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it's a sprint to the finish in virginia with both candidates hitting the trail to make their close arguments on why they should be governor. >> on day one, i will absolutely declare that virginia is open for business. >> do you really want parents here sending your child to first grade where the teacher is not vaccinated or not wearing masks? >> no. >> that's what you got with glenn trumpkin. >> wrapping up meetings with key allies in italy. >> what i see in rome is
partners showing up and working with our allies and partners to fight issues that mean a lot to all of us. extreme drought. scientists say we're living in a climate crisis. now leaders meet to decide what to do to stop it. >> what would a success be in glasgow? success would be if we came out with warming options to keep the earth above 20 degrees. good evening, everyone, i'm jessica dean in washington. pamela brown is off tonight. we're live in the cnn newsroom. we do have breaking news this hour. press secretary jen psaki has tested positive for covid-19. she was with president biden last on tuesday, but she was outside and masked at the time. phil mattingly is with us in
rome. also with us this evening, medical analyst jonathan reiter. we are just finding this out now. >> reporter: on wednesday we found out she was dropping off this foreign trip. every thought was she would be joining the president. she put out a statement saying she was not coming because of a family emergency. we now know what that family emergency is based on that statement that she released. we now know family members tested positive for covid-19. since then jen says she has tested negative for covid on wednesday, thursday, friday and saturday, and since then i've tested positive for covid. while i have not had contact
with the senior staff since wednesday, i am disclosing today's positive test out of an abundance of transparency. she last saw the president on tuesday when they, quote, sat outside more than six feet apart. psaki said thanks to the vaccine, i've only experienced mild symptoms which has enabled me to continue working from home. so jen psaki has tested positive for covid. when you lay out the timeline, she hasn't seen the president since tuesday. this decision was made wednesday because of a family member that tested positive. jen psaki proceeded to test negative on wednesday, thursday, friday, before testing positive today. based on that statement, this should have had no potentially negative impact on the president. jen psaki says she's only experienced mild symptoms and continues to work from home.
we now know why she didn't make the trip, because of a family emergency. we now know what that is. she will continue working from home for the next ten days. >> we just heard phil describe that jin jen psaki last saw th president on tuesday, but they were outside, masked and sitting six feet apart. knowing that, the risk would be pretty low. what do you think? >> definitely. condolences to ms. psaki. she is vaccinated and i'm sure will be fine. she and the president were both wearing masks, were outside and were six feet apart. that would keep it less possible for transmitting it. the third dose, what we've been
calling the booster, restores that vaccine's efficacy to about 9 95%. i'm sure the president also will be fine. this underscores the rationale for boosting people. we don't know if ms. psaki has been boosted, but the efficacy of this vaccine wanes about six months after the second dose. this is why many people in this country should be getting boosted now, and as people approach their six-month point from their last vaccine, they really should go to their pharmacy and get another shot. but, again, i think the important message is that ms. psaki should be fine. these breakthrough illnesses are typically very, very mild. if she acquired it in the course of taking care of a family member, it's no surprise that she acquired a breakthrough infection. it is possible to sort of overwhelm the protection of a vaccine if you have a very large exposure such as caring for a
family member. >> and, phil, i want to go back to you. you are obviously in rome traveling abroad with the president. he is continuing on to scotland as well. is there any sense at this moment in time that this diagnosis is going to impact him and his movements at all? >> there hasn't been up to this point. as jen made clear in her statement that she had consulted with the white house medical team on wednesday, so they had clearly been aware this was something in the bloodstream that had transpired, they made the decision, or jen and the white house, the medical unit, made the decision for her not to come on this trip, and then i think the subsequent medical tests over the next four days. we haven't gotten anything here that this will change anything to this point. obviously we're all tested on a pretty regular basis on this trip to rome and on the way to glasgow as well. nothing we've heard from the white house or the president suggests any shift at all.
glasgow is his next stop. it is a critical, critical stop for the white house and the president given their climate agenda ambitions. right now everything points to a go on that front. >> right. they certainly have a lot of work to do there, and i know they want the focus to be there as well. dr. jonathan reiter, phil mattingly, thank you, we appreciate it. racking up the miles, the two virginia candidates are campaigning before the critical hour. it could suggest voter sentiment ahead of next year's term elections when congress will hang in the balance. that race neck and neck. in a statement joe biden won by 20 percentage points last year. but as president, his approval rate continues to climb. a new nbc news poll shows just
42% of americans are okay with his job performance right now. arlette saenz is covering the mcauliffe campaign, she is covering the youngkin campaign. will this affect president biden's first year in office? >> reporter: that is one of the questions. they said they had seen some rough patches in the president's first year, but ultimately they are still standing behind him. one of the questions is what happens to the independents who headed biden's way and whether they still feel that way heading into this election on tuesday. on the campaign trail, terry mcauliffe has spent the weekend touting his record, which he
previously served here in the state of virginia, talking about the jobs he brought to the state, and's repeatedly was slamming his gop opponent glenn youngkin. mcauliffe spent a significant portion of his campaign tying glenn youngkin to the former president. listen to what he had to say about trump's interest in this race. >> trump wants to win here so he can announce for president in 2024. that's the stakes of this election. he's trying to get himself off the mat. he wants to win here tuesday and wednesday and donald trump announces he's running for 2024. are we going to allow that to go on? >> no! >> mcauliffe is really hoping that by invoking former president trump, that will be
airline direction. they are running here in henriku county. mcauliffe is hoping he can turn out democratic boasts like this. roanoke, richmond, ending his campaign tomorrow in virginia as he tries to head to the polz on tuesday. let's get tout ooefr a. what is glenn youngkin saying about those outside votes? >> reporter: youngkin is really appealing to democrats and republicans with that strategy. i get the sense from parents that they never felt so isolated from their public schools, especially in this time of the pandemic, and youngkin is speaking to those concerned, you know, those parents that are angry about mask mandates, those parents that don't like the way the history, the legacy, the impact of racism, conversations
about systemic racism and white privilege are spoken about in public schools. youngkin really seizing on that in the final days here, and you go to his rallies, they often cite that, talk about race as a reason to support him. listen to what he said to voters. >> polls look pretty good. polls look pretty good. polls do not win elections, votes do. the vote in southwest virginia counts more than any other vote in the commonwealth of virginia. >> in southwest virginia, he was speaking from scott county. that is actually a county where former president donald trump did very well. it's very conservative.
trump got nearly 70% of the vote there in 2020. even though he's expected to do well there, folks are encouraged to get out the vote because this is really a numbers game. the next election will be all about turnout. also tonight a "washington post" investigation reveals in chilling detail the warning signs law enforcement failed to act on before the january 6th insurrection. here's just one part of this speech from the "washington post." one of the most striking flares came when a tipster called the fbi on the afternoon of december 30. trump supporters were discussing online how to sneak guns into washington to overrun police and arrest members of congress in
january. the tipster offered specifics. those planning violence believed they had orders from the president, used code words such as pickaxe to describe guns and posted the times and locations of four spots around the country for caravans to meet. on one site, a poster specifically mentioned senator mitt romney as a target. it was those fears that led to the fateful decision to keep soldiers away from the capitol on january 6th. joining me now is one of the reporters who broke this story, rosalind holderman of the "washington post." also with us -- you are right that while the public may be amazed at what happened on january 6, it had been spotted
from one part of the country to another. the red flags were everywhere. how is it possible the fbi missed all of these red flags? that is what struck me about reading what you all had discovered. this is weeks and weeks out they knew about this. >> you're right. we catalog a cascade of these red flags coming in from everywhere. from fbi informants, from local officials, from researchers who studied this information in social media, and the fbi, as you mentioned in your introduction, believed a lot of this was first amendment protected speech, aspirational, didn't really believe that this was real. we quote an official in the third chapter of this three-part investigation who talked about how there was a bias within the fbi. they did not believe that trump supporters backed the blue.
law enforcement tracking trump supporters understood the anger, the desperation and the c conspiratorial thinking of the crowd. >> and that is what happened when they got to the capitol, they did attack law enforcement. i want to quote a line they saw a month before the insurrection. please keep d.c. armed on the 6th. you might have to kill the palace guards. are you okay with that? another said, drop a handful, the rest will flee. at what point did these threats become enough for law enforcement to take action, and is this different because these are domestic terrorists? there were so many threats that you had to have blinders on to ignore them. those of us on the outside, cnn was certainly prepared. it wouldn't have taken a genius at that stage to sort of say this is a lot of data coming at
us on a particular time. remember, it's not just january 6. the november election happens. the stop the steal magnet begins to get traction. donald trump changed his tune when he targeted the january 6 rally and the potential march to the rally. wh i thought i was watching everything. i can't tell viewers enough how important it is to read this. to the extent local law enforcement really did have their ear to the ground, were seeing things going on in their communities and trying to get federal law enforcement to notice, to pay attention to what was about to happen, and you had sort of this flipping of how we often think of intelligence, that it comes from the feds down to the state and locals. it really was sort of flipped by these centers that existed throughout the u.s. homeland
that really were driving a lot of this intel operation. >> yeah, that was very striking to me as well, that the local law enforcement really did seem to know. they were seeing the red flags and acknowledging them. rosalind, you point out in your reporting that trump had, quote, direct warning of the risks but stood by for 187 minutes. 187 minutes he stood by as his supporters breached the capital. were you all able to learn whether law enforcement or television officials had briefed the president about the violent threats leading up to january 6? how aware was he that this could turn violent? >> there were enormous red flags, as we noted, and one of the things we talk about is this moment the night before january 6 in the oval office where there is a rally going on, and the then-president can hear the crowd outside and really revels in it. he tells people in the oval
office that they're angry, so he knows, and, of course, we've also been able to catalog really how directly people seemed to follow his instructions. people may remember he sends that tweet in december where he tells people to be there because it will be wild. and we were able to track really directly how white supremacists and extremists responded to that tweet by basically saying, we'll be there. >> the reporting is amazing because you do show that tweet in your reporting and then the message board that lit up how they were sbrinterpreting these messages to be. julia, the report also says it was held on january 6 because it was feared that president trump might try to use them to stay in power, which is striking. what's your reaction to learn that the capitol may have been left exposed because the alternative was that president trump was essentially staging a
coup? >> this is exactly the sort of damning part of the investigation, is the pentagon now is forced to essentially make a decision that if we deploy the troops, they might be -- they might be taken over by trump to be used against the capitol police and congress. remember, congress and the senate are sitting inside of this. it's not just the capitol police. therefore, they decide, we're going to leave the capitol more vulnerable, sort of the worst of two bad options. i think if anything the reporting about the fbi, the military, the state and locals, that we need to put to rest, finally, that january 6 was an intelligence failure. it was not. it was absolutely not an intelligence failure. there is intelligence coming from everywhere. what it is is essentially a failure of responding to that intelligence. everyone knew that it was more likely than not that the president was going to activate something on january 6.
the intelligence failure, no, that's not what it was. this was a failure of leadership, and in particular, fear amongst the fbi in the military about what the president was capable of doing. and it doesn't get darker than that. it does not get darker than that in this country. >> that is absolutely right. i go back to the red flags were everywhere. exactly to your point, juliet. rosalind, this is extraordinary reporting you ask your colleagues did. thanks to both of you. we appreciate it. leaders from almost every country on the planet heading to scotland with one goal. that is to stop climate change. plus, no vaccine, no work. the mandate has some new york city firefighters off the job. how bad could it get? or judge him by his jacket. while ted's eyes are on the road, his heart stays home. he's got gloria, and 10 grand-babies, to prove it. but his back made weekend rides tough, so ted called on the card that's even tougher.
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president biden reassuring americans the u.s. is not losing its global standing and neither is he. after he wrapped up his first g-20 summit as president, he said world leaders said, quote, sought me out. the agenda back home, says the president, will be passed. they are inching closer to backing both bills, but it will require pushing that vote past tuesday when they had hoped to get the vote done. joining me now, political analyst david gergen, former advisor to presidents reagan,
and clinton. david, we'll start with you. climate change, veney accine vaccine equality, supply chain issues. to your experience, does talk like this bring tangible results we can see quicking? >> there were a time in the 1970s when g-20 meetings were created, essentially leaders of the western world. they were very productive meetings. people got to know each other, they were small, they were intimate. you got to know the person on the other side. you spent time hanging out, you had dinner together, and very much advanced the world and made a cooperative leadership. now these are 20 different nations represented. it's much harder to have it, nothing stands out. frankly, there is a sense of real disappointment coming out of this portion of the g-20 so
far. and that is a lot of the countries there said they would do great things and they were going to set a high bar for climate, but they had no plans to get there. we've been there before, and it doesn't work. >> yeah. and, david addleman, you quote an op-ed saying this was america's standing, especially when it comes climate change. why is this such a crucial moment, in your view, and do you agree with david gergen, that this is a bit of a do disappointment as we come out of this? >> french leaders and particularly others in europe were telling me a year ago right after the election that they feared biden would be a little more than just basically a change -- a very slight change in direction before we go back to a trumplike position in america. there were plenty of carrots but no sticks here.
that was the principle problem i see about this. biden needed to come with something that he could actually tell what he was going to do, not simply, basically, platitude. show, not tell, is what i always say. don't tell me what you want to do. that is what i think basically happened in the entire period. it was interesting, the french magazine, newspaper figueroa said climate vaccines, timid advanced. we don't need timid add advances, we need strong advances for literally kwai problem. when will you think of the top 10 in the world, the number
oneie mirt r, china. number 3 is biden for the u.s. he's coming but he's coming with bad news, that he wants to lower the goal for india. the fourth is russia. here we have putnam is the encouraging sense of urgency. these people aren't committed in a serious way. >> as time is ticking away right. he said the g-29 commitment is what drops in a rapidly moving motion. it beats turning around and saying, look, we just did not get there. >> i want to talk about domestically, not great news for president biden with his numbers. 71% of responders say america is
headed in the wrong direction, and it includes a lot. >> run to determine what i thought i could do, i said i ran to become president of the united states. we dealt with climate change, we moved in a direction that was significantly improved meaning american workers had a good job and good pay, and further, that we dealt with the crisis that was covid. >> david ld ld -- is that enough to salvage the midterms, so to
speak? >> it won't hurt. that would help a lot. i think he's down 11 points now, he used to be at 53. he's now down. it's going to matter with the voting on tuesday f. . begins to affect the conversations bz many. they get this pass and they get back on track and they have a couple other wins and things we aren't necessarily subl. the british, the french and the germans are watching those numbers, too, and they're watching virginia in a very big
way come tuesday. >> isn't that interesting, david addleman, that they're watching virginia across the world right now to see what that means. i would assume it affects biden's leverage on the world stage. >> you bet it islily. ly -- he wasly. they're petrified about that, but they're watching is very carefully just to see what direction we might be going inially. both of you, david gergen and david haim haim -- we frerchlt be just talked about it thuchlt
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change. it's the strategy that could be the last best chance to get the climate crisis under control. cnn's bill weir is live in glasgow where the g-20 summit is underway. bill, thank you for joining us tonight. there was an agreement signed today. it lacked a lot of specifics. is there hope they will do more than talk at this conference? this is kind of it. all the lights are blinking. >> reporter: absolutely. and they've been blinking for such a long time, jessica. the frustration is the watch word of the day. this is the 26th conference of parties, so they've been adding levels, and we're seeing fresh horror by the month these days. yes, the statements we're getting from the likes of 350.org bitterly disappointing
where it seems almost hypocritical where we say, yes, we agree this is an existential crisis, we agree we must keep warming it 1.5 degrees celsius, but there were no specifics on when and how we're going to put out this fire. just since rio de janeiro back in george h.w. bush, the first climate conference where people said this is an issue we have to tackle, trillions of tons of ice have melted both from the poles and glaciers to give fresh water to millions. coral reeves have died, rain forests. we think about the worries more today than next month, much less next decade, but political will is the only thing standing in the way. so when you come to a place like this, it was interesting walking along today, you get all
different delegates coming, you hope with the same shared commitment to a livable future here. but, of course, politics is messy in the age of nationalism around the world. president xi, president putin, neither of them are coming. they constitute over a third of current global emissions right now, so this is as much of a psychological challenge these next couple weeks as it is about science or technology or diplomacy. >> sure. and what are people saying there in scotland? how would you describe the mood at this point? is there hope or is there more of the fromustration? >> there was tangible frustration today, because due to weather, a tree went down on the power line that separates europe from glasgow.
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"this is life" lisa ling looks at militia groups. >> if 9/11 was this generational event where the greatest threat to the united states were coming from abroad, january 6 was the beginning of a different era where the greatest threat to american national security right now is thedy visiveness of americans. >> so many say that they have a right to rise up against a tyrannical government. >> they believe they do. but as we saw from the number of arrests that came out of january 6 you do not have the right to an armed insurrection against the american government. >> happy halloween. >> happy halloween! we are seeing increasing militia activity in events like the
capitol insurrection and i'm curious to know from your reporting why do you think this is happening? why are we seeing more of this? >> jessica, so private militias have been operating in the u.s. for three decades and the election of president trump saw an increase in numbers believing he validating the beliefs and fears, like out of control immigration and ultimately the biggest fear are threats that somehow something will afegt the second amendment to the constitution which is they believe something that enshrines the right to bear arms of all kinds but despite this private militias have been anti-government. in the pandemic and the lockdowns and the mask requirements sparked public demonstrations attended by groups and then after the murder of george floyd members attended rabl justice protests and police
reform protests and said to provide security to local businesses. but the conspiracy theorists who claim that the 2020 election of joe biden was illegitimate drove the biggest increase in militia activity and the stop the steal movement and a number of militia members participated in the insurrection as you mentioned. >> you reported on american militias back in 2016. so how have you seen this evolve checking back in on this five years later? what are your thoughts? >> the militia that we spent time with years ago, they like thousands of members have been deplatformed from sorcial media saying they're defenders in the community and will not rise up until the government or
government entities attack first but to them an attack on the government -- on them might be the threat of taking the weapons away. >> interesting. thank you so much. we'll be watching. great to see you. >> thank you. >> all new episode airs tonight at 10:00 eastern and pacific only here on cnn. also we are following breaking news. president biden's press secretary testing positive for covid. more on that next. your shipping manager left to “find themself.” leaving you lost.
it is a sprint to the finish in virginia. making the closing arguments on why they should be governor. >> on day one i will absolutely declare that virginia's open for business. >> do you really want parents here sending the child to first grade without the teachers vaccinated or wears a masks? >> no! >> that's what you've got with him. >> president biden wrapping up meetings in italy. >> what we have seen here again in rome the power of america showing up and working with an i lies to make progress in issues that matter to all of us. rising temperatures. extreme flooding. drought. sign tits