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thank you so much for being with me these last two hours. i'm brooke baldwin here in new york. let's go to washington now. "the lead" with jake tapper starts right now. >> welcome to "lead. "i'm jake tapper. major developments in our national lead this afternoon as we continue to watch former minneapolis police officer derek chauvin stand trial for the murder of george floyd. the ten miles down the road both the brooklyn center police officer who shot and killed 20-year-old daunte wright on sunday and her boss, the chief of police, boast them have resigned. officer kim pot per, a 26-year veteran of the force grabbed her handgun instead of her taser apparently by mistake and shot wright dead as he attempted to flee from police. the now former police chief called it an accident. the county prosecutor says he hopes to have a charging decision on former officer potter by tomorrow. the mayor of brooklyn center saying this afternoon he hopes the resignations will bring calm
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to the community after a second night of protests, some of which turned violent. police fired tear gas and stun grenades. and despite the resignations today, officials fear more even violence tonight as the nation grapples with yet another unnecessary death of a black man at the hands of law enforcement. >> i never imagined this is what was going to happen. i just thought maybe he was being arrested. >> reporter: another day another american family, african-american, fed up with the unequal treatment all around now reeling at the death of a son, brother and father, daunte wright dead at the hands of police. >> she pointed the known towards the driver's seat and my son was laying there unresponsive. that was the last time that i've seen my son. >> reporter: daunte wright only 20 years old, father to daunte wright injury, his partner says daunte was a great dad. >> it's not fair that his son
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can't have his dad in his life. >> reporter: the fallout from the death of daunte wright still reverberating, the chief of brooklyn center police and the officer who fired the fatal shot kim bother, a 26-year veteran of the force have both resigned. >> i'm hoping that this will help bring some calm to -- to the community although, you know, i think ultimately people want justice. they want full accountability under the law and so that's what we're going to continue to work for. >> reporter: many residents here angry, demanding change. >> no more just because they are black, because they are brown! no more! i'm sick and i'm tired, and it's people like you! >> reporter: the police chief said potter thought she pulled her taser but instead held her service weapon and fired a single shot into daunte wright at point blank range. >> taser, taser, taser! >> oh, i shot him. >> reporter: law enforcement officials say he was pulled over
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for expired tags but wright's mother disputes that saying wright told her he had been pulled over from air fresheners hanging from the rear view meror. the killing comes at a sensitive time for minneapolis as the murder trial of derek chauvin has been televised daley with a strong prosecution case and video of the former minneapolis cop's behavior as he kept his knee on the neck of george floyd for 9 minutes and 29 seconds last summer. many residents here incensed by the repeated deaths, use of force and everyday dealings with some police officers. last night frustration boiled over into the streets as protesters challenged police at the brooklyn center station in northwestern minneapolis taunting them and some throwing objects and shooting fireworks at officers in full riot gear. police resorted to tear gas, pepper balz and flashbang grenades to clear the protesters. protesters demanding deeper
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changes to the police force and policing. so this is actually hennepin county where all of this happened and the d.a. here kicked it over to washington county, the district attorney says there he hopes possibly to have a charging decision by as early as tomorrow. the mayor of brooklyn center is asking the state's attorney general to pick up the case much like it did in the derek chauvin case, and i spoke to one of mr. wright's brothers today. he says that he loves him. he misses him, and he wants the world to know that they lost a really special guy in daunte wright's death. jake? >> all right. miguel marquez, thank you so much. now down the road in minneapolis, the prosecution rest its case today in the murder trial of former minneapolis police officer derek chauvin. today we heard from the defense's first witnesses. their testimony explored george floyd's previous arrest in 2019, his demeanor in the minutes before this deadly encounter with police and a use of force expert who said that chauvin's
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actions were justified as cnn's omar jimenez reports. >> the beginning of the defense's case for former minneapolis police officer derek chauvin offered jurors the first expert witness to definitively defend chauvin's actions. >> i felt that derek chauvin was justified, was acting with objective reasonableness following minneapolis police department policy and current standards of law enforcement and in his interactions with mr. floyd. >> reporter: the use of force saying they could have used more force. >> it's easy to sit and judge on an officer's conduct. it's more of a challenge to, again, put yourself in the officer's shoes. >> reporter: the defense also took jurors back to may 25th, 2020 with police body camera video. >> he still won't get in the car. >> just sit down, dude. >> reporter: how would you describe mr. floyd's behavior while inside of the cup foods?
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>> happy, normal, talking, alert. >> reporter: shawanda hill was a friend of george floyd's who was in the car with him in the moments leading to his confrontation with police. >> reporter: who is he to you guys? minutes later hill tried to see what was happening? >> they are still fighting him. oh, man. what is he doing? >> reporter: but some of testimony tuesday went into george floyd's past. >> put them up on the dash. >> reporter: including a portion of a 2019 arrest which the judge allowed because it was similar to the may 2020 confrontation, a confrontation with police followed by a rapid ingestion of drugs. >> reporter: he said he had taken a pill at the time that the overs were arresting him? >> the paramedic was called to the stand. >> reporter: do you recall what his blood pressure was? >> 216 over 160. >> reporter: did you the mattingly make recommendations to transport mr. floyd to the
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hospital? >> based on that and other issues. >> the prosecutors drew a critical bottom line in their cross-examination? >> he didn't have a stroke while you were with himle? >> no. >> reporter: he was never given narcan, correct? >> correct. >> reporter: he didn't stop breathing? >> no. >> reporter: his heart didn't snap. >> no. >> reporter: he didn't go into cardiac arrest? >> no. >> reporter: he didn't go into a coma? >> no. >> reporter: now during the cross-examination of that use of force expert, prosecutors had to push him just to admit this was a use of force but then they also asked about the concept of in your custody, in your care for police officers where the expert acknowledged he knew about so prosecutors pushed it further to this idea of situational awareness as it relates to the crowd. they asked if that --
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prosecutors were clearly trying to cut into his earlier testimony from today arguing that chauvin's actions were objective life reasonable. >> omar jimenez, thank you so much. the federal government is recommending that states temporarily stop using the johnson & johnson one-shot vaccine. what you need to know, especially if you've already gotten the j&j shot and he may have insulting nicknames for some of his republican colleagues but john boehner still voted for trump in 2020. the former speaker will join us live to discuss his new book. that's next. germ proof your car with armor all disinfectant. kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses.
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among women between the ages of 18 and 48. this is 6 cases can out of a total 6.8 million people in the u.s. who have received the single dose vaccine. it's unclear if the blood clot is definitively linked to the vaccine. the pause could last a matter of days while it investigates as cnn's alexandra field reports. >> reporter: i think this is an unusual occurrence. >> reporter: it's a setback that won't set everyone back. >> i really originally wanted the johnson & johnson so i didn't have to come back for the second one. it is what it is. >> reporter: but it could damage confidence in people who are less certain. >> i think people with vaccine hesitancy are probably looking for things to validate their hesitancy. >> reporter: federal vaccination sites across the country have stopped administering johnson & johnson shots along with cvs and walgreens pharmacies and a growing number of states. >> i took the j&j. a lot of my staff did. if and when it's safe to return to giving the j&j we'll do that?
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>> reporter: in many places people scheduled for the j&j shots already being offered other vaccines. >> for those detroiters scheduled for a j&j shot we'll replace them with either moderna or pfizer. >> reporter: all of this after a recommendation was issued to pause the use of the one-dose johnson & johnson vaccine following reports of a rare and severe type of blood clot reported in 6 of more than 7.2 million people in the u.s. who have been given the shot. all six cases occurring among women between the ages of 16 and 48 six days after injection including one death. health experts expected a small number of complications. this type of clot wasn't among them. >> i think people don't need to freak out. i'll be going on in my life but i would be very in tune to my brother and if i develop leg pain, a headache and i'm within
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two to three weeks of having had a johnson & johnson vaccine i would immediately contact my health care provider. >> reporter: the pause will allow for a review of the new data and it will provide time to notify health care providers about how to identify this type of clot and how to treat it. >> it will be days to weeks rather than weeks to months. >> reporter: health officials are urging people to stay confident in the efficacy of vaccines saying there's no similar concerns with the pfizer hand moderna vaccines. >> you're talking about tens and tenses and tens of millions of people who receive vaccine with no adverse effect. this is a really rare event if you look at what we know so far. >> reporter: jake here in new york city the people who showed up today expecting to get a johnson & johnson vaccine were offered a pfizer shot instead. the governor is saying the pause for j&j shouldn't affect vaccine appointments. they have enough of the pfizer
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and moderna supplies and adding to that the fact that the state was supposed to have a decreased supply because of a manufacturing mistake from johnson & johnson. those with doses are labeling the doses do not use for now. let's bring in cnn's chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta. what we have are six cases out of almost 7 million. we should note that one of the six individuals died, but given this literally 1 in a million statistic, is it possible that the fda and cdc are overreacting? could there be more covid deaths as a result of this decision if fewer people ultimately end up getting vaccines? >> well, that's a really good question. ultimately because this is a third vaccine and there's plenty of the other vaccines, i think that's going to be less of a concern. if this was the only vaccine out there, i think, you know, in some ways this would be a tougher call but the way the
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system is set up is to basically have a very low bar for finding something that sort of qualifies as a safety signal. i think the comparison is correct if we have this graphic. the numbers overall. so you have six people out of, you know 7 million but 1 in a million developing these blood clotting problems. if you compare that to the likelihood of death, and this is the same age group, 18 to 49-year-olds, the risk of death is closer to 1,800 in a million so clearly getting the vaccine no matter how you look at it the is going to be much better overall for preventing death verseus, you know, getting covid, so -- but i think that the signal -- finding the safety signals is of such high priority that it gives people reassurance that they are finding 1 in a million type safety concerns. >> reporter: what does it mean for vaccine hesitancy for all of the vaccines? will it set the nation back on that? >> yeah.
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i think -- what i keep saying is this should give you some confidence that the vaccines like mothera and pfizer are getting tens of millions of doses have not had these 1 in a million safety concerns so hopefully that pilds your confidence around those two and i'm not so naive to think that it may fuel some vaccine hesitancy. we saw that with aft zeneca in europe. i mean, there's some surveys in france, for example, that only 20% of people are willing to take the aft zeneca vaccine so there will be some vaccine hesitancy i think as a result of this towards the j&j vaccine but hopefully we keep talking about it and it doesn't translate to vaccines overall? >> and the white house insists this won't significantly affect their efforts given the pfizer and moderna vaccines but this, of course, is a valuable vaccines the j&j vaccine, one shot, easier to transport. if it is taken off the market entirely, and that has not happened, but if that were to
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happen how significant would that be? >> well, i -- we did the math on this and we do have -- pfizer and moderna are obviously two-dose vaccines but 600 million of those doses have been purchased and that's more than enough to certainly vaccinate all adults and some of the kids as well as they actually hopefully get authorization for younger and younger kids, they will buy more of those doses of vaccines so i don't think the supply thing is really going to be an issue here in the united states. these vaccines, astrazeneca and johnson & johnson, are probably going to have more of an impact, possibly a negative one around the world. the astrazeneca one in particular because it would be, you know, surged into all different locations but here in the united states we're still going to be in good shape just looking at the numbers. virologist angela rasmussen tweeted about the risk of blood clots. quote, for perspective, 1 in a million for j&j vaccine, 1 in 3,000 for oral contracept
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ittives, is in 5 for hospitalized covid-19 patients and as someone who got the j&j and someone who took contraceptives for 20 years, i'll take those odds. what do you make of that? >> she's drawing these comparisons, and i think -- i think they are fair comparisons. one thing i will say is this type of blood clot, and i think we have an image of what's happening in the brain here. as a neurosurgeon may self this is something that i think we have to by -- pay attention to. this type of blood clot and the blue is all the veins that drain blood away from the vein. blood clots, seizure is what you look for this and alexandra mentioned in her piece. you think clot and what most clinicians would do is give blood this uners. this is an usual sort of blood clot. you're at a risk of developing a
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blood clot inside the vessel. you don't want to necessarily give blood thinkers. this is not your routine clot which is why the medical investigators, their antennas are raise on this. they wanted to send a message to clinicians but don't give a blood thinner. be more thoughtful if you see this sort of thing, here's the best way to treat it and want to get that information out to docs. >> but very, very, very rare. dr. sanjay gupta. >> very rare. >> thanks so much. he's called fellow republicans knuckleheads, crazies, still a republican and former speaker john boehner joins us live on his new book and the future of the gop. that's next. stay with us.
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in our national lead is a rollicking sometimes scathing chock full of expletives memoir. one that rebukes many officials in today's democratic and republican party but the republican insults are interesting ones because it's written by former house speaker john boehner who left office five and a half years ago and he said the new book on the house, a washington memoir that comes as republicans find themselves at something of a crossroads. do they continue to follow president trump and the conspiracy theories and the dangerous lie about the 2020 election or to pursue the path
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romney, reagan, ryan and our next guest, former republican speaker john boehner of ohio. congratulations. it's a very enjoyable read. >> jake. thanks. i enjoyed putting it together. >> let me ask you because i know you have some writing in here about afghanistan in iraq and about a visit to afghanistan. president biden we learned today is setting a deadline for withdrawing u.s. troops from afghanistan, september 11th, 2021, is 20 years after the 9/11 attack. "the washington post" reports this is not going to be a conditions-based withdrawal because the biden according to an aid thinks that requiring conditions be met will keep the troops there in perpetuity. i know we've yet to learn a lot of details about this, but what's your initial reaction? >> well, this is a very difficult situation and it has been for 20 years and, you know, joe biden is the new president. we've been in this discussions on and off with the taliban for years and frankly i don't
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disagree with the president's position. it's time -- it's time to go. the idea that we had 20 years ago of imposing a western-style government, you know, and country and a world that didn't recognize anything like what we did has been almost impossible to implement. hindsight is 2020 but i think we've lost enough soldiers and spent enough of our treasure trying to help the afghanis. it's time for them to help themselves >> let's talk about your book. you're critical of democrat, but you save some of your most barbed insults for the republicans who in your words are not interested in governing. you called ted cruz lucifer in the fresh and sarah palin one of the chief crazies and michelle bachmann a lunatic and ted cruz responded and he says he wears your quote drunken, bloviated scorn proudly. trump adviser jason miller
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called you a swamp creature and asked was he drinking when he made the statement and sean hannity said john boehner will go down in history as one of the worth republican speakers. wanted to give you a chance to any of those returning fire. >> they are all entitled to their opinion and they can say whatever they want to say, but during my five years as speaker of the house and trying to good afternoon, everyone, trying to get the majority party to do the right things for the country, you know, even though i had the people on the far right, if it wasn't 100% it wasn't good enough. if it was my idea it wasn't good enough. i was the quote, establishment. and i spent most of my career beating up on the establishment. i know what the establishnent was or is, but i was the speaker of the house so i was the establishment, and i had to put up with some of these characters non-stop. >> republican congressman adam kizinger has been trying to push back a lot of the same forces in your party and said, quote, but,
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i wish he had been saying this stuff earlier given january 6th the whole election lie and many in the party are still embracing it. i think boehner is an important voice to have out there. what's your response to the congressman? why didn't you say any of this earlier? >> listen, i retired and the last thing that the congress needs in an era when it's hard to govern is some has been, some monday morning quarterback being critical of what they are doing or not doing, and i just didn't want to be that person, but it took me a while to put this book together and there's no special timing on the book. it just came out when it came out, and so i was talking about my experiences over the 25 years i spent in congress. i thought that that was the focus of my book, but then once we got past january 6th i had to put a couple of additional sentences in there because it -- it saddened me a great deal. >> one. sentences you say that donald
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trump pushed a quote, bullshit lie that the election was stolen and then you noted he incited the insurrection on january 6th for nothing more than, quote, selfish reasons. what was your reaction when you saw house members that you once worked, people up probably considered friends such as current house republican leader kevin mccarthy pushing the big lie on the airwaves in that crazy texas lawsuit and then on the floor of the house. what did you think when you saw them doing it? >> well, i'm still waiting for evidence to show up. the president was out there every day talking about the election being stolen and filing lawsuits. i'm waiting for the evidence, and sadly no evidence ever showed up. and i think the president abused the loyalty and trust that his vote hers placed in him by not being honest with the american people about the outcome. >> he clearly did, but he wasn't alone and kevin mckaerlt, he voted to object to the election even after the attack on the
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capitol with blood on the floor along with 146 other republicans and then mccarthy went down to mar-a-lago and met with president trump days later. what message do you think that sends to the house republicans? >> well, i don't know. i'm not there anymore. i don't serve in the caucus. it's hard for me to be critical. you know, i spent 40 years around politics. i thought i knew something about it, but clearly these days i don't know much. >> but if you're willing to criticize trump for pushing a lie, why would you not be willing to criticize kevin mccarthy for doing the same thing? he went on fox news two days after the election and said president trump and said everyone listening do not be quiet. he was playing to the crowd which is something that you criticized politicians for very well in your book, playing to the crowd on ittive media. isn't your successor kevin mccarthy doing that, too? >> he's responsible for what he's got to say. i don't new zealand to comment. >> when you were speaker, you
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eliminated ear marks, these sweetheart deals for members of congress for their district that don't go through the normal appropriations process. democrats and republicans are now bringing ear marks back. obviously democrats run the house so they are in charge, but mccarthy is fully on board, too, saying members want to have a say in their own district about where federal funding goes. are the leaders of congress making a mistake by bringing back ear marks? >> well, if there's enough transparency and enough accountability over how this is handled, maybe they can -- maybe it will work, but in my experience when you start handing out money to members hand members' districts, it's -- you're on a path to a disaster, and frankly it's only a matter of time before one of these ear marks blows up in the congress' face. the wrong people are going to get it. it's going to end up in the wrong hands. it's going to be some project
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that the member may think is worthwhile but rest congress isn't going to think it was worthwhile. >> i mean -- >> we don't need another bridge to nowhere. >> right. you have a lot in here about getting rid of ear marks. you were very proud of it. you seemed to really think it's a corrupting influence. >> i thought certainly what i saw in the 20 years before i became speaker, i thought they were used in a corrupt manner on both sides of the aisle, and it was used to buy votes. the leaders got more of the money than they should have. the committee chairs got more money than the members, and i -- when i became speaker i made it clear that are there were going to be no ear marks, and they have tried now for the last 11 years to bring ear marks back and failed all the way along. it's going to be interesting to see how that works. >> speaker boehner, if you would. stick around. a lot more to discuss including your vote for trump and when that means for 2024.
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we're back former house speaker john boehner whose new book out today on the house, a washington memoir is a rollicking good read. speaker boehner, in your book you write you regret voting to impeach president clinton. you wish you had planned against it. it was a plan by tom delay for republicans to look seats. looking back on it, how do you explain republicans who said at the time they were really offended by clinton's
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extracurricular behavior but didn't seem to have any problem with donald trump's. >> well, let's go back to the 1998 impeachment. i mean, bill clinton did in fact perjure himself and violated the are law. it's an impeachable offense but i think what we found out on election day in 1998 is that lying about sex isn't an impeachable offense, and, you know, as the years went by looked at that vote and just thought it was something we probably should not have done, but the fact is it happened, but i wanted to come clean in the book and make my feelings about it perfectly clear. >> so you're critical of the impeachment of 2020, democrats impeaching donald trump, but -- because of the timing of the book, you didn't weigh in on the recent impeachment that was a bipartisan impeachment in the house of donald trump, liz
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cheney and other republicans, adam kizinger, peter meyer, et cetera, voting to impeach donald trump. how do you think you would have voted if you were in the house for the january 2021 impeachment having to do with the insurrection? >> well, i learned a long time ago to avoid hypothetical question and this is a hypothetical question. i'm not in office, and i don't know what all the facts were. i don't watch a lot of tv and so i'll leave to the members their own decisions. as i said earlier, the country is very divide, and as a result the members of congress are divided and the last thing i want to do is make everybody's job there more difficult than it already is. i was one -- i told my story, thought i had a pretty interesting life and pretty interesting career and pretty nice story to tell so i decided to tell it. >> you do tell a lot of good stories. you're critical of people on tv
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and radio, many of the loudest voices in right wick media for causing these divisions or further exacerbating them, hannity and 11 and others for pushing lies. your successor paul ryan sits on the board of fox news' parent company. what would you tell him about what you would like to see in conservative media? >> listen, they have got their shows. they are entitled to say whatever they want to say and the point i was making in the book is that they were making it more difficult for me to do my job. as i said earlier, you know, about 210 republican members. house were great members to work with, but there were about 20 or 30 others who made life miserable not just for me but for the other 210 republicans as well, and -- and they would play
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right in -- the loud voices in the media out there were play right into what the knuckleheads wanted, all or nothing. the world just doesn't work that way. are i went there not to make noise. i went there to do something on behalf of my country and our country, and these guys on talk radio and some of these cable networks were making my job virtually impossible. >> so you told "time" magazine that you voted for trump last november because your views align closer to his, his picks for judges align more closely with who you would pick and that's very important. did his miss handling of the pandemic give you any moment of pause before casting your ballot for him? >> well, listen, the pandemic, i don't care who was president they were going to have their hands full trying to deal with it. he could have done it better but the point i made to "time" when you look at the policies, his tax policies, the judges, how he dealt with the trade issues, by
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and large lined up with the kind of policies i believe in, and so it became pretty clear to me that trump was going to get my vote, as much as i love joe biden and i love joe biden. he's a great guy. >> would you vote for trump again if he were the nominee in 2024? >> there's another hypothetical question. hopefully i don't have that option. >> all right. former house speaker john boehner, the book is "on the house, a washington memoir." it is a good read. thank you for joining us. good to see you. >> jake, good to be with you. coming up next, how comedian jon stewart could the democratic and republican lawmakers to work together on behalf of some veteran widows. stay with us. and you could be in for a tasty discount. [ clicks pen] let's roll. hey, check it out. one time i tripped on the sidewalk over here. [ heavy-metal music playing ] -[ snoring ] -and a high of 89 degrees. [ electronic music playing ] ooh! ooh! who just gives away wood?
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reporting that president biden will announce by september 11th all remaining troops in afghanistan will be withdrawn. the there are about 2,500 u.s. troops remaining in the region, give or take. former president trump initially set a may 1st dead loin which biden recently signalled the u.s. would be unlikely to meet but the new withdrawal date september 11th marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attack and the impetus for america's longest war. more than 2,300 american service members have been killed in the war. more than 20,000 wound. it has united some republicans, democrats and comedian jon stewart today to help military veterans exposed to burn pits long used in war to destroy everything from old munition and human waste to jet fuel. more than 3 million veterans who served in the past few decades for the u.s. military were likely exposed to toxic fumes according to the department of veterans affairs. a new bill would allow sick vets to receive v.a. benefits without the burden of proving that a
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burn pit caused their illnesses. i want to bring in jon stewart and geena cance li no who lost her husband after serving in iraq who worked near these burn pits. joseph, your husband served as a marine for 20 years and his barracks were near a burn pit in nasiriyah, iraq putting him near these toxins as he slept. what is the v.a.'s reasoning for denying you spousal benefits? >> they said that he wasn't receiving disability compensation and showing that it was service connected so i would have to prove that it was service connected in order for us to receive benefits. the rare cancer and the mere fact that he was there in 2003 until -- march of 2003 to august of 2003 just isn't enough apparently. >> john, the good us? that democrat and republicans
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generally can't agree on much these days, but today you had democratic senator kirsten gillibrand and republican senator marco rubio along with you promoting this bill. president biden says he believes a burn pit might have cause his son beau's fatal brain cancer. are we in a moment? is there enough unity in congress to get this bill passed into law? >> i truly hope so because this is sort of a moral imperative. this is the cost of war when you send people overseas. you have to be prepared for taking care of the consequences of that service on those veterans. you know, these families are almost made to be defendants in court cases on their own health conditions. it's bizarre, especially since the v.a. itself, the statute is even if there's reasonable doubt that it's not service connected, reasonable doubt, the benefits still goes to the veteran and that's why presumption i think
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is the only way to do it. >> this process -- your husband fighting cancer while fighting the v.a., i can't even imagine how horrible this has been for you and your family. >> it's actually a fight that i'm -- i've taken on after his passing because we did not know until only a few months before he passed that this was an issue and i've actually come to find the pictures thankfully through some of the men who worked with him and they sent it to me because they don't know that's an issue and that's one of the things that i have a problem with is the lack of knowledge, the lack of tracking and the lack of informing these people so they can be proactive instead of reactive. there's no difference between what he slept near for six months and what we were near on 9/11. >> ground zero. >> it's the same toxins. >> jon, you accomplished this before. your celebrity name helped these 9/11 victims who suffered very similar if not exact same respiratory illness at ground zero and you were in the fight
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of your life for that. is that experience helping you at all in this fight for military veterans and burn pits? >> i -- i think helping to recognize sort of the failings of the system and maybe a blueprint for pushing through some of the bureaucratic inertia that fights against this, you know. it's unconscionable that geena and her family after being put through such a devastating trial with her husband passing is forced to fight against the very government that her husband signed to protect and defend. it doesn't make any sense, and the only drawback is they always talk about, well, can we pay for is it? whenever we're up there they say should we include that disease? they know what diseases are caused by exposure to the toxins. that's why it's illegal to do this in the united states. so it comes down to money, and i think the point of this is this is the cost of war. everybody says freedom isn't free. right. it costs this amount of money,
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and you've got to pay for the consequences the danger that they face. >> thanks to all three of you. really appreciate it. >> thank you. thank you for having us and for -- for supporting this important piece of legislation. >> yeah. thanks, jake. much appreciate it. hundreds of u.s. companies teaming up to ask president biden to address a growing threat that impacts every american. what are they asking for? that's next. waste in the enviro. that's why at america's beverage companies, our bottles are made to be re-made. not all plastic is the same. we're carefully designing our bottles to be one hundred percent recyclable, including the caps. they're collected and separated from other plastics, so they can be turned back into material that we use to make new bottles. that completes the circle, and reduces plastic waste. please help us get every bottle back.
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