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forward to survive. and leading this hour, president biden today hoping to lead the world against the climate crisis. the president saying the eyes of history are on the international climate summit under way in scotland. yet back here in washington, d.c., president biden's agenda including provisions to address the climate crisis have hit yet another road block. i'm going to speak with a moderate democrat and co-chair of the problem solvers conference. first white house correspondent kaitlan collins joins me from edinburgh, scotland. this is a pivotal moment for joe biden on the world stage. it doesn't escape the notice of his counterparts that whatever biden is saying, he has still not been able to get democrats on board to actually pass legislation to accomplish his climate goals. >> yeah, jake, and the president seemed to get at that bluntly today in his remarks to the world leaders on the first day of this summit, acknowledging where the united states' standing on this issue has been
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over the last several years. a cleese reference to the policies of his predecessor. now on day one when he's trying to convince these other world leaders the united states is headed in the right direction we're seeing this key moderate senator, and senator joe manchin who has been at the center of these negotiations, potentially talk about delaying a timeline, of course, for advancing what the president says is a critical part of his agenda. president biden issuing an urgent call for action. >> we meet with the eyes of history upon us. >> reporter: at the biggest global climate summit in years. the president warning the planet is in peril and the world is at an inflection point. >> will we act? will we do what is necessary? will we seize the enormous opportunity before us? >> reporter: biden pledging the u.s. will take the lead on combating climate change as his own climate ambitions face critical tests at home and abroad. >> my administration is working overtime to show that our climate commitment is action, not words.
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>> reporter: biden promising the u.s. will keep its word and a pol jising after his predecessor withdrew the u.s. from the paris climate accords. >> i guess i shouldn't apologize. but i do apologize for the fact the united states, the last administration, pulled out of the paris accords and put us behind the 8 ball. >> reporter: the president touting his own plan to reduce emissions that still awaiting passage by democrats in washington. >> my build back better framework will make historic investments in clean energy. >> reporter: the top aides plan a show of force at the global climate event in glasgow. biden calling their absence a disappointment. >> not only russia but china basically didn't show up in terms any of commitments to deal with climate change. and there's a reason why people should be disappointed in that. i found it disappointing myself. >> reporter: but today biden declined to call out china
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directly and instead called for global cooperation. >> none of us can escape the worst that's yet to come. >> there's no more time to hang back or sit on the fence or argue amongst ourselves. >> reporter: when it comes to the president's own ogenda, he did tell us he is confident that it will get passed through congress. he said potentially as soon as this week. he had a caveat that he's not completely sure when exactly that time will happen. and in light of that statement from senator manchin this afternoon, we quickly got a response from the white house saying they're confident that, in the end, they will gain senator manchin's support. >> kaitlan collins, thanks. let's bring in chief congressional correspondent manu raju. a lot of democrats expected to vote on the president's economic and climate agenda, the build back better act this week. is that even possible after manchin's announcement today? >> it's unclear how that's going to play out. there are negotiations behind the scenes to get -- make
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changes to the large $1.75 trillion plan and it's also unclear whether joe manchin will be there at the end of the day. he is threatening to vote against the plan if it were to come up in a form that he believes could hurt the economy, could add to the debt, add to inflation. can those be resolved? that remains to be seen. in a hopeful sign for the white house, there are new indications the separate bill, the infrastructure package, could get a final vote in the house come the coming days. progressives who had been demanding joe manchin and kyrsten sinema sign off on the larger build back better agenda before they agree to vote for the infrastructure plan are saying they'll no longer demand those two senators commit to supporting it. they'll leave the white house to deal with that and pramila jayapal, the head of the progressive caucus said once the negotiations are done with a larger package, her caucus is ready to vote in support of both bills. >> we are ready pending some
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final negotiations on things we care very much about. once we have those, we will be happy to vote both those bills. i'm hoping that can happen as soon as tomorrow. the president came to the caucus and said he assured us that he would get 51 votes in the senate. >> so that is a shift. rather than them demanding a vote, assurances from joe manchin, they are letting joe biden deal with it in and of itself. this could play out like this. once they get the negotiations done, the house could potentially have enough votes to finally send that legislation, the infrastructure bill, to joe biden's desk. and if they get enough votes just a three-vote margin, three votes in the house to pass the larger bill. if they get the votes out of the house, it will be up to the senate and negotiation with joe manchin will continue to see if his support will be there to pass that plan. >> manu raju, thank you so much. here to sdurdiscuss, democr
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gott gottheimer. you've remained optimistic about the infrastructure bill throughout this process. you said it would get done in september, last week, now looking like tuesday may be the day. it sounds like it's going to happen this week no matter what. are you surprised that the progressives are going to go along with this even though joe manchin has made his vote on the larger build back better act unclear? >> listen, obviously very pleased if we can get a vote on this bipartisan infrastructure package. we've talked about. it's been sitting in the house waiting since early august for action. and i was on -- knocking on doors this weekend with people running for office, up tomorrow for elections back in jersey and i consistently heard the same thing. when are you going to get those roads and bridges done and finally vote on that bipartisan infrastructure package? so i think the country wants it. there's so much in there that's good whether that's fixing the ga gateway tunnel, it's transit,
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broadband, fighting climate change. so much that's important but we need to get the reconciliation package, continue moving on that. as you heard or i just heard, pramila say that we've really -- we have to keep working through those issues. we're close there, too. we continue to negotiate in good faith and i think that's how we have to keep moving both packages forward here. >> have you talked to senator manchin or senator sinema? it seems what i'm hearing is that the progressives are saying we have a deal to pass both, and we're going to hold that -- we're going to honor that even though manchin and sinema have still not come out and said they'll vote for the build back better act that we want. are you confident ultimately that manchin and sinema are going to vote for it? >> i'm confident we'll get there. they've been pretty clear that they'll support reconciliation package and they haven't backed off of that. listen, i understand and i don't speak for them, but i luistened to joe manchin today. i understand his frustration we haven't voted. the president came to the hill
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on thursday. he said i need your vote on infrastructure to the whole democratic caucus. some refused to let that go forward. that's very frustrating when you're hearing back home that people want us to get this done. so i'm really glad people are coming together. we all worked all weekend to keep talking and working back and forth to try to work through these last details. we're close. we've got to get both bills done. it's really important. and it starts with getting this infrastructure bill done. i'm hopeful we can get a vote on this this week. i've gotten out of the prediction business after these last weeks. every time i feel like we're very close. the bottom line is, what is clear is this is a bipartisan bill that must get done. the country wants it. 2 million jobs a year on the line. fixing our crumbling roads and bridges and tunnels. so much in there that matters. we've got to get that across the finish line. for tpresident, he asked us to get it done. >> obviously sticking points on allowing medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices.
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senator sanders is still trying to get that in the bill. if this comes to a vote this week, build back better, do you think that provision allowing medicare to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies to lower drug prices, will that be in it? >> well, there's a lot of conversations still going on about prescription drug provisions. i think we'll get prescription drug provisions in there. the final details yet have to be worked out. we're still talking about other questions that have to come up. we're holding off on trying to get some scoring. we're waiting on -- from the white house promised us numbers there that are going to be really important. so we're still waiting on information but again, everyone is operating in good faith right now. everyone is at the table working hard to get this done. we need to keep working to get that across the finish line but no reason to hold up the bipartisan infrastructure package which is a separate bill. it's been voted on in the senate with 69 senators sitting, waiting for action here. let's get that done and again, i'm really optimistic we'll get
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the reconciliation package or the build back better package done. >> help me understand, is there any other reason beyond the fact that big pharma gives a lot of money to politicians, is there any other reason to deny medicare the ability to negotiate drug prices? it's not as though they're demanding free drugs. it would just allow a negotiation. >> as you probably know, there are plenty of provisions to get the prices down. and there's provisions that will allow for negotiating in what's being talked about. the final negotiations are still going on. but i think at the end of the day what is clear and i believe we've got to get the cost of prescription drugs down for folks. we've got to make life more affordable for folks across the board as you know. i'm fighting to reinstate the state and local tax, s.a.l.t. it's a big issue in my district and i'll keep working for it. >> you've been working to try to get house republicans to vote for this bipartisan infrastructure measure.
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at the end of the day, how many republicans do you think will vote for it? >> there's been a lot of back and forth and if it were a few months ago, we would have had a lot more. but i'll tell you, i feel good we'll get some republicans as well. there were many part of helping craft this. democrats and republicans. look at how the infrastructure bill came together. we started working back in april. democrats and republicans in the house and senate sitting together actually helping craft a bill that we need. everything from broadband to dealing, getting lead out of the drinking water came together by working it. we'll get some of those republicans behind it. that's going to be a key part of the win for the country, i hope this week. that's what i hope we can get done. but there's still things to work out in the other package. >> this is legitimately a bipartisan bill. drafted by democrats and republicans. why would there be some republicans that would have voted for it a couple of months ago but not today? what's the reasoning? >> you should ask them about that. i'll tell you this, though. if you look at what happened in the senate we had all 50 senate
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democrats and 19 republicans. everyone from joe manchin to bernie sanders to mitch mcconnell vote on that package, great momentum. and so, you know, i'm optimistic zeile democrats and republicans voting. but like everybody, people are frustrated with this back and forth and sitting here and holding this billup instead of voting for it when we see it's waiting to get shovels in the ground and back to work. delay after delay. even after the president asked us to vote for it. you're seeing a lot of frustration. now we have to get it done, and we will. i can't stress enough the people are really working closely together. everyone was talking all weekend on working out those last-minute issues on the other package, and i'm optimistic we'll get there as long as we can work through those issues. >> josh gottheimer from the garden state, thanks. a cdc panel is set to decide whether young kids can get the pfizer vaccine. we'll talk to a former member of
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hundreds of firefighters in new york city called out sick today in an effort to protest the city worker vaccine mandate which kicked in friday night. listen to mayor de blasio's warning. >> do the right thing. come to work. protect people. as you took an oath to do. and, look, this is something that we don't tolerate. in the end when people do this kind of thing, there are consequences. >> let's go right to polo sandoval in new york. how are fire department leaders responding to this sick-out?
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>> you know, jake, one of the most important key points is about 81% right now of the fdny is already in compliance with that mandate. it's a vast majority. that number higher than we expected. the number has been slowly ticking up. when it comes to the sick-out ofs, about 2300 fdny personnel have called out sick so far. that's according to the fire commissioner. according to that commissioner he believes many of those are firefighters who aren't sick who are calling in sick, using that as an opportunity to protest this mandate now in place requiring all new york city employees to have at least one shot of a covid vaccine before they can head back to work or go on unpaid leave. we heard from various unions that represent these firefighters responding to those remarks that were made not just by the fire commissioner but also by mayor bill de blasio. >> no one on this board would ever condone anyone using our
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medical leave policies fraudulently. we don't believe it's going on. >> how is that, or how is that not affecting public safety here in new york city? i can tell you 18 fire companies have been taken out of operation. for important context, 18 out of 350. no fire houses have closed to give you an example. the one behind me, you can see how it houses multiple fire companies. simply because one of them is not in operation does not mean the entire house is basically shut down here. authorities here in new york assuring the public they are responding to every call that comes in here. but nonetheless, they are having to move some of their resources around to make sure that everybody is covered here. finally, an important number to share, roughly 9,000 municipal workers were sent home today on unpaid leave. at the end of the day 91% of the entire workforce is in compliance with a mandate. >> polo sandoval, thanks so
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much. let's bring in the executive vice president of the robert wood johnson foundation for our health lead. from a public health perspective, how should the company weigh the risk of unvaccinated first responders versus the risk of having understaffed police departments or fire departments? >> i think it's really important to understand why it is the fire department employees aren't getting vaccinated. i think it goes for any group of people who aren't -- who are choosing not to get vaccinated it's to understand why. we spend a lot of time working with communities to get into the communities and hear and listen to them. we need to do the same with the fire department employees to understand what's triggering them or preventing them from getting vaccinated. many of the people we've heard about have problems with questions about their own personal, how the specific underlying health condition and whether that's a reason to not get vaccinated. they really need to talk to their health care providers or trusted sources. there's so much misinformation out there.
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it's critical to get the right facts so they can make an informed decision. >> let's say for a lot of them it's their concept of freedom and not thinking the government has any right to tell them what shots they have to inject into their body. >> i think the reason that we are -- mandates are in place is because covid is a communicable disease and spreads from person to person easily. when we've seen incredible success with vaccine mandates as it relates to childhood vaccines in school requirements or influenza vaccine in health care settings. so we know with infectious diseases that are spread from person to person, that these mandates really work. and so in this particular situation, where we have a really serious disease that's causing people to be hospitalized and die, these mandates are appropriate. >> tomorrow is a big day for vaccines for kids. a key cdc panel will decide whether or not to recommend this smaller pfizer dose for kids 5 to 11. you used to be on the advisory committee on immunization practices. take us inside the
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decision-making process. how does it work? >> yeah, so this is a critical step in terms of approving the vaccines for children or for adults. and it's tried and true. it's been in place many decades. the committee is 15 independent physicians, some infectious disease experts and internal medicine physicians, pediatricians. some research. something doing public health. they look at the data, evaluate the data and make the best recommendations regarding how the vaccine should be administered, who should get them, how frequently they should get them. tomorrow that committee will be weighing the evidence that fda reviewed last week and making a recommendation regarding the vaccination for children 5 to 11 years of age. >> the american academy of pediatrics says more than 101,000 kids tested positive in the u.s. just over the past week. cases for kids have been steadily declining. that's still a very high number. how important for parents to get their kids vaccinated as soon as their kids are eligible? >> well, we know that children are getting sick and while we --
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there wasn't as much attention being paid for them early on in the pandemic, we do know that millions of children have gotten infected and hospitalized and some children have died because of covid. it's critical they get vaccinated. the vaccines are safe, effective based on fda's point of view and once acip makes their recommendation, we're hopeful the vaccine will start rolling out. >> good to see you. coming up next, disturbing look at the crisis in afghanistan. cnn witnessed desperate families who say that conditions are so bad they are being forced to sell their young daughters in order to survive. stay with us. ♪ there are beautiful ideas that remain in the dark. but with our new multi-cloud experience, you have the flexibility you need
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we're back with our world lead. a distressing story out of afghanistan showing the harsh reality of the humanitarian crisis engulfing the country, especially post-taliban rule. desperate families so impoverished they tell cnn they have no choice but to sell their young daughters into some twisted form of marriage in this exclusive report cnn witnesses the tragic fate facing these helpless little girls in this culture where girls and women are too often treated horrifically. the parents gave us full access and permission to talk to the children and show their faces because they say they cannot change the practice themselves. cnn's anna coren reports. >> reporter: in this desolate landscape, not a scrap of vegetation in sight. a makeshift camp for the internally displaced.
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among its residents, 9-year-old pawana. her bright pink dress, squeals of laughter and childhood games. a ruse to the horrors unfolding in this inhospitable environment. her family moved to this camp four years ago after her father lost his job. humanitarian aid and menial work earning $3 a day providing the basic staples to survive. but since the taliban takeover, 2 1/2 months ago, any money or assistance has dried up. and with eight mouths to feed, her father is now doing the unthinkable. i have no work, no money, no food. i have to sell my daughter, he says. i have no other choice. pawana who dreams of going to school and becoming a teach, applies makeup. a favorite pastime for little girls. but she knows she's preparing
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for what awaits her. my father has sold me because we don't have bread, rice and flower. he's sold me to an old man. the white bearded man who claims he's 55 years old comes to collect her. he's bought her for 200,000 afghanis, just over 200,000 u.s. dollars. covered up, parwana whippers as her mother holds her. this is your bride. please take of her. of course, i will take care of her, replies the man. his large hands grab her small frame. parwana tries to pull away. as he carries her only bag of belongsings she again resists.
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digging her heels into the dirt, but it's futile. the fate of this small helpless child has been sealed. child marriage is nothing new in poor, rural parts of afghanistan, but human rights activists are reporting increasing cases because of the economic and humanitarian crisis engulfing the country. >> these are devastating decisions that no parent should ever have to make and it really speaks to what an extraordinary breakdown is happening in afghanistan right now. >> for months, the u.n. has been warning of a catastrophe as afghanistan, a war-ravaged aid dependent country descends into a brutal winter. billions of dollars in central bank assets were frozen after the taliban swept to power in august. banks are running out of money. wages haven't been paid for months while food prices soar. according to the u.n., more than half the population doesn't know
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where their next meal is coming from and more than 3 million children under the age of 5 face acute malnutrition in the coming months. >> people of afghanistan need a lifeline. >> reporter: and while a billion dollars has been pledged by u.n. donors to help the afghan people, less than half those funds have been received as the international community holds off recognizing the taliban government. >> people of afghanistan will be dying of hunger in the next couple of months. and not just a few. this is just making people more and more vulnerable. and we cannot accept that. >> reporter: sentiments shared by the taliban. >> we are asking aid agencies to come back to afghanistan and help these poor people. otherwise the crisis will worsen. >> for this family in a neighboring province, they are trying to sell two daughters. a 9-year-old and 4-year-old for a thousand u.s. dollars each. >> do you know why they are
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selling you, the journalist asks her? because we are a poor family and don't have any food to eat, she says. are you scared, he asks. >> yes, i am. >> another family in the province borrowed money from their 70-year-old neighbor. now he's demanding it back, but they have nothing to give except their 10-year-old daughter. >> my daughter doesn't want to go and is crying all the time. i am so ashamed, he says. terrified, she threatens to take her life. if they push me to marry the old man, i will kill myself. i don't want to leave my parents. days later, she discovers the sale has been finalized. another afghan child sold into a life of misery.
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jake, it is gut-wrenching knowing what these young girls will be subjected to. just an update on young -- the last girl in our story there. she will be handed over to the 70-year-old man in the coming days. it's just a tragic fate that awaits this young girl. now if the aid situation is not addressed urgently, the u.n. predicts that by the middle of next year, 97% of afghans will be living below the poverty line, not -- meaning that hunger and starvation will be facing these people alone, but that other girls will end up like magal and parwana. >> such a horrible story. it's tough to watch. you know that this happened -- these traditions, awful thing was predated the taliban taking over, again, but how has the taliban takeover in afghanistan
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earlier this year made it worse. how has it exacerbated this problem of families selling their daughters. >> absolutely. you are absolutely right. this has been around for forever. however, from the local journalists that we've been speaking to and working with, they say that once upon a time it was behind closed doors. now it is out in the open. the international community is obviously refusing to recognize the taliban as an official government and as a result they are freezing billions of dollars in reserves that would otherwise go to the people of afghanistan. they are doing this to try and hold the taliban to account, especially on their record regarding human rights, women and of young gurls. but by punishing the taliban it means that that money is not getting to afghans most vulnerable which, obviously, includes the girls in our piece, jake. >> really tough to watch. anna coren, thank you for that
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in our money lead, stuck, frustrated, cursing, cancellations. that's where thousands of passengers found themselves after a spifrals few days for american airlines. since friday, american has canceled more than 2,100 flights leaving passengers scrambling to rebook or cancel altogether. this time it's american with the scheduling issues. but southwest airlines had a similar problem less than a month ago. pete muntean is digging into why these delays keep happening. >> reporter: american airlines passengers are now the latest victims of airlines pushed to the max as people rush back to travel. >> they just keep canceling and canceling. >> i'm sure it's terrible for a
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lot of people. places to be and family to be with. >> incredibly frustrated. >> reporter: four days of issues kicked off thursday when the airline says high winds hit its dallas hub. american says that started a chain reaction of cancellations that left workers out of position. in a memo, american says it wanted to create certainty for flight crews so it began proactively canceling flights, leaving thousands stuck waiting in long lines and on the phone for hours. >> i don't understand why it's canceled. i have heard they don't have enough staff. well, you sold me a product. i paid for it. now it's your job to get me there. >> reporter: american canceled more than 1,000 flights on sunday alone. in all, more than 1 in every 10 american flights has been canceled since friday. similar issues hit southwest airlines three weeks ago, causing it to cancel more than 2,000 flights. but travel experts fear frustrations on the ground are
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getting dragged into the air. the faa says flight crews have reported 4941 incidents of unruly passengers this year alone. just last week, an american airlines flight had to divert to denver after a passenger punched a flight attendant in the face and broke her nose. >> this should not be part of their job. >> reporter: american's ceo called the incident one of the worst in its history and said the airline was fully pursuing punishment. transportation secretary pete buttigieg says a federal ban list for violent passengers should be on the table. >> we will continue to look at all options to make sure that flight crews and passengers are safe. >> federal authorities discharged a california man for last week's assault. he is 20-year-old brian su of irvine. airline unions have been pleading with the department of justice to get tough on unruly passengers. the faa only has the power to impose civil fines, but not
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criminal charges. jake? >> pete muntean, thank you. turning to our politics lead. the supreme court today hearing arguments on the most closely watched issue on its docket. the restrictive texas abortion law which bans abortions around six weeks and encourages citizen vigilantes of a sort to sue anyone involved in an abortion. joan, you were in the room today. did the justices give any hints as to how they might vote? >> yes, and it was great to be in the room. the justices are relatively new to this courtroom after more than a year and a half of isolation from the pandemic. and it was a dramatic three hours of back and forth. i'll give you the lead first. and that's that justices amy coney barrett and brett kavanaugh showed their hand in a way that suggests they'd vote in this round against texas. they were two of the justices in the five-justice majority that let this law take effect on september 1st, and they seemed to suggest by their questions they would allow at least the
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abortion clinics that have challenged this law to get into federal court which might mean in upcoming days, the court would actually block the law from taking -- from being in effect while the litigation plays out. that was the most important thing there. and then chief justice john roberts who actually had been against texas initially and had dissented when the court majority allowed this law to take effect was quite skeptical of the department of justice case. now the clinics and doj have come in here and the chief said it's pretty broad what the federal government is arguing here. so i'm looking ahead to possibly some sort of split decision coming up. but remember, this is just the first phase and what was at issue was not the right to abortion, which, you know, essentially has been suspended in texas during this, but yet this unusual mechanism that you referred to that empowers private citizens to bring these cases, not texas -- not against texas officials.
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>> and if they are opponents of roe v. wade on that court they'll get another chance when the mississippi law comes up. >> that's right. on december 1st, the court will hear a much more direct challenge to roe v. wade. it has the mississippi abortion ban and that could take us back to before 1973 when congress -- when the court said women had a fundamental right to end a pregnancy. >> in fact, many court observers think that's going to happen. all right. joan, thank you. next -- one cnn correspondent's personal battle. it involves a disease that impacts so many young children. stay with us. so you don't lose sight of the big picture, even when you're focused on what's happening right now. and thinkorswim trading™ is right there with you. to help you become a smarter investor. with an innovative trading platform full of customizable tools. dedicated trade desk pros and a passionate trader community sharing strategies right on the platform. because we take trading as seriously as you do.
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cancer is the leading cause of death by disease for children in the united states. according to the national cancer institute. but of the total $6 billion budget in 2018 for that research group, only 5% of it was spent on researching pediatric cancer. for our colleague, renee, that lack of funding is personal. her son, blake, passed away this april of brain cancer. he was only 2 years old. joining us now is renee, author of the new book, the miracle workers, boy versus beast. it comes out today. all of the proceeds go to the fund at the pediatric brain tumor foundation. you wrote this beautiful, heartbreaking book when your son was in the hospital. what inspired the characters? >> this book is really a book of hope and what inspired the
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characters was during my journey, i found myself in a place where i was scrambling to find hope on a day-to-day, moment to moment, minute to minute basis and i just started thinking about this idea of instilling this idea of hope at a much younger age. perhaps it would be easier if you're an adult to deal with these sorts of circumstances. so in the book, blake is my blake, but for anybody reading this book, it can be the child's reading the book and the monster from my family was pediatric cancer, but for any child reading this book, tgit could b bullying or anything. we've been through a lot in the last year and a half. a pandemic. children have lost care givers. people have lost their jobs. it's a lot for children. so my hope is that this book will inspire the young children and their parents and the other part of this is raising
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awareness and funds for pediatric cancer. >> yeah, which is so important. i should underline that this book is a hopeful book. h it was heartbreaking because of your blake. that's why it broke my heart. one little section says the battle's not won by the physically strong. if you want to defeat a beast of this kind. the key to the fight is right there in your mind. that was a big theme during your time in the hospital. >> yeah, it was. because this idea of hope, i would say to anyone going through a trying circumstance, that is the thing that we had, my husband and i had, in our survival toolkit was hope. and i truly believe to this day, we were hopeless when going through this, we would not have survived that. so that's what this message is all about. just, it's in the mind. sometimes the story doesn't work out the way we want it to.
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but imagine going through a heartbreaking situation and you're hopeless from the very beginning. that to me is even worse. so that is what i hope the children will take away and their parents, too. >> so our colleague, andrew, and his wife, rachel, they also are fighting to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer after the death of their daughter, francesca, who they called beans. who she lost. where should parents turn when they find themselves in this unimaginable situation? >> i have partnered with the pediatric brain tumor foundation. there's a children's oncology group as well. when you talk about andrew, my goodness, he just ran a marathon to raise money for cancer. i'm writing a book to raise money for cancer. there are other parents selling t-shirts. they're shaving their heads. there's something wrong with this scenario.
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it's great that we're fighting for our children who are no longer here, but if this is the way we're funding pediatric cancer, i think that as a nation, we have to take a step back and try to figure out if this is the way. >> yeah, well, kids don't vote. >> that's one issue. >> last month, you spoke before congress, you petitioned president biden to quote, include a comprehensive strategy to end pediatric cancer as part of his national plan. is there any legislative? >> there are two. gabriele la miller has been introduced in the senate. they have not been passed yet, but they are strong pieces of legislation. the problem with washington is that there is a will. there's no one you'll find in washington who doesn't believe we should fund pediatric cancer, but you know as well as i know that getting things done in this town, it's hard and it takes a
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long time. the problem is, there are children in real time with this disease waiting on those decisions to be made. waiting on that funding to come through. so that is the heartbreaking issue. >> yeah, i've said it before and i'll say it again. the adult leaders of this country are failing the children of this country, over and over, but thank god for you and andrew and your spouses and we love you and congratulations on this book. the miracle workers, boy versus beast. it's out today and again, all proceeds will go to the blake vance star fund, brain cancer research, including a pioneering initiative to develop treatments for blake's rare disease. i will be tweeting information out about this so people know how and where to get it. thank you. >> thank you so much. >> we'll be right back. ♪ there are beautiful ideas that remain in the dark.
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be sure to join cnn tomorrow for election coverage. in virginia, new jersey. live coverage starts tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. eastern. our coverage now continues. happening now, president biden's agenda is thrown a curveball again. while he's attending a pivotal climate summit here in scotland, and trying to reassert american leadership. joe manchin is warning he may vote against the spending plan as he accuses house progressives of political games. what does this mean when the deal