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new video of the doses of vaccine being sent out from a distribution center in kentucky, cannot come soon enough. very critical to have these options. health leaders are warning that the drop in u.s. cases may be slowing down, and it is true that variants are spreading rapidly in parts of the country. >> it's also a critical time for millions of americans on the brink of losing key benefits. the senate, now, will take up president biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus package. it was after, of course, on friday it passed the house with no republican support. we're following where the bill stands and exactly what comes next. this, a new speech with the same old lies about election fraud. former president trump returns to the political stage and makes it clear he has no plans to get off of it over the next four years. will the party stick with him, but first, let's beginning with our senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohn on the good news, and that is a green light for the j&j vaccine. how significant is this to have
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a third vaccine literally already on the way to people? >> poppy, it really is significant. we are trying to vaccinate basically an entire population, an entire country. that is difficult to do with two vaccines, as we've seen. there just isn't enough out there. so having a third is a big deal. let's take a look at how effective this vaccine is. in u.s. trials, what they saw is that the vaccine was 72% effective. and what they found, though, is that for severe disease, it was 85% effective, and i know that's a little confusing. so let's take a second to explain that. when you look at how effective the j&j was at preventing any kind of covid, whether it was moderate covid or the kind of covid that kills you, all through that range, it was 72% of effective. but when you look at how effective it was at preventing severe disease, it was 85% effective, and that's actually in many ways the much more important numbers. one doctor said, we want to keep you out of a hospital, and we
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want to keep you out of the morgue, and so it was 85% effective at preventing severe disease. and that's not as good as the moderna and pfizer effectiveness numbers, but still, it is incredibly good, and as dr. fauci and others have said, if you can get this vaccine, get it, and this vaccine has two distinct advantages over moderna and pfizer. one of them is that it's only a single dose. that's going to be much easier to do to only have to give one dose, and they're done. the other advantage is that it doesn't need to be frozen. it can be stored and transported, just refrigeration temperatures, that is going to be very important, especially in getting it to rural areas of the country. poppy, jim. >> elizabeth, thank you so much for helping us bring that all in. the ceo of johnson & johnson says it is working with the government to get the doses exactly where they're needed and when. >> cnn's pete muntean is with us from louisville where the vaccine is being shipped from
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right now. it's great to have good news to talk to you about, moving this much needed vaccine across the country. it's also, as always, pretty complicated logistically. walk us through how they're doing this, and if you know where it's going. >> well, poppy this is the first stop on the way to getting millions of doses of the johnson & johnson vaccine out the door. this is world pork, the ups's largest hub here in louisville, and truck fulls of the vaccine are being loaded up right now at a mckesson distribution warehouse. the trucks will be unloaded by hand, packages sorted by machines, 150 miles of conveyor belt, long enough to go from d.c. to philadelphia. then they will be directed on the cargo planes and the planes will take the packages the rest of the way. coast-to-coast distribution. 3.9 million doses on the initial wave. 20 million by the end of the month. ups already has a lot of practice getting pfizer and moderna doses out the door.
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it also has a lot of practice in monitoring these vaccine shipments. you know, each individual package is able to broadcast its position in realtime, monitored back here at world port. it is so critical and was especially critical during last month's massive snowstorm. operations at world port had to shut down for a day. some of those vaccine deliveries were a bit delayed. ups says because it was able to monitor those packages, it was able to get them moving a bit more smoothly. this is a massive operation, jim and poppy, and it all begins right here in kentucky. >> grateful to all of those people doing so much around the clock. pete, thank you for the reporting. let's bring in dr. amy compton phillips, chief clinical officer for providence health system. it's great to have you. if you can weigh on where you think we are as a country as we have the third vaccine being shipped today. >> we're in an ever better place, and i think as manufacturing continues to
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improve, it's going to get better and better. you know, by the end of last week, we were doing 2.2 million vaccines a day, and we're still ratcheting up, so this is a really positive sign. >> tell us the difference it makes that this is not only one shot, right, but you get what you need after one shot, obviously easier to handle that, rather than bringing folks in for two, but also it doesn't require the really low temperature storage in terms of getting this vaccine out to more people in the country. >> it is so much simpler being able to handle this vaccine that's much more stable at higher temperatures as well as the single shot. so imagine giving it to populations that are really tough to reach, for example, people that are experiencing homelessness or people in rural areas that are a long distance from one of those minus 70 degree freezers. the fact that this can be put in cool coolers and distributed more simply and easily, and people just have to go to a mass
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vaccination site, which is where many times are still being given, is enormous. and smaller venues, pharmacies in rural areas, for example, in a much simpler way, so this really eases the capacity to get the vaccine where it's needed. >> listen to this from dr. fauci when our colleague dana bash asked him yesterday, about more good news, meaning people are easing up on restrictions. here's what he said. >> it is really risky to say it's over, we're on the way out. let's pull back because what we can see is that we turn up. it isn't hypothetical, dana, because look historically at the late winter, early spring of 2020, the summer of 2020, when we started to pull back prematurely. we saw the rebound. we definitely don't want that to happen. >> is he right? >> he's absolutely right.
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the analogy that i have been using for a while now is that we're in a marathon, and i feel like over the holidays, over christmas, over new year's, we just went up to the top of heartbreak hill because that was horrible, right. but we're not done yet. we might be on mile 21, 22. we're not at the finish line. we've got to get to the finish line. we can't ease up on all of those things we all want to stop doing. we want to stop social distancing, we want to stop wearing a mask. we're not at the finish line yet. we've got to keep going until we're done. >> doctor, can you tell us what the data is telling us right now. if you look at this graph of cases which have come down dramatically, and we should take note of that, that's good. but it is flattening out a bit. we can put these up on screen so people can understand them. it's flattening at the bottom, though at the same time, deaths and hospitalizations are down. we had those figures, picture a big graph coming down and flattening here. why do you see that? why do you think we're seeing
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that? >> it's hard to say, but one of the things we're worried about is people doing exactly what dr. fauci just said, people starting to say the vaccine is here, i'm done, go back to school, go back to work, go back to dinner parties, my normal life, and we're not quite there yet, and that's why the news that this is good and we still got to keep going is hard for people to understand because we want to all be done, but we're not, and so that is the worry about this flattening off because we're flattening off a much better, but still a very high level of a burden of disease. >> finally, what should people do, doctor, who have had covid, and developed antibodies, should they be getting these vaccines at least right now? >> they should. so wait three months after you're done with your infection, and get the vaccine, and that is to give your body a little bit of time so that you don't neutralize the vaccine immediately upon getting it. three month, get it. >> all right.
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good to have you on, as always to help us process all of this. dr. amy compton phillips, thank you. teachers and school staff in the state of connecticut can schedule appointments to get vaccinated, a real priority. >> must be a big relief for them. our polo sandoval joins us from a mass vaccination site. hope these sites are really going to speed up distribution. i just saw one of our colleagues here this morning who was so excited that he got one over the weekend. and his kids are going to a mass vaccination site to get one today. it seems to really be changing things for the better. >> reporter: and especially making these kinds of vaccination sites a lot busier, and that's what people in connecticut are preparing for, gearing up for this spike in interest and demand in the covid vaccines. as you mentioned, connecticut is going to be essentially expanding or already expanded their schedule to try to get this vaccine into arms. starting today, residents 55 and up can get those vaccinations, child care providers, and also
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important to mention here, educators and staff. you're talking teachers, you're talking coaches, support staff, custodian staff, all the folks involved in getting students back in the classroom. they are going to have that opportunity to secure an appointment and they had to one of the locations to get the vaccination. governor ned lamont saying he is also hoping that the recent authorization of a johnson & johnson vaccine will mean increasing roughly 30,000 more doses of vaccinations. that would mean that now connecticut would have a weekly allotment of about 130,000, but then also important is to try to get people to administer those vaccinations as well. so they are also increasing not only their personnel, manning the phones, working those web sites and those appointments, but also getting those shots into arms into these locations. >> thank you so much for being there, and for that reporting. it's good to see. well, up next for us. senators, it's now your turn to vote on president biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus bill. where does it all stand this
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morning ahead. and former president trump might be the white house, but he's definitely not out of the picture. for republicans. how he's targeting his political foes. new york governor andrew cuomo is facing an allegation of sexual harassment. why he's saying sorry this morning. as carla wonders if she can retire sooner, she'll revisit her plan with fidelity. and with a scenario that makes it a possibility, she'll enjoy her dream right now. that's the planning effect, from fidelity.
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and pass his $1.9 trillion covid rescue package after the house passed it a couple of days ago. >> we're hearing that the senate democrats are finalizing their next steps with the possible open debate on this bill as soon as this wednesday. let's go to our colleagues jeremy diamond, jeremy foxx on capitol hill. good morning to you both. where do the negotiations stand. you know the $15 minimum wage won't be in the senate version. what's next? >> reporter: we expect this could all get started on wednesday, like you said. that minimum wage increase is not going to be included. also, the so called plan b, which was senator ron wyden, the chairman of the finance committee's plan to try to create some kind of tax penalty for corporations that didn't raise the minimum wage on their own, that is also not going to be considered as part of this package, and that's because democrats are trying to move quickly. they believe that they have the votes on their side of the aisle. they do not expect to have a
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single republican supporter. here's what one republican, senator bill cassidy, someone who has crossed the aisle on the packages in the past said about the democratic relief bill. >> you can find one thing, we'll get criticized on that, so we'll adapt but the reality is they put forward a package which reflects the interest of the democratic constituencies that elected the president. >> reporter: and after 20 hours of debate that could get started on wednesday, there would then be what is known as a votearama, a marathon vote in the senate. it would likely go late into thursday night, into friday morning. that is the earliest that we could expect passage of this $1.9 trillion covid relief bill. jim and poppy. >> the politics are interesting. unified support in the house, unified opposition, i should say, among the republicans but broad public support even among republican voters for many of the parts of this.
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in the senate, is biden's hope that he might get some republican senators realistic? >> well, look, so far there doesn't seem to be any one republican senator who seems likely to vote for this legislation, but the white house is insisting so far that they are not giving out hope, even as they are making very very clear that they are willing to pass this on a party line basis and that the president would sign a bill that was passed only by democrats. here's cedric richmond's, one of the president's senior advisers talking about that possibility yesterday. >> it won't be from a lack of effort, if you ask an addendum, do i think a republican in the house or senate will vote for it, possibly. maybe even probably. >> and you hear him say there probably, but again, the white house has yet to identify a single republican senator who would actually be willing or has indicated that they would be willing to vote for this package, and cedric richmond said in that interview if our choice is to wait and go bipartisan or to pass something that we think is important now, they are going to choose the
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latter option and so that is what is very clear. as the white house makes clear they are extending their hand to republicans, they have said republicans haven't offered a counter proposal that comes anywhere close to what the white house is looking to accomplish here. if you look at the president's schedule for the rest of the week, he has a call for senate democrats, house democrats, clearly that is where his focus is on passing this quickly, not making anymore concessions to the republican senators. >> right. okay. lauren, before you guys go, today is also a big day for the biden administration in terms of getting their pick for director of the office of management and budget neera tanden through. i mean, they're standing by her. you heard it from jen psaki yesterday. neera tanden is going to meet with a republican senator today that could be the key, right, is that lisa murkowski. >> that's exactly right, poppy. it's remarkable. it's been more than a week since joe manchin, the moderate democrat from west virginia said
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he would not support tan den. that meant the white house was in a race to find a single republican willing to vote for her. we know this meeting happening today between murkowski and tanden, and murkowski is aware of past statements against her colleagues and tweets against her personally. those items could come up in today's meeting. look, this is a member, a moderate republican from the state of alaska, who is going to be looking for some kind of concession for her state. that is how lisa murkowski has always operated up here on capitol hill. she is sophisticate asked a thoughtful member when it comes to making sure that if she's gs to vote for something, there's going to be something she's likely getting in return. keep your eye on what that could be, of course. a critical meeting today on capitol hill that will likely seal the fate one way or the other for neera tanden for the office of management and budget. >> i'm so curious what the quid
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pro quo might be. what would be the trade? politics is all about that. we'll see if it comes through. lauren fox, jeremy diamond, thank you so much. former president trump is threatening revenge against republicans who turned against him and attempts to send a message to others who might do the same. we're going to have more on his attempted return to the political stage next. we're also moments away from the opening bell this monday on wall street. take a look, futures all pointing higher this morning, of course a lot of focus on the stimulus package and what's going to happen to it. that will obviously affect the markets and confidence, all three major averages ended february higher, investors looking ahead to a post covid economy with this positive news from j&j on the vaccine. this is how you become the best!
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in his first public speech since leaving the white house, former president trump kept spreading the big lie about a stolen election. it's been debunked many toimes, rejected by courts, republican lawmakers, trump appointed judges, and he kept at it and hinted he might run again. >> we will take back the house. we will win the senate. and then a republican president will make a triumphant return to the white house, and i wonder who that will be.
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i wonder who that will be. >> joining me now, former republican congresswoman barbara comstock, and evan mccullen, a candidate for president in 2016, thanks to both of you this morning. we're less than two months out from a deadly insurrection on the capitol who senior most republican in the senate says explicitly the president incited. i wonder barbara comstock, has the party already rehabilitated him? >> no, i don't think so, not the party at large. you know, there's a difference between cpac and the small group of people there and the party at large and the american people. first, i'd like to point out, my prediction and i think pretty accurate, nobody who spoke at that convention is going to be president. that includes donald trump. secondly, this is really about raising money. one of the notable things other than the big lie and the, you know, revenge fest that he had there was asking for money.
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and so this is about the bottom feeders who are still around donald trump trying to raise money by keeping that idea alive that he'll run, and now are endorsing candidates. it doesn't matter if these candidates win. it means that the consultants around him need money. that's what this is about. i think by and large, people ignored this. it was the same old rant that you have heard over the past year. i think it reminded people why he has a 60% disapproval because, you know, this is not somebody with a vision of the future, and i think the 17 people who voted for impeachment, the brave, the bold, you know, those are the people who are the future of the party. and they wreren't there. >> still, evan mcmullen, a minority in the party, a small minority among city lawmakers, and beyond cpac, which i agree is a fringe event say they
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support trump: i wonder if you agree with barbara that his support in the party is heading in one direction, down? >> i think it is but slowly. i'm somebody who has wanted a new direction for the party for some years now, and for four to five years i was aligned with 10 to 15% of the party, and now i think it's more like a third of the party wants to move in a new direction. we saw that only 68% of those in attendance at cpac and these are, as barbara points out, these are, you know, a small portion of the party's activists, but they're some of the most loyal, only 68% eveneven wanted him to run again. about a third don't want him to enter the race in 2024. and 55% said if given other primary choices, they would vote for him. so i think there is reason even among that select group at cpac,
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again, the most active of the loyal party base activists, you know, there's cracks even among them with regard to whether they'll support trump again. now, i still think it's his party, 97% said they supported his presidency, and so i think it's, you know, perhaps there's a group of them who are willing to move on from trump, but maybe not trumpism. so that's another question. the other, you know, candidates who participated or whose names were involved in the straw poll at cpac, the leading contenders there would be considered heirs of trump. they're very close allies to trump, and those looking for a new direction barely registered in the poll at all. there's reason for optimism and pessimism. >> i wonder, barbara comstock, was mitch mcconnell, after delivering a blistering critique of the president following his acquittal vote saying he incited
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violence, a deadly insurrection. was his sense that he could just ignore trump and party leaders and he would go away? was that naive in your view? >> i think he is going away. i think you saw a very diminished low energy donald trump yesterday. i mean, he kind of ran off the stage at the end. he was an hour late to the speech and i think it was because he probably was pretty upset about that 55% given it was a family gathering and he only got 55%. that really is a pretty sorry performance. so i think like myself and evan, i think mitch mcconnell doesn't expect donald trump will be president. i think a lot of people there are kind of treating him like this crazy old uncle where they want his approval, and they think they're going to get money or something out of him. but they're not -- the thing is, for one thing, he's not going to help anybody besides himself, and i think because of all his financial troubles, all of his business troubles, all of his legal troubles, this is someone who not only lost the house, the
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senate, the white house and 60 court cases, he's going to be a future loser in court again, whether it's paying fines or having, you know, further legal problems. he is going to have business problems. he is going to be very busy with all of those things, and i think the, you know, 55% poorer performance at the family gathering shows that he doesn't have a political operation and he's going to be very occupied with his other problems, and he's not going to have the money to put into the -- or, when you're the president, you have a lot of resources to use to get elected. that's gone now, so i think now is the time for republicans to turn the page and have new voices out there. >> right. >> who will have a strong agenda because down ballot republicans do well. >> we'll see. many too afraid to challenge him. evan mcmullen, your background in the cia. i want to talk about the national security implications,
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two months out from a violent insurrection, continuing to not only peddle the lie about the election lost but to attack the institutions that stood up to the lie which was the motivation for those crowds who stormed the capitol. listen, this message lands with violent extremist groups in this country. do you look at those words yesterday as radicalizing speech? >> look, absolutely. what i saw in former president trump last night was what i saw when he first descended the escalators at his tower and announced his candidacy. i mean, it was the same far right rhetoric, anti-immigration, anti-elections, you know, that would continue with his campaign and his presidency. he attacked the media, new and traditional judges, you know, pushed fear and attacked truth. i mean, it was -- this is a far right anti-democracy figure in america in the same way that you might see in europe, in hungary
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and elsewhere. these leaders, they can lose and then come back to power again, as victor bond d and that's when they really attack democracy. they know more, they're more committed to holding on to power. and donald trump is exactly that kind of figure, so i think those of us who want a new direction for the party, we have an opportunity now. it's not a tremendous opportunity, but it is an opportunity. numbers are slowly shifting in our favor, and we need to continue to fight for it, and it will be hard. we need to do it. >> thanks to both of you for speaking the truth. that is almost an outlier position today, speaking truth about the election. former congresswoman, barbara comstock, evan mcmullen, best to both of you. >> thank you. well, new york governor andrew cuomo is facing calls to resign. this comes after a second of his former aides accused him of sexual harassment. governor cuomo says he's truly sorry for the comments he's made.
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he says they were misinterpreted. we'll have the latest on what happens now, next.
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and this morning, new york governor andrew cuomo is apologizing following a second allegation against him of sexual harassment, and jim, this comes in less than a week of the other. >> the latest allegation coming from another former aide to the governor. cuomo says he is quote truly sorry for comments he says were quote in his words, misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation. again, that's cuomo's view. he's now agreed to let new york's attorney general appoint a private lawyer to conduct an independent review of these sexual harassment claims. let's go to cnn's athena jones,
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she has been following this for the latest details. what more did we learn this weekend, and what happens next? >> reporter: good morning, jim and poppy. well, look, this is one of several crises the governor is dealing with. he's facing a federal probe into its administration's counting of covid related deaths in nursing homes. he's facing accusationings of bullying and intimidation from a state democratic lawmaker and two women have come forward to accuse him of sexual harassment. there's going to be this investigation, and we'll see what more he says in response. but he has been forced to confront the situation. pressure mounting against new york governor andrew cuomo after a second former aide has come forward accusing him of sexual harassment. cuomo addressing the allegations writing in a statement, i now understand that my interactions may have been incenssensitive oo personal, and some of my comments given my position made others feel in ways i never intended. i acknowledge some of the things
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i have said have been misininterpreted as an unwanted flirtation. to the extent anyone felt that way, i am truly sorry about that. the statement in response to a former aide who came forward and recounted to the "new york times" instances where she says the governor inappropriately questioned her about her sex life in a june conversation. charlotte bennett says cuomo asked her such questions as if she was monogamous in her relationships and if she had sex with older men. bennett tells the times, i understood that the governor wanted to sleep with me and felt horribly uncomfortable and scared. adding she was wondering how i was going to get out of it, and assumed it was the end of my job. cuomo denied bennett's allegations in a statement saturday. bennett told the "times" she reported the conversations to the governor's chief of staff and was transferred to another job. she left the governor's office in november. >> there should be an independent review of these allegations. they're serious. it was hard to read that story as a woman. >> bennett's allegation came on
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the heels of former aide lindsey boylan's accusation last week. in a post online, boylan says cuomo asked her to play strip poker on his taxpayer funded jet. in another instance, after a one on one briefing with the governor in 2018, she says she got up to leave and walked toward an open door. he stepped in front of her and kissed her on the lips. she writes, i was in shock, but i kept walking. cuomo denied boylan's accusations in december when they first surfaced. cuomo initially tried to appoint an independent reviewer to look into the allegations. but new york's attorney general letitia james rejected that, insisting on an independent investigation by an outside law firm with subpoena power. several high profile new york democrats also rejecting cuomo's effort, arguing that he should have no role in shaping the probe. >> if these investigations bear out, it really starts to, i think, call into question the leadership that we currently
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have. >> reporter: now, cnn has reached out to bennett for comment on this latest accusation, but has not heard back, and cnn has not been able to corroborate the allegations, and when asked for further comment, boylan, who is running for a manhattan borough president said she wanted to let her medium post speak for itself. jim, poppy. >> athena, thank you very much for that important reporting. we'll stay on it. in the middle of this pandemic, we are seeing a surge in attacks on asian americans and they're happening all across this country. we're going to talk about that next.
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so this morning los angeles police are looking for suspects after a korean american man and air force veteran says he was attacked. look at that, called racial slurs, linked to coronavirus. police are investigating this as a hate crime, and in new york, there are growing calls for hate crime charges to be filed after a 36-year-old asian-american man was stabbed in the back in chinatown, this as the nypd says attacks on asian americans have jumped 1,900% in the last year amid racist conspiracies about the pandemic, and according to one group, an asian activist group, more than 3,000 hate crime incidents were reported last year alone. the year before, only four were reported. chan wu has written extensively about this, he's our legal analyst, and joins us now. i'm so glad you can come on the show. your op-ed was powerful and meaningful on this. on top of everything i have mentioned, you've now got the
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nash investigating jeremy lin saying he was playing on the court, and he was called coronavirus. you say there's a failure of law enforcement and the criminal justice system overall to protect asian americans. what is the biggest failure you're seeing right now? >> i think the biggest failure is while there has been some reporting and we can see the uptick in the incidents being reported, which is good, i think that there's still reluctance on the part of prosecutors to charge the hate crimes. that terrible murder in san francisco of the elderly man who was pushed over and died, that still has not yet been charged as a hate crime, and that's something that we have to be worried about. >> can we talk specifically about that case because you're talking about an 84-year-old, and his name is vi vichar redengapi, attacked on january 28th. he was slammed to the ground in san francisco by a 19-year-old.
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so state prosecutors have decided to charge that 19-year-old with murder and elder abuse, but not charge it as a hate crime. and he died after being slammed to the ground. are you saying you're seeing a reluctance among prosecutors to go that next step and >> yes, the at theistics are hard to come by because the hate crime statistics are complicated. they tend to capture the classification of the crime not which instance got prosecuted so it is hard to delve in that. when i was in a young prosecutor, in my 11 years, i don't recall bring a single hate crime charge. i wanted to and i was disslated and i was told that it adds an extra burden of proof and prosecutors frankly don't want that extra burden of proof. their concerned with securing the underlying conviction. >> wow.
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you write to that effect just because the criminal justice system has fallen short in the past doesn't mean it needs to in if the future and you faced bull and assault growing up and you have daughters and you have fear for your two daughters. are you confident this moment and this tra-- this tragic surg changes anything. >> well i'm hopeful. i'm not confident. unfortunately historically in our country, people of color have been the victims of violence and that has been very underprosecuted. there was massacres of chinese in the 1800s and even in the 1900s, the terrible vincent chen murder, they got a slap on the wrist even after federal civil rights charges were brought. so the strain of not knowing where the attack or harassment
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may come from is very weary. you're hearing that from the asian-american community. >> and they talked about anti-asian hate crimes rises at an alarming rate. we saw president biden condemning intolerance when he took office and andrew yang who ran for president now running for mayor of new york city, this weekend called for more funding to hate crimes task forces. and he talked about how a lot of the crimes go completely unreported. is that what you're seeing as well? >> yes, that is a really important point, poppy. with a lot of communities, immigrant communities and other minorities, there is a reluctance to interact with law enforcement, particularly folks from other countries may have had bad experience with oppressive police forces. so one thing that is really important to do is to do this community reach out to educate people so they know how to report the crimes. because without people coming together and reporting them,
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there is no case for the police or prosecutors to bring. >> yeah. shan, thank you for being here and thank you for what you wrote on it is really important. we appreciate it. >> thank you, poppy. jim. >> so sorry to see the attacks happening. the biden administration is taking heat for deciding not to punish some of the saudi leaders responsible for the brutal murder of journalist jamal khashoggi, despite a campaign promise to do so. how the white house is defending that decision, coming up. my sub is gonna dunk all over your sub. excuse me? my sub has bacon. choose better be better and now save when you order in the app. subway eat fresh. but not jayson's sub.
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a story we've been following for sometime. this morning remaining questions concerning the murder, the brutal murder of journalist jamal khashoggi, we have learned the name of three people who were on a u.s. intelligence report as being responsible for
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that murder were removed from that report. >> our alex marquardt has been following this from the beginning. and alex, that is the headline that you broke this morning about the missing names. but there is a bigger question here as to what candidate biden said as far as holding saudi responsible for this murder and what they would do and what the biden administration is doing and not doing this morning, alex. >> reporter: there is a growing backlash accusing president biden of not doing anything to directly punish mbs for approving the murder of jamal khashoggi in a newly unclassified report on friday. so far the biden administration has said they will sanction one former saudi intelligence official and the protective force known as the tiger squad which protected mbs. they've put into place what they call the khashoggi van which is visa restrictions for 76 officials who -- saudis rather
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whose names we don't know. but this does fall short of what candidate biden had said during the campaign when he said that he would hold mbs accountable for this murder. take a listen. >> khashoggi was, in fact, murdered and dismembered and i believe in the order of the crown prince and i would make it very clear we were not going to, in fact, sell more weapons to them. we were, in fact, going to make them pay the price and make them the pariah that they are. >> reporter: strong words there. they ma min tain the relationship are saudi arabia but they are recalibrating it. listen to what jen psaki had to say on cnn. >> in recent history, democratic and republican administrations have not been sanctions put in place for the leaders of foreign governments where we have diplomatic relations and even when we don't have diplomatic relations and we believe there is more effective ways to make
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sure this doesn't happen again. >> reporter: so then on friday something strange happened. after odi put out the report saying that mbs was responsible, they listed 21 names of men who were also complicit and then switched out the report and removed three of those names and didn't explain why until i asked them about it and they told me that those three names have been erroneously included on that list. we haven't been told what roles, if any, that those three men played in the murder of jamal khashoggi. we are expecting more details from the biden administration today. but the fact remains, no direct punishment for mbs, jim and poppy. >> good to keep asking the hard questions, alex, thank you very much. well a very good monday morning. i'm jim sciutto. >> and i'm poppy harlow. happening right now, there is a third coronavirus vaccine being shipped out across theio


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