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

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




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




Day 241: Making sense of FDA's conflicting votes on Covid boosters

An FDA panel has voted against Covid boosters for the general population for now, but in favor of boosters for those at high risk and age 65 and older. We discuss that, look at the security preparations in Washington ahead of a pro-January 6 rally, and much more with Jonathan Lemire, Gen. Barry McCaffrey, Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, Don Calloway, Bill Kristol, and George Will.


Day 240: Feds on alert for possible violence at pro-January 6 rally

Federal authorities are reportedly on watch for the possibility of violence at a September 18 rally being planned that is in support of the January 6 Capitol insurrectionist. Plus, military reservists and National Guard are being deployed to help some hospitals overwhelmed with Covid cases. We discuss that and much more with Shannon Pettypiece, Clint Watts, Dr. Irwin Redlener, James Carville, Mark McKinnon, and Dr. Vin Gupta.


Day 239: Biden backs Milley amid reports of calls to China in Trump's last days

President Biden is back the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs after a new book detailed his calls to China during the final days of the Trump administration to assure them no conflict would be coming. Plus, we look at the latest news on Covid boosters and SpaceX's new history-making all-civilian mission into space. Joining the program are Yamiche Alcindor, Peter Baker, John Heilemann, Eugene Robinson, Stuart Stevens, Dr. Stephen Sample, and Cal Perry.


Day 238: Gavin Newsom survives GOP-led California recall effort

NBC News projects that California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has survived a Republican-led effort to recall him from office. Steve Kornacki, Jacob Soboroff, Mike Murphy, A.B. Stoddard, Philip Rucker, and Seema Mehta all join.


Day 237: Biden rallies as Newsom fights for his political life

Monday night saw President Biden head to California to stump for Gov. Gavin Newsom who is facing a recall vote. Washington will no doubt watch the vote carefully for any insight the results might provide about 2022 midterms and beyond. Ashley Parker, Lisa Lerer, Frank Figliuzzi, Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, Matthew Dowd, and Dr. Kavita Patel join to discuss that and much more.


Day 234: The country prepares to mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks

President Biden urges unity, even as he defends his plan to increase vaccinations from Republican backlash. Virus transmission remains high and the CDC says that unvaccinated people are 11 times more likely to die from Covid-19. And, compared to 20 years ago, Americans are far more divided and pessimistic about the country’s direction. Eugene Daniels, Peter Bergen, Jon Meacham, Dr. Nahid Bhadelia and Michael Beschloss all join.


Day 233: Biden issues sweeping vaccine requirements

A new vaccine mandate strengthened the vaccine requirements for federal workers and instructs businesses with more than 100 employees to require vaccinations or regular testing. The plan already faces resistance from the right on the local and national level. Meanwhile, the U.S. Capitol prepares for a rally in support of 1-6 rioters and the Department of Justice sued Texas over the new abortion law. Yamiche Alcindor, Cynthia Alksne, Clint Watts, Dr. Irwin Redlener and Michael Moore all...


DAY 231: Biden pushes his agenda in the face of climate change and Covid-19

President Biden went to New York and New Jersey to survey damage from the remnants of Hurricane Ida. He advocated for his infrastructure proposals to protect against future worsening natural disasters. But as the House and Senate return from the August recess, his main agenda items are facing challenges on Capitol Hill. And the delta variant continues to spread, with 95% of U.S. counties showing a high level of Covid-19 transmission. Phil Rucker, Eugene Robinson, A.B. Stoddard, Dr. Irwin...


Day 226: Biden and Pelosi vow action after Texas abortion ban

After the Supreme Court failed to block a controversial Texas law effectively banning abortions in that state, Democratic leaders including the president and the House Speaker are vowing to protect women's reproductive rights. The president is also calling for action on climate change citing the unprecedented deadly floods from the aftermath of Hurricane Ida and the raging wildfires in California. Joining the program are Shannon Pettypiece, Jeremy Bash, Jacob Ward, Neal Katyal, Cornell...


Day 225: After Afghanistan, Biden faces slew of new problems

Trying to move on from the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Biden administration faces a slew of issues including the push for voting rights, climate change, continued concerns for national security following the Capitol insurrection, the continued Covid pandemic and much more. We're joined by Yamiche Alcindor, Frank Figliuzzi, Joyce Vance, Joe Valiente, Eugene Robinson, Susan Del Percio, and Dr. Nahid Bhadelia.


Day 224: Biden gives vigorous defense of Afghanistan withdrawal

In a speech to the nation, the president offered a strong defense of his Afghanistan withdrawal policy despite continued criticism from both sides of the aisle. Biden also again lauded the military in his remarks. We discuss that and much more with Ashley Parker, A.B. Stoddard, Ben Rhodes, Dr. Irwin Redlener, Juanita Tolliver, and Matthew Dowd.


Day 223: The war in Afghanistan officially ends for the U.S.

The U.S. military has officially ended its 20-year mission in Afghanistan with the last troops having left just before August 31 according to officials. Plus, officials in hurricane-battered New Orleans warn that people there could be without power for over a week. We discuss that and much more with Ali Velshi, Peter Baker, Carol Leonnig, Tom Nichols, Craig Fugate, David Plouffe, Tim Miller, and Dr. Kavita Patel.


Introducing: Southlake

As a bonus for The 11th Hour listeners, we’re sharing a special preview of “Southlake,” a new, six-part original podcast series from NBC News that takes listeners inside a Texas suburb’s war over race and education. Follow or subscribe wherever you get your podcasts to listen to the first two episodes now:


Day 220: U.S. retaliates against ISIS-K with airstrike

U.S. drone strike targets "ISIS-K planner" after Biden vowed to "hunt down" the attackers in the Kabul bombing. Hurricane Ida is barreling toward Louisiana. And there are so many Covid deaths in Florida that some morgues are finding themselves strained. Courtney Kube, Eugene Daniels, Susan Page, Frank Figliuzzi, Michelle Grossman, Juanita Tolliver, and Matthew Dowd all join.


Day 219: Biden vows to hunt down those responsible for Kabul attack

The president ordered flags to half-staff following two deadly explosions near the airport in Kabul. 13 American service members were among the 60 fatalities. One blast struck a busy entrance to the airfield, where U.S. troops have been processing Americans and Afghans for evacuation ahead of the August 31 withdrawal deadline. ISIS-K, an offshoot of the Islamic State, has claimed responsibility for the attack. Yamiche Alcindor, Jonathan Lemire, James LaPorta, Clint Watts, Donna Edwards and...


Day 218: U.S. warns Americans in Kabul of possible ISIS attack

American diplomats in Afghanistan are warning U.S. citizens of a possible ISIS attack on the airport in Kabul complicated the U.S. withdrawal with just six days until the August 31 withdrawal deadline set by Pres. Biden. Plus, the Covid surge remains very severe among unvaccinated Americans. Joining the program is Claire McCaskill, Peter Baker, John Heilemann, James Carville, Mike Murphy, and Dr. Nahid Bhadelia.


Day 217: Fierce pressure on Biden as he holds to August 31 withdrawal

Pres. Biden is holding firm to his play to conclude evacuations in Afghanistan by August 31 as the U.S. withdrawal continues to face bipartisan criticism. Plus, how can kids stay safe going back to school during the Delta variant surge of Covid-19? We discuss that and much more with Ben Rhodes, Andrea Mitchell, Sam Stein, Dr. Irwin Redlener, Don Calloway, Susan Del Percio, and Clint Watts.


Day 216: More mandates expected as Pfizer vaccine gets full FDA approval

The FDA has now given the Pfizer Covid vaccine a full approval. Now the president is calling for more business to enforce mandates and pleading with the unvaccinated to go get their shots. We discuss that and much more with Philip Rucker, Rick Stengel, Dr. Céline Gounder, Eugene Robinson, A.B. Stoddard, and Joan Donovan.


Day 213: From Afghanistan to Covid, Biden faces most turbulent week in office

With plenty of criticism and chaos in Kabul along with a worsening Covid pandemic, Pres. Biden just experienced his most difficult week in office so far. Plus, a late Friday update on Tropical Storm Henri now forecasts the storm will make landfall on Sunday morning, likely as a Category 1 hurricane, near Islip, NY, just over 50 miles outside New York City. Joining the program are Bill Karins, Jonathan Lemire, Gen. Barry McCaffrey, Dr. Kavita Patel, Don Calloway, Bill Kristol, and Michael...


Day 212: Immense pressure on Biden to speed up Afghanistan evacuations

The Biden administration is facing growing pressure to speed up evacuations out of Afghanistan as reports say the situation on the ground is becoming more and more uncertain. Plus, new question arise over the Delta variant as Covid cases increase in Israel where vaccinations rates are high. That and much more with Shannon Pettypiece, Adm. James Stavridis, Frank Figliuizzi, Dr. Vin Gupta, Donna Edwards, and Mark McKinnon.