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you are live in the cnn newsroom. i'm phil mattingly in washington. jim acosta is off today. we begin this hour and fourth of july weekend with unrelenting heat gripping much of the western u.s. right now. record high temperatures are baking parts of the northwest in oregon, idaho and montana. it could reach, get this, 110 degrees. officials say 94 people have died just in oregon from heat-related illnesses in the last week. in washington state, health officials say they have seen nearly 2,000 emergency room visits and at least 13 deaths they blame on the heat. right now five states are in complete drought conditions. nevada, utah, north dakota, oregon and california. that's where we head first. cnn's paul vercamen joins me now. paul, this extreme heat brings
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the very real threat of wildfires, especially with fireworks going off. what are officials there saying about the risk right now? >> reporter: they're saying the danger is extreme, phil, and they are warning everyone throughout southern california and throughout the west for that matter to be cautious, especially with illegal fireworks, but legal fireworks can touch off a fire as well. so the west coast is on pins and needles, and no more than british columbia where 175 active wildfires are raging. you might have heard what happened in the tiny village of litton. it set a record, an all-time high of 121 degrees. just days later it was obliterated, 90% of the town wiped out by wildfire. so as we move down the coast, california has a problem with illegal fireworks. and in fact there's a confiscation, a raid just this week in los angeles. they found 5,000 pounds of illegal fireworks, put them in a
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bomb squad van and, unfortunately, that van blew up. so the word throughout los angeles county and other parts of california this weekend is they will prosecute anyone who is caught with these illegal fireworks. there's a problem here. you can hear them at night in the days running up to the fourth of july. last year there was something like three dozen fires started, none of them major, but fires nonetheless started in los angeles because of people using illegal fireworks. so they're going to have to carefully keep their eyes on the skies and on the ground where people are putting on their sort of makeshift fireworks shows. if you need to see fire, set one in one of these legal fire pits ringed by concrete. otherwise, stop fooling around with the fireworks. back to you, phil. >> there's so much risk with natural occurrence to add fuel to the fire, bad pun, none intended there. paul vercammen on the beach.
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waters in the gulf of mexico yesterday were burning literally. what's being described as a large eye of fire in the middle of the gulf is now under control, but take a look at the video. orange flames resembling molten lava were seen burning in the shape of a circle. officials say the fire burned more than five hours an was fueled by a gas leak from an underwater pipeline. they say there was no spill as a result of the leak and the oil company says the pipeline has now been closed off, but this is just another issue that kind of raises very real concerns. i want to talk about those concerns, both the alarming lehigh temperatures combined with the dependence of the world on fossil fuels and address the still unanswered question that is still hanging out there. what do we do about it? a former u.s. congressman from south carolina and executive director of republican.org which describes itself as a group of conservatives who care about climate change.
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congressman, i know, i've watched your work on this issue over the course of the last several years. it is very real. you've pretty much been nonstop on it. my question is not so much do individuals in your party believe in climate change. if they don't, it seems to be a bigger problem that probably won't be solved. my question for you given the conversations you've had and outreach you've done, where do you feel like there's space to get policy changes done with those in your party? >> well, i think you're right, phil. most people do know that climate change is happening. i mean all you've got to do is just watch what you were just showing people, right? and so people are being taught that climate change is real. the challenge is i'm not sure they have solutions that fit with their values and that's what we and others on the eco right as we call it, a balance to the environmental left, need to provide for conservatives. solutions that actually work and fit with their values. >> and along those lines, i
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think you make a really good point here. i've talked to plenty of republicans who will say i will granting you the climate is changing and i will grant you that it is human made. what i will not grant you is that i am not willing to sacrifice our economy, our economic solution. you know the line, you've dealt with it many times. >> right. >> how do you thread that needle, particularly when what you hear from democrats is there was a new climate caucus established this week. they say that's not going to be enough. your market solutions are not going to be enough given how far along the democrats feel they are in, so how do you bridge that gap? >> well, i think what we've got to do is there are three ways to fix climate change. you can regulate it, incentivize clean energy or price in the negative effects of fossil fuels. the problem is you can't get china regulated. incentivizing, incentives don't
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extend to china either. so the pricing approach is the one that i think conservatives will ultimately gravitate to and find a lot of progressives already there. and so the result is we really could bring america together and lead the world to solutions, especially when it's the world we're trying to lead the world to solutions. regulating or incentivizing are domestic only. that doesn't fix the worldwide problem. so you price in the negative effects and apply that price on entry of goods from other countries and you've got a worldwide solution and you've got innovation happening much more rapidly than government regulations or fickle tax incentives could ever imagine. >> one of the interesting things, you talk from the pricing perspective, you also hear from president biden and the biden administration quite often about he believes climate change is a jobs issue. if you push green jobs, this is the future, this is the way to
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do it. if you're talking electric vehicles, you can go across the board. do you agree that that's real, that you can transfer industries in their entirety to this new generation and either match or better the job creation that currently exists? >> absolutely. and what an incredible improvement in our security too, to basically defund the petro dictatorships around the world and to really have a much more secure situation here and elsewhere around the world. so it really is pretty exciting when you think about it. way too often i think for conservatives' taste we talk about doom and gloom and how we're all going to die next tuesday. that really turns people off. if the apocalypse is upon me, let's eat, drink and be merry. but if you tell me we can do something and it's going to be better, cleaner air, more jobs, more security, because we're going to have distributed energy
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systems, wow, pretty exciting stuff. free enterprise can do that if you just put the price in on the fossil fuels so that we can actually as consumers see the price. then we start choosing the cleaner because it's actually cheaper when you consider all the negative effects of the burning of fossil fuels. >> what do you think the biggest roadblock is to it right now? you can talk fossil fuel industry or talk about specific lawmakers or talk about folks who represent states in districts where that implies a lot of people. what do you think is the biggest roadblock to making that particular issue one that gets widespread support? >> it's us conservatives at home. that's where the challenge is. we've got enough members of congress in washington who are conservative who are ready to lead on this. the question is whether they'll be given permission by those of us at home, especially conservatives at home. and so it really comes down to
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us. you know, progressives are ready to act. conservatives have solutions that will really work. we need to come to the table with those solutions and we need to support elected officials who will do that. so far they're sort of asking for permission, waiting to see if it's okay. do we give them permission to lead. so it comes down to us, conservative citizens at home. >> can i just ask you one last thing in the limited time we have left. i've spoken to individuals, younger conserve aftatives comi who make climate an issue. do you think they have the juice to become the center of the party's policy operation or is this still something that's way out in the future and maybe not attainable? >> oh, they are becoming the center of gravity, they are. in fact you can see it in the difference between donald trump, who's hoping to get just one last victory in 2020, doubling down on climate disputation as
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opposed to kevin mccarthy, the republican leader in the house who wants to win in '22, '24, '26, '28, '30, he wants to be speaker all those years. he sees those young conservatives and he knows they want solutions as much as their young progressive friends. so the center of gravity in the republican party ultimately will move and is moving to those young conservatives who know it's a problem and know that, hey, free enterprise has solutions. >> yeah, it will be fascinating to watch. the difference in how folks view this from a scale also seems to be a pretty significant issue too. but as it transforms, it's tough to ignore what's happening in the northwest, what's happening in the gulf of mexico. bob inglis, i know you don't ignore it. thanks for taking the time to talk with us today. >> great to be with you. next, brand new comments from president joe biden. he was just asked about a new ransomware attack and whether he thinks russia is responsible.
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president biden is traveling in traverse city, michigan, this afternoon. i want to get straight to arlette saenz in michigan. she's traveling with president biden. arlette, we know the president made an unscheduled stop for a double scoop of chocolate chip ice cream in a waffle cone. these are the things the white house appreciates that people report on. but what i'm actually more intrigued about is what he said on a ransomware attack that we've been covering over the course of the last 12 to 18 hours. can you let us know what he thinks about what's going on here? >> reporter: yeah, phil. a short while ago president biden was speaking to reporters here on his trip to michigan and he was asked about that recent ransomware attack that has affected that software company called casea. the president told reporters
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that he was briefed on that attack while traveling here to michigan on air force one and that right now it remains unknown who is exactly responsible for this ransomware attack. but he suggested that it may not exactly be the russian government. take a listen to what he told reporters a short while ago in michigan. >> first of all, we're not sure who it is. i directed the intelligence community to give me a deep dive on what's happened and i'll know better tomorrow. and if it is either with the knowledge of and/or a consequence of russia, then i told putin we will respond. we're not certain. the initial thinking was it was not the russian government. >> reporter: now, the president of course discussed these recent state of cyberattacks when he met with russian president vladimir putin in geneva last month saying that if these types of attacks continued, the u.s.
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is ready to respond. so we will see what further information the government learns about this ransomware attack that's affecting that software vendor, phil. >> it's such a great point. no one thinks they're coming from the russian government explicitly, they're coming from criminal enterprises inside of russia. it was such a big component of that meeting in geneva, i know he'll be keeping an eye on it. nice backdrop, by the way. traverse city, michigan, beautiful place. enjoy. thanks, arlette saenz, appreciate it. now to the serious legal charges the trump organization is facing and what prosecutors are calling a tax fraud scheme that went for 15 years. now, the company is accused of helping its executives evade taxes on compensation by hiding luxury perks and bonuses. cnn has all the details. >> reporter: on thursday, manhattan prosecutors accused former president donald trump's name sake company of a sweeping and audacious illegal payment scheme. a scheme that allegedly lasted
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15 years and centers on untaxed compensation given to chief financial officer allen weisselberg. weisselberg allegedly failed to pay taxes on $1.7 million in compensation, including an apartment, utilities, two mercedes-benz cars, school tuition for his grandchildren, furniture and flat screen tvs. prosecutors did not name donald trump or any family members in the charges. in a dramatic moment on thursday, weisselberg was led into the courtroom with his hands cuffed behind his back. he pleaded not guilty to 15 felony counts including conspiracy, grand larceny and tax fraud. the trump organization pleaded not guilty to ten felonies. the former president called the charges a political witch hunt by the radical left democrats. the trump organization also said weisselberg was being used as a pawn in a scorched earth attack to harm the former president. it's about a 15-year-long tax
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fraud scheme orchestrated by the most senior executives at the expense of taxpayers. >> kara, thank you. elie honig, former u.s. assistant attorney for the southern district of new york joins me now to answer your legal questions. i'm honored to play the chris paul roll of distributor that so many of my colleagues have played for this very important segment. elie, one view, i'll start right off the bat based on what kara was reporting there. one viewer asked if donald trump was in charge of the trump organization, shouldn't he be legally responsible? >> i'm going to play devin booker here. it's a great question, a logical question. i've been hearing it all week but the short answer is, no. you can indict a corporation but that only carries financial penalties for the corporation itself. now, if you want to send an individual to prison, you have to charge that individual and convict him. we saw that with allen weisselberg. this looks very much to me like an attempt to put pressure on
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allen weisselberg and flip him. however, all indications at the moment are that he has zero interest in doing that. now, i've seen this change in my career. we'll have to keep a close eye on any signals from weisselberg. really the bottom line is, is this the first step or is this the final product? if this is all the prosecutors have? it really ain't much given all the resources, the effort and drama behind this. we'll be watching to see any signs, in isignals that prosecutors have more. we don't know what prosecutors have behind closed doors. >> yeah, it seems like there's a lot more to come possibly. now, next question, earlier this week the supreme court upheld restrictive voting laws in arizona. one viewer wants to know after this ruling is there any realistic way to challenge similar laws in other states? >> there is, but it got harder this week. now, the supreme court this week upheld two restrictive voting laws issued by the state of arizona. this was a 6-3 ruling straight
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along ideological lines. the six conservative justices, roberts, alito, thomas, kavanaugh, gorsuch and barrett all voted to uphold the restrictive laws. the three liberal justices all dissented. they said they would have struck it down. the challengers here have to show that there's a discriminatory purpose behind the law. the challengers said it impacts minorities more. however, the majority opinion here said, no, that's not enough. the law applies evenly and we don't see enough of an impact, so we will continue to see people, including the justice department who is now sued against the georgia laws. because the hill just got a little steeper in the federal courts and the supreme court has made very clear that they're not really interested in striking down these restrictive voter laws. >> not a lot of interest on capitol hill to move something all the way through, at least on a bipartisan basis either. question number three, the house recently voted to create a
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select committee to investigate the january 6 capitol riot. a viewer asks how much legal power will the house select committee actually have? >> so it's sinteresting, phil. they'll hold public hearings that we can all watch. they'll be able to issue congressional subpoenas. what's going to get really interesting in your old stomping grounds up on the hill, what's going to happen if they try to subpoena kevin mccarthy. we know mccarthy had key conversations with donald trump on january 6 as this was all happening. can you imagine the mayhem on capitol hill if they try to subpoena mccarthy? then is he going to obey that subpoena or fight a congressional subpoena while serving as house minority leader? if he does, will the democrats try to pressure him by going to court? house democrats have not shown a lot of ability to enforce their subpoenas over the last couple of years. of course the composition of the committee will be crucial here. we know speaker pelosi has already appointed some democrats plus one republican, liz cheney, to be on this committee. mccarthy seems to want no r
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republicans or block this committee if humanly possible. so we'll watch capitol hill to see who ends up on this crucial committee hopefully in the next couple of weeks. >> stunning to see that on capitol hill. one more quick privilege question. how much should i be nervous about greg schiano as rutgers head coach as an ohio state alum and football fan? >> this year you can rest easy but we're coming for you, phil. we're building a monster in jersey. >> i've seen it before. we saw it 13 years ago. i'm a little nervous about it. i'd we remiss to add your book comes out tuesday, "hatchet man, how bill barr broke the prosecutor's code and corrupted the justice department." everybody go out and get that book. elie, a pleasure, thanks very much. coming up, the planes are packed, the highways are jammed. you are smart enough to be right here in the cnn newsroom avoiding all those crowds. but for those parents who are traveling, is it safe to bring your unvaccinated kids along? a pediatrician joins me next
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the holiday weekend is under way and americans are celebrating their freedom to travel. roads are full, airports are bustling, as travelers turn out in numbers we haven't seen since the pandemic began, in some cases before. just yesterday tsa officials say they screened just shy of 2.2 million people. that's a new pandemic-era record and higher than the number we saw at this time in 2019. now, aaa expects 48 million people will travel by road and air through this holiday weekend. americans may be traveling at pre-pandemic levels, but covid
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very much remains a threat, especially with no vaccine available for kids under 12. so what are parents to do, considering vaccines may not be available for their kids until september, maybe october? younger kids without question less likely to get sick with covid, but when they do, it can be serious. you have questions, i as someone with three kids under 6, also have questions so we will turn to a pediatrician for answers. dr. budnick, is it safe for vaccinated parents to bring their young unvaccinated children through these crowded airports on these packed flights? >> phil, first of all, thanks for having me. you know, with the advent of the variant, we still have to be very careful. one of the problems in other countries that have large vaccine rates is that they
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liberalize too fast on taking away masks and social distancing. so the answer is if the trip is completely necessary and you have to go, your children should wear a mask and they should be masked up. if they can't wear a mask or they're too young to wear a mask, they shouldn't go. on the other hand if you can put off the trip until after the children are vaccinated, hopefully we'll see that in early fall, make the trip then. but if you have to go, masks for children. if they can't wear a mask, postpone the trip. >> so that's the travel. a lot of these questions will be in the same vein but they're quite literally questions my wife and i talk about most nights now. if you're not traveling, in many states you can go into restaurants, grocery stores, without a mask if you're vaccinated. i'm vaccinated. is it safe for me to bring my up vaccinated kids along? >> well, there's certainly a risk there. not a large risk but definitely a risk.
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and again, if your children do not have to go out to the restaurant, i certainly would not take them to the restaurant. keep them home. let's let the parents go out to eat and let the children stay home until they're vaccinated. i think that's the smartest and safest thing to do. it's the countries that liberalize too fast that are having problems with delta, and we should keep conservative, keep our nose to the grindstone and we'll see light at the end of the tunnel. >> one of the big questions, we've had my family and i think a lot of people have had is summer camps, particularly outdoor summer camps. what's your perspective on kids under 12 this summer, the emergence of the delta variant, at these summer camps? should there be certain restrictions? should they be wearing masks? should they not do them at all? where do you come down on that? >> i think what the parents should do is ask questions of the director of the camp.
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one, is every kournl immunized? if they're over 16 they should all be immunized. two, are they going to have covid precautions and wear masks when appropriate to wear masks during the camp. and three, is the camp going to have any pod system where six to ten kids will travel together so they won't be exposed to let's say the 150 kids among the camp and keep among the pod six to ten children. i'd ask those questions to see how they're going to do restrictions at the camp and make your decision from there. >> that tracks really well into my next question. school, even though it feels like summer break just started or 15 months of the virtual break that i think a lot of people have been on, it's only a month or so away. what do you think that looks like for kids 12 -- sorry, under 12, particularly if the vaccine isn't available by late august, early september? >> it's a very good question. because of the incidence of
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delta, which is probably now 10% of the united states and usually -- and they think will double every two weeks. so a lot of people feel that it's going to come down to what your local incidence is of delta in your area whether the students will have to wear strict -- go back to strictly wearing masks during the school year. so i think it's going to come down to local -- what's happening in your locale as far as delta goes and then the local school systems making a decision from there. and then hopefully you'll see mass vaccinations from 6 to 12-year-olds beginning early in the fall and hopefully that could maybe be the beginning of the end. but right now we're in the end of the beginning. >> yeah, and can't get to the beginning of the end any sooner at this point in time the way things are going. dr. glenn budnick, that's super helpful. it's the conversation a lot of parents are having right now and
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in surfside, florida, officials are moving quickly to demolish what's left of that condo building that collapsed more than a week ago as tropical storm elsa barrels toward the coast. elsa is expected to make landfall early next week and it's feared that its high winds to be dangerous for the first responders on the site. now, we're learning two more bodies were pulled from the rubble bringing the number of confirmed deaths to 24. the families are obviously still desperately waiting for answers. right now 124 people are still unaccounted for. we'll keep an eye on that, on this story as it continues moving forward. elsewhere in the country, in massachusetts we're keeping a close eye on a developing story right now.
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police say a tense standoff between a group of heavily armed men, quote, claiming to be from a group that does not recognize our laws is now thankfully over. 11 people near boston have been arrested after they took off into the woods following a traffic stop near the town of wakefield. they were carrying rifles and handguns, wearing military-style uniforms, and cnn's evan mcmorris-santoro has been following that story and that is harrowing from an introduction perspective. what exactly happened here? >> reporter: that's absolutely right. this is an actually -- this is a terrifying situation that fortunately has ended peacefully. this morning we got word of the standoff that began around 1:30 a.m. when the police were doing routine patrols of i-95 north of boston. ran into two vehicles parked in the breakdown lane and found within those vehicles a group of armed men. when the police asked for some identification and some gun licenses, they were told that
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those weren't available. the police called for backup. some of the men fled into the woods, others stayed with the vehicles. that kicked off this nine-hour tense standoff situation that shut down parts of i-95 on both sides and also had residents in the area told to shelter in place while police dealt with the situation. now, we don't know a whole lot about what the actual perpetrators wanted, but we have heard from police that they said the laws don't apply to them. they were trying to pass through massachusetts to get to a training exercise up in the northern part of the country and t they didn't think that the laws applied to them. they weren't anti-government but they wanted their own special treatment when it came to this situation. police were able to negotiate their way out of that using some tactical maneuvers to capture everyone involved. now 11 people are in custody. they are expected to appear in court for the first time on tuesday to speak more about what they were up to. but at this moment what we have is an open highway and open roads and streets up there in massachusetts. but really a very scary morning
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and a very scary evening involving just all these guns and all these police having to try to put this situation to bed before it got out of hand. >> yeah, i mean just so many ways this could have gone so badly, thankful that it didn't on several fronts. still a lot of questions there. evan mcmorris-santoro, you've been all over this all day. thanks so much for your reporting on it. i want to swing back real quick to the other story we've been following closely the last couple of hours. the surfside condo collapse and the rush against that looming storm. cnn's brian todd is in surfside and has been following this very closely for a number of days. brian, what can you tell us about this new urgency to demolish the portion of the building still standing? >> reporter: well, phil, the need to do that seems to grow more urgent pretty much by the minute here because in the last couple of days with the tone of how officials here have been speaking you get the impression that it's just getting more and more dangerous for those rescue workers to be at the foot of
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this building with concrete slabs, concrete columns hanging from it. we got a really good view of that yesterday, a lot of good footage of just what's hanging off of that building. that's one danger. but potential instability of the entire structure that remains up is another, because not only with just possible cracking. there have been sensors going off indicating cracking in the area so that could be a real problem. we've got what we just talked about, heavy pieces of concrete literally hanging from the building and you don't know exactly how strong whatever it is they're hanging from is. you've got workers pretty much right below that. so that's a danger. and then of course we're talking about the tropical storm elsa that is approaching south florida, possibly to hit by sunday night into monday morning. but again, the track of that storm is very uncertain at this point. it seems to be tracking west of here. the models that are up now show that it may -- it may miss this area of surfside on the east coast and may track more toward
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the west coast, but again it's a big cone of uncertainty, phil, and this place could see some tropical storm force winds. if it does, phil, it's going to be a big problem because, again, there's a ton of debris in the existing structure. they just need to get this out of the way. we're expecting a news conference pretty soon now from local officials to brief us about maybe -- just give us more specifics about a timeline that we're talking about here. but again, you really get the sense that this demolition is taking on more and more urgency pretty much by the hour. >> yeah, no question about it, just how fast this has moved. brian, i know you'll keep us posted when the officials speak and lay out more details here. i do want to go back to an issue we talked about a couple of times because i think it's extraordinarily important. one of the victims, a 7-year-old girl, was the daughter of a city of miami firefighter. you're learning more details about her today, about their family. what more can you tell us? >> reporter: well, phil, yeah. when you see the pictures of the little girl, it's just kind of crushing. we do have some information
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here. a lady named nicole mejas says five of her family members were in the tower when it collapsed. we have confirmed 7-year-old stella catarosi was one of those family members. she was found in the rubble along with her mother, graciella. her father is a miami city firefighter who was at the scene at the time that his daughter was found. he was not right there at the time, but he was brought over to the scene when her discovery was made. there are three more family members missing, two of the grandparents and an aunt. so very, very heartbreaking regarding this family. >> absolutely. but important to tell the stories and make sure people recognize as we focus on the building and the storm and everything else, the human cost and human tragedy here as i know you've been focused on. brian todd, thanks for the reporting, really appreciate it. up next, a minneapolis judge ruled that the city must add more police officers to its police department. we'll bring you the details and the reasoning, up next. you're live in the cnn newsroom. techno logy h
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a judge is ordering the city of minneapolis to add more police officers. now, this follows the calls to defund the police after the may 2020 murder of george floyd. there's been a citywide spike in violent crime, and the judge's ruling supports residents who sued over police staffing levels, claiming the mayor and the city council failed to keep an adequate number of officers required by the municipal charter. there's a lot there. cnn's omar jimenez explains the latest developments. >> reporter: they were rallying cries of protests after the
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death of george floyd. shifting resources from police elsewhere. now in minneapolis, a court order is reinforcing the opposite, saying the city must raise the number of officers it has and ensure they fund an employs force of at least 1.001 officers per resident by june 30, 2022, that's 730 officers, up from the current total. eight minneapolis residents filed a petition and were represented by the center right nonprofit law firm. >> this is where the defunding movement started. if we are successful as this court order indicates we should be, we hope that will inspire people around the country to take a similar step. >> reporter: the petition was filed in august 2020 because these residents said they no longer felt safe amid a rise in violent crime and believed a lack of police was the reason.
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in january 2019, there were 910 sworn officers. according to data released by the city, by may 2021, the number had dropped over 20% to under 700. the pandemic, protests, and morale were the cause. still, how much to invest in police is a controversial issue, with calls to the city council to dismantle the department in favor of a public safety department. multiple attempts have failed. at least one of those proposals is now likely to end up on the november ballot for a vote after a successful review by the city attorney's office. but not everyone feels that's the right approach. amid a five-year high in violent crime, even some community groups. you don't think police should be defunded, they should be reformed? >> what we're going to do and are doing is to make sure we have proper law enforcement in our black community, in our brown community. >> reporter: the mayor of
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minneapolis couldn't comment on the new court order but his office said his support for recruiting more community minded officers to uphold his and chief arradondo's vision for mpd is reflected in every one of his budget proposals. and the mayor will continue working to increase officer staffing levels. one of his latest public safety proposals says the mpd will replenish its ranks by bringing on two more recruit classes by the end of this year. so that the department will have over 700 officers by the end of next year. but the order pushes that timeline forward. >> more police is definitely the answer, part of the answer. a requirement for any answer, really. >> reporter: omar jimenez, cnn, minneapolis. >> thanks to omar for that. a quick programming note, on a fareed zakaria "gps" special, what's the state of the united states after 245 years of independence? historians jon meacham and doris kearns goodwin join fareed for a
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a standoff between police and 11 armed men ends with 11 in custody. >> you can imagine 11 armed individuals standing with long guns slung on an interstate highway at 2:00 in the morning certainly raises concerns. as soon as tomorrow, the state of florida will demolish the rest of the collapsed building in surfside. >> it is structurally unsound. >> the fear was that the hurricane may take the building

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