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stocks that need these policies in order to go higher. othe otherwise, i just assume they're trying to knock down stocks in order to get a better entry point for themselves i like to say there is always a bull market somewhere. i'm jim kraker see you tomorrow the news with shepard smith starts now families of all stripes that got drowned out by covid i'm shepard smith. this is the news on cnbc america's drug crisis. overdoses soaringdeaths hitting the highest number ever recorded. >> it's horrific and something needs to be done the system is broken. >> cnbc in-depth what's fueling the nationwide spike. the delta variant itself is more contagious. >> a dire warning. the worst of covid delta is yet to come. the new message from nurses in
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the cdc, bring back masks for everyone we're in the garage but we cannot get out. >> chilling 911 audio released from the night of the condo collapse. >> what are you seeing >> i can't see nothing but smoke! >> the lasting fallout and the threat to real estate in south florida. passengers gone wild [ screaming getting violent, even punching an attendant in the face we hear from flight crews on the front line the new push to legalize pot nationwide resources tighten as wildfires multiply back in court. the battle over britney spears' future good evening while the pandemic ravaged our nation, another epidemic in its shadow was getting worse america's opioid crisis. it was a public health emergency long before covid, and tonight,
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in brand-new data, we're seeing just how devastating it's been the number of overdose deaths hitting a record in 2020, 93,000 americans died of a drug overdose that's nearly 30% increase from the year before, according to preliminary data from the cdc. it doesn't matter where you live, what your politics are, north, south, east, west, blue state, red state -- this affects the whole country. take a look at this map. only two states saw a drop in overdose deaths, south dakota and new hampshire. orange states saw an increase. red-orange states saw a jump over 30%, higher than the national average dark-red states -- kentucky, south carolina, vermont -- saw more than 50% increase from 2019 the massive number of overdose deaths wasn't fueled by just one drug opioid overdose deaths broke records, as did stimulants like meth and synthetic opioids, known as fentanyl.
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over the last decade, the number of americans who have died from overdose has more than doubled the number fell slightly in 2018 before rising the next year. then the pandemic hit. and that led to this dramatic spike. and for every life lost, there are countless family members and friends who suffer as well cnbc's valerie castro begins our coverage with the human toll. >> it was opioids. corey died of a heroin overdose. and sean was prescribed pills. >> reporter: cheryl juware has lost not one but two sons to overdose deaths. first corey, 2011. then sean lost his battle with addiction just two weeks ago. >> hewent into treatment, it was very successful for about four years and then he had a relapse. >> reporter: she created the nonprofit "team sharing" after corey's death as a way to support other parents who have lost children to substance abuse. she says the staggering 2020
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numbers are a clear sign that not enough is being done. >> those people are dying every day. you don't see them all in one spot it's not like an airplane. but it is all across the country. it's horrific. >> reporter: experts say the pandemic made things tougher for addicts trying to help themselves, as time spent alone became the worst possible environment. >> i couldn't go to -- they couldn't go to support group meetings, couldn't necessarily get the treatment they had been getting, all of their social networks were cut off. >> reporter: fentanyl, an often deadly substance, sometimes mixed with drugs, has become ubiquitous. >> it's pressed into pills and sold as fake counterfeit pills that people are taking unexpectedly. >> regina labelle, acting director of the office of national drug control policy, says the number of deaths is shocking but there are ways to prevent them. >> no one has to die from an overdose we have medications that can reverse overdose death we have medications to treat
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opioid use disorder. >> reporter: despite the tragedy she's been through, juware doesn't want families to give up. >> there's always, always hope and i don't want people to look at me that way, in fear, that this is what's going to happen to their child because that's not always true >> norcan is a medication used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. in many cases it can save lives. in rhode island, public health experts say they're hearing cases where several doses of narcan are needed to be effective against fentanyl. >> several cans? wow. nora valcan, director of the national institute on drug abuse. why is fentanyl playing such a huge role in these overdoses >> fentanyl is a very potent drug, 50 times more potent than heroin. >> 50 times more >> 50 times more you need more volume, it
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provides a big profit for the drug market, and it's been used to contaminate other drugs so when you mix fentanyl with drugs like methamphetamine or cocaine, you much them so much more lethal. it has become widespread all over the united states initially it was limited to the northeastern states. now it is everywhere and it's much less expensive than pure heroin and that is one of the main contributors to the overdose deaths. >> the pandemic clearly had an impact we see that in the data. are you concerned that that spike in numbers is here to stay >> well, i wish it's not and i think that one of the reasons why i'm optimistic, i think it's not just wishful thinking, is one of the factors that contributed to the increase in drug use was the isolation. social distancing, that has mentioned before, does not allow you to provide narcan, which reverses overdoses hopefully we'll start to be
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making a 180 with covid controls and people are able to reach out to support systems that existed before the covid pandemic and help their system, focus again on providing treatment for opioid addiction disorder, which was subverted by the need to take care of patients with covid. >> narcan seems to be gaining traction, police departments are using it, fire departments what do you say to critics who argue the use of narcan encourages drug use? >> i mean, it is -- what can i say? i'm not going to comment on that, because of course, if you do not give narcan, the person is going to die. so you are not going to be given a chance anymore what's better, to let them die or try to use that moment to reach them, even if they take drugs again. narcan as life-saving medication we know that if we expand its use, we can save many people
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in the covid pandemic, as was mentioned before, one of the challenges was people were injecting alone. so if they overdosed, nobody could see them and give them the narcan so these are very, extremely useful medications. >> nora volkof, thank you very much if you or a loved one is in need of battling addiction, the guyly contagious delta variant driving a rapid surge of covid cases across america the former head of the fda, dr. scott gottlieb, is warning the worst is yet to come. >> the delta variant is going to move its way through the country august, september, into october. that's what the modeling shows that's what we expected, that the peak of this epidemic would really be sometime around the end of september, back-to-school season. >> at least 47 states reporting a rise in covid cases over the past week. ten seeing cases more than double that's from johns hopkins.
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the largest union of registered nurses in america is calling on the cdc to again recommend everyone wear masks. vaccinated or not. in an open letter they write, "the pandemic is not over, and the united states once again stands on the precipice of rising cases." today officials in new york city and in california said they're keeping mask requirements in schools. the announcement comes a week after the cdc recommended the opposite that fully vaccinated students and teachers don't need to mask up in classrooms in mississippi, health officials are warning about the impact to children mississippi now reports seven children are in icu with covid and that two of them are on life support. doctors in neighboring arkansas, currently a hot spot for delta, say they're worried about what the return to school will bring here's cnbc's meg tirrell. >> reporter: covid cases has more than doubled in arkansas in the last two weeks to almost 1,000 per day, hospitalizations up 70% in that time too.
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dr. romero, the state secretary of health, says the delta variant is estimated to make up more than three-quarters of new cases there. the state's vaccination rate at just 35%, among the lowest in the nation >> individuals that are being hospitalized are at least a decade younger than individuals that were hospitalized during the peak of the pandemic we're also seeing that easily 98% or better that are being hospitalized have no vaccine, have not been vaccinated. >> reporter: romero, a pediatrician, said he's also very worried about the virus for kids. >> when these children return to school, they'll be in environments that will allow this to spread very quickly. we are seeing outbreaks in day cares and in closed settings and i can expect this to really happen in schools. >> reporter: the state prohibits mask mandates in schools, so wearing them would be voluntary. he's urging parents to get kids 12 and up vaccinated before they
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get to school and not wait until the school year starts romero says there has been an uptick in demand for the vaccine as covid rates have picked and up says the state has been trying to combat misinformation about the shot >> this is an idea from our governor, ace sa hutchinson, who is going out into the community, into these rural communities, to talk about it. my understanding, this is the only governor right now that's doing this >> shep, he says sometimes they do see people take the vaccine after listening. >> meg, thank you. panic, confusion, and screams. new and chilling audio of the 911 calls from the night of the south florida condo collapse as a judge makes a major decision on compensating the victims. the man who kick started the war in afghanistan now criticizing the withdrawal 20 years later. former president george bush's warning on what's to come. and he was accused of molesting hundreds of women and
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girls for decades. yet for more than a year, the fbi did almost no investigating. brand-new and harsh words for the bureau from its own watchdog just in to the cnbc newsroom, a recall of very popular sunscreens because of a cancer scare (sounds of car do) (screaming & laughter) ♪ ♪ (sounds of car doors closing) (crash sound & tires squealing) (phone chimes) this is onstar. we've detected a crash from your phone. is anyone injured? i don't think so. good. help is on the way. is there anyone i can call for you? my dad. okay, i'm calling him now. ♪ ♪ ♪
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♪ ♪ ♪ hey google, turn up the heat. ♪ ♪ ♪ fles in surfside reblessing the 911 calls for the moments the champlain tower south collapsed. the calls capture witnesses' shock and horror as the 12-story structure fell to the ground >> yes, i'm at champlain towers, something's going on here, you've got to get us out of here. >> you're in your apartment right now? >> yes, half the building's gone >> a budge of us are in the garage but we cannot get out, and we're going back up to our apartments >> tell me exactly what happened. >> i don't know, there's a lot of smoke going on, i can't see
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[ bleep ] right now. >> can you see - >> got to get out of here. >> oh my god, oh my god! >> ma'am, the operator - >> oh my god. >> is anyone injured >> oh my god the building collapsed >> holy [ bleep ]. >> miami-dade. >> what, yeah, hold on -- i'm trying to track them - >> got to get out! >> he's mapping at 88th street - >> hurry, hurry up >> many parts of the building that went down, the building just went to the sinkhole. so there will be many, many people dead. >> okay. >> in fact, 97 people are now confirmed dead and 8 are still presumed unaccounted for. also new today, a judge approved the sale of the property on which that building stood with the money set to go to the victims the oceanfront land estimated to be valued at more than $100 million, according to court documents. the collapse has also led to increased scrutiny of condo
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buildings across south florida and now some in the housing market are seeing the effects. cnbc's real estate correspondent diana olick is in miami with that, diana? >> reporter: shep, the great covid migration brought massive amounts of wealthed from northeast to florida with huge demands for luxury condominiums like this one. sticker price $45 million from bespoke real estate. older condos, many of them across the bay in miami beach, saw even greater demand. that is, of course, until the devastating building collapse. miami has long been a tale of two condominium markets. those built before 2000, when strict new building codes born of the hurricane andrew disaster went into effect, and those built after. now since the collapse of the champlain tower, the divide is suddenly even wider. >> listen, no one in their right mind is going to buy a condo built before 2000 unless they have a safety certificate for
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the structure of the building, and it doesn't exist today. >> reporter: florida condos are required to go through an inspection every 40 years, but he says buyers cannot see those reports. >> no condo i've ever seen, and i've been here since 1993, has ever openly shared that information. there's a lack of transparency in the condo market by design, it as sell-side market. >> reporter: even more so since the great covid migration to the sun belt pending condo sales in the miami daytona county up 86% in june from a year ago. prices up 25%. exclusive new numbers show older condos were seeing much more action an average 259 sales per month in the first part of this year versus 154 sales per month for condos completed after 2000. why? the older ones are cheaper on average, just under $485,000. the average for post-2000 condos, just over $2 million >> the developers are not lowering prices on new construction
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and they're going to probably have more people coming into the sales center than they were expecting. >> reporter: because insurers will now be asking all older condo boards for engineering reports, and if they don't get them, they won't insure buyers in addition, condo fees in older buildings will surely go up as repairs need to be made. >> people are still looking at them, but being careful. they want to see that work has been done. so a red flag is if you see a condominium with half the monthly hoa fees of every other building fit looks too good to be true, it is too good to be true. >> reporter: even the largest home listing site in china put out an alert advising buyers to refrain from purchasing units in south florida buildings that are more than 30 years old without first getting assessments of maintenance costs. >> you'll see a great divide occur, and investors who are looking for a return, they'll be focused on older buildings with a plan that the condominiums will be terminated, knocked down, and new towers will rise on them.
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>> reporter: real estate agents told me that within days they were getting calls from bargain hunters, and he expects to see big demand from larger developers looking to buy these older buildings at bargain prices, knock them down, and put up even pricier new towers oregon's bootleg fire is now the largest active wildfire in america. it's twice the size of portland, burning more than 200,000 acres and growing. officials say it's 0% contained. a crew commander telling firefighters, we've not seen a fire move like this in these conditions this early in the year expect the fire to do things that you have not seen before, he said. this is the view of the fast-moving fire from space. it's burning huge portions of the fremont wilhelmina national forest just as temperatures begin to ebb, another heat wave set to roast the west coast and canada. a heat comb developing and peaking around monday according
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to the national weather service. in some areas, triple-digit temperatures expected that could exacerbate wildfires senate democrats agree to a multibillion-dollar spending bill so what made the cut, and who's fitting the bill the vaccine push today a pop star at the white house to add her voice to the push tennessee is now stopping all outreach to adolescents. we hear live from the state's now-fired vaccine official who says that happened to her for educating teens on their options for a shot and now get netflix on us. it's all included with 2 lines for only $70 bucks! only at t-mobile. [engines revving] ♪ ♪ return to rugged. the all-new ruggedly redesigned 2022 nissan pathfinder.
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president biden vows to pass a historically enormous infrastructure package the president met with senate democrats after they reached a deal on a massive $3.5 trillion plan for social spending and what the president calls human infrastructure like child care mr. biden has essentially split the package into two
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a smaller, bipartisan bill for traditional infrastructure like roads and bridges. the second, a massive bill for human infrastructure that can pass if all 50 senate democrats are on board >> we're going to get this done. >> any concern about having two tracks here, will disrupt the bipartisan agreement that was -- >> no, i think the only way to get it done is to have two tracks. >> while president biden is expressing optimism, there is still a long road ahead to seal the deal on infrastructure cnbc's senior congressional correspondent ylan mui is with us. >> democrats believe it would provide enough money to cover the president's priorities climate change, tax incentives for clean energy and vehicles, and create a civilian climate corps. it has funding for universal pre-k and family leave, adds benefits to medicare, and extends the child tax credit. >> this is only the first step
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in a long road we will have to travel and must travel but we are going to get this done, because we so fervently believe that we must make average american lives a whole lot better. >> progressives have embraced the proposal senator elizabeth warren called it a strong step forward moderates hold their fire. >> we want to see it, i've made it clear i want to see the pay for it to make sure whatever we do is going to be globally competitive. >> democrats insist the $3.5 trillion will be fully paid for. a source tells me they plan to offset the costs through a combination of higher taxed on the wealthy and corporations, savings on health care, and economic growth. meanwhile, that bipartisan agreement on hard infrastructure like roads and bridges, it's still getting tweaked. the number two republican in the senate, john thune, he cautioned the democrats' massive spending bill could undermine support for the more modest bipartisan measure. president biden is still commit
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to that two-track tragedy even if some republicans are predicting a political collision course instead. today senate democrats unveiled a new plan to legalize marijuana at the federal level ahead on the news, the moves they hope will get support on and off capitol hill rising prices are not expected to take a dip any time soon that's new today from the federal reserve chairman but inflation might not be a bad thing. andrew ross sorkin explains that next. a rise in a different kind of turbulence. passengers behaving badly. three flight attendants tell their stories as we approach the bottom hour and the top of the news from cnbc ♪ when technology is easier to use... ♪ barriers don't stand a chance. ♪
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such as fevers, sweats, chills, muscle aches, or coughs or if you plan to or recently received a vaccine. ♪ nothing is everything ♪ now is the time to ask your dermatologist about skyrizi. americans could be paying more for just about everything this summer according to federal reserve chairman jerome powell he told lawmakers in d.c. inflation will likely remain elevated in the coming months but it will eventually even out once supply chain bottlenecks are resolved according to the labor department, inflation has surged by more than 5% over the past year the fastest pace since august of 2008 andrew ross sorkin, journalist, cohost of cnbc's "squauction box. conventional wisdom says inflation is bad but you wrote in "the new york times" the deal on inflation is changing, how so and why >> a number of economists think actually, inflation to some
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degree can actually be helpful especially when it comes to the issue of inequality. because the truth is, and we're seeing it right now, a tight labor market pushes up wages and of course, that to some degree is the goal, in many ways, in terms of reducing inequality it also potentially -- you talk about supply chain issue -- creates opportunity for more labor to get into the workforce to try to fix some of those supply imbalances. so there is a view that maybe not a lot of inflation is good, but a little bit of inflation might be helpful and then, of course, there's the issue of savers and what happens when you have very low interest rates. it doesn't help them so there are some benefits but of course, lots of inflation can still wreak some havoc. >> for how long? how long is too long at what point does inflation have an expiration date before
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it goes into more overall damage than good? >> well, the issue is, when inflation creates a situation where prices for products that we all need become so expensive that we can't afford them. and that it creates effectively a vicious cycle in terms of what ultimately, therefore, happens to the economy that's when it becomes a true dilemma. when you have companies that decide that they don't want to effectively invest anymore, or get loans to invest in what they're doing, because it's too expensive to do it. >> we close to that. >> i don't think we're there yet. but we could get there but i think we've still got a ways to go. >> hope you're right andrew ross sorkin, see you in the morning, thank you. mean stock mania slowing down that's what's topping "on the money sdwroochlt." the share price of meme stock amc cut in half from its peak. the movie theater chain delivered an all-time high of
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about 77 bucks in early june today it tumbled to around $34 this despite the company reporting the highest box office turnout in 16 months the rebound led by disney's "black widow." general motors bolt electric vehicles under investigation again. two cars that were repaired as part of the company's november recall caught fire recently. gm is now warning, if you own the recalled bolts from model year 2017 through 2019, don't park the cars inside, and don't charge them unattended overnight. the company says it's issuing the warning out of an abundance of caution as it investigates the incident supermodel tyra banks coined smizing, when you smile but only with your eyes now we can smile with our tummies. banks just launched their own custard-style ice cream, smize cream, seven signature flavors available to ship nationwide
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on wall street, the dow up 44 the s&p up 5 the nasdaq down 33 i'm shepard smith on cnbc. it's the bottom of the hour. time for the top of the news the push to legalize pot senate democrats roll out a new plan to decriminalize marijuana nationwide. the britney spears conservatorship battle back and forth. a new development in the pop star's fight to regain control of her life and fortune. and passengers behaving badly. it's a flight attend ant's job to think about passenger safety, but now they may be worried about their own safety the federal aviation administration reporting 150 cases of unruly passengers in the past week. that's the biggest weekly surge of the summer. 75% of the accidents involve people who won't wear masks. 22% of adults say they would refuse to wear a mask while flying according to data
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platform dyneda. 7% think it's okay to take out frustration on the flight staff whose job it is to enforce the rules. what's that doing tonight attendants who have been wrangling passengers we talked with three of them dealing with it daily. andrea day has their stories >> reporter: passengers gone wild punching a flight attendant in the face the footage so disturbing, it's tough to watch in this case, the captain even calling for help >> ladies and gentlemen, this is the captain speaking we'd like all males to the front of the aircraft-- >> reporter: it's not slowing down for those on the front lines, a frightening reality. >> we had a gate agent that was punched in the head so bad, so severely, that she had to go to the hospital. >> it's definitely out of control. >> reporter: matthew cook and
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mitra amirzeday are flight attendants for airlines. >> i have agitation, anxiety going to work -- >> reporter: so does this flight attendant. she fears losing her job and asked to us conceal her identity. >> people are pushing the envelope a little bit more and making it a more volatile situation. 35,000 feet is not the place that you want anything to go down. >> is it making you reconsider your job >> yeah. for sure >> i've had the f-bomb dropped on me. this is ridiculous, a temper tantrum in their seat. i've been lucky. i don't know if they're going to get violent, and i don't want to have to deal with that kind of situation. >> reporter: like this one, when a woman on board had to be tackled to the ground. >> are they going to throw punches? issing this about to be verbal >> how does it get to that point? i don't know i'm alarmed. >> people are us onning the mask mandate as an excuse for poor
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behavior i absolutely think that our jobs are getting harder. >> reporter: flight attendants now watching your every move >> every passenger that i come in contact with, i'm going to size you up on how big a risk you are. >> especially if they're not wearing their mask properly as soon as they get on. >> we're all watching and we all have a lot of power to say if you can or cannot go. >> what do you think should happen to someone who assaults a flight attendant >> no-fly list i would home forever. >> up to me, not only would they go to jail, they'd pay a fine, and they wouldn't be allowed to fly any air carrier, they'd be riding amtrak train. >> reporter: this has gotten so out of control, some flight attendants say they are this close to walking away from a job they love. and what could make it even worse, shep? mivity tra says her airline will begin serving alcohol again on board soon, and she's worried that will just elevate the situation. >> andrea day, thank you experts say the key to
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keeping the more contagious covid delta variant at bay is getting as many americans vaccinated as possible today, the pop superstar olivia rodrigo paid a visit to the white house. she's part of an effort by the brace to get more young people vaccinated >> it's important to have conversations with friends and family members encouraging all communities to get vaccinated and actually get to a vaccination site. >> rodrigo has the song of the summer and spreading her message with videos targeted to her 28 million followers on social media. but the push for vaccines across the country is not universal in tennessee, for example, it appears they're going to be going in the opposite direction. as we reported here last night, the state's top vaccination official says she was fired after she tried to encourage vaccinations for teenagers without their parents' consent dr. michelle fiscus is a pediatrician she sent a letter to medical providers, notifying them they can vaccinate minors older than 14 without their parents'
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approval that's directly in line with a tennessee state policy in place since 1987 but the move angered some republican state lawmakers, and in response fiscus says she was fired as tennessee's top vaccine official, and according to a newspaper, the state department of health is stopping all vaccine outreach to adolescents. a spokesperson for the department of health did not comment on that report but did tell nbc news, the department wants to remain a trustworthy source of information to help individuals, including parents, make decisions dr. michelle fiscus is with us now, the fired tennessee vaccination official thanks so much you told a newspaper in nashville that you were a scapegoat, fired for not only promoting vaccines, but also for trying to promote science-based education. that's a very big accusation what opposition specifically did you face before you say you were fired? >> well, shep action thanks for having me on you know, the memo that i sent
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that you alluded to informing physicians that were administering covid-19 vaccines in the state who had questions about whether or not they could do so legally to minors and what they should do when a minor presents themselves without a parent is, as you said in tennessee's supreme court case law since 1987 the memo i sent was in response to those inquiries. >> sure. >> with language that was provided to me and blessed by others. >> understood. who came for you, who was it who said anything, and what did they say? >> so the first that we heard about any kind of pushback from this was through the legislators who began to call the department of health and accuse the department of targeting teenagers and messaging directly to them, which was not the case. this was a memo to physicians. and then in the government operations hearing that was held on june the 16th where
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legislators said that the messaging to teenagers is reprehensible -- >> how is it reprehensible i really don't understand that. >> yeah, i mean, i think you would have to contact those legislators and ask them how they come to that conclusion. >> what was your reaction? >> my reaction was, you've got to be kidding me this is a vaccine-preventible disease, and there's no reason for anyone in this country to die from covid-19. from the time that these vaccines became widely available. to suggest that letting families know and the public know that vaccines are available for children who are 12 and older, to protect them, and describe that as reprehensible, is unbelievable the same legislators called for the dissolution of the tennessee state department of health in response >> they've gone a step further now they are not only saying, don't message parents or children or anyone else about
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adolescents and the covid vaccine. now they're saying, no talk about any vaccines and nothing at all about hpv what's happened here and what's your level of concern for kids in tennessee? >> my level of concern is great. we are 30,000 doses of mmr vaccine behind where we should be, for kids who entered kindergarten last year, never mind the ones that are going to be starting school in about three weeks that might be behind to gag the department of health and not allow us to message parents that they might need to get vital vaccines for their children is, i think, malpractice and dereliction of duty for those in public health leadership at this point we had a 67% reduction in hpv vaccines last april, compared to april of 2019. those kids, if they are not brought back in to get vaccinated, many of them will end up having hpv-related cancers in two or three decades.
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will we even remember that that's happened because of covid-19, because of the response of the leadership and the department of health and this administration? so to put a gag on public health, and this was at the time of my leaving, which was monday, to say that there is to be no messaging whatsoever around vaccinations for children, is just -- i just can't even understand how people in public health can make those kinds of moratoria. >> is this all politics? >> i think it's all politics you know, we have a super majority in the legislature, we have a governor who needs to run for re-election next year, we have a commissioner who has stated in "the tennesseean" she plans to run for governor or senator or white house cabinet position it's hard to imagine that my firing wasn't at least in part
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an attempt to placate those legislators and keep them on their side. >> that's where we are dr. may develop fiscus, for your time, thank you, all the best. new this hour, johnson & johnson has just issued a voluntary withdrawal of several of its popular aerosol sunscreen sprays after finding benzene in some samples. benzene is a chemical that can cause cancer after high levels of exposure. this recall includes neutrogena and aveeno sprays. it's issued the recall out of abundance of caution and the company is advising people should stop using them and throw away any remaining product johnson & johnson announcing it will also remove all of these products from store shelves. aveeno and neutrogena spray-on sunscreen, throw them away. fbi officials in indiana made numerous and fundamental errors when investigating the former usa gymnastics doctor,
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larry nassar, and failed to seriously pursue sexual abuse allegations. that's according to a watchdog report out today from the justice department in it, they found that in 2015, usa gymnastics reported to the fbi instances of former national teams doctor molesting girls and women. but that the fbi did not respond with seriousness and urgency instead, officials did almost nothing, no investigating, for more than a year did not interview all the gymnasts who said they were available then when the fbi's own investigation came under scrutiny, officials gave false statements to cover their mistakes in a statement, the fbi said, this should not have happened, and that the findings are inexcusable, and a discredit to the organization they say those responsible no longer work on fbi matters new tonight, score one for team britney today's decision in the
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a big change in britney spears' push to be free of her conservatorship. today a judge announced he's allowing the pop star to hire her own attorney after her court-appointed lawyer of 13 years petitioned last week to resign outside the courthouse in los angeles, a frenzy of britney superfans which we now know includes the florida congressman matt gaetz >> are you a fan of britney spears >> i'm a big fan listen, i love -- i think
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britney brought a lot of energy and a lot of amazing american talent. >> working the room. britney, who spoke in court by phone, broke down in tears telling the judge she's extremely scared of her father, saying, and i'm quoting, "i'm here to get rid of my dad and charge him with conservatorship abuse. no comment yet from jamie spears, her dad, though in a previous court filing he did say he's doing everything in his power to support her well-being. matthew rosenguard, former federal prosecutor and prominent hollywood lawyer, past clients include sean penn, steven spielberg, winona ryder. he said today he'll be filing a petition to end the conservatorship as quickly as possible david henderson, civil rights attorney, former prosecutor, cnbc contributor man, this is new, a huge turn of events what do you make of it? >> it's quite a day.
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i think the biggest issue is britney having the ability to choose her own lawyer. one of the interesting things that's happened in this case is the aclu, along with 25 other organizations, filed a brief in support of her ability to do just that, saying hey, judge, we know we're not a party to this we know we don't represent her, but she should have the right to choose her own lawyer because it's a fundamental right i think we'll see things change for her now. >> she wants the court to charge her father with conservatorship abuse. is that a thing? >> yes and no. it's hard to answer this question, because you've heard about so many egregious things that have happened to her, but there's a really big difference between wrongful conduct and criminal conduct the court can sanction a party if they disobey the court, do something wrong. but in order to charge someone with a crime, you have to report that to the police, they investigate, and a local prosecutor has to decide to prosecute. i think that's very unlikely to happen here. >> aclu says this is bigger than
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bri britney. what say you >> i agree part of the reason why, and i agreed with this part of their brief, they said this happens every day that the public normally doesn't get to see. not everybody's as famous as britney spears or has the ability to make a public statement that makes the world pay attention to what's going on but they specifically said in their brief that people who are members of marginalized communities -- specifically women with disabilities and black people with disabilities -- go through similar circumstances every day and more attention needs to be paid to what's happening to them. >> here we go, the turn has happened david henderson, thank you. the white house says president biden opposes legalizing marijuana federally, despite a new push from senate democrats to do exactly that white house press secretary jen psaki said the president's views have not change. in the past he said he supports decriminalizing weed but not legalizing it. now members of his own party, including the majority leader, chuck schumer, are rolling out
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plans to make pot legal at the federal level. nbc's gabe gutierrez sat down with the senators leading the push >> reporter: for years, state after state after state has given the green light to the cannabis industry. but now perhaps the biggest pot push yet >> there is an urgency to this because there are people all over our country seeing their lives destroyed. >> reporter: senate democrats are rolling out a draft of their plan to try to legalize marijuana at the federal level first obtained exclusively by nbc news, it calls for removing cannabis from the controlled substances act, expunging federal records of nonviolent cannabis offenders, and setting up regulations that tax pot products >> so do you have the votes? >> well, we're working on it >> reporter: working on weed are senate majority leader chuck schumer, new jersey senator cory booker, oregon senator ron wyden, chair of the finance committee. >> we legalized adult use in 2014 and oh my goodness, the skeptics
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said that western civilization was going to pretty much end what we have seen in terms of the actual facts is we've generated more than six times the predicted revenue. >> is this one of the top priorities for democrats >> it's one of the high priorities we have a lot of priorities, obviously. >> but at the same time, you haven't been able to get infrastructure done yet. why bring this up now? >> we've got to move forward on a whole lot of things. >> reporter: critics say the marijuana industry has been going too fast and it's marketing high-potency pot to kids. >> i think we can expunge records, we can not prosecute low-level use, not give someone a criminal record. but we don't have to go to the other extreme of pot gummy bears and 99% thc dabs. >> reporter: supporters argue communities of color are still disproportionately incarcerated for a drug already legal in many states 18 states plus d.c. allow recreational pot use 37 plus d.c. allow medical marijuana. >> the war on drugs has not
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worked. >> reporter: stephanie shepherd spent nine years in prison for a nonviolent marijuana-related charge even now job and rental applications are brutal. this legislation would change that what has a drug conviction done to your life >> changed it completely my life will never be the same >> reporter: what's also changed dramatically is americans' views on weed. back in 1969, only 12% backed marijuana legalization now 68% do >> more and more people across the political spectrum want it and so it's going to roll. it's going to roll >> reporter: but those senate democrats face an uphill battle, not just with republicans, also with some in their own party, including president biden. the white house press secretary today notably did not endorse the new legislation. afghan translators put their lives on the line to help the u.s. military. now president biden is launching
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an operation to evacuate them from afghanistan as u.s. troops withdraw and the taliban closes in the white house says "operation allies refuge" will begin flights out of the country for later this month for afghan allies and their families seeking special immigrant visas. the brace has been under growing pressure to rescue afghans who helped the u.s. government and are now being hunted by the taliban. we brought you the story of an afghan translator in hiding who feared it was only a matter of time before the fighters found and killed him he said he had been waiting four years for a visa former president george w. bush, whose administration launched the war in afghanistan, is speaking out about america's withdrawal after 20 years. he told "dw," a german news network, it's a mistake and the consequences will be, as he put it, unbelievably bad. >> sadly, i'm afraid afghan women and girls are going to suffer unspeakable harm. i think about all the interpreters and people that
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helped not only u.s. troops but nato troops. and they're just -- it seems like they're going to be left behind to be slaughtered by these very brutal people and it breaks my heart. >> president biden has defended the withdrawal, saying he will not send another generation of americans to war in afghanistan without any hope of changing the outcome. something else at this year's olympic games that's going to look a little different. the medal ceremony the rules getting athletes a little more involved in picking up their prize and this white house jacket will be born by team usa's flag bearer, but it's a design feature that you c't sanee that's drawing some superhero-sized comparisons. ♪ ♪ ♪
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now another change to the games. medals will be presented to the athleted on a tray and each athlete will put it around their own neck the person who puts the medal on
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the tray will wear disinfected gloves the president of the international olympic committee announcing the changes today, saying everyone will also be wearing masks and there will be no hugs or handshakes during the medal presentation all, of course, because of covid. we also got our first look today at the opening ceremony uniforms for team usa. here they are. the look unveiled this morning on the "today" show. a blazer, striped shirt, star-spangled scarf, and mask. the designer, ralph lauren, as always. as for the yet to be revealed flag bearer, the at lease will be dressed in white the coolest part of their outfit is something you won't be able to see here's nbc's jay gray. >> reporter: it's an honor and a privilege that only a handful of olympic athletes experience. >> you're representing your whole country. the whole world is looking at the flag bearer. who is carrying the flag for the united states of america >> reporter: elected by their teammates, the flag bearer leads team usa onto the world stage, a cool job that at these games
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will be even cooler. >> it feels like i have a full cooling system, a little fan on my back that's keeping me cool. >> reporter: no, really. the american athlete carrying the flag in hot and humid tokyo will be wearing an air conditioned jacket >> it's a little like iron man in the back of your jacket, the size of a silver dollar, it's just got a small, light buzz to it and it's cooling your air, like an ice cube. cool air coming around. >> reporter: as an official outfitter and sponsor of the u.s. olympic team, ralph lauren has a long history of innovation and sustainability. >> i know that the fabbics are using less water in the dyeing process. i know that our belts are made of recycled plastic bottles. >> reporter: while the cooling technology won't be available to consumers in time for this summer's ongoing heat waves, clothes with a cool breeze built in could be an option for all of us in the not too distant future >> it is a prototype, and we're going to learn from them
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as we develop new technologies, we'll see where it is most applicable and where it can go. >> reporter: of course, the destination right now is the top of the medals stand. for the news, i'm jay gray. the summer olympics in tokyo, eight days away watch the games across all nbc properties, including ones i'll be hosting in primetime right here, cnbc while the u.s. olympic team might have an iron man jacket, in england there's an actual iron man that's british inventor richard browning unveiling his first electric jet suit. it can stay airborne for only a few seconds right now but browning says this is just the beginning for his suit because it's limited because batteries aren't strong enough to power it browning has a fuel-powered model that can fly for about four minutes. 65 seconds on a race to the finish drug overdose deaths in the united states were record-shattering during the pandemic according to new government data, last year 93,000 americans
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died of overdoses. that's 21,000 more deaths than in the year before. at least 47 states reporting a rise in covid cases over the past week. u.s. health officials have been sounding the alarm about a surge of infections in communities with low vaccination ates. the west coast bracing for yet another major heat wave this weekend and into early next week in some areas. we're now hearing triple-digit temperatures are threatening to exacerbate all those wildfires and now you know the news of this wednesday, july the 14th, 2021 i'm shepard smith. follow us on instagram and twitter @thenewsoncnbc listen to the podcast. w need to stay tuned, because in just 93 seconds, "shark tank's" next.
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