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>> those songs are already on the radio. thanks for joining us today. i'm jim sciutto. >> i'm erica hill. "at this hour" with kate bolduan starts right now. good morning, everyone. i'm kate bolduan. we begin with the developments on the new omicron coronavirus variant. more countries closing their borders this morning, more fear over how dangerous it might be, yet still no one knows. at this hour, president biden is getting briefed by his pandemic response team, and the president will address the nation this hour about the new variant, what is known, what is not known, and what they are doing about it. it will be a couple weeks before it's known how effective current vaccines are against the variant. right now, it appears this variant may be more transmissible but may not cause any more severe disease. but that's just what's known right now. then there's this -- the united
states and dozens of other countries are banning travel from south africa and seven neighboring countries. cases of the omicron variant have now been confirmed in at least 14 countries, including canada. as of now, there are no known cases in the u.s., but it is only a matter of time. we have reporters all over the world covering this developing story. let's start with cnn's paula newton live in ottawa, canada, on this. paula, the first cases, the first known cases in north america, is right where you are. what are you learning? >> reporter: right here in the city, two confirmed cases and kate, breaking for us this hour, ontario health officials say they have another four cases under investigation. and for that reason, health officials here in canada are saying, look, expect more cases of the omicron variant confirmed in canada within hours, maybe. what they are saying, though, is that this is no need to panic, that they are not changing any
of their health restrictions so far but leaving the door open having more travel restrictions. it is so interesting that these two cases and some of the other suspected cases are from nigeria. nigeria is not on the u.s. travel ban, nor is it on the canadian travel ban. i also think it's important to note that the two confirmed cases, they're isolating for two weeks, their family, close contacts, isolating for two weeks. here in canada, 4 out of every 5 eligible canadians is fully vaccinated to travel inside this country. outside this country, few exceptions. you have to be fully vaccinated. here authorities are assuming that a lot of these cases will actually turn out to be breakthrough cases. kate? >> great to see you. thanks, paula. we are waiting to hear from president biden set to address the american people about this new variant. cnn has learned that federal officials are bracing for the first confirmed cases in the united states. we heard the story from paula in canada just now.
but again, what it all means, we still do not know. cnn's jeremy diamond is live at the white house where we'll be heading soon when the president begins speaking. jeremy, what are we expecting to hear from the president this hour? >> reporter: right now, president biden is in the oval office with his coronavirus advisory team. they are briefing him on this omicron variant, briefing that the president has been receiving daily. when he comes out later this hour to speak, he'll talk about what we do know and don't know about the variant and he'll be urging the public against panicking here. we do expect the president to instead urge americans that now is the time, if you haven't yet, to get vaccinated and get your booster shot if you are fully vaccinated and eligible for that third shot. so that is the message we'll hear from the president. he's going to try and show that he is on top of this situation while at the same time urging americans not to panic. we do know that it is very clear that it will take a week to two weeks before we know exactly the
impact of this variant, and that's something that the president is going to outline today. >> we'll take the president live when he comes to cameras to speak. in the meantime, the u.s. travel association is urging the biden administration to reconsider its travel ban in response to this variant, which went into effect overnight. the trade group says the ban isn't going to work and it won't prevent the omicron variant from getting to the united states. cnn's pete muntean live at re reagan national airport in washington with more. what else is the trade group saying? what does the ban mean? >> reporter: we've seen statement after statement calling new travel rooestrictio by the biden administration a knee-jerk reaction. the travel association that represents the travel and tourism industry at large, says the biden administration should respectfully consider these travel restrictions for those coming from south africa and seven other countries into the united states.
they point the to the rules that went into effect three weeks ago that allow foreign nationals to come into the u.s. so long as they prove they're fully vaccinated and have a negative coronavirus test. that in essence ended a 600-day ban on travel for foreign nationals into the u.s. the u.s. travel association says with the vaccine and testing requirement in place to enter the u.s., we continue to believe that assessing an individual's risk and health status is the best way to welcome qualified global travelers into the united states. this comes as the travel industry was seeing big signs of life, especially given the fact that just yesterday 2.45 million people passed through security at america's airports. that is a new pandemic-era air travel record. about 89% of where we were back in 2019 before the pandemic. so these numbers just keep going up and up and travel experts say that's due in part to the fact that international travel has resumed again, kate.
>> good to see you, pete. thank you so much. south africa is pushing back against the travel restrictions on the country saying it is being punished for first identifying and alerting the world to this new strain. dave mckenzie is live in johannesburg, south africa, with more. what's happening there? >> reporter: there's a deepening frustration and ang they're the scientists in south africa that many believe worked quickly to alert the world to danger of this possible variant are being punished and the countries in this region being punished with them, because these travel bans will have a huge impact on economies here that were starting to recover from wave after wave of covid-19. the president of south africa joining the fray, naming countries individually, including the u.s., and saying that he's deeply disappointed. >> these restrictions are completely unjustified and unfairly discriminate against our country and ore southern
african sister countries. the prohibition of travel is not informed by science, nor will it be effective in preventing the spread of this variant. >> reporter: health officials around the world are saying they're trying to buy time, but the people i am speaking to here says time has run out. global markets are rebounding after getting pummeled on friday over fears of this new variant. u.s. stocks recouping some of the losses from friday's sell-off. let's get the latest from cnn's matt egan following this for us. matt, what are you seeing on that front? >> reporter: kate, wall street is bouncing back from the black friday scare, but the rebound has been pretty shaky to say the least. the dow opened up almost 400 points high they are morning, but at last check it's only up about 100 points, so not a great rebound there. now, we have to remember that what we saw on friday was pretty
significant. we saw all three major markets down, losing more than 2% apiece. it was the dow's worst day in 13 months. it's also the oil market. oil is very sensitive to swings in confidence in the economic recovery. oil collapsed by 13% on friday, worst day since april of 2020. we're seeing oil go up today but not by that much, about 3% or 4%. a similar story in the travel sector. we've seen stocks including expedia, united airlines. they are up today but that was again after a pretty significant loss on friday. kate, i think that all this showings continued nervousness and uncertainty about the new variant. we just don't know enough information yet to say what the impact is going to be on the real economy or the stock market. >> or on public health. there's so much not known around this right now. great to see you, matt. thank you so much. regarding that, so much that is not known and what more needs to
be known, joining me right now is dr. margaret harris, a spokesperson for the world health organization. doctor, thank you for being here. i look with interest, the w.h.o. put out a technical brief today, and it says that the overall global risk with this new variant and the way it was written is assessed as very high. what does that mean, doctor? >> good afternoon, kate. actually, that refers to our assessment of the covid outbreak all together. it's a technical position really that if the overall event, the covid outbreak, is assessed as very high, a subevent like the arrival of a new variant is also assessed as very high, so it sounds a bit more frightening than it really is. it refers to the entire pandemic as very high risk, and that's an important message. i think people have forgotten
the high risk we are still all facing. >> that's absolutely right. taken all together, the world is still at high risk of a pandemic. let's focus on this new variant that is creating e iine iing al the world. how much is known, what level of concern should there be in this moment? what worries you most about the omicron variant that we don't have answers to right now? >> so you're quite right, we don't have nearly enough answers all together. what we know is this variant has more mutations, particularly in the spike region, and that's the bit it uses to get into our cells and cause all the problems in the lung tissues and other tissues. and it has some mutations that we've seen in other variants. so it's just got more of things that we don't like the look of. but we don't have enough
information about whether it's more transmissible, whether it's going to cause more severe disease, and critically is it able to escape the effects of the vaccine. so does it have what we call immune escape, the ability to evade the immunity we create by having vaccines. >> doctor, let me play for you what the ceo of moderna said this morning about this variant and get your reaction on the other end of it. listen to this, please. >> we believe this virus is highly infectious. we need to get more data, but it seems to be more infectious and that of course is problematic. we also believe that -- >> i believe it's highly infectious and likely already present in most countries. do you agree with that? >> well, again, we haven't got enough data to say that conclusively. what we have seen from south africa where they've done extraordinary science and been giving us data so quickly, almost in real time, which is
just -- hasn't happened before, that information is telling us that it seems to be competing very effectively with data. in other words, more people are getting infected with it than with delta in the same sort of place. but that's in small areas, small numbers. we don't have enough information worldwide to know, that but we do see that, indeed, it is popping up in places all around the world. >> in the meantime, countries are reacting. nearly 50 countries are now restricting travel from southern africa. i'm going to play the reaction to this from south africa's president. >> now, these restrictions are completely unjustified and unfairly discriminate against our country and our southern african sister countries. the prohibition of travel is not informed by science, nor will it be effective in preventing the spread of this variant. the only thing that prohibition
on travel will do is to further damage the economies of the affected countries and undermine their ability to respond to and also to recover from the pandemic. >> doctor, the w.h.o. has spoken out against these travel bans as well. what's your advice to government who is want to protect their people when there is so much unknown? >> so the first thing is to really up your tracking and tracing and your surveillance. now, a lot of governments, a lot of countries have been dismantling them, been acting like everything is all over. in fact, you need to have better testing, better tracking, better tracing. the second thing is get your people together and let them know that public health social measures work and need to be done. the system that nobody likes, the mask wearing, the working from home if you can, avoiding the crowds and the gatherings, particularly avoiding being in closed spaces with poor ventilation.
we've never been very good at that. we did it for a bit, but most people don't want to do it. now is the time when we all must do that seriously and get vaccinated. that's the last thing. >> most importantly at this moment. south africa sounded the alarm early in sharing this information. the way the president is talking about it is that they're being punished for the good work they did. do you agree? do you think that's what this -- that's what the effect of these travel bans is, is that south africa is being punished? >> south africa should get a gold medal for the quality of it science and the quality of its transparency. as i said, we have not seen nearly enough of that, transparency, particularly. indeed, to then make south africa feel that doing all the right things leads to a very bad outcome is not good, not just bald for south africa, it's bald for the world. >> how so? >> well, other countries will
then feel why would we come out and say we've got this issue, this problem if they see this sort of consequence? >> yeah. you can see that in the future for sure. thanks for your time. i appreciate it. much more to come on this. coming up, though, the house committee investigating the insurrection is looking at possibly charging donald trump's former chief of staff mark meadows with criminal continue tempt. new moves and details next. as i observe investors balance risk and reward, i see one element securing portfolios, time after time. gold. your strategic advantage. how did olay top expensive creams? like this with hydration that beats the $100 cream in every jar of regenerist retinol24
the house select committee investigating the insurrection could be closing in on another criminal contempt charge this week. mark meadows is still refusing to comply with the subpoena despite former trump adviser steve bannon being charged with that same offense already. cnn's melanie zanona is live on capitol hill and tracking this. what are you hearing? >> reporter: well, kate, we could see action as soon as this week. the select committee had been working behind the scenes to try to get mark meadows to comply with a subpoena to turn over documents and sit for a deposition. they wanted to exhaust every possible option there. as former chief of staff, he had a critical role in efforts to overturn the election, and he could have critical insight into trump's mindsets on january 6th. but the select committee's patience the wearing thin. listen to adam schiff. >> we will probably make decision this week on our course
of conduct with that particular witness and maybe others. i can't go into, you know, what communications we're having or haven't had with particular witnesses, but we are moving with alacrity with anyone who obstructs the committee. >> reporter: of course if congress does act on criminal contempt, it would ultimately be up to the department of justice to pursue those criminal charges. they did pursue criminal charges with steve bannon, a former trump ally. mark meadows might have more of a claim to executive privilege because he was a chief of staff at the time. but the committee is saying they're ready to move forward this week. >> great to see you, melanie. thanks for that. joining me for more on this, co-author of "the political playbook," rachel vague. adam kinzinger expects movement regarding meadows in the next day or so. does that peen they refer him for criminal contempt charges?
>> i think it will be difficult for them to justify not doing that given they've already done this for steve bannon and they're trying to send a signal to other people they need to cooperate with the oversight and the subpoenas or they'll be in trouble. if they don't do it with meadows, their whole investigation honestly would be in jeopardy. i think there's some concern about that. with mark meadows in particular, more so than steve bannon, you know, you see the real importance of talking to him. this is a guy who was with donald trump in the white house on january 6th. he knows everything that happened that day. it's kind of hard to imagine that you could have a full investigation without talking to someone like this. so, you know, it would be surprising if they don't move forward, but obviously there's a debate about executive privilege. there is some concern among some of the members of the panel that perhaps mark meadows' claim or donald trump's claim over mark meadows exec privilege might be more substantial in court.
but president biden can try to wave that, so they can have an ally in the white house on this if they really want this. i think it's going to be hard for them to pass up this opportunity to go after him for ignoring a subpoena if they want to have a full investigation. >> so something, some movement will happen this week. we'll see what that is. i want to get your take, because you've been reporting on the house is dealing with another gross incident between members. this made-up islamic story by congresswoman boebert, apologizing over the holiday but not apologizing to omar, who this was about. kevin mccarthy still has not said anything about this publicly. you don't have to like omar's politics to be human and just get this right. what is your take on this? mccarthy's position here specifically. >> so, i mean, i do think a lot
of people like yourself, i can hear it in your voice, disgusted that lawmakers are using this sort of language and leaders are not taking action to be say this sort of comment is wrong. we saw past speaker paul ryan, john boehner, they didn't have any tolerance for these comments and did call them out. kevin mccarthy wants to be speaker and he is afraid to call out his own members, which is why he says he talks to them privately. the one difference i will say on this situation with boebert is that mccarthy did get her to apologize publicly. she has reached out to ilhan omar's office and has asked for a meeting to discuss what happened. there seems to be sort of a stalemate on that situation. ilhan omar's allies have told me they do not believe this apology was sincere and they don't want to take the meeting that the point. but democrats also have a decision to make on this. you know, with kevin mccarthy not willing to punish his own members, they're going to have to decide what they do. do they strip her of her
committees? there's a bush behind the scenes where some democrats do want to do that. other dms privately have told me that there's a fear if you punish a member, who did try to reach out and said she was sorry, what sort of message does that send? it's a difficult situation. it's ugly on capitol hill right now. this is not the end of it. i think it gets worse before it gets better. >> absolutely and unfortunately. good to see you. thanks so much. coming up for us, the sex trafficking trial against jeffrey epstein's longtime partner, ghislaine maxwell, that begins today. detail and a live report next.
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happening right now, the highly anticipated sex trafficking trial of ghislaine maxwell has begun in new york city. she's accused of recruiting and grooming girls as young as 14 years old, forming a network for jeffrey epstein to sexually exploit. epstein, the convicted pedophile, died in jail, you remember, two years ago. kara scannell is live outside the federal courthouse in new york with the latest. kara, this has been a long time coming, this trial. what's happening this morning?
>> reporter: yeah, kate. it really has been a long time coming for many of these alleged victims, both of jeffrey epstein and of ghislaine maxwell. so today what's under way right now is jury selection. both sides, the prosecution and maxwell's attorney, have selected 12 jurors and 6 alternates. one of the jurors has an issue with an employer, so the judge is trying to work that out. once that is resolved, they will move forward, the jury will be sworn in and opening statements will get under way. prosecutors saying they need only 25 minutes to lay out their case. of course they have accused maxwell of helping jeffrey epstein recruit, groom, and sexually abuse girls, some as young as 14 years old. this conduct was alleged to have occurred between 1994 and 2004 in both new york, florida, new mexico, and maxwell's london home. maxwell's lawyers will have about an hour they said they will need to present their opening statements in the case. we haven't heard a lot from her side of what they're going to argue here, but one thing is clear, i think we'll see that they'll make lot of the fact
that jeffrey epstein is not on trial here and ghislaine maxwell is and making the point that he really is the one and that she is the proxy for the government. but, again, you know, we're still waiting for the judge to work through this issue around jury selection. then we'll have opening statements and possibly the first witness as soon as this afternoon. kate? >> kara, thank you very much for that. jury selection is also under way right now in the trial of former "empire" actor jussie smollett. you'll remember this wild story from a few years ago. he's accuse offend making false reports to police after claiming he was the victim of a hate crime attack, an attack police later said he staged. omar jimenez has the latest from chicago. >> reporter: kate, it's been a long road just to get to this point, jury selection in the trial of jussie smollett beginning today. he faces six counts of making false police reports that he was the victim of a racist and home folkic attack as a black and gay
man. this goes back to january 2019 when he told police he was physically attacked in downtown chicago by two men, that they hurled those racial and homophobic slurs at him, an unknown chemical substance was poured on him and they put a noose around his neck. police investigated and said he made it all up, orchestrated it with two brothers for publicity. he was charged with 16 counts of disorderly conduct. those charges were dropped after the state's attorney's office cited that what he had done so far, the $10 tho,000 bond, commy service. a special prosecutor was appointed and that got us to where we are now, six counts of making false police reports. he's maintained his innocence throughout this and has pleaded not guilty to the particular charges in this trial. the judge said they're looking at a time line of four to five days. kate? >> omar, thank you. coming up for us, president
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we're standing by, minutes away from president biden delivering remarks on the coronavirus omicron variant. the president received a briefing from the nation's top health officials on this, and we'll bring you the president's remarks as soon as he begins speaking. joining me right now is cnn white house correspondent jeremy diamond, cnn's chief political correspondent, co-anchor of "state of the union," dana bash, and a dock forin infectious diseases in birmingham. jeremy, on the one hand, they don't want to overreact, the administration, but they don't want to be caught flat-footed when there's so much that is not known but will be known soon. what are you hearing the president is going to say when you understand the place, the position they're in? >> reporter: exactly right, kate. the white house sees two opportunities here in what we'll hear from the president today, first of all, to try and urge the public not to panic as we still wait to learn more about this omicron variant, and
secondly, to be able to demonstrate some confidence here and to show they are on top of the situation of a potentially very concerning variant. president biden will deliver these remarks after having just wrapped up a briefing in the oval office with his covid-19 response team. and the president is going to lay out what we do and don't know about this latest variant. we're also going to hear the president most likely use this as an opportunity to urge americans who have not yet been vaccinated and urge those who are vaccinated and are eligible for a booster to go ahead and get that booster. we've heard dr. fauci on several programs over the last couple days making clear that while we don't know a lot about this variant yet, it is likely that the boosters and the vaccines will still provide a degree of protection against this latest variant. so making that clarion call for americans to get vaccinated or to get those boosters. but, again, president biden will
make clear we still have a lot to learn about this variant, and a lot of that information is going to come in in the next week or two. >> a lot can happen, though, in those interim days, dana, right? like any administration when facing a potential crisis, and more importantly i think growing fear about what is not known, they need to do something but not create unnecessary panic. how do they get that right? >> it's a difficult line to walk. i interviewed dr. francis collins, the head of nih, on "state of the union" yesterday, and he was walking it, explaining what jeremy just said, that the reality is that there is more that scientists and public health experts don't know about this variant than they do know. it is going to take time to study real-life cases, to study the variant in a lab, probably a couple weeks to get a sense of whether this variant is on the level of the delta variant or something completely different when it comes to transmissibility and when it
comes to how when a person gets it, how sick they get when that happens. but i think the key thing here is that this is a president who was elected for times like this, for uncertain times, and he knows that. and so getting out in front is so much about maybe less about giving answers, because as we just said, there aren't that many, but at least giving people confidence that there are adults in the room and they are there and that they are paying attention and they're going to try to figure this out as we know more and those in the scientific community know more. there is an emotional exhaustion in this country and in the world. just when we feel like we're finally getting past covid, we're finally getting to the point where we can ease up a bit, something like this comes down the pike. so walking that line is what you're going to clearly see from the president in a few minutes.
>> doctor, as a physician, you see every day the emotional exhaustion of covid and the pandemic. i mean, what would you like to hear from the president, especially when there is so much we do not know? >> right. kate, i think it's really important to emphasize that we don't know everything we need to know about this new variant yet. there really are kind of three levels of knowledge i would say, and dana mentioned at least two of them. first of all, there are the sequencing data, which has got everybody up in arms, right. we see now 50 mutations or mutations that we haven't seen in this combination before, some of which suggest really serious mutations on the spike protein, which we know is responsible for generating the antibodies that really protect us. the second level of information is probably going to come out from laboratory studies in the next several days.
that's where we'll find out if the antibodies that the vaccine induces are active against this virus and just how active they are. and then of course the third level is what's really going to happen in our human bodies, right. are we going to start to see breakthrough infections? are we going to start to see more transmission and more cases? hopefully we'll have a lot more information before we find out at that later level. we really don't want to wait until then. >> in the interim, doctor, one thing we are seeing in terms of governments, including the united states, are travel restrictions on travel from southern africa. south africa's president, the world health organization, they're speaking out against the travel bans in response to the variant. i want to play for you what a spokesperson for the w.h.o. just told us earlier this hour. listen. >> south africa should get a gold medal for the quality of its science and the quality of its transparency. as i said, we have not seen nearly enough of that,
transparency particularly. and indeed, to then make south africa feel that doing all the right things leads to a very bad outcome is not good -- not just bad for south africa itself, it's bad for the world. >> i was struck by that. what do you think of these travel restrictions, doctor, and the global response so far? >> right. so, first of all, the fact that we have molecular surveillance for these variants emerging from south africa is remarkable. itry r reflects an incredible investment in the scientific information there, much with work with stein technical analysts from the united states. should they have withheld this information? absolutely. you can't not do the right thing just because you're concerned it might create some of these issues. that said, travel bans are a blunt instrument. we already know that this virus has gotten out of south africa.
it's now in many countries. and it's highly likely that the travel ban may help, but it's not really going to be a definitive answer. at best, maybe it will slow things down by 10% or 20%. maybe that's an estimate. you have to balance that against the real human costs, the real economic cost, and the demoralization of people not being able to see their families, not getting on with work, getting stuck in other countries, et cetera, et cetera. it is a very tough call. >> we'll hear more very soon. if you guys could stick with me, we're stand big to hear from president biden any moment about this very thing. still ahead for us, as well as waiting for president biden, this -- the players and coaches of this high school team, they are all deaf. they went all the way to the championship game for the first time ever. it is their journey and their story that will stop you in your tracks, their remarkable run.
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>> reporter: in the school's 68-year history have not ever even once made it to a championship game and here they are. their opponents faith baptist have won this southern california championship about a dozen times in their history. they are good. tickets for this blockbuster game sold out in 45 minutes. they had to move it to a nearby high school. bigger bleachers to seat the growing fan base. >> many of them are standing a lot. >> but today is the biggest crowd i've ever seen. it is just -- because you have not only people who come to this school. you have a lot of deaf people that come from different
schools, because whenever there's a deaf event people just want to be there. >> reporter: now we caught up with the cubs for the mid-week team talk. >> great job. >> reporter: and practice. the voice you'll hear is a sign language interpreter. >> we're making history here, and if we do lose, i'm still incredibly proud of this team. if we win the championship game that is correct would be that much more awesome. >> reporter: here is the already awesome back story. the csdr cubs in the past lost a lot. >> the team stunk quite honestly. cstr were often viewed as kind of the laughing stock, right? we're always going to have these lousy seasons, but that has not been the case this season. >> reporter: first game a 68-0 victory. yeah, that's a 6. this is not a well-funded fancy pants program. why are you guys doing so well? what's the secret? >> we've practiced strong. we work together.
we've got this sense of brotherhood amongst us. we're a family. >> reporter: next up the drubbing and then a shellacking. their season so far 12-0. >> you're not just a good deaf football team. you're a good football people. >> exactly right. exactly right. we've played against other good teams, let me say, but we just keep beating them. >> reporter: back at the championship game second quarter, the cubs are down 28-0. oh, boy. >> typically for our games we are winning by a pretty -- you know, 20, 30-point margin by halftime, and this is definitely a different vibe. >> reporter: and then a hook-and-ladder play sparks a startling rally. suddenly it's 28-22. the crowd is going nuts, but how do the players feed off of that? with their eyes.
>> during their break, during halftime, you look around. they are cheering. their hands are waving in the air. you see their energy and that feels so good. the cubs average winning margin this season nearly 50 points. have you yourselves scored any touchdowns this year? >> more than 15. i've lost count. >> reporter: nice. these kids were already can have dense didn't. they didn't need the historic run to prove their worth in the world but some opponents underestimated them. >> i think they do dismiss us oftentimes. they think we're a deaf school, no big deal and then it's a lesson for them that deaf people out there and other programs can do better than they are doing. >> reporter: back to the championship game.
halftime neri king ice is out. tatum adams is limping. help's the coach's son, by the way, and the hits brother starting quarterback trevon takes a hit. his night is over. the limping kaden has to take his spot. now to most of us, a football game sounds like this. with these kids, turn off the sound. that could be a disadvantage. they make it an advantage. >> during the game we're able to have an exact place hearing "times" team and don't understand what is being shared on the field. >> tree is part of the play. part of the supply tree. watch the ball. watch the ball. >> reporter: this is our language. our native language.
we're living our native language on the field. visual acute is more alert than your hearing opponents typically so we use that as an hang. to go from laughing stock to media darlings moving merch. >> now we've got tv producers and movie producers reaching out to us. it's endless. yeah. it definitely feels link we each reached celebrity status. >> i don't think the media and everything is getting to their heads. they are just focused on the game. >> reporter: with two key cubs stars sidelined the baptist boys proved too much. a second half blowout. cubs destroyed. they weren't in this for a heartwarming story about deaf kids against the odds. they were in this to win. >> i'm very proud. they defeated us, yes, but they
have taught us a lesson. that means that the expectation is going to be higher next year. >> reporter: get this. there were only two seniors on this cubs team next year maybe, just maybe. >> nick, thank you so much. what an awesome team. what an amazing story. nick watt. thank you for that. still ahead, we're standing by, everyone. standing by for president biden. he's about to address the nation about to speak about the omicron variant. the latest on the pandemic. much more to come. our eyes are on the white house. "inside politics" with john king begins right now. >> hello, everybody and welcome to "inside politics." i'm john king in washington. a very busy news day. a very busy hour away.
a wait-and-see moment in the covid pandemic. any minute now the president of the united states addresses the nation and details what we know and don't know about the new omicron variants. scientists caution against panic. it will take weeks, they say, before they know if the world again is in big trouble. >> we're on high alert. the cdc who does that kind of surveillance is very, very on top of this, looking for this. there are a lot of things about it that we do not know but that we'll be able to be ascertained in the next week or two i believe. plus, a character crossroads for republicans. path number one, show remorse, move on from an ugly episode of bigotry. path number two, double down on islamophobia and decision time with the january 6th committee. will the former white house chief of staff be hit with a contempt charge or some other penalty for refusing to cooperate. we begin with a new covid test for the american president. any moment now joe biden at the white house will urge americans to be calm and the president
will ask you for more time. the omicron coronavirus variant is the new wrinkle in this pandemic that just won't quit. what we don't know outpaces what we do. but the president did put new travel restrictions in place already as a precaution and the biden covid team now, along with their global colleagues, rushing to study how transmissible and how deadly this new variant is. here's one giant question. does the new mutation evade the covid vaccines defenses? let's get straight to the white house and our chief white house correspondent kaitlan clipsch we'll hear from the president any second. >> the white house gave a two-minute warning. he will provide an update after he got his own update from the covid-19 team this morning, the third up date he's gotten thon new omicron variant, of course, amend the concerns over it and exactly what you laid out there hand what they don't know. don't expect the president to come out and say a lot of specifics. you heard from dr. anthony fauci saying it's going to be a week at best, m