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welcome to all of our viewers joining us here in the united states and all around the world. good to see you. just ahead this hour -- >> i try my best but, like, how much can you try? how far can you go? what can you do? >> americans continue to struggle as the biden administration pushes for economic relief. the question now is when will help come? plus, the uk is now the worst hit country on earth when it comes to deaths per capita. the government is calling it, quote, an embarrassment. live from cnn center, this is "cnn newsroom." u.s. president joe biden isn't wasting any time trying to get more relief to americans hardest hit by the pandemic, to combat the economic crisis, he signed
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two more orders on friday. they focused on expanding food assistance programs, delivering stimulus checks to hard to reach americans and paving the way to raising the federal minimum wage. the president says the time to act is now. >> the bottom line is this. we're in a national emergency. we need to act like we're in a national emergency. so i have to move. with everything we've got and we've got to do it together. >> these measures build on mr. biden's proposed covid relief plan which needs congress's support. his administration says he prefers it to be a bipartisan prospect. the timeline of donald trump's second impeachment trial is becoming clear. a single article of the impeachment against the former president will be delivered to the senate on monday evening. senate leaders have agreed the
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trial will begin two weeks later. in order to convict, democrats will need support from at least 17 republicans. while that is certainly a tall task, cnn has learned dozens of influential republicans, including former trump administration officials are quietly pushing gop members to vote for conviction. they're focussing on senate majority leader mitch mcconnell who has signaled he may support convicting trump. and the delayed trial will not only give trump's legal team time to prepare, there is more from the white house. >> reporter: president biden signing another round of executive orders as he attempts to use the power of his office to blunt the economic fallout from the pandemic. >> we have to act. we have to act now. >> be expanding food stamps and speeding up stimulus checks, biden is hoping to deliver
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desperate economic relief. >> we cannot, will not let people go hungry. we cannot let people be evicted because of nothing they did themselves. >> biden's top economic aid spoke bluntly about the challenge that is facing them. >> our economy is at a very precarious employment. if we don't act now, we will be in a precarious place and we will find ourselves doing more to dig out of this hole. >> he added this should not be felt as a package he's called on congress to pass. >> the single most important thing right now is to take decisive action. >> chuck schumer has some white house officials worried that biden's early agenda could be left in limbo. >> i have spoke ton speaker pelosi who informed me that the articles will be delivered to the senate on monday.
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>> mr. president, do you support mitch mcconnell's timeline for the trial? >> the more time we have to get up and running to meet these crises, the better. >> privately, white house officials have discussed whether an impeachment trial would delay confirmation of officials. >> he's no longer is in the senate and he believes it's up to the senate and congress to determine how they will hold the former president accountable. >> one biden official was more candid telling cnn we need to move past this. the only way for that to happen is for the trial to begin. coronavirus remains the top challenge facing the biden administration. there are new questions about this campaign trail promise. >> at least 100 million covid vaccine shots into the arms of the american people in the first hundred days.
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100 million shots in the first hundred days. >> data from the cdc says they have already met the goal of vaccinating 1 million people per day. >> god l willing we're going to do more than that. >> soef would seen president biden trying to steer clear of weighing in on this impeachment trial, although he did earlier today. shortly after that, we got the announcement from chuck schumer saying they are going to delay that trial for a little over two weeks from now. cnn, the white house. i want to discuss this a little further with leslie. she joins me now from london. lovely to see you. i want to talk about the impeachment plan in just a moment, but first i want to talk about the covid economic plan. does this set up the president's
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first clash with republicans in the senate particularly because he says he needs more. >> absolutely. it's a very large plan, $1.9 trillion and it's focused on putting those stimulus checks that congress had been battling with itself over for the size of the stimulus checks for many months. that battle will resurface. there is a lot in there on vaccine dissemination, lifting that baseline up the federal level. so there will be a battle over the size, but it is imperative to get that crisis package through. of course, what the biden administration wants to do is to move forward on the pandemic so they can address the longer term economic problems investing in infrastructure and energy
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transition, climate plan. those are really the big wins for the american economy, for the american people. but it's not possible to get there without really getting through this pandemic first. so that is the first order on the agenda. and, of course, the necessary first step is getting the cabinet confirmed. >> the impeachment has been -- delayed i suppose is the wrong word -- for two weeks. but it's not happening next week. how much sdp that complicate the president's attempts to unify the country? whether this impeachment is on wednesday or in two weeks' time, in many ways, is president biden caught between a rock and a hard place? >> yeah. there will be very difficult. i think it's good that it's been pushed back for a couple of weeks because that breathing space is critical not only for affecting real change, but also for the insymbolism of a new
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president, a new team being able to demonstrate to the american people and frankly to the rest of the world that america can function again, that there's competent government in place, that it can move forward and the number one concern for so many people watching america inside and out is that america can deal with this extraordinary partisanship, but division across the country. remember, people still have in their minds the number of people who voted for donald trump, the capital attacks, horrifying and shocking to so many people are sitting right there. i think there still is this question, of course, that there needs to be a reckoning, there does need to be an official counting. italy, we've seen many countries around the world deal with this question of how do you look back, but also look forward and when you don't look back, when you don't have an official reckoning, inevitably, the issue
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resurges. >> let's talk about foreign policy. the secretary of defense, lloyd austin, has reached out to the nato secretary, ian staltenberg. he made a point of saying that this was his first call of the job, signaling outreach to nato and allies, stuff we haven't heard in years, multi lateralism i think is a word that is no longer a swear word within the american political system, at least publicly now. so what does this do beyond the symbolism of this outreach? >> well, it is -- not to under -- as you've said, for four years, donald trump really assaulted america's commitment to nato and it really had ripple effects in terms of undermining the partnership between the u.s. and germany and all of america's nato partners. so the symbolism can't by understated. it will kick start diplomacy and it kick starts it in a way that's saying we're going to work with you multi laterally,
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not bilaterally first and we take america's security commitment to europe very, very seriously. that's important in the context of a condition where russia has been very aggressive, very assertive, where america has experienced dramatic wide scale cyber attacks on its government agencies and it's seeking to do something positive with russia, which is renegotiate an extension of the new s.t.a.r.t. treaty. so saying to russia, we are working with europe, we are all in this together, deterrence is going to be much tougher and much clearer, i think all of that is an incredibly important context. it does say to the rest of the world, we are moving forward with a multi lateral and productive international agenda. >> okay. always good to speak to you. thank you.
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so there's a little good news for the u.s. in terms of the coronavirus fight. take a look at this image. hospitalizations are declining. just over 116,000 people are in hospitals being treated for covid right now. that's the fewest in about a month. but the death toll is averaging more than 3,000 people dieing a day. at the same time, vaccinations are ramping up. but 1% of the u.s. open lagz has been fully vaccinated. hampered by confusion over the supply and where people can go to get shots. >> here is nick watt with more from los angeles. >> at dodgers stadium, up to a five-hour wait for a vaccine
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shot. >> demand far outstrips supply. we are waiting to learn when more doses will arrive. >> in new york city, they have paused vaccinating police and firefighters. why? dwindling supply. less than 1% of the u.s. population has been fully vaccinated so far. double dosed. there's a new hands on plan from fauci and the feds. >> we have to go into the trenches. we have to get there and partner with the people who are actually doing it and say, what went wrong here and how can we help you fix it? >> the bright side, president biden's first day in office, over 1 million shots were given so far. that's the promise every day for 100 days. >> if we do better than that, which i personally think we likely will, then great. >> and this could be huge. johnson and johnson expected to
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submit its single dose vaccine for authorization soon. >> with the goal of having perhaps 100 million vaccines. that will make a big deference. >> now blamed in part for the startling surge in los angeles. >> i am very concerned. i think it does exchange what happened in december. >> how far and wide have these variants spread already? we don't really know. >> we must be honest and say the sequence of surveillance thus far is not at the level we would have liked. >> and amid all this talk, it's important not to lose sight of the daily pain for people in
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california. 764 deaths reported. across america on average, 3,000 people are still dieing every day. nick watt, cnn, legislation. >> thanks nick for that. sobering numbers, indeed. coming up, the editor of one of the most respected journals is calling britain's covid response an embarrassment. he explains why, just ahead.
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prime minister boris johnston is now warning about a new potential danger from the coronavirus variant first identified in the uk. >> we've been informed today that in addition to spreading more quickly, it appears there is some evidence that the new variant, the variant first identified in london and the southeast may be associated with a higher degree of mortality. >> so i want to talk more about this with cnn's scott mcclain. those are certainly quite verifying words for many brits and for 'em people around the world awaiting the arrival of this variant on their shores. what is the prime minister basing his evidence on here? >> so it's a couple of studies here, but the prime minister's top individualers were quick to point out that there is a lot of uncertainty around this new vire
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russ. the new variant is more transmittable than the original. that is having a devastating impact right now on the national health service in this country. hospitals are simply packed to the brim. some of the sample sizes of these studies that the government is basing its estimates on, they're smaller than they would have liked. so that is leading to a lot of var action. >> if you took somebody in their 60s, the average risk is that for 1,000 people who got infected, roughly 10 would be expected to unfortunately die with the virus. with the new variant, for a thousand people infected,
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roughly 13 or 14 people might be expected to die. >> so, robin, a similar trend holds true across all age groups, but here is where the evidence weakens significantly. if you look at only the people who get hospitalized with the virus, you are no more likely to die in a hospital if you have the new variant than if you had the original virus. the vaccines will be effective on the new variant and the original virus, which is good news. the uk is rolling out its vaccine faster than any country in europe. the government's own estimates say it won't start to have an impact on hospitalizations or mortality until at the earliest later this month, but more likely next month. >> scott mcclain, thank you so
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much for that update live in london. joining me now from london is richard horton, the author of the covid-19 catastrophe, what's gone wrong and how to stop it again. good to see you, sir. thanks for joining us. so as we listen to these and see these uk numbers and death rates, you've said the uk response is an embarrassment. why? >> well, we're now heading for 100,000 deaths in the united kingdom by the end of january. that is one of the worst responses in the western world. and now because we've been had such a vigorous infection, we've created the variants for this to appear and as we just heard from your correspondent, not only is it more transmissible, but there is evidence that it's more deadly. so our national health service
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is under grave threat as we come to the closing days for the first month of this new year. >> let's talk about the variant. this sort of new strain is common with viruses. they do mutate. was this expected? and how much of an impact will this have on vaccines and the vaccine rollout? >> well, that's absolutely right. the viruses mutate all the time. there are usually one to two new mutations every month. but where you have the virus at very, very high levels of prevalence in the population, clearly that is a lot of mutations taking place. there are now three variants causing great concern around the world. one in the -- originated in the uk, one originated in south africa and one in brazil. the ones in south africa and brazil are particularly concerning because the pattern of mutations suggests that they
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might be able to escape the current vaccines that we have. it is very important that we are pate very great attention to borders and making sure that these variants don't spread from country to country. and we need to be very adaptable as we think about the vaccine rollout in the coming months. >> and also you're suggesting lockdowns on some of your criticism about the uk was delaying -- implementing lockdowns sooner. as you've assessed -- it's been a year now -- how governments and authorities have handled this correctly, we're on first, second, third waves, who has learned from their mistakes in the early stages? where do you see some positive lessons being learned here in terms of dealing with it? >> well, there have been good responses and mainly in east asian countries. today is the one year anniversary since the lockdown
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in wuhan. pretty much life has returned to normal in that city. patterns of life come very much back to where they were before the pandemic struck. the lesson from that was that a very harsh lockdown was able to eliminate community transmission of the virus, eliminate the virus from society and that has enabled people to return to pretty much normal lives. that is the lesson for western countries, as withel. we can eliminate it from our communities and as we roll the vaccine program out, that means i think by summer, we could get to where china is today, pretty much back to normal. >> but we have seen some
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assessments that it might take two years to break, especially in areas that lag with the vaccine. and that, of course, begs the question how inequality plays into this fight against this. >> that's right. this is a global challenge. it's not a challenge for individual countries alone. it's no good to the united states or the eye nighted kingdom having very high levels of vaccine if large parts of the world aren't protected, as well. so this is where the great challenge becomes and where the world health organization last week raised the concern of a moral failure if we do not pay attention to getting vaccines to those who most need illustrate in continents of africa, south asia and particularly latin america where the epidemic is raging out of control. >> richard horton, thank you very much for joining us, giving
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us your expertise. so the economy was the focus for the new u.s. president on friday. mr. biden signed measures aimed at getting help to struggling americans. details straight ahead on that. we still have 12 hours to australia. mucinex lasts 12 hours, so i'm good. now move! kim, no! mucinex lasts 3x longer for 12 hours.
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it is 31 minutes past the hour. i'm robin kurnw. welcome back to all of our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. so the second full day of the biden administration saw a focus on getting economic help to struggling americans. on friday, the new president signed two executive orders that build on his economic plan.
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they call for more help for americans, and a push towards a $15 an hour minimum wage. he wants congress to approve a $1.9 trillion package that would include additional stimulus payments. >> the bottom line is this. we're in a national emergency. we need to act like we're in a national emergency. so i've got to move. with everything we've got. i've got to do it together and we have the tools to fix it. k we have the tools to get through this. we have the tools to get this virus under control and our economy back on track. and we have the tools to help people. so let's use the tools. all of them. use them now. folks, this is one of the cases where business, later, wall street, main street, liberal,
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conservative, economists know we have to act now. >> mr. biden noted that food and security is growing across the u.s. he pointed out that one out of every seven american household sess going hungry. vanessa put on a human face on those disturbing numbers. >> joseph lost hope during this pandemic. he says he often goes a day or two without food. >> it's not great. i have to survive. >> palma, a contractor for american airlines was laid off in march. he lost his apartment and now lives in this one room. trips to the grocery store take him to the expired food aisle. >> it is happier. it is almost half a price, sometimes more than that. i keep it for the longest i can keep it so i can waist for my
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next check for food stamps. >> when americans stopped traveling, the transportation industry took a blow and has yet to recover. more than a quarter million jobs have been lost. >> this is all of my medicines. >> nearly $300 worth of prescriptions sit by his bedside. a heart condition left palma with $12,000 in hospital bills. with student loans, he's $20,000 in debt. he says all of that makes it even harder to find food and work. >> i can't even go to the food banks because i have no car. every time i go looking for a job, i have to walk so many miles. >> for 21 years, jursen fernandez has driven a yellow cab. >> what is it like being a cab driver in the pandemic? >> it's like you have to keep driving and hope for the best.
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>> yellow cabs are an iconic part of new york city. ridership was down 90% for taxis, 85% for ride share apps. recovery has been slow. >> everybody has been hurting. we are hurting a lot. >> fernanda says he is lucky if he picks up four to five customers a day. >> what does that mean? you have a beautiful home. what does that mean when you lose that much? >> when you say beautiful home, beautiful at that time. no longer now. like we need to say it was beautiful in those days because we could afford to buy the home and pay the mortgages or pay all the money. but now it's so bad that difficult to pay. >> his biggest expense, the lease on his taxi medallion. he cannot afford the $3,000 a month. >> i try my best but, like, how much can you try? how far can you get?
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what can you do? very limited resources. >> it's the kindness of strangers that have helped fill his pockets and lift his spirits. people tell me, they give me $5 and even $10. i say it's too much. they say because this time everybody is hurting and you are working. >> cnn, queens, new york. >> thanks so vanessa for that powerful piece. u.s. relations with cuba might be described as back to the future. president joe biden says he wants to return to more friendly obama era policies. >> the location for the restaurant in havana's cathedral square is tough to beat. business boomed after then
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president obama lifted restrictions on americans travel to go cuba. miguel hung a welcome sign on the restaurant when obama visited the island in 2015. but even before the pandemic temporarily closed his restaurant, miguel was suffering. >> we are situated in a tourist area next to the port, he says. when trump eliminated the cruises, we were impacted in a big way. we lost about 50% to 60% of offer clientele. few countries felt the impact of the trump presidency as much as cuba. when trump took office, he enacted some of the most punishing sanctions on cuba in decades. in the final weeks of his
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presidency, put could you spell cuba back on the list of countries that sponsor terrorism. president joe biden says he wants to return the policy of engagement. rebuilding trust may be difficult. >> the future outcome, the durability of what we can achieve in the united states has been put into place by a government that simply ignored what happened in the past. >> the financial crunch may force cuba to seek negotiations. everywhere you look these days in dub ba, there are longer, longer lines for foot. cuba says it won't make any decisions when it comes to internal master, but clearly something has got to give. and now that democrats control the whiteout and congress, it's cuba's best chance in years to list the six decades old trade 'em parto.
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>> will they go back to a really forwards leaning proactive policy of engagement with cuba and push to lift the embargo? i think we'll have to see. >> biden faces enormous challenges combatting the coronavirus and restoring america's standing in the world. as much as cubans need chang, it's not clear whether breakthroughs in relations with cuba is high on the agenda. have been, havanna. >> great to have patrick there in havana. dozens of arrests have been made with the u.s. capitol attacks. investigators say hundreds more are yet to come. that's ahead. plus, details on a kind of new security problem at the u.s. house of representatives. stay with us.
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welcome back. investigators digging into violence at the u.s. capitol on january 6th are now focused on extremist group that's parted in that attack. officials expect to make hundreds of more representatives in addition to the 125 people already detained. meaning time, there have been a number of talks about representatives trying to bring weapons on to the floor. >> in a brave move, some republican members of congress are dismissing security meant to keep capitol hill safe. andy hairy tried to carry a concealed gun with him on to the house floor setting off metal detectors and afterward trying to pass his gun to another member of congress to hold it for him.
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>> why does a member of congress need to sneak a gun on to the house floor? >> also on thursday, acovered to go a tweet from a "huffington post" reporter, congressman don young had a switchblade passing it to his wife before going to the house floor. >> multiple house democrats tell cnn they feel unsafe around some republican members. one house democrat telling cnn the increasing tensions with certain incoming freshmen has been building for months. this is just the latest example of republicans breaching protocols and oftentimes bragging about it. congresswoman lauren bobert releasing this video on her first day of congress, declaring she will be bringing her .9 millimeter glock to washington, d.c. >> it's our job to defend your
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rights, including your second amendment and that's exactly what i'm here to do. >> and freshman madison saying fortunate he was armed when the mob stormed the capitol earlier this month. members are committed to keep guns in their offices and carry guns on the capitol grounds, but not in either legislative chamber. following the insurrection on capitol hill, metal detectors were quickly installed just off the house floor, requiring members for the first time to walk through them to get on to the house floor. the move was met with uproar among many republicans. a handful ignored capitol police and walked on the floor without being screened. congressman andy biggs calling the metal detectors crap. >> none of us were looking to
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one another saying, gosh, i hope there are more metal detectors outside. >> and speaker of the house nancy pelosi has proposed a rule change that would fine members who refuse to go through the mags, $5,000 to be deducted from their paycheck the first time, $10,000 the second. but, of course, all of this is speaking to the massive distrust that exists between members and what is a very politically charged and emotionally charged environment. cnn on capitol hill. so just ahead here at cnn, a bombshell video released by kremlin critics, they claim it's a luxurious playground for vladimir putin.
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these images happening right now, support of russian politician alexi novalny are chanting and in protests
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demanding his release from prison. he spent months recovering from an attempted poisoning that he blames on the russian government. some of novalny's allies are calling for him to be released. >> let's go straight to forget from moscow. what can you tell us? >> hi there, robin. these protests started really early in the morning hours. russia, a guy gaftic country with 11 time zones. hours ago there were some and they drew a sizable crowd. also in cities across iberia, you had people coming out and calling for protests in more than 60 towns and cities across russia. there was also a protest in
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siberia and the temperature was minus 52 degrees celsius. alexi called upon these protests immediately upon his return from berlin. he also released what his folks called a bombshell big investigation into vladimir putin's alleged wealth and a palace that the russian president allegedly owns. let's have a look. >> this video is going viral in russia. an investigation done by kremlin critic alexi novalyy and his anti-corruption foundation showing the monstrosity and the luxurious details of a palace allegedly owned by russian president vladimir putin. >> we introduce you to the most
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secret palace in russia. this is the biggest private house in russia. it's the new versailles. he managed to film it using a drone and creating a view of the inside with what they say is from filed floor plans. with 11 bedrooms, 2 spas, a hockey rink, a church, novalny claims it's worth $1.4 billion. with a hooka lounge, for instance, what what his team claims is a dancing pole. he mocked the russian president's what he calls the over taste. >> we can't even imagine why you
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would need a pole on this stage. maybe it's for a giant christmas tree. >> it was the year 2017 or 2016 if i'm not mistaken that the first time it was mentioned there should be the so-called palace of putin. this is not true. there is no palace. he is not an owner of any palace. alexi novalny was arrested last sunday. having spent five months in germany after being poisoned with a nerve agent. he has been detained for a month and faces other criminal prosecutions in russia that could put him behind bars for years. still, he managed to publish the palace investigation and is calling for protests across russia this saturday. >> i urge you not to be silent,
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to resist, to take to the streets. no one but otherwise will product us. >> receivable of novalny's supporters have been arrested. as the showdown between vladimir putin and his harshest critic heats up, novalny is refuse to go be silenced despite being held in one of russia's toughest jails. >> and we're keeping track of things. so far, a little less than 240 arrests and detentions that have taken place across russia. you're seeing live pictures there on your screen, which appears to be moscow's puskin square which is where one of the main protests in the russian capital is set to kick off a little over an hour from now. that is some of the information that we've gotten, as well, that
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some folks have been detained around there. you can see the police barriers have been set up there, as well. we have heard some keep areas have been cordened often. that area right there is in the place in moscow where the main protest is set to take place and is set to begin in about an hour from now. the authorities have said they are going to crack down very hard on people who try to protest today. you can see the authorities making a big effort to try to keep people from going there, making announcements, threatening fines in many cases, as well. as you can see, police are out there in force taking people into custody. >> good to see you. thank you. so thank you for watching.
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. president biden zeros in on the economy, signing offed orders aimed at easing the pandemic's impact. but as his administration gets started, what is left of the old one lingers in washington as the impeachment trial of former president trump gets a former date on the calendar. and on a mission to speed up the lackluster rollout of coronavirus vaccines in the u.s., now president biden is planning to get more shots in the arms of americans.
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