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top of the hour. good morning, everyone. i'm poppy harlow. >> and i'm jim sciutto. lots to cover this morning. in minutes, we may hear from president biden as he leads a summit on the climate with leaders from some 40 countries around the world. he has announced an ambitious cut, at least a goal, to cut green house gas emissions in this country. >> president biden is committing the united states to reducing our emissions by 52% below 2005 emission levels within the next nine years. this is a huge step as the president looks to put the u.s. back at the front of the global effort to address the climate crisis. let's gun this hour with jeremy
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diamond outside the white house. how does he plan, i know it takes all of us to get there, what is the plan? >> listen, the white house was on a call with us and described multiple path ways to meet this target by 2030. they say that it is an ambitious target. they believe that it is achievable. and now the president's national climate task force over the coming weeks and months is going to be looking sector by sector at specific, putting forward specific recommendations for how to actually meet this target. but what we heard from president biden today was talking about the idea that this is not just a u.s. effort but this must be an international effort. it is the return of u.s. leadership on this issue of climate change after four years of denial from former president trump. you heard president biden talk about this next decade by which he wants to meet this target. as the decisive decade. listen. >> no nation can sol of this crisis on our own as you all know fully understand.
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all of us, all of us and particularly those of us who represent the world's largest economies, we have to step up. scientists tell us that this is the decisive decade. >> and president biden also framed this for a domestic audience in terms of economic growth. he talked about the fact that the u.s.'s climate response could be an extraordinary engine of economic opportunity. those were his words this morning. we saw the president talk about this not only in terms of the broader economy, but specifically talking about blue collar workers. and then being able to put into new green economy jobs going forward. building out that infrastructure. of course that, dove tailing with president biden's plans for this 2.2 trillion infrastructure proposal he put before congress. but no doubt president biden sending a strong signal that is the u.s. is back in terms of leading on this issue and calling on other countries to also increase their targets for carbon reduction over the next
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decade. jim? poppy? >> jeremy, thank you. at the white house for us. calls for transparency and accountability growing, of course, after three more fatal police shootings of african-americans in the last 11 days in this country. we are getting new body camera footage from the police shooting of bryant, this happened in columbus, ohio, on tuesday. police say it clearly shows her there, you see them highlighted image with a knife in her hand. aiming at another young woman in north carolina. and around junior was shot and killed by a deputy as authorities attempted to serve a warrant. protesters now demanding to see that body camera footage. and today family and friends gather to say farewell to dawn tau d daunte wright. the interactions with police are very different. sadness and anger though, we're
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seeing, a lot of commonality in these communities. let's begin with cnn's athena jones in columbus, ohio. the police there, they've released more body cam footage. when you watch it closely, their story seems to hold up here. that wright had a knife and was preparing, it seemed, to attack or stab the other woman involved. what you are finding and what are police saying? >> hi, jim. that's right. the police put out two more videos yesterday. they showed their point of view and the life saving efforts. the first video is the first set of videos they put out about 5 1/2 hours after the incident on tuesday evening showing the body camera footage of the officer, officer nicholas riordan who shot bryant. you can see in that slow motion version of the video, the only one you can tell what is going on, it's important to watch.
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it shows bryant quickly moved to one girl. that girl with a knife in her hand, what appears to be a knife. that girl falls to the ground. you hear the officer say, hey, hey, hey, get down. then you see bryant lunge toward another girl, the one in pink who is wedged as can you stee against a car. you can see bryant's right arm raised with a knife in her hand. the officer says get down. get down several times. and then fires those four shots. later in the video, can you see a knife next to bryant who is there on the ground. so everyone involved agrees this is a tragic storey. the mayor, the unt rim police chief, the head of the director of public safety. they're saying it appears this was a reasonable use of force. we're hearing from some of brunt's family members, two cousins put out a statement. here is part of what they said if in that statement. she was a good student. a good person. and did not deserve what
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happened to her. we want to rremind everyone she was only a 16-year-old girl. there this was unjustified use of force in this situation. we also heard finally from the police -- the president of the police union who said in part we have a duty to protect the public and ourselves. these are the decision that's officers are forced to make. we do not know potentially how many lives could have been lost in addition or people seriously injured. and so, again this is an incident that is being investigated independently by the bureau of krunl investigation. that is part of the state attorney general's office. they will reach their conclusions. the mayor and law enforcement saying that it appears that this was a justifiable use of force in defense of another. jim? poppy? >> athena, thank you. let's bring in now from columbus, ohio, council member shalea favor. she serves as chair of the city's criminal justice committee. thank you very much for joining
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us this morning. >> look, your community is not only reeling from this 16-year-old dead, also from the killing of andre hill who was unarmed and the officer who killed him has now been charged with murder. he was shot by a columbus police officer within seconds of the encounter. medical assistance was not rendered for minutes. they were able to handcuff him when bleeding on the ground. as a community, what are the biggest questions you have this morning as they have seen another one of their own killed by an officer? >> let me start off by allowing an opportunity to xebextend my deepest condolences to miss bryant's family and loved ones.
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you acknowledge the death of mr. andre hill. and, in fact, our community is reeling from three deaths at the hands of law enforcement. approximately two weeks before mr. andre hill's death, casey goodson jr. was also shot and killed by law enforcement in columbus. there are great public servants that protect and serve our city every day. i worked with many of them as a former prosecutor. but i can also acknowledge the fact that we have systemic problems within our police department. for me, it's just too easy to reduce the video down to miss bryant having a knife and the only way that she could have been stopped in that moment of crisis was by that lethal force. that extent of the lethal force. it's my job as a legislator and also as a black woman that's
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been deeply impacted by the events to challenge the status quo, to cast a different vision and create subsequent legislation that we deuces if not prevents the number of dangerous interactions. >> speaking specifically of the incident involving ma'khia bryant, we spoke to a lapd sergeant about a police obligation, immediate defense of life, idol, when someone else is threatened which the video appears to show the circumstances here. but i want to play for you cheryl dorsey's view of this and get your reaction. have a listen. >> in my opinion, this shooting was justified. and it's not just in defense of life, it's immediate defense of life. and so while i've had people ask me, you know, what about a taser? well, tasers are certainly available and a tool that we can use. but there is no guarantee that a taser would have been effective. listen, all loss of louvre is
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tragic. officers carry guns for a reason. and sometimes we have to use them. >> i wonder what your reaction is to that view, shayla given the circumstance here's and the apatient danger to the life of the other girl involved. >> you know, i think that's why i'm committed to truly investing in additional resources that support strong intervention and deescalation. all day yesterday i was involved in conversations where we had school administrators. we had teachers. we had community based intervention weighing in on this conversation. that there were other measures that could have been taken. i'm not waging war against police officers. i'm waging war against the system that helped contribute to this unfortunate situation that we're having here today. this system could have failed black and brown. and often low income people of any race.
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and so we have to think about how do we shift the way in which we perceive threats and police our communities? i think that can be done with strong intervention and deescalation training. and i want everyone to be able to walk away from the scene. >> there is a bill coming within the next few days according to the governor of your state and here are a few thuings it would do on policing. it would increase and hopefully improve training. it would also include a use of force statewide data wbase that doesn't exist. and a discipline data base at that. and it would lead to independent investigations of officers in these critical incidents, independent investigations what do you think of it? you're nodding. does it go far enough? >> i absolutely support those measures. but i support even more specifically talking about miss bryant's situation, my colleagues and i engage in a set
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of community engagementes after the murder of george floyd last year. and from those conversations, we overwhelmingly heard from our residents that he would need to invest in nonpolice or other community trained modes of policing. unarmed crisis response. and so i continue to say i can't help but think what would happen if we had social workers present. if we had community based intervention present. now currently in columbus, ohio, we do have a mobile crisis response team. and that's where a mental health specialist is paired with an officer and shows up on scene. and they are able to diffuse some of the situations when residents are in the midst of a crisis. we want to create an office of crisis in columbus. i support it 100%. there has to be a way to ensure we don't lose another life like we did on tuesday. >> yeah. >> because so many communities police officers end p being in effect mental health
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professionals, right? before we go, you have been watching events on capitol hill. many moments missed since george floyd's death. but it sounds like there could be a moment here that the republicans and democrats might be working towards a compromise on police reform. i wonder do you have that hope that you might funinally see so of the change that's you're talking about at a national level? >> absolutely. you can't do this job if you don't have some level of hope. you know, tuesday, you know, a long with many other americans had that initial sigh of relief. but it is only a moment. because the fight continues. and i am hoping that through that conviction we can reach across the aisle that we can reach consensus as a country to do what is right in order to protect all residents, all people of this country. >> shayla favor, thanks for the work you do. nice to have you on. >> thank you for having me. >> okay. next for us, what are the
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again, doctor. i wonder if you see this data about the j & jfr vaccine up to 85% of preventing severe disease and an expected announcement bringing j&j approval back perhaps with guidelines for certain kinds of patients. i mean do you see the makings here of the come back of the johnson & johnson vaccine as a viable option for vaccination in this country? >> yeah. thanks for having me. i sure do hope so. we know that on the outset j&j vaccine has certain advantages. it only requires one shot. and on top of that, it doesn't require the same kind of cold chain storage so hard to supply as you hit communities that are out in more rural communities or even abroad. so i hope this is the beginning of a comeback. it is also important to put this in context. these j&j numbers come in the context of data from the surge
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hospitals are going to lag. i've been talking to folks working inside the hospital ands they're telling me that it's worse than they've ever seen. and the patients coming in are younger and younger. they're not ones you would expect to come in hospitalized with covid-19. that being said, cases going the right direction. reminder for the kest rest of t country that b-117 is serious. we're still far behind the kind of herd immunity, community immunity numbers that we need to have the kind of optimism and go back to the kind of louvre that we're all trying to get to. and so the only way around covid-19 is through it. that means it backing up, masking up, washing up and vaccination when you get the opportunity. >> let me ask you about masking up post vacing up. i got my second vcovid-19 vaccie yesterday. there is trying to parcel out
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wearing a mask indoors versus outdoors after vaccination. can you explain to folks at home so they understand what they should do under the same circumstances? >> yeah. in order to understand sort of why a mask he is effective. i want you to imagine that at any given time there were bubbles, like there is a bubble blower coming out of your mouth. there are bubbles coming out of your mouth. the question you ask is if every one of the bubbles potentially holds virus, where do you want the bubbles to go? ultimately, ideally they fly away, right? they wouldn't infect anyone else. you wouldn't get infected by anybody else's bubbles. and that's exactly what happens. it just happens on a micro scale. we just can't see them. so indoors if, you blow bubbles indoors, they hang out there because there is really not quite quality ventilation f you're outdoors, the bubbles blow away. this has a lot to do with what we know about what happens to the bubbles. and outdoors because they're likely to blow away, it's less
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lu likely that people need masks outdoors. this herd immunity works in big scale and small scale. the mow protected you are if they're vaccinated. because they're not able or less likely to pass the virus on you to. and so the cdc is rethinking the guidelines because of what we know about vent lags and also because of the likelihood of being vounlded bid other people who have also been vaccinated which makes your existence and your ability to be in the world that much safer. >> poppy that, helped me. the bubbles image. >> all i'm thinking about is bubbles coming out of everyone's mouth now. that's all i'm going to think about as i walk by them. keep your bubbles to yourself. thank you. very much. an alternate juror in the derricderek chauvin murder trial speaks out. you'll hear directly from her next.
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leaders are pledging cooperation with a team of justice department attorneys which is on the ground there beginning the doj investigation into the city's policing. >> our reporter joins us again live on the ground in minneapolis this morning. good morning to you. you were with us when this news broke yesterday.
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it was announced by the attorney general. and all i've seen is the city of minneapolis all around seems to really be welcoming this. is that right? >> yeah. they are. and it's not surprising. when you think about the chief here and the way he's been out front on this. he testified against derek chauvin. so it's not surprising to hear him to come out and say this certainly to welcome news from folks here in the community would want to see the police department cooperate in this investigation. and also keep in mind that the chief when he took over this police department inherited many of the problems. and he's been trying to change some of the issues, certainly the relationships between the police and the community. so it's really not so surprising that he would welcome this. and essentially what this does is it's going to allow officers to talk to some of the investigators. it's going to open the books. they're going to be able to come in doj and look at all the ror records and information and practices. it will be helpful for the
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department of justice and really the community in the end, poppy and jim. >> we got some vision into the jury that handled the case from one of the alternate jurors. she spoke out about her view of it. what did she say? what did we learn? >> yeah, there always are a couple of them n this ok, only two alt nass. they were dismissed the day the deliberations began. the judge came out. he said he wanted to talk to them and dismissing them. now for the first time we're hearing from one of the alternate jurors talking about her impression, sort of what she saw in terms of how derek chauvin -- in terms of how he behaved on the day that george floyd died. here's what she said. >> i felt like he was a leader and other officers were following his lead. kind of felt like he wasn't taking the warnings seriously,
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obviously. kind of like i know what i'm doing. >> and so jim and poppy, that's going to be really interesting. the other three officers who were there on the scene who are now also charged in the death of george floyd. it's going to be interesting to see how the defense attorney, how they view what she said here in terms of how they present their case. of course, we expect that the attorneys when they do go to trial here, they're going to put a lot of the blame on derek chauvin for what happened. and certainly it seems from this juror that is her sense. he was the leader here. he was the senior person. and that he was fully responsible for what happened here. >> that's very interesting point. the other officers, of course, charged with aiding and abetting murder and manslaughter. thank you very much. arizona secretary of state urging state senators and the governor to reject a new election bill. she joins us next to tell us why she believes the bill goes against the will of the people, makes it harder to vote. ♪
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another major blow to any republican who made unfounded voter fraud claims in the 2020 election. and this time it comes from nevada. actually, from the republican secretary of state of nevada barbara sugovski sending a letter to her own state gop party saying an investigation found no evidence to support it's allegations of voter fraud there. she was censored by the nevada gop last week. she has steadily pushed back against the party's unfounded fraud claims. >> and yet in so many states, election restrictions go forward
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n arizona, the gop led state house just passed a bill that would make major changes to the state's mail in voting laws including stopping some voters from automatically receiving those ballots. if passed by the senate and signed into law by the republican governor, it would remove voters who have not participated in the last four elections including part zan primaries and also remove those who don't respond to final mailed notice. why? what is the reason for all this? joining me now to discuss arizona secretary of state katie hobbs, she's a democrat. secretary hobbs, thank you for taking the time this morning. >> thanks for having me. >> so there are a lot of laws. dozens of laws with hundreds of provisions getting passed, not just in arizona but in states around the country. there is a pattern here. tell us about the law here in arizona. which proifcvision or provision
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most concern you and how do they make it harder for people to vote? >> i think it's important foint out that arizonans have enjoyed no excuse absentee voting here in the state for decades. we did it before it was cool. so this is a system in place for a long time. and has been widely popular among our voters. and we have the early vote list that voters can receive and get a ballot in the mail for every single election they're eligible to vote in. they don't have to request a bat lot for every election. it's a great convenience for voters and makes sure that they are getting their ballot not everybody pays attention to elections all the time. and so they're able to get that ballot without having to even think about it. it's been a great convenience. it's how people have grown accustom to voting in the state. but they have options. faen a voter chuss to exercise different option for voting such as showing up on election day at a polling place or voting early
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at a polling place and they don't utilize that ballot that, starts the clock on purging them off this list. it makes it essentially no longer a personal nenlt list. >> let me ask you this question. do you suspect republicans here looked at ways of voting that favored democrats and are trying with these restrictions to make it harder, in particular, for democrats to vote? they don't always get that right. some things were also popular with republican voters. bagsed on your experience as you look at these measures, do you see a connection there? >> i certainly think in the last couple election that's the more option that's voters had, the better democrats seem to do in terms of elected office in the state. and so you could suspect a correlation there. it seems across the country the pattern is trying to make it harder for people to vote and that tends to disproportionately impact low income minority voters, senior voters who might
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not have mobility. so there is that definitely a pattern. >> yeah. i mean some -- you heard some republican lawmakers speaking with their inside voice saying that, you know, quality of votes more important than quantity of votes. can you take that for what they're actually saying there. you have an interesting battle in that you have arizona business leaders urging lawmakers to reject this bill. much as you saw in atlanta with them pulling the all star game in response to georgia's law. tell us the importance about that and why they're opposing the measures. >> well, the business community here in arizona is still very cognizant of the damage done to our state when we passed 1070, the country's most far reaching anti-immigration law by far.
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and so they are often reluctant to step into this fray. but when they do, it's because they're looking out for the arizona's image across the country, the economic impact that's something like this could have. and obviously seeing that across the country, this -- these kind of bills are happening and it's going to taint our image across the country. and so their voice very, very important. i'm glad they decided to lend it in this regard. >> all right. so what's going to happen very soon in your state is a big election audit. it is under way led by senate republicans in maricopa county, 2.1 million ballots done by outside organizations you say are biassed. to be clear, we should note that there have been previous official audits done already that did not find widespread fraud. why are republicans doing this audit here? you are concerned about how it will be carried out? >> well, you're generous to call
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it an audit. the firm that they have brought in to conduct this exercise is neither an auditing forum nor an election firm. so they really, it's clear they don't have a grasp of what they're trying to accomplish here. or a plan in place that they're making up as they go along. and there are a lot of concerns. as you mentioned, we have done every audit that is required by law plus three additional audits in maricopa county. there were nine court cases after the election that upheld the results. there was no evidence for any of the claims that were made. so this is just an exercise to perpetuate the big lie. and rather than shore up people's concerns as folks are claiming this will do, it's actually broadening concerns. there is nothing good that can come out of this exercise. >> and we see it in the public polling. large majority of republicans
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still believe despite the contradictory evidence that somehow the election was stolen. katie hobbs, nice to you have on. thank you very much. >> thank you. >> great interview. look, it is an all too familiar situation. for a black owned funeral home in minneapolis. the owner helped the family of georg george floyd less than a year ago. that funeral home will do the same for daunte wright. we'll have their story next.
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the senate is in session right now. you see dick durbin of illinois
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speaking today. they will vote on the hate crimes act. that bill is expected to pass with bipartisan support. they have spiked dramatically during this pandemic. >> the vote comes more than one month after six asian women were killed during a shooting spree in atlanta. the deaths drawing more attention to the rise of anti-asian violence across this country. in a few hours, a sadly familiar scene, particularly in the city of minneapolis. a funeral for a black man killed by police. >> family will lay daunte riwrit to rest. he was killed by a police officer earlier this month. police say the officer used her gun instead of her taser. he spoke with cnn this morning. >> daunte was a shining light. he was a shining light. he was loved.
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he was a man in the making. he was somebody. he was human. he died. we don't -- we can't understand why. >> man in the making. what an interview. our reporter joins us now. she is outside the church where the funeral will take place. you're about to throw us a really moving piece. >> poppy, i want to set the scene and tell what you is happening right now. just moments ago in the last 35 seconds, pallbearers took his casket from the hearse that carried it in the funeral home to the church where he will be eulogized. they took it inside the building here. earlier, his aunt said people watching can see the wright family's pain. but they don't feel it. perhaps someone who understands that pain the most is tracy westly. he handled some of the most high
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profile death as cross minnesota including the death of george floyd. >> for three decades, tracy wesley met people on their most difficult days. >> absolute worst. >> you runs the funeral chapel. one of only two black owned funeral homes in minnesota. and he's handled some of the twin cities most high profile deaths. >> we dealt with jamar clark. we dealt with, of course, george floyd. and now here we are with daunte wright. not only have you lost, you are suffering a loss that was unnecessary. >> as george floyd's family celebrated a guilty verdict for the murder of their loved one -- >> it will be this one here. >> wesley helped daunte wright's family aaarrange their son's funeral. the boeddy carrying the casket is white. >> it means angelic.
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with the white and red roses, they just liked that. >> wright was shot and killed by police during a traffic stop about 15 miles from the cup foods where george floyd was killed. >> it's a little bit of different state of mind that you have to be in to help. on one hand, you're upset being african-american in this country. and on the other hand, being a professional, you have to do all that can you to focus and health care plan our families. >> wesley handled killings people outside of the state of minnesota. they know nothing about. they're among the names here at this symbolic cemetery called say their names. >> it's just too many names. >> his brother stefan is among the names at the symbolic semiconductor parry blocks from the site where floyd died. here men and women killed by police are honored. sacramento police shot and killed clark's brother in 2018. they thought he had a gun but only discovered a cell phone. now daunte wright will join the
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other names. >> my heart breaks for the family. this is a club nobody wants to be a part of. >> the youngest was seven years old. >> i see different names that really bring back to like, whoa, we couldn't get it together. where do the people go wrong? you know, where is the respect for life? >> and in the face of death, wesley does his part to help families celebrate life. >> because you know this is the last -- this is the last piece that's going to held my loved one. so it's tough. >> and the wright family is saying good-bye to daunte on what his aunt says is his grandmother's 60th birthday. jim and poppy? >> adrian in minneapolis with that incredibly meaningful story. thank you. and we'll be be right back.
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the president is aiming to lower carbon emission s from 52% from the peak levels. transportation secretary pete buttigieg says it's time to be a leader on this crisis. >> we're looking for other countries to make big mitt commitmentes as well. america has to lead the way. we need to twalking the talk. that's what this ais going to help us do. resume that position of u.s. leadership and then challenge the other nagsz of tions of the to be part of the issue as well. >> this is part of his $2 trillion infrastructure proposal which could create thousands of jobs and also happen to be ecofriendly. be sure to watch a special cnn town hall with white house climate envoy john kerry taking questions on how to meet this
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goal to combat climate change. dana bash will host the climate crisis tomorrow night, 10:00 on cnn. >> we'll be watching. thank you for watching this morning. we'll see you tomorrow morning. >> hello, everyone. thank you so much for joining me. on this day and at this hour, there are real questions about where policing in america goes from here. multiple communities across the country are in mourning and grappling with really tough questions following deadly encounters between police and people of color. in minnesota, daunte wright is laid to wrest in just a few hours. two week after a police officer shot and killed him during a traffic stop. that happened miles away from where george floyd was killed nearly a year ago. minnesota police say former officer ki

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