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JOINING US ON THIS FRIDAY. I’M JOE FRYER AND I’M SAVANNAH SELLERS. WE BEGIN WITH BREAKING NEWS, OF COURSE, AS WAR UNFOLDS IN UKRAINE THIS MORNING. EXPLOSIONS AND SIRENS HEARD IN AND AROUND KEYS OVERNIGHT. UKRAINE’S DEFENSE MINISTRY SAYING RUSSIAN FORCES HAVE ARRIVED IN THE CAPITAL AND THEY ARE CALLING ON RESIDENTS TO MAKE MOLOTOV COCKTAILS AND PREPARED TO FIGHT US OFFICIALS SAY RUSSIA HAS LAUNCHED MORE THAN 160 MISSILES SENSE STRIKES BEGAN WEDNESDAY NIGHT TARGETING MAJOR UKRAINIAN CITIES FROM 3 SIDES OF THE COUNTRY.

>> UKRAINE SAYS RUSSIANS HAVE ALSO SEIZED CONTROL OF THE AREA AROUND THE DAMAGE DECOMMISSIONED CHERNOBYL NUCLEAR POWER PLANT. UKRAINE’S PRESIDENT SAYS SO FAR AT LEAST 137 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED. HUNDREDS MORE INJURED. RESIDENTS ARE NOW LEAVING THE COUNTRY BY THE THOUSANDS AND PLACING THE BLAME ON RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN. >> SAFE THIS HAPPENING TO THE COUNTRY’S JUST DEVASTATING.

IT IS. >> I JUST COME YOU.

SOMEONE COULD BE SO EVIL. >> AS FOR THE GLOBAL RESPONSE. PRESIDENT BIDEN ANNOUNCED MORE SANCTIONS MEANT TO THE RUSSIAN ECONOMY.

HE ALSO ISSUED ORDERS SENDING 7,000 MORE TROOPS CLOSER TO UKRAINE. >> CHOSE THIS WAR. AND NOW HE AND HIS COUNTRY WILL BEAR THE CONSEQUENCES. >> ACROSS THE U.S.

HAVE MASSIVE SHOW SUPPORT FOR THE PEOPLE OF UKRAINE AS THOUSANDS GATHER AT RALLIES FROM COAST TO COAST. AND EVEN ACROSS RUSSIA. WE’RE SEEING PROTESTS AGAINST THE INVASION AND AGAINST PRESIDENT PUTIN. WE HAVE A TEAM STANDING BY TO COVER IT ALL. LET’S GET RIGHT TO NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT CAL PERRY WHO IS IN WESTERN UKRAINE COW LOOKS LIKE RUSSIAN FORCES ARE REACHING THE CAPITAL.

WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT WHAT’S HAPPENING THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY RIGHT NOW, INCLUDING WHERE YOU ARE IN LIBBY. >> YEAH. IN THE CAPITAL. DRAMATIC SCENES UNFOLDING AS RUSSIAN TROOPS. ACCORDING TO THE UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT ARE MOVING IN FROM THE NORTH AND FROM THE EAST.

IT SEEMS CLEAR AT THIS POINT THEY HAVE REACHED SOME OF THOSE OUTER NEIGHBORHOODS. THERE’S REPORTS OF FIERCE FIGHTING TAKING PLACE THERE AS WELL AS IN OTHER PLACES ACROSS THE WHERE I AM HERE ABOUT 350 MILES FROM KEY.

WE’RE STARTING TO SEE REALLY AN INFLUX OF FOLKS WHO HAVE BEEN DISPLACED FROM THE FIGHTING. THE UN SAYS AT LEAST A 100,000 PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY BEEN DISPLACED. YOU CAN COUNT ON THOSE NUMBERS RISING.

SOME FOLKS MOVING TOWARDS POLAND. WELL, SOLDIERS MOVE IN THE OTHER DIRECTIONS BUS STATIONS, TRAIN STATIONS REALLY STARTING TO FILL UP. WE CONTINUE TO SEE A RUN ON CASH. PEOPLE TRYING CASH OUT OF A TIM’S TRYING TO GET TO THE BORDER. IT IS BECOMING MORE AND MORE DIFFICULT TO DO SO.

THE WAIT AT THE POLLS BORDER RIGHT NOW. LAST TIME WE CHECKED WAS ABOUT 24 HOURS. SO IT IS BECOMING AND INCREASINGLY DIFFICULT SITUATION HERE A COW OR SEEING A FULL MILITARY MOBILIZATION IN UKRAINE. WEAPONS HAVE BEEN HANDED OUT TO CIVILIANS. OFFICIALS ARE ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO EVEN MAKE MOLOTOV COCKTAILS TO FIGHT BACK.

WHAT IS THE RESISTANCE LIKE THERE. WHAT DO WE EXPECT TO SEE HAPPEN. >> AS THESE TROOPS AND RUSSIAN TANKS MOVE INTO THESE BIG CITY CENTERS. >> YOU KNOW, UKRAINE NEWS THIS MORNING WAS SAYING THAT 16,000 ASSAULT RIFLES ACCORDING TO THE GOVERNMENT HAD BEEN HANDED OUT JUST IN THE CITY OF TV.

WE’VE HEARD THE THAT ANYONE WHO IS ABLE BODY ABLE-BODIED MALE.

EXCUSE ME, SHOULD JOIN THE FIGHT AND THAT ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IF YOU WANT TO JOIN THE FIGHT IS BRING YOUR PASSPORT. SOME FORM OF ID AND THEN YOU WILL GO. IT IS CLEAR THAT THEY’RE TRYING TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE ENGAGING WITH RUSSIAN FORCES AS THEY MOVE AROUND. BUT THE UKRAINIAN ARMY AT TIMES WE KNOW IS STOPPING THE RUSSIAN ADVANCEMENT, BUT WE JUST DON’T HAVE A FULL PICTURE REALLY ON WHAT’S HAPPENING AND WE DO KNOW BECAUSE WE’RE LOOKING AT THE VIDEO THAT RUSSIAN TROOPS CONTINUE TO ADVANCE ON THE CAPITAL. SO THE UKRAINE GOVERNMENT DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO PROTECT THE UKRAINIAN CAPITAL, IT IS NOT LOOKING GOOD AS RUSSIAN FORCES START TO CIRCLE THE CITY AND CAL, WE HEARD FROM UKRAINE’S PRESIDENT ZELENSKY OVERNIGHT.

HE SAYS HIS COUNTRY HAS BEEN LEFT ALONE TO DEFEND ITSELF. HE SAYS THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY.

>> IS NOT DOING ENOUGH. WHAT IS UKRAINE ASKING FOR RIGHT NOW. >> HARDER SANCTIONS.

THEY WANT THE SWIFT TRANSACTIONS TO BE HALTED. THERE IS A QUESTION HERE THE GOVERNMENT. WE’VE HEARD THE PRESIDENT SORT OF SAY THIS. >> THEY WANT MORE. THEY WANT MORE FROM NATO COUNTRIES.

NOW LOOK, UKRAINE IS NOT IN A DONATION. SO IT IS NOT ARE THE 5 FOR THOSE OF THE CUTS WOULD HAVE TO STEP IN. BUT NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES ARE STARTING TO FEEL THE PRESSURE. THE STARTING TO FEEL WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE BECAUSE OF COURSE, YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE THAT INFLUX OF REFUGEES. SO THE GOVERNMENT HERE WANTS MORE TO BE DONE.

THEY WANT THOSE SANCTIONS TO BE HARDER AND TOUGHER. THEY WANT ANYTHING TO TAKE PLACE BECAUSE, OF COURSE.

>> HIS ADDRESS SORT OF UNBELIEVABLE TO WATCH THESE RUSSIAN FORCES MOVE IN ON A EUROPEAN CAPITAL AND THE UKRAINE GOVERNMENT IS ASKING ANYBODY TO DO ANYTHING THEY CAN AT THIS POINT. CAL PERRY IN UKRAINE. CAL, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

APPRECIATE IT. >> SENIOR FELLOW AT THE ATLANTIC COUNCIL OUT HUMAN STAR IS ALSO IN CAVE THIS MORNING TO OUT. THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US. AS OUR VIEWERS CAN SEE YOU’RE IN A CAR RIGHT NOW. DRIVING.

OF COURSE, WE’RE NOT ONE OF THE PEOPLE THAT WAS IN THOSE LINES OF TRAFFIC. WE SAW YESTERDAY LEAVING THE CITY. YOU ARE STILL THERE. I UNDERSTAND. I BELIEVE THAT YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR FRIEND TO SIGN UP TO FIGHT.

PLEASE TELL ME EXACTLY WHAT YOU’RE SEEING RIGHT NOW. BUT OVERNIGHT HAS BEEN LIKE FOR YOU. WHAT’S HAPPENING IN CAPE RIGHT NOW. AND I DO FEEL SAFE. >> WELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH HAVING ME ON.

THE AIR RIGHT NOW. THIS A VERY EERIE SCENE. I’VE BEEN HERE FOR ONE OR MORE THAN AND MORE THAN A DECADE. IS EERILY RIGHT PEOPLE ARE RIGHT NOW TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO MAINTAIN THEIR SAFETY IS ACCESS TO PEOPLE LEAVING EVERY DAY. YOU SEE PEOPLE WITH BAGGAGE ROLLER BAG AND SHOT YOU KNOW, STUFFING THEIR IN A CAR.

A GOT INTO THAT SACRED SPACE POSSIBLE OUTSIDE OF THE CITY JUST ABOUT A 15 MINUTE WALK FROM WHERE I LIVE. I CAPTURED SOME VIDEO OF A BUILDING THAT WAS BUT BY BY WELL, BUT HE WAS A BRIEF FROM INTERCEPTOR.

THAT’S A BIT OF CREWS MISS ARE THERE OR SOME SOME TYPE OF DAMAGE AND SO NOT SURE. BUT THE NUMBER OF FATALITIES THERE WITH JUST 15 MINUTES WALK FROM WHERE I I’M CURRENTLY WITH MY FRIEND ENTREE WHO IS GOING RECRUITMENT CENTER. SHOULD SIGN UP THE FIGHT.

HE SENT HIS FAMILY HOME AND HE DECIDED TO STAY BEHIND AND FIGHT FOR IT. IT’S COUNTRY. WE’RE HEADING TO THAT RECRUITMENT CENTER OR RIGHT NOW WE WOULD BE ONE OF THE MANY SHOULD THE STANDS WILL BE GRABBING A AND VOLUNTEERING TO THEY THAT THAT THERE ARE FORCES HERE. >> WELL, WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO STAY AND TO STAY AND FIGHT. >> I AM A JOURNALIST IN MY JOB IS TO REPORT A MISSED.

MY FIRST TIME COVERING THE AS I GO. IT’S IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF OR REASONABLE. STUDIES ARE EXPERTS TOO, TO BE HERE AND HAVE TO WHAT’S HAPPENING HERE AND UKRAINE I’M ALSO HERE MENTIONED MANAGER NUMBERS. MANY OF THESE PEOPLE.

I CAN CALL FRIENDS.

THEY’RE DIFFERENT THAN THAT INJURY. AND SO I THINK IS BEST MISS POSSIBLE FOR ME AS POSSIBLE TO CAPTURE YOU KNOW, THE HUMAN TOLL OF WHAT BRITISH AN IS WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE. AND THIS IS AN EXAMPLE RIGHT SOMEBODY RIGHT THERE IN THE LOVE AND CARE FOR BOEING TO A RECRUITMENT CENTER TO GRAB A GUN RISK HIS LIFE. I ABSOLUTELY TO RAIL AND. >> I BELIEVE CORRECT ME IF I’M WRONG.

YOU SAID YOUR FRIENDS IN THIS ANDRE WHO IS ALSO WELCOME TO SPEAK WITH US HERE.

I MEAN, WE JUST FROM FROM CITIZENS IN AND KEEP WHO YOU CAN FOCUS ON DRIVING, BUT JUST FEEL FREE TO ANSWER THIS QUESTION AS WELL. I MEAN, WE’VE BEEN HEARING FROM SO MANY CITIZENS AND KEEP YOU ARE BASICALLY SAYING WHAT WE KNEW. THIS WAS A THREAT. WE DIDN’T KNOW IF IT WOULD COME TO THIS.

WE DIDN’T REALLY BELIEVE THIS WOULD BE HAPPENING ACTUALLY WITHIN THE CITY. WE ALSO ARE HEARING THINGS LIKE CITIZENS BEING ENCOURAGED TO MAKE MOLOTOV COCKTAILS. I MEAN, IF YOU REALLY THINK ABOUT THE POTENTIAL FOR FOR WHAT’S COMING AND YOUR DECISION RIGHT NOW TO DRIVE TO SIGN UP TO FIGHT. AND WHAT ARE YOU WHAT ARE YOU THINKING COULD HAPPEN OVER THE NEXT DAY OR SO HOW ARE YOU FEELING ABOUT IT. DO YOU FEEL THAT THE UKRAINIAN PEOPLE CITIZENS WHO ARE GOING TO PICK UP A GUN ARE PREPARED.

>> SHE’S IF YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’RE READY TO FIGHT WHERE YOU REALLY EXPECTING. >> ALL THIS HAPPENS. YOU JUST THINK, WELL, I’M NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT SPECIAL TREAT THIS IS WHAT I IF ALL DO WITHIN OUR CAPABILITIES LIMITS. EVERYTHING THE COUNTRY WITH LOVE.

>> WE’VE GOING GOING TO HAVE BIG WE’RE GOING TO THIS IS MY POSITION THAT I NOT LYING TO MYSELF FOR THIS.

>> I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO I DON’T EMOTION ENRAGED FIGHT AND I’M READY KILL SOMEONE. YOU KNOW. IF IT COMES TO THAT. THIS IS WHAT I HAVE TO SO TO ADD TO THAT. >> DO YOU FEEL LIKE WHAT ANDRE JUST SAID THERE IS THAT THE FEELING AMONG MOST PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, THEY’RE IN UKRAINE.

>> THE MOVIE HAD A DEFINITE FEELING. IS THAT WHAT YOU KNOW. WHICH SIDE ARE YOU CRAZY THINK THAT WE WILL NOT BE SWAYED. YOU WILL NOT TURN THIS INTO ANOTHER YOU WILL NOT MAY SUBJECTED TO YOU. AND SO EVERYBODY IS SAYING NO, THEY’RE OLDER PEOPLE 80 YEARS BUT BAD NEED THAT BIG OF A BIGGER IN A COUPLE OF SUGAR.

BILL PUBLIC WHEN THE THE GOVERNMENT SAY BE READY TO THROW LOT OF THERE WILL BE PEOPLE A LOT COCKTAILS READY TO TRY TO GET PEOPLE IF WAR BREAKS OUT IN THE CITY.

THIS WILL BE THIS WILL BE TALKING ABOUT TO AND 2 POINT. OH, YOU KNOW, AND UKRAINIAN FORCES HAVE BEEN FIGHTING VERY VALUE. BE AND SO WOULD BE THE CITIZENS ARE DEFINITELY READY TO TAKE UP ARMS. AND AND ARE PEOPLE WHEN YOU GET BEHIND.

SO. SO THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE OKAY, THEY’RE NOT GOING OPEN DOOR KNOW, GO TELL YOU THAT. >> TRAILED REMAIN STAR. WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TAKING THE TIME TO SPEAK WITH US. WE THANK ANDRE AS WELL FOR TALKING WITH US WERE THINKING OF BOTH OF YOU WILL TRY AND CHECK IN WITH YOU THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS.

STAY SAFE. ABSOLUTELY AND AND ARE ARE THINKING OF THANK YOU. I HOPE THEY MADE IT TO PULL IN FAMILY BECAUSE THANK YOU. THANK YOU BOTH SO MUCH. NOW, EARLIER THIS MORNING.

>> THE EASTERN UKRAINIAN CITY OF KHARKIV CAME UNDER ATTACK AND NEWS FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT MATT BRADLEY WAS LIVE ON THE AIR WITH OUR COLLEAGUES AT MSNBC AT THAT MOMENT. TAKE A LOOK. >> I WAS SURPRISED BECAUSE WE’VE ALWAYS HEARD A SLOW LOW RUMBLING FROM OUTSIDE THE CITY. WE DIDN’T KNOW THAT THERE WAS FIGHTING ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE CITY AROUND THE RING ROAD. BUT NOW AGAIN, THAT HAS A NEW DEVELOPMENT HERE MOVING INTO THE CITY.

WE HAVE TO GO OUT WELL, WE MIGHT NOT GO OUT AND CHECK INTO IT LOOKS AS THOUGH WE’RE STARTING TO SEE, WE’RE STILL SEEING SOME TRAFFIC CIRCULATING. BUT THIS WAS THE CLOSEST WE’VE HEARD SO FAR IN THE LAST MORE THAN 24 HOURS OF BOMBARDMENT AROUND HARKEN.

AGAIN, AS I SAID, IT’S NEVER BEEN SO CLOSE TO THE CENTER OF THE CITY. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU CAN HEAR THOSE SIRENS WAILING IN THE BACKGROUND. SO CLEARLY THERE IS THERE’S EMERGENCY SERVICES HEADING TO THE SCENE.

AND AGAIN, WE DID HEAR SOME CAR ALARMS GOING OFF, WHICH MEANS THAT MUST HAVE BEEN A CONCUSSION FROM THE BLAST WHICH IS CLOSE ENOUGH UP UNTIL NOW. WE’VE NEVER SEEN WINDOWS SHAKING OR WALLS SHAKING GROUND SHAKING. IT’S ALWAYS JUST BEEN SOUNDS LOW RUMBLES AGAIN FROM THE DISTANCE. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME WE’RE STARTING TO HEAR THAT. IT SOUNDS AS THOUGH BARTMAN PIERCING CLOSER IN THE CENTER.

THERE WE GO AGAIN. YEAH. AND YOU HEAR THIS CAR ALARMS. AIRCRAFT FIRE. DIDN’T THAT STILL BELIEVE THAT’S ANTI-AIRCRAFT FIRE.

THE SIRENS WAILING FOR THE CITY. WE’RE NOT HEARING THE BROADCASTING SYSTEM, A SYSTEM COMING ON THAT IS NEXT. THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED IN KEENE. ARMS THERE. YOU CAN HEAR THAT IN.

THIS IS A NEW DEVELOPMENT IN THE CITY. THIS WAS A RELATIVELY EYE OF THE STORM HERE WE HAD HEARD FROM US INTELLIGENCE THAT THERE WAS FIERCE FIGHTING ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE CITY. BUT AGAIN, THIS IS A NEW DEVELOPMENT. >> MATT DID MOVE TO A SAFER LOCATION SHORTLY AFTER THAT, MATT BRADLEY REPORTING A LITTLE EARLIER ON MSNBC REPORTS. >> LET’S NOW HEAD OVER TO MOSCOW WHERE WE’RE JOINED BY NBC NEWS REPORTER MATT BODNER.

MATT, THANKS FOR JOINING US. SO LET’S TALK THROUGH SOME OF THIS FROM RUSSIA SIDE THIS MORNING, BRITAIN’S DEFENSE SECRETARY TOLD THE BBC THAT RUSSIA, QUOTE, FAILED ON DAY ONE TO TAKE ANY OF ITS OBJECTIVES. AND HE ALSO SAYS 450 RUSSIAN PERSONNEL HAVE DIED SO FAR THAT CITING UK INTELLIGENCE. WE’VE NOT BEEN ABLE TO VERIFY THAT. BUT HAVE THE RUSSIANS SAID ANYTHING ABOUT CASUALTIES, ABOUT WHATEVER THESE OBJECTIVES WERE AND HOW CONFIDENT AS MOSCOW AND CAPTURING THE CAPITAL CITY OF KYIV.

IS THAT STILL WHAT WE THINK IT IS THE OBJECTIVE AS WE CONTINUE TO WATCH THIS UNFOLD. >> THANK YOU, SAVANNAH. WELL, LET’S START WITH MOSCOW’S OBJECTIVE. IT IS CERTAINLY CLEAR AT THIS POINT THAT THEIR OBJECTIVE IS KEY. THEY ARE THEY ARE TELEGRAPHING LOUD AND CLEAR THAT THEY ARE IN UKRAINE TO ESSENTIALLY CONDUCT REGIME CHANGE.

THEY WANT TO THAT. THEY’RE KIND TRUMPETING THIS LIBERATION IS THERE.

IT IS TALKING FASCIST GOVERNMENT IN KYIV THAT NEEDS TO BE DEMILITARIZE. SO, YOU KNOW, JUST KIND OF THE SAME WAY. THEY’RE NOT CALLING A WAR A WAR.

THEY’RE NOT CALLING IT BY THEY’RE NOT CALLING IT REGIME CHANGE. IT’S JUST YOU. IT CLEARLY IN FOR DOUBLE FROM WHAT THEY’RE DOING IN THE THEY TALK ABOUT IT. MEANWHILE, AS THEY TALK ABOUT THIS, THEY ARE ALSO CLAIMING THAT THEY’RE RUNNING A MASSIVELY SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGN YOU KNOW BASE OF THE DIRECT THE COUNTRY TO EVERYTHING WE’RE HEARING FROM THE UKRAINIANS FROM THIS BRITISH INTELLIGENCE ASSESSMENT THAT YOU JUST THEY SAY THAT THEY ACHIEVED ALL OF THEIR DAY.

ONE GOALS.

NOW, WE DON’T REALLY KNOW WHAT THOSE ARE. THEY THREW OUT A PRETTY HIGH NUMBER OF UKRAINIAN MILITARY INFRASTRUCTURE DISABLED YESTERDAY, BUT THEY DIDN’T REALLY ELABORATE TOO MUCH. THEY ARE CLAIMING THINGS SUCH AS UKRAINIAN UNITS ARE ARE SURRENDERING AND THROWING DOWN ARMS AND VERY LARGE THAT THEY’RE AVOIDING A POPULATION CENTERS THAT THEY’RE NOT HARMING CIVILIANS. AND SO THEY’RE KIND OF PAINTING THIS VERY NEAT PICTURE OF OF ESSENTIALLY THE MOST PERFECT MILITARY OPERATION EVER RUN, BUT THEY’RE NOT ADMITTING ANY CASUALTIES. THEY HAVEN’T BROUGHT THIS UP AT ALL.

THAT, OF ALSO STRAINS CREDULITY. SO WE’RE JUST KIND OF IN THIS FOG OF WAR SCENARIO RIGHT NOW WITH THESE WITH THESE STATEMENTS. >> NOW THAT THE KREMLIN SAYS THAT PRESIDENT PUTIN IS EXPECTED TO MEET WITH HIS SECURITY COUNCIL TODAY TO IMPOSE RETALIATORY SANCTIONS ON THE WEST. DO WE KNOW WHAT KIND OF MEASURES RUSSIA IS PLANNING HOW LONG THAT OPERATION IS GOING TO LAST AND ANY REACTION OR CONCERN FROM THE WEST. >> SO WE HAVE VERY SORT OF LITTLE IDEA WHAT THEY MIGHT DO.

WE JUST KEEP HEARING THAT THEY CONTINUE TO PROGRESS EXCUSE ME. THEY CONTINUE TO SOME KIND OF MASSIVE RETALIATORY SANCTIONS.

WE’VE HEARD AT VARIOUS STAGES FROM VARIOUS OFFICIALS FROM THAT COMING ON DOWN THE RUSSIANS RESPONSE MAY NOT NECESSARILY BE SYMMETRICAL. SO THEY’RE GOING TO START LOOKING AT THINGS THAT THAT THEY COULD MAYBE DO THAT WOULD HURT THE WEST. THEY MAY NOT BE A DIRECT RESPONSE TO, FOR EXAMPLE, SOME OF THE BANKING SANCTIONS WE’VE SEEN THESE COULD BE THINGS RELATED TO ENERGY.

OUR NATURAL RESOURCES. >> THAT QUICKLY BEFORE I LET YOU GO, I HAVE TO ASK YOU ABOUT SOME OF THESE REALLY STARK IMAGES WE’VE SEEN PROTESTERS IN RUSSIA COMING OUT TO CITY CENTERS AND THEN IN THE LAST 24 HOURS WE’VE SEEN A CRACKDOWN ON THESE ANTIWAR PROTESTERS IN RUSSIA. TALK TO US ABOUT WHAT’S GOING ON WHAT THE GENERAL LEVEL OF SUPPORT IS LIKE AMONG THE POPULATION FOR THIS INVASION. >> IT DOESN’T SEEM TO NECESSARILY POPULAR MOVE. IT CERTAINLY DOESN’T FEEL LIKE 2014 DATE FOR WHEN WHEN CRIMEA WAS ANNEXED, WHERE YOU WOULD SEE KIND OF PRO GOVERNMENT, DEMONSTRATIONS EVERYWHERE.

SO WE SAW, OF COURSE, SOME, YOU KNOW, BASICALLY AN ANTIWAR PROTESTS BREAKING OUT IN CITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY LAST NIGHT. THEY WERE NOT THE LARGEST PROTESTS WE’VE EVER SEEN. BUT I ALSO WANT PUT A NOTE WE’RE NOT SEEING PRO-GOVERNMENT PROTESTS.

THEY’RE CONCERNED ENOUGH. THE, YOU KNOW, HAVE PROPAGANDISTS LIKE THE HEAD OF RUSSIA TODAY WRITING THINGS ON TWITTER LIKE I WANT TO ADDRESS ALL OF YOU RUSSIANS WHO ARE WRITING THAT YOU ARE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES AND ASHAMED OF YOUR COUNTRY.

WHAT IS IT THAT HE RECEIVED 4. SO SIMPLY GETTING SOMEWHAT ATTEMPT. >> ALL RIGHT. MATT WAGNER WILL BE CHECKING IN WITH YOU. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

LET’S BRING IN NBC NEWS SENIOR WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT KELLY O’DONNELL IN WASHINGTON TO KELLY. LET’S TALK ABOUT WHAT’S NEXT. LATER THIS MORNING, PRESIDENT BIDEN WILL HOLD A VIRTUAL SUMMIT WITH FELLOW NATO HAD. WHAT’S THE GOAL HERE? >> WELL, THIS IS A SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENT BECAUSE THIS WILL BRING TOGETHER THE LEADERS OF THE 30 MEMBER NATIONS.

AND THIS HAS BUILT A PRACTICAL AND A SYMBOLIC IMPORTANCE BECAUSE AFTER WE’VE JUST BEEN LISTENING TO ALL THAT COMPELLING REPORTING COMING FROM UKRAINE HERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE LEADERS OF THE DEFENSIVE ORGANIZATION OF NATO TO SEND A MESSAGE TO VLADIMIR PUTIN THAT THEY ARE STANDING TOGETHER. THEY ARE PREPARED TO DEFEND THE NATO NATIONS. AND THAT, OF COURSE, INCLUDES MANY IN THE AREA THAT WILL FLANK UKRAINE AND RUSSIA AND ALSO LOOKING AT HOW CAN THEY HELP THE PEOPLE OF UKRAINE.

SO PRESIDENT BIDEN WILL BE A PART OF THIS CONVERSATION. WITH NATO LEADERS AND THIS IS AN EMERGENCY SUMMIT, IF YOU WILL, BRING THEM TOGETHER, VIRTUALLY AND IT’S CRITICAL THAT IF WARS CAN OFTEN BE SLOPPY.

THEY CAN BE UNPREDICTABLE. THEY CAN GO IN PLACES THAT PEOPLE DON’T INTEND. WE’VE HEARD THAT SOME OF THE REPORTING ALREADY AND THERE ARE GREAT CONCERNS ABOUT COULD VLADIMIR PUTIN’S AMBITIONS GO BEYOND UKRAINE AND THAT WOULD BE POTENTIALLY INTO A NATO COUNTRY AND THAT CHANGES THE DYNAMIC DRAMATICALLY.

NOW WE’RE NOT SAYING THAT THAT’S WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN. BUT THAT’S A GRAVE CONCERN FOR NATO MEMBERS WHO WOULD HAVE A DEFENSIVE POSITION.

AND SO WE’RE SEEING U.S. MILITARY AND OTHER NATO COUNTRIES BEEFING UP THEIR MILITARY IN THE EUROPEAN AREAS THAT ARE ALONG THE BORDER HERE AND WE HEARD ANTONY BLINKEN TALKING ABOUT THE CONCERNS THAT NATO COUNTRIES HAVE ABOUT A COMMON DEFENSE. HERE’S WHAT HE HAD TO SAY. >> WELL, LESS WHEN IT COMES TO A THREATENING NATO WE HAVE SOMETHING VERY POWERFUL ARTICLE 5, AN ATTACK ON ONE IS AN ATTACK ON ALL.

RUSSIA KNOWS THAT. AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHY, AMONG OTHER THINGS, ONE OF OUR RESPONSE HAS BEEN TO SHORE UP NATO’S DEFENSES TO PUT MORE FORCES TO PUT MORE EQUIPMENT ON ITS EASTERN FLANK. THE COUNTRY’S CLOSEST TO RUSSIA TO DETER ANY AGGRESSION THAT RUSSIA MIGHT BE CONTEMPLATING AGAINST NATO COUNTRIES. >> SO THIS WILL BE ABOUT MILITARY SUPPORT TO BEEF UP THE NATO COUNTRIES BUT ALSO.

DISCUSSIONS OF SUPPORT TO HELP UKRAINE AND LIKELY SOME FOR HUMANITARIAN NEEDS AND PERHAPS EVEN DISCUSSION OF WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO REFUGEES AS WE’RE SEEING UKRAINIANS BEING DISPLACED.

WE EXPECT SOME OF THAT TO BE PART OF THAT MEETING TODAY. JOE KELLY, THE WHITE HOUSE RELEASED THE STAGGERING SANCTIONS YESTERDAY. SO FAR NOTHING HAS DETERRED TALK ABOUT THESE LATEST SANCTIONS. WHAT DOES THE WHITE HOUSE HOPED NOW ACCOMPLISHED. WELL, THIS IS ABOUT PUNISHING HOOTEN AND PUT THE PUNISHING THE RUSSIAN ECONOMY AND BY DOING THAT, BY ATTACKING RUSSIAN BANKS >> PROMINENT RUSSIAN FIGURES, OLIGARCHS ELITES AND MAKING IT HARDER FOR THEM TO DO BUSINESS AND SOME OF THESE NEW FINANCIAL SANCTIONS WOULD STOP THEM FROM DOING BUSINESS IN A NUMBER OF CURRENCIES.

THE DOLLAR, THE YEN, THE EURO DOING THOSE SORTS OF THINGS. ALSO LIMITING ACCESS FOR IMPORTS OF THINGS LIKE SEMICONDUCTORS THINGS THEY WOULD NEED FOR THEIR OWN TECHNOLOGY. ALL OF THAT IS INTENDED TO PUNISH BY STRANGLING THE RUSSIAN ECONOMY CRIPPLING THEIR ABILITY TO 2 TO FUNCTION ECONOMICALLY. THESE ARE STEPPED UP SANCTIONS. MAYBE NOT AS FAR AS THEY COULD ULTIMATELY GO FOR EXAMPLE.

THEY DIDN’T SANCTION PERSONALLY, ALTHOUGH THAT MIGHT BE MORE SYMBOLIC THAN EFFECTIVE AND THEY DIDN’T GO AFTER WHAT’S KNOWN AS THE SWIFT SYSTEM WHICH IS A COMMUNICATION SYSTEM IN THE FINANCIAL MARKETS. BUT THE PRESIDENT SAYS THESE ARE THE STRONGEST SANCTIONS EVER DONE AND THAT THEY COULD BE A VERY EFFECTIVE IN TRYING TO DETER NOW THAT HE’S TAKEN THIS ACTION AND TO CAUSE SUFFERING IN RUSSIA WHICH COULD COMPEL TO PULL BACK. THAT’S THE HOPE. >> DONALD IN WASHINGTON. KELLI, THANK YOU.

>> TIME ARE GOING TO SEE HIS CAPITOL HILL CORRESPONDENT LEON KABUL. HE’S ALSO IN WASHINGTON WITH SOME MORE REACTION FROM LAWMAKERS LAND. GOOD MORNING. SO LAST WEEK A SENATE SANCTIONS PACKAGE TO PUNISH RUSSIA DIDN’T END UP GOING ANYWHERE.

WHAT KEPT THAT PACKAGE FROM BEING PASSED.

AND THEN NOW THAT RUSSIA HAS FULLY MOVED INTO UKRAINE OR SEEING A FULL-SCALE INVASION. IS THERE ANYTHING NEW IN THE WORKS RIGHT NOW. >> GOOD MORNING, SAVANNAH. SO THE REASON SANCTIONS WERE NOT ABLE TO BE PASSED ON CAPITOL HILL AS THERE WERE DISAGREEMENTS IN PART ON THE TIMING OF THE SANCTIONS. REPUBLICANS REALLY WANTED SANCTIONS PRE INVASION.

WELL, NOW WE KNOW THAT TIME HAS COME AND GONE. BUT THERE WAS ANOTHER REASON WHY THEY COULDN’T REACH AN AGREEMENT IS WELL AND NOW IS BECAUSE DEMOCRATS WANTED SANCTIONS ON WHAT KELLY JUST MENTIONED.

THE SWIFT INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM WHICH IS A VERIFICATION SYSTEM FOR INTERNATIONAL BANK TRANSFERS AND REPUBLICANS DIDN’T THINK THAT WAS NECESSARY BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO HAVE EUROPEAN SUPPORT IN ORDER TO GO THAT ROUTE. REPUBLICANS WON IN SECONDARY SANCTIONS THAT IS SANCTIONS ON ENTITIES WHO DO BUSINESS WITH THE PEOPLE WHO WERE PRIMARILY SANCTIONS. NOW THOSE SO THAT WAS STUCK IN CONGRESS AND IT TURNS OUT THAT PRESIDENT BIDEN YESTERDAY DIDN’T IMPOSE EITHER ONE OF THOSE THE SECONDARY SANCTIONS OR THE ARE PULLING RUSSIA OUT OF THE SWIFT BANKING SYSTEM.

AND SO THERE ARE STILL CONVERSATIONS ONGOING ON CAPITOL HILL. AND SO WE’LL SEE WHERE THEY GO. ON. BUT ALTERNATELY THE PRESIDENT IS ABLE TO ACT UNILATERALLY AND WHAT CONGRESS IS JUST KIND OF A SUPPORT SYSTEM IN THIS SITUATION.

SAVANNAH.

>> NOW AND WE KNOW THE PRESIDENT HAS SAID, OF COURSE YOU WON’T SEND TROOPS TO UKRAINE. IT IS NOT A NATO NATION. SO OUTSIDE OF SANCTIONS. WHAT OTHER ACTIONS CAN CONGRESS TAKE TO PUNISH RUSSIA FOR HELP UKRAINE. I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE THINKING, OH MY GOODNESS.

THEY NEED HELP. WHAT CAN BE DONE HERE. >> YEAH. HONESTLY, THERE’S NOT A WHOLE LOT, ESPECIALLY TO PUNISH RUSSIA OUTSIDE OF SANCTIONS AS FAR AS HELPING UKRAINE, THEY COULD GIVE HUMANITARIAN AID OR MILITARY AID TO UKRAINE. AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT IS BEING WIDELY DISCUSSED.

THE SENATE MINORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL TALKED ABOUT THIS YESTERDAY. LET’S LISTEN TO WHAT HE SAID LAST NIGHT. >> ASSUMING THERE’S A SIGNIFICANT INSURGENCY. TO SUPPORT THAT INSURGENTS WHO WITH WEAPONS AND INTELLIGENCE AND EVERY TIME IT WILL HELP THEM. MAKE SEVERE.

PRICE FOR THIS INVASION. >> BUT HOUSE LAWMAKERS GOTTEN AN CLASSIFIED BRIEFING LAST NIGHT AND IN THAT BRIEFING, DEFENSE SECRETARY AUSTIN ADMITTED THAT THERE’S A PROBLEM WITH RESUPPLYING UKRAINIANS, WITH MILITARY AID.

THE FACT THAT RUSSIA CONTROLS THE AIRSPACE, THEY CAN’T GET ANYTHING IN THROUGH AIRPLANES AND THE LAND TRANSFERS FOR THAT EQUIPMENT IS BECOMING INCREASINGLY DIFFICULT AS RUSSIA CONTROLS MORE AND MORE TERRITORY IN UKRAINE SAVANNAH. ALL RIGHT. LEIGH ANN CALDWELL, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>> COMING UP, OUR BREAKING NEWS COVERAGE CONTINUES AS THIS INVASION UNFOLDS IN UKRAINE. PRESIDENT BIDEN NOW SENDING THOUSANDS OF US TROOPS CLOSER BUT NOT INTO UKRAINE. WHAT WE’RE LEARNING ABOUT THOSE PLANS NEXT ON MORNING NEWS NOW. ♪ >> WHAT HAPPENED HERE IS A STORY OF LOSS AND CELEBRATION RESIDENTS WHO ON FOR DEAR FOR YOU TO RIOTERS DOWN ONE OF THE DOORS. IF YOU FOUND A WAY TO RECONCILE A YEAR LATER.

IT REALLY HURT TO SEE THIS PLACE I LOVE SO TREATED WITH SUCH DISRESPECT WAS ACTIVE CLEANING TO HEALING.

♪ >> THESE DAYS. IT FEELS LIKE THE NEWS NEVER STOPS. SO LET’S GET INTO IT. WHAT’S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW.

WHAT IT ALL MEANS FOR YOU FOR AN HOUR EVERY DAY CAN BE HARD KEEP UP. SO LET’S GET STARTED TOGETHER. ALI CHECKS IN NOW. >> WEEKDAYS AT 5 ON NBC NEWS NOW. >> NEWS IS MORE THAN A HEADLINE.

IT INFORMS INSPIRES AND IT STILL MATTERS TO COVER IT. I HAVE TO BE IN IT. >> AND THAT’S WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO EVERY NIGHT. WE TAKE YOU TO THE FRONT LINES OF THE STORIES WE’RE IT’S ACTUALLY HAPPENED WITH NBC NEWS JOURNALIST ON THE GROUND FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. WE COVER WITH.

YOU NEED TO KNOW AND BRING YOUR NEWS FEED TO LIFE AND STREAMING LIVE ITS STORE NEWS PLAY LIST EVERY NIGHT.

TOP STORY WITH TIME NOW LAST WEEK NIGHTS AT 7 ON NBC NEWS NOW ABOUT TO SEE BEHIND ME IS ♪ >> THE 2 NATIONS. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> WELCOME BACK. OUR COVERAGE OF THE ATTACK ON UKRAINE CONTINUES NOW. 7,000 MORE U.

S. TROOPS ARE NOW HEADED TO GERMANY. THE PENTAGON SAID THE DEPLOYMENT IS BEING MADE TO REASSURE OUR NATO ALLIES OF OUR COMMITMENT TO THEM.

NBC NEWS GLOBAL SECURITY REPORTED JOINS US NOW. DAN, GOOD MORNING.

SO LET’S TALK TO THIS LATEST TRIP DEPLOYMENT AND WHAT IT MEANS IN REGARDS TO AMERICA’S INVOLVEMENT IN EASTERN EUROPE AND IS THE U.S. READY TO DO MORE TO HELP ARM UKRAINIAN FORCES FIGHTING THE RUSSIAN INVASION. WE KNOW THERE ARE NO PLANS TO MOVE INTO UKRAINE. BUT AS WE OUR SOLDIERS OVER THERE MORE EQUIPMENT.

WHAT IS THE SORT OF NAME. >> THESE TROOPS COMING FROM FORT STEWART, FROM THE 3RD INFANTRY DIVISION. AND IT’S PART OF THIS WAVE WE’VE SEEN OF REINFORCEMENTS HEADING TO EUROPE HEADING TO EASTERN EUROPE TO DETER ANY KIND OF THREAT FROM RUSSIA IN THOSE EASTERN STATES THAT BORDER RUSSIA THAT ARE PART OF THE NATO ALLIANCE. WE’VE SEEN THOUSANDS OF US TROOPS ALREADY DEPLOYED TO THE BALTIC STATES TO POLAND AND ELSEWHERE.

NOW THE QUESTION NOW REALLY, THOUGH, IS WHAT IS THE U.

S. READY TO DO TO HELP UKRAINIAN FORCES THAT ARE UNDER HUGE PRESSURE RIGHT NOW FROM A VERY A VAST, SUPERIOR MILITARY AND RUSSIA. AND THAT’S REALLY THE QUESTION. AND I THINK WE’RE GOING TO BE HEARING MORE ABOUT THAT IN WASHINGTON AND WESTERN CAPITALS. HOW TO GET MORE WEAPONS TO THOSE UKRAINIAN TROOPS THAT ARE OUTMATCHED OUTGUNNED BY THE RUSSIANS AND OF COURSE, THE PRESENCE OF RUSSIAN TROOPS ON THE GROUND MAKES IT COMPLICATED TO GET WEAPONS AND HARDWARE TO THE UKRAINIAN.

SO I THINK THAT WILL BE SOMETHING WE’LL BE HEARING MORE ABOUT TODAY.

NATO LEADERS ARE MEETING TODAY. THE HEADS OF STATE AND THEY’LL PROBABLY TALK MORE ABOUT BOLSTERING THAT EASTERN FLANK AND ALSO FIGURING OUT HOW TO HELP UKRAINIANS FRIDAY. THE AS WE SPEAK. >> SO DAN, AS YOU AND I HAVE TALKED ABOUT TALKED ABOUT YESTERDAY.

OF COURSE, PRESIDENT BIDEN IS CONTINUING TO REITERATE THE YESTERDAY AGAIN IN HIS PRESS CONFERENCE THAT NO AMERICAN TROOPS WILL BE GOING IN TO UKRAINE. SO, I MEAN, FIRST, THE QUESTION, IS THERE ANYTHING THAT WOULD CHANGE THE WHITE HOUSE THE STANDS ON THIS INVOLVEMENT. OBVIOUSLY THAT SEEMS FAR OFF GIVEN AGAIN, THAT IT’S NOT A NATO COUNTRY AND INVOLVING WOULD ESCALATE THINGS. BUT IS THIS POLICY GOING TO BE STRONG ENOUGH TO DETER RUSSIA FROM MOVING FURTHER. DOES ANYTHING CHANGE IF RUSSIAN FORCES EVEN GET FURTHER WEST TO PLACES LIKE LIVE EVE.

NEVER MIND EVEN FURTHER INTO EUROPE. >> YOU KNOW, I I THINK FOR FOR SEARCH FOR CERTAIN, THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO CONSIDERATION OF SENDING U.S. TROOPS INTO UKRAINE TO ENTER INTO A DIRECT WAR WITH RUSSIA.

THAT IS NOT IN THE CARDS THAT HAS BEEN RULED OUT.

I THINK IT’S REALLY SOMETHING NO ONE WANTS TO CONTEMPLATE GIVEN THE NUCLEAR ARSENALS THAT BOTH OF THESE SUPERPOWERS POSSESS AND THEN US THE KEY QUESTION IS IT ENOUGH DETER RUSSIA. I THINK THE NATO HEADS OF STATE. I THINK THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION BELIEVES THAT. THE NATO ALLIANCE AND THE PRESENCE OF TROOPS IN THOSE NATO COUNTRIES IS ENOUGH TO DETER RUSSIA, BUT THEY WANT TO DRIVE HOME THE MESSAGE TO BUT THE MORE AGGRESSIVE ACTIONS HE TAKES THE MORE. THERE WILL BE A NATO TROOP PRESENCE IN A MILITARY PRESENCE IN THOSE EASTERN COUNTRIES ON HIS BORDER.

BUT THERE IS ANOTHER RISK HERE AND THAT IS AS A RUSSIAN TROOPS ATTACK UKRAINE LAUNCH MISSILES, LAUNCH FIGHTER JETS. THERE’S A THERE’S A RISK OF AN ACCIDENTAL CLASH OR INTENDED KIND INCIDENT. AND SO THAT WILL BE ANOTHER A REAL CHALLENGE TO GOING FORWARD AS THE WAR WIDENS AND EXPANDS. THERE ARE U.S.

TROOPS VERY NEAR. THERE ARE US AIRCRAFT VERY NEAR NOW IT’S THAT’S GOING TO TAKE SOME DOING TO KIND OF CREATE SOME KIND OF HOTLINE BETWEEN WASHINGTON AND AND SO LEAD AND LIZ, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

US. APPRECIATE IT. >> FOR MORE ON THIS, LET’S BRING IN FORMER U.

S. AMBASSADOR TO UKRAINE, JOHN HERBST. HE WAS AMBASSADOR FROM 2003 TO 2006 AND IS NOW THE SENIOR DIRECTOR OF THE ATLANTIC COUNCIL’S, YOU’RE ASIAN EURASIA CENTER AND ASKED ARE ALWAYS GOOD TO HAVE YOU WITH US. I WANT TO BEGIN BY ASKING YOU ABOUT THIS INCREASED US TROOP MOVEMENT. PRESIDENT BIDEN ORDERED YESTERDAY IN THE EUROPE.

AGAIN, NO PLANS TO SEND US FORCES DIRECTLY INTO UKRAINE. BUT WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THIS ADMINISTRATION’S RESPONSE TO THE ATTACKS SO FAR. ARE WE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN OR WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE MORE. >> FIRST, THE U.S.

TROOP MOVEMENT TO NATO’S EAST IS VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE WE HAVE TO MAKE IT CLEAR TO MISTER PRUDENT THAT IF YOU WANT TO DO ANYTHING THERE HE WILL FACE.

IN FACT, THE MIGHT OF NOT JUST THE NATO FORCES BUT THE U.S. FORCES AND HE IS HE DOESN’T UNDERSTAND THAT OUR CONVENTIONAL MILITARY WELL, WE ARE DISADVANTAGED THE BALTIC STATES FOR EXAMPLE, IS MUCH MORE POWERFUL THAN HIS. RESORTING ON SO GOOD.

NO, GO AHEAD. PLEASE CONTINUE. I WAS NOT HURT UKRAINE. WE ALREADY ARE RESPONSE TO THE 2 DAY OLD RUSSIAN DIRECT ATTACK ON UKRAINE. FRANKLY, WE SEE A FAILURE OF IMAGINATION OF SILLY OR STATESMANSHIP HERE.

THE SANCTIONS THAT PRESIDENT BIDEN ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY WERE ON THEIR OWN FACE A POSITIVE STEP. BUT WAS MOSCOW LAUNCHING MISSILE ATTACKS ON UKRAINE’S CAPITAL AND 23 24 THE UKRAINIAN CITIES. HE SHOULD HAVE SOUNDED LIKE COUNTER SURE. SOUNDS LIKE A STATESMAN. AND HE KNEW THAT WE NEED TO ADDRESS THE 2 BIG STEPS WE COULD TAKE IT IN THE FINANCIAL AREA, WHICH WE DID NOT ONE OF SWIFT’S, YOU KNOW WHO WOULD BE SANCTIONING RUSSIA.

CENTRAL BANK UKRAINE FIGHTING FOR THEIR LIVES. THEY NEED UNDERSTAND THAT WHILE HE WAS A LOT CENSURE WE’LL SEND EVERYTHING ELSE WE CAN TO HELP THEM AND WE SHOULD HAVE WE SHOULD GO AFTER OTHER CENTRAL BANKERS OR SWIFT YESTERDAY.

WEAKNESS AND BIDEN POLICY IN THIS CRISIS IS DEFERRING TO THE MOST TIMID EUROPEAN HOURS. MANAGEMENT MEANS NOT JUST TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE CONCERNS OF LAWS, BUT PUSHING THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND WE DON’T SEE ENOUGH THAT TYPE OF LEADERSHIP FROM THIS WHITE HOUSE. >> LET’S TALK ABOUT WE NEED PRESIDENT ZELENSKY.

I HE SAID YESTERDAY THE ENEMY OUR TEAM IS THE NUMBER ONE TARGET ANY. WHAT IS IT GOING TO MEAN IF RUSSIA CAPTURES THE UKRAINIAN CAPITAL AND POTENTIALLY THE PRESIDENT. WHAT HAPPENS FROM THERE. >> WELL, I THINK THAT SO ONCE HE AND HIS TEAM PLANS FOR CONSCRIPTION TUITION OF GOVERNANCE. SO ON THE UKRAINIAN LAW, YOU KNOW, SO, HOW THE PRESIDENT IS INCAPACITATED.

YOU KNOW, SOMEONE ELSE WHO TAKES OVER. SO I THINK THAT THAT WILL PLAY OUT IN THE APPROPRIATE WAY ARE GOOD WITH UKRAINE. BUT ALSO, YOU KNOW, THE FORCES ARE STARTING TO APPROACH THE CAPITAL. THE BIG QUESTION IS ARE THEY GOING WE WANT TO GO INTO THE CITY BECAUSE IF THEY DO A LOT OF THE SOLUTION.

SO HE’S GOING TO AND SO WILL A LOT OF UKRAINIAN CIVILIANS.

>> ALL RIGHT. AMBASSADOR HERBST, AS ALWAYS, WE THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. APPRECIATE YOUR ANALYSIS. >> OF COURSE WE’RE GOING TO KEEP YOU UPDATED ON DEVELOPMENTS IN UKRAINE THROUGHOUT THE HOUR. BUT WE’RE ALSO FOLLOWING OTHER MAJOR STORIES HERE AT HOME.

COMING UP HERE ON MORNING NEWS NOW. GUILTY VERDICTS FOR 3 FORMER POLICE OFFICERS WHO WERE ON THE SCENE WHEN GEORGE FLOYD WAS KILLED. WE’RE GOING TO TAKE YOU TO MINNESOTA FOR MORE ON THAT DECISION. PLUS, REACTION. ♪ >> NOW TONIGHT JOSHUA JOHNSON STREAMING WEEK NIGHTS AT AND BC, NEWS NOW.

NEWS IS HAPPENING. >> LOOK AT WHAT’S MAKING HEADLINES AROUND THE WORLD. ♪ ♪ NEWS IS HAPPENING. LOOK AT WHAT’S MAKING HEADLINES AROUND THE WORLD RIGHT NOW ON MORNING NEWS NOW. WE’RE COMING ON THE AIR WITH BREAKING NEWS.

IT’S A SIGNIFICANT MOMENT. THE STREAM FREE. ♪ >> THIS IS A VERY DIFFERENT KIND OF PROGRAM. HERE TO START CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE BIG THINGS HAPPENING IN OUR WORLD.

PROFESSOR, I’M NOT ASKING YOU TO PREDICT THE FUTURE.

BUT WHAT DO YOU THINK THAT THE NEW NORMAL IS GOING TO BE. HE’S PART OF THIS SAID EVERYONE IS RETHINKING THEIR JOBS DURING THIS PANDEMIC AND THE RELATIONSHIP TO THEIR EMPLOYERS. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST TIP FOR ANY PARENT WHO’S CONCERNED ABOUT THIS. IT’S NOT MY JOB TO TELL YOU WHAT TO THINK. MY JOB IS TO THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU TELL THEM NOW TONIGHT WITH JOSHUA JOHNSON.

STREAMING WEEK NIGHTS 8 ON NBC NEWS NOW. >> NEWS IS MORE THAN A HEADLINE. IT INFORMS INSPIRES AND IT STILL MATTERS TO COVER IT. I HAVE TO BE IN IT. >> AND THAT’S WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO EVERY NIGHT.

WE TAKE YOU TO THE FRONT LINES OF THE STORIES WE’RE IT’S ACTUALLY HAPPENING WITH NBC NEWS JOURNALIST ON THE GROUND FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. WE COVER WITH. YOU NEED TO KNOW AND BRING YOUR NEWS FEED TO LIFE AND STREAMING LIVE ITS STORE NEWS PLAY LIST EVERY NIGHT.

TOP STORY WITH TIME. NOT LAST WEEK NIGHTS AT 7 ON NBC NEWS NOW YOU DOING FOR TEACHERS OR FEEL THAT THEY’RE BEING STRETCHED TOO DID YOU UNDERSTAND HOW PREVALENT HUNGER WAS IN YOUR OWN COMMUNITY.

♪ >> WELCOME BACK. IF YOU’RE JUST WAKING UP ARE JUST JOINING US. A LOT HAS HAPPENED OVERNIGHT AS THE RUSSIAN MILITARY ADVANCES FARTHER INTO UKRAINE CAUGHT UP ON THE VERY LATEST.

LAST NIGHT. A TOP PENTAGON OFFICIAL TOLD LAWMAKERS IN THE U.

S. THAT RUSSIAN FORCES WERE ABOUT 20 MILES FROM THE UKRAINIAN CAPITAL OF KEY. THE VIDEO MESSAGE AROUND 6.40 EASTERN TIME LAST NIGHT UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT ZELENSKY 137 SOLDIERS HAVE BEEN KILLED, MORE THAN 300 OTHERS INJURED IN THE FIGHT THAT AROUND 1223 THIS MORNING, AN APARTMENT BUILDING WAS HIT BY DEBRIS AFTER AN AIRCRAFT WAS REPORTEDLY SHOT DOWN IN KYIV. YOU CAN SEE THE BURNED OUTSIDE OF THE BUILDING.

NOW 2 HOURS LATER THE UKRAINIAN INTERIOR MINISTRY SAID THAT UKRAINIAN FORCES WERE BLOWING UP BRIDGES TO TRY AND SLOW DOWN RUSSIAN FORCES ADVANCING ON THE CAPITAL. >> AND JUST BEFORE 3 THIS MORNING, THE UKRAINIAN MINISTRY OF DEFENSE ISSUED THIS MESSAGE ASKING CITIZENS TO MAKE AND USE MOLOTOV COCKTAILS AGAINST THE RUSSIAN MILITARY.

>> AND SHORTLY AFTER 04:00AM A WARNING FROM UKRAINE THAT RUSSIAN FORCES ARE USING DISGUISES TO ENTER THE COUNTRY. NBC NEWS HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO VERIFY THESE REPORTS AND ALSO THIS MORNING, NBC NEWS FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT MATT BRADLEY REPORTED A MASSIVE BOMBARDMENT IN CENTRAL CAR KEYED MATT SAID IT WAS SO CLOSE, HE COULD HEAR CAR ALARMS GOING OFF AND CITING RUSSIA’S DEFENSE MINISTRY. THE NEWS AGENCY TASS IS REPORTING THAT RUSSIAN MILITARY HAS BLOCKED KEY FROM THE WEST.

THAT’S REPORTING. WE HAVE NOT YET BEEN ABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY GOING CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS OUT OF UKRAINE THIS MORNING. BUT THERE IS SOME OTHER NEWS WE DO WANT TO GET TOO QUICKLY. THE OTHER 3 FORMER POLICE OFFICERS WHO WERE ON THE SCENE. >> WHEN GEORGE FLOYD WAS KILLED HAVE BEEN FOUND GUILTY ON FEDERAL CHARGES.

JAY ALEXANDER KING THOMAS LANE AND 2 TOWER CONVICTED OF VIOLATING FLOYD’S CIVIL RIGHTS WHEN THEY FAILED TO GIVE HIM MEDICAL AID KING AND TOWER. ALSO CONVICTED OF NOT INTERVENING TO STOP THEIR FORMER FELLOW OFFICER DEREK CHAUVIN FROM USING EXCESSIVE FORCE WHEN HE KILLED FLOYD CHAUVIN WAS CONVICTED OF MURDER AND MANSLAUGHTER CHARGES AT THE STATE LEVEL LAST YEAR AND BC NEWS CORRESPONDENT SHAQUILLE BREWSTER HAS BEEN FOLLOWING THIS CASE FOR US FROM THE BEGINNING AND JOINS US LIVE FROM SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA, SHOT.

GOOD MORNING. SO WHAT WAS IT LIKE IN THE COURTROOM WHEN THIS VERDICT CAME DOWN AND WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT WHAT THE OFFICER SENTENCES COULD LOOK LIKE. AND WHEN WE’LL HEAR ABOUT THAT.

>> GOOD MORNING. YEAH. THERE WAS MINIMAL REACTION IN THE COURTROOM AS THE JUDGE READ THE VERDICT OF THOSE 3 GUILTY TO CHARGES OR 5 GUILTY CHARGES FOR THE 3 DEFENDANTS. THOMAS LANE, ONE OF THE DEFENDANTS WHO RECEIVED ONE GUILTY CHARGE. HE APPARENTLY SHRUGGED AND SHOOK HIS HEAD AS THAT VERDICT WAS READ AND LOOKED OVER AT HIS ATTORNEY, NOTABLY TOO, OF THE JURORS ACCORDING TO POOL REPORTERS BECAME VISIBLY EMOTIONAL AS THEY WERE INDIVIDUALLY POLLED AND CONFIRMED THAT GUILTY VERDICT.

THIS WAS A JURY OF 8 WOMEN AND 4 MEN. APPARENTLY ALL WHITE, ALTHOUGH THE COURT HASN’T RELEASED THAT INFORMATION DIRECTLY THAT TOOK ABOUT 13 HOURS OVER THE COURSE OF 2 DAYS TO REACH THAT DECISION. THEY WERE DEALING WITH A LOT TEXT HERE, A LOT OF SERIOUS CHARGES AND THEY EVENTUALLY REACHED UNANIMOUS VERDICT AFTER 13 HOURS OF DELIBERATION. >> HOUSE FLOYD’S FAMILY REACTING SHAQ TO THIS VERDICT AND BUT THE ULTIMATELY HOPE COMES OUT OF IT. >> WELL, WE HEARD FROM THE BROTHER OF GEORGE FLOYD WHO WE KNOW FAMILY MEMBERS WERE IN THE COURTROOM THROUGHOUT THE TRIAL AND HE SPOKE AFTER THE VERDICT WITH.

FROM FEDERAL PROSECUTORS WANT YOU TO LISTEN TO WHAT WE HEARD FROM PALONIS FLOYD. AGAIN, THE BROTHER OF GEORGE FLOYD. >> THEY NO WE YOU KNOW, WE WOULD BE. ME FEEL GOOD. >> WE ALSO HEARD FROM THE FEDERAL PROSECUTORS DID IN THAT SAME PRESS CONFERENCE.

THEY WERE EMPHASIZING IDEA THAT THEY HOPE THIS SENDS A MESSAGE TO OTHER MEMBERS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT THAT SOMETIMES THE INACTION CAN BE JUST AS IMPORTANT AS AN ACTION. >> AND CHECK WHILE THE SPRING AND AWAITS SENTENCING. THEY’RE ALSO GOING TO BE BACK IN A COURTROOM LATER THIS YEAR. THAT’S ON STATE CHARGES. WHAT KIND OF CHARGES ARE THEY FACING AT THE STATE LEVEL.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE HERE? >> THAT’S RIGHT. WE’RE LIKELY TO SEE THEM BACK IN THE COURTROOM IN JUNE. SO JUST A COUPLE OF MONTHS, THEY’RE FACING THOSE ORIGINAL CHARGES OF AIDING AND ABETTING THE MURDER AND MORE AND MANSLAUGHTER OF GEORGE FLOYD. WE’LL EXPECT TO SEE THAT HAPPEN IN THE STATE COURT.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TH TRIAL AND WHAT WE SAW IT WITH THIS TRIAL.

IS THIS TROUGH FOCUS ON THEIR INACTIONS. THE PROSECUTORS SAYING THAT THEY DID NOT ACT IN THEM THEIR WILL FOR A DECISION NOT TO ACT A VIOLATION OF GEORGE FLOYD’S RIGHTS IN THE STATE TRIAL. IT WILL BE ABOUT THE ACTIONS THEY TOOK AS THE GEORGE FLOYD WAS DYING UNDER THE KNEE OF DEREK CHAUVIN. >> ALRIGHT SHAQUILLE BREWSTER IN MINNESOTA FOR US, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>> THIS BUSY NEWS MORNING. WE DO WANT TO GET A CHECK OF YOUR MORNING NEWS NOW. WEATHER, ESPECIALLY BECAUSE A MASSIVE WINTER STORM IS GOING SNOW AND ICE FROM TEXAS TO MAINE BILL CANS JOINS US WITH THE LATEST FORECAST HIGH BUILDS. VERY GOOD TO SEE THE MORNING. >> HEY, GUYS, GOOD MORNING.

GREAT TO SEE YOU. SO AS WE HEAD INTO THE WEEKEND, THINGS WILL GET QUIETER. BUT THIS ICE STORM HAS BEEN PROBLEMATIC I MEAN, HUNDREDS IF NOT THOUSANDS OF CAR WRECKS YESTERDAY. THE WORSE IT WAS IN OKLAHOMA, ARKANSAS AND IN TEXAS. AND, YOU KNOW, I I’VE SEEN JACKKNIFED TRACTOR-TRAILERS A MILLION THEY CATCH FIRE WHEN THEY JACKKNIFED AND ICY CONDITIONS.

THAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY. AND I 40 THAT SHUT DOWN THE HIGHWAY THERE SOUTH OF OKLAHOMA CITY FOR A WHILE. NO ONE WAS BUT YOU HAVE NOT BEEN PUT OUT A FIRE WITH WIND CHILLS IN THE SINGLE DIGITS EITHER AND TALK ABOUT REX FROM DALLAS ALL THE WAY TO AUSTIN.

THEY HAD A COATING OF FREEZING RAIN AND IT WAS ENOUGH TO CAUSE A LOT OF PROBLEMS. AND THAT’S ALL THE ROADS THERE IN THAT REGION.

SO WHAT ARE WE LEFT WITH THIS MORNING. WE STILL HAVE 65 MILLION PEOPLE UNDER WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES AND WINTER STORM WARNINGS. THE OHIO VALLEY AND ESPECIALLY AREAS OF THE NORTHEAST ARE MOST AT RISK. IT’S A REALLY SLIPPERY MORNING OUT THERE ACROSS PENNSYLVANIA. WE HAVE A LOT OF FREEZING RAIN OVERNIGHT.

THERE’S A COATING OF FREEZING RAIN IN JUST OUTSIDE OF NEW YORK CITY INTO SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND AND THEN JUST A SNOW STORM FOR YOU IN AREAS OF CENTRAL AND NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND. AS FAR AS THE HEAVY SNOW GOES, THE WORST OF IT.

NOW NORTHERN CONNECTICUT MASSACHUSETTS FROM ALBANY NORTHWARDS HEADING INTO VERMONT, NEW HAMPSHIRE. THAT’S WHERE THE WORST OF THE SNOW IS. BUT THE ICE IS REALLY FROM PENNSYLVANIA RIGHT JUST ABOUT NEW YORK CITY THIS MORNING.

SO ADDITIONAL SNOWFALL SKIERS ARE LOVING IT HEADING INTO THIS UPCOMING WEEKEND. ANOTHER 6 TO 12 POSSIBLE IN NORTHERN PORTIONS OF VERMONT AND NEW HAMPSHIRE. WE’RE JUST ABOUT DONE WITH THE ACCUMULATING SNOWS HARTFORD ALBANY AND BOSTON. THE ICE. WE’RE STILL SEEING FREEZING RAIN OUT THERE, ESPECIALLY GUYS JUST OUTSIDE OF NEW YORK CITY.

THE WORST OF THAT WILL BE FROM NEW YORK NORTHWARD. SO AGAIN, A VERY SLIPPERY DAY. BUT IT IMPROVES AS WE HEAD THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON THIS EVENING. >> ALL RIGHT. AND THE SKIERS WILL ENJOY A NICE KEY.

WE LOOK AT THE BRIGHT THANKS, BILL. >> AND COMING UP, WE’LL HAVE THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS ON THE RUSSIAN ATTACK ON UKRAINE THIS MORNING, INCLUDING WHIPLASH ON WALL STREET AS INVESTORS REACT TO THE WAR THERE.

WE’LL BRING YOU THE LATEST ON THE STOCK MARKET AND THE POSSIBLE IMPACTS OF THOSE US SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA. PLUS, PRESIDENT BIDEN WEIGHING OPTIONS FOR CYBERATTACKS AGAINST RUSSIA. WHAT WE’RE LEARNING NEXT ON MORNING NEWS NEXT.

♪ >> THERE WERE RESIDENTS WHO HUNG ON FOR DEAR LIFE HEARD PEOPLE SAY THE TOWN IS ABSOLUTELY GONE. WE’VE LOST THOUSANDS THE ART COMMUNITY STILL ♪ >> STILL BETTER PLACE. THE PHONE WITH FRIENDS. WELL, TIME WITH A LITTLE GOLF BUDDY. AFTER LOAN.

♪ FAMILY AND FRIENDS WITH JUST A TAP AWAY. JUST PICK YOUR COURSE TO YOUR PHONE. AND ENJOY. >> THERE WERE RESIDENTS WHO HUNG ON FOR DEAR LIFE HEARD PEOPLE SAY THE TOWN IS ABSOLUTELY. WE’VE LOST BUT OUR COMMUNITY STILL ♪ >> THIS IS A VERY DIFFERENT KIND OF PROGRAM.

WE’RE HERE TO START CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE BIG THINGS HAPPENING IN OUR WORLD.

PROFESSOR, I’M NOT ASKING YOU TO PREDICT THE FUTURE. BUT WHAT DO YOU THINK THAT THE NEW NORMAL IS GOING TO BE. HE’S PART OF THIS SAID EVERYONE IS RETHINKING THEIR JOBS DURING THIS PANDEMIC AND THE RELATIONSHIP TO THEIR EMPLOYERS. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST TIP FOR ANY PARENT WHO’S CONCERNED ABOUT THIS.

IT’S NOT MY JOB TO TELL YOU WHAT TO THINK. MY JOB IS TO THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU TELL ME NOW TONIGHT WITH JOSHUA JOHNSON STREAMING WEEK NIGHTS 8 ON NBC NEWS NOW. >> TO COVER THE NEWS. YOU HAVE TO BE IN IT. >> WE’LL TAKE YOU TO THE FRONT LINES OF THE STORM.

BRINGING YOUR NEWS FEED TO LIFE. STREAMING LIVE EVERY NIGHT. IT’S YOUR NEWS PLACED. >> TOP STORY WITH TIME NOW WEEK NIGHTS AT 7 ON NBC NEWS NOW. >> WELCOME BACK.

THIS MORNING, PRESIDENT BIDEN IS LOOKING AT OPTIONS FOR THE U.S. TO CARRY OUT A MASSIVE CYBERATTACK AGAINST RUSSIA. UKRAINE’S GOVERNMENT AND BANKING WEB SITES HAVE ALREADY BEEN THE TARGET OF RUSSIAN CYBER ATTACKS.

THIS WEEK.

NBC NEWS NATIONAL SECURITY CORRESPONDENT KEN DILANIAN JOINS US NOW. HEY, KIM, GOOD MORNING. SO LET’S TIME THROUGH WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS ON THE TABLE RIGHT NOW FOR PRESIDENT BIDEN. IS THIS SOMETHING REALLY CONSIDERING. >> GOOD MORNING, SAVANNAH.

WHETHER HE’S REALLY CONSIDERING IS THE BIG QUESTION. BUT MULTIPLE U.S. OFFICIALS AND OTHERS BRIEFED ON THE MATTER TOLD COURTNEY QB IN ME THAT A MENU OF OPTIONS PRETTY MILD TO FAIRLY SEVERE TO CYBER ATTACK RUSSIA IN RETALIATION FOR INVASION AS A WAY OF SLOWING DOWN RUSSIA’S ABILITY TO CONDUCT THIS INVASION HAVE BEEN PRESENTED TO THE PRESIDENT. AND WHAT THIS IS REALLY THIS WILL BE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT USE OF AMERICAN OFFENSIVE CYBER IN THE UNITED STATES BEEN VERY DELICIOUS AND HOW IT HAS USED ITS CYBER WEAPONS.

OFTEN THEY ARE USING A VERY TARGETED FASHION OFTEN FOR INFORMATION OPS. WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT HERE ARE THINGS LIKE MAKING TRAINS GO OFF THE TRACKS SO THAT THEY CAN’T RESUPPLY RUSSIAN TROOPS POTENTIALLY SHUTTING DOWN THE INTERNET.

ATTACKS ON RUSSIAN CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE. NOW OUR SOURCES TOLD US THAT THE U.S.

WOULD FULLY EXPECT THAT THE RUSSIANS RETALIATE AND CONDUCT CYBERATTACKS HERE POTENTIALLY THINGS LIKE WHAT HAPPENED WITH COLONIAL PIPELINE WHERE IT MADE IT DIFFICULT FOR AMERICANS TO GET GAS. AND SO SOME PEOPLE IN THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION VIEW. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLY ESCALATORY AND RISKY. AND AGAIN, IT’S, YOU KNOW, NO FINAL DECISION HAS BEEN MADE AND THE WHITE HOUSE ACTUALLY PUSH BACK ON OUR STORY, THEY DIDN’T SAY WHAT EXACTLY THEY THOUGHT WAS WRONG. WITH IT MULTIPLE OFFICIALS HAVE ASSURED US THAT THESE OPTIONS ARE BEING CONSIDERED AND AGAIN, IT REMAINS A QUESTION WHAT PRESIDENT BIDEN WILL DO IN THE END.

>> SO I WANT TO ASK YOU KNOW, LET’S TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT RETALIATION.

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WAS JUST ON THAT GRAPHIC. OUR VIEWERS MAY HAVE NOTICED ALSO IS SHUTTING OFF ELECTRIC POWER, WHICH REMINDS ME OF A REPORT EARLIER THIS WEEK FROM OUR COLLEAGUE TOM COSTELLO TALKING ABOUT, YOU KNOW, WE COULD SHUT OFF THE LIGHTS IN PETERSBURG, BUT THEN THEY COULD JUST DO THE SAME HERE. I MEAN, WHAT DOES THIS BECOME IF IF CYBER WARFARE WERE TO BE USED POINT OUT THIS WOULD BE THE BIGGEST IN OUR HISTORY. I MEAN, WHAT DOES THAT LOOK LIKE IF THERE IS THIS CAPABILITY ON THE OTHER SIDE.

WHAT IS RETALIATION MEAN A BACK AND FORTH. >> WELL, IT COULD LOOK VERY BAD. AND IN FACT, ONE OF OUR SOURCES SAID WHATEVER WE CAN DO TO THEM. THEY CAN DO TO US. AND THAT’S ESSENTIALLY THE PROBLEM HERE AND SO OPTIONS, MOST OF THE OPTIONS PRESENTED TO THE PRESIDENT ARE DESIGNED TO DISRUPT BUT NOT DESTROYED TO FALL JUST SHORT OF AN ACT OF WAR.

IT’S CAREFULLY CALIBRATED HERE AND THE RUSSIANS KNOW THAT TO THAT. IF THEY CONDUCT A CYBER ATTACK IN THE UNITED STATES KILLS PEOPLE. THAT’S AN ACT OF WAR. THAT’S REALLY TORY BETWEEN 2 NUCLEAR POWERS. SO BOTH SIDES ARE TRYING TO CALIBRATE.

BUT YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. IN AND POINTING OUT THAT THIS COULD EASILY SPIRAL OUT OF CONTROL AND THAT MAY BE AN ARGUMENT AGAINST DOING IT TO THAT AND CAN QUICKLY JUST PUT THIS IN CONTEXT FIRST. YOU MENTIONED IT WOULD BE THE FIRST TIME IN OUR HISTORY TO DO SOMETHING OF THIS SCALE. I MEAN, DOES THIS REALLY MEAN TO USE A CYBER WEAPON POTENTIALLY ON THAT SCALE AND KIND OF MOVING FORWARD. HOW WOULD BE ABLE TO HANDLE RUSSIA.

>> YEAH. WELL, FIRST OF ALL, IT REALLY SHOWS HOW THIS TECHNOLOGY HAS EVOLVED AND SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE INVOLVED IN THE PLANNING TOLD ME IS THE INTERESTING THING ABOUT CYBER WEAPONS IS THAT YOU CAN REALLY CALIBRATE THE IMPACT A 500 POUND BOMB DOES THE SAME DAMAGE. YOU CAN SELECT A TARGET, BUT THE BOMB IS GOING TO DO WITH THE BOMBING YOU IN CYBER.

YOU CAN DO A LOT OF DIFFERENT THINGS AND AND SHORT OF HURTING PEOPLE OR DESTROYING THINGS. AND THAT’S THAT’S IT’S A GOOD OPTION, BUT IT’S ALSO VERY DANGEROUS BECAUSE SOMETIMES THE MAO AREAS IN CYBERATTACKS SPIRALS OUT OF CONTROL.

GOES PLACES THE AUTHORS OF IT DIDN’T WANT TO GO. WE’VE SEEN THAT WITH RUSSIA AND THE NOT ATTACK WHICH CAUSED BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN DAMAGE AROUND THE WORLD.

SO THIS COMES WITH PROMISE AND PERIL THIS TECHNOLOGY SO VERY IMPORTANT CONTEXT FOR US. THANK YOU SO MUCH, KEN. THE ATTACK ON UKRAINE IS, OF COURSE, HAVING A HUGE IMPACT ON THE WORLD TO CAUGHT.

>> SIMON JOINS US NOW WITH THE MARKET. HOW THE MARKETS ARE REACTING TO THE SITUATION IN UKRAINE. GOOD MORNING OR >> SO IT’S BEEN A GOOD MORNING TO YOU.

WALL STREET IS SET TO OPEN LOWER. DOW FUTURES ARE OFF RIGHT NOW ABOUT A 150 POINTS.

THIS FOLLOWS A STUNNING COMEBACK FOR THE MARKETS YESTERDAY. INVESTORS, OF COURSE, CONTINUE TO ASSESS THE IMPACT FROM RUSSIA’S INVASION OF UKRAINE. YESTERDAY. THE DOW CLOSED UP ABOUT 90 POINTS AFTER IT HAD BEEN DOWN NEARLY 860 POINTS AT THE LOWS OF THE DAY, S AND P 500 ENDED UP ONE 0.5% AFTER BEING DOWN MORE THAN 2.

5% AND THE RALLY FROM A DECLINE OF NEARLY 3 AND A HALF PERCENT TO END UP MORE THAN 3% OIL PRICES ALSO SETTLED WELL OFF THEIR HIGHS. BRENT CRUDE, WHICH IS THE GLOBAL BENCHMARK SETTLED AROUND $99 A BARREL AFTER TOPPING ONE. ’05, US CRUDE. MEANTIME, SETTLED AROUND $93 A BARREL, WE SHOULD SAY, THOUGH, THAT OIL IS PULLING BACK THIS MORNING. WE’RE VERSE EARLIER GAINS ON CONCERNS OVER POTENTIAL SUPPLY DISRUPTIONS NOW YOU THINK ABOUT THE REVERSAL WE SAW YESTERDAY TRADERS POINT TO A FEW REASONS FOR WHY SAYING ESSENTIAL US AND EUROPEAN SANCTIONS DID NOT TARGET RUSSIA’S OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY OR FREEZE RUSSIA OUT OF THE KEY GLOBAL PAYMENT SYSTEM BITCOIN AND OTHER CRYPTOCURRENCIES ARE SURGING AFTER A STEEP SELL OFF YESTERDAY, ALTHOUGH GUYS, THEY STILL DO REMAIN WELL OFF THE ALL-TIME HIGHS SET BACK IN NOVEMBER.

ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU SO MUCH. >> WATCHING THIS INVASION PLAY OUT IN REAL TIME, NOT JUST ON TV BUT ALSO ON SOCIAL MEDIA, INCLUDING TIKTOK LIVE STREAMS ON THE APP ARE GIVING THE WORLD A FIRST PERSON VIEW OF THE SITUATION IN UKRAINE. WELL, SOME OF THEM APPEAR TO BE AUTHENTIC. OTHERS ARE ACTUALLY FAKE.

NBC NEWS SENIOR REPORTER BEEN COLLEGE HAS BEEN LOOKING INTO THESE POST JOINS US NOW TO BEEN IT’S BEEN MORE THAN 24 HOURS SINCE THE INVASION BEGAN. WHAT ARE YOU SEEING PLAY OUT ON TIKTOK. >> WE’RE SEEING A MIX OF VERY REAL FOOTAGE FROM UKRAINE IN THE MIX TOO. THINGS THAT DISTRICT SIMPLY AREN’T FROM UKRAINE. WE’RE SEEING THE TOPS OF BUILDINGS IN THE UK WITH SIRENS AND GUNSHOTS OVER THEM AND WHY WOULD SOMEONE DO THAT.

WELL, THEY CAN COLLECT DONATIONS. THEY CAN GET MONEY THIS WAY. YOU KNOW, THAT’S WHAT’S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW ON TIKTOK IS A LOT OF SCAMMING, A LOT OF A LOT OF SPAM IN THIS SPACE.

IN FACT, THERE’S ONE VIDEO OF A RUSSIAN SOLDIER WHO’S, YOU KNOW, A PARACHUTING ONTO WHAT APPEARS TO BE WITH WHAT HE WHAT THEY CLAIM IS UKRAINE. REALLY THE VIDEOS TAKEN 4 YEARS AGO FROM 2016 TO A LOT OF RE APPROPRIATED.

MORE FOOTAGE. A LOT OF REAL PRO CREATED MILITARY EXERCISES THAT ARE BEING USED ON TIKTOK AND PRESENTED AS PART OF NOW. >> LET’S TALK ABOUT ANOTHER EXTREME EXAMPLE. ONE OF THE VIDEOS YOU FOUND YOU NEARLY 20 MILLION TIMES. THE USER PASSED IT OFF AS COMING FROM UKRAINE.

TURNS OUT HE WAS ACTUALLY LIVE STREAMING FROM HIS COUCH. TELL US MORE ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED HERE. WHERE DID THE VIDEO ACTUALLY COME FROM.

>> YEAH. THAT WAS FROM A MILITARY TRAINING IN IN RUSSIA FOR 2016.

THAT WAS YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU CLICK THROUGH, YOU CAN SEE VERY QUICKLY THIS GUY WAS ON HIS COUCH. HE POSTED THIS ON HIS INSTAGRAM. AS YOU CAN SEE IN APRIL OF 2016 BEFORE IT POSTED A COUPLE OF A COUPLE OF HOURS AFTER THE INVASION STARTED TO HAPPEN. BUT WITHOUT CONTEXT ON TIKTOK PEOPLE SOON. THIS WAS A PART OF THE INVASION AND WHAT YOU SEE IS PEOPLE SANITIZING THE SAME SAYS THIS FEELS LIKE, YOU KNOW, IT’S STILL LIKE MINECRAFT, LIKE A VIDEO GAME.

WELL, IT’S NOT MY CRAFT. CIVILIANS IS WHAT WAR IS. AND IT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE A GUY VERY HAPPILY JUMPING OUT THE SKY. >> SO FOR THOSE OF US WHO ARE WATCHING THIS. IF YOU SEE A VIDEO ON SOCIAL MEDIA SUPPOSEDLY FROM UKRAINE.

HOW CAN YOU FIGURE OUT IF IT’S REAL. WHAT’S THE SORT OF NEWS LITERACY ADVICE AS TO HOW TO APPROACH THIS.

>> CHECK INTO THE ACCOUNT. A LOT OF THESE ACCOUNTS STARTED YESTERDAY OR 2 DAYS BEFOREHAND AND THEY STARTED POSTING JUST VIDEOS OF THAT IN PUBLISHING THROUGH STUFF, THE SIRENS BLARE IN THE BACKGROUND. YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE THAT STUFF IS.

THAT STUFF COULD BE IN UKRAINE. AND IF THEY’RE ASKING FOR DONATIONS OR MONEY. JUST KEEP A KEEN EYE OUT FOR THAT. SO THAT’S A GOOD TIP THAT THEY MAY NOT SPECIFICALLY ME WORKING IN GOOD FAITH HERE. >> REMINDER THAT ANY TIME WE HAVE THESE MAJOR STORIES LIKE THIS SCAM.

ARTISTS ARE OUT THERE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE SITUATION. BENT. THANKS MUCH FOR REPORTING. WE APPRECIATE IT. COMING UP, DOZENS OF AMERICANS FLEEING UKRAINE HAS THIS INVASION AND FALL OF NEXT.

HOW ONE NONPROFIT IS WORKING TO HELP PEOPLE GET OUT NEXT ON MORNING NEWS NOW. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> THESE DAYS. IT FEELS LIKE THE NEWS NEVER STOPS. SO LET’S GET INTO IT. WHAT’S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW.

WHAT IT ALL MEANS FOR YOU FOR AN HOUR EVERY DAY CAN BE HARD KEEP UP. SO LET’S GET STARTED TOGETHER. ALI CHECKS IN NOW. >> WEEKDAYS AT 5 ON NBC NEWS NOW. THERE’S NO BETTER PLACE FOR FUN WITH FRIENDS.

ALL THE TIME WITH A LITTLE GOLF BUDDY OR AN AFTERNOON ALONE TOGETHER, FAMILY AND FRIENDS WITH JUST A TAP JUST PICK YOUR COURSE. PAY FOR YOUR PHONE CALL NOW. TOP STORY WITH TIME NOW WEEK. AT 7 ON NBC NEWS NOW. >> YOU DOING FOR TEACHERS OR FEEL THAT THEY’RE BEING STRETCHED TOO DID YOU UNDERSTAND HOW PREVALENT HUNGER WAS IN YOUR OWN COMMUNITY.

♪ >> LOOK AT WHAT’S MAKING HEADLINES AROUND THE WORLD. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> THE CRISIS UNFOLDING OVERSEAS AND UKRAINE IS STRIKING A NERVE WITH MANY AMERICANS HERE AT HOME.

PEOPLE ARE TAKING TO THE STREETS IN SUPPORT OF UKRAINE AND MANY OF THEM ARE STILL DESPERATE TO HEAR FROM THEIR LOVED ONES. >> NOW LIVING IN A WAR ZONE. HERE’S NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT ALLISON BARBER.

>> A STRIKING SHOW OF SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE FROM COAST TO NEW YORK CITY PROTESTERS DRAPING THE HEART OF TIMES BLUE AND YELLOW LEAVING A MASSIVE UKRAINIAN WE SING THEIR OBJECTIONS TO RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR AND URGING ALL AMERICANS TO PAY SCARE WITH THE WORLD RESPONDS.

ALEX BRINGING HIS YOUNG SON CHRISTINA THERE WITH HER FAMILY NATION PRO UKRAINIAN PROTEST BUBBLING UP IN ALL CORNERS OF THE COUNTRY FROM LOS ANGELES WORLD WILL NEVER FORGET THOSE TO WASHINGTON AUSTIN TO JESSE KIRSCH THERE ON THE GROUND. HUNDREDS GATHERING IN THE CITY’S UKRAINE. >> WAR. >> DOWN, SEEN FLOODING IN NEW YORK.

WHICH STARTED IN TIMES SQUARE OUTSIDE THE RUSSIAN CONSULATE A SMALL BUT EMOTIONAL BUT NO MATTER THE SIZE OF THE THE MESSAGE WAS THE SAME. UKRAINE IS MORE THAN ITS BORDERS. WE HAVE PEOPLE WAY BEFORE MOSCOW WERE PEOPLE. WE HAVE TURCHIN AS WE HAVE CULTURE, WE HAVE OVER A 1000 A 1000 YEAR HISTORY. >> GET OUT OF UKRAINE.

I STILL HAVE CHILDHOOD FRIENDS THAT LIVE IN THE VILLAGE NEAR THEY ARE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS LIKE ME OFF UNTIL YESTERDAY THEY WERE GOING TO I HAVE A PREGNANT FRIEND. LATEST INFO, WHO CAN GO TO THE HOSPITAL RIGHT NOW TO CHECK UP ON HER BABY. AND FOR SO MANY OF THEM, EVERY MISSILE, EVERY GUN SHOT HITS HOME. WE’RE ON THE PHONE ACTUALLY WITH MY GRANDMA.

>> BUT THEY WENT IN AN UNDERGROUND BUNKER.

BUT ONCE THEY HEARD THE BOOM, THE INTERNET SERVICE COMPLETELY CUT OUT AND. THAT WAS LAST HEARD FROM THEM FROM NOW, WE STILL HAVEN’T HEARD FROM THEM AGAIN. REALLY HOPING FOR THE BEST >> OUR THANKS TO ALLISON BARBER FOR THAT REPORT. THAT DOES IT FOR THIS HOUR OF MORNING NEWS NOW THAT THE NEWS CONTINUES RIGHT NOW. GOOD MORNING.

I’M SAVANNAH SELLERS. I’M JOE 5. LET’S GET RIGHT TO WHERE THINGS STAND IN UKRAINE AND BEYOND AT THIS HOUR. ANOTHER SUNRISE IN KEY MET WITH THE PIERCING ECHOES OF AIR RAID SIRENS STREETS ROCKED BY EXPLOSIONS. MANY RESIDENTS NOW SCRAMBLING TO FIND SHELTER AS RUSSIAN FORCES ADVANCE ON THE CITY.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS IS REPORTING AT THIS HOUR THAT THE RUSSIAN MILITARY SAYS IT HAS SEIZED A STRATEGIC AIRPORT OUTSIDE UKRAINE’S CAPITAL AND CLAIMS IT OFF FROM THE WEST, ALTHOUGH NBC NEWS HAS NOT YET BEEN ABLE TO VERIFY THAT REPORT.

UKRAINIAN OFFICIALS ARE ADVISING PEOPLE TO SEEK SHELTER WHILE ENCOURAGING OTHERS TO FIGHT US AND A 100 MILES NORTH OF THE CAPITAL CENTER CHERNOBYL SITE OF THE WORST NUCLEAR DISASTER IN HISTORY FELL TO RUSSIAN TROOPS. WHY WAS IT SO HIGH UP ON MOSCOW’S LIST. WE’RE GOING TO DIG INTO THAT. AND IN WASHINGTON, ANOTHER SHARP REBUKE FROM PRESIDENT BIDEN DIRECTED AT HIS RUSSIAN COUNTERPART.

>> AGGRESSION UKRAINE. ONE OF CAUTION RUSSIAN DEARLY. ECONOMICALLY AND STRATEGICALLY. WE WILL MAKE SURE ANY NATION COUNTIES RUSSIA’S NAKED AGGRESSION AGAINST UKRAINE. >> WE’LL BE STAINED BY ASSOCIATION.

>> AND IN MOSCOW AND UNEXPECTED REACTION TO THE INVASION MORE THAN 700 PRO UKRAINE ANTIWAR PROTESTERS HAVE REPORTEDLY BEEN DETAINED BY POLICE. HUNDREDS MORE THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. PLUS, OF COURSE, ALL OF THE HEADLINES THAT ARE HITTING CLOSER TO HOME, INCLUDING A WINTER STORM HITTING THE NORTHEAST. WE’VE GOT ALL THAT ON THIS HOUR OF MORNING NEWS NOW. FIRST LET’S HEAD STRAIGHT TO EASTERN UKRAINE AND OUR CHIEF FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT RICHARD ENGEL WHO HAS THE VERY LATEST ON THE SITUATION UNFOLDING FROM THE GROUND.

>> JOE SAVANA HERE. MARIO PULL PEOPLE ARE WATCHING WHAT IS HAPPENING IN KIEV VERY CLOSELY AND THEY FEAR THAT THIS CITY AND OTHER CITIES COULD BE NEXT HERE. THEY’RE STOCKING UP ON CASH MEDICINE SUPPLIES TRYING TO DIG IN IF THEY NEED TO RIDE IT OUT IN CASE THE CITY COMES UNDER SIEGE AS RUSSIA IS CARRYING OUT WHAT SEEMS TO BE A DECAPITATION ATTACK TO TRY TO TOPPLE THE GOVERNMENT IN THE CAPITAL. >> UKRAINIAN OFFICIAL SAYS THIS FIREBALL IS A RUSSIAN FIGHTER JET UKRAINIAN AIR DEFENSES SHOT DOWN OVERNIGHT AS THE CAPITAL KIEV IS NOW IN RUSSIA’S CROSS HAIRS WITH MISSILES FALLING NEAR THE >> TROOPS ADVANCING INTO THE OF 3 MILLION ARE RUNNING FOR COVER THIS MORNING. IN OLD SOVIET ERA SUBWAYS AMONG THE DEEPEST IN THE WORLD BUILT DECADES AGO TO DOUBLE ITS SHELTERS AGAINST THE POTENTIAL AMERICAN ATTACK.

I BELIEVE IN MY PEOPLE, MANY RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS ARE ALREADY DAMAGED BY SHELLING WITH THIS MAN SAYING HE’S LUCKY TO BE ALIVE AFTER SEEING AN EXPLOSION AND DEBRIS FALLING ALL AROUND IT. >> WELL, THERE’S ARE HEADING WEST OUT OF THE CITY. THE NEW YORK TIMES POSTING THIS HEART-WRENCHING VIDEO ALLEGEDLY SHOWING NEWBORN INFANTS IN THE SOUTHERN CITY OF DUNDEE PRO MOVED FROM THE ICU TO A MAKESHIFT BOMB SHELTER FOR PROTECTION AGAINST INCOMING MISSILE STRIKES. HIM OUT OF THE MOST PRESIDENT ZELINSKY WHO SAYS HE’S STILL IN THE CAPITAL WITH HIS TOP ADVISERS AND THAT RUSSIA CONSIDERS HIM ITS MAIN TARGET TO KILL. SHE’S RALLYING A RESISTANCE IN AN EARLY-MORNING ADDRESS SAYING THEY SAY THEY DO NOT WANT TO TARGET CIVILIANS.

THEY ARE LIES THE FIGHT CONTINUES. RUSSIA EXPECTS US TO GET TIRED. WHAT WE ARE NOT UKRAINIANS CLAIMED TO HAVE DESTROYED RUSSIAN TANKS WITH AMERICAN SUPPLIED MISSILES SHOT DOWN A RUSSIAN ATTACK HELICOPTER AND CAPTURED DISORGANIZED AND CONFUSED RUSSIAN SOLDIERS THAT YESTERDAY RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN SAID HE HAS NO INTENTION TO OCCUPY UKRAINE, ALTHOUGH WE CLEARLY WANTS TO SEE AN END TO ITS GOVERNMENT NOT ALL RUSSIANS ARE WITH THOUSANDS GATHERED IN CITIES ACROSS RUSSIA TO OPPOSE THE RUSSIAN TROOPS CONTINUE THEIR MARCH THROUGH UKRAINE.

>> THEY’VE SEIZED CONTROL OF THE STILL RADIOACTIVE CHERNOBYL AREA SIDE OF THE WORLD’S WORST NUCLEAR DISASTER RAISING FEARS OF AN ECOLOGICAL CATASTROPHE. IN MY THIS MORNING, VOLUNTEERS LINED UP TO DONATE BLOOD.

>> ALL I CAN IS GIVING BLOOD FOR OUR FOUNDERS ICON MAY HAVE HOPED CRANE WOULD BE A WALKOVER SO FAR THE PEOPLE ARE UNDETERRED AND HOLDING STRONG. >> UKRAINE’S DEFENSE MINISTRY IS TELLING PEOPLE IN KIEV TO STAY INDOORS IF POSSIBLE. PREPARE MOLOTOV COCKTAILS AND RESIST. RICHARD, THANK YOU SO MUCH. >> THE WHITE HOUSE IS RESPONDING TO RUSSIA’S INVASION.

PRESIDENT BIDEN ISSUED A NEW ROUND OF ECONOMIC SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA YESTERDAY, AN AUTHORIZED THE DEPLOYMENT OF 7,000 U.S. TROOPS INTO GERMANY TO HELP BOLSTER OUR NATO ALLIES. NBC NEWS CHIEF WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT KRISTEN WELKER JOINS US NOW FROM THE WHITE HOUSE WITH THE LATEST. KRISTEN, GOOD MORNING.

>> JOE. GOOD MORNING TO YOU. SHARPENING HIS TONE THIS MORNING PRESIDENT BIDEN IS VOWING TO MAKE WLADIMIR PROVEN A PARIAH ON THE WORLD STAGE IS THE SECRETARY OF STATE ISSUED A DIRE WARNING HE IS CONVINCED WE WILL TRY TO OVERTHROW THE UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT. >> THIS MORNING, PRESIDENT BIDEN MEETING WITH NATO ALLIES AS HE FACES THE GREATEST GLOBAL TEST OF HIS PRESIDENCY. SO FAR.

WLADIMIR PUTIN’S INVASION OF UKRAINE. >> IS THE AGGRESSOR. CHOSE THIS WAR. >> AND NOW HE AND HIS COUNTRY WILL BEAR THE CONSEQUENCES. THE PRESIDENT UNVEILING SWEEPING NEW SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA INCLUDING CUTTING OFF RUSSIAN BANKS AND COMPANIES FROM THE WEST TARGETING RUSSIA’S DEFENSE INDUSTRY BY RESTRICTING TECHNOLOGY, EXPORTS AND FREEZING TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF ASSETS HELD BY RUSSIAN ELITES WITH CLOSE TIES TO PUTIN STILL THE PRESIDENT STOPPING SHORT OF SANCTIONING PUTIN HIMSELF AND REVEALING SOME EUROPEAN ALLIES ARE DIVIDED OVER WHETHER TO CUT OFF RUSSIA FROM SWIFT THE INTERNATIONAL BANKING SYSTEM IN MORE THAN 200 COUNTRIES.

THE PRESIDENT PRESSED BY PETER ALEXANDER, WHETHER HE’S DONE ENOUGH. >> RESPECTFULLY, SIR, WHAT MORE ARE YOU WAITING FOR THE SANCTIONS WE’VE IMPOSED EXCEED SWIFT. >> THE SANCTIONS. WE OPPOSE EXCEED ANYTHING. IT’S EVERMAN REPUBLICANS AND EVEN SOME DEMOCRATS STEPPING UP THEIR CALLS ON THE PRESIDENT TO GO EVEN FURTHER WITH SANCTIONS.

>> MY ADVICE TO THE PRESIDENT. BOTH PUBLICLY AND PROBABLY IS ROGER, THE SANCTIONS ALL THE WAY UP. >> ALL THE WAY UP FAR AS WE WE NEED TO GO FURTHER, INCLUDING SHOULD BE SANCTIONED DIRECTLY. AND WHILE THE WHITE HOUSE INITIALLY SAID IT HOPES TO DETER PUTIN WITH THE THREAT OF SANCTIONS. THE PRESIDENT CRITICIZED FOR SAYING THIS ON THURSDAY.

>> NO ONE EXPECTED THE SANCTIONS TO PREVENT AND THEN FROM HAPPENING. >> THE PRESIDENT SENDING 7,000 ADDITIONAL TROOPS TO GERMANY TO SUPPORT NATO ALLIES BUT EMPHASIZING AMERICAN TROOPS WILL NOT FIGHT IN UKRAINE.

THERE IS A COMPLETE RUPTURE RIGHT NOW IN U.S. RUSSIAN RELATIONS.

>> IF THEY CONTINUE ON THIS PATH WITH IRAN AND SO IS GOING TO BE A COLD DAY FOR RUSSIA. >> NOW, THE PRESIDENT WAS ALSO PRESSED THURSDAY WHY THIS LATEST ROUND OF SANCTIONS DON’T INCLUDE TARGETING COULDN’T DIRECTLY. THE PRESIDENT SAID THAT STEP IS STILL ON THE TABLE. MEANWHILE, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ARE ALSO UNDER PRESSURE TO GET A RELIEF PACKAGE PASSED. TO HELP UKRAINE.

JOE CHRISTIAN, WHILE WE HAVE YOU ANOTHER TOPIC. YOU NEW INFORMATION ABOUT PRESIDENT BIDEN’S SUPREME COURT NOMINATION. WHAT CAN YOU TELL US. WELL, JOE, WE ARE EXPECTING AN ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY. THIS IS OBVIOUSLY A HUGELY SIGNIFICANT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR PRESIDENT BIDEN.

AND WE HAVE BEEN TOLD HE HAS MADE HIS FINAL DECISION. HE WAS CLOSING IN ON 3 FINALIST.

TIME BROWN JACKSON J MICHELLE CHILDS, BOTH FEDERAL JUDGES AS WELL AS LEANDRE KROGER. SHE’S A SUPREME COURT JUDGE IN CALIFORNIA NOW THE ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN PRESSED OVER AND OVER AGAIN. HOW IMPORTANT IS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT LOOK, THE FIRST 2 NAMES THAT I MENTIONED JIM BROWN JACKSON AND J MICHELLE CHILDS BOTH SEEM TO HAVE A LOT OF BIPARTISAN SUPPORT.

SO I WOULD REALLY LOOK AT THOSE 2 NAMES, THE WHITE HOUSE HAS INSISTED THAT THEY ARE CONSIDERING A RANGE OF DIFFERENT OPTIONS IN TERMS OF MAKING THIS FINAL PICK. BUT THE TIMING IS JUST SO SIGNIFICANT JOE, YOU CAN’T UNDERSTATE THAT ENOUGH.

I MEAN, THIS IS FIRST OF ALL, THE ANNIVERSARY OF WHEN CANDIDATE BIDEN VOWED TO CHOOSE A BLACK WOMAN. >> FOR THE HIGH COURT AND ALSO, OF COURSE, NOW HE IS DEALING WITH THIS CRISIS IN UKRAINE SO THAT COULD ALWAYS PUSHED THE TIMING. BUT WE ARE TOLD HE SET FOR THAT ALL IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY AND HIS STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS IS NEXT TUESDAY JOE, THE DEADLINE HE PROVIDED A REMINDER.

HOW MUCH IS BEING JUGGLED IN WASHINGTON RIGHT NOW. KRISTEN WELKER, AS ALWAYS, THANK YOU. >> THANKS TO THE ONGOING CRISIS IN UKRAINE COULD HAVE A BIG IMPACT ON THE U.S. ECONOMY, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO FUEL COSTS, THE PRICE OF OIL HIT ITS HIGHEST LEVEL IN NEARLY A DECADE YESTERDAY AND A ROLLER COASTER DAY ON WALL STREET SAW STOCKS ERASE MAJOR LOSSES TO FINISH THE SESSION HIGHER.

NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT TOM COSTELLO JOINS US NOW WITH A CLOSER LOOK AT WHAT ALL THIS MEANS FOR ALL OF US. HEY, TOM, GOOD MORNING. >> YEAH. GOOD MORNING. SO THE COST THE ECONOMY.

AS YOU KNOW, IS STILL IN RECOVERY MODE FROM THE PANDEMIC AND WE HAVE BEEN EXPERIENCING THIS DECADE’S HIGH INFLATION FOR SEVERAL MONTHS NOW.

THIS WAR IN EUROPE IS ADDING ANOTHER LAYER OF UNCERTAINTY FOR EVERYTHING FROM BUYING GROCERIES TO RETIREMENT SAVINGS. BUT THE CLEAREST EXAMPLE WHERE WE ARE ALREADY SEEING THE FINANCIAL IMPACT IS AT THE GAS PUMP. >> FROM THE WEST COAST. I THINK IT’S KIND OF RIDICULOUS TO THE EAST COAST.

I’M SCARED. I DON’T WANT TO 10 BUCKS. A GALLON HIGHER. AS MY POCKET AND MY HEART AND EVERYWHERE IN BETWEEN I CONTROL. IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE IT’S OVER $5.

A GALLON. AMERICANS ALREADY FEELING THE PINCH WHEN THEY FILL UP ARE FACING NEW ECONOMIC UNCERTAINTY THIS MORNING LESS THAN 24 HOURS AFTER RUSSIA’S MILITARY INVASION INTO UKRAINE. >> OIL ON THE GLOBAL MARKET TEMPORARILY TOPPED $100 A BARREL FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 8 YEARS. EXPERTS SAY FOR EVERY $10 INCREASE GAS PRICES CAN JUMPED $0.20 WITH A NATIONAL AVERAGE.

NOW OF $3 M $0.55 PRICES HAVE SURGED $0.89 FROM A YEAR AGO. WHAT EVEN HIGHER IN SOME AREAS. CALIFORNIA CURRENTLY THE HIGHEST FOR 77 A GALLON, CALIFORNIA IS A LOT GOING TO BE PROBABLY PAYING $5 A GALLON IN A MATTER OF ONE TO 2 WEEKS, POTENTIALLY.

THIS SUMMER. CALIFORNIA COULD HIT 5.50, WITH SOME STATIONS. NEARING 6 OR EVEN $7. A GALLON IN PARTS OF RURAL CALIFORNIA.

>> AT ISSUE RUSSIA IS THE WORLD’S SECOND LARGEST EXPORTER OF OIL AND GAS AND PRICES ARE SET GLOBALLY. PRESIDENT BIDEN SAYS HIS ADMINISTRATION WILL USE EVERY TOOL POSSIBLE TO LIMIT THE IMPACT. >> WE’RE TAKING ACTIVE STEPS TO BRING DOWN THE COST AND AMERICAN OIL AND GAS COMPANY SHOULD NOT SHOULD NOT EXPLOIT THIS MOMENT TO HIKE THEIR PRICES TO RAISE PROFITS. BUT IT’S NOT JUST FUEL. >> UKRAINE IS A MAJOR GLOBAL EXPORTER OF WHEAT AND A DISRUPTION COULD MEAN HIGHER FOOD PRICES GLOBALLY.

EXPERTS SAY HOW LONG THE SITUATION IN EUROPE LAST WILL DETERMINE THE STRAIN ON OUR THERE WILL DEFINITELY BE AN IMPACT ON AMERICANS POCKETBOOKS SERVICE.

BUT YOU KNOW IT. THE QUESTION IS WHAT IS THE COST OF DEFENDING DEMOCRACY. >> WHILE THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION SANCTIONED RUSSIA, IT DID NOT TARGET ITS OIL AND GAS SECTORS WHICH WOULD HAVE DRIVEN PRICES EVEN HIGHER. GUESS WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM THAT RUSSIA HAS A MAJOR EXPORT OR RUSSIA WOULD STAND TO BENEFIT FROM THOSE HIGHER PRICES GLOBALLY AND THE U.

S. HAS RELIED ON RUSSIAN OIL HALF A MILLION BARRELS A DAY IN LATE 2021 GUYS EVEN MORE THAN WE GET FROM SAUDI ARABIA. PART OF THE PROBLEM IS THAT US AND CANADIAN OIL PRODUCERS HAVE NOT STARTED PUMPING AGAIN AT THE LAKE. WHAT LEVELS THEY WRAP BEFORE THE PANDEMIC. AS YOU KNOW, DEMAND SANK PRICES SANK.

THEY STOP. THEY’RE PUMPING TO THE SAME EXTENT AND THEY STILL HAVE NOT BROUGHT UP BACK TO THOSE LEVELS. ALL RIGHT. TOM COSTELLO, THANK YOU SO MUCH. >> THE FDA HAS EXPANDED ITS NO FLY ZONE TO INCLUDE UKRAINE BELARUS AND PARTS OF EUROPE.

HERE’S A LOOK AT THE AREA IN THAT ZONE. IT NOW INCLUDES ALL OF UKRAINE BELARUS 160, NOT A CULL MILES INTO RUSSIA.

THIS MEANS US AIRLINES AND PILOTS CANNOT FLY IN THIS ZONE BEFORE THE RESTRICTIONS, THE FAA BANNED OPERATIONS IN EASTERN REGION OF UKRAINE. THE RESTRICTIONS DO NOT APPLY TO MILITARY OPERATIONS. THE U.

S. HAS ISSUED A LEVEL 4 DO NOT TRAVEL ORDER FOR UKRAINE. LET’S TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT WHAT’S HAPPENING IN UKRAINE AS WELL AS THE IMPACT OF THESE GLOBAL SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA. FOR MORE ON THIS, WE WANT TO BRING IN FORMER U.S.

AMBASSADOR TO UKRAINE, BILL TAYLOR. HE’S SERVED FROM 2006. >> TO 2000, 9 AND MORE RECENTLY AS ACTING AMBASSADOR FROM JUNE 2019 TO JANUARY 2020 PASTOR, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING FIRST, LET’S START WITH KEITH. I MEAN, WE’RE HEARING THESE REPORTS OF AN ESCALATING SITUATION RIGHT THERE IN THE CAPITAL CITY. A EUROPEAN CITY AS RUSSIAN FORCES IN THE COUNTRY JUST A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO.

WHAT’S YOUR REACTION TO THIS LATEST THIS GETTING THIS CLOSE TO THAT PARTICULAR CITY. AND WHAT ARE YOU HEARING FROM PEOPLE.

YOU KNOW, ON THE GROUND. >> SO THAT I’VE HEARD THIS MORNING PEOPLE ON THE AND THEY ARE GRIMLY DETERMINED THEY ARE NOT GIVING UP PRESIDENT ZELENSKY WAS VERY CLEAR LAST NIGHT. THAT HE’S NOT GIVING HE ISSUED THAT STATEMENT.

THIS VIDEO LAST NIGHT. THE DEFIANCE HE DID SAY WILLING TO TALK. THAT THAT TALK THAT DISCUSSION, THOSE NEGOTIATIONS MAY MAY OFFER SOME DIRECTIONS SOME WAY OUT TO REDUCE THE VIOLENCE YOU’RE EXACTLY RIGHT.

THAT THE RUSSIANS NOW ARE TRYING TO. TRYING TO CAPTURE, TRYING TO DOMINATE KIDS.

AND AND THEY THEY HAVE THE MILITARY CAPABILITY TO DO IT. >> WE HEARD EARLIER FROM KRISTEN WELKER, US LAWMAKERS, BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. THEY WANT PRESIDENT BIDEN TO DO MORE. WE YESTERDAY HE INTRODUCED THIS NEW ROUND OF SANCTIONS. HE’S GOING TO MEET WITH NATO ALLIES LATER THIS MORNING.

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SEE HAPPEN NEXT. >> I WOULDN’T WANT TO GO RIGHT TO THE TOP OF THE ESCALATORY LADDER AND THAT’S WHAT PRESIDENT BIDEN HAD TALKED ABOUT DOING HE’S BEEN CONSTRAINED FROM GOING TO THE VERY TOP. THAT IS THE SWIFT. A MECHANISM KICKING THE RUSSIANS OUT OF THIS A SYSTEM THAT ALLOWS FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS AROUND THE WORLD. THE RUSSIANS OUT OF THAT PUT SANCTIONS ON PRESIDENT PUTIN.

PRESIDENT PUTIN IS CLEARLY COLOR, THE DECISION HE’S CALLING THE SHOTS. SO HE SHOULD THEY SHOULD BE SANCTIONED. THERE’S NO DOUBT PRESIDENT PUTIN IS A WAR CRIMINAL NOW WHO WAS A CAUSE. THE DEATH AND SUFFERING OF INNOCENT CIVILIANS. THIS IS UNPROVOKED ATTACK.

JOE, THIS IS AN UNPROVOKED. YOU KNOW, FOR LOOK FOR A REASON. A RATIONALE JUSTIFICATION COULDN’T FIND IT. HE COULDN’T EVEN MANUFACTURE THAT HE WAS TRYING TO LURE THE UKRAINIANS INTO SOME KIND OF PROVOCATION. THEY RESISTED.

THEY WERE DISCIPLINED. SO HE WENT ANYWAY. PRESIDENT PUTIN INVADED ANYWAY AND HE NEEDS TO BE CALLED OUT FOR GOES STRAIGHT TO THE TOP.

>> SO LET’S TALK ABOUT THE PEOPLE THERE IN, KEEP THE PEOPLE ACROSS UKRAINE. I MEAN, THIS ATTACK IS ALREADY, OF COURSE, HAVING THESE MASSIVE GLOBAL IMPLICATIONS AND THEN THESE NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES ARE BRACING FOR HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DISPLACED UKRAINIANS.

JUST JUST WALK US THROUGH WHAT THAT MEANS. I MEAN, ENTERING POLAND THEM LEAVING THE COUNTRY. COULD THIS TURN INTO A MIGRANT CRISIS. >> IT CERTAINLY TURNING LARGE MIGRATION AND YOU’RE ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTION ABOUT PEOPLE IN CAPE. THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE KEEP WHO ARE DETERMINED TO STAY THERE.

THEY ARE ARMING THEMSELVES THERE. THEY HAVE ALREADY GONE TO GUNSHOTS. GUNSHOTS HAVE BEEN CROWDED LINES OUTSIDE OF. I MEAN, AND GUN SHOPS IN ORDER TO ALLOW THEM TO DEFEND THEMSELVES AND THE DEFENSE MINISTRY IS ASKING UKRAINE’S TO DO THAT. UKRAINE’S ARE RESPONDING.

THEY ARE ALSO SENDING SOME OF THEIR PEOPLES. YOU FOR SOME UKRAINIANS ARE LEAVING AND ARE HEADING WEST. I WOULD IMAGINE THAT POLAND AND MANIA AND EVEN HUNGRY. WE’LL BE WELCOMING TO THESE THESE PEOPLE, THESE UKRAINIANS WHO ARE COMING.

THEY’RE FORCED OR THEY’RE COMING THERE TO GET OUT OF THIS WAR ZONE.

BUT THE THE LARGER PORTION OF LIGHTS OF PEOPLE LIVING IN CAVE AND UKRAINE’S ARE STAYING AND THEY’RE GOING TO FIGHT THE RUSSIANS. >> AND WE ACTUALLY HEARD YESTERDAY FROM OUR COLLEAGUE CAL PERRY ABOUT THEM WAVING THE NEED FOR A COVID TEST AS THEY CROSS THESE BORDERS MIGRATE INTO OTHER COUNTRIES. AMBASSADOR TAYLOR, THANK YOU SO MUCH. WE ALWAYS APPRECIATE YOU JOINING US. >> THANK YOU SO TALK ABOUT PROJECT DYNAMO.

IT IS A PRIVATE US NON-PROFIT THAT EVACUATED AMERICANS FROM KABUL. LET’S NOW HELPING US CITIZENS FLEE UKRAINE. YEAH, EXACTLY WHAT WE WERE JUST TALKING ABOUT WITH THE AMBASSADOR, THE FIRST BUS LOAD OF 23 EVACUEES LEFT FOR THE BORDER SHORTLY AFTER THE EARLY EXPLOSIONS IN KYIV. ACCORDING TO THE GROUP’S SPOKESPERSON JOINING US NOW IS THE CO-FOUNDER OF PROJECT DYNAMO BRIAN STERN. HE’S ON THE GROUND IN UKRAINE.

BRIAN, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. FIRST OF ALL, WE HOPE THAT YOU ARE SOMEWHERE SAFE AND TELL US DID THAT BUS THAT WE JUST MENTIONED MAKE IT OUT OF THE COUNTRY SAFELY.

>> THANKS FOR HAVING ME. IT’S ALMOST OUT OF THE LINES. LINES GETTING AT THE BORDER CROSSINGS, WHICH ARE PRETTY SAFE.

OUR EXTREME SO THEY’LL BE THROUGH WITHIN HOURS. BUT THEY’RE AWAY OUR SECOND BUSES ALREADY DEPARTED KEY A FEW HOURS AGO WITH THAT WITH A BUNCH OF AMERICANS ON IT AS WELL. WE WE’RE DEFINITELY WE’RE DEFINITELY OPERATIONAL. YOU’RE ON THE GROUND. IT’S DEFINITELY HARD HERE IN THE GROUND AND IT’S DEFINITELY A SAD TO SAY THE LEAST.

WE’RE SEEING THE MASSIVE CROWDS AT TRAIN STATIONS. THE TRAFFIC BUILDUPS HERE TALKING ABOUT AS PEOPLE TRY TO GET OUT OF THESE UKRAINIAN CITIES. >> TALK MORE ABOUT WHAT IT’S BEEN LIKE ON THE GROUND THERE. HOW DO YOU EVACUATE PEOPLE UNDER THESE CONDITIONS. >> BUT DYNAMO’S BEEN OPERATING IN ON THE GROUND ON AND OFF SINCE SINCE AUGUST AND WE STILL CONTINUE TO WE WE’VE DEFINITELY APPLY TO THE LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE AFGHANISTAN PROBLEM SAID THIS PROBLEM SAID THERE’S MANY DIFFERENCES, BUT THERE ARE A LOT OF SIMILARITIES AND WE’RE PRETTY WE’VE GOTTEN PRETTY GOOD AT THIS.

IT IS HARD. IT IS HARD. BUT IF IF YOU’RE JUST A LITTLE CREATIVE AND INNOVATIVE YOU CAN MAKE SOME REAL GOOD MAGIC HAPPEN ON THE GROUND HERE. THE SHORTAGES ARE EVERYWHERE. GAS IS A POSSIBLE.

THERE’S THERE’S A CAPS ON EVERYTHING. LIMITATIONS ON EVERYTHING FROM FOOD MEDICINE. ALL KIND OF THING. SO IT’S REALLY, REALLY, REALLY HARD TO GET THINGS CASH. EVERYTHING AS WE GO INTO CASH, WHICH IS THE ACTUAL PAPER CURRENCY, WHICH IS ALSO A CHALLENGE AND THAT’S BECOMING HARD TO FIND AN EXCHANGE.

THIS IS THE THIS IS AND I’VE SEEN A LOT OF I’VE BEEN TO ABOVE PART OF MULTIPLE INVASIONS WARS. MY MILITARY CAREER. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I’VE BEEN ON THE RECEIVING END OF ONE AND IT DEFINITELY PUTS THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE. THAT’S FOR SURE. >> HAVE TO SAY IT’S JUST SO INCREDIBLE TO HEAR ABOUT THIS WORK THAT YOU’RE DOING IT BOTH IN AFGHANISTAN AND UKRAINE.

I THINK SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE WONDERED WHAT’S HAPPENED TO PEOPLE WHO WERE STOCK WHO DIDN’T HAVE SOME MORE TO GO IN AND NEAR PARTIALLY ANSWERING THAT QUESTION WITH THE WORK THAT YOU’RE DOING. HOW MANY PEOPLE IN UKRAINE HAVE FOR HELP. AND THE TOUGH QUESTION, ARE YOU GOING TO BE ABLE TO HELP THEM ALL TO EVACUATE THE MALL. >> SO WE’RE WE’RE A DONOR FUNDED ORGANIZATION AND WE’RE NOT SPONSORED BY ANY KIND OF BIG ENDOWMENTS OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT.

SO WE’RE ALL VOLUNTEERS EVERYONE.

AND I WAS WHAT, INCLUDING MYSELF. SO EVERY PENNY AND EVERY DOLLAR THAT YOU GIVE THOSE TO THE RESCUE OF A HUMAN LIFE AMERICANS ARE PRIORITY, BUT WE DON’T WE NATO ALLIES ARE ARE GOOD ENOUGH WE WE YOU KNOW, WE DON’T LIKE TO LEAVE THE SEAT EMPTY. SO PLEASE DONATE PROJECT DYNAMO, DOT ORG. THAT’S THE NUMBER ONE PIECE OF HELP THAT WE REALLY NEED FROM PEOPLE BY FAR. WITHOUT A DOUBT.

THIS IS THERE’S THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE HERE OF AMERICANS THAT MANY WILL BE ABLE TO SELF EVACUATE. BUT MANY WON’T BE. WE WE HAVE A ELDERLY GENTLEMAN IS HERE IN UKRAINE ALONE WHO’S ON OUR SECOND BUS BETTING TO ME RIGHT NOW.

AND BUT FOR A SPOT, I’M PRETTY SURE THAT HE WOULD HAVE THAT HE WOULD BE STUCK. >> WOW.

BRIAN, THANK YOU SO MUCH. INCREDIBLE WORK THAT YOU’RE DOING NATO ALLIES ARE GOOD ENOUGH. ISN’T THAT SOMETHING HERE? THEY’RE ALL RIGHT, BRIAN, THANK YOU WE’RE ALL IN THIS THING TOGETHER. AGAINST ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH. STAY SAFE. >> AND COMING UP ON THIS HOUR OF MORNING NEWS NOW ANOTHER LOOK AT LISTS BUT WINTER WEATHER SLAMMING MILLIONS IN THE NORTHEAST JUST IN TIME FOR THE FRIDAY COMMUTE. OF COURSE, BILL KAREN’S IS HERE WITH WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT AS YOU HEAD OUT THE DOOR. PLUS, REMEMBERING THE 17 YEAR-OLD WHO UNKNOWINGLY BURST A CULTURAL MOVEMENT INSPIRING COUNTLESS INDIVIDUALS TO FIGHT FOR THAT ONLY EQUALITY BUT SAFETY ON THE STREETS REMEMBERING TRAYVON MARTIN.

>> 10 YEARS AFTER HIS TRAGIC THAT.

♪ >> TOP STORY WITH TIME NOW WEEK. THAT’S AT 7 ON NBC NEWS NOW. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> YOU’RE WATCHING NBC NEWS NOW. HERE’S WHAT’S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW.

ON NBC NEWS NOW COVERED TONIGHT. LOOK AT WHAT’S MAKING HEADLINES AROUND THE WORLD. PRESIDENT BIDEN MAKING NEWS TONIGHT ON SEVERAL FRONTS ANSWER THE QUESTIONS YOU WANT ANSWERED IS A LOT TO TALK ABOUT THE SEA. LET’S START BREAKING ALL THIS DOWN. >> NBC NEWS EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW.

WE’LL GET RIGHT TO THAT BREAKING NEWS. THE DESPERATE SEARCH AND RESCUE. >> OUR TEAM IS LIVE ALL ACROSS THE PATH OF DESTRUCTION TONIGHT. PEOPLE SAY THE TOWN IS GONE. TO SEE ON NEARLY 200 FIREFIGHTERS RESPONDED A SCENE AND TABLETS.

HERE’S WHAT WE SEE IN REAL LIFE. >> 2022 MIDTERMS. THE BATTLE FOR CONGRESS IN THE FIGHT FOR CONTROL OF STATE HOUSE IN A SPECIAL COUNTY COUNTY SERIES. WE’RE CHECKING OUT KEY BATTLEGROUND AT THE MID TERMS. WE ARE TALKING BATTLEGROUND STATE.

MEET THE PRESS ELECTION NIGHT SPECIAL. IT IS A BIG NIGHT. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT ELSE IS MAKING NEWS AROUND THE WORLD THE ESCALATING TENSION BETWEEN UKRAINE AND RUSSIA THEY WORRY THAT RUSSIA IS NOT NEGOTIATING IN GOOD FAITH LET’S ZOOM OUT A BIT TO OUR CHANGING CLIMATE.

I’M NOT ASKED YOU TO PREDICT THE FUTURE. BUT WHAT DO YOU THINK THAT THE NEW NORMAL IS GOING TO WITH THE PANDEMIC TODAY.

HAVE YOU SEEN A DEMAND FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES. INCREASE AMONG RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU’VE HAD ENOUGH OF COVID THE PIECE OF SPACE JUNK IS ON A COLLISION COURSE WITH THE MOON. IT DOESN’T MATTER. IT IS SIGNIFICANT WHY WE’RE HERE TO TRY TO START CONVERSATION. A LOT TO TALK ABOUT AS WE CONTINUE OUR ROLLING COVERAGE FOR COMING ON THE AIR WITH THE NEWS NBC SCHOOLS TO BRING THE NEWS TO USE NOT ONLY A JOB, IT’S AN HONOR.

THERE’S NO BETTER PLACE FOR FUN WITH FRIENDS. >> THE TIME. WITH A LITTLE GOLF BUDDY OR AN AFTERNOON ALONE TOGETHER, FAMILY AND FANS WITH JUST A TAP JUST PICK YOUR COURSE. PAY FOR YOUR PHONE CALL NOW. ♪ NOW TONIGHT, JOSHUA JOHNSON STREAMING WE FIGHT CITY HALL AND BC, NEWS NOW.

>> WELCOME BACK. WE’RE CONTINUING TO MONITOR THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS OUT OF UKRAINE, INCLUDING REPORTS THAT RUSSIAN TROOPS HAVE ENTERED THE CAPITAL OF KEEP OUR COVERAGE WILL CONTINUE IN A FEW MOMENTS. WE WANT TO GET SOME OTHER NEWS RIGHT NOW. YEAH. MANY PEOPLE AROUND THE COUNTRY WAKING UP THIS MORNING TO A ANOTHER BLAST OF WINTER CAUSING HAVOC ESPECIALLY IF YOU’RE TRYING TO HEAD OUT ON THE ROAD RIGHT NOW.

NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT EMILY OF JOINS US FROM A SNOWY BOSTON. EMILY, GOOD MORNING. HOW ARE THINGS LOOKING? >> ALLEN. WE’RE GRATEFUL.

I CAN ALREADY TELL THAT YOU’RE OUT THERE FOR >> HEY, GOOD MORNING TO YOU BOTH. WILL START TO WHAT YOU CAN TELL. VISIBILITY IS GREATLY IMPACTED, NOT JUST BECAUSE OF THE RATE OF THE SNOWFALL. BUT ALSO WHEN THESE WIND GUSTS COME THROUGH. WHAT IT DOES IS IT PICKS UP THE SNOW AND BLOWS AROUND ALREADY.

WE HAVE A SEVERAL INCHES HERE IN BOSTON. WE’RE SEEING SOME OF THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL PLAY OUT IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE NORTHEAST RIGHT NOW UP TO 2 INCHES AN HOUR. AND THAT’S WHY OFFICIALS ARE URGING PEOPLE TO STAY HOME AND OFF THE ROADWAYS IF AT ALL POSSIBLE, THIS WINTER WALLOP COMING AS THEY COULDN’T BE A WORSE TIME THE MORNING COMMUTE, IT APPEARS FOR THE MOST PART THAT PEOPLE ARE HEEDING OFFICIALS WARNING STAYING OFF THE ROADWAYS TO SEE YOU A CAR EVERY ONCE IN A BUT YOU CAN SEE THAT THESE THESE ROADWAYS ARE DEFINITELY TREACHEROUS, PERHAPS EVEN DANGEROUS SKIES TO BOSTON KNOWS HOW TO PREPARE FOR A STORM.

STILL. TELL US HOW NEW ENGLAND HAS BEEN GETTING READY FOR THIS ONE.

>> YEAH, ABSOLUTELY. I MEAN, I THINK THE OFFICIALS EVEN ACKNOWLEDGE THAT. >> THIS TYPE OF STORM. WE’VE SEEN IT BEFORE. EVEN THIS SEASON BUT IT’S STILL VERY SERIOUS AND PEOPLE SHOULD BE USING EXTREME CAUTION YESTERDAY WE HUNDREDS OF DIFFERENT KINDS OF VEHICLES PRE TREATING THE ROADWAYS TODAY JUST IN MASSACHUSETTS.

SEVERAL 1000 SNOW PLOWS. WE SEE THEM PASS THROUGH HERE EVERY EVEN 2 MINUTES OR SO. BUT JUST WITH THIS PACE OF SNOWFALL. IT’S DIFFICULT TO KEEP UP. HERE’S MORE FROM THE STATE OFFICIAL ON PREPARING FOR THE START.

LISTEN. >> WE ARE EXPECTING A SON IS WE’RE GOING TO HAVE PROBABLY 325 TO 250 PIECES OF EQUIPMENT ON THE ROAD. WE’VE, YOU KNOW, RECOGNIZING THAT THIS IS A SCHOOL VACATION WEEK. LOT OF PEOPLE MAYBE WAY LOOKING UP TO GET TO WARMER, AND SUNSHINE. WE’VE ALREADY GONE THROUGH CRITICAL COMPONENTS OF OUR INSPECTION TEAM AND THE WORKFORCE.

>> AND FROM ROADWAYS, 2 RUNWAYS. IT’S JUST GOING TO BE DIFFICULT, PERIOD TO NAVIGATE YOUR WAY THROUGH THE NORTHEAST ALREADY 1300 FLIGHT CANCELLATIONS THROUGHOUT THE U.S. TODAY. SEVERAL 100 MORE DELAYS AT NEARBY BOSTON LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

THE MAJORITY OF FLIGHTS GROUNDED GUYS AND WHAT CAN WE EXPECT THE REST OF THE DAY, PARTICULARLY WHERE YOU ARE, EMILY. WELL, I WILL SAY EVEN WHEN THE SNOW STOPS LATER TODAY. THAT DOESN’T MEAN THAT THE ROADWAYS ARE GOING TO START. YOU CAN SEE THE SNOW IS BLOWING RIGHT IN MY FACE HERE WITH THIS IT. BUT EVEN THE SNOW STOPS, THAT DOESN’T MEAN THE ROADWAY CONDITIONS ARE CERTAINLY GOING TO CLEAR UP.

AND THE REASON WHY FOR THAT IS BECAUSE THE TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO PLUMMET LATER TODAY AND TO THAT COULD TURN SNOWY ROADWAYS INTO ICY ONE. SO IT’S IMPORTANT TO CONTINUE TO EXERCISE CAUTION. IF YOU’RE HEADING OUT THE DOOR AND SO YOU WANT TO KEEP THOSE MAIN PILLARS IN OF THAT WE SHARE EVERY WINTER STORM. IF YOU ARE GETTING INTO YOUR CAR, MAKE SURE YOU KEEP YOUR DISTANCE FROM OTHER VEHICLES. TAKE IT SLOW.

BRING ESSENTIALS WITH THE WATER FOOD.

ANY IMPORTANT MEDICATIONS AND ALWAYS SHARE YOUR TRAVEL PLANS WITH FAMILY MEMBERS SKIES. BACK TO YOU. EMILY. I HOPE YOU’VE GOT A QUICK BREAK AT LEAST IN LIVE SHOTS.

YOU CAN GET INSIDE FOR A LITTLE BIT. NOT OF THE SNOW BLOWING IN YOUR FACE. THANKS AGAIN FOR YOUR REPORTING OUT THERE. >> EMILY TO SNOW UMBRELLA LIKE THAT PERSON WAS CHECK ON YOUR MORNING NEWS BILL KAREN’S IS BACK WITH THE LATEST ON THE START FOR THE FORECAST OF THAT STORM.

THERE WE GO.

HEY, BILL. >> YEAH. IT HARDWARE. EMILY IS AND THAT WAS AT LEAST AN INCH AN SNOWFALL IS YOU HAVE TO JUST BE IN LIKE THE HEAVIEST SNOW BAND RIGHT FOR US. LUCKIEST UNLUCKY HER.

SO THIS MORNING YOU SAW THE SCENE FROM BOSTON REALLY ALL THE WAY THROUGH MASSACHUSETTS TO ALBANY THAN NORTHWARD. IT LOOKS LIKE THAT, BUT SOUTH OF THERE, IT’S A DIFFERENT STORY BECAUSE THAT’S WHERE WE HAVE SLEET MIXING IN WITH FREEZING RAIN OUTSIDE A NEW YORK CITY. SO THERE’S A VERY MESSY MORNING COMMUTE REALLY FROM PHILADELPHIA, NORTH ROUTE STILL ADELPHIA SOUTHWARD. THE ROADS ARE JUST WET AND JUST FIND THE SNOW IS OVER IN CHICAGO, ALMOST OVER IN DETROIT AND IT LOOKS LIKE THE ROADS WILL BE APPROVING IN THOSE AREAS. BUT I’D SAY FOR THE 1ST HALF OF TODAY.

IT’S A PRETTY TREACHEROUS THROUGHOUT ALL OF NEW ENGLAND, ALL THE WAY DOWN THE NEW YORK CITY THAT FREEZING RAIN LINE IS RIGHT INTO NEW YORK CITY CURRENTLY SO ESPECIALLY BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES TEMPERATURES ARE HOVERING RIGHT AROUND FREEZING IN NEW YORK CITY AT THE CURRENT TIME AS WE GO THROUGHOUT THE REST OF THE DAY, OBVIOUSLY THIS MORNING WITH LOW VISIBILITY AIRPORT DELAYS AND CANCELLATIONS ARE BIG BE SAW WHAT’S GOING ON IN BOSTON RIGHT NOW.

TOO. BUT THIS AFTERNOON THINGS WILL IMPROVE IN THE AIRPORT SHOULD ALSO IF YOU’RE DRIVING, ESPECIALLY, BE CAREFUL ON 8184 EVEN THE MASS PIKE, ALL THOSE ROADS ARE SNOW THAT THEY’RE GOOD PLOW TO PUT THIS ALL DOWN. BUT RIGHT NOW IT’S KIND OF THE PEAK OF THE STORM. SO GIVE THEM SOME TIME TO DO THEIR WORK.

SO FOR THE REST OF TODAY, IT’S A COLD DAY ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY FOR FEBRUARY 40’S IN DALLAS. THAT SAID AFTER THE ICY WEATHER YESTERDAY AND THIS WEEKEND IT’S A KIND OF QUIET WEEKEND WILL HAVE ANY BIG STORMS OUT THERE WILL SLOWLY BEGIN TO WARM THINGS UP BY SUNDAY IN MOST LOCATIONS AND WILL START TRACKING A NEW STORM IN PACIFIC NORTHWEST ON SUNDAY. YEAH, NEXT WEEK, GUYS, WE TURN THE PAGE. WE HEAD INTO MARCH AND I CONSIDER MARCH SPRING. MY ALTHOUGH OFFICIALLY DOESN’T START LIKE CANCEL 3 WEEKS WINTER CLEARLY IS STILL HE DOESN’T WANT TO LEAVE NO IDEA.

NEXT I HAD SPENT. ALL RIGHT. THANKS, BILL. >> NOW THE LATEST ON THE PANDEMIC AND WHAT COULD BE A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE CDC AS CASES FALL AROUND THE COUNTRY AS SOON AS TODAY. THE CDC COULD RELAX ITS INDOOR MASK GUIDANCE.

>> THAT’S ACCORDING TO 2 SOURCES FAMILIAR WITH THE PLAN TO BRING IN NBC NEWS MEDICAL CONTRIBUTOR DOCTOR KAVITA PATEL DOCTOR PATEL. GOOD TO HAVE YOU WITH THIS NEW GUIDANCE WOULD COME AFTER MOST STATES HAVE ALREADY LIFTED RIGHT NOW PLANS. >> TO LIFT THEIR INDOOR MASK MANDATE IS NOW FINALLY THE TIME TO LEAVE THE MASKS BEHIND OR DO YOU STILL WANT TO SEE A LITTLE MORE TIME PAST YEAR.

>> YEAH. JOE IN SAVANNAH.

OF COURSE. I THINK THERE’S STILL A LITTLE MORE TIME. AND THAT’S BECAUSE IF YOU LOOK AT THE MAJORITY OF THE COUNTRY ARE STILL IN WHAT WE CALL KIND OF MODERATE TO HIGH TRANSMISSION IT ASKED TO CLEAN IMPROVED FROM EVEN 2 WEEKS AGO. BUT PROBABLY ANOTHER 2 TO 3 MORE WEEKS WHEN WE GET INTO THE CASES, LESS THAN 10 PER 100,000 OVER A SEVEN-DAY AVERAGE. HAVING SAID THAT, THE CDC GUIDANCE EXPECTED TO COME OUT THIS AFTERNOON.

IS LIKELY TO SAY THAT BASED ON YOUR HOSPITAL CAPACITY AS WELL AS THEIR CASES IN YOUR COMMUNITY ABOUT 70% OF THE COUNTRY PROBABLY DOES NOT NEED TO WEAR MASKS AT THE COUNTY LEVEL. SO WHAT THIS REALLY DOES PUT THINGS NOT THE NATIONAL LEVEL. BUT BACK TO A MORE LOCAL LEVEL. SO YOU CAN LOOK AT WHAT YOUR COMMUNITIES CASES ARE, WHICH IS THE RIGHT >> AND DOCTOR PATEL. WHAT THIS ALSO DOES A SORT OF FOLLOW THIS PATTERN SEEING THINGS HAPPENED AT THE STATE LEVEL AND THEN THE CDC COME BEHIND GUIDANCE LAST YEAR, THOUGH, THE CDC ALL BACK ITS MASK GUIDANCE FOR VACCINATED, PEOPLE THEN HAD TO REVERSE COURSE DUE TO THE SURGES AND INFECTIONS.

WE SAW THAT SAME THING HAPPENED AT THE STATE LEVEL. DO YOU THINK THERE’S A POSSIBILITY AT THE CDC. DOES LISTEN, ITS RECOMMENDATIONS AT THIS DOES COME DOWN. WE’RE LIFTING THE INDOOR MASK MANDATE OUR RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IT. DO YOU THINK THAT THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE TO REINSTATE THOSE GUIDELINES DOWN THE ROAD, WHICH IS REALLY A QUESTION ABOUT ANOTHER SURGE DOWN THE ROAD.

>> YEAH, I DO. AND I DO HOPE THAT THE LANGUAGE THAT COMES OUT LATER TODAY. DOES SPECIFY VERY CLEARLY THAT THESE ARE ALSO FOR AMATEURS WEAR MASKS WOULD BE TO GO BACK IN PLACE. AND THAT JUST MASK THE MANNA ANY OF THE OTHER MITIGATION MEASURES THAT WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT.

SO NOT HAVING HUGE PACKED INDOOR EVENT.

BUT I THINK SO. I DO THINK THAT YOU’RE RIGHT. IT’S NOT JUST HEY, WE DON’T NEED MASKS ANYMORE. WE SHIFT OUT OF THE PANDEMIC INTO A NEW PHASE, BUT MORE OF WE GOT INTO A NEW PHASE, BUT WE’RE NOT SURE IF AND WHEN WE WOULD NEED TO PUT SOME OF THESE MEASURES BACK. THAT’S THE MORE RESPONSIBLE.

NOT DOCTOR. LET’S TALK ABOUT THE WORD. LAST WEEK. CALIFORNIA UNVEILED ITS PLANS TO MOVE FROM PANDEMIC TO ENDEMIC STAGE OF THE VIRUS. WHEN ARE WE ACTUALLY GOING TO REACH THAT ENDEMIC STAGE THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY.

>> YES, I MEAN, TRY TO MAKE VERY SIMPLE BECAUSE THAT’S HOW I HAVE TO THINK STRUGGLE WITH IT EVERY DAY IN ORDER TO BE ENDEMIC, YOU REALLY NEED TO STAY STABILITY OVER TIME AND THE KEY WORD THERE IS TIME. AND SO I DO HOPE WE’RE IN THE ENDEMIC PHASE NOW.

BUT THE PROBLEM IS THAT WE’RE NOT GOING TO NOW. >> UNTIL WE HAVE ENOUGH TIME. HOW MUCH TIME IT NEEDS TO BE A SEASON OR 2 BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT COVID COMES WITH THESE.

WE KNOW THAT LAST YEAR AROUND THIS TIME WE HAD A LITTLE BREAK BRIEF RESPITE. AND THEN WE HAD THE DELTA SURGE IN THE SUMMER. SO WE NEED TO SEE SOME STABILITY. AND THEN THE SECOND POINT MAKE IS THAT WE NEED TO STAY GLOBAL PROGRESS. WE STILL HAVE TOO FEW OF THE GLOBE THAT HAS THESE THROWS OF THE PANDEMIC UNVACCINATED IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO SAY YES, WE’VE MOVED ON GLOBALLY TO AN ENDEMIC SPACE.

BUT WE’RE WE’RE RIGHT HERE ON THE PRECIPICE NOW FOR THIS IS GOOD NEWS. THE POPE. >> HEAR THAT FROM YOU, DOCTOR PATEL, AS ALWAYS, THANK YOU SO MUCH. NOW THE GUILTY VERDICTS WERE ISSUED THIS WEEK IN 2 HIGH-PROFILE CASES AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS TRIALS FOR 3 MEN CONVICTING OF KILLING AHMAUD ARBERY AND THE 3 OFFICERS INVOLVED IN GEORGE FLOYD’S DEATH.

THOSE VERDICT VERDICTS CAME DOWN THE SAME WEEK AS THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF TRAYVON MARTIN’S DEATH.

NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT BLAYNE ALEXANDER JOINS US FROM MIAMI WITH THE STORY HIGH PLAIN. GOOD >> WELL, SAVANNAH, GOOD MORNING TO YOU. YOU KNOW, IF TRAYVON MARTIN HAD LIVED, HE WOULD HAVE BEEN 27 YEARS OLD THIS MONTH AND SAID THAT HE’S BEING MEMORIALIZED IN A NUMBER OF WAYS. IF YOU LOOK BEHIND ME, THIS IS THE STREET THAT’S NAMED AFTER HIM AND IT LEADS TO THE HIGH SCHOOL ONCE ATTENDED. I SPOKE WITH HIS MOTHER EXTENSIVELY AND SHE TELLS ME THAT, YES, THE EVENTS SURROUNDING THE 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH.

IT’S EMOTIONAL. IT’S EXHAUSTING. BUT SHE SAYS IT’S ALL NECESSARY TO KEEP HIS MEMORY ALIVE. >> HE WAS 17 YEARS OLD. HE WAS AND A 28 YEAR-OLD MAN FOLLOWED HIM CHASED PURSUED AND ULTIMATELY SHOT AND KILLED TRAYVON MARTIN’S DEATH BURST A MOVEMENT BUT A DECADE LATER, HIS MOTHER’S EMOTIONS REMAIN RAW AWE.

>> OH, MY BAD DAYS. 10 YEARS LATER I STILL A RELUCTANT ACTIVIST. SABRINA FULTON IS STILL FIGHTING IN HIS NAME. >> I WOULD NEVER HAVE SIGNED UP FOR THE BUT BY THE SAME TOKEN, I FEEL LIKE WHAT I’M DOING IS WITH THE PURPOSE. TRAYVON MARTIN WAS JUST 17 YEARS OLD WHEN HE WAS CONFRONTED BY GEORGE ZIMMERMAN, A NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH VOLUNTEER AS A TEENAGER WEARING A HOODIE WALKED HOME FROM A STORE WITH A BAG OF SKITTLES AFTER AN ARGUMENT AND A BRIEF STRUGGLE MARTIN WAS SHOT DEAD.

ZIMMERMAN ARGUED SELF-DEFENSE AND A JURY FOUND HIM NOT GUILTY. IT MARKS THE BEGINNING OF THE BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT. THE HASHTAG APPEARED ON SOCIAL MEDIA FOR THE FIRST TIME AFTER ZIMMERMAN’S ACQUITTAL GIVING RISE TO A NEW GENERATION OF ACTIVISTS LIKE PHILLIP AGNEW WAS THAT MOMENT FOR YOU. >> IT WAS AN ALARM CLOCK. PEOPLE JUST COULDN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE.

IN 2012 MARTIN’S DEATH SHOCKED AGNEW INTO ACTION. HE STARTED ORGANIZING WITH FRIENDS, A THREE-DAY MARCH ACROSS FLORIDA. A SIT IN AT THE STATE CAPITOL BEFORE TRAYVON MARTIN’S DEATH. DID YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF AN ACTIVIST. >> I CONSIDER MYSELF AN ACTIVIST IN MY FREE TIME AND IT DIDN’T BECOME ESSENTIAL.

PART OF WHY UNIFY MYSELF AS UNTIL 2012, HE CREATED ORGANIZES GET CREATED THAT IS IN THE UNITED STATES BUT AROUND THE WORLD. SINCE THEN YEAR AFTER YEAR MORE >> AND MORE MOTHERS LEFT TO GRIEVE.

SABRINA FOUNDED CIRCLE OF MOTHERS AND STANDS AS A LIVING EXAMPLE. THEY CAN MAKE IT TO. I WANT TO JUST TELL THEM TO KEEP BREATHING KEEP WALKING IN THIS WEEK’S GUILTY VERDICTS IN THE DEATHS OF GEORGE FLOYD AND AHMAUD ARBURY GIVE HER HOPE PROGRESS, SHE SAYS, BUT NOT ENOUGH.

>> IT ALSO IS VERY BITTERSWEET BECAUSE IT HURTS THAT WE HAD TO MOVE LABS IN ORDER TO GET TO THAT POINT TO CONTINUE TO BE AT THE FRONT OF PROTESTS AND LEADING THESE EVENTS. WHAT KEEPS YOU THERE? >> I HAVE TO BE THE VOICE FOR MY SON WHO’S NO LONGER HERE. I HAVE A SON AND AND A SON HERE ON AND I WANT TO MAKE PEOPLE PROUD. >> NOW.

GUYS, EVEN 10 YEARS LATER, THERE ARE 2 THINGS THAT SO MANY PEOPLE ASSOCIATE WITH THE NIGHT THAT TRAYVON MARTIN DIED.

HIS HOODIE THAT HE WAS WEARING WHEN HE WAS SHOT AND THE BAG OF SKITTLES. HE WAS CARRYING WELL, BOTH OF THOSE ITEMS ALONG WITH SEVERAL OTHER THINGS ARE NOW PUBLICLY ON DISPLAY AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE IN WASHINGTON, DC HIS MOTHER DONATED THOSE ITEMS AND I ASKED HER, WAS IT DIFFICULT FOR HER TO MAKE THOSE THINGS PUBLIC. SHE SAID ABSOLUTELY. IT’S SOMETHING THAT SHE THOUGHT ABOUT.

SHE PRAYED ABOUT FOR ABOUT 3 YEARS. BUT SHE SAID ULTIMATELY I GAVE MY SON TO AMERICA AND NOW SHE’S GIVING THESE ITEMS TO BECAUSE SHE WANTS FUTURE GENERATIONS TO KNOW HIS NAME. THAT’S SOMETHING THAT SHOULD CREATE ABOUT PLANE. >> INCREDIBLE STORY THERE.

GREAT INTERVIEW.

THANK YOU SO MUCH. >> COMING UP ON MORNING NEWS NOW THE SITE OF THE WORLD’S WORST AND PERHAPS BEST KNOWN NUCLEAR DISASTER IS NOW UNDER RUSSIAN CONTROL BUT WHY CHERNOBYL SO HIGH ON MOSCOW’S LIST. AND WHAT COULD HAPPEN IF THE SITE IS DAMAGED BY VIOLENCE WILL TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AFTER THE BREAK. ♪ >> TO COVER THE NEWS. YOU HAVE TO BEAT IT.

>> WE’LL TAKE YOU TO THE FRONT LINES OF THE STORM. BRINGING YOUR NEWS FEED TO LIFE. STREAMING LIVE EVERY NIGHT. IT’S YOUR NEWS PLACED. >> TOP STORY WITH TIME NOW LAST WEEK NIGHTS AT 7 ON NBC NEWS NOW.

>> STILL TO COME ON THE CHANNEL 2 NEWS. THE WATERS ARE CERTAINLY RECEDING TOO CLOSE TO LESTER HOLT REPORTING FROM THE GROUND HAITIAN PEOPLE KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT RESILIENCE WHAT’S THE BIGGEST WANT TO WELCOME YOU TO THE FIRST PRESIDENTIAL WE’VE BEEN TOLD WE GO ANY FARTHER SOMERVILLE ♪ >> TO COVER THE NEWS.

YOU HAVE TO BEAT IT. >> WE’LL TAKE YOU TO THE FRONT LINES OF THE STORM. BRINGING YOUR NEWS FEED TO LIFE.

STREAMING LIVE EVERY NIGHT. IT’S YOUR NEWS PLACED. >> TOP STORY WITH TIME NOW WEEK NIGHTS AT 7 ON NBC NEWS NOW. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> WELCOME BACK. GOING TO GET RIGHT TO THE LATEST ON THE RUSSIAN INVASION OF UKRAINE BUT HAS HAPPENED.

WE WANT TO KEEP YOU UP TO DATE ON ALL THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS. HERE’S A QUICK RUNDOWN OF THE BIG EVENTS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED IN JUST THE LAST FEW HOURS IN AN EMAILED STATEMENT, A SPOKESPERSON FOR THE UN HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICE SAYS IT HAS RECEIVED REPORTS OF AT LEAST A 127 CIVILIAN CASUALTIES AND UKRAINE 25 OF THEM KILLED.

>> THIS MORNING. RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER SERGEI LAVROV SAID MOSCOW WILL BE OPEN TO TALKS WITH CAVE ONLY ONCE UKRAINIAN FORCES SURRENDER. THAT’S ACCORDING TO RUSSIAN STATE-CONTROLLED MEDIA.

AND ACCORDING TO THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, THE RUSSIAN DEFENSE MINISTRY SAYS THEY’VE SEIZED A STRATEGIC AIRPORT IN KIEV AS FORCES MOVE IN. AT THE SAME TIME, UKRAINE REMOVED ITS AID RESTRICTIONS FOR JOINING THE MILITARY. THIS REPORTING NOW FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS THAT THE KREMLIN SAYS RUSSIA IS READY TO SEND A DELEGATION TO BELARUS FOR TALKS WITH UKRAINIAN OFFICIALS THIS MORNING.

THE CHERNOBYL NUCLEAR SITE IN UKRAINE IS NOW UNDER THE CONTROL OF RUSSIAN TROOPS. THE IMPACTS.

>> THIS TAKEOVER STRETCH FAR BEYOND UKRAINE. THAT’S BECAUSE CHERNOBYL WAS THE SITE OF THE WORLD’S WORST NUCLEAR DISASTER IN 1986 A BOTCHED SAFETY TEST AT THE ATOMIC PLANT CAUSED AN EXPLOSION WHICH SENT CLOUDS OF NUCLEAR MATERIAL ACROSS MUCH OF EUROPE. DOZENS OF PEOPLE DIED AND THE AREA IS STILL IMPACTED. 2 DOUBLES POSITION JUST NORTH OF KYIV MEANS IF THE PLAN IS HIT BY ARTILLERY RADIOACTIVE DUST COULD END UP OVER UKRAINE, BELARUS AND OTHER PARTS OF EUROPE AND OVERNIGHT. UKRAINIAN OFFICIALS REPORTED INCREASED RADIATION LEVELS IN A NUMBER OF PLACES IN THE AREA.

HERE TO HELP US UNDERSTAND THE IMPACT OF THIS TAKEOVER IS SETH BRAKES ON THE BOARD OF THE NUCLEAR ENERGY INSTITUTE AND A MEMBER OF THE CIVIL NUCLEAR TRADE ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO THE U.S. SECRETARY OF COMMERCE. HE’S ALSO THE CEO OF NUCLEAR FUEL COMPANY LIGHT BRIDGE THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING US TO FIRST LET’S JUST TALK THROUGH WHAT YOUR BIGGEST CONCERN IS NOW THAT THE PLANT IS IN THE HANDS OF RUSSIA.

>> WELL, AS THERE’S NO DAMAGE DONE.

TO THE PLANT THAT THERE AREN’T VERY SERIOUS UNDERSTAND IS THAT IT’S THE NORMAL UKRAINIAN WORKERS OR OPERATING THIS FACILITY AND THEY ARE SURROUNDED BY FORCES SO FEEL LIKE THEIR HOSTAGES. I DON’T SEE IT. WE’RE RUSHING FORCES THAT ARE ACTUALLY OPERATING THIS FACILITY IS NOT THERE’S NOT THAT MUCH TO USE RIGHT NOW. IT’S THE REMAINS OF THE MELTED DOWN REACTOR CORE UNDER CONCRETE CALL THIS CONFLICT. THIS IS NOT SAUNDERS NEW SEAL ARE 20 TO PROTEST THE THERE’S HEAVY MILITARY EQUIPMENT AND ROLLING THROUGH AND AROUND THE AREA.

IT’S THAT SERVES DUST, SOME OF WHICH SOME RADIOACTIVE ELEMENTS IN IN THE SOIL. BUT NOTHING THAT THAT WOULDN’T BE THE CHURCH IS NOT DESIGNED TO WITHSTAND ATTACK. DESIGNED TO PROTECT THUNDER. WHAT’S UNDER IT THIS ALREADY VERY MUCH. SHE’S TO CONCRETE AND IS MORE >> YEAH.

AND YOU BRING UP ONE OF THE REALLY CONCERNING REPORTS YESTERDAY THAT WAS THAT THESE EMPLOYEES HAVE BEEN TAKEN HOSTAGE. THE WHITE HOUSE WAS OUTRAGED. THEY SAID BY THOSE REPORTS OF DETENTIONS OF EMPLOYEES THERE.

NOW LET’S TALK THROUGH, THOUGH. YOU KNOW WHAT, THIS WHOLE EXCLUSION ZONE LOOKS LIKE AND WHAT IT MEANS.

I MEAN, THERE HAS BEEN GUNFIRE AND FIGHTING NEAR THIS EXCLUSION ZONE. THE ZONES ABOUT 19 MILE RADIUS AROUND THE SITE OF WHERE THIS DISASTER HAPPENED INCLUDES AN ABANDONED CITY. SO IF THE CHERNOBYL PLANT WERE HIT BY GUNFIRE OR A MISSILE. JUST EXPLAIN WHAT THE WORST-CASE SCENARIO WOULD BE. >> THE WORST CASE SCENARIO IS ANYTHING LIKE WHAT WE SAW IN THE PLANT AND THE REGIONAL WE HAD AN ENTIRE CORE OF THE REACTOR ON FIRE OPEN TO THE AIR AND BILLOWING INTO THE AIR THIS IS SOMETHING VERY DIFFERENT.

THIS IS A FUEL COOLING FOR DECADES.

THAT IS UNDER IT’S FACILITY WERE WOULD RADIOACTIVE ELEMENTS INTO INTO THE AIR. BUT THE LARGE NUMBER OF THOSE ALREADY TAKEN WAY, IT WOULD BE MORE OF LOCAL ISSUE. WE WOULD NOT BE A SIGNIFICANT THREAT. IT WOULD CERTAINLY MAKE HEADLINES TO FROM CHERNOBYL IN THE AND IT WOULD BE INCREDIBLY DANGEROUS FOR PEOPLE TO TRY TO DO TOO.

SHE OF THE SIDING WITH WOULD NOT HAVE YOU WOULD NOT HAVE SOMEBODY WILL BE CONTINUOUSLY CEILING WHEN IT’S EFFECTIVELY PUTTING INTO THE AIR THAT HAS RADIATION AND THEN WITH. >> AN IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT NONE OF THAT SEEMS TO BE THE GOAL HERE THIS THIS CHERNOBYL AREA IS ON THE ROUTE TO KEEP WHICH SEEMS TO BE WHY IT WAS OF IMPORTANCE TO MOSCOW SEPT GREAT. THANK YOU SO MUCH. YOUR EXPERTISE IS GREATLY APPRECIATE ON THIS TOPIC. AND COMING UP, THE EVOLVING STORIES OF THOSE INSIDE KEY JUST A HANDFUL OF THE MILLIONS WHO LIVE IN UKRAINE’S CAPITAL.

NOW IN THE CROSSFIRE OF PRESIDENT PUTIN’S INVASION NEXT.

♪ >> TOP STORY WITH TIME NOW WEEK. THAT’S AT 7 ON NBC NEWS NOW. >> YOU DOING FOR TEACHERS OR FEEL THAT THEY’RE BEING STRETCHED TOO DID YOU UNDERSTAND HOW PREVALENT HUNGER WAS IN YOUR OWN COMMUNITY. ♪ >> NOW TONIGHT, JOSHUA JOHNSON STREAMING WEEK NIGHTS AT 8 NBC NEWS NOW.

HOW WE TAX AND NOW WEEKDAYS AT 5 ON NBC NEWS NOW. >> THERE WERE RESIDENTS WHO HUNG ON FOR DEAR LIFE I’VE HEARD PEOPLE SAY THE TOWN IS ABSOLUTELY GONE. WE’VE LOST THOUSANDS THE ART COMMUNITY STILL HERE. ♪ ♪ >> THE 2 NATIONS. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ NEWS IS HAPPENING.

>> LOOK AT WHAT’S MAKING HEADLINES AROUND THE WORLD RIGHT NOW ON MORNING NEWS NOW. WE’RE COMING ON THE AIR WITH BREAKING NEWS. IT’S A SIGNIFICANT MOMENT. THE STREAM FREE. ♪ >> TO COVER THE NEWS.

YOU HAVE TO BEAT IT. >> WE’LL TAKE YOU TO THE FRONT LINES OF THE STORM. BRINGING YOUR NEWS FEED TO LIFE. STREAMING LIVE EVERY NIGHT. IT’S YOUR NEWS PLACED.

>> TOP STORY WITH TIME NOW WEEK NIGHTS AT 7 ON NBC NEWS NOW. ♪ TOP STORY WITH TIME NOW WEEK. THAT’S AT 7 ON NBC NEWS NOW. >> WE’RE HERE TO START CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE BIG THINGS HAPPENING IN WORLD BECAUSE IT’S NOT MY JOB TO TELL YOU WHAT TO MY JOB IS TO THINK ABOUT WHAT TELL ME. NOW TONIGHT WITH JOSHUA JOHNSON STREAMING WEEK NIGHTS AT 8 ON NBC NEWS NOW.

>> WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR TEACHERS OR FEEL THAT THEY’RE BEING STRETCHED TOO DID YOU UNDERSTAND HOW PREVALENT HUNGER WAS IN YOUR OWN COMMUNITY. ♪ >> WE’RE HERE TO START CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE BIG THINGS HAPPENING IN WORLD BECAUSE IT’S NOT MY JOB TO TELL YOU WHAT TO MY JOB IS TO THINK ABOUT WHAT TELL ME. NOW TONIGHT WITH JOSHUA JOHNSON STREAMING WEEK NIGHTS AT 8 ON NBC NEWS NOW.

>> WE’RE BACK WITH MORE FROM UKRAINE AS RUSSIAN TROOPS ADVANCE ON THE CAPITAL OF KEEV. THE CITY’S RESIDENTS ARE SEEKING SHELTER ANYWHERE.

THEY CAN FIND. MANY ARE TAKING TO SOCIAL MEDIA TO SHARE THEIR STORIES AND DOCUMENT THE WAR IN REAL TIME. NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT ERIN MCLAUGHLIN JOINS US NOW FROM CAVE. HI, ERIN, GOOD MORNING. >> PACE OF ANIMALS EERILY QUIET HERE IN THE CAPITAL.

BUT JUST A FEW HOURS AGO IT WAS ANYTHING BUT WE SAW A GUN BATTLE TAKING PLACE ABOUT 2 AND A HALF MILES FROM WHERE I’M STANDING NOW IN THAT DIRECTION. IN A RESIDENTIAL AREA RUSSIAN FORCES CLASHING WITH UKRAINIAN MILITARY RESIDENTS. TERRIFIED TOLD TO STAY INSIDE.

OFFICIALS HERE ARE EXTREMELY WORRIED THAT THIS CITY COULD FALL WITHIN DAYS. >> THIS MORNING IN KYIV, THE EERIE WAIL OF SIRENS DAY 2 OF PUTIN’S WAR ON UKRAINE.

>> THE RUSSIAN ARMY ADVANCING QUICKLY IN THE CITY OF MORE THAN 3 MILLION OVERNIGHT ROCKET STRUCK A RESIDENTIAL APARTMENT BLOCK. UKRAINE’S PRESIDENT ZELINSKY ADDRESS THE NATION SUNDAY AT NOON LESSON FOR MUCH OF WHAT THE ENEMY HAS LISTED ME AS TARGET NUMBER ONE SEED. THEY WANT TO DESTROY THE COUNTRY. HE SAYS. >> AS MISSILE STRIKE, THE CAPITAL.

>> THE CITY’S METRO STATIONS TURNED INTO BOMB SHELTERS. >> THIS IS STILL FUNCTIONING METRO STATION. SO MANY PEOPLE HERE. THE ONLY PLACE THEY CAN NASTY GMT AND HER 13 YEAR-OLD SISTER RAN HERE SOON AS THEY HEARD THE SIRENS.

>> THEIR PARENTS MADE IT TO ANOTHER SHELTER.

>> IT’S SOMETHING HAPPENS YOU’RE NOT TOGETHER. >> JOB, OF COURSE WE’RE IN TOUCH EVERY HALF HOUR. SHE SAYS EVERYONE WILL BE TRAUMATIZED AFTER THIS. THE CHILDREN WILL BE MOST TRAUMATIZING. >> THE WAR IS BEING PLAYED OUT IN NEAR REAL TIME ON SOCIAL MEDIA.

THESE TODAY AND COULD OPEN THIS SNAPCHAT VIDEO SHOT AT THE MAIN RAILWAY STATION IN THE CAPITAL. >> SITUATION. BECOME HE THAT PEOPLE WILL PUT ON KIDS. >> THAT’S THAT CENTER OF MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY.

ONE OF THE PROFESSIONAL DANCERS ON DANCING WITH THE STARS POSTED FROM UKRAINE ON HIS INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT.

THIS IS GOING TO BE. >> VERY, VERY BAD, VERY BAD. THIS IS GOING ESCALATE TO EXTREME PROPORTIONS POST SHOW THE REALITY OF WAR DOCUMENTING THE CONFLICT, THE DAMAGE AND THE DEAD. >> THIS POST SHOWING THE CHILLING SIGHT OF RUSSIAN TANKS POSITIONED OUTSIDE THE NUCLEAR POWER PLANT AT BACK IN THE METRO STATION AND 3 FRIENDS MAKING THE BEST OF A BAD SITUATION WHEN THE SIRENS SOUNDED THEY BROUGHT THEIR CATS SLEEPING BAGS AND FOOD. THEY SAY THEY’RE READY IF THE RUSSIAN TROOPS ARRIVED IT A COUNTRY THAT TAKES PRIDE IN ITS I’M FIGHTING TO MAKE SURE IT’S NOT TAKEN AWAY.

>> PEOPLE HERE ARE BEING ENCOURAGED TO TAKE UP ARMS. THE GOVERNMENT IS GIVING AWAY THOUSANDS OF WEAPONS INCLUDING AK 40 SEVENS. THERE BEING ENCOURAGED TO FIGHT FOR THEIR COUNTRY. ERRANDS, SUCH POWERFUL INTERVIEWS THERE AND YOU HAVE BEEN. >> HAVING THIS ALL UNFOLD RIGHT WE SO APPRECIATE YOUR INCREDIBLE AND POWERFUL REPORTING.

STAY SAFE. THANK >> AND THE U.S. UKRAINIAN-AMERICANS HAVE BEEN TAKING TO THE STREETS TO PROTEST THE RUSSIAN INVASION RALLIES WERE HELD ACROSS THE COUNTRY YESTERDAY IN A MAJOR SHOW OF SOLIDARITY NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT JESSE KIRSCH.

>> JOINS US FROM CHICAGO.

ONE OF THE PLACES THAT SAW DEMONSTRATIONS HIGH. JESSE, GOOD MORNING. >> GOOD MORNING, SAVANNAH. THERE WERE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE GATHERED. HERE WE ARE IN A NEIGHBORHOOD CALLED THE UKRAINIAN VILLAGE.

THIS CITY LIKE COMMUNITIES ALL OVER THE COUNTRY HAVE SUBSTANTIAL UKRAINIAN POPULATIONS. IN FACT, THERE ARE ABOUT A MILLION PEOPLE LIVING IN THE UNITED STATES WITH TIES TO THAT EMBATTLED NATION LIKE THE REST OF THE WORLD. THEY’RE WATCHING SHIRLEY IN SHOCK.

BUT FOR THEM, IT IS ALSO VERY PERSONAL. >> COAST TO COAST FROM NEW YORK’S TIMES AND THE WHITE I HAD TO LOS ANGELES AND BEYOND.

>> TRAINEE AND ACROSS AMERICA. EMOTIONAL. I’M HOPING THEIR VOICES WILL LOUDER THAN THE BOMBS CRASHING DOWN ON THEIR HOMELAND. 14 IS A FULLY SO MANY UKRAINIANS. YOU’RE WORRIED ABOUT THEIR LOVED ONES BACK HOME.

WE’RE ON THE PHONE ACTUALLY WITH MY GRANDMA. >> BUT THEY WENT IN AN UNDERGROUND BUNKER. BUT ONCE THEY HEARD THE BOOM, THE INTERNET SERVICE COMPLETELY CUT OUT AND. >> THAT WAS LAST HEARD FROM THEM FROM NOW, PEOPLE SHARING MORE HEARTBREAKING STORIES WITH US. PREGNANT FRIENDS IN WHO CAN GO TO THE HOSPITAL RIGHT NOW.

>> A COUSIN STUCK IN KEEPS STAND STILL TRAFFIC AS THOUSANDS FLED THE CAPITAL UKRAINIANS IN AMERICA TRYING TO SPEAK FOR THEIR VOICELESS FAMILY AND FRIENDS. >> THOUSANDS OF MILES AWAY. THEY WANT TO FIGHT FOR WHAT IS FOR THE RIGHT TO LIVE PEACEFULLY ON THEIR OWN GOT TO GIVE HUNDREDS RALLIED IN CHICAGO’S UKRAINIAN VILLAGE INCLUDING IRENE US KEIRA. SHE WAS THANKFULLY ABLE TO REACH HER FATHER ON FACETIME. >> HE’S SERVING IN UKRAINE’S MILITARY.

SHE SAYS HE’S NOT PANICKING AND HE’S NOT GUY YOU KNOW WAY. WE >> FOR OTHER FREE NOW FOR OUR LAND, FOR A IN A WAY PROTESTERS. ALSO DENOUNCING RUSSIA’S AGGRESSION IN PHILADELPHIA, MILWAUKEE AND SAN FRANCISCO TOMORROW. IN WASHINGTON. HUNDREDS RALLYING OUTSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE ALSO IN THE NATION’S CAPITAL.

THE WORD MURDER PAINTED NEAR THE RUSSIAN IN PRAYER PROTEST AND AMERICA’S UKRAINIAN COMMUNITY IS HOPING THIS NATION WILL DO MORE FOR THEIR COUNTRY IN >> AND WHAT THAT HELP WOULD LOOK LIKE UP FOR DEBATE.

SOME PEOPLE WANT EVEN MORE SANCTIONS. OTHERS SEEM TO BE SUGGESTING THEY’D LIKE TO SEE US TROOPS INVOLVED. ONE UKRAINIAN WOMAN HERE IN CHICAGO TELLING ME YESTERDAY SHE FEARS THAT AMERICAN BOOTS ON THE GROUND WOULD MEAN WORLD WAR 3. AND LAST NIGHT SHE TOLD ME THAT HER SISTER AND NEPHEW WERE LEAVING THEIR HOME IN UKRAINE.

>> MAKING THEIR WAY TO POLAND JOAN SAVANNAH, BACK TO YOU. MUST BE A RELIEF TO THEM. ALL RIGHT. JESSE, THANK YOU SO MUCH. APPRECIATE IT.

AND OUR ACTIONS POURING IN FROM AROUND THE WORLD AS THIS CRISIS IN UKRAINE UNFOLD SAID ALI AROUZI IN TEHRAN WITH MORE ON THAT, INCLUDING A STUNNING STATEMENT FROM THE POPE VALLEY. GOOD MORNING. >> GOOD MORNING, JOHN SAVANT WELL, IN AN UNPRECEDENTED MOVE BY POPE FRANCIS. HE WENT TO THE RUSSIAN EMBASSY TODAY TO EXPRESS HIS CONCERN ABOUT THE WAR IN UKRAINE. THE HOUNDS ON PAPAL GESTURE CAME ON THE SAME DAY THAT THE VATICAN ANNOUNCED HE WAS COUNSELING OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS BECAUSE OF AN ACUTE FLARE UP OF PAIN USUALLY POPE’S RECEIVE HEADS OF STATE IN THE VATICAN.

BUT POPE FRANCIS IS BREAK WITH DIPLOMATIC PROTOCOL MAY BE A SIGN OF HIS ANGER AT MOSCOW’S INVASION AND HIS WILLINGNESS TO APPEAL PERSONALLY FOR AN END TO IT. CHINA’S FOREIGN MINISTER HAS SPOKEN WITH HIS RUSSIAN COUNTERPART ABOUT THE CRISIS IN UKRAINE AND CHINA CAREFULLY TRYING TO KEEP A BALANCE. I’M NOT UPSET THE APPLE CART DIDN’T ENDORSE OR CONDEMN THE RUSSIAN INVASION BUT IN A CLEAR SIGN, BEIJING AND MOSCOW THE EDGE CLOSER TOGETHER IN ORDER TO COUNTER US INFLUENCE THE CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER SAID THAT HIS COUNTRY SEES THE UKRAINIAN PROBLEM AS A COMPLEX AND THE PARTICULAR HISTORICAL STATE OF AND THAT CHINA UNDERSTANDS AND RUSSIA’S REASONABLE CONCERN ON SECURITY ISSUES. AND RUSSIA’S INVASION OF UKRAINE HAS BOUGHT ABOUT PUNITIVE MEASURES FROM ACROSS THE SPORTING RUSSIA HAS BEEN STRIPPED OF ITS FINAL BY FOR OVER THE CRISIS IN UKRAINE.

THE SOCCER MATCH SCHEDULE FOR THE 28TH OF MAY HAS BEEN MOVED FROM SINT PETERSBURG TO PARIS.

SAID THAT RUSSIA AND UKRAINE’S NATIONAL CLUB TEAMS WILL PLAY HOME GAMES ON NEUTRAL VENUES UNTIL FURTHER FORMULA. ONE HAS ALSO FOLLOWED SUIT AND ACTS. THE RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX FROM ITS CALENDAR. THE RACE WAS DUE TO TAKE PLACE IN SEARCH ON SEPTEMBER 25TH IT. ONE ORGANIZER SAID THAT IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO HOLD THE RACE AND CURRENT CIRCUMSTANCES AND THOSE ARE YOUR INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES ON THE ONGOING CRISIS IN UKRAINE, GUYS.

RIGHT, ALI, THANK YOU SO MUCH. COMING UP, IF YOU’RE WATCHING THE EVENTS IN UKRAINE UNFOLD FROM THOUSANDS OF MILES AWAY IN WONDERING HOW YOU CAN HELP. STAY TUNED. THAT’S IN A SPECIAL EDITION OF THIS WEEK’S GOOD TO KNOW. AFTER THE BREAK.

WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK. ♪ ♪ >> ALI JACKSON NOW. >> WEEKDAYS AT 5 ON NBC NEWS NOW. ♪ UKRAINIAN CAPITAL, IT IS NOT LOOKING GOOD AS RUSSIAN FORCES START TO CIRCLE THE CITY AND CAL, WE HEARD FROM UKRAINE’S PRESIDENT ZELENSKY OVERNIGHT. HE SAYS HIS COUNTRY HAS BEEN LEFT ALONE TO DEFEND ITSELF.

HE SAYS THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY. >> IS NOT DOING ENOUGH. WHAT IS UKRAINE ASKING FOR RIGHT NOW. >> HARDER SANCTIONS. THEY WANT THE SWIFT TRANSACTIONS TO BE HALTED.

THERE IS A QUESTION HERE THE GOVERNMENT. WE’VE HEARD THE PRESIDENT SORT OF SAY THEY WANT MORE.

THEY WANT MORE FROM NATO COUNTRIES NOW LOOKED UKRAINE IS NOT IN A DONATION. SO IT IS NOT APPLICABLE TO ARTICLE OF THE CUTS WOULD HAVE TO STEP IN. BUT NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES ARE STARTING TO FEEL THE PRESSURE THEY’RE STARTING TO FEEL WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE BECAUSE OF COURSE, YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE THAT INFLUX.

>> OF REFUGEES. SO THE GOVERNMENT HERE WANTS MORE TO BE DONE. THEY WANT THOSE SANCTIONS TO BE HARDER AND TOUGHER. THEY WANT ANYTHING TO TAKE PLACE BECAUSE, OF COURSE. >> HIS ADDRESS SORT OF UNBELIEVABLE TO WATCH THESE RUSSIAN FORCES MOVE IN ON A EUROPEAN CAPITAL AND THE UKRAINE GOVERNMENT IS ASKING ANYBODY TO DO ANYTHING THEY CAN AT THIS POINT.

CAL PERRY IN UKRAINE. CAL, THANK YOU SO MUCH. APPRECIATE IT. >> SENIOR FELLOW AT THE ATLANTIC COUNCIL OUT HUMAN STAR IS ALSO IN CAVE THIS MORNING TO OUT. THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US.

AS OUR VIEWERS CAN SEE YOU’RE IN A CAR RIGHT NOW. DRIVING. OF COURSE, WE’RE NOT ONE OF THE PEOPLE THAT WAS IN THOSE LINES OF TRAFFIC. WE SAW YESTERDAY LEAVING THE CITY.

YOU ARE STILL THERE.

I UNDERSTAND. I BELIEVE THAT YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR FRIEND TO SIGN UP TO FIGHT. PLEASE TELL ME EXACTLY WHAT YOU’RE SEEING RIGHT NOW. BUT OVERNIGHT HAS BEEN LIKE FOR YOU. WHAT’S HAPPENING IN CAPE RIGHT NOW.

AND I DO FEEL SAFE. >> WELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR HAVING ME ON. THE AIR RIGHT NOW. THIS IS A VERY EERIE SCENE. I’VE BEEN HERE FOR ONE OR MORE MORE THAN THAT, THAT IS EERILY RIGHT PEOPLE ARE RIGHT NOW TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO MAINTAIN THEIR SAFETY IS ACCESS TO PEOPLE LEAVING EVERY DAY.

YOU SEE PEOPLE WITH BAGGAGE ROLLER BAG AND SHOT YOU KNOW, STUFFING THEIR IN A CAR.

A GOT INTO THAT SACRED SPACE POSSIBLE OUTSIDE OF THE CITY JUST ABOUT A 15 MINUTE WALK FROM WHERE I LIVE. I CAPTURED SOME VIDEO OF A BUILDING THAT WAS BUT BY BY HE WAS A BRIEF FROM INTERCEPTOR. THAT’S A BIT OF CREWS MISS ARE THERE OR IF FROM SOME TYPE OF DAMAGE AND SO NOT SURE. BUT THE NUMBER OF FATALITIES THERE WITH JUST 15 MINUTES WALK FROM WHERE I I’M CURRENTLY WITH MY FRIEND ENTREE WHO IS GOING RECRUITMENT CENTER.

SHOULD SIGN UP THE FIGHT. HE SENT FAMILY HOME AND HE DECIDED TO STAY BEHIND AND FIGHT FOR IT. IT’S COUNTRY. WE’RE HEADING TO THAT RECRUITMENT CENTER OR RIGHT NOW WE WOULD BE ONE OF THE MANY SHOULD THE STANDS WILL BE GRABBING A AND VOLUNTEERING TO THEY THAT THAT THERE ARE FORCES HERE. >> WELL, WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO STAY AND TO STAY AND FIGHT.

>> I AM A JOURNALIST IN MY JOB IS TO REPORT A MISSED. MY FIRST TIME COVERING THE AS I GO. IT’S IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF OR REASONABLE. STUDIES ARE EXPERTS TOO, TO BE HERE AND WHAT’S HAPPENING HERE AND UKRAINE I’M ALSO HERE MENTIONED MANAGER NUMBERS. MANY OF THESE PEOPLE I CAN CALL THEM FRIENDS THERE ARE DEEPER THAN THAT, INCLUDING AND SO I THINK IS BEST MISS POSSIBLE FOR ME AS POSSIBLE TO CAPTURE YOU KNOW, THE HUMAN TOLL OF WHAT BRITISH AN IS WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE.

AND THIS IS AN EXAMPLE RIGHT SOMEBODY WHY DIDN’T THE LOVE AND CARE FOR BOEING TO RECRUITMENT CENTER TO GRAB A GUN RISK HIS LIFE. I ABSOLUTETELY TO RAIL AND. >> I BELIEVE CORRECT ME IF I’M WRONG. YOU SAID YOUR FRIENDS IN THIS ANDRE WHO IS ALSO WELCOME TO SPEAK WITH US HERE. I MEAN, WE JUST FROM FROM CITIZENS IN AND KEEP WHO YOU CAN FOCUS ON DRIVING, BUT JUST FEEL FREE TO ANSWER THIS QUESTION AS WELL.

I MEAN, WE’VE BEEN HEARING FROM SO MANY CITIZENS AND KEEP YOU ARE BASICALLY SAYING WHAT WE KNEW. THIS WAS A THREAT. WE DIDN’T KNOW IF IT WOULD COME TO THIS. WE DIDN’T REALLY BELIEVE THIS WOULD BE HAPPENING ACTUALLY WITHIN THE CITY. WE ALSO ARE HEARING THINGS LIKE CITIZENS BEING ENCOURAGED TO MAKE MOLOTOV COCKTAILS.

I MEAN, IF YOU REALLY THINK ABOUT THE POTENTIAL FOR FOR WHAT’S COMING AND YOUR DECISION RIGHT NOW TO DRIVE TO SIGN UP TO FIGHT.

AND WHAT ARE YOU WHAT ARE YOU THINKING COULD HAPPEN OVER THE NEXT DAY OR SO HOW ARE YOU FEELING ABOUT IT. DO YOU FEEL THAT THE UKRAINIAN PEOPLE CITIZENS WHO ARE GOING TO PICK UP A GUN ARE PREPARED. >> SHE’S IF YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’RE READY TO FIGHT WHERE YOU REALLY EXPECTING. >> ALL THIS HAPPENS.

YOU JUST THINK, WELL, I’M NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT SPECIAL DAY FOR THIS IS WHAT I IF ALL DO WITHIN OUR CAPABILITIES LIMITS. EVERYTHING FOR THE COUNTRY WITH LOVE. >> WE’VE GOTTEN LITTLE GOING TO HAVE THINGS READY GO THIS IS MY POSITION THAT I NOT LYING TO MYSELF FOR THIS. >> I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO I DON’T EMOTION. THEY’RE READY FIGHT AND I’M READY KILL SOMEONE.

YOU KNOW. IF IT COMES TO THAT. THIS IS WHAT I HAVE TO SO TO ADD TO THAT. >> DO YOU FEEL LIKE WHAT ANDRE JUST SAID THERE IS THAT THE FEELING AMONG MOST PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, THEY’RE IN UKRAINE. >> THE MOVIE HAD A DEFINITE FEELING.

IS THAT WHAT YOU KNOW.

BUT GOT YOUR UKRAINIANS THAT WE WILL NOT BE SWAYED. YOU WILL NOT TURN THIS INTO ANOTHER YOU WILL NOT MAY SUBJECTED TO YOU. AND SO EVERYBODY IS SAYING NO, THEY’RE OLDER PEOPLE 80 YEARS BUT BAD NEEDS THAT THEY HAVE A BIGGER IN A COUPLE OF SUGAR. BILL PUBLIC WHEN THE THE GOVERNMENT SAY BE READY TO THROW LOT OF THERE WILL BE PEOPLE A LOT COCKTAILS READY TO TRY TO GET PEOPLE IF WAR BREAKS OUT IN THE CITY.

THIS WILL BE THIS WILL BE TELETHON TO AND 2 POINT. OH, YOU KNOW, AND UKRAINIAN FORCES HAVE BEEN FIGHTING VERY VALUE. BE AND SO WOULD BE THE CITIZENS ARE DEFINITELY READY TO TAKE UP ARMS. AND AND ARE PEOPLE WHEN YOU GET BEHIND. SO.

SO THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE A CAKEWALK. THEY’RE NOT GOING OPEN DOOR KNOW, GO TELL YOU THAT. >> TRAILED REMAIN STAR. WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TAKING THE TIME TO SPEAK WITH US. WE THANK ANDRE AS WELL FOR TALKING WITH US WERE THINKING OF BOTH OF YOU WILL TRY AND CHECK IN WITH YOU THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS.

STAY SAFE. ABSOLUTELY AND THINKING OF THANK YOU. I HOPE THEY MADE IT TO PULL IN FAMILY BECAUSE THANK YOU. THANK YOU BOTH SO MUCH. NOW, EARLIER THIS MORNING.

>> THE EASTERN UKRAINIAN CITY OF KHARKIV CAME UNDER ATTACK AND NEWS FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT MATT BRADLEY WAS LIVE ON THE AIR WITH OUR COLLEAGUES AT MSNBC AT THAT MOMENT.

TAKE A LOOK. >> I WAS SURPRISED BECAUSE WE’VE ALWAYS HEARD A SLOW LOW RUMBLING FROM OUTSIDE THE CITY. WE DIDN’T KNOW THAT THERE WAS FIGHTING ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE CITY AROUND THE RING ROAD. BUT NOW AGAIN, THAT HAS CHANGED.

A NEW DEVELOPMENT HERE MOVING INTO THE CITY. WE HAVE TO GO OUT WELL, WE MIGHT NOT GO OUT AND CHECK INTO IT LOOKS AS THOUGH WE’RE STARTING TO SEE, WE’RE STILL SEEING SOME TRAFFIC CIRCULATING. BUT THIS WAS THE CLOSEST WE’VE HEARD SO FAR IN THE LAST MORE THAN 24 HOURS OF BOMBARDMENT AROUND HARKEN. AGAIN, AS I SAID, IT’S NEVER BEEN SO CLOSE TO THE CENTER OF THE CITY. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU CAN HEAR THOSE SIRENS WAILING IN THE BACKGROUND.

SO CLEARLY THERE IS THERE’S EMERGENCY SERVICES HEADING TO THE SCENE. AND AGAIN, WE DID HEAR SOME CAR ALARMS GOING OFF, WHICH MEANS THAT MUST HAVE BEEN A CONCUSSION FROM THE BLAST WHICH IS CLOSE ENOUGH UP UNTIL NOW. WE’VE NEVER SEEN WINDOWS SHAKING OR WALLS SHAKING GROUND SHAKING. IT’S ALWAYS JUST BEEN SOUNDS LOW RUMBLES AGAIN FROM THE DISTANCE. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME WE’RE STARTING TO HEAR THAT.

IT SOUNDS AS THOUGH BARTMAN PIERCING CLOSER IN THE CENTER. THERE WE GO AGAIN. YEAH. AND YOU HEAR THIS CAR ALARMS. AIRCRAFT FIRE.

AS WE THAT STAT BELIEVE THAT’S ANTI-AIRCRAFT FIRE. THE SIRENS WAILING FOR THE CITY. WE’RE NOT HEARING THE BROADCASTING SYSTEM, A SYSTEM COMING ON THAT IS NEXT. THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED IN KEENE. ARMS THERE.

YOU CAN HEAR THAT IN. THIS IS A NEW DEVELOPMENT IN THE CITY. THIS WAS A RELATIVELY EYE OF THE STORM HERE WE HAD HEARD FROM US INTELLIGENCE THAT THERE WAS FIERCE FIGHTING ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE CITY. BUT AGAIN, THIS IS A NEW DEVELOPMENT. >> MATT DID MOVE TO A SAFER LOCATION SHORTLY AFTER THAT, MATT BRADLEY REPORTING A LITTLE EARLIER ON MSNBC REPORTS.

>> LET’S NOW HEAD OVER TO MOSCOW WHERE WE’RE JOINED BY NBC NEWS REPORTER MATT BODNER. MATT, THANKS FOR JOINING US. SO LET’S TALK THROUGH SOME OF THIS FROM RUSSIA SIDE THIS MORNING, BRITAIN’S DEFENSE SECRETARY TOLD THE BBC THAT RUSSIA, QUOTE, FAILED ON DAY ONE TO TAKE ANY OF ITS OBJECTIVES. AND HE ALSO SAYS 450 RUSSIAN PERSONNEL HAVE DIED SO FAR THAT CITING UK INTELLIGENCE. WE’VE NOT BEEN ABLE TO VERIFY THAT.

BUT HAVE THE RUSSIANS SAID ANYTHING ABOUT CASUALTIES, ABOUT WHATEVER THESE OBJECTIVES WERE AND HOW CONFIDENT AS MOSCOW AND CAPTURING THE CAPITAL CITY OF KYIV. IS THAT STILL WHAT WE THINK IT IS THE OBJECTIVE AS WE CONTINUE TO WATCH THIS UNFOLD. >> THANK YOU, SAVANNAH. WELL, LET’S START WITH MOSCOW’S OBJECTIVE. IT IS CERTAINLY CLEAR AT THIS POINT THAT THEIR OBJECTIVE IS KEY.

THEY ARE THEY ARE TELEGRAPHING LOUD AND CLEAR THAT THEY ARE IN UKRAINE TO ESSENTIALLY CONDUCT REGIME CHANGE. THEY WANT TO THAT. THEY’RE KIND TRUMPETING THIS LIBERATION IS THERE. IT IS TALKING FASCIST GOVERNMENT IN KYIV THAT NEEDS TO BE DEMILITARIZE. SO, YOU KNOW, JUST KIND OF THE SAME WAY.

THEY’RE NOT CALLING A WAR A WAR. THEY’RE NOT CALLING IT BY THEY’RE NOT CALLING IT REGIME CHANGE. IT’S JUST YOU. IT CLEARLY IN FOR DOUBLE FROM WHAT THEY’RE DOING IN THE THEY TALK ABOUT IT. MEANWHILE, AS THEY TALK ABOUT THIS, THEY ARE ALSO CLAIMING THAT THEY’RE RUNNING A MASSIVELY SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGN YOU KNOW THE BASE OF THE DIRECT THE COUNTRY TO EVERYTHING WE’RE HEARING FROM THE UKRAINIANS FROM THIS BRITISH INTELLIGENCE ASSESSMENT THAT YOU JUST THEY SAY THAT THEY ACHIEVED ALL OF THEIR DAY.

ONE GOALS. NOW, WE DON’T REALLY KNOW WHAT THOSE ARE. THEY THREW OUT A PRETTY HIGH NUMBER OF UKRAINIAN MILITARY INFRASTRUCTURE DISABLED YESTERDAY, BUT THEY DIDN’T REALLY ELABORATE TOO MUCH. THEY ARE CLAIMING THINGS SUCH AS UKRAINIAN UNITS ARE ARE SURRENDERING AND THROWING DOWN ARMS IN VERY LARGE THAT THEY’RE AVOIDING A POPULATION CENTERS THAT THEY’RE NOT HARMING CIVILIANS.

AND SO THEY’RE KIND OF PAINTING THIS VERY NEAT PICTURE OF OF ESSENTIALLY THE MOST PERFECT MILITARY OPERATION EVER RUN, BUT THEY’RE NOT ADMITTING ANY CASUALTIES.

THEY HAVEN’T BROUGHT THIS UP AT ALL. THAT, OF ALSO STRAINS CREDULITY. SO WE’RE JUST KIND OF IN THIS FOG OF WAR SCENARIO RIGHT NOW WITH THESE WITH THESE STATEMENTS. >> NOW THAT THE KREMLIN SAYS THAT PRESIDENT PUTIN IS EXPECTED TO MEET WITH HIS SECURITY COUNCIL TODAY TO IMPOSE RETALIATORY SANCTIONS ON THE WEST. DO WE KNOW WHAT KIND OF MEASURES RUSSIA IS PLANNING HOW LONG THAT OPERATION IS GOING TO LAST AND ANY REACTION OR CONCERN FROM THE WEST.

>> SO WE HAVE VERY SORT OF LITTLE IDEA WHAT THEY MIGHT DO. WE JUST KEEP HEARING THAT THEY CONTINUE TO PROGRESS EXCUSE ME.

THEY CONTINUE TO SOME KIND OF MASSIVE RETALIATORY SANCTIONS. WE’VE HEARD AT VARIOUS STAGES FROM VARIOUS OFFICIALS FROM THAT COMING ON DOWN THAT RUSSIA’S RESPONSE MAY NOT NECESSARILY BE SYMMETRICAL. SO THEY’RE GOING TO START LOOKING AT THINGS THAT THAT THEY COULD MAYBE DO THAT WOULD HURT THE WEST.

THEY MAY NOT BE A DIRECT RESPONSE TO, FOR EXAMPLE, SOME OF THE BANKING SANCTIONS WE’VE SEEN THESE COULD BE THINGS RELATED TO ENERGY. OUR NATURAL RESOURCES. >> THAT QUICKLY BEFORE I LET YOU GO, I HAVE TO ASK YOU ABOUT SOME OF THESE REALLY STARK IMAGES WE’VE SEEN PROTESTERS IN RUSSIA COMING OUT TO CITY CENTERS AND THEN IN THE LAST 24 HOURS WE’VE SEEN A CRACKDOWN ON THESE ANTIWAR PROTESTERS IN RUSSIA. TALK TO US ABOUT WHAT’S GOING ON WHAT THE GENERAL LEVEL OF SUPPORT IS LIKE AMONG THE POPULATION FOR THIS INVASION. >> IT DOESN’T SEEM TO NECESSARILY POPULAR MOVE.

IT CERTAINLY DOESN’T FEEL LIKE 2014 DATE FOR WHEN WHEN CRIMEA WAS ANNEXED, WHERE YOU WOULD SEE KIND OF PRO GOVERNMENT, DEMONSTRATIONS EVERYWHERE.

SO WE SAW, OF COURSE, SOME, YOU KNOW, BASICALLY AN ANTIWAR PROTESTS BREAKING OUT IN CITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY LAST NIGHT. THEY WERE NOT THE LARGEST PROTESTS WE’VE EVER SEEN. BUT I ALSO WANT PUT A NOTE WE’RE NOT SEEING PRO-GOVERNMENT PROTESTS. THEY’RE CONCERNED ENOUGH.

THE, YOU KNOW, HAVE PROPAGANDISTS LIKE THE HEAD OF RUSSIA TODAY WRITING THINGS ON TWITTER LIKE I WANT TO ADDRESS ALL OF YOU RUSSIANS WHO ARE WRITING THAT YOU ARE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES AND ASHAMED OF YOUR COUNTRY.

WHAT IS IT THAT HE RECEIVED 4. SO SIMPLY GETTING SOMEWHAT ATTEMPT. >> ALL RIGHT. MATT BODNER WILL BE CHECKING IN WITH YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH. LET’S BRING IN NBC NEWS SENIOR WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT KELLY O’DONNELL IN WASHINGTON TO KELLY. LET’S TALK ABOUT WHAT’S NEXT. LATER THIS MORNING, PRESIDENT BIDEN WILL HOLD A VIRTUAL SUMMIT WITH FELLOW NATO HAD. WHAT’S THE GOAL HERE?

>> WELL, THIS IS A SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENT BECAUSE THIS WILL BRING TOGETHER THE LEADERS OF THE 30 MEMBER NATIONS AND THIS HAS BOTH A PRACTICAL AND A SYMBOLIC IMPORTANCE BECAUSE AFTER WE’VE JUST BEEN LISTENING TO ALL THAT COMPELLING REPORTING COMING FROM UKRAINE HERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE LEADERS OF THE DEFENSIVE ORGANIZATION OF NATO TO SEND A MESSAGE TO VLADIMIR PUTIN THAT THEY ARE STANDING TOGETHER THEY ARE PREPARED TO DEFEND THE NATO NATIONS.

AND THAT, OF COURSE, INCLUDES MANY IN THE AREA THAT WILL FLANK UKRAINE AND RUSSIA AND ALSO LOOKING AT HOW CAN THEY HELP THE PEOPLE OF UKRAINE. SO PRESIDENT BIDEN WILL BE A PART OF THIS CONVERSATION. WITH NATO LEADERS AND THIS IS AN EMERGENCY SUMMIT, IF YOU WILL, BRING THEM TOGETHER, VIRTUALLY AND IT’S CRITICAL THAT IF WARS CAN OFTEN BE SLOPPY THEY CAN BE UNPREDICTABLE. THEY CAN GO IN PLACES THAT PEOPLE DON’T INTEND.

WE’VE HEARD THAT SOME OF THE REPORTING ALREADY AND THERE ARE GREAT CONCERNS ABOUT COULD VLADIMIR PUTIN’S AMBITIONS GO BEYOND UKRAINE AND THAT WOULD BE POTENTIALLY INTO A NATO COUNTRY AND THAT CHANGES THE DYNAMIC DRAMATICALLY.

NOW WE’RE NOT SAYING THAT THAT’S WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN. BUT THAT’S A GRAVE CONCERN FOR NATO MEMBERS WHO WOULD HAVE A DEFENSIVE POSITION. AND SO WE’RE SEEING U.S.

MILITARY AND OTHER NATO COUNTRIES BEEFING UP THEIR MILITARY IN THE EUROPEAN AREAS THAT ARE ALONG THE BORDER HERE AND WE HEARD ANTONY BLINKEN TALKING ABOUT THE CONCERNS THAT NATO COUNTRIES HAVE ABOUT A COMMON DEFENSE. HERE’S WHAT HE HAD TO SAY. >> WELL, LESS WHEN IT COMES TO A THREATENING NATO WE HAVE SOMETHING VERY POWERFUL ARTICLE 5, AN ATTACK ON ONE IS AN ATTACK ON ALL. RUSSIA KNOWS THAT. AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHY, AMONG OTHER THINGS, ONE OF OUR RESPONSE HAS BEEN TO SHORE UP NATO’S DEFENSES TO PUT MORE FORCES TO PUT MORE EQUIPMENT ON ITS EASTERN FLANK.

THE COUNTRY’S CLOSEST TO RUSSIA TO DETER ANY AGGRESSION THAT RUSSIA MIGHT BE CONTEMPLATING AGAINST NATO COUNTRIES. >> SO THIS WILL BE ABOUT MILITARY SUPPORT TO BEEF UP THE NATO COUNTRIES BUT ALSO DISCUSSIONS OF SUPPORT TO HELP UKRAINE AND LIKELY SOME FOR HUMANITARIAN NEEDS AND PERHAPS EVEN DISCUSSION OF WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO REFUGEES AS WE’RE SEEING UKRAINIANS BEING DISPLACED. WE EXPECT SOME OF THAT TO BE PART OF THAT MEETING TODAY.

JOE KELLY, THE WHITE HOUSE RELEASED THE STAGGERING SANCTIONS YESTERDAY. SO FAR NOTHING HAS DETERRED TALK ABOUT THESE LATEST SANCTIONS.

WHAT DOES THE WHITE HOUSE HOPED TELECOM PLUSH. WELL, THIS IS ABOUT PUNISHING HOOTEN AND PUT THE PUNISHING THE RUSSIAN ECONOMY AND BY DOING THAT, BY ATTACKING RUSSIAN BANKS PROMINENT RUSSIAN FIGURES, OLIGARCHS ELITES AND MAKING IT HARDER FOR THEM TO DO BUSINESS AND SOME OF THESE NEW FINANCIAL SANCTIONS WOULD STOP THEM FROM DOING BUSINESS IN A NUMBER OF CURRENCIES. THE DOLLAR, THE YEN, THE EURO DOING THOSE SORTS OF THINGS. ALSO LIMITING ACCESS FOR IMPORTS OF THINGS LIKE SEMICONDUCTORS THINGS THEY WOULD NEED FOR THEIR OWN TECHNOLOGY. ALL OF THAT IS INTENDED TO PUNISH BY STRANGLING THE RUSSIAN ECONOMY CRIPPLING THEIR ABILITY TO 2 TO FUNCTION ECONOMICALLY.

THESE ARE STEPPED UP SANCTIONS. MAYBE NOT AS FAR AS THEY COULD ULTIMATELY GO FOR EXAMPLE. THEY DIDN’T SANCTION PERSONALLY, ALTHOUGH THAT MIGHT BE MORE SYMBOLIC THAN EFFECTIVE AND THEY DIDN’T GO AFTER WHAT’S KNOWN AS THE SWIFT SYSTEM WHICH IS A COMMUNICATION SYSTEM IN THE FINANCIAL MARKETS.

BUT THE PRESIDENT SAYS THESE ARE THE STRONGEST SANCTIONS EVER DONE AND THAT THEY COULD BE A VERY EFFECTIVE IN TRYING TO DETER NOW THAT HE’S TAKEN THIS ACTION AND TO CAUSE SUFFERING IN RUSSIA WHICH COULD COMPEL TO PULL BACK. THAT’S THE HOPE.

>> DONALD IN WASHINGTON. KELLI, THANK YOU. >> TIME ARE GOING TO SEE HIS CAPITOL HILL CORRESPONDENT LEIGH ANN CALDWELL. HE’S ALSO IN WASHINGTON WITH SOME MORE REACTION FROM LAWMAKERS LAND. GOOD MORNING.

SO LAST WEEK A SENATE SANCTIONS PACKAGE TO PUNISH RUSSIA DIDN’T END UP GOING ANYWHERE.

WHAT KEPT THAT PACKAGE FROM BEING PASSED AND NOW THAT RUSSIA HAS FULLY MOVED INTO UKRAINE OR SEEING A FULL-SCALE INVASION. IS THERE ANYTHING NEW IN THE WORKS RIGHT NOW. >> GOOD MORNING, SAVANNAH. SO THE REASON SANCTIONS WERE NOT ABLE TO BE PASSED ON CAPITOL HILL AS THERE WERE DISAGREEMENTS IN PART ON THE TIMING OF THE SANCTIONS.

REPUBLICANS REALLY WANTED SANCTIONS PRE INVASION. WELL, NOW WE KNOW THAT TIME HAS COME AND GONE. BUT THERE WAS ANOTHER REASON WHY THEY COULDN’T REACH AN AGREEMENT IS WELL AND THAT WAS BECAUSE DEMOCRATS WANTED SANCTIONS ON WHAT KELLY JUST MENTIONED.

THE SWIFT INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM WHICH IS A VERIFICATION SYSTEM FOR INTERNATIONAL BANK TRANSFERS AND REPUBLICANS DIDN’T THINK THAT WAS NECESSARY BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO HAVE EUROPEAN SUPPORT IN ORDER TO GO THAT ROUTE. REPUBLICANS WON IN SECONDARY SANCTIONS THAT IS SANCTIONS ON ENTITIES WHO DO BUSINESS WITH THE PEOPLE WHO WERE PRIMARILY SANCTIONS.

NOW THOSE SO THAT WAS STUCK IN CONGRESS AND IT TURNS OUT THAT PRESIDENT BIDEN YESTERDAY DIDN’T IMPOSE EITHER ONE OF THOSE THE SECONDARY SANCTIONS OR THE ARE PULLING RUSSIA OUT OF THE SWIFT BANKING SYSTEM.

AND SO THERE ARE STILL CONVERSATIONS ONGOING ON CAPITOL HILL. AND SO WE’LL SEE WHERE THEY GO. ON THAT. ALTERNATELY THE PRESIDENT IS ABLE TO ACT UNILATERALLY AND WHAT CONGRESS IS JUST KIND OF A SUPPORT SYSTEM IN THIS SITUATION.

SAVANNAH. >> NOW AND WE KNOW THE PRESIDENT HAS SAID, OF COURSE YOU WON’T SEND TROOPS TO UKRAINE. IT IS NOT A NATO NATION. SO OUTSIDE OF SANCTIONS. WHAT OTHER ACTIONS CAN CONGRESS TAKE TO PUNISH RUSSIA FOR HELP UKRAINE.

I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE THINKING, OH MY GOODNESS.

THEY NEED HELP. WHAT CAN BE DONE HERE. >> YEAH. HONESTLY, THERE’S NOT A WHOLE LOT, ESPECIALLY TO PUNISH RUSSIA OUTSIDE OF SANCTIONS AS FAR AS HELPING UKRAINE, THEY COULD GIVE HUMANITARIAN AID OR MILITARY AID TO UKRAINE.

AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT IS BEING WIDELY DISCUSSED. THE SENATE MINORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL TALKED ABOUT THIS YESTERDAY. LET’S LISTEN TO WHAT HE SAID LAST NIGHT. >> ASSUMING THERE’S A SIGNIFICANT INSURGENCY. TO SUPPORT THAT INSURGENTS WHO WITH WEAPONS AND INTELLIGENCE AND EVERY TIME IT WILL HELP THEM.

MAKE SEVERE. PRICE FOR THIS INVASION. >> BUT HOUSE LAWMAKERS GOTTEN AN CLASSIFIED BRIEFING LAST NIGHT AND IN THAT BRIEFING, DEFENSE SECRETARY AUSTIN ADMITTED THAT THERE’S A PROBLEM WITH RESUPPLYING UKRAINIANS, WITH MILITARY AID. THE FACT THAT RUSSIA CONTROLS THE AIRSPACE, THEY CAN’T GET ANYTHING IN THROUGH AIRPLANES AND THE LAND TRANSFERS FOR THAT EQUIPMENT IS BECOMING INCREASINGLY DIFFICULT AS RUSSIA CONTROLS MORE AND MORE TERRITORY IN UKRAINE SAVANNAH. ALL RIGHT.

LEIGH ANN CALDWELL, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>> COMING UP, OUR BREAKING NEWS COVERAGE CONTINUES AS THIS INVASION UNFOLDS IN UKRAINE. PRESIDENT BIDEN NOW SENDING THOUSANDS OF US TROOPS CLOSER BUT NOT INTO UKRAINE. WHAT WE’RE LEARNING ABOUT THOSE PLANS NEXT ON MORNING NEWS NOW. ♪ >> THIS IS A VERY DIFFERENT KIND OF PROGRAM.

HERE TO START CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE BIG THINGS HAPPENING IN OUR WORLD. PROFESSOR, I’M NOT ASKING YOU TO PREDICT THE FUTURE. BUT WHAT DO YOU THINK THAT THE NEW NORMAL IS GOING TO BE. HE’S PART OF THIS SAID EVERYONE IS RETHINKING THEIR JOBS DURING THIS PANDEMIC AND THE RELATIONSHIP TO THEIR EMPLOYERS. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST TIP FOR ANY PARENT WHO’S CONCERNED ABOUT THIS.

IT’S NOT MY JOB TO TELL YOU WHAT TO THINK. MY JOB IS TO THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU TELL THEM NOW, TONIGHT WITH JOSHUA JOHNSON. STREAMING WEEK NIGHTS 8 ON NBC NEWS NOW. ♪ >> YOU’RE WATCHING NBC NEWS NOW. HERE’S WHAT’S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW.

ON NBC NEWS NOW COVERED TONIGHT. LOOK AT WHAT’S MAKING HEADLINES AROUND THE WORLD.

PRESIDENT BIDEN MAKING NEWS TONIGHT ON SEVERAL FRONTS ANSWER THE QUESTIONS YOU WANT ANSWERED IS A LOT TO TALK ABOUT THE SEA. LET’S START BREAKING ALL THIS DOWN. >> NBC NEWS EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW.

WE’LL GET RIGHT TO THAT BREAKING NEWS. THE DESPERATE SEARCH AND RESCUE. >> OUR TEAM IS LIVE ALL ACROSS THE PATH OF DESTRUCTION TONIGHT. PEOPLE SAY THE TOWN IS GONE TO SEE ON NEARLY 200 FIREFIGHTERS RESPONDED A SCENE AND TABLETS. HERE’S WHAT WE SEE IN REAL LIFE.

>> 2022 MIDTERMS. THE BATTLE FOR CONGRESS IN THE FIGHT FOR CONTROL OF STATE HOUSE IN A SPECIAL COUNTY COUNTY SERIES. WE’RE CHECKING OUT KEY BATTLEGROUND AT THE MID TERMS. WE ARE TALKING BATTLEGROUND STATE. MEET THE PRESS ELECTION NIGHT SPECIAL.

IT IS A BIG NIGHT. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT ELSE IS MAKING NEWS AROUND THE WORLD THE ESCALATING TENSION BETWEEN UKRAINE AND RUSSIA THEY WORRY THAT RUSSIA IS NOT NEGOTIATING IN GOOD FAITH LET’S ZOOM OUT A BIT TO OUR CHANGING CLIMATE. I’M NOT ASKED YOU TO PREDICT THE FUTURE. BUT WHAT DO YOU THINK THAT THE NEW NORMAL IS GOING TO WITH THE PANDEMIC TODAY.

HAVE YOU SEEN A DEMAND FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES.

INCREASE AMONG RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU’VE HAD ENOUGH OF COVID THE PIECE OF SPACE JUNK IS ON A COLLISION COURSE WITH THE MOON. IT DOESN’T MATTER. IT IS SIGNIFICANT WHY WE’RE HERE TO TRY TO START CONVERSATION. A LOT TO TALK ABOUT AS WE CONTINUE OUR ROLLING COVERAGE FOR COMING ON THE AIR WITH THE NEWS NBC SCHOOLS TO THE NEWS TO USE NOT ONLY A JOB, IT’S AN HONOR. >> NEWS IS MORE THAN A HEADLINE.

IT INFORMS INSPIRES AND IT STILL MATTERS TO COVER HAVE TO BE IN IT.

>> AND THAT’S WHAT WE’RE GOING TO EVERY NIGHT. WE TAKE YOU TO THE FRONT LINES OF THE STORY WHERE IT’S ACTUALLY HAPPENED WITH NBC NEWS JOURNALIST ON THE GROUND FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. WE COVER WITH. YOU NEED TO KNOW AND BRING YOUR NEWS FEED TO LIFE IN PRIME TIME AND STREAMING LIVE.

YOUR NEWS. PLAY LIST EVERY NIGHT, TOP STORY WITH TIME. NOT LAST WEEK. THAT’S AT 7 ON NBC NEWS NOW YOU DOING FOR TEACHERS OR FEEL THAT THEY’RE BEING STRETCHED TOO DID YOU UNDERSTAND HOW PREVALENT HUNGER WAS IN YOUR OWN COMMUNITY. ♪ >> TOP STORY WITH TIME NOW WEEK.

THAT’S AT 7 ON NBC NEWS NOW. ♪ >> WELCOME BACK. OUR COVERAGE OF THE ATTACK ON UKRAINE CONTINUES NOW. 7,000 MORE U.S.

TROOPS ARE NOW HEADED TO GERMANY. THE PENTAGON SAID THE DEPLOYMENT IS BEING MADE TO REASSURE OUR NATO ALLIES OF OUR COMMITMENT TO NBC NEWS GLOBAL SECURITY REPORTED JOINS US NOW. DAN, GOOD MORNING. SO LET’S TALK TO THIS LATEST TRIP DEPLOYMENT AND WHAT IT MEANS IN REGARDS TO AMERICA’S INVOLVEMENT IN EASTERN EUROPE AND IS THE U.S.

READY TO DO MORE TO HELP ARM UKRAINIAN FORCES FIGHTING THE RUSSIAN INVASION. WE KNOW THERE ARE NO PLANS TO MOVE INTO UKRAINE. BUT AS WE OUR SOLDIERS OVER THERE MORE EQUIPMENT. WHAT IS THE SORT OF MEAN. >> THESE TROOPS COMING FROM FORT STEWART, FROM THE 3RD INFANTRY DIVISION.

AND IT’S PART OF THIS WAVE WE’VE SEEN OF REINFORCEMENTS HEADING TO EUROPE HEADING TO EASTERN EUROPE TO DETER ANY KIND OF THREAT FROM RUSSIA IN THOSE EASTERN STATES THAT BORDER RUSSIA THAT ARE PART OF THE NATO ALLIANCE. WE’VE SEEN THOUSANDS OF US TROOPS ALREADY DEPLOYED TO THE BALTIC STATES TO POLAND AND ELSEWHERE. NOW THE QUESTION NOW REALLY, THOUGH, IS WHAT IS THE U.S. READY TO DO TO HELP THE UKRAINIAN FORCES THAT ARE UNDER HUGE PRESSURE RIGHT NOW FROM A VAST SUPERIOR MILITARY AND RUSSIA.

AND THAT’S REALLY THE QUESTION. AND I THINK WE’RE GOING TO BE HEARING MORE ABOUT THAT IN WASHINGTON AND WESTERN CAPITALS. HOW TO GET MORE WEAPONS TO THOSE UKRAINIAN TROOPS THAT ARE OUTMATCHED OUTGUNNED BY THE RUSSIANS AND OF COURSE, THE PRESENCE OF RUSSIAN TROOPS ON THE GROUND MAKES IT COMPLICATED TO GET WEAPONS AND HARDWARE TO THE UKRAINIAN.

SO I THINK THAT WILL BE SOMETHING WE’LL BE HEARING MORE ABOUT TODAY. NATO LEADERS ARE MEETING TODAY.

THE HEADS OF STATE AND THEY’LL PROBABLY TALK MORE ABOUT BOLSTERING THAT EASTERN FLANK AND ALSO FIGURING OUT HOW TO HELP UKRAINIANS FIGHTING THE AS WE SPEAK. >> SO DAN, AS YOU AND I HAVE TALKED ABOUT TALKED ABOUT YESTERDAY. OF COURSE, PRESIDENT BIDEN IS CONTINUING TO REITERATE THE YESTERDAY AGAIN IN HIS PRESS CONFERENCE THAT NO AMERICAN TROOPS WILL BE GOING IN TO UKRAINE. SO, I MEAN, FIRST, THE QUESTION, IS THERE ANYTHING THAT WOULD CHANGE THE WHITE HOUSE’S STANCE ON THIS INVOLVEMENT. OBVIOUSLY THAT SEEMS FAR OFF GIVEN AGAIN, THAT IT’S NOT A NATO COUNTRY AND INVOLVING WOULD ESCALATE THINGS.

BUT IS THIS POLICY GOING TO BE STRONG ENOUGH TO DETER RUSSIA FROM MOVING FURTHER. DOES ANYTHING CHANGE IF RUSSIAN FORCES EVEN GET FURTHER WEST TO PLACES LIKE LIVE EVE.

NEVER MIND EVEN FURTHER INTO EUROPE. >> YOU KNOW, I I THINK FOR FOR SEARCH FOR CERTAIN, THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO CONSIDERATION OF SENDING U.S.

TROOPS INTO UKRAINE TO ENTER INTO A DIRECT WAR WITH RUSSIA. THAT IS NOT IN THE CARDS THAT HAS BEEN RULED OUT. I THINK IT’S REALLY SOMETHING NO ONE WANTS TO CONTEMPLATE GIVEN THE NUCLEAR ARSENALS THAT BOTH OF THESE SUPERPOWERS POSSESS AND THEN US THE KEY QUESTION IS IT ENOUGH DETER RUSSIA.

I THINK THE NATO HEADS OF STATE AND THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION BELIEVES THAT. THE NATO ALLIANCE AND THE PRESENCE OF TROOPS IN THOSE NATO COUNTRIES IS ENOUGH TO DETER RUSSIA, BUT THEY WANT TO DRIVE HOME THE MESSAGE TO THAT THE MORE AGGRESSIVE ACTIONS HE TAKES, THE MORE.

THERE WILL BE A NATO TROOP PRESENCE AND A MILITARY PRESENCE IN THOSE EASTERN COUNTRIES ON HIS BORDER. BUT THERE IS ANOTHER RISK HERE AND THAT IS AS A RUSSIAN TROOPS ATTACK UKRAINE TO LAUNCH MISSILES LAUNCH FIGHTER JETS.

THERE’S A THERE’S A RISK OF AN ACCIDENTAL CLASH OR AN UNINTENDED KIND OF THE INCIDENT. AND SO THAT WILL BE ANOTHER A REAL CHALLENGE TO GOING FORWARD AS THE WAR WIDENS AND EXPANDS. THERE ARE U.

S. TROOPS VERY NEAR. THERE ARE US AIRCRAFT VERY NEAR NOW IT’S THAT’S GOING TO TAKE SOME DOING TO KIND OF CREATE SOME KIND OF HARD LINE BETWEEN WASHINGTON AND AND SO LEAD AND LIZ, THANK YOU SO MUCH. US. APPRECIATE IT.

>> FOR MORE ON THIS, LET’S BRING IN FORMER U.S. AMBASSADOR TO UKRAINE, JOHN HERBST. HE WAS AMBASSADOR FROM 2003 TO 2006 AND IS NOW THE SENIOR DIRECTOR OF THE ATLANTIC COUNCIL’S, YOU’RE ASIAN EURASIA CENTER MASTER.

ALWAYS GOOD TO HAVE YOU WITH US.

I WANT TO BEGIN BY ASKING YOU ABOUT THIS INCREASED US TROOP MOVEMENT. PRESIDENT BIDEN ORDERED YESTERDAY IN THE EUROPE. AGAIN, NO PLANS TO SEND US FORCES DIRECTLY INTO UKRAINE. BUT WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THIS ADMINISTRATION’S RESPONSE TO THE ATTACKS SO FAR. ARE WE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN OR WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE MORE.

>> FIRST, THE U.S. TROOP MOVEMENT TO NATO’S EAST IS VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE WE HAVE TO MAKE IT CLEAR TO MISTER PRUDENT THAT IF YOU WANT TO DO ANYTHING THERE HE WILL FACE. IN FACT, THE MIGHT OF NOT JUST THE NATO FORCES BUT THE U.S.

FORCES AND HE IS HE DOESN’T UNDERSTAND THAT OUR CONVENTIONAL MILITARY WELL, WE ARE DISADVANTAGED IN THE BALTIC STATES. FOR EXAMPLE, IS MUCH MORE POWERFUL THAN HIS. RESORTING ON SPOT. SO GOOD. NO, GO AHEAD.

PLEASE CONTINUE. I WAS NOT HURT UKRAINE.

ALREADY ARE RESPONSE TO THE 2 DAY OLD RUSSIAN DIRECT ATTACK ON UKRAINE. FRANKLY, WE SEE A FAILURE OF IMAGINATION OF SILLY OR STATESMANSHIP HERE. THE SANCTIONS THAT PRESIDENT BIDEN ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY WERE ON THEIR OWN FACE A POSITIVE STEP.

BUT WAS MOSCOW LAUNCHING MISSILE ATTACKS ON UKRAINE’S CAPITAL AND 23 24 THE UKRAINIAN CITIES. HE SHOULD HAVE SOUNDED LIKE ACCOUNTANTS. SURE. SOUNDS LIKE A STATESMAN. AND HE KNEW THAT WE NEED TO ADDRESS THE 2 BIG STEPS WE COULD TAKE IT IN THE FINANCIAL AREA, WHICH WE DID NOT.

WHAT A SWIFT. YOU KNOW WHO WOULD BE SANCTIONING RUSSIA. CENTRAL BANK UKRAINE FIGHTING FOR THEIR LIVES. THEY NEED UNDERSTAND THAT WHILE HE WAS NOT SEND TROOPS.

WE WILL SEND EVERYTHING ELSE WE CAN TO HELP THEM AND WE SHOULD HAVE WE SHOULD GO AFTER OTHER CENTRAL BANKERS WERE SWIFT YESTERDAY WEAKNESS AND BIDEN POLICY IN THIS CRISIS IS DIFFERENT TO THE MOST TIMID EUROPEAN HOURS.

MANAGEMENT MEANS NOT JUST TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE CONCERNS OF OUR OUR LAWS. BUT PUSHING THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND WE DON’T SEE ENOUGH THAT TYPE LEADERSHIP FROM THIS WHITE HOUSE. >> LET’S TALK ABOUT WE NEED PRESIDENT ZELENSKY. I HE SAID YESTERDAY THE ENEMY OUR TEAM IS THE NUMBER ONE TARGET ANY. WHAT IS IT GOING TO MEAN IF RUSSIA CAPTURES THE UKRAINIAN CAPITAL AND POTENTIALLY THE PRESIDENT.

WHAT HAPPENS FROM THERE. >> WELL, I THINK THAT SO ONCE HE AND HIS TEAM PLANS FOR CONSCRIPTION TUITION OF GOVERNANCE.

SO ON THE UKRAINIAN LAW, YOU KNOW, IF SOMEHOW THE PRESIDENT’S THE YOU KNOW, SOMEONE ELSE WHO TAKES OVER. SO I THINK THAT THAT WILL PLAY OUT IN THE LAYERED WITH UKRAINE. BUT ALSO, YOU KNOW, THE FORCES ARE STARTING TO APPROACH THE CAPITAL.

THE BIG QUESTION IS ARE THEY GOING WE WANT TO GO INTO THE CITY BECAUSE IF THEY DO A LOT OF THE SOLUTION. SO HE’S GOING TO AND SO WILL A LOT OF UKRAINIAN CIVILIANS. >> ALL RIGHT. AMBASSADOR HERBST, AS ALWAYS, WE THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. APPRECIATE YOUR ANALYSIS.

>> OF COURSE WE’RE GOING TO KEEP YOU UPDATED ON DEVELOPMENTS IN UKRAINE THROUGHOUT THE HOUR. BUT WE’RE ALSO FOLLOWING OTHER MAJOR STORIES HERE AT HOME. COMING UP HERE ON MORNING NEWS NOW, GUILTY VERDICTS FOR 3 FORMER POLICE OFFICERS WHO WERE ON THE SCENE WHEN GEORGE FLOYD WAS KILLED.

WE’RE GOING TO TAKE YOU TO MINNESOTA FOR MORE ON THAT DECISION. PLUS, REACTION.

♪ >> NOW TONIGHT JOSHUA JOHNSON STREAMING. WE FIGHT TO NBC NEWS NOW. >> TO COVER THE NEWS. YOU HAVE TO BEAT IT. >> WE’LL TAKE YOU TO THE FRONT LINES OF THE STORM.

BRINGING YOUR NEWS FEED TO LIFE. STREAMING LIVE EVERY NIGHT. IT’S YOUR NEWS PLACED. >> TOP STORY WITH TIME NOW LAST WEEK NIGHTS AT 7 ON NBC NEWS NOW. >> NEWS IS HAPPENING.

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PAY FOR YOUR PHONE CALL NOW. >> TO COVER THE NEWS. YOU HAVE TO BE IN IT. >> WE’LL TAKE YOU TO THE FRONT LINES OF THE STORM.

BRINGING YOUR NEWS FEED TO LIFE. STREAMING LIVE EVERY NIGHT. IT’S YOUR NEWS PLACED. >> TOP STORY WITH TIME NOW WEEK NIGHTS AT 7 ON NBC NEWS NOW. THERE’S NO BETTER PLACE FOR FUN WITH FRIENDS.

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♪ ♪ >> NOW TONIGHT, JOSHUA JOHNSON STREAMING WEEK NIGHTS AT 8 NBC NEWS NOW. >> WELCOME BACK.

IF YOU’RE JUST WAKING UP ARE JUST JOINING US. A LOT HAS HAPPENED OVERNIGHT AS THE RUSSIAN MILITARY ADVANCES FARTHER INTO UKRAINE CAUGHT UP ON THE VERY LATEST. LAST NIGHT. A TOP PENTAGON OFFICIAL TOLD LAWMAKERS IN THE U.S.

THAT RUSSIAN FORCES WERE ABOUT 20 MILES FROM THE UKRAINIAN CAPITAL OF KEY. THE VIDEO MESSAGE AROUND 6.40 EASTERN TIME LAST NIGHT UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT ZELENSKY 137 SOLDIERS HAVE BEEN KILLED, MORE THAN 300 OTHERS INJURED IN THE FIGHT THAT AROUND 1223 THIS MORNING, AN APARTMENT BUILDING WAS HIT BY DEBRIS AFTER AN AIRCRAFT WAS REPORTEDLY SHOT DOWN IN KEY AND YOU CAN SEE THE BURNED OUTSIDE OF THE BUILDING.

NOW 2 HOURS LATER THE UKRAINIAN INTERIOR MINISTRY SAID THAT UKRAINIAN FORCES WERE BLOWING UP BRIDGES TO TRY AND SLOW DOWN RUSSIAN FORCES ADVANCING ON THE CAPITAL. >> AND JUST BEFORE 3 THIS MORNING, THE UKRAINIAN MINISTRY OF DEFENSE ISSUED THIS MESSAGE ASKING CITIZENS TO MAKE AND USE MOLOTOV COCKTAILS AGAINST THE RUSSIAN MILITARY.

>> AND SHORTLY AFTER 04:00AM A WARNING FROM UKRAINE THAT RUSSIAN FORCES ARE USING DISGUISES TO ENTER THE COUNTRY. NBC NEWS HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO VERIFY THESE REPORTS AND ALSO THIS MORNING, NBC NEWS FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT MATT BRADLEY REPORTED A MASSIVE BOMBARDMENT IN CENTRAL CAR. KEY MATT SAID IT WAS SO CLOSE, HE COULD HEAR CAR ALARMS GOING OFF AND CITING RUSSIA’S DEFENSE MINISTRY. THE NEWS AGENCY TASS IS REPORTING THAT RUSSIAN MILITARY HAS BLOCKED KEY FROM THE WEST.

THAT’S REPORTING.

WE HAVE NOT YET BEEN ABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY GOING CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS OUT OF UKRAINE THIS MORNING. BUT THERE IS SOME OTHER NEWS WE DO WANT TO GET TO QUICKLY GATHER 3 FORMER POLICE OFFICERS WHO WERE ON THE SCENE. >> WHEN GEORGE FLOYD WAS KILLED HAVE BEEN FOUND GUILTY ON FEDERAL CHARGES. JAY ALEXANDER KING THOMAS LANE AND 2 TOWER CONVICTED OF VIOLATING FLOYD’S CIVIL RIGHTS WHEN THEY FAILED TO GIVE HIM MEDICAL AID KING AND TOWER. ALSO CONVICTED OF NOT INTERVENING TO STOP THEIR FORMER FELLOW OFFICER DEREK CHAUVIN FROM USING EXCESSIVE FORCE WHEN HE KILLED FLOYD CHAUVIN WAS CONVICTED OF MURDER AND MANSLAUGHTER CHARGES AT THE STATE LEVEL LAST YEAR AND BC NEWS CORRESPONDENT SHAQUILLE BREWSTER HAS BEEN FOLLOWING THIS CASE FOR US FROM THE BEGINNING AND JOINS US LIVE FROM SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA, SHOT.

GOOD MORNING. SO WHAT WAS IT LIKE IN THE COURTROOM WHEN THIS VERDICT CAME DOWN AND WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT WHAT THE OFFICER SENTENCES COULD LOOK LIKE. AND WHEN WE’LL HEAR ABOUT THAT. >> GOOD MORNING. YEAH.

THERE WAS MINIMAL REACTION IN THE COURTROOM AS THE JUDGE READ THE VERDICT OF THOSE 3 GUILTY TO CHARGES OR 5 GUILTY CHARGES FOR THE 3 DEFENDANTS. THOMAS LANE, ONE OF THE DEFENDANTS WHO RECEIVED ONE GUILTY CHARGE. HE APPARENTLY SHRUGGED AND SHOOK HIS HEAD AS THAT VERDICT WAS READ AND LOOKED OVER AT HIS ATTORNEY, NOTABLY TOO, OF THE JURORS ACCORDING THE POOL, REPORTERS BECAME VISIBLY EMOTIONAL AS THEY WERE INDIVIDUALLY POLLED AND CONFIRMED THAT GUILTY VERDICT.

THIS WAS A JURY OF 8 WOMEN AND 4 MEN APPARENTLY ALL WHITE, ALTHOUGH THE COURT HASN’T RELEASED THAT INFORMATION DIRECTLY THAT TOOK ABOUT 13 HOURS OVER THE COURSE OF 2 DAYS TO REACH THAT DECISION. THEY WERE DEALING WITH A LOT TEXT HERE, A LOT OF SERIOUS CHARGES AND THEY EVENTUALLY REACHED UNANIMOUS VERDICT AFTER 13 HOURS OF DELIBERATION.

>> HOUSE FLOYD’S FAMILY REACTING SHAQ TO THIS VERDICT AND BUT THE ULTIMATELY HOPE COMES OUT OF IT. >> WELL, WE HEARD FROM THE BROTHER OF GEORGE FLOYD WHO WE KNOW FAMILY MEMBERS WERE IN THE COURTROOM THROUGHOUT THE TRIAL AND HE SPOKE AFTER THE VERDICT WITH. FROM FEDERAL PROSECUTORS WANT YOU TO LISTEN TO WHAT WE HEARD FROM PALONIS FLOYD. AGAIN, THE BROTHER OF GEORGE FLOYD. >> THEY NO WE YOU KNOW, WE WOULD BE.

ME FEEL GOOD. >> WE ALSO HEARD FROM THE FEDERAL PROSECUTORS DID IN THAT SAME PRESS CONFERENCE.

THEY WERE EMPHASIZING IDEA THAT THEY HOPE THIS SENDS A MESSAGE TO OTHER MEMBERS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT THAT SOMETIMES THE INACTION CAN BE JUST AS IMPORTANT AS AN ACTION. >> AND CHECK WHILE THE SPRING AND AWAITS SENTENCING. THEY’RE ALSO GOING TO BE BACK IN A COURTROOM LATER THIS YEAR.

THAT’S ON STATE CHARGES. WHAT KIND OF CHARGES ARE THEY FACING AT THE STATE LEVEL. WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE HERE? >> THAT’S RIGHT. WE’RE LIKELY TO SEE THEM BACK IN THE COURTROOM IN JUNE.

SO JUST A COUPLE OF MONTHS, THEY’RE FACING THOSE ORIGINAL CHARGES OF AIDING AND ABETTING THE MURDER AND MORE AND MANSLAUGHTER OF GEORGE FLOYD. WE’LL EXPECT TO SEE THAT HAPPEN IN THE STATE COURT.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THAT TRIAL AND WHAT WE SAW IT WITH THIS TRIAL. IS THIS TROUGH FOCUS ON THEIR INACTIONS. THE PROSECUTORS SAYING THAT THEY DID NOT ACT IN THEM THEIR WILL FOR A DECISION NOT TO ACT A VIOLATION OF GEORGE FLOYD’S RIGHTS IN THE STATE TRIAL.

IT WILL BE ABOUT THE ACTIONS THEY TOOK AS THE GEORGE FLOYD WAS DYING UNDER THE KNEE OF DEREK CHAUVIN ALRIGHT SHAQUILLE BREWSTER IN MINNESOTA FOR US, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>> THIS BUSY NEWS MORNING. WE DO WANT TO GET A CHECK OF YOUR MORNING NEWS NOW. WEATHER, ESPECIALLY BECAUSE A MASSIVE WINTER STORM IS GOING SNOW AND ICE FROM TEXAS TO MAINE BILL CANS JOINS US WITH THE LATEST FORECAST. HI, BILL.

IT’S VERY GOOD TO SEE THE MORNING. >> HEY, GUYS, GOOD MORNING. GREAT TO SEE YOU. SO AS WE HEAD INTO THE WEEKEND, THINGS WILL GET QUIETER. BUT THIS ICE STORM HAS BEEN PROBLEMATIC I MEAN, HUNDREDS IF NOT THOUSANDS OF CAR WRECKS YESTERDAY.

THE WORSE IT WAS IN OKLAHOMA, ARKANSAS AND IN TEXAS AND YEAH, I’VE SEEN JACKKNIFED TRACTOR-TRAILERS A MILLION THEY CATCH FIRE WHEN THEY JACKKNIFED AND ICY CONDITIONS. THAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY. AND I 40 THAT SHUT DOWN THE HIGHWAY THERE SOUTH OF OKLAHOMA CITY FOR A WHILE. NO ONE WAS BUT YOU HAVE NOT BEEN PUT OUT A FIRE WITH WIND CHILLS IN THE SINGLE DIGITS.

EITHER.

AND TO TALK ABOUT REX FROM DALLAS ALL THE WAY TO AUSTIN. THEY HAD A COATING OF FREEZING RAIN AND IT WAS ENOUGH TO CAUSE A LOT OF PROBLEMS AND US ALL THE ROADS THERE IN THAT REGION. SO WHAT ARE WE LEFT WITH THIS MORNING. WE STILL HAVE 65 MILLION PEOPLE UNDER WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES AND WINTER STORM WARNINGS. THE OHIO VALLEY AND ESPECIALLY AREAS OF THE NORTHEAST ARE MOST AT RISK IT’S A REALLY SLIPPERY MORNING OUT THERE ACROSS PENNSYLVANIA.

WE HAVE A LOT OF FREEZING RAIN OVERNIGHT. THERE’S A COATING OF FREEZING RAIN IN JUST OUTSIDE OF NEW YORK CITY INTO SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND AND THEN JUST A SNOW STORM FOR YOU IN AREAS OF CENTRAL AND NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND AS FAR AS THE HEAVY SNOW GOES, THE WORST OF IT. NOW NORTHERN CONNECTICUT, MASSACHUSETTS FROM ALBANY NORTHWARDS HEADING INTO VERMONT, NEW HAMPSHIRE. THAT’S WHERE THE WORST OF THE SNOW IS. BUT THE ICE IS REALLY FROM PENNSYLVANIA RIGHT JUST ABOUT NEW YORK CITY THIS MORNING.

SO ADDITIONAL SNOWFALL SKIERS ARE LOVING IT HEADING INTO THIS UPCOMING WEEKEND.

ANOTHER 6 TO 12 POSSIBLE IN NORTHERN PORTIONS OF VERMONT AND NEW HAMPSHIRE WE’RE JUST ABOUT DONE WITH THE ACCUMULATING SNOWS HARTFORD ALBANY AND BOSTON. THE ICE. WE’RE STILL SEEING FREEZING RAIN OUT THERE, ESPECIALLY GUYS JUST OUTSIDE OF NEW YORK CITY. THE WORST OF THAT WILL BE FROM NEW YORK NORTHWARD.

SO AGAIN, A VERY SLIPPERY DAY. BUT IT IMPROVES AS WE HEAD THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON THIS EVENING. >> ALL RIGHT. AND THE SKIERS WILL ENJOY A NICE KEY.

WE LOOK AT THE BRIGHT THANKS, BILL.

>> AND COMING UP, WE’LL HAVE THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS ON THE RUSSIAN ATTACK ON UKRAINE THIS MORNING, INCLUDING WHIPLASH ON WALL STREET AS INVESTORS REACT TO THE WAR THERE. WE’LL BRING YOU THE LATEST ON THE STOCK MARKET AND THE POSSIBLE IMPACTS OF THOSE US SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA. PLUS, PRESIDENT BIDEN WEIGHING OPTIONS FOR CYBERATTACKS AGAINST RUSSIA. WHAT WE’RE LEARNING NEXT ON MORNING NEWS NEXT. ♪ >> GOOD MORNING.

I’M JOE FRYER. AND I’M SAVANNAH SELLERS 2022 IS OFF TO A BUSY START WINTER’S WRATH CAUSING HEADACHES FROM COAST TO COAST. IT’S BEEN REALLY INCREDIBLE TO SEE HOW QUICKLY ALL IN TEARS STARTED TO HELP WITH THE CLEANUP EFFORTS MORNING NEWS NOW STREAMING WEEKDAYS AT 7. ♪ >> THIS IS A VERY DIFFERENT KIND OF PROGRAM. WE’RE HERE TO START CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE BIG THINGS HAPPENING IN OUR WORLD.

PROFESSOR, I’M NOT ASKING YOU TO PREDICT THE FUTURE. BUT WHAT DO YOU THINK THAT THE NEW NORMAL IS GOING TO BE. HE’S PART OF THIS SAID EVERYONE IS RETHINKING THEIR JOBS DURING THIS PANDEMIC AND THE RELATIONSHIP TO THEIR EMPLOYERS. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST TIP FOR ANY PARENT WHO’S CONCERNED ABOUT THIS. IT’S NOT MY JOB TO TELL YOU WHAT TO THINK.

MY JOB IS TO THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU TELL THEM NOW, TONIGHT WITH JOSHUA JOHNSON STREAMING WEEK NIGHTS 8 ON NBC NEWS NOW.

>> NEWS IS MORE THAN A HEADLINE. IT INFORMS INSPIRES AND IT STILL MATTERS TO COVER HAVE TO BE IN IT. >> AND THAT’S WHAT WE’RE GOING TO EVERY NIGHT. WE TAKE YOU TO THE FRONT LINES OF THE STORY WHERE IT’S ACTUALLY HAPPENING WITH NBC NEWS JOURNALIST ON THE GROUND FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.

WE COVER WITH. YOU NEED TO KNOW AND BRING YOUR NEWS FEED TO LIFE IN PRIME TIME AND STREAMING LIVE. YOUR NEWS. PLAY LIST EVERY NIGHT, TOP STORY WITH TIME. NOT LAST WEEK.

THAT’S AT 7 ON NBC NEWS NOW.

NEWS IS HAPPENING. >> LOOK AT WHAT’S MAKING HEADLINES AROUND THE WORLD RIGHT NOW ON MORNING NEWS NOW. WE’RE COMING ON THE AIR WITH BREAKING NEWS. IT’S A SIGNIFICANT MOMENT.

>> THE STREET FREE. ♪ NOW TONIGHT, JOSHUA JOHNSON STREAMING WEEK NIGHTS AT 8 NBC NEWS NOW. >> GOOD MORNING. I’M JOE FRYER. AND I’M SAVANNAH SELLERS 2022 IS OFF TO A BUSY START.

WINTER’S WRATH CAUSING HEADACHES FROM COAST TO COAST. IT’S BEEN REALLY INCREDIBLE TO SEE HOW QUICKLY ALL IN TEARS STARTED TO HELP WITH THE CLEANUP EFFORTS MORNING NEWS NOW STREAMING WEEKDAYS AT 7. ♪ >> WE’RE HERE TO START CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE BIG THINGS HAPPENING AT ALL WORLD BECAUSE IT’S NOT MY JOB TO TELL YOU WHAT TO MY JOB IS TO THINK ABOUT WHAT TELL ME. NOW TONIGHT WITH JOSHUA JOHNSON STREAMING WEEK NIGHTS AT 8 ON NBC NEWS NOW WHEN IT’S ABOUT TO SEE BEHIND ME IS >> THESE DAYS. IT FEELS LIKE THE NEWS NEVER STOPS.

SO LET’S GET INTO IT. WHAT’S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. WHAT IT ALL MEANS FOR YOU FOR AN HOUR EVERY DAY CAN BE HARD KEEP UP.

SO LET’S GET STARTED TOGETHER. ALI CHECKS IN NOW.

>> WEEKDAYS AT 5 ON NBC NEWS NOW. NOW TONIGHT, JOSHUA JOHNSON STREAMING WEEK NIGHTS AT NBC NEWS NOW. >> WELCOME BACK. THIS MORNING, PRESIDENT BIDEN IS LOOKING AT OPTIONS FOR THE U.S.

TO CARRY OUT A MASSIVE CYBERATTACK AGAINST RUSSIA. UKRAINE’S GOVERNMENT AND BANKING WEB SITES HAVE ALREADY BEEN THE TARGET OF RUSSIAN CYBER ATTACKS. THIS WEEK. NBC NEWS NATIONAL SECURITY CORRESPONDENT KEN DILANIAN JOINS US NOW. HEY, KIM, GOOD MORNING.

SO LET’S TIME THROUGH WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS ON THE TABLE RIGHT NOW FOR PRESIDENT BIDEN. IS THIS SOMETHING REALLY CONSIDERING. >> GOOD MORNING, SAVANNAH.

WHETHER HE’S REALLY CONSIDERING IS THE BIG QUESTION. BUT MULTIPLE U.

S. OFFICIALS AND OTHERS BRIEFED ON THE MATTER TOLD COURTNEY QB IN ME THAT A MENU OF OPTIONS FROM A PRETTY MILD TO FAIRLY SEVERE TO CYBER ATTACK RUSSIA IN RETALIATION FOR THE INVASION AS A WAY OF SLOWING DOWN RUSSIA’S ABILITY TO CONDUCT THIS INVASION HAVE BEEN PRESENTED TO THE PRESIDENT. AND WHAT THIS IS REALLY THIS WILL BE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT USE OF AMERICAN OFFENSIVE CYBER IN THE UNITED STATES BEEN VERY DISHES AND HOW IT HAS USED ITS CYBER WEAPONS. OFTEN THEY ARE USING A VERY TARGETED FASHION OFTEN FOR INFORMATION. WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT HERE ARE THINGS LIKE MAKING TRAINS GO OFF THE TRACKS SO THAT THEY CAN’T RESUPPLY RUSSIAN TROOPS POTENTIALLY SHUTTING DOWN THE INTERNET.

ATTACKS ON RUSSIAN CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE. NOW OUR SOURCES TOLD US THAT THE U.S. WOULD FULLY EXPECT THAT THE RUSSIANS RETALIATE AND CONDUCT CYBERATTACKS HERE POTENTIALLY THINGS LIKE WHAT HAPPENED WITH COLONIAL PIPELINE, WHERE IT MADE IT DIFFICULT FOR AMERICANS TO GET GAS.

AND SO SOME PEOPLE IN THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION VIEW.

THIS IS UNACCEPTABLY ESCALATORY AND RISKY. AND AGAIN, IT’S, YOU KNOW, NO FINAL DECISION HAS BEEN MADE AND THE WHITE HOUSE ACTUALLY PUSH BACK ON OUR STORY, ALTHOUGH THEY DIDN’T SAY WHAT EXACTLY THEY THOUGHT WAS WRONG WITH IT MULTIPLE OFFICIALS HAVE ASSURED US THAT THESE OPTIONS ARE BEING CONSIDERED. AND AGAIN REMAINS A QUESTION WHAT PRESIDENT BIDEN WILL DO IN THE END. >> SO I WANT TO ASK YOU KNOW, LET’S TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT RETALIATION. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WAS JUST ON THAT GRAPHIC.

OUR VIEWERS MIGHT HAVE NOTICED ALSO IS SHUTTING OFF ELECTRIC POWER, WHICH REMINDS ME OF A REPORT EARLIER THIS WEEK FROM OUR COLLEAGUE TOM COSTELLO TALKING ABOUT, YOU KNOW, WE COULD SHUT OFF THE LIGHTS IN PETERSBURG, BUT THEN THEY COULD JUST DO THE SAME HERE. I MEAN, WHAT DOES THIS BECOME IF IF CYBER WARFARE WERE TO BE USED POINT OUT THIS WOULD BE THE BIGGEST IN OUR HISTORY. I MEAN, WHAT DOES THAT LOOK LIKE IF THERE IS THIS CAPABILITY ON THE OTHER SIDE RETALIATION MEAN A BACK AND FORTH. >> WELL, IT COULD LOOK VERY BAD.

AND IN FACT, ONE OF OUR SOURCES SAID WHATEVER WE CAN DO TO THEM.

THEY CAN DO TO US. AND THAT’S ESSENTIALLY THE PROBLEM HERE AND SO OPTIONS, MOST OF THE OPTIONS PRESENTED TO THE PRESIDENT ARE DESIGNED TO DISRUPT BUT NOT DESTROYED TO FALL JUST SHORT OF AN ACT OF WAR. IT’S CAREFULLY CALIBRATED HERE AND THE RUSSIANS KNOW THAT TO THAT. IF THEY CONDUCT A CYBER ATTACK IN THE UNITED STATES KILLS PEOPLE. THAT’S AN ACT OF WAR.

THAT’S REALLY TORY BETWEEN 2 NUCLEAR POWERS. SO BOTH SIDES ARE TRYING TO CALIBRATE. BUT YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. IN AND POINTING OUT THAT THIS COULD EASILY SPIRAL OUT OF CONTROL AND THAT MAY BE AN ARGUMENT AGAINST DOING IT TO THEM AND CAN QUICKLY JUST PUT THIS IN CONTEXT FIRST. YOU MENTIONED IT WOULD BE THE FIRST TIME IN OUR HISTORY TO DO SOMETHING OF THIS SCALE.

I MEAN, DOES THIS REALLY MEAN TO USE A CYBER WEAPON POTENTIALLY ON THAT SCALE AND KIND OF MOVING FORWARD. HOW WOULD BE ABLE TO HANDLE RUSSIA. >> YEAH. WELL, FIRST OF ALL, IT REALLY SHOWS HOW THIS TECHNOLOGY HAS EVOLVED AND SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE INVOLVED IN THE PLANNING TOLD ME IS THE INTERESTING THING ABOUT CYBER WEAPONS IS THAT YOU CAN REALLY CALIBRATE THE IMPACT A 500 POUND BOMB DOES THE SAME DAMAGE YOU CAN SELECT A TARGET, BUT THE BOMB IS GOING TO DO WITH THE INSIDE WHERE YOU CAN DO A LOT OF DIFFERENT THINGS AND SHORT OF HURTING PEOPLE OR DESTROYING THINGS.

AND THAT’S THAT’S IT’S A GOOD OPTION, BUT IT’S ALSO VERY DANGEROUS BECAUSE SOMETIMES THE MALWARE USING CYBERATTACKS SPIRALS OUT OF CONTROL.

GOES PLACES THE AUTHORS OF IT DIDN’T WANT TO GO. WE’VE SEEN THAT WITH RUSSIA AND THE ATTACK WHICH CAUSED BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN DAMAGE AROUND THE WORLD. SO THIS COMES WITH PROMISE AND PERIL THIS TECHNOLOGY SO WOW, VERY IMPORTANT CONTEXT FOR US. THANK SO MUCH, KEN. THE ATTACK ON UKRAINE IS, OF COURSE, HAVING A HUGE IMPACT ON THE WORLD TO >> JOINS US NOW WITH THE MARKET.

HOW THE MARKETS ARE REACTING TO THE SITUATION IN UKRAINE. GOOD MORNING OR >> SO IT’S BEEN A GOOD MORNING TO YOU.

WALL STREET IS SET TO OPEN LOWER. DOW FUTURES ARE OFF RIGHT NOW ABOUT A 150 POINTS. THIS FOLLOWS A STUNNING COMEBACK FOR THE MARKETS YESTERDAY.

INVESTORS, OF COURSE, CONTINUE TO ASSESS THE IMPACT FROM RUSSIA’S INVASION OF UKRAINE. YESTERDAY. THE DOW CLOSED UP ABOUT 90 POINTS AFTER IT HAD BEEN DOWN NEARLY 860 POINTS AT THE LOWS OF THE DAY, THE S AND P 500 ENDED UP ONE 0.5% AFTER BEING DOWN MORE THAN 2.5% AND THE RALLY FROM A DECLINE OF NEARLY 3 AND A HALF PERCENT TO END UP MORE THAN 3% OUR OIL PRICES ALSO SETTLED WELL OFF THEIR HIGHS BRENT CRUDE, WHICH IS THE GLOBAL BENCHMARK SETTLED AROUND $99 A BARREL AFTER TOP OF ONE OF 5 US CRUDE.

MEANTIME, SETTLED AROUND $93 A BARREL, WE SHOULD SAY, THOUGH, THAT OIL IS PULLING BACK THIS MORNING. SEEING EARLIER GAINS ON CONCERNS OVER POTENTIAL SUPPLY DISRUPTIONS NOW YOU THINK ABOUT THE REVERSAL WE SAW YESTERDAY TRADERS POINT TO A FEW REASONS FOR WHY SAYING ESSENTIAL US AND EUROPEAN SANCTIONS DID NOT TARGET RUSSIA’S OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY OR FREEZE RUSSIA OUT OF A KEY GLOBAL PAYMENT SYSTEM BITCOIN AND OTHER CRYPTOCURRENCIES ARE SURGING AFTER A STEEP SELL OFF YESTERDAY, ALTHOUGH GUYS, THEY STILL DO REMAIN WELL OFF THE ALL-TIME HIGHS SET BACK IN NOVEMBER.

ALL THANK YOU SO MUCH. >> WATCHING THIS INVASION PLAY OUT IN REAL TIME, NOT JUST ON TV BUT ALSO ON SOCIAL MEDIA, INCLUDING TIKTOK LIVE STREAMS ON THE APP ARE GIVING THE WORLD A FIRST PERSON VIEW OF THE SITUATION IN UKRAINE. WELL, SOME OF THEM APPEAR TO BE AUTHENTIC.

OTHERS ARE ACTUALLY FAKE. NBC NEWS SENIOR REPORTER BEEN COLLEGE HAS BEEN LOOKING INTO THESE POST JOINS US NOW TO BEEN IT’S BEEN MORE THAN 24 HOURS SINCE THE INVASION BEGAN. WHAT ARE YOU SEEING PLAY OUT ON TIKTOK. >> WE’RE SEEING A MIX OF VERY REAL FOOTAGE FROM UKRAINE IN THE MIX TOO. THINGS THAT DISTRICT SIMPLY AREN’T FROM UKRAINE.

WE’RE SEEING THE TOPS OF BUILDINGS IN THE UK WITH SIRENS AND GUNSHOTS OVER THEM AND WHY WOULD SOMEONE DO THAT. WELL, THEY CAN COLLECT DONATIONS. THEY CAN GET MONEY THIS WAY. YOU KNOW, THAT’S WHAT’S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW ON TIKTOK IS A LOT OF SCAMMING, A LOT OF A LOT OF SPAM IN THIS SPACE. IN FACT, THERE’S ONE VIDEO OF A RUSSIAN SOLDIER WHO’S, YOU KNOW, A PARACHUTING ONTO WHAT APPEARS TO BE WITH WHAT HE WHAT THEY CLAIM IS UKRAINE REALLY THE VIDEOS TAKEN 4 YEARS AGO FROM 2016 TO A LOT OF RE APPROPRIATED.

MORE FOOTAGE. A LOT OF REAL PROPER ATED MILITARY EXERCISES THAT ARE BEING USED ON TIKTOK AND PRESENTED AS PART OF NOW. >> LET’S TALK ABOUT ANOTHER EXTREME EXAMPLE. ONE OF THE VIDEOS YOU FOUND YOU NEARLY 20 MILLION TIMES. THE USER PASSED IT OFF AS COMING FROM UKRAINE.

TURNS OUT HE WAS ACTUALLY LIVE STREAMING FROM HIS COUCH. TELL US MORE ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED HERE. WHERE DID THE VIDEO ACTUALLY COME FROM. >> YEAH. THAT WAS FROM A MILITARY TRAINING EXERCISE IN IN RUSSIA FROM 2016.

THAT WAS, YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU CLICK THROUGH, YOU CAN SEE VERY QUICKLY THIS GUY WAS ON HIS COUCH. HE POSTED THIS ON HIS INSTAGRAM.

AS YOU CAN SEE IN APRIL OF 2016 BEFORE IT POSTED A COUPLE OF COUPLE OF HOURS AFTER THE INVASION STARTED TO HAPPEN. BUT WITHOUT CONTEXT AND TIKTOK PEOPLE SOON. THIS WAS A PART OF THE INVASION AND WHAT YOU SEE IS PEOPLE SANITIZING THE SAME SAYS THIS FEELS LIKE, YOU KNOW, IT’S STILL LIKE MINECRAFT, LIKE A VIDEO GAME.

WELL, IT’S NOT MY CRAFT. IS WHAT WAR IS. AND IT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE A GUY VERY HAPPILY JUMPING OUT THE SKY. >> SO FOR THOSE OF US WHO ARE WATCHING THIS. IF YOU SEE A VIDEO ON SOCIAL MEDIA SUPPOSEDLY FROM UKRAINE.

HOW CAN YOU FIGURE OUT IF IT’S REAL. WHAT’S THE SORT OF NEWS LITERACY ADVICE AS TO HOW TO APPROACH THIS. >> JUST CHECKING TO THE ACCOUNT. A LOT OF THESE ACCOUNTS STARTED YESTERDAY OR 2 DAYS BEFOREHAND AND THEY STARTED POSTING JUST VIDEOS OF THAT IN PUBLISHING THROUGH STUFF, THE SIRENS BLARE IN THE BACKGROUND. YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE THAT STUFF IS.

THAT STUFF COULD BE IN UKRAINE. AND IF THEY’RE ASKING FOR DONATIONS OR MONEY. JUST KEEP A KEEN EYE OUT FOR THAT. SO THAT’S A GOOD TIP THAT THEY MAY NOT SPECIFICALLY ME WORKING IN GOOD FAITH HERE.

>> REMINDER THAT ANY TIME WE HAVE THESE MAJOR STORIES LIKE THIS SCAM.

ARTISTS ARE OUT THERE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE SITUATION. BEN, THANKS MUCH FOR REPORTING. WE APPRECIATE IT. COMING UP, DOZENS OF AMERICANS FLEEING UKRAINE HAS THIS INVASION AND FULL NEXT. HOW ONE NONPROFIT IS WORKING TO HELP PEOPLE GET OUT NEXT ON MORNING NEWS NOW.

♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> NEWS IS HAPPENING. LOOK AT WHAT’S MAKING HEADLINES AROUND THE WORLD. ♪ NOW TONIGHT, JOSHUA JOHNSON STREAMING. WE FIGHT TO TOP AND BC, NEWS NOW. >> WRONG WHEN ABOUT TO SEE BEHIND ME IS >> NOW TONIGHT, JOSHUA JOHNSON STREAMING WEEK NIGHTS AT 8 NBC NEWS NOW.

>> WHAT HAPPENED HERE IS A STORY OF LOSS AND CELEBRATION RESIDENTS WHO HOLD ON FOR DEAR RIOTERS DOWN ONE OF THE DOORS. IF YOU FOUND A WAY TO RECONCILE A YEAR LATER. IT REALLY HURT TO SEE THIS PLACE I LOVE SO TREATED WITH SUCH DISRESPECT AND WAS AN ACTIVE CLEANING OR ACT TO HEALING.

♪ >> TOP STORY WITH TIME NOW WEEK. THAT’S AT 7 ON NBC NEWS NOW.

HOW WE TAX AND NOW. WEEKDAYS AT 5 ON NBC NEWS NOW. >> THIS IS A VERY DIFFERENT KIND OF PROGRAM. WE’RE HERE TO START CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE BIG THINGS HAPPENING IN OUR WORLD. PROFESSOR, I’M NOT ASKING YOU TO PREDICT THE FUTURE.

BUT WHAT DO YOU THINK THAT THE NEW NORMAL IS GOING TO BE. HE’S PART OF THIS SAID EVERYONE IS RETHINKING THEIR JOBS DURING THIS PANDEMIC IN THE RELATIONSHIP TO THEIR EMPLOYERS. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST TIP FOR ANY PARENT WHO’S CONCERNED ABOUT THIS.

IT’S NOT MY JOB TO TELL YOU WHAT TO THINK. MY JOB IS TO THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU TELL ME NOW TONIGHT WITH JOSHUA JOHNSON STREAMING WEEK NIGHTS 8 ON NBC NEWS NOW.

>> THE CRISIS UNFOLDING OVERSEAS AND UKRAINE IS STRIKING A NERVE WITH MANY AMERICANS HERE AT HOME. PEOPLE ARE TAKING TO THE STREETS IN SUPPORT OF UKRAINE AND MANY OF THEM ARE STILL DESPERATE TO HEAR FROM THEIR LOVED ONES. >> NOW LIVING IN A WAR ZONE. HERE’S NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT ALLISON BARBER. >> A STRIKING SHOW OF SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE FROM COAST TO NEW YORK CITY.

PROTESTERS DRAPING THE HEART OF TIMES BLUE AND YELLOW LEAVING A MASSIVE UKRAINIAN WE SING THEIR OBJECTIONS TO RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR AND URGING ALL AMERICANS TO PAY ATTENTION SCARE AWAY THE WORLD RESPONDS. ALEX BRINGING HIS YOUNG SON CHRISTINA THERE WITH HER FAMILY NATION PRO UKRAINIAN PROTEST BUBBLING UP IN ALL CORNERS OF THE COUNTRY FROM LOS ANGELES WORLD WILL NEVER FORGET THIS TO WASHINGTON AUSTIN, TO JESSE KIRSCH THERE ON THE GROUND.

HUNDREDS GATHERING IN THE CITY’S UKRAINE. >> WAR. >> IN NEW YORK WHICH STARTED IN TIMES SQUARE OUTSIDE THE RUSSIAN CONSULATE, A SMALL BUT EMOTIONAL WHAT, NO MATTER THE SIZE OF THE THE MESSAGE WAS THE SAME.

UKRAINE IS MORE THAN ITS BORDERS. WE HAVE PEOPLE WAY BEFORE MOSCOW WERE PEOPLE. WE HAVE TURCHIN AS WE HAVE CULTURE, WE HAVE OVER A 1000 A 1000 YEAR HISTORY. >> GET OUT OF UKRAINE. I STILL HAVE CHILDHOOD FRIENDS THAT LIVE IN THE VILLAGE NEAR THEY ARE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS LIKE ME OFF UNTIL YESTERDAY THEY WERE GOING TO I HAVE A PREGNANT FRIEND IN FULL WHO CAN GO TO THE HOSPITAL RIGHT NOW TO CHECK UP ON HER BABY.

AND FOR SO MANY OF THEM, EVERY MISSILE, EVERY GUN SHOT HITS HOME. WE’RE ON THE PHONE ACTUALLY WITH MY GRANDMA.

>> BUT THEY WENT IN AN UNDERGROUND BUNKER. BUT ONCE THEY HEARD THE BOOM, THE INTERNET SERVICE COMPLETELY CUT OUT AND. THAT WAS THE LAST WE HEARD FROM THEM FROM NOW.

WE STILL HAVEN’T HEARD FROM THEM AGAIN. REALLY HOPING FOR THE BEST >> OUR THANKS TO ALLISON BARBER FOR THAT REPORT. THAT DOES IT FOR THIS HOUR OF MORNING NEWS NOW THAT THE NEWS CONTINUES RIGHT NOW. >> THIS IS AN NBC NEWS SPECIAL REPORT. HERE’S SAVANNAH GUTHRIE.

>> GOOD MORNING. WE HAVE BREAKING NEWS FROM THE WHITE HOUSE. PRESIDENT BIDEN IS SET TO ANNOUNCE HIS NOMINEE TO REPLACE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE STEVEN BRIAR THIS AFTERNOON AND NBC NEWS HAS LEARNED IT WILL BE FEDERAL JUDGE KETANJI BROWN JACKSON WHO CURRENTLY SITS ON THE DC CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS WANT IT BRING IN NBC’S JUSTICE CORRESPONDENT PETE WILLIAMS WILLIAMS THAT JUDGE JACKSON WAS ON THE SHORT LIST THIS WHOLE TIME SOMEBODY WITH SIGNIFICANT TRIAL EXPERIENCE.

BOTH AS A JUDGE IS A AS A PUBLIC DEFENDER AND NOW AFTER JUST ONE YEAR ON THE APPELLATE COURT LOOKING TO BE ELEVATED TO THE SUPREME COURT. >> YEAH, LESS THAN A YEAR ON THE APPELLATE COURT.

IN FACT, 8 MONTHS. I THINK ONE OF THE REASONS THE PRESIDENT MAY HAVE CHOSEN HER IS THAT SHE JUST WENT THROUGH THE CONFIRMATION BATTLE JUST 8 MONTHS AGO AND WAS CONFIRMED WITH THE VOTES OF 3 REPUBLICANS. BUT AS YOU SAY, HERS IS A RATHER TRADITIONAL BACKGROUND FOR A SUPREME COURT NOMINEE. SHE WAS ACTUALLY BORN IN WASHINGTON, BUT SHE GREW UP IN MIAMI. HER PARENTS.

WE’RE SOMEBODY THAT SHE LOOKED UP TO. HER MOTHER WAS A SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR. HER FATHER WAS A LAWYER AND SHE SAYS SHE IS THE SET OF THE KIDS AT THE KITCHEN TABLE WITH HER FATHER WITH ALWAYS LAW BOOKS. AND THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT INSPIRED HER TO BECOME A LAWYER. SHE’S A HARVARD AND HARVARD LAW SCHOOL GRADUATE.

AND AS YOU NOTED, SHE SERVED SOME TIME AS A PUBLIC DEFENDER AND THAT WOULD BRING SOME UNIQUE EXPERIENCE TO THE SUPREME COURT SHOULD BE THE FIRST PERSON WITH SIGNIFICANT EXPERIENCE AS A CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER SINCE THURGOOD MARSHALL LEFT THE COURT 30 YEARS AGO. SHE’S 51 SHOULD BE THE SECOND YOUNGEST JUSTICE ON THE COURT. AMY CONEY BARRETT IS 50 JUST TURNED 50 LAST MONTH AND SHE IS DISTANT. HERE’S A FUN FACT. SHE IS DISTANTLY RELATED TO THE FORMER HOUSE SPEAKER PAUL RYAN THROUGH IN-LAWS BY MARRIAGE.

SAVANNAH. >> THAT’S RIGHT. AND PAUL RYAN AND BILLY WAS THAT ONE OF HER CONFIRMATION RECENTLY, OK. THANK YOU, PETE. WANT TO TURN TO NBC’S CHIEF WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT KRISTEN WELKER.

KRISTEN, SHE IS ALSO, OF COURSE, IF CONFIRMED THE FIRST BLACK WOMAN TO SIT ON THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT. A PROMISE MADE DURING THE CAMPAIGN BY PRESIDENT BIDEN.

WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE DELIBERATION HERE. >> WELL, SAVANNAH, THAT PROMISE WAS MADE BY THEN CANDIDATE BIDEN. EXACTLY 2 YEARS AGO TODAY DURING A DEBATE, HE SAID THAT HE WOULD IN FACT, CHOOSE A BLACK WOMAN FOR THE SUPREME COURT.

AND SO HERE IS THE DAY I CAN TELL YOU THAT IN THE DELIBERATIONS, THE WHITE HOUSE HAS CONSISTENTLY SAID THAT THE PRESIDENT WANTED TO CHOOSE SOMEONE WHO WAS IN THE MOLD OF JUSTICE BRIAR AS PETE LAID OUT THIS IS SOMEONE WHO CLERKED FOR JUSTICE BRIAR AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT SHE IS QUITE PROUD OF AS WELL AS ALL OF HER OTHER LEGAL WORK. AND SO THAT WAS CLEARLY ONE OF THE FACTORS. BUT TAKE A LOOK AT HER BACKGROUND, SAVANNAH AND HER CONFIRMATION PROCESS. SHE EARNED THE VOTES OF 3 REPUBLICAN SENATORS LINDSEY GRAHAM LISA MURKOWSKI AND SUSAN COLLINS SO SHE COULD SHE GET THEIR SUPPORT.

NOW, OF COURSE, THE WHITE HOUSE HAS SAID THAT BIPARTISANSHIP WILL BE AN IMPORTANT PART OF THIS PROCESS AS WELL.

SO THAT’S SOMETHING TO LOOK FOR. OF COURSE, SOME REPUBLICANS HAVE CRITICIZED THE DECISION TO CHOOSE A BLACK WOMAN. BUT THE WHITE HOUSE DEFENDS IT. THEY SAY THIS IS A HISTORIC PIC AND HISTORIC DAY SAVANNAH. ALL RIGHT.

KRISTEN WELKER, THANK YOU. AND AGAIN, THE NEWS FROM THE WHITE HOUSE CUT ON G BROWN JACKSON. >> WILL BE THE PRESIDENT’S NOMINEE T NOMINEE TO THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT SET TO REPLACE THE MAN SHE ONCE CLERKED FOR JUSTICE STEVEN BRIAR WILL HAVE MORE.

BUT FOR NOW, MOST OF YOU WILL RETURN TO SAVANNAH GUTHRIE IN NEW YORK. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> SHOT DOWN A RUSSIAN ATTACK HELICOPTER AND CAPTURED DISORGANIZED AND CONFUSED RUSSIAN SOLDIERS IN THAT YESTERDAY.

RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN SAID HE HAS NO INTENTION TO OCCUPY UKRAINE, ALTHOUGH WE CLEARLY WANTS TO SEE AN END TO ITS GOVERNMENT NOT ALL RUSSIANS ARE WITH THOUSANDS GATHERED IN CITIES ACROSS RUSSIA TO OPPOSE THE RUSSIAN TROOPS CONTINUE THEIR MARCH THROUGH UKRAINE. THEY’VE SEIZED CONTROL OF THE STILL RADIOACTIVE CHERNOBYL AREA SIDE OF THE WORLD’S WORST NUCLEAR DISASTER RAISING FEARS OF AN ECOLOGICAL CATASTROPHE.

IN MY THIS MORNING, VOLUNTEERS LINED UP TO DONATE BLOOD. >> ALL I CAN IS GIVING BLOOD OUR FOUNDERS ICON MAY HAVE HOPED CRANE WOULD BE A WALKOVER SO FAR THE PEOPLE ARE UNDETERRED AND HOLDING STRONG. >> UKRAINE’S DEFENSE MINISTRY IS TELLING PEOPLE IN KIEV TO STAY INDOORS IF POSSIBLE.

PREPARE MOLOTOV COCKTAILS AND RESIST. RICHARD, THANK YOU SO MUCH. >> THE WHITE HOUSE IS RESPONDING TO RUSSIA’S INVASION. PRESIDENT BIDEN ISSUED A NEW ROUND OF ECONOMIC SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA YESTERDAY, AN AUTHORIZED THE DEPLOYMENT OF 7,000 U.S.

TROOPS INTO GERMANY TO HELP BOLSTER OUR NATO ALLIES. NBC NEWS CHIEF WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT KRISTEN WELKER JOINS US NOW FROM THE WHITE HOUSE WITH THE LATEST. KRISTEN, GOOD MORNING. >> JOE. GOOD MORNING TO YOU.

SHARPENING HIS TONE THIS MORNING PRESIDENT BIDEN IS VOWING TO MAKE WLADIMIR A PARIAH ON THE WORLD STAGE IS THE SECRETARY OF STATE ISSUED A DIRE WARNING HE IS CONVINCED WE WILL TRY TO OVERTHROW THE UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT.

>> THIS MORNING, PRESIDENT BIDEN MEETING WITH NATO ALLIES AS HE FACES THE GREATEST GLOBAL TEST OF HIS PRESIDENCY. SO FAR. WLADIMIR PUTIN’S INVASION OF UKRAINE. >> IS THE AGGRESSOR.

CHOSE THIS WAR. >> AND NOW HE AND HIS COUNTRY WILL BEAR THE CONSEQUENCES. THE PRESIDENT UNVEILING SWEEPING NEW SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA INCLUDING CUTTING OFF RUSSIAN BANKS AND COMPANIES FROM THE WEST TARGETING RUSSIA’S DEFENSE INDUSTRY BY RESTRICTING TECHNOLOGY, EXPORTS AND FREEZING TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF ASSETS HELD BY RUSSIAN ELITES WITH CLOSE TIES TO PUTIN STILL THE PRESIDENT STOPPING SHORT OF SANCTIONING PUTIN HIMSELF AND REVEALING SOME EUROPEAN ALLIES ARE DIVIDED OVER WHETHER TO CUT OFF RUSSIA FROM SWIFT THE INTERNATIONAL BANKING SYSTEM IN MORE THAN 200 COUNTRIES. THE PRESIDENT PRESSED BY PETER ALEXANDER, WHETHER HE’S DONE ENOUGH.

>> RESPECTFULLY, SIR, WHAT MORE ARE YOU WAITING FOR THE SANCTIONS WE’VE IMPOSED EXCEED SWIFT.

>> THE SANCTIONS. WE OPPOSE EXCEED ANYTHING. IT’S EVERMAN REPUBLICANS AND EVEN SOME DEMOCRATS STEPPING UP THEIR CALLS ON THE PRESIDENT TO GO EVEN FURTHER WITH SANCTIONS. >> MY ADVICE TO THE PRESIDENT. BOTH PUBLICLY AND PRIVATELY IS ROGER THE SANCTIONS ALL THE WAY UP.

>> ALL THE WAY OF THIS FOR YOU WE NEED TO GO FURTHER, INCLUDING SHOULD BE SANCTIONED DIRECTLY. AND WHILE THE WHITE HOUSE INITIALLY SAID IT HOPES TO DETER PUTIN WITH THE THREAT OF SANCTIONS. THE PRESIDENT CRITICIZED FOR SAYING THIS ON THURSDAY. >> NO ONE EXPECTED THE SANCTIONS TO PREVENT AND THEN FROM HAPPENING. >> THE PRESIDENT SENDING 7,000 ADDITIONAL TROOPS TO GERMANY TO SUPPORT NATO ALLIES BUT EMPHASIZING AMERICAN TROOPS WILL NOT FIGHT IN UKRAINE.

THERE IS A COMPLETE RUPTURE RIGHT NOW IN U.S. RUSSIAN RELATIONS. >> IF THEY CONTINUE ON THIS PATH WITH IRAN AND SO IS GOING TO BE A COLD DAY FOR RUSSIA.

>> NOW, THE PRESIDENT WAS ALSO PRESSED THURSDAY AND WHY THIS LATEST ROUND OF SANCTIONS DON’T INCLUDE TARGETING COULDN’T DIRECTLY.

THE PRESIDENT SAID THAT STEP IS STILL ON THE TABLE. MEANWHILE, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ARE ALSO UNDER PRESSURE TO GET A RELIEF PACKAGE PASSED. TO HELP UKRAINE. JOE CHRISTIAN, WHILE WE HAVE YOU ANOTHER TOPIC. YOU NEW INFORMATION ABOUT PRESIDENT BIDEN’S SUPREME COURT NOMINATION.

WHAT CAN YOU TELL US. WELL, JOE, WE ARE EXPECTING AN ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY. THIS IS OBVIOUSLY A HUGELY SIGNIFICANT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR PRESIDENT BIDEN. AND WE HAVE BEEN TOLD HE HAS MADE HIS FINAL DECISION. HE WAS CLOSING IN ON 3 FINALISTS GOOD TIMES.

YOU BROWN JACKSON J MICHELLE CHILDS, BOTH FEDERAL JUDGES AS WELL AS LEANDRE KROGER. SHE’S A SUPREME COURT JUDGE IN CALIFORNIA. NOW THE ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN PRESSED OVER AND OVER AGAIN. HOW IMPORTANT IS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT LOOK, THE FIRST 2 NAMES THAT I MENTIONED JIM BROWN JACKSON AND J MICHELLE CHILDS BOTH SEEM TO HAVE A LOT OF BIPARTISAN SUPPORT.

SO I WOULD REALLY LOOK AT THOSE 2 NAMES, THE WHITE HOUSE HAS INSISTED THAT THEY ARE CONSIDERING A RANGE OF DIFFERENT OPTIONS IN TERMS OF MAKING THIS FINAL PICK.

BUT THE TIMING IS JUST SO SIGNIFICANT. JOE, YOU CAN’T UNDERSTATE THAT ENOUGH. I MEAN, THIS IS FIRST OF ALL, THE ANNIVERSARY OF WHEN CANDIDATE BIDEN VOWED TO CHOOSE A BLACK WOMAN. >> FOR THE HIGH COURT AND ALSO, OF COURSE, NOW HE IS DEALING WITH THIS CRISIS IN UKRAINE SO THAT COULD ALWAYS PUSHED THE TIMING. BUT WE ARE TOLD HE SET FOR THAT ALL IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY AND HIS STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS IS NEXT TUESDAY JOE, THE DEADLINE HE PROVIDED A REMINDER.

HOW MUCH IS BEING JUGGLED IN WASHINGTON RIGHT NOW. KRISTEN WELKER, AS ALWAYS, THANK YOU. >> THANKS TO THE ONGOING CRISIS IN UKRAINE COULD HAVE A BIG IMPACT ON THE U.S.

ECONOMY, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO FUEL COSTS, THE PRICE OF OIL HIT ITS HIGHEST LEVEL IN NEARLY A DECADE YESTERDAY AND A ROLLER COASTER DAY ON WALL STREET SAW STOCKS ERASE MAJOR LOSSES TO FINISH THE SESSION HIGHER.

NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT TOM COSTELLO JOINS US NOW WITH A CLOSER LOOK AT WHAT ALL THIS MEANS FOR ALL OF US. HEY, TOM, GOOD MORNING. >> GOOD MORNING. SO THE COST TO THE ECONOMY. AS YOU KNOW, IS STILL IN RECOVERY MODE FROM THE PANDEMIC AND WE HAVE BEEN EXPERIENCING THIS DECADE’S HIGH INFLATION FOR SEVERAL MONTHS NOW.

THIS WAR IN EUROPE IS ADDING ANOTHER LAYER OF UNCERTAINTY FOR EVERYTHING FROM BUYING GROCERIES TO RETIREMENT SAVINGS. BUT THE CLEAREST EXAMPLE WHERE WE ARE ALREADY SEEING THE FINANCIAL IMPACT IS AT THE GAS PUMP. >> FROM THE WEST COAST. I THINK IT’S KIND OF RIDICULOUS TO THE EAST COAST. I’M SCARED.

I DON’T WANT TO 10 BUCKS. A GALLON HIGHER.

AS MY POCKET AND MY HEART AND EVERYWHERE IN CONTROL. IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE IT’S OVER $5. A GALLON.

AMERICANS ALREADY FEELING THE PINCH WHEN THEY FILL UP ARE FACING NEW ECONOMIC UNCERTAINTY THIS MORNING LESS THAN 24 HOURS AFTER RUSSIA’S MILITARY INVASION INTO UKRAINE. >> OIL ON THE GLOBAL MARKET TEMPORARILY TOPPED $100 A BARREL FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 8 YEARS. EXPERTS SAY FOR EVERY $10 INCREASE GAS PRICES CAN JUMPED $0.20 WITH A NATIONAL AVERAGE. NOW OF $3 M $0.

55 PRICES HAVE SURGED $0.89 FROM A YEAR AGO. WHAT EVEN HIGHER IN SOME AREAS. CALIFORNIA CURRENTLY THE HIGHEST FOR 77 A GALLON, CALIFORNIA IS A LOT GOING TO BE PROBABLY PAYING $5 A GALLON IN A MATTER OF ONE TO 2 WEEKS, POTENTIALLY. THIS SUMMER.

CALIFORNIA COULD HIT 5.50, WITH SOME STATIONS. NEARING 6 OR EVEN $7. A GALLON IN PARTS OF RURAL CALIFORNIA. >> AT ISSUE RUSSIA IS THE WORLD’S SECOND LARGEST EXPORTER OF OIL AND GAS PRICES ARE SET GLOBALLY.

PRESIDENT BIDEN SAYS HIS ADMINISTRATION WILL USE EVERY TOOL POSSIBLE TO LIMIT THE IMPACT. >> WE’RE TAKING ACTIVE STEPS TO BRING DOWN THE COST AND AMERICAN OIL AND GAS COMPANY SHOULD NOT SHOULD NOT EXPLOIT THIS MOMENT TO HIKE THEIR PRICES TO RAISE PROFITS.

BUT IT’S NOT JUST FUEL. >> UKRAINE IS A MAJOR GLOBAL EXPORTER OF WHEAT AND A DISRUPTION COULD MEAN HIGHER FOOD PRICES GLOBALLY. EXPERTS SAY HOW LONG THE SITUATION IN EUROPE LAST WILL DETERMINE THE STRAIN ON OUR WALLETS.

THERE WILL DEFINITELY BE AN IMPACT ON AMERICANS POCKETBOOKS SERVICE. BUT YOU KNOW IT. THE QUESTION IS WHAT IS THE COST OF DEFENDING DEMOCRACY. >> WHILE THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION SANCTIONED RUSSIA, IT DID NOT TARGET ITS OIL AND GAS SECTORS WHICH WOULD HAVE DRIVEN PRICES EVEN HIGHER.

GUESS WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM THAT RUSSIA HAS A MAJOR EXPORT OR RUSSIA WOULD STAND TO BENEFIT FROM THOSE HIGHER PRICES GLOBALLY AND THE U.

S. HAS RELIED ON RUSSIAN OIL HALF A MILLION BARRELS A DAY IN LATE 2021 GUYS EVEN MORE THAN WE GET FROM SAUDI ARABIA. PART OF THE PROBLEM IS THAT US AND CANADIAN OIL PRODUCERS HAVE NOT STARTED PUMPING AGAIN AT THE LAKE. WHAT LEVELS THEY WRAP BEFORE THE PANDEMIC. AS YOU KNOW, DEMAND SANK PRICES SANK.

THEY STOP. THEY’RE PUMPING TO THE SAME EXTENT AND THEY STILL HAVE NOT BROUGHT UP BACK TO THOSE LEVELS. ALL RIGHT. TOM COSTELLO, THANK YOU SO MUCH. >> THE FAA HAS EXPANDED ITS NO FLY ZONE TO INCLUDE UKRAINE BELARUS AND PARTS OF EUROPE.

HERE’S A LOOK AT THE AREA IN THAT ZONE. IT NOW INCLUDES ALL OF UKRAINE BELARUS 160, NOT A CULL MILES INTO RUSSIA. THIS MEANS US AIRLINES AND PILOTS CANNOT FLY IN THIS ZONE BEFORE THE RESTRICTIONS, THE FAA BANNED OPERATIONS IN EASTERN REGION OF UKRAINE. THE RESTRICTIONS DO NOT APPLY TO MILITARY OPERATIONS. THE U.

S. HAS ISSUED A LEVEL 4 DO NOT TRAVEL ORDER FOR UKRAINE. LET’S TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT WHAT’S HAPPENING IN UKRAINE AS WELL AS THE IMPACT OF THESE GLOBAL SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA. FOR MORE ON THIS, WE WANT TO BRING IN FORMER U.S.

AMBASSADOR TO UKRAINE, BILL TAYLOR. HE’S SERVED FROM 2006.

>> TO 2009 AND MORE RECENTLY AS ACTING AMBASSADOR FROM JUNE 2019 TO JANUARY 2020 PASTOR, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING FIRST, LET’S START WITH KEITH. I MEAN, WE’RE HEARING THESE REPORTS OF AN ESCALATING SITUATION RIGHT THERE IN THE CAPITAL CITY. A EUROPEAN CITY AS RUSSIAN FORCES IN THE COUNTRY JUST A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO.

WHAT’S YOUR REACTION TO THIS LATEST THIS GETTING THIS CLOSE TO THAT PARTICULAR CITY. AND WHAT ARE YOU HEARING FROM PEOPLE. YOU KNOW, ON THE GROUND. >> SO THAT I’VE HEARD THIS MORNING PEOPLE ON THE AND THEY ARE GRIMLY DETERMINED THEY ARE NOT GIVING UP PRESIDENT ZELINSKY WAS VERY CLEAR LAST NIGHT. THAT HE’S NOT GIVING HE ISSUED THAT STATEMENT.

THIS VIDEO LAST NIGHT. THE DEFIANCE HE DID SAY WILLING TO TALK. THAT THAT TALK THAT DISCUSSION, THOSE NEGOTIATIONS MAY MAY OFFER SOME DIRECTIONS SOME WAY OUT TO REDUCE THE VIOLENCE YOU’RE EXACTLY RIGHT. THE RUSSIANS NOW ARE TRYING TO. TRYING TO CAPTURE, TRYING TO DOMINATE KIDS AND AND THEY THEY HAVE THE MILITARY CAPABILITY TO DO IT.

>> WE HEARD EARLIER FROM KRISTEN WELKER, US LAWMAKERS, BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. THEY WANT PRESIDENT BIDEN TO DO MORE.

WE YESTERDAY HE INTRODUCED THIS NEW ROUND OF SANCTIONS. HE’S GOING TO MEET WITH NATO ALLIES LATER THIS MORNING. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SEE HAPPEN NEXT.

>> I WOULDN’T WANT TO GO RIGHT TO THE TOP OF THE ESCALATORY LADDER AND THAT’S WHAT PRESIDENT BIDEN HAD TALKED ABOUT DOING HE’S BEEN CONSTRAINED FROM GOING TO THE VERY TOP. THAT IS THE SWIFT. A MECHANISM KICKING THE RUSSIANS OUT OF THIS A SYSTEM THAT ALLOWS FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS AROUND THE WORLD. KEEP THE RUSSIANS OUT OF THAT PUT SANCTIONS ON PRESIDENT PUTIN. PRESIDENT PUTIN IS CLEARLY COLOR, THE DECISION HE’S CALLING THE SHOTS.

SO HE SHOULD BE THEY SHOULD BE SANCTIONED. THERE’S NO DOUBT PRESIDENT PUTIN IS A WAR CRIMINAL NOW WHO WAS A CAUSE. THE DEATH AND SUFFERING OF INNOCENT CIVILIANS. THIS IS UNPROVOKED ATTACK. JOE, THIS IS AN UNPROVOKED.

YOU KNOW, FOR LOOK FOR A REASON. A RATIONALE JUSTIFICATION COULDN’T FIND IT. HE COULDN’T EVEN MANUFACTURE THAT HE WAS TRYING TO LURE THE UKRAINIANS INTO SOME KIND OF PROVOCATION.

THEY RESISTED. THEY WERE DISCIPLINED.

SO HE WENT ANYWAY. PRESIDENT PUTIN INVADED ANYWAY AND HE NEEDS TO BE CALLED OUT FOR GOES STRAIGHT TO THE TOP. >> SO LET’S TALK ABOUT THE PEOPLE THERE IN, KEEP THE PEOPLE ACROSS UKRAINE. I MEAN, THIS ATTACK IS ALREADY, OF COURSE, HAVING THESE MASSIVE GLOBAL IMPLICATIONS AND THEN THESE NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES ARE BRACING FOR HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DISPLACED UKRAINIANS. JUST JUST WALK US THROUGH WHAT THAT MEANS.

I MEAN, ENTERING POLAND THEM LEAVING THE COUNTRY. COULD THIS TURN INTO A MIGRANT CRISIS. >> IT CERTAINLY TURNING LARGE MIGRATION AND YOU’RE ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTION ABOUT PEOPLE IN CAPE. THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE KEEP WHO ARE DETERMINED TO STAY THERE.

THEY ARE ARMING THEMSELVES THEY’RE THEY’VE ALREADY GONE TO GUNSHOTS.

GUNSHOTS HAVE BEEN CROWDED LINES OUTSIDE OF I MEAN, AND GUN SHOPS IN ORDER TO ALLOW THEM TO DEFEND THEMSELVES AND THE DEFENSE MINISTRY IS ASKING UKRAINE’S TO DO THAT. UKRAINE’S ARE RESPONDING. THEY ARE ALSO SENDING SOME OF THEIR PEOPLES. YOU FOR SOME UKRAINIANS ARE LEAVING AND ARE HEADING WEST. I WOULD IMAGINE THAT POLAND ROMANIA AND EVEN HUNGRY.

WE’LL BE WELCOMING TO THESE THESE PEOPLE, THESE UKRAINIANS WHO ARE COMING. THEY’RE FORCED OR THEY’RE COMING THERE TO GET OUT OF THIS WAR ZONE. BUT THE THE LARGER PORTION OF LIVES OF PEOPLE LIVING IN CAVE AND UKRAINE’S ARE STAYING AND THEY’RE GOING TO FIGHT THE RUSSIANS. >> AND WE ACTUALLY HEARD YESTERDAY FROM OUR COLLEAGUE CAL PERRY ABOUT THEM WAVING THE NEED FOR A COVID TEST AS THEY CROSS THESE BORDERS MIGRATE INTO OTHER COUNTRIES. AMBASSADOR TAYLOR, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

WE ALWAYS APPRECIATE YOU JOINING US. >> THANK YOU SO TALK ABOUT PROJECT DYNAMO.

IT IS A PRIVATE US NON-PROFIT THAT EVACUATED AMERICANS FROM KABUL. LET’S NOW HELPING US CITIZENS FLEE UKRAINE. YEAH, EXACTLY WHAT WE WERE JUST TALKING ABOUT WITH THE AMBASSADOR, THE FIRST BUS LOAD OF 23 EVACUEES LEFT FOR THE BORDER SHORTLY AFTER THE EARLY EXPLOSIONS IN KYIV.

ACCORDING TO THE GROUP’S SPOKESPERSON JOINING US NOW IS THE CO-FOUNDER OF PROJECT DYNAMO BRIAN STERN. HE’S ON THE GROUND IN UKRAINE. BRIAN, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. FIRST OF ALL, WE HOPE THAT YOU ARE SOMEWHERE SAFE AND TELL US DID THAT BUS THAT WE JUST MENTIONED MAKE IT OUT OF THE COUNTRY SAFELY. >> IT’S A THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

IT’S ALMOST OUT OF THE LINES. LINES GETTING AT THE BORDER CROSSINGS, WHICH ARE PRETTY SAFE. OUR EXTREME SO THEY’LL BE THROUGH WITHIN HOURS. BUT THEY’RE AWAY OUR SECOND BUSES ALREADY DEPARTED KEY A FEW HOURS AGO WITH THAT WITH A BUNCH OF AMERICANS ON IT AS WELL. WE WE’RE DEFINITELY WE’RE DEFINITELY OPERATIONAL.

YOU’RE ON THE GROUND. IT’S DEFINITELY HARD HERE IN THE GROUND AND IT’S DEFINITELY A SAD TO SAY THE LEAST.

WE’RE SEEING THE MASSIVE CROWDS AT TRAIN STATIONS. THE TRAFFIC BUILDUPS HERE TALKING ABOUT AS PEOPLE TRY TO GET OUT OF THESE UKRAINIAN CITIES. >> TALK MORE ABOUT WHAT IT’S BEEN LIKE ON THE GROUND THERE.

HOW DO YOU EVACUATE PEOPLE UNDER THESE CONDITIONS. >> WHAT DYNAMO’S BEEN OPERATING IN ON THE GROUND ON AND OFF SINCE SINCE AUGUST AND WE STILL CONTINUE TO WE WE’VE DEFINITELY APPLY TO THE LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE AFGHANISTAN PROBLEM SAID THIS PROBLEM SAID THERE’S MANY DIFFERENCES, BUT THERE ARE A LOT OF SIMILARITIES AND WE’RE PRETTY WE’VE GOTTEN PRETTY GOOD AT THIS. IT IS HARD. IT IS HARD. BUT IF IF YOU’RE JUST A LITTLE CREATIVE AND INNOVATIVE YOU CAN MAKE SOME REAL GOOD MAGIC HAPPEN ON THE GROUND HERE.

THE SHORTAGES ARE EVERYWHERE. GAS IS A POSSIBLE. THERE’S THERE’S A CAPS ON EVERYTHING. LIMITATIONS ON EVERYTHING FROM FOOD MEDICINE. ALL KIND OF THING.

SO IT’S REALLY, REALLY, REALLY HARD TO GET THINGS CASH. EVERYTHING AS WE GO INTO CASH, WHICH IS THE ACTUAL PAPER CURRENCY, WHICH IS ALSO A CHALLENGE AND THAT’S BECOMING HARD TO FIND AN EXCHANGE.

THIS IS THE THIS IS AND I’VE SEEN A LOT I’VE BEEN TO ABOVE PART OF MULTIPLE. INVASIONS WARS. MY MILITARY CAREER.

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I’VE BEEN ON THE RECEIVING END OF ONE AND IT DEFINITELY PUTS THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE. THAT’S FOR SURE. >> HAVE TO SAY IT’S JUST SO INCREDIBLE TO HEAR ABOUT THIS WORK THAT YOU’RE DOING IT BOTH IN AFGHANISTAN AND YOU KIND OF THINK SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE WONDERED WHAT’S HAPPENED TO PEOPLE WHO WERE DIDN’T HAVE SOME MORE TO GO IN AND NEAR PARTIALLY ANSWERING THAT QUESTION WITH THE WORK THAT YOU’RE DOING. HOW MANY PEOPLE IN UKRAINE HAVE FOR HELP. AND THE TOUGH QUESTION, ARE YOU GOING TO BE ABLE TO HELP THEM ALL TO EVACUATE THE MALL.

>> SO WE’RE WE’RE A DONOR FUNDED ORGANIZATION AND WE’RE NOT SPONSORED BY ANY KIND OF BIG ENDOWMENTS OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT.

SO. WE’RE ALL VOLUNTEERS EVERYONE. AND I WAS WHAT, INCLUDING MYSELF. SO EVERY PENNY AND EVERY DOLLAR THAT YOU GIVE THOSE TO THE RESCUE OF A HUMAN LIFE AMERICANS ARE PRIORITY, BUT WE DON’T WE NATO ALLIES ARE ARE GOOD ENOUGH.

WE WE YOU KNOW, WE DON’T LIKE TO LEAVE THE SEAT EMPTY. SO PLEASE DONATE PROJECT DYNAMO, DOT ORG. THAT’S THE NUMBER ONE PIECE OF HELP THAT WE REALLY NEED FROM PEOPLE BY FAR. WITHOUT A DOUBT. THIS IS THERE’S THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE HERE OF AMERICANS THAT MANY WILL BE ABLE TO SELF EVACUATE.

BUT MANY WON’T BE. WE WE HAVE A ELDERLY GENTLEMAN IS HERE IN UKRAINE ALONE WHO’S ON OUR SECOND BUS BETTING TO ME RIGHT NOW. AND BUT FOR US, BUT I’M PRETTY SURE THAT HE WOULD HAVE THAT HE WOULD BE STUCK. >> WOW. BRIAN, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

INCREDIBLE WORK THAT YOU’RE DOING NATO ALLIES ARE GOOD ENOUGH ISN’T THAT SOMETHING HERE? THEY’RE ALL RIGHT, BRIAN, THANK YOU WE’RE ALL IN THIS THING TOGETHER.

AGAINST ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. STAY SAFE.

>> AND COMING UP ON THIS HOUR OF MORNING NEWS NOW ANOTHER LOOK AT LISTS BUT WINTER WEATHER SLAMMING MILLIONS IN THE NORTHEAST JUST IN TIME FOR THE FRIDAY COMMUTE. OF COURSE, BILL KAREN’S IS HERE WITH WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT AS YOU HEAD OUT THE DOOR. PLUS, REMEMBERING THE 17 YEAR-OLD WHO UNKNOWINGLY BURST A CULTURAL MOVEMENT INSPIRING COUNTLESS INDIVIDUALS TO FIGHT FOR THAT ONLY EQUALITY BUT SAFETY ON THE STREETS REMEMBERING TRAYVON MARTIN. >> 10 YEARS AFTER HIS TRAGIC THAT. ♪ >> TO COVER THE NEWS.

YOU HAVE TO BEAT IT. >> WE’LL TAKE YOU TO THE FRONT LINES OF THE STORM. BRINGING YOUR NEWS FEED TO LIFE. STREAMING LIVE EVERY NIGHT. IT’S YOUR NEWS PLACED.

>> TOP STORY WITH TIME NOW LAST WEEK. THAT’S AT 7 ON NBC NEWS NOW. ♪ >> WE’RE HERE TO START CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE BIG THINGS HAPPENING IN WORLD BECAUSE IT’S NOT MY JOB TO TELL YOU WHAT TO MY JOB. >> THINK ABOUT WHAT TELL ME. NOW TONIGHT WITH JOSHUA JOHNSON STREAMING WEEK NIGHTS AT 8 ON NBC NEWS NOW WRONG.

YOU SEE BEHIND ME IS >> NEWS IS HAPPENING. >> LOOK AT WHAT’S MAKING HEADLINES AROUND THE WORLD. >> WRONG. YOU SEE BEHIND ME IS >> TO COVER THE NEWS. YOU HAVE TO BEAT IT.

>> WE’LL TAKE YOU TO THE FRONT LINES OF THE STORM. BRINGING YOUR NEWS FEED TO LIFE. STREAMING LIVE EVERY NIGHT. IT’S YOUR NEWS PLACED. >> TOP STORY WITH TIME NOW WEEK NIGHTS AT 7 ON NBC NEWS NOW.

>> THESE DAYS IT FEELS LIKE THE NEWS NEVER STOPS. SO LET’S GET INTO IT. WHAT’S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. WHAT IT ALL MEANS FOR YOU FOR AN HOUR EVERY DAY CAN BE HARD KEEP UP. SO LET’S GET STARTED TOGETHER.

ALI CHECKS IN NOW. >> WEEKDAYS AT 5 ON NBC NEWS NOW. >> THERE WERE RESIDENTS WHO HUNG ON FOR DEAR LIFE HEARD PEOPLE SAY THE TOWN IS ABSOLUTELY GONE. WE’VE LOST THOUSANDS THE ART COMMUNITY STILL HERE. ♪ >> HOW WE TAX AND NOW WEEKDAYS AT 5 ON NBC NEWS NOW.

TOP STORY WITH TIME NOW WEEK. THAT’S AT 7 ON NBC NEWS NOW. >> WELCOME BACK. WE’RE CONTINUING TO MONITOR THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS OUT OF UKRAINE, INCLUDING REPORTS THAT RUSSIAN TROOPS HAVE ENTERED THE CAPITAL OF KEEP OUR COVERAGE WILL CONTINUE IN A FEW MOMENTS.

WE DO WANT TO GET SOME OTHER NEWS RIGHT NOW.

YEAH. MANY PEOPLE AROUND THE COUNTRY ARE WAKING UP THIS MORNING TO A ANOTHER BLAST OF WINTER CAUSING HAVOC, ESPECIALLY IF YOU’RE TRYING TO HEAD OUT ON THE ROAD RIGHT NOW. NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT EMILY OF JOINS US FROM A SNOWY BOSTON. EMILY, GOOD MORNING. HOW ARE THINGS LOOKING.

>> WE’RE GRATEFUL. I CAN ALREADY TELL THAT YOU’RE OUT THERE FOR US. >> HEY, GOOD MORNING TO YOU BOTH. WILL START TO WHAT YOU CAN TELL. VISIBILITY IS GREATLY IMPACTED, NOT JUST BECAUSE OF THE RATE OF THE SNOWFALL.

BUT ALSO WHEN THESE WIND GUSTS COME THROUGH. WHAT IT DOES IS IT PICKS UP THE SNOW AND BLOWS IT AROUND ALREADY. WE HAVE A SEVERAL INCHES HERE IN BOSTON. WE’RE SEEING SOME OF THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL PLAY OUT IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE NORTHEAST RIGHT NOW UP TO 2 INCHES AN HOUR. AND THAT’S WHY OFFICIALS ARE URGING PEOPLE TO STAY HOME AND OFF THE ROADWAYS IF AT ALL POSSIBLE, THIS WINTER WALLOP COMING AS THEY COULDN’T BE A WORSE TIME THE MORNING COMMUTE, IT APPEARS FOR THE MOST PART THAT PEOPLE ARE HEEDING OFFICIALS WARNING STAYING OFF THE ROADWAYS TO SEE YOU A CAR EVERY ONCE IN A BUT YOU CAN SEE THAT THESE THESE ROADWAYS ARE DEFINITELY TREACHEROUS, PERHAPS EVEN DANGEROUS SKIES TO BOSTON KNOWS HOW TO PREPARE FOR A STORM.

STILL. TELL US HOW NEW ENGLAND HAS BEEN GETTING READY FOR THIS ONE. >> YEAH, ABSOLUTELY. I MEAN, I THINK THE OFFICIALS EVEN ACKNOWLEDGE THAT. >> THIS TYPE OF STORM.

WE’VE SEEN IT BEFORE.

EVEN THIS SEASON BUT IT’S STILL VERY SERIOUS AND PEOPLE SHOULD BE USING EXTREME CAUTION YESTERDAY WE HUNDREDS OF DIFFERENT KINDS OF VEHICLES PRE TREATING THE ROADWAYS TODAY JUST IN MASSACHUSETTS. SEVERAL 1000 SNOW PLOWS. WE SEE THEM PASS THROUGH HERE EVERY EVEN 2 MINUTES OR SO. BUT JUST WITH THIS PACE OF SNOWFALL.

IT’S DIFFICULT TO KEEP UP. HERE’S MORE FROM THE STATE OFFICIAL ON PREPARING FOR THE STORM. LISTEN. >> EXPECTATION IS WE’RE GOING TO HAVE PROBABLY 325 TO 250 PIECES OF EQUIPMENT ON THE ROAD. WE’VE, YOU KNOW, RECOGNIZING THAT THIS IS A SCHOOL VACATION WEEK.

LOT OF PEOPLE MAYBE WAY LOOKING UP TO GET TO WARMER SNEED AND SUNSHINE. WE’VE ALREADY GONE THROUGH CRITICAL COMPONENTS OF OUR INSPECTION TEAM AND THE WORKFORCE. >> AND FROM ROADWAYS, 2 RUNWAYS. IT’S JUST GOING TO BE DIFFICULT, PERIOD TO NAVIGATE YOUR WAY THROUGH THE NORTHEAST ALREADY 1300 FLIGHT CANCELLATIONS THROUGHOUT THE U.S.

TODAY. SEVERAL 100 MORE DELAYS AT NEARBY BOSTON LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. THE MAJORITY OF FLIGHTS GROUNDED GUYS AND WHAT CAN WE EXPECT THE REST OF THE DAY, PARTICULARLY WHERE YOU ARE, EMILY. WELL, I WILL SAY EVEN WHEN THE SNOW STOPS LATER TODAY. THAT DOESN’T MEAN THAT THE ROADWAYS ARE GOING TO START.

YOU CAN SEE THE SNOW IS BLOWING RIGHT IN MY FACE HERE WITH THIS IT. BUT EVEN THE SNOW STOPS, THAT DOESN’T MEAN THE ROADWAY CONDITIONS ARE SUDDENLY GOING TO CLEAR UP. AND THE REASON WHY FOR THAT IS BECAUSE THE TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO PLUMMET LATER TODAY AND TO THAT COULD TURN SNOWY ROADWAYS INTO ICY ONE. SO IT’S IMPORTANT TO CONTINUE TO EXERCISE CAUTION. IF YOU’RE HEADING OUT THE DOOR AND SO YOU WANT TO KEEP THOSE MAIN PILLARS IN OF THAT WE SHARE EVERY WINTER STORM.

IF YOU ARE GETTING INTO YOUR CAR. MAKE SURE YOU KEEP YOUR DISTANCE FROM OTHER VEHICLES. TAKE IT SLOW. BRING ESSENTIALS WITH THE WATER FOOD. ANY IMPORTANT MEDICATIONS AND ALWAYS SHARE YOUR TRAVEL PLANS WITH FAMILY MEMBERS SKIES.

BACK TO YOU. EMILY. I HOPE YOU’VE GOT A QUICK BREAK AT LEAST IN LIVE SHOTS.

YOU CAN GET INSIDE FOR A LITTLE BIT. NOT OF THE SNOW BLOWING IN YOUR FACE.

THANKS AGAIN FOR YOUR REPORTING OUT THERE. >> AND NEED TO SNOW UMBRELLA LIKE THAT PERSON WAS CHECK ON YOUR MORNING NEWS BILL KAREN’S IS BACK WITH THE LATEST ON THE START FOR THE FORECAST OF THAT STORM. THERE WE GO. HEY, BILL. >> YEAH.

IT HARDWARE. EMILY IS I MEAN, THAT WAS AT LEAST AN INCH AN SNOWFALLS AND SHE HAD JUST BE IN LIKE THE HEAVIEST SNOW BAND RIGHT FOR US. LUCKIEST UNLUCKY HER. SO THIS MORNING YOU SAW THE SCENE FROM BOSTON REALLY ALL THE WAY THROUGH MASSACHUSETTS TO ALBANY THAN NORTHWARD. IT LOOKS LIKE THAT, BUT SOUTH OF THERE, IT’S A DIFFERENT STORY BECAUSE THAT’S WHERE WE HAVE SLEET MIXING IN FREEZING RAIN OUTSIDE A NEW YORK CITY.

SO IT’S A VERY MESSY MORNING COMMUTE REALLY FROM PHILADELPHIA NORTHWARD STILL ADELPHIA SOUTHWARD. THE ROADS ARE JUST WET. AND JUST FIND THE SNOW IS OVER IN CHICAGO. ALMOST OVER IN DETROIT AND IT LOOKS LIKE THE ROADS WILL BE APPROVING IN THOSE AREAS. BUT I’D SAY FOR THE 1ST HALF OF TODAY.

IT’S A PRETTY TREACHEROUS THROUGHOUT ALL OF NEW ENGLAND, ALL THE WAY DOWN THE NEW YORK CITY THAT FREEZING RAIN LINE IS RIGHT INTO NEW YORK CITY CURRENTLY SO ESPECIALLY BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES TEMPERATURES ARE HOVERING RIGHT AROUND FREEZING IN NEW YORK CITY AT THE CURRENT TIME AS WE GO THROUGHOUT THE REST OF THE DAY, OBVIOUSLY THIS MORNING WITH LOW VISIBILITY AIRPORT DELAYS AND CANCELLATIONS ARE BIG BE SAW WHAT’S GOING ON IN BOSTON RIGHT NOW.

TOO. BUT THIS AFTERNOON THINGS WILL IMPROVE IN THE AIRPORT SHOULD ALSO IF YOU’RE DRIVING, ESPECIALLY, BE CAREFUL ON 8184 EVEN THE MASS PIKE, ALL THOSE ROADS ARE SNOW THAT THEY’RE GOOD PLOWING TO PUT THIS ALL DOWN. BUT RIGHT NOW IT’S KIND OF THE PEAK OF THE STORM. SO GIVE THEM SOME TIME TO DO THEIR WORK.

SO FOR THE REST OF TODAY, IT’S A COLD DAY ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY FOR FEBRUARY 40’S IN DALLAS. THAT SAID AFTER THE ICY WEATHER YESTERDAY AND THIS WEEKEND IT’S A KIND OF QUIET WEEKEND. HAVE ANY BIG STORMS OUT THERE WILL SLOWLY BEGIN TO WARM THINGS UP BY SUNDAY IN MOST LOCATIONS AND WILL START TRACKING THE NEW STORM IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST ON SUNDAY.

YEAH, NEXT WEEK, GUYS, WE TURN THE PAGE. WE HEAD INTO MARCH AND I CONSIDER MARCH SPRING.

MY ALTHOUGH OFFICIALLY DIDN’T START LIKE CANCEL 3 WEEKS WINTER CLEARLY IS STILL HE DOESN’T WANT TO LEAVE NO IDEA. NEXT WHERE MY IT’S BEEN. ALL RIGHT. THANKS, BILL. >> NOW THE LATEST ON THE PANDEMIC AND WHAT COULD BE A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE CDC AS CASES FALL AROUND THE COUNTRY AS SOON AS TODAY.

THE CDC COULD RELAX ITS INDOOR MASK GUIDANCE. >> THAT’S ACCORDING TO 2 SOURCES FAMILIAR WITH THE PLAN TO BRING IN NBC NEWS MEDICAL CONTRIBUTOR DOCTOR KAVITA PATEL DOCTOR PATEL. GOOD TO HAVE YOU WITH US TO THIS NEW GUIDANCE WOULD COME AFTER MOST STATES HAVE ALREADY LIFTED RIGHT NOW PLANS. >> TO LIFT THEIR INDOOR MASK MANDATE IS NOW FINALLY THE TIME TO LEAVE THE MASKS BEHIND OR DO YOU STILL WANT TO SEE A LITTLE MORE TIME PAST YEAR.

>> YEAH.

JOE IN SAVANNAH. OF COURSE. I THINK THERE’S STILL A LITTLE MORE TIME. AND THAT’S BECAUSE IF YOU LOOK AT THE MAJORITY OF THE COUNTRY ARE STILL IN WHAT WE CALL KIND OF MODERATE TO HIGH TRANSMISSION IT STICKLEY IMPROVED FROM EVEN 2 WEEKS AGO. BUT PROBABLY ANOTHER 2 TO 3 MORE WEEKS WHEN WE GET INTO THE CASES LESS THAN 10 PER 100,000 OVER A SEVEN-DAY AVERAGE.

HAVING SAID THAT, THE CDC GUIDANCE EXPECTED TO COME OUT THIS AFTERNOON. IS LIKELY TO SAY THAT BASED ON YOUR HOSPITAL CAPACITY AS WELL AS THEIR CASES IN YOUR COMMUNITY ABOUT 70% OF THE COUNTRY PROBABLY DOES NOT NEED TO WEAR MASKS AT THE COUNTY LEVEL. SO WHAT THIS REALLY DOES PUT THINGS NOT THE NATIONAL LEVEL.

BUT BACK TO A MORE LOCAL LEVEL. SO YOU CAN LOOK AT WHAT YOUR COMMUNITIES CASES ARE, WHICH IS THE RIGHT >> AND DOCTOR PATEL.

WHAT THIS ALSO, THERE’S A SORT OF FOLLOW THIS PATTERN SEEING THINGS HAPPENED AT THE STATE LEVEL AND THEN THE CDC COME BEHIND GUIDANCE LAST YEAR, THOUGH, THE CDC ALL BACK ITS MASK GUIDANCE FOR VACCINATED, PEOPLE THEN HAD TO REVERSE COURSE DUE TO THE SURGES IN INFECTIONS. WE SAW THAT SAME THING HAPPENED AT THE STATE LEVEL. DO YOU THINK THERE’S A POSSIBILITY AT THE CDC. DOES LISTEN, ITS RECOMMENDATIONS AT THIS DOES COME DOWN. WE’RE LIFTING THE INDOOR MASK MANDATE OUR RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IT.

DO YOU THINK THAT THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE TO REINSTATE THOSE GUIDELINES DOWN THE ROAD, WHICH IS REALLY A QUESTION ABOUT ANOTHER SURGE DOWN THE ROAD. >> YEAH, I DO. AND I DO HOPE THAT THE LANGUAGE THAT COMES OUT LATER TODAY. DOES SPECIFY VERY CLEARLY THAT THESE ARE ALSO FOR AMATEURS WEAR MASKS WOULD BE TO GO BACK IN PLACE. AND THAT JUST MASK THE MANNA ANY OF THE OTHER MITIGATION MEASURES THAT WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT.

SO NOT HAVING HUGE PACKED INDOOR EVENT. BUT I THINK SO. I DO THINK THAT YOU’RE RIGHT. IT’S NOT JUST, HEY, WE DON’T NEED MASKS ANYMORE. WE SHIFT OUT OF THE PANDEMIC INTO A NEW PHASE, BUT MORE OF WE GOT INTO A NEW PHASE, BUT WE’RE NOT SURE IF AND WHEN WE WOULD NEED TO PUT SOME OF THESE MEASURES BACK.

THAT’S THE MORE RESPONSIBLE DOCTOR, LET’S TALK ABOUT THE WORD. LAST WEEK. CALIFORNIA UNVEILED ITS PLANS TO MOVE FROM PANDEMIC TO ENDEMIC STAGE OF THE VIRUS. WHEN ARE WE ACTUALLY GOING TO REACH THAT ENDEMIC STAGE THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. >> YES, I MEAN, TO TRY TO MAKE VERY SIMPLE BECAUSE THAT’S HOW I HAVE TO THINK STRUGGLE WITH EVERY DAY IN ORDER TO BE ENDEMIC, YOU REALLY NEED TO STAY STABILITY OVER TIME AND THE KEY WORD THERE IS TIME.

AND SO I DO HOPE WE’RE IN THE ENDEMIC PHASE NOW. BUT THE PROBLEM IS THAT WE’RE NOT GOING TO NOW. >> UNTIL WE HAVE ENOUGH TIME. HOW MUCH TIME IT NEEDS TO BE A SEASON OR 2 BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT COVID COMES WITH THESE THAT WE KNOW THAT LAST YEAR AROUND THIS TIME WE HAD A LITTLE BREAK BRIEF RESPITE. AND THEN WE HAD THE DELTA SURGE IN THE SUMMER.

SO WE NEED TO SEE SOME STABILITY. AND THEN THE SECOND POINT MAKE IS THAT WE NEED TO STAY GLOBAL PROGRESS. WE STILL HAVE TOO FEW OF THE GLOBE THAT HAS THESE THROWS OF THE PANDEMIC UNVACCINATED IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO SAY YES, WE’VE MOVED ON LOCALLY TO AN ENDEMIC PHASE. BUT WE’RE WE’RE RIGHT HERE ON THE PRECIPICE NOW FOR THIS IS GOOD NEWS. THE POPE.

>> YOU HEAR THAT FROM YOU, DOCTOR PATEL, AS ALWAYS, THANK YOU SO MUCH. NOW THE GUILTY VERDICTS WERE ISSUED THIS WEEK IN 2 HIGH-PROFILE CASES AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS TRIALS FOR 3 MEN CONVICTING OF KILLING AHMAUD ARBERY AND THE 3 OFFICERS INVOLVED IN GEORGE FLOYD’S DEATH.

THOSE VERDICT VERDICTS CAME DOWN THE SAME WEEK AS THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF TRAYVON MARTIN’S DEATH. NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT BLAYNE ALEXANDER JOINS US FROM MIAMI WITH THE STORY HIGH PLAIN. GOOD >> WELL, SAVANNAH, GOOD MORNING TO YOU.

YOU KNOW, IF TRAYVON MARTIN HAD LIVED, HE WOULD HAVE BEEN 27 YEARS OLD THIS MONTH AND SAID THAT HE’S BEING MEMORIALIZED IN A NUMBER OF WAYS. IF YOU LOOK BEHIND ME, THIS IS THE STREET THAT’S NAMED AFTER HIM AND IT LEADS TO THE HIGH SCHOOL HE ONCE ATTENDED.

I SPOKE WITH HIS MOTHER EXTENSIVELY AND SHE TELLS ME THAT, YES, THE EVENTS SURROUNDING THE 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH. IT’S EMOTIONAL. IT’S EXHAUSTING.

BUT SHE SAYS IT’S ALL NECESSARY TO KEEP HIS MEMORY ALIVE. >> HE WAS 17 YEARS OLD. HE WAS AND A 28 YEAR-OLD MAN FOLLOWED HIM PURSUED AND ULTIMATELY SHOT AND KILLED HIM. TRAYVON MARTIN’S DEATH BURST A MOVEMENT BUT A DECADE LATER, HIS MOTHER’S EMOTIONS REMAIN RAW AWE. >> OH, MY BAD DAYS.

10 YEARS LATER I STILL A RELUCTANT ACTIVIST. SABRINA FULTON IS STILL FIGHTING IN HIS NAME. >> I WOULD NEVER HAVE SIGNED UP FOR THE BUT BY THE SAME TOKEN, FEEL LIKE WHAT I’M DOING IS WITH THE PURPOSE. TRAYVON MARTIN WAS JUST 17 YEARS OLD WHEN HE WAS CONFRONTED BY GEORGE ZIMMERMAN, A NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH VOLUNTEER AS A TEENAGER WEARING A HOODIE WALKED HOME FROM A STORE WITH A BAG OF SKITTLES AFTER AN ARGUMENT AND A BRIEF STRUGGLE MARTIN WAS SHOT DEAD.

ZIMMERMAN ARGUED SELF-DEFENSE AND A JURY FOUND HIM NOT GUILTY.

IT MARKS THE BEGINNING OF THE BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT. THE HASHTAG APPEARED ON SOCIAL MEDIA FOR THE FIRST TIME AFTER ZIMMERMAN’S ACQUITTAL GIVING RISE TO A NEW GENERATION OF ACTIVISTS LIKE PHILLIP AGNEW WAS THAT FOR YOU. >> IT WAS AN ALARM CLOCK. PEOPLE JUST COULDN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE. IN 2012 MARTIN’S DEATH SHOCKED AGNEW INTO ACTION.

HE STARTED ORGANIZING WITH FRIENDS, A THREE-DAY MARCH ACROSS FLORIDA. A SIT IN AT THE STATE CAPITOL BEFORE TRAYVON MARTIN’S DEATH. DID YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF AN ACTIVIST. >> I CONSIDER MYSELF AN ACTIVIST IN MY FREE TIME AND IT DIDN’T BECOME ESSENTIAL PART OF WHY UNIFY MYSELF AS UNTIL 2012, HE CREATED ORGANIZES GET CREATED THAT IS IN THE UNITED STATES BUT AROUND THE WORLD. SINCE THEN YEAR AFTER YEAR, MORE >> AND MORE MOTHERS LEFT TO GRIEVE.

SABRINA FOUNDED CIRCLE OF MOTHERS AND STANDS AS A LIVING EXAMPLE. THEY CAN MAKE IT TO. I WANT TO JUST TELL THEM TO KEEP BREATHING KEEP WALKING IN THIS WEEK’S GUILTY VERDICTS IN THE DEATHS OF GEORGE FLOYD AND AHMAUD ARBURY GIVE HER HOPE PROGRESS, SHE SAYS, BUT NOT ENOUGH.

>> IT ALSO IS VERY BITTERSWEET BECAUSE IT HURTS THAT WE HAD TO MOVE LABS IN ORDER TO GET TO THAT POINT YOU CONTINUE TO BE AT THE FRONT OF PROTESTS IN LEADING THESE EVENTS. WHAT KEEPS YOU THERE?

>> I HAVE TO BE THE VOICE FOR MY SON WHO’S NO LONGER HERE. I HAVE A SON IN HERE THAN IN THE SUN HERE ON HER. AND I WANT TO MAKE EAGLE BOYS PROW. >> NOW, GUYS, EVEN 10 YEARS LATER, THERE ARE 2 THINGS THAT SO MANY PEOPLE ASSOCIATE WITH THE NIGHT THAT TRAYVON MARTIN DIED. HIS HOODIE THAT HE WAS WEARING WHEN HE WAS SHOT AND THE BAG OF SKITTLES.

HE WAS CARRYING WELL, BOTH OF THOSE ITEMS ALONG WITH SEVERAL OTHER THINGS ARE NOW PUBLICLY ON DISPLAY AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE IN WASHINGTON, DC HIS MOTHER DONATED THOSE ITEMS AND I ASKED HER, WAS IT DIFFICULT FOR HER TO MAKE THOSE THINGS PUBLIC. SHE SAID ABSOLUTELY. IT’S SOMETHING THAT SHE THOUGHT ABOUT. SHE PRAYED ABOUT FOR ABOUT 3 YEARS. BUT SHE SAID ULTIMATELY I GAVE MY SON TO AMERICA AND NOW SHE’S GIVING THESE ITEMS TO BECAUSE SHE WANTS FUTURE GENERATIONS TO KNOW HIS NAME.

THAT’S SOMETHING THAT SHOULD CREATE ABOUT PLANE. >> INCREDIBLE STORY THERE. GREAT INTERVIEW. THANK YOU SO MUCH. >> COMING UP ON MORNING NEWS NOW THE SITE OF THE WORLD’S WORST AND PERHAPS BEST KNOWN NUCLEAR DISASTER IS NOW UNDER RUSSIAN CONTROL BUT WHY CHERNOBYL SO HIGH ON MOSCOW’S LIST.

AND WHAT COULD HAPPEN IF THE SITE IS DAMAGED BY VIOLENCE WILL TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AFTER THE BREAK. ♪ >> WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR TEACHERS OR FEEL THAT THEY’RE BEING STRETCHED TOO DID YOU UNDERSTAND HOW PREVALENT HUNGER WAS IN YOUR OWN COMMUNITY.

♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ NO BETTER PLACE. THE PHONE WITH FRIENDS. WELL, TIME WITH A LITTLE GOLF BUDDY.

AFTER LOAN. ♪ FAMILY AND FRIENDS WITH JUST A TAP AWAY. JUST PICK YOUR COURSE TO YOUR PHONE. AND ENJOY. >> TOP STORY WITH TIME NOW WEEK.

AT 7 ON NBC NEWS NOW. ♪ >> NEWS IS MORE THAN A HEADLINE. IT INFORMS INSPIRES AND IT STILL MATTERS TO COVER HAVE TO BE IN IT. >> AND THAT’S WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO EVERY NIGHT.

WE TAKE YOU TO THE FRONT LINES OF THE STORIES WE’RE IT’S ACTUALLY HAPPENING WITH NBC NEWS JOURNALIST ON THE GROUND FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.

WE COVER WITH. YOU NEED TO KNOW AND BRING YOUR NEWS FEED TO LIFE IN AND STREAMING LIVE. IT’S YOUR NEWS. PLAY LIST EVERY NIGHT, TOP STORY WITH TIME. NOT LAST WEEK NIGHTS AT 7 ON NBC NEWS NOW, NEWS IS HAPPENING.

LOOK AT WHAT’S MAKING HEADLINES AROUND THE WORLD. ♪ ♪ TOP STORY WITH TIME NOW WEEK. AT 7 ON NBC NEWS NOW. >> WELCOME BACK. GOING TO GET RIGHT TO THE LATEST ON THE RUSSIAN INVASION OF UKRAINE BUT HAS HAPPENED.

WE WANT TO KEEP YOU UP TO DATE ON ALL THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS. HERE’S A QUICK RUNDOWN OF THE BIG EVENTS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED IN JUST THE LAST FEW HOURS IN AN EMAILED STATEMENT, A SPOKESPERSON FOR THE UN HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICE SAYS IT HAS RECEIVED REPORTS OF AT LEAST A 127 CIVILIAN CASUALTIES IN UKRAINE. 25 OF THEM KILLED. >> THIS MORNING. RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER SERGEI LAVROV SAID MOSCOW WILL BE OPEN TO TALKS WITH CAVE ONLY ONCE UKRAINIAN FORCES SURRENDER.

THAT’S ACCORDING TO RUSSIAN STATE-CONTROLLED MEDIA. AND ACCORDING TO THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, THE RUSSIAN DEFENSE MINISTRY SAYS THEY’VE SEIZED A STRATEGIC AIRPORT AND KEITH AS FORCES MOVE IN AT THE SAME TIME, UKRAINE REMOVED ITS AGE RESTRICTIONS FOR JOINING THE MILITARY.

THIS REPORTING NOW FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS THAT THE KREMLIN SAYS RUSSIA IS READY TO SEND A DELEGATION TO BELARUS FOR TALKS WITH UKRAINIAN OFFICIALS THIS MORNING. THE CHERNOBYL NUCLEAR SITE IN UKRAINE IS NOW UNDER THE CONTROL OF RUSSIAN TROOPS. THE IMPACTS.

>> THIS TAKEOVER STRETCH FAR BEYOND UKRAINE. THAT’S BECAUSE CHERNOBYL WAS THE SITE OF THE WORLD’S WORST NUCLEAR DISASTER IN 1986 A BOTCHED SAFETY TEST AT THE ATOMIC PLANT CAUSED AN EXPLOSION WHICH SENT CLOUDS OF NUCLEAR MATERIAL ACROSS MUCH OF EUROPE.

DOZENS OF PEOPLE DIED AND THE AREA IS STILL IMPACTED. 2 DOUBLES POSITION JUST NORTH OF KYIV MEANS IF THE PLAN IS HIT BY ARTILLERY RADIOACTIVE DUST COULD END UP OVER UKRAINE, BELARUS AND OTHER PARTS OF EUROPE AND OVERNIGHT. UKRAINIAN OFFICIALS REPORTED INCREASED RADIATION LEVELS IN A NUMBER OF PLACES IN THE AREA.

HERE TO HELP US UNDERSTAND THE IMPACT OF THIS TAKEOVER IS SET RISE ON THE BOARD OF THE NUCLEAR ENERGY INSTITUTE AND A MEMBER OF THE CIVIL NUCLEAR TRADE ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO THE U.S. SECRETARY OF COMMERCE. HE’S ALSO THE CEO OF NUCLEAR FUEL COMPANY LIGHT BRIDGE THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING US TO FIRST LET’S JUST TALK THROUGH WHAT YOUR BIGGEST CONCERN IS NOW THAT THE PLANT IS IN THE HANDS OF RUSSIA. >> WELL, AS THERE’S NO DONE.

TO THE PLANT THERE AREN’T VERY SERIOUS CONCERNS UNDERSTAND IS THAT IT’S THE NORMAL UKRAINIAN WORKERS OR OPERATING THIS FACILITY AND THEY ARE SURROUNDED BY RUSSIAN FORCES.

SO FEEL LIKE THEIR HOSTAGES. I DON’T SEE RUSHING FORCES THAT ARE ACTUALLY OPERATING THIS FACILITY IS NOT THERE’S NOT THAT MUCH TO YOU THERE RIGHT NOW. IT’S THE REMAINS OF THE MELTED DOWN REACTOR CORE ARE UNDER A CONCRETE CALL THIS A CONFLICT. THIS IS NOT SAUNDERS NEW SEAL ARE GOING TO PROTEST THE THERE’S HEAVY MILITARY EQUIPMENT AND ROLLING THROUGH AND AROUND THE AREA.

IT’S THAT SERVES DUST, SOME OF WHICH RADIOACTIVE AND C IN THE SOIL. BUT NOTHING THAT THAT WOULDN’T BE THE CHURCH IS NOT DESIGNED TO WITHSTAND ATTACK.

DESIGNED TO PROTECT WHAT’S UNDER WHAT’S UNDER IT IS. IS ALREADY VERY MUCH. AND SHE STUNNED CONCRETE AND IS MORE >> YEAH.

AND YOU BRING UP ONE OF THE REALLY CONCERNING REPORTS YESTERDAY THAT WAS THAT THESE EMPLOYEES HAVE BEEN TAKEN HOSTAGE. THE WHITE HOUSE WAS OUTRAGED. THEY SAID BY THOSE REPORTS DETENTIONS OF EMPLOYEES THERE. NOW LET’S TALK THROUGH, THOUGH. YOU KNOW WHAT, THIS WHOLE EXCLUSION ZONE LOOKS LIKE AND WHAT IT MEANS.

I MEAN, THERE HAS BEEN GUNFIRE AND FIGHTING NEAR THIS EXCLUSION ZONE. THE ZONES ABOUT 19 MILE RADIUS AROUND THE SITE OF WHERE THIS DISASTER HAPPENED INCLUDES AN ABANDONED CITY. SO IF THE TROUBLED PLANT WERE HIT BY GUNFIRE OR A MISSILE. JUST EXPLAIN WHAT THE WORST-CASE SCENARIO WOULD BE. >> THE WORST CASE SCENARIO IS ANYTHING LIKE WE SAW IN THE PLANT AND THE ORIGINAL WE HAD AN ENTIRE CORE OF THE REACTOR ON INTO THE AIR AND BILLOWING INTO THE AIR THIS IS SOMETHING VERY DIFFERENT.

THIS IS A COOLING FOR DECADES. THAT IS UNDER IT’S FACILITIES WERE WOULD RADIOACTIVE ELEMENTS INTO INTO THE BUT IT THE LARGE NUMBER OF THOSE CHANGED WAY IT WOULD BE MORE OF A LOCAL ISSUE. IT WOULD NOT BE A SIGNIFICANT THREAT. IT WOULD CERTAINLY HEADLINES FROM CHERNOBYL IN THE AIR AND WE DIDN’T CREDIT DANGEROUS FOR PEOPLE TO TRY TO DO TOO. SHE OF THE SIDING WITH YOU WOULD NOT HAVE A YOU WOULD NOT HAVE SOME.

WE WILL BE CONTINUOUSLY STEALING EFFECTIVELY PUTTING INTO THE AIR THAT HAS RADIATION AND THEN SETTLING >> AN IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT NONE OF THAT SEEMS TO BE THE GOAL HERE THIS THIS CHERNOBYL AREA IS ON THE ROUTE TO KEEP WHICH SEEMS TO BE WHY IT WAS OF IMPORTANCE TO MOSCOW.

SEPT GREAT. THANK YOU SO MUCH. YOUR EXPERTISE IS GREATLY APPRECIATE ON THIS TOPIC. AND COMING UP, THE EVOLVING STORIES OF THOSE INSIDE KEY JUST A HANDFUL OF THE MILLIONS WHO LIVE IN UKRAINE’S CAPITAL NOW IN THE CROSSFIRE OF PRESIDENT PUTIN’S INVASION NEXT.

♪ ♪ >> TOP STORY WITH TOP IS YOUR NEWS PLAYLIST NBC NEWS NOW. YOU CAN LISTEN TO IT AS A PODCAST AVAILABLE ANYTIME AND ANYWHERE. GOOD MORNING. I’M JOE FRYER.

AND I’M SAVANNAH SELLERS 2022 IS OFF TO A BUSY START WINTER’S WRATH CAUSING HEADACHES FROM COAST TO COAST.

IT’S BEEN REALLY INCREDIBLE TO SEE HOW QUICKLY ALL IN TEARS STARTED TO HELP WITH THE CLEANUP EFFORTS MORNING NEWS NOW STREAMING WEEKDAYS AT 7. ♪ >> THE 2 NATIONS. ♪ ♪ ♪ TO COVER THE NEWS. YOU HAVE TO BEAT IT. >> WE’LL TAKE YOU TO THE FRONT LINES OF THE STORM.

BRINGING YOUR NEWS FEED TO LIFE. STREAMING LIVE EVERY NIGHT. IT’S YOUR NEWS PLACED. >> TOP STORY WITH TIME NOW WEEK NIGHTS AT 7 ON NBC NEWS NOW. >> THESE DAYS IT FEELS LIKE THE NEWS NEVER STOPS.

SO LET’S GET INTO IT. WHAT’S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. WHAT IT ALL MEANS FOR YOU FOR AN HOUR EVERY DAY CAN BE HARD KEEP UP. SO LET’S GET STARTED TOGETHER. ALI CHECKS IN NOW.

>> WEEKDAYS AT 5 ON NBC NEWS NOW. ♪ ♪ >> WRONG WHEN ABOUT TO SEE BEHIND ME IS ♪ >> WE’RE BACK WITH MORE FROM UKRAINE AS RUSSIAN TROOPS ADVANCE ON THE CAPITAL OF KEEV.

THE CITY’S RESIDENTS ARE SEEKING SHELTER ANYWHERE. THEY CAN FIND. MANY ARE TAKING TO SOCIAL MEDIA TO SHARE THEIR STORIES AND DOCUMENT THE WAR IN REAL TIME.

NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT ERIN MCLAUGHLIN JOINS US NOW FROM CAVE. HI, ERIN, GOOD MORNING. >> PACE OF ANALYSTS EERILY QUIET HERE IN THE CAPITAL. BUT JUST A FEW HOURS AGO IT WAS ANYTHING BUT WE SAW A GUN BATTLE TAKING PLACE ABOUT 2 AND A HALF MILES FROM WHERE I’M STANDING NOW IN THAT DIRECTION.

IN A RESIDENTIAL AREA RUSSIAN FORCES CLASHING WITH UKRAINIAN MILITARY RESIDENTS.

TERRIFIED TOLD TO STAY INSIDE. OFFICIALS HERE ARE EXTREMELY WORRIED THAT THIS CITY COULD FALL WITHIN DAYS. >> THIS MORNING IN KYIV, THE EERIE WAIL OF SIRENS DAY 2 OF PUTIN’S WAR ON UKRAINE. >> THE RUSSIAN ARMY ADVANCING QUICKLY IN THE CITY OF MORE THAN 3 MILLION OVERNIGHT ROCKET STRUCK A RESIDENTIAL APARTMENT BLOCKS UKRAINE’S PRESIDENT ZELINSKY ADDRESS THE NATION SUNDAY AT NOON LESSON FOR MUCH OF A LITTLE. THE ENEMY HAS LISTED ME AS TARGET NUMBER ONE SEED.

THEY WANT TO DESTROY THE COUNTRY.

HE SAYS. >> AS MISSILE STRIKE, THE CAPITAL. >> THE CITY’S METRO STATIONS TURNED INTO BOMB SHELTERS. >> THIS IS STILL FUNCTIONING METRO STATION.

SO MANY PEOPLE HERE. THE ONLY PLACE THEY CAN NASTY GMT AND HER 13 YEAR-OLD SISTER RAN HERE SOON AS THEY HEARD THE SIRENS. >> THEIR PARENTS MADE IT TO ANOTHER SHELTER. >> IT’S SOMETHING HAPPENED THAT YOU’RE NOT TOGETHER. >> JOB.

OF COURSE WE’RE IN TOUCH EVERY HALF HOUR. SHE SAYS EVERYONE WILL BE TRAUMATIZED AFTER THIS. THE CHILDREN WILL BE MOST TRAUMATIZED THE WAR IS BEING PLAYED OUT IN NEAR REAL TIME ON SOCIAL MEDIA. PUT IN THIS SNAPCHAT VIDEO SHOT AT THE MAIN RAILWAY STATION IN THE CAPITAL. >> SITUATION.

BECOME HE THAT PEOPLE WILL PUT ON >> THAT’S THAT CENTER OF MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY. ONE OF THE PROFESSIONAL DANCERS ON DANCING WITH THE STARS POSTED FROM UKRAINE ON HIS INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT.

THIS IS GOING TO BE. >> VERY, VERY BAD, VERY BAD. THIS IS GOING ESCALATE TO EXTREME PROPORTIONS POST SHOW THE REALITY OF WAR DOCUMENTING THE CONFLICT, THE DAMAGE AND THE DEAD.

>> THIS POST SHOWING THE CHILLING SIGHT OF RUSSIAN TANKS POSITIONED OUTSIDE THE NUCLEAR POWER PLANT AT BACK IN THE METRO STATION AND 3 FRIENDS MAKING THE BEST OF A BAD SITUATION WHEN THE SIRENS SOUNDED THEY BROUGHT THEIR CATS SLEEPING BAGS AND FOOD. THEY SAY THEY’RE READY IF THE RUSSIAN TROOPS IT A COUNTRY THAT TAKES PRIDE IN ITS FIGHTING TO MAKE SURE IT’S NOT TAKEN AWAY. >> PEOPLE HERE ARE BEING ENCOURAGED TO TAKE UP ARMS. THE GOVERNMENT IS GIVING AWAY THOUSANDS OF WEAPONS INCLUDING AK 40 SEVENS. THERE BEING ENCOURAGED TO FIGHT FOR THEIR COUNTRY.

ERRANDS, SUCH POWERFUL INTERVIEWS THERE AND YOU HAVE BEEN. >> HAVING THIS ALL UNFOLD RIGHT WE SO APPRECIATE YOUR INCREDIBLE AND POWERFUL REPORTING. STAY SAFE. THANK >> IN THE U.S.

UKRAINIAN-AMERICANS HAVE BEEN TAKING TO THE STREETS TO PROTEST THE RUSSIAN INVASION RALLIES WERE HELD ACROSS THE COUNTRY YESTERDAY IN A MAJOR SHOW OF SOLIDARITY NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT JESSE KIRSCH.

>> JOINS US FROM CHICAGO. ONE OF THE PLACES THAT SAW DEMONSTRATIONS HIGH. JESSE, GOOD MORNING. >> GOOD MORNING, SAVANNAH.

THERE WERE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE GATHERED. HERE WE ARE IN A NEIGHBORHOOD CALLED THE UKRAINIAN VILLAGE. THIS CITY LIKE COMMUNITIES ALL OVER THE COUNTRY HAVE SUBSTANTIAL UKRAINIAN POPULATIONS. IN FACT, THERE ARE ABOUT A MILLION PEOPLE LIVING IN THE UNITED STATES WITH TIES TO THAT EMBATTLED NATION LIKE THE REST OF THE WORLD. THEY’RE WATCHING SURELY IN SHOCK.

BUT FOR THEM, IT IS ALSO VERY PERSONAL. >> COAST TO COAST FROM NEW YORK’S TIMES AND THE WHITE I HAD TO LOS ANGELES AND BEYOND. WELL, ALL RAINY AND ACROSS AMERICA. EMOTIONAL. I’M HOPING THEIR VOICES WILL LOUDER THAN THE BOMBS CRASHING DOWN ON THEIR HOMELAND.

14 IS A FULLY SO MANY UKRAINIANS. YOU’RE WORRIED ABOUT THEIR LOVED ONES BACK HOME. WE’RE ON THE PHONE ACTUALLY WITH MY GRANDMA.

>> BUT THEY WANT AN UNDERGROUND BUNKER. BUT ONCE THEY HEARD THE BOOM, THE INTERNET SERVICE COMPLETELY CUT OUT AND.

>> THAT WAS LAST HEARD FROM THEM FROM NOW, PEOPLE SHARING MORE HEARTBREAKING STORIES WITH US. PREGNANT FRIENDS LIVE IN FULL WHO CAN GO TO THE HOSPITAL RIGHT NOW. >> A COUSIN STUCK IN KEEPS STAND STILL TRAFFIC AS THOUSANDS FLED THE CAPITAL UKRAINIANS IN AMERICA TRYING TO SPEAK FOR THEIR VOICELESS FAMILY AND FRIENDS. >> THOUSANDS OF MILES AWAY. THEY WANT TO FIGHT FOR WHAT IS FOR THE RIGHT TO LIVE PEACEFULLY ON THEIR OWN GOT GIVEN HUNDREDS RALLIED IN CHICAGO’S UKRAINIAN VILLAGE INCLUDING IRENE US KEIRA.

SHE WAS THANKFULLY ABLE TO REACH HER FATHER ON FACETIME.

>> HE’S SERVING IN UKRAINE’S MILITARY. SHE SAYS HE’S NOT PANICKING AND HE’S NOT GUY YOU KNOW, CALM AND QUITE >> FOR OTHER FREE NOW FOR OUR FOR A IN A WAY PROTESTERS. ALSO DENOUNCING RUSSIA’S AGGRESSION IN PHILADELPHIA, MILWAUKEE AND SAN FRANCISCO TOMORROW. IN WASHINGTON.

HUNDREDS RALLYING OUTSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE ALSO IN THE NATION’S CAPITAL. THE WORD MURDER PAINTED NEAR THE RUSSIAN IN PRAYER PROTEST AND AMERICA’S UKRAINIAN COMMUNITY IS HOPING THIS NATION WILL DO MORE FOR THEIR COUNTRY IN >> AND WHAT THAT HELP WOULD LOOK LIKE UP FOR DEBATE. SOME PEOPLE WANT EVEN MORE SANCTIONS. OTHERS SEEM TO BE SUGGESTING THEY’D LIKE TO SEE US TROOPS INVOLVED. ONE UKRAINIAN WOMAN HERE IN CHICAGO TELLING ME YESTERDAY SHE FEARS THAT AMERICAN BOOTS ON THE GROUND WOULD MEAN WORLD WAR 3.

AND LAST NIGHT SHE TOLD ME THAT HER SISTER AND NEPHEW WERE LEAVING THEIR HOME IN UKRAINE. >> MAKING THEIR WAY TO POLAND. JOAN SAVANNAH, BACK TO YOU.

MUST BE A RELIEF TO THAT. ALL RIGHT, JESSE, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

APPRECIATE IT. AND OUR ACTIONS POURING IN FROM AROUND THE WORLD AS THIS CRISIS IN UKRAINE UNFOLD SAID ALI AROUZI IN TEHRAN WITH MORE ON THAT, INCLUDING A STUNNING STATEMENT FROM THE POPE VALLEY. GOOD MORNING. >> GOOD MORNING, JOHN SAVANT WELL, IN AN UNPRECEDENTED MOVE BY POPE FRANCIS. HE WENT TO THE RUSSIAN EMBASSY TODAY TO EXPRESS HIS CONCERN ABOUT THE WAR IN UKRAINE.

THE HOUNDS ON PAPAL GESTURE CAME ON THE SAME DAY THAT THE VATICAN ANNOUNCED HE WAS COUNSELING OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS BECAUSE OF AN ACUTE FLARE UP OF PAIN USUALLY POPE’S RECEIVE HEADS OF STATE IN THE VATICAN. BUT POPE FRANCIS IS BREAK WITH DIPLOMATIC PROTOCOL MAY BE A SIGN OF HIS ANGER AT MOSCOW’S INVASION AND HIS WILLINGNESS TO APPEAL PERSONALLY FOR AN END TO IT. CHINA’S FOREIGN MINISTER HAS SPOKEN WITH HIS RUSSIAN COUNTERPART ABOUT THE CRISIS IN UKRAINE AND CHINA CAREFULLY TRYING TO KEEP A BALANCE. I’M NOT UPSET THE APPLE CART DIDN’T ENDORSE OR CONDEMN THE RUSSIAN INVASION.

BUT IN A CLEAR SIGN, BEIJING AND MOSCOW THE EDGE CLOSER TOGETHER IN ORDER TO COUNTER US INFLUENCE THE CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER SAID THAT HIS COUNTRY SEES THE UKRAINIAN PROBLEM AS A COMPLEX AND THE PARTICULAR HISTORICAL STATE OF AND THAT CHINA UNDERSTANDS AND RUSSIA’S REASONABLE CONCERN ON SECURITY ISSUES.

RUSSIA’S INVASION OF UKRAINE HAS BOUGHT ABOUT PUNITIVE MEASURES FROM ACROSS THE SPORTING RUSSIA HAS BEEN STRIPPED OF ITS FINAL BY FOR OVER THE CRISIS IN UKRAINE. THE SOCCER MATCH SCHEDULE FOR THE 28TH OF MAY HAS BEEN MOVED FROM SINT PETERSBURG TO PARIS.

SAID THAT RUSSIA AND UKRAINE’S NATIONAL CLUB TEAMS WILL PLAY HOME GAMES ON NEUTRAL VENUES UNTIL FURTHER FORMULA. ONE HAS ALSO FOLLOWED SUIT AND ACTS. THE RUSSIAN PRIX FROM ITS CALENDAR.

THE RACE WAS DUE TO TAKE PLACE IN SOCHI ON SEPTEMBER 25TH IT. ONE ORGANIZER SAID THAT IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO HOLD THE RACE AND CURRENT CIRCUMSTANCES AND THOSE ARE YOUR INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES ON THE ONGOING CRISIS IN UKRAINE, GUYS. RIGHT, ALI, THANK YOU SO MUCH. COMING UP, IF YOU’RE WATCHING THE EVENTS IN UKRAINE UNFOLD FROM THOUSANDS OF MILES AWAY IN WONDERING HOW YOU CAN HELP. STAY TUNED.

THAT’S IN A SPECIAL EDITION OF THIS WEEK’S GOOD TO KNOW. AFTER THE BREAK. WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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TOP STORY WITH TIME. NOT LAST WEEK NIGHTS AT 7 ON NBC NEWS NOW. >> AND THIS WEEK’S GOOD TO KNOW WE’RE FOCUSING SPECIFICALLY ON THE UKRAINE CRISIS.

YOU MIGHT BE WONDERING HOW YOU CAN HELP UKRAINIANS WERE SUDDENLY IMPACTED BY THIS INVASION HERE TO HELP US TO UNDERSTAND HOW TO DO THAT AND HOW TO GET INVOLVED IS NBC NEWS SENIOR CONSUMER INVESTIGATIVE CORRESPONDENT VICKY WYNN. >> GOOD MORNING. UKRAINIANS ARE NOW FACING A LOT OF UNCERTAINTY FOR CONSUMERS IN THE U.S. THERE ARE SOME CHARITIES YOU CAN CONSIDER DONATING TO IF YOU WANT TO HELP THE UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN’S FUND IS AN INTERNATIONAL AGENCY WORKING TO REPAIR BOMB DAMAGE SCHOOLS IN UKRAINE AND PROVIDE EMERGENCY CARE TO CHILDREN AFFECTED BY THE CONFLICT.

THEY SAY WORKERS WILL ALSO BE ASSISTING UKRAINIANS WITH ACCESS TO FOOD AND SAFE DRINKING WATER MONETARY DONATIONS CAN BE MADE AT THE UNICEF WEBSITE. THE RED CROSS UKRAINE SAYS IT’S DEPLOYING ON THE GROUND WORKERS TO HELP REPAIR DAMAGED HOMES AND HOSPITALS AND HELP UKRAINIANS GET SHELTER AND WATER WORKERS WILL BE MAINTAINING WATER PUMPING STATIONS AND TEACHING PEOPLE HOW TO AVOID EXPLOSIVES MONETARY DONATIONS CAN BE MADE AT THE RED CROSS WEBSITE.

NO, BUT UKRAINE IS A CALIFORNIA BASED CHARITY PUTTING TOGETHER PACKAGES TO SEND TO UKRAINIAN FAMILIES DISPLACED BY THE WAR. YOU CAN SEND CLOTHING SHOES HOUSEHOLD SUPPLIES PERSONAL HYGIENE PRODUCTS, DIAPERS AND MEDICINE TO THE ADDRESS FOUND AT THE NOBLE UKRAINE WEBSITE TO SUPPORT REFUGEES. FLEEING UKRAINE.

THE UNITED NATIONS REFUGEE AGENCY HAS SAID IT IS WORKING WITH NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES TO OPEN THEIR BORDERS AND HELP RESETTLE REFUGEES MONETARY DONATIONS CAN BE MADE AT THE AGENCY’S WEBSITE AS THE SITUATION CHANGES IN UKRAINE, THE ON THE GROUND NEEDS WILL CHANGE AS WELL. STAY INFORMED BY CHECKING THE CHARITY WEB SITES FOR NEWS NOW I’M VICKY WYNN AND THAT’S GOOD TO KNOW. >> SOME HELPFUL.

AND VETTED SUGGESTIONS THAT. THANK YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH. THAT DOES IT FOR THIS HOUR OF MORNING NEWS AFTER THE NEWS CONTINUES RIGHT NOW. ♪ ♪ >> BREAKING NEWS. FIRST ON NBC NEWS NOW CLOSING IN RUSSIAN FORCES GETTING CLOSER TO UKRAINE’S CAPITAL CITY. SOME UKRAINIANS NOW ABANDONING THEIR HOMES AS THE MILITARY DEATH TOLL RISES.

THE SITUATION ON THE GROUND AND HOW THE WHITE HOUSE IS RESPONDING THE NEXT JUSTICE PRESIDENT BIDEN PICKING BROWN-JACKSON JUST SERVE ON THE SUPREME COURT HOUSE SO SHE COULD BE CONFIRMED. COMING UP NEXT. >> FACE FORWARD THE CDC SET TO ANNOUNCE NEW GUIDANCE ABOUT MASKS. WHAT TOP HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE SAYING ABOUT WHAT YOU STILL NEED TO DO TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND A WINTRY MESS. YET ANOTHER SEVERE WEATHER STORM CHARTING ITS WAY ACROSS THE NORTHEAST WITH 10’S OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS BRACING FOR IMPACT.

♪ ♪ >> HI THERE, EVERYONE. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US. I’M MORGAN RADFORD AND GOOD FRIDAY, EVERYBODY. I’M ERIN GILCHRIST. WE BEGIN WITH RUSSIA’S MILITARY MOVEMENTS FARTHER INTO UKRAINE.

FIGHTING HAS NOW BEEN REPORTED IN PARTS OF KEY EVE. >> THIS IS WHAT’S LEFT OF ONE APARTMENT BUILDING. YOU CAN SEE NOTHING BUT MASSIVE PILES OF RUBBLE ACROSS THIS AREA. MORE MISSILE ATTACKS WERE LAUNCHED BY RUSSIA ACROSS UKRAINE BEFORE DAWN TODAY. UKRAINE’S PRESIDENT SAYS AT LEAST 137 CITIZENS WERE KILLED YESTERDAY.

SEVERAL 100 OTHERS WERE HURT. >> MEANWHILE, AN UNIDENTIFIED AIRCRAFT CAME CRASHING DOWN IN KIEV TODAY. UKRAINIAN FORCES SAY THEY SHOT DOWN A RUSSIAN JET. AND THEN THERE ARE ALSO HUMANITARIAN CONCERNS. THE UN REFUGEE AGENCY BELIEVES UP TO 4 MILLION PEOPLE COULD FLEE UKRAINE IF THE SITUATION ESCALATES AS IT IS EXPECTED TO DO BY MANY MORE THAN A 100,000 PEOPLE IN UKRAINE HAVE ALREADY LEFT THEIR HOMES.

WE HAVE A TEAM OF CORRESPONDENTS AND ANALYSTS COVERING EVERY ANGLE OF THIS RAPIDLY DEVELOPING STORY AT THIS HOUR. IT’S GOING TO BRING IN NBC NEWS CHIEF WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT KRISTEN WELKER RIGHT NOW. CHRISTIAN PRESIDENT BIDEN IS LAID OUT SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA AND CALLED OUT PRESIDENT PUTIN IN THE PROCESS, OF COURSE. BUT WHAT MORE DO WE KNOW, KRISTEN, ABOUT JUST HOW FAR BIDEN MIGHT GO HERE. WE HEARD THAT THAT EXCHANGE WITH PETER CAN WE EXPECT MORE AGGRESSIVE STEPS TO SORT OF HE WAS ASKING TO BE TAKEN TOWARD RUSSIA.

>> WELL, WE KNOW WE’RE HERE THAT MORE AGGRESSIVE STEPS ARE DEFINITELY ON THE TABLE. SO HERE IS WHAT PRESIDENT BIDEN DID, WHAT HE DID HE DID ANNOUNCE STIFFER NEW SANCTIONS YESTERDAY THAT INCLUDE TARGETING MORE OF RUSSIA’S LARGEST BANKS.

THEY INCLUDE TRYING TO ESSENTIALLY HIT THE DEFENSE CAPABILITIES OF RUSSIA BY LIMITING TECHNOLOGY EXPORTS AND ALSO SANCTIONING A LEADS DARK CLOSE TO VLADIMIR PUTIN. NOW, HERE’S WHAT HE DIDN’T DO. HE DIDN’T HIMSELF AND HE DIDN’T ALONG WITH HIS EUROPEAN ALLIES KICK PUTIN AND RUSSIA OUT OF WHAT IS KNOWN AS SWIFT THAT’S INTERNATIONAL BANKING SYSTEM.

WHY DIDN’T HE DO THAT? WILL HE WAS PRESSED BY PETER ALEXANDER BY OTHERS ON THAT VERY TOPIC AND HE SAID, LOOK, THE SECTIONS THAT WE HAVE JUST ANNOUNCED OUR SIGNIFICANT. THEY ARE SWEEPING AND IN ORDER TO KICK RUSSIA OUT OF SWIFT WHO WOULD NEED TO HAVE AGREEMENT WITH HIS EUROPEAN ALLIES. AND FOR THE FIRST TIME HE REVEALED THAT THAT AGREEMENT JUST DOESN’T EXIST. OF COURSE, THEIR ECONOMIES ARE LINKED VERY CLOSELY WITH RUSSIA.

SO THAT’S PART OF IT. HE WAS ALSO PRESSED ON WHY HE DIDN’T DIRECTLY TARGET COULDN’T AND HE SAID THAT IS STILL ON THE TABLE.

SO THAT SIGNIFICANT AS WELL TODAY. MORGAN, THE PRESIDENT HOLDING AN URGENT MEETING WITH HIS NATO ALLIES TO DISCUSS NEXT STEPS AND WE KNOW THAT HE ALSO IS SENDING MORE TROOPS. 7,000 TO GO TO THE REGION TO REINFORCE AND BOLSTER NATO ALLIES, BUT HE HAS BEEN VERY CLEAR US FORCES WILL NOT FIGHT IN UKRAINE.

MARKET. KRISTA, CAN YOU ELABORATE, THOUGH, ON THOSE NEXT STEPS THAT HE’LL BE DISCUSSING WITH NATO. I MEAN, BECAUSE ALL EYES HAVE BEEN ON NATO RIGHT NOW. AND EVERY TIME WE HEAR FROM SOMEONE ON THE GROUND IN UKRAINE THERE. THEY’RE PLEADING PLEADING SPECIFICALLY WITH THE U.

S. TO MORE BROADLY WITH THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY EFFECTIVELY SAYING JUST DON’T LEAVE US ALONE HERE. SO WHAT HAS CHANGED IN HIS MESSAGE TO NATO. >> I THINK THAT THE STEPS THAT THEY WOULD BE CONSIDERING MORGAN WOULD INCLUDE THINGS LIKE A NO FLY ZONE WOULD INCLUDE SENDING.

>> WE’RE MILITARY TO THE REGION AS WELL.

AND I THINK THAT YOU’RE GOING TO SEE MORE PRESSURE ON CONGRESS TO TRY TO GET STIFFER SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA AND ALSO TO TRY TO GET AN AID PACKAGE TO UKRAINE. SO I THINK THOSE ARE AMONG THE STEPS THAT ARE BEING DISCUSSED IN TAKEN. BUT YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. UKRAINE IS PLEADING FOR HELP. THEY ARE URGING THE U.

S. TO GET MORE ENGAGED AND NOT JUST IN THE WORDS OF THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE TO LOOK ON FROM A DISTANCE ABSOLUTELY. ALL RIGHT. KRISTEN WELKER, I KNOW YOU HAVE A LONG DAY AHEAD.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US LIVE FROM THE WHITE HOUSE.

WE APPRECIATE IT. >> LET’S BRING IN NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT ERIN MCLAUGHLIN NOW IN KEY FOR US AT THIS HOUR. AARON UKRAINIAN LEADERS HAVE SAID THAT RUSSIAN TROOPS HAVE REACHED ONE PART OF THE GREATER KEY REGION AT THIS POINT. SET THE SCENE FOR US. WHAT’S THE SITUATION LIKE RIGHT NOW.

>> YEAH, THAT’S RIGHT, AARON. AND THAT A RESIDENTIAL AREA IS JUST 2 AND A HALF MILES FROM WHERE I’M STANDING JUST OVER THAT EARLIER TODAY WE HEARD AN INTENSE FIGHTING GOING ON. THERE WAS GUNFIRE. WE HEARD SOME EXPLOSIONS THINGS, THOUGH. NOW HOURS LATER HAVE CALMED CONSIDERABLY.

I THINK THE LAST TIME YOUR GUN FIRE WAS ABOUT A COUPLE HOURS ACCORDING TO UKRAINIAN AUTHORITIES, RUSSIAN FORCES ARE TRYING TO PUSH INTO THE CAPITAL. THEY WERE MET BY UKRAINIAN MILITARY.

RESIDENTS IN THE AREA WERE TOLD TO SHELTER IN PLACE BECAUSE ACCORDING TO UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT, THEY BELIEVE THE RUSSIAN FORCES HAD MANAGED TO GET AHOLD OF SOME UKRAINIAN MILITARY UNIFORMS AND THE CONCERN BEING IF PEOPLE CAME OUTSIDE, THOUGHT THEY WERE APPROACHING UKRAINIAN MILITARY. THEY’RE WORRIED ABOUT WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN. THE CITY IS IS ABSOLUTELY TERRIFIED.

I MEAN, WE’RE STILL HEARING EXPLOSIONS. I HEARD ONE. I DON’T KNOW RIGHT BEFORE THIS LIVE AND PEOPLE HERE ARE RUNNING REALLY FOR THEIR LIVES. WE SAW DRAMATIC SCENES AT THE TRAIN STATION TODAY, THOUSANDS CRUSHING THE PLATFORM. SOME HOISTING THEIR CHILDREN TRYING TO GET THEIR CHILDREN ON 2, THE TRAIN CARRIAGE REALLY DESPERATE SCENES.

I WAS DOWN IN THE METRO STATION EARLIER TODAY WERE A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE SEEKING SHELTER FROM BALLISTIC MISSILES.

I HEARD I JUST HEARD ANOTHER A COUPLE OF EXPLOSIONS TO MY RIGHT. PEOPLE WERE DOWN THERE. THEY HAD SNACKS A SLEEPING BAGS. THEY HAVE THEIR PETS.

THEY ARE HUNKERING DOWN FOR THE DAY WORRIED ABOUT BALLISTIC MISSILE FIRE. I SPOKE TO ONE WOMAN WHO TOLD ME THAT SHE WAS TERRIFIED. SHE SCARED, BUT THAT SHE WANTED TO FIGHT FOR HER COUNTRY. SHE KNOWS THAT HER FREEDOM IS AT STAKE. AND IT’S SOMETHING THAT I HEAR OVER AND OVER AGAIN IN MY CONVERSATIONS HERE.

>> AARON UKRAINE’S PRESIDENT MADE IT CLEAR THAT HE IS STILL IN KEY EVEN THOUGH HE SPOKE TO THE COUNTRY EARLIER TODAY. WHAT’S HIS MESSAGE TO HIS COUNTRYMEN INTO OTHER WORLD LEADERS AT THIS POINT. >> YEAH, THAT’S RIGHT.

WE DID HEAR FROM PRESIDENT HE POSTED HIS MESSAGE ON HIS TELEGRAM CHANNEL. HE’S GETTING A LOT OF PRAISE FOR HIS RESOLVE AND DETERMINATION THAT HE DEMONSTRATED IN SOME OF THESE SPEECHES.

HE HAS EVACUATED HIS FAMILY OUT OF THE AREA TO AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION, THOUGH HE IS IN IN THE CAPITAL AND HIS MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE OF UKRAINE OR TO, YOU KNOW, CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR THEIR COUNTRY. THEY’RE HANDING OUT THOUSANDS OF GUNS. WE WERE OUTSIDE THE NATIONAL POLICE HEADQUARTERS YESTERDAY AND WATCHED AS ORDINARY PEOPLE WHO NEVER FIRED A GUN BEFORE THEIR LIFE COMING TO COLLECT AN AK 47 AND THEY’RE GOING TO GO HOME GOOGLE AND YOUTUBE HOW TO USE IT.

IT’S REALLY INCREDIBLE SCENES. LET’S GET MESSAGE TO THE WIDER WORLD IS IS, YOU KNOW, HE REALIZES THAT THIS IS A COUNTRY NOW THAT’S.

NOT GOING GET ANY HELP IN TERMS OF OTHER ARMED FORCES COMING IN FROM OTHER POTENTIAL NATO ALLIES. THAT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. HE REALIZES THAT AND HIS MESSAGE IS UKRAINE. OWES THAT THAT UKRAINIANS HAVE TO FIGHT FOR THEMSELVES ESSENTIALLY. >> AS FOR TIMES FOR SURE, THEY’RE IN UKRAINE AIR MCLAUGHLIN FORCE.

AARON, GREAT REPORTING THIS WEEK FOR YOU AND YOUR TEAM. STAY SAFE. NBC NEWS SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL CORRESPONDENT GARRETT HAKE IS ON CAPITOL HILL FOR US NOW, GARRETT, THE LAWMAKERS HAVE BEEN WATCHING THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION, HOW IT’S APPROACHING THIS CRISIS. WHAT’S BEEN THE RESPONSE ACROSS THE BOARD. >> LAWMAKERS HAVE BEEN DIGESTING THE PRESIDENT’S NEWS CONFERENCE YESTERDAY AND THE SANCTIONS PACKAGE LAID OUT BY SEA AND THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT AND MORE OR LESS ACROSS THE BOARD.

THEY WANT MORE. I’VE HEARD THAT FROM REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC LAWMAKERS THAT THE SANCTIONS THAT THE WHITE HOUSE IS PUTTING IN PLACE ARE STRONG, BUT THEY COULD BE STRONGER. WE HEARD FROM BOB MENENDEZ, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE. SHE LIKE MANY OTHERS WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE UNITED STATES GO AFTER RUSSIA IN THE SWIFT BANKING SYSTEM. THE KRISTEN WELKER WAS TALKING ABOUT.

OF COURSE, THAT’S NOT A DECISION THAT CAN BE MADE UNILATERALLY. IT’S GOING TO HAVE TO BE DONE WITH OUR ALLIES. AND WE’RE ALSO SEEING REPUBLICANS TRY TO DIFFERENTIATE THEIR POLICY RESPONSE HERE A LITTLE BIT THERE PRAISING PRESIDENT BIDEN FOR STRONG SANCTIONS. THEY WANT TO GO FARTHER AND THEY WANT THE U.S.

GOVERNMENT POLICY TO GO A LITTLE BIT FARTHER STILL IN IN THE DIRECTION OF U.S. ENERGY DEVELOPMENT. BILL CASSIDY WAS AMONG THE REPUBLICAN SENATORS WHO PUT OUT STATEMENTS ON THIS TOPIC YESTERDAY ARGUING THAT BY INCREASING US DOMESTIC ENERGY PRODUCTION AND EXPORT.

WE CAN HELP MITIGATE THE EFFECTS OF RISING GAS PRICES AS RELATED TO THIS CRISIS.

AND WE CAN WE CAN COULDN’T. WHO’S YOUR RUSSIAN ECONOMY IS THE SECOND LARGEST EXPORTER OF A TRADITIONAL OIL AND GAS RESOURCES, YOU KNOW, BY BOOSTING AMERICAN PRODUCTION, REPUBLICANS ARGUE WE CAN WE CAN WE CAN COULD MISS. BUT OF COURSE THAT’S ALREADY BEEN A REPUBLICAN POSITION. BUT YOU SEE THEM KIND OF USING IT AS A AS A WAY TO DRIVE A POLICY CONTRAST DOMESTICALLY IN THE MIDST OF THIS INTERNATIONAL DISPUTE.

JUST AN INTERESTING THING TO KEEP AN EYE ON IN THE DAYS AND WEEKS AHEAD, GUYS.

ALL RIGHT. WE KNOW YOU’LL BE DOING THAT FOR US. KARA, TAKE ON THE HILL TODAY. GARRETT, THANKS. >> THAT’S GOING TO BRING IN NBC NEWS REPORTER PHIL MCCAUSLAND, WHO’S TAKING A DEEPER LOOK AT THOSE NEW SANCTIONS.

PHIL, FIRST OFF, YOU KNOW, WHEN WILL RUSSIA ACTUALLY FEEL THE IMPACT OF THE SANCTIONS BECAUSE WE’VE HEARD REPORTS THAT IT COULD BE YEARS AND REALLY HOW EFFECTIVE OUR SANCTIONS AS A NATIONAL SECURITY TOOL. >> YEAH. I MEAN, BIDEN SPOKE ABOUT THAT YESTERDAY, RIGHT. I MEAN, HE SAID THAT THESE WOULD HAVE BOTH IMMEDIATE AND LONG-TERM EFFECT. BUT, YOU KNOW, SPEAKING TO TREASURY AND STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS.

THE EASE AND THE PASS AND AND REALLY BUILD OUR SANCTIONS POLICY IN THE PAST SAID YOU KNOW, THIS IS GOING TO BE A A LONG-TERM PROCESS. I MEAN, IF YOU LOOK AT THIS HISTORICALLY, RIGHT. I MEAN. REALLY IT TAKES A LONG TIME YEARS EVEN FOR SANCTIONS TO REALLY TAKE EFFECT. SO WE’RE LOOKING A LONG-TERM, A POLICY HERE.

FACT OF NUS, IT’S REALLY HIT OR MISS. AND I THINK POLICY ANALYSTS HAVE TAKEN A LOT OF FUN AND A LOT EFFORT TO FIGURE OUT HOW OFTEN THEY’RE EFFECTIVE. THAT’S NUMBERS ARE ABOUT MAYBE A 3RD OF THE TIME. SO WE’RE LOOKING AT WHETHER OR NOT THESE ARE EFFECTIVE. IT’S ALSO WHETHER OR REALLY LISTENS TO THEM OR FEELS DETERRED BY THEM.

I THINK AT THIS POINT, YOU BIDEN HAS REALLY PULLED THE GUNS ON SANCTIONS AND COMING TO GUNS BLAZING. I DON’T KNOW AND WILL BE AT THIS POINT. AND IF YOU GO FURTHER WHAT WHAT OR IT WILL PULL BACK. HISTORICALLY, AGAIN. IT’S TAKES ONE EXAMPLE WHERE EXAM IS A AFGHANISTAN WHEN RUSSIA AND THE U.

S. ARE INVITED A GUEST IN IT TOOK. AND BEGAN IN 1979 OF SANCTIONS AND THEN IT TOOK 6, 7, YEARS BEFORE WE CAN SEE AN EFFECT ON THE ECONOMY. SO WE’LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT. >> ALL RIGHT.

ABC’S COSTS AND PHIL, THANK YOU. >> FORMER ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE U.S. TREASURY MONICA CROWLEY IS JOINING US WE APPRECIATE YOU BEING HERE TODAY.

I’D LIKE TO GET YOUR PERSPECTIVE ON THIS.

HOW IMPACTFUL ARE THESE NEW SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA GOING TO BE. >> WELL, THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME, ERIN. AND LOOK, I THINK IT REMAINS TO BE SEEN. OBVIOUSLY IN ORDER FOR ANY SET OF LIKE 2 HAVE BEEN PREVENTED. IT WAS THEY SHOULD HAVE COME LAST YEAR WHEN VLADIMIR PUTIN REALLY RATCHETED UP HIS THREATS AGAINST UKRAINE COMING UP.

THEY ARE NOW THEY REALLY ARE MUCH TOO LATE AND THERE’S THE PREVIOUS GUESTS NOTED SANCTIONS TAKE A LONG TIME TO TAKE EFFECT IN BILLY HAVE LIGHT. I THINK WHAT WE’RE REALLY LOOKING AT HERE IS THAT DAY LATE AND A DOLLAR SHORT AND ALSO A SET OF SANCTIONS THAT THAT MAY HAVE SOME MARGINAL EFFECT. AND INFLICTING SOME PAIN ON THE PUTIN REGIME. BUT WE’RE REALLY NOT GOING AFTER THE AREAS THAT WOULD REALLY GET ATTENTION. >> WELL, LET ME ASK YOU TALK ABOUT THAT A LITTLE BIT THAT ANY ONE OF THE THINGS THAT’S BEEN DISCUSSED IS THIS IDEA OF BANNING RUSSIA FROM THE INTERNATIONAL BANKING SYSTEM THAT SWIFT BANKING SYSTEM.

WE’VE HEARD ABOUT THE LAST FEW DAYS. THE PRESIDENT, THOUGH, SAYS THAT SOME WORLD LEADERS DON’T WANT TO TAKE THAT STEP. I WANT TO PLAY A LITTLE BIT OF WHAT WE HEARD THIS WEEK. NO. ASK YOU ABOUT IT ON THE OTHER SIDE.

>> THE SANCTIONS THAT WERE FORECLOSED ON ALL THE BANKS OF THE CONSEQUENCES MAY BE MORE CONSEQUENTIAL SINCE WITH NUMBER ONE. NUMBER 2, IT ALWAYS AN OPTION. BUT RIGHT NOW THAT’S NOT THE POSITION OF THE REST OF >> YOU’RE PUSHES TO TAKE. >> IS USING SWIFT TO SEVERE RIGHT NOW. AND IF SO, WHY?

>> WELL, I THINK THAT THE LETTER MAYOR WHO HAS ACTUALLY TAKEN A STEP IN FADING. ONE OF HIS NEIGHBORS. NOTHING IS TOO SEVERE AND EVERYTHING SHOULD BE ON THE TABLE THE PROBLEM WAS SWIFT AND IT WOULD BE A VERY EFFECTIVE TOOL AGAINST BUT THE PROBLEM IS THAT IT IS AN INTERNATIONAL CONSORTIUM. SO IT DOES REQUIRE NOT JUST US LEADERSHIP, BUT IT ALSO REQUIRES EUROPEAN ALLIES LIKE ITALY AND GERMANY THAT HAVE BEEN VERY, VERY RELUCTANT TO PULL THAT TRIGGER ON THE RUSSIANS BECAUSE THEY ARE INCREDIBLY DEPENDENT ON THEIR ENERGY SECTOR.

SO THE UNITED STATES ACTUALLY IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION DIDN’T PULL THE SWITCH TRIGGER AGAINST IRAN AS A PUNITIVE ACTION AGAINST DEVELOPING NUCLEAR PROGRAM.

I WAS VERY GOOD. BUT WE DIDN’T THINK AFTER 9.11, THOSE COUNTRIES ARE STILL ON THE SWIFT LAST. BUT HERE GETTING THAT KIND OF INTERNATIONAL COORDINATION IS VERY, VERY DIFFICULT TO DO. I WOULD SAY SOMETHING THAT THE UNITED STATES COULD DO.

BUT IT’S ALSO RELUCTANT TO DO IS SANCTIONED PUTIN’S ENERGY SECTOR, OIL AND NATURAL GAS. BUT AGAIN, GETTING THE EUROPEANS TO A GREEN GO LONG. VERY DIFFICULT BECAUSE THEY’RE DEPENDENT OF BETWEEN 3060% ON FOR THEIR ENERGY SUPPLY AS WELL AS YOU TALK ABOUT THE OIL AND AS YOU TALK YOU KNOW, OTHER FORMS OF ENERGY AND THE SWIFT SYSTEM.

IS THERE A WAY. >> FOR THE EUROPEANS TO SORT OF SHORE UP THEIR OWN ECONOMIES QUICKLY SO THAT SWIFT COULD BE MORE OF AN IN THE DAYS TO COME.

>> WELL, I THINK IT ALL GETS DOWN TO ENERGY, AARON. YOU KNOW IT. THE RUSSIAN ECONOMY IS ESSENTIALLY NO TIME ENERGY. IT’S A KIND OF A ONE-DIMENSIONAL ECONOMY. THE EUROPEANS ARE REALLY PUT THEMSELVES IN A BOX WHERE THEY’RE PROBABLY DEPENDENT ON OF OIL AND NATURAL GAS SUPPLIES.

WELL, WE COULD DO IN GERMANY TOOK AN INITIAL STEP THIS WEEK TO TEMPORARILY PAUSE CERTIFICATION OF THE NORD STREAM 2 PIPELINE THAT CERTIFICATION IS NOT SET TO REALLY GO UNTIL THE SUMMER. SO THIS IS KIND OF A SYMBOLIC STEP EVEN THOUGH VERY IMPORTANT, BUT WESTERN EUROPE, EASTERN EUROPE AND THE UNITED STATES NEED TO GET BACK TO A POINT WHERE THEY’RE SERIOUSLY CONSIDERING ENERGY INDEPENDENCE.

THE UNITED STATES WAS ENERGY INDEPENDENCE DURING THE TRUMP YEARS. PRESIDENT BIDEN AND PURSUED OUT OF GREEN ENERGY HAS MOVED US BACK TO ENERGY. DEPENDENCE TO AND WHERE WE ARE ACTUALLY IMPORTING AN AVERAGE OF 22 MILLION BARRELS A DAY OR EVERY FROM RUSSIA.

SO WE’RE ACTUALLY HELPING TO FINANCE HIS WAR MACHINE GOING INTO UKRAINE WHICH MAKES ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE. ENERGY INDEPENDENCE FOR EUROPE AND THE UNITED STATES IS CRITICAL. >> MONICA CROWLEY FORMER SECRETARY ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY WE APPRECIATE YOUR PERSPECTIVE TODAY. THANK YOU. >> NOW TO THE OTHER MAJOR BREAKING NEWS WE’RE FOLLOWING THIS HOUR.

PRESIDENT BIDEN HAS MADE HIS PICK FOR THE SUPREME COURT. BIDEN IS EXPECTED TO NOMINATE FEDERAL JUDGE KETANJI BROWN JACKSON TO FILL JUSTICE STEVEN BRIAR SEAT PRIOR IS SET TO RETIRE THIS SUMMER.

FOR MORE, LET’S GO AHEAD AND BRING IN NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT AND SENIOR NATIONAL POLITICAL REPORTER SAW HOCHUL POOR YOU KNOW, THE PRESIDENT JUST TWEETED, QUOTE, I’M PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT I’M NOMINATING JUDGE KETANJI BROWN JACKSON TO SERVE ON THE SUPREME COURT AND HE WENT ON TO SAY SHE’S ONE OF OUR NATION’S BRIGHTEST LEGAL MINDS AND WILL BE AN EXCEPTIONAL SAWHILL. IS THERE ANY READ YET ON HOW SENATORS ARE REACTING TO THIS PICK. >> YES, THE REACTION THERE ALREADY POURING IN MORGAN.

THE REACTIONS ARE OVERWHELMINGLY POSITIVE FROM DEMOCRATS. THE TOP. DEMOCRAT THE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER PRAISED THE PRESIDENT’S DECISION CALLING 2 TIMES YOUR BROWN EXCEPTIONALLY QUALIFIED.

IN A STATEMENT THAT HE PUT OUT. HE ALSO PRAISED THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS PROCESS AS FAIR AND DELIBERATIVE AND EVEN HANDED IN TERMS OF MAKING THE SELECTION INTERVIEWING A NUMBER OF NOMINEES.

SENATOR DURBIN THAT MAJORITY WHIP, WHO IS ALSO CHAIRMAN OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. ALSO PUT OUT A POSITIVE STATEMENT PRAISING THE NOMINATION SKEWS AND PROMISING THAT THE SENATE WILL BEGIN IMMEDIATELY TO MOVE FORWARD ON HER NOMINATION. WITH A CAREFUL, FAIR AND PROFESSIONAL APPROACH. SHE AND AMERICA ARE ENTITLED TO KNOW. THERE SAID HE HOPES TO WRAP THIS PROCESS UP BY APRIL.

THE 9TH WITH TO BE A FAIRLY AGGRESSIVE TIMELINE. BUT THERE’S PLENTY OF TIME BETWEEN NOW AND THEN TO PULL THAT OFF AMONG REPUBLICANS. THE REACTION HAS BEEN MORE MIXED. WE’VE SEEN NEGATIVE STATEMENTS FROM SENATE MINORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL AS WELL AS SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM WHO HAPPENS TO BE SOMEONE WHO VOTED FOR KETANJI BROWN, JACKSON ON THE DC CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS.

JUST LAST SUMMER WHEN PRESIDENT BIDEN NOMINATED HERE.

GRAHAM WAS PUSHING FOR A SEPARATE POTENTIAL I JUDGE MICHELLE CHILDS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, HIS HOME STATE, OTHER REPUBLICANS WERE SOMEWHAT MORE POSITIVE SUSAN JACKSON SPA LOCATIONS. IN A STATEMENT, MITT ROMNEY SAID HE LOOKS FORWARD TO ASSESSING AND EVALUATING HER. SO IT’S UNCLEAR THE EXTENT TO WHICH REPUBLICANS WILL BE IN FAVOR. BUT DEMOCRATS ONLY NEED ALL THEIR 50 MEMBERS IN ORDER TO PULL THIS OFF AND REPUBLICAN VOTES WOULD JUST BE A BONUS FOR THE OKAY. SO COULD BE AS EARLY AS APRIL KEN DILANIAN IS HERE NOW ALSO FROM THE CNN LIKE TO BRING HIM.

CAN LOOK, THERE HAS BEEN SO MUCH DISCUSSION AROUND THIS PARTICULAR PICK. THERE’S EVEN BEEN SOME CONTROVERSY JUST SIMPLY PRESIDENT BIDEN MADE IT VERY CLEAR THAT HE WANTED TO PICK A QUALIFIED JUSTICE WHO WOULD HAPPEN TO BE A BLACK WOMAN.

SO WHY DO YOU THINK WE’VE REALLY SPENT SO MANY WEEKS OR SPECULATING ON WHO THE SHORT LIST ON THE SHORT LIST COULD BE WHY DO YOU THINK ULTIMATELY IT LANDED ON ON TIMES ABOUT JACKSON. >> WELL, KUZ ON GROUND. JACKSON IS NO STRANGER TO THE U.

S. SUPREME COURT. SHE WAS A LAW CLERK THERE FOR JUSTICE STEVEN BRIAR, THE MAN SHE’S BEEN NOMINATED TO SUCCEED. SHE’S NOW A JUDGE ON THE FEDERAL APPEALS COURT HERE IN WASHINGTON. ONE REASON BIDEN MAY HAVE PICTURES THAT SHE WAS JUST CONFIRMED US ALL A LITTLE TOO TO THAT JOB BY THE SENATE 8 MONTHS AGO AND YOU’VE GOT THE VOTES OF 3 SENATE REPUBLICANS.

JUDGE. I JUDGE JACKSON GREW UP IN MIAMI WHERE HER MOTHER WAS A SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR AND HER FATHER WAS A LAWYER FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD.

SHE SAYS WATCHING HIM. I WAS AN EARLY INSPIRATION TO SEEK A CAREER IN THE LAW. SHE GRADUATED FROM HARVARD AND HARVARD LAW.

THAT’S WHERE SHE MET HER HUSBAND, PATRICK, NOW A SURGEON IN WASHINGTON. SHE’S SHE’S GOT SOME INTERESTING BACKGROUND. SHE SERVED AS A FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER MAKING HER THE FIRST JUSTICE SINCE THURGOOD MARSHALL TO HAVE CRIMINAL DEFENDANTS. SO A LOT OF REALLY INTERESTING THINGS IN A LOT OF QUALIFICATIONS THAT LED PRESIDENT BIDEN TO SLIGHT ARE ABSOLUTELY. ALL RIGHT.

KEN DILANIAN POOR, THANK YOU BOTH FOR JOINING US. WE APPRECIATE GENTLEMAN. >> LET’S BRING IN JEAN CHARLES PROFESSOR AT HARVARD LAW SCHOOL.

NOW TO TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT NOMINEE NOMINATION THAT WE BELIEVE COMING PROFESSOR CHARLES, FIRST OFF, WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF TIME THE BROWN JACKSON AS THE PICK TO BE THE NEXT SUPREME COURT JUSTICE. >> I THINK SHE’S AN EXCELLENT PICK, A HISTORIC PICK.

SHE IS AS QUALIFIED AS ANY SUPREME COURT JUSTICE NOMINEE THAT WE HAVE SEEN PROBABLY EVER. SHE’S A DOUBLE GRADUATE OF HARVARD UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL GRADUATED FROM HARVARD UNIVERSITY. MAGNA COME LAW. THEY GRADUATED FROM THE LAW SCHOOL WITH HONORS SHE CLERK ON THE SUPREME COURT.

SHE SAID 3 FEDERAL COURTS SHIPS.

THE DISTRICT COURT LEVEL OF THE COURT OF APPEALS LEVEL OF THE SUPREME COURT LEVEL. SHE’S WORKED FOR MAJOR LAW FIRMS AND SHE SERVED ON THE U.S. SENTENCING COMMISSION AND SHE SERVED AS A PUBLIC DEFENDER. SO REALLY FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF QUALIFICATIONS.

YOU CAN’T DO ANY FOR A HISTORIC PIC. THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN WHO WOULD SERVE ON THE SUPREME COURT. SO IT’S AN EXCELLENT NOMINATION. AND MY GUESS IS THAT THE WHITE HOUSE IS VERY PLEASED WITH THE PROCESS. >> YOU KNOW, WE KNOW THAT THIS PIC WON’T CHANGE THE CONSERVATIVE MAJORITY ON THE COURT AT THIS POINT.

BUT WHAT TYPE OF PERSPECTIVE COULD JUDGE JACKSON BRING TO THE COURT IF SHE’S CONFIRMED AT THIS POINT IN IN THE SORT OF THE MAKEUP AND STRUCTURE OF THE COURT. >> YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. IT’S NOT GOING TO CHANGE THE MAKEUP OF THE COURT.

SHE WILL JOIN THE LIBERAL WING OF THE COURT. I MEAN, AND I THINK THE DIFFERENCE IT WILL MAKE PARTICULARLY ON ISSUES THAT COULD BE SALIENT OR IDENTITIES.

YOU CAN IMAGINE SOME OF THE RACE ISSUES PERHAPS OR SOME OF THE GENDER ISSUES THAT SHE MIGHT SPEAK WITH A CERTAIN VOICE AND ALL 40 THAT MOVE THE COUNTRY AND MAYBE TO SOME EXTENT SOME OF HER COLLEAGUES. SO FOR EXAMPLE, THE LATE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE SANDRA DAY O’CONNOR TALKED ABOUT HOW JUSTICE MARSHALL WHEN HE TALKED ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCES AS A BLACK MAN IN THE UNITED STATES REALLY IMPACTED HOW SHE THOUGHT ABOUT ISSUES BEFORE THE COURT. SO IT’S NOT GOING TO CHANGE THE IDEOLOGICAL MAKEUP OF THE COURT, BUT IT WILL CERTAINLY CHANGE THE FLAVOR OF THE WAY THAT SOME OF THESE ISSUES ARE PROBABLY GOING TO GET DISCUSSED.

>> ALRIGHT HARVARD. PROFESSOR AGAIN.

CHARLES, WE APPRECIATE YOUR TIME TODAY. THANK YOU. >> A MONSTER WINTER STORM IS ON THE MOVE IN MAKING A BIG OLD MESS. WE ARE TALKING SNOW, ICE, FREEZING RAIN COMING UP, HOW LONG IT WILL LAST AND WHERE THIS POWERFUL STORM SYSTEM IS HEADED NEXT. ♪ >> THERE WERE RESIDENTS WHO HUNG ON FOR DEAR LIFE HEARD PEOPLE SAY THE TOWN IS ABSOLUTELY, WE’VE LOST THOUSANDS THE ART COMMUNITY STILL ♪ >> THERE’S NO BETTER PLACE.

THE PHONE WITH FRIENDS. WELL, TIME WITH A LITTLE GOLF BUDDY. AFTER LOAN. ♪ FAMILY AND FRIENDS WITH JUST A TAP AWAY. JUST PICK YOUR COURSE TO YOUR PHONE.

AND ENJOY. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> A POWERFUL WINTER STORM IS MAKING ITS WAY ACROSS PARTS OF THE COUNTRY AT THIS HOUR.

MORE THAN A 100 MILLION PEOPLE FEELING THE IMPACT OF THIS WEATHER SYSTEM, 10’S OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ARE WITHOUT POWER IN ARKANSAS, OHIO AND PENNSYLVANIA, FREEZING RAIN AND ICE ALSO MAKING FOR DANGEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS IN OKLAHOMA. ICY ROADS CAUSED AN 18 WHEELER TO CATCH FIRE ON INTERSTATE 40 ICE ALSO LED TO A 15 CAR PILEUP IN CINCINNATI OVERNIGHT. NBC NEWS METEOROLOGIST BILL KARINS IS STANDING BY WITH A LOOK AT THE FORECAST.

LET’S BEGIN, THOUGH, WITH NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT EMILIE IKEDA IN BOSTON FOR US THIS MORNING. EMILY, WHAT ARE CONDITIONS LIKE NOW WHERE YOU ARE SEEING SNOW STILL FALLING. >> YEAH. IT CERTAINLY STILL FOLLOW A FALLING BUT SLIGHTLY SLOWER PACE EARLIER THIS MORNING IS CLOSER TO ONE TO EVEN UP TO 2 INCHES AN HOUR IN PARTS OF THE NORTHEAST. I WILL POINT OUT.

YOU MENTIONED THOSE POWER OUTAGES. NEARLY 20,000 PEOPLE WITHOUT POWER IN PENNSYLVANIA ALONE AMID FRIGID UTILITY CREWS. THEY’RE ASSURING THAT THEY’RE GOING TO TRY TO RESTORE POWER AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. PARTS OF THAT STATE COULD SEE UP TO A HALF INCH OF ICE ACCUMULATION WHICH REALLY WEIGHS DOWN THOSE POWER LINES HERE IN MASSACHUSETTS THE GOVERNOR IS HOPEFUL THEY WILL SEE QUITE AS WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES AS WE HAVE NOTICE WITH A PREVIOUS RECENT WINTER STORMS.

BUT STILL THIS WINTER PACKING A PUNCH, BOSTON COULD SEE UP TO 10 INCHES OF SNOW.

YOU CAN SEE ALREADY SEVERAL INCHES OF SNOW FALLEN HERE. AND AGAIN AT A PRETTY REASONABLE PACE. AND FOR THAT REASON OFFICIALS HAVE URGED PEOPLE TO STAY OFF THE ROADWAYS IF AT ALL POSSIBLE, THE GOVERNOR ACTUALLY TELLING STATE EMPLOYEES TO STAY HOME, WORK REMOTELY TO LEAVE THE SPACE FOR CRUZ AND WE’VE SEEN CREWS COME BY SNOWPLOWS COME BY EVERY 2 MINUTES OR SO. SO THEY’RE CERTAINLY WORKING QUICKLY. BUT SOMETHING THAT I WILL NOTE IS EVEN ATHENS.

THE SNOWFALL STARTS TO TAPER OFF. THAT’S NOT A REASON TO GET OUT ON THE ROADWAYS BECAUSE OFFICIALS SAY TEMPERATURES WILL BE DROPPING.

AND SO THAT CAN EASILY TURN THE SNOWY STREETS INTO ICY ONE’S ERIN, OTHERS BRING UP IS, YOU KNOW, JUST 2 DAYS AGO WE SAW NEARLY 70 DEGREE TEMPERATURES HERE IN BOSTON. OTHER RECORD HIGHS FOR FEBRUARY IN A NUMBER OF OTHER CITIES. PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT, PARTS OF NEW YORK CITY.

SO TALK ABOUT SOME SERIOUS WEATHER WHIPLASH. AARON. >> ALL RIGHT, EMILY, A KIND OF FORCE IN BOSTON TODAY EMILY, STAY NOW LET’S GO TO BRING IN NBC NEWS METEOROLOGISTS BILL KAREN’S NOW BILL, WHERE IS THE STORM HEADED.

>> YEAH. WE’RE GETTING PAST THE WORST PART OF IT WITH THE ICE IN THE MORNING COMMUTE.

NOW THE SUN DOES SHINE THROUGH THE CLOUDS OF SOLAR RADIATION DOES WARM THINGS UP ENOUGH THAT THE ROADS ARE REALLY IMPROVING. SO EVERYONE IS GETTING TO THEIR WORK SCHOOL DESTINATIONS AND COMING HOME SHOULD BE A LOT EASIER. WE STILL HAVE 40 MILLION PEOPLE UNDER WINTER STORM WARNINGS AND WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES. ALL THE ICE STORM WARNINGS HAVE BEEN DROPPED AND CONDITIONS ARE DRAMATICALLY IMPROVING BY THE HOUR. IN AREAS LIKE NEW YORK CITY AND IN HARTFORD, BOSTON, YOU HAVE TO WAIT A LITTLE WHILE, THOUGH, FOR THAT SNOW TO AND SO ON OUR MAPS, THE BLUE WITH A WHITE AS THE SNOW HEAVIEST SNOW IS IN AREAS OF MAINE.

A LOT OF AREAS FROM ALBANY TO BOSTON, NORTH OF HARTFORD, SOUTHERN ON NEW HAMPSHIRE AND SOUTHERN MAINE PICKED UP AROUND 4 TO 8 INCHES OF SNOW. LOT OF 3 TO 6 INCH TOTALS FROM BUFFALO TO SYRACUSE IN WESTERN NEW YORK. IT WAS JUST A LOT OF ICE THROUGH AREAS OF PENNSYLVANIA. BUT YOU KNOW, THERE’S NEW YORK CITY HAS DONE. MUCH OF CONNECTICUT IS DONE.

BOSTON GIVE IT ANOTHER HOUR AND YOUR SNOW WILL BE ALSO DONE AND THEN WE’LL JUST GET TO DIG OUT THE REST OF THE DAY AS THE STO CONTINUES TO PUSH OFF TOWARDS THE EAST. SO WHAT ARE WE LEFT WITH. ADDITIONAL SNOWFALL. WE’LL CALL IT 2 TO 4 INCHES IN MANY AREAS OF NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND KILLINGTON INCLUDED COULD GET 3 TO 6 OF THE SKI COUNTRY WILL HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY WEEKEND. COMING UP AT THE TAIL END OF THIS FEBRUARY BREAK.

WE’RE JUST ABOUT DONE IN BOSTON ONLY ANOTHER ONE OR 2 ARE FRIENDS AND MAY STILL HAVE A COUPLE MORE INCHES TO GO. IT’S COLD THROUGHOUT MUCH OF THE COUNTRY BEHIND THIS STORM. ONLY TEMPERATURES DOWN INTO THE 30’S FOR HIGHS IN OKLAHOMA CITY THIS TIME OF YEAR IS PRETTY RARE. IT’S A COLD DAY BY TEXAS STANDARDS. THE GOOD THING THIS WEEKEND.

NO MORE WINTER WEATHER HEADING OUR WAY. PRETTY QUIET SATURDAY COLD IN NEW ENGLAND BEHIND THE STORM. A LITTLE BIT OF A CHILLY RAIN IN TEXAS, BUT THINGS WILL SLOWLY BEGIN TO WARM UP AND GET A LITTLE MILDER AS WE HEAD TO OUR LAST FEBRUARY WEEKEND AND WE WILL WATCH A NEW STORM COMING INTO THE NORTHWEST.

AND FOR ANYONE WONDERING, KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE THIS TIME OF YEAR LIKE PLEASE JUST BRING THE SPRING AND LET IT REMAIN. HERE’S OUR MARCH OUTLOOK AND YES, MARCH STARTS NEXT WEEK.

IT’S LOOKING POSSIBILITY OF WARMER THAN AVERAGE FOR A GOOD CHUNK OF THE EASTERN 2 THIRDS OF THE COUNTRY MAY BE A LITTLE MORE STORMY AND COOLER IN AREAS OF THE NORTHWEST AS FAR AS PRECIPITATION GOES, WE ARE LOOKING FOR THE STORMY WEATHER TO BE IN THE NORTHWEST AND MAYBE A DEAL WITH SOME RAIN IN THE GREAT LAKES. BUT I THINK AT THIS POINT EVEN I EVEN MIGHT DIE HARD IS WINTER. A STORM LOVERS. >> ARE LIKE OK, LET’S GET TO SPRING. YEAH, I’M I’M DEFINITELY WET NOT NOT A DIEHARD WINTER LOVER, BUT I DEFINITELY LET’S GO AHEAD AND GET TO SPRING OR EVEN SUMMER.

I CAN SKIP SPRING ALL HOLIDAYS. THANKS SO MUCH, BILL. APPRECIATE AND STAY WITH US BECAUSE RUSSIAN TROOPS ARE MARCHING TOWARDS THE UKRAINIAN CAPITAL OF KYIV STILL AHEAD, THE MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS FROM AN EMERGENCY MEETING OF NATO ALLIES. ♪ >> THESE DAYS. IT FEELS LIKE THE NEWS NEVER STOPS.

SO LET’S GET INTO IT. WHAT’S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. WHAT IT ALL MEANS FOR YOU FOR AN HOUR EVERY DAY CAN BE HARD KEEP UP. SO LET’S GET STARTED TOGETHER. ALI CHECKS IN NOW.

>> WEEKDAYS AT 5 ON NBC NEWS NOW. >> WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR TEACHERS OR FEEL THAT THEY’RE BEING STRETCHED TOO DID YOU UNDERSTAND HOW PREVALENT HUNGER WAS IN YOUR OWN COMMUNITY. ♪ >> THIS IS A VERY DIFFERENT KIND OF PROGRAM. WE’RE HERE TO START CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE BIG THINGS HAPPENING IN OUR WORLD. PROFESSOR, I’M NOT ASKING YOU TO PREDICT THE FUTURE.

BUT WHAT DO YOU THINK THAT THE NEW NORMAL IS GOING TO BE. HE’S PART OF THIS SAID EVERYONE IS RETHINKING THEIR JOBS DURING THIS PANDEMIC AND THE RELATIONSHIP TO THEIR EMPLOYERS. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST TIP FOR ANY PARENT WHO’S CONCERNED ABOUT THIS.

IT’S NOT MY JOB TO TELL YOU WHAT TO THINK. MY JOB IS TO THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU TELL ME NOW TONIGHT WITH JOSHUA JOHNSON STREAMING WEEK NIGHTS 8 ON NBC NEWS NOW.

>> AT THE BOTTOM OF THE HOUR. LET’S GO AHEAD AND BRING YOU UP TO DATE ON THE BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW OUT OF UKRAINE. BOMBING IS UNDERWAY FOR A SECOND DAY AS EXPLOSIONS ROCK CITIES ACROSS THAT COUNTRY OVERNIGHT, THE CAPITAL CITY OF KIEV WAS UNDER BOMBARDMENT AS RUSSIAN FORCES PRESS CLOSER TO THE GOVERNMENT CENTER.

UKRAINIAN DEFENSE MINISTRY SAYS RUSSIAN FORCES WERE JUST A FEW MILES NORTH OF CENTRAL KEITH. >> THEY’RE URGING PEOPLE TO STAY INDOORS AND TO PREPARE MOLOTOV COCKTAILS IN ADVANCE OF A FIGHT.

MEANWHILE, A MASS EXODUS IS STILL UNDERWAY AS PEOPLE FLEE FOR THE RELATIVE SAFETY OF WESTERN UKRAINE. MANY GOING TO NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES LIKE POLAND AND ROMANIA. SOME OF THOSE WHO STAY BEHIND ARE TAKING SHELTER EVEN IN SUBWAY STATIONS AS THE CITY PLUNGES EVEN DEEPER INTO CHAOS.

>> OUR TEAM OF REPORTERS AND EXPERTS ARE COVERING EVERY ANGLE OF THIS STORY AS IT UNFOLDS. VERY RAPIDLY.

SO IT’S GOING TO BEGIN WITH NBC’S CAL PERRY WHO IS IN EVE UKRAINE AS WELL AS NBC’S KELLY AS WESTERN POLAND. CAL, I WANT TO START WITH YOU AND JUST ASK, YOU KNOW, WE’VE BEEN TALKING FOR WEEKS NOW, IT SEEMS LIKE THINGS HAVE CHANGED JUST JUST MINUTE BY MINUTE WHAT’S HAPPENING ON THE GROUND THERE RIGHT NOW. AND FRANKLY, THE PEOPLE THERE FEEL LIKE THEY’VE HAD ENOUGH WARNING TO LEAVE OR EITHER PREPARE FOR THIS ATTACK FROM RUSSIA.

>> NO, I YOU KNOW, PEOPLE I’VE TALKED TO HAVE SAID NO, THAT NUMBER ONE, THEY WERE SURPRISED THAT THIS INVASION HAS TAKEN PLACE TO THE EXTENT THAT IT HAS. A LOT OF PEOPLE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE CONFINED TO THE EASTERN PART OF THE COUNTRY.

AND YES, EVERY TIME THAT YOU AND I SPEAK TO EACH OTHER THIS TIME OF DAY. IT FEELS LIKE I’M WAKING UP IN A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT COUNTRY ON A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT COMMENT WATCHING THOSE PICTURES FROM THE CAPITAL AS RUSSIAN FORCES MOVE IN HAS CAUSED AN EXTRA INFLUX OF PEOPLE INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS COMING HERE TO WHERE I AM. IN LUVVIES. SOME FOLKS ARE STAYING HERE IN THE CITY. IF THEY CAN FIND ACCOMMODATIONS.

THE CITY’S FILLING UP FAST.

WE WERE OUT TODAY RESTAURANTS ARE STARTING TO RUN OUT OF FOOD. IT’S ALL PRETTY TYPICAL OF SORT OF CONFLICT ZONES OF PEOPLE WHO CAN STAY HERE HAD 50 MILES TO THE WEST WHERE KELLY IS. THEY’RE TRYING TO MAKE IS THAT POLLS BORDER. IT IS BECOMING MORE AND MORE DIFFICULT TO GET OUT AND WHILE THAT’S GOING ON, YOU HAVE SOLDIERS.

PEOPLE HAVE JUST BEEN DRAFTED. RESERVISTS HEADING THE OTHER DIRECTION TOWARDS CAPITOL TO FIGHT THE RUSSIANS. SO YOU HAVE THIS VERY DIFFERENT STORIES TAKING PLACE AND IN THE SAME COUNTRY AS SOME FOLKS ARE TRYING TO GET OUT AND OTHER FOLKS ARE TRYING TO MAKE IT TO THE FRONT. MORGAN. >> KELLY, I WANT TO GO TO YOU BECAUSE JUST AS COW WAS MENTIONING, PEOPLE ARE ARE TRYING TO GET TO EXACTLY WHERE YOU ARE.

YOU’RE AT THE BORDER BETWEEN UKRAINE AND POLAND. WHAT IS THE SITUATION THERE MEAN. ARE YOU SEEING PEOPLE CROSSING THE BORDER AND REALLY HOW ARE US AND NATO FORCES PREPARING TO HANDLE WHAT IS ABOUT TO BE A MASSIVE INFLUX OF REFUGEES. >> YEAH, MORGAN, WE’VE SEEN A CONSTANT STREAM OF REFUGEES COME ACROSS THE BORDER TODAY.

MOST OF THEM ON FOOT.

YOU’RE LOOKING ACTUALLY AT THE POLAND AND JUST DOWN THIS ROAD. >> THE POLL THE SMALL CITY IN WHERE THE REFUGEES ARE COMING IN AND REALLY NOT VERY WELL EQUIPPED TO DEAL WITH THE MASSES OF PEOPLE THAT THEY’RE SEEING TODAY. THIS IS THE ACTUAL BORDER CROSSING IN WHAT WE’RE HEARING IS THAT ON THE OTHER SIDE, PEOPLE ARE WAITING FOR HOURS AS YOU THE IT IS NOW NIGHTFALL. IT’S COLD HERE. WE SPOKE TO ONE MAN WHO SAID THAT HIS WIFE HAS BEEN WAITING FOR 20 HOURS.

AT THE LINE OF CARS IS NOW 20 MILES LONG AND BARELY MOVING. AND THERE’S A HUGE MASS OF PEOPLE WAITING AT THAT BORDER CONTROL STATION JUST TRYING TO GET THROUGH SOME OF THEM WAITING AGAIN FOR 12 HOURS EVEN LONGER WITH SMALL CHILDREN IN IN THE COLD.

WE ACTUALLY SPOKE TO AN AMERICAN WOMAN WHO’S LIVED IN Q 4 29 YEARS. WE SAW THIS MORNING WE FIRST ARRIVED HERE. SHE HAD JUST CROSSED THE BORDER.

THIS IS WHAT SHE SAID ABOUT HER EXPERIENCE. >> I WAS VERY CHAOTIC. IT THE ROAD AND THERE COUNTRY. I NEVER MY HEART. >> KELLY, CAN YOU GIVE US A LITTLE BIT MORE COLOR A LITTLE WHERE SCENES, KELLY.

I COULDN’T HEAR EVERYTHING THAT SHE SAID.

CAN YOU KIND OF RECAP A LITTLE BIT OF WHAT SHE SAID FOR US. >> YES. SO SHE WAS TALKING ABOUT HOW SHE WAS CROSSING THE BORDER AND SHE WAS WATCHING THIS. THIS MAN WHO IS CARRYING A YOUNG CHILD PRESUMABLY HIS CHILD AND TRYING TO CROSS THE WITH HIS CHILD AND HE WAS TURNED AWAY BECAUSE THE UKRAINIANS ARE NOT ALLOWING MEN BETWEEN THE AGES OF 1860 TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY SO HE ACTUALLY HAD TO TURN BACK WITH HIS CHILD AND STAY IN UKRAINE AND YOU KNOW THAT THIS IS THIS IS SOMETHING THIS IS THE KIND OF THING THAT WE’RE HEARING AGAIN AND AGAIN THAT FAMILIES ARE COMING OVER.

BUT THE MEN, THE HUSBANDS OF THE BROTHERS OLDER BROTHERS ARE HAVING TO STAY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BORDER. IN SOME CASES MORGAN PEOPLE, MEN ARE ACTUALLY COMING HERE AND SAYING WE WANT TO GO. WE NEED TO GO AND FIGHT FOR OUR COUNTRY. WE TALKED ABOUT 4 OR 5 PEOPLE TODAY HAVE SAID THAT AND YOU ARE ASKING AS WELL ABOUT NATO AND THE U.S.

AND HOW THEY’RE DEALING WITH THIS INFLUX. OF THESE KINDS OF SCENES ARE PLAYING OUT IT ON THE BORDER WITH ROMANIA AS WELL SLOVAKIA AND MOLDOVA. THESE ARE COUNTRIES THAT ARE NOT TYPICALLY PREPARED FOR DEALING WITH THESE AMOUNTS OF REFUGEES. THEY’LL HAVE THE INFRASTRUCTURE. THEY DON’T HAVE THE FUNDS.

THE U.S. ARMY HAS SET UP A COUPLE OF PROCESSING CENTERS HERE AND A LARGE ARENA. ABOUT 500, BUT MORGAN TALKING ABOUT THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE AND THEY’RE STILL COMING IN TONIGHT.

IT’S ALSO NEW AND UNPRECEDENTED COW KELLY, I KNOW YOU ARE COLD YOU ARE TIRED.

BUT I CONTINUE TO BEG AND PLEAD THAT YOU BRING US STORIES. >> FROM PEOPLE SO WE CAN ELEVATE THEIR VOICES BECAUSE THESE ARE THE KINDS OF STORIES THAT HUMANIZE IT, ESPECIALLY FOR PEOPLE WHO SAY, LOOK, THIS IS HAPPENING. A 1000 MILES AWAY. THEY MAY NOT UNDERSTAND WHY IT AFFECTS THEM. BUT THESE ARE THE FACES OF WARS.

THOSE ARE THE STORIES OF WAR AND THEY’RE THE STORIES WE ALL NEED TO HEAR. SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK. >> WE’VE BEEN TELLING YOU THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION IS NOT GOING TO COMMIT TROOPS TO HELP IN UKRAINE. BUT IT COULD PROVIDE ASSISTANCE AND OTHER AREAS INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS TELL NBC NEWS THE PRESIDENT BIDEN HAS BEEN PRESENTED WITH OPTIONS FOR MASSIVE CYBER ATTACKS AGAINST RUSSIA.

NBC NEWS NATIONAL SECURITY CORRESPONDENT KEN DILANIAN IS JOINING US NOW FROM WASHINGTON.

HE’S BEEN TRACKING THIS STORY. KIND OF OPTIONS ARE BEING PROPOSED TO THE PRESIDENT AT THIS POINT. >> AARON, MULTIPLE OFFICIALS ARE TELLING COURTNEY QB IN ME THAT SOME OF THE OFFENSIVE CYBER OPERATIONS UNDER CONSIDERATION INCLUDE EVERYTHING FROM SHUTTING DOWN THE INTERNET IN PARTS OF RUSSIA TO DISRUPTING THE RAILROAD NETWORK THAT IS RESUPPLYING RUSSIAN TROOPS IN UKRAINE AND TAKEN TOGETHER. THIS WOULD BE AN UNPRECEDENTED USE OF AMERICAN OFFENSIVE CYBER POWER, WHICH IN THE PAST HAS BEEN USED VERY JUDICIOUSLY AND IT’S SOMETHING AMERICAN OFFICIALS DON’T LIKE TO TALK ABOUT.

AND I SHOULD SAY THAT THE WHITE HOUSE, IT WAS PUSHING BACK ON OUR STORY YESTERDAY CALLING IT OFF BASE, ALTHOUGH NOT EXACTLY SAYING WHAT THEY WERE DENYING AND CERTAINLY NOT DENYING THAT THE PRESIDENT IS IS CONSIDERED OFFENSIVE.

CYBER ACTION AGAINST RUSSIA. THIS WOULD BE IN RETALIATION FOR THE INVASION OF UKRAINE AND NOT IN RESPONSE TO ANY PARTICULAR CYBER ACTIVITY THAT RUSSIA IS DOING BUT OFFICIALS FULLY EXPECT THAT RUSSIA WOULD RETALIATE AND THAT CREATES ITS OWN SET OF RISKS OF IT WAS ONE PERSON PUT IT TO US.

ANYTHING WE CAN DO TO THEM. THEY CAN DO SARAH. >> WELL, KEN, WITH THAT, THAT CONCERNED ABOUT RETALIATION.

DO WE HAVE A SENSE OF THE POTENTIAL IMPACT THIS COULD HAVE ON AMERICAN CITIZENS ON AMERICAN CONSUMERS. YEAH, IT COULD INDEED IN OFFICIALS EXPECT THAT RUSSIA WOULD RESPOND WITH THE KINDS OF ATTACKS THAT WOULD TRY TO HURT AMERICANS IN THEIR POCKETBOOK SIMILAR TO WHEN COLONIAL PIPELINE WAS ATTACKED BY RUSSIAN CRIMINALS AMERICANS ON THE EAST COAST HAD TO WAIT IN LONG GAS LINES FOR A FEW DAYS THAT COULD BE MAGNIFIED. AND AND THAT REALLY UNDERSCORES THE RISKS OF ESCALATION HERE. >> THE OPTIONS THAT PRESIDENT BIDEN IS CONSIDERING. WE ARE TOLD WOULD DISRUPT BUT NOT DESTROY WOULD ARE NOT DESIGNED TO HURT.

RUSSIANS ARE DESIGNED TO BE JUST SHORT OF AN ACTIVE WAR. THAT’S THE KIND THINKING THAT GOES INTO THE PLANNING HERE. THERE’S NO GUARANTEE THAT THE RUSSIANS WOULD BE QUITE AS JUDICIOUS IN RESPONSE THERE. ALL RIGHT. KEN DILANIAN FOR US IN WASHINGTON.

THANKS. CAN. >> LET’S GO AHEAD AND BRING IN DOUGLAS REDEKER, SENIOR FELLOW IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM AT THE BROOKINGS INSTITUTE DOUGLAS DC QUESTION WILL BE ABLE TO ACTUALLY WITHSTAND THE IMPACT OF THE SANCTIONS.

AND I GUESS IN SHORT, I’M SORT OF ASKING IF YOU THINK THE WORK. >> WELL, IT DEPENDS ON HOW YOU DEFINE WORK.

I THINK THE WHITE HOUSE HAS BEEN I’M NOT GOING TO SAY CLEAR UNCLEAR, BUT WHETHER SANCTIONS WERE INTENDED TO BE A DETERRENCE OR NOT. IT’S A SUBJECT THAT MUCH MONEY OUT THERE FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS AND CLEARLY WE’RE WATCHING THE FACT THAT RUSSIA HAS AND MADE SURE I GUESS THEY DIDN’T DETER SO IN THAT REGARD THE SANCTIONS DIDN’T WORK AS A DETERRENT, BUT THEY ARE INTENDED TO PUNISH. THEY ARE INTENDED TO RAISE THE COSTS. WHAT ARE IMPROVING AND THE RUSSIAN UNDERSTAND THAT THERE ARE CONSEQUENCES TO BEING A BAD ACTOR AT THIS LEVEL. SO IN THAT REGARD SURE THEY’RE WORKING IN SENDING A SIGNAL THAT THERE’S A PUNISHMENT TO BE INCURRED.

IF YOU’RE GOING TO GO DOWN THIS BUT AS TURN IT DIDN’T WORK. WHAT COMES NEXT SIMILAR. I THINK IT IS INTENDED TO SIGNAL THERE WILL BE CONSEQUENCES WHETHER IN FACT IT DETERS ANY FURTHER ACTION FROM LOT OF IMPROVEMENT.

WE ARE STANDING QUESTION. >> BUT LET’S TALK ABOUT SPECIFICALLY BECAUSE PRESIDENT BIDEN WAS ASKED REPEATEDLY YESTERDAY IF THE U.

S. WOULD SANCTION COULDN’T HIMSELF AND BIDEN DIDN’T ANSWER THE QUESTION. SO WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF HIS NOT ANSWER. WHAT IS THAT? WHAT’S THAT TELL YOU.

>> WELL, FIRST OF ALL, GOOD OR WHEN YOU ACTUALLY SANCTION A WORLD LEADER. I MEAN, IT’S SOMETHING THAT YOU TRY AND DO ON A VERY RARE OCCASION. NOW I WOULD ARGUE AND OTHERS WOULD ARGUE THIS WARRANTS THAT SORT OF OVER THE TOP BUT YOU KNOW, IT IS SOMETHING THAT MOST OF THE TIME GET ONE THAT WILL TELL YOU WE DON’T WANT TO SANCTION THE LEADER OF ANOTHER COUNTRY. AND SO THAT WOULD BE AN IMPEDIMENT. THE OTHER THING IS I DON’T THINK LOT OF RECRUITING OWNS A LOT OF ASSETS INTERNATIONALLY IN HIS OWN MAN.

SO WE IN THE U.S. THE EUROPEAN UNION. WE RESPECT THE RULE OF LAW AND PROTECTION OF PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS. AND THAT MEANS THAT ACTUALLY SANCTIONING SOMEBODY IS PRIVATE PROPERTY IS A CUMBERSOME DIFFICULT LEGAL PROCESS FOR REASONS WE PROTECT THOSE RIGHTS.

SO IT PROVED HAS ASSETS AND 13 2 STEPS. REMOVED PROXIES AND SHELL COMPANIES. IT’S NOT THAT EASY TO DO IT. I DO THINK THAT WE’RE REACHING THE POINT WHERE POLITICALLY SANCTIONING LOTTERY, PUTIN PERSONALLY SEEMS TO BE VERY MUCH ON THE TABLE. I WOULDN’T BE SURPRISED IF WE DO IT.

>> I COULD SIT HERE AND TALK ABOUT THIS ALL DAY. I’VE GOT ABOUT A 100 MORE QUESTIONS IN MY MIND FOR YOU, BUT I LEAVE IT THERE LAST TELEVISION DOUGLAS, RIGHT. GREG, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US. WE APPRECIATE IT. >> THE RUSSIAN MILITARY HAS TAKEN CONTROL OF THE CHERNOBYL NUCLEAR POWER PLANT IN NORTHERN UKRAINE.

THAT PLANT WAS THE SITE OF AN EXPLOSION IN 1986 THAT LED TO THE WORST NUCLEAR DISASTER IN HUMAN HISTORY. THE POWER PLANT IS SHUT DOWN NOW. BUT THERE ARE NUCLEAR WASTE STORAGE FACILITIES ON THAT SITE. LET’S BRING IN ABC NEWS SENIOR REPORTER ALEX SITES WHILE NOW. ALEX WE’VE WE HEAR WHEN WE HEAR CHERNOBYL, IT IMMEDIATELY STORIES UP CONCERN FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE.

TROOPS DELIBERATELY WENT AFTER THAT SITE YESTERDAY. WHY IS THE RADIOACTIVE WASTE LAND SO IMPORTANT TO THE RUSSIAN MILITARY. >> YEAH. IT’S A GREAT QUESTION. ONE THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE WONDERING BECAUSE AS YOU SAID, THIS PLANT WAS SHUT DOWN IN 2000.

IT’S NOT AN OPERATING POWER PLANT. IT’S BASICALLY A RADIOACTIVE WASTE CLEANUP SITE AT THIS POINT. BUT ACCORDING TO 2 FORMER AND CURRENT U.S. OFFICIALS THAT I SPOKE TO WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON HERE IS PROBABLY JUST THAT THE CHERNOBYL PLANT HAPPENS TO BE IN A STRATEGICALLY LOCATED LOCATIONS.

IT DOESN’T REALLY HAVE TO DO WITH THE PLANT ITSELF. IT JUST WHERE IT IS, IT’S ABOUT 8 MILES FROM THE BELARUSIAN BORDER AND THAT’S, OF COURSE, THE RUSSIAN ALLY WHERE THEY’VE BEEN MASSING TROOPS IN PREPARATION FOR AN INVASION. AND IF THE RUSSIANS COME SOUTH THROUGH BELARUS. THEY BASICALLY RUN RIGHT INTO CHERNOBYL AS SOON AS THEY CROSS THE BORDER AND THEN IT’S ABOUT AN 80 MILE STRAIGHT SHOTS OUT TO KYIV AND THERE BE NO RIVER CROSSINGS, NO MAJOR GEOGRAPHICAL TERRAIN IN THE AREA.

MILITARY PLANS THAT I’VE SPOKEN TO SAID BASICALLY THIS ALLOWED THE RUSSIANS TO CROSS A MAJOR RIVER IN SAFE TERRITORY AND OTHER IS AND THEN COMING TO RUSSIA.

A 62 COMING TO UKRAINE AS THEY WORK TO ENCIRCLE THE CAPITAL. >> IT SEEMS THAT THOSE TROOPS, THE RUSSIANS ARE HOLDING THE PLANT NOW AND AS IT FELL YESTERDAY, THERE WAS SPECULATION CONCERNS ABOUT WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF A RADIOACTIVE CLOUD STARTED DRIFTING OVER EUROPE. OUR ENVIRONMENTAL EXPERTS CONCERNED ABOUT THE NUCLEAR MATERIAL FROM THAT SIDE. WHAT’S THE REAL WORRY HERE. YEAH, ABSOLUTELY.

THERE’S A LOT OF CONCERN. >> THE RADIATION HAS DECREASED IN THE 35 OR SO YEARS SINCE THAT 1986 DISASTER. BUT THIS IS STILL A VERY TOXIC SITE. AND THIS KIND OF 2 PARTS TO KEEP IN MIND HERE.

THERE’S THE ACTUAL DAMAGE REACTOR WHICH WAS CONTAINED.

BUT WHAT THEY CALL A SARCOPHAGUS AND A LOT OF CONCRETE BASICALLY. AND THEY CAME BACK LATER AND PUT A LARGE DOME OVER IT. THAT IS THE MOST RADIOACTIVE, THE MOST HAZARDOUS SITE SO THAT WAS THE PLACE THAT THAT THE MOST CONCERN IS FOCUSED ON RIGHT NOW. THERE’S ANY KIND OF FIGHTING IF THERE WAS AN AIR, AN EXPLOSION.

IT COULD.

YOU KNOW, RELEASE THAT CONTAMINATION AND SEND CLOUDS UP. BUT EVEN BEYOND THAT, YOU HAVE THIS LARGE EXCLUSION ZONE THAT THEY CALL IT WHERE THE SOIL, THE TREES, THE ANIMALS, ABANDONED HOUSES BASICALLY ANYTHING THAT WAS IN THIS ZONE HAD RADIOACTIVE DUST AND DEBRIS FALL ON IT AND WORKERS HAVE FOR YEARS BEEN PAINSTAKINGLY REMOVING REMOVING EVERYTHING THEY CAN. SO YOU CAN IMAGINE IF YOU HAVE HEAVY FIGHTING, IF YOU HAVE TANKS ROLLING THROUGH AND KICKING UP DIRT. IF YOU HAVE EXPLOSIONS KICKING UP DIRT THAT IT COULD LEAD TO A RADIOACTIVE, YOU KNOW, FALLOUT. >> ALL RIGHT.

ALEX SITES. WELL, WE APPRECIATE YOU. THANK YOU. IT HAS BEEN 10 YEARS SINCE THE DEATH OF TRAYVON MARTIN. THE DEATH THAT SPARKED AN UNPRECEDENTED MOVEMENT FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE.

COMING UP NEXT, AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT THE BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT AND WHERE THINGS STAND TODAY. STAY WITH US. ♪ >> WHAT HAPPENED HERE IS A STORY OF LOSS AND CELEBRATION RESIDENTS WHO ON FOR DEAR FOR YOU TO RIOTERS DOWN ONE OF THE DOORS.

IF YOU FOUND A WAY TO RECONCILE A YEAR LATER. IT REALLY HURT TO SEE THIS PLACE I LOVE SO TREATED WITH SUCH DISRESPECT AND WAS ACTIVE CLEANING TO HEALING.

♪ YOU DOING FOR TEACHERS OR FEEL THAT THEY’RE BEING STRETCHED TOO DID YOU UNDERSTAND HOW PREVALENT HUNGER WAS IN YOUR OWN COMMUNITY. ♪ >> THESE DAYS. IT FEELS LIKE THE NEWS NEVER STOPS. SO LET’S GET INTO IT. WHAT’S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW.

WHAT IT ALL MEANS FOR YOU FOR AN HOUR EVERY DAY CAN BE HARD KEEP UP. SO LET’S GET STARTED TOGETHER. ALI CHECKS IN NOW. >> WEEKDAYS AT 5 ON NBC NEWS NOW. >> FIRE IS AND BOUNDS YOU SEE BEHIND ME IS >> HOW WE TAX.

AND NOW WEEKDAYS AT 5 ON NBC NEWS NOW. ♪ >> WHAT HAPPENED HERE IS A STORY OF LOSS AND CELEBRATION RESIDENTS WHO HOLD ON FOR DEAR RIOTERS DOWN ONE OF THE DOORS. IF YOU FOUND A WAY TO RECONCILE A YEAR LATER. IT REALLY HURT TO SEE THIS PLACE I LOVE SO TREATED WITH SUCH DISRESPECT AND WAS AN ACTIVE CLEANING OR ACT TO HEALING. ♪ >> LOOK AT WHAT’S MAKING HEADLINES AROUND THE WORLD.

♪ >> THE PARENTS OF THE MICHIGAN TEENAGER ACCUSED OF KILLING 4 STUDENTS AT HIS HIGH SCHOOL LAST YEAR ARE HEADING TO TRIAL. THE JUDGE RULED THERE IS SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE FOR JAMES AND JENNIFER CRUMBLEY TO STAND TRIAL ON 4 COUNTS OF INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER ACCUSED OF IGNORING WARNING SIGNS THAT LED TO THE SHOOTING. THE CRUMBLEYS LAWYERS SAY THEIR CLIENT SHOULD NOT BE CRIMINALLY LIABLE BECAUSE THEY COULDN’T HAVE KNOWN THEIR SON, ETHAN WAS PLANNING TO ATTACK THE SCHOOL. >> THE 3 FORMER MINNEAPOLIS POLICE OFFICERS CONVICTED OF VIOLATING GEORGE FLOYD’S. CIVIL RIGHTS ARE WAITING TO FIND OUT THEIR SENTENCES.

A JURY CONVICTED JAY ALEXANDER KING THOMAS LANE INTO TOWN YESTERDAY FOR NOT GIVING SLICK MEDICAL ATTENTION DURING HIS ARREST THAT KING AND TOWER ALSO CONVICTED OF NOT INTERVENING TO STOP THEIR FORMER COLLEAGUE DEREK CHAUVIN FROM USING EXCESSIVE FORCE. NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT SHAQUILLE BREWSTER JOINS US NOW LIVE FROM SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA. SHOT FIRST. WALK US THROUGH THESE COUNT. ONE COUNT TO COUNT 3 AND WHAT THE FORMER OFFICER SENTENCES COULD ACTUALLY LOOK LIKE.

>> WELL, TAKE THAT LAST PART. FIRST BECAUSE THE SENTENCE IS THE POTENTIAL SENTENCE FOR THE 3 FORMER FRANKLY, NOT CLEAR AT THIS POINT THESE FEDERAL CHARGES RELY ON A COMPLEX SENTENCING FORMULA THAT EVEN FORMER FEDERAL PROSECUTORS ARE UNABLE TO PINPOINT EXACTLY HOW MUCH TIME THEY WILL FACE, THOUGH SOME HAVE ESTIMATED IT COULD BE SIMILAR WHAT WE SAW DEREK CHAUVIN SENTENCED TO IN HIS PLEA AGREEMENT, WHICH IS AROUND THE 20 YEAR MARK.

NOW, WE MENTIONED THESE CHARGES. THESE ARE UNIQUE CHARGES. THE TECHNICAL TERM IS DEPRIVATION OF RIGHTS UNDER THE COLOR OF LAW.

THE PROSECUTORS ARGUING THAT ALL 3 OF THESE FORMER OFFICERS, THE 5 GEORGE FLOYD OF HIS CIVIL RIGHTS WHEN THEY WILLFULLY FAILED TO GIVE HIM AID MEDICAL AID WHEN IT WAS CLEAR HE NEEDED IT 2 OF THOSE OFFICERS TO TAO AND JAY ALEXANDER KING FACING THAT ADDITIONAL CONVICTION FOR WILLFULLY FAILING TO INTERVENE WHEN GEORGE FLOYD WAS FACING THAT EXCESSIVE OR UNREASONABLE FORCE BY DEREK CHAUVIN. SO THOSE ARE THE CHARGES THAT THE 3 OFFICERS WERE NOW CONVICTED OF AND WILL WAIT TO SEE WHAT THAT SENTENCE LOOKS LIKE. >> YOU KNOW, HOW IS GEORGE FLOYD’S FAMILY REACTING NOW TO THESE CONVICTIONS. >> YEAH. YOU KNOW, THEY’VE BEEN ADMITTING THAT IT’S BEEN TOUGH FOR THEM.

THEY SAID THAT YESTERDAY WAS A GOOD DAY, BUT THEY TALK ABOUT HOW MUCH THEY MISS GEORGE FLOYD, I WANT YOU TO LISTEN WHAT WE HEARD FROM THE BROTHER OF GEORGE FLOYD ALONE IS RIGHT AFTER THAT VERDICT YESTERDAY. >> THEY NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES THAT GREAT NIGHT.

FOR IT FEELS TO WE YOU KNOW, WE WOULD BE. ONE OF FIELD BECAUSE. >> THE PROSECUTORS WHO ARE STANDING BEHIND HIS BROTHER RIGHT THERE AND DECIDE THAT THEY HOPE VERDICT SENDS A MESSAGE THAT IT’S A DUTY AND IT COULD BE CRIMINAL TO NOT INTERVENE.

WHEN YOU SEE EXCESSIVE FORCE. >> ALL RIGHT. OF COURSE THEY’RE SHAQ. THANK YOU. >> TOMORROW MARKS 10 YEARS SINCE TRAYVON MARTIN WAS MURDERED IN SANFORD, FLORIDA IS DEATH SPARKING THE BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT IN THIS WEEK’S INTO AMERICA PODCAST.

NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT REMAIN LEE TAKES AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT. POLICE SAY AND THE OTHER REALLY MARTYRS WHO STARTED MODERN CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST MAINE JOINS US NOW TO MAINE. TELL US WHAT YOU LEARNED NOW. 10 YEARS LATER. >> AARON, AS MUCH AS TREY VINE IS REMEMBERED FOR IS HIS YOUNG TRAGIC DEATH 10 YEARS AGO.

HE’S ALSO BEING REMEMBERED FOR THE MOVEMENT THAT GAVE LIFE TO MOVEMENT CHANGED AMERICA. ♪ >> FEBRUARY 2620 12 A 17 YEAR-OLD BOY WAS SPENDING THE WEEKEND WITH HIS FATHER IN A SUBURB OF ORLANDO DURING HALFTIME OF THE NBA ALL-STAR GAME.

HE WENT TO A NEARBY 7.11 TO GET AS THE BOY WAS WALKING HOME IN THE DARK COULD BE UP TO SHIELD HIM FROM THE RAIN. HE WAS SPOTTED AND CONFRONTED BY AN ARMED SELF-APPOINTED NEIGHBORHOOD.

WATCH CAPTAIN WHO DEMANDED TO KNOW WHO WAS WHITE. WAS THERE. THERE WAS A SCUFFLE AND PEOPLE CAN >> REST POWER. I SAY THE SO MANY >> THIS YEAR TRAYVON MARTIN SHOULD BE CELEBRATING HIS 27TH YEAR OF LIFE INSTEAD HE’S BEING REMEMBERED 10 YEARS AFTER HIS DEATH SPARKED A MOVEMENT. THE LAST MATERIAL MARKERS OF TRAYVON’S LIFE.

TOO YOUNG ARE NOW A PART OF HISTORY. ONE DISPLAY AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE LATER. IT’S PART OF AN EXHIBIT EXPLORING RECONSTRUCTION LEGACIES REALLY STAND HERE WITH GREAT.

WHAT HIS SNEAKERS, WHITE SNEAKERS. >> THERE IS A NICE TO THE SKITTLES.

HIS PHONE. JUST A BOY. IT’S HARD TO EVEN LOOK AT THIS. WITH A BULLET HOLE IN HIS CHEST. AND THERE OUT OF RESPECT FOR MARTIN’S FAMILY.

THE MUSEUM DOESN’T ALLOW PHOTOS OR VIDEO OF THE DISPLAY. HIS MOTHER, SABRINA FULTON EXPLAINS ITS SIGNIFICANCE IN A WAY THAT NO PHOTO EVER COULD. >> IF YOU LOOK AT THE HOODIE, YOU SAW A HOLE IN HIS YOU KNOW WHERE HIS HEART WAS READY WAS CITED. I WANT PEOPLE TO SEE THAT.

I WANT TO REMIND PEOPLE THAT THIS HAPPENED HERE IN IN THE UNITED STATES ON THE DISPLAY IS CREEPING.

>> TAKING SOME VISITORS BY SURPRISE. >> THAT LEVEL OF SACRIFICE. IT’S A HUGE PRICE TO PAY. I’M THINKING THIS IS REALLY HOW MY PEOPLE ARE TREATED IN AMERICA. >> WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM HAVING TO MEET ITS TOP TRACKS AND YOU JUST WANT TO ABSORB EVERYTHING RIGHT DOWN TO WHAT HE PURCHASED STORE WHERE WE TRY TO DO THINK SPENCER CREW IS DIRECTOR EMERITUS OF THE MUSEUM WHO LIKE ALL THIS MONTH.

HE’S BEEN OUR GUIDE AS WE’VE REPORTED ON THE RECONSTRUCTION ERA. SO WOULD RULE. DOES THIS PUT PLANES THAT THE MISSION HOUSE, YOU CAN GET TO THE PAST IT REALLY FITS IN WITH HIS ID AND RECONSTRUCTION. >> AFRICAN-AMERICANS WERE ONLY SUPPOSED HAVE A CERTAIN PLACE AND THAT SOCIETY WHEN THEY GOT A PRICE, YOU NEED TO BE PULLED BACK AND PUNISHED FOR HAVING BROKEN THE TRAYVON’S DEATH.

AND LATER, HE COULD LEAD HIS KILLER LAUNCHED THE BLACK LIVES TO US.

HIS PARENTS INTO THE VANGUARD OF MODERN CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVISM FORCING THEM. >> TO PUSH PAST AND IMAGINE GRIEF TO BE A VOICE FOR THEIR SON STILL GROWING LIST OF BLACK PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN MURDERED. >> SPECTRUM ME THAT YOU FEEL STRONGLY MEANS YOU SHOW UP ANYWAY AND BACK EVEN TRADE WAS THEY WERE IN THE FOREFRONT KEEP IN HIS MOVE MAY IMPACT YOU THAT HELPED A LOT OF THESE GET CONVICTIONS EVEN THOUGH WE DIDN’T GET A >> IN A WAY TRAYVON’S LEGACY AND THE MOVEMENT BUILT IN HIS HONOR ISN’T JUST BLACK. AMERICA’S LEGACY.

IT’S ALL OF >> THAT’S WHY I DECIDED TO TO GO MAKE THE THINGS BECAUSE I’M AMERICA TRAYVON BELONGS TO AMERICA.

>> AARON. IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE IT’S BEEN 10 YEARS SINCE TRAYVON HAS BEEN GONE AND EVEN THOUGH HE’S GONE. HE’S CERTAINLY NOT FORGOTTEN. >> ALRIGHT MAINLY FOR US TODAY. JERMAINE, THANK YOU.

>> SCENES OF WAR ARE BEING SHARED ACROSS THE WORLD WIDE WEB AFTER THE BREAK. THE PEOPLE RISKING THEIR LIVES TO SHOW SOCIAL MEDIA. WHAT’S HAPPENING ON THE GROUND IN UKRAINE. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> WRONG ABOUT TO SEE BEHIND ME IS >> NOW TONIGHT, JOSHUA JOHNSON STREAMING WEEK NIGHTS AT NBC NEWS NOW.

>> THESE DAYS IT FEELS LIKE THE NEWS NEVER STOPS.

SO LET’S GET INTO IT. WHAT’S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. WHAT IT ALL MEANS FOR YOU FOR AN HOUR EVERY DAY CAN BE HARD KEEP UP. SO LET’S GET STARTED TOGETHER. ALI CHECKS IN NOW.

>> WEEKDAYS AT 5 ON NBC NEWS NOW. TOP STORY WITH IS YOUR NEWS PLAYLIST NBC NEWS NOW. YOU CAN LISTEN TO IT AS A PODCAST AVAILABLE ANYTIME AND ANYWHERE. ♪ ♪ >> WE’RE HERE TO START CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE BIG THINGS HAPPENING AT ALL WORLD BECAUSE IT’S NOT MY JOB TO TELL YOU WHAT TO MY JOB IS TO THINK ABOUT WHAT TELL ME. NOW TONIGHT WITH JOSHUA JOHNSON STREAMING WEEK NIGHTS AT 8 ON NBC NEWS NOW.

>> WHAT HAPPENED HERE IS A STORY OF LOSS AND CELEBRATION RESIDENTS WHO ON FOR DEAR FOR YOU TO RIOTERS DOWN ONE OF THE DOORS. IF YOU FOUND A WAY TO RECONCILE A YEAR LATER. IT REALLY HURT TO SEE THIS PLACE. I LOVE SO TREATED WITH SUCH DISRESPECT WAS ACTIVE CLEANING OR HEALING. ♪ ♪ >> THE UKRAINE INVASION ISN’T JUST UNFOLDING ON TELEVISION.

IT’S ALSO A MAJOR SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS INCLUDING TIKTOK.

THAT’S RIGHT. USERS ARE GETTING A FIRST PERSON VIEW OF THE DIRE SITUATION WITH PEOPLE AT THE HEART OF THE CONFLICT SHARING THEIR OWN DEEPLY PERSONAL STORIES OF WAR. NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT ERIN MCLAUGHLIN TAKES A CLOSER LOOK. >> EERILY QUIET HERE IN THE CAPITAL.

BUT JUST A FEW HOURS AGO IT WAS ANYTHING BUT WE SAW A GUN BATTLE TAKING PLACE ABOUT 2 AND A HALF MILES FROM WHERE I’M STANDING NOW IN THAT DIRECTION. IN A RESIDENTIAL AREA RUSSIAN FORCES CLASHING WITH UKRAINIAN MILITARY RESIDENTS. TERRIFIED TOLD TO STAY INSIDE. OFFICIALS HERE ARE EXTREMELY WORRIED THAT THIS CITY COULD FALL WITHIN DAYS. >> THIS MORNING IN KYIV, THE EERIE WAIL OF SIRENS.

DAY 2 OF PUTIN’S WAR ON UKRAINE. >> THE RUSSIAN ARMY ADVANCING QUICKLY IN THE CITY OF MORE THAN 3 MILLION OVERNIGHT ROCKET STRUCK A RESIDENTIAL APARTMENT BLOCKS UKRAINE’S PRESIDENT ZELINSKY ADDRESS THE NATION SUNDAY AT NOON LESSON FOR MUCH OF WHAT THE ENEMY HAS LISTED ME AS TARGET.

NUMBER ONE SEED. THEY WANT TO DESTROY THE COUNTRY. HE SAYS.

>> AS MISSILE STRIKE, THE CAPITAL. >> THE CITY’S METRO STATIONS TURNED INTO BOMB SHELTERS STILL FUNCTIONING METRO STATION. SO MANY PEOPLE HERE. THE ONLY PLACE THEY CAN >> NASTY EDGE EMT AND HER 13 YEAR-OLD SISTER RAN HERE SOON AS THEY HEARD THE SIRENS, THEIR PARENTS MADE IT TO ANOTHER SHELTER. >> OR SOMETHING HAPPENS YOU’RE NOT TOGETHER.

>> JOB. OF COURSE WE’RE IN TOUCH EVERY HALF HOUR. SHE SAYS EVERYONE WILL BE TRAUMATIZED AFTER THIS. THE CHILDREN WILL BE MOST TRAUMATIZED THE WAR IS BEING PLAYED OUT IN NEAR REAL TIME ON SOCIAL MEDIA PRAYING THAT COULD OPEN THIS SNAPCHAT VIDEO SHOT AT THE MAIN RAILWAY STATION IN THE CAPITAL SITUATION BECOME BIDDY PEOPLE ♪ MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY.

ONE OF THE PROFESSIONAL DANCERS ON DANCING WITH THE STARS POSTED FROM UKRAINE ON HIS INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT.

THIS IS GOING TO BE. THIS IS GOING ESCALATE TO EXTREME PORTIONS POST SHOW THE REALITY OF WAR DOCUMENTING THE CONFLICT, THE DAMAGE AND THE DEAD. THIS POST SHOWING THE CHILLING SIGHT OF RUSSIAN TANKS POSITIONED OUTSIDE THE NUCLEAR POWER PLANT AT CHERNOBYL. BACK IN THE METRO STATION IN 3 FRIENDS MAKING THE BEST OF A BAD SITUATION WHEN THE SIRENS SOUNDED THEY BROUGHT THEIR CATS SLEEPING BAGS AND FOOD. THEY SAY THEY’RE READY IF THE RUSSIAN TROOPS COUNTRY THAT TAKES PRIDE IN ITS FIGHTING TO MAKE SURE IT’S NOT TAKEN AWAY.

>> PEOPLE HERE ARE BEING ENCOURAGED TO TAKE UP ARMS. THE GOVERNMENT IS GIVING AWAY THOUSANDS OF WEAPONS INCLUDING AK 40 SEVENS. THERE BEING ENCOURAGED TO FIGHT FOR THEIR COUNTRY. >> BREAKING NEWS. FIRST ON NBC NEWS NOW UNDER SIEGE.

RUSSIAN FORCES CLOSING IN ON UKRAINE’S CAPITAL CITY. UKRAINIAN STILL TRYING TO ESCAPE WITH TIME RUNNING OUT. WE’LL TELL YOU ABOUT THE SITUATION ON THE GROUND RIGHT NOW AND JUST HOW THE WHITE HOUSE IS RESPONDING. ALSO BREAKING AT THIS HOUR. SUPREME PICK PRESIDENT BIDEN SELECTED HIS CHOICE FOR THE NATION’S HIGHEST COURT.

WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT TIME BROWN JACKSON AND THE CONFIRMATION BATTLE SHE SET TO FACE IN THE SENATE AND COVERING AMERICA.

THE CDC SET TO UNVEIL NEW MASK GUIDELINES. WHAT WE’RE EXPECTING TO HEAR FROM TOP OFFICIALS AND FLORIDA FIKE THE CONTROVERSIAL SO-CALLED DON’T SAY BILL PASSED BY THE STATE’S HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. THE NEXT TEST FOR PLAN THAT CRITICS SAY THREATENS LGBTQ STUDENTS INSIDE THEIR OWN SCHOOLS. ♪ ♪ AND GOOD FRIDAY, EVERYBODY.

A MERRY GO. MORGAN RADFORD, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US. WE BEGIN THIS HOUR WITH BREAKING NEWS. RUSSIA’S ASSAULT ON UKRAINE IS INTENSIFYING BATTLES ARE UNDERWAY IN THE OUTER PARTS OF KEYS. PEOPLE ACROSS THE CAPITAL HAVE TAKEN SHELTER CAVES MAYOR SAYS THE CITY IS IN A, QUOTE, DEFENSE PHASE.

UKRAINIAN FORCES BLEW UP A BRIDGE ABOUT 15 MILES OUTSIDE OF THE CAPITAL THIS MORNING. THIS IS ALL IN AN EFFORT TO STOP RUSSIAN FORCES FROM ADVANCING ANOTHER RUSSIAN DEFENSE MINISTRY SAYS IT’S TAKING OVER AN AIRFIELD THAT JUST MILES FROM THE CENTER OF KEVE. YOU CAN SEE IT LABELED AS ANTONOV AIRPORT ON THE MAP HERE. UKRAINIAN OFFICIALS HAVE NOT COMMENTED ON THE ATTACK. AND ACCORDING TO THE KREMLIN, VLADIMIR PUTIN TOLD CHINA’S PRESIDENT THAT HE IS OPEN TO TALKS WITH UKRAINIAN OFFICIALS.

>> TODAY, THOUGH HE ALSO CALLED FOR UKRAINIAN TROOPS TO OVERTHROW THEIR GOVERNMENT. OUR NBC NEWS TEAM IS SPREAD OUT ACROSS 2 CONTINENTS CLOSELY WATCHING EVERY SINGLE DEVELOPMENT THIS HOUR. LET’S GOING TO GET OVERSEAS SANCHEZ WHO IS AND MASCOT MOSCOW AND CAL PERRY JOINS US ONCE AGAIN FROM UKRAINE COW. HOW HAS THE SITUATION SORT OF DEVELOP THROUGHOUT THE DAY WHERE YOU ARE. YOU STILL HEARING SIRENS?

ARE YOU SEEING PEOPLE FLEEING. WHAT’S THE VANTAGE POINT THERE? >> WELL, THIS MORNING WE HAVE THOSE SIRENS.

WE HAD FOLKS SORT OF SCRAMBLING BOMB SHELTER. SINCE THEN.

IT’S BEEN FAIRLY QUIET, THOUGH. I WILL SAY THE SECURITY SITUATION HERE IS CHANGING FAIRLY RAPIDLY. THERE WILL BE A CURFEW IN EFFECT FROM 10:00PM UNTIL 06:00AM HERE IN THE CITY OF LVIV IN AGAIN, A REMINDER I’M 350 MILES FROM TV WHERE YOU SEE THOSE RUSSIAN NOW FORCING THEIR INTO THE CITY.

>> THE SCARY SITUATION CHANGING HERE AS WELL. BECAUSE UKRAINIAN TELEVISION AND THEN A LOT OF THE NEWS OUTLETS ARE REPORTING THAT ONE OF THE TACTICS OF THE RUSSIAN SOLDIERS ARE USING AS THEIR CHANGING INTO UKRAINIAN UNIFORMS.

WE DO NOT KNOW THAT TO BE TRUE. THERE’S SO MUCH MISINFORMATION. SO MUCH DISINFORMATION OUT THERE BUT IT’S ENOUGH TO HAVE REALLY SPOOKED THE SECURITY SERVICES HERE. SO WE’RE SEEING ABOUT DOUBLE THE SECURITY PRESENCE ON THE STREETS HERE.

AND AGAIN, THERE WILL BE THAT CURFEW IN EFFECT ALL OF THIS, OF COURSE, WHILE MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE FLEEING AT LEAST A 100,000 PEOPLE NOW ON THE MOVE ACCORDING TO THE UNITED NATIONS COUNT ON I WANT TO COME BACK TO YOU HERE IN JUST A MINUTE.

BUT RAS, WHAT IS THE LATEST SITUATION OUT OF RUSSIA TODAY. I MEAN, THOSE FROM HIGH RANKING OFFICIALS AND REALLY JUST FROM PEOPLE THERE ON THE STREET.

WHAT ARE THEY SAYING? >> WE’RE GETTING CONTRADICTORY MESSAGES FROM THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT RIGHT NOW ON THE ONE HAND THEY’RE SAYING TO THE UKRAINIAN LEADERSHIP WE’RE PREPARED TO NEGOTIATE WITH YOU. AND ON THE OTHER HAND, THEY’RE TELLING THE UKRAINIAN ARMY TO OVERTHROW PRESIDENT ZELENSKY AND HIS GOVERNMENT.

LET’S START WITH THAT OFFER OF TALKS. THEY’RE SAYING THEY’RE PREPARED TO SEND A DELEGATION TO MINSK IN BELARUS TO MEET WITH UKRAINIAN OFFICIALS TO TALK ABOUT A POTENTIAL THE STEEL AND CAPITAL OF BELARUS IS NOT A NEUTRAL VENUE. BELARUS IS BASICALLY A LAUNCHING PAD AT THIS POINT FOR THE RUSSIAN MILITARY. IS IT DRIVES OUST TOWARDS KEY OF AND AT THE SAME TIME THAT THEY’RE OFFERING THESE TALKS.

THEY ARE SAYING THEY WANT TO OVERTHROW THE PEOPLE WHO WOULD BE SITTING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE NEGOTIATING TABLE FROM PRESIDENT.

PUTIN APPEARED ON STATE TELEVISION HERE IN RUSSIA. A LITTLE MORE THAN AN HO AGO USING REALLY STRIKING LANGUAGE CALLING ON UKRAINE’S MILITARY LEADERSHIP TO OVERTHROW WHAT HE SAID WERE THAN NEO-NAZIS AND DRUG ADDICTS IN THE CAPITAL KIEV MARKET. >> I WANT TO COME BACK TO YOU BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, THERE HAVE BEEN THESE CALLS FOR ANYONE IN UKRAINE TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST THE RUSSIANS.

WHAT MORE DO WE KNOW ABOUT THAT. THAT CALL TO ACTION.

>> SO THERE’S THAT CALL TO ACTION. LIKE YOU SAID, ANYBODY WHO IS WILLING TO FIGHT. JUST COME TO RECRUITMENT OFFICE WITH YOUR PASSPORT AND YOU WILL BE DEPLOYED TO THE FRONT. ADD TO THAT YOU HAVE A BAND NOW ON ALL MILITARY AGE MALES FROM LEAVING THE COUNTRY AND THAT HAS A HUGE SPOKE TO A 19 YEAR-OLD KID OUTSIDE A TRAIN STATION WHO IS GOING TO TAKE HIS MOTHER TO THE QUARTER.

AND THEN HE SAID I KNOW THEY’RE NOT ACROSS AND I’M GOING TO HAVE TO COME BACK.

I’M GOING TO HAVE TO FIGHT. SOME PEOPLE DON’T WANT TO FIGHT. SOME PEOPLE WANT TO GET OUT OF THIS COUNTRY WITH THEIR FAMILIES. OTHER PEOPLE DO WANT TO HEAD TO THE FIGHT. SO YOU HAVE.

>> THOSE DIFFERING HUMAN NEEDS YOU YOU KNOW, I LIKE I SAID AT LEAST A 100,000 PEOPLE AND THAT’S GOING TO BE A LOW FIGURE AT THIS POINT. AS WE WATCH THE VIDEO FROM THE CAPITAL OF TANKS MOVING IN A 100,000 PEOPLE IS GOING TO BE THE LEAST AMOUNT OF PEOPLE THAT ARE ON THE MOVE. THE UN HAS ESTIMATED BETWEEN 2 5 MILLION PEOPLE. THOSE FOLKS HAVE STARTED TO FLOOD INTO THE CITY THAT I AM AND THERE’S A 25 MILE BACKUP AT THE BORDER COURT. ACCORDING TO MY COLLEAGUE KELLY COULD BE SOME OF THOSE FOLKS ARE JUST NOT ABLE TO GO ANYWHERE AND THAT’S GOING TO RAISE A HUMANITARIAN CRISIS.

THERE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO BE. >> CAMPS BROUGHT INTENSE SHELTER. IT IS COLD. PEOPLE DON’T HAVE ANYWHERE TO GO AND THEY HAVE BEEN TIMES VERY LITTLE WITH THEM WHAT THEY CAN CARRY ON THEIR BACKS. >> IT’S IMPOSSIBLE SITUATION THERE.

CAL PERRY FOR US IN UKRAINE SANCHEZ AND MOSCOW. GENTLEMEN, THANK YOU BOTH. >> ABC NEWS SENIOR WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT KELLY O’DONNELL IS JOINING US NOW FROM HER POST KELLY, WHAT’S BEEN THE REACTION FROM THE WHITE HOUSE ON THESE LATEST COMMENTS THAT ARE COMING OUT OF RUSSIA’S WRAP. THIS REPORT. >> WELL, CERTAINLY THE WHITE HOUSE HAS VIEWED EVERYTHING HAS BEEN SAYING.

AND TOP RUSSIAN OFFICIALS HAS BEEN SAYING AS BE ON SUSPECT THAT THEY HAVE NOT BEEN TRUTHFUL AT EVERY INCREMENT LEADING UP TO THIS POINT AND THAT THEIR INTENTIONS AND THEIR STRATEGY IS NOT TO BE TRUSTED.

AND CERTAINLY THEY ARE FRUSTRATED BY THE FACT SHE HAS DOWNPLAYED DECEIVED CERTAINLY MISLED THE PEOPLE OF UKRAINE AS WELL AS THE WORLD TIME AND TIME AGAIN. AND SO WHAT WE HEARD FROM THE PRESIDENT DIRECTLY WAS THAT HE IS NOT GOING TO BE TO OF WLADIMIR PRUDENT AND THAT WHILE DIPLOMACY ALL WE SHOULD HAVE A PATHWAY AND ULTIMATELY THERE WILL BE SOME POINT WHERE DIPLOMACY HAS TO BE REALLY ENGAGED WITH RUSSIA TO TRY TO BRING THIS TO AN END AT SOME FUTURE DATE. IT DOES NOT APPEAR IMMINENT. SO THE IDEA THAT RUSSIA CONTINUES WITH MISINFORMATION WITH DIS-INFORMATION AND IS IN AN ACTIVE WAR AGAINST IS VERY DISTURBING.

THE DIPLOMACY THAT IS ACTIVE AND IS WORKING. IS THE PRESIDENT AND NATO PARTNERS TODAY WHERE HE MET WITH VIRTUALLY IN A VIRTUAL SUMMIT ON NATO PARTNERS WHO ARE TRYING TO DO A FEW DIFFERENT THINGS. THEY’RE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW THEY WANT TO BUILD UP THEIR OWN RESOURCES TO PROTECT MILITARILY, THE NATO COUNTRIES THAT ARE AT THE BORDER OF UKRAINE AND IN CERTAIN PLACES THE BORDER OF RUSSIA WITH SOME MEMBER STATES AND WHAT STEPS THEY’RE GOING TO BE PREPARED TO TAKE TO ASSIST UKRAINE BY SENDING ADDITIONAL MILITARY RESOURCES THAT COULD BE USED BY UKRAINIANS AND TO DEAL WITH THINGS LIKE PENALTIES AND SANCTIONS AND HUMANITARIAN AID.

AARON. >> ALL RIGHT.

KELLY O’DONNELL FOR US IN WASHINGTON. KELLI, THANK YOU. >> THE INTENSIFYING CRISIS IN UKRAINE COULD HAVE A MAJOR IMPACT ON THE U.S. ECONOMY, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO THOSE FUEL COSTS ON THURSDAY.

OIL PRICES REACHED THE HIGHEST LEVEL IN NEARLY A DECADE. WALL STREET A SEVERE CASE OF WHIPLASH. THE MARKETS TUMBLED DRAMATICALLY BEFORE SURGING A MAJOR REBOUND. NBC’S TOM COSTELLO HAS A CLOSER LOOK AT WHAT THIS MEANS FOR ALL OF US. >> GOOD DAY.

THE U.S. ECONOMY, AS YOU KNOW, STILL IN RECOVERY MODE FROM THE PANDEMIC. AND WE’VE BEEN EXPERIENCING DECADES HIGH INFLATION FOR MONTHS NOW.

BUT THIS WAR IN EUROPE IS ADDING ANOTHER LAYER OF UNCERTAINTY FOR EVERYTHING FROM BUYING GROCERIES TO RETIREMENT SAVINGS.

THE CLEAREST EXAMPLE, THOUGH, THAT WE’RE SEEING THE FINANCIAL IMPACT EVERY DAY IS AT THE GAS PUMP. >> FROM THE WEST COAST. I THINK IT’S KIND OF RIDICULOUS TO THE EAST COAST. I’M SCARED. I DON’T WANT TO 10 BUCKS.

A CARS. MY MY HEART AND EVERYWHERE IN CONTROL. IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE IT’S OVER $5. A GALLON AMERICANS ALREADY FEELING THE PINCH WHEN THEY FEEL OFF ARE FACING NEW ECONOMIC UNCERTAINTY THIS MORNING LESS THAN 24 HOURS AFTER RUSSIA’S MILITARY INVASION INTO UKRAINE OIL ON THE GLOBAL MARKET TEMPORARILY TOPPED $100 A BARREL.

>> FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 8 YEARS.

EXPERTS SAY FOR EVERY $10 INCREASE GAS PRICES CAN JUMPED $0.20 WITH A NATIONAL AVERAGE. NOW OF $3 M $0.55 PRICES HAVE SURGED $0.89 FROM A YEAR AGO.

WHAT EVEN HIGHER IN SOME AREAS. CALIFORNIA CURRENTLY THE HIGHEST FOR 77 A GALLON, CALIFORNIA IS A LOT GOING TO BE PROBABLY PAYING $5 A GALLON IN A MATTER OF ONE TO 2 WEEKS, POTENTIALLY. THIS SUMMER. CALIFORNIA COULD HIT WITH SOME STATIONS. NEARING 6 OR EVEN $7.

A GALLON IN PARTS OF RURAL CALIFORNIA. >> AT ISSUE RUSSIA IS THE WORLD’S SECOND LARGEST EXPORTER OF OIL AND GAS PRICES ARE SET GLOBALLY. >> PRESIDENT BIDEN SAYS HIS ADMINISTRATION WILL USE EVERY TOOL POSSIBLE TO LIMIT THE IMPACT. >> WE’RE TAKING ACTIVE STEPS TO BRING DOWN THE COST AND AMERICAN OIL AND GAS COMPANY SHOULD NOT SHOULD NOT EXPLOIT THIS MOMENT TO HIKE THEIR PRICES TO RAISE PROFITS.

BUT IT’S NOT JUST FUEL.

>> UKRAINE IS A MAJOR GLOBAL EXPORTER OF WHEAT AND A DISRUPTION COULD MEAN HIGHER FOOD PRICES GLOBALLY. EXPERTS SAY HOW LONG THE SITUATION IN EUROPE LAST WILL DETERMINE THE STRAIN ON OUR WALLETS THERE WILL DEFINITELY BE AN IMPACT ON AMERICANS POCKETBOOKS SERVICE. BUT. >> YOU KNOW IT. THE QUESTION IS WHAT IS THE COST DEFENDING DEMOCRACY.

>> WHILE THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION, A SANCTION RUSSIA. IT DID NOT TARGET ITS OIL AND FUEL SECTORS WHICH COULD HAVE DRIVEN PRICES EVEN HIGHER. AND AS A MAJOR EXPORT OR RUSSIA WOULD STAND TO BENEFIT FROM THOSE HIGHER GLOBAL PRICES TO US.

BY THE WAY, HAS RELIED ON RUSSIAN OIL. HALF A MILLION BARRELS A DAY IN LATE 2021 EVEN MORE THAN WE IMPORT FROM SAUDI ARABIA.

BACK TO YOU. >> WE ARE WATCHING THIS INVASION OF UKRAINE PLAY OUT IN REAL TIME, NOT JUST ON TV BUT ALSO ON SOCIAL MEDIA, INCLUDING TIKTOK LIVE STREAMS ON THE APP ARE GIVING THE WORLD A FIRST PERSON VIEW OF THE SITUATION THERE ON THE GROUND. SOME OF THEM APPEAR TO BE AUTHENTIC.

BUT OTHERS ARE ACTUALLY FAKE. NBC NEWS SENIOR REPORTER BEN COLLINS COVERS DIS INFORMATION IN THE INTERNET FOR US.

BEN, IT’S BEEN WHAT, 24 HOURS OR SO NOW SINCE THE INVASION STARTED IN UKRAINE. SO WHAT ARE YOU SEEING ON TIKTOK RIGHT NOW. >> OR SEEING THIS MISHMASH OF BIG VIDEOS IN REAL. THAT FROM UKRAINE AND THE REAL VIDEOS ARE JUST IS MORTIFYING, AS YOU WOULD THINK THAT THE BIG VIDEOS. YOU KNOW, SIRENS AND GUNSHOTS GOING OFF IN THE BACKGROUND OF STATIC SHOTS OUTSIDE OF THE TOPS OF HOUSES.

BUT THOSE ARE REALLY SHOT IN THE UK AND ITS PEOPLE. SCAMMING OTHER PEOPLE FOR BUNCH OF MONEY. THAT’S WHAT YOU’RE SEEING RIGHT NOW IS A LOT OF PEOPLE TRYING TO GAME THE SYSTEM TO TRY TO GET HIM IN FRONT OF PEOPLE’S LIFE TO COLLECT DONATIONS.

>> IT’S YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE VIDEOS YOU FOUND WAS VIEWED WHAT, 20 MILLION TIMES JUST ABOUT THE USE OF PASSED IT OFF AS COMING FROM UKRAINE. BUT IN REALITY HE WAS LIVE STREAMING FROM HIS COUCH THEY FIND HIM.

>> YEAH, IT’S COMING UP ON 30 MILLION SO THIS ONE VIDEO IS A MAN. >> HEROD PARATROOPER PARACHUTING. YOU CAN SEE HERE ON TO WHAT COULD BE ANYWHERE REALLY. AND IT TURNS OUT THIS THIS VIDEO IS FROM 2016.

HE POSTED THIS INSTAGRAM IN 2016, WE POSTED A COUPLE HOURS AFTER THE INVASION AS WELL.

IF YOU LOOKED AT A COUPLE HOURS AFTER THAT, YOU SAW HIM ON HIS COACH CHATTING WITH A FRIEND. SO HE IS CLEARLY NOT UKRAINE IN THIS VIDEO IS CLEARLY FROM SEVERAL YEARS AGO HOWEVER, THAT DIDN’T STOP THIS SORT OF THING FROM TAKING OFF AND THAT’S THE WORRY THAT WE KEEP SEEING AS WE CAN SEE, PRETTY SANITIZED VERSION OF THIS WAR ON TIKTOK.

YOU SEE PEOPLE POSTING VIDEO GAME FOOTAGE HAS IT. THAT’S THE SAME THING. IT IS NOT THE SAME THING ANYBODY IS NOT THE SAME THING AS THIS HORRIFIC WAR THAT YOU’RE SEEING THAT DOCKED.

>> YOU KNOW, A LOT OF PEOPLE DON’T QUESTION THESE THINGS, THOUGH, WHEN THEY DO SEE THEM ON THE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS. HOW CAN PEOPLE FIGURE OUT WHETHER THE VIDEOS THEY’RE SEEING ARE ARE LEGIT. >> WELL, FIRST OF ALL, CHECK AND SEE IF THE ACCOUNT SUPPOSE THAT ANYTHING BEFORE THIS TALK ABOUT YOU CAN SEE ASKING FOR DONATIONS OR MONEY OR ANY ANY OF THAT SORT OF THING. IF IN MOST IMPORTANTLY, SEE IF THEY POST OF THE STUFF IN THE PAST. IT’S REALLY NOT THAT COMPLICATED THIS TAKE THE EXTRA STEP.

GO THROUGH THE PROFILE AND SEE IF THIS PERSON IS LEGIT. AND BY THE WAY, THERE’S REAL NEWS ON THEIR TO NBC NEWS ON TIKTOK. SO YOU CAN FIND GOOD STUFF ON THERE. JUST MAKE SURE WHAT YOU’RE SEEING. IT’S FROM A LEGITIMATE ACTIVE.

>> I’M GLAD WE HAVE YOU CHECKED THE TO FACT CHECK FOR US TO MAKE SURE THE STUFF THAT WE’RE SEEING IS REAL PUTTING ON A ON OUR AIR.

SO THE NCAA’S THANK YOU. >> THE IMPACT OF RUSSIA’S ATTACK IS BEING FELT RIGHT HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN THE U.S.

HAVE TIES TO UKRAINE AND MANY ARE NOW PROTESTING THE MILITARY ASSAULT. NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT JESSE KIRSCH JOINS US NOW LIVE FROM CHICAGO. HI THERE, JUSTIN. >> THERE. MORGAN.

THIS IS THE UKRAINIAN VILLAGE A COMMUNITY OF UKRAINIAN PEOPLE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. ONE OF SEVERAL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THERE ARE ABOUT A MILLION PEOPLE LIVING IN THE U.S. WITH TIES TO THE EMBATTLED NATION.

SOME OF THEM GATHERING HERE AS WELL AS THE RALLIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY OVER THE LAST DAY OR SO BECAUSE FOR THEM WATCHING WHAT IS HAPPENING IN UKRAINE RIGHT NOW ISN’T JUST SHOCKING. IT’S PERSONAL. >> COAST TO COAST FROM NEW YORK’S TIMES AND THE WHITE I HAD TO LOS ANGELES AND BEYOND. >> CRANIUM ACROSS AMERICA, EMOTIONAL. I’M HOPING THEIR VOICES WILL LOUDER THAN THE BOMBS CRASHING DOWN ON THEIR HOMELAND.

14 IS A FULLY SO MANY UKRAINIANS. YOU’RE WORRIED ABOUT THEIR LOVED ONES BACK HOME.

WE’RE ON THE PHONE ACTUALLY WITH MY GRANDMA. >> BUT THEY WANT AN UNDERGROUND BUNKER. BUT ONCE THEY HEARD THE BOOM, THE INTERNET SERVICE COMPLETELY CUT OUT AND.

>> THAT WAS LAST HEARD FROM THEM FROM NOW, PEOPLE SHARING MORE HEARTBREAKING STORIES WITH US. PREGNANT FRIENDS LIVE IN FULL WHO CAN GO TO THE HOSPITAL RIGHT NOW. >> A COUSIN STUCK IN KEEPS STAND STILL TRAFFIC AS THOUSANDS FLED THE CAPITAL UKRAINIANS IN AMERICA TRYING TO SPEAK FOR THEIR VOICELESS FAMILY AND FRIENDS. >> THOUSANDS OF MILES AWAY. THEY WANT TO FIGHT FOR WHAT IS FOR THE RIGHT TO LIVE PEACEFULLY ON THEIR OWN GOT GIVEN HUNDREDS RALLIED IN CHICAGO’S UKRAINIAN VILLAGE INCLUDING IRENE US KEIRA.

SHE WAS THANKFULLY ABLE TO REACH HER FATHER ON FACETIME. >> HE’S SERVING IN UKRAINE’S MILITARY.

SHE SAYS HE’S NOT PANICKING AND HE’S NOT GUY WAY WE >> WE NOW FOR OUR LAND. IN A WAY PROTESTERS. ALSO DENOUNCING RUSSIA’S AGGRESSION IN PHILADELPHIA, MILWAUKEE AND SAN FRANCISCO TOMORROW.

IN WASHINGTON. HUNDREDS RALLYING OUTSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE ALSO IN THE NATION’S CAPITAL. THE WORD MURDER PAINTED NEAR THE RUSSIAN IN PRAYER PROTEST AND AMERICA’S UKRAINIAN COMMUNITY IS HOPING THIS NATION WILL DO MORE FOR THEIR COUNTRY IN >> IT’S UNCLEAR WHAT FURTHER STEPS WILL BE TAKEN. SOME PEOPLE CALLING FOR MORE SANCTIONS OTHERS SUGGESTING MAYBE U.S.

TROOPS SHOULD BE INVOLVED. ONE WOMAN, THOUGH, HERE TELLING ME. >> THAT THE IDEA OF AMERICAN BOOTS ON THE GROUND FOR HER RAISES FEARS OF WORLD WAR 3. >> BACK TO YOU. YEAH, WE’RE HEARING A LOT OF THAT THESE DAYS.

JESSE, THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING US. WE APPRECIATE IT. >> WE’RE ALSO FOLLOWING MAJOR BREAKING STORY IN WASHINGTON TODAY. WE NOW KNOW THE IDENTITY OF THE WOMAN WHO COULD BE AMERICA’S NEXT SUPREME COURT JUSTICE.

NBC NEWS HAS LEARNED PRESIDENT BIDEN WILL NOMINATE FEDERAL JUDGE KETANJI BROWN JACKSON TO THE HIGH COURT TO REPLACE PRIOR RETIRING JUSTICE STEVEN BRIAR.

LET’S BRING IN NBC NEWS CHIEF WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT KRISTEN WELKER AND NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT KEN DILANIAN AS WELL. I’M KRISTEN, FIRST TO YOU ON THIS. WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT JUDGE JACKSON AND WHY SHE’S BEEN SELECTED. >> WELL, WE KNOW, ERIN, THAT SHE HAS BEEN ON THE U.S.

COURT OF APPEALS HERE IN WASHINGTON, DC FOR 8 MONTHS. SHE IS SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN A PUBLIC DEFENDER AND NOTABLY SHE IS SOMEONE WHO CLERKED FOR JUSTICE PRIOR. AND IN FACT, THE WHITE HOUSE HAS BEEN SAYING FOR QUITE SOME TIME THAT THEY WANT TO CHOOSE SOMEONE IN THAT THE PRESIDENT WANTS TO CHOOSE SOMEONE WHO IS IN THE MOLD OF JUSTICE BRIAR. AND SO IN OUR REPORTING WE KEPT COMING BACK TO HER SONS, THE MOM. SHE SOMEONE WHO WENT TO HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, GRADUATED IN 96.

AND SHE REALLY HAS AN EXTENSIVE BACKGROUND, INCLUDING SERVING AS THE FORMER VICE CHAIR OF THE U.S.

SENTENCING COMMISSION AND A NUMBER OF OTHER VOTERS SEE DAYS ON HER CREDENTIALS. SO ALL OF THAT WAS APPEALING TO PRESIDENT BIDEN. SHE ALSO EARNED 3 REPUBLICAN VOTES WHEN SHE WAS CONFIRMED TO THE U.

S. COURT OF APPEALS. SO EXPECT THOSE 3 REPUBLICANS TO GET A LOT OF ATTENTION RIGHT NOW. THEY INCLUDE SENATORS LINDSEY GRAHAM, LISA MURKOWSKI AND SUSAN COLLINS NOW SENATOR GRAHAM OUT TODAY. SO FAR NOT NECESSARILY SUPPORTIVE.

HE SAID THE ATTACKS BY THE LEFT AND JUDGE CHILDS FROM SOUTH CAROLINA APPARENTLY WORKED. HE HAD BEEN VERY VOCAL ABOUT HIS SUPPORT FOR JUDGE JOBS.

OF COURSE, SHE WAS FROM HIS HOME STATE, BUT A DIFFERENT RESPONSE WHEN IT COMES TO SENATOR COLLINS WHO SAID THIS JUDGE JACKSON HAS AN EXPERIENCED FEDERAL JUDGE WITH IMPRESSIVE ACADEMIC AND LEGAL CREDENTIALS. SHE SAYS I WILL CONDUCT A THOROUGH VETTING OF JUDGE JACKSON’S NOMINATION AND SO A MUCH MORE TEPID RESPONSE FROM SENATOR COLLINS. BOTTOM LINE, THEY ARE GOING TO BE GETTING A LOT OF ATTENTION IN THIS CONFIRMATION PROCESS.

IT IS WORTH NOTING THIS IS OBVIOUSLY AN HISTORIC PICK SHE IS THE FIRST BLACK SUPREME COURT NOMINEE AND EXACTLY 2 YEARS AGO TODAY, ERIN CANDIDATE BIDEN DURING THE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE MADE THIS PLEDGE THAT HE WOULD PUT A BLACK WOMAN ON THE SUPREME COURT. AND SO TODAY HERE IS HIS NOMINEE. IT’S REALLY AN HISTORIC DAY HERE AT THE WHITE HOUSE. SO SOAK AND LADY. LET’S TALK ABOUT WHAT COMES NEXT HERE.

WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT SORT OF A TIMELINE FOR THE NOMINATION HEARINGS IN THE ACTUAL VOTE IN THE SENATE. >> WELL, AARON JUDICIARY COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN RICHARD DURBIN HAS SAID HE WANTS THIS PROCESS TO MOVE QUICKLY. HE WANTS TO HOLD HEARINGS IN MARCH AND HAVE THE SENATE VOTE BY APRIL 8TH BEFORE A 2 WEEK SCHEDULE RECESS. SO WHAT HAPPENS NOW IS THAT JUDGE JACKSON WILL MEET WITH SENATORS ONE-ON-ONE. SO THEN TAKE PART IN MOCK COMMITTEE HEARINGS TO PREPARE TO BE GRILLED BY REPUBLICANS GIVEN THE 50 50 SPLIT IN THE SENATE.

THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE IS EVENLY DIVIDED WITH 11 DEMOCRATS AND 11 REPUBLICANS SO IF NO REPUBLICANS ON THE PANEL VOTE TO SEND THE NOMINATION TO THE FLOOR. DEMOCRATS WILL HAVE TO TAKE EXTRA STEPS TO FORCE IT OUT OF COMMITTEE. I THINK THE BIG REMAINING QUESTION IS HOW STRENUOUSLY REPUBLICANS WILL TRY TO OPPOSE HER REPUBLICAN LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL PLEDGED THIS WEEK THAT THE NOMINEE WILL BE, QUOTE, RESPECTFULLY VETTED WITH THE KIND OF PROCESS.

I THINK YOU CAN BE PROUD OF. BUT IT’S WORTH REMEMBERING SOME OF THE REPUBLICANS ON THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE MAY END UP RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT IN 2024.

SO THEY MAY HAVE AN INCENTIVE TO ROUGH UP PRESIDENT BIDEN’S SUPREME COURT NOMINEE AARON, WE WILL ALL BE WATCHING VERY CLOSELY CAN THE LADY IN. KRISTEN WELKER FOR US IN WASHINGTON TODAY. THANK YOU BOTH. >> WATCHING CLOSELY. INDEED.

LET’S GO AHEAD AND BRING IN KIM WALLY PROFESSOR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF BALTIMORE SCHOOL OF LAW PROFESSOR WANT TO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US. AND FIRST OFF, WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF PRESIDENT BIDEN’S CHOICE FOR CUT HEIDI BROWN JACKSON ALSO KIND OF EXPERIENCE DO YOU THINK THAT SHE COULD BRING TO THIS PARTICULAR SUPREME COURT. >> WELL, I THINK THAT SHE’S AN IMPECCABLE CHOICE AND THERE’S A LOT OF FIRSTS WITH HER. NOT ONLY IS SHE THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN BUT SHE’S ALSO THE FIRST PUBLIC DEFENDER. SHE HAS EXPERIENCE REPRESENTING CRIMINAL DEFENDANTS IN TO JUDICIAL SYSTEM, WHICH IS IMPORTANT GIVEN SOME OF THE INCENTIVES ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE CONCERNS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AROUND RACIAL JUSTICE, AS WAS MENTIONED BY KRISTEN.

SHE’S A MOM. THIS IS THE ONLY THE SECOND PERSON ON THE COURT WITH AMY CONEY THE FIRST WHO HAS EXPERIENCE CHILDBIRTH AND OF COURSE, WE’VE GOT THE ABORTION RIGHTS QUESTION COMING OFF A LOOMING, PROBABLY FOR HER FORMER BOSS JUST AS PRIOR. BUT BUT FROM A LEGAL STANDPOINT, SHE’S NOT ONLY BEEN A CERTAIN DC CIRCUIT HALOGEN. SHE’S ALSO BEEN A DISTRICT COURT JUDGE.

SO SHE’S DONE IT ALL.

SHE ALSO FAMOUSLY I THINK IMPORTANTLY RECENTLY IN CONNECTION WITH SOME OF THE LITIGATION AROUND THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION MADE THE THE OLDEST THING ABOUT AMERICAN DEMOCRACY IN THE CONSTITUTION IS NO MORE KINGS. >> AND I THINK AS WE SEE WHAT’S HAPPENING UKRAINE DEMOCRACIES CORRODE IN FROM THE INSIDE OUT IN AMERICA. I THINK SHE’S AN ABSOLUTELY STELLAR IMPECCABLE CHOICE FOR THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT RIGHT NOW. AND AS YOU START THIS HISTORIC NOMINATION IS THE FIRST AFRICAN THERE. WHAT INTO THE SHE ALSO CLERKED FOR JUDGE STEVEN BRIER MEAN THE SHE WOULD THAT BE REPLACING HOW MUCH OF AN IMPACT THE SUSPECT THAT’S HAVING ON THIS DECISION.

>> WELL, IT’S THE FACT THAT SHE’S BEEN A CLERK FOR THE U.S. SUPREME COURT IS RELEVANT AND THAT SHE UNDERSTANDS HOW THE COURT FUNCTIONS A BEHIND THE SCENES, AND YOU THE WHAT HAPPENS PUBLICLY IS NOT WHAT REALLY GOES ON. OF COURSE, SHE HAS ALL THE ACADEMIC CREDENTIALS DOUBLE HARD. SO THERE’S NO QUESTION.

>> THAT SHE HAS THE INTELLECTUAL CHOPS TO DO I YOU KNOW, OF COURSE, JUSTICE BRIARWOOD AND WHAT IS KNOWN AS I PROGRESSIVE, I THINK THESE DAYS THE MINORITY IN THE COURT REALLY MORE FAIRLY SHOULD BE CALLED MODERATES RULE OF LAW JUSTICE IS BECAUSE THE RIP THE THE BUT THAT RIGHT IS SO FAR RIGHT RIGHT BUT I THINK SHE’S SHE’S A GREAT PICK GIVEN HER TEMPERAMENT AND A REPUTATION FOR BEING FAIR GIVEN JUSTICE PRIORS REPUTATION.

SIMILARLY. >> PROFESSOR KIMBERLY WALLY, THANK YOU SO MUCH, PROFESSOR, FOR JOINING US. WE APPRECIATE IT. THANK YOU.

>> MEANWHILE, COVID CASES ARE DROPPING SO IS IT TIME TO DROP A FACE MASK. COMING UP, A CRITICAL DECISION. WE COULD GET TODAY. AND WHAT OUR DOCTOR ON DUTY IS SAYING ABOUT IT. ♪ >> NEWS IS MORE THAN A HEADLINE.

IT INFORMS INSPIRES AND IT STILL MATTERS TO COVER HAVE TO BE IN IT. >> AND THAT’S WHAT WE’RE GOING TO EVERY NIGHT. WE TAKE YOU TO THE FRONT LINES OF THE STORY WHERE IT’S ACTUALLY HAPPENED WITH NBC NEWS JOURNALIST ON THE GROUND FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. WE COVER WITH. YOU NEED TO KNOW AND BRING YOUR NEWS FEED TO LIFE IN PRIME TIME AND STREAMING LIVE.

YOUR NEWS. PLAY LIST EVERY NIGHT, TOP STORY WITH TIME. NOT LAST WEEK. THAT’S AT 7 ON NBC NEWS NOW. >> THERE’S NO BETTER PLACE.

THE PHONE WITH FRIENDS. WELL, TIME WITH A LITTLE GOLF BUDDY. AFTER LOAN. ♪ FAMILY AND FRIENDS WITH JUST A TAP AWAY. JUST PICK YOUR COURSE TO YOUR PHONE.

AND ENJOY. >> WHAT HAPPENED HERE IS A STORY OF LOSS AND CELEBRATION RESIDENTS WHO ON FOR DEAR FOR YOU TO RIOTERS DOWN ONE OF THE DOORS. IF YOU FOUND A WAY TO RECONCILE A YEAR LATER. IT REALLY HURT TO SEE THIS PLACE I LOVE SO TREATED WITH SUCH DISRESPECT AND WAS ACTIVE CLEANING TO HEALING.

♪ >> NOW TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC AND A CRITICAL DECISION EXPECTED FROM THE CDC TODAY.

THE AGENCY IS EXPECTED TO LOOSEN ITS INDOOR MASK GUIDANCE SO FAR 49 STATES HAVE OR ARE PLANNING TO LIFT RULES. REQUIRING MASKS INDOORS AFTER BACK-TO-BACK SURGES OF THE DELTA AND OMICRON VARIANT CASES ARE FINALLY DROPPING ACROSS THE COUNTRY. ALL BUT 3 STATES, IN FACT, ARE SEEING A DROP IN AT LEAST 25% IN NEW CASES. SO NBC NEWS MEDICAL REPORTER ERIKA EDWARDS BEGINS OUR COVERAGE RIGHT NOW. ERICA.

LOOK, STATES STARTED LIFTING THESE MASK MANDATES. REALLY MONTHS AGO. SO SORT OF WHAT’S TAKEN THE CDC SO LONGED UPDATE ITS OWN MASK GUIDANCE. >> HEY, MORGAN, THAT AFTERNOON KNOW ONE THING EXPERTS TELL ME TIME AND TIME AGAIN IS ONE OF THE WORST THINGS THAT YOU CAN DO IN PUBLIC HEALTH IS DECLARE SOME SORT OF VICTORY AND NOT TO BACKTRACK IT.

SO COURSE WHILE CASES HAVE BEEN FALLING IN SOME AREAS.

IT’S REALLY ONLY IN THE PAST FEW WEEKS OR SO THAT WE’VE REALLY SEEN A SIGNIFICANT DROP IN CASES ON A NATIONAL LEVEL. NOW, AS YOU MENTIONED, THIS AFTERNOON, THE CDC IS EXPECTED TO RELAX ITS MASKING GUIDANCE FOR NOT ONLY LYING ON CASES BUT ALSO COVID-RELATED HOSPITALIZATIONS AND HOSPITAL CAPACITY. NOW, THIS WILL NOT MEAN THAT MASKS WILL DISAPPEAR OVERNIGHT. WE DO STILL HAVE TRANSMISSION IN THIS COUNTRY AND DOCTORS SAY THAT IT WILL STILL BE IMPORTANT TO PROTECT THOSE MOST VULNERABLE, INCLUDING THE ELDERLY AND OF COURSE, THOSE WITH COMPROMISED IMMUNE SYSTEMS MORNING. SPEAKING OF THOSE WHO MORE VULNERABLE, NOT JUST THE ELDERLY BUT SORT OF MASKS IN CLASSROOMS FOR KIDS IS A HOT BUTTON ISSUE, ESPECIALLY SINCE MANY OF THEM ARE STILL TOO YOUNG TO GET THE VACCINE.

SO IS THERE ANYTHING THAT WE SHOULD EXPECT. ERICA, WHEN IT COMES TO UPDATED GUIDELINES FOR KIDS. >> YEAH. THAT’S STILL UNCLEAR RIGHT NOW. THE CDC DOES STILL RECOMMEND KIDS OVER AGE 2 WEAR MASKS WE’LL HAVE TO SEE HOW THAT CHANGES THIS AFTERNOON.

ONCE ANNOUNCEMENT IS MADE. I CAN TELL YOU THAT LAST WEEK THEY WERE MORE THAN I’M SORRY.

NEARLY 175,000 NEW PEDIATRIC COVID-19 CASES LAST WEEK ALONE. THAT’S ACTUALLY DOWN SIGNIFICANTLY FROM A PEAK OF MORE THAN 1 MILLION CASES IN MID-JANUARY WORSE TO KNOW THAT SEVERE ILLNESS WHILE IT’S POSSIBLE IN KIDS. IT CERTAINLY IS MUCH MORE AWARE THAN WE SEE IN OLDER ADULT WORKING.

ALL RIGHT, ERIC EDWARDS FOR US THERE, ERICA. IT’S ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO TALK TO YOU. >> I WANT TO BRING IN DOCTOR BOB. LOOK, EVEN NOW HE IS A PROFESSOR AT HACKENSACK MERIDIAN MEDICAL CENTER AND DOCTOR, THAT LIKE TO ASK YOU ABOUT SOME OF WHAT ERICA JUST REPORTED. WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF WHAT WE EXPECT TO HEAR FROM THE CDC TODAY.

THIS IN EASING OF INDOOR MASK RULES AN EASING OF COVID RESTRICTIONS OVERALL RIGHT NOW. >> WELL, I THINK, AARON, THAT THE MASK RULES ARE GOING TO BE A LESSON. I THINK THE CDC’S ROLE OF HAVING CHILDREN AGE 2 AND OLDER IS OUTDATED NOW AND THEY’RE STILL WE’RE STILL SUGGESTING THAT SCHOOL STAFF LIKE TEACHERS. AND SO LARRY, PEOPLE VISITORS TO THE SCHOOL THAT THEY WILL BE MASKED. BUT AGAIN, IT VARIES FROM STATE TO STATE AND SO, YOU KNOW, THE WHO AARON IS SAYING NO MATCH FOR KIDS LESS THAN 5 YEARS OF AGE, THE EUROPEAN VERSION OF THE CDC IS NO MASKS FOR CHILDREN.

LESS THAN 12 YEARS OF AGE SO WE’RE GETTING THERE. WE’RE GETTING THERE IN A VERY STATE TO STATE. I’M I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO THE ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY. YEAH. >> YOU KNOW, THE CDC IS ALSO EXPECTED TO CHANGE SOME OF THE DATA AND CRITERIA NEEDED TO GAUGE WHETHER MANDATES ARE NEEDED IN CERTAIN AREAS OF THE COUNTRY.

WHAT’S THE FEELING? >> IN THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY ON ON THAT ON WHAT’S COMING DOWN THE LINE FOR THAT.

>> WELL, IT’S BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. AND AS FAR AS ADULTS GO, YOU KNOW, MITIGATION SCREEN TESTING VENTILATION BEING AND HANDWASHING RESPIRATORY ANY GOOD. AND IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS OF ANY KIND.

YOU SHOULD STAY OUT OF CROWDS. STAY HOME. DON’T GO TO YOUR GYM. DON’T GO TO THE BAR. DON’T GO TO YOUR WHAT A TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY KIND OF GROOVE FUNCTION.

THAT’S THE RULE AS THAT’S THE GENERAL RULE AS FAR SCHOOLS GO IN PERSON LEARNING. WE WANT THAT TO HAPPEN. WHETHER YOU WEAR MASKS OR NOT. GOT TO GET VACCINATED. >> ALL RIGHT.

DOCTOR BOB WE APPRECIATE YOUR TIME TODAY. THANKS. >> RUSSIAN ROCKETS ARE RAINING DOWN ACROSS UKRAINE WITH PEOPLE FORCED TO RUN INTO BOMB SHELTERS OR EVEN JUST EMPTY SUBWAY CAR. STILL AHEAD, THE TENSE MOMENTS ON THE GROUND IN UKRAINE AT THIS HOUR.

RICHARD ENGEL NEAR THE FRONT LINES FOR A STAY WITH US.

♪ >> WHAT HAPPENED HERE IS A STORY OF LOSS AND CELEBRATION RESIDENTS WHO HOLD ON FOR DEAR RIOTERS DOWN ONE OF THE DOORS. IF YOU FOUND A WAY TO RECONCILE A YEAR LATER. IT REALLY HURT TO SEE THIS PLACE I LOVE SO TREATED WITH SUCH DISRESPECT AND WAS ACTIVE CLEANING OR AN HEALING. ♪ >> NEWS IS HAPPENING. >> LOOK AT WHAT’S MAKING HEADLINES AROUND THE WORLD RIGHT NOW ON MORNING NEWS NOW.

WE’RE COMING ON THE AIR WITH BREAKING NEWS. IT’S A SIGNIFICANT MOMENT. THE STREAM FREE. ♪ ♪ >> AT THE BOTTOM OF THE HOUR NOW.

OUR TOP STORY, THE BREAKING NEWS SURROUNDING THE CRISIS IN UKRAINE.

THAT’S RIGHT. RUSSIAN TROOPS ARE CLOSING IN ON THE CAPITAL CITY OF KYIV AS EXPLOSIONS ROCKED THE CITY. YOU CAN SEE THERE ON YOUR SCREEN FOR A SECOND DAY. SIRENS WARNING OF IMPENDING AIR RAID JUST RAIN THROUGHOUT THE CITY. UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT ZELINSKY SAYS HE’S STILL IN THE CAPITAL HE’S URGING RUSSIA TO COME TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE TO BRING AN END TO THIS WAR MEANWHILE, PRESIDENT BIDEN HAS BEEN HUDDLING VIRTUALLY WITH NATO LEADERS AS THE ALLIANCE PLOTS ITS NEXT STEPS AFTER THE INVASION, WE HAVE EVERY ANGLE OF THIS BREAKING STORY COVERED FOR YOU.

LET’S BEGIN WITH NBC NEWS CHIEF FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT RICHARD ENGEL ON THE GROUND FOR US IN MARJA PAUL UKRAINE.

NOW, BRING US UP TO SPEED ON WHAT YOU’RE SEEING FROM YOUR VANTAGE POINT. >> SO THE RUSSIAN ASSAULT IS CONTINUING. IT IS NOT SLOW DOWN AT ALL THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE TOUGHER SANCTIONS. IN FACT, IT IS ENTERING A NEW PHASE A NEW LEVEL OF DANGER FOR THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY.

FOR THE 40 MILLION UKRAINIANS BECAUSE ON DAY ONE AND NOW WE’RE COMING CLOSE TO THE END OF DAY 2 ON DAY ONE. IT WAS LARGELY STRATEGIC STRIKES BY RUSSIA AGAINST MILITARY TARGETS AND NOW WE’RE SEEING IN DAY 2 RUSSIA MOVING CLOSER TO UKRAINIAN CITIES POTENTIALLY IN CIRCLING UKRAINIAN CITIES. CERTAINLY MOVING INTO THEM ARE MOVING IN TO ATTACK POSITIONS AROUND THEM THAT IT’S HAPPENING IN WITH TROOPS HEADING INTO THE OUTSKIRTS OF THAT CITY. HARKEY WAS THE A SECOND LARGEST A CITY IN THIS COUNTRY. THE LARGEST IN THE EAST THAT IS HAPPENING IN KIEV WHERE RUSSIAN TROOPS ENTERED A NEIGHBORHOOD IN THE NORTHERN PARTS OF THE CITY AND WAS ALREADY A STATE OF EMERGENCY, BUT IT’S GOTTEN TO THE POINT THAT THE MAYOR OF KIEV IS URGING PEOPLE TO ADOPT A DEFENSIVE POSITIONS.

THEY HAVE STARTED TO GIVE OUT WEAPONS TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE MILITARY TRAINING AND THEY ARE EVEN TELLING PEOPLE TO PREPARE MOLOTOV COCKTAILS.

IT’S NECESSARY. AND WE’RE ALSO SEEING THAT HERE IN THE SOUTH WITH INCREASED MILITARY ACTIVITY AROUND THE CITY WHERE I AM RIGHT NOW. >> RICHARD, THE PRESIDENT THERE, PRESIDENT ZELINSKY IS OFFERED TO NEGOTIATE WITH PRESIDENT PUTIN. WHAT WOULD BE THE CONDITIONS FOR NEGOTIATIONS TO HAPPEN.

FRIZZELL IS KEEN ON. SELINSKY HAS SAID TIME AND TIME AGAIN THAT HE WANTS TO MEET WITH VLADIMIR PUTIN THAT HE WANTS TO MEET WITH HIM DIRECTLY. HE WANTS TO MEET WITH HIM WITH THE UNITED STATES AMOUNTS TO MEET WITH HIM WITH BUDDY WHO WILL MEET DIRECTLY WITH PUTIN AT RANGE OF MEETING BETWEEN HIM AND VLADIMIR PUTIN.

>> BUT PUTIN HAS NOT BEEN WILLING TO TAKE THAT DIRECT MEETING WITH THE WITH ZELENSKY PRESIDENT. HE IS CALLED A NEO-NAZI AND WHO’S TO BE CLEARLY WANTS TO UNSEAT FROM POWER WHEN YOU HEAR PUEDEN WHEN YOU HEAR OTHER OFFICIALS IN THE KREMLIN.

THEY’VE MADE IT VERY CLEAR THAT THE GOAL OF THIS ENTIRE OPERATION IS TO GET RID OF NOT SO AS A BUT THE ENTIRE SYSTEM THAT PUT HIM IN A EMPOWER A DEMOCRATIC SYSTEM THAT HAS BEEN IN PLACE HERE FOR THE LAST 8 YEARS. SO RUSSIA SAYS ITS CONDITIONS. OUR SIMPLE. UKRAINE HAS TO GIVE UP. UKRAINE HAS TO STOP FIGHTING UKRAINIAN TROOPS HAVE TO LAY DOWN THEIR ARMS.

AND THEN HE’S HAPPY TO TALK YOU HAVE IT. YOU HAVE YOU HAVE 2 VERY, VERY DIFFERENT CONDITIONS ONE WITH DYLAN’S. HE’S SAYING HE’S WILLING TO TALK NOW AND ANY TIME IN ANY PLACE AND RUSSIA SAYING ONLY AFTER A SURRENDER. >> THE UKRAINIAN MILITARY IS STILL FIGHTING RICHARD THERE FIGHTING AND A PRESIDENTS FROM RUSSIA THAT IS SIGNIFICANTLY LARGER AND MORE POWERFUL. HOW IS THE UKRAINIAN MILITARY HOLDING UP AT THIS POINT.

>> THEY’RE HOLDING UP. WELL, A BETTER THAN THEY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO STILL HOLD ON TO THE MAIN POPULATION CENTERS AND THERE IS NOT A SIGNIFICANT CITY IN THIS ENTIRE COUNTRY THAT IS HELD CURRENTLY BY THE RUSSIANS AND THAT IS A MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENT EVEN THOUGH THIS IS STILL DAY TOO. WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT UKRAINE, A COUNTRY OF 40 MILLION GOING UP AGAINST RUSSIA, WHICH HAS ONE OF THE LARGEST MILITARIES IN THE WORLD IN WHICH HAS HAD MONTHS TO PREPARE FOR THIS AND HAD ANYWHERE BETWEEN A 17590,000 TROOPS AND SOPHISTICATED EQUIPMENT ON 3 SIDES OF THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE IT ALSO HAD THE THAT THE COOPERATION OF BELARUS, THE FACT THAT THEY STILL HOLD ALL THE KEY POPULATION CENTERS, INCLUDING THE CAPITAL SHOWS THAT THEY ARE ARE PUTTING UP A FIGHT AND THEY HAVE THEY’VE THEY’VE CALLED UP THE NATIONAL RESERVE.

THEY’RE HANDING OUT WEAPONS TO VOLUNTEERS WHO HAVE MILITARY EXPERIENCE AND THEY HAVE BEEN HAVE BEEN FIGHTING AND AND ACCORDING TO THE UKRAINIAN MILITARY, WHICH HAS BEEN PUTTING OUT VIDEOS AND PUTTING OUT STATEMENTS. THEY WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT AND HAVE NO INTENTION OF OF OF LAYING DOWN THEIR ARMS AND ACCEPTING THE THE CONDITIONS PUT OUT BY THE KREMLIN, WHICH IS ONLY TO NEGOTIATIONS AFTER AN UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER.

>> ALL RIGHT. RICHARD ENGEL FOR US TODAY IN SOUTHEASTERN UKRAINE. RICHARD, THANK YOU. >> NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT JOSH LETTERMAN IS OUTSIDE NATO HEADQUARTERS THERE IN JOSH, WHAT ARE WE LEARNING ABOUT THESE NATO MEETINGS AND FRANKLY, IS THERE AN EXPECTATION THAT MORE TROOPS WILL BE SENT TO THE REGION. IN ADDITION TO THE THOUSANDS.

THERE ARE BE THERE. >> WELL, PRESIDENT BIDEN JOINED THAT MEETING VIRTUALLY THIS MORNING. MORGAN. AND WE HEARD FROM GENERAL SECRETARY GENERAL OF NATO STOLTENBERG SAYING AT THE BEGINNING OF THAT THAT RUSSIA NEEDS TO IMMEDIATELY CEASE ITS MILITARY OPERATIONS. SOMETHING THAT, OF COURSE RUSSIA AT THIS POINT IS SHOWING NO SIGNS IS IN THE CARDS WERE AWAITING A NEWS CONFERENCE FROM STOLTENBERG AT THE END OF THAT MEETING.

BUT WE HAVE JUST GOTTEN A STATEMENT FROM ALL OF THE HEADS OF STATE IN NATO, INCLUDING PRESIDENT BIDEN IN WHICH THESE LEADERS SAY THAT THE WORLD WILL HOLD RUSSIA AND BELARUS WHERE OF COURSE RUSSIA IS USING AT A BASE MANY OF ITS TROOPS ACCOUNTABLE FOR THESE TO YOUR POINT, MORGAN, ABOUT WHETHER NATO WILL ACTUALLY BE SENDING MORE TROOPS TO THE EASTERN PART OF NATO, THE AREA THAT IS CERTAINLY SOMETHING THAT IS BEING CONSIDERED WITH THESE LEADERS SAYING IN THEIR STATEMENT THEY’RE MAKING SIGNIFICANT ADDITIONAL DEFENSIVE DEPLOYMENT OF FORCES TO THE EASTERN PART OF THE ALLIANCE. THEY SAY THEY WILL CONTINUE MAKING ALL DEPLOYMENTS NECESSARY TO ENSURE STRONG AND CREDIBLE DETERRENCE ACROSS THE ALLIANCE. WE KNOW THAT INCLUDES THOUSANDS OF US TROOPS THAT ARE BOTH MOVING FROM THE U.S.

INTO EUROPE SUCH AS TO GERMANY AS WELL AS TROOPS THAT ARE ALREADY BASED IN EUROPE THAT ARE GOING TO BE MOVING FARTHER EASTWARD INTO THESE NATO COUNTRIES THAT ARE ON THE EASTERN FLANK.

THERE WAS A SEPARATE MEETING THIS MORNING THAT VICE PRESIDENT KAMALA HARRIS PARTICIPATED IN WITH A GROUP KNOWN AS THE BUCHAREST 90’S OF THE 9 NATO THERE ON THE EASTERN FLANK AND THIS COMES AMID AN ALL OUT PUSH TO REALLY TRY TO ISOLATE RUSSIA DIPLOMATICALLY MAKE IT THE PARIAH OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY WITH THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL VOTE EXPECTED TODAY TO CONDEMN RUSSIA THAT’S LIKELY TO FAIL GIVEN THAT RUSSIA NOT ONLY HAS A VETO ON THE SECURITY COUNCIL ACTUALLY HAS THE ROTATING PRESIDENCY OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL.

BUT WE ALSO SAW TODAY RUSSIA SUSPENDED FROM THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE. THEY’VE BEEN TAKEN OUT OF THE EURO VISION CONTESTS THAT BIG SONG CONTEST THAT SO MANY EUROPEANS WATCH AND DELTA AIRLINES CUTTING THEIR TIES RUSSIA’S LARGEST AIR CARRIER CC WESTERN NATIONS DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN SHORT OF SENDING IN TROOPS TO UKRAINE TO FIGHT RUSSIA, WHICH IS SOMETHING NATO INSISTS IT STILL WILL NOT DO THAT. THESE EFFORTS ARE FOCUSED ON SHORING THE NATO MEMBERS, WHICH OF COURSE UKRAINE AS OF NOW IS NOT A MEMBER MORGAN. ALL RIGHT.

ABC’S JOSH AND THANK YOU FOR THAT. WE REALLY APPRECIATE THE UPDATE LIVE FROM BRUSSELS. APPRECIATE YOU, JOSH. >> WANT TO BRING IN NBC NEWS BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT JO LING KENT. NOW, JOE, I WANT TO 0 IN ON THE SANCTIONS THAT PRESIDENT BIDEN ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY.

IF WE CAN, YOU KNOW, ALMOST AS SOON AS THEY WERE PRESENTED, THERE WERE CRITICS WHO STARTED SAYING THEY DIDN’T REALLY GO FAR ENOUGH.

A LOT OF PEOPLE NOW URGING THE PRESIDENT TO KICK RUSSIA OUT OF THAT SWIFT INTERNATIONAL BANKING SYSTEM. HELP US UNDERSTAND EXACTLY WHAT SWIFT IS AND HOW RUSSIA MIGHT BE IMPACTED IF IT’S REMOVED. >> SO IT IS A SECURE BANKING SYSTEM AND THAT BASICALLY ALLOWS ALERTS TO GO ACROSS 11,000 DIFFERENT INSTITUTIONS IN 200 COUNTRIES. ALERTING WHEN YOU TRANSFERRED SOME MONEY.

THE UNITED STATES DOES NOT CONTROL SWIFT. IT’S THE NATIONAL BANK OF BELGIUM THAT RUNS IT HAS BEEN THIS WAY SINCE IT WAS FOUNDED IN THE 1970’S. AND SO IF YOU LOOK AT WHO THE PARTNERS ARE. OF COURSE, THE U.S.

DOES HAVE A STAKE AND A SAY IN WHAT HAPPENS. THE FEDERAL RESERVE IS A MEMBER. THE EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK. BUT THE U.S.

DOESN’T CONTROL. AND ACCORDING TO PRESIDENT BIDEN YESTERDAY, EUROPEAN ALLIES ARE NOT READY TO CUT RUSSIA OUT OF SWIFT JUST YET. AND SO BECAUSE THERE ISN’T THAT CONTROL FROM THE U.S. IT HAS TO BE AN LED BY THE BELGIANS TO CUT THEM OUT OF THIS.

BUT CERTAINLY THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WAS THREATENED BACK IN 2014 WHEN IT CAME TO CRIMEA ULTIMATELY WAS NOT USED, BUT A LOT CAN HAPPEN IF THEY’RE CAUGHT OUT OF SWIFT BOTH IN TERMS OF THE UPSIDE AND THE DOWNSIDE THERE.

>> YOU KNOW, THIS IS BEING CALLED THE NUCLEAR OPTION. A LOT OF FINANCIAL ANALYSTS ARE SAYING THAT BECAUSE IT STANDS TO HURT RUSSIA. BUT IT COULD ALSO HEARD SOME OF THE U.S.

ALLIES AS YOU JUST TALKED ABOUT THERE IN EUROPE IN PARTICULAR HOW IS THE U.S. WEIGHING THOSE FACTORS IN IN TRYING TO PUSH. IF IF IT IS TO MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN. >> YES.

SO IF YOU TAKE RUSSIA OUT OF SWIFT. IF THAT DOES HAPPEN, THE REASON IT’S BEING CALLED A NEW COLOR OPTION AS IT CUTS ABOUT 40% OF THE COUNTRY’S INCOME.

THE PROFITS FROM OIL AND GAS WHICH MAKE UP 40% OF RUSSIA’S INCOME. SO IT WOULD BE A VERY, VERY BIG IMPACTS. THE CONCERN SOME PEOPLE SAY IS THAT RUSSIA WOULD JUST MOVE ALONG WITH ITS OWN SYSTEM AND HAVE MORE CONTROL AND DEVELOP STRONGER TIES THAT IT ITSELF CONTROLS WHICH COULD BE A BAD THING AS THIS CONFLICT CONTINUES.

AND SO THAT’S REALLY WHERE QUESTION IS. DO YOU DO THIS NEW COLOR OPTION AND ALLOW SOMETHING LIKE THAT TO HAPPEN OR DO YOU USE WHAT PRESIDENT BIDEN IS SAYING IN CLAIMING TO SANCTIONS ARE MORE POWERFUL THAN CUTTING RUSSIA OFF FROM SWIFT. JUST OUT OF CURIOSITY. IF THE U.S.

DID WANT TO PROCEED WITH CUTTING RUSSIA OUT AND COULDN’T GET THE SUPPORT. >> OF OTHER EUROPEAN COUNTRIES. IS THERE ANY WAY THAT THE U.S. COULD SIDESTEP.

>> TSE PARTNERS. >> WELL, OF COURSE, THE PRESIDENT HAS NOT DONE WHAT SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE CALLED FOR, WHICH IS SANCTIONING HIMSELF. AND SO THAT OBVIOUSLY AN OPTION. IT WAS ADDRESSED YESTERDAY IN THE PRESIDENT’S PRESS CONFERENCE.

BUT THIS IS A DECISION A SWIFT IS NOT CONTROLLED BY THE U.

S. GOVERNMENT. >> ALL RIGHT. JO LING KENT FOR LA TODAY IN EARLY BUREAU. JO LING KENT, THANK YOU.

THANKS, ERIN. >> FOR A CLOSER LOOK AT THE INTERNATIONAL IMPACT OF THE INVASION. LET’S GO AHEAD AND BRING IN DOCTOR WALID PHARES, SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE TRANSATLANTIC PARLIAMENTARY MISTER FARES ON ON THURSDAY NIGHT, CHINESE AIRCRAFT CENTER TAIWAN’S AIR DEFENSE ZONE AND NOW THERE ARE FEARS THAT RUSSIA’S INVASION COULD EMBOLDEN CHINA TO MAKE A MOVE ON TAIWAN. SO HOW SERIOUS OF A CONCERN IS THAT SORT OF IN YOUR OPINION. >> WELL, IT IS VERY SERIOUS BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY CHINA AND OTHER THAN CHINA.

OBVIOUSLY ARE LOOKING AT RESULTS OF THIS OPERATION, NOT IN THE MIDDLE OF THAT. NOT RIGHT NOW. AT THIS POINT IN TIME, THEN NEED TO SEE, FIRST OF ALL, RUSSIANS SUCCESS WHO WOULD BE IN KIEV AFTER OPERATION IS OVER AND ALSO AS YOU WERE JUST DISCUSSING, WHAT WOULD BE THE TYPE OF REACTIONS FROM WASHINGTON AND THAT’S WHY TAKE BASED ON THAT.

CHINA WOULD CAN CREATE WHAT ITS MOVE OVER TAIWAN WOULD WOULD COST AND THEREFORE COULD CONSIDER AN ACTION. >> AND COMING TO SORT OF GIVE US THE PICTURE.

THE BIG PICTURE HERE. DOCTOR FARRIS. I MEAN, RUSSIA AND CHINA ARE ALSO, OF COURSE, VERY CLOSE WITH IRAN. DO WE HAVE A SENSE OF HOW THE INVASION INTO UKRAINE COULD IMPACT THE MIDDLE EAST MORE BROADLY.

>> ABSENT THE FIRST OF ALL, THERE ARE A LOT OF QUESTION DEBATES IN WASHINGTON ABOUT REALLY HOW CLOSE CHINA FROM RUSSIA.

IF THAT ALLOWS RUSSIA TO CONTINUE IN MY ASSESSMENT AND OUR STRATEGIC MEANING THERE WITH WOULD PUT ITS FINANCES. CHINA PUT DEFENSES TO PROTECT ITS FRIEND BECAUSE THEY NEED THEM TO CHINA NEEDS. ALSO RUSSIAN THE SECURITY COUNCIL WITH THE V 2 ABOUT HAVING SAID THAT, OBVIOUSLY WHAT’S HAPPENING IN UKRAINE. WE’LL HAVE AN IMPACT ON THE MIDDLE EAST, SPECIFICALLY ON THE IRAN ISSUE ON THE ONE HAND, THAT’S THEIR MEMBER, MORGAN THAT WE AND THE CHINESE AND THE RUSSIANS OUT OF OLD PARTNERS. INDIANA AND THE DISCUSSIONS ABOUT THE IRAN DEAL AND THAT COULD HAVE A MAJOR IMPACT BECAUSE IF WE CONTINUE WITH THE IRAN DEAL AND HAVING RUSSIA AND CHINA SPOTTERS IN THE MIDST OF A CONFRONTATION THAT’S VERY COMPLICATED.

IRAN IS ALSO WATCHING BECAUSE WE’RE ON THE SAME IN THE REGION AND THEN WE’RE GOING TO SEE IN THE NEXT DAYS AND WEEKS. WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN. >> YOURS WAS THE INSIDE WE NEEDED TODAY. DOCTOR WALID PHARES, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US. WE APPRECIATE IT.

>> AND STAY WITH US BECAUSE THE CONTROVERSIAL SO-CALLED DON’T SAY BILL IS NOW ONE STEP CLOSER TO ACTUALLY BECOMING LAW. >> UP NEXT, ONGOING THE ONGOING FIGHT IN FLORIDA AND THE FALLOUT. STAY WITH US. ♪ >> WE’RE HERE TO START CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE BIG THINGS HAPPENING IN WORLD BECAUSE IT’S NOT MY JOB TO TELL YOU WHAT TO MY JOB.

THINK ABOUT WHAT TELL ME.

NOW TONIGHT WITH JOSHUA JOHNSON STREAMING WEEK NIGHTS AT 8 ON NBC NEWS NOW. >> THERE WERE RESIDENTS WHO HUNG ON FOR DEAR LIFE HEARD PEOPLE SAY THE TOWN IS ABSOLUTELY GONE. WE’VE LOST THOUSANDS THE ART COMMUNITY STILL HERE. ♪ >> THIS IS A VERY DIFFERENT KIND OF PROGRAM. HERE TO START CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE BIG THINGS HAPPENING IN OUR WORLD.

PROFESSOR, I’M NOT ASKING YOU TO PREDICT THE FUTURE. BUT WHAT DO YOU THINK THAT THE NEW NORMAL IS GOING TO BE. HE’S PART OF THIS SAID EVERYONE IS RETHINKING THEIR JOBS DURING THIS PANDEMIC AND THE RELATIONSHIP TO THEIR EMPLOYERS. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST TIP FOR ANY PARENT WHO’S CONCERNED ABOUT THIS.

IT’S NOT MY JOB TO TELL YOU WHAT TO THINK.

MY JOB IS TO THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU TELL THEM NOW TONIGHT WITH JOSHUA JOHNSON. STREAMING WEEK NIGHTS 8 ON NBC NEWS NOW. >> THE 2 NATIONS. ♪ ♪ ♪ THERE’S NO BETTER PLACE FOR FUN WITH FRIENDS. ALL THE TIME WITH A LITTLE GOLF BUDDY OR AN AFTERNOON ALONE TOGETHER, FAMILY AND FRIENDS WITH JUST A TAP JUST PICK YOUR COURSE.

PAY FOR YOUR PHONE CALL NOW. >> GOOD MORNING. I’M JOE FRYER. AND I’M SAVANNAH SELLERS 2022 IS OFF TO A BUSY START WINTER’S WRATH CAUSING HEADACHES FROM COAST TO COAST. IT’S BEEN REALLY INCREDIBLE TO SEE HOW QUICKLY ALL IN TEARS STARTED TO HELP WITH THE CLEANUP EFFORTS MORNING NEWS NOW STREAMING WEEKDAYS AT 7.

>> REPUBLICAN LEADERS ARE IN FLORIDA FOR CPAC. IT’S THE BIGGEST CONSERVATIVE CONFERENCE OF THE YEAR. IT OR LAWMAKERS CANDIDATES, CONSERVATIVE GROUPS, DONORS ALL MINGLE TO DISCUSS POLICY AGENDA WITH PARTY FAITHFUL YS, NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT DON HILL.

YOU’RE JOINS US NOW LIVE FROM I WANT TO TALK FIRST ABOUT FLORIDA GOVERNOR RON DESANTIS HE HAS CERTAINLY BEEN IN THE SPOTLIGHT LATELY. HE TOOK THE STAGE ON THURSDAY AND HE’S UP FOR REELECTION AND YOU COULD EVEN HAVE HIS SIGHTS SET ON THE WHITE HOUSE IN 2024.

DID HE ADDRESS ANY OF THAT DIRECTLY. >> YOU KNOW, AND I THINK IT’S TELLING THAT THERE WAS A LACK OF TALK OBVIOUSLY NUMBER 2024 AND THE POTENTIAL CANDIDATES SEE. BUT ALSO THINK IT WAS TELLING THAT THERE IS A LACK OF TALK ABOUT THE RUSSIAN INVASION THAT WAS ACTIVELY HAPPENING WHILE HE WAS SPEAKING UP HERE ON STAGE.

HE AND SENATOR CRUZ BOTH DECLINED TO DISCUSS THE ATTACK ON THE U.S.

ALLY UKRAINE HERE WHICH SPEAKS TO SORT OF THE TENDERNESS SEEMINGLY WITHIN SOME OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WILL LET YOU HEAR FROM RON DESANTIS THOUGH, WHO IS HITTING VERY MUCH ON THE RED MEAT ISSUES THIS AUDIENCE IS REALLY LOOKING FOR. TAKE A LISTEN. >> USE TO LEAD THIS IS AND JUST SOME TYPE OF ♪ I CAN TELL YOU THERE’S ONE FELLA. THEY JUST TASTE FLORIDA. HIS NAME IS JOE BIDEN.

>> ALWAYS TRY AND TAKE POTSHOTS IN FLORIDA STATES LIKE TAKE MEDICATION HE STEPS STORM. BUT IT REALLY JUST BECAUSE HE DOESN’T LIKE THE GOVERNOR. HE DOESN’T LIKE LIKE ME BECAUSE WE STAND UP TO >> NOW. THERE’S GOING TO BE A STRAW POLL AT THE END OF THIS WEEKEND, ESSENTIALLY ASKING FOLKS WHO WOULD THEY LIKE TO SEE FOR THE 2024 PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION LAST YEAR. RON DESANTIS CAME IN SECOND TO THE FORMER PRESIDENT, DONALD TRUMP THAT’S REALLY INTERESTING IN.

AND OF COURSE, PON LOOK, EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT RUSSIA AND UKRAINE. HOW IS THAT BEING HANDLED RIGHT NOW AT CPAC HOUSE EVEN BEING ADDRESSED. NOT ONLY TO SANTAS CREWS, NOT ADDRESS IT.

BUT I THINK SOME OF THAT SENTIMENT WAS A DIVIDING THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HERE. MARCO RUBIO, JOSH HAWLEY 2 US SENATORS WERE STRONG IN THEIR REMARKS PUSHING BACK AGAINST VLADIMIR PUTIN’S.

BUT ALSO LET YOU HEAR FROM CHARLIE KIRK CONSERVATIVE INFLUENCER IT’S A PODCAST HE FOUNDED A CONSERVATIVE ORGANIZATION WHICH I THINK KIND OF SPEAKS TO TAKE A LISTEN. >> THE U.S. BORDER MATTERS A LOT MORE THAN THE UKRAINIAN BORDER. ARE DELIBERATELY TRYING TO INFILTRATE OUR COUNTRY.

>> STUDENT BODY 1000 THE WAY CITIES. WE CAN’T PRONOUNCE PLACES THAT MOST AMERICANS CAN FIND ON A MAP. ♪ >> FOR MANY OF THESE REPUBLICANS IT’S VERY MUCH A FOCUS ON DOMESTIC ISSUES HERE AT HOME AHEAD OF THE MIDTERMS. MORGAN. >> YEAH.

MADE IT VERY DOMESTIC ISSUES. THE PRIORITY WHILE VAN HILL. YOU’RE THERE FOR US. WE APPRECIATE IT. THANK YOU.

>> STAYING IN FLORIDA, THE CONTROVERSIAL DON’T SAY BILL IS NOW ON TO THE STATE SENATE AFTER CLEARING THE HOUSE, THAT BILL WOULD STOP ANY TEACHING ABOUT GENDER IDENTITY AND SEXUALITY UNTIL AFTER THE 3RD GRADE NBC 6, SOUTH FLORIDA REPORTER CHRISTIANE JOINS US NOW WITH THIS STORY.

CHRISTIANE, THIS BILL HAS FACED A LOT OF BACKLASH. WE KNOW. IS IT A SURPRISE THAT IT PASSED IN THE FLORIDA HOUSE UP. >> AARON, DESPITE THE BACKLASH.

IT SEEMED ALMOST INEVITABLE THAT THE BILL WOULD PASS THE HOUSE. IT’S NOW IN THE SENATE’S HANDS. SO IT’S JUST A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE IT REACHES THE DESK OF FLORIDA GOVERNOR RON DESANTIS. >> FINAL PASSAGE OF CS FOR CS FOR HOUSE BILL FLORIDA SO-CALLED DON’T SAY BILL IS NOW A STEP CLOSER TO BECOMING LAW STATE HOUSE LAWMAKERS PASSED THE GOP BACKED BILL ON THURSDAY IN A 69 TO 47 VOTE WITH 7 REPUBLICANS JOINING MOST DEMOCRATS IN VOTING AGAINST A SOLE DEMOCRAT VOTED IN FAVOR THE BILL READS IN PART THAT CLASSROOM DISCUSSION ABOUT ORIENTATION OR GENDER IDENTITY MAY NOT OCCUR IN KINDERGARTEN THROUGH GRADE 3 OR IN A MANNER THAT IS NOT AGE APPROPRIATE OR DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE FOR STUDENTS IN ACCORDANCE WITH STATE STANDARDS.

REPUBLICAN STATE REPRESENTATIVE JOE HARDING SPONSORED THE BILL OFFICIALLY TITLED THE PARENTAL RIGHTS IN EDUCATION BILL AND YOU HAVE A CHOICE.

WE HAVE A CHOICE TO EMPOWER PARENTS IN FLORIDA. WE HAVE A CHOICE TO EMPOWER SCHOOL DISTRICTS. I’M ASKING FOR YOU TO SIDE WITH THE SIDE OF PARENTS IN FLORIDA REPUBLICANS SAY THAT THIS BILL IS ABOUT PARENTAL RIGHTS LGBTQ PLUS ACTIVISTS HAVE BEEN OUTSPOKEN ABOUT THE HARM THAT THIS COULD DO TO LGBTQ. PLUS, YOUTH. BRANDON, WOLF IS WITH THE QUALITY FLORIDA LGBTQ PLUS RIGHTS ORGANIZATION, PEOPLE LIKE ARE ALWAYS AGE APPROPRIATE TO RECOGNIZE >> COMMUNITY WILL NOT BE ERASED.

LET ME MAKE IT MATTER WHAT HAPPENS BEHIND THOSE RIGHT. THIS COMMUNITY IS NOT GOING ANYWHERE. YOU CANNOT ERASE US. >> THE BILL HAS COST NATIONWIDE BACKLASH FROM HOLLYWOOD CELEBRITIES LIKE KERRY WASHINGTON WHO TWEETED HORRIFIED BY WHAT IS HAPPENING IN FLORIDA.

CHILDREN.

THE SERVED TO BE WHO THEY WANT TO BEAT TO THE WHITE HOUSE WHERE PRESIDENT BIDEN TWEETED HIS SUPPORT FOR THE LGBTQ PLUS COMMUNITY WRITING THAT IT TO KEEP FULL BILL. >> IT SENDS A TERRIBLE MESSAGE TO OUR USE. IF THERE’S SOMETHING SO WRONG. SO SO DANGEROUS ABOUT THIS TOPIC. AND WE HAVE TO CENSOR ET.

FROM CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION. FOR HIS PART, REPUBLICAN FLORIDA GOVERNOR RON DESANTIS HAS INDICATED HIS SUPPORT FOR THE BILL.

>> BUT HASN’T YET EXPLICITLY SAID WHETHER HE WOULD SIGN IT. MAKE NO MISTAKE IN FLORIDA. >> YOU KNOW, THE PARENTS HAVE A SEAT AT THE TABLE AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT PARENTS ARE INVOLVED IN AGE APPROPRIATE MATERIAL.

>> STATE HOUSE LAWMAKERS ALSO PASSED ANOTHER CONTROVERSIAL BILL THAT WOULD BAR DISCUSSION OF CRITICAL RACE THEORY IN BOTH THE CLASSROOM AND THE WORKPLACE. IT WOULD ALSO BAN ANY DISCUSSION THAT COULD CAUSE SOMEONE DISCOMFORT BASED ON THEIR RACE AARON. ALL RIGHT. CHRISTIANE, GOING TO BE THIS FOR US TODAY. CHRISTIANE, THANK YOU.

>> PROTESTING PUTIN’S. >> THE RARE REBUKE FROM HIS OWN PEOPLE AS THE BREEZE AN INVASION OF UKRAINE RAGES ON. ♪ >> NOW. TONIGHT, JOSHUA JOHNSON STREAMING WEEK NIGHTS AT 8 NBC NEWS NOW. ♪ >> NEWS IS MORE THAN A HEADLINE.

IT INFORMS INSPIRES AND IT STILL MATTERS TO COVER HAVE TO BE IN IT. >> AND THAT’S WHAT WE’RE GOING TO EVERY NIGHT.

WE TAKE YOU TO THE FRONT LINES OF THE STORY WHERE IT’S ACTUALLY HAPPENED WITH NBC NEWS JOURNALIST ON THE GROUND FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. WE COVER WITH. YOU NEED TO KNOW AND BRING YOUR NEWS FEED TO LIFE IN PRIME TIME AND STREAMING LIVE.

IT’S YOUR NEWS. PLAY LIST EVERY NIGHT, TOP STORY WITH TIME NOW LAST WEEK. THAT’S AT 7 ON NBC NEWS. NOW. WHAT HAPPENED HERE IS A STORY OF LOSS AND CELEBRATION RESIDENTS WHO HOLD ON FOR DEAR RIOTERS DOWN ONE OF THE DOORS.

IF YOU FOUND A WAY TO RECONCILE A YEAR LATER. IT REALLY HURT TO SEE THIS PLACE I LOVE SO TREATED WITH SUCH DISRESPECT AND WAS AN ACTIVE CLEANING OR ACT TO HEALING.

♪ >> GOOD MORNING. I’M JOE FRYER. AND I’M SAVANNAH SELLERS 2022 IS OFF TO A BUSY START.

WINTER’S WRATH CAUSING HEADACHES FROM COAST TO COAST. IT’S BEEN REALLY INCREDIBLE TO SEE HOW QUICKLY ALL IN TEARS STARTED TO HELP WITH THE CLEANUP EFFORTS MORNING NEWS NOW STREAMING WEEKDAYS AT 7. >> THERE WERE RESIDENTS WHO HUNG ON FOR DEAR LIFE HEARD PEOPLE SAY THE TOWN IS ABSOLUTELY GONE. WE’VE LOST THOUSANDS THE ART COMMUNITY STILL HERE. ♪ >> LOOK AT WHAT’S MAKING HEADLINES AROUND THE WORLD.

♪ ♪ ♪ >> MAJOR PUSHBACK TODAY AS RUSSIAN POLITICIANS AND MEDIA HAIL VLADIMIR PUTIN’S AS A SAVIOR FOR INVADING UKRAINE IN A RARE REBUKE. THE RUSSIAN ANTIWAR PROTESTERS ARE TAKING TO THE STREETS. NBC NEWS REPORTER JOHN SHOULD BE JOINS US NOW.

JOHN, THIS IS THIS IS A BIG DEAL BECAUSE, OF RUSSIA HAS STATE-CONTROLLED MEDIA. SO SPEAKING OUT IS SOMETHING THAT CAN BE PUNISHABLE BY PRISON TIME AND RUSSIANS ARE PRETTY DIVIDED RIGHT NOW OVER THIS INVASION.

SO IS THIS WHAT THE TIPPING POINT WITH ONE CITING A LITTLE BIT MORE SUPPORT THAN THE OTHER. AND IF SO, WHY? >> WELL, IT’S MIXED. THERE ARE RUSSIANS WHO SUPPORTED, AS YOU MENTIONED, THERE ARE MANY WHO DISAGREE WITH IT BUT ARE KEEPING THEIR OPINIONS PRIVATE. I SPOKE TO A YOUNG PROFESSIONAL IN MOSCOW YESTERDAY WHO SAID HE DIDN’T WANT TO TALK POLITICS ARE PUT IN BUT THAT HE FOUND THE INVASION DISGUSTING.

AND AS YOU NOTED, THIS IN CELEBRITIES AND OPPOSITION FIGURES AND INDEPENDENT JOURNALISTS WHO’VE EXPRESSED SHOCK SHAME AND CONFUSION AND ANGER ABOUT IT. BUT THE MOST REMARKABLE THING THAT WE’RE SEEING ARE THE NUMBERS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE HAVE COME OUT ON THE STREETS TO DENOUNCE THE INVASION AND THAT’S WHAT NOT A COMMON SIGHT IN RUSSIA WHERE THERE’S THIS HISTORY CRACKDOWNS ON POLITICAL OPPOSITION. >> RUSSIA AS WE SORT OF JUST TALKED ABOUT IS NOTORIOUS FOR PUNISHING ITS PROTESTERS CRITICS. AND YOU KNOW, THE ACTIVISTS PUTTING THEMSELVES AT GREATER RISK. WHAT ABOUT, FOR EXAMPLE, ALEXEI NAVALNY, WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT HIM FOR BUS KNOW, THAT HE WAS ABLE TO ESCAPE LOOK LIKE THERE WAS SOME POISE INVOLVED CAME BACK IN JAIL.

HAVE WE HEARD FROM HIM. >> HE SPOKE ABOUT HE HAD A COURT YESTERDAY. I BELIEVE AND HE SPOKE OUT. HE TOOK SOME AND HIS ABILITY TO SPEAK PUBLICLY TO DENOUNCE THE INVASION AND ALSO COULDN’T HIMSELF AND. TO YOUR ORIGINAL QUESTION, YES, THE PEOPLE WHO ARE COMING OUT AND DEMONSTRATING THE ORDINARY RUSSIANS ARE COMING OUT AND DEMONSTRATING AGAINST THE INVASION ARE PUTTING THEMSELVES AT RISK.

NEARLY 2000 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ARRESTED AT LAST COUNT BY GOVERNMENT WATCHDOGS AT THESE PROTESTS OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS. AND YOU’VE GOT TO ASSUME THAT THAT’S GOING TO CONTINUE THAT TYPE OF ACTIVITY. >> ALL RIGHT. JEN SHOULD BE FORCED THEIR. JOHN.

THANK YOU. >> PROTESTS HAVE ERUPTED AROUND THE WORLD IN RESPONSE TO RUSSIA’S INVASION OF UKRAINE. WE SPOKE WITH UKRAINIAN AMERICANS AND RUSSIAN AMERICANS OUTSIDE THE RUSSIAN CONSULATE HERE IN NEW YORK CITY TO HEAR WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY. ♪ >> TODAY BECAUSE RUSSIA HAS OFFICIALLY INVADED MY COUNTRY. I’M VERY, VERY CLOSE WITH MY FAMILY BETWEEN E-COLI OF.

>> HI TO AND KEY MY SISTER IS NOT RESPONDING TO ME FOR THE PAST 30 MINUTES AND I’M VERY NERVOUS.

I’M HERE TODAY BECAUSE I WANT TO EXPRESS MY ANGER AND MY DISAGREEMENT WITH THE WAR. THAT’S MY COUNTRY. RUSSIA HAS STARTED A >> I’M GLAD THAT THEY THEY HAVE SHOWED UP. IT IS A LITTLE BIT DIFFICULT TO HEAR THOUGH LANGUAGE.

I’M HAPPY THAT THEY’RE HERE. THEY’RE SPEAKING OUT. I JUST WISH THERE WERE MORE OF PEOPLE WHO ARE TRYING TO PROTEST IN RUSSIA. THAT BEING ARRESTED. THERE HAD BEEN BEATEN BY THE POLICE YOU CANNOT PROTEST RUSH AGAINST ANYTHING, ESPECIALLY AGAINST SUCH THINGS AS THE WAR IN UKRAINE THAT THE GOVERNMENT PERCEIVES AS THEY’RE KIND CORE POLICY.

>> PUTIN MEETING WILL BE IN FRONT OF ME. I WOULD TELL HIM NOTHING BECAUSE IT’S NOT HE DOESN’T DESERVE MY WORDS. HE DOESN’T DESERVE TO BE RESPECTED. THIS IS THE DICTATOR SHOULD NOT BE LIFE. >> CURIOUS THINGS OF THE WORLD S THE CHESSBOARD WHERE BIG SUPERPOWERS PLAY LIKE RUSSIA AND THE UNITED STATES AND UKRAINE IS JUST ONE OF THE PIECES.

>> HIS ACTIONS, HIS EVIL ACTIONS. HE WILL NOT SUCCEED. UKRAINE WILL LIFT. UKRAINE WILL LIVE AND EVEN IF WE FALL TODAY TOMORROW, IF WE FALL UKRAINE WILL BE. >> FOR ALL THE WASTE.

I’M EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED THAT THE WEST WAS NOT SUPPORTING US AS MUCH AS THEY COULD. HE HAS THEY GIVE SOME SANCTIONS HERE. SANCTIONS THERE, BUT IT WAS A PROVEN FACT THAT FOOD AND DID NOT CARE ABOUT THESE SANCTIONS. HE DOESN’T CARE SO MANY PEOPLE WILL DIE. >> INCREDIBLY AND CONFUSED TIME.

>> SCARED ANGRY. LAST NIGHT. I DIDN’T SLEEP MY FAMILY DIDN’T SLEEP. NO ONE SLEPT. IT’S GOING TO BE HARD FOR ME TO SLEEP FOR A VERY LONG TIME UNTIL ALL OF THIS OVER.

IF YOU SAYING THAT UKRAINE IS NOT YOUR PROBLEM. THINK AGAIN. >> THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US THIS HOUR. IT’S BEEN OUR PLEASURE, MORGAN RADFORD AND I’M ERIN GILCHRIST. OF COURSE, WE’LL CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THE DEVELOPMENTS IN UKRAINE THROUGHOUT THE DAY ACROSS THE PLATFORMS OF NBC NEWS THE NEWS CONTINUES RIGHT NOW.

♪ ♪ BREAKING NEWS. FIRST ON NBC NEWS NOW CLOSING IN RUSSIAN FORCES GETTING CLOSER TO UKRAINE’S CAPITAL CITY. SOME UKRAINIANS NOW ABANDONING THEIR HOMES AS THE MILITARY DEATH TOLL RISES. THE SITUATION ON THE GROUND AND HOW THE WHITE HOUSE IS RESPONDING THE NEXT JUSTICE PRESIDENT BIDEN PICKING BROWN-JACKSON JUST SERVE ON THE SUPREME COURT HOUSE SO SHE COULD BE CONFIRMED. COMING UP NEXT.

>> FACE FORWARD THE CDC SET TO ANNOUNCE NEW GUIDANCE ABOUT MASKS. WHAT TOP HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE SAYING ABOUT WHAT YOU STILL NEED TO DO TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND A WINTRY MESS.

YET ANOTHER SEVERE WEATHER STORM CHARTING ITS WAY ACROSS THE NORTHEAST WITH 10’S OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS BRACING FOR IMPACT. ♪ ♪ >> HI THERE, EVERYONE. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US.

I’M MORGAN RADFORD AND GOOD FRIDAY, EVERYBODY. I’M ERIN GILCHRIST. WE BEGIN WITH RUSSIA’S MILITARY MOVEMENTS FARTHER INTO UKRAINE. FIGHTING HAS NOW BEEN REPORTED IN PARTS OF KEY EVE. >> THIS IS WHAT’S LEFT OF ONE APARTMENT BUILDING.

YOU CAN SEE NOTHING BUT MASSIVE PILES OF RUBBLE ACROSS THIS AREA.

MORE MISSILE ATTACKS WERE LAUNCHED BY RUSSIA ACROSS UKRAINE BEFORE DAWN TODAY. UKRAINE’S PRESIDENT SAYS AT LEAST 137 CITIZENS WERE KILLED YESTERDAY. SEVERAL 100 OTHERS WERE HURT. >> MEANWHILE, AN UNIDENTIFIED AIRCRAFT CAME CRASHING DOWN IN KIEV TODAY.

UKRAINIAN FORCES SAY THEY SHOT DOWN A RUSSIAN JET. AND THEN THERE ARE ALSO HUMANITARIAN CONCERNS. THE UN REFUGEE AGENCY BELIEVES UP TO 4 MILLION PEOPLE COULD FLEE UKRAINE IF THE SITUATION ESCALATES AS IT IS EXPECTED TO DO BY MANY MORE THAN A 100,000 PEOPLE IN UKRAINE HAVE ALREADY LEFT THEIR HOMES. WE HAVE A TEAM OF CORRESPONDENTS AND ANALYSTS COVERING EVERY ANGLE OF THIS RAPIDLY DEVELOPING STORY AT THIS HOUR. IT’S GOING TO BRING IN NBC NEWS CHIEF WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT KRISTEN WELKER RIGHT NOW.

CHRISTIAN PRESIDENT BIDEN IS LAID OUT SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA AND CALLED OUT PRESIDENT PUTIN IN THE PROCESS, OF COURSE.

BUT WHAT MORE DO WE KNOW, KRISTEN, ABOUT JUST HOW FAR BIDEN MIGHT GO HERE. WE HEARD THAT THAT EXCHANGE WITH PETER CAN WE EXPECT MORE AGGRESSIVE STEPS TO SORT OF HE WAS ASKING TO BE TAKEN TOWARD RUSSIA. >> WELL, WE KNOW WE’RE HERE THAT MORE AGGRESSIVE STEPS ARE DEFINITELY ON THE TABLE. SO HERE IS WHAT PRESIDENT BIDEN DID, WHAT HE DID HE DID ANNOUNCE STIFFER NEW SANCTIONS YESTERDAY THAT INCLUDE TARGETING MORE OF RUSSIA’S LARGEST BANKS.

THEY INCLUDE TRYING TO ESSENTIALLY HIT THE DEFENSE CAPABILITIES OF RUSSIA BY LIMITING TECHNOLOGY EXPORTS AND ALSO SANCTIONING A LEADS DARK CLOSE TO VLADIMIR PUTIN. NOW, HERE’S WHAT HE DIDN’T DO. HE DIDN’T HIMSELF AND HE DIDN’T ALONG WITH HIS EUROPEAN ALLIES KICK PUTIN AND RUSSIA OUT OF WHAT IS KNOWN AS SWIFT THAT’S INTERNATIONAL BANKING SYSTEM. WHY DIDN’T HE DO THAT? WILL HE WAS PRESSED BY PETER ALEXANDER BY OTHERS ON THAT VERY TOPIC AND HE SAID, LOOK, THE SECTIONS THAT WE HAVE JUST ANNOUNCED OUR SIGNIFICANT.

THEY ARE SWEEPING AND IN ORDER TO KICK RUSSIA OUT OF SWIFT WHO WOULD NEED TO HAVE AGREEMENT WITH HIS EUROPEAN ALLIES. AND FOR THE FIRST TIME HE REVEALED THAT THAT AGREEMENT JUST DOESN’T EXIST. OF COURSE, THEIR ECONOMIES ARE LINKED VERY CLOSELY WITH RUSSIA. SO THAT’S PART OF IT. HE WAS ALSO PRESSED ON WHY HE DIDN’T DIRECTLY TARGET COULDN’T AND HE SAID THAT IS STILL ON THE TABLE.

SO THAT SIGNIFICANT AS WELL TODAY. MORGAN, THE PRESIDENT HOLDING AN URGENT MEETING WITH HIS NATO ALLIES TO DISCUSS NEXT STEPS AND WE KNOW THAT HE ALSO IS SENDING MORE TROOPS. 7,000 TO GO TO THE REGION TO REINFORCE AND BOLSTER NATO ALLIES, BUT HE HAS BEEN VERY CLEAR US FORCES WILL NOT FIGHT IN UKRAINE. KRISTA, CAN YOU ELABORATE, THOUGH, ON THOSE NEXT STEPS THAT HE’LL BE DISCUSSING WITH NATO. I MEAN, BECAUSE ALL EYES HAVE BEEN ON NATO RIGHT NOW.

AND EVERY TIME WE HEAR FROM SOMEONE ON THE GROUND IN UKRAINE THERE.

THEY’RE PLEADING PLEADING SPECIFICALLY WITH THE U.S. TO MORE BROADLY WITH THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY EFFECTIVELY SAYING JUST DON’T LEAVE US ALONE HERE. SO WHAT HAS CHANGED IN HIS MESSAGE TO NATO.

>> I THINK THAT THE STEPS THAT THEY WOULD BE CONSIDERING MORGAN WOULD INCLUDE THINGS LIKE A NO FLY ZONE WOULD INCLUDE SENDING. >> WE’RE MILITARY TO THE REGION AS WELL.

AND I THINK THAT YOU’RE GOING TO SEE MORE PRESSURE ON CONGRESS TO TRY TO GET STIFFER SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA AND ALSO TO TRY TO GET AN AID PACKAGE TO UKRAINE. SO I THINK THOSE ARE AMONG THE STEPS THAT ARE BEING DISCUSSED IN TAKEN. BUT YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT.

UKRAINE IS PLEADING FOR HELP. THEY ARE URGING THE U.S. TO GET MORE ENGAGED AND NOT JUST IN THE WORDS OF THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE TO LOOK ON FROM A DISTANCE ABSOLUTELY.

ALL RIGHT.

KRISTEN WELKER, I KNOW YOU HAVE A LONG DAY AHEAD. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US LIVE FROM THE WHITE HOUSE. WE APPRECIATE IT. >> LET’S BRING IN NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT ERIN MCLAUGHLIN NOW IN KEY FOR US AT THIS HOUR. AARON UKRAINIAN LEADERS HAVE SAID THAT RUSSIAN TROOPS HAVE REACHED ONE PART OF THE GREATER KEY REGION AT THIS POINT.

SET THE SCENE FOR US. WHAT’S THE SITUATION LIKE RIGHT NOW. >> YEAH, THAT’S RIGHT, AARON. AND THAT A RESIDENTIAL AREA IS JUST 2 AND A HALF MILES FROM WHERE I’M STANDING JUST OVER THAT WAY.

EARLIER TODAY WE HEARD AN INTENSE FIGHTING GOING ON.

THERE WAS GUNFIRE. WE HEARD SOME EXPLOSIONS THINGS, THOUGH, NOW HOURS LATER HAVE CALMED CONSIDERABLY. I THINK THE LAST TIME YOUR GUN FIRE WAS ABOUT A COUPLE HOURS ACCORDING TO UKRAINIAN AUTHORITIES, RUSSIAN FORCES ARE TRYING TO PUSH INTO THE CAPITAL. THEY WERE MET BY UKRAINIAN MILITARY. RESIDENTS IN THE AREA WERE TOLD TO SHELTER IN PLACE BECAUSE ACCORDING TO UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT, THEY BELIEVE THE RUSSIAN FORCES HAD MANAGED TO GET AHOLD OF SOME UKRAINIAN MILITARY UNIFORMS AND THE CONCERN BEING IF PEOPLE CAME OUTSIDE, THOUGHT THEY WERE APPROACHING UKRAINIAN MILITARY.

THEY’RE WORRIED ABOUT WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN. THIS CITY IS IS ABSOLUTELY TERRIFIED. I MEAN, WE’RE STILL HEARING EXPLOSIONS. I HEARD ONE. I DON’T KNOW RIGHT BEFORE THIS LIVE AND PEOPLE HERE ARE RUNNING REALLY FOR THEIR LIVES.

WE SAW DRAMATIC SCENES AT THE TRAIN STATION TODAY, THOUSANDS CRUSHING THE PLATFORM. SOME HOISTING THEIR CHILDREN TRYING TO GET THEIR CHILDREN ON 2, THE TRAIN CARRIAGE REALLY DESPERATE SCENES. I WAS DOWN IN THE METRO STATION EARLIER TODAY WERE A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE SEEKING SHELTER FROM BALLISTIC MISSILES.

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I HEARD I JUST HEARD ANOTHER A COUPLE OF EXPLOSIONS TO MY RIGHT. PEOPLE WERE DOWN THERE.

THEY HAD SNACKS A SLEEPING BAGS. THEY HAVE THEIR PETS. THEY ARE HUNKERING DOWN FOR THE DAY WORRIED ABOUT BALLISTIC MISSILE FIRE. I SPOKE TO ONE WOMAN WHO TOLD ME THAT SHE WAS TERRIFIED. SHE SCARED, BUT THAT SHE WANTED TO FIGHT FOR HER COUNTRY.

SHE KNOWS THAT HER FREEDOM IS AT STAKE. AND IT’S SOMETHING THAT I HEAR OVER AND OVER AGAIN IN MY CONVERSATIONS HERE. >> AARON UKRAINE’S PRESIDENT MADE IT CLEAR THAT HE IS STILL IN KEY EVEN THOUGH HE SPOKE TO THE COUNTRY EARLIER TODAY. WHAT’S HIS MESSAGE TO HIS COUNTRYMEN INTO OTHER WORLD LEADERS AT THIS POINT. >> YEAH, THAT’S RIGHT.

WE DID HEAR FROM PRESIDENT HE POSTED HIS MESSAGE ON HIS TELEGRAM CHANNEL. HE’S GETTING A LOT OF PRAISE FOR HIS RESOLVE AND DETERMINATION THAT HE DEMONSTRATED IN SOME OF THESE SPEECHES. HE HAS EVACUATED HIS FAMILY OUT OF THE AREA TO AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION, THOUGH HE IS IN IN THE CAPITAL AND HIS MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE OF UKRAINE OR TO, YOU KNOW, CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR THEIR COUNTRY.

THEY’RE HANDING OUT THOUSANDS OF GUNS. WE WERE OUTSIDE THE NATIONAL POLICE HEADQUARTERS YESTERDAY AND WATCHED AS ORDINARY PEOPLE WHO NEVER FIRED A GUN BEFORE THEIR LIFE COMING TO COLLECT AN AK 47 AND THEY’RE GOING TO GO HOME GOOGLE AND YOUTUBE HOW TO USE IT.

IT’S REALLY INCREDIBLE SCENES. LET’S GET MESSAGE TO THE WIDER WORLD IS IS, YOU KNOW, HE REALIZES THAT THIS IS A COUNTRY NOW THAT’S. NOT GOING GET ANY HELP IN TERMS OF OTHER ARMED FORCES COMING IN FROM OTHER POTENTIAL NATO ALLIES. THAT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. HE REALIZES THAT AND HIS MESSAGE IS YOU UKRAINE OWES THAT THAT UKRAINIANS HAVE TO FIGHT FOR THEMSELVES ESSENTIALLY.

>> AS FOR TIMES FOR SURE, THEY’RE IN UKRAINE AIR MCLAUGHLIN FORCE. AARON, GREAT REPORTING THIS WEEK FOR YOU AND YOUR TEAM. STAY SAFE. NBC NEWS SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL CORRESPONDENT GARRETT HAKE IS ON CAPITOL HILL FOR US NOW, GARRETT, THE LAWMAKERS HAVE BEEN WATCHING THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION, HOW IT’S APPROACHING THIS CRISIS.

WHAT’S BEEN THE RESPONSE ACROSS THE BOARD.

>> LAWMAKERS HAVE BEEN DIGESTING THE PRESIDENT’S NEWS CONFERENCE YESTERDAY AND THE SANCTIONS PACKAGE LAID OUT BY SEA AND THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT AND MORE OR LESS ACROSS THE BOARD. THEY WANT MORE. I’VE HEARD THAT FROM REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC LAWMAKERS THAT THE SANCTIONS THAT THE WHITE HOUSE IS PUTTING IN PLACE ARE STRONG, BUT THEY COULD BE STRONGER. WE HEARD FROM BOB MENENDEZ, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE. SHE LIKE MANY OTHERS WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE UNITED STATES GO AFTER RUSSIA IN THE SWIFT BANKING SYSTEM.

THE KRISTEN WELKER WAS TALKING ABOUT. OF COURSE, THAT’S NOT A DECISION THAT CAN BE MADE UNILATERALLY. IT’S GOING TO HAVE TO BE DONE WITH OUR ALLIES. AND WE’RE ALSO SEEING REPUBLICANS TRY TO DIFFERENTIATE THEIR POLICY RESPONSE HERE A LITTLE BIT THERE PRAISING PRESIDENT BIDEN FOR STRONG SANCTIONS.

THEY WANT TO GO FARTHER AND THEY WANT THE U.

S. GOVERNMENT POLICY TO GO A LITTLE BIT FARTHER STILL IN IN THE DIRECTION OF U.S. ENERGY DEVELOPMENT. BILL CASSIDY WAS AMONG THE REPUBLICAN SENATORS WHO PUT OUT STATEMENTS ON THIS TOPIC YESTERDAY ARGUING THAT BY INCREASING US DOMESTIC ENERGY PRODUCTION AND EXPORT.

WE CAN HELP MITIGATE THE EFFECTS OF RISING GAS PRICES AS RELATED TO THIS CRISIS. AND WE CAN WE CAN COULDN’T. WHO’S YOUR RUSSIAN ECONOMY IS THE SECOND LARGEST EXPORTER OF A TRADITIONAL OIL AND GAS RESOURCES, YOU KNOW, BY BOOSTING AMERICAN PRODUCTION, REPUBLICANS ARGUE WE CAN WE CAN WE CAN COULD MISS.

BUT OF COURSE THAT’S ALREADY BEEN A REPUBLICAN POSITION. BUT YOU SEE THEM KIND OF USING IT AS A AS A WAY TO DRIVE A POLICY CONTRAST DOMESTICALLY IN THE MIDST OF THIS INTERNATIONAL DISPUTE.

JUST AN INTERESTING THING TO KEEP AN EYE ON IN THE DAYS AND WEEKS AHEAD, GUYS. ALL RIGHT. WE KNOW YOU’LL BE DOING THAT FOR US. KARA, TAKE ON THE HILL TODAY. GARRETT, THANKS.

>> THAT’S GOING TO BRING IN NBC NEWS REPORTER PHIL MCCAUSLAND, WHO’S TAKING A DEEPER LOOK AT THOSE NEW SANCTIONS. PHIL, FIRST OFF, YOU KNOW, WHEN WILL RUSSIA ACTUALLY FEEL THE IMPACT OF THE SANCTIONS BECAUSE WE’VE HEARD REPORTS THAT IT COULD BE YEARS AND REALLY HOW EFFECTIVE OUR SANCTIONS AS A NATIONAL SECURITY TOOL. >> YEAH. I MEAN, BIDEN SPOKE ABOUT THAT YESTERDAY, RIGHT. I MEAN, HE SAID THAT THESE WOULD HAVE BOTH IMMEDIATE AND LONG-TERM EFFECT.

BUT, YOU KNOW, SPEAKING TO TREASURY AND STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS. THE EASE AND THE PASS AND AND REALLY BUILD OUR SANCTIONS POLICY IN THE PAST SAID YOU KNOW, THIS IS GOING TO BE A A LONG-TERM PROCESS.

I MEAN, IF YOU LOOK AT THIS HISTORICALLY, RIGHT. I MEAN. REALLY IT TAKES A LONG TIME YEARS EVEN FOR SANCTIONS TO REALLY TAKE SO WE’RE LOOKING A LONG-TERM, A POLICY HERE.

GOODNESS. IT’S REALLY HIT OR MISS. AND I THINK POLICY ANALYSTS HAVE TAKEN A LOT OF FUN AND A LOT EFFORT TO FIGURE OUT HOW OFTEN THEY’RE EFFECTIVE. THAT’S NUMBERS ARE ABOUT MAYBE A 3RD OF THE TIME.

SO WE’RE LOOKING AT WHETHER OR NOT THESE ARE EFFECTIVE.

IT’S ALSO WHETHER OR REALLY LISTENS TO THEM OR FEELS DETERRED BY THEM. I THINK AT THIS POINT, YOU BIDEN HAS REALLY GUNS ON SANCTIONS AND COMING GUNS, BLAZING. I DON’T KNOW AND WILL BE AT THIS POINT. AND IF YOU GO FURTHER WHAT WHAT OR WILL PULL BACK. HISTORICALLY, AGAIN.

IT’S TAKES ONE EXAMPLE WHERE EXAM IS A AFGHANISTAN WHEN RUSSIA AND THE U.S. ARE INVITED A GUEST IN IT TOOK. AND BEGAN IN 1979 OF SANCTIONS AND THEN IT TOOK 6, 7, YEARS BEFORE WE CAN SEE AN EFFECT ON THE ECONOMY.

SO WE’LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.

>> ALL RIGHT. ABC’S COSTS AND PHIL, THANK YOU. >> FORMER ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE U.S. TREASURY MONICA CROWLEY IS JOINING US WE APPRECIATE YOU BEING HERE TODAY.

I’D LIKE TO GET YOUR PERSPECTIVE ON THIS. HOW IMPACTFUL ARE THESE NEW SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA GOING TO BE. >> WELL, THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME, ERIN. AND LOOK, I THINK IT REMAINS TO BE SEEN. OBVIOUSLY IN ORDER FOR ANY SET OF LIKE 2 HAVE BEEN PREVENTED.

IT WAS THEY SHOULD HAVE COME LAST YEAR WHEN VLADIMIR PUTIN REALLY RATCHETED UP HIS THREATS AGAINST UKRAINE COMING UP. THEY ARE NOW THEY REALLY ARE MUCH TOO LATE AND THERE’S THE PREVIOUS GUESTS NOTED SANCTIONS TAKE A LONG TIME TO TAKE EFFECT IN BILLY HAVE LIGHT. I THINK WHAT WE’RE REALLY LOOKING AT HERE IS THAT DAY LATE AND A DOLLAR SHORT AND ALSO A SET OF SANCTIONS THAT THAT MAY HAVE SOME MARGINAL EFFECT. AND INFLICTING SOME PAIN ON THE PUTIN REGIME. BUT WE’RE REALLY NOT GOING AFTER THE AREAS THAT WOULD REALLY GET ATTENTION.

>> WELL, LET ME ASK YOU TALK ABOUT THAT A LITTLE BIT THAT ANY ONE OF THE THINGS THAT’S BEEN DISCUSSED IS THIS IDEA OF BANNING RUSSIA FROM THE INTERNATIONAL BANKING SYSTEM THAT SWIFT BANKING SYSTEM. WE’VE HEARD ABOUT THE LAST FEW DAYS. THE PRESIDENT, THOUGH, SAYS THAT SOME WORLD LEADERS DON’T WANT TO TAKE THAT STEP. I WANT TO PLAY A LITTLE BIT OF WHAT WE HEARD THIS WEEK.

NO.

ASK YOU ABOUT IT ON THE OTHER SIDE. >> THE SANCTIONS THAT WERE FORECLOSED ON ALL THE BANKS OF THE CONSEQUENCES MAY BE MORE CONSEQUENTIAL SINCE WITH NUMBER ONE. NUMBER 2, IT ALWAYS AN OPTION. BUT RIGHT NOW THAT’S NOT THE POSITION OF THE REST >> YOU’RE PUSHES TO TAKE. >> IS USING SWIFT TO SEVERE RIGHT NOW.

AND IF SO, WHY? >> WELL, I THINK THAT THE LETTER MAYOR WHO HAS ACTUALLY TAKEN THE STEP OF INVADING ONE OF HIS NEIGHBORS. NOTHING IS TOO SEVERE AND EVERYTHING SHOULD BE ON THE TABLE. THE PROBLEM WAS SWIFT AND IT WOULD BE A VERY EFFECTIVE TOOL AGAINST BUT THE PROBLEM IS THAT IT IS AN INTERNATIONAL CONSORTIUM.

SO IT DOES REQUIRE NOT JUST US LEADERSHIP, BUT IT ALSO REQUIRES AGREEMENT OFF EUROPEAN ALLIES LIKE ITALY AND GERMANY THAT HAVE BEEN VERY, VERY RELUCTANT TO PULL THAT TRIGGER ON THE RUSSIANS BECAUSE THEY ARE INCREDIBLY DEPENDENT ON THEIR ENERGY SECTOR.

SO THE UNITED STATES ACTUALLY IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION DID HOLD A SWIFT TRIGGER AGAINST IRAN AS A PUNITIVE ACTION AGAINST DEVELOPING NUCLEAR PROGRAM. WAS VERY GOOD. BUT WE DIDN’T THINK AFTER 9.11, THOSE COUNTRIES ARE STILL ON THE SWIFT LAST. BUT HERE GETTING THAT KIND OF INTERNATIONAL COORDINATION IS VERY, VERY DIFFICULT TO DO.

I WOULD SAY SOMETHING THAT THE UNITED STATES COULD DO. BUT IT’S ALSO RELUCTANT TO DO IS SANCTIONED PUTIN’S ENERGY SECTOR, OIL AND NATURAL GAS. BUT AGAIN, GETTING THE EUROPEANS TO A GREEN GO LONG. VERY DIFFICULT BECAUSE THEY’RE DEPENDENT OF BETWEEN 3060% ON FOR THEIR ENERGY SUPPLY AS WELL AS YOU TALK ABOUT THE OIL AND AS YOU TALK YOU KNOW, OTHER FORMS OF ENERGY AND THE SWIFT SYSTEM.

IS THERE A WAY.

>> FOR THE EUROPEANS TO SORT OF SHORE UP THEIR OWN ECONOMIES QUICKLY SO THAT SWIFT COULD BE MORE OF AN IN THE DAYS TO COME. >> WELL, I THINK IT ALL GETS DOWN TO ENERGY, AARON. YOU KNOW IT. THE RUSSIAN ECONOMY IS ESSENTIALLY NO TIME ENERGY. IT’S A KIND OF A ONE-DIMENSIONAL ECONOMY.

THE EUROPEANS ARE REALLY PUT THEMSELVES IN A BOX WHERE THEY’RE PROBABLY DEPENDENT ON ABORTION, OIL AND NATURAL GAS SUPPLIES.

WELL, WE COULD DO IN GERMANY TOOK AN INITIAL STEP THIS WEEK TO TEMPORARILY PAUSE CERTIFICATION OF THE NORD STREAM 2 PIPELINE THAT CERTIFICATION IS NOT SET TO REALLY GO UNTIL THE SUMMER. SO THIS IS KIND OF A SYMBOLIC STEP EVEN THOUGH VERY IMPORTANT, BUT WESTERN EUROPE, EASTERN EUROPE AND THE UNITED STATES NEED TO GET BACK TO A POINT WHERE THEY’RE SERIOUSLY CONSIDERING ENERGY INDEPENDENCE. THE UNITED STATES WAS ENERGY INDEPENDENCE DURING THE TRUMP YEARS. PRESIDENT BIDEN AND PURSUED OUT OF GREEN ENERGY HAS MOVED US BACK TO ENERGY.

DEPENDENCE TO AND WHERE WE ARE ACTUALLY IMPORTING AN AVERAGE OF 22 MILLION BARRELS A DAY OR EVERY FROM RUSSIA. SO WE’RE ACTUALLY HELPING TO FINANCE HIS WAR MACHINE GOING INTO UKRAINE WHICH MAKES ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE.

ENERGY INDEPENDENCE FOR EUROPE AND THE UNITED STATES IS CRITICAL. >> MONICA CROWLEY FORMER SECRETARY ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY WE APPRECIATE YOUR PERSPECTIVE TODAY. THANK YOU.

>> NOW TO THE OTHER MAJOR BREAKING NEWS WE’RE FOLLOWING THIS HOUR. PRESIDENT BIDEN HAS MADE HIS PICK FOR THE SUPREME COURT. BIDEN IS EXPECTED TO NOMINATE FEDERAL JUDGE KETANJI BROWN JACKSON TO FILL JUSTICE STEVEN BRIAR SEAT PRIOR IS SET TO RETIRE THIS SUMMER. FOR MORE, LET’S GO AHEAD AND BRING IN NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT AND SENIOR NATIONAL POLITICAL REPORTER SAW HOCHUL POOR SAWHILL, YOU KNOW, THE PRESIDENT JUST TWEETED, QUOTE, I’M PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT I’M NOMINATING JUDGE KETANJI BROWN JACKSON TO SERVE ON THE SUPREME COURT AND HE WENT ON TO SAY SHE IS ONE OF OUR NATION’S BRIGHTEST LEGAL MINDS AND WILL BE AN EXCEPTIONAL SAWHILL.

IS THERE ANY READ YET ON HOW SENATORS ARE REACTING TO THIS PICK.

>> YES, THE REACTION THERE ALREADY POURING IN MORGAN. THE REACTIONS ARE OVERWHELMINGLY POSITIVE FROM DEMOCRATS. THE TOP. DEMOCRAT THE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER PRAISED THE PRESIDENT’S DECISION CALLING 2 TIMES YOUR BROWN EXCEPTIONALLY QUALIFIED. IN A STATEMENT THAT HE PUT OUT.

HE ALSO PRAISED THE WHITE HOUSE IS PROCESS AS FAIR AND DELIBERATIVE AND EVEN HANDED IN TERMS OF MAKING THE SELECTION INTERVIEWING A NUMBER OF NOMINEES. SENATOR DURBIN THAT MAJORITY WHIP, WHO IS ALSO CHAIRMAN OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. ALSO PUT OUT A POSITIVE STATEMENT PRAISING THE NOMINATION USING. AND PROMISING THAT THE SENATE WILL BEGIN IMMEDIATELY TO MOVE FORWARD ON HER NOMINATION. WITH A CAREFUL, FAIR AND PROFESSIONAL APPROACH.

SHE AND AMERICA ARE ENTITLED TO NOT THERE SAID HE HOPES TO WRAP THIS PROCESS UP BY APRIL. THE 9TH WHICH WOULD BE A FAIRLY AGGRESSIVE TIMELINE.

BUT THERE’S PLENTY OF TIME BETWEEN NOW AND THEN. TO PULL THAT OFF AMONG REPUBLICANS. THE REACTION HAS BEEN MORE MIXED.

WE’VE SEEN NEGATIVE STATEMENTS FROM SENATE MINORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL AS WELL AS SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM WHO HAPPENS TO BE SOMEONE WHO VOTED FOR KETANJI BROWN, JACKSON ON THE DC CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS. JUST LAST SUMMER WHEN PRESIDENT BIDEN NOMINATED HERE. GRAHAM WAS PUSHING FOR A SEPARATE POTENTIAL I JUDGE MICHELLE CHILDS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, HIS HOME STATE, OTHER REPUBLICANS WERE SOMEWHAT MORE POSITIVE SUSAN JACKSON SPA LOCATIONS.

IN A STATEMENT, MITT ROMNEY SAID HE LOOKS FORWARD TO ASSESSING AND EVALUATING HER. SO IT’S UNCLEAR THE EXTENT TO WHICH REPUBLICANS WILL BE IN FAVOR.

BUT DEMOCRATS ONLY NEED ALL THEIR 50 MEMBERS IN ORDER TO PULL THIS OFF AND REPUBLICAN VOTES WOULD JUST BE A BONUS FOR THE OKAY. SO COULD BE AS EARLY AS APRIL KEN DILANIAN IS HERE NOW ALSO FROM THE CNN LIKE TO BRING HIM. CAN LOOK, THERE HAS BEEN SO MUCH DISCUSSION AROUND THIS PARTICULAR PICK. THERE’S EVEN BEEN SOME CONTROVERSY JUST SIMPLY PRESIDENT BIDEN MADE IT VERY CLEAR THAT HE WANTED TO PICK A QUALIFIED JUSTICE WHO WOULD HAPPEN TO BE A BLACK WOMAN.

SO WHY DO YOU THINK WE’VE REALLY SPENT SO MANY WEEKS OR SPECULATING ON WHO THE SHORT LIST ON THE SHORT LIST COULD BE WHY DO YOU THINK ULTIMATELY IT LANDED ON ON TIMES ABOUT JACKSON.

>> WELL, KUZ ON GROUND. JACKSON IS NO STRANGER TO THE U.S. SUPREME COURT. SHE WAS A LAW CLERK.

THERE FOR JUSTICE STEVEN BRIAR, THE MAN SHE’S BEEN NOMINATED TO SUCCEED. SHE’S NOW A JUDGE ON THE FEDERAL APPEALS COURT HERE IN WASHINGTON. ONE REASON BIDEN MAY HAVE PICTURES THAT SHE WAS JUST CONFIRMED US ALL A LITTLE TOO TO THAT JOB BY THE SENATE 8 MONTHS AGO AND YOU’VE GOT THE VOTES OF 3 SENATE REPUBLICANS. JUDGE. I JUDGE JACKSON GREW UP IN MIAMI WHERE HER MOTHER WAS A SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR AND HER FATHER WAS A LAWYER FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD.

SHE SAYS WATCHING HIM. I WAS AN EARLY INSPIRATION TO SEEK A CAREER IN THE LAW. SHE GRADUATED FROM HARVARD AND HARVARD LAW. THAT’S WHERE SHE MET HER HUSBAND, PATRICK, NOW A SURGEON IN WASHINGTON. SHE’S SHE’S GOT SOME INTERESTING BACKGROUND.

SHE SERVED AS A FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER MAKING HER THE FIRST JUSTICE SINCE THURGOOD MARSHALL TO HAVE REPRESENTED A CRIMINAL DEFENDANTS. SO A LOT OF REALLY INTERESTING THINGS IN THE A LOT OF QUALIFICATIONS THAT LED PRESIDENT BIDEN TO SLIGHT ARE ABSOLUTELY. ALL RIGHT. KEN DILANIAN POOR, THANK YOU BOTH FOR JOINING US. WE APPRECIATE GENTLEMAN.

>> LET’S BRING IN JEAN CHARLES PROFESSOR AT HARVARD LAW SCHOOL. NOW TO TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT NOMINEE NOMINATION THAT WE BELIEVE COMING PROFESSOR CHARLES, FIRST OFF, WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF TIME THE BROWN JACKSON AS THE PICK TO BE THE NEXT SUPREME COURT JUSTICE. >> I THINK SHE’S AN EXCELLENT PICK, A HISTORIC PICK.

SHE IS AS QUALIFIED AS ANY SUPREME COURT JUSTICE NOMINEE THAT WE HAVE SEEN PROBABLY EVER. SHE’S A DOUBLE GRADUATE OF HARVARD UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL GRADUATED FROM HARVARD UNIVERSITY.

MAGNA COME LAW. THEY GRADUATED FROM THE LAW SCHOOL WITH HONORS SHE CLERK ON THE SUPREME COURT. SHE SAID 3 FEDERAL COURTS SHIPS. THE DISTRICT COURT LEVEL OF THE COURT OF APPEALS LEVEL OF THE SUPREME COURT LEVEL. SHE’S WORKED FOR MAJOR LAW FIRMS AND SHE SERVED ON THE U.

S. SENTENCING COMMISSION AND SHE SERVED AS A PUBLIC DEFENDER. SO REALLY FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF QUALIFICATIONS. YOU CAN’T DO ANY FOR A HISTORIC PIC. THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN WHO WOULD SERVE ON THE SUPREME COURT.

SO IT’S AN EXCELLENT NOMINATION. AND MY GUESS IS THAT THE WHITE HOUSE IS VERY PLEASED WITH THE PROCESS. >> YOU KNOW, WE KNOW THAT THIS PIC WON’T CHANGE THE CONSERVATIVE MAJORITY ON THE COURT AT THIS POINT. BUT WHAT TYPE OF PERSPECTIVE COULD JUDGE JACKSON BRING TO THE COURT IF SHE’S CONFIRMED AT THIS POINT IN IN THE SORT OF THE MAKEUP AND STRUCTURE OF THE COURT.

>> YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT.

IT’S NOT GOING TO CHANGE THE MAKEUP OF THE COURT. SHE WILL JOIN THE LIBERAL WING OF THE COURT. I MEAN, AND I THINK THE DIFFERENCE IT WILL MAKE PARTICULARLY ON ISSUES THAT COULD BE SALIENT OR IDENTITIES. YOU CAN IMAGINE SOME OF THE RACE ISSUES PERHAPS OR SOME OF THE GENDER ISSUES THAT SHE MIGHT SPEAK WITH A CERTAIN VOICE AND ALL 40 THAT MOVE THE COUNTRY AND MAYBE TO SOME EXTENT SOME OF HER COLLEAGUES. SO FOR EXAMPLE, THE LATE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE SANDRA DAY O’CONNOR TALKED ABOUT HOW JUSTICE MARSHALL WHEN HE TALKED ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCES AS A BLACK MAN IN THE UNITED STATES REALLY IMPACTED HOW SHE THOUGHT ABOUT ISSUES BEFORE THE COURT.

SO IT’S NOT GOING TO CHANGE THE IDEOLOGICAL MAKEUP OF THE COURT, BUT IT WILL CERTAINLY CHANGE THE FLAVOR OF THE WAY THAT SOME OF THESE ISSUES ARE PROBABLY GOING TO GET DISCUSSED. >> ALRIGHT HARVARD. PROFESSOR AGAIN. CHARLES, WE APPRECIATE YOUR TIME TODAY. THANK YOU.

>> A MONSTER WINTER STORM IS ON THE MOVE IN MAKING A BIG OLD MESS. WE ARE TALKING SNOW, ICE, FREEZING RAIN COMING UP, HOW LONG IT WILL LAST AND WHERE THIS POWERFUL STORM SYSTEM IS HEADED NEXT. ♪ >> NEWS IS MORE THAN A HEADLINE. IT INFORMS INSPIRES AND IT STILL MATTERS TO COVER. I HAVE TO BE IN IT.

>> AND THAT’S WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO EVERY NIGHT. WE TAKE YOU TO THE FRONT LINES OF THE STORIES WE’RE IT’S ACTUALLY HAPPENING WITH NBC NEWS JOURNALIST ON THE GROUND FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.

WE COVER WITH. YOU NEED TO KNOW AND BRING YOUR NEWS FEED TO LIFE IN AND STREAMING LIVE. IT’S YOUR NEWS.

PLAY LIST EVERY NIGHT, TOP STORY WITH TIME. NOT LAST WEEK NIGHTS AT 7 ON NBC NEWS NOW. HOWIE JACKSON NOW WEEKDAYS AT 5 ON NBC NEWS NOW. >> TO COVER THE NEWS. YOU HAVE TO BEAT IT.

>> WE’LL TAKE YOU TO THE FRONT LINES OF THE STORM. BRINGING YOUR NEWS FEED TO LIFE. STREAMING LIVE EVERY NIGHT. IT’S YOUR NEWS PLACED. >> TOP STORY WITH TIME NOW LAST WEEK NIGHTS AT 7 ON NBC NEWS NOW.

THERE’S NO BETTER PLACE FOR FUN WITH FRIENDS. ALL THE TIME WITH A LITTLE GOLF BUDDY OR AN AFTERNOON ALONE TOGETHER, FAMILY AND FRIENDS WITH JUST A TAP JUST PICK YOUR COURSE. PAY FOR YOUR PHONE CALL NOW.

♪ NEWS IS HAPPENING. >> LOOK AT WHAT’S MAKING HEADLINES AROUND THE WORLD RIGHT NOW ON MORNING NEWS NOW.

WE’RE COMING ON THE AIR WITH BREAKING NEWS. IT’S A SIGNIFICANT MOMENT. THE STREAM FREE. ♪ >> THESE DAYS. IT FEELS LIKE THE NEWS NEVER STOPS.

SO LET’S GET INTO IT. WHAT’S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. WHAT IT ALL MEANS FOR YOU FOR AN HOUR EVERY DAY CAN BE HARD KEEP UP SO LET’S GET STARTED TOGETHER.

ALI CHECKS IN NOW. >> WEEKDAYS AT 5 ON NBC NEWS NOW.

HOW WE TAX AND NOW. WEEKDAYS AT 5 ON NBC NEWS NOW. >> MEYER IS WHEN ABOUT TO SEE BEHIND ME IS ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> A POWERFUL WINTER STORM IS MAKING ITS WAY ACROSS PARTS OF THE COUNTRY AT THIS HOUR. MORE THAN A 100 MILLION PEOPLE FEELING THE IMPACT OF THIS WEATHER SYSTEM, 10’S OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ARE WITHOUT POWER IN ARKANSAS, OHIO AND PENNSYLVANIA, FREEZING RAIN AND ICE ALSO MAKING FOR DANGEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS IN OKLAHOMA. ICY ROADS CAUSED AN 18 WHEELER TO CATCH FIRE ON INTERSTATE 40 ICE ALSO LED TO A 15 CAR PILEUP IN CINCINNATI OVERNIGHT.

NBC NEWS METEOROLOGIST BILL KARINS IS STANDING BY WITH A LOOK AT THE FORECAST. LET’S BEGIN, THOUGH, WITH NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT EMILIE IKEDA IN BOSTON FOR US THIS MORNING. EMILY, WHAT ARE CONDITIONS LIKE NOW WHERE YOU ARE.

SEE THE SNOW STILL FALLING. >> YEAH, IT CERTAINLY STILL FOLLOW A FALLING BUT SLIGHTLY SLOWER PACE EARLIER THIS MORNING IS CLOSER TO ONE TO EVEN UP TO 2 INCHES AN HOUR IN PARTS OF THE NORTHEAST.

I WILL POINT OUT. YOU MENTIONED THOSE POWER OUTAGES. NEARLY 20,000 PEOPLE WITHOUT POWER IN PENNSYLVANIA ALONE AMID FRIGID UTILITY CREWS. THEY’RE ASSURING THAT THEY’RE GOING TO TRY TO RESTORE POWER AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. PARTS OF THAT STATE COULD SEE UP TO A HALF INCH OF ICE ACCUMULATION WHICH REALLY WEIGHS DOWN THOSE POWER LINES HERE IN MASSACHUSETTS.

THE GOVERNOR IS HOPEFUL THEY WON’T SEE QUITE AS WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES AS WE HAVE NOTICE WITH A PREVIOUS RECENT WINTER STORMS. BUT STILL THIS WINTER PACKING A PUNCH, BOSTON COULD SEE UP TO 10 INCHES OF SNOW. YOU CAN SEE ALREADY SEVERAL INCHES OF SNOW FALLEN HERE. AND AGAIN AT A PRETTY REASONABLE PACE. AND FOR THAT REASON OFFICIALS HAVE URGED PEOPLE TO STAY OFF THE ROADWAYS IF AT ALL POSSIBLE, THE GOVERNOR ACTUALLY TELLING STATE EMPLOYEES TO STAY HOME, WORK REMOTELY TO LEAVE THE SPACE FOR CRUZ AND WE’VE SEEN CREWS COME BY SNOWPLOWS COME BY EVERY 2 MINUTES OR SO.

SO THEY’RE CERTAINLY WORKING QUICKLY. BUT SOMETHING THAT I WILL NOTE IS EVEN ATHENS. THE SNOWFALL STARTS TO TAPER OFF. THAT’S NOT A REASON TO GET OUT ON THE ROADWAYS BECAUSE OFFICIALS SAY TEMPERATURES WILL BE DROPPING. AND SO THAT CAN EASILY TURN THE SNOWY STREETS INTO ICY ONE’S ERIN, OTHERS BRING UP IS, YOU KNOW, JUST 2 DAYS AGO WE SAW NEARLY 70 DEGREE TEMPERATURES HERE IN BOSTON.

OTHER RECORD HIGHS FOR FEBRUARY IN A NUMBER OF OTHER CITIES. PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT, PARTS OF NEW YORK CITY. SO TALK ABOUT SOME SERIOUS WEATHER WHIPLASH. AARON. >> ALL RIGHT, EMILY, A KIND OF FORCE IN BOSTON TODAY LEAST A WAR.

NOW LET’S GO TO BRING IN NBC NEWS METEOROLOGISTS BILL KAREN’S NOW BILL, WHERE IS THE STORM HEADED. >> YEAH. WE’RE GETTING PAST THE WORST PART OF IT WITH THE ICE IN THE MORNING COMMUTE. NOW THE SUN DOES SHINE THROUGH THE CLOUDS OF SOLAR RADIATION DOES WARM THINGS UP ENOUGH THAT THE ROADS ARE REALLY IMPROVING. SO EVERYONE IS GETTING TO THEIR WORK SCHOOL DESTINATIONS AND COMING HOME SHOULD BE A LOT EASIER.

WE STILL HAVE 40 MILLION PEOPLE UNDER WINTER STORM WARNINGS AND WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES. ALL THE ICE STORM WARNINGS HAVE BEEN DROPPED AND CONDITIONS ARE DRAMATICALLY IMPROVING BY THE HOUR. IN AREAS LIKE NEW YORK CITY AND IN HARTFORD, BOSTON, YOU HAVE TO WAIT A LITTLE WHILE, THOUGH, FOR THAT SNOW TO AND SO ON OUR MAPS, THE BLUE IN THE WHITE AS THE SNOW HEAVIEST SNOW IS IN AREAS OF MAINE.

A LOT OF AREAS FROM ALBANY TO BOSTON, NORTH OF HARTFORD, SOUTHERN ON NEW HAMPSHIRE AND SOUTHERN MAINE PICKED UP AROUND 4 TO 8 INCHES OF SNOW. LOT OF 3 TO 6 INCH TOTALS FROM BUFFALO TO SYRACUSE IN WESTERN NEW YORK.

IT WAS JUST A LOT OF ICE THROUGH AREAS OF PENNSYLVANIA. BUT YOU KNOW, THIS NEW YORK CITY HAS DONE MUCH OF CONNECTICUT IS DONE. BOSTON GIVE IT ANOTHER HOUR IN YOUR SNOW WILL BE ALSO DONE AND THEN WE’LL JUST GET TO DIG OUT THE REST OF THE DAY AS THE STORM CONTINUES TO PUSH OFF TOWARDS THE EAST. SO WHAT ARE WE LEFT WITH. ADDITIONAL SNOWFALL.

WE’LL CALL IT 2 TO 4 INCHES IN MANY AREAS OF NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND KILLINGTON INCLUDED COULD GET 3 TO 6 OF THE SKI COUNTRY WILL HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY WEEKEND.

COMING UP AT THE TAIL END OF THIS FEBRUARY BREAK. WE’RE JUST ABOUT DONE IN BOSTON ONLY ANOTHER ONE OR 2 OF OUR FRIENDS IN MAY STILL HAVE A COUPLE MORE INCHES TO GO. IT’S COLD THROUGHOUT MUCH OF THE COUNTRY BEHIND THIS STORM. ONLY TEMPERATURES DOWN INTO THE 30’S FOR HIGHS IN OKLAHOMA CITY THIS TIME OF YEAR IS PRETTY RARE.

IT’S A COLD DAY BY TEXAS STANDARDS. THE GOOD THING THIS WEEKEND. NO MORE WINTER WEATHER HEADING OUR WAY. PRETTY QUIET SATURDAY COLD IN NEW ENGLAND BEHIND THE STORM. A LITTLE BIT OF A CHILLY RAIN IN TEXAS, BUT THINGS WILL SLOWLY BEGIN TO WARM UP AND GET A LITTLE MILDER AS WE HEAD TO OUR LAST FEBRUARY WEEKEND AND WE WILL WATCH A NEW STORM COMING INTO THE NORTHWEST.

AND FOR ANYONE WONDERING, KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE THIS TIME OF YEAR LIKE PLEASE JUST BRING THE SPRING AND LET IT REMAIN. HERE’S OUR MARCH OUTLOOK AND YES, MARCH STARTS NEXT WEEK. IT’S LOOKING POSSIBILITY OF WARMER THAN AVERAGE FOR A GOOD CHUNK OF THE EASTERN 2 THIRDS OF THE COUNTRY MAY BE A LITTLE MORE STORMY AND COOLER IN AREAS OF THE NORTHWEST AS FAR AS PRECIPITATION GOES, WE ARE LOOKING FOR THE STORMY WEATHER TO BE IN THE NORTHWEST AND MAYBE A DEAL WITH SOME RAIN IN THE GREAT LAKES.

BUT I THINK AT THIS POINT EVEN I EVEN MIGHT DIE HARD IS WINTER. A STORM LOVERS.

>> ARE LIKE OK, LET’S GET TO SPRING. YEAH, I’M I’M DEFINITELY WET NOT NOT A DIEHARD WINTER LOVER, BUT IT DEFINITELY. LET’S GO AHEAD AND GET TO SPRING OR EVEN SUMMER. I GET SPRING ALL HOLIDAYS. THANKS SO MUCH, BILL.

APPRECIATE AND STAY WITH US. BECAUSE RUSSIAN TROOPS ARE MARCHING TOWARDS THE UKRAINIAN CAPITAL OF KYIV STILL AHEAD, THE MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS FROM AN EMERGENCY MEETING OF NATO ALLIES. ♪ ♪ >> WE’RE HERE TO START CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE BIG THINGS HAPPENING AT ALL WORLD BECAUSE IT’S NOT MY JOB TO TELL YOU WHAT TO MY JOB. THINK ABOUT WHAT TELL ME. NOW TONIGHT WITH JOSHUA JOHNSON STREAMING WEEK NIGHTS AT 8 ON NBC NEWS NOW, TOP STORY WITH TIME NOW WEEK.

AT 7 ON NBC NEWS NOW. TOP STORY WITH IS YOUR NEWS PLAYLIST NBC NEWS NOW. YOU CAN LISTEN TO IT AS A PODCAST AVAILABLE ANYTIME AND ANYWHERE.

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>> AT THE BOTTOM OF THE HOUR. LET’S GO AHEAD AND BRING YOU UP TO DATE ON THE BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW OUT OF UKRAINE. BOMBING IS UNDERWAY FOR A SECOND DAY AS EXPLOSIONS ROCK CITIES ACROSS THAT COUNTRY OVERNIGHT, THE CAPITAL CITY OF KIEV WAS UNDER BOMBARDMENT AS RUSSIAN FORCES PRESS CLOSER TO THE GOVERNMENT CENTER. UKRAINIAN DEFENSE MINISTRY SAYS RUSSIAN FORCES WERE JUST A FEW MILES NORTH OF CENTRAL KEITH. >> THEY’RE URGING PEOPLE TO STAY INDOORS AND TO PREPARE MOLOTOV COCKTAILS IN ADVANCE OF A FIGHT.

MEANWHILE, A MASS EXODUS IS STILL UNDERWAY AS PEOPLE FLEE FOR THE RELATIVE SAFETY OF WESTERN UKRAINE. MANY GOING TO NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES LIKE POLAND AND ROMANIA. SOME OF THOSE WHO STAY BEHIND ARE TAKING SHELTER EVEN IN SUBWAY STATIONS AS THE CITY PLUNGES EVEN DEEPER INTO CHAOS. >> OUR TEAM OF REPORTERS AND EXPERTS ARE COVERING EVERY ANGLE OF THE STORY AS IT UNFOLDS. VERY RAPIDLY.

SO IT’S GOING TO BEGIN WITH NBC’S CAL PERRY WHO IS IN LOVE EVE UKRAINE AS WELL AS NBC’S KELLY AS WESTERN POLAND. CAL, I WANT TO START WITH YOU AND JUST ASK, YOU KNOW, WE’VE BEEN TALKING FOR WEEKS NOW, IT SEEMS LIKE THINGS HAVE CHANGED JUST JUST MINUTE BY MINUTE WHAT’S HAPPENING ON THE GROUND THERE RIGHT NOW. AND FRANKLY, THE PEOPLE THERE FEEL LIKE THEY’VE HAD ENOUGH WARNING TO LEAVE OR EITHER PREPARE FOR THIS ATTACK FROM RUSSIA.

>> NO, I YOU KNOW, PEOPLE I’VE TALKED TO HAVE SAID NO, THAT NUMBER ONE, THEY WERE SURPRISED THAT THIS INVASION HAS TAKEN PLACE TO THE EXTENT THAT IT HAS. A LOT OF PEOPLE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE CONFINED TO THE EASTERN PART OF THE COUNTRY.

AND YES, EVERY TIME THAT YOU AND I SPEAK TO EACH OTHER THIS TIME OF DAY. IT FEELS LIKE I’M WAKING UP IN A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT COUNTRY ON A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT COMMENT WATCHING THOSE PICTURES FROM THE CAPITAL AS RUSSIAN FORCES MOVE IN HAS CAUSED AN EXTRA INFLUX OF PEOPLE INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS COMING HERE TO WHERE I AM. IN LOVE III’S. SOME FOLKS ARE STAYING HERE IN THE CITY. IF THEY CAN FIND ACCOMMODATIONS.

THE CITY’S FILLING UP FAST. WE WERE OUT TODAY RESTAURANTS ARE STARTING TO RUN OUT OF FOOD. IT’S ALL PRETTY TYPICAL OF SORT OF CONFLICT ZONES OF PEOPLE WHO CAN STAY HERE HAD 50 MILES TO THE WEST WHERE KELLY IS.

THEY’RE TRYING TO MAKE IS THAT POLLS BORDER. IT IS BECOMING MORE AND MORE DIFFICULT TO GET OUT AND WHILE THAT’S GOING ON, YOU HAVE SOLDIERS.

PEOPLE HAVE JUST BEEN DRAFTED. RESERVISTS HEADING THE OTHER DIRECTION TOWARDS CAPITOL TO FIGHT THE RUSSIANS. SO YOU HAVE THIS VERY DIFFERENT STORIES TAKING PLACE AND IN THE SAME COUNTRY AS SOME FOLKS ARE TRYING TO GET OUT AND OTHER FOLKS ARE TRYING TO MAKE IT TO THE FRONT. MORGAN. >> KELLY, I WANT TO GO TO YOU BECAUSE JUST AS COW WAS MENTIONING, PEOPLE ARE ARE TRYING TO GET TO EXACTLY WHERE YOU ARE.

YOU’RE AT THE BORDER BETWEEN UKRAINE AND POLAND. WHAT IS THE SITUATION THERE MEAN. ARE YOU SEEING PEOPLE CROSSING THE BORDER AND REALLY HOW ARE US AND NATO FORCES PREPARING TO HANDLE WHAT IS ABOUT TO BE A MASSIVE INFLUX OF REFUGEES.

>> YEAH, MORGAN, WE’VE SEEN A CONSTANT STREAM OF REFUGEES COME ACROSS THE BORDER TODAY. MOST OF THEM ON FOOT.

YOU’RE LOOKING ACTUALLY AT THE POLAND AND JUST DOWN THIS ROAD. >> THE POLL THIS SMALL CITY IN WHETHER REFUGEES ARE COMING IN AND REALLY NOT VERY WELL EQUIPPED TO DEAL WITH THE MASSES OF PEOPLE THAT THEY’RE SEEING TODAY. THIS IS THE ACTUAL BORDER CROSSING IN WHAT WE’RE HEARING IS THAT ON THE OTHER SIDE, PEOPLE ARE WAITING FOR HOURS AS YOU THE IT IS NOW NIGHTFALL. IT’S COLD HERE. WE SPOKE TO ONE MAN WHO SAID THAT HIS WIFE HAS BEEN WAITING FOR 20 HOURS.

AT THE LINE OF CARS IS NOW 20 MILES LONG AND BARELY MOVING. AND THERE’S A HUGE MASS OF PEOPLE WAITING AT THAT BORDER CONTROL STATION JUST TRYING TO GET THROUGH SOME OF THEM WAITING AGAIN FOR 12 HOURS EVEN LONGER WITH SMALL CHILDREN IN IN THE COLD.

WE ACTUALLY SPOKE TO AN AMERICAN WOMAN WHO’S LIVED IN Q 4 29 YEARS. WE SAW THIS MORNING WE FIRST ARRIVED HERE. SHE HAD JUST CROSSED THE BORDER.

THIS IS WHAT SHE SAID ABOUT HER EXPERIENCE. >> I WAS VERY CHAOTIC. IT THE AND THERE COUNTRY. I NEVER MY HEART. >> KELLY, CAN YOU GIVE US A LITTLE BIT MORE COLOR IS A LITTLE BIT HARD TO HEAR SCENES.

KELLY, I COULDN’T HEAR EVERYTHING THAT SHE SAID. CAN YOU KIND OF RECAP A LITTLE BIT OF WHAT SHE SAID FOR US. >> YES. SO SHE WAS TALKING ABOUT HOW SHE WAS CROSSING THE BORDER AND SHE WAS WATCHING THIS.

THIS MAN WHO IS CARRYING A YOUNG CHILD PRESUMABLY HIS CHILD AND TRYING TO CROSS THE WITH HIS CHILD AND HE WAS TURNED AWAY BECAUSE THE UKRAINIANS ARE NOT ALLOWING MEN BETWEEN THE AGES OF 1860 TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY SO HE ACTUALLY HAD TO TURN BACK WITH HIS CHILD AND STAY IN UKRAINE AND YOU KNOW THAT THIS IS THIS IS SOMETHING THIS IS THE KIND OF THING THAT WE’RE HEARING AGAIN AND AGAIN THAT FAMILIES ARE COMING OVER.

BUT THE MEN, THE HUSBANDS OF THE BROTHERS OLDER BROTHERS ARE HAVING TO STAY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BORDER. IN SOME CASES MORGAN PEOPLE, MEN ARE ACTUALLY COMING HERE AND SAYING WE WANT TO GO.

WE NEED TO GO AND FIGHT FOR OUR COUNTRY. WE TALKED ABOUT 4 OR 5 PEOPLE TODAY HAVE SAID THAT AND YOU ARE ASKING AS WELL ABOUT NATO AND THE U.S.

AND HOW THEY’RE DEALING WITH THIS INFLUX. OF THESE KINDS OF SCENES ARE PLAYING OUT IT ON THE BORDER WITH ROMANIA AS WELL SLOVAKIA AND MOLDOVA. THESE ARE COUNTRIES THAT ARE NOT TYPICALLY PREPARED FOR DEALING WITH THESE AMOUNTS OF REFUGEES. THEY’LL HAVE THE INFRASTRUCTURE. THEY DON’T HAVE THE FUNDS.

THE U.S. ARMY HAS SET UP A COUPLE OF PROCESSING CENTERS HERE AND A LARGE ARENA. ABOUT 500, BUT MORGAN TALKING ABOUT THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE AND THEY’RE STILL COMING IN TONIGHT. IT’S ALSO NEW AND UNPRECEDENTED COW KELLY, I KNOW YOU ARE COLD YOU ARE TIRED.

BUT I CONTINUE TO BEG AND PLEAD THAT YOU BRING US STORIES. >> FROM PEOPLE SO WE CAN ELEVATE THEIR VOICES BECAUSE THESE ARE THE KINDS OF STORIES THAT HUMANIZE IT, ESPECIALLY FOR PEOPLE WHO SAY, LOOK, THIS IS HAPPENING. A 1000 MILES AWAY.

THEY MAY NOT UNDERSTAND WHY IT AFFECTS THEM. BUT THESE ARE THE FACES OF WARS.

THOSE ARE THE STORIES OF WAR AND THEY’RE THE STORIES WE ALL NEED TO HEAR. SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK. >> WE’VE BEEN TELLING YOU THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION IS NOT GOING TO COMMIT TROOPS TO HELP IN UKRAINE. BUT IT COULD PROVIDE ASSISTANCE AND OTHER AREAS INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS TELL NBC NEWS THE PRESIDENT BIDEN HAS BEEN PRESENTED WITH OPTIONS FOR MASSIVE CYBER ATTACKS AGAINST RUSSIA.

NBC NEWS NATIONAL SECURITY CORRESPONDENT KEN DILANIAN IS JOINING US NOW FROM WASHINGTON.

HE’S BEEN TRACKING THIS STORY. KIND OF OPTIONS ARE BEING PROPOSED TO THE PRESIDENT AT THIS POINT. >> AARON, MULTIPLE OFFICIALS ARE TELLING COURTNEY QB IN ME THAT SOME OF THE OFFENSIVE CYBER OPERATIONS UNDER CONSIDERATION INCLUDE EVERYTHING FROM SHUTTING DOWN THE INTERNET IN PARTS OF RUSSIA TO DISRUPTING THE RAILROAD NETWORK THAT IS RESUPPLYING RUSSIAN TROOPS IN UKRAINE AND TAKEN TOGETHER. THIS WOULD BE AN UNPRECEDENTED USE OF AMERICAN OFFENSIVE CYBER POWER, WHICH IN THE PAST HAS BEEN USED VERY JUDICIOUSLY AND IT’S SOMETHING AMERICAN OFFICIALS DON’T LIKE TO TALK ABOUT. AND I SHOULD SAY THAT THE WHITE HOUSE, IT WAS PUSHING BACK ON OUR STORY YESTERDAY CALLING IT OFF BASE, ALTHOUGH NOT EXACTLY SAYING WHAT THEY WERE DENYING AND CERTAINLY NOT DENYING THAT THE PRESIDENT IS IS CONSIDERED OFFENSIVE.

CYBER ACTION AGAINST RUSSIA. THIS WOULD BE IN RETALIATION FOR THE INVASION OF UKRAINE AND NOT IN RESPONSE TO ANY PARTICULAR CYBER ACTIVITY THAT RUSSIA IS DOING. BUT OFFICIALS FULLY EXPECT THAT RUSSIA WOULD RETALIATE AND THAT CREATES ITS OWN SET OF RISKS OF IT WAS ONE PERSON PUT IT TO US.

ANYTHING WE CAN DO TO THEM. THEY CAN DO SARAH.

>> WELL, KEN, WITH THAT, THAT CONCERNED ABOUT RETALIATION. DO WE HAVE A SENSE OF THE POTENTIAL IMPACT THIS COULD HAVE ON AMERICAN CITIZENS ON AMERICAN CONSUMERS. >> YEAH, IT COULD INDEED IN OFFICIALS EXPECT THAT RUSSIA WOULD RESPOND WITH THE KINDS OF ATTACKS THAT WOULD TRY TO HURT AMERICANS IN THEIR POCKETBOOK SIMILAR TO WHEN COLONIAL PIPELINE WAS ATTACKED BY RUSSIAN CRIMINALS AMERICANS ON THE EAST COAST HAD TO WAIT LONG GAS LINES FOR A FEW DAYS THAT COULD BE MAGNIFIED. AND AND THAT REALLY UNDERSCORES THE RISKS OF ESCALATION HERE. THE OPTIONS THAT PRESIDENT BIDEN IS CONSIDERING.

WE ARE TOLD WOULD DISRUPT BUT NOT DESTROY WOULD ARE NOT DESIGNED TO HURT. RUSSIANS ARE DESIGNED TO BE JUST SHORT OF AN ACTIVE WAR. THAT’S THE KIND THINKING THAT GOES INTO THE PLANNING HERE. THERE’S NO GUARANTEE THAT THE RUSSIANS WOULD BE QUITE AS JUDICIOUS IN RESPONSE THERE. ALL RIGHT.

KEN DILANIAN FOR US IN WASHINGTON. THANKS.

CAN. >> LET’S GO AHEAD AND BRING IN DOUGLAS REDEKER, SENIOR FELLOW IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM AT THE BROOKINGS INSTITUTE DOUGLAS DC QUESTION WILL BE ABLE TO ACTUALLY WITHSTAND THE IMPACT OF THE SANCTIONS. AND I GUESS IN SHORT, I’M SORT OF ASKING IF YOU THINK THE WORK.

>> WELL, IT DEPENDS ON HOW YOU DEFINE WORK. I THINK THE WHITE HOUSE HAS I’M NOT GOING TO SAY CLEARER UNCLEAR, BUT WHETHER SANCTIONS WERE INTENDED TO BE A DETERRENCE OR NOT. IT’S A SUBJECT THAT MAKES ME OUT THERE FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS AND CLEARLY WE’RE WATCHING THE FACT THAT RUSSIA HAS AND MADE SURE I GUESS THEY DIDN’T GET HURT.

SO IN THAT REGARD THE SANCTIONS WORK, ISN’T IT HURT, BUT THEY ARE INTENDED TO PUNISH. THEY ARE INTENDED TO RAISE THE COSTS.

WHAT ARE IMPROVING AND THE RUSSIAN PEOPLE AND TO UNDERSTAND THAT THERE ARE CONSEQUENCES TO BEING A BAD ACTOR AT THIS LEVEL. SO IN THAT REGARD SURE THEY’RE WORKING IN SENDING A SIGNAL THAT THERE’S A PUNISHMENT TO BE INCURRED. IF YOU’RE GOING TO GO DOWN THIS BUT AS TURN IT DIDN’T WORK. WHAT COMES NEXT SIMILAR. I THINK IT IS INTENDED TO SIGNAL THERE WILL BE CONSEQUENCES WHETHER IN FACT IT DETERS ANY FURTHER ACTION FROM LOT OF IMPROVEMENT.

WE ARE STANDING QUESTION. >> BUT LET’S TALK ABOUT SPECIFICALLY BECAUSE PRESIDENT BIDEN WAS ASKED REPEATEDLY YESTERDAY IF THE U.S. WOULD SANCTION COULDN’T HIMSELF AND BIDEN DIDN’T ANSWER THE QUESTION. SO WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF HIS NOT ANSWER.

WHAT IS THAT? WHAT’S THAT TELL YOU. >> WELL, FIRST OF ALL, GOOD FOR WHEN YOU ACTUALLY SANCTION A WORLD LEADER. I MEAN, IT’S SOMETHING THAT YOU TRY AND DO ON A VERY RARE OCCASION.

NOW I WOULD ARGUE AND OTHERS WOULD ARGUE THIS WARRANTS THAT SORT OF OVER THE TOP RESPONSE.

BUT YOU KNOW, IT IS SOMETHING THAT MOST OF THE TIME DIPLOMATS WILL TELL YOU WE DON’T WANT TO SANCTION THE LEADER OF ANOTHER COUNTRY. AND SO THAT WOULD BE AN IMPEDIMENT. THE OTHER THING IS I DON’T THINK LOT OF RECRUITING OWNS A LOT OF ASSETS INTERNATIONALLY IN HIS OWN MAN. SO WE IN THE U.S.

THE EUROPEAN UNION. WE RESPECT THE RULE OF LAW AND PROTECTION OF PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS. AND THAT MEANS THAT ACTUALLY SANCTIONING SOMEBODY IS PRIVATE PROPERTY IS A CUMBERSOME DIFFICULT LEGAL PROCESS FOR REASONS WE PROTECT THOSE RIGHTS. SO IT PROVED HAS ASSETS AND 13 2 STEPS. REMOVED PROXIES AND SHELL COMPANIES.

IT’S NOT THAT EASY TO DO IT. I DO THINK THAT WE’RE REACHING THE POINT WHERE POLITICALLY SANCTIONING LOTTERY, PUTIN PERSONALLY SEEMS TO BE VERY MUCH ON THE TABLE. I WOULDN’T BE SURPRISED IF WE DO IT. >> I COULD SIT HERE AND TALK ABOUT THIS ALL DAY.

I’VE GOT ABOUT A 100 MORE QUESTIONS IN MY MIND FOR YOU, BUT I LEAVE IT THERE LAST TELEVISION DOUGLAS, RIGHT.

GREG, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US. WE APPRECIATE IT. >> THE RUSSIAN MILITARY HAS TAKEN CONTROL OF THE CHERNOBYL NUCLEAR POWER PLANT IN NORTHERN UKRAINE. THAT PLANT WAS THE SITE OF AN EXPLOSION IN 1986 THAT LED TO THE WORST NUCLEAR DISASTER IN HUMAN HISTORY. THE POWER PLANT IS SHUT DOWN NOW.

BUT THERE ARE NUCLEAR WASTE STORAGE FACILITIES ON THAT SITE. LET’S BRING IN ABC NEWS SENIOR REPORTER ALEX SITES WHILE NOW. ALEX WE’VE WE HEAR WHEN WE HEAR CHERNOBYL, IT IMMEDIATELY STORIES UP CONCERN FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE. TROOPS DELIBERATELY WENT AFTER THAT SITE YESTERDAY. WHY IS THE RADIOACTIVE WASTE LAND SO IMPORTANT TO THE RUSSIAN MILITARY.

>> YEAH. IT’S A GREAT QUESTION. ONE THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE WONDERING BECAUSE AS YOU SAID, THIS PLANT WAS SHUT DOWN IN 2000. IT’S NOT AN OPERATING POWER PLANT. IT’S BASICALLY A RADIOACTIVE WASTE CLEANUP SITE AT THIS POINT.

BUT ACCORDING TO 2 FORMER AND CURRENT U.S. OFFICIALS THAT I SPOKE TO WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON HERE IS PROBABLY JUST THAT THE CHERNOBYL PLANT HAPPENS TO BE IN A STRATEGICALLY LOCATED LOCATIONS. IT DOESN’T REALLY HAVE TO DO WITH THE PLANT ITSELF. IT JUST WHERE IT IS, IT’S ABOUT 8 MILES FROM THE BELARUSIAN BORDER.

AND THAT’S, OF COURSE, THE RUSSIAN ALLY WHERE THEY’VE BEEN MASSING TROOPS IN PREPARATION FOR AN INVASION. AND IF THE RUSSIANS COME SOUTH THROUGH BELARUS. THEY BASICALLY RUN RIGHT INTO CHERNOBYL AS SOON AS THEY CROSS THE BORDER AND THEN IT’S ABOUT AN 80 MILE STRAIGHT SHOTS OUT TO KYIV AND THERE BE NO RIVER CROSSINGS, NO MAJOR GEOGRAPHICAL TERRAIN IN THE AREA. MILITARY PLANS THAT I’VE SPOKEN TO SAID BASICALLY THIS ALLOWED THE RUSSIANS TO CROSS A MAJOR RIVER IN SAFE TERRITORY AND OTHER IS AND THEN COMING TO RUSSIA.

A COMING TO UKRAINE AS THEY WORK TO ENCIRCLE THE CAPITAL.

>> IT SEEMS THAT THOSE TROOPS, THE RUSSIANS ARE HOLDING THE PLANT NOW AND AS IT FELL YESTERDAY, THERE WAS SPECULATION CONCERNS ABOUT WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF A RADIOACTIVE CLOUD STARTED DRIFTING OVER EUROPE. OUR ENVIRONMENTAL EXPERTS CONCERNED ABOUT THE NUCLEAR MATERIAL FROM THAT SIDE. WHAT’S THE REAL WORRY HERE. YEAH, ABSOLUTELY. THERE’S A LOT OF CONCERN.

>> THE RADIATION HAS DECREASED IN THE 35 OR SO YEARS SINCE THAT 1986 DISASTER.

BUT THIS IS STILL A VERY TOXIC SITE. AND THIS KIND OF 2 PARTS TO KEEP IN MIND HERE. THERE’S THE ACTUAL DAMAGE REACTOR WHICH WAS CONTAINED. BUT WHAT THEY CALL A SARCOPHAGUS AND A LOT OF CONCRETE BASICALLY.

AND THEY CAME BACK LATER AND PUT A LARGE DOME OVER IT. THAT IS THE MOST RADIOACTIVE, THE MOST HAZARDOUS SITE. SO THAT WAS THE PLACE THAT THAT THE MOST CONCERN IS FOCUSED ON RIGHT NOW.

THERE’S ANY KIND OF FIGHTING IF THERE WAS AN AIR, AN EXPLOSION. IT COULD YOU KNOW, RELEASE THAT CONTAMINATION AND SEND CLOUDS UP.

BUT EVEN BEYOND THAT, YOU HAVE THIS LARGE EXCLUSION ZONE THAT THEY CALL IT WHERE THE SOIL, THE TREES, THE ANIMALS, ABANDONED HOUSES BASICALLY ANYTHING THAT WAS IN THIS ZONE HAD RADIOACTIVE DUST AND DEBRIS FALL ON IT AND WORKERS HAVE FOR YEARS BEEN PAINSTAKINGLY REMOVING REMOVING EVERYTHING THEY CAN. SO YOU CAN IMAGINE IF YOU HAVE HEAVY FIGHTING, IF YOU HAVE TANKS ROLLING THROUGH AND KICKING UP DIRT. IF YOU HAVE EXPLOSIONS KICKING UP DIRT THAT IT COULD LEAD TO A RADIOACTIVE, YOU KNOW, FALL OUT. >> ALL RIGHT. ALEX SITES.

WELL, WE APPRECIATE YOU. THANK YOU. IT HAS BEEN 10 YEARS SINCE THE DEATH OF TRAYVON MARTIN. THE DEATH THAT SPARKED AN UNPRECEDENTED MOVEMENT FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE. COMING UP NEXT, AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT THE BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT AND WHERE THINGS STAND TODAY.

STAY WITH US. ♪ >> THESE DAYS. IT FEELS LIKE THE NEWS NEVER STOPS.

SO LET’S GET INTO IT. WHAT’S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW.

WHAT IT ALL MEANS FOR YOU FOR AN HOUR EVERY DAY CAN BE HARD KEEP UP. SO LET’S GET STARTED TOGETHER. ALI CHECKS IN NOW. >> WEEKDAYS AT 5 ON NBC NEWS NOW. ♪ TOP STORY WITH TOP IS YOUR NEWS PLAYLIST ON NBC NEWS NOW.

YOU CAN LISTEN TO IT AS A PODCAST AVAILABLE ANYTIME AND ANYWHERE.

>> THIS IS A VERY DIFFERENT KIND OF PROGRAM. WE’RE HERE TO START CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE BIG THINGS HAPPENING IN OUR WORLD. PROFESSOR, I’M NOT ASKING YOU TO PREDICT THE FUTURE. BUT WHAT DO YOU THINK THAT THE NEW NORMAL IS GOING TO BE.

HE’S PART OF THIS SAID EVERYONE IS RETHINKING THEIR JOBS DURING THIS PANDEMIC AND THE RELATIONSHIP TO THEIR EMPLOYERS. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST TIP FOR ANY PARENT WHO’S CONCERNED ABOUT THIS. IT’S NOT MY JOB TO TELL YOU WHAT TO THINK. MY JOB IS TO THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU TELL ME NOW TONIGHT WITH JOSHUA JOHNSON STREAMING WEEK NIGHTS 8 ON NBC NEWS NOW. >> THE 2 NATIONS.

♪ ♪ ♪ WE’RE HERE TO START CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE BIG THINGS HAPPENING IN WORLD BECAUSE IT’S NOT MY JOB TO TELL YOU WHAT TO MY JOB.

THINK ABOUT WHAT TELL ME. NOW TONIGHT WITH JOSHUA JOHNSON STREAMING WEEK NIGHTS AT 8 ON NBC NEWS NOW. TOP STORY WITH IS YOUR NEWS PLAYLIST ON NBC NEWS NOW. YOU CAN LISTEN TO IT AS A PODCAST AVAILABLE ANYTIME AND ANYWHERE.

♪ >> THE PARENTS OF THE MICHIGAN TEENAGER ACCUSED OF KILLING 4 STUDENTS AT HIS HIGH SCHOOL LAST YEAR ARE HEADING TO TRIAL. THE JUDGE RULED THERE IS SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE FOR JAMES AND JENNIFER CRUMBLEY TO STAND TRIAL ON 4 COUNTS OF INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER ACCUSED OF IGNORING WARNING SIGNS THAT LED TO THE SHOOTING.

THE CRUMBLEYS LAWYERS SAY THEY ARE THEIR CLIENTS SHOULD NOT BE CRIMINALLY LIABLE BECAUSE THEY COULDN’T HAVE KNOWN THEIR SON, ETHAN WAS PLANNING TO ATTACK THE SCHOOL. >> THE 3 FORMER MINNEAPOLIS POLICE OFFICERS CONVICTED OF VIOLATING GEORGE FLOYD’S. CIVIL RIGHTS ARE WAITING TO FIND OUT THEIR SENTENCES.

A JURY CONVICTED JAY ALEXANDER KING THOMAS LANE INTO TOWN YESTERDAY FOR NOT GIVING SLICK MEDICAL ATTENTION DURING HIS ARREST THAT KING AND TOWER ALSO CONVICTED OF NOT INTERVENING TO STOP THEIR FORMER COLLEAGUE DEREK CHAUVIN FROM USING EXCESSIVE FORCE. NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT SHAQUILLE BREWSTER JOINS US NOW LIVE FROM SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA. SHOT FIRST. WALK US THROUGH THESE COUNT. ONE COUNT TO COUNT 3 AND WHAT THE FORMER OFFICER SENTENCES COULD ACTUALLY LOOK LIKE.

>> WELL, TAKE THAT LAST PART. FIRST BECAUSE THE SENTENCE IS THE POTENTIAL SENTENCE FOR THE 3 FORMER FRANKLY, NOT CLEAR AT THIS POINT THESE FEDERAL CHARGES RELY ON A COMPLEX SENTENCING FORMULA THAT EVEN FORMER FEDERAL PROSECUTORS ARE UNABLE TO PINPOINT EXACTLY HOW MUCH TIME THEY WILL FACE, THOUGH SOME HAVE ESTIMATED IT COULD BE SIMILAR WHAT WE SAW DEREK CHAUVIN SENTENCED TO IN HIS PLEA AGREEMENT, WHICH IS AROUND THE 20 YEAR MARK. NOW, WE MENTIONED THESE CHARGES. THESE ARE UNIQUE CHARGES. THE TECHNICAL TERM IS DEPRIVATION OF RIGHTS UNDER THE COLOR OF LAW.

THE PROSECUTORS ARGUING THAT ALL 3 OF THESE FORMER OFFICERS, THE 5 GEORGE FLOYD OF HIS CIVIL RIGHTS WHEN THEY WILLFULLY FAILED TO GIVE HIM AID MEDICAL AID WHEN IT WAS CLEAR HE NEEDED IT 2 OF THOSE OFFICERS TO TAO AND JAY ALEXANDER KING FACING THAT ADDITIONAL CONVICTION FOR WILLFULLY FAILING TO INTERVENE WHEN GEORGE FLOYD WAS FACING THAT EXCESSIVE OR UNREASONABLE FORCE BY DEREK CHAUVIN. SO THOSE ARE THE CHARGES THAT THESE 3 OFFICERS WERE NOW CONVICTED OF AND WILL WAIT TO SEE WHAT THAT SENTENCE LOOKS LIKE. >> YOU KNOW, HOW IS GEORGE FLOYD’S FAMILY REACTING NOW TO THESE CONVICTIONS.

>> YEAH. YOU KNOW, THEY’VE BEEN ADMITTING THAT IT’S BEEN TOUGH FOR THEM.

THEY SAID THAT YESTERDAY WAS A GOOD DAY, BUT THEY TALK ABOUT HOW MUCH THEY MISS GEORGE FLOYD, I WANT YOU TO LISTEN WHAT WE HEARD FROM THE BROTHER OF GEORGE FLOYD ALONE IS RIGHT AFTER THAT VERDICT YESTERDAY. >> THEY NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES THAT GREAT NIGHT. FOR IT FEELS TO YOU KNOW, WE YOU KNOW, WE WOULD BE. ONE OF FIELD BECAUSE. >> THE PROSECUTORS WHO ARE STANDING BEHIND HIS BROTHER RIGHT THERE AND DECIDE THAT THEY HOPE VERDICT SENDS A MESSAGE THAT IT’S A DUTY AND IT COULD BE CRIMINAL TO NOT INTERVENE.

WHEN YOU SEE EXCESSIVE FORCE. >> ALL RIGHT. OF COURSE THEY’RE SHAQ. THANK YOU. >> TOMORROW MARKS 10 YEARS SINCE TRAYVON MARTIN WAS MURDERED IN SANFORD, FLORIDA.

HIS DEATH SPARKING THE BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT IN THIS WEEK’S INTO AMERICA PODCAST. NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT REMAIN LEE TAKES AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT. POLICE SAY AND THE OTHER REALLY MARTYRS WHO STARTED MODERN CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST MAINE JOINS US NOW TO MAINE. TELL US WHAT YOU LEARNED NOW. 10 YEARS LATER.

>> AARON, AS MUCH AS TREY VINE IS REMEMBERED FOR IS HIS YOUNG TRAGIC DEATH 10 YEARS AGO. HE’S ALSO BEING REMEMBERED FOR THE MOVEMENT THAT GAVE LIFE TO MOVEMENT CHANGED AMERICA. ♪ >> FEBRUARY 2620 12 A 17 YEAR-OLD BOY WAS SPENDING THE WEEKEND WITH HIS FATHER IN A SUBURB OF ORLANDO AND DURING HALFTIME OF THE NBA ALL-STAR GAME.

HE WENT TO A NEARBY 7.11 TO GET AS THE BOY WAS WALKING HOME IN THE DARK COULD BE UP TO SHIELD HIM FROM THE RAIN.

HE WAS SPOTTED AND CONFRONTED BY AN ARMED SELF-APPOINTED NEIGHBORHOOD. WATCH CAPTAIN WHO DEMANDED TO KNOW WHO WAS WHITE. WAS THERE. THERE WAS A SCUFFLE AND PEOPLE CAN >> REST POWER. I SAY THE SO MANY >> THIS YEAR TRAYVON MARTIN SHOULD BE CELEBRATING HIS 27TH YEAR OF LIFE INSTEAD HE’S BEING REMEMBERED 10 YEARS AFTER HIS DEATH SPARKED A MOVEMENT.

THE LAST MATERIAL MARKERS OF TRAYVON’S LIFE. TOO YOUNG ARE NOW A PART OF HISTORY. ONE DISPLAY AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE LATER IT’S PART OF AN EXHIBIT EXPLORING RECONSTRUCTION LEGACIES REALLY STAND HERE WITH GREAT. WHAT HIS SNEAKERS, WHITE SNEAKERS. >> THERE IS A NICE TO THE SKITTLES.

HIS PHONE. JUST A BOY. IT’S HARD TO EVEN LOOK AT THIS. WITH A BULLET HOLE IN HIS CHEST. AND THERE OUT OF RESPECT FOR MARTIN’S FAMILY.

THE MUSEUM DOESN’T ALLOW PHOTOS OR VIDEO OF THE DISPLAY. HIS MOTHER, SABRINA FULTON EXPLAINS ITS SIGNIFICANCE IN A WAY THAT NO PHOTO EVER COULD. >> IF YOU LOOK AT THE HOODIE, YOU SAW A HOLE IN HIS CHIPS.

YOU KNOW WHERE HIS HEART WAS READY WAS CITED. I WANT PEOPLE TO SEE THAT.

I WANT TO REMIND PEOPLE THAT THIS HAPPENED HERE IN IN THE UNITED STATES ON THE DISPLAY IS CREEPING. >> TAKING SOME VISITORS BY SURPRISE. >> THAT LEVEL OF SACRIFICE. IT’S A HUGE PRICE TO PAY. I’M THINKING THIS IS REALLY HOW MY PEOPLE ARE TREATED IN AMERICA.

>> WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM HAVING TO MEET ITS TOP TRACKS AND YOU JUST WANT TO ABSORB EVERYTHING RIGHT DOWN TO WHAT HE PURCHASED STORE WHERE WE TRY TO DO THINK SPENCER CREW IS DIRECTOR EMERITUS OF THE MUSEUM WHO LIKE ALL THIS MONTH. HE’S BEEN OUR GUIDE AS WE’VE REPORTED ON THE RECONSTRUCTION ERA. SO WOULD RULE.

DOES THIS PUT PLANES AT THE MISSION HOUSE. YOU CAN GET TO THE PAST IT REALLY FITS IN WITH HIS ID AND RECONSTRUCTION.

>> AFRICAN-AMERICANS WERE ONLY SUPPOSED HAVE A CERTAIN PLACE AND THAT SOCIETY WHEN THEY GOT PRICE, YOU NEED TO BE PULLED BACK AND PUNISHED FOR HAVING BROKEN THE TRAYVON’S DEATH. AND LATER, HE COULD LEAD HIS KILLER LAUNCHED THE BLACK LIVES TO US. HIS PARENTS INTO THE VANGUARD OF MODERN CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVISM FORCING THEM. >> TO PUSH PAST AND IMAGINE GRIEF TO BE A VOICE FOR THEIR SON AND THEY STILL GROWING LIST OF BLACK PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN MURDERED. >> SPECTRUM ME THAT YOU FEEL STRONGLY MEANS YOU SHOW UP ANYWAY, BACK EVEN TRADE WAS THEY WERE IN THE FOREFRONT KEEP IN HIS MOVE MAY IMPACT YOU THAT HELPED A LOT OF THESE GET CONVICTIONS EVEN THOUGH WE DIDN’T GET A >> IN A WAY TRAYVON’S LEGACY AND THE MOVEMENT BUILT IN HIS HONOR ISN’T JUST BLACK.

AMERICA’S LEGACY. IT’S ALL OF >> THAT’S WHY I DECIDED TO TO DONATE THE THINGS BECAUSE I’M AMERICA TRAYVON BELONGS TO AMERICA. >> AARON. IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE IT’S BEEN 10 YEARS SINCE TRAYVON HAS BEEN GONE. AND EVEN THOUGH HE’S GONE.

HE’S CERTAINLY NOT FORGOTTEN. >> ALRIGHT MAINLY FOR US TODAY. JERMAINE, THANK YOU. >> SCENES OF WAR ARE BEING SHARED ACROSS THE WORLD WIDE WEB AFTER THE BREAK. THE PEOPLE RISKING THEIR LIVES TO SHOW SOCIAL MEDIA.

WHAT’S HAPPENING ON THE GROUND IN UKRAINE. ♪ >> THE 2 NATIONS. ♪ ♪ ♪ NEWS IS HAPPENING. LOOK AT WHAT’S MAKING HEADLINES AROUND THE WORLD. ♪ ♪ >> TOP STORY WITH TIME NOW WEEK.

THAT’S AT 7 ON NBC NEWS NOW.

THERE’S NO BETTER PLACE FOR FUN WITH FRIENDS. WELL, THE TIME WITH A LITTLE GOLF BUDDY OR AN AFTERNOON ALONE TOGETHER, FAMILY AND FRIENDS WITH JUST A TAP JUST PICK YOUR COURSE. PAY FOR YOUR PHONE, CALL. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ NEWS IS HAPPENING.

♪ ♪ A SIGNIFICANT MOMENT. ♪ ♪ ♪ NBC NEWS NOW. ♪ >> UKRAINE INVASION ISN’T JUST UNFOLDING ON TELEVISION. IT’S ALSO A MAJOR SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS INCLUDING TIKTOK. THAT’S RIGHT.

USERS ARE GETTING A FIRST PERSON VIEW OF THE DIRE SITUATION WITH PEOPLE AT THE HEART OF THE CONFLICT SHARING THEIR OWN DEEPLY PERSONAL STORIES OF WAR. NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT ERIN MCLAUGHLIN TAKES A CLOSER LOOK. >> HE REALLY QUIET HERE IN THE CAPITAL. BUT JUST A FEW HOURS AGO, IT WAS ANYTHING BUT WE SAW A GUN BATTLE TAKING PLACE ABOUT 2 AND A HALF MILES FROM WHERE I’M STANDING NOW IN THAT DIRECTION.

IN A RESIDENTIAL AREA RUSSIAN FORCES CLASHING WITH UKRAINIAN MILITARY RESIDENTS TERRIFIED TOLD TO STAY INSIDE.

OFFICIALS HERE ARE EXTREMELY WORRIED THAT THIS CITY COULD FALL WITHIN DAYS. >> THIS MORNING IN THE EERIE WAIL OF SIRENS. DAY 2 OF WAR ON UKRAINE. >> THE RUSSIAN ARMY ADVANCING QUICKLY IN THE CITY OF MORE THAN 3 MILLION OVERNIGHT ROCKET STRUCK A RESIDENTIAL APARTMENT UKRAINE’S PRESIDENT ZELINSKY ADDRESS THE NATION ON NICE AND PRETTY MUCH WHAT THE ENEMY HAS LISTED ME GOOD NUMBER ONE SEED. THEY WANT TO DESTROY THE COUNTRY.

HE SAYS. >> AS MISSILE STRIKE THE CAPITAL, THE CITY’S METRO STATIONS TURNED INTO BOMB SHELTERS FUNCTIONING METRO STATIONS ARE SO MANY PEOPLE NASTY AS UNC AND HER 13 YEAR-OLD SISTER RAN HERE SOON AS THEY HEARD THE SIRENS THEIR PARENTS MADE IT TO ANOTHER SHELTER. >> OF COURSE, WE’RE IN TOUCH EVERY HALF HOUR. SHE SAYS EVERYONE WILL BE TRAUMATIZED AFTER CHILDREN WILL BE MOST TRAUMATIZED LINE THE WAR IS BEING PLAYED OUT IN YOUR REAL TIME ON SOCIAL MEDIA THESE BUT THIS SNAPCHAT VIDEO SHOT AT THE MAIN RAILWAY STATION IN THE CAPITAL SITUATION.

BECOME TEAM WOULD BE ABLE ♪ MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY, ONE OF THE PROFESSIONAL DANCERS ON DANCING WITH THE STARS POSTED FROM UKRAINE ON HIS INSTAGRAM POST SHOW THE REALITY OF WAR DOCUMENTING THE CONFLICT, THE DAMAGE AND THE DEAD.

THIS POST SHOWING THE CHILLING SIGHT OF RUSSIAN TANKS POSITIONED OUTSIDE THE NUCLEAR POWER PLANT AT CHERNOBYL. BACK IN THE METRO STATION IN 3 FRIENDS MAKING THE BEST OF A BAD SITUATION FOR THE SIREN SOUNDED. THEY BROUGHT THEIR CAT SLEEPING BAGS AND FOOD. THEY SAY THEY’RE READY RUSSIAN TROOPS ALL COUNTRY THAT TAKES PRIDE IN ITS FIGHTING TO MAKE SURE IT’S NOT TAKEN AWAY. >> PEOPLE HERE ARE BEING ENCOURAGED TO TAKE UP ARMS.

THE GOVERNMENT IS GIVING AWAY THOUSANDS OF WEAPONS INCLUDING AK 40 SEVENS. THERE. >> BEING ENCOURAGED TO FIGHT FOR THEIR COUNTRY. >> BREAKING NEWS. FIRST ON NBC NEWS NOW UNDER SIEGE.

RUSSIAN FORCES CLOSING IN ON UKRAINE’S CAPITAL CITY.

UKRAINIAN STILL TRYING TO ESCAPE WITH TIME RUNNING OUT. WE’LL TELL YOU ABOUT THE SITUATION ON THE GROUND RIGHT NOW AND JUST HOW THE WHITE HOUSE IS RESPONDING. ALSO BREAKING AT THIS HOUR SUPREME PRESIDENT BY SELECTING HIS CHOICE FOR THE NATION’S HIGHEST COURT. WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT TIME BROWN JACKSON AND THE CONFIRMATION BATTLE SHE SET TO FACE IN THE SENATE AND COVERING AMERICA.

THE CDC SET TO UNVEIL NEW MASK GUIDELINES. WHAT WE’RE EXPECTING TO HEAR FROM TOP OFFICIALS AND FLORIDA FIKE THE CONTROVERSIAL SO-CALLED DON’T SAY BILL PASSED BY THE STATE’S HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. THE NEXT TEST FOR PLAN THAT CRITICS SAY THREATENS LGBTQ STUDENTS INSIDE THEIR OWN SCHOOLS. ♪ ♪ AND GOOD FRIDAY, EVERYBODY. A MERRY GO.

KRISTEN MORGAN RADFORD, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US. WE BEGIN THIS HOUR WITH BREAKING NEWS. RUSH ASSAULT ON UKRAINE IS INTENSIFYING BATTLES ARE UNDERWAY IN THE OUTER PARTS OF KEYS. PEOPLE ACROSS THE CAPITAL. >> THIS IS AN NBC NEWS SPECIAL REPORT.

HERE’S LESTER HOW EVERYONE WE’RE COMING ON THE AIR BECAUSE PRESIDENT BIDEN IS EXPECTED TO ANNOUNCE JUDGE KETANJI BROWN JACKSON AS HIS NOMINEE TO THE U.S. SUPREME COURT TO FILL THE SEAT. >> VACATED BY RETIRING JUSTICE STEVEN BRIAR. THIS WILL BE THE PRESIDENT’S FIRST NOMINATION TO THE SUPREME COURT.

AND A HISTORIC MOVE FOR HIS ADMINISTRATION. IF CONFIRMED, JUDGE JACKSON WOULD BE THE FIRST BLACK WOMAN TO SERVE AS A JUSTICE WANT TO BRING IN NBC’S JUSTICE CORRESPONDENT PETE WILLIAMS SPEED. THIS IS A NAME NOT UNFAMILIAR TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN WATCHING THIS PROCESS OVER THE LAST FEW WEEKS. >> RIGHT. SHE’S BEEN A FEDERAL APPEALS COURT JUDGE HERE IN WASHINGTON, LESTER FOR THE PAST 8 MONTHS CONFIRMED TO THAT POST WITH 3 REPUBLICAN VOTES.

BEFORE THAT SHE WAS A FEDERAL TRIAL JUDGE HERE FOR 8 YEARS AND SHE SERVED ON THE FEDERAL COMMISSION THAT RECOMMENDS SENTENCES IN CRIMINAL CASES. SHE KNOWS HER WAY AROUND THE SUPREME COURT BECAUSE SHE WAS A LAW CLERK FOR STEVEN BRIER. THAT’S THE MAN SHE’S BEEN NOMINATED TO REPLACE.

SHE’S A NATIVE OF WASHINGTON, DC BUT SHE GREW UP IN MIAMI SEES A GRADUATE OF HARVARD AND HARVARD LAW AND AT AGE 51 SHE BE THE SECOND YOUNGEST SUPREME COURT JUSTICE AMY CONEY BARRETT IS THE YOUNGEST WHO TURNED 50 LAST YEAR AND JUDGE JACKSON IS ALSO DISTANTLY RELATED BY MARRIAGE TO THE FORMER REPUBLICAN HOUSE SPEAKER PAUL RYAN LESTER. >> AND WE WILL SEE HER.

SHE WILL ACCOMPANYING THE PRESIDENT IN A FEW MOMENTS AND SHE WILL WE’RE TOLD, SPEAK AS WELL. WE SEE THE DOOR OPENING RIGHT NOW. THE PRESIDENT ABOUT TO MAKE HIS APPEARANCE WITH JUDGE KETANJI BROWN JACKSON. VICE PRESIDENT HARRIS ALONG WITH HER GOOD AFTERNOON. >> TODAY.

AS WE FREEDOM AND LIBERTY UNDER ATTACK ABROAD. >> I’M HERE TO FULFILL MY RESPONSIBILITIES UNDER THE CONSTITUTION TO PRESERVE FREEDOM AND LIBERTY HERE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. IT’S MY HONOR TO INTRODUCE THE COUNTRY A DAUGHTER OF FORMER PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS. A PROVEN CONSENSUS BUILDER AN ACCOMPLISHED LAWYER, THE DISTINGUISHED JURORS ONE OF THE NATION’S MOST ON ONE OF NATION’S MOST PURSES COURTS.

MY NOMINEE FOR UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT JUDGE KETANJI JACKSON.

YOU KNOW, FOR WEEKS AGO A MEMBER OF THE COURT. FRIEND OF MINE USED TO WORK TOGETHER IN THE SENATE. JUSTICE STEVEN BRIAR ANNOUNCED HIS RETIREMENT. I SAID THEN SOMEONE TO SERVE ON THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT IS ONE OF THE MOST SERIOUS CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY. PRESIDENT ASKED AND I MEAN.

I PROMISED THE PROCESS WOULD BE RIGOROUS. I WOULD SELECT A NOMINEE WORTHY OF JUST AS PRIORS LEGACY OF EXCELLENCE AND DECENCY. SOMEONE EXTREMELY QUALIFY. THE BRILLIANT LEGAL MIND WITH THE UPMOST CHARACTER AND INTEGRITY WHICH ARE EQUALLY AS IMPORTANT. AND I WOULD DECISION.

TO THIS DECISION. MY PERSPECTIVE AS A LAWYER, FORMER CONSTITUTIONAL LAW PROFESSOR CHAIRMAN OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE FOR MANY, MANY YEARS. AND I ALMOST RELUCTANT SAY SOMEONE ISN’T RESIGN OVER MORE SUPREME COURT NOMINATIONS. AND ALMOST ANYONE. >> LIVING TODAY.

WHICH MAKES ME 28 YEARS OLD. I STARTED DOING WHEN I WAS 32. AND WHO HAS DEVOTED MUCH OF MY CAREER TO THINKING ABOUT THE CONSTITUTIONAL ROLE OF THE SUPREME COURT.

WITH THAT PERSPECTIVE. I CAREFULLY STARTED THE RIGHTS TO DIRECTLY TO CANDIDATES.

I INVITED SENATORS OF BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES OFFER THEIR IDEAS IN POINTS OF VIEW. AND I MET WITH NUMBER. AS A RESULT. BECAUSE I I TRULY RESPECT NOT ONLY THE CONSENT. I KNOW THEY GIVE CONSENT FOR.

THAT SAID, THE CONSTITUTION IS ADVICE AND CONSENT. I SOUGHT THE ADVICE. DEMOCRATS, REPUBLICANS, I CONSULTED WITH LEADING LEGAL SCHOLARS AND LAWYERS. AND I’VE BEEN FORTUNATE TO HAVE THE ADVICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT I MEAN, IT SINCERELY. EXCEPTIONAL LAWYER, FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL CALIFORNIA AND A FORMER MEMBER OF THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE.

AND DURING THIS PROCESS TO LOOK FOR SOMEONE WHO LIKE JUSTICE PRIOR AS A PRAGMATIC UNDERSTANDING THAT THE LAW MUST WORK FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

SOMEONE WHO HAS HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE CONSTITUTION. HE’S A RESUME. UN CHARTER OF LIBERTY. SOME WITH THE WISDOM TO APPRECIATE THAT.

THE CONSTITUTION PROTECTS CERTAIN UNALIENABLE RIGHTS RIGHTS AND FALL WITHIN THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL PERSONAL FREEDOMS. AND OUR SOCIETY RECOGNIZES. AND SOMEONE WITH EXTRAORDINARY CHARACTER. BRING TO THE SUPREME COURT. AN INDEPENDENT MIND UNCOMPROMISING INTEGRITY.

THE STRONG MORAL COMPASS AND THE COURAGE TO STAND UP FOR WHAT SHE THINKS IS RIGHT. FOR TOO LONG. OUR GOVERNMENT, OUR COURTS. HAVEN’T LOOKED LIKE AMERICA. I BELIEVE IS TIME THAT WE HAVE A COURT REFLECTS THE FULL POWERS AND GREATNESS.

OUR NATION. NOMINEE OF EXTRAORDINARY QUALIFICATIONS. AND THAT WE ASPIRE ALL YOUNG PEOPLE TO BELIEVE THAT THEY CAN ONE DAY SERVE THEIR COUNTRY AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL. I MEAN, MY ARE THESE TRAITS PRAGMATISM, HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE WISDOM CHARACTER. THE JURORS NOMINATED BY REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTS AS WELL AS DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTS AND TODAY I’M PLEASED TO INTRODUCE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

CAN THEY DO CONTINUES IN THIS GREAT TRADITION. JUDGE JACKSON GREW UP IN MIAMI, FLORIDA BY THE WAY, THE MAYOR OF MIAMI REPUBLICAN, THE NORTH. WE THOUGHT THAT WAS INTERESTING. HER PARENTS GREW UP WITH SEGREGATION BUT NEVER GAVE UP HOPE THAT THEIR CHILDREN WOULD ENJOY THE TRUE PROMISE OF AMERICA. HER PARENTS GRADUATED FROM HISTORIC BRAC BLACK COLLEGES AND BECAME PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS.

HER MOM, A PRINCIPAL, HER DAD, A TEACHER WHO LATER WENT BACK TO SCHOOL BECAME A LAWYER REPRESENTING THAT VERY SCHOOL DISTRICT AND SCHOOL BOARD.

JUDGE JACKSON DESCRIBES FINDING HER LOVE FOR THE LAW FROM AN APARTMENT COMPLEX AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI WHERE HER DAD WAS ATTENDING LAW SCHOOL. SHE DRAWN OR COLORING BOOK AT THE DINING ROOM TABLE NEXT YEAR AND HAS LONG LOOKS. SHE GREW UP TO BE A STAR STUDENT ELECTED MAYOR OF HER JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL AND PRESIDENT OF HER HIGH SCHOOL CLASS FOR. SHE WAS A STANDOUT.

SHE WAS A STANDOUT IN THE SPEECH AND DEBATE TEAM. AND IT WAS AFTER A DEBATE TOURNAMENT THAT TOOK PLACE AT HARVARD WHEN SHE WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL AND SHE BELIEVES SHE COULD ONE DAY BE STUDENT. THERE.

THROUGH THOSE TOLD HER SHE SHUNS CENTER SIGHTS TOO HIGH. BUT SHE REFUSED TO ACCEPT LIMITS.

AND ARE SET FOR. SHE DIDN’T WANT A HARVARD UNDERGRADUATE SCHOOL WHERE SHE GRADUATED MAGNA LOUD. SHE TO ATTEND HARVARD LAW SCHOOL WHERE SHE WAS A TOP STUDENT AND EDITOR OF THE PRESTIGIOUS LAW REVIEW. THEN SHE APPLIED FOR A HIGHLY COMPETITIVE UNCOVERED. A CLERKSHIP AND THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT.

AND SHE WAS SELECTED. THE JUSTICE WHO THOUGHT SHE WAS WORTHY OF THIS WAS A YOUNG LAWYER. WAS NONE OTHER THAN JUSTICE STEVEN BRIAR WHO SEED. I’M NOMINATED HER TO FILL. NOT ONLY SHE LEARN ABOUT BEING A JUDGE FROM JUST AS PRIME SELF.

SHE SAW THE GREAT THROUGH WHICH JUSTICE PRIOR PERSON’S WORK. SHE LEARNED FROM HIS WILLINGNESS TO WORK WITH COLLEAGUES, WITH DIFFERENT VIEWPOINTS. CRITICAL QUALITIES. REMIND YOU FOR ANY SUPREME COURT JUSTICE. NOW YEARS LATER, SHE STEPS UP TO FILL JUSTICE PRIORS PLACE IN THE COURT WITH UNIQUELY ACCOMPLISHED AND WHY BRADY BACKGROUND.

SHE SERVED BOTH IN PUBLIC SERVICE AS A FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER, FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER AND IN PRIVATE LAW PRACTICE. AS AN ACCOMPLISHED LAWYER IN PERSON AND WITH THE PURSES LAW FIRM. IF CONFIRMED, SHE WILL JOIN TO MY EAR AND SHE ONLY OTHER MEMBER OF THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT WHO HAS EXPERIENCE AS A TRIAL COURT JUDGE. A CRITICAL QUALIFICATION IN MY VIEW. AND ONCE AGAIN FOLLOWING THE FOOTSTEPS OF ARE MEANT TO JUST AS PRIOR.

SHE BECOME THE ONLY MEMBER OF THE COURT WHO PREVIOUSLY SERVED AS A MEMBER OF THE UNITED STATES SENTENCING COMMISSION. SHE BRINGS ADDITIONAL PERSPECTIVE THE COURT AS WELL. SHE COMES FROM A FAMILY OF LAW ENFORCEMENT. WITH HER BROTHER AND UNCLES HAVING SERVED AS POLICE OFFICERS. THAT’S ONE REASON I EXPECT BY THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE.

THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION TODAY SAID, AND I QUOTE. THERE’S LITTLE DOUBT SHE’S HAS THE TEMPERAMENT, THE IN LIKE 2 LEGAL EXPERIENCE AND FAMILY BACKGROUND HAVE EARNED DISAPPOINTMENT. AND THEY WENT ON TO SAY. THEY’RE CONFIDENT SHE WILL QUOTE, APPROACH FOR FUTURE CASES WITH AN OPEN MIND AND TREAT ISSUES RELATED TO LAW ENFORCEMENT FAIRLY AND JUSTLY.

INCREDIBLY JUDGE JACKSON HAS ALREADY BEEN CONFIRMED BY THE UNITED STATES SENATE 3 TIMES.

FIRST SERVE ON THE U.S. SENTENCING COMMISSION, BIPARTISAN INDEPENDENT COMMISSION. WE HOW I HELPED DESIGN TO REDUCE THE ON WAR DISPARITIES IN SENTENCING. TO PROMOTE TRANSPARENCY AND FAIRNESS IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.

ON THE COMMISSION. JUDGE JACKSON WAS KNOWN FOR WORKING WITH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS TO FIND COMMON GROUND ON CRITICAL ISSUES. SECOND. SHE WAS CONCERNED CONFIRMED BY THE UNITED STATES SENATE WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT ON THE FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT TO ADMINISTER JUSTICE SPECIAL RIGORS IN FAIRNESS TO COME PRESIDING OVER TRIALS.

AND 3RD, SHE WAS CONFIRMED BIPARTISAN SENATE VOTE TO SERVE ON THE U.

S. COURT OF APPEALS. THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CONSIDERED THE SECOND MOST POWERFUL COURT BEHIND THE SUPREME COURT ITSELF. THE COURT SHE WANTS ARGUED CASES BEFORE AS A DISTINGUISHED HAPPEN. WHEN JUDGE JACKSON WAS NOMINATED TO THE CIRCUIT COURT.

ONE OF HIS DISTINGUISHED RETIRED MEMBERS. JUDGE THOMAS GRIFFITH. A FORMER GENERAL COUNSEL BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY AND GEORGE BUSH APPOINTEE TO THE COURT SAID HE BACKED ARE ENTHUSIASTICALLY HAILING HER FAMILY, HER EXEMPLARY LEGAL CAREER AND BOTH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PRACTICE. AND WENT ON TO SAY. HER CAREFUL APPROACH AS THE TRIAL COURT JUDGE.

JUDGE JACKSON SERVICE ON THE DISTRICT CIRCUIT COURT UP TO THE DC CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS. HERE’S ANOTHER SUPERB QUALIFICATION FOR SERVICE ON THE SUPREME COURT. 3 OF HER OF THE CURRENT SUPREME COURT JUSTICES ALSO SERVED THAT HE SHE CIRCUIT JUDGES. WE’RE JOINED JACKSON’S NOW SEARCHERS. HER OPINIONS ARE ALWAYS CAREFULLY REASONED TETHERED TO PRECEDENT AND DEMONSTRATOR EFFECT RESPECT FOR HELP FROM LAW IMPACTS EVERYDAY PEOPLE.

WHO DOESN’T MEAN SHE PUT YOUR THUMB ON THE SCALE OF JUSTICE ONE WAY OR THE OTHER. BUT SHE UNDERSTANDS THE BROADER IMPACT OF THE DECISIONS. WHEN THERE’S CASES ADDRESSING THE RIGHTS OF WORKERS AND GOVERNMENT SERVICE. SHE CARES ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT DEMOCRACY WORKS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. SHE LISTENS.

SHE LOOKS PEOPLE IN THE EYE LAWYERS DEFENDANTS VICTIMS AND FAMILIES. SHE STRIVED ENSURE THAT EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS WHY SHE MADE A DECISION. WHAT THE LAW USE WHAT IT MEANS TO THEM. SHE STRIVES TO BE FAIR TO GET IT RIGHT TO DO JUSTICE.

THAT’S SOMETHING ALL OF US SHOULD REMEMBER.

IT’S SOMETHING I’VE THOUGHT ABOUT THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS AS A MATTER OF FACT, I THOUGHT ABOUT A WALKING OVER HERE. ONE FLOOR BELOW. WE HAVE SEVERAL DISPLAYS CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH. ONE OF THEM INCLUDES JUDICIAL OATH OF OFFICE TAKEN AND SIGNED BY JUSTICE THURGOOD MARSHALL HIMSELF. OATH.

THAT WILL BE ONCE AGAIN ADMINISTERED 2 DISTINGUISHED AMERICANS. WE’LL HELP WRITE THE NEXT CHAPTER IN THE HISTORY OF THE JOURNEY OF AMERICA. JOURNEY THAT JUDGE JACKSON WILL TAKE WITH HER FAMILY. I HOPE I DON’T EMBARRASS THEM. BUT HER HUSBAND THE SURGEON DOCTOR, PATRICK STAND UP SEE WHO YOU ARE.

YOU GO. THEY MET WHEN THEIR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS HARVARD AND JESUS. DISTINGUISH CANCER SURGEON CHARGED. AND LIKE SO MANY WOMEN IN THIS COUNTRY JUDGE JACKSON AS A WORKING MOM. IS CHILD.

WHEN SHE WAS A PRIVATE MORE IN PRACTICE CHEDDAR SECOND JOB. WHEN SHE SERVED AS US ON THE U.S. SENTENCING COMMISSION STAND UP NOW. I ASKED WELL, WHEN I SHOWED HER THROUGH THE OFFICE WHETHER SHE LIKED TO THE PRESIDENT’S, THERE’S OTHER THINGS.

YOU’RE WELCOME TO BE HERE. THANK YOU SO MUCH. AND YOUR SISTER WHO’S UP IN SCHOOL IN RHODE ISLAND NOW. I HAVE CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. LET ME TELL YOU, JUDGE, YOU’RE ALWAYS A MOM THAT’S NOT GOING TO CHANGE.

NO MATTER WHAT YOU’RE DOING. YOU’RE ON THAT WEATHER ON THE SUPREME COURT OR NOT. AND I’VE ALWAYS HAD A DEEP RESPECT FOR THE SUPREME COURT. JUDICIARY IS A BRANCH OF THE GOVERNMENT. I MEAN.

THE COURT IS EQUALLY AS IMPORTANT AS THE PRESIDENCY OR THE CONGRESS. IT’S CO PEOPLE. SO TODAY I’M PLEASED TO NOMINATE JUDGE JACKSON. WE’LL BRING STRAW RUN. ERIC OLIVER CATIONS DEEP EXPERIENCE AND INTELLECT AND A RIGOROUS JUDICIAL RECORD TO COURT.

JOE JACKSON DESERVES TO BE CONFIRMED AS THE NEXT JUSTICE SUPREME COURT. I’VE MET WITH THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBERS OF THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, SENATOR DURBIN, SENATOR CHUCK GRASSLEY AND THE HOPE IS THEY WILL MOVE PROMPTLY AND I KNOW THEY’LL MOVE FAIRLY. JUDGE JACKSON. CONGRATULATIONS AND THE POOR. LET ME PULL THIS ARE YOU?

WHAT? THE PRESIDENT’S KIDS TOO MUCH. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >> MISTER PRESIDENT. I AM TRULY HUMBLED BY THE EXTRAORDINARY HONOR OF THIS NOMINATION.

AND I’M ESPECIALLY GRATEFUL FOR THE CARE THAT YOU HAVE TAKEN IN DISCHARGING YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY IN SERVICE OF OUR DEMOCRACY WITH ALL THAT IS GOING ON IN THE WORLD TODAY. I ALSO OFFER MY SINCERE.

IT’S THANKS TO YOU AS WELL. MADAM VICE PRESIDENT FOR YOUR INVALUABLE ROLE IN THIS NOMINATION PROCESS. I MUST BEGIN THESE VERY BRIEF REMARKS BY THANKING GOD FOR DELIVERING ME TO THIS POINT IN MY PROFESSIONAL JOURNEY.

MY LIFE HAS BEEN BLESSED BEYOND MEASURE. AND I DO KNOW. THAT ONE CAN ONLY COME THIS FAR. AMONG MY MANY BLESSINGS AND INDEED THE VERY FIRST IS THE FACT THAT I WAS BORN IN THIS GREAT COUNTRY. THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS THE GREATEST BEACON OF HOPE AND DEMOCRACY THE WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN.

I WAS ALSO BLESSED FROM MY EARLY DAYS TO HAVE HAD A SUPPORTIVE AND LOVING FAMILY. MY MOTHER AND FATHER WHO HAVE BEEN MARRIED FOR 54 YEARS ARE AT THEIR HOME IN FLORIDA RIGHT NOW. AND I KNOW THAT THEY COULD NOT BE MORE PROUD. IT WAS MY FATHER WHO STARTED ME ON THIS PATH. WHAT I WAS A CHILD HAS THE PRESIDENT MENTIONED MY FATHER MADE THE FATEFUL DECISION TO TRANS THAT TO TRANSITION FROM HIS JOB AS A PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL HISTORY TEACHER AND GO TO LAW SCHOOL.

SOME OF MY EARLIEST MEMORIES ARE OF HIM SITTING AT THE KITCHEN TABLE READING HIS LAW BOOKS.

I WATCHED HIM STUDY. AND HE BECAME MY FIRST PROFESSIONAL ROLE MODEL. MY MOTHER WHO WAS ALSO A PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER PROVIDED INVALUABLE SUPPORT IN THOSE EARLY DAYS WORKING FULL TIME TO ENABLE MY FATHER’S CAREER TRANSITION WHILE ALSO GUIDING AND INSPIRING FOUR-YEAR-OLD ME. MY ONLY SIBLING, MY BROTHER COULD TAJ.

CAME ALONG HALF A DECADE LATER AND I’M SO PROUD OF ALL THAT HE’S ACCOMPLISHED AFTER GRADUATING FROM HOWARD UNIVERSITY. HE BECAME A POLICE OFFICER AND A DETECTIVE ON SOME OF THE TOUGH. THE STREETS IN THE INNER CITY OF BALTIMORE.

AFTER THAT, HE ENLISTED IN THE ARMY. SERVING 2 TOURS OF DUTY IN THE MIDDLE EAST.

I BELIEVE THAT HE WAS FOLLOWING THE EXAMPLE SET BY MY UNCLES WHO ARE IN LAW ENFORCEMENT. YOU MAY HAVE READ. THAT. I HAVE ONE UNCLE WHO GOT CAUGHT UP IN THE DRUG TRADE AND RECEIVED A LIFE SENTENCE THAT IS TRUE. BUT LAW ENFORCEMENT ALSO RUNS IN MY FAMILY.

IN ADDITION TO MY BROTHER, I HAD 2 UNCLES WHO SERVED DECADES AS POLICE OFFICERS, ONE OF WHOM BECAME THE POLICE CHIEF IN MY HOMETOWN OF MIAMI, FLORIDA. I AM STANDING HERE TODAY BY THE GRACE OF GOD AS TESTAMENT TO THE LOVE AND SUPPORT THAT I’VE RECEIVED FROM MY FAMILY.

I’VE ALSO BEEN BLESSED WITH MANY DEAR FRIENDS, COLLEAGUES MENTORS, LAW CLERKS. I COULD NOT POSSIBLY NAME ALL OF THE PEOPLE TO WHOM I OWE GREAT. THANKS.

BUT I MUST MENTION SPECIFICALLY THE 3 BRILLIANT JURIST FOR WHOM I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF SERVING AS A LAW CLERK AT THE OUTSET OF MY LEGAL CAREER. U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE PATTI CEREUS IN MASSACHUSETTS US COURT OF APPEALS. BRUCE JUDGE BRUCE TELL YOU IN RHODE ISLAND.

AND LAST BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST ASSOCIATE JUSTICE. STEVEN BRIAR OF THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES. JUSTICE PRIOR IN PARTICULAR. NOT ONLY GAVE ME THE GREATEST JOB THAT ANY YOUNG LAWYER COULD EVER HOPE TO HAVE. BUT HE ALSO EXEMPLIFIED EVERY DAY IN EVERY WAY THAT A SUPREME COURT JUSTICE CAN PERFORM AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF SKILL AND INTEGRITY WHILE ALSO BEING GUIDED BY CIVILITY GRACE PRAGMATISM AND GENEROSITY OF SPIRIT.

JUSTICE BRIAR. THE MEMBERS OF THE SENATE WILL DECIDE IF I FEEL YOUR SEAT. BUT PLEASE NO. BUT I COULD NEVER FILL YOUR SHOES. TO MY DEAR FAMILY.

THOSE WHO ARE HERE WITH ME NOW. AND THOSE WHO ARE WATCHING FROM HOME. I AM FOREVER INDEBTED TO YOU FOR YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT. TO MY BELOVED HUSBAND, PATRICK. THANK YOU FOR BEING MY ROCK TODAY AND EVERY DAY FOR THIS THESE PAST 26 YEARS.

I LOVE TO MY DAUGHTERS MALIA AND LAYLA YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF MY LIFE. PLEASE. NO. >> THAT WHATEVER TITLE I MAY HOLD OR WHATEVER JOB I MIGHT MAY HAVE. I WILL STILL BE OUR MOM.

THAT WILL NEVER CHANGE.

THERE ARE SO MANY OTHER PEOPLE. I WOULD LOVE TO BE ABLE TO ADDRESS AND TO THANK BUT TIME IS SHORT. SO LET ME END BY SHARING AND INTERESTING COINCIDENCE. THAT IS ACTUALLY MEANT A GREAT DEAL TO ME OVER THE YEARS.

AS IT HAPPENS. I SHARE A BIRTHDAY. WITH THE FIRST BLACK WOMAN EVER TO BE APPOINTED AS A FEDERAL JUDGE. THE HONORABLE CONSTANCE BAKER MOTLEY. WE WERE BORN EXACTLY 49 YEARS TO THE DAY APART.

TODAY. I PROUDLY STAND AND JUDGE MOTLEY SHOULDERS.

SHARING NOT ONLY HER BIRTHDAY BUT ALSO HER STEADFAST AND COURAGEOUS COMMITMENT TO EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER LAW. JUDGE LIFE AND CAREER HAS BEEN A TRUE INSPIRATION TO ME AS I HAVE PURSUED THIS PROFESSIONAL PAST. AND IF I’M FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO BE CONFIRMED AS THE NEXT ASSOCIATE JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES.

I CAN ONLY HOPE THAT MY LIFE AND CAREER. MY LOVE OF THIS COUNTRY AND THE CONSTITUTION AND MY COMMITMENT TO UPHOLDING THE RULE OF LAW AND THE SACRED PRINCIPLES UPON WHICH THIS GREAT NATION WAS FOUNDED. WILL INSPIRE FUTURE GENERATIONS OF AMERICANS. THANK YOU AGAIN. MISTER PRESIDENT FOR THIS EXTRAORDINARY HONOR.

>> FORGOT DO SO. FIRST LADY DOCTOR JILL BIDEN AND THE SECOND GENTLEMAN. NICE. IT SEEMS STRANGE TO SAY SECOND, EMHOFF FOR BOTH HERE AS WELL. THANK YOU.

THANK YOU. >> SO PRESIDENT OFFICIALLY NOMINATING HIS FIRST OPPORTUNITY FOR US SUPREME COURT NOMINEE. AND NOW HE IS. HE SAID HOPING THAT THE PROCESS OF CONFIRMATION WILL MOVE QUICKLY. I WANT TO GO TO NBC NEWS CHIEF WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT PETER ALEXANDER ON THAT POINT, WHAT’S THE FEELING AROUND THE WHITE HOUSE AS TO HOW QUICKLY THIS NOMINATION MAY MOVE MOVE FORWARD.

>> WELL, THE DESIRE IS IT FOR US FOR IT TO MOVE FORWARD QUICKLY. OBVIOUSLY AS THE PRESIDENT NOTED, SHE RECEIVED BIPARTISAN SUPPORT WHEN SHE WAS CONFIRMED TO THE A FEDERAL APPEALS COURT HERE IN THE DC CIRCUIT JUST A YEAR AGO WITH 3 REPUBLICANS SUPPORTING HER CONFIRMATION THAT THEY INCLUDED LINDSEY GRAHAM, LISA MURKOWSKI OF ALASKA AND SUSAN COLLINS OF MAINE. AND TODAY WE’RE HEARING FROM THOSE INDIVIDUALS GRAHAM. AMONG THEM WHO HAVE BEEN EXPRESSING HIS DESIRE THAT THE PRESIDENT WOULD SELECT ONE OF THE OTHER NAMES ON HIS SHORT LIST. MICHELLE CHILDS IS A JUDGE IN SOUTH CAROLINA, HIS HOME STATE, HE DIDN’T DO THAT.

OBVIOUSLY TODAY, LINDSEY GRAHAM SAYING THAT THIS PIC MEANS THAT THE RADICAL LEFT HAS WON OVER PRESIDENT BIDEN ONCE AGAIN AND FROM LISA MURKOWSKI. SHE POSTED A STATEMENT WITHIN THE LAST COUPLE OF MOMENTS SAYING THAT HER SUPPORT FOR A JUDGE JACKSON DURING THE CONFIRMATION LAST YEAR DOES NOT GUARANTEE THAT SHE WILL SUPPORT HER FOR THE SUPREME COURT. SO IN A 5050 SENATE WHILE THE PRESIDENT HAS SAID HE WOULD LIKE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. HE HAS MET WITH SOME REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS, INCLUDING THE TOP REPUBLICAN CHUCK GRASSLEY OF THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE.

IT’S NOT EXACTLY CLEAR WHAT THAT SUPPORT WOULD LOOK LIKE.

NONETHELESS, THERE HAS BEEN MUCH PRAISE ACROSS THE BOARD, INCLUDING FROM SOME REPUBLICANS FOR THE INTELLECT, THE INTEGRITY AND THE CHARACTER OF THIS JUDGE. SO WE WILL WAIT IS THAT PROCESS BEGINS IN EARNEST LIKELY WITH COURTESY MEETINGS COURTESY CONVERSATIONS HAPPENING WITH SENATORS AS EARLY AS NEXT WEEK. PASTOR ALL RIGHT. PETER ALEXANDER, THANK A GOOD NBC NEWS POLITICAL DIRECTOR CHUCK TODD. >> CHUCK, PICK UP ON WHAT PETER WAS TALKING ABOUT.

NOW SOME RUMBLINGS WITHIN THE REPUBLICANS THAT BUT MAYBE SUPPORT IS NOT GUARANTEED WHERE IT WAS WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THAT. WELL, UP. LISA MURKOWSKI IS AN INTERESTING EXAMPLE HERE BECAUSE YOU’RE SOMEBODY WHO DID VOTE FOR VOTE FOR ONCE SHE’S UP FOR REELECTION, IT’S A SET UP IN ALASKA WHERE THERE ISN’T A FULL-FLEDGED REPUBLICAN PRIMARY. IT’S GOING TO BE A TOP-FOUR SYSTEM. BUT THE POINT IS SHE VOTED AGAINST A TRUMP PICK FOR THE SUPREME COURT.

>> YOU KNOW, SHE MAY POLITICALLY DECIDED TO BETTER PLACE FOR HER TO BE IS SAYING I THOUGHT THE TRUMP PICTURE TOO CONSERVATIVE AND THE BIDEN PICTURE TOO LIBERAL. ALL RIGHT. THAT WOULDN’T SHOCK ME HERE. THE POINT IS THAT THAT’S THE POINT. YOU GOT TO LOOK AT HERE, LESTER, IS THAT THERE’S GOING TO BE SOME REPUBLICAN SENATORS WHO MAY WANT TO SUPPORT.

WE’RE GOING TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT 24 AND DON’T WANT TO HAVE TO EXPLAIN THAT BOAT AWAY.

THERE MIGHT BE SOME REPUBLICAN SENATORS WHO ARE SITTING IN PRIMARIES AND DON’T WANT TO HAVE TO IN FEAR A PRIMARY OR HAVE THE WEIRD SITUATION. I JUST DESCRIBED TO YOU. BUT LISA MURKOWSKI, THE POINT BEING IS. SHE MAY HAVE 80 SENATORS WHO IF THEY DIDN’T HAVE TO.

PUBLICLY SAY THAT THEY WERE SUPPORTING OR WITH SUPPORTER. BUT THE POLITICS THESE DAYS, PARTICULARLY OF HOW THINGS ARE GOING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE AISLE. I THINK WILL LIMITED. I’D BE SURPRISED IF THE NUMBERS ANY MORE THAN 5556 MAX FOR HER. BUT LOOK, SHE’S GOT TO GET CONFIRMED AND LEICESTER.

I JUST WANT TO EXPRESS A LITTLE MIAMI HOMETOWN PRIDE. SHE WENT. SHE GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL. MY DAD WENT TO WAS MY RIVAL HIGH SCHOOL. THIS IS FLORIDA’S THE FIRST SUPREME COURT I KNOW LITTLE HOMETOWN PRIDE I HAVE IT EVERY ONCE AND ACCEPTED.

ALL RIGHT, CHUCK, THANK YOU. MY WILEY IS A CIVIL RIGHTS ATTORNEY. >> AND NBC NEWS LEGAL ANALYST AND MAYO WITH THIS PARTICULAR PICK.

THIS IS A A RARE MOMENT. WORRY SUPREME MEMBER OF THE SUPREME COURT COULD BE TAKING TO THE BENCH WITH.

EXPERIENCE IN CRIMINAL DEFENSE. HOW DOES THAT SHAPE WHO SHE MIGHT BE AND WHAT SHE MIGHT BRING TO THE COURT. >> WELL, LET’S START BY SAYING THAT IT’S GOING TO DEMONSTRATE THE DIVERSITY THAT WE NEED TO ADD THE THAT’S BECAUSE ONLY ABOUT. >> 7% OF FEDERAL JUDGES HAVE THAT PUBLIC DEFENDERS OF BACKGROUND. >> AND IT’S EXTREMELY USEFUL BACKGROUND TO HAVE AN UNDERSTANDING FROM ALL SIDES.

THE CASES THAT CAN COME BEFORE THE COURT THAT ENGAGE IN QUESTIONS OF SEARCH AND SEIZURE AND THAT I UNDERSTAND. >> FROM ALL PERSPECTIVES, THE WEIGHT OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM IS WORKING. BUT SHE REALLY AND VERY INTENTIONAL ROUTES US FOR IT. AND PRESIDENT BIDEN’S. >> REMARKS ABOUT >> JACKSON THAT SHE HAS EXPERIENCED IT ALL.

EVEN AT A PERSONAL LEVEL THAT SHE’S HAD A FAMILY MEMBER CAR UP IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.

SHE HAS FAMILY MEMBERS WHO HAVE SERVED. >> AS THE AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM IS OFFICER. THAT’S A VERY STRONG SIGNAL TO SAY THAT SHE IS SOMEONE WHO IS GOING TO APPROACH THIS WORK WITH FACTS AND FAIRNESS AND VARIANCE. THAT UNDERSTANDS ALL OF THE ISSUE.

>> MAIA, THANK YOU. I WANT TO BRING BACK IN NBC JUSTICE CORRESPONDENT PETE WILLIAMS AND PAID IDEOLOGICALLY THIS PICK DOES NOT REALLY CHANGE THE BALANCE OF THE COURT, AT LEAST AS WE EXPECTED TO TURN OUT.

>> NO, NOT AT ALL. IT’S A SUPER MAJORITY OF 6 CONSERVATIVE. SHE REPLACES IF SHE’S CONFIRMED JUSTICE BRIAR.

SO NO WOULDN’T CHANGE IN THAT SENSE. BUT, YOU KNOW, THERE’S AN EXPRESSION THAT EVERY TIME THERE’S A NEW JUSTICE INTO NEW COURT. AND SO THINGS WOULD REALIGN JUST A LITTLE BIT. ONE THING THE JUSTICE BRIAR WAS ABLE TO DO, ESPECIALLY IN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS WAS TO TRY TO GET THE COURT TO MOVE TO A MORE MODERATE POSITION ON SOME CASES IT’S WIDELY THOUGHT THAT HE MAY HAVE BEEN THE PIVOTAL REASON THAT THE SUPREME COURT, FOR EXAMPLE, FOR THE FIRST TIME BAILED OUT OBAMACARE. SO WILL SHE BE ABLE TO SIT IN THAT ROLE AS THE SECOND YOUNGEST JUSTICE PREP, PERHAPS NOT AT THE BEGINNING, BUT WHO KNOWS WHAT THE FUTURE WILL BRING FOR HER.

SHE CAN STAY ON THE COURT FOR A LONG TIME.

IF SHE IS CONFIRMED. ALL RIGHT. PETE WILLIAMS, THANK YOU. THAT’S GOING TO CONCLUDE OUR COVERAGE WILL HAVE MORE TONIGHT NBC NIGHTLY NEWS.

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>> THESE DAYS IT FEELS LIKE THE NEWS NEVER STOPS. SO LET’S GET INTO IT. WHAT’S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. WHAT IT ALL MEANS FOR YOU FOR AN HOUR EVERY DAY CAN BE HARD KEEP UP SO LET’S GET STARTED TOGETHER. ALI CHECKS IN NOW.

>> WEEKDAYS AT 5 ON NBC NEWS NOW. ♪ ♪ >> AT THE BOTTOM OF THE HOUR NOW. OUR TOP STORY, THE BREAKING NEWS SURROUNDING THE CRISIS IN UKRAINE. THAT’S RIGHT. RUSSIAN TROOPS ARE CLOSING IN ON THE CAPITAL CITY OF KYIV AS EXPLOSIONS ROCKED THE CITY.

YOU CAN SEE THERE ON YOUR SCREEN FOR A SECOND DAY. SIRENS WARNING OF IMPENDING AIR RAID JUST RAIN THROUGHOUT THE CITY. UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT ZELINSKY SAYS HE’S STILL IN THE CAPITAL HE’S URGING RUSSIA TO COME TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE TO BRING AN END TO THIS WAR MEANWHILE, PRESIDENT BIDEN HAS BEEN HUDDLING VIRTUALLY WITH NATO LEADERS AS THE ALLIANCE PLOTS ITS NEXT STEPS AFTER THE INVASION, WE HAVE EVERY ANGLE OF THIS BREAKING STORY COVERED FOR YOU.

LET’S BEGIN WITH NBC NEWS CHIEF FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT RICHARD ENGEL ON THE GROUND FOR US IN MARJA PULL UKRAINE. NOW, BRING US UP TO SPEED ON WHAT YOU’RE SEEING FROM YOUR VANTAGE POINT.

>> SO THE RUSSIAN ASSAULT IS CONTINUING. IT IS NOT SLOW DOWN AT ALL THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE TOUGHER SANCTIONS. IN FACT, IT IS ENTERING A NEW PHASE A NEW LEVEL OF DANGER FOR THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY. FOR THE 40 MILLION UKRAINIANS BECAUSE ON DAY ONE AND NOW WE’RE COMING CLOSE TO THE END OF DAY 2 ON DAY ONE. IT WAS LARGELY STRATEGIC STRIKES BY RUSSIA AGAINST MILITARY TARGETS AND NOW WE’RE SEEING IN DAY 2 RUSSIA MOVING CLOSER TO UKRAINIAN CITIES POTENTIALLY IN CIRCLING UKRAINIAN CITIES.

CERTAINLY MOVING INTO THEM ARE MOVING IN TO ATTACK POSITIONS AROUND THEM THAT IT’S HAPPENING IN WITH TROOPS HEADING INTO THE OUTSKIRTS OF THAT CITY. HARKEY WAS THE A SECOND LARGEST A CITY IN THIS COUNTRY. THE LARGEST IN THE EAST THAT IS HAPPENING IN KIEV WHERE RUSSIAN TROOPS ENTERED A NEIGHBORHOOD IN THE NORTHERN PARTS OF THE CITY AND WAS ALREADY A STATE OF EMERGENCY, BUT IT’S GOTTEN TO THE POINT THAT THE MAYOR OF KIEV IS URGING PEOPLE TO ADOPT A DEFENSIVE POSITIONS. THEY HAVE STARTED TO GIVE OUT WEAPONS TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE MILITARY TRAINING AND THEY ARE EVEN TELLING PEOPLE TO PREPARE MOLOTOV COCKTAILS. IT’S NECESSARY.

AND WE’RE ALSO SEEING THAT HERE IN THE SOUTH WITH INCREASED MILITARY ACTIVITY AROUND THE CITY WHERE I AM RIGHT NOW. >> RICHARD, THE PRESIDENT THERE, PRESIDENT ZELINSKY IS OFFERED TO NEGOTIATE WITH PRESIDENT PUTIN.

WHAT WOULD BE THE CONDITIONS FOR NEGOTIATIONS TO HAPPEN. FRIZZELL IS KEEN ON. SELINSKY HAS SAID TIME AND TIME AGAIN THAT HE WANTS TO MEET WITH VLADIMIR PUTIN THAT HE WANTS TO MEET WITH HIM DIRECTLY.

HE WANTS TO MEET WITH HIM WITH THE UNITED STATES AMOUNTS TO MEET WITH HIM WITH BUDDY WHO WILL MEET DIRECTLY WITH PUTIN AT RANGE OF MEETING BETWEEN HIM AND VLADIMIR PUTIN. >> BUT PUTIN HAS NOT BEEN WILLING TO TAKE THAT DIRECT MEETING WITH ZELENSKY PRESIDENT. HE IS CALLED A NEO-NAZI AND WHO’S TO BE CLEARLY WANTS TO UNSEAT FROM POWER WHEN YOU HEAR PUEDEN WHEN YOU HEAR OTHER OFFICIALS IN THE KREMLIN. THEY’VE MADE IT VERY CLEAR THAT THE GOAL OF THIS ENTIRE OPERATION IS TO GET RID OF NOT SO AS A BUT THE ENTIRE SYSTEM THAT PUT HIM IN A EMPOWER A DEMOCRATIC SYSTEM THAT HAS BEEN IN PLACE HERE FOR THE LAST 8 YEARS.

SO RUSSIA SAYS ITS CONDITIONS.

OUR SIMPLE. UKRAINE HAS TO GIVE UP. UKRAINE HAS TO STOP FIGHTING UKRAINIAN TROOPS HAVE TO LAY DOWN THEIR ARMS. AND THEN HE’S HAPPY TO TALK YOU HAVE IT. YOU HAVE YOU HAVE 2 VERY, VERY DIFFERENT CONDITIONS ONE WITH DYLAN’S.

HE’S SAYING HE’S WILLING TO TALK NOW AND ANY TIME IN ANY PLACE AND RUSSIA SAYING ONLY AFTER A SURRENDER.

>> THE UKRAINIAN MILITARY IS STILL FIGHTING RICHARD THERE FIGHTING AND A PRESIDENTS FROM RUSSIA THAT IS SIGNIFICANTLY LARGER AND MORE POWERFUL. HOW IS THE UKRAINIAN MILITARY HOLDING UP AT THIS POINT. >> THEY’RE HOLDING UP. WELL, A BETTER THAN THEY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO STILL HOLD ON TO THE MAIN POPULATION CENTERS AND THERE IS NOT A SIGNIFICANT CITY IN THIS ENTIRE COUNTRY THAT IS HELD CURRENTLY BY THE RUSSIANS AND THAT IS A MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENT EVEN THOUGH THIS IS STILL DAY TOO.

WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT UKRAINE, A COUNTRY OF 40 MILLION GOING UP AGAINST RUSSIA, WHICH HAS ONE OF THE LARGEST MILITARIES IN THE WORLD IN WHICH HAS HAD MONTHS TO PREPARE FOR THIS AND HAD ANYWHERE BETWEEN A 17590,000 TROOPS AND SOPHISTICATED EQUIPMENT ON 3 SIDES OF THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE IT ALSO HAD THE THAT THE COOPERATION OF BELARUS, THE FACT THAT THEY STILL HOLD ALL THE KEY POPULATION CENTERS, INCLUDING THE CAPITAL SHOWS THAT THEY ARE ARE PUTTING UP A FIGHT AND THEY HAVE THEY’VE THEY’VE CALLED UP THE NATIONAL RESERVE.

THEY’RE HANDING OUT WEAPONS TO VOLUNTEERS WHO HAVE MILITARY EXPERIENCE AND THEY HAVE BEEN HAVE BEEN FIGHTING AND AND ACCORDING TO THE UKRAINIAN MILITARY, WHICH BEEN PUTTING OUT VIDEOS AND PUTTING OUT STATEMENTS. THEY WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT AND HAVE NO INTENTION OF OF OF LAYING DOWN THEIR ARMS AND ACCEPTING THE THE CONDITIONS PUT OUT BY THE KREMLIN, WHICH IS ONLY TO NEGOTIATIONS AFTER AN UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER.

>> ALL RIGHT. RICHARD ENGEL FOR US TODAY IN SOUTHEASTERN UKRAINE.

RICHARD, THANK YOU. >> NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT JOSH LETTERMAN IS OUTSIDE NATO HEADQUARTERS THERE IN JOSH, WHAT ARE WE LEARNING ABOUT THESE NATO MEETINGS AND FRANKLY, IS THERE AN EXPECTATION THAT MORE TROOPS WILL BE SENT TO THE REGION. IN ADDITION TO THE THOUSANDS. THERE ARE BE THERE. >> WELL, PRESIDENT BIDEN JOINED THAT MEETING VIRTUALLY THIS MORNING.

MORGAN. AND WE HEARD FROM GENERAL SECRETARY GENERAL OF NATO STOLTENBERG SAYING AT THE BEGINNING OF THAT THAT RUSSIA NEEDS TO IMMEDIATELY CEASE ITS MILITARY OPERATIONS SOMETHING THAT, OF COURSE RUSSIA AT THIS POINT IS SHOWING NO SIGNS IS IN THE CARDS WERE AWAITING A NEWS CONFERENCE FROM STOLTENBERG AT THE END OF THAT MEETING. BUT WE HAVE JUST GOTTEN A STATEMENT FROM ALL OF THE HEADS OF STATE IN NATO, INCLUDING PRESIDENT BIDEN IN WHICH THESE LEADERS SAY THAT THE WORLD WILL HOLD RUSSIA AND BELARUS WHERE OF COURSE RUSSIA IS USING AT A BASE MANY OF ITS TROOPS ACCOUNTABLE FOR THESE TO YOUR POINT, MORGAN, ABOUT WHETHER NATO WILL ACTUALLY BE SENDING MORE TROOPS TO THE EASTERN PART OF NATO, THE AREA THAT IS CERTAINLY SOMETHING THAT IS BEING CONSIDERED WITH THESE LEADERS SAYING IN THEIR STATEMENT THEY’RE MAKING SIGNIFICANT ADDITIONAL DEFENSIVE DEPLOYMENT OF FORCES TO THE EASTERN PART OF THE ALLIANCE.

THEY SAY THEY WILL CONTINUE MAKING ALL DEPLOYMENTS NECESSARY TO ENSURE STRONG AND CREDIBLE DETERRENCE ACROSS THE ALLIANCE. WE KNOW THAT INCLUDES THOUSANDS OF US TROOPS THAT ARE BOTH MOVING FROM THE U.

S. INTO EUROPE SUCH AS TO GERMANY AS WELL AS TROOPS THAT ARE ALREADY BASED IN EUROPE THAT ARE GOING TO BE MOVING FARTHER EASTWARD INTO THESE NATO COUNTRIES THAT ARE ON THE EASTERN FLANK. THERE WAS A SEPARATE MEETING THIS MORNING THAT VICE PRESIDENT KAMALA HARRIS PARTICIPATED IN WITH A GROUP KNOWN AS THE BUCHAREST 90’S OF THE 9 NATO THERE ON THE EASTERN FLANK AND THIS COMES AMID AN ALL OUT PUSH TO REALLY TRY TO ISOLATE RUSSIA DIPLOMATICALLY MAKE IT THE PARIAH OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY WITH THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL VOTE EXPECTED TODAY TO CONDEMN RUSSIA THAT’S LIKELY TO FAIL GIVEN THAT RUSSIA NOT ONLY HAS A VETO ON THE SECURITY COUNCIL ACTUALLY HAS THE ROTATING PRESIDENCY OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL.

BUT WE ALSO SAW TODAY RUSSIA SUSPENDED FROM THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE. THEY’VE BEEN TAKEN OUT OF THE EURO VISION CONTESTS THAT BIG SONG CONTEST THAT SO MANY EUROPEANS WATCH AND DELTA AIRLINES CUTTING THEIR TIES RUSSIA’S LARGEST AIR CARRIER CC WESTERN NATIONS DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN SHORT OF SENDING IN TROOPS TO UKRAINE TO FIGHT RUSSIA, WHICH IS SOMETHING NATO INSISTS IT STILL WILL NOT DO THAT.

THESE EFFORTS ARE FOCUSED ON SHORING THE NATO MEMBERS, WHICH OF COURSE UKRAINE AS OF NOW IS NOT A MEMBER MORGAN. ALL RIGHT. ABC’S JOSH AND THANK YOU FOR THAT. WE REALLY APPRECIATE THE UPDATE LIVE FROM BRUSSELS. APPRECIATE YOU, JOSH.

>> WANT TO BRING IN NBC NEWS BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT JO LING KENT. NOW, JOE, I WANT TO 0 IN ON THE SANCTIONS THAT PRESIDENT BIDEN ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY. IF WE CAN, YOU KNOW, ALMOST AS SOON AS THEY WERE PRESENTED, THERE WERE CRITICS WHO STARTED SAYING THEY DIDN’T REALLY GO FAR ENOUGH.

A LOT OF PEOPLE NOW URGING THE PRESIDENT TO KICK RUSSIA OUT OF THAT SWIFT INTERNATIONAL BANKING SYSTEM. HELP US UNDERSTAND EXACTLY WHAT SWIFT IS AND HOW RUSSIA MIGHT BE IMPACTED IF IT’S REMOVED.

>> SO IT IS A SECURE BANKING SYSTEM AND THAT BASICALLY ALLOWS ALERTS TO GO ACROSS 11,000 DIFFERENT INSTITUTIONS IN 200 COUNTRIES. ALERTING WHEN YOU TRANSFERRED SOME MONEY. THE UNITED STATES DOES NOT CONTROL SWIFT. IT’S THE NATIONAL BANK OF BELGIUM THAT RUNS IT HAS BEEN THIS WAY SINCE IT WAS FOUNDED IN THE 1970’S. AND SO IF YOU LOOK AT WHO THE PARTNERS ARE.

OF COURSE, THE U.S. DOES HAVE A STAKE AND A SAY IN WHAT HAPPENS. THE FEDERAL RESERVE IS A MEMBER. THE EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK.

BUT THE U.S. DOESN’T CONTROL. AND ACCORDING TO PRESIDENT BIDEN YESTERDAY, EUROPEAN ALLIES ARE NOT READY TO CUT RUSSIA OUT OF SWIFT JUST YET. AND SO BECAUSE THERE ISN’T THAT CONTROL FROM THE U.

S. IT HAS TO BE AN LED BY THE BELGIANS TO CUT THEM OUT OF THIS. BUT CERTAINLY THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WAS THREATENED BACK IN 2014 WHEN IT CAME TO CRIMEA ULTIMATELY WAS NOT USED, BUT A LOT CAN HAPPEN IF THEY’RE CAUGHT OUT OF SWIFT BOTH IN TERMS OF THE UPSIDE AND THE DOWNSIDE THERE.

>> YOU KNOW, THIS IS BEING CALLED THE NUCLEAR OPTION. A LOT OF FINANCIAL ANALYSTS ARE SAYING THAT BECAUSE IT STANDS TO HURT RUSSIA.

BUT IT COULD ALSO HEARD SOME OF THE U.S. ALLIES AS YOU JUST TALKED ABOUT THERE IN EUROPE IN PARTICULAR HOW IS THE U.S. WEIGHING THOSE FACTORS IN IN TRYING TO PUSH IF IF IT IS TO MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN.

>> YES. SO IF YOU TAKE RUSSIA OUT OF SWIFT. IF THAT DOES HAPPEN, THE REASON IT’S BEING CALLED A NEW COLOR OPTION AS IT CUTS ABOUT 40% OF THE COUNTRY’S INCOME. THE PROFITS FROM OIL AND GAS WHICH MAKE UP 40% OF RUSSIA’S INCOME. SO IT WOULD BE A VERY, VERY BIG IMPACTS.

THE CONCERN SOME PEOPLE SAY IS THAT RUSSIA WOULD JUST MOVE ALONG WITH ITS OWN SYSTEM AND HAVE MORE CONTROL AND DEVELOP STRONGER TIES THAT IT ITSELF CONTROLS WHICH COULD BE A BAD THING AS THIS CONFLICT CONTINUES. AND SO THAT’S REALLY WHERE QUESTION IS.

DO YOU DO THIS NEW COLOR OPTION AND ALLOW SOMETHING LIKE THAT TO HAPPEN OR DO YOU USE WHAT PRESIDENT BIDEN IS SAYING IN CLAIMING TO SANCTIONS ARE MORE POWERFUL THAN CUTTING RUSSIA OFF FROM SWIFT. JUST OUT OF CURIOSITY. IF THE U.

S. DID WANT TO PROCEED WITH CUTTING RUSSIA OUT AND COULDN’T GET THE SUPPORT. >> OF OTHER EUROPEAN COUNTRIES. IS THERE ANY WAY THAT THE U.S.

COULD SIDESTEP. >> THOSE PARTNERS. >> WELL, OF COURSE, THE PRESIDENT HAS NOT DONE WHAT SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE CALLED FOR, WHICH IS.

>> SANCTIONING HIMSELF. AND SO THAT OBVIOUSLY AN OPTION.

IT WAS ADDRESSED YESTERDAY IN THE PRESIDENT’S PRESS CONFERENCE. BUT THIS IS A DECISION A SWIFT IS NOT CONTROLLED BY THE U.S. GOVERNMENT. >> ALL RIGHT.

JO LING KENT FOR LA TODAY IN EARLY BUREAU. JO LING KENT, THANK YOU. THANKS, ERIN. >> FOR A CLOSER LOOK AT THE INTERNATIONAL IMPACT OF THE INVASION. LET’S GO AHEAD AND BRING IN DOCTOR WALID PHARES, SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE TRANSATLANTIC PARLIAMENTARY MISTER FARES ON ON THURSDAY NIGHT, CHINESE AIRCRAFT CENTER TAIWAN’S AIR DEFENSE ZONE AND NOW THERE ARE FEARS THAT RUSSIA’S INVASION COULD EMBOLDEN CHINA TO MAKE A MOVE ON TAIWAN.

SO HOW SERIOUS OF A CONCERN IS THAT SORT OF IN YOUR OPINION. >> WELL, IT IS VERY SERIOUS BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY CHINA AND OTHER THAN CHINA. OBVIOUSLY ARE LOOKING AT RESULTS OF THIS OPERATION, NOT IN THE MIDDLE OF THAT. NOT RIGHT NOW. AT THIS POINT IN TIME, THEN NEED TO SEE, FIRST OF ALL, RUSSIANS SUCCESS WHO WOULD BE IN KIEV AFTER OPERATION IS OVER AND ALSO AS YOU WERE JUST DISCUSSING, WHAT WOULD BE THE TYPE OF REACTIONS FROM WASHINGTON AND THAT’S WHY TAKE BASED ON THAT.

CHINA WOULD CAN CREATE WHAT ITS MOVE OVER TAIWAN WOULD WOULD COST AND THEREFORE COULD CONSIDER AN ACTION. >> AND COMING TO SORT OF GIVE US THE PICTURE. THE BIG PICTURE HERE. DOCTOR FARRIS. I MEAN, RUSSIA AND CHINA ARE ALSO, OF COURSE, VERY CLOSE WITH IRAN.

DO WE HAVE A SENSE OF HOW THE INVASION INTO UKRAINE COULD IMPACT THE MIDDLE EAST MORE BROADLY. >> THAT’S SOMETHING. FIRST OF ALL, THERE ARE A LOT OF QUESTION DEBATES IN WASHINGTON ABOUT REALLY HOW CLOSE CHINA FROM RUSSIA. IF THAT ALLOWS RUSSIA TO CONTINUE IN MY OUR STRATEGIC MEANING THERE WITH WOULD PUT ITS FINANCES. CHINA PUT DEFENSES TO PROTECT ITS FRIEND BECAUSE THEY NEED THEM TO CHINA NEEDS.

ALSO RUSSIAN THE SECURITY COUNCIL WITH THE V 2 ABOUT HAVING SAID THAT, OBVIOUSLY WHAT’S HAPPENING IN UKRAINE. WE’LL HAVE AN IMPACT ON THE MIDDLE EAST, SPECIFICALLY ON THE IRAN ISSUE ON THE ONE HAND, THAT’S THEIR NUMBER MORGAN THAT WE AND THE CHINESE AND THE RUSSIANS OUT OF OLD PARTNERS IN VIENNA AND THE DISCUSSIONS ABOUT THE IRAN DEAL AND THAT COULD HAVE A MAJOR IMPACT BECAUSE IF WE CONTINUE WITH THE IRAN DEAL AND HAVING RUSSIA AND CHINA SPOTTERS IN THE MIDST OF THE CONFRONTATION.

THAT’S VERY COMPLICATED. IRAN IS ALSO WATCHING BECAUSE WE’RE ON THE SAME IN THE REGION AND THEN WE’RE GOING TO SEE IN THE NEXT DAYS AND WEEKS. WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN.

>> YOURS WAS THE INSIDE WE NEEDED TODAY. DOCTOR WALID PHARES, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US. WE APPRECIATE IT. >> AND STAY WITH US BECAUSE THE CONTROVERSIAL SO-CALLED DON’T SAY BILL IS NOW ONE STEP CLOSER TO ACTUALLY BECOMING LAW. >> UP NEXT, ONGOING THE ONGOING FIGHT IN FLORIDA AND THE FALLOUT.

STAY WITH US. ♪ >> WE’RE HERE TO START CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE BIG THINGS HAPPENING IN WORLD BECAUSE IT’S NOT MY JOB TO TELL YOU WHAT TO MY JOB IS TO THINK ABOUT WHAT TELL ME. NOW TONIGHT WITH JOSHUA JOHNSON STREAMING WEEK NIGHTS AT 8 ON NBC NEWS NOW. ♪ THIS IS A VERY DIFFERENT KIND OF PROGRAM.

WE’RE HERE TO START CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE BIG THINGS HAPPENING IN OUR WORLD.

PROFESSOR, I’M NOT ASKING YOU TO PREDICT THE FUTURE. BUT WHAT DO YOU THINK THAT THE NEW NORMAL IS GOING TO BE. HE’S PART OF THIS SAID EVERYONE IS RETHINKING THEIR JOBS DURING THIS PANDEMIC AND THE RELATIONSHIP TO THEIR EMPLOYERS. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST TIP FOR ANY PARENT WHO’S CONCERNED ABOUT THIS. IT’S NOT MY JOB TO TELL YOU WHAT TO THINK.

MY JOB IS TO THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU TELL ME NOW TONIGHT WITH JOSHUA JOHNSON STREAMING WEEK NIGHTS 8 ON NBC NEWS NOW.

>> ABOUT TO SEE BEHIND ME IS >> ALI JACKSON NOW WEEKDAYS AT 5 ON NBC NEWS NOW. >> THIS IS A VERY DIFFERENT KIND OF PROGRAM. WE’RE HERE TO START CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE BIG THINGS HAPPENING IN OUR WORLD. PROFESSOR, I’M NOT ASKING YOU TO PREDICT THE FUTURE.

BUT WHAT DO YOU THINK THAT THE NEW NORMAL IS GOING TO BE. HE’S PART OF THIS SAID EVERYONE IS RETHINKING THEIR JOBS DURING THIS PANDEMIC AND THE RELATIONSHIP TO THEIR EMPLOYERS. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST TIP FOR ANY PARENT WHO’S CONCERNED ABOUT THIS. IT’S NOT MY JOB TO TELL YOU WHAT TO THINK. MY JOB IS TO THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU TELL ME NOW TONIGHT WITH JOSHUA JOHNSON STREAMING WEEK NIGHTS 8 ON NBC NEWS NOW.

♪ NOW TONIGHT, JOSHUA JOHNSON. >> STREAMING WE FIGHT HALL AND BC, NEWS NOW. JACKSON NOW WEEKDAYS AT 5 ON NBC NEWS NOW. >> YOU DOING FOR TEACHERS OR FEEL THAT THEY’RE BEING STRETCHED TOO DID YOU UNDERSTAND HOW PREVALENT HUNGER WAS IN YOUR OWN COMMUNITY. ♪ >> NOW TONIGHT, JOSHUA JOHNSON STREAMING WEEK NIGHTS AT 8 NBC NEWS NOW.

THERE’S NO BETTER PLACE FOR FUN WITH FRIENDS.

THE TIME WITH A LITTLE GOLF BUDDY OR AN AFTERNOON ALONE TOGETHER, FAMILY AND FANS WITH JUST A TAP JUST PICK YOUR COURSE. PAY FOR YOUR PHONE CALL NOW. JACKSON NOW WEEKDAYS AT 5 ON NBC NEWS NOW. >> REPUBLICAN LEADERS ARE IN FLORIDA FOR CPAC.

IT’S THE BIGGEST CONSERVATIVE CONFERENCE OF THE YEAR. IT OR LAWMAKERS CANDIDATES, CONSERVATIVE GROUPS, DONORS ALL MINGLE TO DISCUSS POLICY AGENDA WITH PARTY FAITHFUL YS, NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT DON HILL. YOU’RE JOINS US NOW LIVE FROM I WANT TO TALK FIRST ABOUT FLORIDA GOVERNOR RON DESANTIS HE HAS CERTAINLY BEEN IN THE SPOTLIGHT LATELY.

HE TOOK THE STAGE ON THURSDAY AND HE’S UP FOR REELECTION AND YOU COULD EVEN HAVE HIS SIGHTS SET ON THE WHITE HOUSE IN 2024. DID HE ADDRESS ANY OF THAT DIRECTLY.

>> YOU KNOW, AND I THINK IT’S TELLING THAT THERE WAS A LACK OF TALK OBVIOUSLY NUMBER 2024 AND THE POTENTIAL PRESIDENTIAL A CANDIDACY. BUT ALSO THINK IT WAS TELLING THAT THERE IS A LACK OF TALK ABOUT THE RUSSIAN INVASION THAT WAS ACTIVELY HAPPENING WHILE HE WAS SPEAKING UP HERE ON STAGE. HE AND SENATOR CRUZ BOTH DECLINED TO DISCUSS THE ATTACK ON THE U.S. ALLY UKRAINE HERE WHICH SPEAKS TO SORT OF THE TENDERNESS SEEMINGLY WITHIN SOME OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.

LET YOU HEAR FROM RON DESANTIS THOUGH, WHO IS HITTING VERY MUCH ON THE RED MEAT ISSUES THIS AUDIENCE IS REALLY LOOKING FOR. TAKE A LISTEN. >> TO LEAD THIS IS SAID AND JUST SOME TYPE OF A ♪ I CAN TELL YOU THERE’S ONE FELLA THEY JUST TASTE FLORIDA.

HIS NAME IS JOE BIDEN. >> ALWAYS TRYING TAKE POT SHOTS IN FLORIDA STATES LIKE TAKE OUR MEDICATION.

HE STEPS STORM. BUT IT REALLY JUST BECAUSE HE DOESN’T LIKE THE GOVERNOR. HE DOESN’T LIKE LIKE ME BECAUSE WE STAND UP TO >> NOW. THERE’S GOING TO BE A STRAW POLL AT THE END OF THIS WEEKEND, ESSENTIALLY ASKING FOLKS WHO WOULD THEY LIKE TO SEE FOR THAT 2024 PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION LAST YEAR. RON DESANTIS CAME IN SECOND TO THE FORMER PRESIDENT, DONALD THAT’S REALLY INTERESTING IN AND OF COURSE, PON LOOK, EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT RUSSIA AND UKRAINE.

HOW IS THAT BEING HANDLED RIGHT NOW AT CPAC HOUSE AND EVEN BEING ADDRESSED. NOT ONLY TO SANTAS AND CREWS, NOT ADDRESS IT. BUT I THINK SOME OF THAT SENTIMENT WAS A DIVIDING THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HERE. MARCO RUBIO, JOSH HAWLEY 2 US SENATORS WERE STRONG IN THEIR REMARKS PUSHING BACK AGAINST VLADIMIR PUTIN. BUT ALSO LET YOU HEAR FROM CHARLIE CURRENT CONSERVATIVE INFLUENCER SUPPLY KASEY FOUNDED A CONSERVATIVE ORGANIZATION WHICH I THINK KIND OF SPEAKS TO TAKE A LISTEN.

>> THE U.S.

BORDER MATTERS A LOT MORE THAN THE UKRAINIAN BORDER. FOULS ARE DELIBERATELY TRYING TO INFILTRATE OUR COUNTRY. >> JUST THE WAY CITIES.

WE CAN’T PRONOUNCE PLACES THAT MOST AMERICANS CAN FIND ON A MAP. ♪ >> FOR MANY OF THESE REPUBLICANS IS VERY MUCH A FOCUS ON DOMESTIC ISSUES HERE AT HOME AHEAD OF THE MIDTERMS. MORGAN. >> YEAH. AND THEY MADE IT VERY DOMESTIC ISSUES.

THE PRIORITY WHILE VAN HILL. YOU’RE THERE FOR US. WE APPRECIATE IT. THANK YOU. >> STAYING IN FLORIDA, THE CONTROVERSIAL DON’T SAY BILL IS NOW ON TO THE STATE SENATE AFTER CLEARING THE HOUSE, THAT BILL WOULD STOP ANY TEACHING ABOUT GENDER IDENTITY AND SEXUALITY UNTIL AFTER THE 3RD GRADE NBC 6, SOUTH FLORIDA REPORTER CHRISTIANE JOINS US NOW WITH THIS STORY.

CHRISTIANE, THIS BILL HAS FACED A LOT OF BACKLASH. WE KNOW. IS IT A SURPRISE THAT IT PASSED IN THE FLORIDA HOUSE UP. >> AARON, DESPITE THE BACKLASH. IT SEEMED ALMOST INEVITABLE THAT THE BILL WOULD PASS THE HOUSE.

IT’S NOW IN THE SENATE’S HANDS. SO IT’S JUST A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE IT REACHES THE DESK OF FLORIDA GOVERNOR RON DESANTIS. >> FINAL PASSAGE OF CS FOR CS FOR HOUSE BILL FLORIDA SO-CALLED DON’T SAY BILL IS NOW A STEP CLOSER TO BECOMING LAW STATE HOUSE LAWMAKERS PASSED THE GOP BACKED BILL ON THURSDAY IN A 69 TO 47 VOTE WITH 7 REPUBLICANS JOINING MOST DEMOCRATS IN VOTING AGAINST A SOLE DEMOCRAT VOTED IN FAVOR THE BILL READS IN PART THAT CLASSROOM DISCUSSION ABOUT ORIENTATION OR GENDER IDENTITY MAY NOT OCCUR IN KINDERGARTEN THROUGH GRADE 3 OR IN A MANNER THAT IS NOT AGE APPROPRIATE OR DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE FOR STUDENTS IN ACCORDANCE WITH STATE STANDARDS.

REPUBLICAN STATE REPRESENTATIVE JOE HARDING SPONSORED THE BILL OFFICIALLY TITLED THE PARENTAL RIGHTS IN EDUCATION BILL AND YOU HAVE A CHOICE. WE HAVE A CHOICE TO EMPOWER PARENTS IN FLORIDA.

WE HAVE A CHOICE TO EMPOWER SCHOOL DISTRICTS. I’M ASKING FOR YOU TO SIDE WITH THE SIDE OF PARENTS IN FLORIDA REPUBLICANS SAY THAT THIS BILL IS ABOUT PARENTAL RIGHTS LGBTQ PLUS ACTIVISTS HAVE BEEN OUTSPOKEN ABOUT THE HARM THAT THIS COULD DO TO LGBTQ. PLUS, BRANDON WOLF, US WITH THE QUALITY FLORIDA LGBTQ PLUS RIGHTS ORGANIZATION, PEOPLE LIKE ARE ALWAYS AGE APPROPRIATE TO RECOGNIZE >> COMMUNITY WILL NOT BE ERASED. LET ME MAKE IT MATTER WHAT HAPPENS BEHIND THOSE RIGHT. THIS COMMUNITY IS NOT GOING ANYWHERE.

YOU CANNOT ERASE US. >> THE BILL HAS COST NATIONWIDE BACKLASH FROM HOLLYWOOD CELEBRITIES LIKE KERRY WASHINGTON WHO TWEETED HORRIFIED BY WHAT IS HAPPENING IN FLORIDA. CHILDREN. THE SERVED TO BE WHO THEY WANT TO BEAT TO THE WHITE HOUSE WHERE PRESIDENT BIDEN TWEETED HIS SUPPORT FOR THE LGBTQ PLUS COMMUNITY WRITING THAT IT TO KEEP FULL BILL.

>> IT SENDS A TERRIBLE MESSAGE TO OUR USE.

IF THERE’S SOMETHING SO WRONG. SO SO DANGEROUS ABOUT THIS TOPIC. AND WE HAVE TO CENSOR ET. FROM CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION. FOR HIS PART, REPUBLICAN FLORIDA GOVERNOR RON DESANTIS HAS INDICATED HIS SUPPORT FOR THE BILL.

>> BUT HASN’T YET EXPLICITLY SAID WHETHER HE WOULD SIGN IT. MAKE NO MISTAKE IN FLORIDA. >> YOU KNOW, THE PARENTS HAVE A SEAT AT THE TABLE AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT PARENTS ARE INVOLVED IN AGE APPROPRIATE MATERIAL. >> STATE HOUSE LAWMAKERS ALSO PASSED ANOTHER CONTROVERSIAL BILL THAT WOULD BAR DISCUSSION OF CRITICAL RACE THEORY IN BOTH THE CLASSROOM AND THE WORKPLACE. IT WOULD ALSO BAN ANY DISCUSSION THAT COULD CAUSE SOMEONE DISCOMFORT BASED ON THEIR RACE.

AARON. ALL RIGHT. CHRISTIANE, GOING TO BE THIS FOR US TODAY. CHRISTIANE, THANK YOU. >> PROTESTING PUTIN’S.

>> THE RARE REBUKE FROM HIS OWN PEOPLE AS THE BREEZE AN INVASION OF UKRAINE RAGES ON. ♪ >> NOW.

TONIGHT, JOSHUA JOHNSON STREAMING WEEK NIGHTS AT 8 NBC NEWS NOW. ♪ NO BETTER PLACE. THE PHONE WITH FRIENDS.

WELL, TIME WITH A LITTLE GOLF BUDDY. AFTER LOAN. ♪ FAMILY AND FRIENDS WITH JUST A TAP AWAY. JUST PICK YOUR COURSE TO YOUR PHONE. AND ENJOY.

♪ >> YOU DOING FOR TEACHERS OR FEEL THAT THEY’RE BEING STRETCHED TOO DID YOU UNDERSTAND HOW PREVALENT HUNGER WAS IN YOUR OWN COMMUNITY. ♪ HOW WE TAX. AND NOW. >> WEEKDAYS AT 5 ON NBC NEWS NOW. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> MAJOR PUSHBACK TODAY AS RUSSIAN POLITICIANS AND MEDIA HAIL VLADIMIR PUTIN’S AS A SAVIOR FOR INVADING UKRAINE IN A RARE REBUKE THE RUSSIAN ANTIWAR PROTESTERS ARE TAKING TO THE STREETS.

NBC NEWS REPORTER JOHN SHOULD BE JOINS US NOW. JOHN, THIS IS THIS IS A BIG DEAL BECAUSE, OF RUSSIA HAS STATE-CONTROLLED MEDIA. SO SPEAKING OUT IS SOMETHING THAT CAN BE PUNISHABLE BY PRISON TIME AND RUSSIANS ARE PRETTY DIVIDED RIGHT NOW OVER THIS INVASION. SO IS THIS WHAT THE TIPPING POINT WITH ONE CITING A LITTLE BIT MORE SUPPORT THAN THE OTHER. AND IF SO, WHY?

>> WELL, IT’S MIXED. THERE ARE RUSSIANS WHO SUPPORTED, AS YOU MENTIONED THERE ARE MANY WHO DISAGREE WITH IT BUT ARE KEEPING THEIR OPINIONS PRIVATE.

I SPOKE TO A YOUNG PROFESSIONAL IN MOSCOW YESTERDAY WHO SAID HE DIDN’T WANT TO TALK POLITICS ARE PUT IN BUT THAT HE FOUND THE INVASION DISGUSTING. AND AS YOU NOTED, THIS AND CELEBRITIES IN OPPOSITION FIGURES JOURNALISTS WHO’VE EXPRESSED SHOCK, SHAME AND CONFUSION AND ANGER ABOUT IT. BUT THE MOST REMARKABLE THING THAT WE’RE SEEING ARE THE NUMBERS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE HAVE COME OUT ON THE STREETS TO DENOUNCE THE INVASION AND THAT’S NOT A COMMON SIGHT IN RUSSIA WHERE THERE’S THIS HISTORY CRACKDOWNS ON POLITICAL OPPOSITION.

>> RUSSIA AS WE SORT OF JUST TALKED ABOUT IS NOTORIOUS FOR PUNISHING ITS PROTESTERS CRITICS AND ACTIVISTS PUTTING THEMSELVES AT GREATER RISK. WHAT ABOUT, FOR EXAMPLE, ALEXEI NAVALNY, WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT HIM FOR KNOW, THAT HE WAS ABLE TO ESCAPE LOOK LIKE THERE WAS SOME POISE INVOLVED CAME BACK IN JAIL. HAVE WE HEARD FROM HIM. >> HE SPOKE ABOUT HE HAD A COURT YESTERDAY. I BELIEVE AND HE SPOKE OUT.

HE TOOK SOME AND HIS ABILITY TO SPEAK PUBLICLY TO DENOUNCE THE INVASION AND ALSO COULDN’T HIMSELF AND. TO YOUR ORIGINAL QUESTION, YES, THE PEOPLE WHO ARE COMING OUT AND DEMONSTRATING THE ORDINARY RUSSIANS ARE COMING OUT DEMONSTRATING AGAINST THE INVASION ARE PUTTING THEMSELVES AT RISK THERE NEARLY 2000 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ARRESTED AT LAST COUNT BY GOVERNMENT WATCHDOGS AND AT THESE PROTESTS OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS.

AND YOU’VE GOT TO ASSUME THAT THAT’S GOING TO CONTINUE THAT TYPE OF ACTIVITY. >> ALL RIGHT. JEN SHOULD BE FORCED THEIR.

JOHN. THANK YOU. >> PROTESTS HAVE ERUPTED AROUND THE WORLD IN RESPONSE TO RUSSIA’S INVASION OF UKRAINE. WE SPOKE WITH UKRAINIAN AMERICANS AND RUSSIAN AMERICANS OUTSIDE THE RUSSIAN CONSULATE HERE IN NEW YORK CITY TO HEAR WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY. ♪ >> KERRY TODAY BECAUSE RUSSIA HAS OFFICIALLY INVADED MY COUNTRY.

I’M VERY, VERY CLOSE WITH MY FAMILY BETWEEN E-COLI OF. >> HI TO AND KEY ISIS DOES NOT RESPONDING TO ME FOR THE PAST 30 MINUTES AND I’M VERY NERVOUS. I’M HERE TODAY BECAUSE I WANT TO EXPRESS MY ANGER AND MY DISAGREEMENT WITH THE WAR. THAT’S MY COUNTRY. RUSSIA HAS STARTED A >> I’M GLAD THAT THEY THEY HAVE SHOWED IT IS A LITTLE BIT DIFFICULT TO HEAR, THOUGH LANGUAGE.

I’M HAPPY THAT THEY’RE HERE.

THEY’RE SPEAKING OUT. I JUST WISH THERE WERE MORE OF PEOPLE WHO ARE TRYING TO PROTEST IN RUSSIA. THAT BEING ARRESTED. THERE HAVE BEEN GIVEN BY THE POLICE YOU CANNOT PROTEST RUSH AGAINST ANYTHING, ESPECIALLY AGAINST SUCH THINGS AS THE WAR IN UKRAINE THAT THE GOVERNMENT PERCEIVES AS THEY’RE KIND CORE POLICY.

>> WILL BE IN FRONT OF ME. I WOULD TELL HIM NOTHING BECAUSE IT’S NOT HE DOESN’T DESERVE MY WORDS. HE DOESN’T DESERVE TO BE RESPECTED. THIS IS THE DICTATOR SHOULD NOT BE A LIFE. >> THINGS OF THE WORLD S THE CHESSBOARD TO WEAR BIG SUPER BOWL WORST PLAY LIKE RUSSIA AND THE UNITED STATES AND UKRAINE IS JUST ONE OF THE PIECES.

>> HIS ACTIONS, HIS EVIL ACTIONS.

HE WILL NOT SUCCEED. UKRAINE WILL LIFT. UKRAINE WILL LIVE. AND EVEN IF WE FALL TODAY TOMORROW, IF WE FALL UKRAINE WILL BE.

>> FOR ALL THE WAYS I’M EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED THAT THE WEST WAS NOT SUPPORTING US AS MUCH AS THEY COULD. YES, THEY GIVE SOME SANCTIONS HERE. SANCTIONS THERE, BUT IT WAS A PROVEN FACT THAT FOOD AND DID NOT CARE ABOUT THESE SANCTIONS. HE DOESN’T CARE SO MANY PEOPLE WILL DIE. >> I’M INCREDIBLY AND CONFUSED TIME.

>> SCARED ANGRY. LAST NIGHT. I DIDN’T SLEEP MY FAMILY DIDN’T LEAVE. NO ONE SLEPT. IT’S GOING TO BE HARD FOR ME TO SLEEP FOR A VERY LONG TIME UNTIL ALL OF THIS OVER.

IF YOU SAYING THAT UKRAINE IS NOT YOUR PROBLEM.

THINK AGAIN. >> THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US THIS HOUR. IT’S BEEN OUR PLEASURE, MORGAN RADFORD AND I’M ERIN GILCHRIST. OF COURSE, WE’LL CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THE DEVELOPMENTS IN UKRAINE THROUGHOUT THE DAY ACROSS THE PLATFORMS OF NBC NEWS THE NEWS CONTINUES RIGHT NOW.

♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> HEY ALLISON MORRIS WATCHING NBC NEWS. NOW PRESIDENT BIDEN NOMINATING JUDGE KETANJI BROWN JACKSON TO THE SUPREME COURT. SHE REPLACE RETIRING JUSTICE STEVEN BRIAR, NBC NEWS WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT MIKE MEMOLI IS IN WASHINGTON. MIGHT THE PRESIDENT CALLING JACKSON ONE OF OUR NATION’S BRIGHTEST LEGAL MINDS. >> WELL CITY HAVE TO SAY ABOUT >> YEAH.

LISTEN, OBVIOUSLY THIS IS A HISTORIC MOMENT. THE FIRST BLACK WOMAN TO BE NOMINATED FOR A SEAT ON THE U.S.

SUPREME COURT AND BIDEN MADE NOTE OF THAT. HE SAID THAT IT’S BEEN LONG OVERDUE THAT OUR COURTS HAVEN’T REALLY REPRESENTED THE FULL DIVERSITY OF AMERICA AND HE WAS HAPPY TO MAKE THIS SELECTION FOR THAT REASON HEAT REALLY TOUTED A JUDGE JACKSON’S BIOGRAPHY TALKING ABOUT HER AS THE DAUGHTER OF THE PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS THAT SHE HAS A BROTHER AND UNCLES WHO ARE IN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THAT SHE HAS A DEEP HISTORY AS A CONSENSUS BUILDER AND SOMEBODY WHO HAS SHOWN REALLY ALL OVER CREDENTIALS FOR THIS POSITION.

HERE’S MORE OF WHAT THE PRESIDENT HAD TO SAY. >> SOMEONE WITH EXTRAORDINARY CHARACTER. WE’LL BRING TO THE SUPREME COURT. AN INDEPENDENT MIND UNCOMPROMISING INTEGRITY WITH A STRONG MORAL COMPASS AND THE COURAGE TO STAND UP FOR WHAT SHE THINKS IS RIGHT. FOR TOO LONG.

OUR GOVERNMENT, OUR COURTS. HAVEN’T LOOKED LIKE AMERICA. I BELIEVE IS TIME THAT WE HAVE A COURT REFLECTS THE FULL POWERS AND GREATNESS.

OUR NATION. NOMINEE OF EXTRAORDINARY QUALIFICATIONS.

>> AND OF COURSE, 1000 THE PRESIDENT’S BEEN QUITE BUSY THIS WEEK. WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT PREPARING FOR STATE OF THE UNION DEALING WITH THE CRISIS IN UKRAINE. AND IT WAS REALLY INTERESTING THAT THE PRESIDENT, THE FIRST THING HE SAID WHEN HE CAME OUT TO INTRODUCE JUDGE JACKSON WAS TO LINK HIS ANNOUNCEMENT WITH WHAT’S HAPPENING OVERSEAS. HE SAID JUST AT A TIME WHEN FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY ARE AT RISK ABROAD. HE’S HERE TO FULFILL HIS OBLIGATION TO PROTECT FREEDOM AND LIBERTY HERE AT HOME.

>> MIKE, 2 YEARS AGO TO THIS DAY, BIDEN PROMISED TO NOMINATE A BLACK WOMAN TO THE SUPREME COURT. WHAT ARE YOUR SOURCES TELLING YOU ABOUT HOW HE DECIDED ON JACKSON. >> HOUSING. FIRST, I JUST GOT TO SAY, I BELIEVE I HAD THAT I TWEETED A MONTH AGO THAT WHEN THIS VACANCY OCCURRED THAT WHEN HE PROMISED TO MAKE THIS SELECTION BY THE END OF FEBRUARY. I IMMEDIATELY CIRCLE TODAY ON THE TWEET TO PROVE IT.

THE RECEIPTS JUST BECAUSE I KNOW THE PRESIDENT, HIS APPRECIATION FOR HISTORY AND AND WANTING TO SORT OF MAKE NOTE OF WHAT WAS A HISTORIC MOMENT AND A BIG MOMENT FOR HIS CAMPAIGN. BUT WHAT’S INTERESTING IS THAT THE WHITE HOUSE IS TALKING POINT TODAY IS THAT THIS IS THE FASTEST A DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT HAS MOVED TO FILL A VACANCY FROM THE TIME IT OCCURRED UNTIL THE TIME HE ANNOUNCES THE REPLACEMENT. IT’S BEEN JUST ABOUT A MONTH. BUT IF YOU REALLY LOOK AT HOW WE GOT TO THIS POINT. IT’S BEEN A MUCH LONGER PROCESS.

YES. STARTING 2 YEARS AGO WHEN HE MADE THAT PLEDGE ON THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEBATE STAGE.

BUT WON’T HE WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT DURING THE TRANSITION PRESIDENT ELECT. HE HAD HIS TEAM COME TO HIM AND SAY HERE ARE THE POSSIBILITIES IT’S A VACANCY WERE TO OCCUR. JUDGE JACKSON WAS OBVIOUSLY ON THAT LIST WHEN MERRICK GARLAND WHO WAS ON THE DC CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS WAS NOMINATED TO BE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL.

WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS WERE TELLING ME JUDGE JACKSON WAS ALREADY IN THEIR VIEW, SOMEBODY THEY WANTED TO APPOINT 2 FILLED JUDGE GARLAND SEAT. AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED. A FEW MONTHS LATER. AND SO, YES, THE PRESIDENT DID CONDUCT A FULL SEARCH OVER THE LAST MONTH THERE WERE A FIELD OF ABOUT 10 TO 12. WE WERE TOLD INITIALLY REALLY ONLY 2 OR 3 WHO WERE EVER GOING MAKE THE FINAL CUT.

BUT JUDGE JACKSON WAS AT THE TOP OF THE LIST WHEN THIS STARTED. AND SHE WAS IN THE WHITE HOUSE TODAY AS THE FINAL SELECTION AS WELL. >> MIKE, YOU’VE GOT THE TWEETS, YOU’VE GOT THE RECEIPTS AND IT’S SO FUNNY BECAUSE TODAY MET WHY TODAY OF ALL DAYS.

IT JUST SEEMS LIKE THERE’S A LOT GOING ON AND THEN YOU REALIZE THERE’S A GOOD REASON FOR IT. LIKE SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM ENCOURAGE PRESIDENT BIDEN TO NOMINATE JAY MICHELLE CHILDS, U.

S. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE IN SOUTH CAROLINA. GRAHAM TWEETING THIS MORNING THAT JACKSON’S NOMINATION, QUOTE, MEANS THE RADICAL LEFT HAS ONE PRESIDENT BIDEN OVER YET AGAIN, SOME OF THE ISSUES THE GOP MIGHT HAVE WITH BROWN THAT THEY MIGHT BRING UP IN HER CONFIRMATION HEARINGS AND HOW IS THE WHITE GETTING READY FOR ALL THAT. >> WELL. IT’S SO STRIKING.

ELSA IS THAT SOME OF THE REAL CRITICISM WE’VE HEARD SO FAR FROM REPUBLICANS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WHAT USUALLY WOULD BE ABOUT A PERSON’S JUDICIAL RECORD THEIR VIEWS ON SOME OF THE KEY ISSUES THAT MIGHT COME BEFORE THE COURT, ESPECIALLY FOR REPUBLICANS ISSUES SURROUNDING ABORTION. BUT WE HAVE HEARD ALREADY IN THE PAST MONTH, A REPUBLICAN SENATORS TALKING ABOUT. >> THE IDEA OF THIS AS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PIC.

WE HEARD THAT FROM JOHN BOOZMAN, THE SENATOR FROM OUR ARKANSAS WE HEARD SENATOR GRAHAM TODAY TALKING ABOUT THIS AS BIDEN CAVING TO THE RADICAL LEFT BECAUSE THERE HAD BEEN SOME CRITICISM FROM AFFILIATES OF BERNIE SANDERS THAT A JUDGE CHILDS WHO WAS CONSIDERED WAS ONE OF THE CANDIDATES ON THE SHORTLIST MAY HAVE HAD SOME RULINGS ARE PAST THAT SUGGESTED SHE WAS MORE CENTRIST NOT AS PROGRESSIVE. WHAT IS INTERESTING, THOUGH, IS WHAT THE WHITE HOUSE IS REALLY FOCUSING ON AT THIS POINT WHEN THEY RELEASED A VIDEO FROM THE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCING HIS SELECTION, PAUL RYAN, THE FORMER REPUBLICAN HOUSE SPEAKER WAS IN THAT VIDEO.

HE ACTUALLY HAS A FAMILY CONNECTION TO THAT JUDGE JACKSON, BUT HE WAS TOUTING HER INTELLECT, HER CREDIBILITY, HER HER QUALIFICATIONS FOR THIS MOMENT. THEY THINK THERE IS A CHANCE TO GET BIPARTISAN VOTES.

MAYBE NOT A LOT BUT MAYBE EVEN MORE THAN THE 3 THAT JUDGE JACKSON GOT ONE. HER VOTE FOR THE CIRCUIT COURT WAS UP LAST SUMMER. AND SO THIS IS A WHITE HOUSE THAT IS PLANNING TO RESPOND TO ANY AND ALL TAX QUICKLY AND THEY THINK THAT THERE IS A PATH FOR HER TO GET BIPARTISAN SUPPORT.

STILL. >> ALL RIGHT. MIKE MANLEY, I’LL SAY IT AGAIN. BRINGING TWEETS AND RECEIPTS ON A FRIDAY. THANK YOU SO MUCH, SIR.

YOU GOT FOR MORE ON THE SIGNIFICANCE OF JUDGE KETANJI BROWN JACKSON’S NOMINATION LET’S BRING IN NBC NEWS PRESIDENTIAL HISTORIAN MICHAEL BESCHLOSS. MICHAEL IS WONDERFUL TO SEE YOU. A FORMER PRESIDENT OBAMA CONGRATULATING JUDGE JACKSON TWEETING JUDGE JACKSON HAS ALREADY INSPIRED YOUNG BLACK WOMEN LIKE MY DAUGHTERS TO SET THEIR SIGHTS HIGHER AND HER CONFIRMATION WILL HELP THEM BELIEVE THEY CAN BE ANYTHING THEY WANT TO BE JUSTICE CLARENCE THOMAS, THE SECOND AFRICAN AMERICAN TO SERVE ON THIS COURT AFTER THURGOOD MARSHALL. SO LET’S TALK ABOUT THE REAL POTENTIAL THAT WE COULD SOON HAVE OUR 3RD BLACK SUPREME COURT JUSTICE EVER AND FIRST BLACK FEMALE.

>> NOW.

THAT’S RIGHT. AND YOU KNOW, HERE WE ARE PRESIDENTS OF BINS APPOINTING JUSTICES SINCE THE 18 CENTURY. AND LOOK AT HOW LONG IT HAS TAKEN TO HAVE A BLACK WOMAN ON THE SUPREME COURT. 1967. YOU KNOW, TALK TO GET THE FIRST BLACK.

MALE JUSTICE ON THE SUPREME COURT FOR GOOD MARSHALL PRESIDENT BIDEN MENTIONED TODAY IS WORSE WEARING THEM. 1981 SANDRA DAY O’CONNOR WHO WAS NOMINATED BY PRESIDENT REAGAN. AND SO THE AMAZING THING I THINK ALLISON, IS THAT WE’VE GOT A SYSTEM THAT’S SUPPOSED TO DO THIS A LITTLE BIT FASTER. DELIGHTED. SHE’S A WONDERFUL CHOICE.

SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED A LONG TIME AGO. >> THERE WAS A PRETTY BITTER POLITICAL BATTLE OVER JUSTICES BRETT KAVANAUGH AND AMY CONEY BARRETT. DO YOU EXPECT THAT HISTORY TO REPEAT ITSELF HERE. >> I THINK THERE WILL BE PEOPLE WHO WILL WANT TO DO THAT. >> THERE ARE NOT SOME OF THE INGREDIENTS THAT LED TO BOTH OF THOSE CASES.

AND I THINK PART OF THAT ALSO FRANKLY WAS THAT IN DONALD TRUMP’S CASE, YOU HAVE 3 VACANCIES THAT WE’RE ALL VERY MUCH DISPUTE.

IT. I’M THE FIRST ONE OBAMA HAD APPOINTED MERRICK GARLAND WAS DENIED BY MITCH MCCONNELL. THE SECOND THE SECOND ONE RIGHT CAUGHT KAVANAUGH WAS NOMINATED TO A VACANCY BY TO BUILD THE PLACE OF ANTHONY KENNEDY WHOSE SON WORKED FOR DO IT. YOUR BANK AND HAVE RELATIONSHIPS WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS URGED TO LEAVE THE COURT AND THEN FINALLY, JUSTICE BARRETT WAS APPOINTED ONLY A FEW WEEKS BEFORE THE 2020 ELECTION.

NONE OF THOSE THINGS ARE GOING TO BE PRESENT. THIS TIME IT SHOULD REDUCE SOME OF THESE. >> ALL RIGHT. LET’S TAKE IT BACK TO THE 80’S. ONE OF MY FAVORITE TIMES BACK IN 1987 RONALD REAGAN NOMINATED ROBERT BORK TO THE COURT.

BUT BOURKE LOST THAT CONFIRMATION AND A 42 TO 58 SENATE VOTE. WHAT HAPPENED THERE AND HOW DOES JUDGE JACKSON AVOID THAT SAME FATE. >> WELL, I WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT A JUSTICE WAS RULED OUT FOR REASONS THAT WERE VERY MUCH IDEOLOGICAL THERE WERE LIBERAL AND DEMOCRATIC SENATORS HAVE SAID THAT WORK WAS UNQUESTIONABLY SOMEONE OF HIGH INTELLECTUAL CALIBER. BUT MAYBE A LITTLE BIT TOO PARTISAN FOR THE COURT, OBVIOUSLY ABOUT LOOKS VERY ANTIQUE NOW.

BUT WHAT IT DID DO WAS OPEN THE MODERN CHAPTER IN CONFIRMATIONS OF SUPREME COURT JUSTICES THAT ARE MUCH TOUGHER AND MUCH CLOSER THAN THEY WERE FOR MOST HISTORY.

>> ALL RIGHT. MICHAEL BESCHLOSS, ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO HAVE YOU ON ON DAYS LIKE TO TAKE A STEP BACK AND REMIND US OF THE HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE. THANKS FOR MAKING THE TIME. >> THANKS. ALSO BE WELL, YOU TOO.

>> IN KYIV UKRAINE’S CAPITAL CITY EXPLOSIONS AND AIR RAID SIRENS AND WHAT THE UKRAINIAN FOREIGN MINISTER IS CALLING HORRIFIC RUSSIAN ROCKET STRIKES. UKRAINE’S PRESIDENT VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY SAYING AT LEAST 137 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED. 316 INJURED. LET’S START WITH MATT IN UKRAINE. HE’S IN NEED PRO RIGHT NOW.

MATT, TELL US WHAT YOU’RE SEEING WHERE YOU ARE. >> WE’RE NOT SEEING VERY WE ACTUALLY JUST GOT HERE. WE STARTED THE DAY IN HOWARD K, WHICH IS THE SECOND LARGEST CITY IN THIS COUNTRY.

SO I CAN’T REALLY SPEAK TO US FROM GOING ON IN THE CAPITAL OF KEEV. BUT THERE IS A DRAMATIC BATTLE, OF COURSE, GUNMEN ON GUNMAN.

EXCUSE ME. REGULAR SOLDIERS BELONGING TO THE RUSSIAN MILITARY OF SHOT THEIR WAY INTO THE CITY. BUT IN KHARKIV, WHICH IS THE SECOND LARGEST CITY WHERE WE STARTED OUR DAY. WE WERE SEEING PUMMELING FROM ROCKETS THAT WERE COMING IN CLOSER THAN THEY EVER HAD BEFORE IN THE WEEKS THAT WE’VE BEEN IN THAT CITY AND IT WAS, YOU KNOW, ALARMING THING BECAUSE UP UNTIL THEN, IT HAD BEEN A VERY QUIET SITUATION THERE. WE UNDERSTOOD THAT THERE WAS HEAVY FIGHTING THAT WAS GOING ON.

THE OUTSKIRTS. BUT JUST AS WE WERE EXPLAINING ON MSNBC THAT MORNING ABOUT HOW QUIET THE STREETS WHERE WE STARTED HEARING A PUMMELING ABOUT 5 OR 6 GRAD STYLE OR SIR GRAD CLASS ROCKETS AND THEN THE RAT-A-TAT OF ANTI-AIRCRAFT FIRE COMING VERY CLOSE TO WHERE WE WERE. SO WE WENT TO THE PARKING GARAGE TO TRY TO TAKE REFUGE FROM THAT AND THEN DECIDED TO COME DOWN HERE TO THE PRO OUT OF HARM’S SO THAT’S WHERE YOU FIND ME AND MY TEAM THE SITUATION DOWN HERE IS MUCH BETTER A MUCH WE’RE STILL WAITING TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS AS THAT ACCESS OF RUSSIAN FORCES MOVES DOWN FROM HIGHER CAVE.

>> DOWN TO WHERE WE ARE AND YOU PROBABLY IT COULD TELL US A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT WHAT IT IS LIKE TO BE THERE IN UKRAINE TO BE COVERING AND ATTACK AN INVASION LIKE THIS. MOST OF OUR VIEWERS MYSELF INCLUDED.

I HAVE NEVER BEEN TO A WAR ZONE. MOST OF US HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IT IS LIKE TO BE A REPORTER IN A SITUATION LIKE THIS. HOW DO YOU AND YOUR TEAM MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT WHEN TO MOVE WHAT COULD YOU JUST GIVE US A LITTLE BIT MORE OF YOUR EXPERIENCE. I FIND IT SO FASCINATING. EVERY TIME YOU SHARE WITH US WHAT IT IS AND HOW BRAVE YOU ARE OUT THERE.

>> WHY AND NOW IT MEANS WE’RE WE’RE VERY WELL RESOURCE KNOW USED TO WORK IN PRINT AND IN NEWSPAPERS AND THEY DIDN’T HAVE NEARLY THE RESOURCES THAT WE HAVE IT NOW. WE HAVE A FULL TEAM WHERE WE’RE TRAVELING AROUND WITH A COMPLEMENT OF 9 PEOPLE IN 3 TRUCKS. AND WE ACTUALLY HAVE WITH US TRAVELING AT ALL TIMES. A VERY WELL SECURITY CONSULTANT WHO HAS BEEN TELLING US AND GUIDING US THE WHOLE WAY EVERY STEP OF THE WAY HE’S THE ONE IS MAKING A LOT OF THE DECISIONS IN TERMS OF WHEN WE GO INTO REFUGE, WHEN WE HIDE WHEN WE MOVE FROM ONE CITY TO THE NEXT AND THAT REALLY HELPS BECAUSE IT GIVES US A LOT OF SITUATIONAL AWARENESS.

AND SO IT’S NOT A TERRIFYING SITUATION.

YOU HAVE TO REALIZE WHEN YOU’RE IN A SITUATION LIKE THIS, PEOPLE ARE WALKING AROUND. THEY’RE LIVING THEIR DAY-TO-DAY LIVES NOT ACTUALLY PUTS OUR MINDS AT EASE BECAUSE WHEN YOU’RE IN A SITUATION WHERE EVERYBODY IS RUNNING AROUND WITH THEIR HAIR ON FIRE. YEAH, IT CAN BE STRESSFUL. BUT IN PLACES LIKE THIS WAY. MOST PEOPLE LIKE THIS.

IT’S NOT THE SAME PEOPLE ARE USED TO WAR. AND SO YOU DON’T GET THIS FEELING OF CONSTANT PANIC, THE ONES WHO ARE ROSS. I’M NOT THE PEOPLE AROUND US. SO THAT MAKES IT A LITTLE EASIER FOR US TO HANDLE. SO I DON’T IT.

IT’S HARD TO IMAGINE. I KNOW. BUT I THINK WHEN YOU’RE IN THE SITUATION AND YOU’RE DOING IT DAY TO DAY MOMENT TO MOMENT. YOU FIND IT A LOT EASIER TO MANAGE. >> MATT, THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

WE’RE GLAD TO HEAR THAT AND YOU MOVED THAT MIGHT BE A LITTLE SAFER FOR YOU AND YOUR TEAM AND WE’RE REALLY GRATEFUL FOR ALL OF NBC NEWS CREWS REPORTING FOR US FROM UKRAINE.

THANK YOU. IN EASTERN UKRAINE, NBC NEWS REPORTING THAT YOU CAN NOW HEAR MASSIVE EXPLOSIONS IN CAR CAVE. NBC NEWS CONTRIBUTOR IN ROLLING STONE CORRESPONDENT JACK CROSBY IS THERE A JACK. THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH COULD YOU JUST DESCRIBE FOR US WHAT IT’S LIKE THERE RIGHT NOW.

ARE YOU HEARING EXPLOSIONS NEARBY TONIGHT. >> YOU KNOW, I HAVEN’T HEARD IN THE PAST. I WOULD SAY OUR 2 RIGHT I WILL SAY WINDOWS IN THE HOTEL LOBBY THAT I MEAN, THERE ARE VERY SICK. AND SOMETIMES WE HAVE TO POKE OUR HEAD OUT THE DOOR TO SEE IF IF ANYTHING IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING, BUT THERE WAS BELIEVES A LITTLE BIT BEFORE 05:00PM THIS I WAS OUT A SORT OF IN THE SURROUNDING NEIGHBORHOODS DURING A LITTLE BIT OF REPORTING OSTEEN IS SOME PEOPLE ARE WAITING IN LINE FOR GROCERIES, A GROCERY STORE.

AND THERE SOME VERY LOUD SHOWING THAT WE COULD LIKELY ANYWHERE FROM A COUPLE OF BLOCKS TO A FEW 100 METERS AWAY AND THEN AS WE WERE GOING BACK TO THE HOTEL WE IMMEDIATELY LEFT MYSELF.

MY REPORTING PARTNER LEFT TO CONTINUE BACK TO THE HOTEL AND WE CAN A SORT OF ROCKET BARRAGE SIMILAR TO WHAT THAT WE BOTH EXPERIENCED THIS MORNING THAT I BELIEVE I I LOOK SAID THE REPORTING THAT WAS LATER JAILED LOCATED TO A NEIGHBORHOOD THAT WAS ABOUT 3 KILOMETERS AWAY FROM THE CITY CENTER WHERE WE ARE. SO IT’S STILL VERY ACTIVE HERE. WE WE HAVE BEEN SENT THE THE UNDERGROUND CAR PARK THAT NOT DESCRIBED TWICE TODAY. ONCE IN THE MORNING WHEN WHEN I RETURNED THIS AFTERNOON AFTER THAT SHOWING A DESCRIBED. >> JACK UKRAINIAN TO TOLD YOU THEY’RE DECIDING WHETHER TO FIGHT OR FLEE.

COULD YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT THOSE CONVERSATIONS AND AND WHAT ELSE YOU’RE HEARING FROM PEOPLE THERE. >> YEAH. YOU KNOW, I THINK EACH I THINK THAT’S THE CONVERSATION THAT BASICALLY EVERY UKRAINIAN IN THIS COUNTRY IS HAVING RIGHT NOW.

AND AND I THINK. IN A LOT OF IN A LOT OF CASES YOU SINK AND THIS HAS A CHOICE AND YOU THINK OF THIS IS A DECISION A LOT OF TIMES MORE TAKES THAT CHOICE FROM YOU AND YOU YOU DON’T HAVE A CHOICE AS TO WHETHER YOU FIGHT OR USUALLY THERE’S ONLY ONE OPTION FOR YOU.

YOU HAVE TO FLEE OR YOU’RE IN A POSITION WHERE YOU CAN FIGHT AND YOU HAVE TO FIGHT. SO, YOU KNOW, AS AS I WAS AS I WAS GOING AROUND THE STREETS OF PARK YESTERDAY AND THE PICTURES CHANGED A LITTLE BIT YESTERDAY. PEOPLE. I THINK WE’RE WE’RE VERY MUCH CONFUSED. THEY WEREN’T SURE WHAT WAS GOING ON.

SOME I SPOKE TO ONE MILITARY RESERVIST WHO HAD ALREADY BEEN CALLED UP. SO THAT DECISION HAD BEEN MADE FOR HIM. HE KNEW IT WAS TIME TO FIGHT. AND HE SAID THAT HE WANTED TO FIGHT. THAT WAS WHAT SHE YOU KNOW, HE HAD SIGNED UP TO DO WITH OTHER PEOPLE.

I THINK. EVEN ONCE YOU’VE MADE THE DECISION TO FLEE. SOMETIMES THERE ARE A LOT OF CHOICES THAT ARE OUT OF YOUR MANY PEOPLE HAVE TOLD US THAT THEY’RE NOT SURE WHERE TO GO THAT THEY’RE NOT SURE HOW TO THE CITY.

AND WE’VE SEEN THAT MANY THE EXIT POINTS IN THE CITY HAVE BEEN VERY DIFFICULT FOR PEOPLE TO NAVIGATE. >> JACK, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

YOU’RE CONTENDING WITH A WHOLE LOT WE REALLY APPRECIATE YOU TAKING THE TIME TO JUST TALK TO US AND BE OUR EYES EARS. ABSOLUTELY. THANKS SO MUCH FROM THE MEANWHILE, THE EUROPEAN UNION OUT OF THE HARSH ROUND OF SANCTIONS ON MOSCOW. THE PACKAGE TARGETS RUSSIAN BANKS AND OIL EXPORTS AND LIMITS. THE COUNTRY’S ACCESS TO KEY TECHNOLOGY.

FORMER U.S. AMBASSADOR TO POLAND, DANIEL FRIED JOINS ME NOW. AMBASSADOR, WE’RE SO THANKFUL TO HAVE YOU TODAY IN A TWEET THAT SENT OUT TODAY. YOU SAID THE EU SANCTIONS PARALLEL THE ONES MADE BY THE U.

S. AND ARE A BIG HIT AGAINST PRESIDENT PUTIN’S RUSSIA.

DO YOU THINK IT WILL BE BIG ENOUGH OF A HIT TO TO STOP THIS INVASION FROM GOING FURTHER AND WHAT ELSE SHOULD WESTERN COUNTRIES DO RIGHT NOW TO TRY TO PERSUADE PUTIN TO BACK DOWN. >> SANCTIONS BY THEMSELVES ARE NOT GOING TO GET AROUND THE HERE. THE U.

S. EU UK SANCTIONS SUPPORTED BY ASIAN DEMOCRACIES CAN KIRK. USE THE ECONOMY IMPROVES RUSSIA. SO WE HAS FEWER RESOURCES TO COMMIT FUTURE AGGRESSION. THIS IS NOT GOING TO TURN AROUND.

YOU ASKED WHAT WE SHOULD DO WELL AT THE MOMENT. BUT I’M HEARING FROM UKRAINIAN FRIENDS IS THAT THEY NEED MORE ANTI-TANK WEAPONS WERE JAVELINS. IT’S HARD TO GET THEM THERE. UNDER THESE CONDITIONS.

BUT WE NEED TO HELP YOU PRINT MEDIA.

THE SANCTIONS, HOWEVER. ESPECIALLY WE KEEP INCREASING THEM AND I THINK WE SHOULD. I THINK WE’RE NOT. WE HAVEN’T REACHED THE MAXIMUM YET. I THINK THAT CAN HURT ECONOMY.

THOSE THINGS HAVE A WAY SANCTIONS HAVE A WAY OF ADDING UP OVER TIME. RUSSIANS ARE DON’T SEEM VERY HAPPY WITH MISTER PUTIN’S WAR AGAINST HIS NEIGHBOR. AND WE NEED WE THE FREE WORLD NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT PRICE RISES. GLAD THE EUROPEANS HAVE SOME SAID PARENTS COULD SANCTION AND LAVROV. THE FOREIGN MINISTER.

I’D LIKE TO SEE THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION TODAY. THAT WOULD BE GREAT. THERE ARE OTHER THINGS THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION CAN DO. BUT THE SANCTIONS WE’VE ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK ARE STRONG. THE TROUBLE IS EVEN STRONG SANCTIONS WON’T TURN AROUND TANKS.

>> AND THAT’S A RUSSIA IS OFFERING TO MEET WITH UKRAINIAN REPRESENTATIVES IN BELARUS.

NOW FOR THOSE OF US AT HOME WHO DO NOT HAVE YOUR DIPLOMATIC EXPERIENCE. IT IS REALLY HARD TO IMAGINE A MEETING LIKE THAT HAPPENING RIGHT NOW WHILE UKRAINE IS UNDER ATTACK. WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THAT OFFER AND HOW COULD A MEETING LIKE THAT ACTUALLY WORK. >> LAST NIGHT UKRAINE’S PRESIDENT ZELINSKY OFFERED TO DISCUSS A CEASE-FIRE, EVEN OFFERED DISCUSSION CREAMS NEUTRALITY.

THE TROUBLE THE RUSSIANS HAVE OFFERED THAT’S IT. ZAHN. YOU IS THE CAPITAL OF IS JOINING IN THE ATTACK BY HELPING BY ALLOWING RUSSIAN TROOPS TO LAUNCH ATTACKS FROM ITS TERRITORY. THEY’RE PART OF THE PROBLEM. SECONDLY, THE RUSSIAN THE ARSENAL DEMILITARIZATION.

AND GET THIS D NOT SUFFOCATION. THERE ARE NO NAZIS IN THE UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT. THE PRESIDENT UKRAINE IS JEWISH. UKRAINIAN JEWISH COMMUNITY SUPPORT. UKRAINE’S INDEPENDENCE.

THIS IS NONSENSE. THE RUSSIANS DON’T SEEM INTERESTED IN A DIPLOMATIC SETTLEMENT, EVEN OUT THE SCENE IN INTERESTED IN TOTAL SURRENDER.

DO YOU NOT SUFFOCATION REALLY NEED TO USE THE KREMLIN GETS TOO STROH YOU CRINGE LEADERSHIP IS TO THROW YOU UP EUROPEAN 2 PRO DEMOCRATIC REPLACING THE STOOGES. UKRAINE IS FIGHTING ALONE. WE NEED TO HELP THEM.

THE RUSSIANS ARE STILL DEMANDING ITS COMPLETE SURRENDER HAS NOT TAKEN ANY OF THE SERIOUS DIPLOMATIC OFFERS THE UNITED STATES AND EUROPE. PRESENTED HIM. HE SEEMS INTENT ON CRUSHING BECAUSE HE HATES IN. I USE THAT WORD DELIBERATELY HATES THE IDEA OF THE OF AN INDEPENDENT UKRAINIAN NATION UKRAINIANS THEMSELVES. I’M WILLING TO FIGHT FOR THEIR FREEDOM.

PRESIDENT ZELENSKY. AT TARGET 2 RUSSIANS. WE WANT TO REMOVE HIM OR KILL HIM. AND HE SAID HE’S NOT LEAVING UKRAINE. HE IS STAYING IN KEYS WITH HIS PEOPLE.

IT’S QUITE SOMETHING. THIS IS CORRECT. WE NEED TO HELP THOSE PEOPLE NOT BECAUSE OUT IT’S CHARITY BECAUSE SUPPORT FOR THE FREE WORLD. IS AMERICA’S INTERESTS. THAT’S GOOD FOR US.

IT MATTERS. WE FOUGHT WORLD WARS AND COLD WAR. SO DICTATORS IN EUROPE COULDN’T STAR WARS AGAIN. WE NEED TO BACK TO UKRAINE AS. MIGHT JUST POSSIBLY CAN.

>> END OF ACID ARE A LOT OF AMERICANS ARE WORRIED THAT THIS INVASION COULD SPIRAL INTO A LARGER DRAWN-OUT CONFLICT TO COULD DRIVE US EVEN FURTHER INTO IT BASED ON WHAT YOU’VE SEEN SO FAR.

HOW LIKELY IS THAT AND HOW OUR COUNTRY’S UKRAINE LIKE POLAND TRYING TO AVOID THAT SCENARIO. >> PRESIDENT BIDEN HAS BEEN CLEAR AND CONSISTENT AMERICAN TROOPS WILL NOT GO TO UKRAINE TO FIGHT AMERICAN TROOPS WILL TEENAGERS NATO’S EASTERN FLANK. COUNTRIES LIKE POLAND AND THE BALTIC STATES TO HELP DEFEND. PRESIDENT RIGHTLY IN MY VIEW DRAWN A SHARP LINE.

BUT THAT STILL LEAVES UKRAINE ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THAT SHARP LINE. WE’RE NOT GOING TO GET INTO A SHOOTING WAR WITH RUSSIA. RUSSIA WANTS TO FRIGHTEN US. TO THREAT NUCLEAR WAR JUST SHOWS USED TO DO IN THE OLD SOVIET PERIOD. BUT WE SHOULDN’T SALT FOR THAT.

THERE ARE STILL WAYS WE CAN HELP UKRAINE. IS A MASTER POLITICAL TACTICS INTIMIDATION AND KILLING.

DEMOCRACIES HAVE ADVANTAGES IF WE REMEMBER THEM. AND THERE ARE LOTS OF THINGS WE CAN DO TO HELP UKRAINE. STILL WEAPONS.

A LONG-TERM SUPPORT FOR THEIR FREEDOM. EVEN IF COULDN’T SUCCEED TO UKRAINE BECOMES A CAPTIVE NATION UNDER KREMLIN CONTROL. THAT WILL NOT BE THE END. THAT WILL NOT BE THE END. WE HAVE TO BE PATIENT AND DETERMINED.

AND SO YOU MAINE HAS A CHANCE OF REGAINING ITS FREE TO DO IN A ACCOUNT. MUST BE SERIOUS. >> AMBASSADOR, THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US. SHARING YOUR PERSPECTIVE TODAY AND YOUR THOUGHTS ARE REALLY GRATEFUL FOR IT. >> THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

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WE’RE GOING TO START IN PAKISTAN TODAY WHERE A COURT SENTENCED A PAKISTANI-AMERICAN MAN TO DEATH FOR THE MURDER OF AN EX DIPLOMAT’S DAUGHTER. HE WAS FOUND GUILTY OF BRUTALLY BEHEADING, A 27 YEAR-OLD NAMED MORE COULD LAST JULY. IN FLORIDA. ONE PERSON DIED AND 6 OTHERS WERE HURT AFTER A DRIVER CRASHED INTO AN OUTDOOR DINING AREA. AUTHORITIES SAY AN ELDERLY WOMAN WAS ATTEMPTING TO PARALLEL PARK WHEN SHE ACCELERATED INTO SEVERAL TABLES.

JOHNSON AND JOHNSON AND 3 MAJOR DRUG DISTRIBUTORS HAVE FINALIZED A 26 BILLION DOLLAR SETTLEMENT FOR THEIR ROLE IN THE OPIOID CRISIS.

THE MONEY WILL GO TO NEARLY EVERY STATE AFFECTED BY THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC. ACTOR SEAN PENN IS IN UKRAINE MAKING A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT RUSSIA’S INVASION WITH VICE STUDIOS. HE WAS PHOTOGRAPHED AT A PRESS BRIEFING IN KIEV THURSDAY IN 20 15 PENN IN THE INTERVIEW TO DRUG LORD EL CHAPO FOR ROLLING STONE. AND IT APPEARS, HANK, THE TANK HAS ACCOMPLICES.

THE 500 POUND BLACK BEAR WAS INITIALLY SUSPECTED OF BREAKING INTO NEARLY 30 CALIFORNIA HOMES. BUT DNA COLLECTIONS SHOW THAT AT LEAST 3 BEARS WERE RESPONSIBLE 1000. BACK TO YOU. IT’S A CRIME RING.

WHO KNEW MY THANK YOU.

>> NEW ENGLAND COULD BE BLASTED WITH ALMOST A FOOT OF SNOW TODAY. THE MASSIVE WINTER STORM MAKES ITS WAY ACROSS THE NORTHEAST. NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT EMILY IS IN BOSTON. THE LATEST ON THE ICY CONDITIONS THERE. >> HEY THERE, IT’S CERTAINLY HARD TO BELIEVE THAT JUST 2 DAYS AGO WE SAW NEARLY 70 DEGREES HERE IN BOSTON AND OTHER CITIES ALSO RECORDING SIMILAR RECORD HIGHS FOR FEBRUARY 23RD PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT, PARTS OF NEW YORK CITY AND NOW IT’S SIMPLY A WINTER WONDERLAND.

YOU CAN SEE WE’VE ALREADY GOTTEN A PRETTY GOOD DUMPING OF SNOW IN THE SEVERAL INCHES SO FAR. WE COULD GET UP TO 10 INCHES HERE IN BOSTON. SIMILAR NUMBERS IN OTHER PARTS OF THE NORTHEAST FOR THAT REASON. OFFICIALS ARE ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO STAY OFF THE ROADWAYS AND BEYOND EVEN WON. THE SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED TO STOP EVEN THROUGH THE EVENING BECAUSE TEMPERATURES ARE DROPPING, WHICH MEANS SNOW ROADWAYS LIKE THIS COULD EASILY TURN INTO ICY JUST HERE IN MASSACHUSETTS.

THOUSANDS OF SNOWPLOWS ACTIVELY WORKING. WE CONSTANTLY SEE THEM EVERY FEW MINUTES PLOWING A THIS PART OF THE BOSTON AREA WE SPOKE WITH PASSERS BY WHO SAY THIS IS A SERIOUS STORM BUT NOT SOMETHING THEY HAVEN’T SEEN BEFORE. LISTEN HERE. >> YOUR SUITCASE AROUND. WHAT ARE THE CONDITIONS LIKE TODAY.

>> WINDS A LITTLE BIT TOUGH. BUT. BEING OR IS IN BOSTON. YOU DON’T REALLY CARE ABOUT THE SENATE TOO MUCH. AND PRETTY LUCKY THIS WINTER SO FAR.

SO. I GUESS THIS JUST A GOOD WAY TO END THE WINTER.

>> AND ALLISON FROM ROADWAYS. 2 REALLY, IT’S JUST DIFFICULT TO NAVIGATE YOURSELF THROUGHOUT THE NORTHEAST TODAY. FLIGHT CANCELLATIONS.

NEARING 1400 SEVERAL 100 ALSO DELAYED JUST SAT NEARBY BOSTON LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. THEY’RE SEEING THE MAJORITY OF THEIR FLIGHTS CANCELED. SO THE IMPACTS ARE CERTAINLY WIDESPREAD FROM THIS WINTER WALLOP. >> WE COULD BE IN FOR EVEN MORE SLEET. NICE OF THE WEEKEND ALONG WITH SOME RAIN AND SNOW SHOWERS IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST.

NBC NEWS METEOROLOGIST MICHELE GROSSMAN JOINS US NOW. MICHELLE, WHAT IS THE FORECAST LOOKING LIKE HEADING INTO THIS WEEKEND. HI THERE, HOUSING. WE’RE GOING TO SAY GOODBYE TO THIS SECOND STORM OF THE WEEK. IT IS ALMOST OUT OF HERE BY THIS EVENING WILL BE OFF THE COAST.

WE’RE GOING TO SEE BETTER IMPROVEMENT. >> OVERNIGHT. THE BIG WEATHER STORY THIS WEEKEND IS GOING TO THE FRIGID AIR IN PLACE WILL HAVE AN AREA OF HIGH PRESSURE THAT’S GOING TO REALLY FRIGID AIR, ESPECIALLY IN NEW ENGLAND.

WE’RE GONNA SEE WIND CHILLS BELOW 0. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THE MATCH BECAUSE WE STILL DO HAVE SOME TIME TO GET THROUGH WITH THIS SECOND STORM.

WE DO HAVE WINTER ALERTS. WE HAVE THAT PINK. THAT’S YOUR WINTER STORM WARNING. AND THEN YOUR WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY JUST A FEW MORE HOURS OF THESE AND THEN THESE WILL BE COMPLETELY DROP, TOO. AND WE’RE NOT GOING TO ADD TOO MUCH MORE SNOW HERE.

BUT WE ARE SEEING SOME SNOW FALLING NOW. YOU CAN SEE THAT THE BLUE ON THE MAP SO PARTS OF MAINE INTO NEW ENGLAND AND INTERIOR NORTHEAST AND THEN EVEN BACK TO THE WEST A LITTLE BIT.

WE’RE SEEING SOME SNOW WITH THAT DUST REALLY GUSTY NORTHWESTERLY FLOW OVER THE GREAT LAKES. SO SEEING SOME SNOW IN CLEVELAND AND ALSO ABOUT THE LOUD. SO HERE GOES AS WE EXIT LATER ON THIS EVENING.

WE’RE SEE THAT SNOW TAPERING TONIGHT. AND THEN THOSE BLUSTERY CONDITIONS CONTINUE. WE SAW THAT IN EMILY’S PACKAGE RESOLVE THAT GUY, YOU KNOW, WITH HIS WHEN HIS HAIR KIND OF LYING AROUND IN THE WIND.

WE’RE GOING TO SEE THAT THIS WEEKEND WILL SEE WIND CHILLS BELOW 0 BACK TO THE WEST. WE HAVE BEEN SO FRIGID.

WE HAD WIND CHILLS 50 BELOW 0 AT TIMES THIS WEEK. BUT WE’RE GRADUALLY WARMING WARMING SAYING 28 DEGREES ON SUNDAY 34 ON MONDAY, 31 ON TUESDAY, MINNEAPOLIS. IN ST. LOUIS. WE’RE GOING TO BE TO THE UPPER 50’S BY MONDAY AND 55 ON TUESDAY SO WE’RE GETTING THERE NOW.

MOST OF US, WE DRIVE THIS WEEKEND. THERE ARE A FEW SPOTS THAT ARE GOING TO BE A LITTLE BIT SOGGY. ONE OF THOSE AND SOUTHEAST. WE’RE LOOKING AT SHOWERS DEVELOPING FROM TEXAS TO TENNESSEE COULD SEE THE GREEN SHOWING UP ON OUR MAP HERE AND THEN BIT OF ICE. THAT’S IN THE PINK IN ARKANSAS.

WE’RE NOT EXPECTING A LOT OF EYES ARE NOT EXPECTING POWER OUTAGES, BUT STILL A GLAZE AND THAT CAUSES SOME TRAFFIC ISSUES AS WE HEAD TOWARDS SATURDAY. SUNDAY, THAT AREA OF LOW PRESSURE MOVES OFF TO THE EAST OF THE RAIN SHOWERS AND BANS TOWARDS THE COAST. AND THEN THERE’S A SMALL RISK FOR SOME STORMS WITH THAT HUMID AIR COMING OFF THE GULF OF MEXICO AND ALSO SOME LOCAL DOWNPOURS RAINFALL FORECAST, NOT HUGE AMOUNTS.

BUT STILL WE’RE LOOKING AT A WET WEEKEND IN SOME SPOTS IN THE SOUTHEAST, ESPECIALLY IN THE CAROLINAS. AND THEN THERE’S YOUR ICE FORECAST.

SO SOUTH OF LITTLE ROCK, PINE BLUFF, YOU COULD BE SEEING SOME ICE FOR A CITY. I’M LOOKING AT SOME ICE AS WELL. THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST, YOU ARE LOOKING WET AS WELL. NOT SO MUCH STARTING OUT SATURDAY SHOULD DEVELOP LATER ON SATURDAY WITH HIGHER ELEVATION. SNOW ARE LOOKING UP TO A FOOT IN SOME SPOTS.

THE HIGHEST ELEVATIONS. THAT’S GOOD FOR THE SKIERS AND THEN WE’RE LOOKING AT THAT LOWER ELEVATION RAIN. SO ANYWHERE FROM SEATTLE DOWN TO PORTLAND. EUGENE EVEN DURING THAT. WE’RE LOOKING AT SOME RAIN AND SOME OF IT COULD BE HEAVY WHERE YOU SEE THOSE DARKER COLORS THERE SLIDING DOWN THE COAST HERE IN CALIFORNIA.

WE’RE LOOKING AT SOME REALLY GUSTY WINDS IN THE MOUNTAINS ON SATURDAY. WE DO THE WIND ADVISORY WHERE THOSE HIGHEST GUSTS WILL BE IN THE MOUNTAINS, INCLUDING SANTA SAN BERNARDINO DOWN ITS MACULA. AND HERE’S SOME OF YOUR WINDS GUSTING ON SATURDAY. WE COULD SEE WINDS GUSTING NEAR 40 MILES PER HOUR IN SOME SPOTS. 23 MILES PER HOUR.

AND LIKE SO HERE IS YOUR WEEKEND FORECAST ACTUALLY LOOKING PRETTY GOOD. I MEAN, I THINK WE ARE IN THIS AFTER THIS WEEK THAT 1, 2, PUNCH. WE’RE GOING TO BE CHILLY. THAT’S GOING TO BE THE BIG STORY ON SATURDAY CHILLY RAIN IN PARTS OF TEXAS. THE ICING IN ARKANSAS.

BUT LOOK AT THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY. BRIGHT SUNSHINE SUNSHINE INTO THE SOUTHWEST AND WILL END HERE ON SUNDAY. WE’RE LOOKING ARCTIC COLD FRONT MOVING THROUGH NEW ENGLAND. THAT’S GOING BRING MORE SNOW. SHOWERS ARE REALLY REINFORCING THAT COLD AIR BUT LOOKING GOOD IN THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY.

ALLISON ALL RIGHT, MICHELLE, THANKS FOR THE FORECAST. EVEN IF IT IS A BIT FROSTY AND HAVE A REALLY NICE WEEKEND. YEAH. THANK YOUTO. >> PRESIDENT BIDEN’S DIPLOMATIC BIND JOHN ALLEN JOINS US NEXT WITH MORE ON THE PRESIDENT’S DIFFICULT ROAD AHEAD AS HE NAVIGATES THE CRISIS IN UKRAINE.

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>> THIS IS A VERY DIFFERENT KIND OF PROGRAM. WE’RE HERE TO START CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE BIG THINGS HAPPENING IN OUR WORLD. PROFESSOR, I’M NOT ASKING YOU TO PREDICT THE FUTURE.

BUT WHAT DO YOU THINK THAT THE NEW NORMAL IS GOING TO BE. HE’S PART OF THIS SAID EVERYONE IS RETHINKING THEIR JOBS DURING THIS PANDEMIC AND THE RELATIONSHIP TO THEIR EMPLOYERS. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST TIP FOR ANY PARENT WHO’S CONCERNED ABOUT THIS.

IT’S NOT MY JOB TO TELL YOU WHAT TO THINK. MY JOB IS TO THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU TELL ME NOW TONIGHT WITH JOSHUA JOHNSON STREAMING WEEK NIGHTS 8 ON NBC NEWS NOW.

♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> IN RUSSIA, POLICE HAVE ARRESTED MORE THAN 1600 PEOPLE IN 53 CITIES INCLUDING 600 PEOPLE AT A PROTEST IN MOSCOW THURSDAY NIGHT. ACCORDING TO THE HUMAN RIGHTS GROUP, OBEIDI INFO. NBC NEWS FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT RAF SANCHEZ IS IN MOSCOW AROUND. WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THOSE PROTESTERS AND WHAT’S IT LIKE IN MOSCOW NOW AFTER THOSE ARRESTS OR ARE PEOPLE AFRAID TO SPEAK UP NOW. >> HOW SOME PEOPLE ARE AFRAID TO SPEAK UP, BUT THEY’RE DOING IT ANYWAY.

AND THAT IN SOME WAYS IS THE VERY DEFINITION OF BRAVERY. PROTESTERS ARE BACK ON THE STREETS OF ST. PETERSBURG TONIGHT. SECOND NIGHT IN A ROW. DESPITE THAT MASSIVE CRACKDOWN THAT YOU DESCRIBE TO LAST NIGHT.

ONE OF THE PROTESTERS IN ST.

PETERSBURG HOLDING A PLACARD THAT SAID PIECE FOR UKRAINE AND FREEDOM FOR US AND TO STATE THE OBVIOUS. IF YOU ARE OUT PRESS STATES PROTESTING AGAINST VLADIMIR PUTIN’S WAR IN RUSSIA THIS WEEK. YOU’RE DOING SO AT GREAT PERSONAL RISK, NOT JUST OF A REST AND TO POTENTIAL POLICE BRUTALITY ON THE NIGHT BEING PROSECUTED OF WALKING AWAY WITH A CRIMINAL RECORD THAT WILL FOLLOW YOU FOR A LONG TIME THAT COULD COST YOU YOUR JOB PROSPECTS IN THE FUTURE. SO PEOPLE ARE THEY KNOW THE RISKS THEY FACE, BUT THEY’RE TAKING THEM ANYWAY.

HOUSING. >> RAF NO SURPRISE, A RUSSIAN OPPOSITION LEADER ALEXEI NAVALNY DOES NOT SUPPORT THIS INVASION. WHAT IS HE SAYING TONIGHT? >> WE NEED TO REMEMBER ABOUT ALEXI NAVALNY. HE IS A RUSSIAN NATIONALIST.

SEE IS NOT SOME FAR-LEFT HUMAN RIGHTS TYPE. HE IS A RUSSIAN NATIONALIST AND HIS CRITICISM OF THIS WAR IS FROM A NATIONALIST PERSPECTIVE THAT IT IS NOT GOOD FOR RUSSIA. HE RELEASED A STATEMENT EARLY.

I WANT TO READ YOU JUST A LITTLE BIT OF THAT. HE SAID I’M AGAINST THIS WAR.

I BELIEVE THAT THIS WAR BETWEEN RUSSIA AND UKRAINE IS BEING WAGED TO COVER UP THE ROBBERY OF RUSSIAN CITIZENS AND TO DISTRACT THEIR ATTENTION FROM THE PROBLEMS THAT EXIST WITHIN THE COUNTRY FROM THE DEGRADATION OF THE ECONOMY AND THAT FITS WITH HIS LONG RUNNING THEME OF CRITICIZING VLADIMIR PUTIN’S FOR ALLEGED ALEXI NAVALNY MENTIONS THE DEGRADATION OF THE ECONOMY THAT THE OFFICIAL LINE FROM THE KREMLIN IS RUSSIA IS WELL PLACED TO WITHSTAND ANY SANCTIONS THAT THE WEST IMPOSES ON IT. BUT NOW TELL YOU A LOT OF PEOPLE HERE WATCHING THE RUSSIAN STOCK MARKET FALL OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS ARE VERY WORRIED ABOUT WHAT THESE SANCTIONS ARE GOING TO FOR THEIR EVERYDAY LIVES. ALRIGHT RAF SANCHEZ IN MOSCOW, THANK YOU SO MUCH. WE HAVE TO LEAVE IT THERE AND GO TO THE PENTAGON FOR PRESS BRIEFING FROM SECRETARY JOHN KIRBY, AS YOU GUYS ARE FAMILIAR WITH. >> FOR THE ALLIES TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE NATO RESPONSE FORCE.

I’M NOT GOING TO HAVE SPECIFICS FOR YOU TODAY. UNITS. TIMELINES SCHEDULES. AS NATO COMMUNICATES. WHAT IT’S GOING TO NEED FROM THE UNITED STATES JUST LIKE IT WILL TO OTHER AND AS THEY DO THAT, WE WILL CERTAINLY BE ABLE TO ACKNOWLEDGE IN ANNOUNCED THOSE US CAPABILITIES IN UNITS WHO WILL BE GOING SPECIFICALLY HAS DESIGNATED TO SUPPORT THE NATO MISSION AND THE NATO RESPONSE FORCE.

NOW, AS WE’VE ALSO ANNOUNCED PREVIOUSLY. THE DEPARTMENT HAS PLACED A RANGE OF MULTI MISSION UNITS IN THE UNITED STATES AND EUROPE ON A HEIGHTENED PREPAREDNESS TO DEPLOY WHICH INCREASES OUR READINESS TO PROVIDE FOR THE U.S. CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE NRF ON A SHORTER THAN WHAT WE COULD DO BEFORE. WITH TODAY’S ACTIVATION.

NOTICE BY GENERAL WALTERS. WE STAND READY IF CALLED UPON BY THE EU TO SUPPORT THE NRA DEFENSE OF THE ALLIANCE AND WILL ABSOLUTELY DO THAT TAKE QUESTIONS. BUT. THANK YOU, A. >> 2 THINGS ON THAT PRESIDENT BIDEN JUST ANNOUNCED HE HAS ORDERED ADDITIONAL FORCES TO IS THAT PART OF WHAT YOU JUST DESCRIBED THAT.

AND THE SECOND QUESTION IS. SO NATO HAS ACTIVATED A PORTION OF GRAPHIC WITH HER. THE FULL RESPONSE FORCE. YOU CAN’T SAY HOW MANY TROOPS THE U.S.

WILL CONTRIBUTE TO THAT BECAUSE THEY HAVEN’T ASKED FOR TO AND THE. >> PRESIDENT’S STATEMENT, I THINK HE WAS REFERRING TO HIS ANNOUNCEMENT THIS WAS A READOUT. IT WAS CALLED PRESIDENT ZELINSKY AND HE WAS REITERATING THAT. >> WHAT? >> IT THAT THAT THAT IN THAT CONVERSATION HE WAS POINTING BACK TO THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT HE MADE YESTERDAY.

SO I HAVE NO NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS OF FORCE DEPLOYMENTS TO SPEAK TO TODAY. THINK ABOUT THIS ACTIVATION A BIT LIKE YOU WOULD AND RSF A REQUEST FOR FORCES RIGHT. SO IT’S NOW BEEN ACTIVATED AND SO WILL BE IN DIRECT CONSULTATIONS WITH NATO AND GENERAL WALTERS AND HIS SAC YOUR HAT TO WORK THROUGH WHAT THE REQUIREMENTS ARE GOING TO BE FOR THE NATO RESPONSE FORCE AND THE VERY JOINT TASK FORCE AND AS I’VE SAID MANY BEFORE, THE SECRETARY IS VERY, VERY COMMITTED TO MAKING SURE THAT WHATEVER THOSE REQUIREMENTS ARE.

THAT THE UNITED STATES IS READY TO LEAN FORWARD AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. YESTERDAY’S ANNOUNCEMENT IT, YOU KNOW, THE 7,000 WE TALKED ABOUT, AS I ALSO SAID PORTIONS OF WE CAN EXPECT WILL BE EARMARKED FOR THE NATO RESPONSE FORCE.

AGAIN. AFTER WE’VE CONSULTED WITH GENERAL WALTERS IN NATO AND WE UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY NEED. BUT ONE OF THE REASONS WHY PRESIDENT BIDEN PUSHED THEM FORWARD WAS SO THAT THEY COULD BE READY FOR JUST SUCH A AND WE WANTED TO GET THE CLOCK GOING TO TO GET THEM TO GET PREPOSITIONED, IF YOU WILL. SO THERE’S STILL SOME HOMEWORK TO BE DONE. STILL SOME MATH THAT NEEDS TO BE WORKED OUT.

BUT AGAIN, THE SECRETARY WANTED TO MAKE SURE AND THE PRESIDENT OBVIOUSLY WANTS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE’RE LEANING AS FAR FORWARD AS WE CAN LIVE WITH I MEAN, IT COULD IT COULD AGAIN, WE’RE GOING TO WE’RE GOING TO WORK CLOSELY WITH NATO AND MAKE SURE THAT WE FULLY UNDERSTAND WHAT THE REQUIREMENTS ARE FROM THE UNITED STATES PERSPECTIVE AND THEN AND THEN WE’LL MOVE FORWARD.

BUT THE BUT A GOOD CHUNK OF THE OF THE 7,000 WE TALKED OUT YESTERDAY THAT WE BELIEVE WILL BE EARMARKED. 4 NATO CONTRIBUTIONS AGAIN, IF IT’S TO IF IT’S DEEMED THAT THEY ARE NEEDED THERE WANTED AND THEY’RE READY IF THEY AREN’T. THEY’LL BE USED, THEY CAN BE UNILATERALLY TO SUPPORT REASSURE OUR ALLIES. THE FOR FOR THE PRESIDENT, FOR THIS AND FOR THE SECRETARY.

THIS WAS VERY MUCH ABOUT TRYING TO LEAN FORWARD. SO I DON’T HAVE ANY SPECIFICS TO SAY TODAY IS SPECIFIC UNITS OR TIMELINES OR SCHEDULES. BUT I WANT TO POINT BACK TO WHAT WE SAID ALL ALONG UNITED STATES TO WE TAKE THIS A COMMITMENT VERY, VERY SERIOUSLY AND WE’RE GOING TO LEAN IN IS AS MUCH WEEKEND. OKAY. >> HER CRITICISM HAS BEEN WERE NOT 2 DAYS INTO THE INVASION.

THIS WAS SEEN COMING IN A COUPLE WEEKS AGO. WHY THEIR SON SUCH QD DETERMINE NEED IS SO URGENT. YOU BECAUSE REAL INTO KIEV IN THE COMING DAYS. WHY NOT BE ABLE TO GIVE MORE DETAILS ABOUT WHAT YOU NEED TO GO ANYWHERE. >> AND YOU KNOW, WHAT?

WHY AREN’T I NOT SURE WHAT I’M NOT SURE WHAT RUSSIAN OPERATIONS IN KEY HAS TO DO WITH THE TIMING OF OF HOW SOON WE CAN IDENTIFY UNITS I I’M A VERY POLITELY JUST.

>> THE CHALLENGE, THE PREMISE HERE. WE HAVE BEEN THE ICE STATES IN PARTICULAR HAS BEEN VERY FORWARD LEANING IN TERMS OF REASSURING ALLIES. AND WITH EACH MUSCLE MOVEMENT. WE’VE BEEN RIGHT UP HERE TALKING ABOUT IT AND TO THE TO THE LEVEL OF SPECIFICITY THAT WE CAN AS WE DID AGAIN YESTERDAY.

BUT THE WAY THE PROCESS WORKS AND NATO IS YOU HAVE TO APPROVE A DEFENSE PLAN FIRST AND THEN THE ACTIVATION COME SECOND. THAT HAPPENED TODAY. THE HEADS OF STATE. APPROVED DEFENSE PLANS WHICH THEN GAVE GENERAL WALTERS AS SEC YEAR THE AUTHORIZATION HE NEEDED TO ACTIVATION OF THE NRF AND THEN NOW GOES TO THE NATION’S TO FILL THOSE NEEDS.

BUT WE HAVE TO BE IN CONSULTATION WITH NATO ABOUT WHAT THOSE NEEDS ARE.

AGAIN TO MY ANSWERED ABOUT IT. IT’S KIND OF IT’S NOT UNLIKE A REQUEST FOR FORCES. IT’S JUST DIFFERENT PROCESS, BUT IT’S THE SAME IDEA. SO. I DON’T THINK THAT THE YOU KNOW, WE’RE NOT WAITING ON ANYTHING.

AS A MATTER OF FACT, QUITE THE CONTRARY THAT THE SECRETARY’S AUTHORIZED BY THE PRESIDENT YESTERDAY ACTUALLY PUT A GOOD CHUNK OF TROOPS COMING FROM THE STATE’S GOING TO EUROPE SO THAT THEY CAN BE READY FOR JUST THESE KINDS OF VERIFICATIONS.

HOW MANY TROOPS ARE PREPARED TO DEPLOY ORDERS. NOW IS IT STILL THE 500 KNOW. IT’S NORTH OF THAT. AND I’VE SAID THAT PUBLICLY BEFORE AND SEVERAL 1000 NORTH OF THE 8500 THAT WAS ORIGINALLY PUT ON PREPARE TO DEPLOY.

>> JOHN. PRESIDENT HAS MADE A PASSIONATE APPEAL TO THE U.S. AND NATO TO SET UP A NO FLY ZONE OVER UKRAINE THEY HAVE FOUGHT, AS YOU SAID. VALIANTLY ON THE RUSSIA DOES NOT HAVE AIR SUPERIORITY RIGHT NOW.

WHY NOT SET UP THAT NO FLY ZONE AT UKRAINE’S REQUEST A LOOK AT THAT’S POLICY DECISION. THE AT THE AT THE NATION STATE LEVEL. >> I HAVEN’T SEEN THE REQUEST. IT PRESIDENT ZELINSKY HAS MADE. I WOULD JUST TELL YOU, HE SAID THEY’VE BEEN SET TO BEGIN.

>> YOU KNOW WHERE THEIR RUSSIAN WARPLANES THERE. IT’S BEEN SET UP IN THE PAST. THERE’S HISTORICAL PRECEDENT FOR IT. WHY NOT? NIGHT NATO EUROPEAN NATIONS TO SET UP LAST TIME.

I WOULD JUST TELL >> THAT WE HAVE TO BE DISCUSSION INSIDE THE ALLIANCE. THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN VERY CLEAR THAT U.S.

TROOPS WILL NOT BE FIGHTING IN UKRAINE. AND THEN OUR FOCUS IS ON.

HELPING THEM DEFEND THEMSELVES. AND WE’VE DONE THAT. AND WE’RE GOING CONTINUE TO LOOK FOR WAYS TO DO THAT AND TO SHORE UP OUR A R NATO ALLIES AND ARTISTS ARE A NATO TERRITORY HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THE FIGHTING IN THE LAST 36 HOURS IN TERMS OF THE >> FIGHTING WHAT RUSSIA’S PERIOD? WELL, YOU KNOW, I’M A LITTLE LOWS TO GET INTO A BLOW BY BLOW HERE FROM THE PENTAGON OPERATIONS THAT WERE NOT INVOLVED >> I WOULD JUST TELL YOU BROADLY >> WE WE SEE CLEAR INDICATIONS THAT UKRAINIAN FORCES ARE FIGHTING BACK AND.

BRAVELY DEFENDING THEIR COUNTRY.

AND WE ALSO SEE INDICATIONS THAT. THERE HAVE BEEN MEASURES OF SUCCESS IN THAT REGARD BECAUSE. AGAIN, WITHOUT GETTING INTO A BLOW BY BLOW. IT’S NOT APPARENT TO US THAT THE RUSSIANS OVER THE LAST 24 HOURS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO EXECUTE THEIR PLANS AS A AS AS THEY DEEMED THAT THEY WOULD. BUT IT’S A DYNAMIC FLUID SITUATION.

IT’S A. IT WOULDN’T BE RESPONSIBLE FOR US TO TALK ABOUT IT YOU KNOW, IN PREDICTIVE WAY RIGHT NOW. HIM OR JUST OR WE’RE WATCHING THIS AS CLOSELY AS WE CAN. BUT BUT THEY ARE FIGHTING BACK. THEY ARE FIGHTING FOR THEIR COUNTRY AND THEY’RE DOING SO BRIEFLY SAYING RUSSIANS ARE FACING SETBACKS ON THE BATTLEFIELD FROM WHAT YOU UNDERSTANDING IS THAT THEY HAVE EXPERIENCED SOME SETBACKS.

YES. LET’S GO. A >> ON THE HORSES BEEN PUT ON ALERT AND THEN ACTIVATED EARLIER THIS MONTH. 8,500. THE PENTAGON HAS SAID SINCE THEN THAT THERE WERE MORE PEOPLE PUT ON PREPARED TO PLAY ORDERS.

YOU ALSO SAYS ALSO SAID THAT THE 7,000 TROOPS ACTIVATED YESTERDAY. SOME OF THEM HAVE BEEN ON THAT PART OF THAT ORIGINAL A 500, SOME OF THEM WORK. SO THE QUESTION IS HOW MANY TROOPS TOTAL SINCE THE GETTING IN SPOTS HAVE BEEN PUT ON PREPARE TO DEPLOY ORDERS AND HOW MANY ARE STILL ON PREPARE TO DEPLOY ORDERS AFTER THE SECOND EDITION YESTERDAY MAKE IT. I DON’T HAVE AN EXACT FIGURE FOR YOU. AS I SAID, THE IT’S BEEN SEVERAL 1000 MORE IN ADDITION TO THE 8500.

>> SO SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 10 12,000 TOTAL. HAVE BEEN PUT ON PAIR DEPLOYED OR. OR ACCELERATED. SOME OF THEM ALREADY ON PTO. AND WE SHORTEN THAT TETHER, FOR INSTANCE, IN SOME CASES FROM 10 TO 5 DAYS.

SOME OF THAT NUMBER. WASN’T ON HEIGHTENED ALERT. AND SO WE DID PUT THEM ON PTO PREPARE TO DEPLOY ORDERS.

IT VARIES BY UNIT AND BY CAPABILITY. I DON’T HAVE AN EXACT BREAKDOWN OF OF WHAT IS GOING TO BE GOING AS A PART OF THIS.

NIC, NATO RESPONSE FORCE PACKAGE BECAUSE AGAIN, WE’RE STILL WORKING OUR WAY THROUGH THAT REQUIREMENT. THE QUESTION IS WHO IS ON ALERT, WHO HAS BEEN ON ALERT, WHO IS NO LONGER ON ALERT. AND IS GOING HAVE A SPECIFIC LIST FOR YOU TODAY AND 12,000 HAVE BEEN THE TOTAL AMOUNT BEEN ROUGHLY SPEAKING IT SAFE TO DO THAT. 7,000 FROM THAT ROUGHLY. >> TO SAY THAT THERE ARE.

THE SO. >> AGAIN, WE’VE GOT TO BE CAREFUL HERE MAY NOT. NOT EVERYBODY THAT HAS BEEN PUT ON A HEIGHTENED ALERT POSTURE IS EARMARKED FOR THE NATO RESPONSE FORCE. SOME OF THOSE UNITS ARE SIMPLY THAT THE SECRETARY WANTED TO MAKE SURE THEY WERE MORE READY TO GO.

UNILATERAL CAPACITY.

SOME MAY BE A PERFECTLY PLACED IN BEING TO BE USED FOR THE V JTF. WE’LL HAVE TO SEE WHAT WHAT WHAT THE REQUIREMENTS LOOK LIKE. SO IT’S IT’S NOT A IT’S NOT BY AIR IS NOT WELL. THAT’S ALL THESE TROOPS ARE JUST FOR NATO. AND THESE TROOPS ARE JUST DESIGNATED FOR UNILATERAL.

THESE UNIT STATS. PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY, THOUGH, THAT 7,000 THEY COULD VERY WELL FIT THE BILL FOR THE NATO RESPONSE AND MAYBE THEY WON’T. AND WE’LL HAVE READY IN A THREE-POINT STANCE. IN CASE WE NEED THEM FROM FROM A UNILATERAL PERSPECTIVE.

SO THAT’S WHY I’M BEING VERY CAREFUL TODAY BECAUSE IT’S NOT EITHER OR IT’S A MENU OF OPTIONS THAT ARE GOING TO BE AVAILABLE TO NATIONAL LEADERS.

AND AGAIN. WHAT I CAN PROMISE IS AS WE GET SOLIDITY ON THIS AND MORE SPECIFICITY. YOU KNOW, WE’LL WE’LL DETAIL THAT FOR TO SAY THERE ARE SEVERAL 1000 MORE WHO ARE ON SOME SORT OF HEIGHTENED ALERT FOR EUROPE IN GENERAL IS SAFE TO SAY THAT ONE PERSON SAFE TO SAY THAT. YEAH. SO.

>> I UNDERSTAND THAT. TO ME TOO. GAVE THE TOO THE TROOPS WHAT TREE GET NEED TO DO REALLY THIN. IT WOULD RUSSIAN TROOPS GOING TO THE WEST OF WHAT KIND THREAT WE DO DIDN’T GOING.

>> THAT THAT REALLY IS A DECISION FOR THE NECK TO MAKE FOR THE LINES TO MAKE.

IT WOULDN’T BE A UNILATERAL US DECISION. I THINK TODAY’S. APPROVAL OF THE DEFENSE PLAN AND THE ACTIVATION ITSELF. AS I SAID, THIS HISTORIC FIRST TIME THAT THEY HAVE BEEN BEEN SO ACTIVATED. THAT’S A BIG DEAL.

NOW, AGAIN, WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE. HOW MANY AND WHERE DOES THE ALLIANCE WANT TO PLACE THEM. ALL OF THAT IS STILL BEING WORKED OUT AND IT’S AND AND SO. I CAN’T HONESTLY ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT WHAT THE TRIGGER IS. I THINK YOU CAN SAFELY ASSUME THAT.

BUT THE WHAT HAS BEEN TRIGGERED HERE IS THE ACTIVATION AND THE TRIGGER FOR THAT HAS BEEN THIS UNLAWFUL. STEP THAT UNLAWFUL INVASION AGAIN RUSSIA INTO UKRAINE.

YEAH. >> ALSO MENTIONED THAT NOW FOR ONE THING AND DOES. IS THERE GOING TO BE ANY INPUT FROM THE UNITED STATES DEFENSE SYSTEMS.

MY IDEAS WERE. >> AS WE’RE CONTINUING TO LOOK FOR WAYS TO SUPPORT UKRAINE, TO DEFEND THEMSELVES. WE HAVE CONTINUED TO DO THAT AND WE’RE GOING TO LOOK. TO DO THAT GOING FORWARD. AND WE’RE VERY ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN IN THOSE EFFORTS TO TO HELP THEM.

BETTER DEFEND THEMSELVES TO BOTH LETHAL AND NONLETHAL ASSISTANCE FROM THE VERY GET GO. I HAVE NOT BEEN FOR ANY OF YOU EACH AND EVERY PACKAGE, EACH AND EVERY SHIPMENT. BECAUSE I THINK YOU CAN UNDERSTAND AND IT’S PARTICULARLY RELEVANT NOW THAT UKRAINE IS INVOLVED. NO KIDDING INVASION OF THEIR COUNTRY. THAT WE WOULDN’T.

WHY PUT IT OUT THERE IN THE PUBLIC SPACE. EVERYTHING THEY’RE GETTING FROM THE UNITED STATES. WE’RE GOING CONTINUE TO BE JUDICIOUS ABOUT HOW MUCH DETAIL WE PUT OUT THERE. BUT WE KNOW THEY HAVE SELF DEFENSE NEEDS. WE’RE GOING TO DO THE BEST WE CAN TO FILL THEM.

AND WHAT’S MORE OTHER NATIONS ARE TOO. IT’S NOT JUST UNITED STATES.

DAVID. >> WITH THE DETAIL. CAN YOU SAY ARE YOU CONTINUING TO SHIP.

EQUIPMENT TO UKRAINE. >> WE ARE WE ARE WE HAVE LET ME PUT IT THIS WAY. DID WE. WE HAVE NOT. WE’RE NOT TALKING ABOUT.

THE EFFORT TO HELP THEM. DEFEND THEMSELVES. WE HAVE NOT TALKING ABOUT THE EFFORT TO PROVIDE SECURITY AND LEAD TO AN ANOMALY TO WEIGH IN IN THE PAST. TENSE AND LEAVE IT AT THAT. WE’RE WE’RE CONTINUING TO PROVIDE WAYS FOR THEM TO DEFEND THEMSELVES.

THAT’S AS FAR AS I’M GOING TO GO TO NOT JUST SURVIVE WERE CONTINUING. JUST LOOKING AT WAYS TO SUPPORT YOU ARE CONTINUING TO FOR ITS NOT. I WASN’T TRYING TO BE FUNNY. IT’S NOT PASSED AND IT’S NOT OVER. IT’S NOT DONE.

WE’LL CONTINUE TO LOOK FOR WAYS TO HELP THEM DEFEND THEMSELVES. STANDING. >> THANK WIND THAT THAT CONNIE, A FROM THERE IN STATE. IN WHAT IS THE THE KIDS. >> MY COMMENT ABOUT.

>> AND SO I CAN SAY AGAIN, ONE THAT PI DAY IT FOR THEM. THERE’S AFFORD TO FAITH. HE THIS OVER.

>> WE’RE GOING TO DO EVERYTHING THAT WE NEED TO DO TO DEFEND. AND AS THE PRESIDENT HAS SAID, WE’RE GOING TO DO WHAT WE NEED TO DO TO DEFEND EVERY INCH OF NATO TERRITORY AND WE TAKE THOSE OBLIGATIONS SERIOUSLY BOTH TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE INTO.

THE TO OUR ALLIES. >> I JUST THINK THAT THAT THIS SECOND CASE AND AT THE SAME TIME, IT IS. SO THIS COULD BE IT SOLD THE SAME THE STATES. HAD NOT POLLS. ISSUE IS HOW CAN YOU THAT NOT IN CITY AND POLICE SAY HE BE.

SO COULD A. AND UNITE THIS STATE AND THEN. WELL, YOU KNOW, THIS HAS CREATED THAT THING SAYS THEY WOULD WELCOME THAT WE YEAH, THE THEY WOULD NOT WE WELCOME THE COMMENTS MADE BY OUR SOUTH KOREA. NOW AS WE WELCOME.

THERE.

>> WILLINGNESS TO IMPOSE SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA HAS SO MANY OTHER COUNTRIES ARE DOING AND I THINK THE MESSAGE IS VERY CLEAR. AND THAT ONE THAT MISTER PUTIN CONTINUES TO ISOLATE HIMSELF AND AND HIS PEOPLE. BUT BY THESE RECKLESS AND UNLAWFUL ACTIONS. AND SO YOU YOU’RE SEEING AT A SOUTH KOREA, WHAT YOU’RE SEEING SO MANY OTHER PLACEIN THE WORLD. COUNTRIES ARE ARE MAKING VERY EAR, VERY DEMONSTRABLY.

SO. THEIR COEMNATION OF OF THIS INVASION OF UKRAINE AND AGAIN. WE WELCOME THE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THAT EFFORT BSOUTH KOREA. >> JUST FOLLOW STY. >> WOULD YOU SAY THERE ALREADY SAID THAT YOU ARE CONTINUING I I’M I’M NOT RE WHY THIS IS BECOME SUCH A RHETORICAL EXERCISE.

WE CONTINU. TO PROVE PROVIDE. FOR SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE TO DEFEND ITSELF. THE SITUATN WRIGHT IS DIFFERENT IN UKRAINE THAT IT WAS JT A FEW DAYS AGO.

SO IT WOULD FOLLOW.

I WOULD THINK THAT WE’RE GOING U KNOW, THAT ONE WE’RE GOING TO. HAVE TO LOOK FOR OTHER WAYS TO DO THIS. THE AIRSPACE. OVER UKRAINE IS CONTESTED. THE RUSSIANS DON’T HAVE SUPIORITY OF IT.

IT’S CONTESTED. SO. GOING BE VY CLR HERE. WE’RE GOING TO PROVIDE DITIONAL SECURITY ASSISTANCE F UKRAINE. WE WILL.

HOW THAT IS GOING TO BE DONE IS STILL BEING WORKED OUT THAT HELP. OKAY. >> I IS LOOKINFOR PENTAGON REACTION TODAY TO TO THE BACK AND FORTH. CAMTO COMMEN GGESTING THEY MAY SAME WHO DID FINLAND. CAME RAISING THE PROSCT WE ARE INCHG TOWARD NATO, LITTLE BIT MORE RUSSIA RESPDED AND BASICALLY MADE ANOTHER VEILEDTHREAT THERE.

HE WT TOROM THE DEFENS DEPARTMENT PERECTI, MANY DIFFERENT KINDS OF NVERTIONS FOR NEW GET DISCUSSION THAT WOULD BRING THEM WENT UNDER NA WITH ANYTHING. I’M NOT AROF ANY SUCH DISCUSSIONS. >> AGAIN, THAT WOULD BE FOR THE AIRLINES TO SPEAK TO NOT THE UNITED STAS. WOULD JUST SAY WHAT WE SAID BEFORE IN THE CASE OFKRAINE. A NATIONA SOVEREIGN NATION SOCIATES WITH AT ALLIANCES IT JOI.

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>> WE HAVEHECONTINUED MOVEMENT BY. RUSSIAN IN THE UKRAIN FROM THE NORTH AND FROMHE SOUTH. I CAN’GI YOU A DIMITRI A PERCENTAGE OF WHAT THAT WHATHAT LOOKS LIKE. WE DID. I WOULD JUST TELL WE DON’BELIE THAT.

THE MAJORITY OF THE COMBAT POWETHATISTER PUTIN HAD A RAID ALONGSIDE UKRAINE HAS BEEN EMPLOD INSIDE UKRAINE, BUIT FLU.

LITERALLY E SITUATION CHANGES BY THE HOUR SO AGAIN, I WANT TO BE CAREFUL TH I’MOT GETTING INTO PROVIDING ASSESSMENT OF OPERATIONS AND WCH WE ARE NOT INVOLVED. AND AS F THE AMPHIBIO DO BELIEVE THAT SUCH AN SAULT THE IS THIS IS BEING CONDUCTETODAY, B WE DON’T AGAIN, A PERFECT VIBILITY ON THE PROGRESS OF TH. IN. I COULDN’T GIVE A BLOWY BLOW EXACTLY HOW MANY THEY P ASHORE AND WH THEY’RE DOING.

BUT IT CERTAINLY APPEARS TO US TO B OF PIECE OF THEIR DOES THERE DESIGNS IN THE SOUTH.

TO FURTHER CUT OFF THE DOASS REGION INTO A AND THEN FROM A SOUTHERN PERSPECTIVE CONTINUE TOTO TRY TO TAKE POPULATION CENTERS. >> I CAN HEAR ME. CAN Y HEAR ME I GOT FIGHT. OKAY.

AS TO SAY MU ABOUT IT. >> THE FIRST TO CLARIFY THE NUMBERS. I KNOW YORE ALKING ABOUT THE 7,000 WAS ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY, BUT OF THE 12,000 WHITNEY, YOUIND THE PROXIMITY ARE EVEN SENDING OVER TO EUROPE. HOW MANY OF THOSE WE UNDETHE OF NATO AN AND AND NEW PLANS THAT WOULD GOORWARD. AND THEN ALSO I UNDERSTAND YOU’RE NOT TALKING ABOUT WHERE US TBE GOING BECAUSE THOSE DEFENSE STILL BEING WORKED OUT THE TAILS THAT WHERE DO YOU SEE THE POTENTIAL FLASH POINT MAYBE LITTLE DIFFERENT FOR NATHAN NEEDS DITIONAL HELP RIGHT NOW AS YOU’RE LOOKING AT THAT YEAR’S INFLUX.

WHAAND AT WHERE US TO SEND UP. >> I WOULD DESCRIBE IT. LOOK LOCATIONS ON THE EASTERN FLANK OF NATO IS FLASH POINTS RIGHT NOW AND THE RUSSIAN MILITARY IS VERY MUCH FOCUSED ON ON UKRAINE PARTICULARLY THE EASTERN HALF OF THE COUNTRY. THIS IS ABOUT REASSURING ALLIES AND SENDING A STRONG MESSAGE TO MISTER PUTIN THAT WE TAKE OUR ARTICLE 5 COMMITMENTS SERIOUSLY.

SO WOULD NOT DESCRIBE.

THE EASTERN FLANK. NATO TERRITORY US FLASHPOINTS ARE HAVING THEIR BE FLASH POINTS ON THEM. MOST OF THE FORCES THAT WE HAVE EITHER REPOSITIONED EUROPE OR FLOAT FROM THE UNITED STATES. WE WE’VE DONE ON A UNILATERAL BASIS. IN FACT, ALL OF THAT WE’VE DONE ON A UNILATERAL BASIS.

WHAT I SAID YESTERDAY. TRIED TO SAY TODAY WAS OF THE 7,000 THAT THE PRESIDENT ORDERED YESTERDAY. SOME OF THOSE. WILL WILL PROBABLY BE EARMARKED FOR THE NATO RESPONSE FORCE WHEN WE FINALLY HASH OUT THE REQUIREMENTS WITH THE ALLIANCE AND WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE.

AND IT WAS THE SECRETARY’S DESIRE TO GET THEM MOVING, GET THEM READY AND GET THEM MOVING AND GET THEM AS PREPOSITIONED AS POSSIBLE.

SO THAT. WHEN WE HAVE ALL THE REQUIREMENTS IN PLACE WHEN ACTUAL DEPLOYMENT ORDERS ARE GIVEN FOR THE NATO RESPONSE FORCE BY THE BY THE ALLIANCE. THEY’LL BE MORE READY TO DO THAT. TARA FROM DEFENSE ONE. >> TO CLARIFY.

IS THAT 7,000 OF AS A SEPARATE BY LOW FROM THE IT WILL STAY UNILATERAL. ARE WE KIND OF CROSS COUNTING NUMBERS IN POOLS THAT THE U.S. REALLY TALK THAT WITH WITH MEGAN. >> IT’S NOT IT’S NOT BY MARY.

WE HAVE THAT THE SECRETARY HAS. A SHORTENED, THE TETHER ON ROUGHLY 10 TO 12,000 SOME OF THOSE 10 TO 12,000. >> ARE. >> ARE GOING TO BE EARMARKED FOR THE NATO RESPONSE FORCE. AGAIN, IT’S GOING TO DEPEND ON WHAT THE CAPABILITIES ARE REQUESTED IN.

WHAT’S THE NEED AND THEN WE’LL GO FROM THERE. SOME OF THEM HE PUT ON PREPARE TO DEPLOY ORDERS OR SHORTEN TETHERS SIMPLY BECAUSE HE WANTED THEM AVAILABLE FOR UNILATERAL US ACTION. WE HAVE TO WORK THIS OUT WITH WITH NATO.

AND WHEN WE DO, WE’LL HAVE A BETTER SENSE OF OF WHO’S GOING WHERE AND WHAT THEY’RE GOING TO BE EARMARKED FOR. IT IS ENTIRELY POSSIBLE, FOR INSTANCE, THAT.

UNITS THAT ARE IN ON ON UNILATERAL DEPENDING ON WHAT NATO NEEDS COULD BE COULD BE MOVED OFF OF THAT IT INTO A INTO THE NATO COMMAND STRUCTURE. AGAIN, WE’RE STILL WORKING OUR WAY THROUGH THAT RIGHT NOW. SO. IT’S AN UNSATISFYING ANSWER, BUT IT’S AN HONEST ONE. WE SIMPLY DON’T KNOW WHAT THAT BREAKDOWNS GOING TO BE.

LET’S TOMSK WITH VERY TOUGH NEWS. >> I DON’T HAVE TO THINGS. I HAVE 2 QUESTIONS. MY FIRST ONE IS AS WELL AS YOU UNDERSTAND THE PENTAGON. YOU WANT TO US.

THERE’S THE NATO READINESS FORCE ONLY PLAYED IN A DONATIONS OR COULD THEY GO TO PLACES LIKE SWEDEN FINLAND OR MORE, >> TROOPS THAT WE HAVE AND THAT WE WILL CONTINUE TO TO LOOK AT PROVIDING. AIR MARCH FOR NATO TERRITORY. PAUL MCLEARY POLITICAL. >> JOHN AT YOUR QUESTIONS. MY SECOND ONE DOES THE BETTER I DON’T CONSIDER POINT OUT THE NATIONAL GUARD TRAINERS THAT ARE NOW IN MOLDOVA.

>> I KNOW NO SUCH PLANS. PARMA CLEAR. >> I THE LINE STILL IF I COULD GET MY QUESTION THAT THERE HOW CONCERNED IS THE BUILDING THAT THIS CONFLICT COULD POTENTIALLY SPILL OVER TO THE EASTERN FLANK. COUNTRIES. IT HAS NOT BEEN COMPLETELY CLEAR WHAT HIS INTENT IS AND WHETHER SOME 10 MAYBE EXTENDS BEYOND UKRAINE.

I’M JUST WONDERING IF ANY OF THE CONVERSATIONS WITH COUNTERPARTS WITH RUSSIA. HAVE THEY CLEARLY COMMUNICATED THAT THERE ARE INTENSE STOPPED AT UKRAINE. >> IT YOU SAID IT ACTUALLY IN YOUR QUESTION THAT IT’S NOT ENTIRELY CLEAR. THE IF MISTER PUTIN HAS DESIGNS BE ON UKRAINE. AND IT’S BECAUSE THAT’S NOT PERFECTLY CLEAR THAT WE CONTINUE TO LOOK FOR WAYS TO BOLSTER OR NATO CAPABILITIES AND TO REASSURE OUR ALLIES AND MEAN ONE OF THE REASONS WE’RE DOING THIS.

IT IS BECAUSE WE WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR TO HIM. WE WILL DEFEND EVERY INCH OF NATO TERRITORY. I’M SORRY, GO AHEAD. >> JUST WANT FOLLOW UP. IS THERE CONCERN THAT THIS COULD GROW INTO A REGIONAL WAR.

>> I THINK THERE’S NO REASON FOR IT TO BE A WAR. NOW, TARA AND THERE HE SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN. AND MISTER PUTIN HAD DIPLOMATIC OPTIONS ON THE TABLE THAT HE DECIDED TO IGNORE AND TO EVADE AND TO INVADE UKRAINE REGARDLESS.

SO THERE SHOULD BE NO REASON WHY THERE’S A WAR NOW THERE IS OBVIOUSLY ONE CLEARLY THAT’S WHERE WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE WILL MAKE SURE. THAT IT’S VERY CLEAR THAT WE’RE GOING TO DEFEND EVERY INCH OF NATO TERRITORY.

I’M NOT GOING TO SPECULATE ABOUT WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS BECAUSE IT IS NOT PERFECTLY CLEAR. WHERE MISTER PUTIN’S GOING HERE. WE WANT TO MAKE IT THAT HE WILL NOT. BE ABLE TO TO THREATEN ANY TANGIBLE WAY. OUR NATO ALLIES.

OK. PAUL IS TRYING TO GET. >> ALRIGHT 3RD TIME’S A CHARM. THANKS. I’M NEWS THAT WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO SUPPLY A DEFENSIVE WEAPONS TO UKRAINE.

ARE THERE IS THERE ANY CONSIDERATION OF TRAINING UKRAINIAN TROOPS OUTSIDE OF THE FOR THEM TO GO BACK AND FIGHT. >> I THINK WE’RE LOOKING AT ALL KINDS OF DIFFERENT WAYS TO CONTINUE SUPPORTING A UKRAINIAN ARMED FORCES.

AND WE’RE WE’RE NOT TAKING ANYTHING OFF THE TABLE WITH RESPECT TO TO HAVE THAT HOW THAT MIGHT MANIFEST ITSELF GOING FORWARD AND THAT COULD THAT COULD INCLUDE SOME TRAINING. YEAH. MAN.

SO. >> THE REST THE ISSUE OF SUPPORTING FORCES SEVERAL TIMES NOTE LOOKING INTO DIFFERENT I THIS TO INCLUDE THAT YOUR ASSESSMENT IS THAT UKRAINIAN FORCES CAN ACTUALLY WHAT IS THIS FOR A LONG TIME. IS THAT THE ASSESSMENT TO BE ABLE ACTUALLY TO GET THAT ASSISTANCE IN VARIOUS WAYS AND LEAVE THE ONLY OF NOT GOING TO PUT A TIME STAMP ON THIS FRIDAY. I MEAN, BUT WHAT YOU CAN SEE, YOU CAN SEE FOR YOURSELF THAT THE UKRAINIANS ARE FIGHTING BACK. THEY’RE DEFENDING THEIR COUNTRY.

SO YOU DON’T THINK. >> TIME RUNNING AND IN A WAY THAT MIGHT BE TOO LATE TO PROVIDE ANY TYPE OF ASSISTANCE. >> WE HAVE BEEN PROVIDING ASSISTANCE FOR QUITE SOME TIME. WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE AND THEY’RE FIGHTING BACK FIGHTING BACK IN MAY WAYS USING THE ASSISTANCE THAT THE UNITED STATES IS PROVIDED AS WELL AS OTHER NATIONS.

USING THIS SYSTEM.

YOU CAN SEE FOR YOURSELF. I’M NOT GOING TO TELL YOU WHAT WEAPON SYSTEMS THEY’RE FIGHTING ON WHAT DAY AND WHAT LOCATION. I DON’T HAVE THAT LEVEL OF FIDELITY. YOU DON’T NEED ME TO TELL YOU THAT YOU CAN SEE IT FOR YOURSELF AND THE IMAGERY THEY’RE FIGHTING BACK. I THINK THAT’S IT FOR TODAY.

THANKS VERY MUCH. HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND. >> PRESS SECRETARY JOHN KIRBY THERE WITH THE LATEST BRIEFING FROM THE PENTAGON. REITERATING THAT PRESIDENT BIDEN WILL NOT BE SENDING U.S.

TROOPS INTO UKRAINE, BUT THAT THE U.S. IS CONTINUING TO LOOK FOR WAYS TO HELP UKRAINE DEFEND ITSELF SAYING SOME OF THE 7,000 U.S.

TROOPS IN GERMANY WILL BE EARMARKED FOR NATO’S RESPONSE FORCE.

MEANWHILE, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY JEN PSAKI CONFIRMING JUST MINUTES AGO THAT THE U.S. WILL SANCTION PRESIDENT PUTIN AND RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER LAVROV DIRECTLY. >> WE’LL HAVE MORE ON THAT COMING UP. >> ALLISON MORRIS AND YOU’RE WATCHING NBC NEWS.

NOW HERE’S WHAT’S HAPPENING. UKRAINE’S CAPITAL UNDER ATTACK. RUSSIAN FORCES PUSHING FURTHER INTO KEY. CONCERN. NOW THAT CITY COULD FALL AND DAY WE ARE LIVE IN UKRAINE WITH THE LATEST SUPREME PICK PRESIDENT BIDEN NOMINATING JUDGE KETANJI BROWN JACKSON TO THE SUPREME COURT WILL HEAR FROM BOTH OF THEM THIS HOUR AND REMEMBERING TRAYVON MARTIN.

IT HAS BEEN 10 YEARS SINCE THE TEAM’S MURDER HOW HE LIVES ON AND YOUNG ACTIVISTS TODAY. ♪ ♪ >> WE BEGIN THIS HOUR WITH THE RUSSIAN INVASION OF UKRAINE. THE WHITE HOUSE CONFIRMING IN THE LAST COUPLE OF MINUTES OF THE U.S. WILL NOW DIRECTLY SANCTION PRESIDENT PUTIN AND RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER LAVROV.

>> FOLLOWING A TELEVISION, A TELEPHONE PRESIDENT BIDEN HELD EUROPEAN COMMISSION. PRESIDENT URSULA VON DER LEYEN AND IN ALIGNMENT WITH THE DECISION BY OUR EUROPEAN ALLIES. THE UNITED STATES WILL JOIN THEM IN SANCTIONING PRESIDENT COULDN’T AND FOREIGN MINISTER LAVROV AND MEMBERS OF THE RUSSIAN NATIONAL SECURITY TEAM. >> MEANWHILE, NBC NEWS IS REPORTING ATTACKS IN CITIES AROUND UKRAINE, INCLUDING BOMBARDMENTS IN CAR KEY. THAT’S IN THE EASTERN PART OF THE COUNTRY AND AN AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT IN THE COASTAL CITY OF MARIUPOL.

NBC NEWS FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT MATT BRADLEY IS IN NEED PRO AT US. DEFENSE OFFICIALS TELLING NBC NEWS RUSSIA IS MEETING GREATER RESISTANCE FROM THE UKRAINIANS.

THEN THEY MIGHT HAVE EXPECTED WOULD HERE. >> YEAH, LISTEN, GRADERS. THIS IS MIGHT EXPECT A GREATER RESISTANCE THAN I EXPECTED.

I THINK EVEN THE UKRAINIANS ARE PROBABLY WONDERING HOW THEY’VE DONE SO WELL SO FAR THAT DOESN’T MEAN TO SAY THAT THEY’RE WINNING NOW. ALL OF THIS COMES FROM OUR COLLEAGUE COURT AND COULD BE AT THE PENTAGON AND SHE’S THE ONE WHO GAVE US THE SPENT ASIK DISPATCH FROM AN UNNAMED US DEFENSE OFFICIAL. I’M LOOKING AT THIS THROUGH A PEOPLE. I DON’T HAVE A SENSE NECESSARILY. BUT WHAT WE HEARD FROM HER WAS AND THIS IS ALL OBVIOUS FROM THE MAP.

AND I WISH I HAD A MAP. I CAN SHOW YOU, BUT BASICALLY THE MAIN BATTLE, THE ONE THAT WAS MOST UNEXPECTED WAS AN ATTACK ON THE CAPITAL OF KEEV COMING DOWN FROM THE BORDER WITH BELARUS OR THAT KIND OF THE JUNCTION OF THE BORDER BETWEEN BELARUS AND RUSSIA AND UKRAINE TO THE SOUTH THAT HAS BEEN A VERY AGGRESSIVE ATTACK.

BUT ONE THAT THE UKRAINIANS HAVE MANAGED TO DEFLECT FOR MORE THAN THE LAST 36 HOURS AND THEN THE OTHER ATTACK IS COMING DOWN FROM THE RUSSIAN BORDER TOWARDS WHERE I WAS JUST A FEW HOURS AGO IN HEART THAT HAS ALSO BEEN FRUSTRATED AND THE AIRBORNE ASSAULTS FROM THAT ATTACK HAVE BASICALLY STOPPED EVEN THOUGH WE HEARD JUST A LITTLE WHILE AGO. COUPLE HOURS WHEN I WAS JUST IN ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL ASSAULT HAS COME FROM THE SOUTH OKAY. THAT AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT THAT WAS COMING FROM ODESSA.

>> MATT, BEFORE MOVE IN THE PRESS. YOU SAID YOU WERE SPEAKING WITH UKRAINIANS IN SOME OF TAKING SHELTER THERE. WHAT IT WHAT DO THEY TELL YOU? >> YEAH, WE’RE SPEAKING WITH SOME PEOPLE THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT HOW TERRIFYING IT WAS. YOU KNOW, JUST AS OF LATE YESTERDAY MORNING, WE WERE HEARING OF THIS ASSAULT.

IT WAS FROM FAR, FAR AWAY. THEY ALL WERE TOLD IT KNOW WHAT TO DO. A LOT OF PEOPLE WEREN’T EXPECTING THIS ATTACK AT ALL. AND THEY ENDED UP TAKING SHELTER IN METRO STATIONS.

HERE’S WHAT SOME OF THEM HAD TO SAY TO US.

>> WE WILL SEE IF MY WOKE AND SAY MANY ITS ITS HOME I JUST TODAY I AM A CONFIRMATION I CAN BELIEVE WHEN RUSH A NATIVE SPEAKER. YES, A LOT OF THEM SAYS THAT IT’S IT’S IT’S FUNNY. IT’S FUNNY BECAUSE IT’S A LIKE ALL OUR MEAN. IT’S GOING AND THE FANS ARE RUSSIAN IN UKRAINE IN IT’S FUNNY BECAUSE I AM RUSSIANS PEOPLE AND I’M NOT GAME’S MUSIC. I.

CAN SEE IN A RUSSIAN LANGUISH IN >> IT’S SO ITS FINDINGS. IT’S LIKE IT’S LIKE A JOKE. >> AS SO AS YOU CAN SEE, THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY’RE GOING TO BE DOING FROM THERE ON OUT. AND AFTER THAT THE DAY AFTER AS OF THIS MORNING, WE WERE, YOU KNOW, OUR RIGHT AROUND THAT AREA OF CENTRAL HARKEY. IT WAS PELTED BY.

I’M NOT SURE WHO WAS AERIAL BOMBARDMENT OR SURFACE TO SURFACE ATTACKS.

THOSE PEOPLE MUST HAVE BEEN TERRIFIED. AND I THINK A LOT OF THEM LIKE US PROBABLY MADE THE DECISION THAT IT WAS TIME TO GO. YEAH. MATTER.

WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS SAYING THE PRESIDENT BIDEN DID SPEAK WITH PRESIDENT ZELENSKY EARLIER TODAY. >> WHAT ARE OFFICIALS THERE IN UKRAINE SAYING ABOUT THAT CALL. WHAT WE’VE HEARD FROM OFFICIALS IN UKRAINE SAY THIS WAS ABOUT, YOU KNOW, SHORING UP DEFENSES THAT THIS WAS ABOUT EFFORTS SANCTIONS.

I IMAGINE THAT IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT FROM WHAT WE’VE BEEN HEARING IN THE OFFICIAL LINE UP WHEN USING OUR IMAGINATIONS HERE. I THINK PROBABLY ZELINSKY.

>> WAS PUSHING THE PRESIDENT TO PROVIDE MORE SUPPORT AND ALSO SOMETHING WE’VE BEEN HEARING TIME AND TIME AGAIN FROM THE SAME UKRAINE. OFFICIALS. THEY WANT MORE SANCTIONS AND THEY WANT THEM. NOW WHAT THEY SPECIFICALLY WANT, WHAT WE’VE BEEN HEARING FROM THE METRO COLOMBO’S, THE FOREIGN MINISTER OF UKRAINE. THEY RUSSIA TO BE REMOVED FROM THE SWIFT SYSTEM.

THAT’S SOMETHING THEY DEMANDED SINCE BEFORE ALL THE FIGHTING BEGAN. NOW, THE PROBLEM THAT WE’RE HEARING FROM WASHINGTON IS THAT THEY FEEL LIKE IF THEY THROW THE WHOLE KITCHEN SINK AT THE RUSSIANS OF THEY’RE NOT GOING HAVE ANY WEAPONS LEFT BECAUSE REMEMBER, WASHINGTON AND OTHER EUROPEAN CAPITALS HAVE MADE IT VERY, VERY CLEAR THAT THEY WILL NOT BE SENDING TROOPS AND TO DEFEND THE UKRAINIANS THAT LIMITS THEIR RESPONSE TO FINANCIAL ISSUES AND WHEN IT COMES TO THAT THERE’S REALLY ONLY SO LONG OF A MENU THAT YOU CAN PICK FROM IF YOU PICK EVERYTHING, THEN VLADIMIR PUTIN IS JUST ON HIS OWN.

>> MATT BRADLEY A NEED FOR UKRAINE. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR REPORTING AND FOR WALKING US THROUGH THAT MAP EARLIER REALLY HELPED US TO UNDERSTAND WHAT’S GOING ON THERE ON ALL FRONTS. APPRECIATE IT.

BOTH RUSSIA AND UKRAINE NOW SAYING THEY ARE READY FOR PEACE TALKS. BUT RUSSIAN TROOPS ARE MOVING FURTHER INTO KEYED. THE KREMLIN ASKING UKRAINIAN FORCES TO PUT DOWN THEIR ARMS. NBC NEWS FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT RAF SANCHEZ IS IN MOSCOW. SO SO, ROB, WHAT’S THE LATEST ON THE POTENTIAL TALKS IN BELARUS.

>> SO MIXED MESSAGES FROM THE KREMLIN ON THIS. ON THE ONE HAND, AS YOU SAID, THEY’RE SAYING THAT THEY ARE PREPARED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO THE SOX AND BELLA RACE TO MEET WITH THE UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT AND ON THE OTHER HANDS, VLADIMIR PUTIN IS CALLING FOR A MILITARY COUP AGAINST THAT SAME UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT. VLADIMIR PUTIN WAS ON RUSSIAN STATE TELEVISION EARLIER APPEALING TO THE UKRAINIAN MILITARY SAYING OVERTHROW THE DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED LEADERSHIP IN THE KEY OF TAKE OVER THE COUNTRY.

AND THEN WE IN THE KREMLIN WILL NEGOTIATE WITH YOU TO REX LAY. ON THE OTHER DIMITRI PUTIN’S PRESS SECRETARY SAYING THEY ARE PREPARED TO MEET WITH THE UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT AT THE REPRESENTATIVE SO THEY WOULD SEND REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE FOREIGN MINISTRY FROM THE DEFENSE MINISTRY MEET IN NOW AS THE LANDSCAPE, THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT.

FOR HIS PART IS SAYING THERE HAVE TO BE TALKS. IT CANNOT CONTINUE LIKE THIS. I WANT TO REACH A JUST A LITTLE BIT OF WHAT HE SAID EARLY ACTS.

HE SAID THE ENEMIES ROCKETS CANNOT UNDERMINE OUR FREEDOM SOONER OR LATER WE’LL HAVE TO TALK TO US. TALK TO US ABOUT HOW TO STOP THIS WAR AND THIS INVASION, THE SOONER WE START TALKING THE LAST RUSSIA WILL OUT AND I SHOULD NOTE THE PROPOSED VENUE HERE FOR THESE TALKS IS IN DELLA REESE IS HARDLY KNEW CHO GROUND.

IT IS BASICALLY A STAGING LOCATION FOR THE RUSSIAN MILITARY HAS A TRIBE SOUTH INTO UKRAINE IN CIRCLES CAME OUT.

>> SO TO THAT END, ROUGH UKRAINE, PRESIDENT ZELENSKY WANTS TO MEET FACE TO FACE PUTIN. IS THAT A REALISTIC REQUEST. AND WHAT ABOUT THE CONCERNS FOR ZELENSKY SAFETY. >> SO VLADIMIR PUTIN WENT ON TV TODAY AND DENOUNCE ALINSKY AS A NEO-NAZI AND A DRUG OUT.

SO I THINK THAT GIVES YOU SOME SENSE RIGHT OF HOW WILLING VLADIMIR PUTIN IS TO MEET FACE-TO-FACE WITH HIM. I THINK FROM PUTIN’S PERSPECTIVE THAT WOULD BE TO LEGITIMACY ON ZELENSKY THAT HE DOESN’T FEEL THAT HE DESERVES, IT WOULD BE TO SORT OF TREAT AND IS UP HERE. WE KNOW THAT THINKS A LOT ABOUT STATUS ON THE WORLD STAGE. AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HE HAS PURSUED IN THE BUILD-UP TO THIS CRISIS ARE FACE-TO-FACE CONVERSATIONS WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. AND THAT’S BECAUSE HE FEELS THE U.

S.

AND RUSSIA ARE PIERRE GREAT POWERS AND THAT THEY SHOULD SPEAK TO ONE ANOTHER AND SAID HE EXTENDS THAT LAW CHECK TO MEET WITH ZELENSKY. >> ONE ON ONE. HE WOULD BE TO TREAT UKRAINE IS UP HERE AND VLADIMIR PUTIN CERTAINLY DOES NOT THINK OF UKRAINE. THAT HOUSING, SANCHEZ OF MORE GREAT REPORTING FROM MOSCOW.

THANK YOU. >> IF I’M FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO BE CONFIRMED AS THE NEXT ASSOCIATE JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES. I CAN ONLY HOPE THAT MY LIFE AND CAREER. MY LOVE OF THIS COUNTRY AND THE CONSTITUTION AND MY COMMITMENT TO UPHOLDING THE RULE OF LAW AND THE SACRED PRINCIPLES UPON WHICH THIS GREAT NATION WAS FOUNDED. WILL INSPIRE FUTURE GENERATIONS OF AMERICANS.

>> PRESIDENT BIDEN ANNOUNCING HIS PICK FOR THE SUPREME COURT THIS AFTERNOON CUT 100 BROWN-JACKSON NOW COMES THE TOUGH PART GETTING HER CONFIRMED.

LET’S BRING IN NBC NEWS JUSTICE CORRESPONDENT PETE WILLIAMS. PETE, IF CONFIRMED JACKSON WOULD BE THE SECOND YOUNGEST JUSTICE ON THE COURT IS 51 YEARS OLD. AMY CONEY BARRETT. THE YOUNGEST TURNED 50 LAST MONTH WHAT VIEWERS KNOW ABOUT JUDGE JACKSON BESIDES HER AGE THAT WE HAVE ALREADY SHIPPED.

>> WELL, THEY SHOULD KNOW WHAT SHE’S BEEN UP TO LATELY AND SHE’S BEEN A FEDERAL APPEALS COURT JUDGE HERE IN WASHINGTON FOR THE PAST 8 MONTHS, SHE WAS CONFIRMED IN THAT JOB WITH THE VOTES OF 3 SENATE REPUBLICANS. NOW THOSE 3 REPUBLICANS TODAY HAVE BEEN NONCOMMITTAL ABOUT HOW THEY WOULD VOTE ON OUR SUPREME COURT NOMINATION AS EXPECTED, ALTHOUGH LINDSEY GRAHAM, ONE OF THEM SAID THAT HER CONFIRMATION OR HER NOMINATION WAS A VICTORY FOR THE RADICAL LEFT.

BEFORE THAT SHE WAS A JUDGE, A TRIAL JUDGE HERE IN WASHINGTON FOR A YEAR. SHE WAS BORN IN WASHINGTON. SHE GREW UP IN MIAMI.

HER MOTHER WAS A SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR. HER FATHER WAS A LAWYER FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD. SHE HAD AN UNCLE WHO WAS THE POLICE CHIEF. SHE WAS A STANDOUT STUDENT IN HIGH SCHOOL. SHE IS A GRADUATE OF HARVARD AND HARVARD LAW.

THAT’S WHERE SHE MET HER HUSBAND, PATRICK WHO IS A SURGEON HERE IN WASHINGTON. THEY HAVE 2 DAUGHTERS. SHE HAS SOME UNIQUE EXPERIENCE, AT LEAST IN TERMS OF THIS CURRENT COURT. SHE WAS FOR A BRIEF TIME A PUBLIC DEFENDER HERE IN WASHINGTON AND SHE’D BE THE FIRST MEMBER OF THE SUPREME COURT SHE’S CONFIRMED SIGNIFICANT EXPERIENCE DEFENDING SUSPECTS IN CRIMINAL CASES SINCE THURGOOD MARSHALL STEP DOWN FROM THE COURT 30 YEARS AGO. SHE ALSO SERVED ON THE U.

S. SENTENCING COMMISSION WHICH IS SOMETHING SHE HAS IN COMMON WITH STEVEN BRIER, THE MAN SHE WOULD SUCCEED AND SHE’S ALSO A BRIAR CLERK. SHE CALLED OUT TO HIM TODAY.

I THOUGHT IT WAS ESPECIALLY POIGNANT. ALLISON, SHE SAID THAT IF SHE IS NOMINATED AND CONFIRMED BY THE SENATE TO TAKE BRIAR SEAT.

SHE WOULD NEVER FILL HIS SHOES. >> PETE. SHE WAS NOMINATED TO THE DISTRICT COURT JUST 8 MONTHS AGO AND WAS CONFIRMED IN A 52 TO THE APPEALS WHEN I’M SORRY. YES, FORGIVE ME JUST 8 MONTHS AGO AND WAS CONFIRMED IN AT 5344 VOTE. IF THAT IS CORRECT IS THERE ANYTHING IN HER PAST THAT COULD BE A ROADBLOCK IN THIS CONFIRMATION PROCESS.

>> WELL, I DON’T THINK THERE’S ANYTHING THAT’S GOING TO COME UP IN THIS CONFIRMATION PROCESS. THE DIDN’T COME UP 8 MONTHS AGO BECAUSE SHE’S HAD JUST A FEW OPINIONS ON THE COURT OF APPEALS. THE MOST HIGH-PROFILE ONE WAS THE ONE, OF COURSE, THAT SAID THAT PRESIDENT, FORMER PRESIDENT TRUMP COULD NOT SHIELD HIS DOCUMENTS FROM THE JANUARY 6 COMMITTEE. BUT THAT WAS A UNANIMOUS VOTE BY THE COURT OF APPEALS AND THE SUPREME COURT DECLINED TO OVERTURN IT. SHE DID HAVE SOME RULINGS AS A DISTRICT COURT JUDGE THAT THE THAT THE SENATE MAY WANT TO ASK ABOUT.

BUT THOSE WERE NOT SHOWSTOPPERS FOR HER GETTING CONFIRMED ON THE COURT OF APPEALS.

OF COURSE, THE SUPREME COURT IS THE BIG SHOW AND THEY TEND TO ASK A LOT MORE QUESTIONS FOR THAT. >> PETE WILLIAMS, THANK YOU SO MUCH. WHAT A THOROUGH RESUME YOU GAVE US, YOU KNOW, A WHOLE LOT MORE ABOUT HER NOW. THANK YOU, PETE.

SO WHAT IS JUDGE KETANJI BROWN JACKSON’S NOMINATION MEAN FOR THE SUPREME COURT AND TAMIKA BROWN NAGIN DEAN AT HARVARD RADCLIFFE INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY JOINS ME NOW TO TALK ABOUT IT. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE. JACKSON WAS ON THE PRESIDENT’S SHORT LIST FOR SOME TIME NOW. WE KNEW THAT.

BUT WHAT’S YOUR TAKE ON HER HISTORIC NOMINATION TODAY.

>> WELL, IT IS AN HISTORIC NOMINATION TO HAVE THIS AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND ONE AND THEN NOMINATED SHE NOTED THAT SHE STANDS ON THE SHOULDERS OF CONSTANCE BAKER MOTLEY WHO WAS THE FIRST BLACK WOMAN TO SERVE ON. THE FEDERAL COURT. AND I WAS HAPPY TO HEAR HER ACKNOWLEDGE THAT, YOU KNOW, THIS IS A DAY AMERICANS. IT SHOULD CELEBRATE AS A WIN FOR EQUAL WORK PLACE OPPORTUNITY, SOMETHING THAT MANY HAVE BEEN STRUGGLING FOR FOR FOR MANY YEARS SINCE 1964 AND THE PASSAGE OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT AND I’M HAPPY THAT THIS MOMENT WHICH HAS BEEN A LONG TIME COMING HAS FINALLY ARRIVED. >> IF CONFIRMED, SHE WOULD BE THE FIRST FORMAL FAT.

FORMER FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER. THAT IS TOUGH TO SAY TO SERVE ON THE SUPREME COURT. WHAT WILL THAT UNIQUE BRING TO THE COURT, ESPECIALLY ON HOT BUTTON ISSUES. THE THINGS LIKE ABORTION. >> I THINK THAT HER EXPERIENCE AS A FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER IS INVALUABLE, ESPECIALLY AT A TIME WHEN LEGITIMATE QUESTIONS ARE BEING RAISED ABOUT THE FAIRNESS OF OUR CRIMINAL LEGAL SYSTEM.

IT SEEMS TO ME THAT IT IS HELPFUL TO HAVE ON THE COURT WHO THAT EXPERIENCE OF REPRESENTING CRIMINAL DEFENDANTS.

AND I DO WANT TO NOTE, THOUGH THERE HAS BEEN SOME CRITICISM OF SERVING IN THAT ROLE. THAT OF COURSE DUE PROCESS FOR CRIMINAL DEFENDANTS IS A FOUNDATIONAL PRINCIPLE OF OUR CONSTITUTIONAL SYSTEM AND THE RIGHT TO COUNSEL. SANCTIONED BY THE BILL OF RIGHTS AND SO WHEN I THINK ABOUT THAT EXPERIENCE AND I THINK IT IS. AND IT’S THOSE SET OF EXPERIENCES THAT COMPLEMENT THOSE.

THEY’RE ALREADY REPRESENTED ON THE COURT AND HAS 2 OTHER HOT-BUTTON ISSUES LIKE ABORTION OR AFFIRMATIVE ACTION.

IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE IF JUDGE IS CONCERNED, SHE WILL SHIFT THE BALANCE OF THE COURT. IT 63 COURT WITH A CONSERVATIVE SUPER-MAJORITY. >> NOW THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS CHOSEN HER TAKE US BEHIND THE SCENES. HOW DOES THE TEAM PREP HER FOR THE CONFIRMATION PROCESS AHEAD.

>> WELL, THERE ARE A FAMOUSLY MURDER BOARDS FOR SUPREME COURT NOMINEES WHERE SHE WILL BE REHEARSED TO ASK QUESTIONS THAT ARE LIKELY TO COME UP DURING THE CONFIRMATION PROCESS ABOUT. JUDICIAL INTERPRETATION ABOUT. ALL OF USUAL THINGS SHE WILL BE ASKED HER OPINIONS ON HOT BUTTON ISSUES. SHE WILL NOT THE VOLS ANY OF THOSE OPINIONS BECAUSE SHE WOULD NOT WANT TO PRE COMMITMENT WHO ARE JUDGE ISSUES THAT MIGHT APPEAR BEFORE HER AS A SUPREME COURT JUSTICE. SHE WILL MEET SENATORS CALLED ON SENATORS TO BEGIN THE PROCESS OF HAVING THEM THOSE WHO DON’T ALREADY KNOW GET TO KNOW HER.

AND OF COURSE, IT MATTERS THAT SHE’S A KNOWN QUANTITY TWO’S TWICE BEEN CAN SERVE AS A FEDERAL JUDGE AND A ONE WOULD SAY THAT THAT WOULD WORK TO HER FAVOR IN THIS AREA. >> YES. PETE WILLIAMS SAID THIS IS THE BIG SHOW, BUT SHE HAS HAD SOME PREPARATION AND CONFIRMATION PROCESS EASE IN THE PAST TO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE ON SUCH A BIG DAY.

WE’RE REALLY GRATEFUL. >> THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

>> COMING UP, THE JANUARY 6 COMMITTEE INTERVIEWS. THE SOON TO BE MEMBER OF THE TRUMP FAMILY LIVE ON CAPITOL HILL NEXT. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> NEWS IS HAPPENING. LOOK AT WHAT’S MAKING HEADLINES AROUND THE WORLD. ♪ NOW TONIGHT, JOSHUA JOHNSON STREAMING WE FIGHT HALL AND BC, NEWS NOW.

♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> LET’S GO TO NBC NEWS DIGITAL REPORTER MIKE LYNCH’S LATEST HEADLINES FROM NBC NEWS, DOT COM. AND THEN WE’RE GOING TO CALL THE WEEKEND DEAL. MY. ABSOLUTELY SOUNDS LIKE A DEAL. WE’RE STARTING IN MONTANA THIS HOUR WHERE A FORMER MINE WORKER HAS ONE 36 AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGES AFTER BEING EXPOSED TO ASBESTOS HIS CASE COULD AFFECT HUNDREDS OF ADDITIONAL CLAIMS FILED AGAINST THE COMPANY.

IN MARYLAND. HUMAN REMAINS FOUND IN A BACKYARD LAST WEEK HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED AS 41 YEAR-OLD JENNIFER LEONA FROM DELAWARE SHE’D BEEN MISSING SINCE OCTOBER 2020. ACTOR ELLIOT PAGE IS SPEAKING OUT AFTER TEXAS GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS DECLARED MEDICAL CARE FOR TRANS YOUTH AS CHILD ABUSE PAGE SAYS HE WAS HORRIFIED AND CALLS THE CLAIMS INHUMANE AND DANGEROUS. AT LEAST 7 PEOPLE WERE KILLED AFTER A 6.2 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE STRUCK ON AN INDONESIAN ISLAND.

THE QUAKE CAUSED RESIDENTS TO FLEE BUILDINGS AND TREMORS COULD BE FELT IN SINGAPORE AND MALAYSIA. AND JEOPARDY CHAMPION AMY SCHNEIDER REVEALED ON TWITTER THAT SHE’S ENGAGED TO HER GIRLFRIEND SCHNEIDER WON ALMOST 1.4 MILLION DOLLARS WHILE IN JEOPARDY MAKING HER THE HIGHEST EARNING FEMALE CONTESTANT EVER ON THE SHOW 1000.

BACK TO YOU ALL MY WEIGHT AND WITH SOME GOOD NEWS. THANK YOU.

>> THE JANUARY 6 COMMITTEE INTERVIEW IN KIMBERLY GUILFOYLE TODAY. SHE’S DONALD TRUMP JUNIOR’S GIRLFRIEND AND ONE OF THE CLOSEST ASSOCIATES OF THE TRUMP FAMILY TO TALK TO THE COMMITTEE. SO FAR, NBC NEWS SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL CORRESPONDENT GARRETT HAKE LIVE FOR US ON CAPITOL HILL. SO TELL US ABOUT GUILFOYLE ROLE ON THE 6TH IN HER INTERVIEW TODAY.

WHAT WE KNOW.

>> WELL, GUILFOYLE SPOKE AT THE RALLY ON THE ELLIPSE ON JANUARY 6. AS YOU POINTED OUT, SHE WAS THEN DONALD TRUMP JUNIOR’S GIRLFRIEND. NOW HIS FIANCE CLOSELY MATCHED WITH THE TRUMP FAMILY ALSO BIG FUNDRAISER FOR REPUBLICAN. SO SHE’S RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS AND THE DID NOT GET VERY FAR BEFORE GUILT COUNCIL COMPLAINED THAT ACCORDING TO THE AGREEMENT THEY HAD WITH THE COMMITTEE THAT THIS WOULD JUST BE WITH LAWYERS, NOT MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE PRESIDENT SOMEHOW THROWN OUT. THEY PUT OUT AN ANGRY STATEMENT SAYING THAT THE COMMITTEE HAD BASICALLY SANDBAGS KILL SOIL AND THAT SHE WASN’T GOING TO ANSWER ANY MORE QUESTIONS.

SO WHAT STARTED AS WHAT WAS LIKELY TO BE DAYLONG INTERVIEW ENDED UP OVER IN ABOUT 2 HOURS. >> SO WHAT IS THE COMMITTEE SAYING ABOUT THIS. THEN. >> WELL, THEY’VE BEEN IN NEGOTIATIONS FOIL TO APPEAR VOLUNTARILY.

NOW THEY’RE SAYING THAT SHE’S LIKELY TO BE SERVED WITH A SUBPOENA TO COMPEL HER TESTIMONY THAT PUT OUT A STATEMENT SAYING THAT SHE’D ALREADY PROVIDED DOCUMENTS, BUT THEY STILL WANT TO GET THAT TESTIMONY ONE WAY OR ANOTHER.

SO IT LOOKS LIKE IT’S JUST GOING TO BE A MORE PROTRACTED FOR WHATEVER GUILFOYLE KNIVES. >> PRESIDENT BIDEN NOMINATING JUDGE KETANJI BROWN JACKSON TO THE SUPREME COURT THIS AFTERNOON. THE BIG NEWS OF THE ILLINOIS DEMOCRAT DURBIN WILL CHAIR HER CONFIRMATION HEARINGS IN THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. HE TWEETED THIS AFTER THE ANNOUNCEMENT FROM A STRONG LIST OF PROSPECTIVE CANDIDATES. PRESIDENT BIDEN HAS CHOSEN AN EXTRAORDINARY NOMINEE IN DC CIRCUIT JUDGE KETANJI BROWN JACKSON GARRETT HEARING START WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR AND WHAT HE HEARING ON THE HILL ABOUT BIDEN’S CHOICE.

>> WELL, DURBIN HAS SAID HE’D LIKE TO TRY TO WHOEVER BIDEN NOMINATED. NOW WE KNOW JUDGE JACKSON CONFIRMED BY THE SENATE EASTER RECESS THAT WOULD BE AN EXTRAORDINARILY AMBITIOUS YOU KNOW, BASED ON MY EXPERIENCE IN THE SENATE. I’D SAY IT’S PROBABLY NOT GOING TO BE THAT QUICKLY. BUT I THINK YOU’LL PROBABLY SEE HEARING STARTS SOMETIME TOWARDS THE BACK HALF OF MARCH. JACKSON’S GOT TO COME UP TO THE HILL, MAKE AROUND.

YOU’VE BEEN HEARING FROM A LOT OF SENATORS THAT THEY WANT TO TALK TO HER IN PERSON. YOU KNOW, IT’S A DIFFERENT KETTLE OF FISH. WHEN YOU’RE NOMINATED FOR THE SUPREME COURT AS OPPOSED TO A DISTRICT OR APPEALS COURT POSITION LIKE SHE HAS BEEN IN THE BUT CHUCK THE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER TODAY WAS APPEARING IN NEW YORK SEEM VERY CONFIDENT THAT THIS PROCESS WOULD GO SMOOTHLY.

HERE IS WHAT HE HAD TO SAY TO REPORTERS ABOUT IT. IT’S.

>> JUDGE JACKSON. HAS AN IMPECCABLE RECORD. AS A JUDGE AND IN HER PUBLIC SERVICE. SHE’S BEEN CONFIRMED BY THE UNITED STATES SENATE IN A BIPARTISAN BASIS 3 TIMES. SO SHE’S HIGHLY.

SHE’S A HIGHLY QUALIFIED NOMINEE AND I HOPE THERE WILL BE A GOOD NUMBER OF REPUBLICANS SUPPORTING IT. I DON’T SEE ANY REASON WHY THERE SHOULDN’T BE. >> REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN PRETTY NONCOMMITTAL ON WHETHER THEY WOULD SUPPORT JUDGE JACKSON MOOS SAID THEY’D LIKE TO MEET WITH HER. THEY SAID THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE SHE’S NOT SOMEONE WHO LEGISLATE FROM THE BENCH AS THEY PUT IT. BUT IT ALSO HEARD FROM SEVERAL REPUBLICANS WHO SAY THEY DON’T WANT TO REPEAT WHAT THEY SAW AS THE CIRCUS LIKE ATMOSPHERE THAT SURROUNDED THE KAVANAUGH AND AMY CONEY BARRETT NOMINATION PROCESSES.

YEAH, THAT’S FOR SURE. ALRIGHT. GARRETT HAKE ON THE HILL. THANK YOU SO MUCH. >> THE CDC LISTENING ITS MASK GUIDELINES THIS AFTERNOON SAYING MOST OF US DON’T NEED TO WEAR THEM INSIDE ANYMORE BACKING UP WITH THESE NUMBERS.

THE SEVEN-DAY AVERAGE OF DAILY NEW COVID CASES JUST OVER 75,000. THAT’S DOWN 38% FROM THE WEEK BEFORE NBC NEWS SENIOR MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT DOCTOR JON TORRES WITH ME DOCTOR JOHN. WE’VE HAD SO MUCH NEWS ON ANY OTHER DAY. THIS WOULD PROBABLY BE THE LEAD OF THE SHOW. BUT IT IS A BIG DEAL.

>> FOR THOSE OF US STILL DEALING WITH THIS PANDEMIC. SO WALK US THROUGH THIS NEW GUIDANCE. >> AND NOW SOME UNITED BEEN DEALING WITH THIS PANDEMIC FOR 2 YEARS LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE. BUT WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT IT. WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT KIND OF THE TRANSITION OF MASK GUIDANCE AS TIME WENT ON AND THE LAST TIME THE CDC MADE RECOMMENDATIONS BACK IN JULY AND THEN JULY WHAT THEY’RE LOOKING AT OUR CASE NUMBERS AND POSITIVITY RATES ARE USING.

THAT IS THE MAIN METRIC. BUT BECAUSE OF OMICRON WE FOUND OUT THAT THAT METRIC DOESN’T NECESSARILY APPLY AS WELL AS IT DID IN THE PAST FOR DETERMINING WHEN THINGS LIKE MASK SHOULD PUT ON WHERE SHOULD BE RECOMMENDED INSTEAD, WHAT THEY’RE DOING. THEY’RE STILL LOOKING AT CASE NUMBERS. BUT USING THAT AS A GUIDELINE IS DEAD LOOKING MOSTLY AT SEVERE DISEASE AND HOSPITALIZATIONS AND WHAT THEY’RE SAYING IS ARE DIVIDING INTO LOW MEDIUM AND HIGH RISK COMMUNITIES BASED ON THAT. YOU KNOW HOW MANY CASES ARE IN THE HOSPITAL.

MANY PATIENTS HAVE BEEN ADMITTED AND HOW MANY BEDS ARE FILLED WITH COVID PATIENTS. IF YOU’RE IN THE LOW MEDIUM RISK COMMUNITIES. THEY’RE SAYING MASKS ARE OPTIONAL THAT POINT THAT INCLUDE SCHOOLS IN THOSE LOW MEDIUM RISK AREAS.

BUT FOR EVERYBODY HE HIT A HIGH RISK AREA. THEN WHAT THEY’RE SAYING IS YOU SHOULD PUT MASKS IN INDOOR SETTINGS, INCLUDING SCHOOLS BUT THEN MANDATE STILL HOLDS FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION’S.

WE’RE TALKING BUSES AIRLINES. THOSE ARE NOT GOING TO COME DOWN YET. BUT I THINK THE BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THIS TODAY IS THE FACT THAT THERE INCLUDING SCHOOLS IN THAT SAME RECOMMENDATION BECAUSE THE THOUGHT PROCESS WAS THIS COULD REALLY GO EITHER WAY. BUT THEY DECIDED SCHOOLS BECAUSE OF COVID BECAUSE OMICRON BECAUSE OF VACCINATION RATES FOR ADULTS AND OLDER CHILDREN THAT THEY’RE SAFE ENOUGH TO BE INCLUDED IN THE COMMUNITY.

BUT OF COURSE, IF YOUR COMMUNITY BACKTRACKS A LITTLE BIT THOSE HOSPITALIZATION RATES GO UP.

THOSE COVID BEST ARE GETTING FILLED UP THEN YOU CAN SEE MASKS BEING PUT BACK ON UNTIL THEY START COMING DOWN AGAIN. ALLISON. >> DOCTOR, JOHN, WE KNOW AMERICANS ARE LOSING THEIR PATIENTS WITH COVID RESTRICTIONS. BUT CHECK OUT THIS YAHOO. NEWS SURVEY.

46 RHETT PERCENT OF AMERICANS THINK IT’S TIME FOR LEARN TO LIVE WITH THAT APPROACH. 43 1% THINK WE NEED TO DO MORE TO VACCINATE WHERE MASKS AND TESTS. I’M ACTUALLY SURPRISED THOSE NUMBERS ARE EVEN HIGHER. THE CDC TOOK A LOT OF HEAT LAST YEAR FOR LIFTING MASK RESTRICTIONS TOO SOON ONLY TO HAVE DELTA SHOW UP IN YOUR OPINION. ARE WE AT THE POINT WHERE IT’S TIME TO ADJUST THE GUIDANCE.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE COVID CASE NUMBERS EVEN LOWER ARE WE EVER GOING TO BE AT A POINT WHERE EVERYONE IS COMFORTABLE WITH THE GUIDANCE CHANGES. >> AND, YOU KNOW, BEING A DOCTOR, ALWAYS LOVE TO SEE COVID CASE NUMBERS LOWER BUT CASE LIKE THIS, YOU KNOW, NUMBER ONE, WE’VE BEEN WITH MASK FOR 2 YEARS AND PEOPLE ARE GETTING THE POINT WHERE THEY’RE ESSENTIALLY REBELLING AGAINST THOSE GUIDELINES AND THOSE MANDATES AND THAT SAME TIME WE KNOW THAT THAT THE RATE OF PROTECTION AROUND THE COUNTRY HAS AROUND 73%.

AND SO PEOPLE ARE MORE PROTECTED AND EVERYONE IS SAYING, OK, LET’S GET TO THIS POINT WHERE NOW WE KNOW OMICRON CAN SPREAD, BUT IT TENDS TO BE LESS INTENSIVE. THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE AT RISK. AND SO LET’S LOOK AT THE LOCAL LEVEL INSTEAD OF DOING IT ON A NATIONWIDE BASIS AND THAT THAT YOUR LOCAL LEVEL, YOU HIT THAT CRITERIA FOR THE HIGH RISK, THEN YOU WANT TO GO AND PUT MASK BACK ON.

THE OTHER SAYS THAT THEY SAY IS THAT MEDIUM RISK. TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT WHETHER YOU SHOULD BE WEARING A MASK ANYWAY, REGARDLESS. AND THEN THE 3RD THING THEY SAY IS IF YOU’RE SICK WITH COVID, YOU’VE BEEN EXPOSED TO COVID REGARDLESS OF WHETHER YEAR LOW MEDIUM OR HIGH, YOU SHOULD BE WEARING A MASK AT THAT POINT. SO I THINK THIS IS A HAPPY MEDIUM. AND I THINK, YOU KNOW, THAT SURVEY SHOWED THAT SOME PEOPLE ARE SAYING WHAT WOULD THAT WE’RE DONE WITH THAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE SAYING WE NEED TO DO MORE.

I THINK IT’S A COMBINATION OF THOSE 2. THEY WERE GETTING TO THE POINT WHERE WE NEED TO CERTAINLY LEARN HOW TO LIVE WITH IT. BUT AT SAME TIME, THERE’S MORE WE CAN DO AND NEED TO CONTINUE TO DO TO GET THROUGH THIS PANDEMIC AND WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS PANDEMIC ALLISON DOCTOR, JOHN, I JUST KEEP THINKING SOME DAY. WE WILL GET TO THE POINT WHERE WE HAVE YOU BACK ON TO TALK ABOUT VAPING AGAIN, NOT THE PANDEMIC. THAT WAS LIKE 3 YEARS AGO.

I STILL THINK ABOUT THAT MUSIC IN THE SAME THING TO USE A GUN AND ABOUT OTHER THINGS THAT WILL HAPPEN AGAIN. THANKS, DOCTOR DON. >> BET. >> REMEMBERING TRAYVON MARTIN. 10 YEARS LATER, THE TEEN WAS SHOT AND KILLED ON FEBRUARY 2620 12, HE WAS WALKING FROM HIS NEIGHBORHOOD CONVENIENCE STORE ARMED WITH JUST A CELL PHONE.

A PACK OF SKITTLES AND AN ICED TEA, MSNBC CORRESPONDENT MAINLY SHOWS US HOW MARTIN’S LEGACY LIVES ON A DECADE >> FEBRUARY 2620 12 A 17 YEAR-OLD BOY WAS SPENDING THE WEEKEND WITH HIS FATHER IN A SUBURB OF ORLANDO AND DURING HALFTIME OF THE NBA ALL-STAR GAME.

HE WENT TO A NEARBY 7.11 TO GET AS THE BOY WAS WALKING HOME IN THE DARK COULD BE UP TO SHIELD HIM FROM THE RAIN. HE WAS SPOTTED AND CONFRONTED BY AN ARMED SELF-APPOINTED NEIGHBORHOOD. WATCH CAPTAIN WHO DEMANDED TO KNOW WHO WAS WHITE.

WAS THERE. THERE WAS A SCUFFLE AND PEOPLE CAN >> REST POWER. I SAY THE SO MANY >> THIS YEAR TRAYVON MARTIN SHOULD BE CELEBRATING HIS 27TH YEAR OF LIFE INSTEAD HE’S BEING REMEMBERED 10 YEARS AFTER HIS SPARKED A MOVEMENT. THE LAST MATERIAL MARKERS OF TRAYVON’S LIFE. TOO YOUNG ARE NOW A PART OF HISTORY.

ONE DISPLAY AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE LATER. IT’S PART OF AN EXHIBIT ARE EXPLORING RECONSTRUCTION LEGACIES REALLY STAND HERE WITH GREAT FOOTY, HIS SNEAKERS, WHITE SNEAKERS. >> THERE IS A NICE TO THE SKITTLES. HIS PHONE. JUST A BOY.

IT’S HARD TO EVEN LOOK AT THIS. WITH A BULLET HOLE IN HIS CHEST OUT OF RESPECT FOR MARTIN’S FAMILY. THE MUSEUM DOESN’T ALLOW PHOTOS OR VIDEO OF THE HIS MOTHER, SABRINA FULTON EXPLAINS ITS SIGNIFICANCE IN A WAY THAT NO PHOTO EVER COULD.

>> IF YOU LOOK AT HOODIE, YOU SAW HOME AND HE’S YOU KNOW, WHERE HIS HEART WAS READY WAS CITED. I WANT PEOPLE TO SEE THAT.

I WANT TO REMIND PEOPLE THAT THIS HAPPENED HERE IN IN THE UNITED STATES THE DISPLAY IS CREEPING. >> TAKING SOME VISITORS BY SURPRISE. >> THAT LEVEL OF SACRIFICE. IT’S A HUGE PRICE TO PAY. THIS IS REALLY HOW MY PEOPLE ARE TREATED IN AMERICA.

>> WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM HAVING TO MEET ITS TOP TRACKS.

AND YOU JUST WANT TO ABSORB EVERYTHING RIGHT DOWN TO WHAT JUST DID STORY WHERE WE TRY TO DO THINK SPENCER CREW IS DIRECTOR EMERITUS OF THE MUSEUM WHO LIKE ALL THIS MONTH. HE’S BEEN OUR GUIDE AS WE’VE REPORTED ON THE RECONSTRUCTION ERA. SO WOULD RULE. DOES THIS PLANES AT THE MISSION HOUSE.

YOU CAN GET TO THE IT REALLY FITS IN WITH HIS ID AND RECONSTRUCTION. >> AFRICAN-AMERICANS WERE ONLY SUPPOSED HAVE A CERTAIN PLACE AND THAT SOCIETY WHEN THEY PRICE, YOU NEED TO BE PULLED BACK AND PUNISHED FOR HAVING BROKEN THE TRAYVON’S DEATH. AND LATER, HE COULD WITH HIS KILLER THE BLACK LIVES TO US. HIS PARENTS TO THE VANGUARD OF MODERN CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVISM FORCING THEM. >> TO PUSH TO BE A VOICE FOR THEIR SON AND THEY STILL GROWING LIST OF BLACK PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN MURDERED.

>> ON ME THAT YOU FEEL STRONGLY MEANS YOU SHOW UP ANYWAY AND BACK. EVEN TRADE WAS THEY WERE IN THE FOREFRONT KEEPING HIS MOVE MAY IMPACT YOU THAT HELPED A LOT OF THESE GETTING CONVICTIONS EVEN THOUGH WE DIDN’T COMPLACENT. >> IN A WAY TRAYVON’S LEGACY AND THE MOVEMENT BUILT IN HIS HONOR ISN’T JUST BLACK.

AMERICA’S LEGACY. IT’S ALL OF >> THAT’S WHY I DECIDED TO TO DONATE THE THINGS BECAUSE I’M AMERICA TRAYVON BELONGS TO AMERICA.

>> I LOVE THAT TRAYVON BELONGS TO AMERICA. THAT REMAIN JOINS ME NOW. A TRAIN WAS WONDERFUL TO HAVE YOU ON. I HAVE TO ASK ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL EXPERIENCE AT THE TRAYVON EXHIBIT. WHAT MOVED YOU THE MOST ABOUT I MEAN, THAT WHOLE D.

I JUST CAN’T GET PAST IT. >> ALICE. AND I THINK THAT’S EXACTLY RIGHT. THE ARTIFACTS AND ITEMS OF A TEENAGE BOY, RIGHT. HERE’S HIS CELL PHONE.

THE ICE TEA THE SNACKS. BUT THEN IT’S THAT HOODIE THAT CAME TO SYMBOLIZE SO MUCH INTO THAT HOLE RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF IT.

I MEAN, IT LITERALLY ALMOST BROUGHT ME TO TO THINK ABOUT, YOU KNOW, YOUR CHILD LEAVES HOME ONE DAY AND JUST NEVER RETURNS. AND TO SEE THAT BEHIND THAT GLASS. IT WAS REALLY STRIKING AGAIN.

SITUATED AT THE VERY END OF THIS EXHIBIT WILL BE CONSTRUCTION. YEAH. WE KIND OF TRAVEL 150 YEARS OF THIS AFRICAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE WRESTLING WITH DEMOCRACY AND CITIZENSHIP AND TO AT THIS THAT SPEAKS TO KIND OF BE THE UNSEEN BOUNDARY STILL AROUND SO MANY OF US BLACK BOYS AND TEENAGERS IN PARTICULAR. >> IT WAS JUST STRIKING THAT REMAIN. YOU’VE BEEN WALKING US DIFFERENT PARTS OF THIS EXHIBIT THROUGHOUT BLACK HISTORY MONTH.

HOW LONG DOES IT RUN? >> SO THIS EXHIBIT CALLED MAKE GOOD.

THE PROMISES WILL BE RUNNING INTO AUGUST 21ST. I SO. THERE’S STILL SOME TIME TO GO SEE.

BUT REALLY IT. IT CAPTURES IN SO MANY START WAYS. AGAIN, THAT TENSION THAT WE’VE EXPERIENCED AMERICA BUT ALSO THE GROWTH RIGHT IN EMERGENCE OF BLACK POST-CIVIL WAR POSTMATES PATIENT. >> IT’S A REALLY, REALLY SOLID REALLY WELL DONE. IT LOOKS IT.

I MEAN, WE HAVE GOTTEN A TOUR WITHOUT EVEN HAVING TO GO THANKS TO YOU. BUT I THINK SO MANY OF US WHO ARE ABLE WOULD LOVE TO GO AND SEE IT IN PERSON. SO TRINA HAVE TO ASK ABOUT TRAYVON MARTIN’S MOTHER WAS SO INCREDIBLE TO HEAR FROM HER THERE. WHAT IS THE NEXT CHAPTER FOR HER. >> SO, YOU KNOW, IT’S NOT JUST A BEAUTIFUL AND HIS FATHER ALSO TRACY MARTIN ARE BOTH ON THIS MISSION TO TO KIND OF BE A VOICE RIGHT ELEVATE THE MISSION OF SAVING CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE AND YOUNG MEN IN PARTICULAR, YOUNG WOMEN JUST LIKE TRAYVON MARTIN.

SO THEY HAVE THE CIRCLE OF MOTHERS AND CIRCLE OF FATHERS. THEY MULTIPLE TIMES A YEAR TO TRY TO BE A SOUNDING BOARD THE SHOULDER. BUT ALSO I’M KIND OF KIND WHEN CATALYST FOR AGAINST, YOU KNOW, UNJUST LAWS AND JUSTICE IN THE BUT THESE PARENTS TO LOOK IN THEIR EYES, ESPECIALLY SABRINA FULTON, TRAYVON’S MOTHER FOR SO VERY LONG.

LOOK IN THEIR EYES AND WAS THAT THIS DEEP WELL OF PAIN AND HURT THE MOTION. BUT I THINK THIS FAMILY YOU CAN NEVER TOTALLY MOVE PAST THE GRIEF.

SURE THEY’RE BUILDING SO MUCH AROUND THE GRIFFIN. SO MAKING A BIG DIFFERENCE FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE CREDIBLE WHAT THEY’RE TREMAINE, WE HAVE SO ENJOYED YOUR AND SNIPPETS OF THIS EXHIBIT, ESPECIALLY TODAY. THANK YOU SO MUCH. >> COMING UP, THE DOW COULD UP ITS BEST DAY OF THE YEAR. WHY STOCKS ARE RALLYING IN SPITE OF THE ATTACK ON UKRAINE NEXT.

♪ ♪ ♪ >> HOWIE JACKSON NOW WEEKDAYS AT 5 ON NBC NEWS NOW. NEWS IS HAPPENING. LOOK AT WHAT’S MAKING HEADLINES AROUND THE WORLD. ♪ >> WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR TEACHERS OR FEEL THAT THEY’RE BEING STRETCHED TOO DID YOU UNDERSTAND HOW PREVALENT HUNGER WAS IN YOUR OWN COMMUNITY.

♪ >> LOOK AT WHAT’S MAKING HEADLINES AROUND THE WORLD.

♪ NEWS IS HAPPENING. LOOK AT WHAT’S MAKING HEADLINES AROUND THE WORLD. ♪ >> IT IS TIME FOR THE BOTTOM LINE. OUR DAY. LOOK AT WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE BUSINESS WORLD AND BEYOND.

IN A MOVE NO ONE EXPECTED THE DOW JUST PUT UP ITS BEST DAY OF 20 22. LOOK AT THAT CLOSE UP MORE THAN 830 POINTS. THE S AND P AND THE NASDAQ ALSO BIG WINNERS TODAY. SO WHY ARE THE MARKETS HIGHER WHEN THE WORLD IS WATCHING RUSSIA ATTACK UKRAINE INVESTOPEDIA EDITOR IN CHIEF CALEB SILVER HERE TO TALK THAT ONE THROUGH WITH ME. ALL RIGHT.

SO CALEB, LOOK, IF YOU OR I KNEW EXACTLY WHAT THE MARKETS WERE GOING TO DO ON DAYS LIKE THIS WOULDN’T BE WORKING HERE. WE’D BE SITTING PRETTY IN RICH ON OUR PRIVATE ISLANDS.

BUT WHEN YOU TRACK THE MARKETS CLOSELY, YOU GET TO UNDERSTAND THE MOVES A LITTLE BIT BETTER. EVEN WHEN THEIR UNEXPECTED AND ERRATIC TODAY IT FELT LIKE WALL STREET CALM DOWN A LITTLE BIT WHEN IT HEARD THE KREMLIN SAY IT WOULD TALK WITH UKRAINE, GOT THE SENSE THAT MAYBE THIS INVASION WOULDN’T LAST TOO LONG. WHAT DID YOU TAKE FROM THE MARKETS TODAY.

I MEAN, THAT IS THAT IS SOME CLOSE ON THE DOW. MORE THAN 8.30. >> YEAH. THAT’S CLOSE.

IN 2022 BEST CLOSE SINCE LATE 2020 AND THIS IS, I THINK, A CASE OF SELL THE RUMOR BY THE NEWS BECAUSE THINGS PICKED UP YESTERDAY AS WE TALK AFTER PRESIDENT BIDEN’S PRESS CONFERENCE WHEN SANCTIONS WERE FORMALLY PUT IN PLACE. NOW WE KNOW THE LITTLE BIT A FEW MORE SANCTIONS. THERE’S POTENTIAL TALKS, BUT ALSO STOCKS HIT A CERTAIN LEVEL. WE CORRECTED THE S AND P 500 MEETING. WE WERE DOWN 10% FROM RECENT HIGHS AND THE DOW INDUSTRIALS ALSO DOWN 10%.

RECENT HIGHS FOR SOME INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS. THAT’S JUST TOO LOW LEVELS OF THE BUYING WAS AGGRESSIVE. IT WAS ALL DAY LONG. IT WAS ACROSS ALL SECTORS AND BASICALLY WE WOUND UP ON A FRIDAY AFTERNOON WHERE WE STARTED ON A MONDAY MORNING UP AND DOWN ALL WEEK. YEAH.

FLAT FOR THE WEEK, WHICH JUST SHOWS YOU WHAT KIND OF A PERIOD WE’RE IN RIGHT NOW.

YEAH. IT SURE CALEB. AND SO GLAD YOU’RE HERE BECAUSE WHILE MOST PEOPLE WERE PAYING ATTENTION TO THE INVASION IN UKRAINE. >> THERE’S ACTUALLY SOME GOOD ECONOMIC NEWS HERE IN THE U.

S. THIS WEEK. CAN YOU JUST WALK US THROUGH RISE TO 4 G GDP. THE JOBLESS CLAIMS OUT YESTERDAY. THINGS PEOPLE MIGHT HAVE MISSED WHILE THEY WERE WATCHING.

THE BIG NEWS OF THE DAY WHAT THEY TELL US ABOUT HOW RECOVERING FROM THIS PANDEMIC RECESSION. >> YEAH. ABSENT THE GEOPOLITICAL EVENTS. THE U.S.

ECONOMY CONTINUES TO GAIN STRENGTH TO SELL WEEKLIES JOB. WEEKLY JOBLESS CLAIMS FALL BY ABOUT 17,000 FROM THE PRIOR WEEK. I THINK THEY CAME IN AT SOMETHING LIKE 232,000 CORP 4TH QUARTER GDP. THIS IS THE SECOND ESTIMATE SHOW GROWTH OF 7%.

NOW, THAT MAY BE THE PEAK WE WERE GOING REAL STRONG IN THE 4TH QUARTER OF LAST YEAR PEAK FROM THAT BE COMING DOWN SLOWLY FROM HERE.

BUT VERY GOOD NEWS. ON THE OTHER HAND, INFLATION STILL A PRETTY BIG DEAL. CORE PCE FOR PERSONAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURES IS THE ONE THAT THAT CARES ABOUT EXCLUDES OIL AND FOOD PRICES. I DON’T KNOW WHY WE PAY FOR THOSE EVERY DAY. BUT THAT WAS BY 5.

2% HIGHEST LEVEL SINCE 1983. TOP SONG IN 1983 ALICE AND TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART WHICH I DOUBT ABOUT TIME. NO >> YOU’RE SO GOOD. IT BE SO GOOD FOR AN EAR WORM, ESPECIALLY ON A FRIDAY MISSING THAT ONE THROUGH THE WEEKEND. YESTERDAY.

YOU EXPLAIN THE SWIFT BANKING SYSTEM TO EVERYONE.

THAT’S THE INTERNATIONAL ELECTRONIC PAYMENTS, MESSAGING SYSTEM THAT A LOT OF EXPERTS WERE SAYING RUSSIA SHOULD BE KICKED OFF OF WHAT IS YOUR INVESTOPEDIA TURN TODAY. >> IT’S BACKWARDATION, WHICH IS AGAIN, NOT A CRAZY OR THAT’S WHEN THE SPOT PRICE OF A COMMODITY LIKE OIL $100. A BARREL IS TRADING HIGHER THAN THE FUTURES PRICE. WHAT BRING THAT UP BECAUSE IF YOU LOOK AT WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH OIL PRICES.

OBVIOUSLY THEY SHOT UP BECAUSE OF THE GEOPOLITICAL UNCERTAINTY WITH RUSSIA AND UKRAINE BUT THE SPOT BUT THE FUTURES PRICE WITH TRADERS ARE BUYING IT FOR THE FUTURE IS MUCH LOWER, WHICH JUST TELLS YOU THIS IS A BLIP GIVEN WHAT’S GOING ON IN RUSSIA AND THE UKRAINE RIGHT NOW. SO YOU SEE OIL PRICES HOPEFULLY COME DOWN IF THIS DOESN’T ESCALATE AND HOPEFULLY WE’LL SEE THAT WITH OTHER COMMODITIES AS WELL BECAUSE INFLATION IS THE NUMBER ONE CONCERN AMONG INVESTORS RIGHT NOW.

AMONG US CONSUMERS RIGHT NOW AMONG OUR READERS AMONG EVERYBODY BECAUSE EVERYTHING COSTS MORE. >> CALEB ALWAYS WONDERFUL TO SEE YOU. I’M ON VACATION NEXT WEEK.

SO I WILL MISS YOU, MY FRIEND. CATCH INTO. >> SEE YOU SOON. HAVE A GOOD ONE. THANKS.

>> COMING UP, UKRAINIANS POURING INTO NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES WILL GET A REPORT FROM POLAND. PLUS A SYMBOL OF SOLIDARITY FROM FRANCE TONIGHT. THE EIFFEL TOWER BLUE AND GOLD. THE COLORS THE GREEN FLAG. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> TOP STORY WITH TOP IS YOUR NEWS PLAYLIST NBC NEWS NOW.

YOU CAN LISTEN TO IT AS A PODCAST AVAILABLE ANYTIME AND ANYWHERE.

♪ ♪ >> NOW TONIGHT, JOSHUA JOHNSON STREAMING. WE FIGHT HALL AND BC, NEWS NOW. TOP STORY WITH TIME NOW WEEK. THAT’S AT 7 ON NBC NEWS NOW.

>> THESE DAYS IT FEELS LIKE THE NEWS NEVER STOPS. SO LET’S GET INTO IT. WHAT’S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. WHAT IT ALL MEANS FOR YOU FOR AN HOUR EVERY DAY CAN BE HARD KEEP UP. SO LET’S GET STARTED TOGETHER.

ALI CHECKS IN NOW. >> WEEKDAYS AT 5 ON NBC NEWS NOW. >> WHAT IS IT THAT PEOPLE NEED WHEN THEY COME HERE WHEN THEY COME OFF THE PROBABLY BECAUSE WHITE, SAY DON’T KNOW. IT’S QUITE SAFE. BUT WE DON’T KNOW IF IT’S REALLY SAFE NOW A ANSWERS.

THEY A TRACTION. SO WE TRY SAY THAT TO SAY TO THAT SAY YOU’RE GOING TO SAY EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE OKAY.

>> NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT CAL PERRY. THEY’RE IN LOVE EVE THIS MORNING SPEAKING WITH A WOMAN HELPING UKRAINIANS EVACUATE. THEIR HOMES.

OTHERS ARE HEADING ACROSS THE BORDER INTO POLAND. NBC NEWS FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT KELLY COBIELLA HAS MORE FROM THE VILLAGE OF MUDDY CUP. >> WELL, IF ANYTHING, IT’S GOTTEN EVEN BUSIER AS THE HOURS HAVE WORN ON TODAY. IT’S NOW NIGHT TIME IT’S COLD. THERE’S VERY LITTLE SHELTER HERE AND PEOPLE ARE STILL COMING.

WE’VE SPOKEN TO A NUMBER OF PEOPLE TODAY FAMILIES HAVE COME FROM ALL DIFFERENT PARTS OF UKRAINE. SAY IN SOME CASES WALKED FOR HOURS AND THEN WAITED FOR HOURS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS BORDER TRYING TO GET THROUGH BORDER CONTROL AND JOIN RELATIVES ON THIS SIDE IN POLAND WAS WATCHES AS PEOPLE HAVE LINED UP HERE ON THE BORDER WAITING HOPING TO BE REUNITED WITH THEIR RELATIVES ASKING QUESTIONS GETTING VIDEOS FROM THERE FROM THEIR SPOUSES SHOWING JUST THE MASSES OF PEOPLE WAITING TO GET THROUGH BORDER AT THIS CROSSING.

THIS IS SOMETHING POLAND HAS SAID THAT THEY WERE PREPARED FOR THAT THEY WERE WILLING TO WELCOME A MILLION REFUGEES FROM UKRAINE. SHOULD THINGS WORSEN IN THAT NEIGHBORING COUNTRY. AND AND THEY ARE WELCOMING THEM HERE, BUT THEY’RE CLEARLY.

SEEING A HUGE NUMBERS THAT THEY CAN’T NECESSARILY HANDLE AT THIS POINT WE’RE SEEING TONIGHT, WOMEN AND CHILDREN. HUDDLED IN A SUPERMARKET JUST TO STAY WA UNTIL THEY FIGURE OUT WHERE THEY GO NEXT. THERE ARE BUSES THAT ARE ARRIVING HERE NOW TO TAKE THEM TO SHELTER. AND THIS KIND OF SCENE IS PLAYING OUT AT OTHER BORDER CROSSINGS AS WELL. THE CROSSING INTO MOLDOVA, INTO SLOVAKIA AND TO HUNGRY.

AND INTO ROMANIA. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT THESE THESE NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES TO HAVE BEEN BRACING FOR BUT ARE CERTAINLY GOING TO NEED HELP DEALING WITH MOVING FORWARD OF THE U.S.

ARMY HAS SET UP A COUPLE RECEPTION CENTERS HERE IN POLAND AN ARENA, FOR EXAMPLE, ABOUT 500 BEDS. BUT WE’VE SEEN THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE COME ACROSS THE BORDER TODAY AND AND THEIR NUMBERS ARE NOT DWINDLING.

>> HERE IN THE U.S. REPUBLICANS AND EVEN SOME DEMOCRATS WANT PRESIDENT BIDEN D WLADIMIR PUTIN HARDER OVER UKRAINE. NBC NEWS SENIOR POLITICAL ANALYST JOHN ALLEN WRITING BIDEN’S BIND.

NO GOOD OPTIONS ON RUSSIA.

JOHN JOINS ME LIVE JOHNNY STARTED PIECE BY SAYING THAT PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN BROUGHT HIS PEN TO A WAR. NOW WE HAVE TO HOPE IT WILL PROVE MIGHTIER THAN RUSH UNRESOLVED. WHAT EXPERTS TELL YOU ABOUT THAT PENN DOESN’T NEED TO SIGN OFF ON MORE THAN SANCTIONS. >> THEY’RE A HUGE PUSH FOR MORE SANCTIONS AND FASTER EVEN HEARD HILLARY CLINTON, THE FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE SUGGESTS THAT ON MORNING JOE THIS MORNING. BUT THE QUESTION OF MORE THAN SANCTIONS IS A DIFFICULT ONE BECAUSE IT’S NOT CLEAR THAT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WOULD SUPPORT THE UNITED STATES BECOMING MILITARILY ENGAGED WITH RUSSIA IN UKRAINE OR EVEN GETTING TO A PLACE WHERE THAT MIGHT HAPPEN AS WELL AS THE OTHER NATO COUNTRIES, MANY OF WHICH NOT WANT TO BE IN A SHOOTING WAR WITH RUSSIA.

SO WELL TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS. BUT THE MORE THAN SANCTIONS IS ONE THAT’S BEING DISCUSSED AND YET HAS IT REALLY COME TO THE FORE SPOKE TO ONE MEMBER OF CONGRESS WHO WHO WAS IN EUROPE THIS WEEK TALKING TO SOME OF THE ALLIES AND THERE’S DISCUSSION OF A POSSIBLE NO FLY ZONE.

BUT EVEN THAT IT’S SOMETHING THAT COULD BREAK THE BONDS OF THE NATO ALLIANCE. JOHN, YOU’RE THERE AT CPAC IN ORLANDO YOUR WRITING THAT PRESIDENT BIDEN’S APPROVAL RATINGS ARE AT RISK. WE KNOW THIS IS THE MIDTERMS YEAR.

WE KNOW THAT THE NEXT ELECTION IS NOT THAT FAR OFF. >> AND THERE IS LITTLE SYMPATHY FOR THE IDEA THAT HIS POWER IS LIMITED WITH NO GOOD OPTIONS ON THE TABLE. I NEED WHAT CAN HE DO HERE SHORT OF GOING TO WAR AT KEEPING THE DOMESTIC AND THOSE APPROVAL RATINGS WHICH ARE IMPORTANT TO HIM IN MIND. >> I MEAN, I REALLY THINK YOU KNOW, THIS IS WHAT YOU JUST TALKED ABOUT THERE IS IS THE BOND THAT HE’S IN, WHICH IS HE’D LIKE TO BE ABLE TO DO MORE.

HE’D LIKE TO BE ABLE TO VLADIMIR PUTIN.

BUT THERE’S NOT MUCH THAT HE’S ABLE TO DO AS PRESIDENT. AND IT’S JUST A REALITY. BUT IT DOESN’T LOOK GOOD POLITICALLY WHEN THE PRESIDENT IS AND THIS IS THE STRONGEST FORCE IN THE WORLD OF ANY GIVEN MOMENT. JOHN, LET’S TALK ABOUT AMERICA’S ALLIES. NATO’S RESPONSE FORCE ACTIVATED TODAY.

YOU WROTE THE ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN CAREFUL NOT TO OUT STEP ITS EUROPEAN ALLIES. INSTEAD, IT SENT A CONSISTENT MESSAGE THAT ANY RESPONSE TO PUTIN WOULD BE UNIFIED. I MEAN, THAT’S A BIG REASON WE DIDN’T PUSH FOR RUSSIA BE KICKED OFF THE SWIFT BANKING SYSTEM. EUROPE WASN’T ON BOARD. >> WHAT I SEE HEARING ABOUT ABOUT THE WEST STANDING FIRM AND STICKING TOGETHER HERE.

>> IT WAS INTERESTING TO HEAR PRESIDENT BIDEN HIMSELF ACKNOWLEDGED IT WAS OTHER COUNTRIES THAT DIDN’T WANT TO DEAL WITH THE BANKING SYSTEM.

YOU KNOW, THE I THINK SO FAR THAT UNITY IS HELD. IN FACT, WE’RE EVEN SEEING SIGNS OF A THAT PERHAPS WE COULD MOVE TOWARD JOINING NATO AS A RESULT OF WHAT PROVED MISSED ON SEEKING MORE SECURITY FIRM THAT EVEN AS PROOF IS TRYING GAIN MORE TERRITORY. THERE ARE SIGNS THAT NATO COULD GROW. AT THE SAME YOU KNOW, WANT TO SEE WHETHER THAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS OR NOT.

BUT FOR THE MOMENT, THE EUROPEAN ALLIES OF THE UNITED STATES. THE NATO ALLIES ANYWAY HAVE BEEN. >> PRETTY TOGETHER ON JOHN, I HAVE TO ASK SINCE WE’VE GOT A MINUTE LEFT IN THE SHOW AND YOU ARE IN GIVE GIVE US A QUICK TAKE FROM CPAC TODAY. WHAT’S THE LATEST THERE? >> WE KNOW IT’S INTERESTING.

LOT OF PEOPLE WHO MIGHT RUN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2024 A STATE AWAY FROM FOREIGN POLICY THAT WAS INTERESTING.

MIKE POMPEO, THE FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE REALLY LEANED INTO IT EVER. PRESIDENT BIDEN OVER TRYING TO DISTINGUISH MYSELF. I THINK SOME FROM THE FIELD WE’VE SEEN, YOU KNOW, GOVERNOR DESANTIS YEAR. SENATOR TED CRUZ.

THEY THEY’RE LEFT ALONE. THE FOREIGN POLICY. BUT POMPEO WENT RIGHT AFTER OF COURSE, THE BIG DRAW IS GOING TO BE DONALD TRUMP TOMORROW NIGHT. >> YEAH. AND I IMAGINE THERE WILL BE NO SUBJECT LEFT UNTOUCHED JOHN ALLEN FROM ORLANDO, FLORIDA.

THANK YOU SO MUCH. ALWAYS GREAT TO SEE YOU, MY FRIEND. >> TO CARRY >> ALRIGHT. THAT DOES IT FOR US ON A VERY, VERY BUSY FRIDAY TO END A VERY, VERY BUSY WEEK. HAVE A TERRIFIC WEEKEND.

ALI JACKSON STARTS RIGHT NOW. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> WE’RE COMING ON THE AIR WITH BREAKING NEWS AND A RARE THING. WE HAVEN’T SEEN IN THIS ADMINISTRATION SO FAR.

A WORLD LEADER TARGETED WITH SANCTIONS. YEAH, THE U.

S. SLAPPING THOSE ECONOMIC PENALTIES ON RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN PERSONALLY. WE’RE GOING TO TELL YOU WHAT IT MEANS, WHETHER IT REALLY IS MOSTLY SYMBOLIC. AND IN JUST A FEW MOMENTS, WE’RE GOING TAKE YOU LIVE INSIDE UKRAINE WHERE THE RUSSIAN MILITARY IS CLOSING IN ON KEY. 10’S OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE TRYING TO ESCAPE THE VIOLENCE AND NATO SAYS THEY’RE DEPLOYING MORE TROOPS TO DEFEND NATO ALLIES.

PLUS, WE’LL TAKE YOU INSIDE RUSSIA WERE BIG NAME CELEBRITIES AND ORDINARY FOLKS ALIKE ARE ALL PROTESTING IN A WAY THAT’S ALMOST UNHEARD OF IN RUSSIA. SO IS IT A TIPPING POINT.

HISTORY HERE IN WASHINGTON. THE FIRST BLACK WOMAN EVER SELECTED TO SERVE ON THE SUPREME COURT. BUT PRESIDENT BIDEN MAKING IT OFFICIAL WITH JUDGE KETANJI BROWN JACKSON TODAY WE’VE GOT NEW REPORTING ON WHAT MAY BE A TOUGH CONFIRMATION ROAD AHEAD.

AND THE TIMELINE FOR HOW FAST IT COULD ALL HAPPEN. ALSO BREAKING TONIGHT, BRAND NEW FEDERAL GUIDELINES FROM THE CDC ABOUT WHEN YOU HAVE TO WEAR A MASK.

THE ANSWER ALMOST NEVER FOR MOST OF US. WE’RE GOING EXPLAIN THE THINKING BEHIND THIS BIG SHIFT AND THINGS GETTING A BIT TESTY TODAY BEHIND CLOSED DOORS ON CAPITOL HILL WHERE THE PARTNER OF DONALD TRUMP JUNIOR IS ACCUSING THE JANUARY 6 COMMITTEE OF HIJACKING HER INTERVIEW AND THE RARE RESPONSE FROM THE COMMITTEE LATER IN THE SHOW. HEY, I’M HALLE AND WE’RE STARTING WITH THOSE NEW SANCTIONS ON RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN AND ON HIS FOREIGN MINISTER SERGEY LAVROV.

>> REMEMBER, WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS POSSIBILITY OF THIS. THIS WAS A SIGNIFICANT TOOL IN THE PRESIDENT’S ARSENAL THAT HE CHOSE NOT TO USE DURING THIS CRISIS UNTIL NOW WITH THE WHITE HOUSE EXPLAINING THE THINKING HERE. LISTEN. >> THIS THAT WE’RE DOING IN ALIGNMENT. AND IN COORDINATION WITH THE EUROPEANS JUST SENDS A CLEAR MESSAGE ABOUT.

THE THE STRENGTH OF THE OPPOSITION TO THE ACTIONS BY PRESIDENT PUTIN AND THE DIRECTION AND HIS LEADERSHIP OF THE RUSSIAN MILITARY. >> AND YOU HEARD THE PRESS SECRETARY THERE MENTIONED EARLIER TODAY.

AMERICA’S ALLIES IN EUROPE CUT OFF ACCESS AS BEST THEY COULD TO PUTIN’S MONEY BY FREEZING HIS FINANCIAL ASSETS. AND WE KNOW THE U.S.

SANCTIONS WILL INCLUDE A KIND OF TRAVEL BAN ON THE RUSSIAN PRESIDENT. BUT THERE’S MORE TO THIS, RIGHT. WE’RE GOING TO GET A CAL PERRY IN LOVE, EVEN UKRAINE IN JUST A SECOND. BUT LET’S GET TO MIKE MEMOLI FIRST OVER AT THE WHITE ARE THE SANCTIONS MOSTLY SYMBOLIC OR DO THEY ACTUALLY HAVE TEETH ON VLADIMIR PUT. FIRST.

IT’S WORTH IT. >> EMPHASIZING THIS WAS SOMETHING OF A SURPRISE BECAUSE AFTER THE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED A LONG LIST OF EVEN MORE ESCALATORY SANCTIONS YESTERDAY.

IT SEEMED LIKE AS HE HAD PUT IT, THEY WANTED TO SORT OF NOW WAIT AND SEE HOW RUSSIA RESPONDED TO WHAT WAS ALREADY ON THE TABLE AND SO WHAT WE SEE TODAY IS THAT THE UNITED STATES JOINING FOLLOWING OUR EUROPEAN AND BRITISH ALLIES IN TAKING THIS NEXT STEP. NOW FOR ALL THE REASONS WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT FOR DAYS. THIS DOES APPEAR TO BE LARGELY SYMBOLIC PUTIN HAS BEEN REALLY MASTERFUL AT HIDING HIS ASSETS ALL OVER THE WORLD.

AND SO IT’S UNCLEAR HOW MUCH PERSONALLY THIS IS GOING TO STAY MAYBE SERGEI LAVROV NOT SO ABLE TO DO THE SAME. MAYBE HE’LL FEEL A LITTLE BIT MORE. BUT I THINK IT DOES SPEAK TO THE DEGREE IN WHICH. THE WHITE HOUSE HAS INCREASINGLY BEEN ABLE TO CORRAL EUROPE BEHIND IT BECAUSE THE RESERVATION TO THIS POINT SEEM TO BE THAT THE U.S.

WANT TO GO FURTHER THAN OUR ALLIES. WERE. I ASKED TO LEAVE SAYING YESTERDAY HE SORT OF THE WHITE HOUSE POINT PERSON ON SANCTIONS.

WHAT WOULD THE TRIGGERS THAT WOULD LEAD TO THEM TAKING THIS STEP OR POTENTIALLY OTHERS LIKE SWIFT AND HE DIDN’T IDENTIFY SPECIFIC TRIGGERS. HE DID LAY OUT THE WAY THAT THE WHITE HOUSE SORT OF EVALUATE HOW TO MOVE FORWARD.

AND ONE OF THE BIGGEST ONES THAT HE DID SAY WAS UNANIMITY WITH OUR ALLIES SO THAT THAT’S PART OF IT. WITH THAT WITH THE WHITE HOUSE AND THE PRESIDENT CAME TO THIS DECISION OVER THE LAST 24 HOURS. YOU MENTION SWIFT MEME. SO FOR FOLKS OUT THERE, YOU KNOW. >> IT’S THIS INTERNATIONAL BANKING SYSTEM ESSENTIALLY.

AND THERE’S THIS DISCUSSION OF WHETHER TO TRY TO CUT RUSSIA OFF FROM THAT. WHAT OTHER OPTIONS ARE ON THE TABLE HERE FOR FOR EVEN MORE PUNISHING SANCTIONS. THE U.S. COULD DEPLOY AS AS WE’RE ABOUT TO SEE WITH CAL PERRY.

THEY GET CLOSER TO THE UKRAINIAN CAPITAL. LOOKS LIKE MIKE MEMOLI IS LIVE SHOT HIS FROZEN. WE’LL TALK MORE ABOUT THAT LATER IN THE SHOW. BUT LET’S KEEP YOU UP TO SPEED ON WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING HERE BECAUSE RIGHT NOW THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL AS WE SPEAK.

WRIGHT HAS BEEN MEETING TO HOLDING A VOTE TO TRY TO SUPPORT UKRAINE.

BUT HERE’S THE THING. THE WRITING IS ON THE WALL. THIS THING IS DOOMED. WHY? BECAUSE RUSSIA CAN JUST SAY NO.

THAT’S BECAUSE AFTER WORLD WAR 2 RUSSIA WON THE POWER TO IMMEDIATELY BLOCK A VOTE ON ANY RESOLUTION. EVEN IF IT’S ABOUT AN INVASION THAT THEY THEMSELVES ARE BEHIND. WE’RE ALSO LEARNING SOMETHING THAT’S REALLY IMPORTANT REALLY INTERESTING THAT NATO IS GOING TO ADD TO THE PARTS OF ITS DEFENSE RESPONSE FORCE FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER.

THIS DOES NOT MEAN LET’S BE CLEAR. THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT SOLDIERS ARE GOING INTO UKRAINE.

THE U.S. SAYS IT’S READY TO HELP NATO ALLIES IF NEEDED. WE STAND READY. IF CALLED UPON BY NATO.

>> TO SUPPORT THE NRA SON, DEFENSE OF THE ALLIANCE AND WILL ABSOLUTELY DO THAT. YOU ARE LOOKING AT VIDEO OF RUSSIAN TANKS ROLLING THROUGH UKRAINE. THE U.S. THANKS RUSSIA’S MILITARY HAS ALREADY LAUNCHED MORE THAN 200 MISSILES.

>> BUT HERE’S THE THING. THERE’S A COPY OUT TO THESE THREATS TO KEITH BECAUSE THE SENIOR AMERICAN DEFENSE OFFICIAL TELLS NBC NEWS THE RUSSIAN MILITARY IS ACTUALLY FINDING MORE RESISTANCE FROM UKRAINE THAT IT EXPECTED SO TAKING A LIVE TO UKRAINE WHERE TROOPS ARE FIGHTING AS WE’RE TALKING ABOUT TO KEEP CONTROL OF KEY AND CHECK THIS OUT. THE AFTERMATH OF AN ATTACK ON AN APARTMENT BUILDING THERE. IT WAS HIT BY AN THIS IS THIS IS WHAT’S HAPPENING. THIS IS WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING AT.

WHAT IT IS LIKE ON THE GROUND. U.S. OFFICIALS WORRY THAT THE RUSSIAN MILITARY COULD END UP TAKING THE CITY WITHIN A MATTER OF DAYS.

SO NOW WHAT YOU THINK PEOPLE IN KEEVER DO IT.

YEAH, THEY ARE PACKING TRAIN STATIONS. THEY ARE LOOKING TO GET OUT OF THE WAY OF VIOLENCE. BUT, YOU KNOW, YOU CAN’T LEAVE MOST MEN AGES 18 TO 60 WHO ARE BEING TOLD THAT GOT TO STAY AND FIGHT UKRAINE’S PRESIDENT VOLODYMYR ZELENSKIY SPOKE FOR ABOUT A HALF HOUR WITH PRESIDENT BIDEN TODAY. HE SAYS THERE’S MORE THAN A 100 PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN KILLED. MORE THAN 300 SO FAR.

HER IN HIS COUNTRY AND HE’S IN A KIND OF DANGEROUS SPOT BECAUSE UKRAINE INTELLIGENCE TOLD HIM HE’S TARGET NUMBER ONE FOR THE RUSSIAN MILITARY. CAL PERRY IS IN UKRAINE. CAL, I WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU ARE SEEING SO FAR TONIGHT AS NIGHT TURNS INTO, YOU KNOW, STARTS TO MAKE THE TURN MORNING WHERE YOU ARE AND THEY’VE BEEN TALKING WITH FOLKS AT THOSE TRAIN STATIONS.

WHAT ARE YOU SEEING HERE? >> SO TONIGHT IS IS DIFFERENT THAN ANY OF THOSE NIGHTS HERE IN LA VIVE THAT WE’VE SEEN BECAUSE THIS IS THE FIRST NIGHT OF A CURFEW.

SO PEOPLE ARE NOT OUT ON THE STREETS. PEOPLE ARE ABIDING BY THE CURFEW. YOU’LL HEAR CAR GO BY ME EVERY ONCE A WHILE, BUT IT IS DESOLATE. IT IS EMPTY AND REALLY IT IS TENSE BECAUSE OF THOSE PICTURES COMING OUT OF KYIV. AND BECAUSE OF THIS HUMANITARIAN CRISIS THAT IS NOW UNFOLDING.

THIS TRAIN STATION THAT YOU MENTIONED IS REALLY AT THE CRUX OF THE CROSSROADS OF COUNTRY AT WAR. YOU HAVE THIS AMAZING JUXTAPOSITION OF SOLDIERS HEADING TO THE FRONT AND AS THEY’RE HEADED TO THE FRONT AS THEY WALK INTO THAT TRAIN STATION TO GET ON THAT TRAIN.

THEY’RE MET WITH PEOPLE COMING THE OTHER DIRECTION AND THE LOOK ON PEOPLE’S FACES IS OF HOR IS OF SHOCK IS OF COMPLETE DISBELIEF, THAT THIS IS HAPPENING THAT PEOPLE ARE HAVING TO MAKE THESE IMPOSSIBLE CHOICES ABOUT WHAT TO TAKE WITH THEM WHETHER OR NOT THEY SHOULD LEAVE HOW TO GET THEIR FAMILIES OUT. IT IS AN EMOTIONAL SCENE. WE HAD A CHANCE TO SPEAK TO A FEW PEOPLE OUTSIDE.

TAKE A LISTEN. NOW. SO WHEN YOU GO AND FIGHT. >> IF IT IF YOU NEED TO FIGHT, ARE YOU FOR IT. >> JUST HIM WILL AND ON >> FROM THE NEW YEAR.

NO LIMITS LOOK IT. YOU SO WANT TO SEE OUR BOYS AND GIRLS DIE FULL. >> THE OTHER THING THAT I HEARD A LOT OF IS THE WORLD AND AMERICA SPECIFICALLY NEEDS TO DO MORE.

YOU TALKED ABOUT THOSE SWIFT TRANSFER SWIFT WAS A WORD THAT I HEARD A DOZEN TIMES TODAY. THE OTHER PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT A WHILE.

IT IS NOT REALISTIC IS A NATO NO FLY ZONE. YEAH. PEOPLE WERE TALKING ABOUT THE SWIFT TRANSFER. THEY KNEW ABOUT IT. THEY SAID THEY WANTED TO STOP ME.

LOOK, ANYONE OF TRANSFERS, MONEY INTERNATIONALLY KNOWS ABOUT SWIFT. SO IT’S ONE OF THOSE THINGS THAT PEOPLE CAN IDENTIFY THAT THEY CAN THINK OF THAT WILL HURT THE YOU KNOW, PRESIDENT THAT WILL HURT THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT. IT IS SOMETHING PEOPLE ARE POINTING. THEY WOULD LOVE TO SEE A NATIVE NO FLY ZONE THAT IS NOT REALISTIC.

UKRAINE IS NOT A NATO COUNTRY, BUT THERE IS A SENSE HERE IN LOVE.

LOOK. I’M 50 MILES FROM THE NATO BORDER BASICALLY. SO, YOU KNOW, THE HOPE IS THAT THE RUSSIANS WON’T MOVE ON THE CITY BECAUSE IT’S AT NATO’S DOORSTEP, BUT NOBODY KNOWS. NOBODY KNOWS BECAUSE NOBODY EXPECTED WHAT WE’RE SEEING THESE COMPLETELY SURREAL PICTURES OF RUSSIAN FORCES MOVING IN ON THE EUROPEAN CAPITAL CAN I PULL BACK THE CURTAIN A LITTLE CALLOUS. WE KIND OF ON THE SHOW.

YOU AND I TALK, I THINK EXACTLY 12 HOURS AGO NOW WHEN WE WERE UP IN THE EARLY MORNING MY TIME MIDDAY YOUR TIME. >> AN AIR RAID SIRENS WERE GOING OFF WERE YOU WERE YOU WERE SHOWING US PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, GETTING INTO A PUBLIC SHELTER ESSENTIALLY TALKED ABOUT HOW YOU’RE CLOSE TO THE END OF THE BORDER PULLING YOUR SOMETHING THAT 300 MILES AWAY FROM KEY. >> BUT THERE’S STILL A REAL SETTING OF TENSION AND CONCERN FOR THE HUMANITARIAN CRISIS FOR EVERYTHING ELSE. CAN YOU TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT AND ABOUT, YOU KNOW, QUESTION I’VE GOTTEN TODAY, I’LL BE HONEST JUST FROM PEOPLE YOU KNOW, TEXT TALK TO WHATEVER.

>> THEY WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU DO TO STAY SAFE WHERE YOU ARE.

COLLEAGUES ARE DOING TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE OK AS THIS AS THIS FIGHTING ESCALATES COUNT. >> SO, LOOK, I WOULD LOVE TO THE CURRENT BACK IS MY FAVORITE THING TO DO. AS YOU KNOW. SO WE SPOKE TO YOU 12 HOURS AGO. THE AIR RAID SIRENS ARE GOING OFF.

PEOPLE HEADED TO THE BUNKER. AND THE OTHER THING THAT WE NOTICED WAS THAT THE CITY HAD RUN OUT OF FOOD. WE TRIED TO GO TO LUNCH THE CREW. WE WALK TO LUNCH TO A RESTAURANT EVEN 2 DAYS AGO WE SAT AND HAD DINNER AT A RESTAURANT WE COULD NOT FIND A RESTAURANT OPEN OR ANY PLACE WITH FOOD. WE HAVE SOME PROVISIONS HERE, BUT WE QUICKLY REALIZED WE NEED TO DO BETTER.

SO WE HEADED OFF TO THE GROCERY STORE.

WE SEND PEOPLE TO GO WELL, GUESS WHAT, THE SHELVES ARE MOSTLY CLEARED OUT. YOU HAVE A CITY THAT IS STARTING TO FALL APART FROM THE INSIDE BECAUSE THEY CANNOT TAKE THE PRESSURE OF THIS WAR. IT’S NOT UNUSUAL IN WAR ZONES. RIGHT.

WHEN YOU HAVE AN INFLUX OF REFUGEES. YOU JUST CANNOT KEEP RUNNING AT THE SAME LEVEL. PEOPLE ARE FLEEING. PEOPLE ARE GOING THE OTHER DIRECTION. AND SO THINGS ARE UNRAVELING HERE.

THE SECURITY SITUATION IS ALL THE MORE CONCERNING. THERE ARE RUMORS RUNNING RAMPANT THAT RUSSIAN SOLDIERS ARE PUTTING ON UKRAINIAN ARMY UNIFORMS THAT THEY CAN CARRY OUT SOME KIND OF ATTACK. SO THE POLICE HAVE DOUBLED THEIR PRESENCE ON THE STREET. NONE OF WHICH HELPS THE MOOD OF THE CITY THAT IS COMPLETELY CHANGED IN JUST 48 HOURS IN CITY. BY THE WAY, THAT NEVER THOUGHT THAT HE WOULD POSSIBLY BE IN THE LINE OF FIRE THAT YOU WOULD BE HEARING RETIRES.

>> AND I WOULD ADD TO THAT. IMAGINE THAT YOU GOT ON THE TRAIN THIS MORNING IN KEY FLEEING THIS VIOLENCE THAT WE SEE ON THE STREETS AND YOU ARRIVE HERE.

SOME 350 MILES AWAY. YOU’RE SO CLOSE TO THE BORDER AND THEN THOSE AIR RAID SIRENS GO OFF. SO IT FEELS LIKE NO REST FOR THE AGAIN, YOU KNOW, IN THESE WAR ZONES IN THESE SITUATIONS.

YET THERE IS JUST SO MANY OTHER WAYS THAT PEOPLE CAN LOSE THEIR LIVES. BESIDES JUST THE CONFLICT IN THE COMBAT. >> I’LL GIVE YOU ONE EXAMPLE IS INCREDIBLY COLD HERE. THERE’S A SEVEN-MILE BACKUP AT THE BORDER AND SOME PEOPLE ARE CHOOSING TO WALK AND THEY COULD ONLY BRING A SMALL BAG WITH THEM ON THE TRAIN. SO THEY’RE BASICALLY MAKING A GO FOR IT TO THE POLISH BORDER.

IT’S INCREDIBLY DANGEROUS AND IT’S ONLY GOING TO GET WORSE. YOU CAN COUNT ON IT ONLY GETTING WORSE. THIS HUMANITARIAN CRISIS AS THE RUSSIANS CONTINUE TO MOVE MORE INTO THESE URBAN AREAS. CAL PERRY IN THE UKRAINE FOR US AGAIN THIS EVENING COW. IT’S REALLY GREAT TO SEE YOU.

THANK YOU FOR BRINGING US THAT REPORTING. >> BUNCH OF OTHER HEADLINES TODAY, INCLUDING A BIG ONE. A BIG ONE AT A WASHINGTON PRESIDENT BIDEN. >> MAKING HISTORY TODAY NOMINATING THE FIRST BLACK WOMAN TO THE SUPREME COURT THAT ON TO BROWN JACKSON TO FILL THE SEAT OF THE RETIRING JUSTICE, STEPHEN. BUT WATCH.

>> FOR TOO LONG. OUR GOVERNMENT, OUR COURTS. I HAVEN’T LOOKED LIKE AMERICA. I BELIEVE IT’S TIME THAT WE HAVE A COURT REFLECTS THE FULL POUNDS AND GREATNESS. OUR NATION.

THE NOMINEE OF EXTRAORDINARY QUALIFICATIONS.

>> IF SHE’S CONFIRMED JUDGE JACKSON WOULD BE ONLY THE 6TH WOMAN TO SIT ON THE HIGH COURT AND THE 3RD BLACK JUSTICE. >> I CAN ONLY HOPE THAT MY LIFE AND CAREER. MY LOVE OF THIS COUNTRY AND THE CONSTITUTION AND MY COMMITMENT TO UPHOLDING THE RULE OF LAW AND THE SACRED PRINCIPLES UPON WHICH THIS GREAT NATION WAS FOUNDED.

WILL INSPIRE FUTURE GENERATIONS OF AMERICANS.

>> TODAY’S NOMINATION COMING 2 YEARS TO THE DAY AFTER PRESIDENT BIDEN. THEN A CANDIDATE MADE A CAMPAIGN PROMISE TO NOMINATE A BLACK WOMAN IF THERE WERE TO BE A SUPREME COURT VACANCY. SO LET’S TALK ABOUT WHAT’S NEXT YEAR. THERE’S STILL A PRETTY TOUGH ROAD TO CONFIRMATION. >> YOU’RE LOOKING AT A FLOOD.

DO WE LOVE FLOW CHARTS. YOU’RE LOOKING AT A FLOW CHART HERE, RIGHT. HERE’S WHAT GOES DOWN. SHE FILLS OUT A QUESTIONNAIRE. SHE’S GOT TO GIVE IT OVER TO THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE.

SHE THEN TURNS OVER DOCUMENTS TO BE LOOKED OVER BY ATTORNEYS. SHE MEETS WITH SENATORS. THAT’S GOING TO BE SOMETHING WE WILL WATCH UNFOLD, YOU KNOW, LIVE ON CABLE SOME OF THOSE IMAGES COME IN. >> THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HEARING WILL VOTE AND ASSUMING THAT THEY PASS OR THEN IT GOES TO THE FULL SENATE. SHE NEEDS A SIMPLE MAJORITY.

THE PROCESS IS NOT GOING TO BE NECESSARILY THAT SIMPLE. CONSIDERING IT IS A DIVIDED SENATE. PETE WILLIAMS ARE SO GLAD TO HAVE YOU ON SET WITH US.

THANK YOU. CAN WE PICK UP THERE WITH THE CONFIRMATION PROCESS BECAUSE YOU HEARD THE PRESIDENT REFERENCE, OK, SHE HAS BEEN CONFIRMED FOR AND IS ON LOWER COURTS AND OTHER COMMISSIONS.

>> WITH BIPARTISAN MAJORITIES AND DEMOCRATS ARE POINTING TO THAT TO SAY, LOOK, YOU LIKE TO THEN ESSENTIALLY WHY DON’T YOU KNOW, HOPEFULLY YOU LIKE OR AGAIN NOW IT IS UNLIKELY TO BE THAT SIMPLE. >> IT IS UNLIKELY TO BE THAT SIMPLE. BUT THE VOTE FOR HER ON THE COURT OF APPEALS WHERE SHE IS NOW. AND BY THE WAY, SHE SPENT HER MORNING HEARING CASES THINK SHE MIGHT TAKEN A THE CORPORATE. WELL, SHE’S A 3 JUDGE PANEL.

YOU KNOW THAT IF SHE SAYS SHE DOESN’T SHOW UP. SOMEBODY ELSE HAS TO. BUT SHE SHE’S ALREADY BEEN THROUGH THAT PROCESS AND WAS CONFIRMED JUST 8 MONTHS AGO WITH 3 REPUBLICAN VOTES SO THAT YOU KNOW, AND AND SHE HASN’T REALLY HAD ANY TRULY SIGNIFICANT DECISIONS AS AN APPEALS COURT JUDGE.

SO THE QUESTIONS THAT ARE GOING TO ASK HER ARE THE SAME QUESTIONS THEY COULD HAVE ASKED OR WITH 8 MONTHS AGO MOSTLY ABOUT HER DECISIONS AS A TRIAL COURT JUDGE. BUT ON A MUCH BIGGER AND BRIGHTER STATE BECAUSE WE’RE TALKING ABOUT CONFIRMATION HEARINGS THAT WILL BE BROADCAST LIVE.

THERE WILL BE SPECIAL COVERAGE. THERE IS A MUCH MORE INTENSE SPOTLIGHT ON THIS. YEAH, I THINK A VOTE FOR A SUPREME COURT JUSTICE IS TAKEN MORE SERIOUSLY AND LOOKED AT MORE DETAIL.

>> THEN A VOTE FOR AN APPEALS COURT JUDGE. YOU MENTIONED SOME OF THE SOME OF THE DECISIONS THAT SHE’S MADE IN THE PAST.

RIGHT. NOT JUST IN DISTRICT COURT SOME OF HER OTHER ROLES TO TALK TO US ABOUT IT BECAUSE I THINK IT’S HELPFUL PEOPLE AS WE LOOK AHEAD FOR WHAT’S TO COME IN THE MONTH OF MARCH WHICH WILL BE THESE CONFIRMATION HEARINGS, THESE MEETINGS, ET CETERA.

>> SHE’S GOING TO ASK ABOUT SOME OF THESE RULINGS. WHAT WHAT SHOULD WE KNOW ABOUT THAT. SO I SAID I SUSPECT THE MOST HIGH-PROFILE DECISION RECENTLY WAS THE DECISION BY THE COURT OF AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS TRYING TO SHIELD.

>> HIS DOCUMENTS FROM THE JANUARY 6 COMMITTEE. BUT THAT WAS A UNANIMOUS DECISION BY THE THREE-JUDGE PANEL AND THE SUPREME COURT DECLINED TO OVERTURN IT. SO I DON’T THINK SHE’LL BE AS MUCH ABOUT THAT.

SHE MAY BE ASKED ABOUT WHEN SHE WAS ON THE THE DISTRICT COURT BENCH, FOR EXAMPLE, SHE RULED THE DON MCGAHN COULD NOT DUCK A CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY FROM THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE THAT DECISION WAS OVERTURNED BY THE COURT OF APPEALS WHICH SAID, YOU KNOW WHAT. IT’S NOT FOR THE COURTS TO DECIDE THAT QUESTION THAT ULTIMATELY A POLITICAL QUESTION FOR THE POLITICAL BRANCHES TO WORK OUT WHICH BY THE WAY, IS WHAT EVENTUALLY HAPPEN SHE’S HAD SOME RULINGS AGAINST THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION.

SHE THAT WAS ONE ANOTHER WAS, HOWEVER, ON THE OTHER SIDE, SHE SHE THREW OUT A LAWSUIT AGAINST OPERATION OVER THE BORDER WALL. SO, YOU KNOW, SHE’S GOT A LOT OF DECISIONS OVER 8 YEARS THAT I’M SURE THEY’LL BE GOING THROUGH.

WE JUST SHOWED A GRAPHIC AS YOU’RE TALKING, PETE THAT HIGHLIGHTED SOME OF WHAT YOU’RE SAYING. BUT THERE’S ANOTHER BULLET POINT ON THERE THAT I THINK IS WORTH NOTING, WHICH WAS SHE’S A PUBLIC DEFENDER. SHE WAS.

YEAH. THAT’S A REALLY UNIQUE SET OF CHARACTERISTICS. SHE BRINGS. >> KNOW, AND A LOT OF WAYS A DIFFERENT LIVED EXPERIENCE TO THE COURT FROM HER BACKGROUND FROM, YOU KNOW WHAT SHE REPRESENTS TO SO MANY PEOPLE. SHE ALLUDED TO IN A SPEECH AT THE WHITE HOUSE TODAY.

RIGHT. SO THE DIVERSITY THAT THE PRESIDENT WAS TALKING ABOUT TODAY IS OBVIOUS FROM HER. >> THE FACT THAT SHE’S THE FIRST BLACK WOMAN.

BUT IT’S ALSO IN THAT SENSE AS WELL THAT YOU JUST BROUGHT UP. SHE WOULD BE THE FIRST PERSON WITH SIGNIFICANT EXPERIENCE DEFENDING CRIMINAL DEFENDANTS SINCE THURGOOD MARSHALL WHO RETIRED FROM THE COURT 30 YEARS AGO.

AND SHE ALSO SERVED ON THE U.S. SENTENCING COMMISSION WHICH RECOMMENDS THE SENTENCING POLICY SHE TALKED TODAY ABOUT AN UNUSUAL THING ABOUT HER BACKGROUND OF, YOU KNOW, HER PARENTS FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS FROM OTHER WAS AN ADMINISTRATOR. HER FATHER BECAME A LAWYER FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD. SHOULD AN UNCLE WHO WAS THE POLICE CHIEF IN MIAMI.

BUT SHE HAD ANOTHER UNCLE WHO GOT IN TROUBLE FOR FOR DEALING FOR SUSPECTED OF DEALING DRUGS AND HE HAD A LONG SENTENCE AND HE WROTE TO HER WHEN SHE WAS A LAWYER AND SAID CAN YOU HELP ME WITH THIS. SHE REFERRED TO A LAW FIRM. ULTIMATELY THEY SHE WAS HE WAS PARDONED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA AND AND HAS SINCE DIED. BUT YOU KNOW, THAT’S THAT’S AN UNUSUAL EXPERIENCE. HER EXPERIENCE AS A PUBLIC DEFENDER SEEING CRIMINAL JUSTICE AT THE RETAIL LEVEL.

>> IT’S SOMETHING THAT NONE OF THESE OTHER JUSTICES HAVE HAD WHAT SHE LIKE.

PETE. YOU KNOW WHAT IS THAT? WHAT’S THE WORD AROUND WASHINGTON ABOUT HOW SHE WOULD FIT INTO THE COURT. KIND OF ROLE SHE WOULD WELL SHOULD BE VERY DIFFERENT FROM STEVEN BRIER FOR ALL THE OBVIOUS BUT THE OTHER THING IS, YOU KNOW, SHE’S GOING TO BE YOUNG.

SHE’S SHE WOULD BE THE SECOND 51 RIGHT TO BE THE SECOND YOUNGEST. AMY CONEY BARRETT JUST TURNED 50 LAST YEAR. SO PRESUMABLY SHOULD BE ON THE COURT FOR A LONG TIME. SO AS THE NEW BE ON THE COURT. I THINK IT WILL TAKE OR PERHAPS A LITTLE LONGER TO TO SETTLE IN SHOULD SHE WON’T BRING THAT SORT OF GRAS SAYS AN OLDER PERSON MIGHT BRING TO THE COURT.

BUT, YOU KNOW, ALL THROUGHOUT HER LIFE. SHE’S BEEN WELL LIKED. SHE WAS THE MAYOR OF HER JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL. SHE WAS THE STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT OF HER HIGH SCHOOL. SHE WAS AN EDITOR ON THE LAW REVIEW.

SHE HAD ALL SORTS OF POUNDS OF HARVARD AND HARVARD LOVE BY THE WAY, WHERE SHE MET HER HUSBAND WHO IS NOW A SURGEON HERE IN WASHINGTON.

AND THIS FUN FACT ABOUT HER BACKGROUND. ONE OF THE PEOPLE WHO SPOKE AT HER ORIGINAL CONFIRMATION HEARING FOR THE DISTRICT COURT SHIP WAS NONE OTHER THAN PAUL RYAN, THE FORMER REPUBLICAN HOUSE SPEAKER BECAUSE HE AND SHE ARE DISTANTLY RELATED THROUGH IN-LAWS. >> IT IS ONE OF THOSE TWISTS OF FATE IN WASHINGTON PETE. AND AS YOU WERE TALKING, BY THE WAY, WE JUST FOUND OUT.

WE TALKED ABOUT THE FLOW CHART, RIGHT WITH WHAT IS NEXT IN THE PROCESS. WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL IS TELLING US THAT SHE WILL BEGIN HOLDING THOSE MEETINGS WITH SENATORS NEXT WEEK. BACK IN TOWN HERE IN WASHINGTON AND SHE WILL DO WITH A SMILING FACE AND THEY ALL SAY THEY JUST HATE WE’LL SEE RITUAL. THEY ALL HAVE TO GO THROUGH, SAYING SHE ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT, BUT THEY ALL TELL AS LATER IT’S AWFUL.

I SO APPRECIATE BEING WITH US.

TALKING. THIS IS REALLY BIG NEWS I’M SURE WE’LL TALK AGAIN A LOT OVER THE NEXT MONTH. PROCESS UNFOLDS. OTHER BIG NEWS TONIGHT. LISTEN, THE CDC IS JUST UPDATING ITS MASK GUIDANCE.

GOOD NEWS, MOST OF YOU CAN DITCH HIM. BUT OF COURSE THERE’S A CATCH. THE AGENCY SAYS THEY’RE ONLY RECOMMEND. YOU GET RID OF YOUR MASK. IF COVID HOSPITALIZATIONS ARE LOW, WHERE YOU LIVE.

DO I HAVE TO TELL YOU, THIS IS A BIG DEAL. IT’S A BIG DEAL, RIGHT. BECAUSE IT’S A PLACE THIS COUNTRY HAS NOT BEEN IN FOR A WHILE. THE LAST TIME THE CDC CHANGED ITS MASK GUIDANCE WAS BACK IN JULY. BUT NOW YOU HAVE COVID CASES GOING DOWN PRETTY DRAMATICALLY ALL BUT 3 STATES ARE SEEING A DROP OF AT LEAST 25% OF NEW CASES.

CHECK OUT YOUR SCREEN. TAKE A LOOK AT WHERE WE WERE A MONTH AGO. WE’RE SEEING SOMETHING LIKE 750,000 CASES A DAY. NOW LOOK AT 75,000 HOSPITALIZATIONS ARE ALSO DOWN. 44% ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN THE LAST COUPLE WEEKS.

SO THE AGENCY BEHIND THE SCENES BASED ON OUR REPORTING HAS BEEN WORKING FOR WEEKS TO COME UP WITH NEW GUIDELINES AND THEIR ANNOUNCEMENT COMES.

I DON’T KNOW IF YOU LOOK AT WHAT STATES ARE DOING A LITTLE ON THE LATER SIDE BECAUSE ALREADY WE’VE SEEN STATES AROUND THE COUNTRY DROPPING MOSTLY THEIR MASK MANDATES. DOCTOR JOHN TORRES HELPS BREAK DOWN THIS NEW GUIDANCE FROM THE CDC. DOCTOR. JOHN, DO WHAT YOU DO SO WELL AND PLAIN ENGLISH IT FOR ME.

WHEN DO I NEED TO WEAR A MASK INDOORS. AND WHEN DON’T AT HOW DO WE KNOW THIS. >> AND HOW THE FIRST OFF. YOU’RE RIGHT. BECAUSE THEY DID LAST DO THE RECOMMENDATIONS BACK IN JULY.

BUT AT THAT TIME THEY’RE USING CASES AS METRICS CASES AND POSITIVITY RATES. NOW FAST FORWARD TO THIS TIME FRAME. AND WHAT THEY’RE SAYING IS IT’S REALLY HARD USE CASES AS THE MAGIC BECAUSE OMICRON HAS KIND OF PUT A WRENCH IN THOSE WORKS.

AND SO INSTEAD WHAT THEY’RE LOOKING AT AS HOSPITALIZATIONS AND THEY’RE LOOKING AT THE AMOUNT OF BEDS IN HOSPITALS. THEY’RE TAKING UP BY COVID PATIENTS.

IN OTHER WORDS, WHAT’S THE PRESSURE ON HOSPITALS AND USING THAT AS THE METRICS. WHAT THEY’RE SAYING HERE IS THEY’RE DIVIDING IT INTO 3 GROUPS LOW MEDIUM AND HIGH. IF YOU’RE A LOW AND MEDIUM GROUP FOR MOST OF US ARE SAYING YOU DO NOT HAVE TO WEAR MASKS INDOORS MEDIUM. IF YOU’RE HIGH RISK. TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT WHAT HE SHOULD BE WEARING A MASK ANYWAY.

BUT WHEN YOU HIT THAT HIGH AREA THAT HIGH AREA OF RISK BECAUSE OF THE HOSPITALIZATIONS IN THE BEDS ARE TAKEN UP. THEY SAYING THAT EVERYBODY SHOULD START WEARING MASKS INDOORS. AND SO THAT’S A BIG DIFFERENCE.

THE METRICS ARE USING AND THEY’RE GIVING US A LITTLE BETTER GUIDELINES ALONG THE WAY. AND I THINK IF YOU LOOK AT THE ONE BIG THING TO REMEMBER IS WE’RE STILL 74,000 CASES.

WE’RE STILL 1700 DEATHS A DAY. UNFORTUNATELY. BUT THE BIG CHANGE HERE IS THE FACT THAT OVER 70% OF THE COUNTRY HAS SOME IMMUNITY TO COVID AND THE FACT THAT THIS OMICRON SEEMS TO BE A LITTLE LESS DANGEROUS THAN THE OTHER VARIANTS. AND THAT’S CERTAINLY HELPING OUT ALLIE. I HAVE TO THINK, I’M CANDIDLY.

I’M HAPPY. I’M HOPPING ON A FLIGHT LATER TONIGHT AND I WILL BE WEARING A MASK BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT YOU DO ON PLANES, RIGHT. BECAUSE THERE IS A MASK MANDATE FOR FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION EXPIRES IN A FEW WEEKS GETTING MIDDLE OF MARCH. >> YOU NOW HAVE THIS FLIGHT ATTENDANTS UNIT THAT IS PUSHING BACK SAYING, YOU KNOW, THEY WANT THAT TO BE EXTENDED BASICALLY. >> IS IT TOO SOON TO TALK ABOUT MASKING ON PLANES, MASKING ON TRAINS.

ETCETERA. >> YOU KNOW, I THINK IT’S TOO SOON TO A CERTAIN EXTENT FOR FOR A VERY CERTAIN REASON. AND THAT’S MAINLY BECAUSE OF WHAT’S HAPPENING ON THE INTERNATIONAL STAGE. A NATIONALLY AND IT’S HARD TO SEPARATE JUST DOMESTIC FLYERS HAPPENING DOMESTICALLY AND THOSE COMING IN FROM OTHER COUNTRIES AND IN OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE MASK MANDATES AROUND THE WORLD ARE ON AIRPLANES EVERYWHERE, ON PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. PRETTY MUCH EVERYWHERE.

AND SO I THINK THAT’S ONE OF THE REASONS WE NEED TO KEEP IT HERE. PLUS FOR HARD TO JUDGE WHO’S ON THEIR VACCINATION RATE. WHO IS STAYING ON THERE EVEN THOUGH THEY’RE SICK IN THOSE CAN CAUSE PROBLEMS. AND YOU ARE IN CLOSE QUARTERS BOTH AT THE AIRPORT ON THE AIRPLANE RIDE THE TRAIN STATION AND ON THE TRAINS.

AND SO I CAN SEE THEM PUSHING THAT BACK A FEW MORE WEEKS OR A FEW MORE MONTHS UNTIL WE GET THESE CASES EVEN MORE UNDER CONTROL AND THEN POSSIBLY DOING THE SAME THING OF THE LOW MEDIUM AND HIGH RISKS FOR FLIGHTS HERE.

BUT AGAIN, REMEMBER, THIS IS A GLOBAL STAGE YEAH. AND GLOBALLY. THERE’S STILL A LOT OF COVID OUT THERE. AND SO WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE PROTECT OURSELVES AROUND THE WORLD GENERALLY DOCTORS ON YOUR PROFESSIONAL OPINION. YOU THINK THE CDC IS MAKING THE RIGHT CALL HERE WHEN IT COMES TO CHANGING UP THE MASK GUIDANCE.

I DO THINK THEY’RE MAKING THE RIGHT CALL NUMBER ONE, BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE FED UP WITH WEARING MASK. WE’VE BEEN DOING IT FOR 2 YEARS. AND SO I THINK THEY’RE GETTING THAT MESSAGE IS STATES AND LOCALITIES ARE STARTING TO TAKE. BUT YOU KNOW, SAME AND IT CAN BE WITHDRAWN. AND SO THEY’RE PUSHING IT TO THE LOCAL LEVEL WHICH I THINK THEY NEED TO DO.

BUT GIVING THEM GOOD, HARD GUIDANCE SAYING HERE ARE THE SPECIFICS HERE, THE METRICS. AND HERE’S WHAT WE THINK YOU SHOULD DO. THOSE METRICS AND SAID THAT’S GOING HELP A LOT BOTH IN GETTING PEOPLE NOT HAVE TO WEAR MASKS AS MUCH BUT ALSO REALIZING WHEN THEY DO NEED TO PUT THEM ON. DOCTOR JOHN TORRES, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THAT BREAKDOWN. IT’S GREAT TO SEE YOU.

>> COMING UP HERE ON THE SHOW, THE JANUARY 6 COMMITTEE. >> INTERVIEWING DONALD TRUMP JUNIOR’S PARTNER TODAY BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. AND IT SEEMS LIKE THINGS GOT A LITTLE DRAMATIC. >> MAYBE THINGS WENT A LITTLE SOUTH, BUT THE COMMITTEE MAY HAVE TO DO NEXT. ACTUALLY GET HER TESTIMONY.

WE’VE GOT A BEHIND THE SCENES LOOK AT THAT. PLUS THE NORTHEAST GETTING POUNDED BY A HUGE WINTER STORM RIGHT NOW, 10’S OF MILLIONS UNDER ALERTS. MORE ON THAT IN A MINUTE.

♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> TO COVER THE NEWS. YOU HAVE TO BE IN IT.

>> WE’LL TAKE YOU TO THE FRONT LINES OF THE STORM. BRINGING YOUR NEWS FEED TO LIFE. STREAMING LIVE EVERY NIGHT. IT’S YOUR NEWS PLACED. >> TOP STORY WITH TIME NOW WEEK NIGHTS AT 7 ON NBC NEWS NOW.

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>> LOOK AT WHAT’S MAKING HEADLINES AROUND THE WORLD RIGHT NOW ON MORNING NEWS NOW. WE’RE COMING ON THE AIR WITH BREAKING NEWS. IT’S A SIGNIFICANT MOMENT. THE STREAM FREE. ♪ >> WHAT HAPPENED HERE IS A STORY OF LOSS AND CELEBRATION RESIDENTS WHO HOLD ON FOR DEAR RIOTERS DOWN ONE OF THE DOORS.

IF YOU FOUND A WAY TO RECONCILE A YEAR LATER. IT REALLY HURT TO SEE THIS PLACE I LOVE SO TREATED WITH SUCH DISRESPECT WAS AN ACTIVE CLEANING OR ACT TO HEALING. ♪ >> HOW WE TAX AND NOW WEEKDAYS AT 5 ON NBC NEWS NOW. NEWS IS HAPPENING. LOOK AT WHAT’S MAKING HEADLINES AROUND THE WORLD.

♪ >> THESE DAYS. IT FEELS LIKE THE NEWS NEVER STOPS. SO LET’S GET INTO IT. WHAT’S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. WHAT IT ALL MEANS FOR YOU FOR AN HOUR EVERY DAY CAN BE HARD KEEP UP.

SO LET’S GET STARTED TOGETHER. ALI CHECKS IN NOW. >> WEEKDAYS AT 5 ON NBC NEWS NOW. >> ABOUT TO SEE BEHIND ME IS ♪ ♪ ♪ >> TO COVER THE NEWS. YOU HAVE TO BE IN IT.

>> WE’LL TAKE YOU TO THE FRONT LINES OF THE STORM. BRINGING YOUR NEWS FEED TO LIFE. STREAMING LIVE EVERY NIGHT. IT’S YOUR NEWS PLACED. >> TOP STORY WITH TIME NOW WEEK NIGHTS AT 7 ON NBC NEWS NOW.

HOW WE TAX AND NOW WEEKDAYS AT 5 ON NBC NEWS NOW. NOW TONIGHT, JOSHUA JOHNSON STREAMING WEEK NIGHTS AT NBC NEWS NOW. >> SO TODAY THE HOUSE JANUARY 6 COMMITTEE WAS ALL SET TO INTERVIEW ANOTHER BIG NAME IN FORMER PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP’S CAMP. >> KIMBERLY GUILFOYLE SHE’S REPUBLICAN OPERATIVE. SHE’S THE FIANCE OF DONALD TRUMP JUNIOR.

SHE WAS SET TO VOLUNTARILY GO AND TALK TO THE COMMITTEE. BUT HANG ON WENT UP IN FLAMES. WHAT PARENT LEGAL FALLS ATTORNEY RELEASED A STATEMENT SAYING THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS TRIED QUOTE, HIJACKING THE INTERVIEW.

HER ATTORNEY SAYS THEY WANT TO USE GUILFOYLE AS WHAT THEY DESCRIBE AS A POLITICAL WEAPON AGAINST MISTER TRUMP. GOLF.

WELL, THE REASON THE COMMITTEE WANTS TO TALK TO OURS BECAUSE THEY SAY SHE WAS INVOLVED IN THE PLANNING OF THE STOP THE STEAL RALLY ON JANUARY 6. SHE SPOKE AT THE EVENT BEFORE THE CAPITALS TACT. GARRETT HAKE IS JOINING US NOW FROM THE CAPITAL. WHAT’S ALSO INTERESTING, GARRETT, IS WE ACTUALLY GOT A STATEMENT FROM THE COMMITTEE ABOUT THIS. THIS IS LIKE IN THE CONTEXT OF WHAT WASHINGTON THINGS KIND OF A DRAMATIC THING.

>> YEAH, I MEAN, WORKING BACKWARDS. THE COMMITTEE DOESN’T TALK ABOUT THEIR INTERVIEW PROCESS IS JUST NOT HOW THEY WORK. SO IT WAS A BIT OF A LIFT TO EVEN FIND OUT TO KILL 4 WAS COMING IN FOR AN INTERVIEW, NOT EVEN A FULL DEPOSITION BUT AN INTERVIEW. THEN A FEW HOURS AFTER SHE CAME IN HER LAWYER PUT OUT THIS STATEMENT THAT SHE TWEETED OUT THAT HAD ALL KINDS INTERESTING DETAIL IN IT. IDEA THAT SHE SAYS THEY WERE NEGOTIATING TO COME IN AND TALK.

BUT SHE ONLY WANTED TO TALK TO STAFF. DIDN’T WANT TO TALK TO MEMBERS THEN THE WHOLE THING GOT BLOWN UP WITH MEMBERS SHOWED UP THANK YOU. CERTAINLY CAN’T. I MEAN, IT JUST WENT ON AND ON AND ENDED WITH THIS IDEA THAT SOMEHOW HER APPEARANCE WAS BEING USED FOR POLITICAL ATTACKS. THE COMMITTEE CAME OUT AND SAID AFTER THE FACT, LOOK, WE WERE TRYING TO NEGOTIATE.

WE’RE TRYING TO GET HER IN HERE TO TALK WITHOUT HAVING TO SUBPOENA HER. NOW WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO DO THAT. AND BY THE WAY, SOURCES I’VE TALKED TO AIDES FOLKS AROUND THE COMMITTEE SAY THEY NEVER MAKE PROMISES TO KEEP MEMBERS AWAY FROM THESE THINGS. THAT’S JUST NOT HOW THEY DO BUSINESS.

SO A LOT OF DRAMA HERE.

NOT A LOT OF INFORMATION FROM DELPHOS. THE WAY I UNDERSTAND IT. BUT THE COMMITTEE DID SAY SHE TURNED OVER DOCUMENTS TO THEM, WHICH COULD STILL BE HELPFUL. EXPLAIN WHY SHE’S IMPORTANT, RIGHT. BECAUSE WE TALKED ABOUT HOW SHE SPOKE THERE ON THE DAY OF THE INSURRECTION THERE.

THERE’S ACTUAL. >> BLANKING ON THE PHRASE OF LIKE A LOT OF HEAT. NOT A LOT OF FILA. THERE’S HEAT THERE’S NOISE. BUT EXPLAIN WHAT ACTUALLY MATTERS UNDERNEATH US.

>> WELL, GUILFOYLE IS IMBEDDED IN THE TRUMP FAMILY. SHE’S DONALD TRUMP JUNIOR STAY ON SAY SHE’S A MAJOR FUNDRAISER FOR THE RNC. SHE I THINK THE HEAD OF ONE OF THE PRO TRUMP SUPER PACS AND YEAH, OH, BY THE WAY, SHE WAS THERE AT THE WHITE HOUSE AT THE ELLIPSE ON JANUARY 6TH. AND SO IDEA THAT SHE WOULD COME IN AND TALK IS ABOUT AS CLOSE TO TRUMP PERSONALLY AS ANYONE THAT WE’VE SEEN SO FAR, EVEN STARTING TO COOPERATE WITH THE COMMITTEE.

THERE’S A LOT SHE MIGHT POTENTIALLY BE ABLE TO TELL BUT NOW LOOKS LIKE WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO WAIT A LITTLE LONGER TO GET THAT TESTIMONY.

ANY OTHER ACTION WE SHOULD BE WATCHING FOR THE NEXT FEW COMMITTEE GETS. WE CONTINUE TO SEE FOLKS LIKE HIM. TODAY WAS THE 2 GEORGIA REPRESENTATIVES OF THE SO-CALLED OF ALTERNATE ELECTORS PIECE OF THE PUZZLE ALSO CAME IN AND GAVE THEIR DEPOSITIONS TODAY TO REMEMBER THE COMMITTEE’S OUT TO THE FOLKS WHO ARE PART OF THIS ALTERNATE ELECTOR PLOT FROM 7 DIFFERENT STATES. THEY’RE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT LEVEL OF COORDINATION THERE WERE BETWEEN THE STATES AND THE TRUMP WHITE HOUSE THAT’S GOING ON PRETTY QUIETLY. BUT IT’S DEFINITELY SOMETHING STILL ON MY RADAR.

GARRETT HAKE LIVE FOR US ON CAPITOL HILL. GARRETT, THANK YOU. >> STILL AHEAD, UKRAINE’S NOT JUST WORRIED ABOUT RUSSIAN ATTACKS ON THE GROUND. THERE’S REAL CONCERN OVER CYBERATTACKS AND HACKERS SPREADING MISINFORMATION. WE’VE GOT MORE ON HOW THE COUNTRY IS TRYING TO PROTECT ITSELF AND FROM CYBERSPACE TO OUTER SPACE.

CHECK THIS OUT. SCIENTISTS TO REVEALING A NEW MAP THAT SHOWS MORE THAN 4 MILLION GALAXY DETAILS COMING UP ON THAT IN THE 5 THINGS. ♪ >> TOP STORY WITH TIME NOW WEEK. THAT’S AT 7 ON NBC NEWS NOW. NEWS IS HAPPENING.

LOOK AT WHAT’S MAKING HEADLINES AROUND THE WORLD. ♪ GOOD MORNING. I’M JOE FRYER. AND I’M SAVANNAH SELLERS 2022 IS OFF TO A BUSY START. WINTER’S WRATH CAUSING HEADACHES FROM COAST TO COAST.

IT’S BEEN REALLY INCREDIBLE TO SEE HOW QUICKLY ALL IN TEARS STARTED TO HELP WITH THE CLEANUP EFFORTS MORNING NEWS NOW STREAMING WEEKDAYS AT 7. >> WHAT HAPPENED HERE IS A STORY OF LOSS AND CELEBRATION RESIDENTS WHO ON FOR DEAR FOR YOU TO RIOTERS DOWN ONE OF THE DOORS. IF YOU FOUND A WAY TO RECONCILE A YEAR LATER. IT REALLY HURT TO SEE THIS PLACE. I LOVE SO TREATED WITH SUCH DISRESPECT WAS ACTIVE CLEANING OR ACT HEALING.

♪ >> NEWS IS HAPPENING. LOOK AT WHAT’S MAKING HEADLINES AROUND THE WORLD. ♪ HOW WE TAX AND NOW WEEKDAYS AT 5 ON NBC NEWS NOW. NOW TONIGHT, JOSHUA JOHNSON STREAMING WEEK NIGHTS AT 8 NBC NEWS NOW. BETTER PLACE.

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AND ENJOY. ♪ NOW TONIGHT JOSHUA JOHNSON STREAMING WE FIGHT CITY HALL AND BC, NEWS NOW. >> WELL, THE WORLD IS WATCHING WHAT’S HAPPENING IN UKRAINE THAT INCLUDES, OF COURSE, SOME PEOPLE IN RUSSIA AND SOME OF THEM ARE PROTESTING AGAINST THEIR OWN COUNTRY. DESPITE THIS SERIOUS RISKS THAT WOULD MEAN GOT A MINUTE WITH MORE ON WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING THERE. AND THE NEW SOCIAL MEDIA CRACKDOWN.

BUT FIRST, LET’S GET YOU OVER TO THE 5 THINGS OUR TEAM THINKS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT TONIGHT. NUMBER ONE. STOCKS BOUNCING BACK FOR A SECOND NIGHT TONIGHT AFTER THE WEEK GOT OFF TO A PRETTY ROCKY START. THE DOW CLIMBED MORE THAN 800 POINTS, MAKING IT THE BEST DAY IN THE MARKET SINCE LATE 2020.

YOU KNOW, INVESTORS WERE KIND OF ON EDGE THIS WEEK TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THE FINANCIAL RISKS WOULD BE THAT CAME FROM RUSSIA’S INVASION OF UKRAINE.

NUMBER 2, FOLKS IN THE NORTHEAST ARE DEALING WITH HEAVY SNOW. LOTS OF ICE. LOOK AT THIS SHOT IS A HUGE WINTER STORM MAKES ITS WAY THROUGH THE AREA RIGHT NOW. SOME ROADS IN THE REGION ARE TOUGH TO DRIVE ON SOME SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN CLOSED DOWN BECAUSE OF TOUGH WEATHER CONDITIONS.

HUNDREDS OF FLIGHTS WERE CANCELED TOO.

SO THINGS SHOULD BE MOVING OUT BY TONIGHT, THOUGH. REPUBLICAN SENATOR JIM INHOFE OF OKLAHOMA SAID HE IS RETIRING AT THE END OF THE YEAR. THE ANNOUNCEMENT SETS THE STAGE FOR A SPECIAL ELECTION IN NOVEMBER FOR SOMEBODY TO REPLACE HIM AND FILL OUT THE REST OF HIS TERM, HIS CHIEF OF STAFF. HE’S ALREADY SAID THEY’RE GOING UP FOR THE SEAT. AND BEFORE A HUGE NFT SALE SUDDENLY CANCELED NO REASON.

NOBODY KNOWS WHY CRYPTO OPTION. A TOTAL OF A 104 OF THESE DIGITAL ART PIECES WAS EXPECTED TO BRING IN 30 MILLION DOLLARS AND SOUTHERN PIECE THIS WEEK. 25 MINUTES AFTER THE BUILDING WAS SUPPOSED TO START. THE SALE WAS CALLED OFF. NO WORD YET ON WHY THE OWNER ABOUT NUMBER 5, A NEW MAP OF THE NIGHT SKY SHOWS MORE THAN 4 MILLION GALAXIES THINGS IN SPACE, INCLUDING A MILLION NEW THINGS AND WE DIDN’T KNOW EXISTED BEFORE.

REALLY COOL. LOOK AT THESE IMAGES. A TEAM OF INTERNATIONAL SCIENTISTS MAPPED OUT MORE THAN A QUARTER OF THE NORTHERN SKY.

ASTRONOMERS SAY IT’S A PRETTY IMPRESSIVE PICTURE OF OUR UNIVERSE. OPENS THE DOOR TO UNDERSTANDING AT >> BACK NOW TO RUSSIA’S INVASION OF UKRAINE WITH PRESIDENT CLINTON TODAY TELLING THE UKRAINIAN ARMY TO STAGE A COUP AGAINST THEIR OWN PRESIDENT.

VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY. BUT IN HIS OWN COUNTRY IN PUTIN’S COUNTRY. WE’RE SEEING DEFIANCE THAT YOU ALMOST NEVER SEE IN RUSSIA. LET’S LOOK AT THIS RUSSIAN TENNIS PLAYER ANDRE RUBLEV WRITING NO WAR. PLEASE.

ON THE CAMERA AT A COMPETITION IN DUBAI. OVER ON SOCIAL MEDIA. YOU HAD HIGH-PROFILE RUSSIAN CELEBRITIES AND ACTIVISTS ALSO PUTTING UP ANTIWAR POSTS AND THEN THERE’S THIS. THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE OUT IN THE STREETS PROTESTING THE INVASION AND IN CITIES LIKE MOSCOW, PETERSBURG. MORE THAN 1600 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DETAINED SO FAR.

RAF SANCHEZ, IS THERE A MOSCOW WITH THE LATEST. THIS DOESN’T HAPPEN ALL THE TIME IN RUSSIA. THESE PEOPLE WHO ARE PROTESTING FACE SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES. BUT YET THIS MAY BE A KIND OF TIPPING POINT AS IT RELATES TO PUBLIC OPINION.

THERE.

>> YEAH, HOLLY, PEOPLE IN VLADIMIR PUTIN’S RUSSIA KNOW THE POTENTIAL CONSEQUENCES. IF YOU GO OUT ON THE STREETS IN PROTEST AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT AND ESPECIALLY IF YOU DO IT AT A TIME OF WAR AND IT IS A SIGN OF THE STRENGTH OF FEELING THAT THESE PEOPLE BOTH LAST NIGHT AND TONIGHT WENT OUT AND DID IT. WE SAW A VERY LARGE PROTESTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN 50 CITIES LAST NIGHT. TONIGHT, MUCH SMALLER PROTESTS MAINLY IN PETERSBURG. BUT PEOPLE WENT OUT AND THE ONE WOMAN IN ST.

PETERSBURG HOLDING A PLACARD. IT SAID PIECE FOR UKRAINE AND FREEDOM FOR US. AND ALI, IF YOU GO OUT, YOU PROTEST, YOU ARE RISKING A POLICE NIGHT. STICK. YOU ARE RISKING ARREST.

BUT YOU ARE ALSO RISKING PROSECUTION AND A CRIMINAL RECORD THAT WILL FOLLOW YOU FOR A LONG TIME AND COULD MAKE IT VERY DIFFICULT TO GET A JOB GOING FORWARD AND YET PEOPLE FELT STRONGLY ENOUGH THAT THEY WENT OUT. THEY DID IT ANYWAY OUT.

>> ABOUT THE SOCIAL MEDIA SPHERE. RIGHT. BECAUSE YOU ARE SEEING PEOPLE USE THAT ARE TRYING TO USE THAT OR WANT TO USE THAT TO BE ABLE TO GET THE BOARD OUT ABOUT THESE DEMONSTRATIONS AGAINST IT.

>> YES. SO RUSSIA IS NOT AS CENSORED ON SOCIAL MEDIA AS CHINA IS THERE IS MORE FREEDOM HERE. BUT IN THE LAST COUPLE HOURS, THE PROSECUTOR GENERAL OF RUSSIA HAS SAID THEY ARE PLANNING TO MAKE MOVES ON FACEBOOK. 2 SHOT DOWN DISSENT THAT WE’VE HAD A LOOK HERE AT THE NBC BUREAU IN MOSCOW. FACEBOOK IS STILL VERY MUCH UP AND RUNNING.

OKAY. BUT IT DOES LOOK LIKE CRITICAL VOICES ARE GOING TO BE SHUT DOWN AND WE WILL BE KEEPING A VERY CLOSE EYE TO SEE WHAT YOU CAN AND WHAT YOU CAN’T SAY ON FACEBOOK AND RUSSIA.

THERE’S ALSO THE QUESTION OF LIKE STATE-BACKED INSTITUTIONS, RIGHT THIS THIS ONE DIRECTOR OF A STATE FUNDED THEATER QUIT SAYING IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO WORK FOR A KILLER BASICALLY. >> THAT ALSO CONTAINS REAL RISK CONSIDERING THAT THE MONEY THAT YOU’RE GETTING IS COMING FROM THE KREMLIN THAT YOU ARE NOW SPEAKING OUT AGAINST. >> THAT’S REALLY SIGNIFICANT TO SEE THESE PEOPLE WHO DEPEND ON VLADIMIR PUTIN’S SPEAKING OUT.

I THINK WE SHOULDN’T OVERSTATE IT COULD BE VERY MUCH IS FIRMLY IN CONTROL OF THE STATE INSTITUTIONS HERE IN RUSSIA.

BUT HOW DO I THINK SHOWS YOU IS THAT EVEN PEOPLE IN THE RUSSIAN ELITE. PRETTY SHOCKED BY THIS. PEOPLE HAVE LIVED UNDER VLADIMIR PUTIN FOR 22 YEARS NOW. THEY THOUGHT THEY KNEW HIM.

THEY THOUGHT THEY KNEW THAT HE IS SOMEONE WHOS WHOSE RISK AVERSE AND YET HE NOT ONLY HAS GONE AHEAD WITH THIS INVASION WHICH MANY PEOPLE IN RUSSIA DIDN’T THINK HE WOULD DO. HE HAS GONE AHEAD THAT THE MOST MAXIMALIST A VERSION OF THIS INVASION. I TACKING UKRAINE FROM ALL DIRECTIONS AND IT IS NOT CLEAR TO PEOPLE IN RUSSIA. WHAT THE END GAME IS HERE. WHAT THE EXIT STRATEGY IS HERE AND WHETHER THEIR SONS, THEIR BROTHERS, THEIR FATHERS ARE GOING TO BE FIGHTING IN UKRAINE FOR A LONG TIME TO COME WITHOUT ANY CLEAR OBJECTIVE OUT.

>> YOU TALK ABOUT THAT. YOU TALK ABOUT THE MESSAGE THE PRESIDENT WHO WAS TRYING TO GIVE THE UKRAINIAN MILITARY TODAY, THE ABOUT TO CALL EVEN SORT OF A DEAL BASICALLY LIKE A STAGE.

A COUP AGAINST THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT. SO LET’S GET ON THE GO SHAPE. BUT HIS TROOPS ARE HEADED TO KEYS.

HE’S IN CIRCLES. HE’S GETTING CLOSER TO KEY THAT ANY POINT THERE IS REAL CONCERN IS GOING TO TAKE OVER THE CAPITAL CITY. THEIR CRAFT. >> YEAH, THIS APPEARS TO BE AN EFFORT TO STRENGTHEN HIS POSITION AT THE NEGOTIATING TABLE BY ADVANCING ON THE BATTLEFIELD. AND IT MAY ALSO BE AN ATTEMPT TO TRY TO UNDERMINE THE MORALE OF THE UKRAINIAN MILITARY AND THE UKRAINIAN PUBLIC.

HE WENT ON RUSSIAN STATE TELEVISION. HE DENOUNCED PRESIDENT ZELENSKY’S GOVERNMENT HAS A BUNCH OF DRUG ADDICTS AND NEO-NAZIS AND TOLD THE MILITARY TAKEOVER FROM THEM AND WE’LL NEGOTIATE DIRECTLY WITH YOU.

>> ALEX RAF SANCHEZ LIVE FOR US THERE IN MOSCOW RAPH. THANK YOU. GREAT TO SEE A GREAT TO HAVE YOUR REPORTING.

THE NATO SECRETARY GENERAL LEAVING NO DOUBT TODAY THAT RUSSIA DOES DO SOMETHING LIKE LAUNCH A CYBER ATTACK AGAINST A NATO ALLY. IT WOULD ABSOLUTELY TRIGGER ARTICLE 5 WHICH SAYS AN ATTACK AGAINST ONE IS AN ATTACK AGAINST ALL. AND STILL ALSO TELLING NBC NEWS TODAY NATO RESERVES THE RIGHT TO DECIDE JUST HOW BIG A CYBER ATTACK WOULD TRIGGER THAT. WATCH. >> IF YOU HAVEN’T EVER GOING A POSITION WHERE WE GIVE IT A POTENTIAL AT THE START OF THE DEFINING EXACTLY WHEN WHICH HE TO CULL 5.

>> THIS COMES AS THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT IS SAYING TODAY THEY HAVE INDICATIONS THERE HAVE BEEN CYBER ATTACKS AGAINST A HYDROELECTRIC POWER PLANT IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF UKRAINE. SO SOME REALLY REAL CONCERNS ABOUT RUSSIAN ACTIONS IN CYBERSPACE ON SOCIAL MEDIA. WE JUST TALKED ABOUT THE FACEBOOK, THE SUMMIT WITH RAF. HERE’S ANOTHER ONE. FACEBOOK AND TWITTER ARE SENDING OUT WARNINGS TO USERS AND UKRAINE TO CLOSE OR LOCK THEIR ACCOUNTS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES.

RUSSIAN HACKERS. KEN DILANIAN IS ALL OVER ALL THINGS CYBER FOR US TONIGHT. SO LET ME START WITH THE THREAT OF A CYBER ATTACK TODAY SIGNIFICANT THAT WE HEARD FROM NATO THAT SAYS THEY WILL DEFEND AGAINST CYBERATTACKS AGAINST ALLIES, AGAINST NATO ALLIES. FOR EXAMPLE. WHAT IS RUSSIA REALLY CAPABLE OF HERE.

>> ALI, RUSSIA IS CAPABLE OF SOME INCREDIBLY DESTRUCTIVE ACTS IN CYBER AMERICAN OFFICIALS BELIEVE, FOR EXAMPLE, RUSSIA COULD SHUT DOWN PARTS OF THE POWER GRID OF THE UNITED STATES. IT’S KIND OF A MYSTERY TO ME WHY THEY HAVEN’T BEEN EITHER MORE AGGRESSIVE, A MORE SUCCESSFUL IN UKRAINE SO FAR IN 2015 IN UKRAINE, A RUSSIAN CYBER ATTACK SHUT DOWN ELECTRICITY DO A QUARTER OF A MILLION PEOPLE.

WE HAVEN’T SEEN THAT. THAT KIND OF MASSIVE CYBERATTACK IN THIS CONFLICT YET. AND IT’S NOT CLEAR WHY WE HAVE SEEN SOME POWER PLANTS BEING ATTACKED.

THERE’S A TIP FOR TAT GOING ON AND UKRAINIANS ARE ARE FIGHTING BACK. RUSSIA IS CAPABLE OF A LOT MORE DAMAGE THAN WE’VE SEEN SO FAR. BOTH AGAINST UKRAINE AND CRANE INFRASTRUCTURE AND AGAINST WESTERN INFRASTRUCTURE. AND THE THING ABOUT CYBER IS THAT WE MAY SAY WE’RE GOING TO RETALIATE, BUT IT’S DENY ABUL, RIGHT. IT’S IT’S IT’S HARD TO ATTRIBUTE CYBERATTACKS.

THEY CAN BE THEIR THEIR ORIGIN CAN BE THE SKIES. AND THAT’S WHY RUSSIA HAS USED THEM SO ADEPTLY OVER THE YEARS, I’VE ALSO SEEN MURDERS REPORTING SAYING UKRAINIAN HACKERS ARE BEING ASKED FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO HELP PROTECT THE COUNTRY. >> BUT BY BEING CYBER SPIES AGAINST RUSSIA. KIND OF EXPLAIN THIS.

>> YEAH.

THIS INTERESTING. FIRST. IT’S INTERESTING THAT UKRAINE DOESN’T HAVE A CYBER DEFENSE FORCE ALREADY, BUT THEY’RE RECRUITING THESE THEY SAY THAT ONE GROUP WILL BE DEFENSIVE AND TRY TO FEND OFF RUSSIAN CYBER ATTACKS AGAINST INFRASTRUCTURE AND ANOTHER GROUP WOULD GO ON OFFENSE AND TRY TO SORT OF COMMIT ESPIONAGE AND MISCHIEF AGAINST RUSSIAN FORCES. SO JUST GIVE YOU A I MEAN, THIS IS PART OF MODERN WARFARE. NOW.

>> THE CYBER COMPONENT. HOW TALKED ABOUT THE MISINFORMATION PIECE BECAUSE THIS IS FASCINATING TO WE KNOW RUSSIA SPREADS MISINFORMATION. WE KNOW THAT IN THE PAST, WE KNOW THAT WHAT WE’VE SEEN HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. WE TALKED ABOUT THAT WARNING FROM FACEBOOK AND TWITTER. EXPLAIN WHAT SPECIFICALLY THEY’RE WORRIED ABOUT AND WHY IT’S SO PROBLEMATIC.

>> WELL, THEY’RE WORRIED ABOUT BOTS AND TROLLS TAKING CONTROL OF PEOPLE’S ACCOUNTS AND THEN SPEWING MISINFORMATION.

I WAS STRUCK BY PIECE OF ANALYSIS FROM A DIS INFORMATION FROM THAT SAID THAT SINCE FEBRUARY 14TH CONTENT REFERRING TO UKRAINE IN A NEGATIVE WAY ON TWITTER HAS INCREASED 11,000% AND THE FIRM FOUND THAT 56% OF ALL CONTENT ABOUT UKRAINE ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER OVER THE LAST 2 WEEKS WAS CREATED BY INAUTHENTIC PROFILES THAT MEANS BOB FOX. CLEARLY THE RUSSIANS ARE. ARE KIND OF, YOU KNOW, TRYING TO FLOOD THE ZONE, SPEWING AN AVALANCHE OF DIS-INFORMATION AS PART OF THEIR INFORMATION WAR, WHICH IS AGAIN, PART OF THEIR PLAYBOOK.

KEN DILANIAN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THAT.

STILL TO COME, GEORGIA SENATE. >> PASSING A BILL NOW. THAT WAS PRETTY MUCH BAN TRANS ATHLETES FROM PLAYING SCHOOL SPORTS. WE’RE GOING TO EXPLAIN IN THE LOCAL PLUS, SOME SURPRISING AND SOME ARGUE DANGEROUS REACTIONS FROM MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ABOUT HOW PRESIDENT BIDEN IS HANDLING RUSSIA’S INVASION OF UKRAINE. WE’VE GOT ANDREA MITCHELL NEXT TO TALK THE POLITICS OF IT ALL.

♪ >> THESE DAYS. IT FEELS LIKE THE NEWS NEVER STOPS. SO LET’S GET INTO IT. WHAT’S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. WHAT IT ALL MEANS FOR YOU FOR AN HOUR EVERY DAY CAN BE HARD KEEP UP SO LET’S GET STARTED TOGETHER.

ALI CHECKS IN NOW. >> WEEKDAYS AT 5 ON NBC NEWS NOW. >> YOU DOING FOR TEACHERS OR FEEL THAT THEY’RE BEING STRETCHED TOO DID YOU UNDERSTAND HOW PREVALENT HUNGER WAS IN YOUR OWN COMMUNITY. ♪ >> TO COVER THE NEWS. YOU HAVE TO BE IN IT.

>> WE’LL TAKE YOU TO THE FRONT LINES OF THE STORM. BRINGING YOUR NEWS FEED TO LIFE. STREAMING LIVE EVERY NIGHT. IT’S YOUR NEWS PLACED. >> TOP STORY WITH TIME NOW WEEK NIGHTS AT 7 ON NBC NEWS NOW.

>> THERE WERE RESIDENTS WHO HUNG ON FOR DEAR LIFE I’VE HEARD PEOPLE SAY THE TOWN IS ABSOLUTELY WE’VE LOST THOUSANDS, BUT OUR COMMUNITY STILL HERE. ♪ >> NO BETTER PLACE. THE PHONE WITH FRIENDS. WELL, TIME WITH A LITTLE GOLF BUDDY. AFTER LOAN.

♪ FAMILY AND FRIENDS WITH JUST A TAP AWAY. JUST PICK YOUR COURSE TO YOUR PHONE. AND ENJOY. TOP STORY WITH TOP IS YOUR NEWS PLAYLIST NBC NEWS NOW. >> YOU CAN LISTEN TO IT AS A PODCAST AVAILABLE ANYTIME AND ANYWHERE.

>> THERE WERE RESIDENTS WHO HUNG ON FOR DEAR LIFE I’VE HEARD PEOPLE SAY THE TOWN IS ABSOLUTELY GONE. WE’VE LOST THOUSANDS THE ART COMMUNITY STILL HERE. ♪ ♪ >> TOP STORY WITH TOP IS YOUR NEWS PLAYLIST NBC NEWS NOW. YOU CAN LISTEN TO IT AS A PODCAST AVAILABLE ANYTIME AND ANYWHERE ♪ ♪ >> THIS IS A VERY DIFFERENT KIND OF PROGRAM.

HERE TO START CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE BIG THINGS HAPPENING IN OUR WORLD.

PROFESSOR, I’M NOT ASKING YOU TO PREDICT THE FUTURE. BUT WHAT DO YOU THINK THAT THE NEW NORMAL IS GOING TO BE. HE’S PART OF THIS SAID EVERYONE IS RETHINKING THEIR JOBS DURING THIS PANDEMIC AND THE RELATIONSHIP TO THEIR EMPLOYERS. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST TIP FOR ANY PARENT WHO’S CONCERNED ABOUT THIS. IT’S NOT MY JOB TO TELL YOU WHAT TO THINK.

MY JOB IS TO THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU TELL THEM NOW, TONIGHT WITH JOSHUA JOHNSON STREAMING WEEK NIGHTS 8 ON NBC NEWS NOW. ♪ >> WITH THE RUSSIAN INVASION OF UKRAINE. YOU MAY BE STOPPING AND THINKING FOR A SECOND WAVE. WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN. ALL THE PEOPLE THAT WERE DUG UP POLAND IS STEPPING UP TO HELP.

WE’LL EXPLAIN A LITTLE BIT LATER. BUT FIRST, NBC NEWS COVERS HUNDREDS OF STORIES EVERY DAY. AND BECAUSE YOU COULDN’T POSSIBLY READ OR WATCH OR LISTEN TO THEM ALL OUR BUREAU TEAMS HAVE DONE IT FOR YOU. THIS IS WHAT THEY TELL US IS GOING DOWN IN THEIR REGIONS IN A SEGMENT WE CALL THE LOCAL FROM OUR NORTHEAST BUREAU. CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO SHOWS THE ACTUAL MINUTE.

LOOK AT THAT. A SMALL PLANE CRASHED AT PHILLY NEIGHBORHOOD. CRASHED AND EXPLODED IN LIKE A SUBURBAN COLDEST. LOOKS LIKE. BOTH PEOPLE ON BOARD WERE KILLED.

THE PROPELLER FROM THE PLANE FLEW INTO SOMEBODYS HOME. BUT NOBODY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD WAS HURT IN THE CRASH.

OFFICIALS ARE STILL LOOKING INTO WHY THE PLANE WENT DOWN. >> FROM OUR SOUTHEAST BUREAU. GEORGIA SENATE HAS PASSED A BILL THAT WOULD LIMIT TRANS ATHLETES FROM PLAYING SCHOOL SPORTS.

IT REQUIRES THAT STUDENTS PLAY ON TEAMS THAT MATCH THEIR ASSIGNED TO THIS IS SOMETHING THAT HEADS TO THE STATE HOUSE. NOW, AT LEAST 10 REPUBLICAN LED STATES HAVE PASSED SIMILAR BILLS AND FROM OUR WEST COAST BUREAU. AN UPDATE ON A STORY WE TOLD YOU ABOUT EARLIER THIS WEEK. YOU KNOW, THE BIG BLACK BEAR. HANK THE TANK OUT IN CALIFORNIA.

GUESS WHAT HIS NAME IS KIND OF BEEN CLEAR. IT TURNS OUT DNA EVIDENCE PROVES HANK WAS NOT THE ONLY BEAR BUS THAN INTO HOMES DOWN IN LAKE TAHOE. THERE WERE A COUPLE OTHERS TOO. >> THERE’S SOME PRETTY SERIOUS PLANS TO TRY DEAL WITH HANK, IF YOU KNOW, I MEAN, BUT OFFICIALS SAY WORK TO LOCATE AND JUST TAG THE BEARS INSTEAD YOU GO. SO AS RUSSIA INVADED UKRAINE, LAWMAKERS RACED TO CONDEMN VLADIMIR PUTIN’S ACTION.

BUT SOME REPUBLICANS WERE ALSO QUICK TO BLAME THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION, SOMETHING FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON SAID TODAY DOES REAL DAMAGE TO OUR DEMOCRACY.

LISTEN. >> IT PLAYS RIGHT INTO THE AMBITIONS. I’VE NOT JUST FOOD. AND BUT ALSO PRESIDENT XI OF CHINA TO UNDERMINE DEMOCRACY, TOO.

DIVIDE AND CONQUER THE WEST WITHOUT EVER INVADING US. BUT BY US SETTING US AGAINST EACH OTHER. >> MISSUS. CLINTON’S COMMENTS OVER ON MORNING JOE. COME AFTER FORMER PRESIDENT TRUMP CALLED PUTIN’S INVASION.

ACTUALLY PRAISE PUTIN HAS GENIUS AND SAVVY FOR THE MILITARY BUILDUP IN UKRAINE AND HOUSE REPUBLICANS PREVIOUSLY HAD TWEETED THIS PICTURE. PRESIDENT BIDEN WALKING AWAY INCLUDED THE CAPTION. THIS IS WHAT WEAKNESS LOOKS LIKE ON THE WORLD STAGE. ANDREA MITCHELL JOINS ME NOW TO TALK ABOUT THIS.

WE’VE SEEN SOME CHANGE IN TUNE A LITTLE BIT FROM SOME, I THINK OF TUCKER CARLSON ON FOX, RIGHT.

PRE AND POST INVASION TO A DEGREE. BUT WHAT IF YOU THERE’S THIS CONCEPT, AS YOU ALL KNOW FOR A LONG TIME OF POLITICS STOPPING AT THE WATER’S EDGE IS THAT JUST A QUAINT RELIC OF THE PAST. NOW IT SEEMS TO BE IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, AT LEAST BECAUSE THEY’VE JUST THEY’VE GONE SO FAR IN TRYING TO CRITICIZE PRESIDENT BIDEN AT EVERY TURN.

BUT I THINK WHAT REALLY GOT HILLARY CLINTON TO TENSION WAS FORMER PRESIDENT TRUMP PRAISING THAT RIP AND FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO. AND FOR BOTH OF THEM TO PRAISE HIM AS CLEVER SMART.

A STATESMAN SAID POMPEO AND THAT THAT WAS SAID THIS WEEK. AFTER EVERYTHING THAT THAT MEANT PUTTING IT DONE. AND TUCKER CARLSON HAS BEEN JUST. GOING YOU KNOW, AFTER BIDEN, OK. THAT’S HIS THAT’S HIS THING.

BUT PRAISING TRUMP FOR MONTHS. IN FACT, FOR MONTHS UNTIL AFTER THE INVASION. I THEY WERE ALREADY ON THE MOVE IN. SO THEY ALREADY STARTED TO INVADE. SO IT’S ONLY IN THAT FINAL THAT FINAL DAY WHERE HE BEGAN TO PULL IT BACK.

SO THERE IS A VERY STRANGE DIVISION IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY NOW, THAT’S HARD TO UNDERSTAND BECAUSE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WAS ALWAYS. VERY MUCH DURING THE COLD WAR ANTI-COMMUNIST AND SEE, YOU KNOW, SOVIET UNION AND THEN ANTI VLADIMIR PUTIN CERTAINLY WHEN HE BECAME SO AGGRESSIVE, YOU’RE MAKING A POINT WHICH I THINK IS IMPORTANT, WHICH IS, YOU KNOW, JUST BECAUSE AGAIN, I DO WANT TO BE CLEAR THAT SOME OF THESE COMMENTS WERE MADE PRIOR TO THE ACTUAL YOU EXPLOSIONS THAT WE STARTED SEEING IN UKRAINE, RIGHT.

HOWEVER, AS YOU POINT OUT. >> WAS BUILDING UP FOR WEEKS. WE WERE COVERING A TALKING ABOUT THIS FOR A LONG TIME.

PART OF THE BEIGE AND ALL OF THE U.S. INTELLIGENCE THAT WE HAD SEEN WAS THAT HE WAS GOING TO INVADE DESPITE THE FACT THAT HE WAS PAYING LIP SERVICE TO SAYING HE WOULD NOT. AND THEN HE DECLARED BASICALLY THAT UKRAINE WAS PART OF RUSSIA. HE DECLARED THAT THOSE TO, YOU KNOW, PROVINCES.

WE’RE PART OF RUSSIA.

SO HE HE LAID THE GROUNDWORK, YOU KNOW,