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and say, good-bye, ma. i love you. thanks to all of you were being part of my program this week, and i will see you next week. ♪ hello, everyone, thank you so much for joining me this sunday. i'm fredricka whitfield. the u.s. breaks a new coronavirus vaccine record as a surge in michigan becomes a reality check for the nation. the cdc announcing that more than 4.6 million people received a shot on saturday, shattering last weekend's record. the u.s. administered nearly 22 million doses in one week, which is more than the population of florida. and there's more optimism. the department of health and human services says that fewer than one in 28,000 people who
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get the vaccine experience any serious negative reactions. we'll have more on the pandemic in a moment. including an interview with the michigan health secretary. but first, a black and latino army officer is now suing two virginia police officers alleging they used excessive force during a traffic stop captured on body cam video. second lieutenant nazario seeking more than a million dollars in damages after the police pointed guns at him, pepper sprayed him and pushed him to the ground. one of the officers said he pulled nazario over because he didn't have a license plate, instead paper plates although later the officers became aware of that. the taped paper plate taped inside of his rear window based on the police report. cnn's natasha chen joining me now, natasha, the video of this incident is very difficult to watch. >> yeah, fred, our viewers should know that some of this
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video is very disturbing. you're going to see it from three angles. two of the angles from body cameras worn by officers in windsor, virginia about 30 miles west of norfolk and the third angle is from the personal cell phone of the man they pulled over, a man, as you say, who happens to be black and latino, as well as a lieutenant in the u.s. army. 6:30 p.m., december 5th, 2020. lieutenant nazario driving in his army fatigues through the small town of windsor, virginia saw flashing lights in his rearview mirror. he wasn't sure why he was being pulled over. according to his lawsuit he slowed down and put his blinker on, indicating his intention to pull over but didn't do so for another minute and 40 seconds, which he later explained was in order to find a well lit area. >> driver, roll the window down, put your hands out of the window. turn the vehicle off, put your hands out the window. >> hearing these different
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commands while sitting in his car with the seat belt on, he began recording with his own cell phone and put his hands out the window as ordered. turns out officer daniel crocker had not seen the temporary license plate taped to the back window of his brand new chevrolet tahoe and seeing tinted windows and the driver not stopping right away crocker zid it was a high risk traffic stop but this was never explained to him who for several minutes continued to ask why he was pulled over. >> what's going on? >> how many occupants are in your vehicle? >> it's only myself, why are your weapons drawn? what's going on? >> get out of the car now. >> i'm serving this country. this is how i'm treated. >> get out of the car. >> body camera footage shows gutierrez, gun drawn, unfastening the velcro about his taser at this time. >> what's going on? >> what's going on is you're fixing to ride the lightning, son. >> he thought ride the lightning meant he could be killed. >> i'm honestly afraid to get
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out. >> yeah, you should be, get out, now. >> i have not committed any crimes. >> you're being stopped for a traffic violation, you're not cooperating at this point right now, you're under arrest for -- you're being detained. >> should -- violation, i do not have to get out of the vehicle, you haven't told me why i'm being stopped. >> about two to three minutes in officer crocker tried to open the driver's door. in his report, he wrote, quote, when i attempted to -- the driver assaulted myself by striking my hand away and pulled away from officer gutierrez's grip. but in his own body camera footage nazario is not seen striking anyone. crocker's report also says that at this point gutierrez, quote, save several more kpands commands to comply with orders or he would be sprayed with oc spray. he was just sprayed, still without either officer having told him what exactly he was pulled over for. >> that's [ bleep ] up.
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>> get out of the car. >> take your seat belt off and get out of the car. you made this way more difficult than it had to be. get on the ground. >> can you please talk to me about what's going on. can you please talk to me about what's going on. why am i being treated like this? >> you're not cooperating. get on the ground. >> the officers handcuffed him and stood him back up. he told them his dog was in the backseat and was choking from the pepper spray. medics arrived and the conversation mellowed. >> a two minute traffic stop turned into all this. >> he explained why he didn't immediately pull over. >> i was pulling over to a well lit area for my safety and yours. i have respect for law enforcement. >> but gutierrez said that wasn't the problem. >> raised voices between -- i get it, okay, like i told you, as far as you not stopping, because you were uncomfortable, lieutenant, that happens all the time. it happens to me a lot.
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and it's -- 80% of the time, it's a minority. >> while the officers couldn't understand why nazario didn't get out of the car as instructed -- nazario said he didn't know why he was being stopped. >> i never looked out the window and saw guns blazing immediately. >> gutierrez eventually told nazario he had a conversation with the chief of police and was giving him the option to let this all go. >> there's no need for this to be on your record. it's entirely up to you. if you want to -- you have that right as a citizen. if that's what you want. we'll charge you. it doesn't change my life one way either way. >> you heard that officer say it doesn't change his life whether the lieutenant is charged or not. but clearly now that the video has been shared widely online, all three of their lives are inevitably changed. cnn has not yet been able to
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reach either officer at this time, and it's not clear if they have legal representation for this lawsuit. cnn has also reached out to windsor police and windsor town leaders and we have not yet heard back, fred. >> yeah, it's pretty extraordinary, striking and shocking. we look forward to a response from all those people you've already reached out to, thank you so much, natasha, chen. joining me now to discuss is tim alexander, a civil rights attorney and a former detective who had a 27-year career in law enforcement after being a victim of police brutality as a teenager himself and he's also running for a u.s. house senate seat as a democrat in new jersey. and we'll talk more about your story, your journey, and how you've been shaped in a moment but first, i would love to get your reaction to all that we just saw. >> it was deplorable. it truly was deplorable and it's important to point out that the vast majority of law enforcement officers in this country, men and women, are now standing citizens that do a great job and
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they provide service to their community. these two officers, particularly the contact officer, the officer who had the most contact with the second lieutenant does not need to do another day on the streets of that community. he is -- he was emotionally hijacked. he lost his bearings and it was a vehicle stop. would he have acted that way if the driver of the vehicle was a 65, 70-year-old white woman? my answer is no. >> it's extraordinary because what we heard from the officer on that videotape, very incriminating, he even said, you know, i understand, looking for well lit area but the majority of the time something to the effect of it being minorities, and then also rather threatening language, right, it could be worse if you want to keep sparring with me essentially, or we can just let it go. i mean, this only makes the matters even worse as it comes down to this lawsuit that has been filed and how the city, the police department might try to
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explain, and the officers might try to explain this away. >> and thank god there was video to support what actually happened. if it was just those officers' version of the events we wouldn't even hear about this situation. it would be a second lieutenant arrested for failing to obey the police. but thank god for video and that, by the way, took me back to my own incident in 1985. >> tell me about that. >> when i was shot at, arrested, and beat up by the police, and it wasn't until the next day when we were in court that one of the -- the city attorneys representing the town came to me and said, oh, this is a huge mistake. if you just sign this release, we'll downgrade this and it will all go away. thank god i had my grandfather with me who had the wherewithal to say he's not signing anything. we have an attorney and it worked out greatly for me, i was able to go on and have a wonderful law enforcement career, and to try to effect change from within. >> how often do you think that has happened with the signing of
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the release and people then consequently becoming trapped, and especially in cases where they did nothing wrong and now they've signed that acknowledgment, and can never really shake it for the rest of their lives? >> far too often. and we know that our criminal justice system is broken, that sometimes innocent people just because they don't think they can win their case agree to things that they did not do. it just occurs way too often in our criminal justice system and by the way if it happens once, and we know it happened in 1985 and it happened again there, it's way, way too often. >> okay, so then you said that precipitated in a strange way your experience, precipitated your interest in going into law enforcement and that's so perplexing because some people would think you were so turned off by your experience that no way. what enticed you then to go into law enforcement? what was your ambition along the way?
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>> although i was only 18, 19 years old at the time i had already expressed and took steps to join law enforcement. but that incident happened while i was trying -- my father passed away and my grandfather and i were trying to take care of his funeral arrangements. after all that happened i really was dejected and i didn't feel as though law enforcement was going to be my career choice and it was my grandfather who actually said you're a far better person than these men will ever be. you have the opportunity here to be a police officer if that's what you want to do and you will be a much better police officer than they ever hope to be and that's why i pursued it. >> this video, and this story, and even you sharing more about your personal story all coming in the midst of the nation gripped with this derek chauvin trial. and his actions under the microscope, and hearing police chief and fellow colleagues testify that the decisions he made were unwarranted and wrong.
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listen to what an attorney for george floyd family said yesterday last night, and this also on the precipice of ben crump telling me that one of the family members of george floyd will be testifying as early as this week. but listen to this. >> well, i think that tells the world just how egregious this conduct was that the old playbook of the blue wall of silence can't even be used. for the family and the legal team and the world, when you look at all the officers who have come to testify against derek chauvin, topnotch experts who are testifying for free, you ask yourself if a white officer cannot be convicted of killing a black man under these circumstances, when can an officer be convicted? >> so tell me about your point of view on what is usually the blue wall of silence, how in this case, you know, that that wall has been permeated to a
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degree, and all juxtaposed with your personal experience in law enforcement and that wall of silence? >> sure. and take that particular point, of course, you have a parade of police officers coming in -- i can't say of course. it's highly likely that chauvin will be convicted because of that. that's what's needed. we need to retrain police officers to have the courage and conviction to recognize a criminal is a criminal, regardless of what his or her profession is. and in this instance it's working. the police officers are coming in from the chief on down, this is not law enforcement, this was not a proper use of force. this was murder, plain and simple. we need more officers to do the same thing. throughout my career i took that stance, some other officers did, some other officers did not. i want to see a point where, if you and i are police officers, and we make an arrest, and i break the law in the process, after that issue is resolved, you then turn to me and say, now, you're under arrest.
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because that's when we will have a perfect police force. >> and how will this all now equip you as you run for that democratic house seat in new jersey? >> i have already framed out a retraining program, i want to blow up police training, put some money with it to get it out to the departments that they have to recognize what the problem is, we have some solutions, we're going to work through, push it out and totally revamp how we put brand new officers in to communities, particularly communities that don't look like them and they have never had an interaction with. >> tim alexander, pleasure to meet you. thanks so much for joining us, appreciate it. >> thank you for having me. coming up, we'll talk more about the case against former minneapolis police officer derek chauvin, and discuss who the prosecution is expected to put on the stand this week. plus, coronavirus vaccinations in the u.s. are on the rise, but the surge of cases in michigan, well that's a real reality check on how quickly variants of the virus are spreading.
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>> we're entering week three in the trial of former minneapolis police officer derek chauvin. the prosecution could finish presenting its case this week which may include calling a member of george floyd's family to the stand. aidrienne broaddus joins. what should we be expecting from the prosecution as early as tomorrow? >> reporter: you know, fred, before a member of george floyd's family takes the stand we are also expecting to hear the prosecution call on a medical doctor, a doctor that was suppose to testify on friday morning. but by calling a member from george floyd's family to the stand this is the prosecution returning to how it started. keep in mind during the first week of the trial we heard that emotional testimony from bystanders and other witnesses,
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we heard from the 9-year-old who just wanted to go to the store to get snacks. but calling on a member of floyd's family the prosecution will remind the jurors a life was taken. this was not just an incident but someone's life was ended. george freudloyd was a father, brother, an uncle, a boyfriend, a friend. keep in mind, on this video, as floyd's final moments were approaching, he called out, tell my children i love them. this family member who takes the stand will talk about floyd's love for his children, his love for his family and thooil also talk about floyd's chronic pain. keep in mind the defense has made the argument floyd's drug use paired with underlying medical conditions led to his death. fredricka? >> and of course all the medical testimony this week disputed much of that saying if not for the intersection between floyd and the police he would be alive
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as far as they could tell. aidrienne broaddus, thank you so much in minneapolis, appreciate it. los angeles opens a new chapter in the race for a vaccine. paul vercammen is live for us from dodgers stadium. >> reporter: there's a lot of exuberance, fans in the stands for the first time in a long time, but also, this continues to be a critical vaccination site nationwide, we're going to talk to the dodger president about that, and more. that's coming up in a few moments.
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as it races -- the cdc announcing 4.6 million received a shot on saturday and that brings the total of vaccines administered in the last week to nearly 22 million doses but the threat remains high. michigan is in the middle of another wave, reporting thousands of new cases daily and more concerning, the rise of the uk variant in that state. cnn's polo sandoval is live for us in detroit with more on that. but first let's go to los angeles. cnn's paul vercammen, at dodgers stadium. two major things are happening. mass vaccinations. dodgers stadium seems to have been the busiest of multitasking sites for months now. >> oh, it seems like almost -- think about these statistics, fred, as the dodgers welcome fans back for the first time this weekend, 375,000 vaccinations done here, we think
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that's the highest in the nation, more than a million covid-19 tests, it was a major voting site, and all this when the team won the world series, i'm going to -- what is going through your mind right now when you reflect on this year? >> it was a year of great challenges. but like everyone in our city, like everyone in our country, we came through it, we exercised our patience muscles and we're going to have to deep doing that for a little while longer. we are much closer to the end than we are to the beginning. we're very excited about it. >> you might know the positivity rate in california is -- thanks to the aggressive vaccine campaign here. what does it feel to be part of that and will it continue as we open up more of california? >> this community has supported this organization for 60 years. and numbers greater than any other organization. and when we had a chance to do our part to give back to the community, we couldn't have been more proud to do that. we are going to continue to run
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our vaccine centers for a while on game days the hours will be adjusted, but as long as we can keep helping, we're going to keep -- that's what the dodgers do, and it's how much our community means to us. >> and as the governor's promising, a further reopening of california, we see that we have zip ties on some seats because you're, of course, social distancing with fans, what's the strategy right now in terms of all of the safety precautions? >> okay, we have -- even though we're allowed to be at 33%, we've only told 27% of our seats. we need to keep that six foot distance. as that eases we'll be able to go up. we're hoping by may 1 we go into a lower tier which will allow us to do that. as you said the governor is hoping for a june 15th return to normalcy. >> i know a lot of people would like to thank you because of the dent that you put in this huge problem with the pandemic in getting those shots into arms. again, thank you, stan, and thanks for your organization and all you've done. so there you have it, fred, from
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stan kasten, the dodgers president, they're going to continue to vaccinate here at dodgers stadium. critical in the landscape of all of california. >> thank you, paul and stan. polo sandoval is in detroit for us, a state seeing troubling new numbers in cases. what new measures is that state taking. >> we heard from michigan's governor today, despite multiple attempts to try to have the biden administration increase its allotment, those attempts have been unsuccessful. the biden administration saying right now, especially with the potential impact on supplies, it's not the time to revisit those allocations that multiple states are receiving. so we heard, again, as we said, a little while ago, from governor whitmer earlier today on cbs, essentially countering that message saying that what we're seeing here in michigan could potentially be felt
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elsewhere if they do not receive a surge in their vaccinations. >> i don't think there's a governor in the country that isn't leaving any vaccines on the table. i can tell you that's certainly the case with michigan. when there is a surge we think that it's important that we go to -- we rush in to meet where that need is. what's happening in michigan today could be what's happening in other states tomorrow and so it's on all of us to recognize we can squash where we're seeing hot spots, it's in everyone's best interest. >> while the biden administration is not yet increasing the vaccination allotment here in -- or at least the number of doses being shipped here to michigan yesterday they did announce they will be sending dozens of fema vaccinators, more boots on the ground, but fred, here in michigan, state officials are saying what we really need are more doses for the people of the state of michigan. >> all right, polo sandoval, thank you so much in detroit. paul vercammen from l.a., thank you so much. let's talk more about the
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situation in michigan. joining me right now is the director of michigan's department of health and human services elizabeth hertell. we heard governor whitmer's call for the white house to send more vaccines to your state. is there any hope that you might get more vaccines? we know the biden administration has said more personnel from fema in the cdc will come to assist in contact tracing, but what about vaccines? >> good to see you, thank you for having me on this afternoon. we continue to have discussions with the white house and the federal government to make the case for surging vaccines to places that are seeing increases in case loads. michigan obviously is one of those states but in the interim we are planning for the additional assistance with the -- for vaccinators and contact tracing and will continue to plan out for that. >> and how will that help? >> we'll be able to utilize a
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lot of those resources in our higher put through sites, we have that fema site in detroit. we also have some other large mass vaccination sites around the state. we can utilize that personnel in those places, focus some of our vaccine allocation in those areas to move people through as quickly as possible. >> and so to deal, or one way in which to deal with the surge of the new cases in your state, governor whitmer has asked people to take a voluntary two-week pause on indoor dining and gatherings. the idea of shutting down again, is that being ruled out? >> we already have some pretty stringent restrictions in place in the state of michigan. we're at 50% indoor dining. we have limitations on our gathering sizes indoors and outdoors. we're also recommending going back to virtual schooling for middle school and high school, pausing on student sports for a couple of weeks to try to bring those case rates down. >> the uk variant has become a
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dominant strain really across the country. michigan is reporting the second highest number of cases of the variant, only behind florida. so what are you doing if anything to prevent that variant from infecting more people? is there anything you can do? >> so we know that that variant is more transmissible and i think that that is one of the reasons we're seeing these outbreaks currently. and we know that the mitigation measures that we have in place, and that we recommend work, even for the variants. so continuing to mask, continuing to social distance, continuing to avoid gatherings hopefully going to virtual for schools, pausing those sports, and focusing more on outdoor dining instead of going inside will help mitigate that transmission. >> and more on that notion of middle schools, high schools mostly going virtual as you just suggested, is that the case, that it is that much more worrying that the number of young people who are being
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hospitalized with coronavirus in michigan has escalated, and do you have any -- any sources to blame on that? >> i don't know if there's anything to blame except covid. however, you know, we did see the number of hospitalizations in our populations 65 and older. they're significantly down and we know that population has been vaccinated so we're seeing younger individuals in the hospitals, so trying to keep those kids, especially younger kids, out of those gatherings, away from groups, we'll hopefully stem some of that transmission across the state. >> all right, elizabeth, thank you so much for joining us. all the best to you. >> thank you. coming up next, live insult and profanity. president trump takes aim at a key member of his party, is committing to create 400 scholarships this month alone. because we believe everybody deserves a chance.
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. former president trump is once again blasting his own party in a profanity laced tirade last night at a swanky six figure donor dinner trump railed again that the election was stolen from him and that senate minority leader mitch mcconnell is, quote, a stone cold loser and a dumb s.o.b. and even mocked mcconnell's wife elaine chao. governor asa hutchinson of arkansas says the divisions need to stop. >> anything thisdy this divisiv concern. in some ways it's not a big deal what he said but at the same time whenever it draws attention we don't need that. we need unity. we need to be focused together. we have slim majorities, or slim numbers in washington. and we've got battles to fight. so we need to get beyond that.
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>> cnn's donee o. sullivan, trump can't let go of the big lie and it seems the republican party doesn't want to break free of him either. >> reporter: a person who was in the room at mar-a-lago last night during that speech told our colleague kevin liptack that when trump called mitch mcconnell a dumb s.o.b. that that was met with huge applause. trump was also, we're told, very credit tall of dr. anthony fauci and even suggested the vaccine should be called the trump-cine, taking credit for the vaccine, which is notable given that trump didn't publicize when he himself took the vaccine while he was in the white house in january. the major theme of last night, it all comes back to the big lie. he made clear that he doesn't accept essentially the results of the election. he is convinced he won, and that is something that we're seeing percolate down through the
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republican party to the trump base. we -- just about an hour and a half south of mar-a-lago at another trump property, there was a women for trump group that helped organize the protest that preceded the insurrection on january 6th. i had a conversation with one woman there about conspiracy theoriries. >> what is so terrible at conspiracy theories? can you tell me? >> i mean, there were conspiracy theories behind jfk's assassination, i'm old enough to remember all the conspiracy theories that swirld swirled around his assassination, it's always painted in such a negative way. >> these conspiracy theories are crossing into the foundation of american democracy, are helping
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inspire a violent insurrection. >> no, i don't believe that's the case. >> and that fundamentally there is the issue facing the republican party, this embrace of a total parallel universe of conspiracy theory where the election wasn't legitimate or paving a path forward. many senior republicans are slow to come out and criticize the former president. >> so donie, that one woman says conspiracies exist, but i don't think anyone's arguing that these things exist, the lies exist, the conspiracies exist, it's a matter of embracing it. so what's the explanation as to why people knowingly are embracing information that's not true? >> well, i guess you see that ecosystem that many folks are living in, they get their information from hyperpartisan
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sources, they get it from trump supporting outlets. for many people, the big lie, the conspiracy theory about the election, denial that january 6th was involving trump supporters, that is their reality, and, you know, where the -- where the line -- where you draw the line between whether they are embracing this because they support trump, and knowingly are embracing a lie or what are they actually believing, that's something that's very, very difficult to measure. but what we are seeing from speaking so to so many people around the country is that this is dividing many families. >> we've seen lots of evidence of that, people who are talking about the separation between, you know, children and their parents over these very issues. donie o'sullivan, thank you so much. we'll be right back. and infused with essential oils that are 100% natural. give us one plug and connect to nature. i've always focused on my career.
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of the places most in need of the money. >> this is the face of america's failing infrastructure. it's the brent spence bridge crossing the ohio river from cincinnati to northern kentucky on one of the busiest trucking routes in the country. for years it's also been a political football. >> it's been batted around by both parties. for a long time. so -- but the need is now. >> at hilltop concrete brad has had a front row seat to a trail of those broken promises. >> we had president obama speak here almost ten years ago, about the need for the bridge, and nothing had happened. >> behind us stands the brent spence bridge. it's in such poor condition that it's been labeled functionally obsolete. >> reporter: the obama infrastructure plan failed in congress. >> what a nice crowd. >> reporter: and this pledge five years later -- >> reporter: replacing the brent spence bridge in cincinnati.
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do you like that? which is critical to the region. >> rang hollow as the trump plan never materialized. >> it's been extremely frustrating. we've gone through multiple presidents. president obama, president trump, and now president biden, and we're hoping that something will finally get done. >> reporter: president biden's proposal is bigger and bolder, going far beyond just roads and bridges. >> to automatically say that the only thing that's infrastructure is a highway, a bridge or whatever, that's just not rational. >> biden's $2 trillion american jobs plan calls for much more, including $100 billion to expand broad band internet, $400 billion to increase wages for those who care for the elderly, and $45 billion to replace lead pipes, biden wants to raise the corporate tax rate from 20% to 28%. >> what's more problematic in it right now, the definition of infrastructure or how it is proposed to be financed? >> well, both.
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i mean, for the president to start off with tax increases, he knows that's a non-starter for most republicans, maybe all republicans. >> senator shar rod brown and other democrats say a majority of americans support raising taxes but want congress to act. >> it's a bill that's going to meet the crying needs for a generation of rebuilding our country. >> reporter: it's a critical test, not only for biden's agenda, but for whether government can deliver on its promises. >> it's definitely time to fix it. >> reporter: the brens spence bridge opened nearly 60 years ago for 80,000 vehicles a day, now more than twice as many cross it, including trucks carrying $1.1 billion worth of freight daily, causing traffic jams and fiery crashes like this one last fall. >> we've been promised so many times this was going to be pushed across the goal line. but i think it is different. people understand today, better than they ever have, how vulnerable an economy is. >> back along the ohio river the
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gridlock is bad for his business. he likes most of what's in biden's infrastructure bill and paying for it may be something companies have to swallow. >> i'm not a big proponent of tax increases but the bridge needs to be built in one fashion or another. >> there is widespread agreement infrastructure projects like this bridge here and others across the country must be fixed. the question, of course, is how to pay for it. president biden inviting lawmakers from both parties to the white house to begin negotiations. jeff zeleny, cnn, covington, kentucky. and still to come, the royal family. in mourning. what queen elizabeth is saying about the loss of her husband, prince philip. you said you'd never get a dog. you said you'd never do a lot of things. but you never knew all the things a dog could do for you. and with resolve you never have to worry about the mess. love the love, resolve the mess. cal: our confident forever plan is possible with a cfp® professional.
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incredible pictures today from the caribbean island of st. vicinity sent, heavy ash is covering the trees. the island is experiencing major power and water outages following a series of eruptions. the prime minister says it could take up to four months to turn things around. funeral plans are now set for england's prince philip who died friday at the age of 99. the service will take place next saturday at windsor castle with a limited number of guests, and queen elizabeth telling her family that the loss of her
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husband of 73 years has left a huge void in her life. cnn royal correspondent max foster joining me now from windsor. max, what more are you learning? >> i think the family's really just coming to terms with things. there was a church service here in windsor today, and two of philip's sons were there, so prince andrew was there, prince edward was there, and prince edward's wife as well, the countess of wessex, and they came to the cameras afterwards and expressed some of their thoughts, saying the queen was bearing up, thinking about other people before herself as usual. they were saying and this is what prince andrew said in credit to his father. >> he was a remarkable plan. i loved him as a father. he was so calm. if you had a problem, he would think about it. and that's the great thing that i always think about is that he
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was always somebody you could go to and he would always listen. and so it's a great loss. i think the other way i would put it is that we've lost almost the grandfather of the nation. >> really speaking for the nation in many ways, fredricka, the countess of wessex giving detail about prince philip, the way he died. it was -- she said it was peaceful and it was as if someone had taken his hand and he'd gone away. so some -- a positive ending, if you like, but it's never easy, is it, whatever the circumstances. and princess ann released a photograph of her with her father at the olympics. they were very, very close indeed. she wasn't there for the church service but she said you know it's going to happen but you're never really ready for it. that's for anyone that experiences a parent dying, whatever the age. >> nothing could ever prepare you. max foster, thank you so much, we'll check again with you.
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hello again, thank you for joining me, i'm fredricka whitfield. the u.s. breaks a new coronavirus vaccine record as a surge in michigan becomes a reality check for the nation, the cdc announcing this more than 4.6 million people received a shot on saturday. shattering last weekend's record. the u.s. administered nearly 22 million doses in one week, which is more than the population of the single state of florida. but the threat from the coronavirus remains high. michigan is in the middle of another wave, nearly 7,000 new cases just yesterday, and now there's word that fema is sending a new batch of vacci vaccinators in the state. polo sandoval is in detroit. michigan governor whitmer is begging the biden administration for more vaccines, are there any indications that that


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