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i'm not proper decorum he laughs to say commoner. he laughs in a manner of a person who has inherited all his umbrellas, his royal highness, the prince of wales, the duke, his umbrella prowess a genetic gift. now, i do know he has other issues. i've seen every season of the "the crown" but not judging by this an umbrella issue. why not help the other guy out? yes, the prime minister is bad at umbrellas. maybe even incompetition, but at least it is elected incompetence. and that is something to be proud of. i guess. by the way, the forecast for london rain. >> that was so funny, but why are you so anti-british comedy? i mean, we're watching t play out right there like a mr. bean episode. >> i'm not anti-. they're not known for their
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comedy. >> well, maybe now they are. that was -- also, you pointed out the home minister, she was like the funniest part of all of that to me because she's watching -- she's watching it from the beginning like she knows what's coming, right? >> no, no. i'm not being part of this at all. i have a future. i want a future in politics. >> this is amazing. >> all right. "new day" continues right now. ♪ welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world, i'm brianna keilar alongside the always comedic john berman. it is friday, july 30th. we are not crying wolf. that is the message from the director of the cdc as alarming new data shows the delta variant is now one of the most transmissible viruses ever. and just as infectious as the chickenpox. in the words of cdc officials, the war has changed. the latest data also suggests the delta variant causes more severe disease. >> this disturbing internal cdc report explains why the cdc thinks mask mandates need to be
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reintroduced and why the trend map looks like this. look at that red. cases rising in every state this morning, everywhere in deep red rises more than 50%. big rises. cnn senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen with exactly what these documents reveal about the delta variant which spreads like wild fire this document says and might cause worse infection. >> john, right. we have known that the delta variant spreads like wild fire. and what these internal cdc documents show is sort of the data that's behind that. so let's take a look at what this cdc document really puts in stark black and white terms. i'll be honest, i've covered them for decades now. they are usually incredibly nerdy and express everything in these very, very nerdy ways. this actually spells it out quite clearly. so what they say in these documents is that covid-19 is
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more transmissible than the common cold or flu and as transmissible as chickenpox. i'm old enough to remember when i got chickenpox and my brother got it and my sister and my other sister got it and everyone got it. that is really, really transmissible. i had a discussion with the head of the cdc, dr. rochelle walensky said it's up there with chickenpox and measles. measles is as transmissible as it gets. let's look at something called an rnot number. that's a fancy way of saying when one person gets covid-19, how many people can they spread it to? when you look at the original strain, what i sometimes refer to as corona classic, the thing we started out with, one person could spread it to about two to three people. that's what you would expect. but with this delta variant, it spreads to five to nine people. that is a huge difference. and i don't know about you guys, but here in georgia where i live, you can really see that.
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i mean, you really hear the stories of, oh, i know this person. i know this person. i know this person. to make matters even worse, the delta variant also seems to make you sicker. once you get it, it seems to make you sicker than previous st strains of coronavirus. people who get covid-19 are more likely to be hospitalized, more likely to be admit to the intensive care unit, more likely to die. i want to keep those words up there for a minute. if you're not sure yet if you should be vaccinated, those words should make you sure. you are more likely to die if you get the delta variant than the previous strains of coronavirus. getting vaccinated cuts the odds of you getting hospitalized or dying way, way down to a very, very, very small number. john? >> yeah. i think looking at the -- some of these graphics that we've seen from really what our public health officials at the federal level were looking at, it cuts
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it down to -- you have 25 times more likely to be in the hospital or to die if you have not had the vaccine. i mean, this isn't small stuff. this is huge. and maybe you can talk to us, elizabeth what we saw in province town, massachusetts. i know this is where scientists are directing a lot of their attention. >> right. so when the announcement was made earlier this week, the vaccinated people should still wear masks indoors in most parts of the country, a lot of people asked, where is the data biehin that? this is from an outbreak in massachusetts. so what they found is they looked in the noses of vaccinated people who goreco an unvaccinated people who got covid and they scraped their noses. many of us have had this done and they looked to see how much virus was in those specimens. so they looked at 80 vaccinated people, 65 unvaccinated people. and they were essentially the same. it was essentially the same. so in other words, vaccinated
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people seem to be just as transmissible as unvaccinated people. still get the vaccine because it could save your life. there's an excellent chance it l but you're just as transmissible so wear a mask. >> elizabeth cohen, this is important. people need to see this. need to see the data. appreciate you being with us this morning. we should note we're going to talk to a health official about this in just a moment. we're seeing the first signs this morning that covid is already disrupting the new school year. in atlanta, a school has reportedly quarantined more than 100 students in the first week of classes after two staffers and at least one student tested positive. cnn's natasha chen is live outside of atlanta's drew charter school. natasha, tell us about this. >> reporter: yeah, brianna. school started on tuesday. cnn obtained a letter from the drew school to families, explaining they found out about the positive test cases on wednesday night and informed families on thursday whether their student had close contact with those positive test cases
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and now those students, more than 100 of them in quarantine. the head of school here told the atlanta journal constitution that the most impacted grades are two, six and seven and the positive test cases likely did not stem from this campus, although that's still under investigation. the head of school also told the hac that the staff who tested positive were not vaccinated. now, it's not required for employees to be vaccinated, but the head of school did tell the ajc about three quarters of them are. he also told the paper that about one third of the eligible students that's kids 12 and up are actually vaccinated. masks are required indoors at school. there was a requirement for employees to get tested before the school year and to continue weekly testing. students are encouraged to do that as well. we're hearing from a parent that families are frustrated this happened so early in the school year. wondering whether it's possible to mandate vaccines for staff
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and teachers in this situation. and this unfortunately may be a sign of things to come, this being one of the schools with the earliest start of the school year in this area. perhaps in the nation. so that is definitely weighing on the minds of educators and families, brianna. >> kids do not have the choice. the vaccinations are not available to them right now unless they're in a trial. natasha chen, live for us from atlanta. thank you. joining us now is dr. khan, acting director of the st. louis county department of health and dr. khan has been dealing with the rising cases in places like missouri. we appreciate you being with us right now. dr. khan, this report, this internal document from the cdc, i don't know how closely you've had a chance to look at it, but it talks about these new dangers with the delta variant. wildly transmissible. more transmissible than the flu or the cold or ebola or anything like that. and more serious cases than the covid we've come to know. what challenges does this pose?
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>> this is extremely worrying. i was filled with dread last week about this and as i looked at this report and our local stats earlier today, i even more worried now. icu admissions have jumped, have doubled in the st. louis region. the community transmission levels are at an all-time high. missouri is flashing bright red in that distressing heat map that you referenced earlier. so things ahead are not looking good. we are extremely worried about the beginning of the school year and what that might -- what dangers that might bring with it. this is my no means over. i would appeal to the public once again. i think you quoted dr. walensky saying the war is evolving. that is an excellent statement to make because the confusion around -- you said one thing no
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in november and said another thing in may and something else in july stems from the fact that this battlefield is not constant. the enemy we're fighting keeps changing tactics, deploying new weapons. and as we fight back, we have to be nimble footed enough to change our own strategy and tactics to counter those threats. that is what is happening. we are not sending confusing messages. we're simply responding to the threats that we're seeing. >> one of the changes, according to the cdc document, is the viral load that is found in vaccinated people found to be infected with the virus. the same viral load in the nasal passages as people who are unvaccinated. what does that mean? if i'm unvaccinated, what does that mean for me? does that mean i'm sicker necessarily? >> not necessarily. it simply means that you have the potential of coming down with symptoms, even though they
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might be mild. even though in most instances you will never require any degree of medical attention and will recover spontaneously on your own, the danger comes from the fact that you are likely to be shedding the virus and transmitting it to others around you, particularly those that may or may not be unvaccinated in public settings. >> and that's the change, yeah. >> absolutely. it's an extra layer of armor that we're asking people to put on in addition to getting vaccinated. because the enemy is changing tactics. >> now, dr. khan, this has been a difficult message to deliver, particularly for you. you attended a county council meeting where you were talking about the need -- we know your region is the reddest of red areas where we have seen rising cases, hospitalizations and the like and you were talking about some of the reasons for reimposed mask mandates and mask requirements. and you say you suffered a barrage of racist, offensive
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slurs. what happened to you? >> let me just state that, you know, i love st. louis. we love our community. this is a very warm-hearted, kind, generous community. and even in the crowd that was present at the county council meeting on tuesday evening, the vast majority of people were good people. they would never say or do anything vile to anyone, even if they were protesting mask wearing. they are fearful. they're frustrated. they're angry. we understand that. we in public health, however, are not the enemy. we care about people and we want them to remain healthy and safe in their own homes and in their own places of business. nothing more. what was regrettable was that the tempers in the crowd were stoked to a point that some individuals, some individuals in the crowd, allowed it to get the better of them and it spilled
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over into abuse. that should never have happened. lines that should never be crossed. it was highly unfortunate. it was saddening and jarring for me as a public health official. but we are used to being on the receiving end of public abuse. that's been happening for 18 months now. and it's part of our job to absorb it. tuesday evening, however, had an added twist to it. that is what was unfortunate and compelled me to document my experience in that letter to the council chair. >> listen, if people want to question your findings or ask you how you came to them or criticize your work, i know you probably don't have a problem with that. but when they -- >> absolutely not. >> when they hurl these awful racist slurs at you, there's no place for that. and i'm sorry that you had to endure that. dr. faisal khan, we appreciate
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the work you're doing and we appreciate you being with us. >> thank you. it's a pleasure. joe and his wife kathy both came down with covid before vaccines were widely available. kathy passed away on may 3rd after spending a month in the hospital and joe is with us now. joe, we are so sorry for your loss. you have just said good-bye to your wife here recently. i know you're very much the middle of dealing with your grief from that. and we're so incredibly sorry for that. can you give us a sense, just tell us what happened. tell us about when she became ill, as you were kind of awaiting a vaccine. >> yeah. well, thank you. good morning. we both had some symptoms. i would say her symptoms were
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first. tiredness, a little bit of soreness, loss of taste and then i had the same symptoms right after her. her case with a little bit more severe, tiredness. a week prior to us getting the test results. when we got the test results, the next day our primary doctor had us go into the hospital as an outpatient to do the antibody. and she was in there first and then shortly afterwards i went in to a separate room. and while i was getting my procedure and the nurse came in, told me that kathy's oxygen levels were just really, really bad. and i could tell.
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i mean, prior to us going to the hospital, walking to the car, she had to literally stop and sit on a park bench. so i could tell it was very laborious, her breathing. so the nurse told me they had to admit her. she couldn't complete the test. her oxygen levels were really bad. so, you know, walking away in shock, you know, my wife of 29 years being admitted, it's scary. so, i went home and then that was a friday. sunday night at 2 in the morning i received a phone call that kathy had to be intubated. and which was talking about waking up to a shock.
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and so she had to be intubated. so, you know, a month later, she passed on may 3rd. >> how has losing kathy changed how you and maybe people in your family or your community are thinking about getting vaccinated? what is your message for people who have the vaccine available to them and are passing on it? >> well, my message obviously everyone was extremely shocked. my immediate community, everyone is pretty for it. but i do hear people on the outskirts, whether it's on the news, on the social media
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accounts, you know, who are kind of against it. and i just say, i wish -- due to hiipa, i wish i could have you sit there with me in the hospital room with my wife having the tubes up her nose, seeing seven different medications being pumped into her. i said, think you would change your mind in a heart beat. it's very, you know, hard to express sometimes. but, i think people if they see the visual, i think they may change their mind. hopefully my message this morning will seep into people who are on the fence or who are not willing to do it. i say it's a simple shot. doesn't hurt.
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no cost. it's just like taking an aspirin for a headache. so, i just can't believe people are so against it right now. >> well, joe, we certainly hope that people hear your plea today. we're so incredibly sorry for what covid has cost you and what it has cost your family with your wife kathy passing on. we are so appreciative that you're talking with us and our viewers this morning. >> well, i appreciate your time. and thanks for having me on this morning. >> of course. thank you so much. coming up, we have brand new reporting about the backlash that one republican senator is experiencing after voting to certify the election. plus, marco rubio swings and misses while trying to criticize the secretary of defense. we'll roll the tape next.
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♪ first he rejected president biden's election win and then he didn't. this morning there is new cnn reporting about the backlash that republican senator james lankford is facing from trump supporters for his change of heart and vote following the events of january 6th. cnn's lauren fox is with us now. what's happening with the senator? >> well, look, james lankford was one of the lawmakers thinking he was going to challenge those results. and at least two states. but what happened, of course, is he is on the senate floor when the protesters breakthrough the barrier. the senate is evacuate and after that there's several hours where lawmakers are talking in a secure location about what they're going to do next. he is one of the lawmakers who ultimately decided to fight another day on this issue. he was not going to challenge the election results. but back home, that has become the litmus test for whether or
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not he should be in the senate for another term. and back home he has a primary challenger now in jackson lawmeyer. this pastor in oklahoma who made his entire campaign about the fact that lankford was not there for trump on this important vote. and we should note, trump has not endorsed lankford yet in this race. now, we've been asking lankford, what has this been like back home? he told me that he has not necessarily asked for trump's enforcement, but he would like to have trump's endorsement. he wouldn't answer the question when i asked him, have you asked for this endorsement. he didn't want to get into that. but he's also trying to have it both ways. back home this is becoming an issue. he has the cash advantage, he has the backing of many other state leaders but doesn't have the backing of the state party chairman john bennett. that's become another wrinkle in his fight to get re-elected. it just really shows it doesn't
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matter how conservative you are. lankford voted with trump more than 90% of the time. but when it comes to whether or not trump was supposed to be the president or not, that is what he wants republicans fighting for. that's why he hasn't endorsed him. >> yeah. you know, lankford hardly, though, sort of an uninvolved victim. you recently discussed the election results with him. what did he say? >> look, i wanted to understand why he had changed his mind on january 6th. what happened behind the scenes? and as we started talking about it, he essentially said that he still had questions about the election. here is what he told me. >> do you still think that biden won the election rightfully? >> i think biden is the constitutional president. no question about it. are there questions still hanging out there, yes? >> are those questions that would have ultimately changed the outcome of the election? >> nobody knows.
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we can't get a full answer so we don't know. i'm not trying to be coy about it. it's the unknown at this point. i just want all the questions answered so that people can know one way or the other on it. >> and of course you see he's really trying to play both sides there. saying there's really no way to know whether or not any irregularities in the election might have changed the outcome. we should repeat over and over again that there is no question that joe biden rightfully won the election. and ultimately lankford didn't vote to challenge any of these votes on the floor of the u.s. senate. he agrees that biden is the constitutional president. whatever that means. but i do think it's important to underscore to people back home, biden is the president. lankford is trying to deal about fact he has problems back home with his right flank. >> he certainly is. lauren, great reporting. thank you so much, lauren fox. senator marco rubio took a swing at the defense secretary on twitter yesterday and not only did he miss, he hit himself in the face. the florida republican mocked defense secretary lloyd austin for this, arriving in the
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philippines wearing a mask and also that face shield there as leaders were greeting him. all the way back in america, this appeared to somehow personally affect rubio who called it embarrassing covid theater. the problem is the philippine government has mandated that everyone must wear both face shields and face masks while in public places. why? and i know this is scandalous, they're trying to stop the spread of coronavirus. which let's not forget, has killed more than 610,000 of our fellow americans. rubio is a member of the foreign relations committee, so you would think if he saw a cabinet member wearing a protective get-up, he usually doesn't in a foreign country, it might occur to him that there could be different rules or norms there. and could have saved himself scorn by doing a little research before the rip. and rubio, mocking masks, that's really where we are still as we learn that vaccinated people while hugely protected from
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hospitalization or death compared to the unvaccinated can spread the delta variant perhaps as easily as chickenpox. florida, rubio's state, is currently the worst in the nation when it comes to the spread of delta. florida is now averaging 10,000 new cases a day. that is up 61% since last week. more than 8,000 people are in the hospital right now. the most since january. every county in rubio's state except for one is experiencing high transmission. here is one doctor that we spoke to this week in rubio's state. >> do you consider florida right now to be the new epicenter of the unvaccinated pandemic? >> oh, for sure. i think that's our major issue here in florida. it's very concerning. also you point out here in florida we have a lot of people that come and retire here in florida, so these are very vulnerable patients. >> on tv rubio recently slammed
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the skepticism that a sizable minorities have about the vaccine. >> i don't think the skepticism is just among republicans. i mean, i see all kinds of voices i don't think are ideologic. people who decided they wanted to believe something they read somewhere. >> the politicization of covid by people believing something they read somewhere. you don't say? >> you don't say? >> it's just ridiculous honestly. just ahead, the first group of evacuated afghan interpreters arriving in the u.s. with their families. we're going to talk to both cameras -- i'm on this one. we're going to talk to another translator who still trying to get his family out. >> and cnn goes inside louisiana hospital to find fury and regret. ♪ >> i am furious with myself. >> why? >> because i was not vaccinated. ♪
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♪ louisiana breaking records during the pandemic for all the wrong reasons. to hear one doctor in baton rouge tell it, there's nowhere say. cnn went inside the city's largest hospital which has seen more coronavirus patients now than ever. many regret not getting the vaccine while others are still in denial they even have covid. here is cnn's miguel marquez. >> reporter: amy mattison struggles to breathe. >> what does it feel like to have covid? >> exhausting. extremely frustrating. tiring. and the fact that i am here now, i am furious with myself. >> why? >> because i was not vaccinated. >> reporter: not anti-vaccine,
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she says she just didn't get around to it. the 44-year-old is now one of dozens of covid-19 patients in baton rouge's our lady of the lake regional medical center. her oxygen low, her doctors say she might need a ventilator. >> i just don't want anyone else winding up like me. especially when the vaccine is so easy to get now. >> reporter: the delta variant now prevalent in the bayou state, not only is it enormously infectious -- >> the delta variant is far more contagious, right, but that viral load doesn't just mean i'm going to spread it to more people, it also means when i inhale somebody else's breath, i'm getting a massive amount of virus. >> reporter: it is spreading everywhere, in cities and rural areas. >> there's nowhere safe. if you're interacting in community, you should be vaccinated and you should have a mask on. we're inundated with covid. >> ronny smith, 47, says he thinks he got it from a friend outdoors. outdoors at a barbecue.
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he was planning to get the vaccine when covid-19 got him. >> about two days after that event it was just like i had -- i went down on the floor. i couldn't get up. >> reporter: nurses here say they've watched the number of critically ill patients grow rapidly. some anti-vax nation patients still in denial covid-19 is real. >> some people insist that we're lying to them about their covid positive diagnosis. >> reporter: even sick people? >> even sick people. >> reporter: who need oxygen might be on their way to death are denying they have covid? >> yes, i have patients who deny they have covid all the way up to intubation. >> reporter: what doo they think they have? >> think think they have a cold. >> reporter: carson baker only 21 has a kidney condition her doctor advised against getting vaccinated for now. she thinks she picked up the coronavirus while in a screened in porch across the room from
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someone else who had it. >> reporter: what does that tell you about how easy this is to pick it up? >> it sucks because people like myself with an auto immune disease, you can't go anywhere. everybody is getting sick. doesn't matter what you do. >> reporter: lori douglas has been in nursing for 35 years. the last year her hardest. frustration with sickness, death and the unvaccinated at boiling point. >> sometimes praying isn't enough and yell at jesus if i need to. it's head shaking, teeth grinding, knees tight, standing up just wanting to scream from the hill tops frustrating. >> reporter: miguel marquez, cnn, baton rouge, louisiana. >> you know, miguel has gone around the country for the last year and a half, brianna, from hospital to hospital telling stories from inside. what's remarkable is the duration, the length of time he's had to do this and how in some ways people are more
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defiant, disbelieving now than they were at the beginning. >> it's incredible. but for some people it's also going to make the difference like the gentleman we just spoke to who lost his wife and he said, he believes that if people could just get in those hospital rooms and see it, not just hear about it, maybe it will change some minds. maybe it will. >> it breaks my heart that it takes lost loved ones for that to get through. >> it does. up next, we'll talk to an afghan translator who became a u.s. soldier. his desperate mission to save his family from the taliban. the incident in orbit that made nasa declare an emergency at the international space station. ♪ you packed a record 1.1 trillion transistors into this chip i invested in invesco qqq
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but there are still thousands of afghan interpreters and thousands more of their family members who have been left behind, now facing persecution or worse, by the taliban. i'm joined now by syed noore, who joined the u.s. army, he is now in the u.s. but his family has not been able to come with us. thank you for being with us to talk about the predicament that your family and so many other afghan families are in. i want to start with you having worked for u.s. troops. what danger were you personally in? just describe this to us. >> thank you very much for having me first of all. well, my mission started when i was at the age of 16 in 2007. i started to work as interpreter for the military. even going outside a mission with the military was one of the risky jobs there since they were
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fighting the bad guys there. then on top of that, we had no protections when we were traveling back home to go visit the family or take care of the family. so there was a lot of great dangers against my life. i would receive phone calls from the taliban and i would also receive nightly reports on my door saying that i had to quit my job or i had to not work and support the united states forces in afghanistan or the taliban are going to come after me and kill me and kill my family members. and we were in constant threat, day to day life and just praying to god to get out of afghanistan one day. >> you recently went back to afghanistan. tell us about the threat that your family still in afghanistan is under the very real threat that they're facing. >> of course last year i went to afghanistan. i was in my hometown.
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the taliban brought a motorcycle in front of my house that exploded and killed five people and wounded ten others. so this time when i heard that most of the u.s. forces were not in afghanistan anymore. so i decided to fly back to afghanistan to bring my family to one of the safest locations in kabul. so i decided to bring my families there as they were traveling from so many provinces. my mom had to pretend she was sick and had fake medication, fake prescription in order to get through the taliban check points. and to make it to kabul. >> said, you are in this situation that so many afghans are. you are afghan-american. you are a u.s. citizen. you are an army veteran. and yet you are having this problem trying to keep your family safe. what does that say about the struggles of so many afghans in
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your position? >> of course big issues and lot of trouble for those afghans, too, that were not even -- they're still local. they're still living in afghanistan. when i started this immigration process, i was actually on deployment in 2018. i submitted my package, my paperwork for my families, for my parents and i said, hey, look, i'm a u.s. soldier. i'm in afghanistan. i will work with a lot of people out here. i'm being recognized. and i'm in the media, i go to meetings and people know me. please hurry up and just follow up with the process, bring my families to the united states. of course the process was long for me, still going on, has been three years that i have not had any positive feedback from the state department or from the national visa center. and for those interpreters that are still local interpreters, it's a very dire situation for them in afghanistan because they don't have the protection they had before. and the u.s. forces were there.
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they're protecting them now. most of the falling into the hands of taliban. those interpreters have no way to flee the countries, might just flee to kabul. security situations are getting worse in kabul, too. so they're just desperately waiting to come to the united states of america. >> is the biden administration doing what it needs to do, said? >> i would say they're doing much more better than the last administration because when i did apply for my family immigration visa, the last administration had means i would say irresponsible immigration policy that blocked most of the legal immigrants from coming into the united states. my family were the victims of that. >> said, thank you so much. you're speaking for so many people in this predicament. it's incredibly important that we understand it. thanks for being on. >> thank you so much for having
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why don't you just call it kayak. i'm calling it... canoe. compare hundreds of travel sites for thousands of trips. kayak. search one and done. nasa declaring a spacecraft emergency after an incident at the international space station. it was a misfire by a newly docked russian module causing the space station to briefly lose control and cnn's kristen fisher is joining us now with details on this. this sounded like the plot for a movie when we heard what had happened. >> reporter: where's ben affleck when you need him, right? >> exactly. >> reporter: this is exactly the kind of situation that astronauts and the folks in mission control spend hours and hours in these simulators training for. i mean, this was a true spacecraft emergency. the lead flight controller or one of them at the time said it was the first time he's ever had
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to do it. it was caused by the russian module, which has had all sorts of problems since it launched last week. and this is designed to be a place for russian cosmonauts to live and work. it has had all sorts of propulsion issues. and then it finally docked and locked into the international space station yesterday. everything looked to be okay, and then just three hours later that's when the trouble started. these thrusters inadvertently started to fire, and what that does is it kind of pushes the space station, it rotates it, pushes it off its attitude. and, you know, this had caused so much concern in mission control, the astronauts had to go out and take a look and see if there was any debris because it can actually cause some structural damage to the space station. the astronauts lost communication with mission control for 11 minutes while all of this was going on, and, you know, fortunately no onena says were never in any kind of
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immediate danger, but it just goes to show you these kinds of things can go wrong very quickly in outer space. investigations now ongoing, but boeing has had to delay the launch of its star liner to the space station because of it. >> so when we're watching that video and we see it looks like air puffing out of that cannister, right, that's not what it is. >> reporter: right. >> but that is the malfunction? >> reporter: the thrusters. little engines that puff and push the module or space station out of the way. and they were not supposed to fire once it's locked into a structure like the space station. >> we know this from all the movies we've seen, they taught us that thing is not supposed to go off unless you want it to did go off and go someplace you don't want to go. >> reporter: like gravity. we're all experts. >> thank you so much, kristen fisher. arm geageddon, the document. the special presentation, cnn film shorts, people striving
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to build different kinds of communities across the united states. our first film, 58 hours, the baby jessica story looks at the famous case of jessica mcclure and how her small hometown scrambled to save her when she fell into a well at just 18 months old. here's a preview. >> couldn't really see inside the hole, so it came clear that the only way to really see the story was to see the story on television. and i'm watching the news and i'm talking to my editor and, of course, they're watching the same thing on cnn. just felt like a moment when the journalistic worlds had changed. i never reported a story before by watching it on television. and, you know, in the future there would be many, many, many times when i would. >> listen, we're going from a-1 to a-8. stand by. and go.
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>> joining us now is mark bohn, the director of 58 hours, the baby jessica story. for those of us who were around in 1987, this is such a vivid memory, right, with the little girl down the well. it was such a big deal for the entire country, mark. >> yeah, it really was. you know, i was only six months old when the event happened, but it was a remarkable rescue. but it also was this incredible paradox that this little girl trapped in this 8-inch well beneath the earth kind of shifted the media landscape forever, and it opened up this new appetite we had for 24-hour breaking news. >> it really does show, and the documentary gets into this, how the smallest imaginable stage, right, we're talking about a well, literally something this big became the biggest fascination in the world. how do you explain that?
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>> yeah, it was, it was really incredible, you know. it was just in this small backyard in small town texas, and it started off as just a local news story. but it was at this moment when we were all watching the 6:00 news, but cnn, you know, had just arrived on the scene and slowly people wanted to know what was happening. everyone wants to know if this girl was going to survive. it was just a news story that everyone could connect to, and so it started being broadcast 24 hours around the clock, and it was kind of a moment for all of us where we really realized, wow, we want to know what's happening right now and not have to wait till 6:00. >> the really interesting part of it, yes, they wanted to know, but there wasn't much you could see. all you could do was look at the well. yet it drew people in. >> it really did, but it was because of what was happening beneath the earth, the texas soil was so difficult. you know, you had the most
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professional people in the world digging holes. this is texas oil drilling country. and it took a specialized tool, a water jet that had to be flown in spur of the moment by fedex to the scene, and it was a cutting edge technology. it was so cutting edge that some of the paramedics on the scene didn't want them to use it because they thought it was too futuristic. but they had to use all of the state of the art technology. even diamond cutter drills were breaking against the soil. it was a gripping story. are they going to get her out? >> listen, mark, terrific work. i hope people get a chance to see this. not just about the event. it's about how the event became so big and the significance of it even now. thank you so much for being with us, and be sure to tune in, our all-new series of cnn film shorts kicks off with 58 hours, the baby jessica story saturday at 9:00 p.m. eastern only on cnn. "new day" continues right now. good morning to our viewers
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here in the united states and all around the world. i'm john berman with brianna keilar. it is friday, july 30th and we begin with an alarming leaked cdc document that offers a chilling assessment of the state of the pandemic. quote, the war has changed. this is what it says. and here is why. inside this document, data that suggests the delta variant likely causes more severe disease than earlier strains of covid. and it is just as infectious as the chicken pox. that means it spreads like wildfire. the cdc slide presentation obtained by the washington post and confirmed by cnn concludes that the variant spreads faster than sars, ebola, the flu, and the common cold. the documents also contain unpublished data that says vaccinated people may spread the virus as easily as the unvaccinated when breakthrough infections occur. >> this will be published today. what we have seen so far explains why cdc officials made their latest decision on masks. we are also learning from the report that the cdc realizes
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that it must revisit its public messaging to emphasize vaccinations. joining us now is washington post health policy reporter yasmine abutaleb, one of the journalists who first reported on the leaked cdc documents. yasmine, i've read a lot, reported a lot on covid the last year and a half. this may be the report that has scared me the most. i'm going to be honest, this is scary stuff. people need to listen to this because it really does change, i think, what they think they're dealing with and one of the biggest things is that for vaccinated people, they've sort of felt like, okay, i'm the end of the line, i'm not going to spread this. it turns out actually they can. >> yeah, it's a really pivotal moment in the response, i think, because it looked like for the last couple of months things were getting better, we were on the upswing, the cdc relaxed its mask mandates, mask guidance for vaccinated people back in may. but delta is a really scary variant. it's the most worrying one we've seen s


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