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make progress. >> reporter: president biden working behind closed doors to close the deal. >> the president is basing this approach on five decades of washington is a good guide for how to get things done. >> reporter: his domestic agenda hanging in the balance, biden launching into a week designed to break the logjam. >> politics of the art of the possible and president biden is someone who understands how to bring people together. >> reporter: monday calls with joe manchin, as well as democratic leaders. >> last night i continued my discussions with speaker pelosi and president biden as we worked to an agreement on legislation we can bring to the floor. >> reporter: today, separate morning oval office meetings with manchin and kyrsten sinema. two moderate holdouts. afternoon meetings split by ideological leanings. nine progressives who urged biden to go big on his signature economic and climate bill focused by moderates focused on
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the infrastructure bill and a tailored approach to the economic and climate package. >> these are serious policy decisions often on nitty-gritty details. they aren't duels between factions. >> reporter: underscoring a moment that calls for equal parts personal touch and tough choices. biden facing a cold reality in order to secure the support of moderates he'll need to cut at least $1.5 trillion from his $3.5 trillion plan. and significantly reshape key elements on climate, paid leave and health care. >> the american people want us to act, and i think we're going to have to aggressively come together to do that. >> reporter: manchin and senator bernie sanders meeting behind closed doors monday to make amends after a weekend of public sparring. to sell the deal, biden prepares to take his pitch on the road in his hometown of scranton, pennsylvania, on wednesday, before taking part in a cnn town hall in baltimore on wednesday. biden and democratic leaders
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steadfast on the road ahead. >> we still have work to do, but we're going to continue at it until -- until the job is done. >> reporter: white house officials have been cautious about setting any new deadlines but senate democrats were very clear after their own two-hour meeting earlier today. they want to have an agreement on a framework by the end of this week. no question there's a lot of work left to be done. but clear momentum at this moment behind an effort that, to this point, has had very little. >> phil mattingly, thank you so much. here to discuss, ro khanna of california. he was part of that meeting that wrapped up at the white house. good to see you. what can you tell us about your meeting with president biden and why so many of your fellow progressives seem so optimistic. >> this was a president in charge. he's taken over the details of the negotiation. he said he is confident that he can get senator sinema and senator manchin to a place in the framework.
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and the framework was an inspiring one and one progressives can get behind. you saw him in full command of the details. he was going through in detail on the chart every program. >> can you give us an idea of what this compromise might look like. what the total cost will be? whether or not programs will be cut or whether or not it will just be for allocated funds for a shorter number of years? any details? >> i think most of the programs, almost all of the programs will be there in some form. it's no secret that the president has thrown out a number around $2 trillion. that is i think, where we will end up around that number. and almost every priority will be funded. some of them will be funded less for less years. some for more years but overall, there was a sense that the priorities that the progressives care about are in the framework. >> give us an idea of some of the specific programs that will be in this compromise theoretically. >> i appreciate your raising
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that. one of the things we talked about is we need to be more specific about what's in there. there's going to be universal preschool. the president was the most passionate about this saying all these other countries do this. this is going to give every kid in america a fair starting point. there's going to be a child tax credit continued. we will have vision, dental, hearing. that's going to be in there. there will be some funding for community college scholarships. there will be funding for the expansion of the affordable care act. so it is a robust program and there are going to be climate investments. massive investments and extensions in solar, in wind, in water. >> so universal pre-k would suggest for anybody out there who is not paying incredibly close attention to this that there is not any means testing, meaning it doesn't matter how much money you make. you can send your kids to this universal pre-k, the same way that any wealthy person can send their kids to the local high
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school, local public high school. so that would stay universal. is there means testing for anything else because obviously senator manchin has been pushing for that. >> that will be universal and that's a big win. there will be means testing for the child tax credit and the earned income tax credit. as you know, there was means testing for those programs even in the american rescue plan we passed. the question is, what is the threshold going to be? i believe it will be higher than the $60,000 that senator manchin proposed. it will be significant. there wasn't the level of detail on what that number will be. that will be worked out. but i'm confident a lot of working class and middle class families will be covered. >> you just said there will be climate change provisions. we have heard and read that one of the big sticking points for senator manchin who represents west virginia, a coal state, is that he opposes a lot of the climate policies, climate change policies in the bill.
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where is that going to land? there is this provision that would give federal money to companies who increase their share of electricity from clean sources. and penalize carbon tax those who do not. is that going to be in the bill? >> the good news is there's going to be about $300 billion of investment in solar, in wind, in hydro. the tax credits to be able to develop that. the program that you referred to is probably not going to be in the bill. that is a disappointment, but the president said that he is committed to finding alternative means to get to the 50% reduction in emissions that he's committed to and to make sure that he delivers that before he goes to glasgow. so that's a work in progress. one of the things we discussed is how important to make sure west virginia is a winner in this. that the jobs, the new jobs are actually in west virginia and other fossil fuel dependent
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states. >> now the provision, the bill that you're talking about, the build back better act, proposes paying for, if not all, most of these programs by raising the corporate tax level, by raising the very highest level tax level. but we've also heard that this is a nonstarter, at least the corporate tax increase, for senator kyrsten sinema of arizona. is that true? is there any change on what washington, d.c. calls the pay-ifs or revenues or what most human beings call tax increases? >> the president said that it will be completely paid for. we didn't get into the specifics of how. now half of the plan is basically a tax cut. the part of it that's an earned income tax credit, child tax credit, that's putting money in the pockets of the working class, especially if it's refundable, it's a tax cut. so that part, senator sinema may not be opposed to that spending for the other parts, the
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president is confident will be able to raise the revenue. i obviously think we should be raising taxes on the ultra wealthy and corporate tax rates. i believe some of that will be in there. >> what happens if democrats cannot make a deal before the self-imposed deadline of october 31st? there's nothing magic about that deadline. it's something the democrats put as a goal. you guys have already blown through multiple deadlines, and as you know, moderates are already frustrated the vote didn't happen last month as promised. do you think this will happen by october 31st, and if not, when? >> i used to think probably not until i met the president this afternoon. and i'll tell you what struck me. he wasn't focused on october 31st, but he was focused on delivering something before he goes to glasgow. and he made a compelling case. he said and looked people in the eye and said the prestige of the united states is on the line. i need this to go represent the united states overseas. i need people to see that the democratic party is working, that the country is working,
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that we can govern. i think that is a very compelling appeal. it appealed to me that we need to compromise and get this president a win. i hope it will appeal to every american that we want this president to succeed on the international stage. >> right. glasgow where there will be a big international discussion on how to combat climate change. democratic congressman ro khanna, thank you for your time today. we appreciate it. president joe biden joins cnn this thursday for an exclusive town hall. he's going to answer questions from the american people and from my colleague anderson cooper. that's this thursday night at 8:00 p.m. only on cnn. be sure to watch. as joe manchin stands in the way of some of the climate change provisions in the bill, his home state is being transformed by climate change. that's ahead. democrats finally trying to scale the stone wall as the committee investigating the capitol riot is about to vote to possibly hold trump acolyte steve bannon in contempt of congress. stay with us.
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welcome back. in our politics lead, just hours from now the house committee investigating the january 6th investigation is expected to take the first step toward holding trump ally steve bannon in contempt of congress for refusing to comply with the subpoena. let's get to cnn's paula reid. do we know when the full house of representatives will vote on whether or not to hold bannon in contempt of congress? >> we've just learned, jake, the committee expects that full vote in the house to happen by friday. if it succeeds, then this issue would move on to the justice department. specifically the u.s. attorney in d.c. but the decision on whether to proceed would lie with the loss, attorney general merrick garland and at this point it's not clear exactly
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what he will do. he is facing considerable political pressure, even though the white house and justice department are supposed to be completely separate, president biden weighed in late last week saying, yes, he believes bannon should be prosecuted. and, of course, we've seen democratic lawmakers also calling on the justice department to proceed with this arguing that if they don't, then trump associates won't have any incentive or need to cooperate. it's interesting, jake, in speaking with legal experts on both sides of this, including people who used to work for the former president they suggested that bannon could have made this a lot more difficult for the attorney general. he could have shown up and invoked privilege on some questions. could have taken the fifth. would have been harder to argue he wasn't complying. but instead he and his attorneys snts sent this attorney citing privilege, even though many of the items are not related to conversations with the former president. and that is why the committee says it's likely to proceed on this issue and they just rejected a last-minute request
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by bannon's lawyer to delay tonight's vote. >> paula, former president trump is suing the january 6th committee so that he can keep his documents private. what what does the committee have to say about this? >> they argue that the former president is trying to prevent them from getting facts about january 6th. they argue that privilege is not absolute and they note that president biden so far has agreed with them and has not invoked privilege. the archives has told former president trump that unless he can get a court to intervene or agree with him by november 12th, they are going to hand over this first batch of documents. now in his lawsuit, trump does raise some novel issues. some novel questions about the rights that a former president has to raise executive privilege. it's possible that a court may want to engage on those which would at the very least delay these proceedings and at most potentially block lawmakers from
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getting some materials. but legal experts i've spoken with, jake, say it's a long shot. >> paula reid, thanks so much. let's discuss with my august panel. brendan, the actions of this committee have already become very, very partisan. even though liz cheney and adam kinzinger, two republicans, are on the committee. and a former republican congressman denver riggleman is on the staff. do you think this debate about whether or not bannon is going to be held in contempt of congress is going to split down partisan lines? >> the next step after the committee is they'll have to vote it on the floor to have congress hold someone in contempt the entire body has to vote on it. that will be a really interesting vote. most republicans will vote against it. they have successfully made this partisan. that was the goal of republicans in the first place. steve bannon is not particularly popular among a lot of republicans. steve bannon spent a lot of time attacking a lot of republicans. ultimately, yeah it will fall along party lines. what bannon and trump is trying to do is they are trying to buy time to get past the next
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election, the midterm. they realize if republicans take back the house which seems increasingly likely at this point, this goes away. they'll hide behind the courts until you get there and republicans will go with them and hide behind some political fig leaf. >> carrie, you are the attorney on this panel. this could be a lengthy, potentially years-long legal fight to make bannon testify. do you think ultimately he will be prosecuted by the attorney general? >> it's hard to prejudge what the justice department is going to do with this. but i tend to think at this point it really is less about actually obtaining the testimony of steve bannon than it is about setting the precedent that criminal prosecution is the potential for all the other witnesses who don't comply. so i think because he might be able to stretch his potential testimony out while the justice department considers it and i hope the justice department goes
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through the normal prosecutorial chain of deciding whether a case would be prosecuted started with the ausa to the u.s. attorney and up to main justice. so that there's a regular order about making that decision. >> while on the topic of donald trump, let's remind people who republicans are lining up behind. republican office holders. he just released a statement about the death of general colin powell who died, we should say, he was fighting cancer and parkinson's but his death was something of a surprise. he and his wife alma, although they were both vaccinated, tested positive for covid and alma is okay but colin powell died because he had a compromised immune system. that said, here is what donald trump had to say about this decorated trail blazing vietnam war veteran and general. quote, wonderful to see colin powell who made big mistakes on iraq and famously so-called weapons of mass destruction be treated in death so beautifully by the fake news media.
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hope that happens to me. he was a classic rino, if even that. always being the first to attack other republicans. he made plenty of mistakes. but anyway, may he rest in peace. and that was followed by a link to donate money to donald trump. he did it to john dingell and john mccain. it's still shocking republicans are lining up behind this. >> these statements over and over, it all comes back to himself. he points to himself and the fake news media over and over again and it's still equally shocking and i guess we shouldn't expect republicans at this point to really criticize him over something like this. but, you know, liz cheney and a few others did come out but i think we're not going to see top republicans -- >> is this shocking, though? i don't think anything about this is shocking. >> shocking but not surprising. >> colin powell dedicated his entire life to serving others. donald trump is someone who dedicated his life to serving himself. colin powell was the first black
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chief of staff. donald trump is the first wait to impeached president. i don't want to attack donald trump personally because that takes it down to his level but he talks about being remembered. he'll be remembered as one of the most graceless people who has ever graced this country. colin powell is anything but. >> and it's actually a political gift for democrats. every time he does this, he reminds people who revolted from the republican party the suburban, the educated, the women voters who now have run very far away. every time he does this and every time he invokes racial undertones in some of his statements they go further and further away. i'm sure while democrats are upset he did this, it's also once again another gift. >> it is a gift. republican liz cheney as you know, one of the few republicans to speak out about this, calling this in a wyoming newspaper saying trump's comments were pathetic garbage. but again, there's a very hotly contested gubernatorial race in virginia right now. and i'm sure glen youngkin, the
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republican nominee, who put out a very nice statement about colin powell, is going to be asked, what about this, that the leader of your party said. what about this, what about this? >> with respect to the virginia governor race, glen youngkin has already on record saying that he would vote -- he would support donald trump if he was the nominee in 2024. so that lets you know where glen youngkin stands as it relates to trump and that's after the insurrection. with respect to colin powell, i worked in my day job at a national security and defense think tank and colin powell has inspired generations of national security defense and foreign policy leaders. so i just hope as the continuing conversation over the legacy that he leaves, the more important piece is the legacy that he has left in terms of his lessons of leadership, his inspiration to generations of a more diverse representation in the national security nfd defense community. >> trump didn't have to put out
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a statement about colin powell. obviously colin powell endorsed hillary clinton in '16 and joe biden in '20. they were not each other's favorite. he could have kept quiet. >> he doesn't have a twitter account but likes to be part of the conversation and he's going to keep putting out these statements. there's a reason why terry mcauliffe in virginia is continuing to tie his republican opponent to donald trump. the more he keeps putting out these statements the more traps beneficial that strategy could be. >> do you think it works? do you think the idea of trying to tie glen youngkin, the gubernatorial nominee to donald trump, that works on suburban voters or do people think, it's not the same person? >> i think it works in northern virginia. in southern virginia, richmond area, it's more complicated. virginia has become northern virginia so that's the make-up. that's why you start to see this distance put in the poll numbers. >> i don't think it works when donald trump is off the stage. when you haven't seen donald
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trump in a few weeks and glen youngkin does not present as a donald trump type person. but when donald trump inserts himself in this and you remind him and see him every day it's going to stick more. i'm sure glen youngkin would love donald trump for the next two weeks to just shut up. >> there was an interview where senator cassidy, i think it was, a republican of louisiana, said he would not want donald trump to be the nominee. he would not support him, but yet, at the same time, there's a new poll i just saw out earlier today showing a significant amount and in fact a higher percentage than just a few months ago of republican voters want trump to run for president in 2024. >> well, look, he has a popularity with the republican party and so in our virginia governors race, the candidate glen youngkin has said he'll support donald trump in 2024. he has aligned himself with the anti-masking, anti-vaccine requirement provisions that have
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been in place in virginia as a resident there, it's been a proet ty pretty good place to right oud the pandemic. the policies in place have made families feel pretty comfortable in living throughout the pandemic. >> you have a democratic governor. >> we have a democratic governor right now. terry mcauliffe has said he would continue those policies. when it comes to actual policies, that's what virginia voters are looking for when it comes to that race. >> speaking of races, new york mayor bill de blasio dodged questions today about whether or not he's going to run for governor of new york state. he's been putting this out there. he also ran for president. that didn't go so well. according to polls only 1 in 4 new york voters view him fafrably. do young he's going to run? >> i am sure he can run but cuomo has better poll numbers than de blasio. kyrie will probably play before he wins. >> what about you? do you think de blasio has any shot? >> yeah, look, i think what's motivating him is rivalry with
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cuomo. two politicians who hate each other more, i don't know who they are. he wants him -- probably motivated to one up -- >> oh, i see. so handrew cuomo was forced to resign, so now i'm going to take it. >> it's not that petty, is it? >> poll numbers didn't hold him back from jumping into the presidential race. he ran for president at one point, even though i think at best he was polling at 1% in the -- >> i don't think even that. that was an inflated percentage you just gave. thanks one and all. the latest threat from north korea shot out of the sea. that's next. 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. you don't look broke.
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in our world lead, tensions are escalating on the korean peninsula. north korea confirmed it successfully filed a ballistic missile from a submarine earlier today. this test is the latest in a series of, frankly, ominous moves in recent weeks including what the kim jong-un regime claims was a hypersonic missile test last month which would be theoretically capable of traveling from pyongyang in washington, d.c., in less than two hours. will ripley is live for us. how significant is this latest move? >> if it is true that north korea launched from a submarine and these images they just released are strikingly similar to the images from their test in 2019 where they said it was a submarine but turned out to be an underwater kind of platform. so we don't really know for sure but it is suspected, according to south korea and japan and others who are analyzing this that the launch did happen out in the sea and the pictures do
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show, you know, ballistic missile coming out of the water and then they show this submarine. the significance is that if north korea now has the capability to launch a ballistic missile from a submarine, even though their submarines are not like the u.s. or the uk or what australia's nuclear submarines will be down the road or even china, they are old, clunky, noisy, pretty easy to detect but it gives north korea potentially the capability to sneak up on enemy shores and launch a ballistic missile. and that is a -- not a good development considering that just last month they said they also developed a hypersonic missile which they claim can travel at five times the speed of sound, change direction, fly low under the radar. these hypersonic missiled deployed in russia are basically impossible to shoot down. so all of the missile defense systems in place to protect the 125 million people in japan and
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more than 50,000 u.s. troops would be virtually useless against a hypersonic missile. so if north korea is moving towards that technology, even if they aren't quite there yet and now also have submarine-launched ballistic missiles, it's extraordinary this small im impoverished country has invested so much in its weapons country. it comes at a great cost in terms of many other things in that country that need resources that don't get them. >> will ripley, thank you. the senator from coal country blocks the climate change plan as floods wreak havoc at his home. that's next. little fleet. big relief. try it. feel it. feel that fleet feeling.
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d.c. look no further than the air waves. jeff zeleny joins us. the ads tell us a lot about where this race is at. >> every election is about exciting your supporters and turning them out to the polls but that takes considerably more work during the off-year elections like the virginia governors race. these tv ads speak directly to the strategies of both campaigns. democrats are trying to drum up enthusiasm by making this a referendum on donald trump. republicans are trying to fire up their supporters by focusing on schools, highlighting an intense debate happening over in-person learning, mask mandates and whether schools are too woke. in this new ad today, the mcauliffe campaign showed they believe their fortunes must be made by linking their opponent to donald trump. >> how did we end up here? the lies, the division. it starts when we give room for hate to grow. >> you also had very fine
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people, on both sides. >> i was honored to receive president trump's endorsement. >> but leadership requires taking a stand. >> i have a message to all the white supremacists and nazis who came into charlottesville today. go home. >> so it's unclear how many voters that will motivate but it's actually clear school arguments and parents' involvement in schools is now a critical issue in the closing stretch of this race. youngkin has been surging upon a comment that mcauliffe said parents can be too involved in their kids' edges. they're also airing an ad explaining his comments saying he believes parents should be involved and he's opposed to government overreach. for nearly half a million virginia voters, the race is already over. they have already early voted. that number will rise over the final two weeks. and a race that's being closely watched as an indicator of which way the winds are blowing for next year's midterm elections. >> jeff zeleny, thank you.
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from virginia to west virginia, democratic senator joe manchin's home state. manchin today saying no way to yet another climate change provision in the president's social programs package. but climate change has become a growing threat to west virginians. rene marsh, you travelled to west virginia this week. what did you learn from his constituents? >> what i learned, it's not just senator manchin who doesn't want quick and aggressive action when it comes to climate change. it's many of his own constituents who in real time are feeling the impacts of climate change. so we traveled there to peel back the layers and figure out just why climate change is so complicated in that state. >> our house is already -- >> we're in the car. the car is flooding full of water. >> reporter: floodwaters
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submerged people, cars and homes in the thousand year flood. the town in west virginia almost wiped off the map in 2016 and this past summer parts of the state saw more flooding. from raging deadly floods to widespread drought, west virginians over the past few years have faced weather whiplash and scientists predict it will get worse. >> rising about a foot an hour. >> reporter: jimmy rader, a retired iraq war veteran, survived the deadly 2016 west virginia flooding but his home did not. five years later, he is still rebuilding. in the meantime, he his wife and three dogs call this camper home. >> it's really tough with my ptsd being in such tight quarters. >> reporter: look around the small west virginia town and it's still without a grocery store, bank and elementary school. yet senator joe manchin is blocking the most aggressive
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climate change legislation in u.s. history. this neighborhood lost safe access to their homes after the 2016 flood weakened the foundation of this bridge and rusted it out. >> if someone dialed 911, could not come across this bridge. >> they'd be afraid they wouldn't make it. the bridge might collapse. >> reporter: this bridge is connie richard's lifeline to everyday life, including medical care. >> you just keep moving along and pray you get to the other side. >> reporter: but even in the face of severe weather and its costly destruction, neither rader nor richard blame climate change. >> i'm not buying into the old climate change thing. >> if somebody said in order to make sure a flood like this never hits your community again, we need to get rid of coal, what would you say? >> in the second largest coal-producing state, it's a complicated issue. senator joe manchin blocking the most aggressive parts of climate
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legislation that would drastically curb greenhouse emissions linked to climate change is the top recipient of campaign doan apgsss from the coal mine and fossil fuel industry. his investment is valued at between 1 and $5 million. >> knowing west virginia could get hit because we failed to curb greenhouse gases? >> the premises filled with mularkey. now we're sensitive to the fact that if we're contributing towards climate change, but you can't blame every undesirable weather event on west virginia coal. we don't have serious droughts here. we don't have serious fires here. we have a little bit of flooding -- >> ordered a state of emergency because there were multiple counties going through droughts. and almost every county in west virginia has seen massive
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flooding. >> but it's very, very difficult to blame that on coal because again, we have cleaned up every airborne constituent to the extent we're contributing towards greenhouse gases, we're doing everything imaginable and humanly possible. >> reporter: senator manchin echoed this monday. >> want to make sure we have reliable power. we have cleaned up the environment more than any other time in the history of this world. >> reporter: west virginia university professor nicholas zed has studied the state and climate change for 11 years. he says breaking through the complexity of the issue feels impossible. >> climate change is so complicated here in west virginia because west virginians perceive it as a direct attack on their livelihoods. but it's also interesting, too, that inaction of our business leaders and inaction of our decisionmakerers is also a direct attack on livelihoods. >> reporter: now coal -- bottom line is coal is very expensive.
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there are cheaper energy sources, and the industry is shedding jobs because of automation, jake, but they are holding on to this dying industry. many say the reason for that is simply because of the undiversified economy in west virginia. so, you know, even despite the impact of climate change, you heard the people in that piece say, let it flood. >> that was remarkable. rene marsh, excellent report. and it's so good to have you back. thanks for joining us. a private school bans children who got the covid vaccine. yeah, you heard me right. got the vaccine. the junk science behind this bizarre move and what parents are saying. that's next. support, and 5g included in every plan, so you get it all.
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the u.s. government will soon recommend covid booster shots for everyone 40 years old and older who received the moderna or pfizer vaccines. that's according to a source familiar with the plan. cnn medical correspondent elizabeth cohen joins me with the breaking details. this means tens of millions more people can get a booster shot. >> right, jake. if this goes through, that's what that means. that's because u.s. health officials say they are seeing new data that shows that fully vaccinated people in their 40s and 50s are sometimes getting severe disease. that was happening in israel. israel deployed boosters and
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they didn't have an age limit and the israelis say it really helped. the u.s. is likely headed in that direction. right now boosters are recommended for folks who have pfizer only starting at age 65. universally. young people are eligible if they fall into certain categories. that age would be moved from 65 to 40 or possibly 50 for folks who got pfizer and moderna. again, it's because new data is emerging as it has during the pandemic. there is always new data coming in showing that as the vaccine wanes, seeing more hospitalizations among people in their 40s and 50s even though they are fully vaccinated. jake. >> all right. interesting. now to our national lead. feels like opposite day at one private school in south florida where kids are told to stay home for 30 days if they get a covid vaccine. you heard me right. if they get a vaccine. the school is citing bogus voluminous anecdotal reports that the vaccine could
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negatively impact others. it's complete nonsense. leylah, how are parents reacting to this? >> reporter: jake, a lot of parents we approached didn't want to talk to journalists about this. but of those who did talk to cnn they were supportive. supportive of the school wanting students to stay home for 30 days if they get vaccinated. now, in a letter that went to parents, it was obtained by our affiliate wsvn, they went on to say that if parents are considering vaccinating their students, they are asking them to hold off until summer when -- and i quote -- there will be time for the potential transmission or shedding onto others to decrease. that is not true. there is not a single credible science-based study out there that indicates that the covid-19 vaccine in any way contributes to transmission or shedding onto
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others of covid-19. jake. >> leylah, this school has a history of, to put it nicely, rejecting science. how were they handling vaccinations for teachers when the vaccinations were first approved? >> reporter: remember, jake, i was on your show in april talking about this very school behind me, and it was because in april six months ago i spoke to the ceo and co-founder of the academy, a private school here in miami, when they were asking teachers to hold off. and, yes, to your point, even then they were using false claims, a slew of misinformation to ask teachers not to get vaccinated. and so this misinformation comes as they claim that they want more information on the vaccines. but if you talk to anyone from the medical community, they'll
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be quick to tell you those studies exist and those studies are favorable to covid-19 vaccines being not only safe, but also effective in stopping the spread of covid-19. >> i can't imagine what science class is like in that school. leyla santiago, thanks so much. the movie that killed bond and the marvel universe at the box office, and why it may be bad news for the u.s. that's next. from unitedhealthcare. medicare supplement plans help by paying some of what medicare doesn't... and let you see any doctor. any specialist. anywhere in the u.s. who accepts medicare patients. so if you have this... consider adding this. call unitedhealthcare today for your free decision guide. ♪ introducing fidelity income planning. we look at how much you've saved,
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world is a chinese propaganda film florfying the defeat of the united states in a key korean war battle. the battle at lake shan jin has grossed $770 million at the box office globally, well ahead of the new bond film "no time to die" as well as marvel's new release "shang-chi" and the legend of the ten rings. the chinese government commissioned the propaganda film which plays up china's role in helping to defeat american troops by north korea in a pivotal battle in 1950. the success of the film comes at the same time as tensions between the united states and china, not to mention north korea, are increasing. you can follow me on facebook or on instagram or on twitter or on the tiktok at jake tapper. tweet the show at the lead cnn. and i want to remind you, if you miss an episode of "the lead," you can listen to "the lead" wherever you get your podcasts.
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our coverage continues with one mr. wolf blitzer next door in the situation room. i will see you tomorrow. happening now, the january 6th select committee is getting ready to vote on holding trump ally steve bannon in contempt. we are waiting this milestone in the investigation of the attack on the u.s. capitol. also tonight, president biden holds back-to-back talks with dueling groups of democrats as he ratchets up efforts to try to advance his stalled agenda. he is meeting with moderates right now. are they any closer at all to reaching a deal as an end of month deadline nears and fear of failure looms over the white house. then we are learning that the u.s. government is likely to issue a recommendation very soon for people as young as 40 to get moderna and pfizer booster shots. we'll break down what we know and what it could mean for the pandemic. we want to welcome our viewers here in the it