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u.s. regulators say the single shot johnson & johnson vaccine is safe, meaning a third vaccine could be available in the u.s. soon. also ahead, a potential miscalculation from the biden administration as his choice for budget director hits a senate roadblock. and a new pentagon roadblock reveals disturbing details about white supremacists in the ranks of the military. live from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, welcome to all of you. i'm kim brunhuber. this is "cnn newsroom. "
we could be just days away from seeing a third covid-19 vaccine approved for emergency use in the u.s. the food & drug administration says johnson & johnson's vaccine is safe and effective. now an advisory committee will meet friday to make a recommendation but even as vaccinations ramp up and cases decline, we're still reminded of the enormous human toll of this pandemic. california has just become the first state to surpass 50,000 deaths from covid-19. cnn's marra walker has more. >> reporter: a third vaccine on the horizon in the u.s. >> we will waste no time getting this life saving vaccine into the arms of americans. >> reporter: the food & drug administration announcing the
johnson & johnson vaccine meets requirements for emergency use authorization which could come as early as friday. the white house covid task force on wednesday saying they've already started preparing for distribution. >> if authorized, we are ready to roll this out. if an eua is issued, we will have 3 million doses of johnson & johnson vaccine next week. >> that's less than the white house was expecting. >> we were surprised they were behind on their manufacturing. it was reported to be 10 million, now it's more like 3 to 4 million doses that they would be ready to ship next week. >> reporter: experts say they expect the potential third vaccine to expand access and get more people vaccinated faster because it's a single dose. >> my suspicion is it is going to start with people without co morbid at this time, people who are younger.
johnson & johnson told congress they are ready for the rollout. >> we will have 20 million doses of the vaccine to be made available by the end of march. >> reporter: adding to the 220 million doses that pfizer and moderna have pledged to make available for shipment. >> we did initially experience problems with the initial rampup. >> reporter: record vaccine supply is getting to states this week. they're encouraging sites to be open 24 hours a day. to get more shots in arms, the task force says they will mobilize 1200 guardsmen as vaccinators. they are announcing they will distribute 25 million masks beginning next month to get them to some of the most vulnerable. >> many low income americans still lack affordable access to this basic protection. >> reporter: dr. anthony fauci announced the national institutes of health is looking for research for people with
long-term could he video individual 19 symptoms. >> approximately 30% of the patients who are enrolled at the university of washington reported persistent symptoms for as long as nine months after illness. >> reporter: now moderna has designed an updated vaccine. it is evaluating a booster shot and a primary vaccine that would combat the south african variant. doses of it have been shipped to the nih for a clinical study. they're looking at three approaches to the south african variant. first a booster shot of half of a dose of the current covid-19 vaccine. number two, a booster shot of a new vaccine made specifically for the south african variant and lastly a booster shot that combines current and the new vaccine into one. in georgia, a.m. miura walker,
cnn. one official says the centers for disease control and prevention is preparing for all scenarios, including the possibility of another surge in cases in the u.s. this spring, a surge that they fear could be fueled by the variant first discovered in the u.k. and now researchers say they found a roaring new covid-19 vaccine in the city and elsewhere in the northeast. proebd is on the brink of facing his first cabinet nominee failure. they postponed their votes on his pick leaving neera tanden's confirmation hanging in the balance. >> reporter: president biden's pick to run the budget office now in jeopardy. >> the senate committees that were supposed to vote on neera
tanden's nomination suspended without explanation. >> clearly there is a tremendous amount going on right now. >> reporter: the white house says they have no plans to pull tanden's nomination for now. >> there's one nominee to lead the budget department. her name is neera tanden and that's who we're fighting for. the two they're looking at are lisa murkowski and kyr kyrsten sinema. >> it's a numbers game, right? it's a matter of getting one republican to support her nomination. >> meanwhile, the house of representatives is set to vote friday on biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan. all eyes in washington are now on the little known senate parliamentarian who will decide soon whether biden's proposed $15 minimum wage can be included. democrats are still sharply
divided whether the wage increase should be in the bill at zblaul in my humble opinion, building back better includes a $15 per hour minimum wage. >> reporter: meanwhile, republican leaders are urging their members to oppose the bill unanimously. >> i think they believe on three things. they want a bill that puts us back to work, back to school and back to health. this bill is too costly, too corrupt and too liberal. >> the white house chief of staff said the white house is fighting their guts out to get neera tanden confirmed. if tanden's vote fails, they are not going to try to put her in an acting position they will find another job in the administration that is not a senate confirmed position. kaitlyn collins, cnn, the white house. the dow ended wednesday with its highest gains in three weeks.
it finished up more than 400 points after fed chair jerome powell reiterated more support for the economy was needed. we may see how much help the economy needs when the latest jobless claims are released in the next few hours. cnn's john deftarios is live in abu dhabi. john, i imagine the numbers won't be good. from what the fed chair is saying, the situation may be worse than the numbers show, right? >> reporter: well, kim, we're almost lulled into thinking that claims week in and week out around 800,000 is the new normal. it's anything but new normal. this is after $3.2 trillion in 2020 and the pending package for 1.9 trillion that jay powell wants to see. let's take a look at the expectations. 838,000 is the consensus on wall street. that's a slight improvement over the week before but not much. we have 4.5 million people on continuous claims that don't
have a job, need support and jerome powell spoke to lawmakers saying we need the stimulus. even the overall unemployment rate is up. >> we have 10 million more people looking for jobs than one year ago. the unemployment rate, 6.3% but if you include people who were in the labor force and working in february and a couple of other adjustments, you get to almost 10 p% unemployment rate. there's a lot of slack in the labor market and a long way to go to maximum employment. >> reporter: there are concerns, of course, about inflation with so much money being spent, kim, and meanwhile we see joe biden trying to address the chip shortage that we see not only in the united states but worldwide. he's looking to spend $37 billion to revive the industry. that won't happen overnight but he wants an investigation into the supply chain. there's an over reliance on asia
for chips, particularly from mainland china, singapore, taiwan. the deep concern because the u.s. produces only 12% of the global supply is that china sits on the rare earth materials and this could be part of a wider scene of tensions between the u.s. and china when it comes to trade at this stage. it's rachetting up. >> not an easy problem to solve. john defterios, appreciate it. some of donald trump's staunchest supporters continue to promote conspiracy theories. here's what ronnon sop said on tuesday. >> although the crowd represented a broad cross section of americans, mostly working class, some people stood out. a very few didn't share the jovial, friendly demeanor. some obviously didn't fit in. he describes four different types of people, plain clothes
militants, agents provocateurs. fake trump protestors and disciplined uniform columbine packers. these are probably the people who planned this. >> democratic senator amy klobuchar said this was disinformation. >> do you regret putting that article in? >> absolutely not. >> why not? >> it's an eye witness account from a pretty knowledgeable trained observer. it's no conspiracy. >> have you read it? >> read it. read the article. >> you would do it again? >> absolutely. read the full perspective. >> there's no evidence to support anything johnson said there. the article he's referring to has been discredited but his defenders see nothing wrong with him talking about it.
>> i mean, having all of the information on the table is a good thing. obviously that was a dramatically different view of the day than we heard from the captain who was testifying or chief son or others. i don't think it hurts to have that information out there. >> the u.s. government is trying to get to the bottom of exactly how donald trump's supporters were able to storm the capitol building. we're hours away from a house committee hearing that could give some answers. ryan nobles has a preview of what two key witnesses will say. >> reporter: thursday will be another busy day on capitol hill as those looking into what went wrong on january 6th will be testifying in front of the house appropriations committee. the acting u.s. capitol police and timothy blodgett, an acting sargeant at arms will both testify. they both released their opening statements to this committee. they already are revealing a lot of interesting information.
pittman said that if her agency had akected on some of the information that they had before january 6th, they would have worked to keep vice president mike pence from overseeing the certification of the election results. it would have been that serious and prompting them to take that dramatic action. of course, that didn't happen. then blodgett in his testimony talks a lot about the different information, contradictory information that his group received leading up to january 6th and part of why they were caught flat footed when this event became much more dangerous. he talks specifically about a capitol police briefing that went out on january 3rd that in one part of the briefing it talks about the possibility of the protests planned for that day becoming violent but then just a couple of days -- couple of pages later, i should say, they talk about how in reality they thought it was just going to be no different than the many
million maga marches that had taken place in washington since the election. those were a number of protestee vents that started out with a lot of people but ultimately ended up peacefully. blodgett saying we had contradictory information like that, it would be difficult to interpret it around then take action. in addition to the opening statements, pittman and blodgett expected to answer tough questions from members of the committee as everyone on capitol hill tries to get to the bottom of what went wrong on january 6th. ryan nobles, cnn on capitol hill. still to come here on "cnn newsroom," we have the latest on the condition of golf superstar tiger woods after his frightening car crash plus new information about jamal khashoggi's murder are coming. they're tying the southeast prince to the people involved. stay with us.
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tiger woods was driving alone early tuesday morning. he hit that median, then the curve, flipped and rolled hundreds of feet. >> mr. woods wasn't initially reacting to any pain. unfortunately i'm sure he's in horrible pain today. >> reporter: he suffered significant orthopaedic injuries to his right leg. >> we're assuming he broke both of those bones somewhere below the knee. >> reporter: open fractures. he underwent a long, surgical procedure. >> one of the reasons he probably had a long surgery was because it was a compound fracture meaning there was a break in the skin. that means there's an increased risk of infection. >> reporter: his leg was stabilized by inserting a rod to the tibia. additional injuries to the bones of the ankle and foot were stabilized with screws and pins. >> for an elite athlete like tiger, he has as good a chance of coming back from this as anybody does. we know not to count him out.
>> reporter: by the end of the day woods was awake, responsive and recovering. woods was supposed to be filming more content for golf tv and golf digest teaching celebrities how to play. it was dwyane wade monday. then this, here's what we know. >> no skid marks, no braking. >> he was wearing a seat belt. >> weather was not a problem. >> the speed is 45 miles per hour. >> no signs of impairment. >> lucid. no evidence of alcohol, any medication, narcotics, anything like that. >> it's unknown if woods was on the phone. >> we'll find out on that. i'm sure his phone records might be relevant to that itself and that's going to be up to the investigators and they will require a search warrant for that. >> reporter: the hill, the turns, this is a no accident flat spot. 13 accidents on this stretch road in just the past year and
change. tiger woods is not expected to face any charges, the county sheriff says. he said, we're treating this as an accident and an accident is not a crime. the real culprit might end up being that road. a safety review was just ordered on this stretch. nick watt, cnn, los angeles. a u.s. intelligence report on the murder of jamal khashoggi could be made public in the matter of hours. the unclassified report is expected to hold new details on who ordered and carried out the killing in 2018 president biden says he plans to discuss it with the king when they talk. the crown prince has denied any involvement but growing evidence paints a damning picture. cnn's nic robertson explains. >> reporter: it was october of 2018 when jamal khashoggi took
these fateful steps into the saudi consulate in istanbul. a saudi hit team had arrived a few hours ahead of him. the hit team included a hit officer in charge. and the forensic doctor and a dozen others including the body do double. in reality, khashoggi had been killed minutes after entering the building. his last words after being att attacked, i can't breathe. i can't breathe. before he was dismembered by the bone saw. his remains were believed to be driven off in black vans shortly after from the consulate to the consulate general's residence. his girlfriend waiting outside raised the alarm.
turkish authorities listened to recordings and rushed to the airport and found nothing and let them leave. in the following days they denied killing khashoggi. they took reporters on a hokie tour. eventually 16 days later saudi authorities finally gave turkish investigators permission to search the consulate general's house. local farms were searched. a consulate vehicle recovered from an underground car park but still no leads. all questions led back to saudi where the hit team fled. finally after more than 2 1/2 weeks saudi authorities admitted khashoggi was killed by saudi officials. >> he was killed in the consulate. we don't know in terms of
details how. we don't know where the body is. >> reporter: they called it a rendition gone wrong, an accident saying local collaborators had the body although they never provided the names or evidence. months later the u.n. investigation finds credible evidence that crown prince mohamed bin salman could bear responsibility in the killing. the cia concludes he personally ordered it. both accusations the saudis flatly deny. in december 2019 saudi authorities said they've investigated 11 suspects in the murder, eight are found guilty in a closed door trial. ultimately, they're sentenced to time in prison, but the most high profile defendants seek their charges dismissed. among them, two close confidantes of mohamed bin
salman, further distancing the top royal from the assassination of jamal khashoggi. nic robertson, cnn. we're learning new details about several investigations into donald trump's family and close allies. sources tell cnn prosecutors in new york of subpoenaed financial records related to steve bannon's crowd funding efforts to build a wall along the u.s. border and trump's sons, eric and don jr. have come up in multiple investigations. earlier this month the washington, d.c., attorney general questioned trump jr. about the alleged misuse of inaugural funds. still ahead, the disturbing number of current and former military memtbers charged in th riot. one said she believed she was answering donald trump's call to action plus -- >> i've covered everything from portraits of the founding fathers of the kkk to swastikas.
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welcome back to all of you watching us here in the united states, canada and around the world. i'm kim brunhuber and you're watching "cnn newsroom." in washington the u.s. capitol police chief said she knew extremists planned to take part on january 6th but the agency's intelligence failed to predict the scope of the attack. tom for man has more on the
investigation. >> overran the capitol. >> reporter: the radical right wick o keepers celebrated on social media the violent attack against what they falsely called a stolen election, but if that was a big day for jessica watkins from owe lie owe. >> [ bleep ]. >> reporter: so was her day in court asking to be set free while awaiting trial. cnn has now said 27 current or former military people were facing charges. watt kin is accused of conspiracy, destroying property and more. she denies it all, says she believed she was answering the call of president trump and providing security for vips but the main argument from her lawyer, she fell prey to the false and inflammatory claims of the former president, his supporters and the right wing media. however misguided, her intentions were not in any way related to an intention to overthrow the government but to support what she believed to be
the lawful government. those claims have not yet been fully argued in court. another hearing is set for later this week. >> there is essentially argument that she was in an alternate reality. is that a reasonable defense? >> in my judgment it will not be persuasive. not only was it insurrection, but it also was violence in pursuit of a political objective, which is political terrorism. >> reporter: others are showing up, among them, douglas jenson, houston cop atam pham and josep fischer who's been suspended accused of fighting capitol police officers. he told his boss, no threats.
they didn't appear to be applying any standards of who goes free and who stays locked up. some are being reversed a short time later. in short, the prosecutions are very messy. as the actual trials begin, they could get even messier. tom foreman, cnn, washington. a new pentagon report shows just how active white supremacists are within the u.s. military. the report, which was obtained by cnn, gives recommendations for how to spot extremists and prevent them from serving. cnn's oren lieberman explains. >> the cover up was, i want to say, six total sessions. >> the ink can hide the symbols of extremism, but the damage runs far deeper. >> when he first came in and showed us the work that he had, i think everybody's jaw kind of hit the floor. >> at redemption, ink, in colorado springs, dave brown has covered more than 70 extremist
or hate inspired tattoos. more than 20 were military and he has a wait list of 635 people. >> we have covered everything from portraits of the founding fathers of the kkk to swastikas. i've covered up a human trafficking branding. >> reporter: the army veteran camouflages it but their ideologies and symbols are still spreading in the military. tattoos can be a calling card for white supremacists in the military. a way to grow their own ranks. but according to a department of defense report on extremism obtained by cnn, some of the recruiting tactics are more brazen and open. one a mill tear ri member and co-founder told another member that he was open about everything with his friends at training. they love me, too, because i'm a funny guy he wrote in a message. the defense department found
that others find each other through obscure fascists. u.s. troops are primary targets who want their training, their combat experience and the legitimacy they bring to an organization. members of one far right extremist group shared military manuals. the capitol riots of january 6th put a spotlight on military extremism. cnn analysis has shown that at least 27 people face federal charges and are current or former members of the military. secretary of defense lloyd austin has made the fight against domestic extremism one of his top priorities. >> this tears at the very fabric of cohesion and it's important for us to be able to trust the men and women on our left and right. >> extremism has been a problem
in the military for decades. austin says he believes the number of extremists in the military is low. there is no data to back up his assertion. austin has revealed a policy. heidi byron said this will take time. >> this is a massive management task and it's not going to be something that's done very easily at all. >> reporter: the military has strict legal limits on screening and background checks it can do of applicants and service members. deeper, more intrusive investigations require working with the fbi, a key recommendation of the d.o.d. report. they say they need a better process to screen out people. >> i would say you need to fix your screening policies. social media accounts need to be taken a look at, not just voluntarily, but seriously. you need a functioning tattoo database and they need to be trained in the signs of white supremacy. >> reporter: even beyond the challenges of rooting out
domestic problems, there are militants who are also prime targets for domestic extremists. >> reporter: lloyd austin's first step is ordering the military wide stand down or review of policies and procedures in place already to deal with extremism. this includes discussions of all levels of the military. the navy has to reveal the core values, the oaths of office as well as the rules already in place. in terms of the discussions, austin has said it's also an opportunity for military leaders to listen to what their troops have to say to them about either experiences with domestic extremism or ideas on how to tackle it. one of the parts of this that's very necessary is the data which is fundamentally lacking at this point about how widespread this problem is and where specifically it exists. >> well, still to come, school's in session but all too often
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the u.s. now is one step closer to adding a third vaccine to the covid-19 vaccine. johnson & johnson's vaccine is safe and effective. now they will meet friday and could green light emergency use authorization. vaccines from pfizer and moderna are already in use in nearly 66.5 million doses have been administered across the u.s. even amid the hope comes a reminder of the great loss during this pandemic. california has just become the first state to surpass 50,000 deaths from covid-19. the pandemic combined with another problem is creating a crippling crisis in texas. texas has had one of the highest rates of covid infections in any state second only to california
and last week's ice and snow only made a difficult situation much worse. cnn's miguel marquez reports from houston. >> reporter: tanya de la cruz's oxygen levels dropped and her temperature shot up on the coldest night in south texas. >> how much more complicated or difficult was it to deal with that given that you had no electricity, no water? >> it was pretty bad because even though you would try to cover up with all the blankets i could find, i was still feeling cold and -- >> reporter: you had chills? >> yes, and then the cough. i mean, the colder it is, the more prone the attacks come. >> reporter: she was on oxygen recuperating from covid-19 at home, then his electricity went out and the batteries on his oxygen machine shut off. >> when i don't get oxygen, to the floor i go. >> reporter: sandra is on the mend.
now she's worried about three other members who have covid-19. for two days my family had to rent a hotel just to stay warm, she said, and i was here. all i could do was worry about my kids. houston's united memorial medical center a hospital cnn has twice visited as the pandemic rage is seeing fewer patients today. one concern the storm may produce and another slide in cases. >> they knew it was coming. we're hoping to keep people warm. a shelter is a giant petry dish. so i do expect in the next few days we will have a small spike in the number of cases. >> reporter: like many hospitals, ummc lost power and water, pipes burst. staff worked right through the worst of it. her home is so little they had to stay with relatives. >> looking at the patients to make sure we take good care of them even though we knew we had
an emergency, make sure we support 100% and provide folks medical and emotional care was my observe personal concern. >> reporter: her husband just got over covid-19. >> this was our master bedroom. >> reporter: and like so many texans, now this. >> when we came home, we discovered a water fall right here and it also had collapsed in my closet. the light ballast was hanging down, sheetrock was down. everything in my closet was destroyed. >> reporter: home after home across nearly the entire state damaged with frozen pipes. we met mike phillips after hurricane harvey. he says this is worse. >> this is widespread across texas. no one was spared busted pipes whether you lived in lubbock,
texas or houston, texas. we all experienced the same problems. >> reporter: miguel marquez, cnn, houston, texas. middle schools in new york are opening their doors for the first time in a long time today as the city hits milestones for covid testing for teachers and vaccinations for students and educators. kids in new york aren't alone. school children in germany is headed back. the u.k. prime minister made it clear schools are the priority for reopening. he's promising in person learning on march 8th. boris johnson may be worried about stats like these. how well students learn has dropped. disadvantaged students fell further behind. now about 7 months behind their peers. there's this positive key finding. scores suggest students caught up considerably from september to december when most schools were open between lockdowns. let's find out what these numbers mean and how they
reflect a problem facing students not just in the u.k. but around the world. simon burgess is a professor at the university of bristol's school of economics. thank you very much for joining us. i want to ask you about this learning loss. it isn't unexpected or applicable to the u.k. one study found american students will probably lose 5 to 9 months of learning by june and the problem is particularly bad in schools that serve mostly students of color. so tell us what's -- what are the main reasons behind this learning loss? >> yes, thank you. it's a difficult situation. i think being locked out of school essentially we're relying on the parents and online facilities to try and learn, and that's been very effective. it's typically the neighborhoods with more disadvantaged families
that have struggled the most to engaging any learning. while a lot of people talk about -- sorry. >> yeah. i want to ask you about that. why is it so bad in poor areas or schools that predominantly have students of color? what is it that they aren't able to sort of overcome that that other, you know, parents and students have been able to? >> i think one thing that the people always talk about is sort of access to technology, to laptops, to connectivity and to faster internet speeds, and that's definitely an issue. but i think there are other things that matter at least as much. one simple but obvious thing is just space. you know, if you're a family with two parents, both struggling to work at home, maybe they've got to do zoom meetings the whole time, two or three kids trying to learn, you need a lot of room. you need a lot of space. with something like a table or a desk and space to study and poorer families just don't have that many rooms. >> yeah. so, you know, obviously getting
kids back into school is key here, but failing that, what else can be done? obviously you can't do much about the space issue. >> no, you can't, so i think getting children back into school is absolutely key. and i think governments around the world have kind of recognized that. that's the main priority that we have to -- that we have to engage in. just by the way, i mean, it's really important for learning loss, but it's also really important for mental health and we're seeing some really worrying statistics from different countries suggesting serious deterioration in children's mental health. >> yeah. but -- so, i mean, obviously we'll want to get them into school, but that doesn't address sort of catching them up with all of that learning loss that these studies are suggesting. i mean, some studies here have shown that of all the things we can do, summer school, after school care, extended days and so on, tutoring has the biggest impact. obviously what works for under
privileged students in rural pennsylvania, say, might not work for under privileged african-americans in philadelphia. so what are the challenges here in scaling up a program that would help everybody in a country or in countries like the u.k. or here in the u.s.? >> you're absolutely right. i think small group tutoring is probably the most promising route to catching up this learning loss. we know from evidence around the world that it is effective. it does work if you can get a kid down maybe groups of three, four, five children and a tutor, that will raise your learning. as you say, the key question is, the big challenge is how are we going to do that on a huge scale that we're going to need to catch up this learning loss? i think there's no doubt that will be a massive logistical challenge. as i was hearing on your news and the same in my country, our
governments are vaccinating tens of millions of people twice really kwequickly. that's protecting all people and sick people. i think we should try and do the same thing for young people to try and repair the damage to their life chances and to their well-being. >> yeah. absolutely. it's going to be expensive but the cost of not doing anything is huge. i have some figures here, the learning loss could cost the economy up to $28 trillion and lower the students' lifetime income by 3%. obviously something needs to be done here urge againstly. that's all the time i have. i thank you for coming on. dr. simon burgess in bristol, england, we appreciate it. >> thank you. you're watching "cnn newsroom." the trip costs a lot, but the view was worth it. nasa's newest pictures of the red planet next. stay with us.
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dynamics suggested they ditch the paint ball gun and in exchange made an offer. >> there are ways that we could sweeten that deal and that could be like giving you two more of these robots -- >> reporter: free! but in the end the so-called war dog was his own casualty. he wound up sprawled on his side. he kept collapsing. be right back, the live stream kept saying. after about an hour spot no longer came back and began running instant replays of his glory moment instead of this. >> you'll just be able to wreak havoc. >> spot wreaked havoc on himself. viewers kept trying to trigger paint balls but spot had painted himself into a corner on his side twitching. instead of spot's rampage, it was spot's whimper. see spot drop. jeanne moos, cnn, new york.
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welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. this is "early start." i'm laura jarrett. >> and i'm christine romans. it is thursday, february 25th. 5 a.m. in new york. the white house facing some hard choices this morning. mainly, how long and how hard to fight with republicans and some democrats, fair and accurately, for a cabinet nominee whose chances are shrinking by the minute. >> if nera