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the same as they ever were. perhaps it is been compressed in the acceptable of its content to the age of the audience it might have been originally invented for four years, today it might be 4-year-olds to 11-year-olds. >> hate to -- i hate to leave it there because i could talk forever about this christopher knight, but if was a real pleasure to have you on. the new cnn original series air this is sunday 9:00 p.m. only on cnn. thank you for joining us today. i'm jim sciutto. "at this hour" with boris sanchez started right now. this is cnn breaking news. >> hello, i'm boris sanchez in for kate bolduan. and thank you for joining us. we begin at this hour with major breaking news. the tokyo olympics will be held without any fans in attendance. japan declaring a state of emergency just two weeks before the summer games are set to
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begin. organizers have been under intense criticism for insisting that the games could be held safely amid a global pandemic. let's begin our coverage with cnn's selena wang, live in tokyo with the breaking details and selena, officials have essentially said that because of the conditions that they're facing, they don't have a choice. >> reporter: exactly, boris. this is a big relief for public health experts and much of the public, experts have been saying these games should not be held with spectators. they are dealing with a major surge in covid cases reaching the highest level in months. more different by the delta variant and the vaccination rates are still low, just 15% of the population has been fully vaccinated. now we already knew months before that overseas spectators would be banned but now at least for tokyo venues, local fans are banned too. that reverses an earlier decision to allow up to 10,000 people per venue. we still don't know at this
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point how many spectators will be allowed outside of the tokyo area. now for japan and for the olympic organizers, this is obviously a huge blow. japan had spent more than $15 billion preparing for these games. more than a billion dollars alone rebuilding the national stadium where the opening ceremony will be held. and it is going to be striking and astonishing to see those stands completely empty. and the public here, meanwhile, even without any spectators, they are still anxious. i was just at an anti-olympiced here in the area, i was speaking to them and they were frustrated that the government was still going ahead with the games in the middle of a pandemic while their lives were being restricted, still allowing the world's largest sporting event to happen in their street and in their stands and a lot of anger targeted at the ioc chief thomas bach who she see as representing corporate breed at the expense of people's health and lives.
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boris. >> an enormous investment by the ioc and by japan but the risks in this case outweigh the rewards. selena wang from tokyo, thank you so much. and we're monitoring a press briefing on covid-19. we'll keep you updated with any details. but let's dig in with dr. megan rainy at brown university and also joining us is dr. ali khan, the dean of the university of nebraska medical center college of public health. he advised major league baseball on their plans to resume play during the pandemic. i want to start with you, doctor rainy, because you wrote about your concerns of the olympics back in february. given the state of the global pandemic, was it ever realistic that japan would hold the games with spectators in a safe and secure way? >> no, i don't think it was. not with a rate of vaccinations on a global level. i mean, look at japan's numbers. they only have about 11% of
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folks within japan itself vaccinated. if you go globally, we're looking in the single-digits at the percentage of people that are vaccinated. back when i wrote that piece, we were worried about the b 117 delta variant and we knew it was just a time before the variants emerged and sure enough here we have the delta variant. banning spectators is the appropriate thing to do but i worry about the athletes brought together across the world and the host communities being exposed not just to the delta variant but to other variants that we haven't identified yet. >> and there is a troubling study about the delta variant out today. i'll ask you both about that. but, dr. khan, about the olympics even without spectators as dr. rainy points out, there are athletes coming all over the world to one place, closed quarters, some athletes have reportedly tested positive after arriving in japan. isn't there still a big risk in
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just holding the games? >> so, the games could be held quite safely. they need to do is talk to the mlb commissioner manfred and ask how he did it in a prevaccine era using excellent health and safety protocols working with the players and the university of nebraska medical center. so now we expect that 80% of vaccine -- 80% of these athletes are going to be vaccinated. so a much better position. however they need excellent health and safe protocols and there is also two issues of concern for me when i look at this is that they've had some athletes who were positive, that should not have happened based on the protocols. and they just had two local villagers positive in the two -- two workers in the village positive. >> yeah, it seems given the disparities around the world, regarding covid cases it is a recipe for disaster to bring people all over together in one place. i want to pivot to the united states now. new research suggesting that the
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delta variant could be resistant to certain antibodies including the ones that you get from a single shot of some of the most popular vaccine. the pfizer, astrazeneca biontech and it is time to restart widespread testing even for people who have been vaccinated. dr. rabe, starting with us, do you agree with that? >> i think that folk who are s symptomatic with the delta variant, if you are systematic you should get tested. but the new takeaway is that it provides further proof behind what we've been saying for weeks now is that a single shot of the vaccines is not sufficient. you are not protected until you get two shots. but if you have gotten the two shots of pfizer or moderna or to a lesser extent astrazeneca, or the single shot of johnson & johnson, you are still for the most part protected.
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if you're symptomatic get tested but you're not in prevaccine era if you have been fully vaccinated. it does provide a large degree of protection once you've gotten your full vaccine set of doses. >> no doubt that is a relief. dr. khan, what was your reaction to this news? >> it supports once again the critical message which is go out and get vaccinated. so, yes, the vaccines are less effective with delta variants, not surprising. monoclonal antibodies are less effective but still effective. what is driving this pandemic in the u.s. now is the unvaccinated, severe disease, 99% of unvaccinated, so please get vaccinated. if you live in a state with a whole lot of cases even if your vaccinated, wear a mask indoors. >> i want to drive the point you made home because literally moments ago before we went on air there was a press release from north carolina stressing that more than 99% of new cases there have occurred in people who are not fully vaccinated.
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there is also this new research, this new analysis by researchers i should say at georgetown university, dr. rainy, they identified 30 clusters of large populations, help us understand how just a small number of these areas, these different pockets of the country put the entire country at risk. >> so there is two things. one is to remember that the way that this virus spreads is exponentially. so one infection leads to two, leads to four, leads to eight, leads to 16 and suddenly you have hundreds of thousands of infections. you start with a small pocket and spreads from there. every time the virus spreads we're at risk of mutations so the pockets and clusters could serve as breeding grounds for further variants. even when the delta variant, the vaccine does protect us but we never know when the next variant will come about when the vaccine
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is less effective and it puts us at risk not just by exposing us all to delta but by serving as the place where new variants develop. >> we have to leave the conversation there. thank you both so much. appreciate your expertise. >> thank you, boris. we're also following a major developing story at this hour with huge implications. the battle over voting rights, once again, taking center stage. texas republicans mounting another push for restricting voting laws. a special session of the texas legislation just got underway in austin. this is hours after republicans introduced a new election bill that includes a slew of new voting restrictions. all of this comes as president biden holds meetings today about protecting voting rights. let's get over to cnn's diane gallaler live in austin, texas, outside of the state capitol with more. what are republicans trying to achieve with the new provisions?
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>> reporter: boris, they're trying to achieve what they couldn't achieve during the regular session because democrats did that dramatic walk-out in the final hours of the regular session. and denied quorum thus preventing them from passing any kind of election legislation that would add new restrictions. that is essentially why the governor said he was calling this special session, that should be getting underway any moment now. the house republicans dropped a bill last night. it is hb-3, that has a lot of similarities to the regular session bill sb-7, including items like banning drive-thru and 24 hour voting making it a felony for election officials to send unsolicited vote by mail applications and empowered poll watcher and new new i.d. for vote by mail. some of the most controversial measures like lowering the
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threshold to overturn elections and banning sunday morning voting, this is not in this particular draft. i will say that senate version has not lished a text yet but it was just filed and democrats, boris, have said that they're listening and watching and they want toe-- want to see what is the legislation but they came here to fight. so i was told to expect fireworks during this special session. >> diane, it is so important to remember that much of the basis for these actions in texas and across the country are based on falsehoods from the former president, the big lie regarding the last election. dianne gallagher from austin, keep us posted on what happens there. speaking of the former president, new developments in the battle to investigate the capitol insurrection. the democrats are getting a strategy to make sure the probe doesn't turn into a circus including keeping some of the work behind closed doors. lauren fox joins us live on capitol hill with more of her
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reporting. and lauren, you've been speaking to democrats who indicate that they don't want this to turn into another impeachment of donald trump. they want to focus on an array of different issues and bring us up to speed with what that means. >> reporter: boris, this is about democrats trying to strike the right balance. the big lie leading up to the january 6 insurrection, all might have an impact on what they have to investigate. they realize they may have to bring some republicans, kevin mccarthy, other republicans up to testify. but they are very careful that they still want to investigate other pieces of the january 6 insurrection, excuse me, as well. right here at the capitol, they are having a drill right now, capitol police officers, to try and make sure that they are prepared if something like that were to ever happen again. that is what you're hearing and that is why you're seeing all of the people around the russell office building that i'm
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standing at. lawmakers want to make sure they get to the bottom of the security failures because that is another key piece. they want to look forward. so democrats are going be having some discussions if private, doing some interviews in private, they're looking at documents. all of that may happen outside of the glare of tv cameras and i think, boris, that is exactly the kind of balance that democrats are hoping to strike knowing that republicans and who mccarthy appoints for the committee may make that hard to actually achieve. boris. >> an important point to keep in mind. the big question whether democrats will call trump or mccarthy to testify and how they will respond. lauren fox from capitol hill, thank you so much. coming up, we should let you know that we're speaking about the investigation and about voting rights with cnn political director. also turmoil in haiti this morning as police hunt for the hillers who assassinated the president there. the latest details in a live report, next.
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developing at this hour, you're looking at live pictures of a special session of the texas legislature that just got underway in austin. republicans have introduced a new election bill that includes a bunch of new voting restrictions. this afternoon president biden and vice president harris are going to meet with civil rights leaders about the efforts to protect voting rights. joining us now to discuss this and more is cnn political director david chalian. also the host of the cnn
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political briefing podcast "everything you need to know about the day in politics in ten minutes or less", i highly recommend it. let's start in texas. republicans attempting to pass a revised election law that includes a slew of restrictions on voting. this similar to the one that democrats walked out on a couple of months ago. though it does not include two controversial proposals from that earlier bill, delaying the start time for early sunday voting and lower the standard for over turning an election based on fraud. i can't imagine that is enough to quiet concerns that people are being disenfranchised? >> right. the democratic opposition to this, though they are clearly outnumbered in texas, will still remain. we saw actually something similar, boris, in georgia, if you remember back when that state passed its voting bill initially dealing with sunday voting hours and trying to sort of chip away at the souls to the
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poles that is very prominent in the african-american community and churches and democratic voters mostly in that case that i'm speaking of use that as a huge push at the end of an election season and yet the controversy there and the pressure and the backlash caused republican legislators in georgia to rewrite that and revise that. so we have seen a couple of times where the pressure does actually result in altering the legislation. but your note is the right one overall which is that we're still seeing in state after state where republicans are in control of the process, a real attempt to try and restrict some of the voting access that exists in the country. and this is something that is going to become one of the major battleground issues, if you will, in the 2022 midterm elections. this notion of voting rights, voting access, i think you're
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going to see it motivate both parties and be a real point of contention on the campaign trail. >> i'm glad you mentioned georgia because a federal judge upheld parts of georgia's restrictive voting law yesterday. last week we saw the supreme court upholding provisions of that arizona gop voting law. how do you think that the supreme court's decision is going to ultimately weigh on the calculus, the political calculation around voting rights moving forward. >> right, i think you'll see this is playing out in the states in much braet greater fashion than here in washington. the supreme court has shown no interest in sort of trying to fortify the voting rights act. they're sort of supporting -- they have decisions that have come down, the recent one in arizona you mentioned, obviously the huge case back eight years ago, the shelby county case where they have chiseled away at the case.
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and you're not going to see the court doing something and the math is not there in the united states congress. and you mentioned at the top, the biden administration and the vice president meeting behind closed door and meeting with voting rights actives and how passionate the president is about the issue, and he's going to give speeches and we haven't seen that on the schedule yet but president biden understanding where the math is on this and there aren't the votes in the united states senate to move through a big voting rights legislation federally. >> and that is been such a part -- a big part of push to try to get joe manchin and kyrsten sinema to undue the filibuster to pass voting rights legislation. i want to pivot to the democrats' investigation of the insurrection on january 6. moments ago lauren fox reporting that democrats will do everything they could to prevent it from becoming a circus. the comparison are the benghazi hearings from about a decade
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ago. given the partisan divide, is it a possibility to not have this turn into a circus? it seems like republicans are bent on casting any investigation in a january 6th in a certain direction. >> there is no doubt that republicans are going to try to paint this as a purely partisan effort. so that in and of itself will create some of the circus atmosphere that lauren is reporting the democrats would like to avoid here. but you may recall at the beginning of the benghazi hear progress, kevin mccarthy said the quiet part out loud, he said that contributed to taking downhillk's favorable numbers an that is a clear goal of what they were doing. nancy pelosi is trying to frame everything for democrats right now in terms of getting the heft historical record and getting the accountability pieces in place and ensuring something like this never happens again. so i don't think the goal going in from the democrats is quite the same as what the republicans
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were doing with benghazi and hillary clinton. but it is congress, boris. of course there is some circus aspect of it. >> perhaps mccarthy accusing democrats of trying to use this issue in the next election. david chalian, thank you so much. >> sure. so two weeks after the condo collapse in florida, authorities conceding now there is no chance of life. the latest on the recovery efforts in surfside in a live report in just a few minutes. ch everything you see. follow me. ♪ (realtor) so, any questions? (wife) we'll take it! (realtor) great. (vo) it will haunt your senses. the heart-pounding audi suv family. get exceptional offers at your local audi dealer.
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♪ dream on ♪ ♪ dream on ♪ ♪ dream on ♪ ♪ dream on ♪ - yes! ♪ ahhhhhhh ♪ ♪ dream until your dreams come true ♪ at this hour, tropical storm elsa is dumping heavy rain over the carolinas as it move as long the i-95 corridor and up the northeast overnight suspected tornados tore through parts of the southeast. you're looking at aerials now of damage in one neighborhood in jacksonville, florida. cnn meteorologist chad myers joins us now with the newest forecast. walk us through what you're seeing. >> as you said, boris, the storm moved into north carolina over the north carolina/south carolina border in the last 30 minutes. we are seeing a little bit of
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lighter colors here. not as bright as we were and that means the storm isn't as high as they were which means it is trying to fall apart because it is over land. that is the good news. there is still a lot of water out here and it will get over the water likely to the east of the delmarva later on tonight. we'll see some winds. forecast is for 45 miles per hour and i'm seeing a gust around murtle at 41. it does make it's way slightly off shore near new york city and that is the story in canada. but off shore tomorrow there will be a significant chance of flash flooding. three to five inches of rainfall expected in new jersey, pennsylvania, connecticut, and obviously along long island. that is what happens somewhere around 5:00 tomorrow morning. right there in that little part, right along long island itself and then later on tomorrow night flooding possible in massachusetts and into connecticut. there is a stripe of rainfall here that will be significant. and when you have a lot of
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pavement and a lot of concrete, you're going to get some floating. we're keep watching that as the day goes on. >> important for folks in the northeast to prepare for all of that rain. chad myers, thank you so much. also developing at this hour, officials have just increased the death toll in that condo building that collapsed in south florida two weeks ago today. overnight the rescue phase at the site came to an end as the fire chief concedes there is no chance of life for those that have not yet been found in the rubble. cnn correspondent leyla santiago is live with the new developments. a very difficult and symbolic transition between search and rescue and now recovery. >> reporter: right. and that is tough news for the families, the loved ones as the community mourned last night and continue to mourn today. you mentioned the death toll on the rise. i could tell you that officials have just announced that 60 are dead and 80 now feared dead.
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as they continue to dig today. we have seen that the digging continues, that we are seen heavy machinery continuing to work and it is interesting because even last night, i took note of that as people learned of the news, they gathered at the memorial site kind of leaned against the railing as they couldn't take their eyes off the pile of debris. and as they prayed and hugged and held each other and tried to comfort one another, you could still hear the work being done just a block away. i spoke to one firefighter who told me that he wants nothing more than to bring closure to these families. and today during the media briefing, the miami-dade mayor echoed that sentiment, making sure that family knows that every victim that is pulled and found is being handled extremely carefully and with compassion. >> we have a tent designated on
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site and when a jewish body is discovered, a prayer is performed and in specific protocols are followed to honor the faith traditions an the integrity of the investigation. >> reporter: and so now, boris, that it is in the recovery mode, we could expect things to accelerate a bit. you will, as i mentioned -- there are teams at work, each in 12 hour shifts so we'll expect to get our next briefing in the afternoon. boris. >> hopefully this next phase will finally bring some measure of closure to families that have been suffering in that excruciating limbo. thank you so much. we want to update you on the situation in haiti. that country in turmoil this morning as authorities look for the assassins that killed their president. the latest on the investigation and who may replace the slain leader after a quick break. stay with us. made a choice... to take charge of their health care.
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ambassador to the united states described the suspects as foreign mercenaries. haiti's first lady was shot and recovering at a hospital in florida. matt rivers is live outside of the hospital in miami. what details are you learning? >> reporter: you know, boris, this is such an on going situation minute-by-minute in haiti in terms of the investigation and what we know. as you mentioned, what we're hearing so far from haitian authorities is that four suspects involved in this assassination have been kill and two more detained. the ambassador to the united states from haiti saying that all six of those people are foreign nationals, though not saying what nationality exactly they are. they're still trying to figure out that information. but what we do know is that they're looking for more people beyond just the six. that is continuing to go on that manhunt and where it goes from here in terms of who else is involved still not sure. a little bit earlier the former
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prime minister of haiti was speaking to our jim sciutto. he said that according to his information, the president, president moise, was shot 16 times by those assail ants after entering his residence. that is about all we know at this point. there are so many other questions that still remain about how this happened. i mean, this is the presidential residence. how did assailants get past the very robust security measures that are usually in place there. who are the assailants, what is their motivation, who financed them. there are so many different questions that remain unanswered at this point and we're getting such sporadic information from the haitian government. a lot of information is from ambassador to the united states and we've heard very little from the government in haiti that is still functioning more or less and so that is where we stand, just looking and asking for more information about how something like this could happen. even in a country like haiti
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which has seen so much political unrest, so much violence in the past year or so. and even going back further than that, still this is a shocking assassination and one that still has so many questions surrounding the investigation. >> many questions in haiti and including who is going to replace the president and an unclear situation in a country that dealt with so much turmoil. matt rivers from miami, appreciate the update. coming up, with u.s. troops almost completely out of afghanistan, president biden is going to be speaking shortly about ending america's longest war. we're going to take a look at what is at stake as the taliban gains ground by the hour. stay with us. and you need it here. and here.
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in just a few hours, president biden is set to speak about the u.s. troop withdrawal from afghanistan. the withdrawal of american forces now more than 90% complete. british prime minister boris johnson also announcing this morning that most british troops have left afghanistan. it comes as the taliban is making major gains. cnn's anna coren is live in kabul with the very latest. do you have any indication that afghan leaders are going to be watching biden's remarks? >> reporter: well, absolutely.
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boris, everybody will be listening for what president biden has to say. we understand that he is going to be talking about a safe passage for these afghan interpreters and translators. we know there is something like -- >> up fortunately it appears as though we've had some technical difficulties. anna, are you there? >> but as i was saying, we've learned that only 9,000 of those siv applications will be processed. but president biden is likely to announce a safe passage. we know he's been talking to a number of central asian countries about providing that safe haven once the visa applications are approved before moving to the united states. we're also learning from women's rights groups that they want another 2,000 of these siv's for
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vulnerable women. they say that the judges, journalists, police officers, politicians, activists have all been targeted and harassed and we have seen the taliban, islamic state, killing off some of these very prominent female in afghan society. so they say that america needs to provide these siv's for the vulnerable women as well. boris, it is really quite tragic what is happening. the deteriorating security situation no doubt, but we're witnessing a brain drain. these are the best and brightest that afghanistan has to offer and these people are the future of this country and yet this government adviser, female government adviser that we spoke to said that is just creating more and more panic as people do not see a future here and just want to leave. >> a state of panic in afghanistan as the united states departs.
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anna coren from kabul, thank you so much. joining us now to discuss the future of afghanistan, and president biden's comments today, cnn military analyst retired major general james spider marks. always a pleasure to have you on and get your insight. it seems like a foregone conclusion that there is going to be a civil war in afghanistan. the taliban has met little to no resistance at this point. have you seen anything that pointed to a different out come? >> i don't. other than sadly the possibility that the taliban will take over essentially unopposed. certainly there is a resistance in the capital but have been demonstrated little resistance in the other provences where the taliban in many cases have regained control without a fight, without a fight or a shot being fired. so i don't see any other outcome. it seems like the only alternative is going to be -- and remember the 1996 to 2001
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the taliban were in charge but in that capacity of being in charge, they only controlled about 30% of the country. which is about where they are right now. you've got this vast ungov everyoned space. you have all kai da, pakistan and isis. look, this is an unholy trinity of the taliban, aq, and isis. they don't necessarily get along and they're not on the same page. so you see the real situation. this internal strife is going to define this country for quite some time. >> and, general, i'm curious about messaging here from president biden. nearly 2,400 u.s. troops have been killed there, some 20,000 wounded in a war that lasted two decades.
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given the dire situation in afghanistan, the bleak picture of its future, what are you going to be listening for from the president when he addressed the situation? >> essentially two things. one, i want to hear the president acknowledge those incredible sacrifices that this nation, entirely this nation made and then the servicemen and women who lost their life in this valiant effort. that's number one. number two, i'd like them to tell the afghan people, we may physically part, but we're with you and support your effort to try to rebuild afghanistan, and so we're there for you. those are really the two messages. in other words, it's got to be that statement. >> we appreciate those who
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developing at this hour, a rocky day on wall street. u.s. stocks down sharply as fears over the delta variant and a slowing economic rebound rattle investors. cnn business writer matt eagan joins me now with more. matt, the concerns about the delta variant have been around for a few weeks, why is it affecting today's market? >> there's no question this red-hot stockmarket is starting to cool off a little bit, and the delta variant covid is why people are concerned. this is covid-19 on steroids, twice as effective. tokyo has issued now restrictions regarding the olympics. remember, investors had been banking on blockbuster, spectacular economic growth and
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they're going to be disappointed with anything less than that. another issue here is the federal reserve. the fed has signaled that it might remove some of its emergency programs. that might not be good news for the market. but big picture. that would actually signal confidence in the economic recovery. it's not necessarily a reason to worry. i do think it's important to put all this in context. the stockmarket was at record highs just yesterday. also heading into the fourth of july weekend, the s&p 500 had actually enjoyed its longest streak of record highs since 1997 when bill clinton was in the white house. the market cannot go up forever. in fact, you know, a pullback can be a healthy thing. as one analyst put it to me just before, he said, listen, we're allowed to have one day of selling. >> matt, i'm hearing that as by t the dip. >> exactly. we want to close with a
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message from tennis star naomi osaka who is opening up about her mental health and why she skipped press conferences from the french open, ultimately withdrawaling altogether, penning an essay in "time" magazine. she writes, quote, i feel uncomfortable being the spokesperson or face of athlete mental health. i don't have all the answers. i hope people understand it's okay to not be okay and it's okay to talk about it. the 23-year-old ends her essay by saying, michael phelps told me by speaking up, i might have saved a life. if it's true, it was all worth it. she'll make her return at the summer olympic games where she'll have quite a few fans including this one cheering her on. thank you so much joining us
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today. don't go anywhere. "inside politics" with john king starts right now. hello and welcome to inside politics with jong king. no fans over the fears covid may develop into a superspreader. brand-new cnn reporting signal as what they want is a no-drama fact-finding mission. next hour president biden talks about the drawdown. an emboldened taliban could become a biden headache. we begin the hour, though, today in texas where, yes, everything is bigger. a special legislative session starts today to consider what you might call the

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