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white house, kicking off a nationwide tour. his hope to highlight the accomplishments of his first 100 days. this as america recovers from the pandemic and economic downturn and the assault on the capitol. >> now, after just 100 days, i can report to the nation, america is on the move again. but the rest of the world is not waiting for us. i just want to be clear. from my perspective, doing nothing is not an option. >> you could sense the urgency from him in his remarks last night. his first speech before a joint session of congress was like no other before for a number of reasons, including the dramatically scaled down audience due to covid and, of course, the historic pair of women sitting behind him for the first time. >> madam speaker, madam vice
president -- [ applause ] no president has ever said those words from this podium. no president has ever said those words. and it's about time. >> president biden also laid out his agenda for the future of the country, one where he sees big government as a benefit, not a barrier to progress. promising to uplift working class americans with what he calls a blue collar blueprint for building america. in total, those plans will add up to some $6 trillion in new spending. >> it is notable to see pelosi and harris behind him there. let's get to jeremy diamond. he's at the white house. jeremy, tell us how the speech was received, not just by democrats, but by republicans. >> well, listen, republicans came into this speech by the president unified in their opposition to this $4 trillion in new spending that president biden is proposing on top of
that $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill. and they left the speech equally unified in opposition to this new spending. republicans making the case here in the wake of this speech that this is too much spending. mitt romney, for example, said i'm sure bernie sanders is happy. that is how republicans are framing this. as a wish list of progressive policies that president biden is packaging under the auspices of infrastructure. now to be clear, president biden for his part, he was trying to depart from that framing, of course. he's talking about this as necessary investments, not only because of what's happening at home but in order to compete globally. and he also framed this as a way to invest in blue collar jobs. listen. >> these are good-paying jobs that can't be outsourced. nearly 90% of the infrastructure jobs created in american jobs plan do not require a college degree. 75% don't require an associates degree. the american jobs plan is a blue collar, blueprint to build
america. that's what it is. >> one thing the president made clear last night as he has before is that he knows that this is going to require negotiation. he is not going to get every item in these packages that he is proposing but he's willing to work with congress. we will see whether or not republicans are willing to work with him. >> we'll see, right? and he really did emphasize the urgency of action. what i thought was interesting is namely in the face of a rising china, which it sound like he said china is such a threat, we're going with or without you on these, republicans. >> that's right. this is something i've been reporting on. senior officials have told me the president is fixated on this idea of the future of democracy, not only in terms of the domestic context but across the world. a lot of this is driven by the rise of china. you heard the president talk about this yesterday. listen to this. >> can our democracy overcome the lies, anger, hate and fears that have pulled us apart? america's adversaries, the
autocrats of the world are betting we can't. and i promise you, they are betting we can't. they believe we're too full of anger and division and rage. they look at the images of the mobs that assaulted the capitol as proof that the sun is setting on american democracy. but they're wrong. you know it, i know it. but we have to prove them wrong. >> reporter: and one official told me that president biden sees this idea of democracy versus autocracy as a defining challenge for the century as a central organizing principle of his presidency. he believes that this is something that history will judge him on, and i've spoken with officials who have told me the president has raised this in a number of meetings, including one last week where they were talking about electric vehicle batteries with china. the president talking about the role of government to prove it can work and deliver for people, not only in the sense of government but in the sense deaf mock -- of democracy. they'll see what the united states can do to see if
democracy can continue to compete with autocracy. >> thank you, jeremy. let's talk more about this. david gergen is with us and tom perez, former chairman of the democratic national committee. good morning. thank you for being here. i was striking -- it has been obviously widely reporting and analyzed this morning, but how different this big government push was from clinton back in '96. let's take a trip down memory lane and listen to his promise then. >> the era of big government is over. >> biden thinks this. he said it last night. listen. >> scientific breakthroughs took us to the moon. now we're on mars discovering vaccines, gave us the internet and so much more. these are investments we made together as one country. investments that only the government was in the position
to make. >> david, you advised president clinton. he thinks clinton, at least his sentiment then, doesn't work now. what do you say? >> i say the era of big government is back. that just came through loud and clear last night. what president clinton was trying to do, he thought the democratic party had shift today far to the left. in fact, it had lost two straight presidential elections when liberals were on the ticket and they lost badly. and so what president clinton was trying to do was find some third way, something in the middle between the republicans and the democrats. and it worked, by and large. but what we saw last night was historic. we haven't seen -- only twice in american history have we seen a president take the podium and drive the country toward building -- transforming the social safety net. transforming the relationship between government and the middle class and working class people. we saw that with lyndon johnson
and the great society, 1965. and we saw it certainly with franklin roosevelt, the new deal in the 1930s. so that's the lane that joe biden has now chosen for himself. it's going to make or break his presidency. so far it's been a home run. >> to tom perez, david gergen. he makes a point here that the difference between biden and fdr with the new deal, lbj with great society programs, is the size of their majority. fdr had 60 senate seats held by democrats. 313 house seats. lbj had 68 senate seats. 295 in the house. biden has single digit advantage in the house and a split decision in effect in the senate broken by the vice president's vote. i just wonder, is he overestimating his mandate here? >> i think he has a secret weapon, which is the facts. and the support of the american people. yes, there were no republicans that supported the american rescue plan, but when you look
at the american rescue plan it was broadly supported by democrats, independents and even a sizable number of republicans. you talk to republican mayors on the ground. they've got to feed their communities, open schools, and the american rescue plan was a home run. so i think there's a real disconnect between republicans in washington right now and the american people. and i think joe biden has his finger on the pulse of where we are as a nation. the new deal, as david pointed out, and the '60s were moments of great crisis and great opportunity. and joe biden is a student of history. i think we are not only in a moment of crisis and opportunity but as the president pointed out last night, we're in a moment of necessity. women took it on the chin in this pandemic. and we need to make sure we invest in child care. so many people feel left behind and blue collar blueprint of
this president is tailor made to rebuild our economy from the bottom and the middle up. and that's where i think his secret weapon is. it's not going to be easy. no doubt about it. but i think he has the american people on his side. and the republicans continue to oppose this. i think at their political peril. they're on the wrong side of these issues. >> except, david gergen, to tom's argument. you have people like lisa murkowski who has just made a response saying, i think it makes it very difficult to be truly bipartisan. tim scott in his response pointing out that under the trump administration there were five covid related bipartisan bills passed on that front. and we saw straight partisan lines on the american rescue plan. and you've got concerns from democrats about paying for all of this, like senator joe manchin, mark kelly, kyrsten sinema, a few others. is it what tom argued or
somewhere in the middle there? >> i do think with lbj and fdr, they had massive landslides when they were governing, and they were able to get through all of the -- a lot of the big things they were doing as a result of that. in biden's case, his power is not in washington. he's holding on to power by a thread in washington and what's critical for him if he's going to get a lot of this passed is to maintain the public support. as tom says, the more he can maintain public support outside war washington, the more likely he is to get a lot of this through. i think republicans are going to drive this home. the expense of this $6 trillion. it is easier to persuade people to like you if you're giving them programs and saying, by the way, somebody else over there is going to pay for it. so if you are a working class person that saw this cornucopia of things biden wants to do for you, of course you'd like that. but whether the republicans can
chip away and say, but it's going to cost the country so much here or there. we'll wait and see. >> yeah. listen, i get -- tom perez, i get that republicans don't have a leg to stand on, on paying for it, right? because fiscal conservative went out the window when you look at the 2017 tax cuts. as much as people like to get money, they don't like their taxes going up. they're talking about just $400,000 a year earners and above, but that's a good 2% of the population. it's not a tiny fraction of 1%. and people don't like talk of taxes in general. how big of an obstacle is that for these plans? >> well, i think the american people have figured out that the 2017 tax cut -- remember they said it was going to pay for -- it was going to get paid for by all this growth we're going to have. what we saw is the 2017 tax cut was a reckless giveaway to wealthy people, uber wealthy people who didn't need it and
corporations who didn't deserve it. and what the president talked about last night was basic fairness. 99% of the american people aren't going to see a tax increase. period. hard stop. and i think what the president is doing now today, and the vice president, getting out there and david pointed this out. where we fell short in 2010 and in 1994, as democrats, is people didn't see the connection between actions taken by democratic administrations and improvements in their lives. this time around, i think it's going to be very different. 200 million shots already in people's arms. 160 million checks already in people's pockets. you see improvement day in and day out. cutting the child poverty rate in half. wait until people file their taxes and they see the benefits of what's happening now. that's what we have to do.
continue to sell it to the american people wbecause this i good for the vast majority of americans. >> i would just say, they're making a bet that a new congress and new administration wouldn't reverse the tax increases they are betting on to pay for these. they're saying it's over 15 years. thank you, david and tom. thanks. still to come -- much more on the investigation into rudy giuliani. where it could lead. how far it could go. also, how president trump fits into this investigation. that's next. plus, covid cases are on the decline in this country, but there's a new poll that shows 36% of adults under the age of 35 are not even planning on getting a vaccine shot. why is that, and why is it a problem for all of us? and federal agencies are investigating new reports of mysterious attacks taking place on u.s. soil, some even near the white house. we'll explain what these
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ahead of president biden's speech yesterday, a bombshell move by the justice department. federal agents executed a search warrant at rudy giuliani's apartment and law office advancing a two-year investigation into giuliani's political activities and lobbying in ukraine. >> cnn's karen skinell joins us now outside giuliani's new york city apartment where the raid took place. what were they looking for, and what crime or potential crime are they investigating? >> morning, jim and poppy. i'm outside of rudy giuliani's apartment where the fbi executed that search warrant just around
dawn yesterday morning. and what we learned is that they took a number of electronic devices from giuliani's apartment. they also went to his law office in manhattan where they also seized electronic devices including a computer belonging to his assistant. they also served his assistant with a subpoena to appear before a grand jury next month. definitely a significant step up in this investigation. what prosecutors for the u.s. attorney's office in manhattan are investigating are giuliani's activities in the ukraine both his efforts to dig up dirt on joe biden and his family, as well as that push to remove the u.s. ambassador to ukraine, marie yovanovitch, someone known for her anti-corruption stance. now the big question that prosecutors are looking into is, was giuliani doing this on behalf of his client, then-president trump, or was he working for ukrainians. and did he not disclose that work for ukrainians? that could cross a line into illegal activity. giuliani's attorney robert costello has denied that giuliani has done anything
wrong. he suggested that this investigation and the execution of the search warrants was political. he said he twice tried to meet with prosecutors to try to convince them that giuliani's activities were lawful. but he never got that meeting. he's also kind of previewed that we might see a fight here over the electronic devices. in a statement, costello said the electronics taken are also replete with material covered by the attorney/client privilege and other constitutional privileges. so warrant served on mr. giuliani's law office is another disturbing example of complete disregard for the attorney/client privilege protected by the sixth amendment to the constitution. as you may recall, when prosecutors had served that search warrant on michael cohen, that led to a fight over how they would be able to review those materials. this could be something that we see take place here, too. jim, poppy? >> as district attorney years ago, he sought and executed a lot of search warrants himself. remarkable to be on the other side of it. kara skinell, thanks very much. let's speak more about what
this all means with a former federal prosecutor and john avlon as well. good to have both of you. ronato, you've been involved in investigations, many search warrants before. to get one you have to show there's a reasonable chance of finding evidence of a potential crime and particularly to get one to search a lawyer's residence here. what does this tell you about the degree of trouble giuliani is in now? >> if i'm representing giuliani, i'd be very concerned, and i would be preparing him for indictment in the future. what this means is a federal judge looked at the evidence, decided there was good reason to believe a federal crime was committed and evidence of that crime was likely to exist in his apartment and his electronic deviced. and so that's not good news for mr. giuliani and the fact that you mentioned a moment ago the complaints about him being an attorney. the doj does not execute a
search warrant on a defense attorney's apartment or conduct an investigation of them without approval of the high levels of doj, at least running it past them. what this means, it's the sort of thing they take a lot of care with and this means -- going forward with this investigation. >> let alone the former attorney to the president, right? john avlon, you have a unique view because you were a speechwriter for giuliani. the youngest speechwriter he had. you were by his side when he was america's mayor. i mean, someone recounting a story to me yesterday about standing in their apartment in brooklyn and there was a parade and they remember giuliani waving to them from the parade in new york city. that was the same giuliani we're talking about now. it's just a remarkable downfall. >> it is a tragic turn. and the earlier chapters of rudy's life and the operatic arc of his s ending on a
tragedy. but people should not forget his role as an attorney for the southern district and mayor of new york during 9/11, us about this last chapter may come to define him. it's one of the reasons yesterday's news was so stunning. the fact he was one of the revered leaders of the southern district of new york when he was u.s. attorney that for the sdny to be investigating him means this could be very serious indeed. whether or not rudy believes or is aware that he broke any laws. i think he's very much a true believer when it comes to donald trump right now and that has been to his discredit in the public eye. but it's a tragic turn of events for someone whose total career has a lot of highs in it that are now being eclipsed. >> his exposure here, there's a seedy business side to it. was he taking money from ukrainian oligarchs to influence u.s. policy? and not registering hum ing hima
foreign agent as you're required to do. his digging up dirt on trump's opponent, including meeting russian connected ukrainian officials, some tied to russian intelligence, basically taking part in a russian disinformation campaign against the election. from a legal criminal perspective, are they just examining the business side of this? or is there a bigger picture part of this investigation? >> well, i think that the actual crimes that are being investigated here may be more narrow. in other words, you mentioned what's called the fara violation. same thing that paul manafort was charged with. the facts correspond and relate to the first impeachment inquiry which was truncated and cut short. the investigation and if there's ever a trial, they are going to reveal a lot of facts that are more interesting and are going
to warrant more investigation by the public. >> something is notable, john, the fact that prosecutors in new york went to the justice department when it was under trump and barr was leading it to ask for these warrants and didn't get them. we don't know why. but we know -- and ronato pointed out they got them now and it would have had to go up to the highest levels, so merrick garland on down and his lieutenants on down. you heard the accusation from rudy giuliani's son yesterday. this is all political, et cetera. how does the biden administration, the justice department respond to that? do they at all? >> i imagine not because, look, the situational ethics are ripe in politics right now, particularly for trump associated folks to be complaining about politicization of the doj given all that we know about what happened during that administration. doesn't really carry a lot of water. the biden administration has been trying and is going to try to depoliticize the justice department. but the key point is the one you
made that apparently the trump administration pumped the brakes on a request from sdny to execute this before the election and even after the election while they were in office. and that's why the claims of politicization probably don't carry water. tipcally you wouldn't necessarily see a morning raid for a fara violation. that's why this may be bigger than that. rudy was working with folks in the ukraine who appear to have been russian agents. no way shape or form that's good, and his judgment around those things does not reflect rudy at his best. >> thank you both. john, renato, good to have you. ahead -- these images out of india are appalling, tragic. these are makeshift crematoriums that are lining streets in india as the country yet again hits an all-time coronavirus high in terms of deaths. our sam kiley is there, next.
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significantly. a new cdc study suggests pfizer and moderna reduces covid-19 hospitalizations by 94% among older adults. let's bring in dr. leana wen, former baltimore health commissioner and also contributing columnist for "the washington post." good morning to you. they are good numbers. nice to have you on with some good numbers. still this real hesitancy for even among younger folks under 35. you actually note that you were sort of disappointed with biden's remarks to the nation last night on the vaccine front. why? >> poppy, i thought the remarks themselves were excellent when it came to covid because it reminded us of the progress that's been made. the fact that 220 million doses have already been distributed and given into arms. the fact that we now have more than 50% of adults in america who have gotten at least one dose. that's fantastic. i just think that president biden missed a real golden opportunity to counter vaccine
hesitancy. what he could have done, imagine if he had said, only vaccinated people, fully vaccinated people can attend this joint session address. and then when they come in, they show their proof of vaccination and then they can take off their masks. they can hug one another, sit next to each other. we can basically have pre-2019 life again. that would send the strongest message that vaccines are safe, effective, our way out of this pandemic. and what i really fear is that there is this pervasive narrative out there that somehow vaccines don't change very much for you. and so people are wondering if they are so effective, why can't we do that much more than we did before vaccination? and i think that president biden and all of our leaders need to send that message that vaccination does, indeed, change everything. >> yeah, keeps you out of the hospital. there's that. i asked dr. fauci about this yesterday, about why not more clear delineation of what can change now for those who are already vaccinated.
his answer was that, you know, community spread is still too high in the view of the cdc in some places but he believes, as we see that graph continue to come down, there are going to be more relaxations coming soon. you mentioned in workplaces, for travel, and i wonder how significant that is. >> i definitely think it matters. i think, though, that the approach that dr. fauci and president biden have been taking is a societal approach. they are saying there is the light at the end of the tunnel for all of us together. and when we can reduce the level of infection in the community, increase vaccination rates, that's when, at some point, hopefully soon, but at some point, we can relax the restrictions. i don't know if that works for many americans. for many people it probably does work to say, yes, we're in this together. it's patriotic. we're doing this together. a lot of people are thinking selfishly thinking, what's in it for me? they're not willing to wait until this elusive herd immunity. if we can tell those individuals who otherwise would not get
vaccinated if we say to them, the moment of freedom for you is when you get vaccinated. when you reach the two-week mark. these are people who otherwise might not be vaccinated. let's give them that incentive. >> i know you think the cdc's cautionary approach here to lifting sort of some of the mask requirements, et cetera, for outside is too cautious and that it comes at a cost. i wonder if you think that cost outweighs the benefit of being cautious. >> the cdc last week released a report of breakthrough infections which i think is really astounding. they found that out of 87 million people who are fully vaccinated, there were only 7,157 cases of people who got coronavirus, which is a rate of 0.008%. that's really astounding. and i think we need to be telling people, if you want to, you can resume some elements, a lot of elements of pre-pandemic life. a lot of people still want to be
cautious and that's definitely okay. we want people to proceed at their own pace. what i'm saying is there are a lot of people who otherwise are not going to get vaccinated. so let's give them that additional incentive. and i think that particularly applies to young people who are going to go to bars, going to be socializing anyway. let's say to them, get vaccinated, and then do those things. >> you know, i wonder if there's a reality out there. i see it in restaurants, little league games, baseball games, major league baseball games that the country is moving beyond this already. even in, say, northeast and west that had been more conservative in terms of responses. in the south i feel like all bets have been off for a number of months. doesn't the reality around us show that the country has already taken that message and is running with it and going back to living their lives? >> it's a really good point. i think that's why the cdc guidance needs to go even further because public health needs to meet people where they
are. and when the public health guidance seems too disconnected with reality, people are going to stop paying attention. the agency, the cdc, then becomes irrelevant and public trust becomes eroded. it's like the boy who cried wolf. the next time the cdc says there's impending doom, people are going to say, yeah, you said that before. it didn't happen so i'm not going to listen to you again. the cdc needs tock s to be muchp front about telling people, don't do this until you're vaccinated. once you're vaccinated, you can do it. >> such a good point. dr. wen, thank you, as always. >> thank you. let's turn now to the devastating covid surge across india. it's so tragic that more than 600 bodies are being cremated per day there. some streets lined with these makeshift crematoriums. yesterday, another record 3645 new deaths from covid in india. sam kylie is in india. what is it like to be on the
ground seeing this firsthand with these families? >> well, poppy, your last guest was discussing the whole issue of the efficacy or otherwise of vaccines. this is what not getting vaccinated looks like. india is a net exporter of vaccines. this is one of several crematoria in the city. this whole area in this quadrangel if you like, has about 40 pyres burning. their families or friends who bring them here have to take a ticket at the office and join a queue for burning. there's about 150 that are being cremated through the course of the day. i've been here most of the course of the day. they started in an adjacent building that was covered. that is the central area where they have been traditionally conducting cremations, and then
moved into here when they ran out of space on that side of the wall and now they've moved back because the bodies keep coming. one member of the -- one victim of covid is still lying on a stretcher over there waiting their turn, and now they have the final indignity of a storm brewing. a storm that -- of the sort that might well engulf na rrendra mo whoa has been accused of taking his eye off the ball assuming they had herd immunity and inoculating only about just over 1% of indians, poppy. >> he has. his party has chosen to carry on having these big rallies, some with millions of people because of the upcoming election, even knowing how few people were vaccinated. it's a tragedy, as you say, that they are the biggest maker of vaccine in the world and this is what's happening. sam kiley, we appreciate you
being there. sam -- sam? >> yeah. >> sam, we have a little more time. can you just talk about the political failure here and how the people on the ground feel? do they feel as though they've been abandoned by their leadership? >> yeah, absolutely. i spoke to one gentleman earlier on today. indeed, he was lighting that pyre there where he took his friend for his last rites organized the cremation because every other member of the deceased's family it was a man, was already suffering themselves catastrophically from covid. there was nobody to cope with the body. when he was talking, another gentleman showed up who was a relative who had already tested positive and the reason it's run out of control, the critics of mr. modi would say, he's focused on political campaigning,
firstly. secondly, he decided -- he pretty much announced a few months ago that india had somehow broken the back of the pandemic, that india had beaten the pandemic, even though the vaccination campaign was barely in its infancy. as a consequence, he's not only allowed political campaigning but the hindu festival when literally millions of people worship at the banks of the river. a deity in their tradition. none of whom socially isolated. all of whom have been encouraged to revel in this hindu nationalism of the ruling party here, including the mass rallies they've been having. and this, i'm afraid, is the consequence. >> sam, there is a big debate going on in this country right now about whether the biden administration should get behind the request that india made to the world trade organization six months ago to share the ip, the recipe for vaccine from
companies like pfizer and moderna with other countries to create more vaccine. the biden administration has not yet supported that. bill gates said it's not a good idea to do that. others say it's necessary. is that something that would help in india? do the people of india want that? >> poppy, i didn't quite get a lot of that question because the system here is pretty ropey, as you can imagine, but i think you're asking me what is the issue and what is the attitude to the sharing, the international sharing -- >> yes. >> -- and distribution of viruses. so in that context there is great anger in this country that it is a net exporter of vaccines, particularly of the astrazeneca strain but of others, too. they've also developed their own. but the country is blamed -- or the government is blame forward prioritizing export and the good will that that would generate around the world over its critics say the health of its own people. on top of that, you have massive
disparities of rich and poor in this country. so it hasn't taken a great deal, frankly, to overwhelm an already -- nearly overwhelmed public health system. and then a third aspect which is something the indians find incomprehensible is why it was the united states had embargoed the export of some of the crucial ingredients for the construction, for the building of vaccines in this country back in america. now that -- they're grateful that has been lifted, but there is a strong sense -- also an understanding that indians should have prioritized indian population just as the united kingdom or the united states have prioritized their own population. vaccination campaigns are seen as world campaigns. you do your responsibility, your own population first and then everybody else. and that's definitely not how it's been perceived here. it's been perceived, and we haven't got a response at all from the government on this, but the regular blame placed at the feet of the government is they
were seeking international popularity at the expense of their own population. >> sam, jim sciutto here. i know the audio can be tough where you are. do doctors there blame particular new, more transmissible variants for the severity of the outbreak? are they tracking that now? >> jim, they are trying to work out. they autobelieve -- there are t indian variants. there isn't sufficient evidence to show one way or the other whether it's more -- the variants are more virulent in terms of transmission or in terms of death. and one of the reasons that's difficult to assess is that people are dying here through lack of oxygen. they are simply iasphyxiating. their oxygen rates crash. they pass away rather than get the help that they need. that's why you're seeing such a big international effort to get
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