot. and the growing controversy in one texas town after a new racist video is uncovered. ered with a companion that powers a digital world, traded with a touch. the gold standard, so to speak ;) i'm greg, i'm 68 years old. i do motivational speaking in addition to the substitute teaching. i honestly feel that that's my calling-- to give back to younger people. i think most adults will start realizing
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welcome back. johnson & johnson's single-shot vaccine will be formally reviewed by the fda tomorrow with emergency use authorization likely as scientists have said it is safe, effective, and it prevents hospitalizations. if approved it will be the third vaccine available to americans and a big boost to the country's
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vaccine supply, which still lags behind demand. and with threats of new variants now emerging across the country, dr. anthony fauci in an interview with savannah guthrie on "today," says you should get any vaccine that becomes available as soon as you can. >> -- getting vaccinated, the better chance the virus has to get a variant or a mutation. so the sooner we get vaccine into the arms of individuals, whatever that vaccine is, once it gets by the fda for an eua, if it's available to you, get it. >> joining me now critical care pulmonologist and faculty member at the institute for health metrics at the university of washington, dr. vin gupta. dr. gupta, good to see you again. let's talk about the fact that the biden administration says it could start shipping 3 million to 4 million doses of johnson & johnson vaccine as early as next week if approved tomorrow as expected. how big a game changer is this?
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>> good morning, andrea. good to see you. this is a huge shot in the arm to get all americans vaccinated as quickly as possible. as you know, it's one shot. the storm requirements are much easier. you don't need arctic temperatures like with the moderna and in some cases the pfizer vaccine. so this is huge for our rural, ex-urban areas for place where is vaccine confidence is not as high as we'd like it to be. selling on one shot an effective vaccine, one shot versus two, i think strategies like that need to at least be considered. this is the broader point here just to emphasize what dr. fauci mentioned earlier. we need to make sure there's vaccine confidence across all vaccines. i'm hearing from patients, from people that i vaccinate in some clinics that, hey, doc, i want one vaccine, not the other because that's what i'm hearing on tv, one has a higher efficacy rate than the other. it's wrong. all these vaccines will keep you out of the intensive care unit,
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where i practice medicine. they will save your life. your team might have a set of ct scans i recently posted. the image on the left right now, imagine for all your viewers out there, that's what your lungs look like if you get the vaccine -- clear. air can come in and oxygenate your blood, no problems. the image on the right, that's what covid pneumonia looks like. that's what lungs that require life support look like. that's severe pneumonia. that's what all these vaccines present regardless of the variant. >> that is the most graphic depiction i can imagine. i mean, just looking at that, how could you not want the vaccine? i know you have to overcome a lot of understandable, justifiable reluctance in some communities, but the education campaign has to be done. one more bit of evidence, look at the data from nursing homes,
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gupta. deaths and cases have plummeted since vaccinations began. new cases among residents their lowest since may. this seems to be real evidence for vaccine effectiveness because they were the first to be vaccinated, they and their staffs. >> thank you very much for mentioning that. there's data out of israel, the united kingdom, out of connecticut in these congregate living facilities like nursing homes that we're seeing rates of hospitalizations that were vaccinated steeply declined. real-world evidence. plus these vaccines will keep people out of the intensive care unit. what i'm hearing also in addition to just confusion, because we're taught we're sort of publicly litigating every nuance of science that's causing confusions, other questions i get, a lot of people are worried do these vaccines, for example, cause infertility? i've gotten that question over 100 times because there are myths out there. the answer to all your viewers is absolutely not.
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there's no evidence of that. but we need to be as crisp as possible about the purpose of vaccination to keep people out of the intensive care unit and we have to debunk these myths clearly. >> i also want to play a sneak peek of lester holt's exclusive interview with the pfizer ceo that's airing tonight on "nbc nightly news" about the future of covid booster vaccinations. >> is your expectation that this will turn into a routine three-dose vaccine? >> i think that we need to wait to see, but a likely scenario is we do not have a three-dose vaccine. we will have an annual revaccination likely with one dose of the vaccine. and that could be an annual booster either with the same vaccine or with the variants and adopted to the new variants. >> so they're working very hard on a booster shot or another single shot that will work
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against these variants. >> that's right, andrea. everybody needs to expect they'll be rolling up their sleeves for an annual booster shot as the ceo mentioned for the foreseeable future. certainly likely early in 2022 if not earlier to cover for these emerging variants. these new vaccine platforms are readily adaptable to changing reality. so we should expect that this is going to be the near future to keep this pandemic at bay as these variants arise. >> and we should let everyone know, dr. gupta, that lester holt's full interview with the pfizer ceo will be tonight on "nbc nightly news." thanks to you, dr. gupta. good to see you again, indeed. >> thank you. next up, we have a really compelling and disturbing story about a racist video sending shock waves through a texas town. a plan was developed to promote diversity, but now that program is getting pushback. more on the growing controversy
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white affluent city of south lake, texas, dealt with a racial reckoning when video of students saying the "n" word surfaced. but parents are pushing back on school initiatives to confront racism in the community and another troubling video is raising questions again. antoia hilton has more on the story as part of the "state of the struggle" series. thanks for bringing this to us. >> reporter: hi, andrea. south lake, texas, is just minutes from dallas and when you're there it looks like the american dream. it has massive mansions, top-ranked schools and sports team. when you talk to its black residents, they'll tell you there is an ugly racial divide and insensitivity there and they call it south lake's dirty secret. beneath the surface of south lake, texas, is what robin cornish says the a troubling reality. >> it looks real, real pretty, aesthetically.
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>> a video of students shouting the "n" word went viral. >> i see it and my mouth is open, but i'm not shocked because it's been a long-standing issue in south lake. >> at first outrage over the video seemed to unify the community. parents and school officials spent more than two years developing district-wide diversity and inclusion trainings. >> we got to a point we were ready to present the plan to the school board is when the fear set in from the general public. >> reporter: in august, a group of parents raised more than $100,000 to fight the plan, arguing it isn't necessary and the school could just punish students with its existing code of conduct. they flooded school board meetings to object. >> i think that every incident should be investigated to the fullest to find out exactly what's going on. but no one has any basis to make assumptions about what is in another person's heart.
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but at the same time, kids are going to make stupid mistakes. >> reporter: then this week nbc news received a new video, this time a middle schooler saying the "n" word and latching. the district told nbc news that while it could not discuss any details, this type of action and behavior will not be tolerated. south lake is at a crossroads. a judge has issued a restraining order halting work on the diversity plan and school board elections are coming in the spring. black families worry the window to make this right is closing. one family is nikki's, a senior at the high school. what happens to black kids when they go through school systems that they don't feel entirely at home? >> i think that strips them of their identity. i think that they leave a shell of the person that they once were. >> reporter: do people here understand that? >> i think they do. >> reporter: that black people want to get out? >> oh, yeah, i think they do. and i think in a way that's part of what they want. >> reporter: cornish, who has
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five children, decided not to wait. so after nearly three decades, she left south lake. >> i just really want them to really think about is this a tradition that you really want to protect? is this the story that you really want this town to tell? >> reporter: a decision she says she made to protect her own family. antonio hylton, south lake, texas. andrea, the school officials and community members are not allowed to work on, talk about, or change the current version of the diversity plan so long as this temporary restraining order is in place. in the meantime, we've heard from three different black families who have either already left town or are thinking about it because of this fight. >> is that disturbing? another reminder of how much work we have to do. antonia, thanks for bringing that to us. coming up, complicit. the biden administration preparing to declassify key
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de facto leader of the country, whose king has been ailing for years. congress passed a law in 2019 demanding that president trump release that report. he never did. and he then bragged to bob woodward in a book "rage" that he had helped get the crown prince off the hook, saying, "i saved his ass. i was able to get congress to leave him alone and get them to stop." chris murphy from connecticut has been a leader in the fight to get full release of the report and to reorder the relationship with saudi arabia after this khashoggi affair and because of other issues, uman rights abuses against dissidents. welcome. thank you very much. as we and others reported back in 2018, the cia has found with high confidence that he was behind this if not even orpder ing its himself, mbs, mohammed
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bin salman. what is your reaction to the impact of this report's release and the accompanying poll sis, including some punitive policies against some members of that royal group? >> well, listen, there's just no way that jamal khashoggi's murder was carried out without either the knowledge or direction of mohammed bin salman. he was intimately involved in the pursuit of saudi dissidents. jamal khashoggi was on a long list of these dissidents who lived all around the world that were pursued by saudi agents, were attempted to be brought back to saudi arabia. maybe this attempted extradition went badly wrong, but we have to remember the saudis lied to us and the world about it for weeks. they claimed that they knew nothing about it, where jamal khashoggi was, when, in fact, they knew he had been chopped up into pieces, dismembered and his body disposed of. so it's not just the fact that they were so brutal in the murder of jamal khashoggi, who
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was living in america at the time, under american protection, but that they treated our relationship so casually that they lied to us about it for weeks until the evidence was simply so overwhelming that they had to tell the truth. and i think it's just a reminder of why we need to reset our relationship with saudi arabia and the gulf, why we should be really careful about selling them weapons at the pace we have been selling over the past ten years. these are dangerous individuals inside this regime with a murderous history, and this report, should it name meshgs bs specifically, will be further confirmation of the caution we should take when entering into relations with the saudis. >> during the campaign, during a debate a democratic primary debate, i asked joe biden whether he would punish the
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saudis, which president trump refused to and refused to release the report. he said yes, he would, he would stop arm sales, take other actions to hold them accountable. what should he do? >> well, i do believe that we need a complete re-evaluation of our relationship with saudi arabia. and i think it does begin with the downsizing of our security partnership. right now, we are selling the saudis weapons that they are using to bomb and target civilians inside yemen. i just don't believe it's in the u.s. security interest any longer to get in the middle of this series of proxy wars between the saudis and the iranians. the iranian regime is an adversary of the united states, but by perpetuating these conflicts in places like yemen or syria or frankly just strengthening iran's hand, the longer those conflicts go, the more influence they have in places like yemen.
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so i hope that the biden administration thinks really carefully about whether the v we're going to continue to sell weapons to saudi arabia at the pace we are today. it also has the effect of spinning up an arms race in the region, which is bad for us and all of our partners there. so i think that that is one piece of the relationship that needs to be re-evaluated. >> only five people are in jail because of this in saudi arabia. what about sanctions or visa restrictions on some other members of this royal group who report to mbs? >> well, as you mentioned, it was just so inexplicable that the trump administration, you know, proudly covered up the murder of jamal khashoggi and took almost no actions to hold individuals accountable. this was not an american citizen but an american resident, someone who had come to the united states because he feared for his life if he stayed inside
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saudi arabia. and the idea that we would not deliver any consequences to the saudis, who pursued jamal khashoggi, an american resident, hunted him down and killed him, it weakens america in the eyes of the world. it invites other countries to do the same. so, yes, i would hope that in the wake of this report, when it's released, that we have a much broader set of accountability measures, whether those are financial sanctions or visa withdrawals for any individuals that have been found to have taken part in this murder. >> senator murphy, jen psaki has just been at the briefing saying that the call from the president to the king will happen soon. let's just listen for a minute. >> go ahead. >> thank you. i just wondered, you said earlier today there were concerns with the leadership, clear that the leadership can do
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better. >> what she said, and i believe it was kristen welker asking her the questions, our colleague, of course, that the call will happen soon, that it depends on the king's schedule. we do know, senator, that his schedule may well have been altered because his son, the crown prince, had overnight an appendectomy surgery. so we believe that that is in play with it as well. we'll hear from avril haines, the director of national intelligence, who testified at her confirmation hearing that this will declassified and released, contrary to the fact that donald trump persisted in defending mbs, in fact, praising him at the g-20 in 2019 when he had been shunned by other world leaders, and he then was welcomed back into the world community. >> well, of course as you mentioned, congress requires the administration, then the trump administration, to come to a finding as to who is responsible and a report to congress. the trump administration ignored that law.
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so what joe biden is doing is complying with statutes that bind him to make this report to congress. let me be clear, andrea, i'm not calling for the united states to break-away from our relationship with d saudis. there are important elements to our partnership. we have an important counterterrorism partnership. we need to work with the saudis to wind down the war in yemen. bahrain has been important in achieve detente in the nations. there's all sorts of reasons to still have a relationship with the saudis. it's just that, you know, we need domestic reforms. we need them to open up some political space. we need them to stop targeting american citizens and residents because if they don't, there's no way to justify to the world why we would stay in the security business with a country that is doing such damage to the human rights and civil rights of american citizens and residents. >> senator chris murphy, thank
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olympic gold medalists the lamoreaux twins, have been fighting for progress, a place in the game for girls, something she and her sister have been fighting for. >> like jocelyn and monique, we can do anything we want to do. more girls should start playing boys' sports, sports just ant for boys. >> joining me now are monique, and jocelyn. welcome, it's great to see you guys again and now you are -- well, now you're co-authors of the new book "dare to make history." so happy for you.
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congratulations on the book. >> thank you. >> so monique and jocelyn, earlier this month you both announced your retirement. monique, what went into that decision? >> well, we both after the 2018 olympics, we both became moms, both had boys six weeks apart. last time we saw you we were both very much pregnant. we came back to the national team and actually we lost two of our grandparents, our godfather, and then covid hit. and we were just kind of just reevaluating where we want to prioritize our time. and i think just with life experiences we've devoted so much time to hockey we're just ready to move on to the next chapter in our lives. >> well, so many passages, the wonderful being pregnant, and of course the losses of your grandparents, covid. jocelyn, you were both leaders in 2017 in pushing usa hockey,
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for equitable treatment, including more equitable compensation and a lot of other things. that deal is expiring soon. what's next on that front? >> we're proud to be part of the player group that's helping renegotiate those terms, which that contract is expiring at the end of march. we believe that what we created in 2017, that contract will lay the foundation for the future of women's hockey in the u.s. and for the women's national team. but we think that to continue to create more equity and more opportunity we have to build upon that contract. and we're excited to be a part of that and we feel like as members of the u.s. national team this is our last opportunity to help make a difference before we're really, really retired from team usa. >> let's talk, monique, about some of the issues that you're focusing on in your foundation. >> so we were inspired by the work we've done with comcast
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internet essentials program going all over the country helping underprivileged youth and low-income americans gain internet access. we were so inspired and going what are we doing in north dakota. our five to ten year plan turned into a year and a half plan to start our foundation, it's geared towards helping underprivileged youth in the education space and extracurricular space. this last year we have equalized the free and reduced lunch program. all kids get a hot lunch, that's one of the things we did. the beginning of covid we also donated money so all kids had adequate internet access to be able to perform virtual school properly. we've dug in our teeth the last couple months and looking forward to what we'll be able to do in the future. >> you know, we should point out that comcast is our parent company but, you know, this is
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so important, the digital divide, more profoundly important now because of the pandemic and we see how disadvantaged so many communities are who don't have broad band access. i want to ask you about the book, and, you know, some of the wonderful advice that you have for women in sports as well. we see now we've had a woman referee at the super bowl, we had a woman place kicker at vanderbilt in college football. women are really achieving. but are these just singular stories or is this becoming more widespread? >> well, i think we're seeing singular stories in the news. and i think once those stories are more common place and they're not in the news as much that's when enough equality and enough equity has occurred in our culture. and so i think one of the reasons we wanted to write our book, or the main reason, i should say, it wasn't just to share our own individual story, it was to share our team's story
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and what we went through as a team, especially during the 2017 negotiations and how important those lessons were, not just for women in sports, but women in life. and really, if you feel marginalized in any way, what it takes to be a positive vehicle for change. and we're just so proud of what our team accomplished, medals have always been what we've been chasing. we've tried to win hockey games our entire lives. but if that's all our careers were ever about i think it would be pretty fleeting, you know, after our retirement. what are we going to do next? it's always been more than medals for us and more than championships. that's what being an olympic athlete gives you a platform to give back, to make a difference. and that's really the main message, the big message that we want to share throughout our book. >> well, you've done it brilliantly and wonderfully in the book.
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you know, this is such a great achievement and it's so useful to people in all fields. so monique -- the message that you're delivering to women and to girls and to boys about equality in sports and in life is just so important. monique and jocelyn, great to see you, let's stay in touch. we'll talk again about olympics as we get closer to that too. thanks a lot for being with us today. and that does it for this edition of "andrea mitchell reports," follow the show online and on facebook and twitter. chuck todd is up next with "mtp daily" only on msnbc. this is how you become the best! ♪“you're the best” by joe esposito♪ ♪ [triumphantly yells]
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