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run. be sure to tune in sunday for "state of the union." that's 9:00 a.m. and noon eastern. you can also catch me every saturday and sunday starting at 6:00 p.m. eastern. our coverage on cnn continues now. happening now, a growing sense of alarm at the white house as the delta variant preys on unvaccinated americans and sets back progress against the pandemic. also tonight, the olympic games are on, and fans are out. we'll have a live report from tokyo on the opening ceremony under the cloud of a covid emergency. and trump ally and billionaire tom barrack strikes a $250 million bail deal. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. wolf blitzer off today. i'm jim acosta. and you're in "the situation
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room." ♪ and let's begin our coverage with more on the alarming rise in covid cases and the biden administration's renewed push to get americans vaccinated. our chief white house correspondent kaitlan collins is joining us with details. kaitlan, the president and his team are increasingly concerned by the surging pandemic. >> reporter: they're becoming incredibly concerned about this because they are sitting back and watching as this highly contagious delta variant is fueling these new outbreaks in the united states among the unvaccinated, with over half of the country still unvaccinated. and right now we just got new data from the cdc that shows today was one of the lowest vaccination points since january. when of course that vaccination campaign just got kicked off. what we are hearing not just here at the white house but from leaders nationwide is they are growing very concerned about what's to come. a new sense of urgency in the white house tonight as the u.s. enters a troubling phase of the
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pandemic with officials nationwide voicing concern. >> we understand the frustration of leaders out there and public voices who are trying to say the right thing, save people in their communities. >> reporter: more than half the nation remains unvaccinated, allowing the highly contagious delta variant to spread like wildfire. >> we're the first to say, and we have long said, that that's not enough. we need to ensure more people and more communities are vaccinated. >> reporter: president biden and his top aides are worried the gains they've made are being erased, while issuing blunt warnings from the white house podium to the millions who remain unvaccinated. >> other communities where there is 40%, 50%, or otherwise, that's not just a health issue, it's a huge health issue. it's an economic issue. >> reporter: new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are a fraction of what they were before vaccinations. but the numbers are still rising quickly. the u.s. is now averaging 43,000 new cases per day, a 65% increase over the last week was
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cases topping 40,000 for the first time since may, and 250 new deaths each day almost entirely among the unvaccinated. officials say the current surge from delta could've been avoided with one health official telling cnn we are seeing the consequences of what we've been warning about. it's serious and it's spreading faster than was anticipated. booster shots aren't currently recommended by the fda, but the u.s. government has now purchased an additional 200 million doses of pfizer's vaccine just in case. >> here's the bottom line. we've always prepared for every scenario. we don't know if we'll need a booster shot. >> reporter: republican governors are now outright pleading with their residents to get the shot. >> you've got to get vaccinated now. and, so, all i would say is this delta thing is coming. >> unvaccinated missourians are the primary target of this new covid-19 strain. >> reporter: alabama, one of the hardest hit and now the least
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vaccinated state in the u.s. only 33.9% of residents are fully vaccinated as cases are double what they were a week ago. alabama's republican governor says she knows who to blame. >> the new cases in covid are because of unvaccinated folks. >> what is it going to take to get people to get shots in arms? >> i don't know. you tell me. folks are supposed to have common sense. but it's time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks, not the regular folks. it's the unvaccinated folks that are letting us down. >> reporter: jim, we have not heard words like that from the alabama governor, my home state, i don't think during this pandemic. and it does show the alarm that some of these leaders, a lot of them republicans, are feeling in their home states. but today the white house press secretary was asked about this approach of blaming unvaccinated people outright for what we are seeing happening in the united states, would this delta variant, jen psaki said they are
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not here to place blame, they are just trying to get out accurate information about the vaccines. >> all right, kaitlan collins, thank you very much for that. let's get a report from florida, which is leading the nation in new covid cases. cnn's leyla santiago is joining us with more. leyla, what are you seeing there? >> reporter: we're at the cvs where a lot of folks are coming in for the first time, sometimes for the second shot. this is where they sit for the covid-19 vaccine. now the store manager tells me that they have been quite busy over the last few weeks, of course, florida, as you mentioned leading the nation when it comes to new covid cases. the vaccination rate still stands at about 48%. for the second week in a row, one in five cases according to the white house coming from florida. so, we asked people coming in today, why now, why did they decide to come in for the vaccine? take a listen. >> i'm getting vaccinated because of the deaths and the covid cases have risen a lot
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lately. so, that has me really worried and school's about to start. >> reporter: and the governor of florida, governor ron desantis says there is no chance that he is going to be considering a lockdown in the future or any sort of mask mandate. i have spent the week talking to doctors, nurses, even a patient in her hospital bed begging people to get vaccinated. and asking the government to double down on vaccinations, quit with the misinformation on social media, and do more to help a health system that one epidemiologist said will break down soon in florida if things don't change. >> yeah. and it's so easy to get vaccinated. you can just go to your local drug store like where you're at right now. if you have not been vaccinated, go out right now and please get that done for everybody's sake. leyla, thank you so much. let's bring in the former cdc
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director in the united states, dr. tom friedman for more analysis on all of this. i want to start with your reaction to what we just heard from the alabama governor kay ivey who sounded very desperate there and says it it's time to start unblaming the unvaccinated folks. that is what the governor of alabama said a few moments ago. is that the message officials should be sending right now? what do you think? >> blame is a really tough word. and really what we're talking about here is we need to protect people. we need to protect especially the unvaccinated. the vaccines prevent the spread of delta, and they prevent death. they also prevent longhaul covid. the best way not to get long covid is not to get covid in the first place. and the best way not to get covid in the first place is to get vaccinated. but ramping up vaccination means listening to people, understanding their concerns and addressing their concerns.
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i am somewhat encouraged that we seem to be seeing an increase in covid vaccination rates over the past weeks, especially in places having a lot of resurgence with delta. unfortunately, it takes, there's two doses of the mrna vaccine, a couple weeks and you do need that second dose because delta does overwhelm a single dose only of the mrna vaccines. >> that's right. the time to go out is right now because it's going to take time for that full vaccination effect to kick in. one of the big remaining questions about the coronavirus right now is whether vaccinated people can transmit the virus to others. we're hearing this question all the time. with that uncertainty looming, how do we best protect ourselves and our loved ones, do you think? >> no vaccine is 100%. these vaccines are astonishingly effective, but they're not perfect. that means with 162 million fully vaccinated people, we're going to see some breakthrough
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cases and tragically some of those will be severe, some may even result in death, and some of those may result in a spread of covid. that doesn't change the reality. the almost line, the plain truth, is that getting vaccinated is your best way to avoid serious illness and death and your best way to reduce the risk that you'll spread the infection to others who could themselves get seriously ill or die from it. >> and, dr. friedman, health officials in los angeles say about 20% of the approximately 4,000 new covid-19 cases reported in june were among fully vaccinated people. but the cdc is no longer tracking mild breakthrough infections. what do you think about that? is that problem attic? >> i think we need to learn more in very special studies where everyone is followed so we learn more about all breakthrough infections. and then we need to study intensively all serious breakthrough infections. because ultimately we want to prevent people from getting
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seriously ill or dying. that's the kind of universal monitoring that we need to be doing. telephone does raise the issue of if you're vaccinated, what can you do, what can't you do, you should still be worried, should you wear a mask? and i think that requires a certain degree of nuance to understand who you are, what you're doing, and where you are. if you're immunosuppressed or living with someone with immunosuppressed, then you need extra layers of protection. if you're in an area with exploding areas of delta variant, you want to be more careful. or if you're in a gym or where everyone is shouting, you need to be more careful. we want to make sure that we reduce the spread of delta, reduce deaths, make sure that we can get our kids back to school learning in the fall, and that means taking action right now because what we do now will determine what happens in the next month or two.
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get vaccinated and for people in high-risk places, we need to take extra layers of protection to damp down that spread so we can get back our kids to school, going to work, and getting back to the lower levels that we were at before. but it's going to take some time. >> and dr. friedman, i want to show a couple of maps that we've been showing our viewers. it shows the concentration of fully vaccinated people. there you see right there in the northeast, the midwest of the united states. that's in the dark green. that's where you see a lot of people who have been fully vaccinated here in the united states. those lighter areas are in the south and west and so on. and then we want to show the other map which shows the concentration of these surging covid cases. they tend to be in areas, look at that right there, in areas where there are lower vaccination rates. and look at all of that bright yellow, that light yellow at the top of the screen in the northeast, the midwest, and out west where you're just not seeing those covid cases
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spiking. that's because people there are largely more vaccinated than other places in the u.s. as you know, dr. friedman, cities like st. louis and philadelphia, they're now taking steps to either require or strongly recommend people wearing masks in public. should the cdc be considering a stronger masking recommendation, and what do you make of those maps we were just showing our viewers, this correlation between these high vaccination rates and lower spikes, smaller spikes in these covid cases? >> well, jim, as you point out, there's no doubt about it. vaccines are working, despite rare breakthrough cases, places with higher vaccination rates are having much lower increases. places with low vaccination rates are having rapid spread of covid. that's why it's so important that as many people get vaccinated as soon as possible to reduce the spread of delta, to reduce the risk of dealt, and to enable us to get to the new normal. in terms of masking, things have
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changed. delta variant now we have four times as many cases as we did at the low point. we're still having two or 300 deaths a day. we have, i'm afraid gotten hardened to that. that's more people that die than we've had in a few months. if you're immunosuppressed. if you're in an area with explosive spread of delta, if you're doing something indoors with a lot of other people, wearing a mask is a sensible thing to do. >> and please show respect to those folks who want to continue to wear those masks if it makes them feel protected and safe, go right ahead and do it and please be respectful of that. thank you so much. and coming up with the january 6th committee ready to begin its work early next week, speaker nancy pelosi is running
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out of time to fill out the panel with republican appointments. we'll have a preview right after the break.
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with the january 6th committee set to convene in just a matter of days, house speaker nancy pelosi is looking to bolster the panel's bipartisan credentials. let's get a preview from our chief congressional correspondent manu raju up on capitol hill. time is running out for firming up who's on the committee. i suppose we'll hear something soon. >> yeah, the expectation had been that pelosi would name adam kinzinger, the republican of illinois, potentially by the end of this week or potentially over the weekend. that has not happened yet. and pelosi, as usual, keeping her cards close to the vest.
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but the expectation from her members is that she will go that way. the chairman of the select committee bennie thompson told me yesterday that he would support moving forward adding adam kinzinger in addition to liz cheney who is already one of the eight members who pelosi has selected to the panel over the objections of the republican leader kevin mccarthy who pulled all five of his selections from that after pelosi vetoed two of his picks whom she believed would've undercut the integrity of the investigation. but nevertheless they are plowing ahead. they have already hired some key staff, and they are plotting the road map starting with the hearing on tuesday, which four capitol and d.c. metro police will testify about their experiences in defending the capitol on that day on january 6th. several of them have already spoken out. we'll hear them now under oath. and from there begins the investigation. a road map will be laid out by a committee to look at everything
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that happened that day, not just what donald trump did and rallying supporters but everything around it, the intelligence failures, the breakdown in the capitol. this is going to be a thorough and deep investigation that could take some time. subpoenas will likely be issued. and ultimately this could spill into next year in election year where congress is at stake. and that was one of the big concerns of the republicans going into all of this, concern that this could overshadow their election year message, one reason why they fought this investigation for months. jim? >> all right, we'll be watching, manu raju, thanks so much. and the chairman of the house democratic kakus congressman hakeem jeffries is joining us now. all eyes will be on this first select committee hearing on tuesday. what do you hope that these four officers can share with people who continue to downplay or deny what happened on january 6th? i have a feeling that this testimony from these officers is going to be just critical. >> it will be critical, and it
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will be powerful. and it will be part of a continuing effort to uncover the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth in the context of what happened on january 6th, which was a violent insurrection and attack on the capitol, the congress, the constitution, and the country. those officers who are going to testify on tuesday were on the front lines of defending our democracy. they were battered, they were bruised, they were beaten by thugs, but they held the line. and it's going to be very important to allow them to tell their story in their own way. and i expect that it's going to be a powerful moment for the nation. >> and it sounds like committee members would welcome seeing congressman adam kinzinger being selected by the house speaker. what is your sense of that? do you feel that way? and when do you think we'll hear from the house speaker? do you think it's a matter of perhaps later on this evening or over the weekend? are you getting any sense as to when we might get that
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information? >> far be it for me to get out ahead of our exceptional speaker, nancy pelosi. i think she's handled the select committee and the investigation and the effort to put together a bipartisan commission, which, of course, republican leader kevin mccarthy refused to do. he just couldn't take yes for an answer, even though we effectively allowed for a negotiation to take place with the lead republican of the homeland security committee john katko and came to a bipartisan agreement, which the republicans then rejected because, basically, jim, they're not interested in allowing the truth to be presented to the american people. the house republicans have become the cover-up caucus. certainly liz cheney has taken a different approach. she's not putting forth the big lie. she's going to defend the rule of law. that's what the democratic
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members of the select committee are going to do. and we'll see what happens over the next few days in terms of if pelosi decides to make any additional appointments. >> i want to get to something else. but just very quickly, do you think that there will be another republican member added to the panel? is that your understanding? >> i'm not sure. i haven't been part of those discussions. i know those conversations are taking place led by the speaker, the committee chair, bennie thompson, as well as the other members of the committee. >> and i do want to ask you about the assault on voting rights in the u.s. president biden reiterated his support for the filibuster during our cnn town hall. how could he call this the fight of his presidency when he won't budge on the filibuster? >> well, in my conversations with president biden about a whole host of issues, he's respecting the fact that the house and the senate are separate and co-equal branches of government in terms of the legislative branch. and so it's my expectation that
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he's going to let the house and the senate work their will, perhaps weigh in at an appropriate moment. i respect the fact that the president concluded that now is not the appropriate moment. but what is clear, and president biden has illustrated this, that something has to be done to push back against the voter suppression epidemic that is taking place all across the country instead of republicans reacting to the violent insurrection, which threatened our democracy by leaning into our democracy, they were running away from democracy and trying to prevent people from being able to vote. that's unacceptable. that shouldn't be a partisan issue. it's an american issue. and i'm confident at the end of the day that we're going to find a way to get the john robert lewis voting rights act passed, as well as hr-1, s-1, the for the people act, and getting it to president biden to pass the law. >> but it can't be passed with
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the filibuster in the way. isn't that right? >> i'm of the view that you have at least two exceptions right now to the filibuster. one, the reconciliation exception which republicans used in 2017 to pass the gop tax scam where 83% of the benefits went to the wealthiest 1% over the period of time that that legislation will take effect. and, of course, you have the supreme court justice exception to the filibuster which mitch mcconnell used not once but twice to steal supreme court justices from two democratic presidents. so i think it seems to me reasonable, jim, that there could be a voting rights or democracy exception to the filibuster. >> all right, congressman hakeem jeffries, thank you so much for your time. we appreciate it, as always. and coming up, a close trump ally arrested on charges of illegal lobbying is getting out of jail, but it will cost a ton of bail money. details next.
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we're following new developments in the federal case against donald trump's ally tom barrack who was arrested this week on charges of illegal lobbying. let's go to cnn's evan perez. barrack is getting out of bail even though prosecutors called him a serious flight risk. i guess it's good to be a billionaire. >> it's good to be a billionaire. this is a guy who probably hasn't flown on a commercial airliner in many, many, many years. a friend of his told me he probably hasn't stayed in anything but a four seasons in years. he's been spending time at the federal lockup in los angeles
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because the federal government said that he was a flight risk. so today the government and his lawyers struck a deal whereby he's going to get out for $250 million in bond, $5 million paid in cash. he's got a bunch of restrictions on where he can go, his travel because he has to be in court in brooklyn which is where he's facing these charges. and they're serious charges. it's charges that he was acting doing foreign lobbying on behalf of the united arab emirates, that he lied to the fbi, committed obstruction. he and another associate are both out -- or rather they're expected to be out. i think they're still going through the paperwork at the courthouse. >> cnn reported -- i believe you reported that prosecutors had enough evidence to charge barrack last year. i understand members of congress are now calling for an investigation into this. where is that headed? >> there's a led from led lieu and a couple other members asking them to investigate because they want to know
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whether there was any political influence that was used to prevent these charges from being brought last year. we reported that the then u.s. attorney rich donahue didn't like the case. the lawyers ended upbringing the case now, just now. and we knew that bill barr, the attorney general at the time, just didn't like these cases under the foreign lobbying laws, and he didn't think very much of the law itself. so, we don't know exactly what the motivations were, but the members of congress are asking for an investigation to determine whether there was any politics involved. >> i'm sure they are for good reason. >> right, there's connections. tom barrack and donald trump go back decades. >> they need to get to the bottom of that. all right, evan perez, thank you very much for that. let's get the insights of criminal defense attorney joey jackson. joey, $250 million bail deal. i mean, i'm trying to figure out, is this the biggest bail posting of all time? it's got to be up there. >> it's up there, jim. i think putting it in context,
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though, we have to remember that this is a person whose company earned 1.5 billion with a b in the last three years, of course, as it related to his work on behalf of, i gather, the united arab emirates and all of his associates there. and so that's significant. and so i think what the prosecutors did is they evaluated it and said he is a flight risk, you have a private jet, you have a number of connections in the region, you have lebanese citizenship. but let's remember that if you don't enter into that deal, you can have a hearing wherein a judge could make the determination that there is no condition or combination of condition by which you could be assured to return to court. i think in this case you have to hit him where it hurts, that's 5 million in cash with the 250 million. and so i gather prosecutors felt that that was appropriate enough to at least get him to return to court.
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and i think that's what the deal was predicated upon, jim. >> and barrack has to surrender his suspect and will have a gps monitor. prosecutors were clearly worried about the flight risk here. but i got to wonder if you can buy yourself out of jail and post that kind of bail, couldn't you buy yourself out of the country? >> no, you really could. generally speaking, so there's a couple of concerns. the first thing the prosecutors look for is, a, are you a danger to the community? if there is not any charges wherein any prior history you have that would demonstrate that you represent such a danger to the community, then they pivot to the second point. and that point is whether or not you could be assured to return to court. now, generally speaking, we should note that when you have instances where someone's indicted, you negotiate and you negotiate with prosecutors for what's called a bail package. and that bail package, if it's accepted by prosecutors, and accepted by the defense has entered into. here where you have someone of such heightened wealth, the concern that i would have
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certainly as a prosecutor is what you just raised. and that is that can't you and don't you have enough money to go anywhere. apparently they felt that this was appropriate, they entered it. and as a result of that with those conditions including the ankle bracelet he will be allowed to be free about the cabin until such time that his trial is adjudicated. >> and, joey, i have to wonder because he is a close trump ally, another trump ally ensnared in the justice system. could he flip, could he cooperate to make life a little easier for himself? >> you know, it's a great question, jim, and that's always the issue. i think prosecutors will certainly be seeking to find what information he has that could be relevant not only to his case but a lot of other cases and people and pieces of the puzzle so that they can really, that as prosecutors move forward and be successful in his prosecution as well as other prosecutions, let's not forget his age. what is he, 74 years old? he's going to have some incentive to cooperate such that he's not in jail. >> yeah. if evan said he's used to the four seasons hotel he's not going to want to go to the big
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despite all the doubts and worries about the coronavirus, the tokyo olympic games got underway today. the only spectators in the largely empty stadium were vips. cnn's will ripley joins us live from tokyo. definitely a different feel for the olympics opener. what's the mood there? >> reporter: one of those vips was the first lady, dr. jill biden. she was waving to the athletes, but there was no crowd, nobody else other than the french president emmanuel macron who was next to her. the opening ceremony, they tried to make it feel normal. they tried to make it feel like any other olympics, but of course we know, this is anything but.
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the official opening of the tokyo summer games, a ceremony that tried to look familiar, but felt so different. hundreds of drones forming a globe over the olympic stadium, celebrating one world united in sport under the shadow of a pandemic. the stadium eerily empty as flag-bearers proudly represented their countries, cheering them on a handful of visiting dignitaries. u.s. first lady jill biden. french president emmanuel macron. among the athletes, some familiar faces and well-oiled physiques. the tongan flag-bearer famous from rio and south korea. team usa featuring basketball star and four-time gold medalist sue bird and baseball playing speed skating medalist eddy alvarez. japanese protesters outside the ceremony calling for the games to be canceled fearing this will become a superspreader event.
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daily numbers hitting almost 2,000 this week, a six-month high. olympic dreams dashed for more than 20 athletes so far testing positive or being placed in the covid-19 protocol including five members from team usa. most taking the covid protocols and lack of fans in stride. >> when you're lined up with the best in the world, like, you're not worried about the stands, you're not worried about the people there, you're just worried about going out there and competing to the best of your ability. >> reporter: despite the olympics first-ever spectator band, fans watching the opening ceremony from outside the stadium. >> i was so moved, my heart. that's so special. >> reporter: closing out the opening ceremony, the reveal of the torch-bearer to light the cauldron, four-time grand slam women's tennis champion naomi
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osaka. in recent months facing her own very public mental health challenges, perhaps the perfect representative for the 32nd olympiad, overcoming postponement. covid has certainly controlled the narrative up till this point. but to see naomi osaka, to see those athletes even though it was an empty stadium, they still were bouncing with excitement. and that is what i think people are hoping to see from this olympics. cases stabilizing and good competition and athletes enjoying themselves because that's what this is all about. but of course the big question remains can they do it safely, given that there is still this major outbreak happening here in tokyo. >> it's not perfect but it does look like progress. coming up, a new detail about the investigation into those mysterious incidents of u.s. diplomats and intelligence this issers sickened with
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cnn has learned the cia's inspector general is reviewing the agency's handling of the so-called havana syndrome, mysterious cases of diplomats and intelligence officers and others sickened with debilitating symptoms. what's the latest, kiley? what are you learning? >> this week we've learned that these mysterious incidents are continuing and continuing across the globe also in a very condensed way in vienna with more than two dozen of those who have experienced symptoms there. this comes as the biden
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administration is not only trying to figure out who or what is behind this but also how to figure out how they can support those who are affected in a better way. mysterious health incidents known as havana syndrome for where u.s. personnel first experienced the strange dehabilitating symptoms appear to be on the rise. impacting u.s. intelligence officers and diplomats around the globe. and cnn has learned that the cia inspector general is carrying out a review into the agency's handling of the >> cia director bill burns said this week that there are a couple hundred cases of these incidents in total, and about 100 of them among intelligence officers. >> i'm certainly persuaded that what our officers and some family members as well as other u.s. government employees have experienced is real and it's serious. >> the biden administration says
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they still do not know what or who is behind these incidences they're calling uhis, unexplained health incidents. just this week the state department is investigating havana syndrome experienced in vienna. doug wise explains why more cases may help probe this mystery. >> it is kind of like a serial killer where, it requires further victims to generate evidence and data. it is an unfortunate fact. >> at the cia, someone new is in charge of the investigation. an experienced intelligence officer who led the successful hunt for bin laden. >> we're throwing the very best we have at this issue because it is not only a very serious issue for our colleagues, as it is for others across the u.s. government, but it's a profound obligation, i think, of any leader to take care of your people and that's what i'm determined to do. >> the review comes after deep
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frustration among those sickened about how their concerns were initially handled saying they had not got in the medical and institutional support they needed. >> i have a really hard time initially at the agency because people didn't necessarily -- the senior medical staff didn't necessarily believe me. >> but things have changed in the last few months. burns met with victims, visited walter reed where they're getting medical attention, put agency resources to work on this challenge and replaced officials viewed as hindering the investigation. his focus matters to those who have suffered. >> i believe that the victims are now being well served under burns leadership and the emphasis he's putting on their well-being, which has always been the ethos of cia. >> current and former u.s. government officials say they believe that russia is behind this. but formally, officially, the
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u.s. government has not identified who is carrying out these mysterious attacks, and that investigation is still well underway. >> all right. and we know you will stay on top of it. thank you so much for that report. we're also following the horrific wild fires burning across the western united states. scientists say climate change is fuelling the blazes, which will only grow worse in the years to come. our chief climate correspondent bill weir is joining us. you have a special report airing at 9:00 tonight eastern called heating planet effort, the future of your food. an important topic. you are looking for solutions to the climate crisis and putting them to the test. what did you find? what can you tell us? >> well, jim, we found all kinds of broken factors of our food system from the factors only about 60 years of good soil left on the planet because of over use and factory farming. we learned that two and a half billion tons of food are thrown
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away each year around the world and there is innovative to connect good, fresh food with people who want it. and we learned that cows, if they were a country, would be third in the world behind the u.s. and china when it comes to planet cooking pollution. as a result, there are so many market-based solutions, not government mandates to give up your burger but people trying to make a better burger without blood, including this trip to a certain impossible test kitchen. >> we're going to do a classic patty melt. we will show you some meatballs for the beef. and then the pork variety, we will do some buns as well as some pork bolognse. >> all of this will be made with plants. in five years, a guy with no experience with food or business took impossible from one restaurant to over 30,000, including burger king and starbucks and 20,000 stores.
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>> here we go. the moment of truth. lots of burger. >> oh, yeah. >> medium rare to medium. >> may i? >> absolutely. you ever heard of a burger test? this is what we do. we test the burger. >> cheers! >> wow. that's really good. got to go in for seconds. >> in essence, everything is political these days. don't take my word for it. get a load of ranch owner glen beck. i would say a is meat. b is a fake burger. >> b is the real burger. a is the impossible burger. >> that is insane! >> but we also found some companies, jim, that will make impossible and beyond seem like yesterday's news, a cutting edge
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like futuristic look into the diet as people try to both save the health of ourselves and our little blue marble in space. >> bill, those two are very tasty. thank you so much. great live shot there. a note to our viewers, be sure to join bill weir for a cnn special report, eating planet earth, the future of your food tonight at 9:00 p.m. coming up, alarming news in the fight against the coronavirus. the cdc released the daily pace of people becoming fully vaccinated. it just hit another low.
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. happening now, the white house strikes a more urgent tone as the rapid spread of the delta virus sweeps across the country. some republican governors are sounding the alarm, saying it is time to start blaming the unvaccinated. tom barrack is getting out of jail. we're breaking down his $250 million bail deal. democrats vowing to get to the truth of the insurrection as the january 6th committee prepares for its first hearing this week. will a gop congressman help a panel get more visibility? wolf blitzer is off today. i'm jim acosta and you're in "the situation room." we begin with growing alarm over the assault on the unvaccinated. let's go to kaitlyn collins. new cd


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