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masters at a club where they didn't have black members until the 90s. this is a legacy he leaves behind. >> yeah, there is an old fable, we don't know if it is true, a story about the founder of augusta national said as long as i'm alive, all the players here will be white and all the caddies will be black. it wasn't just that he was the first black man to play in the masters, which is the most famous golf tournament in the world, it is that he did it ag agustia national, a shame that the tiger interview and news dropped yesterday because lee elder really deserves his due, he deserves all the credit and all the honors he got. it is a shame it took augusta national until last year when the man was 86 years old, he could hardly move and to honor him with that ceremonial first tee shot that he couldn't actually hit the tee shot because he was struggling so much physically. so he's a trailblazer. he's an absolute legend, the one who set the path for players
like tiger woods to play on the pga tour. his legacy will not be forgotten and he's a true trail blazer in the game of golf. >> yeah, i tried to think about it like that, that is the connection in a way, right, so many people have stood on lee elder's shoulders including tiger woods and you see -- you can draw a line and it is really an amazing thing as we remember lee elder. dan, thank you for being with us. >> yep, thanks for having me. "new day" continues right now. good morning to our viewers here in the united states and around the world. i'm brianna keilar with john berman. breaking overnight, the omicron variant is now on five continents, barely a week after it was first detected. it is still, though, too early to know what the impact here will be. japan just discovered its first case overnight. that means that 19 countries or
territories have now diagnosed at least one case of omicron. there are no confirmed cases in the u.s. as of now. and the president is urging everyone to stay calm. >> this variant is a cause for concern, not a cause for panic. we have the best vaccine in the world. the best medicines, the best scientists and we're learning more every single day. >> the president says he does not anticipate more travel bans or any new lockdowns. earlier we spoke with dr. angeli who has been treating omicron patients in strouth africa. she told us what she is seeing. >> the majority of what we are presenting to primary health care practitioners are extremely mild cases, mild to moderate. we need to tell you what the symptoms are so the people can understand, if you feel fatigue for a day or two, something not
the fatigue you use, the different type of fatigue, a scratchy throat and a bit of a body ache and pain and, you know, we call it normally malaise, i don't feel generally well, go and see your doctor. i have seen vaccinated people and not really very sick. that might change going forward. as we say, this is early days. and this is maybe what makes us helpful. >> early days, the patients she's seeing only have mild to moderate cases and vaccinated patients have been affected, she says, not really sick, in complications. again, that could change but that's what she's seeing now. the cdc is strengthening the language on all vaccines, instead of saying they may get a booster, they're saying they should get a booster. jerome powell is expected to testify before congress that omicron is a threat to the u.s. economy. cnn's chief business
correspondent christine romans here with that. concerns sort of across the board here. >> yeah, john, let's talk about the risks. a week ago the narrative was of a strong u.s. economy into the end of the year, right? now caution from the fed chair about the potential omicron threat to the economy. powell zeroing in on three ways the variant could hurt growth, on inflation, the factors pushing up prices will linger into next year. among those factors, of course, higher wages. if workers are less likely to return to their jobs in person because of this variant, it hurts jobs growth and feeds into wage inflation. and he warns potential outbreaks could worsen the global supply chain crisis. a reminder, everyone, this is still a covid economy and there is a scramble on to understand how omicron could alter what is by all accounts a strong finnish the u.s. economy this year. powell predicts the u.s. economy will grow at a re obust 5% rate for the rest of the year. that's the fastest since the reagan administration.
important context, but there is much we don't know about the new variant and what it means for the plans to start raising interest rates next year. expect uncertain ty to keep markets on edge. stock index futures pointing to a stumble at the open here. european stocks also lower today. the treasury secretary janet yellen will testify before the senate banking committee this morning, john. we'll get more information from the fed chief and the treasury secretary about where they think things stand and what has been otherwise a strong u.s. economy. they'll talk inflation and omicron this morning. >> big down red arrows after the big green arrows up yesterday, we'll have a tough two weeks in the markets here. >> get used to it. >> as they try to adjust to what's going on. thank you so much. gas prices had leveled off in recent weeks. omicron could cause them to drop even further. pete muntean live in alexandria, virginia, with the latest on this. good morning, pete. >> reporter: good morning, john. the whole notion here that
omicron fears according to industry experts could go up and gas prices could go down. look at the latest numbers from aaa. the price of gas has actually gone down a little bit from where we were a week ago. the national average, now $3.39. and aaa says because as the cripp omicron fears could go up, we could see five to six cents of relief. what is driving this is the cost of brent crude oil. now it was $80 a barrel just last month. we're seeing some relief there. it is all about omicron variant fears here. new lockdowns, new travel restrictions, there is in word from president biden we will not see any new travel restrictions anytime soon, at least for now. the industry analysts on the inside on this say we could only see a little bit of relief for a short period of time. come 2023, we could see $150 a barrel brent crude oil and that
could lead to $5 a gallon of gas. >> let's hope that doesn't happen. i'm worried about 2021 right now. 2023 will come when it comes. pete muntean, thank you very much for that. as the omicron variant is surging across south africa, the list of countries restricting travel continues to grow despite several world health officials saying the restrictions are counterintuitive. joining us now is ambassador calisa mubongo. sir, thank you for being with us as your country is dealing with this. what can you tell us about your reaction, first, to the travel ban that so many countries have when it comes to south africa? >> we feel that the travel ban is very unfair. south african science should be commended for discovering this new variant and sharing the information with the world.
we have paved our road very responsible. all countries have a duty to inform the rest of the international community about this new variant. this also confirms the correctness of our call for vaccine equity and to ensure that vaccines are available in all countries and also internally. that as many people as possible get vaccinated. as the world operates on this territory of vaccine inequality, we will not see the end of covid. we think it is not wise to continue this route. we think vaccines should be shared by all countries. at this moment, less than 10% of the african population as a whole has been vaccinated. we know in other countries the rate is over 80%. so this is indeed very unfair and we have been asking countries to reverse it because we do not think it will help in any case because we know the
scientists are telling us that this omicron variant is actually present in other countries as well. and it is also -- people not travel to south africa. >> we know it has been in the netherlands for at least 11 days at this point in time. i do want to play something that president biden said yesterday. you mentioned vaccine inequity. this is what he said about that. >> we provided more vaccines as i said than all of the countries in the world combined. and we provided significant vaccines to south africa and that region. south africa doesn't need any more vaccine. they're having trouble getting it out into people's arms and the reluctance is there. >> and we also heard the white house press secretary say that south africa's turned down additional vaccine doses from the u.s. what's your reaction to that? >> well, like all countries,
south africa continues to vaccinate its population. our people are queueing up for vaccination. and we do not see this as significant hesitancy. that some people are talking about. but what we see is progress with our vaccination program. now, again, like in all countries, it is possible that you know you will have some -- a small minority of people who are hesitant against vaccines. we see that in all countries for that matter. but -- >> you say there's -- you're saying that there's not hesitancy, but we see the vaxx rate is pretty low. and the u.s. has a long way to go, ambassador, i acknowledge that. but do you need more hesitancy? >> certainly -- we do need more vaccines for sure. that's not a question. we need more vaccines in south africa and in the rest of the african continent.
for that matter, we have already started collaborating with johnson & johnson and with pfizer so that we can finish the packaging of some of the vaccines inside south africa for distribution to the rest of the african continent. we are collaborating with johnson & johnson. that is likely to produce about 60 million vaccines for the african continent. so, yes, i don't think there is any country that can say it does not need more vaccine at this stage. >> ambassador, thank you very much for joining us this morning and certainly good luck to your can country as you are dealing with this omicron variant. >> thank you very much. so with this variant raising new questions, anderson cooper and dr. sanjay gupta will come together with dr. anthony fauci for a new cnn global town hall called coronavirus facts and fears, that will be tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. eastern. so congresswoman lauren
boebert made a bigoted comment about congresswoman ilhan omar, insinuating she was a suicide bomber. when the call happened, it turned out to be anything but an apology. this is how boebert, who clearly isn't sorry, described it. >> i never want anything i say to offend someone's religion. so i told her that. she kept asking for a public apology. so i told ilhan omar that she should make a public apology to the american people for her anti-american, anti-semitic, anti-police rhetoric. >> so joining us now, cnn political director david chalian. david, remember here, it is lauren boebert who made the bigoted comment about ilhan omar. and now boebert has this apology basically asking for an apology to her. it really is an example of turn around here and explains the challenge to kevin mccarthy who chooses to try to deal with this
in private rather than make a public statement of condemnation. >> yeah. also, i mean, lauren boebert there is acting somehow offended that ilhan omar is asking for a public apology in boebert's own telling of the conversation, she didn't even offer her a private apology. never mind a public apology for insinuating that her fellow member of congress was a terrorist. john, the incentive structure in american politics is so perverted and this is yet another perfect example of it, because what boebert gets here is the opportunity to put out that video on her twitter page that has a link at the top of it to her win red, donate here to lauren boebert's campaign website, and so she is able to fund-raise, rally the troops off of this, pick a fight with a target on the democratic side, and win the day for her own personal political purposes.
unfortunately, the country, the congress, we all end up losing out here because it just debases what representative government should be about. >> because her strategy here appears to be here being a jerk. but it appears to be working. what is there to dissuade, you know, her or paul gosar or anyone else, it used to be you were a jerk, you got in trouble, you got reprimanded for it. now they get rewarded. >> yeah, because that is the incentive structure. listen, john mentioned kevin mccarthy. he does say and people around him say he thinks it is best to try and deal with this in private and not come out and publicly rebuke his members. let me ask you something, is that working? is the behavior changing? is that working? it is not working. and so once again, that word leader in front of kevin mccarthy, his title is not something he lives up to here because a leader, a true leader wouldn't allow this continue -- this kind of behavior to
continue in his ranks. >> he just got gamed by lauren boebert. if he thought dealing with this privately was going to work, she just totally, you know, brow beat him on that. she basically said she was going to call omar to apologize and then didn't, did the opposite of apologizing. so mccarthy, as you said, thinks that handling this privately or quietly it is going to work, it is not. every day that passes without taking a stand is notable. >> every day that passes without taking a public stand means you're tacitly allowing this behavior to grow, to fester, to continue to be seen as acceptable. that's the problem here. that kevin mccarthy's public silence on this equals can kevin mccarthy saying what lauren boebert is doing is acceptable behavior. >> i want to ask you about the omicron variant when it comes to the nexus of politics and president biden. what does this mean for him. what does this challenge mean for him going forward. >> obviously the president is at
a low point in his young presidency in terms of public approval rating and clearly dealing with an exhausted public. there is no doubt about that. so having this come to the forefront again shows how difficult it is going to be for joe biden to move beyond this crisis number one of his presidency, which is to put covid behind us. now, that being said, he's clearly trying to also seize the opportunity to show that he's in command, that he has the information, that they're going to wait for more data to plot the path forward, and so if indeed this does elevate it to something that recaptures the attention of the american people, biden wants to have done all the things to say i've got this, don't worry about it, we're going to plot a path forward. here's the thing. have you noticed in all the public opinion polling, brianna, the coronavirus has become a less important issue in americans' minds. so now the challenge for joe biden is he's got to deal with this variant, and talk about an
issue that is not the top issue in americans' minds right now. it is the economy, it is inflation. and so the white house loves to say they can walk and chew gum at the same time, but when something like this emerges, it inevitably means that all the public focus and all the messaging goes to that, if that's with where the american people are and what they're focused on, that becomes a political disconnect for the president and the people. >> there is a particular challenge in that there is so much uncertainty. he has to tell the american people the truth, we won't know what the deal is with omicron for a couple of weeks and that's hard. >> really hard. really hard. and especially, john, if the american people are more focused elsewhere, right, that's the other thing. there is so much uncertainty. president has to say we don't know. he has to show command of something that is different than the attention the american people want to be focused on, whether that's inflation, the economy, getting together with their family for the holidays. that is a disconnect that joe
biden can't solve. he can't throw his hands up and say, okay, well, this isn't the top issue, i won't deal with it, it could become the top issue again because of how potentially threatening it is. as you said, we simply don't know that yet. >> david chalian, thank you for being with us. >> sure. so capitol insurrectionist who played judas in jesus christ superstar invoking divine authority in front of the judge. you can guess how well that went. across the country, backers of the big lie lining up for elected office. plus, a pyramid scheme of abuse. that is what prosecutors say ghislaine maxwell created alongside convicted sex offender jeffrey epstein. will maxwell take the stand? the ergo smart base from tempur-pedic responds to snoring- automatically. so no hiding under your pillow, or opting for the couch. your best sleep. all night. every night. save up to $500 on select adjustable mattress sets during the black friday event. this is your home.
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cnn's laura jarrett joins us with details. i wonder why that didn't sit well with the judge, laura. >> he may work on broadway, but off stage a federal judge in washington, d.c. was not impressed by his performance in court. the suspect in question that i'm talking about, a florida man named james beaks, is facing serious charges related to the attack on the capitol. this time last year he was a dues paying member of the far right oath keepers group. he stood out in the mop on january 6th because he opted to wear a bad jacket from michael jackson's world tour. his theatrics landed him in hot water monday as he made the mistake of telling the chief judge he was gracing the court with his appearance there as he has in his words "divine authority" and the government has no jurisdiction over him. that, the judge dismissed, in highly technical legal speak as, quote, gobbledygook. beaks is parroting the likes of
the sovereign citizens, this loose movement of people who claim they don't have to follow any laws, the courts don't have any jurisdiction over them, and that often lands them behind bars. but for now, judge howell granted this defendant pretrial release and authorities won't have any trouble finding him, he has to wear an ankle monitor or they can buy theater tickets again. they have tracked him down that way last time after sitting through two performances, not one, but two, of jesus christ superstar. >> two performances. i don't even know -- >> that might be punishment enough, i don't know. >> it depends how well the performance went. i don't know. we'll see. could have been good. could have been bad. laura, thank you. so here in a matter of hours a court will decide on president trump's attempt to documents from the january 6th committee. >> jesus christ superstar is a terrific show. >> you know, it could vary, though. >> i could watch it four times and not get old. the judge should have said, you know, you should be dragged
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the effort by former president trump and his allies to place loyalists and those who continue to push the big lie in key posts across the country is raising red flags setting the stage for future election challenges. joining me now, colorado secretary of state jena griswold and the former chair of the michigan republican party and senior adviser of the lincoln project jeff timer. jeff, i'll start with you. you're the one who used the red flag imagery here. you say there are bright red warning lights flashing everywhere about what's going on. what do you mean? >> well, what donald trump is doing, you know, he's not much for strategy. usually if you set him in front of a chess board, he'll just eat the pieces. right now, what he's doing in states like michigan is showing
incredible discipline and attention to detail by endorsing candidates in these very obscure races for state legislature and for offices like secretary of state and attorney general. so that he'll have people in place after the 2024 election to do what he wasn't able to do after the 2020 election. and that should scare everybody. >> secretary griswold, if you look at the roster of people running right now in texas, you have gohmert running for attorney general, in georgia, congressman jodie heist running for secretary of state to throw out brad raffensperger. all those people are big lie supporters right there. what would happen if you got rid of the people who were there before and replaced them with those who buy into the big lie? >> well, good morning. and it is incredibly alarming. in fact, in every swing state where we have a secretary of
state race there is someone who has either spread the big lie or was at the insurrection running to do oversee elections. and i think it was put best by the washington post over the weekend, it is like having someone who is an arsonist oversee the fire department. we need election administrators who believe in the will of the people, who believe in democracy, and if not, you could see secretaries of state or election officials facilitate insider threats, that's what we just saw in colorado earlier in the year in western colorado. you could see the chief election administrator pushing out this information and in fact, you know, what i think the worst case scenario is if there is another january 6th, if there is another attempt by a president or a bad actors to take these positions of elected office, no matter the outcome, while we definitely want secretaries of state and election officials to stand on the right side with fact and the will of the voters. >> i wonder if you can talk
about the stuff happening in colorado where you have seen what you call an attempted infiltration of not elected election posts around the state, what do you mean? what's going on? >> yeah, we picked up chatter that election deniers were actually encouraging extremists to take over positions, apply to positions within my office. and unfortunately we have seen that in at least one other state. so these extremists, they know how important an election administration is, and that's why they're encouraging their supporters to apply for these positions. we also have seen very publicly operatives like steve bannon encourage folks to sign up to be poll watchers to sign up for the positions and ultimately we need election administrators who believe in free and fair elections. that's why this is so troubling and why we really need the nation to be paying attention and ultimately the senate to act. >> so, jeff what do you do about all this?
>> well, you need to show up and vote. there are more of us, when i say us, i mean pro democracy americans than there are republicans who are trying to subvert elections and make sure your votes don't count. we need to show up in this 2022 election, if we don't, the outcome of the 2024 election might become a foregone conclusion. >> here is the thing, jeff. i say this to you as a republican, a secretary, you as a democrat, if you had to bet what's going to happen in the midterms structurally, the power of the party tends to gain seats, so the republicans will take over. they may not even need to overthrow the election structure to win. >> well, but they're not necessarily going to defeat incumbents in a state like michigan where there are democrats in the offices of secretary of state and attorney general. that's what they're trying to do because they lacked having people in those positions in the last election. but they're paying attention to those races, we need to pay attention to those races because if we take it for granted, the
american experiment could in -- that sounds hyperbollic, but if winning an election depend oz on who counts votes, we're all in trouble. >> and secretary, if you can close here for a second and talk to me about what you're hearing among your fellow secretaries of state, about the push to politicize this office. >> we're incredibly concerned. when you have people who do not believe in democracy running to be chief election officers, that should be a flashing red warning sign for the nation. and i definitely agree with jeff, we have a big opportunity. we can't just sit back and watch the erosion of democracy. and there is two things that really need to happen. first and foremost, the senate needs to recognize the urgency of the times we're in and push to protect the right to vote and fund states so that we can make sure election administration remains the best that it can be. and second, for all your viewers, for all good americans regardless of party, we really
need to be paying attention to who is running to oversee elections. we are seeing the take jeffer or attempted takeover of many of these positions, and ultimately democracy will be in the hands of the american people in 2022. democracy will be on the ballot. >> secretary-ge general jena griswold, jeff timer, thank you. a slew of new smash and grab attacks across the country. and joining us next, the man who captured this incredible rarely seen footage of the beatles. ♪ ♪ let it be let it be ♪ ♪ let it be let it be ♪ ♪ whisper words of wisdom ♪ ♪ let it be ♪ >> so cats and kittens -- ♪ the one desire ♪ ♪ you are, you are, ♪
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♪ get back get back get back to where you once belonged ♪ ♪ get back get back get back to where you once belonged ♪ ♪ get back, loretta ♪ >> i can't get enough. if you're like me, you've been spending much of the last few days watching and rewatching the new peter jackson documentary "get back" about the beatles. all this footage that is part of this documentary was originally captured in 1969 by michael lindsey hong for his documentary "let it be," 56 hours of footage, the beatles rehearsing and writing what would become the final album. it has been restored and recut into the eight-hour epic by peter jackson. we're lucky enough to have the man behind the filming of it all originally, michael lindsey hog joins us. it is an honor to meet you. you're a legend.
you're all over the documentary, you haven't aged a minute. thank you for being with us this morning. >> oh, john, thank you. especially that thing about aging. i aged two minutes. >> really, it is remarkable. you were probably 11 years old in 1969 when that was filmed. >> got it. >> listen. you sat with these 56 hours of footage, 50 years ago. all of us now are getting our first look at it. what is it like for you to see it again? >> first of all, i love what peter has done with it. a lot of what petter h peter hao "get back" was in "let it be" originally but i had to cut half an hour out of "let it be" and certain things i wanted to show in "let it be," which i'll say politically i'll use the words again for various reasons, we didn't have in "let it be" and peter has got it in his picture. i remember all the stuff like we shot it yesterday, i remember
the clothes they're wearing, what i was wearing, ringo eating my tie, all those things. >> i don't have to be politically correct for various reasons. it was because the guys in the band or the people with them largely didn't want some of the stuff in "let it be" originally, yes? >> well, yes, no, yes. it was going to be a television special and the beatles hadn't performed live since 1966, and when we did the promo video for "hey jude," they played -- we had an audience for "hey jude," 200 people and there were breaks in between each take. they started to play for the audience and thought this isn't so bad. they had the idea, the beatles had the idea to do a performance. and they called me over and said, you want to direct this and not being an idiot, i said sure. so the original idea was we're going to do a performance. but george harrison for reasons of his own quit the group and it turned into a documentary. i put in in "let it be" originally george leaving the
group but then he came back. one of the beatles said to me, look, he didn't -- he left, he came back, so it is still the same as it was before, let's maybe not put george leaving in "let it be". >> i will tell you, "let it be" came out like a month -- a month after the beatles broke up. so it was seen for decades as the breakup documentary, unfairly. it wasn't your fault in the documentary they broke up, just the timing or the release. what was remarkable for me to see as someone who was born after this all happened but has been a fan all my life is this footage in "get back" of them getting along, of them working together, of them collaborating for hours and hours on end. and just the interaction of them as artists. >> yeah. peter jackson did a really good interview with your colleague anderson cooper a week or so ago and he explained very generously what had happened with "let it be." we shot it in january '69,
edited through 1969, going to be the next film release, it was a documentary, it wasn't a tv special anymore. things began to implode with the beatles, money reasons, they didn't have anybody looking after the business, and brian epstein died and as can happen with money, other things came up fissures from the ground that they weren't getting on. "let it be " was dumped in a wa. people were calling it the breakup picture. except for george leaving and coming back, which can happen in a lot of groups, they were together when we made it, they hadn't broken up, they were together when we were editing it, and they hadn't broken up and so to see it all again reminds me a great deal of those times which were mainly good times. they had occasional disagreements. they were artists.
they were having a disagreement about how to play a song like an actor might have a disagreement about how to say a line with another actor. they're brothers. >> one moment getting a lot of press from the peter jackson documentary is when paul is sitting there with ringo and george, just strumming on his guitar. at first it is just chords, just playing chords, and out of the p blue, as you watch the documentary, he basically begins to write "get back," iconic song when he played on the rooftop, your vision, which we'll ask you about in a second. it is stunning for the lay people like us to watch that and say he just wrote a hit out of thin air in two seconds. what was it like to see that happen in person? >> well it wasn't the only one he wrote. like long and winding wrote i think he wrote in four seconds. what is very funny to look at again is the way if they didn't have the lyric, they would have the melody, they would have the tune, they had some of the
lyric, and it is like putting together a jigsaw. and so then at a certain point, like john suggested to george that he didn't have the lyric for one of his beautiful songs and so john said, why don't you just say cauliflower because it scans. when paul wrote "yesterday," the original title was "scrambled eggs." and so they would get as far as they could in a song, one of the others would chip in, and they would complete the song, sometimes completed in half a day, sometimes in four days. but once they -- they were like truffle hounds. once they started to get the scent in their nose, they would follow it right down to the roots of the tree and come up with "let it be" or "long and winding road" and any of those things. any of those things are pretty good. >> more than pretty good. listen, michael lindsay-hogg, you got them on the roof to play the concert because you needed
an ending to "let it be," we're grateful you did. we're grateful for the work you put into it. i'm glad i can see it now. an honor to meet you. >> john, thank you very much for this and i think peter did a really good job with "get back". >> all right. other news this morning, smash and grab incidents spiking across the country. why one democratic mayor is blaming the defund the police movement. and taking the stand, the man who flew jeffrey epstein's private jet, what he saw go on between the deceased criminal sex offender and his companion ghislaine maxwell. the new sensodyne repair and protect with deep repair has the science to show that the toothpaste goes deep inside the exposed dentin to help repair sensitive teeth. my patients are able to have that quality of life back. i recommend sensodyne repair and protect with deep repair.
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josh? >> good morning. the good news is that overnight we didn't see any new major large scale robberies and it is possible because of all of the attention paid to this. the last thing a criminal wants is for people around the potential target to have their guard up, to be on the lookout for suspicious behavior. that's what law enforcement has been asking the public to do, to be vigilant. we also know that police around the country have also stepped up patrols around these high end retail locations to serve as a deterrent, to also be on site to help disrupt if they actually see an additional style robbery like we have seen with the mobs coming in, just smashing and grabbing. now that's what we can see with our eyes. the police presence behind the scenes, they continue their methodical work, trying to get to the bottom of all of these incidents. i can tell you something spent a career disrupting criminal enterprises, it is very hard work, it is labor intensive, we know there are many questions law enforcement is trying to answer, who is leading these groups, how are they organized, what happens to the merchandise after it leaves the store,
answering those questions will help them try to find and arrest those responsible. now, as far as the question of why this is happening, we know this say holiday season, store shelves are full, we also know there remains a lucrative market for black market items. but this is also taking on a political angle as well, colleague kate bolduan spoke last night with the democratic mayor of the city of oakland who said in her view, this wave of smash and grabs as well as the surge in violent crime in that city is partly due to a lack of police funding. take a listen. >> but let me be clear, oakland needs more police. we have been impacted by staffing reductions, covid interrupted our recruitment and training processes, and the defund rhetoric is challenging our ability to attract and retain recruits. >> the mayor went on to say in order to help stop this wave of smash and grabs, she wants to see better coordination between local law enforcement as well as
state and federal law enforcement. i spoke with an official yesterday at the fbi who said they're closely monitoring this wave of smash and grabs, they're in close contact with agencies around the country. this official telling me the fbi stands ready to take a more active role in the event they uncover a federal nexus in any of these crimes. >> yeah, we're just seeing the sp spate of these, incredible to watch. tiger woods will hold his press conference since his devastating car crash. and jerome powell about to testify before congress on the economic threat posed by the omicron variant. we'll take you there live.
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