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the house passes a sweeping $1.9 trillion covid relief plan. biden planning to sign it into law on friday. >> help is on the way. you will receive $1,400 checks by the end of march. >> we're doing damage to the future of this country by spending dramatically more money than we obviously need. health officials are urging caution as more than a dozen states are easing restrictions. >> the white house recruited some former presidents and first ladies to encourage americans to get vaccinated. >> announcer: this is "new day" with alisyn camerota and john berman. all right. welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. this is "new day." it's thursday, march 11th, 6:00 here in new york. and new details coming into cnn just now as to what president biden will say tonight in his first white house prime-time address to the nation. it comes as he readies to sign the $1.9 trillion relief bill into law. this contains the largest relief payments to the american people in history. it funds extended unemployment
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benefits, increased child tax credits, additional money for vaccines, reopening schools, farms, health care. and the list goes on. now, this measure is already reaping benefits. american airlines is crediting the bill with saving 27,000 jobs. mississippi senator roger wickerbrags, independent restaurant operates have won $28.6 billion of targeted relief. this fund willing ensure that small businesses can survive the pandemic. now, you would be correct in noting senator wicker is a republican. you would also be correct in noting that he was a republican that voted against the bill. you all did. you would be correct in noting that senator wicker is taking a sort of credit for help that he voted against providing. and you would be correct in including, that's pretty messed up. >> so the president's first prime-time address comes as the pandemic crosses the one-year mark. more than 10% of americans are now fully vaccinated and nearly 20% of americans have received
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their first shot. meanwhile, the situation at the border demands a solution. the biden administration is scrambling to find housing for a surge of unaccompanied migrant children. the white house even considering a vacant nasa site in northern california. we'll have much more on that in a moment. but we begin with cnn's jeremy diamond. he is live at the white house on the president's address tonight. jeremy? >> good morning, alisyn. today marks 50 days since president biden came into office. and now he has this $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package headed to his desk. the president expected to sign that tomorrow. but tonight, marking not only his first 50 days in office, but also this one-year anniversary since the country began to shut down in the face of the coronavirus. president biden reflecting on the last year of struggles, but he will also look forward. one white house official telling me that the president is expected to offer a hopeful vision for what's to come. tonight, president biden delivering his first prime-time
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speech, marking one year since the country began to shut down in the face of coronavirus. now, biden can tell millions of pandemic-weary americans that help is on the horizon and recovery in sight. >> 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. >> reporter: biden will honor the nearly 530,000 american lives lost to covid-19 and note how life has changed forever for millions. the president expected to outline the next steps he will take to get the pandemic under control and offer hope for a return to normal. biden also plans to call the fight against the pandemic the greatest operational challenge the u.s. has faced and outline what his administration has done to expedite vaccine production and delivery. >> the motion is adopted.
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after house democrats passed biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus package on wednesday, biden will sign the landmark american rescue plan into law tomorrow. >> on this day, we celebrate, because we are honoring a promise made by our president and as we join with him in promising that help is on the way. >> reporter: millions of americans will now receive up to $1,400 stimulus checks and other assi assistance, including extended federal unemployment benefits, tax credit payments, and enhanced child tax credit. biden is taking his relief message on the road. his first stop, pennsylvania next week, to promote the covid-19 relief plan in the places that need it the most. >> his focus now is on the details, the details, the details. when do people get their checks. when do schools get funding? how do people know if they need more unemployment insurance. this is the really important piece now, is the
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implementation. >> reporter: ramping up the u.s. vaccine program is a key part of president biden's bill. >> everything in the american rescue plan addresses a real need, including investments found our entire vaccination effort. more vaccines, more vaccinators, and more vaccination sites. >> reporter: the white house recruited some former presidents and first ladies to help spread the world. >> the science is clear. these vaccines will protect you and those you love from this dangerous and deadly disease. >> reporter: joining together to encourage americans to get vaccinated in a series of public service announcements. >> we want this pandemic to end as soon as possible. >> so we urge you to get vaccinated when it's available to you. >> to roll up your sleeve and do your part. >> this is our shot. >> reporter: and as president biden prepares to sign that nearly $2 trillion relief package into law, his attention in the white house's focus now turns towards selling it. that is somethinged on mind of
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white house officials and the president, all of whom served in the obama administration. the lessons of the 2009 stimulus bill have really hung over this entire process. and it will now hang over this effort to sell this relief bill. the president himself has talked about the fact that he felt president obama didn't do enough to sell that 2009 relief package and so now, he will hit the road beginning next week to do just that. john? >> jeremy diamond at the white house, thanks so much. joining us now, cnn political commentator, errol louis. he's the political anchor for spectrum news. president biden was part of the obama administration, and he has reflected on what he thinks the failures were in messaging. and he did this just last week. listen, errol. >> barack was so modest, he didn't want to take a victory lap. i kept saying, tell people what we did. he said, i don't have time. i'm not going to take a victory lap. and we paid a price for it, ironically, that humanility. so you get the sense that biden,
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now that he's president, isn't going to let that happen again. >> it means first and foremost, they have the plan they wanted. >> it wasn't just modesty in 2009, but they got what they sought. they went into compromises that did not work for them. and i think president biden will go out there and go from place to place to place and tell people over and over again about the things that he promised. about promises made and promises kept. he's only halfway through his first hundred days, but he's meeting a lot of the key things he said he was going to get done. and it is important to remind people of that. in a hyperpartisan environment, zpst stunning that no republicans voted for this package, but he's good to say, if you want to brand this as the biden plan or the democratic plan, we'll take it. it's an astoundingly popular
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plan. getting 1,400 in the mail should be an easy lift. >> if he doesn't take credit for it, the republicans will, even though they voted against it. the thing with roger wicker yesterday, you know, that was just amazing. roger wicker, republican senator from mississippi, puts out a tweet bragging about the aid that restaurants and small businesses will get as part of this bill, a bill that he voted against. >> yeah. >> it's crazy! >> well, it's -- you know, here's some s.a.t. words for the kids at home, cynicism, affront ery. gall. this is what's at play. there are a number of republicans who will belatedly realize they're on the opposite side of a very popular bill. this is not like obamacare, where they had months and months of time to mischaracterize it, and it was a complicated project in the first place, so that they could mischaracterize it.
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this is very straightforward. this is money for hungry kids. this is vaccines and other treatment for sick people. this is infrastructure for crumbling roads that people see every day. and most of all, this is a check in the mailbox of people who have been hurting and unemployed for months and months and months. roger wicker is not going to be the last, i think, of republicans to suddenly turn around and at the same time say, this is an awful bill, but look what kind of great stuff i got for you. >> like, roger wicker is to the relief bill as holy crap is to, are you kidding me? that would be the s.a.t. analogy. there is something interesting when you compare what happened at the beginning of the obama administration to this. the stimulus bill under obama was to stop the bleeding. that was something they needed stop the bleeding for an economy that was really in free fall and will continue to slip for some time. this is to accelerate the healing to an extent that has already begun. there is already, i think, for some people, a real feel to the
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improvement here. >> yeah, i mean, listen. we've had two presidents in a row who called the battle against the coronavirus a war. we've got one now. the president, who is really fighting the battle is joe biden. i mean, he's doing what you do in war. you keep going and you keep going. and you don't stop until you get victory. this announcement we're getting this week, that they're going to buy hundreds of millions more doses of the j&j vaccine, this is, you know, on one level, quote/unquote, not necessary, but that's not the criteria you use to win a war, to save the lives of millions of people. you keep going and keep going and spend whatever you have to spend in order to get the victory. that's the kind of war we're in now. >> errol louis, great to talk to you. tomorrow, reading comprehension. appreciate it. >> thanks, john. >> i'm learning so much. the biden administration faces a growing challenge. a surge of unaccompanied minors at the u.s./mexico border. 3,400 children. the administration now
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scrambling to find housing for them, even considering a vacant nasa facility as a temporary shelter. cnn immigration reporter priscilla alvarez joins uh now. priscilla, what is the plan for these 3,400 kids? >> reporter: so the biden administration here is tapping federal agencies like nasa to look for space for children. and the reason for that is because the number of children crossing the u.s./mexico border alone is outpacing shelter availability. as you mentioned, we know there are more than 3,400 children in border patrol custody. these are facilities for adults, not for children. they have to be there, though, until officials can place them in shelters across the country. now, what's happening here and what these numbers tell us is that the administration is simply not keeping up with the number of children coming across the border. to give you a point of comparison, alisyn, last week we were reporting that there were more than 1,800 children in border patrol custody. that number, now more than 3,400. >> and am i right that they only
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have something like 500 beds? >> now, this is what the border patrol looks at. so they try to see that there are 500 beds, to start placing the children. and the short answer is, yes, that is an indicator of the limited capacity. remember, over the course of the pandemic, many of these shelters, which are overseen by the health and human services department, were operating under limited capacity to comply with health guidelines. so they're already under strain here. and as more children arrive, they are frantically looking for more shelter space. again, going back to tapping those federal agencies to look for help. >> priscilla, what about the parents? so much was made, rightfully so, during the trump administration, and their zero tolerance policy of separating children from their parents. and the u.s. is still trying to reunite hundreds of those children. the u.s. still hasn't found the parents and have been able to reunite some of those children. what about this? what about these parents? how will the u.s. attempt to reunite them? >> so, i want to be clear here. these are children who are crossing the u.s./mexico border
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alone. they are coming without an adult or without a parent. so we know that the majority of these children are 13 years old and up. so their parents could be in the united states. their parents could be back at home. but when they cross the u.s./mexico border, they are alone. and that is what makes it so difficult for this administration, because these children have to be placed in shelters where case managers will work with them to relocate them in the united states. but until they reach that point, they're in these border patrol facilities where they shouldn't be. >> is the problem, one of the problems that they don't have 3,400 case managers? i mean, the manpower is not built for this level of influx. >> so staff retention is certainliey an issue in some of these facilities. i was reading through court filings that say that one of the issues they're facing is they're having a hard time hiring because people don't want to work in congregate settings. it is important for there to be case managers in these
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locations. you're pointing out many of the challenges that the biden administration is facing here. not only do they not have enough space for some of these children in these shelters, but they also might not have enough people to care for them. >> we have senator jeff merkley coming on later in the program, who has devoted so much time to this during the trump administration and since, so we will ask him if there are any solutions. priscilla, thank you so much. i really appreciate all of the reporting there. >> merrick garland finally gets his momentum, more importantly, the united states gets an attorney general. this morning, he will be sworn in as attorney general as the senate confirmed him on wednesday with bipartisan support. garland, of course, was nominated by president obama to serve on the u.s. supreme court in 2016, but republicans denied him any kind of confirmation hearing. two other historic nominees confirmed, martin fudge will lead the department of housing and urban development, becoming the first black woman to run the agency in more than four decades, and michael regan becomes the first black man to head up the epa. the governor is texas is
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developing overnight, the attorney general of texa- it's general, is threatening to sue the mayor of austin if he does not lift the city's mask mandate. cnn's dan simon with the latest. >> reporter: a battle over masks playing out in texas. on wednesday, the state's mask mandate was officially lifted. but some businesses, counties, and cities including its capitol, austin, keeping their mandates in place, despite the directive from the state government. >> we're not going to rescind anything. you know, we told our community that we would always be guided by the data and the doctors. and we're going to continue that. >> reporter: the attorney general, ken paxton, threatening
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to sue austin and surrounding travis county if they don't rescind mask mandates, tweeting, city and county leaders mustn't be thinking clearly. maybe it's oxygen depravation from quintuple masking. officials say lifting the mask mandate is premature due to variants. >> our positivity rates are still over 10%. i mean, it's probably not the time to tell people, it's okay not to wear a mask. >> reporter: concerns also rising as spring break arrives. many universities in texas are cutting the vacation week short. in california at uc davis, the university is paying students $75 a day to stay put. >> it's better than nothing. and i think it helps people, maybe, on the fence, of staying or not staying. >> reporter: but in florida, walt disney world is open at a limited capacity and almost completely booked. the cdc is still recommending even fully vaccinated americans avoid travel.
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>> what we have seen is that we have surges after people start traveling. we saw it after july 4th, we saw it after labor day, we saw it after the christmas holidays. >> reporter: the biden administration has eased restrictions on indoor nursing home visits, allowing guests at now with more than 3 million coronavirus vaccine doses have been administered. this all comes as concerns are rising about a coronavirus variant, first identified in new york last month and an earlier one identified in the uk. >> these new variants account for 51% of all cases that we have in the city right now. so for the variant of interest, b-1526, that was reported first here in new york, our preliminary analysis indicates that it is probably more infectious than older strains of the virus. >> reporter: the biden administration also announcing the purchase of 100 million more doses of the johnson & johnson vaccine in an attempt to stockpile vaccines. >> i'm doing this because in these wartime efforts, we need maximum flexibility.
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there's always a chance that we'll encounter unexpected challenges. we need to be prepared. >> okay. joining us now is austin mayor, steve adler. good morning, mr. mayor. so last night, if you hadn't changed your mind to go along with the governor and attorney general's thinking, the attorney general said that he was going to sue you. have you changed your mind this morning and decided not to insist on mask wearing in austin? >> no, minds have not changed. and the rules that we're seeking and continuing to enforce are not rules of politicians. they're the rules as promulgated by the health authority here in central texas. we promised the commpeople in t community a long time ago that we would be driven by the data and the doctors. and we're going to make good on that promise for however we can. the science and the data very clear, that the single-most important thing we can all be doing at this point is wearing
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masks. >> so is the attorney general now suing you? >> i would anticipate to be sued today. >> and do you understand what the governor and the attorney general's beefs with masks is? how does wearing a mask hurt the economy in texas? >> i don't think it does hurt the economy. and i don't think that there is a data-driven expert-based, scientific basis for removing a mask mandate. if we want to be able to open up schools to more and more students in person, if we want to be able to open up businesses and not face risks that we're going to have to pull back. if we want to protect essential workers, all of those things require us to wear masks. and it's not really debatable. this has to be driven just by politics. >> so it sounds like you're saying that you're trying to keep your community safe. you're on the ground in austin.
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you know what it takes. you're trying to keep your community safe. so on what grounds would you be sued for that? >> well, the state law, the statutes give cities the ab ability -- and counties -- the ability to be able to enforce laws in order to protect the public health. the governor is taking the position that he has emergency powers that enable him to trump laws. and it is debatable and the courts are currently considering whether his emergency orders take precedent over his city's emergency orders. but that's not the issue here. these are the orders of the health authority in central texas that we're seeking to enforce. and we can't find anytime that a state official, a governor, or otherwise, an attorney general, has the ability to be able to stop a local health authority from promulgating rules that are enforceable under our state law.
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>> the attorney general says he sued you late last year, because you had a difference about restrictions, and that he won. >> well, we -- he didn't win. it's presently in the courts right now. and the issue in the courts is the relative authority of competing disaster orders, one by the governor, one by the mayor, by a mayor. but that's a legal different issue than trying to enforce the health orders of a -- of the public health authority. the basis for that comes for an entirely different place in texas law. >> here are the numbers right now of new cases in texas, as we know them. you can see that they are generally going up. on march 6th, 3,700 cases, roughly. yesterday, 5,500 cases, new cases, in texas. what's the situation in austin? >> we're concerned. i mean, the numbers are better
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than they have been in the past, but our community has worked really, really hard to push down positivity, to decrease the number of cases. they're beginning to plateau right now. and we're trying to hold on to that. it doesn't -- it's just not the time -- we're so close. it's not the time to take risks. it's not the time to do this two days before spring break starts. it's not the time to do this when we see that there are new variants coming into our community. this is not the time to put at risk the opening of schools and the further opening of businesses in a way that can be sustained. >> very quickly, the senators for medicaid and medicare have issued new guidance on nursing homes and they say that the facilities should allow responsible indoor visitations at all time and for all residents regardless of vaccination status of the resident or visitor unless certain scenarios arise. do you disagree with that? >> you know, i'm going to follow
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the science and the data. and when the physicians and the experts at the cdc issue rules, those are the kinds of things that we're going to follow and seek to enforce here. these are not political choices that are made by political leaders. we should be following the data and the doctors. and that's what we're trying to do in austin. >> mayor steve adler, we really appreciate your time. thank you very much. >> thank you. coming up, we'll speak with the first black female member of british parliament, who says that she knows what relentless racial abuse feels like. and that it's no wonder meghan markle chose to leave. that's next.
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parliament is speaking out in support of meghan markle and prince harry after they accused the royal family of racism. joining me now is that member of parliament, diane abbott. thank you so much for being with us. look, meghan markle is the first person of color to be in the royal family. you, the first black woman to be a member of parliament. what insight does that give you into what she's going through? >> well, you have to remember that meghan markle got relentless media harassment. there wasn't a day when there wasn't a negative story about her in newspapers. and of course, the background to that was awful stuff online. she may not have looked, but she knew it was happening. and i've been through a similar situation, because of being a prominent black female member of parliament. and i know how awful it feels. and i can understand why meghan and harry thought they had to flee. >> we understand that moments
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ago, prince william was the first member of the royal family to speak out loud about this. we're just getting reports in now, but he said something to the effect of, the royal family is not racist. your reaction. >> well, you know, i don't think, prince, that the queen is racist. actually, she's head of a multi-racial commonwealth, i know that means a lot to her. i don't think prince charles is racist. he's always been, in all of his work, very concerned with diversity and multiculturism. but it's not just about them. it's about the whole royal household. and hundreds of aides and advisers, of private secretaries and i don't think that the royal household is really up to date in thinking around race. and i don't think that many of
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them could accept having a mixed race american woman marrying into royalty. and that was the problem. >> and it's also the system. the system by which your country is governed and has chosen to be governed. this is the royal family. you are a constitutional monarchy. so when the palace puts out a statement, which it did, saying it's going to handle these accusations of racism privately, how can it be private if we're dealing with a public institution? >> well, i understand that the queen wants to deal privately with her grandson. but as you say, it's also a public institution. and we need to hear, quite soon, more from buckingham palace about how they're discussing racism and what they're going to do. prince, i think they need to clear out of some of the aides and advisers who made the situation with meghan much, much worse. and refuse to defend meghan in
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the media. >> as you well know, this isn't just about england or the united kingdom. the queen is the head of the commonwealth and the head of state for nations who are part of the commonwealth realm. many of these nations, by the way, are not white. i mean, the residents there, a majority, not white residents there. so there are questions about this system going forward. you know, in australia's former prime minister, malcolm turnbull, says that these are questions that should be addressed after the queen's reign. he flat-out said, do we really want to have whoever happens to be the head of state, the king or queen of the uk, automatically our head of state? do you think these are fair questions to be asked around the commonwealth? >> they are fair questions. the commonwealth, whether it's australia or jamaica or canada follow british politics very closely. and i think what they've seen the way meghan has been treated
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is extremely distasteful. and although i think the commonwealth and the current system will last as long as the queen is alive, when she has passed away, and the commonwealth as a whole has to consider its future, i don't think the dreadful way that meghan has been treated and the appalling briefing about her, for some time now, i don't think that will make much of an argument for the status quo among commonwealth country. >> might this be a turning point in terms of race and how it's handled in the united kingdom? >> well, i hope it's a turning point about the way that a household handles race. because the problem was, as i said, the people they had working there, and they simply had not had the debate that other british institutions had had to have, forming the whole
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black lives matter sort of debate. they just hadn't really engaged with race in the 21st century. and i think the meghan markle, the terrible way she's been treated, it does represent a turning point. >> mp diane abbott, we really appreciate your time. thanks so much for joining us this morning. so a new recording has emerged of president trump, the former president of the united states, urging another georgia official to find fraud in the 2020 election. so how is this going to affect the investigation, the criminal investigation into the president's actions? that's next. hello i'm an idaho potato farmer. you know a lot of folks think of a potato, even an idaho potato as a side dish.
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developing this morning, cnn has learned that michael cohen, former trump lawyer and fixer met with prosecutors from the manhattan district attorney's office for a seventh time as their investigation of the former president continues. cnn's kara scannel joins us now with more. does this mean it's getting closer, it's ramping up?
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what, keira. >> reporter: good morning, alisyn. it does mean it's ramping up. a source close to the investigation says that michael cohen met for the seventh time with prosecutors from the manhattan's district attorney's office. cohen started talking to them when he was in prison facilitating those hush money payments on behalf of former president donald trump, but in the past recent weeks, his meetings have increased in frequency and he has gone in now for the servant time. cohen is someone of interest to prosecutors because he was involved in the hush money payments, which is an area they're investigating. he also testified before congress, you might remember, saying that the former president had manipulated his financial statements in inflating the value of his asseting when dealing with banks and insurance companies and deflating the value when it came time to pay taxes. prosecutors are interested in speaking to michael cohen about this. he knows how the company works. he's the former president's fixer. he knows the relationships between the president and his chief financial officer, allen
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weisselberg. this is a financial investigation. knowledge about how the place works is really key. john dean, the former white house counsel to president nixon reacted to this yesterday and he said, i assure you, you do not visit a prosecutor's office seven times if they are not planning to indict those about whom you have knowledge. it's important note, this is a complex financial investigation. it involves taxes and real estate, of which there are their own unique set of rules. this is an investigation that is still underway. it has picked up in its pace, but the prosecutors had only obtained late last month millions of documents from donald trump's former accountant or donald trump's accountant. they now have these millions of pages of documents that they're going through and we're going to see a lot more of these interviews continue. alisyn? >> we'll see if john dean is right, it's just a matter of days away from an indictment of some kind. meanwhile, also involving former president trump, there's this
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new recording published by "the wall street journal" of another phone call, yet another phone call that he had with this time george's lead election investigators. this was in december. what does this one reveal? >> reporter: right, alisyn. this is the second phone call. the first one we knew when the former president had reached out to georgia's secretary of state brad raffensperger and asked him to find the votes. this time, just a few days before christmas, he reached out to the chief investigator in the secretary of state's office, frances watkins and he asked her to find the fraud. he said something bad had happened and if she found it, she would be parraised. here's a portion of the repo recording that was appraised by the "wall street journal". >> i won everything but georgia. and i won georgia by a lot. and the people know it. i mean, something happened. something bad happened. and if you can get to fulton, you are going to find things that will be unbelievable.
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fulton is the mother load, you know, as the expression goes. >> i can assure you that our team, the gbi, we're only interested in the truth. >> that's great. >> and finding the information that's based on the facts. >> it never made sense and they dropped ballots. they dropped all of these ballots. stacey abrams, really terrible. just a terrible thing. and i will say this. when the right answer comes out, you'll be praised. >> reporter: watson had told cnn affiliate wsv that she did not feel pressured by the call. we reached out to the former president for comment, but did not hear back. alisyn, john? >> kara, thank you so much for all of that. >> i know it's not about the grammar, fulton is the mother load, that's not an expression.
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president biden delivering his first prime-time address tonight as he prepares to sign into law the $1.9 trillion relief plan. no republican lawmakers voted for it, but republican voters, actual people, that's a different story. cnn's vanessa yurkevich joins us now. vanessa? >> reporter: yeah, john. one thing about this pandemic, it does not discriminate economically against political party. and those republican voters we spoke to say they are being affected by this pandemic. and while they may have some issues with this bill, they say it's badly needed for them and other struggling americans. >> we're definitely feeling the crunch like most people. >> reporter: alexo bell is a donald trump loyalist, but he's
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willing to put party affiliation aside to support president joe biden's $1.9 trillion covid relief bill. >> whether it be biden or trump, i think the company needs that stimulus. >> reporter: he's not alone. 61% of americans support it. one of the largest aid packages in history. bell's work as a promoter dried up during the pandemic. >> i'm mostly a stay-at-home dad right now, watching my little guys. and my wife is the primary bread winner right now. >> reporter: just 26% of republicans support the overall bill, according to a cnn poll. but a majority approve of the family tax credits. one of those, an extra $1,000 per child for families who qualify. that's significant. you have two kids, that's an extra $2,000. >> it is. and i think that people that have more than two children should be getting that much more of a break. >> reporter: in the suburbs outside of philadelphia, frank
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haren says his restaurant survived because of two ppp loans. this bill calls for an additional $7 million in ppp month. >> it actually gave us a lot of confidence that we would be able to make it through. >> haren voted for trump twice and he said while this bill is needed, he's concerned the massive bill could increase inflation. >> reporter: barbara jankowski was a republican for 40 years, but this past november, disappointed with trump and the gop, she voted for biden and changed her party registration. she's all in on the stimulus bill. >> i think it's great. because people are hurting. >> reporter: she and her husband, both retired, say the previous $600 stimulus checks did little to help with bills. this time, she says, they can save some of their $1,400 checks. >> we also keep that money in case our children need help. if they would run into problems,
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that stimulus money would go to them. >> the motion is adopted! >> reporter: zero republicans voted in favor of the bill. >> shame on them. >> well, what does it say about the future of help americans? >> them voting along party lines was wrong, because it was not right for america. it was not right for you, it was not right for me. it was not right for my children. >> reporter: one of the reasons that republican voters liked donald trump is because they thought he was a pro-business president and that his policies resulted in a strong economy. i asked the republican voters we spoke with how they feel president biden is handling the economy. and they said it's simply too soon to tell. he's only been in office 50 days, skjohn. but they did say that they are willing to give him a chance. >> people like getting checks, it turns out. vanessa yurkevich, thanks so
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texas rangers are planning for a full stadium. andy scholes has more in the bleacher report. hi, andy. >> good morning, alisyn. so the rangers look like they're going to be the first team in u.s. pro sports to have a full stadium since is pandemic began. they plan on selling every single ticket. they could end up with more than 40,000 fans at their home opener on april 5th. now, after the home opener, they do plan on scaling back attendance and usually socially distanced section. globe life park was brand-new last season, but only got to host fans in a reduced capacity for the national league championship series and the world series. fans will be required to wear masks there in arlington, except when they are actively eating or drinking at their seats. now, the ncaa tournament is just a week basis point and senior vice president of basketball, dan gavitt told reporters yesterday, as long as the team has five healthy players, they'll be allowed to play in the tournament. he did not say what would happen if the team didn't have a coach. the field of 68 for the tournament in indiana will be
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announced on sunday. and finally, today is the one-year anniversary that everything changed in the sports world. the jazz and thunder were preparing to tip off a year ago today when they learned utah senator rudy gobert tested positive for covid. the ncaa tournament was soon canceled and all sports were put on hold. incredible to think, it has now been a full year since that happened. you know, a lot of people remember that moment. you know, for me, it was the moment where you really got to realize how serious this pandemic was going to be. >> yes, understood. it's been quite a year. andy, thank you very much. and "new day" continues right now. >> this bill represents an historic victory for the american people. i look forward to signing it. >> americans will start to get checks this month. >> i think this is actually one of the worst pieces of legislation i've seen passed.
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>> reporter: health officials are urging caution as more than a dozen states are easing restrictions. >> when you start completely putting aside all public health measures, as if you're turning a light switch off, that's quite risky. >> the white house recruited some former presidents and first ladies to encourage americans to get vaccinated. >> i'm going to launch the next phase of the covid response and explain what we'll ask of the american people. >> announcer: this is "new day" with alisyn camerota and john berman. >> we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and all around the world. this is "new day." and president biden is preparing to make his first prime-time address to the nation tonight. the start of his effort to promote the bill to the american public. the landmark 1$1.9 trillion pla will extend unemployment benefits into september. it passed with zero support from republicans in the house and


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