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they have to combat that. >> i assume she has door knockers asking for votes. biden is asking you to get a shot. >> it's not clear how persuasive the government is going to be given that the government is part of the problem in terms of keeping -- >> asking people to help out. >> doctors. >> we have to end it there for today. we appreciate it. ana cabrera picks it up right now. >> hello. thank you for being with us. any moment now we are expected to hear from the u.s. surgeon general. and this is as the white house is trying to take on misinformation. as it is increasingly clear, if you're not vaccinated, you are the one getting infected. you may be hospitalized. you may even die. in l.a. county, 400 people are in hospitals with covid. all of them unvaccinated. at this hour, more than 65% of
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eligible americans have had at least one dose. we have new insight today on when younger kids could be able to get one. elizabeth cohen kicks us off. eager parents of kids 12 and under want to know when are the shots ready. >> yes. it hasn't been approved for them yet. so the pharmaceutical companies are doing clinical trials with children for various doses to make sure that it is safe and effective for them. let's take a look at what we're hearing from pfizer. they seem to be first out of the gate in this area. pfizer is telling us that for children ages 5 to 11, that pfizer might be asking the fda for emergency use authorization for children in this group in september. usually just based on history. it then takes several weeks for the fda to process the application. i can't imagine even if they
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apply september 1st, i can't imagine it would happen in october or november. as for younger children, pfizer says they could have data later in the fall, maybe as late as november for the little ones. it will be a while. it will not be for the start of school. but there's good reason for that. children are not just small adults. you have to figure out what dose works best for their younger immune systems. >> elizabeth, ohio governor banned schools -- seven states have done the same. how much of an impact will this have on the race to vaccinate? >> you know, right now it could have a big impact. because we want those children to be vaccinated. not just for themselves, but because they could spread it to other people. ana, we're parents. any parent knows children are little disease vectors. we love them, but they are. it would be great if they were vaccinated and didn't get their parents, grandparents, more vulnerable people sick. however, i do have a caveat
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here. hopefully these full authorizations, i should say full approvals from the fda are forthcoming. if the laws say you can't require it, if it's only an authorization, you need to have full fda approval, that's a pretty -- we're temporary in that way. that could be just weeks or even just a few short months away. >> okay. we know you're going to continue to follow all of it. thank you. let's go to phil as we await this press conference with the surgeon general. talking about the white house fight against misinformation. phil, what do we know about their plan? >> well, we know there's a serious recognition that there is a significant problem. white house officials view right now in terms of misinformation as it applies to the coronavirus vaccine. obviously they have seen the rollout by millions, tens of millions of doses. that has started to dissipate. one of the issues they believe is leading to that is an accelerant of that is misinformation. today the surgeon general putting out a 22-page advisory laying out just how stark the issue of misinformation is when
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it comes to public health. now, this wasn't exactly tied to coronavirus. and tied to the vaccine. administration officials say that is what drove this idea to put this advisory out. you are going to hear from the surgeon general in just a short while with the white house press secretary to detail this. one of the key issues laid out in this 22-page advisory is this quote right here. misinformation tends to flourish in environments of significant society division animosity and distrust. getting at the core of what's driving a lot issues in the country. this advisory lays out a series of recommendations to counter misinformation. both for individuals, families, researchers, government officials. and also and i think this is important, for technology companies. this is the interesting element when the surgeon general speaks to the press in a few moments in terms of what their roles should be here. there's no question. it's highlighted in this advisory. the accelerants. social media platforms have
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played in terms of the role of starting to distribute or disperse this misinformation over the course of the last several months and even further back. and right now, you see the administration making the effort to try and counter that. will it have any effect? it's really an open question right now. but this underscores how urgent an issue the white house feels this is as they continue to try to counter the delta variant and vaccination rates dropping across the country. >> let's bring in professor at vanderbilt university medical center. and professor, we could end up having to interrupt to go to this press conference any moment, but you heard phil outline the plan for the white house and how they are looking at misinformation. i'm curious whether you think this is the main obstacle in preventing more people from getting vaccinated. >> it's certainly one obstacle. there is an abundance of misinformation. and anything we can do to set
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the record straight to get solid science-based information out there is very important. but information is not enough. we also have to make people feel comfortable and reassured about getting the vaccine. information goes to your brain. this reassurance goes to your heart. so we're going to have to do that also. and friends, local people of importance in your community advocating for vaccines to make you more comfortable and secure in going out and getting the vaccine. so it's a two-punch approach, really, that we need. >> and yet, in your state of tennessee, you have public health officials at the top who are stopping the flow of information. cdc director had a response to tennessee stopping vaccine outreach for children. i have to hit pause on that to go to the white house press conference. we'll come back. stay with us. >> we've come a long way in our
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fight against covid-19. and we have come a long way thanks to the efforts of many people across communities in the united states. right now we are seeing covid deaths markedly down from their peak in january. we have 160 million people who have been fully vaccinated. and hundreds of thousands of people each day are choosing to get vaccinated. that is all good news. we are not out of the woods yet. millions of americans are not protected against covid-19. and we are seeing more infections among those who are unvaccinated. and that's why i want to talk to you today about one of the biggest obstacles that's preventing us from ending this pandemic. today i issued a surgeon general's advisory on the dangers of health misinformation. the surgeon general advisories are reserved for urgent public health threats. and while the threats have often opinion related to what we eat, drink and smoke, today we live in a world where misinformation poses an insidious threat to our
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nation's health. health misinformation is false, inaccurate, or misleading information about health according to the best evidence at the time. and while it often appears inok wus, the truth is misinformation takes away our freedom to make informed decisions about our health and the health of our loved ones. during the pandemic health misinformation has led people to turn down proven treatments and not get vaccinated. health information has cost us lives. now, health misinformation didn't start with covid-19. what's different now is the speed and scale at which health misinformation is spreading. modern technology companies have enabled misinformation to poison our information environment with little accountability to their
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users. they've allowed people who intentionally spread misinformation, what we call disinformation, to have extraordinary reach. they've designed product features such as like buttons that reward us for sharing emotionally charged content, not accurate content, and their algorithms tend to give us more of what we click on, pulling us deeper and deeper into a well of misinformation. now, we need an all of society approach to fight misinformation, and that's why this advisory that i issued today has recommendations for everyone. first, we include recommendations for individuals and families. we ask people to raise the bar for sharing health information by checking sources before they share. to ensure that information is backed by credible, scientific sources. as we say in the advisory, if you're not sure, don't share. second, we're asking health organizations to proactively address misinformation with their patients. today the american academy of pediatrics is announcing an educational campaign to help
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parents navigate online health information. i'm encouraged to see this commitment and again, this is just the beginning. third, we're asking educational institutions to help improve health information literacy. we're asking researchers and foundations as well the help us learn more about how health information spreads and how to stop it. today the rockefeller foundation is announcing a $13.5 million commitment to counter health misinformation. the digital public library of america is announcing they will convene a set of librarians, scholars, journalists, and civic leaders to confront health misinformation together. fourth, we are saying we expect more from our technology companies. we're asking them to operate with greater transparency and monitor misinformation more closely. we're asking them to consistently take action against misinformation super spreaders on their platforms.
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fifth, we're also asking news organizations to proactively address the public's questions without inadvertently giving a platform to health information that can affect audiences. and we know the government can invest in research and bring individuals and organizations together to address misinformation. and by supporting groups that are working on this issue. on a personal note, it's painful for me to know that nearly every death we are seeing now from covid-19 could have been prevented. i say that as someone who has lost ten family members to covid-19 and who wishes each and every day they had had the opportunity to get vaccinated. i say that also as a concerned father of two young children who aren't yet eligible for the vaccine. but i know that our kids are depending on all of us to get vaccinated to shield them from the virus. every week i talk to doctors and
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nurses across our country who are burning out as they care for more and more patients with covid-19 who never got vaccinated. all too often because they were misled by misinformation. we must confront misinformation as a nation. every one of us has the power and the responsibility to make a difference in this fight. lives are zpending on -- depending on it. you can read the full advisory at i hope you'll see it as a starting point to safeguard our nation against future threats and empower people to lead healthier lives. thank you for your time. >> i wanted to ask you whether you see any evidence in all of this and misinformation or disinformation that you're seeing comes from any nefarious sources. are you seeing structures that point to who or what might be
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behind every scene, russian disinformation in the class? are you seeing any indication that there could be nation states behind the disinformation? >> thank you for that question. the misinformation that we're seeing comes from multiple sources. yes, there is disinformation that is coming from bad actors, but what is also important to point out is much of the misinformation that is circulating online is often coming from individuals who don't have bad intentions but are unintentionally sharing information they think might be helpful. in the advisory we make it clear among the things we're asking individuals to do is to pause before they share. check sources. and if they're not sure if the source is credible, don't share. one of the things we've said, again, is that when it comes to misinformation, not sharing is caring unlike what many of our moms told us earlier in life. >> surgeon general j is misinformation the number one reason why people are not
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getting vaccinated? >> well, it's one of several reasons why people are not getting vaccinated. it's very important. what we know from polls is that two-thirds of people who are not vaccinated either believe common myths about the covid-19 vaccine or think some of the myths might be true. myths like you can get covid from the vaccine. it's not true. so we know that it's not the only driver that's leading people not to be vaccinated, but it's an important one. >> do you personally believe that public figures and public companies that are helping spread misinformation about the vaccine should be held accountable? >> well, i think in a moment like this when we see misinformation literally costing us our loved ones, costing us lives, all of us have to ask how we can be more accountable and responsible for the information that we share. and those of us who may have larger platforms, i think bear a greater responsibility to think about that. but the bottom line is all of us have an important role here to play. and technology companies have a
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particularly important role. we know that the dramatic increase and the speed and scale of spread of misinformation has in part been enabled by the platforms. that's why in this advisory today, we are asking them to step um. we know they can take steps to address misinformation. much more has to be done, and we can't wait longer for them to take aggressive action, because it's costing people their lives. >> the reality is a lot of the health misinformation you were citing came from the lek turn last year. what do you think the best approach is to fight misinformation that comes from people in authority? >> what i would say is when it comes to determining what is accurate in terms of health information, science has to guide us. the good news is that we have credible science individuals in our country. we have doctors and nurses in communities. we have public health departments and the cdc. we have medical schools, nursing schools and health care
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institutions. these should be our sources of credibility when it comes to evaluating whether information is true or not. i think one of the greatest roles that public leaders can play is to point to scientists and to credible sources and have them speak directly to the public. i'll note that's one thing this administration has done is work hard to put science, scientists and health care professionals in front of cameras to have to speak directly to the public. that's what we have to do more of. the problem right now is that the voices of these credible health professionals are getting drowned out. that's one of the reasons we're asking technology companies to help lift up the voices of credible health authorities. it's also why they have to do more to reduce the misinformation that's out there so that the true voices of experts can shine through. >> thank you so much. are there specific elected leaders you believe are part of the problem with pushing this misinformation? and we had an abc news washington post poll that showed that 93 % of democrats say they are vaccinated or will be but
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only 49% of republicans say the same. how do you breakthrough to some of the people who may be trusting elected leaders that are trusting that information? >> i think about this as i think about doctoring and my approach to patients. i recognize that each patient that i was blessed to care for is an individual regardless of what their political affiliation or past may be. they're an individual, and my goal was to understand their needs and desires and values and to help them immove their health. we have to take a similar approach here when it comes to reaching people with information about covid-19 and the vaccine. you have to recognize that sometimes the most trusted voices are not the ones that have the most followers on social media or the ones that have the most name recognition. sometimes the most trusted sources are a mother or father or a faith leader or local doctor or nurse. and that's why to reach people with accurate information, what we have to do is partner with
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those local trusted voices. that's why in this advisory, one of the things we point out, an important role for government is to support local organizations including health care professionals so they can get out there and speak directly to people and share that information. these public health efforts move at the speed of trust. and we have to recognize where trust is. where those relationships are. invest in them, support them, so people can get the information they need to improve their health. >> thank you so much. >> general -- >> i think he has to go, unfortunately. thank you so much. >> thanks, everyone. >> okay. i think we're getting ready to start the briefing. >> okay. that was the surgeon general addressing misinformation saying misinformation has cost lives during this pandemic. and he talked about how tech companies and social media organizations are partly to blame and is calling on individuals to take part in stopping spread of misinformation saying if you're unsure, don't share. he also talked about the plan to
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bring in doctors offices, educational institutions as well as even the rockefeller foundation investing in a campaign to combat misinformation and to raise awareness of the right information. the truth. the facts. let's bring back william shafer in just to weigh in on what we heard. do you think this plan goes far enough? >> well, it certainly is a wonderful start. he's acting as the conductor of an orchestra. he wants everybody out there to participate and to play the music of really good solid scientific information. that's so important. and individual doctors and other health care providers are so important in this. you know, the latin root of the word doctor is docorin. to teach. doctors are teachers, and this is a major opportunity for every doctor, every nurse, every pharmacist out there to be a teacher, to reach out and give
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good information to people so that they can make the best decisions about receiving the vaccine. which is, of course, to receive the vaccine. >> well, doctor, you have been such a great source of information for us for the past year and a half plus. especially since we started this battle against the pandemic here in the u.s. thank you for being there for us. thank you for your time again today. i wish we had more time to talk about more important covid questions, but we just took up a lot of that time in the press conference. we'll have you back soon. thanks. >> thank you. former president trump didn't just lose his election. he lost congress. he fought like hell to undermine u.s. democracy. so why would the top house republican seek his advice on the upcoming midterms? and tens of millions of families just got a boost in their bank accounts. the first payments of the expanded child tax credit have been sent. we talked to the white house adviser overseeing this implem implementation. last ad.
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the top democrat in the senate just brushed off concerns about rushing an infrastructure bill to a vote. cnn chief congressional correspondent joins us from capitol hill. what did the senate majority leader say about the vote? >> he made it clear he's moving ahead. we're at a critical time for joe biden's agenda here. over the next week, we get to determine whether or not they could be on a chance of passage. roughly $4 trillion of joe biden's gudomestic agenda. the expanding of the social safety net here in this country. the bipartisan plan is moving along a separate track. there are negotiations that are still ongoing. but chuck schumer made clear
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he's moving ahead with the vote on wednesday. even though republicans are concerned that the deal is simply not there. they say they need more time and they're warning they could vote against proceeding to the proposal if a deal is not finalized. schumer brushed them aside and said the senate will vote. >> i've talked to some of our democratic members of the bipartisan group. they're making very good progress. there is no reason why we can't start voting next wednesday. and that's what we're going to do. >> but this is why this is significant. this package about 1 .2 trillion over eight years needs 60 votes in the u.s. senate to advance. that means 50 democrats if they united. 10 republicans to move ahead. members of the group of negotiators, republican members, told me they will vote against proceeding if this deal is not finalized by wednesday. they say it's taking an enormous amount of time to figure out how it pays for the structure of the
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language. they are warning that schumer's move could scuttle the effort. and they want all 50 democrats to agree on the proposal that would move straight along party lines in the senate. uncertain if they can get there, but he's pushing to get this done in a matter of days meaning the ajen za hinges over the next svl days in the u.s. senate. >> better get your coffee ready. it sounds like it's going to be a busy next week. thank you so much. getting marching orders? top house republican kevin mccarthy is meeting today with former president trump as the minority leader prepares to appoint gop members to the select committee investigating the january 6th insur rec. the very insurrection donald trump helped incite. now, this meeting also comes as we learn more about the former president's final days in office. in a new book called i alone can fix it. trump's rhetoric and behavior so stunning the nation's top
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generals worried that the u.s. was literally on the brink of a coup attempt. the chairman of the joint chiefs general mark milley is quoted as saying they may try, but we're not going to -- they're not going to f-ing succeed. you can't do this without the military. you can't do with without the cia and fbi. we're the guys with the guns. moments ago former president trump denied the claims saying, quote, i never threatened or spoke about to anyone a coup of our government. so ridiculous. if i was going to do a coup, one of the last people i would want to do it with is general mark milley. this is who mccarthy is meeting with and who republicans still answer to. i want to talk to timothy snyder about this, a professor of history at yale university. he's also the author of many books including on tyranny, 20 lessons from the 20th century. tim, you and i have spoken a lot about this issue as someone who has written a book on tyranny.
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given these new revelations, how close to the brink was america's democracy? >> it was very close. i mean, as we had every reason to believe throughout 2020, mr. trump is not someone who cares about the outcome of votes. he's not someone who cares about the rule of law. he announced to us throughout 2020 basically what he was going to do. i mean, in a way i think the odd thing is that we didn't take him seriously enough. it's reassuring to see that important people inside the administration did take him seriously, because, of course, a coup is something that can only be carried out if you have support from key people. the thing we have to remember is that he tried. it just didn't work out. and the fact that he's tried means there's a precedent that has been set and someone else can try again. >> this book also claims general milley drew parallels between trump's rhetoric, saying this is a right stag moment.
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the gospel of the furor. we got some clarification today that milley wasn't necessarily calling trump a nazi but was expressing concern that sentiments were being whipped up that could lead to that kind of environment, given all your research, what do you think? >> i mean, i think it's a reasonable parallel. i mean, the point about historical parallels is not that every detail is the same. the point is that we can recognize patterns. hitler assumed total power after a crisis in a parliament. it was an unexplained fire. mr. trump attempted a coup in connection with americans who he encouraged to storm a parliament. our congress. so in that sense, the parallel really isn't that far afield. the idea is you create an artificial crisis or take advantage of a real one in order to change the nature of a regime. that happens over and over and over in history, and the only way americans can avoid that kind of thing is by looking at history and being sharp and
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being ready. so i think i appreciate that our top military leaders are reading the history books. >> you mentioned history, but we've seen how republicans have tried to rewrite history when it comes to the january 6th insurrection. how dangerous is that? >> it's incredibly dangerous. we're dealing with a moment which is on the scale of a war on the scale of a presidential assassination. and the only way that you can have a democracy is to have a history that we can reflect on. naturally, we have different values and different commitments. but we need to have roughly the same base of historical facts. we're doing our children and our grandchildren a disservice if we try to distort what happened on january 6th or if we don't allow the basic data to be zbatherred. it's extremely important that we have the historical basis of a country. i mean, this is what i find disturbing. strategy and tactics and confusion. what we need is to lay down what
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actually happened. every american should be able to agree about that. >> why do you think the former president has been able to maintain his grip on the republican party even though he doesn't have the power of the presidency anymore, even though in the last election, with him at the top of the ticket, they lost the white house. they've lost the senate, and they've lost congress as well. >> yeah. i mean, there are things to point out. number one, it's inappropriate for someone in mr. mccarthy's position to advice with a private citizen. number two, the republicans in congress unfortunately seem to think the legislative branch is there to support the leader. that's not what it's there to do. it's there to balance the leader and check the leader. and then number three, thinking about the future. unfortunately, i mean, if you were looking at another country, and you saw this pattern, and you looked at it without any kind of passion or emotion, what you would say is these guys are not planning to win the
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election. they're playing to rely on the people who are most enthusiastic, most committed to their cause. if they were planning to win the election, they'd be moving on. that's the thing i find disturbing. we have a political party which can't move on from an attempt to move onto power. and into a normal competition with policy. that's what makes me worry about the next two and four years. >> and they keep spreading lies and misinformation. that's permeated so much of society. in fact, it's literally killing people. look at what's happened with covid. in your book, on teern nir, you write to abandon facts is to abandon freedom. if nothing is true, then no one can criticize power because there's no basis on which to do so. to abandon facts is to abandon freedom. listen to what people are hearing on fox regarding safe-living vaccines. >> the idea that you would force people to take medicine they
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don't want or need, is there a precedent for that? >> i feel like a vaccination in a weird way is just generally kind of going against nature. lake, i mean, if there's some disease out there, maybe there's just an ebb and flow to life where something is supposed to wipe out a certain amount of people. >> there's nothing more anti-democratic, anti-freedom than pushing an experimental drug on americans against their will. >> tim, quick answer if you will. what goes through your mind listening to that? >> it's something that we learned about, and if we want to have a free society, we turn what we can learn about nature to the benefit of everyone. freedom involves understanding what we all need together. and getting vaccinated is part of that. >> well, thank you so much, tim, for being with us. it's always a pleasure to talk to you. and in addition to the book, check out the newsletter. you can sign up online. thank you. america fighting back for an economic comeback.
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president biden trumpeted his latest weapon to reduce child poverty. the expanded child tax credit. and those payments start landing this bank accounts today. working families will receive as much as $300 each month for a child under six years old and $250 a month for each child six to 17 years old. now, there is a phaseout, and an income threshold. at least 39 million homes will benefit from these payments. the senior adviser for president biden and oversees the covid stimulus plan aimed at speeding up the economic recovery. thank you for being with us. >> thanks for having me on. >> what impact will this expanded child tax credit have? >> well, you know, i wanted to make very clear, this is very much like social security in the following way. it is at the same time a major, major boost for middle class
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economic security and yet, as you said, this same policy is so consequential for lifting children out of poverty. but this $3,000 per child, 6 to 17, and 3600 under six years old, this goes to virtually all working families. every couple under 150,000 will get this full tax credit. but it is also like social security, monthly. so people will be able to count on it. they're getting it today on july 15th, and will get it on the 15th of every month. and i will say we're proud of the execution here, because this bill just passed on march 11th. the american rescue plan. and four months later, virtually every working family in the united states today is getting a child tax credit, the first ever monthly child tax credit. now, a lot -- previously lower
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income working families. families working hard but making minimum wage or 20,000 or $25,000 didn't get the full tax credit. that doesn't make sengs. they are struggling the most. this will make 26 1/2 million children in those hardworking families get the full and expanded benefit as families much more secure in the middle class who still, nonetheless, can use that extra 500, $600 a month to help make ends meet. >> president biden said he would like to extend the credit indefinitely. republicans have already labeled it welfare. let me quote marco rubio who says president biden has q wrrk quote, transformed pro worker, pro family child tax credit into an anti-worker welfare check. how do you respond to that? >> well, he could not be more dead wrong.
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let's be very clear. 97% of the families who will be receiving this child tax credit in 2021 are working families making either self-employment or wage income. 97%. many of the other 3% are retired grandparents or people with serious disabilities. also there's actually no evidence that this does anything but improve labor force participation in canada where this proposal was tried and other major countries, when they've had this proposal, it's increased the degree of labor force participation. it's pro work and family and pro economic dignity, and yes, it will help lift the hardest pressed working families out of poverty. >> let's talk about inflation. because as americans are trying to rebound, prices are going up. inflation is a growing concern. airfare is up almost 25%. laundry machines up 30%.
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gas up more than 45%. even the cost of food has jumped. the fed says inflation is temporary. but what if they're wrong? what would that mean for the economic recover and the biden agenda? >> well, you know, i think it's very clear that most of this is just transitory. it means when you shut down the whole economy and start it up, there's going to be places where you get a little bit of that pressure. you mentioned airlines. airline prices are still lower than they were before the pandemic. so this just reflects a certain return to normal. but i think when you take out those type of exceptional things, you find that the kind of core inflation outside of those things like the transitory issues, the car issues, that things still look pretty stable. i think that's what the fed is seeing. i think that's how the market is reading it. and i think we feel very, very good that this is tremendous growth this year. it could be 6% to 7%.
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unprecedented job growth for the first five, six months of a president. and we think this child tax payment will only help give families more economic security, and we think this will be part of a stable prowork economy. >> quick, before i let you go, do you think jerome powell should stay as fed chair when his term expires? he was nominated by trump and is a republican. you seem to like what he was saying. >> well, this is my third time around in the white house, and one of the reasons you'll ask this long is because you don't speculate about what the president is going to do on fed chairs on national tv. but -- >> is there any reason why he shouldn't be offered a second term? >> i think that i'm going to stay with my first answer. you know, we'll let the president make that decision. i do think that chairman powell's views that inflation we've seen so far is largely
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transitory do coincide with i think the views inside this administration, but those type of personnel choices are left to one person, president biden, and i'm not now or ever going to comment before he's ready to make those decisions. >> jean, i appreciate your time. senior adviser to president biden on economic matters. thanks for being with us today. >> thank you. this pandemic has hit minority communities in a deep way. more covid cases, more deaths. more hospitalizations. more layoffs. and when it comes to vaccinations, the skepticism is hard to breakthrough. next, the senator trying to change that. do you have a life insurance policy you no longer need? now
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the pandemic has hit latino americans hard on a number of fronts. a new study says about half of latino adults reported someone close to them had either been hospitalized or died from the virus. on top of that, vaccinations in this group are lagging for a variety of reasons. i want to bring in democratic senator katherine cortez masto from nevada. you are the first latino to be elected to the senate.
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hispanics make up 30% of your state's population and you were home trying to encourage latinos to get vaccinated. what are you hearing? what is stopping them from getting vaccinated? >> ana, it is a couple of things. what i find is if we bring the mobile vaccination sites into the community and meet people where they live and work, they will get vaccinated. what i find and people forget is, you know, latinos, particularly in nevada, they work 24/7. if you grew up in nevada there's three sheets, the day shift, swing shift and graveyard shift and people are working. it is hard for them to get away from work just to go across town to get a vaccination. but if we bring it into their communities, when they have down time they will get vaccinated. one is making it easily accessible. one is tearing down the barriers to education. there's so much misinformation out there. one of the things that i have found is people don't realize it is for free. these vaccines are free, people can access them easily. i know there's a language barrier, so if you bring people into the community and you are
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speaking the language, whether it is spanish or in some of our other communities we have a large filipino population, then they can learn about the vaccines and educate themselves. the other piece is trusted community members in the neighborhood, that they know, they can go talk to, they feel comfortable. i was just home and i was at a mobile vaccination site at one of our apartment complexes. a man came and he got vaccinated, and then just a few minutes later he went back and got his whole family and they got vaccinated. so that's what this is about, is meeting people where they live and work, and that's why i'm a big supporter and we need to continue in these mobile vaccination sites throughout our communities. >> do they trust people in washington or does it need to be more of that, you know, local person close to you to get them to feel safe getting the vaccine? >> yeah, it is local people in the community. so these mobile vaccination sites are community members who
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have come together to reach out into the communities, and they could be anywhere. this one was at an apartment complex. i have been to some that are at our markets where a lot of people, as you well know, will go get their groceries. people will drive by and see a vaccination sign and stop and inquire about what is going on and then get a vaccination. so i think it is just a matter of getting into the community and letting people see that it is there and there's people that are part of the community that care, and they just really are educating their neighbors about the importance of these vaccines. >> i want to switch gears to talk about another crisis that's impacting your home state, record heat. just last weekend las vegas hit 117 degrees, tying a record setback in the 1940s. what will it take for something to get through congress to address the climate crisis? >> well, that's the work i'm doing now. i have the opportunity to sit on energy and natural resources. this is one of the reasons i'm on this committee and
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subcommittee. we see record drought. we see wildfires that are no longer seasonal fires. they're yearly, every day, i mean it is just happening. then we need to get people back to work. that's the importance of the investments we are making now, not only in the infrastructure -- excuse me, in the covid relief packages, those investments, but now in the infrastructure, family investment that we're making long term is just as important. we have to help people. we have to make sure we are addressing the drought. one of the things that i have just introduced yesterday in committee that we just marked up, a piece of legislation, was how do we recycle these large scale water recycling projects, investing in those so that we can keep more of that water in the colorado river, get more water to individuals in our community. so there's a number of things that we are working on, really funding fire suppression, making sure we are doing more around prevention around wildfires that we see. >> okay. >> in nevada it is a lot of range fires.
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>> right. >> let me just say they're investments we have to make now, ana, and that's why it is important we work together. >> that's the point. >> because working on -- >> right now republicans are on board, not even all democrats are on board with senator manchin raising concerns about fossil fuels being impacted which is a big job provider in his home state. senator catherine cortez masto, thank you for this conversation. i look forward to continuing it another day. >> thank you, ana. thank you for joining me. follow me on twitter @anacabrera. in the meantime the news continues with alisyn and victor. your strategic advantage. hey, i just got a text from my sister. you remember rick, her neighbor? sure, he's the 76-year-old guy who still runs marathons, right? sadly, not anymore. wow.
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this is cnn breaking news. i'm victor blackwell. >> and i'm alisyn camerota. welcome to newsroom. president biden and german chancellor angela merkel are set to meet any minute in the oval office to tackle a host of issues. among the most pressing, russian cyberattacks, the covid-19 pandemic and climate change. this face-to-face will likely be merkel's fal


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