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it's monday, august 9th. exactly 5:00 a.m. in new york. thank you for getting an "early start" with us. i'm christine romans. >> i'm whitney wild. good morning to our viewers in the kwliets and around the world. depending on where you live, you might be a couple of weeks away from going back to school while seeing this huge news about a coronavirus resurgence really across the country. this is trickling a scramble to reevaluate masks in the classroom. in arkansas, the republican governor says he regrets signing a mask ban into law. in florida and arizona, some
school districts said they'll insist on masks despite bans on state mask mandates. the u.s. education secretary actually says going rogue here is a good thing. >> i think it's more dangerous for students to be home and have interrupted learning because of the decisions that we're making. we're clearly at a fork in the road in this country. we'll either help students be in school and in person and keep them safe or the decisions with e make will hurt students. >> of course they're not vaccinated. the best safety for them spreading the virus is wearing a mask. months of remote learning took effect on nearly all students. take at an analysis found across 33 states, 10,000 local public schools lost at least 20% of their kindergartens. meaning they're not coming back to go to class. average daily covid cases are back up above 100,000 for the
first time our early february. the situation especially dire in florida where hospitals are filling up. >> it's so high in florida that i think that if florida were another country, we would have to consider banning travel from florida to the united states. he needs to understand that he's painted himself into a corner. people are dying in florida. it's going to get worse. the hospitals are filling. children, as well. >> in jacksonville, florida. six members of one church died within two weeks. the pastor said 15 to 20 other church members are hospitalized with the virus. on sunday, that church held its first vaccination clinic. joining us now is public health physician dr. chris parnell. >> you know i want to zsh the school year almost year. to tons of problems for parents here. the mask debate is reaching a
fever pitch. governors have banned public schools from requiring masks yet companies are pushing back their opening dates because they want to make sure their people are safe. schools are not. how dangerous is the politicalzation of the virus? >> yes, it's very dangerous. i want to be very clear and emphatic about this. absent a national strategy, we are putting children at risk in states where their governors are just, frankly, anti-science. going against public health good sense. we know that vaccination is our most foolproof way of keeping the majority of people safe. especially those not quite eligible for vaccinations. we need adults in schools to be vaccinated. we need to think about ventilation. make sure there are portable in-room air filters. third, we need to have all children, all adults inside a school building wearing a mask.
there's something that the federal government can coabout this. i think we're at this point. otherwise we're putting our children needlessly at risk. >> 24 states saw at least a 10% rise in positive covid-19 cases. that is a massive jump. so what can be done to slow the rapid spread? you were talking about masks. are masks and vaccines the only answers or should the government be doing more and encouraging more social distancing? what do you think the answers are here? >> so when we think about the public health playbook, we think about a ton of options to prevent harm and to keep the greatest number of people safe. but in the top of that list is going to be vaccinations. we need to ensure that those who are currently eligible understand the importance of getting vaccinated. that we battle misinformation and disinformation as soon as it exposes and we work on access. that we don't give up on people
prematurely and say they're not going to vaccinate. we need to consider mandates in places where mandates are not currently being used. and, yes, we need to mask. politicalization of masking dumbfounds me. i'm a public health physician and we are focussed and trained to say what can you do prevent disease. to prevent sickness and we're going in the backwards direction. we're going in the wrong direction. i'm hoping cooler heads prevail and science wins the day. >> i mean, we have young children here, you know, i have unvaccinated children because they're not -- one is not old enough to be vaccinated. what is ur yo best advice for our families going into the fall? i want my kids in the classroom. i want them learning every day, if i can. it's got to be the mask, yes? >> yes. it has to be the mask. and ask questions and put pressure on your local school systems. advocacy matters and advocacy works. parents have a large -- and have
a right to ask of the district the safety measures you put in place to keep our children safe in schools need to consider mandates for employees to be vaccinated and, two, to ensure that everyone inside a school building is wearing a mask. and this goes for whether or not -- wherever you're in public indoor place, wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. i think we're there. >> thank you so much for joining us so early this morning. such an important moment here as we get ready to go back to school. thank you. vaccinated americans can travel to canada. the public health agency announced three weeks restrictions being eased because of rising vaccination rates and declining covid cases. no the cdc places canada at level three high for covid. level four is the highest warning. under canada's new guidelines, everyone traveling from the united states must be vaccinated for at least 14 days. france is in the middle of the own battle over vaccine
mandates. starting today, everyone entering most public places like caves and restaurants and trains have to show health pass proving covid vaccination state status or showing a recent negative test. it prompted millions of people in france to actually get the vaccine. so it seems to be working. jim bitterman is live in paris. can you explain what is behind the requirement and explain the reaction for us. >> what is behind it cases are going up. they're calling the this fourth wave. the fourth covid wave here and the government basically put it like this, you either get the health pass, get vaccinated, and a negative test, or another lockdown is in store.
>> we have understanding from the passengers, you know. >> and some of the drivers we've talked to felt reassured by this. they're all vaccinated and the idea their passengers might not be is something that they gate bit skeptical about all the way along here. now they know the riders are vaccinated or tested negative, it's reassuring the drivers. >> jim bitterman, thank you. the spread of the delta variant in the u.s. has
corporate america's september office plan return to office plan on hold. last week major companies including wells fargo, peloton, black rock and more delayed their planned returns. amazon pushing back the return to offices now until next year. delaying the return to the office is giving companies also more time to urge employees to get vaccinated. tyson foods, facebook, goldman sachs all making vaccines a requirement to get back into the office. on friday, united airlines became the first major u.s. carrier to require the employees be vaccinated. the executive says any employee who refuses to show proof of vaccination will be fired. companies doing whatever they can to get their employees vaccinated including cash incentives, kroger, mcdonalds, bolt house farms offering incentives. vanguard is offering the workers $1,000. other companies even before mask mandates said you can have time off to get the shot. timeoff to recover, if you have
and adverse reactions. they're trying to get a vaccinated work force so things can get back to normal. >> absolutely. thank you. this is a huge news out of albany. top aid to governor cuomo resigning this morning. now one of the women accusing him of sexual harassment is speaking out for the first time. , the united states postal service is changing with it. with e-commerce that runs at the speed of now. next day and two-day shipping nationwide, and returns right from the doorstep. it's a whole new world out there. let's not keep it waiting. we've got you taken care of, sgt. houston. thank you. that was fast! one call to usaa got her a tow, her claim paid... ...and even her grandpa's dog tags back. get a quote. what happens when we welcome change? we can transform our workforce overnight out of convenience, or necessity. we can explore uncharted waters, and not only make new discoveries,
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women. one of those women cuomo's executive assistant identified herself publicly for the first time on sunday detailing her claims of harassment. >> i believe that he grouped me. he touched me not only once but twice. what he did to me was a crime. he broke the law. >> cuomo and his attorney deny the allegations. >> he did not group her. he did not group her and there was evidence that was provided by several individuals to the attorney general about potential motives for her to have made that claim. >> the new york state assembly judiciary committee will meet with their lawyers today to discuss the impeachment process. the meeting could produce a timeline for cuomo's potential impeachment. how close did former
president trump come to enlisting the justice department to overturn an election. two top officials were questioned friday and saturday. they told lawmakers how a trump-appointed doj lawyer tried to help the expresident undermine democracy. cnn catlin collins has more. >> reporter: good morning. the senate judiciary committee made quick work of gifting on the record key leadership of the justice department at the end of the trump administration as they investigate how much president trump, at the time, was pressuring the leaders of the doj to substantiatuate his election fraud claims. what we learned the number one person and the number two person at the doj at the time both sat for substantial interviews on friday and saturday. that's the exacting deputy attorney general richard donahue. he went in on friday hours. on saturday the number one
person the exacting attorney general jeff rosen spoke for seven hours with the committee and rosen specifically was talking about five key episodes where a subordinate of the two men, a man leading the environment section of law at the doj was trying to act out of the chain of command at the justice department to push election fraud claims that he held that were in line with donald trump's. now it's an open question at this time whether jeff clark was acting on his own or taking specific directions from the white house or trump. that's something that we know that the judiciary committee and other committees on the hill will be asking about but what we did learn over the weekend after both of those interviews with donahue and rosen is that the senate judiciary committee chairman dick durbin spoke to dana bash. he didn't provide new information but had a key take away. here is what he told dana. >> how directly, personally involved the president was, the
pressure he was putting on jeffrey rosen was reel. very real. it was very specific. this president is not subtle when he wants something. the former president. he's not subtle when he wants something. and i think it's a good thing for america that we had a person like rosen in that position. had he said the committee wants to talk with jeff clark in the coming weeks. and my sources told me over the weekend that he has been in talks with capitol hill about a potential interview. back to you. >> great. thank you so much for that. this has been the string that all the committees have been trying to go for is what happened between former president trump and going on within the justice department. none of these investigations, so far, has been able to bring a formal abnalysis of that but ar getting little bits of it. we'll bring in former federal prosecutor. andrew, like i've said, we've seen little bits and pieces of
what was going on within the justice department. information dripping out from the interviews. senator durbin told what he herd in the interview was frightening. it was a seven hour testimony. so just bring us up to speed. what is your thought when you hear that the activities in the justice department is described as frightening in the very crucial days leading up to the riot. >> we have to look at the timing. that's the most concerning here. at this point, attorney general bar resign. he completed an investigation determining there was not voter fraud in georgia. it was after attorney general acting rosen had come in many thinking president trump was going to give that time. he wasn't. it looked like the pressure was intense. and mr. clark sending the e-mail trying to get involved in it with the doj into georgia after these election fraud claims have been debunked. that's really concerning. if there's a connection that is
drawn between mr. trump directly pressuring mr. clark to circulate the memo and effort, it would be even more evidence against mr. trump having tried to directly interfere with the doj operation. >> you know timeline here is so critical. not only after there was a push behind closed doors by trump to investigate the election and election fraud. in big air quotes. the capitol riot then happened. explain how deep the investigation could dive into trump's meddling efforts within the doj. >> right. we have to look at how late it goes into 2020 and early into 2021. because we have evidence that the doj had done the investigation and had determined there was not a basis to interfere with what georgia was doing in the ultimate certification process. you have to remember, though, legal basis was relatively schism. it was really two parts.
mr. barr's administration had determined very firmly it was not the case. so to continue to push that from the white house appears to be very much in direct contradiction to what the evidence was and what the doj had determined the appropriate way forward at that point. >> thank you. five time nfl mvp peyton manning was honored in the football hall of fame. his emotional remarks are next. [grunts] pnc bank believes that if a pair of goggles can help your backhand get better... yeah! ...then your bank should help you budget even better. (laughing) virtual wallet® is so much more than a checking account. its low cash mode feature gives you at least 24 hours of extra time to help you avoid an overdraft fee. you see that? virtual wallet® with low cash mode from pnc bank. one way we're making a difference. (chimes)
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the time tom brady is inducted in his first year of eligibility in the year 2035 -- he'll only have time to post his acceptance speech on his instagram account. >> getting a mixture of cheers and boos there. obviously a lot of colts fans in attendance there. the rookies are investigating a racist incident that happened yesterday against the marlins. the they picked up an unidentified fan using a racial slur. in a statement, the team said it was disgusted by the language adding the rockies have zero tolerance for any form of racism or discrimination and any fan using derogatory language of any kind will be ejected and banned from coors field.
t the. finally the summer olympics coming to end with the closing ceremony. for the third straight team usa finishing at the top of the medal standings. the americans edging china by one on the final day for the most gold medal. team usa dominating the overall medal count with 113 ahead of china's 88. we don't have to wait long for the next olympic games. the beijing winter olympics six months away in february. >> olympics covid time warp. we're living in a time warp as we get back to normal. thank you. over the weekend, rapid gains by the taliban taking control of another city in northern afghanistan.
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governor cuomo resigned late sunday. coming less than a week after a report from the state attorney general's office found that cuomo sexually harassed 11 women. the governor denies these allegations. the state assembly judiciary committee is meeting today at could deliver timeline on the potential impeachment process. a u.s. citizens has been released from solitary confinement in russia. paul whee lane has been detained there on espionage charges. the state department is focussed on him and another american being held. jury selection in r. kelly's trial begins this morning. he faces racketeering and sex trafficking charges. kelly has been in custody since his arrest in 2019. he has pleaded not guilty to all charges. new orleans jazz fest cancelled for a second straight year due to the pandemic.
the annual event has been moved to october. organizers said it won't take place because of the growth of covid-19 cases in the new orleans area. the huge bipartisan infrastructure package teed up for a final senate vote. 68 senates including 18 republicans voted to end debate on the $1.2 trillion package. it brings three questions in three minutes for cnn white house correspondent john harwood. thank you for joining us. you're up so early. we appreciate it. and a lot of questions. it's a huge bill. >> it is. the traditional infrastructure piece you write that back in 2013 senator ted cruz said the affordable care act was meant to get everyone addicted to the sugar. well, meet the president's american families plan. that's the second part of his big infrastructure push. the human part. can we expect it to face the
same sentiment, you think? >> exactly right. first of all, welcome back, christine. you were driving the boat like a boss on vacation. it's great to see you back. >> i like getting away from the news for a few days. >> absolutely. when you have social benefits on the scale that are being contemplated in biden's families plan, those are likely to be popular. you're turning up big tax credits for people and low-income people with children, increase their income substantially. subsidies for health insurance, medicare, dental coverage. all these things are things americans like and the more spending you have americans like, the more difficult for conservatives to keep taxes low. this is package if biden can get it passed, it's likely people are going to favor these
benefits. it's going to be tough for conservatives. >> all right. it's a huge bill. this has a lot of long-term changes. what is the plan to get it passed and solidly in place for the future, john? >> the plan to get it passed is democrats only. we've been paying so much attention to this infrastructure bill that is done on a bipartisan basis. roads, bridges, broadband all the things that members of both parties like and have been talking about for years didn't get done for years under obama or president trump. those are -- that's one set of priorities. but when you think about the social spending, democrats are for, republicans are not on board but they have a budget vehicle called reconciliation they can pass it with democrats. the key to keep democrats united. they haven't accomplished it yet. they have a good chance to do it. >> the senate voted to cut off debate on the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package. the final vote expected to happen this morning.
$7.57 billion for zero emissions for buses and ferries. i can go on and on. is there going to make it? i think there's a lot republicans and democrats can agree on. >> it is going to make it. you've got republican support in the range of 10 to 20 members. that is enough to get it passed filibuster. it's going to pass in the house, as well. there may be back and forth. but democrats understand getting the package through is the key to getting the human infrastructure they want through. it's all a part of a larger piece. and president biden is on track to have a significant success on both elements of this plan later this year. >> all right. john harwood, nice to see you.
this is dramatic break down in the middle east. the taliban seizing control of the first major city in afghanistan to fall since the start of the u.s. withdrawal in may. the insurgence capital marking a big blow to the afghan government. nick paton walsh joining us now. it's a major taliban victory. it comes weeks before the withdrawal of u.s. troops set to end. what is in place here? >> we haven't seen a number of days fall now going on for five. quite as bad as this for the afghan government in the 20 years of the war. kunduz one of three cities that fell. great pressure on another key city, as well. to the southwest of kabul. taliban fighting for elements of that, too. it comes with the broader
backdrop of the u.s. forces leaving very quickly. still using air strikes it seems. they're not clearly having success. what is so important about the cities falling is the afghan government strategy had been will aim at keeping the cities. what seems to be happening is the taliban are kind of making too many fires for afghan security forces to be able to put out all at once. there's still an intense fight happening for an important city that appears to be something that the government in kabul wanted to show they could hold. this is unraveling quickly. the broader question is whether afghan security forces overstretched or unable to precisely choose where they seek to defend. whether we see increasingly the cities so far very hard to imagine that actually falling to the taliban or all though
appeared to reach in as recently as sunday. the real sense of how we're going to see this battle field deor it your rate very fast against the afghan government. the u.s. at this point more spectator even more recently asking for a cease-fire to be implemented in the taliban is outright rejected. startling all the worst projections coming through. there it's dissolving so quickly. thank you. the american jobs market back on track. 943,000 jobs added back in july. biggest gain since last august. may and june had better job growth, too. the economy down 5.7 million jobs since february of 2020. this quite bullish outlook predicting another 3.5 million jobs added before the end of this year crediting vaccinations, the end of extra jobless benefits, and the return of in-person learning bringing back jobs in schools and
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and whether whiplash will be the new normal like in california now. not enough water running through the hydroelectric dam. a couple of years ago, it was overflowing from flooding. the whiplash from extremes is in the new normal and sea level rise is a big deal. it's baked. in. i was in greenland, enough of greenland melted on wednesday to cover florida in 2 inches of water last week. that's one they. that's not stopping. even if we all give up the car keys tomorrow. and so whether it's -- it's up to us now. >> we're not going to give up the car keys tomorrow. there are other things that countries and business can do. is the weather alert being heard by them? i mean, are they responding to the red alert commence rate with the crisis? >> they're meeting again in glasco in november but nobody is doing anything that meets the promises or urgency. there's a lot of promises. no countries are meeting them.
whether out of politics in a place like the united states or poverty in developing nations where they need to be switching to new forms of energy. they're using movement from corporations but you don't know how much is green washing but no. the answer is not nearly enough action is happening to match this warning. it comes down to the fate of ourselves and our kids. the human nature. >> yeah. bill weir, you'll be covering it all day. thank you for getting up early. thank you. bill was talking about the extreme swings. there's one going on now. 100 large fires burning across 15 states in mostly the western united states. the largest blaze is in california's dixie fire. that has already consumed one town. it burned more than 489,000 acres becoming the second largest fire in california's history. we get more now from our reporter. >> reporter: the smoke here is
thick and it's unhealthy. if you look behind me, you're normally supposed to be able to see a canyon. instead you're seeing it full of smoke. that smoke is coming south from the dixie fire. it's not only flooding this canyon, but it's also flooding the nearby communities. the fire has been burning for almost a month. and we're seeing it growing and growing but we're not seeing much progress in terms of containment. we're also seeing the number of structures destroyed by this fire going up. it's more than 400 structures destroyed by the dixie fire. the governor using the weekend to visit the towns and using this as an opportunity to talk about climate change. >> it's leading to extreme conditions and wild fire challenges to the likes of which we've never seen in our history. as a consequence, we need to acknowledge straight up these are climate-induced wildfires. we have to acknowledge we have the capacity in this country and
not just the state to solve this. and the governor pointing to prevention talking about things like forest management. making it clear that more needs to be done. he also took the time to thank the 8500 men and women working around the clock to stop the flames. >> all right. thank you so much. one chicago police officer is dead and another is fighting for his life after they were shot during a traffic stop saturday. ♪ ♪ 29-year-old officer ella french was taken to the hospital where she died of her injuries. the other officer has been with the chicago police department for six years is in critical condition. three suspects are in custody. a tragedy there. we'll get a check on cnn business for the monday morning. looking at markets around the world to start the new trading week. market tin japan were closed fo a holiday but the hong kong and
shanghai closing lower. a quick check on wall street futures to set the tone for the week, barely mixed here. stocks ended the week mixed. they added back 943,000 jobs. the dow hit a record high closing up 144 points and the nasdaq ended the week slightly lower. a major win for the cruise industry in florida. norwegian can require passengers to show proof of vaccination. that's a blow to vaccine passports. last month they sued florida's surgeon general over the rule. they're scheduled to restart cruises from florida to the caribbean on sunday. . all right. the highly anticipated r-rated movie "suicide squad" brought in $26.57 million over the weekend.
slightly below industry expectations. growing fears of the delta v var variant may have kept people from the theaters. it was also released on hbo max. julie bowen and her sister helped rescue a hiker last week in utah. minijohn was diabetic and she sat down on the rock and tried to take a breather. that's when bowen and her sister who happens to be a doctor warnlded up and saw her and treated her. john said that bowen could have kept hiking. a lot of people would have walked past but they treated the stranger with love and respect. >> what great luck to run into her sister dock -- doc. nice to be see everyone enjoying the major parks. >> i lived in denver and so my
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good morning to our viewers here in the united states and all around the world, i'm john berman with brianna keilar. it is monday, august 9th. and the morning, the coronavirus pandemic is hitting levels not seen in months. and it's time for each person to ask himself this -- are you part of the solution or part of the problem? even worse, are you literally cheering the problem? which some seem to be doing. the united states is averaging more than 100,000 new covid cases a day, alabama has the lowest vaccination rate in the country. that state has seen a sharp uptick in hospitalizations with most of the patients unvaccinated. and over the weekend, a video surfaced of an alabama crowd cheering congresswoman marjorie taylor greene when she pointed out the state's low vaccination