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live from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, welcome to our viewers in the united states, canada and right around the world. i'm paula newton and this is "cnn newsroom." ♪ so in just a few hours court resumes for derek chauvin's trial, the former police officer accused of killing george floyd. an expert police witness is expected to be back on the stand. on tuesday an officer who trained chauvin testified that he did not use a proper neck restraint when holding floyd down. cnn's omar jimenez has more from minneapolis. >> what is proportional force? >> well, you want to use the least amount of force necessary to meet your objectives. >> reporter: more than 20 witnesses have been called in the trial for derek chauvin,
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many of them officers. >> if you don't have a pulse on a person, you will immediately start cpr just because they're speaking doesn't mean they're breathing adequately. >> reporter: week two of testimony has largely focused on training. police lieutenant mercil is a use of force instructor with the training division at the minneapolis police department. >> sir, is this an mpd-trained neck restraint? >> no, sir. >> reporter: mercil admitted there are scenarios where a knee on a neck happens in times of resistance, but -- >> for example, the subject was under control and handcuffed, would this be authorized? >> i would say no. >> reporter: the defense for dethe defense pushing that george floyd died from drugs and miss medical condition. >> the higher your blood rate your respiration and heart rate is, generally the faster a neck
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restraint affects somebody. >> and how long based on your training and experience does it typically take to render a person unconscious using a neck restraint? >> my experience is under ten seconds. >> under ten seconds? >> yes, sir. >> reporter: lieutenant mercil is among several officers to testify in recent days on topics like use of force and crisis intervention. the court tuesday also focused on chauvin's exact knee placement which the defense argued was more on floyd's back at points. >> does this appear to be a prone hold that an officer may apply with his knee? >> yes. >> reporter: while prosecutors argued the exact placement matters less than what they argue it led to especially since floyd was already under control. >> you talked about the prone position in and of itself being something that can lead to positional asphyxia, is that right?
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>> yes, sir. >> would that risk be increased by the addition of body weight? >> yes, sir. >> reporter: and later in the day the defense returned to one of their central arguments that a loud crowd was a distraction for chauvin. >> does it make it more difficult to assess a patient? >> it does. >> does it make it more likely that you may miss signs that a patient is experiencing something? >> yes. >> and so the distraction can actually harm the potential care of the patient? >> yes. >> reporter: the defense plans to bring officer nicole mckenzie back as a witness. among those the defense wants to call, morries hall who was in the car with floyd prior to his arrest. the defense wants to ask him about allegations that he supplied floyd with drugs and that counterfeit $20 bill but hall's attorney says he will invoke his fifth amendment rights. the last witness was a police
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sergeant with the los angeles police department, he was testifying as a uh-huhs force expert. court ended abruptly in the middle of his testimony after a sidebar discussion so that's where testimony will pick back up when court gets back into session wednesday morning. omar jimenez, cnn, minneapolis. now george floyd's family held a prayer vigil outside the courthouse tuesday. floyd's brother is hopeful for a conviction saying when it comes the family will finally be able to breathe. counsel for the floyd family says even in derek chauvin is convicted, it's not necessarily justice. >> i've said before justice is an amorphous concept. if derek chauvin gets 30 years in jail is that justice? george floyd is still dead. you know, if the family received some compensation for what they lost is that justice? you know, george floyd is still dead. you put that all together and what we come up with and what we have is that george floyd will never come back and their family member is gone. i think it will be the most
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justice they can receive if derek chauvin is convicted of these crimes but it still won't be full justice because you can never get somebody back. >> cnn will continue to bring you coverage of the trial when it resumes later today. president biden is taking another aggressive step in the u.s. battle against covid-19. he has moved up the date on which all states must make vaccines available to every adult. that new deadline is april 19th. that's almost two weeks earlier than his previous goal. >> i'm announcing today that we're moving that date up from may 1st to april 19th nationwide. that means by no later than april 19th in every part of this country every adult over the age of 1, 18 or older, will be
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eligible to be vaccinated. >> okay. but here is the thing, many states are already way ahead of him, already inviting age 16 and older to get vaccinations. overall the u.s. vaccination program is strong and the vaccines appear to be providing protection as well after people get their shots. alexandra field has more from new york. >> reporter: proof its vaccine is working as well as expected out here in the real world, moderna announcing data shows its vaccine is still highly effective for at least six months after the second shot. that right on the heels of a similar announcement from pfizer last week. sure signs of progress in the fight against covid, while the spread of infection still fuels fears. >> america appears to be done with the pandemic, unfortunately the virus is not done with us. >> reporter: president biden pushing to expand excess to those critical vaccines even faster. biden announcing all adults will be eligible for a shot by april
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19th, that's ahead of his original date, may 1st. >> i understand the desire to get back. if people can hold on for a few more weeks i think we are going to be in a very good place. >> reporter: 40% of adults have received at least one shot, the race to keep up the basin tens fieg as more people take steps to return to normal. >> inside globe life field. >> reporter: the texas rangers filling their stadium to capacity with nearly 40,000 fans for their first home game. while there are new signs of spread among younger people, there spring breakers to school children. >> what we're finding out that it's the team sports where kids are getting together. obviously many without masks. that are driving it rather than in the classroom spread. when you go back and take a look and try to track where these clusters of cases are coming from in the school it's just that. >> reporter: michigan is reporting more than 80 outbreaks tied to schools. new cases there keep climbing. >> early reopening, aggressive
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reopening, more eat-in dining, more athletics, more gyms reopening and all of those things together are sending the message to folks that covid is over, but it's nearly not. >> reporter: michigan also second in the nation with the number of cases of the more transmissible variant first detected in the uk. >> michigan isn't an island in silo by itself, it's connected to the rest of the united states and we need to use this as a warning and heed what's going on there in order to prevent that surge from happening in other parts of the country. >> reporter: the cdc says that variant has now been detected in all 50 states. the big focus right now remaining of course on expanding eligibility for vaccines for all adults because vaccines are not yet authorized for children, but a new axios ipsos poll does find that a majority of parents, just over half, 52% say they are likely to get their child vaccinated as soon as a vaccine becomes available for that age group. in new york, alexandra field,
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cnn. now, even as millions of americans are getting vaccinated, millions more, of course, are still waiting and until herd immunity is reached officials are urging people to leave no unvaccinated american behind. here is the white house covid adviser speaking to our chris cuomo. >> we do have to remember that there are 100 million plus adults that still haven't been vaccinated. they are not there yet. you don't win the war until you bring everybody over with you and that's the spirit of this country, but when we are at our best, chris, i like to think we are the country that says we are going to bring everybody there with us. even if that means we have to slow down a little bit or we have to prolong some of the things we're really eager for a little bit, then we're going to have to do that. for our part either way our job is to get it done as fast as possible. >> now, we're learning as well that covid may have, unfortunately, a new and disturbing impact after the primary infection has passed. now, a new study finds that one
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in three people who have had covid-19 may actually suffer brain disease. researchers writing in the lancet psychiatry journal say 34% of covid survivors, a third, received a neurological or psychological diagnosis within six months of infection. anxiety and mood disorders were the two most diagnosed ailments. the conditions were most severe in hospitalized patients but also in outpatients. the study examined the electronic health records of 230,000 patients making it one of the largest data sets yet. the oxford/astrazeneca vaccine is facing yet another setback. the university is pausing its pediatric trial in the uk as regulators review a possible, i say possible link to blood clots in adults who have been inoculated. a spokesperson says no safety concerns have been raised regarding the children's trial. european regulators are once again reviewing the vaccine and are expected to release their findings sometime this week. for more on all the latest
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developments melissa bell is standing by for us in paris. first we go to salma abdelaziz in london. a lot on the line for astrazeneca but also for the uk and other european countries. this is their best shot to try to get over this pandemic. what's at stake here as we wait for more information on astrazeneca? >> reporter: paula, i'm going to expand that a little bit. it's not just about the uk and the eu, there is a lot of excitement around the oxford university and astrazeneca vaccine when it first came out because it only costs about $4, it is cheaper than your cup of coffee and it doesn't need to be stored at extra cold temperatures. so this was the vaccine that people were excited about for use in developing countries, for use in hard to reach places, but it's been plagued by negative headline after negative headline, the latest of course now this, the pausing of these pediatric trials, these few hundred children and teenagers, those trials paused while they await information from the uk
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medicine's regulator which is reviewing this link, this possible link between these very severe blood clots and the use of the oxford university and the astrazeneca vaccine. but i'm going to tell you, paula, experts will say it's extremely difficult to identify what's going on here. you only had about 30 cases of their very rare blood clots happen among 18 million people who had been vaccinated with this vaccine in the uk and about seven of those people unfortunately die, but you are talking about a very small sample of people there. for experts and researchers to try to find the common ground, to try to find the common issue. again, you hear the world health organization, you hear uk officials saying, listen, the benefits outweigh the risks at this point. you need to continue to just follow what medicines regulators are doing, to follow what experts are saying, but this is not the only vaccine out there, paula, that's why some countries have taken the steps to limit its use in certain age groups and maybe that's what it comes
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down to. you see germany banning the use of this vaccine in under 65s, that might be what it is. that might be what it comes down to. where and how and when do you use this oxford university vaccine versus others. paula? >> and a reminder it has not been approved here in the united states and there are literally tens of millions of doses of astrazeneca waiting to be used here in the united states and elsewhere. to that issue, am elsa, in france there has been essentially an anemic vaccine rollout. i mean, has the country been left so vulnerable to this latest wave now? >> reporter: well, it's been two things really, paula, at once the faster and more dangerous spread of the new variants, the first one identified in the united kingdom which has been a game changer in the european union. so many countries that had seen falling infection rates, falling hospitalizations and entries into icus saw that trend reverse and very suddenly and very brutally, hence the restrictions that have tended to be increased in europe. it's been a race against time. first of all, against new
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variants which many european countries have been losing and at the same time trying to get enough people vaccinated that that could be a game changer in the fight against future variants or these ones. on that front as well european member states have struggled and it's been a combination of factors. first of all, there has been as salma was saying conflicting and changing advice in a number of european countries about the groups to whom the astrazeneca vaccine should be given. initially it was only to younger people, then that changed, it's now essentially older populations that are encouraged to take it in many european countries and all the while we're waiting to hear what the european medicines agency had to say. it was back at the end of january that the ema first approved astrazeneca in the middle of that raul, then individual member states some people reporting issues with blood clots member states deciding to suspend its rollout all together while that was investigated. back in mid march in the middle of this crisis the ema held this
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press conference, they said we believe that the benefits outweigh the risks but we hadn't had the full conclusion of their investigation, that is what we expect today, to find out what the ema thinks approximate a possible link between people who have developed blood clots after being inoculated and the vaccine itself. we heard earlier this week from an official that he expected the ema to announce there is a link, it is simply that the nature of the link is not properly understood. all eyes on what the european medicines agency has once again to say about the astrazeneca vaccine later today. >> once again, right? the flip-flops have been difficult for everyone to track. earlier i spoke with an associate professor of molecular virology. he wrote down what the science is saying about the risk of getting blood clots from that covid vaccine. >> if we look at the frequency of blood clots among people vaccinated with astrazeneca, again, that is 0.0002%.
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the difference, therefore, here is not how frequent the clots occur, they occur at the same frequency as everyone else, but this sort of risk of the clotting being unusual compared with the general statistics. what we need to work out is whether or not there is an elevated risk or not, but at roughly 18 million people having been vaccinated, it looks like that risk is very, very small and compared to the risk of getting a clot if you get covid, which is 10,000 times higher, you know, which one is worse? it's a simple answer to that mathematical question and i think that answer is if you get covid you have a much higher chance of getting a stroke. so let's put things into perspective here. okay. not many house republicans are rushing to defend their colleague matt gaetz as he is under a possible investigation. a report from "the new york times" says the embattled congressman may have turned to a
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long-time ally for help. plus top senate republican mitch mcconnell is warning corporate america to stay out of politics as more businesses weigh in on georgia's controversial new voting law. critics are calling his comments hypocritical. we'll explain. so you want to make the best burger ever? then make it! that means cooking day and night until... [ ding ] success! that means... best burger ever. intuit quickbooks helps small businesses be more successful with payments, payroll, and banking.
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"the new york times" reports house republican matt gaetz privately sought preemptive pardons in the final weeks of the trump presidency. two people familiar with the discussion tell the "times" gaetz if you are seed blanket pardons for multiple people. the request was ultimately never granted and the report comes as sources say gaetz is under investigation for alleged sex trafficking and prostitution including a charge involving a minor. a spokesperson for gaetz said that the congressman at that time publicly called for numerous people to be pardoned including himself. the spokesperson added it had nothing to do with the current allegations which gaetz denies. it's been one week since the public learned of the possible federal investigation into gaetz and almost all of his fellow house republicans are keeping their distance. cnn's jessica dean reports from
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capitol hill. >> reporter: when it comes to representative matt gaetz and the justice department's investigation into allegations of sex trafficking, republicans on capitol hill have been largely silent and house republican leadership has not said much, either. >> those are serious implications, if it comes out to be true, yes, we would remove him if that was the case. >> reporter: mccarthy has not spoken about gaetz publicly since last week and his office did not respond when asked by cnn if he had spoken with gaetz about the allegations. only two house republicans have offered public support for gaetz, representatives jim jordan and marjorie taylor greene, who, like gaetz, are fierce defenders of former president donald trump. aside from these comments, republican response on the hill has been pretty universal in its silence. a silence former republican congressman charlie dent says sends a clear message. >> the fact that many republican members have not spoken out against him doesn't hide the
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fact that i suspect many are gleefully experiencing feeling of -- many are taking great delight in his misery. >> reporter: the justice department is investigating whether gaetz engaged in a relationship with a 17-year-old and whether his involvement with other young women broke sex trafficking and problems cushion laws. gaetz has denied any wrongdoing and claims to be the victim of an extortion plot. >> it is a horrible allegation and it is a lie. >> reporter: gaetz has the reputation of being a man apart on capitol hill, better known for his stunts than for his close relationships with his colleagues. he wore a gas mask on the house floor during a vote on a covid-19 relief package and during the first impeachment inquiry against former president trump, gaetz led a group of republicans who stormed a secure room where a closed-door deposition was taking place. dent who served with gaetz says gaetz is now politically isolated. >> he is in a situation, again,
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isolated, he's marginalized, no friends and those are just the republicans. >> reporter: earlier this year gaetz attacked the leadership of his own party, traveling to wyoming where he railed against representative liz cheney, the third-ranking republican in the house after she voted to impeach former president trump. >> we are in a battle for the soul of the republican party and i intend to win it. >> reporter: while gaetz has acted as one of trump's staunchest defenders the former president has so far not offered any public support not florida congressman. a source tells cnn trump brought up the gaetz situation in a recent conversation with an ally, talking as if he was gently fishing about whether he should weigh in. their response was he should stay far away from the situation. a senior house gop source tells cnn that gaetz is unlikely to lose his seat on the house judiciary committee unless he is indicted. conference rules state if he is indicted he will be forced to give up his seat but so far
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because he's denied the allegations and because they are based on news reports he's been able to keep his seat on that committee. jessica dean, cnn, capitol hill. president joe biden is applauding businesses for condemning restrictive voting laws. his administration has heavily criticized georgia's sweeping new election rules. earlier this week he voiced support for major league baseball's decision to pull the all-star game from the state. several major georgia-based companies have criticized the law. he spoke about the importance of speaking up. >> it is reassuring to see that for-profit operations and businesses are speaking up about how these new jim crow laws are just antithetical to who with
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err. now we go across the aisle and many republicans are having the quite the opposite reaction. the senate minority leader is slamming companies for taking a stand dense georgia's new voting law even though mitch mcconnell has been a forceful advocate of businesses donating money to political campaigns. he is slamming them for using, quote, economic blackmail to influence voting laws and is warning they would face, in his words, serious consequences. >> my warning, if you will, to corporate america is to stay out of politics. it's not what you are designed for. republicans buy stock and fly on planes and drink coca-cola, too. so what i'm saying here is i think this is quite stupid so jump in the middle of a highly controversial issue. >> now, is there a chance to
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salvage the 2015 iran nuclear deal? negotiators for the major signatories include iran and the u.s. and they're hashing it all out this week. we will have the latest on the talks live from vienna. plus, two very different stories are emerging in russia about the health and treatment of imprisoned putin critic alexei navalny. surfaces re germs on more than lysol spray. it's a simple fact: it even kills the covid-19 virus. science supports these simple facts. there's only one true lysol. lysol. what it takes to protect. - grammarly business helps my company build higher performing sales teams. since simon's team started using grammarly business to sharpen their writing, we've closed more deals. learn more at
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♪ welcome back to our viewers in the united states and around the world, i'm paula newton. iran is talking about the
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first talks as instructive. iran and the eu are meeting in vienna. the talks about the biden administration's first effort aimed at reviving the 2015 nuclear pact but no one is expecting a quick agreement. iran is demanding the u.s. drop all the sanctions the trump administration reimposed before iran will return to its nuclear commitment. frederick pleitgen is live in vienna. i have to ask you there a sense of the red line so-called for the biden administration here because iran, we know their red line, they want the lifting of all sanctions, that's their deal. >> reporter: yeah, and you're right. the biden administration also has been clear about where the red lines lie for them, that is making any unilateral moves to entice iran to come back into full compliance. the u.s. is not going to lift any sanctions before the iranians make some moves themselves. the iranians are saying what
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they don't want is a step by step process of moving back into full compliance. they say they want everything to happen all at once. they say that the u.s. needs to lift all the sanctions immediately. the iranians are saying that they have been the ones who have been keeping this deal alive at all. let's listen into what iran's chief negotiator had to say. >> we are quite serious, nobody can question iran's good will. the jcpoa is alive because of iran and we have paid a heavy price for that. our people have suffered from the sanctions imposed by the united states and now if they want to revive jcpoaa, if they want to come back to the jcpoaa they should lift all sanctions at once. >> reporter: so there you hear iran's chief negotiator speaking there, he is talking about the maximum pressure campaign administered by the trump administration, very heavy sanctions that did hurt the iranians a lot. so the big question now is who is willing to move first and
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how, paula. the way that the negotiators here, which is first and foremost the europeans want to solve this is by working groups. they want to talk to the u.s. about lifting of sanctions, want to talk to the iranians about coming back into full compliance and they hope to marry those positions up and be able to do everything at once and move back to the nuclear agreement, have the u.s. back in and have iran back in full compliance. obviously with some of the mention that they would need to do along the way, it is a process that would have to happen. it is a long way as you've said and as they've said. the thing that all sides are acknowledging is that they want to salvage the deal and they certainly believe that the best way forward is for the u.s. and iran to be inside that agreement, paula. >> yeah, and that is what they're trying to do there at the table. very complicated negotiations ahead. fred, thank you very much. live for us from vienna. russia says alexei navalny won't get any special treatment in prison so any health issues he might have will be addressed
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according to what they call prison policy. navalny says he is on a hunger strike, meantime, and was complained of several symptoms including a fever and a bad cough. but we've just learned this hour that navalny is not suffering from covid-19. that's of course good news. his lawyer telling cnn he has tested negative. still amnesty international warns his life may be in danger. matthew chance has details. >> reporter: from inside this grim penal colony where alexei navalny is languishing, reports are emerging of the russian opposition figure's failing health. latest from navalny, unconfirmed by the authorities, that he's coughing hard, running a high temperature and been moved to a sick ward on the prison grounds. the group of sympathetic doctors has even gathered at the gates demanding access to the jailed kremlin critic who has complained of a tuberculosis
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outbreak behind bars. >> about his health and about what has happened tomorrow with his health and i understand very clearly about some symptoms that he has now that it can lead to very severe condition and even to the death. >> reporter: but those in power are pushing back on the claims he is at death's door. this closed circuit television footage purports to show navalny in his prison dorm after complaining of a back back and lack of sensitivity in his legs, you can see him walking across the room and chat to go a prison guard suggesting his poor health may have been exaggerated. there's also this broadcast on russian state media, silent video of navalny fast asleep in bed recorded by a prison employee during an inspection. the opposition figure is
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described being woken every hour by guards, tantamount to torture by sleep deprivation. also extraordinary access granted to this woman, maria butte nay, once a high profile prisoner in u.s. jail after convicted of conspiracy to be a foreign agent, now a reporter on russian television. comparing navalny's prison conditions with her own. he should spend time in an american jail, she screams at him off camera. at least here it's clean, she says. it was of course navalny who was taken suddenly ill on a flight from siberia last year, suspected nerve agent poisoning. amid concerns of neurological damage the opposition leader who was jailed after recovering and returning to russia in january says he is on hunger strike until he gets proper medical care. but russian officials are showing no sign of relenting. navalny's wife said she just got this letter from the penal
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colony requesting her husband's passport. without it, the letter says, he can't be treated in hospital. russia's stubborn bureaucracy now threatening the health of its beleaguered opposition leader. matthew chance, cnn, in russia. japanese health officials are worried that covid variants are driving a possible fourth wave of infections in that country. it comes as preparations for the tokyo olympics are now in full swing. the torch relay you see there passed through -- but osaka's governor says he won't allow the torch bearers to run through his city which is struggling with a spike in cases. bl how is japan hoping to possibly pull this off given the obstacles of the virus still in
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place more than a year later? >> reporter: well, paula, you just now cnn was able to confirm that the government has canceled the torch replay that was set to take place in osaka next week and the government has declared a medical emergency in osaka because of the surge there. now, when you talk about this fourth wave that seems to be coming across japan, it's really twofold, you know, it's the more transmissible variants that the government believes are causing this increase, but also the lifting of the state of emergency about two weeks ago, cherry blossoms blooming, more people outside and since then 39 out of the 47 prefectures across the country have seen an increase in cases. when you talk about this most recent potential fourth wave and you think about the fact that the olympics are set to take police in less than four months,
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test events have been canceled, olympic qualifiers postponed and canceled, this torch relay event next week canceled. all of these things because of the coronavirus and it's not slowing down. so what the olympic games will look like, if they actually do happen, will be interesting to see in about four months' time. >> i'm sure olympic organizers are nervous and that says nothing of course of the health professionals right now in japan trying to cope with what could be a devastating fourth wave. blake, appreciate the update. arkansas state lawmakers have passed a bill prohibiting doctors from prescribing treatment to transgender youth. the state legislature overrode a veto from the governor. the bill will become a law. one of many troubling bills around the u.s. seeking to limit the rights of transgender individuals. cnn's sunlen serfaty has more. >> reporter: it has become a new front in the culture war, republicans across the country are pushing to ban transgender students and often specifically
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trans girls and women, many of whom were assigned male at birth from competing in school sports. in south dakota republican governor kristi noem rejected a bill that would have barred transgender athletes from sports but under pressure from social conservatives later issued two executive orders that effectively banned trans girls from competing. >> it's clear that each and every one of us as men and women have exceptional gifts and differences they should be celebrated but those differences are very real and the physical differences are very real. >> reporter: one ordering all girls who want to play in girls sports to present a birth certificate showing they were assigned female at birth. this is playing out in republican-led states across the country. more than 25 now considering anti-trans policies in school sports in k through 12 and college. according to the human rights campaign. three of those states have already signed them into law. high profile activists are
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pushing back. >> as someone who has played sports with someone who is trans i can assure you all is well, nothing is spontaneously combusting. >> reporter: soccer star megan rapinoe bending this op-ed saying these bills are attempt to go solve a problem that doesn't exist. that point has been underscored in debates at the state level. >> how many girls in georgia have been denied opportunity because of transgender athletes participating in sports? >> so obviously there's not a lot of statistics on that. >> so there are none in georgia? >> i don't have any hard data on that. >> thank you. >> reporter: as republicans in i a digs to socially conservative organizations pushing for the ban have been unable to point to any evidence of a problem. >> will you cite any examples where a young woman was denied a scholarship opportunity or a title here in arizona, not outside of arizona, not anecdotally in another state but here specifically in arizona
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because they were competing against a trans athlete who outperformed them? >> i can't at this point, mr. chairman. >> reporter: and as the parents of transgender kids make impassioned pleas against the bans. >> i need you to understand that this language if it becomes law will have real effects on real people. it will affect my daughter, it will mean she cannot play on the girls volleyball team or dance squad or tennis team. >> sunlen serfaty, cnn, washington. a popular prince has been stirring up trouble in jordan and the government is ready for the scandal to be over. what's being done to quiet the chatter, that's coming up. fragrance sentis infused with natural essential oils into a mist. to awaken your home with an experience you can see, smell, and feel. it's air care, redefined. air wick essential mist. connect to nature. do you have a life insurance policy you no longer need? now
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former crown prince hamza bin al hussein. prince hamza released a video criticizing jordan's leadership. he has since written a letter pledging allegiance to the king. israel's president has asked benjamin netanyahu to break a deadlock. the prime minister will have up to six weeks to build a coalition in the new parliament but doesn't have enough support from lawmakers and the president isn't sure he will succeed. >> reporter: in a televised speech he was not shy about his reluctance in doing so. he said that netanyahu had the highest number of endorsements from the israeli parliament at 52. that's not enough for a 61-seat majority needed but said he sly had the numbers and that he needed to give netanyahu the mandate. did he say in a tweet the results of the consultations
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that were open to all lead me to believe that no candidate has a realistic chance of forming a government that will have the confidence of the knesset. if the law would allow me to do so i would give the decision back to the knesset. he also noted it's somewhat problematic to have a candidate currently facing a corruption trial but said that a prime minister can continue serving despite being indicted. you could feel the reluctance in his decision. he tweeted this is not an easy decision on a moral and ethical basis in my mind. as i said at the beginning of my remarks, the state of israel is not to be taken for granted and i fear for my country. >> our thanks to hadas gold. if mr. netanyahu fails to build a coalition the president can give the task to a different candidate or ask parliament to choose one. if the stalemate continues israel could see its fifth election since 2019. now a dramatic water rescue
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in stormer weather has left a cargo ship abandoned an adrift. the crew of the dutch ship was evacuated off the cost of norway after the main engine lost power. the footage shows crew members jumping overboard and being rescued by helicopter. the ship is at risk of spilling hundreds of gallons of oil from its tank. they are trying to secure the ship later wednesday. still to come on "newsroom," while donald trump is calling for a coke boycott some social media users say the former president isn't giving up his diet coke just yet. the picture they say proves it all. our new scented oils give you our best smelling scents. now crafted with more natural ingredients and infused with essential oils that are 100% natural. give us one plug and connect to nature.
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battery life. the fda has, in fact, authorized it for emergency use for the general public and health care professionals. the mask drops on thursday. now, some critics thirsting to catch donald trump breaking his coca-cola boycott think they found photographic evidence. jeanne moos reports on what internet users may have seen hiding in plain sight. >> reporter: you may see a picture of a former president, smiling at his desk, but others were smiling at what they saw half-hidden behind the phone, it was circled, pointed at by arrows, labeled in a rectangle just a few days earlier former president trump had called for a boycott of coca-cola and other companies that opposed a georgia voting law. don't go back to their products until they relent, said his statement. and now can you find a hidden diet coke in this photo?
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♪ >> defenders weren't convinced it was the real thing. no one can verify that's actually a coke bottle, but it sure looked familiar. boy got for thee not for me. coke bottle be like shaquille o'neal trying to hide behind a tree. the photo was posted by steven miller. people found lots to chuckle about like the statue of trump himself behind his mar-a-lago desk. but the possible boycott busting coke got the most attention. after all, this is a guy -- >> 12 diet cokes, right? >> reporter: known for his massive daily intake. until president biden moved it, presidents for years have had a button on the oval office desk to summon a butler, but for president trump that button seemed dedicated -- >> he had a diet coke button on
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his desk in the oval office. the man urinates aspartame. >> reporter: are critics grasping at straws? a sensible boycott doesn't require the destruction of already purchased goods. this ain't a tea party. no, it's always been a diet coke party for donald trump. he's even been caught on tape ordering -- >> give me a coke, please. >> reporter: he's always had a habit of pushing his coke around, critics say he didn't push this one far enough to hide it. jeanne moos, cnn, new york. and that wraps this hour of "cnn newsroom." thanks for being with us. i'm paula newton. "early start" is straight ahead.
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