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john king is off. new optimism this hour on capitol hill, at least that's what democratic sources are telling us. that's how they are describing an all house democrats meeting as furious negotiations intensify up and down pennsylvania avenue. >> i feel very good about where we are, and i feel very confident that we're going to be able to deliver both of these things but you're going have to give us some time because it does take time to put together these kinds of transformational investments. >> plus, a major covid breakthrough. the pharmaceutical company merck says a pill could cut your risk winked up in the icu or dying from covid by half, and the virus comes to the supreme court. brett kavanaugh tests positive for covid-19. up first, try and try again. the white house woke up pretty much in the same position it entered on thursday, no vote and no deal yet but the drama and tension of thursday is morphing
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into cautious optimism. there was a show of unity inside the democratic caucus this meeting. nancy pelosi asked the democrats who support the roads and bridges bill and sources say every single lawmaker inside the room stood up and her point was to remind them that even though there's a $2 trillion divide over the dramatic expansion of the social safety net remains an obstacle, so we begin our coverage with cnn's ryan nobles on capitol hill. ryan, what else are you hearing as things are so intense there? >> yeah. dana, i think you laid it out very well. it seems at this point after all the drama that you had yesterday and a lot of back and forth between the moderate and progressive wings of the democratic party. today is all about getting the party back on the same page, and what the house speaker is attempting to do is remind this caucus that they have a lot more in common than they have in areas of disagreement and that
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by and large when you talk to democrats they agree that they want to see both that bipartisan infrastructure package passed and also some form of reconciliation, so the problem right now is finding areas of common ground on that big reconciliation piece, and that has a lot more to do than just the top line number. obviously progressives want to spend as much as $3.5 trillion. we saw joe manchin lay down a marker of 1.5 and of course we laid down a marker a couple of weeks ago, dana, but we made it clear yesterday, so right now we're seeing a lot of back and forth about finding middle ground there, and then specifically within that amount of money what programs they determined to be a high priority. dana, they want another vote today. they still have a long way to go. i think we should be very skeptical that we could see that happen today >> ryan, thank you so much for that reporting, and, of course, you'll let us know if and when you hear anything new and we'll get you right back up. here in the studio to share
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their reporting and insights is cnn's lauren fox. seoulan youngs and sun min-kim of "the washington post." you just got here from the capitol. i know you were up there all morning and getting a sense of what was happening inside that really important house democratic caucus meaning in fact what i report on the top of the show about what nancy pelosi did is from you. what else are you hearing and how does today differ from yesterday if at all? >> well, i think it's kind of a groundhog's day if we're honest. yesterday we woke up waiting is the vote going to happen or isn't it going to happen. that's still the major question, but unfolding behind the scenes it's clear that the speaker is trying to buy herself a little more time. one source in the room says it's very clear she's trying to remind everyone what they are standing for together and trying to deflate the situation which obviously tensions are high in the democratic caucus right now there. he's no way around that, but the progressives and the mott rats still want what they want and no
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one is coming to the middle at this point, so the only thing she can do is really try to give herself a more time, to whip the votes and work on that bigger social safety net plan. i think the one thing to keep in mind in all of this is the bipartisan infrastructure bill was fished out of the senate and the expectation was it was going to come to the floor in the housing, but this bigger bill, they still have so many differences within their caucus, even within the house democratic caucus of what that bill should look like. it's not just manchin and sinema who have major options and major frustrations with that topline number. it's also the fact that democrats within the caucus has so many divisions and i think that coming to a place and moving on from that and moving on from that is more important. >> let's actually take a second and take a step back up and look and again at our viewers so they understand what they are talking about. we're talking about two separate pieces of legislation. the first as you said passed the senate already in a bipartisan
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way. it is the roads and bridges, the $1 trillion infrastructure bill. ev chargers in a lot of money for green cars. electric school buses. reconnect communities, a lot of money for the more tangible infrastructure, the traditional infrastructure. now to the area where the democrats, again, republicans are not even part of this conversation where the democrats are trying to find common ground and this is what the progressives are now saying is a 3.5 trillion plan and here's what we're talking about here. we're talking about paid family medical leave. we're talking about universal pre-k, child care subsidies, paid community college and expansion of medicare. that is the so-called social safety net expansion that not just progressives have been pushing for, but that is the biden agenda. >> right. >> and so getting to yes on that
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between what the president and progressives want and the senators who hold a lot of power because of the 50/50 senate is really key. joe manchin said yesterday affirmatively the following about what he wants. >> my top line has been 1.5 because i believe in my heart that what we can do and the needs we have right now and what we can afford to do without basically changing our whole society to an entitlement mentality. i'm willing to come from zero to 1.5. >> and it's not just the 1.5, right? he's also looked at individual items and policies within that larger social spending package, and each of those or some of those are individual points of debate here. an example, benefits for child care, child tax credit. he says he wants that pointed at some of the more impoverished families as opposed to broadly distributing it to families around the united states.
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there are individual items in there as well along with him wanting to go from 3.5 to 1.5, and when you hear those comments as well as comments previously from the senator as well as sinema as well, i mean, it's pretty dubious at this point that that's going to remain at 3.5. >> yeah. i'm glad you said i think that this has been something that's important for us to talk about and talk about and talk about and reinforce, that it's easy to sort of talk about 3.5, 1.5, is it in the middle with 2.1 but what makes up those numbers. >> right. >> what are the programs and how are the programs and the new policies written and directed, and that is really where the rub is? >> right, right, because you're -- you're basically making fundamental transformational changes to -- to 8, 10, 12, 14 different policy areas that they are trying to cram into this one major legislation. i mean, for example, you have paid leave alone which actually isn't a topic that's gotten
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discussed very often with the debate over taxes and the like but that's a completely new entitlement program that we're talking about or that they are considering which doesn't get the coverage that perhaps it deserves, and that's why there's so much struggle. everybody -- you know, everybody in the democratic detective has some sort of a vested interest, a buy-in to so many of these other topics. many other things and sort of conditions that senator manchin laid out yesterday talking about, for example, if the revenue raisers that we get for instance crease the tax rates, if it goes over 1.5 trillion which it is expected to do, then push that all into deficit reduction. that's not going to make a lot of progressives or other democrats happy. we actually asked bernie sanders, the chairman of the budget committee yesterday, what would a $1.5 trillion top line mean to the policies and what democrats want to do, and he said it would basically decimate their ambition so he's making it
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clear that that's not enough because there's so much on climate paid leave, child care that they want to do right now. >> and that real goes down to the fundamental difference here. i don't even want to say divide. like philosophical differences here and i know you've been talking to mod rat, especially, manchin and sinema, which is they don't want to have a new forever set of programs. they don't want to do that. even if they can become convinced that it could be paid for in the short term, meaning in the next ten years, it wouldn't add to the deficit, wouldn't increase inflation, they don't want to put paid family leave on the table in a way that can never be taken back. i mean, that's a really big difference in what their goals are. >> i thought manchin had a very really -- you know, really revealing statement the other day. he said to me think about health care, think about what republicans tried to do to health care. when they tried to pull obamacare back, when they tried to repeal obamacare, they failed because these programs once everyone starts to receive them, they are very popular.
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it's very popular. going to give some people some family leave or free community college and his concern is you become, and he said this, an entitlement society. we should be a society that rewards work, and that is a very fundamental difference between some of the progressives who believe that people need help, that people need a hand up and they are comfortable with this being a fundamental change for the country. the president is comfortable having this be a really big change for the country. manchin is not. >> all right. everybody stand by because up next we are going to be looking at the show of force that we are saying by progressives securing a spot in the driver's seat and eagerly taking the wheel. you see him there. next we'll talk to one of the members of the progressive connection who says what need to be done to seal the deal. he'll tell us more after the break.
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bill, and what i think every member of the house democratic caucus will tell you is that they, too, want to see both of those bills passed. it's just a question of how we get there, especially given some of the obstruction that we are seeing over in the united states senate from two democratic senators in particular, of course. those are senators manchin and spa, but yesterday we saw tremendous progress, progressives allied with moderates, forced sinema and manchin to the table, and got them to start talking about what their top line numbers would be and what substantive critiques they may have of the president's broadly popular economic agenda. >> you called them obstructionists and what they say is we're fighting for the ideology that we support and particularly in the case of west virginia senator joe manchin who comes from one. reddest states in the union, even though he's a democrat, says what his largely republican constituents support, so what do you say to them when they say
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especially joe manchin says that i don't want to have broad new entitlement programs put into the government, you know, made into the law that are impossible to take back. >> i think of the fact that west virginia is one of the poorest states in the union, so to speak, and that when you do the building, the constituents in arizona and west virginia alike find things like medicare expansion to include dental, vision and hearing. try to save from the climate catastrophe and create hundreds of thousands if not millions of good-paying jobs in the process and, of course, child care, making child care high quality and affordable for every family in america is enormously popular, even among reap warnings and so there's no answer. it's not actually a genuine statement to say that people in west virginia don't agree with what the president has proposed because the polling says
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otherwise. >> let me go back to something that you said about senator manchin just now putting out there that on the -- on what we call here in washington the top line number, how much this package is going to add up to. y'all are settled on 3.5. that he is now saying 1.5 trillion, but he's been pretty consistent on that. i want you to listen what he told me almost three weeks ago on september 12th. what's the overall number for the budget bill? >> i think that you're going to have to look at it and find out what you're able to reasonably do through a responsible well. 1.5, is it going to be at 1, 1.5, we don't know where it's going to be? >> you think ballpark 1, 1.5. >> you just said 1.5, 1.5 trillion. >> if we have a competitive tax code from a non-competitive, it doesn't help the working person. it was done in 201. that's in the 1, 1.5 range. >> so congressman, i understand that the challenge here and
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what's going on is figuring out what the policies are that make up that number, but, still, his position hasn't been a mystery generally speaking, the kind of mystery that progressives have made it out to be, has it? >> it actually has been a mystery, dana, but senator manchin like senator sinema voted for that $3.5 trillion budget resolution that passed in the u.s. senate. there's a document that circulated for the first time in which he sort of made a proposal i think to the majority leader saying this is what he would ideally like to see in the bill, but even that document was very vague, and what he said was he couldn't be guaranteed to vote for something that's larger than 1.5, even though he had -- even though he did vote for 3.5 trillion budget resolution, so there is tremendous room to negotiate between the numbers 1.5 and 3.5, and we want to hear from him. do you want to have quality and affordable child care and stop medicare from being expanded to
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benefit our seen stores. >> do you want to stop us from saving the planet from climate catastrophe and ensuring a livable future. tell us more specifically what you don't want to see in this final bill and we'll negotiate and negotiate in good faith and then we'll pass both of the president's bills. the president's proposals are in the larger human infrastructure reconciliation build back better bill and we must pass that legislation. that's what the president ran on and that's what americans elected to us deliver. >> as i'm listening to you. you're new to congress. you're a freshman member, but i'm just thinking about the fact that these kinds of issues were fringe not that long ago, but now you have the numbers, and you clearly have leverage and you progressives are not afraid to use it. is that something that is talked about internally and how far are you willing to go here? >> they were only fringe in the beltway echo chamber. for a long time americans have
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felt that everyone in the richest nation in the history of the world deserves to have quality life-saving health care in this country. people think that and have thought for a very long time that child care should be affordable and that if we can spend trillions of dollars on a pentagon budget, then we can at least also spend that same amount of money or even a fraction of it to ensure that people in this country can live in dignity and so this is something that obviously has gotten more attention recently because of new additions to congress, but we're talking about a lot of folks here including many moderates who not identify as part of the congressional connection who are saying we must tie these two bills together if we're going to retain leverage to pass this president's broadly popular agenda. that is vision, by the way, an approach that was stated by the speaker of the house, the majority leader and the white house before just ten renegade democrats artificially imposed a
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deadline. there is nothing significant about september 27th or september 30th. we were on track to pass both of these bills. >> renegade democrats. that's pretty tough talk for your fellow party members. >> hey, they are my friends, but when you behave like a renegade, words have means, and i think it applies in this context. >> real quick. what is your sense of what's going to happen today? >> i am optimistic that we will continue to make progress as we made yesterday in getting to a point where we pass both infrastructure bills. that's something that i know the speaker wants to do. that is something that i know leadership wants to do, including leadership over in the united states senate and at the top of the food chain over at the white house, the president of the united states himself. i don't want to speculate too much further because there's a lot that still needs to be negotiated, but thankfully due to the work of progressives yesterday we have gotten manchin and sinema finally to the negotiating table, and that is a huge victory for the american people. >> congressman, i'm sure you're eager to go back to your district and tell folks at da
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it could be a huge step forward for those treating covid. a new experimental pill cuts the risk of hospitalization and death from coronavirus in half, at least that's what the company who make it says. drug-maker merck says the data from a preliminary study was so overwhelmingly positive that it was shopped to get emergency use authorization. the biden administration says it's welcoming news. >> the nuts of the efficacy of this particular antiviral is obviously very good news. >> if approved, i think the right way to think about this is this is a potential additional tool in our toolbox to protect people from the worst outcomes of covid. >> joining me now is jeanie mirazzo from the university of alabama at birmingham. thanks for joining me.
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if approved, this would be the first pill to treat, as i mentioned, but right now the only treatment options available are antibody treatments. can you explain to our viewers how the drug in this pill form would be different? >> well, right, thanks, dana. well, this is really exciting for a few reasons. when we think about it we don't have a lot of options for bills that treat viral illnesses. probably the one that people are most familiar with is tamiflu which treats influenza, but a lot of viral infections we really don't do very well with antiviral therapy. the fact that this is a medication that can be taken just twice a day for five days and actually in the study reduce the rate of hospitalization and death by about 50% in people with mild to moderate covid who were treated with outpatients is incredibly exciting. a couple of other things that
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times more likely to be hospitalized and 57 times more likely to die compared to people who are vaccinated. >> want you to react to that and talk about it in the context of news that we got this morning, how much if the fda approves this pill, how much it would benefit the patients in your hospital. >> so i think it is important to acknowledge that vaccination remains our primary and best measure to fight this virus. there is no question. if you have to choose taking a bill as an unvaccinated person versus being vaccinated and being largely protected from getting infection in the first play, you should absolutely choose a safe and effective vaccine which is exactly what we have, so dr. fauci is totally right. on the other hand, if you have a population who for whatever reason hasn't managed to get vaccinated to the extent that you would like, as many tools as
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you have to mitigate the effects of those infections is what you need, right, so right now we're treating people with monoclonal antibodies to prevent them from getting in the hospital and get better and they work great. the challenge is you've got to give them in a very controlled setting and give them intravenously or subcutaneously and they are expensive and it's tough. if we had a bill to help keep people out of hospital and as you know our hospital burden and icu burden has been brutal, that could be a game-changer whether people are vaccinated or not. the last thing i'll say is we are seeing breakthrough infections in people who are vaccinated. that's been well described. they could have access to this drug, too, and hopefully that would reduce the likelihood that the breakthrough infections would be severe as well. >> fascinating, but the headline i took from the well thought out answer is get the vaccine. >> we'll take that as well. >> of course. >> thank you so much for your time this morning and as talks head towards the climax on capitol hill, we're going to take a look at some of the key
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as democrats are still wrangling over what's in and what's not in this possible deal on this social safety net as the
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white house calls it, we want to dig in on the key players who are driving these talks and helping decide what happens. house speaker nancy pelosi, of course, senator joe manchin as we've been talking about, also the progressive house leader pramila jayapal, senator kyrsten sinema, the moderate from arizona and another moderate, the co-chair of what they call the caucus -- the problem solvers caucus josh gone theheimer, thanks so much to the panel. the name just went out of my head. >> we're solving problems. >> yes. >> nancy pelosi. >> yes. >> probably the one who doesn't need an introduction, but how much is this kind of the pinnacle and frankly the hardest thing that she's had to do, and she's had to do a lot of hard things in. >> i think she's known as someone who can always get the vote. she knows how many people are going to vote which way on the floor and doesn't bring to the floor if she doesn't have the democratic caucus behind her, but i think one of the bigger
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story lines here, and she's been telling people this privately, is the culmination of all of the work that she's been doing. she says it all the time. it's the chirp, it's the children, it's the children. you hear her talk about it at every press conference and the reality for her as a woman who was a mother and for someone who talks about that so much as being the defining thing in her life in a lot of ways, she really knows what that struggle was like, and i think that that's why you hear her talking so much about child care, also obamacare. she wants to shore that up, and that has been a big legacy-definingite them. >> joe manchin. >> well, a lot has been said about joe manchin over the course of the pivotal presidency and one of the pivotal democrats in the 50-50 senate and if you go back to the coronavirus relief package. he held up debate on the floor for hours that day because he wanted to revise provisions as it relates to unemployment
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provisions and chuck schumer and he along with other senators we'll asks experts a lot of leverage here. he comes from a conservative state where democrats are not the constituency he needs to win over. >> and pramila jayapal. >> yeah. if anything, the winner in the short term really with -- over the course of the past few days, look. she was given power here and she's taking advantage of it. she is using it. the progressives -- you heard mondair jones saying some of the things in reconciliation package they don't think of as fringe. jayapal falls in that category. they believe the policies in the larger sweeping package are the centerpiece of the president's agenda. they looked at the september 27th deadline for bringing the infrastructure package to a vote as a point of frustration. she held her ground yesterday and now they are going to be enjoying this time for now but invested in that reconciliation package and at this point probably not going to move off
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of it. >> and using their leverage, kyrsten sinema in addition to joe manchin, is also using her leverage in a 50-50 senate. >> she's gotten a lot of broc lash from her democratic colleagues who don't think she's been very forthcoming where she stands and i did a lot of reporting on where she stand. she's crystal clear where she stands with the president and his team and the majority leader, and that's all she thinks she needs to negotiate with. she's not going to negotiate with everyone and she says this all the time. she's not going to negotiate in the press, but she is somebody who is out there and fiercely independent just like joe manchin is, but she really believes that, again, these social safety net programs shouldn't all be permanent, and she has some real concerns about how you raise revenue in tax increases to get there. >> and i'll take josh gottheimer as the co-chair of the problem solvers caucus, a democrat and republican who run it together, and he is the one who pushed nancy pelosi to have frankly what has been an arbitrary
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deadline. it was this past week, september 27th, to say -- you must or i will, she promised, put the bipartisan infrastructure bill on the house floor and the point was to get things going to put pressure on the democratic caucus more broadly to try to get a deal on this other social safety net. you know. what let me go to steny hoyer, the house majority leader who is speaking right now. >> and we're going have additional discussions of how that end is accomplished. >> okay. obviously, we got to the tail end there, but he said that there is going to be another meeting of house democrats this afternoon which maybe isn't surprise but, you know, they are obviously optimistic that if they have another meeting that they will get some place between now and then. >> well, that's the hope, but i know they have been trying to get some place from monday to
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now, and they aren't quite there yes. i think the question is can they get consensus within the democratic caucus about whether to bring this to the floor or to wait? can they get some consensus. >> the key is if they bring the bipartisan infrastructure bill to the house floor and the progressives say we're not there and we don't feel comfortable that we have agreement on this other bill. they will vote no. they have made that clear they have the power and the numbers and they are not afraid to use. everybody stand by. up next. a new book about how women took the reins in what became known as the resistance in the trump era. tonight, i'll be eating a buffalo chicken panini with extra hot sauce. tonight, i'll be eating salmon sushi with a japanese jiggly cheesecake. (doorbell rings) jolly good. fire. (horse neighing) elton: nas? yeah? spare a pound? what? you know, bones, shillings, lolly? lolly? bangers and mash? i'm... i'm sorry? i don't have any money.
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>> more than any modern president donald trump remains the leader of his party after losing the white house. these numbers tell us why. t two-thirds of republicans want him there and he's signaling in every way that he can that in 2024 he wants, at this point, to get back in, so it raises a big question. would the same forces that beat trump in 2020 be able to do it again? well, "washington post" columnist jennifer rubin has new book out on the central role of women and the role they played in that election and throughout the trump administration. it's called resistance, how
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women saved democracy from donald trump and jennifer rubin joins me now. thank you so much. so the story start, of course, in 2016, and you write about the reason women were so shellshocked by hillary clinton's loss, and i want to read a bit of your book. you wrote millions of women found it infuriating that the archetypal example of a more qualified woman losing to a less qualified man, no, make that an uttererly unqualified man prevailed. >> exactly. i think it was not only an unqualified man but one that was openly misogynistic who insulted women and had a long list of women who had complained about sexual assault or sexual harassment, so i think women woke up that morning and they couldn't believe that their country had elected this guy, and their initial reaction was shock but then they rolled up their sleeves and started getting going. >> and you write about that, how
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women organically organized. it was kind of old-fashioned, grass roots movements that happened across the country, and they did it in a way to get the attention of lawmakers and made a difference on some key issues. you talk about reaching john mccain, for example, who famously vote against the obamacare repeal. they did it by getting everyday citizens to lobby him on rural hospitals. >> exactly. it was an all hands on deck moment. there were women in positions of authority, either in congress, in the senate, in washington think tanks and then there were women out on the street. "the new york post" of your viewers have heard of indivisible which was hundreds of thousand of people. about 75% of those were women who decided to get up off the couch, go out there and try to save obamacare, but more importantly to rack up a win against donald trump and you're exactly right that women went from a group of six or eight or 10 or 20 in their living room to
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putting together networks of 2,000, 3,000 people, some of them running for of course, some of them volunteering. others became advocates, and it really was a complete change in many of these women's lives that they became politically engaged for the first time. >> you also talk about women candidate and how they do their homework and they get punished for it, specifically the women running for the democratic nomination in 2020. the more policy papers women generated the more scrutiny they got. meanwhile only among men only joe biden seemed to have make an effort to generate anything close to the policy specificity that the women senators had come up with. i have to tell you, i'm going to hold this up but our viewers can. i was laughing and as i was reading it seasoned all the dog ears that i was doing my homework for this interview and i thought, okay, that's kind of palascak. what does that tell you? >> i think it tells me that women have an uphill climb. men assume as stacey abrams said
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to me in an interview, they roll out of bed, have a good hair day and decide they are going run for president. they don't have to justify themselves. they don't have to have a track record. they have things to say and they are going to get out there and do that and women, on the other hand, tend to need an origin story. why it was that i came into politics and to do all of their homework. good grief, between hillary clinton and elizabeth warren, there must have been 3,000 white papers that were generated in those two election cycles, and sometimes that works to get over the hurdle of credibility and sometimes it doesn't, and i think having to compete against men who not only didn't have any policies but didn't have any experience to speak of was quite a contrast for many of these women running in 2020. >> jennifer rubep, your book is resistance, how women saved democracy from donald trump. we can talk later about whether or not you think democracy is fully saved. that's going to be another time.
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i bring families together for a living. i make memories for people i don't know yet. i know this view is too good not to be shared. i am a vrbo host. ♪ ♪ ♪ si acelero no me paran ♪ ♪ el viento pega en mi cara ♪ ♪ si acelero no me paran ♪ ♪ el viento pega en mi cara ♪ ♪ topping our political radar, development on capitol hill. cnn is just learning one of the key players in the massive tug-of-war on the democratic agenda left town. sources tell us that arizona
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senator kyrsten sinema flew home earlier today for a medical appointment. sources add that she continues to negotiate remotely with the white house. and justice brett kavanaugh tested positive for coronavirus. kavanaugh, fully vaccinated, tested positive during a routine test he took thursday ahead of an event. the first known covid case among supreme court justices. the court says all of the justices are tested weekly and all tested negative on monday. kavanaugh says he has no symptoms and is feeling well. and the free britney movement may have even freed more people as of today. a bill named for the pop star britney spears was signed into law on thursday in california. the bill raised the bar for conservators requiring them to disclose fees and crack down on conflicts of interest. it would also punish those who aren't acting on behalf of the coverage severatee. the law will go into effect in 2023 or 2024.
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happy birthday jimmy carter, the oldest living president. he turns 97 today. carter will celebrate his birthday privately at his plains, georgia home and his presidential library shared this video montage saying it was 97 years in 77 seconds. the president wished his predecessor happy birthday on twitter this morning sharing a vintage photo of the pair. thank you so much for joining "inside politics." ana cabrera picks up our coverage right now. hello on this friday. i'm ana cabrera in new york. thank you so much for being here. we begin on capitol hill this hour. democrats are struggling mightily to find middle ground as warring factions of the party threaten to tear apart president biden's agenda. this hour house democrats are back at work after a late night negotiations bogged down on that partisan infrastructure bill, the bipartisan infrastructure bill


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