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for once having a kid is good for your bank account. "the load" starts right now. president biden saying it can be life-changing for many families, the much anticipated child tax credit hits bank accounts today and just in the nick of time as the cost of living coors. the biden white house firing back against vaccine lies and conspiracy theories as cnn visits a hospital where younger, sicker patients are gasping through an entirely preventable fourth wave, and speaking of the fountains of misinformation, house republican leader kevin mccarthy meets with former president trump today to kiss his ring before mccarthy decides
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who to put on the select house committee to investigate that maga riot. welcome to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. we begin today with the politics lead. any moment we expect president joe biden to hold a news conference along with german chancellor angela merkel who is visiting the white house for likely her last time after 15 years at the helm, and while this is expected to be a publicly friendly exchange, bide len floons bring up some issues related to china as well as the controversial russian pipeline while merkel will likely be looking for clarity about biden's plans for afghanistan given the almost complete withdrawal of u.s. troops and the recent successes of the taliban. at the same time the white house today is fighting a different kind of war, one against misinformation and the coronavirus, speaking today at the white house press briefing surgeon general murthy says health information has cost us
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lives and every death we're seeing from covid-19 could have been prevented. as cnn's kaitlan collins reports, his urgent calls come as vaccination rates across the country are plummeting. >> the surgeon general issuing a dire warning today calling covid-19 misinformation an urgent threat. >> we must confront misinformation as a nation. >> reporter: the stark words coming during a rare appearance in the briefing room by dr. murthy on his unprecedented advisory. >> surgeon general advisories are reserved for urgent public health threats. today we live in a world where misinformation poses an imminent and insidious threat to our nation's health. >> reporter: the surgeon general citing studies showing that even the briefest exposure to misinformation made people of less likely to get vaccinated. >> 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. >> reporter: much of that
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misinformation circulates on social media platforms like facebook, but biden's top aides have declined to say whether those companies should be held accountable. >> much, 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. >> reporter: president biden turning the focus to his economic agenda, touting monthly payments known as child tax credits that started going out to families today. >> this can be life-changing for so many families. >> reporter: established as part of his coronavirus relief package, the biden administration will send up to $300 per child per month to most american families for the rest of the year, and single parents with incomes up to $112,000 and married couples with incomes up to $150,000 are eligible for the full benefit. >> i think this will be one of the things that the vice president and i will be most proud of when our terms are up. >> reporter: parents that filed recent tax returns or got stimulus checks are expected to get paid automatically, but one difficulty facing the white
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house is finding those outside the tax system. >> certainly we'll vigilant and do everything we can to reach every single person who is eligible. >> the white house has indicated they want to make the child tacts credit permanent, but tonight they are also tamping down concerns about inflation amid fears the economy could overheat. >> the data shows and the federal reserve chair who operates independently conveyed yesterday that most of the price increases we are seeing are expected to be temporary. >> reporter: now jake, a big crux of the surgeon general's argument today was that the companies like facebook have really allowed misinformation to poison our information environment with little accountability to their users, though the white house is still declining to say whether or not they believe those companies should be regulated over misinformation when it relates to coronavirus vaccines. >> kaitlan collins at the white house, thanks so much. the u.s. surgeon general dr. murthy joins us now. today you said this is personal for you. you lost step family members to coronavirus, family members who did not have the opportunity to
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get vaccinated. you're also the father of two young children who aren't eligible for the vaccine. what is your biggest fear here? >> well, jake, my biggest worry is that we have the ability to save people's lives, to protect them from covid-19, and we're not making full use of that opportunity. we're not bringing that life-saving potential to people who otherwise have it and one of the things standing in our way is misinformation and i think everyone, jake, is had a the right to have accurate information so they can make their own decisions about their health and the health of their families. millions of people don't have access to accurate information right now because on social media platforms and other tech platforms we're seeing the rampant spread of misinformation, and it's costing people their lives. >> the solution to this, of course, is -- is difficult because obviously there is a first amendment right to free speech and freedom of the press in this country so what exactly is the solution? we can't be -- the government can't be telling organizations
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that they cannot public or did not post things on media. how do you protest fixing the issue? >> well, jake, in the advisory i issued today we called for an all of society response because it turns out there are steps many of us can take to help address the spread of misinformation. yes, there's a role for technology companies in being more transparent with the data they have and changing their algorithms to avoid, again, sending misinformation to people again and again, but as individuals, we have a choice about what we choose to share online, and if we pause before we share, if we check our sources to make sure they are coming from credible scientific resources, if we choose not to share if we're not sure about the sources, that's one way we can help prevent the spread of misinformation, but it's going to take all of us, jake, doctors and nurses speaking directly to communities, educators helping to build digital health literacy, government bringing people together to take aggressive action and certainly companies as well, the technology companies, being more
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responsible, being more transparent and accountable when it comes to stopping the spread and minister information online. >> what do you want the tech companies to do, because, like, for instance, one of the big sources of misinformation, are you know, politicians on the right wing and in the past when it comes to different kinds of vaccines we've seen left wing poem. robert kennedy jr. is a big anti-vaxxer and has been out there for years with an anti-advantages message spreading misinformation and telling lies. what do you want tech companies to do when it comes, to you know, either being marjorie taylor greene on the right or robert kennedy jr. on the left? >> well, jake, there are a number of steps tech companies can take to take the spread of misinformation. number one, they can identify people who are super spreaders of misinformation and limit the information that they share. number two. they can take the data that they have that tells us how much misinformation is really spreading, who it's affecting.
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they can share that publicly and transparently with researchers. they can also, jake, take a closer look at modifying their algorithms which, again, serve up content that's false to people. sometimes again and again if he look at the false content once because that's the way the algorithms are designed. tech companies will say they have taken some steps forward, and they have, but we need much more action from technology companies. this is not a problem we can take years to solve. people are losing their lives and the health is being impacted right now so it's really incumbent on these companies to step up their game what's the most specific misinformation that you're sewing that is according to data and studies stopping people from getting vaccines? i mean, we see lies from people like such as congresswoman marjorie taylor greene just taking numbers and statistics and twisting them or just inventing them. what -- according to your research what is the information that comes back from people when you survey them as to why they think it isn't safe even though
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obviously it isn't safe? i've been vaccinated, you've been vaksnated, et cetera. >> well, jake, it depends a bit on the age group that you're talking about, but i'll tell you some of the top myths that appear to be influencing people, number one, the myth that the covid advantages open causes covid. it does not. among young people in particular, there's a myth that the covid vaccine may cause infertility or dna mutations. in both cases that is also false. there's no scientific evidence that suggests that, but what we're seeing is that is in fact affecting people's decisions. the last one is the idea that if you've had code of in the past, you certainly don't need a vaccine now. that also is not true. while you likely have some degree of protection if you've been infected we don't know how long that immunity lasts and we've also seen that the immunity that you get from the vaccine appears based on antibody levels to be potentially superior to what you get from natural infection alone, so these are some of the myths that are out there, jake. we see them spreading on social media and see them showing up in survey results. two-third of the unvaccinated
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either believe one of these myths or think they might be true so that's what we've got to address. >> this anti-advantages paranoia and hysteria while it does exist on the left and right and groups regardless of politics, it is now seeping in an official way, in many ways, into the republican party, even though president donald trump is the one who began operation warp speed that got us these vaccines. are you worried that in states such as tennessee where officials are not even relaying information on just the covid vaccine but on any vaccines to adolescents we're headed towards a real public health crisis? >> well, jake, i'm very worried about what's happening with the flow of scientific information to the public at this point. science has allowed us to save lives. it's what's the underpinning of good med syringes and when we have good scientific data that tells us how to prevent covid, whether it's information about
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vaccinations for adults or adolescents it's essential that we get this information to people. blocking that information, attacking the public health officials who are trying to bring that life saving information to adolescents and parents this is not in line with saving lives. it's counterproductive, and it's ultimately a disservice to people who depend on all of us as health professionals to get them the right information so they can make decisions about things like vaccines. >> so i am worried. i do think what has happened is many parts of this pandemic have become, unfortunately, controversial and braintree split sized. we've got to get away from the politics of it. we've got to focus back on getting people evidence-based scientific information so they can protect themselves and their families. >> a lot of ignorant demagogues out there with blood on their hands. dr. murthy, thanks for your time and our deepest condolences on
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the family members you have lost to covid. >> thank you so much, jake, appreciate it. house minority leader kevin mccarthy meeting with former president trump before he makes his picks for the january 6th select committee. some progressists are trying to push him out fearing results of future elections, but is justice breyer about to retire? what did he tell cnn exclusively? stay with us. which are what makes new salonpas arthritis gel so good for arthritis pain? salonpas contains the most prescribed topical pain relief ingredient. it's clinically proven, reduces inflammation and comes in original prescription strength. salonpas. it's good medicine. to make my vision a reality my varilux progressive lenses provide seamlessly transition from near to far. with every detail in sharp focus.
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insurrection, this following reports that the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff general mark milley was concerned that trump could try to stage a coup in the aftermath of his 2020 loss. cnn's ryan nobles joins me now from capitol hill. ryan do, we know why mccarthy met with trump and what they discussed? >> the only two people who know for sure what happened in that meeting are the former president and the house minority leader. at this point neither side offering a rodeout of that covering, but we know going in that mccarthy's purpose was to talk to trump about the record fund-raising totals that he and his house republicans have brought in over the past couple of months and talking about vulnerable democrats ghelthey w go after in the 2022 mid-terms. this comes right at the time that kevin mccarthy has to name his five picks to the house select committee to investigate the january 6th insurrection, he's yet to do that, and that committee will hold its first hearing at the end of july so it
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stands to question whether or not that is a topic of conversation between trump and mccarthy given the fact that trump could be a big focus of this committee's work. >> jake? >> and are republicans on board with this meeting? >> you know, it's interesting. a leader reflects the people that he leads, right, and it's not a surprise that most house republicans have no problem with kevin mccarthy meeting with president trump. i caught up with tom cole from oklahoma. he's certainly a conservative, but he's not a more controversial member of the house rope can caucus. this is what he told me of the meeting earlier today. >> i think it's perfectly appropriate for him to be visiting, you know, with the former president or any other political figure that, you know, people that might be running. that's sort of his by, and he's our -- you know, our leader. >> reporter: so he's the leader of the rope can party, the republicans and the slous no problem with donald trump playing an important role in their future and that goes what happened in the mid terms and beyond. jake? >> ryan, thank you so much.
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appreciate it. this mccarthy/trump motoring comes amid a slew of new and explosive boks that paint a disturbing picture of trump's time in the white house. joining me now to discuss is historian professor brinkley. it's claimed that the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff general milley thought trump was the classic authoritarian leader with nothing to lose and told his aides in regards to trump's continued lies about the election results, quote, this is a moment, the gospel of the furor. now for people who aren't that familiar with world war ii history, that refers to the 1933 attack on germany's parliament building that hilller used as a pretext to establish a nazi dictatorship. now a source close to milley says the general was not calling trump a nazi but was concerned
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that trump's rhetoric could three-day that type of seizing power in the midst of controversy and insecurity. >> yeah. absolutely. i mean, i alone can fix it's a stunning book that people have to read, and it has a lot of nazi symbolism in it. general mark milley talked about the trump supporters. he fears them as being brown shirts, referring to adolf hitler's followers. nobody is equating trump to hit lersch but what's powerful here is that the u.s. military leaders, our top generals, admirals, joint chiefs of staff are worried that trump has a fascist fixation of staying in power, and they even -- he called the boogaloo boys and the proud boys hitler-like troops and at times donald trump seems different at a charlottesville event or during a debate just as i tell the proud boys, to you know, stand back and stand red, so trump dabbles in this sort of
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fascist hitler-like imagery frirnlgts and he dabbled enough in it that it frightened our joint chiefs of staff and top military brass that trump is unglued, and in fact that's what we fought world war ii against, the very type of people that were assembling on january 6th at the capitol. >> and that's the thick. it's not really about the nazi part of it so much as it is about the authoritarian part of it, the idea. >> yeah. >> that this country actually came closer than we possibly ever have, at least in the last century, to having a leader seriously attempt to overturn a democratic election. it was done rhetorically. it was done in courts. it was done before election boards, and -- and he continues to lie about this, and then we saw what happened on january 6th. how concerned are you given the fact that trump has not gone
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away and this authoritarian impulse, this desire to make it easier to overturn the will of the poem is if anything gaining steam? >> yeah. i'm deeply concerned, and i alone can fix it. nancy pelosi talks about talking to general milley how do we know trump won't use a nuclear weapon? this guy is unstable and he'll do anything to stay in power and there weren't any guarantees and in the military they were talking about a mad man being in the white house and we've got to land this aircraft, you know, safely. the fact that our best and the brightest in the military, someone like general milley who went to princeton and columbia graduate degrees, naval war college and incredible intellectual was this deeply concerned about what trump was up to it is and what it is is a rise of fascism in america and donald trump is the leader of it, and these books that are coming out now are just building
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a portrait of an authoritarian president, donald trump, that was completely hell bent on not relinquishing power. truth be damned. >> it's not just the nancy pelosis of the world. it's people who served under trump. it's former general john kelly, it's general mattis and john bolton. now, on these allegations trump responded by -- with a statement today in which he said in part i never threatened or spoke to anyone a couple of our government, so ridiculous. sorry but the eselection my form of coup and if i was going to do a coup one of the last people i want to do that with is general mark milley. if i was going to do a coup one of the last people i would do it with is general milley. >> what we're dealing with in donald trump is somebody who is clever and smart but is a bit of an imbecile and has no sense of history. in the famous moment when general kelly went to europe
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with donald trump and donald trump started to praise hitler about the you had a bond and roads and kelly looked at him and said never say anything nice about hitler and i think the late writer george norm ale mail her say in history only a few names get now. the andy warhol will pay mao tse tung. trump saw those more as celebrities because he never did his reading on what the policies did. >> trump denies the story but a source familiar with the conversation confirms to me that
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yet been cleared for vaccines are depending on the rest of us to get vaccinated. that was part of the surgeon general's plea today to get vaccine procrastinators or vaccine skeptics on board as individual states struggle to vaccinate, inform and keep that highly infectious delta variant at bay. cnn's miguel marquez takes us to louisiana where the state is experiencing an entirely preventable fourth wave on the bayou. >> the latest coronavirus surge hitting hospitals across louisiana. patients struggling to breathe, now younger, circumstance and staying in the hospital longer, say doctors, treating them. >> something new that i'm having to struggle with is now having to tell 4 and 5 and 9-year-olds about their loved one and not being able to get them hem or being able to see them and that's difficult, and i don't want to go that over and over again. >> doctors and nurses stressed a long year getting longer. lafayette's our lady of lord
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regional medical center has had the highest number of covid patients admitted in the state. >> we're going to exhibit now more stress on the system, more stress on us as we're having to take care of these patients. once they arrive they are in the hospital for weeks and months. >> the bayou state entering its fourth coronavirus surge driven by low vaccination rates. currently only about 36% of residents here are fully vaccinated, and the rapidly spreading delta variant accounting for 60% of inforecasts here. how fast is the virus growing in the community here? >> welling right now we've had the highest number of new cases, almost 2,000 new cases today than we over had going back three or four months. delta variant up until last week was duje in prevalence. >> in northern louisiana st. francis he had call center has had the second most number
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of patients in the state. 999% of people are up advantages nahad had, people with symptoms in the emergency real. >> the hospital expanding its capacity for covid-19 patients. dr. john brickhouse is in an icu that is used for patients getting out of surgery. it's been emptied and is again being prepared for coronavirus patients. >> we know that our area has about 25% to 30% influx of the dealt heir wearant. we expect that everity that will increase and then that's our worry that most of the virus in this country will be the delta variant. >> reporter: overcoming anti-vaccination conspiracies, the hardest part of their job. >> seeing people -- seeing their loved ones, seeing other people that they know and trust receive it and seeing that they have
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perfectly fine, i think that's what it really takes is making it personal or someone in their family becoming very sick, and then names a priority. >> reporter: now as impossible as it may seem for some to get vaccinated. doctors and health professionals we spoke to said, look, if you're vaccinated and there's someone who is no. don't a are a ranks them. keep work on. this is a large persuadable number out there that will get vaccinated. joining us now is the state medical director and officer for louisiana. you heard in miguel's piece from a doctor in northern louisiana saying 99% of the patients coming to the emergency department with covid, 99% run
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vaccinated. that squares with what we're seeing across the country. governor john well edwards has bing many so proactive at the beginning. why hadn't. our challenges are similar to our neighbors in arkansas and mississippi. we we get, and there's a lot of. i was happy to see the secretary-general put the -- sometimes it's based on nothing at all but these myths have
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become so pervasive and do so much damage. last week we had a 24-year-old e.r. nurse from lafayette die from covid. we had a 30-year-old clergy member from the town of eunice do i and those families are suffering and at the end of the day prefer very ventable. that's the real kick in the gut. >> those two you are saying, i'm sure you're saying they were not vaccinated is the point you were making? >> yeah. i can't talk about their cases more than that, but 97% to 99% of both the cases and the deaths that eve seen. breakthrough cases do happen. people who get vaccinated do sometimes still get covid. these vaccines provide great protection but not 167 hundred%. >> 95%, 94% f-cassy is a grand
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slam for vaccines. few vaccines come that close. when we usually see cases they are mild or aestimate being. >> doctor, let's talk about the misinformation that you're hearing hand who are you hearing and how is the state of louisiana combating it? >> we're really trying the kitchen shown and at this pint -- i need to be hum vbl to know that i'm not the met messenger for everybody but somebody is a a wrsh of the church and pour
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them with resources to go talk to people and like miguel said a while ago there's a large moveable middle of people who have chosen not to get vaccinated. they probably will but haven't done so yet. they are on the fence and have questions and i think we can still reach those people. >> operation warp speed through which many of these vaccines were discovered or at least the funding for distribution came, that was started by president trump who has said a few things here and there praising the vaccine and has not used the force of his platform and his popularity among many voters to push people to get the vaccine. what would be the impact, do you think, if president trump did a tour of louisiana urging -- focused entirely on urging louisianaians to get vaccinated? >> i think it would -- it would move the needle, but i hold every elected official -- if you're an elected official and you're not talking truth about the science right now. if you're spreading disinformation, literally lives are on your hands, on your
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shoulders right now. look, trump did not make this vaccine, biden did not make this vaccine. scientist and a lot of this made this vaccine and now it's been proven over-plus months. >> yeah. dr. joseph cantor, thanks so much for joining us. thank are for what you do out there. with some liberals trying to nudge him out the door in a rare interview justice stephen breyer tells cnn whether he has plans to step down. stay with us. don't flex your pecs. terminix. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ security at your fingertips. control feels good. chase. make more of what's yours. this isn't just a walk up the stairs. when you have an irregular heartbeat, it's more.
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a cnn exclusive in our politics lead. he's not trading the bench for a rocking chair just yet.
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supreme court justice stephen prier, the high court's most senior liberal-leaning justice, will turn 83 next month. speaking to cnn, revealing for the first time his thus on a possible retirement. cnn legal analyst andcourt biographer spoke exclusively to briere. joan, a big scoop here. what did he have to say? >> there's been so much speculation about what stephen breyer would do. would he give joe biden his first chance to put a luvtime appointee on the supreme court and i went up to see him and i said have you decided when you're going to retire, and he said no. he just still has not made that choice. i asked him what kind of factors would lead to it, and he said number one his health, and he's feeling really good right now. you mentioned he's going to be 83 next month. he's a pretty vigorous 83. he stays active and he jogs. he travels, and he said the second consideration would be the court, the integrity of the court, and here's a man who
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thinks of himself as a consensus-builder, and he's now in this new role that you mentioned, you know, the senior liberal. somebody who speaks sooner in their private meetings. he feels like he's got a chance to influence the court to bring about more ideological consensus as he did on the affordable care act case. he feels like he's a force for cooed right now, and i know that there are so many voices saying it's good you've been a voice for good but it's time to leave because we do not want to risk what happened with ruth bader ginsburg. >> that's the thing. it's not about how good he is or how influential. there's a bunch democrats out there and progress i was saying if you stick around and the republicans take the senate and you stick around even longer and republicans take the white house and the senate, your seat is going to become hard conservative. what does he make for all the calls for him to resign? >> first of all, i think he's trying to tune them out. during the court term he was basically working on his cases
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and now he's up in new hampshire away from it all and has a book come out in september that he's thinking about the promotion for that. he's trying to promote it as a sitting justice, and i think his idea about what happened with ginsburg and the kind of dice he has rolling here he has another year for sure because theoretically the senate would stay democratic. obviously it's just a one-vote democratic senate right now. there's a risk there because something could happen to someone. >> a democratic senator could die. >> exactly right, but let's say that doesn't happen and let's hope it doesn't happen for all the reasons we wouldn't want somebody to die, you know, unexpectedly. the mid-term elections would be next november of 2022, and he could -- he could go at the end of next term, stick around, decide some of the abortion -- the abortion and gun rights cases, things that he believes he could have a strong hand in. >> all right. interesting. so maybe he'll retire next june, but who knows. no indications that he will.
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is taking a close look at jerusalem, the city considered a holy site for -- for three of the world owes most prominent religion, juicism, islam and christianity. a cnn original series, "jerusalem, city of faith and furry," dives into the tension that dates back thousand of years. >> reporter: the 12 tribes of ancient israel have united under king saul and met the philistines in battle. >> the philistines have sent a man, goliath, out on to the battlefield who has challenged any other israelite to battle and because of his size none of the israelites were willing to take him up on the offer. so at this point david enters the story. david was the youngest of eight sons, and the story goes that david was basically a shepherd boy who would take his father's
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blocks out. >> all together he's one of history's most fascinating characters. he was a poet, a singer. >> he's a little guy. >> he's not a smooth politician. he's not an administrator. he's not a schemer. he's the on sift all of that. he acts on impulse. >> reporter: cnn's pentagon correspondent orrin lieberman joins us before covering the pentagon, orrin was stationed in jerusalem for cnn for years. what is the current dynamic in jerusalem? >> jake, it would be a mistake to think that the current tensions are something new to the city. this has been a city because of its religious importance to christianity, islam and jerusalem, has been in conflict for thousand of years, and that's what this series dives into, religious conflict because at different times in history it's been ruled under jewish rule, christian rule and islamic rule, but then political conflict as well with the religion so close together, the political and national identities that tie into that. it's all part of it, and it's not just the past that makes
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jerusalem significant, it is the future because of jerusalem's place in prophecy when it comes to biblical prophecy and it's fascinating to remember that the poverty stories for jerusalem is very often more powerful than the truth of the stories, and that's why it has such an impact on people and that's why the series dives into the conflicts that have defined the city and in many ways defined human history over thousand of years. >> the most recent military conflict over the palestinians and gaza and the israelis have to do with east jerusalem and who was there and how long and who has a claim to it. is there any movement at all towards trying to find a conclusion towards jerusalem? >> i think a conclusion talking about it, theorizing about it is a nice thing to do. i think it's hard to look at the conflict right now and say there is a solution in the foreseeable future. certainly not one that satisfies the political and national aspirations of everyone there and everyone around t.critically
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there's an attempt to make the city much more livable. nothing that makes it happy but something that makes it live and it is an incredible city for all its faults and issues and problems. >> orrin lieberman, thanks so much. check out the premiere of the new cnn series, "gers legal, city of faith and fir" coming up on sunday. coming up, president biden will be meeting with german chancellor angela merkel. we'll bring that to you and more shocking things coming to light about trump's final days in office. stay with us. ful aren't just made for traders - they're made by them. thinkorswim trading. from td ameritrade.
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. welcome to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. this hour president biden faces reporter questions alongside german chancellor angela merkel and when it comes to toppish use the two allies are not on the same page and health crisis wrapped in a pandemic. a surge in death from including overdoses reaching record highs. what's being done about it? and leading this hour, a serious fear at the time and then outgoing president trump was on the precipice of stapling a coup. that stunning revelation that the in addition owes top military officer general mark milley was that wore owed comes in a new explosive book about the final days of the trump presidency. it's one of a couple of books that are revealing for the first time extent to which democracy
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was inn more peril than we knew at the time and if you're wondering where the republican party goes from here. well, apparently it's to trump national golf club in bed minister, new jersey where house lowered kevin mccarthy is meeting with trump today as jessica dean reports. >> reporter: house minority leader kevin mccarthy meeting today with former president trump at his bed minister golf club leaving no question about trump's hold over the party. a gop source tells cnn the men plan to discuss upcoming special elections, vulnerable democrats in 2022 and gop fund-raising, but the visit also comes as mccarthy considers who from his conference to name to a house select committee investigating the deadly january 6th insurrection and what role trump played in inciting it. >> and we fight. we fight like hell, and if you don't fight like hell, you're not going to have a country anymore. >> reporter: the meeting comes just as new detailab