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plan tomorrow. haven't we all seen this movie before? let's get right to cnn's manu raju on capitol hill. it's going on 5:00. does there seem to be momentum from democrats toward a vote tonight on the build back better act? >> reporter: it looks less and less likely that the vote will actually happen tonight. in large part because moderate democrats in particular simply are not ready to vote for this plan. the revised version of the bill, more than 2100 pages was released just yesterday. a number of the members are still processing it, going through it, asking for more information. there are still outstanding issues -- immigration being one of them, how to deal with state and local tax deductions another. the sweeping plan may have to wait longer for a vote. this comes as there are still questions about when the bipartisan infrastructure bill also may come up for a vote. while the moderates have been demanding votes on that nancy pelosi initially promised a vote at the end of september for that but still has not gone to vote
and that is contributing to the lack of trust according to moderate democratic congresswoman who talk to me earlier today. there is no question once the larger bill if it does get out of the house and that is still a question because pelosi can only afford to lose three votes, if that does get out of the house it'll go over to the senate and at that point joe manchin in particular has called for a number of changes including getting rid of paid family leave as part of the proposal that nancy pelosi added back in, four weeks of leave. and the demand by manchin to pare back the bill has caused a lot of tension among liberals. >> what i find offensive, okay, is the inordinate amount of power that one or two individuals will have in this question. for them to try to shift that responsibility to someone else when they have allowed -- they haven't done their part of the lifting i find offensive.
>> reporter: so pelosi on the floor was working over a number of the moderate democrats, talking to them about some of their issues, trying to see if there can be a vote. jake, house majority leader steny hoyer told me earlier perhaps the house could even be in through this weekend to try to force these two issues through both the larger bill and the infrastructure bill. this is still very fluid. can they get the votes? still an open question on the larger bill. behind the scenes the leadership is working it hard. >> manu raju on capitol hill, thanks so much. let's bring in democratic congresswoman debbie dingell of michigan one of nine deputy whips on the congressional progressive caucus. here the democrats go again. signaling you are on the verge of a deal and a vote is pending but this time the build back better act might come first. now we are hearing moderates are balking. the progressive caucus is adamant both must be brought to the floor together. where are we now? >> i was in that caucus and i did not hear nancy pelosi say
there will be a vote tonight. we got enough misinformation out there. i think people want to have these votes as soon as we can and we will. and i will tell you, jake, we will not leave for -- we will be here until we get these bills done be it over the weekend, over the weekend. it is time to land this plane. we will get it done and we will get it done. i think the -- they may still try to do a rule tonight. the rules committee is meeting, is going back in. we've had a very long series of votes but i do believe that people are working very hard, you know, kind of i'm standing with you today in front of the will rogers statue which will rogers said to us that people with weak stomachs shouldn't watch sausage or laws being made. we are in the last stages of laws and sausage being made. it is going to get done. we are going to get both of these bills passed. >> will rogers also said i am not a member of an organized
party. i'm a democrat. i have to say, the perceived inability of democrats to get anything done might have cost you a lot of races on tuesday night when democrats got shellacked. is there any regret by any house democrats about what happened tuesday night and the role that all of this back and forth might have caused? you could have had months ago an infrastructure bill signed into law. >> you know, what i'm going to say, we got to look forward. i take a message from tuesday. it is time for action. the american people are saying, get it done. so we're going to get it done. i do share -- you played the farl resources committee's chagrin a little earlier on the show. i think a lot of people -- i am part of a body with 435 members.
they each need their voices heard. two senators have had a disproportionate impact on the system. it is very important the leadership of this house make sure that every member has the opportunity to represent their districts, their people. i am a member of both problem solvers and progressive caucus. i believe in working across the aisle and have been working with everybody across the aisle. we've had lots of discussions, compromise is not a dirty word. it is time to get that common ground and pass two of the most important pieces of legislation we have seen in this country in decades. >> don't you think if the bipartisan infrastructure bill had been law, had been signed into law months ago and people, voters in new jersey and virginia and elsewhere had been able to see, you know, shovels going into the ground and construction projects beginning, broadband promises coming to life, that your party might have fared better on tuesday? >> you know, we are where we are. the fact of the matter is i
don't know because i know that we have done an enormous amount of work in the american recovery plan, voted the first bill almost a year ago. we've had several. people know we've made a difference but they're forgetting that. one of the things we have to do is act and then go out there and make sure people know what we are doing and the changes that are coming to their lives. there are things in this bill that are going to, inflation is a real issue. i know that. when we pass this bill it is going to have many things in it that will address the inflation we are looking at. we have to tell people why it is making a difference and the difference it is making. when children start to see, we start to see universal pre-k for our children and we'll help 6 million children, people are going to be happy. when we fix our roads and bridges like we're going to, when we get the lead out of every pipe in america, yeah. there are things in this bill that need to get done and we'll look forward and make sure the american people know what we
have done. >> you have to do it first though. >> we will. i'm telling you, jake. i don't know what day we're leaving here but we're not leaving here and it'll be the next few days until both bills are done and they will get done. >> okay. democratic congresswoman debbie dingell, thank you so much. appreciate your time. up next one powerful group accuses president biden of being out of the loop after biden denies his administration will pay money to families that were separated at the border. plus -- >> i honestly feel like i'm trapped in a body that doesn't function normally anymore. >> -- long after being infected with covid some americans are still suffering debilitating symptoms. stay with us. new projects means new project managers. you need to hire.
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we are back with our politics lead the whoit house trying to shall we say clarify a comment by the president yesterday. he had been asked about a "wall street journal" report the biden administration was considering payments to the tune of $450,000 for families separated at the border under the trump administration's so-called zero tolerance policy. here is the exchange. >> do you think that might incentivize more people to come over illegally? >> if you guys keep sending that garbage out, yeah. but it is not true. >> so this is a garbage report? >> yeah. >> okay. >> $450,000 per person is that what you are saying? >> separated from a family member at the border under the last administration. >> that is not going to happen. >> one important thing to note the group physicians for human rights has found that the practice of family separation is tantamount to torture with
profound health ramifications for both parents and child. daniel, what is going on with these reports of these payments i guess a settlement so there isn't a lawsuit. was "the wall street journal" report garbage or not? >> this is one of these cases where the president is quite imprecise and leaves it to his staff and us to be the precise ones. here are the true facts. "the wall street journal" was correct not reporting garbage when it reported the biden administration is in discussions to settle lawsuits brought on behalf of families affected by the family separation policy and "the wall street journal" was correct in reporting that the settlement discussions include talks of possible financial compensation. in fact, white house deputy press secretary st-pierre said today at the briefing president biden is comfortable with financial compensation as long as it ends up saving taxpayers money and helps people turn the page from the horrors of the trump days. why did president biden talk about garbage saying this report
was garbage? well, she said he was referring specifically to the $450,000 amount "the wall street journal" cited. as a fact checker i am skeptical of day after clarifications offered. in this case i think it is plausible if you listen to the exchange he did appear to be referring specifically to the $450,000. he should have been clear. what amount does the president feel comfortable with if not $40,000? what we do know is after the president's remarks on wednesday in public the department of justice communicated to people involved in the negotiations including the american civil liberties union that the amount, the final amount of the settlement had to be lower than 450,000 that that amount was simply too high. >> thank you. appreciate it. also in our politics lead cnn projected last night new jersey governor phil murphy the democrat has eeked out a victory over his republican opponent.
there are still some ballots not counted and he has yet to concede the race which was far closer than many democrats and pollsters assumed. republicans and democrats alike trying to re-kcalibrate strategs for next year's crucial midterm elections. covid was a big issue in that race in new jersey. phil murphy hammered his opponent on republican opposition to masks and vaccine mandates. was that effective at the end of the day? >> when it comes to both new jersey and virginia you had a political environment that was just toxic for democrats. we can look at virginia and say an issue like education played a big role or nouj and say an issue like covid played a big role. it is a little bit of all of the above. the economy is not feeling great to many americans. they're not so convinced biden's agenda is what they're looking for or his leadership is so great. they're taking it out at the ballot box on these democratic politicians who are running plain and simple. >> what is the solution for your
party? we go through this. it is very cyclical. the pendulum swings. there are lessons to be learned. what are the lessons you want your party to learn? >> first of all get something freaking done on the hill. >> i was just assured something is going to happen. >> yes, i heard. let's believe her. once that happens we have to translate that so people understand what that is. we can't continue to call it the reconciliation bill. we can't continue to call it the infrastructure bill. people don't really know what that means. we need to actually talk about what it is, what is that money for? i'm a single mom. i'll be able to have my kids taken care of when i go to work. and so these are the things that i think we just really need to talk about and message a lot better about what it is we're doing for people.
we all know politics and i think this happened in virginia and new jersey, a lot of it is what have you done for me lately and voters didn't feel like democrats had done all that much for them. we have to prove we can pass things and that those things will actually feel to these voters like we are doing something for them. >> you covered youngkin and did a great job. one of the things that is interesting is, yes. there was red meat for the base. i could understand why some people would find some of the politics to be dog whistle politics. but it seems to me like glenn youngkin the winner, the governor, talked about a lot more than that, right? why do you think he won? >> he did a lot of things went right for him. he was the right candidate at the right moment at the right time. he had unlimited fund. that also helped. >> super rich. >> we are going to see republicans across the country try to replicate this playbook. it is not going to be easy because it is not only the
campaign he ran. he is a very disciplined campaigner. his staff mostly kept him away from doing substantive, aggressive interviews. he stuck to the script out on the campaign trail. very few times did he deviate from his message. so that is hard to replicate. not everyone -- >> the trump factor also. he was able to not dis-trump but keep him at arm's length. >> yes. we haven't seen any republican across the country able to effectively do that. trump wants to be involved in everything and he did try to insert himself into this race as much as possible but not in a way that proved toxic to youngkin. >> speaking of virginia congresswoman abigail spanberger is a front line democrat in a swing district. i think she won by two points. i mean, she is vulnerable especially in a big, republican year which seems to be likely in 2022. she has a message for president biden and her fellow democrats in the "new york times." she said, quote, nobody elected
biden to be fdr meaning big, sweeping, government programs. they elected him to be normal and stop the chaos. she is suggesting these big, sweeping, multi trillion dollar bills actually are not what voters want >> i mean, i would argue if that is the case to be normal and not have chaos that's kind of what he has done to date. and yet you have devastating losses for democrats, right? yesterday. i don't know that that's entirely the message. i mean, i am convinced virginia had a lot of nuanced, distinct factors. some of this is youngkin was really the man who led a better campaign. some is you spend time in virginia and democrats alone were bored, uninspired by terry mcauliffe. they'd be at his rallies and say this isn't the guy i wanted. there is i think some degree of perhaps over analyzing. we all want to take lessons from virginia and i get it because it is the big off year election but i also think there are distinct things that happened in the governor's race tied to the two men who ran. >> we also talked to the moms
earlier in the show and education was a big issue. >> yes. >> it's not just critical race theory and how race is taught though that was certainly part of it. it is parents who want their kids to be back in school and have been so frustrated, right? >> there's a lot of things that fall under the umbrella of education. >> right. >> it is whether you're frustrated about covid, you can be frustrated about the way schools have handled it. either they didn't open fast enough, they're unclear in communication to parents. they might be frustrated they think the school district is focused on the wrong things. you had a number of districts, really heated debates about do we rename the school currently named after thomas jefferson or george mason? if you're a parent who just doesn't want your kid on zoom anymore does that seem like the wrong focus? it is the intersection of the issues of social justice and education. youngkin kept airing ads in the d.c. market showing footage of fights breaking out in schools and saying it is the democrats who took police officers and school resource officers out of schools. i'll put them back. from public safety to covid and
more lots of things fall under this umbrella of education which gives republicans a big opportunity and republicans know it might exist in 2022. you already had kevin mccarthy come out and say republicans will put forward a parents' bill of rights. this is a message they'll hit on for the next 12 months. >> one quick thing about congresswoman spanberger's comments. i think democrats have to be careful. they can't contort themselves so much in a way to appease moderates, independents, mystery voters they're looking for, in a way that progressives become disillusioned because they water themselves down so much and then the progressive voters feel alienated. >> voter turnout was down it looks like in virginia. that is to your point young people were not inspired at all. >> this is frankly why youngkin won. the electorate was a lot whiter, a lot older, and a lot more republicans who were inspired. i agree. i think if we get this passed we
can talk about what it is and the base voters, and i don't think we need to call them all our base voters. they have become persuadable now especially the latino voters which we can talk about in another segment. on kag is a reason phil murphy won. he led his opponent on education. and terry mcauliffe stepped in it with that comment about not wanting parents to be the ones who decide what is taught in schools. youngkin ran with it. what he said, terry said is actually not what terry said but they were able to use this against him. when you are a parent and have been essentially your child's teacher for a year and a half, you don't want to hear you should not be involved in your child's education. >> yes. it was taken somewhat out of context. by the same token he is a politician and you know you have to speak precisely. he was talking about whether or not parents can take books out of a library.
but the words parent shouldn't be involved in education. >> he could have cleaned it up and he didn't. he doubled down a couple times after that and i think that was the big pothole he was not able to get out of. >> i've seen a lot of democrats and liberals on social media basically saying what happened is glenn youngkin is a racist and all of the virginia voters that voted for him are racist. again, there were certainly racial tropes, elements of the campaign i thought were troubling but i don't think that is accurate or fair to the voters or glenn youngkin. >> that criticism doesn't tell the whole story. i was at these rallies and i saw chinese americans who were worried democrats were moving in the direction of socialism. he had faith leaders for youngkin. i met black women who are uncomfortable with the conversation around transgender rights. >> not to mention a new lieutenant governor. >> yes. i think it is much more nuanced
when you attend these rallies, the campaign did a good job. i think like 14 coalitions, salvadorians for youngkin was among them. they left no stone unturned in trying to appeal to everyone they could. >> it is also a troubling argument for democrats heading into next year's midterms if the argument is that every candidate the democrats lose to is arguably racist or dipped into racism which i'm not going to say he wasn't winking and nodding but the argument is did voters vote for him for those reasons or were they willing perhaps to overlook some of it? two different things. >> i think some of them did. >> sure. >> that is what we have to be clear about. >> absolutely. but, you know, just saying, 2 million racists, no. >> no. that's not right. that is not a ticket to success in 2022. thanks to one and all. join me tomorrow night for a new cnn special report trumping
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work right now because of long haul covid symptoms. those range from headaches to exhaustion to brain fog and plague some patients more than year after they caught the virus. cnn talked to some of these long h haulers about the struggle to adapt. >> laurie feels trapped in her pittsburgh home and her ailing body. >> i feel like i lost the life that i had. >> it has been nearly a year since she and her family contracted covid. her father died. today she is still battling post covid syndrome a mysterious, long-term condition plaguing some covid patients. once perfectly healthy she now keeps the long list of symptoms like severe fatigue, brain fog, and constant pain. >> i literally can't leave my house by myself. >> she needs a walker just to get the mail. >> how are you feeling now? >> a little winded. >> could you even work right
now? >> no. i barely function. >> before covid lori was the nursing director for a home health agency but hasn't worked since january. after using up her paid time off she was laid off. >> losing that job and losing that part of me has been really hard. i have become one of the patients i cared for. >> this doctor has seen this constantly. >> work issues have been one of the most significant problems we've encountered in our patient population. >> his team at the mayo clinic treats and studies post covid syndrome looking at data from their clinic and several other studies they noticed a troubling trend. >> we estimate approximately 1.3 million individuals are out of work right now due to long haul covid symptoms. >> he says that could mean more
than a million americans out of the labor force as the country deals with a labor shortage. >> i think it is entirely plausible. >> this is chief economist of moodies analytics and says the doctor's estimate makes sense. >> long covid is increasingly a significant head wind to the labor market getting back to normal, for businesses to get business operations up and running and for the broader economy to kick into high gear. >> could this be an over estimate? >> absolutely. it also could be an under estimate. >> most of the long haulers they are studying have well paying jobs and good insurance. >> my fear is there are individuals who are suffering severely from this condition but simply can't take time off of work to go get care. >> reporter: jennifer hobbs is a preschool teacher in medford, oregon who suffered long haul symptoms for a year from severe fatigue to hair loss. >> i've had a headache every day for a year. >> reporter: she returned to the classroom needing the income and
health insurance. >> it was nearly impossible for me to think about leaving. i don't know how i do it. i just make it through the day. >> reporter: the u.s. government recognizes long covid as a disability and patients can apply for assistance but it can take months and some long haulers say they've been denied. >> it's been a catastrophe for us. >> reporter: laurie biddel just applied for disability and is awaiting an answer. she and her husband have used up their savings and retirement funds just to pay the bills. >> honestly, i am terrified i'll never be able to go back to work. >> reporter: many of the long haulers are some of the more severe cases so these doctors acknowledge it is hard at this point to say exactly how many patients are out of work. the latest estimate reflects the concern from doctors about the long-term neurological problems their patients are facing. not just the ones who have left their jobs but also, jake, the ones who may be suffering in silence at work.
>> thank you so much. appreciate it. here to discuss this is dr. chris burnell a public health physician. is there any way to treat long haul covid symptoms? >> jake, there is variability in what people who have long covid experience. i can tell you personally my oldest sister who had coronavirus and long covid, it took her approximately ten months to be able to return to some semblance of her baseline. we know that because either people's immune systems are not turning off or the inflammatory process is starting to attack them or they have in organ damage from the infection itself you can see a variety of symptoms whether those are neurological, cardiac in nature, or even mental and behavioral health conditions. there isn't one consensus treatment available but a multiple of option was providers have to consider.
>> we keep hearing of miracle treatments like monoclonal antibodies and the like. that doesn't necessarily work with those long haulers? >> there is too much variability in the data right now for us to say monoclonal antibodies are going to work in every person. it depend on what the actual mechanism of long covid is. again, is that an inflammatory process where the immune system hasn't turned off or is it the inflammatory process where the immune system is starting to attack the cells of the body or the result of organ damage? we can't point to monoclonal antibodies as a concise, cohesive, comprehensive solution to a problem that just has too much variability. >> some of the patients as you know say it has been more than a year since their original covid diagnosis. could symptoms last the rest of their lives? >> it is possible. again, understanding the mechanism is going to be important what we do know is that a third of patients or more
can experience long covid. what that experience is, does have variability in the length of the time. studies are currently being done so we can learn more. unfortunately, there is just too much we don't know and because of that the best way to prevent long covid is to prevent infection with coronavirus in the first place. >> not just adults right? kids also could experience -- >> no. >> they can't? >> no, they can, yes. it is not just adults. if you look at data out of the uk, anywhere from around 13% of children in the 2 to 11 age category and as much as 15% of those 12016 have experienced bouts of long covid meaning symptoms from five weeks after infection. kids can have neurological impacts. that is why it is important especially with 5 to 11-year-olds now eligible for the vaccination to go out and get vaccinated. my niece kia the last person in
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in our politics lead friday, october 28th, 2016 the letter to congress that rocked the 2016 election. former fbi director james comey revealing that e-mails between hillary clinton and her long-time aide homa abedin were found on the lap top that belonged to abedin's then husband. that discovery and investigation into weiner sexting with a minor reopened the hillary clinton e-mail investigation and that saga may have further planted seeds of doubt in voters already on the fence about trusting clinton. who know the effect?
either way 11 days later donald j. trump won the election. fast forward five years homa abedin the woman who hit send when it came to those e-mails writes now, quote, i have slowly come to accept i am not the sole cause of the 2016 election loss. one man's decision to play god forever changed the course of history. it should not be my burden to carry the rest of my life. she is out with a brand new book called both/and, a life in many worlds. it is a lovely book. i didn't know you were such a good writer. >> thank you, jake. i am happy to be on your show and to hear i really enjoyed the writing process. it was great therapy for me. >> let me start with the elephant in the room about comey. for a long time comey was a daily nightmare for you and what happened in 2016 you argue should be comey's burden to bear not yours. but do you believe that saga did change the outcome of the 2016 race? >> first of all, jake, thank you
for mentioning a chapter in my book. i do have an entire chapter called "elephant in the room." it is something i lived with for a long time, the trauma, the shock, the challenges of having to deal with that moment. and all the years leading up to that. but i -- do i think that one thing changed the course of the election? no. do i think it was a factor in her loss? i do. i think it is now documented fact that it did. that was an extremely hard moment and decision for me to have to deal with in the aftermath of the election. i write about it extensively in my book. >> the book is not just about that obviously but your whole life. a memoir. >> right. >> there are a lot of details about your childhood and parents i did not know. you write extensively about being raised muslim, spending your years in saudi arabia where most women even now cover heads and faces in public. you write about it nonjudgmentally in the book just
about the experience of the religious police and the like and the experience of girls and women being harassed, the experience of girls and women having to cover their bodies when they left the home. but one thing i wondered when reading it was looking at it now, as someone who has traveled the world, calling for women's rights as a strong, independent woman, how do you feel about those religious rules? >> well, for me, you know, my parents as you said, we were an immigrant family coming to this country. my father came from india my mom from pakistan. for them education was a religion. they were fulbright scholars and met at the university of pennsylvania. i was born in michigan. we moved to saudi arabia when i was 2. the reason i do write extensively about in this book i opened the book with a letter i found in my father's files after he passed away is we moved to saudi arabia because my father was diagnosed essentially with a terminal illness when i was 2 and they moved at a time when
there were new educational institutions opening and there was a tremendous opportunity for foreign nationals like my parents and they went and they taught. they were both academics. i was raised in my house, my home. my parents were all about expanding our minds and, yes, we did live in a restrictive society. for me, you know, i opened the book about saudi arabia, growing up sort of shopping in the old city. it was that cultural, social, we were, you know, my practicing muslim family. for us, i can only talk about my own experience because i only have these really fond, wonderful memories of growing up there. i was lucky to have parents who said you can do whatever you want. you can be whatever you want. all we require is you be educated. that is why i write extensively about what it was like to grow up and live there. for me those are wonderful memories and some of our family friend are still there. i try to go back and visit as often as i can.
>> you write candidly about highs and lows in your now estranged relationship with anthony weiner, his bouts of betrayal and lies. after his prison release you wrote about an episode in 2019 when the new york post was about to publish another photo of him with a woman not you and you write i had fall tone my lowest on the way home from work one night and contemplated for a brief moment stepping off a subway platform. the very fact that i thought it even if only for a second terrified me. that is a very candid admission. and i wonder what would you say now to any woman or person who might be in such a dark place or experience such a dark moment any time soon. >> for me the reason i chose to share my full truth and i did i know for much of my adult life certainly in the last ten years when people look at me from the outside they say what is wrong with her and what is she thinking and it is why in the book i write extensively why i did certain things, why i chose
to make the decisions i made when anthony's first story broke. i was carrying his child. i was not even 12 weeks pregnant. by the time i got to 2019 on the other side of the election, outcome of the election obviously was devastating not having, you know, i came from a club that is called hillary land. a very supportive environment working for hillary clinton. all of my friends and colleagues disbanded and i had gone to a very, very dark place. i had not understood the mental health challenges anthony, the addiction that he was struggling with. we were kind of in a bunker together for years and that day on the subway, i wrote about that episode because for somebody who is a strong believer in her faith, a practicing muslim, the idea that i even thought it reminded me or told me was a wakeup call. i needed help and i got help. i needed help. i degot help.
i am on the other side now and i'm glad for that. i think women or people, i don't think what i went through is all that uncommon unfortunately. i think i just had to go through it on the front page of the newspaper and if some part of my story can help women or other people in the world that is a service i am honored to have. >> we're glad that you, you know, you made the decision you did and it is an important reminder for anybody out there that has a dark moment things do get better. they do improve. thank you so much. the new book again, beautifully written, called "both/and, a life in many worlds." on the subject of the discussion of darker days we should note for anyone out there dealing with similar issues there is help. there is love for you. we want to flag the national suicide prevention lifeline, 1-800-273-talk. thank you so much. after a sharp rise in violence on planes some unruly travelers may be facing jail time. will everyone else gt the message? stay with us.
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in jail. >> that is what needs to happen. >> reporter: sarah nelson heads the flight crews. they have reported 5,033 incident this is year alone. the faa has initiated enforcement in 227 cases. now it is asking prosecutors to put 37 of those passengers behind bars. >> we know this works and the justice department just has to take action, put some people in yale and have people understand there are severe consequences if you act out like this on a plane and put everybody in jeopardy. >> reporter: the faa has no tolerance for passengers who throw punches and shout down flight crews. the faa's newest fleet of passengers aired first on cnn, the agency cannot bring criminal charges but the justice department can. the ad shows the notice offenders open when their case turns criminal. >> we're pulling out the stops. >> reporter: faa chief steve
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