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it is the top of the hour. here's our breaking news. the house expected to vote tonight on president biden's build back better bill. let's get you live to the capital now. there it is where the house minority leader kevin mccarthy is trying to stall the vote as long as he can. there he is doing his thing there on the floor. whenever he wraps up, democrats
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are set to pass the sweeping $1.9 trillion bill, dramatically expanding social services in the u.s., working to address the climate crisis, and delivering aid to families and children. this is a huge part of the president's domestic agenda, but he still faces an uphill climb in the senate. i want to go to our congressional correspondent, manu raju. very latest on the vote, what do you have? >> reporter: it's uncertain because kevin mccarthy is on the floor. they don't have filibusters in the senate -- in the house, but he is performing what is essentially a filibuster, which is under the procedures in the house, the majority leader and minority leader have what's called the magic minute. they're given one minute to speak, but they really can speak for as long as they want, and that is exactly what kevin mccarthy is doing. he started at 8:38 p.m. eastern time. we are now past 11:00 on the east, and he is still going, and
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there's no clear sign about exactly when he will speak, but he can go for as long as he wants. the question is will he try to go as long as nancy pelosi did when she was minority leader back in 2018, when she spoke for eight hours on the house floor during the time where she was protesting the issue of immigration? but here mccarthy is railing on the democrats' plans, railing on the biden agenda, talking about everything from afghanistan to defunding the police, you name it. kevin mccarthy is going after it. but it's not going to change the outcome here. the democratic leaders are expected to have the votes to actually pass this bill that they have negotiated strenuously for months. this has been a very difficult negotiation, but they believe they are there to get it out of the house. one democrat, a moderate from maine, jared golden, who is in a swing district, says he will vote against it. but that is the only democrat we know at the moment who is a no vote. the democratic leadership can only afford to lose three votes
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to get it done. they exactly they'll get that eventually when this happens. so when mccarthy wraps up, that's when nancy pelosi is expected to speak, and then after we will get into a series of votes that will lead to the final passage vote. but, don, that is just one step in that process of passing this big bill. even though we've gotten to this point, it's been so difficult for democrats to even get to the point of final passage. it still has to go to the senate. joe manchin told me earlier today he was not yet to idea to commit to voting yes to that first procedural vote to take up the bill for debate. he wants significant changes whether it's on the paid leave issues, dealing with the energy tax, vehicle credits, among a wide range of other issues. he wants some changes, including the expansion of medicare as part of this house package. so those negotiations will continue in the senate. then if they do get manchin onboard, they got to get it through the arduous process of voting on amendments in the senate, get it through there, pass it back in the house, get the progressives onboard here.
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so while this is going to be a significant step forward for the democratic agenda, it is certainly not the last step. the question is when that vote will happen. probably sometime tonight, but kevin mccarthy can go as long as he wants. >> you just exhausted me with all of that. it's so much red tape in washington. it's really unbelievable. look, clear path to the coffee machine, manu. you're going to be there for a while. i appreciate it. we may -- i want to bring in no austan goolsbee. good evening to you. >> good to see you again, man. >> so this bill, as it stands now, would add to the federal deficit. this is ahaphappening amid the t inflation this country has seen in 30 years. who's right here? >> i think in a way, neither are
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right. i don't -- i think the build back better bill has virtually nothing to do with inflation, which is a matter of the next, let's call it, 6 to 15 months. the bill is virtually all paid for. there's a small disagreement of about 5%. >> this says $367 billion that the cbo says it's going to add to the deficit over a decade. >> the cbo said that, but it's over ten years, and it's not counting the money that would come from increased enforcement of tax cheats that the treasury argues would add up to even more than what the -- >> wouldn't it still be a shortfall even with that? >> no, i think it wouldn't be a shortfall. if the treasury were right, then it would actually raise revenue. regardless, it's fair to have an honest debate over, is it 4% not paid for?
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is it 1% not paid for? the fact is the overall impact of a bill that's spread over ten years in the next 6 to 15 months is extremely modest, and all the rating agencies, the economists that have looked at it say we should have a debate about build back better on the merits of build back better. it's not going to have a big impact on inflation one way or the other way. >> so all this hyperventilating is -- >> i think it's hyperventilating. >> all right. so listen. by so many other signs, the economy is humming along, right? retail sales were up in october. look at your screen, everyone. wage growth is up over the past year. nearly 6 million jobs added back in 2020 -- 2021. but it is inflation, right, that so many people are worried about. you said over the next 6 to 15 months. all right. what is going on? why are all these contradictory signs about the economy?
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why is that happening? >> yeah. look, it feels -- it feels, in a way, kind of bonkers. we started the year booming and the virus coming down. then we get into the summer. the virus comes back. the economy slows. now hopefully we get back some control of the virus and growth comes back. i think what's happening on inflation is that if you go look at the numbers, there has been 20 years -- we reversed 20 years of trend of spending on physical products. usually what we spend almost all our money on are services, and that went down during the pandemic because people didn't want to go to the doctor. people didn't want to go to disneyland. people didn't want to fly in an airplane, go to a restaurant, all of that kind of stuff that we normally spend our money on was replaced with buying tvs, buying pelotons, buying a bunch of physical goods at a rate that we've never had before, and the supply chain cannot satisfy that
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kind of demand. so that's why i say we've got to get control of the virus so we go back to spending our money on all the stuff we used to spend our money on. and the fact that all the other countries of the world are trying to buy a bunch of physical goods at the same time we are has made this a worldwide problem so that germany's got the fastest inflation in almost 30 years. china announced they've got the fastest inflation in almost 30 years. u.s. fastest inflation in 31 years. that's not a coincidence. it's because it's a global supply chain, and everybody is overloading it. >> i thought about you doing this segment today because i had all these boxes there. i turned to my fiance, and i said, what is all of this? christmas lights, coffee, things that he ordered, all delivered to your door now, right? so i thought people are spending money, austan, and it's kind of weird you have these
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contradictory signs because people are spending -- the housing market is on fire. how much is under bide anesthesia control or in his control? >> not a lot is under the president's control. that doesn't mean that people are going to not hold him accountable for it just because he can't control it. certainly the history -- we haven't had high inflation that frequently in the last 50 years in the u.s., but when we have, it has not boded well for the incumbent offices. so i think that's why the white house is nervous. but that said, you know, there are things we can do on the margin. you know i'm an economist, so i'm going to say get rid of the stupid trump tariffs. that will reduce prices on a whole bunch of goods. that was a tax on the middle class bigger than any that we've seen in our lifetimes. they can do some things like the
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strategic petroleum reserve, but that's a band-aid. mostly what we got to do is get this virus under control so that we can go back to spending on what we normally spent money on, and that will relieve a bunch of the pressures that are currently driving up the prices of physical goods. >> i hear the folks at home now when you say what can we do, and they say, get off fossil fuels. that way you won't have to spend so much money on gas. >> ride a bike. you know, maybe, if you can do that. >> mass transportation is amazing as well. >> yes. and, look, this is one of the injuries -- i won't say casualties, but one of the injuries of the pandemic is in places where there's a lot of mass transit, people are like, i don't want to ride on the subway because i might catch the virus. >> i was on the subway yesterday. wear your mask, and you're good. thank you, austan. appreciate it. i'll see you soon. >> here to discuss all of this,
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cnn political commentator ana navarro, and senior political analyst ron brownstein. ana is here. hello to you. >> yes. >> you're shaking your head on the mass transportation part. why? >> because i live in miami. you live in new york. >> what that means is that florida or miami should get a public transportation system that serves most of its people. >> honey, good luck. right now i'd be happy if we could get a good drainage system in our streets so that they don't flood like the nile every time it rains. >> i've never been more appreciative of a mass transportation system than i am right now when you consider the cost of fuels and what have you, and every person i saw on the subway yesterday wearing a mask, and it was almost back to the pre-pandemic levels. okay. so listen. let's talk about this. the bill is about to make its way to the senate if it can ever get out of the house with kevin mccarthy. the ron, why is he doing this? what is his agenda?
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>> first of all, wouldn't it be great if a filibuster in the senate was this, where someone talked as long as they could and when they couldn't talk anymore, you got to vote? >> so are you saying kevin mccarthy is a proponent of the standing filibuster? >> yeah, look, i think he's doing it for an audience of one. i think he's trying to show donald trump he's doing everything possible to resist this bill and, you know, therefore he is worthy of being speaker if they get the majority next year. but, look, this would be in one bill probably the most sweeping agenda democrats have passed since the great society congress in '65-'66. if you look at the provisions of this legislation, for one thing, the climate -- $550 billion to accelerate the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy, but then all of the provisions, as austan said, it's not directly going to affect inflation, but it will affect the ability of people to meet their monthly bills.
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i mean you've got significant subsidies for child care, health care, medicare negotiation of prescription drugs to bring down prescription drugs cost, the child tax credit to give people more money in their pocket every month. one thing that doesn't get discussed about this bill very much, it's going to create about $2.3 million a year is the estimate. 80% of those would not require a college degree, which would put enormous economic pressure on competition for those workers, allow workers without a college degree who have basically been treading water for decades to begin to see wage increases. then there are about half a dozen specific provisions in this which almost never get discussed to explicitly raise wages for low-wage workers. one of the things -- i'll stop here, but the early childhood provisions -- you know, early childhood now is dominated by women of color who are among the most poorly paid workers in the economy. and this bill says that institutions that are getting the federal funds are going to 0
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have to raise pay for those workers to the point where they're comparable to elementary school teachers. there's half a dozen things like that. this will have a big impact. the question is can democrats make that impact palpable in people's lives -- >> he thinks he's got a magic minute too. >> exactly. >> listen, he explained it very succinctly. >> very well. >> but it's not a bumper sticker. it's noting? that can fit -- it's not one sentence, right? build back better, but what does that mean, right? if you look at what's happening with kevin mccarthy right now, are we in that moment where people can think logically about how this helps, or is it just tribalism? >> this is a spectacle. this is performative art, the same as what we saw yesterday, which was also spectacle when it came to the gosar vote. i think it's kevin mccarthy trying to exert himself, show himself as a leader and that he is the opposition. he is the opposition to the democrats in the house.
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look, i'm impressed by his bladder control. he must have a healthy prostate. but, you know, at the end of the day, this is going to pass. now, everything that ron just said is in the bill now, we don't want know what's going to end up in the bill whether it goes to the senate. i just want to remind how many times we wrote the obituary for the bipartisan infrastructure deal. to joe biden's credit, he believed in the bipartisan aspect of it, and he had the patience to meet with sinema, to meet with manchin, to meet with the five senators, republicans, and five democratic senators, and he was like the little engine that could. i think i can, i think i can, i think i can. and when the rest of us thought, no, he can't -- yes, he could. let's see how this process works itself out. this is going to pass tonight, but it's far, far from a done deal. >> they seem to have gotten even sinema onboard. we're really talking about man manchin at this point.
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the things that i mentioned, that i talked about, i think those are going to be in the final bill. m manchin's objections are in different areas and the real issue is whether he is ultimately willing to stand alone against literally every other democrat -- i talked to tom daschle about this recently. for example, the paid family leave provisions, which are probably the most popular ideas, that you would get paid family leave for every worker in america, and manchin alone is going to say no to that when literally every other democrat in both chambers may be willing to do it. >> have you met joe manchin? >> this says everything. ana, get your reaction to trump's former chief of staff mark meadows appearing on a podcast hosted by steve bannon, who is of course under federal indictment for contempt of congress. watch this. >> i would love to see the gavel go from nancy pelosi to donald trump. you're talking about melting
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down. people would go crazy. as you know, you don't have to be an elected member of congress to be the speaker. wouldn't you see -- she would go from tearing up a speech to have to give the gavel to donald trump. oh, she would go crazy. >> what is he trying to do because everything is not about, as you said -- it's about owning the libs. you know what i'm saying? what is that? >> first, i think he's trying to give donald trump some sort of role. i think he's trying to put kevin mccarthy -- give him a warning shot. i also think he -- you know, he wants to be in the company of the other deplorable. remember when they used to be called a basket of deplorables. now they're a basket of people who defy subpoenas from a congressional committee, which is both bannon and mark meadows. frankly, i hope mark meadows keeps saying this very loudly and everywhere because it might get divided, despondent democrats, to get energized and
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get engaged. >> their best possible chance would be the idea that if they lose it, donald trump would become the speaker. >> that's exactly what you want, donald trump with a hammer in his hand. god help us all. >> gavel. >> by the way, this is the first time we're back on-set in almost two years, and it feels great. it feels great to see you in person. it feels great to have the staff here, the team, the crew, people manning the makeup department. it's -- it's a little bit of normalcy, and i'm so excited. >> everyone but our floor director, kevin. >> as long as you don't have to get on the subway. >> thank you both. this country is on edge over big trials in wisconsin and georgia. why the justice system is under a microscope and what it all says about america. unlike ordinary memory supplements, neuriva plus fuels six key indicators of brain performance. more brain performance? yes, please! neuriva. think bigger. do you struggle with occasional nerve aches in your hands or feet?
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and in georgia, the defense resting for three men charged in the murder of unarmed jogger ahmaud arbery. so what do they tell us about where our country and our system -- our justice system stand in 2021? joining me now, peniel joseph and chris stewart. good to have both of you on. listen, i haven't seen you in quite some time, chris. thank you. peniel, i've seen you more recently than chris. >> i know, man. >> it's been a while. hello to both of you. peniel, when you think about these cases, the ahmaud arbery murder trial, the rittenhouse trial, do you ever ask if some of the roles were reversed, what would it be like? >> no, absolutely, and i'm reminded of the exoneration of two of the alleged killers of malcolm x by the manhattan d.a.'s office after 56 years.
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one had been released since 1985. mr. aziz. the other, mr. islam, was let go in 1987 but since passed in 2009. but when we think about the unequal justice with kyle rittenhouse, just the grace that kyle rittenhouse received from the police in kenosha in contrast to ahmaud arbery in georgia is really remarkable. >> chris, you make the point that black people never get the benefit of the doubt in america. talk to me about what you mean about that, and how do you see that play out in our justice system now? >> yeah. well, a, good to be back, man. missed you, buddy. >> you as well. >> it's one of those situations where we are pre-judged all the time. we don't get the benefit of the doubt that you're just simply jogging in a nice neighborhood. you know, you're casing it. we don't get the benefit of the doubt that we're just shopping
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and that we're not going to shoplift, or that we're lawfully carrying, as i do as a second amendment advocate, but, you know, there may be something wrong. kyle rittenhouse clearly got that benefit of the doubt and that's the dichotomy we see playing out in these trials. when i had walter scott, there was an error that we were fighting to prove he wasn't guilty, not that the cops were guilty. same thing with george dpfloyd when i was there in court every day. we were fighting to prove george floyd wasn't guilty of his own death. same thing with ahmaud arbery. but with rittenhouse, we see there's an air of innocence watching it, and that's the dichotomy. >> and also it being made out to be a hero in some corners, with some media. chris, in the ahmaud arbery -- in the killing of ahmaud arbery, it wasn't until video surfaced that the three defendants were even arrested and faced charges.
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for rittenhouse, he was able to leave the scene of the shooting still armed, walked towards officers with his hands up, but police passed him without even arresting him. he was able to go home that night. does that just sort of reinforce the point that you were making? >> yeah, that's a perfect example. i mean ahmaud was unarmed, jogging, and was hunted down. but while kyle could walk with an ar through crowds and not be stopped by anybody. you know, that would never happen if you were african-american. you're not going to walk through a crowd with a weapon. you're not even going to open carry for the most part because of fear of being judged or assumed that you're doing something wrong. you know, it's just an ill that we can fix, but, you know, as time goes on, we'll start figuring out what unity is. >> yeah. listen, we know that the way forward is not always smooth, right? you have some hiccups. but, peniel, i have to be honest. i even wrote a book about it. it feels like the country was at
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an inflection point a year ago. what do you think has happened? are we still there? >> well, i think we're there, but our democratic institutions are not, don. your book talks about this, and we talked about this a lot in the last year or so. i think what this shows is that casting a spotlight on the criminal justice system is going to be part of the solution, but it's not enough. we need to transform the criminal justice system from root to stem, and that means judges, juries, prosecutors. we need to dekars rate, and we really need to give each other much more grace, meaning that law enforcement has to see black people as human beings, and we have to institutionalize the policies to get us there because i think the sad part about ahmaud arbery is that, you know, this young black man could be jogging unarmed in the united states and be killed by
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vigilantes, and this 17-year-old counterpart, kyle rittenhouse, can cross state lines, armed, and end up shooting three people, killing two of them, and become this hero of certain parts of the far right in the united states. we need -- we need everyone to receive grace, right? we need ahmaud arbery to be alive, george floyd, sandra bland to be alive. and i think what it shows us is last year's racial and political reckoning, it's an important step, but it's not enough because until we can transform the way in which these institutions actually treat us so that these institutions have equity and equality and the that we can survive and live and not be punished and face premature death, we're not going to have seen the change we want. >> peniel, chris, thank you, gentlemen. be safe and be well. i'll talk to you soon. >> all right, brother. just hours before he was set
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hello, hello, hello to you. so what do you think? how are you doing tonight? >> i'm sitting on top of the world. >> that's it? >> sitting on cloud nine. such an amazing feeling. you know, we accomplished something that hasn't been done before. we saved a man's life today, right? just hours before they were trying to execute my best friend, so i always like to use the basketball analogy that the clock is running down. and, man, we need one more bucket to get the win. and what a win today to actually see and feel the world and all the pressure that was paying attention to this case, and then at the last minute, we get that bucket, and we saved julius jones' life today.
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>> the death sentence was commuted with just a few hours to spare. however, he's going to receive a life sentence but with no parole. what is next? the fight continues? >> oh, most definitely. we may rest for a moment, but the fight goes on. i was told that, you know, we have homework. >> meaning? >> meaning that we will fight another day, and we're going to keep going forward. we shall not turn back. >> did you hear anything personally, you know, from the governor? >> no. he didn't reach out to us. you know, we found out probably just like the majority of the public, by watching it on tv. so that's kind of how we found out. >> the governor didn't even bother reaching out to you, the family?
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that just seems odd. madeline? >> real odd. unreal. >> yeah. you say that you never lost faith and that you will continue to fight. what options -- right? you said you have homework. what are your options, though? >> you know, i think we have -- first of all, we have an amazing attorney team. shout-out to dale beige and amanda bass, and all of the supporters under them. they are amazing people, amazing professionals. there's no doubt we would not have pulled off what we pulled off today without their expertise and knowledge. they're coming up with an amazing game plan of what we can do going forward. as mama jones said, we've got a little time to rest, but we've got more work to do. >> and also would like a shout-out to ceci davis jones -- jones davis, sorry about that. >> this case drew widespread
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attention. there were many high-profile people coming to his support. you believe your best friend has been wrongly accused, jimmy, and in prison for all these years. what about all the people who say they're innocent who don't receive this attention? who's going to stand up and fight for them, you think? >> that's a great question because we're a living example of how powerful your voice can be. you know, my advice to the world, if you got a friend or family member that you have to be a voice for, you have to do it. you could be the single, single person that could save that person's life, and we are a living example today of how powerful a voice can be. we had a whole world -- we had the whole world watching today, and that could not have happened, don, if we didn't decide to stand up, have some faith over fear, and use the power of our voices. >> mom, i'm going to give you the final thought here.
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listen, you still -- you don't have your son with you, but he's still here. >> amen. >> what are your final words? >> that i have hope. i'm looking forward to the future. i know god is real, and we're pressing forward. and as i said, we're going to push. we're going to keep praying until something greater happens. and it's already begun. >> thank you both. i appreciate it. >> thank you, don, for having us. >> yes. >> thank you. doctors warning of another covid surge. the fda and cdc talking about authorizing boosters for all adults. what you need to know before getting together with your family this holiday season, next. symptoms,o fight your get your zzz's... and get back to your rhythm. ♪ the relief you need. the cash you want.
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coronavirus cases rising again as doctors sound the alarm over fears of another covid wave. and as families travel across the country to gather for thanksgiving, they are more than likely to find themselves in a high transmission area. that as we are waiting word from the fda on the approval for booster shots for anyone over 18. joining me now, cnn medical analyst dr. jonathan reiner for our house call. here we are back to house calls. honestly, i love seeing you, but i hope these house calls, doctor, are short-lived. >> i'm with you, don. >> the holidays just around the corner. it's getting colder. people are moving indoors. we're also awaiting the big decision about this booster for people over 18. given where we are right now in
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this pandemic, where do you see this going? >> oh, it's going up. today, the united states is averaging 94,000 cases a day, up 33% in the last two weeks, and it's going to continue to rise. you know, we've been following what happens in europe since the beginning of this pandemic. we've trailed by a few weeks the trends in europe. so look at what's happening in europe. you know, germany over the last couple of weeks has seen about an 80% increase in cases, and they have vaccinated about 10% more of their population. >> let me put up the graphic for you. vaccination rate, 68%. ours is close to 59%. today germany seeing the highest case rate over the course of the entire pandemic. >> so we probably -- to get what we've been calling community immunity or herd immunity, we probably need to vaccinate more than 85% of the united states
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population. so even though we have vaccinated a spectacular number of people in this country, over 200 million people, there are still over 100 million people, some of them kids, and that number should decline. but a lot of adults have refused to get vaccinated, and that's the dry tinder for this fire, and that's who's going to get sick now. the other piece of this is breakthrough infections, which are becoming more frequent the further we are out from second shots. the vaccine efficacy certainly does wane. we know that, not just for infections but also for serious illness. and i think that's why tomorrow the fda will approve boosters for everyone over the age of 18. and what i've been saying for weeks -- they should have done this months ago. but what i've been saying now for a while is that if you got your second dose of an mrna vaccine more than six months ago
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or a j&j shot more than two months ago, you are not fully vaccinated now unless you've been boosted. so if you're looking to protect yourself and protect your family, get boosted. there are plenty of doses in the community. that's what we have to do. and the good news, look at what's happening in israel. israel has boosted about 60% of its population, and there have been three days this week where there have been no deaths in that country from covid. >> wow. >> we can get there. we just have to follow their lead. >> i was going to ask you as a doctor what's your advice for people, you know, to prepare for thanksgiving. i think you just gave some of it. but should everybody be at the table and if you're going to be there, you have to be fully vaccinated and boosted, right? >> yeah. so i think -- well, ideally, yes. now it's a little late to get the full effect from the boost if you get it tomorrow, but.
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>> you'll be ready by christmas. >> you'll definitely be ready by christmas. i think we should have a strategy, to borrow an old phrase, we should trust but verify. so i think everyone needs to be vaccinated, and i think, you know, if you're having guests in your home, you and your guests should take an antigen test. do an antigen test. these tests are terrific. they're easy to do. you can get them at the local pharmacy, and they'll tell you with a high degree of precision whether you are infectious. so if you're looking really to protect the people you love, get vaccinated and then get tested the day you -- you know, you go to somebody's house. this way you know. i've been to two weddings in the last month, one really large wedding in washington, then a small wedding in florida. both places required all the guests to be vaccinated, and both required all the guests to be tested, and neither of these events was there a transmission of covid. >> yeah. i actually went to a big
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concert. you had to show your vaccination proof and all those things, and not a superspreader event because there was a vaccine mandate there. thank you very much. i appreciate it. >> my pleasure, don. nasa is preparing to launch a powerful new space telescope that it hopes will answer complex questions about the origins of our galaxy and the possibility of life on other planets. now, the new cnn film, the hunt for planet b provides a revealing look at the historic mission. here's a preview. >> anyone wants to know why there's life out there, i guess because we're kind of a lonely species. >> when we started, we didn't even know if there were any planets beyond our solar system. >> in our own milky way galaxy, we have hundreds of billions of stars. another earth is undoubtedly out there. >> this is the huge eye in the sky. >> it's going to see deeper into space than any other telescope in history. >> we have enough sensitivity to
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detect a child's night light on the moon. ♪ >> part of the point of looking out there for life is to realize just how valuable the life is that we have here. >> we're betting on the fact that life can originate and evolve anywhere. >> though what do we expect to see? >> we have a lot more searching to do. >> the question for another earth begins. >> i think there's life out there. can we find them in my lifetime? god, i hope so. >> "the hunt for planet b" premieres saturday at 9:00.
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>> african-americans were dying at a rate greater than any other group in philadelphia, so i jumped in. we were intentional about getting black and brown communities the access and care they needed. those who are most vulnerable, they need to have the support. >> i'm done. feel great. >> just seeing folks come out day in and day out, their presence says everything. >> yes! and she's smiling. >> there was all this narrative. black people don't want the vaccine, but they were lined up. we had to earn the trust of the people. you know it's saving lives. the data shows it. i could not allow one additional life to be lost when i knew that i could do something about it. everything we did was for them, to make sure they can get the care they deserve. >> nice work there. go to cnnheroes.com to vote for your favorite cnn hero of the
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