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welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. it is friday, july 16th. and this morning, the pandemic heading in the wrong direction. we just learned that cases are now rising in all 50 states. overnight, los angeles county reinstated its indoor mask mandate that's even for people who are vaccinated. and the new york yankees hit by a new outbreak. last night's game against the red sox was postponed after at least three yankees tested positive. three others are being monitored right now. no word yet on the status of tonight's game. >> i do think sports really drives home what's going on here, right? i think this is what grabbed so many folks' attention because you also have the men's olympic basketball team that was supposed to play an exhibition game against australia tonight and that has been cancelled.
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starting point guard bradley beal will miss the games because of covid health and safety protocols. missing the games here. the virus hitting the broadcast booth, too. former e news host cat sadler and nfl rich eisen announced they're battling covid even though they're fully vaccinated. leyla santiago is live in miami where doctors are saying they're seeing a growing number of patients who are younger in unvaccinated. >> reporter: yeah, john, brianna. we talked to a group of doctors running a mobile vaccination clinic here in south florida. they told me that the increasing infection rates in younger population extremely worrisome for them. and this comes in a state where not even half of the residents are fully vaccinated. for danielle chen and her three children, getting vaccinated against covid-19 is a family affair.
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>> ready? >> relax. just relax. >> that was not bad at all, guys. >> reporter: they all got the shot to protect the newest member of their family. destiny. >> i have a brand new baby, which is in the nicu. i need to be safe for her. >> reporter: this mobile vaccination clinic run by the university of miami health system travels to schools and underserved communities where covid-19 cases are rising again. and with back to school just weeks away, their efforts are ramping up. >> it can vary. some days we vaccinate over 100 people in a day and other days are little lower numbers. >> right now in florida, the number of new covid-19 cases have roughly doubled in the last two weeks. and only about 47% of residents in florida are fully vaccinated. >> we were heading in the right direction. people were getting their vaccines. people were continuing to be careful while they got their vaccines. but we jumped the gun. we jumped the gun because people who were unvaccinated were
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following what the cdc recommended for vaccinated people. and mingling and co-mingling. >> reporter: as the officer of governor ron desantis told cnn he ruled out any possibility of a lockdown. hospitals like miami jackson health system are reporting a surge in unvaccinated and younger patients. the age group with the lowest vaccination rate in the u.s., 12 to 15-year-olds, only a quarter of them fully vaccinated against covid-19. one of the biggest obstacles to getting people vaccinated according to the u.s. surgeon general. >> the dangers of health misinformation. >> i didn't realize it until i had patients that were talking about the impact of things like tiktok and snapchat and how that sort of plays into the perception that adolescents themselves have about getting their covid-19 vaccine. >> reporter: this woman also brought her son to get vaccinated. >> he had his t dap and anything else if he needed it.
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>> reporter: but not the covid-19 vaccine. >> no. >> reporter: hodge wants to wait. she tells us her 26-year-old daughter plans to get the shot soon and hodge wants to see with her own eyes what side effects her daughter may experience before vaccinating her 12-year-old son or getting the shot herself. until then, she plans to rely on covid-19 testing, which does not prevent the infection. >> i don't have a problem with the vaccine. i don't. some people do for whatever reason. i really don't. i just want to wait it out to see how it affects them. >> it's my job to sort of asuede those fears a little bit, to say, listen, covid potentially could have a larger impact than this vaccine ever will. >> reporter: and an update on the chen family. they actually later in the day as we were there came back, brought grandma to get her vaccine. she was very afraid of it hurting and she said it was fine. she didn't even scream. and we checked on them and they said that all they've been dealing with is a few sore arms,
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brianna. >> a few sore arms. good news. leyla, thank you so much. joining us now is chrisna. her father died last year of covid after a three-week battle. she since founded an advocacy group. thank you so much for being with us. i also have to say, we're still so sorry for your loss. i know it was more than a year ago but it doesn't get any easier. your father died. he didn't have a vaccine available to him. so how does it feel for you when you see people now dying, refusing to get the vaccine that might very well have saved your father's life? >> well, thanks for having me on. i mean, it's complicated. it's hard for me to actually put the blame on any one individual with so much health disinformation flying around. people like my dad, who made decisions about how to behave based upon what he was seeing on
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fox news and what the leaders who he trusted were saying, are in a position in which they are being led to a place where they're susceptible to contracting the virus and getting very sick. so, it is complicated in the fact that we are now really just seeing for the very first time how deep disinformation and misinformation runs in our society, just like we've been seeing over the course of the last year and a half how deep health inequities run. >> just to give people a sense of what people are talking about in terms of misinformation, this is just a small sampling of what people who watch certain television stations are hearing about the vaccines. listen. >> the idea that you would force people to take medicine they don't want or need, is there a precedent for that in our life times? >> i think this is the greatest scandal of my life time by far.
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>> i feel like a vaccination in a weird way is just generally going against nature. 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. >> vaccine very probably would have saved your father's life. >> that's absolutely right. my dad, you know, he was otherwise healthy. he was incredibly active. and i wish he were here in order to have the vaccine, have the opportunity to have the vaccine. and we're right now in a situation where we have to really focus on how do we save the most amount of lives possible? and with disinformation flying across cable news stations like fox, we need to think about what is the data-informed plan. we need to bring other
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strategies into the mix to make sure that those most vulnerable, those who don't have access and young people under 12 who can't get the vaccine are protected. >> last year you said your father's only pre-existing condition was believing donald trump. and you were upset. again, when you continue to hear stuff like this, not from trump in this case on vaccines, but from places like fox, i imagine it's got to be infuriating. >> you better believe it is infuriating because i know that more people are going to fall victim to this. disinformation, misinformation campaigns that are coming. and i would not wish a covid illness and a covid stay in the hospital which is lonely, it's terrifying, it's painful. i would not wish that on even my worst enemy. >> i don't think anyone would.
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kristen, now you're devoting your life to making sure people get the correct information that underserved communities get access and information about the vaccines. we thank you for your work and we thank you for being with us. >> thank you. and really it's just amazing. it's been amazing to hear her speak on her experience, john, since her dad died. >> look, she's been through a lot. and the message she sent last year is her father didn't need to die. and that was from not wearing masks at that point, that was from not living safely. now, imagine, as she hears certain stations tell people they don't need a vaccine, the vaccine that could have saved her father's life, people can get them for free now. how much that must hurt. >> it's a life raft and it is incredibly painful to watch people you love say, no thanks, as we said. i will take my chances. it's incredibly painful to watch that. this week we learned terrible new revelations about the aftermath of the capitol riots and how concerned lawmakers, military members and members of the trump
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administration were that former president donald trump might try to overturn the will of the people hanging on to power. and this week we're seeing republicans still lining up to kiss trump's ring. they're hoping to keep his approval. yesterday it was house minority leader kevin mccarthy you'll remember said this just one week after the attack on the capitol. >> the president bears responsibility for wednesday's attack on congress by mob rioters. he should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding. >> but just two weeks after that, he met with donald trump and yesterday he did the same. now sources tell cnn that mccarthy did not speak about the capitol riot or about the house select committee investigating the event, but frankly that's a little hard to believe. and if it wasn't discussed verbally it might have been communicated in the unspoken language that they use. the language of love. here is what mccarthy said they discussed. >> these were some of the actual discussions i had with president
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trump. talking about the border. talking about our success in the last election. talking about our first six months in fundraising. and we've talked about you a little bit, too, sean. that was all good. >> okay. you didn't -- well, i don't want to know that part. we'll see. >> political survival of course plays a part in this behavior. take george p. bush, father's 2016 presidential candidate jeb bush who received this sort of treatment at the hands of donald trump. >> jeb bush is low energy person. how could bush be in first place? this guy can't negotiate his way out of a paper bag. >> i don't know why i mentioned jeb. what happens is this, look, it's sad. he's very sad. his family is so ashamed. >> so despite that, his son george p. bush running for texas attorney general met with trump this week praising their friendship. so then there's author and
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venture capitalist j.d. vance running for senate. vance slammed trump's behavior and policy positions like this one from august of 2016. >> i cannot stand trump because i think he's a fraud. well, i think he's a total fraud that is exploiting these people. >> i do, too. i agree with you on trump because i don't think he's the person -- i don't think he actually cares about folks. >> how do you turn around from that? well, he sure has tried. now vance says he's all in on trump now that he's a candidate he has deleted anti-trump tweets and made this apology on fox news last week. >> i criticized trump back in 2016. i ask folks not to judge me based on what i said in 2016 because i was very open about the fact i did say those critical things and i regret them and i regret being wrong about the guy. i think he was a good president. i think he made a lot of good decisions for people and took a lot of flak. >> also a moment of honesty he told times national political correspondent molly ball since trump is the leader of this
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movement that he, vance, needs to suck it up and support trump if he cares about republican voters. and florida's governor ron desantis, whose campaign team promoted exclusive new merchandise that says don't fauci my florida. that merchandise coming as florida sees increase in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, one of the highest increases in the country. but some you can't write off to craven election politics. take steve mnuchin who made this dodge earlier this week. >> when the former president says that the election in november was stolen, do you believe that was a lie? >> well, let me just say, i was very, very involved in the campaign in 2016 and i traveled with the president across the country and was integrally involved in everything. in 2020, i wasn't able to participate in the campaign. and i obviously was focussed on a massive amount of work in covid. so, i'm really just watching
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this from the outside. >> yeah, because apparently you have to be heavily involved in a presidential campaign to miss the extensive reporting and the dozens of court cases that have failed to unearth this evidence of widespread election fraud. again, these are the headlines. just from this week. >> how about steve mnuchin there, there was an election? wait? there was what? what happened? >> i was really busy. >> i was so busy. >> i was washing my hair. >> i didn't notice. all just in one week, a week that shows where the power lies where the loyalty lies and just how much some people are willing to compromise. >> so let's talk about all of this, shall we, with cnn capitol hill reporter melanie zanona and david chalian. let's start with this trip to bed minister. kevin mccarthy at bed minister, and i really have a hard time just knowing trump. it would be like trump
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malpractice to not discuss these things that they were very purposeful about saying they didn't discuss. >> yeah. i mean, i have a hard time believing it also. we know how focussed donald trump is on anything related to january 6th, its aftermath, how it may be investigated and look what donald trump does on an hourly basis. he puts out a statement continuing to perpetuate the big lie that the election of 2020 was somehow stolen and unfair and rigged. so, that is top of mind for him. everyone around him all our reporting indicates this is what consumed his thinking. so for kaecevin mccarthy meetin that's not going to come up? i'm not so sure that's true. why does kevin mccarthy still see donald trump as his best path to becoming speaker. everything about kevin mccarthy has to be seen through that lens. he believes everything he sees the way he becomes speaker is
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remaining loyal and solicitous of a former president who is clearly still perpetuating a lie on the american people. >> it told us everything. on the very day all this reporting about general milley being concerned that trump was going to somehow engineer a coup after election day, on that very day all that comes out, mccarthy goes to bed minister to meet with trump, why? because he doesn't care. because he cares about one thing and one thing only. and melanie, you have some new reporting about just how central donald trump is to kevin mccarthy and his strategy of taking back the house. >> yeah, you're absolutely right. this is a calculation that kevin mccarthy made really in the weeks after january 6th is when he made his first trip to mar-a-lago. it's not entirely surprising to see him go to bed minister now. it's not just kevin mccarthy, we have seen elise steph fannic, steve scalise trying to seek his
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support, stay in his good graces. another trend we noticed is that republicans are trying trump to fund raise. pitch after pitch invoked trump's name or image in some way. one member was fundraising off of trump's birthday. another common one was to include a picture of the candidate flashing a thumb's up sign next to trump. so, look, it's effective. trump has been a fundraising gold mine for these members, both mccarthy and the house gops campaign arm actually posted record-breaking fundraising numbers. >> these works in ruby red districts and rudy red states but there are swingy areas, melanie. are there risks to this? >> sure, of course the political risk. the battle for the house will be playing out in the suburban battleground districts where independents and moderates fled the party under trump. and also let's not forget that under trump's watch the gop did lose the white house, the senate and the house. at the calculation in the house is a little different than the senate where candidates have to run statewide.
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but for the most part, republicans see far more upside to keeping trump front and center. >> and you know, we can't really overstate the timing of this because you have mccarthy looking at picks for a select committee. mccarthy in this investigation by this committee, david, is probably -- he is going to be called to testify whether he testifies or fights that we're going to see. there are things here that should concern donald trump. right? >> well, no doubt. i mean, kevin mccarthy has already, we know from reporting, told members -- members of his conference, about the phone call with donald trump on that day. but i think what the committee is likely going to want to explore more than that phone call is everything that led up to that phone call. we don't have as much information about the constant flow of communication between kevin mccarthy and donald trump in the days between mid november and january 6th. so i think that is going to be of keen interest as they're
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trying to sort of investigate and lay the predicate for how this attack occurred on the 6th so that it can be avoided again in the future in any way whatsoever. >> david, just in general, framing here, his official title is house minority leader. but isn't it more appropriate to call him follower at this point? >> john, i think it's a good point and i think when you played that clip of him from january 13th or so a week after the insurrection, where he said that donald trump bears responsibility, i think it shows he was following what he thought at that moment was potential break that republicans were going to have as a party from donald trump, that the insurrection may have been the thing to break this relationship. and then he quickly realized that that was not the case. and so the following continued which is why he went to mar-a-lago just then a couple weeks later and why we saw him in bed minister yesterday. he is following. the biggest question in american
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politics that is going to be answered in a year or so from now is kevin mccarthy's bet right? is this commitment that republicans have to donald trump because they believe he's still the life force in their party, is that the right political bet? we're going to see that in republican primaries across the country next year in advance of the general election in the midterms to figure out sort of is that trump power really still the life force in the republican party. >> yeah. it is a big gamble. we're going to see if it pays off. melanie zanona, david chalian, thank you to both of you. we have brand new reporting that pentagon officials feared donald trump would strike iran to hang on to power after he lost the election. the former ambassador of ukraine who testified in trump's first impeachment trial will join us next. plus, checks for retired teachers in texas in jeopardy after democrats leave the state. and is it a bad idea to pour trillions more into the economy right now? we'll debate.
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♪ new reporting on an extraordinary conflict between former president trump and his chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. susan glasser of the new yorker reports that iran was repeatedly mentioned in trump's meetings with general mark milley after the 2020 election. glasser writes, milley was worried that trump might set in motion a full-scale conflict that was not justified. quote, if you do this, you're going to have an f'ing war, milley would say. joining us now to talk about this is bill taylor, former u.s. ambassador to the ukraine. he of course testified during trump's first impeachment hearing. he provided damning account of trump telling his appointees to establish a quid pro quo with ukraine aide in exchange for
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information. damaging information about his political opponent joe biden. i'm really curious, ambassador, to have you on today to talk about how the world sees this. i mean, there's foes of america and then there are the friends. let's start with the friends. how are they seeing these new developments? >> brianna, they watch closely what goes on in the united states. friends and foes. our friends, close allies, established democracies, they understand how the system works. they understand our checks and balances. they understand institutions and the importance of institutions. our allies who are new democracies, who are learning these issues and watching, they watch us closely as well and they want to see how this is supposed to work. i'm thinking, of course, of ukraine. they would like to have an
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operating, functioning democracy that has checks and balances, that has the ability to identify problems and deal with problems. so they'll be watch ing. >> they're waiting to see if this form of government they're striving for works. someone in the ukraine case, like russia, is going to say clearly it doesn't. >> the russians are going to look for the problems. the russians are going to look to see and point out to their friends and their citizens, democracy doesn't really work. the u.s. system, the democratic system, the western system, it doesn't work. they're as corrupt as we are. they won't say exactly that way. >> i'm sure. >> they have the problems and our system is better. >> trump yesterday claimed that the world didn't laugh at the u.s. when he was president. he was responding to another
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story. pelosi telling milley she was concerned trump might use nuclear weapons in his final days as president. trump wrote, quote, in fact, i was the one that got us out of wars, not into wars. and i was the one who got respect for our country again, not like now when the leaders of the entire world are laughing at us. they didn't laugh when i was there. what do you say to that? >> so, the importance of institutions is what people the rest of the world will either laugh at or not. institutions work, then people in the rest of the world will recognize that. institutions in the end did work here. if they don't work, then we'll be exposed for having our own problems, which we clearly do. but the laughter, the concern, the allegations of hypocrisy will come if our institutions
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don't work. so far they have. we've come close a couple of times and you talked about a couple of them, but so far they've worked. >> milley looked at trump as, quote, the classic authoritarian leader with nothing to lose. and certainly in your line of work, you've had a lot of experience understanding authoritarian leaders. do you agree with milley's assessment there? >> so authoritarian leaders don't have to worry about competition. don't have to worry about checks. don't have to worry about institutions keeping them from doing what they might otherwise want to do if they were unconstrained. so, that aspect of our system is one that we have to cherish and nurture and allocate. >> but are you saying essentially then that the system itself, our system of government, is what then prevented trump from being an authoritarian leader here. >> that's exactly what i'm
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saying here, brianna. independent, apolitical, apolitical military, independent judiciary, checks and balances within the judiciary, the justice department and independent justice department, an independent judiciary, apolitical military, apolitical cia, these are -- >> weaker institutions, not apolitical, he would have been an authoritarian leader. >> if he had been able to coopt, if a leader is able to coopt these apolitical institutions, then we would have had trouble. >> bill, it is great to see you. thank you so much, ambassador, for joining us this morning. >> thank you, brianna. good to be here. can the u.s. economy handle trillions more with a t in covid relief? we're going to have that debate next on "new day." plus, democratic lawmakers in texas fled the state to safeguard voting rights, but there are unintended consequences to this that has retired teachers in a jam.
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♪ so really major important economic debate at play right now after the u.s. government pumped $5.2 trillion of covid relief into the economy since march of 2020, now there's a question, is there going to be inflation? is fear of run away inflation justified or overblown? joining me now to discuss katherine ran pel, washington post opinion columnist and senior fellow at the kato institute. nice to have you both back. look, in our last episode of inflation, how scared are you, you both sort of were like, i don't know yet. maybe not so bad now. since our last episode, though, really almost every measurement of inflation has come back worse
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than people expected. so katherine, where are you now? >> i would say i'm more worried than i was a month ago or when ever it was that we spoke. but i'm still not panicking. what seems to be happening right now that the economy is reopening and everybody wants to do things and buy things at the same time. right? everybody wants to travel again. everybody wants to go to restaurants again. they want to buy a car. and there are only so many cars and restaurants and hotels available, particularly since a lot has shut down. it will take time for that capacity to scale up. so, i'm inclined to think still that it's probably transitory and that those supply chain issues will unwind themselves, but i don't know. i mean, jay powell testified yesterday before congress that this is a unique time for inflation. we should be humble about it. i think he's right. we have been surprised to the upside, repeatedly, as you say. >> more or less scared in one word? >> more, but not panicking.
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>> that was more than one word. scott, just so people can see some of the prices here, gas, which is a separate, gas prices are way up from where they were a year ago, and other consumer prices in general up as well. i think we have a graphic that represents all this. people are paying more for all kinds of things. so when you look at this, inflation fears more justified now? >> definitely more justified. i'm also not panicking. but i do think that we -- i think katherine used the right word. we should be humble about this. you know, the definition of transitory keeps changing. it was a couple months. now it's six months. it look like we'll be stuck with these types of prices and these figures until at least the end of the year. but i am concerned that as even more money comes online, child tax credits are just hitting bank accounts now. as supply chain problems, as labor problems don't really work themselves out as quickly as we thought, we could end up with a
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situation of, again, more money chasing restricted supply and higher prices, which the big deal about that is that it will erode real wages. real wage growth is actually slower now than it was pre-pandemic because of these price gains. >> first of all, i want to face every crisis with both of you because you don't get panicked at all. not panicked yet. i like that. but scott, talk to me specifically about this because this is another part of the discussion because there are new debates in washington about say infrastructure, which is more than just infrastructure, but it's putting a lot of money into the economy. what do you think the inflationary impact of putting still more money into the economy will be? >> well, i think it depends on both how it's paid for and on what the fed does. but if this is not paid for, if this is just more debt, more spending, and we could see significant issue. i mean, if you look at some of the areas that democratic budget proposal targets, healthcare,
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child care and the rest, these are pretty restricted supply areas and you have again more money hitting a wall of restricted supply. that's inevitably going to lead to higher prices. and i think the other big thing is that in some of the areas like rent, prices are actually still been subdued. we don't expect that to continue given what's going on in the housing market, so we could see some areas that have been keeping inflation tempered start to go up. and that's, i think, again where we could have problems. >> all right, katherine, your reaction to what scott has said including the idea that this may not be the time to pump this much more money into the economy? >> so, i think that democrats claim -- democrats and republicans claims that the plans they agreed upon or hashing out right now are paid for is sort of nonsense at this point. there are very overly optimistic about how much money their pay fors are going to raise. and a lot of the things that would raise a lot of money are going to have political impediments.
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that said, this is spending that if it passes is not going to come online immediately. we're not like dumping $4 trillion into the economy today. this is over the next decade basically. and you think about the kinds of things that they're spending money on, things like roads or bridges or broadband, these are not the kinds of things that you can rampb up immediately. these require longer-term planning. so i'm not worried, even if this isn't fully paid for, which i think it should be, even if it isn't i'm not particularly worried about the inflationary effects. this is going to be slowly dolled out over a longer period of time. it's not like we're pumping a lot of money into the economy today. and as scott points out, what the fed does really matters here as well. and as long as they are on the ball regarding the inflationary pressures that we see right now, if, in fact, mass psychology changes and people start to freak out and preemptively raise prices, then as long as they're on the ball i think we should be less concerned. but the fiscal policy stuff really not a worry for me.
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>> very quick last word to you, scott. you were scoffing because you're not quite sure the fed is on the ball. >> well, the fed keeps getting things wrong, by their own admission. i think that's really the concern here. the markets clearly have a ton of faith in jay powell and in the fed that they're going to be able to keep all this under control. but i really do think that we should be a little concerned at this point as by their own admission they really don't know. that i think is where things get a bit scary. >> katherine rampell, scott lincicome, thank you both very much. so, it is an american staple for better or worse. but, are buffets being cancelled? what the pandemic has changed about restaurants. plus, just in, a new warning from the faa about some passenger jets and a safety
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risk. we'll have some details ahead.
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when you upgrade. call today. avoiding the passage of a controversial voting bill that is being pushed by republicans. but that has brought to a halt other legislative business on the docket, like extra checks of up to $2,400 for retired teachers. and these are checks that have been approved by the texas state senate, funded by a surplus, but they're waiting approval by the state's house of representatives. joining me now the executive director of the texas retired teacher's association, tim lee. tim, thank you so much. we know that you are obviously very much behind this, getting these one-time checks to teachers, retired, who are in the retiree system.
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what do you want democrats to do? >> well, thank you so much for having me on. really appreciate this. you know, our members are pretty vocal, very educated and what they want, they want people to work together. they want work to continue. and they want to make sure that these checks are something that ultimately pass. and so, we have heard from our friends, both on the republican side of this issue as well as the democratic side of the issue. and we have been assured that these checks will ultimately happen. but for so many retired teachers and retired school employees in texas, you know, the money cannot come soon enough. and so, our hope is that work will resume as fast as it can. >> so you want this to happen now. that is your -- certainly your position and the position of your members. do you then want democrats to return to the state for this
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special session, which would mean that this bill on voting rights, which many democrats oppose, would move forward if that would give your members these checks? >> well, you know, there are so many issues there that need to still be resolved. our members are very impassioned in the whole process of governance and policymaking. it's hard to pick sides on the issue. we stay focussed entirely on what does this mean for retirees. what i can say for our members -- >> i want to ask you, tim, real quick because there's no way to uncouple these things. there isn't. if they come back for the session to pass these checks that is the reality of what happens. there is no way to just focus on one thing if you're a legislature because these are linked. >> well, you know, that's the difference between our focus and the ones that are elected to do
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the job is they have to sort that out. they made us a priority. they have these other issues. when they're back to work, i'm sure we're going to continue to be a priority because it's a need. >> yeah. we certainly hear you, tim. and it just goes to show you that there is other legislative business and this is what we're seeing happen. tim lee, thank you. really appreciate you being with us. >> thanks so much. we appreciate it. so, in pre-pandemic times the buffet and salad bar were staples for many people. but now those go-tos may be gone for good. why? food industry experts say customers who have been working from home are buying more groceries online now while others have abandoned the self-serve food bar out of sanitary concerns. some supermarket chains are utilizing the space for pre-made lunches and dinners, which they say are selling better than the salad bars ever did. you want to know my thing, i know you've been concerned about how i feel about this in
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general. >> i'm so concerned. >> buffets to me have always been recipes for regret because i always get the wrong thing. so i go to the buffet and i'll -- >> you can go back, john berman. that's the whole point. >> then i still put the wrong thing on. i always put too much of the wrong thing on. can't put the right thing on and it's always regret. i just feel that. not because i eat too much, because i ate the wrong thing. >> what does this mean for the mongolian barbecue, is neither mongolian but neither >> i mean, that is' kind of a buffet. it's a buffet that then gets cooked. i don't know that makes it more sanitary. these are important questions. they're pressing and concern you so much, john. >> one fewer things to regret. that's all i want. just ahead, covid cases on the rise now in every u.s. state. new york city's health commissioner will join us live. plus, how firefighters in california are going beyond the call of duty battling historic wildfires.
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dozens of wildfires burning in the west are scorching the wilderness and incinerating homes. there is an army of firefighters and volunteers on the front lines going beyond the call of duty as the temperatures get hotter and the blazes get bigger year after year. cnn's sarah sidner has their story. >> the entire town was evacuated. >> reporter: this was the second time in eight months kathy's home has lost more than a dozen homes to wildfire. >> it sounded like a freight train coming down the mountain. the smoke rolls over you, all of a sudden it's dark. all you see is a bill huge ball of flames around the home, everywhere you look.
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>> reporter: a volunteer fire chief in this town of 600 residents, she is often the first one to call residents to tell them their home is gone. >> i'm still kind of numb. i mean, after losing everything that i worked for and everything all these years, it's gone, and everybody says oh, it's replaceable. well, no, a lot of it isn't. >> reporter: saturday kelly grosso lost one of the 16 homes burned in doyle. everyone thought the danger was over. but on monday the fire came roaring back, devouring more homes. chief and several residents were angry that air drops from state and federal agencies didn't come earlier. >> we were like the lone ranger because a lot of engines weren't where they should have been and weren't down there maybe. and i was -- at that point i was ready to say i can't do this any more. >> reporter: apocalyptic fire scenes are appearing more and more across the west. so far this year 67 large fires across 12 states have burned an
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area nearly five times the size of new york city. >> the frequency of fires has skyrocketed. >> reporter: cal fire captain dennis smith has spent 25 years battling some of the biggest blazes in the state of california. >> we used to get some what you would call career fires once every few years, and we're seeing career fires 100,000 plus acres is a common occurrence every year now. >> reporter: it's the new normal. >> the resources are spread through the state as we're burning from the oregon border down to mexico. >> reporter: california is on track to have even more devastating fire season than 2020 which was the worst on record, with 4.1 million acres charred. >> being from california, i'm sure you hear that this fire season is going to be the worst fire season, right. every year we hear that. >> reporter: which means their grueling work must go on longer, in days of 100 plus temperatures in some places. days of intricate work begin on hidden hot spots. there is one goal in mind, save
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lives and then property. are you proud -- you look around this entire house and it's charred 360 around this house. >> oh, yeah. >> reporter: but the house, perfect. >> yeah, the house is still standing. >> reporter: but 250 miles away in doyle, the local fire volunteers are devastated and residents are worried they're at the beginning of what used to be the start of fire season. sarah sidner, cnn, doyle, california. >> they think every year is supposed to be the worst year, and this is the new normal. it just keeps getting worse and worse. "new day" continues right now. hello, i'm brianna keelilar alongside john berman on "new day." even if they're vaccinated, will other big cities follow suit, do the same as cases surge? new york's top doctor is standing by to speak with us right now. plus, conservatives cry censorship after the white house confronts facebook for letting
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false claims about covid spread. is the gop putting politics before public health? new reporting this morning on the tumultuous final weeks of the trump presidency. the top general who worried the former president might start a war to stay in power. and former trump national security adviser john bolton one on one. what does he think about fears at the pentagon that trump might attempt a coup? ♪ ♪ good morning to viewers here in the united states and around the world. it is friday, july 16th, and we are beginning with a stunning turn for the worst in the fight against covid. cases now rising in all 50 states. look at all that red on that map. that is bad news. and we're tracking a number of other significant pandemic developments, none of them good in fact. officials in los angeles county
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reinstating an indoor mask mandate even for the vaccinated, starting tomorrow after recording more than 1,000 new cases a day for the past week. and then last night you had the yankees red sox game being postponed after six yankees tested positive. not clear whether tonight's game is going to be played. >> tonight's team usa men's basketball exhibition game against australia, that has been canceled. starting guard bradley beal is going to missed the olympics due to covid health and safety protocols. cat sandler and rich isen both battling covid despite being vaccinated. they both warn their condition will be a lot worse had they not received the vaccine. now the u.s. surgeon general is issuing a warning about the deadly consequence of vaccine misinformation. >> i think they're choosing not to get vaccinated. this has led to avoidable illnesses and death.

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