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biden spoke at length off the record with a number of tv news anchors including me. one of the points biden made on the record was that beyond the initial challenges of stemming the tied of the pandemic and helping those suffering economically because of it, he felt that he needed to succeed right out of box because the american people need to have faith that their, our government can work. quote, we can't afford to lose out of the box, he says he told his staff and we can't afford to lose this first effort, unquote, because he sees what's next as a major test as to whether democracy can survive in the 21st century. chinese president xi is betting against it, he said. quote this, government is founded on this notion, that you know, sound corny, we the people, and there's nothing we're going to be able to get done unless we can convince the american people that it's possible to do it, he said. president biden also told us, quote, everybody talks about can i do anything bipartisan? well, i've got to figure out if there's a party to deal with. we need a republican party. we need another party, whatever
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you call it, that's unified, not completely splintered and fearful of one another, unquote. republicans have said they are looking for president biden to make serious efforts at bipartisan outreach this evening, but it is not clear if his latest legislative push will get any republican support as cnn's phil mattingly now reports. >> joe biden finally his moment fshs hi address to congress and his presidency after more than three decades as an audience and seating behind his boss, kamala harris and nancy pelosi will be seated behind. it's history he'll recall as he'll recount the first 100 days. and an insurrection that touched the very spot that he'll be standing. the pandemic reducing attendance to around 200 with only a single
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supreme court justice, two cabinet officials and no designated survivor. biden has been working through the speech for weeks, he tells cnn. >> i expect president biden unlike his predecessor will lay out the facts and appeal to our better angels. >> reporter: and he spent the entire day going through final edits and practice sessions. the remarks set to recap the more than 215 million vaccine doses delivered and more than 160 million stimulus checks deployed. >> tonight president biden will address a joint session of congress to mark the progress of our first 100 days and talk about where we as a country still need to go. >> reporter: driving forces behind an approval rating that sits at 53% according to a cnn poll but biden now is set to press forward and go even bigger. >> you're also going to hear him talk about how much more there is to do. >> reporter: an effort aides say will be designed to emphasize the urgency of the moment and his view that government can and will deliver. >> people will hear from him
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tonight not just how far we've come but the fact that government can work senate centerpiece, a new $1.8 trillion plan to transform education in the social safety net, proposing hundred of billions for paid child care, paid leave, universal pre-k and anti-poverty child tax credits. it's a proposal financed by raising taxes on wealthy americans. expanding medicare and cuts to prescription drug costs have been left out. no short and of hurdles facing that $4 trillion legislative agenda that the president is laying out but he'll start to meet with the heist ranging members in congress hosting a meeting, the first of his presidency with the big four, speaker nancy pelosi, senate majority leader chuck schumer, minority leader mitch mcconnell and house minority heard kevin
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mccarthy. this will be his first conversation with house republican leader kevin mccarthy since inauguration day. let's discuss with our pam. daya, left me start with you. physical hires address to a joint session of congress. walk us through how important tonight is for president biden. >> well, it's incredibly important because he is going to be setting the table, setting the stage for this incredibly aggressive agenda that he has that we've been reporting on during the first 100 days, and there is even more, and it's going to be such an important sales pitch that he's going to make and the tone of it and the way that it's described is going to be critical because it's going to be so different from the -- the democratic president you and i started covering, bill clinton certainly before our time, ronald reagan, but that time it was all about government is too big and we need to shrink it. this is all about how government
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should be big and should be bold and can work for you, and it's a quite different tone and a quite different strategy and approach. >> abby, senate minority leader mitch mcconnell said he'll be listening for signs that president biden is serious about bipartisanship. is there anything biden can say that would appeal to republicans? i mean, theoretically republicans use bridges and roads and would appreciate elder care, but i don't sense that the price tags are going to be anywhere near what republicans are willing to vote for. >> yeah, it's really doubtful that there's anything biden can say tonight that would cause republicans to have a fit of bipartisanship and want to cooperate with him on some of these things especially because it's not just about roads and bridges. it's about the price tag of those roads and bridges. it's about -- it's about how you pay for it, whether you raise taxes, and what you'll hear from biden tonight is that it's also
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about human capital. they are not going shy away tonight from this idea that the administration wants to invest in america's people just as it invests in roads and bridges, and that's the idea that i think is harder for republicans to wrap their minds around, and i think beyond that, it has been very difficult to get, you know -- they need 60 vote for a lot of things in the senate. it's been very difficult even to get one or two of those 60 votes, so it's hard for me to see anything biden says tonight really changing that substantively. >> let's talk about the optics for the evening because it will be jarring for a lot of viewers. a mostly empty chamber, 20% filled. the no guests. no skutniks, the special guests of the president sitting in the gallery. everyone will be wearing masks except for the president when he's speaking. biden is going to tout his administration's progress on fighting the pandemic, but i think the environment will be a reality check that we're still
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in the middle of this pandemic. >> no question about it, and that's part of the goal here for the president to make that point, not just rhetorically but also visually. not to say that -- that this is the theater that a lot of republicans are criticizing him for, not having more people in the chamber since a lot of members, i would even say most members are vaccinated by now, but there is still a ways to go, and we're certainly going to hear from the president on that. one other thing i would add on the optics is, of course, the first time in history we're going to see two women sitting behind the president of the united states. i just came from a small briefing with the speaker nancy pelosi, and she talked about how looking forward she is to that, to having another woman there, and she said that the phones are ringing off the hook, sdwrak, that people are calling globally about the imagery and what that helps. >> abby, we know policing reform will be another major focus of president biden's address. both parties are addressing confidence that they will be able to reach a deal on capitol
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hill, but, you know, a lot of people are still skeptical given how partisan the country is right now, how unwilling democrats and republicans seem to be on giving on this one major issue on policing reform which has to do with qualified immunity for police. what do you think is the right tone for biden to strike on this tonight? >> well, the biden strategy has been to let congress sort this out, and that might be one of the most important things that he can do is on the logistics of this stay out of the way, but you're going to hear him talk about the urgency of the issue, not just from the perspective of trying to save lives potentially but also from the perspective of equity and justice, and so that's the -- that's the role of the president is to -- to take the high -- the high ground here and set the tone for what the sort of moral standard for the country ought to be. that's going to be very
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important but at the same time while he'll be urging lawmakers to do something i do think that the white house's strategy has been to let the lawmakers who have credibility with each other work with each other behind the scenes and try to get something done and so for it seems from everything that i've been hearing and others have been hearing that that is happening. it's happening quietly but it is happening. >> the big republican on policing reform, of course, is south carolina republican senator tim scott who will be delivering the opposition response this evening. abby philip and daya bash, thanks to both of you. coming up next, breaking news. what the department of justice is announcing about ahmaud arbery case and federal investigators raiding rudy giuliani's home. what that might mean for former president trump. stay with us.
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assault and murder and a third man was charged with murder after joining the pursuit and recording the haunting cell phone video. we go to evan perez. what are you learning. >> reporter: these are federal charges and have to do with kidnapping and hate crimes against the father and son as well as william brian, the man who shot the video, and what this shows is really a reinvig raflgts civil rights division at the justice department. one of the things that we've seen just in the last few days a number of investigations of police departments for their use of force involving black people and so what we've seen is pattern an practice investigations announced by the -- by the merrick garland, the new attorney general and one of the things you're seeing in this is part of what you're now going to be seeing a lot more from the civil rights division and in this case these men are
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charged with hate crimes and kidnapping and it has to do with this incident in february of 2020. the men are already facing state charges so one of the criticisms is why do you have to add federal charges but one of the things you hear from justice officials is this is one of the cases that was so egleamingous it demands a federal response. >> and evan we have even more huge news on the department of justice front because rudy giuliani's attorney confirmed that federal agents executed a search warrant today at giuliani's new york city apartment and office as part of a criminal investigation launched in 2019 related to giuliani's lobbying activities in ukraine. evan, do we know what the feds seized? his devices, and as you point out this is an investigation into foreign lobbying that's been going on for a couple of years. a couple of giuliani's ukrainian associates igor fruman and lev
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parnes were arrested back inny 2018 and this stems from giuliani's activities trying to dig up dirt on joe biden and his family, and according to the sources that we've been talking, to they have been looking now for a couple of years to see whether giuliani violated these lobbying laws, whether he was acting on behalf of ukrainians or was he acting as the president's lawyer as he would argue, so in this raid today they took his devices. his lawyer said today that it was -- it was over the top. it was thuggery, and his son just a little while ago came out and said it was absurd and represented politicization of the justice department. >> although as you note investigation started in the trump administration. >> right. >> but they only acted now, but it is unusual to raid the office of an attorney because so often all the documents and materials are attorney-client prif level. the last time i can remember this happen is with the president's prior attorney, michael cohen. >> and because it's so unusual
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and because of all those things that you mentioned, it is one of those things that requires a high level of approval. in this case it had to go up to the heist levels of the justice department. in thiscates deputy attorney general's office has to be aware, has to provide input. they can block it. this was blocked by the way the first time the southern district of new york tried to do this, happened under jeffrey rowes rosen, the then deputy attorney general, and he raised concerns about whether this case was sufficient -- whether there was enough evidence to -- to get these -- this warrant. >> evan perez, thank you so much. appreciate it. let's bring in were preet -- let's bring in preet bharara. your take on this raid, its significance and whether there's overreach. >> i think it's very significant. just as matter of looking at the arc of rudy giuliani's career. he's not been charged, may not
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be charged but to take a step against any lawyer is a big deal and requires those approvals that evan describes, and to do it when that person was the lawyer to the former president of the united states very significant step, and so, you know, he's fallen pretty far in terms of how far along this investigation is. i think, again, there's no way to conclude for certain whether or not there will be charges, but in a case like this given the circumstances and given the status of rudy giuliani, how long the investigation has gone on, how aggressively it seems that the sdny folks have been seeking to get the warrants, tried and failed before the election and tried and succeeded now, i think there's a very high likelihood that they believe there's charges to be brought and they may be far abeing lot. sometimes it's the case that you have a lot of evidence. it's not true that they are going to be getting some of the correspondence and electronic communications of rudy giuliani only because they seized the devices now. you get those communications
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from third-party sources, ate aircrafts you know, whoever. you get the devices because you want more evidence and you want confirmatory evidence and want to see if there's destruction of evidence since giuliani has nobody about this. but it's very, very significant. it's a very aggressive step. i know the folks at the sdny. i hired a lot of them, and they would only do something like this that's so significant if they believed very strongly based on the facts and the law that there's something worthwhile pursuing here. >> as trump was leaving office as you'll recall giuliani was front and center helping trump promote the big lie about the election, falsely claiming there was mass voter fraud. take a listen. >> so, over the next ten days we get to see the machines that are crooked, the ballots that are fraudulent and if we're wrong, we will be made fools of. let's have trial by combat. i'm willing to stake -- i'm willing to stake my reputation.
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the support willing to stake his reputation on the fact that we're going to find criminality there. >> there's no evidence that anything related to the post-election activities has anything to do with this investigation, but during that period there were questions about whether trump was going to give giuliani and others a preemptive pardon. he did not do it. that privilege is gone. he can't pardon him now as a former president. is there anything he can do in terms of asserting some sort of privilege, attorney-client privilege, presidential privilege in terms of his communications with giuliani as his attorney. >> the great irony is it may be the case of the justice department that stymied the ability to search some months ago, may have caused a delay in doing the search an bringing charges and had they not done that it's conceivable that the justice department would have done the search maybe even brought charges sometime during the transition period which probably would have project a pardon from donald trump. that's point one. point two, yeah, look. you have to be very sensitive
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about information that you take from a lawyer, and there is an attorney-client privilege which is why we'll be hearing in the coming days in court about the southern district of new york employing a filter team to make sure that there's a group of lawyers and investigators looking at the documents and not imspringing on the attorney-client relationship or privilege. that's an ordinary thing that exists in the law and has nothing to do with the fact that donald trump used to be the president. united states. i don't think there's any executive privilege. rudy giuliani was his personal lawyer as far as i know. that's something that will be litigated and talked about and assuming there's information that falls into that category. >> giuliani hasn't said anything publicly about this to my knowledge but his son andrew a former white house aide and also is considering running for governor of new york came out and spoke to the media not long ago and said this showed an out-of-control justice department, the politicization of the justice department and that the federal agents seized
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everything in the apartment except the one thing that was actually incriminating, and that thing was not incriminating of his father, rudy giuliani, but was incriminating of hunter biden. what's your reaction? >> look, i've overseen, you know, lots and lots of prosecutions. when prosecutors and agents take an investigative step or bring a charge, they are infrequently sent flowers and chocolates from their targets. that is a thing that people say. that is the thing that the relatives of people say. that is a thing that has been taken to an art form, whether good or bad art depending on your perspective but giuliani, his family members and people around him, attack the people who are bringing the case. rudy giuliani was the united states attorney us a pointed out and had this happen to imhad. i felter all that will out. let's see what the facts and evidence show and let's see what actions publicly are taken by that office. >> we know that there are the crimes relating to locke on behalf of a foreign government,
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but a lot of times those -- those crimes in previous years were regarded as, you know, paperwork crimes, not necessarily particularly serious uncertain dramatic step to raid rudy giuliani's office. this is more dramatic than raiding michael cohen's office, and that ended with michael cohen in prison. what crimes could they be investigating here that would be that serious that would merit such a dramatic action by the justice department? >> well, you know, they have to set that out in the search warrant affidavit in support of the warrants, so, you know, it would be great if you and i could read that. we don't know. what we do know is some of rudy giuliani's associates have been accused in the same court, the southern district of new york, of campaign finance violations, fraud donor violations. there's swirling questions with what might have gone on with respect tots payments, i'm spec late, about transfers of money from foreign individuals, foreign nationals into a
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campaign, presidential campaign or other campaigns. the there could be money laundering issues that go on when you have transfers of money based on, you know, false pretenses. some of what lev barn yaz and igor fruman are fraud with respect to this company, a fraud guarantee. i don't know if it's true or not or whether those folks are giving information about rudy giuliani but that could be part of it as well. >> every day one city is cremating 600 people who have died of coronavirus, every day. we're going to go live on the ground to india. that's next. we started with computers. we didn't stop at computers. we didn't stop at storage or cloud. we kept going. working with our customers to enable the kind of technology that can guide an astronaut back to safety. and help make a hospital come to you, instead of you going to it. so when it comes to your business,
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in hour world lead today, it's horrific and it's tragic. crematoriums in india are burning anything for fuel so they can keep up with the influx of bodies. people are gasping for breath. patients crammed into makeshift hospitals. it's happening right now throughout india where coronavirus infections have exploded to more than 1 million new cases every three days. cnn's chief international correspondent clarissa ward is in new delhi for us. you've reported some of the most ravaged war-torn parts of the world. how does what you're seeing in india compare? >> reporter: jake, there's no question. this country is in the vicious of a terrifying, vicious and heartbreaking tragedy. we saw poem on the streets today waiting in line for six hours trying to get some life-saving oxygen. most of them weren't able to find beds in hospitals for their loved ones.
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even those who were able to find a bed, those loved ones still weren't able to receive that objection jen and so they go every day. they crowd source online and they get on twitter and they share information. they are pulling together, and they say, listen, guys, at this spot in ten minutes there's going to be some oxygen, and then you just see this mass wave of people arriving getting in line and trying to get some that have life-saving oxygen. we also visited a crematorium where it became abundantly clear that the government figures, jake, really don't come close to capturing the true scale of the horror and the loss of life. delhi's crematoria combined saying they are cremating somewhere in the region of 600 bodies a day. that's twice the amount of government figures. we visited one crematorium where they have had to spill out into a car park in order to accommodate these huge numbers, and when you think, jake, that last year at the peak of the
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first wave, 100 now people a day were newer cases of covid, and now we're talking about well over 300,000 new cases a day as one scientific researcher here put it. this wave makes the first one look like a ripple in a bathtub. >> just this morning, clarissa, the cdc and u.s. government announced they would send supplies and assistance to india. what are they sending? >> well, they are sending a host of different things from vent haters to oxygen creators, machinery that will help people to breathe which is so desperately needed here, but when you talk to people on the ground they will city listen. this is a health care system on the brink of collapse. it's going to take more than donations and aid from other countries to try to right the course of this ship, and as we speak, jake, there are still political rallies being held in part of the country for state
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elections which gives many people pause for thought that the government has truly got a handle on this situation and is doing everything that need to be done in order to try to mitigate some of this horrific loss of life. >> yeah. we saw something like that play how the here in the united states last year with former president trump, and indian prime minister mody similarly, he took a victory lap a few months ago. he said india had effectively defeated covid. how are the people of are indiay are acting to the government's mishandling of this crisis? >> reporter: there's no question, jake, talking to people on the streets along with the despair and the sadness and grief, there is growing anger and growing frustration. there's a real sense among many people here that mody's government failed to take all the steps that needed to be taken after the first wave, to buy more ventilators, to put more beds in hospitals, to
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ensure that there will be enough oxygen for people in the country to breathe. not only that, you had these huge political rallies playing out with some of these state elections. you had this massive hindu festival with millions of pilgrims gathering together. you've had cricket matches. you've had weddings, all these sort of large-scale events, mask-wearing sort of became a thing of the past at one point, and for a number of reasons. people are really pointing the finger at the modi government saying they have failed than they should be held accountable. >> clarissa ward for us doing important reporting in new delhi, india. so what is the u.s. doing to help? a pain paint for the biden administration. some pieden officials want to share doses of vaccine and others want to be confident in our vaccine efforts at home before passing out extra. secretary of state tony blinken was on the lead and i asked him
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how will the astrazeneca doses n not in use will be allocated. >> we'll do some of that through kovaks and some country-to-country and we'll have a plan in place in the coming days. >> the director of the world health organization told the "new york times" that vaccine-sharing, quote, would be a test of character for various governments. what are the internal arguments happening in the biden administration right now? >> re >> well, jake, there are those looking at the nitty-gritty details surrounding the vaccines domestically here in the united states. what does that look like as the j&j supply comes back online? how many americans have been vaccinated? is there enough vaccine if there were to be anything that went wrong with the u.s. stockpile at this point? they want to be conservative before they start sharing with other country. then you have other folks who
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are becoming increasingly frustrated. look at united states here doing quite well in comparison to other countries. the united states should start sharing vaccines sooner rather than later and i spoke to officials who actually reached out to private industry, to business and interest groups encouraging them to come on the record and encourage the biden administration to share these excess vaccine doses sooner rather than later, sort of kind of the back door way to put pressure on the administration. they think that that is having at least a bit of an impact. now, a senior state department official took issue with me and told me that the astrazeneca sharing that the u.s. plans to do, that they said would be doing in the coming weeks, was actually a product that they could share while there was enough domestic spy for americans. this is an ongoing issue and what we're looking hat here is which countries will be getting these vaccines and when. >> i think secretary blinken
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says astrazeneca hasn't even put in for emergency use authorization here in the united states. thank you. we just got new excerpts from president biden's address tonight. what the president plans to say. that's next. stay with us. now, at healthcare.gov, millions more people can afford health coverage. due to the covid relief law, you can pay less with financial help. in fact, 4 out of 5 customers can get a plan for under $10 a month. from doctor visits to preventive services to prescription drugs- these are quality plans. you can do this. you can have coverage as soon as may 1st if you sign up now at healthcare.gov
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in our politics lead, the white house just released the first excerpts of president biden's address to the to a joint session of congress. the plan plans top tout his administration's accomplishments and voice optimism about the future saying in part, quote, after just 100 days i can report to the nation america is on the move again and turning peril into possibility, crisis into opportunity, setback into strength, unquote. republican senator todd young of indiana joins us now. senator, thanks so much for being here. welcome to "the lead." this is going tonight first joint address since the insurrection, and i do want to ask you about that because last night one of the d.c. officers who responded to the attack discussed rhett action of some lawmakers to what happened on
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cnn. >> it's been very difficult seeing elected officials and other individuals kind of whitewash the events that have day or downplay what happened. a lot of us are still experiencing the emotional trauma and some are still grappling with physical injuries as well. >> now i want to make it clear to our audience that you did not engage in any of the election lies and you've not been guilty of downplaying what happened on january 6th at all so this is not about you. that is a police officer pained by colleagues of yours, and i'm wondering what you think. >> i think now each of us in elective office, and frankly the -- the leaders of our major institutions be it media or higher ed or -- our chamber of
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commerce and synagogues and so forth. we all have a responsibility to try to bring together people during these trying times. the the january 6th events, the rioting and violence that we saw over last summer, these are trying times for our nation. that's why i was so encouraged can dudley by president biden's inaugural address where his emphasis was indeed on unity, and my -- my disappointment has been that at the federal level there's not been that unifying force. there's been rhetorical unity and emphasis on unity in speeches, but when it comes to actions, there hasn't been nearly enough unity, and i think that's the best and most constructive way that elects officials can really make a difference right now so hopefully this evening that will be a real point of emphasis for president biden in his address. >> and i know that there is hope on capitol hill by democrats and republicans that there can be something achieved in terms of a compromise when it comes to
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policing reform. you're working closely with republican senator tim scott who is spearheading the approach for republicans in the senate on his policing proposal. are you still optimistic. where do bipartisan talks stand now in terms of finding something that can pass the senate and get to president biden's desk? >> well, i mean, i think we're very close. there's so much overlap when you really look at what the so-called republican bill that senator tim scott is walking point on drafting and -- and the democratic legislation. the only major difference i can see in it is that -- in the democrats' version it would eliminate the so-called qualified i municipality, the liability protection currently enjoyed by the men and women in uniform. what everyone thinks about that, i don't think we should eliminate those protection. i think right now we definitely need to be standing up for our
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men and women in law enforcement, but why can't we come together on the other provisions like ensuring that our overs are equipped with body cameras to protect themselves, protect members of the community, make lynching a federal crime, ensure that bad cops aren't shopped around from police district to police district after being fired. we can do these things together, and then we can have principled disagreements and debates related to the areas in which we can't come together. that's how this place used to work. that's how it should work again. each on big spending bills which is what we spent a lot of time discussing in recent weeks here in washington, so i hope that that is the vision that preponderance of the evidence casts this evening. unfortunately we haven't seen a lot of that in washington the last couple of months. >> senator, one of the things that the president told news
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anchors today that was on the record was about how he thinks that this is a challenge of the 21st century as to whether democracy can thrive. the chinese president xi is betting against democracy and our ability in a messy government situation to achieve consensus. you just introduced a bipartisan bill along with senator schumer that would bolster u.s. technology research so as to compete with china, so what the president said is relevant to what you're doing here. why is this technology race against china so important? >> well, thank you for bringing this up. the endless frontier act, this bipartisan legislation that i am working on proposes bold investments in some discreet technology areas like artificial intelligence and the robotics and advanced manufacturing and quantum computing. these are important because these are sort of the platform technologies that will be
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integral to growing our economy at a more rapid rate in the future. therefore, driving the prosperity of rank and file americans, and they also have military applications, so none of us wants a military conflict in the future, but the best way to avoid one and to exert diplomatic leverage against the chinese so they don't steal our trade secrets and they don't undermine our values and our way of life is to be prepared for this sort of conflict, so this is why we've attracted bipartisan support for this piece of legislation. it's also essential while we unify during this divided time around this particular initiative to demonstrate that at least as it relates to national security and issues pertaining to china and their misfeasance and their bad behavior that we can unify on an issue of great consequence. >> republican senator todd young of indiana, thanks so much for joining us today. appreciate it. >> thank, jake. thousands of potentially
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in our health lead today, president biden will address a mostly empty house chamber tonight. only about 200 people are allowed to attending his speech in person. let's bring in cnn chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta. sanjay, 200 people. that's about an eighth of the typical guest list. if the lawmakers are already
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vaccinated, is this not excessive? >> yeah, it is cautious. reading through the sort of policies and protocols, i think people either had to prove they vaccinated or had a negative test. i'm not sure if everyone taeta attending is vaccinated. but if everyone was vaccinated, people could be in there indoors, still wear a mask but have an event like this. movie theaters is one of the examples they gave in the dp guidelines. i think this is caution. they want to make sure people have enough space to physically distance. they want to keep people away from the president so they're not trying to ask for autographs and things like that, i understand, but it is a cautious approach. >> tonight's speech comes as the pace of vaccinations in the u.s. has slowed. we're averaging about 2.7 million doses a day. a number that's been falling since april 16th. what's responsible for the
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slowdown, just vaccine skepticism? >> i think that's a large part of it now. if you look at the numbers overall, we know second doses are happening at a faster dose than first doses. not as many people signing up for the first doses. if you look overall just at vaccine willingness, you've got 61% of the country that say i'll get a vaccine or plan on getting one and we're about 55% of the country that has received a single dose. so we're sort of hitting that ceiling of what people say that they're willing to do. another 5% more will fall into the i'm willing to go ahead and do this. about 17% of the country is waiting and seeing. so they're waiting probably for the 60% to go first and we'll see if they actually start to go ahead and get the vaccine. they're going to be necessary if we want to get to this herd or community immunity and there's
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probably going to be an authorized vaccine for 12 to 15-year-olds sometime soon. when you look at people 12 and older that's 85% of the country. >> a new cnn poll shows 66% of americans approve of biden's handling of the pandemic. 95% from democrats, 65% of independents and 30% of republicans. what does that tell you? >> it tells me that just about every aspect of this pandemic has been politicized. we talk a lot about the political divides on this. i've been focused a lot on the vaccines. so you look at the same polling data but say what is the vaccine willingness or hesitancy and see how it breaks down by party. i mean this is pretty remarkable. you have 46%, less than half of republicans say they will get this. closer to 80% of democrats. so that is obviously a significant difference. the big question, i think, is
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