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hello, everyone. i'm stephanie gosk at msnbc headquarters in new york. on this long holiday weekend, president trump is at his golf club in bedminster, new jersey, but it won't be all r and r. just yesterday, his suggestion to repeal and replace obamacare later was rejected by senate majority leader mitch mcconnell. also, several states are refusing to turn over sensitive voter information to the white house. >> this is an outrageous attempt by this administration to suppress voters, to disenfranchise voters, and get personal information which is a violation of personal property rights, individual liberties, we will not comply. we're also following the latest developments out of little rock, arkansas, where 25 people were shot at a nightclub overnight. but we begin in new jersey, president donald trump and his
family spending their fourth of july holiday at his bedminster golf club but being on vacation hasn't kept the commander in chief off twitter. this morning, the president responding to pushback from several states to a request from the white house for voter data from the 2016 election. data that would be used by the president's voter fraud commission. he tweeted, "numerous states are refusing to give information to the very distinguished voter fraud panel. what are they trying to hide?" the white house also dealing with the inability of congress to reach a health care reform agreement. the president offering this suggestion, "if republican senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately repeal and then replace at a later date." senate majority leader mitch mcconnell responded last night that "republicans are going to stick with their current plan." nbc's kelly o'donnell joins us near trump's golf club in new jersey. kelly, is this an important disagreement between the majority leader and the
president? >> reporter: it is important, but it may not be consequential. and the reason for that is the president throwing out this suggestion on twitter, and it's one that some republicans have also offered, so it may be that he is sort of picking up a thread of the conversation, but mitch mcconnell will decide this process, and he is really working in a very fragile setting where there are so many republican senators who do not see eye to eye on how their party should put forth a new version of health care to resort of set how insurance is delivered and how do you protect those who are most vulnerable, what do you do with taxes, all of those issues which are consequential, and so mitch mcconnell had hoped that this would already be done, that they would have vote and had passed their version of this a couple of days ago. that did not happen. so, the president is trying to give, perhaps, some -- a nudge on twitter, perhaps, a way for them to look at this differently, but there's no sense that they coordinated that or had a conversation about it. in fact, quite the opposite.
when reporters asked mitch mcconnell about this, he said, they're going to stick with their plan and by that, he means they will continue to work oncoming up with something that can pass with republicans that would simultaneously repeal the health care law or major parts of it and at the same time put forth a new way of structuring health insurance. so a disagreement between the president and the majority leader when it comes to how to proceed on health care but probably not a big rift. it's just looking at it in two different ways, but in this setting, the president's help is wanted, but mitch mcconnell gets to decide how this unfolds. if they have anything that they can work on when they return to washington, after this holiday break. stephanie. >> thanks so much. the president's call for a straight-up repeal of obamacare is finding some support from kentucky's rand paul who's been a no vote on the senate health bill and fellow republican ben sasse of nebraska.
let's bring in kelsey and molly and hugh, host of msnbc's hugh hewitt show. you suggest senator sasse could be influencing the president aes thinki -- president's thinking on this. >> i think what's important to note here is that sasse himself said that he had been speaking to the president, that there was this idea that, you know, he wanted to revive his original request that it just be repealed. so, sasse and rand paul both have always said that they didn't want to do repeal and replace at the same time. they said that you could do one and then move on to doing the other. it was the president himself who dismissed this in the first place so the fact that it's coming up again at the time when sasse has been taking credit for speaking with the president gives us some indication that he may have had some influence here. >> molly, is there a sense that there's momentum building on the hill for splitting this up with
repeal and replace? >> well, it's interesting because you know, the first go round, when the house was dealing with all the intraparty fighting, many members of the house freedom caucus at the time were basically pushing the repeal effort. they said, listen, why can't we just repeal the whole thing. that's what we've passed in the past that last year that's what the house and senate did. they approved a measure that would repeal it full stop. however, when you talk to leaders, when you were talking to speaker ryan, it's just not feasible to do that because there's really nothing to go back to. the system that was in place before obamacare came on board, it's just not there. the markets have changed so much. so, you know, we saw chris murphy, a democratic senator, i believe he tweeted earlier today or yesterday that, you know, that would be the apocalypse because there's nothing, again, nothing to go back to. >> if that's the case, hugh, and mcconnell is stuck with this, trying to figure out how to make this work, he's compared the senate negotiations to a rubix
cube. i bought the book when i was a kid and figured it out but it wasn't easy. >> a rubix cube is easier than this. but there were two important developments yesterday, stephanie. one, in nevada, 14 out of 17 counties received word that there will be no option, zero choices, for individuals and small businesses, so dean heller, who had already torched himself with his speech is in truly deep water, "the new york times" reporting this afternoon that there's an enormous backlash from republicans against dean heller. he's got to find a way to get back on the gop plan. and the second thing is that ted cruz has offered an amendment to the discussions underway. it's written up at the weekly standard.com right now that would allow all of the obamacare plans to stay in place, but if an insurer offered one obamacare compliant plan in a state, they could also offer a cheaper one, one with less benefits, less premiums. these two things are seen as bringing the conservative wing of the republican caucus closer
to the mcconnell middle. at the same time, additional spending on medicaid and on opioid treatment has increased the likelihood of capturing shelley moore capito, susan collins, rob portman so i believe that while there's a lots of shouting going over on the side and the president's tweet was an effort to club the moderates into an up or down vote, which would have to be inconsistent with ones they took last year, that mcconnell is gaining traction. i'm an optimist on saturday. >> molly, if you look at the plan that hugh just outlined, do you think moderate republicans would actually be on board with something like that? >> from what i understand, several moderates did have a problem with that issue -- with that plan because if these insurers -- if the states are allowed to offer -- excuse me, if the insurance companies are allowed to offer different versions of the insurance plans, that those plans that would cover everything that obamacare requires would be very
expensive. as they are today. so i'm not sure if that's as much of an argument. but it is interesting, because, you know, the house republicans who, again, were in this position several months ago and then were able to resurrect and pass something like david from virginia, he's also very confident that the senate is going to pass something that congress will, in fact, send something to the president's desk for obamacare repeal. it just has to be done, he says. and the senators, the republican senators who have been holdouts to date will definitely hear about this over the july fourth recess as he did when the house had their first recess after the house failed to pass a measure. >> well, hugh, let me ask you this about this as well. you know, you've got new polling out this week that shows nearly 60% of americans oppose the senate bill. we're discussing about how that bill may change, but among republicans, barely a third back it as it is right now. do you see this really having a chance of going through?
>> yes, i'll go back to the four states where there are zero options in large portions of it. ohio has 20 counties with no option for individuals. iowa will soon be at almost the entire state. missouri has a large swath. and there are enormous parts of the country with only one plan, which isn't a choice. obamacare is in a death spiral. some people dispute that, but in certain places, like nevada and ohio and counties in missouri, it's already dead. and so these republican senators are not facing an easy choice of keeping what's there. they realize the house is on fire, and they own the insurance -- they own the engine. they got to put it out. >> let me ask you this, hugh. if this doesn't work at all, is it incumbent upon renz and democrats to try to make obamacare better? do they then have to go to a kind of plan b? >> well, i think the republicans are trying to make it better but i will say this. i do not hold out hope of a bipartisan come to the campfire and hold hands because of the
freedom caucus in the house. if the senate doesn't get it done, it's not going to get done and millions of americans are not going to have health care and they will blame the republicans for that, not the democrats who built this terrible machine, but the republicans who don't fix it. >> and kelsey, just quickly to you, what are gop senators going to hear from their critics back at home on their breaks? >> well, their critics are probably going to ask them why they haven't just followed through on what they promised to do. but i think they're also going to hear a lot from people who don't like this bill. there are a lot of people out there who are going to have to decide what's worse, getting a nasty tweet from the president or being booed at a fourth of july parade and for a lot of people, if the local news is playing them getting booed over and over again, that's a kind of pressure in and of itself that doesn't make it easier to pass this bill. i think it's also important to remember that that ted cruz amendment may not actually even be allowed to be added to this bill. so there are a lot of hurdles ahead. >> you know, senate republicans have talked about potentially
shortening their august recess, kelsey. is that gaining some momentum? >> no. basically not. people can ask for that, but you know, it would not be -- >> you can ask a lot of things. just don't shorten my vacation, please, right? >> it would be hard to explain to people like senator john mccain that he can't have that codell to wherever it is he's going to or asking people to not spend time at home speaking with constituents. >> molly, let me ask you this. how are senate democrats responding to all this uncertainty? >> they think it's hysterical. i don't mean to say hysterical, but they're kind of living it up because really the second that the republicans, and this is what, you know, we've heard from democrats, the second that the republicans decided to use this 51 vote option of reconciliation to pass a health care bill, the democrats were pretty much off the hook because that would mean that they weren't going to be approached, you know, to get votes for them. that said, democrats realize
that obamacare is not perfect. but they aren't willing to work with republicans on anything that would involve, quote, repealing obamacare. now, short of repeal, democrats do want to -- they do realize there are some changes that need to be made, so if we did happen to see bipartisan solutions, it would be because the actual obamacare repeal effort was dead and basically, you know, moderate republicans and probably a lot of democrats, probably a majority of democrats and a minority of republicans would be getting together to fix various portions of obamacare, but not to repeal it and that's what republicans have been running on for seven years, and kelsey and i have covered it up there on capitol hill for seven years of, you know, repeal, repeal, repeal, and it's -- it's interesting to cover the republicans now that they're trying to replace it as well. >> all right. i think a lot of us out there feel your pain, ladies. >> it's interesting. it's a wild time. all right, "the washington
post" molly snel, and msnbc's hugh hewitt. thank you very much. and you can watch hugh hewitt at 8:00 a.m. right here on msnbc. after the break, the standoff between the white house and nearly half the state governments over their refusal to hand over voter data to a commission looking at voter fraud. we'll be joined by california's secretary of state, one of the officials refusing to comply with the request when we come back. s... all in one. purina one. healthy energy, all in one. strong muscles, all in one. highly digestible, and a taste he loves, all in one. purina one smartblend is expertly blended... with 100% nutrition, 0% fillers, always real meat #1. lifelong smart nutrition. it's all in one. purina one.
we're not going to give this information up to this commission. they have no authority. we have no significant evidence at all of any voter fraud in virginia, so why am i wasting taxpayer dollars and time to put this list together? but it's an invasion of privacy, plain and simple. this administration can't get
over the fact that hillary clinton actually got 3 million more votes in the general election so he's come up with this crazy scheme. >> democratic governor terry mcauliffe you just heard from there of virginia and many other state officials, including some republicans have rebuffed a white house request for voter information. delbert hoseman, the republican secretary of state for mississippi said in a statement friday, they can go jump in the gulf of mexico and mississippi is a great state to launch from. trump complained about the lack of cooperation today, tweeting, what are they trying to hide. president trump appointed a special commission to investigate voter fraud after he made claims that voter fraud cost him the popular vote. for more on this, i'm joined by alex padilla, the secretary of state for california. secretary padilla, thank you so much for joining me. >> hi, stephanie. thank you for the invitation. >> you know, i'll just turn around the president's tweet on you. are you trying to hide something here? >> well, perfect question, and so here's the answer.
let me be clear, president trump. we're not hiding anything. what we're doing is protecting. we're protecting the privacy and the private information of voters across america. we are protecting their right to vote by not legitimizing this voter suppression commission and we are protecting the integrity of our election because study after study has shown voter fraud is exceedingly rare, always very isolated. there's no truth to these baseless allegations of massive voter fraud. >> at last count, according to the hill, 29 states are refusing to comply with the request in its entirety. what does that suggest to you? >> well, i think that's a pretty telling. more than half the united states of america is already saying no dice, both democrat and republican, a bipartisan pushback to, again, this baseless allegations, these lies, frankly, not just from the president but you look at who he put in charge of this bogus commission. secretary kobach from kansas with a long track record of
discrimination policy, anti-immigrant policy, and voter suppression tactics. it's not working in kansas and we're not going to let them even try in california. >> well, but let me ask you this, secretary. you know, the presidential election commission says its purpose is to preserve the integrity of the electoral process. i hear you sort of chuckling there. isn't that something the country should support? >> it is something the country should support and it's something that elections officials, both democrat and republican, at the state and local levels across the country support and are doing a good job of. again, there have been investigations. there have been studies. there have been commissions to measure voter fraud and what we can do to strengthen the integrity of our elections. voter fraud has been found to be exceedingly rare, always very isolated. i think if they were genuine about wanting to improve elections in the country, do a couple of things. first, acknowledge the intelligence community report on
the russian interference in last year's election and do something about that. that would be a great starting point. but instead of doing that, they want to distract by setting up this bogus commission. number two, look at the last presidential commission that was established, bipartisan recommendations on maintaining the integrity of the election, but improving access through online voter registration, for example, or growing early opportunities to vote. that's the american way. >> there are people in this country that are concerned about voter fraud. it was an issue that the president brought up. is there room here to bring together a bipartisan commission, as you point out, to deal with the issues that americans have across the political spectrum, whether it's voter fraud or tampering with the election? >> look, there is room for ongoing conversation, and the ongoing conversation takes place, but what you got to start with facts and not conspiracy theories. the facts are, investigation after investigation shows voter
fraud is exceedingly rare, which means the current protections are working. and second, if you want a true, constructive, productive bipartisan effort, you don't put it in the hands of someone who's made it his life's mission to suppress the vote, who's made it his life's mission to champion discriminatory policies, anti-immigrant policies, and haul innocent folks into court to -- and making victims out of law-abiding american citizens who lose their access to vote when you creatively write these voter i.d. laws, when you reduce early voting opportunities, or when you overly aggressively purge voter roles. there are best practices that elections officials, both democrat and republicans, follow and it's working. >> those are some pretty serious allegations you made about kris corn kobach. can you explain with some detail why you have those concerns. >> well, the concerns are simply the facts. look at his track record, what he has done in kansas and what he has suggested so many other
states do. so, if you're going to put this commission in his hands, that tells me that they've arrived at their conclusions already and we will not legitimize it through our participation. >> there has been a suggestion that the whole point of this, of this whole process, was to try to introduce laws that would make it harder for people to vote in this country. is that a position that you take? >> absolutely. and we're not speculating here. it's already what's happening. look at a couple of things. the state after state having adopted this mentality, the voter i.d. laws, the purging of voter roles, et cetera, since the federal voting rights act was gutted by the supreme court several years ago, so we've seen the playbook in state after state. now they're trying to bring it national. there's already federal voter i.d. legislation that's been introduced. that's just for starters. you have lawsuits in ohio, for example, of the practices they're using to purge united
states citizens who are registered to vote from the voter rolls. we've got to nip this in the bud and consider this, this letter that went out with this intrusive data request that we've been speaking out didn't go out under the chairman's signature, it went out under the vice chairman's signature before the commission has even met. we know nothing about the commission. will they be open and transparent, are they going to conduct their business behind closed doors like senate republicans have done in crafting their health care bill. they have a lot of questions to answer first. >> all right, california secretary of state alex padilla, thank you so much for joining us. >> thank you, stephanie. next, chaos in little rock, shots are fired inside an arkansas nightclub, 25 people are hit, and 3 others are injured while trying to escape. we'll get a live update when we return. ♪
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recovering from their injuries after an overnight shooting at a nightclub in arkansas. police say it does not appear to be terror related. for more on the shooting, we go now to nbc's gabe gutierrez in little rock. gabe, can you walk us through what happened? >> reporter: hi there, stephanie. good afternoon. well, first of all, we're here inside city hall in little rock where we're expecting the mayor and several other city officials to come out and give us updated information but it was a chaotic scene, according to witnesses,around 2:30 this morning, shots rang out inside this nightclub in downtown little rock where more than 100 people inside and many of them were running for their lives. the big question right now is who were the gunmen, that's what police are trying to track down. there may have been one gunman, perhaps more than one. that's according to police chief earlier today. at the time, the police said that there was no connection to terrorism or any active shooter, that this was some sort of dispute among individuals at the club. there was a rapper from memphis
performing inside the club overnight. we spoke with one of the witnesses who was inside. take a listen. >> raphael got on stage to perform and next thing you know, shots rang out. i don't know where it really came from. i was on the ground. running, crawling, trying to get out. came out the backfire escape, lost my phone and keys. so -- that's my blood on the hood and on the side of my car. >> reporter: incredibly, no one was killed. as you mentioned, stephanie, 25 people were shot, 3 others were hurt in the stampede as people were trying to escape. many of those who were treated at one hospital had been treated and released, and again, now the search is on for the gunman or gunmen, and now, we are awaiting new details from the police chief and the mayor in just a short time. >> all right, gabe, scary night there. nbc's gabe gutierrez, thank you. serious budget problems in
three states tonight, maine's governor reejected a budget deal for a bipartisan group of legislators, triggering a partial shutdown of that state. in new jersey, a government shutdown also took effect today. new jersey governor chris christie closed nonessential government offices as well as parks and beaches with the fourth of july holiday near. tens of thousands of state employees will be furloughed. in illinois, it's the third straight year without a state budget. that could disrupt financial aid at some universities, halt road construction and power ball ticket sales. it could also mean the state's credit rating could be downgraded to junk status. next, we'll head to a place with more than a million people will visit this weekend. lax. a look at what travelers are experiencing this holiday weekend, especially in the wake of the travel ban now in effect on the other side of the break.
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i'm stephanie gosk in new york. right now, president trump is spending his holiday weekend at his golf club in new jersey before heading to germany for the g20 summit next week. the president taking to twitter to go after states that are refusing to hand over sensitive voter data to white house commission looking at voter fraud. tweeting, "numerous states are refug refusing to give information to the very distinguished voter fraud panel. what are they trying to hide." meanwhile, special counsel robert mueller has added a to be prosecutor from new york. that prosecutor, andrew goldstein, was former u.s. attorney's top attorney on public corruption cases. and you are looking at one of the largest pride festivals in europe. hundreds of thousands of people marched in madrid, spain, earlier today. the spanish capital is hosting the ten-day world pride festival this year. this came a day after germany's
parliament approved sakme-sex marriage. millions of people will be traveling during this fourth of july holiday weekend. this morning, los angeles international airport tweeted that they expected 1.2 million passengers and travelers expecting frustrated crowds and long lines are arriving early to give themselves meant of time to get through tsa. joining me now is nbc's scott cohen. scott, what is the frustration level right now at the airport? >> reporter: it's actually not so bad, stephanie. and we've been watching this since early this morning. as you said, 1.2 million people expected to go through l.a.x. and that's about a third of the people expected to travel this holiday weekend so a lot of people and there was a lot of concern going in that because of already enhanced tsa screening plus the travel ban, that that was going to create some issues. so far, so good. perhaps because just about
everybody that we've spoken to said they planned ahead like this woman who was on her way to new orleans. >> it's essence festival going on right now and my birthday was yesterday. so taking a little trip to go be with all the people. i was concerned just about a crowd, which there is not one this morning. i'm really excited about. if the precheck line wasn't going to be open, then i would have to go through that long screening. this airport, in particular, it's a little challenging to be patient enough to get through the line and i'm just looking forward to relaxing and having a good time when i'm in new orleans. >> reporter: one of the things that she has going for us is that it's very hard not to have a good time in new orleans. officials are still saying, allow extra time if you're already at your destination, great. if you're heading home, think about that as you plan coming back, but right now, stephanie, so far, so good. >> doesn't look too bad there. thank you. nbc's scott cohn at l.a.x. in los angeles. the house fulfilled one of president trump's campaign promises by passing two key immigration bills this week.
the passage on kate's law on thursday would increase criminal penalties for illegal immigrants who repeatedly reenter the country illegally. and the no sanctuary for criminals act would cut federal grants to states that prevent law enforcement from turning over illegal immigrants to federal authorities. president trump took to twitter to applaud his victory, good news that the house passed both bills. hopefully the senate will follow. both bills are expected to face opposition. senate democrats successfully blocked kate's law last year. republicans will need at least eight democratic votes in order for both bills to pass. let's bring in immigration state's attorn attorney fiona. >> thank you for having me. >> let me ask you, the president and his administration say both bills the house passed will make americans safer. what is your reaction to that? >> well, i do not believe that they will make america safer. and you know, we're of the
opinion that sanctuary or welcoming cities actually make people safer. >> well, let me ask you this, for people that are concerned about illegal immigration, do these bills get at the heart of trying to stop illegal immigration? >> no. i mean, there are already strict penalties in place for people who try reenter the states after being previously removed. and you know, we feel that these bills are really political pr and when you look at the facts and you see that immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than other people in the states, and also thinking about the policy behind welcoming cities, the idea is that we want victims of crimes and witnesses of crimes to be able to come forward to report those to law enforcement. >> how did the house immigration bills affect immigrant families? >> you know, i think throughout -- for the past year, there's been a really
anti-immigrant rhetoric and sentiment throughout the country, and it's really sad because a lot of the people here, the undocumented, come to america to make a better life partner themselves and their family and as i've said before, mothers are feeling afraid to drop their children off at school, not knowing whether they're going to be there to pick them up and it's very sad that that's the feeling that has been felt in immigrant communities throughout the country. >> let's turn to the kate's law. kate steinle was shot and killed by an undocumented immigrant who had been deported five times. a handful of democrats defected from party lines to support kate's law, 166 democrats voted no. they were successful last year when republicans failed to get the votes needed to pass kate's law. why are democrats voting no on this bill? >> well, i think there's elements of kate's law and of course it was extremely tragic situation and, you know, our sympathies are extended to the
family but there are parts of the law that would prevent an asylum seeker from being able to have a credible fear interview at the border. so there are definitely parts of it that i think we need to look at and see, we don't agree that they should be included in it. >> and how much pressure will be placed on state funding under the no sanctuary for criminals act? >> you know, law enforcement officials throughout the states are not in support of this. and local -- states are taking action in their own right. here in illinois, we have the trust act has passed through the senate and the house and it's, i believe, it's awaiting signature of the governor. so, states are recognizing that there is a huge benefit in having a welcoming or a sanctuary city, and they see that it does actually make citizens safer. people safer. >> you know, on this issue of immigration, it's one of the things that trump says he is winning at. is this a win for -- from his perspective and the people that support him? >> i mean, when americans are
made less safe, i don't view that as a win. i think we need to look at the rationale behind a city being a welcoming city, and see why there's a reason the sheriffs and law enforcement officials throughout the states are not in support of these bills. >> all right, fiona, thank you so much for joining me today. >> thank you for having me. turning overseas, iraqi forces backed by american advisers are close to recapturing the biggest city held by isis. mosul was seized by isis militants three years ago this month. and the offensive to drive them out has gone on for eight months. our chief foreign correspondent is in mosul and has his report. >> reporter: iraqi forces have squeezed isis's hold on the key city of mosul down to a few remaining blocks with a lot of help from american troops. >> what you see right there is coalition air strikes. >> reporter: those black plumes of smoke are air strikes. >> without a doubt. >> reporter: the colonel
commands most of the 1600 american advisers helping to fight isis, also known as d.a.s.h. in mosul any idea how many isis fighters? >> i'm not sure it matters because the d.a.s.h. fighters that are in there are going to fight to the death. >> reporter: we went to see the front line in mosul's old city. it's a moon skooip and dangerous terrain. with narrow alleys perfect for isis ambushes. you can see how powerful some of the american air strikes were. this is a crater and it must be 20, 30 feet deep and it appears that was the target. you can see in the garage, there's an armored vehicle, am improvised vehicle. it's actually a car bomb built by isis. caught in this war zone are thousands of families, now free from isis's reign of terror. this man saying he was reborn, thanking everyone he saw, even us. three years ago, isis leader
announced the start of his so-called caliphate in a mosque here. last week, isis blew it up. iraqi forces raised their flag on the spot. >> this is the final days of the caliphate in mosul. >> reporter: what does that mean for the war against isis? >> this is a catastrophic setback for isis. you can't claim glory in getting defted by the iraqi forces. >> reporter: just a few more blocks to go, but they could prove to be the hardest yet. >> some stark scenes there out of mosul. next, we're going to turn to a new high for sin city, recreational marijuana is now legal in nevada. but you won't find it on the strip. a look at the rules and hefty fines you could face if you gamble using it in public. and richard lui will be with you next hour. he'll have much more on president trump and his fellow republicans' next move in their attempt to repeal and replace obamacare.
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recreational marijuana became legal to buy in nevada today. making nevada the fifth state with stores selling marijuana to adults for recreational use. dispensaries started opening all over the state, but folks will are only allowed to light up in the privacy of their homes. violators who smoke in public places will be fined $600. there are big sums of money to be made until tin the mariju business and with laws changing, is now a good time to break into this industry? msnbc's savannah sellers has our latest report. >> reporter: stephanie, today is the day it is officially legal to purchase recreational marijuana in the state of motor vehicle motor vehic-- nevada bu that's not the case in the overwhelming majority of the u.s. so how can an industry with an uncertain future continue to grow. the cannabis industry is booming with $6.7 billion in sales in 2016, supporting businesses sprouting up all around and people from all walks of life
joining in on the green rush. >> my background was 20 years on wall street. >> someone looking for a ph.d. chemist. >> reporter: 29 states and the district of columbia now legally allow medical marijuana sells with eight of those states and d.c. also allowing recreational marijuana and while on the campaign trail, then candidate trump expressed his support for this. >> i think medical should happen, don't we agree. i think so. and then i really believe you should leave it up to the states. it should be a state situation. >> reporter: but attorney general jeff sessions has the opposite view. >> my best view is that we don't need to be legalizing marijuana. >> reporter: sessions also wrote a letter to congress in may asking to undo federal medical marijuana protections, pointing out that, quote, marijuana remains unlawful under the controlled substances act. this leaves the industry in legal limbo, marijuana, something that can make you millions in one state, and get you arrested in another. how can you say that it's a good idea for somebody to be getting into this industry? >> so i think it comes down to two things. money and public opinion. >> reporter: the money is
certainly there. with sales by 2020 projected to jump to $11.2 billion for recreational marijuana and $13.3 billion for medical. it seems public opinion is changing as well. at a cannabis exposition in the middle of manhattan, we spoke with carson, who began a cannabis recruiting firm. i think with all the states, which passed legislation in this past election, people were really excited about it and they just see where the industry's going. >> so that's when we started seeing a spike. we went from before the election around 4 00 resumes to after the election, 1,000 resume as day. >> reporter: 1,000 people in a single day seeking employment in the industry and the jobs are really there. how many people work for you? >> we have 66 employees. we have one of our multilevel marketing companies now has 7500 brand ambassadors. >> reporter: so you have like 7,566 people who are making money in this industry just with
your company alone. >> just with our company alone, that's correct. >> reporter: in fact, the marijuana industry currently employs nearly 125,000 people, and a 250,000 jobs are projected by 2020, more than in manufacturing. so, with a president who is big on jobs, will one of the fastest growing industries for employment find stable footing? we might need to take a deep breath to find out. it was interesting to see the types of jobs they are trying to fill and the types of people they are finding to fill them. carson told me they had just taking a top executive from tory burj, the women's fashion company to fill a position in san francisco at a sort of boutique type of dispensary. so lots of opportunities. stephanie. >> wow. cannabis recruiting firms. who knew. next, how a phone has changed the world and the way we do business in just ten years. . ♪ a lot of people have vertical blinds. well, if a lot of people jumped off a bridge, would you? you hungry?
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this is a pride parade there. tens of thousands of people have come out. pretty striking images. interestingly this happens in the same day that germany legalized same sex marriage, so people pouring out for that event today in spain. it has been ten years since apple founder steve jobs introduced the iphone. it's hard to believe. critics then called it exceptional. today it seems indispensable, more than a billion iphones have been sold and the iconic device has revolutionized the way people live and do business. gotti schwartz has more. >> reporter: these days you can watch the moment steve jobs changed everything on the very phones he foretold. >> today apple is going to reinvent the phone. >> this is how you turn it on. >> reporter: a decade ago the smartest phones meant a tiny screen and a tiemy clicky keyboard and the tech announcement that changed our culture. a sleek, simple glass-covered
rectangle that surfed the web, played music, e-mails, took pictures and had a touch screen. >> we touch it with our fingers. >> reporter: that glass rectangle now copied by everyone while its app store given rise to a 1.4 trillion dollar giant. facetime, video messaging and cameras bringing people from all over closer together while sometimes distracting us from those a few feet away. and on its tenth birthday, here is a look at the original phone that forever changed the way we talk. >> it seems awfully small compared to what they have now here. >> i can't believe this is the first phone. >> pretty much the same. i know the design has changed a little bit. the cameras are better. >> we're going to be in the jettison's age very shortly. >> reporter: the iphone 8 rumored to introduce facial recognition and even faster processer. and now that we all carry more computing power in our pockets than it took to put a man on the moon, it's impossible to guess
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cruel, sir. what are they trying to hide? that's what trump wants to know today after over two dozen red and blue states openly reject his administration's call for voters information. immigration enforcement addressing the nation. trump demanding the senate vote on house-passed immigration bills. advocates say that could blow open the doors to racial profiling. plus, little rock wakes up to chaos with over two dozen people shot after a gunfire rang out at a downtown nightclub. we have a live update from the ground very shortly. well, any day right now this july 4th week, america will shut its door to refugees. it's expected that new 50,000 limit for those fleeing to the u.s. for physical safety will be reached. which we will get to very shortly. now we take you straight to little rock, arkansas, on that shooting i was telling you about to a news conference.
let's listen in. >> he's going to talk about the transport and injuries followed up by the city mayor talking about permanents and rebaitment and closing remarks. at this time i ask the mayor to come up. >> thank you, lieutenant. my heart is broken and was broken again this morning when i woke up and heard the news about the mass shooting at the ultra power lounge. it's broken not only for the victims that were involved in this tragic, tragic situation, but heartbroken for their families and heartbroken for our city. i know i speak on behalf of all of my colleagues the city board of directors that are assembled here with me in telling me that we have dedicated and continue to rededicate ourselves to what we can do to make this city safe. that sickening feeling in the gut of your stomach is something you never want to