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defined by the defeat of this man, incumbent congressman peter meyer. one of the ten house republicans who voted to impeach trump. and the victory of this woman, tudor dixon, former actress and conservative media figure and now a republican nominee for michigan governor, who scored the last-minute backing of the former president. meanwhile, in arizona, nbc has just projected the republican nominee for attorney general will be abraham hamaday, who was endorsed by trump. trump's pick for arizona secretary of state, mark fincham also sailed for victory, as did his pick for the senate, blake masters who will face democrat mark kelly in november. and arizona's republican house speaker, rusty bowers, who was a star witness for the january 6th committee, lost his state senate race to his trump-backed opponent. but the most closely watched race there is still too close to call. the showdown between trump-backed election denier, kerri lake, and karen taylor
robeson. our team is covering all of it for us this morning. shaquille brewster is in michigan and vaughn hillyard is in new hampshire. shaq, let's start in michigan. are you hearing from anymore of the candidates there? >> reporter: the candidates saying that they are geared up for a big fight ahead. we know that tudor dixon, trump-endorsed governor's candidate, she won that primary. that was an incredibly chaotic primary from the start. it started with some of the front-runners being kicked off the ballot because of invalid signatures. it included a $2 million ad buy from a democratic group to influence the result of the republican race and then it included that last-minute endorsement for tudor dixon, and dixon last night turning her attention from her republican opponents, and putting it squarely on the democratic governor here, gretchen whitmer. listen to a little bit of how she framed the debate that we're going to be seeing. >> the battle lines in this race couldn't be any clearer.
this is going to be an epic battle between a conservative businesswoman and mother and a far-left birthing parent and career politician. >> reporter: and here in michigan's third congressional district, democrats got the general election matchup that they wanted, that they invested in. when you saw trump-backed john meyer -- excuse me, john gibbs defeat representative pete meyer. meyer is one of the ten house republicans who supported the impeachment of donald trump. you say that race was incredibly tight there. and it was boosted, john gibbs' victory was boosted by about $430,000 ad buy from an outside democratic group, in the last weeks of this race, that really potentially helped this campaign. meyer was blaming that ad buy as boosting his republican opponent there. and this is something that democrats say that they wanted, they believed that john gibbs is too far extreme, too far to the
right for a general election matchup in this purple district. but we'll see, once we get to november, whether or not that was a bet that ultimately paid off. jose? >> and vaughn, let's turn to arizona. you caught up with karen taylor robeson last night. what did she have to tell you? >> karen taylor robeson here is still in contentious, when you're looking at these numbers, though, it is not looking good for the carrie lake alternative. karen taylor robeson walked and campaigned with the endorsement of mike pence, as well as current arizona governor, doug ducey. this was really an opportunity for the part of the party that is less optimistic about a donald trump future within the gop, and yet what you see from these numbers right now is karri lake continuing to build off the margin of lead that she has right now. the ballots that have yet to be counted, anywhere from 150,000 to 200,000 ballots, these are
ballots that were hand delivered in the last 48 hours to their polling locations and these are so far heavily expected to trend towards carrie lake. and when you look at blake masters, the trump-endorsed candidate for u.s. senate, this is essentially building up to be a clean sweep for donald trump's endorsed candidates here in the state of arizona. and i think it's important under the context this this comes after these january 6th public hearings, in which there was damning allegations put forward that donald trump helped incite the insurrection on january 6th, and allowed the violence to ferris for hours after the attack began. this is ultimately the decision of republican voters, about which way they want their party
to head. and it was quite decisive, not only here, but in missouri and michigan, that donald trump is still very much a factor, in at least a trump-style of politics is here to stay, in 2022, jose? >> vaughn hillyard and shaquille brewster, thank you so very much. i want to bring back steve kornacki at the big board. i guess a lot of the questions is, can all of these trump-backed nominees in places like arizona be successful in a general election? >> and this is setting up a very interesting test potentially this fall in arizona, in a very critical state. we have a united states senate right now that is 50/50, republicans need a net gain of 1 to get back control of the senate and arizona will be one of the most important races in terms of deciding who wins the senate. so let's just start here, and what vaughn was just talking about, the one uncalled race here in arizona, and you do see
kari lake taking the lead here, and the expectation that those late-arriving ballots that will be counted today and in the days ahead will be beneficial to her. if that trend does continues and lake wins this, as vaughn said, that would complete a sweep for donald trump in these republican primaries. because you've got lake there in the governor's race, you've got fincham in the secretary of state's race. you've got the attorney general's race. and then you've got blak masters, trump endorsed, winning the senate nomination now facing mark kelly, the democratic incumbent. so the question becomes, in a state like arizona, look, joe biden won the state by 0.3% in 2020. he had been a republican before that. this is the kind of state that in the midterm environment where biden's approval ratings are low, the economy is not in a great place. and again, biden barely won it in 2020, all of those things you think would put the challenger, would put the opposition party at a clear advantage in the
midterm election. the question posed here, the test posed here is if this clean sweep by trump does play out in a republican primary, all of these candidates being so closely aligned with trump on his rhetoric around the 2020 election, his claims about the 2020 elections, does that create -- is that a bridge too far for voters in arizona, who might otherwise be inclined to vote against democrats in the midterm year like in 2020. and to broaden this out, this is becoming a national question when we talk about control of the senate. because, again, this is the potential battleground for the u.s. senate, this fall. republicans need a net gain of just one seat. they just need to net one, and they get control. and on paper, as i just said, arizona was a natural target. it's a democratic seat, biden won it by three tenths of a point. and we just showed you, with those trump-backed candidates, if they all do win, it raises the question if that's just
going to be too much for the voters in arizona. and if kelly can survive. if so, republicans deprive themselves of a golden opportunity to pick up a seat. and it's not just as i say, in arizona, we've been talking about georgia. georgia was almost as close as arizona in the 2020 presidential election. joe biden won it. he won it by barely 10,000 votes. you've got a democratic incumbent there, raphael warnock, running for a full term there this fall. again, normal midterm climate, biden's popularity is low, the economy is not in a great place. this would be a ripe pickup opportunity for republicans. but they've nominated herschel walker. herschel walker has had some stumbles on the campaign trail that's unnerved some republicans, there have been some revelations about his past. raises the question, is herschel walker's nomination in georgia going to cost republicans a seat they would normally win. pennsylvania had the primary there earlier this year. the trump-backed candidate, mehmet oz, won the nomination.
john fedderman is the democratic candidate. this is a republican seat now, because pat toomey holds it. he's retiring. mehmet oz has not been polling well at all. on average, oz is trailing my more than eight points against john fedderman right now. this is georgia, on average, herschel walker is trailing warnock by four points right now. so you start to look at that map here, and again, pennsylvania, that could be, if democrats win it, democrats gain a seat in pennsylvania. if herschel walker can't pull it out in georgia, republicans miss a golden pickup opportunity. if the trump slate costs republicans in arizona, they miss another golden pickup opportunity. if that were to happen, just in those three states, suddenly, republicans would need to net two seats from this other roster of potential battlegrounds here. and the math just becomes exponentially harder for them. so one of the questions that really has emerged in this primary season and is reinforced by that result in arizona last
night is if republicans are costing themselves, or are potentially going to cost themselves what should be a very clear opportunity to get control of the u.s. senate, because of the candidates they're choosing to nominate in some of these key battleground states. >> yeah, it's so interesting. and i'm just thinking of, you know, sb-70 in arizona in 2010. that was something that was simply too much, too far for a lot of people and that really started a lot of movement against those candidates that had supported sb10-70. >> there were a number of republican senate candidates, i remember, that year, you remember the name christine o'donnell in delaware, ken buck in colorado, sharon engle in nevada. we've been down this road before, where republicans had favorable midterm climates, nominated very weak candidates, lost general elections they
probably should have won, with more generic candidates. it's potentially more acute this year, though, because, again, this map is so close, they just need to gape one seat. and you start to -- that sounds like an easy thing to do in a midterm climate like this, but you start going through race by race with, and the question is raised, could they shoot themselves in the foot here? >> steve kornacki, always interesting, always giving us information that we don't know. eappreciate your time, my friend. >> thanks a lot. >> still ahead, even more text messages have been erased that could be critical information into the january 6th attack on the capitol. who reportedly wiped the phones, coming up. but first, house speaker nancy pelosi has left taiwan, but china remains furious over her visit. senator bob menendez joins us next to talk about his new bipartisan bill, tackling that sensitive topic. you're watching "jose diaz-balart reports." topic. you're watching "jose diaz-balart reports.
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16 past the hour. now to asia, where house speaker nancy pelosi is now in south korea, where the u.s. ambassador tweeted these pictures of her arrival. and the speaker just released a new statement about her visit to taiwan. she writes in part, quote, our congressional delegation's visit should be seen as a strong statement that america stands with taiwan. in taiwan, pelosi met with the country's president, as long as with members of the parliament and human rights activists. china upset about her visit, as taiwan is self-governed, but china claims it's part of her territory. someone who often travels to taiwan as chair of the senate foreign relations committee is senator bob menendez. this morning, he wrote an op-ed in "the new york times" about a new bipartisan bill focusing on the u.s. strategy towards taiwan saying that, quote, as china challenges us across every dimension of national security, militarily, economically, and diplomatically, and on values,
we are laying out a new vision that ensures our country is positioned to defend taiwan for decades to come. new jersey senator bob menendez joins us this morning. senator, always a pleasure to see you. in that op-ed, you said, there needs to be changes in how the u.s. supports taiwan. in what way? >> well, good to be with you, jose. look, i think that it has been decades since the taiwan relations act was passed, which is basically -- speaks to our relationship with taiwan. and there's a lot of different realities today. china's economy is much bigger than it was them. china's economic and political, and military might is much different and more sophisticated than it was then. so, some of the things that we seek to do is to up the posture of our defense cooperation with taiwan, particularly as it relates to sales to taiwan, of the type of equipment they will need to simply defend
themselves, to engage in sending a clear message to the chinese that if they attack unprovoked taiwan, that they will ultimately be punishing sanctions that will come as a result of that. to engage with taiwan more sophisticatededly in economic and cultural terms. and to work with taiwan to have its rightful place in international institutions, like the world health organization, for example. so those are some of the elements of what we seek to update the taiwan relations act. >> senator, meanwhile, the u.s. just took out the leader of cade in a drone strike in afghanistan. how significant was this strike? >> it was very significant, for various reasons. number one, al zwairi has met his maker and he was the head of
al qaeda. and it sends the message, just because you are in afghanistan, you are not beyond our reach or anywhere else. and three, it sends a message to the taliban, you said to president trump when you made a deal with him, you will not permit al qaeda to have a stronghold in afghanistan. well, you had the head of al qaeda there. so you have violated your agreements with the united states and that has consequences. so it has many different dimensions and i think it is an enormous strike and incredibly important. and i give the biden administration enormous credit for taking it and for the manner in which they did it. >> and senator, i want to turn to issues here at home. last night, the senate finally passed a bill that would help veterans sickened because of exposure to burn pits, after days of delay. i know you have been very strong and supportive of this. what does it mean that this bill is now heading to the president's desk?
>> well, for over 3.5 million american veterans, who serve their country faithfully, and who are sick as a result of the negligence in which we operated with these punish pits, the toxic substances that these soldiers inhaled, and now are sick with what have been denied assistance to, this is a new day for them. in terms of making it right by them. and as i always say, a grateful nation not only marches in a memorial day parade or goes to veterans day observance, a grateful nation takes care of our soldiers when they come back from battle, and how we take care of their health care and disabilities and loved ones for those who commit the ultimate sacrifice. i'm glad that republicans finally came to their senses. this should have been law already. i don't know why so many of them switched after they originally voted for it, but it is the
pressure of our veterans and the american people who said, do right by our veterans, that went out today and i'm glad to see it's on its way to the president's desk. >> senator, democrats have accused republicans of holding up that bill in retaliation for the tax, health care, and climate change deal announced last week. earlier this week, you actually tweeted about that. you said, republicans will now likely try to divide democrats by introducing amendments on immigration and border security. you've also spoken about the need for democrats to stay firm and united on this. how? >> well, look, the reconciliation act does a lot of good things. for example, it ultimately will reduce for 1.6 million seniors in new jersey and 62 to 65 million seniors across the country, the cost of prescription drugs, including provisions that i wrote, which creates a cap for seniors for out-of-pocket expenses and a smoothing provision to make sure
to the extent they do have to pay for any of it, they can do it over a period of time, so they're not shocked by prices. it will deal with the existential threat of climate change. we see that in kentucky, with the floods. you see it out west with the wildfires. you see it in the northeast, in the pass with events like superstorm sandy. so that's critically important. and it will create a lot of great jobs. but the way to slay that inflation reduction act is to have extraneous provisions adopted, including immigrations, provisions. so while this is not a perfect bill, i would have liked to have seen salt in it, to help middle class taxpayers get relief. i certainly cannot support it if extraneous provisions could adopt it, particularly pejorative immigration provisions. it has nothing to do with the health, welfare, and security of the american people. >> senator bob menendez, it's always a pleasure to see you.
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just 28 past the hour. we are closely following news out of northern california, where more bodies were found in the burn zone of a massive fire that started on friday. right now, it is still zero percent contained, according to cal fire. with us now is nbc's gadi schwarz live from los angeles. what's the latest? >> reporter: it's been a really strong 24 hours of building containment lines for those fire crews, they are taking advantage of a break in the weather. so, what we've seen is the thunderstorms roll in and bring much-needed rain and really just the right amount of rain. the temperatures have dropped. and so fire crews have really been able to shore up those
containment areas, clear out brush. but with those thunderstorms, which are also expected tonight, and into tomorrow, it can bring anything from heavy winds, which fuel those fires. it can bring lightning strikes, which we've seen again and again, starting over 12 fires in this area. and it can also bring flooding if there's too much rain. because now this area is covered with a burn scar. so authorities have gone in, they've started to assess the damage, they tell us that over 100 buildings have been destroyed. right now, containment is still set at 0%, but we know that in the past two days, there hasn't opinion significant growth. the fire is still about 56,000 acres, 57,000 acres instead of the growth that we saw over the weekend. and we do know that so far, the death toll stands at four. over the weekend, there were two people found inside of a car in their driveway. and they, authorities think, were trying to flee that fire
when they died. and authorities say, yesterday, they found two other people in two separate homes that they also believe died in that fire. so people died, but at this point, authorities say everyone else has been accounted for. jose? >> gadi schwarz in los angeles, thank you. well like to remember hall of fame broadcasterscully, the voice of the dodgers for nearly seven decades. >> it's time for dodger baseball! >> the team announced that scully died last night at the age of 94. born in the bronx in 1927, he got his start with the then brooklyn dodgers in 1950. his voice took him from the hall of fame to the white house in 2016 when president obama awarded him the medal of freedom. the dodgers' ceo saying in a staple today, we have lost an icon. indeed, we have. next, the department of
justice filing a new lawsuit to protect abortion access after the supreme court overturned roe v. wade. plus, first it was erased secret service texts. then it was missing texts from top homeland security leaders. now, now "the washington post" reports the phones of top pentagon officials were wiped of january 6th messages. the reporter behind that latest story joins me next. you're watching "jose diaz-balart reports." next. you're watching "jose diazal-bart reports. (jeanne) with thyroid eye disease, my whole world became about my eyes. i hid my bulging eyes, and double vision made things look like this. but then my doctor recommended tepezza, a prescription medicine that treats thyroid eye disease. with my symptoms under control, things are really opening up. (vo) in a clinical study, nearly 7 out of 10 patients taking tepezza saw improvements in double vision. and more than 8 out of 10 patients had less eye bulging. tepezza is an infused medicine. patients taking tepezza may experience infusion reactions.
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35 past the hour. this afternoon, president biden is set to issue another executive order as part of the administration's push to protect abortion access. the latest order will focus on protecting patients' ability to cross state lines for the procedure. and for the first time, the administration is taking legal action to protect abortion access after the supreme court
struck down roe v. wade. on tuesday, the doj filed a lawsuit, arguing that idaho's strict abortion ban violates a federal law that requires medical providers to offer emergency medical treatment. joining us now with more on this is nbc news justice and intelligence correspondent, ken dilanian. also with us is dr. kavita patel, a former white house policy director and nbc legal contributor. so, ken, what's next for this lawsuit? >> jose, the justice department is asking a judge to bar idaho from enforcing this law when it takes effect august 25th. we can expect a hearing on that soon. the idea would be to put the law on hold, essentially, while the law is being heard. and what the doj is arguing is that idaho's near-total ban on abortion conflicts with a federal law that requires hospitals to provide emergency medical care to everyone who is suffering from a serious threat to their health. the justice department says that this idaho law would criminalize abortions that actually would be required under federal law, because they are necessary to prevent serious injury or death
to the mother, in the case of, for example, a major pregnancy complication. and when federal law conflicts with state law, jose, federal law is supreme. idaho's governor has called this an overreach and in an attempt to go around the supreme court's decision to overturn roe v. wade. attorney general merrick garland says that's no true. but this case may end up before the high court before this is all said and done. >> what are some of the real situations that idaho doctors could find themselves in when this abortion ban does take effect? >> yeah, san jose, before this ban takes effect it has not been great. there have already been limits to abortion procedures. and a majority of the doctors who i have spoken with, who actually perform these procedures, said that they live double lives. they have to talk with their patients about these procedures when they're on the phone or outside of a clinic, and they have to be careful, not just to
protect patient privacy, but they don't want other providers to even know that they're offering these services for fear of retribution or for fear of any kind of a legal issue. i will tell you, just having to be on a panel with a legal analyst makes any doctor nervous. we're risk averse people. we go into medicine because we want to save people. we don't want to get into the legal thicket. so even if this becomes something the department of justice can push on, and i think it's great to take a state like idaho and tether these issues to a federal law, the federal emergency medical and treatment act, so that's brilliant, but no matter what happens, it's created this fear and panic that will absolutely affect even generations of doctors in the state of idaho and around it. >> and ken, what more do we know an this executive order that the president is expected to sign today? >> jose, the order is designed to make it easier for women seeking abortions to travel between states to obtain access to the procedure. one of the directives we're told, will allow states that
have not outlawed abortion to apply for specific medicaid waivers that would help them treat women who have travelled from out of state. and the order is also going to remind health care providers to comply with federal nondiscrimination laws and seek to streamline the collection of maternal health data by some federal institutes. these are sort of the kind of incremental steps that the biden administration is going to try to take, to try to protect the right to reproductive freedom, jose. >> and dr. patel, even if patients are able to travel out of a state for an abortion, it still doesn't address disparities in terms of who will be able to have access to an abortion. >> not only the disparities, but much of what we do in local settings, jose, is take care of the entire household. this doesn't affect one person. and as you realize that many of the patients seeking reproductive access have other members in fact household, other children, in fact, in their household. what is a mother supposed to do? leave two children behind? she's a single working mom, or maybe in a dual working
household and go out of state, for what period of time? what about the need for follow-up in those states? lots of issues that i think can't -- you just can't do workarounds around these things. one of the most promising things in that executive order was biden sending the signal, congress needs to really validate reproductive access and time is dwindling. i hope these policies can at least get us there. >> and it's so important to recognize, there are al of people who don't have easy access to medical health under any kind of circumstance, doctor. >> that's right. that's right, uninsured patients, we have not closed the gap on underinsurance, not enough insurance, and remember, in the trump administration, they actually allowed for carveouts for things like mental health and certain maternal health. so i think we still have to remember, we're putting back those treatments into place, access into place, but you're right, jose. we live in two americas, where even if you have these policies, it's not necessarily going to get to people.
>> dr. kavita patel and ken dilanian, thank you both for being with us this morning. appreciate that. just in the last 45 minutes, nbc has now confirmed based on sources familiar that a federal grand jury has subpoenaed former white house attorney pat cipollone. the doj has no comment. and there's a new twist in the january 6th investigation. first, it was missing secret service text messages. then text messages from top dhs leaders. now, "the washington post" reports that according to legal filings, the pentagon erased a potential trove of material related to the january 6th attack from the phones of senior defense officials in the trump administration. a defense official speaking on the condition of anonymity to the post, because of the sensitivity of the issue, said the deletions were just standard process. joining us now, "the washington post's" jacqueline alemany, who is behind this reporting, she is also an msnbc contributor.
jackie, great seeing you. take us through your reporting here. it just seems like standard operating procedure is to erase a ton of stuff? >> that's what seems to be the issue right now, jose, and a big roadblock for the january 6th select committee in their efforts to obtain these materials that they requested through the national archives over a year ago. it was one of the first requests that they initially sent out. and while they have so far received a boat load of other interviews, there are some key, potentially helpful communications that are missing and have been erased and might be unrecoverable because of this procedural breakdown. as you noted, it's not just the department of defense and army officials who were in charge of mobilizing the national guard to respond to the capitol attack, that deleted their text messages. it was an erasing that was done
in keeping with the policy of the defense department and army policy, but it's also the department of homeland security and u.s. secret service, which are two other entities that played crucial roles in the events surrounding january 6th, and could help fill out the picture that the january 6th committee is still trying to get the most comprehensive record of. >> i want to play how mark esper responded to this reporting earlier. >> my sense is that the headline is dramatic, but when you dig into it, you find that it's probably a process that was just executing itself. i think it needs to be looked into, but i think what we'll find is that this was just a circumstance of people leaving government two weeks or so after january 6th. and their phones being wiped and cleared for the next person to take them. >> so let's talk about this. how unusual is this?
is this the standard for high-ranking personnel to be wiped when they're out of office? there are issues that happened here? >> i don't think that anyone serving in government anticipated an insurrection to have taken place on january 6th. so in its totality, the circumstances are highly unusual. and yes, this could have been simply a procedural breakdown, but at the end of the day, multiple preservation requests were sent out by democratic committees and democrats attempting to do oversight, that asked several agencies to preserve any and all communications related to the january 6th insurrection, deleting these text messages is not in keeping with those preservation requests. and as we've seen from the select committee, in particular, text messages have proven to be a really key part of their investigation in piecing together not only different events, but the communications
around those events and piecing together the familiarity of different relationships. for example, mark meadows' text messages was really foundational for the work of the january 6th committee, and now there are key moments in particular, especially as it's become clear that the u.s. secret service and the department of defense might be able to answer very specific questions that these text messages could provide some important clarity. >> i'm wondering if those requests to preserve that were made before they were wiped out, you know? if it was done before. but if it was done after, there's nothing they could have done. jackie, as we just reported, a federal grand jury has subpoenaed former white house attorney pat cipollone. what information could that open up? >> i think it could open up some of what we've already seen from the closed-door deposition that
the january 6th committee played during the final two hearings, or the final hearing, pardon me, of pat cipollone's testimony. but, the grand jury could very well go further. what our reporting shows us is that pat cipollone's teams are in communications over the parameters of the testimony and whatever he's able to tell this grand jury at the end of the day. this is someone who has claimed executive privilege on a number of things. we saw him claiming executive privilege during certain moments with his -- during his deposition interviews with lawmakers on the select committee. so he's likely to try to establish some parameters once again, but it will be the department of justice's work to try to push him beyond that as they get deeper into this investigation and as we've previously reported, investigators are owning in the criminal investigation on the
former president himself, which means that cipollone's going to have to decide whether or not he's ultimately going to fully cooperate or not. >> jacqueline alemany, thank you so much for being with us this morning. there's big news from the united nations amid worries of global hunger from the war in ukraine, and it has to do with that ship you see right there. and if you're listening to us, it looks like a big, big container ship. we'll talk about that, next. you're watching"jose diaz-balart reports". ose diaz-balart reports" announcer: type 2 diabetes? discover the power of 3 in the ozempic® tri-zone. in my ozempic® tri-zone, i lowered my a1c, cv risk, and lost some weight. announcer: ozempic® provides powerful a1c reduction. in studies, the majority of people reached an a1c under 7 and maintained it. ozempic® lowers the risk of major cardiovascular events such as stroke, heart attack, or death in adults also with known heart disease. and you may lose weight. adults lost up to 14 pounds.
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♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ 51 past the hour. new numbers from the u.n. on how much civilians have been impacted by the war in ukraine. listen to this. more than 6.2 million people have been forced to leave ukraine for other parts of europe. another 6.3 are internally displaced. the first grain ship to leave ukraine since russia's invasion has now been inspected in istanbul and has been cleared to move forward to its destination in tripoli, lebanon. joining us now from kyiv, nbc news correspondent morgan chesky. morgan, what's the latest on the ground where you are?
>> reporter: yeah, jose, amid the darkness of this war a bright spot with the safe passage of that ship carrying 26,000 tons of ukrainian grain across the black sea for the very first time since russia started this war back on february 24th. when it arrives in lebanon, it will be off-loaded and then that grain will hopefully go to countries in desperate need in africa and the middle east. ukraine saying they plan to have three ships depart their ports per day for the foreseeable future. in the meantime, officials here launching a new battle away from the front lines, and that is an effort to try to find missing children. jose, they say as many as 5,000 ukrainian children are missing and they are afraid that they are in russian-occupied territories and may be handed off to foster families there. and families in general in ukraine feeling the weight of this war. i spoke to one 26-year-old whose parents live in crimea. his mother supports president putin. his father's against the war. and jose, listen to what he had
to say about how he tries to explain it to them. >> it feels very like exhausting. i feel some void inside because i feel really helpless. i can't do anything. like no matter what i show, what i tell, like what evidence i have, even if like some really personal things, there is really nothing i can say to make them like believe me or at least doubt in what -- what she thinks. >> reporter: and that young man, artem, says that as far as evidence he could show his parents, it would include damage to the mother of his girlfriend, whose own apartment was struck by russian shelling. i ask him would your mother even believe that if you were to show her? and he said probably not. jose? >> morgan chesky in kyiv. i thank you so much.
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be one more supply chain problem. beer taps running dry. not yet, but -- >> if there's going to be a beer shortage, it's going to be a problem. >> reporter: the problem is to get those bubbles requires co2. much of the nation's carbon dioxide used in beer is shipped from mississippi, where they encountered a recent contamination issue, causing shortages, and then a train line strike in the midwest resulted in co2 delivery problems. >> a dozen or more breweries that are experiencing the same problem. and those are just the ones that i know of. it was as if a switch went off overnight. >> reporter: at tarpin river brewing in fort lauderdale they make up to 300 gallons of craft beer a day. that requires 80 pounds of co2. >> i'm showing about 200 psi here, giving us another day or two. if we don't receive shipment by thursday, we're out of luck. >> reporter: the growing worry? this burp in the co2 supply chain could slow the flow.
>> just checking in, seeing how the supply of co2 is looking. >> reporter: it's why they're on the phone here twice a day to check on deliveries. >> yes. we've definitely got you covered for the co2. >> reporter: a shortage of co2. any other concerns? >> yeah, i'm a little worried about what's going on in ukraine. a lot of grain comes out of ukraine. >> reporter: carbon dioxide is used in grain but also in water treatment plants, at commercial swimming pools, in soda pop, even by welders. it's mostly a by-product from the manufacture of ethanol and oil. so without co2 what is this? >> flat beer. >> and we don't like that in america. >> we do not like that in america p. definitely not an american taste. it's something more akin to what you'd find in europe. >> reporter: if they don't get the carbon dioxide soon, brewers will be over a barrel. those are some hard to swallow facts. the brewers association says look, there's no reason to go have a run on beer.
they're confident that this supply chain problem could work itself out, hopefully in the next coming days. >> kerry sanders. thank you for that. that wraps up the hour for me. i'm jose diaz-balart. you can always reach me on twitter and instagram @jdbalart. be sure to follow the show online @jdbalartmsnbc. thank you for the privilege of your time. andrea mitchell picks up with more news right now. good day, everyone. this is "andrea mitchell reports" in washington. after a stunning political shock wave in kansas where voters overwhelmingly showed up to protect abortion rights in their state, a major development that could have ripple effects reaching all the way to the midterms and beyond. we'll have steve kornacki at the big board plus a live report from kansas along with our team in arizona and missouri, where former president trump had a string of big primary victories. nancy pelosi has complet