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you're live in the cnn newsroom. i'm jim acosta in washington. we're going to get an update from that horrific scene of that condo building that collapses. right now the plan by engineers is to demolish with explosives what is left standing of the condo towers because it is unstable and a tropical storm is bearing down. the tropical storm called elsa has already taken a death toll from the caribbean. karen mcginnis is at the scene in weather center for us. karen, there are so many questions about where that tropical storm is right now and how quickly it could get
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potentially to those affected residents in surfside, florida. >> a couple of interesting developments. that is we looked at the last update from the national hurricane center. not a lot changed. it still has 60 miles an hour winds, moving to the northwest at 14 miles an hour, which is slower than it had been movmovi. when it slows down, that usually means it's gaining intensity. in this particular situation, it's interacting with land between jamaica, cuba and the cayman islands. 5 inches of rain being reported in somejamaica. we have tropical storm watches and storage surge watches out for south florida florida up towards ft. myers and around the tampa bay area. that is is significant. it tells us that the computer models, which have been in
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agreement that this was going to edge more towards the west coast of florida, that's why they have issued watches, a storm surge and tropical storm watch. as far as the east coast of florida, still the impacts will be felt across surfside as well. the weather will begin to deteriorate monday into tuesday. between those two days i'll think you'll see significant thunderstorms, could produce heavy downpours, lots of lightning and isolated tornados. this is what the first responders are having to deal with. so tropical storm elsa is going to make it way through the flo florida keys and then out over the gulf of mexico waters. the water is very warm here. this could indeed reach a little bit higher in the tropical storm category. then it looks like by wednesday,
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three days out, the impact is across the tampa bay area all the way down the coast to cape coral and bonita beach. we're also looking at rainfall between 2-4 inches, some isolated heavier amounts. i'm pointing at surfside right here along the southeastern coast of florida. they see monday into tuesday an uptick as far as the volume of precipitation and bands of potentially heavy rainfall. we'll keep updating you. go to for more updates. >> now to brian todd in surfside. any updates on the demolition process? a lot of folks are anxiously awaiting any updates as to when that might take place. >> reporter: right, jim.
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we should get word in the next few minutes. they're going to hold a news conference here to discuss an update on the timetable. they did say earlier they did not have a specific timetable. we are getting indicates from documents we've gotten from the condo association, board of directors at the champlain east tower, they believe it could be early evening sometime but they're not sure yet. they say they will get alerted by officials as to when this will come down. they have advised their residents to evacuate before that happens. as for a specific time, most indications are early evening. i can show you some video that we took over the rubble, over the compromised structure earlier today. you could see technicians underneath the building getting it ready for democdemolition.
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the miami-dade mayor daniella levine cava has said they're trying to get it to come down basically straight. other officials have say they may push it to the west when it comes down. they believe this building being up right as it is has compromised their ability to get to some of the victims. >> brian todd, karen mcginnis. we appreciate both of you. we in this country have been through a lot this past year and a half, but today we celebrate not only our nation's independence but our new cautious freedom from wearing masks and lockdowns in most places. we hope to have an evening of fireworks and star studded performances. it's going to be a great night.
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cnn's don lemon is in new york, dana bash in the nation's capital here. i can't believe we got that approved but great to see both of you on this fourth of july. happy fourth of july. don, this year, as you know, was especially tough on new yorkers. i'm sure they're ready to party tonight. >> that is the understatement of the century, jim. everyone is ready to get out and party. since we haven't had a chance to be together, to love each other, to celebrate, to eat, drink and be merry, dana and i are going to reintroduce america to america. we are going to take you around the country, right, dana? 18 different fireworks shows and celebrations plus more. a lot in store. i really think, dana, that new york city has something up its
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sleeve tonight for the fireworks. i think this is going to be the most spectacular fireworks display you have ever seen. >> according to the d.c. folks, they say the d.c. firework display is going to be the biggest in the country that you and i are going to see here in washington. i definitely think new york is going to try to outdo d.c., which is fun to watch, because it just means more fireworks for all of us. >> don't forget about philadelphia, boston, fort lauderdale, dallas. nashville is going to have the biggest fireworks display in its history. it's all going to be timed to the marine bands and/ orchestra. it's going to be amazing. this is a time to celebrate and be happy and get to know each
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other again. >> publi earlier. i'm guessing don has some big name celebrities besides himself planned for tonight. >> that's obviously true. don lemon is the biggest celebrity on this. we're going to have such great music, really great bands that people are going to be able to watch cnn and rock out to. it's always terrific to hear live music, to hear performances from our favorite musicians, but especially now since it's been so long since we have been able to experience that. even if you are not in a city where there's a fantastic musical performance, you can have a front row seat right in your home watching television. you mentioned nashville, don.
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brad paisley is going to be having a huge concert with lots and lots of people. one of my favorites that i'm looking forward to is susanna hoffs, the lead singer of the bangles. it is going to blow you away. >> i feel like i'm back at the neighborhood pool in the 1980s. >> wait until you see billy ray cyrus. bee bee rex ya is amazing. neo, nelly. you can watch on your phone, your lap totop or television. cnn is the place to be. we're going to go from 7:00 until 3:00 in the morning. tune into cnn. sit on your couch. enjoy it.
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>> we've seen how don lemon can be new year's eve. can don behave himself on america's birthday? >> let's hope not. >> i can't. i'm going to have a cocktail or two lifeve on television. >> i think you should. >> in order to toast our brethren in france, the french of course helped the united states with the revolution. we all know our american history. in honor of the french, we need to pop some champagne. >> we need to have some bubbly. dana and i will not be wearing this. once the sun goes down, get ready for a fashion show.
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>> don, that is what they call a tease. he knows what he's doing over here. great to see both of you. happy fourth of july. >> you too. >> we'll all be watching. don't go anywhere because the star studded celebration on fourth of july begins right here on cnn at the top of the hour. here's a special july 4th from our men and women in uniform. >> on behalf of the entire big stick family, happy fourth of july. >> i'm commander benny cristman of the u.s.s. new hampshire right here in norfolk, virginia. my crew and i would like to wish everyone a safe and happy fourth of july.
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of adults by today. and the highly contagious delta variant threat ens those who are stubbornly not getting a shot. >> if you put yourself in an environment where you have a high level of viral die mynamicd a low level of vaccine, you may say when i'm in that area, i might want to go the extra mile to be cautious enough to make sure that i get the extra added level of protection even though the vaccines themselves are highly effective. >> joining me now is dr. jonathan reiner of george washington university. where do you think it's safe to go without a mask if you are vaccinated and where should we still wear them if we've been vaccinated? these questions are still coming
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back and people are grappling with them. >> happy fourth of july, jim. i think if you're vaccinated, it's safe to go anywhere. if you have an underlying condition that maybe causes you to worry about your immune system. perhaps you've been treated for cancer recently, perhaps you're on a disease modifying agent for something like multiple sclerosis. you should still wear a mask even out in public. but the vast majority of folks who have been vaccinated, you can wade into a crowd with a lot of confidence that you will not get sick. the vaccines we're using in this country work better than we could have possibly hoped for. you can wear a mask if you're around people who you think might be vulnerable and you want to help to protect them, go ahead and put a mask on. >> so if you are that he will
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think and you are vaccinated and you are not in an at risk group and you're in an area with really not much virus present and so on, it's fine, you're okay without that mask? >> absolutely. tonight my wife and i will go down and watch the fireworks on the mall and i won't have a mask on and i'll feel very confident that i will not get sick. i want everyone to know if you've been vaccinated, you can do that. if you've not been vaccinated, you can still get this virus. you must wear a mask when you go out. >> the biden administration missed this goal they had by july 4th.
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nearly 3 in 10 americans say t they're not likely to get the vaccine. what does this mean for getting everybody to that point of what they call heard immunity, which means really just getting the country safe? >> first of all, it means that everyone else needs to be vaccinated. everyone else in the country needs to be vaccinated and now is the time to do it. this is the ticket to get your life back. if you haven't been vaccinated, this is the get out of jail free card. there is some data that suggests that even people who right now say they will not get vaccinated, if we have approval, some of those people will consider getting vaccinated. once moderna or the pfizer-biontech vaccine or the j&j vaccine is fully approved by
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the fda -- and we're hoping that happens this summer -- more of the vaccine hesitant folks will get vaccinated. >> right now with the delta variant, that is a bigger incentive for people to get vaccinated because this variant is so much more dangerous. the poll also showed that 86% of democrats have received at least one shot of the vaccine compared with 45% of republicans. how do you think we fix this? i presume somebody took pictures of donald trump getting his covid vaccine before he did that in secret before leaving the white house. what is it going to take? >> for the 100 republican legislatures in congress who have refused to disclose their vaccine status to tell their constituents that they indeed
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have been vaccinated, because virtually all of them have been vaccinated. they just won't tell their constituents. we need to reach out to people in different ways. i'd like to see a vaccination event at nascar races. i'd like to see nashville and country music really reaching out to people, because it's those parts of the country, the south, the southwest, up through the midwest where we're starting to see surges. in florida currently, florida is averaging about 2200 new so covid-19 cases per day. that's 17% of all new cases are coming out of florida. we see that in the ozarks and louisiana. we need to educate them, but we need people who are trusted in these parts of the country to do that, to reach out because
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people will continue to die until we vaccinate everybody. >> dr. jonathan reiner, once again always with great advice and encouraging people to get vaccinated, because this is not over yet. thank you, docr. reiner. you may want to check your freezer. tyson foods is recalling nearly 8.5 million pounds of frozen ready-to-eat chicken products. they may be contaminated with listeria. at least two people fell ill last month after eating chicken products produced between december of last year and this april. they have this number on their bags.
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former president trump was on the campaign trail holding a rally in florida last night, but among the litany of lies, he may have let slip accidental truths. he set out to defend his company and his c--
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>> they go after good hard working people for not paying taxes on the company car. you didn't pay tax on a company car or a company apartment. you used an apartment because you need an apartment because you have to travel too far where your house is. you have to pay tax. or education for your grandchildren. i don't even know. does anybody know the answer to that stuff? >> this is the same donald trump who said this in 2016. i think nobody knows more about taxes than i do maybe in the history of the world. joining me jennifer rogers. happy fourth of july. most lawyers would advise their clients to not talk about charges related to an organization that bears their name. what's your reaction? >> you're exactly right. it's an absolute nightmare for the lawyers of the trump
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organization, because not only are the principipals of the tru organization out there not just denigrating the cases of political prosecution, but they're saying this is no big deal. that not only have very little jury appeal. juries do not like rich tax cheats. but it says the people running the company and making decisions about this tax fraud scheme don't think it's a big deal, don't think it should be illegal. it's really substantively problematic for the trump organization. >> prosecutors say weisselberg evaded taxes on more than $1.7 million of income. donald trump jr. crushed the numbers on fox and concluded it's just small potatoes. >> they're saying $1.7 million
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over 15 years. but it's not 1.7 million. that's income. the taxable portion of that to new york state is 8%. that's $136,000 over 16 years. that's ten grand a year. >> what do you make of that, jennifer? >> well, he's actually wrong on the legal basis for that. they charged this case in a really interesting way, a really ingenious way, because they charged not just the portion of the tax fraud that was new york state tax fraud, they charged the irs tax fraud as well and the city tax fraud because they named the irs and the city and the state all as victims here. so you get to consider all of that amount when you're talking about the actual liability. it's a lot more than don junior suggests. >> we hear about it being unusual or unprecedented to
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prosecute this case. is that a relevant point? >> it's interesting. i'm not sure it's a relevant point even if it were true, but it's not true. fringe benefits are about small things like if your job gives you a computer or a phone, you know, something small. this is actual compensation. this is a matter of them taking the compensation due to senior executives and cutting it into portions, the portions they were going to pay taxes on and the portions they were going to hand under the table and not pay taxes on. this is a real tax evasion scheme, not a fridge bnge benef scheme. >> fascinating case. thanks so much for that expertise. right now 84-year-old pope francis is in the hospital for a
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we have breaking news out of rome where pope francis had surgery today. >> reporter: we've just gotten the update from the doctors and the vatican. the surgery went well. let me reedad a little bit of their statement. they say the holy father hospitalized in the afternoon was subjected in the evening to the surgical operation scheduled for to the operation.
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today there are growing allegations that china is waging disinformation warfare. that comes as experts are
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warning that a global cyber war could be on the horizon as massive cyber attacks bloom around the world. will ripley has more on the tensions in the region and the global impact. >> reporter: prepare for war. the menacing message of mainland chinese propaganda, aimed at the islands of taiwan. military intimidation in realtime. 28chinese war planes. taiwan calls it the largest air incursion ever recorded. china is engaging in psychological warfare. >> they want to shape taiwanese people's cognition that china is very dangerous and taiwan cannot do without china. >> reporter: a battle between bay eijing and taipei. i'm flying to the front lines
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across the taiwan strait to a small island more than 200 miles from the taiwanese capital, just 6 miles from mainland china, the only place in taiwan that saw combat during china's civil war, ending in 1949. many buildings bear the scars, the fighting ferocious. nationalist forces warded off a chinese invasion. >> translator: people often say only those who experienced war can understand its horror. we have the right to say loudly we want peace. >> reporter: long time tour guide robin takes me underground to a bunker once top secret, now abandoned. he also shows me how china's
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rel relentless artillery barrage left the island with old shells. half a million of these landed between 1958 and 1978. the beginning of a decades-long disinformation war. a war super charged by social media. how dangerous is disinformation? >> the main goal is to create chaos and create distrust. >> reporter: is china doing this exact same thing in the united states? >> yeah, definitely and also in australia, canada, also europe. >> reporter: beijing denies disinformation warfare. china's taiwan affairs office has previously called taipei's accusations imaginary. experts say the threat goes well beyond disinformation. the taiwanese government says it's hit by 20 million cyber attacks every month.
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targets include defense computer systems, finance, communications, even critical infrastructure. >> translator: in information security, we believe world war iii will happen over the internet. >> reporter: basically every aspect of our life. >> yes. >> reporter: taiwan's major gas company cpc was hit by a major malware attack. a ransom wear attack on the colonial pipeline paralyzed the u.s. east coast. >> image what happened in the united states. you could do nothing. >> reporter: cyber is a bigger threat than nuclear weapons? >> from my point of view because it is happening every day. >> reporter: taiwan's president tsai ing-wen named cyber attacks a matter of national security. this 30-foot loudspeaker spent decades blasting anti-communist
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propaganda to the mainland a super sized reminder of how much things have changed. will ripley, cnn, taiwan. >> cnn has requested a response from china's taiwan affairs office and ministry of foreign aff affairs, but have not yet received a reply. up next, we'll take you live to celebrations across the country next. as we go to break, here's special july 4th reading from out er space. >> i'm megan mccarture aboard the international space station. with my crewmates, we wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a happy independence day. >> as nasa astronauts, we are proud to represent the united states of america in our endeavor to conduct world class research, return to the moon and go beyond to the planets.
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this is cnn. >> take a look at what mark zuckerberg just posted to his instagram account. this is the facebook ceo wake
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boarding on some sort of electric wake board there. with an american flag, set to the song, take me home country roads by john denver. he is the fifth richest man in the world with a record of $101 billion. i guess you could have your fireworks tonight. me personally, i would rather watch a billionaire riding a wake board carrying an american flag or not. as the case may be. >> we celebrate not only manager's igds but the long awaited return to something that looks like normal. look at this. finally a july 4th with crowds of people visiting the national maul, free from their masks and the social distancing prools dominated our lives the last year and a half. what a difference. suzanne mavlo is on the national maul as we speak. suzanne, it is great to see out this fourth of july. well, maybe we won't be going to her. how is the live shot doing right now?
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how about evan? all right. evan, we understand your live shot might be up. we had a legal technical problem on the mall. let's home she's okay. it is great to see new york back up and running again and having a big party. how is it going out there? >> reporter: well, you know it, jim. this is a great metaphor for where new york is at. this is the skyline drive-in which was set up during covid so people could come watch movies together in their cars safely. as you can see, there are no cars anymore. people are out here waiting for these fireworks displays. and it is like being back out in new york. i have here a couple of people who have shown up. nice to see you guys. it's not just the nation's birthdays. it is also your birthday. >> it is my birthday. i'm pretty excited about. that we're finally out safely. masking when we need them but
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actually celebrating a birthday not over zoom is exciting. >> last year at this time, what were you doing? >> i was at a friend's house. we were at a friend's house at a zoom party. i was in new york and we had a zoom party. it was international. there were friends from france to hawaii on zoom so that was kind of cool but not the same has the energy. >> so since that time, vaccines are out, people are back out. how does it feel to you to be out here now? >> it feels amazing. like i haven't been seeing people for a long time. so it just feels so good to feel connected. >> right. it almost feels like the way a fourth of july would have felt before 2020. so again, we're happy to be vaccinated. we're still being responsible but the energy feels the way it should when you want to celebrate summer. >> happy 4th to you. >> reporter: the feeling here is
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the pandemic is something in the past. people are ready to get back throughout and party again. and this spot is one of the best places to do it. >> excellent. let's go down suzanne malveaux. how are things looking on your end in. >> reporter: it's really exciting. we just had a little bit of a breeze of the cloud cover. take a welcome at the crowds here. we're talking about thousands of people who gathered under the steps here of the lincoln memorial. they've been here since early afternoon. they don't need to wear a mask or social distance or get their temperatures checked. just their bags checked. so people are feeling light and easy. a little crowd wave here going on. [ laughter ] a little energy. i want to swing the camera over here. you see the reflective pool here underneath monument. the national monument. that's where those fireworks
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will be going off at 9:09 precisely. they'll last for 17 minutes, and folks are very excited about. that this is something that they've been ant participating that happened last year. i don't know if you recall. mayor bowser really discouraged folks from coming out. they didn't come out because of covid concerns. she said it is all clear. 70% of adults have at least one of those shots, those vaccine shots so she's feeling very confident that these crowds should be out here. i talked to one woman who was wearing a black lives matter t-shirt. she explained why it was about pride for this country that she wore that shirt. take a listen. >> this is what our country is built on. people rising up. so i think that's important. that's important to the american back bone and that's how we grow. we are all here together.
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it is a melting pot. we help build this country and it our country. >> and her husband, we met him as well. it is his birthday as well. the july 4th birthday. he said one of his gifts, he gets to enjoy the fireworks with his wife. we should say in terms of security, the d.c. police chief says there are no credible threats. specific threats to this event or this area. but all d.c. police officers are on high alert. they are on duty tonight to make sure that this goes off well so everybody is just a little bit jazzed about getting outside and sharing this wonderful evening. >> i'll be out there soon. i'm going to party myself. glad to see america is in the same mood. see you soon. great to see the new yorkers having a good time, too. that's the news. i'm jim acosta. up next, time celebrate.
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