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world. and before we go, just in, supreme court justice brett kavanaugh has tested positive for covid. in a statement from the court, we're told he has no symptoms, and the rest of his family tested negative. he is fully vaccinated. cnn's coverage continues right now. very good friday morning to you. i'm jim sciutto. erica, i'd like to say, the weekend is already starting but there is still a little news to come, maybe, or to follow at least. >> i'm erica hill. i have to watch your lips, jim, because i couldn't hear you, but good morning. happy friday, my friend. it was a long night in washington, but here's the number to focus on this morning, maybe. 2.1 trillion, could that be the magic number? this hour, house lawmakers reconvening after late night negotiations ended up with no
deal. no deal in sight now because that 2 trillion number isn't sitting well with senator joe manchin. he's a little closer to 1.5. >> will they negotiate? there was no vote overnight on the bipartisan infrastructure bill. that vote was delayed again which puts real pressure on house speaker nancy pelosi, she failed to unite her caucus, some 11th hour tactics may allow her to bring it to the floor today. officially it is still thursday on the house floor by the way because they didn't adjourn. but progressives are refusing to budge unless that larger social policy proposal, the budget is in place. that has president biden working closely this morning with negotiators on capitol hill to try to secure an outline on his massive domestic agenda, also to count votes. that's crucial. let's begin in washington, cnn's sunlen serfaty is on capitol hill this morning, arlette saenz at the white house. sunlen, somehow it is still thursday. based on house rules, there --
are they close enough to make a deal to come sort of vote in the next 24 hours or the sides are too far apart? >> there is certainly a very, very critical moment, and definitely a fragile moment as well. while there is some hope on the new proposal, there is some hope, but there also is a reality check that the sides are still very far apart. the proposal that they have floated is $2.1 trillion for the social spending bill. that's notably down from where they were before. $3.5 trillion, and notably this is not a final proposal there is nothing formal to it but the negotiators this morning are hoping that that can serve as a baseline for all the other elements of what will be included in the final bill to come together. here is what debbie dingell said this morning about the landscape on the hill. >> look, it has not been -- i said it would be a week from
hell, and it is. i'll tell you something different. i'm seeing people talk to each other, to listen to each other, it hear different perspectives, to legislating, and i think that's actually a good thing. i don't believe we'll leave here until we get this figured out. >> reporter: now, there will be a key moment in just about an hour at 10:30 a.m. eastern time, house democrats are going to be huddling in a caucus meeting, this is a chance for the house democratic leaders to brief their members on the latest progress of the negotiations, also to take the temperature of their members and what progressives think about the new proposal being floated, can they -- are they okay with that potential $2.1 trillion new proposal, so a lot still up in the air. and so much still left to be determined if they can get over the finish line. >> everybody waiting and watching. president biden, we know his agenda is on life support. are we going to see a little bit
more action from the president and inside the white house this morning, based on where things are on capitol hill? >> reporter: the white house says they're ready to get back to the negotiating table this morning. overnight late into the night president biden and his top officials were working both here at the white house and over on capitol hill, trying to reach some type of an agreement with those lawmakers, but so far that deal does not appear to be in sight just yet. now, white house press secretary jen psaki has said that there has been real progress made over the course of the past week in negotiations and argues that they are closer than ever to an agreement. but right now one of the questions is what can president -- what more can president biden do to try to get this across the finish line? president biden's schedule for the day right now, in a public schedule is clear, that will allow him to make more phone
calls over the course of the day, similar to what we have seen play out over the course of the past week. there is also the possibility that the president could host lawmakers here at the white house or decide to go up to capitol hill to try to push those democrats to come together on these measures. the white house indicated those possibilities remain. so much of what the president is hoping to accomplish in the course of the next two days or few days will boil down to some of his negotiating skills. the president really prides himself as being a master negotiator. someone who is able to strike deals. you saw him do that with that bipartisan infrastructure proposal, but now it is the warring factions of the democratic party that the president will have to stay attuned to. the president hoping that he can bring poboth moderates and progressives together to get his agenda across the finish line, even as at this moment it could be in jeopardy if there isn't some type of an agreement that is reached in the coming days or weeks or months if it even
extends that long. >> joining me to discuss democratic congressman scott peters of california, member of the house budget committee and the problem solvers caucus, good morning, good to have you with us. late night, early morning here in some ways, and as we look at where things stand this morning, learning more about this letter from senator manchin that leader schumer had for some time, do you feel across the board that leadership has been transparent in this process. >> what i'm excited about is it looks like what we have been looking for all along is really happening this week. people are talking to each other. it is going to be hard. it takes a lot of work to get to an agreement. we don't have an agreement at
3.5, let's just remember we're at zero until we pass something. i hope we get this bipartisan infrastructure bill passed today, that's a big part of the president's agenda, roads and bridges, public transit, energy, clean water, let's get this passed today and take the time we need to get an agreement in the senate where we need all 50 on the next big package which will be historic. >> taking the time, as the only democrat to vote against the plan, part of the concern you cited were not just the spending, but also the speed at which this was moving. is there -- do you have in your mind the idea of just how much time you really need that lawmakers need to hammer this out so there are hard details there? >> what i said at the budget committee is played out this week, which is we did not have a bill. we didn't have a bill that could
pass the senate, where there is agreement in the senate. and there is a lot of detail. look, the bipartisan infrastructure framework took i think five and a half months to do. we have been trying to do a $3.5 trillion bill or something certainly larger than the infrastructure bill in five weeks. it needs more time. and obviously we haven't reached a point where we're agreeing on and not necessarily the top line number, we need to agree what the programs are and what we're going to pay for and how we're going to pay for them. we should not be surprised if that takes some time and some hard work. people are putting in their time, i'm willing to do the hard work to get to an agreement. i think it is important for the president that we do both bills. >> to that point, has it been frustrating there have been deadlines put on these measures moving forward without the details which as you point out you have been calling for? >> well, i think, you know, i was referring to back when i was in school, a deadline always helped you get the work in. i think the one thing we had with this vote on infrastructure is the sense that we have to get
something done before then. i don't know what kind of framework they're going to come up with, you know, whether that's sufficient to convince people to come along or whether they're going to have an agreement at all. i think it would be hard to get to an agreement today. i would say look, this is what we need to have happen. it should -- we can say it should have been happening a long time ago. would have been better if we started earlier. point is now we're at the table, we're working and we have time to get this done. it will be historic. >> you know, as you look at being at the table, now you're working, i'll go back to this letter we learned about from senator manchin, that leader schumer knew about, there has been so much talk about we need a framework, we need numbers, specifics, right, from senators manchin and sinema, a number or specifics of what need to be in this reconciliation plan so that you will know when it makes it to the senate it can pass. do you feel there has been enough transparency in terms of
what was known and perhaps had not been discussed? i think that's -- a lot of people scratching their heads this morning. >> you know, like i said, i wish this had happened earlier, but, remember, we're not a 3.5, we're not at 6 trillion, we're at zero until we pass something. i think it is in everyone's interest to talk to everybody. and if someone wasn't talking to any senator because you need all 50 about where they were, i think that was a mistake. fortunately now going forward, that's happening and those are hard conversations. it takes a lot of work to get to an agreement. but it seems to me democrats are united in wanting to tackle the challenges in the infrastructure bill and the build back better act. >> really quickly before i let you go, we talk about who is talking to whom. do you think the president has been talking to the right people thus far? >> i sense that that's happening now too. remember, you don't just talk to the people who agree with you. particularly when the margins are so slim.
you have to talk to the people who have a different point of view, you have to listen more than proclaim. we will have an agreement as democrats to pass something historic and i'm looking forward to passing both this bill today and the build back better act. >> thank you for being with us this morning. >> thank you. >> jim? this important update, just in to cnn, supreme court justice brett kavanaugh has tested positive for covid-19. we should mention he is fully vaccinated. this is important because the supreme court's term is set to begin on monday. ariane de vogue covers the supreme court. will this delay the upcoming term? >> it won't delay it. he has tested positive for covid. the court was set to meet later on today for the ceremonial swearing in of justice amy coney barrett. they just released the statement, let me read to you the top of it here, says on thursday, per the court's regular testing protocols,
justice kavanaugh had a routine test. on thursday evening, justice kavanaugh was formed he had tested positive for covid-19. he has no symptoms and has been fully vaccinated since january. and as you said, this comes as the court is set to take the bench on monday, they haven't actually been together in that courtroom for over a year because of covid. they had come up with extensive protocols, limited people in the audience, some of the media has to take covid testing ahead of time, to ward off that. what i imagine will happen is maybe kavanaugh would still be able to participate, maybe telephonetically, though the court hasn't said anything. it comes at a time when the court has done everything it could given this covid outbreak, it seems like he now has become one of the victims of the covid that you can get even though you're vaccinated.
a breakthrough symptom. >> we should note extremely rare for those breakthrough cases to leave the hospitalization. thanks so much. >> thank you. still ahead this hour, a new pill to treat covid could be on the way and the company that makes it says it can cut the risk of death in half. plus, some new york city public schoolteachers now asking the supreme court to step in, just hours before a vaccine mandate takes effect. we'll speak with the head of the teachers union. but first, new body cam video released from that encounter between gabby tito and brian l laundrie with police in utah.
new body cam video obtained by cnn shows gabby petito placing more of the blame on herself. >> classic pattern, right? domestic abuse like this. the couple was stopped by police in moab, utah, after a witness actually called 911, reporting that witnesses had seen a man hit a woman. here is part of what petito told officers, this is days before she disappeared. >> i hit him first. >> where did you hit him? >> i slapped him. >> you slapped him first? and then on his face -- >> he told me to shut up. >> how many times did you slap him? >> a couple. >> and then his reaction was to do what? >> he grabbed me. >> he grabbed you? did he hit you?
it is okay if you hit him and i understand if he hit you, we want know the truth if he actually hit you? >> yeah, but i hit him first. >> where did he hit you? don't worry, just be honest. >> he grabbed my face, like this. he didn't hit me in the face, he didn't punch me in the face or anything. >> he did slap your face or what? >> like he grabbed me like with his nail and it cut right here. i can feel it. >> i understand, we don't have -- listen, if i had any discretion in this, i would separate you guys for the day and just give you warning to stop hitting each other. i lawfully don't have discretion here. >> because a witness said something. >> two witnesses and then what you said and what he said and it all matches nicely that you are the primary aggressor -- >> i can only imagine what
watching that is like for her family. we're also hearing more from the 911 caller about what that caller saw of the altercation. nadia romero has more on this. we're a lot of these interactions there appears to be a pattern. perhaps a violent relationship. what did we learn specifically from the 911 caller in addition to this video? >> yeah, jim, you talk about that pattern and remember just last week was the memorial that her family and friends held for her in long island, and both her father and stepfather alluded to the fact she may have been in a toxic relationship, pleading with people in gabby's memory to get out of relationships that aren't good for them. we did hear for her family speak about that issue. we know there was an altercation at a restaurant and now having new body cam video from moab seeing a clearer picture of what happened on that day on august 12th. you heard the officers say that he doesn't have much discretion.
that something had to be done because they were called. utah is one of 20 states where someone is supposed to be arrested if there is a domestic dispute and police come out and there are few circumstances, if they believe the abuse may continue, if there is a high likelihood of repeated abuse, in this case we know that neither gabby or brian were arrested. but this is what the 911 caller told police, why they called police and what they saw. listen. >> what i noted -- seems like they were sort of squabbling over a phone and i want to say he was trying to grab her phone and i'm not sure exactly why. and then seemed like he had sort of walked to one side of the van and wasn't letting her in and then the male was stepping into the driver's seat and she was trying to get into the van and he said about why are you being so mean and i know she sort of
hit him a few times and it wasn't, like, slugs in the face, but just kind of like two kids fighting. >> he felt it necessary to call police and police arrived. so gabby petito, brian laundrie were separated and laundrie went to the hotel overnight and that whole incident is under an independent investigation. jim, erica? >> just gutting to see these interactions prior to this. thanks very much. okay. so what does this all mean? were warning signals missed? here with us, casey jordan, it is good to have you on, casey. i know police are confronted with domestic violence every day. they have to incertisert themse into these situations. in your view, when you look at this particular interaction, but also others, did they have enough evidence to intervene more than they did? >> they definitely had enough
evidence to arrest them both. which in retrospect and, of course, you hate to monday morning quarterback may have been the best thing because it would have given them the break away from each other that they may have needed so that gabby could have gotten it together a bit. from that angle, we have seen this before from different angles, i take away a few things. i see brian is using duper's delight. he's got this smirky smile on his face, he's laughing, he's going -- i don't have a phone, if she gets in the van and drives away, oh, my gosh, i'm the victim. where will i go? and they're buying it. they're taking everything he says at face value when we know he has a phone. and interestingly enough, they say, he was trying to take the phone away from her. i think it was her phone. and i -- when the more you hear her talk and you hear the witness is say, he was -- he had the keys away from her, he had taken her phone, he was trying to close the door and drive away from her, she is freaked out because she's about to be abandoned. and yet all you see is her
crying and taking all the blame saying she slapped him first, she doesn't want him to go to prison. >> it is -- it really struck me is i was focused, you know, watching her, and hearing her say he told me to shut up, and i think you also have to factor in that for anybody sitting in the back of a police cruiser, this is an emotional difficult moment. and it is likely to stress you out in other ways. but i'm wondering do you see more than just that and based on what you're saying, i think you do, just in terms of her demeanor, the words she's using, the way she's describing the other encounters is not just about on taking responsibility, but it almost seems like he was just grabbing my face and he didn't hit me, he wasn't hitting me and there was this but i think it was an accident that comes into play too. >> absolutely. everything you say is her minimizing the situation. and really she wants them to get tickets, mostly think she's concerned about if he gets arested, what will happen to her later. they ask her the question, did
he hit you? she says, i guess, yeah. they don't pursue that. he says, well, he grabbed my face and squeezed but didn't punch me. minimizing. the 911 caller said he saw the male slapping the female. so they have labeled her the primary aggressor. and she is just distraught. she can't stop crying. he's 20 feet away smirking and the 911 phone call said he was the primary aggressor. so there was more that needed to be sussed out and it wasn't going to happen as long as they were in each other's presence. i think in retrospect arrests may have been the best thing and it was the policy. it could have happened. >> casey, she is a small young woman, okay, he's bigger than her, he's grabbed her face and drawn blood, how can an officer in those circumstances deem her the primary aggressor? i don't care the sequence of events, you watch that, it turns my stomach to watch it.
>> these officers are trained to ask very specific questions to determine who is the primary aggressor. they are not necessarily trained or told they should be determining whether the person is lying or under duress or has been coerced. they just listen to the words, calculate and go, based on the words i'm hearing, you're the primary aggressor. unless you want us to arrest you, would you prefer we just write you a ticket or send you on your way and do the eight hour cooling off period which i have to point out is the worst possible thing you can do, we know this for 50 years, the minneapolis experiment. you don't separate them for eight hours, they go back even worse. >> wow. >> casey jordan, appreciate it as always. thank you. just ahead here, just ahead, a potential game changer in the fight against covid-19. pharmaceutical giant merck just announcing promising results from the first antiviral pill to treat covid. we have those details next.
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experts who were monitoring this clinical trial stopped it early. they said these results look so promising that we want to give merck a chance to let them start now to apply to the fda for emergency use authorization. so let's take a look at this results for this drug. this is a drug that is for people in the very early stages of covid, all the participants, more than 700 of them they were no more than five days out from a positive covid test. so about half were given the drug, half were given placebo. and among those who got the placebo, 45 were hospitalized and eight died. among those who got the drug, 28 were hospitals aed and none died. that is really quite dramatic. another advantage of this drug is that it is a pill. so there are monoclonal antibodies out there for people in the early stages of covid, however they're much more expensive and they have to be delivered intravenously or by shot. that's much more difficult to
deliver. it is much easier if your doctor can call in a prescription. >> that would make it a lot easier. all right, we'll keep watching that. elizabeth cohen, thank you. right now there is a group of teachers in new york asking the supreme court to block a vaccine mandate calling it an unconstitutional burden on public schoolteachers. teachers in the state have until 5:00 today to get at least their first dose of the covid-19 vaccine. or starting monday they won't be paid. >> joining us to discuss, michael milgrew, good morning. thank you for taking the time this morning. >> good morning. >> a group of teachers and to be clear this is an infinitesimal part -- what is your view on
that challenge? >> look, this is america, everyone can use the court system. we have been major supporters of the vaccine of this vaccine, last -- when covid hits, the city did not do it, we closed a week later than everyone else and had 100 members pass away from covid. for us it is about how do we get to the end of the pandemic? when the city issued its vaccine mandate, they didn't do it correctly. so we had to challenge it so that it knew the city knew it had to recognize exemptions and accommodations but now our focus is on what we have to do to make sure those vaccinated are safe as we go to school on monday. >> the numbers are pretty good. i have to say.
there is often a discussion about staff in schools, 97% of teachers, your polling shows that among your union members, nearly -- well over 90%, 97% are vaccinated. for those that are holdouts at this point, is it your understanding that that is maybe people who fall into those categories where there is an exemption or do you think there is a small number of people who are refusing the vaccine and may not be at work on monday? >> i think it is a combination of both. that's what we have seen across the country. but from -- for us, it was when we were into the summertime this year, we saw the delta variant starting to -- all of a sudden the telldelta variant raised it head. last year we had the fight to get the right system in place to keep our school safe and we are the safest building in every community, only large school system to open last september.
the delta variant actually now can really cause major harm for our students. and that's a big change. and that's something where we have to be very, very careful and make sure we're doing everything in our power to keep our school community safe. and the children that we care for. the whole issue of the vaccine mandates, i didn't want to become very knowledgeable. we have over 100 years of lawsuits and court cases on vaccine mandates and it is pretty -- if a school -- if a local department of health does it properly, then they're allowed to do it. it has been upheld at the local level, the state level and the federal level for over 100 years. so it is hard to prepare for keeping people safe when the vaccine mandate goes into effect and we have staffing issues. >> just before you go, big picture in your experience is one of the lessons so far of the school year is that things have been going pretty well.
mitigation efforts, vaccines, have kept even in the midst of the delta surge have kept outbreaks under control and keptlekept the schools open. >> it depends what area of the country you're speaking about. i was in the southern parts of the country and that was not the case. that was not the case. that's why we're doing everything in our power. we're fighting right now with the city, over policies, over quarantine, and test and trace. as a teacher, that's our biggest concern is safety. safety for the community, safety for our students. i am part of a club who had a student pass away during my career and too many who have had that, and that's the last thing that we want to do, so we're going to continue wherever we have to push against, that's our job and that's what we're going to do. >> exactly. by the way, the kids under 12 who aren't eligible yet for it, so prioritizing them makes sense. michael, thank you for joining us this morning. >> thank you. have a good day. no vote, no deal, nothing
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spending bill, packed with progressive priorities as they work to get house progressive on board with the bipartisan infrastructure bill that could be brought to a vote today, which is also still known as thursday, not friday. >> that figure almost but not quite halfway between the two competing numbernumbers. senator joe manchin said his number is 1.5 trillion. it is a negotiation. joining us now to discuss david gergen, senior political analyst who served as adviser to just four u.s. presidents. david, you have seen your share of difficult negotiations through the years. as you look at the two sides here, and a very public bout of infighting and bomb throwing, do you see a way out? do you see them making a deal? >> well, you can't count out nancy pelosi ever as you know.
she's a master in such situations. she always seems to bring it home at the last minute. i must say, this is the steepest mountain i've ever seen her try to climb. i think it is going to be very tough. if you think that -- mentioned 1.5, the democrats are 3.5 and will scale it, they want the democrats want to -- some democrats want to scale it back to 2.1, that's a huge problem for the progressive side. taking all that money out. the way out of this may be to shorten the time length of the applications, instead of ten year plan, a five year plan, you automatically cut a lot from it and it may be easier to cut the time than to cut the programs. >> it would be interesting to see if maybe that ends up being perhaps an option here. you describe it as one of the steepest hills you've seen. i'm curious, let's say you added a fifth president there to the list of those you had advised what is your advice for president biden this morning? does he need to do more on
engage with different people? >> i think he needs to engage full time. i have no doubt he's been engaged a lot behind the scenes. he needs to step it up. i think the larger suggestion i would make to the president is, you know, you -- in the white house, you can handle one crisis and maybe two crises at a time. but when you get to four, five, six simultaneously, you tend to dr drop a couple of balls. your staff is so smart that do something as professional as or some details, there are accounts about this -- the $3.5 trillion plan for example, which says the legislation -- the accompanying material will run in the neighborhood of 2500 pages. 2500 pages of analysis and print. you can't -- it is just impossible in the white house to deal with that. so i think if he slowed it down altogether and not tried to do so much he could get further.
he's got a good staff. they got off to a great start. since afghanistan, especially with the turn that came in afghanistan, they just have been -- they haven't been themselves. >> david, president biden campaigned on his experience, 36 years in the senate, as a master dealmaker. also on general competence, to contrast what the previous administration. you mentioned afghanistan, these quite difficult negotiations within their own party, i wonder is that image of biden as perhaps not that dealmaker, perhaps not as competent as advertised baked in? >> you raised a good point, jim. before afghanistan, the president was thought to be very, very confident -- competent international relations and suddenly got hit with all these claims that he was incompetent -- his team was incompetent, he was incompetent. i think this fight over the infrastructure and over the reconciliation bill is very similar in that sense. you look at the coverage this
morning in the press. very harsh coverage. call it humiliating for the president, severe setback, he can't govern his own party, much less come to bipartisan agreement. so, you know, i think his presidency is on the line now. if he come out of this, they will go on from strength to strength. if they fail to pull it off, he's going to pay a huge price politically. but let me just say one other thing, there is some good news around the corner in your reporting earlier today, suggesting that. that is the covid rates do seem to be coming down. over the last three weeks, that's good. and prospects for the economy are going up. and that is -- that's good news, that will help the biden white house if he comes through this debacle, what happens in the next 24 to 72 hours is critical for the overall biden presidency. >> david gergen, always good to have you. thank you.
(music) ♪ i think to myself ♪ ♪ what a wonderful world ♪ a new study offers a disturbing look at the lack of quality data regarding police use of deadly force in this country. researchers say the number of deaths attributable to police violence have been undercounted by more than 50% over the last four years.
>> the data does not address how many of those deaths were deemed to be justified. what does this data tell us? >> s >> reporter: this study highlights the need for more comprehensive and public data system on police violence because you can't make change without all the facts. particularly because this data shows again as you mentioned how much people of certain races and ethnicities are impacted disproportionately by that violence. my colleague broke down the study and found researchers looked at a 40-year period in the u.s. and determined more than half of all deaths found to be due to police violence are underreported or misclassified in a government database where they can be ak sessioned publicly. a closer look at those numbers show the mortality rate over the four decades was 3 1/2 times higher among the black population and 1.8% more for hispanics.
a spokesperson for the national center for health statistics pushed back a little bit said it's commonly understood this particular database compared in this study undercounts deaths caused by police because for one reason, death certificates don't allow or always note police involvement in that particular death. but, again, bottom line, there really isn't a single comprehensive source of national data for uses of force by police or a standard against any use of force is judged and this suggests why, again, one is needed so the scope of this problem could be fully understand. the study punctuating the national discussion we've all had in the aftermath of high-profile cases breonna tayl. but we also know, guys, that congress so far has failed to pass some major federal reforms. so, again putting this to the forefront of that discussion. jim? >> fascinating study.
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lawmakers are trying to figure out as the two sides push to find some agreement to advance the biden agenda. today house speaker nancy pelosi faces a big lift to keep that jen on track despite the failed deal last night. the white house, democratic leadership isn't giving up. moderate house democrats are, though, we're told, growing increasingly frustrated with the administration, sources telling cnn they feel like the president has not been forceful enough in demanding exactly what he wants. >> now, that comes as progressive democrats continue to resist fierce pressure from within the caucus, the party's far-left wing refusing to pass the infrastructure bill after learning the white house couldn't reach a deal with senate moderates on reconciliation. and senator manchin publicly reiterating he's not willing to go above $1.5 trillion for the spending package, a number far below the figure democrats have been talking about putting out there for months. our team is followin