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reports, democratic strategists are hoping a big turnout will translate to a big win for gavin newsom. >> we may have defeated donald trump, but we have not defeated trumpism. trumpism is still on the ballot in california. [ applause ] >> reporter: california governor gavin newsom closing the recall campaign with a clear message to the state's voters. >> we have someone on the other side of this that's to the right of donald trump. to the right of donald trump. >> reporter: rallying supporters alongside president joe biden, who echoed the message. >> you either keep gavin newsom as your governor -- [ cheers and applause ] or you'll get donald trump. [ crowd reacts] >> it's not a joke. >> reporter: the decision to
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nationalize the race and talk about trump aimed at boosting democratic turnout. it may be paying off. >> it creates a stark contrast between the governor and larry elder. >> i don't see elder or any of the other ones as viable candidates or leadership for the state. >> reporter: the question on the ballot today, should newsom be recalled? and if so, who should replace him? >> i can't think of any level, any front, any policy this man has engaged in that has made life better for us in california. he's been an abject failure. >> reporter: elder, the conservative talk show host, is the gop frontrunner of more than 40 challengers on the second part of the ballot. >> will gavin newsom accept the results of the election when he loses? >> reporter: not one to shy away from controversy, elder has been borrowing a page from donald trump's play book. >> we're going to file lawsuits in a timely fashion. what i believe is that no matter what they do, and i believe that there might very well be shenanigans, as there were in the 2020 election.
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>> reporter: questioning the results before a single vote's been counted. >> i've heard people say in they can cheat on your mail-in. >> i believe there's been a lot of fraud. >> his closing argument is, i will file a lawsuit because of the voter irregularities in this race with no evidence whatsoever. it's act two of the big lie. that's what we're up against, democrats. >> reporter: but in the golden states where democrats outnumber republicans nearly two to one, turnout is the name of the game. newsom betting his political career on an energized base as he fights for survival. and, jake, we're in orange county, which tends to lean republican. larry elder will be here with his supporters watching the returns, but already more than 9 million ballots have been cast. of those, more than half, 52% came from registered democrats. 26% from registered republicans. but one interesting thing in
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this election, a lot of the republican voters we spoke to say they are waiting until today, election day to cast their ballots in person. jake? >> lucy kafanov in orange county, california, thanks so much. let's discuss with two california experts. you wrote this great piece. you say there are five places to watch the california recall that not only will offer clues to newsom's fate, but predict what the political climate might look like next year. let's start with where democrats need to perform well. >> so what strategists are hoping for tonight, what newsom strategists are hoping for is to see huge turnout in l.a. county and in the bay area. they believe that just in those two places that they can build up such huge numbers of raw votes that they could potentially get to the point where they can overwhelm any possibility of republicans making up the math problem that they have, which is that democrats here in california
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outnumber republicans two to one. but they also really want to see a big turnout among democrats in san diego, which is more purplish now, but increasingly bluer. and also in that sacramento area, specifically in sacramento the city, there's a lot of democrats in that area who are fired up and who have been paying attention. and so far the newsom strategists are really happy with the ballots that they've seen returned so far. so that is the first thing that they are looking for in those 801 numbers that are going to drop tonight, jake. >> some 64% of latino voters supported newsom when he first ran for governor in 2018. there are a lot of latinos in los angeles and imperial county that have been hit hard by the pandemic which is one of the reasons why this recall's even happening because of newsom's response to the pandemic. how important will their turnout be for newsom? >> well, so far the latino turnout is significantly lagging other ethnic groups in the
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returns on election day. it's less of a threat to newsom than it might've been to democrats earlier because democrats in california as nationally now dominate among college-educated white voters, who are probably the most reliable voters in terms of their turnout percentages year to year. so you see that on the west side of l.a., you see that in the bay area. and if those democrats turn out in sufficient numbers, once you start getting up to 11 million votes, you simply run out of republicans in a state as democratic leaning as california. >> you also say strategists are going to be keeping a close eye on the traditionally red pockets of california. where are the republican strongholds? what do strategists expect? >> they do still want to see, you know, a huge turnout in orange county where lucy was just speaking to us from. and i just actually talked to
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the chairman of the pro-recall effort. and he said that things are looking really strong for them in orange county right now in terms of in-person turnout, which is what we are expecting from republicans. but also some of those other counties like san bernardino and riverside that have been getting increasingly blue because of that younger, more diverse population that's moving into those areas, there still are a good number of republicans out there, and they want to make sure that those people are getting out in san diego as well. that's what they're hoping for. he said they are still hustling to get people to turn out who have not turned in their ballots yet. and they're feeling like it's going to be a long night. so we'll see. >> ron, you say the california recall could strengthen the push for covid mandates. what do you mean by that? >> well, look at the arc of how covid has affected this race. it got on the ballot in the first place because of backlash against newsom's stringent policies in 2020 on covid in the most conservative parts of the
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state. but the race has turned around this summer, jake, as the governor has moved aggressively on the policy front, imposing mandates for healthcare workers, educators, and state employees to get the vaccine, a mask mandate for schools, and then centering his campaign on the contrast with republicans over those mandates. you heard him run against donald trump and the trumpification of the republican party. but he's also running against greg abbott and ron desantis. and he has been able to both awaken democrats and move independent voters by emphasizing the contrast on man dates. and that is something that could be a template for democrats moving forward in 2022. >> you say that the anger at newsom is palpable, especially in california's central valley. why is that? >> if you drive that area, those highways that run through the central valley, you see signs just dotting the highways in this area that has been hit by
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the state's historic drought. there are a lot of signs for the republican, there are a lot of signs blaming newsom for the drought. in those counties, those are places where a lot of these recall petitions were signed. that is a key spot where republicans really want to see huge enthusiastic republican turnout in order for them to get to the numbers that they need to get to. and newsom has campaigned somewhat there, but really that is more, one of the few remaining republican strongholds in this state. and it'll be fascinating to see how these drought issues play out for newsom tonight because a lot of people that you talk to there are frustrated. they don't think the government has done enough on water storage and mitigating these problems. and they are ready to take out that frustration on the ballot. >> and, ron, even though biden
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romped in california, there are two congressional districts that flipped from democrat to republican on that same ballot, california's 39th, which includes l.a. county, orange county, and portions of san diego. what could today's vote tell us about where voters in those districts stand for the 2022 midterms? >> yeah. it's really interesting. historically obviously orange county was the republican redoubt. hillary clinton became the first presidential candidate to win it since 1936. fdr against alph landon. in 2018 it divided almost exactly in half between newsom and cox at a point where newsom was winning 62% of the vote statewide. so there is still a lot of republican residual strength. orange county has been a hot bed of kind of the most visible
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vocal opposition to masks and vaccine mandates. but if democrats can basically get back to something close to a 50/50 distribution in the state, it would give them confidence about their ability to contest those two races, both of which were won by asian-american republican women so they present a tough demographic target for democrats. but they are certainly on the list of seats that democrats hope to win back. >> and finally, maeve, a few months ago, newsom looked like he was in real trouble. we still don't know what's going to happen today. but the emergence of larry elder as a candidate. you say elder is a perfect foil. why? >> because before larry elder got into the race and really took off among republican voters, newsom was making this argument that this was a referendum on trumpism. and they felt it wasn't working. but once he could target larry elder specifically and his
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policies and his past positions, he really could argue that there was a real threat to the democratic agenda here in california. and that has made all the difference for newsom in regaining some breathing room in this race, jake. >> as joe biden used to say all the time, don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative. thanks so much for both of you for your expertise. >> we hope for that too, jake. >> be sure to tune in tonight for the special election coverage of the recall. instead of getting a free shot, it's costing billions to care for covid patient in just the past three months. new questions about the final strike by the u.s. in america's longest war, and who was behind the wheel of that car targeted in a drone strike? what a cnn investigation found. stay with us. . like the new deli-style oven-roasted turkey. and new hickory-smoked bacon. it's the eat fresh refresh™ at subway®.
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in our health lead, kids are bearing the brunt of covid's rapid spread across the united states, a staggering 240% leap of covid cases among children in just the last three months. that jump according to the american academy of pediatrics, accounts for almost 30% of all current covid cases in the u.s. joining us now is cnn's chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta. sanjay, what do you think is driving the surge in cases among kids right now? is it just back to school? >> well, i think that's part of it, but also just where we are as a country. we are four times higher overall in terms of cases at this point this year as compared to this point last year. you can look at that graph and take it back to september of last year. we're in -- we were in a much
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better position. the schools often times are reflective of the broader community spread. and as we've talked about, jake, sometimes schools can have less spread than the surrounding community. they got a lot of virus spreading around right now. overall, jake, about 5.3 million kids have been infected throughout this pandemic. but 500,000 of them happened just within the last couple of weeks. so that's the real concern here. quick word on vaccinations, jake. this is becoming increasingly clear that if you live in an area, if your kids live in an area where there is high vaccination versus low vaccination, they are 3.7 times more likely to be hospitalized if you are living in an area with low vaccination. so that is the herd immunity part of this. more people vaccinated, more protection you can offer those that are not. >> and, as we know, one of the
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other issues in this pandemic is the fact that the virus is hitting hispanic and african-american communities harder than it is white communities. part of this is because of traditional inequities in healthcare. take a listen to what dr. fauci told me just a few minutes ago when i asked him about these disparities. >> we're not where we want to be with regard to the percentage of african-americans and hispanics vaccinated. but we're doing better than we were before. >> is he right? >> yeah. i mean, if you look at the numbers specifically over the last two weeks there has been first-time initiations of covid shots for blacks and hispanics at a higher rate. so it has gone up. but this is the data here. just across the board, blacks and hispanics versus white nonhispanics, more cases, more hospitalizations and more deaths. and a lot more, two to three times hospitalizations than
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deaths. it's really significant. if you look more specifically and you look at data for example in california and texas, if i show you -- 39% of the population roughly is hispanic, well, they make up 54% of the cases. they make up nearly 50% of the deaths as well. so, that's the disparity that we're talking about. 39% of the population but 54% of the cases and you can see how vaccinations are lagging. so, improving, jake, but almost since the beginning the inequities have been there, and they persist, may be improving a little bit now but still persistent. >> and the mask wars are raging. in iowa a judge ruled that masks in schools can be mandated. and the republican governor kim reynolds immediately announced an appeal. stepping away from the politics of this all, are masks in schools effective at stopping
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the spread, or at least slowing it? >> yes. i don't know at which point -- it almost becomes how much evidence do you need or how many times do you have to prove the same thing? there have been so many school districts now that have been masked versus those that have been not masked. and you can compare those sort of as control groups. they're not perfect randomized trials, but i think it's very clear now, and the cdc has come out and said masks work and there's no sort of down side to them. what i think is interesting, if you look overall at these now modeling studies going forward and say, okay, let's look at the various scenarios, no masking or testing, and see what kind of difference it makes, there's about 45 million students k-12. as i mentioned probably around 5 to 10 million have already been infected. 75% of the remaining 30 to 40 million students are at risk over the next three months of becoming infected. you add in masking and testing
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and you can dramatically bring those numbers down. i mean, it is politics, jake, because the science i think is increasingly clear. it wasn't clear from the very start, but it's very clear now. >> cnn's dr. sanjay gupta, thank you so much. the u.s. claims a drone strike by the u.s. in the final hours of the afghan war prevented another isis terrorist attack on u.s. troops. is that true? is that the full story? what cnn found after talking to residents and seeing video of the blast. that's next. h friends. pay as low as $25 a month. or bring a friend and you both get a month for $5. so the more people you roll with, the more you save. visible. unlimited data as low as $25 a month. or bring a friend and you both get a month for $5. what does it feel like to sell your car to carvana? it feels amazing. when you get a great offer in seconds... (all cheering) it feels too good to be true. it's kicking back and relaxing as we pick up your car. and when you get paid on the spot,
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blinken faced a grilling today on capitol hill over the way the biden administration withdrew from afghanistan. republican senator rand paul of kentucky pushed blinken on the u.s. military's final drone strike in the war, demanding to know who exactly the pentagon targeted. >> administration is of course reviewing that strike, and i'm sure that a full assessment will be -- >> so you don't know if it was an aid worker or an isis operative? >> i can't speak to that in the setting in any event. >> so you don't know or won't tell us? >> i don't know because we're reviewing it. >> you think you'd kind of know before you off somebody with a predator drone, whether he's an aid worker or he's in isis-k. we can't sort of have an investigation after we kill people. we have an investigation before we kill people. >> cnn's anna coren has been investigating that drone strike. the u.s. military claims that it
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hit a legitimate terrorist target, but cnn's investigation raises some very serious questions about the u.s. government's accounts of what happened that day. we want to warn viewers in advance that this report contains images that are graphic and may be difficult to watch. >> reporter: screams of horror in a kabul neighborhood on the last sunday afternoon of august, as residents desperately try to extinguish the fire ball caused by an airstrike. >> translator: i did not know the attack was only on our house. >> reporter: the target, a white sedan that had been under u.s. military surveillance for the past eight hours. according to a u.s. official with knowledge of the operation. it had just driven into the residential compound with father of seven and ngo worker amari behind the wheel. >> translator: i saw my father
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lying in the car. there was shrapnel in his throat, chest, everywhere. blood was throwing through his ears. two other men were also killed along with seven children, three of whom were toddlers. >> translator: our children were in such a state that we tried to identify them from their hands, ears, or nose. none of them had their hands and feet intact in any one place. they were all in pieces. charred body parts, pieces of skull with chunks of hair, and a foot melted into a sandal were among the remains taken to the morgue. his 2-year-old nephew lies on a gurney as a relative gently strokes his face. ten coffins fill with only partial remains. their names written in black marker, the only distinguishable
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feature. >> we had very good intelligence. >> reporter: u.s. claims to have intelligence there was explosive material inside the car that was to be used in an imminent attack on hamid karzai international airport by isis-k. just days before an isis-k suicide bomber had blown himself up at abbey gate. 13 u.s. service members and more than 170 afghans were killed. but for the past two weeks, cnn has been investigating the u.s. military's claims about the drone strike, interviewing more than two dozen people, family members, neighbors, ngo staff and multiple bomb experts that paint a very different version of events. we've also been given access to the cc tv hard drive of the ngo office that day and reviewed all the footage. for 15 years he worked as a technical engineer for nutrition education international. a u.s.-based ngo that introduced
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soybeans to afghanistan in 2003 to help feed the poor and reduce malnutrition. >> he is always caring for the people who are in need. >> reporter: the organization's founder says the toyota corolla he was driving belonged to the ngo. and he was responsible for picking up colleagues, distributing soybeans to afghans in refugee camps and running operations. u.s. military officials have told cnn they had been monitoring chatter from an isis safe house in kabul for 36 hours when a car pulled out of the compound around 9:00 a.m. on sunday morning. it was from that moment u.s. surveillance aircraft began following the car, not knowing who the driver was. but in an interview with one of his colleagues who was with him all day, he claims he picked him up at about 8:45 a.m., and around 9:00 a.m. they stopped at the director's house to collect
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a laptop to take to work. >> because he forgot his laptop bag, and we took his laptop bag. >> reporter: the u.s. has told cnn there was intelligence that the car was being directed from the safe house on a route around the city, instructing the driver to meet a motorcyclist. his colleague said after collecting the laptop, they picked up another colleague and then stopped at a busy cafe to get breakfast, claiming they did not come into contact with any motorcycle just on their journey to the office. the only motorcyclist they talked to was the security guard. for the next few hours, he and his colleagues carry out various tasks, visiting taliban security stations for permission to resume operations since the taliban takeover. they also visit a bank and return to work for lunch at 2:00 p.m. around 2:30 p.m., he begins
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filling water containers to take back home to his family who have no access to running water. a task he'd been doing for months, according to his colleagues. they say they then helped load the containers into the car before leaving around 4:00 p.m. the u.s. military says around the same time drone footage showed the driver loading heavy packages with other men into the car, which they suspected were explosives, possibly for the imminent attack. colleagues say he dropped them off before he drove to his family compound, also home to his three brothers and their families. around 4:45 p.m., the u.s. says the car arrived at a residential location, and another male approached the car. the military claims it had reasonable certainty that they had a legitimate isis-k target and took the shot. it was only afterwards that the u.s. realized there were three children within the vicinity of the car. the family says there were
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actually seven. a u.s. official tells cnn there was a significant secondary explosion, possibly caused by a suicide vest or explosives in the car that may have killed the children. two bomb experts we spoke to who viewed the same footage say there is no evidence of a significant secondary explosion, stating there would have been major structural damage to the surrounding buildings and vegetation, and that the nearby suv would have overturned. one of them noted, if a secondary blast was seen from u.s. surveillance, it most likely was the vehicle gas tank exploding. >> this over-the-horizon having incomplete information but conducting the airstrike anyway, this is the modus operandi for the u.s. military now. there are just so many risks and harm to civilians that comes with that. >> an investigation is underway. >> and at least one of those
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people that were killed was an isis facilitator. were there others killed? yes, there were others killed. who they are, we don't know. but at this point we think that the procedures were correctly followed and it was a righteous strike. >> reporter: preventing an imminent threat and that no other military worked harder than we do to prevent civilian casualties. but many questions are being raised as to whether they got the wrong target. >> translator: how do you know from the sky what is here, says his brother. there were children in and around the car and you targeted them. isn't that a crime? you came here and shattered our hearts into pieces. the following day, isis-k launched a rocket attack towards the airport from a toyota corolla. the attack was countered by the missile defense system. that same day, his family buried
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their dead. [ crying ] ten graves on a desolate hillside overlooking kabul, belonging to a family demanding answers and justice. >> reporter: jake, we are obviously in touch with the family who are suffering, not only are they grieving ten family members, but they're also scared for their safety. they've had to move house because of these links to the terrorist network isis-k. now, he was the breadwinner. he financially supported the entire family. his brothers used to work for the former afghan government and military. they are now unemployed in taliban-controlled afghanistan. i think it's really important to note that he threw his company, this california's based ngo and had applied for a p-2 visa to the united states just days before the drone strike. this is a man who wanted to flee afghanistan and start a new life. >> anna coren with a very sobering investigation, thank you so much for that, appreciate
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topping our world lead right now, secretary of state antony blinken facing more tough questions on capitol hill, shedding some new light on the administration. joining us now democratic senator chris murphy. i want to start with the cnn from anna coren looking into the drone strike in kabul just hours before the u.s. finally withdrew from afghanistan. secretary blinken told your colleague senator rand paul today that he did not know whether the target of the strike was indeed an isis operative or if it was an aid worker, which also seems possible. don't you find it alarming that the u.s. government, the biden administration does not know?
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>> i do, and i wish that this was unrepresentative of our drone campaign in afghanistan, pakistan, yemen, parts of africa over the course of the last 20 years. studies of our drone strikes have suggested that maybe eight out of ten times we are hitting the wrong target, we have killed thousands of civilians. and a bunch of good research suggests that in places where we utilize drones in order to target terrorists, we end up recruiting more terrorists than we kill because all of the bad publicity that comes from the united states killing civilians from the sky ends up as bullets as material for many of these terrorist groups. i have not received a briefing from the administration about what they know from this particular strike. but, unfortunately, it would be par for the course if there was significant collateral damage from a drone strike in afghanistan. >> given that that is the
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reality, the biden administration claims that u.s. counterterrorism capabilities in afghanistan will be fine even if there is no u.s. presence there. i know you support the withdrawal. they call it, you know, over-the-horizon capabilities, which means outside of the country. but here you go, possibly another debacle with the u.s. killing innocent civilians, and the u.s., by the way, was in afghanistan at the time. i'm not saying that this proves we need to have troops in afghanistan, but doesn't this prove that our capabilities are nowhere near where we are presented them to be by the government? >> well, i think the point you made in the middle there is maybe the most important. we were engaged in significant drone strikes in afghanistan when we had 100,000 troops there. and the evidence is that that didn't really benefit our targeting. we were still hitting lots of civilians. yeah, i just think we have to understand the limitation of drone technology. that has nothing to do with
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whether we should have troops on the ground in afghanistan or not, but it does mean an awful lot of times we're hitting the wrong individuals. you just have to be very realistic about the limitations of that ability to protect america and to target bad guys. >> one of the reasons why republicans and democrats have been criticizing the biden administration for the way the withdrawal happened, not necessarily the withdrawal itself, is because of all the americans, not to mention afghan allies. >> in terms of legal permanent residents, is your priority just as high to get them out as it is to get out citizens? >> our number one priority is american citizens, and that has i think long been the case. >> i didn't realize there's a second level of priority for a legal permanent resident. how many legal permanent residents are we convinced are
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still in afghanistan? >> we don't have an exact number, but it's in the thousands. >> in the thousands. legal permanent residents of the united states, thousands of them in afghanistan who want to get out who can't. why were these thousands of americans not prioritized as highly as citizens? and why has the public not been presented a plan for how the u.s. plans to get them out? >> well, i didn't hear secretary blinken say what you just said. i heard him say there are thousands of legal permanent residents in afghanistan, but i didn't hear him say all of those individuals want to leave the country. these are citizens of afghanistan who have temporary legal status in the united states, many of them want to stay in afghanistan because that is actually their primary citizenry. while it is true there are potentially thousands of afghan citizens who have green cards who could legally live in the united states, they likely have not exercised those rights. they've been in afghanistan for
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a reason, many of them want to stay. i'm not saying that's every single one of them, but i think we're talking about a much smaller number of green card holders that desire to get to the united states. and, remember, they had the ability to come to the united states during the entire time that they've held that green card. they probably stayed in afghanistan for a reason. >> so, what's the number of legal permanent residents of the united states who are stuck in afghanistan who want to get out? do you know that number? >> no, i don't know that number, and i didn't hear him say that. >> should we not know that number at this point? >> i'm certain that the administration knows that number. i don't know it off the top of my head, and i don't think that secretary blinken was asked that specific question today. i think that number is far less than the thousands he referenced in his answer to senator romney. >> why would you be certain that the biden administration knows that number? this entire thing has been a mess. the whole -- there are all these articles and media coverage of
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digital dunkirk, private citizens using their connections, getting people out of afghanistan. and it's wonderful that all these amazing people are doing this. it also is a huge condemnation of the inability of the u.s. government, don't you think? >> well, again, i don't know how you ultimately, you know, argue with getting 130,000 people out of afghanistan. that's a pretty stunning number that the united states was able to get out. i understand that doesn't encompass every single person that we would want to protect, but in a two-week period of time following the unexpected overnight collapse of the afghan government and military, i still think that's a pretty impressive number. of course that was supplemented by all of these private-sector individuals. we shouldn't diminish the accomplishment of the administration. obviously there were mistakes made. obviously it could've been better. but that is not a small thing to do to get that number of people
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international lead, more fall-out from the coronavirus pandemic. school districts are having a hard time finding bus drivers. the national guard is helping drive school busses. pete has more on that as well as what other places are doing to attract drivers.
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>> reporter: it is the latest and maybe most extreme approach to curbing a shortage of bus drivers. the national guard are training to transport school kids. >> it is out of the box. >> reporter: the superintendent of chelsea schools near boston says two weeks into the year and she's still short 15 drivers. meaning one in every five busses has run late. now the guard will drive ten passenger school transport vans in her district. >> we've worked so hard to get our students back. we want our students back on time and ready to learn. >> reporter: schools returning to in person classes say coronavirus fears pushed more drivers to retire. it is the worst shortage ever say administrators in fairfax county, virginia. the district is paying new bus drivers a $3,000 sign on bonus.
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>> we're looking forward to more students coming in. >> reporter: other schools are turning to parents to pick up the slack. one charter school is paying them $700 for each child they drive to and from school this year. philadelphia parents in a similar program are getting up to $1,500 for the school year. >> for the sake of the kids, we need to have them in school. >> reporter: republican massachusetts governor charlie baker says the best tactic the using citizen soldiers already called on during the pandemic to get behind the wheel. >> the goal here is to try to make sure we have vehicles we put people in them qualified to drive them and do what we can to make sure kids go to school because obviously the driver shortage is creating some real issues. >> reporter: this is a problem everywhere. school transportation officials across the country were surveyed about this. and two-thirds of them say this is their number one issue. >> thanks so much. it is that time of the year.
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in our tech lead, a slew of announcements from apple at its big annual event today, unveiling four versions of the new iphone 13 and lots of under the hood updates including longer lasting batteries which will add an additional two and a half hours of usage. the new phones go on sale next week. for current iphone users, the latest software update is one you probably want to do soon. it just fixed a critical
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vulnerability blocking software that easily allows hackers to access your phone. finally today some sad news. comedian norm mcdonald has died of cancer at age 61. he will be remembered for many, many, many funny moments including the years he spent on "saturday night live" in the mid-'90s. >> what are you doing? >> yeah. i've done this backstage. it's funny. >> no, it's not. >> macdonald appeared on this spoof of "jeopardy." among his fans, former senator and 1996 republican presidential nominee bob dole who tweeted norm was a great talent and i loved laughing with him on snl. bob dole will miss norm macdonald. i'll see you tonight for special
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