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the demonstration is in response to a restrictive antiabortion law in texas and it's one of 600 marches happening across the country. just two days before the new supreme court term begins. suzanne malveaux is live for us at the march in washington. what do the organizers hope to accomplish? >> well, fred, i was out here five years ago when they had that historic women's march and there were hundreds of thousands of women who had gathered. there were celebrities like alicia keys and madonna. there was a great deal of rage, frustration and uncertainty the day after former president trump had been inaugr inaugurated. it's a different scene here today. it is very targeted, very specific about the goal here. focus on abortion rights. on reproductive rights. specifically the texas ban.
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six-week abortion ban. no rape, incest exceptions. deputizing citizens for doctors who perform those. a lot of people here are very conc concerned and their eyre is on the suppreme court that denied getting involved in that controversial case. take a listen, fred. >> i'm dressed up at the late supreme court justice, ruth ba bader ginsburg and i'm here for everything women have fought for since 1973 when this law was first passed giving us the right to choose and i'm just curious what has changed in that time frame that makes our supreme court justices think we have changed our minds about that. >> i'm dressed up as lady justice and stands for the fact justice should be blind and there's religious bias in the supreme court. extreme religious bias.
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why i'm here today, the things going on in texas really drove me here today. >> and fred, again, they're focusing on the supreme court specifically on monday when they go back in session. they're going to be taking on a case out of the state of mississippi that bans abortion after 15 weeks with no exception, rape, of incest. they're going to be pointing to the supreme court to see what they decide, how they handle that. that decision will come probably sometime next year close to the midterm elections. this is a highly political issue that many people are watching very, very closely and fred, that is why they're going to go from this rally here to 2:00 and head down to the supreme court to deliver that message. >> all right, we'll look forward to that and follow along with you. thank you so much. appreciate that. so the fight for abortion rights also playing out in the halls of congress this week. during a committee hearing, congresswoman bush and others
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offered powerful testimony about their personal stories. bush describing what it was to be sexual assaulted as a teenager, then becoming pregnant, then choosing to end that pregnancy. >> choosing to have an abortion was the hardest decision i had ever made. but at 18 years old, i knew it was the right decision for me. it was freeing knowing i had options. even still, it look long for me to feel like me again until most recently when i decided to give this speech. so to all the black women and girls who have had abortions an will have abortions, we have nothing to be ashamed of. we live in a society that has failed to legislate love and justice for us so we deserve better. we demand better. we are worthy of better. >> joining us now to talk about this and the significance of today's women's march, the executive director, rachel cormona. thank you so much for being with
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us. this is something that has been in the works for months, today's march. explain to us what you believe the goal is and how it will be met. >> thank you for having me. it's hard to hear so i'm going to do my best here. and the goal for today is to get across the top line message of abortion justice cannot wait and there's a lot of things happening as you just mentioned in the courts and in legislation and now there's a lot happening in the streets for women and allies to have an opportunity to make their voices heard on the topic. >> and rachel, we just played a clip of congresswoman bush talking about her personal experience and her decision and how freeing it was to be able to have, you know, that decision to make. you have other speakers there today who also talk about their deeply personal stories. why is it important for such large audiences to hear about something so personal?
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>> i think it's important to understand that pretty much everybody knows somebody that's had an abortion. one in four people who get progress have had an abortion. it's important for us to hear all these stories, it also is a bit of a tragedy that you know, folks have to put their pain out on display for us to be taken seriously. so what we're trying to do today is make sure we all lift our voices in solidarity with each other to make sure the folks in power hear our message. >> and hopefully you can hear me okay. i know it's very noisy there with a lot of great music being played. there has been others who suggest that something even more beyond marches needs to happen. in an op-ed for teen voegue, sh suggested that women go on strike, much like women did in iceland in the '70s. for 24 hours. it meant that a lot of workplaces had to shutdown in
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order to get attention and not long after that, there was an equal rights piece of legislation that came a year later. do you believe it's going to take something like that beyond large gatherings, marches, beyond pushing for new legislation to get the attention that you think this reproductive rights fight deserves? >> yeah, i don't think that any of the organizers of the 600 plus marches across the country think that you know, today is the panacea for anything that happens. this is a one-day event, but it's also day one of a renewed fight for abortion justice so i think most of us would agree that more mobilizing, more actions, more people taking to the street is what is necessary and what is kwgoing to happen. >> rachel, thank you so much. appreciate it. thanks for hanging tight with us
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there with the audio, too. competing with the great music. >> thank you for having me. >> thanks, rachel. >> thank you. coming up, california becomes the first state in the nation to mandate covid vaccines for students in, who are taking part in in-person learning. will this spark similar mandates in other states? and later, cnn's exclusive interview with europe's last dictator. to run a growing business, is to be on a journey. and along the ride, you'll have many questions. challenges. and a few surprises. but wherever you are on your journey. your dell technologies advisor is here for you - with the right tech solutions. so you can stop at nothing for your customers. i don't just play someone brainy on tv - i'm an actual neuroscientist.
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students. governor newsom says it's to keep them learning in person. >> the lowest case count. we're only 63% and at least one dose of vaccine to get this pandemic behind us. >> joining me now to discuss is dr. wokter. he's also the author of digital doctor, hope, hype and harm in medicine's computer age. had to get that in there, too. you say this prioritizes public health and science, you like it. >> i think california's done pretty well. the governor and public health leaders and citizens have said we want to go where the science takes us. at this point, it takes us to
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being very clear that vaccination works. and now we have science about mandates. that makes everybody safer. >> new polling from the kaiser family foundation finds that just over a third of parents with 5 to 11-year-olds will vaccinate their kids as soon as they're eligible while 24% say they definitely won't vaccinate their children. so what's it going to take to get everyone or more people on board? >> i think that's going to change over time. it has for other groups as well. you know, there have been a few concerns about side effects in younger kids but the more literature, the more research comes out, it is crystal clear that your kids are going to be better off being vaccinated than not being vaccinated. even the side effect that people worry about, an inflammation of the heart, first of all is incredibly rare and second of
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all, is more common as a side effect of covid than of the vaccines. i think it's going to take a little time for people to warm up to this and the idea of mandating vaccines, we're approaching kids and students like it's something new, there are already mandates that your kids get about ten different vaccines before your kids enroll in school, so this is standard operating procedure. >> there's also data suggesting that vaccine mandates actually work. several states have reported significant increases in covid vaccinations ahead of deadlines. so should more states follow california's lead or do you think they're taking a wait and see approach or are they just waiting for their turn? >> well, i think you know, we've all seen the country has divided on this as almost everything along political lines. should they follow california's lead? yes, they should. california has among large states now, the lowest rates of covid in the country.
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if florida, for example, had mirrored california's per capita death rate, there would be ten to 15,000 people alive today in florida. so and this is not just the mandates but all the way through. we have said in california, we've said we're going to follow the science. we're going to prioritize public health and that's not only good to keep people alive and safe and prevent long covid, it's also good for the economy because the only way we're going to get back to normal is if we beat this pandemic into the ground. so i hope other states will follow california's lead, but i think they've been ahead of the curve. i think the reason recall election has shown it's not only smart science, but good politics. >> this is a sobering number. that we're all trying to grapple. with the u.s. has now surpassed 700,000 coronavirus deaths since the start of the pandemic. and this is data coming from johns hopkins university. what are your thoughts when you think of those numbers, how many
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people have died and that this country leads other nations around the world with the most deaths? >> yeah, it's hard to get your arms around that each one of those is an individual and a family and leaves so much behind. it's larger than the city of boston. i mean, if you think about if everyone in the city of boston, that's the size. we're almost at the size of the city of san francisco. so it is staggering and it's been brutally sad for the entire time, but i guess i'm particularly sad about the 100 or 200,000 deaths that have occurred since the vaccines became available. if all of the states had vaccine rates that mirrored those of the highest, the place with the highest uptake, we've had more than 100,000 people alive today that have died and so what's really, i mean any death is sad and tragic, this entire pandemic has been, but we're now at a stage where virtually all of the deaths were preventable.
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that's the part we've tried everything else. i think mandates clearly are the things that we need to do. they're politically contentious, but sometimes you have to do the right thing. >> good to see you. thank you so much. >> appreciate it. zblt coming up. tense negotiations over key pieces of president biden's agenda continue after democrats miss their deadline and now house speaker, the house speaker has set a new deadline. a new report on where the negotiations stand, next. air wick air wick scented oils are infused with natural essential oils to create authentic seasonal scents that fill your home with holiday spirit all season long. connect to nature this season.
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now says democrats must pass the president's infrastructure bill by halloween. this comes as democrats have hit the pause button on the bill and the president's larger spending package after moderate and progressive democrats hit an impasse. on friday, biden made a rare trek to capitol hill to encourage those divided democrats to find common ground and afterwards, he expressed confidence both pieces of his agenda will pass. daniella is following these developments for us on capitol hill. what can you tell us about this new deadline from pelosi? >> fred, this comes of course this announcement that she made in this letter where she said that deadline for passing bipartisan infrastructure will come on october 31st. has to happen by then. she wrote in this. which is notable because this week was probably the biggest test of unity for democrats and in the end, they started, they
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didn't end much farther than where they started after working for five days straight on where they could land this plane land the bipartisan infrastructure bill that moderates wanted to pass by thursday night ahead of some surface transportation funding that lapsed at midnight. instead, they passed a 30-day funding bill which is why pelosi has now announced this is going to go through october and they're hoping to pass this bill by then. but the problem here is moderates and progressives cannot agree on this timeline for passing these two bills. the bipartisan infrastructure bill i mentioned, this $1.2 trillion bill that would fund improvements to roads, bridges, transportation, create thousands of jobs. this is what moderates want. just needs to go through the house before it ends up on the president's desk and is passed into law. now, progressives are fighting to work on a economic bill.
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massive economic bill. $3.5 trillion was the number for this, what this bill would cost and it would expand the nation's social safety net. it would have funding to combat climate change. paid family medical leave. expand the child tax credit. these are things progressives really want to pass. president biden promised americans he would pass these policies and they threaten to withhold their vote on the bill this week unless they can agree to a top line number from moderate senators, manchin and sinema for this bill they want to pass. take a listen to what congre congre congresswoman cortez said. >> the framework enough, an agreed upon framework. we need a vote. we need to be real. are we going to deliver universal pre-k to this country
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or not? are we going to expand healthcare to our seniors and include vision and dental or not? are we going to expand in housing so people back home can get hot water in wintertime or not? that's what we need to know. >> i think she puts it perfectly. progressives are incredibly frustrated now with maryoderate trying to lay out where they want this bill to be. on the other hand, you have moderate democrats who are frustrated with the white house for not stepping in sooner. they really want this bipartisan infrastructure bill passed as soon as possible. but look, this deadline pelosi said in a letter that we just discussed for the deadline to pass bipartisan infrastructure for october 31st, but progressives want both bills a t the same time and joe biden is behind that. so unclear how this is going to play out in the months to come. >> couple of steps forward. couple steps back then a couple
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are reeking havoc for consumers in the uk. long lines at gas stations, food shortages are leaving supermarket shelves bare and even mcdonald's is being forced to suspend some of its most popular items. anna stewart is in london for us. does it look like things will get better soon? >> well, i wish it were. i mean, the current pressing crisis, the fuel crisis, that does appear to be easing. that's what we're hearing from the government and industry leaders, but i have to say, if you go out in london, it's a patchy recovery. really long cues outside petro stations and that at least means they have fuel. any one that doesn't have a cue means it's empty. we are seeing big problems here. it's not a shortage though of fuel. enough petrol and diesel in the country, it's just not where it needs to be. tas a lack of truck drivers.
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that's why the british military will be getting on the roads, taking the fuel to where it needs to go. the uk are issuing temporary work visas for foreign truck drivers, luring 5,000 over to help ease this krzycrisis. this is a result of the pandemic, but has been really kpater baited in the uk by brexit, which saw a mass exodus of european workers. that is impacting multiple sectors. also, they're issuing temporary visas, 5,500, for poultry workers. there's a real risk we will not be having roast turkey for christmas. actually just yesterday, we were hearing from the pig association, we might not have sausages either. the worker shortage is an issue across the board. they're tackling with it these temporary visas with the military. it doesn't feel like long-term solution, so we're likely to see more shortages ahead. >> lean, thin pickings for the
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dinner table. thank you so much. right here in the u.s., no lines at the pumps right now, but some of those shortages we just heard about, well, we might be experiencing to a degree. costco in fact says it is limiting sales of toilet paper and paper towels so it's going back to that again and orders for everything from cars to sneakers and even toys are jammed up because of labor shortages and a shipping bottleneck. we're also paying more when we shop. dollar tree says inflation and skyrocketing shipping costs means it will have to start charging more than a dollar for some of its items at the dollar store. so with us now, gary locke. former commerce secretary and ambassador to china. so good to see you. how did the supply chain issue sneak up on us or did it and are you going to blame as anna did,
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the pandemic and even brexit? >> well, it does deal with the pandemic because when trade shut down across the world, you had containers that were in the wrong spots in the world and you need to get them back to the countries that would be sending those supplies to america. if america's not sending anything out to those countries, there's no way to get those containers out to china or to southeast asia or other parts of the world so they can be filled to bring back to the united states. but also, you're seeing a huge supply chain disruption because of covid. during the trade war with china, many companies wanted to diversity their supply chain and have manufacturing production in vietnam, indonesia, thailand. but then when covid hit, those factories all got shut down and
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so for instance, nike makes produces almost three-fourths of the clothes and shoes now in vietnam. not china. three-fourths in vietnam, but half of those vfactories have been shut down. the same with under armour, adidas. what's ironic is some of these companies are trying to move some of their manufacturing back to china, but it just really shows how interdependent we are on the health and welfare, the logistics all around the world. >> yeah, then i wonder, is this a prelude to bigger troubles down the line? it's going to be harder for people to find things, necessities, and even those gift giving thing for the holiday season. do you see this? >> very much so, which is why i think retailers are saying shop early and we're oftentimes used to these big sales around christmas time and the holiday
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season. you may not have those because supply's going to be limited so retailers are going to be saying there's no need to mark down the prices on these goods all the way from shoes, clothing, athletic gear, toys, sporting goods, et cetera, et cetera, or even tools you might buy at the box stores because supply is going to be limited. i guess the recommendation is start your christmas shopping now. >> like yesterday. all right, so let's talk about the other shortage, not just the supplies, but in labor. there's a real world impact. i don't think any of us have been to a store or restaurant or a food chain et cetera and not seen it for ourselves, that there are fewer people who are there to keep the shops going. and you can see some of the graphic here of the kind of hits that have been taken. what's behind it, really? what's going on? >> well, first of all, i think we have a disconnect between
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people who are looking for work and available jobs. a lot of, there's been so much disruption in the hospitality industry, food industry. so many restaurants even in our city of seattle, which have closed down permanently. so people are going to say, hmm, maybe i don't want to, even though there's a new restaurant opening up or another restaurant is starting to bring back people, maybe i don't want to be a restaurant worker anymore. maybe i'm in a low paying entry level production job and there's been so much disruption. i'm going to change. i need to look for more stable, more predictable work. and then you have companies that are starting to hire, but they need more skilled workers and we have a skills gap in this country. so we really need to figure out how we can start training people, giving them the skills they need so they can take these good paying jobs and then we need more predictability.
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the sooner this pandemic is over, the more stability we have. the more industries can bring people back with the assurance that they're not going to be laid off two weeks from now or three weeks from now. you also have a problem when suddenly schools are all shut down because of a, you know, so many of the kids have gotten sick or teachers are out. well, the parents -- >> they can't go to work. >> need to be home. they can't go to work. they have to be home to watch the kids annd the same thing wih disruption in childcare centers. so many employees are out sick. it's very much a vicious cycle. so the reality is, the truth of the matter is the more people who are vaccinated all across the world, the quicker our economy, or jobs, our lives can get back to normal. whatever the new normal is. >> that cannot be said enough. indeed. thank you so much for being with us. appreciate it. this quick programming note.
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matches this weekend and it's commissioner is step douwn afte a bombshell report in the athletic accusing a long time coach of sexual misconduct. >> fred, there is anger and growing call for answers following accusations of sexual conduct. paul riley fired by the north carolina courage on friday after a report by the athletic. players allege that over a period of year, he used his power, even coercing one to have sex with him. riley denied the accusations. cnn has not been able to reach him. friday night, the league released a one-sentence statement about the commissioner, saying she resigned. earlier friday, the nws l, in collaboration with the players union called off all matches,
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in belarus, politics begins and ends with one man. known as europe's last dictator. scornful of western media, it's rare for him to sit down with a foreign journalist, but cnn's matthew chance managed to get this exclusive an contentious interview. listen. >> this is what the brutal crackdown in belarus looks like. detained then beaten by police. after disputed elections last year, the mass protests that followed were crushed. human rights groups called it a
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catastrophe. now, they're confronting europe's last dictator. would you take this opportunity now to apologize to the people of belarus for the human rights abuses they've suffered at your hands? >> translator: no, i would not like to take this opportunity. i don't think this is even a relevant question and in principle, i have nothing to apologize for. >> you say you've got nothing to apologize for, but human rights watch says multiple detainees have reported broken bones, broken teeth, brain injuries, skin wounds, electrical burns. amnesty international speaks of detention centers becoming torture chambers where protesters were forced to lie in the dirt, stripped naked, while police kick and beat them.
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you don't think that is worth apologizing for? >> translator: you know, we don't have a single detention center as you say like guantanamo or those bases that the united states and your country created in eastern europe. as regards to our own detention centers, they are no worse than in britain or the united states. i suggest you discuss concrete fa facts. >> i don't think human rights watch and amnesty international are dubious. they're internationally recognized standards in human rights activism and they've all got testimony of former detainees in your prison camp, in your prison detention center, both men and women, who have spoken of sexual violence against them. including rape and threats of rape. are you saying that that is just made up? that it's fake? >> everything that you've just said is fake and fantasy. >> for the past 27 years, the
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former soviet farm boss has ruled belarus with an iron fist as its first and only president. he's known as a maverick who makes controversial remarks on issues like covid-19. which he famously dismissed as a western -- he told cnn those remarks were just a joke, but only after, he had had become infected himself and more than 4,000 there have died. no one's laughing on the streets of the capital, minsk, where people are reluctant to speak out. >> what do you think about your president? >> it's a very interesting question. i can't tell you the truth. >> it's understood here that openly criticizing the regime can have life changing
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consequences. you think it's a free country? >> it was a lesson passengers on board a flight flying over belarus in may lerched the hard way. it made an emergency landing in minsk after local air traffic control told the pilot there was a bomb threat. once on the ground, police arrested a dissident on board along with his girlfriend for allowing the aircraft to depart. do you continue to insist that there was a genuine bomb threat or do you now admit that the whole incident was manufactured by you and your security forces in order to capture the critic that you wanted in jail? >> translator: matthew, i'm not going to admit to anything in front of you. i'm not under investigation. so use your words carefully but
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if this would -- you would be flattering me because for security services to carry out such an operation without breaking a single law, well, that would have cost a lot, so this is your fantasy. >> but it's not just me that doesn't believe your story. most airlines in the world have stopped flying here. isn't it true that you will do anything, even violate international laws in the skies in order to get the people who want to get your critics into custody? that's the truth, isn't it? >> translator: if you are afraid to fly over our territory, i can personally guarantee your safety, but if i or the law enforcement authorities see any threat to the belarusian state, we will force any threat to land. be it from the united kingdom or the united states. >> there's growing evidence of international norms being violated on the ground as well. european officials accusing belarus of using migrants as a
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weapon, encouraging them to cross its borders with the eu. an active revenge, they say. >> translator: do you take me nor a madman? only weak people care about revenge and pardon my immodesty, but i don't consider myself a weakling. >> but it's push him ever closer to another strong man next door. vladimir putin of russia has provided hundreds of millions of dollars in financial aid. principal like that is likely to come with strings. this talk of closer integration, closer economic political, as well as military ties. isn't that the real price of putin's support? that this country of belarus will be slowly absorbed into russia? is that what you agreed to pay?
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>> translator: to say that belarus would become part of the united states, britain or russia is a fallacy. putin and i are intelligent enough to create a state that would be stronger than separate. sovereignty is not for sale. >> it's unclear if belarus has a choice. already, russia is stepping up joint military drills and adding to its permanent presence in the country, feeling concerns that belarus is gaining a new western post. matthew chance, cnn, minsk. hello, again, everyone. thank you for joining me. we begin this hour with a new deadline for democrats to pass a trillion dollar infrastructure bill. nancy pelosi now says that bipartisan bil


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