tv Early Start With Christine Romans and Laura Jarrett CNN April 5, 2021 2:00am-2:59am PDT
welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. this is "early start." i'm laura jarret. christine romans is off this week. it's 5:00 a.m. here in new york. this morning look no further than michigan for proof of why now is not the time to let your guard down. more than 8400 coronavirus cases on saturday, that's the highest total since december. and while access to the vaccine expands, some lingering hesitancy remains.
at easter service at one predominantly black church in detroit, the pastor there said he's wrapping a pro vaccine message in the language of faith. if god can use doctors for oncology and cancer, surely you can use doctors for covid-19. you must have your faith but also use the doctors. get the vaccination. >> the challenge now vaccinating americans faster than the variants can spread. on the one hand, you have the u.s. just surpassing an average of 3 million shots per day. it's extraordinary and more vaccine appointments are opening across the country every day. on the other hand, hospitalizations have been stubbornly stuck at about 40,000 for three weeks now, largely driven by the spread of the variant first detected in the uk. >> i believe that in some ways we're almost in a new pandemic.
the only good news about this is that the current vaccines are effective against this particular variant. in a sense, this is a virus now 50 to 100% more transmissible or infectious than the previous viruss. it's a virus that causes 50 to 60% more severe illnesses. at one time, it wasn't as much of a problem, for example, in cases in young adults are now becoming very serious cases. >> meantime, the texas rangers opened their season today allowing 100% of fans in the stands. that's about 40,000 people. they are the only mlb team to allow more than 50% of capacity. los angeles county is allowing bars outside without food service to join reopening there after 25% capacity. cornell university now said it will require students to be vaccinated for the fall semester. president biden will make a public push for his infrastructure plan this week. some of his cabinet secretaries are already out there making the
case saying people want and need this package. >> if the vast majority of americans, democrats and republicans, across the country support spending on our country and not allowing us to lose the race globally, then he's going to do that. >> there's a lot more than roads and bridges that are part of infrastructure. i heard the governor of south dakota recently saying this is an infrastructure. it's got money for pipes. we believe that pipes are infrastructure because you need water to live and too many families now live with the threat of lead poisoning. >> cnn's jasmine wright is live at the white house. it seems the president is realizes time is of the essence here. he has a narrow window get it down and he's not going to wait for long, drawn out talks in washington. >> reporter: history is repeating itself and didn't necessarily take a long time.
look back to the process we saw during the president's covid relief bill push. he proposed a grand plan. said the country needs it. the americans approve of it. republicans asked why there's so much more in it than they think is necessary. they proposed a lower proposal that the white house said is insufficient and democrats turn to go at it alone. we're not that far in the process yet but starting to see some of those elements play out. the difference between this bill, the american jobs plan and the covid relief bill is that these benefits and this infrastructure of jobs bill would be permanent, therefore, raising the stakes. biden surrogates were out on the sunday shows, as you saw defending that everything else that comes with this package that is outside of those roads and bridges and railroads. take a listen. >> i think we need to update what we mean by infrastructure for the 21st century. we're talking about construction to build things like v.a.
facilities, our schools and community colleges, putting people to work, construction work that really needs to be done to meet commitments we have to our veterans and others. >> so, laura, we'll see president biden's plan with an eye to lawmakers in congress but his focus on building bipartisan support outside of washington, d.c. getting voters and local leaders on both sides of the aisle on board with what he's proposing to bring that pressure, bring that notion of bipartisanship back to washington, d.c., justifying what he could move forward with or without republicans on this bill. laura? >> we'll wait and see. jasmine, thank you so much. i appreciate it. well, the calm at the capitol shattered. flags lowered to half-staff at the capitol police headquarters this time in memory of officer
billy evans killed in a car ramming attack on friday. two weeks after officers removed the fencing put up after the riot. now the retired general who lead a six-week review of the security at the capitol said it's time for congress to implement his recommendations. cnn's marshall colin has more on this. >> reporter: washington is still reeling three days after the car ramming attack at the u.s. capitol. one police officer, william evans, died from an his injuries. an 18-year veteran of the force and leaves behind two children. there is a little bit of good news, the other officer who was injured in the attack was released from the hospital over the weekend. meanwhile, security officials on capitol hill are grappling yet again with the question of how to keep the premises safe. the head of the capitol police union said over the weekend that his officers, frankly, are struggling to keep up with the very heavy demands and morale is plummeting. he called on lawmakers to
quickly approve funding so they can hire hundreds of additional officers. we'll see if it does happen. but something has got to give here. it's only april. three u.s. capitol police officers have lost their lives this year. >> reengineering, resources needed to the capitol police. upgrading cameras, et. cetera, and the barriers around the capitol. it will come at a cost. we gave them the plan and worked hard to give it to them. now they have to work to make that plan come through. that's called a supplemental as the police in the capitol deserve this. they should deserve it and the families who lost loved ones deserve it. we need to up our game in support of the capitol police. >> reporter: we're learning new details about the perpetrator noah green. he appears to have claimed the fbi and the cia were using mind
control against him. he also claimed that people were poisoning his food and drinks. he did say, as well, he was a zro zroeted -- devoted follower of the nation of israel leader who is known for bigotry and racism and hate speech. marshall cohen, cnn, new york. >> thank you. a bold new claim from jordan's government accusing the former crown prince and his associates of plotting to overthrow his half brother. king abdullah ii. that's next. ou with career coaching for life. including personal branding, resume building, and more. that's our promise to you. that's career services for life. real progress? learn more at phoenix.edu when you're affected by schizophrenia, that's career services for life. you see it differently. it's in the small, everyday moments. and in the places, you'd never expect. a little sign of hope. the feeling of freedom. and once these little moments start adding up,
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signs of a thwarted cue in the middle east. the government of jordan accusing the former crown prince of threatening to destabilize the security. he's not following orderers to keep quiet from isolation. >> reporter: doctor mat irk -- dramatic events unfolding in jordan. the government accusing the former crown prince, the half
brother of king abdullah, his associates working with foreign entities, they say, in an attempt to destabilize the country to undermine its national security. they say for a long time the country's security services, the intelligence, and the military had been monitoring communications with these foreign entities and they have to move in on saturday. they detained, they say, more than a dozen people. on saturday we heard from the former crown prince in a stunning video statement obtained by a number of media organizations in which he described the situation he's in right now. he said that the country's military chief had instructed him to stay at home. he says he's isolated. his communications have been cut off. people around him detained. he's lost his security, he says, and what followed this truly unprecedented. a member of the royal family
lashing out at the country's leadership. at the ruling system accusing them of corruption and mismanagement. blaming them for the state the country is in right now. he also addressed the accusations of links to any foreign entities, even before these accusations were made by the government. he said he's not part of any foreign conspiracy or nefarious organization. he said that is an accusation the government levels at anyone who speaks out. now there are a lot more questions that remain unanswered. a lot of speculation about the foreign entities. we really don't know what has been going on in jordan. this key u.s. ally country known for its stability in the turbulent region. >> thank you. israel, no doubt, keeping a close eye on the developments in jordan. the defense min stir calling it an internal matter that said israel should be ready to help a strategic ally. also, today quite the split
screen for prime minister benjamin netanyahu. cnn is live in jerusalem. what are you learning? >> reporter: laura, a stunning split screen day here for the prime minister. earlier this morning he was in court listening to the state prosecutor lay out three different cases that prosecutors have against him where they're alleging bribery, fraud, and breach of trust against him. in fact, as we speak, the first witness has been on the stand all day in one of the most serious parts of the cases where prosecutors are alleging that netanyahu advanced regulatory reforms for a wealthy businessman in exchange for favorable coverage in a news web that the businessman owned. less than two miles away, netanyahu's party colleagues are trying to convince the israeli president that netanyahu should be the one to form a new government after the elections in the last two weeks did not give us a definitive result on who could form the next government. this is despite the fact that it is not clear that netanyahu
would have a number needed to get the 61 majority needs. these two events are intricately connected. the success of the israeli president could translate into success in court. if netanyahu stays in power, and if he gets the majority he needs, he could advance some changes. make some appointments, perhaps, that could help his court case perhaps even potentially make it go away. it's important for him and his personal future to stay in power. what is interesting about this case, also, unless netanyahu gets permission, laura, he has to potentially be in the courtroom three days a week as this case continues. >> that will be fascinating to see. we know you'll be following it all. thank you. still ahead, a school district in tulsa, oklahoma looking forward to welcoming students back to classrooms at full capacity. we'll show you how they plan to use covid relief money to do it.
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>> we've been through so much as a country through the pandemic, so to be able to get these dollars, it's exciting! we get to dream! let's do. >> reporter: federal money is coming into districts within the next 60 days. tulsa superintendent said it will help get schools back to where they were prepandemic and possibly make them better than they were. you have more tools available to you now than you've had in a long time. what does it mean? >> for us, you know, in oklahoma, we do not invest adequately in public education. so this investment will allow us to not only provide direct services to our children and families, but it's also going to help us to grow and expand. >> reporter: the $1.9 trillion stimulus bill approved by congress last month, sets aside $129 billion for education. those dollars flow from washington across the country. they end in states where they're dispersed to school districts like the one in tulsa. district leaders divide it between their schools. so some of it will land here at
monroe demonstration academy m middle school. >> being back in person has been amazing to watch kids really just get back into the groove of things. >> reporter: tulsa leaders expect their school system to get around $128 million from the american rescue plan act over the next three years. that money is earmarked to not only get classrooms open but summer enrichment programs, even a graduation boot camp. >> graduation is priority. you still need one or two credits left to graduate. we need to help you get there. >> reporter: back at monroe, the interim principal is excited about what this new money can do. >> every student will be able to enroll in a summer camp. >> reporter: do you think students are excited to go to school all summer? >> i do.
it's changing the narrative behind what school is. we'll get some academics done in the morning and have opportunities for kids to explore their interests, be around their friends, to be kids. >> reporter: nicholas lopez, an eighth grader is looking forward to graduation and starting high school. he said the newly funded programs at monroe can have a big impact on students like him. >> i hope it does go according to plan. i would like it to happen. it's going to get us back to the way we were before the pandemic. i don't know if i'm saying that right. >> reporter: school administrators are poised to execute their plan. >> it's our responsibility as educators at the school level to ensure we're excellent stuards of the taxpayer dollars. >> reporter: and to ensure it can make a lasting impact beyond the short term. >> i'm a teacher. i'm on the front lines of this rather than being on the front
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su surge. >> i don't think it's going to be a true fourth wave. i think we have delayed the point we can get it behind us. and the level of immunity in the population. we probably infected about 130 million americans. you have somewhere around 200 million americans who have some level of immunity in them already. >> 40% of adults over 18 had at least one vaccine dose, but only 18% of americans have full protection. a decline in testing in the u.s. may also be masking the spread of the virus in some states. the variants could still spell trouble for younger people who haven't been vaccinated yet. case in point, michigan where the numbers are climbing rapidly. cnn has the pandemic covered, as we do every day, coast to coast. >> i'm polo sandoval in detroit. starting today, every michiganer age 16 and up. it comes as michigan scrambles to try to contain the most recent outbreak that lead to spikes in hospitalizations and
also in new case numbers over the weekend. the state reporting its highest number of new covid cases since early december. roughly 8400 compared to about 1500 only a month ago. >> reporter: pennsylvania is loosening restrictions on drinking and dining. restaurants can now open to indoor dining at 70% capacity. and bar customers with order drinks without ordering food. rules around masks and social distancing still apply, though. businesses can only open at new capacities if they can keep customers 6 feet apart. reagan national airport. the cdc is telling fully vaccinated people they can travel at low risk to themselves and it is not telling people they should travel for nonessential purposes even still this is a massive shift. one notedly ab sfrent cdc guidelines for vaccinated individuals that came out on march 8th. the cdc is telling domestic
travelers they do not need to get tested for coronavirus before and after their trip. they don't need to self-quarantine. international travelers need to show proof of a negative test at the start of their trip back to the united states. all travelers need to wear federally mandated masks and still need to socially distance. >> thanks to our correspondents for the updates on the virus. first, it was masks and now vaccine passports. the latest part dan battle ground in the war on coronavirus. mississippi governor tate reeves joining the chorus of opposition on this. he echoed florida's governor who issued an executive order banning private businesses from requiring vaccine documentation saying it would harm privacy and create two classes of people. a number of proposed vaccine passports are being developed in the u.s. and abroad. many businesses are eager for them to help speed up reopening. president biden is getting ready to make a public push for
his two-part infrastructure plan this week. it's time for three questions in three minutes. let's bring in cnn white house correspondent john harwood. good morning. nice to see you. you write in a piece this morning on cnn with full control of congress, democrats have a chance to invest in economic growth for everyone after years of frustration being thwarted in this. republicans are united in voting against biden's whole agenda and you point out there's a very small window of opportunity for democrats. for people at home who are looking and saying democrats have the white house and congress. explain what you mean. >> reporter: well, sometimes, laura, we forget how briefly those moments of unified party control are. bill clinton, as.had his first two years he lost control of congress. barack obama had first two years he lost control of the house of representatives. what it means, if you've got an agenda that is ambitious for your party, you've got to move
very quickly because there's a good chance you won't have the opportunity because once you lose control of congress, you lose control of the agenda. so president biden has got very narrow margin in the house. zero margin forrer are in the senate. ties broken by vice president kamala harris. if he's going to confidently move forward a program, he has to do it now. he could lose control of congress just like clinton and obama did next year. >> it's amazing how fragile it is. it's a narrow window. >> reporter: exactly. >> the infrastructure bill is about physical capital but human capital to reduce poverty, as you point out, that when biden came of age after world war ii, the federal government invested a lot more in the components, the drivers of economic growth than it does now. why is that? >> well, changes in our economy, not just the united states, but around the world, have made it more difficult for people
without higher levels of education to make a good living. so much heck canzation of the manufacturing process. the fact that global capital, people can move their money overseas where there's cheaper labor. what the united states needs to do in order to keep more economic activity here and make more people better off, is to enhance the skills of the american citizenry. early childhood education, job training, extended college -- community college access. all of these things are ways in which people who are not making it in today's economy can be empowered to make it. democrats believed that for a long time. because of the rise of conservative politicians who don't believe in government, who tried to squeeze government, and, also, the fact that big social security and medicare entitlement programs have squeezed more of the federal
dollars, we haven't had the money in the u.s. government budget to make those investments. biden thinks he has a chance now. if he can hold democrats together, since republicans will be opposed to it, me might be able to get it done. >> yeah. holding democrats together will be the challenge for the next four years for him. i want to get your thoughts on voting rights. you see the states and big businesses at odds. we learned georgia will lose about $100 million with mlb pulling the all-star game out of atlanta over the new voting restrictions. we have seen states face pressure like this before. you think about north carolina a few years ago when it passed the so-called bathroom bill. paypal, in that case, backed out of an expansion there. fast forward in this case, from an economic perspective, how do states and businesses navigate the whole situation with voting rights today? >> well, one of the challenges, laura, as you know, when states
have varied by politics. you have conservative states and more liberal states. these big businesses that operate nationally and internationally answer to a broader constituency. they're not going to tolerate because their customers and suppliers and people they interact will not tolerate laws that violate some of their core values. so major league baseball has spoken up. those businesses can put serious pressure on states, as you mentioned, north carolina. indiana before that backed down, as well, over the issue of gay rights. mike pence was the governor at that time. so eventually you can expect georgia is going to face a decision as to how much economic pain can we tolerate? the governor brian kemp said i'm not going to back down. we'll see if he can stick to
that. >> as you point out, it's wfbl, obviously, the customer base that doesn't like it but their own employees they have to contend with saying it violates my rights. great to have you this morning, john. appreciate it. new life for the iran nuclear deal. an the countries that originally signed the deal, including the u.s. and iran, will be in vienna this week. nic robertson joins us live in london. can the deal finally be savaged? >> reporter: well, the process of heading in that direction. it's way, way, way too soon today for sure. the talks will be held in vienna. one thing out here, it's not going to be at the table. the u.s. lead diplomat on iran will be in vienna but the eu, the european union that is chairing the talks with china, with russia, with iran, with britain, with france, with germany, all the signatories to
the jcpoa will be around the table but the u.s. haven't invited to the table. the iranians are saying it's not necessary to meet the united states face to face and a standoff is very straightforward, if you will, in the barest terms. that is that iran says before the u.s. rejoins the jcpoa and come back to the talks table, they have to lift the sanctions. the biden administration said very clearly that iran must come back into compliance with the terms of the jcpoa, but that the united states is willing to let the european union sort of negotiate a sequencing of steps in this regards. there's some small flexibility on the u.s. side here. and iran seems to be, at the moment, to be exploiting that, if you will. this is what we saw with iran when they were in the talks in 2015 before a deal was signed. they were able to get as many concessions as possible before they finally sealed the deal.
so while this is a positive step in vienna that everyone is going to be in the same city, it's not a deal done yet. there's still a lot of comprises that need to be made. undoubtedly the expectations is for a lot of tough talks. >> all right. short story, not there yet. nic robertson, thank you so much. business news into cnn. lg will shut down the smartphone business in july. they struggled to compete with apple, samsung, and other companies based in china. black perry and nokia face similar transitions. lg will provide support and updates for existing companies but not clear for how long. we'll be right back.
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heart-wrenching and damaging testimony, prosecutors will call more witnesses as they try to prove their case against the former officer charged with killing george floyd. cnn's sara sidner is in minneapolis. >> reporter: laura, in the week ahead, we are not given an advance notice as to who is going to testify. the defense is. they are given the notice the night before. there are potentially 400 witnesses that can be called in this case. one person that a lot of people are waiting to hear from that they believe will be called to the stand at some point during this trial is the chief of the minneapolis police department. you'll remember that he fired these officers within 24 hours of the incident in seeing that video go viral because he believed they violated policy. we'll be interested to hear what he has to say on the stand and how the defense handles his testimony, as well. we've had, though, a powerful
week of testimony. many, many witnesses, more than a dozen coming forward. many of the eye witnesses crying on the stand, and you had some senior police officers, a lieutenant, in particular, who basically went after derek chauvin's behavior that day saying it is totally unnecessary. >> pulling him down to the ground, face down and putting your knee on a neck for that amount of time is just uncalled for. >> reporter: once george floyd was handcuffed, he said he should not have had his knee on his neck for that long. laura? >> sara, thank you. a state of emergency in manatee county on florida's gulf coast as officials scramble to permit what the governor said could be a catastrophic flood near the leaking reservoir. the national guard is flying in more than 20 additional pumps to drain millions of gallons of
contaminated waste water created by phosphate mining decades ago. county officials are urging residents to follow evacuation orders but said the water is safe to drink. as the u.s. struggles to return to normal from the pandemic, the open deepic of gun violence returning to normal. one woman was killed and five other people, including a 4-year-old were injured in a mass shooting at a park in birmingham, alabama. police data in chicago shows shootings at the highest level of any march in the last four years. there have been at least 23 mass shootings in the u.s. since the atlanta massacre on march 16th. an average of one per day. the governor signed a new law in iowa allowing people to carry guns in public without a permit and private sellers like websites, gun shows, and individuals will no longer have to run background checks. a personal data of half a billion facebook users used by hackers. it includes full names,
locations, birthdays, e-mails, addresses, phone numbers, and relationship statuses of people. facebook said the issue was fixed in 2019, the information could be a value to hackers and cyber criminals. top seeded stanford holds off arizona to win the women's college national basketball for the first time in 29 years. andy sholes has this morning's bleacher report from indianapolis. the site of tonight's title game for the men. hey, andy. >> yeah. good morning. it had been quite the journey this season for stanford because the entire women's tournament was held there in texas and because of covid protocols in their home state of california. the stanford women's team spent a whopping 87 nights in hotels this season. it was all worth it in the end! their game against arizona last night a massive thriller. under 3 minutes haley jones gets
the bucket and the foul putting stanford up by 4. with 5 seconds left, arizona down by one, they had a chance to win the game but stanford all over mcdonald. stanford wins 54-53. the winningous coach in women's college basketball history now has her third national title. her first since 1992. >> it was a very tough tournament to play. three games in a week, you know, dealing with cot v-- the covid stuff. i'm so proud of our team. >> developing not only as a player but as a person, a young woman. i think it's just an honor to be able to do this for her and with her. >> to win this in the same year she's becoming the all-time winningous coach, it means
everything. >> the men, meanwhile, will crown a champion here in indianapolis tonight. it's the match up all of college basketball has been waiting for this season. gonzaga versus baylor. they've been the best two teams all season long. the undefeated bulldogs advancing to the title game after an overtime buzzer beater. an amazing shot against ucla saturday night. zags have their first perfect season since 1976. >> the way it turned out is probably the best scenario you can possibly imagine for college basketball in general. >> there's something about the first time you play and the excitement about that and trying -- how things play out. i think this is perfect. baseball, the nationals will
get their 2021 regular season underway tomorrow against the braves. the team was originally scheduled to open the season last thursday but series against the mets postponed because of multiple players out due to positive covid 19 tests. major league baseball said there were no new positives in the latest round of testing. and more on the men's championship game tonight doesn't tip until 9:20 eastern. if you're on the east coast, you might want to mix in a nap. >> i'm a big fan of naps. thank you, andy. i appreciate it. texas won out. the world's deepest dive for a ship wreck. the u.s. exploration team surveying the wreckage of a world war ii navy destroyer was found more than 20,000 feet under the sea off the coast of philippines. it was sunk by the japanese navy in october of 1944, as american faces fought to liberate the philippines from japanese occupation. broadway is coming back! [ cheers and applause ]
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