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♪ welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world, this is "early start" with live reports from kabul, minneapolis, london, berlin, capitol hill and tokyo. i'm christine romans. laura is off today. it is thursday, april 15th. exactly 5:00 a.m. in new york. we cannot continue the cycle. 20 jurors after the u.s. went into afghanistan president biden says now it's time to bring the troops home. his deadline for the troop withdrawal is september 11th. the anniversary of the attacks that led the u.s. into afghanistan. the president faced push back
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from senior national security and military officials, but the president decided to go ahead and withdraw. >> concluded that it's time to end america's longest war. we went to afghanistan because of a horrific attack that happened 20 years ago. that cannot explain why we should remain there in 2021. >> the president underscored his announcement with a visit to section 60 at arlington national cemetery where iraq and afghanistan war dead are buried. the image there told the story, more than 2,300 u.s. military lives lost over the course of those two decades. tens of thousands of americans wounded, countless afghans wounded. more than $2 trillion in taxpayer money spent, yet parts of afghanistan are still controlled by the same oppressive taliban leaders who were there 20 years ago in 2001. nick paton walsh was based in afghanistan at the height of the conflict. he is live this morning for us
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in kabul. nick, the cia director says gathering intelligence and acting on potential threats will diminish when the u.s. pulls its troops out but the president thinks the withdrawal outweighs that, the benefits of the withdrawal outweighs that. >> reporter: essentially after 20 years if you haven't won the war or got yourself in a position where you say your job is done then what less is there to try and arguably the u.s. have tried a surge, they've tried withdrawing that surge, tried just doing counterterrorism and they've tried peace talks. so essentially the months ahead will be a unilateral american withdraw here according to what we heard from president joe biden. at the same time they want diplomacy to take hold, they want the taliban to come to peace talks in istanbul on saturday week and at the same time they are hoping that they can continue to fund the afghan security forces here and there was some wiggle room possibly in
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president joe biden's speech suggesting if u.s. forces are attacked on the way out then they may retaliate against the taliban, including if their partners are attacked in that period, too. we may see u.s. forces in action in the months ahead against the taliban if they continue to make progress on the territory. the taliban for their part have said that they wanted all u.s. troops out within 16 days without any condition. that's simply not going to happen. 16 days from now that joe biden says the withdraw begins. but you are dealing with the taliban who have also said they are not interested in that peace negotiation process at this time. so the fear i think really is an escalation of conflict in the months ahead, further instability possibly here in kabul and the large question, what can the afghan government do? i'm sure there was relief to hear that funding for security forces will continue and the possibility you could read between the lines of what joe biden said that u.s. air strikes might still assist afghan security forces if they were under attack here, but it's going to be exceptionally
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difficult for president ghani who sent a welcoming tweet despite the fact he's opposed to the u.s. departure saying he would ensure a smooth transition, respecting the u.s. decision. very difficult for him to find a path between what the u.s. wants which is a transitional government soon with the taliban involved through this peace process and what the president wants which is essentially elections have more forefront rule on what happens next and what the taliban wants, americans out in just over two weeks, and they are in negotiations once those foreign forces have departed. back to you. >> nick paton walsh, thanks so much. the afghan people wondering what the future will look like, especially all the gains made for women and women's rights over the past years. we will talk more about that in half an hour. to minnesota now. this morning former brooklyn center police officer kim potter is out on bail. she has been charged with second degree manslaughter in the killing of an unarmed black man daunte wright. the charge carries up to ten
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years in prison and a $20,000 fine. potter makes her first court appearance via gloom today. potter yelled taser then seemed shock when she realized she had fired her gun instead of her taser, but her intent may not matter. >> the key phrase here is culpable negligence and that means that the police officer created an unreasonable risk of gross risk, something can be accidental but also negligent. perhaps she didn't intend to shoot this person, but if her conduct was so reckless, if she created such an undue risk then that can be charged as a crime. >> a "new york times" review of 15 so-called weapon confusion police shooting cases found only five officers were indicted, only three convicted. in brooklyn center a fourth night of protests following a similar pattern of the previous three, a peaceful demonstration early becoming smaller and
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rowdier later. former police officer potter's home is barricaded and protected by police. the defense in the derek chauvin murder trial is trying to convince jurors that george floyd's death had nothing to do with their client's knee on floyd's neck. josh campbell is covering the trial and joins us live from minneapolis. an expert testifying that floyd's death wasn't a homicide, he might have even died from maybe carbon monoxide maybe had something to do with it. tell us what happened necessary. >> reporter: the challenge they are having to overcome, the defense, is that there was this series of damning testimony, these witnesses we saw from the prosecution compelling testimony explaining that it was the actions of this officer that led to george floyd's death and but for those actions george floyd would still be alive. so the defense trying to counter those claims, bringing this witness, a medical expert, a former medical examiner in the state of maryland who refuted the idea that it had to do with chauvin's knee on floyd's neck, but was instead a series of
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other possible reasons. take a listen so what he said. >> we have a heart that's vulnerable because it's too big, there are certain drugs that are present in his system that make it -- put it at risk of an arrhythmia, we have the carbon monoxide which has potential to rob some of that additional oxygen carrying capacity. >> is it your opinion that mr. chauvin's knee in any way impacted the structures of mr. floyd's neck? >> no, it did not. none of the vital structures were in the area where the knee appeared to be from the videos. >> reporter: so as you say pulling out all the stops and they certainly did just that. talking about george floyd's heart issue, talking about his drug use, talk being carbon monoxide. it was that third issue which i will explain for a second which really raised some of the eyebrows of legal experts. what this expert suggested is
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that a contributing factor to george floyd's death was the fact that he was down on the ground near the rear of a police vehicle that was idling and possibly the exhaust from that vehicle contributed to his death which of course obviously raises the big issue here, even if that was the case, chauvin was still holding george floyd down on the ground at the rear of this vehicle. so i don't see how that actually helps their case but as we've been saying over and over, all the defense has to do is raise a doubt in the mind of one of these jurors in order to threaten the prosecution's case and we saw that on display yesterday, just a host of other possibilities trying to, again, just throw things out there, again, that's their job as the defense to represent their client, but we heard a number of different contributing factors yesterday other than the actions of this officer. christine. >> remains to be seen whether it resonates with the jury. josh, nice to see you. thank you. okay. so vaccine experts say they just need more time to decide whether to resume use of that johnson & johnson vaccine. what that means for the covid recovery next.
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was just explain to feet that there is this very rare but very real side effect, remembering that of every million people that get covid 1,850 will die. there are no risk-free choices just choice toss take different risks. >> the pause could last up to ten days before the cdc group meets again. health experts fear the delay may ee reed public confidence in vaccines. the federal government is helping people scheduled for the johnson & johnson shot to get set up with one of the other available vaccines. that may cause a temporary drop in daily vaccination rates. cnn has the pandemic covered coast to coast. >> reporter: i'm athena jones. cities in michigan account for nine out of ten of the worst recent covid-19 outbreaks in u.s. metropolitan areas according to a government report. over the past seven days the at the time right metro area has worp 581 new covid cases per 100,000 people.
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more than 25,000 cases total, about four times the national rate per capita. some metro areas in the state are reporting even higher per capita rates. federal health officials have rejected michigan governor gretchen whitmer's repeated requests for additional vaccine doses to combat the surge in cases driven by the b.1.1.7 variant of covid-19. >> reporter: i'm dan simon, nevada will soon be opened up 100%, that from nevada's governor steve sisolak who says that businesses can open up to a 100% capacity about i june 1st, at the same time social distancing statewide will also no longer be in effect by may 1st those decisions will be up to local officials the statewide mask mandate, however, will remain in place for the foreseeable future. it comes as nevada is seeing like the rest of the country hospitalizations go down but vaccinations going up. >> reporter: i'm nick watt in los angeles. good news out of california, today across the golden state
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anybody, everybody 16 and older is now eligible at least to get a vaccine. more good news, here in los angeles second biggest school district in the nation, fourth and fifth graders will today be back in classrooms after more than a year out of their schools. >> reporter: i'm pete muntean in washington. the cdc just released a new study about coronavirus on planes. it says keeping the middle seat empty could reduce coronavirus exposure by as much as 57% when compared to a full flight. but airlines are pushing back, they insist that flying right now is safe because of federally mandated masks and heavily filters air on board, not to mention more people getting vaccinated all the time. delta airlines is the only major u.s. airline to not sell the middle seat right now, but its policy ends may 1st.
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the biden administration set to announce new sanctions against russia today. new financial restrictions that could hurt russia's economy and the u.s. expelling up to a dozen russian diplomats. it's retaliation for the solar winds hack, election interference, other accused offenses. international diplomatic editor nic robertson is live this morning in london for us.
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walk us through this because past sanctions aren't seemed to slow any of this accused russian behavior. will this time be different? >> reporter: the sense is that this may not be in you have to slow down an change russia's behavior. putin has sort of shown himself willing to brazen out and tough out and continue with, you know, interfering in the 2016 elections, told not to do that, not so clearly interfering in the 2020 elections despite being warned very clearly that that shouldn't happen. it seems that the previous sanctions aren't done the job. there have been moments when the u.s. has expelled 60 russian diplomas after the poisoning of a former russian spy. russia's response has been as we have it from a russian official who says there will be an adequate response, clearly there's going to be some kind of tit for tat. we haven't heard from the kremlin spokesman yet, he is briefing journalists right now
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we should get an update soon. what this diplomate the russian diplomate at the u.n. is saying that this is a last chance opportunity being missed by the united states to head off global powers confrontation. he says this is not our choice. that's the point, isn't it, that sanctions are a reaction to russia's choice, russia's choice to interfere in the elections to hack solar winds, to pay money to militants in afghanistan to target u.s. troops. so it's not clear that this message is actually going to succeed. the russians already saying we are the victim. >> the russians responding with that mood again, that tone again as usual. nic robertson, thank you so much. president biden says it's time to end america's forever war and bring american troops home from afghanistan.
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♪ good morning. this is "early start." thursday edition, i'm christine romans. it is just about 29 minutes past the hour. there is an end in sight to america's longest war. the deadline for a u.s. troop withdrawal is september 11th. the 20th anniversary of the attacks that led the u.s. into afghanistan in the first place. president biden underscored the announcement with a visit to arlington national cemetery's section 60 where troops killed in the iraq and afghanistan wars are buried. the president faced push back on higgs decision during deliberations with senior national security and military officials. it's a delicate plans to bring troops home while ensuring withdrawal does not erase the work the u.s. military has done over the last 20 years. president biden says there is no reason to delay. >> we cannot continue the cycle
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of extending or expanding our military presence in afghanistan hoping to create ideal conditions for the withdrawal and expecting a different result. i'm now the fourth united states president to preside over american troop presence in afghanistan. two republicans, two democrats. i will not pass this responsibility on to a fifth. >> cnn's nick paton walsh was based in afghanistan at the height of the conflict. he is live in kabul with more. you're there where this has been 20 years of u.s. war there. here in the united states banner headlines in a major newspapers, right? this is a very big deal here. there are a whole generation of americans who have known nothing other than an america at war in afghanistan. what is the reception there? >> reporter: here i think there are many afghans deeply
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concerned about what comes mekts in the months ahead. that's where this decision's wisdom will be seen. i have to be honest, listening to joe biden, i think he accepts that it will be ugly. i don't think he believes that this is necessarily going to lead to dancing in the streets and general harmony across afghanistan. quite the contrary. but for him i think he has calculated that the 1% of americans who have been involved in this war, the 99% just have an opinion on t they have been bearing the brunt here and if he's not able to have the questions he asked of his military leaders why are we staying? what can we achieve? he doesn't get good enough answers he can't keep asking americans to come here and potentially die here as well. there's been over 2,000 deaths so far. he said he carried a card in his pocket with the exact number with him every day. so a deeply personal decision as a commander in chief and one that longer term strategists might say, look, frankly, american needs to fight
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tomorrow's wars not keep fighting yesterday's wars. they've tried everything, surging, withdrawing troops down, counterterrorism missions to peace talks, the one thing they haven't tried is not being here. that may change the dynamic and if it doesn't, frankly, what else could be done. key, though, the months ahead. afghan officials deeply concerned that the mission the u.s. came here to actually achieve may not necessarily be as complete as they'd like to feel and even bill burns the cia director said the capacity to gather intelligence and go after terrorists here in afghanistan will be diminished by them not having this 2,500 strong troop presence. afghan officials have been saying to me, look, al qaeda are in a good shape here, embedded within the taliban, they may see a departure of the u.s. as a rool seeing try to bring more recruits in, to gain in strength. i think that's what we will see in the months ahead whether that is the case. it is entirely possible in 2021
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to conduct counterterrorism missions without having 2,500 u.s. bots on the ground here from the air using intelligence intercepts and local special forces, the afghans doing a lot of the fighting here as well. it is the key few months ahead that we will see quite what this means. joe biden left a lot of wiggle room really in that speech for potential actions by the americans in the months ahead. they could have troops here for diplomatic security, he said that if they were attacked or their partners were attacked as they withdrew then the u.s. would strike back. that could potentially mean afghan forces attack the taliban could be supported by u.s. air strikes or u.s. troops in the months ahead. there is a lot of potential rephrase interesting and key, too, to his policy is the continued funding by the u.s. of the afghan security forces. so while i think there's been a bit of a gulp by many senior afghan officials here at hearing this news, i understand it wasn't necessarily telegraphed by the united states towards them, that they will probably
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feel some sense of relief at that continued funding, but, you know, it's going to be important to see how they play into this peace process if indeed it takes off on saturday week in istanbul. the key is the taliban's messaging which was two days ago we don't want to go to the peace summit yet and just yesterday ahead of the biden speech, get out of afghanistan within 16 days. they essentially want the biden administration to stick to the may 1st deadline put forward by former president donald trump, then president donald trump. biden says he will start withdrawing on that date and end by september 11th. a lot could go right, a lot could go very badly wrong within that period of time, but, as i said at the start, i do think president biden accepts that this is an ugly decision that had to be made and that not necessarily anything good is going to come from it. >> nick, he didn't declare a military victory here, but he did say that they accomplished one objective to ensure
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afghanistan wouldn't be used as a base where terror plots originate. is it too early to say he is right? i mean, if the withdrawal of the united states leaves an a vacuum that al qaeda can fill, we don't know that outcome yet, right? >> it's fair to say certainly that i can't find any official currently suggest that go there are terror plots against the united states being plotted in afghanistan as we speak. could they be in the future? that's entirely possible with the u.s. with its 2021 counterterror capability be able to find that out and respond to it first? entirely possible as well. he's correct to say that. is it no longer a safe haven for terrorists? i think his own treasury department answered that on january 4th when they put out a statement saying al qaeda is growing in strength here with taliban support. they're still here certainly, whether they're hibernating and preparing for something else we will find out in the months ahead. he said there is no way there could be a military solution
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hoar. he's right to some degree. they really have tried everything here and so seeing if diplomacy could possibly work may be the best move strategically for the u.s. if not on the short term here for the afghans now wore dwreed about what comes next. >> thank you so much. iran has nearly completed preparation toss enrich uranium to a level that hasn't been seen since it signed that nuclear deal in 2015. today iran and the united states resume indirect talks in vienna to revive that agreement days after that attack on an iranian nuclear facility. fred pleitgen has reported extensively from iran for us. he is live this morning in berlin. bring us up to speed, fred, on the importance of this. >> reporter: well, i think it's very important, especially since it comes right after that incident that happened at the natanz nuclear facility. i think what the iranians are really showing is their defiance in the wake that have incident. essentially what they're saying is that they are about to go to that 60% uranium enrichment and
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we've heard from the international atomic energy agency, this he told cnn that the iranians are very close to having that process in place. now, the way they want to do that is also very interesting, what the iranians are saying in that incident which they blame on israel even though the israelis have not confirmed whether or not they were behind t they are going to use some new and advanced centrifuges and of course that is a big concern to the u.s., a big concern to some of the other partners that are already -- or that are still in the nuclear agreement. but if you look at the negotiations going on right now, they certainly haven't become easier after that incident. it was quite significant, christine, that iran's supreme leader came out yesterday and talked about this issue. he would have to sign on anything that the iranian negotiators would latch on to. he is the supreme authority in that country. he said he doesn't want protracted negotiations and he also said something that the iranians have been saying for a while, that iran wants sanctions relief before it comes back into
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full compliance with the nuclear agreement. now, of course, we know that the u.s. has said that it will not make any unilateral moves to entice iran to come back into full compliance. that's why the negotiators there on the ground once again they're compartmentalizing all of this, talking to the u.s. about sanctions relief, talking to the iranians about coming back into compliance and trying to marry those positions together. of course, it's a very difficult process, but again, both sides continue to say even now continue to say they want to salvage the nuclear agreement, want to bring the u.s. back in and iran back into compliance, christine. >> fred, thank you so much for that analysis. nice to see you this morning. with the u.s. face ago broad reckoning on injustice congress is pushing ahead on two fro nts to deal with america's historically poor treatment of minorities. daniella diaz is live for us on capitol hill this morning. daniella? >> reporter: christine, the house judiciary committee voted late last night to advance a bill that if passed by the house would create a commission to study reparations of black -- for black americans that were
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the descendents of slaves in this country. this bill would specifically examine slavery and discrimination in the colonies and the united states from 1619 to the present and recommend the appropriate remedies. this bill was actually introduced in 1989 but this is the first time that it's advanced out of committee and will be put to a full house vote. of course, this comes as the racial injustice protests of 2020 really show that this has given this reparations movement new wind which is why congress has taken democrats have taken this action in the house in congress. but i want to emphasize that the likelihood of this passing through the senate is very slim, very low. it is unlikely that they will get 60 votes to break a filibuster if this reaches the senate for this to pass. so even though this advanced out of committee it's likely not going to pass through congress because republicans are against this measure.
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christine? >> while the house takes up that bill the senate had a rare bipartisan vote to advance a measure to address anti-asian hate crimes. not everybody was on board. >> reporter: that's exactly right, christine. so the senate also yesterday advanced a bill, they passed a bill majority supported it that would address the surge of asian-american hate crimes in this country. you know, this really shows the broad support behind congress on this issue, passed the house, now passing the senate. because of this uptick in asian-american hate crimes in this country, because of the pandemic honestly. this bill would assign a justice department official to expedite reviews of potential covid-19-related hate crimes and establish an online database if it passes. and republicans were originally not behind this legislation, they said that it would be probably ineffective, that was their argument, but that changed when senate minority leader mitch mcconnell got behind the legislation, his wife is asian-american and she served in
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former president donald trump's cabinet and he said he would get behind this legislation if democrats and republicans could agree on amendments on this issue. but, again, not all republicans supported this. there were six that didn't support this legislation, including josh hawley, ted cruz, tom cotton, rand paul. so not every single republican despite its broad support came behind this legislation, but bottom line is that this really shows that congress is taking action on these issues of racial injustice in this country, christine. >> nice to see you this morning. thank you for walking us through all that. all right. record earnings for america's big banks in the first quarter thanks to an improving economy and a booming stock market. goldman sachs said revenue more than doubled compared to the first quarter last year, $17.7 billion. look at that profit almost $7 billion. jpmorgan post add profit of $14.3 billion the highest quarterly profit ever. the bank's profit was boosted primarily by $5.2 billion of
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'cause we are. all right. slave trade on snapchat. a group of students at a north texas high school pretended to auction off black classmates on social media for between $1 and $100. the high schoolers have been disciplined for cyber bullying and harassment. the elato texas school district says there is no room for racism or hatred period, using inappropriate, offensive and racially charged language and conduct is completely
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unacceptable. bernie madoff has died in federal risen in north carolina. he was serving a 150 year sentence as the architect of the largest ponzi scheme in history. the largest financial fraud ever. the cause of death was not released. last year a judge denied his request for an early release after may do have said he had a terminal illness and less than 18 months to live. may do have was 82. kimberly godwin has been named the next president of abc news. becomes the first black executive to run a newsroom for a major newsroom. she will oversea good morning america as well as digital ventures. she will leave cbs news to start had err next job this month. a look at the markets around the world, asia closed mix, europe has opened slightly higher. on wall street stock index futures leaning higher. stocks finished mixed wednesday, the dow and s&p falling short of record highs. the dow closed up 53 points, the s&p and the nasdaq down. a remind that are today is
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not tax day, you have until may 17th to file your federal income taxes. many states have also extended their deadlines. a big day on wall street for crypto going mainstream. for years bitcoin and cryptocurrency was seen as an illicit, but cryptocurrency arriving with coin base's wall street debut. the value soared to $86 billion the first day of trading, the highest profile cryptocurrency company to go public. it brought in $178 billion in revenue last quarter, more than it made in all of 2020. it was a big test for legitimacy of crypto. seems to have passed for now. the global chip shortage feeling another blow to ford. the automaker will temporarily shut down five plants in the u.s., one in turkey because they can't get the chips they need. ford plans to update how costly the short annual will be for its business at the end of the month. last month it said the shortage could cost up to $2.5 billion. the pandemic cut demand for new cars, auto makers cut their
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orders for chip but then demand surged for computer gaming systems that caused a shortage leaving auto makers to compete for ch incompetence. a key figure in japan's ruling party admitting the olympics could be canceled if the nation's coronavirus situation worsens. selina wang live in tokyo for us. this doesn't mean we are in i closer to officially canceling the games but clearly this needs to turn around fast here. >> reporter: christine, that's exactly right. and it is extremely rare to have a high-ranking government official publicly addressing the topic of an olympic cancellation. this is seen as taboo, something officials have been avoiding and an extremely influence figure in japanese politics, the he was asked if an olympic cancellation was a possibility and he said of course add, quote, what is the purpose of an olympics if it's going to spread the infection? and, christine, that is exactly the question that many people
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here in japan have been asking hosting the games this summer remains deeply i'm popular among the public here. the situation is getting worse when it comes to covid, i've spoken to infectious disease experts who say the possibility of the olympics becoming a superspreader event is increasing. the country is struggling to contain a fourth wave of covid cases. you have less than half a percent of the japanese population fully vaccinated. even though we know foreign spectators are banned from the games, this is still going to involve at least 11,000 athletes coming from more than 200 countries. they will be tested regularly but they are not required to quarantine. not to mention they are likely going to come into contact with tens of thousands of untested olympic volunteers. now, he later watered down his comments saying that he hopes the games go off successfully, but still, christine, his comments struck a chord with the public and shows this gap
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between reality and the narrative that olympic officials have been pushing and organizers have been pushing, which is one of complete confidence that these games are going to go off safely and successfully in less than 100 days, christine. >> less than 100 days. selina wang, thank you for that. over here we had our second no hitter of the baseball season last night and it was almost a perfect game. andy scholes has this morning's "bleacher report." >> good morning, christine. the white sox carlos rodon two outs away from the first perfect game we have seen since 2012 but one pitch ruined the bid. rodon former third overall pick had tommy john's surgery two years ago this, season he has been incredible. rodon got some help in the field, abreu stretching out to barely beat the runner to keep that perfect game alive. next batter rodon hit roberto
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perez barely in the foot so ruin the perfect game. rodon able to gather himself, get the next two batters to secure the no hitter and the celebration was on. the second no hitter we've seen in baseball in the last five days. twins shortstop simmons has tested positive for covid, this comes after the single-dose vaccine was made available to the twins last week but simmons declined to get it. he tweeted in part for personal reasons and past experience i will not be taking it or advocating for it. i hope i don't have to explain myself. the twins say simmons has mild symptoms and is recovering at home. the minnesota wild holding a moment of silence in their return to the ice in honor of daunte wright. they decided not to play monday night after wright was shot and killed by police on sunday. >> the community and the city is going through some tough times
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and we as a group, like i said, we all agreed upon that and our wishes are with daunte and his family. >> it's tough to digest, i think, you know, taking a bit of a pause there to, you know, genu flekt and look at it and try to figure out how best to digest it and what action to take. you know, i think that's -- i think that was a good move at the time. >> yesterday's game was moved up to the afternoon in anticipation of the potential curfews. the wild beat arizona 5-2. to the nba mavs down two to the grizzlies in the closing seconds, they get the ball to luka and he hits the leaning three at the buzzing for the win. take another look at this shot. incredible that luka was able to make it from that angle. lebron was watching, he tweeted wow, wow, wow. come on, luka, you ain't serious, man. that was a great shot. now this shot was good, too.
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dodgers hosting the rookies, justin turner just sneaking a ball over the left field wall and right into some guy's nachos. the nachos splattered all over him. but, get this, the dodgers went and found him, still cheese. turner not only bought him new nachos, the guy also got a new hoodie from the dodgers. so quite the night for that fan right there. home run ball, got nachos twice and a new hoodie. doesn't get any better than that, right? >> one of my secrets, i love ballpark nachos. love them. love them. love them. i'm not sure my bank account always does, though, you know. nice to see you. thanks, andy. thanks for joining us, everybody, i'm christine romans. "new day" is next.
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. former police officer kim potter has been charged with second-degree manslaughter. >> the family of daunte write will get to have their day in court. >> we have to get a conviction. you can't give up on that. >> it's time to end america's longest war. it's time for america's troops to come home. >> president biden announcing he'll with draw all u.s. force


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