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good morning. thanks so much for joining me. i'm jessica dean in for fredricka whitfield today. and we begin this hour with a new surge of gun violence across the country, and this disturbing video out of new york as a gunman runs up to a man on a sidewalk, shooting him. you see it in broad daylight, nearly hitting two young children in the process,
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knocking them down. you can see those two children diving for cover as the gunman continues firing there. let's go now to cnn's polo sandoval, who is in new york. polo, the shooting video is very difficult to watch, to see those children tussled and pushed and put into harm's way like that. what more do we know about this incident? >> reporter: at such a young age, too. the video is dramatic, he heart-stopping, but the latest example of the shooting incidents in new york city. we'll break down the stats in a second. first, the latest on this particular investigation here, nypd releasing this video, showing a masked gunman charging toward a 24-year-old man in the bronx in the red on a sidewalk on thursday. he is shot, while next to him, a brother and sister, she is 10 years old and he is 5 years old, just inches away. after the shooting the gunman hops on a scooter and flees. police are looking for the
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shooter. the girl uses her body to protect her little brother. fortunately, no physical injury, but you can imagine the trauma behind this. this is the latest nt a series of shootings that we have seen in new york city. not only does the video tell a story, but the numbers do as well. look at the latest statistics showing shooting incidents in new york city have increased significantly from 2020 to 2021, to 634. add it up and that's a 64% increase. keeping that uptick in mind, some new yorkers were asked exactly how they believe this issue could potentially be addressed, and in this poll we would like to share with you, the nbc, telemundo poll, some new yorkers sharing their answers. 33% believing that moving funding from police to mental health services could be key. a little under a quarter believe that increased police patrols could be the answer. plain clothes officers in high crime areas also, about 21% there. the rest there, gang prevention programs and a minority there
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unsure. the gang prevention program is key because according to investigators, they believe that gang involvement is actually a key player here in that latest shooting that we shared with you. and it's also heavy on the minds as new york city voters head to the polls as they potentially choose their next mayor. many of those candidates, for example, catherine garcia has been vocal about what she believes could be a potential, including a gun buyback program and eric adams is expected to actually travel to the bronx today to the very site of that shooting and condemn police violence. it's certainly on the minds of new yorkers and it's certainly on the minds of the men and women who would like to be new york city's next mayor. >> no question about that. just looking at that video, when that big sister puts her whole body around that little boy, that is a gut punch right there to watch. hopefully they will find out more information. thank you so much. let's talk more about all of this. joining me now is jillian peterson, an associate professor
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of criminology and the co-founder of the violence project. thank you for being with us. we just watched that latest video. the numbers are startling, 284 mass shootings this year. why are we seeing so many of these? >> you know, when we talk about mass shootings, it's important to be clear about exactly what we're talking about. so on the one hand, what i study is really public mass shootings where four or more people are killed, not in the course of another crime, not related to another felony, and not killing family members. for those very specific types of mass shootings, we saw them really disappear during the pandemic, and then come surging back starting in march when we started reopening society. but when you use a different definition, which is four or more people shot in any context, that type of violence has been surging through the pandemic, and now in 2021 we're really seeing those numbers rise.
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and we can think about how the pandemic has increased stress, increased frustration, added to things like job loss and trauma and isolation, and we know all of that has an impact on gun violence. >> and i want to ask you about that because i'm curious if you think that the coronavirus pandemic has fueled essentially a few mental health crisis in this country, and if so, kind of how that links up with what we're seeing with gun violence. >> there's more and more data coming out that it did create a mental health crisis, that the number of people suffering from things like depression and anxiety and hopelessness and suicide ideology really increased during the pandemic. and we've also been so isolated and unable to connect with one another, which is a real key for mental health. and at the same time, those protective factors, the things like school and afterschool and community centers and mental health care, we weren't able to access that during the pandemic. so now that we're coming out of that, i think we are starting to see some of the consequences in
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that, whether that's violence towards others, violence toward self, it comes out in different ways. it's really coming out in terms of gun violence. >> we're also seeing that gun sales are surging amidst all of this. how concerned are you about that trend and what do you think that's about? >> that trend is really concerning because we know that just creates opportunity. when there's more guns, there's more gun violence. and we saw this surge in gun violence -- i mean in gun sales throughout the pandemic. i think people were feeling afraid, people were feeling sort of scared and powerless and that can go make people buy guns sometimes. but then you have more guns in circulation and that makes the problem worse. so it's a hard cycle to try to stop. >> and we're seeing gun sales rising within the african-american community. i want to play for you what one gun rights advocate told cnn about that. take a listen. >> we don't want to turn around
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the next day and say we need to all put our guns away, because that's the worst thing you can do. we're getting shot anyway. we need to protect ourselves and let everyone know that you have a right to the second amendment. our ancestors died for that, my ancestors died for that. >> jillian, what is your reaction to what he's saying there? >> it makes me think about kind of what drives people to go buy a gun, and we have communities that are living in a lot of fear, that are living amongst violence, that have distrust in law enforcement, and all that is fueling people to go out and buy guns to make them safer and make them feel safer. and that, in turn, actually increases the amount of gun violence in communities. so it's hard to think about how do we get at really the root causes here in terms of why people are feeling unsafe and why people are fearful, because that fear is real. and how do we address those underlying social problems. >> right, and when you talk about gun violence, you know, i
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cover capitol hill and there has been no movement there really within the senate to do anything about gun violence. people out in communities kind of wring their hands over it and say, what do we do in our own community? it seems nebulous, this idea of what do you do to prevent mass shootings. is there anything you can narrow this down to that can be done, that's a tangible thing that can be done? >> i think there are things that we can do and i wrote a book about this that's coming out in september. we can think about, certainly, we need congress to make decisions and to make things happen, but there are things we can do as individuals and as institutions within schools and workplaces. so things like warm, welcoming environments, things like connecting with people, crisis intervention and suicide preventions. sometimes i think about people being a balloon, just full of air, ready to burst with all of the pain and trauma and crisis and everything they've been through and what can we do to let a little bit of air out of that balloon as we reopen up.
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>> something to think about. jillian peterson, thank you so much for your perspective. we appreciate it. >> thanks for having me. in portland, oregon, dozens of police officers have resigned from a special unit after a fellow officer was indicted for alleged excessive force. now, this incident happened last august, but a grand jury just indicted the officer with a fourth degree battery charge. here's cnn's dan simon with more. >> reporter: the encounter caught on camera. >> officers are taking lawful action. stay on the sidewalk. >> reporter: a portland police officer seen using his baton and shoving a woman to the ground and then using the baton a second time, pushing her in the face. >> i wasn't really aware of what was happening or, like, the pain that i was in, until i was on the sidewalk. >> reporter: this august 18th incident is what led officer corey budworth to being indicted this week on misdemeanor assault charges. the district attorney emphasizing the need for consequences. >> the integrity of our criminal justice system requires that we
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as prosecutors act as a mechanism for accountability. public trust requires nothing less. >> reporter: in response, about 50 members of the police bureau's rapid response team resigned in solidarity. they'll still remain on the force to serve in other areas. >> if you put a team of human beings through what they were put through, that takes a toll. we have to honor their perspective in this situation. >> reporter: portland police had an extremely difficult job last summer. nowhere across the country did we see a sustained level of protesting against police misconduct as in oregon. this was a team that specializes in crowd control, frequently encountering verbal taunts, but oftentimes rocks, molotov cocktails. these videos were post were posted from the police last july. a statement was written saying i
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want to acknowledge the toll the last year has taken on them and their families. they have worked long hours under difficult situations. >> protests have been allowed to continue night after night after night, so there's a great series of events here where eventually the officers say we're not punching bags. >> reporter: a similar mass resignation took place last year in buffalo, new york. 57 officers of its police department emergency response team resigned after two officers were suspended. after this disturbing video surfaced. we reached out to the police officer's lawyer but did not hear back. the police association is putting out a statement, and it says the last baton push was accidental, not criminal. he faced a violent and chaotic situation. the mayor says he has the resources in place to deal with any community safety situation.
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dan simon, cnn, san francisco. coming up, secretary recordings and allegations of a hit squad, a congressional race in florida derailed by a wild chain of events. plus this. >> overly generous words. i'm deeply humbled by it. >> former vice president mike pence heckled while speaking to religious conservatives. where does the party go from here? i'm going to talk live with arkansas governor asa hutchinson. that's next. not what's easy. so when a hailstorm hit, usaa reached out before he could even inspect the damage. that's how you do it right. usaa insurance is made just the way martin's family needs it with hassle-free claims, he got paid before his neighbor even got started. because doing right by our members, that's what's right. usaa. what you're made of, we're made for. ♪ usaa ♪
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reportedly be heard threatening the life of political rival anna paulina luna. that recording reportedly took place before braddock became a candidate. the man heard on the tape refers to his russian/ukrainian hit squad and making luna disappear. >> i call up my russian/ukrainian hit squad and within 24 hours they're sending me pictures of her disappearing. if the poll says luna is going to win, she's going to be gone, she's going to disappear. up close and personal so they know the person, they know the target is gone. don't [ bleep ] be on the wrong side of supporting luna, because if you're near her when time comes, i just don't want that to happen to you. you've got kids. so don't be associated with luna under any circumstances, please. >> braddock tells cnn he's not listened to the recording and suggested it may not be him or that the recording could have been altered. when asked by cnn if he's ever
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threatened luna, he replied, quote, i did not. he has since announced he's dropping out of the race. the conservative activist kwwho recorded the call has declined request to comment. former vice president mike pence was met with heckling and shouts of "traitor" who speaking to conservativing of the faith and freedom cool lig. >> i want to thank him for his generous words. i'm deeply lhumbled by them. i'm a christian, a conservative, and a republican, in that order, and i'm honored to stand before you today. >> with me now is arkansas governor, republican asa hutchinson. governor, great to have you with us. thanks for being here. i'm curious, first, we just heard that clip of former vice president mike pence being taunted there. what's your reaction to the way
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the former vice president was treated? >> well, mike pence is a friend, he does a great job as a leader, and i'm glad he was there. and the important thing is that the jeers were outblasted by the cheers, so obviously there was a tremendous amount of support for him and his message, and we've got to learn in america, in both parties, to be able to disagree without being harsh and without being disagreeable. and that's where we've got to move toward. but i'm glad he had a good reception overall there. that's an important venue. and his message is important. one of the great voices that we have as we go into the 2022 election cycle. >> governor, it does show a bit of a fault line, though, to have those conservatives screaming at a former vice president who was linked with president trump, does it not?
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>> well, again, if that was the majority, that would be a grave concern. but clearly that was a minority and mike pence is well received across the board in our party. and no one was more loyal as a vice president than mike pence to donald trump. he stood firm that the electoral college should be upheld in our system of elections, and he ought to be recognized for following his constitutional responsibility. there's those that have disagreed with that and i think that's a minority and as time goes on, i think that you'll see our party come together, and we can, and that's critically important that we do that in 2022. the elections cannot be in 2022 about what happened last year. it's got to be about the future. we've got to get away from that division and talk about our policies and what's wrong with the biden/harris administration
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as we go into the election cycle. >> it will be interesting to see what happens in 2022. i want to talk a little bit about arkansas, what's happening in your home state. there's a legislative session that just came to an end and republicans wrote some new legislation that provides that the state election board can strip election control away from county authorities and give it to the state board of elections, which is controlled by republicans, and some critics have said that bill is aimed at a county that favors democrats. i know you've said in the past, are we passing laws that address a problem or are we worried about what can happen. with this particular legislation, do you think this addresses a real problem, or is it a power grab? how do you make sense of that? >> well, there were a number of election bills that came out of the last general session of our legislature. i let some become law without any signature.
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but the important thing is that we have elections with integrity, and i believe the election in arkansas this last cycle was good, it was effective, it produced a true result. the other thing is that we want to be able to expand voting access. we've expanded voting access in arkansas with early voting. we'll be able to continue to do that. we have to be careful that we don't just respond whenever there's not a challenge, but most of the bills that were passed addressed real problems. there were a couple that i had problems with. one that gave the legislature too much review power over local elections, which are generally handled by local election boards and the state board of elections. they do have that responsibility and we've got to make sure that we don't overreact to something that's not a problem. but integrity and access are the two guiding principles. >> do you think that one i was just talking about, do you think
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that's an overreaction, or do you think that was needed? >> the one that gives the state board of election more oversight, i think that's appropriate because they're there to ensure the accuracy of the election. the other bill that gave the legislature the ability to review local election disputes, that's an overreach and i have real problems with that. that's why i didn't sign that. so i would distinguish those two. state board of elections, i think that's their supervisory responsibility statewide. i have no issue with that. >> and quickly, before i let you go, i want to talk about the pandemic. arkansas is in the bottom ten states when it comes to shots in arms. so 31% of the population is fully vaccinated. governor, what is plan b if you can't reach 70%, if you can't reach herd immunity in arkansas in we've got this delta variant that's highly transmissible. what happens now? >> well, you don't want to get
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to plan b because plan a is to get everyone vaccinated that doesn't have a health reason not to. and we are lower than we should be in our vaccination rate. we've provided incentives, we've provided education, access is there. and so there is resistance out there that we have to overcome. there is a steady state that we're continuing to do vaccinations and i think by the time school starts next year, we'll be at a much higher rate, that we'll be ready for school. and it's also about urgency. as you see cases tick up, there's a greater urgency to get vaccinated and i hope we don't have to use that as the ultimate incentive. we want to be able to increase that. it's critically important. if we don't get vaccinated, we have to live with quarantines and we have to live with additional cases and worrying about hospitalization. that's a path we don't want to go down again.
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and i'm hopeful and optimistic that won't be the case. >> again, just really quickly, are you seeing a correlation between where you're seeing the uptick in cases, are you seeing more people trying to get the vaccine once they see the cases are going up? >> i do see a correlation there, and so we've had in the last week a small rise in our cases and you can see more people getting vaccinated whenever they see the risk increase. one thing i worry about is that historically we've had about 5% of those get the two-shot regimen of vaccines, and 5% do not go back for the second shot. that is upticked to about 15%. that is a concern. so we've got to get everybody not just partially vaccinated, but fully vaccinated, and understand the importance of having that full protection. that's something we've got to work on. >> governor asa hutchinson, thank you again for being with
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this morning as some republicans continue to downplay and distract from the january 6th insurrection, new video released by the justice department is telling the true story. the new clips show officers being taunted and beaten, forced to engage in hand-to-hand combat as they attempted to stop that mob. cnn's jessica schneider breaks
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down the footage. we want to warn our viewers the video is graphic and profane. >> reporter: new video from on the ground outside the capitol. and never-before-seen footage from police body cam, this one showing a new jersey gym owner stalking and punching law enforcement outside the capitol. he's seen dressed in a camouflage jacket, leaning into the face of a police officer and following him and taunting him with expletives. fairland shoves the police officer. just as the officer regains footing and starts walking away, he punches him in the face, hitting his helmet. others in the crowd try to calm him down. another video shows him holding a phone and screaming about what he's going to do next. >> we're patriots, too. we fucking disarm them and then
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we storm the fucking capitol. >> he was one of the first inside according to court records. the judge deemed he was too dangerous to release, writing if any crime establishes danger to the community and a disregard for the rule of law, assaulting a riot gear clad police officer does. he's charged with 12 criminal accounts, including assaulting police. he has pleaded not guilty on all counts. police also say this new police body cam footage shows thomas webster, a former marine and retired new york city police officer, in a red coat screaming profanities at police and wielding a flagpole before rushing at officers. he's pleaded not guilty to charges, including assaulting police. this shows the hand-to-hand combat officers were forced to engage in to fight off the mob. the new video comes as the republican party grapples with a conspiracy theory that has
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gained traction with some members. a right wing website revolver news is suggesting the people driving the insurrection were not trump supporters, but fbi agents who conspiracy theorist claim are appearing in court records as unnamed and unindicted co-conspirators. but legal experts say the term is not used to describe fbi agents and refers to unnamed people who participated in the crime but haven't been charged. the theory has been readily embraced by some in the gop. >> at doj, fbi, or any of the intel communities, what kind of role were they playing? >> reporter: but now other republicans are pushing back, in particular congressman peter mire of michigan. he tweeted not peaceful, not let in by police, not antifa, not fbi. i can't believe i have to say that. we are expecting the release of more videos from the courts in coming weeks. that will give more perspective from these police body cams about the hand-to-hand combat
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officers were forced into to protect the capitol. jessica schneider, cnn, washington. >> thank you. and one of the heroes from that day, a big moment in the spotlight. take a look. that's us capitol police officer eugene goodman throwing out the pitch at last night's nationals game. being honored for his actions during the insurrection. he's seen in video that day leading rioters away from the chambers and giving senators critical time to escape that mob. last night's ceremonial pitch was the second honor this week after lawmakers voted to award him and his fellow officers congressional gold medals. and for more on the insurrection, you can watch "assault on democracy, the roots of trump's insurrection" tomorrow night at 9:00 p.m. eastern right here on cnn. we'll be right back. or is that the damp weight of self-awareness you now hold in your hand?
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states on high alert this morning as the first tropical storm made landfall. claudette crashed in with heavy winds and rain. major flooding is expected across the southeast and millions are under a tropical storm warning. allison chinchar is here for us. >> it's going to traverse across and sustained winds are 40 miles an hour. it's still gusting up to 50 miles an hour and moving to the north-northeast at about 14 miles per hour. it will take an interesting trek. we expect it to weaken likely down to a tropical depression in the next few hours. once it gets back out over open water, we anticipate the storm to restrengthen back into a tropical storm as it slides up the east. so you have the tropical storm still along the gulf coast region and new watches for areas
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of north carolina, because of the storm restrengthening in the coming days. in the short-term, one of the bigger concerns is going to be tornadoes. you still have this tornado watch in effect for several states over the next several hours. we've already had reports of tornadoes and several water spouts along the gulf coast region. the storm will meander across the southeast, bringing with it a tremendous amount of rain. keep in mind, some areas have already picked up 6-8 inches of rain and now we're adding an additional 2-4 widespread, some areas an additional 6 inches in just the short-term, which is why you have the flash flood threat for a lot of these southeastern states. an area that could desperately use some rain is actually the western u.s. you've got about 30 large active fires all across the western states, in addition to that they're also dealing with intense heat, dangerous heat. you have excessive heat warnings and heat advisories right now for over half a dozen states. the southwest is usually the
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place you see the heat, but even for them these areas are several degrees above normal for where they usually would be this time of year. >> hoping for relief for them. allison chinchar, thank you so much for the update. stil ahead, a rare admission from the leader of north korea about the crisis his country is facing.
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kim jong-un is now admitting that north korea is facing a tense food shortage. the united nations is warning north korea is already facing a two-month shortfall and that the situation could get worse by august. this comes just days after the
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north korean dictator said his nation should be prepared for dialogue and confrontation with the biden administration. cnn's brian todd has more on what that could mean for the rest of the world. >> reporter: north korea's 37-year-old dictator lays down his mark with the new american president, perhaps in an effort to draw joe biden's attention away from vladimir putin following the president's week on the world stage, kim jong-un declares north korea should be prepared for dialogue and confrontation with the u.s., adding it should be fully prepared for confrontation. this comes after months of kim may being implied threats against the u.s., in what kim called america's hostile policy on north korea. one analyst says this could be a classic move by kim to not only draw joe biden's attention to him, but also to leverage his nuclear arsenal and try to extract concessions from the white house. >> it's a long, long list of things they want, not only the end of military exercises, but
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the end of the alliance, the withdraw of u.s. troops, abandonment of international and u.s. sanctions. >> reporter: so far, the biden team has said it wants to build on agreements that kim made with former president donald trump to draw down north korea's nuclear weapons program. during that period, trump and kim were known for their chummy relationship, exchanging gushing letters that trump was quick to brag about. >> and then we fell in love. >> reporter: but kim's agreements with trump were vague and president biden has indicated he's taking a much harder line on potentially sitting down with kim. analysts say since the talks with trump, and even during the pandemic, kim has been secretly building his weapons program. north korea has tested short-range missiles in recent months. it has not tested long-range missiles recently, but at an october parade in pyongyang, the regime displayed what experts say is a new imposing intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the u.s. and analysts say the dictator is likely to test fire that weapon.
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>> eventually he will have to test if he wants to advance further the program itself. on the other hand, kim jong-un fully understands that to test long-range missiles is essentially a big red line that the biden administration may not take very well. >> reporter: this comes as intelligence analysts from seoul to washington are keeping close watch on kim's appearance, specifically his weight. side by side video comparisons indicate kim appears much thinner now than he was last year. last fall, south korean intelligence officials told lawmakers they believe kim's weight had ballooned to over 300 pounds in 2020. but photos of kim's $12,000 wrist watch show in the most recent picture on the right, it is now fastened on a tighter notch than previous sightings. why is kim's weight a priority or intelligence agencies? >> because we know so little about the north korean leadership and intentions, we don't know who would succeed him
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if he were to die suddenly. >> reporter: if kim jong-un were to die suddenly, most analysts say his younger sister, believed to be about 33 years old would take power. her stature and responsibilities have increased in recent years. each time there's been a succession with the kim dynasty, researchers have dictated it would fail and the kim family still reigns. brian todd, cnn, washington. >> thank you. joining me to discuss is susan glasser global analyst and staff writer at "the new yorker." great to have you with us. thanks for being here. what do you think? should the u.s. be preparing for diplomacy or conflict with north korea? we just saw brian's piece laying out where things stand. >> thank you so much. i would say, you know, it's both and, not either or in the case of north korea. i do think you're looking at a sharp change in at least the surround sound between the
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united states and north korea. it's jarring every time you hear the president of the united states, donald trump, the former president, say he had love for kim jong-un. what on earth was that about? and so, obviously, you're not going to between an american president like biden and kim jong-un, so north koreans are bracing that on the one hand. the other approach that is different is you're going to see the biden administration much more focused, already has been, on trying to get back on the same page with the japanese and south korean allies, in terms of what the strategy is toward north korea. privately, president trump was always focused on, why are we defending south korea? why do we have so many troops there? can't we just pull out? what is the point of these exercises. ? at one point he gave an
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unprompted suggestion, that the u.s. military would not having any more exercises, so i think you'll see a shift with the new administration. >> i want to turn to iran, where a hard-line conservative candidate has won with record low voter turnout. no surprise that he won. how will this new president-elect impact the united states' relationship with iran? >> it's an interesting shift, in the sense that the last two presidential terms, you've had more of a centrist leader. the new president, as you said, came in not only with record low turnout, reflecting a sense month iranians, it's turning more into a one-party state, so that suggests also turning to a new president who is not only a hardliner, but the only
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religious figure in the field of candidates that were allowed to run. at the same time, official support still exists for rejoining the iran nuclear deal, which president biden has authorized talks, which have been ongoing to restart the iran nuclear deal after trump pulled out of it, at least on the surface that could still move forward, though i think having a hard did not liner in office, so closely affiliated with the extreme elements of the regimeses to just it's not a moment for reconciliation. >> yeah. before i let you go, i know you have a recipes in "the new yorker" and you asked the question, did joe biden finally exorcise the ghost of helsinki. what is your takeaway from what we saw in geneva? >> well, a super-power summits are often about messaging as much as anything else. that certainly i think was the case here.
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the message that biden wanted to send was that he was the un-trump. he succeeded in doing that. the message that putin wanted to searched is he is respected on the world stage. he is some been that the u.s. has to factor in and take important account of, no matter how much we talk about pivoting to asia, focusing on china, putin gets his meeting. in a way they both walked away with a message they wanted. beyond that, it was not a substantive set of agreements reached. so i think we'll have to see six months from now whether anything more specific has come out of it. for now it's probably enough for joe biden to say, hey, i'm not going to be in love with kim jong-un or vladimir putin, for that matter, which was a jarring aspect in some ways with president trump's policies. new concerns about the delta variant, as president biden marks 300 shots in arms.
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♪ good afternoon. thanks -- thanks forovering me. i'm jessica dean in for fredricka whitfield today. we are seeing more disturbing videos of the january 6th capitol insurrection, even as some members of congress try to downplay what actually happened. the department of justice releasing these videos as part of their cases against several suspects. yes, despite this and many other videos showing similar incidents, there's a push from the far right to cast doubt on what actually happened. even falsely

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