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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 comes as the
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white house is looking for ways to achieve the president's goal of cutting u.s. greenhouse emissions by half, by the end of this decade. it is ambitious. as it looks for ways to combat growing skepticism abroad on the u.s. commitment to climate change. >> that proposed new rule coming a day after moderate senator joe manchin raised doubts about his support of president biden's social safety net package which contains historic investments in combatting climate change. the west virginia senator says he wants greater clarity about the impact the plan will have on the country's economy and the national debt, while also warning house progressives that holding the bipartisan infrastructure bill hostage won't get him to support -- won't get his support for the spending bill. >> the continuing delays in washington over two key pieces of president biden's agenda prompting worries that democrats could feel the impact at the polls. this as millions of americans are set to vote in key races today, setting the tone perhaps for next year's midterms. especially in virginia, where
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democrat terry mcauliffe finds himself in a surprising neck and neck race for governor with republican glenn youngkin. >> and let's begin there, this morning. cnn washington correspondent sunlen serfaty at a polling site in arlington, virginia. sunlen, we know there is a major focus on this. a lot of talk about whether this race has actually is a bellwether for 2022. what were these two candidates saying in their final pitches to voters? >> reporter: well, erica, as you know, this is a very, very close race. and the candidates know that they need people to get out here and vote today. and what we saw from each of the candidates in making their closing arguments was largely them staying true to the core part of their strategy. for democrat terry mcauliffe that was about defining this race, casting youngkin, the republican candidate, as a proxy for donald trump, tieing him to donald trump, even falsely claiming last night on the campaign trail that youngkin was doing an event with trump. that was a reference to a tele town hall that trump dialed
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into that youngkins wi was not . and for glenn youngkin, his strategy has been to keep trump at arm's length, keep some distance from the former president's endorsement, focusing on local issues like education. and this was in large part from what we saw from both candidates last night, campaigning late into the evening. here is a taste of this their closing message to voters. >> guess how glenn youngkin is finishing his campaign? he is doing an event with donald trump here in virginia. i'm here with you, and they have got trump over there. >> this is about virginia. and let me tell you, terry mcauliffe versus virginia, virginia wins every day of the week. >> reporter: now, we are outside
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a polling location in arlington, virginia. this is a suburb just outside of washington, d.c. and the polling director here reports that in just a few hours that these polls have been open since 6:00 a.m. eastern, they have seen over 150 people come in, in person, and cast their ballots. that is an uptick from what they have seen in recent years. we have also -- we have seen a steady dr steady stream of people coming and going. we have seen people drop in their mail-in ballots at this official ballot drop box. certainly this area very key to terry mcauliffe, also an area where glenn youngkin could pluck some moderate independent voters, that's part of his strategy, voting just starting now, erica, but many, many more hours to go. >> that's for sure. sunlen serfaty with the latest from arlington, thank you. in new york, democrat eric adams is poised to win the mayor's seat over republican curtis sliwa after winning a tight race to become the democratic nominee. adams is now a key figure in how the party is looking to move
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forward. >> cnn's senior national correspondent miguel marquez following all of this from brooklyn, new york. so, miguel, in a time when democrats have in many races been tough on police and policing, he's setting really a much different tone. >> reporter: yeah, it is the vegan ex-cop against the founder of the guardian angels, who is a cat lover as well. typical new york politics. they are both going after the meat and potato political messages on crime, on housing, on homelessness, all the big issues facing new york. look, and for a democrat in new york not to win, that would be a stunning reversal from what everybody expects now. but i can tell you, at least in this one place, in downtown brooklyn, brooklyn borough hall, which should be a very, very busy voting precinct, it is not. there is very, very few voters who have been here so far today.
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this is probably the most that we have seen, all of these stations are people who are filling out their ballots, putting the ink in those little circles on each one and they slide them into those machines over there, where the votes are actually counted. they have only had about a hundred or so, maybe a little over a hundred now, voters come in in the last three hours in this one precinct. there were three different election districts in this one room. it should be a lot busier. but it is not. but what we will see, we don't -- what we don't know is how many early votes have come in across states and across new york city. we don't know how many absentee votes, but new york city heavily democratic, the state, the city more so. the expectation is the democrat will win, but we won't know for several more hours. back to you guys. >> wait for the votes. miguel marquez in brooklyn, thanks so much. joining us to talk about all this, christine quinn, former new york city council speaker and cnn national political
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reporter may reston. eric adams, he ran on a pro police platform at a time when new york, like many other cities in the country, has an uptick in crime. i wonder is there a template there for democrats heading into the midterms and going forward, more centrist sort of path to election? >> officer risen to the rank of police captain. he has a particularly unique voice and unique set of experiences. it is only a template, i think, if you have a messenger who really is steeped in the issues of policing and diversity, him not just being a police officer, but a police officer of color. so you need somebody who has walked the walk, not just talked the talk. >> when it comes to that message, right, whether it be pro police, whether it be defund
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the police, there is a lot of gray area there. and it seems the democratic party itself has a really hard time harnessing what they want that message to be. it is not just new york city, where we're seeing this sort of front and center as one of the issues. it is playing out in a number of races across the country. how closely do you think democrats are watching that to see what is and isn't working? >> so closely, erica. as you said, it is -- if democrats had a really difficult time even controlling this message because republicans have repeatedly argued that democrats all over the country are trying to defund the police and that's not actually the case. and where you're seeing this really play out is not just new york, but also a lot of these other may oral races we're looking at today, atlanta where quassim reed is trying to replace outgoing mayor keisha lance bottoms, to go for another term as mayor, but talking about hiring 750 police officers, you know, and going up against more
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progressive candidates who are trying to balance that message, talking about both police reform measures, but also the need to sort of restore a lot of morale in the police department, and also to build the ranks back up. you're also seeing that race -- that kind of debate play out in buffalo, certainly where india walton could be the first socialist mayor elected in, i believe it is almost 60 years, and she actually already beat four-term incumbent byron brown during the primary season. but he is now going up against her again as a write-in candidate and argued that her policies on policing are too liberal, would put the city's residents in danger, and, of course, the most fascinating place where this is playing out is in minneapolis, where, you know, the death of george floyd has completely shaped the debate. you have jacob fry, the mayor there, being challenged by a
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number of progressive candidates including sheila and kate who said this should be a referendum on his handling of policing and question two on the ballot in minneapolis is asking the voters to decide whether to completely dismantle the police department, replace it with a department of public safety, and just completely reimagine the police department there. there would still be officers, but a revamp. so it is a fascinating thing to watch tonight. >> i wonder if you can turn your new york political eye to the state of virginia right now. much tighter race than expected going in. this is a state that biden won by ten points and now neck and neck. we talked about how democratic candidates moved to the center. can you argue that glenn youngkin has done the same as a republican here, not embracing trump as many other republicans have done, walking a finer line.
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is that a template for republicans in other races around the country? >> i think it is definitely a template for republicans in states that are purple states or very purple -- more, you know, blueish purple states. in those states like virginia, if you throw yourself in bed with donald trump, you're going to turn voters off as opposed to the way he has handled it, which has been much more -- >> oops. i think we froze up there. >> much more nuanced and with glenn youngkin trying to keep his distance, certainly from terry mcauliffe. and that has worked for him by not alienating those trump voters. but also having enough of a moderate streak there in some of his messaging about some other issues to draw in the independents will be so important in this race. >> yeah. >> certainly one we will all be
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watching closely throughout the day and tonight as the results come in. maeve reston, christine quinn, we lost her at the end, but good to have her with us. be sure to stay with us here on cnn as we cover election night in america. the stakes are high as we just have been talking about. our special live coverage starts tonight at 6:00 p.m. eastern. all right, other big story in politics happening now, democrats are meeting behind closed doors to discuss both bills key to president biden's agenda. this as senator joe manchin says he will not support the $1.75 trillion social safety net expansion bill unless there is greater clarity about the impact it will have on the country's national debt and the economy. we'll see what the numbers come back like. here is what transportation secretary pete buttigieg said earlier this morning about the state of the biden agenda. take a listen. >> a few days ago i said we're the closest we have ever been. i think this morning we are
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closer still. obviously we want to see this literally signed, sealed and delivered, but what is clear is there is enormous momentum behind this legislation. >> you're very confident the president can get joe manchin on board? is that the read? >> absolutely. very confident that this can get through the house and the senate. and i'll tell you, the moment it does, obviously my department and others are ready. >> cnn capitol hill reporter melanie zanona following the latest developments for us here on capitol hill. so, senator manchin's comments yesterday came out and then i have to say the reaction may not have been what a lot of people expected. what are we hearing this morning? >> yeah, you're right. democrats responded with a shrug. initially it looked like joe manchin was about to blow up the entire democratic agenda. he came out the press conference and said he's willing to vote no if he doesn't support the final product. he took a swipe at progressives for delaying the vote on the
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infrastructure bill last week. many democrats are downplaying his remarks. they say this is nothing new, this is where manchin has been all along. even if his tone was somewhat surprising and defiant, and perhaps most notably progressives now say they will vote for both the infrastructure bill and the social safety net bill, even without iron clad assurances from joe manchin or kyrsten sinema. listen to what pramila jayapal, the head of the congressional progressive caucus, had to say moments ago. >> i've 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. my hope and belief in talking to the senate majority leader, talking to other senators, talking to other president, is that the senate will move this forward very quickly. hopefully we can get it done
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before thanksgiving. >> so this is a huge reversal for progressives and clears a major hurdle to passage of joe biden's economic agenda. but, there is still a number of obstacles they have to overcome. first one being they still haven't finished writing the bill. they're still haggling over a number of policy provisions from prescription drug prices, immigration. and moderates want to see an official cost estimate before they vote on the final bill. it is unclear whether that can happen anytime soon. but, look, democratic leaders are still saying they can hold a vote potentially as early as wednesday evening or thursday. but as we learned, the timing around here could always slip. jim, erica? >> yeah, let's -- as jim has pointed out, let's ban the word deadline. and -- >> the best we can do is say we'll see and we'll see. melanie on the hill, thanks so much. >> thank you. any moment now president biden will lay out a new proposal to reduce methane emissions here in the u.s. are world leaders really doing enough to address the climate crisis? we're going to be live at the
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global senate in scotland. cdc advisers meeting today and they'll talk about vote on pfizer's vaccine for younger children. just how soon could that shot be available? that's ahead. and a court in georgia now in its 11th day of jury selection in the trial for the men accused of killing ahmaud arbery. they complained there aren't enough, and i'm quoting enough, bubbas to choose from. that's why cisco is committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2040. and we believe our smart buildings solutions can help. providing power to reduce emissions, intelligence to eliminate waste, and collaboration tools that help the workplace and the planet. between meeting human needs and a sustainable future, there's a bridge. cisco, the bridge to possible.
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ages 5 to 11. a liaison to the committee tells cnn he expects members will, quote, overwhelmingly approve it when they vote this afternoon. that's fbig news. >> if dr. rochelle walensky signs off today, parents could begin scheduling shots for their kids this week. joining us to discuss, elizabeth cohen. elizabeth, what specifically is the advisory committee looking at today? >> erica, what they're going to look at is safety and efficacy data. we have been told this vaccine and the clinical trial for children ages 5 to 11 was very safe. let's take a look. let's talk a bit about the efficacy, which is shown to be about 91% effective at keeping kids from getting sick with covid-19. now, interestingly, children in this clinical trial, they were actually not given the full dose that adolescents and adults have been getting, instead they were given about -- they were given one-third of the dose. now, if this committee and as
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you mentioned these -- this committee of advisers they're expected to sign off on this, if they sign off on this, cdc director dr. rochelle walensky, she could act pretty quickly. she has acted quite quickly once these recommendations are made. we may even get a signoff from her possibly as soon as this evening. so that means the shots could be going into arms, little arms, young arms, later this week. erica, jim? >> so, can you explain for folks watching what the white house plan is for rollout and how it will be different from the rollout that we saw for shots for adults? >> so the rollout that we saw back in january, december and january, for adults, was a bit chaotic. we have to do remember that was a different administration, so this administration, the biden administration is different. and they learned from what they saw the trump administration do, they have been planning this for quite some time, even though they haven't had the official signoff, they got to work planning it. their emphasis unlike with the adults you saw a lot of mass
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vaccination sites, for example in stadiums, instead, they're emphasizing more pediatricians offices, and schools, children's hospitals, there is every reason to think this should go quite smoothly because pediatricians offices they give vaccinations every day. that's their bread and butter. they know how to order them, that sort of chain of ordering has already been well established for, you know, decades and decades now. there is every reason to think this will not be the chaos that we saw with adults. >> we will cross our fingers for that. elizabeth cohen, appreciate it, thank you. >> that's right. well, today the air force is the first branch of the military to hit its deadline for troops and civilian employees to be fully vaccinated or to have an approved exemption. it is a lot of progress, fairly quick progress. according to the latest data, more than 485,000 air force active duty reserve and national guard members are fully or partially vaccinated. a defense official confirmed 12,000 airmen, small percentage, remain unvaccinated.
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now military leaders are deciding what to do about those who are in effect refusing orders here. cnn pentagon correspondent barbara starr joins us now. so, what happens to those remaining few who decided not to take the vaccine? >> well, good morning to you. what happens is they are facing the fact that they are refusing what the military says is a lawful order. remember, military people get all kinds of mandatory vaccinations so they can deploy overseas, so they can work. right now, the total active duty forces you mentioned is about at 97%. most of the military services are in the 90% plus range. but when you look at somebody like the air force, 12,000 unvaccinated, so what are they facing? they could get punishment, they could get -- they could eventually be dismissed from the service, but they will get counseling. they could face limited travel,
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limited assignments, not being able to deploy all of the so-called disciplinary measures up to the individual services and units to administer to their people. you know, the reason it is so important to the military is the public health, the u.s. military lives and works in towns and communities across the country. so public health is job number one here. but for the military, they also want to have as high vaccination rate as possible, they don't want to have it be a readiness problem. they don't want to face the prospect of ships being out of commission, air fields not being able to function, army units not being able to deploy. so all the indications are it will continue to be a full out effort to make sure needles go into arms of the u.s. military. erica, jim. >> we'll be watching, barbara starr, appreciate it, thank you. just ahead, president biden set to make the case for the world's democracies to take the lead on the climate crisis. the administration rolling out a brand-new plan today.
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today, president biden will wrap up his european trip with a final day at the u.n. climate change conference in glasgow. the president delivering remarks, set to deliver remarks at any moment. his administration meantime is planning to propose new rules today that would target methane leaks from oil and gas operations. >> methane, we should note, is the main component of natural gas, and the epa estimates this new proposal would impact 75% of existing methane emissions. cnn chief white house correspondent kaitlan collins and bill weir are both in scotland. kaitlan, tell us in detail what this executive order will do. >> so this is a new rule that is going to be coming from the epa, it is really the intent to heavily regulate methane in a way we have not really seen the united states do before. and this is part of this bigger -- this is also coming on
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the heels of what his predecessor did had it came to methane, he tried to roll back the policies. the president clearly here is taking a very different route when it comes to methane. and i think really what you see from what the president is going to say here shortly coming up, following his commitment earlier this morning, along with the leaders of 100 other nations when it came to conserving forests across the world globally, which is also another effort they are taking to slow global warming is these are the actions that the president feels he can take on his own. and, of course, it comes as we're seeing the drama over his agenda on capitol hill play out, with that announcement from senator manchin yesterday, making clear he is not fully put his support behind the president's plan yet and, of course that is a plan that includes hundreds of billions of dollars for climate change. these are actions the president can take on his own, at the summit with world leaders, he's trying to say the united states is leading here, they are back at the table in a way that they were not when his predecessor
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was in office. >> and, bill, as we wait for president biden there to make his remarks, i want to drill down a little bit more on these more than 100 world leaders, talking more than 85% of the world's forests represented by those leaders committing to ending and reversing deforestation and land degradation by 2030. that's a pretty aggressive goal. where does it actually stand? >> yeah. >> well, that's -- it is the biggest announcement i think so far, this young cop26, especially since russia's vladimir putin and brazil's jair bolsonaro sent in videotaped remarks adding to this pledge, as you say. first of all, the greatest carbon capture machine ever invented is a tree. in addition to the forests, as a carbon capturing device, they are also home to countless animals and birds and insects that are part of the web of life being decimated and in indigenous communities who know how to live with nature in a
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sustainable way. so just for per spentive as well, in 2020, we have a great graphic from the washington post here, 100,000 square miles of forest were taken down around the world. the biggest countries leading that chainsaw brigade, russia and brazil. the amazon rain forest so vital, the lungs of the planet there. so if these pledges are to be believed, this is a massive win for earth and life as we know it, but to put it in context further, in 2014, over 200 countries made a pledge to end deforestation by around the same time, and obviously that didn't quite happen. but, you have to have hope now that as both the extinction crisis, the biodiversity laws, and the climate crisis would give some real teeth to these pledges. >> kaitlan, a way for the u.s. to have teeth to its own pledges of course are the climate
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commitments in the build back better agenda. has the president while in scotland reacted to senator joe manchin's comments yesterday and the progressive commitment that followed those comments? >> the president himself has not -- he's been asked several times by reporters including -- ran into him essentially that this -- it is very -- >> kaitlan, i'm sorry, i'm going to stop you. we're having a tough time with the transmission in your audio. we want to know what you're saying, but we can't really get it. we'll work on that. bill, i'll bring you in here, having that commitment as kaitlan pointed out a little bit earlier, you know, executive orders and measures can only go so far. when you have that commitment in terms of legislation, it does ring differently. how much has that impacted president biden's standing, really his collateral in many
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ways at cop26? >> so much of his presence here and bringing so many cabinet members, president obama coming next week, is a trust-building mission, to signal to the world, yes, we're in this, despite what has happened in the past, it wasn't just trump walking away from paris, it was george w. bush backing away from the kyoto accords when rich nations promised to kick in to help developing countries. the uk, the eu and the u.s. will specifically help south africa get off of cold. they are really a symbol of sort of environmental injustice, dirty infrastructure built under apartheid now, the highest pollution per capita in the world, that will cost billions, split among the rich can countries as well. i saw president biden today with the presidents of gabon and in the congo, talking about this deforestation plan to protect these vital pieces of land around the world as well.
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and, yes, i mean, even the methane pledge comes as this supreme court just agreed to hear a challenge that came from republican states and coal companies over whether the epa has the authority to regulate -- >> bill, apologies, we'll have to cut you off there because as you mentioned, here is president biden about to begin his remarks today. let's listen in. >> look, i'm going to be very, very brief. i want to thank you you so much, everyone here today. you know, for signing this game-changing commitment. one of the most important things we can do, i keep referring as many of you do to this decisive decade, we got to figure what we're going to do, not just between now and 2050. what we are going to do between now and 2030 is going to impact significantly on what -- whether we'll be able to meet our longer term commitment. one of the most important things we can do in this decisive decade is to keep 1.5 degrees in
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reach, is reduce our methane emissions as quickly as possible. as already has been stated, it is one of the most potent greenhouse gases there is. it amounts to about half, half the warming we're experiencing today. just the methane exposure. so together we're committing to collectively reduce our methane by 30% by 2030, and i think we can probably go beyond that. we just announced this package that the general assembly, and back in september, and at the time was mentioned nine countries had signed on. today, it is over 80, approaching 100 countries signing on. that's nearly half the global methane emissions or 70% of the global gdp. and it is not -- this is going to make a huge difference. and not just when it comes to fighting climate change as ursula pointed out.
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physical health of individuals and whole range of other things. it is going to improve health, reduce asthma, respiratory related emergencies, going to improve the food supply as well by cutting crop loss and related ground level pollution. it is going to boost our economies, saving companies money, reducing methane leaks, capturing methane, turn it into new revenue streams and as well as creating good paying union jobs for our workers. and we're taking -- we're talking about jobs to manufacturing new technologies, for methane detection, jobs for union pipe fitters and welders to go out and cap, abandon oil wells and plug leaking pipelines, thousands of miles of those, and it has been a foundation, a foundational commitment of my administration from the beginning. it is something that we can't -- i campaigned on and today i'm announcing the next steps to reduce u.s. methane emissions. we're proposing two new rules.
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one through our environmental protection agency, that is going to reduce methane losses from new and existing oil and gas pipelines. and one through the department of transportation to reduce wasteful and potential dangerous leaks from natural gas pipelines. they have authority over that area. we're also launching a new initiative to work with our farmers, and our ranchers to introduce climate smart agricultural practices and reduce methane on farms, a significant source as well. this is all part of our new methane strategy, which focuses on reducing the largest source of methane emissions while putting thousands, thousands of skilled workers on the job, all across the united states. and i expect in your countries as well. so let me close, again, by reiterating this isn't just something we have to do to protect the environment of our future, it is an enormous opportunity, enormous opportunity for all of us, all
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of our nations to create jobs, and make meeting climate goals a core part of our global economic recovery as well. the united states is eager to work with each of you to make sure we meet this goal, and encourage more countries, more countries to join us in committing to reducing methane globally there are amore that cn join and should. thank you again. much more to say. much of it has already been said. thank you for your partnership. thank you for your ambition. now i'm going to turn it back to secretary kerry, i believe he's still here, there he is, i thank you you all so very much. >> president joe biden there speaking at cop26. and emphasizing efforts here in the u.s. in terms of methane emissions, talking about new efforts from the epa, specifically targeting oil and gas production, also the department of transportation targeting leaks and natural gas pipelines. and, jim, what i thought was interesting, he was framing this, he used the word
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opportunity, framing this from an economic perspective as well. the president there, several times, talking about the jobs that this could create as he's selling those efforts. >> which is a consistent message for a whole host of things including in renewable energy. we'll see if that message holds and whether it moves people on capitol hill on other climate measures. still ahead, though, this hour, we continue to follow other stories including an unexpected turn in jury selection for the murder trial of the men accused of killing ahmaud arbery. defense attorneys now complaining that the jury pool does not have enough white men. we're going to have a live update coming up. if you have this... consider adding this. an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan fr unitedhealthcare. medicare supplement plans help by paying some of what medicare doesn't...
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at we are now in the third week of jury selection for the trial of the three white men who were accused of fatally shooting ahmaud arbery last year. a thousand jury summens were sent out, less than half of those people have actually shown up. the defense team is now starting to complain about the jury pool, one attorney saying, quote, in this case, it would appear that white males born in the south over 40 years of age without four-year college degrees sometimes known as bubba or joe six pack seem to be significantly underrepresented. cnn's martin savidge is in brunswick georgia, this morning. when i read those, i have to sit and think about that for a minute. it is something. >> yeah. my jaw dropped when i heard kevin goff say that in court on friday. you don't hear that kind of
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depiction in a courtroom. however, i will say that jason sheffield, another defense attorney, he represents travis mcmichael, the one who actually shot ahmaud arbery three times with a shotgun, he is saying, his defense attorney, that hey, i may not like the language that kevin used but essentially what he said is true. this is a window on the defense here. we're beginning to understand what type of juror they're looking for. and just as you said, it is a white male from the south, 40 years and above, who didn't go to college. and right now they're saying out of the 500, even though there were a thousand summoned, 500 people have shown up for a potential jury duty, they say they're not seeing that in the mix. and clearly that is the key demographic they believe for the juror who will be open to the defense's arguments and the defense is standing on two things here, one is self-defense, and the other is that these men were attempting
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to conduct citizens arrest under the old georgia law. so it seems to be a real concern on the part of the defense here and now they're going public with it. >> it is fascinating because i'm sure there are plenty of examples you can point to, right, where people may have wanted a more diverse jury or actual jury of their peers with no chance for that. we'll continue to watch. martin savidge, appreciate it, thank you. listen to this story. there are decisions before the supreme court which very well will affect a woman's right to choose around country. a majority of supreme court justices now appear open to letting abortion providers challenge texas' controversial ban on abortions after six weeks. during oral arguments on monday, conservative justices brett kavanaugh and amy coney barrett, who both voted earlier to allow the law to take effect in september, expressed some doubt about the law's broad reach. the abortion ban in essence
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>> it attempts to empower really anyone to enforce the law on their own. cnn's supreme court reporter voariane de vogue is in washingn this morning. it can be difficult to read the tea leaves of these oral arguments. turn your keen educated eye to what you learned yesterday and what it means for folks at home. >> it was surprising. two months after the conservatives allowed this law to go into effect, you had two main conservatives expressing reservations about the law. this is not a direct challenge to roe v. wade. the whole ball game is how this law is written and how texas says nobody can challenge it in federal court. well, amy coney barrett about midway through arguments yesterday, she seemed to worry about that, like really is state court the way, the best way for people to air their constitutional grievances? she wondered why not in federal
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court. then justice brett kavanaugh with the slippery slope argument. he knows if they allow this law to go into effect, they'll be busy, more laws to come. what about liberal states? what if they pass a law that restricts gun rights or first amendments? listen to what he had to say making that case. >> could be free speech rights, free exercise of religion rights, second amendment rights if this position is accepted here, the theory of the amicus brief is that it can be easily replicated in other states that disfavor other constitutional rights. >> so, you listen to that here. do you sense a majority forming not just to allow the challenge but perhaps to overrule the essential essence of this texas law, right? which lets vigilantes in effect
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enforce and therefore shields the state government from lawsuits. >> let me preface everything by reading tea leaves in oral arguments, very difficult. >> with that proviso. >> here's what i think we could see as early as today, could take weeks, we don't know. there are two cases, right. the abortion providers case. they want to get into court. the department of justice want to get in court to challenge this law. we could see the court saying, okay, abortion providers, you can get into court now and you can bring a challenge, and that challenge in the lower court would get directly to a woman's right to choose. >> okay. >> and then they could say, and then we don't even have to deal with that department of justice challenge, which is much more complicated. it opens up these gnarly questions that none of the justices yesterday seemed interested in. but the big question in this order that we could get as soon as today, in a couple weeks, you don't know, is whether they'll freeze the law while that appeals process plays out.
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that's the big thing, because then women would be able to have the abortions again. >> right now in effect they are in a ban. ariane de vogue, it's fascinating to watch. erica? just ahead here, a delta flight diverted after an onboard disturbance with a passenger. what happened this time in the increasingly unfriendly skies? that's next. ♪ there arare beautiful ideas that remain in the dark. but with our new multi-cloud experience, you have the flexibility you need to unveil them to the world. ♪
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the latest in the series of disturbing in-flight incidences,
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a delta flight had to be diverted because of an onboard customer disturbance. >> the flight was headed from atlanta to los angeles when it had to be diverted midair to dallas. this is the second incident in less than a week for delta. aviation correspondent pete muntean is in washington. i've been on a plen where someone was not quite assaulting but plenty accosting a flight attendant. we were met by cops on the ground. how often is this happening? >> reporter: delta is calling this latest incident rare, but the fact is this happens over and over again. 4900 unruly incidents reported by flight crews to the faa this year alone, most notably on an american airlines flight last wednesday when a flight attendant was reportedly punched in the face by a passenger. now there is this from this delta air lines flight. here is the photo from on board last night when this passenger tweeted this. you can see police in the background, and he says that somebody was removed from the
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plane. in a statement, delta air lines says it has zero tolerance for unruly behavior at our airports and in our aircraft. we applaud the flight crew's quick decision to divert and address the situation as expeditiously as possible so the remainder of our customers can resume their travels. transportation secretary pete bu butte jij was asked about this and he has a made ral no-fly list for violent passengers should be something that is on the table. >> i think everybody option needs to be on the table. i can't believe we even have to say this, but for god's sake, do not, disrespect, let alone harm flight crews, who, as the captain always says, are there for your safety. >> the concern is that somebody could get banned from one airline and theoretically fly on another airline. the information between airlines is not all that great.
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that's something that airline units have been pushing for. they've also been pushing for the department of justice to crack down on this. we've seen a shift in the tide in the last few days with more and more indictments coming down against unruly passenger, name li na passenger accused of punching that flight attendant in that incident last wednesday on an american flight. he is 20-year-old brian sioux of irvine, california. we have learned from these court documents that just came out that he is pleading self-defense, that he recently had brain surgery, he says, and his family was interviewed and they say he's not been the same since. the flight attendant says she was just trying to keep him from getting to the lavatory when the fasten seat belt sign was on. >> goodness. last place you want to see that kind of violence. pete muntean, thanks so much. very good tuesday morning to you.


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