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congressional district in texas. a republican who defeated another republican who had been backed by president trump in the race. democrats cling to a house majority. the win gives the democrats an eight-seat margin in the house. stay safe. we'll see you monday. ana cabrera picks up coverage right now. hello on this friday. the data is out. the cdc moments ago unveiling publicly it disturbing findings about the delta variant. it explains why mask mandates are back and how alarming this variant threat is to unvaccinated americans. here's what's key. these states are deep red because the delta variant is as transmisable as chickenpox, meaning if you have the delta strain, you infect up to nine other people.
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look how it spreads like wildfire compared to the onlial strain. it's danger. if infected the cdc says you are more likely to be hospitalized, get admitted to the icu or die. the good news? there's now more proof that vaccinations are working, preventing severe illness and saving lives ten-fold. vaccinated people can spread the delta variant as fast as unvaccinated. hence, masks. but is it enough? dr. sanjay gupta joins us on the phone. what more does this new data say? >> well, this gives us a really granular look at a particular outbreak. so it's interesting data. we've been looking at a lot of these data sets and broad populations, but this looked at barn stable county, massachusetts. and i think we can show the numbers here. basically they found that 469 people, residents were infected in the month of july.
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and 74% of them had been vaccinated. 79% of those vabs nated people did report some symptoms, and the delta variant, no surprise, because it is the dominant variant in the whole country, was the main culprit of infection. but it's really, you know, this idea that people who have been vaccinated could still carry the virus and that virus could be transmitted. what they showed was that people who were vaccinated and then tested positive had similar viral loads to people who were unvaccinated and became infected. that was something -- that was data that had been percolating for some time out there, but that was sort of the big thing. i will tell you that, you know, as you pointed out in your lead, that the idea that people who were vaccinated still were less likely to develop severe symptoms, hospitalizations, deaths, all the things we've talked about since the volaccin
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were authorized. it's true. vaccines work in that regard, but the idea that someone could test positive and develop enough virus to transmit is really what this data is showing. >> it's disheartening and kind of a gut punch to a lot of people vaccinated and thought it was protection from not only severe illness, but also from passing it onto our loved ones. a lot of us from children who can't get vaccinated yet. given that we're also learning that the data showing delta is more severe, give us more perspective here. how much of an impact can the vaccines make? >> well, i think the vaccines can still make a huge impact. i mean, if you just look at the impact they've had overall, just in terms of bringing down hospitalizations and deaths, i think it's really important. you remember, ana, last year when we would talk about a rise
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or surge in cases, you would see a certain percentage of hospitalizations that followed there after and a certain percentage of people who would die after that. even within this new data coming out of the cdc report, there were still few hospitalizations. i think less than 1% hospitalized in that group. so it's -- i still want to reiterate just how effective the vaccines can be at doing the things that people i think looked for them to do the most. prevent severe hospitalization and death. but it is clear that this delta variant is far more transmisable. and as a result of that, probably even vaccinated people are transmising this at a higher rate than we thought. and there's some early data. i still -- we need to i think look at this more carefully. this is not a huge sample size. the question often is as a virus becomes more contagious or transmisable, oftentimes it
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actually becomes less severe or less virulent. doesn't cause as much decide. oftentimes you trade transmisable for virulence. here there's some evidence that maybe this is causing more severe disease. i think that's going to be important to look at. it's clear this delta variant is a more serious variant. we've known that for some time. how much more serious? what is that going to mean for us in terms of additional protections? i think those are going to be the big questions. >> and now we know also that this data was the reason that the cdc updated its mask guidance, that un -- that vaccinated and unvaccinated people need to be wearing masks indoors in particular. i guess the bigger question now is is that enough? >> yeah. i think that that's -- i think there's two sort of questions here. one is that there's been a lot of talk about booster shots. you know, trying to increase
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one's own protection in terms of antibodies by taking a booster shot. i think this is going to fuel that conversation. especially for people who are vulnerable. you know, if the -- if you thought of the vaccine as basically saying hey, i'm no longer likely to get severely ill or hospitalized, but if i'm a volatile person, i could get sick enough where it's a real problem, maybe the recommendation will be that people who are older, have underlying conditions, in particular, should be getting a booster shot. it could be that they ultimately say that we all -- everyone needs to have a higher level of antibodies. but this other question you raise is interesting. because what the guidance said before, and i talked to a doctor about this, the head of the cdc directly. what they said was if you live in an area of the country where there is a lot of -- there's substantial or high spread of virus, then those areas, even if you're vaccinated, you should wear a mask in indoor public places. if you read the mmwr, the new
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report out of the cdc, they're saying even jurisdictions without substantial or high covid-19 transmission should be considering expanding their strategies including masking. so you look at areas around the country and say look, it's good here. there's not a lot of viral transmission. they're saying this is really, really contagious. so even if there's not a lot of viral transmission now, it's likely to increase, because of the contagiousness of this and also because we're going into cooler and dryer weather where viruses tend to transmit more easily. i think there are going to be changes with regard to the recommendations. both on boosters and masking hn throughout the country. some would say, and i think you and i talked about this, if you go back to may 1th when the guidance was changed to say that vaccinated people did not need to mask indoors, some people think that may have been premature. at that time delta was only 1%
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to 2 % of the overall virus load in this country, and now it's over 80%. that has changed. but i very much get the impression that the cdc is trying to get out ahead of this by releasing this report and starting to make new recommendations. >> well, it sounds like when in doubt, put on a mask and take extra precautions. sanjay, always good to talk with you. thank you for joining us. let me broaden the conversation now and bring in a primary care physician and public health specialist, and also the associate professor of infectious diseases at emory university. it's great to have you both. dr. kelley, the cdc is saying with the new data, the war has changed. first, your reaction to what we're learning about the delta variant. >> well, i think that's exactly what's happened. the science has shown us new information. and things have changed. cdc is having to go back and say
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that masks probably are very important in indoor settings for all people, including vaccinated people. because of the data coming out of the barn stable outbreak that we just heard about and data from other countries, things aren't quite as safe to go back to life as we knew it back in 2019. we do still have to be careful. but the message is still that the vaccines are the very best tool that we have to prevent hospitalizations and death, and they still work really, really well. so i think for most people, just take precautions when you're in crowded settings. when you're in places where vaccinated and unvaccinated people may be mixing and put the mask on when you're in those settings, even if you're vaccinated and are protected from severe disease and death. and particularly those people that have households with children, like myself, i think you need to be also extra careful until those kids can get vaccinated as well. >> strong reaction from doctor
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scott gottlieb, the gormer commissioner of the food and drug administration. he said this leaked cdc document which has been made public, that it doesn't change the truth, but could change how willing the cdc is to acknowledge the truth. fair criticism? >> i mean, i don't -- i think we need to remember that this variant is different. that the guidance that we had from cdc and from the scientific community a few months ago had to change based on this variant. and i don't think anyone predicted that this severity and transmisability of the variant would hit us to quickly and severely. i think beneed to be cautious about being critical. at the time the science supported these recommendations. now it's changed. things are different. now we need to adjust and adapt. this is a new virus.
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and we are not going to be able to predict the future with 100% accuracy. i think we need to have some discomfort with that, with the changes and be ready to adapt when we can. >> change is not easy for anybody. doctor matthew, let me ask you about this. today we know vaccinated people infected with this delta variant may be able to transmit the virus as easily as unvaccinated people. given that, are large crowds even among fully vaccinated people really safe? >> yeah. ana, i don't think that will be safe anymore. and i know this comes as hard news for the vaccinated. it almost feels like all these privileges that you got were just taken away from you overnight. but we have to listen to the science. i think it's going to be really important for us to be clear that the reason that we are in the boat that we are in today is because we have 80 million people that refuse to get
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vaccinated. if those 80 million people get vaccinated, it is going to decrease the ability of the virus to develop into these contagious variants. and ana, my concern is to wake up one day and find out that these vaccines don't work at all. millions of people could potentially die if that happens. so for people listening to the show, if you have any questions about the vaccine, now is the time to ask a doctor. you don't want to take advice from your golf buddy or aunt. you want to listen to the scientists. i just saw a patient a few minutes ago who thought he can get covid from the vaccine. another patient yesterday told me that he heard that your legs could be amputated if you get the vaccine. there is so much misinformation out there, and we have to work hard to make sure that we clarify all of that -- i hate to say this, but just information that is not grounded in science. >> right. and we should then make sure
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people know that neither of those things are true. you can't get covid from the vaccine, and it doesn't lead to amputations or need for an amputations. dr. matthew, back to you. at some point the former surgeon general jerome adams said we may need to close down again. what do you think? are they necessary right now, closures and what kinds of closures might we foresee? >> yeah. i don't think we need to panic in terms of talking about a lockdown. i think we can do both. we can keep opening up the economy as we vaccinate people. i think that we can do both at the same time. we have also learned that lockdowns don't necessarily help individuals and people in the long term. i don't think americans will ever go for a lockdown again. i think what we should do is add layers of protection. wearing a mask when you go indoors. and as you asked me that question, i don't think that a
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whole bunch of people that are vaccinated will be safe with the masks off. i have stopped hugging my mom and dad which is really sad, because i'm a doctor and i'm worried that i could potentially even as a vaccinated person, transmit the infection to them and they're older. but once again, i think people need to take from the cdc guideline that the problem is the unvaccinated people. if they get vaccinated, then we won't have to be in the situation. and vaccines still work. they keep you out of the hospital. over 99% of deaths and hospitalizations are in the unvaccinated. >> important information. and i'm glad we ended on that point. thank you, doctors. it's great to have pboth of you to guide us through this challenging time. this just in to cnn. the florida governor is set to sign an executive order that will allow parents to make decisions for their children on mask wearing. we're going to talk live next to
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so i can realize my vision and give everything i've got to my company, and my community. i got you. for the love of people. for the love of community. for the love of progress. citi. new school year being interrupted as covid cases surge nationwide. at one charter school in atlanta which went back tuesday more than 100 students are now in quarantine after multiple students and staff tested positive. meantime, it's a battle over masks in schools in florida. one of the worst hot spots for new cases. hours ago the florida governor announced he'll sign an executive order so parents can
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choose whether their kids wear masks. and joining us now is the school board member for the broward county public schools which just voted this week for a mask mandate this year. thank you for being with us. the governor in florida says he's going to direct the florida department of education and the department of health to issue emergency rules protecting the rights he says of parents to decide if their child wears a mask in class. what does that mean for your district's mask mandate? >> right. i mean, he is certainly within his purview to sign an executive order. we are in a position where we are thinking about the health and safety of our students and employees, and so if he wants to tie our hands legally, he can do that, and we'll find other ways to keep our students and employees safe. >> would you defy the executive order or go along with it? >> we would legally have to go along with it.
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i'm not interested in the he galty of the executive order. i am interested in making a public health decision for our students and employees rather than the governor's power grab. >> you faced strong pushback when you were set to vote on this issue. there were mask burning protests. how hard was it for you to come to this decision requiring masks? >> i'm guided by organizations like the cdc and the american association of pediatrics and they recommended mask mandates. we heard overwhelmingly from people who were working rather than attending school board meetings, and they said they wanted mask mandates. that's what i heard from my constituents. so that's what i'm focussed on. yeah. >> i want you to listen to something a protester there said about masks. take a listen. >>. >> it is time to pass off this symbol of purity.
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this symbol of child abuse. we will not stand for it anymore. >> what's your reaction to that? >> it's disturbing. and i guess what's more disturbing to me is that there is misinformation floating out there around about masks and vaccinations and i just want to get the message out that vaccines are safe. that masks are safe. only 21% of children 12 through 18 in our county have been vaccinated. i'm imploring families to get vaccinated. >> i want to put a finer point on that. we've learned nearly 7,000 children under the age of 12 were infected with covid just this past week in florida. so for those who say children aren't at risk, the number suggests otherwise. sara, thank you for spending time with us. >> thank you. we have breaking news now. a major blow today to former
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president trump and his efforts to keep his tax returns private. in a legal opinion released just a few minutes ago, the justice department says the treasury expect must turn over his tax returns to the house ways and means committee. that panel first requested the tax returns more than two years ago. lauren fox joins us on capitol hill. what does this mean? >> this decision, of course, two years in the making. but look, there had been questions about whether or not the biden administration would change its position and whether or not it would keep the tax returns from going to the ways and means committee. after months of discussion. after months of delays, what we are learning is the department of justice office of legal council has issued an opinion. they are the arm of the executive branch that gives legal advice as to what the administration should do. it says the chairman of the house ways and means committee has invoked sufficient reasons for requesting the former president's tax information
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under section 6103. treasury must furnish the information to the committee. we also are getting a statement from house ways and means chairman say, quote, as i have maintained for years, the committee's case is very strong and the law is on our side. i am glad that the department of justice agrees and that we can move forward. now, there are still questions as to whether or not the former president is going to fight this decision. but it is a clear indication that the biden administration is not going to be standing in the way of releasing these tax returns. we still are awaiting a formal decision from the treasury department on what the next steps are going to be. >> lauren fox, thank you. up next, after scrambling on the final details of the bill's text, the $1 trillion infrastructure deal moves forward in the senate. one of the 16 gop senators who voted moments ago for this deal to move forward to the next step joins us live next.
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homes ago the senate took the step step to bring up a roughly $1 trillion
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infrastructure deal. our correspondent manu joins us on the hill. what happens now? >> the big question on capitol hill right now is when will the legislative text be release the of the $1.2 trillion bill? this bill would strengthen lots of money into roads, bridges, rural broadband. would pay for this in a variety of ways, including redirecting covid relief money. what does it look like? the bill text has not been released as they've haggled over finalizing a lot of legislative language. that is so critical. because ultimately this is what could become law. once this bill text is finalized, it will be offered on the senate floor to amendment. it could be changed by if a senator offers an amendment, it can change the language here. the hurdle is high to clear to change the language. likely they need 60 votes to do that. it's unlikely core elements of
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the bill will be changed. that means the actual language will be essential to determining the success of this proposal. assuming this gets released today, maybe tomorrow, the senate is expected to be in for at least part of the weekend. it could be on the senate floor for potentially a week, maybe even longer depending on how long senators agree to have offer amendments and depending on you that process playing out. assuming the coalition plays together, they could push it through the senate and into the house where progressive democrats have raised concerns about the language and in their view, it does not go far enough. a lot of questions here about how this ultimately plays out whether democrats get on board and then the larger $3.4 billion democratic plan. a big question still for the democratic plan. >> thank you for the update. joining us now kevin cramer of north dakota.
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senator, thank you for making time for us. you were one of 16 republican senators who just voted to proceed on this next step on the $1 trillion infrastructure package. that's despite threats by former president trump. despite this earlier comment in your gop leader mitch mcconnell. listen. >> 100% of my focus is on standing up to ma tthis administration. we have unity in opposition to what the new mieden administration is trying to do to this country. >> now, that was may. mcconnell voted to advance this infrastructure package as well. so apparently bipartisanship is alive. my question is how did you get to a yes? what has changed? >> yes. important, because i happen to be the ranking member of the epw sub committee on transportation and infrastructure. so the base of that -- the service transportation part of
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this is our bill. it's a bill that passed out of our committee unanimously. it has things that democrats like. things that republicans like. things that i think most americans like. that's the basis. i've had a pretty good working knowledge of the fundamentals. and then there's things in the energy title. for me it was preserving. not so much of getting things in the bill, but the permitting reforms. one federal decision in the service transportation piece. the permitting council in the rest of it. and then making sure that the funding formula of 90/10, 90% going to states, 10% competitive grants. those things protect rural america and recognize that there are a lot of long roads that don't have a lot of people. that's worked for transportation funding for the last several decades. those were the things i insisted on. and being paid for. and so far all that standard has been met. >> and i understand that this is still being written. it's expected to be about 1,000
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pages this bill. so there are a lot of details. is there anything that if included in this bill would make you vote no in the end? >> well, there's not. not what i know of. and so that's an important point. that's why it's so important to get the bill text dropped into the bill as an amendment and we get on the amendment. there are a lot of member who is haven't seen as much as i have. they're perhaps on other committees. i think the more they see it, they'll like it. the members find things we haven't thought of that should be added. if they can get 59 of their closest friends to amend the bill, but really, i think this has been constructed in a way, the way i think people expect sausage to be made in washington. long, hard negotiating across the table. and then a lot of it through the committee process and most importantly, that it's paid for and doesn't add to the debt, but adds to job creation.
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an asset that has the profitability of the supply side of the committee as the main purpose. all the things push against inflation, and yes, joe biden gets a little win out of this, but like i always like to say, not every win requires a loser. i think this is a situation where there can be a lot of winners. we have to look for more opportunities. >> i think the american people will be encouraged to hear what you're saying. you have the president threatening to -- are you afraid of retaliation by trump of your party? >> well, you know, when you're in this job and you're confronted with tough decisions and you do the work, the study and sit through the hearings and negotiate, and then the people you answer to are the voters back home. and i appreciate president trump. i understand some of his frustration. i think the context that a lot of opponents to the legislation is that we just spent so much so quickly in the last year and a
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half, and i agree with all that. but i think this particular bill, and i would just remind people that donald trump proposed a much larger infrastructure package than this one. i would have love to have made the first cares about and infrastructure package. i think that would have been a better way to stimulus the economy. but that didn't happen. now we're given this opportunity. my responsibility, frankly, is to the people of north dakota. i think that this is an appropriate next move in that process. >> i do want to ask you about covid as well as the cases are spiking and we're learning more about the threat of the delta variant. mitch mcconnell, your republican leader there in the senate, he's working hard to get people vaccinated in his state. even doing radio ads. what's your message to people who are unvaccinated in your state, north dakota? >> so my message is that inform yourself. self-governed people can be self-informed. there's no shortage of information. talk to your doctor. and then make the decision that
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you think is best for you. i personally believe that there's less risk in being vaccinated than not being vaccinated, but i understand a lot of people don't agree with me. some medical professionals don't agree with that necessarily, because they haven't seen how the vaccine is going to play out over the run long. i think it's really important to, again, for self-governed people to get informed and make the decision they think is best for them and their family. >> the experts, the people who have studied vaccines, developed vaccines, not just this one but over decades like dr. fauci are saying there's nothing that should give people pause when it comes to safety and efficacy with this vaccine. both the mrna as well as the j&j. have you been vaccinated? >> so i made a promise to my good friend lauren fox if i ever reveal my vaccination status, it will be to her first. and i mean that sincerely. >> she's my colleague. we're all part of the same team
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here. why don't you tell us? what helps to be secret on this? >> yeah. so -- the goal is to save people's lives. you're the leader. you're the leader in your state of north dakota. more than 15 00 people sadly in your state have died from covid right now. do you want them to get vaccinated? and can you lead the way? >> well, let me put it this way. i think you have more regard for my opinion than the people of north dakota. i have a great deal of regard for their opinions. and i just think this is a health care privacy matter that they have to work out for themselves. and i understand why they might feel differently than i might feel about the efficacy of the vaccine. again, this has only been out a short time, and honestly, the messaging from dr. fauci and others that are supposedly experts has not been clear or consistent. that only adds to people's i think anxiety about things and their distrust, and there are some people who are naturally inclined to be skeptical. i understand that. but all that said, you know,
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there's a lot of information out there for people to get. i would encourage people to talk to your doctors and get the best advice you can from him or her. >> okay. why can't you encourage people to get the vaccine? i get the talk to your doctor, do your own homework. but you've done your homework. >> uh-huh. and i believe that there's -- i've done mine for me. but not everybody is me. and this is a great free country that's built on the exceptional concept of self-governance. i think that the heavy handed government is something that most people -- many people, i should say, reject. that's part of the problem. i think when you let people take their time and make their own decisions and not imply that somehow you're smarter than they are -- i'm elected to the senate. i'm not a virologists. >> it sounds like you got vaccinated. kr correct me if i'm wrong, but i
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appreciate you taking the time. >> stay tuned to lauren. she'll let you know at some point maybe. >> i'll anxiously await. thanks again. coming up, newly released notes revealing how far former president trump was willing to go to try to overturn the 2020 election results. new information from a phone call coming up live on the cnn news room. -i'm down. -yes, please. [ chuckles ] don't get me wrong, i love my rv, but insuring it is such a hassle. same with my boat. the insurance bills are through the roof. -[ sighs ] -be cool. i wish i could group my insurance stuff. -[ coughs ] bundle. -the house, the car, the rv. like a cluster. an insurance cluster. -woosah. -[ chuckles ] -i doubt that exists. -it's a bundle! it's a bundle, and it saves you money! hi. i'm flo from progressive, and i couldn't help but overhear... super fun beach day, everybody.
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a new example emerging today of then president trump ignoring all known facts and trying to cancel out the election he lost. this time the person being pressured was none other than the president's incoming acting attorney general. according to the justice department, the notes of a december phone call to mr. trump told the nation's top lawyer, quote, just say the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me. again, this can't be stressed enough. there is no evidence of widespread election fraud or corruption. joining us now, cnn political analyst, a presidential adviser to four u.s. presidents. david, we know trump tried to pressure state and local officials as well as his vice president and members of
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congress, so i guess this isn't surprising, but what do you make of it? >> well, it sort of fills in the rest of the picture. he sunk to the lowest depth we've ever imagined with regard to congress, with regard to state officials and local officials and now with regard to his own ideas as attorney general. who knows what's going to come next? i do know that we have all the information we need to understand and have clarity on one point. he is willing to do whatever it takes. whatever it takes to get power. and he is has not left the stage. he's waiting eagerly to get back on the stage, and will sit his circus -- >> i mean, thank goodness the then incoming acting attorney general didn't follow trump's direction. >> absolutely. i agree. and the fact is this attorney
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general, represented trump in many ways. he was something as something of an ally, but nonetheless, thank goodness for people to stand up to him. he haven't had many this this dirty episode, but this attorney general said no. >> and it's important we continue to dig on this so the american people have all the information in front of them as he could come around and be on the ballot in 2024. david, i want to ask you about our top news today on covid. just before the 4th of july, president biden declared independence from the coronavirus. it was such welcome news at the time. pandemic fatigued nation. we were desperate to return to normal, and now normal seems so far away. how much does that what appears to be premature celebration hurt the white house's credibility to lead and demand more sacrifices now? >> well, you know, we went through this with george w. bush
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in the war against saddam when he went out to the carrier with the great big sign behind him, mission accomplished. accomplished. and we were nowhere close to mission accomplished. it hurt bush badly in the polls. i think biden will pay some price on this, but in biden's case, at least we know that the variants are evolving. you know, the facts are changing on the ground. and so whatever he says may be good today, but not good tomorrow, because the very nature of this. so i think people tend to give him a break. i think the real test is can he get enough people vaccinated to bring this under control? and i believe he's going to have to go to mandatory vaccinations so that every american just as we have in the past with measles or polio, we went to mandatory vaccinations. we're going to needed to that
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again. the president is not there yet, but what's breaking now, the new report that came out today, that the disease is highly transmisable, that -- and a big survey on the cape cod, that three quarters of the people who came down with covid in the month of july, three quarters of the people who came down with it had been vaccinated. so we have a lot of work to do. >> in that one cluster there. >> yes. and there are other clusters. >> yep. absolutely. david, it's nice to see you on this friday. thanks for spending time with me. >> thank you so much. good to talk with you. coming up, a nail biter ending for team usa's women's soccer. all amid the backdrop of a still raging pandemic. the latest from the tokyo olympics next. live in the cnn news room.
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broadway shows are back on, but you're going to have to be vaccinated and mask up to go to the theater. all broadway theaters will now require proof of vaccination for all audience members, platformers and staff.
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there will be a few exceptions to broadway's vaccine rule, children under 12 and those with religious beliefs or medical conditions will be allowed in without a shot. amid the olympic games, the japanese prime minister has extended the state of emergency in tokyo and osaka until august 31st. infections are just expanding at unprecedented speed. despite this, the games are proceeding and today the u.s. women's soccer team beat the netherlands in penalty goals and they now advance to semifinals with a chance to go for the gold. good luck to them. and thank you so much for being with me. happy friday. i'll see you back here on monday at 1:00 p.m. eastern. i hope you have a wonderful weekend. don't forget, you can follow me on twitter, @anacabrera and the news continues with alisyn camerota next. with university o, we support you with career coaching, including resume building, interview prep, personal branding and more, for your entire career. so if you commit to earning a degree with us,
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-- captions by vitac -- hello, everyone, welcome to "newsroom." i'm alisyn camerota. victor is off today. the cdc sounding the alarm on the delta variant, saying, quote, the war has changed. new data shows the delta variant causes more severe disease than the original variant and is one of the most transmissible viruses ever. it is just as contagious as chickenpox and spreads faster than the common cold, the seasonal flu, smallpox, ebola, and sars.
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