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good morning, happy mother's day. it is sunday may 10th. i'm ali velshi. three top u.s. health officials in a state of quarantine this morning after being exposed to white house staffers who tested positive for covid-19. all three are members of the coronavirus task force. dr. anthony fauci, director of the national institute of allergy and infectious diseases, dr. robert redfield who oversees the cdc and dr. stephechphen hal in a self-imposed quarantine 14 days. dr. fauci plans to testify in person next week before the senate. hahn and redfield also will testify but via video conference. more details surfacing in an unusual break in character by former president barack obama, as he gets real about his
successor's handling of the current health crisis. it all took place during a phone call with his former aides originally indented as a support initiative for joe biden. here's a clip obtained by yahoo! news. >> it would have been bad even buy the best of governments, it has been an absolute chaotic disaster when that mind-set of what's in it for me, and, to heck with everybody else when that mind-set is operationalized in our government. >> overnight the white house issuingal foughtal statement. president trump's coronavirus response has been unprecedented, and saved american lives. while democrats pursued a sham witch-hunt against president trump, president trump was shutting down travel from china. while democrats encouraged mass
gatherings, president trump was deploying ppe ventilators and testing across the country. as governor cuomo said, president trump's response has been phenomenal. there's been a bipartisan recognition of president trump's leadership, and the american people have taken notice. look, this morning as the vast majority of america continues to process the reopening and getting back to some semblance of normal, we clearly have a disconnect. a void at the top. some know it, not all, but most. as we go on, americans always do, here are the facts. at this hour the total number of confirmed covid-19 cases in the united states has climbed to more than 1.3 million as the number of fatalities nears 80,000 nationwide. joining me white house bureau chief for the "washington post" and msnbc political analyst. he's author of the recent book "a very stable genius." good to see you. thank you very much for being with us.
the white house has taken a strong strong response to this obama phone call with his former aides and people with whom he worked. was that meant to get out there? >> the obama call? you know, i'm not sure if that meant to get out there but it did get out there and president obama said it on a call with dozens if not hundreds of his former aides. he should have had every expectation it would become public at some point. >> all right. let's talk about what's going on in the white house. we had a week in which vice president mike pence showed up somewhere without wearing a mask, and said he and his staff get tested every day. the president said wearing a mask would make him look silly. a lot of reporting about, you know, not the best of social distancing in the white house, and then all of a sudden we've got two people close to the vice president and the president who have been exposed or have been testing positive for coronavirus, and a number of other people from the coronavirus task force who are
now in self-isolation as a result. >> that's right, ali. the operations over at the white house the last few weeks with regards to this pandemic have been remarkably laxed. i've been over there as a reporter a few times and have been struck how few staff members wear a mask. how few staff members in the west wing practice any sort of social distancing. that's a small work environment, a small space. people coming in and out of offices, and risking infection to one another. now, they do get tested somewhat regularly to appear near the president, but clearly that wasn't enough to stop the vice president's press secretary katie miller from contracted the coronavirus and it's important to note that miller is part of her role with the president sits in on all of the coronavirus task force meetings which is why we're seeing dr. redfield, dr. fauci, dr. hahn, other members of the task force taking their own precautionary steps making
sure that they self-quarantine and try to slow the spread of the virus, but there has been for weeks now a real and serious disconnect between the guidance that the federal government is issuing for other workplaces and other americans around the country and the practices in their own white house as it pertains to being around president trump. >> next to you on the screen we're running the number of cases, number of deaths worldwide. we've reached more than 4 million cases in the united states. a little under 80,000. a number of projections came out suggesting as we lift restrictions and contact between people increases, we may end up with almost double the number of deaths we have now by the end of august. americans seem to be reluctant to go out, despite the lifting of these orders, but the white house in -- sort of contrary to what the cdc is suggesting, is encouraging more opening up of states in the united states.
>> that's exactly right. there's been a shift in the white house over the last week where the president is trying to use the bully pulpit to change the psychology around the economy, around the reopening in some of these states to try to convince americans who are frightened and anxious and scared, and we know that, by the way, from polling, who are afraid to go out into restaurants, to go back into the workplace, to convince them it's safe to do so even as the death toll climbs. he's trying to get americans to accept a new reality. that we're going to have a daily drum beat of deaths for some time to come. it's been around 2,000 for a while now. experts anticipate that number will continue daily. that is a huge number of deaths, that the president wants people to feel like that's par for the course at this point and it's still safe to get out there and return to some semblance of normalcy. >> phil good to see you. thank you for waking up early for us on a sunday morning. phil rucker, white house bureau
chief for the "washington post." >> thank you. amidst pandemic, tpresident trump calling for dismantling of obama care. >> it's a disaster and run it very well and made it darely acceptable. a disaster under president obama and it's very bad health care. what we want to do is terminate it and give great health care, and we'll have great health care, including pre-existing conditions. 100% preexisting conditions. >> under the trump administration, the number of uninsured americans has risen by more than 7 million people, but since the inception of the affordable care act more than ten years ago the gop has not been able to come up with a suitable alternative, despite saying they will on an ongoing basis. you may recall the skinny repeal, and john mccain's infamous, there it is, thumbs down vote in july of 2017.
in a recent poll 50% of americans surveyed have a favorable view of obamacare. joining me now, editor-in-chief with kaiser health news, how health care became a big business and how you can take it back. good morning. obamacare is a disaster but we made it work. i'm not sure a critical anatural, objective analysis suggests anything this administration has done has made obamacare work better than it was before trump got into office. >> that's absolutely true, and as you said in the introduction, ali, there is no plan b for them. they failed to come up with one and that's just kind of become increasingly a problem during covid, because so many of us who are insured are insured through our employers and all of those people who are losing jobs are also losing insurance. so we're going to see a catastrophe in the sense that at
a time when more people he's in serious medical care from covid, more people are not going to have insurance, and there's, you know, that's kind of a side issue compared to the pandemic itself, but it's crucial for a huge chunk of americans. >> yeah. look, it's a side issue insofar as our immediate attention needs to be on the testing and care of those who have coronavirus, but what this lays bare is the number of people who are losing their insurance because it's tied to their job, and the number of people who won't seek the testing. even if it were readily available, because they're not in a position to find out that they are sick, because they can't afford to take that time off work. so the connection between employment and health care is becoming a little more obvious to americans than it may not be the best way to do things. >> right. i think coronavirus has laid bare a number of things about our health care system that are not optimal. this is crucial. look, there are so many barriers
to testing as we speak, no tests. where do i get tested? how will i pay for this? what will i be charged? and add on top of that, i don't have insurance and the only place i can get tested may be in an emergency room, and, hey that could leave me vulnerable to, you know, thousands of dollars of out of pocket charges, despite the fact that i have insurance and despite the fact maybe i have insurance and despite the fact that there have been all of these assurances, oh, yeah, don't worry. all of covid testing and treatment is going to be free. we're seeing already that it's not and people are suffering. >> i want to read from something you wrote in the "new york times," op zed entitled "we knew the coronavirus was coming yet we failed." you say our system failed in its response. heroic health care providers left to jury rig.
most vulnerabilities the pandemic revealed were predictable. direct growth of the kind of market-based system americans generally rely on for health care. your point is well taken. my question is, we're going to be in middle ground until we get to the other side of this thing for some same. it will not end in september as our economic plans have projected. so what do we do between now and sometime when we can impose a proper fix for health care? that's a political issue and may not come for a couple of years. >> right. that's true. part of the reason i wrote the piece is because so many people have said to me, why in this richest country on earth can we not have masks? can we not have ventilators? the answer is, because if you're a maskmaker or a hospital, you don't want to keep stock for a pandemic that you hope that's likely never to come. you stock your day-to-day needs. we expect every part of our health system to operate at a profitable business and, hey, pandemics aren't profitable. right? good for health but terrible for business.
hence the bailout. right? but i think what we need to do in the meantime, and this is really important. absent that happening from the system itself, you need governmental intervention. you need the government to come in and say to the hospitals, as governor cuomo did last week, hey, it's your job to have 90-day supply of ppe. it's your job, or it's our job, one of the two. your job or our job to make sure we have a sufficient stockpile of ventilators. i mean, now that we have everyone pointing fingers at each other saying, i thought you were going to do it and, of course, nobody did it. that's why we're in this total mess now. so, yes, long-term we need a system that is primed for a pandemic, whether that be a medicare for all-based system or a commercial-based system and for now we need the government to step up to the plate and intervene to force, i think, that these things be made, rather than waiting for the
market to respond. because the market responds to business opportunities. not to people dieing. >> right. and treatment and testing of a pandemic is not a great business. why we need a different system. editor-in-chief of kizer health news and author of "american sickness: how health care became a big business and how you can take it back." painful to think america's structure just isn't working for us now. >> people are not talking about the middle class. not talking about the workers who are still having to pay rent. still having to pay for child care. still having to go to college and watch children and teach children and -- it's horrible, and it breaks my heart. >> the idea of a guaranteed basic income is bringing popularity amongst americans and
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critical to get infusion and cash down the road. politicians can talk about it, but the problem is every day they're burning time that small business owners don't have to play with. >> as tens -- millions of americans lose their jobs and businesses one thing is clear. something needs to change. the economic inequality in our
society have increased since the pandemic began with so many struggling to make ends meet, there needs to be serious conversations about the best solutions for helping people move forward. one of the things we've discussed on this show. universal basic income. a guaranteed income. one way for us to not only close the gap of inequality also make sure that people can weather the storm until the storm ends. now, ubi it's called controversial. nancy pelosi, kamala harris, come out in similar plans during this pandemic. a new survey showed, in fact, 76% of all americans, both democrats and republicans, support a guaranteed income. there have been attempts in the past to test out what happens if americans are given a no strings attached income. most recent, the magnolia mother's trust giving $1,000 payments to 15 low-income african-american mothers allowing them to have
flexibility as they attempt to survive the pandemic. with me now is aishya, ceo of springboard to opportunities which runs the magnolia initiative. thank you for joining us. you and i talked about this some time ago in which there was an experiment in which women were given, mothers given this money, no strings attached basis. to a lot of people that goes against what they think work and money should be about. tell me why it works and what you have seen as a result. >> yeah, no. thank you, and thank you for having me here to have this really important conversation. what it is that we're seeing that cash does, allows you an opportunity for breathing room and show up and not worry about your day-to-day existence because you yo your basic needs are taken care of. our first iteration of the trust we ended our pilot in december of 2019.
those 20 families demonstrated that 100% of them indicated their basic needs were met. that they were now optimistic about their future. that they were able to plan and had less stress. prior to covid-19 really having the impact we're seeing it has now, will have long term, we did the lottery in iteration of the next demonstration. so now 80 women, 80 families are receiving $1,000 a month, 12 months, no strings attached and already are seeing the benefit this is having on their lives and livelihood and families. the women are telling us that despite the fact they've already lost their jobs, already lost hours, that they know they'll be able to take care of themselves and their families, and like you say. weather this storm for the duration of this storm. because this isn't a two month or three-month pandemic. we don't know how long this will be. knowing individuals have what it is they need to not be stressed
and to continue to still think optimistically about their future, that goes a long way right now. >> i want to put up a map of the places in the united states where there have been experiments with universal basic income. you and i first talked about this we talked with chris hughes. since then andrew yang ran for president popularized the issue. iran has a nationwide one. alaska has something that's tied to oil funds. not called the same thing but basically a rebate people get because of oil money. talk to me about how when you're making this argument you fight back against people who have it built into them in this is money for nothing. this is the same argument that people made about welfare. it's money for nothing, and it disincentivizes work. >> so all the research actually shows that it does incentivize work. allows individuals to work in a
way in which actually makes sense for themselves and their families. but we have got to get to the place in this country where we stop connecting poverty as a moral failing, and take moralism off the reality of the fact that individuals are poor, because a lot of these systems are not aligned to allow you an opportunity to get ahead financially and have economic security. as we move forward with covid and see how in a relatively short amount of time, how this disease has ravished our economy, it is bringing to light what we have been saying for years, that less than majority of americans have $400 for an emergency. we're seeing that play out in realtime. so the reality that this poverty and this economy is impacting so many of us simultaneously shows it's not a moral failing. it demonstrates you cannot save enough or cannot be fiscally responsible enough in order to get out of poverty or in order
to have long-term economic security if the systems in which we are all aligned to are set up in a way in which the incentivized work, if they are set up in a way in which it it makes it virtually impossible to get ahead economically. >> 330 million americans, 40 million food insecure over 100 million live in some form of low wage or poverty. i guess that can't be everybody's fault. one of the things we'll realizing, though, we have $1,200 checks gone out one time to people, and most of that's run out. as you said, most don't have $400 for an emergency. bottom line, if you had programs like this you would actually create a level of economic resilience in the case of another crisis, another economic crisis, another pandemic. what we realized we don't have is no economic resilience for families means which these things hab the money has to go from the government to people anyway. >> that's exactly right. and as we continue to have
conversations about this, we are continuing to make the reality of this being much more stressful long term. we have the ability, or we have the ability when we did the $1,200 a few weeks ago to actually make that be much larger and much more long term than we did. we made a decision, a woeful, ignorant decision not to do that as a country. now we have to go back and say, okay. we still have to resolve this. how do you open up the economy if individuals are still worried about their ability to pay their bills? how do you open up the economy when individuals don't know how they'll pay for child care? we are trying to put the horse before the cart, and unfortunately with the pandemic, and with this pandemic, we are going to be forced to our knees to have real, honest conversations. >> let's do that. thank you for having this conversation for a long time before now.
the ceo of springboard to opportunities, which runs the magnolia mother's trust initiative. worth reading up on this. i think we need to have more conversations about it. still to come, georgia's attorney general's investigating the handling of the ahmaud arbery killing. what in the world took so long to make arrests in the shooting death of this man you're looking at on tv. you're watching "velshi" on msnbc. one more bite! ♪ kraft. for the win win. they're going to be paying for this for a long time. they will, but with accident forgiveness allstate won't raise your rates just because of an accident, even if it's your fault. cut! sonny. was that good? line! the desert never lies. isn't that what i said? no you were talking about allstate and insurance.
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what was your reaction when you heard the mcmichaels had been arrested? >> actually in a numb state, because i had waited for two months, two months and two weeks, and once i received that news i was, it put me in a state i just couldn't believe it, because that's the moment that i have been waiting on. >> being one of the 42 million black americans in this country means not only understanding discrimination but experiencing
it firsthand. let me show awe picture of 25-year-old ahmaud arbery, back in february, two months ago. his family says he was out for a jog in georgia when two white men in a trug pursuing arbery believing he was a burglar short him. these two arrested for murder and assault charges. the men say they were acting in self-defense saying arbery began to violently attack. georgia is one of four states that does not have state hate crime laws. the shooting was captured on camera, and tells a different story than these two men told. it took 74 days for the suspects to be arrested while a local prosecutor concluded, no crime had been committed, because he believed the men were "in hot pursuit of a burglary suspect." the state's bureau of investigations disputes that finding cause for a felony
murder charge. arbery joined the long list of african-americans killed. trayvon martin killed 2012. michael brown killed in 2014 for walking in middle of the road. alton sterling killed in 2016 for selling cds. eric gardner choked in 2017 for selling sgrents. botham jean killed in 2018 sitting in his own apartment, and that's just a few. ask yourself this question -- how can we keep allowing this injustice to happen? joining me now, msnbc's legal analyst and university professor at the news school maya wiley and former board chair of the qui and alliance mark claxton also with us. welcome to you both. thank you for being here. talk about the law a second. there are states that have things called stand your ground laws meaning somebody invades
your house, comes on to your property and threatens you, you can shoot them. georgia citizens arrest laws actually pursuing someone who you believe comitted a crime say you have to see somebody committing a crime, can't just chase people like these guys did saying he looked like he had comitted a crime. more importantly, video came out some time ago that showed these two guys get in a truck and chase this guy. stop him and then shoot him. none of which looks like self-defense to anybody who is watching that video. >> that's absolutely right, ali, and i think you just stated the law accurately. in georgia, you have to have firsthand knowledge. that means you are, yourself, a witness, to a felony. not just any crime. a felony. the 911 call in this case wasn't
even clearly suggesting a felony. in fact, the person who was on the receiving end of that 911 call was trying to understand what it was that the caller said had happened, and then you see this videotape, this videotape, which clearly shows mr. arbery was doing something that i think any number of us would have done in his situation, which is, he had a truck stop and block him and he ran around the truck and then had men with guns. what would you do? and, you know, reality of the law in georgia is that all of those are facts, the district attorney has to interrogate and here we have a district attorney and mr. barnhill at the time who said a day after the shooting he must have had the 911 call information, he did have the video, and said, he didn't see
probable cause for an arrest. that is astounding, but also something that we haven't talked enough about in society, which is that we see bias in prosecutorial decisions. not just bias in policing but racial bias in prosecutorial decisions. this is one that looks like either racial bias and/or that there was some kind of bias because of other relationship that the district attorney office may have had with mr. mcmichael, their former investigator. >> right. this is important, mark. that i want to show you a headline from the nancy pelo "w post," the d.a. making the arrest in the shooting cops at the scene of the georgia shooting believed they had probable cause to make arrests. police thought they could make an arrest. told not to make the arrest. d.a. shut them down to protect her friend mcmichael. on top of all the things that
appear to be wrong with the shooting, there appears to be something of a cover-up. interesting thing, when the georgia bureau of investigation, the state investigatory got involved they made the arrest quickly. all sorts of excuses coming why they can't arrest them including the fact couldn't get a grand jury because courts of closed because of coronavirus. a lot of people saying, that makes zero sense at all. if something like a crime a violent crime in which somebody dead, got evidence, should be able to make an arrest. >> you've pointed out a couple of reasons why so many of suspicious of the system to say the least. when you deal with, in this particular case, this case of prosecutorial hot potato, the passing of the case from one district attorney to the next, the recusal by both, by two of the initial district attorneys for various reasons, but not recusing themselves before they put their prosecutorial legal
stamps on it. the first one indicating she could not find a reason to arrest the individuals. the second one acknowledging that he had to be recused, barnhill, acknowledging he had to be recused from the case, but then offering and documenting and detailing a prosecutorial decision citing legal opinion, et cetera. both of those prosecutors created lanes that the defense will be driving through come time for a trial. but then add on to that, ali, if you will, the difficulty that gbi will have, or is having, in processing a crime scene. in conducting an investigation. you can't re-create a crime scene, a location, two months after the incident occurred. you can't re-create it effectively. site angles different, lighting different, temperature different. positioning very difficult to establish. these things are important when
you're at a point of a trial. forensic evidence could have been lost or misplaced or mishandled or not collected. so you can't effectively re-create a crime scene. you have one shot to do it and that's long gone 70-something days ago. moving forward, along with this prosecutorial hot potato game they've played and inability of gbi to effectively interview individuals for the first time, you are going to have difficulty in prosecuting this case moving forward. that's why vigilance is important and recognizing what went wrong in this case and demanding and proceeding for justice. >> yeah. and seems to be a lot that went wrong. maya, talk ta you to be a case in indianapolis. police
shooting of a young man named graysean reid. read you from the "new york times." indianapolis police face growing questions after killing three people in eight hours. this is one of them. video captured a morbid joke from a detective out of view of
the camera after mr. reid was shot. "i think lgts going to be a closed casket, homey ". detective said apparently referring to mr. reid's funeral. recordeded killing, he ran from the police. they tased him and then they shot him. >> yeah. this is -- ah. i mean first of all we have to acknowledge it's mother's day and there are a lot of mothers today in a lot of pain who aren't going to get their children back and not going to be able to see their children. this is a case where we need a lot more evidence. it's devastating to hear any kind of insensitive comments from a police officer
about someone who's life has just been taken. in this case, we don't have the visuals, you know, one of the things we have in mr. arbery's case is actual visuals of the shooting, because one of the things that investigators are
going to be asking about whether or not this is a justifiable shooting is whether or not he, in fact, had a weapon. apparently the police are asserting that he did, and we don't, we can't see that in the video. so, you know, as we've just heard, the forensics of the scene of that shooting are going to be extremely important. you know, one thing to note is that, that i found troubling in what i heard from an audio perspective, is that he is -- we -- you can hear what sounds like the shooting of the taser, and then the shots come very quickly after that shooting. so the question is, who shot first? did he actually have a gun? if he had a gun that creates facts and circumstances that support the police's version of events. are there other witnesses? was anyone else on the scene?
and in the discussion between the police officers, they're clearly looking for shell casings as they're talking. i don't know whether all of those police officers were witnesses or not. so there's a lot more information we need to have about that shooting. >> you make a, a good point. that it is mother's day and there are a few mothers in america who don't have their sons with them today. thanks to both of you. msnbc legal analyst maya wiley and political affairs for black enforcement alliance, mark glaxton, by the way, gives seminars on how to survive police interactions. last month there were reports out in the philippines officials there were using abusive punishments on those breaking lockdown rules by "locking them in cramped dog cages or forcing them to sit in trash in the harsh midday sun." msnbc verify team learn of several more shocking tactics used and how the punishments are becoming worse.
nbc's cal perry has more. good morning. i understand you were able to uncover some of the tactics officials are using on rntesides in the philippines during this crisis? >> reporter: we should say the u.n. human rights office identified 20 countries specifically they're worried about. talk about one and give you two others where at least we've seen sort of democratic neglect when it comes to dealing with covid and human rights. you mentioned, philippines. a place we've seen human rights violations in the past. a place where thousands of people died in the quote/unquote war on drugs. the person who runs this country, deterritoruterte is br it comes to violations. what they're doing to children breaking curfew. the first video shows kids in cages. this off a local officials facebook page. our unit actually reached 0 ut to him asked for comment. he sent back a thumbs up. didn't communicate further. second video you'll see here is going to be kids actually being put into coffins.
this took place an hour at a time again from a local officials facebook page. this video since deleted from the internet. human rights watch raising alarms about these incidents. spoke to a deputy director. take a listen. >> these officials are so brazen that they're putting in on their own facebook pages. they're showing these things off, that, hey, i'm such a tough guy. hey, i'm someone who can't be messed with. look what i've done here. and, you know, it's not even hiding it. that shows the level of impunity we're worried about. >> reporter: two other countries you won't see that stuff up front but there's are serious problems and it's a litmus test of other things that is happening around the world. brazil, protests on both sides of the government's total inaction when it comes to covid. the president there saying to the media "so what? what do you want me to do when it comes to what is becoming an
exponentially more difficult situation? deng to death toll doubling" and in hungary, something that's becoming more and more important to the european union, where i am here in europe. hungary has seen a slide in its democratic values specifically when it comes to the media. measures passed inside parliament that basically makes fake news a crime. it is the kind of slippage, ali, that the european union and other countries frankly should be worried about. >> cal, thank you, as always, for your reporting. nbc's cal perry in london this morning. a crisis within a crisis. coming up next, how this pandemic is creating the worse situation imaginable for victims of domestic violence. how about no no uh uh, no way come on, no no n-n-n-no-no only discover has no annual fee on any card.
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sexual assault reports. cut off from safety nets, like teachers, coaches, friends, who can help in unsafe situations people are facing increasingly dangerous situations at home. advocates working to offer support knowing those in danger know they have options. joining me now is the ceo and founder of rise. an organization working to pass legislation to protect sexual assault survivors. amanda, good to see you again. thank you for joining us. we are in a situation that would seem obvious. it right? people who may be unsafe at home but at least in normal times there was an ability to either not be at home, spend time away from the home, seek shelter. seek counseling, all of these things, which in a lot of places in america, that doesn't exist and the increasing time with your abuser, potential abuser is increased exponentially? >> absolutely. thank you so much for having me on and covering this issue.
covid-19 unfres dernt unprecede ways, in one way tragically predictable. rise in sexual and domestic violence. this phenomenon is seen in crises like nar disasttural dis and war zones and pandemic. things like widespread job loss, economic hardship and close quarters in quarantine. already see data come in from china, wuhan, france, italy, and it's here, too, of rises of domestic and sexual violence. amanda, what are the things that you recommend people do if either you are subject to domestic or sexual violence or you know somebody who might be in this situation? >> well, the most important thing is to know that you are not alone. that there are resources out there for you. rain.org is place to find
resources. it a hot line as well. there is crisis text lines. if you're uncomfortable calling, you can text. also initiatives like the ones at rise, my organization, that is partnered with chefs, restaurants, grocery stores, to create survivor safety. a growing partnership in which places posted flyers with code words that say rise up 19. someone see as flyer, sends it to a staffer. they know that staffer is trained to call hot line and give that person a safe place to take that call. >> what can people like me do? if you know somebody who is living in a bad situation, and you cannot have the same degree of contact with them, what's the way of figuring out whether they need help? >> there are many ways to do this. one of them is to direct them to resources or to be an ally yourself. and if you are a restaurant owner, a grocery store, or just
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there's one piece of news you might have missed this week and it is a big deal. in january president trump ordered the killing of iranian commander qassem soleimani. three days into the new year, we were bracing for the possibility of another war in the middle east. two prior presidents evaluated the risk of killing sole many and decided against it. congress exerted its constitutional authority. as you know, wars can only be declared by congress and unless the united states or americans are in immediate danger the white house must give congress notice of any military action it takes. neither of those criteria were met in january. the way in which the strike on qassem soleimani was conducted
was another demonstration of trump's disregard for the constitution. the constitution ascribes a division of powers, a system of checks an balances. our entire governing process hinges on this very concept. no one branch of government outweighs another. the ability to declare war or authorize military action is explicit given to congress in the constitution, article 1 section 8 clause 1, quote, the congress shall have the power to provide for the common defense and general welfare of the united states. end quote. put another way, if the president wants to take military action, he has to consult congress. now, this week a new resolution found its way to trump's desk, a resolution that would have required him to follow the law and seek congressional approval for a war against iran. this is already spelled out in the constitution but this resolution was a bipartisan
reminder if you will. but here's the thing. trump vetoed the bill saying he was insulted. ultimately trump and other presidents argued for the power of military activity they might believe is in the interest of american safety and in certain circumstances they can consult congress after the fact. now, this's a matter of constitutional debate and perhaps the supreme court. trump thinks it's an ensult to him. and he ignored it. i'm not interested in going to war because the president feels like it or his feelings are hurt. trump may find this latest bipartisan congressional resolution insulting but in the united states we follow the rule of law. the constitution is the foundation of the governing system and the document that binds us together. to disregard it, well, that's the part that's actually insulting.
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welcome back. i'm ali velshi. today marks one of the most unique mother's day in american history. more areas are beginning to open be it beaches and parks with social distancing in effect but things are far from usual and the anxiety is palpable. >> had the weather been nicer, i'm sure it would be hyped up more and i'm still a little bit nervous.