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challenged. they knew it was b.s. all along. >> so all the trump supporters who have still been duped need to face the fact they have been lied to by the trump administration. >> john avalon, thank you very much. >> thank you. >> wonderful reality check there. cnn's coverage continues right now. ♪ ♪ very good tuesday morning to you. i'm jim sciutto. >> good morning, everyone. i'm poppy harlow. overnight a texas standoff over voting rights has made it to washington this morning. at least 50 texas house democrats have left the state in a dramatic effort to block new voting restrictions being pushed through the legislature by republicans. their kpexodus is part of an effort to break quorum. when texas reconvenes less than two hours from now, instead of taking part in this special legislative session in texas, they're in the nation's capitol.
they are working to meet with members of the senate, particularly senate democrats to do more to address voting rights and to address the filibuster. >> yeah, they're not satisfied with the white house efforts to date. once they do return to texas, these lawmakers could be welcomed back by state troopers if governor greg abbott gets his way. >> as soon as they come back in the state of texas, they will be arrested, they will be cabined inside the texas capitol until they get their job done. >> president biden says that he is taking the issue head-on. he is expected to layout the moral case for voting rights in a major speech in philadelphia later today. he will also launch a pressure campaign to combat efforts by republican-led state legislatures to restrict access to the ballot. can he get laws passed? cnn's diane gallagher joins us from outside the hotel where they are staying. you need a minimum of lawmakers present to pass legislation.
it will officially break in a couple of hours when the texas statehouse reconvenes. i mean, how long can they do this, and what's the texas governor going to do about it? >> reporter: well, look, the texas governor can't do anything while they're here. that was the whole point of leaving the state, because he does have power over these lawmakers if they remained in texas. and so that was kind of the point on getting on those private planes, flying out, and d.c. was very intentional. in a few moments you're probably going to see some of these lawmakers leave their hotel behind me, they're going to get on buses and go to capitol hill. they'll hold a press conference there. what they are hoping to do is meet with democratic lawmakers about passing federal voting rights legislation. how long can they do this? well, look, the idea is to stay out for the remainder of this 30-day session. but the governor has vowed to make this hard for them, and has threatened them upon arrival back home in the lone star state.
>> in addition to that, however, i can and i will continue to call special session after special session after special session all the way up until election next year. and the so if these people want to be hanging out wherever they're hanging out on this taxpayer-paid junket, they're going to have to be prepared to do it well over a year. as soon as they come back to the state of texas, they will be arrested. they will be cabined inside the texas capital until they get their job done. >> reporter: now, look, the lawmakers point out that they're not going to be charged with any crimes. they haven't committed a crime. technically, they may be arrested, but they're going to be detained, really, if that were to happen. but these democratic lawmakers, jim and poppy, they told me they're in this for the long haul. representative trey martinez fisher when asked how long they could do this, whether it's one session or ten sessions, we are going to stick this out but they need federal intervention and they are in the minority in
texas. >> diane gallagher, thank you for all that reporting in washington. let me bring in state texas representative garnett coleman, he serves as the chair of the state's legislative group caucus also served in the state legislature 30 years. good morning, sir. thanks for your time. >> you're welcome. good morning to you. >> so, where does this ultimately get the people of texas? >> well, what it does is, number one, it shows that we are concerned about their rights. and when the supreme court struck down section 5 of the voting rights act, it changed everything. and so these bills that are being pushed through the house and the senate would actually take those rights and the ability to cast the vote and make it harder to do, particularly with the poll watchers and the polls creating intimidation with voters. >> so, the john lewis voting rights act which does have some republican support. doesn't look like enough with
the filibuster -- would basically replace what was lost in section 5 in holder v. clarence. to your critics, including the governor obviously of texas, here's what he said. he said what you guys are doing, the group that has left the state of texas and gone to washington, says in netflix harm on the very texans who elected them to serve. and then he says it leaves these issues undone, sir. property tax relief, funding to support sheriffs and law enforcement, funding for children in foster care, and funding for retired teachers. i wonder what your response is to him. >> my response is, please, those aren't even on the agenda for this special session, unless he just put them on today. this special session, the call was for voter suppression legislation, for making every criminal offense have to have a
cash bond. that's what's on the agenda. in the senate, the agenda is looking at transgendered youth and whether they should play sports with the gender that they were born with. i mean, this is their agenda. and the other is abortion. so, i mean, we're not holding up anything. >> one question is where does this end, right? some of your fellow lawmakers who booked hotel rooms for 30 days in washington, but the governor has said, look, his words were i'm going to call special session after special session after special session. he's threatened you guys with arrests when you come back. and you specifically, you've done this before. 2003, in order to oppose the redistricting law, right? you guys went to oklahoma. then you went to new mexico. governor rick perry, then, just kept calling special sessions.
ultimately the law got passed. so i wonder if there is a lesson in that. does it indicate that you can't really prevent this in the minority, you can just delay it? >> well, what we are really doing is putting left pressure and leveraging elected officials in washington, d.c. and i think the governor doesn't like that, because they pass, enact a bill in the senate that we established as pieces of the voting rights act, it's to his detriment. and that's why he's going to make it more difficult, particularly for people of color to vote. in georgia, obviously the justice department is suing georgia because of what's happened there. the severity of that bill. so, this is something that is not just texas. there are 14 other states that passed bills that keep people from getting to the ballot box
in the way they could two years ago. >> i hear you. this is not just texas, what's going on right now. i will say in your state, this new version of sb-1 and hr-3, these bills, do take out some of the things that many of your fellow democrats saw as the most egregious in terms of restricting voting, right? it takes away -- you no longer have that provision that would limit sunday voting. and it also strips away the process that made it easier for a judge to overturn the results of an election without as high a threshold or proof. what is it specifically that you oppose in these two bills now? >> i can tell you this. when the justice department sued georgia, those came right out. that's what i'm saying. still a bad bill because, first of all, we had 24-hour voting in 2020, and that allowed people who work late, who work other jobs to go and vote at any time
on the last day of the election. why can't we have curbside voting? we have curbside liquor. >> let me ask you this finally. and this is a question that was raised last night by my colleague chris cuomo on this network. a point he made to your fellow texas representative claudia perez. he said, you guys are the minority party in the texas legislature. you're going to washington to plead with lawmakers to get rid of a legislative filibuster because of minorities in congress, they are using it to block movement on voting rights. his point was, are you not asking on a federal level to do away with a similar or same tool, essentially, that you are using right now? as a minority in texas? i wonder what you say to that. >> well, what i would say is the republicans did it on judicial nominees. they got rid of the filibuster rule for trump's judicial nominees. they seemed to not care about
the filibuster rule then when they were in the majority. so, you know, these are things, tools that people use at the moment. when i led with two other members, pete gallego in ardmore, oklahoma, we were thinking about our constituents in making sure the redistricting bill at the time was affecting the congress, was not passed. so these are the types of things that members do. i think it shows our constituents that we're serious. if anybody thinks that the bar is low for representing your constituents, we just raised it. and that's what's important, that they know that we're fighting for them and their ability to cast a vote for the person of their choice, and not have the rules changed in the middle of the game. >> texas state democratic
representative garnett coleman, i appreciate your time this morning. thank you. >> my pleasure. thank you very much. well, as those texas democrats make the case to congress to enact federal voting rights protections, president biden is heading today to philadelphia to make what the white house is calling a moral case for protecting voting rights in a big speech. the speech comes as republican-controlled legislatures in 17 states identified there have passed 28 restrictive new voting laws, all predicated, we should note, on the big lie that the 2020 election was stolen. that's the justification you're hearing in many of these legislatures. arlette saenz at the white house. arlette, i'm curious. it's a big speech for the president. he's going to make a moral case for voting rights. will he detail a plan for pushing back against these, particularly for passing legislation, voting rights legislation through congress? >> reporter: well, president biden today is planning to use the power of the bully pulpit to try to relay this message for
why protecting voting rights is so important. the white house has really framed this as a moral imperative that the country needs to pursue. and one white house official this morning was specifically saying that the president would call out those efforts in republican-led states to enact voting changes. the white house -- the president would say they reflect the most egregious attempts to harm the integrity of our democracy since the civil war. the president is expected to push back in that as he delivers those remarks, remarks that he's been promising for weeks in philadelphia a little bit later this afternoon. now, the white house has said that this will really be part of a pressure campaign to try to drive some type of action. one thing that the president is also expected to talk about is putting together this coalition, including activists and advocates, really trying to combat what they are calling an unamerican trend against voting
rights. and one issue here is that while the president is engaging in this public pressure campaign, it is still unclear what can happen without federal action, as right now voting rights is just completely stalled up on capitol hill. >> arlette saenz, it's an important speech. we're going to be watching it and bring everyone live coverage. thanks very much. still to come this hour, will we need booster shots of the coronavirus vaccine sometime in the future, like you have, for instance, with flu vaccines? pfizer says yes for a booster of its vaccine. the surgeon general says the company's data is part of a, quote, larger puzzle, in effect saying we don't know for sure. we're going to discuss next. plus new details following the dramatic chase in the dramatic assassination of haiti's president. we'll show you step-by-step how they followed the attackers. it is a remarkable report. we'll be live in port-au-prince.
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correspondent elizabeth cohen is with us this morning. good morning, elizabeth. there's been so much it seems like back and forth on this and i'm so confused. we cover this every day. >> good morning, poppy, good morning, jim. i can basically explain it in one sentence. you do not need a booster shot now of a covid-19 vaccine, but you might in the future. so, dr. vivek murthy, the surgeon general and dr. fauci said the meeting they had with pfizer went well, and they say that, what i just said, may not need -- we may need them in the future, but we don't need them now. let's take a look at a statement from the department of health and human services which lays it out quite plainly. so, the statement says, at this time fully vaccinated americans do not need a booster. the vaccines available now offer a very high degree of protection. the administration is prepared for booster doses if and when the science demonstrates that they are needed. so, pfizer can apply for emergency use authorization if they want to, but the fda is
going to consider, do we really need them. i will add one caveat here, which is that there are americans who are immune compromised and you know if you're one of them. you're taking a drug that suppresses your immune system. maybe you had an organ transplant. you might benefit from a third vaccine. for the rest of us, it is not needed now. poppy, jim? >> you gather data over time. elizabeth cohen, thanks. with us now associate professor of medicine at emory university. dr. varkey, good to have you back on. dr. fauci says nothing has really changed, this after yesterday's meeting between identifieser and federa pfizer and federal health officials. do you think pfizer is ahead of the game given how much we know about the necessity of a booster shot? we may reach that point, right? >> good morning, jim. i think you and elizabeth summarized it well.
the take-home message is at this time, there is no compelling scientific data to suggest that fully vaccinated people need a booster right now. that but that could change in the future, but that decision should be guided by science. i can imagine a scenario where we have to give boosters across the board, older adults or those with medical conditions. that should be guided by science. i look forward to reviewing the pfizer data when it is published in a peer reviewed medical journal. but until then, part of the reason i'm interested in the data, full disclosure, my wife volunteered for one of the boosters. she had it in april. it's volunteers like her and tens of thousands of volunteers like her that will be able to advance the knowledge and be able to make informed decisions. >> how do you know, then -- your wife is part of the study so they're studying it.
would they see a significant material of the amount of the population that has been fully vaccinated getting sick again with covid? >> yes. >> and how severely sick? there are hardly any cases of people getting a covid vaccine and getting seriously ill from covid. >> no, poppy, you nailed it. i think that we will see signals. absolutely one of the metrics we're looking at -- we're looking at it at my hospital at emoryie. when we see vaccinated patients are we seeing vaccinated patients getting breakthrough infections. to date we are not. every patient that gets hospitalized unfortunately are still dying of covid. at my hospital and hospitals across the country are unvaccinated. if we saw a signal to suggest that fully vaccinated people are actually getting sick with covid, then that could be one trigger to suggest that we may need to actually implement a booster. that's why this process should actually play out. we'll be better prepared if and when we get to that point. >> the numbers off the charts, more than 99% of covid deaths in
june based on cnn's accounting. we were among the unvaccinated. 99.2% was the figure there. i do want to ask you, there is a new fda warning regarding the j&j, the johnson & johnson vaccine over a possible increased risk of a rare neurological complication known as geonbarre syndrome. dr. gupta said you have a higher chance of getting this syndrome from getting the flu as compared to being vaccinated. i wonder where you stand on this. listen, you do studies and trials and sometimes you find even rare potential side effects here. does this change the way you look at this vaccines? >> i think the take-home message, jim, is that -- and i think the key question is do the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risk. the answer is yes, absolutely. the syndrome, gbs, as you said
is a rare disorder. it was first described 100 years ago, long before covid, long before covid vaccination. we actually see gbs as a complication of certain infections caused by bacteria viruses, including covid. at emoryie, we see patients with gbs as a complication of covid. so from my standpoint, i think that the fda actions should be seen as evidence of the system working. when vaccines are administered, we have multiple different systems in place to monitor for safety. so in this case the fda matd the correct decision to share this information with the medical community and with the general public. so my take home is that another important thing to remember is that over 300 million doses of the pfizer and moderna product have been administered in the united states with no association of gbs. so, again, for your viewers who are unvaccinated, please talk to your doctor, an expert that you trust, because really all of us have actually chosen not just to
vaccinate ourselves but our families. there is a vaccine reserved for you at your pharmacy and it's not too late to get t. >> doctors are getting vaccinated. not a bad measure of confidence in this thing. >> dr. varkey, thank you. >> thank you, poppy, jim. coming up, several minen involved in the assassination of haiti's president were involved in united states police. how they tracked them down. we are also awaiting the opening bell. futures dropping slightly after a record high close for the s&p 500. that positive news seeming to indicate americans comfortable. banks out. we got a key inflation metric that is concerning ma may be holding markets down this morning. stay with us.
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this is a dea operation outside the president's home just before the agency says none of the attackers, though, to be clear were operating on its behalf in this assassination. cnn's matt rivers is in port-au-prince haiti. matt, you got pretty incredible access here to walk through exactly how this attack unfolded. but also how the authorities caught them. walk us through it all. >> reporter: yeah, we had one key source here in haiti, jim and poppy, who has a lot of knowledge over exactly what happened in the 36 hours after this assassination took place. within that 36-hour time period, a group of 26 colomb$26 colombid mercenaries, two americans, the majority were declared dead or were detained. let's pickup our investigation with what happened after the convoy carrying that group left the presidential residence. as the convoy traveled down the road, a roadblock was ready.
heavily armed security forces would not let them pass without a fight. arriving and seeing they couldn't go any further, the convoy stops, part of which you can see here. our source says the suspects jumped out and saw this building across the road. they raced toward it, immediately taking the stairs to the second floor. it's in this building that these alleged mercenaries will begin defending themselves. at the same time they're coming in here defending themselves. haitian authorities are making a crucial decision. they know these attackers have limited food, ammunition and no power. so they essentially decide to wait them out. 12 hours later after baking in 90-plus degree heat, authorities throw tear gas in front of the building. the colombians inside eventually send out four people including this man, one of two haitian americans whom authorities have detained.
he is joined by the other haitian american and two haitian hostages, a pair of police officers who were at the president's house. according to our source, at some point during the negotiations, a group of the colombians still here come out of this building and start heading up this hill on the backside of the building. and eventually they make their way to a seemingly strange destination. just about 100 meters up the hill from the building lies the taiwan embassy. our source thinks the colombians went there because it wasn't an easy place for police to enter, given its diplomatic immunity. in order to get all the way here to the embassy, though, they had to walk through a pretty residential neighborhood. and according to our source, someone tipped off authorities that this group of heavily-armed men was here. when they arrived at the embassy, they found a largely empty building except for two security guards whom they tied up. security forces quickly surrounded the embassy, and then turned their attention back to the building below where they believed a few suspects
remained. it was time to go in. a small assault team went in on the ground floor and were met with fierce fire that you can hear, from the handful of colombians that were still inside. the hour-long fire fight scattered window, concrete ceilings and walls, in the end the government says at least three colombians died in the fighting. the next day, with taiwan's permission, authorities went into the embassy. our source says authorities checked cctv cameras and found nearly a dozen kilocolombians i room who ended up giving up without more fighting. nearly a half dozen still haven't been found. now, jim and poppy, we have been talking over the last few days, of course, about one of the things people are asking here in haiti, well, how was this convoy able to leave the presidential residence so easily. the source we were talking to said the reason why that convoy was allowed to leave is because at the time security forces didn't know that the president
had been killed. they thought that the president might have just been kidnapped, and so they had to wait until they could confirm that he was assassinated. that is why they set up the trap further down the road to catch these guys. but, according to our source, initially they didn't go in because they didn't know whether the president was dead or alive. >> goodness. what a remarkable chain of events. amazing it could happen at all. matt rivers in port-au-prince, thanks so much. joining me now to discuss what this means, cnn national security analyst juliet time, former assistant secretary at the dhs. julia, good to have you. the fact this kind of operation can happen, leave a president dead there, they can run through neighborhoods, take refuge in the taiwanese embassy there. what does this say about stability in haiti, and is that a threat to u.s. national security? >> looking at it through the lens of u.s. national security is key. there are humanitarian reasons to get more involved than what president biden has promised so
far. but we have two key interests here. americans it appears were involved in the assassination of a president. regardless of his politics, regardless if he was worthy of it, that is a strong criminal offense. the other is that the colombian recruitment by dea agents or dea agents recruiting colombians and the potential involvement of a florida-based security company violates u.s. laws. and so the dea is going to have to do a scrub in terms of who they had, what were they paying them, were they still on the payroll. there is some reporting from cnn that one of the informants actually called the dea during this couple-day period. so we need to figure out what involvement the u.s. had in terms of -- not knowledge, but in terms of just who this guy was. >> i mean, a lot of people work as informants, good and bad people, right? >> right, exactly. >> what's the significance of the fact that they were
informants for the dea, what kind of folks, for instance, might be in that category? >> right. not good people. let's just make that clear. most informants from the colombian drug trade would be bad people, but they are less bad than worse people. so what we want to find out from these informants, what were they delivering -- what kind of information were they delivering to the dea that may actually expose who funded this group. here's the amazing thing about our reporting, is they go in, they assassinate a president and his wife. they have no exit strategy, presumably, to get out of the country. you know, they didn't think they would be followed. and so the fact that they all stayed together strikes me as very, very novice. you would not keep 20-plus people together. and so someone funded them. someone may not have cared if they got out. they may have been true mercenaries that were put up by a larger scheme, and that may be what we can get from these informants or what the dea may have. >> so right now, beyond the fact that you could have such a brazen assassination, i mean,
that speaks to the instability in the country. you now have competing, you know, governments, in effect, in haiti. multiple people claiming to lead. is instability there a sufficient national security interest to the u.s. to prompt, in your view, intervention? >> no. i mean, in my mind, and i don't think the united states should do that, at least not militarily. i thought it was telling that the biden administration sent down the fbi and dhs. those represent either the investigation or in dhs's for reasons, our immigration. we should worry about a mass migration if there is political instability. we've seen that before from haiti. it's dangerous to haitians. and it is obviously something that we don't want at our maritime borders. i was involved with the haiti earthquake response. we did not see a mass migration on that and that was because we sent about 20,000 u.s. troops to stabilize water and food supply. we're not seeing that yet in
haiti. i think the sort of provision still exists, so we need to let the haitians be haitians, be haiti, that they have to decide their future. look, south of this border, the graveyards are filled with people who, let's just say the graveyards are filled with america's sense of good intention. so we need to be careful of military involvement. >> juliet kaim, we'll continue to watch the situation there closely. thanks very much. >> thanks. and we'll be right back.
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as the white house prepares to address an ongoing assault on voting rights in this country, we are getting a better understanding of the origins of former president trump's big lie. boy, it started early. >> it did. a new book from reporters at the washington post gives us a fascinating look, a troubling look inside the election night at the white house. the title, "i alone can fix it," let's talk with political commentator charlie dent. currently the executive director of the aspen institute congressional program. congressman, it's good to have you. let me read you and our viewers part of this book, the excerpts out this morning. here is one. it's screen 3 if we can pull it up in the control room. after awhile rudy giuliani
started to cause a commotion. he was telling other guests he had come up with a strategy for trump and was trying to get into the president's private quarters to tell him about it. some people thought giuliani may have been drinking too much and suggested to step in, that he go to the former new york mayor. well, just say we won, giuliani told them. same thing in pennsylvania. just say we won pennsylvania, giuliani said. giuliani's grand plan was to just say trump won state after state based on nothing. meadows thought his argument was both incoherent and irresponsible. shocking, but not surprising. and now very consequential, given the insurrection. >> yeah, poppy. when lying is normalized, sadly it started at the top with president trump, i mean, these kinds of things are going to occur. and the consequence, of course, is that now our fellow citizens can't agree on facts, and the casualty is the truth. but when leaders lie or enable
lying, this is the kind of thing that happens. and it's truly tragic that we are having these conversations, that our country is so divided. our democratic process is being undermined. the election by many of our citizens is considered to be illegitimate. it was not. it's because leaders are lying about it. and here is just more proof of that based on that transcript from the book. >> there is another story in here about trump's own campaign manager trying to explain to him that, yes, early in-person voting counts will likely favor him, but that mail-in voting, which was counted later, would likely in many states swing the results to joe biden. but president trump either not wanting to hear that, not believing it or just wanted to create his own reality, of course, went on to claim that all those mail-in votes were fake. the trouble is these moments of
crazy now own the party, right, as you say. the majority of republicans believe the election was stolen. to run for office now as a republican, it seems you have to accept the big lie, right? you've seen a handful of republicans challenge that, cheney, kinzinger and others. most of the party is not. is there any way to turn this around for the party or does the party equal the big lie at this point? >> what has to happen now is there needs to be more support for the cheneys, the kinzingers, the peter uptons can and mitt romneys. and others who are pushing back hard. it is incumbent on those of us who are republican who don't buy into this madness. we have to push back. and, jim, you just mentioned, too, about how we knew on election night that trump might be ahead. i'm sitting here in philadelphia. president biden will be here later today. that's exactly what we saw here by a 3-1 margin, democrats voted by mail. those votes weren't counted till later. so, of course, those votes were
going to skew heavily democrat. and they did, and it changed the outcome. we knew this going into the election. it was predictable. and the fact that some folks -- the former president in particular, can't accept this is absolutely mind blowing. he's been in the snit now for since election day because republicans did extremely well in the election except for him. he's the one who lost. he was rejected, not other republicans. it's because of his inability to deal with this defeat that this country has been turned upside down. >> yeah, listen, with enormous effects for our democracy, right, in determines of confidence in it. charlie dent, we always appreciate you speaking the truth. thanks for coming on. >> thank you. thank you so much, jim. thank you, poppy. >> sure. ahead this hour, tragedy inside a covid i.c.u. unit at a hospital in iraq. look at those pictures there. dozens killed. we we're going to have the latest next .
this morning. health officials say at least 70 people there are dead, dozens more injured following a explosion an fire in an icu treating covid-19 patients. >> just one tragedy after another. joe mona joins us now. do we know what caused this explosion? is it possible the death toll rises? >> reporter: well, jim, it was a massive fire according to local health officials that started late on monday night at this hospital in the city to the south of baghdad.
and the hospital was packed at that time with covid-19 patients and family members. iraq is going through the third and worst wave of the pandemic. so far what caused it, the prime minister who ordered a high level investigation into the incident, but according to local health officials they believe it was an explosion of an oxygen tank that started this fire. and according to the interior ministry, they say that the fire started at this makeshift isolation area where they have caravans, about 20 caravans that are made from highly flammable material, they say, that caught fire and the fire just spread. now the iraqi prime minister has suspended local health officials and the hospital directors and others pending this investigation. the iraqi president and others blaming this on corruption and mismanagement. but iraqis have heard this all before. this is not an isolated incident. the tragedy here is that a very similar incident almost
identical happened in baghdad less than three months ago, where more than 80 people were killed in that hospital fire. so you can imagine how angry and fed up iraqis are right now. they are fed up with the excuses they're hearing from officials. what they really want right now is accountable and assurances this will not happen again. tragedy after tragedy and it is the iraqi people who always pay the price. jim and poppy. >> to believe almost the exact same thing happened three months ago, thank you very much. well voting rights in focus this morning in washington, d.c. as texas democrats plead on the the ground there with u.s. senators to protect voting rights across the country. martin luther king iii weighs in next. among my patients i often see them have teeth sensitivity as well as gum issues. does it worry me? absolutely. sensodyne sensitivity and gum gives us a dual action effect that really takes care of both our teeth sensitivity as well as our gum issues.
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it is the top of the hour. good morning, so glad you're with us this tuesday. i'm poppy harlow. >> and i'm jim sciutto. a political showdown over voting rights have turned into a game of catch me if you can. right now dozens of texas house democrats are in washington, d.c. after leaving texas by plane to block new voting restrictions being pushed by republicans. the move is part of a push to break quorum when the texas house reconvenes the special session in less than an hour. if you don't have enough legislators present you can't pass legislation. those texas democrats are hoping to speak with senate democrats who they want to do more t