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hello i'm brianna keilar alongside john avlon. >> good morning. happy friday. >> good morning to you. happy friday indeed. good morning to our viewers in the united states and around the world. it is friday, july 23rd. and alabama's republican governor says it bluntly, it is time to start blaming the unvaccinated, she says, for the current state of the pandemic. despite a life-saving shot being available to every american 12 and older. in the past 30 days, coronavirus cases around the country have nearly quadrupled. hospitalizations almost doubling. and most of those by people who refuse to get vaccinated. and if outbreaks among unvaccinated players hit nfl teams this season the league may force them to forfeit the game. >> covid or not, the olympics are officially under way this morning in tokyo after a year of delays and uncertainty. first lady jill biden is there meeting with japan's emperor and she's one of 950 vips invited to
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attend the opening ceremonies today in a mostly empty stadium because of covid restrictions. as of this morning, there's at least 110 covid cases in japan directly linked to the olympics. let's bring in cnn's chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta. sanjay, what are you seeing? >> reporter: well, guys, you say that there's fewer than 1,000 people that will be inside olympic stadium behind me, it holds 68,000 people. that gives you an idea of what it will feel like in there. we'll see what it looks like on television, but the feel will be different. i want to go back to something you were talking about with the nfl. it's interesting because sports so many times throughout this pandemic has led the way in terms of making some changes. you know, with the nba bubble, for example, this nfl policy will be really interesting. it will be provocative and contentious but might make dampbs. we took a little deeper dive into it. take a look. with the first pre-season less
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than two weeks away, the national football league is sending a warning to unvaccinated players. cnn obtaining this memo saying if a game cannot be rescheduled within the current 18-week schedule and is cancelled due to a covid outbreak among nonvaccinated players, the club with the outbreak will forfeit the contest. the threat comes with financial consequences. players from neither team will receive their scheduled salary and the team with the outbreak will be responsible for all additional expenses incurred by the opposing team. >> last year when we did not have a vaccine to help out, the nfl held a game on every day of the week. the nfl does not want to do that again nor should they do that again if there is science that can be relied on to make things potentially easier and safer. >> reporter: some current players, like deeann dra hopkins turning to twitter to complain about the new rules.
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the arizona cardinals wide receiver tweeting and deleting never thought i would say this, but being put in a position to hurt my team because i don't want to partake in the vaccine is making me question my future in the nfl. and buffalo bills wide receiver cole beasley tweeted in june, i may die of covid, but i would rather die actually living. writing last night, nothing has changed. i'm still living freely. but according to the nfl, most players are choosing to get the vaccine. saying at least 78% have received at least one dose and 14 of the 32 teams have reached above the 85% vaccination threshold. in 2020 the league experienced several postponed games due to the coronavirus outbreaks. >> we had an outbreak in tennessee and we when we went in and really dug into that and tried to understand how did transmission occur despite our protocols when we began to realize it wasn't just six feet in 15 minutes. >> reporter: i spoke to the nfl's chief medical officer throughout the season about navigating the sport during the
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pandemic. how hard would it be to replicate what you were able to do at the nfl? >> what prevented transmission was mask usage. avoiding in-person meetings. staying in the open air environments. not eating together. prompt symptom reporting. isolation of anyone exposed. >> reporter: now a summer surge fueled by the delta variant, dr. anthony fauci says the nfl's move could encourage others to enforce similar vaccine protocols to help slow the spread of the virus. >> i think the nfl is sending a very strong signal that it's very important to get vaccinated if you want to play football and you want to do it in a way that you are -- feel unrestricted and not worry about any penalties, you just get vaccinated.
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>> reporter: there you have it. you heard the plan with the nfl. it will be provocative. it will be contentious, i think. but it might make a difference for the players and the fans who watch those players as well. >> yeah. let's hope it is. you know, i also want to talk to you about health officials in los angeles county because they're saying that breakthrough cases there now account for 20% of all new infections. i know that's going to raise eyebrows for a lot of people who are vaccinated. should vaccinated people be worried here? >> reporter: this is going to be really important to watch. i'll tell you a couple things. first of all, as more people get vaccinated the percentage of people who have these breakthrough infections will go up. that's just the math of things. so that part doesn't surprise me. but what i think we're seeing here is a frame shift. if you're vaccinated, you're still really well protected against getting serious disease, being hospitalized and dying. that data has held up even with the delta variant but it doesn't mean people might not still get
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infected as you're saying, the 20%, but also start to develop milder illness, not enough to land you in the hospital but still, you know, a rough few days of illness which nobody want. i think it's really important to remind people that you don't want this virus regardless. we still -- there's so much about it we don't know, the long hauler, that's a potential concern even for people who have mild disease. so, yeah, this is concerning. it's just a reminder of just how contagious this is and why we need to get people vaccinated so we can bring this pandemic to a halt. >> and that really is the key point, though, that if you're unvaccinated, this is a pandemic among the unvaccinated primarily, even though we are having these breakthrough cases. there's very few cases of hospitalizations let alone death. sanjay, i want to bring us back to the olympics. this is a surreal olympics. it's a ghost olympics with all these empty seats. what's the mood there? what's usually a time of massive celebration and excitement. >> reporter: john, you know,
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it's a tale of two cities. you know, you have excitement and you have anxiety at the same time. you have the olympics and you have people who are genuinely worried. eight out of ten people roughly local citizens did not want these olympics to happen here at this time because we're in a state of emergency. it's hard to sort of wrap your mind around the fact that you're going to have probably the largest global gathering since this pandemic began in a city that's in a state of emergency. if you look at the numbers, we can show the numbers, they've been going up steadily here and that's part of what's fueling the concern. so you know, i think the mood is both those things. you see what's happening. i don't know if you can hear there's a lot of excitement on the street just behind me underneath the stadium. inside the stadium, though, it's going to be pretty quiet. there's not going to be a lot of people in there. that's sort of what the mood is like. it's sort of study in contrast because of what covid is doing. what the focus is to make sure
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what's happening in the olympic village does not create surges in the city of tokyo or the country of japan. so far they think they have to under control but they'll monitor that very closely over the next few weeks. >> all right,sir. we will be, too. sanjay, thank you so much. live from the games in tokyo. while much of the focus on the olympics has been navigating the pandemic, female athletes in particular have been dealing with a host of other issues when it comes to inequality. let's take a look at this. here to break it down for us is cnn early start anchor laura jarrett. what are we looking at here, laura? >> brianna, organizers of tokyo olympics say this will be the most equal games in history with women making up nearly half of all athletes competing over the next several weeks. but in reality, female athletes still face plenty of obstacles, some obvious, others more subtle. back in june, u.s. women's soccer star alex morgan and others took on olympic organizers after the organizing committee said that nursing mothers would be allowed to
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bring their young children to the games only, quote, when necessary. what does that mean? well, this is what alex morgan said, tweeting we are olympic mothers telling you it is necessary. and yet some athletes like spanish synchronized swimmer were forced to leave their infants at home given that children have to stay in a hotel room separate from their moms. then there's the pair of track phenomes, teens barred from the women's 400 meter dash because their natural testosterone levels are too high, forced to choose between taking drugs to lower their hormone levels or forfeit the spot in the olympics, the pair is now left in no man's land, much like caster, who lost her legal battle over the same issue in 2019. and finally, if it's not breast-feeding or hormones, what about plain old wage discrimination?
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despite their historic success, players on the u.s. women's national soccer team still earn only 89 cents for every dollar that get paid to men. and they get less money in prizes and less money in bonuses. so equal pay somehow still elusive even in 2021, even when you are fighting for olympic gold for the home team, brianna. >> man, your story is ticking me off, laura. i know that's the point of it, but from the beginning there especially you're talking about mothers with children. it's just -- oh my goodness. where are we? >> hard choices, right? >> laura, thank you for taking us through that. >> sure. summer camps are reporting some new outbreaks, so what is the effect of the delta variant on children? we'll speak with a pediatrician. plus, just despite just weeks to go before the u.s. fully leaves afghanistan, americans are striking the taliban over night. and we'll speak to the author who interviewed donald trump during his unhinged and frankly delusional rants about the election.
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only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪ ♪ developing overnight, the u.s. military conducting air strikes against the taliban in support of afghan forces, marking at least six strikes in the last 30 days. officials say they targeted stolen military vehicles and equipment that was directly threatening the afghan military. so, is this the new normal? or is this on the way out? oren lieberman live at the pentagon with more. >> reporter: john, the u.s. carried out a pair of air strikes in the kandahar province early thursday morning against the taliban in support of afghan forces. the u.s. went after captured equipment, for example, stolen vehicles. that is equipment that was handed over from the u.s. to the afghan military as part of the withdrawal of u.s. forces from the country and then it was then seized by the taliban as it sweeps across the country.
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the u.s., as you pointed out, carried out about six or seven air strikes against the taliban in support of the afghans over the course of the past 30 days. that's a decreased pace. prior to that, it was a near daily occurrence as the withdrawal of u.s. forces continued towards that august 31st end date when all u.s. troops will be out of afghanistan. crucially, according to a defense official, three of the last four strikes mostly carried out by drones have been against this captured equipment. that's an indication that the u.s. military and commanders there have decided they will not let u.s. equipment be used by the taliban against afghan security forces in strategically important areas. that being said, the taliban has made swift gains across the country, chairman of the joints chief of staff general mark milley said the taliban now controls some 212 districts across the country out of 419. so about half the districts in the country. they have not yet taken over the 34 provincial capitals but surrounded half of them as well as kabul in an attempt to
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isolate the population centers for the day after the u.s. withdrawal is complete. john, as part of this, the u.s. is debating what to do after august 31st. it is expected there could be more of these air strikes and commanders of central command retain the authority to carry out such air strikes, but what happens the day after the withdrawal is complete and u.s. forces are out of the country? that is still being discussed and decided. >> such an important story. oren lieberman, thank you very much. the race to vaccinate america's teens. we have new numbers as parents and students prepare already for the new school year. and despite raising cases, hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend next week's lollapalooza music festival in chicago. why does the mayor think it's safe? we'll see.
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♪ one of the country's largest music festivals will go on next week despite a surge in coronavirus cases. the four-day lollapalooza festival in chicago has attracted more than 100 thousand people per day and this year's event is at full day capacity. the entry protocols is a negative covid test and full vaccination. critics and doctors say this is a terrible idea. omar jimenez has this story. >> reporter: lollapalooza is less than a week away. but covid-19 cases here in chicago are up 86% from where they were a week ago. driven by the unvaccinated, according to the chicago department of public health. now, for context the city-wide positivity rate is still 1.9%. so low, but an 86% increase isn't the direction officials want to see things headed in. despite that, the festival is still scheduled to be back at full capacity, but like before,
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you have to be either fully vaccinated or present a negative covid test within 72 hours of attending to get in. >> omar jimenez, thank you so much for that report. that's the reality here that we're looking at. lollapalooza, we were just reminiscing how much we miss music, but this is what people are facing. >> i have the ogt shirt from the pearl jam season. >> would you go to this one, though? that's the question. >> no. only if you're vaccinated. people should have to be vaccinated. don't mess with lollapalooza, folks. millions of teens will be heading back to school in the coming weeks. in a new cnn analysis finds that less than a third of them will be fully vaccinated. rules on mask requirements varying by state, those unvaccinated and unprotected students could be returning to school at a great risk. cnn health reporter jacqulynn howard has more on just how many young americans have received a covid shot so far. what are you seeing? >> reporter: john, it's
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interesting what we're seeing. so you know, when the fda authorized the pfizer vaccine for ages 12 and older back in may, there was an immediate uptake of vaccine. but, that seems to have taken a nose dive. here is where we are now. i'll take you through the numbers. so we analyzed cdc data and we found that about 30% of 12 to 17-year-olds will be fully vaccinated in two weeks, when many of them will be heading back to school. now, that includes the 7 million who are currently fully vaccinated and then we estimate an additional 600,000 maybe fully vaccinated in the next two weeks based on current trends. and what i mean by fully vaccinated, you know by now it's two weeks after getting your second dose of vaccine after completing a vaccination schedule. so if you have a teen in high school right now, and they get their first dose today, they won't be fully vaccinated until five weeks from now because they get their second dose in three weeks and then you need the two
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weeks after that to be fully vaccinated. john, we're going to continue tracking this. if there's a high school that has most students who are fully vaccinated they can build herd immunity and that means they'll be less likely to see an outbreak compared to schools where most students are unvaccinated. we'll keep an eye on it. >> sure will. thank you very much. >> yeah. we have so many questions when it comes to kids and coronavirus and vaccines. so let's talk about this now with dr. edith sanchez, who is a primary care pediatrician with colombia university, irving medical center and assistant professor of pediatrics and colombia university irving medical. doctor, thank you for being with us this morning. you know, just tell us how dangerous this delta variant is for children under 12 who obviously can't get vaccinated yet. >> good morning, brianna. it's great to be with you guys. i wish i could tell you just exactly how dangerous this is.
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the truth is we don't know. we know the delta variant is spreading more easily than other variants have in the past. that's what viruses do. they mu tate so they can spread easier among the hosts, which is us unfortunately. and we're seeing more infections in kids. we don't know yet how severe this is. i can tell you anecdotally on the ground it doesn't seem like the kids who are getting this variant are having a more severe illness, but we just don't know enough yet which is why this is so concerning. >> yeah. look, kids often don't show many symptoms. but we do know that hundreds have died in the u.s. so this is an issue that many parent aren't going to ignore. we're seeing rare breakthroughs in adults. they're rare but they're happening. cnn spoke with a woman where they were vaccinated and they got sick and infected their young children. >> the kids had been really, really sick, 103 fevers. diarrhea and vomiting.
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and it's been especially scary with a baby. >> yeah, of course, it is there. i wonder what is the likelihood of this happening and how can we stop it? >> i think the most important thing for everyone who qualifies to get vaccinated right now is to go ahead and do that. we are seeing breakthrough infections as you mentioned as happened to this family which is so unfortunate, but they're still very, very rare. if you are vaccinated, the chances of this happening are small. now i would say it is prudent if you are around children to go ahead and take precautions. we know that being outdoors is safer. we know that if you are outdoors but in a crowded space, you should go ahead and mask up. people are overmasked, so am i. but if you're around children, this will be really important because as i mentioned the risk is small but it is real. >> yeah, it is. i have a 3 and a 5-year-old, so you know, i'm sort of feeling this everyday. what should i be doing? i'm vaccinated but what should i be doing to keep them safe.
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we're listening to parents like a dad that we spoke with yesterday who is vaccinated but his daughter, of course, is unvaccinated. she tested positive first and then he and his wife tested positive and they became symptomatic. i wonder in the case of parents who are being vaccinated, as you say, that's the most important thing, is it more likely that they spread it to their kids or that their kids spread it to them? >> so, i would say it is more likely that they spread it to their kids than the kids spread it to them because once you are vaccinated, we know that the protection is very, very high. these vaccines are amazing. they are the best vaccines we have had in a very long time in the market. remember, as a pediatrician, i give a lot of vaccines. when i look at the data for efficacy, for safety for these vaccines in particular, they're truly a miracle of science, brianna. so if the parents are vaccinated, the risk that they're going to contract covid-19 from their kids is very, very small at this time. >> yeah.
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that's a very good warning i think to parents who are trying to navigate this. dr. edith sanchez, thank you for being with us. >> thank you so much for having me. coming up, we have a new book detailing the final months of the trump presidency and a stunning admission from the former president almost a year into the pandemic. and healthcare workers fighting back another surge in covid cases as well as extreme resistance to vaccines. did anyone you know get covid? >> my son had covid. >> how old is he? >> 8. >> wow. that's pretty rare for a young kid. >> yeah. >> what was that like? >> he was sick a lot. he's been sick a lot for a while. and he's still sick. >> are you guys going to get the vaccine? >> no, no vaccine. lar degeneratn may lead to severe vision loss. so the national eye institute did 20 years of clinical studies on a formula only found in preservision. if it were my vision, i'd ask my doctor about preservision.
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a new best-seller by authors and washington post journalists carol leonnig and philip rucker shed new light on president trump's last year in office and his state of mind following the loss of last year's election. in an audio clip with the author conducted with former president back in march for "i alone can fix it" which is in stores now and which is genuinely great, you should get it. trump shares his thoughts on some of the events that transpired during the january 6th insurrection. take a listen. >> and it was a loving crowd. there was a lot of love. i heard that from everybody. many, many people told me. that was a loving crowd. in all fairness, the capitol police were ushering people. the capitol police were very friendly. they were hugging and kissing. you don't see that. >> man, joining us now to discuss, co-author carol leonnig. great to see you on set. there is so much schoolage in this book. >> oh. >> every chapter has news.
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but you sat down with him at mar-a-lago and released the tapes as we just heard. one of the things that's stunning is just how deep the delusion seems to go and you distill at really well at one point in the book. one of trump's failures can be explained by a simple truth, he cares more about himself than the country. >> that's right, john. it was a trend we found when we reported the first book. phil and i kept seeing that basically his priorities were his political gain, not american democracy, not american safety, not american lives. it became pretty tragic and with huge consequences in 2020. a year when there was a real crisis. he did not have the tool kit for that because he was thinking about winning the day, winning the news cycle, short-term, my political fortune, re-election. and i think what phil and i found the most shocking, even though we covered this in realtime, the thing we found the most shocking is we interviewed more and more people is how panicked some of his most ardent
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supporters were about the peril he was willing to put america in. again, for his gain. >> yeah. i would argue he put himself in peril by putting america in peril. it was odd that he couldn't see past that even if he's motivated by what benefits him. that would benefit him. but you write about a november 13th meeting where trump was actually -- he was upset because of the vaccine. he really wanted it approved before the election and that's not what the fda ended up doing. he was upset that the emergency use authorization wasn't given until after election day. he said this about face masks. he said, i can't hear you when you talk through those things. i hate those things. meaning through masks. mr. president, they work aczar said. the evidence is conclusive they work. he described data showing that at one meter distance between two people wearing masks the chance of infection was reduced by 72%. really trump asked? he genuinely sounded surprised. yes, aczar said.
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trump pondered this for a moment. well, just be sure to take it off when you go to the microphone, he said. it looks silly. this is not the beginning of the pandemic, carol. >> no. we are talking, brianna, in the fall of 2020, when more than 200,000 americans have died. when the research is so consistent and proven that masks stop and slow the transmission, right? it's through droplets through your nose. and from our reporting the health secretary alex azar feels like he's on an extended comedic loop because he keeps telling the president masks work. and this is the second time, the example you just gave, the second time that trump says, really? they work? are you kidding? it's almost as if certain information that he doesn't want to hear doesn't get through. >> yeah. it's almost like that. so, let me ask you about a case where certain information he didn't want to hear led to a
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crisis in our democracy. you speak about how his staffers, people who are loyal to him are deeply concerned about what he's doing to democracy through the big lie but his supporters on the streets don't know that. they don't have that perspective. as the attack on the capitol is occurring, what is trump's state of mind? what is the feeling inside the white house? >> you know, it's amazing because we all lived it. we're in journalism. but america lived it through tv. and he is in his dining room off the oval office watching it and almost giddy because he does watch a lot of tv, but here he is seeing thousands of his supporters basically trample up to the steps, breakthrough barricades, all rallying for him to try to stop the certification of the election for joe biden. and he feels really supported and emboldened by that. and again, giddy. keep in mind, that when these
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people are regardless of their intention, when they are storming the capitol and going through those barricades, they're committing a crime. >> yeah. >> they're pushing past police trying to hold them back. this is before they breached the capitol. but what trumpb then realizes is, shots are fired. there are reports on the news within a half hour of this. and he, according to our sources, says oh crap. and it isn't oh crap, i've got to do something. it's, this doesn't look so good anymore. >> for him. >> the optics are bad for him. >> the optics are bad. that is the consistent, important priority for the president at that time. and it takes, though, two hours for a series of aides, including his daughter i vavanka trump an his chief of staff mark mad meadows to call off the dogs. to get people to realize this
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violence has to stop. the president has to say something. but he is the last person to realize what is required and what he needs to say. >> it is illuminating and it is incredible. you also talk about how trump reflects on his presidency, which i think is very interesting. you say -- he said in a certain way i had two presidencies. >> i love this one. >> he said in the first, when the economy was roaring, trump argued he had been unbeatable. i think it would be hard if george washington came back from the dead and he chose abraham lincoln as his vice president. i think it would have been very hard for them to beat me, trump said. then he lamented, came his second presidency, the pandemic killed his chances. that is -- those are some people to compare yourself to. >> the idea that he's talking to you like if i could have a wrestling match with a reanimated washington and lincoln, that would be a tough -- what kind of mind -- >> well, it's so -- i love the
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passage you read because our jaws were also dropping on the floor as he said this. and the reason is not making fun of him. not mocking a former president. but most american historians have concluded that this presidency was one of the most tragic. and so for him to say that he could beat washington teamed up with lincoln is pretty striking. also, i love this, brianna, this emphasis on this moment because he sees himself as a victim of covid. you know, he had -- i had two presidencies. i had this really big burden instead of seeing americans died. americans suffered. and his own kitchen cabinet and serious cabinet feel that he made it worse. >> all evidence would -- all signs point to yes as the 8 ball would say. i want to ask everyday we have new information about the
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administration coming out. it's kind of a moving target. you may have to do different editions of this book. but one of the things we're finding out is more information about the brett kavanaugh hearings, appointed to the court by the president. jump ball moment. president decides to stick by him but the fbi gets 4,500, you know, pieces of information from the public. >> tips, yeah. >> tips, according to new cnn reporting. some brought on to the white house. what is your read on that particular chapter and this new information about the fbi passing on this information to the white house about a supreme court nominee now justice? >> it's stunning but one thing that we need to keep in mind as well, it's amazing reporting, is the president was actively working with mitch mcconnell to make sure that that fbi investigation was limited, that it didn't go any further because they didn't need to want to know anything else. they needed this confirmation. and now let's fast forward to
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the interview that phil and i did with the president, the former president, in mar-a-lago, he's disappointed with kavanaugh. he thought kavanaugh should have been by his side and concluded that the election was rigged. so, even though, you know -- even though he did everything he could to stop information coming out, anymore bloopers, anymore more bad information, anymore more reports about women and kavanaugh or beer and kavanaugh, now he's actually disappointed in this judge and disappointed in all the supreme court justices he appointed. they didn't deliver for him and that's what he expected. >> real loyalty is overturning an election. >> correct. >> carol, it's a phenomenal book. great reporting as always and it's wonderful to see you on set. >> thank you, guys, for such good questions. >> you're welcome. all right. we have a fresh wave of american officials suffering from symptoms consistent with the mysterious havana syndrome. and now the cia is reviewing new
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♪ texas state democrats finishing up week two of their sabbatical in washington and objectively it's been a pr nightmare. their reason for leaving their state to call attention to unprecedented voting restrictions, but that has been overshadowed by the trip becoming a superspreader event. now most say they're vaccinated. some are asymptomatic, but this is ripe for criticism from republicans. and now texas senator ted cruz has weighed in. >> what you're seeing the democrats do here is a political stunt. this is at the end of the day
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politics. and they need to get back to doing their jobs. here is the good news, harris, this stunt is going to fail. >> love or hate this sojourn by texas state dems the last person who should be chiming in about political stunts is ted cruz. it's like a black fly in our chardonnay or a death row pardon two minutes two late but then crews must have missed track ten jagged little pill. >> i do not like them, sam i am. i do not like, green eggs and ham. would you like them here or there? i would not like him or there, i would not like them anywhere. i do not like greens and ham. >> we're at the edge of the river on the other side of the river is mexico. the other side of the river we have been listening to and seeing cartel members, human traffickers right on the other side of the river, waving flashlights, yelling and taunting americans.
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>> my friends. and the next vice president of the united states, carly fiorina. ♪ >> now, that last scene was a desperate attempt to save the republican nomination from donald trump. he would drop out of the race just a few days later. but there's one phrase that really stood out in his recent fox interview more than political stunts -- >> senator cruz, this is your home state of texas. you have seen what i know with my relatives in texas, we don't do, we don't cut and run. that's what i've heard some republicans accuse them of. what is the next phase that they're in now? >> real texans don't cut and run, she says. unless, of course, there's an historic winter storm leaving millions without power in your state and you really want to escape that freak deep freeze to go on a griz wald-style family
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vacation to cancun. >> it was obviously a mistake. in hindsight i wouldn't have done it. >> now, it's not like cruz cut and run for a reason related to politics or policy. he left for drinks. maybe the guy with this much baggage on the topics should sit this one out. >> well, listen, karma is a remarkable thing. and this episode really embodies, i think, all that's wrong with the modern democratic party. >> karma may be alive, but for ted cruz, irony is apparently dead. >> such a strong jagged little pill reference. >> right? >> i appreciated it. >> i think that you -- this trip by texas democrats has been completely overshadowed. >> you're right. it's become a superspreader event. even if it achieves what they want. >> it's fun when ted cruz weighs in on it. >> you have to check yourself
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♪ in oregon, the monster bootleg fire is now the third largest in that state's history. as crews and improving weather conditions keep it just shy of 400,000 acres. parts of the northwest remain under critical fire danger.
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let's go to cnn meteorologist chad myers to tell us all about it. chad? >> john, still windy again today. dry, obviously the drought is there and there's your area of worse concern for today. the new drought monitor came out yesterday. the drought expanded. it didn't rain. so it's not really going to go away. one spot that is getting some rain today in the irony is of being in a drought and having a flash flood warning at the same time. tucson, arizona, that is your claim to fame today. it's raining so hard that it can't soak into the ground that needs it so much. there's two to four more inches over the next couple days. a moderate risk of flash flooding everywhere. when it rains in the mountains, it comes down these dry washes. they're dry most of the year but all of a sudden when it rains on top of the hill, all that water goes down in one single place. the haze is now across parts of nashville and atlanta. that's the smoke from the fires out west and the northeast doing slightly better today. and here are your afternoon highs. john?
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>> chad, thank you very much. >> you bet. climate change is melting roads and warping critical infrastructure in the u.s. the increasing severe weather is also affecting the biden administration's infrastructure plan as costly climate resilient infrastructure becomes more and more necessary. pete muntean has more on this. >> reporter: john, brianna, the weather is getting more extreme, more often. so the biden administration wants to spend $47 billion on what's called climate resilience. the goal is to better protect our critical infrastructure. the fear is that our roads, bridges, even commercial flights can't stand the heat. with roads buckling in the pacific northwest, a deluge drenching a new york city subway and fatal flooding across europe, scientists say climate change is here and it's pounding our infrastructure. >> the water was up to my eyeballs. >> reporter: josh heads climate resilience for the port authority of new york and new jersey. it is beefing up its tunnels,
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airports and train stations to handle higher temperatures and higher sea levels. in 2012, hurricane sandy left this path commuter train station in new jersey entirely under water. >> we needed to realize that climate change was real, sea level rise is real and we needed to make sure that we were accounting for that as we move forward. >> reporter: the port authority is even installing flood gates at station entrances, 7,000 pounds they are designed to be deployed quickly in case of an unforecasted rush of water. the latest estimate is water levels worldwide will rise by 6 feet by the end of this century. >> so i think people see it. i'm not sure that they understand how much worse it's going to get and how quickly. >> reporter: during hurricane sandy, flood waters here entered through the elevator shaft. so the port authority re-enforced these structures with aquarium thickness glass. the concern about future floods is so real that the glass stretches nearly 20 feet up.
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on the other end of the country, the concern is over the heat that melted some of seattle's i-5 last month. >> the material properties -- >> reporter: shane underwood researches asphalt at north carolina state. he says with the world getting hotter, road crews should start laying down asphalt that is more heat resistant. >> if temperatures are greater than we presume they would exist when the pavement was designed, this can happen more frequently. >> reporter: all of this comes at a cost, the port authority spent $2 billion recovering from hurricane sandy alone. a new study says climate change intensified the storm, increasing damage costs by an extra $8 billion. >> we need to have more climate resilient infrastructure and we need to stop climate change from getting any worse. >> reporter: even airlines say this is something they're dealing with. united airlines scott kirby says the entire industry needs to get better at reacting to extreme weather. the airlines will be at new ways to detect ligh

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