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tweet the show. and our coverage continues now with wolf blitzer in "the situation room." have a great day. happening now, breaking news. cnn learned that the fda is now expected to authorize covid booster shots for some americans within the next 48 hours. i'll get reaction from the u.s. surgeon general, dr. vivek murthy. he's standing by live. also tonight, the incoming new york governor says she's fully prepared to take over for andrew cuomo as she tries to distance herself from him and his sexual harassment scandal. and president biden bet on the u.s. senate, and he just won big twice. will his budget and infrastructure plan survive the hurdles ahead? welcome to our viewers here in
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the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." ♪ this is cnn breaking news. >> and we begin with the breaking news. very serious breaking news from the fda and covid booster shots for some americans are now on the way. cnn's chief white house correspondent kaitlan collins is joining us right now. kaitlan, tell our viewers what you're learning. this is significant. >> reporter: this is what we're learning, wolf, that we are expecting the fda to come out in the next 48 hours or so, though, that timing could slide, and announce that they are authorizing what is commonly known as booster shots for people who are immunocompromised and therefore more susceptible to variants of covid-19, variants like the delta variant that we have seen really overtake the u.s. in recent months. this is significant because we knew they had been working on this behind the scenes, having
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growing concerns about the efficacy of these vaccines, how long they last, how effective they are for people who have, of course, were often first in line to get the covid-19 vaccines when they first made their debut in the u.s. and so we are now learning that the fda is expected to come out and announce a third dose has been authorized for some people who are immunocompromised of the moderna and pfizer vaccines in the next 48 hours. the source who is familiar with the discussions who told cnn, given it was first reported by nbc, did caution that timing could slide. this is news that people have been waiting to find out exactly what the details of this are going to look like, who the fda believes should be first in line to get this third dose. and of course we should note this comes as on friday the cdc's vaccine advisers are scheduled to have a meeting to talk about booster shots, not just for the immunocompromised, but on the list. we could get this decision tomorrow. it could not be until friday
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once those vaccinizers do meet with the valentine's day. but it is significant that we are now expecting this announcement to happen from the fda. >> very significant. and it's only the first step, kaitlan. because i've been told shortly thereafter people 60 and over will presumably become eligible for that third shot as well. this is just the first of several steps that the fda is now considering together with the cdc. is there anything else you're learning? >> yeah. that's right, wolf. this is kind of in the discussion that's happening behind the scenes is how do we do this, how do we carry out these booster shot? they have the shots, it's not like before where they had to divvy them up and give them to the people who were the most vulnerable to covid-19 because we didn't have enough supply in the u.s. now supply is not the issue. the question is just who do they recommend get it first, does it then change based on when you actually got your vaccine shot, when your second dose was, of course. and so that could be by age groups. a lot of those details, though, are still not clear.
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that is something that will come in a formal announcement from the fda. this is just the general idea that we do know. we know that they are expected in september, early september right now based on what sources have been telling us to lay out a general booster shot strategy for the rest of the population. >> yeah, really, really important information. kaitlan, i know you're working, your sources will get back to you. joining us right now, the timing is perfect, the surgeon general of the united states, dr. vivek murthy. dr. murthy, thank you so much for joining us. so, what can you tell us about what cnn and other news organizations are now learning that potentially the immunocompromised people out there who got their shots five or six months ago will now presumably become eligible for this third shot, this third booster shot? >> well, wolf, this is a really important topic, really the question of how do we best care
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for and protect those who are immunocompromised. and this includes those who may be under treatment for cancer and be receiving immunocompromising drugs. it could include those who are organ transplant recipients and may be on medications that suppress the immune response. so we've been concerned about these individuals. we've been following them closely. and i think most of us believe that we've got to do more to protect these individuals. so the fda has been working hard to basically do the evaluation around safety, make sure that we have everything we need to make these additional doses available to people. the cdc is also looking into making sure that guidance is clear and available for immunocompromised individuals which is by the advisory committee is meeting at the end of the week to consider those recommendations. all of us are working very hard. i won't get ahead of the fda in terms of its announcement that it may make around this. but suffice it to say that
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immunocompromised individuals, you'll be hearing more very soon about the additional steps that we are taking to protect them. >> we know this is already developing in other countries in israel if you're immunocompromised or if you're 60 and over, got the first two shots five or six months ago, you are now eligible for this booster shot. the uk and germany, they're moving in the same direction. i've been told that the u.s. is going to be moving in that direction fairly soon as well. but can you confirm that? >> well, wolf, what i can tell you is that the broader question of whether the population at large needs boosters or, more accurately, a third dose in the vaccine series, is something we've been looking at very closely. specifically what we're looking at is multiple data sets from our experience here in the united states, from companies that are still following the individuals that were in their clinical trials to the experience in other countries that have large data sets as well. and we've been looking for evidence that immunity is waning and that breakthrough
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infections, especially hospitalizations and deaths may be going up. and so while we think based on looking at the trends in the data that it is likely that boosters will be needed for a broader setting of the population, what we are trying to figure out right now is the right timing for when to initiate those additional doses, and also who those doses should be available to based on where the need is greatest. and so that is the information. those are the questions that will be answered in the weeks ahead. and when we have that answer based on what the data and science tells us, then we will be ready to make an announcement to the public. >> what's so worrisome, dr. murthy, is that there are still so many americans out there who haven't even gotten their first shot, let alone now standing by for potentially a third shot. how do you convince these folks that these are life-saving decisions right now that almost all of the people who are hospitalized right now from
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covid almost all of the people are getting covid, and certainly almost all of those who are dying more than 500 a day now from covid are those who have not received any shots. >> it's a really important question, wolf, because with delta surging in many parts of the country and with our hospitals filling up, primarily with those who are unvaccinated, we know that the protection from the vaccine is more important than ever. i think the good news, wolf, is that in part, i think, because of what's happening with delta and because people are seeing more and more of their friends and family members get sick, there are more folks who are stepping forward and asking for that first shot. we've actually seen a significant increase in the vaccination rate over recent weeks, particularly in states that have been hardest hit. but we've got to do more because we can't move fast enough because it's really a race now between the variant and the vaccines. and what we've got to each do is make sure we're reaching out to our family and friends, asking them if they've been vaccinated.
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if they haven't, urge them to please consider doing so. they can go to, find a place around them where they can easily walk in and get vaccinated now. look, whether or not boosters or an additional third dose are needed doesn't change the fact that these vaccines work to save lives. they work to prevent hospitalizations. they work to reduce your chance of getting sick in the first place. it's saved many lives already. we want everyone to have that protection, which is why we need everyone to step forward and get vaccinated. >> we can't overemphasize how dangerous this delta variant is, the more that you guys are learning about it. and this is what i've been told, the more dangerous it certainly is emerging as. as you know, steps are being taken around the country, at least in some states. california, for example, just became the first state to require school staff to either be fully vaccinated or get tested weekly. would you like to see other states follow california's lead?
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>> well, wolf, i think what california is doing is going to help create a safer learning environment for our students and a safer environment for educators. and this is actually one of the reasons, wolf, you see workplaces and healthcare systems and universities moving toward vaccine requirements because they also want to create a safe place for workers, for clients and for students. so, i'll say it as a dad of two small kids. when i think about them going to school, i want to be absolutely sure that all measures are being taken to make sure that my kids and all kids are safe. i think what california is doing is a step in that direction. i wouldn't be surprised if you saw more localities and more states following suit. >> another part of the equation, dr. murthy, in terms of keeping schools safe, for example, is vaccination for the students. the american academy of pediatrics is putting pressure on the fda right now to approve the vaccine for younger
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children. here's the question. when will 5 to 11-year-olds finally become eligible to get the shots? >> well, you know, again, as a father of two kids who are young, who are below 12 who don't have access to a vaccine yet, i'm certainly as eager as anyone to have a vaccine for younger kids. here's where we are right now, though. the fda is prioritizing the evaluation of covid-19 vaccines. this is the top priority for the fda. but in order for the fda to evaluate a vaccine for under 12s, it has to get an application first from the companies, which means they have to complete their trials, put the data together, and submit them to the fda. the trials are still underway right now for kids under 12. and my hope is that they will come to a conclusion soon and that we will get that application from the companies to the fda because i will tell you that they will move fast to evaluate that, to determine, again, if a vaccine is safe and
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effective tomorrow for our kids. if everything were to go well, i think it's possible that we could see a vaccine before the end of the calendar year for kids under 12. but, you know, everything would have to go well in that circumstance. but make no mistake, the fda will move quickly on this because they recognize what's at stake. it's the health of our children. and there's really nothing more important than that. >> you're absolutely 100% right. as you know, president biden is looking into whether he has the authority to actually intervene in various states, for example, florida and texas, that are prohibiting mask mandates for schools. should we expect to see the biden administration get more involved, dr. murthy, in this fight? >> well, i think that president -- as a dad and a grandfather himself really wants to do everything he can to help protect kids and make sure the kids are able to not only go in school but stay in school, and keep learning in the way that we all went them to and that they weren't able to do last year.
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and he and the administration are looking more broadly at ways to support schools, especially those that want to take the right precautions. what worries me right now is that there are teachers and school administrators who are saying we want our children to be protected, we want them to be wearing masks, we want to require masks in school for that reason. but we're being blocked, in a sense, by either the county or by the state in doing so. and this worries me because we're at a point, wolf, where we should be taking every possible step to protect our children. we know that masks work to reduce the risk of transmission. we know that frequent testing also helps. we know that distancing when possible, better ventilation all help as well. that's why these are part of the layers of precaution that the cdc recommended. so, it worries me when i see, you know, states trying to block those kind of safety measures because why would we want to block steps that we know could
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help keep our children safe? >> you're absolutely right. the cdc also today is strengthening its recommendation that pregnant women get vaccinated against covid-19. what new information, dr. murthy, led the agency to reaffirm this recommendation? >> well, i'm glad you asked, wolf. and this is a really important development. the cdc has been following very closely the experience of pregnant women with the covid-19 vaccine. and throughout the experience, since the vaccines came out, what they've been finding has actually been consistent, which is that women who are pregnant and received their vaccine actually do well. and they were finding that data initially in women who were late in their pregnancy when they got their vaccine or who just delivered their baby and got the vaccine. but the recent data that they shared revealed and all the women that they have followed who have received the vaccine early in pregnancy, they too
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have done well. so this is all very good news. and it's why the cdc moved to make its strongest recommendation yet, that pregnant women get vaccinated. there's one other important reason here to underscore, wolf, which is pregnant women are actually at higher risk for being intubated and being on a breathing machine, for being admitted to the intensive care unit and for having pre-term labor and pre-term birth. so for the health of the mother, for the health of the developing baby, getting protected from covid-19 through a vaccine is really one of the most effective things that you can do. and as the cdc said today, it is also very safe. >> i know you got to run. but very, very quickly, i just want to clarify the breaking news. all of the evidence shows that after five, six, seven months the effectiveness of the two-dose pfizer/moderna vaccines is beginning to be reduced. that's why we probably will all
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need eventually a booster shot. is that what's behind this decision? >> there are a number of data sets that we're looking at, wolf. some of the data sets show that the antibody levels may decrease in some populations over time. there's a question of does that actually result in more infections, which is the clinical outcome that we care about. and, again, there are mixed results based on what data set you are looking at. what we are doing though is literally every day we are getting more and more information from various parts of the country and around the world. we are putting that together. we are talking about this issue nearly every day and looking apt those dynamic data sets as they evolve. and it's based on that that we'll ultimately make a determination of when those boosters are needed and in what populations. but i do think it's likely that we will need boosters for some portion of the population. but the critical thing here, wolf, is it doesn't mean that the vaccines don't work. they've been working and working well, particularly to prevent hospitalizations and death.
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what we need to do is make sure they continue to work, which is equal an additional dose may help extend the good benefits we're already seeing for the vaccines. >> as soon as that booster shot is approved, i'm ready to stand in line and get one. we are grateful to you for joining us. >> thank you so much, wolf. take care and be well. coming up, president biden celebrating not one but two major wins for his agenda. but there are still significant hurdles ahead. we have details and the challenges. that's next. convenience, or necessity. we can explore uncharted waters, and not only make new discoveries, but get there faster, with better outcomes. with app, cloud and anywhere workspace solutions, vmware helps companies navigate change-- meeting them where they are, and getting them where they want to be. faster. vmware. welcome change.
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massive $3.5 trillion budget resolution just hours after the infrastructure deal passed the senate with a bipartisan vote. but as cnn's kaitlan collins reports, it could be months before either of these bills finally crosses the finish line with democrats divided on the next path forward. >> good afternoon. >> reporter: tonight, president biden is cheering his recent legislative feats. >> in the past 24 hours we've seen the senate advance two key pieces of my economic agenda. >> reporter: but while a sense of celebration is in the air, democratic leaders are warning of the difficult path ahead. >> this was one of the most significant legislative days we've had in a long time here in the united states senate. but we still have a long road to travel. >> reporter: overnight, all 50 senate democrats voted to approve a $3.5 trillion budget blueprint, which they're hoping to turn into an expansion of the social safety net filled with funding for climate priorities, healthcare, and education.
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>> it's as if we caught a pass, nice long pass at mid-field, but we still have 50 yards to go before we score a touchdown. >> reporter: hours after democrats passed that $3.5 trillion budget paving the way for the ambitious package, a key moderate voice issued a warning. senator joe manchin saying he has, quote, serious concerns about the grave consequences if congress decides to spend another 3.5 trillion. press secretary jen psaki says manchin is conflating short-term stimulus spending with the proposed long-term investments. >> i'd note that i think he's confounding a couple of things in there. it's not about putting a huge amount of money into the economy over the next few months. >> reporter: president biden is also pushing back on man chin's fears about adding trillions to the debt. >> my build back better agenda is fiscally responsible way to reduce the cost for families.
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>> reporter: senate majority leader chuck schumer is declining to say if he'd support lowering that price tag that moderate democrats have said is too high. >> every part of biden's proposal will be there in a big robust way. there are some members in our caucus who want less, some members in our caucus who want more. >> reporter: as the white house navigates the economic recovery, officials are also confronting rising concerns about inflation. >> there is going to be -- there are going to be some ups and downs. >> reporter: after consumer prices rose by 5.4% in july compared with a year ago, president biden predicted a reduction as the economy recovers. >> we will keep a careful eye on inflation each month and trust the fed to take appropriate action if and when it's needed. >> reporter: and, wolf, when it comes to that bipartisan infrastructure package, we should note that there are some moderate house democrats who are calling on house speaker pelosi to bring it up for a vote immediately. however, she has made pretty clear she is sticking to her plan to wait until they get that much bigger, more ambitious
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package passed in the senate and delivered to the house as well. she told her caucus on a call today saying that this is the consensus and this is what she's sticking to. >> that could take a few months. all right, kaitlan, stay with us. i also want to bring in david gergen, the cnn political analyst who's been an advisor to four u.s. presidents. this isn't a done deal, but if president biden does get the infrastructure reconciliation package across the finish line, sign it both into law, how do you think the first year of his presidency will be judged? >> it will be immensely well judged. if he can get the rest of this done before the end of the year, wolf, we haven't seen anything like this since franklin roosevelt. and it's so reassuring. as you say, it's more than just a biden victory. this is also a victory for the congress, for the spirit of bipartisanship that has languished in congress for so
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long, and biden was one of the people who had faith that it could be restored. and his leadership should be given credit for doing that. frankly, it's also a victory for a lot of moderate republican senators senators who are sick and tired of being held to donald trump. and this was a responsible action on their part that's in the best interest of the country from their point of view. >> yeah, 19 republican senators joined all 50 democratic senators. they rejected the threats coming from trump, and they voted in favor of this bipartisan compromise infrastructure legislation. the bills, though, still face an uphill battle. is it wishful thinking to expect this type of repeat on this type of bipartisanship on other key issues? >> a lot depends on how the public responds. if the public sort of notices and really rallies behind it, there will be more incentive to move a little more to the center, to take care of things like some of the voting rights
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questions and other things. but for now i think the big, big question is everything seems to be at a point of a turning point. can they get 50 votes, can manchin go along with, can they find a plan that manchin and sinema, can they find a plan that will satisfy those two and may put it on a bipartisan basis to get the whole thing through? >> that reconciliation legislation only needs 50. so if all 50 democrats vote in favor of it, it will certainly pass the senate, and presumably have enough votes in the house. but we shall see. kaitlan, the president, as you know, he faced sharp criticism from the left for trying to reach across the aisle. he faced ridicule from former president trump and the right-wing media painted him as an old man blundering not knowing what he's doing. but clearly he is delivering at least right now.
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>> well, and this is what he had talked about for so long, bipartisanship, and actually getting this through. and so, yes, as senator schumer said today, there is still a long path ahead. and it is likely difficult based on what we've already heard from some of the democrats in his party. but the idea that he did get those 19 republicans on board is significant because it was in the face of threats from former president trump. a lot of which were shrugged off by these senator who's voted in favor of this. but it is still janet because there were some republicans who had initially come out backing this deal and in the end they did not vote for it. and so this is a validation that president biden feels like he is seeing right here. this is what he said he wanted to get. it wasn't always clear he would get here. but of course when it comes to passing it in the senate, they did. >> and it included the senate minority leader mitch mcconnell as well. very impressive. all right, guys, thank you very, very much. up next, new york's incoming governor distances herself from
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>> reporter: that's right, wolf. this was kathy hochul's chance to properly introduce herself for the first time as the incoming governor, and it was clear that she wanted to distance herself from governor cuomo and really emphasized that she believes that she is prepared to take on this job starting on day one. it is not a secret that hochul and cuomo are not close, and she herself indicated in a number of different ways in this press conference that that is in fact true. she said her administration is going to be run in a very different way. she said that she was not aware of the allegations that were in this explosive a.g. report that came out last week. she said she is also going to bring on her own people, that she is not interested in keeping on anyone who might have ethical questions around them. take a listen to some of what she had to say earlier today. >> it's no secret that we have not been close, and i've not been associated with him.
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at the end of my term, whenever it ends, no one will ever describe my administration as a toxic work environment. >> reporter: now, wolf, this job of governor is going to be hers in exactly 13 days. and she said that she has spoken with governor cuomo and that he promised to her that he is committed to there being a seamless transition between the two administrations. i also just want to quickly note it's widely expected that she was going to run for re-election in 2022, and she confirmed that that is in fact the plan to my colleague brynn gingras who is up in albany right now. >> she was answering those questions. she was very firm, very decisive. mj, thank you very much. let's discuss this more with the majority leader of the new york state assembly. thank you so much for joining us. as you heard lieutenant governor, soon to be governor, made it very clear earlier today
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she's not afraid to make some changes in the executive chamber. what's your reaction to what we heard from her today? >> well, it's a pleasure to be here with you and your great audience, wolf. my reaction to kathy hochul is as it's always been since i met her back in 1998. what she says she means. what she says she will do. she's very strong, she's very committed. she's compassionate. and she should not be taken for granted. >> i know that the judiciary committee there in albany is set to meet on monday to discuss possible impeachment inquiry issues involving the outgoing governor cuomo. how likely is it do you believe that this process of impeachment will move forward? >> well, it's questionable quite honestly the way our constitution, the j issuery committee of the assembly has the assembly to inquire and put
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together articles of impeachment to remove. well, if he's resigned, he's already removed. so, perhaps there is no need to further go through an impeachment process. >> the only advantage of doing the impeachment from certain perspectives is that this would potentially bar him from seeking re-election at some point getting back into politics down the road. he will be barred from holding statewide office, right? >> well, actually it would bar him. but quite honestly, i don't know how that would be an advantage. first of all, i'm not sure why he would want to run for another office. and, secondly, i don't think that people who have been convicted of crimes or been accused of crimes or have been held accountable of crimes should pay for those for life. and so i'm not so sure if that's even a necessary step for us to take as well. but clearly that decision will come out of the judiciary
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committee on monday. and i will weigh in my opinion on how they feel on that at that point. but for my take, i think that now that he has resigned, which is what a lot of members and electeds have been clamoring for, for the entire year, then we should allow that resignation to take hold in 14 days and allow kathy hochul to step in and start moving our government forward again. there are a number of things that we need to be focused on that are very important to the lives of people of new york state. i don't think we should continue hiring outside lawyers to follow through with an impeachment. >> what i hear you saying is it's time to move on and forget about impeachment, at least for now. is that right? >> that is what you hear me saying. but that is not necessarily what will be the opinion that comes out of the majority of the assembly. that opinion will not happen until after the judiciary meets on monday, and the speaker has had an opportunity to talk to the vast majority of the remainder of his colleagues.
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>> thanks so much for joining us. i appreciate it very much. we'll stay in very close touch with you. >> it is my pleasure. thank you for the invitation. >> of course. good to have you. just ahead, a new warning from u.s. officials the afghan capital could fall to the taliban within weeks.
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breaking news. sources now telling cnn that u.s. officials fear the afghan capital of kabul could fall to the taliban much more quickly than originally thought, possibly within the next few weeks. let's discuss with a cnn national security analyst. he's also the author of a brand new very important book entitled, there you see the cover, "the rise and fall of osama bin laden." very important book. congratulations, peter, for writing this book. first of all, what do you think of this latest u.s. intelligence assessment suggesting that kabul, the capital of
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afghanistan, despite 20 years of u.s. involvement in afghanistan, could fall to the taliban in a matter of weeks? >> it's even worse than what we thought a few weeks ago when president biden first said we're withdrawing completely, which i thought was a spectacular error, and the worst speech of his presidency when he tried to kind of justify it. because, i mean, this is pretty predictable. it looks a lot like the summer of 2014 in iraq with isis where the iraqi army collapsed, isis used american military vehicled that it had captured from the iraqi army. and we're with seeing the same thing with the taliban where they're capturing american military equipment, the afghan army isn't fighting. i don't think kabul will fall in a month, which is the kind of most pessimistic assessment. but you're going to see the split-screen on 9/11, the 20th anniversary i think is going to be the taliban celebrating what
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they think is a very big victory. >> right now it looks like a disaster, although yesterday when he was answering questions, president biden said he has no regrets about his decision to withdraw all u.s. and all nato forces, by the way, by the end of this month. he said the afghan people need to fight for themselves. he strongly is defending that decision, even though now it looks like the situation with all these provincial capitals are falling to the taliban. it looks like a disaster. >> 75 years after the end of the korean war we have 25,000 american troops in south korea. there was no -- 1.3 million americans serving in the american military. there were 2,500 of them that we pulled out. it's a tiny, tiny number. i don't think there was a huge stensy saying let's leave. and i think that president biden is going to have a disaster of his own making where he will have to reverse his decision in some shape or form in order for the taliban not to take over and
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every jihadi group including al qaeda, which is closely aligned with the taliban, to use this as a home base. and we've seen this movie before. >> we certainly have. yesterday the former defense secretary was sitting in this seat right here. he said we should brace for a blood bath in afghanistan. are you that worried? >> yeah. i think there's going to be a very nasty civil war that makes the present conflict look like a croquet match. there was a very advanced civil war in the early to mid-'90s where hundreds of thousands of people were killed. that's the situation i think we're going to see. >> and if the taliban takes over, the girls and the women, they're going to be in for an awful situation. >> yeah. there was a lot of wishful thinking about the taliban. the taliban will take over not necessarily the whole country, but we can guarantee the rights of women is not going to be high on their agenda when they take over. >> peter bergen, author, thank you very much. we will continue our
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a top senate republican is suspended from youtube for spreading misinformation about masks. brian todd is working the story for us. senator rand paul is the second gop lawmaker to be suspended for spreading misinformation about
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covid. >> that's right. he's been issuing videos with misinformation about masks and vaccines, and tonight the social media giants are bringing the hammer down. senator rand paul, in the middle of a growing battle between social media giants and republican politicians spouting misinformation. senator paul has been suspended from youtube for a week, citing a video where he claims some masks are ineffective at stopping covid. >> this tells us that cloth masks do work. >> reporter: in reality, officials say that cloth masks do offer some protection against covid. the video is now on the
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