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the white house announcing the first lady will participate in the opening ceremony alongside athletes. because of a surge in japan, spectators are banned. thank you for your time today. we pick up coverage right now. have a good day. hello. thank you for being with us. i'm ana cabrera. moments from now president biden heads to philadelphia about to deliver a major speech confronting the big lie in what he's calling authoritarian and anti-american voting restrictions. next hour's address meant to boost the for the people act currently languishing in the senate. he will deliver his remarks from the birthplace of american democracy as democracy itself faces unprecedented attacks from within. the republican party uniting around lies and false conspiracies about the 2020
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election and the capital attack. former president trump leading the charge dredging up tall tales about his election defeat as state republicans exploit the lie to pass new election laws. but today president biden plans to push back with his most forceful remarks yet, we're told. jeff zeleny is live at the white house for us now. what more are you learning about the president's speech? >> president biden will call the assault on voting rights the most serious threat on democracy since the civil war. and that certainly frames all of this conversation. he's going to be essentially trying to draw america's attention to this calling for students faith leaders, people of all political parties to rally behind the cause of voting rights. of course, he will be doing so at the national constitution center in philadelphia. as you said, the birthplace of democracy. he will be talking about how states across the country, some 17 states since november alone have passed new restrictive
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voting laws. of course, fuelled by the big lie. there's no question he'll be talking about the problem. the bigger challenge is what is the solution? we know, of course, this legislation has been stalled on congress. there are not the votes because of the 60 votes required in the senate because of the filibuster. i'm told one thing he is not going to do this afternoon, the president, is call for filibuster reform. this is something that he believes that a senate democrats have to work out on their own. senators have to work out on their own. that's the question. some civil rights leaders are really urging the president to more forcefully denounce the filibuster. but there are limitations to what the white house can do on this. what he is trying to do is certainly raise public concern and essentially rally support and troops for voting rights in this country. he calls it the cause of his presidency. but we'll see if it's enough for some of the civil rights leaders, of course. these state laws are happening all across the country and there are no federal laws to combat
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this. >> 17 states have already passed new legislation dealing with voter restrictions essentially. what do we know about the timing then of this speech? why now? >> the timing of this, the white house has been under a great deal of pressure to do more about this. and for the president to say more about this. to use this unparalleled bully pulpit, his megaphone to talk about the importance of voting rights. he had a meeting here last week at the white house with civil rights leaders. they urged him to do a public speech like this. be more public about the need for voting rights reform. that is why he's doing it. certainly feeling some pressure on this. but the reality is it's not the top of domestic priority. his economic agenda fighting covid also has taken the front seat here. but today he'll be talking about this, we're told, in the most forceful terms yet. >> we'll be listening. thank you, let's bring in the lawmaker who produced the for
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the people. congressman, thank you for being with us. you said the president plays a key role, a critical role. what does the president need to say today? >> the bully pulpit of the presidency is unsurpassed in the ability to lean in on these important issues of public policy. in this case, saving our democracy from the attacks that we're seeing across the country on the right to vote. so we very much hope to see the president leaning in hard on this, describing what the threat is. but also focusing attention on what the solution is. and we have a bill before the people act that can shut down about 90% of the mischief we're seeing when it comes to blocking people's access to the ballot box so we hope the president speaks to the importance of that legislation, and starts to reach out to capitol hill in a
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meaningful way to encourage legislators, lawmakers, senators, to do what it takes to get this across the finish line. >> your bill passed the house with zero republican support. it's already been batted down in the senate. 50 democrats, no republicans, move to debate this bill, but that wasn't enough to overcome because it needed 60 votes to get past the filibuster. some sufl rights leaders are saying if president biden doesn't take a stand against the filibuster in his speech, it would be an epic fail. do you agree? >> i think the president needs to address this issue of how we change the rules in the senate to get legislation that's this critical for our democracy across the finish line. and by the way, the republicans, you're right, have stood against this completely in a unified way, but they're misreading what's happening in the country, because when you do the polling out there about the legislation, you find that majorities of
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democrats, independents and republicans, support these changes. there's nothing controversial in the for the people act, because it's all these things that the public has been asking us to do for years. make it possible to exercise your freedom to vote in america. fix partisan gerrymandering. fight corruption of big money in washington. these are things the public wants to see. we can deliver on them. it is going to take some rules change in the senate, and i think having the president engage on that as someone who understands that institution probably better than any other person who has ever occupied the white house perhaps with the exception of linden johnson who also leaned in in 1964 and 1965, this president can play a really pivotal role. >> you just went through some of what's in this bill. before i get to republican criticism of it, i want to put a button on the question of the filibuster. do you see a path forward
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without getting rid of or at least amending the filibuster in the senate? >> i think that's very difficult to -- i mean, you've seen how the battle lines have been drawn. you have all 50 republicans who stood against this motion to proceed forward a few weeks back on this important bill. so that means democrats have to assemble themselves, have this very important conversation about how to change the rules to make sure that when it comes to something as fundamental as our democracy, we can achieve these changes with a simple up or down majority vote. >> republicans are uniformly opposed to the legislation saying it is federal overreach. that it's a partisan power grab. here's a sample of the criticism from some moderate republicans. >> s-1 would take away the rights of people in each of the 50 states to determine which election rules work best for
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their citizens. this is a bill that was introduced to enhance partisan messaging, not to enhance participation in our elections. you have the federal overall oversight. it ends up being a one size fits all mandate coming out of washington d.c. that in many cases doesn't work in a place like alaska. >> and senator pat toomey from the state where president biden is making the push for voting rights tweeted this. s-1 is a power grab that could nullify state voter i.d. laws, mandate public funding of political campaigns and transform the federal election commission into a partisan body empowered to limit free speech. this is a bad bill, he wrote. are they wrong? >> i think they are wrong. the fact of the matter is this is about the power of the american people, whether
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independents or democrats or republicans. they want to access the ballot box in a convenient and straightforward way every two years. that's what we're trying to deliver to them. and this bill would set broad standards across the country for how people can get registered and can access the ballot box, but it would definitely respect local election officials and the opportunity for states to develop their own way of reaching those standards. so this is not a power grabby any particular party. this is really the american people stepping up and saying we want to see our power reflected in the way elections are conducted across the country, and our power here means republicans, independents, democrats, citizens from all across this country who want to be able to exercise their fundamental right to vote in america without having to run an obstacle course every two years. that's all we're trying to achieve, and like i say, it's why there's nothing in this bill that's controversial. the only controversy is that
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it's taken us this long to get to point where we may be able to get it passed into law as representatives of the people, that's our responsibility, and that's going to be our focus in the coming weeks. >> i have a very short amount of time. quick answer if you will. if there's nothing controversial in it, why are republicans against it? >> well, you'd have to ask them. but i think they behaved in a very anti-democratic fashion over the last few years. we've seen it in the pasture they've adopted recently. but the american people, majorities of them across the board regardless of their political party, they want to see these changes. we're determined to deliver them. >> congressman john very sar banes, thank you for joining us. >> texas democrats are trying to fight back for the second time in as many months. they pulled off a maneuver to block gop election bills. it involves secret charter planes to d.c. and comes with the threat of arrest.
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diane gag ger has been tracking this fight for months. a short time ago the texas house voted to authorize arrest warrants. tell us what's going on. >> that's right. so essentially this morning when the texas state house reconvened, there were not enough members as expected present for a quorum. what there are enough members to do is file a motion to authorize the arrest of the members who were an september without excuse. essentially, they had the doors locked. they're on the floor and then the speaker authorized it. take a listen. >> members, the sergeants at harms are directed to send for all absentees whose attendance is not excused for the -- under warrant of arrest if necessary. >> what does this mean? look, ana, it doesn't have much impact if they're not within the state of texas because texas law
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enforcement doesn't have jurisdiction outside of the lone star state. but what it does mean is if they return to their home state, it is possible that there are going to be law enforcement members who can come, detain them, and bring them back to the state capitol and essentially force them to maintain their presence there as they go through state business. now, the governor said that he -- that's what he wants done, and he has also essentially threatened to play a game of chicken. we have a 30-day special session. and the members who have left have said they plan to stay out for that. the governor said he will call 30-day session after 30-day session until the election. and it's very difficult for them to stay out for that long. >> some of those lawmakers from texas are saying they realize they're just buying a little bit more time at this point. to the pandemic and the backtrack over face masks.
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hours after california issued a new rule banning unmasked students from school, state health officials are walking that rule back. it's a debate we're seeing play out across the in addition. we're on it. plus it's hard to make a financial comeback when the cost of living just spiked to its highest level in 13 years. how much more you're paying for just about everything. and they were trying to surrender. the taliban fighters execute the commandos any way. the disturbing images at the u.s. pulls out of the country.
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mask or no masks? that is the question. and the growing debate as
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schools across the country prepare for the upcoming school year. and the pressure to make a decision is playing out in california right now. cnn national correspondent on it for us. brin, what happened? >> yeah. the politicalization of mask wearing has been from day one of this pandemic. i was just shifting into the schools as districts are hoping to get every child back into their seats in classrooms. and in california, there was a lot of back and forth that happened just recently with the california department of health who said that no student k through 12 could enter a classroom if they didn't wear a mask. and they got a lot of pushback from parents and administrators. the governor heard it too. another tweet was sent that essentially said they're going to let individual school districts decide what they are going to mandate when it comes to masks in the classroom. now, this is something ma that is being echoed across the country. new jersey, neighbor to new york is saying districts are going to
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decide. there are many states in this country who are saying you can't mandate wearing a mask. seven of them at this point that we can count by cnn ease terms and honestly, t really been spurred by parents going to school board meetings, protesting in the streets that their schools, government officials, shouldn't be mandating if their kids, teachers, administrators are wearing masks in the classroom. and then there are different districts like what we're seeing here in new york city, the biggest school district in the sp entire country that says every student is going to wear a mask. and the mayor here made that mention yesterday, saying assume your child will wear a mask and maybe it will get updated soon. for now, that's the rule as they try to safely return to in classroom learning. >> thank you, bryn. she mentioned the seven states that are blocking covid-19 vaccine requirements. alabama, arkansas, florida, indiana, montana, oklahoma, and utah. let's discuss more now with a
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doctor who is an emergency medicine physician and medical director of baylor college of medicine. doctor, on this issue of masks in schools, from a medical perspective, are they necessary? >> well, we've seen recently in the last few weeks as a matter of fact, there have been several outbreaks linked to summer camps in texas, illinois, kansas among other states. so what's worrysomeis that this could potential by be a microcosm and preview of what's to come when schools open in the fall. there are multiple school districts in plenty of states that require childhood vaccines in order for children to come to school as a public health measure. wearing a mask in order to prevent coronavirus is along the same lines. >> there are also growing questions about whether vaccines should be mandated in certain places. take a listen to the surgeon general this morning. >> patients coming to the hospitals are often vulnerable, and what you're seeing already
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is some hospitals include the covid-19 vaccine in their requirements. i think that's a very reasonable thing for hospitals to do. i think that health care workers have a responsibility to protect the patients they are caring for. >> and we have seen some hospitals implement this and as a result, dozens of people have been fired or walked off the job in texas, for example. should health care workers be required to get vaccinated. >> well, health care workers are already required to get vaccinated. there are plenty of hospitals and health care systems that require their employees to get the flu vaccine every year, and if you don't get the flu vaccine, you either have to have a medical exception or you have to undergo restrictions. this is not a topic of requiring employees to be vaccinated. i will say when you are a health care provider or work in health care, it's your responsibility to be selfless and not selfish. this is a public health issue. your responsibility is to your patients and your co-workers.
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unvaccinated employees pose a risk not only tot patients that they're seeing but also the people around them. we could spread coronavirus to the people that were supposed to be taking care of, but we can also give it to our colleagues further diminishing our work force. i think that's a reasonable request. >> aside from hospitals, or other health care facilities, where else do you think a vaccine mandate or requirement would be most effective and necessary? >> i think one of the other places that we have to look at, potentially in schools. a lot of universities are already requiring vaccinations for college students who are returning and we have to think about our teachers as well. we can't mandate the vaccines are given to children as we've seen in a lot of states. they're actually blocking that and making it illegal. what about the teacher who is are at risk from unvaccinated students? they're another vulnerable population we should consider. >> in france, they recently are mandating vaccines or negative tests in order for people to enter certain places like
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restaurants, malls, bars, and some other places. and as a result, they've actually seen an up tick in vaccine appointments. so that something to consider. the u.s. has had a 47% decline in vaccinations just since last week. all while the u.s. has nearly doubled the daily number of new infections since last week. why are things moving in the wrong direction? >> well, early on when the vaccines were initially rolled out, there were plenty of people, millions of people who were eager to get vaccinated. we vaccinated those people already, and as we started to go through the vaccine rollout, we're getting to the point where those who were hesitant of getting vaccines are still lingering and we're trying to convince those people, but as you mentioned, ana, we're seeing the rate in vax naxs go down and we're seeing the number of daily cases and hospitalizations increase. and my fear is we're eventually going to get to a point where you're either going to have been
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vaccinated or have had covid. >> wow, doctor, it's good to see you. >> still ahead, and exclusive cnn retraces the wild chase that followed the assassination of the haitian president. what we found out. over four million people on medicare... made a choice... to take charge of their health care. with an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan from unitedhealthcare. medicare supplement plans help pay the out-of-pocket expenses medicare doesn't... giving you greater peace of mind. you could also see any doctor, any specialist, anywhere in the u.s. who accepts medicare patients. call today for your free decision guide. ♪
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we're getting a clearer picture of what happened behind the scenes of the assassination of the haitian president. some of the suspects have worked as u.s. government informants, including for the dea. after the assassination, they seemed to have no escape plan leading to a wild street chase throughout the capitol. matt rivers is in port-au-prince. what are you learning about the immediate aftermath of the attack? >> yeah. we have a source here in port-au-prince involved with the operation to try to capture these suspects. these alleged assassins of they left the presidential residence in port-au-prince. we know from our source they were allowed to leave the residence because interestingly at the time that they left,
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security forces here in haiti didn't know whether the president was alive or dead. that was a question. why were they allowed to leave? they confirmed the president's assassination and set up a roadblock and forced the assailants into an empty t building. a shootout took place. the strangest part is that sometime during hostage negotiations because there was two haitian hostages inside the building. sometime during the negotiations, a group of the mercenaries actually ended up leaving that empty building and going about 100 meters up a hill to the taiwan embassy. our source believes they did it because they thought it would be harder to enter the grounds. ult ultimately, they got permission from the government to go and get the suspects inside and took them without harm. there are still suspects on the loose. just a fascinating 36 hours
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after the assassination. >> what are you learning about these suspects? why they were doing it? who they are? >> you know, the fascinating part is there's a lot of links to the united states. that's what we keep seeing over and over and over again including what you mentioned about the informants. evan perez, our colleague reported last night there's several suspects in the assassination that have direct links to law enforcement agencies as informants, including the dea confirming one of the suspects worked for them as an informant. no one was working for them at the time of the assassination. tons of intrigue in this. >> thank you for your continued reporting there in haiti. two afghanistan now where the u.s. troop withdrawal is now more than 95% complete, but concerns are building as the taliban make more gains on the ground. and those fears made all the more real by a horrific new
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video showing afghan commandos executed by taliban fighters as they tried to surrender. what you about to see is graphic. >> reporter: after the two hours of heavy fighting, all ammunition spent, afghan commandos walk out with hands in the air. surrender, commando, surrender yells a taliban member. but the rules of war don't exist on this battlefield. [ gunfire ] >> reporter: seconds later more than a dozen members of the elite special forces have been executed. the bodies of 22 commandos were retrieved. a village pleads with the taliban to stop shooting, asking
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you're killing afghans. cnn has spoken to five eyewitnesss to this massacre which occurred last month in a district of a province in northern afghanistan. all confirm these events took place. >> translator: the commandos called for air and ground support, but none came says this local resident. they surrendered but the taliban just shot them. among the dead, the ton of a retired afghan general, 23 years old. this born leader was due to marry his american fiance next month and did training in the united states. his father said he tried call in air support during the attack, but it never came. anyone would be angry if that happened to their son, he tells me. why at no time they support the operation -- why didn't they support the operation and why didn't someone tell the taliban they were coming? ever since the u.s. announced the withdrawal,
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an emboldened taliban launched offensives across the country. the militants have gone to great lengths to show they're accepting the surrender of afghan troops, but the pr effort is -- >> a week before the massacre, this video was taken of afghan special forces in the same district attempting a clearing operation. when that mission proved unsuccessful, the unit was called. >> translator: the taliban said when foreigners leave krrg they'll stop fighting and make peace. how long will they continue killing our brothers in the country. eyewitnesss say they did not understand the language spoken by the militants. evidence the fighters weren't local or some may have come from outside afghanistan. and just last week, the red cross says it collected at least two dozen more bodies of afghan
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commandos. the result of new fighting. >> u.s. president biden says he believes in the capability of the afghan forces despite the mass casualties. when u.s.-trained soldiers like the commandos are dying in 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 alarming rate. now the last line of national defense. without u.s. troops support or intelligence, they alone are fighting for their country's survival. >> and we contacted the taliban about this execution video. and -- >> all right. our thanks. having technical difficulties with the signal there. we are continuing to report live in afghanistan joining us from kabul this afternoon. now, they claimed election fraud and now lawyers for former
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legal backers of the big lie are facing big consequences. in michigan here's what happened. for hours yesterday a michigan judge questioned nine lawyers including trump allies sydney powell and lynn wood about their failed lawsuit last november to overturn the election. the judge wanted to know what steps the lawyers took to ensure fraud claims they cited were legitimate. at one point she asked the group if any of them ever followed up to learn whether any of their so-called witnesses actually saw a vote being changed. all nine lawyers, silent. preimminent republican election lawyer ben ginsburg joins us now. this michigan judge told the lawyers every lawyer has a duty to do minimal research to verify evidence presented in court. apparently they didn't, and so now this judge has to make a
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decision on it on a potential punishment here. what could the repercussions be? >> the most serious repercussion is lawyers involved the judge felt were not honest with her and with the evidence could lose their ability to practice law in michigan, and losing your license in one state can have repercussions in other jurisdictions as rudy giuliani discovered when he got in trouble with the new york bar association and had his license revoked in the district of columbia they followed suit. >> do you think that should happen in this case for the other lawyers? >> well, one thing that has never happened with all the barrage of donald trump's charges is they've had to prove the allegations. in other words, they've never put on evidence. if, in fact, what they've given the judge in the michigan case in terms of no factual basis for the representations they made, then yes, that is what lawyers traditionally lose their license for.
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>> this michigan hearing, of course, is just one of several happening across the country to hold lawyers responsible for falsehoods spread during the failed lawsuit attempts. how critical is accountability? >> accountability in the legal profession is incredibly important. now, when cases get adjudicated, it is important that the court and the trier of fact and whoever is rendering judgment has real verifiable facts. now, people's version of factual events can differ, but making representations where the lawyers haven't even talked to the witnesses and can't vouch for the witnesses and at least their sincerity in making the afte af after dave it is getting the lawyers in trouble. >> we're talking about how people are finding information and not verifying and running it. giuliani according to a new book
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was involved in all this while votes were still being counted last november in michigan and pennsylvania. rudy giuliani apparently pushed members of trump's inner circle to, quote, just say we won. trump's aides reportedly pushed back telling giuliani it would be both incoherent and irresponsible. nonetheless, trump went on to do apparently what giuliani suggested. now, ben, this can't result in trump staying in the white house, but it did result in the big lie. it resulted in the dozens of new state election laws we're seeing. it resulted in the insurrection. who should be ultimately held accountable here? >> that's what the court proceedings find out. but certainly donald trump is the one who has been talking about it the most. and there is a barrage of information from three books that have come out about the last days of the trump administration including one where the republican national
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committee's chief lawyer is saying that the suits they were filing was a joke. but the chickens are coming home to roost. look at the audit in arizona which appears to be severely off track, and that's going to provide both a forum for trump to prove his charges, but also then for people to delve into the accuracy of it. in michigan where this court case was held yesterday, a republican senate committee did an exhaustive investigation of the trump allocations, allegations and found them meritless. so that in a sense the big lie is coming up for adjudication and hearing where trump has to make his case and yet, has not been able to. >> as we look ahead now to the president's speech at the top of the hour, is it time for republicans to get behind federal legislation to make voting more accessible if they really want to protect the right
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to vote and ensure every legal vote counts? >> well, there are -- as a republican i would argue there is no bill currently before the congress that does that without doing damage to other parts of the election system. i think that if the democrats and president biden are sincere in wanting to redress the ill-conceived bills republicans are passing in the states, it's time to do directed legislation precisely at the right to vote and the ability to vote and prohibiting the putting up of barriers to people to voting which is what a number of provisions in these state election laws are doing. >> ben, we got to leave it there today. this is such an important conversation, and there are so many more details that we could be discussing. i really appreciate your time, and i look forward to continuing the conversation a different day. >> thank you. this just in. americans are shelling out consumer prices putting an even bigger squeeze on your wallet.
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record-breaking heat in the west and now a record-breaking season for wildfires. 67 large fires are currently burning across 12 states. california alone has already seen three times as much land burn so far this year compared to this point last year. cnn's tom sater is in the weather center. tom, it is only july. what do you think we're in for? >> yeah, well, anna, if you loo at the last couple of years some of the most destructive, most damaging and largest fires were in the month of december. that changed the whole ball game now. we're in a year-around event now. i want to back up to next month. we had 6,000 temperature records broken. if you look where they are, they pretty much line up to where the fires are. the extreme heat in the pacific northwest and western canada, a mass casualty event where hundreds died, some climate scientists argue they didn't expect it to happen for another decade or so but it is where we
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are. look at the fires, where the heat records are. again, 67 active fires, over 100,000 acres burned in california, three times what we saw last year at this time. right now what we've had so far for the year, nearly 34,000 fires, and the ten-year average is nearly 30. but, again, with, you know, 94% of the west in drought, a good 60% are at the highest two levels. this is going to continue. air quality is a problem. the fire threat in the pacific northwest continues. the smoke is going to move into the northern tier states. this is just the beginning. now, it is not as bad for most of the western states. california is picking up the slack. the last time lake meade was at its highest contained level of capacity was in the year 2000. that's 21 years ago. every day with this heat, more and more evaporation takes place. so we've got multiple problems, not just the heat and the fires, but the loss of water each and every day. >> wow. tom sater, thank you for staying on it for us. i appreciate it. to the economy now. bottom line, you are paying more
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for just about everything. cnn lead business writer matt eeg eagan is here to break down the prices. go for it. >> ana, sticker shot is real and getting worse. consumer prices in june were up by more than 5%. that's the fastest annual rate that we've seen since 2008. if you exclude food and energy, prices surged by the most since 1991. now, let me give you a few real-world examples of the kinds of price hikes we are talking about. prices for used cars, up 45% over the past 12 months. that means a used car that was $20,000 a year ago is now fetching $29,000. washing machines, up 29% over the past year. another big one is airfare, up 25% over the past year. that means a $400 flight in 2020 is now costing $500, ana. >> wow. looking at all of the different items, why, why is it happening? >> well, listen, the pandemic, of course, crushed the economy,
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and we actually saw prices falling last spring. but, thankfully, the economy is rebounding. we are actually having an all-out economic boom. the problem is that the economy can't be turned back on like a light switch. it takes time. it could be messy, and right now supply is having a hard time catching up with demand. >> and in ten seconds, if you will, is there an end in sight, matt? >> that's the trillion dollar question. the fed and the white house say yes. other economists, they're not totally sure. but, ana, listen, no one knows for sure because there's no playbook for what happens to inflation after a once-in-a-century pandemic. >> matt eagan, we know you are going to stay on it. thank you. thank you. >> thanks to all of you at home for joining us. we will see you back here tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. eastern. in the meantime follow me on twitter. we will continue the discussion there. the news continues next with alisyn and victor. give us somet when we drink beer.
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