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lot of blue up where you are, overall viral transmission is lower. where i am, lower vaccination rates and higher transmission. so outdoors, if you're watching the fireworks outdoors, i think you're fine. we know now the virus doesn't spread very well outdoors. but if you're in one of these areas, again, with low vaccination rates, you can find this data yourself. low vaccination rates in high viral transmission carry a mask. if you're going to be in a situation where you just don't know the people around you, you're not sure, you may be having a lot of unvaccinated people around you, you're going to be at higher risk. if you're vaccinated, you're at very low risk of getting in ventur nexted, low risk of spreading it. this is the situation we're dealing with. do i carry an umbrella when i think it might rain outside. i think it's best to be prepared. i don't know that we need to start blanket recommending
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everyone wear macsks indoors. we have to be data driven here. >> sanjay, important reminders. thank you so much. have a terrific holiday weekend. >> you, too. "new day" continues right now. i'm john berman with poppy harlow today on this new day. breaking news from afghanistan. the final u.s. troops who were based at bagram's largest air base there are now leaving, and the rest of u.s. troops not far behind. plus, the criminal case against the trump organization. are tax crimes just the tip of the iceberg? george conway joins us live. most house republicans want no part in the committee investigating the capitol attack. what are they afraid of? we'll talk to someone who is on it. olympic dreams could be dashed for an american athlete who failed a drug test, not for steroids, but marijuana.
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♪ ♪ all right, good morning to our viewers here in the united states and around the world. it is friday, july 2nd, and breaking overnight, the u.s. military handover at bagram air base in afghanistan. all u.s. forces have now left bagram. that is a huge air field that was the heart of the u.s. military presence in afghanistan for 20 years. it is now in the hands of afghan security forces. this is a new sign that the full withdrawal of u.s. troops is in its final stages and will be completed very shortly. >> the bagram exit was without pomp and ceremony. it is seen as a symbolic victory for the taliban who have been gaining significant ground in afghanistan as the united states leec
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leaves. our anna koryn is there. it leaves question marks and danger for those on the ground in afghanistan. talking about afghans. >> reporter: yes, and a huge vacuum, too. there's no guarantee, poppy, that afghanistan won't become a safe haven for terrorists again like it did in 2001, which is the whole reason why america invaded afghanistan. so much blood and treasure has been spent here in this country. $2 trillion. more than 2,400 u.s. lives, more than 100,000 afghan lives, tens of thousands of afghan soldiers have died on the battle field and continue to die. we know the security situation is deteriorating as the taliban launches its offensive across the country, particularly in the north gaining ground every day.
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but it had to come to an end. u.s. president joe biden, he brought forward the date. it was september 11, and now, you know, as of today and overnight, three plane loads flew out of u.s. and nato forces. we know that general scott miller met with the president of afghanistan to discuss america's ongoing assistance. and we know that america is not abandoning afghanistan. they pledged $3.3 billion to provide security assistance in the coming year. and they are going to need it. we spoke to dr. abdullah abdullah who is head of the peace talks between the afghan government and the taliban, and he says if it was up to the afghans, the americans would not have left. that now is not the right time because of the insurgency,
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because of the gainess the talin are making. it's time for afghan forces to step up. bagram air field was passed over to the afghans today. there are 4,000 afghan security forces in place at bagram air field. but there is no denying, poppy, that america leaves afghanistan, you know, not strong, prosperous and stable, but rather in a very precarious situation after 20 years in country. >> so many questions remain, and especially what will it mean for all the women and girls there as the taliban grips more and more control. anna coren, we appreciate your reporting on the ground in kabul this morning. allen weisselberg is charged with a scheme to 2005 to compensate weisselberg and other trump executives in a manner that was off the books. and the indictment carries a lot more than that. joining us to talk about this
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and more, attorney george conway with the washington post, thank you. >> nice to be here. >> there's a smoking spreadsheet. there is a lot here, and there are two books, and there is a pattern and there's 15 years. what's your take away? >> right, that's absolutely correct. we saw the trump organization lawyer going out in front of the courthouse yesterday saying, oh, well, you know, fringe benefits, it's complicated, it's not clear, taxes, it's not clear. this is way over the line, and that spreadsheet is absolutely a smoking spreadsheet. keeping two sets of books -- the sp spreadsheet was basically keeping track of how much compensation he was receiving off the books so that he wouldn't be overpaid. but not reporting it to the irs or to new york state tax authorities. and two sets of books is actually what the overall investigation is about as well. the overall investigation, which is much larger than this issue, is apparently looking into questions about whether or not
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the trump organization was sending one set of valuations for its properties to tax authorities, and yet another set of more inflated valuations to insurance companies and to babanks for insurance and lending purposes. this is a very serious allegation of corruption. it brings to mind the case of leona hemsly back in 1989. people may not be old enough to remember that like i am, but what happens there was that she was renovating her house out in connecticut and she basically was using company money to do it and creating false invoices to do it. she stiffed the contractors. the contractors got mad so they sent a pile of the invoices to the new york post. and, well, there was a low and behold the story of how she is invading taxes and rudy giuliani ended up prosecuting her. there's another real estate mogul, donald j. trump went out and said leona hemsly is a
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disgrace. >> no small irony there. the trump organization is a family business. a >> right. >> the trump organization also named in this indictment, this is the president's, former president's family business being hauled before the courts and charged with crimes. and i don't think that should be lost on people. but based on what you saw, i think this is worse for allen weisselberg than everyone was expecting. >> absolutely. >> the question is could it be or can it be tied to donald trump? what are the chances -- you have some personal experience with this, that donald trump was completely oblivious to this alleged tax scheme going on in his company. >> my personal experience is limited to the fact that i bought an apartment from the trump organization on the east side. one of the things that happened when i signed the contract, i sent them multiple copies of the contract to the lawyers, and the lawyers sent them back to me. lo and behold, donald j. trump's
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signature was on it. as we later learned through press reports, he paid attention, very close attention to what went on in his business. he paid attention to these contracts. he paid attention to what checks were being written. in fact, the indictment says he actually cut a couple of the checks that went to paying off weisselberg's expenses. and the thing to remember about the trump organization, which everyone knows and it's been well reported, it really was -- it still is a small organization. and not too many people actually are involved in the serious, major aspects of the business. and so that's president question, is whether or not the prosecutors could prove criminal intent to something that may have been misreported. for that they would need an insider since he doesn't use email. that's where weisselberg comes in. >> and even then, given as you rightly point out, the lack of documentation, emails, ripped up calendars. even if you were to have that person, may it be weisselberg or
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someone else, to say there was intentionality here, a pattern of it over years, even then it's still difficult, is it not? >> it's difficult because prosecution has to prove in any case evidence beyond a reasonable doubt, and here you're proving criminal intent. what's going on in somebody's mind? that's why, again, documents can play a big role here. the documents as for weisselberg, they seem to have him dead to rights. and they also apparently may have testimony of the controller who worked for weisselberg. and in the case of trump, you need somebody -- you probably need somebody who has talked to trump about these matters and can say, yeah, he knew exactly what was going on. that would be allen weisselberg, which explains the focus on him. >> how uncomfortable will this be for the former president, the children, the trump children, by the way, who are running the company, how uncomfortable will this be for them the next 12 months? >> if i owned a small family business with a small number of
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people and i were under criminal investigation, i'd be very, very worried. there are questions about whether or not these practices of keeping two sets of books for purposes of paying people were extended to other people. there's apparently suggestion that it was, and the question is whether they extended to the family. i mean, there were reports about, i think in "the new york times," that ivanka trump received consulting fees for matters that it wasn't clear she was actually in voofld in. maybe that was an attempt to avoid gift tax. who knows. >> i'll move on to another subject. i want to play another final game of what if. what if it were the clinton foundation? >> if it were the clinton foundation, the republicans and donald j. trump would say she's a disgrace to humanity, lock her up, lock her up. there's no question of politics. this is clearly illegal. the facts that are specifically -- very specifically pleaded in this indictment are proven, somebody's got to go to jail.
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>> all right, kevin mccarthy, the house minority leader, cnn reported threatened to pull committee assignments from any republican who accepted nancy pelosi naming them on this select committee to investigate the january 6th insurrection. this is the same kevin mccarthy who stripped appointment from paul goh sasar, marjorie taylor greene for conspiracies. if you don't reject, i'm going to pull the assignment. what is he afraid of? >> the truth. he doesn't want to get to the truth. when they refused to vote for impeachment and insurrection, they said on television, we have to have an investigation. then there is a bill that goes to congress for a bipartisan investigation where half the members would be republican, half the members democrat, they voted against that because they didn't want a investigation. now they say we can't have a select committee because we have to have a bipartisan investigation, which, of course, they voted down. the answer is they don't want the truth and the reason they
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don't want the truth is because they are themselves implicated. they are implicated because they perpetuated and acceded to the big lie. they created a situation where a large portion of the republican electorate believes in the big lie and it's because of them for not standing up to the big lie. and as a result, they want this to go away. the problem is it can't go away. it's not going to go away as long as these people are out there believing these lies, we're stuck with this. i know some 20, 30%, i don't know, some percentage of the population believes this. and they even believe, for example, that donald trump will be reinstated in august. there is still the potential for violence as i think you were probably discussing earlier. >> with jeh johnson. it is a very, very real present continuing threat to america, yet kevin mccarthy's paid adviser told me last night on the program, americans don't care about this any more. i mean --
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>> they do care about it. >> a scary point of view. >> it may not be the americans they are trying to please. >> you wrote a really interesting opinion piece in the post, the headline is america thanks the trump's lawyers. to be sure barr's rectitude doesn't excuse his earlier kowtowing to trump and politicization of the justice department. it would be a low standard for members of the bar and it is, the refusal to have -- to behave lawlessly in the waning days of the trump presidency can't be o overstated. he timely did write it. >> the point i was trying to make in the piece was it has to do with the nature of being a lawyer. lawyers can be argumentative. they can push -- a lot of them may push the boundaries of what is reasonably arguable. i think that's what william barr did on a number of circumstances where he particularly shouldn't have because he owed a duty to the public --
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>> i was going to say isn't there a difference between a corporate lawyer and an a.g.? >> in this case they did something that mattered. not just him, but those he left behind refused to go along with the big lie. there are consequence for lawyers in an environment where they have to prove things. they have to cite cases. and at the end of the day, they didn't want to litigate this because they knew it was all made up. and if you make stuff up and you lie about facts and litigation, you know, you get your license pulled. >> see, rudy giuliani. >> exactly. and that's the point i was making. the culture, legal culture at its best puts us -- draws some white lines here. there are gray areas when you get up to the bright line, but absolutely making up facts is something that will get your license pulled and will disgrace you and will ruin your career as a lawyer. >> see, i thought you were sticking up for bill barr because you were worried you were becoming too popular for the left. you want to remind people you're a conservative lawyer.
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>> no, i've had my -- i've said some things about bill barr in the past. >> very interesting. yo george, it's great to have you here. >> have a good 4th. house republicans not exactly lining up to get on the new january 6 committee. we're going to have reaction from a democrat who is on it next. also ahead, the deleted tweets that could come back to haunt a republican senate hopeful. plus. ♪ billy ray cyrus is live in studio. berman can't wait. i can't wait, with a preview of cnn's big 4th of july event. ♪ your cloud... it isn't just a cloud. it's everything flowing through it. and it's more distributed than ever. one company takes you inside. giving you visibility and insight...to take action.
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breaking overnight, new police body cam video from january 6th, watch this. >> sir, i'll hold the door and leave the capitol. back up. stop, stop, stop. >> look at the blood on the hands there, the bloodied hands of an officer caught in the violent stand-off with rioters trying to enter the capitol. it comes after house speaker nancy pelosi officially named the members of the select committee to investigate the insurrection. seven democrats and as of now just one republican have been
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picked. joining me now, one of the members of the january 6th select committee, democratic congressman aguilar. thank you for being with us. what do you think the most important thing to discover here is? >> the most important thing for us to do is to seek and find the truth on what happened january 6th. what happened was an assault on our democracy, and the cause of it and what the focus was is to prevent a peaceful transfer of power, which is a hallmark of our democracy. and so the most important thing we can do is to seek the truth where -- for the american people on what transpired on january 6, what we can do better, how we can learn from this, and what was the root cause of this leading up to january 6th. >> as of now, liz cheney is the only republican on the select committee. she was appointed by house speaker nancy pelosi. there was question -- is
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questioned whether kevin mccarthy will appoint anyone. there is reporting this morning in punch bowl and other places they think he likely will. what if it's someone like jim jordan? people said marjorie taylor greene. forget her for a second. even jim jordan, he's been a thorn in democrats' sides. do you think he will take the investigation sear riously? >> i hope that kevin mccarthy will appoint people who will take this commission and treat it with the seriousness that it deserves. but, you know, we will be guided by the facts, and we will carry on either way. we have a quorum of the committee already, and so we will press forward. but it's our hope that we can do so in a collaborative way and our republican colleagues will work with us to find out what happened on january 6 and to follow the facts and the evidence. >> i'll ask you the same question we just asked george conway a second ago. kevin mccarthy has fought against this tooth and nail. what do you think he's afraid
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of? >> well, it's quite interesting and, you know, i'm not going to comment on what he is or isn't afraid of. i think the unfortunate part about, you know, the house republican leader is, you know, he wanted a commission that was evenly split. he sent ranking member john kako to negotiate the point and couldn't take yes for an answer. this is where we are. this is the commission that will investigate january 6th. and so we will press forward, and we will follow the evidence and follow the facts and we'll be guided by our oath to the constitution. and we will do right by those 140 capitol police officers who were injured, five who lost their life, and we're going to do the people's business and to make sure we do this right. >> congressman pete aguilar, appreciate your time this morning. hope you have a wonderful 4th of
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july weekend. >> thanks so much, john. so, are more americans getting back to work? how many americans are getting back to work? we get a key measure of the u.s. economic recovery next. also a sight to see, rare moment in today's politics. florida's governor ron desantis pays president biden a compliment. it's an important mark.
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creating opportunity and a better planet. now, that's making a difference. hill billy author katy advance may replace rob portman in ohio. vance is one of five competing and the race is all about trump loyalty. the same day as the announcement, a series of since deleted tweets remind all those of ohio he was not always a fan of the former president. with us, cnn's chief political correspondent dana bash. i have to say, the evolution of j.d. vance is fascinating because in so many ways, you know, he explained part of the
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movement that brought trump to power in 2016 disaffected americans, but he wasn't a fan himself. the tweets indicated he voted for evan mcmullan or he was going to in 2016. now vance going to mar-a-lago taking pictures of himself at trump rallies, wrapping himself as much as he can in trumpism. it's interesting to see, dana. >> it's fascinating to see. and it's an example of how that primary race in ohio amongst republicans to replace retiring senator rob portman is going to be one of the test cases of trumpism, the viability of trumpism, even in especially among classic typical trump supporters, the kind as you said that j.d. vance explained to the world outside of the trump base who they are, what they stand for after the 2016 election. and, you know, the fact of the
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matter is this is a state, john and poppy, i don't need to tell you. john, i know you traveled there a lot as i did. that used to be very swingy. it used to go to republicans or democrats depending on the election. in recent times it has been much, much more republican, and now the question is whether or not if a very conservative republican is elected, whether or not that is going to tip the balance towards the democrats in the general election. can you hear that? >> construction. >> construction in the d.c. bureau. >> a lot of construction. >> can you turn that off? all right, we're going to have confidence they can turn it off. >> it goes on all day. go visit d.c. bureau, construction. nonstop. >> it will look beautiful when it's done. be patient. >> it's all to make dana's office bigger as if it's not big enough already.
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sorry, we digress. >> where were we? j.d. vance, that's going to be fascinating to watch. it is true, he diagnosed and explained who trump voters were. and the fact that he didn't think trump was the answer to it is note worthy, and that he deleted it. he realizes now in today's politics that's not an option for him if he wants to get the nomination. >> his story is so important, so compelling and so telling as john said. this is, as someone who talked, it's a striking turn of events. dana, there was something nice to talk about in politics. can we do that for a moment? >> please. >> that was this moment caught on camera -- not caught on camera -- on camera where ron desantis, governor of florida is pra praising joe biden. can we play it?
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>> can't always go about this with -- a simple act of everybody doing whatever needs to be done, it really makes a difference. >> well, thank you, mr. president. and you recognized the severity of this tragedy from day one. you guys have not only been supportive at the federal level. we've had no bureaucracy. >> that's just good to see. >> it's good for everybody. that's the way it's supposed to be. it's supposed to be that politicians, elected officials leave their party affiliation, leave their political differences at the door when it comes to human tragedy of americans, whether it is, you know, the governor's constituents, of course, or all of the president's constituents. that is the way it's supposed to work. and for so long we have not seen that, even in the face of raw
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human tragedy. so, it is very nice. and the fact that we have to take a moment and shine a light on it is a reminder of how rare it is these days. >> i hate to ask, but is desantis going to pay a price? >> maybe. >> for saying something kind? chris christie appeared with obama after super storm sandy. >> hugged obama. >> christie was chased from the republican party in florida when he arrived. >> it's related to the conversation we were having about j.d. vance. there is the question about trumpism. i mean, that's really what this is as well. it's not just being a conservative. it's being, you know, loyal to one man right now, and that is donald trump. desantis certainly has been. >> oh, yeah. >> this is a time where it's different. i will say with chris christie, you all remember, that was hurricane sandy. that was like weeks before the 2012 election. >> days. >> days, thank you. and it was the mitt romney
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campaign, they were the ones who were really upset with him behind the scenes, and chris christie writes about this in his book. kind of ironic given where mitt romney, the senator, is right now. i don't think that he personally would have batted an eye about bipartisan ship in the wake of human tragedy. >> dana bash, stay safe. thank you for being with us. and you can -- >> it's okay. >> you can watch dana this sunday at 9:00 a.m. on "state of the union." and the amazing 4th of july special. >> can't wait. it's going to be so much fun, guys. >> are you going to wear your star earrings, those big ones? >> i'm going to text you. i have some, i have some options, some costume wardrobe options so you can help me, poppy. >> all right. so, just in, new information on the recovery in the u.s. jobs market. the june jobs report, chief correspondent christine romans has the details. what it's it say? >> hi there. 850,000 jobs added.
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that was really an improvement quite frankly from what we had been expecting. maybe 700,000. when you put it in context here, 850,000 is the fastest pace we've seen all year. you want to see this job market really start to pickup more speed here. and i think that into the fall, the hope is it will. there's been a labor shortage issue that we've been talking about a lot. even the labor day mentions it, you guys. it released here saying the quick speed of recovery in the overall economy as we try to get out of the covid ear ra that ha caused disruptions, pushing wages up a bit. that's good for the worker, but something to think about when you're talking about inflation down the road. we're still down, though, millions of jobs. i want to be clear. this chart is important. we're still down millions of jobs in this crisis, but we are picking up some speed and adding those jobs back. the hope is we're going to do a little better in the fall when schools reopen and people can get child care, quite frankly,
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more reliable child care. 5.9% is the unemployment rate. it ticked up a little bit. we'll get into the nitty-gritty. leisure and hospitality, that's where we're seeing some gaines and broad based gaines overall there. so wages, watching that, looking a little bit better. 850,000 jobs added. you want to see that. the past couple months have been a little bit disappointing, so want to see this 850 number continue in the months ahead. >> it's great. do we know about women? because that's been the big issue here. minute have been recovering more quickly. does that number break it out? h >> i don't see it broken out in these tables. you're right, still 1.8 million women out of the labor force over the course of the pandemic. this has been an uneven devastation in the labor market and an uneven recovery as well. one thing that i think is really interesting about the discussion about labor shortages is that a lot of people have retrained out
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of hospitality and leisure and into tech and in finance. one of the things that happened in the recovery act and all of the rounds of stimulus is we gave -- congress gave people breathing space so you didn't have to pay your student loan. you got a break from student loans. some cases you got a break from rent. you got a stimulus check. people who were caught in the cycle of short-term jobs or part-time jobs actually had a chance to kind of get their feet under them. i hope to see that trend continue. >> you never know how the markets are going to react one way or the other. sometimes bad news is good news, good news is bad news. i think this number 850,000 will come as a bit of a relief because it shows things are going in the direction and with the velocity that people had been hoping all along. >> it shows that -- we can see how the kinks are going to get worked out. that is what you're seeing in the labor market. all these kinks in the labor market. this also shows -- we've had record highs in the stock market the past six days i think for
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the s&p 500. the reason is investors are saying there will be a sustained recovery. we are in the midst of a sustained economic recovery. we've got manufacturing prices going up because of all the supply bottlenecks. we've got inflation here and there. gas prices up because the economy is recovering, recovering strongly. there are these things people point to and say, but wait, this is bad. overall, we are in a booming economy and likely to see some of the fastest economic growth in decades this year. >> maybe it will last a long time if you talk to folks like jamie diamond and others. >> and when the fed takes away the punch bowl. >> there you go. >> even with the fed telegraphing a new era is coming, you still have records highs in the stock market. >> that's why you bring a hip flask. >> up next, why the biden administration just put a stop to executions. plus, how marijuana could make an american athlete miss
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attorney general merrick garland ordering a temporary pause on federal executions. there was a flurry of -- there were a flurry of executions during put final months of the trump administration. there were 46 people currently on federal death low. whitney wild has more. this is significant. what does it mean? >> reporter: merrick garland saying we need to pause and take a look at policies and procedures around executions. it gave him pause because of the number of wrongful convictions across the country. what the department of justice is doing is reviewing policies then under attorney general bill
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barr. former president donald trump that expanded the options, the methods for executing people federally to go beyond lethal injection. so, again, a review of the policies. this is a temporary pause, not an outright ban. here's what the latest memo from merrick garland said. serious concerns have been raised about the continued use of the death penalty across the country including arbitrariness, disparate impact and people of color and capital and other serious cases. those weighty concerns deserve careful study and evaluation by lawmakers. poppy, as you point out there were a flurry of disc executions under attorney general bill barr. there were 13 federal executions. poppy? >> we'll see how long this lasts, where it goes. it's significant for sure. thanks very much. so, track star shakari richardson was set to represent the u.s. in the 100 meter dash.
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andy scholes joins us now. what's richardson saying about this, andy? >> reporter: she lost her biological mother right before competing at the u.s. trials last month. she told the "today" show this morning she was very upset at that time and she used marijuana, adding she does take full responsibility for breaking the rules. richardson won the 100 meter dash in impressive fashion. that's where she tested positive. and the first place result was thrown out and she's not going to be able to compete in that race in tokyo where she was the favorite. this morning richardson apologized for letting her fans down. >> i apologize for the sense that i didn't know how to control my emotions during that time. i would just leave it out there and tweeted like i said yesterday, we're human.
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>> now we wait and see what u.s. track and field decides to do. the minimum 30-day ban would prevent richardson from running the 100 meters in tokimyo. it would end in time for her to run the relay later on in the games. trevor bower still set to make his start with the dodgers despite being investigated for assault. according to a domestic violence restraining order filed in l.a. superior court, a woman alleges that the bower choked her until she lost consciousness, repeatedly punched her in the face and other areas and it required hospitalization. the woman said she consented to sex, but not to the alleged actions by bower she claims kazekaze caused her injuries. bower has not been charged with a crime. major league baseball said it is going to continue to investigate the matter. the dodgers meanwhile will be celebrating the world series title at the white house later today, john. bower, though, he was on the
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cincinnati reds last year, was not part of that championship team so he will not be at the celebration. evg >> still may be uncomfortable if they ask about him starting. appreciate it. still ahead, president biden's promise to pull troops out of afghanistan. also this, country music trail blazer billy ray cyrus joins us for his big cnn preview. here it is. ♪ ♪ (vo) the subaru crosstrek. dog tested. dog approved.
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the flags, fireworks, great music, it is time to celebrate the 4th of july and the
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reopening of the united states. cnn put together some of the biggest names in music, including our next guest. the iconic billy ray cyrus. thank you so much for being with us. it's so great to see you. so glad you're part of this remarkable event that will air sunday night. tell us about your performance. >> my performance was basically me going to school. i get to perform with the new york youth symphony, which was unbelievable. 72-piece orchestra with a rock band. and michael, the orchestra leader, was just brilliant. i've played "achy breaky heart" for many years and i didn't know it was f major. it was brilliant. we do neil diamond's coming to america. it's just so special, you know. >> first of all, i love that song. but what i did not know is that neil diamond changed your life,
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billy ray cyrus? >> he did. i was goings to be a professional baseball player, and was being scouted by the reds and the dodgers at the time. i kept hearing this voice tell me buy a guitar, start a band, you'll find your purpose in life. one thing led to another, oddly enough, i won tickets to a neil diamond concert in charleston, west virginia. it was at that moment i heard, get a guitar and start a band. music is your purpose. i went the next day, bought a left-handed guitar and never played another game. i started a band the very next day and never played another baseball game. i started making my living playing music the very, like the next week. >> what does neil diamond think about this story? >> well, we talked about it. oddly enough, the last show before america closed down for the pandemic, i was with neil diamond in las vegas.
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it was for the cleveland hospital and all that great benefit there that they do. and, you know, just -- he's one of the greatest song writers in history. his voice is pure fire. i studied for "america." the way his voice cuts, how am i going to do that? i'm gonna need a lot of help. neil diamond is a great man, his wife is a great lady. the music that he's made throughout the years, he's truly a legend and a gentleman, nice man. >> you've got a new song, and we did not plan this, but the name of the new song is? >> "new day." >> let's play a little bit of it for our viewers. ♪ it's a new day, it's a new day ♪ ♪ and it's a new day, it's a new
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day ♪ ♪ a whole lot different changed ♪ ♪ >> it's a beautiful song. and there is an extraordinary story about how this came to be. >> yeah, she's a great artist from australia and she actually debuted yesterday in her home country on the "today" show. a big moment for her. but she's a great singer, song writer, got a great voice, and it's a true story of persistence. she's got the talent and stayed with it and wrote a great song. asked me to write a verse for it, which was kind of like the same as when "old town road" came along and lil'nas asked me to write a verse for it. in this moment and this new day, again, i bought a guitar and
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started a band for the belief of the music. at a time like this with an artist like this where it is a new day for everyone. that's what was so exciting about being with the symphony last night. that was the first show together since everything closed. it's a new day. this is a special time for all of us. it's going to be a great 4th of july, and just being here, being with you guys on this new day with a new single called new day. >> it is a new day. we keep telling people that. billy ray cyrus, we're glad you're with us and you're part of the special. everyone download and stream "it's a new day." july 4, we celebrate 7:00 p.m. eastern time. we'll be right back. >> that made my day.
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good friday morning to you. i'm jim sciutto. breaking overnight. the united states is one step closer to ending america's longest war. after 20 years, all u.s. forces have now left bagram air base just outside kabul in afghanistan. the compound has been the center of u.s. military power there.

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