tv Early Start With Christine Romans and Laura Jarrett CNN April 8, 2021 2:00am-2:59am PDT
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justice to publish model red flag laws, laws to remove guns there people in dang for themselves or others, new invention communities hit hardest by gun violence and the president plans to nominate a gun control advocate for atf. far from sweeping overall, these measures are limited but work toward fulfilling a commitment that mr. biden made after two deadly mass shootings last month in colorado and georgia to take some steps right away. >> i don't need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common sense steps that will save the lives in the future and to urge my colleagues in the house and senate to act. we can ban assault weapons and brought down these mass killings. we should do it again. >> as he mentioned there more
sweeping action on assault weapons and universal background checks, those require action by congress. the president has recently acknowledged that his huge infrastructure plan, not new gun laws, is his top legislative priority. democratic senator joe manchin of west virginia flexing his political muscle insisting he will not vote to weaken or eliminate the filibuster under any circumstances. that's the rule of course that requires 60 votes in the senate to end debate and get most bills passed. senator manchin bending an op-ed calling the filibuster a critical tool for maintaining a stable democracy. daniella diaz joins me live from capitol hill. what are you hearing about this? it's interesting manchin weighing in so heavily. >> reporter: laura, i think some democratic senators were hoping that he might change his mind on this issue, but that is -- there is no doubt that he is firm on this issue now after this editorial published last night
in the "washington post." you know, he is against democrats using budget reconciliation to pass legislation in the senate now that democrats have the majority and that biden is president and this means that they only need 51 votes to pass legislation. the context here for this editorial is the senate parliamentarian ruled that democrats could use budget reconciliation for more legislation, possibly being able to use it five more times before this congress is over. so the senate parliamentarian is able to rule on this, she is the one that gets to decide, which means that they only need 51 votes to pass legislation and they can just with democratic votes. they don't need republicans to sign on. and there is one line that really sums up how he feels about this, he thinks the filibuster is an important tool and procedure in the senate that's needed. here is what he had to say. he said, the filibuster is a critical tool to protecting that input and our democratic forum of government. that is why i have said it before and will say it again to remove any shred of doubt. there is no circumstance in
which i will vote to eliminate or weaken the filibuster. he believes it is crucial for there could be 60 votes to pass legislation in the senate. 60 votes to break this filibuster that he is referencing. he says it's because bipartisanship needs to happen for legislation to pass in the senate and he is against any sort of drastic changes for policy making, especially if democrats don't have the majority in the next congress, he thinks that if this switches back and forth there will be drastic changes in policy. so manchin against this filibuster breaking or ending this filibuster means that this is likely not going to happen in this congress. laura? >> obviously the argument on the other side of this is that if you don't do anything to eliminate it you're going to gum up works that are things that the biden agenda cares about deeply, that the american people want to see the president get done, things like immigration reform, gun control reform, all of the things that the president
has signaled may come down the line. what does this ultimately mean forren's agenda? >> it means it will be harder for legislation to pass in the senate, especially legislation that biden wants to pass, immigration reform, gun safety measures, $15 minimum wage that progressives really want. this is legislation that will be harder. republicans are against it and democrats will need ten republicans at least to sign on to this legislation, especially if sometimes manchin or kyrsten sinema the usual subjects usually against these progressive measures don't support these measures. it will be much harder for biden to pass his legislation through congress. >> guaranteed this discussion is far from over. daniella, thank you. appreciate it. to covid now where 43% of the country's new coronavirus cases reported by just five states over the last seven days. new york, michigan, florida, pennsylvania and new jersey reporting more than 196,000 of
the nation's 453,000 cases. here is dr. anthony fauci on this. >> the last count yesterday was 63,000 cases in a single day. when you are at that level there is the risk of getting a surge back up. so the way we're looking at it now, it's almost a race between getting people vaccinating and this surge that seems to want to increase and do what's going on, for example, in europe where they're having some surges now that are really quite alarming. >> health experts say highly contagious variants are driving the rise in new cases. nick watt has more now from los angeles. >> reporter: well, laura, that more contagious variant first found in the united kingdom is now dominant here in the united states and is at least in part behind a recent rise in cases and hospitalizations. the good news, the average daily
death toll in this country is still falling. why? well, the cdc says that is down to the vaccine rollout, particularly vaccinations among the elderly and more vulnerable population. now, with perhaps some end in sight, light at the end of the tunnel, what are people looking forward to? listen to this 95-year-old world war ii veteran and bon jovi fan. >> i will be going to karaoke as often and as much as i can. >> wanted dead or alive. >> reporter: so the white house says that within a couple of weeks half of american adults will have had at least their first shot but that means that half of american adults will not have had their first shot. so where is the finish line? the president says we are not there yet. so where is it? well, dr. anthony fauci wouldn't
be drawing on any numbers or met contribution, all he would say is we will know it when we see it. laura? >> nick watt, thank you. a lead state investigator into the death of george floyd changing his mind on the witness stand as the defense continues to focus on the drugs in floyd's system as the cause of death instead of former officer chauvin's use of deadly force. cnn's omar jimenez is in minneapolis covering the trial. he has the latest. >> reporter: laura, wednesday was largely more law enforcement taking the stand essentially against derek chauvin, but one of the more significant exchanges came from one special agent james reyerson with the minnesota bureau of criminal apprehension took the stand. he was asked about a portion of body camera video taken from may 25th, 2020 and he was asked to identify what george floyd said in the moment and at first he was asked whether he heard george floyd say "i ate too many
drugs" to which he initially responded yes, but minutes later prosecutors played a longer portion from that same video and here is how that exchange went. >> we played through 202110 with the quote that you were asked about appearing at 202101, correct? >> yes. >> having heard it in context, are you able to tell what mr. floyd is saying there. >> yes, i believe there floyd was saying "i ain't do no drugs." >> so that's a little different than what you were asked about when you only saw a portion of the video. >> yes, sir. >> reporter: it's a key moment because one of the defense's main arguments in this is that it was a combination of drugs in floyd's system along with his medical history that killed him not a knee to the neck. now, in the later portion of the day drugs was the main focus when two forensic experts were speak being what was found between the squad car and george floyd's car from that day and they said in at least two of the pills they found meth and
fentanyl. while we knew that was part of george floyd's autopsy report the jury got to hear from the experts what was actually found and that speaks to the larger point of this. as closely as you and i have been paying attention to this, laura, the only people that really matter at this point are these jurors seated inside the courtroom and over the course of this week based on reports we've gotten from inside it does seem it's been harder for them to give their full attention, especially when you kpaer this week's expert testimony with last week's emotional testimony. nonetheless they do seem to still be taking notes, sometimes conferring with one another as we move forward in this. if you break this into sections based on what we've seen so far, last week was largely establishing what happened, the beginning of this week has been largely law enforcement focus, mainly looking at the use of force employed in this situation which as we know many of them have testified that it's been excessive and now really the final portion that we're
beginning to head into the territory of is trying to establish what george floyd's cause of death is, i should say, and that will be stamped by the testimony from the hennepin county medical examiner when it comes. laura? >> omar, thank you for breaking all of that down. the eu's top drug agency finding a possible link between the astrazeneca vaccine and rare blood clots. that's next. you're clearly someone who takes care of yourself. so why wait to screen for colon cancer? because when caught in early stages, it's more treatable. i'm cologuard. i'm noninvasive and detect altered dna in your stool to find 92% of colon cancers even in early stages. tell me more. it's for people 45 plus at average risk for colon cancer, not high risk. false positive and negative results may occur. ask your prescriber or an online prescriber if cologuard is right for you.
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london this morning. nice to have you. what are regulators saying about this? i know there's been a lot of back and forth in europe. >> absolutely, laura. this morning uk health officials trying to reassure the public saying this this shows that the safety pro he had urs in place were working and that's why we were able to detect rare cases. rare cases of blood clotting that will be listed as a side effect of the oxford university and astrazeneca vaccine is the conclusion. after two press conferences were held yesterday, one by the eu side, another here in london by the uk's health regulators, both sides saying the benefits of this vaccine still outweigh the risks, although there is possible evidence to link these rare blood clots to the use of this vaccine. but while the european medicines agency said no specific risk factors can be identified here in britain, british health officials saying out of an abundance of caution we will not recommend use of it in those adults aged under 30. you can hear how the mixed
messaging can create confusion, already in the past 24 hours we've seen belgium and italy take steps to try to prevent the use of this vaccine is certain age groups. experts with saying we have a link but more scientific work needs to be done to understand what that link is and why the blood clots occur but this will be so hard to study. it is to rare. out of 20 million people who received the first dose of this oxford university and astrazeneca vaccine out of 20 million only 79 this these rare cases. one uk health official describing it as vanishingly rare. >> so rare, but serious enough to get everybody's attention. salma, thank you so much. appreciate it. brazil smashing through its previous daily record for covid deaths now, nearly 4,200 people reported dead tuesday, that's the highest number in the world. icus in some cities turning patients away and the country's
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dame. but what struck us when we got back there in friday nearly two years after that tragedy is for all the drama of that evening, laura, actually how much worse it could have been. its vaulted ceilings, stained glass windows and elaborate columns, as you can see on these images shot by cnn so much of what makes notre dame one of the world's most exquisite gothic wonders stands tall, almost miraculously. the construction of the cathedral may have taken 182 years from when it began in 1163, it took the fire of 2019 a matter of hours to compromise its stability. the work of the last two years has been all about ensuring that the cathedral stayed upright. >> we want to be sure that the structure is solid. so i take a lot of measures, consolidate. we don't want to make
reconstruction without reassure. >> reporter: here you can see the iconic north tower that at one point had been threatened by the flames on the night of the fire. in the end they were put off before it could collapse but this is where the most devastating part of the fire took place. it was here that the famous notre dame spire once stood. as the world watched the spire which had been under renovation collapsed. breaking through the vaulted ceiling by crashed into the naiv naive. the general in charge of the renovations gave cnn a rare tour. >> it is a place where the spire collapsed, you know? this is the center of the drama. >> reporter: the general shows us the exact spot where the spire first came crashing through. here the vaulted ceiling is held up by wooden pillars, each
weighing a ton and a half. they ensure, explains the project manager, that if the stones give way for whatever reason, bad weather, a tremor, a shock, the wooden support beams will keep the structure standing. now that the scaffolding for the renovations a ready they say that the work of rebuilding notre dame's vaulted ceiling and its spire will begin before the end of the year. this is a central part of the naive where a great majority of the reconstruction will have to take place. elsewhere what's really remarkable is how intact the structure s these stones that had stood for more than eight centuries almost exactly as they were. outside, too, the cathedral's iconic gothic facade stands as a testament to a construction that has proven as sturdy as it is delicate. cathedral officials say almost a billion dollars have been raised
through donations from 150 countries so far. a reminder of the place that notre dame has not just in the history of france, but in the hearts of so many all around the world. now, laura, the expectation is that that renovation work due to start later this year should be done by 2024 which means by then the public will be allowed back in and vaccination campaigns permitting, tourists once again able to visit. >> what an effort. incredible to see inside there. i'm so glad you got that inside look. melissa, thank you. the biden administration on the hunt to reunite migrant children separated from their parents. why the numbers of families broken apart might be higher than previously revealed. ncer. she's more of a groundbreaker. just look at the way she's reshaping, and reimagining, her 4 acre slice of heaven. it's not hard to tell she's the real deal.
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♪ good morning, everyone. this is "early start." i'm laura jarrett. about 31 minutes past the hour here in new york. and in just a few hours president biden will take his first steps against gun violence as the country now faces at least 20 mass shootings in this year alone. biden expected to release a series of executive actions that he can take without congressional approval. here is what we know. he plans to tighten up rules on so-called ghost guns which are homemade or assembled from kits without serial numbers. he also plans to restrict the stabilizing braces that make it easier to handle a gun's recoil. he will direct the department of justice to release model red flag laws for states, those are the ones that allow authorities to take guns from people found to be a danger to themselves or others. biden will allowance new
intervention programs for communities hit hardest by violence and finally the president plans to nominate a gun control advocate as the next director of atf, the bureau of alcohol, tobacco and firearms and explosives. the atf hasn't had a director confirmed in iks is years. five states have had 43% of the country's new coronavirus cases in the last seven days. new york, michigan, florida, pennsylvania and new jersey reporting over 196,000 of the nation's 453,000 cases. dr. anthony fauci warning young americans they are now being infected at much higher rates. >> more than 75% of individuals 65 years of age or older have had at least one shot of a two-shot vaccine which means when you look at the entire population there's relatively more protection among older individuals as opposed to younger individuals.
what we're seeing now is what appears to be but it's actually the reality of a disproportionately more infections in younger individuals. >> health experts say highly contagious variants are driving the rise in cases we're seeing. cnn has reporters covering the pandemic coast to coast. >> reporter: i'm martin savidge in atlanta. today is the day georgia rolls back most of its long-standing covid-19 restrictions amidst concerns from local businesses and public health experts. starting today the state's months' long ban on gatherings of more than 50 people in one place will be lifted through orders from the governor. restaurants and bars will be able to seat their patrons closer together and the same is true of movie theaters. additionally police officers are barred from shutting down businesses that don't comply with the scaled-back distancing rules. >> reporter: i'm tom foreman in washington, d.c. where the federal government is going to pitch in to help families bury the folks who have died from
covid-19. the federal emergency management agency, fema, is going to be in charge of this program. one of the largest of its kind. what they're doing is inviting people to apply for this assistance, they could get up to $9,000 per burial. the goal is not to pay for those costs but also to help these families many of whom lost primary bread winners to the virus. >> reporter: i'm elizabeth cohen. during the pandemic stay-at-home orders helped curb the spread of the virus, but they also took a toll, especially on some communities in the united states. the study shows that the stay-at-home orders were associated with unemployment, food insufficiency, mental health issues and that these problems were worse for black, latino and low-income communities. unfortunately many of the communities that were hard hit by these orders were also hard hit by the virus. >> reporter: i'm alexandra field in new york city. the city has announced a new
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element to the jury on wednesday. chauvin's lawyer played a short clip of police body camera footage for the lead state investigator into the death of george floyd who then changed his mind on the witness stand about what floyd said as officer chauvin kneeled down on him. cnn's adrienne broaddus is live in minneapolis with more on this. adrian, this entire case comes down to a legal issue of course. what was the substantial causal factor in george floyd's death? was it the knee on his neck for over nine minutes or was it the drugs in his system? i wonder watching this sometimes whether the jury is getting that and i think yesterday's testimony complicated it even more. >> reporter: complicated indeed. some big moments out of the courtroom yesterday and the question jurors likely wrestled with overnight was what did george floyd say? this after the defense attorney eric nelson introduced that new element you just talked about.
let's take a listen. >> i'm going to ask you, sir, to listen to mr. floyd's voice. >> did you hear that? >> yes, i did. >> did it appear that mr. floyd said "i ate too many drugs"? >> wyes, it did. >> having heard it in context, are you able to tell what mr. floyd is saying there? >> yes, i believe there floyd was saying, i ain't do no drugs. >> so that's a little different than what you were asked about when you only saw a portion of the video, correct? >> yes, sir. >> reporter: and once again the defense focused on george floyd's drug use. by using that video the defense was trying to get floyd to admit
he consumed drugs and that ultimately led to his death, but that's a question the jurors are going to have to decide and they're going to have to weigh the credibility of that bca agent that testified because first he said he heard something and then he said he heard something different after that video was replayed within context. earlier in the day we also heard from multiple members of law enforcement including a use of force expert with the los angeles police department. he testified saying chauvin used excessive and deadly force. we also heard from forensic scientists or forensic experts you can say who said they found pills in the back of the police squad car with floyd's dna on those pills. so the big question is what is next? we know we are going to hear from the hennepin county medical examiner. we should hear from the medical examiner later this week and the medical examiner will be able to
talk about the autopsy and the cause of death. back to you. >> adrian, thank you so much for your coverage on this. appreciate it. the biden administration now reviewing more than 5,600 new files to determine whether more children were separated from their families at the u.s./mexico border than previously known. former president trump's zero tolerance policy resulted in border officials separating thousands of children from their parents. the question for the biden administration is how to undo all the damage. priscilla alvarez is live in washington this morning. hundreds of files t sounds daunting to be honest. how does the biden administration plan to even start this and sort through all the missing files, the wrong dates, the doubled up cases? where do they start? >> laura, there is no doubt that this is a challenge, a senior department of homeland security official told reporters just yesterday that they are meticulously going through thousands of files, both of separations we know occurred as well as files that haven't been
reviewed yet. those 5,600 files you mentioned falls under the have not been reviewed yet, they date from january of 2017 to july of 2017 and what officials are looking for there are clues, clues that a child may have been separated from a parent or guardian when crossing the u.s./mexico border. all of this is part that have task force that president joe biden set up in his first few days in office. that task force intended to identify and reunify families who were separated under the trump administration. on that latter part, the reunification, the official couldn't provide a timeline as to when that's going to happen but said they're going through those files and buttoning up systems to make sure they can do those reunifications smoothly when it is time. still a long road ahead. >> speaking of reunification you are also learning that the parents of 445 migrant children separated at the border under trump have still not been found. now, thankfully that number is
actually down from 506, if you can believe it. where do the lawyers believe that the parents of the rest of the children are? i imagine these are probably the hardest cases that are left, right? s>> all right. looks like we may have lost priscilla alvarez there. we thank her for her coverage on the immigration issues. rudy giuliani's son andrew says he plans to run for governor of new york next year. his candidacy could set up a high profile showdown against andrew cuomo if the incumbent decides to run for a faurt term. andrew giuliani would face a long shot battle in the heavy democratic state. his only experience has been as an aide to former president trump. kaitlan jenner is being advised by a former trump campaign manager as she considers a run for governor in california. brad parscale is not a paid adviser but helping jenner as a
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authorities now say tiger woods' february crash was caused by excessive speed and his inability to handle a curve. the l.a. county sheriff announcing woods was driving up to 87 miles per hour, that's nearly double the speed limit when he lost control of his vehicle but the sheriff says investigators did not get a parent for blood tests in the case as there was no evidence of impairment or intoxication. on twitter woods thanked the good samaritans who came to his aid and says he continues to focus on recovery. as tiger recovers, golf fans will return to augusta, georgia,
for today's masters tournament. coy wire is already there with this morning's "bleacher report." hey, coy? >> good morning to you, laura. very interesting energy here in augusta. the 2021 masters being played less than five months after last year's edition which was pushed back due to covid. a limited number of patrons will be allowed here on the ground each day. masks and social distancing still required, but with those fans will come a sense of normalcy and the players they can't wait to see them. >> the patrons play such a massive role into this tournament, the echos, the roars down in the valley and especially come the weekend, i think it's going to feel -- it won't take many people for it to feel close enough to normal to be a fantastic event. >> jordan spieth one of the favorites to win this 85th masters and so is defending champ dustin johnson.
winning back to back masters incredibly tough, only three players in history have ever repeated a chance at this major, jack nicklaus, nick faldo and tiger woods. dj was the skill and temperament to pull it off. all eyes will be on him to see if he can. before the first group tees off at 8:00 eastern the honorary starters, joining jack nicklaus and gary player will be lee elder. in 1975 elder became the first black man to play in the masters, now age 86 he is still breaking barriers, still smiling, he will be the first african-american to open the most prestigious tournament in golf ever mindful of a very different and painful era, but still relishing every moment he's seeing. >> if they say that they're not nervous they're not human. you know, you can only accomplish so much. the nervousness won't last long but it's certainly going to last my introduction. it's something that i will never forget and will always cherish.
>> very cool. >> so inspiring, laura, to be with lee. he said his message to others, you have to take a look at where you come from in order to get to where you're going. he's here with his daughter, should be a special time for him and his family. >> thanks so much. nba legend shaquille o'neal making one man's day a lot better and a whole lot cheaper by paying for his engagement ring. the gesture caught on camera as shaq is seen slyly taking out his credit card and handing it to the store clerk as the customer was getting ready to pay. the basketball star spoke about the gift during the nba after show. >> and this is something that i do every day. you have to make people happy. whenever i leave the house i try to do a good deed. at first he didn't want to take it. i said, don't worry about t i do it all the time. >> i bet he's glad he did take it. shaq said he's just trying to
make people smile. jack hannah the wildlife conservationist has been diagnosed with dementia. his family said his condition progressed faster than anticipated and the 74-year-old is retiring from public life. jungle jack hannah became a national celebrate. target planning to spend more than $2 billion by 2025 to support black-owned businesses. the company plans to add more products made by black-owned businesses and entrepreneurs while spending more with black-owned marketing agencies and construction companies. a raucous shout out from students and staff at an oklahoma elementary school to celebrate the school's beloved cafeteria manager becoming a u.s. citizen. ms. yonette took a victory lap
waving an american flag. the school posted pictures on facebook saying, quote, they are honored to work with one of the best u.s. citizens they know. well, it's a designer bag that costs more than many cars and it's shaped like a plane. cnn's jeanne moos wonders if the airplane bag will take off. >> reporter: fasten your seat belts, this bag has hit some turbulence. >> i think the average consumer is going to go, what? >> reporter: this louis vuitton airplane bag sells for 39,000 bucks, you can buy an actual plane said someone. the luxury design house showed a travel-themed collection at its latest men's show and there it was more of a collector's item. or as celebrate stylist phillip block put it -- >> i think it was the fantasy we
all want. we all want to escape our living rooms right now. >> reporter: for $39,000 can it fly? can you even find things you put in there? where is my chap stick? have you connected the cockpit? on the bright side, look at all the miles to be earned on purchasing this. covered with a famous louis vuitton logo it looks like a military transport plane but who would be transporting it? >> you will definitely see that bag in rappers' videos, it's very cardi b maybe. lady gaga would live for that bag. >> reporter: it's the work of louis vuitton director virgil ablo who tweeted then later deleted design is the freshest scam, quote me on that one. their nonfashionistas ragged on the bag, someone offered to glue some handles on this. some who follow fashion were smitten. >> very cool. looks so good. >> reporter: but that wing
span -- >> you would have a lot of plane crashes with that bag. you would be crashing into everything. >> reporter: this is a bag that practically invites you to pick it up. ♪ come fly with me ♪ ♪ let's fly, let's fly away ♪ >> reporter: just don't expect it to fit in the overhead luggage bin. >> i think that's something that would have to sit on your lap like a service dog. >> reporter: goes perfectly with that $1,100 louis vuitton mink sleep mask. jeanne moos, cnn, new york. >> thank you for that. thanks for joining us, everyone. i'm laura jarrett. "new day" is next.
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