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up when the emergency funding became available this year. do you think you would be processing as quickly? >> would have been a lot tougher. definitely the infrastructure that we had and the experience was invaluable with challenges that we're running out of money very quickly. >> reporter: the county has received 53,000 applications, but says more than half won't get funded. >> we're hoping that there's a way we'll be able to get additional funds from the federal government. >> reporter: whether it's time or money running out, there's no freedom from anxiety for toscano, especially when thinking about the future for her 9-year-old son. what is the worst case scenario for you? >> being evicted with my child, not having anywhere to go. i just think about my son. what am i going to tell him? >> reporter: some good news coming late this week for
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toscano and many other new yorkers. the state extended their eviction ban through the end of the year, but for so many other states, there are no protections in place. and without this federal eviction moratorium, that money is needed very badly by many of these renters across the country. john? >> money is there, if only they could figure out a way to get it to them. vanessa yerkovich, thank you for that report. "new day" continues now. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. it is friday, september 3rd. i'm john berman. brianna is off. you made it all the way to friday morning. >> it's our last hour. nice to be in the studio instead of on the lawn. >> we do begin with the rising death toll with the historic storm in new york.
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most trapped in their homes or cars when the flood waters rose too fast to escape. this morning millions of people are still under flood warnings. we have some new video in from manville, new jersey. you can see the town had been under water. now there are several buildings on fire. it will likely continue with rivers remaining above flood stage into the holiday weekend. >> yeah, and the powerful remnants of hurricane ida have spawned at least eight tornadoes in the region. you can see the damage they did there where an f-3 touched down in southern new jersey. at least 25 homes were damaged or destroyed completely as you can see there, people are going through the damage that has been done to their homes. overnight, president biden has declared federal emergencies in new york and new jersey, and he's going to louisiana later today to get a firsthand look at the damage and the destruction. as a lot of people in louisiana still do not have power after hardest hit ida came through.
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>> joining us is new york city mayor bill de blasio. thank you for being with us. you reported the death toll in new york city had risen to 13. any update on that? >> first, john, i want to thank you and everybody at cnn. you have done a great job covering this extraordinarily painful storm and showing the impact it's had on everyday people, working people. i want us all to stop and think about a storm that hit louisiana and then had an impact as far north as new jersey, new york as an after effect. this is a whole new world. to answer your question, we've lost 13 new yorkers and it's horrible. we lost 13 new yorkers. and it is because the storm was so ferocious and sudden and the rainfall accumulation. this is not a challenge we had in the past. in the past you think about flooding, it was coastal areas. that was a huge challenge. this is something entirely new. rain that accumulates so quickly that people can be trapped in their own basement far away from
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any sea shore, and that people can be trapped in their cars because the rain accumulates so quickly they don't even know what hit them. we're in a whole different world and we're all going to have to act very differently because this is not the world we knew. this is a kind of extreme brutal weather that's a whole new ball game. not just here. obviously what happened in louisiana is happening in the southwest with the drought, what's happening in california with the fires. this is a climate change that will take different responses. >> new york city and central park broke the single-hour rainfall record yesterday basically, the most rainfall ever in one hour. but it was a record that was set the week before. so this is clearly happening more now in ways that just we haven't seen, mayor. i do want to get a sense, though, of where things stand in the city this morning. it's encouraging, i think, that the death toll has not gone up in new york city from 13 last
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night to now. at this point do you think everyone has been accounted for, any rescues still going on this morning? >> i'm praying that we have closed the book on this, but, john, it is too early to tell. n.y.p.d., fire, ems, everyone's out there still following up. but, look, what we do know, thank god, our roadways are clear again. people, homeowners, store owners yesterday are digging out, getting back to business. new yorkers are incredibly resilient. so, we went through a lot of pain in the last 48 hours, but people are immediately coming back. our sanitation workers are cleaning stuff up. an amazing effort in to get things as back to normal as they can. and new yorkers just don't quit. that's the bottom line. >> now, i know you called for global and federal action on climate change. that aside, mayor, if this is
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going to keep happening, what can new york city do to be more ready next time? >> i think it's a different ball game now, a different strategy. instead of assuming, as we have in the past, for example, a travel ban was a very, very rare thing in the past. few times i used that when we were expecting massive blizzards. now seeing what happened on wednesday, a travel ban is the kind of thing i want to introduce into the equation early in each storm as a possibility, and then pull the trigger if i have to, and literally tell people, off the streets, out of the subways, clear the way. also evacuation. evacuation, john, is something we only thought of in the worst kind of events, particularly hurricanes and coastal areas. but what we saw in some of these basement apartments on wednesday was people need to be evacuated who are far away from the coast because of the sheer intensity and speed, the amount of rain
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that came in such a brief period of time. we're going to need to now have the ability to send police, fire, et cetera, out to go and evacuate people in places we never would have imagined in the past. and we have to tell people, prepare to be evacuated. i'm actually amazed we're at this point honestly, but given what's happened with climate change, given the fact that the extreme weather is now tragically the norm, we're going to have to be much more aggressive with these kind of tools. >> i think that's startling. that will be startling when it sinks in the mayor of new york city is saying the city is going to need to evacuate, lowering the bar for people to get out of their homes in the face of storms. not something you think about when you think of new york city. mayor de blasio, i appreciate you being on this morning. >> thank you, john. meanwhile, president biden is set to visit louisiana just hours from now after a family of three in louisiana has died from carbon monoxide poisoning after using a poorly ventilated
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generator in the aftermath of hurricane ida. with many people still without power, my next guest is warning about an uptick in calls related to carbon monoxide poisoning as emergency workers are responding to calls that are, quote, 185% above the norm. emily nichols is the director of the new orleans emergency medical services. emily, obviously this has become a huge issue in the wake of the storm because people still don't have power. they are relying on generators and clearly a lot of people are not using them properly? >> yes, that's correct. thank you for having us on this morning. we are now at day five and we were fortunate to get power overnight. i awoke to electricity. we still have several residents in the city that do not have power. and many people who haven't used generators in the past are going and buying them from local warehouses and either keeping them too close to their home or inside of their home or inside of their garage.
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and all of those things are dangerous and potentially fatal. and we're seeing that as we respond to our calls. >> so how are you guys getting the word out about being careful about carbon monoxide poisoning if someone doesn't have a detector in their home? obviously they need to be keeping these outside, right? >> absolutely. we're doing a lot of messaging through our mayor, through the community each day and on social media. really just trying to spread that word through any means possible in a neighborly fashion. reminding people of the symptoms of carbon monoxide which are so similar to basic things like dehydration and fatigue and the flu and really reminding people they have to consider this or anybody that doesn't seem to be acting like themselves, because the effects could be deathly. >> right. and, of course, people do feel those symptoms and being dehydrated and whatnot given you're outside in the heat, no
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air conditioning, it is hot in louisiana. president biden will be in the state later today. we heard from a woman earlier who was being interviewed by our colleague adrienne broadus. saying where is the federal government here? are you satisfied with their response? are they doing enough? are there certain things you need to see more of? >> you know, we had the government here each day from very early on responding to their needs. it's such a dynamic situation, and something like getting infrastructure back to where we need such that everyone has energy is really unpredictable with the damage that we have. there's so much debris on the road. and so i think everyone's really been working hard and fema has been here on the ground very early. and so we have been feeling supported, which is such a significant portion of our recovery. >> of course, that's a huge part of it and you want to make sure you're getting everything you need right now, not a few days, but right now. so, dr. emily nichols, thank you for joining us this morning.
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we're thinking of all of you and hoping everybody gets their power back soon. >> thank you so much. we are also watching the latest monthly jobs report which is set to be released just moments from now. will this recent covid surge threaten the recovery or what are we going to see in these numbers today? plus dr. anthony fauci is endorsing a third booster shot. he'll tell you why next. and president biden being tested in what is arguably the rockiest time of his presidency so far. doris kearns goodwin joins us live.
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president biden's leadership is being tested this week. the president facing major challenges on three fronts. the pandemic, afghanistan, and now these storms that have left a trail of destruction. joining us now is presidential historian doris kearns goodwin, author of the book "leadership in turbulent times." doris, good to see you this morning. we are reminded presidents don't always get to choose their challenges. and what a difference as we sit here on the precipice of labor day from the first 100 days for president joe biden. >> how true what you say. i mean, you think about those first hundred days, and president biden was able to focus almost like a laser on the thing that really mattered, which was how could he deal with the covid problem. and the economy intertwined with that. he kept his promise to have 100
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million vaccines in the arms of the people by then. he was able to get the national guard out, he was able to get those vaccines distributed. and now in the space of the last couple weeks, he has to deal with the delta variant, with, as you say, storms, and with afghanistan. so his leadership is being tested on multiple fronts even more than before. >> and, doris, when it comes to being tested on, of course, what is most important to every american, which is covid-19 and this delta surge, in his first several hundred days in office, i wouldn't say it was easy, of course, because they were trying to get a lot of people vaccinated and reach the goals they were setting. but now with the delta variant and people having to put masks back on, we're seeing the debate become incredibly heated at schools. do you think they're handling this first real backslide in the trajectory of the pandemic well? or what do you think this is going to do as they're watching how this is going into the winter? >> well, the delta variant came out of somewhere else, you know.
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it created yet a different battle in this war front that seemed to have given us the feeling we were back to our freedoms, that we were under control, that restaurants could be opened, that social distancing could be stopped. it's really hard when you've experienced that for a short period of time to go backward. now the federal government has to figure out, are more mandates needed? how do we get more vaccines into people? what kind of public relations can you use? what mandates can you use? unless this virus gets under control, it's the most important thing the president is facing right now. it's just like f.d.r. having to face the depression. if he hadn't handled that, his presidency wouldn't have gotten off the ground. lincoln was doing well with the war after get tysburg by the summer of 1864, people were worried it was going to go on forever and ever. they were told you will not win the election in 1864, the
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election fell and it changed. things will be very different if it doesn't. things will be tough. >> going backwards is political peril for any administration, i would think. >> without a question. i mean, once you've experienced -- i think that's the thing. maybe we could have gone step-by-step, feeling like we were getting somewhere. but we experience that feeling. yay, we've got this under control, and it's really hard. but it's what we're going to have to do right now until this variant gets under control. and maybe it has its own journey as some of the scientists are saying, that it may come to an end. maybe we will have herd immunity. meanwhile we have to do everything we can to get us there. and that means more vaccinations. >> and, doris, of course, this is the first priority for the white house, but what's been really consuming everything for the white house over the last several weeks has been this u.s. exit from afghanistan. and the president and the white house seem to be, when they speak privately to us behind the scenes, they don't think this is going to be part of his legacy, the actual exit, but the fact
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that he exited they think will be part of it. the fact that he got u.s. troops out of afghanistan is what they say is going to be key to that. what is your take on that? >> i do think that in the end history will regard the fact that we needed to exit from a forever huaraz the important p forever war is the important thing. this is a war that no longer could be won. this is what president eisenhower said shortly after he took office, was a certain kind of plea for peace. he said that every gun that is made, every rocket that is fired signifies a theft from people who are hungry and cannot be fed. people who are cold and cannot be clothed. in a certain sense, the people of afghanistan were a tribal nation never able to form a country. my son was a captain there in 2008. he saw this then. he saw the problem of corruption. the fact the government wasn't working. the time to get out was now.
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and, yes, hopefully in the long run, that's what history will regard. >> and one of the things i think you will see from the president and the white house is making this a domestic issue, is turning that corner that you just brought up there, saying this is a choice about being in afghanistan. they will say, or doing something for people here, whether it's the infrastructure or part of the build back better agenda. i want to ask you about the supreme court because there is a connection in a way to covid, right, in that in texas right now, the law has gone backwards in terms of abortion. abortion rights. you have fewer rights if you want to get an abortion in texas today than you did three days ago. how significant is this moment, and how will it fall in history? roe v. wade has been the law of the land since the 1970s, 50 years more or less now. what would happen if all of a sudden it goes away or at least goes away in stages? >> again, you're right.
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a generation, two generations of women have exercised and understood the right to choose. and you're taking something that was a precedent that was set nearly 50 years ago away from them. i think it will spur activism. i think it will make the supreme court -- when it makes its decision this fall, have to be very, think long and hard about whether they're going to you think do a precedent that was there and what kind of havoc it would reach. we're already such a divided nation. the court has to worry about its own integrity. there is a sense when brown v. board was decided in 1954 which was also undoing a precedent of 50 years that allowed separate but equal in the south, they knew it was so important to have unanimous decision when you make such an important ruling like that. and it's inevitable if the court were to do that, the supreme court were to allow abortion to go away, it would be a divided opinion and that would be very hard for the integrity of the court, very hard for the country, and one has to just hope the court will think very hard before they do that. >> doris, a big part of this is
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the makeup of the supreme court. i think a lot of this has shed some light on rbg, of course, when she died and the effect that had on the court, and justice steven breyer, whether or not he is going to retire. that has been a big question. we know progressives pushed for that to happen. what is your take? >> i think that justice breyer himself has hinted that maybe the time has come for him to make sure that the next justice can follow in his tradition by being appointed by president biden. it also brings back the whole discussion we had at the time that ruth ginsburg died, which was should there be some kind of structural reform to the judicial system. and there was a commission that president biden set up, there was talk about court packing. when f.d.r. was trying to pack the court, it was, in part, because the overwhelming majority of the people agreed that the new deal decisions that the court was turning down. and as it turned out, even though the court packing didn't
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work, the court did shift its position and okayed the supreme court decisions. so the court does have a sense of following public sentiment. if public sentiment gets aroused about this decision, if activism is out there, we have 3 million people arguing right after president trump was elected they were worried about reproductive and civil rights. they were out marching. that threat has come. it's time for those voices to be heard. >> doris, always a pleasure to speak to you. thank you for joining us this morning. >> thank you for having me. >> always so good to hear from her. the children are still ineligible for vaccines, but there is new data showing vaccinating adults can actually help kids. in georgia, a vaccine clinic doctor, doctors are being harassed at vaccine clinics. we're going to speak with a republican doctor who attended a marjorie taylor greene rally and what he says happened next. ♪ ayy, ayy, ayy ♪ ♪ yeah, we fancy like applebee's on a date night ♪
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l walensky says vaccinating children can help even if they are too young to get vaccinated themselves. what else did dr. walensky say about this? >> good morning. even though children cannot get vaccinated it behooves us to get vaccinated. let's look at the data she was presenting. if you look at children ages 0 to 17 years old, those rates, rates of hospitalization are four times higher among states that have low vaccination rates. so, in other words, kids are getting covid more often when adults are not vaccinated. now, we also want to take a look at some israeli data that was presented yesterday by dr. anthony fauci. he is looking at boosters. now, to be clear, it's going to sound like they're contradicting each other, but they're not.
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dr. walensky is saying two doses work really well. what dr. fauci is saying over time as vaccines wane, a third shot, the relative risk of getting severe disease drops ten times. it dropped by ten times. let's take a listen to what dr. fauci had to say yesterday. >> i must say for my own experience as an immunologist, i would not at all be surprised that the adequate full regimen for vaccination will likely be three doses. >> so, in other words, what dr. fauci is saying is, looking this is not shocking. any parent knows that when you take your child for a vaccine, you're often taking them back a few months later, sometimes a
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few years later for another shot, another series, another shot in the series, another booster. so it isn't terribly surprising that we're seeing that we need boosters now. kaitlan? >> of course not, because it is something that has happened many times in the past. thank you so much, elizabeth, for joining us this morning. >> right. >> so, georgia is now seeing more covid hospitalizations than at any time since the pandemic began with 6500 people in the hospital. my next guest went to a political rally attended by congresswoman marjorie taylor greene to try to encourage people to get vaccinated. joining us now is dr. john cowan, a neurosurgeon, he lost the republican primary to taylor greene. thank you for being with us. you went to the political rally where marjorie greene was speaking to convince people, i think there was a mobile vaccination clinic there. how people did you get on board? >> good morning. thank you for having me. we didn't get anybody to take the vaccine that morning, but what we did do was put a
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positive spin on getting vaccinated. the folks who were there saw that leaders in the community had already got vaccinated. that the face of the vaccine was their neighbor, their relative, people who treated them in other circumstances. i operated on a lot of folks who were at that rally. if they trusted me to operate on their brain and sfpine, i would hope they would trust me to give a proven safe vaccine. >> you went to deliver shots and you delivered zero? >> that's right. >> what does that tell you in general? how was it received, i should ask? how was it received when you were talking about the vaccine? >> -- got up and gave a very pro-vaccine message. came by the booth, thanked everybody for being there. i think everyone understands the importance of vaccination. look, we've been on a second shift for a year and a half. president trump helped build some rafts on that ship.
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biden has deployed a lot of those life rafts and we've got people who just need to get on the life boat. unfortunately we have people out there, too, who are destroying some of the life boats. that's what we don't need to have happen. we have plenty of life boats called the vaccination if people get on board. >> what message do you think people are hearing? it's good that you're delivering this message there. i don't know it was at this same rally, but marjorie taylor greene says things publicly about the vaccine which just aren't true and she's got a lot of people to pay attention. >> she does unfortunately. she says a lot of things that are untrue and i would encourage you to bring her on and challenge her on that. i'm doing the best i can to promote a safe face of the vaccination. this is really a miraculous vaccine. it was developed under president trump. it was deployed under president biden. we have bipartisan support for this vaccine if people want to make it political. if they don't, please just ask your trusted doctor or health care provider. they're going to tell you to
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take the vaccine. >> you know, this vaccine has no political party. i wish people would realize that and it can save lives. thank you so much for what you're trying to do. i appreciate you being with us this morning. >> it's my pleasure. god bless. we have breaking news. the august jobs report is in. what it shows about the country's recovery is the delta variant is surging across the u.s. that's next. is olay better than your clean beauty? olay has 99% pure niacinamide. it's derm-tested. and now, it's cleanest formula with hydration that beats the $400 cream. tried. tested. never bested. shop at age is just a number. and mine's unlisted. try boost® high protein with 20 grams of protein for muscle health. versus 16 grams in ensure high protein. boost® high protein also has key nutrients for immune support. boost® high protein.
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all right. just in moments ago, the august jobs report. chief business correspondent christine romans with the details. and this was a big -- >> yeah, disappointment. delta drag. you could see huge job growth in the summer and then august, job growth slowed dramatically. look at what the numbers look like. when you look in the numbers, you can see 235,000 jobs were added back. that is a big miss. the consensus, john, was for more than 700,000. even the whisper numbers of a disappointment were 400 or 500,000. so this is a disappointment, and it shows covid and child care concerns are still holding back
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hiring here. let's look at how many jobs have been added back since the beginning of the year. you can see this is the weakest since january, and a big, big slow down from the summer. we had june and july, big hiring there in june and july, and then the brakes went on there overall here. how does it make us look for the pandemic? you can see we are in the pandemic, add another 235, that doesn't add much. you are still down more than 5 million jobs since the pandemic began. the jobless rate here, 5.2%. so that is the lowest of the pandemic. that means there are still people being added into the labor market. you are seeing hiring, 5.2% is the number we want to see. we haven't seen the job growth from the company side we want to. look, this is a really important moment in the labor market. we have kids going back to school. in these numbers we saw hiring in education. we know kids are going back to school. maybe that will help some of the child care problems that held back hiring overall. but the delta variant is the
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number one concern here right now. how can you grow hiring when you have people who are afraid to go to work, companies afraid to keep adding onto their payroll because they're not exactly sure what the fall is going to bring, guys. >> i have to say this is a pretty big story this morning, romans. 5.2 unemployment rate that's good news. but the slow down in new hires is really something and really will raise concerns heading into the fall with delta. >> and look, you also have 7 1/2 million people this weekend who will lose their extra unemployment benefits. those expire. we also know, john, we've seen the verdict is in, the company or states, rather, that cut those extra jobless benefits early, they did not have a bigger boom in employment than the states who left those extra benefits on. so there's still kind of a mystery here about how we're going to get more people connected with all those open jobs that are there in the midst of the delta variant. >> that's interesting, christine, because that was the argument that the white house had been making about those jobless benefits. but also this showing that leisure and hospitality were unchanged after increasing an
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average of 350,000 per month over the last six months. >> yeah, i was happy to see manufacturing jobs added here. that's really important. those tend to be higher paying jobs. we know there's a big focus on u.s. made jobs, the sector getting on its feet due to the tie up in covid. 235,000 is not what you wanted to see after the gang buster growth of the summer. >> christine romans, thank you very much. and here's what else to watch today.
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it has been nearly 20 years since the day that changed america forever. cnn with a front row to history to one of the most iconic mornings of september 11, 2001. stay with us. hi. so you're the scientist here. does my aveeno® daily moisturizer really make my dry skin healthier in one day? it's true jen. this prebiotic oat formula moisturizes to help prevent dry skin. impressive! aveeno® healthy. it's our nature.™ try the body wash, too.
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on september 11th, 2001, president bush visited a second grade classroom in florida, not knowing, of course, what was about to happen. in a special report, cnn's victor black well relives that fateful day with the students who were in the second grade, but are now in their late 20s, their teacher and the white house aides who were there with the president. front row to history, the 9/11 classroom premiers sunday at 10:00 p.m. eastern. here's a preview. >> what do you do in that moment?
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>> i cry. i pray. and i ask why. why and how. i really needed a moment. >> we've never really seen her cry. something impacted her more than what we know, deeper than what we seen. >> we knew miss daniels as loving, caring. it's a really different take from our teacher is kind of jarring. we've never seen her like this. >> how long was your moment? >> it could have been two minutes, could have been three minutes, but i knew i had to get back to my kids. i didn't want them to think they had done something wrong, so i had to let them know it was not their fault. >> something in the way that you presented it to us allowed me to understand that, like, the human side of it, that like i am not the most important person right now, like he's got something he has to do. people are hurting. he has to leave, and that's okay and it's not our fault. >> and i think after that, that's when they cut on the tv for us.
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>> it was americans who were looking at these horrific pictures. >> and then it all came together, i grasped how serious it was. >> i think myself and maybe other students felt like it was a movie or something. >> it didn't look real. >> the tv was here or you took them to a different room? >> the tv, the monitor president bush had was in a different room. the memory of it might fluctuate a little. after i came out the room, i told them what happened. the pictures and the images that they saw, they might have seen them when that door was open, but the tv never came in here. i was very careful about how much i exposed them to and what i said to them. >> that was the first time i learned the word terrorist, too. >> yeah. >> cnn's victor blackwell joins
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us now. what was it like to do those interviews and be with the president on the monumental day? >> i know the angles of these now 27-year-olds who were part of this story. but i was surprised. every minute we spoke about it, there actually is a degree of something akin to survivor's guilt that they feel because they are the few who are so close to this story, who from their perspective did not suffer loss or trauma. and when people find out that they are the students who were in the classroom, sometimes there is a reluctance to even talk about it because they don't want that type of notoriety, but they wanted to share this because they know now that they're the only ones who can tell that story. i also think the story of the teacher, mrs. daniels, who is still teaching 20 years later, is fascinating because she had to then determine in that moment, after having her moment,
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to digest what had just happened to the country, what does she tell as she calls them her babies? what does she tell them ? the president had come to congratulate them for doing so well in their reading. then in a moment after andy card whispered in his ear, he left. they didn't know what to make of that. so she decided to sing to them after they had seen those images. what's interesting was -- i'm getting chills thinking about t. >> me, too. >> she sang to them a song by sounds of blackness, hold on, a change is coming. in this interview, i'm sitting in this classroom with mrs. daniels and the students, she starts to sing it. i'm pretty sure they haven't heard it in 20 years because it's not something that plays on the radio. they come in at the same parts as they sang it with her 20 years ago. and in those small voices as if they were 7 years old again. i mean, that's how that moment resonated for them. throughout the special you're going to feel and hear those moments where a teacher had to
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decide, what do i do with these 7-year-olds who are now living through this moment and also how this impacted their life over those 20 years since. >> it's amazing she had the foresight to think about that. she's still processing this unbelievable day. but she knew that this would be a day that when they're older, they're going to know this is where i was on september 11th. the president was in our classroom. >> she had to soothe them, but also understand that some of this explanation should come from their parents. >> yeah. >> that some of this should be reserved for home. she had to protect them in that moment. and then the conversation continued in the days and weeks after as it did for all of us. >> i can't wait to watch. i know this is going to be so good. the preview there was amazing. thank you for joining us this morning. we can't wait to watch. you can tune in to the cnn special "front row to history: the 9/11 classroom report." >> that sounds amazing.
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four olympic golds, four world cup championships, the u.s. women's national soccer team. now they may be facing their biggest challenge ever, the fight for equal pay. in a lawsuit filed against the u.s. soccer federation in 2019, the players allege they're not receiving pay that is equal to what the men's team makes. a federal court disagreed last year, throwing out the players' equal pay claim.
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the judge found that the women's team negotiated a different pay structure than the men's team and that the women's players were already paid more than the men's team. the players are now appealing. the all-new film lfg brings you a behind the scenes look at the grit and the determination of these women. >> a lawsuit is something that no professional athlete would ever want to have. it's so much work, it takes you away from your sport. it's very stressful. >> the same sentiment that's been happening for years and years, decades and decades through many different negotiations. >> something needs to completely collapse and crumble and we need to build it up. >> we are in camp a lot. but then there are times we're in completely different time zones, states. >> thank you, guys, very much for doing this. >> there's a lot of phone calls, a lot of text messages, a lot of emails. >> strategizing and keeping everyone on the same page. >> carl is the only one who had his eyes on that.
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>> discriminated peoples don't have the luxury of [ bleep ] around frankly. >> so it's our players that are having to form what the lawsuit is, figuring out all the inequalities over the year going through our contract, going through the other contracts. so it's hours and hours and hours and hours and hours over time. >> joining us now is jessica mcdonald, a soccer player and member of the 2019 world cup u.s. women's national team. jessica, it's an honor to meet you. i am a huge soccer fan, a huge fan of the teams that you played on. so it's really nice to see you. look, let me start out with the big question here. it's a pretty bold move, suing your boss basically for equal pay. why did you sign onto this? >> to be honest, i was nervous myself. i've never been part of a lawsuit ever in my entire life. i know nothing about law, to be honest, and so it was a little intimidating at first you can but it's a little more
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comforting because we're a collective group who was on board to begin this lawsuit in the first place. so that was a little more comforting. and the leadership that we had on this team and the fight that we were going to fight together, and so we're going to continue this fight until probably the day that we die. so it was a no-brainer to jump on board with this because this is a fight that we need for everybody, not just ourselves. so it's much bigger than us. >> look, you say you don't know about law, but you know about teamwork. you know about competition. what's it like to try to compete at your peak, at the highest level when you feel as if the organization behind you maybe doesn't have your back, doesn't consider you to be the equal of others? >> it has its challenges, but it shows the world that we're also human beings at the end of the day. so we deal with this crap off the field, where as we go onto the field and perform at our
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best, perform at the highest level, and continue to win. and so that's what we're here for, is to show people that example, hey, we can fight the good fight, but we can also apply good work onto the field and succeed at the same time. >> so, the team was riding high after the 2019 world cup win which, again, i will say, was awesome. you and your teammates said you felt like it was this moment where the change and the pay change was going to come, but it didn't happen. a federal judge has dismissed the equal pay claim in your lawsuit, dismissed your claim in the lawsuit and now the team is appealing that ruling. still, how discouraging was that ruling? >> very. it felt like a slap in the face to us because we thought filing this lawsuit, and then winning the world cup was kind of cherry on top, as if we a propproved ourselves, which is what we did. for them to continue to deny it, obviously we felt a little bit on the fence a little bit. and so a little bit of a slap in
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the face, like i said, and so we did this appeal. we will continue to do appeals until we get what we want and what we deserve. >> you'll keep on fighting. it seems like that's what you know how to do really well. you know, you're a single mother and you've spoken about the example you're trying to set for your son by working hard, never giving up, making sacrifices. do you think he realizes, not just everything you've done on the field, but everything that you're fighting for? >> yeah, he's starting to understand, because now he's starting to speak up about equal pay and he went to the premiere in new york city with me to watch lfg. and you see that, he's in the film, but he didn't know what was going on as we were filming the movie. so watching it, his eyes got really big. oh, my gosh, i'm in a movie, i'm on tv. but he was really paying close attention to what the issue was because we were in the car one day and i'm just driving and,
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you know, he's in the back seat. he's like, mom, i don't get it. what do you not get, son? this is out of nowhere. he's like, why won't they give you guys equal pay? i don't understand. you just won a trophy. he's confused about it. and he's asking questions. for my 9-year-old to be on board and be a little more aware of what's going on, it's really cool to set this example for him. hey, if you deserve something, you fight for that. and if you work hard for something, you deserve more. you deserve what you should be getting. and so that's sort of the example i'm here to set for him. and for him to be a part of it as well, you know, this is something historical that he's going to remember for the rest of his life, and i know this is going to help pave the way for him. i know it's going to help him gain confidence to speak up and speak out for himself and others as well. >> i think that's just wonderful. listen, you're shaping minds and you're changing the world. jessica mcdonald, we really appreciate you being with us. thanks so much.
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>> thank you so much for having me. and you can watch the cnn film lfg monday night at 9:00 eastern on cnn. kaitlan collins, thank you for coming and playing this week. >> thanks for having me. it has been such a great morning. i've learned so much during the mornings that we've been here. and thanks to brianna for letting me sit in for her. >> we had an historic storm. no shortage of news. you were great. speaking of having you on, from the white house. >> yes, i'll be back in my perch. >> cnn's coverage continues right now with jim sciutto. very good friday morning to you. i'm jim sciutto. the devastating aftermath of a storm, this morning at least 48 people across six states are confirmed dead. others are missing. this after the powerful remnants of hur


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