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gone are the days when you have to pull up to a mcdonald's and sit in the parking lot with your child to do their homework when there's virtual learning going on. dr. king said of all the forms of inequity injustice in health care is the most shocking and most inhumane. this is a once in a century pandemic that has hit this country hard and especially the african-american community. it's like you've all lost someone to the virus or no someone who has lost a loved one. 1 in 600 black americans have died from covid-19. it's been reported that the black children more than twice as likely as white children to have lost a parent or a care giver to covid-19, to have to experience the trauma and loss. many of my colleagues in the congress are working on what we have to now work on even more fervently, and that is mental
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health care, helping people through the difficult periods we have. it's been devastating. [ applause ] but we can find purpose in pain. we can find purpose in this pain. equity is the center of my administration's covid-19 response. the vaccination rates among black adults is now essentially on par with white adults. in the mid of this pandemic we're building an affordable care act to extend coverage to lower health care costs for millions of black families. we're also working on lowering prescription drug costs by giving medicare the power to negotiate lower prices, and how do you know the plan will work? because the drug companies are spending millions of bucks to try to stop it. that's how you know. together, making health care a right, not a privilege and to the millions of you who feel financially squeezed in raising
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a child while caring for an aging parent, the so-called sandwich generation, we're going to make elder care affordable and we also want to make sure that child care costs for most families are cut at least in half. no working family if we get what y'all are helping me get done, no working family in america will pay more than 7% of their income on child care for any child under 5. [ applause ] we want to give raises to millions of care workers and home workers so they can increase their compassity, increase their knowledge, increase their opportunities. health workers and child care workers are disproportionately women, women of color and immigrants, workers like the ones dr. king stood for when he marched and gave his life. look, folks, just margin stead of consigning a million of our children to u.n. resources
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schools, we gave every single child in america are access to an education at age 3 an age 4 at a quality pre-school. we can afford to do this. we can't afford not to do it, and we do know that no matter what the background or circumstance that the child comes from, when given that opportunity they have a better than 58% chance of making it all the way through 12 years of getting themselves in trouble. this will change lives forever and so will investments in programs for higher education individuals. i tell you. let me be clear. in the shadow of the morehouse men, i hear a lot about that,
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guys, and as a howard alumni -- i keep making the case of being excused for a point privilege as we used to say in the senate. the best hsbcu is delaware state. that's where i got started. today we're committed to nearly $5 billion this year in historic investments with more historically black colleges and universities to help every single student to get a job at a good paying job. for anyone watching this, one of the problems is black students in college have the same capability as any other student but because they don't have great endowments they can't compete for the government
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contracts are out there, that the big schools are able to go out and get. cyber security, for example, starting salary is $100,000, $125,000 but you don't get to get that contract unless you have laboratories or unless you have the facilities that you can in fact train on. what else is it about? about the promise of america. economic injustice also remains an environmental adjustment to fence line communities dividing homes. my state has one of the highest cancer rates in the history of america. because i lived in a fence line community called claremont, delaware. we used to get up in the morning and i used to joke when we went on, turn on the windshield wiper in the fall on the first frost and literally an oil slick on the window, not a joke, an oil slick on the window. that's why a lot of people have bronchial asthma. it means reducing pollution so
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our children can avoid these consequences. everyone has an alley in your state. look, it means building up our -- these weather events have been of biblical proportions. 178-mile-per-hour top winds in a hurricane in louisiana. more people dying in queens in their basements because 20 inches of rain, they flooded and couldn't get out of their basement, they drowned. super storms, droughts, wildfires, hurricanes. this is the promise for america, urban and rural and "african american" many rivers to cross" america, not just one area and as we fight for economic justice in the middle of the fight for all americans we need to continue equal justice under the law. look, know the frustration that we all feel that more than one
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year after george floyd's urder and the consixion of -- about six months ago. i remember meeting many times with his little daughter, my daddy is going to change history. i haven't fulfilled that yet. let me be clear. we need to continue to fight for real legislation. my interesting is enacting -- we've already changed our poll tis. no-knock warrants and federal agents are required to wear body cameras and rescinding the previous administration's guidance to u.s. attorneys to require the harshest of penalties. the justice department has opened a parent and practice investigation of systematic police misconduct in police departments in phoenix, louisville and minneapolis.
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just because we can't get it done in the states, we are not standing back. we have much more to do. and this is an -- this is important to stress. they wasn't new standards that live up to america's promise of equal justice under the world. with my american rescue plan, thing you and theioning for getting it. everyone forgets that's $14.9 trillion. we got a heck of a lot done with that, we did so well that people don't even know where it came from. i'm serious, thinking about it. what did you do for me lately? well, we had $1.9 trillion. >> we made historic investment in community policing and violent intervention programs and we're told that some of these programs reduce violence by 60%. we're expanding summer
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opportunities and services and support to and nowy just go under the bridge which is where you were there. you should have had access to all these things. you paid your price, and we shouldn't put you back on the spot where you have no options. we're also working to stem the flow of firearms from rogue gun dealers to curb the epidemic of gun violence. i know i get criticized for being the guy that passed the assault ban. i'm proud to have passed the assault weapons ban. here's the deal. we heard dr. king paraphrase mikeia. he said give us the ballot, and we'll place judges on the benches of the south who will do justly and love mercy. well, just nine months we've appointed more black women in the federal circuit courts and
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more public defenders than any administration in all of american history because of you. we're going to change it. we did it in record time and we're just getting started because of all of you in the audience. you have been the engine behind offs this, but we also know this. to make real the full promise of america we have to protect that fundamental right,ing right to vote, the sacred right to vote. you know, it's democracy's threshold of liberty. with it anything is possible. without it nothing is. today the right to vote and the rule of law are under up relenting assault from republican governors, attorneys general, secretaries of state, state legislators, and they are following my predecessor, the last president into a deep, deep black hole and abyss. no, i really mean it. think about it. this is what got me involved in civil rights as a kid when i was
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26 years old. i love read begun how biden knew he was going to run for president. hell, i didn't even know i would run for the county council, i didn't even want to, but, look, this struggle is no longer over who gets to vote or making it easier for eligible people to vote. it's about who gets to count the votes, whether they should count at all. jim crow in the 21st century is now a sinister combination of voter suppression and election subversion. my fellow, americans, i thought at one point that i had been able to do something good as chair. judiciary committee. i was able to get every member of the committee, including some of the most conservative members that ever served clearly who had racist backgrounds to vote to extend the voting rights act for 25 years. i thought, whoa, the proudest things i ever did as a senator.
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but guess what. this means that some state legislatures want to make it harder for you to vote, and if you do vote, they want to be able to tell it whether or not your vote counts. that's not how to be forward. they want the ability to reject the final vote and ignore the will of the people. they are target not just voters of color but every voter who doesn't vote the way they want. i have to admit to it, i've been a senator in my whole 36-year career i've worked with a lot of folks out here on civil rights issues. i thought, man, can't turn your back. we can defeat hate. thought we could actually defeat hate, but the most un-american
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thing that any of us can imagine, the mouth undemocratic and patriotic. time and again we've let this threat come to fruition and each time we've fought back. we need to continue to fight become. the vice president and i and our colleagues have spent our careers doing this work. it's central to the administration. on bloody sunday i directed each and every federal agency to promote access to voting and each agency heeding that call. for the department of veteran affairs i asked them to make it easier for veterans and families to register and to vote. at v.a. facilities so it will be open. in addition, the u.s. department of justice has doubled the
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voting rights enforcement staff. we've got a long way to go though. it's usually authorities to challenge the onslaught of state laws undermining voting rights, whether in old or new ways. something like 20% or half the republicans, i am not your president. donald trump is still your president. and as the catholics say oh, my god. but, look, the focus is going to remain on discrimination and racial discriminatory laws. georgia's newest anti-voting laws, and let's be clear about georgia, dr. king's home state and the home state of up who has literally stood in his shoes as -- i thank some of you guys
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knew that the next line was coming. that's why you had the jets come out. stood in his shoes as a morehouse man. that's what i keep getting frommy is drifnlgt well anyway, and as a preacher in the pulpit of ebb neerz, united states senator rafael warnock, the first black senator in the state of georgia. he earned the trust and confidence of a broad coalition of voters in georgia and in response of republicans of georgia, what was it? it's not to try to win on the merits and ideas. it's by changing the rules to make it harder for people to vote, deny the franchise. the vice president has been leading our administration's efforts, and we've supported democrats pressing to enact critical voting rights bills since day one of this administration, mashing sure we have unanimous support, but each and every time the senate republicans block it by refusing even to talk about it.
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they are afraid to just debate the bills in the u.s. senate as they can again yesterday even on a pill that includes positions they have traditionally supported. it's unfair and unconshonable that a shabl. the john lewis act will still up could vote. it's a law that helped lead the reauthorization as i said for 25 years -- in the senate judiciary committee expanding the voting rights act. we have to keep up the fight and get it done, and i know the moment that we're in. you know the moment that we're in. i know the stakes. you know the stakes. this is far from over, and finally we're confronting the stains of what remains, a deep stain on the soul of the nation,
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hate and white supremacy. you know, there's a tough through line of subjugation that enslaved people from our earliest days to the reins of radicalized terror of the kkk and to dr. king being assassinated and though that line continues to be the torturous emerging from dark shadows in charlottesville and carrying nazi banners and chanting anti-semitic vile and ku klux klan friends and the violent deadly insurrection on the capitol nine months ago, it was about white supremacy in my view, the rise of hate crimes against asian americans during the pandemic and the rise of anti-semitism here in america and around the world, the through line is that hate never goes away. it never -- i thought in all the years i've been involved i thought once we got through it
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it would go away, but it doesn't. it only hides. it only hides until seeming legitimate person breathes some oxygen under the rocks where they are hiding and gives us some breath. i've said it before and all my colleagues here know it. according to the united states intelligence community domestic terrorism from white supremacists is the most lethal terrorist threat in the homeland. to that end our administration is carrying out the first ever comprehensive effort to tackle the threat posed by domestic terrorism, including white supremacy. we're doing so by taking action to reduce online radicalism and recruitment to violence. we're also disrupting networks that disrupt domestic terrorists by providing resources to communities to build reresilience. we cannot and must not give hate
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any safe harbor, any safe harbor. sending here now, dr. king said his goal was to, quote, redeem the soul of america. that's what's at stake here, the soul of america and we know that it's nat the work of a sing dale day or generation. here we stand with dr. king to show out of struggle there's progress, out of despair there's hope. from the promise of equality, justice and freedom we see black excellence, american excellence, black history, as american history and a defining source of the might of this nation. that's why we're here today to
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renew our own courage in the shadow and the light on the shoulders of dr. king, coretta scott king and all those known and unknown who gave their whole souls to this work. the courage to confront wrong and to try to do right. the courage to heal the broken places of the nation. the courage to see america hole, to acknowledge where we fall short, to devote ourselves of the perfection of the union that we love and that we must protect, because if we can summon the courage to do these things, we'll have done our duty, honored our commitments and brought the dream of dr. king just a little bit closer to reality. it's the highest of callings. it's the most sacred of charges, and it's what with the help of god we can do now. so let's go forth from this sacred place, a nation always seeking, always thriving, always
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keeping the faith because, folks, you know, i know my colleagues in the senate used to always kid me for quoting irish poets on the floor. they thought i did it because i was irish. that's not the reason. they are just the best poets in the world. there's a line, and i believe this to be true. there's a line from a poem that says once in a lifetime that tidal wave of justice rises up and hope and history rise. that's not the whole quote, i won't bore you at all. hope and history rise. i believe the american people, the vast majority are with us. i think they see much more clearly what you've always been fighting for your whole lives now, some stark relief. the bad news that we had of a
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president who appealed to the prejudice, the good news it is he -- he ripped the band-aid off and made it absolutely clear what's at stake and i think the american people will follow us, guess what, whether they will or not, we have no choice. we have to continue to fight. god bless you all, and may god protect our troops. hello and thanks for being with us. i'm ana cabrera in new york. you've been listening to president biden speaking at the tenth anniversary celebration of the dedication of the martin luther king jr. memorial in washington, talking about the promise of america and his goal to lift up all americans, especially when it comes to addressing racial and socioeconomic inequality and opportunity, themes that will likely be echoed later tonight in his cnn presidential town hall as the president then fields questions from the american people. john one may be using his prime
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time stage to sell his economic agenda, still ambitious but gaining. as the negotiations drag on, one senate moderate, key holdout kyrsten sinema, is facing growing hostility from her fellow democrats and several of her advisers resigned just a short time ago. cnn's kaitlan clips is there live tonight and manu raju on capitol hill. tell us about the become bog that senator sinema is hearing from the matter. she's not divulged where she stand on over issue. liberals are seeing this dreams of getting this massive plan, scaled back massively and
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there's tuition-free community college and now we're hearing she's opposing corporate tax rates and individual tax rates, raising a major question about how they exactly plan to finance this program as the democrats have been promising for some time. now there's now concerns that she could potentially have on the left facing a possible primary challenge come 2024. run congressman said he would not rule out the idea of challenging her, saying voters in arizona are very upwith her and it's been said there's a sense in which we no longer live in a democracy. we live under the tierny of kirst ensinema. i can live with dis-september. my close and i had trouble living with what we remember receive to be erraticism. i spoke with speaker pelosi about senator sinema's opposition and how they would
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actually pay for this program and whether or not the senator has conveyed those issues directly to them. >> senator sna what from we understand has opposed increasing the individual tax rate and could this be fully promised if this view prevails. >> has she conveyed her position to you? >> her position is well known. >> so she is econveyed that position to the president and told democratic leaders shoal not accept the higher taxes. how are they looking at in? a possible minmatch corporate tax and a tax on billionaires? will senator sinema agree with that? major questions ahead. if they can get this done, democrats want a deal by the end
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of the week, uncertain if they can do that. >> kaitlan, it sounds like president biden has a sinema problem. what is he doing and what more can he do? >> well, i think it was really telling what speaky said, not to raising corporate taxs. they know it's very unpopular to raise taxes on high earners and corporations. one of the things that the president was talking about last night when he was in scranton, pennsylvania. yesterday the white house left open the open that senator sinema could be pressured into changing that if every other democrat is on board. now it sounds like they are thinking alternatives and different tax structures to use to pay for this bill to make sure it's fully paid for and that's a big question facing the president over how that actually shakes out because it's obviously critical to getting the framework that the white house wants to have by tonight when the president is here at
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the town hall he can work on selling what that proposal is going to look like. so far he's had to stay away from specifics in the last few days as they are still hammering out the final details here. that's one big thing. it's not new that there are these negotiations with senator sinema happening. the white house have been speaking to her on a daily basis almost, including senator manchin over the last few weeks when this comes to this. so those will be big questions when facing the president tonight over what his tactic is going to look like to get all 50 democrats on board, but just going back to what the president was just saying there, his comments really stood out to me when it came to voting rights because obviously, of course, that's another big subject facing this white house and over what they are doing because there's been a lot of criticism from usual allies of the president and democrats saying that the white house isn't doing enough here, and you heard the president there talking about steps that the justice department is taking. of course. those are steps that they can take on an executive level as, of course, we've seen that the legislation on capitol hill on voting rights hasn't gone
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anywhere, but also just the president talking about the reality of where there was an outcome in the election and maybe some people in certain states did not like it, but instead of kind of taking a step back and thinking and reflect on the loss they moved to change the voting roles in certain states, reference georgia several times there and the president seemed exasperated saying there's still republicans out there who think he's not the president, that donald trump is still the rightful president. he did the cross and as catholics say oh, my god. talking about the reality of what they are dealing with when it comes to what republicans and state legislatures were saying. i thought that was really notable because people have urged the president to speak um more when it comes to voting rights. >> and the senate tried to move forward on debating a new voting rights bill and that was skwaushled justered. >> more about what's in and what's out of this spending
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spell? it is evolving. what we know is the costs are hovering between $1.5 trillion and $1.9 drill crop. what's in, free universal pre-school, a one-year extension of the child tax credit, at least four weeks of paid family leave, help with child care and elder care and some expansion of medicare. those priorities come at a cost. we're told tuition-free community college is out and in limbo programs dealing with climate change and carbon reduction. our next guest is a member of the congressional progressive connection. he met with president biden in the oval office for the first time this week. congressman, thanks so much for joining us from capitol hill, and you can't get all of this of course without the -- where's this money comes from is senator sinema is against raising
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questions. >> i'm also on the ways and means committee, the committee that raises the revenue in order to pay for all of it. we passed an increase in the corporate tax rate. there is agreement across the board with 49 senators as well as the vast -- as well as 99% of the democratic democratic caucus and we have one senator who is defending the republican donald trump tax cuts, the ones they passed in 2017, that really benefited the top 1% and the largest corporations. you know what. we're going to push through. we think we still have momentum to get this thing done and then in order to pay for it we can do a lot of different things. we can restructure taxes and we can also pass it as it is. it raises $2.3 trillion. let's say they want to make a deal, let's pass the $2.3 trillion, do a deal for 2 and then use the 300 billion to reduce the deficit. they call themselves
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conservatives and budget hawks and that's a deal that should on the table and see if they take it. >> let me ask you a follow-up on sinema because you said 49 senators in the democrats are not enough to get this legislation past the finish line so getting senator sinema on the line has been going on. she doesn't want to raise corporate taxes after she strongly opposed the tax cuts in the first place. your collfellow senator cade ths like leaving under the teyranny of senator sinema. she went from being a progressive and she's all over the place and i'm not sure she
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knows what she wants. we're going to cut a deal with manchin. might be difficult and not where i would be on a lot of provisions in bill, but at leist he's talking and at least he's willing to get to the table and get something done so we're going to get the 49 senators on board and then we're going to push her. there's always a cost in politics, and there's always an upsit and equal reaction to whatever you do, and her equal -- the opposite and equal reaction to kyrsten spa right not be this year but it might come in 2024. what is your message right now? come to the table. too much is at stake. president biden met with the progressive tkd and at moderates. we're looking to invest in medicare and to build a working class that can compete in the 21st century. this is what's at stake. also the democratic majority in the house, the democratic majority in the senate is at
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stake, and if she wants to bring it all down, that's going to fall on her feet. >> in terms of the compromises made, free community college is out. our report is that paid family leave will likely be reduced from 12 weeks to four and child tax credit extended one year and joe manchin wants a work requirement for that. are you and other progressives okay with this? >> i'm a progressive. i'm a product of the community college system that allowed me to go to ucla an get my degree in howard university. how do we get there and get relief. one thing we're looking at is looking at the increase in the pell grant and attending the cost of community college. not the way we prefer to do it, but it's the way we want to get to the same rough. removing the barrier of cost of anybody who wants to go to community college. when it comes to paid family leave i restructured it when i was in the california state legislature. we'll get it done and it will be a big, big benefit. my parents when i got sick when
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i was 7 years old lost income because they lost shifts from work and it almost bankrupted my family. no family should have to go through that situation. we're going to push on paid family leave, but if it's a matter of four weeks to 12 weeks we're going to get something done that still benefits working families. >> you said it that your dad was a house keeper growing up so this is something very close to your heart. appreciate you taking the time. thanks so much for being with us. >> thank you so much. >> we'll hear from pblgd tonight. it's a cnn exclusive. the president taking questions from the american people. anderson cooper moderates a senator presidential town hall with joe biden begins tonight at 8:00 here on cnn. also happening right now, the full house gearing up to vote on a criminal contempt referral for trump ally steve bannon. he refuses to with the subpoena by this committee investigating the january 6th attack on the u.s. capitol. with us is cnn legal an last
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carrie corado and charlie didn't, former republican commentator and now cnn commentator. republican leadership is trying to make this a no vote, making this out not to get to the truth but an effort to hurt trump. that's a part of their framing. what's your advice to your former colleagues on how to vote on bannon and criminal contempt? >> my advice to house republican members is to vote for criminal contempt on steve bannon, just on the merits. he's not eligible for executive privilege. he may have information relevant to this investigation, and, you know, he's willfully defying the congress, their article i authority and oversight responsibility so they should go right at him. by the way, he resents most of them. the things he has said about house republican leaders, including kevin mccarthy and steve scalise are things i cannot say on television. he despises them and any
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republican who has a sense of governance and responsibility, they owe steve bannon nothing other than their contempt. they should settle a score right now if they can't vote for this on the merits. >> bannon has said some pretty bad things about republican members of congress and i can't repeat those either. he once called a gop mega donor and other establishment figures republican scumbags and referred to republican leaders as "c" words, and now they are trying to protect steve bannon? >> that's right. it's unbelievable. he hated paul ripe. he hated john boehner and hates mitch mcconnell. he used the "c" word to describe the house republican leaders. i mean, wow! you want to protect him why? i mean, it's -- it's almost inexplicable. >> republican house leaders claim that congress has oversight power to secure needed information in order to legislate but not to conduct investigation or issue subpoenas outside of that scope, and ketch
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mccarthy says this bannon subpoena is invalid. is he wrong? >> yeah. i think there's very strong arguments that the january 6th committee is conducting a valid investigation. they have both an oversight responsibility and they have a legislative responsibility, and if somebody is looking for a legislative hook, there are bills currently pending in congress, including one called the protecting our democracy act, that have reforms to the presidency, reforms for things like enforcing congressional subpoenas that are arguably relevant to the commit's investigation, but also in this particular case steve bannon doesn't have any credible reason, any proper legal justification for defying the committee's subpoena. there simply is not a credible argument why he as a private citizen at the time, a private citizen now, recipient of a law full subpoena doesn't have a
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reason to appear. >> let's be clear. democrats do have the numbers to do this without republican support so today's vote is expected to pass. it would then go to the justice department which would decide whether or not to prosecute bannon, and attorney general merrick garland once again confirmed his department's independence at a hearing this morning and then said this. >> the department of justice will do what it always does in such circumstances. it will apply the facts and the law and make a decision consistent with the principles of prosecution. >> given that, how would you expect garland to handle this? >> well, first of all, that's exactly the answer that we want to hear from an attorney general. we want him to -- and the justice department to wait until the house has actually made the referral. we don't want him to pre-judge the outcome of it, and then what we want to see is the justice department that merrick garland is trying to restore which is one that makes prosecutorial decisions based upon the facts, not based on political influence or any other factors, and so they -- the prosecutors will
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look at the record in this case and the january 6th committee has produced a lengthy report, an over 25-page report that lays out the justification for their referral. >> we had a chance to catch up with a number of republican congress members who voted to impeach trump and even those members of congress are right now on the fence it seems on how they are going to vote regarding this subpoena for steve bannon, congressman depth. so i'm wondering is this really about the mid terms, is that why they are, you know, hemming and hawing about this? >> well, we'll see how they involvement i have the highest respect for those ten members. i'm very close with many of them. look, they will get -- they should -- if they asked my opinion i would tell them to vote for contempt because this -- trump is still going to attack them. you know, you might as well -- if you think you're going to go down, go down swinging, fight them. steve bannon is not your friend. he has always -- he resents you,
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and he's -- i think he'll laugh at you if you vote to protect him. he doesn't respect it, so fight. this is a time to fight, and stand up for the congress for its article i authority. bannon is defying them in the most willful and obnoxious manner. he deserves to be held in contempt appreciate both of you. thank you. remains found and the laundrie family attorney say they likely belong to brian. what happens now? plus, it will probably go down as one of the best plays if not the best play of his life. nfl defensive lineman smoot helped deliver his baby daughter in their living room. they all will join us in the next hour. you're live in the cnn newsroom. stay with us. crepe corrector lotion... only from gold bond.
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investigators have set up a new canopy in the massive florida nature reserve. i basketweave we have had a live look from our cnn drone. there it is, yesterday officials found a backpack and notebook belonging to brian laundrie along with partial human' mains. the family attorney general says those remains are likely brian. the fbi is calling him a person of interest in the murder of his fiance gabby petito. joining us now is bone chacon and criminologist and behavioral analyst casey jordan. good to see both of you. bobby, let's start with you. bobby, we know these remains were partial remains. they are in an area that was under water until recently and that they appear to have been there a while. how long do you think until we
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know if this is brian laundrie? >> well, i think it should be fairly quickly because what they have done is they have recovered obviously the most of the obvious human remains. now that's in a lab. they are trying to get the samples that they can do dna testing on. if you can remember, the fbi after its initial search warrant at laundrie house went back a week later to get dna samples from his house. they already have those analyzed. all they have to do is take what they got yesterday and start the analysis of doing the match and the comparison. that should happen fairly quickly. however, the fbi is going to spend a lot of time out there because the remains were degraded and see and make sure they get, you know, everything they possibly can. there's a term we used to say in forensics science when we did the searches, you can be thorough or quick but you can't be both, so they are going to take their time now that they have removed the main items that they need, and they are going to spend the time finding anything else that's out there. >> just real quick.
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if that notebook was under water, any chance of lawmakers learning anything from that? >> absolutely, absolutely. there are -- there's great technologies that we now use. actually we use them in 9/11 with some of the flight 93 things that we got out of that plane crash that are able to rehabilitate written notes and things like that. there are laboratories that specialize in this, and even if it's in the water, depending on how degraded, it, of course, there are still possible technologies to deploy to actually get say written words if he was using it as a journal or if he made some notes in there before he died. >> yeah. >> hopefully they can actually get those as well. >> that's fascinating. it was actually brian's dad that found some of his belongings. here's the family attorney describing how that happened. >> at some point chris locates what's called a dry bag. chris didn't want to pick the bag up because he wanted law enforcement to see it.
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this was caught on camera. chris couldn't find law enforcement because they were then out of sight because chris had been in the woods, so he didn't want to leave the bag there with the news reporter standing nearby so he picked it up. he did meet up short think with law enforcement. >> your reaction to that, casey? >> you know not to touch evidence. i find the entire story very contrived and just extremely convenient. i mean, what are the chances that after all that time of searching brian laundrie's father is the one who initiates a walk in the woods, agrees that the police can come around and accompany him and while he's alone and they are not within eyesight he suddenly finds something. now, no one is going to say that he planted it, but it just seems too convenient, and if you find something and you're searching for your son and you find something that you believe to
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belong to the son, the thing to do is run through the woods and find somebody to pick it up and become part of the evidence. i found it hard to be true. most find it suspicious mostly based on all of the behavior from the parents from the very beginning. >> casey jordan and bobby chacon, got to leave it there. thanks so much for being with us. >> the nfl play of the week did not happen on the football field. jaguars defensive end juan smoot helping his wife deliver their baby girl after she suddenly went into labor and there they are all smiling today. everybody looks happy and healthy. they will all be with us live in the newsroom just ahead. ♪i like it like♪ ♪i (hey)♪ ♪i li-♪ ♪
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now, this is a remarkable story. i am just so excited to share. a 6'3" and 275-pounder here. you would think not much scares jacksonville jaguars defensive end, dawuane smoot on the football field but just days ago he experienced what he calls the scariest moment of his life.
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the good news? it ended in arguably the very best and most beautiful way. smoot helping his wife deliver their second child at home because there simply was not enough time to get to the hospital. and dawuane smoot and his wife and little alani moon are joining us now. congratulations, you guys. she's such a doll. and what a story. you're going to have to tell her one day. first, how's everybody doing? >> we're doing good. we're healthy. baby's healthy. feeling good. >> yeah, we're doing well. just haven't slept in the last 24 or so hours. >> so, i'm sure you're in, like, zombie mode right now. i'm having flashbacks to what it was like at that point in all of this. let's just go back to what happened. what a whirlwind couple of days it's been. what was it like for you to
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watch your wife endure labor and to help her deliver your daughter at home? >> it was kind of surreal. you don't -- i really haven't felt that emotion yet, but i would definitely say that i was, at the time that it all happened, i was comfortable because in the past, our first child, amir, we had him natural as well, and just seeing it again and me being there and everything when alani came out, she's waking up now, but when alani came out, it felt comfortable, felt right. and during that time, of course, it was unexpected to have her in the middle of our living room and we definitely didn't expect that. but when she came out, she took a big baby breath and cried and during that time, it was very hectic, but it felt right when she came out and i was definitely excited to see that. there was no complications. >> oh, thank goodness. and alani, as you mentioned, your second child.
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you have a beautiful son but he was born in a hospital. aumari, walk us through what was going through your mind in those moments duwane just described. >> actually, amir was born at home, and so -- yeah, so, having a home birth was not foreign to me, but like you all know, i wasn't expecting to have her at home. she was supposed to be born at a birthing center. and so, you know, the whole thing was chaotic, and i'm just -- i'm so proud of him for how he handled the situation, and -- yeah. >> she's being coy right now. she's definitely, like, the real mvp, as everyone's been saying today, and i definitely agree with everyone. she's really the one that, you know, pushed her out. she was the one that, when she first came out, the umbilical cord was behind her neck and she jumped into action and pulled the umbilical cord off and she looked up and took a big breath
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and started crying and after we heard that, we were like, okay, she's fine. everything's okay. >> oh my gosh. that is unbelievable about the umbilical cord around her neck. how scary that must have been. and yeah, she-ra jumping into action, i think from my childhood days as the hero, the strong, fierce female. what did you use to cut the umbilical cord? >> we didn't -- we actually didn't cut it. we let it happen naturally and wait in the placenta came out but during the time i was on the phone with the ambulance, they told me to grab a shoestring. i had no idea what i was going to use it for but they told me to tie it around the umbilical cord to allow the blood flow to go to the baby and that's what we used. they just walked me through it and i grabbed one of my shoes and just tore it out as soon as i could. >> wow. aumari, right now, your husband's a defensive lineman for the jaguars. but next chapter, time for med school?
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>> you know what? i think so. he's really talented at many things. and so i wouldn't be surprised if he made a pivot into something like that. no, i'm kidding. med school would not be for him. but he is a great father and he did an excellent job. >> yeah, i think my next job will definitely a stay-at-home dad, as she would take over the household income. she's a poet and she's -- she has a couple books out right now and i feel like me stepping into that father role is something that's -- feels comfortable for me. >> oh, this is such a beautiful story. how's big brother doing? >> he's doing great. he witnessed the whole thing, and he's been amazing. he's been so hands-on, and he just loves her so much already. >> yes. >> well, duwane, aumari, alani moon, thank you so much for being with us. she has a beautiful disposition,
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quiet, calm, under all that pressure right now in the spotlight. we wish you all the very best and hopefully a little bit of sleep. in the coming days. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> and that does it for us today. thank you so much for joining us. we'll see you back here tomorrow at 1:00 eastern. in the meantime, you can join me on twitter, @anacabrera. on twitter, @anacabrera. the news continues right now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com hello, everyone, welcome to "newsroom," i'm alisyn camerota. >> and i'm victor blackwell. the house of representatives is expected to begin a historic debate on whether to recommend criminal charges against trump ally steve bannon. the vote will happen later this afternoon. you'll remember that bannon has refused to comply with the congressional subpoena from the committee investigating the january 6th insurrection. consider this. the last time congress has referred a criminal charge was in 1983. >> so, the decisiohe

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