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implications. not just for the candidates and the constituents, but for president biden and donald trump as well. the next 24 hours we could get a real feel for what's next for the midterms, next year. in virginia, a state joe biden carried by ten points, the race is neck and neck. will voters in the commonwealth respond to former governor terry mcauliffe's efforts to tie the republican glenn youngkin to trump. or will youngkin's focus on education make the difference. and governor phil murphy is trying to become the first democratic governor to win re-election in the state in 44 years. he's facing a tough challenge from jack ciattarelli who is taking part in this race. it also features a democrat trying to link his republican opponent to donald trump here. cnn's miguel marquez live at a polling location in new york city where voters are also choosing a new mayor. first let's go to sunlen serfaty
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in arlington. sunlen? >> reporter: polls are open here in virginia, voting got started about two hours ago. and here at this polling location in arlington, virginia, which is a suburb just outside of d.c., we are seeing a steady stream of people coming in and out, not super long lines, but the director here tells me they have already had 150 people in just two hours vote already. and a lot of people are also coming in and dropping their mail-in vote at this official ballot drop box over here among the 1.1 million virginians who have already cast votes in the early voting. today, talking to voters as they come out, it is very clear there is a lot of passion in this race and that likely will compel people to come out and vote today, talked with one man a short time ago, he is an independent, but he leans republican. he sat out in the race in 2020, he did not want to vote for trump, he tells me he also
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didn't want to vote for biden, but he tells me he felt compelled to vote today. he said because he's talking about youngkin not the same guy as donald trump. and he did go on to vote for glenn youngkin, the republican running for governor here in virginia. that is a complete rejection of democrat terry mcauliffe's strategy to tie youngkin to trump and certainly among the independent voters that youngkin wants to pluck from the suburbs like this area from terry mcauliffe. certainly one voter's perspective, brianna, as they came out and cast their ballot, but certainly an interesting window into the strategies, how they may be embraced or not by these voters. >> it is a nail biter. let's go to miguel, you're there in new york city. maybe less of a nail biter, but this is coming at a very critical time for new york city. >> reporter: yeah, look, this is a nail biter that will be the shock of the evening. i can say that, you know, the
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turnout today might play some roll in this election. brooklyn borough hall, which should be very, very busy right now. it is very, very, very not busy. these are all of the stations where one fills out their ballots and then over at the end of the room is where they actually scan them through. they only had about three dozen ballots scanned in over the last two hours that they have been open. this election, both candidates hitting on crime, housing, homelessness, those big issues that new yorkers are concerned with. and it features the vegan ex-cop against the cat-loving founder of the guardian angels, very colorful individual on the republican side, curtis sliwa running against adams. it is expected because it is such a democratic city, about 4-1 registration here that the democrat will prevail. but we will see. they had early voting for about
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a week. a lot of absentee ballots and now today polls are open to 9:00 p.m. and we shall see. back to you. >> miguel, thank you so much. now to wolf blitzer who is live for us in scotland, where the stakes are high, wolf. >> reporter: they certainly are, brianna, thank you very much. the president clearly focusing in on the climate crisis in this overseas trip, his domestic agenda hitting a speed bump back home. the democratic senator joe manchin throwing a major wrench into negotiations for president biden's economic agenda. pushing for the bipartisan infrastructure deal, yes, but saying he might not vote for the separate social safety net expansion bill. listen to this. >> for the sake of the scountry the bipartisan infrastructure bill, holding this bill hostage is not going to work, and getting my support for the reconciliation bill. i, for one, won't support a multitrillion dollar bill
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without greater clarity about why congress chooses to ignore the serious effects of inflation. and debt they have on our economy and existing government programs. >> our chief white house correspondent kaitlan collins is here in scotland with us, wo watching this unfold. a major disappointment for the biden folks here in scotland. they're happy, it looks like the bipartisan infrastructure will go forward, it passed the senate. but the bigger legislation on the social safety net and all of that, including climate money, it looks like that's in deep trouble. >> i don't think the white house really appreciated the timing of this. it does come as the president is here at this global climate summit trying to convince world leaders that the united states is serious about climate change. of course, this very package that president biden has proposed and what senator mankin was referencing there is what includes hundreds of billions of dollars to fight climate change. i do think white house officials were heartened by the idea that progressives came out and said they were not going to let this
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interfere with their plans to vote for the harald infrastructure bill that could come up for a vote this week, even though it is unclear what is going to happen with the other larger package, of course, that manchin was referencing there. i do think it comes as the president has been trying to send this message, and you saw him yesterday, apologizing for the actions of the former president when it came to exiting the paris climate accords, saying the united states is back at the table after not having been so for several years. and i think one thing you noticed that is president biden is doing today is signing on to this pledge with over 100 other nations to end deforestation, which would conserve forests around the world by 2030. he's talking about this new rule from the epa that is going to talk about limiting methane and heavily regulating methane, rolling back a lot of the policies that you saw put in place by former president trump, of course, big concerns about methane leaks and what that does to contribute to global warming. i think those actions that the president is taking, he's trying to show there are things he can do without congress, of course,
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because now senator manchin is threatening things he's trying to do with congress. >> those are executive orders that he can simply make and go forward. you correctly point out, does not need congressional legislation. i thought it was really significant the message that manchin was sending the white house when he said, yes, this broader social safety net package, $1.75 trillion, he says, well, that's the number they put out, but it could be double that. that's what a lot of republicans are saying, to hear that coming from manchin, on a day like this where the president is overseas, that was significant. >> and using the word gimmicks and saying he doesn't trust how it is going to be paid for. you saw his concern there, something we heard from senator manchin time and time again, about inflation. and the white house very quickly responded to this. i thought it was notable how quickly they responded to this, saying that they are quoting 17 nobel prize winning economists saying this is not going to contribute to inflation. and at the end of jen psaki's statement on this, they look forward to getting senator manchin's support for this bill.
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you saw president biden earlier today meeting with the president of the european commission. he's being asked about senator manchin and the statements, even while he's here meeting with hundreds of world leaders, talking about what the global effort is going to look like on climate change. senator manchin is being brought up for the president. >> he'll wrap up his visit here to scotland later this afternoon, around 3:30 p.m. eastern. that's the scheduled time, biden time, 3:30 p.m. eastern welcome a news conference and then heads back to washington. we'll be looking forward to that. we'll be back with a special "situation room" later today. back to you. >> wolf, kaitlan, thank you both very much. joining us now is the chair of the house progressive caucus, congresswoman pramila jayapal. thank you for being with us today. you're a major player in this right now. i want to understand exactly where you and the progressive caucus are as we sit here this tuesday morning. >> yeah, john, great to be with you in person. we are in the same place that we
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have been for weeks, which is we said give us the text of the build back better act, give us a vote on the build back better act and the build -- and the bipartisan infrastructure bill and we will pass both through the house. and send them over to the senate. obviously the bipartisan infrastructure bill has already passed the senate, but we will send the build back better act over to the senate. some of the members are nervous about what the senate is going to do. but at this point, we feel that having had conversations with senators sinema, having talked to the president, having had the president come, that we will trust the president, that he will get 51 votes in the senate for it. >> i guess the part i don't understand is why you trust him today on tuesday, but you didn't on thursday. >> we didn't have a bill and we didn't have a vote. we were not ready to have a vote. this week we will have votes on both the infrastructure bill and the build back better act together. which is what we called for, for weeks. so we finally got what we have been saying and we're glad people listened to us.
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>> he was saying trust me on thursday, though. >> we didn't have the bill. and he did not ask for us to vote on that day, he said i need votes on both bills. and we have been saying for months, we are not going to vote just on an idea or a promise, or a framework, we're going to vote on legislation. the minute we have legislation, we can look at it, our members can decide whether it is good enough, which we feel very good about, then we will pass both bills. and i think that is what we have been saying for weeks. i don't understand why anyone is confused about it. last week we did not have a vote on the build back better act. we did not have text. this week we have text. we're going to have a vote on both bills. >> this interpretation, were you up less this morning than five days ago? five days ago we didn't know where joe manchin stood on this. now joe manchin is letting you know he's not a definite yes. >> i got to say, like, we can't worry about -- we always said we're going to trust the president, once we have the
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bill, and the vote. and that's what we have been saying for weeks now. and we got the bill, we are going to have the vote and we will trust the president to deliver 51 votes. >> how much do you trust joe manchen? th some said joe manchin's opposition, he do not say he's opposed, joe manchin's opposition is anti-black, anti-child, anti-woman, and anti-immigrant. >> well, look, people are frustrated. i told everybody in the final days of a negotiation, tempers flare, people say things that they feel. and it is real. just like joe manchin did a press conference, our members are frustrated. but what i am saying is we are finally at the place we have been asking for, demanding over the last several months, which is two bills moving together in the house and we'll get them both done. >> this does mean, though, that infrastructure could be done, will be done, well before build back better. >> yes.
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yes. my hope and belief in talking to the senate majority leader, talking to other senators, talking to other presidents, is that the senate will move forward this very quickly, hopefully we can get it done before thanksgiving and we will have this transformative piece of legislation that will provide child care to everyone across the country, pre-k to every child in america, we'll invest housing, the biggest investment in housing, john, ever, in the history of our country. taking on healthcare, hopefully taking on prescription drug pricing. very popular. we are looking to do that as well in the bill. and, of course, immigration and most importantly as the president is glasgow, $555 billion into taking on climate change. >> all of this depepdpends on getting joe manchin signoff. >> on all of this we're trusting the president to deliver 51 votes in the senate. >> i noted you've been a central player in these negotiations for a long time. with the white house directly.
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did the white house at any point tell you it is time? it is time. >> the white house has been clear that they want both bills passed. and they would have loved to see whatever we could get passed passed as quickly as possible. my job is to represent 96 members of the progressive caucus. i made it clear to the white house that once we got both bills together, and ready to pass, and passed both bills, that our members would vote for the bipartisan infrastructure bill, which, by the way, nobody has covered this, that's kind of a huge thing, there are a lot of people who did not like the bipartisan infrastructure bill, but what we are saying is we're part of the democratic party, we will vote for the bipartisan infrastructure bill, and we expect that our colleagues across the democratic caucus will vote for and pass the build back better act. >> the reason i was asking about the white house relationship is one of the things i saw over the weekend was your colleague and member of the progressive caucus ro khanna went out and did the sunday shows. and he said on sunday, which is
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before -- you're chrirystal cle you're a yes on both bills, ro khanna said -- he basically said it first and after he said it, ron klain, the white house chief of staff, ron klain sends out not one, not two, not three tweets, gushing over ro khanna and one of them is the retweet of gene spuerling that said thak you for your leadership, ro khanna. it struck me as the white house picking members of the progressive caucus that they're more happy with there. >> well, look, i mean, people are going to do whatever they're going to do. i represent the caucus. most of our members have stayed with not getting out in front of the caucus. but, you know if somebody wants to say they're going to vote for the bill, that's fine. what i have to do is say whether or not we're going to deliver the votes. remember, it wasn't like we just had a few people that weren't going to vote for the infrastructure bill. we had between 30 and 60 members of our caucus who were not going
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to vote for the infrastructure bill alone. so my job is when we say yes, we say yes. when we say no, we say no. and people should learn that that -- i don't say that unless i know i have the votes. so the same way, i was not on the sunday shows as you saw because i wanted to be with my caucus, determining exactly where we were, defining what we were going to, you know, what our position was going to be and then be able to come out on monday after we had done the whip count and say, yes, now we actually have the votes to pass both build back better and the bipartisan infrastructure bill. >> i know you're putting your faith in president biden to get joe manchin the vote. what is your message to manchin right now? you do acknowledge it is not -- he's not a yes today, correct? >> that's what he says. but i -- my message just is this is a transformative piece of legislation, and if we want to convince voters that it is still worth voting for democrats, then, john, the thing they're
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going to remember is not the road or the bridge. and that's a fine package. i'm going to vote for it. great things in it. what they're going to remember is i got child care. i got pre-k, i got healthcare. these are the things that make people feel differently about their lives, and that ultimately get people out to the polls. whether it is in a state election, whether it is in the midterms, whatever it is, that's the thing that people are going to remember. it is did you deliver me something that changes my life today? and that's child care, that's healthcare, that's action on climate change, that is immigration. that is housing. those are the things that are the five priorities of the progressive caucus that will be in the build back better act. >> possibility exists, though, that infrastructure happens, $1.2 trillion, which isn't nothing. that's a big infrastructure package. possibility that happens in the massive social agenda does not. >> it is going to happen. it is going to happen. look, i -- i believe that we now have a situation where it is not even the 96% that agreed on the
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$3.5 trillion package a few months ago, it is now 99.9% of democrats who agree. and it is the president's agenda and his word son tis on the lin i got to trust him. >> did you enjoy watching joe manchin yesterday? >> i didn't watch it. >> did you enjoy it when you saw it then? >> i don't need to comment on joe manchin. i'm going to do my job in the house and get both bills through and we're going to get the president's agenda done. >> quite a job it turned out to be the last couple of months. congresswoman pramila jayapal, i appreciate you being here and dealing with my mess. you're very gracious about the amount of stuff i have on the table here. >> it looks like you're working hard. >> looks like. that's the point. thank you very much. i do appreciate it. election night in america, the stakes are high in the races for governor and virginia and new jersey. plus, who will win out in the new york city mayor's race? we have special live coverage starting tonight at 6:00 p.m. on cnn. so major trials under way across the united states right
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construction at several suspected silo fields in china, that could eventually launch nuclear weapons. all of this as the country is also significantly bolstering its military capabilities. cnn's kylie atwood with us on this. okay, tell us what these pictures are showing that have american officials so alarmed. >> yes, so basically we knew that there are now about three missile silo fields in china. and these missile silo fields could be used eventually to launch nuclear weapons. that's why they're so concerning, the fact that china is building these up. with these images showing us, they're commercial satellite images, they demonstrate that china is putting a tremendous amount of resources and efforts into developing them. this isn't a slow project. this is a very rapid development. and the authors of this report from the federation of american scientists called this an unprecedented nuclear buildup by china. i spoke with one of the authors of the report who said what is noticeable here is the scope and
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scale that they are conducting this effort. this is not just one missile silo field. it is three of them. this is not just 100 missile silos, it is about 300 of them. and they're working on all of them in tandem. so we should note that u.s. strategic commend tweeted earlier this year when one of these missile silo fields was discovered noting that the world was just learning about, quote, this growing threat and the veil of secrecy that surrounds it. china hasn't said a whole lot. we asked the chinese government for comment on these new images. they haven't yet said anything. we should note it should take a few years for these missile silo fields to be completed. but the context here is china is continuing its military buildup across many fronts with these hypersonic missiles and the like. this is getting american officials concerned, they're noting what they are doing. and, of course, the question is how does it or will it change what the u.s. is doing on its military front? >> you said secrecy.
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it is not like they're hiding it. if they try to hide it, they're not doing it well. these are commercial satellites, big things. it seems like they want the world to know. >> that's right and they're in open spaces, not forests covering them. what they're doing is putting these structures over the actual silos themselves, so we can see what's happening, but we can't see the details of the construction. >> it is an incredibly important time in u.s. foreign policy when it comes to china. thank you so much for that. >> of course. all right, that aside, there is plenty to be thankful for this year. 58% of the u.s. population is fully vaccinated. 80% of the adult population has at least one dose. kids are on track today to find out whether they can get their shot. and americans are shaking off a year and a half of covid weariness in getting together in groups again. a good chance that the grocery bill is going to be quite high on thanksgiving. chief business correspondent christine romans has the breakdown. >> john berman, let's talk
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turkey. inflation is your uninvited guest for the holidays this year. economists are saying grocery stores are saying they expect a run on turkeys, a run on birds, people gather again this year. take a look at this. we're expecting the price to top a record high of $1.36 per pound this holiday season, that's 22 bucks for a 16-pound turkey. your sides, that's a problem too. all of those prices are rising for potato, biscuits, vegetables and apples. all of these are up since last thanksgiving. potato prices up, biscuits up $4. mixed vegetables up almost $4. the apples, up nearly 8%. and driving over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house is more expensive this year because of the surge in gas prices. the national average for a gallon of gas, $3.40 now. look at the difference from last year. it is up some 38%. so why? we have been talking about this, right? the global supply chain is still a tangled mess. more people are expected to
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gather this year. that means more demand. there are labor shortages, high transportation costs. bad weather affecting -- hurting crops around the country. the early bird in this case gets the turkey. economists warn the risk is everyone at the same time will be trying to buy their ingredients, be flexible, shop now. if you wait, you may not get the bird you want. heritage birds may not be near you or not in your budget. that means get shopping. they say there is plenty of food in the supply chain, but consumers should secure must haves in a timely fashion to sfrafrt have favorites on the holiday table. they say plan for most expensive meal in the history of this holiday. context, though, last thanksgiving was the cheapest meal in a decade. ham or turkey? >> the pro blem is how do you ft a whole turkey in your freezer unless you have a deep freezer? >> i'll freeze two breasts. that's what i'm going to do.
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that's my plan and i'm going to go shopping today. no reason to panic. economists say don't panic. don't think on tuesday afternoon of thanksgiving week you'll get exactly what you want. if you're picky about your menu, start working on it now. >> if you get perishables, don't leave them out until thanksgiving. still three weeks away. you can't buy some of that stuff now. >> are you a pumpkin pie guy or apple pie guy? >> yes is the answer to that. christine romans, thank you very much for that. so just in to cnn, reports of multiple casualties after two explosions near the military hospital in kabul. >> and voters headed to the polls in minneapolis where a controversial police initiative is on the ballot. football, is a game of inches. but it's also a game, of information. because the nfl is connected. and at any moment, the fate of the season can come down to this.
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the fate of the minneapolis police department may be decided today in the city's first electoral test since the murder of george floyd. a ballot question is asking residents whether they want to replace the police department with a new department of public
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safety. cnn's omar jimenez who covered this story from the very beginning joins us live in minneapolis with the latest on this. this is a big decision. >> reporter: yeah, john, it really is. to be clear, this wouldn't get rid of police officers, it would reorganize them into a public safety department that could give them the flexibility in the future to decrease the number of officers if they so chose, but also would allow them to add in more support services to the public safety mix and we have seen enthusiasm at the polls so far, more people voted early in this election than any election we have seen here in minneapolis, the municipal level in the past 45 years. >> voting this season? >> reporter: leading up to election day, canvassers are making a final push to encourage people to vote yes on ballot question number 2 in minneapolis. >> that's what this new department is about. >> reporter: shall the
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minneapolis city charter be amended to remove the police department and replace it with a department of public safety? >> it is really setting the table, if you will, for policymakers in the future to come forward and say what should be in the public safety department? >> reporter: it is not abolishing the police department, not getting rid of police officers? >> there are certain functions in our city that can only be done by licensed police officers. that doesn't change whether this amendment number 2 question passes or not. >> reporter: in the aftermath of george floyd's murder, there were calls to defund and even dismantle the minneapolis police department. >> ending the minneapolis police department. >> reporter: a year and a half and over 20,000 petition signatures later, those controversial ideas aren't quite on the ballot. but organizers say needed reform is. >> slogans get really popular. we also know that slogans are not policies. it does not abolish the police department, it does not even really dismantle the police department.
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what it does is it makes it possible to expand it so that it becomes the department of public safety so you can add other qualified professionals to it. >> reporter: they hope the new department will include things like mental health professionals and violence prevention counselors, but the ballot question doesn't include specifics that could only be hammered out if it passes. and after the newly elected mayor and city council are sworn in. >> there is too much at stake to just say, we'll vote for this, and vote for what? >> reporter: cheeto wilson owns a minneapolis barbershop and said he witnessed the police killing of jamar clark, a black man in 2015. >> even after witnessing a police killing, after living here in minneapolis through all that happened around the murder of george floyd, you still feel the right way to go is vote no. >> it sounds like an experiment. they have not been able to flush out from top to bottom what this department of public safety is going to look like. to just say, hey, you know, just
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trust us, we're going to put this together and make you safe, it is reckless. >> reporter: the chief of police also has concerns. >> i was not expecting some sort of robust detailed word for word plan, but at this point quite frankly i would take a drawing on a napkin and i have not seen either. >> reporter: but advocates say it will create the opportunity to make policing easier. >> they will no longer have to be deployed in every single circumstance that we use 911 for. >> i'm going to have somebody call you. >> reporter: on the canvassing route, the needs are plain. >> if it is not going to be a officer that relates what we go through out here, they got to be able to directly relate to that. >> this armed police only response we have isn't working. >> i understand. but it needs to be pragmatic. >> reporter: now all that's left is to vote. if this passes, the current set
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of elected officials will have 30 days to name an interim department of what would be the new department of interim commissioner of what would be the new department of public safety and then when the mayor and city council elected today are sworn in, in january, they will have the task of filling this department of public safety with some of those programs and services. john? >> i'll tell you, these are some of the results we'll be watching very closely tonight as the numbers start coming in. omar, thank you very much for that report. a big question, which provides stronger immunity against covid-19, a prior infection or the vaccine? i'll just going to tell people, it is the vaccine, and we're going to explain why there is this new cdc report about this ahead. >> yeah, come back and watch even though brianna gave it way. >> sorry. the tiger queen herself carole baskin back in the legal lion's den. see what we did there? why she's now suing netflix. >> carole baskin.
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opponents to donald trump in what may be a preview of the 2022 midterms and beyond. and the cdc found that vaccines offer stronger immunity to coronavirus than natural immunity from infection. the agency says that while both infection induced and vaccine induced immunity lasts for at least six months, unvaccinated adults with previous infection were five times more likely to be reinfected. the supreme court might be open to letting challengers take on the new texas abortion law. anti-abortion law, i should say. two conservative justices appear willing to hear arguments from abortion providers that want to challenge the law in federal court. a taliban official tells cnn at least 15 people are dead and 30 injured after two explosions at a kabul military hospital. unclear here who might be responsible. the hospital has been attacked before by isis in 2017 and the taliban in 2011. carole baskin is suing
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more than 2,000 new york city firefighters calling in sick as a covid vaccine mandate for city employees went into effect yesterday. new york city mayor bill de blasio joins me now. mr. mayor, we had a fire department union chief on a short time ago who said these firefighters have to get doctor signoff on this. this was no organized labor sick-out. what do you say to that? >> it seems awfully convenient, john. you see so many more people
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calling in sick than normal. i don't like what i'm seeing, our fire commissioner doesn't like what he's seeing and it is not right. if you're not sick, get to work, protect your fellow new yorkers, be there for your fellow firefighters, stop playing this game. look, here's the news as of this morning, john. 92% of the city workforce is now vaccinated as a result of this mandate. the vast majority of our city employees and the vast majority of our firefighters are doing the right thing. but the ones who are playing a game of they're going to have to suffer some consequences. this is unacceptable. >> what is the current rate of firefighters who are not vaccinated? >> right now we're about 77% with firefighters vaccinated. we also have a number of firefighters that have requested a medical or religious exemption. they'll continue to work while that's being looked at. and then when a decision is made, either you get an exemption or you got to get vaccinated. once you're at that mandate point, it is get vaccinated or
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lose your paycheck. it is very straightforward. again, 92% of the workforce has done the right thing. this is a real example, john, i say this to every mayor in america, every governor, every ceo of a company in america, please put mandates in place, put vaccine mandates into effect. it works. people respond to them, people respond to the deadline and this is what is going to make us safe. you got to do it so that we can actually end the covid era. >> you gave firefighters eight days. why only eight days from the announcement when corrections officers have until the end of the year? >> you know, john, about ten months ago we were fighting with the state of new york, i was leading the charge, freedom to vaccinate, because firefighters wanted to get vaccinated and the state wasn't letting them. it has been ten months that the vaccines have been available. we have tried voluntary approaches. we tried incentives. it wasn't moving enough. since we put this mandate into place, october 20, 24,000 more
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city employees have gotten vaccinated.days. there is the proof in the pudding. the vaccine mandates work. if people weren't moving, we had to move to this tool, had to use a tool that would get people vaccinated. plenty of time for folks to do it on their own. look, the people in new york city, let me give you an amazing figure. 86% had one dose of the vaccine. people have mandates. they want to see the folks they pay the bills, the folks they pay the paycheck of, they want to see them get vaccinated so we can all be safe. >> it is election day in new york city where your successor will be elected today. which leads me to my next question, which is what about you and your future? what's next for you? have you filed papers to run for governor of new york state? >> john, i filed papers for a state committee. it is not a gubernatorial
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committee at this point. it is a committee, new yorkers for a fair future. i'm going to focus on the issues of this state and this city and where we need to go going forward. you know what's happening in new york state the last few years. unfortunately a lot of corruption, a lot of scandal. governor who resigned in disgrace. there is a lot that needs to be fixed in the state of new york. and i'm proud of what i've done in new york city. pre-k for all our kids, lots more affordable housing, a lot of police reform and tough stance on covid that helped us become one of the safest places in this country in terms of fighting covid. i want to keep serving the people of this city and this state. >> sounds like you're running. >> draw your own conclusions, john. >> you're not not running. >> that's -- i like that. use the double negative. that always works. but there is a lot to do. there is a lot to do. this state, we have been through a lot with covid, but also it is a state that needs a lot of work. new york state was the leader of this country in so many ways in
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the past. there is some areas we have fallen behind, some real work to be done, but look at this vaccine mandate. new york city is leading the way, we're showing it can be done. >> mayor bill de blasio, thank you for being with us. >> thank you, john. here's what else to watch today. hear why potential jurors in the ahmaud arbery trial are not showing up. plus, the assistant director under scrutiny in the "rust" movie set shooting. breaking his silence.
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happening this morning, opening statements are set to begin already in the case of kenosha gunman kyle rittenhouse. at yesterday's selection process, jurors were asked about their views on ar-15 rifles, if any of them had armed themselves during the unrest, or if any of them had donated to the rittenhouse defense or bail funds. and joining us now to discuss is laura coates, our cnn senior legal analyst and also a former federal prosecutor. here you have the jury already selected here. what are you watching for? >> first of all, that was a very quick jury selection. they had to whittle down from a lot of people. it tells you this judge did not use a jury questionnaire, wanted everyone to be questioned. that is a little odd to have those cases.
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we know the jury is ready to go for opening statements. this is going to come down to self-defense. that's the reason the judge would not allow the statements or the word victim to be used to describe the three people that were shot, two of them lost their lives, because it is going to come down to the argument of whether rittenhouse was entitled to use deadly force because he thought that lethal force would be used g d against him. we have seen this case, this being a little bit incredulous, the notion of why he may have been there, but that's why this case will come down to the ar-15 discussions, who also armed themselves, and also why the judge allowed those three men to be described as arsonists, looters, rioters, he's setting up the possibility of having an objective jury be able to evaluate that particular defense. >> different jury or lack of a jury at this point is in the news. and this is in the trial of the men accused of killing ahmaud arbery. they're having a hard time getting people to show up for jury duty. half the people aren't showing up.
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and if you listen to the statements for some of the people being called, they're afraid, kwlaura, and that's deey concerning for a whole range of reasons. >> of course it is. this case comes down to vigilante justice. if that's even a thing. it is an oxymoron. >> in this case -- >> he was running, in this case, to continue to haunt people, he was running down the street, and he was chased down by three men who thought they had some real reason to stop him and then to use deadly force. the jurors in this case, first of all, you're not allowed to. unlike what steve bannon and the like believe you're not allowed to thumb your nose at a subpoena. this is a jury summons. it is a crime to not show up for court. however, it is part of that larger issue as you speak of, john, the idea of people knowing this is a very high profile, highly publicized case, that it is going to be fraught with questions about race in america, about law enforcement, even though no cops were actually on trial for this, but they're afraid about what the r
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ramifications may be. it is a civic duty of people to be on juries. this is a man who lost his life. he has every right to have a jury on behalf of his family and the prosecution, to be able to have a jury of people who will decide this case. >> the defense is saying -- they're pointing to this and saying they're not getting a fair cross section. basically sounds like they're saying they're not getting enough white people, you know. they're talking about having the accused being able to look at the jury pool and see themselves in the jury. what do you say to that? >> first of all, the phrase jury of your peers does not mean you get to have somebody with your exact identity, demographics, your age, your race, your religion, your gender. it means a jury of people from the community, a cross section of the community, of people who have every right to serve and should serve on a jury. there is no requirement you get a certain race, but that's part of why this case is so troubling. because the notion and we know if it is a different race defendant and victim, people
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have preconceived notions and oftentimes are less likely to convict depending on the race of the defendant and the race of the victim. and so this is a concerning issue, the supreme court has dealt with this time and time again, about having jurors who are representative of the community, but, remember, the boston bomber, that was a case where the judge said there was not enough screening and that ended up on the appeal before the supreme court. we have that possibility as well. >> two incredibly important trials. laura coates, thank you so much for that. >> thanks. >> cnn's coverage continues right now. good tuesday morning. i'm erica hill. >> i'm jim sciutto. we are watching as any moment president biden is expected to announce his administration's most aggressive rules yet when it comes to slashing planet warming methane emissions. he is on his final day at the united nations climate summit in glasgow. this announcement come

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