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president joe biden calling out republican attacks on voting rights in america, saying those rights are under assault and that we're facing the most significant test of our democracy since the civil war, as he slammed the big lie. >> the big lie is just that, a
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big lie. [ cheers and applause ] the 2020 election, it's not hyperbole. in america, if you lose, you accept the results. you follow the constitution. you try again. you don't call facts fake and then try to bring down the american experiment just because you're unhappy. that's not statesmanship. [ applause ] that's not statesmanship. that's selfishness. that's not democracy. >> and vice president harris, well, meeting with democratic state lawmakers from texas who have fled the state in a move to
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stop a gop bill aimed at restricting voting rights, saying they're showing courage and patriotism. i'm going to speak with one of the lawmakers in just a few moments. and the u.s. heading in the wrong direction on covid. the virus surging in 45 states as vaccinations plummet. joining me now, former obama senior adviser david axelrod, and cnn's political commentator bakari sellers. gentlemen, good evening to both of you. david, let's begin with you. let's talk about president biden calling this attack on voting rights the most significant test to our democracy since the civil war. so great speech. now what? >> well, i think now what is a really important question because part of democracy is, you know, you got to have the 50 votes in the senate to change the rules. they don't have 50 votes to change the filibuster. they don't have 60 votes to break the filibuster. and so now what is a really good
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question. the question is whether pressure builds to the point where senator manchin might accept and senator sinema a carveout for this specific purpose, for voting on voting-related legislation. if they don't, you know, i think that all of this energy is going to have to be directed toward getting people out to the polls and overcoming all the barriers that have been set up because they're running out of room here. and it's pretty clear that this supreme court is not going to give much support to any of these efforts. >> yeah. >> not even clear that the supreme court would accept what the congress does because they've been so partial to state laws over, you know, over complaints about civil rights violations and other infringements. so what next is the big question, don. and what next may end up being storming to the polls in 2022.
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>> wow. bakari, don't think i didn't catch that when i said great speech, now what, because you don't have much time for this rhetorical approach is what you're saying. you're calling for something more concrete. tell me about that and why today was so frustrating for you. >> first let me say the oratory was brilliant. i think he hearkened back to his former boss in the white house, the 44th president, barack obama. it was the tone. it was the tenor. it was the passion. it soaked through the screen. i mean you could feel that. but we're at a point now where we need more than speech, where we need more than oratory. you know, i hear my good friend axe saying we just need to storm the polls. but for people like myself, the question is we gave you the house. we gave you the senate. we gave you the white house. and if you're not going to do anything, why does that matter? if you're not going to break the filibuster, if you're not going
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to give us voting rights, if you're not going to give us police reform, if you're not going to even do something you can do with the stroke of a pen, which is reschedule marijuana, literally why are you there? so that's the question. so today the oratory was great, but i think we're at a point in time where we're beyond oratory. we've been debating, don, voting rights since my father was literally a child. we're talking about generations of african-americans in this country specifically who have watched loved ones die, who have had to protest, who have had to storm the polls. so for us to say and for joe biden, who i support, who i love, who i adore -- for us to say that we have to go out and vote some more, like why did we give you jon ossoff and raphael warnock? >> go ahead, david. >> first of all, i love bakari, and he is a good friend of mine. whenever he starts off by saying, my good friend, axe -- >> i was going to say.
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>> i know that what follows isn't necessarily going to be all that receptive. but here's my question back to you, bakari. and what? what are you suggesting? what do you think the president should do? should they -- should they, you know, expel members? >> no. i think -- >> what exactly should they do? >> i think the furor, the speech, the oratory is great. but what you have to use instead of the bully pulpit has to be focused on two people, joe manchin and kyrsten sinema. you're the leader of the party. you are the standard bearer. it's your responsibility not to go out and get 60, but it's your responsibility to go out and get two and make it 50 so that we actually have what -- if it's that consequential, because that's my point. if you're going to give a speech that's that consequential, go out and get two votes. >> let me ask you.
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you're a great young political talent. you could be sitting in that chair one day. tell me exactly what that means. what does that look like? how does he compel joe manchin, who has made very clear that he's never going to vote -- he said again today never. how does he compel him to do that? it seems to me he is doing what he can do, which is to turn up the heat rhetorically and work behind the scenes to try and move manchin and sinema to a place where, you know, where they are willing to consider this if they can. the fact is joe manchin isn't being hurt politically in any way by taking the posture that he's taken. so, you know, i get frustrated with this notion that, well, just do something. you've got to do something. nobody knows who is saying you've got to do something what exactly it is that he can do.
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>> let me just add to that because even today, joe manchin is saying, bakari, to david's point, the only answer to -- what will you do in order to get to the filibuster? what will convince you? and the word was simply "nothing." >> listen, i mean if it's this consequential -- why are we here then? that's my point. if it's this consequential where you go to philadelphia and give this landmark speech and you bring and the hearken all of the passion, it's the clarion call for freedom and democracy. why don't you call them in your office? why don't you give them this clarion call? we're not going to talk about ex-communication because we're a big tent party. but what we are going to do is talk about some way in which we can carve out voting rights so we can get this done if it is that important. if it's not that important, if you're just giving us words, so be it. i guess my question back to you, axe is the closest i've gotten to the white house, is the
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christmas parties, which let me in the east wing. i didn't even get in the west wing. so what would you all do in this situation because this isn't something that lacks consequence. we're talking about voting rights and democracy, and you know you're not going to get 60 votes. so what's next? what's the purpose of this? >> let me tell you something. let me tell you something. you know, i lived through these frustrations when i was in the white house. you know, you were with us from the beginning. i lived through it when we were trying to pass the affordable care act. and, you know, we had democrats who -- who were resistant to some of the precepts that we were promoting and ultimately, you know, we got what was a strong bill but not the bill that we necessarily wanted. that is the frustration of governing. i'm just telling you that it is not -- you know, maybe in the movies, okay, maybe in the movies you call in, you know, senator x, y and z and you give
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a west wing speech, and they wipe tears away from their eyes and step outside, and they say, you know, i've seen the light. but that's not the way the real world works. you know, manchin has his own views on this. he also has his own constituency, and, you know, i think he honestly believes this, that he doesn't want to erode the filibuster. i still have some faint hope that he and sinema, because of the extreme nature of what the republicans are doing and their recalcitrance, that they may step forward. manchin has proposed a bill, so he obviously believes reforms are necessary, and maybe he will vote to ultimately, at the end of the day, he will come around. but it's not going to be because, you know, the president gave him a -- i guarantee you that he and joe biden have spent many, many hours talking about this and other issues because remember he's trying to get these guys around his other
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packages here too that are also significant. so, you know, i just -- all i'm saying is, i'm telling you, having sat there, the reality of gov e governance, and i say this with great respect because i share your sense of urgency about this. and particularly i know your family history. i know how deeply you are invested in this as you should be, as we all should be. but i'm just telling you the reality. and the reality is you just can't pound your fist on the desk and command people to do things. harry truman once said, when eisenhower became present. poor ike, he's going to pick up the phone and he's going to start ordering people around, and they're not going to respond. this isn't the army. >> that seemed to work for the last guy. but go on, bakari. i'll give you the last word. >> i don't disagree with you because i know you've been
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there, and i know what you all went through to pass the affordable care act. i know how difficult it was. when i think about it, i think about tom pair yell la who sacrificed his seat. >> and others. >> he's one who jumps out to me. my only point is just -- and just purely looking at today's speech, it has the urgency of his words, and it should have the passion thereof. then we have to do more than that, that we deserve more than that. and to ask, to ask a base, to ask the voters who have come out many times before, just come out one more time, now that's a fight i'm going to be with you on. but just know we're making it that much more difficult. >> that's got to be the last word. i've got to run. i'm sorry. >> we can do our own show like this. >> we'll take it on the road. thank you very much. i need to bring in now melanie campbell, the president of the national coalition of black
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center for participation. she can also add to this conversation. thank you so much. you had an event after the president's speech with other influential black female leaders and civil rights activists. what was everybody's reaction to biden's message? was it motivating? do you think something's going to happen? talk to me. >> don, first of all, you know, i love -- i'm a fan. i stay up every night watching you, so just know that. >> thank you. >> i was listening to the conversation right before, and what bakari talked about was we felt the same. most of the women who were on the call felt the same. it was a strong speech. but when he talked about action, we want to see action. one of the things that i do know, and i was listening to the conversation, is sometimes we still have to find ways to make politicians do what they need to do because we elected them. so for us, one of the things --
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i was in the meeting last week with my civil rights colleagues, is we did urge president biden to get out there and use his bully pulpit, do all that he can, have the back room conversations, front room conversations, but we're not just waiting on that. that's why we're having a summer of activism and action. we're going to be on capitol hill. we have to demand of our elected officials to do their jobs. that's why the folks had to fly out of texas. what's going on -- as african-americans in this country, we have always had to have federal intervention and we're not going to sit there and say we're going to let our voting rights be shelved because of one or two democrats. so for us, it's the fight of our lives. we want this democracy to still be here because if these state laws are passed -- i'm a daughter of the south. i come out of florida. i can tell you florida is doing crazy things with our voting
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rights. we know georgia. we know about texas, and it keeps going and going. so as a black woman in this country, who we've delivered. we deliver and we deliver and we deliver for the democratic party. we really demand that the democratic party deliver for us because history has shown us we're not going back to the '40s and '50s, not without a fight. so we're going to be on capitol hill on thursday for a day of action, for a day where we're pulling together over 40 organizations, many led by black and brown women and others to stand up and show up. we're going to continue to stay there. we're going to go to the district -- >> melanie, just let me jump in and ask you. i've got one more question for you. listen, black women have been the backbone of the democratic party, really helped with the elections substantially. will you keep showing up because
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you're saying -- you're kind of saying you're sick and tired, right? you want some action. are you going to keep showing up if nothing happens, if this doesn't go the way you want it to go in. >> history is a great teacher. sometimes it's a long race, and so for voting rights, what do we do if we allow our voting rights to be suppressed like this? we can organize all day long in 2022, and like in georgia, my sister helen butler, who leads our affiliate that you've had on your program, has been stripped of the ability to be an elections administrator in the state of georgia. so you have the ability for folks to be able to say, we can turn out and do all of that hard work that we have historically done, and then have some people go in a back room and decide they don't like the results. so we have no choice but to fight. and so we're ready for the fight, and, don, we're going to keep showing up. we're going to show up in those districts. we're going to keep pushing our president and vice president to do what any can do. and the american people have to
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speak up and know -- a lot of folks, i believe, didn't know, and i appreciate what you do on this show, to let folks know the truth, not the lie as president biden said. and i think that history has shown us we can win some battles even when it -- reverend bernice king was on tonight, and one of the things she said, darkest before the dawn. that's the reality of where we are, and we're dnot giving up. >> the only way you're going to do that is to have an informed electorate and be armed with the truth. i'm glad you recognize what i do here every night regardless of who gets upset, but you got to tell the truth. thank you so much, melanie campbell. i hope you'll come back. thank you very much. vice president harris meeting today with texas democrats who fled their state to block republicans' restrictive voting bill. joining me now, one of those lawmakers, texas state representative james tallarico.
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i want to talk to yabout your meeting with the vice president today. what did she have to say? >> we were thrilled to meet with vice president harris. we met with her just a few weeks ago when we came to d.c. in june. just like in that meeting, she was enthusiastic about what we had done to stand up for democracy and stand up for voting rights in the state of texas. and she urged us to continue meeting with senators and congress people on capitol hill to ensure that we can take bold and immediate action to save our democracy in texas and across the country. >> so you came to d.c. to get federal help to stop the restrictive voting bill in your state. what do you want to see? >> the reason we came here is because we need immediate action from our congress. we bought 30 days for congress to act, but we're living on borrowed time in texas. greg abbott, our governor, will
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call us back special after special until we pass his voter suppression bill because he will do anything to please donald trump and his big lie. and so the only hope we have in texas is for our federal lawmakers to act with the same urgency with which we acted. many of us have risked our -- our day jobs, our political careers. many have left behind children, sick loved ones, elderly parents to do this. we're risking everything to stand up for our democratic system. and so it's up to our federal counterparts to do the exact same thing. they have to show some political courage. they have to show some backbone. and i hope our presence as texas democrats can help them do that. so we look forward to meeting with senator manchin tomorrow along with other congressional leaders to ask them to please pass the john lewis voting rights act and pass the for the people act. >> that was a very judicious and generous way of saying that you're leading by example, and i would say possibly shaming the democrats in washington who
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haven't really seen the urgency of what's happening. i mean you're showing them just how urgent you believe it is. people may criticize what you're doing, but it does take some backbone to put it nicely to be able to do what you're doing. i also want to say you also met with the majority leader schumer today, and he says everything is on the table. but the bottom line is he doesn't have the votes to stop these voting restrictions. what did you say? what did he say to you about the filibuster? anything? >> so first of all, thank you for your kind words, and texans throughout history, i think, have always shown this country how to have a backbone. so i think we're proud to live up to that legacy any way we can. you know, this frustrates me to no end if i can be honest with you, don, because in texas, as democrats, we are a minority of a minority. we haven't held statewide office since 1994. we don't hold a majority in any of the legislative chambers. we don't hold the governor's mansion. we don't hold any executive
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agencies. we are completely without power, and yet we have found a way to use every tool in the toolbox to protect our democracy, stand up for our constituents and try to preserve the american way of life. and in congress, our democratic peers have majorities in the house, has a majority in the senate and has the white house, and yet they can't seem to get their act together and pass this critical legislation that could save the american experiment. so i'm a little frustrated. i'm a proud democrat, and i love my colleagues here in d.c., and i'm proud of president biden. but they have got to act because we don't have time in texas. we are out of time. >> yeah. >> if they don't do something, my constituents will lose their sacred right to vote. >> james talarico, i really enjoyed this conversation. i appreciate you appearing. good luck to you. thank you. >> thank you for having me. we're getting the inside story of the final days of the last administration in three new books and they show the threat to democracy that may have been even worse than we knew.
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new insight tonight into the former president's final days in office following his election loss and deep concern among top administration officials that he posed a danger to the country. cnn's brian todd has more now. >> we were robbed. >> reporter: chilling new accounts tonight of a president who, in his final days in office, caused concern among his top aides that he was unhinged, obsessive, and dangerous. three new books paint a portrait of donald trump desperate to cling to the presidency. in his book out today titled "frankly we did win this election: the inside story of how trump lost" "wall street journal" correspondent michael bender chronicles a sobering moment in the aftermath of trump's defeat in last year's election. quote, the crazies have taken over secretary of state mike
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pompeo warned a colleague. he conveyed concern to others that mr. trump might be more willing to engage in an international conflict to strengthen his political argument for remaining in office. >> secretary of state mike pompeo becomes very concerned about the national security of the country, the domestic unrest and what that could mean internationally. privately he sets up a call with daily call with the chief of staff and mark milley, the nation's top general in order to try to keep temperatures down. publicly what does he say? he says that there's going to be a smooth transition to a second trump turn. >> reporter: cnn reached out to a representative of pompeo's for a response. he did not comment for the record. another new book, "i alone can fix it: donald jump . trump's f catastrophic year" depicts trump lawyer rudy giuliani on election night pushing trump to forget that fox news had called arizona for joe biden. quote, just go declare victory right now, giuliani told trump. you've got to go declare victory
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now. giuliani's interjection of his just say you won strategy infuriated trump's campaign advisers. >> you know, these two old guys press together trying to determine what's really going on in the world, and they don't get it. they don't get what's unfolding around them. >> reporter: rudy giuliani did not respond to cnn's request for comment. another book by michael wolff portrays a person isolated right after the election. quote, by the friday after election day, there was not a single white house aide or trump campaign official or trump pollster who believed that the vote count could be reasonably or effectively challenged. >> he is a man alone. his lawyers are saying, we're not going to do this. we're not going to fight these cases. >> reporter: and wolff writes that as the attack on the capitol raged on january 6th, quote, the president seemed to just not be grasping the facts as they were coming through. these people were protesting the
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election, he was still repeating as late as 2:30. the protesters wanted pence to do the right thing. these were good protesters, his protesters. >> the former president has responded generally to all three of these new books, releasing a statement saying of the authors, they write whatever they want to write anyway without sources, fact-checking or asking whether or not an event is true or false. frankly, so many stories are made up or pure fiction. so now i want to bring in cnn presidential historian douglas brinkley and former republican congressman charlie dent. good evening to both of you. we know about these books. you saw brian todd's story there. doug, i'm going to start with you. january 6th lives as a reminder of how dangerous and chaotic the end of the trump presidency was. but these books suggest that it could have been even worse. is there anything that strikes you most? >> all three are excellent. you know, of course the one of
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leonnig and rucker isn't out yet so you can read "the washington post" excerpts. what really jumps out is how delusional donald trump was, how much he truly thought joe biden could never win. you know, an incumbent had not lost, don, for three decades, and trump was caught completely and utterly by surprise, and nobody was there to tell him otherwise. and i think the rudy giuliani story strikes me the most, that here's giuliani telling the president, go on the airwaves and just say you won shows me that giuliani, who has been disbarred from new york, should be disbarred from being considered a good american citizen because that kind of behavior by giuliani is just beyond the pale. but also, don, one other thing. the foreign policy aspect of this, the pompeo story, the thought that trump may have -- and many people in the pentagon were worried he might do a wag the dog type of thing, strike at
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iran or some country and then pull back and say, i can't leave. we're in the middle of this. so it's frightening literature, at times funny. but the three books together are the opening salvos of what i would call big lie studies. there's more to come. this was a moment when our democracy was in deep peril and was worse than even we thought, and that was pretty bad. >> charlie, let me just read to you what doug just mentioned. it's from the leonnig and the rucker book about the birth of the big lie on election night. then i'll get your response. here it is. he says, just say we won, giuliani told him. 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. stepien, miller and meadows thought his argument was incoherent and irresponsible. we can't do that, meadows says, raising his voice. we can't. so they said that -- that was eight months ago, charlie.
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and since then, everyone is now peddling it. will anyone stand in the way next time? >> don, i certainly hope so. what i think this all demonstrates is that when lying becomes normalized -- in this case it started at the top with president trump and there are plenty of people around him who enabled it or facilitated it. this takes on a life of its own. it becomes metastasized and we're dealing with the consequences right now. the consequences are of course that many of our fellow citizens cannot agree on basic facts and the truth. and the truth is a casualty of all this. that's what we're dealing with in this country because of the lying. millions of people want to believe their president, even when he's as flawed as donald trump. they want to believe him. when he continues to push these lies and that story about mike pompeo, saying privately about we're worried about some kind of interventions that could lead to war, that the president is
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behaving irrationally and those around him. but then publicly saying he's going to be inaugurated for a second term, this is the problem. people, adults, serious leaders were not standing up for the constitution. they were standing up and pushing this false narrative, and that's the reality. that's the tragedy. leaders must lead. they must speak truth. and they must speak truth to power when it's difficult. >> you know, doug, michael bender was on cnn earlier tonight talking about how the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, mark milley, and the attorney general, bill barr, didn't intend to wind up in the famous bible photo op from last summer. listen to this, and then we'll talk about it. >> milley and attorney general bill barr ended up at the white house as kind of a lark. milley was in his fatigues. he was going to visit with national guard -- the national guardsmen stationed around the city that night. barr knew they were going to push the perimeter out at some point that day. he'd wanted to see what the
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progress was. so they decide on, you know, kind of a, heck, let's just go to the white house moment. and what happens? they both end up in one of the most controversial political moments that people are going to be talking about, that historians will be talking about for years. >> doug, you're a historian. give me a quick response to this if you will. >> yeah. what a bizarre scene that was when trump did that, holding the bible and water cannoning american citizens. i think it comes across in the book what we felt at the time, that trump was usurping his power, was acting with a dictatorial and authoritarian bent and was willing to ruin the careers of pentagon officials, career soldiers just to do his media stunt, the photo op stunt. and it incidentally for viewers, bender is a "wall street journal" writer, highly respected journalist. so when you read, you know, his
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the department's budget but a group of residents sued hoping to force the city to meet the minimum number of police officers required by law. and guess what? they won. don samuels is a former member of the minneapolis city council who was part of that lawsuit, and he joins me now. i love your first name. it's really good. >> yep. i told my wife who was on before that in her life, there's room for only one don. >> well, thank you for joining us. listen, you and your wife and your neighbor successfully sued the city to get them to hire more police officers. what were you concerned about, sir? >> well, we're concerned about the crime that was boosted by the city council's commitment to defund the police. crime went up to such a level that we had not experienced in
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25 years and was at the second worst level of crime in history. and so we are in the epicenter of the low-income neighborhood, and crime in our community is worse than anywhere else in the city. you can see it clustered around our home and our neighbors' homes and the homes of the eight of us who filed the lawsuit. bullets coming through our houses, our cars, children being killed, our neighbors' children being killed. it's brutal, and sometimes i write about it on facebook, and people are questioning whether or not it's really that bad. >> let me just give you some of the numbers. 46 homicides in minneapolis this year compared to 35 during the same period last year. violent crime in your city is at a five-year high. so why do you think this is happening? >> well, undoubtedly there might
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be some covid-related problems as young people didn't have much to do during the isolation at home, et cetera. and the economic conditions that also came along with that. but the crime really spiked after the city council declared and of course george floyd's murder is in there, but when the council declared the intent to demolish or abolish the police. then the criminal element got the message that we're now in sync with you. your opinion of the police and our opinion of the police is one and the same, and we're on your side. that's what they heard. and we've lived in this community for 25 years. we know how hard we have to work to tamp down violence here by working with each other, in constant communication with each
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other. whenever someone moves, we have a welcome wagon. someone moves in, welcome them with our list of community standards, and we talk to them about our standards here and what we don't put up with and how we will protect them. so we send the message to our new neighbors. so we realize that if we don't do those things and when we don't do them, crime goes up. >> yeah. >> because constantly someone's going to rent their house out to a house of prostitution or a drug-dealing family, and you have to be quickly responding to deal with the landlords, to deal with the city to keep the crime down. so we know that it just takes a little bit to take the lid off of that and everything explodes. >> i think your story is one worth telling and after you filed the lawsuit, the city council also reversedis original decision to defund the police,
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so when it comes to covid-19, the news is not good. new cases of the virus surging in 45 states as vaccination rates plummet. medical experts warning more younger americans are ending up in the hospital with covid. here's cnn's erica heel. >> reporter: despite millions of
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shots in arms, the u.s. is moving in the wrong direction. >> this is primarily a pandemic of the unvaccinated, and we need to be very clear about that message. >> reporter: daily vaccination rates are down nearly 50% since last week. average new cases jumping 97%, and those are just the ones we know about. >> many people are thinking covid's over. why do i really need to get tested? this is particularly happening in areas unfortunately where the vaccination rates are low, which is exactly where we want to be testing more. >> reporter: the data is clear. states that have fully vaccinated more than half their residents are reporting fewer cases. but even those bright spots are surrounded by a sea of red. at least 46 states now seeing a rise in new cases over the past week. >> we have a solution for this, and the solution is vaccinations. >> reporter: as more states work to ban vaccine requirements or
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