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were critical of it, but touted the benefits in their districts. it's likely we'll see similar outcomes this time. >> we have to go to washington now. thank you, thank you. i'm brooke baldwin. to washington we go. "the lead" with jake tapper starts right now. >> this is cnn breaking news. >> welcome to "the lead. i'm jake tapper. the massive $1.9 trillion covid relief bill is about to become law. moments ago at an event where president biden announced a plan for the u.s. government to buy 100 million more vaccine doses from johnson & johnson in a partnership with merck, president biden called the legislation critical to getting the u.s. economy back on track. and an historic victory for the country. >> tomorrow night, i'm going to prime time to address the
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american people and talk about what we've been through as a nation this past year. more importantly, i'm going to talk about what comes next. i'm going to launch the next phase of the covid response and explain what we will do as a government and what we will ask of the american people. there is light at the end of this dark tunnel in the past year. what we cannot let our guard down now. >> the covid relief bill is part of the light at the end of the tunnel, biden said. house of representatives passed that legislation, 220 to 211 on an almost strictly party-line vote. minutes ago, house speaker nancy pelosi and senate majority leader chuck schumer heralded this moment calling it a momentous day. >> this is the most consequential legislation that many of us will ever be a party to. who knows what the future may bring, but nonetheless, on this day, we celebrate.
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>> so what do we say to america? we say to america, help is on the way. help is on the way. you will receive $1,400 checks by the end of march. help is on the way. >> in addition to those $1,400 checks for millions of lower and middle income americans, the american rescue plan, as it's called, includes a boost to temporary federal unemployment benefits, funding for small businesses, billions of dollars to help get students back into classrooms, as well as money to expand coronavirus testing and vaccine programs. and it is popular, at least as of now, according to the new cnn poll out today, 61% of the american people support the legislation. kaitlan collins is at the white house for us. when will the bill be signed by president biden? they've been pushing this urgency. no time to spare. >> yeah. it still has a few more procedural things to get through. it will be here at the white house. he is expected to sign it on friday at the white house.
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it's the people's law. he wants to sign it at the people's house. that's what he said in a statement earlier every. as far as that popularity goes, as you just showed, for that bill, the white house wants to not only keep that up but increase it. over the next two weeks we expect president biden to be out on the road, trying to sell this bill to voters, going through what's in here and what's going to benefit them. expect to see that as well. of course, this is going to be something we're expecting him to talk about when he addresses the nation in prime time tomorrow night. that's the first time in his presidency that he's done so. but i thought it was notable there that he was saying tomorrow night is not just going to look at what's happened over the last year with all the restrictions and lockdowns and half a million deaths but also he says he's going to announce what the government is going to start doing next as they start to try to move toward the end of this pandemic. >> and how is the biden administration planning on implementing this massive legislation? >> well, it's huge. so, that's going to be something to look out for. if there are delays in some of
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the implementation. this is a lot of weight that's going to be put on the back of the irss during tax season. not just those, $1,400 stimulus checks but child tax credits as well. he's going to point someone to oversee the implementation of this massive $1.9 trillion bill. they have not announced who that is going to be yet, jake. >> biden says he knows he will be judged by the public on whether or not he gets the checks to people and whether or not he gets shots into arms. all of this comes as we saw president biden speaking with ceos from rival ceo companies, johnson & johnson and merck. tell us about that meeting. >> they are rivals. the administration has brokered this agreement to try to get merck to help johnson & johnson to ramp up its production of vaccines. it has fallen behind according to the government contract they got a year ago and what they have been telling officials. they were talking about ramping
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this up. biden saying he is instructing officials to purchase an additional 100 million doses of the johnson & johnson vaccine. we should urge a note of caution here. what we're hearing from officials is that they don't think that will be ready until later this year. it's not something you're going to see change happening right now with vaccines. johnson & johnson is behind what those numbers should be. 400,000 doses of their vaccine will be going out to states next week t makes a difference since they're a one-shot vaccine. that's what the administration is focusing on right now, not the delay in their production, but trying to ramp it up. >> kaitlan collins at the white house, thank you so much. karen bass of california, on the house judiciary and foreign affairs committee. thank you for joining us, as always. this legislation comes on top of $3 trillion of relief passed during the trump presidency. should americans feel confident that this massive new bill almost $2 trillion, is the last step we need to get the economy back on track or will more relief be necessary down the
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road? >> i am certainly hoping that it won't be. again, the president has said that we will have enough vaccines for all americans that want it by the end of may. and, clearly, with national leadership, we could put our arms around and contain and reduce the covid virus. and so i believe that that will help us get the economy back. but everybody needed the support. i'm very excited that we passed it out of the house today. >> the $3 trillion that was passed last year by congress under president trump, those were bipartisan efforts in the house and senate and, obviously, republican president trump. this legislation passed without a single republican vote in the house or the senate. what do you make of that fact? >> i think it's actually a shame. if you look at the different categories of funding, my republican colleagues have already voted for this before. there was no reason for them not to vote to extend it. we all know that unemployment is going out in the next few days and we certainly don't want people cut off. the only reason they didn't vote
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for it is because it's a different administration, and i think that's sad. >> included in this bill is something not related to covid relief, not related to the economy at large. $86 billion for union pension bailouts. pensions that, if this money wasn't provided, a bunch of people who had worked hard and deserved pensions wouldn't get them. there was a bipartisan effort to have this happen, but it would have come with some reforms, perhaps it would have been a loan instead of a direct bailout. wouldn't that have been a better way to address this issue so as to make sure it doesn't happen again, the mismanagement issues? >> well, i don't think so. i think it was important for us to look at the fact all the different ways that the economy and working families can be impacted, and this was certainly one. you know, one of the things that i'm the most excited about in the bill was done by representative barbara lee, and that is targeted vaccine
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distribution on two communities that are really suffering because the online registration has become a real barrier. so the idea that $7 billion would go to community clinics, mobile sites, door-to-door outreach and then another 7 billion for the public health workforce so that we can really distribute the vaccines on a ground level to the communities that are most impacted. lot of good stuff in this bill. >> it's interesting you say that. you have an op-ed in which you suggest that whatever delay there is in members of minority communities getting vaccinated isn't because of hesitancy. it's because of access. >> right. >> it occurs to me colleagues i know, when they've gotten vaccinated, they have signed up online, taken a day off work. >> right. >> driven down to the hospital or whatever in the middle of the day. they had time to wait and maybe some communities, there are individuals who don't have those luxuries. >> absolutely. you laid out all the barriers.
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if you imagine the priority is given to people who are 75, then 65, you're talking about communities where online access is very difficult. and so that's why you have people from other neighborhoods coming in to the inner city areas. and so a collaboration that we established with the congressional black caucus, hispanic caucus, asian and native american caucus with the urban league and national psychological association for racial inequity, we just finished a poll. that poll say as in the black population, 67% of african-americans want the vaccine. guess what, if we focus on the people that want the vaccine, they are related to, are friends with people who are hesitant. and the more we focus on that, they can show their friends, neighbors and family members that they're okay. i think that's the better way to address hesitancy. we also need trusted community voices, and that's also part of this bill. >> yeah. and those mobile clinics, it sounds like --
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>> yes. >> -- are a real possibility. stay in touch with this issue. it's important. appreciate your being here today, karen bass, thank you very much. >> thank you. breaking news next, will republicans regret not supporting this massive bill? i'll ask a form er republican congresswoman next. plus 400,000 children at risk of dying in one country as most of the world turns a blind eye, we'll take you inside the hospitals for a heartbreaking cnn investigation that you have to see. stay with us. has plans built just for you. get 2 unlimited lines for only $70. and now get netflix on us with your plan. and this rate is fixed, you'll pay exactly $70 total. this month and every month. plus, switch today and get a free smartphone for each line. the best value and award-winning customer service. only at t-mobile. germ proof your car with armor all disinfectant.
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afraid to be evicted. you've got people still in food lines. we're not out of this mess. and the idea that you have 100% of republicans voting against it, you know, is not aa good look for that party. but joe biden has come in office, taken care of business. i'm proud of the president, happy for democrats and millions of americans. >> congresswoman, last year, republicans and democrats worked together under president trump and passed about $3 trillion in covid relief. >> yeah. >> there are democrats, you just heard congresswoman karen bass, say this really isn't that different. the only difference is republicans refusing to work with president biden. what's your take on this? >> there is no doubt that president biden is doing exactly what he said he was going to do. and this -- he sees this as a win for him.
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i believe it would have been a home run if, like the other stimulus packages, he had republican support. there was opportunity. i know for a fact and i've spoken to senator mitt romney who said we're not that far apart. i have been asking to work with the president, work with the senate on -- i want to vote for the stimulus package but there was so much money given to states that didn't need it and he could not do that, knowing it was such a big package and knowing this was going to affect, again, the massive debt that we have. >> and van and i were just talking about this during the break. one of the reasons why that didn't happen is that when biden was vice president in 2009, president obama and he worked so hard to get a bipartisan deal that they passed a smaller piece of legislation than they thought the economy needed and, van, it's always said that generals are always fighting the last battle. is that what you think happened
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here? >> look, it's lucy and the football. if you're a democrat, you can't not help remember the last time we had an economic crisis and you had a democratic president and knotted just on this. on climate, on health care. trying to figure out what you could do to get republican support. they ran out the clock and we went weaker or not at all when it came to climate, and then they still beat us up. i do think that on some of this stuff, you know, no morule lucy and the football. let's get some of this stuff doesn't. that doesn't mean there aren't other areas where you shouldn't wait for bipartisan cooperation. when you're talking about the entire economy on the line, waiting around and playing tiddlywinks is not going to do it. i'm proud that the president moved forward. >> congresswoman love i want to get your reaction and, van, yours, from something we heard
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from congressman grothram, discussing the covid relief bill. after his statement you'll hear a response from democratic delegate stacey plaskett. >> the increase in earned income tax credit for single people has a marriage penalty in it. i bring it up because i know of the strength that black lives matter had in this last election. i know it's a group that doesn't like the old-fashioned family. >> we have been able to keep our families alive for over 400 years and the assault on our families to not have black lives or not even have black families. how dare you say that we are not interested in families in the black community. >> so, congresswoman love, i'll start with you. congressman grothman saying the earned income tax credit penalizes families and says black lives matter is a group that doesn't like the old-fashioned family. what was your reaction to that? >> well, first of all, i don't know why he brought up black lives matter, but i can tell you
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a little bit of inside information. she probably got frustrated because she has probably sat in meetings -- when i say she, i mean representative plaskett, where representative grothman has said things that are worse. i've actually sat in meetings, listening to some of the language and felt incredibly offended by them. and so this was probably a reaction. and i think that also he's probably taking the statement of black lives matter and changing it a little bit or interpreting it a little bit. but i think that reaction came from things that have been previously said by representative grothman. >> van jones? >> yeah. listen, black lives matter doesn't think that you don't have a family just because maybe you don't have heterosexual couple at the top. that's what black lives matter is saying. they're saying all families matter. all families count. to take that and twist it, and then pretend that somehow black
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lives matter is wanting to hurt couples and ruin marriages and families. what are you talking about? you have no relationship to this community. you are going off the talking point to a talking point and you're insulting people. the african-american family structure has been under tremendous stress for 400 years and has survived and prevailed and people take offense when you twist -- twist yourself into pretzels try ing to figure out some way to score political points against a political movement that's done a great deal of good in this country. >> congressman love, van jones, thank you. looking forward to when we all have shots in our arms and we can meet in person. texas test. lone star state bucking the cdc's advice, lifting the mask mandate as the agency admits its guidance for vaccinated americans will change soon. stay with us.
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our health lead now. the cdc director said today we're at a critical point in this pandemic, on the verge of being able to vaccinate every adult in the united states, and yet with covid still killing close to 2,000 people in the u.s. every day. the biggest state in the lower 48 is risking it all. texas today lifting a statewide mask order and allowing businesses to open with no limit on capacity as cnn's ed
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lavendera reports. >> reporter: feelings of dread as state mask mandates are lifted. >> we've been hurt the most and requiring us now to take a side on the masks isn't right, in my opinion. >> reporter: for some it's triggered an emotional reminder of what's been lost in the last year. 38-year-old jonathan martinez died of covid. his mother says the texas reopening is a kick in the stomach. >> my son left six children behind. two of the youngest are 6 and 4 years old. they don't understand why their daddy isn't coming home. >> reporter: other states are pushing ahead to reopen as well. utah will lift its mask mandate april 10th. the date was pushed back to get as many people as possible
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vaccinated. in maryland, starting this friday, capacity limits will be lifted for restaurants, retail stores and other businesses, but masking and spacing protocols stay. all in all more than a dozen states are easing restrictions with more in the coming days and weeks. renewed fights come as the race to vaccinate americans continues to speed up. an average of 2.2 million people now getting the shots every day. alaska is becoming the first state to open vaccinations to people 16 and older. >> we have a real good possibility of hitting herd immunity before any other state. >> reporter: more guidelines will be released as more people are fully vaccinated. cdc director says it comes down to a couple of things. >> this is really just a baby step from the cdc. we intend to update these guidances as more people get vaccinated and as case rates, we hope, continue to come down. >> reporter: even if they do, dr. anthony fauci warns of another possible surge.
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>> we're not out of the woods yet even though we really want to be and we're going in that direction. >> reporter: and, jake, there's still more squabbling between state leaders here and local officials, as we've seen throughout most of the year. the city of austin wants to continue with the mask mandate, bucking the order from the governor here. but the attorney general, another republican, is now threatening to sue the city if they don't lift that by 6:00 central time tonight. >> ed lavandera, thank you so much. dr. sherry onuega from the third largest county in the u.s., including houston. thank you so much for joining us. what do you think of the governor lifting the mask order, allowing businesses to operate at full capacity at this point in the pandemic? >> yeah, thank you, jake, for having us. obviously, we're concerned. it's certainly one of the things we have to make note of. even though the mask mandate is over, this pandemic is not over.
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it's not far from over at all. actually, we've had all variants that have been reported in our community. that gives us great concern as we are now having this recommendation or having this order to lift the masks. so we certainly think that it contributes to sending mixed messages to our community. we certainly don't want to push aside the public health prevention measures that have gotten us to where we are right now by saying you don't need to wear a mask. >> cases overall in text are down, but texas still has some of the nation's hottest hot spots. what do you make of the decision to end the mask mandate and open up at 100% all at the same time? should it have been a more staggered approach? do you think the governor's actions will mean more deaths? >> well, jake, i mean, that's the big concern that a lot of us have. we know that we've made great strides in reducing a number of the cases.
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our positivity rate is still at 13%. close to 13%. we're certainly not at a rate where we're at -- where we feel comfortable saying that we can, you know, comfortably say this is over and we've made progress to be able to stop wearing masks or stop doing any of those prevention measures. and i can say that, you know, we're still at a high rate. it doesn't take very much for us to continue to increase very rapidly once a number of these prevention measures have been lifted. >> school districts in texas are debating what to do after this mask order was lifted. houston area school districts still require masks. what do you recommend for schools? >> yeah. well, we're still recommending that students -- that schools wear masks, that they continue to do mitigation factors that we have continued to recommend from a public health standpoint. we're still recommending they wear masks, kids 2 and over, as well as additional mitigating
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factors. teachers are now included in the prioritization of the vaccines that the state of texas has given us, and so we're also encouraging school districts to get their teachers vaccinated as soon as possible, because we know that that's going to be one of the things that helps us to get to where we want to go. >> dr. sherri onyiego, thank you for your time. appreciate it. >> thank you. the size of miami's population are at risk of dying in a country a top u.n. official calls hell. coming up next, new cnn investigation goes inside hospitals for a look at how dire the situation really is. [ speaking indistinctly ] [ truck beeping ] [ speaking indistinctly ] [ beeping continues ] [ engine revving ] obviously, i have not been to the zoo since. [ truck departs ] what? switch to progressive and you can save hundreds.
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in our world lead, 400,000 children, 400,000, are at risk of dying right now in yemen as a six-year civil war rages on. 400,000 according to the united nation's food program whose chief pleaded this urgent plea today. >> we need this war to end. we need urgent food and medical supplies and need it now. >> reporter: just how dire the situation really is on the ground. the biden administration says it wants to bring an end to the war, partially funded by american tax dollars, by no longer backing the saudi-led coalition, which has been fighting iranian backed huuthis. it started under obama and escalated under trump. cnn's investigation finds it's been more than two months since the u.s. backed saudi blockade has allowed tankers packed with the necessary fuel for food and supplies to reach starving
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yemenis, to dock at the crucial port of hodeidah, controlled by the huuthis. according to a vessel tracking app, they're being held offshore. all against a united nations agreement. cnn made a dangerous trip to get inside yemen, a place where few foreign journalists have ever been, in order to show the world, to show you what it's like for innocent parents and children. some of these images, we want to wrarn you, will be tough to watch. >> reporter: the derelict coastline of the north of yemen. resting hawks tell a story of war, blockade and devastation. the huuthi controlled north has been increasingly isolated from the outside world. we secretly travel thud the night by boat after our previous reporting here left the government to deny us entry. on the road to the port we get a
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sense of the humanitarian disaster kept from the outside world. along the roadside, hundreds of stalled food supply trucks with no fuel to move, and a country in the grip of hunger, their cargo stands spoiling in the hot sun. the port is a supply gateway for the rest of the country. it should be bustling with activity. today, it is eerily empty. a result of the u.s.-backed saudi blockade. the last time it could dock here was in september. in the echoing silence it dawns on us, we are about to witness the terrible impact of this blockade. desperate patients and family members trying to get the attention of the chairman of the hospital. if he signs these papers they get some financial relief for their treatments and medicines. he doesn't get far before he is stopped again and again.
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since the yemen war started six years ago, families have been in financial freefall. the fuel blockade has sped that descent into oblivion. this is the main hospital for the province. we're surrounded by doctors and nurses. >> is this a normal day? is it this busy all the time? >> normal day. >> this is not a busy day? >> it's a normal day. >> he wants to show us his critical patients in the therapeutic feeding center, a 10-year-old girl whose growth has been so stunted by starvation, she can no longer stand. he says every hour of every day they are receiving more and more cases of severe malnutrition that are this advanced because the parents can't afford to feed their children. they also can't afford to bring them to the hospital to treat them. >> reporter: the u.n. says
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pockets of yemen are in fa famine-like conditions but this isn't one of them because it doesn't meet the metrics . malnutrition numbers are spiking. and at the same time this busy hospital is running out of the vital fuel that keeps its generators running, which means that babies like merriam who, doctors say at 2 months weighs the same as a newborn, are dying. yemen has been at the center of civil war. a u.s.-backed saudi-led coalition. we're in huuthi territory, some of whose officials have been targeted terrorists by the u.s. we've been granted a rare interview with an official. we must meet in an undisclosed location because his aides say at the threat of assassination.
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we ask him to respond to allegations they are escalating this war. >> translator: not true at all. the battle is continuing. it has not stopped. >> reporter: do you trust america to take forward negotiations to bring peace here in yemen? >> trust must come about by decisions. so far we've not seen any concrete decisions being made. >> reporter: you spoke about being subjected as a nation to international terror but three leaders are designated by the u.s. as terrorists. one of your key slogans talks about death to america. how do you see this as pushing forward the negotiation and the possibility for peace in the future? >> translator: when we say death to america, they effectively kill us with their bombs, rockets and blockades. they provide logistics and intelligence support and their active participation in the battle. who is bigger and greater, the ones who are killing us or the ones who say death to them? >> reporter: the biden administration has announced it
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has drawn offensive to the saudi offensive. for the children dying of hunger, it still hasn't brought peace any quicker. peace and help can't come soon enough. over half of the hospitals in this district are threatened with shuttering. they need urgent support, urgent help. could you imagine what it would do to this community if this facility was shut down? look at the chaos that there is already here. and that's while it's functioning. for years now, the u.n. has been warning that famine is coming to yemen. doctors across yemen's north tell us famine has arrived. at the hospital witnessing wave after wave of children in the red zone, severe malnourishment, desperate mothers trying to keep their children alive must make
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terrible choices. >> i stopped eating and drinking, not even water, just to get him treated. >> reporter: keeping track of the numbers spiking beyond what they ever imagined. the doctor was saying in 2020 this population, 23% of the children under 5 here were severely malnourished. in 2021, they think that number will go over 30%. there's no doubt in his mind, he says, that they here are in famine. nearly three years ago, the u.n. security council condemned starvation as a method of war warfare, demanding access to supplies that are necessary for food preparation, including water and fuel be kept intact. here and in other conflicts. that clearly hasn't happened. what's more, the world has stopped caring. the u.n. needs almost $4 billion to stop this crisis. they've received less than half that from donors. numbers don't lie but numbers also don't reflect the full
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tragedy. 10 months and struggling to breathe, he came into the hospital six days ago. he keeps losing weight, even with the critical care he's receiving. hours after we left, he died. one more child in yemen that represents so much more pain. the doctors here are desperate for the world to see and to help. >> joining us live now from sedan. an absolutely heartbreaking investigation by you and your team. an arduous trip to a place few have done any reporting. have you gotten any response from the u.s. yet? >> reporter: firstly, i should say we've not received any response to saudi arabia, whom we put our findings to. we did, however, receive response from the newly appointed u.s. envoy to yemen.
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he told us this is a complex environment, but he denies the claims that we show in that report. he says that those boats are currently off the port and, jake, that's just not true. he also says that food continues to flow through unimpeded and also that is just not true. you saw those food trucks along the side of that road. he says the u.s. is committed to push the parties towards peace. and the question that we have for him is, how is that possible when you are not acknowledging the full impact of that u.s.-backed saudi embargo on the people of yemen, jake? >> infuriating. the biden administration claims they want to end the war in yemen. from what you're seeing on the ground there needs to be solutions now. what can our viewers do to help? >> reporter: that's a really great question.
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i think one of the big issues with yemen is because of the difficulty in getting there. it's really fallen off the world's radar. part that have tushlgsly, is intentional. we were stopped from getting a visa for eight months by the saudi-backed internationally recognized government, which is what the world has been rallying around. and they were able to block our access until we all got into that boat and crossed. so if this peace moves you, if your viewers are moved by this piece, they have to make their voice heard. that's what lawmakers respond to. if people care, they should be tweeting about this piece, #yemencan'twait. it's not as complicated as we need a peace deal, we immediate to negotiate that. it is as simple as pressuring the saudi coalition to allow fuel in. that would instantly change people's lives, jake. >> nima elbagir in yemen, thank you so much.
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in our national lead today, the fourth and fifth jurors were selected in the trial for former police officer derek chauvin, the former officer from minneapolis charged in the killing of george floyd. the jury is made up of four men and one woman. one of those jurors told the court that he had never seen video of the incident. let's bring in criminal defense attorney and cnn legal analyst joey jackson, joining us on the phone. i want to start with juror one, who says he hasn't seen the video, but has seen a still photo. is this a dream juror for the defense or the prosecution? >> well, you know, interestingly enough, i think there would be people out there who would say how could this be in such a nationalized story that you wouldn't see video? remember this, jake, in keeping
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in tune with common events, there are many people who are not. as a result of that, it's not that curious that you would find a member of the public who is not having said that it has to work to the benefit of the defense. people who have viewed that video have had a visceral reaction and it's been quite negative as it relates to chauvin's conduct. you have to believe this is a defense dream, someone who hasn't seen it. you can't form an opinion about something you haven't seen. this is a juror who potentially would have an open mind and be able to evaluate the evidence for what it is. >> we're looking at live pictures from minneapolis where they are picking jurors. it took a day to pick three jurors. today, they selected two. what's each side looking for? >> well, remember this. there was a questionnaire that was sent out in december, and that questionnaire had a number of very important points for jurors to write down about their past. like what are your views on the police? what are your views as it relates to the black lives movement? were you involved in any
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protest? if you were, what kind of sign did you hang up? when you're at jury selection, the attorneys on both sides, prosecution and defense, are armed with that information. so they're combing through the information to get fact-specific inquiries and questions to potential jurors. many people in the business are skeptical of jurors telling you what you want to hear. don't tell me what i want to know. tell me who you are. and i think the prosecution certainly is looking for people who are, you know, those who are open minded, those who are not so pro law enforcement and the defense is looking for just, you know, the opposite. people who could evaluate and otherwise, you know, consider the facts, evidence, circumstances and move forward from there. >> quickly if you could, joey, the judge said he wants opening statements to start march 29th. do you think this is going to be a long process, this trial? >> it will be.
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remember, three weeks has been set up for jury selection and that three weeks for process is designed to get you the jury. thereafter there are always delays. we've already seen a delay the first day as it related to that third-degree murder charge being stated or will it not? during the course of the trial, there may be other legal issues that come up. there may be a jury that's sick. would it be a process that's not unlike any other process at the end of the day? you're just hopeful that you can impanel a fair and impartial jury and they can make the determination on the facts and evidence in the courtroom, jake, as opposed to what everyone is talking about nationally, including you and i now. >> joey jackson, appreciate your expertise. now spilling into tv network drama in britain. that's next.
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