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morning. i'm poppy harlow. >> i'm jim sciutto. help is on the way. right now house lawmakers are gearing up for a final vote on president biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus bill. the new administration's first major legislative achievement expected to pass on a party line vote by the end of today. $1400 checks could hit some people's bank accounts in days. the bill extends unemployment benefits for millions of americans and expands the child tax credit, poppy. that will reduce childhood poverty by as much as a half. >> it's a huge deal. the package is also something that includes funding for
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cash-strapped states. a lot for schools. it is broadly popular with the american people. a brand-new cnn poll shows 61% of americans support it. the bill is expected to reshape the u.s. economy in a lot of ways. president biden will tout it in his first primetime address. that is tomorrow night. let's begin with our lauren fox who joinsous capitol hill. what's the timeline for the final vote? >> we expect the debate is just about to get under way in the house of representatives. then we expect a vote right around the noon hour today. of course, this is the last stop for this $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill before it gets signed into law by the president of the united states. now biden had made this a huge campaign push. now 50 days into his first 100 days, he is going to be able to finally sign this bill into law. we expect, of course, the white house and democrats are going to be constantly reminding americans of what is inside this package. and you touched on a few of those items. an expansion of the child tax
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credit. $1400 checks to individuals making $75,000 or less. of course, more money for vaccine distribution. more money to get kids back to school. more money for small businesses. all of that included in this massive package we expect to be passed out of the house of representatives in just a couple of hours. jim and poppy? >> president biden is planning to hit the road to build more support on the heels of this big legislative win for his administration. >> cnn's jeremy diamond joins us now live from the white house. jeremy, i wonder where he's planning to go, what his plans are. talk as well of a news conference. is that right? >> yeah, that's right, jim. and so much of this is going to begin, in fact, as soon as the president signs this into law. tomorrow evening, the president is set to deliver this primetime address which is going to focus on the coronavirus pandemic one year since the world health
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organization declared this officially a pandemic. the president not only looking backwards at all of the sacrifices that americans have had to endure over the last year but also looking forward. part of looking forward will be touting this $1.9 trillion piece of legislation which the president is expected to frame as part of the way that america gets back to some sense of normalcy. and then after that, you will see the president hopping on air force one more and more over the coming weeks heading to different parts of the country to try and highlight some of the direct impact that this piece of legislation is going to deliver. whether that's helping schools open more quickly, getting vaccination centers up and running with the billions of dollars in funding for that vaccine distribution effort. and as you mentioned, the president is also expected this month to hold his first news conference. we should note that he has waited longer than any other president in the last 100 years to hold his first news conference but nonetheless expected to do so. now this effort to sell this
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bill comes even though it is already pretty popular. 61% of americans telling cnn in a new poll that they do indeed support this $1.9 trillion piece of legislation. and when you look down at some of the individual components of the legislation, many of those even more popular among both democrats and republicans. you look at larger tax credits. those expanded child credits for example. money for return to classrooms. stimulus checks. support for local governments. perhaps the one where you see the most partisan split there. the president has work to do on his own approval ratings, though, in this new cnn poll. his approval rating stands right now at 51%. 41% disapproving. that is higher than any point in donald trump's presidency but it is lower than other recent presidents, president obama, bush and clinton where they stood at this point in their presidency. and one last note to make here is that so much of this effort
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to sell this coronavirus relief bill that we will see over the coming weeks is informed by what didn't happen in 2009. president biden himself has talked about the fact that he felt that president obama didn't do enough to travel around the country and sell that 2009 stimulus bill. that will be something that the president will be mindful of over the coming weeks as he looks to sell that not only in anticipation of the 2022 midterms but also keep in mind so many provisions in here whether it's health care subsidies or some other provisions in this bill like the expanded child credit, they expire in a year. so the president will look to drum up support to get those extended through an act of congress and hopefully to get some republican support to do so as well. jim, poppy? >> jeremy, before you go, a source tells cnn the white house is planning to purchase another 100 million johnson & johnson vaccine doses. is that right? >> that's right. a white house official telling me this morning that the president will announce during this meeting that he's hosting at the white house this afternoon with executives from johnson & johnson and merck that
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pharmaceutical company that's helping johnson & johnson manufacture its vaccine. he will announce he's directing the department of health and human services to purchase an additional 100 million doses of that vaccine. many of the details of how quickly those doses will arrive will need to be worked out with johnson & johnson. it is not expected to speed up that timeline to get enough vaccine doses for every american adult by the end of may. but it will be to anticipate more things down the line. like, for example, vaccinations for children or potentially even boosters for some of these coronavirus variants that we're seeing crop up. jim, poppy. >> the supply of the johnson & johnson one has been sluggish to this point. we'll see if it accelerates. jeremy diamond, thanks very much. once this bill lands on the president's desk and he signs it, when will that money land in bank accounts? >> christine romans is with us. are we talking days? >> well, for those stimulus checks, potentially days here. some timing here for these three critical benefits that many
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americans are going to feel right away for some americans, many thousands of dollars in their bank accounts. those checks, those $1400 checks. we've had two rounds of these already. so presumably if they can get this signed quickly, it will be a matter of days or a couple of weeks before those checks hit bank accounts. remember there's a couple of changes here. adult dependents now qualify. if you have an elderly parent or college age kid living at home with you you'll get $1400 for that person. there will be 6 million or 7 million who got checks last timing who won't who are on the higher end of the income span. the child tax credit, this will be tricky. the treasury department has to figure out how to get the money out every month to working families instead of just returned in their tax refund. so we'll look to see how the treasury department will be able to sort out the mechanics of that as the law requires. and then these jobless benefits, guys, the clock is ticking here. 11 million people, their benefits start to expire this
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weekend. needs to move quickly here. some states have already started working through how they're going to do an extension here. they're waiting to see what the language is to see if there's substantial differences in the language of this particular part of the relief. also the first 10,200 of these checks, these jobless benefits are going to be tax free. i'm not sure what that means if you've already filed for 2020 or 2019. so there's going to be a little bit of a tax juggle here for some folks who already filed trying to get the best of their benefits. let's bring in a member of the president's economic team. jerod bernstein. good morning and thanks for being with us. >> always a pleasure. >> it's a big day, and i don't think anyone questions if this package is going to help a lot of people, it is. what even some of your democratic colleagues are questioning, though, democratic economists, is, is it too big? did it need to be this big? and you know there are two big concerns.
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one, inflationary spike if we have a quick recovery. and, two, their second concern is, do we overheat? and i'm not just talking about larry summers. i'm talking about olivia blanch afterward, jason fuhrman. i guess my question to you is, is your assessment here, jerod, this is the right size and not too big and you don't have those risks, that this is actually going to be a slow exit from this pandemic in terms of recovery? >> certainly that's my broad view. i think to drill down a bit in a way that's responsive to the very important question you ask, there is always risks of downsides and unintended consequences. the risk of overheating in terms of price pressures is considerably smaller than the risks of doing too little to finally put this crisis behind us and set american families and businesses up for a lasting and durable expansion that hasn't been able to occur because of the virus. to safely reopen schools. to get the kinds of benefits out
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that you were just reviewing. in terms of inflationary pressures, you have to think of what i'm calling the three ss. spend out, savings and slack. the spend out of the plan is slower than some of the overheating folks think. that's not the case with the checks and unemployment insurance. they get right out the door. some of the other parts of the plan, spend out more slowly, putting less pressure on prices. some of the benefits will be initially saved to help people offset some of the debt they're accumulating around rent and mortgage forbearance. and the third is there's still a lot of slack in this economy. black unemployment rates are almost 10%. that's absolutely unacceptable. >> 100% it's unacceptable. it sounds like you're not concerned that you'll have all this quick money sloshing around the economy, potentially raising prices and risking another recession. you're not worried at all about that? >> let me push back very hard on that because when you're a white house economist, there's
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absolutely nothing you're not concerned at all about. we -- i literally obsess on inflation statistics, including looking at the ones that came out this morning which show core prices, which is the most important gauge, year over year, 1.3%. that's backward looking. you have to look at inflation expectations. they remain well anchor chd is the way the federal reserve said people expect inflation to stay in the kind of range that it's been. that's very helpful for actually keeping it there. but let me tell you, it's not that there is no risk of down side problems. it's that we've balanced the risk and the bigger risk is not doing enough. >> we've just never been in a pandemic-driven recession. so you acknowledge the risk. we'll have to see how this plays out. there is this important undercovered concern that actually comes from your fellow progressive democrat, and that's congresswoman katie porter from california, that the child tax credit is not applied equally to married couples and single
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parents. let me give you an example. if you are a family with three kids between 6 and 16, you make $90,000 a year. a married couple would get a $9,000 tax credit for their children in a year. a single parent with as many kids would get $8200. okay. and it's increased to $3,000 differential if talking about $150,000 income. here's what she told erin burnett last night. >> we need to give the same child tax benefit to each household regardless of the parent's marriage status. and that's something that simply, i think, until i raised the issue, a lot of people hadn't thought about. >> is the biden administration concerned that single parents are not being treated equally here on a child tax credit? even with equal number of children? >> certainly any equitable concerns like that are foremost in mind for us. the child tax credit, which by the way, as you recently pointed out in the intro to this segment, is expected to reduce
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child poverty by more than half in one year. you've never gotten anywhere close to such a progressive result. i have a little more to say about that when we get to it. it's keyed off a family income and of the number of kids you have and of those kids -- if you have the same number of kids in the same income and those kids are the same age, the child tax credit should be the same. i need to look at that -- >> katie porter, as you know, pretty smart on this topic and she's done the math and we did the math this morning and it's not the same for those families but come back and we'll talk about that and see if there's an adjustment you might make. here's a concern about the middle class from republican congressman liz cheney. >> it's a real tragedy. we know that the result of that package is going to be middle class tax increases. we know for sure that it includes provisions that are not targeted. they're not temporary.
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they're not related to covid. and it didn't have to be this way. >> she's really worried that the amount you spent on this is going to result down the line in middle class tax increases. can you guarantee the biden administration is not going to raise taxes on the middle class? >> so i disagree with almost everything she said right there. and the president has been extremely firm and forthright about the following point. i've never heard him either publicly or privately say anything but the tax measures that he intends to propose do not hit families below $400,000 agi, adjusted gross income. that line in the sand is well above anybody's conception of the middle class. so -- >> so that's a guarantee? >> i -- this is the -- this is what the president has consistently said. another thing that i think -- let me just say, another thing that, since you played the clip, give me a chance to respond to it. another thing she said that's
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patently wrong is this idea that there are all these measures in the bill that don't apply to the crisis. i mean, in fact, if you look at the targeting of the american rescue plan, i just saw some new numbers. 35% of the benefit goes to the bottom quintile, the bottom fifth of families. if you look at the bottom half. 60% of the benefit goes to the bottom half. what part goes to the top 1% or the top 0.1%? zero. zero percent of the benefits go up there. so this is a much better targeted bill than she suggested, and the elements of it are all geared toward putting this virus behind us, launching a recovery, and meeting the needs of families and businesses and doing so quickly. >> i'm aware of that, where the money goes. you're right. the majority good to the bottom. i don't think that's what's being questioned. it's about the other things in there republicans are saying are not directly covid related. >> so give me an example. >> we only have a minute. i'm happy to have you back.
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we'll talk about those examples. but i do need to ask you this final question because it's very important. there's this new independent report that i'm sure you've seen. came out this week. it found that china's alleged actions in the region have violated every provision of the genocide. i'm talking about the uighur population there. the biden administration has said beijing has committed crimes against humanity. they've committed genocide. the state department on monday said china must be met with serious consequences. of course, the chinese government denies all of these allegations. but i wonder, will the biden administration further sanction china given the ongoing genocide being carried out there? >> look, i'm sorry to disappoint you but i'm not going to go out of my economics lane on this. you mentioned the state department? there are so many stakeholders within our administration on that issue starting with the president himself who has been a consistent and loud critic of china or anyone else human rights violation. but in terms of policy in that
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area? it would just be very inappropriate for me to lead into that without many more consultations with my colleagues. >> okay. jared, we welcome anyone from the state doepartment on to tal about that. thanks for talking about the american rescue plan. it's a big day for you guys and for the country on this front. come back soon. >> will do. dr. fauci tells cnn this morning the cdc guidance on what people can do that are fully vaccinated outside of their home will come imminently. what should you expect? also we're learning that meghan, the duchess of sussex filed a formal complaint against british news anchor piers morgan. this follows his claims about her and prince harry. plus, the fbi released new security camera footage and new clues about the suspect who placed pipe bombs outside the headquarters of the rnc and dnc on the eve of the january 6th insurrection. stay with us.
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as of this morning, people all across the state of texas are no longer under a statewide mask mandate, not to mention all businesses can reopen 100% fully without masks. >> cnn's dan simon is in houston this morning. dan, i wonder how people are responding to this. are they keeping their masks on, but also businesses. many businesses have chosen to keep asking folks to leave their masks on when they come in.
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>> well, hey, jim and poppy. so the bottom line is texas is fully opened, at least symbolically. what greg abbott did by issuing this order is telling people, texas is fully open and we're open for business and signaling that to the world. but in reality, the effect is much more muted, right? you have businesses telling people we still want you to wear the mask and then you have several cities like austin and dallas, houston, san antonio, el paso. they're still requiring people to wear masks on city property. austin going a step further saying that we want people to wear the mask in public, period, although it's not clear how that's going to be enforced. and listen to how one restaurant owner here in houston is defending the continuing use of the mask. take a look. >> all my employees support my decision. these are guys in front of a 450
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degrees grill with a mask on, eight, nine, ten hours a day. these are the people that understand what's happening because they don't want to go and expose their families as well. >> so that's a pretty common sentiment. in fact, i tried to find a restaurant here in houston that says you can come in without a mask. i simply could not find one. so right now this does appear to be symbolic and once again, we talked about this. critics say this is totally a misguided policy coming from the governor, especially in light of the fact that texas still remains -- still has a very high positivity rate nearly 15%. guys, we'll send it back to you. >> 15% is high. that's a high positivity rate. remarkable. dan simon, thanks very much. dr. anthony fauci is now pleading with americans not to let their guard down, particularly as we approach spring break. here's what he told new day earlier this morning. >> whenever you get a situation where you're going to have
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people traveling to go to a separate location, whether it's going to be congregate setting, a festive atmosphere, it's totally understandable that people want to do that, but that's something we really got to be careful of. we want people to have a good time on spring break, but don't put your guard down completely. just be prudent a bit longer. we are going in the right direction. we're almost there. >> we're almost there. welcome words. dr. fauci also revealed, and this is important, the cdc will imminently release guidelines on what fully vaccinated people can do outside of their homes. also meaning travel. this week, the agency emphasized people shouldn't travel even if they're vaccinated. is it going to change? let's bring in dr. jeffrey gold from the university of nebraska medical center. good morning, dr. gold. really good to have you. >> great to see you. thanks for being there. >> so right now the cdc says don't travel, even if you're fully vaccinated. that may change when they come out, imminently, dr. fauci said,
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with this new guidance. what do you think? >> well, this gets down to the question, poppy, about herd immunity because masking, vaccination, social distancing, et cetera, not only protects an individual and your immediate family, of course, but also protects others in the community. and right now, as we continue to work towards herd immunity, either through previous infection or through vaccination hopefully, we will get closer to that time, that travel and other normal types of things that our country appreciates being able to go to church, participate in choir practice, school, athletic events. all of the things that form our infrastructure and, of course, opening our businesses fully, are going to depend on that goal of herd immunity. >> how close do you believe we are to herd immunity? there's a school of thought that many more people, perhaps four times as many, or even more, have been exposed to this than
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the infection numbers show of about 30 million. add to that, the tens of millions of americans who have been fully vaccinated. do you think this country might be closer to herd immunity than the numbers show? >> i think the current thinking by our public health leaders across the country is that is exactly the case, jim. that if we're -- let's say 30 million confirmed cases, perhaps we're off by a factor of three to four. that would be over 100 million americans previously infected. add to that nearly 100 million with one shot of vaccine right now. of course, some overlap in those two groups. but until we have the science that shows that these vaccines are really durable for six or 12 months, until we know that we're not going to be dealing with the variants very much, and, of course, don't forget, we really are waiting with bated breath to find out about the use of vaccines in pregnant women and young children. those are pieces of science that
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should be forthcoming in the next several weeks to months, which should allow us to answer your questions more fully. >> speaking of pregnant women, your medical center has just recently in the last two weeks, i believe, started this extensive study of the pfizer vaccine on pregnant women and you'll study their babies as well once they're born. it's early days. you don't have the conclusive data. i'm just interested in what you're looking at most closely. i assume your advice still is for pregnant women, they need to ask their individual doctor if they should get this, right? >> yeah, that is the current advice because every pregnancy is different, of course. but the purposes of the trial are really to, of course, look at short-term safety and efficacy, meaning prevention of covid infection. but also to look at the ability to transfer antibodies either transpla centally during the pregnancy or during breastfeeding after birth. those are very important considerations as we plan toward
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this herd immunity. >> dr. gold, thank you very much. come back soon. >> always a pleasure. thank you. ahead for us -- we are learning meghan, the duchess of sussex, is fighting back against comments piers morgan made about her revelation that she thought about committing suicide. this morning, morgan abruptly left his show. we have details ahead. we are just moments away from the opening bell on wall street. u.s. futures pointing higher as the house prepares to vote soon on the covid relief package. investors keeping a close eye on that as well as february's inflation numbers. this is the nasdaq, it had its best day in four months. we'll keep a close eye on the markets.
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we are learning this morning that meghan, the duchess of sussex has filed a formal complaint to british tv broadcaster itv over comments that news host formerly there piers morgan, made about her. >> cnn's max foster joins us now. max, americans might not know the role that offcom, this office you have in the uk plays in terms of media comments on the media, set et ra, but piers, of course, left "good morning britain."
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tell wus where this stands and what offcom does now. >> yeah, he's -- so he went on a tirade after the u.s. airing of the interview. and he's got history of this. he's not a fan of meghan and doesn't believe what she said. he didn't believe anything she said in the interview, and that includes the stuff on mental health. he didn't believe she had these mental health issues. that prompted tens of thousands of complaints from viewers to offcom, which is an independent regulator in the uk. the job is to make sure news remains impartial. so it doesn't cover newspapers but covers news programs like "good morning britain" show. it's on itv. the business in thing we know is piers morgan had a meeting with a chief executive of itv and resigns. he refuses to apologize for what he said. does it suggest itv wanted him to apologize? i think it probably did. now this morning, we've had confirmation that the duchess of sussex also made a complaint, not through offcom, directly to
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itv and not about the personal attacks. they've been going on for a while, i've been told. so that's not the issue here. her issue is the idea that she was lying about her mental health issues. she feels that would be very damaging to other people suffering from mental health issues. perhaps makes them less likely to come forward. so that was the basis of her complaint and itv is very big on mental health. they've had campaigns and they've linked up with charities who have also complained about piers morgan's performance. it's a mental health issue as far as meghan's concerned and probably as far as itv is concerned as well. >> i wonder what piers morgan is saying now after all of this. >> so he doesn't think it's about either of those things. personal attacks or mental health. he sees this as a freedom of speech issue. he feels that he's being silenced just for expressing his view. take a listen. >> if people wanted to believe
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meghan markle, that's entirely their right. i don't believe almost anything that comes out of her mouth. i think the damage she's done to the british monarchy and to the queen at a time when prince philip is lying in hospital is enormous, and frankly, insensible. so if i have to fall on my sword for expressing honestly held opinions, perhaps over markle's and that diatribe that she came out with in that interview, so, yeah. >> there are, of course, people on piers morgan's side. an awful lot of people against piers morgan. it shows how divisive this interview, not the interview or the issues that came out of it. >> max, has piers morgan offered any evidence to back up his opinion that she's making this all up? he's punitively a journalist. he's just saying he believes, himself, she's making it all up.
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>> i think he's more of a commentator. he expresses himself in ways in was more of a commentary. i think he met her once as far as i'm aware. and she didn't follow up and that was where all of this started. he takes a line on things and he sticks to them and it's done well for ratings on his show. i don't know how he could base his experience of how she faced suicide on any sort of evidence. how does he have evidence that she didn't feel suicidal. can of worms, jim. >> absolutely, fair point. very personal. max foster, good to have you there. thanks very much. texas is lifting its mask mandate and allowing businesses to reopen to 100% capacity. some business owners, however, think it's too soon. we'll speak to one of them. we're also keeping a close eye on the house floor. this is where the vote will happen very soon on the american
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this morning, some cities in texas are still requiring face coverings even though the statewide mask mandate was lifted at midnight last night. businesses are also under the new rules allowed to fully reopen to 100% capacity. >> that's right. but business owners are now facing a really tough decision. do they require masks, face the ire of customers who disagree? do they risk getting them and their customers sick? with us now is mike wynn, a chef at a restaurant in san antonio. good morning. thank you for being with us.
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>> good morning. >> i know that you disagree with governor abbott's decision to lift the mask mandate. i wonder if you think he is endangering texans by doing so. >> absolutely. i think his decision to lift the mask mandate, my question will be -- all that it's really done is create division. we know there's two sides of this mask debate and, you know, even though -- i'm all for texas opening up 100%. i think we worked really hard to get to that point. if not to 75%, but i am not going to see the full 100% because i'm going to have guests who take this seriously will come and require masks and other guests who say, i don't think we need to wear masks. they're silly. they're not going to dine at my
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establishment. so we're back to square one, 50/50. >> that's an interesting point. the governor and others will say, listen, we have small business owners' backs here, but you're saying, and you've said you've heard similar from other business owners that -- is it that customers would prefer to some degree that you keep the mask mandate up? they be more comfortable coming with masks than without? is that what you're finding? >> absolutely. you know, i will say that the governor doesn't have us texans' interests at play at this point. it's more of a personal interest. i think this drop the mask mandate is selfish. there's no reason to do it. dropping the mask mandate will not help the economy, will not help us open. and a lot of us feel he's putting a lot of us in danger. at a time where we need him to be a leader, he's not being a leader.
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the leader needs to make hard decisions. the leader needs to lead, and he's basically saying, you know what? we're going to leave the decision on you all. if the decision goes wrong, it's going to be on you all. it has nothing to do with me. even with the freeze, he blamed windmills, frozen generators. he never took accountability of what happened. he just went to twitter and said half a million people have their power back. it's ridiculous. and even back when we had our first surge back in may, he opened up the state way too soon. he saw what happened and was blaming restaurants, gyms and everybody else except for himself. so greg abbott doesn't have the texas people's interests in play. he cares about himself at this point. >> mike, you've been battling cancer. you have lymphoma. your battle for your business has also been a battle for your life, for your health. i can't imagine being in your shoes going through this and then having to hear, you know,
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well, no one has to wear masks anymore, which if that were in your restaurant and you had to let people in without masks, you'd really be compromised. >> correct. you know, i was very almost devastated when i heard the news just because this year has been tough on me. and not only dealing with the stress of -- with my sickness, it's also dealing with the stress that comes with covid. the anxiety of that. and just trying to have to adapt to checking my business life. my business and health go side by side because that's going to provide me my medical expenses and all of that. i had to six down for six months earlier this year. we got to a point where i have to reopen to keep the business alive. and my biggest thing is if we have another surge and we get a setback, my business may not survive this. >> yeah. >> final question if i can. some business owners have told
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us they're now put in a uncomfortable position, to say the least, of having to confront customers. you are now the enforcers, right, for mask requests in your restaurants because the mandate has been lifted. i wonder if you've had to confront that. >> i personally haven't had to deal with that yet. i kind of see it may happen. it's just we've been through this for a long time now, and we're all kind of -- our emotions are high right now. and the fact that if people are ready to go back to some type of normalcy and confrontation is going to happen. we see it all the time on the internet when people go to stores and they flip out throwing groceries on the floor. they have to wear a mask. it's sad that we can't just respect each other's -- what we're going through and we're all in this together at the end of the day. and we're not going to be able
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to get past this. we're so close to the light at the end of the tunnel that, you know, we're so close to being there. and my other thing is, with this confrontation, since i'm an asian american, we've seen a lot of attacks on asian americans. that's a huge concern for me because i have a bull's-eye on my back. and this is an opportunity. and i -- >> we don't want to add -- >> it opens up that opportunity. >> we don't want to add that to your experience any more. mike nguyen, thanks so much. we wish you and your business the best of luck. >> thank you. we'll be right back. what's the #1 retinol brand used most by dermatologists? tah-dah, it's neutrogena® with derm-proven retinol, rapid wrinkle repair® smooths the look of fine lines in 1-week, deep wrinkles in 4. so you can kiss wrinkles, and other wrinkle creams goodbye.
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the fbi is introducing this new security video of the subject they believe planted pipe bombs at the r fnc and the dnc headquarters at the insurrection. >> i've spoken to folks in law enforcement who either say this video evidence is new unlikely given the fbi's resources but they've just run out of leads. they went to the public saying help us out here. is that what you're hearing, is that what they're relying on now is public health? >> yeah, i think it is. the fact of the matter is there are almost 300 people or so who have been arrested in this case, but this is the biggest outstanding question and they haven't made an arrest in this case. they're hoping to jog memories
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with this video. it shows people casually walking around the neighborhood of the rnc, the dnc, but people saw this person. i hope they show the video because it's interesting. they actually show someone walking a dog, walking right past the person federal officials think planted these pipe bombs. further, there are videos showing this person walking behind the alley, walking behind the rnc, sitting on a bench near the dnc. we know a pipe bomb was found in the alley near the dnc, we know a pipe bomb was found near a bench at the dnc, so french officials are really leaning on the public. thls the video i was talking about. this person passed the suspect and they still don't know who it is. it was like a quarter to 8:00. so fbi is hoping someone out there can offer something. here's another thing new with this video. the fbi is also saying it's possible that somebody in d.c. might have seen this person getting into a vehicle, taking something out of a vehicle in
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d.c. sometime between 6:30 and 9:00 at night. that's a new timeline, an e expanded timeline because federal officials have maintained these bombs were planted between 7:30 and 8:30. an award for anyone who can identify this person. >> it seems like they're wearing a mask and glasses. whitney wild, thank you very much. the massive rescue plan taken over the finish line. we'll be live from the hill coming up. rest i was paying. sofi helped me pay off $23,000 of credit card debt. and i just couldn't have done it without them.
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