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after the biggest protest in decades. good to have you with us. voting rights in the u.s. are front and center today with a major address from president biden and an old fashioned texas standoff over new election restrictions. white house press secretary jen s psaki offered this preview. >> to lay out the moral case why it is a form of suppression and silencing and he will redouble his commitment to using every tool at his disposal to continue to fight to protect the fundamental right of americans to vote against the onslaught of voter suppression laws based on a dangerous and discredited conspiracy theory that culminated in an assault on our
capitol. >> and meanwhile democrats flew to washington late monday, and that are absence would deny republicans a quorum and keep them from voting on new restrictions. dianne gallagher has more. >> reporter: there are two separate bills that were introduced in the special session, and both do contain a whole slew of restrictions to the voting processes and different kinds of criminal penalties added to the voting process specifically for election officials. the decision to break quorum is not an easy one because it does come with a great risk. by law they have to respond, they have to be there at the capitol, meaning that the department of public safety could have been ordered to come and essentially bring them back to the capitol. much of this was kept very secret up until they began leaving. this is a 30 day special session. they will have to wait it out
most likely outside of the state until that ends and then the governor can simply call another 30 day special session and another 30 day special session. i asked one of those lawmakers on the plane how long that they will wait this out and he told me that they have every ounce of fight in them, they will put into this, and that it will be one session or ten sessions, but in his words, democracy is in jeopardy and we must do whatever we can to save it. they will lean heavily on speaking to democrats here in washington, d.c. one of the democratic lawmakers told me we're in the minority and we're taking great personal risk and doing everything we can to stop voting rights restrictions and stop voting rights from being taken away. the democrats are in the majority and we want to see them do the same thing that we are trying to do in texas. >> and texas democrats walked out of the legislature in may to prevent the first vote on the republican proposals. and now they are hoping for help
on the federal level. >> i am hoping and i'm praying that with all that we're going through, the fact that over 50 members had to leave their families, leave their children, leave their husbands for democracy because we have people that are trying to run the texas house in a way that is tyrannical. i'm hoping that they say, man, if the republicans can go through all of this do wrong, let us just take our step to do what is right because we have the majorities here on the federal level. that is my hope and prayer and then they can pass their dumb bill and we can do what always happens in texas, they always get told this was intentionally discriminatory and therefore we are striking portions of this bill. that is dwha will happen. but it will only happen if we have federal oversight like we historically have had. >> governor abbott calls the democrats' decision to leave the
station harmful to the very texans who elected them to serve. the u.s. is beginning to lose ground in the fight against covid-19. all but four states are seeing an increase in new infections with tennessee reporting a 668% spike. and while the cdc reports nearly half the u.s. is fully vaccinated, less than 40% of residents in states like alabama, mississippi and louisiana are inoculated. one doctor says those who choose not to get vaccinated written the greatest rithe greatest risk of infection. >> all the sick patients that need hospitalization, almost all, there are a handful that have been vaccinated, but other than that, every sick patient has been unvaccinated. and 99% of the covid deaths in the last week were unvaccinated. most of the patients that i see are regretful that they didn't
get vaccinated. i'm not there to wag a finger at them. when people are that sick, you know, if you haven't been around someone who is extremely sick and struggling to breathe, it is one of the most miserable feelings that you can imagine someone having. so when people are that sick, they wish they had done anything they could to avoid being that sick. you know, fortunately once people get covid and if they are going to get sick with it, there is not a whole lot we can do to treat it. so it is just oxygen support and trying to help them out. so the patients that i run into are past that point where the vaccine could have helped them and they are very regretful. and even if they are not critical in the icu to the point where we're having to transport patients to get care because we're beyond our capacity to care for them. >> meantime, vaccine maker
pfizer met with u.s. officials to discuss vaccine boosters for americans who are fully vaccinated. the company says booster shots may be needed after six months to a year of vaccination. it released a statement saying the meeting was productive but for now, it doesn't look like the u.s. government is signing on for boosters. dr. anthony fauci says nothing has changed and the u.s. needs more data before recommending a new round of shots. we're also following new concerns surrounding johnson & johnson's covid-19 vaccine. u.s. health officials are investigating whether the vaccine might raise the risk of a rare complication known as guillain-barre syndrome. about 100 people out of more than 12 million developed the disorder after receiving the j&j shot according to published reports. dr. fauci says that the benefits of the vaccine still out weigh
the potential risks. >> you will always find some adverse event associated with vaccination. when you vaccinate tens address tens of millions of people, you will find an unusual or rare event. you always have to make a decision, does the benefit of the vaccine outweigh the very unusual risk of an adverse event. and thus far with these vaccines it has always been decided that the benefit of the vaccine outweighs the risk of an adverse event. >> and monday the fda updated the label on the vaccine to warn of the possible increased risk of guillain-barre syndrome. and cnn has reached out tojohns & johnson for comment. and whether to ease or tighten covid restrictions? as the delta variant sweeps across europe. the variant will represent 90%
of all covid infections in the eu by the end of next month. all those areas of orange and dark red show where cases increased last week. the netherlands soaring infection rateapologizing for reopening too soon and reimposing restrictions on night life and large events. meanwhile the french president says that he is trusting people to get vaccinated but won't rule out making it mandatory. melissa bell is live in paris. talk to us about what it will take in france for the french president to actually move to that territory of making it mandatory. >> reporter: what we've been seeing here in france and repeated in other european a countries is the race to one hand get as many vaccinated and the other the delta variant that
is threatening the reopening of europe in some cases and fresh restrictions in others. and now the idea that health care workers will now have to be vaccinated, mandatory vaccinations for them and those who work this nursing homes and with the elderly and fragile. that will come into effect. and then there was a series of incentives for the general population to get vaccinated, getting a pass that either you have been vaccinated or prc negative will apply not only to get on a plane or anything that you might do for enjoyment you will need that for. and drew shalcrucially the pcr you will have to pay for. what we saw last night is that this application in france that allows you to book medical appointments was overrun by people seeking to get them after
macron spoke, it was a record. and so the idea is really to encourage people to get vaccinated as europe hits this wall of vaccine hesitancy that we have been warning about for so many months now. europe is famously worried about its vaccines and that is what european governments are coming up against and that warning perhaps one of the most important headlines from last night's speech from french television the idea that if people don't voluntarily go and get themselves vaccinated in sufficient numbers, france might consider making vaccines mandatory for all. >> we'll see if that is incentive to get out there and get the shot. mad lisa bell, many thanks. and england is sticking to its plan to reopen next week even though the delta variant is leading to tens of thousands of infections each day. they are betting that the vaccine rollout will keep the death toll and hospitalizations under control.
nearly two-thirds of the public are fully vaccinated, but the british prime minister says that the nation can't simply revert to life as it was before covid. >> it is absolutely vital that we proceed now with caution. and i cannot say this emphatically enough. this pandemic is not over. this disease, coronavirus, continues to carry risks for you and your family. >> rescue crews are searching for survives of a deadly hospital fire in iraq, it is believed that the fire started after oxygen tanks exploded in an icu treating covid patients. the fire is now out, but at least 64 people were killed and 50 critically injured. iraq's president blames the tragedy on corruption and
mismanagement. jomana karedsheh is joining me with more. what more are you learning about this tragedy? >> reporter: well, what we understand from local officials is that this fire broke out at a hospital south of baghdad late last night when it was packed with covid-19 patients and family members as iraq is going through its worst wave of the pandemic so far. as you mentioned, the least 64 people have been confirmed kill, more than 50 others injured. the number of those killed could rise officials are warning because many of those injured are in critical condition. the prime minister has ordered an investigation into the fire, but local health officials are saying that it started as a result of an oxygen tank exploding, the interior ministry
saying that it broke out at the isolation unit in the hospital, 20 caravans made of an extremely flammable material caught fire and it spread to the rest of the hospital. the prime minister has suspended the local health official, director of the hospital, civil defense official pending this investigation. he is dispatching a high level govent delegation. but iraqis have heard it all before. this is pretty much an identical incident to what we saw happen in baghdad less than three months ago where more than 8 0 people were killed in that fire. people are in shock, they are angry, they are simply fed up. we saw that anger spill into the streets outside the hospital late last night, hundreds of people gathered calling for a revolution. the situation in iraq, the poor living conditions, the lack of basic services, the endemic
corruption and mismanagement has driven iraqis out to the streets before. and you heard even the iraqi president now blaming this on corruption and mismanagement. so we'll have to wait and see if this will trigger anymore of these protests because people are angry. yet another tragedy and again the iraqi people who are paying the price. >> y jomana karedsheh, many thanks. just ahead, how governments in havana and washington are blaming each other for unrest in cuba. plus surprising new details about some of the suspects involved in haiti's presidential assassination. oils into a mist. essential to awaken your home with an experience you can see, smell, and feel. it's air care, redefined. air wick essential mist. connect to nature.
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disruptions. at least 100 protestors and independent journalists have been detained. patrick on thppmann has more. >> reporter: the protests quickly turned violence. demonstrator tos pelted patrol cars with stones and police forcibly arrested scores of people.tos pelted patrol cars with stones and police forcibly arrested scores of people. repression this woman said, all we have is repression. counterprotestors organized by the government tried to shout them down. some chanting that they are fidel castro. but castro died in 2016 and his brother raul retired in april. now the job of managing cuba's worst crisis in a generation falls to their hand pick successor who called the protestors criminals.
they stoned the police force, damaged cars, he said, a behavior that is completely vulgar, completely indecent. tensions have been building for months in cuba over increased sanctions first imposed by the trump administration. the pandemic has wounded an already damaged economy. the number of covid-19 cases surge. cuba's food crisis appears to be getting worse and worse as the pandemic goes on longer and longer. the people here say they don't want to be waiting hours in these lines, but they feel the choice they have is run the risk of getting infected or going hungry. the biden administration rn with aed the cuban government not to track down on the protestors. >> we call on the government of cuba to refrain from violence, their attempts to silence the voice of the people. >> reporter: but after a day of angry clashes, that warning may have already fallen on deaf
ears. pat contrick oppmann, cnn, hava. >> and the protests caught the pro castro government by surprise and some u.s. politicians believe the unrest could be an opportunity for real change in cuba. >> is this an incredible historic i think set of protests. it is beyond havana. but it is different parts of the island that are in protest and this is the frustration of years of a regime whose policies ultimately do not allow the cuban people to realize their hopes and dreams and have a better life. and covid has only gone ahead as in our own country we saw the inequities that was created -- that was shown by covid to exist. and in cuba, the failure of the
regime to deal with covid has only shown the greater consequences that the cuban people are facing at large. and so it is a historic moment, a time for the united states and others in the world to give echo to the pride of the cuban people and to create an opportunity for them to realize change in their own country. >> should note that senator menendez is could you ban american and head of the senate foreign relations committee.ban american and head of the senate foreign relations committee. and a hey thaitian man repoy living in florida was arrested sunday. according to police, he arrived in haiti last month to organize a group of 28 mercenaries who carried out the attack. and now we're learning that several of those suspects have ties to u.s. law enforcement.
evan perez explains. >> reporter: at least one of the men arrested by haitian authorities in the assassination of the country's president previously worked as an informant for dea. jovenel moise was killed in an operation that involved at least 28 people. many hired through a florida based security company. in response to questions from cnn, the dea said at times one of the suspects in the assassination of moise owing was a a confidential source. the suspect reached out to contacts at the dea. a dea official urged the suspect to surrender to local authorities and along with the u.s. state department official provided information to the haitian government that assisted in the surrender and arrest of the suspect and one other individual. the dea says that they are aware
that some assassins yelled dea at the time of the attack but none were operating on its behalf. others also had u.s. ties including as working for informants against the fbi. the fbi says that it doesn't comment on informants except to say that it uses lawful sources to collect intelligence as part of it investigation. it is not clear that they willingly participated in the assassination plot or were aware of the mission. evan perez, cnn, washington. still ahead here on cnn newsroom, nearly three weeks since the condo collapse in surfside, florida, crews are getting closer to where the building's failures likely began. plus -- you take running water for granted. i'll never take it for granted depend. >> some californians have been
death toll in the surfside, florida condo collapse has risen to 94 people. all about 11 of those victims have been identified. crews have been working around the clock for nearly three weeks now combing the rubble for victims and searching for clues about what caused the building to come down. leyla santiago has the latest. >> reporter: search teams have been able to get down into the
garage area, and that is important because several engineers have told cnn that according to what they have seen on the video of the collapse, it appears that the failures began in the structure's foundation. so getting into that garage could be very insightful for the investigation that is trying to answer what went wrong here. now, regarding the teams, we know that they have sent home virginia task force 1, so that is 80 people no longer assisting here on that debris pile. we have seen heavy machinery still at work pulling out cars and towing them away, so we know the work continues. and officials are promising that the work will continue here until every single victim is brought home to their loved ones. they are being very strategic and methodical and targeted in how they search even at times collecting personal belongings. >> when they found a business card in the debris that listed
the occupation of the card older as an artist, they as a result of that clue began looking around and found paintings in the area of which they were able to pull out and preserve for the family. >> reporter: here is a thing about those personal belongings, that is now evidence in the investigation. again, collected, tagged and sent off for detectives to look through. so at this point it remains unclear as to when families may be able to see those cherished items again. leyla santiago, cnn, surfside, florida. authorities in oregon are urging residents in some areas to evacuate immediately due to raging wildfires. up and down the west coast firefighters are battling dozens of blazes, the boot leg fire in oregon is burning out of control. and crews don't expect to have it contained until late
november. meanwhile, california wildfires have already burned more than three times as much land this year than in 2020 when the state recorded its worst fire season ever. experts warn severe drought and human induced climate change is making the fire season even longer. so for more on this, we want to turn to meteorologist tyler mauldin joining us. one of those fires won't be contained until late november is this that is incredible about. >> nuts isn't it. we havehave 137 active large wildfires and nearly 2 million acres scorched. on average in the last ten years we typically see about three. so we're well on our way to surpassing that. could we see another record wildfire season across parts of the west? certainly possible.
9 wi 94% of the west is under a drought. and we've had record heat since about june 12. and since june 12, we have seen more than 6,000 daily records either tied or broken. and nearly 900 monthly records tied or broken. and we've also seen more than 300 all-time record temperatures set since june 12. so that drought plus the record heat, that is what has led to these fires just popping up all over the place out west. now, the heat is beginning to wain. it will still be hot. some areas it will feel like it is above 100, other areas it will actually be 100 degrees if not. 108 in palm springs. salt lake city, you will be at 100. but it will begin to cool down as we get to thursday. we'll be at 96.
as the above average heat starts to wain here, it starts to pop up here in the northern plains. you will get in the mix. and what we could really use, not only a cooldown, but also some rain. unfortunately in oregon and california, it doesn't look like that we'll get much in the way of rain anytime soon. the big storms will be set up over the four corner, we have the monsoon storms address out toward the east coast of the u.s. today. >> unbelievable. tyler mauldin keeping a close eye on all of that weather activity, many thanks. the heat with an ongoing drought is leaving some in california without running water. and stephanie elam visited one family whose water supply has quite literally dried up. >> there are seven of us living in the house and we've had no water for a month now. >> reporter: for the boylan family, the drought is hitting
home. >> you still walk over to turn on the faucet and you realize oh, yeah, no water. >> reporter: lack of running water makes the simplest of routines challenging. especially as temperatures rise above 100 degrees. >> our neighbor who has a house across the street with no one living in it said that we can use his hose out front to fill our water bucket. >> reporter: all this because the well at their came cal home literally ran dry. the result of the droughts. >> it went to being gone overnight. >> reporter: by a stroke of luck, they came across self help enterprises which helps residents get the water they need. >> it is a 2500 tank and they can resume household activities. >> reporter: and they are not the only ones. across the state's central valley, wells are drying out, drawing up demand. the family is on a nine months
waiting list to drill a new deeper well. how early during the year did the calls start to come in for the need for water. >> 40% more calls in march and then april we were pretty much full. >> reporter: and in fact california just recorded its lowest rainfall year since records began in 1895. and it is not just homeowners. even towns are being forced to drill deeper to find water. >> we expect to go to the faucet and there is water. but there isn't, it is a shock. >> reporter: frank says that this early june, 700 or so easies were left high and dry for about two weeks after the town's well failed. and now they are relying on these four massive above ground tanks that get refilled daily. each holds 10,000 gallons of crucial h2o. a quarter of america's food is produced hire in the central valley with 80% of california's
water supply going to agriculture. so with the lack of rain, growers are relying heavily on ground water pumped from across the region to ire rigate their crops. and he says the giant agriculture machine is a necessity. >> they have to have the fooded a and the work. >> reporter: and this much dryness so early in the summer doesn't bode well. >> we expect a lot more wells to go dry both for communities and private wells. >> reporter: as for the laura boylan, she was awash with emotions as the tank arrived. >> the tank installer called this morning and it was overwhelming. this sounds like heaven. i can't even imagine, we'll actually be able to shower tonight. you take running water for granted. i'll never take it for granted again. >> reporter: stephanie elam,
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territory. the government denies that claim and insists that there will be no take skroover by the taliban. >> to achieve pieace, there are would parties, afghan government and people are resolute to see a peaceful return to afghanistan. and so that we can live peacefully moamong others. but if the taliban wish to continue to fight this, then there will be no chose but to continue and defend our country and hopefully bring peace. >> the top u.s. commander in afghanistan is stepping down as part of the u.s. withdrawal. and he is warning about the risk of civil war as he leaves his post. >> one of the u.s. military officers who has had the opportunity to speak with the taliban. and i've told them, independent
it is important that the military sides set the conditions for a peaceful and political settlement in afghanistan. we can all see the violence that is taking place across the country, but we know that with that violence, that what is very difficult to achieve is a political settlement. >> battlefield atrocities are another threat to a political settlement. video obtained by cnn shows one horrific incident from june in northern afghanistan and we warn you, our report from anna coren contains some graphic content. >> reporter: after two hours of heavy fighting, all ammunition spent, afghan commanders walk out with hands in the air. surrender, commander, surrender, yells a taliban member. but the ruehe rules of war don't
on this battlefield. [ gunfire ] seconds later more than a dozen members of the elite special forces have been executed. the red cross confirmed the bodies of 22 commandos were retrieved. a villager pleads with the taliban to stop shooting. cnn has spoken to five eyewitnesses to this massacre, which occurred last month in a district in northern afghanistan. all confirm these events took place. the commanders called for air and ground support but none came, says this local resident. and then they surrendered but the taliban just shot them. among the dead, 32-year-old commando azimi, son of a retired afghan general. this born leader did his
military training in the united states and was due to marry next month. his father says that he tried to call in air support during the attack, but it never came. anyone would be angry if it happened to their son, he tells me. why didn't they support the operation and why did someone tell the tell ban they were coming? ever since the u.s. announced its withdrawal, an emboldened taliban has launched offenses across the country. the militants have gone to great lengths to show that they are accepting the surrender of a began troops, but that pr effort is contradicted by the commando execution. a week before the massacre, this video was taken of a began special forces in the same district attempting a clearing operation. when that mission proved unsuccessful, his unit was called in. the taliban said when foreigners
leave, they will stop fighting and make peace. how long will they continue killing our brothers in this country? eyewitnesses say that they did not understand the language spoken by the militants. evidence the fighters weren't local or that some may have come from outside afghanistan. and just last week, the red cross says that it collected at least two dozen more bodies of a be began -- afghan commandcommando. president biden says he believes in the capability of aafghan fo. but when they are dying in such high numbers, many people in this traumatized country are questioning if the military can defeat the taliban on its own. these young afghan warriors stretched thin and dying at an a alarming rate, and now the last line of national defense. without u.s. troop support or intelligence, they alone are
fighting for this country's survival. anna coren, cnn, kabul. new details on the violence and looting in south africa, the country's military has been deployed after days of protests sparked by former president jacob zuma's imprisonment. david mckenzie is joining us live now. so earlier when we spoke, looting was going on behind you with no police or military presence. so what is the situation right now? >> reporter: as you can see behind me, there is a group of south african soldiers patrolling the streets. this area where we are now has been looted extensively. the military was deployed by south africa's president because he said that there needs to be calm restored. but as we saw earlier, extensive looting going on, no police in sight. people just acting with im
impunity. you can see that the police and military are in the area thousand. so some level of calm is restored. but striking to see military out on the streets trying to restore pin order. south africa's president has said that they need to act decisively, but the evidence hasn't been there this morning in terms of widespread looting in several parts of this country. and the destruction, at least a dozen people killed, it all stemmed originally from the arrest of a former president jacob s ja jacob zooszuma. but they have taken advantage of the chaos. and it took very little to light a spark to have general chaos through major cities in south africa. you know there, are people trying to pick up the pieces
this morning, but this is not over. there is tell looting going on in parts of the coastline and here in johannesburg, we witnessed it in several parts of the city. whether military that you see behind me with actually make some impact remains to be seen. >> david mckenzie joining us from johannesburg, appreciate it. sometitime for a short brea when we come back, how england is responding to the ugly incidents of racism after their loss in the euro 2020 final.
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italy. one of the three learning monday that mural honoring him had been defaced, this after his penalty miss that decided the final. police investigating the matter. but then later that same day an outpouring of love and support displayed on that very same mural, the 23-year-old tweeting i can take critique of my performance all day long beut i will never apologize for who i am and where i came from. meantime, tournament win ners italy enjoyed a scaled down parade. thousands getting out to cheer on their heros who are celebrating their second euro title. and the men's basketball team losing again following defeat to nigeria. the americans beaten this time by australia. the u.s. play argentina tonight hoping to avoid a third straight loss. and that is the latest this tuesday.
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