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>> to watch the full story and nominate someone you know to be a cnn hero, go to thanks so much for watching today, and "the lead" with jake tapper starts right now. ♪ the cdc warns that the war against covid has changed. "the lead" starts right now. breaking today, a new study revealing just how tenacious the delta variant of covid is and why even the vaccinated, health experts say, now should take new steps to protect themselves and everyone around them. big lie obsession. a house committee releasing new notes showing trump's determination to enlist others to lie about nonexistent voter fraud. notes showing that he pressured his acting attorney general to help him overturn the election.
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safe at last. the first flight of afghans who risked their lives to help american troops arrives in the u.s. but what will happen to thousands more with taliban targets on their back? ♪ welcome to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. and we start today with the health lead and the new data backing up what top health officials had been warning about for weeks, the delta variant is aggressive. the delta variant is highly contagious. even among those who are fully vaccinated. the new data out today is some of the same data that prompted the cdc to change its mask guidance earlier this week. its pivotal discovery centers on a covid outbreak in massachusetts where vaccinated people were still infected. the though we need to emphasize, the vaccine can keep serious illness at bay. but those individuals can still become very contagious to others. cnn's athena jones joins me now live from new york.
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athena, what else are we learning from this alarming new data? >> all of this data really raises the stakes for everyone, not just the unvaccinated but also the fully vaccinated. we're learning that this delta variant of the coronavirus is much more contagious, as easily transmitted as chickenpox, which means that one person infected can delta could spread to average on eight or nine people rather than just two or three people as with the original strain of the virus. the cdc announced new guidance on masks earlier this week saying that regardless of vaccination status everyone needs to be wearing a mask indoors. part of that was based on this study on an outbreak in provincetown, massachusetts, where 469 people were infected in may -- sorry in, july. 74% of the overall cases occurred among people who were fully vaccinated. and they found that several, many, over a hundred of the fully vaccinated people who caught the delta virus had as much virus in their system as people who were unvaccinated.
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that is why the cdc was prompted to change its masking guidance because it shows that even if you're vaccinated you may be spreading the delta variant -- the delta virus around. one thing that experts are stressing is that the vaccine is still, it makes you much safer, it's still very much protective. in the case of provincetown, only four of the vaccinated required hospitalization. two of those people had underlying health conditions, and no one died. the cdc estimates there are 35,000 symptomatic infections among the fully vaccinated each week. so that really gives you a sense of what's going on here with this new variant. and it makes protocols like masks and social distancing even more urgent. >> athena jones, thanks so much. let's bring in dr. howard jarvis, emergency medical physician and medical director of emergency health at cox health in missouri where the virus is hitting rather hard. doctor, thanks for joining us. the original strain, we're told, was comparable to the common
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cold, could infect two or three people. this delta variant has the ability to infect eight or nine others regardless of their vaccination status. the ceo of your hospital group says you all took in nearly 170 new covid patients just today. so what is your reaction to the cdc data, which is backing up what you've also been saying that the delta variant can spread very easily? >> it really corresponds with what we've been seeing over the past, you know, several weeks and really now almost for a month and a half. we had about 15 patients hospitalized with covid in the middle of may. and we're at about 150 in springfield at our hospital. it's up ten times. the patients we're seeing are sicker, they're younger, and they seem to be getting sicker faster. we're also seeing a lot more pediatric patients that are ill
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and surely not all of them have to be hospitalized. but in speaking with our pediatricians, the total number of pediatric cases that we admitted over a year for covid up until about the middle of may, we have done more than that just in the last couple of months. so, we're really seeing a younger population and a population that's getting sicker faster. >> it's still, based on what you're seeing, though, i just want to underline, the best prevention, the best way to make sure you don't end up super sick in the hospital is the vaccine? most of the people if not all of the people that are hospitalized are not vaccinated? >> that's exactly right. the best treatment that we have for covid is to get the vaccine. your chances of being ill enough to be hospitalized and certainly your chance of dying is far, far reduced by having the vaccine.
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and i think one of the things that people tend to not realize is once you are ill enough to be in the hospital, once you're on a lot of oxygen, maybe you're on the floor or you're in the icu, the treatments that we have for covid are really not that great. the one treatment that we have that is really effective is getting vaccinated before you get the infection. once you're really ill, there is some supportive things we do. we can give you steroids, antivirals. and i'm not saying they don't benefit, but the degree of benefit is not anywhere close to the degree of benefit from getting the vaccination. >> a study in china found patients with the delta variant have viral loads more than 1,200 times higher than samples taken in the early days of the pandemic with a different variant. do the unvaccinated people coming to your hospital, do they realize that they were putting themselves at such risk by
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refusing to get the vaccine? >> i think a lot of them don't have a great grasp of that. i think they're getting more of a grasp of it with what's been happening here, you know, locally and recently. i think the word is getting out. if you look at it when we had the big uptick in people getting vaccines in january and on through the spring, you can just see a tremendous dropoff in the number of cases and the number of deaths per day. we really had great improvement. unfortunately because we didn't have better uptake, that's allowing the virus to spread to hosts that are not protected. and that's what viruses do. if you allow them to spread, they are going to mutate. some of of the mutations may be minor and may not cause a significant change. but you may have, you know, as with the delta variant, you have a mutation that makes it far more infectious, far more
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transmissible. and you get people getting sicker. unfortunately, the longer we wait and the longer we keep a relatively low percentage of the population vaccinated, we're just waiting for another variant that's even worse. it's not going to be -- the vaccine is not going to be effective against it. and then we're back to the beginning and we start this whole thing over. so we really need to encourage people to get vaccinated as quickly as possible. >> dr. jarvis, seeing the influx of patients in your emergency room, if the government, whether the missouri government or the biden administration on a national level were to go a step further and mandate vaccines, do you think that would be effective, or would it push already vaccine hesitant, vaccine spectacle people even further away? >> i think there is a, i hope, relatively smaller portion of the population that still wouldn't hear that message and might be pushed further away.
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i will tell you that there's been -- we definitely have had an uptake in our area in vaccinations over the past few weeks. and i think, you know, we have reached out to people as a hospital and some of the thought leaders, religious leaders that maybe hadn't been big proponents of getting vaccinated in the past, have stepped up and are doing so. so i think there is more willingness for people to get vaccinated. and i don't know, maybe being more forceful with the recommendations or even mandates. i do think that would increase the number of people getting vaccinated. anything we can do to get that number up, i really think we need to do. when you look at it right now, you basically have every two and a half to three days you've got a thousand people in this country dying from covid. and if you look at the statistics, 990 plus of those are unvaccinated, and less than ten are vaccinated.
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so it's really -- there's really not much debate that the vaccination is extremely protective from preventing you from getting very exact from dying. we just need to keep getting that message out there that the vaccination clearly saves lives. >> from missouri, one of the hardest-hit states, dr. howard jarvis, thank you for the work you do, sir. >> thank you, jake. just say that the election was corrupt. the new evidence that the former president was leaning on the justice department to help him overturn a free and fair election. and from an american tragedy to a national treasure, the eye-opening video simone biles posted and then deleted. stay with us. [ echoing ] some of us were born for this. to protect people.
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go with us and find millions of flexible options. all in our app. expedia. it matters who you travel with. we're back with our politics lead. new evidence today of former president trump's attempts to try to overturn the 2020 election based on lies. hand-written notes show that he pressured jeffrey rosen and the justice department and general
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to back his big lie, urging the then attorney general to, quote, just say the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the republican congressmen. these notes come from a december call between rum, rosen, and acting deputy attorney general donahue. paula reid joins me now. what else do we know about this call, and tell us why this is so important. >> it's so important, jake, because it's just an extraordinary example of the former president trying to pressure an agency that is supposed to be independent of the white house as part of his wide-ranging effort to delegitimize the outcome of the election. now these new details come from hand-written notes that were taken by then acting deputy attorney general richard donahue. and in these notes he details a december 27th call between the former president, the then acting attorney general jeffrey rosen, and himself. now, in this, he details how the
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former president encouraged the two top officials at the justice department to declare the election illegal and corrupt, despite no widespread evidence of voter fraud. now, the acting attorney general in these notes tells the president, look, that's not the way this works. and now this new evidence, jake, is being used in multiple congressional investigations. >> and, paula, this conversation took place after attorney general bill barr had resigned and barr, according to his own account, was also pushing back against the election lies. does this shed any new light on barr leaving? >> barr left shortly before christmas. and of course we know, jake, it's not unusual for attorneys general to depart an administration before the last day. but barr was seen as a very loyal deputy to former president trump. but his last few weeks in office were pretty rocky because he and the president just were not
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aligned on this issue of election fraud. we know in early december barr came out and undercut former president trump's message on this by saying that the justice department had not found any evidence of large-scale voter or election fraud that would change the results. directly undercutting the message that the former president was putting out. even after he left office he's continued to have to defend himself against allegations from the former president that he tried to block investigations. but it's clear the president was not deterred when he encountered this resistance from his attorney general and moved on to acting top justice officials. >> let's discuss this now with andrew mccabe, cnn commentator, former fbi director who had his own history with donald trump that has been well covered. what was your reaction when you saw these hand-written notes today? >> it's extraordinary. hand-minute contemporaneous notes are some of the best evidence you can come across when you're trying to make a case or big a prosecution. that's of course not happening here. but i think the accuracy and the fact that they were captured in
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the heat of the moment on this incredibly controversial phone call is really moving. >> and now, according to these notes, rosen, who was then the acting attorney general, told then president trump to understand that the justice department, quote, can't and won't snap its fingers and change the outcome of the election, unquote. he added, it doesn't work that way. what does this tell you about how trump viewed the department of justice in his final days in office? >> it's absolutely clear, jake, how he views the department of justice. and that is as a tool for him to use for his personal, political benefit. we talk about the independence of the department of justice. when we say that, wertz not talking about some act of institutional etiquette. it's vitally important that the department maintains independence from the white house so that all americans can believe in the results of the criminal justice system. so we know that the criminal justice system isn't being used for political purposes. here you have the president of the united states pushing the
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acting attorney general to do exactly that, to lie to the american people, to undercut a lawful election, to undermine democracy, to try to overturn the will of the people all for his own personal benefit. >> this conversation took place after bill barr had resigned from the office of attorney general. barr told "the atlantic" last month that trump was livid with him when he revealed that the justice department had found no evidence of widespread voter fraud. quote, my suspicion all the way along was that there was nothing there, it was all bull -- barr told "the atlantic." rosen and donahue had to know that this was going to be front and center for trump after barr left. this was obviously since september, october, plus after the election. this is what trump was singularly focused on, finding a way to use this lie to overturn the election, and now we have these notes. >> that's absolutely right. and i know exactly how those
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gentlemen felt. i know what it's like to have your boss leave or get fired in my case and then know that the pressure of the presidency is about to come down upon you, as it did to them and as it certainly did to me. >> you're referring to when the president fired james comey. >> that's exactly right. but i think this time line raises questions for barr knowing that the department was under assault from the white house, being pushed to support this conspiracy to overturn the election might not have been a good idea to stick around and help them withstand that attack. >> the key quote here, just say the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the republican congressman later in those notes references a number of these republican congressmen basically trump to do everything he want like jimmordan of ohio. but what does this tell you about what trump expected the jim jordans of the world to do? >> it's almost like handing off the baton in a relay. all he needed from the
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department of justice was to throw that statement out there that their opinion was the election was corrupt and he was confident that the next runner, in this case the republicans in congress, would pick up that baton and run it forward. >> what's also interesting about this is that merrick garland, the attorney general now, issued an announcement this week saying that the justice department was not going to assert executive privilege and blocking rosen from testifying. and we were talking about that moment. garland is such an institutionalist, in my view, this is an opinion, not based on anything i know for a fact. but i find it hard to believe that garland wouldn't have said that if he did not think that rosen wanted to testify. and this maybe sheds some light on that because he's all about protecting people if they don't want to have to do it. >> i share that opinion about the attorney general. i think his decision in the case to continue maintaining the
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former trump administration's defense there indicates just how strong an institutionalist he is. however, you're absolutely right. in this case i think he made the absolute right decision to pull back the shield and to allow these gentlemen to step forward and testify fully and truthfully. i would expect he probably had some sort of a conversation with them or understood where their position was on it, although i don't know that that would have been dispositive for them. but it is incredibly important that they can sit down in congress and share those facts with the american people. >> is this a crime, trump telling the acting attorney general to do this? >> it's hard to see initially how this could turn into a federal crime. but, listen, it is absolutely an abuse of power. it's absolutely an abuse of the office of the presidency had he done it while he was still president, i think it would likely qualify as an impeachable offense, but we're well beyond that. >> also there are a bunch of people who won't vote to impeach him no matter what. the first afghan who's
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a momentous day tops our world lead. the first group of afghan translators and interpreters and
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others who risked their lives to help american servicemembers in afghanistan this first group arrived in the u.s. today early this morning. the group of around 200 afghans is now at fort lee, virginia, where they will finish their last steps to officially becoming american immigrants. but tens of thousands of other afghans are facing increasing threats from the taliban who are gaining power and control of that country, hunting and killing those who helped the u.s. as cnn's kylie atwood now reports. >> reporter: it's the beginning of an effort to uphold a promise. those buses are carrying about 200 afghan interpreters and their families, pulling into u.s. army base fort lee in virginia, now safe on u.s. soil. >> there is a home for you in the united states if you so choose. >> reporter: president biden welcomed the interpreters home and thanked them for putting their lives on the line alongside u.s. troops in america's longest war.
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those arriving today are part of a group of 700 special immigrant visa or siv applicants who've completed the majority of their background screening process. they'll be at fort lee for about a week, some in temporary housing and hotels securing a medical clearance and getting the opportunity to receive a covid-19 vaccine. senator tim kaine of virginia talked about their arrival. >> we feel particularly supportive and even proud that we can be the initial place of touching soil in the united states as these afghan sivs and their family members begin a next exciting challenging chapter of opportunity in this country. >> reporter: these afghans were essential to america's efforts on the ground in afghanistan over the last 20 years. army captain payne who served in the country described the wartime camaraderie. >> i'm grateful to anybody that sat in the trenches with me fully knowing the hazards that
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we faced that more than likely one of us was going to die. and the interpreter was right there with us. and i owe them a duty as much as i owe any soldier that i was with. >> reporter: of the 20,000 afghans in the siv pipeline, about 10,000 of them have just begun the application process, according to the state department. applications can take years to process. that could be a deadly problem for some, with the taliban issuing death threats for afghans who worked with the u.s. and seizing control of the country. >> if i don't get out of afghanistan, i am counting down my end of life. >> reporter: now, president biden said earlier today that these arrivals are just the first of many as the united states continues to work and relocate additional interpreters. but the remaining question, jake, is just how many of these interpreters they will be able to get out of the country before the u.s. finishes its complete
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u.s. troop withdrawal next month. jake? >> all right, kylie atwood, thanks so much. joining us now to discuss is matt zeller. he deployed to afghanistan and is in charge of a nonprofit helping set up the lives of these afghanis. and he was given rare access to film, a new documentary he's working on. you were shooting this video earlier today as these families arrived at fort lee. what was it like? show us what we're seeing and what this was like for you. >> sure. what you should be seeing is the first families that came out of a special area of customs to where the united states army had set up some buses to move them to fort lee. i was joined by a gentleman who had not seen his mom, his dad, or his two sisters in 11 years,
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and he's part of the film that we were making and we were there to try and capture their hopeful first reunion, at least their first glimpses of one another. we had no idea if we'd even see it. somebody who's been working on this for almost now a decade, it felt like seeing a promise kept. this is the best part of doing this work is seeing these people arrive here. but the reality, jake, is that it only represents 0.3% of all the afghans waiting. there's 99.7% of them, which is around 88,000 people who are still left behind in afghanistan desperate to get here. these 240 i am so fortunate are here. i hope this is the start of a massive pipeline. but we're going to need an avalanche of an effort to get over here. >> reporter: it's 240 of the actual translators and then hundreds more of their families? >> no. that's 240 people total. >> oh, wow. >> one plane.
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>> and of the 89,000 -- >> 88,000. >> is that interpreters or is that interpreters and their families? >> 20,000 interpreters plus their associated family members. >> you're passionate about this effort and we've talked about this because you say when you were deployed in afghanistan, your translator saved your life. what do you mean? >> i wouldn't be sitting here alive today if it wasn't for my brother janis. he literally shot and killed two taliban fighters who were about to kill me in a battle on my 14th day in the war. i made him a promise that if i could ever repay that life debt, all he had to do is ask. i learned just how difficult it is to get someone here. we can design, build, fly and land a rover to mars faster than we can get one of these people their visas. it's atrocious, we're out of time. what we need is the largest airlift since berlin in 1948 to move them. what i haven't heard from the administration, it haunts me is that thus far the only place we're flying people out of is
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kabul. the association of wartime allies pulled the afghan visa population, the interpreters. what they learned was that over half of them live outside of kabul with no means to get there. that's about 44, 45,000 people. >> with so much land controlled by the taliban, they might not be able to get to kabul. >> they can't. the roads are controlled by the taliban. they're using our biometrics databases and the u.s. military hardware that we would use to enter and check people into it to see if people that they stop used to work for us. if you pop up in the database they kill you. so you can't drive on the road to get to kabul, which means you've got to fly. there aren't flights from most of the cities anymore. all flights from herat are seized yesterday. how do people in herat now get to kabul? that's what haunts me. >> the biden administration knew this was coming, and they haven't tartstarted acting on i until just now. >> we've been sounding the alarm for months. it's been radio silence from the
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administration. there's an entire coalition of administrations, lutheran immigration and refugee services. i just listed a veterans organization and a faith organization. organizations that might not always partner along with a huge bipartisan coalition in congress. people like ron johnson and patrick leahy united on this. i don't know of a single other issue that they agree on. and since may they've been telling the biden administration we have to evacuate these people. why didn't we do it while we had the troops in place to do so? >> the well, they didn't and we're going to stay on top of this story. and i also want to note, matt is looking for financing for his documentary. he showed me some of the other images not the ones we just showed you but other ones and there's some really powerful stuff there. he's on twitter @mattczeller if you want to help him, if you are somebody who could help him put that together. thank you so much for being here. and we're going to keep telling this story. and if we have to we're going to tell about the funerals.
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. in our politics lead, millions of americans could potentially be homeless within days if democrats cannot find a way to extend the current ban on evictions. house democrats still unable to reach a deal. the cdc order prevented landlords from evicting renters for failing to pay their rent.
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that expires saturday night, an estimated 11.4 million adults are behind on their rent. that's a crisis that is obviously been exacerbate by the economic turbulence of the pandemic. joining us now live to discuss democratic congresswoman elissa slotkin of michigan. congresswoman, thank you so much for joining us. passing an extension is one thing, but there's this other part of this that's interesting. according to "the washington post," there's this $25 billion of rent assistance that was passed. only 12% of that has reached the renter who's need it the most so they can pay their rent. how do we fix that? how do we get that money to people who need it? >> yeah. i think that's why we're going tom for an extension. we're not talking about providing any more dollars for folk who's need it. we're talking about just giving the program time to work. it's not glamorous, it's a bureaucratic problem that washington is having and we're trying to make sure that people don't lose their homes, don't get kicked out of their homes
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because washington can't get the money out. >> president biden called on con congress yesterday to extend this eviction moratorium. congresswoman alexandria ocasio-cortez, your fellow democrat, told punch bowl news too little too late. she says for the white house to do this right before we're about to leave, it's ridiculous. i don't want to hear any of the spin about how they've been trying this whole time. there has not been the advocacy, the voice that we have needed to have on this issue so i'm not here for the excuses about how this is the court's fault. this is on the administration, unquote. does your colleague have a point? >> well, listen, you have to be truthful and honest. and we're at the 11th hour, it expires tomorrow. most of us had not heard of this problem in detail and that washington was having such a difficult problem getting this money out. we've been hearing from our districts that they weren't receiving the funds. but i don't think we connected the two dots. and you have to own that no matter what. >> i think there's this stereotype out there that
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landlords are, you know, they're all slum lords, it's all jared kushner in baltimore. 41% of these rental units across the country, they're owned by individuals, not owned by big companies or big corporations. and this hurts them, too, i guess, right? because you're not allowing -- not no but the program isn't allowed to work so they're not getting the money. >> right. it is the small mom and pops, the real estate owners who are the ones who are really not getting the money right now. it's a moratorium so that people can't get evicted but it's also paying the people who are owed that rent so that they don't go under. i hear from small mom and pop shops that they own maybe two, three apartments, that's their income, their supplemental income, and they're in trouble. it's hurting kind of everyone from the renter to the landlord to everyone in between. >> i want to ask you about voting rights legislation, which is important to you. there are two big democratic bills in the mix.
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one is this huge sweeping election reform bill hr-1. the second is called hr-4. it's the john lewis bill that would revive parts of the voting rights act. you and other democrats sent a letter to democratic leadership urging them to use a sword and shield approach to passing these bills. can you explain to our viewer what that means? >> sure. i think i've just been hit up so frequently from constituents about what are we doing at the federal level on the issue of voting rights. we're seeing states across the country who are trying to curb the ability to vote, who are trying to preserve an ability to change the results of an election after the vote has taken place. so i'm getting pushed, as are most of my colleagues, about what we're going to do at the federal level. the sword and the shield -- a sword is a skinny down version of hr-1. it's saying voting rights is the most important thing, it doesn't have to be the only thing but it's the most important thing. so let's do a skinny version of h r-1, let's do hr-4, that's the
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shield. and then we need a real organizing effort on the ground. there's no way to just handle this at the federal level through legislation. we're going to need people to do voter registration and voter education. we're going to need to think about next summer freedom summer take two and get your kids, get your grandkids, get on a bus and go register or reregister people if they've been kicked off the roll. it's a combined effort, but we were pushing the administration, we were pushing our own leadership to get a strategy and move out because people want to know that we're not going to lose the democracy through all these chipping away by state law. >> senate republicans blocked an earlier bill from advancing. this is going to need 60 votes in the senate to even be considered. right now i don't know of any republicans in the senate that support either of the bills. how can it get through the senate? >> well, joe manchin has been involved in the conversation. obviously he's a big player and trying to make things work and determining what can actually get through.
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we know we're not going to get the whole enchilada, we know we're not going to get everything. and i'm a pragmatist. i'd rather have some of those things than nothing. so i think it's about joe manchin having those conversations, but it's also, you know, i'm open on something as existential as voting rights, i'm open to some sort of temporary measure on the filibuster. i think we have to separate the issues that are nice to have and the issues that are existential to our democracy and voting rights is one of them. >> democratic congresswoman elissa slotkin of michigan, thank you so much for coming on. good to see you. some olympic athletes suggesting the russians have not changed much since rocky 4. the latest rumblings of steroids at the game. that's next.
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the sports lead, accusations of russian meddling this time at the olympics. an american swimmer sparking a doping controversy at the tokyo games suggesting that the russians are still not winning clean. russian athletes are still allowed to compete under a neutral banner in the tokyo olympics despite the fact that russia the country is banned from competing as a country because of its state-sponsored systematic doping program. that's quite a loophole to go along with the olympic rings. cnn's will ripley is live for us in tokyo. what compelled u.s. swimmer ryan murphy to make this charge?
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>> reporter: well, he kind of stepped back after speaking pretty candidly and was quite frustrated at his post-event press conference because he was the reigning olympic champion in the 100 meter and the 200 meter back stroke and he left to his competitor evgeny rylov. and then reporters pressed him further. he said i'm not meaning to make any accusations against my competitor, but we all know that doping is happening in swimming. and it's true, we do. russia isn't playing under their flag. they don't have their national anthem because they are playing as the russian olympic committee over sanctions of ongoing and widespread scoping. they say they have not had any adverse findings as of now. >> simone biles posted then deleted her practicing on the
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uneven bars struggling with some dismounts, talk about having the twisties. tell us more. >> so the twisties are now becoming part of our nomenclature that we're all learning what gymnasts have dreaded for years. when they're in the middle of a vault and they lose their place in the air and they get lost. and then they could potentially fall and seriously hurt themselves. so simone biles says she is still struggling with that very dreaded condition right now. and she is firing back at her critics saying that people who are saying, oh, she doesn't have what it takes or she's somehow letting her team down by checking her ego, stepping aside and letting other players like suni lee step forward and compete and win gold. they're saying that simone somehow is falling short. she says people don't realize how dangerous it is to have a condition like the twisties. you could potentially be seriously hurt or killed if you were to break your neck. she says she is not willing to do that. she is continuing to try to focus on getting it out of her head.
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looking to get back in your type 2 diabetes zone? ask your health care provider today about once-weekly ozempic®. oh, oh, oh, ozempic®! you may pay as little as $25 for a 3-month prescription. welcome to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. this hour we're learning just how far donald trump went to try to overturn the election, attempting to push the
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department of justice to call the totally free and fair election corrupt and illegal. plus, where's antman when you need him? the battle between two hollywood titans, disney slamming scarlet johansson for suing the company over her salary. alarming data revealing the war against coronavirus is getting more challenging. the centers for disease control and prevention today laying out its reasoning for telling more americans to mask up, even if you're vaccinated. with the delta variant spreading as easily as the common cold, and vaccinated individuals, though strongly protected against serious illness, appear to spread the variant at the same rate as those who have not gotten their shots. these new details come as president biden tries to renew efforts to vaccinate more americans as jeff zeleny reports, the white house is desperate to get the virus back under control. >> it's so darn important that everyone get vaccinated. >> reporter: president biden sounding the alarm even louder today as the white house
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scrambles to contain a surge in covid cases from the delta variant as contagious as the chickenpox. dr. rochelle walensky, head of the cdc, telling cnn, i think people need to understand that we're not crying wolf here. this is serious. health officials now saying the delta variant can spread far wider than initially thought with each infected person able to infect five to nine others. >> it spreads more than twice as easily from one person to another. and it's spreading rapidly. it is really just across the country. and that is just the fact. >> reporter: while people who have gotten their covid shots are far less likely to become seriously ill or hospitalized, the cdc also now making clear the variant can be spread through those who have already been fully vaccinated. walensky calling the finding concerning and a pivotal discovery leading to cdc's updated mask recommendation. >> it was clear that vaccinated people have the ability to transmit and action needed to be taken quickly. and that's why they did it. >> reporter: this month drawing to a close as a turning point in
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