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to build a future of unlimited possibilities. welcome to "inside politics." i'm john kick. thanks for sharing your busy news day for us. america looks terds kenosha and the rittenhouse jury who could handle down a verdict at any hour. and does mark meadows want to go to jail? the january 6 committee weighs a contempt channel against the former trump chief of staff. up though first, president biden hits the road today to sell a
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signature achievement and let's be honest to sell himself. new hampshire is the president's destination. more specifically a bridge put on the red list eight years ago. help now finally on the way because of the bipartisan trillion dollar infrastructure overhaul that the president signed into law yesterday. yes, the president is in a serious political slump at the moment and, yes, the rest of his first-year agenda is still in limbo in congress, but give the president his due. he was right and many critics wrong about whether big and bipartisan could be in the same sentence anymore. >> the bill i'm about to sign into law is proof that despite the cynics, democrats and republicans can come together and deliver results. we can do this. we can deliver real results for real people. today we're finally getting this done. so my message to the american people is this. america's moving again, and your life is going to change for the better.
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>> with me in studio to share their reporting an insights cnn's melanie zanona, zia mitchell and jeff mason and we're often in a hurry, sometimes of a hurry to get to the next fight so let's talk for a second. the president boarded air force one on his way up to new hampshire he was right. he said months ago we can do this. you can see air force one there leaving joint base andruce leaving for joint base andrews. many people sitting in chairs like mine said don't waste your time. do this with democrats alone, you'll never get this done and here he has an infrastructure bill that not only infrastructure wanted, barack obama would have loved, george w. bush would have loved, even bill clinton would have loved, a giant piece of infrastructure spending that will change people's lives. >> this is a monumental piece of legislation. this has gotten lost a bit in the conversation. democrats have been focusing on the other plan they want to get through congress but for president biden for democrats
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wrilt large is how they are going to sell this will to the american people. they did that with the american rescue plan. you don't see a direct connection between the american rescue plan in the spring and how voters feel about democrats and the challenge for biden and democrats across the board in congress is can they effectively sell this piece of legislation to voters ahead of the mid terms? >> the president has to know, his team has to know that this won't change right away. our cnn poll of polls, a handful of the most recent polls. the president's approval rating at 45%. 52% is his disapproval rating. you're not going to change that overnight. no one will see this bridge he's going to stand in in front of grafton new hampshire because it won't be repaired tomorrow. in the spring they expect to see shovels in the ground and signs of all the projects around the country and that's the president's hope, is it not, when you get to the spring people will say oh, actually this does matter. it's easier to get to work. my internet is better. i see proof that washington did
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something that helps my community. >> absolutely, i mean, and then the time frame for that is both for -- in terms of getting the economy rolling and getting the economic benefit and a political benefit with a few months around the corner from then, so it's not going to go as quickly as they would like. didn't go as quickly as they wanted to in terms of getting the legislation passed. it is a massive bill, and it does have a long time frame for that to happen, but the benefits are going to start kicking in, and they want that for, again, economic and political reasons >> you mentioned the mid terms. we can show you the new "washington post"/abc poll, bad news for the democrats. if the election were held today 51% said they would vote for a democrat for congress, republicans rarely lead in this poll at all. to have a pen-point lead is off the charts. republicans only need a handful of seats to take back the house of representatives, so the democrats have to have a long view because those numbers won't change again overnight. the question is, yes, hopefully the infrastructure from a democratic perspective helps them to see that happening, but some of the members think that the president misspoke when he
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said inflation would be transitory or fleeting, that there were dynamics in play, covid exhaustion, other dynamics in play that really aren't in a president's control. conor lamb, the democratic congressman from the pittsburgh area says i'm saying we have to break these issues down into simpler more medium terms. what are you going to do with the price of gifts i'm about to buy my gifts. we get focused on general long-term benefits of legislation that we're for which is great. let's get a simple everyday message. have democrats learned a lesson from this? >> democrats understand what they need to do but it's easier said than done. we heard that had a little bit in president biden's speech yesterday where he said we feel your pain. we're listening and we're trying to implement policies like the infrastructure bill to address those things that are leading to higher costs and inflation, but, again, that's easier said than done. these projects aren't going to be immediate and a lot of the factors that impact inflation and the rising cost of goods are, as you meksd, outside of
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the president's control. i think what democrats can do better and better at is making sure people understand those factors, but, againer, they are going to have republicans on the other side telling people, americans that this is the democrats' fault. this is their policies and that's the reason why you're paying more at the pump. >> but that's what makes today and the president's travels, he's going to stay on the road his team is on the road. so interesting, he deserves this i told you so moment. a lot of people said this would never happen but we can't dwell on it because of where he is and there is that other piece of legislation. sometimes we move too quickly to the next fight. i waited five minutes, no, because it's important. this is the rest of his first-year agenda now in limbo and even senator joe manchin today, can't lose any votes in the senate, said he's nervous about inflation and another bill that sends so much money. what is the state of play? will the next piece of legislation pass? >> there will be a vote potentially as early as thursday or friday which in congress speak means it's friday, maybe
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saturday. what means to happen is there needs to be a cbo score, a scoring of the bill, how much money it's going to cost or raise. that needs to come out before friday or the vote and also needs to be in line with what it said and what the projections were. the moderates won't vote for it. however, the thinking is it's going to pass the house. it's just a matter of when this week before thanksgiving pelosi is going to get it done. the bigger problem, john, as you alluded to is in the senate because joe manchin has expressed concerns with specific policy provisions and is concerned about inflation. he's made clear that he's comfortable voting no if he's not comfortable with the final product. >> so that challenge comes down to what will we hear from the president today, not only in new hampshire and as he travels around the country? will he speak in a different way and answer the critics saying if you put more federal money into the pipeline that's going to drive up inflation. how is he going to answer that? >> he will say in the long run policies like the social safety net package will actually help alleviate inflationary pressures. the complication is that that is
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had a complex economic argument, while it may be true and while he says 17 nobel prize winning economists support his way of thinking, that just doesn't always rationalize with folks who are seeing immediate price increases at the grocery store and at gas pump and that's the challenge for democrats is while that may be a correct argument it's a complex argument. >> back to the politics of this from the republican perfect ave bit later and happening right now, jurors are deliberating in the trial of kyle rittenhouse. the 18-year-old is accused of first-degree intensional homicide and four other felonies. the most serious carries a mandatory life sentence. let's get to cnn's shimon prokupecz. deliberations under way for a little more than an hour right now? >> yeah. actually, john, we're now approaching just about two hours, and we actually have our first note from the jury. they are asking for more copies of the jury instructions. you recall the judge read yesterday, interest was some confusion over it so this morning in the first note they
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were asking for more copies of the instructions, clearly working through the law. this morning one of the first things that we saw was kyle rittenhouse actually picking the jury. this is the process here in this courtroom where the defendant puts his hand in this tumbler and this wheel and picks out the names. he picked out circumstances numbers corresponding to jurors who would be the alternates and if not used to ultimately be dismissed, so those 12 jurors that were finally chosen now deliberating just to give you an idea of who they are, it's five men, seven women and one person of color. that is a man, and like i said, they have been about two hours or so, john, now working through the law, through the case. >> shimon prokupecz, grateful you're on the ground. keep us updated. up next, why is beijing warning the biden administration not to play with fire?
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last night a meeting with giant consequences for the entire globe. the united states and china held a virtual summit stretching three and a half hours. that's a bit longer than planned. discussions were described as healthy and straightforward. president biden and the chinese president xi meeting at a time amid high tension and the fear that a cold relationship could be turned into hot water. let's go to david culver. what's the biggest takeaway? >> reporter: one of the biggest motivators in the u.s. in having this meeting is to avoid conflict. this was the first time president joe biden spoke f face-to-face with president xi
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covering a host of issues. president biden bringing up human rights and xi responding saying they were willing to have a dialogue and biden looking to the phase one commitments to the trade deal and also talked taiwan, china's so-called red line. china has been putting military pressure on this self-ruling democracy firm in believing that is thud be reunified under beijing control, though the communist party never controlled the island. still xi stressing that on taiwan the u.s. is in his words playing with fire. >> seems to me our responsibility as leaders of china and the united states is to ensure that the competition between our countries does not veer into conflict whether intended or unintended, simple straightforward competition. we believe, and you and i have talked about this, all countries have to play by the same rules
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of the road. >> the meeting as expecting no major outcomes, perhaps the warm gestures, the waves, the smiles. they just might be signs of progress, john. certainly a change from what we have been seeing here for past couple of years. >> a change in the tone anyway. we'll see if there's a change in the content. david culver, grateful for the reporter. >> let's bring into our conversation the head of the china program and the senior fellow at the simpson center. thanks so much for being with us. you just heard david cull vermont i want to bring up the major issues in the incredibly relationship, economic concerns, treatment of people in hong kong and at uighurs, the covid issues, hong kong, and you hex pectations going into the summit. do what do you see now on the other
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side? >> this meeting might have had some stabilizing fact, that at least we know beijing and washington are not intentionally heading towards a military conflict over taiwan or other things. >> especially when you look at the chinese readouts, if you will, the language on taiwan. president biden said something. u.s. presidents aren't supposed to say a couple months back saying the united states would come to the defense of taiwan. that's supposed to be everybody knows that. the president is not supposed to say that publicly. the chinese are celebrating the president's language from this meeting last night. do they have reason to celebrate? did the united states step back, or did the president use the more diplomatic language? >> well, our president stated what our position is, and i think the problem is with the chinese selective deafness or blindness they only hear what they want to hear and will emphasize what they want to emphasize. for example, they emphasized that president biden reiterated
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the one-china policy and that's the end of it and president biden also reiterated the relations act and things are lost to the chinese ears so in this case the chinese will emphasize the message that they want to come away. >> and the issue constantly raised by american presidents with the chinese leader is human rights, whether it's now the political rights of hong kong. there was a clearly negotiated agreement there and more importantly many activists would say what they see as a genocide actually against the uighurs inside of china. the united states can say what it wants to say. is there any evidence that president xi is listening. >> i doubt it. i don't think there's any sign of the president xi listening, and i don't think there's any hope where china really changes practice in, for example, hong kong. in the chinese definitions these are internal affairs of china that is off limits for the u.s.
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to intervene or have an opinion on, but the more important issue is that china sees the president to uighurs and tibetans as well as taiwan as a part of china's politically redeem legitimacy so to make compromises on that issue equates to challenging its own legitimacy and that's not going to happen. >> not going to happen and one of the complications is the relationship going back 20-plus years is as china has grown, certainly as an economic power in the world and when you see tensions in the south china sea, you know, the chinese military force is growing at a remarkable rate. 2 million regular forces, 18 million fighter jets and by the end of this decade 700 nuclear warheads, satellites of a growing and more powerful navy, nuclear-powered submarines. how has this conversation changed a president biden having a conversation with president xi rather than say it were bill clinton at the table 25 careers
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ago? >> i don't think that changes anything. the chinese have mailed a determined destination they are going to expand their military forces, not only as an organization but as in terms of the technology as well as the size because what the chinese are gearing for is not just its global power status, so first the staff at the chinese recommend if a sizing is national unification and they cannot come to the u.s. not militarily intervening of a taiwan contingency so for this military buildup chinese are also pursuing a cost and position strategy in order to increase the costs of u.s. potential military intervention, so in order for china to achieve this by force if it comes to it. >> let me ask you lastly when we see if anything comes. the first meeting is important to set the tone. we'll see if there's progress as the agencies speak. president biden likes to make the case that because he does know xi, because they have met several times over the years,
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first as vice president and then as president, that that will make a difference. sometimes personal relationships matter in dig diplomacy. sometimes they don't. what's your take on this one? >> reporter: i doubt that in this case it's going to move the earth. the relationship among top leaders are important, but in this case what we're looking at is a hard conflict of national interests between the u.s. and china, so that's not something that the leaders can personally or unilaterally change. maybe they can change the style or change the atmosphere of the conversation, for example, to avoid conflict in the case of the summit last night, but in order for the two countries to genuinely improve their relations, the national interests will have to aline, but, unfortunately, in this case i just don't see that happening in the new fear. >> grateful for your insights. thank you very much. >> up next, new reporting on house republicans, there is anger at gop members who back the biden infrastructure bill and a seemingly ho-hum attitude
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and he also spoke to congressman paul gosar in which he attacked democratic alexandria ocasio-cortez and then turned to confront president biden and cnn is told gosar spoke and said he did not intend to condone violence. i want to start with that. more anger at republicans who voted -- 13 republicans who vote for a bipartisan infrastructure bill, more anger in the family at them than that of a republican congressman who posted a video, a cartoon, okay, in which he kills a colleague and turns on the president. that's -- >> it's a perfect encapsulation of where the republican party is right now and in both cases it boils down to donald trump. in the case of paul gosar he's fashioned himself as a model supporter, a chief trump supporter. if they were to punish him or forcefully condemn him there would be backlash from president donald trump and all the supporters and mccarthy doesn't
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want to alienate that portion of the party because he needs their vote one day to be speaker and donald trump came out strongly against the infrastructure bill. a bill he wanted and didn't achieve upped his presidency and now members are vowing retaliation against these members. they have posted the phone numbers which led to thousands of angry calls and in some cases death threats and yet republican leaders have still not publicly stood up for these members, again, because of fear of angering trump. >> while they don't want to appear tolerant of violence they are reluctant to anger the hard core trump supporters who will be a crucial voting bloc in any raise so speaking out against decency got shoved aside because this is about power. kevin mccarthy wants to be speaker and god forbid he denounce violence, punish, some way to single out a member of congress, call it a are cartoon. it wasn't right before january
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6th but especially after in which you take a sword and kill a democratic colleague and turn on the president. united states and posting those numbers online who voted infrastructure from a from your state. >> i think it's about winning at all costs in a way that's not each focused on the policy. you look at the infrastructure bill. all of these republicans live in cities and states that are going to use the money to repair bridges, roads and expand transit and they are going to welcome those projects. >> and it could help them win their re-election campaign. >> make real people happy as opposed to make trump happy. god forbid. >> right. >> and that's just not where, you know, as melanie said, that's not where the republican party is right now. we need to be very sober-minded about that. the republican party is led by trump and the leaders of the republican party want to make sure they stay on his good side and right now that is sometimes, you know, not about policy. it's about doing and saying the things that will keep trump from
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opposing them in any way. >> and can you see this play out in the country as well, the wyoming republican party essentially saying liz cheney is not a member anymore. this is the daughter of a conservative vice president, now a conservative member of congress in her own right who has a 100% voting record from the national right to life organization and 85% from the heritage action for america and 75% from the american conservative union. this is a dyed in the wool conservative member of congress no, longer welcome in the republican party because she thinks the insurrection was bad and the big lie is horrible, both of which she's correct about. >> and the discussion about death threats. there's some places in politics where there's room for nuance. there's reasonable people who disagree on reasonable policy things. there's nothing remotely reasonable and i'm not giving up journalistic neutrality. it's not okay to be supportive of death threats or even more
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outrageously when it's about something like this. as melanie said it does encapsulate just a strange place for the party right now because of -- >> you can't be against violence. think about that. think about the brand of the republican party. we're for the big lie but we won't speak out against violence. that's stunning. >> i mean, i think that in some ways we're talking a lot about the mid terms but to me the real interesting question is where the republican will be come the next presidential election in 2024. i think this is politically unprecedented, at least in modern history, to have the most recent loser have such a hold over the party. think back, myth romney, hillary clinton, they did not have this type of political hold over their party that donald trump has. it's -- it's -- it's mind-boggling to me as to why he has that hold and to the degree that members of his own party seem just unwilling to move beyond and forward looking ahead to 2024. >> it's cult-like to a degree and partly because they fear not just the former president and his voters and the kevin
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mccarthy. he fears losing members that could deny him the speakership. the next election is right here before us, and part of this, the republicans are incredibly transparent about who they are, the new head of the freedom caucus is the pennsylvania congressman scott perry just elected. i can show you head lyons from back earlier, a big part in trying to help the former president overturn the results of the pennsylvania election. he was a big part of trying to help the former president throw out people at the justice department who would not support his effort to cheat, and he gets rewarded by house republicans. >> right. it's not just another example of trump's grip on the party but how the members that tried to help overturn the election are suffering no consequences. in fact, they are being elevated within the house freedom caucus and if house republicans win back the majority they will have an immense power over the republicans with kevin mccarthy in charge. >> and it raise questions about what will republicans be willing to do to support trump, to support keeping their party in
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power. you know, we're looking at not just redistricting, but elections at the state, local and national level, will they, you know, support overturning an election if another preferred candidate isn't the victor because they have seen how supporting keeping the party in power has led to more power, has elevated those who were the loudest on the big lie and to me that's a message that says this is what we want you to do. >> cheney is a pariah. we're okay with gosar. forgive me. we need a competitive two-party system in the kun but that's a dangerous kool-aid. >> former trump adviser steve bannon surrenders to the fbi but promises, quote, a misdemeanor from hell. today the committee debates whether to also cite former trump chief of staff mark meadows.
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has some privilege, even though he's a former president. that he can keep the committee from getting any documents because he was president and he has the right to keep them secret. it's a tough legal argument to make, but his new brief filing says that if you give congress these documents you will forever change the dynamic between the political branches during too hyperpartisan times and they will use the new weapon to a race their political rivals. >> this harkens back to not many months ago when the legal team was seeking every avenue it could to turn over the results of the election and every court shot it down. so far these arguments have also been rejected and as we were discussing during the break my guess is he would change his tune on that if in fact republicans took over congress and started to investigate the current occupant of the white house. >> the court of appeals will hear arguments at the end of the month. they will hear arguments but this case is huge in the sense that bannon has now been cited for criminal contempt. he'll have a court case but mark
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meadows asked the question for the commit saying that everybody on team trump saying the former president claims a privilege, therefore, i'm not going to act. this is how mark meadows describes t. >> he's exerted and rightfully so his executive privilege and it's not up to me to waive it. you know, it's got me between a rock and a hard space. no one in the west wing had any knowledge that anything like what happened on january 6th was going to happen. >> the last part, if that's the case, turn over the documents. let the committee see the documents. if there's no evidence that anybody in the white house knew there was going to be anything like this, nobody incited violence, why don't you testify and turn over the violence. >> that's my reaction to hearing what he said is if they had nothing to hide why would they be fighting so hard not to give up the record. the question for the courts is executive privilege something that the american government envisions as being indefinite and permanent? it's one thing to say that while
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the president is in office they can be shielded and have some privacy to keep, you know, the checks and billions in place, but once you're out of office, you know, did our founding fathers envision that they could keep all their documents and everything private forever out of personal preference, and i think that's something that i don't know if the courts are going to agreeley with that. >> especially when the reason they want the documents is that the american democracy itself was attacked through the institution of democracy, the congress, and this is why a member of the committee, steve bannon, cited for contempt by the congress and the justice department took the case to federal court. mark meadows is the next question and this member says we have to have accountability. >> nobody is above the law. we've said that time and time again. we'll continue in pursuit of the truth and stonewalling congress is not an answer and that has consequences. we've set the precedent for non-compliance. >> so from the subpoena to the
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indictment of steve bannon was 50 days, and now that will play out in court. is the committee prepared to do this and we can put up on the screen, there are more than half a dozen former trump officials who right now are saying no, we're not going to fully cooperate with the commit. is the committee prepared to cite mark meadows for contempt and hope the justice department will picks it up and cite kailey mcenany for contempt and hope the justice department picks it up. >> steve bannon was not part of the white house at the time of the january 6th insurrection. he was an easier case and also not cooperating with the committee whatsoever. mark meadows has a different situation. he was at least communicating with the committee in some ways. he also was a white house employee so they really are trying to cross the ts and dot the is here. the other consideration is criminal contempt isn't the end game to get the people to testify. it's a punishment mechanism to encourage over people to cooperate but at the end of the day you're giving up having
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bannon come testify. >> bannon thinks that he can turn this to his advantage, that he's a pro-trump martyr. >> this is going to be the misdemeanor from hell for merrick garland, nancy pelosi and joe biden. we're going on the offense. tired of playing defense. going on the opens for and stand by. we're going on the offense. stabbed by. >> most defendants who get charged in federal court think i'm going to protect myself and keep quiet and try to win my case. not steve bannon. >> new york not steve bannon. >> i do think that there is a political calculation at play. how long if these various subpoenas run in, you're running into a situation where you will be moving into the mid terms as a lot of this happens and i'm not convinces that this is really what a bulk of the voters want democrats to focus on right now, and i'm not saying that it's an ethical or moral judgment for them to move forward on this offer. i think it's a political calculation is this actually what a bulk of voters want
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democrats focused on? i'm not sure hand part that have is going to be a political calculation >> i think the court ever appeals decision will be the next big step and we'll see how it plays out from there. >> up next for us, why wait for washington. the covid case count is edge willing up and some governors are urging residents to go ahead and get a covid booster shot now. ♪ i had a dream that someday ♪ ♪ i would just fly, fly away ♪ i'll shoot you an estimate as soon as i get back to the office. hey, i can help you do that right now. high thryv! thryv? yep. i'm the all-in-one management software built for small business. high thryv! ow. get a free demo at thryv.com.
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today stunning but perhaps not. new data tells us the greatest predictor of your coronavirus vaccination status is your political party. bring up the poll right here from the kaiser family foundation. among unvaccinated adults, 60% are republicans. 17% of the unvaccinated say they are democrats and 17% say they are independents, six in ten say they are republicans. at that point let's bring in for her insights and expertise dr. leana wey. we live in a world where these two things should never collide. politics and coronavirus are in full collision. >> that's the way it's been since the very beginning of the pandemic. i suspect if we were to look back and the numbers for the number of people who are wearing masks or the people who are abiding by other covid-19 precautions is that there would be a partisan divide as well. at this point we really need to get on the same page and i think the people who remain
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unvaccinated they share a similar belief which is this idea that the risk of the vaccine is somehow great than the risk of the virus, and, of course, that's totally wrong >> you mentioned the need or at least the desire to be on the same paining. we're not on that same page when it comes to the question of boosters. we're waiting to see if the biden administration will expand the recommendations and access boosters. right now select populations are recommended to get a covid vaccine booster, but you have a number of governors. new york state says if you're at risk you should get a booster. in the case of arkansas, arkansas is one of ten states where you're still below 50% when it comes to the percentage of the population that is vaccinated. the governor says to those who are vaccinated, listen, go get another shot. >> we are seeing a need for making the booster shot more available. we want to make sure everybody that's 18 and over is eligible
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and is encouraged to get the booster. this is a change in policy that we're implementing here in arkansas. >> does it make sense for you? these are governors now getting out ahead of washington. is that good policy? >> yes, it is, because the governors are doing what's best for the people that they serve of. i actually applaud these governors in colorado, in the various places in california and new york for doing this because frankly the cdc and fda has made a major strategic mistake. they have made the booster guidance so confusing that people don't know who should be getting a booster and who shouldn't be. at this point we real should be say if you're even asking the question should i get a booster the answer is yes and that's because we know immunity wanes over time. at this point when we're seeing the number of cases plateauing, this is not where we should be in this pandemic. we shouldn't be heading into the winter and holiday season with an uptick in the number of cases again. the best way for us to prevent this uptick, of course, is to
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get the unvaccinated vaccinated but the depth of protection also matters as well and if we know that immunity is waning, we should be encouraging people, urging people to get their booster doses ahead of the holidays >> you mentioned the plattio. i wish i could say we're still plateauing in the sense thatty we are 'starting to trend back up. let's hope it's temporary or that it stops. seven-day average is up 17% since the beginning of the money and 87,000 new covid infections reported yesterday, up from 74,000. dr. wen i know if i go back to the beginning of last winter and you see this horrific spike, got up to 250,000 new infections a day. vaccines widely available and more treatments available now so from a treatment standpoint, a vaccination standpoint the country is in better shape and when you see us going back up or look at transmission map and see mostly across the northern half of the country, deep red, high transmission, what does that tell you about the weather and the holidays and where we're going? >> well, it tells us that we've seen this playbook before and we
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know what happens when the weather gets colder and people start going indoors. we've seen surges with every major holiday before. some that have is going to be blunted because we have vaccines available, but we have to remember, that for example, for younger children 5 to 11 coming into thanksgiving, they are partially vaccinated. they are not fully protected and have a lot of people who got their vaccines more than six months ago and not fully protected, hence the need for boosters. i'm really worried coming into this winter because we've seen this happen before. this is not where we should and we should be doing everything to get tested and get boosted ahead of the holidays and remember that covid-19 sufficiently still with us. >> dr. wen, as always, thank you so much. >> up next for us, it's a sign of the times. the new year's eve ball drop returns to times square but don't forgot to pack your vaccination card. kevin? kevin. oh nice. kevin, where are you? kevin?!?!? hey, what's going on? i'm right here! i was busy cashbacking for the holidays with chase freedom unlimited.
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fog our political radar. berourke kicks off his run for texas governor in san antonio and lardio. he has a week of campaign events planned. yesterday he' announces he's challenging the republican republican jackie speier will not run for re-election. she was first elected to congress in 2008 but her story began decades earlier. >> 43 years ago this week i was lying on an air strip in the jungles of guyana with five
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bullet holes in my body. i vowed if i survived i would dedicate my life to public service. i lived and i served. it's been a remarkable journey that has purr spaced by wildest dreams. >> the united states condemning a russian satellite missile test as reckless and dangerous after a close call on monday. the u.s. space command says russia tested an anti-satellite mile of that destroyed a russian satellite. the strike created an orbital debris field forcing crew members on the international space station to scramble into their spacecraft for safety. the nasa administrator bill nelson is outraged by this irresponsible and destabilizing action. a packed times square for the new year's eve ball drop back as long as you are vaccinated. the mayor announcing the ball drop will be back in person after it was virtual last year. kids under 5 and people with disabilities who cannot be vaccinated need to wear masks and need to show proof of negative tests. here's a question. is there life on another planet? humanity is getting closer to
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answer this question, closer than ever before. "the hunt for planet "b" in the quest to find another earth." that premiers saturday right here at 9:00 p.m. eastern on cnn. thanks for joining us on "inside politics." hope to see you back here tomorrow. asdrubal cabrera picks up our coverage right now. hello, i'm ana cabrera in new york. thanks for being with us. self-defense, or did he provoke the deadly encounter. >> reporter: kyle rittenhouse's fate is now in the jury's hands as the city of kenosha, wisconsin braces for a verdict. the 18-year-old is facing five felony charges after killing two men and wounding another during protests over a police shooting last year. rittenhouse this morning pug the names of the 12 jury members from the original is who are now weighing several complicated legal question

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