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on the schedule beginning with brewers and rays. john berman smiling after a big boston win is what i love to see. >> it's like five hours. it was going on forever. i'm in bed at the end of the game, you know, it was lunchtime when i started watching it, and i was in bed at the end of the game. it was so fulfilling. >> it was magical stuff. >> all right, coy, thank you very much. and cnn's coverage continues right now. >> good morning, i'm erica hill, jim is off today. happening right now, thousands of passengers are stranded at airports across the country after southwest airlines canceled hundreds of flights this morning, and that of course only adds to the chaos of the past 48 hours. take a look at this video, these are passengers last night at the denver airport. you see just waiting, looking at phones. over the weekend, southwest canceled more than 2,000 flights.
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now, the company is blaming air traffic control problems, staffing and weather. let's get straight to cnn aviation correspondent pete monteen, he's been following all of this. he's at reagan national airport today. what more are you learning about these cancellations and what's really behind them, pete? >> erica, this is a huge operational mess for southwest airlines and it's not like they can get back to normal with the flip of a switch. this is really more akin to unplugging something and plugging it back in again. these problems that southwest says started back on friday because of air traffic control and weather issues prompted a rare statement from the federal aviation administration saying there were no such issues on saturday and sunday when southwest experienced the lion's shares of its cancellations, 1,100 flights on sunday, about 30% of its total schedule. so far we've seen about 348 cancellations today. that's about one in every ten flights. this is really caused by a ripple effect according to
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southwest. it says that it left planes and crews out of position. in fact, some crews didn't even have hotel rooms when they got to where they needed to be, and that cascaded onto passengers. the bottom line, thousands, tens of thousands, maybe 100,000 passengers stranded, and they are not happy about this. >> there's no explanation for this problem. so i suspect that southwest isn't being totally honest with us. >> literally couldn't even sleep last night really just because we didn't know what was going to happen. >> started looking through and there's nothing, nothing, nothing for like the next few days. >> reporter: southwest says it's really compounded in a way by the pandemic. in a memo it sent to its employees it said that flights are actually drawn down during its fall schedule and that planes have been packed with people. there are fewer planes flying right now, which is making it harder for this operation to
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recover all the way back to normal. one more thing that's important to note here, erica, there have been rumors flying online that southwest pilots did a sick out or a walk-out because of the company's recently announced vaccine mandate and the pilot's union says that is not the case. no unofficial or official protests of any kind over the weekend. it says really this is on southwest and it says the company is being mismanaged. >> wow. and that is rough for travelers to hear as well as they continue to wait. pete muntean, thank you. significant developments in the fight against coronavirus. drug maker merck has applied for emergency use authorizization for its new experimental antiviral drug. according to the company, a test result showed the drug cut the risk of hospitalization and death in half for people with mild to moderate disease. now, if approved, this would be the first oral medicine to fight viral covid infection. let's bring in dr. megan ranney, associate dean of public health
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at brown university. always good to see you. when we look at this news, how important could this pill be in fight against covid? >> this is one of those tools in the toolbox that we have just been lacking so far. you know, we have a couple of treatments right now that we can give to people who get sick with covid, but they're either difficult to access and require iv infusions like those monoclonal antibodies or they're things that you have to wait until you're sick enough to be put in the hospital to get, things like remdesivir, so having a pill that people can take at home when you know that they're high risk and they caught covid, that has the possibility to be transformational. now, there's two caveats here, the first is that it has so far been tested only in unvaccinated high risk people, so we don't know how it's going to work for people who have been vaccinated and happen to catch covid, although they're less high risk anyhow because of the vaccine or how it's going to work in people who are not high risk.
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the other caveat is that it's expensive, and there's not going to be a lot of it. so at least for the short-term, it's going to be in short supply and difficult to get. longer term, i think this is going to be huge. >> all right, so we'll keep an eye on that and also keep an eye to see what happens with t emergency authorization. good news on vaccinations, the average is now back up above a million shots going in arms a day. that's an important move forward if we look at the eligible population of 12 and older, more than 76% have had at least one shot, hospitalizations are down. these are, you know, the bright spots that we all like to point to because understandably we all want to find that bright light at the end of the tunnel that tells us this pandemic is nearing an end. you're more cautious, though. >> i am, i feel like we have been trying to declare mission complete since easter of 2020. every time we do that, the virus evades that, gets stronger and causes another surge. the wise thing to do today is be
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proud of where we are. these statistics about vaccinations are terrific. we are certainly on the downward slope of the delta surge in many states but still to stay wary. we're seeing increasing case counts in the mountain west and in some states in the northeast. we know that there are still a lot of folks who are unvaccinated in the u.s. and there are even more people who are unvaccinated across the kbl globe. so the best thing for now is to keep our guard up and to feel very excited about where we are and hopeful for the future ahead. >> i want to get your take on these studies involving pregnant women. a pair of new studies found that women who develop covid-19 symptoms have a greater risk of emergency complications and other problems with their pregnancies as opposed to those who were infected and asymptomatic. it also found that the children, that their unborn children could be put at risk here. in england unvaccinated pregnant women made up nearly a fifth of the most critically ill covid-19 patients. we've been told the vaccines are
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safe for pregnant women, do you think it's these kind of studies that could encourage more pregnant women to get the shot if they haven't already? >> i'm hopeful. you know, i think back to when i was pregnant with my two kids, and i would have done anything to make sure that i had a healthy pregnancy and healthy children at the end of it. i hope that these sorts of studies will help move the needle for some pregnant women who have been on the fence and worried. but equally important is for them to hear personal stories from people who have been pregnant and gotten the vaccine during pregnancy or people who weren't pregnant, got the vaccine and got pregnant and had a healthy pregnancy anyhow. facts are great. story also matter for those people who are still holdouts against getting the vaccine. >> dr. megan ranney, always great to have you with us, thank you. thank you. this morning scathing new allegations leveled against the leadership of the u.s. capitol police department. cnn has received a letter penned by a whistle-blower identified as a former high ranking official within the department.
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that 16-page document accuses capitol police assistant chief and acting assistant chief of inaction on the day of the insurrection. cnn law enforcement correspondent whitney wild is following this for us. this whistle-blower letter has really damning allegations. >> and very detailed. this letter was first reported by "politico," and it claims that two of the top u.s. capitol police officers failed to act on january 6th as violence unfolded. the letter also says that former -- that former assistant chief now -- excuse me former acting chief, now assistant chief yoganama pittman lied to congress earlier this year. her title at the time was important, once the capitol police chief left she assumed that role, so for a while she was in charge of the department. the whistle-blower says in the letter that they are a former hay ranking official with 31 years at the department. this person came forward because
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the assistant chief and acting assistant chief shawn gallagher played a role in disciplining officers for actions on january 6th. some of the allegations mirror concl conclusions of other reports. this takes aim at pittman and gallagher. one major issue raised is that the allegation is that assistant chief pittman hasn't been honest about how threat intelligence was shared, specifically the whistle-blower takes issue with what she told senate investigators. let me bring you back a couple of months because according to a senate report released earlier this year, pittman said the department had intelligence that showed as early as december 21st people were commenting on a blog about confronting lawmakers and were saying they would consider bringing weapons to a rally on january 6th. that information they had as early as december 21st.
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pittman told senate investigators earlier this year that critical information cwas shared with command staff. the whistle-blower says that is not true. here's a quote from the letter. never shared it with the rest of the department, particularly those commanders with real operational experience. if provided, this information would have changed the paradigm of that day. a spokesman denied to "politico" that pittman denied to congress, erica. >> there is so much in there as you point out, and the details, and there's such a focus here on what this whistle-blower is saying this morning because of the concerns raised. >> that's right, and as i said, there were so many details, as you point out, this is a 16-page letter. another significant allegation is that once the fighting broke out, neither pittman nor gallagher took significant action. the whistle-blower claims to have been inside the command center for some time on january 6th and said, quote, what i observed was them mostly sitting there blankly looking at tv screens showing realtime footage of the officers and officials
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fighting for the congress. a law enforcement source defended those two officials saying they were focused on protecting lawmakers and in the end not one member of congress was hurt. overall, the u.s. capitol police executive team told cnn a lot has changed since january 6th. many of the problems address instead this letter have been addressed under the new police chief. >> a lot in there to process. whitney, appreciate it. thank you. congressman adam schiff says the january 6th committee will receive documents meantime from donald trump's presidency, quote, very soon. this as the biden white house refused to assert executive privilege over those items. cnn congressional correspondent jessica dean is with us now. do we know specifically what type of information the committee could soon receive? >> reporter: well, erica, we know they want to look at these documents because they span the time leading up to the january 6th insurrection, and they want to get their hands on this and piece together in specific
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detail all the moments, all the days leading up to what happened here on january 6th. they had requested these documents. it is important as you noted that president biden has decided not to exert executive privilege over those documents. that means that they will be released to the january 6th committee, and in terms of timing, we learned recently over the weekend, congressman adam schiff who was on that committee said that they do believe they'll be getting these soon. this is all very important as they continue to move forward all of their work trying to wrap this up as quickly as possible and going through a tremendous amount of detail. now, additionally, we did see trump aide dan scavino finally served his subpoena. they have been trying to find him for some time now and had trouble trying to subpoena him. we're told that was delivered to mar-a-lago, he was at home in new york, but allowed someone to accept it for him. he will be going through that with his lawyers and responding in a matter of days. erica. >> we will look towaforward to
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of that response as well. appreciate it. still to come, president trump quadrupling down on the big lie this weekend in iowa of all places. by his side, top republican senator chuck grassley. what all of this says, what this picture says about not just 2022 but 2024. plus, a real life spy story. a husband and wife duo arrested in an fbi sting operation accused of trying to sell u.s. nuclear secrets to a foreign country. how a peanut butter sandwich figures into that story. and blastoff delayed, but william shatner still very excited and a little nervous about his upcoming trip to space. i spoke with him and the blue origin crew this morning. that's ahead.
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former president trump donald trump back at it saturday night holding a campaign style rally in iowa signaling another run in 2024 repeating debunked claims of widespread voter election fraud and attacking members of his own party, including senate minority leader mitch mcconnell. >> first of all, he didn't get elected, okay? forget that. but some people said, oh, sir, it was covid. hillary conceded. i never conceded. never. when you hear these numbers of swing states, there was no reason to concede. they should have conceded. mitch mcconnell should have challenged that election because even back then we had plenty of material to challenge that election. he should have challenged the election. we see that donald trump said that that process was rigged and
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what i would could believe republicans is donald trump doesn't give points, he only takes them away one at a time. if you want to play donald trump's game, you got to back him up constantly, which is what we're seeing now. if donald trump doesn't run for president in 2024, we could see 10, 15, maybe 20 republicans running, and with what we've seen from trump's rhetoric after the iowa caucus in 2016 and what we're seeing now is republicans may be incentivized to deny ever losing, that the iowa caucus is rigged, that the new hampshire primary is fixed. that's going to cause major problems for the party, the rnc and our republican democracy abroad as well. >> and look, i think, realistically if he did decide to run in 2024, he could win legitimately, and if he doesn't he would likely still say he did. so there's also that part of the equation. kirsten as we look at all of this, it's the sort of slow moving disaster, which should be lighting a fire under democrats. they're rightfully concerned about the erosion of voting rights and access in a number of states. what we have from democrats is this very public infighting. should they be more engaged in this case? >> well, i think that they are
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engaged, and you know, infighting would be one way to put it. i would call it negotiating. you have different parts of the party that have different priorities, and they're negotiating to get their priorities included. so really you have finally 48 democrats who have come around and said that they support the president's agenda. they support the bill that the president wants, and you have two democrats saying that they don't, and so i would say there's actually a lot of cohesiveness in the party. there's just two senators who are holding everything up. and so that's the hand that joe biden was given, but i don't think that that, you know, 48 senators agreeing on something is disarray. i think the problem is he doesn't -- the president doesn't have 50 people that go along with him no matter what or, you know, ideally even more than that. >> but do you think there's enough concern within -- but do
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you think there's enough concern in the democratic party about what we're seeing in terms of this narrative. what if january 6th does turn out to be practice of a failed coup. the consistent message that is eroding and really threatening democracy in this country are democrats paying that enough attention? >> i mean every democrat i know is absolutely hair on fire concerned about it, so i think that it's certainly something that whether it's rank and file democrats or whether it's people who are in power, absolutely. it's a grave concern. it's why there's a january 6th committee. they're trying to prevent something like that from happening in the future. it's not just to investigate what happened just to say donald trump incited this. it's to actually prevent it, to find out how did this happen and how can we prevent it from happening in the future. and it's not just democrats. i think many people who -- many republicans, many independents
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are very, very concerned about the state of this country and the fact that democracy is so clearly under attack by the former president. >> to that point there is an op-ed in the "new york times" today from former new jersey governor christine todd whitman and miles taylor. they where that it's going to be tough for many lifelong republicans, but they are urging republicans to elect democrats, moderate democrats in 2022 saying democracy is not a game, which is why when push comes to shove, patriotic conservatives should put country over party. how effective do you think that will be doug? >> not terribly. this is a bleak election outlook for democrats right now. they're already nervous about what the mid terms are going to be. if terry mcauliffe lose there's going to be panic. when he called the 2000 presidential election stolen. stacey abrams is talking about stolen elections too.
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democrats are also weakening our confidence in elections as well. back to the midterm elections, this looks to be very bad for democrats. it's a year out, it's a long times but joe biden's numbers continue to go down, down, down, and democrats are increasingly nervous about a house pickup for republicans and potentially a senate as well. >> doug hyde, kirsten powers we have to leave it there. obviously a conversation we are not done. thank you both. a paraplegic man is pulled violently from his car by police. this happened in ohio. that disturbing video, you're seeing some of it now, and what police are saying now about the arrest. that's next. plus, we are moments away from the opening bell on wall street. stocks set to open lower this morning as investigators mull signs of inflation, particularly when it comes to the price of oil and gas. analysts are concerned supply chain issues that are spread throughout the world will shrink profits and demand due to the holiday. investigators won't gate good reading on treasury yields which
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a black paraplegic man from ohio has now filed a complaint with the naacp after body cam video was released showing dayton police officers pulling him out of his car by his hair and arms during a traffic stop last month.
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in the video, 39-year-old clifford owensby can be heard requesting a white shirt, that's shorthand for a police supervisor. the officer says he'll only call one after owensby gets out of the car. i do want to warn you this is disturbing. >> i'm not getting out. i just told you, i'm a para paraplegic. i cannot get out. can you call your white shirt? if you pull me out of here -- >> i'm going to pull you out and then i'll call a white shirt because you're getting out of the car. you're getting out of this car. you can cooperate and get out of the car or we can drag you out of the car. >> i know i got rights sir. i would like for you to call your white shirt. >> i will. get out of the car. >> come on, bro. >> get out of the car. listen. >> i'm a paraplegic, bro. you can hurt me, bro. what are you all doing, bro? i'm a paraplegic, bro, i'm
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trying to tell you i got help getting in the car. you're going to hurt me. i'm a paraplegic. >> ow, ow, somebody help! >> cnn's laura jarrett joining me now with more. laura, how did we even get here? what led to that encounter? >> yeah, erica, it's hard to watch that. police claim this all started when they saw clifford owensby coming out of what they claimed was a suspected drug house. they stop him, they stop the car, and as you saw in that video it turns very ugly very quickly. police later claim they mentioned the drugs, they also mention they found a ton of cash in the car, 22,000. ow owensby said that was his savings. he's been charged with obstruction and resisting arrest, both of which are misdemeanors. now that this footage has come
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out, he spoke to one of our affiliates about what was going through his mind at the time. >> this is it. this is how i go out? just like every other black man i go out on tv, and this is my turn. the way that they have treated me during that traffic stop, i only feel like i seen -- i was an actor in a movie out of roots, a movie i was taught growing up about racists and slaves. i think this type of stuff probably happens all the time. i'm just thankful if they were willing to do all of that stuff while the cameras were rolling, i can only imagine what would have happened if no cameras was rolling. >> i should also mention that a 3-year-old child was in the car at the time of his arrest, as you can hear him screaming and pleading with police there. he has now filed this complaint with the naacp where he alleges racial profiles, unlawful arrest, illegal search and seizure, and failure to read him his rights before taking him to
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jail. authorities say the department is going to do an internal investigation. a lot of questions, our team is going to keep digging inbocludi what is the police policy here when somebody says they have a disability. >> and when they ask for that so-called white shirt, too. laura jarrett, so glad you're staying on it, thank you. a year long undercover fbi operation has led to the arrest of a u.s. navy nuclear engineer and his wife for allegedly attempting to sell u.s. nuclear secrets to a foreign country in exchange for cryptocurrency. cnn pentagon correspondent oren liebermann joining us now following this story. it is a fascinating take -- it sounds glib, i don't mean it that way, but because of this involvement of a peanut butter sandwich. >> this almost reads like a spy novel. april of 2020 prosecutors say jonathan toebbe and his wife die an in sent a package to a fortune country, a country which is not identified in the complaint offering to sell
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secrets about nuclear submarines. a few months later is an undercover fbi agent who responds and begins building a relationship. toebbe according to the complaint wants to carry this out with a cryptocurrency called manero and he's drop off encrypted sd cards, once he receives the payment he'll give the pass ward for the sd card. here is what he says. i was extremely careful to gather the files i possessed slowly is and naturally in the routine of my job so nobody would suspect my plan. we received training on warning signs to spot insider threats. we made very sure not to display a single one, and i do not believe any of my former colleagues would suspect me if there is a future investigation. in april 2021, a year after this relationship begins building, toebbe asks, according to the complaint, for some sort of physical sign that this can move forward, that being said and with that done in june 2021, he carries out a dead drop. according to prosecutors he wrent from his home in
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it is a rare, quiet morning on capitol hill due to the holiday. you can expect that to be short lived. tomorrow the house votes on that senate passed stopgap bill to temporarily raise the debt ceiling and avoid the default. janet yellen warning it is imperative that congress continue to raise that limit, but don't count on help with that from the republicans. minority leader mitch mcconnell says gop senators won't work with democrats to raise the debt ceiling again in december. so much to look forward to. our team is following all the latest developments around washington. let's begin with cnn's lauren fox, she's on capitol hill where there's a little quiet. neither chamber is in session today, but there's plenty happening off the clock, right lauren? >> reporter: exactly, this is the months and weeks we expect democrats are going to be negotiating with themselves over what to include in that bigger social safety net package. i was talking to some democrats last week who said even though they are on recess this week in the senate.
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you can expect that a lot of phone calls, a lot of zooms are going to be happening about what exactly the party is going to be doing moving forward. they've had this big sticking point over what the top line number should be. that's just the tip of the iceberg. they also have to negotiate what is going to be in this bill, and if they're going to shrink this proposal, which every democrat says they expect to, you are going to have to shave off which programs you're going to include in this. there's a little bit of a debate happening behind the scenes between some moderates who think you should do fewer programs for a longer period of time and really do them well so that the american public can really celebrate sort of what democrats are doing here. then you have progressives arguing they want to see everything included, even if that means you have to sunset some programs sooner than they would have liked. their expectation is that the public will think that these programs are so overwhelmingly popular that they'll want to continue them even when the expiration date begins. that puts some more pressure on democrats down the line. that's kind of the debate that's happening behind the scenes.
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you can expect this all to pick up this week, even though lawmakers in the senate are back in their districts this week. >> so that's what's happening on the hill. cnn white house correspondent jeremy diamond at the white house. president biden says democrats really need to come together here. the reality is with his poll numbers fading, there's some struggle happening, and there's some real questions about his political capital and how things are going to move forward and is there enough momentum for his agenda. how much of that is a focus today at the white house? >> reporter: yeah, listen, that is something that the white house is keenly aware of, and that's a big reason why they desperately need to make progress on these two big legislative priorities. the infrastructure bill and this reconciliation bill because they know that they need to deliver, and president biden needs to deliver in order to bring those poll numbers back up and ensure that he retains that popularity. right now his approval ratings are at the lowest point of his presidency according to our poll of polls, an average of recent polls, 40% approve, 50%
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disapprove. the message that we heard from president biden over the weekend at this virtual meeting of the did democratic national committee was saying not only do we need to deliver, we need to keep our promises to people that we made in the 2020 election, but also talking about that unity, insisting we won in 2020 as a unified party and in 2022 we also need to run and win as a unified party, a huge part of that is coming to terms over this reconciliation bill. that gap has been narrowing. it still remains hundreds of billions of dollars apart between the moderates and the progressives. president biden, of course, last week traveled across the country a little bit to begin making that case. i suspect we will see him doing more of that in the weeks ahead. >> i appreciate it. thank you, both. william shatner set to blast off into space this week. i just spoke with him and his crew about that trip, that mission ahead. our conversation is next.
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william shatner, better known as captain kirk on star trek, will have to wait an extra day to blast off into space after blue origin postponed its suborbital trip until wednesday due to windy conditions. ahead hof that flight, though, had a chance to speak with shatner and the rest of his blue origin crew. shatner at the age of 90 will be the oldest person ever to visit space. >> it's great to see you all this morning. william shatner, a lot of excitement as i know you know,
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about this trip, especially for you. i was really struck by how candid you've been in some of your interviews that you were a little terrified, you said, a little frightened, obviously excited. this weather delay, is that helping or hurting those feelings? >> it's extending the feelings. it's -- you know, it's a combination of things. it's not all terror, although there's some bubbling elements of that, but also i'm thoroughly versed in the safety of what we're doing, and we've been spending days here in and out of these very difficult chairs as a great workout getting in and out of these prone and so that adds an element
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off of -- from the dangers. i feel comfortable but i'm also uncomfortable. i'll be very happy when we go up and we're in weightlessness and we know we're safe because everything else should be all right and we have that moment of inspiration, which i feel will be there when we're looking into the vastness of the universe. >> it is quite a moment i think for a lot of people to even try to wrap their head around. to know you'll be experiencing it, you talk about the safety, audrey, your current and former colleagues, 21 of them, wrote an open letter. one of their concerns is specifically safety. they said they wouldn't get on one of these flights. did that give you pause at all? >> it didn't give me pause. i've been working at blue on the "new shepard" program specifically for the past eight years and a team of very, very talented professionals, some of the best that i've worked with
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in my 21 years in human space flight have been committed to the safe operation of this program. very methodically to these human flights we've started recently and safety has always been throughout the design and test and now moving into operations, that's always been our top priority. >> chris, william shatner got the call. as i understand it, you made several calls, you lobbied hard. you have worked throughout your career to boost excitement among kids in stem. and you look at this, you've said, as a mission. how does this flight further that mission for you? >> well, i mean, space has always been the domain of governments, and, you know, when i was a kid, i wanted to be a nasa astronaut until i found out i was partly color blind and was denied admission to the air force academy in australia, so i had to find a plan b.
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pretty remarkable 60 years into the space age, there is a plan b and a way for regular people to go to space. i'm excited to be part of this journey. i think in another 60 years we'll look back on this week, this year, and say this is when the human race finally began to move into space. it's a really exciting time. >> glen, you're using this as an opportunity to raise awareness about what's happening on planet earth. with your donation to what else do you hope comes out of this flight for you? >> so, i've soon it in life sciences and health care, which is what i work in. when you have an industry that has this innovation being fueled by people who are passionate about the future of humanity, exciting things emerge. and i don't know exactly how space technology and people going to space is going to change society, but i know that it is going to. and i know that the faster we get to more people up there and do things like what we're doing at blue, the faster we'll make that technology and those benefits available to people all
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over the planet. this is about democratization of space and bringing benefit to everyone around the world. and i appreciate to point that out. we have a lot of problems to solve here. this is about solving those problems. >> real quickly, before i let you all go, there's a lot of talk about are you or are you not an astronaut after a flight like this. i'll go down the line, glen. then to audrey. would you consider yourselves an astronaut once you're back on planet earth? >> i'm going to consider myself a changed person and it didn't really matter what you want to call me. >> audrey? >> i will. i'll take the astronaut title. i would very much appreciate being held in that club. >> william shatner, astronaut? how is the sound of that? >> small "a." followed by two ss.
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>> yeah. i don't think it's fair to call this tourism yet. you know, it's too early in this new public space age first to call this tourism. there is risks and i think all of us have made a decision to be part of this flight and to be pioneers to help open the door to space for everyone else. but, you know, this is space exploration. it's the first exploration into space for human race. >> great to have all of you with us this morning. we look forward to hearing you on the other side of your flight. thanks again. >> thanks for having us. the boston marathon is back today for the first time since 2019. last year's race was postponed of course because of the pandemic, until september 2020, and then it was called off for the first time in boston marathon history due to the pandemic. this is the 125th running of the race. to run these 26.2 miles, and remember the point two is the worst part, all participants had
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good monday morning. i'm rich hill. jim is off today. chaos at airports across the country this morning. southwest airlines has now canceled nearly more than 350 flights today, all of this as you can see on your screen there, adds to the more than 2,000, nearly the 2,000 canceled flights over the weekend. thousands of passengers impacted here. the company says it's due to air traffic control problems, staffing, and weather, but the southwest pilots union is i insisting its pilots didn't cause delays. there were questions about that in terms of staffing. the faa says there weren't any staffing shortages reported since friday. so what's the real story here? straight to cnn aviation correspondent pete muntean who's been following these developments at reagan


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