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protecting the u.s. capitol on january 6. how the committee is zeroing in on the former president's role. it is wednesday, july 28th, 5:00 a.m. here in new york. i'm laura jarrett. >> and i'm crieshristine romans. we're live in beijing, washington, nairobi and tokyo. and that is where we begin with breaking news this morning, simone biles has pulled out of the gymnastics all-around final to focus on her mental health. coy wire is in tokyo for us. we know takes pressure cooker, we know the olympics is high stress, high pressure.takes pree know the olympics is high stress, high pressure. and simone biles saying mental health is more important here. >> yeah, especially at the olympics because these opportunities only come once every four years. biles considered the most dominant gymnast of all time now crowned a champion by many for putting her mental health first on the world's biggest stage.
usa gymnastics releasing a statement saying that simone will continue to be evaluated daily to determine whether or not to participate in next week's individual event files. we support her decision and applaud her bravery in prioritizing her well-being, her courage shows yet again why she is a role model for so many. she had a disappointing score on the vault tuesday, she withdrew herself after that saying she didn't want to hurt her teammate's chances of meddlal i and then her team went on to a silver. >> i was shaking. i just never felt like this going into a competition before. and i tried to go out here and have fun and warm up in the back went a little better but once i came out here, i was like, no, mental is not there, so i just need to let the girls do it and focus on myself. >> biles has qualified in all
four individual events beginning on sunday. the world is waiting to see if she will be okay and if she'll compete again in tokyo. u.s. swimming legend katie ledecky failing to medal for the first time, finishing fifth in the 200 meter free style wednesday, but just over an hour later she was back in that pool making history yet again in the first ever women's 1500 meter free style event in the olympics, i was there to see ledecky dominate, winning gold. and she was hardly even using her legs during the race. i talked to a team usa staffer afterwards and they said ledecky was saving her energy because she has two events to go here in tokyo. by the time the games are complete, she will have swam a stunning 3.7 miles. go stanford! erica sullivan, fellow american, took silver. and after dropping their opener to france, the u.s. men's basketball team taking out their frustrations on iran.
they were on fire sinking 19 three pointers in the win. damian lillard led with 21 points. a win saturday against the czech republic will give the u.s. a berth in to the medal round next week. what a day here in tokyo and more to come as the sunrises there. later we'll see the first ever olympic golds in three on three basketball. >> that will be something to watch for sure. coy, it strikes me there is something of a common thread between all of our stories today. and in my mind it is trauma. different kinds of trauma, but you have simone biles, the emotional scars of these police officers who testified so bravely yesterday, you have mentally exhausted americans facing yet another round of mask wearing after all that they have been through, and coy, you have competed at the highest levels, you've covered the olympics before. give us some insight about just what it takes for athletes like yourself. i think people think that
athletes have to sort of overcome a lot of the mental hurdles for this. take us behind the scenes. >> yeah, a good point. and that phrase you used pressure cooker is a phrase i'm familiar with from my days playing in the nfl. a very cutthroat environment. i have seen grown men broken to tears because in like biles' situation, they let their teammates down. is one of them. it happens. you have to remember simone biles is 24 yethis 24 years old gymnast of all time, it is admirable what biles and osaka are doing, not creating a facade to hide behind, they are vocalizing their feelings. in the nfl days, we were told keep your head low, just get back out there. that is unhealthy. what biles and others are doing will help countless others, give them the okay to say i'm not
okay. i talked to another athlete who has been outspoken about the importance of mental health this past weekend, michael phelps, i asked him then how he feels athletes should be protecting their mental health. listen. >> mental preparation for these games i can't even imagine what it was like going through these heading into this, especially the last year. because so much is out of our control, right? so i think at that point the only thing you got to do is make sure you are doing what you need to. if you are tired, sleep. take care of yourself as much whenever you possibly can. >> again, i just want to reiterate these athletes who have this international stage to be able to vocalize the importance of mental health, it will help countless others especially our youth who are going through tough times or may some day. >> absolutely. and i was sad to read, she told the "times" that some of her best times were actually her time off, not the times actually competing at the olympics.
so definitely wishing her all the best and hoping that she will get the help that she needs. >> thank you, coy. talk to you soon. millions of federal employees may be getting vaccinated for doifcovid-19 lik or not. a source tells cnn president biden will announce thursday all federal employees and contractors will have to be vaccinated or submit to regular testing and other restrictions. it is a sign of just how far we've come if you think about it. from months of so much hope and anticipation around these vaccines to now all be forcing millions to take it. >> and with the delta variant spreading rapidly, the cdc updated tuesday that even fully vaccinated people should wear masks indoors in places with high or substantial covid transmission. now, look, they made the point that if you have the safe and effective vaccine, you are less likely to get sick, you are very less likely to be hospitalized. it protects you. but this delta variant is
spreading quickly. as you can see, most of the country, chicago, philadelphia, those residents don't need to remask yet, ball these other cities, you do. dr. gupta has more on what sparked the change. >> no question this may feel like a step backwards in terms of now recommending vaccinated people wear a mask when they are in public indoor spaces. again, vaccinated people. so regardless of vaccination status, everyone should be wearing a mask in those types of settings. there is a few things that have sort of really been driving this. one is that we know vaccinations aren't where i think people hoped they would be by this point. and we know the delta variant is spreading. back in may when the guidance said that you don't need to wear masks if you are vaccinated indoors anymore, the delta strain was about 1.4%. and you see it is now 83%, it
has become the dominant strain and it is far more contagious. so much so that someone who is vaccinated and develops one of these infections, maybe they don't have any symptoms or anything, but they can still carry the same viral load as someone who is unvaccinated and infected. just to be clear, the vaccine is still doing its job because the vaccinated person is not likely to get severely ill, but they could still potentially transmit the virus. and that is sort of driving some of these changes. here is how dr. walensky put it. >> we examine the rarer breakthrough infections and look at the amount of virus in those people, it is pretty similar to the amount of virus in unvaccinated people. we are now continuing to follow those clusters to understand the impact of forward transmission of those vaccinated people, but again, i want to reiterate, we believe that vast majority of transmission is occurring in
unvaccinated people and through unvaccinated people. >> so what does it mean for you? again, these are recommendations. these are not mandates. but take a look at the map here. if you live in an area of high viral transmission or substantial viral transmission, that is about two-thirds of the country, you are going to -- the recommendation from the cdc is that you wear a mask if you go to a public indoor space. so obviously there will be a lot of debate about this in the days and weeks to come. but that is the new guidance from the cdc for now. >> and what watorries me, that people think that the vaccine didn't work. no, the vaccine is safe and effective and dr. walensky makes the point that the vaccines reduce the risk of symptomatic infections seven-fold and hospitalization 20-fold. so your armor is your vaccine. your armor in this war of covid is your vaccine. and that is really important to note. also, i think that we need to
make it very clear that if you are unvaccinated, you are supposed to be wearing a mask all along. that doesn't change for you if you are unvaccinated. this is people who are vaccinated must wear a mask in those areas because the unvaccinated haven't done their public health job. >> we all know that that just didn't happen and that is part of why we are where we are. so with the delta variant raging, masks are now again required in the white house and u.s. capitol building. students, teachers, staff, even if they are fully vaccinated. >> we know that the risk to children is low, but it is not nonexistent. kids are spreading to other people and we know that when you look at schools under 12 not vaccinated at all because they can't be, 12 to 17 only 32% of those people are vaccinated, schools are a large reservoir of unvaccinated people, of su superspreaders if you will who can take the delta variant home
to other places. >> no other topic of conversation for parents with children under the age of 12. not everyone is on board though with the new guidelines, surprise/surprise. in ft. lauderdale, about 20 burning masks postponed a discussion on mask requires at the school board. and st. louis county council voted to overturn an indoor mask mandate put in place monday. dr. fauci would like everyone to know there is an easy way to stop all this. >> we have 100 million people in this country who are eligible to be vaccinated who have not gotten vaccinated. if you want to end all of this back and forth, let's get the overwhelming proportion of the population vaccinated and all of this will go away because the virus won't have any room to change, to mutate, to become a different variant. >> it is so clear, so simple, but i don't know why that message just does not resonate
in 100 million people. >> and yet gwinnett county in georgia and clark county in nevada will now require masks for all students. of the largest 20 school districts in the u.s., all are requiring masks except get this through districts in florida and texas. two states that happen to have the highest infection rates and republican governors who have banned mask requirements. >> more on all this as the hour progresses. china spotted expanding its nuclear arsenal, what researchers say the new evidence shows, cnn live in beijing. thank you. that was fast! one call to usaa got her a tow, her claim paid... ...and even her grandpa's dog tags back. get a quote. i brought in ensure max protein, with thirty grams of protein. those who tried me felt more energy in just two weeks! [sighs wearily] here, i'll take that! woo-hoo! ensure max protein. with thirty grams of protein, one gram of sugar, and now with two new flavors!
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tomorrow. >> it is under consideration, about you if you are not vaccinated, are you not nearly as smart as i thought you were. >> people who refuse to get a shot will face frequent covid testing and other restrictions. and simone biles withdrawing from the individual all-around final at the tokyo ploik olympi focus on her mental health. it is unclear if she will compete in other events next week. today is the day american patriots start taking tdown nams and kicking ass. >> the justice department says it is not defending that speech from congressman mo brooks on the morning of the riot. the alabama republican has been sued by eric swalwell for fermenting that attack. but doj told the court that it cannot defend political campaign activity.
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he still faces charges in fulton county where they could pursue the death penalty. and head of track and field calls for a review of marijuana as a doping substance. nothing is set in stone, but you adapt and occasionally reassess. so it was one of the most jarring days of testimony on capitol hill in recent memory. four officers recounting in their rowiharrowing and vivid dl the violence attack on skran 6. daniella diaz is live on capitol hill. and you heard that testimony from the officers yesterday. it was so compelling even though we've watched this video for months now. it is different to actually hear from the people who lived through it. so what stood out the most to you? >> reporter: for me it was really hearing what they had to experience, what they suffered, the trauma they experienced. for me to be able to be safe
during the insurrection, you know, i was hiding with a group of reporters during the insurrection and i was not on the front lines like these officers were protecting this complex. that was really hard for me to listen to. but you know, this is just the beginning. chairman bennie thompson is planning to subpoena more people to testify for this -- in front of this committee. although he won't say who. we have an idea of maybe he will call on kevin mccarthy, there is other people that we know, other ex-trump officials that we expect they might call, but he won't give any hints as to who he might call. but beinlook, he also said that plans to meet with attorney general merrick garland about possibly getting additional data to go to the committee. so a lot of steps that they are taking right now. so this is only on the beginning. but i think that it is really important for us to listen to some of the testimony from these police officers, these four police officer, who were on the
front lines that day. it is really emotional, really hard to listen to. >> as my physical injuries gradually subsided in the adrenalin that had stayed with me beened, i've been left with the psychological trauma and emotional anxiety of having survived such a horrific event. and my children ten to deal with the trauma of nearly losing their dad that day. >> i heard officers screaming in agony, in pain just an arm's length from me. i didn't know at that time that was officer hodges. and he is here today to testify. i too was being crushed by the rioters, i could feel myself losing oxygen and recall thinking to myself this is how i'm going to die defending this entrance. >> i do my best to keep politics out of my job.
but in this it circumstance, i responded while i voted for joe biden, does my vote not count, am i nobody? that prompted a torrent of racial slurs. one woman said you hear that, this nigger voted for jared kushner. and then the joe biden and then the crowd joined in screaming boo, [ bleep ] nigger. no one had ever, ever called me a nigger while wearing the uniform of a capitol police officer. >> our line was divided and we came under attack. a man attempted to rip the baton from my hands and we wrestled for control. i retained my weapon, and he yelled at me you're on the wrong team. we huddled up and assessed the threat surrounding us.
one man tried and failed to build a rapport with me shouting are you my brother. another takes a different tack shouting you will die on your knees. through my confusion, i saw the thin blue line flag, a symbol of support for law enforcement more than once being carried by the terrorists as they continued to assault us. >> it is upsetting, it is a pathetic excuse for his behavior for something that he himself helped to create, this monstrosity. i'm still recovering from those hugs and kisses that he blamed that so many rioters, terrorists, were assaulting us that day. all of them, all of them, were telling us trump sent us. >> i use the analogy to describe what i want a a hitman. if a mittthit tman is hired and
kills somebody, he goes to jail and the person who hired him does. there was an attack carried out on january 6 and a hitman sent them. >> what makes the struggle harder and more painful is to know so many of my fellow citizens, including so many of the people that i put my life at risk to defend are downplaying our or outright denying what happened. i feel like i went to hell and back to protect them and the people in this room. but too many are now telling me that hell doesn't exist, or that hell actually wasn't that bad. the indifference shown to my colleagues is disgraceful. >> i think it is important to tell you right now though you dies may like individually feel a little broken. you guys all talk about the effects that you have to deal with and you talk about the impact of that day.
but you guys won. you guys held. democracies are not defined by our bad days. we're defined by how we come back from bad days. how we take accountability for that. many in my party have treated this as just another partisan fight. it is toxic and it is a disservice to the officers and their families, it is time to stop the outrage and the conspiracies that fuel the violence and division in this country and most importantly they need to reject those that promote it. >> reporter: it is still really hard to listen to a lot of that testimony. the goal here for the select committee is to find out what happened and what led to the january 6th attack. and what the former president's
role was in this attack. and what led these extremists to do this and be able to organize and what kind of security failures took place on that day for them to be able to enfill straight the capitol. and i also want to talk a little bit about some of the republicans who continue to whitewash what happened on january 6th. house minority leader kevin mccarthy said he didn't even watch the hearing because he was in back to back meetings. and then congress than andrew clyde who made news because he compared it to a normal tourist visit. he was in a separate hearing, a house rules committee, where he was confronted by jamie raskin and asked if he still stood by calling it a normal tourist visit and he said he still stood by his original statement. and then there is also congressman jim jordan who admitted yesterday that he talked to trump in the middle of all of this on january 6. so a lot of questions here for
these republicans as the select committee continues their work. >> congressman clive will have a hard time living down those words a. when you watch the video and listen to the testimony, it is g gut-wrenching to listen to that reality. and the economy is roaring back but some jobs are not. the economy down still 6.8 million jobs. and some of the hardest hit sectors are crawling out of deep holes. blame the virus as the pandemic raged almost all indoor theaters were closed, movie releases delayed, people stayed home and turned to streaming services instead. jobs from the concession stand to the box office have yet to return. the industry is about 91,000 jobs below where it was in february of last year. in the buffet industry, there are concerns the industry may never return to pre-pandemic levels. about half of the lemm kimo job
back. surge in travel have helped there. but many employees that were lady off have retrained and left that industry entirely for higher paying jobs. in performing arts as of may jobs in theater and dance were down 49% from february 2020. you see the pattern? these are jobs in services that require a vaccinated public to enjoy. bitter irony here, the very people who railed against covid restrictions and down played the safety and effectiveness of our vaccines risk holding back the recovery now. and there is a big debate about whether companies should be requiring the vaccine here for the good of everybody. is it legal. >> yes. there is nothing in the federal law that prevents public and private employers from doing that. two big things, exceptions for people with health conditions where they can't get the vaccine for some reason. those are rare. the other is religious exceptions. those are the two big ones.
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jumping overseas, with the official launch of a new vaccination campaign there, tanzania has come full circle from pushing natural remedies like recommending lemon an ginger to now trying to vaccinate at least 60% of the population. larry, we're told they are getting help from the u.s. on this? >> reporter: that's right. they are only launching the vaccination drive because they got the first million shots from johnson & johnson from the u.s. government through covax to get
vaccines to low and middle income companies. but like you mentioned, from covid denial to now launching a vaccination drive. they only joined covax in june and this first 1 million shots only got to the country this past weekend. in march, the health minister who is a medical doctor was promoting lemon and ginger and steam baths as a way to manage the virus which is completely debunked. and the president was vaccinated on national television to reassure people who believe the debunked theories, that the government really has to try to convince people that vaccines are safe, that their own health experts have looked into them and it is safe for people to get them. because denial was the official policy for so long. the former president who died of heart disease officially but
some claim died of covid-19 did not believe in vaccines and down played or denied the existence of covid and that is why this country for the here. so for instance some of the things that people believe is that covid and vaccines are from the west to depopulate africa or they could lead to infertility or even death. >> around the world all of these conspiracy theories. lemon and geinger and steam bats sound nice, but it won't prevent covid-19. larry, keep us posted. baseball is back as an olympic sport for the first time since 2008, but no one was inside the baseball park to see what was supposed to be a triumphant return to a part of japan recovering from disaster. blake essig is live in fukushima near the stadium. >> reporter: good morning. baseball has long had and on again/off again relationship with the summer olympics. it has only been included 14 out
of the possible 27 times including the games here in japan. the sport was last voted out in 2005 by the international olympic committee in part because the game's best players don't participate. but now after 13 years, baseball is back. there is something about baseball in japan that is just different. here it is less about the game and all about the people. >> translator: baseball is people's life and passion. if there were no baseball, everyone would be depressed. >> reporter: rooted in japanese culture, the players on the field and fans in the stands each play an important role. >> translator: fans and spectators feel as if we are playing game with the players together. >> reporter: and that is the kind of connection that can help sooth the community in the wake of disaster. it is a role the semi pro red hopes have played since 2014.
one that continues today. although it looks a little different. the coronavirus has made things tricky as restrictions limit the number of fans and ultimately strain that connection. the crack of the bat, beat of the drum as fans in the stands, this is baseball. but when japan and the dominican republic opened up play here, atmosphere looked, felt and sounded very different because unless you were playing, this was about as close as you were going to get. >> translator: there is a huge difference between spectators and one. if there is just one person watching, it makes me want to
play better. >> reporter: they decided at no olympic events in the pref prefecture. the manager says an opportunity has been lost. >> translator: we genuinely wanted people from all over the world to come to fukushima and see how great it is. >> reporter: when the box scores are logged, you will see nine innings, you will have final scores, winners and losers. but it won't show what is mis missing. >> translator: this makes me sad, olympics aren't only for the athletes. they are also for the citizens of the country where they are held. >> reporter: so instead of filling the stands, the game's biggest supporters will be huddled around a tv when the team takes the field. cheering from afar even as the game takes place right here at home. and as you can see behind me, the lights are out and the game is over with japan beating the
dominican republic scoring three runs in the bottom of the ninth to win 4-3 as play begins, team usa opens up play against israel this friday. unfortunately, possible's return to the olympics will be short lived as it won't be included in 2024. but there is reason to be optimistic as baseball is likely to be back when los angeles hosts in 2028. >> makeblake, thank you so much. and let's take a look at markets. stock index futures narrowly mixed here, not much direction at all. stocks closed lower tuesday snapping a five day winning streak. the dow closed down 85, nasdaq down 1.2% before big earnings in the tech sector after the closing bell. but the big event today, the federal reserve's policy update 2:00 p.m. before remarks by the fed chief jerome powell at 2:30. the fed is not expected to
change its policy, but investors will be listening for clues about the strength of the recovery as the delta variant surges. that has replaced inflation risks as the biggest threat to the u.s. recovery. iphone sales wrapped up a record quarter for apple. second quarter revenue $81 billion, driven by nearly 50% jump in iphone sales. apple execs said that they expect slower group in q3 because of supply constraints. strong quarter for google. revenue jumped 62% from the second quarter last year driven by the cloud business. google ceo celebrated but reminded investors the pandemic is not over and he encouraged everyone to get vaccinated. in a sign of the tight job market, new perks for workers. largest retailer says that it will pay 100% of college tuition at certain schools. walmart now has ten academic partners including the
university of arizona and southern new hampshire university. you can see them all there. it is also offering more degree options in fields like business administration and cybersecurity. walmart has an incentive to expand the program, one executive said employees who participate are twice as likely to get promoted. it is about attracting, retaining and promoting workers here. a real investment. >> and coming up with creative ways to do it. a lot of places had done that before and then scaled back. >> perks are back. thanks for joining us. >> have a great wednesday. "new day" is next.
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