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Join Brian Williams as he delivers the latest updates on evolving news stories and places the major political events of the day into context.

Join Brian Williams as he delivers the latest updates on evolving news stories and places the major political events of the day into context.




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Join Brian Williams as he delivers the latest updates on evolving news stories and places the major political events of the day into context.




Day 1,264: Trump tries using culture wars to distract from COVID-19 crisis

The president spent the July 4th holiday going after attacks on issues of race and culture in America while making false claims such as 99% of coronavirus cases are effectively harmless. We discuss that and more with Jill Colvin, Philip Rucker, Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, Dr. Aileen Marty, Michael Steele, and Eddie Glaude, Jr.


Day 1,260: Trump says COVID-19 crisis is 'being handled' as U.S. sets a new case record

The United States has hit an all-time record for new COVID-19 cases for the second day in a row as the Trump administration continues to provide no new strategies to deal with the pandemic. We discuss that and much more with Ashley Parker, Carol Leonnig, Dr. Vin Gupta, Steve Liesman, Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune, Tucson Mayor Regina Romero, and Eugene Robinson.


Day 1,259: Trump calls Russia bounty intel a 'hoax' as the White House passes the buck

The president is blaming the media and Democrats as he faces tough questions over reports on intelligence Russia put bounties on U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Plus, new records are being set as the surge of coronavirus cases continues across the nation. Phillip Rucker, Julia Ioffe, Ron Klain, Mercedes Carnethon, Will Humble, Donna Edwards, David Jolly, and Col. Jack Jacobs all join the program.


Day 1,258: Biden calls Trump response on Russian bounty intel a 'dereliction of duty'

Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden torched the Trump government for its response to COVID-19 and intelligence on Russian bounties being placed on U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Plus, as COVID-19 surges in at least 35 states, how far away is a vaccine. We discuss that and more with Peter Baker, Clint Watts, Anita Kumar, Dr. Mario Ramirez, Austin, TX Mayor Steve Adler, and Gen. Barry McCaffrey.


Day 1,257: Trump WH reportedly knew about Russian bounty intel in 2019

Two reports now detail that Trump was briefing on intelligence that Russia was offering bounties on U.S. troops in Afghanistan, all the way back in early 2019 according to The Associated Press. Plus, the World Health Organization warns that the COVID-19 pandemic will likely get worse. We discuss that and more with Robert Costa, Jeremy Bash, Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, Amb. Michael McFaul, Brett McGurk, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, and Melissa Murray.


Day 1,254: Trump says the nation has 'a little work to do' as COVID-19 rages

Trump and Pence both are downplaying the coronavirus threat as Republican governors in Arizona, Florida, and Texas, are moving to try and slow the spread as case numbers in those states continue to spike. Plus, concerns grow that police reform legislation will stall on Capitol Hill in the Republican-controlled Senate. Joining the program is Shannon Pettypiece, Susan Page, Anne Rimoin, Dr. Bradley Dreifuss, Dr. Umail Shah, and MiAngel Cody.


Day 1,253: Trump campaigns in Wisconsin as CDC warns coronavirus outbreak

Trump went politicking in Wisconsin today as the CDC revealed the nation's COVID-19 outbreak may be way worse than previously thought. Plus the House has passed new legislation aimed at police reform one month after the death of George Floyd. We discuss that and more with Kimberly Atkins, Jonathan Lemire, Dr. Vin Gupta, Mayor Ron Nirenberg, James Carville, and Prof. Keith Mayes.


Day 1,252: A bad poll for Trump and worst day for COVID-19 cases yet in U.S.

As a new poll shows Trump trailing Biden by double digits, the U.S. has its worst day ever for the coronavirus with over 42,000 new cases recorded according to NBC News. We discuss that and more with Robert Costa, Anita Kumar, Eugene Robinson, Dr. Irwin Redlener, Andrew Weissmann, and Ft. Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis.


Day 1,251: Trump defies his own coronavirus task force with indoor Phoenix rally

As Trump Coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci testifies about the dire situation the nation faces from COVID-19, Trump flies into a coronavirus hot spot and holds an indoor rally. Plus, it's primary night in three different states. We discuss that and more with Ashley Parker, Sam Stein, Dr. Mercedes Carnethon, Steve Kornacki, Phillip M. Bailey, Maya Wiley, and Charlie Warzel.


Wondery presents The Next Big Idea

Hosted by Rufus Griscom, and featuring thought-leaders Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Adam Grant, and Daniel Pink, The Next Big Idea brings you the most groundbreaking ideas that have the power to change the way you live, work, and think. This week’s episode features a conversation about the power of being “weird.” Listen to the full episode here:


Day 1,250: Trump 'furious' over sparse Tulsa rally and on defense over Bolton book

Trump is planning yet another campaign event in Arizona after a disappointing showing in Tulsa as the Trump administration is rocked by the details coming from John Bolton's new memoir. We discuss that and more with Philip Rucker, Susan Page, Katie Benner, Dr. Murtaza Akhter, Mike Murphy, and Darren Walker.


BONUS: Pride + Protest

NBC News NOW and NBC Out present “Pride + Protest,” a conversation hosted by MSNBC’s Joshua Johnson. During Pride month and with the backdrop of the nationwide protests following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and now Rayshard Brooks, Johnson moderates a discussion on being Black and queer in America in 2020.


Day 1,247 DOJ tries to oust U.S. Attorney who led probe of Trump associates

Geoffrey Berman, the prosecutor who led probe of Trump associates is refusing to step down after Barr announced his replacement. Covid-19 cases surge in Oklahoma ahead of Trump's rally in Tulsa Saturday. And Juneteenth is commemorated nationwide with celebrations, protests, and demonstrations. Cal Perry, Annie Karni, Jeremy Bash, Maya Wiley, Dr. Jabraan Pasha, Bill Kristol, and Alvin Tillery all join.


Day 1,246: Facing controversy and a pandemic, Trump turns back to 2020

John Bolton is telling the press that Trump is unfit to be president, the Supreme Court rejected Trump's push to end DACA, and the coronavirus is increasing in at least 20 states as the president looks to hit the campaign trail again - including in Oklahoma where COVID-19 is spiking. Jonathan Lemire, Errin Haines, Dr. Vin Gupta, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, Steve Schmidt, and Michael Steele all join.


Day 1,245: John Bolton says Trump asked China for help to win the 2020 race

Fmr. Trump aide John Bolton accuses the president of asking for help from China to win re-election, being unaware that the UK has nuclear weapons, and much more. Plus, the fire police officer in Atlanta who shot and killed Rayshard Brooks is now facing multiple charges including felony murder. Philip Rucker, A.B. Stoddard, Jeremy Bash, Michael Osterholm, Mara Gay, and Lorenzo Boyd all join to discuss.


Day 1,244: Democrats say Trump's executive order on policing won't fix anything

Fauci says he wouldn't go to Trump's rally and Pence had lunch at an Iowa diner with no mask or social distancing. Both men are on Trump's coronavirus task force. Peter Baker, Melissa Murray, Robert Costa, Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, Mayor Steve Adler, and David Litt all join to discuss.


Day 1,243: Trump to sign exec. order on policing as Atlanta shooting sparks outrage

The police killing of Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta has led to new protest and renewed calls for police reform and justice as Trump says he will sign an executive order on policing in America. Plus, the Supreme Court issues a shocking ruling protecting LGBTQ Americans from job discrimination. Ashley Parker, Maya Wiley, Dr. Kavita Patel, Bill Bratton, Neal Katyal, and Miami Mayor Francis Suarez all join the program.


Day 1,240: Trump compares himself to Lincoln and questions protesters' motive

After a consequential week in America that saw policy changes, continued protests, and the burial of George Floyd, the president compared himself to Abraham Lincoln and questioned the motives of protesters taking to America's streets. Susan Page, Robert Costa, Melissa Murray, Dr. Irwin Redlenee, Gen. Barry McCaffrey, and Baratunde Thurston all join the program.


Day 1,239: Trump fails to mention George Floyd at event on race and police

With the coronavirus pandemic showing signs it's still spreading and the economy souring, the president went to Texas to have an event on race and police and pledged to 'dominate' the streets with 'compassion.' We discuss that and much more with Jonathan Lemire, Kimberly Atkins, Dr. Vin Gupta, Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré, and James Carville.